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Date line September 29, 2008 and we still don't have a bailout bill for Wall Street and I say Thank God!!!!! I don't think we should bail out those thieves on Wall Street either because I don't think it's fair that my tax dollars and my grandchildren should have to be responsible for the bailout and repayment of the tax dollars if the bailout fails. Not only that but I think we should hold responsible for this mess those who helped create it both corporate CEO's and politicians alike.

First I think we should hold the Democratic Party itself responsible because without Bill Clinton and the Democratically controlled house and senate we would not have the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act) which is basically the birth place of Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae becoming the giants they were and forced them to give out these high risk loans to people who couldn't afford to pay them back.

Second I think we should hold responsible and prosecute the corporate honchos who were and are responsible for presiding over these outfits that committed these crimes against the American taxpayer, Scum like Franklin Raines and James Johnson who cooked the books to make it look like they were making a profit so they could get their insane bonus's and salaries while telling us lies.

Third we should go after and demand the resignations of senator Chris Dodd and Congressman Barney frank. These two men chair the committees in both houses of Congress that are responsible for regulating and oversight of these rogue corporations and looked the other way. by the way have I mentioned before that Chris Dodd received more money/contributions to his reelection campaign than any other politician. talk about a conflict of interest.

Congress was warned as far back as 2004 that this was going to happen and did nothing about it preferring to excoriate the very people who were supposed to monitor these companies and report back to them when they did find a problem which they did. congress was also warned by John McCain who introduced legislation that would have protected the American taxpayer and was shot down by the Democrats because they didn't want to lose their cash cow.

I don't care why the bailout bill didn't pass because as I'm sure you can guess I am totally against it anyway. I would like to thank Nancy Pelosi the Democrat house majority leader. Without whose very partisan speech after the debate on the house floor and before the vote we might actually have passed this abomination against the American tax payer and the free market both of which are not responsible for this mess anyway.

Have an awesome day my friends and CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Well here we are…it's Friday and still no bailout plan for Freddy Mac, Fanny Mae, and AIG. This doesn’t surprise me in the least bit and I personally don’t think they should bail out these companies anyway.

As far as John McCain and Barack Obama suspending their campaigns to go back to Washington to work on getting a deal done that everyone will agree to, I think this is impossible. So I am glad they decided to go ahead and have the debate and get the hell out of D.C.

I am much more interested in what they will have to say on foreign policy and national security; however I don’t think that the debate is going to be solely about those two topics now. I think we are going to have to listen to them talk about what they would do about this trouble on Wall Street if they were President. It doesn’t matter what they would or will do as president right now because neither one of them are the President.

I think if the Administration and Congress really want to do something about the economy and the trouble in the financial markets, then they should consider a stimulus package that actually will stimulate the economy for the long term and I have a real good idea for one.

A friend of mine sent me an email earlier this week which describes the idea I have and which inspired it. At first I thought the idea ludicrous but after looking at the figures and considering how I would do it, I came up with the Tim’s Economic Stimulus Package. Anyway thank you my friend who sent me the email…you know who you are.

Here is my idea.
1) Don’t even think about the idea of 700 billion dollars 85 billion dollars should do which is the same amount as the bailout for AIG by the way.
2) Divide the 85 billion dollars by the amount of US citizens over the Age of 18 and I mean all of them even those who are on public assistance and give it to them that will total about 450 thousand dollars approximately per person. They would have to agree to pay off all of their debts though before they can spend it or invest it or they don’t get the money.
3) Tax that money at a rate of 25% to 30% which will automatically go back to the government.
4) Nobody gets a tax refund check for at least 5 years.

The result of this kind of economic stimulus package would be felt over night. There would be tax revenue for the government so they wouldn’t feel like they were being left out. The Democrats and republicans would feel like they actually helped their constituents. There would be no outstanding big debt amongst the citizens of this great country. Retail sales would boom like it was the biggest Christmas ever. Wall Street would explode with new investments and capital and the free market would be stronger than ever. There would be no more government created corporations like Freddy Mac or Fannie Mae they are dead weight and would simply cease to exist. This is all good isn’t it?

Unfortunately this will never happen because they don’t really feel like helping John Q Public. This is because 99.998 percent of the politicians out there are greedy bastards. You can lump about the same amount of corporate CEO’s into that same category. What they all want is to keep the American people down and their boots firmly planted on our necks that way they can all feel good about being the people with power and in control of virtually every kitchen table decision we all have to make in our day to day lives.

Sorry about the rant there but all this just pisses me off, so I am going to stop now before I pop a blood vessel or 10. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend and I will see all of you on Monday, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Racism in Politics

I wrote a blog yesterday dealing with racism and that the only racism I saw was on the Democratic side of the Presidential race. I thought today I might write something about the two Presidential candidates going to Washington to help with the passing of a bi-partisan bill for the bailout of Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, and AIG, and whether or not their presence there other than as Senators would really matter.

