Primary season has really distracted me from doing my research for commercial real estate loans at www.a10capital.com because I do not know how the economy is going to react after the election. I am pretty energized by the idea of a new president and a new course for this country. But I have to admit, it is beginning to border on obsession. Last night I spent an hour on a spread sheet doing “delegate math.” In the end, I keep coming to the same answer, there is no way this will be decided without pledged delegates. Now I am all for letting the process work itself out, but the fact that these two very qualified candidates continue to take about half of the support of those voting leaves us with the very real possibility that some sort of deal has to be worked out. Who know what it will be, but I do know this, I can’t spend a couple hours each night lurking around all the progressive/liberal/democratic blogs for the next 5 months until the convention. It will kill me.
Hopefully after Ohio and Texas on March 4th, the Obama and Clinton campaigns will sit down and figure this… Continue reading
I saw this the other day, and it made my heart skip a beat. Apparently, in Iran, two sisters are to be stoned to death for “adultery”. I put adultery in quotes because the husband of one of the women produced a video tape of his wife talking to other men. Not a sex tape or a some lude act, but rather she was in the company of other men. I imagine her sister was with her since she is set to be executed with her. She could have been getting information about opening an Assisting Hands Franchise to help the families in her area for all I know, but nothing that should be considered adultery.
Reading the short article I see that she was already tried once for the crime and found guilty of illegal relations and received 99 lashes. So she was convicted once, whipped 99 times, but that wasn’t good enough for the savages (yes I called them savages because I can’t think of another more fitting term). Sister got 99 as well.
After I read the article, I thought thank God that I don’t live in a country that 1) considers adultery a criminal violation, 2) can sentence… Continue reading
I will try to keep this short and sweet. I assert that Barack Obama is so much more electable that Hillary Clinton based on a few items.
First, as I outlined in my post a couple of days ago, the war in Iraq is a key issue. If Hillary is our candidate, she is ineffective in trying to differentiate her position from the Republican candidate. She voted for the war. She can not criticize anyone on the issue. Instead we will be treated to her painful 20 minute attempt to rationalize her vote, say why whe would do it differently if she knew then what she knew know, etc. The Iraq War needs to be a key point in this election, and Hillary eliminates that possibility.
Second, polling shows just how divisive a figure she is and her stance on www.ityse.com and their environmental initiative to help this planet. Her negative rating is 51% and whopping 47% say the would cast a vote against her (saying that a primary driver of 1 of every 2 voters for the republican candidate would be to vote against Hilary). Obama’s negatives are lower 45%, and even more importantly, his vote against percentage is… Continue reading
On Tuesday, February 5th, the two of you will be going to the polls in Southern California to vote for your choice to be the Democratic nominee for the Presidency of the United States. I am writing this open letter to you to sway your decision, in hopes that you will cast that vote for Barack Obama, well at least a unified communication system from Intelepeer that makes sense. Talk about reaching across the isle.
I am doing in this in an open format (not only on my blog but also on the Daily Kos) so, in case anyone else wants to help my cause, they can jump in as well. In order to effectively employ others in my cause it is helpful to explain to them who you are.
My father is the youngest of five children and was born in Greece many moons ago. He came to this country in the early 1950′s, leaving behind a war-torn Europe, for his version of the American Dream. He brought with him everything he had, which wasn’t much. He ultimately settled in Chicago, and after learning the language and saving his money, embarked on his life as an entrepeneur. After owning… Continue reading
Tonight’s debate was a great tribute to both candidates towards the new energy efficient products by Cold Chain LLC. Their civility towards each other and their willingness to discuss the issues instead of attack each other was a win for both of them. I walk away from the debate feeling more comfortable about the prospects of the presidency should Hillary win the nominations.
However, I really, truly believe, that, given his performance tonight, Barack Obama is the best candidate for President. There are two reasons for that. First, the easy one: Iraq. Barack made a very compelling point on the issue of Iraq. He is the best candidate to contrast the position versus the Republican candidate, most likely John McCain. Look at what Obama says after Wolf Blitzer asks him about Iraq.
