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My friends on Facebook are out of control posting political garbage.  Many are memes that have been debunked.  Who has the time to address every single post?

One friend challenged his “liberal friends” to listen to Herman Cain’s radio program for a month.  He said that the show aired from 9am – noon, Monday through Friday.  Of course, being employed, I cannot listen to political talk radio during the day … unlike the friend of mine who made the challenge.  He works less than 40 hours a week and his hours are inconsistent.

His days apparently are spent listening to and reading right wing political crap and then spewing it all over Fecesbook.

It’s not just my conservative friends that do this.  My liberal friends are just as insistent on sharing their political opinions with people who really don’t want to hear it.

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I’m back!   It’s been over 7 years since I blogged regularly between My2Bucks.com & GenesShorts.com.

Every election cycle since my kids were approaching 18, I have helped them research all candidates and issues.  Now they research the campaigns and then talk with me just prior to voting.

What I have realized is that many people don’t take the time to research prior to elections.  Generally, they vote by name recognition – which is why over 90% of House and Senate elections are won by the incumbent and many run unopposed.  With approval ratings in the toilet, one would think that many would be voted out each cycle, however, that is not how this works.   Many people vote by party line regardless of the candidate’s qualifications.  Years ago, those that claimed to research only followed the endorsements of the local newspaper.

As part of my research – and I admit I may spend a little too much time researching – I review many different sites to determine where the candidates get their funding, where they stand on the issues and the incumbent’s voting record.  I look at left and right leaning sites to see where they stand on the harder to find candidates (judges and local officials) and ballot initiatives.

Between now and the November General Election, I will share my findings and provide sources on my research; focusing on Broward County (actually, my district), but you can see the techniques I use to research.

Time may be a concern with converting my findings to posts as I am busy with work and some home project undertakings.  My plan is not to provide endorsements but to offer what I find to make my educated decision, though my opinions may seep out.

There are some key things you need to do immediately.  Determine if you are eligible to vote:

  • In Broward County, go to BrowardSOE.org; then click on the My Status tab;  Enter the required fields.
  • This is the page where you see if you are eligible to vote, you can see your sample ballot and request a Vote by Mail ballot.

I always get a sample ballot as soon as I can.  Sample ballots are available on BrowardSOE and absentee ballots (Vote by Mail) have already been sent for the August 30th primary.

If you have any methods or sites you like to use, feel free to share them.  I would love to incorporate them into my research.  I do try to keep the biased sites limited to 1-2 per election and only to help determine the partiality of the unaffiliated races.

We have less than four weeks until the Florida primary.

Additionally, I would love to jump back in and do some blogging.  The problem is that there is so much to write about, it’s hard to determine exactly how and where to jump in.

We’ll see where the wind takes us between now and the November General Election.  I suggest we strap ourselves in.  It’s going to be a wild ride.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced that he will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. The election is over 19 months away but that is a topic for a different post.

Cruz was born in Canada which raises questions about whether constitutionally, Cruz is even eligible to run.

Article II. Section 1.5 of the United States Constitution states:

“No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.”

This is the section that had Donald Trump and the Birthers up in arms about President Barack Obama, as they claimed that since they haven’t seen his birth certificate, he was not actually born is Hawaii as he had claimed. This topic has been beaten to death and debunked even though many people still believe this to be the case.

So, we must take a closer look at this section of the U.S. Constitution to determine whether in fact Cruz is eligible to run for the nation’s highest office.

The Harvard Law Review [linked here] ran an article on March 11, 2015, “On the Meaning of “Natural Born Citizen.””

Of course, growing up, we were taught in Civics class that “natural born citizen” meant that you had to be born in the United States of America to qualify to run for president.

Per the Harvard Law Review: “All the sources routinely used to interpret the Constitution confirm that the phrase “natural born Citizen” has a specific meaning: namely, someone who was a U.S. citizen at birth with no need to go through a naturalization proceeding at some later time.”

What exactly did the framers mean by “natural born citizen?”

“The Supreme Court has long recognized that two particularly useful sources in understanding constitutional terms are British common law and enactments of the First Congress. Both confirm that the original meaning of the phrase “natural born Citizen” includes persons born abroad who are citizens from birth based on the citizenship of a parent.

The Naturalization Act of 1790 states: “ …[T]he children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond Sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens: Provided, that the right of citizenship shall not descend to persons whose fathers have never been resident in the United States.”

Ted Cruz’s mother is a U.S. citizen and his father was a resident of the United States, Cruz would, in fact be a naturalized citizen.

There have been at least three other instances when presidential candidates have been questioned as to whether they were natural born citizens.

George Romney was born in Mexico in 1907. Both of his parents were American’s who moved to Mexico to live on a Mormon colony before moving back to the U.S. As a result, George Romney qualified to run for the presidency based on the Naturalization Act of 1790.

John McCain was born on the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone to U.S. Citizens. His father was a naval officer. McCain was born on a US military base, thus should qualify to run based on that, however, McCain also qualifies based on the Naturalization Act of 1790 as both of his parents were U.S. citizens even though McCain had been born outside of the U.S boundaries.

The most fascinating is that of President Barack Obama. He was born in Hawaii, even though the Birthers insist he was most likely born in Kenya. Let’s pretend the Birthers are correct and that Obama was not born in the U.S.

Obama’s mother was born in Kansas (yes, in the United States) and his father was a resident while attending both the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Harvard University. In other words, Obama qualifies to be president based on the Naturalization Act of 1790 … unless of course, you look at the Act’s first sentence:

“… That any Alien being a free white person …”

Uh oh!

