Conservatives think Hillary might not run for Health reasons…..

This IS wishful thinking…..

If you listen to the chattering class in Washington, D.C., Hillary Clinton is a virtual certainty for the 2016 Democratic nomination, and the front-runner in the next presidential race.

But in private, rumors persist that the former Secretary of State may not even be capable of making it to Iowa and New Hampshire. Clinton, these skeptics often say, will not run for president again because of health concerns.

These ubiquitous rumors of her health have been fueled in part by the supermarket tabloids. The National Enquirer wrote in 2012 that Clinton had brain cancer, something a spokesman dismissed then as “absolute nonsense.” In January of this year, the Globe claimed that Clinton secretly had a brain tumor.

Asked about her health on Thursday, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in an email to The Daily Caller: ”To your question, very caring of you to ask. She’s 100%.”

But the rumors suggesting otherwise date back to the end of 2012, when Clinton’s health made headlines as she finished her term as secretary of state: aides explained then that she developed a stomach virus, hit her head, suffered a concussion and subsequently developed a blood clot in her brain but was being medicated and was expected to recover.

But skeptics say there is much more to the story of her health, which has recently been the subject of increased speculation in Washington.

Because of these rumors, some on the right have been convincing themselves that Hillary is sick and therefore won’t run — a bombshell that would upend the 2016 race.

Roger Stone, the GOP consultant, wrote on Twitter recently that Clinton is “not running for health reasons,” telling followers to “remember you heard it first” from him.

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A Look at how Team Oracle came back to Win the America’s Sailing Cup last year…

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A Look back at the remarkable come from behind in Big Time Sport sailing….

The 2013 Cup wasn’t supposed to be any different. But a competition that was expected to be humdrum turned into one of the most remarkable ever. This account of how that happened was pieced together through extensive interviews with the sailors, engineers and other team leaders.

 

Largely because of team owner Larry Ellison, the founder of software giant Oracle Corp. and one of the world’s richest men, Oracle had all the advantages conferred upon the incumbent, plus some.

The 11 sailors were a collection of international superstars. The engineers who designed the yacht and the programmers who built the software used to plot strategy had no peer. Oracle’s computer simulations suggested the AC72—which cost at least $10 million to build—wasn’t just the better boat in the final, it was the fastest sailboat ever to compete for the Cup, capable of 48 knots, or about 55 mph.

Mr. Spithill wasn’t sure why Emirates Team New Zealand, Oracle’s opponent in the final, had been faster so far. The prevailing theory among Oracle’s sailors was that they were just rusty. As the defending Cup champions, they hadn’t had to race in the preliminaries.

Mr. Spithill on Oracle’s tactics at the start of Race 5.

As the AC72 dropped its towline on Sept. 10 and headed for the starting line, Mr. Spithill hoped that in Race 5, the Oracle crew would get its act together.

The start of an America’s Cup race is an exercise in pinpoint execution. The two boats can’t cross the starting line until a countdown timer hits zero. On this day, both boats hit the line simultaneously.

The five legs of the racecourse sent the boats from near the Golden Gate Bridge to the downtown San Francisco waterfront and took anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes to complete, depending on wind. Through the first two legs, Oracle was in total control, building up an eight-second lead…..

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Is the Senate REALLY Gone from Harry Reid and the Democrats?

Maybe…..

Right Now?…. the Democrats ARE in deep trouble….

But it IS 8 months out…..

Dems say they are in the worst moment in the cycle right now, with Obamacare’s rollout problems only just fading from the news, and outside GOP-aligned groups pouring huge money into areas where Dem campaigns are not spending resources yet. At some point those resources — which are currently being stockpiled and will be considerable — will be unleashed.

There are all kinds of unknowns that will influence which scenario above is most likely, such as the state of the economy and external events. To make things more unpredictable, there are all kinds of unknowns that will influence how things unfold in individual races within whichever larger scenario takes hold — factors like the candidates, their campaigns, and local issues.

Bottom line: Dems are very much on defense, but that’s largely due to the fundamentals, which turn on the fact that the race will be decided in a core battleground made up of red states. A GOP takeover is very possible. But it’s way too early to say with any certainty how all of this will play out, because so much is in flux……

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I think the Democrats WILL keep the Senate….. 

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NY State Assembly is looking to delay Common Core Teacher reviews for 2 Years…

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You CAN take THIS to the bank folks….

Common Core WILL be changed in New York State….

