Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Federal Government Pay Freeze

At least part of the message sent by taxpayers in the last election has been received by President Barack Obama. Yesterday, the President put a freeze on increases in the pay of all federal employees with the exception of people in the military. So, what are the pros and cons of a federal government pay freeze and will this one step help reduce the expanding deficit? The simple answer is yes, but the larger answer is that it only amounts to a drop in the bucket when the trillions of dollars it current takes to pay all the bills racked up by the US federal government are put on the table. To me, it's a huge thing on the pros side that President Obama is doing something to address the concern of average Americans that the US federal governments spending habits need to be slowed down. However, President Obama needs to do much more - if this country is to ever see "black ink" on our balance sheet again.

The cons of a federal government pay freeze are small, but none the less they will have a negative impact on the US economy. It's important to remember that folks who work for the US federal government are Americans too and when any American finds their take home pay not going up for a period of time - that prospect will cause consumers to not spend their money and in doing so further delay an economic recovery. The part of the United States that will feel the biggest impact of a federal pay freeze will be the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. One thing to remember about President Obama's decision to freeze the pay of federal employees is that decision does not include a hiring freeze - so hundreds and potentially thousands of new federal government employees could be hired, even though no current federal employees will be getting a raise.

The biggest thing on the pros side of freezing the pay of US federal employees is that President Obama is doing something to slow down the rate of government spending. However, the biggest thing on the cons side to a federal government pay freeze is that he has left a huge loophole in his decision, which allows him to hire many more employees that could render his pay freeze idea moot - when exposed to the light of day. The real cuts that are needed to put the United States back on a sound financial footing are things that no politician is willing to touch. Big cuts in Medicare, Social Security and the defense budget must be done in order to give more than lip service to the problems a greedy public and their politicians have used as a selfish crutch for far too long.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Taxing Health Insurance

Most employed Americans have some type of health insurance benefit where they work. The premiums for those health insurance benefits are usually paid by employers and are not considered as taxable income to the employee. President Obama's task force on finding ways to reduce the massive federal government deficit have recently suggested that health insurance premiums paid by an employer, be taxable income to employees in the future. What are the pros and cons of the federal government taxing the group health insurance benefits of all Americans?

The pros are simple, harsh and probably needed. The US federal government is drowning in red ink because the Congress and President are spending more money than they take in through taxation. For the US government to regain control of a massive and expanding national debt, new ways of raising revenue must be a part of that overall goal. The other big thing on the pros side of taxing employer based health insurance benefits is that it will force employees to shop around for better prices for their health care insurance. Right now, employees who receive free health care where they work - do not have any incentive to buy health insurance on their own, which has caused the US health care system to become more of a monopoly type of system than one where competition and free enterprise rule the day.

The cons of taxing health insurance benefits are that changing a system, which has been in place for decades will cause short term pain as more money is taken out in taxes from an employees paycheck. Most Republicans will highlight the pros of taxing health insurance benefits, while their democratic counterparts will stress the cons. While I usually lean right on political issues, when it comes to taxing employer based health insurance premiums - I come down on the side of the Democrats. I believe that until the US federal government begins to cut spending in a meaningful way, no new taxes should be imposed on the American people. Simply put, cut spending first and then more Americans will be open to increasing taxes to help balance the federal budget.

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Pros/Cons Of Extending Bush-Era Tax Cuts

The US Congress has returned to Washington for their lame-duck session and the number one issue on the agenda is whether or not to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, which will expire at the end of the year. What are the pros and cons of extending these tax cuts and is it a good idea to extend tax cuts to all income individuals - including the super rich? The biggest thing on the pros side of extending President Bush's tax cuts to everyone is that many of the people included as rich in the US tax code system, include small business owners - who create most of the new jobs in this country. Simply put, it would be a huge mistake to raise the taxes of job creators at this point in time - since the added money they would pay in taxes would be taken by the government, instead of being invested in the hiring new employees.

The biggest issue on the cons side of extending the Bush-era tax cuts to everyone is the massive federal deficit that has grown "big time" over the past ten years. Both Republicans and Democrats alike understand that the days of massive US government deficits must come to an end, but while the GOP believes the solution to this problem involves massive cuts in government spending - most Democrats believe the solution resides in higher tax rates for the rich. That is why it is entirely possible that the 2010 lame-duck session of Congress might not reach an agreement on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, which will cause the taxes of every American to go up on January 1st, 2011. Washington politicians have known for 10 years that these tax cuts were expiring at the end of 2010, but instead of getting ahead of the issue - they just ignored the problem until the last possible minute.

When President George W. Bush's tax cuts went into effect, the US economy was in recession and they did have the effect of playing a small role in helping put Americans back to work. If the US Congress allows those tax cuts to expire, just as the economy is starting to recover and that decision pushes the United States back into a recession - it could be many years before the America people will see good financial times again. In Washington D.C., it has always been easier for politicians to raise taxes than to cut them. While there are pros and cons to extending the Bush-era tax cuts, I believe the pros outweigh the cons because there is so much wasteful government spending that needs to be cut first - before the American people are asked to sacrifice even more of their hard-earned money to the US federal government.

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Pros/Cons Of Taking Cancer Treatments

So much has changed in the world of cancer treatments, but for millions of people - the cancer treatments of the past cause them to pick death, instead of life saving treatments in the present. So, what are the pros and cons of taking cancer treatments today and will someone you love decided to die - instead of being subjected to treatments that might make them sick in the short term - but extend their life for extra months or years? Back in 2001, my father was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer after being misdiagnosed for months as suffering from a stomach ulcer. The minute the doctor used the "C" word (cancer), my father decided that his life was over and refused any type of treatment for his condition.

Then this year, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma and even when her doctors told her that she had a 80% or better chance for a complete cure - she decided that she would rather die than take the treatments that were offered to her. Both my father and mother-in-law had one thing in common and that was that they both had experienced a loved one get cancer at an early age, who also choose treatment - but died quickly none the less. The tremendous cons of old style cancer treatments have brainwashed a generation of people into not believing doctors and even worse not accepting that cancer treatments are much more successful today than in decades past.

So what are the pros and cons to taking cancer treatments? I really believe it has more to do with the type of cancer involved than anything else. The type of cancer my father had (Pancreatic Cancer) is one of the least curable forms of the disease. However, the Large Cell Lymphoma my mother-in-law had - is a very curable form of cancer for people at almost any age. My mother-in-law died in August and I still wonder to this day why she made the choice to die, instead of choosing life with an 80% plus cure rate? While there are pros and cons to taking cancer treatments, I have learned that it is impossible to change a stubborn mind into accepting the realities of today - when their mind can only remember the terrible aspects of cancer treatment in the past.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Pros/Cons Of WikiLeaks Release Of Classified Information

The website WikiLeaks has been up to their old tricks of releasing classified US government information again this weekend and sadly - the Obama administration has done little to stop this one man wrecking crew from jeopardizing the very security of the United States. There are pros to the release of classified information to the public, especially if the government of the United States is breaking the law. However, the main purpose of WikiLeaks is to damage the United States and as far as I am concerned they are just as much an enemy of the US as unknown terrorists living abroad.

Up until this weekend, most of the damage caused by WikiLeaks was to the US government and to the safety of hundreds of thousands of US soldiers serving overseas. However, with the release of "State Department" private cables this weekend - WikiLeaks has proven itself not only a threat to the United States of America, but to nations around the world as well. In the world of pros and cons, within the past 48 hours - WikiLeaks has put a huge "cons" on it's forehead and before long not only will this rouge website be taken down forever, but it's founder will be sitting in a jail cell somewhere for the rest of his life. WikiLeaks has done real damage to the US and it's time for President Obama to do something about it.

Yes, there are pros to the release of classified information when the US government has been up to no good. However, the releases of classified data from WikiLeaks to date has not shown massive illegal activity by the US government - but instead the leaks are designed to self promote the ego of it's founder. The first release of classified information from WikiLeaks could be chalked up to a concerned world citizen who just wanted to stop a war he does not agree with. However, the release of US State Department cables that have nothing to do with that war - show the real and sinister intent of the website WikiLeaks.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Political Self Destruction Of The Tea Party Began This Weekend

I knew it was just a matter of time before extremist in the GOP worked their magic on the leadership of the "Tea Party" and transformed it into just another arm of the GOP. When the "Tea Party" organized through the grass roots to win the "House Of Representatives" in 2010, their main goal was to force the government to quit spending so much money and live within it's means. Friday morning, I woke up to the news that several national "Tea Party" leaders now want to expand their grass roots movement to include the fight against illegal immigration and social issues like banning abortion.

Sadly, millions of Americans will now find that the GOP has morph the "Tea Party" into nothing more than a clone of it's national party platform. In 2010, the American people did not vote to embrace the Republican Party, but instead they voted for the GOP - because they were the only alternative to President Obama and Nancy Pelosi. Make no mistake, the GOP does not want to cut overspending by the US government anymore than the Democrats do and in two years the American people will once again be fed up with business as usual in Washington. I have believed for a long time that so called big issues championed by the GOP like immigration reform and the anti-abortion movement were created only to give rank and file Republicans something to be angry about other than the out-of-control spending of Washington politicians.

Now that the leaders of some of the largest "Tea Party" movements in the country want to move away from their primary mission of cutting government spending, the movement will soon disappear into a small part of the massive GOP tent. While issues of immigration reform and abortion are important, in the past they have been used to do nothing more than create fear in the electorate, while at the same time changing nothing in the overall operation of the government. The "Tea Party" of 2010 had one simple message and that was for Washington to clean up it's act and live within it's means. Now that the "Tea Party" is being fully merged into the GOP, look for party leaders to focus less on government spending and more of their time trying to get the public angry about abortion and immigration. If they are successful, politicians in Washington can go back to spending like there is no tomorrow with less backlash from the voters in future elections.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Do Casey Anthony's Attorneys Have The Cart Ahead Of The Horse?

Everyday, it seems like new motions are filed with the court in Orlando, Florida by Casey Anthony's defense team. One of the latest of those motions was filed recently by Ann Finnell, a new member of the group of attorneys who represent her. Finnell, is an expert in the penalty phase of murder trials. Her concern is that when and if Casey Anthony is convicted of murder, that the testimony given by witnesses might not be honest and truthful - because the people involved might fear a negative reaction from the public, if they testify against giving Casey Anthony the death penalty.

When I first read this filing by Ann Finnell, I was again shocked by how much time and effort is being put into the Casey Anthony defense - just to prevent her from receiving the death penalty. Casey Anthony's murder trial will not even take place for many more months, but at least one member of her defense team is already worried about how a jury might treat her after she is found guilty of murdering her daughter, Caylee. I know it's a catch 22 for defense attorneys when representing a clearly guilty client like Casey Anthony, but for regular folks - any time a defense team starts focusing on the penalty phase of a trial, before their client is found guilty - it does raise red flags with the public.

I know that Ann Finnell is just doing her job, but sometimes that job does more to convict your client in the first place - than to save her from a potential death sentence after the fact. Frankly, I don't think Finnell's motion will make any real difference in either Casey Anthony's murder trial or with the follow up deliberations by a jury on whether or not she receives the death penalty or spends the rest of her life in prison. From my own layman's point of view, I am more than ready for Casey Anthony to stand trial for murdering her daughter Caylee and when that trial eventually takes place - there is no way she will ever walk the face of this Earth a free woman, again.

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pros/Cons Of New War Between North & South Korea

In recent days, the likelihood of a new war between North and South Korea has increased as North Korea fired mortar shells into the South. Before I was born, there was a bloody war that really never ended between North and South Korea. Recently, it appears that the old feelings of distrust between those two nations are on the rise again and that is not a good thing for the world at large. So, what are the pros and cons of a new war breaking out between North and South Korea? Some people might think that there are never any pros to a war, but history has proven that type of thinking is not correct.

On the pros side of a new war breaking out between North and South Korea is the distinct possibility that once and for all the totalitarian government of North Korea could fall and in doing so give the millions of citizens of that nation a chance to finally live free. There are few places on the Earth today where citizens are treated with less respect and dignity by their government as in North Korea. For decades, one family has ruled that country and proclaimed themselves as God's - while at the same time literally starving the masses of the people who call North Korea home. When the nation of North Korea is mentioned, my mind immediately thinks of a country where the art of bullying has been taking to a massive extreme.