However I saw this piece of news on one of the cable news networks and I could not believe my eyes or ears, or perhaps I should not be surprised. I heard another Democrat politician who is not only apparently a racist but black as well. Democrat Florida Representative Alcee Hastings made the racial comment at a panel discussion hosted by the Jewish Democratic Council.

At the event, Alcee Hastings warned two minority groups by saying of Sarah Palin “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much what they do with Jews and Blacks” a very racist comment. He went on to say “if Sarah Palin isn’t enough of a reason for you to get over whatever your problem is with Barack Obama, then you damn well had better pay attention”. Obviously this man is also a fear mongerer as well as a racist. Fortunately there are some within this mans party who do not condone the remarks he made today. Democrat Alabama Representative Artur Davis is one of those who denounced Hastings comments.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I would really like to know why all these racists are coming out of the wood work in the Democratic Party and why all of them seem to be black. I really am surprised that the party that claims to be for the people would tolerate individuals such as these within their ranks. Don’t forget the Democratic Party is the same party that also has West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd a former member of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan as one of their senior Senators. It seems to me that they can’t even decide on which ethnic group to hate.

That’s all I have to say on the subject today and I promise I will try to write about something else tomorrow. I hope you all have a great day, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Happy hump day my friends! I’m not going to talk about the economy today, although I know that’s what is on everyone’s mind right now. Today I’m going to discuss racism and racism in the Presidential campaign.

First let’s discuss racism and the mindsets of various groups on the subject. I will be the first one to say that racism is an ugly thing and I used to be one of the most racist people you have ever met. I know from a vast amount of experience that racism is still very prevalent in our society today. It isn’t just relegated to people in the south because I have travelled all over this country and have seen it everywhere from Minnesota to California to New York. Racism is not just assigned to one group of people or used against one group of people either.

For purposes of this post however I am going to use racism against blacks as the topic, bearing in mind that a lot of blacks have racist views as well against whites and Hispanics and I may touch on that. I will tell you that I know why people are capable of so much hate when it comes to color of the skin and the primary reason is fear.

With regard to black people there was not a lot of contact between blacks and the early Europeans who settled here and those in Europe. What contact there was, was limited to the African continent where they were in their natural habitat and in the islands of the Caribbean. In those settings they were viewed as savages due to the way they had to survive against the elements, land, and the other tribes they were at war with. Understandably this created fear in the Anglos who came into contact with them.

Unfortunately for the Africans these conditions also created an environment where the tribes who won battles and wars against opposing tribes could rid themselves of their enemies by selling the people whom they defeated into bondage and thereby created the slave trade and the Europeans were the perfect customers requiring cheap labor for their plantations and factories both on the dark continent and in the new world and Europe as well. While the Europeans still feared them on their own ground in chains and on the Europeans ground they were controllable and they lived like that for a couple of centuries before slavery was abolished. The sad truth though is that it was Africans who created the slave trade not the whites.

As a result of this, there is a lot of hate and mistrust between the black and white communities to this day and there is plenty of racism on both sides. I will add this one caveat though and that is that while the blacks may believe that they were oppressed, and I am sure they were, they have their own people to blame for that oppression not just whites.

Also I will tell you that when compared to another race of people here in the United States who was also oppressed they didn’t have it as bad as they. Those people are the Native American people. During the time of slavery in the US there was a concerted effort to wipe them out. Every treaty ever made with them was broken. They were removed from their ancestral homes onto reservations where living conditions were even more deplorable than most slave operated plantations and factories. It was even said that the only good Indian was a dead Indian because they weren’t even intelligent enough to learn basic social skills considered valuable by both whites and blacks. I think they are the ones who are entitled to compensation. I sympathize with the black community on the issue but let the blacks get compensation from the people who sold them in to slavery they are still in Africa.

With regard to racism in the Presidential campaign I have looked at all the web, TV, and print I could get my hands on and the only people I found who have inserted or attempted to insert race into the race is the Democrats. There have been no racial comments made by John McCain, his surrogates, or the Republican Party. Race wasn’t even mentioned until Barack Obama brought it up as an attempt to scare his supporters and the minority voters into supporting him based on race. Of course there was the Reverend Wright thing to but I think anyone with an ounce of common sense knows he’s an idiot and a racist anyway.

That’s all for today and I’m sorry it’s late but I hope you have all found it informational. I will see you all tomorrow. Have a great day, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Well here it is Tuesday already and we find that congress still doesn’t have the bill for the bailout of Freddy Mac, Fanny Mae, or AIG passed, but I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise. The President gets the bosses of the Fed and Treasury Hank Paulson and Ben Bernanke together at the White House to find out how to repair this current economic crisis and these guys work all weekend to get the work done and present it to Congress on Monday and the geniuses in control of both houses hold it up because they are not satisfied.

The reason that these politicians claim they are not satisfied is because they want more oversight, tighter regulation, and salary caps for the execs that are going to run things. What they are not telling you and I the American taxpayer is that they also want to load it up with a lot of pork (earmarks).

They want to put in things like a stimulus package and help for homeowners who are about to lose their homes. These are the same people who got outrageous home loans that they never could have paid back in the first place because they were low income high risk candidates for credit. Of course we the taxpayers will have to foot the bill to let them stay in a home they still can’t afford even after they get refinanced or what ever. This is just one example.

Then of course you have the respective candidates out stumping yesterday and running their mouths about what they would do about this particular problem. You have John McCain telling everyone he has a plan to deal with this crisis which he has gone to great lengths to discuss. Of course he also holds Barack Obama and the Democratic Party responsible for this mess we are in.

However I am not going to tell you he is wrong about the Democrats because three years ago he announced that this could and would happen with Fanny Mae and Freddy Mac and he introduced legislation to regulate and oversee these run away train wrecks waiting to happen and the Democrats shot the bill down. At the time Barack Obama wasn’t even in the US Senate so he had nothing to do with it. You can blame it on Senators Chris Dodd and Barney Frank though; it is their committees that allowed this to happen.

Then there is the anointed one, Barack Obama, telling everyone that John McCain has been in Washington for ever and has not even tried to do anything about this, which is a total falsehood. On top of which this guy doesn’t even have a plan in place to deal with the problem at hand although he has said that he spoke to Secretary of the Treasury Paulson and he is waiting to see what will happen. In the mean time he has as his financial advisors, two people who made tens of millions of dollars while working at Fanny Mae while all of those shenanigans were going on, and those two men are Franklin Raines and Jim Johnson. I think Obama should ask them to give back all the money they got while driving that federally created corporation into the ground…..yeah right!!!!!

As for the candidates plans or lack of plans to deal with this financial problem they don’t matter anyway because neither one of them is in the White House or in any kind of position to do anything about it anyway other than vote for or against the bill when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote. What congress ought to do is leave the bill as presented to them by Secretary Hank Paulson alone and just pass the damn thing, then get out of the way. As for oversight, I believe that Paulson is more than capable of appointing an oversight board that will actually be there to oversee these companies being bailed out.

That’s all for now I hope you all have found this post informative. It is all true but I urge you to research the subject yourself and decide what you believe. Have a great day, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

P.S. To Nancy Pelosi.....Yes the democrats are responsible for this problem because you created the monsters that fell!!!!!

Hello again friends. I hope you all are having a wonderful Monday morning. Today I'm posting a post that I previously posted on another blog, but after some thought, I really felt it was appropriate here too. So, here we go….I hope you enjoy.

As a father and as a father of a special needs child in particular, my ex and I were faced with some very tough decisions when we found out that our son was going to have Downs Syndrome. One of the options given to us by the doctors was abortion, which is a very serious action to consider, and for us it was never an option. In fact, it was never considered by me with regard to any of my kids.

Now the law says that the woman has the right to choose whether or not to have an abortion and while I am personally pro life, I could not in good conscience try to make that decision for someone who has to go through a pregnancy and the possible complications that go with it. However I can educate myself on the topic of abortion and here are a couple of facts.

1) More babies have been aborted in this country than all the Jews and non Jewish people that were exterminated by Adolph Hitler during the Second World War. Does this make abortion genocide?
2) Partial birth abortion takes the baby's life even after it has had a chance to draw a breath. Do you think this is humane?
3) If you are lucky enough to survive an attempted abortion the chances are the individual performing the procedure will still end your life. Is the doctor guilty of murder?

Now it is time for me to politicize this issue and I regret having to do it. As we all know John McCain is a pro life candidate and Barack Obama is a pro choice candidate. Do you remember when John McCain picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate? I do. There was such media frenzy and so much hate poured out against the woman, simply because she was brave enough to have a special needs child. People were saying that she should have had an abortion just because the baby was born differently than most other babies. All of those old pro choice hags just could not handle the fact that she made her choice because she chose life.

I even heard it said that Barack Obama made the offer to pay for Sarah Palin's daughter to have an abortion because he didn't think she should be punished at 17 by having a baby and I also found out the Barack Obama is for abortion in any form. I personally hope that he never really made that offer. After all, it is her choice…right?

That is all I have to write about for now and I hope I haven't offended anyone here by writing this blog. It is just a few facts and what I think and feel about the subject. I hope you enjoy the video and that you look at the faces in it carefully because they could have been your baby. Thanks to the law that we have now there are many more of these children aborted than are born and simply because they are different. I don't even want to go into how many healthy babies have been aborted. Have a great day, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Hello folks, I hope you all have had a good week and are looking forward to a little "you" time this weekend. Sorry I didn’t post yesterday but I had some business to take care of but it’s all good now and I’m good to go.

