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Blumenthal will be the Connecticut Democrat nominee for the Senate race……McMahon leads for the GOP nomination….

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut like his counterpart in adjoining New York State is running as the democrat for higher office…..

It has been a very, very rough week for the man…..

Linda McMahon and the New York Times have been giving him body blows on some slips of the tongue he has made about his Military service…

Blumenthal served in the Marines as a Reservist*…but Did NOT  do combat service in Vietnam…..

There is now another question about his College swim team status……

The Convention was subdued…with members discussing the military issue at length….

But in the end Blumenthal got the nod…..

Meanwhile…on The Republican side….

Linda McMahon out polled  Rob Simmons ( A Vietnam Vet ) at the GOP Convention by 737 to 632 votes to become the lead GOP candidate for the senate spot….

Simmons has vowed to stay in the race until the primary….

We’ll see how that goes….McMahon has a boatload of money and sharp elbows…from wrestling…..

……..what should have been a raucous display of unbridled enthusiasm, given Mr. Blumenthal’s tireless glad-handing, favor-banking, and headline-grabbing in 20 years as attorney general, was complicated by a palpable sense of uneasiness.

Over cider doughnuts and fries before his speech, delegates and V.I.P.’s could be heard debating whether the damage to Mr. Blumenthal’s Mr. Clean reputation would be lasting and threatening or merely a speed bump on his road to victory.

A firestorm of criticism of Mr. Blumenthal, who has never faced such a test, was set off Monday night, when The New York Times reported that Mr. Blumenthal had sometimes claimed to have served in Vietnam. In fact, he received five deferments that allowed him to avoid the war and, among other things, travel abroad to study and work in the White House.

In the article in The Times, Mr. Blumenthal was quoted as telling an audience in Norwalk in 2008, “We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam.”

Mr. Blumenthal said he never intentionally misled the public about his military record, and stated that there were numerous occasions on which he accurately described having joined the Marine Corps Reserve and served stateside during the war.

Conventioneers seemed for the most part to have forgiven him. Bernard Kavaler of West Hartford, an employee of the state university system, insisted Mr. Blumenthal’s travails this week might have hurt him with “probably a handful of people,” but that “the people of Connecticut are well aware of the difference he’s made for this state.”

But Carolanne Curry, a delegate from Westport, said she had abstained from the roll-call vote because Mr. Blumenthal had passed up a “golden opportunity” to apologize. “People were ready to hear it,” she said, referring to his nationally televised news conference on Tuesday. “But to equivocate, and defend — it was just too much for me. What’s the matter with ‘I’m sorry’?”

“You don’t put yourself out there as the height of integrity and get yourself caught up in such self-deception,” she added. “It just will not work on the floor of the United States Senate.”

Also Friday night, Linda McMahon, a pro wrestling executive who has vowed to spend $50 million on her campaign if necessary, won the endorsement for Senate at the Republican convention, held nearby. She defeated Rob Simmons, a Vietnam veteran who served three terms in Congress. Ms. McMahon received 737 votes, to 632 for Mr. Simmons.

Mr. Simmons said he planned to stay in the race, as did a third candidate, the businessman and financial analyst Peter Schiff. The primary is Aug. 10.

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* The New York Times even in this piece does not acknowledge that Blumenthal did in fact serve in the military as a Marine Reservist…..What gives here?

Note…Millions of people lie on their resume’s…….I don’t think it’s right…..And guys that are Attorney General’s should get a bit taken out of them….but not necessarily lose their jobs…But they should be mindful of their predicament when applying the law during their duties……

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May 22, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Woa!….Megan Fox will NOT be Transformers 3………

Megan Fox, co-star of the first two 'Transformers' movies with Shia LaBeouf, will not be in the third Michael Bay-directed film.

Oh, Man…..

I knew she and the Director Michael Bay where not getting along….

But THIS

Whew!

I guess Shia Lebeouf gets a new girl, huh?

