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Every American Needs to Watch This… April 23, 2013

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The United States of America, USA, America. It is our home and our home is broken. Our people and our politicians are fighting. We are not moving this country forward. We need to demand progress. We need to demand change. No matter what side you take on the issues of the day, this is something we should all want.

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Fascinating Accumulation of Data October 7, 2009

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I have seen a couple of this man’s TED Talks and they are unbelievable. If you like data, this will blow your mind.

Fear Campaign II October 30, 2008

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In the remaining days of the campaign, it seems that the McCain-Palin team have turned to the old Bush-Cheney(-Rove) teams main strategy. If this isn’t Bush II, I don’t know what is. The Republican campaigns have turned the “Fear Him” strategy into an art form. Even though Obama-Biden team has a relatively large lead in most polls (7-10%), I am concerned that McCain’s strategy will work.

The margin of error on most polls seems to be focusing on the “likely voter” adjustment. However, with this latest push, it seems they should be more focused on how well the fear campaign will sway voters as they stand in the ballot booth. Just watch, the Fear strategy could even start to focus on the underlying racism that pervades our country.

Honestly, if you look at other countries, there are places were women are presidents and other racial minorities in those countries are running the show. And here we are in what WE consider that greatest country of the world and race is still is an issue. I can not believe it. Hopefully, this election we will finally be able to look past race, gender, religion and do what is better for the country.

The Ballot is set August 29, 2008

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Obama selects Biden for a boost in experience and foreign relations expertise. It seems like a balanced approach. Either one started the year wanting to be the next president and they performed well in all the debates.

McCain selects…. Palin for …? I am not sure about this pick. Granted McCain is experienced and does not need that boost. So, I guess he was looking for the boost in VOTES on the side of the younger generations and women. But if anyone thinks they can convince people she could be the next president, they are sadly mistaken. I found this quote from an Aug 1st, 2008 interview with CNBC about the possibilities of being the next Vice President:

As for the prospect of her being vice president, Palin told Kudlow that she could not answer the question of whether she wanted the job “until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day. I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration. We want to make sure that that VP slot would be a fruitful type of position, especially for Alaskans and for the things that we’re trying to accomplish up here.”

…. ummm, Vice President, you know the first in line to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? WOW! 

I can’t wait to see the debates this year. Obama vs McCain should be interesting, but Biden vs Palin should be …. indescribable.

Let the Other Games Begin August 6, 2008

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Just a couple of months ago, President Bush announced that he was going to the games because he was a sports fan and that there should be no political overtone or statement in his attendance… Most people that are in their job for eight years eventually learn something!
Olympian Visa Denied

When will he ever learn… when it comes to being the President, everything he does has a political statement.

Current Favorite Podcast July 30, 2008

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For non-fiction book lovers and people interested in current topics around the world, this is a great podcast/radio show. They get lots of interesting topics, but the host does a fantastic job of asking the questions that make even the guests THINK.

http://kera.org/think

Freedom October 31, 2006

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I heard John Mayer’s song “Waiting on the World to Change.” It caused me to wonder about where the US stands in the world. Obviously in recent years it has been discussed internationally how other countries dislike Americans, especially in light of the War in Iraq. This song made me think about how we as a people are reacting to the decisions our leader(s) are making. Specifically, the following:
 
      Now we see everything is going wrong
      With the world and those who lead it
      We just feel like we don’t have the means 
      To rise above and beat it
 
In other countries, the people often rise up and demonstrate their disgust with the poor choices or better yet, results. Why doesn’t that happen in this country? Have we reached a point is apathy? When you look at election turnouts over our history, it certainly appears to be the case. And yet, a hundred American soldiers are being killed each month in another country to provide them with that right. Why are we willing to fight for another country, but not our own?
(AND Why are celebrities making such an effort to sponsor other children in other countries and not our own? There are millions of Americans living in poverty here and yet they are providing so much more support to people around the world.)
 
I just don’t understand it.

Who does he think he is? October 27, 2006

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It is unbelievable to me that a person can be so “respected” and continue to make bad choices. He (Rush Limbaugh) has admitted to drug problems and now is making disparging comments about someone with a debiliating disease.
 
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/4291199.htm
2008.07.29 Replaced Link to story: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/25/arts/television/25watch.html and YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9WB_PXjTBo 
 
I have heard the arguement that seeing Michael J. Fox shaking and stuttering pulls too much at the heart strings that is unfair to use in a political commerical. That is so obsurd. The disease is a reality for many people and whether you want to help them by legalizing stem cell research is only another issue. I think is very appropriate that they be put together so that people who are against stem cell research recognize what they are doing to the millions of people who can benefit from this research.