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CEI - RIP - The Man Who Fed The World, Norman Borlaug 

The Man Who Fed the World  

He may have saved a billion people from starvation [1], but, if you asked a random sample of reasonably well educated Americans who Norman Borlaug was, they’d probably answer, “Norman who?”

I’ll tell you Norman who.  His biographer, Leon Hesser, called him the Man Who Fed the World [2].  Science reporter Gregg Easterbrook called him the Forgotten Benefactor of Humanity [1]. I’ve called him a Modern Prometheus [3].  And comedians Penn and Teller said (well, mostly Penn said) that he was the greatest human being [4]who ever lived.

Norman Borlaug was an American agricultural scientist and plant breeder whose work sparked what is now known as the Green Revolution.  He was recognized with countless scientific and humanitarian awards, including, in 1970, the Nobel Peace Price [5]. Quite tragically, he died of cancer yesterday, at the age of 95 [6].

Borlaug was born on a small farm in Crespo, Iowa in 1914 and developed an interest in applying science and technology to agriculture during the Depression-era dustbowl that desiccated the Great Plains in the first half of the 1930s.  He went off to study forestry and plant pathology — and compete on the wrestling team — at the University of Minnesota in 1933.  He eventually would complete a Master’s and Ph.D. at the U of M, after brief stints with the U.S. Forest Service that periodically interrupted his studies.  After completing his Ph.D. in 1942, Borlaug worked for two years at DuPont, contributing scientific research for the war effort. > READ THE FULL BLOG POST.




WNO - Video: Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) Says Don't Blame Republicans If Health Care Fails 



Video: Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC) Says Don't Blame  Republicans If Health Care Fails


"Now I'm annoyed when some people say well if we don't get a health care plan it'll be the Republicans fault. Well do the mathematics on that. The Democrats not only have the majority, they have the leverage...So I think it's going to be inequitable and unfair to point accusatory fingers at Republicans if in fact the plan does collapse."


Who: Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)

What: Exclusive interview regarding health care.

When: September 14th, 2009


Coble Soundbite #1:

"I just don't believe that the President won any converts over as a result of the speech."


Coble Soundbite 2:

"Most of my constituents, and it's running about two to one district wide, are in opposition to what is called the Obama Plan."


Length of Full Interview: 4:43

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DSCC - More Video of Ayotte Stumbling on The Stump 

DSCC Releases links to Granite Grok video of Former NH Attorney General Kelly Ayotte.


Kelly Ayotte on the Stump


Giuda Continues to Explore 2010 Congressional Run 

Hon. Bob Giuda, Former Deputy Majority Leader of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, continued to explore a run for New Hampshire’s U.S. 2nd Congressional District seat in 2010.  

At a fundraiser held at the home of Hon. Robert and Mrs. Helen Rowe in Amherst on Sunday, Giuda told about 50 attendees that “out-of-control spending by Congress has increased the national debt to a level that is unsustainable”. He encouraged people to “just do the math” and use common sense with respect to the proposed government takeover of health care, asking “how can we add 47 million people to a health care system, with no increase in the number of doctors and hospitals, and honestly tell the American people that service will improve and costs will go down?” On Cap-and-Trade, Giuda commented, “Cap-and-Trade will harm U.S. businesses – and only U.S. businesses – by adding additional regulations and an energy tax on energy producers and users – adding as much as $3,000 per year (CBO figures) to the energy costs of every household in the United States, and creating an additional $367 billion revenue stream for an already out-of-control federal government.” 

Giuda, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and former United States Marine Corps officer, has been a Selectman and Chairman of the Board, 3-term State Representative and Deputy Majority Leader of the New Hampshire House. When asked what would distinguish him from other candidates, Giuda stated, “Two things:  experience and leadership.” Giuda was the sole NH House sponsor of a successful Constitutional amendment that protected private property rights by limiting government’s power of eminent domain. He was also instrumental in passing federal legislation to train and arm airline pilots to defend against hijackings, and was prime sponsor of a bill that resulted in U.S. House hearings that exposed atrocities being committed by foreign military forces in the disputed territory of Kashmir. 

Giuda, 57, and wife Christine, a former Navy Nurse, have been married for 28 years, and reside in Warren, NH. They have 3 grown children.



DSCC - DeMint or Snowe? Ayotte Won't Say  

Daily Kos: NH-Sen: DeMint or Snowe? Ayotte Won't Say

Laura Clawson 9/12/09

This is taking the whole no-positions thing a little far:

After a 10-minute speech at the Shang Hai Restaurant, she fielded a number of questions from some of the 30 people who attended, but balked at providing many direct answers from a variety of questions that varied from her stand on states' rights, to whether her political philosophy was closer to that of Maine Republican Olympia Snowe or South Carolina Republican Jim DeMint.

"I can't identify with one person, but I would listen to the people of New Hampshire," Ayotte said, saying she had dealt with "tough cases and tough situations" and has never turned away from a fight.

According to CQ's party unity scores, Olympia Snowe votes with her party the least of any Republican in the Senate. DeMint votes with the Republicans 100% of the time.

Olympia Snowe might vote for a health care reform bill (though she'd gut it first). Jim DeMint wants health care reform to be Obama's Waterloo.

And Kelly Ayotte, the GOP's favored candidate for Senate in New Hampshire, will not say which of these current members of her party she would be closer to if she were elected. You can't even accuse her of being unprincipled, because she won't claim a principle to begin with.