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News Roundup – Romney, Domestic Spying, Zimmerman, Ricin and more

Romney Discusses Jobs And The Economy At St. Louis Campaign Event

Oh, poor Mitt Romney. It seems that every three or four weeks we hear from a somber Mitt Romney. Damn, he was “this close” to winning the election. Remember the original reason that he lost wasn’t that he was a terrible candidate who made the Republican base nervous. No. Instead, it was that the president and Democrats gave Americans stuff. Now, Mitt Romney was on Fox News, telling their sad, tearful conservative viewers that, “I spoke with a leading Democrat, one of the top leaders of the Democratic party and he said, ‘I thought you had won, one week out…'” Romney told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on Friday that “[t]his was a very close race. But events occurred. The employment rate dropped below 8% for the first time just weeks before the election. That changed the national mood, the media celebrated that. Had it stayed above 8%, that would have made a difference.” Let’s go over the facts again, just for fun. The presidential race between Romney and Obama wasn’t about voters in Texas, Oklahoma, Utah or Alabama, states in which Romney won handily. Romney had to win the battleground states. He needed to win Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania. Because of electoral math, Obama needed to win three or four out of these eight states, whereas Romney needed to win six or seven of these eight states. Romney had to win two out of three of the big states (Florida, Virginia and Ohio). Romney won one out of eight. He lost all three big states. The only battleground state that Mitt won was North Carolina. That’s it. Florida was close, but Ohio wasn’t. Now I’m not sure who this Democrat was who believed Romney had won. Clearly he wasn’t informed with the data. Maybe he was watching those same polls that Fox News was publishing. The bottom line is that Romney was a mediocre candidate at best. In order to beat a sitting President, the Republican candidate needed to have really excited the base and changed the conversation in these battleground states. Romney didn’t do either.

Domestic Spying – I’m pretty sure that most of the Patriot Act is bad for us, the American citizens. The National Security Agency has developed a powerful tool for recording and analyzing where its intelligence comes from, raising questions about its repeated assurances to Congress that it cannot keep track of all the surveillance it performs on American communications. The Guardian has acquired top-secret documents about the NSA datamining tool, called Boundless Informant, that details and even maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks.

Over the last week or two we have started to hear more and more about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin. As you remember, Trayvon Martin was walking home from a corner store when he was confronted by Mr. Zimmerman, purportedly because Trayvon didn’t look right. Trayvon was shot. Zimmerman claims self-defense which rests on the Stand Your Ground law. Complex questions surround this case. I promise you that no matter how this trial unfolds and what the final verdict is thousands of Americans are going to be unhappy. This has turned into a classic Right versus Left brawl. Both sides have issues. Neither Zimmerman nor Martin were saints. Lies have been told on both sides. All I can tell you is that this is going to get a lot uglier.

I’m not how ricin has become a popular means of self-expression and protest. In Spokane, Washington, another letter is suspected to be tainted with ricin. Then out of Texas, a wife somehow tried to frame her husband by sending ricin letters to President Obama. The whole thing is very bizarre.

By |2013-06-09T18:55:34-04:00June 9th, 2013|Civil Rights, Domestic Spying|Comments Off on News Roundup – Romney, Domestic Spying, Zimmerman, Ricin and more

What's Going On – Election Eve

Monday Evening News Round-up


  • I am not clairvoyant, nor can I see into the future. All I can tell you is that Barack Obama has run a phenomenal campaign. It is my opinion that history will show that he is by far the best person for this job at this point in time.
  • As I mentioned earlier, Barack Obama’s grandmother has died. My condolences to him and to his family.
  • I believe that voting is extremely important in this election cycle. For those of you in states that don’t have early voting and the rest of you who decided to wait until voting day — please be patient. The lines will be long. Take a book. Bring a lawn chair. Bring your iPod. Do whatever is necessary to make sure that you are able to cast your ballot. (I voted last week.)
  • Almost every poll shows Barack Obama with a significant lead. He is ahead in the popular vote, which (if you’ll remember) doesn’t count. He is ahead in almost every battleground state. Nate has a good summary.
  • I have always questioned why William Kristol, archconservative, was given the opportunity to write a column in the New York Times. I have yet to get a satisfactory answer. This morning, Mr. Kristol served up a large dish of complete nonsense. He goes on and on about why liberals can be happy if somehow John McCain pulls out a victory in tomorrow’s election. It may be the stupidest column I’ve ever read. Can someone throw him back on a paper that is more suitable to his mental capacity…maybe something published by junior high schoolers and stapled together?
  • John McCain was in the conservative stronghold of Tampa, Florida this morning, expecting a huge crowd. Only about a thousand people showed up. Oops. Maybe folks didn’t get the invitations? Wasn’t it John McCain who had to bus in 4000 students last week?
  • The right is already warming up their excuses. When Barack Obama wins, they will begin to roll out the reasons why his presidency is not legitimate. They did the same thing to Bill Clinton.
  • The electronics store Circuit City announced it will close 155 stores nationwide. Most of the closings will be in California, Georgia, Illinois, Arizona and Ohio. They will cut their workforce by over 17%. I just hope someone is cutting the CEO’s salary by over 17%. Remember that Circuit City was the company that fired some 3,000 employees because they were deemed “overpaid.” Those same employees were free to re-apply for their jobs at a reduced wage.  I really can’t comment honestly on this type of behavior since this is a family-friendly blog!
  • The DailyKos is ready for tomorrow’s election. Those guys have come a long way. They’re expecting a surge of traffic and have installed new servers…at least I hope they have. They have a new election scoreboard which will be interactive. You can get more information — here.
By |2008-11-03T20:12:53-04:00November 3rd, 2008|Economy, Election 2008|Comments Off on What's Going On – Election Eve

Legendary James Taylor comes to Asheville for Obama

James Taylor is “Goin’ to Carolina” for Obama

Music Legend to Campaign for Change Across the State

**Details provided below**

RALEIGH – Music legend James Taylor will tour the state in support of Senator Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change Sunday, October 19 through Tuesday, October 21. He will hold concerts in Charlotte, Asheville, Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Wilmington.

Taylor will help spread Senator Obama’s message of change to Tar Heel voters and encourage Obama supporters to get out and vote early.

North Carolina is a battleground state this year because residents cannot afford four more years of the same Bush policies that John McCain is offering. Senator Barack Obama is the only candidate that will bring the change North Carolina needs to create jobs and help our economy recover.

Taylor was raised in Chapel Hill, where his father was the Dean of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Over the course of his long career, he has earned 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards and five Grammy Awards. He has been inducted into both the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and has sold some 40 million albums throughout his career.

Below are details for the venues and ticket distribution for the free concerts:

Sunday, October 19th

Charlotte Concert for Change

Ovens Auditorium

2700 E. Independence Avenue

Doors Open 1:30pm

Charlotte Ticket Distribution Locations

South County Regional Library

5801 Rea Road

Friday Oct.17th


Plaza Midwood Regional Library

1623 Central Avenue

Friday Oct.17th


University City Library

301 E. W.T. Harris Boulevard

Friday Oct.17th


Sunday October 19th

Asheville Concert for Change

Martin Luther King Park

50 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Doors Open 6:30pm

Asheville Ticket Distribution Locations:

UNC Asheville, Zeis Building

1 University Heights

Friday Oct.17th and Saturday Oct.18th


West Asheville Library

942 Haywood Road

Friday Oct.17th and Saturday Oct.18th


Asheville Senior Opportunity Center

36 Grove Street

Friday Oct.17th and Saturday Oct.18th



For Immediate Release

October 16, 2008

Contact: Paul Cox; North Carolina Press Secretary; (919) 604-7171

For James Taylor contact:

Allison Elbl, IDPR, 323.822.4851,

By |2008-10-16T15:06:48-04:00October 16th, 2008|Election 2008, Music|Comments Off on Legendary James Taylor comes to Asheville for Obama
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