Today I want to talk a little bit about Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton, and partisanship. It seems that Hillary Clinton was invited to speak to an anti Iranian rally in New York City at the United Nations which is a good thing. It also seems that Sarah Palin was invited to the same rally…..also a good thing. The problem is that Hillary Clinton wasn’t told by the organizers that Sarah Palin was invited and in a fit cancelled her attendance at the rally.

This did not deter Sarah Palin from her wish to attend and speak at the event. However, in their infinite wisdom the knuckleheads who invited her over at Stop Iran Now Coalition disinvited her and removed her from the speakers list. This prompted spokes people on the republican side to say that this was done under pressure from Democratic partisans. Considering this lady could be the next Vice President it might have been a good idea to treat her with a little respect and let her speak because she might be a good person to have on your side.

While I think it is possible that some pressure was brought to bear by agents of the Democratic Party I find it highly unlikely. I just think that the folks over at Stop Iran Now are just stupid. As for Hillary Clinton dropping out I just think she didn’t want to be upstaged by Sarah Palin and that prompted her decision not partisanship.

With regard to the idea behind the rally I think it is a great idea. Iran and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are certainly a threat to Israel and if they get a nuclear weapon they will be a threat to us and our other allies as well. This most definitely should not be a partisan issue and I think both Clinton and Palin should have attended and spoke out against Iran. But now it seems the whole thing has been politicized by Clinton whether it was intended or not…how stupid.

Well that’s it for today and this week. I will see all of you next week, so have an awesome weekend, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Good day to all of my friends out there in the real world as well as on the internet. I was trying to figure out what to write today and frankly the only thing that is still on my mind is this mortgage problem we have right now. I know I wrote about it already this week so I’m not going to write about it again today. However a friend of mine sent me this excerpt from an article that was published in Investors Business Daily September 10th, 2008. I have done some fact checking and find the information in the article to be 100% factual and I think it is worth reading so I’m posting it here for all of you to check out.

the domestic side, Carter gave us inflation of 15%, the highest in 34 years; interest rates of 21%, the highest in 115 years; and a severe energy crisis with lines around the block at gas stations nationwide.

In 1977, Carter, along with a Democrat Congress, created a worthy project with noble intentions—the Community Reinvestment Act. Over strong industry objections, it mandated that all banks meet the credit needs of their entire communities.

In 1995, President Clinton imposed even stronger regulations and performance tests that coerced banks to substantially increase loans to low-income, poverty-area borrowers or face fines or possible restrictions on expansion. These revisions allowed for securitization of CRA loans containing subprime mortgages.

By 1997, good loans were bundled with poor ones and sold as prime packages to institutions here and abroad. That shifted risk from the loan originators, freeing banks to begin pyramiding and make more of these profitable subprime products.

Under two young, well-intended presidents, therefore, big-government plans and mandates played a significant role in the current subprime mortgage mess and its catastrophic consequences for the U.S. and international economies.

Hardest-hit by the mortgage foreclosures have been the citizens that Democrats always claim to help most—inner-city residents who fell victim to low or no down payment schemes, unexpected adjustable rates, deceptive loan applications and commission-hungry salespeople.

Now we're having to bail out at huge cost Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the very agencies that were supposed to stabilize the system. In time, this should improve the situation. But the party of Carter and Clinton that midwifed our mortgage mess now wants to be trusted to take over and have the government run our entire system of health care!

It really is quite interesting isn’t it? These Presidents represent the party that says they will fix the problems we are having with the mortgage business right now. What do they think we want? 4 more years of the same 12 years that gave us this trouble, I don’t think so. Now we have to bail out AIG for more than 80 billion dollars because their trouble is related to the current crisis as well. What was the government thinking when they got involved in the business of business instead of the business of the people? See all of you guys tomorrow, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Aloha to all my internet ohana today. I am glad to see that you all have been eagerly awaiting my Tuesday blog post. Today’s blog is about the energy bill that will be voted on in the House of Representatives tomorrow and later in the Senate. I think you will find this very interesting so lets get started.

On Wednesday September 17th 2008 the House of Representatives is going to vote on an energy bill that includes solar, nuclear, geothermal, wind, bio fuels, and oil. I think it is a good idea to have an energy bill that will include all of these options. The problem I have with the bill is that while it opens up areas for exploration and drilling on the outer continental shelf it will impose a ban on drilling where the bulk of the oil is located.

The new bill introduced to the House of Representatives will open up new areas for oil production which is true. The problem is it will also impose a permanent ban on drilling where the oil is most abundant. The ban will be against drilling anywhere within 50 miles of the coastline of the US out to 100 miles. All new drilling will be allowed beyond the 100 miles. The problem is that the bulk of the oil resides within the 50 mile area proposed to be banned roughly 88% of the oil deposits we know about. There is enough oil in this area to match the oil purchased from Saudi Arabia for at least 20 years.

