Politics, Politics, Po po po politics. - Al Gore, Hillary Clinton, Edwards or the C Student mentality of the Red States

Am I Political ? I think I can't help it sometimes ..I have at least one reader who might think it worthy of writing, especially since life has gotten so in the way of this blog that it was back before Al Gore invented the internet that I posted on it.

Speaking of Al ... his hard work sure has paid off to where, I noticed that even when SNL makes FUN of him, the crowd cheers rather than laughs at him. The winner who was not, to the C student who has turned out to be everything that that implies, is being touted by many to be the answer to the "unelectability" of Hillary. I am in the opinion that the red states who were red states will never never never vote for Hillary Clinton ...so she would lose by at least the same margin as Gore. If Florida two elections ago and Ohio in the last election were the tipping points ..think of people you know or who have known from those states and imagine if they as a majority will vote for Hillary or candidate X, Y, or even Z from the Republicans.

And who amongst us thinks the Clintons can make it from here to November 2008 without a major scandal ????

I will be glad to be called wrong on the day after election day, but I just don't see the write on wipe off board on election night going Hillary's way.

And this may be wayyyyy out in left field but I was thinking that the reason that Bush and the Republicans are willing to wipe a little egg off their faces right now with the Health Care bill and actually go AGAINST the majority of Americans in opinion on this issue...is that the issue does ALOT to push HILLARY's model of discussion in the dem race to the forefront ....and something tells me the GOP is just dying to run against her rather than anyone else the Dems will nominate.

Maybe the momentum swing I keep belieiving will come from Edwards who says the right things and has the right charisma is still destined to happen ...or ..hell ..I will be wrong on that too. 8 Years ago we could have had the future nobel peace prize winner or the dishonest rebel without a clue cowboy C student ..and we got as a country what we asked for, not once but twice. I am not sure if Al Gore needs it as bad now ....but he'd sure have been no worse than what we got ...and hey..maybe we wouldnt have those juicy 200 dollar checks we got in the first four years of Bush and those tax rebates ...but we'd probably all have government subsidized computerized thermostats.

Is it just me ..or does an impression of Gore sound very close to Forrest Gump ?

You Are Not As Stupid As These Folks

You Aren't all that stupid ...at least, you won't feel that way after you look at the list of stupid things people, not all of whom are stupid, have said.

If you ever feel a little stupid, just dig this up and read it again; you'll begin to think you're a genius.

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(On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995.)
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever,"
-- Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest
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"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff."
--Mariah Carey
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"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life,"
-- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign .
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" I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body,"
-- Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward .
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"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country,"
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"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it,"
--A congressional candidate in Texas .
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"Half this game is ninety percent mental."
--Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

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"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
--Al Gore, Vice President
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"I love California . I practically grew up in Phoenix ."
-- Dan Quayle
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"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need ?"
--Lee Iacocca
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"The word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein."

--Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.
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"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people."
-- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instrutor .
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"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances."
--Department of Social Services, Greenville , South Carolina
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"Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas."
--Keppel Enderbery
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"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record."
--Mark S. Fowler , FCC Chairman

Things We Will Not See

Things I think we will never see in our lifetime:

The aliens landing in a city, or better yet, on the White House Lawn and coming out to greet us.

A video of Bin Laden with a recent newspaper or something that would stamp it in the here and now.

Jim Valvano Cancer Speech Dont Ever Give Up

Jim Valvano made the speech about his cancer at the ESPY awards (in the days before Dan Patrick had announced he was leaving ESPN ) that was the most inspirational thing I ever witnessed. Here is a link to some of his most inspirational quotes and a downloadable mp3 for the ipod , iphone, or whatever that you can use to be inspired, especially if you are going through cancer or know someone who is. I hope that it lifts everyone who hears it up as much as it lifted me up and while you are at it, make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

The Jim Valvano Page

How Melissa Etheridge Changed The World 07.07.07 at Live Earth

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MGtCiDfcIos part one

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JI8nyOqHakQ part two

I timed it ... it is 24 minutes to the second by my watch. 24 minutes that should have changed the world ..but ...It did NOT make the NBC Network Prime Time Highlights Show.

