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Day of infamy

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WASHINGTON — The United States will restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba and open an embassy in Havana for the first time in more than a half-century after the release of an American contractor held in prison for five years, President Obama announced on Wednesday.

In a deal negotiated during 18 months of secret talks hosted largely by Canada and encouraged by Pope Francis, who hosted a final meeting at the Vatican, Mr. Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba agreed in a telephone call to put aside decades of hostility to find a new relationship between the United States and the island nation just 90 miles off the American coast..

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Business as usual?

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Where is our moral ground?

 Where is our moral ground?

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 Our justification for a military strike against Syria based on the apparent use of deadly nerve agents that killed close to 400 people is morally illogical if not outright ludicrous. I ask you, what moral high ground we have vis-à-vis our annual abortion rate of over a million babies a year, saline solutions versus sarin gases, what difference does it make.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, since 1973 when our Supreme Court legalized abortion, roughly 50 million legal induced abortions have been performed in the United States, an annual average rate of over 1.2 million babies a year! This number is significant since it reminds me of the 1.5 Armenians that died in the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1918, which included all but a few members of my family.

 God helps us!

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The Texan who stole the show at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral

Posted By fter being carried through the streets of London in a flag-draped coffin aboard a gun carriage, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was laid to rest this morning in St. Paul’s Cathedral. But the big story of the day wasn’t Maggie. No, it was a 19-year-old Texan who stole the show from the deceased Iron Lady.

 

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With a poise reminiscent of the elder Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher, Margaret’s granddaughter, delivered a reading from Epistles that has the British media agog. Amanda, who lives with her mother in Texas, chose a rather militant passage that calls on believers to “put on the whole armour of God.” But the reading was a good one, delivered with remarkable grace by a young woman suddenly thrust into the international spotlight. In a tweet that nicely summarized the breathless British media reaction, Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland couldn’t help but speculate “whether somewhere a Texas Republican operative is watching Amanda Thatcher thinking ‘Wonder if she has political ambitions…'”

So who is Amanda Thatcher, and how did Maggie Thatcher’s granddaughter end up in Texas of all places? Amanda is the daughter of Mark Thatcher and the Texas heiress Diane Burgdorf, who underwent an ugly, highly public divorce from Mark (Diane went so far as to detail her ex-husband’s history of infidelity in a broadside published in a British paper). When Amanda’s father became embroiled in an acrimonious business dispute, Diane agreed to move her family to South Africa. But after Mark was arrested in 2004 over his alleged involvement in a coup in Equatorial Guinea, the marriage finally dissolved. Amanda now lives in Texas with her mother, stepfather, and brother Michael. She is reportedly deeply religious, has carried out missionary work in China, and attends the University of Richmond in Virginia.

Video clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZmQDOVtET08

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“A picture is worth a thousand words”.

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Marco bumped water bottles with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  Have you gotten your Marco water bottle yet?

Bill O’Reilly: The Liberal Media Is Mocking Rubio’s Water Moment to ‘Marginalize’ Him as a ‘Buffoon’

 But instead he gained popularity.Maggie

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Why is it that……

USA Electoral Votes by State

USA Electoral Votes by State

2012 Electoral Map, after 2010 Census Reapportionment

The Electoral College System

Who really elects the President of the United States?

By Robert Longley, About.com Guide

Every fourth November, after almost two years of campaign hype and money, over 90 million Americans vote for the presidential candidates. Then, in the middle of December, the president and vice president of the United States are really elected by the votes of only 538 citizens — the “electors” of the Electoral College.

How the Electoral College Elects the President- When you vote for a presidential candidate you are really voting to instruct the electors from your state to cast their votes for the same candidate. For example, if you vote for the Republican candidate, you are really voting for an elector who will be “pledged” to vote for the Republican candidate. The candidate who wins the popular vote in a state wins all the pledged votes of the state’s electors. The Electoral College system was established in Article II of the Constitution and amended by the 12ath Amendment in 1804.

Electoral Meeting

Electoral Meeting

~ December 18, 2000 ~ The Electoral College Meets ~

State House, Annapolis, Maryland ~ (10 Electoral Votes)

Each state gets a number of electors equal to its number of members in the U.S. House of Representatives plus one for each of its two U.S. Senators. The District of Columbia gets three electors. While state laws determine how electors are chosen, they are generally selected by the political party committees within the states.

Each elector gets one vote. Thus, a state with eight electors would cast eight votes. There are currently 538 electors and the votes of a majority of them — 270 votes — are required to be elected. Since Electoral College representation is based on congressional representation, states with larger populations get more Electoral College votes. See: Electoral Votes From Each State.

Should none of the candidates win 270 electoral votes, the 12th Amendment kicks in and the election is decided by the House of Representatives. The combined representatives of each state get one vote and a simple majority of states is required to win. This has only happened twice. Presidents Thomas Jefferson in 1801 and John Quincy Adams in 1825 were elected by the House of Representatives.

While the state electors are “pledged” to vote for the candidate of the party that chose them, nothing in the Constitution requires them to do so. In rare instances, an elector will defect and not vote for his or her party’s candidate. Such “faithless” votes rarely change the outcome of the election and laws of some states prohibit electors from casting them.

So we will all go vote on Tuesday, and before the sun sets in California at least one of the TV networks will have declared a winner. By midnight, one of the candidates will have probably claimed victory and some will have conceded defeat. But not until the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December, when the electors of the Electoral College meet in their state capitals and cast their votes will we really have a new president and vice president elect.Why the delay between the general election and the Electoral College meetings? Back in the 1800s, it simply took that long to count the popular votes and for all the electors to travel to the state capitals. Today, the time is more likely to be used for settling any protests due to election code violations and for vote recounts.

Isn’t There a Problem Here?

Critics of the Electoral College system, of which there are more than a few, point out that the system allows the possibility of a candidate actually losing the nationwide popular vote, but being elected president by the electoral vote. Can that happen? Yes, and it has.

A look at the Electoral Votes from each State and a little math will tell you that the Electoral College system makes it possible for a candidate to actually lose the nationwide popular vote, but be elected president by the Electoral College.

In fact, it is possible for a candidate to not get a single person’s vote — not one — in 39 states or the District of Columbia, yet be elected president by wining the popular vote in just 11 of these 12 states:

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Read more here:

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/thepoliticalsystem/a/electcollege.htm

Image: worldatlas.com ~ gwu.edu

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