Today in Politics

I haven’t posted for quite some time now due to personal issues plus the loss of my husband and trying to readjust but where we are today in politics has me very confused.

I understand that people wanted change and decided that in order to generate change there was the feeling we needed to go outside of the box and elect a non-politician.  Has that proved to be the right thing?  I have to question that as from what I’m seeing we now have someone in the White House who has no idea of how the system works.  There are procedures set by the writers of the constitution so let’s see what has happened so far:

  1. Healthcare – Trump ran on the platform that Obamacare could be replaced very easily, possibly in one or two days.  Did that happen, no, plus there was a committee of men deciding on what was the best healthcare for women.  That’s like a committee of women deciding that they would treat diabetes for women but for men there would be no treatment.
  2. Precondition health issues-let’s just toss that out as it would save money (of course it would as people wouldn’t be able to have health insurance continue so in certain circumstances that means death).
  3. Replace and repeal-that fell through and so they tried repealing first then replacing later, thus leaving people without insurance.  Smart, Not
  4. Promising to put coal miners back to work-that is a health hazard as it is proven that working in the coal mines subjects the miners to lung disease plus isn’t environmental friendly.

The point I’m trying to make is it takes a politician who knows how the system works and knows you just don’t go in as President and start saying this and this is going to be done and once they say it they think that’s all they have to do and it becomes a law.  Watching the debates should have clued the people the type of personality they would be voting for-either a politician or a name calling bully.  It has now become the “Celebrity Apprentice White House style”, firing someone each week.

I’m not saying we had a lot to choose from this past election but it obviously makes a difference as to the type of person we elect as president based on someone who knows how the system works as to someone who knows nothing about procedure.  A big difference between making real estate deals and making decisions regarding our country.

If the candidate isn’t willing to provide their income tax like everyone else sends up a red flag for me.

The things I mentioned are only a few but I listed them just as an example.  I’m hoping that everything gets under control for the good of our country.  We can have a lot to gain or an awful lot to lose and I hope it’s GAIN!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BREAKING NEWS – Senator Ted Kennedy Looses Battle to Brain Cancer

FOXNews.com
Wednesday, August 26, 2009

“Some men see things as they are and say ‘why.’
“I dream things that never were and say ‘why not.'” 

  

Kennedy looses battle of Brain Cancer

Kennedy looses battle of Brain Cancer

Senator Kennedy  leaves behind a political legacy as being one of the longest serving senators in history. 
 
After losing his brothers President John Kennedy and Attorney General  Robert Kennedy, both assassinated, Kennedy became the one who the family turned to when in need of support. 
 
 He also carried the burden of his tragic accident in 1969 when his car plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick killing Mary Jo Kopechne. 
 
When his brother Robert ‘Bobby’ was assassinated Kennedy endured the responsibility of the family as he delivered Bobby’s eulogy.

Click here for a timeline of Ted Kennedy’s life.

   

John Edwards calling former staffers asking for forgiveness

 Well what do you know, another boy on the hill caught cheating, well blow me down…..flagranny2

DENVER – John Edwards is burning up the phone lines, begging former aides and backers to forgive him for lying about his affair – but hearing their rage instead.

As Democrats kick off their convention Monday, the onetime presidential contender is a man without a party – or a political future – trying to rebuild bridges through dozens of remorseful phone calls.

It’s proving a hard sell with onetime true believers.

CLICK TO SEE A PHOTO GALLERY OF CHEATING POLITICIANS

Many are bitter and disillusioned after swallowing his lies about his affair with a campaign staffer and vouching for his credibility with friends and journalists.

Some ignore his plaintive phone entreaties and don’t call back – even when Edwards leaves follow-up messages. A few ………Click Here  to continue reading the article.

In my opinion what John Edwards did was wrong in every way but I don’t get it when a Senator or Congressman is caught cheating they chastise that person and treat them like they are the first Senator or Congressman to have had an affair and I would bet my last dollar there isn’t one on “The Hill” who hasn’t cheated yet they are the first to point fingers. 

Edwards was suppose to speak at the Democratic National Convention but was taken off the list of speakers because of his actions.  Then there is Senator Kennedy who can do anything and everyone thinks he is God.  If you or me had done what he did while at Chappaquiddick we would be spending the rest of our life in prison.  Then in the Anita Hill case Kennedy served on the panel in judgement of Clarence Thomas. what a joke that was.  The men and women on “The Hill” choose when to be oblivious of one situation but are out to get another………flagranny2 (FYI I’m neither Democrate nor Republican)

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]

Breaking News:Fidel Castro Resigns Cuban Presidency After Half-Century in Power

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Although his resignation was anticipated due to his declining health I don’t think it was expected this early….flagranny2

HAVANA —  An ailing Fidel Castro resigned as Cuba’s president Tuesday after nearly a half-century in power, saying he will not accept a new term when the new parliament meets Sunday.“I will not aspire to nor accept — I repeat, I will not aspire to nor accept — the post of President of the Council of State and Commander in Chief,” read a letter signed by Castro published early Tuesday in the online edition of the Communist Party daily Granma.The announcement effectively ends the rule of the 81-year-old Castro after almost 50 years, positioning his 76-year-old brother Raul for permanent succession to the presidency. Fidel Castro temporarily ceded his powers to his brother on July 31, 2006, when he announced that he had undergone intestinal surgery.Since then, the elder Castro has not been seen in public, appearing only sporadically in official photographs and videotapes and publishing dense essays about mostly international themes as his younger brother has consolidated his rule.A new National Assembly was elected in January, and will meet for the first time Sunday to pick the governing Council of State, including the presidency that Fidel Castro has held for decades. There had been wide speculation about whether he would continue in that role.

Castro rose to power on New Year’s Day 1959 and reshaped Cuba into a communist state 90 miles from U.S. shores. The fiery guerrilla leader survived assassination attempts, a CIA-backed invasion and a missile crisis that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Ten U.S. administrations tried to topple him, most famously in the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961.

His ironclad rule ensured Cuba remained communist long after the breakup of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism across Eastern Europe.

Monarchs excepted, Castro was the world’s longest ruling head of state.

Raul Castro had long been his brother’s designated successor. The longtime defense minister had been in his brother’s rebel movements since 1953 and spent decades as No. 2 in Cuba’s power structure.

The United States, bent on ensuring neither brother is in power, built a detailed plan in 2005 for American assistance ………[continued]

Harry Truman’s daughter, Margaret Truman Daniel, dies in Chicago

By Trevor Jensen | Tribune reporter
12:35 PM CST, January 29, 2008

Margaret Truman Daniel, 83, President Harry Truman’s only child, a mystery novelist whose early efforts as a singer famously led her father to threaten an unkind critic with a punch to the nose, died on Tuesday in Chicago after a brief illness, according to a spokesman for the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum.

After living for 41 years on Park Avenue in New York, Mrs. Daniel had made plans last May to move to Chicago. Her son, Clifton Truman Daniel, is director of public relations for Truman College in Chicago. But ill health and a hospitalization in New York delayed those plans. Mrs. Daniel was staying in a care facility in Chicago at the time of her death, the Truman library spokesman said.Mrs. Daniel was born on Feb. 17, 1924, in Independence, Mo. She graduated from George Washington University and pursued a singing career while her father was in office. She performed at Carnegie Hall in 1949.In 1950, a Washington critic panned one of her performances, prompting the president to write a letter on White House stationery that read in part: “Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you’ll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below.”

Mrs. Daniel married Clifton Daniel, the former managing editor of The New York Times, in 1956. He died in 2000.

The author of 23 novels, Mrs. Daniel also wrote nine books of non-fiction that include a biography of her mother, Bess W. Truman. After her father’s death in 1972, she worked as an advocate for presidential libraries.

In addition to her son, she is survived by two other sons, Harrison Gates and Thomas Washington; and five grandchildren.

Another son, William Wallace Daniel, was killed in September 2000 when he was hit by a cab in New York City.

A public memorial is being planned at the Truman Library and Museum in Independence.

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.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 2 of the debate Video
Candidates discuss Darfur, Iraq withdrawal, women registering for selective service and meeting with leaders of other countries.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

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.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

Watch Part 4 of the debate Video
Candidates tackles issues including minimum wage, Social Security, taxes, health care and religion.
Download: iPod compatible | Microsoft Windows Media

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.