Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nitish Is On His Way To Becoming Prime Minister

English: Nitish Kumar
English: Nitish Kumar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
To me Nitish Kumar is the most exciting, most promising politician on the planet today. And I am so proud of him for making the bold move he just made. India is not, should not, can not be a country where thousands of Muslims get slaughtered in a riot and there are no consequences. An India where Hindu supremacy acquires currency is not going to be a great country and most certainly not a global power. India by now can aspire to being a global power, and the Hindu supremacist ideology could get in the way.

India can not become a global power, a global player like China already is if it is not at peace with Pakistan. India and Pakistan deserve to have normal relations. The French and Germans trade with each other and travel to each other's countries freely. That is what India and Pakistan need to get to. And I believe Imran Khan and Nitish Kumar could bring that about.

It is also about economic growth. What Nitish has done for Bihar would be akin to Alabama becoming the top economy in America: has never happened. Nitish is magic. And he deserves to be at the helm in India. He deserves to be in Delhi.

The Congress party's incumbency gets in the way and Modi gets in the way of the BJP. Neither of those are going to be able to cross the 150 mark in 2014. One of them very likely might go below 100. The regional parties in power have no option but to get behind Nitish, the best performing Chief Minister in their ranks. And then the Congress gets to become the new SP, the big party that throws outside support.

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Kamala Harris

I do think Kamala Harris is the best looking Attorney General in America - and I am putting all the men Attorneys General on that list, the president need not apologize - what was the brouhaha all about? If anyone disputes that fact, please step forward. And show me a picture or two.

