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Huge Racial Divide On Belief In Trayvon Martin’s Innocence

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2012 10:43 am by HL

Huge Racial Divide On Belief In Trayvon Martin’s Innocence
There is a huge racial divide among those who believe that Trayvon Martin was unjustly killed: 91 percent of African Americans do, as do 59 percent of Latinos. By contrast, only 35 percent of whites think that George Zimmerman was not justified in killing Martin. Reuters also reports that “in a sign of how riveted […]

There is a huge racial divide among those who believe that Trayvon Martin was unjustly killed: 91 percent of African Americans do, as do 59 percent of Latinos. By contrast, only 35 percent of whites think that George Zimmerman was not justified in killing Martin. Reuters also reports that “in a sign of how riveted Americans have been by the case, 93 percent of those surveyed said they were aware of the shooting.”


GSA scandals shows watchdogs needed

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2012 10:42 am by HL

GSA scandals shows watchdogs needed

The recent GSA scandals over clowns and such at a Las Vegas conference reminds us, among other things, of the importance of having an inspector general in place in all federal agencies.

But the Project on Government Oversight noted this week that, with the addition of the Department of Labor over the holiday weekend, there are now four agencies in the prized watchdog community’s “1,000-day vacancy club.”

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No election commissioners? No problem.

Wait, isn’t this an election year? The kind that will see voters stepping into booths and casting ballots, pulling levers and punching buttons?

Bad timing then for the Election Assistance Commission to be completely leaderless. It’s the body that was created in the wake of the 2000 presidential election’s hanging-chad debacle and tasked with overseeing federal election standards.

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Why Obama (probably) won’t endorse gay marriage this year

The at-times-uneasy relationship between President Obama and the gay community hit another bump in the road this week when the White House declined to push through an executive order banning government contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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If a Recession Is Coming, Why Are Stocks Up?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 13th, 2012 10:35 am by HL

If a Recession Is Coming, Why Are Stocks Up?
Gary Shilling, Bloomberg
I have explained why I believe there may be a U.S. recession this year, spurred by renewed consumer retrenchment amid further declines in house prices, stagnant incomes and uncertain job prospects. So why are investors continuing to show such an appetite for equities?Stocks have been volatile: Over the past month, the Standard & Poor’s 500 (SPX) Index had three trading days when gains exceeded 1 percent and three when losses exceeded 1 percent. And major stock indexes dropped sharply in the early days of April.  

Taking a Different Look at the Gender Gap
Stuart Rothenberg, Roll Call
I have found over the years that when a narrative works its way into the collective wisdom, there is no way of changing it. So my goal here is quite modest: to get at least a handful of people to pause, take a deep breath and simply chew over the data a bit before using it to draw unshakable conclusions.In this case, the conclusions involve two different Gallup polls and an interpretation about the role of women in President Barack Obama’s standing in a general election ballot test against likely GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. 

Jim DeMint on the Future of Republican Party
Gillespie & Welch, Reason
“A lot of the libertarian ideals that Ron Paul is talking about…should not be alien to any Republican,” Sen. Jim DeMint said during an interview at reason’s Washington, D.C., offices in late January. Encouraging words from a South Carolina Republican who has earned a reputation as one of his party’s strongest voices for fiscal conservatism during his six years in the House of Representatives and six years in the Senate. 

Cannibalize the Future
Paul Krugman, New York Times
One general rule of modern politics is that the people who talk most about future generations — who go around solemnly declaring that we’re burdening our children with debt — are, in practice, the people most eager to sacrifice our future for short-term political gain. You can see that principle at work in the House Republican budget, which starts with dire warnings about the evils of deficits, then calls for tax cuts that would make the deficit even bigger, offset only by the claim to have a secret plan to make up for the revenue losses somehow or…

Paul Ryan’s Savage Spending Cuts
Jonathan Alter, Bloomberg
Grover Norquist, the tax-cutting champion, famously said he wanted to shrink the federal government "down to the size where we can drown it in the bath tub."With gargantuan deficits, that seems like a pipe dream, but it may be time to start running the water.The new plan offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and approved recently by Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans puts the Republicans on record supporting a federal government that within a decade will consist of little more than national defense, entitlements and interest on the national debt.


False Reports: GOP Not Losing Women in Contraception “War”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2012 5:58 pm by HL

False Reports: GOP Not Losing Women in Contraception “War”
New York Magazine's Frank Rich argued last week that there is, indeed, a “full-fledged Republican war on women.” Rich asserted that this latest cultural debate is costing the likely Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, women's support. He cited a single poll to prove his point. In March, Barack Obama ran ahead of Romney among women in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, 55 percent to 37 percent. That does look bad. But what share of women supported Romney before the debate over contraception coverage in the new national health care law? Essentially the same share. In…

Dems Helped Keep Santorum Close in Wisconsin
According to exit polls, Mitt Romney beat Rick Santorum among just about every demographic of Republican voter in the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday. In addition to his standard, large margin of victory among high-income, well-educated, and less-ideologically-driven Republicans, Romney also beat Santorum among voters making less than $50,000 a year and those who lack a college degree. Romney even eked out a small advantage among Wisconsin GOP primary voters who described themselves as “very conservative.” Santorum did beat Romney by 4 percent among self-described evangelical or…


Phil’s Fabulous Photos of the Beet Retreat

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on April 4th, 2012 5:36 pm by HL

Phil’s Fabulous Photos of the Beet Retreat

Phil's Fabulous Photos of the Beet Retreat

Market7 Video Production Firm Aims for HollywoodSeth Kenvin – Market7
The company launched more than three years ago to serve the needs of corporate and media video production and we recently caught up with Market7's CEO Seth Kenvin for an update. "'Even in Hollywood with the need to provide more Web content, people are collaborating more…and these are situations in which what we provide resonates," he says in the interview.
Collaborative video production firm Market7 has released enhancements to its software and added a new exec to extend its reach further into Hollywood and media production. Last month, Market7 hired TV vet Craig Heiting as VP and GM for production and entertainment to market the services to studios and Hollywood producers.The biggest benefit from collaborative video production, Kenvin tells us in the video, is to move away from long email chains, FTP sites and the shipping of DVDs, which can slow down production.