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Open thread for June 10th…….

Hello fellow PoliticalDog visitors!

Interesting last hour…

The site went down and Of course I’m still sitting in front of of the darn computer!

Well…As soon as do this new thread I’m skipping outside for a few!

As you can see…. I’ve been burning the posting oil to get the rest of you as much info as possible….

I’m just glad I’m not Alvin Greene……

Congratulations to all the Chicago Blackhawk fans for the win!

I knew Corey would show up to gloat…..

ILL Jim didn’t …..

Daniel’s fine after the Halter loss…

I just had to break his balls…

He’s a good guy……

Shoutouts to the rest of the Dog Pound….

SE, Manila, CD, Corey, Scott,  ILL Jim, Moe, Talkandpolitcs, JSin, TPL, Terry, Jerry, BDog (WTF has he been?), Jack, DSD, and all the spammers that I keep deleting!

Dropin’s from JJoshuajj21, Slamdunk, Rosella and Chris Ross!

Maria was around a while ago……and we’re looking for more female’s to join up!

We love you twitter people!…..

Come on down and give some comments also!

If I missed ya give me shout here…..

The Pak gets bigger everyday!

As Always!

Keep up the good work

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Media, Open thread, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 90 Comments

DSD on who is SUPPOSED TO BE in Charge?

Where is Lisa Jackson? Where is Nobel laureate Dr Stephen Chu?
As someone asked on Meet the Press last Sunday, have they gone into the Federal Witness Protection Program?

If you’d dropped into this catastrophe after staying incommunicado on Mars for 20 years, you’d have expected the Secretary of Energy and the Administrator of EPA to be in the lead on this issue. Janet Napolitano (secretary of history’s most dysfunctional department, which unfortunately runs the Coast Guard and FEMA, as well as immigration and TSA) and Ken Salazar have not been impressive. And when Dr Bobby Jindal looks more effective and decisive than the President, the latter has a problem no matter how high or low you look: P.R., partisan ambitions (especially in the South), political effectiveness, effective government or advancing his long-range dreams.

Obama should probably toss all his political and publicity advisors to one side (or over the side) to let his experts manage this properly (and pitilessly). Attacking BP and firing the head of the Interior Dept’s Minerals Management Service are certainly amply and fully justified, but they’re also completely insufficient.

May 27, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Ecology, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Military, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

Wanna Know Wednesday: Sexual History……From Up 4 Discussion…..

From JSin.…..

Hey!

It’s Wednesday and we have a very intriguing discussion for you today. The focus of today’s topic is on the sexual history of your partner. We want to know, how much would you or do you require a partner to reveal to you about their sexual history?

Are you the type of person who wants to know itall? Or are you content with knowing justenough?

Let us know how much you have to know in the poll below and feel free to elaborate on your answer by leaving a comment.

Thanks and enjoy the discussion!

Take the Quiz and More….

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Polls, Up 4 Discussion, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

“Spoken From The Heart” by Laura Bush: A Book Review…from the Oligarchkings…….

From The Oligarchkings……

From I was struck by this volume in my local bookseller if, for no other reason than the slightly boss-eyed look of its author.  “Spoken from the Heart” by Laura Bush, the former First Lady should be a vivid insiders eye view of life within one of the most controversial White Houses of recent years.  It should be pulsing with tension, loaded with insight, and dotted about with little gems of indiscretion.

It is written, after all, by a woman passionate about reading.  Laura Bush, we were told, is avid for the cause of literacy and is herself a professional librarian.  So it was astonishing to find it “helped” by writer Lyric Winik.  A ghost!  Ye gods and little fish!

Oh dear, oh dear.

Still, between them, we are given a lyrical enough vision of growing up in small town Texas during the 50’s.  We get the life etched in wind and sand, we feel for the personal loneliness of this sensitive soul and empathised with her grief over that fatal car crash.  So far, so ok.

It’s once ol’ Gee Dubya hoves up on the scene that it all goes flat.  We don’t get what the attraction is.  So Laura what was it that attracted you to millionaire George Walker Bush?

