Is Florida Gov Charlie Crist in trouble?

It might seem so…early on people kinda laughed off his primary opponent, Marco Rubio,  in the race for one of the Florida US Senate seats as ‘too conservative’…..Well, not any longer…..Governor Charlie Crist, who appeared with President Obama in Fort Myers, Florida, in connection with the earlier Stimulus program (a GOP no-no),  might have done well with moderates in both parties…but lost face with GOP conservatives…….

Crist now finds himself in a bit an of a problem…Politics 101 has always been that Republicans run to the right for the primary ,then track back to the middle…Crist started in the middle….so much so, that in recent GOP polling he has lost out to his opponent , former House Speaker, Marco Rubio, in several straw polls……and his state wide polling has shown a steady slide with his parties voters…All of this has earned Rubio more campaign funds, and tighten up the race for senator……

My hope is that maybe, with all this blood letting …the Democratic front leader for the Florida Senate, Kendrick Meek, will find a weaken Republican to run against, and win the seat in a ‘steal’ for the democrats…..

Stay tuned……….

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The Dog Whisperer………..

Let me start by saying I lost my dog Lucy about two years ago to cancer…She was blue-tic beagle……15 inch, and I loved that dog…..Around two years ago just before she pasted away I began watching Cesar Milan on the  National Geographic Channel in Dog Whisper Show…I loved it…….

The guy had a way with dogs that reminded me of this guy I used to know that frequented a local coffee shop I used to go to……That guy, Tom …bless his soul…(he pasted away) used to tell me  about his dog psychology business..he had a small kennel……he used to tell me stories about his job……training dogs……and he would always come back to the same point……he didn’t train the dogs…he untrained the people….

Well, he must have know Cesar Milan, The ‘Dog Whisperer’…cause they were cut from the same cloth……I have watched with smiles, and fond remembrances of my dog days ( I haven’t got new dog, yet)…how that dog started as a young pup, that grew into a great people dog, that barked when someone came into the house…then preceded to lick them, or demand a rub……..

But , watching Cesar always reminds me that dogs are really very simple…you must understand that they are ‘live in the now’ animals…..Who originally operated in packs, that had a dominant leader,  and that, that fact, is always in their heads……….

Cesar has taken that knowledge and built a whole industry on that fact…..an immigrant from Mexico (now an American Citizen, with a wife, who runs his business,  and two kids) he came here with a gift …the ability to  project a “calm , assertive energy”…….and that, he has used for training dogs, and people……

And he has done it in a big way that grows each year (the show will be syndicated with FOX next year), but he owes his start to Jadda Smith who used his services to get control of four Rottweilers, and then networked him out,  after helping him with his English……

The main thing that Cesar puts out is that dogs, are dogs…and that they will take over your life, if you don’t assert yourself…It is always remarkable to see him show up at someone’s house, and in ten minutes, have that person’s dog under control, and taking heed of his actions……..Cesar doesn’t always do this in such a short time…in those cases  that he doesn’t,  it is off to his ‘pack’ of dogs to help him redefine the problem dog, so that the pack hierarchy can be re -established….I love the show… and the guy deserves everything good that has happened to him…….

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Apple posts 47% increase in profit in the fourth quarter……..

Sorry, but I’m real happy with this news because I’m writing this with Apple iMac…..

I have been a Apple computer user since 1992 and swear by them…

My start up story is this…..one day my wife and I opened a business and  I had to some stuff down on paper…well I sat down a began typying on my typewriter……after correcting something ever sentence I grew easperated!….this was not gonna work!……so I went out and decide to get a computer…everybody had PC’s but to tell you the truth I was completely dumbfounded about operating a computer…A Drive, B Drive…what the……?…..but a budy of mine had a old Apple Classic…..yea…9 inch, black and white screen. That was ok, but that wasn’t gonna be enough…so out I went to look a better Apple model….and low and behold I found it….a ‘pizza box’…a Macintosh LCII…….bought the thing, and took it home ……took it out of the box,  connected everything and started using the thing in 20 minutes…..I BS you not!…..

So I’ve been with Apple for the last 17 years…..and I’m happy when they are happy, cause it just works…and I don’t care anything about the drives….( I guess nobody else did aftter a while, because they are gone!)

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The Middle East…..To turn the cheek…or to use the iron fist?

I’m kinda surprised that someone wrote this piece…..It is about the fact that the Israeli’s operate on two levels in dealing with their problem neibhbors’s…diplomatically and practically……in most cases the practical gets results…….

