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A Brief "farewell" note....

I wanted to advise all that I will no longer serve as principal here at Smooth Political. I have informed the Orble Team that I would continue to stay focused on developing "outsider views" which I hope folks will join me to continue the on-going discourse on the World today. Please visit http://www.outsiderviews.com.

I leave you all with this "thought" and appreciate the support shown:



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"Outsiders" Newsflash (7/20/2012): The Tragedy in the US State of Colorado

Around midnight on Friday, July 20, A 24-Year Old man walked into a Movie Theater and started shooting people who were starting to watch the latest rendition of Batman in Aurora Colorado. He had four guns (including shot guns and apparently an assault weapon). The reports I have just reviewed note that 38 people have been injured and 12 people have died. It is, to say the least, a horrific thought that underscores how fragile life is.

The whole political establishment is speaking out against this tragedy. As I write this, MSNBC is featuring twitter feeds from people all across the political spectrum expressing their sorrow and outrage at this incident. It was as if it was yesterday that all of America came together as the senseless tragedy of Gabby Giffords. Both the President and Governor Romney spoke about remembering the fallen and how America should come together during such a trying time. Both the President and Governor Romney's comments were moving and comforting as America comes to terms with such an unspeakable tragedy.


My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families as America comes to grips with this tragic event.
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"Outsiders" Newsflash (7/17/2012: Somalia--Light @ the End of the Tunnel

The Kenyan Army has apparently launched an assault to drive out Al Shahab out of a key area it still controls. This is as Al Shahab was driven out of Mogadishu and has continued on a path of retreat for almost a year now. It appears that the Al Shahab are being pushed back to Puntland, the Somali Autonomous Region. Whether this is the end in the sight for this rogue group remains to be seen.
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Remembering & Reflecting



Throughout the day, I have been reflecting upon the past four years as I reflect upon it. As I noted in SP's sister sites, Kitten Politics & Outsider Views, it has been quite a journey


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As Memorial Day is Celebrated In the United States.......

Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day to remember all who have served and dedicated their life to serve. I view this not as day just for the fallen. It is day for all those who are living and to all their families who have also given so much in the cause of service. All of us either know family members who have served, friends who have served and some who have paid the ultimate price.

As this day is celebrated, there is one very disturbing development that must be profound concern to all. According to an AP report, "..A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press...." There just needs to be a better way.
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As the Election Gathers Steam in the US...

There is not much good news to discuss right now. As Ezra Klein of the Washington Post noted in his blog:

"...Uh-oh: "The eurozone crisis has led to the region’s economy contracting at the fastest pace for almost three years and sent German business confidence tumbling this month


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"Outsiders" Newsflash (5/17/2012): Afghanistan Right Now



As I write this, there are reports coming out of Afghanistan about another suicide bomber. Fighting is going on right now. This is as Karzai is making the rounds around the World and is about to attend a conference on Afghanistan in Chicago that another useless character, Zardari, is about to attend as well


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"Outsiders" Europe Watch (5/17/2012): Now What?

Europe has arisen against debt and despair. It has seen Sarkozy off and has continued to engulf Cameron in the UK.

I begin again with Greece. Over the past few days, almost one billion dollars has been withdrawn by Greeks who have no faith in the future of their Country. The parties cannot agree on anything. A new election will be held in approximately 4 weeks which will be overseen by a new interim Greek Prime Minister who is Greece's most serious Judge. This brings into question the future of the Euro as noted by the British Prime Minister David Cameron. He talked about it during Prime Minister's Question Time Yesterday. The UK, though, has its' own share of problems which is underscored by the apparent lack of understanding David Cameron has shown to the prevailing gathering storm on the continent against austerity


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Bib Pulls Off Another Surprise, Again!!!

Israel has changed, yet again!!!

The Israeli Prime Minister has pulled off a political Tsunami that I welcome with hope. When The current Prime Minister took office, I held out hope that somehow he would work to transform and to figure out a way to really be a transformational figure just like Begin was. I have been disappointed repeatedly with the rhetoric and the continued repression in the Palestinian Territories. What he's done by the deal he struck with Kadima, in my view, holds out a lot of hope


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Happy Earth Day!!!!

It is a busy day here in "Outsiders". I wanted to begin this daily "write-up" with this "thought 4 the day" that underscores how we should treat our Earth:


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