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A Response to the New York Times on the May 15 HS Female Flag football piece……

The Dog is always quick to acknowledge when he gets something wrong….

And the Dog IS NOT PERFECT….

He makes mistakes…

We have just received an email about the New York Times Female Flag Football post from May 15…..

We are reproducing Nancy Hogshead-Makar’s letter  back to the New York Times…..

She is not happy about how the author did the piece…….
To the Editor:
Your article, “No Tackling, but a Girls’ Sport Takes Some Hits” took my comments out of context when they pitted myself, a gender equity advocate, against the sport of flag football and the girls playing the sport. How absurd. The real story was a harsh critique of the Florida High School Athletic Association and their failure to provide girls with equal educational opportunities, the test for Title IX compliance. Any sports association starting a regional sport that does not enjoy an existing infrastructure like soccer did in the 1980s is obligated to work cooperatively to provide girls with similar opportunities it provides its male athletes.  For over 10 years, flag football players alone have lost out on the $1.5 billion annually in college scholarships and the abundant educational and economic benefits that research confirms flows from the competitive nature of varsity sports. Meanwhile, the FHSAA has yet to sponsor other popular girls’ sports, such as field
hockey, crew, water polo, and archery.
Of course Florida high school girls are enthusiastic about their sport; they’re  starved for sports opportunities. Nationally, 50% of all high school students are provided with sports opportunities; Florida provides just 30% of which only 41% of this small pie goes to girls.
No gender equity advocates are “hitting” flag football; its the FHSAA who should get tackled.

This from  Donna Lopiano Ph.D…..President Sprots Management Resources who was quoted in the piece…and disagree’s with way her quote was presented in the New York Times piece……

I was accurately quoted as recommending that high school add flag football for girls but my remark was incorrectly juxtaposed to comments of others who maintained that flag football would not fulfill an institution’s Title IX obligations.  My point was that the missing piece of the Title IX puzzle has been the lack of commitment by state and national governance associations, conferences and institutions to work together to expand opportunities for girls.  If flag football for girls was added with these agencies acting in concert to solve the problem of simultaneously offering regular season and post season competition against other institutions offering these sports, such action would be consistent with Title IX requirements.   Conferences and national governance associations consisting of member institutions that are recipients of federal funds, have the same Title IX obligations, to support member institution efforts to remedy historical discrimination and they should do so.
Donna A. Lopiano, Ph.D.
President
Sports Management Resources

The windup…….

Donna Lopiano and I are saying the same thing — the sports governing bodies (high school athletic associations, college conferences) must work cooperatively in order for new girls’ sports like flag football to grow.  We have a suspicion that a few sports organizations do just the opposite — they work cooperatively to limit sports opportunities for girls.  Under the law, if there is no “reasonable expectation of competition” for a particular sport, a school is not obligated to start that sport, even if they have 1000 girls with lots of former experience in the sport, and lots of interest and enthusiasm for playing.  If no school within the a college conference started flag football (or lacrosse or field hockey or crew — take your pick), any one particular member school would not be required to add that sport.
The FHSAA is not doing so for the sport of flag football.

I hope this clarifies.  Regards, NHM

The Dog is only happy to present this here….

Here’s our post……..link…..with the link to the original New York Times piece…..

Keep at it ladies!

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May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Sports, Updates, Women | , , , | 1 Comment

CT. GOP Senate hopfulLinda McMahon admits helping the NY Times…. out Blumenthal’s Vietnam Remarks…..

Can you believe this????

She comes clean on something that actually happens everyday…

Politicians planting stories (The White House leaks all the time )…

The only problem here is that she used the New Times to cut here opponent’s pool numbers….

The game is certainly dirty…..but the New York Times should know better…..

They should have at least been upfront about it……

Linda McMahon confirmed last night what was widely suspected: Her campaign assisted the New York Times in producing the article that has upended Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s Senate campaign.

Speaking to Fox News’s Sean Hannity, McMahon said her campaign “contributed some research” to the piece.

“[T]hey had initiated the story,” she said. “We contributed some research to the story for the New York Times but they initiated, they did the research, they did all the verification for it.”

She denied a “conspiracy,” repeating that “some of our research, I think, helped them later on after they broke the story.”

The Times has already taken heat for failing to acknowledge the main quote in their piece came from a speech in which Blumenthal later correctly described his service. (Though yesterday another quote surfaced in which Blumenthal said he “wore the uniform in Vietnam.”)

More……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 1 Comment

CT. GOP Senate hopfulLinda McMahon admits helping the NY Times…. out Blumenthal's Vietnam Remarks…..

Can you believe this????

She comes clean on something that actually happens everyday…

Politicians planting stories (The White House leaks all the time )…

The only problem here is that she used the New Times to cut here opponent’s pool numbers….

The game is certainly dirty…..but the New York Times should know better…..

They should have at least been upfront about it……

Linda McMahon confirmed last night what was widely suspected: Her campaign assisted the New York Times in producing the article that has upended Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s Senate campaign.

Speaking to Fox News’s Sean Hannity, McMahon said her campaign “contributed some research” to the piece.

“[T]hey had initiated the story,” she said. “We contributed some research to the story for the New York Times but they initiated, they did the research, they did all the verification for it.”

She denied a “conspiracy,” repeating that “some of our research, I think, helped them later on after they broke the story.”

The Times has already taken heat for failing to acknowledge the main quote in their piece came from a speech in which Blumenthal later correctly described his service. (Though yesterday another quote surfaced in which Blumenthal said he “wore the uniform in Vietnam.”)

More……..

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Family, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 1 Comment

The private intelligence network in Afghanistain and Pakistan is still working……..

The New York Times has been heavy on the case of a US Government program that seems to have been set up by some ex-US government good guys, and a few questionable ones…..

If you read military action novels you are very familiar with the scenario where a President…feed up with the bureaucracy involved with the CIA, Military and other agencies…..turns to a few individuals to get the job done…To find out what’s going on without regard to career building, cover your butt, or what the chief executive wants to hear…..That apperas to have  turned into contract for Lockheed….

They in turn  put together a group of former CIA operators, who hired former US special operators (SEAL’s, Deltas and other CIA special operators and natives of the two countries)

This works since the US wants to say it doesn’t have ground troops operating in Pakistan …..

The operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan seems to have morphed into that same thing…..

The names mentioned in the piece are old CIA operators and high up US Military  who left the service to retire when new improved people were brought on board….

These old hands are now running a private service that is paid by the government in a contract to the Lockheed Corporation…..

And let me mention one thing very clearly ……

THE US MILITARY IS VERY HAPPY WITH THE SET-UP!

The New York Times seems a bit indignant  …

But the Generals that run the war are NOT…

The private contractor provides valuable intel…and the while the word has gone out that the operation will not be renewed…

The US military it appears…

DOES NOT WANT IT STOPPED……THEY WANT IT TO CONTINUE….

The whole op is not under investigation by the government but

, Michael D. Furlong ,  is…….And  if my  mind set  is  right….this was the guy who set up Vice President’s  Cheney’s separate intelligence network…….

The New York Times found that Mr. Furlong’s operatives were still providing information using the same intelligence gathering methods as before and because they are using ex-US military operators…..then natural evolution of the program has occurred and those operator ……who are supervised by military people who just a few years ago ran the Iraq war and still have friends in high places and are trusted…carry out ‘wet’ work if it comes their way….

The whole thing is…..

9/11 has changed things…..

This whole story by the New York Times misses a very basic point….

Remember when  General McChrsytal was faced with a choice of what strategy to use in the war last year?

President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, went with door ‘B’…..the middle troop choice…The US will reach that strength level in Afghanistan by July….But few remember Vice President Biden’s  choice…..I do…..

‘Hunter…Killer Teams”….

That’s what the Lockheed group is doing….

So…..The Vice President got his choice also….Signed off on in 2009 by General Patreaus….

And the Commander – in Chief….

The Operation isn’t going away anytime soon….

No matter how much sunlight the New York Times* shines on it…..

Earlier this year, government officials admitted that the military had sent a group of former Central Intelligence Agency officers and retired Special Operations troops into the region to collect information — some of which was used to track and kill people suspected of being militants. Many portrayed it as a rogue operation that had been hastily shut down once an investigation began.

