Democracy is hard

Morsi sphinx

Once upon a time there was a dictator in Egypt:

The people in Egypt found a weapon or more to defeat the dictator:

Then came the elections:

Mohammed Morsi was elected president of Egypt.

Happy Ending? Not yet:

 

"Democracy is hard," Hillary Clinton said when she met with President Mohammed Morsi in July 2012. "It requires dialogue and compromise and real politics.

Some people in the US may not be happy that Obama won and may want to secede from the US. Perhaps they fear that Obama may attempt a power grab, but someone should tell them to relax. Someone should tell them to be proud that in the US, with the exception of Republican vote suppression, SuperPACs, Fox News propaganda and big corporations meddling in the elections, we have a healthy democracy [...]

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A Canadian CEO criticizes Obamacare and the Canadian Healthcare system

Over the weekend I went to dinner with some friends and among them was a conservative Canadian who was disappointed Obama won, so basically a Republicanadian.  As a business owner who works hard to grow his business into an international franchise and as a job creator (he used that term), he said he wanted someone who understands that the economy depends on making business such as his grow.  We talked debt, economy, socialism, among other topics and I countered his arguments with my “socialist views”. He even asked to see my communist card and I told him not to joke about it because under Obama he will soon get one too! But when it came to discussing Obama's healthcare law as it compares to the Canadian healthcare system, I was at a loss for arguments because I was not familiar with the Canadian system. 

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Did Rice misuse the word “decimate”?

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McCain started it, but now 97 Republicans signed a letter urging Obama to avoid a Susan Rice nomination?

Honestly?

Why? Because she said that “Al-Qaeda had been decimated”? (Among other things)

I remembered when she said it. I was watching “Face The Nation” or one of those political Sunday TV shows with a friend. We were both impressed at how eloquently UN Ambassador Susan Rice was explaining the events surrounding the Benghazi attack. I said I wished I could be as articulate and have such a deep vocabulary as she did. I write political articles, but it takes me hours, sometimes days to do it, and I have to revise and revise. But I am digressing. We were watching this interview and Rice said the following (in case it was Face The Nation):

“President Obama said when he was running [...]

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Meet the new minority members in Congress

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The National Journal has an excellent interactive feature that introduces all the new members of the 113th congress. It allows sorting by a variety of criteria including the amount of money spent on the campaign and filtering by gender, by party affiliation, etc.  As Immizen.com strives to share and promote its multinational, multiracial, and multicultural views, we are interested in getting to know the new “minority” members of congress. The image below shows the 21 new minority members sorted in ascending order by the percentage of the vote they received. Pete Gallego received 50%, while Hakeem Jeffries received 90%.

A majority, or 19 of the 21 new minority members are Democrats, 2 are Republicans. Of the 2 Republicans, one is a Cherokee Native American, but Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who has a Native American ancestry, was not included in this list.

The Democratic [...]

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Cliff Diving or Not?

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This is what we are facing:

This is how we got here:

The solutions:

This one?

Hopefully not!

How about this one?

Lessons from Germany: How to overcome the fear of freeloaders

Romney’s most recent statement that Obama won by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters reminds us all of his now infamous 47% comments. But it also reminds me of something else: the Republican fear of freeloaders.

Freeloaders, as conservatives view them, include many types of people, not just those who for example don’t have a disability but figure a way to get disability benefits. It also includes people who have a hard time finding a job and collect unemployment benefits. It includes low income women who have children they can’t take care of and collect welfare benefits, and many other people who get help from the government.

When I was fifteen I traveled from Peru, where I grew up, to Germany, to visit my godmother. I marveled at the sight of the clean and organized cities, perfectly build roads, bridges and buildings, [...]

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A brief geographical history of the “United” States …

Election

 

Romney’s foot-in-mouth disease persists: Obama won by offering “gifts”

Romney needs to sign up for Obamacare and find a good doctor that cures him of a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease. We have seen it before, but we hoped not to hear or see any of it ever again. It's too embarrassing after such an embarrassing loss and all the other embarrassing statements we have heard from him. In a call with top campaign donors on Wednesday afternoon, Romney said that Obama won by offering "gifts" to African-Americans, Hispanics and young voters.

Now even Republicans have had it with the guy. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana slams Romney for 'gifts' comment about minorities and young voters.

“I absolutely reject that notion,” Jindal, who was a surrogate for Romney’s campaign, said at the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “I think that's absolutely wrong.”

When asked about Romney’s remarks, Jindal said [...]

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How ORCA was defeated by Narwhal & Dreamcatcher

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Reported as early as Feb, 2012 in a Slate article titled “Obama’s White Whale”, project Narwhal, Obama’s top-secret campaign project until then, featuring high tech data integration and data mining techniques, promised to change the ways in which campaigns are fought and won.  

It started off as part of the 2008 campaign, when early on, during the first initial steps of the campaign in 2007, each Obama campaign department started creating their own data repositories for the election and voter data they collected. They realized, albeit too late for the 2008 elections, that they were collecting unprecedented volumes of political information, but had no way of studying the data together to yield the maximum benefit, which in this case meant, targeting voters in the most effective way and getting them to cast their vote. In 2008:

Even as the outside [...]

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Free birth control, how it affected the election and why it makes socio-economic sense

Demanding that insurance cover for contraceptives makes sense to a majority of Americans, with the exception of the religious right who will lose talking points if fewer women experience unwanted pregnancies, and libertarians, who think paying for it will increase the cost of healthcare.

But first, let’s revisit the effect that the contraceptive coverage rule had on the election and Obama’s victory. We know from exit polls that Obama carried the women vote by a margin of 55% to 44%, but for unmarried women the margin was 67% to 31% for Obama. However, the margins were even larger in the 2008 election.

Based on polls that show wide support for the contraceptive law among Democrats (80%) and among Catholic women (62%), the effect of the law seem to be that it attracted back women voters who may have otherwise [...]

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