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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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.

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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)

US executions on hold awaiting Supreme Court ruling

by Fanny Carrier
Sun Oct 21, 4:46 PM ET 

I don’t know if it is me or what but I just don’t get how criminals on death row who have were proven guilty have the right to file a complaint that their executions by lethal injections are considered “cruel and unusual punishment”.  Do they not consider the reason they are there in the first place and the fact that they murdered someone and that their act of murder was considered not only “cruel and unusual” and that they murdered an innocent person for their own gains or in the process of saisfying their sexuality obsessions, etc.  Did they not take into consideration that taking someone’s life is also considered “cruel” to say the least.  Yet they have the nerve to say that they deserve a better and more civil execution procedure. 

What right did they give their victims? 

PhotoWASHINGTON (AFP) – A month after the US Supreme Court agreed to wade into the lethal injection debate, executions are effectively on hold across the nation as courts and politicians sit tight amid a legal limbo.

On September 25, the country’s highest court agreed to examine whether lethal injections — used in virtually all US executions — are “cruel and unusual” punishment, as banned under the US constitution.

Since it accepted to take up the case, all but one of the executions scheduled in the past four weeks around the country have been postponed, and only a handful are still due to take place before the end of the year.

“In effect we do have a moratorium. There is no determination by the US Supreme Court that no execution can happen. It’s more of a wait-and-see,” said Richard Dieter from the Death Penalty Information Center.

“This may not remove anybody from death row, it might just require some changes in lethal injection procedures and then executions might increase next year or so.”

Rights activists argue that lethal injections can be painful. During an execution, three drugs are administered to the condemned person: one to sedate him, one to paralyze him, and one to stop the heart.

However, this is not always done by a medical professional. While the prisoner may appear calm, several studies and botched executions have shown that death may in fact be prolonged and quite painful.

In Florida in December, Angel Nieves Diaz grimaced and shook for more than 30 minutes before finally suffering convulsions and dying.

Authorities later found that the needles were inserted too far and the lethal cocktail had been injected outside his veins.

In 2006, there were 53 executions in the United States, all but one through lethal injection.

Now though, executions appear to have been put on hold almost by default, apart from the controversial execution of Michael Richard in Texas, just hours after the Supreme Court’s decision.

This week the execution of a convicted murderer in Nevada was stayed at the 11th hour after an appeal by rights groups over the method of lethal injection to be used.

William Castillo had been due to be executed at 8:30 pm on Monday October 15 but was spared following a last-ditch legal bid by the American Civil Liberties Union to the Nevada Supreme Court.

In Virginia, Christopher Emmett won a reprieve late Wednesday just four hours before he was due to die for murdering a colleague.

The US Supreme Court ruled he could not be executed before his appeal had been considered by the federal Appeals Court. In fact, the federal court is unlikely to rule before the Supreme Court has delivered its own verdict on the constitutionality of lethal injections.

Amid such murky legal waters, the Supreme Court in Georgia on Thursday also postponed the scheduled execution of Jack Alderman, sentenced to death for murdering his wife in 1974.

And in other states the legal uncertainty has prompted governors and judges to stay all executions until the Supreme Court’s ruling.

But supporters of the death penalty say that this temporary suspension of the death penalty is likely to be short-lived, since the Supreme Court decision could lead to a resumption or even an acceleration of executions.

“The Supreme Court has never said that any form of execution was unconstitutional, and that includes firing squads and the electric chair,” said Michael Rushford, president of a victims’ defense group called the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.

“This is a side-show, it has created delays in executions. The court will uphold, maybe they’ll make some suggestions in the decision about trained personnel doing the lethal injections.

“And the result will be that this tactic which has been used on and off for about at least 5 years to hold up executions will be gone, so in the future, once this method of execution is verified as not unconstitutional, there will be little to stop the states from going ahead and executing their worst murderers.”

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.