Thursday, September 25, 2008

Finished my phone calls

Got hold of the other two offices...much good it may do me.
But as a constituent I had my say....
Last time I did that, was to protest Clintons impeachment. Enormous posturing and waste of MY money as a taxpayer.
Hell I'D BLOW CLINTON if he'd be President again, and I promise not to keep the spunked on dress.
Crude but true.

Eliot Spitzer, prostitutes and George "Dubya" Bush

This post directly generated after listening to a portion of the Thom Hartmann show today on Air America Radio local affiliate
WINZ
Miami, Florida
940 AM
http://www.am940southflorida.com/
I listen to at least a portion of his show daily when I drive to pick Lil one up from school, or if I'm out doing errands.
Now, for my own personal view, since I am very familiar with Elliot Spitzer in the sense that I am originally from New York, and tried to be politically aware there as well.

I do not condone what Eliot Spitzer did, but I do believe he was outed and exposed to the public directly due to his being one of the sole voices crying in the wilderness about the financial practices that have helped to lead up to todays current crisis in Americas finances. ( along with the other states attorney generals who were ignored )
I no more care that he was soliciting prostitutes than I cared that Bill Clinton was receiving any "gratuities" from butt ugly, big toothed dumbass interns who have a thing for married men. Read on please, or not as you like. But we live in frightening times, and knowledge is power, and in this case ignorance is FAR from bliss.
From the Huffington Post
By Steven G Brant

The Huffington Post
September 25, 2008


Greg Palast was the first reporter to raise the potential connection between Eliot Spitzer being exposed for using prostitutes and his being the only voice against the Bush administration's planned bail out of Wall Street with billions and billions of taxpayer dollars. You can read Greg's March 14th article here.

One reason I am drawn to this story is that The Wall Street Journal ran a very interesting analysis by Alan M. Dershowitz on March 13th ("The Entrapment of Eliot Spitzer"). Here's the key part of Dershowitz's article:

There is no hard evidence that Eliot Spitzer was targeted for investigation, but the story of how he was caught does not ring entirely true to many experienced former prosecutors and current criminal lawyers. The New York Times reported that the revelations began with a routine tax inquiry by revenue agents "conducting a routine examination of suspicious financial transactions reported to them by banks." This investigation allegedly found "several unusual movements of cash involving the Governor of New York." But the movement of the amounts of cash required to pay prostitutes, even high-priced prostitutes over a long period of time, does not commonly generate a full-scale investigation.

We are talking about thousands, not millions, of dollars. We are also talking about a man who is a multimillionaire with numerous investments and purchases. The idea that federal investigators would focus on a few transactions to corporations -- that were not themselves under investigation -- raises as many questions as answers.

Even if Mr. Spitzer's derelictions were serendipitously discovered as a result of routine, computerized examination of bank transactions, the dangers inherent in selective use of overbroad criminal statutes remain. Money laundering, structuring and related financial crimes are designed to ferret out organized crime, drug dealing, terrorism and large-scale financial manipulation. They were not enacted to give the federal government the power to inquire into the sexual or financial activities of men who move money in order to hide payments to prostitutes.

Once federal authorities concluded that the "suspicious financial transactions" attributed to Mr. Spitzer did not fit into any of the paradigms for which the statutes were enacted, they should have closed the investigation. It's simply none of the federal government's business that a man may have been moving his own money around in order to keep his wife in the dark about his private sexual peccadilloes.


Dershowitz says "There is no hard evidence that Eliot Spitzer was targeted for investigation," but Spitzer was definitely in the Bush administration's face, so to speak.. having just published his own OpEd piece in The Washington Post, "Predatory Lenders' Partner in Crime: How the Bush Administration Stopped the States From Stepping In to Help Consumers", on February 14th. Here's an extensive excerpt from what Spitzer wrote:

Predatory lending was widely understood to present a looming national crisis. This threat was so clear that as New York attorney general, I joined with colleagues in the other 49 states in attempting to fill the void left by the federal government. Individually, and together, state attorneys general of both parties brought litigation or entered into settlements with many subprime lenders that were engaged in predatory lending practices. Several state legislatures, including New York's, enacted laws aimed at curbing such practices.

