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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCWtvWJHlbE I met Paul Ryan (R) Wisconsin while boarding United Airlines flight 621 from Washington Reagan National Airport. Actually, as I was boarding he came up and said, in a hurry, “this is the flight, right?” And I thought “he looks like Paul Ryan,” then I realized he was. So, having just talked to retiring Illinois Senator Roland Burris, who boarded the same flight, I asked Paul if I could interview him, and Congressman Ryan said “yes.” But we, for some reason,...

President Barack Obama is the coolest leader in the history of the World. Proof: President Obama touched the very heart of industrial pop culture when he announced the following for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors: Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, Natalia Makarova, and Led Zeppelin. But in fairness to President Obama, the selection of these great artists to be, well, knighted, wasn’t his alone by any stretch. It came after recommendations from past recipients, and more specifically Alan Alda, Joshua Bell, Stephen Colbert,...

Krystal Ball, the MSNBC Political Pundit, and former Congressional Candidate is in the news in a small way via The Huffington Post talking about the “sexy photo scandal” that got her little-noticed run for Congress, a ton of notice, and about how “devastating” it was to her. What happened was that photos, some of which are shown here (the “racy” ones), were floated to conservative bloggers, and it put Krystal into the zeitgeist. At the time, Krystal was certainly shocked at the public disclosure of...

Zig Ziglar, Mitt Romney, and Lindsay Lohan were part of the top searches for Thursday. Zig Ziglar, the master of motivation, passed away at the age of 86. He told us that failure wasn’t the end, and that we should try again. Zig Ziglar arguably single-handedly created the industry of the motivational spokesperson. Gov. Mitt Romney had that lunch with President Barack Obama, and it lasted for a solid hour. Afterward, the White House released this statement: This afternoon, President Obama and Governor Romney visited for an hour...

This has to be noted. Between Herman Cain, the black GOP business exec who ran for President, Alan West, another black GOP man who made it to Congress in 2010, only to lose in 2012, Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo who turned out to be a closet gay man who had more than one male he wanted, further shaming his ex-wife and daughter, and Christopher Hudson, the pastor sitting next to Two And A Half Men Star Angus T. Jones in this video… …who’s anti-Gay, anti-Obama, and all for getting attention at the expense of Angus T....

The Presidential Inauguration is upon us, and this blogger attended the last one, the historic first time an African American was sworn in as President Of The United States, and of course, that was Barack Obama. Now, four years later, President Obama has successfully won reelection thanks to the largest grassroots campaign in history, and in the process becoming the first Democrat since Franklin Delano Roosevelt to have won with over 50 percent of the popular vote. While it’s not certain that will translate into the huge crowds...

On a narrow vote made just five hours ago, the San Francisco Board Of Supervisors elected to ban public nudity in the City By The Bay. This means you won’t have to worry about sitting down in a seat in a restaurant that may have an unattended to wet spot. You can thank a small band of folks for this: a set of gay men in The Castro, the center of San Francisco’s Gay Culture, who call themselves The Naked Guys. While San Francisco Supervisor Scott Weiner told the SF Board Of Supes it was gay men who were in favor of the ban,...

This Huff Post headline: “Hamas Rockets Tel Aviv Amid Israel Ceasefire In Gaza ” – may be all that you see about the news of war in Israel if you’re an American. Let’s face it, most of us will not know the details about what’s going on over there, because it’s over there, not over here. That is, until you gain friends in Israel, and especially in Tel Aviv. Being in the tech business will do that: bring you friends from around the World, and broaden your horizons. After a time, your reading...

When this blogger was first informed about Salon Editor-At-Large and MSNBC Contributor Joan Walsh’ book What’s The Matter With White People, the first thought was “What The F—?” Is Joan playing with the fire of white guilt or what? There are so many directions to go with that title that it made this one’s head spin. Then, I listened to an interview Joan gave on CSPAN, and told her via Facebook (where we’re connected) that I wanted to interview her about the topic – but I had to read the...

Dr. Paula Broadwell gave a speech at the University of Denver (where she’s an alum) on October 26th. The 41-minute speech has drawn attention because Broadwell, in responding to a direct question about Benghazi from a person in the audience, shared details on what the CIA was said to have done in taking prisoners that led to the attack on the US Embassy. Dr. Broadwell shares this information as giving it special, almost secret value, saying “Now, I don’t know if a lot of you heard this…,” like this: Well, just...

Wow. The David Petraeus / Paula Broadwell Sex Scandal is getting deeper. Here’s this blogger’s first video on the matter: This is how this David Petraeus / Paula Broadwell sex scandal has unfolded. This is from a number of sources, so the links will be left out. In May, Jill Kelley, a so-called unpaid liason (I don’t believe the unpaid part) to the State Department complained to a friend of hers (she may have been sleeping with or friends with benefits) at the FBI that she was receiving harassing emails from someone...

