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Sandra Bullock to star as Wendy Davis in "Let Her Speak"

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Way to tarnish your career by playing the loser Abortion Barbie. I predict another Hollyweird dud.
From Dallas News: Sandra Bullock is poised to take on the role of Wendy Davis in a new movie called Let Her Speak about the filibuster that catapulted the former Texas senator into the national spotlight.
Bullock, who previously lived in Austin, is attached to the script as long as the project lands a director she likes, Deadline Hollywood reported.
The movie would cover the day of the filibuster as well as Davis’ journey from a teen mother living in a trailer park to a Harvard-trained lawyer who later won a seat on the Fort Worth City Council.
On June 25, 2013, Davis stood on the state Senate floor in pink Mizuno sneakers for more than 12 straight hours to block a vote on what would have been one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. She went without breaks and water during the filibuster.
When Republicans used strict interpretations of the Senate rules to try to end the filibuster and call a vote before the first special session of the 83rd Legislature ended at midnight, abortion rights activists who had packed the gallery erupted into chants of “let her speak.”
The vote was cast in favor of the bill largely along party lines, but came too late and the session was called to a close without Senate Bill 5’s passage. 
After the filibuster, then-Gov. Rick Perry called legislators back for another special session, and the bill that banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy was passed.
The bill also mandated that abortions be performed at hospital-like surgical centers and that doctors who perform abortions must have admitting privileges at hospitals, requirements that caused more than half of the state’s abortion clinics to close.
After a lengthy legal debate, the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2016 struck down the regulations on abortion doctors and clinics in a 5-3 decision. The ruling determined that the restrictions posed an unconstitutional burden on women seeking to end a pregnancy.
Davis waived a bid for re-election to run for governor in 2014. She was dealt a strong defeat by Greg Abbott, who beat her with more than 20 percentage points. 
Another Hollyweird project I won’t be seeing.

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First case of Ebola in U.S. may have contacted 18, incl. 5 children, while showing symptoms

This is a follow-up of Steve’s post this morning on the first confirmed case of Ebola in the U.S.— a Liberian national who recently came to Dallas, Texas from Nigeria. Both Liberia and Nigeria are among the West African countries stricken by the terrible epidemic that has a 60-90% fatality rate.

Thomas Eric Duncan (from a Facebook photo)

Thomas Eric Duncan (from a Facebook photo)

The patient is identified by Liberian health officials and The Associated Press as Thomas Eric Duncan. He has been kept in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas since Sunday.
The latest:
Duncan may have infected a second man. Even worse, Duncan had come into contact with five children in five separate Dallas schools over the weekend. Altogether, Dallas health officials said today that they believe Duncan had come in contact with at least 12 to 18 people when he was experiencing symptoms and, therefore, was infectious. So far, none of his contacts has been confirmed to be infected.
Zachary Thompson

Zachary Thompson

USA Today reports, Oct. 1, 2014, that the director of Dallas County Health and Human Services, Zachary Thompson, said “there may be another case that is a close associate with this particular patient. So this is real. There should be a concern, but it’s contained to the specific family members and close friends at this moment.”
Mike Miles

Superintendent Mike Miles

The AP reports, Oct. 1, 2014, that Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Mike Miles said that the five students were in school this week after possibly being in contact with the man over the weekend. But Miles says the students are showing no symptoms and are now being monitored at home. As an added precaution, Miles says additional health and custodial staff will be at the five schools the students attend.
Although the first Ebola man may have infected a second individual as well as five students, Zachary Thompson continues to insist that the public isn’t at risk because health officials have the virus contained.
Meanwhile, the New York Times reports, Oct. 1, 2014, that the infected man, Thomas Eric Duncan, arrived in the United States on Sept. 20 aboard a commercial airliner. Officials said Duncan had shown no symptoms of the disease while on the flight and that he had posed no threat to other passengers.
Duncan worked at a shipping company in Monrovia, Liberia, but had just quit his job, giving his resignation in early September, his boss said. Duncan’s neighbors in Liberia said he had gotten a visa to the United States and had decided to go. He lived alone, but has family in the United States.
Authorities also said an early opportunity to put Duncan in isolation, limiting the risk of contagion, may have been missed because of a failure to pass along critical information about his travel history. Duncan had sought medical help but was sent home, two days before he was finally admitted into the hospital.