What did the Bush administration do in response? Did it reverse course and decide to take action to halt this burgeoning scourge? As Americans are now painfully aware, with hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing foreclosure and our markets reeling, the answer is a resounding no.

Not only did the Bush administration do nothing to protect consumers, it embarked on an aggressive and unprecedented campaign to prevent states from protecting their residents from the very problems to which the federal government was turning a blind eye.

Let me explain: The administration accomplished this feat through an obscure federal agency called the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). The OCC has been in existence since the Civil War. Its mission is to ensure the fiscal soundness of national banks. For 140 years, the OCC examined the books of national banks to make sure they were balanced, an important but uncontroversial function. But a few years ago, for the first time in its history, the OCC was used as a tool against consumers.

In 2003, during the height of the predatory lending crisis, the OCC invoked a clause from the 1863 National Bank Act to issue formal opinions preempting all state predatory lending laws, thereby rendering them inoperative. The OCC also promulgated new rules that prevented states from enforcing any of their own consumer protection laws against national banks. The federal government's actions were so egregious and so unprecedented that all 50 state attorneys general, and all 50 state banking superintendents, actively fought the new rules.

But the unanimous opposition of the 50 states did not deter, or even slow, the Bush administration in its goal of protecting the banks. In fact, when my office opened an investigation of possible discrimination in mortgage lending by a number of banks, the OCC filed a federal lawsuit to stop the investigation.

Throughout our battles with the OCC and the banks, the mantra of the banks and their defenders was that efforts to curb predatory lending would deny access to credit to the very consumers the states were trying to protect. But the curbs we sought on predatory and unfair lending would have in no way jeopardized access to the legitimate credit market for appropriately priced loans. Instead, they would have stopped the scourge of predatory lending practices that have resulted in countless thousands of consumers losing their homes and put our economy in a precarious position.

When history tells the story of the subprime lending crisis and recounts its devastating effects on the lives of so many innocent homeowners, the Bush administration will not be judged favorably. The tale is still unfolding, but when the dust settles, it will be judged as a willing accomplice to the lenders who went to any lengths in their quest for profits. So willing, in fact, that it used the power of the federal government in an unprecedented assault on state legislatures, as well as on state attorneys general and anyone else on the side of consumers.


Hard evidence he was targeted? No. Reason he might have been? Only further investigative reporting can answer that question.

But then there's the curious nature of how The New York Times broke the Spitzer story, which was brought to my attention by Mark W. Adams at Dispassionate Liberal. Here's the part of this report that caught my eye:

Somebody at Justice found someone at the New York Times with as much integrity as Judy Miller, and "leaked" the name of Client 9. Somebody at the Times decided that a headline saying "Spitzer was caught with a hooker" wasn't nearly as productive as saying he was "linked to a prostitution ring." They didn't just want to expose a crime here. They wanted Spitzer destroyed.
Come on. Didn't they make it sound more like he was a pimp and not a john? And wasn't that exactly what the headline writers at the NY Times wanted? This was overkill.



I distinctly remember the use of this "linked to a prostitution ring" language when the story broke on Monday. That's how it was framed on the news channel playing in the offices of the Congresspeople I happened to be visiting. I remember first thinking to myself "He's running a prostitution organization on the side?", not "He went to see a hooker?".

Why did the Times use such language? Maybe their Public Editor can help answer that question.

I am writing this today because the only thing I've heard on the Sunday talk shows is about Eliot Spitzer's "crime"... his dysfunctional personality... (Actually, David Brooks wrote a brilliant analysis, The Rank-Link Imbalance, on this subject the other day)... and how we, Americans, should be happy to be rid of him.