According to The Associated Press (who I hope didn’t steal the information from a blogger, as they do that) the “other woman” who was the target of heated emails from Paula Broadwell telling her to “stay away” from David Petraeus (not smart, when you think about it) is named Jill Kelley. The backstory is that CIA Director David Petraeus started an affair with Paula Broadwell just after he was named CIA Director in 2011, according to the Boston Herald. The affair ended four months ago this year, even though...

UPDATE: PAULA BROADWELL AND BENGHAZI UPDATE: JILL KELLEY IS THE SECOND WOMAN IN SEX SCANDAL FOLLOW ZENNIE62 ON TWITTER HERE! Paula Broadwell proves that we’re all human, and now-former CIA Director David Petraeus is no exception. Petraeus resigned due to revelations during an FBI investigation launched by the complaints of a woman “close” to the four-star general who said Paula B was harassing her. In the middle of the discovery period, FBI agents or agent found a series of email exchanges between David and Paula...

It’s a good thing there were enough votes to reelected President Obama, because the video you’re about to see is a clear visual document of how a voting machine actually selects Mitt Romney for President when the person was trying to select Barack Obama. This reportedly occurred at a voting place in Harrisburg, PA. But, in case you’re wondering, the machine doesn’t appear to be one of those made by Hart Intercivic, the company Mitt Romney and family have a controlling ownership claim to. In the last blog on voting...

President Obama went to Chicago Obama Campaign Headquarters and adressed his staff of volunteers for the last time. And what hit him was the enormity of what he, and they, and really all of his supporters, including this blogger, had done. President Obama is the first since FDR to be reelected with over 50 percent of the popular vote. Amazing. Here’s President Obama: ...

The news that an “Argentine judge has embargoed up to 19 billion dollars of Chevron Corporation’s assets in Argentina over an environmental damages lawsuit in Ecuador” is bogus. Argentina Civil Judge Adrian Elcuj Miranda ordered 40 percent of Chevron’s bank accounts in Argentina to be held in escrow, Enrique Bruchou, an Argentine attorney at Bruchou, Fernandez, Madero & Lombardi, said on Nov. 7. Bruchou represents the Ecuadorean plaintiffs in the Amazon lawsuit. Chevron attorneys made the request seeking to suspend...

President Obama is to speak on growing the American Economy and reducing the deficit, and just before now, there was a Twitter Trend called #StarWarsFiscalCliff. #StarWarsFiscalCliff was started about 90 minutes ago, when Republican Speaker Of The House John Boehner asked President Obama to stop the attack on spending, which he felt would lead to recession. Here’s the President. ...

This is the best example of what it’s like to be at an Obama Campaign Rally. This crowd of 10,000 people at Chicago’s McCormick Place on Election Night, all singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” You might remember all of this started when President Obama sang a few bars of the song “Let’s Stay Together” at a campaign rally much earlier in the year. Well, on election night in Chicago, the crowd got into the act. Check out (and share) this video by Lisa Silb on YouTube: Stay...

Those not familiar with Chicago can be excused for thinking that President Obama’s Victory Speech was held outdoors again; it wasn’t. The entire scene was indoors in the mammoth McCormick Place Convention Center. This blogger grew up in Chicago, and recognizes the huge space from attending the Chicago Auto Show so many times that cars were driven into my brain at a young age. But I digress. Thanks to social media, we can see what it was like to be in McCormick Place just before and during President Obama’s speech....

The full text of President Obama’s Election Night victory speech, delivered on 11/6/2012 in Chicago Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much. (Sustained cheers, applause.) Tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of perfecting our union moves forward. (Cheers, applause.) It moves forward because of you. It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great...

Ok, now that Election 2012 is history, it’s time to pick out our winners and losers. Some of them will be unexpected people you’ve never heard of, others will be characters, of several kinds. It all will be interesting. And without any further ado, as they say, here we go: Winners: Buffy Wicks: My friend who’s the National Operation Vote Director, Obama for America, has not received a great pat on the back from anyone in the media for her hard work in getting people out to advance the message of the Obama campaign,...

Five years ago, a friend of mine who started the blog DemConWatch, would constantly refer to a small blog by the name of FiveThirtyEight Blog, or FiveThirtyEight.com. In fact, he referred to the blog far more than he referred to the name of the man who wrote it: Nate Silver. (Photo by the Telegraph UK.) Those were the heady days were a comparatively small number of blogs constantly wrote about anything related to politics, and particularly the Democratic Primary, where America was presented with the historic first time we could chose...

If you want to see what pure joy looks like, post the San Francisco Giants winning The World Series, check out this video from last night’s Election 2012 Election Day moment when MSNBC announced that President Barack Obama was reelected 44th President Of The United States. The video was created at Luka’s Oakland, where I had the presence of mind to turn on my Flip Video camera and it it run just a second or two after the MSNBC graphic appeared. It reminds me of being at The Republic Bar in San Francisco’s Marina District,...

