Samsung is out with its ‘Gear S2’ Round faced Smart Watch

Samsung today unveiled its newest smart watch, the Samsung Gear S2, which is the company’s first watch that includes a round display instead of one that’s square or rectangular.

Positioned as Samsung’s seventh smart watch release, the Gear S2 comes in three varieties: Classic, standard, and 3G. The Classic version includes a black case with a black leather band, while the standard version includes a dark gray case with a matching rubber band or a silver case with a white rubber band. According to Samsung, the Classic model is for users “who prefer a more timeless watch design,” while the standard model is “ideal for those who are on-the-go and have an admiration for minimal and modern design.”

The third model, the 3G Gear S2, features the same design as the standard model but includes a 3G radio to connect to 3G cellular networks. With dedicated 3G capabilities, the 3G Gear S2 can be used without a phone, unlike the Apple Watch and most other smart watches on the market….


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244 illegal immigrants detained in a 4 day sweep across Southern California…

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report that most had criminal records…..

The raids where conducted because the old process of having local and state police call ICE on illegals has been stopped by a Federal Judge…

Most WHERE from Mexico…

But NOT all….

It was the most successful four-day sweep of its kind in the region, ICE said. But an ICE spokeswoman cautioned against concluding that crime involving immigrants is up.

“One of the challenges we’re facing is because of state law and local policies, more individuals who are potentially deportable with significant criminal histories are being released onto the street instead of being turned over to ICE,” agency spokeswoman Virginia Kice said. “I think to infer from [the sweep] that potentially foreign nationals are committing more crimes is flawed.”
Among the people captured, 191 were from Mexico and the rest were from 21 other countries including France, Ghana, Peru and Thailand, the agency said. A majority of them had convictions for violent felonies or weapons or sex abuse charges.

The rest had past convictions for “significant or multiple misdemeanors,” ICE said in a news release.

Not everyone captured in the sweep was in the country illegally, Kice said. Some are documented nationals who may be deported because of a recent crime….


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Mt. McKinley goes back to being Denali…

The highest mountain in the US has been renamed by the President what it was called by Native Americans back in the day…

Denali….”The Great One’

Most Alaskans have hailed the move…

But Republicans?

They ain’t happy…

The mountain was officially recognized as Mount McKinley in 1917, 21 years after a gold prospector named it after McKinley, then a presidential candidate, to express support for his campaign. Though the Alaska Board on Geographic Names changed it to Denali in 1975, efforts to get the federal government to do so met with opposition from Ohio’s congressional delegation, particularly from Republican Rep. Ralph Regula, whose district included McKinley’s hometown of Canton. Regula regularly led the charge to block legislation to rename the mountain until his retirement in 2009.

The White House announced the decision on Sunday, though the renaming became official last Friday with the signature of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.

“The mountain was originally named after President William McKinley of Ohio, but President McKinley never visited, nor did he have any significant historical connection to, the mountain or to Alaska,” the order from Jewell said.

Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski welcomed the news.


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Daily Kos Morning Digest 8/31/15… Lacy Clay could face a tough primary over his role in the Ferguson protests

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay

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Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay

Leading Off: MO-01: Rep. Lacy Clay has never had much of a problem securing renomination in his safely blue St. Louis-area seat, with him easily defeating Russ Carnahan after the two congressmen were drawn into the same district in 2012. But in mid-August, state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal refused to rule out challenging Clay in the Democratic primary.

Chappelle-Nadal specifically cited Clay’s response to the death of Michael Brown and the ensuring protests in Ferguson as the reason she may take on Clay. Chappelle-Nadal, who like Clay represents Ferguson, accused Clay of being invisible during last fall’s unrest, arguing that “[e]verybody says, ‘Where has he been?’ Every constituent that I have encountered, when his name comes up unprovoked, that is what they say.” By contrast, Chappelle-Nadal was hit with tear gas while taking part in a protest.

Most of Chappelle-Nadal’s seat is in MO-01, so she’d start out with a base of support. And while a white candidate like Carnahan had a tough time appealing to the heavily black primary electorate, an African American like Chappelle-Nadal would not have that issue. Clay also has only $334,000 on hand, not a big head start. But Clay is well-connected, and he won’t be easy for Chappelle-Nadal or anyone else to beat.


