Archive for May, 2008

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McLellan’s book insults Americans’ intelligence

May 31, 2008

It’s hard for me to take Scott McLellan’s allegations seriously. This is the guy who worked for President Bush #2 for six years. SIX YEARS! But now, two years and one fat publisher’s paycheck later, McLellan suddenly finds principles. Gimme a break! Surely you take the American public for a bunch of idiots, Scott.

If any of those things you allege were true and really mattered to you in principle, you would have left the White House after one year. Ahhh, but then you probably wouldn’t have gotten that publishing deal. Or at the very least, the book would be on the fiction list.

According to Wikipedia, his entire career has been in politics. In that world, particularly at that level, McLellan could have walked away from the White House and right into some other prominent position. Like many others have done, he no doubt could have moved into the private sector and tripled his salary overnight.

Wait, I guess he has done that with this book deal, hasn’t he? I’m not saying what he wrote is or is not true – how would I know?

But I cannot buy it as truth from him when he stayed in the situation he claims to find so awful for six years. If any of what you wrote is true, Scott, you are equally at fault as anyone you point your finger at in the book.

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Stranger than Fiction

May 31, 2008

Isn’t it amazing that if someone has “relations” with a minor where I live and probably where you live, the person is arrested…but if he happens to live in a polygamist sect in Texas, state judges at all levels approve it!

In my world, if a 50-something man kissed my minor daughter just one time, my pursuit of him would be relentless. Until he was locked up, my mind would not rest.

But in San Angelo, Texas, it’s okay if a 50-something pig impregnates your minor child! This is the worst case of injustice I remember since the O.J. Simpson criminal trial!

Is Texas prepared for more and more old men violating young girls? While I’m not a lawyer, this week’s decision certainly seems to say to Texans that there are no boundaries when it comes to a creep’s sexual desires. Run, girl, run!

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Destination Downtown

May 18, 2008

In my adult life I’ve lived in three cities now (sad, I know!). My hometown of Bismarck, North Dakota, that state’s capital, has a population of about 55,000. By North Dakota standards it’s urban, but the whole state is rural by American standards. Downtown shuts down by 7 at night, except for two or three restaurants. They may stay open til 10 on weeknights, and 1:00 on weekends. But that city has never fooled itself into thinking that its downtown can ever be a destination.

Contrast that to Florida’s capital, Tallahassee. That city has declared its desire to make downtown an 18-hour destination. So far I haven’t talked to anyone who ever even heard of that as a goal before…chalk one up to ingenuity for this little city of 160,000. Granted that does not account for the college students from the cities two universities (Florida State Uuniversity and Florida A&M University), but they aren’t residents. And while this is the capital of a major state, it’s still a small town. Here’s the funniest thing about the 18-hour destination goal: downtown Tallahassee shuts down at 11:00, even on weekend nights! Not sure exactly which 18 hours the city fathers were targeting, but apparently it’s more of a 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. slot than say a 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. slot.

Finally there’s Jacksonville in northeast Florida on the Atlantic coast. This formerly little red neck city grew up fast when the NFL brought the Jaguars to Jacksonville and has much to offer: A&E, concerts, pro sports, college sports, shopping, dining and more. Yet the 18-hour downtown destination would be a stretch for Jacksonville, but the leadership there set its sights on loftier goals. They want a 24-hour downtown. Of the city’s 1.2 million residents, only 10,000 live downtown. The rest drive 30 minutes to get home at day’s end and are not inclined to return to downtown for much of anything. Except football of course, this is the South after all!

As the saying goes, “goals are dreams with deadlines,” so it’s optimistic that both Jacksonville and Tallahassee dream big. A first step in achieving those dreams might be grasping that if Saturday night’s last call is at 10:45, the 18/24-hour destination is a stretch!

 

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Gettin’ Creative

May 17, 2008

It’s film festival weekend in North Florida, at least in Jacksonville and Tallahassee. If you’re close to either place, or a film festival in your city, make time to check out a film or two.

In my experience, they’re not usually box office quality but it’s always interesting to see the works these original and independent writers and producers were inspired to create. I am hoping to collaborate with some of them so I can get my creative fix once again. Moving from Northeast Florida to Big Bend Florida has kinda killed that and it is causing my stress!!

Check out an independent film the next chance you get! No matter what your opinion of it, you’ll look at some aspect of life a bit differently. I promise!

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Please don’t vote for an -ism

May 9, 2008

In this volatile presidential election race, I hope we will all vote for the most qualified candidate. We may each define “qualified” differently, but in 2008 in the United States of America, I truly hope that “qualified” has nothing to do with color, age or gender. If it does – if it still does – then this country has not advanced. Our collective mindset will really be no further ahead than it was decades ago…maybe even centuries ago.

I’m not going to suggest who anyone should vote for, but please don’t cast your vote for someone just because that person is black – or not. Is female – or not. Is young – or not.

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Longevity

May 1, 2008

Can you name all the democratic presidential wannabes that jumped in when the 2008 presidential race started way back in 1998? Okay, okay…it didn’t start 10 years ago, but it sure feels like it’s been going on forever!

My point is that the political pundits, the media and the candidates carry on about some of the smallest things during their fight to win the nomination and the presidencey. Yet most of it is quickly forgotten, like the early hopefuls’ names.

In my daily life so much of what they waste time on is irrelevant and unimportant. Instead of arguing about whether or not to debate again, how about some reality-based solutions to the expense of being a middle class or lower class family in 2008? Help us find jobs. Help us put food on the table. Help us own – and keep – homes.

Those are the things that matter, aren’t they? Not how many debates or how many candidates. Even after the final election, few of us will remember all the sordid details. How about acting and thinking presidentially now, to demonstrate to American citizens why you truly deserve the opportunity to lead our country and impact our individual lives?