Jamesb101.com

commentary on Politics and a little bit of everything else

Boeing threatens to NOT bid on thr Aerial Tanker contract…Are they serious?

[ The Boeing 767 based Aerial Tanker in Italian Air Force colors ]

I wouldn’t think so…….

The Dog see’s this as a chess move….

They are complaining about Airbus subsidies…..

Airbus IS supported by the French, British, German and Italian countries…..

That’s fact….

It isn’t gonna change anytime soon in this economic atmosphere…

But lets be fair here…

The United States government goes to bat for Boeing  with tax credits and reserach…..and provides subsidies for countries that buy American Defense products…..

WTF?

The Dog still does not understand why PRESIDENT OBAMA doesn’t over-rule Defense Secretary Gates and cut a duel award contract deal????

It is a win-win solution to a big problem….

Boeing wins with a smaller tanker…

Airbus wins with a larger tanker….

The state of Washington winds with a order for airplanes…

The state of Alabama wins with an order for airplanes….

The Europeans are happy the American brought their plane…

And the Air Force finally will get a replacement ‘short ‘ tanker and ‘bridge’ tanker…..

JUST LIKE THEY HAVE NOW……(KC-135 and the KC-10 )….

WHAT IS HOLDING THEM UP????

TELL GATES HE WORKS THE PRESIDENT…..IT’S NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!!

Boeing is considering not bidding for the U.S. Air Force’s KC-X tanker contract, a company source said May 14.

That would leave Europe’s EADS – which earlier this year had threatened its own pullout – as the sole bidder for the multibillion-dollar prize.

CEO Jim McNerney and other executives are privately debating whether their company can even win, much less make a profit, on the fixed-price contract, one senior Boeing executive said.

“Is it conceivable that we wouldn’t bid?” the executive said. “We are proud of the fleet and want it to win the contract so the Air Force keeps flying our planes. Your heart says you have to be part of it, but a CEO’s job is to make sure that the heart doesn’t make a decision the head can’t live with.”

Boeing spokesman Damien Mills insisted May 13 that the firm will bid.

But Boeing supporters have long complained that illegal subsidies would lower EADS’ bid price, and company officials have said for several weeks that the Pentagon appears to have shifted requirements to favor the European firm.

Earlier this year, DoD officials – eager to avoid a sole-source award to Boeing in the wake of Northrop Grumman’s withdrawal – delayed the bidding deadline 60 days to allow EADS to bid. DoD also allowed the European firm to enter the contest without a U.S. firm as a partner.

Pentagon officials say they have changed neither the requirements nor the way the bids will be evaluated.

“Jim doesn’t want to be in a position that we are going to bid a losing bid,” the Boeing executive said. “It gets difficult when you’re dealing with a competitor who has flat-out said on several occasions that they’re going to underbid us. How can they do that if the list price of their plane is higher than the list on our plane? Because they are subsidized and we’re a for-profit company, so the question we’re asking is: How do we compete against four governments?”

The average cost of a Boeing 767-200ER is $133 million, of an Airbus A330-200F, $194.8 million, according to Teal Group aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia.

The executive said Boeing has not arrived at a decision. He said raising the prospect of sitting out was not a negotiating tactic. ( BULL S*#T)

………..

Boeing executives and its supporters say Airbus, which has garnered more than half of the commercial jet market in recent years, has been powered by nearly $200 billion in subsidies over four decades. The World Trade Organization recently resolved a 2009 lawsuit filed by the U.S. government, finding Airbus guilty of using illegal subsidies to win contracts with predatory pricing. Europe has countersued, claiming Boeing benefits from research and development tax credits.

More……..

Advertisements

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bingo problems in Alabama………

The State is nearing a vote to make electronic bingo legal…….

The issue is hot…pitting the state’s Democrats in the legislature …which favors gambling…..so that its money can be taxed for state revenue…against the state’s Governor Bob Riley (Republican ) who is trying very hard to stamp out any vestiges of slot/bingo machine gambling  in the state…..

Added to the mix is the big money that could come if the whole gambling thing gets BIG in the state…..