Laura’s relations with the rest of the Bush clan are elided over.  Nowhere do we get her oft quoted nickname for Barbara Bush of “Don Corlione”.  The booze is whitewashed, and we just see the domestic routine of dull, boring people.  She seems not to get the strength of the feelings that GW roused in people, and only gives us platitudes about it all working out for the best.

Even the anecdotes are feeble.  The best (and boy did I have to look hard) is that on a trip to Germany for a G7 conference, GW got food poisoning and had to have a lie down.  A lie down?  Dear grief woman is that it?

More……..

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Family, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

Nate Silver on Political Pollster’s leanings……

Nate Silver calculates the “house effects” for the five most prolific pollsters so far this year — the systematic differences a pollster’s surveys tend to lean toward one or the other party’s candidates.

Thus far in the cycle, Rasmussen has a Republican-leaning house effect of 5.5 points. Research 2000 has a Democratic-leaning house effect of 4.4 points. Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling, YouGov and Quinnipiac are within a point or two of the average.

Key point: “It’s extremely important to emphasize that just because a pollster has a house effect doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. They may result from legitimate differences of opinion about how to conduct surveys. Rasmussen, for instance, is one of the few pollsters to already be employing a likely voter model at this point. It’s not uncommon for likely voter polls to have comparatively better results for Republicans, since Democrats rely on votes from groups like young voters and minorities who turn out less reliably in midterm elections.

Nate Silver works for FiveThirtyEight.……

Here’s the chart with the Silver piece……

I keep telling Daniel this!

March 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

Nate Silver on Political Pollster's leanings……

Nate Silver calculates the “house effects” for the five most prolific pollsters so far this year — the systematic differences a pollster’s surveys tend to lean toward one or the other party’s candidates.

Thus far in the cycle, Rasmussen has a Republican-leaning house effect of 5.5 points. Research 2000 has a Democratic-leaning house effect of 4.4 points. Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling, YouGov and Quinnipiac are within a point or two of the average.

Key point: “It’s extremely important to emphasize that just because a pollster has a house effect doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. They may result from legitimate differences of opinion about how to conduct surveys. Rasmussen, for instance, is one of the few pollsters to already be employing a likely voter model at this point. It’s not uncommon for likely voter polls to have comparatively better results for Republicans, since Democrats rely on votes from groups like young voters and minorities who turn out less reliably in midterm elections.

Nate Silver works for FiveThirtyEight.……

Here’s the chart with the Silver piece……

I keep telling Daniel this!

March 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , | 4 Comments

A comparison of the Mass. Senate candidates by the 'Right Condition' Blog……

Listen….. I don’t vouch for the Blog Right Condtion…but they do a table at the site with a comparison of the candidates running for the Massachusetts senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy’s passing….take from it what you may……

But the last sentence in the piece is right on point…….

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Education, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Women | , , | 3 Comments

A comparison of the Mass. Senate candidates by the ‘Right Condition’ Blog……

Listen….. I don’t vouch for the Blog Right Condtion…but they do a table at the site with a comparison of the candidates running for the Massachusetts senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy’s passing….take from it what you may……

But the last sentence in the piece is right on point…….

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Education, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, Politics, Taxes, The Economy, Women | , , | 3 Comments

Guns and Presidental Events……..

A piece by Marc Ambinder on his Politics Blog kinda sums up my feelings about guns and Obama events……..Protection for the CIC at events extends out in three levels usually….the general area, which can be as much a mile in circumference, the immediate building or site, and the area around the man himself, which moves with him…….the outside area is controlled by local/state law enforcement with Secret Service input.  The site is usually controlled bey the Service, with local law enforcement . The protection around the man is controlled by the Service. While no protection is 100%, the chances of someone with a weapon getting thru the three zones is miniscule…….Ambinder is correct in pointing out that people showing up with guns at most locations are just a nuisance to then Service and local and state law enforcement, who must assign more manpower to keep those people under surveillance, while an event occurs………of course, the first time something happens with one of those people….the rules will change…because, no judge is gonna let someone fire a gun anywhere near a standing President, and not go to jail…………

August 19, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment