Saturday, May 31, 2008

Is Obama really outraged or...

did he finally quit his Trinity United Church because he knows his campaign is threatened? Personally, I think his joining this church was simply to attract the "black" vote. He needed to establish himself and gain acceptance in the black community before he was his Illinois state senate seat. I can't even begin to imagine sitting week after week, for over 20 years, in a place in which such vitriol was spewed...even Oprah new enough not to attend this "church"!

Pathetically, the only reason Obama has finally resigned (and at that with "some sadness" he says) is because he knows it is not good for his campaign. He knows that, as he becomes the Democratic candidate, he can't actually have ties to this place or anyone who "preaches" there.

Obviously, the liberal media and the Obama crew have tried to make McCain's connection to Rev. John Hagee seem as "bad" as Obama's connection to Rev. Wright, but reality is, it can't be made. All John McCain had to do was denounce Rev. Hagee...there is no long time relationship between the two men and of course, McCain doesn't belong to Hagee's church...for that matter, he doesn't even live in the same state that the church is located in! So the attempt to make it appear that "all" the candidates have questionable ties to religious figures, failed miserably, forcing Obama into finally resigning from Trinity United.

Obama quits Chicago church after long controversy

May 31 07:07 PM US/Eastern

Associated Press Writer

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - Barak Obama has resigned his 20 year membership in the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago in the aftermath of inflammatory remarks by his longtime pastor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and more recent fiery remarks at the church by another minister.

Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs said Obama had resigned from the church "over the last few days."

Campaign aides said they weren't immediately certain how the resignation took place, whether by letter or in some other fashion, and were trying to find out.

Messages left for a church spokeswoman in Chicago were not immediately returned Saturday afternoon.

The development came as Obama campaigned in South Dakota.

Obama said he disagreed with Wright but initially portrayed him as a family member he couldn't disown. The preacher had officiated at Obama's wedding and been his spiritual mentor for some 20 years.

But six weeks after Obama's well-received speech on race, Wright claimed at an appearance in Washington that the U.S. government was capable of planting AIDS in the black community, praised Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and suggested that Obama was acting like a politician by putting his pastor at arm's length while privately agreeing with him.

Obama denounced those Wright comments as "divisive and destructive."

Comments by Wright inflamed racial tensions and posed an unwanted problem for Obama, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, as he seeks to wrap up the nomination.

More recently, racially charged remarks from the same pulpit by another pastor, the Rev. Michael Pfleger, kept the controversy alive and proved the latest thorn in the side of Obama.

Pfleger mocked Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as a guest speaker at Obama's church.

Although Obama condemned comments by both Wright and Pfleger, the controversy has persisted.

For months, Obama has been hamstrung by the rhetoric of Wright, whose sermons blaming U.S. policies for the Sept. 11 attacks and calls of "God damn America" for its racism became fixtures on the Internet and cable news networks.

Read further here

Thursday, May 29, 2008

What is Personal Responsibility and Accountability?

And does it even matter or exist today at all? From what I have witnessed recently, I think its even harder to find then I ever imagined. According to Chuck Gallozzi of Personal Responsibility is not a burden, it's a blessing

Today's subject is responsibility. Not social responsibility, which is a separate issue, but personal responsibility. When we take responsibility, we admit we are the ones responsible for the choices we make.

We, not other people or events, are responsible for the way we think and feel. It is our life, and we are in charge of it. We are free to enjoy it or disdain it. No, we are not responsible for all that happens to us, but we are responsible for how we think, feel, and act when they happen.

Why did God make us so fleet-footed? Some would argue it is to allow us to dodge, duck, and run from responsibility! Why would anyone want to do that? Well, many people associate responsibility with duty and obligations, which, in turn, are thought of as burdens. But personal responsibility is not a burden, it is a blessing.


Yes, responsibility is equated with freedom and power. Once we awaken to this fact, we become liberated and empowered. Once we become aware of this truth, we shed our victim mentality and gain the power to transform ourselves.

And likewise Personal Accountability:

“Life is so much better when we shed the victim thinking and simply choose the path of personal accountability.”- John G. Miller, The Question Behind the Question

Personal Accountability allows you to move away from a mindset where things happen "to you" in your life without your consent or influence, and embrace your role in the way your life is shaped by moving to a place of true power and freedom.
Of course, this begs the question...WHY? Why do so many people NOT want to take responsibility and accountability for their own actions? How can so many want to play the "victim" in society, blaming others for their choices and life decisions? I know that some have a difficult time letting go of the past, but generally not letting go of the past means you will allow it to mess up your future. So many of us make mistakes in life, the point is to learn from them...not to continue to blame past mistakes for future or current ones.

Heck, in my own life, I have made some doozers...but if I allowed those past mistakes to dictate who I am and what I want today, I probably wouldn't even wake up in the mornings! I have had to learn to let go and move on...become stronger with each life "hit"...just as Rocky demonstrates my absolute favorite modern day quote from a movie:

"You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you're no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"

I'm afraid that with so few people willing to actually take responsibility today, even those one would swear always would...we have little to no hope for changing the political climate or bettering society anytime sad for our future generations. The "all about me" mentality is more dangerous and prevelant in society then I ever thought and will in fact be the thing that completely destroys, not only America, but also the world.

I just will not ever understand why some just can't see this and frankly, it breaks my heart to know that those who believe themselves to be so strong in mind, are really so weak in soul!

How could this be? It destroys the doom and gloom predictions of the left!!!

We've been hearing for months and months now that we are in a "recession"...yet we have yet to actually experience the lack of economic growth that is required to be considered a recession: at least two back to back quarters, or more, of negative growth - we have had low growth, but have not yet experienced a negative quarter at all! Again, a myth perpetuated by the looney liberal left MSM - proving they actually hope and want for disaster for the US!

US logs better but still weak growth
Thursday May 29, 6:10 pm ET By Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer

US logs better but still weak growth; far from being out of the woods

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The economy logged slightly better -- but weak -- growth in the first quarter, spurred by improved sales of U.S. products overseas. While that's heartening, the country's economy is still far from being out of the woods.

