Sunday, August 31, 2008
Gustav approaching New Orleans. Images of Katrina which cannot be repeated
HERE COMES GUSTAV
"Brownie, you've done a heck of a job!" With those words to FEMA honcho Michael Brown, the Bush administration began its downward spiral from which he's never required. The Federal response looked big, clumsy, and ineffective while pictures of constant suffering were streaming across televisions and computers nationwide. Further, why was the President playing golf in California when he should have been in the "war room" on Pennsylvania Avenue. Truth be told, the decisions that made the avoidable aspects of this tragedy rest much more on the shoulders of the pseudo-hip mayor, Nagin, who did not order evacuations as demonstrated by a parking lot of dozens of flooded school buses. Everything needed to initiate Federal assistance had to cross the desk of Governor Blanco who insisted on signing off on every minute detail causing long delays. The storm hit Monday. Not until the military got involved on Thursday was real progress taking shape.
Here comes Gustav. The key executives, Bush and Nagin are still in office. Blanco is gone replaced by Bobby Jindal. New bureaucrats are in place on the Federal level supposedly with real hands on experience.
It could work out that Katrina was but a dress rehearsal for what's zeroing in on Louisiana right now. It looks like the storm will either hit New Orleans or go a little to the west. If it goes just a little west that puts the most deadly part of the hurricane right over New Orleans.
The 9th Ward still stands largely empty from Katrina's wrath. Not much to evacuate there. The rest of the populated city is emptied out, gone, not about to repeat tragedy. Reports vary on how effectively the levees protecting the city have been restored. While the downtown business and entertainment districts are back to business as usual, New Orleans is still a devastated city on the mends. Some areas appear to be written off never to be restored.
Three years later, what lessons were learned from Katrina remains an open book. President Bush is where he needs to be -- at the White House. Ray Nagin is singing a very different tune -- all business, this time around. New players seem better prepared. Bobby Jindal has done everything possible to get out in front of the impending disaster in much the same way Jeb Bush handled approaching storms in Florida, taking charge and directing citizens exactly what they need to do. R. David Paulison certainly has the background to handle the job at FEMA far more impressive than Michael Brown's claim to fame before joining the Bush administration was acting as Judges and Stewards Commissioner for the International Arabian Horses Association. Brown was forced to resign after numerous challenges to his disciplinary decisions. From there, he entered the Bush administration as General Council to FEMA. How a person like this could ever have been appointed to the administration in the first place is a mystery. His bungling and stiffly bureaucratic handling of the Katrina aid efforts became the face of a system that wasn't working.
It appears better manpower is in place and those who remain know there will be zero tolerance for mistakes on their part. What can't be calculated is how vicious this storm will be. By Tuesday afternoon we'll know.
Held in the balance is the Republican Convention, after all the hoopla and specticle of the Demcratic Convention in Denver, perhaps a low key, all business affair respectfully scaled back for the sake of Gustav could be exactly what the Republicans need to put the right face on their run for the White House. Rest assured, every human tragedy will be laid right on the feet of the Republican Party with the classic Democrat, "They're killing babies! They're starving seniors!" rhetoric reverberating through out the media. No matter how well Bobby Jindal handles the situation as Governor of Louisiana, the Democrats won't miss an opportunity to attempt to tarnish his golden boy image. Naturally, any opportunity to lay the smack down on President Bush will allow their usual feeding frenzy and then by extention to John McCain...four mour years of Bush!! Watch what they do not what they say.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Let's have a little fun, travel back in time and see where things stood at this point in the season in years past. Ten years ago, the tranformation to the modern age was underway as new tracks had been added with one race each at California, Las Vegas, and Texas. Also, the previous year, 1997 was the last year of the Winston Million, won by Jeff Gordon. Thus heading into Darlington for Labor Day weekend lacked the drama of the possibility of a Winston Million winner. The shape of the future was taking shape in 1998. First, Ford had discontinued the Thunderbird. The four door Taurus was mutated to fit a Winston Cup style template, but the "stock" aspect was becoming less and less a reality. Dates were now on the calendar for California, Las Vegas, and Texas. Fans were getting used to the new Coast to Coast style with North Wilkesboro sacrificed after the 1996 season.