I know that it has been a while since I posted anything here, but it is Festivus after all.  So in the true spirit of Festivus … it’s time to begin with airing of the grievances.  And as usual, I have a lot of problems with you people.  But time is limited, so here are just a few:

  • Cars with Rudolph noses and antlers. I know you’re just trying to show your Christmas spirit, but don’t you think this is more along the lines of something a child would put on their tricycle?  Not to mention how that poor car must feel.
  • Football players that pump their chests and flex their muscles after one big play even though their team is down by 3 touchdowns. Hey moron, did you check out the scoreboard?
  • People that didn’t vote in the mid-terms … again! Thanks a lot assholes.  It’s why we can’t elect qualified or worthy people to represent us.  Four more years of that Medicare Fraudster, Rick Scott?  Holy crap, you people are dumb … and lazy.
  • People that cross the street without looking because they’re texting or searching through their purse. You generally find these people at malls and supermarkets.  They’re all the same kind-hearted people that never stop to let you cross because they’re in too much of a hurry.
  • People that use “their” or there” when they mean “they’re”. Good grief, didn’t you go to school?  And let’s not get started on two, too and to.  Yes, I’m the grammar police today.  What are you going to do about it, pin me?
  • Seems like I have a theme this year … Drivers that pull to the right just before making a left turn (or vice versa). What … are you driving a rig or trailing a boat?
  • Sony for pulling The Interview because they were hacked by North Korea. I know they announced that there would be a limited release today but still.  It’s North Korea.  This is America and if we want to see a Seth Rogen moving, we should have that right and not worry that Kim Jong Un has no sense of humor.
  • Speaking of which: Kim Jong Un.  This is one bizarre person.  He had his uncle killed (or will he turn up like his executed ex-girlfriend) and is friends with Dennis Rodman.  Maybe Kim Jong Un was upset that Rodman wasn’t in The Interview.
  • Roger Goodell – This guy has made one misstep after another. Going into it here will take too long.  My point here is … HOW THE HELL DID GOODELL BECOME A FINALIST FOR TIME PERSON OF THE YEAR???
  • Me – yes, me. I have a problem with myself for not going to see Monty Python Live … Mostly at the movies.  It was a live performance being shown in movie theatres around the country.

 And now it’s time for the Feats of Strength.

 Happy Festivus for the Rest of us!

The headline sounds almost like it was written for The Onion but I assure you, someone plagiarized someone.

Tomorrow is Election Day in Florida and I decided to look at the various endorsements out on the internet when something struck me.  I read the ChristianCitizens.org endorsement of Rick Scott and it sounded extremely familiar.

Here is the link to the Daily Kos article – Florida Primary Elections Preview – dated August 19, 2014 Continue Reading »

The fact that I’m seeing so many people post about WardrobeGate tells you exactly what is wrong with the state of the journalism and social media today.  The fact that I’m blogging about it after not posting anything in months tells you that I’ve reached my tipping point.

I think it’s fair to say that First Lady Michelle Obama looked spectacular in her $6,800 jacket that she wore to Buckingham Palace to meet the queen.

This jacket has been a source of contempt from the right wing.  Did she pay for it herself or did we, the taxpayers pay for it?  Does it really matter?  Mrs. Obama was officially representing the United States of America at an event at Buckingham Palace with the Queen of England.  Did these idiots want her wearing a $45 K-Mart jacket?

The point is the right wing found their retaliation for criticism aimed at Ann Romney for a $990 shirt she wore for an appearance on CBS This Morning back in May.  This shirt apparently caused an outrage by the media and the left.  The claim was that Mitt and Ann Romney are out of touch with the American people because ‘how many Americans can afford a $990 shirt?’

I ask, how many people complaining about (or defending) the $990 will ever appear on television?  It’s a non-story.  The bigger story is that it appears Mrs. Romney overpaid for the shirt by about $985.

The Romney’s have money and Ann spent $990 because she wanted to look good for her television appearance, as would we.  The problem wasn’t the money; it was a hideous fish shirt.

Or was it a bird shirt?  It had no wing and no gill.  If we can’t tell whether it’s a bird or a fish, then the designer of this shirt needs to find a new profession.

And if Ann Romney paid $990 for THAT shirt, Michelle Obama’s $6,800 jacket was a bargain.

Gene

President Obama’s approval numbers continue to rise and the Republicans continue to bash everything yet offer no solutions.  The voting public is now seeing through this.  Check out these projections based on NationalPolls.com

Note:  Safe states are awarded to the specific candidate regardless of whether a poll was completed for that state.

Electoral College votes based on current polling:

  • Obama 419       Gingrich 101
  • Obama 312       Santorum 150
  • Obama 337       Paul 141
  • Obama 324       Romney 191
  • Obama 265       Generic GOP candidate 174

Even the dream generic GOP candidate is losing to Obama.  There are some tighter state  races.  This information proves two things.  Republicans do not like any of their candidates & Obama should coast in November.

Even North Carolina goes for Obama across the board. 

The intangibles between now and November:

  • How much money is spent on ads (Super PAC’s gone wild)
  • State of the economy.  Everything the GOP has done to slow down recovery and we’re still recovering.  Housing is still very slow to recover but states are diverting money allocated to helping homeowners into the state budget.
  • Foreign policy:  Does a war between Israel and Iran begin? What is the state of the world / terrorism?  Obama can run on killing Osama bin Laden but it only works if nothing major occurs before November 6th
  • Scandals: Look at Herman Cain and Gary Hart.  It depends on the severity and type but you can never count them out.  You know they’re digging right now

By the way things look today, Obama looks to be in good shape for reelection. 

Gene