Ellen DeGeneres has joined 'American Idol'…….

Paula Abdul is out…..judgesSimon Cowell,Kara DioGuardiandRandy Jackson, plus hostRyan Seacrest will be back shortly with guest judges……

Guest celebrities such asVictoria Beckham,Katy Perry,Shania TwainandMary J. Blige will sit at the judge’s table during the audition process until DeGeneres joins the show in February…..

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Cheap Mobile Phone calls….. anywhere…….using the net'….

Here’s a piece on how you can replicate the cheap, or many cases, no extra charges like when you use your compurter…when you use your cell phone……..by routing your calls thru an internet phone service……

Check it out……here….

 

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I told you so…Rahm Emanuel is a marked man………

I ‘ve done two posts on people not happy with the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel…..in the last one the Dog got the scent of people ‘on the case’ of  the former Illinois House Representative….

Well that scent is getting stronger…….

Washington Post Columnist,  Sally Quinn, lets on a piece today, that Rahm Emanuel has told people that his position as the White House Chief of Staff is a 18 month job, and that “he is considering a run for Mayor of Chicago”…..”Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s current term is up in February 2011 — there is no term-limit on the office. Daley has had a difficult year both personally and professionally. His wife Maggie has been battling cancer, and his popularity has suffered from the botched privatization of the city’s parking meters and the loss of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.”

Now if this story is true…ah, it don’t have to be true….just putting it out there is going to be problems for Rahm…….

First of all…expect to see denials tomorrow….those denials will not stop Rahm’s immediate loss of power in the power sensitive Washington D.C. atmosphere….next , they are going to be people in Chicago who are going be pissed…….Mayor Daley is a icon…and they play rough in that town…and Rahn Emanuel ain’t even in town right now….if Rahm let this out…Obama is not going to be happy because of the first two reasons……

Like I said here……and here…..the guys days in his job are numberd…the number just got smaller……


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Help on the way for Democrats!…..The White House Okay with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar going back to Colorado to become the Governor there….

Oh, Snap!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the GOPer’s out there were having dreams of taking the Senate back from the Democrats, and getting a few Governorships as a side meal in the last day and a half…….

Well, hold on people, cause the show ain’t over……

This from Political Wire………
The White House “would not object if Interior Secretary Ken Salazar chose to resign his cabinet post and run for Colorado governor,” sources tell the Denver Post.

“The White House’s stance on whether Salazar can leave the cabinet on good terms is a key variable in the race to replace Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter, who announced this morning that he would not seek re-election.”

Ops!…..that ballon just busted……..

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Latest Rasmussen Poll for Arkanas…….

Merlin serves this up…..

Arkansas Senate

Rasmussen Survey

Kim Hendren (R) 47 %
Blanche Lincoln (D) 39 %
Others 4 %
Undecided 10 %

Gilbert Baker (R) 51 %
Blanche Lincoln (D) 39 %
Others 3 %
Undecided 7 %

Curtis Coleman (R) 48 %
Blanche Lincoln (D) 38 %
Others 4 %
Undecided 9 %

Tom Cox (R) 48 %
Blanche Lincoln (D) 38 %
Others 3 %
Undecided 9 %

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Will Democrat Rep. Earl Pomeroy run in North Dakota for the senate?

This teaser…….

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Rep. Earl Pomeroy will be talking about his political plans for this year.

Pomeroy is holding a news conference in Fargo Wednesday afternoon. Before, the Democrat said he was running for another term in the U.S. House.

But that was before Democratic North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan announced he would not seek re-election this year. Since then Pomeroy has been rumored as a possible Senate candidate, while others have speculated he might retire from Congress himself.

Dorgan says he hasn’t advised Pomeroy to run for his Senate seat. Dorgan says Pomeroy will make up his own mind.

Update:….I just did this post!…..apparently the answer is no…..from CNN…...

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The Port Authority needs to send Larry Silverstain packing from the World Trade Center site………

The developer has been a thorn in the side of the Port Authority, The state ‘s of New York and New Jersey, The City of New York and everybody else…while the developer has done a good job with his own projects….one get the idea that his meddling in the project had become counter-productive to moving ahead with the rebuilding at the site……

I’m no lawyer but at some point people have to say enough….even if the State’s (who co own the Authority) have to get some government help in divorcing the developer from the operation….

