Cool picture: Election Inspector Jim Nodcroft unfurls the American flag to hang it up outside the Smelser Town in Georgetown, Wisconsin – Getty Images – AFP -File, Photo: Mark Hirsch.
Obama has taken Romney’s running mate Paul Ryan‘s home state Wisconsin. Election USA is all on. The event is all over the New Zealand TV too in TV specials of elections news coverage. Obama also has Pennsylvania and the northwestern swingstate of Northhampshire.
Obama’s Midwestern strategic line of defence is holding up with Wisconsin won for Obama, the first of a trio of Obama firewall states, also including Iowa and Ohio. Michigan is also Obama’s too where Romney’s dad George was born.
In brief, Obama has won the reliably Democratic Northeast. Mitt secured the conservative base on the backdrop of a weak economy and high unemployment. Critical battlegrounds are coming in, Virginia, Ohio and Florida being three of those.
We’re all watching Ohio.
Humor: Just aired on NZ TV is this kooky owl ad by SNL comic actor, Will Ferrell.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.11.12~
Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama rocked Wisconsin. Image Credit: Jewel Samad- AFP – Getty Images.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.11.12~
Paul Ryan shares his preferred mode of debate with Joe Biden saying: “I think if two guys just start getting in an interruption shouting match, that doesn’t do anybody any good. It is important to be respectful of one another’s time.”
WashPo. Photo John Tlumacki, Getty-Images-Boston Globe-Rolling Stone Magazine.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.10.12~
Yet, America can’t go pretending China is ‘the enemy’ of foreign policy as it often does, unless more jobs are created in the USA and green energy is introduced into the USA’s economic mix more to show American financial independance from true creativity of sustainable job growth.
At a trilllion dollar deficit each year over the last four years, American-made (hopefully) chopsticks for the Oval Office’s staff lunches is looking more like the trend from America and for most average American families.
Most Americans have to live on the cheap, (gas and electricity is so expensive and all!) so Chinese food gives a view of an affordable diet in the USA.
Maybe America can even eat their Pizza Hutt or Dominos pepperoni pizza (or choritzo polish pizza of Wisconsin), with chopsticks too instead of getting one’s Americano mits greasy over one’s dinner’s dairy products? Geez! :)
We have lots of pine trees in New Zealand on our arable lands. Shall we send the USA some?
I am referring to (of course): China calls on U.S., Japan to sort their economy’s current structure.
And also, the fun, light-hearted Obama-Romney press of – Pizza Hutt eats humble pie after debate PR stunt – with the funny Paul Ryan politico-bio reference from Obama-Romney on pizza choices.–USA Today. The truth is, Hawaiian pizza is big in the USA. Standard fare.
In NZ we’re kinda being fed Jake Tapper ABC Obama-Romney news on TV. All very serious, full of middle class, good American peoples moaning their soda-pop slurpy-sipping, faces off in tougher times. The look is what Obama-Romney have to put up with being the wealthy’s buffer between rich and poor. A tough gig to do to cam, yet both do it so well.
Photos AP – Australia.Au.news.
Hollywood humor via comedy movie history: Jackie Chan and Chris Rock do a bar scene fight, Rush Hour movie scenes. Too freaking funny!
Meanwhile Chan is doing so well in China, he’s doing some good: Superstar Jackie Chan donates film to Olympic stadium, Beijing China. Chris is on twitter. Rock’s last tweet: “Funny people hanging out“.
Fun humor from US entertainers, as in … Ya’ll have a lovely day. :)
Indeed, China and the USA are integrating more and more, without letting on too much that it is happening to other trading nations. And pizza exports into China would be huge if US even knew how to create again. NZ has got the best cheese if the USA wants to provide the grain for a China pizza roll out. It would be a total blitz – a good story.
~Photo DIYT. Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.10.12~
One for Team USA: Always be humble, watch your energy level consumptions to further Peace in this World. ‘Cos, at the end of the day:
Don't you eva for a second get to thinking? ... in this supply-chain known as life's noble flow...
Music: The lovely Beyonce Knowles and her bad touring technicians and that damn OTT OOC wind machine in tow, to boot. She 2 funny.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.10.12~
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.10.12~
I think USA’s internal policies could be improved on too as the wealthy are prepared to create more jobs and do more for average Americans. Foreign policies are often brokered around resources acquistion planning. Whereas to share resource more is America’s challenge regarding Paul’s sponsors and backers, perhaps being the main culprits at refusing to share more.
The Hill notes: Romney is set to deliver a speech to “restore USA’s international credibility” on foreign policy. Ryan says the new plan will lay out a “very different vision.” He would like to uplay “American strength” to rectify “ugly fruits” of current policy evident in the world. Ryan sees Iran as a “threat.” He also also finds Russia’s effects “thwarting” to the US. Although the US and several other nations all have nuclear capability well developed, Ryan says we must stop Iran’s “nuclear weapons capability.” (more…)
Mitt Romney‘s billionaire and millionaire donors list is raising an eyebrow or two in the USA.
The list is secret. People think they should know who Mitt’s donors are.
Watch clip. Anyone in politics should declare their sponsors. It’s about transparency, as Hillary Clinton was urging for China to show in the South Pacific with investment intentions.
Same rules should apply to Mr. Romney too. Mitt should be showing this same transparency back at home in the USA, taking a lead from USA’s Secretary of State on what transparency means to safe trading.
Inside trading is not cool in politics. If Mitt accepts a million dollar donation, what’s the pay back in GOP circles to the donor?
So, Mitt and his buds, should come clean.
Bernadine has the story above.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 2.9.12~
Healing Community: FLOTUS (Michelle Obama) will go to Milwaukee on Thursday to meet with the families of victims of the massacre at a Sikh temple.
FLOTUS plans to spend time with thee victims and family members of the Oak Creek Gurdwara shooting that killed six Sikh worshippers.
While the president himself has not visited the community, Attorney General Eric Holder attended a memorial service, and the first lady’s visit is part of a continued effort by the administration to reach out to the Sikh community.
While she is in Wisconsin—Paul Ryan’s home state—she also plans to attend a campaign event.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 19.8.12~
The Horiwood Top Ten:
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Mark Mardell of the BBC marinaded a story today in the USA, of Paul Davis Ryan. Paul was announced as Mitt Romney‘s bestie running mate aka Vice President. The announcement was made in – the pivotal point in a US Presidential campaign, where things really take off and the trail gets a momentum to watch.
Pundits have called it, “a match made in millionaire’s heaven.” Economic blue-prints for the USA, is what Paul Ryan has to add to America’s hot mix in the years of recovery, reinstating integrity back into governance in the USA and rebuilding ahead.
Graciously, Romney intro-ed Ryan as “the next President of the United States.” Then added: “Every now and again, I’ve been known to make a mistake.” Right. Such a pizza maker’s comment. :)
I think just keeping the frozen yoghurt away from one’s brain during those high media press conferences, will avoid the Rick Perry brain freeze moments - everyone can relate to those on bad days.
Ten Things About Paul Ryan:
Education: Miami University, Ohio – Economics and political science degreee.
Forte: Fiscal policy expertise.
Political Chops: Wisconsin trained – first serving since 1999. In the mid to late 1990s, he worked as an aide to United States Senator Bob Kasten of Wisconsin, as legislative director for Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas, and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Representative and 1996 Republican vice presidential nominee Jack Kemp of New York.
Pet gripes: Medicare reform is what Davis Ryan plans on doing. Okay, so he’s not going for the bulk of the Hispanic-American vote then.
Economic Architecture Work: Chairs the House Budget Committe for the GOP. Authored The Path To Prosperity document about medicare reform proposals. Sounding very south south of the US in tone, not really about medicare. Kia ora!
He then helped introduce the similar The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal in March 2012. A good word for the USA to live within as a state of living let alone, needed reformation.
Family: Wife: Janna Ryan a smart accountant whiz. Family: Construction is in his family. Lost his dad at 16 to a heart attack, a family genetic trait in the male line. Children: 3 – Elizabeth Anne, Charles Wilson, and Samuel Lowery.
Sports: Basketball, soccer. Skiing, hiking in Colorado – making 40 climbs to the top of the Fourteeners peaks. Fan of Greenbay Packers. Hunting. Fishing. It must be hard to work in an office then – a change. Also into Archery.
Religion: The family resides in Janesville, Wisconsin [Ryan's hometown] which is located in the far southern end of the state, although he is obviously absent a lot doing the people’s business in Washington DC. They are a devout Catholic family who regularly attends mass in the local parish, St. John Vianney’s Catholic Church. –Cute family.
Influences: Ayn Rand. Then in 2012, distanced himself from Rand’s controversial thinking, one step.
Voting position: Almost always sides with majority of his party, when casting his House vote.
[Photo: Ironic Surrealism & Politico. Extra link: It’s Official! Romney Taps Rep. Paul Ryan As Running Mate [Update 2: Video: Romney's Announcement]]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.8.12~
Sports Gear & Mobile Telephony TVC Ads Spotlight Teens.
Colleen Curry and ABC’s Mr Clayton bring a story of a slightly chubby athlete, Nathan Sorrell as a part of Nike getting real about who actually buys their sports products in the USA & Canada. Us fat people do. So, I like the story. As in New Zealand, being fat and happy, is who we are – when we aren’t totally honing it down as world winning atheltes. So, my inner, totally closeted fat person got a boost out of seeing Nathan shine today. Fun kid model selection from Nike.
Incidentally Canada’s population alone is 60% into obesity statistics so Nathan is more of a star of the world, then most of us would admit. He’s jogging the road to health recovery one mile at a time. Go kid!
The story goes: “The star of Nike‘s latest Olympics ads has created his own Olympic-sized challenge. Nathan Sorrell of London, Ohio, the 12-year-old, 200-pound star of the “Find Your Greatness” ad recently launched by the sports company, said he has taken the ad as inspiration and will find his own greatness by getting in shape. Sorrell was chosen to participate in the ads by Nike after they put out a casting call for a “specific type” of student, and Sorrell fit the bill, according to ABC News’ Columbus, Ohio, affiliate, WSYX.”
And in telecommunications Olympics sports: Austin Wierschhke is teen king of the world’s fastest texting abilities. The story goes:
“The Olympics aren’t the only games going on right now — the best and brightest in the texting world squared off in Times Square Wednesday for a grueling contest to find the fastest texter in America.
Eleven highly trained texters from across the U.S. competed in a series of challenges for speed, accuracy and dexterity.
Austin Wierschke, 17, nabbed the top prize and was named the champion of the sixth annual U.S. LG National Texting Competition.” The story appealed to NPR news too.
So for us fatties with a closeted skinny athete within and us closeted fat people, waiting to pop out fatter - who all dig sport… faster texting and going for a jog – are Austin-Nathan’s message from TVC competitions land, for leading billionaire companies products sales.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 10.8.12~
In New Zealand we’re talking about Lydia Ko, the first New Zealand amateur to make the cut at the US Open Championship. At 15 years-of-age, Ko is the no.1 ranked amateur in the world.
Ko carded a disappointing seven-over-par 79 in Round Three of the 67th US Open on a testing day at Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin.
The teen shot an even-par 72, dropped 10 places to a share of 43rd on a nine over par total. Ko, who is only the second New Zealand amateur to contest the US Open Championship after Olivia Hartley in 1999.
As a rising star of golf, she remains the leading amateur by three shots from American Alison Lee (79), with another American Emma Talley (81) a further shot back. More at the drive.
Let’s hope Ko’s good taste in hip hop music gets her through the tough level of competition.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.7.12~
University of Wisconsin Stevens Point’s students, Erica Klintworth and Alec Brown are lucky to be alive after several days in heavy snow tramping through sub-zero temperatures. Their story is a movie idea - readymade for a biscuit (cookie) company to fund. Winners – Lucky to be alive!
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 11.6.12~
In California, Wisconsin’s battering as a State of hard working people, by the greedy Koch brothers money to abolish workers rights (by attempting to do away with unions) was big news.
MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin voters will decide on Tuesday whether to throw Governor Scott Walker out of office in a rare recall election forced by opponents of the Republican’s controversial effort to curb collective bargaining for most unionized government workers.
This will be just the third recall election of a governor in U.S. history, and follows weeks of vociferous protests by demonstrators who occupied the state capitol in Madison as Walker and fellow Republican lawmakers pushed through the union curbs in March 2011.
The law forced most state workers, including teachers, to pay more for health insurance and pensions, limited their pay raises, made payment of union dues voluntary and forced unions to be recertified every year.
The measure angered Democrats and unions, who gathered nearly 1 million signatures on petitions to force the recall election.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 5.6.12~
[Dish - Amuse Bouche: Big Eye Tuna Tartar, Wasabi, Tobico Caviar, and Baby Zucchini - created by Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Avenue].
