Thursday, February 28, 2008

Prince Harry's Service Ended By Matt Drudge

Earlier today, Matt Drudge published the fact that Prince Harry was not only serving in Afghanistan – but he was also very close to the front lines of the fighting there. Looking for any excuse to get out of their promise to the UK government not to release Prince Harry's current assignment, most British newspapers and television stations/networks followed Matt Drudge's lead and went public with this story as well. Late tonight, US time, it was announced that the UK military was already making plans to get Prince Harry out of Afghanistan before terrorist started trying to kill him.

While I have great respect for Matt Drudge and his website that is visited millions of times per day, I think Matt misjudged the importance of keeping the whereabouts of Prince Harry secret. Most of the stories that Matt Drudge links to via his popular site are for the most part conservative in nature and pro military. By ratting out Prince Harry's exact location, in a way Matt Drudge gave aide and comfort to terrorist in Afghanistan and put a valuable UK soldier and friend of the US military in grave danger. I guess I just expected more from Matt Drudge than to use an exclusive story in this way. That said, I understand there are always at least two sides to any story and I hope in upcoming days that Matt will explain his thinking about this matter in more detail.

If some left winged blogger or radio talk show host released this same information today, without a doubt the likes of Rush Limbaugh and other conservative radio talk show hosts would have been up in arms with their lack of patriotism in ratting out an important US friend in the fight against terrorism. While none of us are perfect and most of the stories I read each day on the Drudge Report are interesting and timely, today's public release of the whereabouts of Prince Harry was a mistake and Matt Drudge should not have done it.

I believe that Prince Harry just wants to serve his country like thousands of other British and American soldiers and they should not be put into harms way by reporters or bloggers that are just trying to find some story that will make them personally more popular for a few days. The Drudge Report is a five or six time per day read for me and I will continue to look toward Matt Drudge's leadership when it comes to breaking big stories. That said, I really wish Matt would have used better judgment today before he released the location of Prince Harry. What I really think happen here is that, Matt Drudge saw a huge story and before he thought it completely out he ran with it and in the days to come his initial enthusiasm will be replaced with the hard fact that he made a mistake in judgment.

Read more about the Media:

NYT Smears McCain, Mainstream Media Goes Tabloid
New York Times Hit Piece On John McCain's Fidelity
CNN Beats Fox News In Election Night Coverage
Critics Slam Dr. Laura Over Harsh Caller Treatment
Dr. Laura Caller - Extreme Emotional Reaction

Barack Hussein Obama, Middle Name Strikes Fear

Some on the far right publicly and others involved in the Hillary Clinton campaign, privately, are trying to draw increasing attention to Barack Obama's middle name, 'Hussein', in an attempt to stop his run away momentum toward the democratic nomination and potentially a general election win this November. The people that will be swayed by this blatant use of fear tatics are the same people that would not have voted for Barack Obama in the first place either because of his African-American race or birth religion which was Muslim.

Unfortunately the United States is still filled with people that have hate in their heart toward other people of color and citizens that don't follow a strict Evangelical Christian approach to worship. This racism and bigotry is a sad truth when it comes to what some Americans feel down deep inside. While strides have been made in recent years to create a color blind society, there is much more work that needs to be done in order for some people not to judge others based on their religious choices. While race relations have improved in the United States, there is still a bunch of work that needs to be done on that front too.

The worst part of Barack Obama's middle name, 'Hussein', is that it's the same as the last name of the former dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. Millions of Americans learned to dislike Saddam Hussein over the past decade because of his invasion of Kuwait and his use of chemical weapons against his own people years before. However, in today's modern age – surely most people can look past someone's birth name and judge the man on his own merits and not confuse his true intentions based on a two bit dictator that was also a mass murderer?

The worst is yet to come if Barack Obama is eventually successful against Hillary Clinton and he faces John McCain in the general election in November. Yes, John McCain will run a clean campaign by not using Barack Obama's religion or race in public. However, people in the RNC – in covert ways, will try and lump Barack Obama in with the likes of Saddam Hussein in anyway they can get away with. So far in the democratic primaries, voters have booed Hillary Clinton every time she has gone dirty against Barack Obama and right thinking Americans can only hope that when it come time to vote in the general election this November, all Americans will reject gutter politics whether it be from the Republican or Democrat side of the debate.

Read more about Barack Obama:

Deep Concerns About Barack Obama's Safety
Obama Winning States As Clinton Fades Away
Oprah Helps Obama With Female Voters
Is Barack Obama Running Against Bill Clinton?
Will Barack Obama Win New York State Against Senator Clinton?

February 28, 2008 Archives

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pros/Cons Of Universal Health Care Insurance

One of the big issues being debated among the democratic presidential candidates is Universal Health Care Insurance. While most Republicans want to leave the current US health care system alone, the exactly opposite is true for Democrats. Depending on which set of numbers you want to believe there is anywhere from 20 to 50 million Americans that do not have health insurance right now. While that number is extremely high, the next question you must ask yourself is, do you want to pay higher taxes so that everyone will have health insurance? When asked by pollsters, most Americans want everyone to have health insurance, if it doesn't raise their personal taxes.

Don't you just love the way Americans have learned how to play the Washington political game of having their cake and eating it too? Of course, politicians like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have made pledges to not raise the taxes of middle class Americans, but instead they will raise the money to offer health insurance to everyone by raising the taxes on the richest Americans. Most old timers like myself know this bait and switch tactic used by politicians. In reality, they will start out raising taxes on the rich to pay for universal health care insurance – but they will not stop there. Before these politicians are finished they will have redefined the amount of money a rich person earns each year and they will lowering that dollar amount to the point where it will effect the middle class.

The current system of medical treatment for the poor or uninsured is not good or fair either. While conservatives like Rush Limbaugh are quick to point out that the poor and uninsured are not turned down when they go to the hospital because of federal, state and local laws – there is no doubt that their level of care is substandard to people that have health insurance and the huge medical bills that will certainly follow such a hospital visit could and often times do bankrupt the individual involved. In most countries that have socialized medicine, the vast majority of people covered suffer from long waits for surgery and other procedures because of a shortage of doctors and government red tape.

Given a choice between universal health care insurance for everyone and a government run socialized health care system, I would vote for universal health care insurance everyday and twice on Sunday. The last thing I want to see is the government running all aspects of the US health care system which I predict would be a massive mistake.

Bernanke Says Signs Of Inflation On Horizon

Today, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that he is starting to see signs of inflation on the horizon in the US economy. In recent months as the real estate and mortgage sectors of the economy have been going down, other areas of the economy have been heading in the other direction, most notably the price of oil and Gold. When Fed Chairman Bernanke made those increasing inflation comments today, the first thing that popped into my mind was that the US economy could be heading on the exact same path as it did when Jimmy Carter was President of the United States.

For those of you too young to remember what was going on in the US economy back in the mid to late 1970's, here a quick overview. First, interest rates were so high that most people could not afford to purchase a house or even an automobile in some cases. The price of Gold hovered around $800 per ounce while the price of gas went up almost daily and there were long gas lines at the pump because the government rationed the purchase of gas. Needless to say, those days in the US were not a fun time for all and anyone that lived through those years does not want to go back and repeat them again.

So far, the potential recession of 2008 has appeared to be heading in a moderate direction. However, if inflation raises it's ugly head and Americans are forced to pay more money for everyday necessity items while the price of their homes continue to decline, then the predicted upcoming recession could be more severe than first predicted. Fed Chairman Bernanke said today that the US Federal Reserve was prepared to take quick action to make sure that inflation does not get out of control in the US. While his words may give comfort to representatives in Congress, people that understand how the US economy really works know all too well that once deflation in the housing market is joined with inflation in the retail market, there is little the Federal Reserve can do to turn things around in a fast manner.