  • Friday, Sept. 19: Duncan boards flight from Liberia.
  • Saturday, Sept. 20: Arrives in Dallas to visit family.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24: Duncan develops symptoms of Ebola, including fever.
  • Friday, Sept. 26: Seeks care at hospital but is sent home.
  • Sunday, Sept. 28: Placed in isolation at Dallas hospital.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30: Lab confirms Duncan has Ebola.

Unlike Director of Dallas County Health and Human Services Zachary Thompson, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking matters very seriously. He said at a news conference today: “This case is serious. This is all hands on deck.”

Health officials are continuing to track down other people who might have been exposed to Duncan after he began showing symptoms, and will monitor those individuals every day for 21 days — the full incubation period of the disease. Most people develop symptoms within 8 to 10 days. As a patient becomes sicker and the virus replicates in the body, the likelihood of the disease spreading grows.

Health officials insist the disease is only spread via bodily contact with people with symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting. But a 2012 Canadian research study casts doubt on that, showing that the Ebola virus could be transmitted by air across two animal species.

Ebola in West Africa

Meanwhile, The Daily Caller reports the happy news that 13,500 people from the Ebola-stricken countries of Sierra Leon, Guinea and Liberia have visas to visit the United States, according to federal data.

The data don’t show how many of those people are already in the United States, but visitors from those countries should be excluded until they can show they’re free of Ebola, said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that pushes for low-scale immigration.

Under current policies, only people with obvious Ebola symptoms are excluded by border officials. But a person can be infected with the disease, and not show any symptoms, for up to 21 days.


That’s exactly the case with Thomas Eric Duncan.

He did not show Ebola symptoms during his flight from Nigeria and when he passed through U.S. Customs at Washington Dulles Airport, where he spent three hours. Four days later, he became symptomatic.

In other words, President Ebola’s “current policies” are letting infected but symptomless people through our borders.

All of which led Dr. Jesse L. Goodman, a former Food and Drug Administration chief scientist and top infectious disease specialist who’s now a professor of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center, to say that given the exposure of several people to the Ebola virus by patient zero Duncan, it’s likely that many more will be infected.

As reported by the Washington Examiner, Dr. Goodman warns that while Americans shouldn’t panic, it’s best to prepare for the worst. He said in a statement:

“If anyone did not agree before, bringing the epidemic in Africa under control is an absolute emergency and requires a massive effort and global commitment now long overdue. This is a matter not just of preventing death and suffering in Africa, but, as this case brings home to the U.S., of global safety and security.
While there is an expectation that this case, and likely future ones, can be contained, it is important not to be overconfident and to continuously, now and in the future, reexamine both how the virus is behaving and also the public health and medical response to see what can potentially be improved.
It is critical for hospitals and health care workers everywhere to be sure they are alert, obtain travel histories and, if there is any question at all it could be Ebola, contact CDC and, while sorting things out, act to isolate a sick patient returning from an epidemic area.”
Goodman suggested that travel be limited to the area in West Africa where the epidemic is raging. “If less people traveled, risks may be reduced, and active follow-up and education of travelers could also be facilitated.”
Just wait till the U.S. soldiers — including 700 of the 101st Airborne Division who are heading to Liberia in late October — whom President Ebola is sending to “combat” the pandemic in West Africa, come home . . . .
H/t FOTM’s DCG and Anon
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UPDATE (Oct. 2, 2014):

Yahoo reports that two days after he was sent home from a Dallas hospital, Thomas Eric Duncan was seen vomiting on the ground outside an apartment complex as he was bundled into an ambulance.

His whole family was screaming. He got outside and he was throwing up all over the place,” resident Mesud Osmanovic, 21, said on Wednesday, describing the chaotic scene before the man was admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital on Sunday where he is in serious condition.