NC-Sen: The DSCC is still looking for a candidate to face GOP Sen. Richard Burr, and Roll Call‘s Simone Pathé adds another name to the list. State Sen. Joel Ford, who used to chair the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party, says that the DSCC has been working to recruit him, but while he’s “entertaining” the idea, he’s still in “fact-gathering mode.” In any case, Ford, a self-described moderate, is already contrasting himself with potential primary rival ex-state Rep. Deborah Ross, arguing that his more centrist and business-friendly positions will make him more electable in what’s going to be a tough race against Burr.

A few other Democrats have been mulling this contest, and could have our first candidate before too long. State Rep. Duane Hall formed an exploratory committee a little while ago, and says that he’s given himself a Labor Day deadline to decide on whether or not to go for it. Spring Lake Mayor Chris Rey is also reportedly meeting with the DSCC, and one of his consultants says that Rey will likely decide in the next two weeks. And in case there’s any doubt which way Rey’s leaning, his website now promotes him as someone who is “[w]orking hard to make the quality of life better for all North Carolina citizens.” Ross also says she’s close to deciding, though she didn’t offer a timeline.

However, it sounds like ex-Rep. Heath Shuler isn’t incredibly interested. Shuler has been evasive about his 2016 plans publicly, and Democratic operatives say he hasn’t done anything to prepare for a run….


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Political Roundup for August 31, 2015…Carson rises in Iowa…RRH Elections


Iowa-D: A Selzer Iowa Poll (generally considered America’s premier pollster) has Clinton 37/Sanders 30.

Iowa-R: The Same Selzer poll has Trump 23/Carson 18/Cruz 8/Walker 8/Rubio 6/Jeb 6/Fiorina 5. An under-reported story seems to be how well Carson is doing, as he has been in second place in multiple national and state polls.

O’Malley: He blasted the DNC this weekend over the limited number of debates scheduled, a transparent play to keep Hillary’s rivals from getting exposure….


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China and Russia working together on hacked US data…..

For those of you worried about the NSA?

There is more …..

China and the Russian’ s are now working together to comb hacked data information from the US….

At least one clandestine network of American engineers and scientists who provide technical assistance to U.S. undercover operatives and agents overseas has been compromised as a result, according to two U.S. officials.

The Obama administration has scrambled to boost cyberdefenses for federal agencies and crucial infrastructure as foreign-based attacks have penetrated government websites and email systems, social media accounts and, most important, vast data troves containing Social Security numbers, financial information, medical records and other personal data on millions of Americans.

Counterintelligence officials say their adversaries combine those immense data files and then employ sophisticated software to try to isolate disparate clues that can be used to identify and track — or worse, blackmail and recruit — U.S. intelligence operatives.

Digital analysis can reveal “who is an intelligence officer, who travels where, when, who’s got financial difficulties, who’s got medical issues, [to] put together a common picture,” William Evanina, the top counterintelligence official for the U.S. intelligence community, said in an interview.

Asked whether adversaries had used this information against U.S. operatives, Evanina said, “Absolutely.”


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Trump and Tax Increases?

One had to KNOW this was NOT play well in Republican land….

True Republicans , who have to come across as Conservatives are NEVER gonna mention the word’s Tax cuts….

Rich guys who borrow the Republivan logo do….

And it WILL eventually get them in trouble….

THAT is happeneing to Donald Trump right now….

For years, Republicans have run for office on promises of cutting taxes and bolstering business to stimulate economic growth, pledging allegiance to a Reaganesque model of conservatism that has largely become the party’s orthodoxy.

But this election cycle, the Republican presidential candidate who currently leads in the polls is taking a different approach, and it is jangling the nerves of some of the party’s most traditional supporters.

The tendency of that candidate, the billionaire developer Donald J. Trump, to make provocative, headline-grabbing speeches has helped obscure an emerging set of beliefs: that he would raise taxes in certain areas, particularly on corporations that he believes do not act in the best interests of the United States.

