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Shane Scott for President – Debt Plan

In this video, Shane explains how he would get us out of debt and improve the education status of Alabama all in one easy step.

Say “nyet” to debt and get on the Shane Train.

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Shane Scott for President

If you have decided that you won’t vote for President this year because all of the candidates are horribly bad, then I ask you to consider write-in candidate Shane Scott.  He is 100% American for 98% of America.  See what I mean here:

Find more Shane Scott for President videos on youtube under the username “shaneforamerica”.

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Joke Time: Political Campaign Time*

While walking down the street one day a politician is tragically hit by a truck and dies.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the  entrance.  ‘Welcome to heaven,’ says St. Peter.  ‘Before you settle in,  it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.’
‘No problem, just let me in,’ says the man.
‘Well, I’d like to, but I  have orders from higher up. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.’
‘Really, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,’  says the politician.
‘I’m sorry, but we have our rules.’
And with  that, St. Peter  escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down  to hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course.  In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.  Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.  They play a  friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and champagne.  Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly & nice guy who has a good time dancing and telling jokes. They are having such  a good time that before he realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises…
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens on heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
‘Now it’s time  to visit heaven.’
So, 24 hours pass with the politician joining a group  of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing.  They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by  and St. Peter returns.
‘Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and  another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.’
The politician reflects for a minute, then he answers: ‘Well, I would never have said it  before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but  I think I would be better off  in hell.’
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down,  down, down to hell.
Now the doors of  the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren and burning land covered with  waste and garbage.  He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above.  The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulder.
‘I don’t understand,’ stammers the politician. ‘Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable.  What happened?’
The devil looks at him, smiles and says, ‘Yesterday we were campaigning … Today you voted.’
*We heard a version of this at Tokens but we could not determine the writer in researching it for attribution.  If you are the writer of this joke, we will happily attribute it to you.  Just let us know.

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Everyone Gets to Have Their Own Context in Life

I had an appointment to have a lunch meeting with some friends today.  When I arrived at our chosen rendezvous point, one of the guys was nowhere to be found.  He has a tendency to occasionally be flighty and forgetful.  I found out that he just wasn’t coming to the meeting from one of the other guys.  So, I called him to ride him hard about not showing up and not calling me to cancel the meeting (We really needed all of us there for the meeting to take place).

It wasn’t until after I hung up the phone that I found out the reason he could not be there.  And without going into details (but just for context of how big a jerk I am), something seriously negative had happened in his life that was far more important than our little meeting.  I immediately called back and left a message apologizing for the first message, but the horse was already out of the chicken coop. I often forget that other people have context to their lives that does not necessarily correlate with the context of my life.

I can’t help but think about politics in connection with this thought.  People have contexts to their own lives that others may not ever be able to comprehend.  I think this is where yelling and divisive political discourse has its roots.  For example, I can’t understand how someone could cry over voting for someone, just not possible for me.  And trust me, I can get pretty weepy.  However, that person has obviously had a different experience in life that gives different context to that moment of voting.

We need to all remember that we are a vast and varied country with individually vast and varied life contexts.  We have the great privilege of voting for our leaders.  At the same time while having those disagreements of ideas, try to remember in your emails, conversations, and blog posts that we are also all neighbors and fellow citizens of a pretty great country (no matter the current circumstances) who each have our own context in life that informs our political decisions.  Those don’t make us good or bad people, they just are what they are and make us who we are.

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We’ll Meet Again Some Sunny Day

Today’s events, for some reason, reminded me of this scene, but especially the song.  Enjoy!  Remember folks…it’s not this bad.

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Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 Review

Beyond the fact that there is $700 billion dollars in the hands of the Secretary of the Treasury to buy up and transform and manipulate at his whim “troubled assets”, there is a provision in this bill that should send shivers down everyone’s spine.  Mind you this is a first draft of the bill released for public view:

Section 101(c)(3):

(c) NECESSARY ACTIONS.—The Secretary is authorized to take such actions as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the authorities in this Act, including, without limitation, the following:

(3)Designating financial institutions as financial agents of the Federal Government, and such institutions shall perform all such reasonable duties related to this Act as financial agents of the Federal Government as may be required.

Does this sound like ‘The Godfather’ to anyone else?  “Now, I will do you this favor, but one day I will call on you to do me a favor…and you may not refuse.”  Considering what our Federal government has done under the umbrella of the Patriot Act, it concerns me that this ambiguous provision is in this proposal.  I can only imagine what “reasonable” things the Secretary can think up for my financial institution to do on behalf of the Federal government.

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Remember: Panic Buy Gasoline in an Orderly Fashion

If you bought gas differently at any time in the last week, you are to blame for the gas shortage…not Ike, not Bush, not lack of supply in Texas or the pipeline.  Gas stations in Nashville sold FOUR TIMES more gas last weekend than a normal weekend.  That is panic buying.  People buying gas because they “didn’t know when there will be more” is panic buying.  Topping off your tank for no reason when you have 3/4 tank is panic buying.  TV news using as a teaser and showing as a lead story ONE station in Winchester that sold gas last week at $5.39 caused panic buying.  Freaking out and sitting in line for TWO HOURS to buy gas IS PANIC BUYING.

Stop it people.  Return to your normal habits and this is all over in two days.  Really really.  The sky is not falling, there is gas out there, just…

CHILL

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Roe v. Wade and the Court That Made the Decision

One of the talking points of both Democrats and Republicans, but especially “social conservatives” which have dominated the Republican Party platform for the last 20-30 years is that the choice of President is important because of the Supreme Court Justices that the President would nominate.  This talking point inevitably points to the Roe v. Wade decision from either side as the reason this issue is so important.

For those less inclined to follow politics, the theory goes that a Republican President would be likely to nominate Supreme Court Justices in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade and the reverse is true of Democrats, that a Democratic President would be more inclined to nominate Supreme Court Justices in favor of maintaining Roe v. Wade.

All of this debate, however, ignores the original decision in the case.  Yes, we all recall whether with esteem or derision that so-called “right to privacy” that the majority decision used as a basis for the decision.  However, does anyone recall the composition of the court at the time of the decision?  Surely it was packed with steaming liberals that wanted to enforce some Berkeley morality on everyone and the conservatives were screaming “NO NO you can’t do that!” until they withered in a clump in the corner.

Not true.  Roe v. Wade was decided 7-2.  The court was comprised of six Justices nominated by Republican Presidents and three by Democratic Presidents.  The vote was 5-1 among the Republican-nominated and 2-1 among the Democratic-nominated.  See the chart at the end of the post for reference (justice name, president who nominated, how they voted on Roe v. Wade).

Now, I am no lawyer and certainly no constitutional scholar.  But, even this keenly interested observer was surprised by this revelation.  Could it be that this talking point used to keep the party faithful in line is nothing but a scare tactic?  I know people who vote exclusively on this point alone (which is disturbing in and of itself) and it would appear they have swallowed a party line that is not the truth.

Next time someone wants to use this line of argument for why they are voting a certain way, I hope you will find this helpful in illuminating the conversation with some reality rather than just another pile of political rhetoric.

Burger (Chief) Nixon For
Douglas FDR For
Brennan Eisenhower For
Stewart Eisenhower For
White Kennedy Against
Marshall LBJ For
Blackmun Nixon For
Powell Nixon For
Rehnquist Nixon Against

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What do Sarah Palin and Hamas have in common?

There is a point in a human life when one normally breaks away from one’s parents.  One is then a whole and complete person responsible for one’s own thoughts and actions no matter what one’s parents had in mind when they raised you.  I know some parents that have been completely rejected by their children.  They have been told explicitly that everything they taught their child and raised their child to believe and be was outright rejected by the child and the child hated the parents for ever trying to teach them their belief system.

In the same way, there are two examples of completely different and, I dare say, unwanted consequences in the fruits of two movements: democracy and feminism.  Hamas was elected democratically by a sweeping majority in 2006.  The election shocked the U.S. government who immediately rejected the results since Hamas was still considered a terrorist organization.  The free people of Palestine used their vote to choose Hamas.  The promotion of the democratic ideal by the U.S. government didn’t have the exact desired results.  That is rather simplistic but it illustrates the next point.

Sarah Palin is the product of the feminist movement whether the current feminist movement wants to accept her or that fact.  The same movement that gave women the right to vote, the right to obtain a bank account or credit card without a husband’s signature, the right to hold elected office, to be the CEO of Pepsi, and the right be to be a whole and complete individual in their own right also produced Sarah Palin, the “anti-woman” female candidate and potential first female Vice President of the U.S.A.

It is interesting to watch a movement that has worked so hard for so long for the advocacy of this very thing to occur and yet it is not at all right in their eyes.  It is possible that the election of Sarah Palin as VP would be both the greatest achievement and greatest setback to the feminist movement in the U.S.A..  While I am sure that most feminists that are appalled at the presence of Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket are already voting for Obama, I wonder if there will be any* that will vote against McCain only because Palin is the simply the wrong kind of woman.

*PUMAs perhaps

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Why I am not voting Republican or Democratic

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”-Ayn Rand

“…give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else.  In Washington, they call this the Ownership Society, but what it really means is – you’re on your own.  Out of work?  Tough luck.  No health care?  The market will fix it.  Born into poverty?  Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps – even if you don’t have boots.  You’re on your own”-Barack Obama

“Because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn’t work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it’s best to stop hoping, and settle for what you already know”-Barack Obama

If anyone out there thinks they are not on their own, quit your job, stop paying the bills and find out what happens.  It is only by your individual effort no matter how great or small that you achieve what you are capable.  Robin Hood will not save the day.  Obama assumes that the heart and soul of America is the workings of its government.  He thinks that when government doesn’t work, people go hungry.  If I am to support 10-20 people it will be on my terms and because I choose to do so, not because my government chooses to tax me sufficiently to give it to “those less fortunate”.

“Education is the civil rights issue of this century. Equal access to public education has been gained. But what is the value of access to a failing school? We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice…”-John McCain (hailed with raucous applause)

“I will draw on all my experience with the world and its leaders, and all the tools at our disposal — diplomatic, economic, military and the power of our ideals — to build the foundations for a stable and enduring peace.”-John McCain (tepid golf clap applause)

The crowd at the Republican convention really burned me up.  If they are truly a cross-section of America, I am sad.  Screaming for school vouchers like its the Super Bowl but only tepid applause for PEACE.  What is wrong with you people that you claim a “culture of life” but only for American humans?  Education is important but the lack of death inflicted by or on my country is far more important. 

“My mother’s creed is the American creed: No one is better than you. Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.”-Joe Biden

No Joe !!  Everyone is not equal to you and that is no American creed I know.  We bring into this world varying attributes and talents, strengths and weaknesses that we either use for or against us.  We have equality in the eyes of our government in regards to justice and the assertion of law, but not as citizens dealing with one another.  There are plenty of people better than me in lots of things…Michael Phelps, Warren Buffett, Salvador Dali, etc.  If there were not, this would be a sad country to live in.  Perhaps this is another example of the Democrats thinking that everything American begins and ends with government. 

“Al-Qaida terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s worried that someone won’t read them their rights”-Sarah Palin

I am REALLY a big fan of civil liberties.  The way the current Republican administration has all but eliminated them is evident in this quote.  That the crowd then laughed and cheered made it that much worse.

I have a lot more to say but this is already a teal deer.

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