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Tragic Shootings in Arizona

In In the News, Politically Speaking on January 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm

 

Tragically, shootings have taken place, today, in Arizona.  For more on this story, please visit: http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/08/congresswoman-gabrielle-giffords-shot-in-arizona/.  Victims include Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and several others.

The hatred in the country is truly unreal.  What is going on?  How can a person just go up to a congresswoman and shoot her in the head, kill a child, and injure and/or kill several others?

I pray for the victims and families of this senseless event in Arizona.  My heart cries for them and other victims of such violence and evil. I am saddened and furious that such horrific acts take place in a “civilized” country.  

May God help and keep us all.

Related news stories can be found at:

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2011/01/08/sarah-palin-blamed-by-bloggers-for-shooting-of-gabrielle-gifford/

(Source: AOL News, Politics Daily)

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/09/christina-taylor-green-girl-killed-in-giffords-shooting-was-bo/

(Source: AOL News)

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/01/09/clarence-dupnik-is-the-anti-joe-arpaio-sheriff-in-arizona/

(Source: AOL News)

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Is it Okay For Men to Cry…In Public?

In In the News, Politically Speaking on December 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Yesterday, I watched the 60 Minutes interview with soon-to-be Speaker of the House John Boehner.  Throughout the interview, Boehner became emotional–with tears streaming down his face–several times.  At one point, Lesley Stahl said, “What set you off this time?”

On The View, Barbara Walters said she hoped that Boehner would be a good Speaker of the House, but she thinks that he has an emotional problem, because he can’t control his tears.  Joy Behar called him “the weeper of the house.”  

Tears make some people uncomfortable.  I must admit, I would feel a bit uncomfortable seeing “my man” crying at the drop of a hat.  Maybe it’s a double standard that I feel this way, because I am an emotional person–sometimes the tears will come when I’m sad, mad, or in pain.       

I understand that Boehner gets emotional about having grown up in poverty and how he’s attained “the American dream.” But, I must agree with Joy Behar:  Boehner, who’s been described as being mean, cold, and calculating by some, doesn’t seem to show empathy for others who are trying to attain that same dream.  His actions and rhetoric attest to his lack of empathy.      

So, is it okay for men to cry in public?  Some people might say that men should not be ridiculed for crying, publicly.  Some might say that men should not cry under any circumstances. 

Personally, I think it’s okay for men to cry every now and then.  It just depends on who is doing the crying and why they are crying; it’s case specific.  And, if at all possible, it certainly shouldn’t become a habit.

My Prayer for President Obama

In Politically Speaking, reflectons on December 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

 

Dear Lord,

Please let President Obama know that he has many people who continue to pray for him and his beautiful family. 

In the face of adversity, please let President Obama remain strong and confident. 

Lord, please give President Obama the strength that he will need to continue working for the common folk—the hardworking Americans who face unemployment, debt, and “common” problems. 

Please guide President Obama as he tries to figure out how to work with people who have a completely different agenda.

Please let President Obama be open to viable ideas and suggestions.  But, please let him continue to fight when a fight is necessary.     

Please protect President Obama from those who hate him just because…

When the going gets tough and tougher, please whisper in President Obama’s ear, “There are people, many of whom you may never meet and greet, who believe in your leadership.  They know it takes time to make a difference.  These people greatly appreciate your efforts.” 

Please let President Obama remember that there are so many people who are very proud of him.    

Please let President Obama remember that we need his leadership.

When things get rough, please let President Obama remember that the devil is strongest when good is trying to prevail.

Please let President Obama know that we need him to continue to pave the way for change in this country.   

Please, Lord, give this man the wisdom and courage to do his job and do it well.

President’s Response To Sarah Palin’s Comment

In Politically Speaking on November 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm

 

On The View, Barbara Walters has been talking about her upcoming (Friday) special with President and Mrs. Obama.  I saw an excerpt of the interview in which Walters has asked President Obama if he thinks Sarah Palin could have a chance at winning against him in 2012 (Palin seems to think she can win the race).  At first, The Prez didn’t want to answer the question…He’s so diplomatic.  But after Walters sort of pressured him into an answer, he coolly said, “I don’t think about Sarah Palin.”  Good answer, President Obama!