In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on American companies that put their factories in other countries. He has threatened to increase taxes on the compensation of hedge fund managers. And he has vowed to change laws that allow American companies to benefit from cheaper tax rates by using mergers to base their operations outside the United States….

Mr. Trump has also threatened to make companies such as Ford “pay a price” for shifting their production to Mexico. And while he claims to be friendly with many of them, he has called hedge fund managers “paper pushers” who tend to get lucky on the road to riches. The populist tone is playing well with a subset of the Republican electorate that is frustrated with the status quo, but there are signs that Mr. Trump is beginning to alienate some in the party’s traditional base.

“Those aren’t the types of things a typical Republican candidate would say,” said Michael R. Strain, a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, referring to the candidate’s comments on hedge funds, support for entitlement spending and the imposing of trade tariffs. “A lot of these things are not things that businesses would be happy about.”


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Looks like No settlement in the Brady/NFL DeflateGate case?….

A lot of settlements come at the VERY last moment…..

But based on the questioning of the NFL by the judge, and the support New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady has been getting…He’s holding out for just a fine and no banning of games….

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are scheduled to be back in federal court Monday in New York.

The league and the NFL Players Association have asked U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman to rule by Friday on Brady’s challenge of his four-game DeflateGate suspension if there is no settlement in the case.

Berman has pushed hard for the league and the NLFPA to settle, with little apparent progress so far.

One person familiar with the case said in recent days that a settlement seems to remain a long shot but Monday’s developments could be telling.

“If there is going to be any … it will come Monday with the judge applying the pressure,” the person said.

The Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL’s season-opening game Sept 10…..


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Bernie Sanders is a unknown in Nevada…Hillary Clinton is NOT….

Take a look at the Nevada Democratic party people…

It looks nothing like the Vermont (or Iowa) Democratic party…

Bernie Sanders doesn’t do well at all with people who ain’t white…

Hillary Clinton does….

After New Hamsphire and Iowa?

It’s just about over for the Democratic Senator from Vermont…

Unlike the first two states on the map, in Nevada, minority voters are poised to play a major role in picking the Democrats’ winner. Nonwhite voters make up just less than half of the state’s population, while white voters are much more dominant in New Hampshire (92 percent) and Iowa (88 percent).

“Politically, Vegas is such a melting pot,” said Yvanna Cancela, political director for the Culinary Workers Union Local 226. “So looking into a presidential year, New Hampshire and Iowa are important but Nevada really tells the story of where America’s at just because our electorate is so diverse … it does tell the story of how people are leaning and what messages will actually be persuasive.”

Of course, Sanders has the option of waving the white flag in Nevada and focusing on states where he’s faring better in the polls. But passing on Nevada raises real questions about his ability to compete on a national level. After all, in terms of its demographics, Nevada, far more than Iowa or New Hampshire, mirrors the country as a whole—and provides a far more accurate microcosm of the Democratic party….


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Hillary Clinton supports bill limiting payouts and lobbying for private/government employment…

Highlevel government employees often leverage their government jobs into  higher paydays as they move back and forth between government and private jobs.

Hillary Clinton has announced that she is supporting a bill that will set limits to that practice….

She has no problem with private people moving into government jobs with expetise in certain fields…

But the partice of finacial companies accerating huge compensation package to those people, and the some of those people being involed with the very comaponies they have left would be cuttailed or outlawed in a bill supposed by Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis)  and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)….

Oh, and Clinton gets Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.)  support on this….

The Financial Services Conflict of Interest Act, which is sponsored in the Senate by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and in the House by Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), would ban golden parachutes and crack down on other conflicts of interest in government. Progressive groups, who believe that the revolving door between the private sector and the government fosters corruption, had written a letter to Clinton last week asking her to clarify whether she supported the legislation. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has called it “a bill any presidential candidate should be able to cheer for.”

Clinton voiced her support for the bill in an op-ed for The Huffington Post co-written with Baldwin. Their blog post argues that government workers with private sector experience are usually an “asset, and not a liability,” but “in some cases it can affect the public trust — for example, if a public servant’s past and future are tied to the financial industry. That’s when people start worrying that the foxes are guarding the hen house.”


