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4 Views on GOP Post Election

Lest we forget who and how delusional the GOP Pundits were. This is remarkably close to what is happening in the GOP. Bart Simpson being punished for not getting permission from Karl Rove to concede Obama victory in Ohio. Very quick but caustically wry humor. But the best analysis is by a Republican in this Kindle Book …

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How To Ruin A Brand: NFL, GOP, US Business

Branding is a symbol – a symbol of ownership in the case of an animal brand, a symbol of who made this in the case of a trademark or insignia on a product. But branding goes well beyond marks of ownership or manufacture. Brands are codes in the complex worlds of ownership or market exchange …

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Computings Big 3: Apple Google Microsoft

The Emergence of Computing’s New  Big 3 Apple, Google and Microsoft have become the dominating  Big 3 in the Computing  Industry “For the past 30 years Computing has been Consumer-driven” – Ben Acelman In case you have not noticed, there is a new Computing Reality – Apple, Google, and Microsoft have become the BIG 3 …

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Throw the GOP Congress OUT

As this blog has pointed out numerous times, the GOP Congress is nothing short of being morally corrupt and treasonous. Their deliberate running up of the US Deficit during the George W. Bush Presidency is despicable –  not just unpaid tax cuts and a drug benefits program but also no money to pay for the …

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Found in NYC: SNL Last Skit Before Presidential Election

Look what turned up outside 30 Rockefeller Center on Tuesday after Sandy. A script remarkably intact given the hurricane’s drenching: ‘ SNL FinalFinal Presidential Election 2012 Skit – L.Micheals eyes only MYTH ROMNEY – Change You Better Believe In! Players: Myth Romney played by Jason Sudeikis sporting a spray tan that brings Myth about one shade darker …

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Myth Romney and the GOP Extremes

In a superb and thoughtful article in Salon, Steve Kornacki describes why a Romney victory would be a blow to America not just because of Romney’s policies but more notably because of the great injury Romney and the GOP have done to American Democracy and its principles in the US. This is a gradual [ …

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Debate Question for Obama: Why has Bipartisanship Failed?

One of the key campaign policies of then Senator Obama in the 2008 was a commitmment to Bipartisanship and Unity. 4 Years later and Bipartisanship is a failure and a skit on SNL. What happened and why? Here are three views on what happened. New York Magazine – Why Did Obama’s Bipartisanship Fail? The Guardian – Bipartisanship …

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Debate Question for Romney: Really, Why Are Tax Cuts Necessary?

Given that US Banks have more money that they know what to do with [Wall Street Journal];    US Business Businesses are sitting on $5trillion hoard  in cash[TheAtlantic] yet corporate taxes are not just declining but at their lowest levels in 60 years[Takethe5th]; and the very wealthy top 20% of Americans  now command a growing wealth and …

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The Windows 8 China Test

There is a great deal of coverage of the China’s huge telecom manufacturing firm Huawei  after it received a  bipartisan sanction  from the  US  House Intelligence Committee. But according to diverse sources such as The Economist there is reason for the concern that goes beyond the hidden ownership and connection to the Chinese military including  its espionage group. Huawei …

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Daily Fact: GOP Presidents have worst record for Stock Market Performance

No less an authority than the Economist shows that under Democratic Presidents the stock market   has outperformed by a wide margin  what was accomplished by Republican Presidents. And this GOP poor economic and stock market performance  goes back  80 years. The fundamental problem is that Republican Presidents have had poor economic policy and tolerated …

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Governor Romney’s Massachusetts Business Record

His Massachusetts Business Record is a constant theme that Governor Romney is citing as his job creating expertise and how he is going to turn manufacturing  and the economy in the country around. The Democrates have a different point of view.   Manufacturing Jobs under Romney in Massachusetts Romney`s Manufacturing  jobs record in Massachusetts Governor Romney`s overall …

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Romney Flip-Flops and Wins

Mitt Romney flipped on major positions  and President Obama failed to call him out – so Romney won the 1st debate bigtime. This HuffingtonPost headline tells the story.  Salon, Slate, theDailyBeast, theAtlantic,  theNewRepublic joining a chorus of other media in which all agreed – by flipping and walking back from his own positions for the last 2 years, …

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The Grand Trickle Down Deception

The constant refrain in the Presidential campaign is to give the Job Creators the money with various unconditional tax breaks, and those adventurous souls will have America up and working  in no time flat. But  overwhelming  current evidence is this is not just a myth but a crass deception. The following articles  in the NYTimes Dealbook , …

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US Banking:Bank of America Is Sc**wing Shareholders Again

Bank of America is reported in the Dealbook of the NYTimes as settling a class action suit by Bank of America shareholders for $2.43B. An earlier Dealbook  story decribees the reasons for the lawsuit. This lawsuit, brought by Bank of America shareholders, claims that Bank of America and its executives, including its former chief executive, Kenneth …

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Presidential Race: Its Over

NYTimes/CBS Poll Results in crucial swing states point to a comfortable Obama/Biden lead Huffington Post does the electoral vote count The US Presidential Election is over.The numbers above at the end of September tell the story – in all the swing states Obama/Biden own a commanding lead The Huffington Post election widget shows the projected …

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Daily Facts: Trust in US Financial Institutions