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Militia on the move in Texas to defend U.S. border against invasion of illegals – Photos

militia4Kolten Parker reports for the San Antonio Express-News (via Chron.com), July 28, 2014, that, defying warnings from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and state lawmakers, militia groups along the Texas-Mexico border have grown to more than 10 active “teams” from El Paso to the Rio Grande Valley.
As you can see in the photos above and below, the militia members are carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear. They are seen at campsites, walking along the Rio Grande while speaking with Border Patrol agents, and pointing rifles and pistols out of frame.
militia2The photos of the militiamen were provided to the San Antonio Express-News under the condition that members’ faces be blurred because of fear of being identified by Mexican cartel and gang members.
Interestingly, although the CBP has said it does not “endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands, as it could have disastrous personal and public safety consequences,” one of the photos (below) shows a Border Patrol agent providing directions to a vehicle of armed militia members. CBP did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
militia1The militia groups, with members including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, began recruiting and organizing more than a month ago as national media outlets began focusing on the growing number of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the border, including more than 50,000 “unaccompanied minors,” the majority of whom actually are teen males ages 15 to 17.
Barbie Rogers, founder of the Patriots Information Hotline, which is helping organize and recruit for the militia groups, said there are 10 “operations on the ground along the Texas border” from El Paso to Laredo to the Valley. Many of the groups are stationed on ranch land with permission from the owners, she said.
The Texas militia’s operation names, according to Rogers, are: Bolinas Border Patrol, Central Valley Militia, Independent Citizens Militia, Alpha Team, Bravo Team, FOB Harmony, Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector, O’Shanessy’s Team, the 77’s and Camp Geronimo.
In an interview with the Express-News last month, Chris Davis, commander of the militia’s Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector, said members would secure the border in a “legal and lawful manner.” In 21-minute YouTube video that has since been deleted, Davis said: “How? You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.'”
Davis, a 37-year-old truck driver from Von Ormy, was discharged from the Army in 2001 “under other than honorable conditions in lieu of trial by court-martial,” according to a summary of his military service obtained by the Express-News.
Rogers called on Texas Governor Rick Perry to send 5,000 more National Guard members to the border and said that “if cost is an issue” then “call the militia. They will come if you call them.”
Gov. Rick Perry, who last week ordered 1,000 Texas National Guard members to the border, declined to comment through a spokesman specifically on whether he supports the militia groups but said the governor is “leading to secure the border.”

Leticia Van de Putte

Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio),who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) for lieutenant governor, denounced the militias in a statement, saying “pointing guns at children solves nothing. Local law enforcement and federal Border Patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts.”
Here are some more photos of the border militia:
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H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

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Illegals bring pneumonia and swine flu to Calif-Texas Navy bases

Bill Gertz reports for the Washington Free Beacon, July 14, 2014, that health authorities at a Navy base in Southern California took steps last weekend to curtail an outbreak of pneumonia and swine flu among illegal immigrant children housed at the facility, according to U.S. officials.
Both diseases are contagious. According to the CDC, pneumonia is caused by bacteria or viruses and can be severe. The H1N1 virus is considered less dangerous and has been detected in the United States since the 2009 pandemic. The swine flu virus jumped from pigs to humans and can be fatal in some cases.
The outbreak of disease among several of the nearly 600 immigrant children at the Naval Base Ventura County, located north of Los Angeles, initially was thought to be caused by deadly bacterial streptococcal meningitis, according to one official close to the issue.

Naval Base Ventura CountyNaval Base Ventura County

The pneumonia cases and meningitis scare last weekend followed two cases of H1N1 swine flu among other child immigrants—one at the California base and another in Texas. The virus caused a global pandemic in 2009, but officials said it is considered less dangerous than the meningitis outbreak that began over the past weekend.
Naval officials, along with HHS and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) officials, sought to block the disease outbreak by quarantines and halting transfers of children into and out of the facility. The sick children were moved to local hospitals where they are being treated.
The swine flu case, discovered late last week, involved a 16-year-old Salvadoran boy who, like others at the facility, had been transferred recently from Nogales, Ariz. A U.S. official said that in addition to the Salvadoran youth treated for swine flu, another case of swine flu was detected in June at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. More than 1,000 immigrant children are being held at Lackland.