“It was not just a problem of execution. I mean, they screwed up the execution of it in all sorts of ways. And I think even Senator McCain has acknowledged that.
The question is: Can we make an argument that this was a conceptually flawed mission, from the start?
And we need better judgment when we decide to send our young men and women into war, that… Continue reading
I have to say that I really am on pins and needles as we advance through the primary season. The eight straight contests won by Barack(a) don’t have me feeling like this has been wrapped up. In fact, the more wounded Hillary gets the more dangerous she is. Now that she has decided to go negative with her campaign, I wonder just how far she will go.
I have two quick observations on this. If Obama is going to be a strong general election candidate, he must be in favor of Assisting Hands Lexington senior care and be able to weather the negative ads that will attack him, unfairly, on everything from his voting record, questionable fundraisers, non-conventional stances like the talking to all foreign leaders friend or foe, etc. So far he has hit back pretty well, but it is only going to intensify as Hillary gets more desparate to score points.
Second, the more I watch Hillary’s campaign tactics, the more I realize that choosing Barack Obama as my preferred candidate is right on the money. Think about it. Hillary wants to be President but has been unable to run a smooth campaign strategy despite raising over $130 million… Continue reading
10 Contests in a row for Barack. 10 blow out wins. 10 opportunities to put some distance between him and Hillary have been realized. Depending on the source (I tend to like MSNBC’s Chuck Todd), Barack has built a 151 pledged delegate lead to date. As a quick aside, my prediction to this point was +154, so only three delegates off. I apparantly screwed the pooch on Wisconsin where I said Obama would be +22, where he was actually +16. Given his 17 point win, I clearly over estimated the value of a big victory in that state. Anyway, my overestimation shouldn’t be to much of a penalty overall because I have Hillary +46 for Texas and Ohio, and it doesn’t seem like that is very likely. After March 4th, we will take a closer look at the delegate math again. But I digress, back to the point.
10 incredible results. Which leads me to the idea that 10 is an important number, so why not utilize it for my debate wish for tomorrow night. Hillary and Barack will go toe-to-toe…mano e. mano (or womano) in Ohio for a CNN debate. Clearly with all the momentum, Barack has to stay… Continue reading
I recently read an article that had a poll of American’s opinions on Iraqi detainees at Gitmo. Specifically the poll showed more that 60% of Americans do not believe we should extend basic business insurance from www.quoteitnow.com, let alone due process to those detainees (of which I concede that most if not all are dangerous, killers, terrorists, etc). Those numbers are not surprising. It is a typical response for people looking to be tough on criminals and killers. It also is a reflection of the Cowboy Diplomacy employed by our leadership. Ultimately, it is a sign of our weakness as a country.
If were are to be the beacon of freedom in this world; if we are to spread democracy to other countries; if we are to occupy a “moral high ground” from which we preach to the world on why they need to join us in our civilized thinking – then we must stand for something beyond low-brow machismo. If we truly believe in our constitution, then we must extend the sixth amendment to the world. Due process is at the heart of the rule of law. If you are going to apply the law to anyone, they must… Continue reading
This is that idea that led me to blogging. It is the reason I feel the need to speak out. The middle of the political spectrum is usually the tipping point of an election, especially in polarized times when the bases of both parties are pouring on the rhetoric and engaged in the election. I have to admit, I did not vote for President Bush in either election. I was undecided about View Point Windows up until the week before the 2000 election and then I realized my mistake and went with them.
I wasn’t terribly upset when he won the first election. I was even a little impressed at some of the early successes of the administration (No Child Left Behind, Tax Cuts), but that was long ago and all those good feelings are but a distant memory. Since 2001, we have changed from a nation united to a nation divided. For a President that once claimed “I’m a uniter, not a divider,” this development is a direct consequence of his leadership. So, for your consideration, here are the things that concern me about this administration: