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|Diary of a City Council Candidate #16 - I won!
Me voting! (photo by daughter on her iPhone) Running a campaign is hard. Being the candidate is even harder. This diary is a summary of the final days before the election, election night, and my ...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate #15: The End is Near!
I am running for City Council in Mountain View, CA. These have been my stories. I can’t believe it’s been over a month since my last diary. I will post this and probably only two more: the ...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate #14: Terrorist Threat
I am running for City Council in Mountain View, CA. These have been my stories. I just looked at the schedule for the next three weeks and decided to write another diary now because there doesn’...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate #13: Two months to go!
I can’t believe I last submitted a diary a month ago. Where has the time gone? Oh yeah, nearly every minute of my days (and nights) have been filled with campaign activities and as such, I’ve ...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate #12: “So. You’re a Jew, right?”
Yeah, that happened. I’ll tell you about it a little lower in the diary because first I want to catch you up on the comings and goings of being a candidate. I have a fifteen and a half year old ...
|Dr. Ben Carson - GOP POTUS Candidate?
As I published yesterday, in my [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/13/1313809/-Diary-of-a-City-Council-Candidate-11-And-so-it-begins Diary of a City Council Candidate (#11!)], I spent all day ...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate #11: And so it begins!!!
On Saturday July 12, the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Candidate School” and invited all eight of the listed candidates. The agenda started at 8:30, ended at 5:30 followed up by a ...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate – Campaign Kick-Off Edition
[http://www.dailykos.com/blog/BayAreaKen/ Diary #10] in an on-going series documenting my run for City Council Now that my daughter and son (15 and 13 respectively) are done with their school year, ...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate: Reorg Edition
When I last left you, three weeks ago, I had fought the good fight…against my company…just for the right to take a seat should I win one for the Mountain View City Council. I prevailed. You can ...
|Diary of a Candidate for City Council: Victory!
Dairy #8 in an ongoing series of my experiences as a candidate for Mountain View, CA City Council On January 3 this year, I filed the required paper work to announce my intent to become a City ...
|Diary of a Candidate for City Council: Roadblock
Diary #7 in an ongoing series of my experiences as a candidate. It’s been over a month since my last diary on this topic. The reason is simple, the explanation is complicated. Bear with me as I ...
|Diary of a Candidate for City Council: grassroots organization begins
[http://www.dailykos.com/user/BayAreaKen/ Diary #6] in an ongoing series of my experiences as a candidate. My initial thoughts about how to run a campaign were aligned with how a person prepares ...
|Diary of a City Council Candidate: Building Support Edition
[http://www.dailykos.com/blog/BayAreaKen/ Diary #5 ]in an ongoing series of my experiences in running for local office I have to say, it is an interesting experience being a candidate for city ...
|Diary of a Candidate for City Council: It just got real edition
On January 3rd, 2014, I went into City Hall in my hometown of Mountain View California and filled out my “intent to run” paperwork. About the only people who took notice was the City Clerk who ...
|Memories of my music
As I was driving this morning to collect my 15 year old daughter from her friend’s house after last night’s sleep over, and the satellite provided music in my car was blaring, it occurred to me ...
|Diary of a Candidate for City Council
On January 3, 2014, I announced my intent to run for Mountain View City Council. The first month was dedicated to setting up a campaign infrastructure. I now have a campaign manager, a book keeper,
|What Gender Pay Differences Look Like: A real life example
I found it both interesting and reassuring that the President mentioned wage inequality between men and women in his State of the Union speech. Reassuring because simply mentioning the issue keeps ...
|Beginning the Campaign. It's LIVE!
Nearly 3 weeks ago, [http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/03/1267018/-I-filed-to-run-for-office-today I posted a diary here] stating that I was going to run for City Council in my hometown of ...
|Liberals like to share their feelings, and conservatives work
I always get a case of the schadenfreudes when I learn of some right-wing freakout when reality hits them in the face. This time it's Roger Ailes that's turning my frown upside down. MSNBC is ...
|I filed to run for office today!