On the cons side of a new war breaking out between North and South Korea is the high toll in loss of life a new conflict between these two nations would create. When and if North and South Korea go to war again, the loss of life among the civilian population of both nations would be extremely high. Another huge thing on the cons side of a new war in Korea would be the real possibility that a threatened North would decided to use a nuclear weapon against the South and in doing so might also create the ground work for a new world war that could cost millions of lives. No matter what the pros and cons are of a new war between North and South Korea, it is certain that eventually military action will be required to take out the immoral government of the North, because it appears unlikely that the citizens there have the strength or the determination to take care of this problem themselves.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Sarah Palin For President

Few people in American political life today have such a diverse amount of public reaction as does Sarah Palin. There are people on the political right that believe she is nothing less than the second coming of Christ, while people on the left - laugh at her as nothing more than a bimbo with good hair and a million dollar smile. There are pros and cons of Sarah Palin running for President in 2012, so I thought I would write about a few of them in this blog post. While there are pros and cons to Sarah Palin running for President in 2012, there is no doubt that she has taken what Senator John McCain gave her in 2008 and parlayed it into millions of dollars of profit for herself and family.

The biggest thing on the pros side of Sarah Palin running for President of the United States in 2012 is the amount of anger that prospect bestows on extreme liberals in the media. While I agree with their opinion that Sarah Palin is not yet ready for prime-time as the Republican nominee for President, their smug attitudes and condescending language about her makes me want to laugh at their elitism. Another reason on the pros side of Sarah Palin running for President is that her campaigning attitude reminds me of the late President Ronald Reagan back in the mid 1970's when he was trying to win the GOP nomination against Gerald Ford.

The biggest thing on the cons side of Sarah Palin running for President in 2012 is the crazy idea that she might actually win the GOP nomination and then go down to a devastating defeat against President Barack Obama when he runs for reelection. Unlike many people, I believe the present day "Tea Party" movement in the United States is a good thing - but I also believe that the wing nuts on the extreme right will find a way to take over this grass roots movement within the next two years and turn it into something that it is not today. While I personally like Sarah Palin and I really enjoy the way she makes liberals squirm - the idea of Sarah Palin as President of the United States is something I cannot presently imagine or accept.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Bryan McCann Is The Man (Dallas Cowboys Football)

Two short weeks ago, almost everyone had given up any hope that the Dallas Cowboys might have a decent year. However, thanks to rookie Bryan McCann - there has been new blood interjected into a team filled with harden veterans. Just like in everyday life, sometimes new blood must be put into play to propel a business or in this case a professional football team into the future. Within the past couple of weeks, I have watched Bryan McCann make unbelievable plays for the Dallas Cowboys and in doing so he has had the effect of taking a team of downtrodden losers and turned them into a competitive football team.

Frankly, I just like to watch Bryan McCann run with the football - because when he does there is always a chance that something amazing will happen. Sometimes McCann catches an interception and runs it back almost 100 yards for a touchdown then at other times he takes a mistake made by an opponent and turns it into a touchdown for the Dallas Cowboys. In 2010, the biggest thing that has turned around the fortunes of the Dallas Cowboys has been the effort of rookies. Even the Dallas Cowboys new head coach is a rookie in his position and it's clear to me that the one thing rookies always seem to bring to the NFL is a spirit to win that is often times lost on war weary veteran players.

Just when I thought all was lost for the Dallas Cowboys in 2010, owner Jerry Jones did something he did not want to do in firing Wade Phillips and replacing him with Jason Garrett. That move turned out to be a winner so far, because the Dallas Cowboys have won more football games in the past two weeks than they had won in the entire first half of the season. I think it's time for Jerry Jones to open up his checkbook and give Bryan McCann a huge raise, because he deserves it. McCann has created the on field excitement that new head coach Jason Garrett wanted to provide the team and just like other unknown rookie players of the past - Bryan McCann might turn into diamond in future years with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Will Airport Body Scanners/TSA Groping Slow Holiday Travel?

Over the next four weeks, tens of millions of Americans will be showing up at airports around the nation to fly home for the holidays. Sadly, new government policies being implemented by the TSA are going to make worse what is already a slow time waiting in airports just to board a flight. Is all of this extra security in US airports really necessary or has the government gone nuts by increasing its control of the citizens of the United States?

It's clear that the US government is not doing a good job at preventing another 911 type of attack, simply because all of the safety procedures being implemented in airports around the nation are reactionary instead of pro-active. If the US government continues to use technology based on the last terrorist attack, then the sky is the limit when it comes to what types of new invasive techniques will be used in the future. Sorry to be gross, but what if the next terrorist attacks have suicide bombers who implant explosives inside their bodies? Will the US government shortly thereafter order MRI machines into airports to work along side everything else?

The truth is that the best way to catch terrorists before they make an attack is through the use of profiling in airports. The US has a bad history when it comes to the use of profiling and that bad taste has caused the US government to come down on the side of technology that is not effect, instead of using profiling which has been proven very effective in nations all over the world. The 2010 holiday travel season is going to be horrible for millions of Americans as they make their way home to friends and family. To make matters worse - the current security being practiced in airports around the country are only giving the illusion of safety - instead of providing the real thing.

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Vitamin D Supplements

Many years ago, I started taking an extra Vitamin D supplement as part of my daily diet. At first, I could not take more than 500-1000 IU of vitamin D daily - because I just did not feel right or well if I took more. However, over time - my body got use to taking higher doses of Vitamin D and at present I am supplementing with a single 5000 IU pill each day. I did not start taking Vitamin D for no reason at all, but instead - after watching family members die horrible deaths from cancer over the years, I decided to try and do something proactive to hopefully improve my odds at suffering the same fate.

Like with everything else in life, there are pros and cons to taking a high dose Vitamin D supplement each day. On the pros side, there are dozens of studies that show that folks with high levels of Vitamin D in their bloodstream are less likely to suffer some of the most common forms of cancer such as breast and prostate than people who have low Vitamin D concentrations. Another thing on the pros side of taking a daily Vitamin D supplement is that in it's pure form after kidney metabolism, Vitamin D is converted into a powerful hormone that the body seems to need in abundance. This pure and powerful form of Vitamin D not only helps the body's immune system fight sickness and disease - but it also seem to have a calming effect on stress and mood as well.