I will undoubtedly write more about this in the days and weeks to come, but I know I must pass along that I have always known what we all know ... that MUSIC is a POWERFUL THING . But I have never seen it more powerful than at Live Earth when Melissa sang "imagine that." into If Not Now into Inconvenient Truth (I dont know the names of the songs) As a lifelong fan of hers from her first album, as well as a lifelong Springsteen fan ..how cool it was to have her confirm many years ago that Bruce was the voice in her mind as she wrote what she wrote and sang what she sang.

Then on 07.07.07 at Live Earth, Al Gore's handpicked songstress was somehow buried in the 6pm hour at Giants Stadium . That is the shame here. I, as a Springsteen fan, had wondered if Bruce would make an appearance at the house that Bruce Built ... but ...maybe ..it wasnt neccesary ...because as powerful as Bruces music and message has been over the years to all who followed, Bruce may have come close a time or two in the years, but Bruce couldn't have done what Melissa did at Live Earth. A Song that was a few songs that was a speech that was the most elequent, passion filled, declaration of commitment to TRUTH NO MATTER HOW INCONVENIENT ...and put better than anyone I have ever known for what it is like to be Born In The USA and be at this age, at this point in history, with this much at stake. Maybe it could be said that she made Global Warming more political, and that we all must remember that it isn't us versus them on this issue, or we all lose. But as she said, there is no US in THEM .


TRUTH IS OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE, AND FOR THE PEOPLE

I had watched all of the proceedings across the continents at Live Earth and thought maybe the most important thing to write about was going to be the Antarctic Scientists Music Group ... because nobody had "Bono'd up" until Melissa Ethridge took the stage to forever change the world at Live Earth.

FIND the complete Melissa Etheridge performance somewhere online. If more people had seen it, the earth would be shaking.

Live Earth is a chance for change

Here is hoping that with Al Gore and the artists who hope to encourage change, like Madonna, The Police, Bon Jovi, and Kanye West can start the ball rolling towards real awareness. But, I also have to say, that while global warming is going to affect everyone on this planet in the distant future, as well as probably in the near future, a push by artists of this magnitude towards something like cancer, which affects so many of us today, could be a catalyst for cure ...and I would argue that curing cancer today is as important, I DID NOT SAY MORE important, than probably curing earth tomorrow. Just my two cents ...now back to watch the performances from all over the world for Live Earth.

Chris Ben Wa ...sorry ... Benoit Tribute is pathetic


I have to say that I have not followed wrestling as much as I used to but most casual observers knew of Chris Benoit and how Vince McMahon had another jewel of a "I will do anything to get to the top" puppy on his hands and exploited that for all it is worth. Today I have talked to everyone from the in tune fan of WWE to the barely understanding of the sport ... excuse me ... predetermined outcome entertainment ... and to a man (and woman) everyone says you can just see in his eyes that Chris Benoit was unstable. There had to be warning signs!

But most upsetting to me is what WWE did on Monday June 25th 2007 with there cable wrestling show 3 hour tribute to Benoit ... I realize that not everyone in the news media knew everything at that point, but certainly, somebody at WWE KNEW ...HAD TO KNOW ... that they were about to do a 3 hour tribute to a man who just killed a 7 year old child and the mother of that son. The responsibility lies with Vince McMahon himself! SOMEBODY had to pull the plug and put on old Lassie shows if need be ...you simply cannot give tribute to a man like that ...what is next, OJ Simpson and how much he is beloved ?? It is disgusting what WWE did on Monday night PERIOD . APOLOGY DEMANDED by the decent amongst us (yes that includes wrestling fans)

Nice Job Elizabeth Hassleback


I watched with interest like everyone else this week the Rosie and Elizabeth fued ... finally Rosie quitting. Elizabeth Hassleback finally got tired of getting picked on, and the ticking time bomb exploded ...and in this case, took out its enemy. I don't think it happens like that in real life. The picker oners are the ones who continue to fail to get their way, while the undeserving meanies of the world more often than not move onward and upward. How I would love to hold my own against the selfish someones I know and feed them to the dogs when i am finished. You have to say to Elizabeth, that it is a Job Well Done.