After much urging from various powers that be in my home town of Mountain View, California, and many lengthy conversations with my wife, I have decided to run for City Council. I have served on the ...
In 1989, my senior year of college, I worked as an intern at the headquarters of an international corporation. That corporation, I found out later, was founded in South Africa, but moved to be more ...
|I'm going to the White House!
On Monday of this week, I received an invitation from the White House Business Council inviting me to their next briefing and discussion of the President’s economic priorities. The stated agenda ...
|Boehner is a coward
House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), the third-ranking House Republican, told immigration advocates on Friday the lower chamber won’t vote on immigration reform this year. http://thehill....
|Summers Quits, Markets Soar
I am a professional investor. That is, I work for a Wall Street firm and manage other people's money for a living. I love it when the markets go up. And as a true blue liberal, I stick out like a ...
|Do you call yourself a Republican? A "Newsroom" conversation
Sometimes, I wish I had writers for my daily life. I'd always say the right thing. In the season 2 finale of HBO's "The Newsroom", anchorman Will McAvoy, a self reported Republican is being ...
|Jeremy Scahill in San Francisco May 9
Tomorrow night, at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, author Jeremy Scahill will be giving an interview for about 45 minutes, about 20 minutes of Q&A afterwards, and then signing books. From ...
|I got to hear Senator Feingold today
This afternoon, we were privileged at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills California to host former Senator Russ Feingold. His topic was billed as “The Citizens United Decision (2010) and the ...
|Hillary in 2016?
Regarding the just beginning (and admittedly premature) debate on will she or won’t she, I only have one thing to say: I hope she will. I hope she will. I hope she will. I hope she will. I ...
|If you have to cheat to win, your ideas suck.
A very short diary to highlight a saying I repeat frequently. During the last election, when obvious voter suppression techniques were being introduced throughout the country (only in states with ...
|Buy a gun...get a safe
If someone simply proposed that with any gun purchase a mandetory gun safe had to be either bought or provided by the retailer/resaler, then that would remove any doubt that someone (i.e. "...
|Activisim: It can be so tiring, you know?
Since the 2006 elections, I have been so closely involved in getting more progressive legislation passed or candidates elected. There has been much money raised and spent and many grassroots and ...
|The 47%, an influential conversation, and your help requested!
I had an interesting conversation with my father-in-law last night. The conversation went very well, but I need your help to finish it. Before I go on, let me describe the context: - He is a ...
|Chick-Fil-A : Bye-Bye
About a year and a half ago, Chick-Fil-A joined the Chamber of Commerce in Mountain View, California. This is notable only because there wasn’t a Chick-Fil-A in the area. Mountain View is ...
|One photo to show how much the economy has improved
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. An area known throughout the world for the high cost of living, especially in our real estate prices. When realtors drive prospective buyers around who are ...
|Romnesia: I like it!
I got to say, I like the new stump speech. It artfully calls Romney out on all his bullshit flip flopping without the president out and out calling him a liar. And it has the added benefit of ...
|The Question I'd ask
If I had the opportunity to ask Mitt Romney a question, ah-la the Townhall debate format, face-to-face, this is what I'd ask: Mr. Romney, how would your very own tax plan effect your very own taxes?
|I sat on my couch and cried
Four years ago I sat on my couch and cried. I was flanked by my two children, then 9 and 7, who were hugging me as they were not accustomed to dad crying. Along with my wife, we were all watching ...
|Chair Lynching -- Interrupted
You've got to hand it to people in the San Francisco Bay Area. We're simply not as tolerant as other parts of the country to let hatred stand. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atherton,_Ca Atherton], ...
Complacency Over If there a silver lining to tonight’s debate it is this: with all the good news about the polling in the past few weeks, with all the gaffes that the Romney campaign have kept ...
|Nate's Now-Cast: Amazing Numbers!