There are some very smart and rich people in this world that have stayed that way by not listening to short term forecasts by either elected politicians or the Federal Reserve Chairman. In my opinion, the best way to know if the US economy is really heading into the tank is to keep a close eye on the price of Gold. If Gold prices continue to rise, then there are fundamental problems in the economy. However, if Gold suddenly starts dropping in price – then the people with the money are bailing out of Gold because there will be better places to earn additional income in stocks and/or real estate.

Read more about the Economy:

Housing Market Pain Continues, Foreclosures Up
Panning For Gold In Alaska Once Again?
Another Bad Week On Wall Street, Recession Fears
'Project Lifeline' Joins 'New Hope' To Slow Foreclosures
Monday's BlackBerry Outage Effected Thousands

February 27, 2008 Archives

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cleveland Fight Night, Obama/Clinton Square Off

Tonight, MSNBC will host a debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama which will be the last debate before the March 4th primaries in Texas and Ohio. NBC News anchor Brian Williams and Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert will be asking the questions. Most experts expect Hillary Clinton to take the gloves off tonight and go after Barack Obama on many different fronts because her lead in the national polls has all but vanished in recent days. I tend to agree with the experts because right now Hillary Clinton has nothing to lose by going after Obama. Will this tactic work for Hillary Clinton? Probably not because most Americans that support Obama seem unmovable in their support for his candidacy.

Barack Obama has made few mistakes so far in his bid to beat Hillary Clinton for the democratic nomination. That said, the road ahead of Obama in November is going to be much tougher than the democratic nomination because no party will fight harder to win than the GOP. At the end of the day, if Barack Obama continues to keep himself above all of the negative aspects of presidential campaigning and he has no severe skeleton's in his closet – he most likely will be the next President of the United States. 2008 must be a big disappointment for Hillary Clinton because most certainly a few months ago she could not even envision losing her own party's nomination for President.

In Cleveland tonight, MSNBC has a chance to finally win in the cable news ratings race. Usually, MSNBC finished a distant third to Fox News and CNN in prime-time programming. The 2008 president election has been so interesting to watch, that the ratings for presidential debates have been through the roof. Even MSNBC should do well tonight when Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton debate, but my guess is that soon after the debate most Americans will move back over to Fox News and CNN for post debate analysis.

The way the Texas democratic primary is set up, I see no chance that Hillary Clinton could win here. For months, Hillary has had a big lead in Ohio. However, that lead is now gone and with each passing day Barack Obama momentum is growing in Ohio, just like it did in every other state he has campaigned in. Tonight's democratic debate on MSNBC should be interesting to watch because lately I have not seen Hillary Clinton go after Obama in a tough way in debates. If she does so tonight, it will be interesting to see in the days ahead if that more aggressive tone ends up helping or hurting her candidacy.

Read more about 2008 Elections:

Clinton Campaign Racist By Forwarding Obama Muslim Photos?
Ralph Spoiler Nader Enters 2008 Presidential Race
Obama/Hillary Both Did Well In Austin, Tx Debate
Obama Defeats Hillary Then McCain In November
Congressman Chet Edwards Endorses Obama For President

February 26, 2008 Archives

Housing Market Pain Continues, Foreclosures Up

Home foreclosures were up over 50% in January compared to one year ago as the houses crisis continues in the US. As politicians try to find ways to stop the upcoming 2008 recession from hitting it's stride before the November elections, they could fail in that task as the pain continues to grow in the housing market. All of these foreclosures are hurting more than the families of the people that uses to call these houses their home. Major US banks and hedge funds that bought US mortgage securities are going to continue to be hurt as foreclosures continue to increase.

During the 1990's, the America people saw the best side of capitalism. In 2008-2010 those same people are going to witness the worst side of it as homes and then jobs are lost because of short term greed issues. This whole housing crisis mess was started when big banks and hedge funds tried to game the system by offering home loans to people that could not repay those loans. The mortgage system of a few years ago allowed almost anyone to buy a home, whether they could afford it or not and the brokers that made those mortgage loans collected a huge, up front, commission for making the loans.

Now as the 'fat lady sings', thousands of millionaire mortgage brokers are set for life, financial, as the US economy heads into the tank. Before we get too mad at these capitalist mortgage brokers that made billions of dollars by offering mortgage loans to people that could not afford them, remember that there would have been no mortgage loans for unqualified buyers, in the first place, without the short term greed of Americas largest banks and hedge funds. In a strange way, while the people that bought these Adjustable Rate Mortgages (ARM) and the people that financed them, huge banks and hedge funds, are suffering. The mortgage brokers that sold them should be financially secure right now.

In a year when it doesn't seem like anything can go wrong for Barack Obama as he works his way toward being the next President of the United States, these increasing mortgage loan problems will only further his future success. The powers that be and that were, Bush and Clinton are going to be held ultimately responsible for this crisis even if it is not their fault. While being the President of the United States is a powerful position, no President has that much control over a huge American economy that follows no political rules. The US home crisis will continue in the months ahead and at the end of the day many large US banks will no longer be owned by American stockholders as the people with the money, Arabs that export oil, will use their huge stockpiles of cash to acquire even greater positions in the US banking system.

Read more about the Economy:

Panning For Gold In Alaska Once Again?
Another Bad Week On Wall Street, Recession Fears
'Project Lifeline' Joins 'New Hope' To Slow Foreclosures
Monday's BlackBerry Outage Effected Thousands
eBay User Strike Quickly Losing Momentum

February 26, 2008 Archives

Monday, February 25, 2008

Oscars Flop Again, Jon Stewart Can't Save Show

Last night, I watched some of the Academy Awards (Oscars) show on ABC television and for the most part it was not funny and most of the movies that won top honors were not even seen by most of the movie going public. Jon Stewart, who is a wonderful comedian fell flat one again as host of the show – but the biggest problem facing this once ratings giant was the poor quality of movie choices that end up with nominations during the show. The arrogance of Hollywood in thinking only they are smart enough to really understand what makes a good movie is at the heart of this problem.

In recent years, it seems like members of the Academy Awards go out of their way to punish good movies that the American people and others around the world have rewarded with their hard earned money through ticket sales. This slap in the face toward the very people that allow these stars to drive nice cars and live in multi million dollar homes is a disgrace. In addition to hating the fans that spend money watching their movies, some Hollywood stars believe that their wisdom and insight goes even further as they tell the fans that they detest who they should vote for in a presidential election. Mind you, these are some of the same stars that spend more time in rehab than they do on the set of their movies.

When I think about all the suffering in the world today and all of the Americans that have been hurt by the slumping US economy, the last thing I want to see on my television set is a woman wearing a dress with a cost of more than $10,000, looking down her noise at the very people that provided the money for that dress by purchasing tickets to her movie. Sorry to be so negative this morning, but Hollywood elites have always been a bone of contention for me and the day after Oscar night reinvigorates those feelings big time. The good news is that most of the movies that were nominated in the top categories last night will soon be forgotten and the real actors and directors that make movies that the American people want to see will be back at work today making movies that will earn hundreds of millions of dollars which will insure that they will be snubbed at the 2009 Academy Awards ceremony.

Read more about Hollywood Issues:

Hannah/Miley Tour Movie Hits Box Office Gold
Hollywood View Of Movie Quality Confuses Nation
Kiefer Sutherland Released After Serving 48 Day Sentence
Jay Leno Defeats David Letterman In Late Night Ratings
Mountain Man David Letterman Returns To Late Show

February 25, 2008 Archive

Clinton Campaign Racist By Forwarding Obama Muslim Photos?

Recently, some Hillary Clinton campaign officials have been forwarding around old pictures of Barack Obama wearing ceremonial Muslim clothing while traveling overseas. Some of those photo showed up today on popular websites like 'The Drudge Report' and 'Politico'. While most politicians, including President Bush and former President Clinton also wore similar clothing while visiting overseas, the fact that some members of the Hillary Clinton campaign are circulating pictures of Barack Obama dressed in this way proves just how low the spirits must be in the Hillary Clinton camp.

