Alright…Here’s Carl Paladino…The GOP guy running for NY State Governor…In a reporter’s face…..

Fred Dicker and Carl Paladino<br /> (State of Politics)

[ Fred Dicker and Carl Paladino – State of Politics ]

The guy IS scary…..

I’m glad he has no chance of winning against Andrew Cuomo the current New York State Attorney General…

New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is taking a very unique approach to dealing with the media. He nearly came to blows with the New York Post‘s State Editor Fred Dicker tonight after Dicker asked him what evidence he had forallegations that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo had had “paramours.” He accused Dicker of being Cuomo’s “stalking horse,” complained that the reporter had sent “one of your goons” to follow his 10-year-old daughter, and threatened, “I’ll take you out.” The videotape, from State of Politics, is really quite remarkable…….More…..

Hrer’s the video of the encounter taken with a cell phone…….

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Michael Vick…..Eagles STARTING QB……

My middle son is sitting at the kitchen table watching ESPN with me…

We’re watching Michael Vick run his ass off ..

Throwing here…

Taking his team there…

2 and 0 ……

Winning makes you forget all the bad stuff…

Then there ‘s this…..

McNabb gone to the Redskins…..

Donavan who?

JACKSONVILLE FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks the sidelines before taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26 2010 in Jacksonville Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

[ 4 days ago: JACKSONVILLE FL – SEPTEMBER 26: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks the sidelines before taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26 2010 in Jacksonville Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) ]

This whole Michael Vick road to redemption is going good. Almost too good some might say… but it’s hard to deny that so far Vick looks destined to reclaim his superstar status. Winning the NFC offensive player of the month was the first big sign and now comes the second… His jersey is flying off the shelves. CNBC is reporting that local stores are stocking up on #7 Eagles jerseys to meet the demand.

“Certainly after coach Reid declared him the starter and offered his vote of confidence, demand and sales escalated and we did bring in more (jerseys) to meet customer needs,” said Jed Berger, senior vice president of marketing for Modell’s Sporting Goods, which brought Eagles No. 7 jerseys into its stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey……..More…..

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Polling for Thursday, September 30th, 2010….WA, CA, WI, KY, FL, MA, NH, NV, NJ, VA, Gen Congress

From Realclearpolitics

Thursday, September 30
Race (Click to Sort) Poll Results Spread
Washington Senate – Rossi vs. Murray Rasmussen Reports Murray 47, Rossi 48 Rossi +1
California Senate – Boxer vs. Fiorina PPIC Boxer 42, Fiorina 35 Boxer +7
California Governor – Whitman vs. Brown PPIC Brown 37, Whitman 38 Whitman +1
Wisconsin Senate – Feingold vs. Johnson Rasmussen Reports Johnson 54, Feingold 42 Johnson +12
New York Governor – Paladino vs. Cuomo Marist Cuomo 53, Paladino 38 Cuomo +15
Kentucky Senate – Paul vs. Conway Rasmussen Reports Paul 49, Conway 38 Paul +11
Florida Senate – Rubio vs. Meek vs. Crist Quinnipiac Rubio 46, Crist 33, Meek 18 Rubio +13
Massachusetts Governor – Baker vs. Patrick vs. Cahill Rasmussen Reports Patrick 47, Baker 42, Cahill 6 Patrick +5
New Hampshire Senate – Ayotte vs. Hodes WMUR/UNH Ayotte 50, Hodes 35 Ayotte +15
Illinois Governor – Brady vs. Quinn PPP (D) Brady 42, Quinn 35 Brady +7
Nevada Governor – Sandoval vs. Reid Rasmussen Reports Sandoval 53, Reid 40 Sandoval +13
New Jersey 3rd District – Runyan vs. Adler Monmouth/Gannett Adler 42, Runyan 39 Adler +3
Virginia 9th District – Griffith vs. Boucher SurveyUSA Boucher 53, Griffith 38 Boucher +15
Generic Congressional Vote FOX News Republicans 44, Democrats 38 Republicans +6
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Good initiative: Improving cities by Bloomberg and Booker……Talkandpolitics….