Jerry Falwell Bumper Sticker

In my later years I have grown to at least respect Jerry Falwell, but the thought I mostly remember about him is the bumper sticker that I thought stated the way many people felt at the time that said:

"The Moral Majority Is Neither"

The trouble with mission accomplished

I had a discussion with someone about the 4th anniversary of Bush on the aircraft carrier in flightsuit looking like "i went to the danger zone" tom cruise. Mission Accomplished. Right. SOmeone said to me "why would anyone purposely do that and make themselves look so bad years down the road." ...to which I could only reply...."looks terrible now that we are years down the road...but...looks better as the one that was elected than it would as the loser." In a close election, that gave him enough of a boost to get over the red state, blue state hump.

On another matter, while I have your ear, I noted that Big Oil and Exxon, Mobil, Shell and the others were coddling America by giving a "good feeling" price of $2.00 per gallon at election time, that would baloon to $3 "by christmas" I said on this blog. I kinda felt foolish when that didn't happen at christmas...I am hearing $4.00 by the end of the summer and now ...I don't feel foolish about being right, but just missing by a couple of months.

I will say again....if Big Oil makes a misstep...like another oil spill ...or something...SHOW THEM THE SAME MERCY THEY ARE SHOWING THE LOWER AND MIDDLE CLASS TODAY...NONE WHATSOEVER. SUE THEM OUT OF BUSINESS !!!

Virginia Tech a week later

I didn't post on this for some time..everyone else was saying something. And probably, what I would say has been said. But for what it's worth ...all those who I know, and I know quite a few, were spared their life and were not in Norris Hall last Monday. One wants to say, "I am glad you were out of harms way," but the truth is, that anyone within 100 miles (or more) of that nut was in harms way.

Hard to see blacksburg in ruins...at least psychologically ...and I have hope that it will be rebuilt much stronger than before.

Nikki Giovanni Poem

We are Virginia Tech.
We are sad today, and we will be sad for quite a while. We are not moving on, we are embracing our mourning.
We are Virginia Tech.
We are strong enough to stand tall tearlessly, we are brave enough to bend to cry, and we are sad enough to know that we must laugh again.
We are Virginia Tech.
We do not understand this tragedy. We know we did nothing to deserve it, but neither does a child in Africa dying of AIDS, neither do the invisible children walking the night away to avoid being captured by the rogue army, neither does the baby elephant watching his community being devastated for ivory, neither does the Mexican child looking for fresh water, neither does the Appalachian infant killed in the middle of the night in his crib in the home his father built with his own hands being run over by a boulder because the land was destabilized. No one deserves a tragedy.
We are Virginia Tech.
The Hokie Nation embraces our own and reaches out with open heart and hands to those who offer their hearts and minds. We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities. We will continue to invent the future through our blood and tears and through all our sadness.
We are the Hokies.
We will prevail.
We will prevail.
We will prevail.
We are Virginia Tech.

Nikki Giovanni

American Idol Top Ten Predicted Order Of Finish


Last Years Winner Taylor Hicks

American Idol Top Ten Predicted Finish
(Locked Down March 17, 2007)
Winner Meilnda Doolittle -I know..not exactly oging out on a limb
2-Lakisha
3-Chris Sligh.
4-Blake Lewis
5-Jordin Sparks
6-Chris Richardson
7-Gina Glockson
8-Stephanie Edwards
9-Phil
10-Haley

Scooter Libby


A comment from SCUTTER on SCOOTER ...

I really did not think a guilty verdict was possible. It is now almost possible to say that the administration is not only incompetent, but now officially scandalous. Upon hearing the news of Libby's convictions ...I had to remember the quote from Dick Cheney about another matter that makes me think he just might be uttering the same words ....