Parents, Teachers (Union) and School Administrators  are ALL against the way the program has been rolled out in the Empire State….

Governor Andrew Cuomo started out against ANY changes, but has changed his mind….(I wonder if his dislike figures dropping below 50% has anything to do with it?)

The Politics of this has made it impossible for something to NOT happen….

The problem for the Governor is M-O-N-E-Y….

I believe the Fed’s are fronting up to $700 Million for the program….

Somebody better work on getting that waiver so they can help Cuomo……..

Defying Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, state Assembly Democrats are drafting a bill that would delay teacher evaluations conducted under the new Common Core curriculum for two years.

The Democrats are expected to discuss the proposal behind closed doors Monday and perhaps vote on it later in the week, said a source who wished to remain anonymous.

Importantly, the introduction of the bill would come a week before the state Legislature is slated to appoint four members to the state Board of Regents, New York’s education policymaking board. Rank-and-file legislators said three weeks ago they might take the highly unusual step of not backing incumbent Regents if implementation of the Common Core wasn’t slowed down.

According to a draft of the proposal obtained by Newsday, the bill calls for “prohibit Common Core aligned assessments from being a factor in a teacher’s or principal’s … composite effectiveness score,” for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 academic years.

Under a state law championed by Cuomo, 20 percent of a teacher or principal’s evaluation is based on student achievements on standardized tests.

The Regents themselves proposed such a two-year delay in February – but immediately dropped the idea after Cuomo ripped them for potentially “stalling” teacher evaluations.

The Democrat-backed bill would institute the two-year delay – if the state Senate also agrees to pass the measure…..

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Introducing the ‘Flash’!

The D.C. Comic Hero is on his way to TV……

We have the first look of Grant Gustin wearing the Flash costume!

Grant Gustin in the Flash costume

Photo…Facebook, The Flash….

Fans of “Arrow” have already met Barry Allen.

Now say hello to The Flash!

What you see there is Grant Gustin wearing the famous “New 52” inspired red and yellow costum! This is the first image to be released from The CW’s “The Flash” TV series to air this 2014.

According to DC Comics, The costume for “The Flash TV” series was designed by three-time Oscar winner Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costume for “Arrow” and whose motion picture credits include Academy Awards for her work on “Alice in Wonderland”, “Memoirs of a Geisha” and “Chicago”. Atwood has earned seven additional Oscar nominations for films such as “Snow White and the Huntsman”, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Sleepy Hollow”.

“The Flash” TV series’ pilot episode production begins next week……

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Is Russia taking over the South of the Ukraine and The Crimea?…Obama gives a warning…

There are troops walking around the airports at the two Crimean Airports….

There are reports of more Russian troops moving into those airports….

The President has warned the Russians, but the United States and NATO have no stomach to respond to this militarily…..

President Obama warned Russia on Friday that it should not intervene militarily in Ukraine, saying the United States will stand with the world to condemn a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty.

“There will be costs,” Mr. Obama declared in a brief statement from the White House.

The president said the United States government is “deeply concerned” by what he said are “reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside Ukraine.”

He said that any intervention militarily into Ukraine would be “deeply destabilizing” and would represent a “profound interference” in the Ukrainian people’s right to determine their own future.

Mr. Obama said that he spoke “several days ago” with President Vladimir Putin of Russia and that his administration remains in daily contact with Russian officials.

In his remarks Friday, Mr. Obama warned Russian officials that a military intervention into Ukraine would “be a clear violation of Russia’s commitment to respect the independence, and sovereignty and borders of Ukraine.”

And Mr. Obama pointedly noted that the any breach of Ukrainian sovereignty would contrast sharply with the spirt of the Olympic Winter Games, which just concluded in Sochi, Russia…..

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The Tea Party is 5 Years Old….

The tea party turns five. We still wouldn’t trust them with scissors.

by Hunter @ Daily Kos

Tea Party activist Barry Spinka attends a rally in support of the state's Senate Bill 1070 immigration law in Phoenix, Arizona April 25, 2012. Several Supreme Court justices on Wednesday voiced support for Arizona's effort to crack down on illegal immigration, appearing to reject Obama administration arguments that the federal government has sole responsibility for dealing with people who illegally enter the United States. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY IMMIGRATION POLITICS) - RTR317QS

‘An intellectual movement’

Yesterday the Tea Party Patriots had their big five-year anniversary bash. Five years of people dressing up in period costume and wearing strange things on their head—shall we take a peek at the celebration?