The judges of this years James Beard Awards 2012 have voted their list of best chefs and restaurants in the USA for May 2012. Here’s the list:
NATIONAL CHEF AWARDS
Best new restaurant – Next in Chicago
Outstanding chef – Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park in New York
Outstanding pastry chef – Mindy Segal of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Chicago
Outstanding restaurant – Boulevard in San Francisco
Outstanding restaurateur – Tom Douglas of Tom Douglas Restaurants in Seattle
Outstanding service – La Grenouille in New York
Outstanding wine and spirits professional – Paul Grieco of Terroir in New York
Outstanding wine program - No. 9 Park in Boston
Outstanding bar program – PDT in New York
Rising star chef of the year – Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar in New York
REGIONAL CHEF AWARDS
Great Lakes – Bruce Sherman of North Pond in Chicago
Mid-Atlantic – Maricel Presilla of Cucharamama in Hoboken, N.J.
Midwest – Tory Miller of L’Etoile in Madison, Wisc.
New York City – Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern in New York
Northeast – Tim Cushman of O Ya in Boston
Northwest – Matt Dillon of Sitka & Spruce in Seattle
Pacific -Matt Molina of Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles
South – Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alanta
Southeast – Hugh Acheson of Five and Ten in Athens, Georgia.
Linton Hopkins of Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta
Southwest – Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin, Texas
James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award – Wolfgang Puck
James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year – Charlie Trotter
James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America Inductees - Grant Achatz, chef and author, Chicago
Mark Bittman, journalist and author, New York – Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief at Food and Wine magazine, New York
Emily Luchetti, pastry chef and author, San Francisco – Marvin Shanken, publisher, New York
James Beard Foundation America’s Classics – The Fry Bread House in Phoenix, Owner: Cecelia Miller
Nora’s Fish Creek Inn in Wilson, Wyo., Owners: Nora Tygum, Trace Tygum and Kathryn Tygum Taylor
St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis – Owners: Stephen Huse and Craig Huse
Jones Bar-B-Q Diner in Marianna, Ark., Owners: James and Betty Jones
Shady Glen in Manchester, Conn. Owners: William and Annette Hoch
[Dish - Grimaud Farms Muscovy Duck Glazed with Lavender Honey and Spices. Created by Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Avenue].
~Posted by Horiwood Blog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 7.5.12~
Wisconsin Recall News: Scott Walker looks like he may no longer be Mayor of Wisconsin if United Wisconsin have their way. Read it.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.1.12~
#MissWisconsin - Laura Kaeppeler won Miss America 2012. She performed operatic vocal, and her platform is “Circles of Support – Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents,” reports MN. LK tells People: she was a carhop, her dad went to prison for white collar crimes, her great grandma was a Julliard grad, she’s a canine fan owning a Shih Tzu Maltese named Smokey, she’s stoked to be attending Super Bowl 2012 … and the big one: ”I don’t have time for a relationship this year.” Gosh, she sounds like a handful.
The fact that LK is an opera singing prison child advocating for other prison children, is enough to make LK’s press in 2012 completely relevant in the US for a year. Wow! I wonder if she minds if Maori ‘borrow’ her ‘Circles of Support’ strategy – to adequately support Kiwi kids in a different yet similar boat.
Laura Kaeppeler reminds me a bit of a Kate Middleton brunette but with camera-ready unnaturally huge massive teeth. I wonder if she’ll do any numerology planets press PSA’s for NASA this year?
Seriously though, what the Koch Bros tried to do to unions a year ago in Wisconsin, equated to incarcerating every earning parent of the region – just for profit for the top cats. So, already I like Miss Wisconsin’s sense of humor with a charity, she created that perhaps also references ‘economic imprisoning’ of American people in these times.
[Photo via Hollywood Life]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.1.12~
Looking at the Twittersphere through my very own William Borucki styled NASA telescope of social media (aka my twitter account), I noticed that both Sam Haskell and Hugh Hefner both watched Donald Trump‘s Miss Universe show this year. The al tresor, Brooke Bourke was hosting the event.
The winner was Laura Kaeppeler of Wisconsin.
What a smile! She looks like a sweetheart.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Aoteaora New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 15.1.12~
MADISON, Wis. — “Wisconsin lawmakers voted Thursday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from the state’s public workers, ending a heated standoff over labor rights and delivering a key victory to Republicans who have targeted unions in efforts to slash government spending nationwide.”
