Saturday, September 27, 2008

McCain vs. Obama Foreign Policy Bully vs. Diplomat

McCain ran up to Pennsylvania Avenue Friday supposedly to help negotiate the $700B bailout and skip the debate. To McCain's judgment or lack thereof, when he got a lot of heat for erratic behavior he changes his position and sets out for Oxford, Mississippi. He clearly demonstrated his inability to handle several tasks at once or he was cleverly seeking to score political points but it back-fired.

Where's McCain's leadership or experience? He's so conjoined at the hip to Bush's foreign policy that he wants to win the war in Iraq before he can bring our troops home. Does he realize that we are losing everyday that we stay in Iraq? It is a humble man that can admit to making a mistake and seek to correct it. Obama said that we took our eyes off the ball, Afghanistan and Al Qaida the people responsible for 9/11. We had no justification for going into Iraq and wasting our military resources in that country.

Banks are closing at home, people are losing their homes, living in cars in "secured parking lots", public high school education is in crisis, 47M are without health insurance, 600,000 Americans have lost their jobs since January 2008 but we are spending $1B/month on two wars. Our soldiers are brave and loyal, it's a pity that we are not so loyal to them at the end of their tour of duty.

Hurricane, Katrina victims are still suffering. Hurricane, Gustav has inflected more pain on yet another segment of our population. Americans are worried not about security as much as about the conditions at home. Charity begins at home. If we cannot take care of each other, are we in any shape to take care of someone else?

We desperately want a President that is in tune with our concerns, that can address our needs in a humane fashion and that can transcend that empathy to the people of the world so that we admired again and not hated by everyone.

We have to lead by example not employ bully tactics to advance our position in the world. If we are going to be critical of Russia and others that seek to impose their will on others, we have to act responsibility.

In a hostile environment, Obama prefers to sit down with the feuding factions and employ diplomacy rather than rush to fight, fight and run the risk of stretching our military to a point of not being able to defend ourselves in a real crisis.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Bush-McCain OwnYour 8-Year ShitPile no Exception

The Democrats are going to be eaten not by the Barracuda but the Great White Sharks, the House Republicans. Great political move by Bush-McCain-Palin team - why is it so you may ask? The Senate became Democratic only 2-years ago. Prior to this, Senate Republicans were in charge for 6-years.

In the eyes of the Republicans and anyone who's knows how to play the game of politics, it would be unwise to allow the people to re-elect a majority Democratic Senate or Congress. This would theoretically be advantageous for an Obama Administration in light of all his talk about changing the way things are done in Washington D.C.

McCain-Bush have somehow managed to inject enough politics into the $700B bailout negotiations to have it spun that the Democrats are the ones that are siding with Bush in handing over the people's money to Wall Street. It is hoped that the ordinary people would miss the politics and focus on the antics of McCain-Bush-Palin.

There are now those who are trying to spin this whole mortgage meltdown to as far back as the Clinton-administration in '90s. There's a New York article that’s been floating around saying that Clinton was putting pressure on Fanny Mae to lend money to poorer and middle-classed Americans so they could own houses.

Everybody in the press rushed to help perpetuate this without asking why did George Bush not steer the ship in another direction if he could see the iceberg ahead? Why did he ram his ship straight into it and start taking on water before he accepted that he was negligent in not avoiding the danger ahead?

To say that somehow Clinton started this is preposterous. Clinton left George Bush a huge surplus, prosperity in high employment and a thriving business environment. What happened in the last 8-years? Are you better off today than you were 8-years ago? That's the bottom line and under whose watch. The Bush-McCain republicans are in charge now and even after injecting $400B into the economy, it is still on a free-fall.

Where's the proof that injecting $700B bailout without specific instructions as to who, where, what, why and when will stem this free-fall, curtail the bankruptcies and not just create inflationary pressure on the economy?

John McCain Mississippi Debate Political Stunt

McCain is a maverick politician who knows how to spin his Wheel of Fortune for the prize he yearns each time. For some strange reason, it is hoped that Obama's strategists have some tactical move in play, Obama reached out to McCain and offered him a chance to cut bait. Obama called McCain and suggested that they make a joint-statement about the $700B bailout.

Before Obama could hang up the phone, McCain is seen on TV announcing that he is suspending his campaign, postponing the debate and heading back to Washington, D.C. This was obviously intended to fool Obama into suspending his campaign ads, campaigning, etc. but Obama declined McCain's offer to go to Washington, D.C. because rightly so it would inject presidential politics into a very delicate set of negotiations.

