Wednesday, September 24, 2008

American Hero....Again!


Check mate! John McCain shows leadership and asks Obama to join him. Meanwhile, we are still waiting on Obama to show he cares about something besides himself as he prepares for a debate that will not have McCain in attendence.
Finally, someone in the government, who isn't all about himself. Shelley the Republican says, "Hats off! You're a true American!"
MCCAIN SUSPENDS CAMPAIGN TO FOCUS ON ECONOMY; WANTS DEBATE DELAYWed Sept 24 2008 14:58:02 ET
MCCAIN: America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system. We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, ever corner of our country will be impacted. We cannot allow this to happen.Last Friday, I laid out my proposal and I have since discussed my priorities and concerns with the bill the Administration has put forward. Senator Obama has expressed his priorities and concerns.This morning, I met with a group of economic advisers to talk about the proposal on the table and the steps that we should take going forward.I have also spoken with members of Congress to hear their perspective.It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration' proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved.I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night's debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so.Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.Developing...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I'm with the guy who has the sign

Not literally. Just philosophically. Yeah, it's a pretty risky bet given everything my government has told me but after looking at my 401K, what the hell?

The benefits? Well, we go ahead and cut off our leg and get over it. The dollar is already worth little (note my rant about the money printing at the U.S. Treasury in a previous depressive state) and people have lost their jobs. What's the $80 billion to $2 trillion going to do much more than prop up other country's markets from a tail spin?

Sure. I've listened to an endless amount of analysis. Yes, yes. I understand that markets will crash, Iran will start making bombs and the life as we know it is over but who am I leaving my blood, sweat and tears anyway? The illegal aliens, who I'll not be able to hire any more to clean my house? Or, maybe Mexico will think us less desirable when the jobs dry up? I say--let the wolves come.

Alright, I'm in my fantasy mode again about ways we could fix this mess and my MBA didn't even come from Harvard.

First, I'm calling the U.N. and telling them the Bank of U.S. is officially shut and all those countries they just love with their human rights lectures, 30-hour weeks, and hats out with no loyalty to the U.S. countries can split up the cost between themselves. Our contribution just fell to 25% since everyone hates us anyway. Call us when you think America is cool enough to take our cash and show us some respect.

Then I'm calling Mexico and letting them know their breathern is coming home. Nah, I'm not going to cart all of them out on a U.S. 747. I'm simply starting in the manufacturing industry top 200 and I'm going to let some agents visit their sites unannounced. For every undocumented worker, they're going to have one week to replace the person with an American or they will face a fine of $10,000 per head. And, then we're going to put Americans to work by putting agents in the HR offices of companies that like to ignore our laws.

Next, I'm calling the leadership in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and everywhere else with a bunch of illegals running amuck. The Federal Law is clear. You can not be here without proper visas and paperwork. The Feds will be pulling the 50/50 split of funding for illegal medical support, Medicaid, social programs and education programs. If you can't figure out a way for a school to ask if the student is a legal U.S. student then we're not supporting the bill.

Then, I'm calling the two geniuses known as Sarbanes and Oxley to rewrite the bill and they don't leave Washington until they figure out how to protect U.S. shareholders without screwing people who have new businesses.

Until the Senate and Congress works out a way to cut their spending 20% like the American public, their salary will be cut 20%. In addition, I will enact that no new spending will be allowed to pass (minus the 2/3 vote) unless their public approval rate is above 70%. Otherwise, I assume the American people think they are doing a poor job and they shouldn't be trusted for "new projects."

I figure that will clear up a couple of trillion in a couple of years. If my household budget is cut, I figure the budget of the House should be cut, too.

As they say in the newpaper biz...

“Good luck. Hope it is right. We’re all counting on you.”

http://www.seattleweekly.com/2008-09-17/news/mark-powell-s-war-on-error.php

"Mark Powell finds mistakes everywhere he looks. National monuments, scholarly texts, museums, The Washington Post, The New York Times: All have drawn the attention of Powell's rabid, error-spotting eye. Powell will leave you seven-minute voicemails about these errors. When you call him back, he'll tell you how good he is at finding them--in great detail. When after two and a half hours you finally manage to hang up the phone, you'll vow never to speak with Mark Powell again. Then he'll call, and you'll listen. Because the thing is, Mark Powell is always right."

