Archive for the ‘Obama’ Category

>Enjoying Flowers in the Cold of Winter

January 18, 2009

> Picture credit Replacements.com

2 days. In 2 days the United States will regain respect around the world.

Here are a few new features at Bessemer Opinions.

Over to the left you will see “Popular Posts You Might Want to Read.” My statcounter lets me know what you all are reading and these are the most popular pages. I will be adding more.

Also, there is a slide show of pictures. Right now there are pictures of camellias, but from time to time the pictures will change.

In My Blog List there are a couple of new links; The Western Trib, for news updates, and The Wild Reed, Thoughts and reflections from a progressive, gay, Catholic perspective.

I’m constantly trying to find ways to make Bessemer Opinions a better site (in spite of Randy’s comment yesterday, “Can anyone find a way to do away with this pathetic blog.”)

That’s not gonna happen, so don’t worry.

Two days ago our fountain was frozen and when the sun came out in the afternoon it just glistened. (It looks like David might have been a little chilly,too.) Last year the fish survived the freezing. It’ll be a day or two before I know.

Recall I said that the camellias bloom all winter, but that freezing temps would kill the blooms that are open. So I rescued a few of the flowers before the big freeze. We will enjoy these for a few days indoors, and by the time they fade, more flowers should be opening outdoors.

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>Inaugural Festivities

January 13, 2009

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Seven. The number of days left until we have a new direction for our country. Jackpot!!!

The inauguration is on Tuesday, but the festivities start Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial.

I wonder what this man would be thinking.


I think I know.

I wonder what this man will be saying.

Well I don’t know the words he will be using, but as Bishop Gene Robinson opens the inaugural festivities with a prayer, I know that a feeling of hope, of inclusion, and of promise will be heard by all. The festivities will be taped and broadcast for free on HBO Sunday evening (6 – 8 Central time). Of course, I’m not sure the 2 hour broadcast will include the prayer, but I assume it will. Free, for all Americans (that have cable or satellite).

Robinson had this to say in an email to Episcopal Cafe:

“I am writing to tell you that President-Elect Obama and the Inaugural Committee have invited me to give the invocation at the opening event of the Inaugural Week activities, “We are One,” to be held at the Lincoln Memorial, Sunday, January 18, at 2:00 pm. It will be an enormous honor to offer prayers for the country and the new president, standing on the holy ground where the “I have a dream speech” was delivered by Dr. King, surrounded by the inspiring and reconciling words of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. It is also an indication of the new president’s commitment to being the President of ALL the people. I am humbled and overjoyed at this invitation, and it will be my great honor to be there representing the Episcopal Church, the people of New Hampshire, and all of us in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.”

It’s nice to know that someone is “representing” me at the inaugural festivities. I haven’t heard anything like that from Rick Warren.

Beyonce, U2, John Legend, will.i.am, Usher, Garth Brooks and a bevy of other performers will entertain.

>The Crisis in Gaza

January 7, 2009

>David Gespass, an attorney in Birmingham, who many of us know, had an editorial printed in Sunday’s Birmingham News titled Factor Human Rights into Gaza Crisis.

David, of course is Jewish and has a good understanding of Jewish and Israeli history. So he is correct when he says “What is happening today is that Israel is engaged in a brutal and illegal assault on the Palestinian people in Gaza.”

David’s article was written before Israel bombed (near) a U. N. school in Gaza which was being used to shelter hundreds of Palestinians who had already been displaced by Israel’s bombings. The assault killed at least 30 Palestinians, “tearing bodies apart and staining streets with blood.”

Israel has also bombed two other schools and a health center for refugees.

15,000 Palestinians are sheltering in U. N. schools, and the U. N. has provided GPS coordinates for the schools to the Israeli military.

The bombing of the school has led to outcries from across the world against Israel’s actions, and hopefully the 3 hour truce which Israel said they would allow will provide an opportunity for supplies and medical care to get to those who need it. But three hours is not enough. Not when your very actions are violating human rights.

David points out two violations by Israel of fundamental principles of international law.

  • It is illegal to impose collective punishment on an entire population for the acts of a few.
  • Any military attack must be in reasonable proportion to the provocation. Few Israelis have died from the Hamas rockets, yet Israel has killed hundred of Palestinian civilians.

David also points out that the United States is the principle enabler of Israel and suggests that the American people protest. But I doubt protests will do any good as long as W is still hanging around the White House. At least Obama has broken his silence on the issue.

Can we wait two weeks? Can Gaza wait two weeks?

>Health Care Discussion…Mental Illness

December 29, 2008

>The Obama-Biden Transition Team has asked individuals from across the country to host Community Health Care Discussions during the last two weeks of the year as a way to hear what everyday Americans are saying about Health Care in our country.

I hosted such a meeting last night, to which were invited several Bessemer neighbors as well as health professionals including a nurse manager in mental health, the Dean of the School of Public Health at UAB and a faculty member from the School of Health Professions at UAB. I purposely kept the number of people low to insure that everyone would have a chance to take part in the discussion.

I will be sending a report to the Transition Team which can be used in crafting policy for the new administration.

But here are a couple of things we learned. It’s not news that the “system” is broken, but the degree to which it is broken and the ways in which this affects patient care was surprising.

One problem had to do with insurance coding and billing and how this affects a doctor’s scheduling.

It boils down to: you make an appointment to see a doctor about problem A, and before your scheduled appointment time you develop problem B. When you arrive for your appointment the doctor refuses to address problem B and requires that you schedule another appointment, which may be two weeks or more down the road. What this does to the health of America is it keeps this person (or lots of people, assuming this is happening all over) sick or in pain for an additional two weeks. Or, of course, their condition could worsen.

In other words, the “Health system” is contributing to a “sick nation.” It is contributing to people being off from work. It is costing Americans more.

And that is just one of the problems.

The other issue we discussed was mental illness and how stigma affects the treatment people receive. The stigma associated with mental illness can result in people ignoring symptoms or pretending they don’t exist, and avoiding treatment.

Mental illness stigma exists for several reasons. One is that mental illness is thought by some to be the result of a choice or action of the individual and is perceived to be on a different level than physical illness. In reality, mental illnesses are complex and are due to physical changes in the brain, with or without a genetic component.

Mental illness should be treated with the same degree of recognition and respect as physical illnesses. The American Public should be educated about mental illnesses, and not from commercials on TV about drugs used to treat them. Doctors as well, should be educated and should focus on the mental health of their patients as well as their physical health.

Depression, for example, affects people’s ability to work in a huge way, yet often physicians ignore or don’t take the time to question patients in order to pick up signs that there may be a problem.

Then there is this: 1 in 5 young Americans have a personality disorder, according to a recent study. But less than 25% get treatment.

These disorders include obsessive or compulsive tendencies (different from OCD) and anti-social disorders (which can lead to violence) and paranoid behaviors, all of which can interfere with day to day functioning. That’s 1 in 5 of our future leaders.

Mental health parity is the first step in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness.

Parity would require insurance plans to treat mental health patients on par with those who have physical ailments. No more higher copays or deductibles for the mental health treatments. No more limits on visits to the doctor that differ from the caps for other patients.

A mental health parity bill was tacked on to the big bailout passed in October, but that bill is not complete and parity involves more than just payments, it also involves doctor’s attitudes and education. But…it’s a start.

Obama and Christian Leaders

June 11, 2008

Barack Obama met with Christian leaders, including Bishop T. D. Jakes, Rich Cizik (vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals), Rev. Franklin Graham and others.

Graham, son of Billy Graham, found the senator “impressive” and “warm“.

Cizik said the issues discussed Tuesday included “protecting the traditional family, same-sex marriage, gay rights, religious freedom, genocide, poverty and hunger in America, and how we might even improve America’s standing in the world.”

He said he told Obama: “Religious Americans want to know why is it you love this country and what it stands for and how we can make it better.”


Cizik said participants agreed not to give specifics of Obama’s responses to their questions, but that “there was nothing softball about this meeting and that’s the way he said he wanted it.”

Cizik also stresses that this was not a meeting of people endorsing Obama, just a learning experience, I guess.

Article

You know, its OK to be religious and support Obama. Christianity is, in spite of what some think, and in spite of how the media often portrays it, made up of a diverse group of beliefs and followers, and Barack Obama is, a Christian.

It is not like the United Church of Christ is way out there or anything. It is considered a “mainline Protestant denomination” with about 1.2 million members . Surveys show that some of their congregations are very progressive, some are very conservative and most are middle of the road. Their beliefs and practices are certainly no more controversial than, say, the Catholics (who previously had denied one of the attendees at Obama’s meeting communion because he has endorsed Obama) or Southern Baptists (who are still struggling with how to suppress women…”To consider churches with women senior pastors to not be “in friendly cooperation” with the denomination” is a proposal they are considering for next years convention. Plus there’s that whole “submit graciously” thing).

Anyway, United Church of Christ began a campaign a few years ago, based on the quote “Never place a period where God has placed a comma” meaning God is still speaking. Remember this ad that was banned from some tv networks:

The “Bouncers” ad allowed the white, straight (appearing) couple and their children into church, but denied the African American, the gay couple, the disabled and the Latino entrance. Then it shows the text “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.”

They followed this with the “Ejector Seat” ad, in which certain people are “ejected” from church and states “God doesn’t reject people. Neither do we. The United Church of Christ: No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”

This is not an endorsement of the United Church of Christ, rather a suggestion that all Christians seek an understanding of God’s inclusiveness and reject the exclusionary policies that many churches practice. After all, it is kind of ridiculous to believe in God’s creation but to place higher value on those members of creation that are just like oneself and a lesser value on those who are different. But that is exactly what sexism, racism and homophobia practiced by some churches are doing.

No wonder membership is down among most denominations. American people are more interested in uniting around stopping genocide and war, enviromental issues, and human rights than in the divisive messages we hear from some church leaders. Start doing something that really helps the world and your membership might grow.

Oh, and vote for Obama.

>Obama and Christian Leaders

June 11, 2008

>Barack Obama met with Christian leaders, including Bishop T. D. Jakes, Rich Cizik (vice president for governmental affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals), Rev. Franklin Graham and others.

Graham, son of Billy Graham, found the senator “impressive” and “warm“.

Cizik said the issues discussed Tuesday included “protecting the traditional family, same-sex marriage, gay rights, religious freedom, genocide, poverty and hunger in America, and how we might even improve America’s standing in the world.”

He said he told Obama: “Religious Americans want to know why is it you love this country and what it stands for and how we can make it better.”


Cizik said participants agreed not to give specifics of Obama’s responses to their questions, but that “there was nothing softball about this meeting and that’s the way he said he wanted it.”

Cizik also stresses that this was not a meeting of people endorsing Obama, just a learning experience, I guess.

Article

You know, its OK to be religious and support Obama. Christianity is, in spite of what some think, and in spite of how the media often portrays it, made up of a diverse group of beliefs and followers, and Barack Obama is, a Christian.

It is not like the United Church of Christ is way out there or anything. It is considered a “mainline Protestant denomination” with about 1.2 million members . Surveys show that some of their congregations are very progressive, some are very conservative and most are middle of the road. Their beliefs and practices are certainly no more controversial than, say, the Catholics (who previously had denied one of the attendees at Obama’s meeting communion because he has endorsed Obama) or Southern Baptists (who are still struggling with how to suppress women…”To consider churches with women senior pastors to not be “in friendly cooperation” with the denomination” is a proposal they are considering for next years convention. Plus there’s that whole “submit graciously” thing).

Anyway, United Church of Christ began a campaign a few years ago, based on the quote “Never place a period where God has placed a comma” meaning God is still speaking. Remember this ad that was banned from some tv networks:

The “Bouncers” ad allowed the white, straight (appearing) couple and their children into church, but denied the African American, the gay couple, the disabled and the Latino entrance. Then it shows the text “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we.”

They followed this with the “Ejector Seat” ad, in which certain people are “ejected” from church and states “God doesn’t reject people. Neither do we. The United Church of Christ: No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you’re welcome here.”

This is not an endorsement of the United Church of Christ, rather a suggestion that all Christians seek an understanding of God’s inclusiveness and reject the exclusionary policies that many churches practice. After all, it is kind of ridiculous to believe in God’s creation but to place higher value on those members of creation that are just like oneself and a lesser value on those who are different. But that is exactly what sexism, racism and homophobia practiced by some churches are doing.

No wonder membership is down among most denominations. American people are more interested in uniting around stopping genocide and war, enviromental issues, and human rights than in the divisive messages we hear from some church leaders. Start doing something that really helps the world and your membership might grow.

Oh, and vote for Obama.

Back on Track

January 23, 2008

One more day like yesterday and I will…well, I guess I will miss another day of blogging. but school is pretty much a priority these days, and biostatistics…

There are in fact two things: science and opinion. One begats knowledge, the latter ignorance.
– Hippocrates

I wonder where I fall in there, since I often write opinions about science. Hmmm.

Barack Obama was critical during Monday’s debate of Hillary Clinton for sitting on the board of directors of Walmart back when the company really did sell products “Made in America” and before Walmart came under fire for things like mis-treating employees and mis-labeling food as being organic when it is not.

Of course he didn’t bring up that his wife Michelle resigned less than a year ago from the board of directors of Treehouse Foods, Inc., whose largest customer is Walmart which accounts for over 16% of its sales. She resigned immediately after Senator Obama made a speech critical of Walmart and its anti-union policies. I guess she felt the heat since Treehouse doesn’t have the best reputation regarding pickle plants and low paid Hispanic workers.

But in defense of both women, maybe sitting on the board of a corporation is one way to bring positive change to a company. I mean, blaming directors is not unlike faulting progressive democrats in congress who can’t get legislation passed because of the neocons in power, which was especially the case before the 2006 elections.

I guess that the Romney campaign is desperate to show some humor, so that their candidate can be proven not to be robot, but does this do it? Here son Matt Romeny plays a little jokle on his dad.

Are you laughing? Will candiate Mitt be laughing after the Republican primary in Florida where recent polls show him neck in neck with John McCain? (Leaving poor Rudy out)

In today’s Birmingham News is a political cartoon by Walt Handelsman of Newsday.

But I wonder…somewhere between the Hillary Haters and the Independents and Moderates, should there be a cut of racists? Or are they distributed throughout all the divisions of the party? Regardless, we have heard for years about the differing factions of the democratic party, gays here, African Americans there, Hollywood liberals way over there, northern elitists running the party, progressive evangelicals not being heard, working class being squeezed…so our ass, uh, donkey could be cut up in a similar manner. But when it comes down to it, all indications are that in spite of the expected bickering between candidates, after the convention the Democrats and progressive independents and moderate republicans will come together to support whoever the Democratic candidate is.

There is an interesting story in the New Yorker that starts out:

Who, speaking last week, made the following statement: “Enough is enough. More people need to be willing to step up and say, ‘Let’s do something about this.’ That’s how change will be made.”

Think you know the answer? Wrong, It wasn’t Barack or Hillary. It was April White, a massage therapist from Clermont Florida who in 2003 purchased a set of 800 count sheets from Bed Bath and Beyond in Birmingham, AL, and making a long story short, had them examined by a forensic textile lab (who knew?) only to find they “were, in facts, mere 408s.”

To make a longer story even shorter, if the judge approves, April will recieve $2500, and her attorneys $290,000. In addition, ” all purchasers between August 1, 2000 and November 9, 2007 of multi-ply sheet sets, pillowcases, down comforters, bedskirts, shams, duvets, and down pillows from Bed Bath and Beyond that were labelled as ‘plied,’ ‘two-ply,’ or ‘2-ply’ “ are eligible for refunds and discount certificates.

While $2500 seems like enough to compensate someone for having to sleep on scratchy sheets for a day or two, a quarter of a million dollars for attorney’s fees seems a little steep. A good chunk of that money should have gone to buy sheets or blankets for the poor, and I’m sure they wouldn’t have demanded 800 count linens. Such a donation would be the philanthropic thing to do.

And do we really have to keep every little receipt for everything we buy, just in case a class action lawsuit is brought up a few years later?

>Back on Track

January 23, 2008

>One more day like yesterday and I will…well, I guess I will miss another day of blogging. but school is pretty much a priority these days, and biostatistics…

There are in fact two things: science and opinion. One begats knowledge, the latter ignorance.
– Hippocrates

I wonder where I fall in there, since I often write opinions about science. Hmmm.

