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The race for F-35 Air Force basing….

CTOL F-35A F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter in flight

Even though one pilot flys the F-35 Lighting…..

It takes literally thousands of people to staff the bases that the aircraft are based out of….

And as we all know…People  = Money….

So It isn’t surprising that there is a rush on to become one of bases that the operational aircraft will operate out of when they finally start coming off the assembly lines…..

In Idaho, where officials predict a $1 billion boost from up to 3,000 personnel and 144 planes, even the state-sponsored lottery is in act: Its website urges gamers to join the effort to lure F-35s to Gowen Field Air National Guard Base in Boise and Mountain Home Air Force Base, 50 miles to the east.

“We feel strongly that it would be foolish to not support this, with the state of the economy,” said Adam Park, a spokesman for Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

Meanwhile, Tim Amalong, a general aviation business manager at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona, is talking up the local Air Guard station’s attributes – and trash-talking rivals. Four-season weather above the Sonoran Desert’s 1.9-million-acre Barry Goldwater Training Range makes for better flying than colder airspace in Utah or Idaho, Amalong insists.

“I’ve been up there sometimes during the winter and it ain’t pretty,” he said.

So far, Lockheed Martin Corp. has built just a few of roughly 2,400 F-35s the United States has said it wants to buy, but the plane’s cost already has more than doubled to some $113 million apiece.

What’s more, the joint strike fighter – “joint” because different versions are also being built for the U.S. Marines and Navy – isn’t likely to be ready for Air Force operations until 2015, two years behind schedule.

Air Force officials responsible for the F-35 didn’t return repeated phone calls.

Five sites are training-mission candidates, where American and foreign pilots from U.S. allies that buy the planes would come to learn their way around the cockpits: Gowen Field; Tucson; Luke Air Force Base, also in Arizona; Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, and Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico……

More……..

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May 30, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Family, Government, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Weather, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

Whitman is spending a boatload of money in the California race for Governor…..

Meg Whitman

From PoliticalWire……

Whitman’s Unprecedented Ad Blitz

The San Jose Mercury News notes that since the begininng of the year, Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor in California spent $27.2 million — more than $4 a second.

“At that pace, in the time it takes to read this sentence aloud, the campaign will have spent another 50 bucks to pulverize her already-battered GOP opponent, Steve Poizner, whom she’s beating by 50 points in the polls.”

You know the Dog thought Jerry Brown had this locked up……

No more…..

While I think voters will eventually come home to Brown…..Whitman’s money could be the food for a upset……

She’s got the GOP nomination locked up…That’s for sure

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Russian secrets for sale, no questions asked……

Savelovsky market

[ Anything from porn to secret databases is openly for sale at Savyolovsky market in downtown Moscow. ]

The Dog wonders if the CIA gets a discount?

They are selling secrets along the shining corridors of the Savyolovsky Market: Unlisted numbers. Tax returns. Customs declarations. Wanted lists. Police reports. Car registrations. Business permits.

Wrenched from the bowels of government by the forces of runaway capitalism and corruption, the hush-hush databases have made their way to this market in central Moscow where the windows of tiny shops glitter with cellphones, pirated DVDs and porn.

Compressed on discs, frozen in Cyrillic letters, is a trove of petty squabbles and personal tragedies that make up the fabric of this vast and often lawless land.

In a country where you have no right to know, but really you can know anything, anybody can anonymously buy discs burned with private information such as rape victimization, financial holdings and the suspicion of CIA involvement. Asking price (it’s negotiable): $40 to $60.

Nobody asks whether the buyer is looking for a competitive edge, an address to plan a hit, research for a newspaper article. The sale of these databases is illegal, sure, but nobody seems to care. A few beat cops browse lazily among the stalls, studying cellphones.

“Krysha,” a vendor with matted dreadlocks and bloodshot eyes says slyly, stretching a flat hand over his head. “Roof” — the word Russians use to denote protection.

The roof is the person who has enough connections, and enough muscle, to shelter underlings from the authorities. When Russians talk about operating in Moscow — opening a business, or even working as a journalist — they will, almost inevitably, say the same thing: What you need is a roof.

“It’s cool, right?” the vendor prods, jabbing a cigarette at the wall displays advertising available databases. “It’s cool.”

A reporter settles on two discs: one purporting to contain all police reports in Russia throughout 2009, the other an amalgamation of cellphone numbers, addresses and professions. Both are packed with data technically off-limits to the public.

“They get leaked, or else somebody hacks into official databases,” says another vendor, a swarthy young man who gives his name only as Alexander. “It’s not legal.”

The buyers might be concerned that a used car they’re looking to buy was stolen, or maybe they’re trying to track a license plate or find long-lost relatives or friends. Or, Alexander adds ominously, they are “people conducting their own investigations.”

A browse through the database of phone directories turns up full names, addresses and telephone contacts for employees of the FSB, the secretive intelligence service that is a successor to the KGB.

Other bits of information come to light: A Russian colleague discovers that his name and his father’s were found among the papers of a woman who was slain.

Capitalism in the heart of Russia…..Things have changed!

March 17, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates, Women | , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Your local and state government need you to return your completed census form…

Head counts mean more money…..

Head counts mean House seats……less…or more….

The 2010 Census will determine how more than $500 billion in federal funds is divvied up each year, according to a new study that adds urgency to cash-strapped jurisdictions pushing residents to mail in their census questionnaires later this month.

The calculation by Andrew D. Reamer, a policy analyst with the Brookings Institution, is significantly higher than the $447 billion the federal government distributed in 2008 based on census counts. That’s in part because Reamer included the impact of federal stimulus funds that are being sent out in response to the recession.

“Counting more people means more money,” said Reamer, who figured that one-tenth of a percentage-point increase in the population count can bring an increase in federal funds ranging from 0.06 percent to 0.12 percent. “That’s real money.”

The Census Bureau has estimated that “more than $400 billion” in federal funds is at stake every year, and mailing in the census form is one small way residents can bring more money to their communities for such things as schools, roads, housing and parks.

But every jurisdiction does not get the same amount of federal funds per person. That’s because of the nature of the programs that use census statistics in allocating money.

Reamer identified 215 federal programs that rely on census data to formulate how much money they send to states, cities and counties. But one program alone, Medicaid, which provides health care to the poor, accounts for 58 percent of the money. The next three largest sources of funds — highway construction, housing vouchers and education grants — make up 14 percent.

More…….

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Education, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Someone in South Carolina doesn't want paper money as legal tender……

Representative Michael A. Pitts

Is this guy for real?

Here’s the PolitcalWire piece…….

South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Ban U.S. Currency

A bill introduced in the South Carolina legislature would disallow U.S. currency as legal tender in the state, reports the Palmetto Scoop.

The bill introduced by State Rep. Mike Pitts (R) would ban what he calls “the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin” in South Carolina.

“If the bill were to become law, South Carolina would no longer accept or use anything other than silver and gold coins as a form of payment for any debt, meaning paper money would be out in the Palmetto State.”

He, he, he……

This from the Palmetto Scoop piece……

“I’m not one to cry ‘chicken little,’ but if our federal government keeps spending at the rate we’re spending I don’t see any other outcome than the collapse of the economic system,” Pitts said.

But one legal expert told The Palmetto Scoop that, even if it were passed, Pitts’ bill would quickly be ruled unconstitutional.

It violates a perfectly legal and Constitutional federal law, enacted pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, that federal reserve notes are legal tender for all debts public and private,” the expert said. “We settled this debate in the early 1800s. I appreciate the political sentiment but the law is blatantly unconstitutional

and this…..

But Pitts admits it is unlikely the bill will be passed.

Ok…he’s just making a point…..

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Someone in South Carolina doesn’t want paper money as legal tender……

Representative Michael A. Pitts

Is this guy for real?

Here’s the PolitcalWire piece…….

South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Ban U.S. Currency

A bill introduced in the South Carolina legislature would disallow U.S. currency as legal tender in the state, reports the Palmetto Scoop.

The bill introduced by State Rep. Mike Pitts (R) would ban what he calls “the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin” in South Carolina.

“If the bill were to become law, South Carolina would no longer accept or use anything other than silver and gold coins as a form of payment for any debt, meaning paper money would be out in the Palmetto State.”

