GCC Blocks Again

The 2014 Political Forums at GCC prove as biased and corrupt as our political system. They are refusing to allow me to participate in tonight’s Republican Legislative forum.

Davita Palacios, who says she is in charge, claims GEC did not provide my name as having picked up a candidate package. When challenged, she blamed Guam Republican Party chair Mike Benito for not providing my name as a candidate. Then, she claimed I failed to communicate with her organization. Truth be told, Ms. Palacios failed to return phone calls and emails.

Seems there IS a coordinated effort after all to block candidates that intend to fight for real for the people.



Business Titan Skates Away

THEY are called “movers and shakers” because they initiate events and influence people, even whole industries. So it is, when Jay R. Shedd busts a move, people and things get all shook up…Guamblog predicts major aftershock as this business titan bails on Docomo. Expect the telecom and media landscape to be transformed once again as this man moves and shakes. There has to be some serious fallout in Tokyo right now, with the real question about what will happen next without the King Rex at the helm.

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POLITICS takes a back seat this week as business gossip spins out into viral overload. Wags have been afire with the news of another seismic shift in the local media landscape…and, once again, at the epicenter is regional business titan Jay Shedd.

Last week, news leaked of the Docomo Pacific chief executive officer’s resignation, sending temblors through boardrooms and offices all over the island. Now, word comes of a fierce, but furtive competition taking place among media and telecom interests as companies hastily strategize their potential for the acquisition of the island’s most valuable free agent.

Having led a small mobile phone company to the apex of the regional telecom universe, Shedd was key to transforming that company into a stellar giant with the acquisition and merger of the region’s largest cable service provider.

Rarely are companies afforded the opportunity to scoop such an enormous professional talent from the market place, right here in our own backyard. Shedd is more than just a superstar entrepreneurial free agent; signing him to “the team” would be akin to bringing Phil Jackson on board.

Only recently, Shedd took to the business battlefield with the 800-strong member companies of the National Cable Television Cooperative in a successful challenge to the avarice of Sumner Redstone and his global mass media company Viacom. They successfully defeated Viacom’s attempt to bleed cable providers for more money, a move that could have seen local cable subscriber bills soar by as much as 40 percent.

The Guam grapevine, usually reserved for sizzling political speculation, is ablaze with chatter about Shedd’s future and where he will end up. Undoubtedly, as technology drives further integration and transformation of media and content delivery, Shedd’s unparalleled experience and acumen would contribute to the value quotient of any company he signs with to the next level.

On the other hand, it could be that after two decades as an innovator at the vanguard of telecommunications and media in the Marianas, playing a key role in the transformation of the industry here and in the CNMI, Shedd could be ready to kick back and relish the fruits of his hard work – and the joys of his young family.

Whatever choice this titanic business leader makes in the coming days, it cannot go unnoticed that in his wake, the staggering loss creates an enormous vacuum of leadership at Docomo. And slowly, that void is starting to be filled with concerns among larger Docomo customers about what Shedd’s departure will mean to their businesses. Certainly, it won’t be long before residential subscribers begin to wonder what Shedd’s abrupt departure means to them…and then there are the employees. The best and brightest like to to stick together once they have found each other. Docomo’s stunning loss could see be the start of an exodus of the most talented, and committed employees as they would, no doubt, want to follow this business leader wherever he might go.

The acquisition of the former Docomo CEO by a local telecom or media enterprise would be a major coup. It promises an exciting new shake up for businesses, and anyone else whose lives revolve around their phones, internet and cable services – and that could be a very good thing for customers!



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Anonymous asked:

I am voting for you. Guam is Juliet who needs her Romeo! Romeo Carlos, you have my Republican vote this primary election! Never give up okay because you have people like me behind you all the way!


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Anonymous asked:

Hello Romeo, As I consider who I give my votes to I'd like to know your position on the possible Guam plebiscite. Where do you stand on who should be allowed to vote on Guam's political future?

OMG!!!! I am so glad you asked that…I have been working on that issue as part of my platform for the past week. Please stay tuned. More info will be available this week when I finish the new blog layout…but thanks for asking! Makes me feel good to know that there are people who really do understand and care about the importance of this critical issue!



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Anonymous asked:

Do you think Jonathan Blas Diaz is helping or hurting the cause with his satirical antics? Raising awareness is one thing, being ridiculed and burning bridges to future progress is another. What is your take on the situation?

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Firstly, before one can burn a bridge, a bridge must exist. So, I have to disagree with your premise that he is somehow “burning bridges.” I also readily admit to not being clear on the “cause” you are concerned about.