Kamala Harris
In 2009, Harris wrote Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor's Plan to Make Us Safer. Harris looks at criminal justice from an economic perspective, attempting to reduce temptation and access for criminals. The book goes through a series of "myths" surrounding the criminal justice system, and presents proposals to reduce and prevent crime. ...... Harris has been mentioned as a possible nominee for a seat on the United States Supreme Court, should a seat on that court become vacant during the second Obama administration. ..... On January 3, 2011, Harris became the first female African-American and Indian American attorney general in California. She won the razor thin election by less than one percentage point....... When Harris took office, California was still reeling from the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis. Harris participated in the National Mortgage Settlement against five banks, Ally, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citi Bank, and Chase. She originally walked off the talks because she believed the deal was too lenient. She later rejoined the talks, securing $12 billion of debt reduction for the state's homeowners and $26 billion overall. Other parts of the funding would go to funding state housing counseling services and legal help for struggling homeowners and forgiving the debt of over 23,000 homeowners who agree to sell their homes for less than the mortgage loan. ........ The Sacramento Bee reported on one of the first cases of a homeowner using the bill to stop Bank of America from foreclosing on his home. ..... Harris has expressed the belief that life without possibility of parole is a better, and more cost-effective, punishment. ..... the death penalty conservatively costs $137 million per year. If the system were changed to life without possibility of parole, the annual costs would be approximately $12 million per year. Harris noted that the resulting surplus could put 1,000 more police officers into service in San Francisco alone ...... Harris created a special Hate Crimes Unit as San Francisco District Attorney. She focused on hate crimes against LGBT children and teens in schools. She convened a national conference to confront the "gay-transgender panic defense", which has been used to justify violent hate crimes. ...... Harris argues that it is important that immigrants be able to talk with law enforcement without fear. ..... Harris argued for treating "habitual and chronic truancy" among children in elementary school as a crime committed by the parents of truant children. She argues that there is a direct connection between habitual truancy in elementary school and crime later in life ....... has prosecuted several industries and individuals for pollution, most notably U-Haul, Alameda Publishing Corporation, and the Cosco Busan oil spill. She has also advocated for strong enforcement of environmental protection laws ..... Harris has prosecuted numerous financial crimes throughout her career, particularly those affecting elders, those involving use of high-technology, and identity theft. She has indicated that as attorney general she would crack down on predatory lending and other financial crimes
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
On January 3, 2011, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as the 32nd Attorney General of the State of California. She is the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian to hold the office in the history of California. .... has focused on combating transnational gangs that are trafficking guns, drugs, and human beings throughout California. She has worked to increase the adoption of technology and data-driven policing to assist law enforcement in the efficient investigation and prosecution of crime, and has traveled to every region of California to expand partnerships with local law enforcement. ...... she wrote the nation’s most comprehensive package of foreclosure reforms—the California Homeowner Bill of Rights—and fought successfully for its passage through the California Legislature and saw it signed into law
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Suit Against JPMorgan Chase for Fraudulent and Unlawful Debt-Collection Practices
alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of Californians. ..... “This enforcement action seeks to hold Chase accountable for systematically using illegal tactics to flood California’s courts with specious lawsuits against consumers. My office will demand a permanent halt to these practices and redress for borrowers who have been harmed.”
Time 100 2013: Kamala Harris
As a child, Kamala accompanied her parents to civil rights marches in Oakland. ..... She has expanded the smart-on-crime approach she pioneered as DA, taking dangerous guns off the street and targeting human trafficking..... The child who witnessed the civil rights movement from a stroller has taken a lead role in the fight for marriage equality by challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8..... As a new generation of women picks up the mantle of progress, she will always be among the first to stand up and step forward.
Kamala Harris: Gun Control Meeting With Other DAs At LAPD Aims To 'Eliminate Violence In California'
Bringing together district attorneys and law enforcement officials from throughout the state, Attorney General Kamala Harris convened a working group Friday to develop a strategy on how to better enforce gun laws, particularly for those prohibited from owning a firearm. .... The APPS program, enacted in 2007, is unique to California, Harris said, adding she hopes it becomes a model for other states and the nation as they look to reduce and prevent gun violence. ..... "This is not about ideology or politics," Harris said. "It is a false choice to suggest you are either in support of the Second Amendment or in favor of reasonable gun safety rules. We can do both." ..... "I called them in and told them we need to focus more on the mentally ill," Beck said. "This is not about making arrests, it is about making sure they don't hurt themselves, their families or others. We are trying to get them help."
Kamala Harris Accepts Obama Apology Over 'Best-Looking' Remark
"She’s brilliant and she’s dedicated, she’s tough," Obama said of the California attorney general. "She also happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general ... It’s true! C’mon."
Kamala Harris' Star Power Buoyed By Obama "Best-Looking Attorney General" Comment
If California Attorney General Kamala Harris is the nation's "best-looking attorney general," as President Barack Obama said last week (before apologizing, but not retracting), she's also the most up-and-coming attorney general in the country. .... when you're known to Time magazine as "the female Barack Obama," and the New York Times names you as among the women most likely to become president. ..... "only a matter of time" before the upwardly-mobile Harris -- daughter of Stanford professors who catapulted from an assistant district attorney job in Alameda County to elected district attorney to attorney general in 20 years -- moves onto a new job, "perhaps to succeed U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, some have speculated, or even to the U.S. Supreme Court" ..... it is better to be Kamala Harris than it is to "be Janet Reno" in Hollywood. ..... While she angered law enforcement in San Francisco for famously not seeking the death penalty againt a cop-killer, she has made big moves against big banks, mortgage companies and other populist targets while in Sacramento. .... her friend the president, for whom she campaigned heavily in 2007 and 2008: she filed briefs in support of Obamacare and Obama's repudiation of same-sex marriage ban Proposition 8 is in line with her stance to not defend the law.
She could be Governor, no sweat.

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mistakes Hillary Could Make

, Senator from Massachusetts.
, Senator from Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
(1) Running 

Yes, running could be a mistake. Ted Kennedy was an excellent Senator, and he knew the pressure on him came from the Kennedy brand name. Finally he caved in and ran and took a beating.

(2) Not Running

She did pretty well in 2008. And her stand on gay marriage makes her cutting edge socially. She will have to get better versed on the industries of tomorrow, but then Hillary always has been an excellent student.
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