Dad Sings and Signs to Daughter At Wedding
Nov14

Dad Sings and Signs to Daughter At Wedding

This is so sweet… no need to pretend there are onions, just enjoy the...

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Have Democrats Given Up On Louisiana ?
Nov06

Have Democrats Given Up On Louisiana ?

It looks like Democrats may have written off Louisiana and the December runoff. According the the article quoting inside sources the national party has largely cancelled ad buys of almost 2 million dollars. The consensus seems to be that since control of the Senate is decided and since incumbent Mary Landrieu will be a minority party member there is less chance of getting many donations to pay for the ads. The fact that she only got...

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Election News (UPDATED at 10:20 pm/1:20 am)
Nov04

Election News (UPDATED at 10:20 pm/1:20 am)

This will be our quasi official election post. I’ll do my best to keep things updated as late as possible A quick observation in flipping between the 3 news networks (Fox/CNN/MSNBC) is to see how on Fox they are quasi overtly rooting for the GOP, on MSNBC they are doing so for the Democrats and CNN is actually fairly neutral. For some really cool election nerd coverage check out CNN Election Wall A little factoid on the Senate....

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Mitch McConnell Wins
Nov04

Mitch McConnell Wins

Well so much for the big race in Kentucky. As soon as the polls close all the networks call the race for Senator Mitch...

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Why Are We Voting Today ?
Nov04

Why Are We Voting Today ?

As we all head to the polls, I thought it might be interesting to review exactly why we are voting today. By that I mean, why is it that our national elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November ? Well, it may interest you to know that, for the first 50 plus years of our nation, there was no uniform Election Day. The only requirement with regard to Presidential voting was that it occur during a 32 day...

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Senate Trivia
Nov03

Senate Trivia

Here is a nerdy little factoid about the Senate elections tomorrow: As best as I can tell there are currently 3 US Senate seats with a perfect partisan record in popular elections. That is to say since popular elections for Senators began 100 yrs ago they have elected the same party every time (in all 3 cases Democrats) All 3 of those seats are up tomorrow One is in Hawaii and that record will be kept intact. One is in Montana and...

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Senate Scenario
Nov03

Senate Scenario

Here is something fun to ponder In the race for the US Senate it is entirely plausible that we could end up on Monday morning with the race tied 49-49 with 2 seats undecided Both Louisiana and Georgia require 50% majority or there is a runoff Louisiana’s would be in December. Georgia’s would not be until January 6th (a special day indeed). Imagine the GOP wins Louisiana so Georgia is the deciding seat And imagine the...

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Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama
Sep11

Chris Matthews Didn’t Hear Enough From President Obama

Given how much Matthews has supported the President it’s a bit of a blow to his...

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Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)
Sep10

Obama Speech Says.. Well Not A Whole Lot (Plus Some Net Reaction)

Click here to learn more President Obama spoke this evening about plans for dealing with ISIL (or ISIS) and to be honest really didn’t say a lot new. This would have been the case with any President speaking so it’s not a condemnation of him. Indeed I am not sure we *need* all kinds of details. There is such a thing as need to know. Basically we’re going to work together to stop ISIS/ISIL This would include air...

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Be Happy
Aug23

Be Happy

A pretty fun video but more importantly a solid message Yes we all have things in our lives we don’t like. We have stress, worry, those unhappy moods that pop up. But most of us *can* choose to be happy. So make the choice… lighten up…. smile and laugh… do something silly with someone you care about or do something nice to a total stranger. It may not solve all your problems, but will it make them worse ?? Post...

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We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression
Aug12

We Must End Stigma Of Mental Illness and Depression

Yesterday brought us the shocking news of the death of Robin Williams, most likely the result of suicide. As much as we should mourn this loss we must see to it that there is something to be learned by it. By all accounts Williams felt he had no real options, no place to go, no ability to speak openly about his problems. He tried but never managed to be comfortable in making the full move. One of the few remaining stigmas in our...

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Robin Williams Dead At 63
Aug11

Robin Williams Dead At 63

Just breaking this afternoon that actor Robin Williams has been found dead at the age of 63. Initial reports say authorities are looking at the death as a possible...

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Hiroshima
Aug06

Hiroshima

Today we mark the anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the beginning of the end of World War 2. As is usually the case every year, we have the stories of those who attack the incident as a ‘war crime’. These historical revisionists miss (or ignore) the fact that they are looking back with hindsight and applying modern attitudes to historical times. These revisionists talk about how the Japanese were a...

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Time For It To End
Aug05

Time For It To End

I’ve written on this topic before but recent events and comments from a good friend prompt me to do so again. It is long past time for us to remove ALL of our forces from Iraq and Afghanistan. I don’t mean most of them, I mean every single one. Now I know there are people in both countries who want us there but they do not seem to be doing much to show it. I also recognize many have died and there is the argument that...

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Supreme Court Rules For Hobby Lobby
Jun30

Supreme Court Rules For Hobby Lobby

The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in favor of Hobby Lobby and their objections to the birth control mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. The opinion appears to be narrowly drawn with applies to “closely held” companies. In other words in the case of Hobby Lobby the company is family owned and thus there is a small group with a clear religious point of view. The ruling is based on the RFRA (Religious Freedom...

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Howard Baker Dies
Jun26

Howard Baker Dies

Word breaking this morning that former Senator Howard Baker has died Baker first came to public attention during the Watergate scandal when he served on the Senate investigation committee. He is best know there for coining the phrase “What did the President know and when did he know it” After serving 3 terms in the Senate he went on to help restore balance to the Reagan White House during the Iran Contra scandal. He was a...

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US Advances To Next Round Of World Cup
Jun26

US Advances To Next Round Of World Cup

The United States will advance to the “knockout round” (final 16) of the World Cup. Few commentators expected this before the games began as the US was in what many called the “group of death”. Odds are that the US will play Belgium and while I am no expert most of those who are suggest that we have a very good chance of beating them, though that does not make it...

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Night Of The Incumbents
Jun25

Night Of The Incumbents

Last night was a good night for incumbents. Thad Cochran, widely written off as doomed, managed to beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel. His victory was partly attributed to cross over support from black voters but he also benefited from higher turnout among his supporters. Some of McDaniel’s supporters aren’t giving up so easily though. I don’t expect McDaniel to run because he knows it would doom his future in...

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What A Wonderful World
Jun19

What A Wonderful World

A little pick me up for the afternoon I hope we can enjoy it without politics...

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Heroism Of Kyle Carpenter
Jun18

Heroism Of Kyle Carpenter

He will be awarded the Medal of Honor Thursday morning and the story of his heroism in combat is well known. But I think his recovery is just as...

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