I do not think most members of the Hillary Clinton campaign are racist, but the release of these photos only days ahead of the Texas and Ohio primaries could doom Hillary's chances of making a come back for the democratic nomination. In a way, Hillary Clinton is showing the GOP how difficult it will be to effective use negative campaign tactics against Barack Obama. I was telling someone just yesterday that every time Hillary Clinton goes down and dirty against Obama those attempts seem to backfire and hurt her instead of him. It is possible that the same thing will happen to John McCain and other members of the GOP this fall when they try to defeat Obama's march to the White House?

For far too long members of the democratic party have tried to show that all Republicans are racist by demanding they be fired if they stray from political correctness words and make a slip of the tung mistake. Now, it appears that even popular Democrats like Hillary Clinton could be hurt by these same tactics that they have praised before when used against Republicans or other opponents. Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign for President was in big trouble before these latest photos were leaked and right now I would give her less than a 10% chance of winning the democratic nomination.

The runaway freight train known as the Barack Obama movement is still racing down the tracks so fast that no one can catch him. Old political dirty tricks like the release of these photos are fortunately backfiring in this election season as they should be been rejected in previous presidential elections. The biggest truth I can see coming out of the 2008 presidential election season so far is that if Barack Obama can win the democratic nomination against a person named Clinton in the Democrat Party, then he certainly has the ability to win the general election in November.

Read more about 2008 Elections:

Ralph Spoiler Nader Enters 2008 Presidential Race
Obama/Hillary Both Did Well In Austin, Tx Debate
Obama Defeats Hillary Then McCain In November
Congressman Chet Edwards Endorses Obama For President
Michigan/Florida Caucus Likely To Seat Delegates

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Ralph Spoiler Nader Enters 2008 Presidential Race

In every presidential election cycle recently there is one candidate that cares more about their own ego than the will of the people. Years ago that candidate was Ross Perot when his independent bid for President cost President George HW Bush the election to former President Clinton. However, no third party spoiler has become more consistent at entering a presidential race, late, in recent years than Ralph Nader. Once again in 2008, Ralph 'Spoiler' Nader is trying to draw attention to himself by entering the race.

I wish there was a independent political party called the Narcissistic Party of America because people like Ralph Nader would fit right in there. Just like in previous presidential elections, Ralph Nader has no chance to win. His only goal is to steal voters from the democratic nominee for President. The reason I get more angry at spoilers like Ralph Nader than any of the other independent candidates for President is that rather than having an idea and running with it during the campaign season - Ralph Nader chooses to jump in the race at the last minute, not to win, but to help someone lose.

For some reason Ralph Nader hates the democratic party. More than likely at some point in Nader's life someone in the democratic party must have hurt him and Mr. Nader must have a memory like an Elephant. When I was a young boy growing up in the US Heartland, Ralph Nader was someone that was look upon as a bad person because he was constantly driving up the price of automobiles with his endless fight against US car makers. In recent years, Mr. Nader has turned his negative attitude on life away from GM, Ford and Chrysler and pointed it in the direction of the democratic party.

With the likely nomination of Barack Obama as the democratic nominee for President, Ralph Nader will probably not run fast enough in 2008 to even get warm, much less hot. The American people have a strong desire of a viable third party that reflects a political mood of moderation, but Ralph Nader does not come close to filling that bill. Instead, Ralph Nader is a throw back from past that most Americans have moved away from. Ralph 'Spoiler' Nader is once again proving to the people of America that he cares more about his own ego than what is in the best interest of this country.

The good news is that Nader has no chance to win in the general election. America does not need another President that cares more about himself than he does about this country.

Read more about 2008 Elections:

Obama/Hillary Both Did Well In Austin, Tx Debate
Obama Defeats Hillary Then McCain In November
Congressman Chet Edwards Endorses Obama For President
Michigan/Florida Caucus Likely To Seat Delegates
Will Superdelegates Decide The Democratic Nomination?

February 24, 2008 Archive

Walters/Oscars Tonight, Will Barbara Win The Night?

In what is expected to be a gloomy night in the Los Angeles area, the 2008 version of the Academy Awards will take place in the Kodak Theater tonight. As I am writing this story there are major concerns that tonight's Oscars ceremony could be the lowest rated Academy Awards event in years. What is at the root of the problem with the Academy Awards is the fact that the powers that be in Hollywood continue to snub mainstream America by nominating motion pictures that hardly anyone beside New York and Hollywood elites consider to be good movies.

Of the movies that have been nominated for best picture, I have only seen one of them, 'Juno'. However, while 'Juno' is nominated for best picture at the 2008 Academy Awards it is not expected to win because it made too much money at the box office. Only in Hollywood would a movie that millions of people wanted to see be punished come Oscars time. That said, I have seen good movies constantly snubbed when the Academy Awards are handed out because mainstream American enjoyed watching those movies. The last time I remember a movie that was really deserving of a best picture Academy Award, that actually won - was over 10 years ago when 'Forrest Gump' won the Oscar.

Tonight as the 2008 version of the Academy Awards airs, I am thinking that the 'Barbara Walters Special' before the Academy Awards in the Eastern and Central Time Zones and after the ceremony on the West Coast might just draw more viewers than the actual awards show. It has been many years since I have seen a more poor group of best picture nominated movies than has happened in 2008. As mainstream American continues to reward good movies like 'Juno' and the recently released sequel to 'American Treasure', the snobs that make up Hollywood continue to think that regular American move goers are some how delusional in the way the spent their movie dollars.

More than likely I will tune in from time to time tonight to see how the 2008 Academy Awards are playing out, but if recent years are any example, I will be fast asleep before the show is over. I love to watch good movies and I have grown increasingly tired as members of the Motion Picture Academy continue to nominate and vote for movies that are really not that good. However, I am glad that the writers strike is over and hopefully some of the better movie writers are already in the process of finishing up new movies that the American people really want to see.

Read more about Hollywood Issues:

Hollywood View Of Movie Quality Confuses Nation
Kiefer Sutherland Released After Serving 48 Day Sentence
Jay Leno Defeats David Letterman In Late Night Ratings
Mountain Man David Letterman Returns To Late Show
No Ache Breaky In Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana Heart

Friday, February 22, 2008

Nevada/Arizona Earthquakes Increasing Recently

Several small towns near the Nevada and Arizona border have been suffering minor Earthquakes the past few days leaving some experts and speculators wondering if the big one might be on the way? Over the centuries, areas around modern day Nevada and Arizona were hit on a regular basis by Earthquakes and that is one of the reasons why there are so many deep valley's and mountain ranges in this area of the United States. Some old small towns near the Nevada and Arizona border have been damaged badly as these small but frequent Earthquakes have continued to shake the area.

My biggest concern is what would happen to the Hoover Dam if a major Earthquake hit that dam at ground zero? More than likely the dam would survive because of the huge base that makes up the Hoover Dam's foundation. On two different occasions I have visited this dam and took a tour on both occasions. The massive workmanship and the dangers that faced the thousands of workers that built the Hoover Dam before the days of computers and modern construction equipment is amazing to look at first hand. I even purchased a VHS video of workers building this dam long before I was born back in the late 1950's.

It's not just the Hoover Dam that could be at risk if a major Earthquake hits along the Nevada and Arizona border, but Las Vegas could also be at risk. Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States and it plays host to millions of visitors each year that spend their time in hundreds of hotels and casinos that line the Las Vegas Strip. In recent years, there have been several minor Earthquakes in this area of the country and to date little damage has been reported until the past few days. One of the things that is scary to me about Earthquakes is that they cannot be predicted with any amount of certainty and if a major Earthquake were to hit the Las Vegas area, the loss of live and property damage would be on a massive scale.

