Some people dared exercise freedom of speech and advocated for a pro-business mayor of Newark. Hundreds of jobs were on the line and their side won. Now some people are decrying the notion that a group “bought” the election by spending a mere 45k. What really happened? Some people got motivated, worked the streets, bought advertisement, and made contact with like minded individuals on their own. The last time I checked, that is their right. I am glad to see people stand up and fight for their future as they see it. Labor and business joined with private citizens to fight the anti-job mafia in Newark. I say, good for them. Dover wants to tear down one of its parks and recreation buildings when space is at a premium. It can’t afford to spend 80k to repair it, but watch out for proposals to spend millions to build another one. Talk has already started. Senator Rand Paul R-KY is at it again. He is sponsoring a 4th amendment protection bill. I stand with Rand. GOD bless him. The people of Afghanistan have spoken in their council of leaders. 2500 from all across the country were summoned by President Karzai. He said he would not sign the status of forces agreement without their support. He wanted a consensus from the country. They overwhelmingly approved the training and anti-terrorist forces and urged it be signed quickly. Now he says–I didn’t really mean it. Who are these guys anyway. I agree with one local who says he sounds like he is losing his mind. I think it is just that he doesn’t know how he will make money off it. Call me cynical. The people of Afghanistan have some legitimate complaints they want addressed, but they support America’s presence here. President Karzai is out on a limb of his own making. Iran says it will slow down its nuclear program in exchange for relaxing sanctions. The people in the area, the Gulf states and Israel are very skeptical of the agreement. The people in favor of it seem to have the least to lose. I don’t know what that says. I guess it is better than war. We shall see. It is too bad that the agreement does not include not taking that money released for terrorism and proxy wars. Iran has enough money to fund wars in Lebanon, Syria, and Israel’s Palestinian majority areas, but not enough to help its people. Then again we do that too. Republicans are searching like Diogenes for the perfect candidate. In reality, a good candidate grounded with real issues who has a great organization and messaging beats a perfect candidate most of the time. Technique and organization matter as much as the candidate. Republicans need to start campaigning in the 21st century. President Obama got that. He won because he reached his voters again and again and we did not start until around August/September. That is party work. He did it for 2 years and we did it for 4 months. By the time we started, his voters had been contacted 3 or more times in person, by phone, and electronically. Those are my thoughts.