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Ben Carson TIED with Trump in Iowa…Poll


Just when the story keeps running on  about Donald Trump?

We get  a sneak attack…

Ben Carson, a black Republican doctor, has gained stregth with GOP Conservatives and has quietly slipped into a TIE in Iowa in a just out Mommonth Poll and could eclipse the Trump show , with little or none of the Trump noise…As most of us have pointed out…Trump is NOT expected to secure the GOP nomination, no matter how much speculation rides on his current road ‘show’….

It appears that he has iindeed worn out his welcome with certain parts of the party….

At least in Iowa…(An August 30, DM Register poll has Carson closing on Trump also)

Nobody has this guy on their radar…

But hardcore Conservatives have…(Not Ted Cruz)

And durning the first GOP debate he was uninspiring …

But to Conservative’s are not biting on the Trump ‘wave’ he’s their man….

I have pointed out here countless times….

In the end?

Most Conservatives WILL not accept Trumps political leanings and will always question his alliance to THEIR party….

Could Trump be dethroened by a doctor promising to fix HIS parties ailes?

Although he isn’t generating the headlines enjoyed by Trump, Carson has quietly built a dedicated network of supporters in Iowa. During the past month, he also aired more ads than any other presidential candidate in Iowa. Carson has the highest favorability rating among Republican candidates, with 79 percent of likely GOP caucus-goers seeing him positively.

Those glowing views of Carson, who has a compelling life story and is seeking to become the nation’s second black president, could make it hard for Trump or other rivals to attack him as the campaign heats up this fall. Christian conservatives, who represent nearly 40 percent of likely caucus participants in the poll, may be starting to coalesce around the former director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins….



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The Hill moves the GOP ratings to Trump, Bush and Kasich….1, 2, 3….

What took them so long?

Donald Trump does lead the Republican 2016 Presidential nomination race…

No doubt….


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Open Thread for August 31st, 2015….

Four months to go till the 2016 Presidential session starts….

Pro and College Football is on its way…

We have a polls and Polls….

We have a Democratic front runner that is dogged for he lack of ‘trust’, but continues to lead EVERYONE else running for President in both parties…

We have an Independent running as a Republican that seems to have pulled all of the air from the whole group of real Republicans running for the nomination…

And we learn we now have Kanye West running for the Democrats in 2020….

Not much else could be better, eh?

Let the fun continue….


Oh, and the Mets are going to the playoffs it seems….

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Trump…Republican insiders question?

While others go ‘goo-goo gagas’ s over the Donald Trump polling numbers for the 2016 Republican Presidential nomination….

Republican insiders are NOT…

They watch with trepetaion the Trump ‘wave’ sweeping over their party’s candidates and wonder….

Almost NOBODY believes Donald Trump will survive the race for the GOP nomination…

But NOBODY seems to be able figure out how to make that happen …..

Republican operatives, insiders affiliated with no campaign and donors with whom Right Turn spoke last week are not pleased about the state of the GOP race. They will say something like: “Yeah, it’s early. Yeah, Rudy Giuliani never became president. But still.” They will tell you public polling is exaggerated, although internal polling shows him leading. They are angst-ridden over Donald Trump’s staying power, but more than that, the inability of the other candidates to respond effectively and present themselves as an effective alternative.

These Republicans, on one hand, despair that an egocentric bully with no discernible political principles should be leading in polls. They observe that his incoherent mix of authoritarianism, protectionism and cronyism is antithetical to the modern conservative movement, and in tone is 180 degrees from Ronald Reagan. But they also note that he is building an organization and displaying “P.T. Barnum showmanship,” as one veteran of GOP presidential campaigns put it. They shake their heads, unable to fully comprehend Trump’s appeal, but more than that they are disturbed by the rest of the field. They do not believe Trump will be the nominee, but high hopes for a deep, quality field have not been met. In particular, they are worried that Trump’s embrace of “nativism” will doom the party if mimicked by others.