I'm sure people that study Earthquakes for a living are keeping a close eye on these almost daily Earthquakes that are striking the Nevada and Arizona border and while they cannot predict when the big one will hit, they are increasing their knowledge of why and how severe the next Earthquake might be. One thing is for sure and that is I do not want to be staying on the 40th floor of a Las Vegas hotel when the next major Earthquake strikes in that area.

Read more about Earthquakes:

SCA Earthquake Predictions - The 'Big One' Is Overdue
Looking Forward To 'Armageddon' 10.5 Movie Weekend
Bay Area Earthquake Strikes San Francisco
Tunnel Through Fault Line In Southern California
Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 40,000 - Pakistan/India

February 22, 2008 Archives

NYT Smears McCain, Mainstream Media Goes Tabloid

With almost one voice today, members of the mainstream media and regular readers of The New York Times (NYT) are speaking words of anger toward that newspaper after they ran a story yesterday on the front page about the possibility that John McCain had been romantically involved with a lobbyist, eight years ago, and also that he did favors for that same person while serving in the US Senate. Today in an on line chat between NYT editors and newspaper subscribers, New York Times officials said they were surprised at the level of outrage about their story. Apparently, the powers that be at the NYT do not get out that much because if they traveled outside of the New York City liberal-plex they would have discover that their credibility was already shot with most of the rest of the country.

Even most liberals found this NYT story a bunch of BS that should have never made it into the paper much less have a banner headline on the front page. The facts are these, not one person either on the record or as an informant said that they knew for certain that John McCain and this lobbyist were having an affair, not one person. However, the NYT went to press with this story anyway based on a bunch of rumors and innuendo that had no facts to sturdy the stories foundation. The National Enquirer has been known to run stories like this one in the past about celebrities, but when a major newspaper like the NYT lowers it's standards of reporting this badly, then everyone that cares about the truth should stand up and say, you did the wrong thing.

McCain denies that an affair ever took place and his wife believes him. That proclamation of his innocents carries more weight with me than a half baked story cooked up in the newsroom at the New York Times. There is a certain air of arrogance by people that work at the NYT. Maybe that arrogance has been caused by people always referring to the Times as the best newspaper in America. All I have to say to that is, the newspaper business in America is in a sad state of affairs if the New York Times is the best this country has to offer in a major city newspaper. It is morally wrong to accuse someone of having an affair if you have no evidence.

Almost anyone could be accused of having an affair based on how the NYT defines it for John McCain. I believe the NYT owes it's readers an apology for dumbing down it's content to the level of a side street tabloid magazine and when it comes to future stories written about John McCain in the NYT the best thing the rest of us could do is just ignore anything they have to say.

Read more about the Media:

New York Times Hit Piece On John McCain's Fidelity
CNN Beats Fox News In Election Night Coverage
Critics Slam Dr. Laura Over Harsh Caller Treatment
Dr. Laura Caller - Extreme Emotional Reaction
Is It Time For MSNBC To Be Shut Down?

Victor Lozada-Tirado Killed In The Line Of Duty

Senator Hillary Clinton was noticeable move today when she announced that a Dallas, Texas police officer was killed in an accident while guarding her motorcade this morning. I also had a deep sense of sadness when I heard the news that Senior Corporal Victor Lozada-Tirado had lost his life. As Senator Clinton said last night in a CNN debate from Austin, Texas – her life has been bless when compared to the hard and difficult times faced by soldier families and I am sure her heart was filled with sadness when Officer Lozada-Tirado lost his life while protecting hers. Officer Lozada-Tirado is survived by his wife and four children, two boys and two girls.

Usually when most of us think about the people that protect politicians in the United States we think of the US Secret Service. While the Secret Service does take the primary role of protecting presidential candidates like Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, local police departments around the country add most of the manpower necessary to make sure that motorcades keep running and no dangerous vehicles are allow to get too close to the presidential candidates as they travel. Today, it appears that Officer Lozada-Tirado's motorcycle got to close to the side of a bridge as he made his way in the front of Hillary Clinton's motorcade and when he struck that concrete bridge at a high rate of speed his body was thrown 30 to 50 feet down the road.

Reporters that were traveling in a bus at the back of the Hillary Clinton motorcade said that when they passed Officer Lozada-Tirado he was not moving and lying in a pool of blood. Senator Clinton quickly canceled a campaign event in near by Fort Worth, Tx upon hearing the news that Victor Lozada-Tirado had died from the injuries he sustained in that accident. After announcing to a large Fort Worth crowd that there would be no rally today because it was not approprate after Officer Lozada-Tirado's death, Senator Clinton traveled back to Dallas to try and offer comfort to Victor Lozada-Tirado's grieving wife and children.

While most police officers face danger every single day while they are on duty, I doubt if most of them think about losing their life in a motor vehicle accident. Today's loss of life proves that anytime there are a bunch of security personnel in one location guarding an important person like Hillary Clinton, there is always the potential for something to go wrong and for a person to lose their life in a tragic way. My thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Lozada-Tirado's family and coworkers at the Dallas Police Department. My he rest in peace.

Read more about 2008 Elections:

Obama/Hillary Both Did Well In Austin, Tx Debate
Obama Defeats Hillary Then McCain In November
Congressman Chet Edwards Endorses Obama For President
Michigan/Florida Caucus Likely To Seat Delegates
Will Superdelegates Decide The Democratic Nomination?

Dogs Improve Health In Sick/Disabled Patients

I was watching a television show the other day where dogs from an animal shelter were being used to help patients that were severely sick or suffering from some kind of disability. Dog lovers like myself have known for a long time about the medicinal benefits of dog ownership. I cannot image coming home from work at night without seeing my two dogs meeting me at the door with their happy faces and wagging tails. It only makes sense that since dogs bring happiness to regular people, that the same benefit might seen in sick or disabled patients as well.

Not only have researchers shown that dogs help the mood of sick patients, they also seem to help the healing process as well. In my opinion, modern medicine overlooks to their own detriment the benefits of a positive attitude on the healing process of patients. There is something about petting and taking care of a dog that causes sick people to think about the needs of something else rather than continually worrying about their own ailments. Dogs have often been referred to as 'man's best friend' and that saying has withstood the test of time because it is true.

Not far from my home there is a disability rehab facility where a local animal shelter places dogs that have become homeless. The mood and rate of physical and emotion healing at this rehab facility has improved dramatically since these dog have been integrated into the patients care. When I see stories about some people mistreating and/or fighting dogs for money or pleasure – I know down deep inside that the people who are committing those crime are in many ways sub human when it comes to compassion and common sense.

There is even preliminary research into the ability of dogs to be able to sniff out cancer in patients that otherwise seem healthy. It doesn't seem like there is much dogs can't do when they are properly motivated and trained. I believe that 'man's best friend' might be of more use to mankind than just a pet to come home to at the end of the day. Dogs are smart and their instincts are better than we humans. In fact, I believe most dogs can instinctively tell if a human being is good or bad within a few seconds of meeting a person. On many occasions I have discovered that when people have a real dislike for dogs, many times they are also are up to no good when it comes to other interactive human relationships.

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Terri Schiavo Easter Reflections, Three Years Later

When I think back to the first time I knew the GOP was falling apart, it was Easter of 2005 as Tom DeLay and President Bush rushed through the Terri Schiavo Law. That law was written and passed for one reason only and that reason was to pander to religious right voters by circumventing the Florida court system. While there are many clear cut differences between Republicans and Democrats, the Terri Schiavo Law did more to break apart the Republican Party than any other single event I can think of. While most Republicans are anti-abortion, when it comes to an adult having the right to die - both conservatives and liberals are on the same page in believing that it is none of the governments business what an individual choses to do.

Until Tom DeLay and President Bush decided to interfere in the private affairs of the Schiavo family in Florida, I almost never even considered voting for a Democrat at election time. However, that one decision by GOP lawmakers and President Bush destroyed decades worth of Republican loyalty inside of me and for the first time I started listening to and voting for Democrats. What I could not understand back in Easter of 2005 is how the party I had always supported because it believed in keeping the government out of our lives, would step in and insert itself in one of the most important personal decisions a family has to make?

