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Hometown: Florida
Home country: USA
Current location: McKinney, TX
Member since: 2001
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About Me

Small business owner, former professor and university administrator... former expat (lived in UAE for 10 years).

Journal Archives

Mitt Romney: Extremely Conservative and Endorsing Richard Mourdock

Romney stands by Mourdock, won't ask him to pull down ad

Source: Thehill.com

Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday reiterated its support for Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R), saying it will not ask him to pull down an ad featuring the GOP presidential nominee.

Mourdock stirred controversy Tuesday when he said pregnancies resulting from rape can be "something God intended." Romney had already cut the ad for Mourdock, who's in a tough race. It was a rare move for the GOP nominee, who's not gotten involved in many Senate contests.

A Romney official told The Hill the campaign would not ask for the ad, which began airing on Tuesday, to come down...

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/263825-romney-reiterates-mourdock-support

Doubling down on the stupid...

Romney Praises and Endorses Mourdock (R) in Indiana Earlier this Year

The Obama Ground Game: Is this Obama's Secret Weapon?

...Field operatives have been undervalued in recent years, as the focus of campaigns has shifted to big-money ad-bombs, compounded by the super-PAC economy. But this presidential campaign is going to come down to a few percentage points in a half dozen states, and suddenly ground game is about to get a lot of respect.
So The Daily Beast decided to map out the Obama and Romney local headquarters across the country as one way of gauging the strength of each campaign’s ground game. And what we found was an overwhelming advantage—755 to 283—by the Obama campaign on at least this one metric.
In the key swing states of this election the numbers are stark:
In Ohio, 122 Obama local HQs compared to 40 for Romney.
In Florida, the Obama campaign has 102 local HQs versus 48 for Romney.
And in Virginia, a more even split—47 for Obama compared to 29 for Romney... http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/10/19/ground-game-obama-campaign-opens-up-a-big-lead-in-field-offices.html

On a personal note, I have never seen a more organized operation than what I saw in my own home county in the US. On Saturday, there were more than 8 volunteers calling people in order to get out the Florida vote. This is a TINY county in North Florida. Obama has setup the most impressive ground game (at least in swing-states) that I have ever seen. If he wins Florida (and I think as of today he would win by 1 or 2 %), it will largely be due to the work of the volunteers and the organization that has brought them together.

I am sure there are many similar experiences here on DU in numerous states. My only wish is that I could do more this time. Unfortunately, I am sunk under the weight of starting a new business. There is always the next cycle though!

Fla. Gov.: We won't comply with health care law

Source: Gainesville Sun

Florida Gov. Rick Scott now says Florida will do nothing to comply with President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and will not expand its Medicaid program. The announcement is a marked changed after the governor recently said he would follow the law if it were upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Florida is not going to implement Obamacare. We are not going to expand Medicaid and we're not going to implement exchanges," Scott's spokesman Lane Wright told The Associated Press on Saturday. Wright stressed that the governor would work to make sure the law is repealed.

Scott told Fox News the Medicaid expansion would cost Florida taxpayers $1.9 billion a year, but it's unclear how he arrived at that figure...

Read more: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20120630/WIRE/120639980/1139?Title=Fla-Gov-We-won-t-comply-with-health-care-law-

Gov. Voldemort strikes again.

Malnutrition at ‘crisis levels’ in Yemen

“The malnutrition situation in Yemen has reached crisis levels,” Unicef said in a statement. It’s local director, Geert Cappelaere was more blunt.

“The situation is dire,” he said. “Yemen has globally the second highest level of studented growth, second only to Afghanistan,” he said. “In children under five, 58 per cent are severely malnourised.”

The political and socio-economic upheavals of last year centred have worsened an already precarious situation.

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered the distribution of Dh500 million in emergency aid towards buying food items and supplies in Yemen earlier this week. The Khalifa Bin Zayed Humanitarian Foundation is taking charge of purchasing supplies such as rice, flour, sugar, oil, baby milk, canned food, and other key necessities.

While products will be purchased in local markets in Yemen to generate economic activity, Cappelaere wants all Gulf states to contribute and try and prevent a looming catastrophe.

“We’re at the tipping point,” he said... http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/yemen/malnutrition-at-crisis-levels-in-yemen-1.1032686

Yemen is becoming the Somalia of the Arabian peninsula.

Lady Gaga cancels Indonesian show over security

It’s final: Lady Gaga’s show in Indonesia won’t go on.

Islamic hard-liners have threatened violence if the pop diva holds her “Born This Way Ball” concert in the world’s most populous Muslim country, saying her sexy clothes and provocative dance moves could corrupt youth. Police refused to issue the necessary permits unless she agreed to tone things down... http://www.salon.com/2012/05/27/lady_gaga_cancels_indonesian_show_over_security/

'baby I was canned this way!'... tolerance is a two-way street... I quickly loose patience with fundamentalists of any stripe...