Rand Paul had a message for the troops: Try to be less crazy. Or be crazy, but let’s be more polite about it:

“There are times, and I don’t think it is our movement, but there are times when people are using language that shouldn’t be used,” he said. “I recently criticized someone for using some of that language. I’m not going to bring it up, but I will say, we can disagree with the president without calling him names.”

Yeah, good luck with that. Good luck with this, too:

Many speakers also hit back against the charge that the tea party has racist elements – a charge that has been consistently and vehemently denied by activists in the movement.

If your anniversary commemoration needs to be punctuated by repeated assertions that you’re not racists, you’re probably doing something wrong…..

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Democrats begin to use sexist comments to raise money….

It almost seems like Republicans are running AGAINST women in America….

In doing this they are throwing down against the fact that MORE women vote than men….

In the past few months, Republicans have called Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for Texas governor, “Abortion Barbie,” likened Alison Lundergan Grimes, a Senate candidate from Kentucky, to an “empty dress,” criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton’s thighs, and referred to a pregnant woman as a “host.”

Democrats do not just get mad when they hear those words.

They cash in.

In fact, they are trying to find even more examples by tracking Republican opponents, their surrogates and conservative news media personalities, then blasting their comments out to supporters to build voter lists and drum up donations, casting aside the well-worn advice to shrug off sexist comments lest they draw attention to gender over issues.

It is proving effective. Emily’s List, the political action committee that backs female candidates who support abortion rights, has raised a record $25 million this election cycle. On Tuesday, the group put out an online petition, “Tell theG.O.P.: Pregnant Women Are Not ‘Hosts,’ ” after Steve Martin, a state senator in Virginia, referred to a pregnant woman as the child’s “host” in a Facebook message.

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Open Thread for 2/28/14……One guy has the place in a fit?

I’m happy to see we’ve had some serious independent thinking here at the Dog….

Two guys seem to be leading the band here….

One guy comes back and every one is in a huff….

That’s ok by me….

While some here scuffed at GOPer’s getting annoyed and leaving….

Those same are doing pretty much the  same thing because one guy has returned….

Tolerance

Folks…..

I’m just a ole Dog running a blog here….

I put things that ya gonna like and not like….

It’s ALWAYS up to you where you spend your time and with who….

For those who come here to say outlandish things?

All you do is chase thin skinned people away….

Is THAT what you want?

The true PDog people will smile and disregard all this noise….

As I said recently…..

‘This place is like the ocean….it ebbs and flows….’

I’m just standing on the shore posting people…

Ruff….Ruff…..

 

Oh, and if everyone wants to let two guy’s tell them what to do?

Good for them….

They’re all grown adults, right?

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 2/28/14…Environmental groups hammer Jolly on climate change

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by David Nir

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 FL-13: As an elections analyst, I’ve watched countless campaign ads, and they tend to cluster around similar themes. But here’s a new spot from the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club, hammering Republican David Jolly on climate change, that definitely stands apart—particularly since they’re spending a hefty $350,000 to air it in the hotly contested special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young:

In case you are unable to watch, here’s a transcript:

Ignore the storms. Ignore polar cold. Ignore sea levels rising all around us. Ignore climate change. That’s David Jolly’s view. But Gulf tides are rising, and the risk of flooding has doubled. NASA and the U.S. military agree: Pinellas needs to prepare.The Times says Jolly’s wrong on climate change—that Jolly should go back to his “science books and learn some facts.” David Jolly. Back to school, not to Congress.

The spot zooms in on a simple yet effective map that shows just how vulnerable Pinellas County, a fragile peninsula that juts out between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, would be to rising seas and worsening storms. Given how swingy Florida’s 13th District is, climate change, when framed properly, must poll better than broadly phrased national survey questions suggest—otherwise LCV and Sierra wouldn’t be plowing this kind of money into an ad like this.

Meanwhile, St. Pete Polls now says the race between Jolly and Democrat Alex Sink is tied at 46 all (with Libertarian Lucas Overby at 6), an improvement for Sink from Jolly’s 46-44 edge two weeks ago and his 47-43 lead in mid-January. But before you say, “Hey! Those are good trendlines for Sink!”, you’ll want to don your skeptic’s propeller beanie. For starters, you already know what a poor track record St. Pete has.