They say the reason for the ban is one of environmental and ecological concern. One of the most notable events cited for the concern is the 1969 oil spill of the coast of Santa Barbara California which was in truth an ecological disaster causing wide spread damage to the coastal area and marine environment. The Exxon Valdez incident is also another event that has been frequently referenced.

Current numbers indicate that it is almost impossible for these kinds of spills to occur with off shore drilling because of the advancements in technology and the safeguards we now have in place. The experts say that the mostly likely event that would cause this sort of crisis would come from oil tankers that have sustained some sort of hull damage that allowed a leakage to happen.

Another fact that no one seems to be expressing here is that more oil enters the ocean from seepage through the ocean floor than from spills involving oil drilling platforms. The numbers indicate that less than 1% of all oil that gets into the marine environment comes from these platforms and that the rest come from seepage that occurs when there is to much pressure below the surface of the ocean floor. Experts suggest that by drilling the pressure would be greatly relieved and that there would be even less seepage.

Senator Dick Durbin (Democrat Illinois) says that he doubts when the bill coming before the house reaches the senate that it would even pass especially with the bans being proposed in the bill. He also stated that there are two other bills as well and that neither one of them is likely to pass either. Political commentators and experts believe that the Democrats in the senate will let the bans expire and hope that if Obama gets elected to the Presidency they will have the opportunity to remedy that problem. The reason being that most of the bans are put in place through spending bills which the senate does not have coming before it before the general election.

Now I will tell you that I personally don’t understand why you would open the OCS to new exploration and drilling and then ban drilling where the oil the most abundant. You might as well just keep buying oil overseas at exorbitant prices because the cost to produce it here would not be worth effort for so little. With regard to ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) I haven’t even heard a thing about that in this new bill and we should be drilling there to. As usual I just report the facts but you have to decide for yourself. I will see all of you tomorrow have a wonderful day, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

G’day mates, I hope you all have had a great weekend. I’m sorry I didn’t post Friday but life caught up with me and I got real busy. However I’m back today and ready to go. Today I’m going to talk about the economy a little bit and the mortgage crisis and the current crisis on Wall Street. What do you say…let’s get started.

First let’s talk a little bit about the stock market. Today we saw the stock Dow close down more than 500 points on the day. The reason this occurred is because of some rather disturbing news regarding Lehman Brothers filing chapter 11 bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch selling out to the Bank of America for about half of what they were worth a year ago, as well as AIG stock plummeting 60%. As a result you have both parties screaming that the stock market needs tighter controls or more regulation which is their code for saying that the free market economy is responsible, which just isn’t true.

The Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae bail outs are yet another problem to contend with. These mortgage lenders were encouraged to make loans to low income families who other wise would not have been able to afford a home, although they were sub prime mortgages. They were encouraged to do this by the congress and as a result when the people they had loaned the money to could no longer pay their mortgages they were stuck with the notes. Then the Fed was motivated by the administration that was prompted by the senate and the house to bail them out. This also has contributed to what we are seeing on Wall Street today. A lot of the problem is also the fact that these companies are primarily run by liberals who were buying votes and using the public's cash register to further their own careers and fatten their wallets.

The President and John McCain have both said the basic fundamentals of our economy are sound and they are right, and Barack Obama would have you believe otherwise of course. Look at the facts though. Unemployment is still the lowest that it has ever been in our history, the GDP (gross domestic product) is way up, and the dollar is fairly strong. These are just some of the indicators that back up their claims that the fundamentals of our economy are strong.

With regard to the stock market according to the experts what we are seeing are offsets in the market. The market is down only 4%, so this is not 1987 crisis where the market was down 27%... there is not going to be a crash. One of the reasons the market is down 4% is because people have been taking out their profits and moving them to safer investments. Today has been indicative of a lot of money moving around the market. This is also proof that the fundamentals of our economy are still sound and that it is strong.

With regard to Freddy Mac and Fanny Mae I think the special prosecutor should get involved and go after the people responsible for what happened. They nailed Ken Lay (Enron) and Bernie Ebbers (WorldCom) to the wall and sent them to jail. I think they should do that to the people responsible for the mortgage problem too. The reason nobody is going to jail is because these are the politicians who were getting big money from these companies and the executives who run these companies. It is public record that they are mostly liberals and liberal democrats and the dems control both houses of congress right now and are not going to go after their cash cows.

Now I can’t force you to believe what I have said here today but if you do some research and not just read what the politician’s political machines have to say you will see I have told you the truth. These problems are not the fault of the free market economy or capitalism but of too much government. You all have a good day and I’ll see you again soon, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Howdy ya’ll I hope this finds all of you having a terrific Thursday. I know that today is the anniversary of 09/11/2001 however I will not be politicizing the terrible event that took place this day 7 years ago. I will pose this question to all of you though. If we were attacked again in that or some lesser fashion, who would you want defending you against someone who only understands violence? An elitist, diplomatic, poodle, or a warrior pitbull? For me my choice is simple. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way what do you say we get down to discussing the last part of the O’Reilly/Obama interview?

