We love the Fourth of July at the TEA512. This is what makes this country the best nation in the world, and the best form of government ever created. The reason we celebrate, and the reason we are free, all stem from the Declaration of Independence. The resolution went to congress on June 7, 1776, the first copy was read to congress on June 28, 1776, it was debated starting on the first of July. The second of July congress declares independence, and then on the fourth they signed the document. Happy birthday to the United States of America you are 239 today and still the best has to offer. Here are three graphs from that document that say it all.
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States.
If you ever worked in academia you know how slow the wheels move. There is resistence to change and little fiefdoms that hold special interest higher than the greater good. So it no wonder President Barack Obama efforts to have the government rate colleges and universities based on value and affordability is looking DOA. Will not jump that he promised a new system by 2015 as we are used this president saying something will happen and either blaming other for his failure and usually the case the goal is unrealistic. We thought this was not going to fly but did not know of the scope of power wielded by colleges and universities, turns out there is a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats even in the Obama administration. They started to scale back the plan that would cut costs for college. The federal government will no longer use a formula to score schools based on factors like price, average student debt and graduation rates. The new tool will allow prospective students to decide which factors are important to them, then draw their own conclusions from the statistics. This is also false as the Education Department does not have new statistics available and there is no date for rolling them out to existing government websites.
Sometimes you need to flip the script. There is a place in politics where you are what people think you are. When this happens you can play it and hope it is enough or you can change and hope you get traction. We saw a new tough-talking New Jersey Governor Chris Christie launch a 2016 campaign for president. The perception fun guy who will say what is needed when needed. This change is the promise to tell voters the truth even if it is not what they want to hear. He projected well as he spoke of clashing leaders on both sides at his kickoff rally in the gymnasium of his old high school. The fact is we believe with Christi you are going to hear what he thinks unfiltered and we are not sure that style plays for president. There will be times he will say things that will be mistaken, but we do believe as he stated that he is ready to fight for the people of the United States of America. He then showed up at a town hall meeting in Sandown, New Hampshire to a standing-room crowd. The line of the day was “America is tired of hand-wringing and indecisiveness and weakness in the Oval Office,” he said. “We need to have strength and decision-making and authority back in the Oval Office. And that is why today I am proud to announce my candidacy for the Republican nomination for president of the United States of America.”
Summertime in a pre-presidential election means one thing – raising money. This is true not only for candidates but SuperPACS as well. We have GOP America Rising and Democrat American Bridge 21st Century and they have been watching and reading the candidates ready to pounce on the data. American Bridge is part-super PAC, part-nonprofit, meaning that donors can write checks of unlimited size and have the option of remaining anonymous has raised more than $23 million from Democratic financiers such as billionaire Hungarian-born investor George Soros and oil heiress Anne Earhart. America Rising is part-super PAC. That entity raised $1.3 million by the end of last year. But the group also is part-corporation, selling its tracking, research and rapid response. Federal Election Commission records reviewed by The Associated Press show candidates and political groups have paid the corporate side more than $3.4 million for its services. Both America Rising and American Bridge are expanding. Between the two, they’ll employ at least 150 people through Election Day next year. America Rising this month brought aboard Spencer Zwick, the financial architect of Romney’s campaign, to help raise money. There is a new form to SuperPac and new form to donate your money. We are headed into a place we have never seen before and it can only get worse for the viewer and great for ad revenue for media.
This week we highlight another new comer Casandra Elizabeth Ventura. You may know her as Cassie who was born August 26, 1986 in New London, Connecticut, Cassie has started modeling at 14 at 16 she was in a music video. She moved to New York City for college but turned to modeling and classes at the Broadway Dance Center. Whilst Cassie was in New York, she began booking print and commercial modeling gigs and being represented by Wilhelmina Models. Next up was singing her first release was a club hit Me & U which lead to a recording contract Bad Boy Records and a Cassie debut release in 2006. Cassie has also dabbled a bit in the movies and acting, she made her film debut in 2008 with a role in Step Up 2: The Streets. We picked her this week because she went to the BET awards and totally smoke showed the red carpet. She has a perfect body, curves in all the right places and long shapely legs that we dream about. She has long hair and a face that could stop traffic and more than likely has. She can turn heads when she walks down the street and keeps them in a trance as it does matter if she is coming or going she has it all.