Each quarter the Kellogg School of Northwestern University and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business do a survey of  more than 1,000 American households examining the trust in US Financial institutions. The latest results for June 2012 are labelled Too Big To Trust. The Stock Market has the lowest confidence level at 15% …

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Daily Facts: How the US Has Voted for Past 100 Years

Source: Salon.com What is fascinating to watch is how the Deep South changes and the Left Coast. South Dakota appears to be true Republican redfor the longest span while Also watch Indiana and Ohio change allegiances like a chameleon with indigestion. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn Tumblr Related posts: Walmart: “1 Terabyte Drive for $100” Bitter …

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Daily Facts: Total Taxes Paid As % of Income USA 2011

Given Mitt Romney’s disdain for 47% of Americans as tax moochers and the GOP mysterious “how are they going to pay for it in the proposed Ryan budget”, today’s daily facts looks at who and how much various income groups pay in total US  taxes. But not just the total taxes paid by income group …

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GOP’s Disdain for Workers

There is a great contrast today in the NYTimes Opinion Section. n one hand David Brooks speaks of the need for the audacious, Ayn Randian Job Creators championed by the Republican Party. In contrast, Paul Krugman argues that Republican policies are designed for the almost exclusive benefit of the wealthy with lower taxes on corporate …

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Daily Facts: World Consumption of OIL

In an article on World oil usage, Dump the Pump, in the NewScientist, page 36, is the source of the following very interesting data: World wide use of oil now averages  90 million barrels per day, Road usage consumes 50% of that total Heat and power usage take the next 18% Non-fuel chemical usage take …

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GOP: Too Much Government Regulation

One of the oft repeated GOP reasons for the economy and the country not taking off is not their complete obstruction of helpful legislation in Congress but rather the Democrats efforts to over-regulate. The GOP insist that regulations are handicapping the country everywhere. So with this anathema against regulations why are the GOP responsible for …

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The Romney Gaffes

The Romney Gaffes are real, severely conservative and grotequely self damaging. Just look at the map of the US above and what states harbor more of  the 47%” victims of total government dependency. Romney is insulting his Republican constituents from the Deep South primarily but the whole of America when he writes off 47% of …

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The Big Lie II

Salon describes in chilling detail how effective the Big Lie has been in the USA. The Big Lie occurs when one a)allows a gross falsehood to be repeated or b)actively spreads the Big Lie. The GOP has been doing both a) and b). Here is the Salon details: If you wonder why a desperate Mitt …

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Sam Bacile and What Really Happened in Libya

There are three  good report at  theDailyBeast and CNN  on the attack on the Libyan embassy tragedy. The first provides a reconstruction of the embassy attack  and the now ongoing investigation. The fundamental problem in Libya is that after the disposal of the Qaddaffi regime, a national army and the disbanding of the different factional …

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What Iran’s True Energy Development Should Be

Irans says it is developing nuclear power for peacful purposes. Given the $2B in annual spending on enriched uranium which could be converted to nuclear weapons, Iran could devote those funds to leading the world in developing RE-Renewable Energy for Desalination which looms along with associated grain food shortages as the number one problem facing …

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Apple iPhone 5: Me Too, Maybe

Update 5 Days Later Five days after the iPhone announcement, NYTimes Nick Wingfield helped to confirm  our verdict with this story  – The iPhone 5 that Apple introduced last week with only incremental changes seemed to signal that the industry has entered an era of technological bunny hops. Faster chips, bigger screens and speedier wireless Internet …

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Why Wimbledon Outclasses the USOpen

One can see why Wimbledon is the number one tennis Grand Slam match. First, there is the history – no small matter. Second there are the carefully manicured grass courts. Third by putting a retractable roof over its Centre Court, Wimbledon has guaranteed that  their quarter final to final matches on both the mens and womans sides …

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Republicans Own the US Deficit

What was  crystal clear  in the speech by Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention is that the Republicans own the US National Debt. Bill  showed that the US Deficits are Republican spawned. Bill alluded to the two critical reasons that the US is so heavily in debt. Both are Republican near treasonous actions. Starve …

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Ridiculous USOpen Tennis

The Mens Semifinals and Womens Finals are being played in ridiculously windy conditions. The only question is why? What is the USTA thinking? They know the weather will only get worse and the Mens Final will have to be played on Monday in any case. The players, Tomas Berdych and Andy Murray, are being cheated after each …

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Business as Sharks

Shark Week was last week and I am not talking about the GOP Convention. But Financial Shark Week is being resurrected this week in the Wall Street Journal  and  the NYTimes. It started with Andrew Ross Sorkin noting in the Dealbook section of the NYTimes, that Facebook’s IPO-Initial Public Offering of stock was priced too …

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How I Know Apple Dominates Microsoft

One could look at the financial numbers and quickly proclaim Apple is at the top of Computing Computing’s Big 3 Companies Company Annual Revenues Market Value Quarterly Dividend Apple $109B $622B $2.65 Google $38B $220B $0.00 Microsoft $74B $256B $0.20 IBM $107B $226B $0.85 Oracle $37B $156B $31B Source: Google Finance Apple dominates Microsoft in every …

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Why is the GOP So Loose with the Truth?

Why has the GOP been so loose with truth – and ever more  so in the 2012 Presidential Campaign? It is a legitimate question to ask given the ever more blatant lies, falsehoods and simpleton deceptions leading up to and during the GOP convention.  Even Fox News noted the blatant lying trend with Chris Christie and even more …

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