Monday, July 12, 2004

Does This Define Ethics? 

Tom DeLay's ethics complaint is being handled by people who have received money from him -- $28,504 to be exact. Four of the five House members on the committee split that money from DeLay's politcal action committee. Like throwin' Brer Rabbit in the briar patch.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

You don't need to apologize, Bill 

Again today, Bill Cosby pointed the finger at those most responsible for the position of many black men today. He pointed right at them. Cosby is right, no one has the right to complain about their station in life if they do not do their best to rise above where they are. Language, actions, and general demeanor in our youth has changed in the past fifty years to the point that it is no longer about how I treat you. It's all about how you treat me. It's killing our youth as they do things like shoot each other for disrespectin'. It has become insane and it's only getting worse. I don't know when it started or how it got so bad, but it has and unless we do something to correct it, the United States is going to have a very large, violent underclass who have pay no attention to the restraints of the law when it comes to getting something they want.

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Army Plans Involuntary Call-Up of Thousands 

Anyone who thinks the turnover of power to the Iraqis means we are nearing the point where we can get out of Iraq is way too optimistic. About all it means is Paul Bremmer and the rest of the civilians can go home.

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Tenet Resigns!!! A surprise? Really? 

CIA Director George Tenet Resigned today for "personal reasons". I can't imagine what they were. Perhaps he took it personally how bad the CIA has been run in the past seven years.

Laughable... 

In an interview with Coxnewspapers, Condi Rice says that George Bush will rank alongside Churchill and Roosevelt because he "seized" the moment. And we wonder where her credibility went...

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Didn't Shakespeare say "Let's Kill All the Lawyers?" 

How can this be right?

Sunday, April 04, 2004

Why Your Tax Cut Doesn't Add Up 

Newsweek has an article that does a very good job of explaining the current tax policies. It also explains what may be in the cards.

'The Wizard of Oz Letter' - Bush and Cheney exposed 

Elenor Clift writes about what it means to have both Bush and Cheney testifying together. As she said, "Even Reagan testified alone."

Anyone else think the election is driving this....? 

The Bush administration insists on it's June timetable for withdrawal despite continuing indications that the country is in no shape to govern itself.

The newest health coverage is... none 

It's a unique concept when you consider how much some people pay in health premiums today. Some doctors are now practicing on a cash-only basis.

The family health care plan in the school district I work in costs $550/month plus a $30 co-pay and then it's an 80/20. That can be over $7000 just for 15 regular visits per year. That doesn't include other things like lab fees and over costs that the insurance company doesn't pay.

At fifty bucks a pop that would 140 trips to the cash only doctor (or nearly twelve per month).

Now it's a given that there can be large costs associated with complications, but catastrophic insurance can be bought for that type of expense.

This is something that should be looked into more... a very interesting idea

Piling On - Nixon aide Dean says Bush White House is most corrupt in history 

In another book about the shortcomings of the Bush presidency, John Dean, ex-Nixon legal counsel, says that Bush has...created potentially the most corrupt, unethical and undemocratic White House in history

That's saying alot about a President that was supposed to restore dignity to the Office.

The election just gets more and more interesting...

The Iraqi deadline looms and no one in the government can agree on what to do 

Sen Richard Lugar (R - Indiana) thinks we should rethink how we are doing this.

Kurt Cobain - has it really been ten years? 

Ten years after death, legendary Cobain lives in his fan's memories

I remember sitting in the bedroom of the small house my parents had rented for me while I was in college and hearing the news that Cobain had been found dead. It was one of those, wow, that sucks, but it's not real surprising moments. I don't think anyone was aware of his impact at that point. His influence spread over the entire music scene and still continues to dominate. His death is comparable to Hendrix's in the early seventies. He has had that type of pull on what we hear today. Just like people still talk about the genius of Hendrix thirty years after his death, I think they will do the same with Kurt Cobain.

Is Liberal TV dead before it starts? 

The deal for LTV has hit a major snag.

Opening day is here!!! 

Red Sox vs. Orioles tonight on ESPN


Tomorrow is the real opening day, but the first game of the season is played tonight (Yes, I am ignoring the Japan games. What a dumb idea for America's pastime.) This is the renewal for America every year for me. It is sort of appropriate that it is near Easter. It's a bit of a rebirth. The winter is over and everything is fresh and reborn. It really is my favorite time of year. Here in Houston it's kind of hard to tell the differences, but in other places I have lived, it's like mother nature starts painting with a clean canvas.


So who will be second fiddle to Kerry? 

The search is on and is earnestly forging ahead in secret.

Saturday, April 03, 2004

Explaining an earlier post 

I said earlier that Kerry thinks that growing the economy by ten million jobs would be a good thing. That implies I don't believe that to be true. Well, I don't. Ten million jobs is roughly six million more than were present at the height of the booming economy in the late nineties. Does anyone remember how hard it was to keep employees in that market? It was theorized that the country actually had too many jobs: Outrageous salaries to lure qualified workers, huge benefits to keep employees, and they were always job shopping and leaving anyway. We didn't have enough qualified workers for the jobs that were available back then and now Kerry wants to add six million more open jobs to that? I don't think we can handle that again, at some point we run into a point of diminishing returns. I don't know where it is, but I know it is way less than ten million new jobs. That's 3% of the total people in the Unites States, not employable people, total people. My guess is just getting back to where we were in 2000 would be plenty.

Go Away Ralphie!!! 

Democrats, realizing they need the Nader 5%, are pleading with him to drop out of the race

George Bush thanks financial backers 

I wonder how far this line goes around the block?

Specter vs. Toomey hits the home stretch 

So this is what it comes down to in Pennsylvania: I'm a better conservative Republican than you are. Won't everyone laugh if whoever is the Republican nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania loses to the Democratic opponent. Won't happen, but it would be funny.

Can terrorism (or lack of it at home) win the election 

Bush still has Republican support on terrorism, but Democrats and Independants are falling away.

So who's right? 

Bush thinks that not losing manufacturing jobs is a sign of policy success and Kerry not only wants to create 10 million new jobs, he thinks it would be a good idea. The radio wars begin

"It appears not to be the case that it was that solid." 

Was General Powell Wrong at the United Nations before the launching of the Iraq War?

Et tu, George? 

Apparently the President can flip-flop too

Gooooooood Morning America!!!!! 

I start this blog with a Presidential election on the horizon, soldiers in their bloodiest encounters since Vietnam, an economy that can't decide whether it wants to recover or not, and a population that really only cares whether they have a job they can suport their family with.

I keep reading about my "war" President, but he seems to have forgotten that he was elected as the "education" President. He seems to have forgotten much about his campaign in 2000.

On the other side, we have a Democrat who is still trying to figure out who he is. For thirty years he has been a Kennedy and all of the sudden he wants to be a Clinton. Will the real John Kerry please stand up? His website is that of a centrist Democrat with programs designed to appeal to Democratic Clintonites, but he has never voted that way in his many years in Congress.

Yes, it's going to be a fun seven months...

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