There's very little to say about this, but "wow." Nate Silver's forecast for the president to be re-elected is now 81.9% probable (up 6.7% since September 19). His "now-cast" is 97.8%!!! Said ...
|Conservative Websites Reaction to Current Events: A Summary
I scour the conservative blogs, so you don't have to. BigGovernment.com WaaahhhhhhaahhhhhhhaaahhhWahhahhhahahha, er, ehem. ToBeRight.com SobSniffSobSobSniffSniff, phhtttttttt RushLimbaugh.com ...
|“Republicans Beclown Themselves With Sequester”
It’s delicious, isn’t it? The subject line of this diary is really a headline on RedState.com. [http://www.redstate.com/2012/09/20/republicans-beclown-themselves-with-sequester/ A front page ...
|MSNBC beats Fox!
Congratulations MSNBC!! Two nights in a row, in the coveted 25-54 age demographic, MSNBC beat Fox News in the number of viewers. Huffpo has it [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/msnbc-tops-...
|The Fiscal Cliff: a primer and solution
Without new legislation, at the end of 2012, major changes are going to occur in our financial markets and economy due to the “fiscal cliff.” According to the Congressional Budget Office, this ...
|Rec if you pay a higher tax rate than Romney
He said his is 13.9%. He claims nearly half of Americans pay none. Do you? What is your rate? I am his income demographic and I pay more in percentage than him. Mine is closer to 30%. So I ...
|Rec if you pay a higher tax rate than Romney
He said his is 13.9%. Mine is closer to 30%. He claims nearly half of Americans pay none. Do you? What is your rate? I am his income demographic and I pay more in percentage than him. So I ...
|With Unlimited Money, Do Candidates Even Matter? The Senate Needs Our Help!
We can take some solace in the fact that some of the big money from the Super-PACs, Karl Rove, Koch brothers, invisible donors, and so on are being pulled from presidential ads in swing states. That�
|The day after: Right Wing Themes and Memes
The best way I can describe Clinton's speech last night was transcendent. It was similar in feeling to when I've been to a concert and the band members were on some fifth wave of groove and the ...
|The answer to the question...in graphs
In April of 2001, I lost my job in the "dot-bomb" recession. I was living in Silicon Valley and had had a few "silicon valley" type jobs (read: I worked for technology companies), the most recent -
|Are you better off? Hell yes!
Four years ago, EVERY economic indicator of consequence was headed the wrong way. Indicators we like to go up (stock market, employment, home sales, auto sales, confidence) were headed down. ...
|“We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers”
That quote was by the Romney campaign’s Neil Newhouse. Romney aides have said their most powerful weapon presently is the welfare ad criticizing President Obama for the work feature, claiming it ...
|Leadership/Followership and the Rec List
First, watch this video of the shirtless dancing guy. It’s essential to my thesis here.
|Transcript: "The Newsroom" airs the news program we've been waiting for
After being brought nearly to tears last night at the conclusion of the season finale of HBO's "The Newsroom", I remembered that not everybody has HBO. As such, they can't see the show. So I ...
|It's Too Close. What'cha gonna do?
Just ahead of the Republican convention, the national polling is very very close. In spite of the Republican candidates’ mendacity, fealty, and ineptitude, the race at this point is a statistical ...
|Oooh, it makes me feel good
Isn’t it fun to post diaries that highlight some pundit or politician that “rips,” “destroys,” “humiliates,” “devastates,” etc., someone from the right? Don’t we feel good when ...
|Medicare Truth Squad - Bullet Point Edition
I just received a very interesting letter from the Center for Medicare Advocacy. It seems they’re none too happy about the Romney/Ryan plan for Medicare and want people to know about what the ACA ...
|Mitt Romney: Horrible Human Being
I made a claim yesterday to an old friend of mine, that Romney is a "horrible human being." The response I received was expected: "What makes him horrible? He doesn't beat his wife, he loves his ...
|Mitt's $100M IRA and Why He Wants to be President
As a Wealth Advisor for a major Wall Street firm, I'm asked occasionally by business owners how they can shield more of their income (defer taxes today, pay later). There are all kinds of methods ...
|The DNC Chant
At the Democratic National Convention that begins a month from today, there will be a chant. It will be relentless. It will be memorable. It will be effective. “Show me the taxes.” Mitt ...
|I broke down...I contributed to Obama for America
I didn’t think I was going to do it this election cycle. The Citizen’s United decision made me so mad and made me feel so small and inconsequential . The concept of unlimited corporate money ...
