Tuesday, September 30, 2008
When the stock market was falling 777 points, the House was rejecting the President, the Treasury, and the Fed, Campbell Soup was ... umm ummm good stock to own!
The soup stock constitutes part of the S & P 500. 499 of the 500 fell in price on Monday by about $80 dollars. Soup was up about 8 cents.
Details on the soup line on Wall Street, currently a short one.
Monday, September 29, 2008
More than ever, we need politicians and candidates to stand up for something. I'm all for an open debate at a neutral location by a professional or at least neutral host.
If James Mills won't debate, I say we stage one for Strickland versus an empty suit laid across an empty chair.
Tell us what you stand for, Representative Mills. Or quit.
John McCain got one Silver Star and one Purple Heart. One each, not each one ever given.
When he begins to honor the other 599 POWs, then I'll honor him.
Here's a link to what a Senior POW had to say about John's media memories from POW camp.
John McCain, POW
Just remember, it's an opinion from someone who spent more time in those POW camps than McCain.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
He lost. I guess. But, we're all sure Kerry isn't Bush.
But, Kerry was at least running against Bush.
Nathan Deal isn't George W. Bush, either. But, Deal doesn't mention Bush much, if any at all in his current campaign. His campaign slogan seems to be, "I'm not Nancy Pelosi!"
I've attended more than my share of Nathan Deal 'town hall' infommercials. In his repetitive presentation, I heard him say, I'm not Nancy Pelosi in several different ways. The Times printed a Nathan Deal quote from the WDUN/Brenau forum. It was another version of "I'm not Nancy Pelosi!"
Should someone tell Nathan he's not running against Nancy? Or, should we let him become the next John Kerry?
Let's just say, "There goes Nathan Deal. He's no Nancy Pelosi!"
Friday, September 12, 2008
The candidate's weren't given a format until yesterday, Thursday at 11:43 am. Let's just say noon, less than 48 hours out from the event.
Who set the format? Martha Zollar and WDUN who also sent out the email to the candidates.
Here's the text of the email:
Greetings to all Candidates, Campaign Managers and Organizers,
Martha Zoller would like to express her appreciation for your participation in Saturday's live political forum. It is sure to provide good information for the audience and assist them in their voting decisions.
Attached you will find a forum agenda. Please note your time slot and arrive at the Thurmond McRae Lecture Hall thirty minutes before your designated time.
Also attached is a fact sheet that should answer most, if not all, of your questions regarding the forum, the audience, marketing for the forum, location information, and driving directions.
The email came at 11:43 from Lxxxx Hxxxx
Coordinator for Martha Zoller
WOW! Brenau gets no respect from Martha, not even an honorable mention in the freaken email.
What happened to, "'This is the first time BULLI has undertaken anything of this magnitude with such a wide range of candidates and surrogates involved," said Kathy Amos, director of the university´s non-credit adult learning program.'"
I guess I should start printing those T-shirts, "What Did Bulli Do?"
But, at least some truth was put in the public eye by Brenau.
"BULLI credits Zoller for quickly assembling the program participants."
I'd be real careful about giving Martha too much credit since she wouldn't call it the Brenau forum or the Bulli forum. So why put anymore lipstick on this pig? All of this strongly echoes the rumor on the street that Martha Zoller/Nathan "No Deal" Deal set up the forum.
And, that Martha will cut off responses from "liberals" to present her ultra-conservative views.
In my humble opinion, the use of surrogates undermines the very purpose of an academic setting. As well as Brenau using W-DUMB's Martha Hollar instead of a neutral, academic panel.
A surrogate can inform the audience of nothing not already known about a candidate, nothing not already in print or other media, and cheats the other participants who personally are available.
The lowest thing is sending Casey Cagle to represent Saxby "I can't go to Viet Nam because I have a trick knee" Chambliss. Cagle gets a free campaign appearance for his 2010 bid for the Governor's Mansion. Saxby and his campaign doesn't have to answer any questions. And, Trick Knee gets to hobble all the way to the bank from his fundraiser at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.
Very, very bad form on Brenau's part.
But, great political maneuvering by the GOP and Martha Zollar. They don't have to show up. The GOP can send an stuffed suit, or an empty bra as the case may be, to regurgitate RED Kool-Aid.
I'm boycotting what Brenau has called an "event that is designed only to educate and inform the BULLI students and the public."
And, I hope the public gets educated in backroom manipulation and politics as usual.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
"During the course of our investigation, we learned that some RIK employees frequently consumed alcohol at industry functions, had used cocaine and marijuana, and had sexual relationships with oil and gas company representatives," the report said. Two government employees who had to spend the night after a daytime industry function because they were too intoxicated to drive home were commonly referred to by energy traders as the "MMS Chicks."That would be the Mineral Management Service Chicks.
How about this for a salacious detail?
An "individual allegedly passed out business cards for her sex toy business at work, bragging that her income from that business exceeded her salary at the Interior Department."
"The reports also said former head of the Denver royalty-in-kind office, Gregory W. Smith, used cocaine and had sex with subordinates. The report said Smith also steered government contracts to a consulting business that paid him $30,000 for his work from April 2002 through June 2003. Smith retired from the office in May 2007."