Barack Obama was critical during Monday’s debate of Hillary Clinton for sitting on the board of directors of Walmart back when the company really did sell products “Made in America” and before Walmart came under fire for things like mis-treating employees and mis-labeling food as being organic when it is not.

Of course he didn’t bring up that his wife Michelle resigned less than a year ago from the board of directors of Treehouse Foods, Inc., whose largest customer is Walmart which accounts for over 16% of its sales. She resigned immediately after Senator Obama made a speech critical of Walmart and its anti-union policies. I guess she felt the heat since Treehouse doesn’t have the best reputation regarding pickle plants and low paid Hispanic workers.

But in defense of both women, maybe sitting on the board of a corporation is one way to bring positive change to a company. I mean, blaming directors is not unlike faulting progressive democrats in congress who can’t get legislation passed because of the neocons in power, which was especially the case before the 2006 elections.

I guess that the Romney campaign is desperate to show some humor, so that their candidate can be proven not to be robot, but does this do it? Here son Matt Romeny plays a little jokle on his dad.

Are you laughing? Will candiate Mitt be laughing after the Republican primary in Florida where recent polls show him neck in neck with John McCain? (Leaving poor Rudy out)

In today’s Birmingham News is a political cartoon by Walt Handelsman of Newsday.

But I wonder…somewhere between the Hillary Haters and the Independents and Moderates, should there be a cut of racists? Or are they distributed throughout all the divisions of the party? Regardless, we have heard for years about the differing factions of the democratic party, gays here, African Americans there, Hollywood liberals way over there, northern elitists running the party, progressive evangelicals not being heard, working class being squeezed…so our ass, uh, donkey could be cut up in a similar manner. But when it comes down to it, all indications are that in spite of the expected bickering between candidates, after the convention the Democrats and progressive independents and moderate republicans will come together to support whoever the Democratic candidate is.

There is an interesting story in the New Yorker that starts out:

Who, speaking last week, made the following statement: “Enough is enough. More people need to be willing to step up and say, ‘Let’s do something about this.’ That’s how change will be made.”

Think you know the answer? Wrong, It wasn’t Barack or Hillary. It was April White, a massage therapist from Clermont Florida who in 2003 purchased a set of 800 count sheets from Bed Bath and Beyond in Birmingham, AL, and making a long story short, had them examined by a forensic textile lab (who knew?) only to find they “were, in facts, mere 408s.”

To make a longer story even shorter, if the judge approves, April will recieve $2500, and her attorneys $290,000. In addition, ” all purchasers between August 1, 2000 and November 9, 2007 of multi-ply sheet sets, pillowcases, down comforters, bedskirts, shams, duvets, and down pillows from Bed Bath and Beyond that were labelled as ‘plied,’ ‘two-ply,’ or ‘2-ply’ “ are eligible for refunds and discount certificates.

While $2500 seems like enough to compensate someone for having to sleep on scratchy sheets for a day or two, a quarter of a million dollars for attorney’s fees seems a little steep. A good chunk of that money should have gone to buy sheets or blankets for the poor, and I’m sure they wouldn’t have demanded 800 count linens. Such a donation would be the philanthropic thing to do.

And do we really have to keep every little receipt for everything we buy, just in case a class action lawsuit is brought up a few years later?

From Selma Alabama to the White House

March 5, 2007

Sorry there have not been any exciting posts, but I have been working on the technical stuff. I finally have some pictures posted (of me, and of some daylilies) and I have indexed the blog so that it can be found on numerous search engines. Google “Bessemer” and progressive” or “Bessemer” and “opinion” and see if you get Bessemer Opinions. Let me know!

The big news from Alabama is that we had two presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (and Bill) in our state yesterday for the 42 anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. Both candidates pointed out that because of that march, they (along with Bill Richardson according to Hillary) are able to run for president today. Reports are that Obama drew the larger crowd.

My congressman Artur Davis was there and he believes that Alabama will be more purple, maybe even blue in 2008. Could be, if the candidates keep coming to our early primary state, and if Bush keeps pushing the McCain doctrine…oops…I mean the Bush doctrine, of sending more troops to Iraq and hoping they are not needed elsewhere (or forgetting that they ARE needed elsewhere, like in Afghanistan where the Taliban showed us they are still a force to be taken seriously as they tried to “get” Dick Cheney).