Well the Supreme Court will be back at work Monday as there are three more things to do. This Meeting on Monday for the final time before the summer break which usually runs until October. Next up we believe is Lethal injection, this case is about Death-row inmates in Oklahoma are objecting to the use of the sedative midazolam in lethal-injection executions after the drug was implicated in several botched executions. Their argument is that the drug does not reliably induce a coma-like sleep that would prevent them from experiencing the searing pain of the paralytic and heart-stopping drugs that follow sedation. We think we should see something in the Independent redistricting commissions as states have adopted independent commissions to reduce partisan politics in drawing congressional districts. The case from Arizona involves a challenge from Republican state lawmakers who complain that they cannot be completely cut out of the process without violating the Constitution. Lastly we have Mercury emissions as environmental regulators have overstepped their bounds by coming up with expensive limits on the emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants from power plants without taking account of the cost of regulation at the start of the process. We should also get a sense of what is come to the court to be heard in the fall.
Anthoer Saturday and more hidden news from the Clinton camp and State department. Looks like the State Department cannot find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. The emails all predate the Sept. 11 assault on the US diplomatic facility and include very little by Clinton herself. They consist of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal. This cover up is getting almost comical and we are getting nowhere and probably never will. Clinton has turned over 55,000 pages of materials to the State Department, including all emails in her possession from Mr. Blumenthal, or at least the ones that are left. Officials have that nine emails and parts of six others that the committee made public Monday could not be located in the department’s records. They are looking for emails from Blumenthal in which he sends media accounts about the killing of one of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s sons, various reports on internal politics among Libya’s rebels and news of the assassination of a former Gadhafi minister in Vienna. We see the last email was sent Aug. 28, 2012, two weeks before the Benghazi attack, and none focus particularly on the eastern Libyan city.
Well we knew it was only a matter of time and the Supreme Court had to make the call. When states have elections that pass something other states do not it makes for a messy country. We know it is a representative government but also believe in the fact that with out Supreme Court, woman never vote, black would be slaves, ERA, and Civil Rights might never have happened. This is now law as Same-sex couples won the right to marry nationwide as a divided Supreme Court handed a crowning victory to the gay rights movement. In what might go down as a defining moment Justice Anthony Kennedy declared “No longer may this liberty be denied.” The vote was close as expected but in the end 5-4 and with Kennedy’s majority opinion was clear and firm: “The court now holds that same-sex couples may exercise the fundamental right to marry.” The ruling stops same-sex marriage bans in the 14 states voted or passed them there was just over one-third of the states permitted gay marriages. This makes governing a nation messy and it is really about health insurance, home ownership, and given the rights that are needed for a community to grow and be stable.
We thought we would weight in here on an old issue but since we are technology, one that hits close to home. We know now that as many as 32 million Americans might have had their most sensitive data stolen in a breach of the federal government’s human resources agency computers We could start to sling some arrows at , Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, as personal identity should have been her most important concern. We did not like the canned responses she gave when testifying but it bring to light a bigger question, how much do we need to share. We might even want to remove the OPM Chief Information Officer Donna K. Seymour as she seemed ill equipped to deal or understand the magnitude of the problem. This does all come down to passwords and as an end user you need to be aware of your passwords and how to change them as well as create a scheme for it. This is 2015 and this threat is not going away using your kids name and age for a password is no longer acceptable. You can choose a song title add some capitals, a special sign and a number then change the numbers every 90 days. Think of it like changing your oil, getting a haircut or checking your smoke detector batteries. These days your passwords hold the secret to your whole life and keeping it secure should be thought of across the board. How about a small example if your Facebook is hacked because you used 123456 as a password this will let them know your school information which might be a banking secret question.
There are six cases that still remain for the Supreme Court before heading of on summer break which last a long four months. Affordable Care Act the King v. Burwell will decide whether the Affordable Care Act authorizes tax credits for insurance bought on healthcare.gov, as well as on state-operated insurance exchanges. Only 13 states and the District of Columbia currently run their own exchanges. The court could potentially strike down subsidies in as many as 37 states that depend on HealthCare.gov. The big one which seems like a slam dunk change to our nation’s fabric is Same-Sex Marriage or Obergefell v. Hodges et. Al. and the 14th Amendment permits states to deny marriage to same-sex couples, or to deny recognition to same-sex marriages performed in states or countries that allow them. The court also is weighing an incremental step that potentially could attract more justices: upholding state marriage restrictions while compelling states to recognize legal same-sex marriages from other states. These all pale hugely over the minor items on the agenda they include, Housing Discrimination, Congressional Redistricting, Power plant emissions and Execution methods. These are important and nothing that gets to the Supreme Court is frivolous but the healthcare and gay marriage will run the news cycle for the rest of the week.
