Chelsea is Married…….Pictures!…..

She does look very happy…..

We wish them the BEST of luck…..

Chelsea Clinton has said “I do!”

She wed longtime boyfriend, investment bankerMarc Mezvinsky, Saturday in a lavish ceremony at the posh, 13,000-square-foot Astor family palace in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

In a statement, the Clinton family said: “Today, we watched with great pride and overwhelming emotion as Chelsea and Marc wed in a beautiful ceremony at Astor Courts, surrounded by family and their close friends. We could not have asked for a more perfect day to celebrate the beginning of their life together, and we are so happy to welcome Marc into our family. On behalf of the newlyweds, we want to give special thanks to the people of Rhinebeck for welcoming us and to everyone for their well-wishes on this special day.”

Details from the ceremony are being kept secret, but has some details.

Around 400-500 people attended. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Clinton adviser Vernon Jordan, entrepreneurSteve Bing and actor Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen were all expected. PresidentBarack Obama and his family were not invited.

According to The Times, the wedding was planned by Bryan Rafanelli of Boston (he coordinated fundraisers for Hillary Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign); Jeff Leatham, artistic director of the Four Seasons George V hotel in Paris, handled the flower arrangement; and music was in the hands of Jimmy Vali, president of Vali Entertainment in Norwood, N.J.

The town has been readying for the wedding for days. Shops have been hanging “Congratulations” signs in windows; roads have been blocked off and the skies have even been closed over the wedding site.

For days, hundreds of people have gathered outside the Beekman Arms Hotel, where many of the guests are staying. Around 11 p.m. Friday, Bill and Hillary Clinton (in a gorgeous patterned turquoise dress) waved to the crowds after leaving a pre-wedding party there.

Earlier in the day, the former president stepped out for lunch and told reporters, “We’re all fine. … We love it here. Chelsea loves the area as well.” Asked about his future son-in-law, he said, “I like him very much. I really do. I admire him. Hillary feels the same way.”

Wedding experts told The Associated Press the wedding could cost $2 million to $3 million, but a longtime Clinton family friend said the cost will not exceed six figures.

How Chelsea Clinton fell for her new husband

The mother of the bride wouldn’t dish when asked a week ago by NBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “My lips are sealed,” Secretary of State Clinton said. “I am under very strict orders not to talk about it, and I think for the right reasons, because it is her [wedding], and it is a family wedding. The people coming are her friends and people who have been meaningful in her life, as it should be.”

The former first daughter announced her engagement over Thanksgiving 2009 in an email to friends. It read: “We’re sorry for the mass email but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn’t get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Chelsea & Marc.”

Chelsea and Marc — the son of former Iowa congressman Ed Mezvinsky and former Pennsylvania congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinksy — first met as teenagers at a Democratic political retreat in Hilton Head, S.C.

They became fast friends…..



Ms. Clinton, 30, wore a strapless gown, beaded at the waist and designed by Vera Wang ( who caused a commotion of her own when she showed up in town on Saturday). The mother of the bride wore a plum-colored gown by Oscar de la Renta.

The interfaith ceremony was conducted by Rabbi James Ponet and the Reverend William Shillady. Ms. Clinton is Methodist, and Mr. Mezvinsky is Jewish.

It included elements from both traditions: friends and family reading the Seven Blessings, which are typically recited at traditional Jewish weddings following the vows and exchange of rings.

A friend of the couple read the poem “The Life That I Have” by Leo Marks.

More from the New York Times……

facebook has an issue with women?…….

This from Jezebel……

When It Comes To Women's Issues, Facebook Still Hasn't Figured Out How To Play Fair

According to Dr. David J. Ley of Psychology Today, Facebook has started deleting several “pages of several women and female sexuality organizations,” including the page of Self Serve, “a women-owned and run sexuality resources center.”