The 1st part of the interview was on the subject of energy. Bill queried Obama on the nuclear power citing France and Sweden as examples of countries who use nuclear power successfully and asked Obama why no nuclear power plants. Obama said that he was not against nuclear power contrary to opinion. They also discussed drilling in ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) which Obama is against and O’Reilly is obviously for.

The 2nd part of the interview was on our national security interest abroad. Afghanistan was the 1st place Bill brought up telling Obama that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) did not even fight there except for the French and asked Obama why the Germans would not fight. Obama said the reason that NATO and Germany did not fight there is because we had weakened our relationship with the German people and NATO with the war in Iraq. They next discussed Russia attempting to assert its influence over the countries that immediately border Russia like Georgia. They also talked about the missile shield in Poland which Russia opposes saying it is being deployed against them. O’Reilly and Obama both agreed that Russia knows that the shield is not aimed at them and that it is just political posturing on their part. Obama also said he would keep the missile shield there providing it worked.

All in all I would have to say that this 4 part interview was a good interview and fair and balanced to. I would also have to say that it showed me two very important things about Barack Obama 1 that he has given some thought to his positions and 2 that he is weak. I think that O’Reilly was right to keep Obama on track with the topics they discussed and not to let him ramble on or spin. As usual I am going to put the link for the interview at the bottom of the post so you can watch it for yourself. I also hope you enjoy the video and never forget. Have a wondrous day, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Good day my friends. I hope this finds you all happy, wise, healthy, and wealthy. It is time for the Wednesday installment of Simple Man Politics and we are going to discuss part 3 of the O’Reilly/Obama interview which is about Obama’s associations with radicals and racists.

The first association that they discussed was Obama’s association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Obama indicated that the relationship between them was as pastor and a member of the congregation. He told O’Reilly that he joined a church to worship God and that all that stuff about Wright being his spiritual mentor he had consistently discussed in the past. He stated that he hadn’t heard Wright make any offensive statements. It should be pointed out though that Wright was selling recordings of his preaching’s in the lobby of his church. You would have to wonder how Obama never heard of Wrights beliefs in all the time he attended his church. Obama went on to add that the relationship had been ruptured and he was no longer a member of the church. As for Father Phleger, he met him while doing work in the community same as Wright.

Their next topic of conversation was the relationship between Obama and Ayres, which Obama accused O’Reilly of hyping. Obama stated that their friendship went no further than the fact that they served together on the board of the Woods Foundation. He also stated that the bombings by the Weather Underground, Bill Ayers, and his wife occurred when he was 8 years old. Obama went on to say that just because he knew Ayers and worked with him did not mean he supported his views. O’Reilly mentioned a youth crime bill that was being lobbied which would have given juvenile violent offenders adult prison time after the second offense.

Personally I can’t hold Obama responsible for what someone did when he was 8 years old. However I can hold him responsible for the associations and relationships he chooses to cultivate. I honestly do not believe that you can attend a pastor’s church for 20 years and not know his religious and personal views especially when he was rumored to be Obama’s spiritual mentor.

On the subject of Bill Ayers I personally think that Obama was well aware of Ayers beliefs and should have distanced himself form Ayers from the start. I will not be comfortable with a President who has had a relationship with a terrorist.

As far as Father Phleger is concerned I believe anyone who thinks that Farrakhan is a great man is on some sort of hallucinogenic and is in serious need of rehab and re-education. Farrakhan is the ultimate racist and anti-Semite.

I’m not telling you who or what to believe because you have to figure that out for yourself. For me, the choice is easy. It’s either a war hero patriot or a socialist subversive and I pick the war hero patriot. That's just good simple politics for me. I will see you guys tomorrow to discuss tonight’s part 4 of the O’Reilly/Obama interview which is the last part of the interview. The link for the interview is at the bottom of the post. Have a good night, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Sorry for being so late with today’s post but it’s been a heck of a day. This week I’m covering the Obama and O’Reilly interview on Fox News. Today’s post is about this past Monday’s interview part 2. What do you say we get this over with?

Part 2 of the O’Reilly/Obama interview was about the economy and taxes. Obama and O’Reilly had a somewhat spirited conversation on the subject. O’Reilly stated to Obama that the government derived 20% more revenue under Bush than it did under Bill Clinton. Obama said this was due to economic growth which O’Reilly then stated that the economy grew 19% more with Bush than it did under Clinton. Obama said that while there was growth in the economy it under Bush it was not as great as it was in the 90’s under Clinton. Obama also said that the problem was that wages for people did not go up and that was because of corporate profits going to the top one tenth of one percent of wealthy people. O’Reilly stated that the reason the wages didn’t increase was because of the 10 million immigrants in the country most of them illegal.