In fact, a closer look behind the 0.9 percent increase in the gross domestic product during the January-to-March period revealed much caution on the part of consumers who have been clobbered by the housing, credit and financial debacles.

"What emerges is a picture of an economy that's gasping for air," said Bernard Baumohl, managing director of the Economic Outlook Group.

Consumers -- major shapers of overall activity and thus the economy's lifeblood -- boosted their spending at the slowest pace since the last recession, in 2001. And, their decreased appetite for shopping sprees reduced sales of foreign-made imports here, which helped to narrow the trade deficit.

The new GDP reading, released Thursday by the Commerce Department, was an improvement from the government's initial first-quarter estimate as well as the economy's performance in the final quarter of last year. Both periods were pegged at a 0.6 percent growth rate.

Read further here

I haven't liked Rev. Michael Pfleger for quite sometime now...

And certainly don't believe him to be a devout Catholic in ANY way...he's more of a joke than anything else. Looking for some media attention and of course, pandering to the liberals on the left for one thing, the almighty $$!

He's made some of the most outrageous comments in the past including calling for the "snuffing out" of any gun shop owners in the Chicago area: “We’re going to snuff out John Riggio,” Pfleger told the estimated 200 people at the rally. “We’re going to snuff out legislators that are voting against our gun laws.”

Why he is still considered a Roman Catholic priest is beyond obviously he does not hold faithfully the doctrinal teachings of the Church.

He's also invited those who openly support abortion to speak at his church. I wonder, how does he get away with speaking openly about politics and other social issues, when every other Catholic Church in America won't even dare? Why isn't his tax exempt status threatened like the rest with the Catholic community?

And ever notice how he changes his voice...really hysterical how he suddenly sounds like a black man when its convenient for him.

Just so ya'll know...this man does not represent the Catholic Church, nor does he represent most Catholics...he's filled with hate and anger and his vitriol is only surpassed by the good "rev" Jeremiah! In fact...let's debate who's worst shall we?

At Obama’s Church, Chicago Minister Says Clinton Felt ‘White’ Entitlement
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Another Chicago minister is causing headaches for Barack Obama after he gave a sermon Sunday at Obama’s church in which he said Hillary Clinton felt entitled to the presidency because she’s white.

Catholic pastor Michael Pfleger, who is white, issued a formal apology for his sermon Thursday after Obama put out a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” by Pfleger’s remarks at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

“I regret the words I chose on Sunday. These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama’s life and message, and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them,” Pfleger said.

That was after a video of his sermon was posted on YouTube.
In it, Pfleger mocked Clinton for getting choked up on camera before the New Hampshire primary in January.

“When Hillary was crying … I really don’t believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought ‘This is mine. I’m Bill’s wife. I’m white. And this is mine’,” he said, shouting at times. “Then out of nowhere came, ‘Hey I’m Barack Obama’. And she said, ‘Oh damn! Where did you come from? I’m white! I’m entitled! There’s a black man stealing my show’!”

Read further here

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Scott McClellan - sounds like a disgruntled employee if there ever was one!!

Personally, I couldn't stand listening to him, I thought he was the worst press secretary in recent memory...especially while trying to fill Ari Fleischer's shoes! I was totally relieved when he was let go and replaced with Tony Snow.

This guy cracks me this book he supposedly accuses the Bush administration of deceiving and misleading the American People...umm...really? Then why didn't he speak up and say something sooner?? I mean, he was a willing "player" in the game if that was the case wasn't he? Its so convenient for him to make all sorts of accusations, who's going to question him right? After all, he was there...yea, right...he was not included in top level meetings, or private discussions...he was a press secretary, who was told what to say and when and even at that, he failed most of the time. It was like he never had a real thought in his head...certainly never added anything intelligent to the questioning.

The biggest problem the administration had with this guy...was not letting him go earlier!! In fact, he probably never should have been put in that position at all! But let's not pretend this isn't about one thing only...COLD HARD CASH! He knew he would make a killing writing an "expose"...especially with the liberal media pushing it as absolute truth! Pathetic turn coat is all he is and his book will just be one more that I cover up whenever I am in Barnes n Noble or Costco browsing!

I wonder if McClellan remembers when he said this:

"Well, why, all of a sudden, if he had all these grave concerns, did he not raise these sooner?" McClellan wondered. "I think you have to look at some of the facts. One, he is bringing this up in the heat of a presidential campaign. He has written a book and he certainly wants to go out there and promote that book."

- when commenting on the release of Paul O'Neil's book, "Against All Enemies," in March of 2004...ironic no?? Perhaps little Scottie learned something about marketing at that time hum???

White House calls McClellan's book sour grapes

WASHINGTON (AP) - In a shocking turnabout, the press secretary most known for defending President Bush on Iraq, Katrina and a host of other controversial issues produced a memoir damning of his old boss on nearly every level - from too much secrecy to a less-than-honest selling of the war to a lack of personal candor and an unwillingness to admit mistakes.
In the first major insider account of the Bush White House, one-time spokesman Scott McClellan calls the operation "insular, secretive and combative" and says it veered irretrievably off course as a result.

The White House responded angrily Wednesday to McClellan's confessional memoir, calling it self-serving sour grapes.

"Scott, we now know, is disgruntled about his experience at the White House," said current White House press secretary Dana Perino, a former deputy to McClellan. "We are puzzled. It is sad. This is not the Scott we knew."

McClellan was the White House press secretary from May 2003 to April 2006, the second of four so far in Bush's presidency.

He reveals that he was pushed to leave earlier than he had planned, and he displays some bitterness about that as well as about being sometimes kept out of the loop on key decision-making sessions.

He excludes himself from major involvement in some of what he calls the administration's biggest blunders, for instance the decision to go to war and the initial campaign to sell that decision to the American people. But he doesn't spare himself entirely, saying, "I fell far short of living up to the kind of public servant I wanted to be.

Read further here

Sunday, May 25, 2008

In honor of both Memorial Day and in celebration of what would have been 52 years of marriage as of tomorrow, May 26th for my parents!

May my father rest in peace - I miss you so!

