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Breathing a sigh of Relief (Not You, Louise!)

February 7, 2008

Mitt Romney has dropped out of the presidential race.

The next biggest threat to America is Mike Huckabee, the Dominionist.

John McCain will not destroy our country, but we sure don’t want him elected either, but we can defeat him I am sure, regardless of who the Democratic nominee is.

I doubt Louise Alexander is breathing a sigh of relief. Here in Bessemer the dominos are beginning to fall. The Alabama Ethics Commission (?) has referred the case of councilwoman Louise Alexander to the Attorney General’s office. Read it

Louise said “I haven’t done anything wrong.”

However, she did apparently deposit $17,775 in checks made out to the city and a city school into her business account. “Oops.”

Two of the checks totalling $12, 775 were donated by local businessmen for an awards program that does not even exist. I guess she solicited the donations? “Oops.”

I did say “beginning to fall” didn’t I? Well money was taken out of a TIF fund and deposited into an account to make payroll last year. “Oops.”

And money derived from property taxes for the rebuilding of the library was used to make a payment from the city to the school board. “Oops.”

There is an audit planned by the City Council, but I just have this feeling that it will not go very deep. Mainly because they are only spending up to $15,000 for the audit. And the word “forensic” was left out. But…it is a start. Stay tuned…

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>Breathing a sigh of Relief (Not You, Louise!)

February 7, 2008

>Mitt Romney has dropped out of the presidential race.

The next biggest threat to America is Mike Huckabee, the Dominionist.

John McCain will not destroy our country, but we sure don’t want him elected either, but we can defeat him I am sure, regardless of who the Democratic nominee is.

I doubt Louise Alexander is breathing a sigh of relief. Here in Bessemer the dominos are beginning to fall. The Alabama Ethics Commission (?) has referred the case of councilwoman Louise Alexander to the Attorney General’s office. Read it

Louise said “I haven’t done anything wrong.”

However, she did apparently deposit $17,775 in checks made out to the city and a city school into her business account. “Oops.”

Two of the checks totalling $12, 775 were donated by local businessmen for an awards program that does not even exist. I guess she solicited the donations? “Oops.”

I did say “beginning to fall” didn’t I? Well money was taken out of a TIF fund and deposited into an account to make payroll last year. “Oops.”

And money derived from property taxes for the rebuilding of the library was used to make a payment from the city to the school board. “Oops.”

There is an audit planned by the City Council, but I just have this feeling that it will not go very deep. Mainly because they are only spending up to $15,000 for the audit. And the word “forensic” was left out. But…it is a start. Stay tuned…

1. Iowa 2. Creationism 3. Recipe for left over ham

January 4, 2008

1. The big winner in last night’s Iowa caucus was…the Democratic Party!

Barack Obama walked away with 38% support, and John Edwards followed with 30% and Hillary Clinton with 29%.

Clinton would have like to have won, no doubt, but this is not a death knell for her candidacy. Look at history, in 1988 Richard Gephardt won the Iowa Caucus, but fizzled after that, and Michael Dukakis became the nominee. The results were so close, that any one of the three leaders could go on to secure the nomination.

But the Democratic Party attracted over 220,000 participants, compared to only 114,000 Republicans. This was almost an 80% increase in the number of particpants for the Democrats, compared to an increase of about 30% for the Republicans. The White House will be painted Blue in 2008! Figuratively, don’t worry.

The Democratic Party also showed that in conservative (60% of Republican identified as evangelicals), white (>90%) Iowa they are not afraid to support a minority candidate. This is in a system where your vote is not secret…you stand in a corner with like minded voters and somebody counts heads. You wouldn’t see this in the Republican party, that’s for sure.

And here is a reason Hillary’s third place finish is not as significant as it looks. As an example of how the Democratic caucuses work, CNN took actual numbers from the first round of a caucus, then showed how those with less than 15% of the votes had to drop out, so their voters had to re-align with other candidates. In the example they showed, Clinton had the most votes in the first round, but of the re-aligned votes, she got none, so Edwards and Obama benefitted. As Bobby said, Obama won in a state where people get to vote twice. If in Iowa everyone got to vote just once, Clinton probably would have won.