Elections 'nightmare scenario' leaves Egypt revolutionaries in shock

It is all doom and gloom for the Egyptian pro-democracy activists who strove in last year's January Revolution to bring an end to Hosni Mubarak's 30-year authoritarian rule.

A sombre mood hung over many Friday evening after learning that neither liberal ex-Muslim Brotherhood figure, Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, nor leftist candidate, Hamdeen Sabbahi, made it to the final run-off round of this historic presidential election.

Rubbing salt into the wound, the Brotherhood's Mohamed Mursi and Ahmed Shafiq, who served as prime minister in Mubarak's final days in power, came first and second, respectively, following two days of voting which kept millions of Egyptians holding their breath...


Many revolutionaries, however, remained either undecided or opted for boycotting the runoff election altogether. Nawara Negm, one of the country's most prominent revolutionary bloggers tweeted: "The Muslim Brotherhood are liars and the Military are treacherous, and thus we are boycotting, boycotting. Down with the rule of the Military and the Brotherhood."... http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/36/122/42909/Presidential-elections-/Presidential-elections-news/Elections-nightmare-scenario-leaves-Egypt-revoluti.aspx

Egypt is becoming a real nightmare. Mursi, for example, has called for the repeal of the ban on female genital mutilation AND laws protecting women from sexual harassment.

Another recent quote from Mursi:

“The Koran is our constitution, the Prophet is our leader, jihad is our path and death in the name of Allah is our goal,” Mursi apparently said in an election speech at Cairo University on Saturday evening. “Today we can establish Sharia law because our nation will acquire well-being only with Islam and Sharia. The Muslim Brothers and the Freedom and Justice Party will be the conductors of these goals.”... http://www.theblaze.com/stories/muslim-brotherhoods-egyptian-presidential-candidate-jihad-is-our-path-death-in-the-name-of-allah-is-our-goal/

In Europe, Banks Get Bailed Out and Countries Get Austerity

While everyone's attention was elsewhere, last Fall EU members bailed-out Dexia bank. This bank, on paper, is worth more than the GDP of Greece. Apparently, that makes it somehow more deserving. For Dexia, it is business as usual and billions of Euros to stay afloat (this is in addition to what the bank received in the 2008 bailouts):

The bailout plan for Dexia came after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy agreed Europe's crisis-hit banks needed to be recapitalised.

Dexia also secured state guarantees of up to 90bn euros to secure borrowing over the next 10 years. Belgium will provide 60.5% of these guarantees, France 36.5% and Luxembourg 3%, the bank said in a statement... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-15235915

Meanwhile, Greece was being forced into austerity:

Euro zone finance ministers agreed a 130-billion-euro ($172 billion) rescue for Greece on Tuesday to avert an imminent chaotic default after forcing Athens to commit to unpopular cuts and private bondholders to take bigger losses.

The complex deal wrought in overnight negotiations buys time to stabilize the 17-nation currency bloc and strengthen its financial firewalls, but it leaves deep doubts about Greece's ability to recover and avoid default in the longer term.

After 13 hours of talks, ministers finalized measures to cut Athens' debt to 120.5 percent of gross domestic product by 2020, a fraction above the target, securing a second rescue in less than two years in time for a major bond repayment due in March... http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/21/us-greece-idUSTRE8120HI20120221

During the 2008 crisis, Dexia borrowed nearly $60 billion from the US Federal reserve to stay afloat:

Since Dexia had a New York banking office they were eligible for various bailouts from the US Federal Reserve. At its peak Dexia had borrowed $58.5 billion... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexia

Additionally, it wasn't just 'simple' banking losses due to the downturn. A big percentage of their problem (read idiocy) was because they gave a pile of money to Bernie Madoff:

According to the financial services provider Bloomberg Dexia lost €78 million through the Ponzi scheme of Bernard Madoff... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dexia

Did Dexia deserve a second bailout after not doing the most basic due diligence?

Apparently, austerity is for countries, not the profligate and idiotic banks who created the mess.

Why am I not shocked?

Leaders must act to halt slide toward violence (Lebanon)

New troubles in Lebanon...spill-over from Syria...

Carol Maalouf, a political analyst, also voiced fears of Lebanon drifting toward sectarian violence as a result of the spillover of the turmoil in Syria. She also said the Lebanese government’s dissociation policy on Syria had proven its failure.

“Lebanon can no longer dissociate itself from the events in Syria because the events are spilling over into Lebanon, mainly through the border in the north which is a Sunni stronghold that supports the Syrian revolution against the regime there,” Maalouf, also a lecturer in political science and political history of Lebanon at Notre Dame University, told The Daily Star. “The government’s policy on the Syrian crisis has failed as was manifested in the recent two incidents. The government is reacting to what is happening on the ground rather than adhering to its declared policy of dissociation.”

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/May-22/174227-leaders-must-act-to-halt-slide-toward-violence.ashx#ixzz1vagHdsJb
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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