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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Just makes me sick

I listened to some of Hillary Clinton's speech tonight and I have to say that I had to quit. I couldn't listen to the term "four more years" again. These people, the Democrats, truly have no clue as to what they have done.

She talks about economic stagnation. What she fails to realize is that the economy was growing until the Democrats got control of the Congress.

She talks about less war and more diplomacy. What she fails to acknowledge is that the terrorists brought the war here. To OUR HOME! If we hadn't taken the war to their soil then we would just be open to more attacks here. As a matter of fact, if we don't do anything to close our borders then we will still be open to attacks.

She says that Obama will make the economy grow and allow all of us to keep lower bills, afford our homes and have a little bit left over each month. If Obama has his way, this is the exact opposite that will happen. He will raise taxes which will take more money out of our pockets. Even if our income taxes don't go up, he promises to raise taxes on those who make over $250,000. These are the people who hire us. If they have less money, they will hire less. Why is that so hard to understand? If you raise taxes on the people who produce the products, then they will pass that down the line as part of their expenses. That takes more money out of our pockets. They will also send jobs overseas to lower their costs. Is this what we really want?

Like I said, I had to stop listening. I just couldn't take it any more.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Michelle Obama

I know that it has been a couple of days since I have blogged, but, I had to contain myself until the Democratic Convention started. I am, as I type, listening to the introductions for Michelle Obama.

Her mom says that she hopes that America gets to know the girl that they raised. We have. She is a hypocrite. She is supposed to be part of community outreach for the hospital that she is being paid by. This is the same hospital that turns people away if they do not have private health insurance.

Alright, here we go. Michelle Obama is talking about how the USA should be a place where people who are willing to work should be able to realize their dreams. But, with Barack's tax plan of re-distributing wealth will keep people dependent on the Welfare system who are not willing to go to work. People who don't work because they will actually lose money.

She actually mentioned the military. The very same people who Obama refused to talk to while he was in Iraq. He did not talk to anyone who wasn't in charge. He rushed through, past the men and women who fight for this country and only spoke to people with high rank. He refused to go and see the men and women at the hospital in Germany because the Pentagon would not allow his cameras. He was told he could visit, but no cameras were allowed. He refused to go. Then she went on to say that Obama has worked in the Senate to ensure that the troops come home, not only with medals and parades, but with good jobs and benefits. Obama hasn't done a thing in the Senate. He has spent most of his time on the campaign trail.

She also said that they will work towards getting health care available for all Americans. Last time I looked, health care was available for all Americans. What they want is socialized medicine. It doesn't work where ever it is tried. Look at Great Britain. Look at Canada. The people in these countries that can afford it, try and come to the USA to get their health care. Why can't people get that through their skulls?

I actually watched this speech on CNN. First of all, the commentaries are going on through the closing prayer. Bad move. Then they are talking about how the Obamas want us to know them. They feel like the American people do not know them. Well, guess what. America would know the Obamas if they were open to letting people find out about what they have done in their past. They are only telling us what they want us to know. They don't want us to know everything. They don't want us to know how Barack Obama worked hand in hand with Bill Ayers for five years. Or, how they sat the church in which Rev. Wright preached his anti-American sermons from the pulpit for 20 yrs. They don't want us to know that kind of stuff.

I think I have babbled on long enough for now. I am sure there will be other things this week that will get my blood boiling.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

You have got to be kidding

I just saw a commercial for Barack Obama. It said that McCain was wanting to send billions of dollars over to Iraq for oil. It also says that McCain backed Bush's economic plans 95% of the time. The last thing it said was that McCain wants to continue to spend $10billion a month on the war in Iraq.

I don't think that Obama's campaign has been paying too much attention to what has been going on.

As far as the war in Iraq goes, this is just one battle ground on the War on Terror, and no one wants to spend any more money or, more importantly, lives than we have to to ensure our victory is sustained there. McCain supports this war because it needs to be fought. We can't just pull out of Iraq like some people want us to. It would let utter chaos reign over in the Middle East. It would allow Iran to just come on into Iraq and be the richest country over there. And we know how they feel about us. Besides, didn't we just reach an agreement with Iraq to begin pulling the majority of our troops out? Granted, that agreement does allow for troops to remain in Iraq to help with security, but it does include a flexible target date for the withdrawal. So, what is Obama flapping about? Isn't this what the democrats have been whining about for the past year? These people can never be happy unless the idea comes from them.

