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I just paid $3.67 for a gallon of gas…..

Listen…..

I’m pissed…..

But the best thing about this  IS this……

While standing on-line at the Deli counter at the supermarket…

The topic of conversation was the GAS PRICES!……

 

The last time I remember this happening was the end of Carter’s one term wonder…

Now  I’m not suggesting that Obama is gonna be another Carter….

He’s far from that right now….

 

But…..

If things start to go sideways with the economy…..again..

And gas stays above $4.00 a gallon (It’s going there for sure)….

Then I don’t agree with Nate Silver’s assessment that the price of gas won’t have amajor impact on the Presidential races….

 

Plain and simple….

We all agreed that Obama is a lock for another term is the economy is doing okay…

That isn’t the case right now….

And the way the GOP newbie’s are tearing at the budget it looks like things are gonna get worst….

IF….and that’s a big IF….

The electorate blames Congress and the GOP for this …..

Than Obama

Is a lock….

But If things start to drop again and Obama stands by waiting to see which way the wind blows, as he usually does , before jumping in…

Then all bets are off…..

And….

That would be fucked up…..

The GOP newbie’s wreck the economy along with their rich friends on Wall Street, and in the Banks, who get a pss….

Just to get the Presidency?…..

 

Do these people have a soul?

From Politicaldog101…

 

March 5, 2011 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama climbs back in the National Polls……

No matter how hard the GOP tries to tie him down….

This President remains popular……


President Barack Obama has returned to the approval ratings that he received before the divisive healthcare reform vote, Gallup reported in a new poll released Monday.

The poll found Obama at a 54 percent favorable and 43 percent unfavorable rating. The president’s unfavorability rating after healthcare passed in March was 48 percent.

Meanwhile, 48 percent approve of the job that Obama is doing as president.

May 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | 1 Comment

Obama and the Latino’s……..

This from Tom Schaller @ FiveThirtyEigth.…..

It basically reports that Congressman Luis Gutierrez is quietly pushing against his President…avocating Latino’s to seriously think about not voting in Novemeber……Just a partial following on the action would have serious consequences for Democrats….

The fact remains…just like with liberal’s…..Obama WILL NOT come thru with all his campaign promises……

Latino’s have the democrat’s attenntion..but the window for  bill as contentious as Immigration is just about gone until the day AFTER the November elections….

This is not going to be fun for Obama…

But I see no alterative for the President and his party….

Everyone in the democratic camp better pray for majorities in the House and Senate….

Without them……Immigration and a lot of other things will be long gone…….

This past weekend I attended the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meetings at the Palmer House in Chicago. Local Congressman Luis Gutierrez gave the Pi Sigma Alpha lecture on Friday afternoon, and he spoke at length about immigration reform, the developing situation in Arizona, and his worry that President Obama and the Administration will not rise to the challenge.

He did sugarcoat what he had to say. Although I didn’t have my digital tape recorder on hand to record his comments in regard to immigration and the Administration, I can assure you Gutierrez’ remarks were not as diplomatic as this recent press release on the subject, but rather were much closer tohis recent Huffington Post comments, in which he expressed his growing impatience with Obama. He also flatly called Obama’s promise to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in his first year a “broken promise.” More to the (electoral) point, Gutierrez has begun to openly suggest that he may consider encouraging Latinos to stay home this November which, if they did, would exacerbate the Democrats’ expected problems and electoral losses.

Gutierrez is not your typical Obama critic, mind you. When most other Latino elected officials were lining up behind Hillary Clinton in late 2007, he sided with his fellow Chicagoan. That not only made him an outlier among national Latinos; it also made him an outlier in his own part of the city, where he says all of the Latino wards were carried by Clinton, not Obama–just as she didoverall in key states and nationally during the primary.

In short, Gutierrez says he stuck out his neck for Obama. And now, in what he calls the “civil rights fight” of this generation, he wants the President to stick out his neck for Latinos, particularly those who Gutierrez predicts will likely be profiled for rounding up in Arizona.
There’s More…

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Obama and the Latino's……..

This from Tom Schaller @ FiveThirtyEigth.…..

It basically reports that Congressman Luis Gutierrez is quietly pushing against his President…avocating Latino’s to seriously think about not voting in Novemeber……Just a partial following on the action would have serious consequences for Democrats….