The women at Self Serve, Ley writes, had their page deleted after they posted an informational video about labiaplasty. The video, Ley notes, “has a heartfelt message, urging women to love their bodies as they are, and not to give in to mutilation to fit an unrealistic, and uncommon ideal based upon porn,” but apparently triggered the organization’s page removal from Facebook due to the fact that it contained pictures of vaginas. The context, it seems, was unimportant: the fact that vaginas were being shown was enough of a justification for Facebook to delete the page. Ley also notes that the page of sex columnist Violet Blue was also deleted, even though she “had worked hard to comply with Facebook’s rules. She was given no advance notice and no explanation of why her page was deleted.” Ley wonders if perhaps these deletions are indicative of a larger, scarier issue: that the site is intentionally targeting, and removing, women-run celebrations of the female body and female sexuality

We’ve discussed Facebook’s strange approach to handling groups and pages before; last Fall, I wrote a piece about how Facebook had allowed a “pro-rape, anti-consent” group to remain active for several months, all the while removing pictures of breastfeeding women as they were considered violations of the site’s policies. Heinous Facebook groups are nothing new: a reader notes that as of today, the charming “B.O.T.H. Treatment, For When She Gets Outta Line” group (B.O.T.H. standing for “back of the hand”) is still active, and has been since February. Is the group a joke? Casual misogyny? Or a celebration of violence against women? I suppose context matters, but why are groups advocating beating your girlfriend to “keep her in line,” given the benefit of the doubt over groups that have clearly stated a positive mission to promote female sexuality and women’s health issues?


Ah……. The credit card Companies have ALSO figured out how to get around the new rules……

Ain’t this a BITCH?

I say again

Use the Putin thing….

Put the bums in jail…

Put our person in there so we can steal from people in broad daylight….. like the current knuckleheads are doing….

The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, known as the Card Act, was intended to reshape the contours of consumer finance. Among other things, it forces card issuers to give customers more notice about interest-rate increases and restricts certain controversial billing practices such as inactivity fees.

Yet some of the biggest card issuers in the U.S., including Citigroup Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Discover Financial Services, are already rolling out a slew of fees designed to recapture some of their lost income, in part by skirting the new rules. Some banks may even be violating the law outright, say consumer advocates.

“Card companies are figuring out how to replace old fees with new ones,” says Victor Stango, an associate economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a professor at the University of California, Davis, who has been analyzing how the Card Act will affect consumer banking. “It’s a race between regulators writing ever-more-complex laws and credit-card companies setting up ever-more-complex fees.”

The banks have a big gap to fill. The Card Act is expected to wipe out about $390 million a year in fee revenue, according to David Robertson, the publisher of industry newsletter Nilson Report. On July 16, during its second-quarter earnings call with analysts, Bank of America Corp. Chief Financial Officer Charles Noski warned that the Card Act and other regulatory changes would prompt the bank, the nation’s largest in assets, to write off up to $10 billion in the third quarter.

“If you have every major issuer saying that we are losing our shirt, then that speaks volumes,” Mr. Robertson says. “Proportionately, these fees should be understood as almost inconsequential compared to the losses.”

So the banks are getting aggressive. According to a July 22 report from Pew Charitable Trusts, a nonpartisan research group, the industry’s median annual fee on bank credit cards jumped 18% to $59 between July 2009 and March 2010. At credit unions, annual fees soared 67% to $25. During the same period, the median cash-advance and balance-transfer fees jumped by 33%.

All of these increases are perfectly legal, of course. Banks and other issuers would have a difficult time extending credit to consumers, even at high interest rates, if they couldn’t augment those revenues with fee income. “We’re coming out of a deep recession that issuers are still working through,” says Peter Garuccio, a spokesman for the American Bankers Association.

But some banks may be going too far. In a July 7 letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, which regulates many of the biggest U.S. banks, a coalition of consumer groups including the National Consumer Law Center, the Consumer Federation of America and Consumer Action flagged several “potential violations of the Credit Card Act.”


I told you so….Goldman-Sachs has already found ways around the new Financial Bill…Banks 1…..Government 0…

Hasn’t taken long, huh?

What is it…… a week?

Bank’s make money people….

The only want to get them to stop robbing us in plain sight…

Is to go Putin….