Mayors Mike Bloomberg (NYC) and Cory Booker (Newark) join forces for new community programs in ten major US cities.

Launching the CitiesofService Program.

From the press release:

Mayor Mike Bloomberg joined Newark Mayor Cory Booker to launch Brick City SERVES, part of the high-impact service program which will target volunteers to address the greatest needs in 10 major US cities. The ten new programs are launching around the one-year anniversary of the Cities of Service coalition. Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. The coalition has grown rapidly since its inception in September of 2009, from 17 mayors to 110 mayors representing more than 47 million Americans today.

The ten cities launching a high-impact service plan this month are: Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN; Newark, NJ; Omaha, NE; Philadelphia, PA; Sacramento, CA; Savannah, GA; and Seattle, WA.

More..

Talkandpolitcs….

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The Zeigeist (economic data ) for the week of September 30……..

The Zeigeist ( economic data ) From the Atlantic Magazine for the week of September 30……

THE ZEITGEIST

45.5% Obama Average Job Approval
48.7% Obama Favorability
32.7% / 59.1% Right Direction / Wrong Track
21.7% Congressional Approval
+0.7% Small Business Optimism Index
-3 Consumer Comfort Index
+12,000 Initial Weekly Jobless Claims
+4% Newly foreclosed properties in July
9.6% Unemployment
Sources
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Daily Manila….Military Budgets

The military budget is now up to 20% of the whole federal budget. (I do not know if that percentage included the wars either.) Gates knows that and he knows they have to cut.

Problem is the capital budget items cost more and more and the bases are needed less and less. The Joint Strike fighter is needed to replace our aging fighter aircraft where metal fatigue and other structural problems are not easily remedied. This shows how overbuilt the post WW Two designed B 52 was as it will fly until 2030.

War is changing now anyhow. Iraq and Afghanistan are in a way a mop up of the Cold War. N. Korea and Iran ditto.

And to think the assassination in Sarajevo that really started it all was just 96 years ago.

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Religious Ignorance In America……The Oligarch Kings

Considering all the fuss that has been raging this summer in the American press you would be forgiven for thinking that the American Public are particularly well informed on matters religious.

After all we have had the debate over the building of mosques, the burning or otherwise of holy books, and an entertaining fuss over whether Satanists have picnic tables.

To foreigners America, that last of Victorian societies, is held out to the world as one of the most religious and most churched of any western society.

Religious perhaps but poorly educated, uninformed and ignorant too.

Foreigners do not realise that in America they dont teach religion in schools.  Nor, it seems, do they teach much in the churches…..More…..

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Social Minefield: How To Give A Perfect Present……

Social Minefield: How To Give A Perfect Present

A present is an opportunity to show how creative, thoughtful, and generous you are, all with a single well-wrapped package. Or it’s a chance to look like a huge ass. Here’s how to do the former and avoid the latter.

Gift-giving is tough. I learned this the hard way at the age of four, when I went to my best friend’s birthday party and proceeded to unceremoniously unwrap the gift my mom had carefully picked out for her. Because that’s what presents are for, right? Opening? Needless to say I got in huge trouble — and discovered at a young age how emotionally fraught giving a gift can be. You want it to be awesome, but not over-the-top. Personal, but situationally appropriate. And then there’s the question of price. It’s enough to make anyone just swap Amazon gift certificates (this is what my dad and his dad do every Christmas), but you no longer have to resort to that, because you have this handy guide. We’ll tackle holiday gift ideas in greater depth later on, but for a whole bunch of other occasions, see below.

