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"The people who cast the votes don't decide an election; the people who COUNT the votes do." -- Joseph Stalin

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Importance of Experience in Iowa: Hillary, Obama and Abe Lincoln

As the first Democratic primary approaches in Iowa, local residents have been bombarded with tv commercials, personal appearances, and mailers, all espousing the merits of the individual candidates and some besmirching the qualifications or personal integrity of the others. An unfortunate circumstance has Hillary Clinton resorting to dirty tricks similar to those used traditionally by Republicans such as Richard Nixon and George W. Bush. Click here for Proof: Hillary Attacks Obama.

The main focus of Ms. Clinton's attacks has been Barack Obama. The Illinois senator is in this race as the ONLY candidate who has not been stained by his Washington insider connections and use of lobbyists and his mantra for Change has elevated his status among the voters. Thus, Ms. Clinton is forced to resort to unseemly attacks in order to push John Edwards above Obama in Iowa and slow his march toward the Presidency.

Mrs. Clinton's main focus on Obama has been his so-called lack of experience. First, let's examine Ms. Clinton's experience. As a young girl, she was very conservative, supporting right-wing candidate, Barry Goldwater, as one of the Goldwater Girls. During her husband's eight-year reign as President, Ms. Clinton really did not take a very active part in his administration. We know about her failure to bring about healthcare reform. But what about her participation in foreign affairs? She held no security clearance, was not provided a copy of the President's daily intelligence briefings, and did not attend National Security Council meetings. In fact, she had very little involvement in her husbands' policy making decisions. It is pure speculation as to how much she was actually communicating with her husband during the Monica Lewinsky fiasco.

As the US Senator from New York, she has done very little to distinguish herself legislatively. On Iraq, Ms. Clinton says she will pull the troops out, but then says she will keep a force there to conduct counter-terrorism operations. This ability to stand on both sides of the fence on issues as she has clearly demonstrated in the "debates" we have seen, shows a true politician, and, in my opinion, not a person anyone can rely upon to stand firmly on an issue. Can you say "flip-flop"? Her vote to declare the Iranian Republican Guard a terrorist organization (the only Democratic candidate to side with George Bush on this issue) is a RED LIGHT. She was fooled once on Iraq, is she being fooled again on Iran?


So, let's give Hillary credit for her experience as a US Senator. Her First Lady "experience" is questionable.

Now, let's take a look at Senator Obama and compare his experience with the man many consider the greatest President of all, Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln's experience was as follows:

1832 — Ran for the Illinois legislature; LOST.
1834 — Ran for the Illinois legislature and was elected Representative for Sangamon County.
1836 — Re-elected Representative to the Illinois legislature.
1838 — Re-elected Representative to the Illinois legislature.
1840 — Re-elected Representative to the Illinois legislature.
1846 — Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1854 — Elected to the Illinois legislature; resigned to run for U.S. Senate; LOST.
1858 — Ran for U.S. Senate; LOST.
1860 — Ran for President of the United States and was elected.
1864 — Re-elected President of the United States.

Mr. Lincoln served as a state legislator for 8 years, and for 8 years in Congress. He then lost his race for the US Senate TWICE, and finally was elected President.

Mr. Obama lgraduated from Columbia University, where he majored in political science and specialized in international relations. He then attended Harvard Law School, graduated magna cum laude, and served as the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. After law school, he worked as a community organizer and a civil rights lawyer in Chicago. He also taught at the University of Chicago Law School as a senior lecturer specializing in constitutional law.

Obama represented the South Side of Chicago in the Illinois State Senate for 8 years from 1996–2004 as a Democrat. In 2004, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, winning with 70% of the vote against conservative black Republican, Alan Keyes. Obama became the only African-American serving in the U.S. Senate (and the fifth in U.S. history).

Obama's idealism, commitment to civil rights, extensive knowledge of and respect for the Constitution, and experience and knowledge of other cultures and international affairs, make his candidacy one that can transcend the normal political hijinks we are experiencing from the Clintons.