On the cons side of taking a daily Vitamin D supplement there are those nagging questions in the back of the mind that cause some people to ask - if they are overdosing themselves on too much of a good thing? With low levels of Vitamin D supplementation recommended at the 400-1000 IU level by the US government, there are always going to be some concerns that taking a fat soluble vitamin like D will eventually lead to a fatal overdose. It's pretty clear from new and old research that those concerns are not valid and it would help save many lives each year - if the US and other federal governments around the world - got with the program and increased the recommended daily level of Vitamin D intake.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Pre-Arranged Funerals

For decades, funeral homes have offered a service they call pre-arranged funerals. There are pros and cons to buying such a service though. For many Americans, the idea of preparing for their final expenses before their death is of huge benefit - because they do not wish to saddle their family with funeral costs between 5,000 and 10,000 dollars at their death. However, some experts in this field have warned consumers against using pre-arranged funeral plans - because there is always a possibility that the funeral home in charge of holding the money until it is needed could go out-of-business.

The biggest thing on the pros side of pre-arranged funerals is the fact that when a person finally does die, the cost of a funeral that was not pre-arranged will most certainly be higher than at the time it was purchased. For people dealing with a long established funeral home that has been in business for decades, purchasing a pre-arranged funeral plan might make a lot of sense - especially if death is not expected quickly. People have always said correctly, that there are only two certainties in life and those are death and taxes - so if you prepare for your yearly tax bill, you should also prepare for your death expenses as well.

As I said earlier, the biggest thing on the cons side to pre-arranged funerals is the possibility that a funeral home could go out of business and take your money with that failure. For me, the cons far out weight the pros in giving thousands of dollars to a funeral home - years before death. Yes, on paper, the idea of pre-arranged funerals might make a lot of sense - but it makes even more sense to either purchases life insurance that will handled all of your funeral expenses or even better - if death is not expected within the next few years, to start a savings account with extra money each month that can be drawn upon when death finally arrives.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Las Vegas Weddings

Well over 100,000 couples per year decided to get married in Las Vegas, Nevada. Many years ago, my wife and I were one of those couples and we have never regretted that decision. That said, there are pros and cons to Las Vegas weddings and I thought I would share with you at least a few of them I know of. There are hundreds of reasons why men and women travel from all over the United States to get married in Las Vegas. High on the list of those reasons is "no waiting period" after a marriage license is issued until the ceremony takes place. In some states like Texas, a couple must wait several days after buying a marriage license before they can actually get married.

The biggest thing on the pros side of getting married in Las Vegas is that the entire city is custom made for having a good time and celebrating the happy occasion. Every large hotel in Las Vegas and hundreds of more small church chapels are eager to take the money of both young and old couples alike who wish to tie the knock in that city. Frankly, it is easier to get married in Las Vegas and have a ready made location for the ceremony, reception and honeymoon than in any other city in the world. While many people only view Las Vegas as a mecca for gambling, in reality there is more diverse entertainment per square mile available in Las Vegas than anywhere else.

Now for the cons of getting married in Las Vegas. The biggest con I can think of is for couples who fly into the city from hundreds or thousands of miles away, without the enjoyment of sharing the experience with their friends and family. While many upper income couples take the whole family along for the ride, many others on a fixed income find themselves in Las Vegas all along and getting married all by themselves. For my wife and I, our marriage was a second one - so there was really not a need to gather both sides of our family together for yet another marriage ceremony. For those of you who want your marriage to not only be enjoyable, but private - there is no better place than Las Vegas to begin your life together.

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Pros/Cons Of TSA Groping Airline Passengers

I was wondering when the America public would finally get their fill of the US federal government invading their privacy every time they fly commercially. That day finally arrived yesterday when a video of the type of treatment millions of Americans are receiving in airports was put on display by a single San Diego traveler - who did not want to be groped or suffer radiation via a full body scanner before boarding an airline flight. Most Americans either from the political left or right have become disgusted with the amount of rights all Americans are forced to give up just to take a commercial airliner from point A to B.

So what are the pros and cons of allowing the TSA to physically and virtually grope millions of US airline travelers each and everyday? While there are many cons to this practice, there is only one reason on the pros side and that is to protect US airline passengers from another terrorist attack like the ones that happened on September 11, 2001. Like with all other events in history, the American people will usually approve of such invasions right after a terrible event happens - but with "911" more than nine years old, good old American rebellion has returned and that in and of itself is a good thing.

The biggest thing on the cons side of allowing the groping of US airline passengers is the huge evasion of privacy that inflicts on the 99.9% of the traveling public who pose no threat to anyone. In usual government style, honest Americans must be put through these invasive searches just to prove that everyone in an airport is being treated fairly. Sadly, the federal government has been stopped by the courts from effectively using profiling as a tool to protect the traveling public. As the holiday travel season gets closer, there will be more protest and disruptions at US airports as infrequent travelers are in for the shock of their lives when a total stranger wants to grope them, before boarding a flight to go home and celebrate the holiday's with friends and family.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Second Obama Term

Soon, Barack Obama will reach the halfway point of his first term as President of the United States and that means enough time has passed to examine the pros and cons of him seeking a second term as our leader. Right now, with the United States still mired in a recession and tens of millions of Americans upset that Obama changed health care in a way they did not like - it seems that the cons to a second President Obama term far outweigh the pros for him seeking reelection. That said, we need to all remember how messed up Washington became under President Bush and a GOP Congress - before we turn out the lights on a second term victory by President Obama.

It could very well be that the political winds in the country will turn what is now a huge con for President Obama winning reelection in 2012 into just as big of a pro as the Republicans found themselves with just a few short weeks ago in the 2010 midterms. The American people are quickly turning their backs on both the Republican and Democratic Party's and in large numbers we have become a nation of independent voters who do not declare ourselves loyal to either major party. That type of political landscape makes it impossible to know whether or not President Obama will be held in high esteem with independent voters in 2012 or not.

Two years ago, the major liberal news media all but declared the GOP dead in future elections. However, 24 months later - the Republicans won the 2010 midterm elections with the highest numbers in decades. So, the big question is - will the Democrats turn the tables on the Republicans in two years and toss out the now conservative leaning US Congress? While there are pros and cons of Obama seeking a second term as our President, before the Republicans have a chance to self-destruct after taking office in January - it's far too soon to know how the growing influence of independent voters will effect the next presidential election in 2012.