And even if you put the past aside, their numbers have jumped around wildly in just this one race. Last November, St. Pete began with Sink up 21, then 15, then 13, before finding Jolly ahead by 4 last month. That’s a huge swing, but even if you’re inclined to point out that Jolly’s name recognition was naturally going to rise, that still doesn’t explain Sink’s vote share dropping from 52 to 43 in two months, before Republicans began attacking her in earnest. This race is likely very close, but don’t trust St. Pete to tell you so.

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Political Roundup for February 28, 2014…Rand Paul disses the Tea Party…Red Racing Horses

by: Ryan_in_SEPA
Congress/POTUS

CA-12:  Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to fend off retirement rumors as she says her work is not done in the Congress.  With a number of key Pelosi allies retiring and the Democratic takeover chances falling daily, rumors have been rampant lately she will retire.  I suspect she runs for reelection then retires during the next Congress.

CO-Sen: Senator Mark Udall is attacking Congressman Cory Gardner for engaging in a backroom deal with Ken Buck to switch races.  I am far from impressed.  For once I would love to see a candidate say “Just Bring It” when a strong opponent entered into a race.  I guess that would require more guts than most politicians have today.

MI-12:  Bold Progressive State Senator Rebekah Warren of Ann Arbor is thinking about a run against Debbie Dingell, the presumptive front-runner to replace her husband. If Warren would run and win, we would have the first Congress without a Dingell since the early months of the Third Reich.

PA-6:  Montgomery County Democrats have endorsed two time PA-6 loser, Bold Progressive icon, and RRH punching bag, Manan Trivedi, for the Democratic nomination.  They have joined Chester County Democrats and chose Trivedi over DCCC favorite and Republican as of last October Mike Parrish.  Being a Bold Progressive is more important than having a chance at winning apparently!

Paul/Tea Party:  Senator Rand Paul has made some thoughtful comments regarding the tea party and many of its followers inability to avoid foot in mouth syndrome.  Paul stresses the importance of making sure your commentary does not drive controversy and focusing on language in general…..

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President Obama and His ‘Realist’ Foreign Policy….

Politico does a serious piece on this nations Commander-In-Chief that coining the world ‘Realist’….

Fred Kaplan points to Barack Obama as a President who has focused on a quiet ‘hard nosed’ President that happens to be a Democrat…

The piece rightly points out something that many take for granted and don’t mention to loudly…

Obama has complete let just about ALL of the missions the Two Bush President’s have sent their military to do….

He has chaired the hunted down, eliminated and captured  far more terrorist that the last two president’s combined…

He has expanded the nation;s data collection efforts far beyond anything either Bush could have conceived of and supported those efforts unflinchingly….

He has also sent people out to talk to those same people he has his military hunting down….

He was willing to go to town on a country that used gas on his people…..

Yes, indeed Barack H. Obama is NO Pacifist…..

He has seemed to take the world as a dangerous place and has only seemed to keep tabs as far he thinks thing will go….No more…No less….(A Noble Peace Prize seems a distance long time ago)

And separate from this piece?

Nor will a Hillary Clinton as President…..

More than five years into Obama’s presidency, the single word that best sums up his foreign policy is “realist”—in some cases, as one former adviser told me, “hard-nosed,” even “cold” realist.

Like all postwar presidents, Obama speaks in hallowed terms about America’s global mission. But his actions reveal an aversion to missionary zeal. He has ended the regime-changing wars he inherited, and done much to avoid new ones. He rarely hectors foreign leaders about their internal affairs, at least in public. He suffers no ideological hang-ups about negotiating with dreadful rulers or sworn enemies, such as Iran, for the sake of national-security interests. To ease America’s way out of Afghanistan, he has cozied up to Central Asian autocrats and tolerated Pakistan’s duplicity. With almost clinical detachment, he has reassessed U.S. relationships in East Asia, embracing authoritarian regimes in Myanmar and Vietnam to promote trade and check an expansive China.

Obama’s belief in American values isn’t entirely rhetorical; he will sometimes place ideals above interests, though rarely when the two collide. He seems unmoved by the triumphalism that animated George W. Bush’s foreign policy, in part because he sees the bloody, futile legacy it left in the sands of Iraq—but also because it’s just not his style. During his first presidential campaign, when he said he had “enormous sympathy” for the foreign policy of President George H.W. Bush and his national security adviser Brent Scowcroft—ultimate realists—many thought Obama was just taking a whack at his predecessor, H.W.’s son. Maybe he was, but he also meant it. Perhaps more than any president since Dwight Eisenhower, Obama defines the national interest narrowly and acts accordingly. And in following this course, he has been much more successful than his critics allow. In fact, his deepest failures have occurred when he has veered off his path.

