Presidential election-2008 My thoughts and rants !!!!!

Send in the clowns!!!  I really have to laugh at the Presidential election this year as it is one of the most screwed up election I have witnessed.  By the actions of the media you would think it a horrible thing for a woman, and a mother at that, to even consider running for an office, what, with children,?  What about a man as a father, I guess that is acceptable and nothing to take in consideration that his duties as a father might be interrupted or are they saying a father isn’t as important as a mother???? 

Let’s think back to when Bobby Kennedy was a father of 9-10 and running for President.  I guess it doesn’t matter how many children a man has to be responsible for to run for the office but let a woman run and my God she is choosing politics over her family. 

Has anyone noticed how many women commentators and anchors there are and you know what they have children too but let’s not point to the media it’s the media’s job to point to everyone else.  I particulary notice that Fox News has many segments with women anchors and also send women out in the fields to report on stories, tropical storms and hurricanes.  Are they considered a bad parent because of their occupation?????

I personally am sick of hearing about Sarah Palin and the fact that she is a mother and one with a special needs child.  Does that make her any less capable of doing a good job as VP.  I have seen quite a few VP’s who have done absolutely nothing.  I want to see an election that speaks to a platform of intentions I don’t want to hear a candidate say if I’m elected I will do this or that as they don’t always have the last word.  Show me a candidate who says if I’m elected I will TRY and not I will.  To me that makes more sense and I’d vote for that one in a heart beat. 

Let’s have an election not based on sex or race but based on what they will try to do for us, especially the middle and lower class plus senior citizens as they get the brunt of it.  As a senior citizen myself I see medicare being reduced each year and health benefits are almost zero.  Health benefits are for the rich and the big boys on the hill who don’t have to pay for any and have the sky as the limit on their medical care.  I’m sure not a one of them has to worry each month as to whether they eat or spend their medicare benefits on prescription drugs. 

OK, I have vented and could go on and on but for my sake and yours I’m going to end it here.  If anyone would like to share their thoughts I’d like to hear from  you……..flagranny2

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Chef Julia Child, others part of WWII spy network

Thursday, August 14, 2008

– Famed chef Julia Child shared a secret with Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg and Chicago White Sox catcher Moe Berg at a time when the Nazis threatened the world.

Possibly more than secret recipes

Possibly more than secret recipes

WASHINGTON (AP) 

 

They served in an international spy ring managed by the Office of Strategic Services, an early version of the CIA created in World War II by President Franklin Roosevelt.

The full secret comes out Thursday, all of the names and previously classified files identifying nearly 24,000 spies who formed the first centralized intelligence effort by the United States. The National Archives, which this week released a list of the names found in the records, will make available for the first time all 750,000 pages identifying the vast spy network of military and civilian operatives.

They were soldiers, actors, historians, lawyers, athletes, professors, reporters. But for several years during World War II, they were known simply as the OSS. They studied military plans, created propaganda, infiltrated enemy ranks and stirred resistance among foreign troops.

Some of those on the list have been identified previously as having worked for the OSS, but their personnel records never have been available before. Those records would show why they were hired, jobs they were assigned to and perhaps even missions they pursued while working for the agency.

Among the more than 35,000 OSS personnel files are applications, commendations and handwritten notes identifying young recruits who……  [ CONTINUE ]

Breaking News: Tim Russert host of “Meet the Press” dead at 58

Friday, June 13, 2008
Fox News

WASHINGTON —  Tim Russert was big wherever he went — in politics, in television, in writing — and even in a suit.

Russert, the hard-hitting but big-hearted moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” died at work Friday at age 58 of a reported heart attack.

Russert, who also was in charge of NBC News’ Washington bureau, is survived by his wife, Maureen Orth., and his son, Luke.

A noticeably shaken Tom Brokaw made the announcement live from New York on the NBC network, saying his colleague collapsed and died early Friday afternoon in the network’s bureau in Washington.

Brokaw said Russert had just returned from a trip to Italy with his wife and son to celebrate his son’s graduation from Boston College. They reportedly were still in Italy at the time of his death.

“He has been a very familiar face on this network and throughout the world of political journalism as one of the premiere political analysts and journalists of his time,” Brokaw said.

Russert was also known for his large stature, his love of his family, and his affinity for his home town, Buffalo — and it’s NFL franchise, the Bills. Brokaw said Russert had just visited Buffalo last week to assist in moving his father to a new home. Russert’s father, known as Big Russ, was the subject of one of Russert’s best-selling books.

“I think I can invoke personal privilege to say that this news division will not be the same without his strong, clear voice. He’ll be missed as he was loved — greatly,” Brokaw said.

Russert had hosted “Meet the Press” since 1991, taking the seat from Garrick Utley. Russert also authored two best-sellers, including “Big Russ and Me,” which focused on the relationship with his father, and the “Wisdom of Our Fathers.”

Russert honed his hard-hitting interviewing style over the years, and became a make-or-break appearance for any major American politician, as well as must-see television for political observers, in and outside government.

He regularly interviewed the biggest names in domestic and international politics. He also moderated presidential debates, including at least three during the 2008 presidential campaign cycle. He was scheduled to host Sens. Joe Biden, D-Del., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., for the upcoming Sunday show.

Click here to read more national reaction on Tim Russert’s death.

“Meet the Press” has been on network television since 1947, and is the longest running American public affairs show.

Russert — who also was an attorney and a former aide to former Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, D-N.Y., and former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (D) — had a distinctive on-air style marked by tough questioning and extensive research that included posting well-documented quotes and charts on air.

During the 2000 election, Russert received light ribbing but made an indelible memory for making repeated references to a white dry-erase board he continued to write on while explaining the ongoing tallies. He eventually determined that night — before the recount and the hanging chads — by playing out numbers on his erase-board tally that Florida would be the center of the action.

Russert’s reputation — criticized both by conservatives for liberal bias, and liberals for conservative bias — might have been the only one left untarnished by the scandal involving former White House aide…… To continue [Click HERE]

Sen. Ted Kennedy Hospitalized After Suffering 2 Seizures

Saturday, May 17, 2008
Source FOXNews.com

Sen. Ted Kennedy has been hospitalized in Boston after apparently suffering two seizures Saturday morning.

The Massachusetts senator’s current condition is not known, but he does not appear to have had a stroke as was initially suspected.

One Democratic source told FOX News Kennedy suffered one seizure in the morning, and then another en route to Massachuetts General Hospital, where he is being evaluated.

A spokeswoman confirmed he had at least one seizure in the morning.

“He is undergoing a battery of tests at Massachusetts General Hospital to determine the cause of the seizure,” Kennedy’s Senate office said in a statement. “Senator Kennedy is resting comfortably, and it is unlikely we will know anything more for the next 48 hours.”

Kennedy is at the hospital with his wife, Victoria, and was visited there by Senate colleague John Kerry, D-Mass. The hospital is highly regarded and Kennedy has received treatment there before for other medical problems.

Kennedy was flown to the Boston hospital an hour after first being admitted to the emergency room at Cape Cod Hospital at about 9 a.m., hospital spokesman David Reilly told FOXNews.com.

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Questions, not answers, highlight YouTube debate – Democratic Presidential

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (CNN)
This past Monday night 8 Democratic Presidential hopefuls were at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina to participate in the most unusual debate ever.  For the first time they did not field questions compiled by journalists nor did they take questions from the audience.  This debate was hosted by CNN with questions submitted though YouTube, a web site that well known for making online videos. 

The following link is a link to a video, which I think you will enjoy,  that highlights 11 short segments of the debate some of which are quite humorous and, in my opinion,  probably pretty much sumed up as to how the whole debate went.  Actually it was just enough for me as I just feel that from now till the last hour all candidates will change their platforms many times over according to how they are running in the polls. 

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/07/23/debate.main/index.html#cnnSTCVideo

However if you missed the debate and are interested in watching it I’ve included the links for you and wish you good luck.   

Click on the following links to watch segments of the entire debate.

Watch Part 1 of the debate Video
Candidates weigh in on what makes them different, what exactly is “liberal,” race and its influence on the response to Hurricane Katrina and same-sex marriage.
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Watch Part 2 of the debate Video
Candidates discuss Darfur, Iraq withdrawal, women registering for selective service and meeting with leaders of other countries.
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Watch Part 3 of the debate Video
Questions via YouTube cover issues ranging from their favorite teacher, No Child Left Behind, public vs. private schools, sex education, Al Gore, global warming and alternative energy.
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Watch Part 4 of the debate Video
Candidates tackles issues including minimum wage, Social Security, taxes, health care and religion.
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Politics: Then and Now from my point of view

Presidential candidates – Millionaires, Billionaires and Jokers, Oh My!!

What a year this is for a presidential election.  I wish we could enlist several more to run and maybe there would be one worthy of my vote.  So far I am finding it hard to endorse any candidate.  When it comes to the presidential election I’m one who will endorse and vote for the candidate who I feel best represents me and the issues I support. 
I remember the first year I was old enough to vote in a presidential election. Wow, to me I felt like I had truly reached a milestone, an even bigger one than when I reached the age of 16 and got my driver’s license. 

I mean there I was, actually standing in line holding a copy of the sample ballot that I had pre-marked.  I remember feeling the closer I got to the voting booth the more anxious I became, but in a good way.  I was going to cast a vote for my choice for our next president and my vote would actually count, at least in my mind I thought it would.  Our next president would be either Richard M. Nixon or John F. Kennedy.  We know the outcome of that election.