If anyone felt the death knell, it was Mitt Romney. Good. He is so lame, here is what he said trying to explain his lie that he once saw his father march with Martin Luther King, Jr. “You know, I’m an English literature major as well. When we say, ‘I saw the Patriots win the World Series,’ it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there. Excuse me, the Super Bowl.”

The Patriots play at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro in Romney’s home state, and he can’t even keep it straight what sport they play? Romney thinks his looks can get him elected, but if looks were all it took then Tom Brady would be running as Massachusetts’ favorite son:

from Most Beautiful Man

But even this didn’t just happen. Here’s Brady’s NFL Scouting Combine picture from 2000:

from The Big Lead

How quickly the focus can shift from politics to…

2. Science, Evolution and Creationism. This is the title of a new book published by the National Academies that was featured on NBC nightly news last night and is being released today. The book explains why Creationism or Intelligent Design should not be taught in Science classes, although it may have a role in other subjects in schools. Read the Summary Brochure or view or buy the book here .

Read my post on Intelligent Design is not Science here.

3. Tired of leftover ham. Ham or other parts of the pig are commonly served on New Years Day, and leftover ham sandwiches get old. Try this soup. I cooked it last night and got good reviews. Of course, the cornbread I made to go with it helped.

Ham and Bean Soup.

1 pound dried Great Northern beans

6 cups of water

1 1/2 pounds cubed cooked ham

2 tsp salt

1 tsp dried thyme (whole or powdered)

4 peppercorns

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

2 cups water

4 potatoes, peeled and quartered

3 carrots, scraped and cut into 1/2 inch slices

1 medium onion, chopped

With the beans, sort and wash and cover with water and let soak overnight, or do like I did and bring to a boil and gently cook about an hour or so. Drain. Then add 6 cups of fresh water, and the ham and the next 6 ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer about an hour or so, then add the remaining water and vegetables. Cover and simmer about 30 more minutes until the veggies are tender.

If you need the cornbread recipe, let me know. Yum

>1. Iowa 2. Creationism 3. Recipe for left over ham

January 4, 2008

>1. The big winner in last night’s Iowa caucus was…the Democratic Party!

Barack Obama walked away with 38% support, and John Edwards followed with 30% and Hillary Clinton with 29%.

Clinton would have like to have won, no doubt, but this is not a death knell for her candidacy. Look at history, in 1988 Richard Gephardt won the Iowa Caucus, but fizzled after that, and Michael Dukakis became the nominee. The results were so close, that any one of the three leaders could go on to secure the nomination.

But the Democratic Party attracted over 220,000 participants, compared to only 114,000 Republicans. This was almost an 80% increase in the number of particpants for the Democrats, compared to an increase of about 30% for the Republicans. The White House will be painted Blue in 2008! Figuratively, don’t worry.

The Democratic Party also showed that in conservative (60% of Republican identified as evangelicals), white (>90%) Iowa they are not afraid to support a minority candidate. This is in a system where your vote is not secret…you stand in a corner with like minded voters and somebody counts heads. You wouldn’t see this in the Republican party, that’s for sure.

And here is a reason Hillary’s third place finish is not as significant as it looks. As an example of how the Democratic caucuses work, CNN took actual numbers from the first round of a caucus, then showed how those with less than 15% of the votes had to drop out, so their voters had to re-align with other candidates. In the example they showed, Clinton had the most votes in the first round, but of the re-aligned votes, she got none, so Edwards and Obama benefitted. As Bobby said, Obama won in a state where people get to vote twice. If in Iowa everyone got to vote just once, Clinton probably would have won.

If anyone felt the death knell, it was Mitt Romney. Good. He is so lame, here is what he said trying to explain his lie that he once saw his father march with Martin Luther King, Jr. “You know, I’m an English literature major as well. When we say, ‘I saw the Patriots win the World Series,’ it doesn’t necessarily mean you were there. Excuse me, the Super Bowl.”