Next O’Reilly and Obama discussed the marginal tax rate and how it would go up from 36% under Bush back to where it was under Clinton at 39% for people in O’Reilly and Obama’s level of income. Obama also said that he would be giving tax cuts to 95% of Americans which would be three times as many under McCain.

They discussed the capital gains tax as well. O’Reilly pointed out that Obama would raise the capital gains tax up to between 25% and 28% where upon Obama said that he would go up to 20% which O’Reilly agreed was far considering the capital gains tax was currently 15%. Obama stated as well that the only way he saw to make things right would be across the board tax hikes rather than to continue to borrow and pass it on to the next generation.

I’m not sure if either one of these gentlemen made their case entirely. I will tell you that after watching this interview I’m sure O’Reilly had it right when he said that Obama’s ideas had the appearance of being socialist and I’m not a socialist. I am including the link at the bottom of my post for you to watch the interview and you can decide for yourself. Tomorrow we will take a look at part 3 of the interview and see what Obama has to say about his past associations with Reverend Wright and Bill Ayers. Have a great evening and I will see you guys tomorrow, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Good day to all of my friends out there. It’s Monday and we all know what that means…it means that it is time for another installment of your Simple Man Politics. Today’s post will be mercifully short compared to some of the marathon posts I have put up in the past, so lets get started, we’re burning daylight.

Today we are going to talk about the pre convention poll numbers and what they actually mean or should I say don’t mean. Let’s start with Barack Obama and the Democratic National Convention. After the DNC, Obama received a 5 point bounce in his poll numbers last Tuesday vaulting him out in front of McCain - 49% to McCain’s 43%. In the Gallop poll conducted by the Republican Party, Obama hit 50% for the first time in the election while McCain dropped to 42%. A 5 point convention bounce in the polls is not uncommon and was to be expected for Barack Obama.

John McCain over took Obama for the first time in the polls after the Republican National Convention according to the USA Today Gallup poll Where he received a 5 to 6 point bounce. These numbers are right in line with historical expectations. The Today’s Gallop poll includes some reporting from prior to McCain’s acceptance speech. As of Sunday Rasmussen’s daily tracking poll indicates that with the leaners included that McCain and Obama are tied at 48% and that Obama’s lead has been erased.

The Nielsen Media Research also reported that RNC earned more than 34.5 million television viewers while the DNC earned approximately 30.2 million television viewers giving the RNC 4 million more viewers than the RNC which is incredible considering the types of conventions we saw from the respective parties. The DNC was definitely the big show seemingly like the Academy Awards and the RNC was more like a big town hall meeting so you would have thought the numbers would have been reversed.

Now basically what all of this means, as far as the polls go, is that the bounces in the polls were normal and to be expected, although in McCain’s case I do believe that Sara Palin as an addition to the ticket might have done a lot for the RNC viewership and McCain’s bounce in the polls. I do believe however that as the days and weeks move toward November 4th that the race and the numbers will tighten up considerably unless one of the candidates really screws up and falls out of favor with their party base or fails to appeal to the independent vote.

That is all I have to say for now other than to tell you what you already know, and that is that you have to decide for yourself who you will support. A person who commented on one of my blogs named Gladys said correctly that if you are at least 18 years of age or new to this country then please register to vote and then VOTE!!!!! I will also be posting more often now that the conventions are done and we are inside 60 days till the election so keep your eyes peeled for more of my posts in the coming weeks. I hope you like the video to. Have a great day and CIAO4NOW!!!!!

Well here we are. Its Friday again and we have made it through another week thank God!!!!! But as is usual for me on Friday I have to write about what has happened on the political scene in the last couple of days. Luckily for me we have had the end of the Republican National Convention and part one of Barack Obama’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, which was interesting I might add. On that note let’s start with Obama’s interview last night.

Yesterday Barack Obama sat down for an interview with Bill O’Reilly the host of Fox News Channels the O’Reilly Factor. The interview will be aired in four parts with part one being aired last night. The interview seemed to be on the war on terror and was remarkably well done and O’Reilly was at the top of his game and he kept Obama from trying to spin or make the interview about his talking points. They discussed everything from the Iraq war, Afghanistan, and Iran to the problem of getting Pakistan to do its share in the terror war. In the interview Obama stated that the troop surge in Iraq had worked which surprised me. He said the surge had worked not just because of the soldiers we have over there but because of the Sunni awakening in the Anbar province by way of example.

He also went on to say that we need more resources in Afghanistan to bring security and stability to that country. He was very candid about Pakistan being a part of that problem by not going after Taliban and Al Qaeda personnel and bases in the tribal areas and stated that we should withhold military aid until Pakistan does what it agreed to do instead of using our military aid to prepare for war with India.

On the subject of Iran Obama stated that if Iran obtained nuclear weapons it would be a game changer which sounds good but I have no idea what that means. He did say however that all options for dealing with Iran are on the table military, diplomatic, and economical although he did stop short of saying he would prepare for the military option citing it as inappropriate for either McCain, or himself to tip their hands has to their Presidential policies towards Iran during their campaigns for the White House.