The whole thing now has the fed’s involved in a criminal investigation and a vote on the issue is forth coming by the lower Alabama House, which is following the State Senate’s approving vote on legalizing the slot machine/electric bingo machine’s….

It has pushed several law enforcement agencies into differing postions…depending on their location in the state since revenue from gambling fee’s could flow to those agencies also…..

The public would vote soon after on the issue….

Since 2008, Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican who is nearing the end of his second and last term, has been on an aggressive campaign to stop the spread of electronic bingo machines, arguing that they are little more than slot machines and thus illegal under the State Constitution. He set up a task force on gambling, which has been raiding electronic-bingo casinos and carting off the machines in the middle of the night.

Court rulings on the matter, while mostly favorable to the governor’s position, have not put the issue to rest, and now state lawmakers have waded in. In March, the State Senate approved a constitutional amendment that would authorize, tax and regulate electronic bingo. The House is scheduled to vote this week, and if it passes, the amendment will be put to a statewide referendum in November.

Proponents of legalizing electronic bingo, mostly Democrats, say that the state needs the money and that gambling needs the regulation. Opponents say the social ills that come with gambling would be costly and end up offsetting the revenues anyway.

Both sides insist that the others are acting at the whim of sinister forces: either the Mississippi and American Indian gambling interests who are eager to stop any competition, or the big money gambling developers who already run casinos and are among the most generous campaign donors in the state.

There is evidence for claims on both sides, though suspicions far outpace fact. In offices and in the hallways of the Statehouse, and along the bar at Bud’s, the beer and cigar joint where lobbyists loosen their ties at the end of the day, conspiracy theories about the opposition run rampant. Recently, The Birmingham News reported that some lawmakers had worn recording devices as part of the federal inquiry, which is apparently becoming a common practice in Montgomery.

More……..

April 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Entertainment, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Daniel……Alabama Governor: PPP released second part of Alabama Poll showing Republican Frontrunners leading Democrats…..

Hello Dog!

PPP has released the second part of their Alabama Governor Poll showing that the leading Republican Frontrunners are ahead over both Democrats Davis and Sparks.

However before I come to the Numbers here is an interesting Development:

Politico reports that State Treasurer Kay Ivey (R-AL) will drop her bid for Governor and will run for Lieutenant Governor instead.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/35245.html

Public Policy Polling Survey

Alabama Governor 2010

General Election

Former State Senator Bradley Byrne (R)  48 %

U. S. Representative Arthur Davis (D)  32 %
Undecided  20 %

State Treasurer Kay Ivey (R)  44 % (Dropped out; Now running for Lt. Governor)
U. S. Rep. Arthur Davis (D)  33 %
Undecided  23 %

Real Estate Developer Tim James (R)  42 %
U. S. Rep. Arthur Davis (D)  33 %
Undecided  25 %

Former Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore (R)  43 %
United States Representative Arthur Davis (D)  37 %
Undecided  19 %

Former State Senator Bradley Byrne (R)  43 %
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D)  30 %
Undecided  26 %

State Treasurer Kay Ivey (R)  39 % (Dropped out; Now running for Lt. Governor)
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D)  33 %
Undecided  28 %

Real Estate Developer Tim James (R)  38 %
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D)  33 %
Undecided  29 %

Former Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore (R)  42 %
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D)  37 %
Undecided  21 %

Job Approval

Governor Bob Riley (R)

Approve  36 %
Disapprove  50 %
Not Sure  14 %

Full Results of the Alabama General Election Poll can be found here.

http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/

Analysis:

Ivey’s Exit will certainly have an impact in the GOP Primary with Byrne leading Moore by only 4 Points. Ivey did also reasonable well here in the General Election. If Moore however is the Nominee things could get really tight otherwise Republicans will win in a staunchly conservative State.

Daniel G.

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 19 Comments

Daniel…..Alabama Governor Primaries: Davis leads Sparks; Byrne & Moore in a Dead Heat for Republicans according to a new Public Policy Polling Survey…….

Hello Dog!

This will certainly make our friend Conservative Democrat very happy.

We’ve the first Poll out for the Alabama Governor Primaries from a BIG Pollster to replace Term-Limited Governor Bob Riley (R-AL). According to the Public Policy Polling (PPP) Survey U. S. Rep. Arthur Davis (D-AL) leads Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks (D-AL) by 10 Points in the Democratic Primary. The Republican Primary however is a Dead Heat between former State Senator Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and former Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore (R-AL)

Public Policy Polling Survey

Alabama Governor 2010

Democratic Primary

United States Representative Rep. Arthur G. Davis  38 %
Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks  28 %
Inventor & Ex-Teacher Sam Franklin Thomas  9 %
Undecided  25 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://www.arturdavis2010.com
http://www.sparks2010.com/

Republican Primary

former State Senator Bradley Byrne  27 %
former AL Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore  23 %
State Treasurer Kay Ivey  10 %
State Representative Robert Bentley  10 %
Real Estate Developer Tim James  9 %
Bill Johnson  1 %
James Potts  0 %
Charles Taylor  0 %
Undecided  20 %

Major Candidates Websites:

http://byrneforalabama.com/
http://www.moore2010.com/
http://www.kayivey.org/
http://www.robertbentley2010.com/

Note to Readers especially CD: General Election Numbers for Alabama will likely be released either tomorrow or on Thursday.

Full Results of the Alabama Primary Poll can be found here:

http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com/


Analysis:

I’m assuming at least Davis will be behind in the General Election Poll. Anything else would be a REAL SHOCKER.

Daniel G.

Update from CD…..

Alabama State Treasurer Kay Ivey (R) dropping out of the governor’s race and instead seeking to challenge incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom, Jr., (D) ?

http://www.al.com/

Second Update from CD.….This one is from PPP POlling which concludes that the GOP candidate is favored in Alabama….REALLY?

I like the lone comment to the post from PPP….WHAT A WASTE OF MONEY!…a black candidate in Alabama running for Governor?

Of course…. the guy is gonna have a hard time!

March 31, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , , | 3 Comments

EADS comes back to table to bid the US Air Force Aerial Tanker contract …….Maybe….

The conditions for the European EADS without earlier partner Northrop would be assurances that they get fair crack at the contract to build over a 150 new refueling aircraft for the US Air Force……

The company will be swimming upstream against a strong suspicion that the word is out to buy American…..

While the right solution would be to make a dual buy…Defense Secertary Gates has been able to rule that out so far…

The Dog questions why Gates has been give that latitude to make that decision since a dual buy (The Air Force currently has two types of tanker , KC-135 /B-707 and KC-10/DC-10 )……and a dual buy would just continue the policy of having a smaller and larger tanker ……in addition, to making Senators, Governors, local worker’s, and Foreign leaders along with their countrymen happy……

Obama needs to step in and overrule Gates……..

This could be win/win situation for everyone involved…..

Here’s the piece……

Aerospace and defense company EADS said Friday it is considering a new bid for a $35 billion Pentagon contract for midair refueling tankers but it will only compete if it has a fair chance against rival Boeing Co.

A consortium of EADS and Northrop Grumman pulled out of the bidding for the long-awaited, 179-tanker contract earlier this month. They said the terms of the deal appeared designed to favor a smaller jet offered by Boeing.

But Thursday, the Defense Department “indicated it would welcome a proposal from EADS North America as prime contractor for the KC-X tanker competition,” according to a statement Friday from EADS. It called the move “a significant development.”

EADS, the parent company of Airbus, said it would consider bidding again if it is given an extended deadline to prepare a new proposal – and, crucially, “if there is a fair chance to win.”

EADS and its American partner, Northrop, were initially awarded the contract for the tanker fleet in 2008, but Boeing protested and the deal was annulled later that year.

The withdrawal of the Northrop-led consortium left Boeing as the only bidder.

European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. NV said the Pentagon was indicating “a willingness to extend the timeframe,” and said it is “assessing this new situation to determine if the company can feasibly submit” a new bid.

But it said the Pentagon’s new stance “does not address EADS’ underlying concerns” that the request for bids is designed to favor Boeing.

EADS spokesman Alexander Reinhardt said the company, which is based in Paris and Munich, will decide in coming weeks on whether to bid – either alone or with a partner.

Boeing is offering a military version of its 767 passenger jet. Reinhardt said he thinks it is unlikely that EADS would change the larger Airbus A-330 airframe on which the original tanker offer was based, because the only other suitable plane it has ready – the A310 – is old and thus unsuited for a fleet with a lifetime of 45-50 years.

The current deadline is early May.

More…….

March 19, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Alamaba Football claims it's 13th National College Football Title!

On Texas’ fifth snap of the Bowl Championship Series title game Thursday night, Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus leveled Texas quarterback Colt McCoy with a punishing hit on an option play.

That hit ultimately defined Alabama’s 37-21 victory before 94,906 at the Rose Bowl, as McCoy never returned. Texas buried itself in a 24-6 halftime deficit behind the backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert, made a furious rally to close the score to 24-21, and had a chance to drive down the field and win with just over three minutes remaining. But two late turnovers by Gilbert led to easy Alabama touchdowns and made the final score more lopsided than the game.

While big cities have pro baseball, basketball and football teams…..college football is still big out there!

94,906 people is a lot of people watching a American sports event………

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Alamaba Football claims it’s 13th National College Football Title!

On Texas’ fifth snap of the Bowl Championship Series title game Thursday night, Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus leveled Texas quarterback Colt McCoy with a punishing hit on an option play.

That hit ultimately defined Alabama’s 37-21 victory before 94,906 at the Rose Bowl, as McCoy never returned. Texas buried itself in a 24-6 halftime deficit behind the backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert, made a furious rally to close the score to 24-21, and had a chance to drive down the field and win with just over three minutes remaining. But two late turnovers by Gilbert led to easy Alabama touchdowns and made the final score more lopsided than the game.

While big cities have pro baseball, basketball and football teams…..college football is still big out there!

94,906 people is a lot of people watching a American sports event………

January 8, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Education, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

SE on the Alabama races……

Our buddy SE from over at              did this post on the upcoming Alabama races at this time…….We’re hoping Artur Davis gains some traction…….and SE call’s for Parker Griffith to lose in the AL -5th!…..whew!…..that would be interesting…all that noise for nothing?

Here’s SE’s take………

Here’s a rundown of how I think the Alabama Races will go:

Governor: Incumbent GOP Governor Bob Riley is term-limited, thus setting up a free-for-all on both sides. On the GOP side, State Representative Robert Bentley, former State Community College System Chancellor Bradley Byrne, State Treasurer Kay Ivey, Real Estate Developer Tim James, former State Economic Development Director Bill Johnson, former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, and Financial Analyst James Potts are in the running. On the Democratic side, Congressman Artur Davis, State Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries Ron Sparks, and Inventor Sam Franklin Thomas are in the running. I expect Kay Ivey to win the GOP Primary easily. The Democratic race is still up in the air. If the Democrats nominate Davis, Ivey has a slight edge. If Sparks is the nominee, it will be close til’ the end. GOP HOLD if Davis is the nominee, TOSSUP if Sparks is the nominee.

Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent Democratic Lieutenant Governor Jim Folsom Jr. is running for re-election. On the GOP side, State Senator Hank Erwin and Teacher Gene Ponder are in the running. The Democrats have unified behind Folsom Jr. I expect Erwin to win the GOP Primary and get crushed 57-43 by Folsom Jr. DEM HOLD.

Attorney General: Scandal-mired Incumbent GOP Attorney General Troy King is running for re-election. On the GOP side, King and Attorney Luther Strange are in the running. On the Democratic side, Attorney Michel Nicrosi and former State Democratic Party Chairman Giles Perkins are in the running. I expect King to defeat Strange 54-46 and Perkins to defeat Nicrosi 63-37. In the end, King narrowly wins 51-49. GOP HOLD.

Secretary of State: Incumbent GOP Secretary of State Beth Chapman is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Chapman. There are no announced Democratic Candidates, but two potential candidates are Secretary of State’s Office Administrator Ed Packard and former Secretary of State Nancy Worely. Chapman will defeat whoever the Democrats nominate, if anybody. GOP HOLD.

State Auditor: Incumbent GOP State Auditor Samantha Shaw is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Shaw, and there are no announced or potential Democratic candidates. GOP HOLD.