They are gonna to have to come up with someone , ah?….You know…….

Megan Fox, who made her name as Shia LaBeouf‘s sultry love interest in the first two “Transformers” movies, has been dropped from the third.

Paramount Pictures said Wednesday that Fox’s option was not picked up for part three in the blockbuster Michael Bay series. The studio, which released the first two movies about shape-shifting machines doing battle, declined to give further details or say who would replace the 24-year-old actress.

Fox’s publicist, Dominique Appel, did not return a message left at her office seeking comment.

Fox, notorious for making attention-grabbing comments to the media, engaged in a public spat with director Bay around the release of part two last summer. But Bay later defended her and said he looked forward to working with her on part three.

In announcing “Transformers 3” in October on his blog, www.michaelbay.com, he wrote: “P.S. Megan Fox, welcome back. I promise no alien robots will harm you in any way during the production of this motion picture.”

“Transformers” from 2007 and the 2009 sequel “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” have made more than $1.5 billion worldwide. Production is scheduled to begin this month on the third installment, with a release date set for July 1, 2011, Paramount said.

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Girl…..you gotta get along with the guy who owns the franchise…..you gotta!…….

May 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , | 10 Comments

Law and Order is cancelled by NBC…..

I like this show when it started…

The old guys what’s his name as the first DA was my favorite…

My only problem was the DA’s always won in the beginning …which of course in BS…

When S. Epatha Merkerson decided to leave everyone should have known  it was time to ‘put in their papers’ and retire….

Dann Florek and Chris Noth got a transfers to the SVU ……

The show has hosted a lot of fine actors ……..

But the ‘job’ goes on…….

And the NYPD and the Manhattan DA’s office  had a good one with this show……

The show will go on though…out in LA with a west coast version……

Law and Order will always be with us…..

Crime is everywhere……

NBC said Friday that crime drama “Law & Order” would end later this month, after 20 seasons on the air.

The show will wrap up its run on May 24, the network said, and be replaced next TV season with a new “Law & Order” drama, set in Los Angeles. The network said the new series would follow similar themes and stories as the New York-based original, albeit on a new coast.

A mainstay on broadcast television since its 1990 debut, “Law & Order” has spawned multiple spin-offs. All told, the franchise has generated billions of dollars in advertising and syndication revenue for NBC and for producer Dick Wolf.

As part of its announcement, NBC said it would renew another spin-off of the show, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” which is also set in New York.

Mr. Wolf and NBC executives had engaged in last-minute back and forth about potentially saving the series, according to a person familiar with the discussions……

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May 14, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Entertainment, Fiction, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , | 6 Comments

Transformers 3 gets ready to shoot…….

Transformers 3

Ok…there is very little substantive out there about the upcoming Transformers 3 movie…

But everyone is running with the story provided by Shia LeBouf…that the 3rd movie of the series will be better….

Shia LaBeouf says the second “Transformers” movie got too big for its own good – but the third one brings the heart back to the franchise.

LaBeouf, who starts work on the next “Transformers” sequel Tuesday, said the third installment will be the best one yet. The new script restores a human element that got lost in the second movie, LaBeouf said.

“When I saw the second movie, I wasn’t impressed with what we did,” LaBeouf said in an interview Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival, where his finance drama “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” is premiering. “There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone.”

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a runaway commercial success but was drubbed by critics.

Michael Bay returns for the third time as director of the science-fiction franchise, which centers on dueling races of giant robots that bring their war to Earth. The next movie will have what the last one lacked – a sense of human consequences, LaBeouf said.

On the second movie, “we got lost. We tried to get bigger. It’s what happens to sequels. It’s like, how do you top the first one? You’ve got to go bigger,” LaBeouf said. “Mike went so big that it became too big, and I think you lost the anchor of the movie. … You lost a bit of the relationships. Unless you have those relationships, then the movie doesn’t matter. Then it’s just a bunch of robots fighting each other.”

With “Transformers 3,” the toll of the robot war will be grave for our planet, LaBeouf said……….

