Anagram: Florida and Michigan/Daring Homicidal Fan

       Calvin and Hobbes Cnn is reporting that an attempt to get a re-vote in Florida was shot down by Florida state lawmakers:  Quoting the Story from Cnn: 

“After reviewing the party’s proposal and individually discussing this idea with state and local leaders and elections experts, we do not believe that this is a realistic option at this time and remain opposed to a mail-in ballot election or any new primary election in Florida of any kind,” read a statement released Thursday afternoon by the state’s Democratic congressional delegation.

Under the state party’s plan, fund-raising and public comment would begin immediately.  The plan would be “inclusive of all Democratic voters,” according to a memo accompanying the draft plan that was sent Wednesday night to party leaders, including Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean and Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the party’s candidates for the presidential nomination.   Any plan would need the blessings of the DNC and the Clinton and Obama campaigns.   “We really believe that all Floridians deserve to be heard,” said state party Chairwoman Karen Thurman, but “if this is not what the people of Florida and our presidential candidates want, then we’re not going to do it.” The proposal could prove problematic because Florida law bans the state from conducting elections by mail.

      Obama said Thursday that the notion of counting the January results “just defies logic” because he didn’t campaign in either state and his name wasn’t on the ballot in Michigan.        “I think you could ask my 6-year-old whether that was fair, and she would probably be able to say, ‘No, that isn’t,’ ” he said.   End Quote

       Your six year old would be a little biased.  She is Your child.  If Hillary had a 6 year old, she would probably say that it was fair.  But that matters not at all.

      You weren’t on the Ballot In Michigan because you Chose not to be On the Ballot.  If Hillary was there, you could have been as well.  It doesn’t matter why you weren’t, you weren’t there, and it was your own doing, of your own free will.

       Clinton didn’t Campaign in either of these states either.  And she won.  That’s why you don’t want to count the January results, because it would mean that mistakes you made earlier in your campaign, like not putting your name on the ballot in Michigan, would come home to roost, and because you lost in Florida.  Fair and square I might add.

      The Bigger problem here is that there is still no answer to the Problem of Howard Dean and The Democratic National Convention not letting Florida and Michigan be seated.  Do these two states Not count? Are the United States Of America again Only 48 states, like it was prior to 1959? Have we let Michigan and Florida secede from the Union? NO! But it is like that to The nutjobs over at the DNC, and because they are pig headed and Unwilling to make any concessions to these two states, the DNC Is going to alienate MILLIONS of Voters, in the Middle of one the ugliest campaigns in recent History, Mind you the ugliness is thanks to Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton, but still, must you make things Worse? Further fracturing an already fractured party?

        I cannot help but continue to blast this amazingly wrong headed decision, early on, to not meet these states half way.  Why could not the DNC have come to some agreement with the states in question?  Why can’t they now? Is it because they would lose face? Is it because they don’t want to admit that the decision of the State Legislatures of these states is valid? Why was it such a big deal to the DNC, and the RNC for that matter, that they moved up their primaries?These states made decisions in their own best self interest, for their state and it’s people, which I would presume comes before any political parties within said state. If they admitted the obvious validity of these decisons, then they would have to find a way to seat these delegates, and that would be bad, right? Giving voice to milions of Voters would clearly be wrong, correct? That’s what it seems to me these idiots are saying. 

        Giving voice to these now voiceless people in these two great states should be The PRIME Objective of the DNC.  No Money you save now by not helping them get back into The Convention will get you the votes back that you lose when the voters in these important swing states vote Republican because you are IGNORING THERE ONLY NEED TO MEET YOUR OWN.  Your need, to be in control over these proceeding and making sure that things are done your way, is the wrong way, in my view.  And the sole need of these two states, as far as you are Concerned, Mr. Dean, is seating at the Democratic National Convention.  If you help them get into the Convention Now, Mr. Dean, you will assure that Millions of Voters in these two states will be more likely to vote for Your Candidate in November.  If you Fail at this, Mr. Dean, you will assure that Millions of Disenfranchised Voters in these two states May very well Vote for the Other Party because of your Pig headedness.

       Seat them, Mr. Dean.  I have said before it will probably take a court Injunction to get them seated, and I hope that I was wrong with that. I hope that cooler heads can prevail.

       But I doubt it. 