…..enough is enough……

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The Banks are at it again…..New features, fee's and cost's for you and me…..

While Congress puts in place new rules…the Banks simply switch over to new policies and services…just switching were, and why you’re going to still pay them more money….

It’s just a game..and they collect ……

all the time……

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The Top ten industries in American where there is expected to be jobs in the next ten years……

Check these out……..

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Sen. Dodd's statement……….

Here’s the whole thing…..

Dodd’s Full Statement:

Every six years over the past three decades, I have invited you to join me at our home to share in my decision to seek election and re-election to the United States Senate.

On each of these occasions I have begun my remarks by observing that every important journey in life begins and ends at home. Today is no exception.

What is different about today, however, is not to announce the beginning of yet another campaign for the Senate, but rather to announce that after 35 years of representing the people of Connecticut in the United States Congress, I will not be a candidate for re-election this November.

I want to begin these brief remarks by expressing my deepest gratitude to the people of Connecticut for the remarkable privilege of being elected eight times over the past four decades to our national assembly.

You have honored me beyond words with your confidence. Let me quickly add that there have been times when my positions and actions have caused some of you to question that confidence.

I regret that, but it is equally important that you know I never wavered in my determination to do the best job for our state and nation. I love my job as your Senator, I always have, and still do. However, this past year has raised some challenges that insisted I take stock of my life.

Over the past 12 months, I have managed four major pieces of legislation through Congress; served as Chair and acting Chair of two major Senate Committees, placing me at the center of the two most importance issues of our time – health care and reform of financial services; lost a beloved sister in July and in August – Ted Kennedy; battled cancer over the summer; and in the midst of all this, found myself in the toughest political shape of my career.

Now let me be clear, I am very aware of my present political standing here at home; but it is equally clear that any certain prediction about an election victory or defeat nearly a year from now, would be absurd.

Strange as it may sound, I’m not confident I would be standing here today making this announcement if these situations had not occurred. None of these events or circumstances either individually or collectively is the cause of my decision not to seek re-election.

Yet together these challenges have given me pause, and to take stock, and ask the question that too few of us in elected public life ever do – why am I running?

On a cold morning two weeks ago tomorrow I asked myself that very question.

On the early frigid dawn of December 24th, Christmas Eve, with snow piled high along the streets of our nation’s Capitol, I cast one of the most important, if not the most important votes of my years in the Senate – a bill to fundamentally reform the health care system of our country.

An hour later I was standing on the Virginia hillside at Arlington Cemetery, where Ted Kennedy rests, along with his brothers in eternity, as he is in history, wishing I could have seen the look in Teddy’s eyes as the Senate took that historic step only an hour before.

I thought about the dozens of fine public servants, Democrats and Republicans, who have joined me in serving Connecticut over the course of my career at the local, state and national level.

I thought about the countless Connecticut families – ordinary people with extraordinary courage and spirit, whose lives have touched me, and whose stories have profoundly affected my decisions in the Senate.

I thought about the dozens of patriotic Senators with whom I have had the privilege of serving in an institution I dearly love.

I have been a Connecticut Senator for 30 years. I’m proud of the job I’ve done and the results delivered.

But none of us are irreplaceable. None of us are indispensible. Those who think otherwise are dangerous.

The work to make our nation a more perfect union began long before I was elected to the Senate, and it will go on long after I’m gone.

Our country is a work in progress. And I am confident it always will be. That is what I thought about as I stood on that hillside in Arlington on Christmas Eve morning. That is what I’ve talked about with Jackie over this holiday season.

And that is how I came to the conclusion that, in the long sweep of American history, there are moments for each elected public servant to step aside and let someone else step up.

This is my moment to step aside. There will be time to reflect in more detail on the years I’ve spent in public service.

There will be time to celebrate victories, mourn setbacks, share laughs and memories, and to thank profusely the talented, tireless, and numerous staffers, many of whom are here today, who have made my Senate work possible.

But that time is not now. My service is not over. I still have one year left on my contract with the people of Connecticut.

One year from this week, our state will have a new Senator. In the meantime, we have important work to do.