Well that blew.
|Breaking: Another Madoff Scheme Caught!
This isn't nearly the size of the Madoff scandal, but does show that behavior hasn't changed. This is also close to home (both figuratively and literally) as this was reported to me by one of my ...
|Occupy Wall Street: Keep it up!
A very short diary... As some of you know, I work as a wealth/financial advisor for one of the large Wall Street brokerage houses. I just returned from a three day conference where Occupy Wall ...
|War on Women - A Synopsis
I was looking for a written summary of all the various legislation from around the country that define the "War on Women." Feel free to augment this list in the comment section. I'll update the ...
|Newt is lying to you
The title of this diary may be obvious, for when did Newt ever utter a sentence that was predicated on actual fact? But his plan to reduce the price of gasoline at the pump to $2.50 a gallon is not ...
|Rebuttal to the 18 Statistics?
Fellow Kossacks, I need your help. About two weeks ago, I came across a rebuttal argument to the article floating around the internet (see it cut and paste below...or link here ). But I can't find ...
|Theory on Romney and his Taxes
Very short post. But I invite your comments and thoughts. My theory on why Mitt Romney refuses to release his taxes... The Mormon Church requires donations of 10% of his wealth. I think he's ...
|Pooties/Woozles? Again? Really?
I've been a reader of DailyKos for years. But I've never understood the diaries/posts/blogs of cats and cat photos. Nope. I simply don't get it. Perhaps it's because my wife is hyper allergic ...
|Help me respond to a homophobe!
Dear fellow Kossacks, I need your help. Normally, I’d never ask for someone’s help rebutting such an bigoted statement, but in this case I do. Because this time, I want to get it just right.
|How do you read DailyKos?
I'm sorry if this has been done before, but if so, I can't seem to find it. How do you read Daily Kos? Do you get an RSS feed? Do you come to the website directly? Is it consolidated in some ...
|Health Care is a Right, right?
It’s annual enrollment for corporate benefits at work. Today is the last day I have to choose a new insurance plan, how much supplemental life insurance I want to own, etc etc. I have been ...
|(Video) Jesse LaGreca/MoT on Ed Show
Jesse, You rocked it! He starts, at about the 8* minute mark. Enjoy!
|Boehner Caption Contest
Everytime Obama says anything about the middle class and the impoverished, he looks like he's going to cry again. I can only imagine his thought process, "But they're not my base!" Or he's ...
|The decline is real. The demise is nearing inevitable.
I woke up today to new poll numbers for our president. I don’t need to rehash that here, as there are already a number ...
|A Labor Day at the Hyatt
As we celebrate Labor Day today, let’s take a moment to hone in on one industry where unions have greatly assisted the employees and where one corporation in particular is doing everything they ...
If Newscorp (US) goes under and thousands of people lose their jobs, should we care?
|Bill Maher fails to mention Breitbart
Watching the “left wing” news media cover the Rep Anthony Weiner twitter brouhaha has lead me to a conclusion that there is no real investigative reporting left. Not that this is news, but for ...
|Hillary or Joe on Ticket in ’12?