Put the mothers in jail….

And put


So he can steal a few for you….

It sucks…..

So much for the Volcker Rule. Although the ink from President Obama’s signature is barely dry on the financial regulation bill that became law last week, investment banks are already hard at work searching for loopholes. One of the more aggressive new requirements, the so-called Volcker Rule, would limit proprietary trading to 3% of Tier 1 capital. But the rule may be easy to sidestep. Goldman Sachs is leading the way around the regulation, by simply reclassifying many of its prop traders as asset managers.

One major initial criticism of the Volcker rule was that it’s hard to distinguish prop trading from market making. Goldman is using this blurry line to its advantage. Charlie Gasparino from Fox Business reports:

But by having the traders work in asset management, where they will take market positions while dealing with clients, Goldman believes it can meet the rule’s mandates, avoid large-scale layoffs and preserve some of the same risk taking that has earned it enormous profits, people close to the firm say.

Goldman’s move also underscores the weakness in the Volcker Rule, which was designed to reduce the same type of risk-taking activities that led to the 2008 financial meltdown. Simply by labeling a trade “customer related” the firm can still make large market bets, and thus engage in some of the same risk taking the rule was designed to eliminate.

Felix Salmon foresaw this move last week, noting how Goldman’s earnings call strangely lacked any mention of prop trading, but lots of talk about trading for their clients and making markets. He explains CFO David Viniar’s language:

More from DANIEL INDIVIGLIO @ The Atlantic…..

More thoughts on Russia liking the West……Talkandpolitics…..

From Talkandpolitics…..

Even if Medvedev is a talker, a puppet, a lame duck – his words as the President of Russia will have to make some sort of impression on the younger generations in his country.

From the New Republic:

It’s been a long time since foreign leaders arrived on our shores saying that America is the future—so long, in fact, that when it does happen, we don’t know what to make of it. For me this was the most interesting subtext of Russian president Dmitri Medvedev’s visit to the States last month. He and Barack Obama had a familiar discussion of shared national interests, from arms control to ethnic peace in Kyrgyzstan. Their lunch outing to an Arlington burger joint reflected the search for good visuals that we often see when a summit itself isn’t generating much real news. And in his side-trip to Silicon Valley Medvedev was doing exactly what most visiting politicians try to do—pitch their country to American CEOs as a good place to invest.


All very predictable, except for Medvedev’s explanation of why he had come to California in the first place—not to sell something but to learn. “Modernization” and “innovation” are his watchwords back home, and he’s starting up a center for advanced research outside of Moscow. Goals like these, Medvedev gushed to a Stanford audience, made his visit to Silicon Valley a must. “I wanted to see with my own eyes the origin of success, to see how innovative high-tech enterprises are born.”

Along with his recent push for visa-free zones with Europe, and his busy twitter-account attacking Iran and wooing the West, these are interesting signs of change.


Election*Projection…..Crist Lean confirmed again. EP makes 2 MAJOR PROJECTIONS, moves FL-SEN to Lean Crist; moves WA-SEN back to Democrats, Republicans though picked up another House Seat.

Rating Change Alert – Friday, July 30, 2010 FLORIDA SENATE RATING CHANGE:

Weak GOP Hold to Weak IND Gain WASHINGTON SENATE RATING CHANGE:  Weak GOP Gain to Weak DEM Hold Polls continue to show Charlie Crist leading a three-way contest for the GOP Senate seat in Florida.  As a result, I can no longer resist changing this preliminary projection from Weak GOP Hold to Weak IND Gain.  Also reducing projected Republican gains in the Senate is the second Senate rating change.  This one is in Washington.  Another preliminary projection, it moves back to blue again after just a few days of red.  These two changes move the projected Senate tally to 51 Democrats (-6), 46 Republicans (+5) and 3 Independents.  With Crist’s overtures toward the Democrats, all three independents would likely caucus with the current Senate majority party.  NEW PROJECTED TALLY: 51 Democrats, 46 Republicans, 3 Independents LINK TO SENATE SUMMARY ILLINOIS CD-14 RATING CHANGE: Weak DEM Hold to Weak GOP Gain Democratic Congressman Bill Foster’s seat has moved back to the Republican side as a result of more GOP-favorable generic polling.  This district, Illinois 14, has already gone from blue to red and back again several times this year and will no doubt change colors many more times between now and November.  A true-tossup, this race will likely be too close to call for the duration.  However, The Blogging Caesar refuses to project a toss-up, so ever-changing projections is one thing you and I will have to put up with.  It is noteworthy that this update gives the GOP a projected 31-seat gain in the House, their highest here at Election Projection so far.  New House count: 225 Democrats (-31),210 Republicans (+31).. NEW PROJECTED TALLY: 225 Democrats, 210 Republicans LINK TO HOUSE SUMMARY

