Sunday, June 29, 2008

Questions about McCain's Record

Date Line June 29, 2008

Speaking of John McCain’s qualifications – or lack thereof – Gen. Wesley Clark, stated: “I don’t think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president.”

Simple reality. When it came to surviving combat, McCain was incompetent. Moreover, the only recommendation he can obtain – talk about swift boating with meaning – the only recommendation he received was from the Viet Cong warden of the prison camp.

Makes you wonder just what these guys talked about in their regular private meetings – private meetings in the commandant’s office ... makes one wonder about the officers kept in tiger cages while McCain was being entertained and what McCain did to warrant the routine meetings the commandant spoke of.

Think about McCain on REAL national defense and security: McCain want offshore drilling for the purpose of short term – penny ante – effects on oil prices. Why “Penny Ante”? Because the suppression of Irag and Iran oil from the world market does more to increase energy costs that the drilling of America’s small reserves would ever do.

Long-term, if we use the oil today, we do not have it tomorrow. Seems obvious, and basic. Seems so simple a thought concept that it should be on the tip of the tongue for anyone talking about energy and national security.

If we use our oil to power SUV’s today, whose oil will we use for our fighters, tanks, and trucks tomorrow? Whose oil will the military rely upon when some oil rich nation decides America is ripe for the picking?

OK, so Russia isn’t the boogeyman it was in Reagan’s time; in the days of MAD – Mutually Assured Destruction; in the days when threats of a World War Three were the width and breath American foreign policy. Now terrorism is the thing – there is one chance in TEN THOUSAND of being injured or killed by a terrorist; and there is a one in THREE chance of needing emergency medical care which the Republicans routinely deny us – saying we can buy it ourselves at twice the world cost.

Hum. Ever wonder whose side the GOP represents? Is it the one that believes in the destruction of America and causing The Most Harm to the Most people?

As the dollar falls, oil prices must rise – oil is denominated in dollars and oil producers must retain their global purchasing power ... even if the average America is being denied theirs.

According to the Neocons, the Evangelicals, the Right-wing GOP, and all those who support them – which apparently includes the terrorists – America should pay interest to the rest of the world. America should support, via interest on our mindlessly expanding national debt, the growth of economies which – for most of the past sixty years – have been deemed our enemies. Wonder what the GOP talks about over meetings with our creditors? Over meetings with Socialist and other dictatorial powers? What do they promise when they pledge our wealth, and very survival, for money to expend on preventing oil rich nations from producing oil?

Have you heard? A Terrorist attack on America would be the best thing for the GOP! Terrorists, al-Qaeda and its ilk, have the deciding vote in the outcome of our elections. They remain quiet and Obama wins, they attack and McCain wins. McCain wins and, like Bush, his actions will promote al-Qaeda expansion and increase in energy costs.

One would think, were al-Qaeda anything more than a group of petty murderers, they would jump at the chance to control our elections. But they can do nothing; they need not do anything; the Republican Party will do all it can to destroy this nation while al-Qaeda types fight for the oil which will power their weapons of mass destruction – the weapons they will build when we have depleted our reserves and are full dependent upon foreign oil – the same Iraqi and Iranian oil we are ensuring does not reach before our reserves are depleted.

Our enemies know their friends. Let the Republicans lose and let them advocate depletion of our reserves; let them gain Congress and oppose a Democratic President; talk of a terrorist attack benefitting the GOP in the presidential race ... distract the public from the lack of an attack giving the GOP victory everywhere else.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Stolen Quotes on Love

This is from
I thought it was neat:

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, 'What does love mean?' The answers they got were more poignant than anyone could have imagined. See what you think:

* 'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love. Rebecca- age 8
* 'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth. Billy - age 4
* 'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other. Karl - age 5
* 'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs. Chrissy - age 6
* 'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired. Terri - age 4
* 'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK. Danny - age 7
* 'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss' Emily - age 8
* 'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen. Bobby - age 7 (Cool huh!)
* 'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,' Nikka - age 6 (we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)
* 'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday. Noelle - age 7
* 'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well. Tommy - age 6
* 'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore. Cindy - age 8
* 'My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night. Clare - age 6
* 'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken. Elaine-age 5
* 'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford. Chris - age 7
* 'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day. Mary Ann - age 4
* 'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones. Lauren - age 4
* 'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you. Karen - age 7
* 'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross. Mark - age 6
* 'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget. Jessica - age 8
* And the final one - The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'

Michelle Obama and scriptual warning

Date Line June 21, 2008

Religious Right – have they ever read the Bible?

One must seriously question their Biblical Knowledge, or even their honesty. If we listen to their verbatim quotes we would assume they know what it says – which means they intentionally go against it.

Think about the silence there exists with regard to their mindless attacks on Michelle Obama. Think about Moses, Aaron and Miriam when Miriam badmouthed Moses’ black wife. Possibly the only time God personally appeared to Aaron and Miriam was to rebuke them for race based gossip and specifically for Miriam’s snide remarks about the wife of Moses.

Is Barack Obama the modern Moses? We’ll need to see if he can save us from the Bush/McCain style Pharaoh and point us to the promised land; but that possible future aside, let’s focus on how God viewed racism. He made his prophet, his seer, Miriam, a leper in punishment for her comments.

Think about the Bible Belt. Has it prospered by its post slavery racism? Or has it been the butt of many a joke – an intellectual leper, where it had been the home of one of our first major Universities and birthplace of some of our greatest minds (those who became our founding fathers). God does not suffer racists with grace – not even those he previously selected to be his earthly voice.

But then, there are those who do not tie a Bible to their had and speak in liars condensation to those who know what is moral and right. Of them we wonder where the feminist morality lies. Why do they seem to fear a strong, competent, educated wife, mother, and career woman?

Where are the Liberals and those who support equal rights for all? Why are they noticeably silent? Why when her campaign went the way I had said it would over a year ago, were those who supported Clinton so open in their statements of support for McCain? Does the race of a highly qualified candidate trump the good of the nation? Is their own self worth and the future of their children so meaningless that they would see all destroyed because the qualified candidate is married to a black woman?

This is not about the race of the candidate – his mom is white and he is a blood relation to both Dick Cheney and Harry Truman. Granted both those relatives were seen as unpopular, and Cheney is destined to keep that reputation while Truman surpassed his heritage to take a positive place in both American and World History.

Is Barack a part of our history? His family certainly is: Harry Truman, the president who brought World War Two to a victorious end; Christopher Clark, a decorated Union Officer. There was a probably false, certainly unestablished, connection to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy; but even if real, it would be another National Leader in his bloodline.

Consider Bush one and two, all they can lay claim to is Prescott Bush – an American Senator, a racist and anti-Semite who helped fund Hitler and the Nazi war effort. We can see that traitor, anti-American conduct, runs in the Bush bloodline. We can see leadership there which believes in weakening our military, and not only plunging the nation into debt, but doing so to a nation which the Republicans had routinely branded as anti-God, anti-democracy and an enemy. At least Bush is consistent to both his roots and his Right-wing supporters.

What of the Heir-apparent to the Bush legacy? John McCain, a man who seeks victory in a religious sectarian civil war where the victor can only be an outside faction whose agenda includes our destruction and whose leadership has declared, as a primary goal, our incurring a Trillion Dollar deficit. Those with the ears to hear and eyes to see have already learned that we are nearly half way there – having gone from a budget surplus to record deficits without any national benefit.

It is now June. In November we either seal our fate, or move toward achieving our historic promise. Which objective is best served by the attacks on Michelle?