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May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Updates, Women | , | 1 Comment

Iron Man II Tops the Weekend Box office numbers……

I told you Iron Man II was good!

Obviously a heck of a lot people saw what my wife and I saw…

Kudos’ to John Favreau and Robert Downey Jr . for a better second picture than the first……

Go SEE IT!

Striking with an estimated $133.6 million in a blazing start to the summer movie season, Iron Man 2 shot past the debut of the first Iron Man, which kicked off with $98.6 million on the same weekend in 2008. The sequel also rocketed to fifth place among the highest-grossing opening weekends of all time, slotting behindPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest‘s $135.6 million launch. In terms of estimated attendance, though, <b>Iron Man 2</b> would chart ninth on that list.

Iron Man 2 showed on close to 10,000 screens at a record 4,380 theaters and, in three days, already ranks as the fourth highest-grossing picture from 2010. Its gross included 181 IMAX runs, which generated an estimated $10.2 million. That set the 2D IMAX opening weekend record, eclipsing Star Trek‘s $8.5 million from last year.

While Iron Man 2 didn’t receive as much of a second movie bump as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s ChestThe Matrix ReloadedThe Dark Knight or even X2: X-Men United among others, it’s important to note that the norm is audience erosion for pictures performing at this level, making Iron Man 2‘s 35 percent increase over the first movie’s opening a success.

Iron Man 2 capitalized on the good will produced by the first movie, which was a rare happy superhero movie and propelled by Robert Downey, Jr. However, its marketing didn’t up the ante, essentially offering more of the same and lacking a strong villain or new conflict. A “hail the conquering hero” effect was assumed, but, as pictures like Dark Knight and Dead Man’s Chest have shown, the advertising still has to do more than simply announce a sequel if records are going to fall. What’s more, the first Iron Man was a broadly-appealing spectacle, not just something for young fans, so the sequel likely didn’t have the opening weekend urgency for an all time best.

According to distributor Paramount Pictures’ exit polling, 60 percent of Iron Man 2‘s audience was male and 60 percent was over 25 years old, skewing more female but older than the first Iron Man‘s opening. These demographics also partially explain why Iron Man 2 wasn’t poised to break any records out of the gate. The previous benchmarks, The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3, had younger and more female pull than Iron ManDark Knight‘s opening stats were 52 percent male and 50 percent under 25, whileSpider-Man 3 was 54 percent male and 63 percent under 25.

As is usually the case with summer openings, there was a huge gulf between the top movie and everything else……

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And thanks John for the ‘shout outs’ to Queens and Flushing Meadows Park!

Both Faverau and Downey Jr. are native New Yorkers……

May 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, Updates | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Go see Iron Man II!

My wife and I just came from watching Iron Man II at the movies……

Go watch the MOVIE folks!

Maybe you’ll even clap and shout out (  The whole Damn place was also ) like I did during certain parts of the movie……

We think it was actually BETTER than the orignal…..

And wait for the credits to finish……..


There’s another scene……Iron Man 2 wallpaper Wallpapers

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

I’m going to see Iron Man-2…….

Iron Man 2

I never thought I’d like Iron Man …but me and the wife loved it!

And we’re happy for Robert Downey Jr. …

Who seems to be in control of his demons…..

“Iron Man 2,” the first superhero sequel of the summer, fulfills the basic requirements of the genre, which can be summed up as more of the same, with emphasis on more. Having introduced its physically and intellectually gifted, emotionally tormented protagonist in both his regular and alter egos, a comic book franchise will typically set out, in the second installment, in search of new villains, bigger suits, brighter gadgets and tendrils of plot that can blossom in subsequent sequels.

But sometimes — for instance in the recent Spider-Man, X-Men and Batman cycles — the second time is a charm, as filmmakers and actors use the reasonable certainty of financial success to take chances and explore odd corners of their archetypal, juvenile stories. “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau from a screenplay by Justin Theroux, doesn’t achieve the emotional complexity of “Spider-Man 2” or the operatic grandeur of “The Dark Knight,” but it does try something a little bit new and perhaps, given the solemnity that has overtaken so much comic-book-based filmed entertainment, a little bit risky. It’s funny.

