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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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«Is There a Santa Claus?»

By W. Joseph Campbell

Editor’s Note: «Is There a Santa Claus?» is the most reprinted 2442newspaper editorial in American journalism. In the spirit of that tradition, the Newseum has published the story behind it since 2007. It remains one of our most popular stories online.

American journalism’s best-known editorial, a timeless tribute to childhood and the Christmas spirit, marked its 115th anniversary this year.

The editorial was published beneath the headline «Is There a Santa Claus?» in 1897 in the New York Sun, a gray but lively newspaper that began as a penny paper in 1833. The editorial’s author was Francis Pharcellus Church, a veteran journalist who was assigned to write a reply to a letter from an 8-year-old named Virginia O’Hanlon.

«Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus,» Virginia had written. «Papa says ‘if you see it in the Sun, it’s so.’ Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?»

«Virginia, your little friends are wrong,» Church replied. «They have been afflicted by the skepticism of a skeptical age.»

A few sentences later, Church invoked the editorial’s most memorable passages: «Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus.»

«Is There a Santa Claus?» was given an obscure place in the Sun, in the third of three columns of editorials on Sept. 21, 1897. It was oddly timed, too — an editorial about Santa Claus appearing in September, three months before Christmas.

But over the years, the editorial became a classic in American journalism, and easily the most memorable item ever published in the Sun. That venerable newspaper folded in January 1950.

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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

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“Life has a warped sense of humor», by Puchy

Puchy Guaty Lotz

“Life has a warped sense of humor.”

When my daughter Steph got married and hand in hand with her handsome Tommy, went on to start a new life and family, I thought my heart would break in a zillion pieces.  I couldn’t imagine not seeing her every day, I couldn’t fathom the thought of not having our daily talks and I was already missing the closeness we shared throughout her life, but I must confess that at this point I had not begun to realize the significant part my thoughtful and easy-going son-in-law would play in all of this; you see, from that day on it would be his responsibility to worry, care for and endure the pandemonium of that young women’s roller coaster of hormones and emotions!

 All joking aside, my premature worries were for not, since not a single worry materialized and I have not only gained a wonderful son, but two beautiful grandchildren, and here lies the real heart of this story.

Having experienced all the growing pains and out right glorious days of motherhood, having made it through the teenage and college years and later, feeling fortified by the knowledge that I had survived and somehow  managed to give away this beautiful young woman, which by the way, I was most reluctant to do. Pleased at having kept myself together all through the loving and tearful marriage vows and the meaningful candle lighting ceremony, only to lose it all at the wedding reception when the song my daughter had chosen for the special mothers dance began to play, “Wind beneath my wings”.

But life goes on, right? Fast forward a couple of weeks later and a  much calmer self started to notice how great it was to come home and find everything exactly the way I left it, no dishes in the sink, everything in its place and somehow, I no longer suffered from insomnia! At this point I’m considering that maybe there is a silver lining to this marriage thing… no more curfews to enforce, no more heart wrenching hours trying to sooth the disappointed tears of youth, no more worries about college, new drivers and new friends, from now on I’m going to sleep like a baby! Then as if life itself had read my private thoughts… the grandchildren arrived!

So the cycle begins anew and I love them beyond words, but the law of the universe states that love, worries and lack of sleep go together and one cannot be enjoyed without the other; and so be it, “let the games begin”.  They make me smile, they trick me into pursuing and tickling them, pitch tents in my family room, watch movies like Brave, Madagascar, Shrek and Tangle, over and over, and yes, they keep me young and more importantly, energized and flexible, which at this point in time is worth more than itself in gold.

Just to keep things interesting and just when I was getting really comfortable in my new role, here comes the most dreaded of months, “September”.  The school year is about to begin; my Maddie is going into the seventh grade and will not be able to spend as much time with us as she does during the summer months, between school work, competitive cheering and gymnastics she has a full schedule. Adding insult to injury my little Jackson is starting Kindergarten this year and I will not have him all to myself every Monday and Friday as I have enjoyed for the last three years; Hello… this is not okay with me at all!  Haven’t I suffered enough already?  Must I go thru this empty nest syndrome yet again?! Yes, life has a warped sense of humor, the more it changes, the more it remains the same.

©Puchy Guaty Lotz

Romney a principled man

Moorad Alexanian

Romney a principled man

Mitt Romney is in a quagmire («Romney and his faith,» Aug. 7). Romney must know that the Book of Mormon and the Bible are theologically inconsistent, thus the concern of evangelical Christians with his candidacy.

However, what truly matters in a president are competence and integrity. Romney’s personal principles are quite consistent with Christian morals. Voters must evaluate the records of both candidates and decide.

One can classify people as positives, who rely on their own efforts to prosper, and negatives, whose personal «achievements» are based on putting down the accomplishments of others. Again, we must discern the true nature of both candidates and decide.

This election will determine whether we follow our Founding Fathers or fundamentally transform the United States of America. The future of our nation is in our hands.

Dr: Moorad Alexanian, Wilmington

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