Birthdays

I covered this a bit in the birthdays post, but I’ll reiterate: if it’s a casual friend, who’s also a grownup, you probably don’t have to get anything. Unless he/she’s having a house party — then bring some nice booze if you can afford it. If not, baked goods! If you’re shopping for a close friend, you may already have a great idea. But in case your gifting staples are getting a little tired — or your wallet is looking thin — consider giving a service. Dodai says, “my friend once ‘gave’ me the gift of organizing my apartment, and it changed my life.” Sadie has another budget-friendly recommendation……………More.

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Daniel….Larry J. Sabato Rating Changes; Part 2: Senate + Governor

Hello Dog Folks!

Here are now the Rating Changes for the Senate & Governor Races from Sabato himself:

Governor Rating Changes by Larry J. Sabato:

Georgia Governor (Open)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

Maryland Governor (O’Malley-D)

Toss-Up to Lean Democrat

Massachusetts Governor (Patrick-D)

Lean Democrat to Toss-Up

Senate Rating Changes by Larry J. Sabato:

Alaska Senate (Murkowski-R)

Safe Republican to Likely Republican

North Carolina Senate (Burr-D)

Leans Republican to Likely Republican

All the Rating Changes can be found here:

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/ljs2010093003/

Daniel G.

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Daniel….Larry J. Sabato Updated Rating Changes; Part 1: The House Ratings

Larry J. Sabato Updated Rating Changes; Part 1: The House Ratings

Hello Dog Pound!

Larry J. Sabato CHANGED a massive BUNCH of House Races today AND almost all are favouring the Republican Candidates.

House Rating Changes by Isaac Wood:

AZ-1 (Kirkpatrick – D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

CO-4 (Markey – D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

FL-24 (Kosmas – D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

MI-1 (Open)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

PA-3 (Dahlkemper – D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

PA-8 (Patrick Murphy – D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

PA-11 (Kanjorski-D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

TX-17 (Edwards-D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

VA-2 (Nye-D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

VA-5 (Perriello-D)

Toss-Up to Lean Republican

HI-1 (Djou-R)

Lean Democrat to Toss-Up

AZ-5 (Mitchell-D)

Lean Democrat to Toss-Up

FL-22 (Klein-D)

Lean Democrat to Toss-Up

GA-8 (Marshall-D)

Lean Democrat to Toss-Up

NY-19 (Hall-D)

Lean Democrat to Toss-Up

CT-4 (Himes-D)

Likely Democrat to Lean Democrat

GA-2 (Bishop-D)

Likely Democrat to Lean Democrat

IA-2 (Loebsack-D)

Safe Democrat to Likely Democrat

IL-17 (Hare-D)

Safe Democrat to Likely Democrat

MS-4 (Taylor-D)

Safe Democrat to Likely Democrat

OH-6 (Wilson-D)

Safe Democrat to Likely Democrat

All the Rating Changes can be found here:

http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/itw2010093002/

Sabato still sees a 47 Seat GAIN for Republicans come November

Daniel G.

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Daniel….7pm Poll Closing: South Carolina Preview

Hello Dog Pound and Good Evening!

As promised this Afternoon here is the Preview of the Key Races we’re watching in South Carolina (The Palmetto State) on Election Night.

South Carolina (Key Races):

South Carolina Governor Race (Open)

Vincent Sheheen (D-South Carolina)  vs.  State Representative Nikki Haley (R-South Carolina)

South Carolina 5th Congressional District

Congressman John Spratt (D-SC)  vs.  State Senator Mick Mulvaney (D-SC)

Tonight: Preview for the Races in Vermont.

Daniel G.

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Pakistani Journalists Call for End to U.S.-Pakistan Partnership…..

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Continuing with the message I have posted this morning in the open thread….

The US and NATO’s chief problem in Pakistan is political will…

That countries political leaders are worried about a population that simply does not believe that Afghanis is it’s chief problem…

The US and maybe India is…

In the Woodward book the problem is laid out starkly in back and white…

This linked piece also explains it….