Overall Aerial View of Lackland Air Force Base San AntonioLackland Air Force Base

HHS spokesman Kenneth J. Wolfe said the illnesses “likely pose little or no risk to the general public,” and insisted that the “arriving children” youths illegally crossing the border have been screened at U.S. border stations for health problems and given medical treatment if needed. Those “children” illegals sent to Pentagon locations had been given childhood vaccinations three days prior to entering Defense Department facilities.
Wolfe said,“If it is determined that children have certain communicable diseases or have been exposed to such communicable diseases, they are placed in a program or facility that has the capacity to quarantine. Children with serious health conditions are treated at local hospitals.” The cost of this care is “fully paid” by the federal government TAX PAYERS.
Other immigrant children are being held at bases in Texas and Oklahoma. The current plan calls for releasing the “immigrant children” illegal youths to relatives prior to their court proceedings on illegal immigration charges.
It appears the flood of illegal immigrants is based on beliefs among those in the region that they can gain entry using a two-step process—first sending thousands of children on a dangerous migration northward into the United States, and then later anticipating that the U.S. government will grant entry to some or the rest of their families in a humanitarian gesture.
Obama has not dealt directly with the crisis. During a recent visit to Denver, the president was photographed drinking beer and playing pool while declining to visit the border or facilities where the children are being held in crowded, refugee-camp-like conditions.
The White House instead has asked Congress to approve $3.7 billion for dealing with the crisis. Both the House and Senate have balked at providing the funding during a time of fiscal austerity.
The thousands of immigrants currently are caught up in a government bureaucratic legal system that is delaying rapid deportation back to their home countries. Critics of the delay say the illegals should be flown back without delay to their home countries, which include Guatemala and El Salvador, on military transport aircraft.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R.) said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the president is ultimately responsible for the border crisis. Perry said he alerted the president in May 2012 to the flood of alien children who were traveling north on trains “and we laid out exactly what we felt was going to happen if we didn’t address that. And now we’re seeing that become reality, with literally tens of thousands of these young children making this long, arduous, very dangerous trip, being separated from their parents. And it could have been stopped years ago had the administration listened.”
H/t California Political Review
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UPDATE (July 18, 2014):

The MSM finally are reporting on this.
On July 17, ABC News reports that the federal government is so overwhelmed by the current tide of migrants crossing the border it can’t provide basic medical screening to all of the illegals aliens before transporting them – often by air – to longer-term holding facilities across the country.
Translated into plain English, that means Americans who travel by air or bus are being exposed to the diseases carried by the illegals, including CONTAGIOUS diseases like TB, measles, and chicken pox.

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Texas wants its gold back from Federal Reserve