What it means to be American

"Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardwork-- the virtues that made America." -- Teddy Roosevelt

I could probably go on and on about what I believe the characteristics of being “an American” truly are, but Teddy summed it up pretty darn well with that quote above. So instead, I am going to share with you, simply, why I am proud to call myself American.

As most of us, I learned my values, ideals, beliefs and thoughts from those who raised me…my parents. My parents were both born and raised in the Bronx, NY…yes, I said “THE” Bronx, as anyone hailing from New York will understand. My father grew up an only child, while my mother grew up as the third child in a family of four. Both came from what some would call, “less” than middle class homes. However, both were taught the value of working hard to better one self…they were taught simply, to “dream.”

Back in the day…local and community events basically revolved around the “churches and temples” in the area. As such, my parents actually met at a Jewish temple. Mom was going to try out for the all girls community basketball team and my father, happened to be one of the assistant coaches. Both had attended the same Catholic grade school and had “known” of each other but had not ever met. Anyway, they began courting, and continued to do so for the remainder of their high school days.

Shortly after enlisting in the US Navy, pop asked Mom to marry…she did of course and their days of sharing a lifetime of dreams and goals began. They dreamt of owning their own home one day; they would be the first in both families to do so. They dreamt of having many children fill their home; they had six of us. They dreamt of one day leaving New York, traveling to the West Coast and making a new home in California; they arrived here in 1962. They dreamt of providing more opportunities for their children, they dreamt of giving their children all that they could; they did so, never complaining or whining about the many sacrifices they would have to make in the process.

The sacrifices came in many ways, but probably the biggest came from Pop’s 30 years of service in the US Navy. Pop was a veteran of both the Korean War and the Vietnam War and during the years between 1962 through 1974 Pop went on seven, seven-month cruises to the Gulf of Tonkin. Of course, that meant he had to leave Mom and us kids behind, missing out on many of the moments that most families seem to take for granted these days. Such as the birth of a child, their first steps, first day at school, first homerun, etc, etc. Mom, however, was a trooper, never complained, never worried and never fretted, all the while, explaining thoroughly where Pop was and why he was serving his country. When Pop was home though…the joy and memories my parents gave to us will never be forgotten. A few memories are listed below, but there are so many more.

  • Pop taking us to countless military air shows. I’ll never forget holding my father’s hand as he shared with us all the details of each air craft and standing in aw as we gazed up to the sky to watch the Blue Angels demonstrate the techniques and maneuvers that all Navy pilots are taught to execute
  • Shopping with Mom at the military commissaries and exchanges at 32nd Street in San Diego, feeling as if we had stepped back into another era, completely safe and secure
  • Trips to Disneyland, running out to the parking lot at lunchtime to devour the lunch that Mom had taken days to prepare for us (in hopes of saving some money in the park) only to have Pop take us back in and a few hours later splurge on whatever goodies our hearts desired. Watching Pop get emotional every time we ever rode “It’s a Small World”
  • Fourth of July – fireworks on Silver Strand in San Diego. Trying to learn to skip stones over the bay, just like my big brothers did. The scent of the hot dogs and hamburgers that Mom made at home for us…and somehow she always knew how to keep them warm until we were ready to eat, it was like “magic”
  • The excitement and drama of watching every Olympics, cheering on the American’s I’ll never forget how we all cried and cheered the “Miracle on Ice” in 1980
    Being awaken every Thanksgiving morning by Pop as he whispered gently in my ear, “come on Nanny, the parade is on”
  • Drive-in movies – huddled in the back of our station wagon together for the latest and greatest family film
  • I remember Pop’s favorite motto: “Don’t tread on me” – learning why it was and what it really meant
  • Learning that both my parents didn’t just “talk” politics around the dinner table, but actually were active, volunteering in local, state and national campaigning
  • Tying yellow ribbons around the trees in our front lawn when our military was in Harm’s way – flying our American flag everyday
  • High school football games on Friday nights, baseball games on Saturday
  • Pop’s cooking dinner on Sunday’s – his favorite roasted potatoes
  • Mom’s schlepping all over town to pick us up and drop us off, skating lessons, football and baseball practice, diving, swimming, track and tennis

I suppose I could go on and on sharing the many memories I have of growing up, but the point is to show that my parents didn’t just “preach” what it is to be an American – they lived it. They taught us to appreciate the sacrifices that were made by the brave and valiant men and women serving in our military each day, as well those in days past. To appreciate that everyone has opportunity here…it’s not just a “slogan” on a billboard. We learned that we could, through hard work; personal responsibility and dedication become anything we want, as my parents demonstrated. They gave us an example of what it means to have and achieve the American dream. They taught us that as long as we carry a dream in our heart – being an American allows us the promise and hope of fulfilling it.

Most of all, they showed us in their countless ways everyday, what it means to love the freedoms our nation affords us and it is why I am now and will always be proud to call myself American.

America, Why I Love Her - John Wayne

Monday, May 19, 2008

U.N. racism investigator to visit U.S. from Monday

Let's see...we have genocide going on in Darfur, we have genocide going on in Burma, we have extreme cases of racism and slavery still existing in South Africa, we have genocide still occurring in Bosnia, Christians in Iraq are executed on a daily basis and women are treated as less than human in nations like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan...but the UN feels an urgent the "need" to investigate racism in the US (while pushing the expense of this "investigation" onto the US)!

Mind you...the US is the ONLY nation that actually fought a WAR to END slavery and has continuously fought for civil rights for all American's.

And many wonder why most American's believe the UN to be absolutely useless and totally illegitimate?

U.N. racism investigator to visit U.S. from Monday
Fri May 16, 2008 2:48pm EDT
By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) - A special U.N. human rights investigator will visit the United States this month to probe racism, an issue that has forced its way into the race to secure the Democratic Party's presidential nomination.

The United Nations said Doudou Diene would meet federal and local officials, as well as lawmakers and judicial authorities during the May 19-June 6 visit.

"The special rapporteur will...gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance," a U.N. statement said on Friday.

His three-week visit, at U.S. government invitation, will cover eight cities -- Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Omaha, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Race has become a central issue in the U.S. election cycle because Sen. Barack Obama, the frontrunner in the battle for the Democratic nomination battle, stands to become the country's first African American president.

