Month: October 2008

If I Could Do It Over Again

Maybe it’s just me…

But if I could do it over again,

I would hold my kids more and maybe a little longer when they were babies.

I would watch more cartoons with them. (again and again)

I would turn off the T.V. and play more games with them.

I would laugh with my children more…at our mistakes and our joys.

I would listen to them more and talk less.

I would be more encouraging and bestow more praise on them.

I would be more honest with them about my weaknesses and stop pretending perfection.

I would pay more attention to the little things they did.

I would cherish more the words of love and kindness they gave me.

I would be a better example of a man that loves them more than life itself.

But then again, maybe it’s just me.

Palin vs. Obama…and the winner is…

Let’s take a hard look at the the true qualifications of Sarah Palin.  Let’s compare them to Barack Obama.  You might be surprised at what you will learn.

After reading the entire post, please vote for who is most qualified.

Sarah Palin

Barack Obama

Office being sought Vice President President of the United States and Leader of the Free World
Full name Sarah Louise Heath Palin Barack Hussein Obama II
Nickname Sarah Barracuda Barry Obama; “The One”
Public opinion Smoking hot in a “naughty librarian” sort of way May be The Messiah
Age 44 48
Children 5: two sons, three daughters 2: two daughters
Religion/Church attendance Evangelical Christian;

attends Juneau Christian Center when in Juneau and grew up attending Wasilla Assembly of God

Attended Trinity United Church of Christ for 20 years, a “black liberation theology” church formerly led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright and governed according to the Black Value System
Current Job Governor of Alaska Junior Senator from Illinois
Previous Public Jobs Mayor of Wasilla, AK (1996-2002); President of Alaska Conference of Mayors;

City Council member (1992-1996)

State Senator (1997-2004);

Community Organizer

Executive Experience Governor for 2 years;

Mayor for 6 years

None
Foreign Relations experience Governor of state that borders two foreign countries (Canada and Russia) Chaired Senate subcommittee on Europe but never called it into session;

once gave a speech to 200,000 screaming Germans

Military Affairs experience Commander in Chief of Alaska National Guard;

Son is enlisted Infantryman in U.S. Army

None
Private Sector Experience Sports reporter;

Salmon fisherman

Associate at civil rights law firm
Speaking ability Beautifully executed initial stump speech in Dayton, OH hockey arena without a teleprompter An enter…wait–did you say without a teleprompter??
Spouse’s name Todd Mitchell Palin Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama
Spouse’s occupation Salmon fisherman;

Former North Slope production supervisor for BP Oil

Vice President for Community and External Affairs at University of Chicago Hospitals;

former Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago;

former Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies;

former Assistant to the Mayor of Chicago;

former associate at Sidley Austin law firm

Reaction to spouse’s political success Quit 17-year BP oil job when BP became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with wife’s administration Promoted and given 160% pay raise by UofC hospitals within months of husband’s election to U.S. Senate;

Employer received $1,000,000.00 federal earmark, requested by husband, after her promotion

Coolest thing about Spouse Tesoro Iron Dog Snowmobile race champion (longest snowmobile race in the world);

In 2008, while defending his championship, was injured when he was thrown 70 feet from his machine. He was sent to the hospital but still finished in fourth place

Sister of Oregon State University head basketball coach Craig Robinson
Most Courageous Moment in Public Service Resigned in protest from position of Ethics Commissioner of Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, including the former state Attorney General and the State GOP Chairman (who was also an Oil & Gas Commissioner), who was doing work for the party on public time and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators in Hyde Park in 2002
In Current Office Because… Upset sitting Governor in GOP primary due to public support for her efforts to clean up corrupt government establishment Republican opponent, who was leading in the polls, was forced to leave race after unsealing of divorce records exposed a sex scandal
Theme: Change and Clean Government Hope and Change;

“Bringing Change from Outside Washington”

What they’ve done to live that theme: Replaced entire Board of Agriculture and Conservation because of conflict of interest;

Resigned from position of Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in order to expose corruption among members of own party

Selected 36-year incumbent Senator as running mate
Family Affairs May have removed State Public Safety Commissioner as part of effort to protect sister in messy divorce and child custody battle Often says, “I am my brother’s keeper”;

Brother lives in a hut in Nairobi on $12 per year

Union affiliation Union member, married to Union member Endorsed by a union
Iraq and Troop Support Formerly (pre-surge) critical of apparent lack of long-term strategy for Iraq;

Visited wounded U.S. soldiers in Germany;

visited AK National Guard soldiers deployed to Kuwait;

Son deploying to Iraq on 9/11/08 as Army infantryman

Gave an anti-Iraq war speech to a crowd of anti-Iraq war demonstrators;

almost visited wounded troops in Germany, but decided to go shopping in Berlin instead

Bipartisan/”maverick” credentials Married to a non-Republican;

Exposed corruption within own party;

Campaigned for Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell against corrupt GOP congressman Don Young;

Called out Sen Ted Stevens (R-AK) to “come clean” about financial dealings that are under fed investigation

Talks about bipartisanship
Legislative Record Passed a landmark ethics reform bill;

Used veto to cut budgetary spending;

Prevented “bridge to nowhere” that would have cost taxpayers $400 million dollars.

Voted “present” over 100 times as IL state senator
How they dealt with corrupt individuals in home city/state Exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders;

Campaigned against corrupt GOP Representative;

Ran against and defeated corrupt incumbent governor in GOP primary

Launched political career in home of unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers (and still refers to him as a part of “mainstream Democratic Chicago”;

Purchased home with help of convicted felon Tony Rezko

Guns Lifetime member of NRA and avid hunter;

video can be found on YouTube of Palin firing an M4 at a military firing range

Worked to pass legislation in Illinois that would prevent all law-abiding citizens from owning firearms
Earmarks Opposed “Bridge to Nowhere” project;

Said Alaska should avoid relying on federal money for projects;

Campaigned against porker Don Young (R-AK) in 2008 primary

Secured federal earmarks for wife’s employer and for campaign bundlers
Abortion Pro life;

gave birth to 5th child knowing that he would have Down’s syndrome

Pro-choice;

only IL state sen. to speak against the Born Alive Infant’s Protection Act, which required medical care to be given to live infants who survived abortions

Energy Believes energy independence is a matter of national security;

For drilling in ANWR, which is in her state

Says Americans should “get tune-ups” and “check tire pressure”;

Says “we can’t expect the world to be okay with” our use of heating and air conditioning

Environment Chair of Alaska Conservation Commission (2003-4);

Announced plans to create sub-cabinet group of advisors to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in AK

Talks about the environment a lot
Athletic prowess Runs marathons Has reporters tailing him to the gym

Run a Good Race Today

October 23, 2008

Maybe it’s just me…

But I seem to struggle with the same things every single day.

I have the best of intentions.  I tell myself not to worry about this…or don’t react to that

Every morning when I get out of bed…I reach down and pick up my “past”, my “guilt”, my bad “habits”, my “whatever” that keeps me from running a good race that day for the Lord.  It could be anything that does it.  God asks us to lay it aside and yet we continue to pick it up every single day. I have learned a long time ago to not look past today when it comes to honoring the Lord with your life.  I think that is what Paul meant when he said, “I die daily” in 1 Corinthians 15:31.  It’s about “today”…yesterday doesn’t matter…”tomorrow” isn’t even considered…it’s all about today.

Sounds easy…but like brushing our teeth and getting dressed each morning…I pick up the weight, that “baggage” every morning.

My goal today…is to lighten the load.

Have a good day people, I hope you run well.

But then again, maybe it’s just me.

The Voice of Motown…Silenced Forever

The great voice of Levi Stubbs is now silenced.