Last July, I wrote a post asking the unthinkable (in some quarters) the question: How much of the gold that’s sold actually exists?
Given the fact that at least a substantial portion of gold sales are in paper certificate form instead of physical gold, then we can’t dismiss the probability that some of the “gold” purchased doesn’t really exist in reality. Mark O’Byrne of Wealth News contends that as much as 80% of the gold owned by people across the world doesn’t exist.
That post evidently irked people because every comment on the post received at least one thumbs-down rating. LOL
But the question really isn’t so preposterous. Evidently, Texas Governor Rick Perry and some state legislators are also wondering about that. They  would like the U.S. Federal Reserve to return the state’s gold bullions.
Emily Ramshaw and Aman Batheja report for the Texas Star-Telegram, March 21, 2013, that Gov. Perry wants to bring the state’s gold reserves back from a New York vault to Texas and he may have legislative support to do it.
Freshman Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, is carrying a bill that would establish the Texas Bullion Depository, a secure state-based bank to house $1 billion worth of gold bars owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Co., or UTIMCO, and stored by the Federal Reserve.
The idea isn’t entirely new. Some Republicans worked on a gold bill last session that was never filed. And gold-standard-backing Ron Paul, the former Lake Jackson congressman, has raised repeated concerns about the safety of states’ gold supplies. He told The Texas Tribune: “If you think gold is a hedge, or a protection, you always want it as close to the individual and the entity as possible. Texas is better served if it knows exactly where the gold is rather than depending on the security of the Federal Reserve.”
Bringing Texas’ gold home has gained traction this session because of Perry’s vocal support. On Glenn Beck’s radio show, Perry said Texas is in the legislative process of “bringing gold that belongs to the state of Texas back into the state” because Texas is at least as capable as the Federal Reserve of safeguarding Texas’ “physical gold.” “If we own it,” Perry said, “I will suggest to you that that’s not someone else’s determination whether we can take possession of it back or not.”
Capriglione said he was at a Tea Party event in Tarrant County this year where Perry spoke about the state’s gold investments as an economic development tool. Since then, he has worked with Perry’s office on the bill.
Capriglione says: “Something on the scorecards of a lot of these businesses in deciding whether they want to come to Texas is stability and gold as being one of those items. I think it’s been in his consciousness for a while in trying to get some sort of depository in the state of Texas. We don’t want just the certificates. We want our gold. And if you’re the state of Texas, you should be able to get your gold. For us to have our own gold, a lot of the runs on the bank and those types of things, they happen because people are worried that there’s nothing there to back it up. So I think this cures a problem before it can happen.”
The United States and many other countries stopped pegging their currencies to the gold standard decades ago. Capriglione said the bill is not about putting Texas on its own gold standard. Rather, a depository would give the state a reputation as being more financially secure in the event of a financial crisis.
Transporting gold from New York City or other banks to Texas, however, would be impractical from a security and logistics standpoint. Capriglione maintains it makes more sense to sell the gold that Texas has elsewhere and repurchase it within state lines.
He said the measure wouldn’t pose a significant expense, because the gold bars could be safeguarded in a small area, no bigger than 20 square feet. To lower costs, he intends to change the language to allow the private sector to handle some of the administrative expenses of building and running the depository.
But Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, said he is skeptical that Capriglione’s bill addresses a legitimate problem facing the state: “We’ve got plenty of real problems that we’re not going to deal with this session. Let’s deal with them.”
H/t FOTM’s Tina

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TEA Party candidate defeats RINO in Texas!

A reason for celebration!

Yesterday, TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party candidate Ted Cruz won  the Senate Republican primary runoff election in Texas!

The Christian Science Monitor reports:
Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz upset Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst in a Republican primary runoff for an open U.S. Senate seat, the Texas Tribune projected on Tuesday.
Cruz, 41, a former state solicitor general who has never held elected office, is the third insurgent Republican this year to defeat an establishment Republican in a U.S. Senate primary.
Dewhurst, 66, a wealthy businessman who had the support of top Texas Republicans, including Governor Rick Perry, started the race as the front-runner. But Cruz drew support from conservative stars like former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and money from national conservative groups like the Club for Growth.
“Ted Cruz won because he clearly articulated the pro-growth message that Republican voters across the country have responded to,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocolasaid in a statement. Club for Growth’s political action committee spent $5.5 million to support Cruz, the organization said.
The Senate seat is being vacated by Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz, whose father is from Cuba, would become the first Hispanic U.S. senator from Texas if he defeats the Democratic nominee in November. Texas has not elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.
The Texas Tribune also projected that Paul Sadler won the Democratic U.S. Senate primary runoff on Tuesday.
Dewhurst, who presides over the state Senate, spent $19 million of his own money on the race, his campaign said. The former state land commissioner has served in the U.S. Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency. He dismissed Cruz as not having enough experience and running a campaign that depended on groups from outside Texas.
Cruz, a Houston lawyer, said Dewhurst is not conservative enough and compromised too much with Democrats in the state Senate.