Today’s Nugget,Via Wikisourse:

THIS, sir, is the language of democracy–that a majority of the community have a right to alter government when found to be oppressive. But how different is the genius of your new Constitution from this! How different from the sentiments of freemen that a contemptible minority can prevent the good of the majority! If, then, gentlemen standing on this ground are come to that point, that they are willing to bind themselves and their posterity to be oppressed, I am amazed and inexpressibly astonished. If this be the opinion of the majority, I must submit; but to me, sir, it appears perilous and destructive. I can not help thinking so. Perhaps it may be the result of my age. These may be feelings natural to a man of my years, when the American spirit has left him, and his mental powers, like the members of the body, are decayed. If, sir, amendments are left to the twentieth, or tenth part of the people of America, your liberty is gone for ever.   Patrick Henry, June 5th 1788

Anagram: Race and Politics/Placid Reactions

      No HateIn The Democratic nomination process, which, thanks to both sides, has become one giant process of Muckraking and Horse-crap, it seems that race is now the Subject du jour.  Ok.  Let’s Dive into this.  Talking about race does Not automatically entail Racism, and that seems to be a point that the Obama people are missing.  Let’s look at the Fallout from Geraldine Ferraro’s Comments earlier this week. She mentioned race as being the reason for Obama’s success.  Aside from being wrong, I see nothing wrong with this statement.  Ok, that needs a clarification.  The basic premise is invalid, but on a moral and ethical level there is nothing wrong with it.  However, The statements have been construed by friends of the Obama Campaign as being Racist.  Racist? No.  Racist would Involve Hate and Race.  There is No Hate here. There might be anger but no hate.  Anger towards a sexist media, but not at Either African American people in general or Barack Obama in Particular. Which is the part that the Obama Pom Pom Shakers keep missing. 

       There is even a Guy who was on cnn today, name of Roland Martin, I think, who actually built a Timeline  suggesting that the comments that she had made in a speech that she said this quote came from had been mentioned previously in that same day, in defense of a statement on his part that it was the race card being played.  Mr. Martin misses a Subtle point. It is not racism to speak of race.  It is not hate speech to speak of race, whether in a speech or in an interview.  It is not racist to speak negatively Of Barack Obama and speak of race unless it is making a racist point.  To make the Point that Barack Obama is leading the way in delegates in this nomination process due to his skin color might be improper but it is not rasict.  There is no Hate speech, there is no hate, there is No race baiting.   The Clinton Campaign is Not guilty of racism, Geraldine Ferraro IS Guilty of Bad judgement, But not racism.

       Do I think that The Obama People are taking advantage and using the Geraldine Ferraro statement to paint the Clinton Campaign as racist? Yes.  But that is not a Bad thing.  Not from their viewpoint.  They are using a propaganda weapon to bring down a Formidable foe, and since they think that anything goes, that’s ok with them.  And Both campaigns think like that.  And you Know who wins in this Battle?  

       The Republicans.

        The Republicans are looking more and more polished while the Democrats keep muckraking and covering each other with this sick, sad layer of slime that comes from Both campaigns, and from the supporters of each.  As a Democrat, I think the Time has come to ask both sides to sit down and shut up.  Both Obama and Clinton need a Time out. These two people and their handlers are forgetting one thing.  We need Leadership, not whining and yapping and yelling about who is wrong and who is bad and all the bullshit that BOTH parties, Clinton and Obama, are putting out there. 

       Mr. Obama:  TELL YOUR PEOPLE TO SHUT UP.

       Mrs Clinton: TELL YOUR PEOPLE TO SHUT UP.

       A Modicum of self control and restraint here from both parties would be an absolutely magnificent thing to behold, and is something that the Democratic Party desperately needs.  Because if this continues, it will split the party in a way that it will not be able to recover from, and it will open the Door to a Republican Victory in November. 

       Obama, far from being the man bringing the party together, is fracturing the party.  Clinton, Far from being the Woman who will lead us to prosperity, is leading us to a dark and ugly future.  Either one would be good for the party. Both together is ripping us apart.  And it is not their fault.  It is the fault of their overzealous followers and a press that will not let them be.  That may be their job, but it’s harming the party and the people who are represented by it. 

      We need a break from the Democrats for a day or two.  I Think THEY need a break from the crap for a day or two.  It would do us all a world of good to get away from the daily Blame game being put into play by both sides of the Democratic nomination process.

       That’s about it for the Politics.  Personal stuff coming up.

       Run:   5.45 Miles today.  Felt good getting it done today, had to stop twice tho.   total run time 42:35.13 for a 7:48.83 M/M Pace  I had a headache and it affected the run today.  Cold and Windy didn’t help today either.  I Stopped at the 4 mile mark, and again a few blocks from home.  The second stop was all of 10 seconds, but it was necessary.  I just could not do it.  I was ready to fall the hell out.  I was able to compose myself in those few seconds and finish the run. 

       Guitar:  Barely played today. I got some exercises in tho, and a few quick minutes of 8 bar blues, but that’s about it.  2 octave Major and Minor scales in all keys, as well as the alternate picking single string exercises.    The playing today was short but sweet.

      And this Blog Is Done.  Go Jam!

Today’s Nuggets:  Any racial reconciliation we’ve had in this country has come not out of confrontation but out of a spirit of reconciliation. If we continue to practice an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, we’ll eventually end up with a land of people who are blind and toothless.    Andrew Young

In some of its more lunatic aspects, political correctness is merely ridiculous. But in the thinking behind it, there is something more sinister which is shown by the fact that already there are certain areas and topics where freedom of speech, in the sense of the right to open and frank discussion, is being gradually but significantly eroded.   Neil Denison

Latest Edit:  9:38 p.m. 3/13/08