Web Site for Scandal Junkies


Ok, I admit it. I'm a scandal junkie so you can imagine my joy when I bumped into this site that delivers a daily eMail like a fairy with pixie dust.
"ProPublica is an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. We strive to foster change through exposing exploitation of the weak by the strong and the failures of those with power to vindicate the trust placed in them."
Things to do: Plug something besides my blog. Check.
Next: Go to grocery store for milk, bread and a stick of butter.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Weekend Highlights and Football Season Kicks Off

Palin's daughter is pregnant, Gustav was the big news for the weekend, and the Grid Iron gods have once again been paid homage as football season kicks off on Thursday.

For the Labor Day weekend, I packed the family up and headed to the Guadalupe River. For those unfamilar with Texas, tubing the Guadalupe is part of the Texas lifestyle. You get a rubber tube for you and one for your cooler, you sit in water that averages around 73 degrees and float down river and over a few rapids until you run out of beer.


People have figured out all sorts of contraptions to enhance the entertainment value of the float from coolers equiped with stereo systems that would rival home systems to the exotic tube floats that include umbrellas and chaise loungers. You see a little bit of everything in this Hill Country college tradition from the kids who left a can of beer at the condo with the sign, "AA Meets Here," to the two old women playing guitars off the side of their home and patio that overlooked the river.


When I returned, I couldn't wait to find out what I had missed since McCain had announced Palin as his VP selection. I couldn't believe it. The RNC had cancelled because Gustav was heading to New Orleans and according to non reporting gut sites like Daily Kos bloggers had posted things about Palin's daughter I will not even repeat on this blog.


After about a day of Gustav moving towards New Orleans, it was time to move onto more important issues like fantasy football. Oh, how I wanted Tom Brady but unfortunately my turn to pick didn't come until slot number 11. Brady posted over 428 fan points last season and I was ready for someone to say, "What? A QB choice in round 1? That's crazy!" But, enough people had read Fantasy Guru to say, "Yeah, I want him over LT."


At the end of the weekend, I had a team that has a pretty good chance of kicking butt, Gustav tore down some electricity lines, and polls show that Palin added value to the McCain ticket.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Palin Excites Republicans as McCain's VP Pick

McCain's camp just turned Obama's strategy upside down by picking Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK). First, she is young. Second, she has a son who just enlisted in the Army last year. Third, her approval rating is over 80%. Fourth, when faced with having a down syndrome child, she chose life. And, could be the first woman ever elected as Vice President.

When Obama was given a chance to bring in Hillary Clinton he didn't even bother to vet her or make her a consideration. In fact, the last week was filled with stories about the tension between the Clintons and Obamas. To sum it up, Obama just wanted Clinton to go away. When it came time to make a choice, he didn't make change. He chose the old white Democrat--Joe Biden.
McCain proves to be the maverick he claims by chosing Palin. She also appears to all the things that make up the conversative movement including pro-choice. In fact, she was tested. When they knew she would have a down syndrome child, she chose to have the child. The Palin family released this statement the morning after Trig Paxson's birth:

“Trig is beautiful and already adored by us. We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed.”
Three days later, Gov. Palin was back at work.
Palin reflects the true superwoman that many of us are. We work, we are caretakers, we want more from our career, and we want the best for our families.
With a son in the military, Palin will be keenly aware of how decisions regarding our military will influence their well being. Neither Obama, who has never served, nor Biden can make decisions with that in the back of their mind. In fact, no man can even pretend to understand the worry that comes with a mother, who has a son in a war zone.
I couldn't be more thrilled. Congratulations Sen. McCain! Job well done!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mrs. Obama Finally Falls in Love with Country

The polls showing McCain in a dead heat must have reached the Obama camp. In a speech that was less than motivating, Mrs. Obama gave the key note speech at the Democratic Convention tonight.

In the course of 20 minutes, Mrs. Obama successfully mentioned the following key phrases: Chicago, Hillary Clinton, college, values, Joseph Biden, and her children. In a final effort to endure the women in the audience to not vote for McCain the Obamas pawned out their children in a dialogue with Barack Obama.

The bottom line is that the polls really question whether Obama is ready to lead the country. Is he too radical? Is the fact that he and his running mate are the most liberal people (ranked 1 and 3) in Congress? Or, is it that the Hillary supporters just got fed up with the bait and switch?