Now for the oil issue. Isn't McCain the one who has been saying that we need to drill for our own oil here? I believe that he said that at Saddleback again. Very emphatically. McCain also says that we need to explore other forms of energy. He supports nuclear power, which, by the way, is not anywhere nearly as bad as everyone seems to think it is. The Navy has been operating nuclear power plants for 50 years with no major issues. Obama wants us to get totally off oil. He says he will support limited drilling, but truly wants us to get off the oil. I have said it before, we need to attack this issue on all fronts.

As far as supporting Bush's economic plan, shoot yes he should have. At Saddleback he stated that he doesn't wish to raise anybody's taxes. Bush allowed us to keep more of the money we earn each and every day. So, yes, I support them too. Obama has stated over and over again that he wishes to raise taxes. He wants to raise taxes on the "Big Oil Companies". What he doesn't seem to realize is that this would do nothing but raise the high price of gas that we are already paying. Companies consider all of their expenses when they set their prices. Taxes are an expense. Why is it so hard to understand this seemingly simple idea? He says he will only raise taxes on the rich. Well, when asked what income made someone rich, Obama said $250,000. McCain said that there were a lot of people who work 12 to 16 hours a day that would be considered rich and then jokingly said $5million.

I know for a fact, that Obama will lead this country in a way that would make us more vulnerable than we will ever have been. Just look at everything that has gone on this past 1 1/2 years. Pelosi and Reid both said that the war in Iraq was not winnable, already lost. We are sustaining our WIN. Pelosi called a recess and walked out of the House of Representatives with a call for a vote on off shore drilling being called for. She doesn't care about us. She has even said that it is her job to save the world and that Obama was sent by God. Obama has a record that is far more liberal than either of these two people. As far as saving the world, since when is it one person's job. God made the earth and it has been around a lot longer than we have. Only He has the power to save or destroy it. I am getting tired of this "holier than thou" attitude that most democrats seem to have. They are no better than any of the rest of us. Enough said.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

You Decide

Remember that slogan? You decide......and what ever year it is. Well, this is my version.

I just read a story about Obama that I think everyone in America should know. I haven't heard or read this in any "main stream" media. I found it on NewBusters while I was looking at something about the Saddleback Church interviews and the "cone of silence" that the Obama campaign is claiming was broken (i.e. McCain cheated and was able to hear the questions and answers before he went on stage). I am not going to waste my time with this, because, even though I acknowledge the fact preachers are human, I tend to believe what he is telling us and McCain did not know any more questions than Obama did before he went on stage. In fact, Obama was actually given one more question than McCain.

So, with that said, let's look at something that Obama has been claiming for the past 6 years, just to have his campaign admit that he has been lying the whole time. This is his record on abortion. And how he voted, while he was a senator in the Illinois State Senate, on something called the Born Alive Infants Protection (BAIP) act.

According to NewBusters, Obama said that he voted against BAIP because it didn't have the Federal "neutrality clause", otherwise, he would have voted for it. In fact, that very clause was put into the bill in question by the very committee for which Obama was the chair. That's right, he was the leader of the committee that put the very clause that he says wasn't in the bill.

This story first broke on NewBusters on August 13. In an August 16 interview, Obama actually said that anyone who doubts his word on his BAIP vote is a liar. The very same day that the interview aired, Obama's campaign came out with a statement in the New York Sun:

"His campaign yesterday acknowledged that he had voted against an identical bill in the state Senate, and a spokesman, Hari Sevugan, said the senator and other lawmakers had concerns that even as worded, the legislation could have undermined existing Illinois abortion law. Those concerns did not exist for the federal bill, because there is no federal abortion law."

Now, this man has claimed for six years that the clause did not exist in the bill that he voted against. This is a bill that protects the rights of all infants born alive. Even those who are born as a result of an induced abortion. He voted against it.

So, on top of supporting the Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal, which by the way, goes against what he says he believes in, he even supports not protecting the rights of babies that are born alive due to the induction of abortion.

How can he possibly believe that he will win America's vote when he totally supports something that goes against his core beliefs? He's a hypocrite, that's how. He also has a sense of privilege.

