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Tweet Follow me This Presidential election has resurrected a very interesting dichotomy — The “debate smile.” Urban Dictionary says it is a forced smile that a person in the spotlight (in this case we can clearly look at our candidates) adopts in reaction to an opponent’s attack during a verbal spar. This smile, in theory, saves face in front of the audience (in this case, we are talking more than 60 million viewers) to keep the mood seemingly friendly and lighthearted. There is a difference between...

Tweet Follow me Yesterday, I had the fortune to launch on Zennie62 and also, get respond to some queries on Love, Health and Advocacy. I first met Tanya Love when she came to a house/store party I had in Uptown at Inkwell Tattoo Studio in February. I have been excited to watch how she has covered the Oakland council through Twitter. She left Wednesday night’s forum with more questions than answers and asked three more questions on her blog. I will be responding to them over the next few days. Here is what she...

Tweet Follow me The good news as Wall Street gives a thumbs-down to the “No taxes, No jobs” deficit-ceiling-deal (with its built-in automatic spending cuts virtually certain to kick in amid more Congressional gridlock) is that U.S. crude oil futures ended Thursday at $86.63 a barrel in New York — down $5.30! The bad news is that oil companies only use the futures price to justify increasing prices at the pump no matter what their profits have been lately. Still, the GOP got out of the way of putting...

Tweet Follow me Not in 2012. The debate last night showed there’s still room for national-caliber candidates, which is probably why Ambassador Huntsman is set to jump in. While Huntsman comes as no surprise to pundits, he needs the national exposure now if he’s to have name recognition to run for 2016. And that’s what last night was all about, because unseating an incumbent President in a bid for a second term is harder than it may seem. Just look at the previous administration. All but two of last...

Tweet Follow me I think it’s safe to assume that there will remain a certain non-trivial segment of the electorate that isn’t so much “for” anything as they are, to put it in plain words, “against President Obama.” Their numbers will fluctuate some, and their fervor (which is to say, willingness to make noise) is likely to increase as the November 2011 election approaches. Nikki posted a great dissection of the Trumpster’s disdain for Mitt Romney yesterday, and it got me...