The answer is all three. Bill Maher on MSNBC all but called anyone who did not support Obama as stupid. "They actually believe that drilling off shore will lower the price of oil," he said. I guess since I didn't go to Cornell then I can't possibly comprehend supply and demand economics.

This was a focused group speech that had been tested. We've seen the real Michelle Obama when she was ad lib and we know how she really feels--she's not proud of the U.S.; she wanted to scratch out Bill Clinton's eyes because he did some stump speeches for one of Obama's opponents; and any challenge from the media means they are evil doers.

For me the big ticket is Hillary Clinton's speech. Oh, I hope she will not disappoint. Please let the Hillary supporters come large and in-charge.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Veepstakes


I may have told you that I only vacation in Republican states. Why would I put my hard earned taxed dollars into more Democratic hands? Thus, this week my vacation has taken me to Florida.
It's just a few weeks now until Obama speaks in Denver and the Republicans go to Minnesota (How did that happen?). So the big discussion is who will be the choice for each candidate that will make or break a candidate?
I've concluded if McCain picks Romney I'm not going to even bother going to vote. As a candidate, shouldn't your business case be a little more obvious than to worry about Michigan, which went Republican when it counted. A McCain Romney ticket says, "Hey, Republicans. Screw you!"
So who would I like to put with McCain? I like Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Why? I like that she represents a state who's ready for us to drill like crazy for oil. I like how she runs a state bordered by the pseudo-French (aka Canada) and those crazy Russians, who will put a flag miles below frozen icebergs. I like the fact that she would be willing to sue the U.S. for the right to allow drilling. Most of all, I like the fact she is from a state that represents the fact that Americans can buy any damn thing we want.
I've never been thrilled about the idea of Condi Rice. There's something about her that lacks charisma. Sure, she loves shoes, plays the piano, and is smarter than I am, but that's just not good enough. Who cares that she referees the male leaders of the world from creating another war? She just doesn't seem like the gal you can't wait to meet for happy hour, which is the true test of any potential VP.
Honestly, the Republicans aren't going to have much choice than to pick a woman. After all, Hillary supporters are angry. I don't mean mad. I mean angry. What's the difference? One can be forgotten with a "I'm sorry, honey." The other is, "I will never forget that you forgot my birthday and then tried to pick up a flower at 7-11." And these angry, forgotten Hillary supporters will be looking to stick to Obama and what better way than by voting for a Republican woman? They want to tell Obama they are mad he beat her, got nominated by the pre-determined rules in Florida and Michigan, which by the way were designed to punish Republicans, and that a man--even if he is still a minority--beat their candidate.
Remember, McCain is so old that he's an absolute. A vote for McCain ensures that he will die in the next four years, Obama will go away, and Hillary and Bill will return to the White House in 2012. And, they get a woman while they wait....and wait...and wait. However, Obama means that he might actually do a good job and beat her again in 2012.
Yep, a vote for McCain is a vote for Hillary. So, here's to feeding the alligators.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

All the things wrong with this election

I admit it. Everything is so wrong with politcs I don't even know where to start. I have an entire nation, who hasn't even taken the time to read Obama's website to know that as president his goals include more vacation time, making sure farmer's have Internet, and a total irrational approach to foreign policy. But, heck, every college kid in America is Obama happy.

Then, Tim Russert died. He was the last of a breed of objective journalists.

Then, I'm Chicago this week and every where I look there's an Obama for President t-shirt. Goodness! How much more must a person take? But, wait...there's more.

We have that whole $300 billion mortgage blow-out sale at the treasury; gas is $4 a gallon and no one wants us to drill anywhere except where oil doesn't exist; and the feds kept the interest rate the same.

I hate Congress. I hate the insanity at the Supreme Court. And, I am definitly not happy with the happy printing of the dollar going on at the Treasury Dept. So, as if listening to all the Democrats wasn't enough, now the stupidity of a super large government spending Republican party has screwed us royally. Only this time it's going to nearly cost us the country.

Thus, I need something to make me happy because I'll be paying a lot more taxes this year. My friends will all be unemployed because of this increase of taxes and my increased intake of PB&J doesn't exactly rock my world. So, I might as well blog about things that make me happy.

Let me think about what that might be since my country is going down a tank and no one cares.