McCain-Bush then realize that if President, Bush extended an offer Obama would have no choice but to show up. Meanwhile, McCain goes to a meeting with the President and makes no public meaningful contribution but it seems that he did make a contribution behind the scene. Suddenly, the house Republicans have a completely new proposal that was never discussed or seen before.

Now John McCain is holding the organizers of the debate to ransom - no bailout deal, no debate. Is anyone home? Can McCain really play this cat and mouse game with all these intelligent members of the press? Why is no one asking the obvious question, Mr. McCain why did you come to Washington, D.C. if you were going to sit in silence at the table?

As McCain adviser Alex Castellanos says on Anderson 360 CNN that clearly McCain is the underdog and he has to take risks to win. Well said, it's all about winning and politics - not "country first" so don't be fooled by McCain's slogans - watch his actions carefully.

If McCain can't multi-task, is he capable of being the United States President in this century? If he can't make a 90-minute speech in Mississippi, continue campaigning and stay in touch with the bailout talks at the same time, why is he in this election campaign? America, do you now see why you cannot elect this McCain-Bush-Palin ticket?

Bush appeared on TV last night trying to scare us about the impending dooms day scenario and in less than 24-hours John McCain is acting like the four-year old that takes his marbles and goes home - isn't he supposed to be an experienced maverick? What happened - is he having a senior moment? It is clear that age does not make you experienced or mature.

If McCain were a boxer the referee would caution him about "holding". Is he coming back to debate Obama like a mature adult? Can someone talk to him and tell him he looking really stupid? McCain you can cancel Larry King and David Letterman but not the people's business. Can someone tell McCain that he's not up for Class President?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

George Bush Eight is Enough in Forty Days

For McCain it's politics as usual. The political maverick has ceased the opportunity to cut bait and run because he's been fishing all day and can't seem to catch anything. So Bush throws him a free pass - the worse political man-made economic crisis since the great depression. Where's the evidence to support this catastrophe? Give us all the files, all the details no exception, no bull - please don't spear us from ourselves?

McCain goes further - let's postpone the debate. In other words, postpone the people's business of getting any sense of who's most qualified to handle many crises at once. Now, he's saying that if a deal is not reached by Friday on Bush's $700B bailout of Wall Street, he's not going to the debate. More Bush tactics by McCain, it's my way or the highway. Is this the change that McCain talks about?

We have only 40-days left of George Bush's term in office so there is plenty of time to work out clear, decisive options for the Wall Street crisis. This is Bush's last ditch attempt to save his friends, give them money to run to Switzerland or some such place to avoid FBI prosecution. Remember, Martha Stewart she went to jail for less - where's the justice?

We, the people, will have the power in 40-days. Don't let them diminish your power by frightening you into doing what Bush tells you. Use the power of your vote wisely. This is the one time that you get to decide to end the killing of your innocent children in unnecessary wars. Tell Bush that you postpone action on his crisis until you vote for the person that can fix it.

Let the financial markets deal with the crisis. Warren Buffet just invested $9B in Goldman Sachs and others like him will buy the profitable entities on Wall Street and the unprofitable ones will go bankrupt - that's what happens in Capitalism.

Tell your Congressman that if he supports this $700B bailout for Wall Street, you will not vote for them. Let them know also that they are people dispossessed by hurricane, Gustav and it will take months, if not years to get them the help they need to re-build their lives but somehow Wall Street has to get help in 7-days. Let them know that you can see clearly who's important to the Republicans and it's not ordinary people.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Sub-Prime Mortgage Meltdown - Lives Ruined Equity Lost

Today, George W. Bush holds the shot gun to our heads and mocks: “There will be ample opportunity to debate the origins of this problem" as he demands that Congress acts fast as he rewards the banks that implemented the dynamics of his "Ownership Society”.

Watch this video on youtube and pay special attention to the "Bush 2004 Campaign Ad - Ownership" and see how we got to this point. While you are watching look at "McCain has flip flopped on every issue" and "McCain's Contradictions and..." to see why he's no different to George W. Bush but a carbon copy.

Email, write, phone your Congressman and tell them that "You do not Approve George Bush Pork Barrel Action plan" to use your money to give his cronies a hefty handshake. Don't let these people read and spell for you, think America, this is serious. If a C-average student and another one that was 894 out of 899 in his class can understand it, so can you - use your common sense.