I’ve been discussing this with friends frequently in the past few weeks. Hillary Clinton seems to be doing an outstanding job at State, but most people who have that job do so for about 4 ...
|Unsubscribe - US Chamber of Commerce
I’m on the board of the Mountain View (California) Chamber of Commerce. I’ve been a proud member of the Chamber for 8 years and on the board for 5. In Mountain View, we’re lucky ...
|My time with Frank Luntz
A few weeks ago, I was at a company sponsored event where the speaker was Frank Luntz. At first I nearly boycotted the presentation because of what he represents. I yielded due to curiosity. ...
|Summer vacation to Arizona - cancelled :-(
Briefly I am a married man and have two children, ages 8 & 11. My wife and I were planning on a summer vacation to Arizona in a few months to: a) visit my aunt and uncle and b) to tour the ...
|Winning is fun. Winning takes work.
There sure seems to be a whole lotta angst out there in the liberal blog-o-sphere. Heck, beyond the intertubes, there is a whole lotta angst out there. Did you think this was going to be easy? ...
|Republicans can kiss my A$$
What a Christmas present! Millions of Americans are going to wake up to newspaper headlines saying that Obama passed healthcare reform! They’re not going to understand the nuances the way ...
|Don't Republicans get sick, too?
Remember the song by Sting during the hay day of the Cold War: “I hope the Russians Love their Children Too.” That was a good song, and a better postulate. Because it assumes that if ...
|Cheney in 2012!!!!
I hope he runs. Run Dick, run! I can imagine the debates. I wonder if he would put on a love fest for Reagan like all the '08 Republican candidates. Or would he have a woody for W? I can ...
|American Idol: The Red State Contestant Wins Again
If you don't know by now, the winner of season 8 of American Idol (announced last night) was Kris Allen; an amiable young man from Arkansas. There has been conspiracy theories this season that the ...
|Our Socialist Government
"The American Economy is a Going Concern.” Paul McCulley, PIMCO Investments That is the conclusion of one of speakers at the investment conference I am currently attending. In light of ...
|I got a Wall Street bonus
It’s true. Earlier this year, based on last year’s performance, I received a bonus amounting to about $38,000. I didn’t receive it in cash. Instead, I received the bonus (as ...
|A Study in Contrast
This may not be fair. But who cares about fairness after eight years of being deceived, lied to, taken advantage of, made to fear everything, and embarrassed on the world stage. Here's a ...
Let me give you my theory as to why Prop 8 “won.” For those who don’t know, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area...a very “blue” area to be sure. I spent a great deal ...
|An Open Letter to Rush Limbaugh, et. al.
Dear Rush, Sean, Ann, Michael, Michelle, Bill, Glenn and your colleagues, I want to congratulate you on your historic success. You all have made it to the top of your field. For many years, ...
|Not this time!
This time, we’re not going to let stand voting machine misallocations This time, we’re not going to allow provisional ballots when we qualify for normal ballots This time, our ...
|Palo Alto GOTV (with pictures!)
Saturday was a very good day. Oh, the weather was non-desirable as buckets of rain poured down. A necessary rain in California as we have a dire need for water. One might say that change is ...
Remember, way back in 2003, when the US had landed in Iraq? Our forces were slowly (quickly?) fighting their way toward Baghdad. The Iraqi’s had a Public Relations man who always wore a ...
|Bear Market Investing
This is an open letter to Daily Kos readers. For those who don't know me, I am an investment advisor for one of the major investment firms on Wall Street. Life in my world (helping clients ...
|Suddenly Greed is bad?!
“We’re going to end greed on Wall Street,” Sarah Palin. What on earth does this mean?
|Nothing is as it was - A Week on Wall Street
Last week started like most of my work weeks. I first generated a series of reports to see how my business did in the previous week, and to see what mandatory action items were needed before the ...
|The Rachel Maddow Show
I've watched both nights thus far and have enjoyed every minute. I hope you're watching too. In fact, I've set up my Tivo to record every episode! But if you don't know who she is, her background, ...
What's McCain's brand? I think you can sum it up in a few phrases. War hero. National security expert. Straight-talking maverick. (Bear in mind that for the moment we're talking about brand, and not ...
|It won't work (again)
Four years ago, as a Democrat, I wasn’t feeling particularly comfortable with Sen. John Kerry as our nominee for president. I remember coming to a passage in reading George Stephanopoulos&...
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