This is no way to win a war…..

You ally cutting off supplies to your troops because you go after bad guys on his doorstaep…

Not good….

Not good at all……ses…..

For better or worse, Pakistan has been the single most important U.S. partner in Afghanistan since the 1979 Soviet invasion. That relationship today hits what may be an all-time low, as Pakistan shuts down one of only two overland supply routes into Afghanistan in retaliation for an overt military incursion (probably by the U.S.) into Pakistani territory. But that’s not even the most alarming indication that Pakistan is losing interest in its generation-long, heavily subsidized partnership with the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. Pakistani journalists, part of the country’s vibrant, vocal, and typically pro-Western free press, are now openly wondering if allying with the U.S. may be no longer worthwhile.

Pakistani newspaper The Nation ran a staff editorial on Tuesday with the headline, “By Helping America, Pakistan Kills Itself.” The editorial called for Pakistan to “delink” from the U.S. “misguided ‘War On Terror'” for the “growing murder of Pakistanis by U.S. and NATO forces.” They cite the recent incursion as well as the rapidly accelerating program of U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan, which are widely perceived as killing more civilians than militants. The paper lambastes the Pakistani government’s “eternal shame” for tolerating the U.S. behavior, which they say has “embolden[ed]” more killings of Pakistanis.

The Frontier Post, which is a less prominent daily but is mostly distributed in the strategically crucial Pakistan border region, called U.S. and NATO behavior “naked aggression against Pakistan.” They criticize the Pakistani government for not resisting the U.S. more, writing, “It’s high time that the Pakistani government wake up to the potential costs of its trickery with its own people.” Public opinion in Pakistan’s frontier “tribal regions” along the Afghanistan border is increasingly anti-American. According to a New American Foundation report, 90 percent oppose U.S. incursions into Pakistan and 70 percent say that Pakistan should not join with the U.S. in fighting militants. As anti-Americanism there rises…..More…

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About those Budget cuts in the military?

Secretary of Defense Gates started fast out of the gate (sorry!) with the demise of the US Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) …..and things where get going…more cuts to save money to get more things for the troops…

RIGHT?

Ah, Wrong……

I made sure to post that ANY changes Gates wanted to do would have to get thru Congress..

And…

That the Defense bill really is just one giant JOBS bill…..

So it comes as NO bog surprise that Gates is in trouble with Congress on his move to get rid of the JFCOM…

I know I ‘ve bounced at round on this…

But I the VERY beginning I said Gates would have trouble with Congress….(he is well liked up on the Hill and has served under 7 presidents )

I changed my mind when I say the horrays from Congressmen…

But underneither the would thing here is a brick wall Gates is gonna run into…

Jobs and Money…

And folks this isn’t a Democratic vs Republican issue….

This is a straight up money/jobs issue…

Now lawmakers from other states have joined the Virginians, fearing that their states may eventually be hit with military closures without receiving the necessary explanation from the Pentagon, Forbes told The Hill.

Forbes said that the 37 lawmakers, all members of the House Armed Services Committee, want Gates to answer questions about his proposals and provide documents supporting the decisions.

“It’s just a frustration that they have pulled the shades down at the Pentagon,” Forbes said. “More and more now, the secretary is making decisions and he is backfilling the documentation after the decision is being made.”

Gates, whose service now spans a Republican and Democratic administration, is widely liked and respected on Capitol Hill. He has had a strong relationship with both Republicans and Democrats on the committees with jurisdiction over the military.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gates on Aug. 9 announced his decision to close JFCOM and also cut scores of senior military and contracting positions across the department.

JFCOM is one of 10 combat commands, which include Central Command, European Command and Africa Command. JFCOM was previously the U.S. Atlantic Command. After the Soviet submarine threat diminished at the end of the Cold War, the command in 1999 was turned into a training, concepts and experimentation combatant command spanning all armed services.