While I am not condoning Spitzer's use of prostitutes in any way... what I am suggesting is that perhaps we should not be so quick to celebrate Eliot Spitzer leaving the American stage. He and his fellow State Attorneys General were on to something when they attempted to protect the American consumers from predatory lending several years ago.

The vastly under-reported story of how the Bush administration blocked that effort... combined with the fact that the Bush administration and the Federal Reserve has now done the exact opposite: acted to protect the banking/investment industry with $200 billion (and more to come?) of our money... is being drowned out by the Spitzer prostitution story.

Hey, NY Times... how about making how the Bush administration actively blocked efforts to protect Americans from predatory lending... and any possible connection between that story and Eliot Spitzer being caught... your next Breaking News story?

In referring to Eliot Spitzer's February 14th Washington Post essay, Greg Palast writes:

Spitzer wrote, "When history tells the story of the subprime lending crisis and recounts its devastating effects on the lives of so many innocent homeowners the Bush administration will not be judged favorably."
But now, the administration can rest assured that this love story -- of Bush and his bankers -- will not be told by history at all -- now that the Sheriff of Wall Street has fallen on his own gun.


Well, the Sheriff of Wall Street may have been silenced, but The New York Times and other papers are in a position to follow this story to its rightful conclusion. Will they? Only time will tell.
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The link to the story itself is here
Sorry I'm too much of a dumbass to figure out how to put the link directly in the post, you'll have to copy and paste
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-g-brant/eliot-spitzer-george-bus_b_91764.html

Making my voice heard


Emailed my senators and congressional reps this morning to protest the humongous wall street bail out proposed by Mr George Dubya "I'm Rich and you're not so I don't give a shit about you" Bush.
I called Senator Mel Martinez, tried to call Senator Bill Nelson and Congressional Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz but their voice mail boxes were full.
I'll try again in a bit. I did email them however.
I think I'm going to lose everything I've worked for, but I'll be damned if the greedy corporate bastards in Washington and Wall Street are going to take it from me without a fight.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Today


This system looks like its getting very organized. Keeping my eyes on it.
Sorry I haven't blogged in a few days. Theres been nothing much to report, which strangely is a good thing.
Other than being profoundly broke, I'm good

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Middle of the night call.....

He called a bit after 1am.
It was real nice...to just lay in the dark in bed when its all quiet and talk...and talk....and talk...lol.
We were on the phone for about 1.5 hrs...
When we talk, the time flys and it always amazes me when I finally realize how long we've talked for.
Hope he slept, don't think he did.

Possum Kingdom

Is added simply because I love the song....don't know why.
I find it somewhat erotic...would be a good song for de making of de hot monkey love lol...
Also, when he sings "Do you wanna die?" my interpretation of the use of the word die refers to "La petite mort"
That may not what it means at all...but thats what I THINK OF when I listen to this song..
Also added my ringtone, enjoy KoRn along with The Toadies
Possum Kingdom by The Toadies
Twisted Transistor by KoRn

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cold hard Bitch


By Jet
I added this one specifically for someone, and Marc knows why.
Being quasi accused of something so base and evil, something that made me CRY...well..that takes a cold hard bitch.
Reordered my songs as well to reflect that.
I'm honest as the day is long, open and upfront. The ONLY time I may not tell the truth, and thats different from lying, is to save someone else from hurt at the sake of relieving any guilt I may have.
I'm not that cruel, nor do I care enough for MY feelings over someone elses in that situation.

Cold Hard Bitch by Jet

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gotta leave town
Got another appointment
Spent all my rent
Girl you know I enjoyed it

Ain't gonna hang around till there's nobody dancing
I don't wanna hold hands and talk about our little plans, alright!