How can this man get away with lying for six years and the media doesn't even have a story about it? They can't admit that they are just as far out left as he is. The favoritism that is being shown is so obvious it isn't even funny anymore.

When I read things like this, I just get so mad that this man's past sure seems to be off limits by the media. Anything that would make him look bad is not shown or covered. I will even go as far as believe that the only reason the whole interview at Saddleback was shown, was because people thought he would win with now problem. But, as I have pointed out before, the man can not put a coherent thought together on his own. If he is speaking off the cuff, he hims and haws like nobody's business and does everything he can to avoid the question altogether.

Is this really someone we want leading our country?

Monday, August 18, 2008

Way to go Kobe

Now, I will be the first one to admit that Kobe Bryant is not one of my favorite people. I think that he got too popular too fast and that people expect too much out of him. I even think that people around him have filled his head with the idea that he is the best and that no one can touch him. I believe that this is what drove the infidelity that occurred so publicly a couple of years ago.

Let us look at the interview he had with Cris Collinsworth during the Olympics. Mr. Collinsworth asked him where his patriotism comes from.

Kobe answered, "Well, you know, its just our country is, we believe, the greatest country in the world. Its given us so many great opportunities, and it's just a sense of pride you have, that you say, "You know what? Our country is the best.""

Mr. Collinsworth retorts with, "Is that a cool thing to say in this day and age, that you love your country and your fighting for the red, white, and blue? It seems like sort of a day gone by."

WHAT??!!!!! Are you kidding me? This is exactly what Obama told that little 7 year old that asked him why he wanted to be president. Why would you even make a comment like that to an athlete that is in a communist country representing the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

Thank goodness for Kobe. He answered, "Nah, it's a cool thing for me to say. You know, I feel great about it and I'm not ashamed to say it. This is a tremendous honor."

Good for him. Some people don't get it. Liberals don't get it. Democrats don't get it. People are proud of this country. The majority of the people in this country KNOW that we have the greatest place in the world in which to live. They KNOW that although we do make mistakes, we DO NOT go around telling the rest of the world that we are ashamed of this country.

Does Cris Collinsworth even know why we have professional basketball players on our international teams? We never used to. It used to be college players that got to play in these games. We always won. Then the rest of the world got better. Top players from other countries started coming over here to play professionally. So, then our college players were playing against professionals. Then the unthinkable happened. We started losing. Other countries were starting to brag about how they were beating the Americans. So, we decided to go ahead and send our best players. We put together the Dream Team. Remember Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and the rest of the gang? The rest of the world didn't even have a chance. In the last couple of years, the teams that were put together were there for all the wrong reasons. The players were so used to being the #1 player on their NBA teams that they couldn't play together. Now, we have a team that is playing as a team, they call them the Redeem Team, and they are kicking some serious butt. They have made it all the way through the pool play undefeated with an average winning margin of over 31 points.

So, yes, when I have watched these guys play, they are there together, to restore the United States on top of the basketball world where we belong. They show that they are proud to be there representing this country. They are watching other sports and cheering our athletes on.

The fact that he even had the audacity to ask this question should be insulting to the very being of every red blooded AMERICAN!!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What a night

I know, this is two in one day, but, a lot went on last night. I had to separate these two posts because one truly has nothing to do with the other.

Did any of you catch the interviews of Barrack Obama and John McCain last night? In case you didn't, Pastor Rick Warren, author of Purpose Driven Life, sat down with each candidate, separately, and asked them the same questions. Obama went first while McCain was in a room where he could not hear the questions. Then McCain came out, they had a photo op with both candidates and then it was McCains turn.

I will have to tell you something, I was impressed with how McCain answered decisively and with confidence. Obama stammered his way through the majority of the questions.

When asked when human rights begin, McCain very quickly and sternly answered at the moment of conception. Obama said that that decision was above his pay grade. And then went on to talk about a lot of different things. He avoided the question entirely. As a matter of fact, there were several questions that he totally avoided with long winded speeches. This has been his pattern, he says a lot of words to say nothing at all.