Sens. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Virginia Reps. Glenn Nye (D), Robert “Bobby” Scott (D), Rob Wittman (R) and Forbes recently have urged Gates to conduct a review of JFCOM’s mission and activities without a predisposed intent to close the command.

“We certainly could force them not to do this [closure],” Forbes said on Thursday.

The tone of the hearings this week foreshadowed the coming tug-of-war between the Pentagon and Congress over the decision to close JFCOM. Congress could pass legislation to stop or slow the closure, but the decision ultimately lies with President Obama. The president has not yet responded to the Pentagon’s recommendation.

More….

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Daniel…..We’ve BREAKING NEWS from the WHITE HOUSE WEST WING: Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel to step down tomorrow

Hello Dog Pound!

We’ve BREAKING NEWS out of the WHITE HOUSE WEST WING: All 4 Cable News Networks CONFIRMING that President Obama White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel (D-IL) WILL RESIGN tomorrow to run for Mayor of Chicago.

Obamas former U.S. Senate CoS Pete Rouse will be the Interim Replacement.

STAY TUNED on this Developing Story

From POLITICO:

http://www.politico.com/politico44/

Daniel G.

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Daniel…..llinois Governor: Brady (R) 42 % ; Quinn (D) 35 % ; Cohen (I) 6 % ; Whitney (GP) 4 % / Public Policy Polling Survey

Hello Dog Pound and Good Afternoon!

I knew something was wrong with the Illinois Governor Race when CNN yesterday released a Poll yesterday showing State Senator Bill Brady (R-IL) only ahead by two Points over Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D-IL)

THEY OVERESTIMATED THE SUPPORT OF INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE SCOTT LEE COHEN

This Morning Public Policy Polling also released a new Illinois Governor Survey showing a different Picture. Brady leads Quinn by 7 Points and Cohen only gets 6 % of the Vote.

Public Policy Polling Survey

Illinois Governor

General Election

State Senator Bill Brady (R)  42 %
Incumbent Governor Pat Quinn (D)  35 %
Scott Lee Cohen (Independent)  6 %
Attorney Rich Whitney (Green Party)  4 %
Auto Worker Lex Green (Libertarian)  2 %
Undecided  11 %

Full Results of this Survey can be found here:

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_IL_930.pdf

Daniel G.

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Liberals: We’ll vote down fiscal panel if it hits Social Security……

I told ya so….

NOBODY  is gonna touch Social Security….

Period….

Nadda….

Nope….

Not gonna happen….

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Congressional liberals threatened to vote down whatever results from President Obama’s fiscal commission if it contains a plan to change Social Security.

Liberal members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses said they would look to defeat the fiscal commission’s final proposal if it calls for cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age, or privatizing any part of the entitlement program.

“[D]o not send Congress a plan that cuts Social Security benefits, raise the retirement age, or privatizes Social Security,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned Thursday on a conference call. “If you do, we’ll vote it down.”

The bipartisan commission Obama created by executive order is set to make its proposal to address the nation’s looming debt crisis at the end of the year. House and Senate leaders have pledged to allow a vote on the entirety of the recommendations, which would come during a lame-duck session of Congress.

But both Republicans and Democrats have already been jockeying over the commission’s final possible outcomes. GOP leaders have railed against the prospect of any new taxes, and Democrats have led the push to leave Social Security unchanged. “This isn’t just a political exercise,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who argued that working class citizens couldn’t reasonably survive an older retirement age.

“This is something that I hope the Obama administration will join with us,” added Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the House Judiciary Committee chairman. “I think that that commission with all due respect to all of them should keep their paws off this subject matter.”

The push also comes against the backdrop of November’s looming elections. Democrats have accused Republicans of wanting to privatize Social Security…..

More…..

I make this point again….

If the GOP gets the House ….

They will have to bargin with their own factions and the Democrats…. who will have the Senate…

BOTH  parties are gonna have to dance to get anything passed…

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