This CNN investigative video clearly shows how the sub-prime mortgage meltdown played out in the real world and impacted on real people lives.

People's lives are in distress and their homes are auctioned on the court house steps of Atlanta. Sub-prime loans were given to people to buy homes without full disclosure that these adjustable-rate mortgages would reset at much higher interest rates.

These sub-prime loans start out with very affordable fixed-rate terms for two or three years. At the renewable dates, rates suddenly jumped by 3-percentage points or more and then re-adjusted in six months to a year at even higher rates. For example, a $200,000 mortgage would reset and add nearly $400 to these poor people's mortgage payment.

These people were doomed from the start but where is their bail-out package? If these are the people responsible for sinking homeowners into despair, why are we now helping them so they can start over?

Monday, September 22, 2008

McCain-Republicans Massive Betrayal $700B Pork Barrel

Can you imagine that Bush now thinks we are stupid? Have you ever tried to get a loan from a bank to do ANYTHING? These people ask for everything except a DNA test to prove your ability to pay back and to hold as security in case you were to default.

But get this, Bush plans to buy out troubled financial institutions with $700 billion of our money (yours and mine) on enormous faith in his administration's stewardship. The only requirement is a semi-annual report to Congress that grants the Treasury Secretary unprecedented power to buy and resell mortgage debt and hire "outside firms", more pork barrel earmarks, to help manage its purchases with no oversight mechanism.

Can you imagine that Congress is supposed to sign off on this massive bail out with ONLY 3-PAGES of vague supporting documentation? This Act of Congress would be non-reviewable, including by any court of law, by any administrative agency and committed to agency discretion.

No oversight, no oversight mechanism - haven't we suffered enough at the hands of this administration, now this political, man-made economic crisis that needs $700B of our money? To elect McCain-Palin is now adding insult to injury after billions of dollars have already been squandered on Iraq Reconstruction. Here are just a few:

$142 million wasted on projects canceled or terminated - July 28, 2008 (Special Inspector General for Iraq).

$180 million paid to Bechtel for projects that were never completed - July 25, 2007 (Federal Audit).

$5.1 billion for reconstruction charged without documentation - March 19, 2007 (Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction report).

There's more waste on Katrina in 2006 and 2007 and up to this date, 75% of evacuees want to come home but they don't have a place to call home. When will these victims have access to the money that the Federal government doled out to FEMA?

Earmarks, pork barrel spending, call them what you will but can we trust Bush-McCain to do what's in our interest when they never have? How much evidence do you want to the contrary?

George W. Bush could go down in history as the President of Pork.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

McCain - Experienced Maverick or Opportunist

It seems that John McCain will say and do whatever he thinks will get him elected as President of the United States of America. In his defense, this his final bid for the office having been beaten by George W. Bush in 2000. At age 72, this might be his only chance. He told Pastor Warren at Saddleback church that after 9/11 rather than telling people to go out and shop, we should have told them to join the Marine Corps, Peace Corps, volunteer with the Red Cross, etc. Mr. McCain, what is this type of activity called? Aren’t these community organizers working in the community to help those less fortunate than themselves?

We are told by McCain just after the Democratic convention that he would not announce his VP selection because this is Obama's time to shine - being the first African-American to gain nomination of a major political party. The win-at-all-cost McCain knows that after the speeches by Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Joe Biden's acceptance speech, Bill Clinton support of the Democratic ticket and Barack Obama's magnificent speech to conclude, he would have to pull something out of his arsenal to top what had just occurred.

Republican, John McCain, the consummate politician - 24 years as a Senator (so-called maverick), he went on TV with a paid advertisement to congratulate Obama with what was another one of his silly smirks. Days later, he announces that Sarah Palin is his choice after only 2-meetings and only four people in his selection camp knowing his choice but he's adamant that she was fully vetted. However, no FBI profile has been completed and she comes already with her own rap sheet, an investigation into allegations of trying to get her brother-in-law, a state trooper, fired - apparently in defense of a bitter divorce battle in which her sister is embroiled.

The first line of attack now is no longer the experience issue of which Sarah Palin has none but Barack Obama is a community organizer. Suddenly, what he told Pastor Warren in August at Saddleback is now unimportant because the moment dictates that he should go in another direction for political reasons. John McCain has no strong conviction about anything. McCain turns on a dime and is like the character, two-face, Aaron Eckhart in Black Night that was creating his own luck with a two-headed coin.