He, he, he……

This from the Palmetto Scoop piece……

“I’m not one to cry ‘chicken little,’ but if our federal government keeps spending at the rate we’re spending I don’t see any other outcome than the collapse of the economic system,” Pitts said.

But one legal expert told The Palmetto Scoop that, even if it were passed, Pitts’ bill would quickly be ruled unconstitutional.

It violates a perfectly legal and Constitutional federal law, enacted pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, that federal reserve notes are legal tender for all debts public and private,” the expert said. “We settled this debate in the early 1800s. I appreciate the political sentiment but the law is blatantly unconstitutional

and this…..

But Pitts admits it is unlikely the bill will be passed.

Ok…he’s just making a point…..

February 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid has plenty of money to spend towards his re-election……

I told Merlin……Harry Reid was a boxer…he’s not ready to take a dive…..he may never be ready…he’s still got a lotta fight in him…….

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, trailing badly in the polls, is pouring money from his prodigious fundraising operation into the state Democratic party organization to bolster his reelection campaign.

Reid has tapped his campaign war chest for dozens of state and local Democratic candidates as well as party organizations representing African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, women, gays and college students. But the bulk of Reid’s largesse is going to the Nevada Democratic Party, which will play a critical role in his race, especially in getting out the vote this November.

Reid helped funnel nearly $660,000 to the state party in 2009 alone, according to Federal Election Commission records. These funds came from Reid’s reelection campaign, his leadership PAC — the Searchlight Leadership Fund — and a joint fundraising committee created by Reid’s campaign and the state party. President Barack Obama, who will be making another trip to Nevada later this month to stump for Reid, was the headliner at a multimillion dollar fundraiser last year that benefited Reid’s reelection campaign and the state party.

Sources close to the Reid campaign said the veteran lawmaker will pump hundreds of thousands of additional dollars into the state party’s coffers throughout the year, even as he looks to raise $25 million or more for his own race. He has already raised more than $15 million.

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 2 Comments

Merlin points out two Retiring Senator's with a lot on money raised…….

Hello Dog!

Athough Democratic Senators Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) & Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) opted not to seek Reelection this year they did so with HUGE CoH in their Campaign Accounts:

CoH (as of Dec. 31st 2009)

Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT)  $ 3,343,836,87

Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND)  $ 4,226,616,64

WHOA, well you can’t say now Dorgan wasn’t prepared for Hoeven. Still amazing that Dorgan retired with more than 4 Mio. $ in the Bank. Hoeven would have likely had to play catch-up in the Money Race.

Merlin

Wow! Merlin…..what are gonna do with that money???

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

Merlin points out two Retiring Senator’s with a lot on money raised…….

Hello Dog!

Athough Democratic Senators Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) & Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) opted not to seek Reelection this year they did so with HUGE CoH in their Campaign Accounts:

CoH (as of Dec. 31st 2009)

Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT)  $ 3,343,836,87

Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND)  $ 4,226,616,64

WHOA, well you can’t say now Dorgan wasn’t prepared for Hoeven. Still amazing that Dorgan retired with more than 4 Mio. $ in the Bank. Hoeven would have likely had to play catch-up in the Money Race.

Merlin

Wow! Merlin…..what are gonna do with that money???

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Men, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Updates | , , | 4 Comments

We lost HGTV and the Food Network!…bring them back!

My wife is pissed!

We have Cablevision in our home and my wife watches at lot of  HGTV (the Home Channel) and the Food Network on cable….And she found out that as of now, the channels are off the air…..It seems that this is fight over money between Scripps Networks, who own the two and Cablevision the cable provider in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area…..

It seems that Cablevision is only paying Scripps less than 25 cents per subscriber for the channels while Scripps believes they should be getting $1.03 for the more popular Food Network and 73 cents for the HGTV feed……

They are supposed to be still talking, but Cablevision needs to give Scripps some more money….And settle this thing…..

I don’t like it when my wife isn’t happy…and I need her to be happy while I tend to feeding this site……

Give it Cablevision!

Don’t make me give FiOS my business……

Update:.…..check out these comments!…my wife isn’t the only one pissed!

January 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Computers, Entertainment, Media, Movies, Other Things, The Economy | , , , , , | 10 Comments