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At 3:00 P.M. Sunday November 2nd—–

October 30, 2014

—my 2014 election predictions will be posted.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out Of Closet, Proud To Be Gay

October 30, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a column in Bloomberg Businessweek and stated “Let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

At the same time, I believe deeply in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, who said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” I often challenge myself with that question, and I’ve come to realize that my desire for personal privacy has been holding me back from doing something more important. That’s what has led me to today.

For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky.

While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now.

Will We Still See Donny Deutsch On “Morning Joe”?

October 30, 2014

These types of hustlers are the worst.

MSNBC host and former ad exec Donny Deutsch scammed a real estate broker out of a $1.2 million commission in the sale of Deutsch’s $30 million Hamptons home, a Manhattan judge seethes in new court papers.

Justice Charles Ramos says Deutsch’s lawyer Jonathan Tarbet was acting on his client’s behalf when Sotheby’s broker Edward Petrie was schemed out of his 4 percent commission, The Post’s Julia Marsh reports.

Petrie had brought a potential buyer, LA hedge funder Howard Marks, by Deutsch’s Tyson Lane home in 2010.

After Deutsch realized he knew Marks, he went behind Petrie’s back and brokered the sale privately to avoid the fee, Petrie claimed.

“This court considers that and refusal to acknowledge [Petrie] as the broker to be marks of dishonesty and greed,” Ramos writes in the Oct. 23 decision awarding Petrie’s employer, Sotheby’s, $1.2 million.

“Both characteristics are particularly unbecoming when exhibited by those blessed with great wealth,” the judge scolds.

This Is What Happens When There Are Two Living Popes

October 30, 2014

Things are said and written….

Clearly Cardinal Burke should no defenders.  The least of which is the former pope who can still write and speak and make for papal intrigue.

Vatican watchers are pointing to a letter written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI this week as an indication of his approval of Vatican Cardinal Raymond Burke who is soon to be ousted from his Vatican post and given a mere honorary position.

The pope’s letter came in response to an invitation to attend a traditional Latin Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica by Cardinal Burke. He had to decline the invitation because he lives as a “cloistered monk,” leaving the cloister only when “personally invited by the Pope.”

“I am very glad that the Usus antiquus [the traditional Latin Mass] now lives in full peace within the Church, also among the young, supported and celebrated by great Cardinals,” wrote Pope Emeritus Benedict.

Vatican expert Sandro Magister points out today that in writing thus, Pope Benedict is including Cardinal Burke among ‘great Cardinals’ even though Pope Francis is set to deny him both a role in the curia and the leadership of a diocese.

Watch Video Of Ben Bradlee Funeral

October 29, 2014

Video coverage here from C-SPAN

Scott Walker Takes Huge Lead Over Mary Burke In Latest State Poll

October 29, 2014

There was always a gnawing fact that I kept asking my friends about.

When it comes to right-track/wrong-track questioning state voters place the state on the plus side.  So how then is it possible to think voters would throw the incumbent top elected official out of office?

We are getting close to the answer.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger Mary Burke 50% to 43% among likely voters in a new survey by the Marquette University Law School.

That represents a change from other surveys in recent weeks — including Marquette’s previous poll two weeks ago — showing the race essentially tied.

Marquette surveyed 1,164 likely voters from last Thursday through Sunday. The poll has margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

The race is much tighter among all registered voters — with Walker leading Burke 46% to 45%.

the shift toward Walker among the most likely voters in the poll reflects a spike in the share of Republicans who say they are certain to vote.

Can Edwin Edwards Really Win A Seat In Congress?

October 29, 2014

Once a scoundrel…..always a scoundrel.

So you now know my thinking when it comes to Edwin Edward’s desire to win a seat in congress.   But it does add one more fascinating story to watch unfold on Election Night.

Political observers say even if he (Edwards) never bothered to leave his house in Gonzales, the inclusion of “Edwin Edwards” on the ballot in such a crowded field of Republicans with low-to-moderate name recognition would propel the ex-governor and former federal inmate into the runoff for Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s seat.

But Edwards hasn’t stayed home. He’s been on the road at voter doorways, shaking hands with restaurant patrons on the way to his table, dropping one-liners and platform ideas at candidate debates and popping by council chambers and church fairs with regularity. 

Political observers say even if he never bothered to leave his house in Gonzales, the inclusion of “Edwin Edwards” on the ballot in such a crowded field of Republicans with low-to-moderate name recognition would propel the ex-governor and former federal inmate into the runoff for Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s seat.

But Edwards hasn’t stayed home. He’s been on the road at voter doorways, shaking hands with restaurant patrons on the way to his table, dropping one-liners and platform ideas at candidate debates and popping by council chambers and church fairs with regularity. 

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