Monday, November 21, 2011

LeBron James, star pals to lead tour

Google+ is sponsoring and live streaming a four-game NBA exhibition tour starring LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and other big stars next month.

NBA players have been staging these quasi-pickup games all summer because of the lockout.
The Google+ "Homecoming Tour" looks to be the biggest barnstorming tour yet.

LeBron, Carmelo, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade will each host a game in their respective hometowns between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10.

Chris Bosh is expected to come along for the ride as well.
So if you're pining for NBA hoops, dust off that Google+ account that you haven't used in a few months.

Dr. J mementos sell for $3.5 million

6 Erving memorabilia auction nets $3.5 million   National Post

 Erving memorabilia auction nets $3.5 million   National Post

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Gingrich and Romney top Gallup poll

Republicans are most likely to name Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich as their first choice for their party’s 2012 presidential nomination, with Herman Cain close behind. Among all Republicans nationwide, Romney is the choice of 20% and Gingrich 19%. Among Republican registered voters, Gingrich is at 22% and Romney at 21%.

Mid-November 2011 results: Next, I'm going to read a list of people who are running for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. After I read the names, please tell me which candidate you are most likely to support for the nomination, or if you would support someone else.
These results are based on a USA Today/Gallup poll of 1,062 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents conducted Nov. 13-17. Compared with the prior poll, conducted Nov. 3-6, Gingrich’s support has increased from 12% to 19% among all Republicans. His support has gone up in each of the last three polls after bottoming out at 4% in August, and is now at his highest for the campaign to date.
Meanwhile, Cain, who has been dogged by allegations of sexual harassment, has seen his support dip slightly, from 21% to 16%. However, it remains well above the levels from earlier this year, which were generally in the single digits.

Rick Perry’s support also slipped, to 8% in the latest poll, conducted after the two most recent candidate debates, including the Nov. 9 debate in which Perry failed to remember the names of all three cabinet departments he vowed to shut down if elected. Perry’s support has declined in each of the last three updates after peaking at 29% in mid-August, shortly after he entered the race.
Romney, meanwhile, has been the leader or tied for the lead in nearly every poll conducted since May, when the Republican field largely came into shape.

Trend in Preferences for Republican Nomination, Recent Gallup Polls
Most of the candidates, including Romney, receive roughly equal support from conservative and moderate or liberal Republicans. Cain and, in particular, Gingrich, have greater appeal to conservative Republicans.
Overall, Gingrich has a slight edge over Romney and Cain among conservatives, while Romney has a wider margin over the others among moderates and liberals.

Preferences for Republican Nomination, by Political Ideology, Mid-November 2011
Conservatives outnumber moderates and liberals by better than 2-to-1 in the Republican rank-and-file.
Gingrich and Cain appear to have benefited most from the decline in Perry’s support. In Gallup’s August update, when Perry was the overall leader, 33% of conservative Republicans favored him, making him the clear leader in that subgroup. At that time, 16% of conservative Republicans supported Romney, 5% Cain, and 4% Gingrich.

Older Republicans Lean Heavily to Gingrich, Romney

Republican presidential nominee preferences vary significantly by age. If the nomination were contested solely among senior citizens, it would be a two-man race between Gingrich (34%) and Romney (28%), with 6 in 10 Republicans aged 65 or older supporting one of those two candidates, and no other candidate above 8% in that age group.

In fact, Gingrich’s support is heavily concentrated among Republicans who are at least 50, while his support is 4% among Republicans younger than 30. This pattern may reflect the fact that he has been out of public office for more than a decade, and thus a less familiar figure to younger Republicans.

Cain and Ron Paul do much better among younger than among older Republicans, a consistent finding for Paul throughout the campaign. And while Romney is competitive with the leaders in every age group, his support tends to be greater among older Republicans.

Preferences for Republican Nomination, by Age, Mid-November 2011
Older Americans in general are more likely to vote in elections than younger Americans, suggesting that Gingrich’s and Romney’s greater support among older Republicans may translate better to actual voting than Cain’s and Paul’s among younger Republicans.

With the first official nominating contest, the Iowa caucuses, now just six weeks away, there is no clear national front-runner for the Republican nomination. Romney remains at the top of the list, along with Gingrich, whose campaign has mounted a comeback in recent weeks, and Cain. Gingrich’s rise coincides with the recent declines of Perry and, to a lesser extent, Cain,

Typically, well before the Iowa caucuses, Republicans have anointed a dominant front-runner who wound up being the nominee. The major exception was in the last campaign, when Rudy Giuliani led national polls by a healthy margin for much of 2007 but was largely uncompetitive in the 2008 primaries and caucuses.
Thus, the current contest stands to be the most competitive and perhaps most unpredictable for the Republican nomination since 1972, when the parties shifted the power to choose their presidential nominees away from party leaders at the national convention to the rank-and-file voters in state primaries and caucuses.

First Lady Booed at NASCAR Event

Daily Mail

Appearing yesterday at a NASCAR event in Florida, First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Jill Biden received audible boos from the crowd after being announced. Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Biden were in attendance at the NASCAR event to

UC Davis police chief put on leave after pepper-spray incident – The Guardian

The University of California, Davis has placed its police chief on administrative leave after campus police deployed pepper-spray at close range on students during a protest on Friday. UC Davis said early on Monday that it was necessary to place police

The capture of Gaddafi’s son – Reuters

Globe and Ma
Globe and Mail The capture of Gaddafi's son Reuters OBARI, Libya (Reuters) – The chic black sweater and jeans were gone. So too the combat khaki T-shirt of his televised last stand in Tripoli. Designer stubble had become bushy black beard after months on the run.

ZINTAN, Libya Nov 19 (Reuters) – Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib said on Saturday he had confidence that the authorities in the town of Zintan holding Muammar Gaddafi's son would take care of him until he received "proper justice". …

A day after Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam was captured in the same general region, Abdul Hafiz Ghoga told a news conference that Senussi, the elder Gaddafi's brother-in-law and loyal confidant, had been seized. Earlier, an NTC military official said …

LIBYA: Saif al-Islam, Muammar Gaddafi's son and one-time heir apparent, was captured early on Nov. 19 in southern Libya; meanwhile, the Libyan the prime minister-designate, Abdurrahim El-Keib, tried to put together a new government which will balance …