This is good news for the Koch Bros. one of the wealthiest families in the USA who roll out with the Bush family.
This is terrible news for the average worker, who now has less protection for fair working conditions, something that Unions ensue. Again, only the elite are winning, turning the average American into slaves who labor for little with this bill passing today.
It does make the public worker positioned to be more like China, a nation with a Communist structure of rule. Is that a good or a bad thing? Also, the law of precedent is not pretty, on this case for 49 States in the US.
Civil war, is not out of the question on this issue. That has to be said today from L.A. Employers ethics?
Read more at The Charlotte Observer. Photograph and words via the AP.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.3.10.11~
Geoffrey Rush of Australia hugs Tom Hooper who picked up the best director gong at the Oscars for The Kings Speech on the cover of USA Today. The newspaper contrasted Oscars glory for the Brits of London with the Wisconsin unionists battle with the State and the Koch Brothers. Heady glitzy glory vs the tension of real people in community at grass-roots living level battling people who work for billionaire interests–not bad news overage-contrasting today.
New York Times stays well away from Oscars being the lead story this year opting to show America’s military face in the Peace Keeping role in the world by The Times choosing to keep an eye on military movements occurring in the world at this time (Libyan rebels get the spot of honor). This news was coupled with American babies not being safe, with levels of radiation for babies being beyond legal levels as these babyograms reveal. Thankfully these pics are from past archives of US medicine. To get these images requires too much radiation, for babies to handle.
Oscars fit for a swan and a king, were front page news too for Natalie Portman and Colin Firth made the cut from California on the cover of The Times.
Everyone in the US is talking about these things today as water cooler talk.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 35789 on 2.28.11~
[Photo caption - Chicago mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel has raised more than $10 million for his campaign. Residents vote Tuesday to replace Mayor Richard Daley.--USA Today]
Oh Christchurch, Christchurch, Christchurch! According to the most trending topics in the USA right now online, here’s what 320 million of US are looking at:
The UN talks seeing “shocking acts” against humanity in Libya, reactions to peaceful Benghazi and Kadafi/ Gaddafi’s speech create a Twitter uproar, as defined by this tweet: “tvapple RT @martinchulov: Every town to benghazi a checkpoint. Reporters as rare as rain here. #libya.” The Koch brothers quietly open lobbying office in downtown Madison.
Lofty (Rahm) Emanuel‘s Chicago Mayor Election: Live Results Coming Soon peak interest too. America’s favorite graffiti artist gets a mention or two, Frankly, the Academy Should Be Begging Banksy to Tag the Kodak … & Banksy Transforms Migrant Road Sign into DREAM Crossing – COLORLINES. The Today Show is doing way too much, stating Cut ties: 8 reasons to finally let go of your ex – relationships … via MSNBC and dramatic tweeting like BoyBeliebz RT @iBiebsNation: Today, eighteen people will commit suicide due to stress, family problems etc. Show that love is louder than hate. ♥.
Cell phone usage is a battle for telephone companies markets as these two headlines attest: Cell Phones‘ Startling Effects on Your Brain, New Study – The … and Cell Phone Study: Cell Use Ups Brain Activity – ABC News.
Here in Hollywood though, it is Christchurch City who are on our hearts and minds. Hollywood entertainment news as voted by you, the people worldwide. Here’s what cut through to register as our top ten entertainment and celebrity news stories today. Peace!
1. About Horiwood–> Red Cross – New Zealand Link
Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker urges people to be calm and stay away from the city’s center, due to aftershocks damage as 65 people are dead in Christchurch City at the time of writing. Picture via The Australian newspaper.
Via Canada’s The Globe and Mail, we learn – “In the aftermath of the earthquake, those searching for missing loved ones are turning to social media.On Twitter, people posted frantic messages under the hashtag#eqnzContact.
“I can’t find my sister. No contact since before quake! HELP! Jessica Teale= petite, dark hair, dark eyes, boyfriend= Andy Copeland,” one woman wrote in a series of tweets.
Google set up a website to help locate people affected by the earthquake. The Google Person Finder allows users to search through more than 5,000 records, both of missing people and those who have since been found.
Under a posting for information on Elliot John Carl Smith, a woman posted: “Elliot is fine, have spoken to him.”
So sad. Good to see that Elliot Smith is okay and his sister has peace to have been in touch.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 2.22.11~