That dynamic voice that brought us classics like “Reach Out (I’ll be There)” , “Baby I need Your Loving” and “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey-bunch)”  and other hits, died today at the age of 72.

Levi Stubbs was the front man and lead singer for the popular Motown group known as the Four Tops.  The Four Tops sold millions of records and performed for more than four decades without a change in personnel.

Former Motown label-mate Smokey Robinson said, “Levi Stubbs was one of the great voices of all times. He was very near and dear to my heart. He was my friend and my brother, I miss him. God bless his family and comfort them.”

The Four Tops began singing together in 1953 under the name the Four Aims and signed a deal with Chess Records.  They also recorded for Red Top, Riverside and Columbia Records and toured supper clubs.

The received their greatest success when they signed with Motown Records in 1963.  They produced 20 Top-40 hits over the next 10 years, making music history with the other acts in Berry Gordy’s Motown stable.

“It is not only a tremendous personal loss for me, but for the Motown family, and people all over the world who were touched by his rare voice and remarkable spirit,” Gordy said Friday. “Levi was the greatest interpreter of songs I’ve ever heard.”

When he and others at Motown first heard “Baby I Need Your Loving,” Gordy remembered: “Levi’s voice exploded in the room and went straight for our hearts. We all knew it was a hit, hands down.”

Their biggest hits were recorded between 1964 and 1967 with the in-house songwriting and production team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Both 1965’s “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” and 1966’s “Reach Out” went to No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.

Other hits included “Shake Me, Wake Me” (1966), “Bernadette” and “Standing in the Shadows of Love” (both 1967).

Stubbs “fits right up there with all the icons of Motown,” said Audley Smith, chief operating officer of the Motown Historical Museum. “His voice was as unique as Marvin’s or as Smokey’s or as Stevie’s.”

Levi Stubbs and the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and they have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Click on the following links and enjoy the voice and legend of Levi Stubbs…

“Reach Out and I’ll Be There”

“Baby I Need Your Loving”

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey-bunch)”s,

“Standing in the Shadows of Love”

“It’s the Same Old Song”

Finally…advice that makes sense to me!!!

Maybe it’s just me…

But there has to be a better way…

Do you realize, if you would have invested $1000 a year ago…this is what you would have today…

If you purchased $1000 of Wachovia stock one year ago you would have $35 left.

If you purchased the same amount of stock with Fannie Mae, you would have $23 left of the original $1000.

With AIG, you would have $36 left.

BUT….if you purchased $1000 worth of your favorite soft drink in a can…drank it all…and turned in the cans for the aluminum recycling REFUND…you would have $214.00 in CASH.

Based on the above…I can only recommend that the best investment advice is to drink heavily and recycle.

But then again, maybe it’s just me.

Senator Obama…I want to ask you a few Questions…

Maybe it’s just me…

But if we don’t get the word out and vote for John McCain, I believe we are in for a hard long four years with Obama.

The economy crisis did not just happen.  The Democrats dropped the ball on this one. They are now in control of the House and Senate.  Look up who truly is responsible for the unchecked regulation on Fannie and Freddie.  If we put Obama in the White House, I am truly scared to see where this economy goes.

Obama on his visit to Toledo, Ohio, stated that as President he wanted to…”spread the wealth around”.  Sounds like to me like a reference to the basics of Communism.  I may be wrong but I thought the responsibilities of the president were as follows:

The president’s principal roles:

  • Approve federal laws (bills) created by Congress (Senate and House of Representatives), which is the legislative branch of government.
  • Lead the nation’s people, making sure citizens obey the laws and setting priorities for the country, including helping the Congress decide how the budget is spent.
  • Manage the government, making sure that decisions and programs are being carried out effectively, with the help of the vice president and appointed cabinet members who head different departments (agriculture, commerce, defense, education, energy, health and human services, housing and urban development, interior, justice, labor, state, transportation, treasury, veterans affairs)
  • Represent the U.S. in meetings with leaders of other countries, including signing treaties and other agreements (with approval from Congress) on behalf of the U.S.
  • Command the U.S. military, including declaring war (with approval from Congress)

It is not the job of our president to “spread the wealth around”.

Having Obama and a Democratic controlled Congress without a check and balance in Washington is going to be the basis for uncontrolled taxation and the agenda of Democratic party shoved down our throats.

Have you noticed that no one is talking about our relationship with Israel, the illegal alien problem, abortion, education, homeland security and family value issues that have received little or no coverage at all.

I want to know where he stands on these issues.

So…Senator Obama…please answer the following:

What is your position on the country of Israel?

Setting your “pay grade” to the side, could you please state your true position on Abortion?

In light of the fact that we are spending $300 Billion per year to deal with just some of the issues surrounding illegal alien problem, what are you proposing as a solution to this domestic problem?

What are you going to do to ensure the protection of my family and our borders from a terrorist act? 

Maybe those of you that are determined to vote for Obama are REALLY AFRAID to ACTUALLY know where he stands on these issues.
 

 

I wish he would answer these questions for me…but I am sure he will not.

Food for Thought…

I believe that many people who “say” they are voting for Obama really are doing it to punish (in their mind) George Bush for the troubles they are experiencing.   I believe that some are so obsessed at blaming George Bush for all of their problems that they are blind to the real issues and in-turn lose perspective on what is right and what really is important. 

But then again, maybe it’s just me…

This Democrat is Voting as a Reluctant Rebublican…

Come join me… become a member of the Reluctant Republicans and vote for John McCain.

As a registered Democrat,  I have made the decision to vote for John McCain.  I have always been a conservative in my politics.  If there can be such a thing… I am a “conservative democrat”.  Probably a better definition would be is a “Reagan” Democrat.

What I am looking for in my president is a “principled, conservative leader” That is what caught my attention and led me to the organization called the Reluctant Republicans.  Read ON…

The head of the Reluctant Republican Organization stated the following, “We are the disenfranchised in the party. We are the conservatives who have been left behind by a party ever moving to the “center” and ever increasing in its partisan politics rather than sticking to the conservative ideals that once made it great. We want to engage in this election. We need to engage in this election. But we are looking for a principled, conservative leader.

He continues, “As a real conservative, this election year seems especially daunting and maybe sometimes even downright depressing. With no real champion of all the conservative ideals it can be easy to lose heart and forget that sometimes it’s just as important to vote against someone or something as it is to vote for someone. Let’s be honest, John McCain is no Ronald Reagan. In many ways, I think we can all agree that Reagan would be ashamed that McCain has the R next to his name. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t aspects of McCain that we true conservatives can’t support, and more importantly, it doesn’t mean that we should forget about how horrifying the alternative is. Brush up on why the opposition should scare you, find some things about McCain “the maverick” that you can support, embrace your reluctance and your duty simultaneously, and admit to yourself quietly that sometimes the lesser of two evils is still the best choice. After you’ve done that, proclaim it loudly and help defeat the greater of two evils.”

As much as I am frustrated with both of these candidates, Obama just doesn’t make sense.  I mean, he says “a bunch” of words (rhetoric)…he likes to hear himself talk (not much different than Joe Biden) but he NEVER says anything of substance.  He never details anything…it’s always a “outline” with no specifics.

For example, in the debate tonight, Obama stated, “Actually I’m cutting more than I’m spending so that it will be a net spending cut.”

What does this mean? He said it without giving any details…just a good sound bite for the bias media to headline.

But according to the Associated Press,  Obama has many ambitious plans to spend more taxpayer dollars on a variety of federal programs, including clean energy technologies and job training. He’s said he’ll cut pork-barrel programs and the costs of the war in Iraq to pay for it — as well as raise taxes on the wealthy — but the specifics of his new spending plans GREATLY OUTWEIGH the few spending cuts he’s identified.  So I see no “net spending cut” in a future that includes him as our President.

To be fair…I do not want to be like the biased media that floods the airways every night.

A good friend of mine, a Human Resources Specialist in the State of Ohio, wrote me to provide some insight into McCain’s policy regarding employee Health Care contributions.

“As you know, McCain proposes a $ 5000.00 tax credit for Americans which will more than offset the fact that he wants to remove pretax deductions for Health Care contributions and make employees pay for Health Care after tax. But, what you may not know is that this will reduce employee take home pay due to increasing taxable income and increasing income tax at a time when the cost of everything is going up. Also, companies will be paying more taxes due to employee taxable income being higher. In essence, employees will see less take home pay and business will experience more burden.”

Will this approach really help the economy and create jobs?  I don’t know.

What I do know is that we have to be prepared for the long road ahead of us.

These two candidates are the options we have… the burden of our economy and the future of our children are at stake.

Which candidate will bring back the America that my grandparents and parents built?

These questions need to be answered by someone with experience.  What we do not need in the Oval Office is a novice.  One hundred and forty two days (142) in the Senate are not enough for me.

That is why this democrat is voting for John McCain.  Would you consider becoming a member of a grass roots organization called the Reluctant Republicans?

Come… join now and let us together put someone in the Office of President that can truly get the job done.

Click Here for More Information on How You Can Become a Member of the “Reluctant Rebublicans”

Maybe It’s Me Political Poll

After watching the media coverage of the “financial crisis” and the debate between Palin and Biden, I am amazed that the American people are not totally “done” with politics as usual in Washington DC.
I wanted to do some kind of survey of the people that I worked with, lived next to and met during the regular course of the day. My own “poll” if you will. I was going to talk to the first 100 people I came in contact with and see what they had to say…
The responses I received were enlightening and at times scary. Now, I realize that this “poll” of mine will not compare to the Gallup or the Rasmussen Polls that everyone references but I live in Ohio. A key battle ground in the election this year.
I talked to 100 people on Friday, October 3rd. This is what I discovered…
Are you registered to vote?
78 YES   13 NO  9 NOT SURE
Are you registered with a Political party?
34 Democrat

21 Republicans

34 Independent or NO

11 No Comment
Have you made up your mind on who you are going to vote for?
24 YES

68 NO

8 No Comment
If election day were today and you had to vote, who would it be for?
16 Obama

21 McCain

57  No idea

6 No Comment
Did you watch the debate between Biden and Palin?
94 YES

6 NO
Who won that debate? (If they said yes to previous question)
47 Biden

26 Palin

21 NOT SURE (TIE)
Do you Believe Sarah Palin is ready to be VP after watching the debate?
74 YES

12 NO

8 NOT SURE
Did you watch the first debate between McCain and Obama?
59 YES

41 NO
Who won that debate? (if they said yes to precious question)
30 McCain

22 Obama

7 NOT SURE

Do you have confidence in our politicians in Washington D.C.?
12 YES

78 NO

10 NOT SURE
Should the Government be proposing a Bill to help the “financial crisis”?
13 YES

82 NO

5 NOT SURE

Which of the following best describes your feelings about Congress.
Extremely Happy 0
Happy 4
Somewhat Happy 2
Don’t Care 16
Somewhat Unhappy 11
Unhappy 26
Extremely Unhappy 41

Is Nancy Pelosi the kind of leader we need as the Speaker of the House?
8 YES

81 NO

11 NOT SURE
Of the following, who best describes who is to blame for causing this crisis?
Democrats 19
Republicans 14
President Bush 17
Wall Street 31
Not Sure / Other 19

I have not taken time to really evaluate and get to the bottom line meaning of the results, but I will say that a few things do stand out.

1. Regardless what the media says, the race in Ohio is far from over.

2. Most people are not confident in Washington D.C.

3. Most people did not want Congress to bail out Wall Street.

4. Most people are not Happy with Congress.

5. Nancy Pelosi is not the kind of leader people want in Washington.