Last evening John McCain gave his acceptance speech at the RNC. (Republican National Convention) The speech followed a video biography of John McCain narrated by actors Robert Davi and Fred Thompson. The speech was remarkably well written and delivered. The polling this morning showed that McCain’s acceptance speech had 500,000 more viewers than Obama’s and that according to the ABC tracking poll McCain and Obama are now neck and neck after McCain’s convention points bounce. John McCain really made the case for why the McCain-Palin ticket is the right choice for America in this election, citing both his military and legislative experience and Palin’s administrative experience. He also did a very good job of describing his economic and energy policies, and how he would deal with national defense and the war on terror. I don’t really believe that John McCain is out of touch with the blue collar kitchen table issues that most of the voting public are dealing with and worried about.

Also it seems that my Wednesday post was somewhat offensive to some readers and for this I apologize. However if the press and the Republicans had treated Hillary Clinton the way the Democrats had treated Sarah Palin I would have reacted the same way I did in that post. I wrote nothing in that post that was not true and I will not apologize for my words or actions. As for people’s disappointment or anger at what I said I can’t please everybody no matter how hard I try. I said what I said and there is no taking it back so it is time to move on.

In closing that is all I have for today but I will be back on Monday with political commentary and I hope you all will continue to read my blogs. and enjoy the video. Have a wonderful weekend,

Hello to all my friends out there on the web, I hope you all had a great weekend and Labor Day. Considering that the Republican National Convention is going on right now I would more than likely be doing a blog post on that, but since the convention didn’t start on Monday as it should have due to Hurricane Gustav, and the fact that last nights convention was what everyone expected with the exception of Lieberman’s speech, which by the way I thought was really good. I’m going to write about Sarah Palin a little more, and about some of the happenings on the periphery of the convention.

First off let’s start with Sarah Palin. We all know that she is the Governor of Alaska, married, mother of five, and now the Republican Vice Presidential nominee of John McCain. We are also aware that her infant son has Downs Syndrome and that her daughter Bristol is five months pregnant by her boyfriend Levy a local hockey star and self proclaimed "redneck." What exactly does all this mean or have to do with her decision to accept McCain’s offer to be his VP nominee pick, not a DAMN thing. All it means is that the left is scared witless about a woman on the Republican ticket when they couldn’t get one on their ticket.

You have people like that pond scum Michael Moore calling for a paternity test to prove the child is hers and not her daughters. How can it be her daughters baby when she is five months pregnant already, Moore really is the class dunce. Then of course there is Alan Colmes the leftist part of Hannity and Colmes saying in his blog that Sarah Palin is the reason that the child is Downs. That is not the way it works, and I should know because I have a 16 year old Downs Syndrome son…what a pig that Colmes is. So much for these people being pro choice because it seems to me that Palin and family have made their choices, they just didn’t choose abortion, what a novel idea.

Of course there is also all the attack ads from the far left leaning 527’s like Move On who are questioning her commitment and experience, as well as the Democratic Party, and Barack Obama. Barack Obama says he has more administrative experience because his campaign employs more staff and has a bigger budget than she did as mayor of Wasilla Alaska, well what about her staff of 24,000 and her budget of 11 billion as Governor of Alaska? Some how I don’t think that Obama’s campaign is bigger than that! As far as the "bridge to no where" is concerned, I don’t care if she was for it before she was against it, because when it counted she dumped the project, and didn’t take the money which was the right thing to do. She has had to face more criticism of her life, values, and family than if she were a man.

No one even mentions the fact that right after the car accident where Joe Biden lost loved ones that he returned to work almost immediately, or the fact that he lost his Presidential bid because of plagiarism. The left wing nuts and their surrogates are some of the most sexist and hateful people I have ever seen. They call themselves the party for change but they really are just elitist pigs, and the McCain/[Palin ticket and the Republican party are the ones that are for change.

Now I’m going to talk about some of the stuff that has been going on during the Republican National Convention. If you think back to the DNC last week, the republicans and their supporters/demonstrators behaved civilly with little or no trouble made for the law enforcement community while they were there, they just used their efforts to counter the Democrats in the media, and publicly outside the convention. However outside the RNC the demonstrators have gone mad with hate and fear. They have destroyed private as well as public property, attacked the law enforcement officers, and have cause nothing but a lot of civil unrest and hurt the business people. These criminals claim to be in support of the people but all they do is hurt innocent people and make their lives harder with their violence. There have been 300 arrests alone with regard to RNC Welcoming Committee or whatever they call themselves, but make no mistake they are anarchists.

I am sorry if I got off on a rant here a little bit today I really try not to do that, but it enrages me when these types of injustices occur. I hope you all have a fantastic day and I will see you on Friday for the post RNC wrap up, enjoy the video, CIAO4NOW!!!!!

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