Meanwhile America’s mayor Rudy Giuliani is trying to figure out how to explain to the Christian Conservatives why he lived with two gay men, and why he married his second cousin Regina Peruggi and about being pro-choice. John McCain is trying to convince us …well, I’m not sure what he’s trying to say by courting the very conservatives that caused his defeat the last time he ran. And Mitt Romney is going to have to explain about the Native Americans being one of the Lost Tribes and about Jesus coming here to North America. But he can at least claim to be the only top tier Republican candidate that has only been married once. And he’s the Morman! Go figure. And they say the Democrats are mixed up.

Christian conservatives are underwhelmed by their choices, as reported by the New York Times and printed in the Birmingham News. http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/stories/index.ssf?/base/news/117239524572970.xml&coll=2

The paper says they aren’t thrilled with any of the candidates, and neither am I, but for different reasons. This group includes as one of its members James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Recently he had published an opinion piece in Time Magazine in which he criticized Mary Cheney (Dick’s daughter) for her pregancy because she is a lesbian. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1568485,00.html .

His misuse of research and distortion of the truth is so blatant, that a web site has been created as a reference to dispute his claims. http://www.respectmyresearch.org/index1.html . Or you can find it at www.dobsonlies.com.

There are so many qualified Democrats running: Clinton, Edwards, Obama and Richardson. Any two would make a winning ticket, and in any order. I am not even going to start comparing the Democrats until we get closer to the primaries (and debates). But this campaign season is going to be fun, isn’t it.

>From Selma Alabama to the White House

March 5, 2007

>Sorry there have not been any exciting posts, but I have been working on the technical stuff. I finally have some pictures posted (of me, and of some daylilies) and I have indexed the blog so that it can be found on numerous search engines. Google “Bessemer” and progressive” or “Bessemer” and “opinion” and see if you get Bessemer Opinions. Let me know!

The big news from Alabama is that we had two presidential candidates, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (and Bill) in our state yesterday for the 42 anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March for voting rights. Both candidates pointed out that because of that march, they (along with Bill Richardson according to Hillary) are able to run for president today. Reports are that Obama drew the larger crowd.

My congressman Artur Davis was there and he believes that Alabama will be more purple, maybe even blue in 2008. Could be, if the candidates keep coming to our early primary state, and if Bush keeps pushing the McCain doctrine…oops…I mean the Bush doctrine, of sending more troops to Iraq and hoping they are not needed elsewhere (or forgetting that they ARE needed elsewhere, like in Afghanistan where the Taliban showed us they are still a force to be taken seriously as they tried to “get” Dick Cheney).

Meanwhile America’s mayor Rudy Giuliani is trying to figure out how to explain to the Christian Conservatives why he lived with two gay men, and why he married his second cousin Regina Peruggi and about being pro-choice. John McCain is trying to convince us …well, I’m not sure what he’s trying to say by courting the very conservatives that caused his defeat the last time he ran. And Mitt Romney is going to have to explain about the Native Americans being one of the Lost Tribes and about Jesus coming here to North America. But he can at least claim to be the only top tier Republican candidate that has only been married once. And he’s the Morman! Go figure. And they say the Democrats are mixed up.

Christian conservatives are underwhelmed by their choices, as reported by the New York Times and printed in the Birmingham News. http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/stories/index.ssf?/base/news/117239524572970.xml&coll=2

The paper says they aren’t thrilled with any of the candidates, and neither am I, but for different reasons. This group includes as one of its members James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Recently he had published an opinion piece in Time Magazine in which he criticized Mary Cheney (Dick’s daughter) for her pregancy because she is a lesbian. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1568485,00.html .

His misuse of research and distortion of the truth is so blatant, that a web site has been created as a reference to dispute his claims. http://www.respectmyresearch.org/index1.html . Or you can find it at www.dobsonlies.com.

There are so many qualified Democrats running: Clinton, Edwards, Obama and Richardson. Any two would make a winning ticket, and in any order. I am not even going to start comparing the Democrats until we get closer to the primaries (and debates). But this campaign season is going to be fun, isn’t it.