The fact remains…just like with liberal’s…..Obama WILL NOT come thru with all his campaign promises……

Latino’s have the democrat’s attenntion..but the window for  bill as contentious as Immigration is just about gone until the day AFTER the November elections….

This is not going to be fun for Obama…

But I see no alterative for the President and his party….

Everyone in the democratic camp better pray for majorities in the House and Senate….

Without them……Immigration and a lot of other things will be long gone…….

This past weekend I attended the Midwest Political Science Association’s annual meetings at the Palmer House in Chicago. Local Congressman Luis Gutierrez gave the Pi Sigma Alpha lecture on Friday afternoon, and he spoke at length about immigration reform, the developing situation in Arizona, and his worry that President Obama and the Administration will not rise to the challenge.

He did sugarcoat what he had to say. Although I didn’t have my digital tape recorder on hand to record his comments in regard to immigration and the Administration, I can assure you Gutierrez’ remarks were not as diplomatic as this recent press release on the subject, but rather were much closer tohis recent Huffington Post comments, in which he expressed his growing impatience with Obama. He also flatly called Obama’s promise to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill in his first year a “broken promise.” More to the (electoral) point, Gutierrez has begun to openly suggest that he may consider encouraging Latinos to stay home this November which, if they did, would exacerbate the Democrats’ expected problems and electoral losses.

Gutierrez is not your typical Obama critic, mind you. When most other Latino elected officials were lining up behind Hillary Clinton in late 2007, he sided with his fellow Chicagoan. That not only made him an outlier among national Latinos; it also made him an outlier in his own part of the city, where he says all of the Latino wards were carried by Clinton, not Obama–just as she didoverall in key states and nationally during the primary.

In short, Gutierrez says he stuck out his neck for Obama. And now, in what he calls the “civil rights fight” of this generation, he wants the President to stick out his neck for Latinos, particularly those who Gutierrez predicts will likely be profiled for rounding up in Arizona.
There’s More…

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

Gordon Brown is in trouble….as he goes hunting for votes…..

[ Prime Minister Gordon Brown, back in London on Monday after a day of campaigning in the south of England. National elections will take place on May 6 ]

The Dog doesn’t follow the English politics…..

But has heard of the rise of the English Obama….Nick Clegg (below )

And it does seem as if Gordon Brown’s Labour government is about to get sent home…..

Here’s a piece in Mr. Brown’s camapigning around the South of England….USA style…..

Something Mr. Clegg has brought to England……

Along with promises to move away a bit from Tony Blair’s tight relationship with America and to deal with the countries immigration problems…..

In the newspapers, cataclysm was looming for Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s faltering Labour government. Cabinet ministers were reportedly scheming, squabbling and snapping “Shut up!” at one another in panicky strategy sessions. The question was not whether Labour would lose the election on May 6, but how thoroughly.

But none of this seemed to penetrate the eerily positive parallel universe that is Brown-world. Cocooned in a nest of sealed-off calm with his aides and his wife, Sarah, as he finished a day of campaigning on Monday, the man who might not be prime minister for much longer dismissed the alarming reports as the sound and fury of the news media trying to stir things up.

“It’s the usual story at some point in the election campaign,” Mr. Brown said in an interview, flashing a strained smile. “I don’t think these stories last very long. I think people’s minds are focusing much more on the issues.”

So he hopes. Mr. Brown’s premiership has never been popular with a public that preferred his predecessor, Tony Blair, and has grown weary after 13 years of Labour government. Chronically behind the Conservative opposition in polls over the last two years, the Labour Party is now, humiliatingly, also polling behind the third-party Liberal Democrats with little more than a week left before the election.

But the margins that separate the parties are small, and many voters say they are still undecided. No one is giving up yet. “I will keep fighting to the last minute of the last day of this campaign,” Mr. Brown told the assembled reporters in what constituted his campaign vehicle for the moment — the economy-class, rear car of a train otherwise full of commuters. (The reporters would switch to a bus, and the prime minister to a car, for part of the trip.)

He showed good Scottish pugilism as he sped around several campaign stops in the south. At a nurses’ convention in Bournemouth he drew a standing ovation, albeit a slowly rising one, and from only two-thirds or so of the audience. In Weymouth, he basked in the approval of a garden party-ful of supporters and gamely shook hands with pleasantly startled shoppers in front of the banana and the bread displays at an Asda supermarket.