A few closing thoughts. I believe in bipartisan solutions, but I also believe you only achieve those results with vibrant, robust, and civil partisan debate.

I am a Democrat and very proud of my party’s contributions to the vitality and strength of America.

I would never have had the opportunity to serve in the Congress had I not had the support and backing of my political party over the years.

I appreciate the passionate party activists who have never faltered in their support of my efforts.

I want to say thank you to my family for their tolerance of yet another generation of our family in the political arena.

I am especially indebted to Jackie for her fierce loyalty, unyielding commitment to fairness, and her unlimited capacity of empathy for the needs of others. She has been my anchor to windward in these stormy political waters.

Now there is nothing more pathetic than a politician who announces they are only leaving public life to spend more time with their family. The result of this announcement today will, I hope, create that opportunity – but it is not the reason for my decision.

I am a very late arrival to fatherhood, and I am told repeatedly how rapidly these young children – Grace who is 8 and Christina who is 4 – will grow up. So while these young ladies are not the reason for my decision – they will be an incredible benefit of my choice.

On this, the 6th of January, the Epiphany, 2010, I am still driven by the same passions that motivated me to try my hand at politics so many years ago. Just as I’ve encouraged the people of Connecticut, I am looking to the future with a spirit of optimism and confidence.

Finally, once again, thank you for the opportunity you’ve given me to serve.

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The Democrats will Keep Dodd's seat in the senate…..

From Merlin…here’s the poll numbers in the Connecticut race at this time……..

Blumenthal is a lock in Connecticut. Democrats can rejoice.

Blumenthal (D) 59 %
Simmons (R) 28 %
Undecided 13 %

Blumenthal (D) 60 %
McMahon (R) 28 %
Undecided 12 %

Blumenthal (D) 63 %
Schiff (R) 23 %
Undecided 14 %

http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/...

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The Roman Polanski case resumes in a Los Angles court……32 years later……

This from the LA Times……

A judge will again take up the case of Roman Polanski, two weeks after a state appellate court proposed a way to bring the three-decade-long legal saga to a close.

Polanski’s lawyers and prosecutors are to appear before Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza today, but the subject of the proceeding was unclear. Court officials described the hearing only as a status conference.

A spokeswoman for the L.A. County district attorney’s office said the filmmaker’s lawyers requested a meeting with Espinoza, the supervising judge of the criminal division.

In a decision last month, three justices of the 2nd District Court of Appeal refused to throw out the case but suggested that sentencing Polanski in absentia would allow for a full airing of the director’s allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct without requiring the 76-year-old director to return to the United States.

Polanski remains under house arrest at his Swiss chalet while courts weigh an American extradition request.

I hope they do not close this case with having him pay the victim the money due her, from the settlement……

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Counterpoint……..GOP retirements STILL outnumber Democrats…..

This from Political Wire…….

With news of four Democrats ending their campaigns yesterday, ABC News says that Democrats “are dropping like flies.”

But Steve Benen notes that Republican retirements, at least for now, still outnumber Democratic retirements.

“In the House, 14 GOP incumbents have decided not to seek re-election, while 10 Democratic incumbents have made the same announcement… In the Senate, six Republican incumbents have decided not to seek re-election, while two Democratic incumbents have made the same announcement.”

“Among governors, several incumbents in both parties are term-limited and prevented from running again, but only three Democrats who can seek re-election — Parkinson in Kansas, Doyle in Wisconsin, and Ritter in Colorado — have chosen not to. For Republicans, the number is four — Douglas in Vermont, Rell in Connecticut, Crist in Florida, and Pawlenty in Minnesota. (Update: the GOP number is five if we include Palin in Alaska.)”

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Negro?…….the word is there on the 2010 Census form………

Yep…..Question number 9…….’What is Person 1’s race?…Mark [an x ] one or more boxes.

Then……digg this????

It lists White , Black, African Am, or Negro…..and the last box is American Indian or Alaskan Native???

What’s you view?

Note: ……to be fair….. Congress signed off on the form a year ago……

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The U.S. military resets the Intel operation in Aftghanistan……

In a report published this week, Maj. Gen. Michael Flynn, the top U.S. military intelligence officer in Afghanistan, said U.S. military and civilian analysts have focused too much on Afghanistan’s insurgent groups and will be redeployed to devote more attention to its complex tribal, cultural and economic dynamics……

The move comes after a quick review of the CIA walk bombing……

While the CIA team in that situation was concentrating on its mission….The collection material may not be what they military needs to do its job…….