Current  Projections
Senate:Democrats 51Republicans 46Independents 3 Pickups:GOP +5 IND +1

House:Democrats 225Republicans 210 Pickups:GOP +31

Governors:Democrats 17Republicans 32Independents 1 Pickups:GOP +8IND +1


Early clips of the Clinton Wedding area…..No none of the wedding……

Not surprisingly, Rhinebeck, an affluent, once-quiet enclave of those with old and new money, has been overrun by tourists and media in recent days.

Today’s ceremony will be held under an elaborate, windowed tent at Astor Courts, a 50-acre estate with a sprawling Versailles-inspired “sporting pavilion” completed in 1904 and meticulously transformed into an elegant residence three years ago. Originally commissioned by John Jacob Astor IV and designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White, it sits on a bluff with magnificent views of the Hudson, a perfect backdrop for post-nuptial fireworks…..

More from Politics Daily…..(Check the bottom of their post for the slide show…..)

Daniel…..Wyoming Governor; Republican Primary: Meyer 27 % ; Mead 24 % ; Simpson 17 % ; Micheli 12 % according to a new Casper Star-Tribune / Mason-Dixon Survey

Hello and Good Morning Dog Folks!

It’s very rare when you get Polling in one of the reddest of RED States: Wyoming. But there might be a good Reason to poll this Race as it’s Open because current Governor Dave Freundenthal (D-WY) is retiring.

The Casper Star-Tribune is also an Official Client of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. in Washington D.C.

Athough I dislike former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin personally it seems her Endorsements paying off. Just yesterday she endorsed Wyoming’s State Auditor General Rita Meyer (R-WY) in the Republican Governor Primary and a new Survey suggests Meyer is in a very tight Race to become the Republican Gubernatorial Nominee. However she is in the lead right now.

Wyoming’s Primary is August 17th.

Casper Star-Tribune Mason-Dixon Survey

Wyoming Governor

Republican Primary

State Auditor General Rita Meyer  27 %
Former U.S. Attorney & Rancher Matt Mead  24 %
State House Speaker Colin Simpson  17 %
Former State Agriculture Director Ron Micheli  12 %
Alan Kousoulos  2 %
John Self  0 %
Tom Ubben  0 %
Undecided  18 %

This Poll was conducted July 26-28 among 400 Likely Voters with an MOE of 5 Percentage Points.

Note: Results for the Democratic Primary are supposed to be released on Sunday.

Daniel G.

Crist lean confirmed by another Poll……

From Politcalwire…..

One More Poll Shows Crist Leading in Florida

A new Florida Poll shows confirms other recent surveys and shows Gov. Charlie Crist (I) leading the three-way U.S. Senate race with 41%, followed by Marco Rubio (R) at 30% and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) at 12%.

If Jeff Greene (D) is the Democratic nominee, Crist gets 37% to Rubio’s 29% and Greene gets 16%.

Daniel…..Election Projection: What is this Site?

Hello Dog Pound?

Many asked me at about Election Projection the Site I’m mostly using to make my Political Calculations. Many including “The Dog” are somewhat a bit wary of this Site because they don’t know their Tracking Record.

This Post is sorely designed to make you a little bit more comfortable with Election Projection and how to use it.