And in Southampton, the prime minister submitted to sharp questioning at a live radio show, impressing the audience with his detailed, unscripted answers, even if the answers sometimes veered off topic……

More……..

April 27, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Travel, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Wall Sreet and Talking out of both sides of your mouth……

I wrote about Obama and bashing Wall Street while having his fundraising hand out…..

This from Jerome Armstrong over @ MyDD.Com

Daniel this one’s for you and TPL……

How much money has Obama taken from Goldman Sachs? Should he return it?

Bonus current thematic follow-up: What level of the dimensional chess is the move by Goldman Sachs to hire Obama‘s former personal White House counsel during the first year of his presidency?

My my, what the revolving doors lead to nowadays.

More……..…..and Comments (the real interesting part! )

April 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The President and Chief Justice Roberts compete for the direction of the Supreme Court…..And DADT on potential justices….

With a second choice for a job on the court coming Obama’s way…..

He must consider all the obstacles in his way in ‘putting his stamp’ on the court…..

Can he get his choice for the seat done by the fall opening of the court?

And does one’s sexual orioentaion factor in?

The New York Times suggests that President Obama and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts have emerged “as the intellectual gladiators in a great struggle over the role of government in American society. In this moment of churning uncertainty and ideological ferment, it is a struggle that is already defining the selection of the next Supreme Court justice and could easily help shape the course of the nation for years to come.”

“Much more so than last year, when he made his first nomination to the court, Mr. Obama has Chief Justice Roberts on his mind as he mulls his second, according to Democrats close to the White House. For an activist president, the chief justice has emerged clearly in recent months as a potentially formidable obstacle, and Mr. Obama has signaled that he plans to use the political arena and his appointment power to counter the direction of the Roberts court.”

The big question: Does this mean Obama is more likely to pick a politician to fill his second Supreme Court vacancy — such as Janet Napolitano or Jennifer Granholm — to help him spar with Roberts?

More……..

On the sexual orientation of any choice.…..

What you do in the privacy on your bedroom is YOUR BUSINESS……

And should have nothing to do with being a judge….if that’s what we have here….

April 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

Where was the President?…….

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This from PolitcalWire……

Obama Ditches Press Corps

President Obama “quietly breached years of protocol on Saturday morning ( April 12 ) by leaving the White House without the press with him,” the AP reports.

“About two hours before reporters were supposed to be in position to leave with the president, Obama left the grounds of the White House. Members of the press were told he was attending one of his daughter’s soccer games in northwest Washington, D.C.”

“The White House press corps traditionally travels with the president anywhere he goes, inside and outside the country, to report on the president’s activities for the benefit of informing the public and for historical record.”

According to Politico, the president later mocked the resulting brouhaha: “They were very upset about it. It was big news today.
More……

Was Obama Really at a Soccer Game?

American Thinker doesn’t buy the story that President Obama ditched the press corps to attend his daughter’s soccer game on Saturday.

The reason? There wasn’t a soccer game scheduled………

What gives?

Is this the media being pissed…or a story?


April 13, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , | Leave a comment

Obama shows his Christianity and appreciation for black communities……in talks to inter-faith clergy and to black ministers……..

The President spoke in two meetings today…in both he affirmed his Christian values for community…and praised and pushed for help for blacks…..

The meetings in the White House are to bolster Obama’s standing in the black community in the face of complaints that Obama has not ‘reached back’ for blacks…..

The President was well received and supported in both meetings…..

Looks like he isn’t a Muslim, right?

Obama has often had to balance concerns that he is not addressing his political base with suspicions from some critics, especially on the question of race, that he would advance a “black agenda.” The ministers at the White House meeting rejected that concern and renewed their support for Obama ahead of the event.

Earlier, at a prayer breakfast with 90 Christian clergy from a range of denominations — from the Vatican’s ambassador to Washington, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, to megachurch televangelist Joel Osteen — Obama again showed why he can be as effective a preacher as he is a speechmaker.

The president opened his remarks by noting the West Virginia mine disaster, and saying that he spoke with Gov. Joe Manchin of West Virginia last night to assure him that federal assistance was available if needed.

But he focused on the religious aspect of the tragedy, asking for prayers “for the safe return of the missing, the men and women who put their lives on the line to save them, and the souls of those who have been lost in this tragic accident,” as well as the families of the survivors.