Mr. Favreau and Mr. Theroux are both accomplished actors — in “Iron Man 2” Mr. Favreau again plays Iron Man’s nebbishy gopher — and they have in effect turned this movie over to its game and talented cast. It’s not that the action sequences are badly executed; they just aren’t very interesting. The suits and explosions and C.G.I. flight simulations may have cost a lot of money, but more imagination has been invested in the film’s sleek and shiny look and, above all, in its jittery, loquacious and eccentric population of geniuses, frauds, playboys and bad guys.

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | , , , , | 4 Comments

I'm going to see Iron Man-2…….

Iron Man 2

I never thought I’d like Iron Man …but me and the wife loved it!

And we’re happy for Robert Downey Jr. …

Who seems to be in control of his demons…..

“Iron Man 2,” the first superhero sequel of the summer, fulfills the basic requirements of the genre, which can be summed up as more of the same, with emphasis on more. Having introduced its physically and intellectually gifted, emotionally tormented protagonist in both his regular and alter egos, a comic book franchise will typically set out, in the second installment, in search of new villains, bigger suits, brighter gadgets and tendrils of plot that can blossom in subsequent sequels.

But sometimes — for instance in the recent Spider-Man, X-Men and Batman cycles — the second time is a charm, as filmmakers and actors use the reasonable certainty of financial success to take chances and explore odd corners of their archetypal, juvenile stories. “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau from a screenplay by Justin Theroux, doesn’t achieve the emotional complexity of “Spider-Man 2” or the operatic grandeur of “The Dark Knight,” but it does try something a little bit new and perhaps, given the solemnity that has overtaken so much comic-book-based filmed entertainment, a little bit risky. It’s funny.

Mr. Favreau and Mr. Theroux are both accomplished actors — in “Iron Man 2” Mr. Favreau again plays Iron Man’s nebbishy gopher — and they have in effect turned this movie over to its game and talented cast. It’s not that the action sequences are badly executed; they just aren’t very interesting. The suits and explosions and C.G.I. flight simulations may have cost a lot of money, but more imagination has been invested in the film’s sleek and shiny look and, above all, in its jittery, loquacious and eccentric population of geniuses, frauds, playboys and bad guys.

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | , , , , | 4 Comments

Movie Boxoffice gross for Monday 4/26/10……..

Rank* Title Friday
4/23
Saturday
4/24
Sunday
4/25
Monday
4/26
1 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Paramount (DreamWorks)