Everyone would be advised to take a deep breath. Check the calendar (it’s still August). Remember who Trump supporters are. As Ramesh Ponnuru noted: “Take away the celebrity-besotted, the non-voters, and the single-issue opponents of immigration, and you’re left with a group of conservatives who deeply dislike what they see as a spineless Republican establishment. These voters never determine the nominee, because too many of them waste their passion on hopeless candidates, such as Ben Carson, Michele Bachmann . . . Donald Trump.” Already in the Des Moines Register poll, the most reliable Iowa poll available, Trump lead is down to a mere five points over Carson. Considering how Trump has dominated the airwaves, it’s not an impressive poll for him….


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Kanye West for President in 2020…

Why Not?

If Ronald Reagan got the job…

And Donald Trump is running for the job…

Why not West?

Kanye West is no stranger to shocking MTV Video Music Awards appearances, but his speech during Sunday night’s 2015 VMAs took a wildly unexpected turn when the rapper announced his intention to run for president of the United States.

Wrapping up an off-the-cuff and sometimes-rambling speech while accepting the Video Vanguard award at the music channel’s annual show, West said to cheers from the crowd, “I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”

Last year, West told his more than 14 million Twitter followers he was supporting “the Democratic ticket” in the midterm elections.



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Donald Trump is NOT a Republican….Part 2

I know it’s redundant….

But I keep repeating something factual….

Donald Trump is NOT a Republican….

He’s an Indépendant….

A few mnoinutes ago one our regulars here at the PDog pointed out that I was ‘all over the place’ with Trump….(he said I was obsessed with the guy….Heck…ALL the political and social media types and bloggers ARE doing stuff on him….)

My answer was ….’Trump is all over the place’

All this because I made the comment that Donald Trump COULD be seen as Clinton Democrat….

Well….This morning I see the NY Times Ross Douthat is writing a pice that goes in my direction….

He points out that the Trump candidacy IS essentially a third party run RIGHT NOW….

(Douthat does think that is all bad….Could be called a Populist?…But concludes the GOP will learn and change little after Trump fades)

That from within the Republican Primary system Trump, rich and without the usual constratinas  attacking their sysytem and policies AND the Democrats….

Trump is never far from the word ‘i or Me’ is getting his poll numbers because he’s rallying against the GOP/RNC owners….

But in the next breath he’s talking about Rich people paying MORE taxes…..

And in the next breath knocking the same women and black, brown and yellow voters that the GOP Presidential nominee will NEED…

Douthat label’s Trumps a ‘traitor’ ton get a hook in his header…

I’m sure others haven’t been so kind to a guy trying to rip up a party that he actually isn’t a part of….

THE Donald Trump phenomenon is a great gift to pundits because it can be analyzed and criticized in so many different ways. But two shorthands seem particularly useful. First, Trump is essentially using the Republican primary to run a third-party campaign, not a right-wing insurgency. Second, Trump’s appeal is oddly like that of Franklin Roosevelt, in the sense that he’s a rich, well-connected figure — a rich New Yorker, at that — who’s campaigning as a traitor to his class.

These two elements of Trumps’ are intimately connected. In American politics, the two-party system, no less than the Senate or the Supreme Court, has long served as a check on pure democracy, a means of elite control. So long as there are only two competitive parties, the political diversity of the country will be channeled through their sluice gates, and the (mostly upper-class, highly educated, self-consciously globalist) people who run the parties will exercise disproportionate control over which ideas find representation….

So far he’s running against the Republican establishment in a more profound way than the Tea Party, challenging not just deviations from official conservative principle but the entire post-Reagan conservative matrix. He can wax right wing on immigration one moment and promise to tax hedge fund managers the next. He’ll attack political correctness and then pledge to protect entitlements. He can sound like Pat Buchanan on trade and Bernie Sanders on health care. He regularly attacks the entire Iraq misadventure, in its Bush-era and Obama-era manifestations alike, in a way that neither mainstream Republicans nor Hillary Clinton can plausibly manage.

And he’s coming at all these issues, crucially, from a vantage point of privilege — which his critics keep highlighting as though it discredits him, when in reality it lends his populism a deeper credibility….


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