America, we have to demand from these politicians seeking office that we want integrity in the Oval Office. Change means no more lies, mistakes, misinformation or whatever you choose to call it. A relationship requires an honest commitment to serve - no cheating is allowed because our kids lose their lives in foreign lands and we look like bumbling idiots to the rest of the world.

If you are independent like me, ask someone you know in another state that you aware are tuned into the issues to help you decide in the interest of our country. On November 4, 2008, go to the polls and vote as that person's surrogate. We cannot slip back to the 1950s or heaven forbid the 1930s - America wake up and as McCain himself said fight, fight for American values of equality and justice for all. Don’t be fooled into repeating the same mistakes we made in 2004 and 2006.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Political Man-Made Economic Crisis

Do you believe that economic crises can be man-made for political as well as economic gains?

Once again, we are acting because George W. Bush has put a gun to our heads. One year ago all this whole mortgage meltdown started after George W. Bush had demanded in 2004 that he wanted to see every American owning a home.

There was a CNN documentary that highlighted how his cronies rushed to target low-income, poor people that they knew could not carry a mortgage. They misled them into taking adjustable-rate mortgages knowing that when the mortgages reset at huge interest rates, the homeowners would be defaulting and they would benefit when these houses were foreclosed.

Then these technicians went a step further. They got AIG Insurance to insure these failed mortgages but didn't predict that the rate of foreclosures would be so rapid. These mortgages were bundled and sold as securities to investors around the world via stock market activities.

This all happened without any regulation or very little teeth in the system to stem the flow of this illegal activity. That is why I agree that we should not panic or act out of fear. George W. Bush has been able to push his agenda by fear each time.

9/11 is one of those times when he used our vulnerability and our fear to push his hidden agenda of war with Iraq. America wake up and if George Bush tells you to run, walk and if he tells you to walk, run like hell.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Energy Expert Gives False Figures on Oil Production

Palin's brain seems to be as old as McCain's because she can't remember what foreign countries she has visited, even though the record shows that she got a passport for the first time in 2007. How long is that? Apparently, her trip to Ireland was a re-fueling stop and the National Guard has now confirmed that she never entered Iraq.

Are you not tired of all this deception and outright lies? With all of these economic issues in the form of foreclosures, Lehman Bros. Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Fredie Mac and Fannie Mae you would think that there's more than enough fodder to go around.

People need to start protesting her selection as a running mate for the Republicans. McCain has shown very poor judgment in picking this lady. His decision-making is questionable. He's obviously not taking the job of President very serious because he thinks that any person that lives close to Russia is a foreign relations expert.

How about the statement that she made that Alaska produces 20% of America's oil when in actual fact it is only 3%? By picking Sarah Palin, John McCain has shown that he is not competent to serve as President of our great country so let's put them out of their misery on November 4th.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

McCain's Pork Barrel Earmarks

Politics is indeed a sport, a blood sport and it is not for the faint at heart. Why do some politicians insist on saying things that they know they either don't believe or have no intention of ever implementing? Take John McCain, he loves to say the line that the first pork barrel earmark spending bill that comes across his desk, he will hall out his pen, veto it, make them famous and we will know their names.

If you take McCain at his word, he has now made the first earmark spender famous, Sarah Palin. As major and now governor of her state, Alaska she has received more earmarks per capita than any other state in the union. Alaska still do even today under its new major.

It would be more honest to say that small jurisdictions cannot support their infrastructure without money from the Federal government. So rather than saying that you will cut the earmarks cart-blanche, it would be in everyone's interest to work at reducing the amounts given and demand more fiscal responsibility.

Senator, McCain even highlighted some of Sarah Palin's earmarks but it seems he has another position on earmarks now. Perhaps, we can get him to tell us about his current position when he allows the next "scripted interview" with the press, hopefully before November 4th.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Public High School Drop out Crisis in America

In spite of Bush Slogan "No Child Left Behind", each year about one-third of public high school students fail to graduate from high school. Eight is enough, under 8-years of George W. Bush, we have been inundated with a mantra of sound bites and slogans but nothing concrete to address the public high school drop out rate.

While Republican, Patrick J. Buchanan is busy writing A Brief for Whitey on his favorite anti-Obama website, we have 7,000 public high school students dropping out of school each day. This alarming statistic is routed in the many socio-economic evils in the communities that are most impacted i.e. mainly poor families, so-called "Walmart Moms" and their kids.

