Leader who was in charge of moral standards caught naked in brothel

An Iranian police chief was arrested while in bed with 6 prostitutes. Defense attorneys said that he was seeking a down payment on the 70 virgins (sarcasm).  The result of this breech in the capitol city has caused protests.  Chief Reza Zarei was on a campaign of moralizing the city by enforcing an Islamic dress code on the women.  The rank hypocrisy is undermining the regime already roiled by economic pressures when the country should be prospering from record oil prices. The regime has been more focused on an ambitious and disruptive foreign agenda than keeping up the home front.  Now its moral authority is now in question.  Without it, they have nothing. This reminds us that problematic behavior of leaders is not an American problem.  It seems to be a human problem.  Of course in countries like France, they like to pretend it is not a problem just a lifestyle choice.  I Read more

Can we straighten out the media drive by on Nancy Wagner?

Several years ago, I was visiting family and attending a conference in D. C. and  while we were sitting at a light we heard gunfire and saw everyone running.  We were sitting at a light which had a no turn on red sign.  I said let's go.  My friend who was driving said but the sign says no turn on red.  I said the red blood on the sidewalk says turn!  We sped away and we called the situation in from relative safety.  I never forgot the terror of a drive by shooting.    Recently someone I know had his picture put up as a suspect for the Wild Quail robbery even though the state police release said he was a person of interest only.  It turned out that he was a victim of bad timing.  The suspects happen to pass by him when he was coming out of the restroom at Wal Mart.  His job was threatened.  His life was shaken.  He was a media drive by victim. It appears my friend Nancy Wagner Read more

The Numbers say….If the election were in March

The generic Congressional numbers have the Democrats up by only 4 points.  Control of the Congress is up for grabs.  Historically, when Republicans have been this close at this stage, they win. John McCain is in a dead heat with an insignificant lead over the Democrats and the electoral numbers are shifting his way.  He leads in Michigan and Florida. A significant portion of Democrat voters rather have McCain than the Democrat other than the one they support. I think a unity ticket is inevitable for the Democrats.  It may be the only way they win just like in 1960. One area of difficulty for Democrats is the fact that people now believe the war is going well.  This is good news for America, but is bad news for Democrats.  John McCain is now almost equal to the Democrats on who can better handle the economy thanks to the Democrats bashing him for supporting tax cuts.  It almost Read more

US Dollar’s Dwindling Value

Does anyone remember the last time a dollar was worth less than 100 Yen? I can’t. I also know it hasn’t happened within the past five years. It might happen today. Early morning trading shows it down under 102¥ (9:37AM: 101.97¥). Watch our dollar, folks. The current state of the dollar has a lot to do with crude and gas prices, too. Don’t get hung up on OPEC in this market, it’s the dollar.  How about that economic policy?  Ungh. We’re in deep stuff, very deep. (the link is to Yahoo’s Finance site…keep refreshing it if you visit…)

The New Trade Wars

Pat Buchanan wrote an interesting article in Human Events entitled To Die for NAFTAin which he proclaimed that Sen. Clinton gets it and Sen. McCain and the neocons don't. " Hillary won Ohio denouncing the NAFTA deal Bill Clinton cut. The lady gets it", Buchanan declared." "McCain remains a loyal NAFTA man. Good luck in Ohio and Michigan. As the Great Peer said, 'The commonest error in politics is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.'" He also stated the following: When Europe imposes a 15 percent value-added tax on U.S. imports and rebates the VAT on exports to the United States, that is not free trade. When China devalues its currency 45 percent, as it did in 1994, and bolts it down to suck jobs and factories out of the United States, that is not free trade. When Japan manipulates its currency, preaches economic nationalism to its people, and shelters its market for TVs, autos and Read more

BREAKING NEWS: Top Middle East military commander resigns

I'm doing this on the road, so my apologies for the brevity of the post (please hold the applause) WASHINGTON - Adm. William Fallon is stepping down as head of the U.S. Central Command, which oversees military matters in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Tuesday.  Full Story I know the feeling Admiral.  Before all the opponents of this effort whoop it up, withdrawal is not the answer and those of us who served at the strategic level know that.  With that said, in my opinion this administration has completely mismanaged this war.  Leave it up to the military commanders to lead the way, not some White House staffers.  If they don't do that, there will be a mass attrition of top brass and field grade officers, not just company grade as is the case now. Lastly, on a personal level, I'm not unhappy to see one more decision-maker with NO interagency experience Read more

Democratic NY Governor Eliot Spitzer aka Client #9 – Linked to Prostitution Ring, expected to resign.

He referred to himself as a "F'n steamroller" and has gotten in trouble recently for secretly spying on Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. He made his name taking people down. Well now it's his turn. NY Times reports the following: ALBANY - Gov. Eliot Spitzer has informed his most senior administration officials that he had been involved in a prostitution ring, an administration official said this morning. Full story Its either this Video or this Video Update: It is now being reported by Foxnews and CNN, that he has not been indicted yet, it is an onging investigation with other high officials in NY Government now cooperating with authorities; He was however known to be "client #9" as far back as February 7, 2008, but it remained sealed until today. So he remained in office for over a month while this was known! Shocking. Read more

How many of you knew this?

The following excerpts from Ben Stein's NY Times piece: Exxon Mobil needs a hug "Exxon Mobil, in fact, is owned mostly by ordinary Americans. Mutual funds, index funds and pension funds (including union pension funds) own about 52 percent of Exxon Mobil’s shares. Individual shareholders, about two million or so, own almost all the rest. The pooh-bahs who run Exxon own less than 1 percent of the company." "When Exxon Mobil earns almost $12 billion in a quarter, or $41 billion in a year, as it did in 2007, that money does not go into the coffers of a few billionaire executives quaffing Champagne in Texas. It goes into the pension and retirement accounts of ordinary citizens. When Exxon pays a dividend, that money goes to pay for the mortgages and oxygen tanks and in-home care of lots of elderly Americans." "So, Mr. Obama, which union pension plans — and which blue-collar workers who Read more

We Have A Right To Know

Note: I did not consult any of my co-contributors here before writing this.  It's 10:40PM on Thursday, March 6, 2008 and I have finally had it with what I believe is propaganda about how Blue Water Wind is wanting to rob me blind. I am incredibly upset with the propaganda war being waged via radio advertisements.  For all the money Delarvae is claiming it will cost us customers to "fund" BWW, I can only wonder, how much is this anti-BWW advertising blitz costing us? Part of my issue is, it's not just one recorded commercial that airs.  There seems to be a calculated response or attack ad curiously timed with each new announcement either from BWW or Delarvae. As an average citizen who has to spend many hours a day and week away from family doing what I can to support them, I don't have the luxury to keep fully abreast of he said/she said.  For those like me, this has become an appearance Read more

God I love Florida and Michigan

Since it doesn't happen too often these days, I'll point out that I was right...albeit prematurely...for now. Since we've since changed sites, here's the original: Prediction - Lawsuit stops Democratic National Convention If Hillary falls short on the delegate count going into the Democratic convention she will sue to sit “banned” delegates from Michigan (156) and Florida (210). Furthermore, the folks who don’t like (or understand) the electoral college and thus should not like this situation either, will say nothing if they are Obama supporters. They will look the other way and hope for the best. Hillary supporters will come out swinging and ultimately win the fight. Update: Do you really want to tick off the Democratic voters of Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Arkansas, Michigan, New Hampshire, Florida Read more

Another GOPer Outed!

Yes, I am greatly humbled by this.  I watch American Idol.  I am sorry for the shame I have befallen upon you all for my own trangression, and that is to all of my earthly human siblings. Look, when I hear someone (Jason Castro) cover Jeff Buckley's cover (#6 on linked list) of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah (#5 on linked list) and do it spot-on to that point of getting the same chills I get when hearing Buckley's CD, it is worth a major shout!  When I hear Randy (not me), Paula, and Simon all crow in agreement how that is their favorite cover of all time, then I realize I have sinned greatly and am indeed on a path straight to hell. You have my confession. Read more

Is Money the Root of Evil?

The Left in this country has perpetrated a proposition that Corporations are evil.  That rich people should have more taxes because they don’t need their money.  They seem to make you think that having money is the root of all evil.  (The Christian scripture says the “love of money” while speaking frequently of wise money management.) Where are William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman when you need them?  Rabbi Daniel Lapin has a new book Thou Shalt Prosperin which he reminds us that God wants us to prosper by serving others.  Joel Olsteen and Robert Schuller also have written books reminding us that success is good.  What these gentlemen have done is strip away the moral foundation of poverty industry. The work of the late, great Milton Friedman and his wife Rose have decimate the economic theory of the poverty industry.  They reminded us  that the business of business is Read more

Patrick Henry Hughes

All parents think their children are special and I certainly believe the presence of this unconditional love makes you a better person. As a father of five, I have been blessed, but I must admit I wish I had the honor of being Patrick’s dad too. I’m jealous. I hope everyone takes a few minutes to view what optimism and inspiration can produce. Sometimes we forget the good when we concentrate so hard on uncovering the bad. I suggest that if a blogger conference/dinner is ever held, we round up the resources and invite Patrick to Delaware as the event’s featured speaker. Link to his story here What a wonderful human being.

Please, Stick Your Email Forwards In Your [EDIT]

I can think of my own reasons to vote for or not vote for any candidate.  However...  Got some juicy Barack Obama emails about why I should be frightfully concerned about him? Stop the crap, now.  I am tired of it and it pains me to think I know of so many naive...scratch that....utterly gullible and stupid people.  Please, stop tossing your litter into my email box and make snopes.com your new friend.  As a matter of fact, do not ever again send me your forward crap until verifying your content through snopes.com. Here, on this topic, I will lend you a hand: Obama content from snopes.com Friends don't let friends become embarrasingly stupid...snopes.com...it's your friend. P.S.: There is a date and time stamp with that great tag line for snopes.com!  It's mine!!!  Except for the snopes.com part. Read more

Is America really ready for you know what?

Is America really ready for a Black President?  It has been only a hundred years since we were allowed to study Negro history.  America being an historically racist nation, conducted a sort of ethnic cleansing of history.  It is bad enough that non-whites were given inferior education.  What was even worse is that they were not even allowed to know what they achieved.  Even today except during black history month, you would think that the only accomplishments Blacks made was in opposing slavery and supporting civil rights. Is a nation which is less than 45 years removed from legal segregation ready to accept one of the minority class to represent it on the world stage?   I think the answer of the majority is yes.  No candidate has gotten as much excitement in the Democratic Party since Bobby Kennedy.  I think the Clintons think no. There actions show that they believe the race Read more

The Story of Stuff–The Latest Gambit to Sucker You Out of Prosperity

You have to see this video.  It is called "The Story of Stuff".  It blasts our wasteful and materialistic society.  On a lot of the points I have to agree, we need to implement better ways of production, cut waste, and return to caring about people more than stuff.  It's author, Annie Leonard is well informed and articulate, but she seems to think government should run everything and corporations are evil.  She seems to think American prosperity impoverishes everyone else.  She seems like a nice lady, but listening to her, I would think that Americans are a thuggish, thieving, trashy people destroying the planet and ravishing the third world. I respectfully disagree.  If the world were more prosperous before our economic advancement, then a case could be made.  The truth is the world is more prosperous because of us.  100 years ago the world could not sustain 1 billion people Read more

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