As time went by after the Terri Schiavo Law was passed, I began to look at the Republican Party from a more skeptical point of view and noticed that while party leaders continued to talk a good game at election time – in reality many of them were just hypocrites. From the days of Ronald Reagan, the GOP had been built on fiscal conservatism, a strong national defense and keeping the government out of our lives as much as possible. However, as I began to see how current GOP leaders like Tom DeLay and President Bush were leading the party it became clear that neither man was a fiscal conservative nor did they believe in keeping the government out of the private lives of Americans.

The Terri Schiavo Law opened my eyes to the fact that fiscal conservatives and small government Republicans no longer had a place at the table in the new Republican Party. Before Republicans lost control of the Congress in 2006, they were spending money like there was no tomorrow while President Bush was looking for more ways to expand the government and take away our personal liberties by using September 11th, 2001 as his justification.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mandatory Health Insurance Coming To America

In last night's debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton the word 'mandatory' came up in Barack Obama's description of Hillary Clinton's Universal Health Care solution for America. While Hillary Clinton danced around that powerful word of 'mandatory' she did not dispute the fact that her 'health insurance for all' program required Americans that are current uninsured to purchase health insurance or risk having their wages garnished by the federal government to purchase health insurance in the same way child support and student loans are currently processed.

While the current health care system in the US is not working properly and needs to be fix, forcing Americans against their will to purchase health insurance does not seem like a good idea to me. Last night, Hillary Clinton suggested that forcing all Americans into health insurance coverage would be the same as when the government forced Americans into the Social Security System and Medicare. To be honest, most Americans believe that Social Security and Medicare are broken badly and it was probably a mistake for Hillary Clinton to use those two government programs as an example of how she wants to change health care in America.

There is just something about the government forcing it's will on the American people that just doesn't sit right with most people. The United States is filled with people from many different backgrounds and beliefs and most people, like myself, do not want the ever increasing intrusion of government telling us what we need and do need growing even stronger in the years to come. Already, the US federal government is taking too strong of a role in telling Americans what they can smoke, eat and drive. The overriding message of liberalism is that average Americans are stupid and must be saved from themselves.

I have to give Barack Obama credit for seeing that most Americans do not want another government mandated program forced down their throats. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton has joined forces with John Edwards in pushing a liberal health care agenda of mandates, which will fail if put to a vote in the US Congress. Election 2008 has been interesting to watch and at the end of the day, I believe that Barack Obama has better thought out the issue of health insurance in the United States than either John Edwards or Hillary Clinton.

The American people do not believe all solutions to our problems can come from the US government, nor do they believe that a totally capitalist society works that well either.

McCain Trust Factor, Big Problem In General Election?

It is no secret that social conservatives do not trust Senator John McCain and with late breaking news that he secured a loan for his struggling GOP campaign last year by using federal matching dollars and then later deciding not to take public funds after his victory in New Hampshire will make this self proclaimed campaign cash reformer look like a hypocrite to most voters. I have thought that John McCain was a hypocrite for almost 10 years now as his 2000 GOP bid against George W. Bush was touted as a campaign of the people instead of special interest.

During the GOP primaries in 2000, I gave a small amount of money to the John McCain for President campaign committee and ever since I have received non stop request, via mail, for more money from one PAC after another that is using John McCain's name or likeness to raise funds. In recent weeks, I have been hit many times by postal mail deliveries from John McCain asking me to send money for his 2008 race for the White House. For a man that wants to get money out of politics in Washington D.C., John McCain sure does send out a bunch of campaign fund raising letters to anyone that ever thought he might have been the real deal.

I started to mistrust John McCain back in 2000 as he took his campaigned aboard his bus called the 'Straight Talk Express'. Back then, the mutual love of the mainstream media toward John McCain did not seem natural for a GOP candidate for President. Since the days of Ronald Reagan, most members of the mainstream media in New York City and Washington D.C. have shown their true liberal colors when it comes to political coverage.

For some reason, Senator McCain still believes that liberal members of the mainstream media are his friends. However, after today's hatchet job by the New York Times which endorsed McCain only a few short weeks ago with glowing words of support, should once and for all show Senator McCain that these liberal media elites have only been stringing him along in order to help the Democrats win in November. I have great respect for Senator John McCain's military record and great sympathy for the suffering he was forced to endure as a POW during the Vietnam War.

That said, there is something about John McCain as a politician that causes me to take pause. I cannot and will not give John McCain my vote for President of the United States because of a bad gut feeling on my part that has grown ever stronger since his first campaign against then Governor Bush back in 2000.

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Obama/Hillary Both Did Well In Austin, Tx Debate

I was off work tonight, so I had a chance to watch the entire democratic debate on CNN between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I was expecting to see a bunch of fireworks from the Clinton side because she has lost the last eleven election primaries. However, with the exception of a couple of jabs at Obama's change message – tonight's debate seemed more like a love in rather than a debate among political rivals. My personal take on tonight's Austin, Texas debate was that Hillary Clinton is settling herself into the real possibility that she is going to lose to Obama and Barack Obama is starting to realize that he really could win the nomination.

Judging by tonight's Texas crowd they were in no mood to have either candidate take pot shots at the other. After one rude comment from Hillary Clinton, the audience at this University of Texas debate booed Senator Clinton and she never traveled down that road again. I also got the feeling from tonight's Texas democratic audience that they like both of these candidates pretty much equally and down deep inside they would like to see them run together against GOP candidate John McCain in November. More than likely an Obama/Clinton general election ticket is not in the cards, but in a strange sort of way I think both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama personally like each other as individuals and fellow politicians.

Tonight's CNN debate from UT Austin probably did not change any minds. More than likely, people that supported Barack Obama going into tonight's debate are still supporting him and the same is true for Hillary Clinton supporters. However, unlike the big hurt feelings of conservatives on the GOP side that are still angry at John McCain, Democrats seems to be equally united in their support of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. This has certainly been an unusual year when it comes to presidential politics.

On the Republican side, John McCain has pretty much sailed toward the GOP nomination without earning key conservative support for his nomination victory. However, on the democratic side of the race – both Obama and Clinton are loved by almost everyone in the base which includes people that originally supported John Edwards. President Bush has done a wonderful job at uniting Democrats against the GOP in 2008. While conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh did come to the defense of John McCain when he was ravaged by a tabloid natured story in the New York Times today, Limbaugh is still against John McCain getting the GOP nomination and only stood up for McCain because of his long distrust and dislike of the New York Times newspaper.

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Panning For Gold In Alaska Once Again?

As the price of Gold continues to rise, there have been stories of some people relocating their families to Alaska with the hope of striking it rich by panning for Gold. Back in the 1800's, thousands of settlers uprooted their families and headed west in search of Gold and in 2008 it appears that this same situation is happening again as Gold approaches $1000 per ounce in price. It has been a long time since 'Gold Fever' was a predominate term in the English language, but it might be making a come back soon. I have even read and speculated myself in previous stories that if the US falls into a deep recession this year, then the price of Gold could surge above $2000 per ounce.

Only in books and old western movies do modern day Americans get clues as to what life was like back during an old time Gold Rush. While most people headed west or even further to Alaska to find their fortune in Gold, very few people actually struck it rich. Most people never found those long sought after Gold veins that were gleaming with tons of this beautiful metal. In fact, thousands more people found themselves broke and with few job prospects when these previous Gold Rush stampedes came to and end. Now with Gold prices soring once again, modern day Gold hunters are heading to Alaska in search of their fortune in Gold. More than likely, most of these modern day Gold prospectors will find themselves in the same position as the people generations before them did when they caught Gold Fever.