Let’s hope Cruz’s win is the beginning of a gigantic surge and groundswell to retake our country on November 6th!

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Garry Trudeau insults rape victims


Doonesbury comics will call vaginal sonogram abortion law ‘rape’

DailyMail: Political satirist flaming liberal Garry Trudeau calls a Texas law requiring a vaginal sonogram before a woman can have an abortion rape in a new storyline of his Doonsbury comic that comes out this week.  The comic this coming week follows a woman in Texas as she goes through the hurtles the state put in place for women who want to abort a their pregnancy.
Already the strip is generating a row and some newspapers have opted not to publish the comic strip this week. Others are pulling the Doonsbury from the newspaper and posting it online.
The law, which was passed by a Republican-majority Texas legislature and signed into law by Gov Rick Perry last spring, requires woman who wants an abortion to have a sonogram that will pick up the heartbeat of her fetus.  Abortion doctors say that in early-state pregnancies, that almost always requires them to penetrate a woman’s vagina with a 10-inch sonogram wand.
Trudeau told the Washington Post, that requirement amounts to rape.
‘The World Health Organization defines rape as “physically forced or otherwise coerced penetration — even if slight — of the vulva or anus, using a penis, other body parts or an object.” You tell me the difference,’ he said. 
In the comic, a nurse tells the woman at the clinic: ‘Sorry miss, you’re first trimester. The male Republicans who run Texas require that all abortion seekers be examined with a 10″ shaming wand.’  A doctor, about to perform the procedure then says: ‘By the authority invested in me by the GOP base, I thee rape.’
I’ll tell you the difference you ignorant liberal – a rape is forced violence, usually involving intimidation, to denigrate and physically and emotionally harm a woman.  A vaginal sonogram is a medical procedure administered by a professional who is dedicated to protecting the well-being of humans.
A new low for this man….while pushing his liberal agenda he insults rape victims.  Disgusting.

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Mitt Romney, job creator or corporate raider?

Now that Mitt Romney is the front runner in the race to be the GOP’s presidential nominee, his Republican rivals are piling on with attacks.
Mitt touts himself as a super-capitalist who “created” 100,000 jobs while he was CEO of Bain Capital. Wikipedia describes Bain as:

“a Boston-headquartered alternative asset management and financial services company that specializes in private equity, venture capital, credit and public market investments…. Beginning in 1989, the firm, which began as a venture capital source investing in start-up companies, adjusted its strategy to focus on leveraged buyouts and growth capital investments in more mature companies.”

In 1977, after graduating cum laude with an MBA and a J.D. from Harvard University, Mitt began working for Bain & Company, a management consulting firm in Boston, and became vice president a year later. In 1984, Romney left Bain & Company to co-found the spin-off private equity investment firm, Bain Capital, which began with fewer than 10 employees. Romney headed Bain Capital as its general partner and CEO for 14 years. (Read more here).
Here is how Wikipedia describes Romney’s time at Bain:

“In 1991, Mitt Romney temporarily left Bain Capital to rejoin and lead Bain & Co. as interim CEO. Bringing along two executives from Bain Capital, Romney began a traveling campaign to rally employees at all Bain offices globally. Romney also negotiated a complex settlement between the Bain partnership and the firm’s lenders, including a $10 million reduction in the $38 million Bain owed the Bank of New England. Although in the role for just one year before returning to Bain Capital, Romney’s work had three profound impacts on the firm. First, ownership was officially shifted from the owners to the firm’s 70 general partners. Second, transparency in the firm’s finances increased dramatically (e.g. partners were able to know each other’s salaries). Third, Bill Bain relinquished ownership in the firm that carried his name. Within a year, Bain & Company bounced back to profitability without major partner defections and the groundwork was laid for a period of steady growth.”