However, that said, IMHO, Jonathan is doing himself no favors, but he has managed to achieve more earned media (free press) than I have…in fact, more than most other candidates running for election.

Mr. Diaz, despite or in spite of criticism, is at least doing something. That is far more than can be said of 99% of his critics and mockers.

As for satire…really? You want to know what I think about “satirical antics???” You mean like,  the knit-one-pearl-two routine Diaz did as Governor Calvo discussed how letting his queer communication staffers legally wed would make heteros who lust after their siblings and children want to marry them too, all the while implying queer marriage would stain the sanctity of breeder marriage more than…um…let’s say, I dunno, an adulterous affair one might have with the wife of a preacher while holding an important elected office and espousing (no punnish-ment) upholding traditional family and moral Christian values….or something like that…is that what you mean?

Oh dear. You must be new to Gb, friend! 

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Anonymous asked:

Republicans? Building "trust" and "unity"? What a fucking joke.

TRUTH, in my campaign, stands for:
Together Rebuilding Unity, Trust & Hope.

No. It’s not a joke…but thanks anyway for taking the time to write to Guamblog expressing your anger, hate and obstinance. It provides an idea opportunity to discuss why I am running.

Truth is, it has nothing to do with being a Republican or a Democrat; it’s about being honest with voters about the burdensome negativity and poisonous thinking reflected in comments like yours, that has contributed to creating so much dysfunction in our government and such division in our community. Attitudes like yours are very much a part of the problem and a root cause for the social decay eating away at the goodness that was Guam.

It is precisely your bitter hopelessness that compels me to run for office this year. It is not easy, making oneself a target for haters and the nattering nabobs of negativity who are anxious to tear shit up, but too lazy and apathetic to work hard to make things better. Somebody has to be willing to step up and do it.

In fact, the more off-putting, the more critical the need to go beyond the mulish rhetoric of hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of hollow hype and work with others in our community who have not yet succumbed to a cankerous attitude, like yours.

True, it is an arduous task for jaded scoffers to understand such things as hope and faith, but I sincerely believe in the goodness of the people of this island. The true “silent majority” are those residents who want to do more than lurk on the margins in the shadow of anonymity, griping and spewing hateful commentary at the hopeful.

I am running for senator, for the people who refuse to surrender their hope to those, like yourself, who insist on thinking in such tight little boxes of hate and anger.

More importantly, I am doing this especially for people like you.

Yes, even if I am the only one (and I know I am not) who believes we can work toward a better Guam, a good Guam, I will do this…for you, Anonymous - and for all the other hopeless haters out there, too. Hopefully, we can slide that lid back on your little box of hate and free you to once again believe in better things, in the hope of a brighter future for Guam.

Esta amigo.



Inbox 4.12.14

Getting quite a few more emails and messages than normal since letting folks know I am running for Senator this year. There is so very much being expressed by people, so much we feel in common…I want to share some of these important sentiments with Guamblog readers. While, I understand many of you feel unsure about speaking out, for fear of retribution, intimidation and bullying, you are not alone. Send your opinions and comments right here. I will say for you what needs to be said.

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Dear Mr Carlos,

It’s not safe in Guam anymore. 

There’s a feeling of uneasiness leaving my house nowadays. Do I have too much cash in my wallet? Did I lock my house door? My brother went out to have a drink with his company buddies, is he ok? These are unthinkable questions a decade ago. Self defense classes will do very little or even escalate a situation where some desperate guy who wants to get whatever fix they need. Three guys? A bat? It’s a miracle that Aji-ichi owner is alive.

Things need to change. Drastically. Radically. Truthfully.

I left Guam for University in 1991. I used to tell all my friends in the States how wonderful and familial the island was. That it was an idyllic life here. Sure there was corruption, drugs, and violence in those days. But none would think life-threatening. You could get a beating but would live to tell the tale. Now, you’d be lucky to be breathing.

Family brought me back to Guam 4 years ago. The shock of seeing news after news of really bad things happening made me instantly regret bringing my wife and newborn daughter here. Especially after telling her all of my childhood tales. 

I’ve read that you are running on three platforms. I agree with them all: Senators being part-time, Drinking age reduction, and Medical Marijuana. However, I really would like some kind of traction or even study into the violence on the island. Our main industry depends on safety. Our culture and lifestyle depends on safety. Please please bring this issue to the forefront. I’m a layman. I wouldn’t even know how to approach it. But that’s what leaders should do right?

Sincerely….

F.
(A Gb Reader)

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