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Entry for March 28, 2008

March 28, 2008 Leave a comment

I just started watching Joe in the Morning at the suggestion of Taylor Marsh and I admit I did like what Joe said about Hillary on the show.
It’s basically like a news show which I’m not really in the mood for although I did appreciate the news on Iraq and what is going on there.
But I couldn’t believe my ears when I heard people suggesting Hillary should step down!!!
She just won Ohio and Texas!!! Ohio by a big margin and people are saying no one has ever won a presidential contest who didn’t win Ohio and Pennsylvania in their party’s primaries.

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Entry for March 27, 2008

March 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Obama says this was a man who was making three sermons a week.
ABOUT WHAT?!!! I WONDER!

Now Obama says that he joined this church because it is socially active, that it did good things for the community. He describes his conversion to Christianity as a conversion to social service and this church was the vehicle. So, it supports Farrakhan and it has some crazy ideas. I read some more of these besides the ones available in videos of Rev. Wright at a Confederate Yankee.

It says at the top of it because liberalism is a vegetative state. I would like to say because conservatism is rocky.

Like it?

So, social service is a good thing. I’ve heard of it. Siddha Yoga has their PRASAD program that offers eye sight to those affected by cataracts, free cataract surgery in India and my new friend Prem Rawat, formerly Guru Maharaji (but you found out there are quite a few of those in India), has his TPRF, The Prem Rawat Foundation that does a lot of good work.

So what is the good work that the church Mr. Obama belongs to. Do they feed the hungry, clothe the poor, house the homeless? I hope it isn’t just that they get black candidates elected although there can be something to that.

Have you heard about Pastor Meeks. I have a little bit about him at my other blog.

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Entry for March 27, 2008

March 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Don’t you worry hear comes Obama to save the day.

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Entry for March 27, 2008

March 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Does anybody realize that southern states are not just racist but sexist and homophobic, too?
I have to wonder if ageism is in play too as Hillary took Florida where people come to retire. I do forget about Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma if you would like to call that state southern. I don’t think OK seceded from the union. I don’t think it ever voted to be a slave state, but as I have said before I’m no history student.
I read at Taylor Marsh today about Obama rolling out his foreign policy advisors in response to Hillary’s speech on Iraq and they had nothing to say about foreign policy but only flattery for Obama. I never go to the Obama campaign site because I have never supported the man, but a link at Hillary’s Fact Hub was written Obama and I clicked it and it took me to an article in Time magazine where their campaign spokesperson did nothing but lie.
He says it’s clear that Hillary had nothing to do with passing Chips, the Family Leave legislation and was not opposed to NAFTA from the start (you know Bill had to have that instead of Health Care legislation which was knocked down by commercials from insurance companies that screamed about not being able to choose your doctor). I remember it. Mom heard that . She wanted her doctor who was a woman. It is unfortunate that I bought into mom’s argument. I knew nothing about health insurance. I’m sorry the plan fell through. Maybe mom thought the plan could be reworked as was my thought, but that one thing, choosing your doctor was the death knell, you know, for Hillary’s health insurance.
It’s amazing they can just go up there and lie about these things. I guess they just wish these weren’t the issues people cared about.
You should go to Hillary’s Fact Hub for more information on Obama’s Full Frontal Assault on the facts.

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Entry for March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Racism is something we have become very sensitive to in this country. My father and his family is what I would call racist. They came from the south and believed they were competing with the negro for work and affluence. My father had a good job. He was a foreman in a railroad yard. My mother also worked and I grew up in a nice sub-urban community. One black girl and one black boy went to school with me and I remember their names. They didn’t do very well in school but another black student above me by 4 years was on the basketball team and appeared to be quite a scholar.
There were advocates of Kennedy in my neighborhood and not all strictly catholics although catholics attending catholic school were well represented there. My mother had been a catholic and her first 2 children form her first marriage were catholics. They all went to public school. So, I was sensitive as my mom besides formerly being catholic was also of Irish descent. I was only 7 years old when John Kennedy ran for president but I remember the importance of my support.
My father’s family was from the south and baptist, but dad himself who drank a quart of Fleischman’s in a week including the weekend when he mostly slept, called himself a heathen. It seems he thought he was part indian. Since most weekends you could see him in his boxer shorts and sleeveless undershirt the image of an american indian with little but moccasins and a hatchet easily comes to mind.
That was the standard image of the indian in those days, violent and ignorant. Dee Brown, who wrote Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee did much to mitigate this idea. If you read another book by Mr. Brown, who was actually born before my father, you will learn of the railroads hiring southern men to ameliorate the hostility the south still felt toward the railroads even in the 20th century.
So, my father was something I had to overcome in my life though he claimed to his death he was a great blessing to me. He supported me. And presumably my mom but my mom didn’t need any support as she was a working woman. My father had had a child before who needed support but that boy’s mother did not work.
I just want to point out the sensitivity we have to racism in America. My father was a racist and I was not.
When my father retired with mom and moved back to Florida I took a lot of hard shots for being for desegregation. Actually, I could take those shots up north as well where I expressed sympathy for the Black Panthers and others even though I had been told of injustices my peers found in a book called “Black Rage.” We had a rivalry with a black high school in sports and a favorite story was of the black high schooler’s overturning a bus when they lost to that high school. I never knew how true that was or whether it was our high school to which they referred. I believe it was – at first.
So, when I moved south there was apparently a high school that was not so desegregated and mom wanted me to go to it. My cousins went to a school that was more fully desegregated or so they told it. Actually, according to them the high school mom had wanted me to go to was not desegregated at all which made mom look like a hypocrite. I never found out about the status of that school’s desegregation. It was my understanding from the Supreme Court decision that all schools in the south had to desegregate, but I was still very young and not inclined to challenge my cousins who were older than me and showing me a good time.
It’s strange how all this has come out and I am just trying to tell you about the time I was in Orlando. I had visited the Keys with an older friend of mine and we had ideas of buying pot down there and carrying it with us back to our little Gainesville to sell. We had been taken in the Keys by some fellows who needed money claiming they had pot to sell. We still had some money left, canadian as my friend had come from Canada. I had split up with him when he went into a grocery store. He had thought we could get a job there and thus have a little extra cash. He was in the store for such a long time and I was out on the road. I had a romance with the road. I loved putting my thumb up and “catching” that ride. I guess I longed to be home and I couldn’t admit it. I put my thumb up and caught a ride. I wasn’t going to eat out of the back of dumpsters as my friend Bob had suggested we might do. I caught a ride with a Joe Cocker fan and it was a good long ride but I had to get off somewhere. I remember coming to Orlando and deciding I could take a bus ride to G’ville. They wouldn’t take canadian cash in Orlando. I saw some of the police force physically molesting a young black man. I guess the fellow was quite a hood. The officer had hold of his hand and was pushing the young man’s fingers back causing him a good bit of anguish. I was sensitive, as I said to racial issues and I didn’t appreciated what the southern Sherriff’s Deputy was doing. Soon a couple of other, older black fellows came in and started talking to me. I told them about the canadian cash and they took me somewhere presumably to get coke. They took me on a long ride to somewhere where somebody was supposed to live who would get me some coke. One fellow went in while another stayed with me in the car. When the fellow came out with the “coke” he never showed it to me or let me try it. I guess I had over a hundred or more in canadian cash but the fellows treated me like they were cops and I was a hood. They drove down the rode and stopped the car. They got me out of it and searched me. They took my wallet and all the money that was in it. When I got back home I found out it wasn’t coke at all but most likely headache powder. Nobody who snorted it got off. BP Powder.
Well, I guess you could blame a bus station that wouldn’t take foreign currency but you could also blame my naivete and innocence about racial issues. I had called my mom as I recollect. I may have called friends. I’m not sure who I called since I didn’t have a dime that wasn’t canadian.
It was a great embarrassment to me.

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Entry for March 26, 2008

March 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Why are they calling Hillary Joe McCarthy. Oh yeah, it’s because of that statement by Bill, but I have another idea.
Is it because when you hear this thing that Rev. Wright spoke of – liberation theology, you think of Marx? And maybe when you hear all the time how the nomination is already won you think of Marxist lies.
I do.
I think it was discussed at HillBuzz, but wait, a lot more is happening at HillBuzz.