3,665

$3,540,491

+189.3% / $966
$166,536,205 / 29

$6,775,807

+91.4% / $1,849
$173,312,012 / 30

$5,033,915

-25.7% / $1,374
$178,345,927 / 31

$844,721

-83.2% / $230
$179,190,648 / 32

2 THE BACK-UP PLAN
CBS Films

3,280

$4,257,676

— / $1,298
$4,257,676 / 1

$4,992,972

+17.3% / $1,522
$9,250,648 / 2

$2,951,062

-40.9% / $900
$12,201,710 / 3

$843,885

-71.4% / $257
$13,045,595 / 4

3 KICK-ASS
Lionsgate

3,065

$2,835,395

+138.2% / $925
$28,201,219 / 8

$3,865,995

+36.3% / $1,261
$32,067,214 / 9

$2,641,008

-31.7% / $862
$34,708,222 / 10

$800,248

-69.7% / $261
$35,508,470 / 11

4 THE LOSERS
Warner Bros.

2,936

$3,236,476

— / $1,102
$3,236,476 / 1

$3,722,588

+15% / $1,268
$6,959,064 / 2

$2,447,284

-34.3% / $834
$9,406,348 / 3

$727,119

-70.3% / $248
$10,133,467 / 4

5 DATE NIGHT
Fox

3,294

$3,287,331

+216.5% / $998
$56,158,927 / 15

$4,843,603

+47.3% / $1,470
$61,002,530 / 16

$2,330,289

-51.9% / $707
$63,332,819 / 17

$645,807

-72.3% / $196
$63,978,626 / 18

6 CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)
Warner Bros.

3,271

$2,355,097

+157.4% / $720
$138,994,474 / 22

$3,984,994

+69.2% / $1,218
$142,979,468 / 23

$2,584,089

-35.2% / $790
$145,563,557 / 24

$644,398

-75.1% / $197
$146,207,955 / 25

7 DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2010)
Sony / Screen Gems

2,459

$2,361,095

+154.6% / $960
$22,810,272 / 8

$3,508,593

+48.6% / $1,427
$26,318,865 / 9

$2,153,074

-38.6% / $876
$28,471,939 / 10

$616,928

-71.3% / $251
$29,088,867 / 11

8 OCEANS
Buena Vista

1,206

$2,055,640

-16.7% / $1,705
$4,522,170 / 2

$2,142,901

+4.2% / $1,777
$6,665,071 / 3

$1,860,417

-13.2% / $1,543
$8,525,488 / 4

$550,338

-70.4% / $456
$9,075,826 / 5

9 THE LAST SONG
Buena Vista

2,794

$1,193,672

+207.3% / $427
$52,892,343 / 24

$1,639,543

+37.4% / $587
$54,531,886 / 25

$927,601

-43.4% / $332
$55,459,487 / 26

$202,668

-78.2% / $73
$55,662,155 / 27

10 HOT TUB TIME MACHINE
MGM

1,787

$591,183

+93.5% / $331
$44,314,558 / 29

$873,669

+47.8% / $489
$45,188,227 / 30

$542,273

-37.9% / $303
$45,730,500 / 31

$201,540

-62.8% / $113
$45,932,040 / 32

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11 ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)
Buena Vista

1,385

$587,723

+107.5% / $424
$325,860,649 / 50

$1,006,102

+71.2% / $726
$326,866,751 / 51

$670,272

-33.4% / $484
$327,537,023 / 52

$174,432

-74% / $126
$327,711,455 / 53

12 TYLER PERRY’S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?
Lionsgate

1,251

$501,147

+134.1% / $401
$56,258,063 / 22

$807,395

+61.1% / $645
$57,065,458 / 23

$418,963

-48.1% / $335
$57,484,421 / 24

$121,395

-71% / $97
$57,605,816 / 25

13 THE BOUNTY HUNTER
Sony / Columbia

1,581

$492,393

+113.4% / $311
$61,663,721 / 36

$731,066

+48.5% / $462
$62,394,787 / 37

$347,236

-52.5% / $220
$62,742,023 / 38

$114,624

-67% / $73
$62,856,647 / 39

14 DIARY OF A WIMPY KID
Fox

1,605

$426,676

+142.8% / $266
$58,168,620 / 36

$826,452

+93.7% / $515
$58,995,072 / 37

$633,336

-23.4% / $395
$59,628,408 / 38

$79,710

-87.4% / $50
$59,708,118 / 39

15 AVATAR
Fox

421

$241,556

+111.3% / $574
$745,686,489 / 127

$434,181

+79.7% / $1,031
$746,120,670 / 128

$244,467

-43.7% / $581
$746,365,137 / 129

$68,371

-72% / $162
$746,433,508 / 130

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April 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Movies, Other Things, Updates, Women | | 1 Comment

Talkandpolitcs on a Congressional Hearing on Fraud and Ratings…..

From Talkandpolitcs….……

Live on Cspan. The stottering is unbelievable.

Seems like it’s falling apart. Twenty minutes on blaming “lack of resources”, then on internal disputes with “who, she? me? i said? to whom?”. This hurts to watch.

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April 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Fiction, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, TalkandPolitcs, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment