Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Capitol Fax: President winning by 16 points here

This poll and the data from which it derived should come as no surprise. Do I believe this will be a close election? Yes. Could Obama lose Illinois? Highly unlikely. In fact I could say the answer is undoubtedly no.

Illinois is without a doubt a solidly Democratic state and the President's home is here. And it's not often that a candidate for President will lose his homestate. Al Gore lost his back in 2000, but that's not saying anything about the incumbent President.

I understand that a lot of people are promoting early vote. I will vote on Election Day, we shall see how the votes will be distributed. How many early voters cast their votes for the President here in this state?

Sunday, October 28, 2012


This month's Presidential debates are over and next week is election time. We saw three debates between President Obama and Mitt Romney and one debate between Vice President Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan. We saw the President off his game the first debate, a near fight in the second, and we saw how bad both men wanted it in the third and final debate. What we saw with VP Biden & Ryan was Biden laughing a lot.

What can we take from those debates? Well whatever you're able to. Besides we get to hear a bit more about what each man hoped to accomplish in the next administration. The thing about these debates is that they may play only to those who have already decided who's ticket they want to punch.

If it was me, I still evaluate each candidate and will only decide on Election Day. Also if you followed who said what about the debates on twitter or facebook you will see where the sentiment lies in either direction. Most of the people on my timeline on either site were for Obama and maybe a few were very much in Romney's camp.

In spite of their attempts to differentiate each other by telling us their specific domestic and foreign policies - in addition to the usage of numbers in discussion of jobs, taxations, etc. - sometimes I wonder if the American people can catch up. When they talk numbers I recognize that neither man really has a great concept of what they're talking about and were coached to be very convincing.

Another question to be asked if the American voter was convinced of who should be President in November? Are they going with either of the major party candidates? Or are they going to choose independent or third party challengers?

Well, it's safe to say the ones who made up their minds haven't changed their minds. Perhaps a precious few are no longer undecided as a result of the debates. With that result in mind the next question is, how useful are these presidential debates?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

VIDEO: "I Wanna Be Rich"

[VIDEO] You know this song just popped into my head at random today. Right now it's my current aspiration although well one needs a plan to get rich or maybe one doesn't have no idea. All the same it would be nice to make more money than I currently do now.

 BTW, this song is just indicative of my 80s experience. I was a child of the 80s, but by the time I became aware of the period it was about to be over and then started the 90s a time where I came of age!

Anyway enjoy Calloway's I Wanna Be Rich. :)

Yeah, so the song was released in 1989 and reached #2 on record charts in 1990. So it's still a 1980s song. :P

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Apple has unveiled the iPad mini

[VIDEO] On Tuesday, Apple unveiled new iPads mainly the anticipated mini and one with retina display. The full iPad with retina display is considered the 4th generation. At least the mini doesn't merely look like the iPhone.

I wrote about my use for that device. Figuring that the mini would be perfect for use on the go. Perhaps taking it in your car or for your commute on public transportation.

In fact, if I was going to homecoming this year it would be perfect to carry around on campus just to surf and all that. Hopefully the wifi is operating on campus. During my time there the network would go down at random.

All the same, I'm not in the market for the mini just yet. If nothing else it's certainly a less expensive option to the full-sized iPad. Time will only tell if it sells more than it's much larger sibling. Also for now, I'll just take good care of my iPad 2. :)

BTW, the 5 minute video above talking about the mini is from Apple's official YouTube account. I wonder what took them so long to get on the social networking train!

Monday, October 22, 2012

The FINAL Presidential debate!

[VIDEO] This is the last debate of this Presidential election between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. This debate was on foreign policy although at some points there were discussion over some domestic policy. Especially in talking about education and jobs although I'm sure that occurred over any talk of foreign trade and how our nation could benefit from it.

Hopefully this debate was much less testy that last week's town hall debate! Let me know what you think as always.

Slate: Boys Hitting Puberty Sooner, Just Like Girls

Oh dear, what is going on? Is there something in the food or is this just plain evolution? I hope the study includes causes:
Boys in the United States are beginning to see the first signs of puberty from six months to two years earlier than previously observed, according to a new study published Saturday in Pediatrics. The study is the first to look at the onset of puberty for U.S. boys in 25 years and seems to mirror similar findings that have already been well documented in girls, points out the Wall Street Journal. The difference appears most pronounced in African-American boys, who are starting to see the first signs of puberty at 9.1 years. The average for Hispanic boys is 10 and 10.1 years for white boys, compared with the average age of 11.5 in previous studies.

The study has been a long time coming and is widely considered to be the most comprehensive attempt to measure puberty in U.S. boys. Still, experts cautioned that since previous studies were smaller or approached the issue through a different light, it might not be so easy to pinpoint how much earlier boys are developing, points out the New York Times.
Hat-tip Instapundit!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Who am I voting for?

The last time I was asked that question I just stood around in silence. That person asked the question got on my nerves that it was my wish that he would just go on somewhere. He didn't really say anything that was of any great interest.

In any event the last presidential election required me to pull an absentee ballot. There was an item on the ballot that was of much greater interest to me than the Presidential race that year. 2008 was a tough election to choose a President and 2012 is the same.

It would be nice for me to say that this year wouldn't be so tough, but it's not possible. I've always said this during the course of the primaries and through the conventions. Surely I'm not the only one who believes this.

No doubt, President Obama had to follow in the heels of a presidency that has numerous crises primarily terorrism, war on two fronts and near the end the economy. A recession or even the collapse of the financial markets with the collapse of the housing market. Surely the things that Obama realized he had to deal with and the fact that there was no easy or quick solution gave him some frustrations.

Just like with President Bush after his narrow election in 2000, people were waiting in the wings to run against Obama in 2012. Surely, this intensified after the midterm elections of 2010 favored the Republicans in Congress.

So this is a tough election. It's acceptable to me that no President can ensure that the economy will rebound. So is Mitt Romney the answer? At the same time is the President the answer? If you ask me I'm not entirely convinced.

I'm quite a long way from answering whom I am voting for. Until election day my answer will be I'm still not sure yet? Of course there will be people along the way who are equally passionate about their candidates or their parties who will ask the question but my goal is to go beyond that. While I'm not displaying a lot of passion for either the President or his challenger, my intention is to go for who is best for this nation.

Instavision: Is Atlas Shrugging? Job Creators Are Giving Up on the U.S. Economy

[VIDEO] Glenn Reynolds, the well-known blogmaster of Instapundit interviews Harmon Kaslow who produced Atlas Shrugged, Part 2. The film is based on the Ayn Rand book named aptly enough Atlas Shrugged.

The story itself is considered as much philosophical as it is political. Philosophical about what you may ask. Well the role of government in our economy. It's a story about how the government is entitled to whatever labor and/or products are produced by a private business.

BTW, excuse my ignorance about the book. I've actually never read it and I've only seen a few minutes of Parts 1 and 2 of the film version of Atlas Shrugged. Must say though in my travels on the "world wide web" I've ran into many references to this book. There were some who had the web handle Dagny Taggart who perused the late great Protest Warrior forums in the past. So this book certainly has a following.

Either way, the interview between Reynolds and Kaslow hits upon a main point. The book had been written in the 1950s by Rand and it's still relevant in the 2010s and there's one question to ask in relation to this movie and the book: "Are job creators going to give up on the U.S. economy?"

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Capitol Fax: Who knew?

I didn't show this fast enough, but some of the bickering between Mitt Romney and the President Tuesday night some of it was about pensions. Romney made sure to note that the President's pension most of which he accrued as an Illinois state Senator had also come from overseas investments. I'm sure that point was made against Romney's considerably sizeable pension that also contains foreign investments which includes Chinese investments.

Well that is the charge afterall, Romney is making all this money and he's set for life. And look his money is not even all that American. So before the end of the bickering, Obama made sure to note that he doesn't have as much to look at as Romney. Score one for the President!

I recognize that this point was only made regarding the President and what Rich Miller sought to explain in his post was where the President's state pension is coming from. He wanted to show how ignorant outsiders are about what's really going on in this state. He didn't really dispute much of anything other than where the money for the pensions are coming from.

Well all this to say, what does this say for us? Many of us can only wish for the generous pensions politicians and public employees get for their pensions. Even then pensions are today's bogeymen because we hear reports that governments can't afford these anymore. Where ever the money is coming from in these various pensions where will the government get this money. I'm sure that money comes from the taxpayers to invest overseas.

All the same I would rather keep the focus on the economy and not on where the money comes from for governmental pensions. Also if these pensions are out of control for the taste of the taxpayers we shouldn't nitpick on where the money comes from, but also nitpick on how to dispense these pensions. I accept that they just can't be as generous as they used.

Oh and for the sake of clarity I do have a lot more to learn about pensions. My issue is that hopefully the numbers and the various pension systems aren't too difficult to understand.

...With Both Hands: Lil JoJo Mourners and Gang-Banger Funerals at Mt. Hope Cemetery

Been a while since I've taken a peak at Pat Hickey's blog. He uploaded some pictures from a funeral on his part of the city of a rapper who had been murdered last month. Then he also talks about a decent young man who attended a local parochial high school who has also been murdered and by all accounts lead an honest life.

What I wanted to keep an eye on are the photographs Hickey has on his site. He doesn't avoid the racial arguments at all and I'm sure there are many because he's speaking up for law-abiding people - Black & white - and the communities on the southwest side of Chicago.

The people he doesn't like may well involve the young man above who is wearing that very vulgar t-shirt. It's something to shake your head at. If only I can understand most of that statement on his back. Whatever it's trying to say it's not positive at all.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CNet: What we don't know about the iPad mini...

Well at this point I know that there will be a smaller version of the iPad coming at some point in the near future it's been rumored for a long time. It would be a cool thing carry around and probably easier if you're carrying it in a bag.

With my iPad my fantasy was to bring it with me while out and about. This contraption might make that much easier. Still I find myself wondering what's the point of a smaller iPad? Could this thing instead be an early version of the iPad 4?

I'm fan of the form function of the iPad 2 and 3. I can put it away in a bag just as easily while out and about. Surely it would make for the perfect travel companion as well. If you have wifi you can surf the internet on it much easier than using the iPhone. Of course one doesn't need an iPod if you have a nice hard drive size iPad with you as well.

Anyway for a different reason I won't be falling all over the "iPad mini". It's just not worth it for me at this point. Especially if there is a larger iPad (that is the one I currently own) being sold along with the mini. There has to be a purpose to it.

When it is finally unveiled, I hope to learn more about it's purpose.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The FULL town hall debate Obama vs. Romney

[VIDEO] If the last debate between these two gents showed who really wanted to be President and who doesn't this debate showed that both of them wanted to be President. The President gave it back more in this debate and at times we see both men almost over talk each other. I likened that to bickering.

All the same it seemed the President was taking this one seriously. I'll let the talking heads decide who really won this debate, but at times it looked like there was about to be a fight. What do you think?

Black college graduates may find more success in self-employment

Well I hope they have skill which could ensure  success. I imagine it's easier to be an entrepreneur if you had a law degree or a business degree. It's just one start among others.
Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that black self-employment has been on the rise. The number of self-employed blacks grew by 5.7% from 2007 through 2009, in contrast to the 3.4% experienced by self-employed whites. Some minority entrepreneurs have found a substantial amount of success using social media. Twenty-four year old minority alum of the  University of California at Berkeley alum, Charlie Fyffe, started his dessert business, Charlie’s Brownies, on Facebook. “I started my business initially on Facebook, marketing through a fan page for four years before getting a real Web site,” he said in an interview. “As social media has become a societal norm, the popularity of my brand naturally grew with it.”
You know that just means I need to find a way to start my own business. Should've started in high school because if I had more interest, who knows where things would be today!

Monday, October 15, 2012

AP: Tommy Thompson's son apologizes for Obama comments

[VIDEO] I know there's a constituency that continues to believe that Obama wasn't born in this nation. That he wasn't born in Hawaii that he was born overseas to a non US citizen father. And in a Senate campaign in the state of Wisconsin it was brought up at a campaign event:
The son of U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Thompson was caught on video suggesting voters this fall should send President Barack Obama back "to Kenya," but later apologized through the campaign.

Jason Thompson, the son of the former governor, made the comments Sunday during a brunch hosted by the Kenosha County Republican Party.

"We have the opportunity to send President Obama back to Chicago — or Kenya," said Jason Thompson, an attorney at a large Milwaukee law firm.

The comment drew laughs from the crowd, with one woman jokingly adding, "We are taking donations for that Kenya trip."

The video was taken by a Democratic Party operative and posted at BuzzFeed Politics Sunday.

President Obama's father was Kenyan, but Obama was born in Hawaii.
That speech was depicted in the video above.

BTW, this is already a tough election. Mentioning these controversies that have come up since Obama became President distracts from what I believe should be the main issues of this election. Those main issues being the economy, we shouldn't continue to debate whether he was born here and we shouldn't be talking about sending him back to Kenya. We do need to talk about this economy which is very important to me in this election.

This is already a tough election for me and like 2008 it might be until the very last minute who I will vote for. At least Romney hasn't made such comments or at least anyone in his campaign. Also I don't have to worry about voting in Wisconsin for a US Senate candidate

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Three frames from the next "Star Trek" movie...

[VIDEO] You know this does seem like a gag Conan O'Brien would engage in, but recently on his show Star Trek director JJ Abrams brought a three frame clip from the new movie onto the show with him. I don't want to spoil it so you got to watch the video to understand what you're very briefly seeing.

We can spoil the title of the new Star Trek 2 entitled Star Trek into Darkness. I can only wonder what that is indicative of.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Breitbart: NAACP Sees 'Soft Bigotry Of Low Expectations' in FL Race-Based Education Goals

To ensure that our young people are ready for the world when they leave the world of K-12 education, should there be low expectations of them. It seems that's what they're seeking in Florida and a chapter of the NAACP seems to not like that. Certainly it's not a good message to tell Black children or "minority" children that they're not as capable as other children. We should attempt to get them to rise to the high levels of achievement as others.

Hat-tip Instapundit!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Stupidity on Twitter...

Actress Tamera Mowry says one thing about the debate on her Twitter account. She states that she hated that the candidates over talk each other during the course of the debate. She made no apparent mention of who she supports in this election.

Then after that comment she gets jumped on as a Romney supporter. Not long after that she gets jumped on for her interracial marriage to a FOX News reporter. He jumps into the fray himself.

According to those engaged in the flame war Mowry is denying her black half. The FOX News reporter is funny looking and not hot enough to cross over to the dark side. Marrying a black woman is the perfect cover up.

WOW!!!! I hate talk like that from anyone. And I had little idea about Mowry's marriage and sorry she does go by Tamera Mowry Housley now.

Anyway who she marries is only her business and should have little to do with whether or not she denies her heritage. There are quite a few inter-ethnic marriages out there and well I wonder if in these relationships does either spouse deny their backgrounds. Let's hope now.

Also what does that have to do with their political stances. Mowry said very little about her politics just made a statement about the interruptions or overtalk of the candidates during last night's debate. It was innocent but she gets attacked because her white husband just so happens to work at FOX News.

Well they called out for what they are racist. Denigrate the both of them for their respective races was wrong and absolutely shameful! And at that attempt to intertwine that with politics.

For their parts I could just as easily call them Obama supporters. It doesn't matter to me if they are Obama supporters but this sheer vitriol may make his campaign look worse. Besides, I'm there are those who believe just because you're black you should support Obama. That's just dumb to me!

Hat-tip Instapundit!

Thursday's VP Debate

[VIDEO] I may need to really pay attention to this debate the 2nd time around. Didn't really follow the reaction of the talking heads on this one. The consensus of the Obama-Romney debate was that Romney wiped the floor with the president.

At first glance in last night's debate it seems about even with a slight edge to Vice President Biden. Biden handled himself very well in this debate. So did Ryan, but I shall seek out more reacts at my first opportunity during the day tomorrow!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today is now October 11, 2012

That is Thursday is now 10/11/12 or ten, eleven, twelve. Another set of sequential numbers for dates. That is all! Make it good Thursday!

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Gag campaign slogans

[VIDEO] The above video was posted on the YouTube account for TBS' Conan on August 29th. Basically poking fun at campaign taglines presented in various political speeches by both President Obama and Vice President Biden and by Mitt Romney. Bascially they also use random phrases by both campaign standard bearers basically for silliness.

I just thought about this at random and hope that Conan will do more of these leading up to the election. These gag slogans edited from larger speeches by both campaigns will certainly take a load off.

Too lazy to find it, but if it can be found my personal favorite "campaign slogan" was mouthed by VP Biden who let us know that he's "so ashamed". LOL

BTW, you can use my YouTube search to find more of these "slogans".

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Flashback 2004: Barack Obama Senate Debate

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[VIDEO] This video from our local NBC affiliate's The Ward Room shows Obama in a debate at his best. I barely remember that field and would have a hard time seeing how he would not stand out. The only person I that stage I'm sure people may remember is former IL state comptroller Dan Hynes. That might be in part because now he's President, but certainly he was able to stick out from the crowd to eke out a victory back in the Democratic primary for US Senate in 2004.

In any event here's the caption that came with the video: "Think Barack Obama's debate performance against Mitt Romney was an anomaly? That's how he often does it. Take a look at this clip from the Senate debates in 2004 for a peek at his style."

Well compare this to his performance on Wednesday night against his Republican opponent for President Mitt Romney. This video is a mere snapshot though of almost 3 mins of footage from that particular debate. What I've linked to is the whole hour and a half of the debate where to many observers the President got his clocked cleaned.

Can we expect much of the same in Obama's next debate against Romney?

So should states be able to create their own gold & silver based currencies?

An old friend talked about this frequently since he's a proponent of using primarily precious metals as currency and not merely fiat currency. It looks like some states are considering his advice at least. This article is from February 2012 but might as well share it on this Sunday:
Worried that the Federal Reserve and the U.S. dollar are on the brink of collapse, lawmakers from 13 states, including Minnesota, Tennessee, Iowa, South Carolina and Georgia, are seeking approval from their state governments to either issue their own alternative currency or explore it as an option. Just three years ago, only three states had similar proposals in place.

"In the event of hyperinflation, depression, or other economic calamity related to the breakdown of the Federal Reserve System ... the State's governmental finances and private economy will be thrown into chaos," said North Carolina Republican Representative Glen Bradley in a currency bill he introduced last year.

Unlike individual communities, which are allowed to create their own currency -- as long as it is easily distinguishable from U.S. dollars -- the Constitution bans states from printing their own paper money or issuing their own currency. But it allows the states to make "gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts."

To the state legislators who are proposing state-issued currencies, that means gold and silver are fair game, said Edwin Vieira, an alternative currency proponent and attorney specializing in Constitutional law. And since gold has grown exponentially more valuable, while the U.S. dollar continues to lose ground, the notion has become increasingly appealing to state lawmakers, he said.
If it happens in Illinois, my friend may not like the fact that Illinois could use on their precious metal based currency Abraham Lincoln. He's not a fan although I'm sure there are other state figures that my state could put onto such currency. Although granted I'm not sure this state would adopt their own currency.

Here's the section of the constitution which concerned money in this nation. Article 1, Section 8 among the powers of the United States Congress: "To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures"

Saturday, October 06, 2012

What if Big Bird was a right winger?

[VIDEO] This video had to have come from Conan O'Brien's tenure as host of Tonight on NBC. This clip seems like a hilarious counterpoint to the debate on Wednesday where Mitt Romney indicated that he would like to cut funding for public broadcasting. Even mentioned that he loved Big Bird.

With this video and mind, I'm sure Big Bird is rethinking what he said to the First Lady and even his right winged beliefs. LOL

Friday, October 05, 2012

Ward Room: "Chicago Fixes Elections, Not Jobs Reports"

Well do Chicago politicians cook job report numbers? It's a slam against the President who cut his teeth in Chicago politics. This year as he seeks re-election we're hearing that more and more. Today we hear it from the former CEO of General Electric:
Former General Electric chairman Jack Welch says the new unemployment numbers issued by the Obama Administration are no more reliable than election totals issued by the Chicago Machine.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, the lowest figure since President Obama’s first month in office. That’s also an important threshold because we’ve been hearing all year that no president has ever been re-elected when the unemployment rate is above 8 percent.

“Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers,” Welch tweeted on @jack_welch, his personal account.
It was essentially debunked:
Seasoned political veteran and former Chicago Alderman Dick Simpson, who recently wrote a book on Chicago corruption, said that's probably not the case.

"What Chicago's known for is fixing elections, not for cooking reports," he said. " ... that seems an odd argument."

It’s as though Short Pencil Louie, the infamous precinct captain who used to erase Republican votes and write in Democratic votes, has been promoted to director of the BLS.
All this to say many people are critical of these job numbers. In fact you can watch this example over at Newsalert. A common slam against the President is the economy particularly jobs and from those who want to see Obama gone from the White House we're going to see doubt about the jobs numbers.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Wednesday's Presidential debate

[VIDEO] I had only watched half of the debate because it was already underway by the time I tuned in. It seemed by many that Romney had one this debate and Obama essentially checked out of this one. And the President's body language wasn't very good in this debate as for one he barely looked his Republican opponent in the eye.

Does a debate determine an election?

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Racked: The Second Coming of Niketown Chicago

I dropped by last week after seeing the scaffolding taken down. It was open on Friday afternoon and just decided to look around. Not a whole lot difference than when they closed the store this past spring. The products are about the same although there is a floor devoted to football. I took several pics of this aspect posted to my instagram.

So this website Racked also took a look at the newly re-opened Niketown store on Michigan Avenue. It especially mentions the football theme on the second floor that I automatically picked up on. Thanks to the fact that Nike has an agreement with the NFL unlike when Nike first opened the store on the Magnificient Mile years ago.

The original Niketown seemed loosely based on a stadium. This seems more like a regular store and not a lot of corners to get lost in. Certainly a place to find the right apparel for whatever activity you choose to involve yourself in.