In the back of my mind I also have desires to explore the wild reaches of Alaska and search for Gold. However, the hard bitten realist in me knows that it is not realistic for me to give everything up to search for a dream that has little chance of happening. Instead, I will live those dreams through others that are willing to uproot their families and lives – move to Alaska and follow their Gold dreams. When I think back to all the times when hard working, but poor Americans gave up all in search of their American dream. I realize why so many millions of people want to live in and become American citizens. In no other land on Earth can a person born without financial resources or class standing have the same opportunity as an average American citizen.

I look forward to reading stories of the 2008 version of Gold prospectors that will soon be hitting the mountains and streams of Alaska. While most people will fail in their dream to find untold riches in Alaska, a few will succeed and they will have stories to tell that will last well into the next generation.

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Another Bad Week On Wall Street, Recession Fears

Unless there is a massive turnaround tomorrow, this will be another down week on Wall Street as most stocks and sectors continue to sell off because of ever increasing worries about a 2008 US recession. Most Americans have no clue how the stock and bond markets work and most people are completely clueless when it comes to hedge funds and comedy trading. While it would give most Americans a headache to try and figure out the current dysfunction in the US stock market, it would maybe help them better understand how and why the US stock market is selling off right now if they would go to the library and find out how the free markets work.

I believe there is much more pain to come in the financial sector. Most of the sub-prime leading losses have yet to be reported by most companies in their quarterly write down reports and when additional billions of dollars are written to the loss column at huge banks like Citibank and Bank of American (BOA), the bottom could very well drop out of the stock market which could lead the price of Gold to sore over $2000 per ounce. Like most previous recessions, in 2008 if and when we get that recession it will have been started by both small and large companies that threw out years of good quality leading practices and instead started leading money to people that had no ability or intention to repay the loans.

While all the big news is focused on the sub-prime mortgage collapse, there are other issues that are coming to the surface which could do even more damage to the US economy. As housing prices continue to fall because of a glut of too many homes on the market and mortgage leaders that are afraid to make new loans, the actual on paper wealth of millions of Americans will drop dramatically. Since Americans are traditionally weak at putting regular savings in the bank, most people rely on the equity in their homes to make up the bulk of their actual net worth. With home equity dropping, so is the net worth of millions of Americans.

I'm not sure that a recession would not be a good thing for the US economy in the long run. US recession serve a purpose, even thought that purpose is painful for many people. Recessions are designed to rid the US capitalist system of excess when regular business people do not follow the rules of the game. For far too long, mainly the financial sector of the US economy has been flying by the seat of their pants while robbing Peter to pay Paul. The day of reckoning is close at hand and before this recession is over, all of us will have suffered in one way or another.

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New York Times Hit Piece On John McCain's Fidelity

In today's New York Times, they have regurgitated old rumors about an affair Senator John McCain had back in the year 2000. Senator McCain and everyone else involved in this story denied these allegations of adultery, but the New York Times decided to run with the story anyway, most likely because Senator McCain is the likely Republican nominee against either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. There was a time when most Americans from either political party looked to the New York Times for fair and balanced news coverages from around the world. However, those days are gone and most people today that are not extreme liberals view the New York Times in the same light as a tabloid publication like The National Enquirer.

As a proud member of 'fly over country', I am amused at how stupid members of the media think people in the Heartland really are. There is a certain arrogance in the reporting at the New York Times and other major liberal newspapers. The truth is that no matter how much praise the New York Times bestowed upon John McCain when he was seeking the GOP nomination, once he firmly had it in his grasp they were certain to turn on him like a wild animal. As people that regularly read this blog know, I do not support John McCain for President and I do not think he would make a good President of the United States. That said, this New York Times story will cause some Republicans that do not like McCain to support him just out of spite because of this hatchet job of a story.

It is no secret that all major newspapers, including the New York Times are losing readers at an alarming rate. In fact, some major city newspapers are on the verge of being shut down because of the loss of subscribers. The Internet and thousands of blogs like this one have given millions of people additional outlets of news and opinion that are free of tradition liberal or conservative boiler plate talking points. As the circulation of the New York Times has continued to decline, their normally liberal stand on the issues has moved even further to the left to where it is approaching crazy territory. This further leftward move by the New York Times will cause this newspaper to lose even more subscribers and reader confidence from people that consider themselves moderates.

From 'fly over country' to the editors and writers at the New York Times – keep up the good work because every time you try to make the rest of us look stupid with your arrogant extremist liberal writings, the more powerful new media outlets become.

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More Guns Not Less Might Stop School Shootings

I was reading an interesting story this morning about a law that allows college students in Utah to get a gun carry permit and that law also allows them to carry a gun to their classes. On the surface this idea might sound strange or even crazy, but if you give yourself a little bit of time to think about it, this Utah law might save lives if some crazy student decides to show up in a classroom and start killing people at random. In Utah, like here in Texas – a person must pass a background check and also attend training classes on gun safety which includes the very limited nature in which they are allowed to use their firearm.

In recent school shootings, most students are sitting ducks when some crazy person shows up with a gun and starts killing people at random. While I do not advocate everyone on campus carrying a concealed weapon, I certainly think it might be a good idea for a few students to possibly be armed in order to deter the acts of mass killers. Most of the people that go to school and start killing people have some kind of sick thought in the back of their mind that they will become famous if they kill enough people before turning the gun on themselves. Those thoughts of greatness could be stopped if some student takes them out before they can commit murder on a mass scale.

Every time another person enters a school to kill fellow students, there is an outcry from the public that something needs to be done to stop this madness from happening again. Most of the liberal approaches from the past have not worked because there is no warm and fuzzy solution to an out of control killer than is hell bent on killing as many people as possible before they commit suicide. I believe when students are given the option of carrying a gun to class if they are properly trained and have a licenses to carry that weapon, most students will feel safer in class because they will be safer.

While liberals in academia debate the issues of how to get people mental health so they do not commit these crimes, real college students are faced with the possibility that the only person that is armed in their school is the crazy gunman that wishes to kill them. It is an outrage that colleges and universities in other states beside Utah do not allow their students to defend themselves from these crazy killers. No, I do not think we should go back to the days of the wild west when everyone walking the street was packing a weapon. However, the unknown factor of someone in a classroom having a weapon to defend themselves could cause future killers to think twice before they enter a school and start shooting defenseless students.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Obama Defeats Hillary Then McCain In November

I have said it before and I will say it again, no one person in my lifetime has become so popular in such a short period of time than Senator Barack Obama. From pretty much unknown status one year ago, to now the favorite to win the White House in 2008. New polls out today show Obama with a big lead nationwide against his rival Senator Hillary Clinton and in a head to head match-up with Republican front runner, John McCain, Barack Obama wins handedly. Often times I have heard that old saying about being at the right place at the right time and nowhere does that saying apply more than to Barack Obama's campaign for President of the United States.

There are so many factors that are working in favor of Barack Obama it is hard to list them all. However, a few of the biggest issues that are propelling Obama ever higher in the polls include the high disapproval of President Bush and the Bush/Clinton fatigue factor this nation is suffering from. That said, most Americans are fearful that the US is heading in the wrong direction and voters are demanding change in 2008. Early on it became clear that Senator Barack Obama was going to be the voters choice for that change and to date Senator Obama has not let his overnight success go to his head.

In a nation where anything is possible, Senator Obama is about to crash through some of the biggest obstacles imaginable when he becomes the next President of the United States. At the top of that list is the fact that Barack Obama is an African-American in a nation that still suffers with issues of racism. Within a few short months, Senator Obama has not only made it seem possible that an African-American could win the White House – but the word possible has been replaced with probable after today's most recent polls.

Without anyone really noticing, history is happening right before our eyes in the candidacy of Barack Obama. Rather than running the same old Republican v. Democrat or conservative v. liberal campaign, Barack Obama is looking toward the future and drawing support from Republicans, Independents and most Democrats in his race for the White House. I was thinking last night about how long it has been since we had a President with young kids living in the White House. Barack and Michelle Obama have two beautiful daughters and I believe parents with young children are more in touch with what is really happening in the country than older folks like me that have already raised our kids.