So, Palin Thinks She Can Dance With President Obama…

In Politically Speaking, Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 8:26 pm

 

Sarah Palin says that she thinks she can beat President Obama in the 2012 election.  As much as I would like to say that this would be an impossible feat, Palin cannot be dismissed…    

Here are some reasons why Palin might be able to pull off the election:

She’s popular

Whether or not you like her politics , you must admit that everyone knows her name (The theme from Cheers is playing in my head).

She is one hot Momma Grizzly. 

Going along with popularity, Palin is very visible.

 She does have a successful book and reality television show.  And, we can’t forget about the buzz–ala Dancing With The Stars— that has been caused by her daughter, Bristol- the- Pistol- Palin.

She did rally behind those ever faithful Tea Party people; they’re loyal to a fault.

She’s personably folksy.

She appeals to the self-proclaimed, ultra moralistic crowd.

(Remember how the evangelical vote helped to push G.W. Bush into the winners circle).

She might be boning up on her history in order to appear more well versed during future debates and interviews.

She could win the “history making” vote.

 It’s possible that some people will vote for her simply because of her female status.    

Personally, I don’t dislike Palin as a person.  But,I just don’t think she has the interest of common folk in mind–as is the case with many Repubs and Tea Partiers.  I just hope and pray that Palin won’t run in the first place.  Then again, I could use some of Tina Fey’s brilliant comedy.

Those Nasty Republicans and Tea Partiers

In Politically Speaking on November 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I just have to vent for the next few days or longer…

I knew the Republicans would probably win the House, but I’m not happy about it.  I just hate the smug attitudes of the Repubs and Tea Partiers.  They are so vicious with venom–that includes those legislators, O’Reilly, Beck, The Fox News Channel, and so on.

What do I think of when I hear the words Republican or Tea Party?:

(If you are a Repub or Tea Partier, please don’t be offended if the following characteristics do not apply to you.  I’m talking about the worst representatives of these groups.  And, I’m quite aware that these characteristics fit people who represent other groups as well). 

1.They are  nasty and arrogant.

2. They are most likely racist.

3. They don’t give a damn about common, working folk; They’re all ready to repeal the Healthcare Bill.

4. They are holier-than-thou.

5. They are greedy and always looking out for their own pockets; They don’t care about the betterment of others. They are givers only when it is in their best interests (i.e. a tax deduction) or for public accolades.

6.  They like to incite panic and fear.

7. They stick together like a pack of wild dogs–ready to attack at the drop of a hat.

 Am I bitter? Yes.  I don’t appreciate the extremely disrespectful attacks that have been made towards President Obama.  Whether or not one agrees with his politics, President Obama certainly does not deserve the horrible comments that have been made about his character.  

Only hateful racists could make such dangerously, inappropriate comments.  It is unreal that a public television personality would have the audacity to compare the leader of this nation to Adolph Hitler.  

People were not anywhere as nasty to George W.–a man whom allowed thousands of men and women to be killed in a senseless war. And, on top of that, the economy is in a horrible state due to Mr. Bush’s administration. But, so many people seem to have a sudden case of amnesia.  

If it were not for racism, President Obama would just be seen as a “poor leader”– which he certainly is not–if that is how someone felt about him. But, people continue to make such mean spirited, personal attacks against a “man” who is trying to make this a better country.

The Obama administration hasn’t done everything perfectly (How many Presidents have?). However, President Obama has already done a lot for this country.

For example, under his administration, there have been great inroads in attempting to provide affordable healthcare to all Americans.  In addition, his efforts to protect consumers from greedy financial institutions must be applauded as well. 

In all fairness, change takes time. 

So, when evil attacks are made on this man who is trying to get us over the hump, I must remember the source in which the attacks usually come from…racism.

If President Obama were a Caucasian, I do not believe I would be hearing such horribly, ignorant comments.  In fact, I know I wouldn’t be hearing these types of comments. Shame on those ignorant people!!!

I am proud to be an American, but I am not proud of the many Americans who are acting with so much hatred.  It is a sad and embarrassing time for this country. 

Surely, people in other countries must be laughing to themselves: “There goes those ignorant Americans…Next, they’ll be electing that Sarah Palin as President…Those big dummies don’t have a clue.”

Election 2010—Shame On You Awards

In Politically Speaking, Uncategorized on November 3, 2010 at 7:56 am

 

In honor of election 2010, I have a few “Shame On You” Awards.

1.  Shame on you if you didn’t vote.

2. Shame on you if you hate everything about President Obama simply because he is African-American.

3. Shame on you if you don’t want healthcare for all.

4.  Shame on you if you are a radical…lover.

5.  Shame on you if you are mesmerized by the rhetoric of a woman named Sarah.  She is a dangerously powerful cheerleader.  But,  Presidential material?  She is not.

Bonus:  Shame on you if you even entertain the thought of (I don’t even want to write her name here) for President in 2012.

6. Shame on  you if you place blame for all of the country’s problems on the Obama administration without giving thought to how much George W. ran this country into the ground–double shame on you!!!

I Say “No” to Proposition 19

In In the News, Politically Speaking on October 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

 

I’ve been hearing a little bit about Proposition 19—passage on November 2 would legalize marijuana usage in California.

In my opinion, all states should allow medicinal marijuana.  If it were legal in my state, I would entertain the thought of using it for my Cervical Dystonia, a neurological disorder which causes me bouts of horrific pain and spasms.

But, I do not support legalizing marijuana in general.  I know a few people who are “weed heads” and it’s not a pretty sight. I do believe that habitual use of marijuana may cause some damage to brain cells; this theory is based on those above mentioned “weed heads” with whom I am familiar.

 I wish there could be a sign on top of all cars telling whether or not a person is drunk or high.  But, since there isn’t , I figure it’s best to keep marijuana illegal and simply hope and pray to avoid people who are high—especially those on the road, doctors, pilots, etc.

The View Co-hosts Walk Off Stage After Words With O’Reilly

In Politically Speaking, Uncategorized on October 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

 

For video, visit:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp891YJw_VY

Last week, The View co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the stage after a heated discussion with Bill O’Reilly about the Ground Zero Mosque. 

O’Reilly is against the Mosque.  While Behar and Goldberg feel that Muslims have a right to erect the Mosque.

Personally, I don’t think the Mosque should be built at the intended location.  And, if I had lost a loved one on 9/11, I am sure that I would feel even more strongly and adamant about the Mosque not being built near Ground Zero.

However, opinions are not the issue.  O’Reilly is wrong, as usual, in his approach.  Yes, a group of Muslims were responsible for the horrific tragedy that occurred on 9/11.  But, as The View hosts tried to interject, those terrorists were from an extremist sect.  All Muslims should, by no means, be lumped in with insane radicals. 

I know that O’Reilly is intelligent enough to know that which he says is nasty and wrong.  However, his arrogant, condescending persona sells books and provides for entertaining rhetoric which in turn gets him great ratings. 

Then again, emotionally charged arguments and stormings off of the stage doesn’t hurt The View’s publicity efforts either.

Republicans Are On My Last Nerve…

In Politically Speaking on October 4, 2010 at 9:25 pm

Who will it be: The Democrats or Republicans?

Although, I have never actually voted anything but Democrat, I am not beyond voting for a Republican candidate.  I have just always found Democratic candidates to be the lesser of the two evils.   

It’s just that Republicans worry me with their holier-than-thou attitudes. “I am better, so I shall have and you shall have not…”

I have a friend (we’re not that close anymore) who voted for a Republican president a few years ago. Yep, she had the nerve to vote for G.W. Bush. Her vote for Bush is not why we’re not that close anymore, but it surely made me think…

“Why?” I asked after getting over the initial shock of it all–I thought we had similar values due to our similar upbringings.
Her response was simply that his Christian values were more closely aligned with her own beliefs.

Of course, in my mind, that was hogwash. Just because Bush professes to be a “Christian”–antiabortion and homophobic–did not mean that he would be the best President for our country–obviously.

So, when he won twice (technically), I figured there were a whole lot of people out there who were completely clueless. The proof is in the pudding; Bush will go down in history as one of the worst President’s in history–unless history gets kinder.

But, here we go again. The Repubs have a chance to take over. They don’t want healthcare for all, they don’t want this, and they don’t want that. It makes me want to rename the Republican Party the Selfish Party.

If the American voters allow Republicans to take over Congress in November, it will confirm my thoughts that humanity is seriously lacking in America. Denmark is looking better each day.

Don’t even get me started on The Tea Party…Just ridiculous.

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