A list of the cities across America that have the highest drop out rates was published without drawing parallels to statistics that also list the highest murder rates, single parent rates, unemployment rates and rate of students that receive free and reduced lunches. An excellent examination of the problem is provided by Maggie Monrad, National High School Center.

America's public education is in crisis and we will fail to hold our position among the super powers, if we allow this downward spiral to continue. America ranks 17th in high school graduation rates and 14th in college graduation rates amongst developed nations. The fastest growing jobs in the 21st century economy require some measure of post-secondary education.

The Bush-McCain-Palin administration believes that "greater accountability" in these schools with high drop out rates will address the problems. They fail to realize that the long-term solution lies in the answer as to why these schools exist. There is no band-aid solution - if the community is broken, this must spill over to the schools in communities.

In many cases, where there have been an improvement in low performing schools, it was accomplished by the use of "community organizers" - groups of teachers, parents and members of the communities working together. No real impact has been achieved without examining the social influences in a school's success.

It is imperative to oppose government vouchers and tax credits that facilitate sending kids to private schools because this would undermine any efforts to improve upon the public school system. In order to provide poor folks' children with an adequate education, the integrity and survival of the public institution is critical.

As we move to an increasingly global economy, higher levels of education and knowledge of a foreign language are crucial qualifications not only to the individual's own but his nation's ability to compete and thrive.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Barack Obama versus John McCain Tax Cuts

Here is the full breakdown of Obama vs. McCain tax policy explained.

Source: Washington Post

Who Pays for Progress in Capitalism

In our capitalist society, whenever you espouse liberal ideas you are called anti-American or you plan on destroying market competitiveness. Countless single mothers have been given a helping hand in their worse hours so that they can feel human and have the dignity of hope.

Whoopi Goldberg proudly tells everyone that she was once in that position and she used the system to get back on her feet and we can all point to her success today. What if she did not have that chance, where would she be now? We know the benefit but we always listen to the well-to-do in our society who always complain that the government is not our aunt Suzie.

What could be wrong with a system that looks after the most vulnerable in our society and offer hope to anyone that's looking to better their standard of living. In life there's no free lunch so our infrastructure has to be maintained and paid for by the government. That is we the people: the government for the people, by the people in other words, the taxpayers.

The Tax Policy Center recently did some number crunching to demonstrate how Obama and McCain's tax policy would play out in the real world. It showed that people below the poverty line, under $19K would get $567 back under Obama whereas under McCain they would get a meager $19.

This simple arithmetic clearly shows who McCain cares about, where the emphasis for his presidency would focus and whom he would truly represent. If you earn between $227,000 to $603,000 per year, McCain would give you back $7,871 but if you make $19,000 per year, he would only give you $19. Listen - action speaks louder than words - Sarah Palin is a woman with 5-kids but is she really like you? Is she a Walmart mom as the Republicans like to refer to you?

The question that you must ask yourself today before you vote on November 4th. Which person do you feel most deserves a tax break and which person can better take care of herself? One person earns $227,000 gets $7,871 the other makes $19,000 but gets only $19. Who is McCain representing, the rich or the poor?

On the other hand, Obama gives you $567 if you earn $19,000 and he asks the woman that earns $227,000 to pay $12. Is this unreasonable? Can you see who has your interests at heart? Obama knows you are hurting and struggling to make ends meet so he gives you the break you deserve. This is a simple example but a powerful one in terms of a focus on the national issues because more people earn $19,000 a year than make $227,000.

You could argue that you could bake the best cherry pie but the best pie is determined by those eating the pies. Don't be fooled again, you need change that you can believe in.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sarah Palin Bad for Polar Bears and Environment

Sarah Palin and John McCain are now bickering about whether Obama was calling her a pig in lipstick. Hasn't she just announced that "the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull is lipstick". How is it good for the republicans to say whatever they feel to without question? Is this the entitlement that Catholic priest, Michael Pfleger was talking about in May this year?

She introduced herself as a woman of the wild, a hunter and we are told that she thinks that climate change is not man-made. Now, we are hearing that drilling for oil and gas will not alter the arctic landscape that is home to the polar bears. Her spokeswoman said that the polar bears are not endangered in the Alaska only in Canada. She has also approved State Wild Life aerial hunting and shooting of wolves supposedly to protect the moose and caribou populations.

More than half the world's polar bear population lives in Canada's arctic. This is good for them when you consider Sarah Palin's position although it has been revealed that scientists warn that the future of this iconic animal is in jeopardy.