Donald Trump, the New York real estate mogul and connoisseur of the finer things in life, has gone off and had a complete cow because Barack Obama was reelected as President Of The United States. Trump, who issues stupid Twitter tweets with a regularity so alarming it’s as if he’s on crack, was particularly active in the days leading up to the election. Indeed, Mr. Trump has used Twitter to launch all kinds of wacky and childish statements about President Obama. Here’s my video asking him to shut up about the whole...

Wow. Let that sink in: “Barack Obama Reelected 44th President Of The United States.” President Obama won reelection gaining 303 electoral votes to 206 for Governor Mitt Romney. Obama also won the popular vote, but just barely. The lessons from this victory are many, but this blogger thinks the paramount one is that Mitt Romney ran a campaign that was, to a degree, based on race and racism, and sexism to a much lesser degree, but still obvious. The GOP has to be reformed for a 21st Century where the percentage of the total...

According to early exit polls and the media, Gov. Mitt Romney’s own early polling shows that Ohio’s trending for President Obama by five percent. In early results, Kentucky and Indiana were projected to go for Mitt Romney, which is not a surprise. Stay tuned. ...

This blogger’s about to leave the office and computer and attend the annual Democratic Party Election Day Luncheon in San Francisco at Aventine. It’s a great event and always has a who’s who of Bay Area politicos. Here’s an interview I conducted last year, with Joe Alioto, Jr: Later in the evening, the Democratic Unity Party will be held in Oakland at Z Cafe on Broadway and 27th St at 7 PM, much as it was in 2010. As for other parties, follow me on Twitter @Zennie62 for updates and Touts. Get out and vote!...

President Barack Obama has arrived at the Obama Campaign Office to help with efforts to get out the vote, today. According to MSNBC’s telecast, Obama said to the crowd that they’ve laid the groundwork, “now it’s time to get out the vote.” Stay tuned and follow Zennie62 on Twitter.com. ...

According to some studies, Social Media’s the great barometer of who will win an election. And if that’s the case, President Obama’s got this one against Mitt Romney sewn up. The key is the Twitter Political Index. The intent of the Twitter Political Index is to be a daily gauge of online conversation and sentiment surrounding Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Right now, Obama is ahead of Romney, 66 to 56, with the President up 7 points over the following day, and Romney up by 3 points over the same period. President...

Legendary SNL comedian Will Ferrell will do anything to get you to vote for Barack Obama for President today – including make this funny video. I just wonder how many takes it took for Will to get that pool break so nice and clean and perfect? Whatever the case, make sure you get out and vote today. Happy Election Day! ...

Today’s Election Day 2012, and you’ve heard the cliched statement that “You have a clear choice.” Well, folks, it’s true: you really do. The choice for this video-blogger is simple: Barack Obama should be reelected as President of The United States. And it’s for a set of reasons that go far beyond the campaign’s “feel good” nature. Something best expressed at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. The reasons are simple ones: President Obama understands and appreciates the role of...

As we move toward Election Day 2012, the stars are out for the reelection of President Barack Obama. According to Twitter celebrities like Jay-Z, Olivia Munn, Kerry Washington, Bruce Springsteen, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Katy Perry, and Eva Longoria are either out stumping for the President, or were out campaigning for him today, and over the last week before Tuesday, November 6th. Jay-Z joins Bruce Springsteen in Columbus, Ohio for what will be the second to the last big Obama rally before election day. And “The Boss”...

Ok, Election Day is tomorrow, and you’re undoubtedly concerned about the wave of attempts at trying to block your right to vote. Well, the fact is that, regardless of your party affiliation, it’s a good idea to know not just what your voting rights are, but what you need to have, and can do, to vote. That’s where this handy set of rules issued by The Georgia Democratic Party is useful. Here’s what you can do if you live in the State of Georgia: Voters in elections are required to show one of the following six...

This Jon Husted guy (pictured), the Ohio GOP Secretary Of State, is just not a good person in the view of this blogger. Husted, for years the darling of white supremacists at the website Stormfront, worked to try and block many Ohioans from voting, and undoutedly because he thinks some of them, mostly those who are minority, will elect President Obama to a second term. Husted has tried and failed to block early voting in Ohio. Now, he’s on an 11th-hour action to change requirements for submitting provisional ballots on Election...

Today is November 5th, otherwise known by Anonymous, the computer hacking human network, as “Guy Fawkes Day.” On this day, Anonymous plans to take down or expose any symbol of oppression as they see it. The inspiration for the day came from the 2006 movie V For Vendetta and the quote “Remember, remember the fifth of November” which has its roots on this day in 1605, when…. On 5 November 1605 a small gang of Catholics and minor noblemen plotted to blow up the Houses of Parliament, during the State Opening...