They may not be pretty…but contrary to the ‘Obama Doctrine’ of compromise and reconciliation, the Israeli’s use force as a last resort……..and it works………

In the example of the Palestinians…….they talked and talked…..nowhere… just bombings…………then Israel erected a wall and mercilessly went after the leaders of the ‘holy war’…… hit teams, drones, and surgical strikes by fighters and helo’s……results?……things have never been quieter……

In the example of Syria and nuclear technologly……..They talked and threatened……nowhere……then Israel launched a fighter jet strike to out the site…….

In the example of continual problems with Hezbollah and their association with Iran in Lebanon and the Palestinians area’s……After watching things happen to their people and their attacks…Israeli agents went after, and assassinated, Imad Mugniyah, a top military planner for Hezbollah with Iranian backing…as a message…things immediately quieted down……….

The latest problem for Israel (and the entire Middle East) is Iran’s pursuit of nuclear technology to create a bomb…….Make no mistake …contrary to Obama’s hopes…Iran is stalling to buy time for its pursuit for entrée into the world’s nuclear weapon club…..And most Iranians in the street may hate their President but they are for having a bomb……..

I agree with Mr Bronner’s analysis….I have so since the beginning of the summer, when I learned that the Israeli’s had already asked President Bush (he refused) for aerial refueling tankers and the IFF codes from the US Air Force so that US fighters would not mistake Israeli Defense Force fighters on their mission into Iran to attack nuclear targets.

Folks……. I see the practical method coming to the Iranian nuclear problem……whether the Israeli’s get Obama’s ok..or they having to figure a way around it……

Because I see Iran as intent on getting a bomb…and no amount of talking will stop them…….

Only an ‘iron fist’……….

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The Real Houswives of Atlanta on Bravo…….

Here’s the girls and the guys……….

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Afghan election a symptom of the countries problems?

A UN backed investigation into last August’s election in Afghanistan has found widespread voter fraud.…And is adjusting current Afghan President Harmid Karzai’s actual totals at about 48%…below the 50% threshold needed to win the election. There should now be a runoff  between Karzai and Abudulah Abudulah. Karzai Americans go to guy for a long while is now tarnished goods…….And the Presidents Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel went on TV yesterday to float the balloon that the administration will probably now have some time to wait on Gen. McChrystal’s troop request until things get straighten out on the election’s there…….

There is very good chance that Mr. Karzai would win if there was another election, if he agreed to have one……but the inquiry does point to the question of  fraud and stability in a country the United States is poised to spend a lot of money, and probably a decade of attention, to fight  the Taliban and al-Qeada…..

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The weekly Zeitgeist (info) from the Atlantic Magazine…….

For the week of October 19……….

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Pollster.com

Obama Average Job Approval  52.2

Pollster.com

Obama Favorability  54.5%

Pollster.com

Right Direction / Wrong Track  39.6% / 53.6%

Pollster.com

Congressional Approval  18.34%

Standard & Poor’s

S&P 500  1,084.56 (up 250 points since 1/20/09)

National Federation of Independent Businesses

Small Business Optimism Index  88.8 (up 0.2% from August)

ABC News/Washington Post

Consumer Comfort Index  48 points below zero

U.S. Department of Labor

Initial Weekly Jobless Claims  514,000 (down 71,000 since 1/20/09)

Bankrate.com

Interest on 30-Year Fixed Mortgage  5.05%

RealtyTrac

Newly foreclosed properties in August  343,638

U.S. Department of Labor

Unemployment  9.8%

U.S. Department of Labor

Consumer Price Index  +0.2 in September

Mortgage Bankers Association

Quarterly Delinquency  9.24%

National Association of Realtors

Sales of Existing Homes, Annual Rate (Monthly)  5.10 million in August (down 2.7% from in June)

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Something missing in the war mix….That is, that American is many things…not just combat troops……

I was listening to Pete Dominick at POTOUS on ‘Sirius’ Radio the other day. He was having a conversation with some guy who was in Islamabad about something that was profound and missing in the United States dialog with Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan…..

That is…the fact that American is not just foot soldiers looking for combat , unmanned drones and bombers from the unseen jets in the sky……

The guy in Islamabad caught Dominic’s attention when he made that point…he explained  since he had spent time in the United States studying, he came top know that this society was not lockstep with the its leaders every policy…and that there was those who wanted to go one with the war and those who didn’t…..that very thought was inconceivable to other people’s out there who would think that the US just wanted tell everyone what to do…and interfere in every sovereign state…..