For the purpose of not writing these two very long words I’m using EP = Election Projection as Short Cut.

EP was founded in 2004 to accurately Track the Presidential Election between Bush and Kerry by Scott Elliott.

Although Elliott is a conservative he is UNBIASED and his EP FORMULAS will show that.

EP’s Tracking Record:


Final Projection Presidential Race: Bush 289 EV  ;  Kerry  249 EV / Actual Result: Bush 286 EV  ;  Kerry 252 EV



Final Projection: Democrats  29 Seats  ;  Republicans  21 Seats / Actual Results: Dems  28 Seats  ;  GOP  22 Seats

(Elliott only missed narrowly the MN Governor Race. It was notoriously difficult to project because of a 3rd Party Candidate)


Final Projection: Democrats  49 Seats  ;  Republicans  49 Seats  ;  Independents  2 Seats
Actual Results:  Democrats  49 Seats  ;  Republicans  49 Seats  ;  Independents  2 Seats


Final Projection: Democrats  227 Seats  ;  Republicans  208 Seats
Actual Results: Democrats  233 Seats  ;  Republicans  202 Seats

(Of the rougly 50 House Seats Elliott tracked at EP he ONLY MISSED FIVE. How remarkable is that)


Presidential Race:

Final Projection Presidential Race:  Barack Obama (D)  338 EV  ;  John McCain (R)  200 EV
Actual Results Presidential Race:  Barack Obama (D)  365 EV  ;  John McCain (R)  173 EV

(Elloitt only missed Indiana & North Carolina and the lone EV in Nebraska. All 3 were difficult to project. No one really expected Obama to win those two staunchly Republican States on the Presidential Level)

Governors Races:

Final Projection Governor Races: Democrats  29 Seats  ;  Republicans  21 Seats
Actual Results Governor Races:  Democrats  29 Seats  ;  Republicans  21 Seats

Senate Races:

Final Projection Senate Races:  Democrats  56 Seats  ;  Republicans  42 Seats  ;  Independents  2 Seats
Actual Results Senate Races:  Democrats  57 Seats  ;  Republicans  41 Seats  ;  Independents  2 Seats

(Here he missed only Minnesota: Again this was difficult to predict because of the 3rd Party Candidate Dean Barkley)

House Races:

Final Projection House Races:  Democrats  261 Seats  ;  Republicans  174 Seats
Actual Results House Races:  Democrats  257 Seats  ;  Republicans  178 Seats

(Quite remarkable again. He only missed four House Races)

Elliott & myself share the same Passion. We just love Numbers.


( The Dog welcomes Elliot to the site….He, he, he,,.,,You’ve been here for a while undercover!….Glad to have as part of the pak! )

See More for more  on Elliot and Election*Projection…..

Continue reading Daniel…..Election Projection: What is this Site?

The House approves an Oil Spill Reform Bill…The Senate may not follow….

The House Bill passed by the Democratic Majority sets the Oil companies liabilities in a spill higher…..Codifies the new Ocean Management Bureau and levy’s a $2 per barrel tax on oil producing companies…..The House version would also clear inspected wells to start pumping again…..freeing them from the White House hold in pumping ar deep-water wells…There is much more in the bill read below

The Bill is VERY unpopular in the Gulf States……..

While the House passed the meassure…

It’s fate in the Senate is unsure….

In its most sweeping response to the gulf oil spill, the House on Friday approved legislation that would impose new environmental safeguards for offshore drilling, remove a liability cap for spill damages, and slap industry with a new tax to fund conservation projects nationwide.

The Democratic-drafted legislation passed on a largely party-line 209-193 vote but faces trouble in the deeply divided Senate.

“The Deepwater Horizon explosion and the subsequent damage that has occurred over the past 102 days is indeed a game-changer,” said Nick J. Rahall II (D-W.Va.), chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee.

