Leave it up to Christie to say them!

 “…There would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting — but that respect could grow into real, lasting love.”–on what his mom told him

Well, President Obama is loved by many Americans. And that was why we elected him in 2008. But he has not earned our respect. Continue reading

Electoral Vote Math: Romney’s Path To 270

The safe “Red” (Republican) States

These states will be wins for Romney—for a total of 181 electoral votes:

2012 GOP Safe Red States

2012 GOP Safe Red States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swing States

Missouri (MO—10 electoral votes): In 2008, Senator McCain won this state by a mere 3903 votes. However, a recent St. Louis Post-Dispatch poll showed Romney still led Obama 50%-43% even with Obama-Biden’s efforts to pin Atkin’s legitimate rape comments on Romney-Ryan and the GOP. What is Romney’s opinion on the abortion due to rape? “I am pro-life. I believe that abortion is the wrong choice except in cases of incest, rape, and to save the life of the mother.”—Romney was quoted by Boston Globe in 2005. Romney-Ryan also led Obama-Biden by a margin of 54%-39% in the 50-64 age group, and 53%-40% in the 65+ group. Obama-Biden has failed to scare seniors with Ryan’s Medicare plan. In the end, Romney-Ryan will win this state—add 10 electoral votes for Romney-Ryan team (191).

Virginia (13 electoral votes): A recent Purple Strategies poll had Virginia swinging to Romney-Ryan’s direction—48%-45%. A month ago, Obama-Biden led Romney 46%-44%. With 38% of the voters are in the 45-64 age group while 11% in the 65+ group, Obama-Biden has again failed in fooling seniors with Ryan’s plan to reform Medicare. The poll also showed 47% believed Romney-Ryan would bring real change to Washington DC while only 40% still believing in Obama-Biden’s delivery of “Change”. And, 47% believe Romney-Ryan has better economy plan than Obama-Biden (40%). Romney-Ryan will need to steer this election back to economy. November will bring a close victory in VA—add 13 electoral votes for Romney-Ryan (204).

North Carolina (NC—15 electoral votes): It’s not a stretch to say Romney-Ryan will need this state in November—Obama won this state by just 14,177 votes (0.33%). A most recent state by CNN showed Romney-Ryan leading Obama-Biden by a mere 48%-47%. This race will be close. Over 55% of the voters in this state are older than 45. It will be important for Romney-Ryan to make their case for Medicare reform. On 5/9 election, there were 1,318,486 votes for Yes (61%) on the marriage amendment while 832,618 (39%) votes for No. There were 966,901 total votes in the Republican Presidential primary for the state. If we assume all Republicans voted ‘Yes’ on the marriage amendment, then about 351,585 Democrats voted ‘Yes’ on the amendment. How much of these 351,585 votes—16.3% of total voters—will Obama lose in November? Will his evolution cost him 15 electoral votes? Add 15 for Romney-Ryan (219).

With the wins in MO, NC, and VA, Romney-Ryan will need another 51 electoral votes to win the election. Can he win enough from Florida (29), Pennsylvania (20), Ohio (18), Michigan (16), Wisconsin (10), Colorado (9), Iowa (6), and New Hampshire (4)?

Wisconsin (WI—10 electoral votes): What a difference can month make in a presidential election? A Marquette University poll in early July had Obama in front of Romney by 8% (51%-43%). A recent poll from CBS/New York Time—two left wing media—showed Obama-Biden leading by only 2%. Romney-Ryan now only trail 47%-49%.  On economy, 49% believed in Romney-Ryan team while 43% still believing in Obama-Biden. And 44% were favorable toward Ryan while 35% favoring Biden as Vice-President. Paul Ryan has been an important factor to swing Wisconsin closer to Romney. However, with economy still being the most important issue (by 54%), Romney-Ryan team needed to swing the discussion back to how they can change this going-no-where economy. Ryan will campaign hard. Governor Walker may make a difference in this state also. Add 10 for Romney-Ryan (229).

Michigan (MI—16 electoral votes): has not gone “Red” in presidential election since 1988. Michigan has no business of being a swing state (period). However, this year’s race is much closer than Obama’s 16% margin victory in 2008. A recent FMW poll actually showed Romney-Ryan leading Obama-Biden by a 4% margin, 48%-44%. The poll also showed 48% supported Ryan’s federal budget plan—including major changes in Medicare and Social Security—while 45% opposing it. An article from Forbes (8/15/2012) showed that General Motors (GM) heading into bankruptcy again—so much for Obama touting that he saved GM and Detroit with billions of bailout money from tax payers. The government already lost over $16 billion in GM stocks. GM and Michigan need a solid leadership in Washington DC for help not bailout money. Michigan’s unemployment rate in July was 9.0%, up from 8.6%. The state will turn to its native son in November. Add 16 for Romney-Ryan in what could be the upset win of 2012 (245).