The fact that we have wants, needs rich and poor people was a good place to let other people’s know that we all share this trip thru here together…..and that fact alone could be huge difference in how people view each other…The speaker applauded the recent US military policy of having the troops work hard at establishing communication with the local populations in war area’s…..and brought up the fact that even the military itself has been asking for more help in dealing with the nation building that civilians need to carry on, in deference to their military mission…….

The awarding to President Obama of the Noble Prize was a step in that direct by acknowledging the difference in his dealing with the world, which has been 180 degree’s different from his predecessor……which is a giant step forward……And his administration has tried to jump start a cooperative process of military and civilian outreach in the country…..

Let’s hope it works…

In the end, the fight is for the hearts and minds of the peoples…..Where have we heard that before?

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Obama and Healthcare promises………

Jerome Armstrong over at mydd.com posts a list of promises that President Obama made out on the campaign trail and has not apparently kept…..and I’m not really surprised….at the end of August of this year I did a post in which I pointed out that Obama really wanted a Healthcare Bill period……Obama has had experience as an Illinois legislator and a US Senator…..he knows the game….there was no way in hell that he would stake his bill on concrete promises he made during the campaign….he knew when he made those statements that he would not have too much control on what would come from the congress as a bill for him sign………

So…..I really don’t see what the crying is about from p[progressives and the left of the democratic party…..Barack Obama is the president…presidents are politicians…and politicians practice politics which is the art of compromise…..And the final bill will be a compromise between literally thousands of people and political, business and people interests…..

As much as I wanted a bill to make sure that every person in America can get quality healthcare, I am a realist…it is just not gonna happen that way…..

This is the American way…..and this what we have to work with……

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In New Jersey…..Christie turns from Corzine to Daggert to try for the win…….

Politics can get strange sometimes…..With NJ Governor Corzine even with Christie in the polls and the Governor unable to improve his numbers much past where he is, it is Chris Daggert who is now the biggest obstacle to him winning his bid to become Governor of New Jersey…..Christie has seen his lead on Corzine evaporate and Chris Daggert ‘s numbers elevate into the 14% range. The increase in Daggert’s numbers come at the expense of Christie who will surly lose to Corzine if his bleeding of votes continue…..With that in mind …the last debate between the three found Christie going after Daggert about tax cuts and Daggert throwing a good one’s back at Christie …….

In the end here with a little more than two weeks to go…it will be where the Daggert voters go…do they stay with him?….stay home?….Or go to Christie?

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From the people at Saturday Night Live ……..don't get President Obama mad…..cause if you do….it will turn him into the 'The ROCK OBAMA'!….

The \’Rock Obama\’ comes to Saturday Night Live…….and it’s ‘Clobbering Time!’……..with video……

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Pakistan launchs an offense against the Taliban and al-Qaeda……..

Something un- heard of in Iraq or Afghanistan……the Pakistani’s have launched their own offensive against rebel forces in the border area of Waziristan…Using American built F-16’s and ground troops the Pakistani Army has moved into the area to clean out area’s of resistance.

This is action has been urged by the US military and has to be welcomed in Washington…….

At least these guys can muster up their own troops to fight……..

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A war story with two lost limbs and a good ending……….

Ferris Butler lost the bottom of both of his legs to a IED and a vehicle rollover in Iraq last year…….at 28 he had to deal with the loss of his body parts back home after doing his job ‘in county’……the platoon Captain went thru periods of pain,  self doubt and depression due to his loss, and separation from the troopers that he  lead into battle daily……..but the chance visit by a young volunteer Mount St. Mary’s University student, at Walter Reed Hospital where he was being treated would change his world.

The Captain has just married Laura Sauriol, that once college student volunteer….And  that has helped a returning veteran go on with his life with a smile, a walk, and a sense that things will be all right……and that is a good thing…….

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Balloon caper is a hoax?…..the extreme's of reality TV…….

It seems that Richard Heene may have planned this caper all along, according to Larimer County sheriff  Jim Alderden……..The department has started an investigation and it appears that ‘Falcon’s” father  had been working on the whole thing for several weeks, so that he could  get a possible reality show for him and the family……if proven true,  I really think that the whole thing was terrible…….