But Rick Perry says what Romney practiced at Bain was “vulture capitalism” instead of venture capitalism. Though she’s not running, Sarah Palin too says criticism of Romney‘s record at Bain Capital is fair game and that voters should get “proof” of the 100,000 jobs Romney said he had helped create while he headed the private equity firm. Sarah’s husband, Todd, recently endorsed Newt Gingrich.
Here’s a video created by WinningOurFuture.com, which claims the video is “Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.” However if you go on its website, you’ll see that’s it’s a pro-Newt Gingrich SuperPAC.
Assuming this video is true, it’s a case of a pot calling a kettle black because Newt not only can’t claim to be a “job creator,” he actually contributed to the tanking of the U.S. economy. After he left Congress, between 2001 and 2010, Newt was a consultant to the government-sponsored home mortgage company Freddie Mac, netting a total $1.6 million in remuneration. Freddie Mac, together with its twin, the similarly cutsey-named Fannie Mae, recklessly extended mortgage loans to people who were unqualified. In so doing, Freddie and Fannie contributed much to the housing bubble and the disastrous bursting of that bubble which began America’s plunge into the Great Recession in 2008.
Newt is going after Mitt with a viciousness that verges on a personal vendetta. So much for Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not attack a fellow Republican.” Earlier in the Iowa campaign, Newt had also declared that he would not vote for Ron Paul should the latter become the GOP nominee.

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Quiz: Which Candidate Is Most Like You?

USA Today has a quiz you can take to find out which presidential candidate’s views on 11 issues are most similar to yours.
The candidates are, in alphabetical order, Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Barack Obama, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum. The issues are:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Energy
  3. Health care
  4. Medicare
  5. Immigration
  6. Experience
  7. Social Security
  8. Climate change
  9. Taxes
  10. Defense spending
  11. Gay marriage

I took the quiz and must admit I was surprised by the results. Ron Paul’s views are the best fit with mine (66.7% agreement), with Rick Perry being the next (53.4%), followed by Michele Bachmann (46.8%).
But then, like all social science measuring instruments, this quiz is methodologically flawed/inadequate:

  • The quiz gives equal weight to every one of the 11 issues when, in real life, some issues are more important to us than others. And so, although I may agree with Candidate X on a greater number of issues, we are on opposing sides on an issue about which I’m passionate. Whereas, although I may agree with Candidate Y on a fewer number of issues, on the one or two issues about which I care greatly, we are in agreement.
  • The quiz’s scope is 11 issues, leaving out many others, such as education, abortion, the national debt and government spending. Moreover, it’s USA Today who selected those 11 issues because they deem those 11 issues to be important. You or I may disagree.

To conclude, I suggest you take your quiz results with a grain of salt. In the last analysis, you know best which candidate you like, that is assuming you’ve done the homework on the candidates — their qualifications, policy positions, values, and moral character.
To take the quiz, click here.

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Final Iowa Poll Before Tuesday's Caucuses

From Des Moines Register, 7:30 pm, Dec. 31, 2011:
Mitt Romney tops the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll in the closing days before the Iowa caucuses, but Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are poised within striking distance.
The poll, conducted Tuesday through Friday, shows:

Mitt Romney: 24%

Ron Paul: 22%

Rick Santorum: 15%

Newt Gingrich: 12%

Rick Perry: 11%

Michele Bachmann: 7%

But the four-day results don’t reflect just how quickly momentum is shifting in a race that has remained highly fluid for months. If the final two days of polling are considered separately, Santorum rises to second place, with 21%, pushing Paul to third, at 18%. Romney remains the same, at 24%.
“Momentum’s name is Rick Santorum,” said the Register’s pollster, J. Ann Selzer.
Another sign of the race’s volatility: 41% of likely caucusgoers say they could still be persuaded to change their minds.
Selzer & Co. of Des Moines conducted the poll of 602 likely Republican caucusgoers, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. In the final two days of polling, 302 likely caucusgoers were interviewed, with a margin of error of plus or minus 5.6 percentage points.
The first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, which take place Tuesday evening, kick off voting in the presidential nominating process. The Iowa Poll, a Register exclusive since 1943, is a much-watched indicator of how candidates are faring in the leadoff caucus state.

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