This was one of the best things I heard all night, when asked what was one piece of legislation that he stood for, even though it was not in his own self interest and went against the party Obama actually said Campaign finance reform. This man had the audacity to sit up there and say that he pushed to get reform in Campaign finance when he, just recently, opted out of the financing so that he could make his money privately. He says that too many politicians have lobbyists and big companies financing their campaigns when he, when he has the opportunity to support this point of view, he turns his back on it because he can make more money privately. No kidding!!

Last but not least, I would like to point out something that everyone who watched might not have caught. Since both candidates are stating they are Christians, this question was not out of the realm, especially since a pastor was asking the questions. The question was what it meant to them to be a Christian. Obama actually said that "hopefully, his sins will be forgiven". McCain said that his sins are forgiven. Now, being a saved man myself, being Christian I KNOW that my sins are forgiven. This doesn't mean that I go out and sin on purpose. I am not perfect. I do sin, but, I try to live my life without sin.

Obama even said that he would not have nominated Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court because he did not have the experience to be appointed. I just about let out a primal scream when I heard that. The man who has not even spent an entire term in the Senate said this? The man who has very little experience of any kind. I agree with what the analysts said, Obama is the last person who should have made a comment about someone not having the experience needed for the job.

This country needs to wake up and ensure that the right man is elected. The man with experience. The man who has served his country for 40yrs.

Olympics

Well, he did it. Michael Phelps became the only person in the history of all Olympic games to win 8 gold medals in a single Olympics. Mark Spitz had the record with 7 in 1972. It really was history in the making.

The only complaint I had was that the last race was a relay that had three other guys racing with him. During the National Anthem for the medal ceremony, they only showed him. Michael Phelps even said that winning the three relays that they had to win to make this possible was a testament to how close everyone was as a team. He couldn't have done it without them. He knows it, which is cool.

And get this, of the 8 gold medals he won, 7 of them were in World Record time.

Now, this young man has won 16 total medals in two Olympic games with 14 of them Gold.

Congratulations to Micael Phelps and the entire Men's Olympic swim team that made history possible this past week.

Speaking of history. I would like everyone to also recognize that Dara Torres won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle swim. What makes this so cool is the fact that she is 41 years old. She is more than twice the combined ages of the gold and silver medal winners. And she just barely lost (by .01 seconds). Hats off to her for giving us old folks something to cheer about.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What does this tell you?

I just got done reading a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune that said that the ACLU is predicting that 800 people will be arrested during the week of the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul. They even have 75 lawyers standing by to defend these people. These people that they are expecting to be arrested will be protestors during the convention and they are basing this prediction off of the fact that 600 people were arrested in Philadelphia in 2000, and 1800 in New York in 2004.

So, my question is this. If these people are participating in peaceful protests, why are they being arrested? Because, you know the ACLU will be saying that it is the right of these people to protest. I haven't read any stories about how many people will be arrested in Denver during the Democratic National Convention. Even if conservative people were to protest in Denver, I doubt that too many of them will be doing anything to get arrested.

I am getting sick and tired of the ACLU. I think that the basis of protecting peoples rights is good, but, they have gone so far out of the realm that they are trying to dictate what the laws should be. If someone decides to protest that's fine. But, if they do something that would cause the police to arrest them, so be it.

The ACLU should be there for everyone. They have gotten so far left that I doubt they even remember what their right hands look like.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Olympics

I have to go away from the usual political commentary to make some observations from the Olympics in Beijing.

Last night we were watching the Olympic telecast on TV. I have to admit, I am excited about Michael Phelps trying to win 8 gold medals. My wife doesn't totally understand this, but, I look at it this way. Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in 1972. No one has really come close to it since. Now, this year, a young 23 year old has the opportunity to win 8. It is history in the making, if he can do it. I believe he can. He has already won 2. One in the 400m individual medley and one in the 4x100m freestyle relay. The two that everyone has said would be the toughest for him to win.

Now, let's talk about this relay for a minute. If you watched it, then you will know what I am talking about. First of all, let me say that there were five teams faster than the OLD World Record (which by the way, was set the day before by the USA in the preliminaries at 3:12.23) so, it was a very fast race. But, that wasn't even the exciting part. The French team, when interviewed before the race said that they would smash the Americans. No joke. Well, going into the last leg, it sure looked like they would. They had almost an entire body lead over the USA coming out of the last turn. Then, Jason Lezak, the anchor for the USA turned on the afterburners. The French team was in front all the way until, literally, the very end when Lezak just out reached Alain Bernard, who, by the way, held the World Record for the fastest split for one leg of this race at 47.50 seconds, and finished in first place, by just .08seconds. Lezak's time for his split was 46.06 seconds!!!! It was an incredible race to say the least. The winning time for the USA was 3:08.24. They smashed the record they set the day before. Records show that it took 20 years for the record to drop from around 3:16 to the 3:12 range. The USA shaved 4 seconds off the record in one day.