This week we highlight Taylor Schilling as she has a first time visit to these pages. Taylor was born July 27, 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts. We all know her as Piper Chapman on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black or her other TV role as Veronica Flanagan Callahan in the medical drama Mercy. She made her film debut in the 2007 drama Dark Matter, and has gone on to be in major movies like Argo and The Lucky One. Since she is from our neck of the woods we can tell you she grew up in West Roxbury but spent most of her time growing up in Wayland, splitting time between her divorced parents. She did graduate from Wayland High School and went to Fordham University earning her Bachelor of Arts then entered the graduate program at New York University. We picked her this week as she dropped a new Independent movie called The Overnight which opened in a few theatres and brought in 216K. The photo we used is from the Emmy awards and she was looking super sexy. You forget how really pretty she really is as she spends most of her time in an orange jump suit. When she can let her hair out and dress her body up right she is one smoking hot fine woman.
There are so many reason not to like Hillary Rodham Clinton we could post for days. We think the biggest problem is her need to think she is the smartest person in the room and no one will catch on. This is true in all stages of what she does. This is not only big things like Vince Foster, Benghazi, email servers it goes all the way down to little things no one cares about. So it is no surprise when it comes to fake Twitter followers, Hillary Clinton is winning the presidential race versus all her opponents. Even Donald Trump who you think would by Twitter followers just to promote his TV show has 2.6 million Twitter followers and they are 90 percent real people. Governor Jeb Bush with 89% of his followers are real and not paid for. Clinton, should be ashamed that 35 percent of her 2.3 million Twitter followers coming up as paid for. We think shows not a need to have more Twitter followers than the others, but clearly she did not want a story on CNN about social media where she is behind the others. This comes after the great social media campaign of President Barack Obama in 2008 and ground game of 2012. This is why Hillary will lose she does not invent the next thing she just mimics what has worked before. This time things can be checked without a congressional committee and that is when she gets caught.
We have come to this. It is not like we did not know it was going to happen but when it does there is kind of let down. Jeb Bush finally launched a White House bid what seems like the worst kept secret in Washington. He did so with a promise to stay true to his beliefs he spoke about he did not deserve the job by right of resume, party, seniority, family, or family narrative. He went as far to say that it was not his just his turn. He tried to say he was a true Washington outsider while lashing out at competitors in both parties as being part of the problem. The rally was set off near his south Florida home at Miami Dade College, an institution with a large and diverse student body that symbolizes the nation he seeks to lead. Our favorite was when he even poked fun at himself claiming the presidency should not be passed on from one liberal to the next. This would be Hillary Rodham Clinton, much like the getting a job after your father and brother. This is why it was a letdown if we can only elect a Bush to the White House the GOP is in long term trouble as this is our last one.
We started watching a new show and with every new show there can be a first time woman of the week. Today we highlight Lili Simmons who was born July 23, 1992 in Cardiff, California which is in San Diego County, California. She is in the Cinemax scripted series Banshee and is cool and collected badass as they come. Rebecca Bowman, a rebellious Amish girl who has taken to the family business with a style all her won. Lili is super sexy and has a great body. We can see plenty of it on the show and she uses as a weapon. There is not a man alive who does not melt when she walks by. She is small and appears meek but packs the heart of a ruthless killer and using her sex to weaken her opponent then she moves in for the kill. She has done plenty of acting and modeling since she was 15 and this is her first long term role. Banshee has been picked up for a fourth season and returns in 2016. She has a couple of movies that are in post-production but they seem to be stuck in whatever gets a movie made but not released. We are not sure Lili will make the top 51 but we are pretty sure she gets another week when the show returns in 2016.
This cannot be the person this country elects president as it has only been three months since the bigger Twitter announcement and we are already changing message. Hillary Rodham Clinton re-branded herself as ready to be anti-Wall Street. She would be the person if elected to take from the billionaires and give to the poor and middle class. They were calling this the official presidential campaign launch on Roosevelt Island. She sounded like Indian Senator Warren as she claimed Prosperity cannot be just for CEOs and hedge-fund managers. This we are sure will play well just like saying Democracy is not just be for billionaires and corporations. There were around 5,500 on lookers at Four Freedoms Park do this change in message. We are not sure she can lose in the primary as the days tick by, but the democrats having all their eggs in the Hillary basket is problematic. Since the first launch of her campaign she has struggled with negative headlines Clinton Foundation accepted questionable donations, suspicions over her use of private e-mail while secretary of state, and criticism she was ducking questions from the press. This is not the look of the leader of the free world and more a maniacal dictator. We wonder how long they can let this questionable behavior go one before someone see the forest for the trees.