"Go f*ck yourself." --Dick Cheney
,...to Sen. Patrick Leahy, during an angry exchange on the Senate floor about profiteering by Halliburton, June 25, 2004
Scooter's found to be a crook
now way now to be mistook
truth be told its all a lie
the vp now is left to cry

Ugly Sunday In SPorts

I think there is no question that we had an ugly day in sports. Duke played dirty even though they were already beaten by UNC ...the arch nemisis --Gerald Henderson will have to sit out a game thanks to his viciousness ....and Juan Pablo Montoya ...the hated "ferener" as the NASCAR fans of the south have him pegged already ..is apparently willing to spin his own teamate for gain of a checkered flag. Duke can take care of the dirty part by sitting Henderson down..but they will always suck ... and apparently ..the whole athletic program is taking lessons in "class" from the lacrosse team.
I will believe race fans will enjoy seeing rough driving from THIS driver when the number 3 stickers come off the backs of the pickup truck windows.

Late Night Jokes Of THe Week

Leno
Embarrassing situation for Al Gore; you know, the whole global warming thing. Turns out his Tennessee home is using 20 times the energy of the average household. But to be fair, it’s still not as much energy as John Edwards’ blow dryer is using.

Al Gore says his bill is higher than average because his house is bigger than average. It’s a 20-room mansion. You know — the kind you normally find Republicans living in.

The state of Virginia’s General Assembly has passed a resolution apologizing for slavery. Not a moment too soon. It’s good to nip these things in the bud before any hard feelings develop.
You knew this was going to happen — today Democrats started a "draft Al Gore movement." See, I’m not sure President Bush understood this. When they told him Al Gore could be drafted he said, "Can’t his family get him in the National Guard?"

Letterman
How about Al Gore? "An Inconvenient Truth" has been nominated for an Academy Award. Two as a matter of fact. It’s all about the environment. And I can’t think of anything better for the environment than an event that features 2,000 stretch limousines.

Sen. John McCain announced right here on this program that he’s running for president. Then today, he shaved his head and checked into rehab.

Kimmel
After four miserable, grueling days, American Idol is finally back on televisionm and not a moment too soon. One of the contestants is already standing out on the show, but not for singing. 20-year-old Antonella Barba is getting a lot of attention for photographs floating around on the Internet. [Newscaster announces: "The nude, topless, and in some cases pornographoic, photos surfaced reportedly on her own Web site."] You know, you expect this sort of thing from Miss USA, but not from Amerrican Idol

Keith Olberman On CBS Sunday Morning


Don't know if you saw KO on Sunday Morning..first, nary a mention of the radio he does daily with Dan Patrick. Still, was very surprised that CBS would give such a shining light to a rising star on another network. They did a great job of not portraying him as the "super liberal" he has been tagged with because of disputes with distruthful conservatives. He (like me) talked about having personal conservative views and in no way giving a green light to an ideal simply because it was from a democrat. What comes from his heart is only a desire for the truth, and for those in the highest positions to have such disregard for it is more than a scary thing for the stability of our nations future. KO speaks the truth and with a sense of humor ..and most of all, I so fully appreciate the COUNTUP on COUNTDOWN of the days since the Mission Accomplished Declaration on the aircraft carrier ...we all need to be reminded ...I wish when it had happened everyone had seen through the celophane transparency of the campaign appearance.

The British Are Leaving , The British Are Leaving

When Iraw II began, it was about terrorism and removing a ruthless, out of control dictator. I think we all know enough about elite military operations to know that the latter could have been accomplished with a surgical strike ..and I cannot believe that Iraq would be WORSE off if the US had done just that. We aren't safer from terrorists, I am convinced of that. And we had probably better beware of whomever or whatever assumes power after we leave ...and leaving seems to be the only right thing to do now. I would be the first to stand up and say, "don't leave til the mission is accomplished,' brushing aside my bitterness of the image of Bush on the aircraft carrier with the big sign that said that the Mission was ALREADY accomplished. But now, its clear that there is no mission to BE accomplished left, but to wipe our bloody lip (bury our increasing dead) and contninue skirmishing in a fight in which we clearly now no longer belong in. We have lost all good will there ...and we are losing good young men. It hit very close to home to me this week with the death of a soldier near enough to my family to really matter and really cause tears to flow in my own home....and I know I am not alone in this experience. We've nothing to gain by staying ...except strategic position if Iran is the next target. If thats the plan, quit denying World War III began several years ago. Mission Far From Accomplished.

Quotes Of The Week

"A former athlete, retired basketball player Tim Hardaway, has been banned from all future NBA related appearances after announcing that he hates gay people. Surprising talk coming from a player known for his ball handling." Kimmell

Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, the Microsoft man, he bought the Four Seasons today. Not the hotel chain, the actual seasons. It’s now Microsoft winter, Windows Spring, Furgueson

"A bunch of demons came out when it got dark, I know that much. All hell broke loose after that."
Kevin Harvick, on Daytona 500 crashes.

"I want to be like Gandhi and Martin Luther King and John Lennon -- but I want to stay alive."
Madonna

"Now I have vomit in my mouth if I'm around him or hear his name."
Kim Mathers, on Eminem.

"This body belongs to me right now."
Judge Larry Seidlin, judge in Anna Nicole Smith case.

"If it's not something you want to be, if you didn't decide it, renounce it, become white."
Rush Limbaugh, on Sen. Barack Obama.

"It had been days since she had given me any attention. How are you, Condoleezza?"
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

"Well, you know, I hate gay people."
Tim Hardaway

"There is no tongue and it is really not a big deal to kiss."
Courteney Cox, on Jennifer Aniston.

Super Bowl Commercials

I have seen the annual USA TODAY admeter ratings for Super Bowl 2007 ....and for the most part we can agree that certain commercials were better than others as always ..but what was surprising to so many is that the quality ...or better, what I mean is the ENTERTAINMENT VALUE of the commercials were way down. I DO realize that at those huge prices that a company pays, it is more important to NOT let the moment slip away without selling something ..but it has to be noted that except for the usual Annh3eiser Busch Spots, the sense of humor that is usually prevelant was mostly absent.

the top spots are on admeter on usatoday.com ..but the best one doesnt show up there ..cause it was a promo....Dave And Oprah

Al Gore Should Run


He wont run ...but many think we'd be better if he had won ..well..he did win, but lost on a technicality. ROLLLINGSTONE.COM has a great great great ariticle right now on how Al is who the Democrats need and why many who say they are for Hillary will change to Gore if he is in. Please read the article and draw your own conclusions. 6 years ago our nation picked a C student over a compassionate visionary whose mocked upon theories have proven to be right. He opposed the war from the start, warned of Global Warming before almost anyone else, and has lost the "stiffness" that probably caused so many to not like him aganst bush. See the movie he made, read the ariticle, and tell your friends to tell their friends to encourage him to serve again ..American needs him....in fact...I firmly believe that History does.

American Idol Hall Of Shame Night One


I KNOW that when American Idol comes on they purposely let through some bad. .. very very bad singers through to audition for entertainment value. The Jan 16th 2006 show had what I thought was the all time best worst singer ... from the Wizard Of Oz, the woman singing as the Cowardly Lion on American Idol and the Hall Of Shame. Here is a link to it. http://www.yooohaaa.com/idol.htm

Hold Your Wee for a Wii radio station contestant dies

A radio station contestant ... a mom trying to win a video game for her children died in Sacremento from water intoxication after trying to drink more water than any other contestant without going to the bathroom. I have been predicting this for years ... maybe not so much with radio contests ..which are wild enough , but also with reality show contestants, where, as a fan of these shows, I have witnessed dangerous behavior just being looked upon and photographed by the production staff ...on Survivor alone, I believe I could find at least a dozen instances that were shown, (gosh knows how many dont make it past editing) where contestants are very very much put in harms way. I am even a little surprised that there has yet to be a nationally televised reality show death. (I don't think the crocodile hunter, Steve Irwin, qualifies in this instance)

I don't know what it will take for their to be changes in both the thirst for ratings from the producers, as well as in combination, the common sense for their own well being from the contestants....but I believe ..without sounding too trite, that oine radio station contest death is too many ..and big changes will be observed sooner rather than later by radio stations and morning zoo stunts that will now be certainly held much more accountable after this tragedy.

http://www.sacbee.com/114/story/107596.html