Phylis - (Post #7)
I wouldn't agree that Rick's an ass, but I agree McCain belongs in a geriatric center, not the Whitehouse. That cantankerous old coot will whine for days now that Obama rubbed his nose in the dog crap that is McCain-Feingold.
McCain is like Woody Hayes, you never know when he's going off next.
RegularRon - (Post #8)
Well said - couldn't agree more.
And we aren't alone; according to a June 19, 2008 Fox report, 42% of Democrats are "very satisfied" with their candidate while only 12% of Republicans say the same thing.
The McCain apologists are motivated by a party loyalty that trumps good sense.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 20.06.2008 @ 17:58
First, let me say that I think it is absolutely just that John McCain will be skewered with the sword that he crafted; McCain-Feingold. The ever corrupt and narcissistic McCain was paid by George Soros to deliver campaign finance. McCain sold out despite the fact that the bill violated free speech and hurt the GOP.
Your article begs a bigger question. If McCain can’t win, shouldn’t the GOP select a more viable candidate? Under what circumstances can the GOP legally dump a candidate?Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 20.06.2008 @ 12:20
Absent any true leadership or vision, our politicians are adrift without direction, destined to become reactionary populists. Government; through drilling restrictions and obstacles is the cause of the oil problem, not the solution.
The early 20th century French philosopher and political economist Bertrand de Jouvenel said that “A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” I fear that we are becoming a nation of sheep.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 19.06.2008 @ 14:02
No doubt, our political process, at the presidential level has become a corrupt and convoluted scheme that favors only the privileged few. The elite who own and control our media, international corporations and banking czars allow us to pick between the two candidates of their choice.
Nepotism flourishes as politicians "hook-up" their relatives with the inside elitists in back room meetings and back yard barbecues. Already prepped, the incoming brood understands what is expected in return for support. Without their support, no candidate stands a chance of raising the $300 million or so to make a viable run.
While the relatives of those who hold high office certainly have a big edge, they are not guaranteed the coronation of the elite. For example, the Clintons got too uppity and George Soros turned his 527’s against Hilary clearing the way for Obama. If Hilary plays the good girl in supporting Obama, Chelsea Clinton may be rewarded later. If Hilary doesn’t, rest assured they have enough dirt on her to make her life miserable.
Speaking of Soros, he really outdid himself this election. John McCain sold his soul to Soros and Teresa Heinz Kerry back in 2001 in exchange for campaign finance reform. As part of the package, he agreed to open our borders for the coming Mexico-United States-Canada union, very similar to the EU.
Am I over simplifying things? Maybe, but make no mistake, the system has become corrupted.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 18.06.2008 @ 10:23
One of the fascinating things taking place in the presidential race is realignment of the two major parties through their candidates. Indeed, family values have become Obama territory as Republicans continue their economic assault on the middle class.
Republicans had always been the party identified as being better stewards of the economy; more prudent with taxes and spending. Poll after poll now tells us that Obama is more trusted when it comes to the economy than McCain. This will be a killer issue, recent Gallup polls showed that 78% of Americans held negative views on the economy and that 86% of voters see the economy getting worse.
The Republican game of cutting taxes while increasing the deficit is beginning to irk voters who see the astounding self destructive lunacy of this formula. Bush doubled our national debt from some $5 trillion to over $9 trillion dollars. The parasitic financing load is becoming a huge part of our budget and our debtor nation status (trillions owed to China and Saudi Arabia) is eroding our national sovereignty.
Republican economics have deeply hurt American families. Our children are born into debt (national debt transcends generations) and our young college graduates begin their working lives strapped with record high tuition debt. Elderly people on fixed incomes are hardest hit by the current inflation and boomers are watching their 401-k plans and nest egg evaporating from inflation, a collapsing currency and a dreadful stock market.
Americans are beginning to see that a sound economy is critical to and an integral part of family values.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 16.06.2008 @ 11:32
One good thing about a presidential election is that it allows the voters to decide who should be blamed for mistakes and who should be credited for best serving our national interests. Oil, or lack of it, has been an important issue for over thirty years. Oil transcends other issues in that it directly impacts our national prosperity and security like no other.
We’ve had warnings and we’ve had proposals, for example who said this:
“Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you about a problem unprecedented in our history. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge our country will face during our lifetimes. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but it will if we do not act quickly."
"It is a problem we will not solve in the next few years, and it is likely to get progressively worse through the rest of this century. We must not be selfish or timid if we hope to have a decent world for our children and grandchildren."
"We simply must balance our demand for energy with our rapidly shrinking resources. By acting now, we can control our future instead of letting the future control us."
"Our decision about energy will test the character of the American people and the ability of the President and the Congress to govern. This difficult effort will be the "moral equivalent of war" - except that we will be uniting our efforts to build and not destroy.”
Great speech, taken from Jimmy Carter’s 1977 Proposed Energy Policy in which he outlined his ten guiding principles. One huge benefit from Carters dedication to the energy crisis is the fact that the US uses very little oil in generating electricity. He recognized that we needed to reduce our dependence on oil and made sure we used it only where absolutely needed.
Imagine what we would be paying for electricity in the US now had he not had this great foresight. And imagine where we would be today, over 30 years later had we implemented his entire program.
We can’t go back but we can appreciate that we have had visionaries, like Carter, who were up to the complicated task of solving this huge problem. The Bakken formation that you mentioned is an excellent example of politicians who get it and those who don’t.
A recent (April 2008) study done by US Geological Survey estimated 3.65 billion barrels of oil, 1.85 trillion cubic feet of associated/dissolved natural gas, and 148 million barrels of natural gas liquids in the Bakken Formation of the Williston Basin Province, Montana and North Dakota.
Dick Cheney helped sponsor a recent energy bill to help companies develop and utilize the new horizontal drilling equipment to make oil fields like the Bakken practical. John McCain voted against the bill while Obama voted in favor of this important legislation.
Obama is clearly the choice if you take energy independence seriously.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 14.06.2008 @ 14:00
Some of the anti-America sentiment is due to jealousy and a victimization complex that sees our success as some inexplicable reason for the failure of others. Many point to the fact that America consumes a disproportionate amount of the world’s oil while generating an excessive amount of carbon emissions and other pollutants.
For them, it’s not enough that America is being penalized in paying a high price for an inefficient society that can no longer sustain its ravenous appetite for energy. This is damaging our economy (huge trade deficit) and national security (compromising relationship with the obnoxious Saudi Arabia). A good deal of our national defense budget can be attributed to the international need to maintain a safe route to market for oil. Instead of being thanked, we are ostracized for our military presence.
At once, we are resented but held responsible in our role as the world-police and the world-emergency responders. We are blamed for allowing genocide to take place in Africa and criticized when we do intervene as being imperialists.
No doubt, Bush’s stated commitment to democratizing the middle-east was naïve, arrogant and counter-productive. We crossed the line when we asserted that preemptive war and regime change were justified in achieving this noble goal. Surely, we thought, given the choice, people will embrace democracy as the vehicle to individual liberty and national prosperity.
Americans are often seen as having an unabashed national egotism and self-righteous attitude that breeds contempt. Many see the US as “gaming the system” because we chose when to comply and operate within the auspices of the UN, IMF, etc.
America should never apologize for having a strong national identity, patriotic pride and a commitment to sovereignty. But, we need to understand that many in the world see this as being in conflict with their vision of internationalism.
Look at what’s happening in Canada and much of Europe. They seem content to give up their freedom of speech in order to eliminate hate speech. We forget that the basic right and demand for free speech is a unique American value.
Your article should remind us that while we should try to be sensitive to world opinion, it must not guide our decisions. You mentioned Lebanon and indeed that is a tragic example of what happens when we rely on world opinion to dictate our policy. Lebanon, a multi-cultural democracy, was handed over to the tyranny of Hezbollah by the UN. In addition to suppressing the Lebanese people they will create havoc along Israel’s border to destabilize any peace initiative.
Obama gives many in the world hope that America may yield to international popularism.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 13.06.2008 @ 12:11
When it comes to the blogosphere, there can be little doubt that the left is more energized and hard hitting than the right. They are whipping on McCain like a rented mule. His advanced age, forgetfulness, mental health and bad temperament are fair game in weaving a caricature of an angry old man, out of touch and too emotionally reactive to serve as President.
If I were John McCain the smears of the left leaning blogs would not be nearly as troubling as to what’s happening on blogs that lean to the right. There is a growing resentment and dissatisfaction towards McCain coming from the right.
Instead of reaching out to conservatives, he defies them with half witted initiatives like the cap and trade tax that would have been damaging to our national economy. Not one for details or analysis, McCain seldom weighs the potential cost and indirect consequences of his ideas.
For example, his bill for immigration amnesty would have added trillions of dollars to entitlement costs that are already strangling our prosperity. He never bothered to estimate the costs. He was too busy cursing and blasting sincere opponents like Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn. During one of his famous outbursts, McCain told Cornyn “F**k you!” and called him “Chickensh*t.”
Now the issue is back, Michelle Malkin notes: “straight from the campaign trail with Arnold “Move Left” Schwarzenegger, McCain has shed every last pretense that he “got the message” from grass-roots immigration enforcement proponents and is back to his full, open-borders shamnesty push. No surprise to any of you. But his complete regression back to the “comprehensive immigration reform” euphemism is a notable milestone.”
McCain’s only hope was that Obamas negatives outweighed his own. This won’t work and the tipping point that pushes Obama forward will the realization among the majority of voters that McCain really is an angry old man, out of touch and too dangerously reactive to serve as President.
Of course John McCain will never see these blogs, he recently admitted to being computer illiterate.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 12.06.2008 @ 12:11
Stern and the NBA have been too casual and quiet regarding the whole Donaghy thing. It began to look like either the NBA didn’t care about public relations (the integrity of the game) or they were anxious to have the whole thing disappear.
Donaghy’s allegations are very serious and could merit prosecution under RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act).
This makes me really mad. First, I find out that the dastardly N.E. coach Bill Belichick was spying on my Steelers in the AFC Championship game and now it looks like my Kings were also ripped off!Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 11.06.2008 @ 11:15
retire05: (response to Post 13)
You have your head so far up your arse that everything is starting to look like an anal fixation.Comment Posted By DrKrbyLuv On 11.06.2008 @ 11:29