And, as a side note, guess who was on hand to see it. That's right, President Bush himself, as well as former President Bush. As a matter of fact, President Bush has been seen at several of the events. He is the first President to attend the opening ceremonies on foreign soil. He even got in the sand and hit the ball around with the female beach volleyball team. There are people in this country that just don't get how good we have it with Bush as President. I don't get it.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Bipartisanship gone awry

I heard this on Friday, but didn't want to just go off without actually reading about it from a couple of different sources. But, the things some people will do in the name of bipatisanship. Now we have 10 Senators, 5 republicans and 5 democrats, who have come up with a proposition that would totally undermine the very political issue that was turning out to be the very advantage all republican candidates would have in the upcoming election.

They propose to allow drilling but to limit it to outside 50 miles off shore. And then, only after they get permission from all kinds of people, making it almost impossible that any drilling would ever actually happen. This would definately put ANWAR out of the question. They would also put in place $84billion dollars in taxes on the oil companies. Call it what you will, but, this is a windfall tax. This money would go to developing alternative forms of energy (the articles also said renewable energy, but, since there is no such thing, I refuse to use that term). And who do you think is actually going to pay this money in taxes. That's right, US!!!!

I don't understand why it so hard for these people to see that taxing people who provide goods and services for us is just driving up their costs which in turn will drive up their price. That's basic economics. Just like the simple concept of supply and demand. They don't get it. The American people have made it known that the majority of us support drilling as well as the development of alternative forms of energy. It has to be both. Not just one or the other.

The names of the 5 republicans that are totally undermining the very agenda that has and could still decide this election are as follows: Lindsey Graham, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Bob Corker, and Johnny Isakson, just in case you are curious.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

You Can't Have It Both Ways

Although my days have been extremely hectic the past couple of days, I did manage to hear something today that really bothered me.

Barack Obama was at a campaign event. He was asked by a seven (7) year old girl why he started running for president. His response was this:

America, uh, is -- is no longer, uh, what it -- it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, "I don't want that future for my children."

Is this really what we want our children to hear? What kind of a message is that sending to the youth of this country? I am all for people questioning those we chose to lead, but, he basically told this child that the country she is being raised in sucks (sorry, I just don't know how else to put this). What kind of pride is this child going to have in this country? We should be teaching our kids that this is the greatest country.

Now let's look back at something that Michelle Obama said (I have blogged on this before).

Let me tell you something. For the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country, and not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change --

So, the question is this: Which is it? Are you people proud of this country? Or, do you think this country sucks? Barack is going around telling people the latter. He said it in Berlin and again to this seven year old.

I just don't get why people are so enamoured with this man. He has changed his mind on just about every major issue that faces America today. He even believes that he is a lock to be the next president. The press has tried to shove him down our throats. I just can't believe the publicity he has gotten.

Oh yes, and by the way, have you seen, heard, or read his new energy plan. It includes drilling. The very thing that he has gone around saying that won't make a difference. I even heard one of his energy advisers saying the very same thing that Paris Hilton said in a spoof commercial concerning energy. It actually was a lot like what McCain has been saying since this became one of the biggest issues on the campaign.

While I believe that every person has the right to change their minds, especially when the evidence very clearly points to the fact that you are wrong, but, if the person who wants to lead our country changes his mind this much on extremely important issues, what is he going to do once he gets in office? How will anything ever get done? We will become the laughing stock of the entire world. No one will be able to count on anything that we tell them.

This is NOT the change that I want for this country.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Random Thoughts

I know that I have pretty much made it known that I do not care for Barrack Obama as a candidate for the Presidency. It makes my skin crawl just thinking that he might actually be elected. This has nothing to do anything except for what I have heard from the candidate himself.