Cold hard bitch
Just a kiss on the lips
And I was on my knees
I'm waiting, give me
Cold hard bitch
She was shakin' her hips
That's all that I need

Gonna check her out
She's my latest attraction
Gonna hang around
Wanna get a reaction

Gonna take her home cos she's over romancing
Don't wanna hold hands and talk about her little plans alright!

Cold hard bitch
Just a kiss on the lips
And I was on my knees
I'm waiting give me
Cold hard bitch
She was shakin' her hips
And I that was all that I need
I'm waiting give me
Cold hard bitch
Just a kiss on the lips
And I was on my knees

Yeah I'm waiting
Yeah I'm waiting
Yeah I'm waiting
Yeah I'm waiting

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cold hard bitch
Just a kiss on the lips
And I was on my knees
I'm waiting give me
Cold hard bitch
She was shakin' her hips
And I was all that I need
I'm waiting give me
Cold hard bitch
Just a kiss on the lips
And I was on my knees
I'm waiting give me

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dreary day

To match my mood.
I woke up..tired as usual.
I have these recurring dreams where I'm trying to get back to work at a hospital I haven't worked at in so long its ridiculous.
Those dreams always exhaust me mentally....I have no clue why I have them, or why I will often dream that I am back at my moms house in NY..
I lived for ten years in my own home in NY, yet never dream of that house ever.
Who knows why we dream what we do.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Epiphany

Epiphany by Staind

Your words to me just a whisper
Your faces so unclear
I try to pay attention
Your words just disappear

'Cause its always rainin in my head
Forget all the things I should have said

So I speak to you in riddles
'cause my words get in my way.
I smoke the whole thing to my head
and feel it wash away
'cause i can't take anymore of this,
I want to come apart.
or dig myself a little hole inside
your precious heart

'Cause its always raining in my head
Forget all the things I should have said

I am nothing more than a little boy inside
That cries out for attention
yet I always try to hide
'Cause I talk to you like children,
Though I don't know how I feel
But I know I'll do the right thing
If the right thing is revealed

'Cause its always raining in my head
Forget all the things I should have said

Where

Where do the strong go when they need to be weak?
I read that in a story, and its a sentence I never forgot.
So where do the strong go when they need to be weak?

Believe


Can't ever get enough of Aaron Lewis and Staind.
Adore his voice and lyrics.






Believe

I sit alone and watch the clock
Trying to collect my thoughts
All I think about is you
And so I cry myself to sleep
And hope the devil I don't meet
In the dreams that I live through

Believe in me
I know you've waited for so long
Believe in me
Sometimes the weak become the strong
Believe in me
this life is not always what it seems
Believe in me
Cause I was made for chasing dreams

All the smiles you had to fake
And all the shit you had to take
Just to lead us here again
I never have the things to say
To make it all just go away
To make it all just disappear

Believe in me
I know you've waited for so long
Believe in me
Sometimes the weak become the strong
Believe in me
this life is not always what it seems
Believe in me
Cause I was made for chasing dreams

Its my life
Its my choice
Hear my words
Hear my voice
And just believe

I sit alone and watch the clock
Trying to collect my thoughts
And all I think about is you

If you Believe in me
life is not always what it seems
Believe in me
Cause I was made for chasing dreams

Believe in me
I know you've waited for so long
Believe in me
Sometimes the weak become the strong
Believe in me
This life is not always what it seems
Believe in me
Cause I was made for chasing dreams

Deep , dark depths

I've been thru one of the most traumatic periods of my life, over the last two years plus, and again intensely these last weeks.
I'm just escaping I think, to regroup and rest. Simply escape.
Sometimes I think its necessary to just escape.
The things I have to do, far outweigh the things I'd wish to do, or like to do.
So, I'll just soldier on...I'm good at that.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Hope this is good for a chuckle or two

How to Poop at Work

We've all been there but don't like to admit it. We've all kicked back in our cubicles and suddenly felt something brewing down below. As much as we try to convince ourselves otherwise, the WORK POOP is inevitable. For those who hate pooping at work, following is the Survival Guide for taking a dump at work.


