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

Journal Archives

Rove on Fox Giving a Spin on Ohio Early Voting Sunday Night on Lou Dobbs

As a rule, I DO NOT watch Fox, but I braved the channel change last night just to see the reality distortion going on in Romney land. Having not watched it in years I was shocked at how far from reality they were.

Why I am posting though is Karl Rove was on giving that stats that there was only a 98k gap between Democratic and Republican early voters. His argument was if that margin held and people voted in a similar breakdown Romney would take Ohio.

Someone else can talk me down too, but after a little research, I uncovered that if someone doesn't vote in the primaries they are moved to Unaffiliated. That means there is a huge block of voters in Ohio in that category (almost half). While that would also include some Republicans, there would also be many Democratic votes there (if not the bulk).

So is that the lie Rove was spreading? Or, is there something to his argument?

Share Your Food Photos

Just a took a picture of my daughters' Halloween cake and was thinking that it would be nice (and different) to share food photos in the Photography group.

Here is mine:

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/
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