Polar Bears International gives detail information on where the bears live, how many remain (only around 20,000 to 25,000), their scientific name, the size of polar bears and how endangered. On the Canadian side, David Suzuki a well-known environmental scientist is using his foundation to draw attention to this crisis and fight to get legislative changes enacted to protect their arctic environment.

The David Suzuki Foundation conducted a comprehensive study of provincial and federal protection for the animals and a report of their analysis, Canada's Polar Bear: Falling Through the Cracks? is available online.

Some of these findings are troubling to anyone that understands the delicate balance between nature and our quality of life. There is an increasing threat to their survival (polar bears have one of the slowest reproductive rates of any mammal) by melting sea ice, pollutants, increased shipping traffic and oil/gas exploration.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Numerous Election Irregularities

Diebold's GEMS - Vote-Counting Software Bugs

It seems that Obama's Democrats have more than just John McCain's republicans to worry about come election day, November 4, 2008. Oblivious to the press, there are countless election irregularities taking place in the election process.

According to, in Palm Beach County, Florida elections officials have been stumped about 3,400 missing ballots. Problems have been reported with the Sequoia Optical-Scan Voting Systems and some 16,632 votes have been reportedly unaccounted for in the County's Primary Election.

In Colorado, Holly Lowder - State Election Director abruptly resigned after it was revealed that she was having an extra-marital affair with the contractor that provided the registration roll software to the State. This is in the face of what promises to be one of the largest, most important and potentially closest elections in the state's history.

The dysfunctional state of certification, de-certification and re-certification of e-voting system in the Centennial State for the last 2-years are under the current Secretary of State, Republican Mike Coffman who is overseeing his own election for the U.S. House this November. What could be more incredulous?

This gets more intriguing - the Texas-based Premier Elections Solutions (Diebold) sold $1.5 billion worth of voting equipment nationwide since 2003 but refused to address a problem in the tabulation software affecting all 19 of its models dating back a decade. Diebold has confirmed that their tabulator software, known as GEMS, used all across the nation, in as many as 34 states, does not count votes correctly.

Worse than not counting, it actually loses votes by not counting them but does not alert the system operator that the votes were not counted. Instead, it tells the system administrator that the votes were correctly counted. This is a bug in Diebold's software and this has not been fixed to date, less than 60-days away from the 2008 Presidential elections. What, are we serious about the democratic process? Aren't we the democracy that the whole world watches and looks to for advice and guidance on how to run FREE and FAIR elections?

Film-maker, David Earnhardt and a crew have produced a documentary on the integrity of the elections called: Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections that premiered on several pay cable network outlets starting on August 25th. It is a searing indictment of the election process as it affected 2004 and 2006 elections and it appears is well on track to also affect the outcome of 2008 elections. You can watch it on several Starz cable network channels from August 25 through early October 2008.

It is in the interest of everyone that is registered to vote and plans to cast a ballot on election day, November 4th to read The Brad Blog as the amount of discrepancies and irregularities are numerous and far-reaching. This is an even more compelling reason that everyone - EVERYONE OF VOTING AGE needs to register and GO TO THE POLLS.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sarah Palin GOP Distraction Bait don't Get Hooked

So it’s false that Palin has banned books from the Library when she was Major. Let`s break out the champagne and hand the Republicans The Grapes of Wrath for being on the side of truth for once. Fact is that she asked the Librarian if she would be agreeable to a ban of books and she said no. Why would Sarah Palin ask this question of the Librarian in the first place? Does she have problems with books? Doesn’t she realize that books are for reading, informing, expanding one’s outlook, stimulating the mind, providing enjoyment, teaching new and expanding on old concepts.

If Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in sex education in schools and she believes in abstinence, she should have looked for books on the subjects of her belief and have Bristol, her now pregnant teen, read them as a way of endorsing and enforcing her value system to her child. Perhaps, this would have helped her to comply because she would be more informed than simply being told to abstain.

Teenagers are finding their own identities and they love to do the opposite to what adults tell them to do. Preaching never works, you have to gain their confidence and be their friend, not their parent as they enter these adolescent years. If you are seen as one of the girls, then you will have their ear and hopefully their respect. It also helps to introduce certain books on their changing bodies, their sexuality and about their self-esteem as additional tools they can use to reinforce your guidance. Banning books is never a good idea – that’s as bad as the Nazis burning them.