The measure, which follows dozens of Capitol Hill hearings into the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, would remove a $75-million liability cap on oil firms for economic damages caused by spills. It would also hit energy producers with a new $2 per barrel tax to fund land purchases for national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

The House bill would set new standards for blowout preventers, the safety device that apparently failed on
BP‘s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. And it would repeal an 1851 law that rig owner Transocean has sought to use to limit its liability for the disaster.

The bill, which has become entangled in election-year politics, was backed by Democrats who said it would help prevent another oil spill disaster and hold oil companies more accountable for spills. It was opposed by Republicans who argued it would raise the cost of domestic energy production and increase U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

“Let’s vote to ensure that a spill of this kind never happens again,” said Rep. Lois Capps, a Democrat whose Santa Barbara district was the scene of a devastating oil spill in 1969.

Rep. Pete Sessions (R- Texas), who heads the House GOP campaign committee, urged Republican colleagues heading home Friday for summer recess to tell voters that Democrats were “sticking it to the consumer again at the gas pump.”

“If you want to apologize for Big Oil, go ahead,” responded Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.). “The American people are not on your side on this one.”

Gulf Coast lawmakers were among the bill’s sharpest critics.

“This isn’t the answer to help the gulf,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), contending that the bill would increase the cost of domestic energy production. “It only helps OPEC.”

The oil industry accused lawmakers of acting in haste without waiting for the results of multiple investigations into the April 20 Deepwater Horizon explosion.

“Congress has not taken the steps to understand not only the causes of the oil spill, but also the full impact of this legislation on the economic and national security of our nation,” said Barry Russell, president and chief executive of the Independent Petroleum Assn. of America.

Rahall dismissed industry criticism as “sheer hyperventilation” and urged critics of the legislation to “take a look at the spill in the gulf to see how an overly permissive attitude can turn into a real horror story.”

The bill would repeal a provision of the 2005 energy law that exempted projects, including the Deepwater Horizon drilling, from detailed environmental analysis. It would bar companies with poor safety and environmental records from receiving new offshore drilling leases. And it would require offshore drilling rigs to operate under the U.S. flag, requiring tougher safety rules than those in effect for the Deepwater Horizon, which was registered in the Marshall Islands.

The measure would prohibit oil companies from bidding on new offshore leases unless they renegotiate royalty-free offshore oil leases that were approved in the 1990s. It would establish new ethics rules for drilling regulators; increase fines to $10 million, from $100,000, for willful violations of drilling rules; and establish new procedures for use of oil dispersants.

A separate measure to provide whistleblower protections to offshore drilling workers was approved.

The House approved an amendment that would lift the Obama administration’s deepwater drilling moratorium for companies that meet new safety rules. Gulf Coast lawmakers have said the moratorium is damaging their region’s economy.


Mitt Romney might want to check this out…..

From Politicalwire….who got it from The Hotline…..

A little something that two  Republican’s used to get ahead in their primary races…..

Lessons for Romney

The Hotline notes that the primary campaigns of gubernatorial hopefuls Rick Snyder (R) in Michigan and Bill Haslam (R) in Tennessee provide three takeaways that could be used as a playbook for a Mitt Romney presidential bid in 2012.

Exploit your funding advantage: “Like Romney, both Snyder and Haslam also have been running on their business backgrounds, and have spent plenty of their own money into the races to propel them into the lead. Romney, likewise, has an early and sizable fundraising edge and can also self-fund.”

Run as a businessman: “Snyder’s boasting of being a turnaround specialist is almost identical to Romney’s expected message, one that will be more business-focused than in ’08. The economic recession has hit Michigan as hard as any state, and for Republicans to have a shot at defeating Obama in 2012 (with an economic contrast message), they’ll need to put it in play.”

Split the base, consolidate moderates: “The GOP base is fired up across the country, but in these races, support is split up between multiple conservative candidates (Wamp/Ramsey in TN,Cox/Hoekstra/Bouchard in MI). Looking ahead, Romney could benefit from a similar scenario, facing a slew of conservatives (Daniels/Thune/Santorum) splitting up attention and the activist vote.”

The latest polls show Snyder and Haslam with leads going into their respective primaries on Tuesday.