The Patriots play at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro in Romney’s home state, and he can’t even keep it straight what sport they play? Romney thinks his looks can get him elected, but if looks were all it took then Tom Brady would be running as Massachusetts’ favorite son:

from Most Beautiful Man

But even this didn’t just happen. Here’s Brady’s NFL Scouting Combine picture from 2000:

from The Big Lead

How quickly the focus can shift from politics to…

2. Science, Evolution and Creationism. This is the title of a new book published by the National Academies that was featured on NBC nightly news last night and is being released today. The book explains why Creationism or Intelligent Design should not be taught in Science classes, although it may have a role in other subjects in schools. Read the Summary Brochure or view or buy the book here .

Read my post on Intelligent Design is not Science here.

3. Tired of leftover ham. Ham or other parts of the pig are commonly served on New Years Day, and leftover ham sandwiches get old. Try this soup. I cooked it last night and got good reviews. Of course, the cornbread I made to go with it helped.

Ham and Bean Soup.

1 pound dried Great Northern beans

6 cups of water

1 1/2 pounds cubed cooked ham

2 tsp salt

1 tsp dried thyme (whole or powdered)

4 peppercorns

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

2 cups water

4 potatoes, peeled and quartered

3 carrots, scraped and cut into 1/2 inch slices

1 medium onion, chopped

With the beans, sort and wash and cover with water and let soak overnight, or do like I did and bring to a boil and gently cook about an hour or so. Drain. Then add 6 cups of fresh water, and the ham and the next 6 ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat and simmer about an hour or so, then add the remaining water and vegetables. Cover and simmer about 30 more minutes until the veggies are tender.

If you need the cornbread recipe, let me know. Yum

Larry Craig and Mitt Romney (Not together…Just Comments)

December 3, 2007

I mean it really wouldn’t surprise me if they were together in the past. What with Craig’s history being revealed and Romney’s confusing views on gay equality.

Why doesn’t Larry (“I am not gay. I never have been gay”) Craig just be honest with himself and the rest of America. Well I know why. When you are that deep in the closet it is hard to see that being honest will in the long run make your life so much easier, so much more peaceful.

Eight more men have come forward who were targeted by Craig for sex or actually had sexual encounters with him, according a report in The Idaho Statesman .

Included is Mike Jones, the former male prostitute who outed Rev. Ted Haggard. Mike gets around, doesn’t he?

You know, it really doesn’t matter who is having sex with who. It is the hypocrisy that is is doing Larry Craig in. His high profile anti-gay record and votes in the Senate don’t play well when he’s out there …well, read the report above and you will know exactly what he did and can even see how he felt guilty with himself, becoming agitated after at least one encounter.

And then there is Mitt Romney. There was a debate question last week about “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Romney really made a fool of himself flip flopping on that answer. Here is Anderson Cooper asking Romney a question (later removed from the CNN re-broadcasts).

COOPER: [Former Massachusetts] Governor [Mitt] Romney, you said in 1994 that you looked forward to the day when gays and lesbians could serve, and I quote, “openly and honestly in our nation’s military.” Do you stand by that?

ROMNEY: This isn’t that time. This is not that time. We’re in the middle of a war. The people who have watched —

COOPER: Do you look forward to that time, though, one day?

ROMNEY: I’m going to listen to the people who run the military to see what the circumstances are like, and my view is that, at this stage, this is not the time for us to make that kind of a change.

COOPER: Is that a change in your position from —

ROMNEY: Yeah, I didn’t think it would work. I didn’t think “don’t ask, don’t tell” would work. That was my — I didn’t think that would work. I thought that was a policy — when I heard about it, I laughed. I said, “That doesn’t make any sense to me.” And you know what? It’s been there now for, what, 15 years? It seems to have worked.

COOPER: So, just so I’m clear, at this point, do you still look forward to a day when gays can serve openly in the military or no longer?