And, Martha Zoeller says the government isn't allowing enough drilling on federal property.
Well, you could just insert the name of any conservative for Martha Zoeller, including Sarah Palin.
Back to being serious:
Who wants to run the government like a corporation? Raise your hands.
The findings are the latest sign of trouble at the natural gas drilling., which already has been accused of mismanaging the collection of fees from oil companies and writing faulty contracts for drilling on government land and offshore. The charges also come as Congress and both presidential candidates are debating whether to open up more federal offshore waters to oil and
"This all shows the oil industry holds shocking sway over the administration and even key federal employees," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. "This is why we must not allow Big Oil's agenda to be jammed through Congress."
We shouldn't blame the government for the temptations offered by the Devil. Blame the Devil that staged the parties, brought the cocaine, and passed out the cash.
Our society will punish the government but not the Corporate Devils.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The Hall County Republican Party brags that all the elected “officials in Hall County (that elected by party) are Republican.” That isn’t true and hasn’t been true ever. County Commissioners must designate a party affiliation and qualify by party affiliation. Debra Mack, a Democrat, has held office as a County Commissioner since 2002.
If the Hall County Republicans can’t see Debra Mack at the monthly County Commission meetings, how can they possibly find Weapons of Mass Destruction, al Qaida, or a solution to any of the complex problems threatening our security?
What other lies are on the Republican Website?
The Hall County Republican Party "is larger than even Gwinnett County GOP." I guess size does matter, but is the Hall County Republican Party even as large as the Hall County Democratic Party?
The Hall County Republicans have only one person listed as a “District Chair.” The Hall County Democrat’s webpage’s list three party committee members for each of the county’s four districts and five at large representatives. Those seventeen Democrats are not elected government officials but Democrats elected to represent other Democrats with local and state party issues.
Why can’t the Hall County Republicans find one person to help the county party membership in each district? Could it be that after a few years of George Bush, Nathan Deal, and Saxby Chambliss, even the local Republican party has become top heavy, indifferent, and out of touch with the average person?
The Hall County Republican Party and the National GOP are just like Bush and Cheney, McCain and Palin.
Clueless and Truthless.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Or, better yet, the story we haven't heard about a certain Congressional Staffer who shot two women with a pellet gun?
I'm working on the details of how a Georgia Congressman, allegedly tough on crime, kept this Chief of Staff out of prison.
Interesting, isn't it?
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
She appreciates your respect for her family's privacy.
Monday, September 1, 2008
She's more like a 'mayor' of 670,000 people than the governor of a state. Gwinnett County has over 700,000 people, Cobb County has over 690,000 people, Dekalb county has over 730,000 people, and Hall County has over 340,000 people.
Her 'city' has little or no personal taxes. It's very easy to govern with a budget made entirely of crude oil and natural gas royalties. Alaska gets so much in oil royalties that Palin cranks out millions of dollars in a special welfare check to each citizen, each year. She is seeking to hand out another $1,200 per person this year just to offset higher gasoline prices.
In her second year as Alaska's 'Mayor,' Palin has less executive experience than my local county commission, the head of the county school board, or the county tax commissioner. Each of those executives must balance a budget from tax receipts, levy property taxes, borrow money for capital projects, and compete with other jurisdictions to hire the best talent for public schools, police, and emergency first responders.
Palin won her office in a contest very much like any other GOP election. In other words, the previous Republican "Mayor" of Alaska did a horrible job. So horrible that no one wanted him back for another term, while the Justice Department wanted him on corruption charges. No "respectable" Republican, if there are such things in Alaska, could vote for the man. So the voters picked "None of the Above."
Palin, the GOP's second choice for President of the United States, hasn't read the 28 page indictment of her political mentor, Senator Ted Stevens. Stevens has been charged with violating the Ethics in Government Act, a felony.
Palin is the typical GOP expert on ethics, having served as the Ethics Supervisor of the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission while also being the Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Commission. A wonderful conflict of interest, supervising herself on ethics.
She has also been accused of wrongfully firing the Alaska Public Safety Commissioner in July of 2008. The Commissioner refused to fire Palin's ex-brother in law, a state trooper. Palin's two dozen verified contacts with the Commissioner requesting the termination remain under another "ethics investigation." Since the State of Alaska has solicited Palin's personal attorney to handle the investigation, we can expect a white washing of the allegations. Very well done, young lady.
And, very well done and a pat on the ass for the Good Ol' Boys of the GOP.
And, if I ever meet our Second Choice for President aka Ms. Palin, I'll be asking a few questions.
What's it like being second choice behind John McCain?
Is it a lot like being Brittany Spears sister?
Or, is it like being Paris Hilton's side kick, Nicole Richie, in "The Simple Life?"
Will you continue the Bush traditions of corruption as you have in Alaska? Or, will you be more like Dick Cheney who held secret meetings to settle policy agreements with corporate executives and then claimed executive privileges to keep the details secret?
Palin, the best Second Choice for President ever by the Republican Party.
God help the country if that is a serious choice.