His campaign has increased turnout among black voters but has also turned off some white voters in a country with a history of slavery and racial segregation.

Diene, a Senegalese lawyer who has served in the independent post since 2002, will report his findings to the U.N. Human Rights Council next year.

However, the United Nations has almost no clout when it comes to U.S. domestic affairs and is widely perceived by many as interfering. The United States is not among the 47 member states of the Geneva-based forum, but has observer status.

In a report last year he said Islamophobia had grown worldwide since the September 11 2001 attacks on the United States, carried out by al-Qaeda militants.


A U.N. panel which examined the U.S. record on racial discrimination last March urged the United States to halt racial profiling of Americans of Arab, Muslim and South Asian descent and to ensure immigrants and non-nationals are not mistreated.

It also said America should impose a moratorium on the death penalty and stop sentencing young offenders to life in prison until it can root out racial bias from its justice system.

Racial minorities were more likely than whites to be sentenced to death or to life without parole as juveniles, according to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It monitors compliance with an international treaty which Washington ratified in 1994.

Read further here

Obama says "Lay off my wife!"

As long as Michelle Obama goes out on the campaign trail and opens her big mouth...she's FAIR game as a target! If she doesn't want to be...then she should stay home and STOP making herself a PUBLIC figure!

As for Obama...let's see...we can't talk about:

  • his ears
  • his name
  • his education
  • his drug use in his youth
  • his "friends"his connections to Syria
  • his connections to home grown terrorists (the weathermen)
  • his obnoxious, arrogant and hate-filled pastor
  • his church
  • his lack of experience
  • his lack of foreign policy knowledge/experience
  • his limited experience as a state senator
  • his desire for "change" but his lack of expressing HOW or WHAT he proposes we change
  • his lack of ANY sort of "plan"
  • his desire to sit down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad without any conditions being put upon the meeting
  • his desire to "nuke" Pakistan
  • his race
  • his use of the race card in this campaign
  • his family (mother/father)
  • his upbringing
  • his grandmother (although he can throw her under the bus anytime it's convenient for him)
  • his early schooling in muslim schools
  • his statement that children are nothing more than a burden to be exposed of when so desired
  • the fact that he talks a lot, but says nothing
  • his income
  • his lack of giving to charity, while crying about the need for government to take more from the "rich" to give to the poor
  • the fact that he thinks that if we eliminate taxes on gasoline for three months that it will only "save" most people a half of tank of therefore its not worth it! (talk about elitism!)
  • and NOW HIS WIFE!
Sure...let's just elect the man without actually knowing anything about him and "HOPE" that he will lead us fearlessly...sigh...Anyone who votes for this idiot is completely ignorant!

Obama Warns GOP "Lay Off My Wife"
Obama Loses Argument With Wife Over Getting a Dog
May 19, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama ripped into a Republican ad today that targets comments made by his wife, Michelle, and called the GOP tactic "low class" and "detestable."

The Illinois senator told "Good Morning America" that he expects hardball tactics from the Republicans if he becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

"But I also think these folks should lay off my wife," he told "GMA" as his wife chuckled beside him.

Obama told "GMA" that he believes he will win a majority of the Democratic delegates once the votes are counted after Tuesday's primaries in Kentucky and Oregon. Obama is favored in Oregon while rival Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York is expected to win Kentucky.

Read further here

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Liberalism wins again!

For those who believe that liberalism is not dangerous and that activist judges don't exist...take another look. Today in California, the definition of marriage has now been changed by activist judges sitting on the highest court in the state. Gay marriage is now "accepted" in CA as valid and any denial of it has been declared "unconstitutional". know what this means? Soon they will be demanding that all instutions that provide marriage ceremonies, i.e., the Catholic Church, MUST provide them for gays and lesbians as well. Of course, in CA businesses already have to provide "benefits" to domestic partners, but I am sure the benefit cost to businesses are going to sky rocket though, as we have hundreds to thousands of gay/lesbian couples move into CA to marry "legally".

You do realize, however, that we, the people of CA, have voted AGAINST gay marriage more than once...the last being Proposition 22 which stated simply:

“Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California.”

Proposition 22 was ratified by an overwhelming majority of California voters, prevailing by a 23-point margin. Statewide, 4,618,673 votes were cast in favor of the proposition, comprising 61.4% of the total vote. Opponents garnered 2,909,370 votes, for 38.6% of the vote.

Final vote counts revealed that Proposition 22 won in 52 of California's 58 counties, including all of the major metropolitan areas except for San Francisco. The six counties which did not approve Prop. 22 were all in the immediate San Francisco Bay area, including: Alameda county, Marin county, San Francisco county, Santa Cruz county, Sonoma county, and Yolo county.

But once again, we see what activist judges can do. They throw out the people's desires and MAKE their OWN laws based off of their OWN PERSONAL AGENDAS!

California Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban

May 15 01:45 PM US/Eastern
California's supreme court ruled that a ban on gay marriage was unlawful Thursday, effectively leaving same-sex couples in America's most populous state free to tie the knot in a landmark ruling.

In an opinion that analysts say could have nationwide implications for the issue, the seven-member panel voted 4-3 in favor of plaintiffs who argued that restricting marriage to men and women was discriminatory.

"... limiting the designation of marriage to a union 'between a man and a woman' is unconstitutional and must be stricken from the statute," California Chief Justice Ron George said in the written opinion.

Before Thursday only one US state -- Massachusetts -- allowed gay marriage, although California, New Jersey and Vermont have legislation which grants same-sex partners many of the same legal rights as married couples.

Thursday's ruling came after a long-running legal battle that erupted in 2000 when California voters approved a law declaring that only marriages between men and women could be legally recognized.

In February 2004, the City of San Francisco defied state law by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that existing laws were illegal because they violated equal rights legislation.

A court later halted the issuance of licenses and declared that same-sex marriages that took place during this period were void.

Read further here

However, this should only be this coming November, yet ANOTHER initiative will be included on our CA voters ballots:

Amends the California Constitution to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: The measure would have no fiscal effect on state or local governments. This is because there would be no change to the manner in which marriages are currently recognized by the state. (Initiative 07-0068.)