TO ALL IOWA VOTERS: Don't be fooled by the so-called Experience factor. Vote for Barack Obama.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Candid Blogger will speak out on a variety of issues of importance to the little guy -- the majority of Americans who work and pay their taxes, only to see the great majority of their tax dollars used to fund war and war-related industries. Education, healthcare, good-paying jobs, are all denied thanks to "compassionate Conservatives".

Expect a post soon addressing the importance of experience in a Presidential election. We will compare Abraham Lincoln, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama. Our findings may surprise you.

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Barack Obama for President

Barack Obama has dedicated his life to public service as a community organizer, civil rights attorney, and leader in the Illinois state Senate. Obama continues his fight for working families following his election to the United States Senate. Senator Obama is focused on promoting economic growth and bringing good paying jobs to Illinois. Obama serves on the important Environment and Public Works Committee, which oversees legislation and funding for the environment and public works projects throughout the country, including the national transportation bill. He also serves on the Veterans ’ Affairs Committee where he is focused on investigating the disability pay discrepancies that have left thousands of Illinois veterans without the benefits they earned. Senator Obama also serves on the Foreign Relations Committee.

During his seven years in the Illinois state Senate, Obama worked with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. Obama also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama enlisted the support of law enforcement officials to draft legislation requiring the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.

Obama is especially proud of being a husband and father of two daughters, Malia, 8 and Sasha, 4. Obama and his wife, Michelle, married in 1992 and live on Chicago ’s South Side where they attend Trinity United Church of Christ.

Barack Obama was born on August 4th, 1961, in Hawaii to Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham. Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983, and moved to Chicago in 1985 to work for a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. In 1991, Obama graduated from Harvard Law School where he was the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review.

Now, we ask you to consider this man as a serious candidate for President in 2008, unencumbered by the shackles of being labeled an old-school politician. It's TIME FOR CHANGE.

Experience? Mr. Obama has the identical experience of one former president: ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

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(GPS) Global Positioning Systems - The World Grows Smaller
Author: Gary Mialocq, Ph.D.

As a young child in the first grade not long after the end of WW2, I remember looking at a globe in the classroom and seeing "Unexplored Territory" in several places. Well, times have certainly changed. Now, with the new technology, GPS, it is becoming very difficult to get lost.

GPS, or global positioning system, is a tool that is used to measure distance and to help pinpoint location any place in the world. The fact is that it is an excellent tool that can do so much more than just tell you where you are. And, it is being used in everything from heart rate monitors to automobiles. This is amazing technology.

There are 24 satellites orbiting the earth at various locations at an altitude of 12,000 feet. They are always transmitting information through digital radio signals that tell the transmitters where they are and the exact time. They are so precise that they transmit time to the billionth of a second in accuracy.

Although first developed by the Department of Defense for military purposes, the GPS has found its way into society with many non-governmental functions. Let's examine a few:

Automobiles. You can use this system to drive from one location to another without getting lost. It can help to track a car that has been stolen. It works by transmitting data to the satellite receivers that are then sent to the authorities. Within seconds, you can know your car's location.

Emergency Situations. It can also be of great help in emergency situations. The transmitted information can be sent to the authorities to alert them that you are in trouble. GPS jumps in and helps to find your location. Many vehicles are now being outfitted with this as standard equipment.

Recreation. GPS devices are now use for recreational uses for the outdoor sportsman such as camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, or boating and can be an excellent way to make sure that you don't get lost.

Big Brother! Companies are putting GPS to use as well. It virtually eliminates moonlighting with company vehicles. It reduces accidents and lowers insurance premiums by promoting safe employee driving habits and even creates reports of miles driven by each vehicle.

Domestic. Think your spouse if being unfaithful? Don't hire a high priced private investigator. These devices work so well because they are covert. Some are small enough to hide in a purse or in the car. They now have cell phones equipped with GPS devices. Not only can you locate someone right now, but you can also pull up a history of where the unit has been.

In summary, you won't be finding any more maps as I did as a child marked "Unexplored territory".

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