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Kerry Kennedy acquitted of DUI in Upstate NY…..

Kerry Kennedy not guilty of drugged driving

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The Kennedy family ex-Wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ‘beats the rap’……

Kerry Kennedy has been acquitted of drugged driving after she accidentally took a sleeping pill and then took a wild spin down a New York highway.

Jurors delivered their verdict Friday in Kennedy’s misdemeanor trial in suburban White Plains.

The human-rights advocate is the ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and a niece of President John F. Kennedy.

Her car hit a tractor-trailer in 2012. She was found slumped at the steering wheel…..

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Ukraine Update 2/28/14…Russian Troops occupy Crimea Airport’s….

In the fast moving action in the Ukraine there are new developments….

It appears that the Soutern most region of the Ukraine that borders on Russia and has a majority of Russian speaking people has had uniformed Russian troop take control of it’s airports….

This is a escalation of the situation the country who has just had its deposed President do a more an hour news conference in which he has announced that HE thinks he’s still the leader of the country….

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Several hundred armed men in green camouflage, without insignia and carrying military-style automatic rifles, entered and secured areas of the civilian airport in Crimea’s regional capital of Simferopol early Friday.

Video taken at the scene showed the men patrolling inside the airport and standing guard outside. Flights continued to operate; no shots were fired.

In Kiev, Ukraine’s new interior minister, Arsen Avakov, said the armed men were Russian troops.

“What is happening can be called an armed invasion and occupation. In violation of all international treaties and norms. This is a direct provocation for armed bloodshed in the territory of a sovereign state,” Avakov said.

Avakov said troops from the Russian navy’s Black Sea Fleet, berthed principally at the Crimean port of Sevastopol, had also secured entrances to the Belbek military airport near the city.

“There is still no direct armed conflict. Diplomats should speak,” Avakov said.

A spokesman for the Black Sea Fleet denied the reports that its troops are involved in blocking the Belbek airfield, according to the Interfax news agency…..

In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin broke his week-long silence on Ukraine with a mixed message. He ordered Russian officials to consult with other nations as well as the International Monetary Fund on means of financial assistance for Ukraine. He also said that efforts to maintain and promote trade between Russia and Ukraine should continue.

At the same time, Putin said Moscow would consider the possibility of sending humanitarian supplies to Crimea.

A Ukrainian legislator from Yanukovych’s political party said Friday that the region, officially called the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, is not trying to secede from Ukraine.

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Ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych said Friday he had no intention of asking for Russian military intervention in Ukraine, blamed the chaos there on Western manipulation and said he would not return to his country until his security could be guaranteed.

Speaking in Russian at a news conference in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on–Don, Yanukovych insisted he remains the legitimate president of Ukraine and that he did not order police to fire on demonstrators. He said Russia should intervene in the Ukrainian crisis, although he said he could not say how.

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Candid Camera shots within the Supreme Court…

Somebody tell me why there aren’t Camera’s allowed in this nation’s highest court?

In this day and age Why are the Supreme’s above being watched in what they do and how they do it?

Hidden camera footage of what appeared to be Supreme Court proceedings from earlier this week surfaced on Thursday, offering one the of the first public recordings of the High Court’s proceedings.

A video posted on YouTube appears to show the proceedings leading up to and during a rare protest that took place in the court Wednesday, in which a man called on the justices to overturn the 2010 Citizens United ruling that opened the door to corporate political donations and led to the creation of Super-PACs.

The high court does not allow the media or the public to enter the chamber with electronic recording devices, video or otherwise.

While it does grant access to the public and releases delayed audio recordings of oral arguments, it has resisted calls to allow cameras inside.

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Romney and Christie get together again and raise One Million $$$….

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Who says political wannabe’s can’t raise money if they GOPer’s?

Despite a venue hiccup, Chris Christie and Mitt Romney reunited Thursday for a fundraiser in Boston that brought in about $1 million for the Republican Governors Association.

It is the latest private fundraiser for the New Jersey governor, who has been traveling the country raising money for the RGA, which he chairs, while dealing with the fallout of a traffic scandal back home.

The fundraiser was initially set to take place at the home of New Balance Chairman Jim Davis, but was moved to the Lenox Hotel over Davis’s discomfort with the press attention, “including the reporters who flocked to his home on Thursday afternoon,” The Boston Globe reported.

A person who attended the fundraiser confirmed the venue change to POLITICO. Davis could not immediately be reached for comment.

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