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Prediction Time 2012

Last time around, I did pretty well in my prediction in which Barack Obama won the Presidential election with 365 Electoral Votes and defeated John McCain by 7%. I had 364 and 7. I called for 7 Democratic pick-ups in the US Senate and 24 in the House of Representatives. I believe it was 6 and 21. Not bad.

So, here’s my call for 2012:

President: Barack Obama wins with 303 Electoral votes. In the “close” states the media is highlighting, the President will carry New Hampshire, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada and OHIO. Romney will take back Indiana, North Carolina, Missouri and Florida, but he’ll finish with 235.

Margin of victory will be slightly over 1%. I’ll say 49.6 to 48.3, with the rest going to third-party candidates.

US Senate: No net pick-ups for either party. It’ll remain 53 Dems / 47 Republicans

US House: Right now, Republicans lead 240-190 with 5 vacancies. I’ll say we end up Republicans 233, Democrats 202.

Aside from the Presidential election, the race I’ll be following closest is in my own US Congressional District (CA-33) in which Independent Bill Bloomfield is taking on 19-term Democratic incumbent Henry Waxman. I’m actively campaigning for Bloomfield — it’d be great to see some independent leadership in Washington D.C.!

Posted 1 year, 8 months ago at 2:36 am.

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Great Domain Trade!

Closed the sale of Cardiologist.com today.

Very successful outcome after holding the domain approximately 14 months.

Still have Urologists.com and Gynecologists.com and have partnered with the team at Highly Relevant to build businesses around these phenomenal domains.

Posted 2 years, 2 months ago at 2:58 am.

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ClearSign Combustion (NASD: CLIR) IPO

Exciting Day!

ClearSign Combustion will begin trading on the Nasdaq (CLIR) today. My first investment into the company back in Spring 2011 at about $2.20 a share, and the IPO is pricing @ $4.

This is one of the most exciting investment opportunities I’ve ever been a part of. The Company’s technology has the potential to massively disrupt the existing economic model and environmental impacts of combustion systems.

ClearSign is a development-stage company – there are no revenues yet – and with that carries substantial risk. But if things continue on the current trajectory, this could very well be a billion-dollar company.

Posted 2 years, 3 months ago at 2:53 am.

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Unofficial launch of MeaningfulWomen.com

Happy Holidays!

I hope you’ll check out my latest project, MeaningfulWomen.com, and read this heartfelt holiday post by Ellen.

Stay tuned for more updates and please drop me a line if you’d like to contribute to MeaningfulWomen.com.

Posted 2 years, 7 months ago at 9:25 am.

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New Investment: Ironclad Performance Wear (OTC: ICPW)

I made a sizable personal investment in a small, public company called Ironclad Performance Wear. The company makes “technical, task-specific performance work gloves,” and is based about seven minutes from my house.

I lead a private transaction with an existing shareholder, and we purchased the shares at a small discount to the market price of $.08 per share on the day we reached terms back in August.

Ironclad is a neat little company with great executive leadership — my friend Scott Jarus is CEO and has orchestrated a very successful turn around over the past couple of years.

Keep your eyes on ICPW stock — it’s going to be a winner!

Posted 2 years, 10 months ago at 2:47 am.

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Thank you, Teabaggers

Historic day on Wall Street as the Dow dropped more than 600 points and the Nasdaq fell almost 7%.

Americans can point the finger squarely at the wingnut Tea Party sect of the Republican Party. I used to think of them as “fringe” extremists, but it’s hard to say “fringe” when they represent mainstream Republican thinking.

I believe we’re approaching $2 Trillion in blown up wealth in the past couple of weeks….Thank you, Teabaggers!

YHOO-finance-8-8-2011

Posted 2 years, 11 months ago at 9:34 pm.

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Birthers and the Republican Party

I was recently explaining to a friend that I didn’t leave the Republican Party — the Republican Party left me.

Want more proof?

Results of a survey conducted by Public Policy Polling of Raleigh, North Carolina reports that of 2012 Republican primary voters, 52% still either think Obama was born outside the United States or aren’t sure.

Public Policy Polling

One particular friend tells me I’m guilty of characterizing the entire GOP with the positions of the fringe extremists. But this poll proves exactly my point: fringe, extremist positions are often held by a majority of voters in the Republican Party.

So to all Republican readers of my blog, I just want to congratulate you on the company you keep.

Posted 3 years, 2 months ago at 8:36 pm.

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