*CROP DUSTING* When farting, you walk really fast around the office so the smell is not in your area and everyone else gets a whiff, but doesn't know where it came from. Be careful when you do this. Do not stop until the full fart has been expelled. Walk an extra 30 feet to make sure the smell has left your pants.

*FLY BY* The act of scouting out a bathroom before pooping. Walk in and check for other poopers. If there are others in the bathroom, leave and come back again. Be careful not to become a FREQUENT FLYER. Peo ple may become suspicious if they catch you constantly going into the bathroom.

*ESCAPEE* A fart that slips out while taking a pee or forcing a poop in a stall. This is usually accompanied by a sudden wave of embarrassment. If you release an escapee, do not acknowledge it. Pretend it did not happen. If you are a man and are standing next to the farter in the urinal, pretend you did not hear it. No one likes an escapee. It is uncomfortable for all involved. Making a joke or laughing makes both parties feel uneasy.

*JAILBREAK* When forcing a poop, several farts slip out at a machine gun pace. This is usually a side effect of diarrhea or a hangover. If this should happen, do not panic. Remain in the stall until everyone has left the bathroom to spare everyone the awkwardness of what just occurred.

*COURTESY FLUSH* The act of flushing the toilet the instant the poop hits the water. This reduces the amount of air tim e the poop has to stink up the bathroom. This can help you avoid being caught doing the WALK OF SHAME.

*WALK OF SHAME* Walking from the stall, to the sink, to the door after you have just stunk up the bathroom. This can be a very uncomfortable moment if someone walks in and busts you. As with farts, it is best to pretend that the smell does not exist. Can be avoided with the use of the COURTESY FLUSH.

*OUT OF THE CLOSET POOPER* A colleague who poops at work and is Doggone proud of it. You will often see an Out Of The Closet Pooper enter the bathroom with a newspaper or magazine under their arm. Always look around the office for the Out Of The Closet Pooper before entering the bathroom.

*THE POOPING FRIENDS NETWORK (P.F.N)* A group of co-workers who band together to ensure emergency pooping goes off without incident. This group can help you to monitor the whereabouts of Out Of The Closet Poopers, and identif y SAFE HAVENS.

*SAFE HAVENS* A seldom used bathroom somewhere in the building where you can least expect visitors. Try floors that are predominantly of the opposite sex.

This will reduce the odds of a pooper of your sex entering
the bathroom.

*TURD BURGLAR* Someone who does not realize that you are in the stall and tries to force the door open. This is one of the most shocking and vulnerable moments that can occur when taking a poop at work.

If this occurs, remain in the stall until the Turd Burglar leaves. This way you will avoid all uncomfortable eye contact.

*CAMO-COUGH* A phony cough that alerts all new entrants into the bathroom that you are in a stall. This can be used to cover-up a WATERMELON, or to alert potential Turd Burglars. Very effective when used in conjunction with a SHIRLEY TEMPLE.

*SHIRLEY TEMPLE* A subtle toe-tapping that is used to alert potential Turd Burglars that you are occupying a stall. This will remove all doubt that the stall is occupied.

If you hear a SHIRLEY TEMPLE, leave the bathroom
immediately so the pooper can poop in peace.

*WATERMELON* A poop that creates a loud splash when hitting the toilet water. This is also an embarrassing incident. If you feel a Watermelon coming on, create a diversion. See CAMO-COUGH.

*HAVANA-OMELET* A case of diarrhea that creates a series of loud splashes in the toilet water. Often accompanied by an Escapee. Try using a CAMO-COUGH with a SHIRLEY TEMPLE.

*AUNT BETTY* A bathroom user who seems to linger around forever...Could spend extended lengths of time in front of the mirror or sitting on the pot. An AUNT BETTY makes it difficult to relax while on the crapper, as you should always wait to poop when the bathroom is empty.