Florida (FL—29 electoral votes): There is no possible way for Romney to win this election without winning Florida—unless it’s a landslide nationwide. An early August Rasmussen poll showed Romney-Ryan in front of Obama-Biden 45%-43%, relatively unchanged from last month. On the other hand in a late August CNN poll, Obama led 50%-46%. In this CNN poll, Romney-Ryan won the over-50 age group, 49%-47%. This is significant since the Sunshine state has 22% of the voters 65+ age group and 37% are in the 45-64 group—based on 2008 election data. Obama-Biden has failed in smearing Ryan’s Medicare plan. To win Florida, Romney-Ryan will need to show how their economy will be good for the country and Florida. This will be a tight race. In the end, add 29 for Romney-Ryan (274).

 

2012 Romney-Ryan's States

2012 Romney-Ryan’s States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other swing states currently in tight races are: Iowa (6 electoral votes), New Hampshire (4), Colorado (9), Ohio (18), and Nevada (6).

Economy and Jobs should be the most important issue of this election

The national unemployment rate is 8.3%.

Several key swing states currently have high unemployment rates:

—Nevada’s unemployment rate in July was 12.0%, up from 11.6%.

—North Carolina’s unemployment rate in July was 9.6%, up from 9.4%.

—Michigan’s unemployment rate in July was 9.0%, up from 8.6%.

—Florida’s unemployment rate in July was 8.8%, up from 8.6%.

—Colorado’s unemployment rate in July was 8.3%, up from 8.2%.

Romney-Ryan will need to get back into economy and jobs plan discussion—leave the nonsense discussions to Obama-Biden on such topics as contraceptives, tax releases, bank accounts, etc.

Let Obama-Biden talk about how rich Romney is. Romney-Ryan need to talk about how to make America rich again.

Let Obama-Biden ridicule Romney’s success. Romney-Ryan need to talk about how to make America successful again.

 Ch3 Nguyen

China protests Japan’s flag flying high in Senkaku

A taste of her own medicine

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Chinese flags and banners in hands, some 2000 people took to the streets in the city of Shenzhen. They flipped over and smashed Japanese-model cars. They attacked Japanese businesses. They burned Japanese flags. All of these were in protest of Japanese activists landing and waving Japan’s flag in the rocky islands, known as Senkaku. Continue reading

Dân TQ biểu tình chống Nhật cắm cờ trên đảo Senkaku

Cờ bay, cờ bay oai hùng trên hòn đảo yêu thương

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

Japanese Flag in Senkaku (Photo: Reuters)

10 người Nhật đổ bộ lên đảo Senkaku và cắm lá cờ Nhật. Lá cờ tung bay oai hùng trong làn gió biển như một lời khẳng định chủ quyền của Nhật trên hải đảo này—và cũng là lời nhắn nhủ với Bắc Kinh đừng xớ vào! Continue reading

Romney: I paid at least 13% in tax over the last 10 years!

Was his rate only 13%?

According to an article from Businessweek on 8/16, Romney said “I did go back and look at my taxes, and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent. Every year, I’ve paid at least 13 percent, and if you add, in addition, the amount that goes to charity, why, the number gets well above 20 percent.” Continue reading

Are we in an Obama’s Recession?

Bush’s 2007 recession ended in 2009

According to an article from Reuters on September 20, 2010, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) believed the recession that started in 2007 ended in June 2009—aka the so-called Bush’s recession. NBER also said any downturn from now on would be result of a new recession and not the continuation of the 2007 recession. Continue reading

Cuộc xả súng ở đền thờ đạo Sikh (Oak Creek-Wisconsin): 7 người chết và 3 trọng thương

Lại một cuộc xả súng vô nghĩa

Một sát thủ, hiện chưa được cảnh sát địa phương loan tánh, sáng ngày 5/8 xả súng vào đám đông đang chuẩn bị cho buổi lể 11:30 tại đền thở đạo Sikh ở thành phố Oak Creek, tiểu bang Wisconsin. Sau đó, sát thủ bắn nhiều phát vào viên cảnh sát trước khi bị một viên cảnh sát khác bắn chết. Continue reading

Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting: 7 killed and 3 injured

Another tragic and senseless shooting

The shooter—Wade Michael Page—shot a crowd of followers arriving for the 11:30am service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. Six were killed by him before an officer was able to shoot and killed the shooter. Three were injured, including the first officer responding to the scene, and were in critical condition. Continue reading

Báo cáo việc làm tháng 7: Thêm 163,000 việc làm nhưng mức thất nghiệp tăng lên 8.3%

Hai con số, hai thống kê và hai cách diễn giải

Trong tháng 7, đã có thêm 163,000 việc làm—theo một thăm dò thống kê mới nhất của chính quyền Obama.

Đồng thời, một thống kê khác lại cho thấy mức thất nghiệp tăng lên 8.3%. Continue reading

July Job Report: 163,000 jobs added but unemployment rate rose to 8.3%

The numbers will be used by both Obama and Romney to spin

In July, the economy added 163,000 jobs—Obama will want you to believe his policies are working, slowly but steadily (?)

However, the unemployment rate is now at 8.3%—a steady increase from 8.1% in April, May to 8.2% in June as reminded by Romney. Continue reading

Have you had your Chick-fil-A today?

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

We—Americans—love our First Amendment.

We enjoy saying what we believe.

We enjoy saying what we disagree with. Continue reading