But interviews with more than a dozen current and former government officials and businessmen, and an examination of government documents, tell a different a story. Not only are the networks still operating, their detailed reports on subjects like the workings of the Taliban leadership in Pakistan and the movements of enemy fighters in southern Afghanistan are also submitted almost daily to top commanders and have become an important source of intelligence.

The American military is largely prohibited from operating inside Pakistan. And under Pentagon rules, the army is not allowed to hire contractors for spying.

Military officials said that when Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top commander in the region, signed off on the operation in January 2009, there were prohibitions against intelligence gathering, including hiring agents to provide information about enemy positions in Pakistan. The contractors were supposed to provide only broad information about the political and tribal dynamics in the region, and information that could be used for “force protection,” they said.

Some Pentagon officials said that over time the operation appeared to morph into traditional spying activities. And they pointed out that the supervisor who set up the contractor network, Michael D. Furlongwas now under investigation.

But a review of the program by The New York Times found that Mr. Furlong’s operatives were still providing information using the same intelligence gathering methods as before. The contractors were still being paid under a $22 million contract, the review shows, managed by Lockheed Martin and supervised by the Pentagon office in charge of special operations policy.

Geoff Morrell, the Pentagon press secretary, said that the program “remains under investigation by multiple offices within the Defense Department,” so it would be inappropriate to answer specific questions about who approved the operation or why it continues.

“I assure you we are committed to determining if any laws were broken or policies violated,” he said. Spokesmen for General Petraeus and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top American commander in Afghanistan, declined to comment. Mr. Furlong remains at his job, working as a senior civilian Air Force official.

A senior defense official said that the Pentagon decided just recently not to renew the contract, which expires at the end of May. While the Pentagon declined to discuss the program, it appears that commanders in the field are in no rush to shut it down because some of the information has been highly valuable, particularly in protecting troops against enemy attacks.

With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the expanded role of contractors on the battlefield — from interrogating prisoners to hunting terrorism suspects — has raised questions about whether the United States has outsourced some of its most secretive and important operations to a private army many fear is largely unaccountable. The C.I.A. has relied extensively on contractors in recent years to carry out missions in war zones…….

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The exposure of the spying network also reveals tensions between the Pentagon and the C.I.A., which itself is running a covert war across the border in Pakistan. In December, a cable from the C.I.A.’s station chief in Kabul, Afghanistan, to the Pentagon argued that the military’s hiring of its own spies could have disastrous consequences, with various networks possibly colliding with one another.

The memo also said that Mr. Furlong had a history of delving into outlandish intelligence schemes, including an episode in 2008, when American officials expelled him from Prague for trying to clandestinely set up computer servers for propaganda operations. Some officials say they believe that the C.I.A. is trying to scuttle the operation to protect its own turf, and that the spy agency has been embarrassed because the contractors are outperforming C.I.A. operatives.……….

More…….

Note …….One could get the idea that this piece was written by someone who set out to ‘out the operation’  from a ‘turf’ war point of view……

The author has held back sensitive information he says about the operation…..

May 16, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11, Updates | , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The long anticipated New York Governor Paterson New York Times story is about his aide…not him….

This from PoliticalWire…….. …..

[David W. Johnson, right, with Gov. David A. Paterson last February, has become increasingly important on the governor’s staff.]

Paterson’s Confidant Draws Scrutiny

The much-anticipated New York Times story on New York Gov. David Paterson (D) that has had the political world buzzing is actually a profile of D.J. Johnson, the governor’s driver-turned-confidant, who faced drug charges as a youth and who supposedly threatened several women.

After all the speculation, it’s really not much for Paterson to worry about.

Ben Smith: “The story refers to the eyebrows raised by the governor’s reliance on his from-nowhere aide — though this isn’t all that unusual in politics — and the subtext of disorganization in Paterson’s office aren’t going to raise a lot of eyebrows in New York. And whatever the Times’ sources may have said about the governor himself don’t appear in the story.”

David W. Johnson, all 6’7” of him, seems to have the Governor’s ear …he has a checked past ….and seems to have stepped on a lot of toes and made a lot of enemies……what ever he is doing for the Governor in the advice department does not seem to be working……

February 16, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 Comments