Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Does anyone besides Michael Moore and CNN buy "tell all" books by former Bush staffers? The latest Bush back-stabber is former press secretary Scott McClellan. "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception" chronicles his time as Press Secretary and based on the attention-grabbing title apparently spends time blasting Bush as well as his various advisers. Great guy, that Scott McClellan.
Perhaps George Bush is responsible for a "culture of deception" in the White House, I don't really know. I do know this- if such a culture and practice existed during the two plus years McClellan served as Press Secretary, he was part of the culture, not some unwitting victim of Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. Give me a break Scott. I love this telling quote from the book-
“The most powerful leader in the world had called upon me to speak on his behalf and help restore credibility he lost amid the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So I stood at the White house briefing room podium in front of the glare of the klieg lights for the better part of two weeks and publicly exonerated two of the senior-most aides in the White House: Karl Rove and Scooter Libby. There was one problem. It was not true. I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the president himself."
I am supposed to believe poor little Scott "unknowingly" passed along information? Come on. I feel fool enough for thinking Roger Clemens might have been telling the truth, I'm not falling for this one.
McClellan worked closely with Bush since the 2000 presidential campaign, served as deputy press secretary for a time, and finally press secretary. It took him 6 years to note the dishonesty of his superiors before finally getting fired. That's right, he was fired. He didn't resign. This sounds a whole lot like a disgruntled employee trying to make a buck more than a morally convicted public servant who longed for the purification of leadership in America.
I'm glad the Bush era is passing for a number of reasons. If there was deceit and dishonesty going on, McClellan was no doubt part of it.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Aside from being sick of people equating the civil rights struggles of women and African Americans with people who practice homosexuality, as Ellen does in this recent clip, I am left a bit confused by how I feel concerning McCain's responses.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Well, it's time to take the edible meat from your bird so you can enjoy the fruit of your hunt. Below is the process of butchering your bird, preparing the meat to cook, and chowing down on it.
First, you will note the relative bloodless process of taking the breast meat from a wild turkey. You simply lay the bird on it's back, find the breast bone, make a one inch incision, then rip open the chest cavity exposing the breast meat- the only real edible meat on a wild turkey. The legs are not like fat, dark meat, domestic turkey legs, instead they are skinny and very sinewy. Not good eating unless you're a pilgrim who just came over on the Mayflower and haven't had fresh meat in 90 or more days.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
I'm a huge soccer fan. I think it's the greatest team sport in the world. Here's a clip of the MLS goals of the week. My favorite current MLS player is Chicago Fire forward Cuauhtémoc Blanco. He's 35 yet still can carry his team to victory. Much is made of David Beckham, but I would have Blanco on my team before Beckham, no question. Blanco's goal (shown in the clips above) was chosen as goal of the week. A left-footed upper corner blast from 30 yards is pretty special.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
If a person has served in the U.S. Congress for more than a term, especially the Senate, I doubt they could be a very good president. Senators are constantly cutting deals and compromising their personal convictions in order to get legislation passed. They rarely have to make quick, independent, on the spot decisions. Such decisions show what a person really believes and is convicted about. Years of political compromise and deal-making severely numbs a Senator's ability to think independently and remain principled.
John McCain has been in the Senate way too long to be a very effective executive, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I would rather have John McCain in the White House than Barack Obama, but it's not with excitement. If I vote for McCain, it's only because I'm hoping he appoints the right kind of judges and he is not Obama. My expectations are extremely low when I think of "President McCain".
The above clip shows why I think a long time senator like McCain is weak executive material. The guy has drunk the kool-aid on the global warming farce. Climate change is part of the Earth's cycle. Maybe we're in a warming trend, maybe not. If we are, man's contribution to this trend is vastly overstated. For all the propaganda and "green" talk, the facts remain clear- We are not running out of energy or natural resources. The wrong people have control over current accessible supplies, but we're not running out. We need to drill more in this country and forget the Middle East. Beyond this, ever-fewer people in the world are starving. Food is increasing per head of the world's population. In fact, the biggest threat to third world countries would be enforcing the ridiculous KYOTO regulations on them. The world's species are not disappearing at an alarming rate, in fact new discoveries are happening regularly. Acid rain does not kill forests. Air and water supplies are becoming less and less polluted (thanks to our hard working Black and Veatch engineers!). Forest cover across the world has increased. Oil spills and toxic chemicals in the sea have declined. An honest assessment shows our situation on earth has vastly improved. Much more could be said here, but hopefully by now thinking people have checked both sides of the global warming debate and can make an intelligent judgment on reality. (See This, This, This, and This).
As I watch the clip I see a guy who is doing his best to say the right things to win the right (or should I say left) people. McCain has been around plenty long enough to craft a campaign platform that will appeal the widest group of people. We'll never likely know what he really thinks until he's in the White House, which I think is a dangerous thing. The only thing worse would be Obama in the same situation.
Generally governor's make better presidents. A president is an executive. He or she personally picks a cabinet of advisors to assist in decision making, but the president is the final decision maker for the executive branch of our government. How does a guy or gal who has been making decisions by committee for 21 years and with all sorts of "necessary" compromises fill such a role? Not well, I would suggest.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Published Friday, May 9, 2008 at 1:25 p.m. CDT
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, also criticized her recent veto of a bill imposing new restrictions on abortion providers. He called upon the governor, who is Catholic, to take the “necessary steps for amendment of her life.”
Naumann said he wrote to Sebelius in August, asking her to refrain from Communion, but learned recently that she had participated in the sacrament. He said it prompted him to write her again, asking her to respect his request and “not require from me any additional pastoral actions.”
The issue of Catholic politicians taking Communion arose again recently because of Pope Benedict XVI’s recent visit to the United States. In New York, Cardinal Edward Egan said former mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani had broken “an understanding” by accepting Communion at a papal Mass.
Sebelius has been a strong and consistent supporter of abortion rights throughout her political career, starting as a Kansas House member in 1987-94. In 2002, when she ran for her first term as governor, she sought to reassure anti-abortion voters by promising not to seek major changes in Kansas’ laws on abortion.
Sebelius objected most strongly to provisions allowing a patient’s spouse or family members to go to court if they believed a doctor had performed or was about to perform an illegal late-term abortion. The patient herself also could sue, but so could a local prosecutor.
She argued that the bill would encourage litigation, jeopardize patients’ privacy and allow lawsuits to block a woman’s abortion “even where it may be necessary to save her life.”
Also under the measure, doctors using ultrasound or monitoring fetal heartbeats would have to make information from those sources available to a patient at least 30 minutes before an abortion. They would have to tell their patients whether their fetuses are viable and, if not, why.
The governor rejected the bill last month, and legislators failed to override her action. Naumann wrote that Sebelius’ action showed a lack of respect for legislators and Kansans who are embarrassed that their state “has become infamous for being the late-term abortion center for the Midwest.”
“Since becoming archbishop, I have met with Governor Sebelius several times over many months to discuss with her the grave spiritual and moral consequences of her public actions by which she has cooperated in the procurement of abortions performed in Kansas,” Naumann wrote.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tue May 6, 2008 10:04am EDT
By Aung Hla Tun