It is extremely important for all those independent voters like myself to review everything, watch every video, focus on the issues of health care, taxes, jobs, safe troop withdrawal, equal pay for equal work for women and not be misled by the distraction in the Sarah Palin Reality Show. If you like me are familiar with fishing, this is bait so don't be a fish and get hooked because you could end up gutted on someone's table. For the simple-minded, this is figurative but in real terms you could end up bankrupt - think.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Watch Videos Learn Republican Truths

Who's better for America - Barack Obama or John McCain?

As we draw closer to elections, it is important to look more closely at republican politics, Sarah Palin and John McCain or democrats Obama and Biden as there's a lot at stake. The American way of life is under threat on all fronts. We have an out-going president, Bush incumbent, McCain (voted with Bush 90% of the time) that has the lowest rating of any politician and our economy is heading for disaster.

In the interest of bringing knowledge to the electorate, I have done some research so that I could offer instances of these candidates sounding off on what matters to us, middle-class Americans. We are the ones that suffer the most in a failing economy like this one that George Bush has created. Read, dissect the issues and draw your own conclusions don't rely on places like FOX-News and CNN. These networks seek to taint the process by injecting their opinions and trying to influence the outcome in favor of big business.

We can't gas up our cars, we are paying high taxes while we have no health care. A few months ago, a woman died on the floor of a hospital in NYC while health care professionals walked around. Is this health care we can believe in? Do we need more of the same?

We would have to be suckers for punishment to endure another 4-years of this same treatment. It is time to change things in America and do so now in all areas - no more wars. While we were busy spending $10B a month in Iraq, we have been now lost 600,000 jobs this calendar year and we have 6.1% unemployed.

Pay close attention to political research, my favorite youtube videos. While some are funny to lighten things up - God knows we need to laugh a bit at ourselves - careful reviews will show the major differences between Obama democrats and McCain republicans.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Sick Joke Sinks McCain's Campaign

Ed Pilkington of The Guardian said that McCain's sick joke about Chelsea Clinton a decade ago would have buried him politically had he been a British politician. He can't imagine the British papers making a decision to downplay such a story because it was in poor taste and allow him the opportunity to continue his quest for the White House.

This is what John McCain said at a fund-raising dinner in Arizona a decade ago. "Do you know why Chelsea Clinton is so ugly?" he told a handful of big Republican funders, "because Janet Reno is her father". Is this the gentleman that everyone is now talking about? The noble war hero who is so full of judgment, tolerance, compassion and worthy of everyone's trust.

Why aren't we being told about any of these things by the media? He now thinks that he can court Hillary Clinton's supporters with Sarah Palin. Back then, June 1998, in 15-words the remark packed several layers of misogyny. It disparaged Chelsea's looks who was a 18-year old teenager at the time just out of high school. It portrayed Reno as a man who was serving as the nation's first female attorney general and it suggested that Hillary Clinton was engaged in a lesbian affair while the Monica Lewinsky scandal was at it's height. Good job, Senator McCain.

Do you realize that any of these elements would be potentially terminal for a public figure. Not in America, here he is 10-years later touting himself as a champion of women's rights by appointing Sarah Palin as his hockey mom a.k.a. running mate a.k.a. Pit Bull with lipstick. There''s a famous saying that it is good to forgive but you should never forget.

McCain's Pit Bull - Small Town Major Sarah Palin

If Sarah Palin cannot manage her own household that is only 5-kids strong, how will she be able to manage the complicated affairs of the greatest nation in the free world?

McCain was all talk about his experience and the lack of Obama's experience but now he picks Palin who has far less experience. Being the Governor of Alaska is very shallow, it's a State with a small population and where the biggest crisis is the fact that Palin is now under investigation for trying to get her brother-in-law fired from his job as a State Trooper.

What does this say about McCain's judgment? Is he competent to lead? It seems that he acts on a whim and jumps at anyone that opposes him that's why he pulled the interview with CNN because Campbell Brown asked the GOP Senior Adviser to McCain, Tucker to name an instance when Governor Palin exercised her executive experience as controller of the Alaskan National Guard. Tucker was stumped and couldn't answer the question.

It's too bad that Palin's 17-year old is pregnant but it seems that Palin has fallen victim of her own misguided teachings - abstain, no sex ed in schools, no abortion even in cases of incest or rape - what century are we in? Is she not concern about sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV-AIDS? Her rhetoric is as scary as McCain's decision-making is irresponsible.