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Democrats Invite The Dalai Lama To Invoke Pagan ‘Blessing’ Over US Senate.

“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.” Psalm 14:1

HuffPost: The Dalai Lama will step in for Chaplain Barry Black to lead the U.S. Senate’s opening prayer on Thursday, March 6, 2014 according to the Chaplain’s office.

The Director of Communications for Chaplain Black’s office told The Huffington Post that Senator Reid nominated the Tibetan spiritual leader to lead Thursday’s prayer in the place of the chaplain, whose office regularly facilitates prayers by visiting religious leaders.


The Dalai Lama believes that he is a god, and as such recognizes no gods outside of himself. When he prays before the US Senate, he will be giving his blessing as a god, and not asking for God’s blessing on our nation.

The Dalai Lama’s prayer has been pre-approved, the director said, and if it is similar to the one he gave in 2009 to the New York State Senate, he may highlight the need for compassion and an “inner peace of mind.” He will be continuing the Senate’s 207-year tradition of beginning each session with a prayer, a role Chaplain Black has fulfilled since 2003 when he was elected 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate.

Known for a firm commitment social activism, the 14th Dalai Lama is a controversial figure in China, where his relationship with the U.S. is regularly criticized. On February 21, the Dalai Lama met with President Obama for the third time prompting a reaction from the Chinese Foreign Ministry whose spokesperson called the meeting an “interference in China’s internal affairs.” source – HuffPost

by NTEB News Desk

Voting Is Already a Mess in Florida.


The first election-related federal lawsuit has already been filed in South Florida, where some citizens waited over seven hours to vote early over the weekend. In an area that includes Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward County — yes, that Broward County — Florida Democrats scrambled to extend early voting hours over the weekend citing “inadequate polling facilities” in a complaint filed in a Miami federal court on Sunday. “The extraordinarily long lines deterred or prevented voters from waiting to vote,” says the lawsuit. “Some voters left the polling sites upon learning of the expected wait, and others refused to line up altogether. These long lines and extreme delays unduly and unjustifiably burdened the right to vote.” These three counties are home to 32 percent of the state’s Democrats.

So far, local officials haven’t seemed too sympathetic to the plight of early voters. In response to Sunday’s lawsuit, election supervisors in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties said that they’d allow would-be early voters to pick up and drop off absentee ballots so that they wouldn’t have to wait in line. The small concession came after another request for an extension of early voting was denied last Thursday by Republican Governor Rick Scott and state election officials who said that everything was running smoothly. Scott is the same governor who approved a measure last year that reduced Florida’s early voting period from 14 to eight days, a crunch that many critics think caused the long lines this year.

It’s not even Election Day, yet, but some people are freaking out about the chaotic situation in Florida. “We’re looking at an election meltdown that is eerily similar to 2000, minus the hanging chads,” Dan Smith, a political science professor at the University of Florida, told The Huffington Post. Smith also warned that attempted to bridge the gap with absentee ballots, as a number of districts across Florida are now doing, would disenfranchise minorities. “Absentee ballots have a much higher rejection rate for minorities and young people, if you look at the Aug. 14 primary.” HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel adds, “Democrats are traditionally more likely to vote early, which is why many in the party have ascribed political motives to Scott’s restriction of the process.”

Now, this is not the year 2000. After that election, though, everybody in America knows that Florida can make a big difference in a presidential election. Everybody agrees that Ohio is the state to win, but Florida is still a toss-up with a lot of Electoral College votes. It’s also a state that could probably do without another big voting scandal. The Obama campaign, for one, is not going to let Floridians forget about that one.

Source: The Atlantic Wire

Romney camp hoping for a systematic polling bias in Ohio.

In the last two days, six new polls of Ohio voters have been released, five of which favor President Barack Obama, by leads of 6 points4 points4 points3 points and 2 points. The last reports a tie, from right-leaning Rasmussen, which gave Gov. Mitt Romney a 2-point advantage last week. Obama now has a 3.1 percentage point lead in Pollster’s average for Ohio and a 2.9 percentage points in theRealClearPolitics average for Ohio.

A 3 percentage point lead is hardly an insurmountable margin for Obama. But it has been so consistent over the past several weeks that Romney ought to be hoping that the polls favor Obama on a systematic basis by overestimating the turnout of respondents with demographics that favor him. This is certainly possible, but it would mean that many different polling institutions are making similar mistakes. The outcome of Ohio, then, will be as much a referendum on the art of polling as it will be on the art of the presidency.

Sources: Betfair, Intrade, IEM, HuffPost‘s Pollster, and RealClearPolitics

The story is the same in Wisconsin; Obama has gone from about 75 percent likely to win to over 90 percent in our model, based on the strength of consistent polling. Wisconsin is one of Romney’s better hopes for victory should he lose Ohio, but we see this as unlikely. Wisconsin’s likelihood of victory moves closely with Ohio’s likelihood of victory, making it unlikely that Romney would ever pluck Wisconsin without also losing Ohio. Both states respond to the same national trends and have strong regional similarities.

As the election enters its final days Obama is over 70 percent likely to win reelection. Romney holds a slight lead in Florida, but he must capture both Virginia and Ohio as well, and time is slipping away.

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David Rothschild is an economist. He has a Ph.D. in applied economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter @DavMicRot

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