Obama then noted that he had hosted a Seder dinner for Passover, and an iftar meal to break the Muslim fast during Ramadan. So he wanted to continue that by gathering with Christian leaders after Easter — and his preacherly eloquence showed that this kind of setting is clearly in his comfort zone:

“I can’t tell any of you anything about Easter that you don’t already know. I can’t shed light on centuries of scriptural interpretation or bring any new understandings to those of you who reflect on Easter’s meaning each and every year and each and every day. But what I can do is tell you what draws me to this holy day and what lesson I take from Christ’s sacrifice and what inspires me about the story of the resurrection.”

More……..

April 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Religion, Updates, Women | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

‘No Child Left Behind ‘ will be changed…..

If the program gets away from its straight reliance on testing and numbers it will come a long way towards dealing with helping the children of America…and not just being a program that forces teachers, principals and school district’s to teach for a couple of months and then cram teaching ‘for the test’ the rest of the school year to get good test scores…

That is simply no way for students to learn…..

On Monday, Obama delivered his much-anticipated wish list for revamping NCLB to Congress, to largely positive reviews.

“A Blueprint for Reform,” as Obama’s outline is called, makes clear that one of the first things to be jettisoned is the name No Child Left Behind (in the same way that New York City real estate developers once tried to change the name of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood to Clinton, to distance itself from unsavory associations).

But the changes Obama envisions for the nation’s 10,000 schools go beyond cosmetics.

For more than a year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan has told any group he’s spoken in front of that the current education law (one of George W. Bush’s signature pieces of legislation) is backwards — that rather than being “tight on goals and loose on how you get there,” it’s the opposite. The “Blueprint” seeks to rectify that. As George Wood, a high school principal in Stewart, Ohio, and the executive director of the Forum for Education and Democracy, says, “There’s a lot of [good] language about teaching, a lot of language about flexibility, a lot of language about districts being able to choose strategies that will work” for them.

For example, rather than just testing kids in English and math, the new outline allows schools to test in other subjects, recognizing the value that history, science, civics and other subjects bring to the student (and, expressing my own view here, perhaps in recognition of the richness that a well-rounded student brings to society).

In addition, the proposal shifts the focus from singling out under-performing schools to fostering a “race to the top” to reward successful reforms. It supports the expansion of public charter schools and calls for flexibility in how school districts spend federal dollars “as long as they are continuing to focus on what matters most — improving outcomes for students.” It also allows them to use federal grant funds “to provide differentiated compensation and career advancement opportunities to educators who are effective in increasing student academic achievement.”

There is also much in the plan aimed at closing many of the achievement gaps that plague our schools. One example is that states and districts eventually would have to equalize resources (including top teachers), leveling disparities between high- and low-poverty schools.

Along with greater flexibility, the administration is setting a higher bar. The president has called for all students to be college- or career-ready by 2020 (as opposed to the current law, which mandates that students be proficient in math and English by 2014). The change is a recognition that with a higher dropout rate than those of most industrialized nations and a cripplingly high percentage of college freshmen enrolled in remedial coursework, there’s an urgent need for high schools to prepare students for whatever comes next — and ultimately for success.

And whereas another criticism of NCLB has been that some states compensate for sub-par student performance with low standards and easy tests, the new outline emphasizes stringent standards, ideally achieved by adopting the new national “core” standards released last week by the National Governors Association and chief state school officers — or a tough-minded equivalent.

Mike Petrilli, who worked in the Bush administration and is now at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative education policy group, writes that the proposals represent “a dramatic change in the federal role in education — one that would be more targeted, less prescriptive, and use a lighter touch on the vast majority of America’s schools.”

Not everyone is happy, however. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, has said that the proposal “places 100 percent of the responsibility on teachers and gives them zero percent of the authority.”

Dennis Van Roekel, head of the National Education Association (the nation’s largest teachers union), complained in a statement that “the ‘blueprint’ requires states to compete for critical resources, setting up another winners-and-losers scenario.” This would result, he said, in a “top-down scapegoating of teachers and not enough collaboration.”

As the Forum for Education and Democracy’s Wood points out, “Rhetoric always sounds good. It’s the difference between campaigning and governing. This is a campaign document.”

In other words, while this is a strong framework for the debate in the months to come, it’s only that. Exactly how No Child Left Behind will be reformed — and even the name the new law is given — will be hashed out in the months to come in Congress.

As usual…..

March 18, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Education, Government, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment