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Kindred and Betsson request to join ATG pools rejected

first_img Kindred and Betsson have failed in a bid to join AB Trav och Galopp’s (ATG) horse racing pools, after Sweden’s Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) rejected the request.The Konkurrensverket concluded that ATG has the right to choose its trading partners, and added that by allowing the two operators to commingle pool betting liquidity with the market leader, it would harm competition in Sweden.By refusing the commingling request, Konkurrensverket said, Kindred and Betsson would instead be more likely to set up their own horse racing pools, thus increasing the range of products available to consumers. The Authority noted that a number of licensees had already done so, adding that there was nothing in the legislation that suggested ATG was obliged to agree to any commingling requests.The issue was first raised by operator association Branschföreningen för onlinespel (BOS) in April this year. BOS lodged a complaint with the Authority, aruging that ATG had effectively been able to maintain its monopoly status in the horse racing market by refusing to pool liquidity with other licensees in the market.The complaint demanded ATG give BOS members Kindred and Betsson access to its racing pools, either on the same terms as international partners such as Norway’s Rikstoto, Danske Spil and France’s Pari-Mutuel Urbain, or on reasonable commercial terms.ATG was the sole horse race betting licensee in Sweden until January 1, 2019, when it lost its monopoly status and shifted to competing against the private market after igaming regulations came into force.“Treating gaming companies so differently from a dominant position is an abuse and violates competition law,” BOS secretary general Gustaf Hoffstedt said at the time.However the Konkurrensverket has now rejected the request, and said it will take no further action on the matter, with the plaintiffs given no leave to appeal.ATG chief executive Hasse Lord Skarplöth described the Authority’s ruling as a “healthy and well-balanced decision”.“There is fierce competition in the gaming market and it is evident that ATG itself will decide with whom it partners,” Skarplöth said. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Kindred and Betsson request to join ATG pools rejected Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Kindred and Betsson have failed in a bid to join AB Trav och Galopp’s (ATG) horse racing pools, after Sweden’s Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) rejected the request. Legal & compliancecenter_img 12th July 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Email Addresslast_img read more

Transformation of a Townhouse / Wuelser Bechtel Architekten

first_img Area:  178 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Stefan Wuelser Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Wuelser Bechtel Architekten Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874406/transformation-of-a-townhouse-wuelser-bechtel-architekten Clipboard Year:  Transformation of a Townhouse / Wuelser Bechtel ArchitektenSave this projectSaveTransformation of a Townhouse / Wuelser Bechtel Architekten Lead Architects: Stefan Wuelser, Nicolaj Bechtel Transformation of a Townhouse / Wuelser Bechtel Architekten Projects 2016 “COPY” “COPY” Houses Photographs Save this picture!© Stefan Wuelser+ 34 Share Manufacturers: C.Bernasconi AG, Farbpalette GmbH, Max Beerli AG ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874406/transformation-of-a-townhouse-wuelser-bechtel-architekten Clipboard Save this picture!© Stefan WuelserTRILOGY OF INTERVENTIONS – FROM GROUND FLOOR UPWARDS:Ground floor – sculpture and collageAn expressive concrete sculpture standing in the middle of the groundfloor and expanding to different extents in different directions. It might surprise at firt glance by its sheer mass and geometrical complexity, but it supports the wooden ceiling, carries the loads of the upper storey, creates a fireplace and storage for firewood, zones the space in functionally and atmospherically different areas and characterizes the space with it’s materiality. With it’s mass it, above all, adds centre and weight to the house. The proportions and expressive shape are both, structural element but also sculpture. This shifts the perception of the new openness from a structural effort to a familiar side by side of elements.Save this picture!© Stefan WuelserIn order to cast the new concrete structure in a tiny house, the formwork and the pouring of the concrete had to be minutely planned. On the ground floor, besides the extensive formwork, there was only a very small passage for accessibility and the important vibration of concrete. On the upper storey, existing floors had to be temporarily opened so that the concrete could be evenly distributed in all the arms and parts of the sculpture. A rather tough mixture of white cement and broken, local limestone was sandblasted directly after the stripping , in order to reveal the typical air inclusions and to give the material more depth. It perfectly blends in the interplay of existing unsealed surfaces and materials and links to the open-pored haptic qualities of the 1929 house. The velvety and rather rough conrete body, the new oiled cement spatula floor and the uncoated lime-cement plaster meet the right tone for a self-assured but calm interpretation of the space.Save this picture!AxonometricThe existing wooden floor was cut up rather inconspiciously and reassembled in it’s geometry to a new whole. Parts of the waste were reused to restore the had-to- be-destroyed area under the concrete framework in front of the chimney. Thus, the floor is today a simplified, carpet-like element between entrance, concrete sculpture and garden facade. On the garden facade is the only externally visible intervention of the conversion. The parapet height of the living room window has been carefully adjusted. The old window sill was removed from the wall and walled at a lower height again. The relief of the side gowns were reproduced using simple wooden framework and concrete casting again.Save this picture!© Stefan WuelserFirst floor – renewal and materiality The existing chamber structure remains intact on the first floor. Accordingly, the slag panels on the ceiling were carefully refreshed and preserves. The floors were uncovered and grinded and oiled. The new lime-cement plaster surfaces fit in with their lively and open-pored texture between the existing woodwork of doors, window frames and ceiling edge strips. The high quality of surfaces compared to todays regular synthetic materials of system-suppliers, are a real pleasure. Thus, the subtleties of light and the depth and haptics of all used materials, old and new, makes us perceive the ordinary as a quality for everyday life.Save this picture!© Stefan WuelserSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Stefan WuelserTop floor – the caravan The top floor, originally designed as an unheated screed, was given a new roof with two dormer windows in 1998. Only these made the low roof space with sill walls of only 30cm usuable as a living space. The resulting areas had a room height of 2.30m in the middle and is exposed to daylight. The proportions of the room, however, remained unfavorable, and the niches and remaining areas beside the dormer windows were still impossible to be furnished. Also neither the windows nor the paneled roof could give the space a pleasing atmosphere. The only identity-creating elements to be found here are the fir floor and the oblique standing chimeny. We added two new, 85cm deep room layers on the short sides of the storey. They regulate the overall proportions and make the appearence of the space much more calm. As in a caravan, the walls become roomy and functional. The first layer includes the steep staircase as well as a spacious warderobe and a hat compartement.Save this picture!© Stefan WuelserOpposite, the wall contains a shower with a toilet and a lavabo as well as the new distribution of all technical installations. On the street side, a deep sideboard pushes the edge of the room further towards the gable. So the lowest walkable area of the room measures 1.50m and makes it possible to properly furniture a bed. The existing paneling, the window frames, the chimney and all new surfaces are painted in a silky white tone.  This, in combination with the lively fir floor, leads to a certain calmess for the small room with many angles and edges and emphasizes the view into the properties beautiful garden.Save this picture!© Stefan WuelserProject gallerySee allShow less”Faith Estates” Proposes a New Approach to Religious Pilgrimage by Excavating Holy S…ArticlesFrom Foundations to Roofs: 10 Detailed Wood Construction Solutions in 3D and 2DMisc Share CopyHouses, Renovation•Zollikon, Switzerland Switzerland CopyAbout this officeWuelser Bechtel ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationZollikonSwitzerlandPublished on June 27, 2017Cite: “Transformation of a Townhouse / Wuelser Bechtel Architekten” 27 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Top Ten New Mistakes of Web Design

Top Ten New Mistakes of Web Design AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “Lack of Archives”, “Moving Pages to New URLs” and “Headlines That Make No Sense Out of Context” all make sense. However, Nielsen is something of a purist, and UK Fundraising takes issue with some of his list of “mistakes.” He recommends that “it is best to avoid any designs that look like advertisements”. While we agree with the approach, and concur that Web users are becoming inured to some advertisements, Web advertising is still an essential service for advertisers and a source of income for publishers.Read Neilsen’s list of mistakes and decide if you can act on them. Usability expert Jakob Nielsen updates his list of common Web design mistakes.Jakob Nielsen first listed the most common Web design mistakes in 1996. “Unfortunately new Web technology and new applications for the Web have introduced an entirely new class of mistakes,” he now writes. He has published the ten worst mistakes.They do not of course apply exclusively to charity Web sites, but they are worth perusing if you run a charity Web site. Advertisement Howard Lake | 29 May 1999 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

China Trade Discussion Continues Next Week

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News China Trade Discussion Continues Next Week China Trade Discussion Continues Next Week SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Trade talks with China will continue next week, according to President Donald Trump. President Trump says he and China’s President Xi Jinping will talk over the phone next week as both sides are willing to work towards a consensus, according to Reuters. A U.S. delegation traveled to China last week with no agreement on a long list of demands. Meanwhile, China’s top economic official is expected to visit Washington, D.C. next week to resume the negotiations sparked by U.S. tariffs.China is imposing and threatening tariffs of U.S. agricultural products, including a 25 percent soybean tariff. Meanwhile, the Trump trade team is currently working on the North American Free Trade Agreement with counterparts from Canada and Mexico, hoping to reach an agreement within the next few weeks. SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – May 8, 2018 Previous articleAssistant to the Secretary Anne Hazlett Applauds FLOTUS Be Best InitiativeNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 9, 2018 Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Students reflect on impact of Ash Wednesday

first_imgFacebook Reagan Eylerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/reagan-eyler/ Linkedin ReddIt printTCU hosted two Ash Wednesday services for members of the TCU community, a day some students used to reflect on their faith. Ash Wednesday, an important Christian holy day, marks the first day of Lent — a 40-day season of fasting and prayer that ends on Easter. On Ash Wednesday, Christians are reminded of their own morality when they receive ashes in the shape of a cross on their forehead.Twenty-two percent of students identify as Roman Catholic and 11 percent identify as Christian — the two largest religious preferences among students. There was an all-campus service in the Robert Carr Chapel at noon and a Catholic mass held in the Brown-Lupton University Union ballroom at 5 p.m.; ashes were given out at both services.Caroline Sumner, a sophomore who has attended mass on Ash Wednesday her whole life, said the day is special to her because it serves as a constant reminder of her faith. “It is one of the only times that my faith is physically represented on me and is a physical reminder,” Sumner said. Sumner said the ashes remind her that she owes everything to God and needs to live her life honoring him. Sophomore Lindsey Bakonyi also recognized the physical aspect of Ash Wednesday. Members of the TCU community at the all-campus worship session in the Robert Carr Chapel. Photo by Reagan Eyler.“You walk around in public and do your daily tasks with black ashes smeared across your forehead,” Bakonyi said. “You do get a lot of weird looks and questions from people who aren’t familiar with it.”Bakonyi said religious holidays are special to her because of her busy college life. “I am not the best at making it to church every week so when there is an important day in Catholicism, it is more of a motivation to attend church and take time to pray and thank God,” Bakonyi said.  Sophomore Ryan Marks attends Ash Wednesday because it helps him focus on the important things in life like “cutting out what is not beneficial to [his] physical and spiritual growth.” Marks said Ash Wednesday has continued to affect him over time. “I do think that over time, Ash Wednesday and Lent have impacted me for the better, to learn how to be thankful and how to sacrifice, while focusing on what is really important,” he said.Lenten devotionals written by faculty, staff and students are sent twice a week during Lent; to sign up, send an email to [email protected] Linkedin ReddIt Reagan Eyler Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Reagan Eylerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/reagan-eyler/ Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Trump addresses coronavirus, 5 killed in Wisconsin shootingNext articleWomen’s basketball fall to UT, 77-67 Reagan Eyler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR COVID-19’s impact on Frog Camp, recruitment Reagan Eylerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/reagan-eyler/ Twitter + posts ‘Ultimate’ college town left deserted amid COVID-19 pandemic Facebook COVID-19 impact on Las Vegas TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution What we’re reading: survivors return to Auschwitz, coronavirus outbreak sparks global economic fears Reagan Eylerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/reagan-eyler/last_img read more

Detained journalist is victim of US-Iran negotiations

first_imgNews to go further News Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 His family reported that his detention was extended for another 60 days and that he still has not been allowed to meet with the lawyer they hired for him. The Iranian authorities have not announced the charges. Rezaian is the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post, which reported that, after five months of arbitrary detention, his appearance before a judge on 6 December lasted ten hours.Commenting officially for the first time on Rezaian’s detention, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: “The United States is deeply disappointed and concerned by reports that the Iranian judiciary has charged Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian with unspecified charges, and that the judge denied his request to be released on bail.”Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran/Afghanistan desk, said: “Westerners, especially journalists, have for years been the victims of the Iranian regime’s security paranoia and its tendency to use them as bargaining chips in diplomatic negotiations – all this amid a complicit silence from the international community.”Moini added: “Rezaian did nothing wrong. He is the victim of infighting among Iran’s leadership factions and tension between the international community and Iran. The international community, and the US in particular, must condemn this practice, which is tantamount to hostage-taking, and must make human rights and the release of journalists a priority in their talks with Iran.”Revolutionary Guards in plain clothes arrested Rezaian at his Tehran home on 22 July along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi – an Iranian journalist working for The National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates – and two other US citizens.Their apartment was searched and ransacked, and all computers and electronic devices were seized. The two other US citizens were released provisionally a month later. After payment of a large sum in bail, Salehi was freed provisionally on 4 October pending trial.After his utterly illegal arrest, Rezaian “disappeared” into the arcane machinery of the Revolutionary Guard security apparatus. For weeks, his name did not appear in any official prison register and his place of detention is still unknown. He was denied the most basic rights, including the services of a lawyer and regular family visits.He has been subjected to long periods of solitary confinement and other forms or pressure with the aim of extracting a confession for use in a trial. The ordeal has reportedly affected him physically and psychologically, and he is said to have lost 30 kilos. The right to adequate medical treatment is one of the many rights denied to detainees in Iran.According to article 168 of the constitution, defendants prosecuted on political charges, including media charges, should be given public, jury trials but most of these trials are held behind closed doors. Defence lawyers are often sidelined and denied access to the case files and in some cases defendants are not even told they have been tried and condemned.Rezaian’s family, which launched a petition this week, told Reporters Without Borders: “Our family urges Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to show the international community that Iran is indeed a country that respects its laws, and order the immediate and unconditional release of Jason and Yeganeh.” Reporters Without Borders is very worried to learn that Jason Rezaian, a journalist with US and Iranian dual citizenship who has been held since 22 July, was charged before a Tehran judge on 6 December and was refused bail. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more News Organisation December 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained journalist is victim of US-Iran negotiations February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Students Test Their Concepts in JPL Invention Challenge

first_img Los Angeles High School’s Team Diamond participates in the 2016 Invention Challenge at JPL. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechCatapults, conveyor belts and vacuums were among the many innovative devices built by students for the 2016 Invention Challenge, an annual engineering competition hosted at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.The event was designed to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering. It allows students to create their own devices and compete against each other and professional teams of engineers from JPL.One of the students from a Tanzanian team that participated in this year’s Invention Challenge at JPL. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechMiddle schools and high schools were represented from across the Los Angeles area and as far away as Riverside and Diamond Bar. One team even required passports: Feza Boys School of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.The winners were two teams from Oakwood High School in North Hollywood, named Oakwood #1 and #2, and Los Angeles High School, whose team name was “Diamond.” Awards were also presented for the most creative, most unusual, and most artistic devices.Oakwood High School’s Oakwood #1 took top prize at this year’s Invention Challenge at JPL. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis year’s theme, “Don’t Waste a Drop,” required students to move 250 grams of water and a 3-D printed goldfish from a plastic cup to a larger water vessel. The challenges were many: getting systems of weights and pulleys to move smoothly; making sure cups didn’t tilt too far or spill too much water; and even preventing the goldfish from breaking, which resulted in disqualification.Now in its nineteenth year, the Invention Challenge has inspired former participants to recreate the competition in their home countries, said Paul MacNeal, a JPL mechanical systems engineer and the contest’s organizer.“Our goal with this event is to inspire the next generation of engineers,” MacNeal said. “It’s great to see just how far that inspiration has extended. It’s a fun way to teach teamwork and innovative thinking.”Dogan Aykurt, a Turkish teacher who brought the Tanzanian team to JPL, had participated in the Istanbul Invention Challenge in Turkey when he was in graduate school. The Istanbul event utilizes the rules of the JPL Invention Challenge and is held one day later. He hoped that bringing his students all the way to the U.S. would help them to dream big and develop science and technology in their own country.“I thought if we bring these students to JPL, they’ll get new ideas,” Aykurt said. “That’s a big issue for them, because Tanzania is still a developing country.” He hopes to bring students from a neighboring girl’s school next year.The designs of the devices were varied. For example, Arcadia High School’s team, Absolute Value C, developed a conveyor belt design. The engineering challenges evolved as the project developed — and included staying dry.“Initially, the water would go so fast it would shoot over the end,” said Arcadia High senior Lauren Shen. “We added a guard so it wouldn’t shoot over. But one time, we forget to put the vessel on the end, and I was sitting on the ground and it soaked me.” Fortunately, that didn’t happen during today’s event.Caltech in Pasadena, manages JPL for NASA. 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Spread-F ionospheric irregularities and their relationship to stable auroral red arcs at magnetic mid-latitudes

The signature of the stable auroral red arc (SAR arc) as it appears on ionograms is described. The key features are a very significant increase in the amount of spread-F and a reduction in the maximum plasma density compared with regions just equatorward and poleward of the SAR arc Identification of the SAR arc signature is made by using complementary data from the global auroral imaging instrument on board the Dynamics Explorer-1 satellite. At sunspot minimum there is a positive correlation between the occurrence of spread-F on ionograms from Argentine Islands, Antarctica (65°S, 64°W; L = 2.3) and magnetic activity. In contrast, at sunspot maximum there is a weak negative correlation when the K magnetic index is less than 6. but a significant increase in spread-F occurrence at K ⩾ 6. Detailed study of ionograms shows that there are two distinct regions where considerable spread-F is observed. These are the region where SAR arcs occur and the poleward edge of the mid-latitude ionospheric trough. They are separated by a region associated with the trough minimum, where comparatively little spread-F is seen. It is suggested that the movement of these features to lower latitudes with increasing magnetic and solar activity can explain the lack of correspondence between variations of spread-F occurrence as a function of magnetic activity at sunspot maximum compared with that at sunspot minimum at Argentine Islands. read more

Pension dispute resolution in sight

first_imgThe University and Colleges Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK) have reached a provisional agreement over pension reforms impacting academics, potentially bringing an end to 14 days of industrial strike action.It comes after a dramatic week of events in Oxford, with Louise Richardson reversing her stance on the pension dispute following pressure from hundreds of academics.Mediation talks between the two parties begun at the end of last month, though progress was frequently reported as disappointing.However, employers and union leaders have this evening agreed a revised proposal to reform pensions, which – if endorsed by all parties – will be introduced as part of a three-year transitional arrangement.During the three years, both employers and members will have to pay higher contributions – 19.3 per cent of salaries for employers, and 8.7 per cent for members.The deal also includes external scrutiny of the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s valuation methodology by an “independent expert valuation group”, as a result of the concerns raised by some employers and UCU about the scheme’s valuation methodology and assumptions. The group will contain both academics and pension professionals.The three-year arrangement means both parties will have to find another solution soon and have committed to exploring risk sharing alternatives from 2020, “in particular collective defined contributions”.UCU have a meeting of their Higher Education Committee and branch leaders tomorrow, where a decision will be made regarding this new deal and the continuation of strikes.If the proposed agreement is deemed satisfactory, industrial action will be suspended immediately.Last week, leading academics accused Louise Richardson of “threatening to shut down the debate” on the pensions dispute, after she opposed the prospect of it being debated at last week’s Congregation.Despite the debate not being heard after the required twenty members opposed, hundreds of academics left the Sheldonian and held their own symbolic vote outside.The next morning, Louise Richardson cited “the depth of feeling of so many colleagues” in her decision to call an emergency meeting of University management with the intention of reversing Oxford’s response to the UUK survey on pension reform.The survey was used to justify the controversial changes to the pension fund, citing that 42 per cent of institutions, including Oxford, wanted the scheme to have “less risk”.last_img read more

Congressional Candidate Dr. Richard Moss Thanks Wayne Parkes For Boosting His Campaign

first_imgJasper, IN – The Moss For Congress Campaign would like to formally thank Vanderburgh County GOP Chair Wayne Parkes for his support of Dr. Moss’s campaign to represent Indiana’s 8th district in Congress for the Republican Party. Although Parkes endorsed Congressman Larry Bucshon, Dr. Moss’s opponent in the Congressional race, the Moss For Congress Campaign recognizes that this will most likely redound to Dr. Moss’s benefit. Whether this was Parkes’s ultimate intention is not known.Earlier this week, in a break with protocol, Wayne Parkes, shocked his followers and hangers-on and the listening public by releasing his endorsement of a slate of candidates competing in Republican primaries.Republican primary candidates chimed in as reported in the Evansville Courier Press.Brenda Bergwitz, who’s running for the commissioner’s seat after winning a German Township Advisory Board position in 2014, wasn’t surprised to learn she won’t get a vote from the party head.  “I think it’s sad … and they wonder why regular, normal people don’t want to get involved — it’s because it’s already fixed from the get-go,” Bergwitz said.Cheryl Musgrave, a local who’s held several elected and governmental positions over the last 20 years, who is running for Vanderburgh County Commissioner, and who has been a Republican since the 1980s, said she couldn’t remember a party chairman ever making endorsements for every race in a primary. “For him to, ultimately all by himself, make endorsements is an improper use of his role as party chairman,” Musgrave said. A party chairman endorsing candidates turns off voters, she said.” Voters are telling me that’s causing them to want to do the opposite of what he’s doing.” she said. There were others who shared similar sentiments.Indeed, Parkes has done all of us not among his chosen a favor. He has probably also done some damage to his preferred circle of candidates. Hence my thanks and gratitude to the county chair for helping my campaign.But this point should be elementary to someone as politically astute as Mr. Parkes. As Vanderburgh County GOP chair, he should understand that his job is to unify the party, not divide it. The primary is for Republican voters, whom we colloquially refer to as “we the people,” to decide who will be their standard bearer in the general election against the Democrats. It is typical not to take sides. One may have a preference but should keep that private while treating all Republican primary candidates equally. To take the unusual measure of listing one’s recommendations, sharing them publically with more than 1500 people on the party’s email list as well as in newspapers while urging GOP primary voters to use them as cheat-sheets at the polls is over-the-top, clumsy, and heavy-handed at best, and abusive and corrupt at worst.Such a move undermines the primary process and seeks to influence the outcome, decidedly not the job of county chair. More than that, it is a slap in the face of the other Republican candidates, generally all good reliable members of the Republican Party, some of whom may wind up winning anyway despite Parkes’s misguided efforts, which will complicate efforts in the general election. It also insults the Republican base, the ones who knock on doors, plant yard signs, make phone calls, and vote. It shows contempt for them and the democratic process. It also conveys nervousness and doubt over the county chairs favored candidates. While we recognize that Wayne Parkes and his ilk are likely to support what we commonly refer to as “Establishment” candidates (particularly at the national or federal level), to do so openly during a primary is peculiar and suggests consternation that the preferred candidates, the establishment picks, may not be faring as well as he had hoped hence his decision to intervene in this unprecedented and graceless, amateurish manner.It is also odd that he would endorse John Kasich for President, another “Establishment” favorite but someone who has no mathematical chance of winning the nomination. Why tell voters to throw away their vote to someone who cannot win? Kasich is truly reprehensible for staying in the race for his own selfish and egotistical reasons, when all the other former Presidential candidates with no chance of winning have already abandoned the contest. He is a self-obsessed saboteur, a shameless self-promoter, who seeks to disrupt the Republican Convention for personal reasons. His decision to continue his futile and insufferable campaign throws into question not just his judgment but the judgment of the county chair who would endorse him.But there is yet a deeper issue on display in this unfortunate political exercise by the county chair. In his inept, bungling way, he displays an overwhelming obtuseness to what is going on around the country – which I should scarcely need to mention. As the county chair appears to have missed this, allow me to point out that the Republican base has had it with the Republican Party in Washington. They are disgusted with it. And the reason is that Republican leadership in Washington DC is out of touch. But it goes far deeper than that. They have betrayed the base, and then heaped scorn, slander, and contempt upon them – on the people who get them elected. An unpardonable sin. And the base is sick of it, as we have witnessed in this election season.Yes, we the conservative base are disgusted with the gutless, stand for nothing Republican Party in Washington, with the impotent, pathetic Republican leadership and their water-carriers in Congress who cave on every issue. We can no longer tolerate big spending Republicans who come home during election time and campaign as conservatives and return to Washington and vote as liberals, who make promises they have no intention of keeping. We are tired of Republican leadership and their loyal foot soldiers in Congress like Larry Bucshon who do the bidding of their leaders who in turn do the bidding of Obama and the Democrats. And this is why the base has rejected the “Establishment.” This is why Jeb Bush, Chris Christy, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich are either out of the Presidential race or have no chance of winning, like the disgraceful Kasich, who stays in the race despite this, an annoying, malign figure. It is only the outsiders left, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, both outsiders, a sure sign of the contempt the base holds for the Republican ruling class. And apparently Mr. Parkes has missed all this. Apparently he failed to notice the grand, chaotic spectacle of Republican Party Politics across the land and in the media the last nine months, and what it portends for the Republican Party and the next election.The people are angry as hell and hold the federal government, Washington, and the Republican Party, in particular the Congress, responsible. Yes, we are tired of the backroom deals, the political patronage, favoritism, and cronyism. We cannot abide an inept, unprincipled Republican Party in Washington that can’t surrender soon enough. We have had it with the career politicians that betray the base that wins them stunning, landslide election victories as we did in 2010 and 2014 – and get nothing for their trouble. When Parkes delivered his cheat sheet for the Republican rank and file he displayed all the arrogance of the Republican ruling class in Washington. Not recognizing the frustration of the base with its leadership, he also failed to realize his actions would backfire.As I said, I want to thank Chairman Parkes for aiding the Moss For Congress campaign. We appreciate his support!Another note. Has anyone seen Congressman Larry Bucshon? We have been looking for him, but can’t seem to find him. Is he in hiding? Part of the witness-protection program? We have publically challenged him to a debate, to defend his voting record, his love of spending and the Obama agenda, of more debt and more government, of amnesty, the EPA, sanctuary cities, and Planned Parenthood. We invited the Congressman to a debate on March 30. He failed to show. We challenged him again publically last week. He ignored it. The College Republicans at Vincennes University invited him to debate me under their auspices. He refused and the poor College Republican youngsters were given a stern rebuke for challenging the Congressman – at a time when we are trying to recruit youth to our mission and party. Not a good example. If anyone sees the Congressman, if anyone can find him or his many operatives out and about, please advise him that we are looking for him and recommend he stop dodging the voters, the issues, and his voting record. We would relish the opportunity to debate him on the issues and his voting record sometime before May 3.“Our nation is at the precipice. Time is running out. We cannot afford business as usual or the status quo. Our country is slipping through our fingers. It is time for a change for Indiana’s 8th district. I ask for your vote in the Republican Primary May 3 2016. I will be your conservative champion in Washington. I will not let you down. Thank you.”Find out more about Dr. Moss at www.rmoss4congress.com.  Call or email at 812-684-0971 or [email protected]  Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more