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February 20, 2008 Archives

Lindsay Lohan Removes Clothes After Drug Rehab

In a tribute to the late Marilyn Monroe, Lindsay Lohan recreated some famous pictures of Monroe including some that show her in the nude. Of course, Lindsay Lohan is an adult and is free to choose what she does in her life – but I believe this new Marilyn Monroe photo layout is just another Hollywood publicity stunt. The sad truth is that in Hollywood the only bad publicity is no publicity at all. Over the past several months as Lindsay Lohan has been drying out in a rehab facility in Utah, her name has not been printed in most of the news media and few members of the ever present paparazzi have been following her around.

More than likely a new 'clean and sober' Lindsay Lohan took part in this Marilyn Monroe photo shoot because she needs to get her name back out in the public. That said, most famous people that try to take shortcuts in order to quickly get attention from the media and public, fail over the long term. Whether it is the shock value of these Lindsay Lohan nude photos or other famous actresses that bare all in Playboy, the long term value of such activity does not have a good track record. In Lohan's case, I believe this Marilyn Monroe photo shoot was a mistake because all through her troubles with drug abuse, there were decent moral people that were pulling for her to get better.

Now those same people are likely to permanently turn their backs on Lohan as her first employment choice after rehab was to take her clothes off. Don't get me wrong, there will be much attention heading the way of Lindsay Lohan over the next few weeks because of this Marilyn Monroe photo shoot, but the people that are interested in these pictures are not the type of fans that will help Lohan rebuild her career nationwide. Instead, they will follow Lindsay Lohan for awhile praising her work and then leave her side the minute some other famous person does something that is even more shocking.

There is news out this morning that Lindsay Lohan's mother is happy with her daughters decision and that statement concerns me even more than Lindsay Lohan's choice. As a man from what Hollywood types call 'fly over country', I have a difficult time understanding the attitudes of residents of Hollywood. I especially find it difficult to believe that any parent would praise a child that wanted to exploit their body in order to win fame or money. My guess is that it was the dysfunctional nature of Lindsay Lohan's family that cause her to fall into a world of alcohol and drug abuse in the first place and no amount of rehab will change that messed up family unit.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Satellite Shoot Down, US Navy Tries Thursday

In what some counties call an attempt to progress US research into shooting down other nations satellites, Thursday the US Navy has been given the green light by President Bush to try and destroy a US satellite in space because it's poisonous cargo could hit a populated area later this spring. I was listening to news reports today about how the US Navy intends to shoot down this crippled satellite and it is amazing that the use of brute force and not an explosion will supposedly do the trick and explode this satellite in space rather than it's cargo surviving a reentry to the Earth.

When objects are in Earth's orbit they travel at a tremendous rate of speed. By having an ocean based missile fired at this disabled satellite at just the right time and trajectory, the US Navy will be trying to hit a bullet with a bullet in space. Of course, the US Navy and other branches of the military have already used the same type of technology to shoot down incoming test missiles in what was once referred to as the Ronald Reagan 'Star Wars' program. Without huge advances in imaging and computer technology, such a satellite shoot down would be impossible to conduct successfully.

I have not heard what odds the US Navy is giving to it's missile that will be fired at this disabled satellite on Thursday, but I think the powers that be at the Pentagon seem pretty optimist that their satellite shoot down will turn out to be successful. Of course, nations like Russia and China are totally against the US military shooting down one of our own satellites because they rightly know that the US will gain valuable knowledge from this missile test whether it is ultimately successful or not. In a way, the US military is taking a lemon of a satellite and turning it into lemonade with this test missile firing.

A few hours after the US Navy launches it's missile from the northern Pacific Ocean on Thursday, the Pentagon will know if this operation was a success or not. As an older man that grew up during the hay days of 'Star Trek' back in the 1960's, this type of military operation is very interesting to me and I hope at the end of the day the US Navy is able to successfully destroy this broken satellite. The rapid advancement of computer technology is making it possible for people to do things that seemed out of reach just a few short years ago.

From the information I have been able to learn via the Internet, if Thursday's missile test is a failure, the Navy could possibly have at least two other shots at the apple before mother nature brings this huge satellite back down to Earth in a blaze of glory.

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February 19, 2008 Archives

Wisconsin/Hawaii Victories Increase Obama's Momentum

Senator Barack Obama is expected to win democratic contests tonight in both Wisconsin and Hawaii, which will propel his ever increasing momentum toward winning the democratic nomination for President. Out of nowhere and much to the surprise of almost everyone, Barack Obama has taken the country by storm as average Americans look for change at the highest level of the government. No one is more surprised with the rise in popularity of Barack Obama than Hillary Clinton. For almost two years, a Hillary Clinton victory in the democratic primaries was considered almost a for gone conclusion.

It is so refreshing to see political pundits and TV talking heads be proven wrong when in comes to the 2008 presidential primaries. Like everyone else, I have grow tired of listening to these political partisans as they try and change my view of the world with talking points that are designed to funnel my vote to one candidate or the other. This year, the American people are doing something that most political professionals never thought possible. In 2008, the American people are engaged in the democratic contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and these same people are listening to both candidates and making up their own mind on which one to support.

It appears all but certain that Barack Obama will win both Wisconsin and Hawaii tonight. Most polls give Hillary Clinton little chance to win any state primaries until the first week of March when Texas and Ohio vote. Here in Texas we are starting to see daily commercials for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama running on television. In fact, yesterday alone I saw at least four television commercials for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Some Clinton supporters consider Texas and Ohio a firewall for Hillary. However, in reality that thinking has changed in recent weeks so much so that both Texas and Ohio are now 'must win' states for Hillary Clinton or she is most likely finished in her run for the democratic nomination.

Like most other Americans, I have been engaged in the political debate this year between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Senator Obama's message of change has struck a cord with millions of Americans as he lays out his vision for a better world. Not since the days of JFK and RFK have I seen the American people so eager for change.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Is It Safe To Eat Red Meat After Recall?

A few days ago, the USDA decided to recall almost 150 million pounds of meat products that were processed at one California meat processing plant. This recall was only done after the fact by the USDA when the Humane Society entered that plant at random and starting filming the conditions in which cattle were housed and slaughtered. After watching some of the undercover footage taken by the Humane Society at this one meat packing plant, I must admit that I will not be looking at my next hamburger or steak in the same way as in the past.

The federal government in the form of the USDA has inspectors at all US meat packing plants, but as one anonymous informer told ABC News today – most of the USDA inspectors only walk around the plant once per day and most inspector do that walk around at the same time everyday. When that in mind, it is easy to see how meat processors have been able to break the rules within eye sight of a USDA inspector. What is hard to understand is why employees and management at these slaughter houses have kept their mouths shut for so long since most of this meat was being sent to school cafeterias and fast food restaurants?

This one meat processing facility was forcing cattle to stand up using chains, cattle prods and chains in clear violation of US law. There is a good reason why cattle are not allowed to be processed when they cannot stand and that reason is Mad Cow Disease. The British live cattle market was almost completely devastated a few years ago because of Mad Cow Disease. People that make their living from raising and processing cattle into red meat should be more concerned about what a Mad Cow Outbreak would do to their business. However, just like most other businesses – the cattle business is all about making money and little attention is paid to making sure the American food supply is safe.

Today, I have been asking myself if the US meat supply is safe to eat and right now I would have to say no. Maybe with these latest facts in mind, I will give up any red meat that is not cooked to a crisp for awhile. One of my favorite meals is a Ribeye Steak that is cooked medium well. With all of these new problems being reported at meat processing plants in California, my thinking is that this one plant is probably more the rule than the exception when it comes to breaking USDA rules. While it is a choice for adults to eat rare meat, children should not be allowed to eat any meat product that is not cooked to well done.