Here's the Top 10 from Bristol, August, 1998
1. #6 Mark Martin, Ford, Valvoline
2. #99 Jeff Burton, Ford, Exide Batteries
3. #2 Rusty Wallace, Ford, Miller Lite
4. #88 Dale Jarrett, Ford, Quality Care / Ford Credit
5. #24 Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet DuPont
6. #3 Dale Earnhardt, Chevrolet, GM Goodwrench Service Plus
7. #31 Mike Skinner, Chevrolet, Lowe's
8. #12 Jeremy Mayfield, Ford, Mobil 1
9. #10 Ricky Rudd, Ford, Tide
10. #16 Kevin Lepage, Ford, Primestar
(Rank, Driver, Points, Margin)
1. Jeff Gordon, 3417, Leader
2. Mark Martin, 3350, -67
3. Dale Jarrett, 3194, -223
4. Rusty Wallace, 3033, -384
5. Bobby Labonte, 2932, -485
6. Jeremy Mayfield, 2899, -518
7. Jeff Burton, 2778, -639
8. Dale Earnhardt, 2671, -746
9. Terry Labonte, 2606 -811
10. Ken Schrader, 2533, -884
Twenty years ago, a new era in NASCAR had become common place. Virtually all races were broadcast live on ESPN, TBS, or over the air, mostly on CBS. The smaller, mid-sized race cars had been on the track for a few years. The old guard of Richard Petty, Bobby Allison, and Cale Yarborough had been turned over to a new generation of stars. Darrell Waltrip was the big noise of the series with Dale Earnhardt sporting a new look to match his Intimidator attitude in his black #3. As triumphant as the 1988 season began with father Bobby Allison racing his son for the Daytona 500 victory, all would turn to sorrow when Bobby Allison wrecked at Pocono ending his career. However, 1988 was Bill Elliot's year. 1988 was the the first year of the restrictor plate more or less as it is used today at both Daytona and Talladega. 1988 would be the last year NASCAR would race in Southern California as the last Riverside race had already been run. That date would move up to Wine Country at Sears Point in the Napa/Sonoma region. Racing would resume in LA-LA land in 1997 with the opening of the Fontana Track.
Bristol madness prevailed in 1988 as 12 cars failed to compete our of a starting lineup of only 32 starters. Earnhardt and Elliott were the only drivers to finish all 500 laps.
Here's the Top 10 from Bristol, 1988
1. #3 Dale Earnhardt, Chevy, GM Goodwrench
2. #9 Bill Elliott, Ford, Coors
3. #5 Geoffrey Bodine, Chevy, Levi Garrett
4. #28 Davey Allison, Ford, Havoline
5. #7 Alan Kulwicki, Ford, Zerex
6. #33 Harry Gant, Chevy, Skoal Bandit
7. #17 Darrell Waltrip, Chevy, Tide
8. #43 Richard Petty, Pontiac, STP
9. #27 Rusty Wallace, Pontiac, Kodiak
10. #8 Bobby Hillin, Jr., Buick, Miller High Life
Standings after Bristol, 1988
(Rank, Driver, Points, Margin)
1. Bill Elliott, 3027, Leader
2. Rusty Wallace, 3011, -16
3. Dale Earnhardt, 2901,-126
4. Ken Schrader, 2702, -325
5. Terry Labonte, 2654, -373
6. Geoffrey Bodine. 2640, -387
7. Sterling Marlin, 2544, -483
8. Phil Parsons, 2511, -516
9. Darrell Waltrip, 2504, -523
10. Bobby Hillin, Jr., 2369, -658
Before the "Chase" format was adopted in began in 2004, Labor Day marked the beginning of the traditional stretch drive where it was pretty clear to all who the real championship contenders were and who were going to be singing, "until wait until next year." Drivers had much incentive to finish in the top ten, as the top ten drivers shared in additional championship money to be awarded at the annual NASCAR banquet at the Waldorf Astoria. Look at the points results given here for 1998 and 1988 and see how many drivers went into Darlington thinking they'd have a shot at the Cup trophy at year's end.