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones

Few people in the NFL receive as much bad fan publicity as does Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Ever since Jerry Jones bought the Dallas Cowboys, there have been pros and cons to his leadership style. As a Dallas Cowboys fan for almost four decades, I have to come down hard on the cons side in saying that there are few pros in having Jerry Jones as the owner of the Dallas Cowboys football team.

Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones is one of the most narcissistic people I have ever seen. While in relationships and other areas of life narcissism is a negative, when owning and running a multi-million dollar NFL team like the Dallas Cowboys it does tend to help the organization more than it hurt. All narcissist's have one thing in common and that is they always believe their minds are more advanced than the average person. I believe Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones honestly believes that he is one of the top NFL football minds in the nation.

While I believe that the cons far outweigh the pros of Jerry Jones continuing to own the Dallas Cowboys, the one and only person who is capable of making that decision is the Cowboys' owner himself. Later today, new Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will make his debut as the on-field leader of the team. Right now, I doubt if Jason Garrett's leadership will do much to improve the win/loss ratio of the Dallas Cowboys, but who knows maybe I will be pleasantly surprised? That said, the one thing that would help the Dallas Cowboys win more games than anything else would be for Jerry Jones to sell "America's Team" to an owner who is less hands on.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

NY Reporter Claims Dallas Cowboys Are Dead Men Walking

It's terrible when a reporter from the city of the team you are about to play refers to your team as "Dead Men Walking". However, that description does fit the 2010 Dallas Cowboys as they have played like and earned the reputation as to worst team in the NFL in 2010. As a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan for decades, I would normally be upset when a reporter from NYC talked that way about my favorite team. However, in 2010 - the Dallas Cowboys have played so terrible that their head coach was fired in the middle of the season.

Now, the Dallas Cowboys have a new head coach - but sadly that person has been responsible for calling all the offensive plays this season which have lead to a total disaster. While some, like Troy Aikman, say that judging new Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on his performance for the rest of the season is wrong, I say it is not - because Mr. Garrett has been a part of the Cowboys organization for many years now. The Dallas Cowboys need new blood at head coach, starting quarterback and most importantly at team owner. Two out of those three are possible and owner Jerry Jones needs to start cleaning house at Valley Ranch.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Little Things Mean A Lot To Electorate (Boehner To Fly Commercial)

It was announced today, that when Congressman John Boehner takes the gavel as the next "Speaker of the House of Representatives", he will not travel back and forth to his district via a private Air Force Jet like Nancy Pelosi did. Instead, he will take a commercial flight like he has always done. Most certainly, this is a small step to save the taxpayers some money - but to an angry electorate, Boehner's choice will be received as welcome news.

Even today, the contrast between incoming "Speaker of the House" John Boehner and outgoing "Speaker" Nancy Pelosi is like the difference between day and night. Even after costing her party more seats in this years election than has happened since the days of FDR, she is celebrating her accomplishments and plans to run for Minority Leader in the next Congress. The saddest part of this story is that most of the Democrats left in the "US House of Representatives" are likely to vote for her again to lead their party into the future.

Republicans, like John Boehner, must be ecstatic at the prospect of Nancy Pelosi returning to Congress next year in a leadership position. In fact, the best thing that has happened to the GOP in decades has not been their new ideas about cutting government waste and spending, but the way in which Nancy Pelosi reminds millions of people back home just how stupid pure liberalism is at it's core. With Pelosi out of the leadership in Congress, there would have been more pressure put on Boehner and other GOP leaders to make drastic cuts to save their jobs in two years. However, Nancy Pelosi is the gift that just keeps on giving to Republicans - as she drives her democratic party head-long into a bottomless Abyss.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You Can't Always Believe What You See (LA Missile Launch)

Yesterday morning, I woke up to the same news that everyone else did of a missile launch having been video taped by a television station in LA. I had no reason then to doubt my own eyes as I watched what looked like a rocket ship traveling from east to west originating about 30 miles of the coast of California. After watching what I thought to be an intercontinental missile being fired from a submarine at sea, I became worried that some sinister nation was trying to send a message to the United States by launching that kind of missile right off our western coastline.

Then on Tuesday night, I discovered a website that has proven to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that what was video taped by that television station in LA on Monday night via helicopter, was nothing more than an optical illusion. We human beings place a lot of faith in our own two eyes when it comes to what we see and witness. However, anyone in the field of law enforcement will tell you that eye witness testimony is the worst kind of evidence to rely upon.

Monday nights suspected intercontinental missile launch in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Los Angeles seem to now be proven nothing more than an optical illusion produced from the contrail of a normal jet aircraft traveling from Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona. It does call into question the video taken by one television news crew aboard a helicopter at sunset in one of the most populated areas of the world, when the only video or eye witness accounts of this event came from a single news organization. If you would like to review the video evidence proving that this was nothing more than a jet contrail, click here.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

One Down Two To Go Before Dallas Cowboys Revival

One of the big three people who needed to be fired by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones got the boot yesterday. After saying one week earlier that he did not want to make a coaching change at mid-season, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones fired his head coach Wade Phillips on Monday. As I wrote yesterday, there are three people at the top of the Dallas Cowboys organization who need to be fired - so we are one down and two to go before a Cowboys' revival can begin.

Sadly, the new head coach of the Dallas Cowboys (Jason Garrett) is one of the three people I think needs to be fired before the Cowboys can start over with a winning attitude. The decision to fire Jason Garrett will be more difficult for Jerry Jones, because he (Jones) has poured money and time into grooming him for the head coaching job for years. A few years ago, I was a Jason Garrett believer - but his play calling on the Dallas Cowboys offense, in 2010, has been worse than terrible.

The third person who needs to be fired from the Dallas Cowboys is starting quarterback Tony Romo. Over the decades that I have cheered and supported the Cowboys team, every time they have been successful - there has been a top tiered quarterback leading them (examples Roger Staubach & Troy Aikman) . Over the past three years, Tony Romo has proven to me that while he is a very good quarterback - he is never going to be great. When I think about how Tony Romo plays on the football field for the Dallas Cowboys, my mind goes back to other players like Don Meredith and Craig Morton. While all three (Romo, Meredith and Morton) were all good NFL quarterbacks, none of them were great.

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Will Conan O'Brien Survive New Show On TBS?