“Eight years into the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. intelligence community is only marginally relevant to the overall strategy,” Gen. Flynn wrote. “History is replete with examples of powerful militaries that lost wars to much weaker opponents because they were inattentive to nuances in their environment.”

The General received this assessment from a report published by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a centrist Washington think tank.

It is unusual for a senior commander to release such an assessment in a nongovernmental venue, and a defense official said that the Pentagon was surprised and disappointed by the report’s publication by the think tank. The report’s authors wrote that they wanted to “broaden its reach” inside and outside the military by publishing it through CNAS.

In the end the changes are to address the ‘God’s Eye’ view vs the local view….

Gen. Flynn has the power to carry out the changes outlined in the report. He and his co-authors said they would overhaul intelligence gathering and analysis by creating teams of analysts who will focus on individual regions of the country, rather than on single issues such as narcotics. Gen. Flynn likened the analysts to journalists, and said they’d be directed to visit individual units throughout their regions to collect localized information.

I give the general kudos’ for going public and making adjustments to deal with the real world changes…something most politicians don’t do…….Bravo!

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Progressive's and liberal's will be torn on Harold Ford Jr. running for the Senate from New York….

While the Dog will happy to see Harold Ford Jr. mix it up with Kirsten Gillibrand…and so will minorities and voters in New York City, which has the most of the states population…..Liberal’s and Progressives will not be so happy…..Ford who held office in Tennessee has a record as a moderate democrat due to ne=cessity….running as black man in the south means not being a liberal period….ask Artur Davis, who’s running for Governor of Alabama……

I fully expect that if Ford runs in New York that he will carry the minority vote in the state and most of the New York City vote thus assuring him of a victory over Gillibrand….I aslo expect that Chuck Schumer and the White House are not going to get involved in this race…since it would be the second major BLACK candidate  trying to get a seat in the state (Gov Paterson being the first)…..

In addition, Schumer is not going to be happy camper here since Ford is really no rookie and can hold his own…..

The carpetbagger stuff in pure batshit…….

Here’s the counter piece from Nathan Empsall over at Mydd.com…….

Wow, talk about a newsworthy day. Cherry, Dorgan, Ritter, Dodd, the agreement not to have a health care conference committee, and now this oddball story from the New York Times: “Harold Ford Jr., the former congressman from Tennessee, is weighing a bid to unseat Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand in this fall’s Democratic primary, according to three people who have spoken with him.“ Fundraiser Steve Rattner says he would support Ford, who moved to New York three years ago, and Indepublican Mayor Michael Bloomberg hinted that he’s open to it as well.

Charles Schumer has been, as the Times puts it, “aggressively elbowing out potential primary challengers to Ms. Gillibrand,” but I doubt that will stop Ford. Remember, this is the guy who challenged Minority Whip Nancy Pelosi for the position of Minority Leader. He doesn’t seem to pay much attention to threats from above. My guess is if he thinks he can raise the money, he’ll run.

Still, I think it’s bizarre and, as much frustration as many progressives may have with Gillibrand, I doubt Ford would beat her. For one, yes, New York may have elected “carpetbaggers” Hillary Clinton and Robert Kennedy, but neither of them had ever held office in another state before. This reminds me more of former New Hampshire Senator Bob Smith, who is again running for the Senate, but from… Florida, where he now sells real estate. Despite his past credentials, he can’t even get pollsters to take him seriously enough to include his name in their questionnaires. Ford wouldn’t be quite that much of a joke, but his blatant opportunism could make past carpet-baggers’ ambitions look downright down-home. He also has quite the lengthy verbal track record to defend as an MSNBC commentator – lots of potential oppo research there. Throw that in with his status as vice chairman of Merrill Lynch (I wonder if he got a bonus in ’08 or ’09?), and the man’s got far more than a simple carpetbag for new baggage. I look forward to seeing a Gillibrand-Ford poll, but for now I think the best three words to describe this potential development are “bizarre,” “quixotic,” and “silly.”

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