ROMNEY: I look forward to hearing from the military exactly what they believe is the right way to have the right kind of cohesion and support in our troops, and I’ll listen to what they have to say.

How can you go from “looking forward” to the day when gays and lesbians can serve to believing equality is not important enough to think about changing the policy because we are in a war. Oh, I know. Because then you can say that the day will never come because we are in a war (on terror) that can never end?

And the policy “works?” When over 12,000 men and women have been expelled from the military solely because they are gay? Yet it’s OK to be in gay and be in the military…until you reveal you are gay. Or, as Larry Craig might say (because of his experience there) “as long as you stay in the closet.” (Not that he said that, but it is the way he is thinking).

Here is a picture by chip py the photo guy along with others. The 12,000 flags were placed there, as I said the other day, in homor of the 12,000 service men and women who have been discharged because of their sexuality.

Mitt Romney … discovering that if you run too fast in flip flops you will trip!

>Larry Craig and Mitt Romney (Not together…Just Comments)

December 3, 2007

>I mean it really wouldn’t surprise me if they were together in the past. What with Craig’s history being revealed and Romney’s confusing views on gay equality.

Why doesn’t Larry (“I am not gay. I never have been gay”) Craig just be honest with himself and the rest of America. Well I know why. When you are that deep in the closet it is hard to see that being honest will in the long run make your life so much easier, so much more peaceful.

Eight more men have come forward who were targeted by Craig for sex or actually had sexual encounters with him, according a report in The Idaho Statesman .

Included is Mike Jones, the former male prostitute who outed Rev. Ted Haggard. Mike gets around, doesn’t he?

You know, it really doesn’t matter who is having sex with who. It is the hypocrisy that is is doing Larry Craig in. His high profile anti-gay record and votes in the Senate don’t play well when he’s out there …well, read the report above and you will know exactly what he did and can even see how he felt guilty with himself, becoming agitated after at least one encounter.

And then there is Mitt Romney. There was a debate question last week about “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and Romney really made a fool of himself flip flopping on that answer. Here is Anderson Cooper asking Romney a question (later removed from the CNN re-broadcasts).

COOPER: [Former Massachusetts] Governor [Mitt] Romney, you said in 1994 that you looked forward to the day when gays and lesbians could serve, and I quote, “openly and honestly in our nation’s military.” Do you stand by that?

ROMNEY: This isn’t that time. This is not that time. We’re in the middle of a war. The people who have watched —

COOPER: Do you look forward to that time, though, one day?

ROMNEY: I’m going to listen to the people who run the military to see what the circumstances are like, and my view is that, at this stage, this is not the time for us to make that kind of a change.

COOPER: Is that a change in your position from —

ROMNEY: Yeah, I didn’t think it would work. I didn’t think “don’t ask, don’t tell” would work. That was my — I didn’t think that would work. I thought that was a policy — when I heard about it, I laughed. I said, “That doesn’t make any sense to me.” And you know what? It’s been there now for, what, 15 years? It seems to have worked.

COOPER: So, just so I’m clear, at this point, do you still look forward to a day when gays can serve openly in the military or no longer?

ROMNEY: I look forward to hearing from the military exactly what they believe is the right way to have the right kind of cohesion and support in our troops, and I’ll listen to what they have to say.

How can you go from “looking forward” to the day when gays and lesbians can serve to believing equality is not important enough to think about changing the policy because we are in a war. Oh, I know. Because then you can say that the day will never come because we are in a war (on terror) that can never end?

And the policy “works?” When over 12,000 men and women have been expelled from the military solely because they are gay? Yet it’s OK to be in gay and be in the military…until you reveal you are gay. Or, as Larry Craig might say (because of his experience there) “as long as you stay in the closet.” (Not that he said that, but it is the way he is thinking).

Here is a picture by chip py the photo guy along with others. The 12,000 flags were placed there, as I said the other day, in homor of the 12,000 service men and women who have been discharged because of their sexuality.

Mitt Romney … discovering that if you run too fast in flip flops you will trip!