Last night, former NBC "Tonight Show" host Conan O'Brien started the next chapter in his career with a new show on TBS cable. As most people remember, NBC suits unceremoniously demoted Conan O'Brien about six months ago after Jay Leno's 10pm gig failed and they picked Jay to return to his former 11:30pm time slot. After all the shouting was over, Conan O'Brien was paid millions of dollars to leave NBC and this week is the first time he (O'Brien) has been allowed by contract to host his on television show again.

Make no mistake - there are die-hard Conan O'Brien fans, but I am not one of them. In fact, during his short tenure as the NBC "Tonight Show" host - Conan's ratings were never as high as Jay Leno's were before him. While I believe Conan O'Brien will attract a large television audience during the first few weeks of his new show on TBS, I doubt if his ratings will even approach those of Jay Leno on the current "Tonight Show" - nor do I believe that his ratings will hold over the long haul. While there is a following for the type of humor Conan O'Brien provides, I do not believe there are enough people in the United States with cable who will tune into his show night after night on TBS.

Last weekend, my wife and I went to see a terrible movie which will remain nameless. In the lead up to that movie, there was a commercial shown at the theater for Conan O'Brien's new TV show where he fills a car full of explosives and then drives it off a cliff. Sadly, that commercial did not sell the new Conan O'Brien show that well and the guy sitting behind me said - that guy on the screen does not even look like Conan O'Brien. I wish Conan O'Brien luck, because I believe he was royally screwed by NBC television. However, that fact in and of itself will not persuade me to watch his new TV show either.

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Monday, November 08, 2010

The Gift That Keeps On Giving (Nancy Pelosi)

After GOP candidates from across the nation devastated Democrats last Tuesday, it would seem logical for the person most responsible for those defeats to step down as their party's leader. However, Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that she will remain in the Congress and also run for her party's top position in the US House of Representatives once again. If you are a conservative Republican, the fact that Nancy Pelosi will remain through another election cycle should give you a warm and fuzzy feeling all over.

If you ask the dozens of democratic Members of Congress who lost in 2010, who was the one person most responsible for their defeat - Nancy Pelosi would win that contest by a mile. That is why Nancy Pelosi is a gift that keeps on giving to the GOP. I watched an interview with Nancy Pelosi last week and she seemed completely out-of-touch with reality. Even after the American people totally rejected her message and policies on Election Day, Pelosi seemed in complete denial about what not only happened to her party under her watch - but she also acted smug about what she had done to it.

A bunch of things can and will happen between now and the next national election in 2012. President Barack Obama is likely to run for reelection and if the American people don't see some moderation in his liberal agenda - he too is likely to be shown the door in two short years. By Pelosi remaining as the leader of her party in Congress, the GOP has a ready made campaign message for 2012 and that message will not be that much different than the one they used successfully during the 2010 midterm elections.

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Phillips | Romo | Garrett | All Must Be Fired By Jerry Jones

Since it is impossible for Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to fire himself, the next best hope for the team is that the three most senior members must be fired - so new blood will have a chance to take hold. Those three members are head coach Wade Phillips, starting quarterback Tony Romo and offensive head coach Jason Garrett. If Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants to make a big statement to fans and save the brand of his team - he needs to make a clean break from Phillips, Romo and Garrett to get that done.

Some people might think it harsh to get rid of Tony Romo, while he is still sidelined with an injury. However, the 2010 Dallas Cowboys were playing terrible before Tony Romo was even injured. As for Wade Phillips, his demise as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys was sealed several weeks ago when the team completely fell apart. Then there is the once hoped for savior of the Dallas Cowboys Jason Garrett who as they say found himself going down with the Titanic.

All three of these men, need to be replaced as soon as possible so the rest of the team understands that what happened in Green Bay on Sunday night will effect the futures of even the highest members of the Dallas Cowboys organization. I never thought I would witness such a lack of enthusiasm on any Dallas Cowboys team as I witnessed on national television Sunday night. The 2010 Dallas Cowboys have gone from a bad team, to a terrible team and then to a down right laughing stock in two short months. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones must stop the bleeding now or more than one season will be lost.

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Sunday, November 07, 2010

Are The Dallas Cowboys The Worst Team In the NFL?

The 2010 Dallas Cowboys have gone from pre-season hopes of a Superbowl birth to the worst team in the NFL in eight short weeks. Tonight, I watched the Dallas Cowboys play and lose at Green Bay in what I believe to be the worst game in NFL history. For half of the game tonight, the NBC commentators were going down the list of possible replacements for head coach Wade Phillips. You know a game is going badly when that happens.

The Dallas Cowboys are not the worst team in the NFL in 2010 because of their coach. The problem goes much higher than coach Phillips and that problem could be seen in the owners box at the Green Bay Packers game Sunday night. Jerry Jones is the problem because his ego will not allow him to hire a coach that might take attention away from him personally.

Since the late Tom Landry, the Dallas Cowboys have only had one great coach and his name was Jimmy Johnson. When Johnson took the Cowboys to back to back Superbowl wins, it became clear that Jerry Jones could not tolerate sharing the limelight of a winning season with his own head coach. So he fired coach Jimmy Johnson. Since that time, no Dallas Cowboys coach has come close to the talent of Jimmy Johnson and unless Jerry Jones grows up and accepts the fact that he will be forced to share glory with a head coach in future years - the Dallas Cowboys losing streak will continue to get worse.

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Will Indonesian Volcano Endanger Air Force One?

Almost everyone around the world already knows that President Barack Obama is taking a trip to India, Indonesian and Japan this week. However, what most people are not paying attention to right now is the fact that President and Mrs. Obama might be aboard Air Force One when it travels through the ash of a recently erupting volcano in Indonesia. News reports suggest that the current eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano is very near the proposed flight path of President Obama's jet aircraft, "Air Force One".

Last night, I watched a video on CNN that showed the travel cities and suggested flight paths Air Force One will take on President Barack Obama's Asian trip. That fight path appears very close to where an erupting Mount Merapi is causing a great amount of problems not only for the citizens on the ground, but for air traffic as well. The truth is that when the President of the United States travels anywhere, domestic or abroad, the US Secret Service and hundreds of military experts are traveling right along with him. What that mean is that neither President Obama or "Air Force One" will likely be allowed to fly anywhere near the Merapi volcano when he visits Indonesia.