State Treasurer: Incumbent GOP State Treasurer Kay Ivey is running for Governor. On the GOP side, retired Businessman Terry Dunn, Accountant Ron Stokes, former State Treasurer and former State PSC Commissioner George Wallace Jr. are in the running. On the Democratic side, former State Conservation Commissioner Charles Grimsley and Attorney Jeremy Shearer are in the running. Wallace Jr. will handily defeat the GOP opposition and Grimsley will win 73-27 over Shearer. Wallace Jr. will defeat Grimsley 58-42. GOP HOLD.

State Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries: Incumbent Democratic State Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries Ron Sparks is running for Governor. The Democrats have unified behind Deputy State Agriculture Glen Zorn. On the GOP side, Walker County Economic Development Chair Dorman Grace, former State Conservation Commissioner John McMillan, and Businessman Dale Peterson are in the running. I expect McMillan to win 59-32-9 over Grace and Peterson. Zorn will narrowly defeat McMillan 53-47. DEM HOLD.

US Senate: Incumbent GOP US Senator Richard Shelby is running for re-election. The GOP has unified behind Shelby, and the Democrats have no announced or potential candidates. GOP HOLD.

US Congress: The GOP easily retains AL-01, AL-04, and AL-06. Here are the others:

AL-02: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Bobby Bright is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby and Businessman Rick Barber are in the running. The Democrats have, reluctantly, unified behind Bright. The Independents have unified behind IT Manager Rob John. I expect Roby to be teabagged to death by Barber 52-48. Barber will defeat Bright 54-46. GOP PICKUP.

AL-03: Incumbent GOP Congressman Mike Rogers is running for re-election. The Gop has unified behind Rogers the Democrats have unified behind Attorney Josh Segall, and the Independents have unified behind Real Estate Broker Mark Layfield. Rogers will defeat Segall 55-43, with the rest going to Layfield. GOP HOLD.

AL-05: Incumbent GOP Congressman Parker Griffifth is running for re-election. On the GOP side, Griffifth, Madison County Commissioner Morris Brooks, and Businessman Les Phillip are in the running. There are no announced candidates on the Democratic side, but potential candidates include State Representative Marcel Black, State Senator Tom Butler, Huntsville School Board President Doug Martinson, and former Congressional Aide Steve Raby. I expect Brooks to defeat Griffifth and Phillip 51-45-4. I expect Butler to get in the race for the Democrats. Brooks will defeat Butler 56-44. GOP HOLD.

AL-07: Incumbent Democratic Congressman Artur Davis is running for Governor. On the Democratic side, Attorney Martha Bozeman, State Representative Earl Hilliard Jr., Frank Lankster, former Radio Journalist Patricia Evans Mokolo, Attorney Terri Sewell, Jefferson County Commissioner Sheila Smoot, and Mortgage Broker Eddison Waters are in the running. The GOP is unified behind Tea Party Activist Michele Waller. I expect a Runoff between Hilliard Jr. and Smoot, with Hilliard Jr. winning 53-47. Hilliard Jr. handily defeats Waller. DEM HOLD

POSTED BY SE-779 AT 12:58 PM

January 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, PoliticalDogs SE posts, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

A Blue dog Democrat, Rep. Parker Griffith will make the switch to the GOP in Alabama…..

Freshman Rep. Parker Griffith (D-Ala.) will go ever to the GOP which shouldn’t be too hard in Alamaba…the thing is the seat has been in Democratic hands since 1866…..oh, well!……..

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

Is Basket Ball's Charles Barkley right?…….Alabama isn't ready for Artur Davis?…….

Sir Charles Barkley got interviewed at the Navistar LPGA Classic recently……When asked about Rep.  (D-Ala) Artur Davis ‘s chances of winning the up coming election for Governor of the deep south state…he gave a typical frank, no holes bared answer…..”They’re not ready. They didn’t vote for Barack Obama. They’re not going to vote for Artur Davis,” Barkley told WSFA-TV in an interview at a golf tournament..

The more things change…..the more things remain the same…….

It just is……that’s all………

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Politics, Sports | , , , , , , | Leave a comment