That year prior to the election I had watched all debates, read as many articles I could and looked up as much information I could find about each candidate.  This was serious business and I don’t think on that day you could have found anyone as proud as I was. 

That was then but that has all changed now. 

It seems like each election year from then on has been a disaster.  Each year the cost to even become a candidate has become so outrageous that the possibility of the one person who would or could be a great president can’t afford to even toss their hat in the ring.  To me, that is wrong.  –A president should not be allowed to buy their way into the White House.  -A president should be one who knows what it is like to face the day to day issues that people other than millionaires face.  -They should know what it is like not to be able to afford everything and possibly know how it feels to be told you need surgery but don’t have enough insurance to pay for it.  -To know what it is like being a citizen and go to the health department and be denied a service only to see immigrants being approved.  -They should be aware of the struggles of being a senior citizen.

Every candidate running this year is a billionaire/millionaire.  I’m not a journalist so I can only write from my heart and tell how I feel.

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to the majority of the people who are living in what I would say is the low to poverty income level.  It used to be middle America but to me that has changed.  I see too many who are struggling from day to day not to just make ends meet but to stay afloat to keep from drowning. 

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to being told you have cancer and need surgery but the surgery has to be put off as you don’t have enough insurance and the doctor won’t touch you unless you have X amt of money.   

As a millionaire can a candidate relate to waiting for the surgery as they had to apply for state aide and while sitting and waiting to be called in the office you see immigrants go in and come out and head right over to the health department.  It’s your turn, you go in and apply and are told it will take a month for the approval to come through.  Can a candidate relate?

As a millionaire, can a candidate relate to the senior citizens who are struggling to live on a monthly budget of social security and pensions.  Their SS and pensions do not adjust to the increase of the cost of living so their 3% increase is barely a drop in the bucket when you consider once they become a senior citizen they become government dependant.  It isn’t a choice, it’s mandatory. 

As a millionaire can they relate to relinquinishing their health insurance to the government’s mandatory Medicare Insurance which causes many to give up the doctor they have been going to for years and having to choose one who takes Medicare and those are becoming less and less. 

As a millionaire, can they relate to having to go on Medicare which does not cover medications so then they have to find a prescription D drug plan.  The premiums for these plans are outrageous.  If your monthly premiums aren’t bad enough you do get a brief discount on your drugs until you reach an out of pocket expense of $2100 then you pay FULL RETAIL until you reach an out of pocket expense of $3600.  This is when, as a senior citizen, you will at some point most likely have to decide whether to spend money for food or medications.  Can a millionaire relate to that? 

I could go on forever but there has to be a stopping point so I will do just that.  I am not against those who have money, I am against the fact that there is a price to pay for running for the highest office and I don’t feel that a millionaire/billionaire sitting in the oval office can relate to important issues.  Just like a priest, I could never understand how they could be considered a marriage counselor.

If you have read this I appreciate your sticking it out.  If I have made any sense, again I appreciate that too.  If you have any comments I welcome them as well as discussions.  I haven’t decided who I will cast my vote for but I am going to follow them all very close. 

Dog Removed from Washington State Voter Rolls After 3 Elections

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Has our elections simply gone to the dogs?  Jane Balogh thinks so after sending in a registration form with her dog’s name on a phone bill for identification and his “paw print” for the signature.  The dog actually received 2 absentee ballots for school board elections as a result. 

The dog’s owner proved her point, dog-1,  county officials-0.  I’ll bark to that.

SEATTLE —  Duncan M. McDonald is finally off the vo rolls after the Australian shepherd-terrier mix was sent absentee ballots for three elections.

King County Elections Director Sherril Huff said she canceled the voter registration Tuesday for the dog owned by Jane K. Balogh, 66, who registered her pet to protest a change in the law that she said made it too easy for non-citizens to cast ballots.

Balogh put her phone bill in the dog’s name, then used that as identification when she mailed in the registration form in April 2006. In November, she wrote “VOID” across Duncan’s ballot and returned it with an image of a paw print on the signature line.

She admitted the ruse when an election official called, but the dog was still sent absentee ballots for school bond elections in February and May.

“Quite frankly, the process did take too long, and it should have been addressed after the November election,” said Bobbie Egan, an elections office spokeswoman.

County election procedures are being reviewed to provide speedier action against voting fraud, Egan said.

The removal came three weeks after Balogh was charged in King County Superior Court with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, a misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty to the charge in June.

A sheriff’s investigator wrote that she admitted registering the dog under false pretenses “to make a point that anyone could vote, even an animal.”

A preliminary court hearing was pending.