To learn more about this initiative and how you can help support it please visit:

Saturday, May 10, 2008

So where's the outrage in the MSM over this??

So I want to know...where's all the calls for the CA Department of Education to be investigated and illegitimatized? Where's the constant coverage by the MSM, the plastering of this story and any others, (including false stories and accusations) all over national television, newspapers and the web? Where's the calls for the removal of US Dept. of Edu Sectretary Margaret Spellings? Where's the calls for the LA Unified School district to pay BILLIONS in retribution? Where's the STIGMA that should be placed on all prinicipals and know accusing them all of being child molestors? Where's the chastisment of anyone who believes in education?

Oh that's right...those things are are only done when the story involves a CATHOLIC priest! Yet did you know that in 2002 Department of Education carried out a study of sexual abuse in the school system and the report estimated that from 6 percent to 10 percent of all students in public schools would be victims of abuse before graduation? But instead, we have been led to believe that sexual abuse is a problem within the Catholic Church only! We are constantly reminded of we all just witnessed when Pope Benedict XVI came to visit the US. The news media hounded him and even wrote false reports about what he stated in his speeches and homilies and all centered around "sexual abuse" and the "hurt" caused. Its frankly disgusting and once again, demonstrates the hypocrisy in the MSM!

Sound Familiar?

LA assistant principal accused of having sex with teen was transferred to different school, where he allegedly molested again

A school administrator in Los Angeles was transferred to a Watts middle school last year, even though top officials in the Los Angeles Unified School District knew of allegations that he had had sexual relations with a minor girl. The administrator has since been accused of molesting two more students.

Steve Thomas Rooney allegedly had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl, a student at the Foshay Learning Center, where Rooney was assistant principal. Police told school district administrators of the allegations last spring after Rooney was arrested for waving a gun at the girl’s stepfather. School officials then placed Rooney in a desk job at a local district office; but, last August, he was transferred to Markham Middle School in Watts, where he allegedly molested two more students.

The Foshay student, now 18, last year told police that she had engaged in relations with Rooney. However, she later denied her story after Rooney was arrested; she claims a Foshay administrator told her she “needed to recant everything.” The girl identified the administrator as “Hubbard;” and, the school district’s communications office told the May 6 Los Angeles Times an Alan Hubbard had been removed from Foshay in connection with the Rooney case and, like Rooney, was placed in a “non-school” job.

When Rooney was arrested in March on charges of having sex with a 13-year-old student, the Foshay student again came forward and said she had basically been living with Rooney at his downtown loft. She claimed she had visited his family in New York and become pregnant, though she later had a miscarriage. Los Angeles Police investigators said they found items in Rooney’s apartment that suggested he had had an intimate relationship with the girl.

On May 5, Dan Isaacs, who retired last year as the district’s chief operating officer, said that when he learned of the allegations of sexual abuse at Foshay, he immediately told school district officials of it, including Carol Truscott, the administrator overseeing the district that includes Markham Middle School. The district has a memo by Isaacs concerning the Rooney investigation and addressed to district Superintendent David Brewer and the school board.

Friday, May 09, 2008

So talks with Hamas are not acceptable to Obama, BUT...

A sit down "tea" with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the President of Iran (Iran the nation that funds and supports Hamas) is totally acceptable to him! But, I guess that's understandable since Ahmadinejad prefers to support Obama!

Earlier in March, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the Spanish El Pais newspaper that the real circles of power in America would not allow Senator Barack Obama to enter the White House, adding that he would have no problems if the junior senator from Illinois were to be elected.
But back to the main story...Obama decided today to get "tough" on the advisors he's surrounded himself with by cutting one of them lose...(hmm...seems to me, he's not a very good judge of character, huh? His "friends" include the "good" reverend Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn founders of the Underground Weatherman, Tony Rezko...)

Informal Obama adviser steps aside over Hamas talks

Posted: Friday, May 09, 2008 4:47 PM by Domenico Montanaro

From NBC's Andrea Mitchell

One of the Obama campaign's informal Middle East advisers, Robert Malley, confirms to NBC NEWS that he has resigned from any role in the campaign because critics have tried to make an issue of his meetings with Hamas. The Times of London called him about it this morning, and has posted a story online. As a result, he called Obama's campaign today and took himself out of any future role.

Malley's paid job is with the International Crisis Group, which, he says, requires him to meet with Hamas and others. Malley worked for six and a half years at the Clinton National Security Council under Tony Lake and Sandy Berger. Lake is now one of Obama's top foreign policy advisors.

Speaking to NBC NEWS, Malley said, "I decided based on the fact that this was coming a distraction that it was best that I remove myself from any association with the campaign."

Malley added, "My job with the International Crisis Group is to meet with all sorts of savory and unsavory people and report on what they say. I've never denied whom I meet with; that's what I do."

Thursday, May 08, 2008

They don't want the

Update: UN Halts aid to Myanmar after junta seizes supplies!

I say, turn the ships around, bring home the money, the food and supplies! Sure...they want the money, supplies and food, but they don't want any medical, no media, nada. Course, we all know what happens when corrupt nations are in control of the food and supplies that are sent in to help the people right? Like Saddam, the corrupt leaders horde the goods and use them to further oppress their people...its how they stay in "control"!

U.N.: Myanmar's Refusal to Grant Visas is 'Unprecedented'
Friday, May 09, 2008

YANGON, Myanmar — The U.N. blasted Myanmar's military government Friday, saying its refusal to let in foreign aid workers was "unprecedented" in the history of humanitarian work, while survivors of a devastating cyclone waited for food, shelter and medicine.

Myanmar's junta said Friday it was grateful to the international community for its assistance, which has included 11 chartered planes loaded with aid supplies. But the best way to help was to just send in material rather than personnel, the junta said in a statement.

It said one relief flight was sent back after landing in Yangon on Thursday because it carried a search and rescue team and media who had not received permission to enter the country. It did not give details, but said the plane had flown in from Qatar, which apparently referred to a U.N. flight.

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More than 62,000 people are known to have died or are missing from Cyclone Nargis that hit the country's Irrawaddy delta on Saturday. Shari Villarosa, who heads the U.S. Embassy in Yangon, said the number of dead could eventually exceed 100,000 because of illnesses.

The isolationist regime of this Southeast Asian nation has refused to grant visas to foreign aid workers who could assess the extent of the disaster and manage the logistics.

Paul Risley, a spokesman for the U.N. World Food Program, said the organization has submitted 10 visa applications around the world, including six in Bangkok, Thailand, but that none has been approved.

Even if the government changes its mind, there is no hope of getting any visas in Bangkok until Monday because of a Thai holiday Friday that has shut the Myanmar Embassy, Risley said.

"The frustration caused by what appears to be a paperwork delay is unprecedented in modern humanitarian relief efforts," said Risley, who is based in Bangkok. "It's astonishing."

"We strongly urge the government of Myanmar to process these visa applications as quickly as possible, including work over the weekend," he said.

But there was no sign the junta was relenting.

"Currently Myanmar has prioritized receiving emergency relief provisions and making strenuous effort delivering it with its own labor to the affected areas," said the junta statement, carried in the state-owned New Light of Myanmar newspaper.

• China Urges Myanmar to Work With International Community On Disaster Aid

The announcement came as critical aid and experts to go with it were poised in neighboring Thailand and elsewhere to rush into one of the world's poorest nations.

"Believe me, the government will not allow outsiders to go into the devastated area. The government only cares about its own stability. They don't care about the plight of the people," said Yangon food shop owner Joseph Kyaw, one of many residents angry at the regime for doing little to help them recover from the storm's destruction.

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The lunatics are out of the looney bin again!

So what gets me is that Code Pink has, apparently, no problem getting their permits to harass and disrupt...but notice how the city of Berserkley...has not yet given the same permits to the Republicans who want to counter protest?? Yea...there's no bias or discrimination going on in that city...maybe if the leader of the Student Republicans clamed she was lesbian they would provide the permits...hmm...

It's a good thing I don't live close enough...cause I would be all to willing to create a little havoc myself! This group is just one example of the hypocrisy on the left...they cry "tolerance and compassion" for all...yet what they really mean, is "tolerance and compassion" for ONLY those who AGREE with THEM!

Code Pink Protesters Try Witchcraft at Anti-Marine Rallies
Thursday, May 08, 2008
By Jana Winter

Code Pink is now resorting to witchcraft to beef up the number of its supporters protesting Berkeley's controversial Marine Corps Recruiting Center.

The women's anti-war group has told ralliers to come equipped with spells and pointy hats Friday for "Witches, clowns and sirens day," the last of the group's weeklong homage to Mother's Day.

"Women are coming to cast spells and do rituals and to impart wisdom to figure out how we're going to end war," Zanne Sam Joi of Bay Area Code Pink told

The group's week of themed protests, which included days to galvanize grannies and bring-your-daughter-to-protest, appears to have done little to boost its flagging numbers.

A FOX News camera, which has a 24/7 live shot of the recruiting center's front door, recorded little action, and the gatherings have, until this point, been ill attended.

In February, the Marine Corps Recruiting Center was the site of fierce pro- and anti-war protests. It made national headlines when Berkeley's city council voted to send a letter to the recruiting station advising the Marines they were not welcome. Council members later moderated their position, saying they oppose the war in Iraq but support the troops.

Code Pink — which was given parking and noise permits by the city council and is allowed to protest during the recruiting center's business hours — has been protesting daily since September.

The group frequently announces bizarre theme weeks in front of the office, but their numbers have been dwindling and the events get little media attention.

Now, after three months of continual protest, their actions barely capture the attention of even the Marines at the recruiting center.

Capt. John Paul Wheatcroft said he's unfazed by Code Pink's antics. "They're always in pink and wear funny things, half-shaved heads, one side with hair and the other one bald, yeah, I'm pretty much used to anything," he told

Code Pink said that grandmothers did show up for Monday's protest — some over 90 years old, some in wheelchairs — and began knocking on the door of the recruiting center.

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"The grandmothers were here and tried to get recruited," Joi said. "They tried to have conversations with the Marines, but the Marines were too scared to talk."

Wheatcroft, who was the Marine on the other side of the door, said that he was not afraid of the grannies. He just didn't open the door.

"Most of the time they are just practicing their right to protest and their freedom of speech or whatever, so it's not usually a problem for us. But sometimes it crosses the line, and that happened [Monday] when the grannies were here blocking the entrance and banging on the door," Wheatcroft told

On Tuesday, Code Pink's theme was "Fierce mothers raging against war," Joi said, to talk about all the mothers killed and raped in war. Wednesday's theme was "Bring your daughter to the protest," where daughters explanied why they don't want their parents fighting the war.

Thursday is "Sisters don't allow sisters to live in war zones" day, and the week wraps up Friday with "Witches, clowns and sirens day."

Code Pink isn't the only group rallying around the Marine recruiting center that has seen its numbers drop.

Kimberly Wagner, Berkeley College Republicans activism chair, who is dating a Marine, said her group has been trying to keep up a presence outside the center since Feb. 13, when Code Pink's parking permit went into effect.

The college Republicans are fighting to acquire the same parking permits that Code Pink has. A resolution to grant the group an equal permit will be entered and voted upon in the May 20 city council meeting.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ex-Gitmo prisoner carries out suicide attack

Iraqi security forces were the apparent target in last week's blast
The Associated Press
updated 12:35 p.m. CT, Wed., May. 7, 2008
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The U.S. military confirmed Wednesday that a former Guantanamo detainee from Kuwait carried out a recent suicide attack in northern Iraq.

A spokesman for U.S. military's Central Command told The Associated Press that Abdallah Salih al-Ajmi took part in an attack in Mosul.


The U.S. transferred al-Ajmi to Kuwaiti custody from Guantanamo in 2005. A Kuwaiti court later acquitted him of terrorism charges.

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Oh Gee, well whaddaya know? Who'd a thought? Idiots!

Report: Global Sea Ice at 'Unprecedented' Levels

April 2008 had the third highest recorded amount since records were started in 1979, contradicting media coverage of diminishing sea ice.

By Jeff Poor
Business & Media Institute
5/6/2008 8:52:34 AM

Don’t expect to hear this reported on the your evening newscast, but according to new data, sea ice levels in the Southern Hemisphere are at 25-year highs.

“On a global basis, world sea ice in April 2008 reached levels that were ‘unprecedented’ for the month of April in over 25 years,” Steve McIntyre wrote on on May 4. “Levels are the third highest (for April) since the commencement of records in 1979, exceeded only by levels in 1979 and 1982.”

McIntyre, along with Ross McKitrick, debunked the validity of the “hockey stick” graph used in a journal article by Michael Mann, which described the increase in Northern Hemisphere mean temperature. The two claimed Mann’s graph was based on flawed calculations and data defects.

That data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) suggests the effects of global warming aren’t as dire as some media reports would have you believe. A segment on ABC’s March 28 “Good Morning America” warned melting sea ice is endangering the global warming alarmists’ favorite mascot, the polar bear.

“[I] realize what I need to do is try and tell these stories through National Geographic magazine by using animals such as polar bears to hang this campaign on, to say that if we lose sea ice in the Arctic, and projections are to lose sea ice in the next 20 to 50 years, we ultimately are going to lose polar bears as well,”

National Geographic magazine photographer Paul Milkin said to ABC’s Sam Champion.
According to the NSIDC data, sea ice had declined in 2007 to record lows, but showed a rebound in 2008, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Whew! I'm glad I heard about this from the mainstream media! What would we do without them? (rolleyes)

Idaho student says teacher tossed his Mexican flag in trash

May 7 04:24 PM US/Eastern

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - A high school student says he may file a lawsuit against a physical education teacher who took a Mexican flag he had brought for Cinco de Mayo and put it in the garbage.
Clint Straatman denies Froylan Camelo's version of events but said he took the flag Monday because "white kids" might have hurt the 16-year- old. He said he put it in a garbage can because he had no place else to keep it.

Camelo said he was changing into gym clothes at Minico High School in Rupert when Straatman told him, "Give me the flag."

"I said, 'What's the problem?'" Camelo, speaking in Spanish, told The Times-News of Twin Falls. "He said, 'The problem is that we are in the United States and not in Mexico.' He grabbed it from me. He threw the flag in the garbage can."

Camelo said that Straatman told him the flag would be returned at the end of the school day, but that Straatman taunted him instead.

"I asked, 'Where is my flag?'" Camelo said. "He said, 'What, the U.S. flag?' I said, 'No, the one for Mexico.' But he wouldn't give it to me."

Camelo said he then took the undamaged flag out of the garbage. He said he's been contacted by the American Civil Liberties Union and is considering a lawsuit against Straatman.

Camelo and others brought Mexican flags to the south-central Idaho school to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the May 5 recognition of Mexico's victory over the French army on that day in 1862. About a third of the student body is Hispanic.

Straatman denied saying the words Camelo attributed to him, and said the student may have misunderstood him because of his poor English skills. He said he took the flag from Camelo after Camelo had been waving it in the school gym, and denied withholding it later.

"I had to confiscate it so it wouldn't escalate any problems in class," Straatman told The Times-News. "We're worried about that stuff all the time. We always have kids saying stuff to each other, and we have a lot of fights between kids."

"We believe in nondiscriminatory practices and cultural sensitivity," he said. "We train for that and talk about that. If there is a teacher making derogatory comments we don't approve of that. We also don't approve of a student disrupting the classroom."

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Nondiscriminatory practices and cultural sensitivity are why our schools are becoming substandard. We are focusing on absolute nonsense instead of what really matters. This kid, who knew enough to call the ACLU, should have known that what he did could cause a problem. I blame the student, not the teacher.

Friday, May 02, 2008

The Whole World is becoming Conservative...

While we in America are becoming more and more liberal...sigh...

London Mayor Voted Out, Among Many Labour Defeats in Britain

LONDON — A Conservative lawmaker with a knack for offensive remarks ousted the left-wing mayor of London in an upset that capped the ruling Labour Party's worst local election showing in four decades.
Results released early Saturday showed Boris Johnson defeating Ken Livingstone in Labour's first test at the polls since then-Prime Minister Tony Blair handed the reins last year to Gordon Brown, who has since been dogged by accusations of indecision and incompetence.

Voters also picked opposition candidates in more than 300 municipal council races, prompting Brown to humbly pledge to heed the scathing verdict.

Conservative leader David Cameron said his party's strong gains represented a key moment on the path to ousting Brown at the next national election, to be held before mid-2010.

"Three years ago the idea that the Conservatives would win London and build up a 20-point lead across the county would have been literally unthinkable," Cameron said.

"I do hope that it does show that the Conservatives have changed into a party that can again be trusted," Johnson said, shortly after the result was announced to cheers from raucous supporters. "Let's get cracking tomorrow and let's have a drink tonight."

Johnson, a former magazine editor, offered lavish praise for his rivals in the race and paid tribute to Livingstone's role in guiding London through the 2005 transit network bombings.

Livingstone — a staunch leftist who courted Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and faced off with the U.S. Embassy for unpaid congestion charges — said the blame for his defeat must rest at his door, not Brown's.

"I accept that responsibility and I regret that I couldn't take you to victory," the veteran politician said, looking pale and crestfallen. He leaves office immediately.

Johnson took 1,168,738 votes to Livingstone's 1,028,966 in a contest that hinged on a second round of voting.

Voters are asked to pick a first, then second choice as mayor — Johnson didn't win the required 50 percent initially, but triumphed when second preferences from eight minor candidates, eliminated after the first round, were added to the totals.

Uncombed and often awkward, Johnson is known both his wit and for remarks that are have offended minority communities and others.

He labeled members of the Commonwealth "piccaninnies" — a derogatory term for black people, referred to Africans as having "watermelon smiles," and likened his party's internal conflicts "to Papua New Guinea-style orgies of cannibalism and chief-killing."

Johnson's scorn has also been directed at gay marriage, which became legal in Britain in 2005. In his book "Friends, Voters, Countrymen," he said that if homosexuals could marry then why not "three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog."

Ex-party leader Michael Howard ordered Johnson to visit the northern city of Liverpool in 2004 to apologize after he wrote an editorial accusing the city's people of "wallowing" in victimhood after Liverpudlian Ken Bigley was taken hostage in Iraq and beheaded.

Johnson has cultivated a befuddled, rumpled image and was often seen clumsily pedaling his bicycle to Parliament.

His campaign billboards featured silhouettes of his iconic poses — scratching his unruly thatch of blond hair, ambling along a road with hands stuffed in wrinkled pockets, gesticulating wildly to make a debating point.

His first key test is likely to hinge on how he handles relations with China. As mayor, he will be expected to attend at least part of the Beijing Olympics — and his party will hope he is able to avoid offending the hosts.

"Chinese cultural influence is virtually nil, and unlikely to increase," Johnson wrote in one of his several books — on subjects ranging from sports cars to Ancient Rome.

Johnson said it is likely "there will be the odd ill-chosen expression" in his future.

Results from the 159 local councils which held ballots in England and Wales on Thursday showed the Conservatives gaining 260 seats with Labour losing 333. The Liberal Democrats gained 34 seats.

Most results were announced Friday, but a high turnout in London — where around 5.5million cast ballots — meant the count there continued until early Saturday.

The British Broadcasting Corp. projected the Conservatives would take 44 percent of the vote in England and Wales, putting it 20 points ahead of Labour. Brown's party was a point behind the Liberal Democrats, usually the country's third-largest party, according to the BBC.

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Maybe the Conservative/Republican party here in America, those already holding office, those running for office and those leading the party, should take a good hard look at the approach Johnson took...maybe we should stop playing the "political correctness game" and start exposing the liberals for what they really are, then maybe we too could get back to true Conservatism and actually get some things accomplished!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Typically...Ann is on target and this one is just too good not to share!

Obama Campaign Gives Up On Finding 'Mr. Wright'
by Ann Coulter
Posted: 04/30/2008

Whew! I'm certainly glad to hear the "snippets" from Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermons "in context."

In the famous B. Hussein Obama speech that sent a tingle down Chris Matthews' leg, Obama dismissed the clips of Rev. Wright being played on TV as mere "snippets." He claimed the media were highlighting Wright's "most offensive words," complaining that they had been played endlessly, as if repetition were the problem with the statement: "GOD DAMN AMERICA!"

It's absolutely unheard of to repeat passages from famous speeches. In fact, I have a dream that we will not do that. Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask that the media stop replaying "snippets." All we have to fear is repetition itself, because we are the people we've been waiting for to tear down that wall of endless repetition.

So, like I said: Whew. At last Rev. Wright's "snippets" have been put in a healing context. In two speeches and one uxorious interview with PBS' Bill Moyers over the past few days, Rev. Wright had plenty of time to lay out the lush analytical context of his remarks.

In his speech to the National Press Club on Monday, for example, Wright described America as a country of "segregation, Jim Crow, lynching and the separate-but-equal fantasy." Then he ran outside to feed more quarters into the meter where his time machine was parked.

Wright described this as a country that supported the "racist regime of South Africa" and "the Contras, who were killing the peasants and the Miskito Indians in those two countries" -- as opposed to the Sandinistas, who were equal-opportunity murderers with a more diverse group of victims.

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This is just ONE little reason why Obama would be BAD for America

Obama May Levy $15 Billion Tax on Oil Company Profit (Update1)
By Daniel Whitten

May 1 (Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal for a windfall profits tax on oil companies could cost $15 billion a year at last year's profit levels, a campaign adviser said.

The plan would target profit from the biggest oil companies by taxing each barrel of oil costing more than $80, according to a fact sheet on the proposal. The tax would help pay for a $1,000 tax cut for working families, an expansion of the earned- income tax credit and assistance for people who can't afford their energy bills.

``The profits right now are so remarkable that one could trim them 10 percent or so, which would turn out to be somewhere in the $15 billion range,'' said Jason Grumet, an adviser to the Obama campaign.

Obama's plan may be three times larger than the $50 billion, 10-year plan contemplated by his Democratic rival, New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Republican candidate John McCain, an Arizona senator, has no plan to raise oil and gas industry taxes, said his economic adviser, Douglas Holtz-Eakin.

Oil companies would still have ample reason to ``continue to pursue production, while at the same time providing relief to consumers,'' Grumet said.

A flurry of energy proposals from presidential candidates and lawmakers has come after crude oil futures prices reached $119.93 a barrel on April 28. Retail gasoline prices hit a record $3.603 a gallon this week, according to the U.S. Energy Department.

Obama's Proposal

Among the options Illinois Senator Obama is mulling is imposing a 20 percent tax on the cost of a barrel of oil above $80, said Grumet, who spoke at a conference in Washington today.
``The industry has profited greatly -- over $150 billion in 2007 -- due to global instability fueled by conflict in Iraq, failing domestic fiscal policies that have weakened the U.S. dollar and skyrocketing global demand resulting from a lack of investment in alternatives,'' said the Obama fact sheet.

Energy companies argue that new taxes will discourage production at a time when supply is needed most.

Clinton would impose a $20 billion windfall profits tax on oil companies over the next decade and repeal $30 billion in tax breaks over 10 years to pay into a so-called strategic energy fund, said Brian Deese, Clinton's economic policy director.
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As I mentioned earlier in the's a complete toss up as to which plan of the three candidates, McCain, Hillary and Obama, is the worst...sigh...

Apparently, a 7.5% profit margin is just TOO much for the "big bad oil" companies... **rolling eyes Most businesses, WalMart, Starbucks, name it...shoot for something like a 40% profit margin to consider themselves "successful" they should!

What do these three think the oil companies are in business for? They have shareholders who hold them accountable and who expect to see increases in profit margins!

If these clowns want to help consumers...they would simply DRILL in America and decrease dependency on foreign oil a bit, encourage the building of more refineries, create ONE standard of gasoline for ALL the states, and then REMOVE the taxes!! But alas...they prefer to let us be held PRISONER by the ENVIRONMENTALISTS! (I am not sure when we decided to add environmentalists as another branch of government...can anyone help me out with when this occurred??)

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