Now, he says that the republicans are playing the race card. I have heard no such thing. The only reason race has been brought into play is because he has said it. He says the republicans will try and make people afraid of him. Well, everyone should be afraid of what he believes and what it will mean for this country. He is the one who keeps saying that he is black. He is the one who said that he does not look like all those other Presidents (again, like he has already won the election). McCain has said nothing about Obama's racial background. Only about his politics.

Let's look at what was a brilliant play by McCain's camp. The handing out of the tire pressure gauges. Obama's campaign will have you believe that they are taking something that is true and mocking it. Let's look at what the facts are. While it is true that properly inflating your tires will save gas for you. The fact remains that Obama said that by ensuring we properly inflate our tires and get regular tune-ups we will save the same amount of oil that we would be able to produce by drilling for oil. What a crock!! I have to laugh every time I hear this. McCain supports both conservation and drilling. Obama says that raising the supply will do nothing to lower the price of gas and then turns around and says that we need to tap into the strategic reserve to raise the supply. Guess what, you can't have it both ways. Do we need more supply or not? I say we do. It's basic economics. He says that the lowering of prices has had nothing to do with supply but the fact that Americans are conserving more. Well, if we conserve more, and demand goes down, the supply is larger than the demand and prices go down. Like President Bush has said, Americans know what they need to do. But, if we are able to supply our own demand without any dependence on other countries, then we can control the price that we pay. We need to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. That is a fact. Alternative energy (notice I did not say renewable like the democrats) can not replace oil. It can reduce how much we use, but it will never replace it.

We have enough oil within our borders to significantly lower the price that we have to pay at the pump. OPEC knows it. That is why the price dropped as soon as the President lifted the executive order restricting off shore drilling. We are finally showing that we are doing something to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. Shoot, we wouldn't even have to drill to cause the price to go down. OPEC would be stumbling over themselves to raise production to lower the price and try and make it more economical to buy from them. That way, they would get to keep getting our money.

Let us also give kudos to the 30 or so republican representatives that have stayed behind to demand that Nancy Pelosi call the House back into session to vote on drilling here. This while she refused to call the vote on drilling and instead, called a vote to take their summer break. They will not be back in session until after Labor Day. The representatives that stayed behind deserve our appreciation because they are willing to listen to the people and try and do something about it.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Priveledged.................

I have been trying to limit this blog to my thoughts only, but, every once in a while you come across something that you just can't ignore and you just have to read it (or see it) to believe it. I have to thank one of my wife's friends for this one.



August 3, 2008, 4:34 PM
O-Force One
Posted by Allison O'Keefe 246
From CBS News' Allison O'Keefe: Barack Obama’s new campaign plane is nothing short of grand. Well, for the candidate that is.

Obama’s section of the plane rivals that of any first class. Recently the front cabin of the Boeing 757 was retrofitted to install four individual chairs that resemble La-Z-Boys. They are free-standing and made of plush leather with pockets on the sides. There is also a booth which seats four for a meeting or a meal.

His chair has his name and campaign logo embroidered on the back top -- “Obama ‘08” on one line and “President” underneath. To one side is a small table stacked with newspapers ready for the candidate’s arrival. The table of the booth is always covered in snacks and cheese and is where Obama spends most of his time during flights meeting with staff and sitting for the occasional interview.

“Typically the candidate's cabin is like business class -- roomier and less chaotic than the staff and press areas, but still short of the accoutrements of a pro team's charter,” says Politico’s Mike Allen, a frequent campaign flier.

After looking at a few photos of Obama’s cabin, Allen quipped, “Air Force One may seem a tad claustrophobic.” Check it out for yourself:





There are five sections on the 757, the first of which is Obama’s section, which can seat up to eight people at a time, although rarely are all eight seats taken. Depending on the destination or length of trip, Sen. Obama is joined by body man Reggie Love and a few senior staff members or perhaps a key Senate colleague. Recently, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., hitched a ride from Washington, D.C., to her home state for a full day of campaign events.
The next two sections are outfitted with expansive business class seats for senior and junior level staff including Obama’s media team, which films all of the candidate’s events for promotional purposes.
The back two sections are traditional coach seats where the Secret Service, reporters, cameramen and some of the communications staff sit. It is a rite of passage each election cycle for the party’s nominee to retrofit an aircraft to distinct specifications. While the campaign pays for their share of the plane, the news media also pay thousands of dollars to fly with Obama for each leg of his campaign.
CBS News’ John Bentley, who's covering the John McCain campaign, reports that McCain flies in a slightly smaller Boeing 737, which has four compartments: the first class area, where he sits; the “straight talk” area for interviews; a business class section for staffers; and the back of the plane, where the press and secret service sit.
In McCain's spacious first class area, there are 12 plush leather seats for the candidate, his wife and senior staffers. The “straight talk” area features a long leather bench and another first class seat which McCain sits in when he talks to the press – or would, if he used the area.
Since they acquired the plane with its specially modified area, McCain has spoken to the press there precisely once, over a month ago. All of these sections are separated by curtains, which are always shut as tightly as possible as soon as the plane takes off in order to keep the different sections of the plane from interacting with each other.
Again I ask, "Who does this guy think he is?"
Let us send him and the Democrats a message this election.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

NASCAR

Let me start by saying that I love NASCAR. I love the support that they show for the military. They do have a good track record for that.

However, every week when I watch the races, I am amazed to see very few people put their hands over their hearts when the National Anthem is sung. The worst, is when you see people actually talking or not even standing up for the National Anthem.

I love this country. I love it so much, that I have spent the past, almost, 19yrs. serving and defending the ideals that this country was built on as well as the people who inhabit this great land of ours. Is it too much to ask for the people who live here and call this home to show a little respect when the song that signifies the sacrifice that has made this country great is played or sung?

Friday, August 1, 2008

Imagine this..........

First, let me tell my lovely wife that the new gadgets you see on the right are my doing. You put the first one, and I watched. So the other two I was able to do on my own.



The rest of this post is in response to an e-mail my wife received from Miss Krys concerning taxes. Let me tell you, the Democrats have made no bones about the fact that they are planning on reinstating the taxes that the President cut a couple of years ago. Yes, this is includes Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Yes, that's right, the Democrats plan on taking more money out of our pockets. They are planning this to pay for all of the socialist, left-wing programs that they want to institute or keep funding.

So, imagine, if you will, a chance for us to not pay any taxes on our income. No taxes on property we inherit. No taxes on dividends. None of it. Instead, we pay a tax on all new items we buy. A consumption tax. AND we get a check each and every month to help defray the taxes on food and necessities up to the poverty level. This means that anyone who buys goods in the United States will pay taxes. Drug dealers, illegal immigrants, everyone. Companies will not have to charge so much for goods, because the tax burden for them will not be there anymore. Wouldn't this be great?

This is what the Fair Tax will do for us. Now, before everyone goes and starts to get all uptight about this, there are numerous studies that show that we already pay about 22% of every dollar we spend on taxes that the companies who make the products include in their costs. The Fair Tax will institute a 23% tax on all new products we purchase. NO MORE INCOME TAX. That means no more IRS. No more tax audits. Wouldn't that be wonderful?

With no more income tax, if we get hired with a salary of $50,000 per year, then we get paid $50,000 per year. Not something less than that because of Federal Income Tax, Social Security and all of that stuff. Granted, there would be no more income tax refunds to look forward to every year, but just think of what we could do if we didn't have to worry about that.

It also has a provision to pay every head of household a monthly prebate, based on the number of people in the house and the poverty level for that number of people. That's right, we would get a check so that anyone who is at the poverty level or below, will not have to actually pay the taxes. They would when they buy things, but they will get a check to cover those costs. If you spend more than what is necessary, then you will pay the taxes on anything above the poverty level you spend.

Studies have shown that this plan will be able to pay for everything that the government is involved in already. It will cover the shortfalls in Social Security and Medicare as well as all the expenses of the already over bloated government.

Last thing, this is not a political plan. It came about when some business men decided that they had to do something to fix things. No politicians became involved until the plan was together. There are two bills in Congress, one in the House and one in the Senate. Why don't we all get in touch with our people in these two institutions and let them know that this is the solution.

I hate to endorse a book or anything like that, but, I have read the bills, and because they are written in legal mumbo jumbo, they are hard to understand. Look for a book called The Fair Tax book or go over to http://www.fairtax.org/ to get information. I am positive that anyone who actually looks at this will agree that this is what is good for all of us.