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This has been a great course today, especially since it is at my Alma Mater.

What a difference in class composition – good to see the younger next generation of dentists.


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According to the latest Gallup Poll.
The latest Gallup Daily tracking three-day average shows 41% of Americans approving of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. That ties his low as president, which he registered three times previously — twice in August 2010 and once in October 2010.

Well, the economy is stagnant, unemployment is high, and Obama has started a third war in Libya which is dubious at best.

And, what does Obama do this week?

He resumes his class warfare rhetoric of the 2008 Presidential campaign and attacks Rep. Paul Ryan and his proposed budget.

The current 41% approval rating from April 12-14 polling includes interviews conducted before and after Obama announced his plan for deficit reduction on Wednesday. It also comes in the same week Congress is voting on the 2011 budget deal reached last Friday. The deal did not seem to have an immediate effect on the way Americans viewed Obama, given his 44% approval rating in the three days prior to the agreement and his 46% rating in the initial days after the agreement.

Should the President sink lower in the polls, the GOP will not have to worry whether they nominate Mitt Romney or Mike Huckbee. Obama will sink his own re-election efforts. Maybe both will be on the ticket.

President Obama is now as unpopular as he has been at any time since he became president. He faces difficult challenges ahead in trying to improve the economy and get the federal budget deficit under control, and must do so with Republicans in control of the House. His ability to navigate these challenges will help determine whether he will be elected to a second term as president. Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton all were similarly unpopular at this stage of their presidencies, but the last two were able to turn things around in time to win a second term in office.

Yeah, with Obama’s confrontational speech this week and the ramping up of his re-election effort in Chicago today, I doubt he is going to receive much cooperation from the GOP now until after the November 2012 election.

The Presidential campaign of 2012 has started.

Obama will have to make his case as to why he should be re-elected – or not.

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USC Restorative Dental Implant Course, originally uploaded by flap.

This course is interesting because the lecturer is good and he has made the course interactive with an electronic device.

Now, we need to share it over social media.

Eventually, I guess.


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These are my links for April 15th from 05:14 to 05:41:

  • Boston Marathon 2011 Guide: Where to Watch & Who to Look For – The 115th running of the Boston Marathon is on for Monday, April 18, 2011 and that's big news for Beantown. Every year, on the third Monday in April, at least 500,000 spectators turn up to watch more than 20,000 runners compete in the 26-mile race.

    Here's a comprehensive guide on how to watch the race, who to look for on the course (top runners, celebrity runners, and other notable names), and loads of other details to help you make the most of Marathon Monday.

  • Hispanic Growth Ahead of Political Participation – The Texas Tribune's Ross Ramsey makes an important point that often gets overlooked in the discussion about rapid Hispanic growth across the country.

    As the newly-released 2010 Census figures illustrate, the growth among Latinos across the country is impressive and has made battleground Southwestern states more Democratic in recent years. Democrats, like Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chair Patty Murray are openly talking about contesting Texas in next year's Senate election

    But growth isn't the same as voter participation. And Hispanics aren't participating at nearly the same rate as non-Hispanics – and there are few signs that's changing anytime soon.

    Ramsey points to his home state of Texas as an example. The population of the Republican-friendly Dallas suburb of Collin County (782,341) is about the same as the Democratic-friendly, heavily-Hispanic El Paso County (800,647). But voter turnout last year was nearly twice as high in Collin County than in El Paso, 156,668 to 88,505.

    It's a similar situation in Arizona, where Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) found himself in a surprisingly close contest last year, even though his district is majority-Hispanic and solidly Democratic. But voter participation there was just under 160,000 – one of the lowest totals in any House district in the country – meaning a relatively small proportion of Latinos actually showed up at the polls.

    It's something to consider as we look at the presidential battlegrounds, where President Obama is counting on significant Hispanic turnout and support to contest pivotal states like Florida, Nevada, Colorado and even Arizona. Democrats have been more effective at registering Hispanic voters in Nevada, but less so in Arizona and Texas where turnout has been anemic in many of the heavily-Hispanic seats.


    President Obama will have a difficult time turning out Hispanic voters unless he turns up the PANDER machine pretty quickly.

    With a GOP House, any such attempt will go nowhere as will the Hispanic vote for him in 2012.

  • Employees Now Asking Companies to Leave California – While Sacramento remains fuzzy-headed about California's hostile business climate, the state is experiencing the fastest rate of company out-of-state and out-of-country relocations since I put a specialized tracking system into place two years ago. Activity from Jan. 1 through April 12 of this year shows that 69 California company disinvestment events have occurred, an average of 4.7 per week – greater than the 3.9 average per week last year. See more at Calif. ‘Disinvestment Events' Reach New High As Companies Opt for Other States, Nations posted yesterday.

    By the way, the number one location for California companies to relocate to, or to divert capital for facilities that in the past used to be built here, is Texas with 14 such events.


    And, when utility costs go up because of legislation Jerry Brown signed this past week, more will leave or refuse to relocate to California.

    Yet, Lt Gov. Gavin Newsom goes to Texas?

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