Bill Maher has a segment on his show called New Rules. Having just watched Governor Palin's speech, here are some new rules that would help the vigorous debate going forward.
New Rule: Don't exploit Downs Syndrome to earn votes
New Rule: Resist the urge to photoshop Palin to some licentious picture. Classless and sophomoric.
New Rule: Substantial criticism is not sexist. (Are you listening Carly?)
New Rule: Don't call Washington liberal when it has been controlled by Republicans for most of the century.
New Rule: Community organization, development and activism is a noble calling and should not be belittled.
New Rule: A world champion snow mobile rider is not much of a accomplishment. How many competitive snow mobilers are they?
New Rule: Sarcasm, insult, and belittling will not solve our country's ills.
New Rule: Spend more time talking about your solutions not knocking your opponents.
New Rule: Hope, articulation, inspiration and thoughtful, deliberative responses are important.
New Rule: If you want to reform Washington, you must acknowledge that your party is the reason it needs reforming.
New Rule: Drilling is not in the top ten most pressing issues facing this country.
New Rule: Quit trying to frame the war in Iraq in terms of God.
New Rule: If you want to use selling the state's private jet as a qualification for running, vow now to sell Air Force 2 and give those proceeds to veterans relief.
New Rule: Don't use your influence and power for petty revenge.
New Rule: Before you make "Country First" your campaign slogan, make sure your spouse doesn't want to secede from the country.
If you have a new rule, feel free to post them. It's getting late and I am feeling nauseous.
John McCain is of course older than his running mate, no surprise, but did you realize that McCain is older than the state that his running mate governs.
FWIW, I don't think McCain's age is a problem for him. I do subscribe that age can bring wisdom, and to discriminate against him based on age is no different than discriminating against Obama for his race.
For those interested, I found, what I think is a pretty fair description of Palin from one of her own constituents. I don't know anything about this site or the biases of the writer, I just thought it was a decent, non-partisan depiction.
So is Palin McCain's panacea or the biggest misstep in modern presidential election history? Thoughts?
McCain picks Sarah Palin, a 1/2 term governor of Alaska, who just a couple years ago was a part time mayor of a city of about 7000 people and she could be within one breathe of being the leader of the free world should McCain win.
Is there any question, now, as to the desperation of McCain and Republican party? I can not even begin to imagine what the debate between Palin and Biden will be like, but I would suggest you put the kids to bed before, because that is going to be one bloodletting.
I hope to write a little about the Democratic convention later, but since we will move straight from the punditry over Obama's speech tonight to punditry over McCain's VP choice on Friday, I thought we should begin prepping for some of what we will hear next week in Minneapolis.
One thing we will certainly hear is that Obama, like every other Democrats in history wants to "tax" us out of prosperity. McCain will vow to cut taxes and campaign on his fiscal conservative bona fides. As you listen, I simply ask that you keep the following cartoon in mind.
It seems to me that we are suffering the greatest crisis in leadership in my lifetime or at least in the time that I have been paying attention. From the absent leadership of the presidency all the way down to the impotent and embarrassing county commission.
Perhaps everyone is too busy swooning over Michael Phelp's breast stroke, but where is the outrage at the shamelessness of our president. In case you missed his comments regarding the Russia/Georgia situation, you can watch it here.
If you didn't want to watch it, just considered these little gems of quotes:
"With its actions in recent days, Russia has damaged it credibility and its relations with the nations of the free world. Bullying and intimidation are not acceptable ways to conduct foreign policy in the 21st century."
"Russia must respect the freedom of free nations."
That is utterly shameless. How can he get away we saying stuff like that and nobody call him on it. The press in this country is spineless. We can report of the sexual licentiousness of any number of politicians but nobody cares that this administration lies, double talks, and spins with impunity. It is incorrigible.
But that is not all. Bob Riley, the beloved governor of the state, refused to do DNA testing for those that sit on death row. Now I haven't followed the Thomas Arthur story very closely (if you don't know him just Google him, no shortage of stuff) but it seems to me that there is no harm in testing. If the test fails, you can execute your guy with no worries and tell all the protesters to get lost, but if by chance, the DNA test proves Arthur's innocence, then you have prevented a travesty. Where is the leadership! Where is the courage to the do the right thing regardless the cost.
Troy King, a Riley appointee, well, I won't even go there. How he was elected is unbelievable.
But sadly, it does not stop there. The Jefferson County Commission, the present ones, the ones that are not in jail yet (cf. White, Germany, etc) voted recently to let the public vote on how to solve the sewer crap. Really? I thought that is why we vote for public officials in the first place, to bring solutions to our pressing problems. They gladly accept the power and the 80-100k salary but want to absolve themselves of the responsibility for which they were elected.
How can the public know what to do? The resolution that the public is suppose to vote on, that will determine much of the future of this county is written on a college level. So the public, 59% of whom didn't make it to college and those who did probably wouldn't read a college level resolution on a matter as complex as this is going to asked to make a decision of this magnitude? Where may I ask is the leadership?
As for the mayor of the largest and most influential metropolitan in the state, I just have two words: Larry Langford! OMG! Good grief! His answer to the vicious killing that is destroying our community. A gathering at the woeful Boutwell Auditorium where he actually condemned the religious community because more of them didn't actually, (I a mean literally) don sackcloth! I am all for prayer, but a burlap sack is not doing anything to solve the urban plight. I am sick of reading about girls who can't walk to the convenience store without getting shot down.
And how does the public respond? I can't say that they have. They yawn, gripe about their gas prices even though they still drive 80 mph. Why worry? Nick Saban was on the cover of Forbes and Josh Niblett loves God and family, and the mighty Hoover Bucs are about to kickoff. Apparently that is the only leadership we seem to care about anymore.
Yee Ha! Things are jumping and McCalla is hopping! The long awaited Colonial Tannehill Promenade is open (at least some of it) and so far so good. I have seen more movies this past week (2) than I have in the previous 9 months. The Publix is great with a nice beverage selection and friendly employees. I will probably go in there at least 2 more times this year, my experience was so positive.
The much ballied hooed Target opened as well and it is nice I suppose, but I don't think they were quite ready. They weren't fully stocked and my experience with the employees was uninspiring. Most seemed ill informed and in a daze. My sister however has a pleasant experience and I am hopeful. The thing is, I get so stressed in those big box retailers (Best Buy not withstanding). There are just too many people. People walking too slow or two abreast blocking the aisle. Others going too fast crossing right in front or behind you so you spend all your time looking where you are going rather than looking over their goods. I may go in there one more time this year. That would not count the times I go into the Starbucks cafe. I don't count it as an attendance unless I go past the cash registers. A good cup of coffee, less than five minutes from the homestead is indeed worth celebrating.
The movie house is open and it is as nice as anything in town. The screens are all digital light projection and all have digital sound. The chairs are comfortable, and there is plenty of leg room. Again the customer service is needing some improvement, but I will give them a pass for the first few weeks and will definitely see another movie there this year. I have heard from some "out of towners" who have tried it and have already claimed the movie house as their own. I invite each of you to come spend your dollars here.
Zaxby's has opened and I have eaten there once as has Habeneros, where I have also dined once already. I am going to go out on a limb and say that I will be back several more times this year.
Chick-fil-a is being constructed as I type and the Logan's Roadhouse is getting closer to completion. Other dining opportunities await with the McAlister's Deli, Taco Bell, and Burger King and a COOKIE STORE! The Deli will be nice since I could get a salad after I tire of drive thrus.
All in all, I will say that this is a very, very good thing for Southwest Jefferson County. It is time for the residents of Bessemer, McCalla, Lakeview, Woodstock, Green Pond, Hueytown, Pleasnt Grove, Oak Grove, Sylvan Springs and those of us in the county to prove that we have for too long been under served. Show up, shop, dine, entertain and show Birmingham that there is more to this metropolis that "Over the Mountain", Shelby County, and Trussville. Arise McCalla! Arise Bessemer Cutoff! Arise my friends who are tired of driving! Arise and discover what we have known all along. This is a fine and proud community.
First, thanks to all the well wishers that offered their thoughts on my birthday. Most came through Facebook, which I haven't used much of late. I was wasting too much time on it so I got away from it, though it is great way to find old acquaintances. That said, I appreciate all the greetings, but I can't respond individually to each you. I am sure you understand.
Life has been busy. I hate saying that because I don't want to come off like one of those incessant whiners who is always complaining about being busy as if they are to be rewarded for their martyrdom. It is so tiresome. We are all busy, so get over it.
So I am not griping in the least. I feel blessed . My business continues to grow and the prospects of a sustainable career are now within sight. But running a growing business by yourself, attempting to serve your clients as they rightly deserve, trying to be technologically efficient while trying to continue marketing efforts that will keep new business coming in, all the while maintaining life balance with my family, friends and having time for myself as well has proven challenging. Blogging has suffered as a consequence.
As usual there have been many stories that have caught my attention, other events that are worth sharing. So since, it is 11:15 P.M. I will use the ubiquitous bullet format for what has been happening in my mind and life that merits a mention.
Anyway, in reading back over this it appears like I am griping a lot. But the reality is I start my 39th year tomorrow and life is good even when it is busy. I hope to hear from many of you soon. E-mail, comment on the blog or drop by the house rather than call though. :)
It would seem to me that it is pretty obvious that Republicans have exploited the issue of abortion and homosexuality to garner religious support. So many evangelicals have embraced the Republican party as if it were the party of G*d Him/Herself.
I overheard my Granddad (whom I love and respect very much) say to someone, "I don't know how you could be a Christian and vote for Obama." I didn't say anything, but I wanted to say, "But Granddaddy, I'm a Christian." But you pick your battles and it wasn't one I wanted to fight and not with a man who is salt of the Earth, but just spouting off crap he hears in his own confined little world. Misinformed and unthoughtful.
Had I wanted to fight, I could have pointed out the hypocrisy of the "pro life" agenda, one that is often tossed out as being one of the reasons so many of the religious have a blind love affair with the Grand Ole' Party (or God's Own Party). "We champion human life!," they like to say. Really?
All that to say, "pro life" has to mean more than abortion. But for Republicans such comprehensive views may complicate their power over blind religious followers. Why mess things up, when they can get their tax cuts, make their record profits, while using the religion to distract us from their real agendas.