This benefits you as well as the other bathroom attendees!

SOME VARIETIES OF POOP YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF~
The King Poop = This kind is the kind of poop that killed Elvis. It doesn't come until you're all sweaty, trembling and purple from straining so hard.

Bali Belly Poop = You poop so much you lose 5 lbs.

Cement Block = You wish you'd gotten a spinal block before you poop.

Cork Poop (Also Known as Floater Poop) = Even after the third flush, it's still floating in there. How do I get rid of it? This poop usually happens at someone else's house.

The Bungee Poop = The kind of poop that just hangs off your rear before it falls into the water.

The Crippler = The kind of poop where you have to sit on the toilet so long your legs go numb from the waist down.

The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang = The kind of poop that hits you when you're trapped in your car in a traffic jam.

The Party Pooper = The giant poop you take at a party. And when you flush the toilet, you watch in horror as the water starts to rise..

NOW EVERYONE TRY TO GO POOP IN PEACE

QUIT LAUGHING... POOPING IS A NATURAL PROCESS

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Disturbing dreams

Every night this week. Marc says they are a way for my mind to release stress, may well be, but it makes for a very unpleasant sleep at times.
The worst of them, usually work related. I simply dread going back to work now, and know I will have to eventually. But I dread it, I hate that place, and the people I work with have not...not one single one....contacted me to see how I'm doing.
Nice huh?

Need I say anything about this picture?

Monday, September 01, 2008

Another Palin story. This woman is a piece of work

Troopergate Could Dog Palin on Campaign
By STEVE QUINN, AP
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Sept. 1) -- Troopergate. It's a political he-said, she-said that has dogged Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for nearly two months and is likely to do so for another two months leading to the Nov. 4 presidential election.
The little-known vice presidential candidate faces accusations of firing public safety commissioner Walt Monegan in what amounts to a messy Palin family drama dating to her pre-gubernatorial days. Monegan had refused to fire a state trooper who had gone through a messy divorce from Palin's sister.


The accuser is blogger and rental car executive Andrew Halcro, a Republican-turned-Independent who lost to Palin in the 2006 governor's race.
The accused is Palin, the rising Republican star with a clean-hands reputation who has the most to lose.
The man in the middle is former commissioner, Monegan, who says Palin never told him to fire the trooper, but he felt pressure to do so from members of her administration.
Then there's trooper Mike Wooten, who used a Taser on his stepson, Palin's nephew Payton. Wooten has been reprimanded for violating nearly a dozen laws and departmental policies since December 2001.
It's now in the hands of a state-hired investigator working for a Republican-dominated legislative committee that hopes to sort out the mess.
Palin steadfastly denies the allegations, and with her signature resolve, said she welcomes the investigation. "Hold me accountable," she challenge her critics.
With Palin now in the national spotlight as McCain's choice as running mate, the investigation could get more attention than the federal corruption probes involving Republican Sen. Ted Stevens and others that already is besetting this state.
"With this appointment, you've given an obscure investigation more national limelight than any grand jury," said Democratic consultant Dane Strother. "Think about it, if they come down on her, what is McCain going to do?"
McCain's campaign says it's not worried about the investigation. "The bottom line is Governor Palin has a proven record championing transparency in government and we are confident in that record," said McCain spokeswoman Maria Comella.

Monegan was fired in July, after he declined a transfer to become the director to the state's alcohol control board.
At the time Palin said she wanted the department to move in a new direction. But later, after Monegan said he felt pressured to fire Wooten, Palin at a news conference said Monegan wasn't a team player, didn't do enough to fill trooper vacancies and battle alcohol abuse issues in rural Alaska.
State lawmakers have long said they understand that Monegan and other commissioners serve at will, meaning they can be fired by Palin at any time.
But they want to know if Palin abused her power with the potential motives of this firing being personal rather than work-related.

I frankly am horrified by this story.


If John McCain (god forbid) is elected, this is the woman who would be second in line to the White House if something ( and he is after all 72 yrs old) happens to him. A 4oish yr old woman who has only been mayor of her small town, and governor of Alaska, which lets face it, offers nothing more than oil to McCains ticket.
They want to rape the Alaskan state, and this woman is a way to do it.
This is a disasterous turn of events.
Their daughter is likely being forced to keep the baby, and marry a young man at the age of 17 for making a mistake. Her life has been publicly held up for display, and her future set in stone by this woman...I know it happens still, but I'm saddened, tho not shocked. Palin doesn't agree with abortion for any reason, including rape or incest.
This is a mistake this family appears to be embracing as a political tool, which is why I think McCain chose her.
To win over the religious right.
Its appalling, its disgusting and its reprehensible that this young womans life is apparently the fodder for political aspirations.
To have to go thru this situation in public, and have her parents especially her Mother pontificating in public about a very private issue is HIDEOUS ...
Just my humble opinion of course, but this disgusts me.
Truly disgusts me.

Political Machine RNC
Palin Baby Shocker: Does It Matter?

Filed under: Featured Stories, 2008 President, Scandal, Republican Convention, Floor Fight, Sarah Palin




By Mark Impomeni
(St. Paul) - The Republican National Convention was rocked today by the revelation that Vice-Presidential nominee Governor Sarah Palin's eldest daughter, 17 year-old Bristol, is pregnant. The Palin family put out a statement saying that they are proud of their daughter and asking the media to respect her privacy.

"We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We're proud of Bristol's decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi's privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates."
Palin's nomination has brought a renewed energy to McCain supporters, especially among the religious and Evangelicals, important parts of the Republican base. Thus far, initial reports are that the story will not hurt the McCain campaign politically among this all-important group. Reached at the convention site, Erick Erickson, Editor of the influential RedState.com, said that the story may actually help McCain with the religious right. And Steve Dillard, a member of the National Catholic Steering Committee for the McCain campaign said that families of faith would embrace the Palins over the way they have handled the matter. "I think the daughter made the right choice and it shows that Gov. Palin has raised her daughter to respect the sanctity of life. Character is shown with how you act under difficult circumstances."



One GOP strategist agreed. "Palin is inoculated with religious voters. In the meantime this is something that makes her easier to relate to. She is not perfect. Her family isn't perfect. But they are loving. And they get through it together."

The Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, Annette Kreitzer, said she hoped that the news would help other young girls know that it is OK to talk to their parents when they are in this difficult situation.


"I don't know the family well enough to comment beyond what Governor Palin has told Alaskans and Americans. What I'm pleased about is that Bristol was not afraid to talk with her parents about the pregnancy and I hope that other young women facing a similar situation would take courage in Bristol's decision to tell her parents. I've known a few young women who have faced this situation and I know it was difficult for them to discuss with their parents, but ultimately they and their parents were stronger for it."

Voters want to be able to identify with political candidates, and this story gives the Palin family something in common with thousands of American families. While no political campaign wants to lose control of its message, and there are indications that this story came out earlier than the McCain campaign might have liked, ultimately it does not appear to be one that the campaign should fear.

Alice's restaurant



Had become a holiday tradition when we were in NY..
WNEW F.M. would play this every year on Thanksgiving, and the whole family would listen to it and laugh...sing along...and laugh some more.
The wit and humor of Arlo Guthrie still holds strong today...
And I'm adding it to my music..
If its not your cup of tea..just click the forward on the player to skip it, its long lol..but I think I'll enjoy having it as my intro song for a bit.
Heres Arlo, then and now.

Hanna









Has done precisely what they said she would...
Once the effects of Gustav stopped suppressing development, she has rapidly become a Cat 1 Hurricane.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed...AGAIN..that Hanna will not come here.
Theres also a depression out in the Atlantic..we'll be watching that as well.