It also gets us to the question…..How far will people go to get themselves on TV?

The terrible thing is subjecting law enforcement and emergency works to a totally false scenario…including the scrambling of military assets and the chase across the state by news helicopters. Which could have caused a serious problem if an accident, or injury occurred in trying to secure the safety of a child, that wasn’t even in danger…..

Things started off good for the couple…but once Wolf Blizer sensed a problem with the child’s answer to a question …things went south……unfortunately people will stage anything to get their ten minutes of fame, and that may turn out someday to be tragic……..

A whole lot of people got used here…….

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A replacement Marine One helicopter is still on the table…….

Over at Politics One the guys know how I feel about replacing the current fleet of Marine One helicopters….But I’ll repeat my argument because I am overjoyed that the  House has held on, and kept money in the budget to go on with replacing the current aging helicopters…….

The Current Marine One helicopter fleet is made up of several aircraft, of which only two types of choppers actually carry the president. The primary one is the Sikorsky VH-3D, that was put into service starting in 1962 thru 1978……The newer choppers are  Sikorsky VH-60, acquired beginning in 1989…….As you can see these airframes have been in service for almost 30 years!

While the helicopter’s that carry the Commander – in – Chief are kept in pristine condition…the fact remains that the airframes are old, labor intensive and tired……no other aircraft with the service life of these helo’s would be allowed to transport the President of the United States……The President’s plane, Air Force One is  almost 19 years old…and plans are being made to replace those two VC-25\’s which are Boeing 747-200B type aircraft, in the future ( they will be replaced with the new B-747-800 series aircraft).

About two years ago the Marines had a competition for a new Helo between the Sikorsky S-92 and the Lockheed/Augusta-Westland AW101……the L/AW101 won the competition walking away…..With three engines instead of the S-92’s two…..The AW101, a bigger, and roomer air craft,  flew farther and faster , and has an added safety factor of an additional engine. In addition, while the S-92 was a completely new program…the AW Merlin, the English version, had a good number of air hours under its belt when it was picked…….

From the start Sikorsky reverted to a’ buy american’ rational to try to derail the winning choice…..Even while the United States was pushing the American made F-35 against other foreign fighter jets around the world  to countries looking to buy new generation fighters…….

The bad guys in this was the White House Military Office..the place that controls anything military that transports the president, and the Secret Service. Both developed  ‘mission creep’ on the Marine One airframe…..The new Helo , which would only be used to transport the CIC no more than 15 minutes anywhere, was asked to have an executive wash room, an Air Force One comparable communications suite, and other amenities. Of course,  this stuff adds weight to the aircraft…..and weight means a sturdier airframe, which means more weight…bigger rotor blades, stronger engine, etc…all of this stuff means more money…..I will repeat, that these add on’s came from the White House Military Office, and the Secret Service…..not the manufacture (this scenario has been confirmed by the Navy)……so the cost of the contract balloons to $400 million a helo!……

Well, the buy american people now scream that there is a cost over run…….

People…… I like Sec Gates…And I like the President…but on this one they are wrong……..

To cancel this program is asinine…..and clearly wrong…..

The CIC is riding around in a chopper that is almost as old as he is……The Lockheed helo’s are clearly superior to the Sikorsky model’s…..and the government already owns six choppers right now…..the choppers are received in Upstate NY form Europe, and then American workers outfit the AW101’s which have been renamed, the VH-71 Kestrel, by the Marines, and the Navy…

Finally…the Navy will rebid the WHOLE CONTRACT soon because guess what?……The president needs new helicopters!

The last straw is some knuckleheads think that the new bids will be cheaper than keeping the six choppers…….. They already have …….And adding six more to complete the fleet!

Am I missing something here?????

Or is this a round about way of saying we’re going to give the president the loser and the clearly inferior chopper because it’s built by Sikorsky (hint, hint)……

If the President and Sec of Defense veto this …they are doing the American taxpayer, and themselves, a great disservice……..

Note:……for a more in-depth analysis of the situation I have described please check this link to Rotor and Wing……I don’t think I missed the boat, er helicopter here at all…something simply doesn’t make sense on this….

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All of the The Real Housewives of Atlanta scenes with AJ will be used…….

The reason being that the show thought that he was part of the story of the women, and Kandi\’s life…to pull the scene’s would have not been real……..The current show will have you ride along, and be there when Ne Ne Leakes meets her father for the first time……there is a video clip with in the link…….

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