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February 18, 2008 Archives

Congressman Chet Edwards Endorses Obama For President

Central Texas Congressman Chet Edwards announced his endorsement of Barack Obama for President today. Congressman Edwards has represented Central Texas for many years and as he said today, he usually does not endorse candidates that are running for the democratic nomination for President. However, he is making an exception with Barack Obama because Edwards believes that Obama has the ability to make real positive changes as our next President. Congressman Chet Edwards is one of only a hand full of Texas democratic US House of Representative members to survive the redrawing of congressional districts in Texas a few years ago - an effort that was lead by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

As a lifelong Republican, Congressman Edwards has not always been my first choice on election day. However, I did vote for Chet Edwards during the last election and I intend to vote for him again in November. I guess I would call myself a reformed conservative American voter. During the days of Ronald Reagan, I usually voted for Republican candidates. However, as the Bush administration has been redefining the conservative Republican movement into a 'religion party', my support for the GOP has changed dramatically. On two different occasions I voted for President Bush because I thought his actions as Commander-In-Chief were honest and above board. However, my feelings toward President Bush have changed over the past two or three years.

While Congressman Chet Edwards is a Democrat, I in no way look at his voting record as liberal. Instead, Congressman Edwards tends to always look out for the best interest of his congressional district, which is exactly what he should do when in Washington. I must say that I was surprised when I saw on tonight's 6 o'clock news that Congressman Edwards was endorsing Barack Obama, but I am glad he did. Like Congressman Edwards, Barack Obama has touched something down deep inside of me that has caused me to think less about whether a candidate is liberal or conservative but more importantly is the candidate interested in creating real change in America.

The politics of self destruction has been going on for far too long in America. What the American people want in 2008 is a real leader that is interested more in the people they represent than in big money special interest groups that infest Washington.

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Deep Concerns About Barack Obama's Safety

It would be so nice if we lived in a perfect world where people were judged on their character and accomplishments and not on their skin color, gender or religion. However, we do not live in a perfect world and true racist will never accept Barack Obama as the President of the United States. Early on in Election 2008, Barack Obama was granted Secret Service protection before any other candidate except Hillary Clinton had a detail. That move was urged by fellow Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and I believe it was not only the right move, but a smart one as well.

Political correctness has not rid the United States of racist, instead it has just ran them underground. There are still millions of people that hate others based on their skin color and a person with that type of mentality could be a danger to Barack Obama. Most Americans not only like Barack Obama, but intend to vote for him in the primaries and also in the general election next fall. This love and appeal that is felt by average Americans toward Barack Obama is not divided along racial or party lines, but instead Obama is winning the hearts and minds of Americans from all backgrounds, religions and races.

I debated long and hard before I decided to write this story about the security of Barack Obama, but I think it is something that needs to be discussed and steps taken to make sure he is protected just as much as President Bush. It has been a long time since I have been in the company of a true, loud mouthed, racist and that is a good thing. However, I know down deep in my heart that these kind of people are still living in the United States and that is why I am concerned about the safety of Barack Obama. I have a great deal of confidence in the United States Secret Service and I have seen them often here in Waco, Texas when President Bush visits his Crawford Ranch.

I hope and pray that the US Secret Service will provide all the protection that is needed for Barack Obama as he continues his winning campaign for the democratic nomination for President. A President Barack Obama could help this nation heal many self inflected wounds of the past if Obama is elected President. Real change is what the American people are demanding in Election 2008 and right now Barack Obama is seen as the messenger of that change. Even though most Americans what change in Washington D.C. this year, for other people change is a scary thing and the fact that Barack Obama is leading that change will make those people very uncomfortable with the idea of him serving as President of the United States.

Read more about Barack Obama:

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Hillary Clinton Barack Obama's Vice President?

Is Former President Bill Clinton A Bully?

The past few days, former President Bill Clinton has been verbally chastising people at campaign stops that do not agree with his comments. These latest actions on the part of former President Clinton are part of an ongoing effort he is making to get his wife, Hillary Clinton elected as the next President of the United States. When Bill Clinton was President, I remember hearing stories coming out of the White House by staffers about President Clinton's temper. Apparently, those staffers were correct in their assessment of Clinton and I will take those opinions one step further and say that it appears that former President Clinton is a bully.

It is one thing for a candidates spouse to have passion, but former President Clinton's passion is getting out-of-control. Most people mellow with age, but President Clinton seems to be bitter against the world right now, most likely because his wife is losing to Barack Obama. It must be hard for both Bill and Hillary Clinton to see their dream of her winning the White House fading away as Barack Obama continues to win states that were once thought as safe victories for Hillary. Last night, while watching one of President Clinton's tirades against a person in the crowd at a campaign stop, I looked into former President Clinton's eyes and what I saw was a look of a man that was in a fit of rage.

Former President Clinton did not show that level of anger when he was the President of the United States, at least not in public or when cameras were turned on. I personally believe that Bill Clinton is turning into a grumpy old man, instead of the sought after worldwide spokesman he desired. Personally, I believe that since former President Clinton never seemed to develop a good moral foundation when he was young, he is now drifting in some kind of 'no mans land' as his wife Hillary Clinton tries to win the democratic nomination for President.

Sometimes it takes years for bad moral behavior to catch up with the person that is engaged in such behavior. However, the lack of a moral foundation will eventually catch up with everyone, even a former President of the United States. From the level of anger in former President Clinton's eyes recently, it might be the average citizens he comes into contact with that disagree with him that might need to be protected from the former President by his Secret Service detail. While Hillary Clinton is losing her race to Barack Obama because he is a messenger of change, it is not helping her cause to have her husband traveling around the country stealing the limelight from her at this stage of the campaign.

Read more about Hillary Clinton:

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Hillary Clinton Campaign Officials Go After Obama's Race
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Hillary Clinton Barack Obama's Vice President?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Nancy Reagan Falls At California Home

There is late word tonight that former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, has fallen at her home and taken to the hospital. My prayers are with Mrs. Reagan and I am hoping that she did not break her hip when she fell. The last time I saw Nancy Reagan was at the same time most everyone else last saw her at that was at her husbands, President Ronald Reagan's, funeral. I keep remembering back to that time when Nancy Reagan look so frail and so sad at the loss of her beloved husband.

Both Nancy and Ronald Reagan changed the United States for generation when they lived in the White House. In a little remembered fact, Ronald Reagan was the first President of the United States that was elected after getting a divorce and then getting remarried. I am hoping against hope that Nancy Reagan will be OK after today's fall, but I am also a realist when it comes to falls and senior citizens. Most of the time the news is not positive and a long term prognosis is not good. I remember when Nancy Reagan was First Lady, she did many things that at the time were criticized – but with the passage of time were deemed the right thing to do.

One of the biggest campaigns that Nancy Reagan under took when her husband was President was her battle to get kids to 'just say no' to drugs. Many late night comics had a field day with that slogan because it sounded so simplistic when it came to a serious issue like drug abuse. However, in the end – Nancy Reagan's 'just say no' campaign to fight drug abuse did catch on and many kids used that slogan to stay off of drugs. Another aspect of Nancy Reagan's life that I have always respected was the amount of devotion and love that she showed to her husband, former President Reagan.

I am praying that the news coming out of California tomorrow about Nancy Reagan's health is good and I hope she makes a full recovery. In recent years, Nancy Reagan has made amends with her children that once had little to do with her or her husband. I come from a family where it is sometimes hard to see the love because of constant disagreements, so I totally understand why it took a long time for the Reagan family to get their act together, as well. After the death of President Reagan, it appeared that the former President's family pulled together as a unit and that reunion most certainly was a positive in Nancy Reagan's life.

I will update this story as necessary over the next few days and as more current reports of Nancy Reagan's health are release.

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