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Entry for March 22, 2008

March 22, 2008 Leave a comment

Here is a link to an article at the St. Pete Times on the delegate issue. It’s from St. Patrick’s Day.
I don’t know how we can speak of things like saints when our elected officials treat us this way. I remember reading of a St. Martin who clothed a naked beggar. I can’t remember exactly who St. Martin was. He may have been spanish looking at the picture in DARSHAN, Living with the Saints, but I really don’t know.
I loved that magazine. It was a little expensive at $86 a year but you don’t know the scream of joy that went on in my heart when my mom allowed me to get it. Those were the bad ol’ days. It was either Reagan or the first Bush. I had to live with my mom thanks to a divide among us and thanks to some political prejudice I think. I was a big naked fool in the late 70’s. And 1978 hit me like a rock. In 1977 I was put on academic suspension by the University because I couldn’t “maintain” a C grade. I couldn’t even get up to a C grade over there although I had a B at the popular community college of the day. It seemed inevitable that you would like your teacher there, Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. It wasn’t quite the same at the University (UF) where you could be failed if you missed 3 classes. Some teachers believed you had to be failed if you missed 3. My physical education teacher was one. I hadn’t taken phys. ed. since I was a high schooler in N.Y. I transferred to the smaller high school in Florida, a high school that had just gone through desegregation in 1970. That may be a split infinitive so let me explain I transferred that year in the Spring when my father (and mother) retired from the Pennsylvania Railroad. I was informed the school had desegregated just that year although I had heard about busing and desegregation for many, many years. In fact it came up in N.Y. Rumors were they would integrate the all black Wyandanch High School with Kings Park High. That’s where I lived, in Kings Park.
But this is not the story of my life or a narrative on my experience of the race issue as an adolescent. This is about how an institution in the modern United States has the right to take away your vote despite the fact that over 3,000 or is it 4,000 now of our finest persons have given their life in Iraq to let them have votes.
What kind of density, what kind of money, what kind of arm twisting was going on in the Democratic Party in 2007 that let them deny Florida and Michigan their rights to a say so in who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for president.
There is a lovely line in the article I linked to where the Party says this is a “family” thing. Seems to me The Sopranos were a big TV show in 2007. It’s that the idea? Is that the American process, 2 Big Family’s battle it out and one becomes the president.

Do we teach the children that?

To me the Sopranos were the big headlines of 2007. I watched some Keith Olbermann. I used to watch him with my mom and I was surprised that mom didn’t like him. She died, you know in January of 2007. I don’t know why it wasn’t more of a story about what the DNC was going to do to Florida and Michigan. It’s certainly not an example of King Solomon’s wisdom. Did they hope that it would be finished early without our contribution. I live in Florida that’s why I say our. By the way, mom didn’t like Oprah Winfrey either but that was before she didn’t like Mr. Olbermann.

Yeah, I guess that was it. How often does every state matter in the presidential primary? It didn’t matter for Kerry or Gore. Gore’s opponent, Bill Bradley dropped out because it was revealed he had a bad ticker. Oddly, illness didn’t bother Paul Tsongas from staying in as long as he could against Bill Clinton. And what was that enabled Kerry? Do you think it was the capture of Saddam Hussein and Kerry’s opinion that this was a good thing? He talked about boots on the ground. He had the support of veterans. It was pretty much over when Florida voted.

The delegates were seated although it was already known who had won. The decision was made by candidates dropping out. Oh, that Obama would drop out. After this Wright thing is there really any question? He lost Ohio and Texas without a Wright. I can’t compare his sending his economic advisor to Canada to tell them not to take too seriously his speeches against NAFTA with this. I believe that really hurt him in those BIG STATE contests.

I have never been an Obama fan. I guess the speech at the convention was good but they are supposed to be good. I would have preferred to hear from Hillary. It’s really a pep rally speech. Why should it be so hard. Was it really so much better than that little girl’s speech? Remember the little girl who mentioned Dick Cheney’s potty mouth? Of course kids hate to be told about their mouths and I think this was a real kind of revenge for children of Democrats.

I didn’t read any of Sen. Obama’s books. Sen. Obama’s election gave the Democratic Party a needed seat in the Senate. That’s what Senator Obama meant to me. It was good that he had a nothing opponent in Allen Keyes. It was good that the real shotgun of the GOP was taken out by a sex scandal. I understand now that this was a leak of divorce filings. Nobody had ever told me that before. I will be interested to hear why Florida and Michigan were denied. Who were the players? Who can we vote against (IN THE FUTURE) for not seeing the value of our votes. I understand the DNC wants to blame the Republican Legislature and the Florida Democratic Party. I’m sorry the DNC couldn’t see a loophole for Florida and Michigan to slip through. Politicians have seen enough of them for rich oil companies and arm sellers and rich Arabians.

Jeb Bush wiped thousands of black voters off the rolls. Don’t we want to win that state? What are the particulars of why we wanted to move our primary up? Are we just a bunch of arrogant rednecks? I thought there were lots of Jews in Florida. Isn’t that why Al Gore chose Joe Lieberman to be his running mate? Doubtless those opposed to our being seated at the Democratic National Convention will blame the Party’s need for support from the jewish community for it. And would that be our fellow democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire. Why are they so greedy to be first among the primaries?

I mean there must be a lot of laws concerning this. There must be some law concerning the rights of a state legislature vs. those of a National Political Party and the rights of the members of that political party.

I mean what if we paid to be members of the Party instead of just signing our name? Would that change EVERYTHING?

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