Today was the first real snowfall. It wasn't an all out blizzard and I'm not even going to need to break out the snow blower but once again I found myself irritated that so many people can forget what it's like to drive in Wisconsin when we have a few inches of snow on the ground.
It seems that the extremes were out on the road. People who were afraid to drive and those who thought the new snow on the road signaled that it was their opportunity to try out for NASCAR.
Methinks Huckabee is more in keeping with the basics of the older Republican Party. Huckabee gives evidence of being a thinking human being. The others are simply warm and breathing. Rudy G. cannot be nominated by that party. And, like it or not, Mitt Romney is a Morman, and all those Christian Conservatives put their tolerant Christian compassion and understanding aside when it comes to politics. The current Republican Party is about as much Christian as George W. Bush is.
It seems like Governor Jim Doyle is not at a loss for ways to waste the taxpayers money here in Wisconsin. The latest game is to provide taxpayer money for statewide offices such as the race for Supreme Court. This is intended to do is to keep campaign coffers low, so that the special interest groups will not be providing 28 minutes of negative campaigning for every half hour of television programming. I'm sure we all have fun memories of last year's elections, which gave us Annette Zeigler somehow after convincing most of the electorate that neither candidate would be worth a [vote].
This also illustrates on how the misuse of public funds is going to be done in Madison. By checking the box on the income tax return, this will allocate five dollars for public financing of elections. In theory, this does not raise taxes. However, this will allocate money for elections which would ordinarily be going to social programs which the tax-and-spend liberals love so much and tout them for raising the standard of living here in Wisconsin. With the money earmarked for campaigns, the social programs will again find themselves with not enough money to solve the issues for which they were created. Tax-and-spend liberals will again be able to say taxes must be raised in order to correct this newly created imbalance.
The time has come for us to examine new ways of selecting Supreme Court justices. The campaigns of the special interest groups are becoming more of a problem than they should be. If the justices have to excuse themselves from hearing a case before the court, due to a conflict of interest, going back to their campaigns, who will be left to hear the case? It would be just as effective to flip a coin at the circuit level and the best of two out of three of rock-paper-scissors at the appellate.
A poor or middle class man has no chance to be elected President of the United States. For local offices this might be possible. But in both cases, alot of "selling out" of one's principles and values to monied groups is required. That is why elections at the state and national levels are controlled by the likes of pharmaceutical, military-industrial, media conglomerates and other groups "approved" by the American Manufacturers Association or similar organizations. In the case of contests between well-heeled candidates, it helps to have other power behind you like penecostals. But even pentecostals and evangelicals are influenced by big money [see Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell].
The OBVIOUS solution would be to level the playing field by having public money pay for election marathons.
Back in August, I read in Milwaukee Magazine:
Sam Rowen, 31 is said to be pondering a run for the 22nd Assembly District seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Sheldon Wasserman, who will attempt to unseat state Sen. Alberta Darling in 2008. Sam now works as legislative aide for Milwaukee Alderman Mike D'Amato.
But now .. the JS reported:
Milwaukee Ald. Mike D'Amato, who has represented the city's east side since 1996, will not seek re-election in April. His departure sets up a scramble for a seat that covers one of the most politically active parts of the city. Already, five have filed to run, including D'Amato's aide, Sam McGovern-Rowen.
A couple of weeks ago CBS ran a feature story about the dangers and proliferation of prescription drugs. They also took a four day reprieve from their almost exclusive prescription drug advertising campaign between show segments. I don't know who they were trying to fool, it just shows a little bit of hypocrisy.
When I watch this newscast, I could not believe the amount of drug commercials on this program. They have cures for diseases that have yet to be discovered. They have drugs to counter act and the side effects of the previous commercial. They advertise drugs that have side effects worse than the diseases themselves. There are drugs that have side effects that are the same as the disorder. How do you know if they're working? There is even a drug that will help you get off drugs. How will we you know when that is through working?
Neither lived close, but had visited Bayshore. Both didn't like it, one said she'd never go back. Both preferred Mayfair.
When we want to cut the grass, the vehicle we use is called a lawn mower or rider-mower. If we want to plow snow, the vehicle we choose is a snow plow. But when we want to shave or smooth the ice for a figure skating show or between periods of a hockey game, we don't use a vehicle called an ice-shaver or ice-smoother. We use a Zamboni, named for the guy who developed the vehicle/machine that does that job. We hold onto the name Zamboni because it is cute, almost Disney-like in the way it rolls off the tongue. And it is used for pleasant shows like figure skating, or during the peaceful periods between the violent game of ice hockey. It makes us feel good just to say it.
However when it comes to presidential candidates, we want good ole American names like Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Lincoln, Clinton, Carter, Bush, or even Kennedy. It is a tough climb to the White House with a name like Kucinich or Giuliani or Duckakis. Obama is not a truly 'murican enough sounding name, but when you couple it with Oprah, and have Oprah and Obama together, it has a commercial ring to it that plays to U.S. audiences.
I really tried. I really wanted to help. I really wanted to believe the claims made by those who believe in global warming. But if I try to make sense of it, it just does not add up.
It seems like global warming is the cause of everything. It's too hot. It's too cold. There's too much snow. There's not enough rain. There are enough conflicting ideas to confuse just about everyone. Now that there is snow on the ground and colder temperatures would think that that is a good idea, right? But if it is cold, we have to burn more fossil fuel, which will add to the carbon dioxide levels. Is that good or bad? With rising fuel costs, I think warmer winters would be better. But that would kill off the polar bears. Even in the fall, as the leaves were turning, global warning was to blame for the colors not been very bright. This was because the nights did not get cold enough to stop the photosynthesis in the leaves. But if the leaves lived longer, but in a replace more carbon dioxide with oxygen? Wouldn't that be a good thing? Poor leaf color would also prevent more people from driving around in the country wasting gas and putting more pollution in the air. Isn't this what the global warming movement is all about?
There are many ways that adults lead youngsters astray. This includes parents and their children. People who have all the necessities of life and live in the comfort of safety like to lecture parents of poor children in trouble. White conservatives like to tell parents of troubled youth that they should be more responsible in their parenting. Yet, these same comfortable conservatives introduce guns into their lives and the lives of their kids. These same conservatives place a premium on material things and their kids either learn that dressing expensively is good or dressing like a materialistic *** is cool.
Those who love to judge minority parents might consider what race almost all serial killers are. And they may also want to consider the race of the airhead celebrities who have everything [Brittany Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, etc.].
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We knew they were coming. They said they were coming.
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth." "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy." "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." -Matthew, chapter 5 [These are Biblical quotes directly attributed to Jesus Christ, who all of the presidential candidates, as well as our current president, proclaim they follow. Do you see any evidence of this in the lives, policies, or greed of these politicians?]
"Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 19: 23-24
It's not enough to have the regular stress for Christmas. You know, the usual fighting with people in the stores, dealing with family, finding meaning in the reason for the season and crap like that. Add some snowy weather. Don't forget poorly plowed streets. Don't even get me started on the tax/government service connection (or lack thereof). Snowstorms every other day and cold temperatures despite global warming. It's enough to drive anyone insane. However, it is Christmas, and you try to keep your spirits up. Good luck.
This year for the first time in our lives, we have the added pressure of deciding who we are going to vote for next November. A little more than a week past Christmas is the Iowa caucus, followed shortly by the New Hampshire primary. Just in time for Christmas, we should be getting the first of a long, and weary campaign advertisements. As the race gets tighter, there will be more negative advertising. We have said in the past that we do not like negative campaigning. However, polls have shown that it works, so it's going to be around. And it's going to be around for a long time this year.
Take a break from the boring and endless weather reports on TV. Get your head and brain out of the sand, and pay attention to something other than the shallow contrivances of Fox and right-wing, fascist radio. Demand that local and network TV news anchors have at least a rudimentary knowledge of history and current affairs. Express your opinion to the media and politicians. YOU, as an American, are a powerful person!
As with all power, it carries responsibilities. And each citizen in the most powerful nation in history needs to be as enlightened as possible. We are quickly losing our moral and ethical leadership in the world. Our democracy is fading.
Wrapped up in that hyped scream from a college student in Florida are many aspects of 2007 issues in the U.S. Among this student's rants, here are examples: even college students now know how to create media "news" for one's self-important promotions...African-American language has penetrated white American youth and is thought of as cool...the Taser brings into view a multi-faceted group of issues (police brutality, free speech, violence, guns and gun control, etc.)...in the sweep of things today, allowing audience questions carries a bigger and bigger risk and free speech is curtailed...we no longer truly communicate about issues, we mostly do media shouting and/or connivance...the gap between generations is growing...what once would have been seen as blatant self-promotion is no longer viewed this way or thought of in bad taste...peace is now promoted via violent acts......and so this shouted comment became a big media event in America, and was a summary of much of what is transforming in the U.S.
Is all this a reminder that with all the increasing ways to communicate with each other, with all the new and expanded ways to get the news, without the content and knowledge of the back-story, we are growing more ignorant?
In the time it will take us to sit down, get out a piece of paper and write down our new years' resolutions, you have to realize that even larger decision is at hand. Instead follow contemplating what we want to do for the next year, more realistically in the next 2 1/2 weeks, we must decide how we want to be impacted for the next four years.
Yes, instead of deciding what we want for ourselves, e.g. more exercise, better food, less stress, the Packers in the Super Bowl, Americans will be selecting their candidates for the office of the president of the United States. The importance of this should not be overlooked. If we look at recent world events, we know the importance of choosing a leader that will take the United States in the best direction for all of its citizens. The bad news is, we have to choose one out of a field of about nine. Every four years. It is our hope that the best of what America has to offer will rise to the occasion and become a candidate for president of the United States. This year, we have the most open race of the last 50 years. Do we have the best and brightest to vote for this time? Unfortunately, we do not.
Just a scant couple of months ago, it looked like we knew who are candidates would be. As we get closer to the first caucuses and primaries, it seems to be more up in the air. As it should be. The Republicans are looking for the next Ronald Reagan. The Democrats are looking for... Bill Clinton? John Kennedy? Franklin Roosevelt? I didn't see any candidate which fit the bill on either side.
"Hypocrisy- prejudice with a halo." -Ambrose Bierce
"The pursuit of happiness belongs to us, but we must climb around or over the church to get it." -Heywood Broun