Sadly, Indonesia has faced more than it's fair share of natural disasters during the past five years and there appears to be no let up in site for this region of the world. Air Force One and President Barack Obama will arrive safely in Indonesia and Japan the same way as India. However, there might be a delay in the time President Obama arrives in Indonesia - because all measures necessary will be put into place to protect "Air Force One" and the Commander-In-Chief of the United States of America - President Barack Obama.

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Casey Anthony Case Shows Flaws In Criminal Justice System

US history is littered with excesses in the US criminal justice system and the Casey Anthony case should show everyone that the judicial system has drifted too far toward the rights of the accused in recent years. I remember on several occasions watching old western movies where the judge would proclaim that he would conduct a murder trial in the morning, so the suspect could be hanged before lunch. That is an example of extreme action by courts in our nations past.

In more recent times, the US court system has gone from the extreme of a person going from arrest, to trial and execution all in one day - to the point where many defense lawyers are nothing more than vultures sucking every last dime out of the taxpayers - before a jury has a chance to even hear the evidence against their client. The later example is how I would refer to the defense tactics of Casey Anthony's attorneys.

While it's wrong to have kangaroo courts where innocent people are brought up on charges and given the death penalty before sundown - it is equally wrong for a group of lawyers to use the US court system to delay justice against a person like Casey Anthony. Sadly, like politics - there are few moderates involved in the US criminal justice system. US courts tend to go from one extreme to the other without finding fair and common ground in the middle. While I do not want to see US criminal courts go back to quick trials and even quicker executions like the old wild west, the balance of our courts need to find a better middle ground - so citizens receive fair trials, but greedy criminal defense attorneys are not allowed to drag out and delay murder trials for years.

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Keith Olbermann Suspended / Should Be Fired From All NBC Shows

Keith Olbermann was suspended yesterday from his show and other programming on MSNBC after network suits discovered that he had personally given money to three democratic candidates running for office. According to NBC News, it is against company policy for anyone in a position like Keith Olbermann's to contribute to political campaigns of any political party. As of now, Keith Olbermann's suspension is labeled as "indefinite without pay" - but I hope that NBC decides to once and for all fire this man who take politics far beyond partisanship and into the realm of craziness.

Late Tuesday night, I was watching election returns on Fox News and CNN. At one point, I decided to take a chance on MSNBC and I switched over just at the moment that Keith Olbermann was laughing at John Boehner for breaking down into tears when he found out his party had been successful in taking over the US House of Representatives. Even before Keith Olbermann was finished with his tasteless laughter at Congressman Boehner - I had already reached for my remote control to leave MSNBC for the rest of the night. In recent months, Keith Olbermann has gone from a sour old man to someone who seems to dislike all conservative and moderate Americans.

My personal hope is that NBC will not stop at suspending Keith Olbermann from MSNBC and also fire him from NBC Sunday Night Football. Every time I turn on the pre-game show of NBC Sunday Night Football, it bothers me that NBC allows a guy who cuts down the opinions of well over 50% of Americans Monday through Friday on his MSNBC show - only to let him be honored with a high profile position on the NBC television network on Sunday. Hopefully, NBC television will take this misstep by Keith Olbermann and use it to get rid of him all together on MSNBC and NBC. While it's clear that Olbermann believes he is a smart and funny man, I doubt if many other people around America feel the same way.

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Friday, November 05, 2010

New Florida Attorney General Could Effect Casey Anthony Trial

After nationwide elections on Tuesday, it appears that one elected official in Florida might have some impact on the Casey Anthony murder trial next year. That persons name is Pam Bondi and she was elected as Florida Attorney General. According to a story in the Orlando Sentinel - Attorney General elect Pam Bondi has appeared regularly on television in the Tampa Bay area of Florida commenting on the Casey Anthony case.

As if Jose Baez and Cheney Mason needed another excuse to try and muddy up the waters more in this case, now Florida voters have given them something new to complain and delay about. In the end, the only thing that Casey Anthony's attorneys might be successful at accomplishing with this new development is excluding potential jurors from the Tampa Bay, Florida area. Florida is a huge state and if Judge Perry is smart he will just tell Casey Anthony's attorneys that excluding jurors from the Tampa Bay area will be fine with him.

I know that I have been impatient with the pace of the Casey Anthony murder trial, but I do know that she will eventually get her day in court and when that happens it's not going to matter whether her jury is picked from Tampa Bay or some swamp land in the southern part of the state. There is no way that twelve citizens of Florida are going to find her not guilty, when that mountain of evidence is presented to them. Casey Anthony is toast once her trial finally starts and all of these silly delays are finally over.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

More Child Murders Today Than In The Past (Zahra Baker Case)?

Making headlines around the world today is the case of missing child Zahra Baker. Over the past few days - police in Hudson, North Carolina have been finding evidence that young Zahra Baker not only was murdered - but also that her body was dumped near that town. It is beyond my comprehension how anyone would murder a child, but sadly there are reports almost on a daily basis of children who are not murdered by strangers - but members of their own family.

In the case of missing Zahra Baker, police have been focusing on her stepmother as their prime suspect and Zahra Baker's own father might also have played a part in her disappearance and likely murder. For years - I have written about the murder of Caylee Anthony, most likely at the hands of her own mother Casey, and also I have written about the still missing and presumed dead young boy Kyron Horman in Oregon. I know it's easy to believe that the entire world is falling apart as we are all faced with news stories of the murder of children on television each day.

I believe there have been child murders within families since people started populating this Earth. However, in the old days, stories like that of Zahra Baker - Caylee Anthony and Kyron Horman were not front page news around the world. Sadly, less than 100 years ago - it was not considered that big of a crime when a family member murdered a child who they were responsible for caring for - so police just looked the other way when reports of child abuse, neglect or murder were reported to them.

While the disgusting crime of child murder seems to be more prevalent today than it was in that past, I really believe the major difference between Zahra Baker - Kyron Horman and Caylee Anthony and child murders in decades past - boils down to the fact that police are now taking child abuse charges more seriously and that the American public is not willing to just sit around minding their own business, while children are treated like property instead of individuals.

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Wednesday, November 03, 2010

President Obama Doomed Democratic Party For A Decade

There was so much more to Tuesday's midterm elections than the GOP picking up the US House of Representatives and slightly losing the US Senate. As usually, the media pundits and talking heads on television only focused on the short term picture in Washington D.C. and by doing so they missed the big picture of what really happened on Election Day. In years to come, historians will write about how President Barack Obama destroyed his own political party for at least 10 years by pushing unwanted national health care down the throats of the American people.