2. Ohio State
8. West Virginia
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
37- #00x Mike Skinner, Toyota, Affliction "Day of Reckoning"
38- #96x Ken Schrader Toyota DLP HDTV
39- #10 xPatrick Carpentier, Dodge, Valvoline
40- #45 xKyle Petty, Dodge, Wells Fargo
41- #78 xJoe Nemechek, Chevy, Furniture Row Racing
42- #21 xMarcos Ambrose, Ford, Little Debbie
43- #70 xTony Raines, Chevy, Haas Automation
44- #08 xJohnny Sauter, Dodge, FUBAR All Natural Drink
Lots of fans aren’t too wild about the Sprint Cup’s two trips to the Auto Club Motor Speedway in Fontana, California. Images of Hollywood culture, the NASCAR politics of trying to race everywhere from coast to coast while raiding its traditional country in the Carolinas and robbing Darlington of its annual Labor Day classic, the traditional Southern 500 are all factors which give the good old fans the creeps. Then to see how poorly the California events are supported by the beautiful people who can’t even find an NFL Football team, really pushes a few good old fans’ buttons a little too far.
Truth be told, west coast racing is nothing new. Back in the 60’s, California was a cool scene for the car crowd, but NASCAR has a long history out west. Only in the 80’s and 90’s did California dates evaporate to where there was the sole event up in wine country, the Sears Point road race at Infineon Motor Speedway. The Riverside Speedway in the Los Angeles area hosted road races through 1988 until the property was sold to developers hastening the move to Sears Point. In fact, from 1981-1987, two races were held in hot rod country, all of those years except ’87 were the last races of the year (’87 was next to last before Atlanta). The second Riverside date gave way to Phoenix; however, during that stretch in the 1980’s, Dale Earnhardt celebrated two of his championships in California. Darrell Waltrip hoisted the trophy for all three of his, and Terry Labonte and Bobby Allison won their titles there as well. Rusty Wallace, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte, and Bill Elliot were all winners at Riverside. It was one of the season’s big events with Budweiser sponsorship.
Today’s fans are conditioned to think of the Daytona 500 as the start of the NASCAR season; however from 1970-1980, Riverside was where the flag dropped to start the season. Back in its day, the Riverside Track was one of the premier race tracks in the country. When race fans would recite the top racing venues in the country, Riverside would be mentioned along with Daytona, and Indianapolis. CART, IROC, IMSA, NHRA, and Formula One all came to the Los Angeles area in pursuit of California gold. Furthermore with NASCAR, for most of these seasons, not only did the season begin in California, it also ended there as 1974-1980, the season concluded at a track not far from the existing facility in Fontana, The Ontario Motor Speedway where Dale Earnhardt won his first championship with Benny Parsons winning the race for the last time the checkered flag would signal victory before less than 18,000 fans on November 15, 1980.
Prior to the “Modern Era” which began with the 1972 season shortening the season to 31 races from 48 but often more in previous years, California tracks were stops on the NASCAR circuit. Riverside was the mainstay, but in 1971, after starting at Riverside then coming cross country for racing in Daytona, they returned to California on February 28th to race the Ontario, California speedway which was supposed to be an architectural copy of the Brickyard. The further race historians go back in the 60’s, the more NASCAR was truly an east coast and southeast phenomenon, with 1963 being the year Riverside became a regular date each year on the circuit. The 1962 season was exclusively a Dixie affair with not a single race north of the Potomac. Yet in 1961, there were two May dates for NASCAR racing, Riverside and Los Angeles.