What happened in the US House of Representatives and the US Senate on Tuesday was far less important to the overall political picture of the United States than the scores of state legislatures and governorships that turned from Democratic to Republican. 2010 is a census year and what that means to the overall balance of power in Washington D.C. is something that is much more important than who won the day in the midterm elections for Congress. As most political watchers know, it is state legislatures and governors who draw up congressional districts every 10 years after the census in taken.

When President Obama made the decision to pass his new kind of health care even though most of the American people did not want it, he created a tidal-wave of anger and resentment with the American people that fully manifested itself during Tuesday's elections. A democratic blowout could not have come at a worst time for the party, because now it will be mainly GOP lead states that will redraw congressional districts and you can bet that being fair to the Democratic Party will not be high on their priority list.

After watching President Obama lead for the past two years, it is clear to me that he is no chess player, because he does not focus on the long term interests of his political party or the nation as a whole.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

No More Taxpayer Blank Checks For Casey Anthony's Defense

Today is Election Day around the nation and if the polls are right, millions of Americans will be showing up to vote out politicians who are not good stewards of the taxpayers money. On Friday, the judge in charge of the Casey Anthony murder trial (Belvin Perry) - made it clear that he did not want her defense team wasting taxpayer money, either. For a long time now, I have believed that Jose Baez and Cheney Mason have been wasting taxpayer money in what will be a failed attempt to win a not guilty verdict for Casey Anthony.

Yesterday, I wrote about how "justice delayed is justice denied" and while Casey Anthony will eventually be found guilty of her crimes, the amount of delay witnessed in this trial is not what the founders of this great nation envisioned when they said "all citizen will be entitled to a fair trial before a jury of their peers". Both Casey Anthony and her defense team have only one goal in mind and that is either to find someway to get a jury to ignore all the evidence and find her not guilty or to delay Casey Anthony's murder trial for as long as possible.

It's the delaying portion of my argument above that wastes the money of Florida taxpayers. Thankfully, Judge Perry is telling Jose Baez and Cheney Mason that there will be no blank checks paid for their defense of Casey Anthony anymore. Like many of you, I have followed the case of missing and then found murdered Caylee Marie Anthony for a long time now. Most people who read this blog believe that Casey Anthony murdered her daughter and it is likely that a jury of her peers will feel exactly the same way once all of these defense games comes to an end.

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Monday, November 01, 2010

Tale Of Two Teams | Dallas Cowboys & Texas Rangers

Most years when the first of November rolls around, all the sports talk in Texas is about the Dallas Cowboys. However, in 2010 - few fans use the words Dallas Cowboys without adding some colorful negative words surrounding them. Monday night, the Texas Rangers lost their bid to become the 2010 World Series Champions as the San Francisco Giants defeated them at home in Arlington, Texas. In 2010, many Dallas Cowboys fans have deserted the team as poor coaching and owner leadership has let a team of Superstar players drift into a world of disgrace.

The Texas Rangers may have lost the World Series on Monday night, but few Rangers fans feel negatively about their team - because the Rangers played their hearts out during every single game. Now compare the 2010 Dallas Cowboys to the Texas Rangers. Instead, of taking to the football field each week with a mission to win - the Cowboys are not only disgracing themselves every Sunday on national television, they are also causing some of their fans to consider wearing brown paper bags over their heads during each game in shame.

In 2010, the Texas Rangers have shown the people of Texas what it feels like to have a national championship caliber team in the state. During this same year, the Dallas Cowboys have given fans the complete opposite feeling as they show little energy or aptitude as they take to the field of play. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is election day across the State of Texas and if Jerry Jones was on the ballot to remain the owner of the Dallas Cowboys, his chances of winning would be considerably less than a long term democratic Member of Congress who voted for Obama Care.

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Win Or Lose | The 2010 Texas Rangers Will Be Remembered

The 2010 World Series has not started the way most Texas Rangers fans had hoped, but I believe that the 2010 Texas Rangers will be remember for years to come. Why? First of all, MLB is not the mainstream professional sport in Texas as it is in many other parts of the country. However, as the Texas Rangers entered the 2010 MLB playoffs - there were no seats to be found during their home-games as they walked with ease to win the 2010 American League Pennant.

Then like everyone else, I believed the Texas Rangers would win against the San Francisco Giant easily after dominating the New York Yankees for the American League championship. Everyone now knows that the San Francisco Giants have a great baseball team and there is no doubt in my mind that they (the Giants) are not only a better team than the Yankees, but so far they are also a better team than the Texas Rangers.

The odds of the Texas Rangers coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the 2010 World Series are large indeed. However, even if the team is not successful in their next two games against the Giants - hundreds of thousands of Texans now have a new sport to follow and that fact will keep the 2010 Texas Rangers in the minds of fans for many years to come. Major League Baseball (MLB) has a huge image problem and frankly the game itself can be very boring to watch at times. However, fan support for MLB has now officially come to Texas and that fact will help the Rangers continue to grow their team in the years to come.

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Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied (Casey Anthony Case)

Over the years, I have written about Casey Anthony and the dysfunctional life she lead before her two year old daughter (Caylee) was murdered and she (Casey) was arrested on capital murder charges for her death. While there are thousands of people who enjoy following the daily drips of evidence released to the public in this case, there is a good chance that in the case of Casey Anthony that "justice delayed" has turned into "Justice Denied".

Casey Anthony's attitude toward her now dead daughter Caylee has always been dismissive at best when asked about the circumstances that lead up to her daughters disappearance. No official or outside sources who have investigated first the disappearance and then murder of Caylee Anthony have ever questioned the facts that prove that Casey Anthony is indeed guilty of murdering Caylee. That is why I believe that "justice delayed is justice denied" is applicable to the Casey Anthony murder case in Florida.

What Casey Anthony's attorneys Jose Baez and Cheney Mason have done to date to defend their client is nothing short of delaying the inevitable when Casey Anthony is held responsible for the murder that she committed. Too many times, the rights of the accused are placed higher in our system of justice than the weak and innocent like Caylee Anthony. I believe, Jose Baez and Cheney Mason know their client is guilty and that is why they are using every measure available to delay the final justice that will most certainly befall Casey Anthony at some future date.

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