Lee Petty won a series race in Hanford, CA in 1960 while there was an April trip to Phoenix. Other west coast dates in the 1950’s included: Los Angeles, 1959; Sacramento, 1958 --They also raced in Toronto, Ontario that year, the boys also travelled to the California capital in ’57 as well. 1956 had three California dates. Would NASCAR love this today, in 1956 and 57, the fellows raced at Portland, Speedway. Yes, Portland, Oregon! In total, ten tracks in California hosted races in the 1950’s, some were dirt tracks. Some tracks even remain active today.
Think about the California scene, many of today’s race fans grandfathers and maybe even great grandfathers could belly ache about those boys takin’ off for far distant places out with all those California types.
Fine, does that make us feel any better that Darlington will be quiet this weekend? At least next year, Atlanta gets the Labor Day event while California gets pushed into October as part of the Chase. So why is Rockingham just an ARCA track these days. Don’t ask!!!
Riverside winners: (Modern Era)
Early Event, 1972-1988: Budweiser 400 (1982-1988)
1987 - Tim Richmond
1986 - Darrell Waltrip
1985 - Terry Labonte
1984 - Terry Labonte
1983 - Ricky Rudd
1982 - Tim Richmond
1981 - Darrell Waltrip
1980 - Darrell Waltrip
1979 - Bobby Allison
1978 - Benny Parsons
1977 - Richard Petty
1976 - David Pearson
1975 - Richard Petty
1974 - Cale Yarborough
1973 - Bobby Allison
1972 - Ray Elder
Late Season Event, 1972-1987: Western 500 (Final race of season: 1981-86)
1987 - Rusty Wallace
1986 - Tim Richmond
1985 - Ricky Rudd
1984 - Geoff Bodine
1983 - Bill Elliott
1982 - Tim Richmond
1981 (November) - Bobby Allison
1981 (January) - Bobby Allison
1980 - Darrell Waltrip
1979 - Darrell Waltrip
1978 - Cale Yarborough
1977 - David Pearson
1976 - David Pearson
1975 - Bobby Allison
1974 - Cale Yarborough
1973 - Mark Donohue
1972 - Richard Petty
Ontario Motor Speedway Winners
1979 - Benny Parsons
1978 - Bobby Allison
1977 - Neil Bonnett
1976 - David Pearson
1975 - Buddy Baker
1974 - Bobby Allison
1972 - A.J. Foyt
1971 - A.J. Foyt
One Last Preseason Game Against Atlanta and Then What???
Place: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
Time: 7:00 pm
Television: WBAL-TV, Channel 11; MASN2
Weather: 71F, showers
Odds: Baltimore -- 2 1/2, 33 o/u
Okay, those irate fans who put in the whammy to make sure Kyle Boller would not be the Ravens’ starting Quarterback, your wish came true. Ozzie Newsome, announced, that Boller’s shoulder injury is serious and may require surgery. Troy Smith has played in four NFL games and only started two. Joe Flacco is a rookie. Smith is a former Heismann trophy winner for Ohio State, a team that had National Championship potential in Smith’s final year with the Buckeyes. At 6’0” Troy Smith is considered by many to be too short to be an effective pro quarterback. Flacco has the height and an arm capable of tossing way deep down field. Flacco’s school, Delaware, is a Division I-AA team from the Colonial Athletic Association with rivals like Towson, James Madison, Hofstra, Massachusettes, and Richmond as rivals. These schools are far below the caliber of play Smith fought in the Big 10.
The Ravens might be well advised to find a capable veteran quarterback FAST! Daunte Culpepper is available. For those fans who are quick to vilify Boller’s performance as a Raven, don’t forget he was forced into starting duty in his rookie year, 2003, when he started nine games. Despite promise which helped get the Ravens to a Wild Card birth, Boller never completely caught on hastening the Ravens to acquire Steve McNair at the end of his career for the 2006 and 2007 seasons. When returned to the starting position in last year, Boller’s performance was miserable.
Flacco is most likely the team’s long term answer for Quarterback, but to jump from a polite East Coast Conference to the AFC North is too much to ask right off the bat. Smith’s Ohio State background has him better prepared for the hoopla, but still all he has going for him are two pro starts.
Defensive lineman, Dwan Edwards, is gone for the season. The Ravens traded a late 2009 draft pick to aquire Marques Douglas as a backup defender.
We’ll go into more detail on the Ravens when we preview the season before opening kickoff on Sunday, September 7.
This will not be the ordinary, go through the motions, put the evil eye on a few players for the final cut, the Ravens contest against Atlanta will be very important in sizing up where the Ravens need to go early in the season.
John Harbaugh, the rookie head coach, has his work cut out for him as he transitions to the regular season. It could be worse. He could be a few miles down I-95 and working for Danny Snyder.
This is a game to watch!
Don’t be foolish. There is NO reason to watch the Obama Festival at Invesco Field, NONE! You can read all you want about it on the Internet. Rest assured their will be plenty of highlights of it all over the news media for the next several days. Even morbid curiosity is no excuse for watching this idiot let his out of control ego run wild.
Let there be no question, this writer questions Obama’s patriotism, love of country, honesty, experience, and character. How can he claim to love America when all he does is talk about how badly America needs RADICAL change? Narcissism seems to be the prerequisite for big shot Democrats these days: the Clintons, Johnny Reid Edwards, and now Obama. If it weren’t for how much our culture has been brainwashed into seeing him as some virtuous, historical figure, we could just laugh him off the stage. How could such a small, petty, empty soul with zero accomplishments even think of running for President? Still, NBC, ABC (even through ESPN), CBS, and CNN have decided this is who our next President must be. Can you imagine how much figures like Andrea Mitchell, Anderson Cooper, Chris Matthews, and Keith Olbermann will be awestruck as if this were the greatest moment in American History since Thomas Jefferson submitted the Declaration of Independence?
What’s up with HBO, Showtime, Starz, and CineMax? Are they purposely airing crappy movies so folks might watch the convention? Or is it the movie industry offers such crappy movies to chose from?
So here’s your TV Guide, if you must watch TV. Why not take your significant one to a nice restaurant? Get a jump on the weekend, grill up a nice steak and enjoy with a nice bottle of wine? Heck, even work on cleaning up the basement, junk room, and garage for God’s sake.
MASN Dodgers @ Nationals
ESPN College Football North Carolina State @ South Carolina
ESPN 2 College Football Oregon State @ Stanford
MASN2, WBAL-TV Falcons @ Ravens
WGN Phillies @ Cubs
NFL Miami Dolphin Cheerleaders – Making the Squad
FX Terminator 3:Return of the Machines
USA US Open (Tennis) – Early Round Play
The Islamic World -- The Pursuit of a False Prophet and a Religion of Hate
Honor Killings -- Terrorism Turned Against the Female Family Member
Indoctrination begins at a young age.
The beautiful Said sisters murdered by their father for being too American.
Today's news reports of German woman of Turkish origins being kidnapped for exiting a prearranged marriage. At the dawn of the new year, two beautiful teenaged sisters in Dallas were murdered by their father for being good all-American girls. In Islamic society, a tradition persists of fathers, brothers, and husbands killing daughters, sisters, and wives for conduct they deem as shameful as it violates their concept of Islamic customs and law. In some Islamic countries, the practice is not illegal. Meanwhile, as members of Islamic society immigrate into Western Europe, Canada, and the United States, such Satanic rituals are arising in alarming numbers in the West.
When it comes to this kind of evil retribution, have we ever heard of a Christian doing something like this because a daughter wanted to marry a Jew? Have we ever heard of a Jew behaving like this because a girl wanted to marry a Catholic? Have we ever heard of a Christian or Jew act like this if one of their young ladies wanted to marry an atheist? Do Buddhists act like this? Do Taoists act like this?
Only in the Islamic world does this seem possible and given the extent to which journalists and the whole politically correct secular world bends over backwards not to vilify the Moslem religion, it's hard to call this selective reporting. This is the religion that tolerates honor killing and subverts women's freedom to practically the level of slavery. Witness what happens to women who appear in public without their men or make any social contact with members of the opposite sex.
Here's an episode from Germany, just a kidnapping. JUST A KIDNAPPING!!!
Let us pray that this unfortunate German woman of Turkish descent is freed and able to live the life she has chosen to live as a free citizen in a Western Democracy. The Said sisters, Amina and Sarah weren't so lucky. They were two beautiful teenaged girls living in Dallas. They were popular, did well in school, and by all accounts were two absolutely lovely, well-adjusted girls. Their complexion was a little darker revealing their Arabic heritage, but that was the only external sign that made them any different than if their names were Carol and Buffy Jones.
Their father, Yaser Abdel Said, a Dallas area cab driver, picked up his daughters and with one of the girls frantically calling 911 for rescue, the screams of the dying girls being brutally murdered by their wicked evil Moslem father were recorded for the world to hear. Amazingly, this case received so little coverage when one considers the day-to-day constant coverage the disappearance of Kaylee Anthony, the infant daughter of the crazed party girl and her neurotic lying grandmother has gotten all over cable news. Why wasn't the news posting pictures all over the place and giving this case massive coverage? Mr. Said slipped away somehow. He committed the murder not far from the Dallas airport. Go figure.
Meanwhile, back in Germany, back on January 16, 2006, The Boston Globe reported of the murder of 23-year-old Hatun Surucu, another Turkish immigrant who was forced to wed her cousin while still a young teenager. She escaped her husband and fled to Germany with her infant son. She was gunned down two blocks from her apartment. Two of her five brothers were charged with her murder.
German authorities indicated there were at least five honor killings in 2005 alone and 47 in recent years across Germany up to that point. The article went on to indicate that 18 out of 22 domestic homicides in Great Britain during 2005 were shown to be ''murder in the name of so-called 'honor."
On July 11, 2008, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported the case of Pakistani native, Chaudhry Rashid, 56, was charged of murdering his daughter, Sandeela Kanwal 25, another case of a Moslem woman trying to free herself from an arranged marriage. Here's the information as printed by the news source:
A Pakistani immigrant who strangled his daughter because she wanted to end her arranged marriage did it because she "would disgrace the family," according to an arrest warrant.
Chaudhry Rashid, 56, of Jonesboro, told police he is Muslim and that extramarital affairs and divorce are against his religion. That's why he killed her, the Clayton County arrest warrant says.
In court this week Rashid said, "I have done nothing wrong."
The article went on to discuss the honor killing phenomenon indicating that the 2000 United Nations Population Fund report indicated approximately 5,000 women are murdered each year in honor related rituals.
Recently, The Boston Globe again provided more insight into this dreadful form of family terrorism. The following column provides more specific instances and analysis of this brutal, wicked, product of a depraved subculture of Islam, a religion that provides death to be the appropriate punishment for any follower of Islam who chooses to stop practicing the religion.
Does it seem like it's well past due for spiritual leaders of the great religions to identify the polygamous warrior, Mohamed, a false prophet? Likewise, in the eyes of world history shouldn't Mohamed be seen more like Caligula, Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao, a purveyor of evil and hatred? Some killed for sport. Some cloaked themselves in higher principles, but the results were the same, genocide, oppression, and tyranny.
Most Moslems are just ordinary people who happened to be born in the wrong part of the world. How wonderful it would be if liberating messages, words of hope and freedom could make it past the sword. Missionaries from around the world know the penalty for practicing their trade in the Islamic world -- torture and death. With the information age taking hold, perhaps the electronic revolution will be too much for the evil Islamic governments that impose Sharia on all their citizens to maintain their censorship and oppression of more humane values.
To be a woman, a homosexual, a non believer, or any kind of free thinker even within the strict provisions of Islam is to live dangerously. Express yourself, YOU DIE!
Judaism is a religion of tolerance and morality. Christianity is a faith of compassion and redemption. Buddhism in its many forms celebrates the freedom of the human spirit. What is Islam all about? Submit or die? The etymology of moslem literally means one who submits.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Obama Campaign's attempt to muzzle attack ad raises ugly questions about the far-left and Democratic party's attitude toward attempts to provide opposing points of view.
The Obama campaign is showing its true heart born in the radical associations with the likes of Weatherman founder, William Ayers, an unapologetic domestic terrorist and devote Marxist in how it is responding to informational spots by conservative 527 groups attempting to show the public what we've all been anxious to know, "Who is the REAL Barack Obama?" My heart says, "Methinks he's a communist in polite media friendly sheep's clothing." Yeah, communist sounds so old-fashioned to Gen-X'ers and younger, but WAKE UP!
Sen. Obama does not support reimposing the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters," press secretary Michael Ortiz said in an e-mail to B&C late Wednesday.
"He considers this debate to be a distraction from the conversation we should be having about opening up the airwaves and modern communications to as many diverse viewpoints as possible," Ortiz added. "That is why Sen. Obama supports media-ownership caps, network neutrality, public broadcasting, as well as increasing minority ownership of broadcasting and print outlets."
Talk radio is the only information source that the left in this country has not overtaken. Conservative talk show hosts provide entertaining, fast-paced, highly-listenable programming which has become an oasis of sanity for so many Americans looking for a medium that shares their hopes, dreams, fears, and doubts.
Obama can have this issue both ways. Surely, if it comes up for a vote before January, President Bush will veto it. Obama won't be present for the vote -surprise, surprise. Should the unthinkable happen and Obama seizes control of the White House, should a Democrat Senate and House pass the "Fairness Doctrine" would a President Obama veto his own party's legislation on this issue?
President Bush condemned Russia's "irresponsible decision" for their recognition of two Georgian territories as independent entitities, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Dmitry Medvedev announced that Russia is granting these territories full diplomatic status. All this while Medvedev all but announced a new Cold War is underway.
While Russia breaks one agreement after another in leaving Georgia and attempting to dictate their own terms for doing so, the following remark by Russia's president adds a new terrifying perspective:
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev:
"We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a new Cold War," .... "But we don't want it and in this situation everything depends on the position of our partners." quoted by ITAR - Tass news agency, Tuesday, August 26, 2008.
There are no silver linings to be found in Russia's recent behavior. For a country with its vast natural resources which transfer into instant wealth in the world market place, their attempts to bully the West when they could just be raking in our dollars by a little bit of competitive free enterprise are absolutely insane!!!
Russia never learned some crucial lessons with the fall of the Soviet Union, that free enterprise, open markets, and individual initiative are the building blocks of a powerful society. Power hungry bullies helped destroy the Soviet Union. They will not guide Russia on the path of re-emergence as a premier world power.
For western political and economic leaders to minimize the bellicose behavior in Moscow right now would be a serious mistake. Eastern Europe is enjoying a remarkable renaissance fueled by freedom and innovation. So much potential for great things lie ahead for the Ukraine and Georgia if the Russian bear can be contained. The corrupt powerful few run Russia right down to micromanaging the economy. Their own experience under Soviet Communism should have taught them their lesson.
Today, the puppet speaks. What happens tomorrow? If you're not scared, you're not paying attention.
Monday, August 25, 2008
From Kindergarten to Doctoral Programs and Beyond, American Education Is In BIG Trouble
THIS STORY WILL MAKE YOU ANGRY, VERY ANGRY!!!
This is unbelievable, a 9 year old boy was booted off his youth league team because he was too good. A fellow works hard, develops his skills, applies them the way he's supposed to, achieves outstanding results and this is what happens. The other team refused to show up!!!
Read this and weep...
Fox News Summary:
Complete Story from New Haven Register:
Well, isn't this what "affirmative action," playing games in elementary school where score is not kept, and the desire to keep raising taxes for whomever the government deems as rich is all about?
This could be a look into the future of an Obama Nation for sure.
Jericho Scott you ARE one of our Good Guys of the Month, young man!!! Hold your head high and keep striving for excellence!!!