Although it was about 20 years ago, the largest political gaffes made was when then Vice President Dan Quayle misspelled the word potato. But since then we have had George Bush give us enough gaffes to fill several books. They are not large books, but there are several out there.
And as if the election were to be held tomorrow, Barack Obama is providing enough material for Saturday Night Live, the Tonight Show, and the Jon Stewart show. But are there any takers?
Here are some of the things that should have been done long, long ago, or should have always been a part and parcel of the United States of America. Obama is the first candidate since RFK who brings some hope for the return of democracy. Is it possible that Barack Obama can make these long-awaited things happen for the majority of Americans...
Universal, one-payer health care. It is easy to simply blame the pharmaceutical companies. Too many groups have their hand out for what they think is their God-given right to a big income. This includes the drug behemoths, but it also includes the family doctor. It includes the hospitals. It includes the insurance industry. It includes medical suppliers. They are all in this racket together. And U.S. citizens pay much, much more for health care than anyplace in the world. And our life expectancy and general health are approaching that of a third-world nation. This is a disgrace! One-payer nations have healthier citizens. Canadians are healthier than us, Brits are healthier, Germans are healthier, Scandinavians are much healthier, the French are healthier. When will we wake up? There is absolutely no reason for not having a universal system for U.S. healthcare. Tell your physician that the jig is up.
Just got word that Hecker's Shoes, on Silver Spring since 1957, is closing. My neighbor visited the shop and confirmed it, that they would stay open as their inventory depletes.
Ahh, the summer is finally upon us. Summer, the time of year when the weather finally gets so nice we want to go outside. And then drive to our local multiplex. My personal recommendation is to run to IPic. Sure, I have a few concerns, but it's hard for me, a movie junkie/entertainment geek, to argue with results. And for me, results mean a great picture, great sound, and an overall great movie-going experience.
Oh, sure, I was skeptical when I heard about a movie theatre that had a mere 6 screens, all of which with 60 or 100 seats, approximately (as opposed to roughly several hundred seats at a standard multiplex. Reserved seating, higher ticket prices. I thought the idea was a little too upscale and couldn't work in today's theatre business environment with an emphasis on big screens, expensive concessions, constant advertisements, PG-13 movies, and teenagers. I also thought it wouldn't work in our area. Then it happened. Christmas Day. My wife and I longed to see a movie and hadn't been out of the house since our daughter was born. What can I say? It was convenient, a good time, and actually affordable.
It has been almost a week since the end of the Democratic primary season. And we still don't know who Barack Obama's running mate will be. Will it be Hillary? Will it not be Hillary? Even though conventional wisdom would state that it is much too early to speculate and to decide on who the running mate will be, there has still been about three months of speculation.
Did the end of the primary season come with a bang or a whimper? It depends on who you talk to. Is the Obama/Clinton ticket, a dream ticket or the nation's nightmare? Again, it depends on who you talk to.
Who do you think that is peeking out over the fence of that gated community? Yep, your fellow Americans. In case you haven't noticed, you are quickly losing the America you were brought up to believe in.
The America you are looking for can be found in the Cayman Islands, or at a $15,000 seat at an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, or drinking a $6.00 cup of coffee at a coffee shop, or lost in a 8,000 square foot house on some hill.
It seems like the tax-and-spend liberals are at it again. We had just gotten past the point of discussing how dumb the wheel tax is as a source of revenue for the county and they are again discussing raising the sales tax for Milwaukee County. Any time the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors sits down to think of new ways to increase revenue to improve the part transit systems, they only have two ideas. 1 Wheel tax -- 2. Sales tax.
It's as if they come into their meetings, and say let's think of new ways of raising taxes. Of course they write two of their own two taxes they can think of , the wheel tax and the sales tax, and after that, their heads start hurting and so they just end the session and conclude that they will just cycle through those two ideas. When one idea gets shot down they will just go back to the other one. They have no other new ideas. None.
The tax-and-spend liberals on the County Board of Supervisors will then go out to the community and explain that they are attempting to do some leadership. They believe that reaching into their own pockets as well as everybody else in the county makes this fair and admirable. They somehow believe that they are improving quality of life of everybody by picking your pocket for their own political interests. And apparently they have some sick sense of sensibility on how will they are doing the work of Jesus, St. Anthony, and Robin Hood all rolled into one. Take from the haves and give to the have-nots. And they would create these groups if they do not exist.
WFB has a new resident as of 1:30 this morning. My son. Owen Patrick, 8 pounds, 8oz. 10 fingers, 10 toes, healthy.
Mom and big brother are resting comfortably.
The Milwaukee Hurling Club youth league earned bragging rights this weekend when they met the Chicago youth club.
But there's more than just the score (23-19) for the kids and their parents to be proud of -- it's also the fact that these kids had to compete with many kids who had a hurley (a hurling stick) put in their hands shortly after they left the womb.
Perhaps the end of American world leadership would have been close. But with the election of Ronald Reagan and the rise of the neocons in American politics, the slide was greased by greed, empire, war, bigotry, and hypocrisy. The adults of today will still have a moment in the American sun, but the dominance of our society in the world is on the wane. In fact, the USA was once a beacon to peoples all over the world. Today it is a pariah nation to many. George Bush is not only hated in many national capitols, he is looked down upon as a unenlightened bumpkin. The demise of American dominance is happening faster than anyone anticipated. If we can elect a man like George W. Bush, the world feels we have reached the end, and how can a country with such lack of insight be worth much in today's mileu? The dollar is dying. So is our culture.
Consider the immense slide in a few short years...
Last Thursday Journal Sentinel reported a story about how Barack Obama would opt out of the public financing system breaking his pledge with the American people he had made earlier. This is of course purely political. For Barack Obama it is just another event in a series of moves that will prove that he is just a regular politician. He's doing things purely for political gain. This is based on public reaction to what he would normally do. Just like quitting his church. Or wearing the flag lapel pin again.
By forgoing the public financing, he will now be able to accept potentially hundreds of millions of dollars for the general election this fall. Is this change we can believe in? Is this a new kind of politician? It's politics as usual. So why would the candidate who wants us to believe that he is going to change things and do things differently and have been done in Washington for well over 100 years becoming the same kind of politician that we have grown to know and hate. The voters who cast their ballots for Obama in the primary season wanted just that-change. What will they be getting? Politics as usual.
Admit it. I know what you are thinking, another blog. Another person giving us her political opinions. Another person ranting about something she dislikes. Another person telling us how to think. Well, I cannot promise you that this won’t ever happen, but I can tell you that this blog will be different from others that you may have read.
Lakeside Reflections will take the present and relate it to the past, taking you on a journey down memory lane. We’ll explore the future and what lays ahead for our community and us. We will look at people, places, and events taking place in our community. While municipal borders may separate us, we are all one, a North Shore community. Our North Shore community is a small segment of a much larger community, the metropolitan Milwaukee area; a community that we all call “home”.
One year ago, June 25, 2007 .. I volunteered to write this blog for WhitefishBayNOW: Village Spillage.
When you're in the private sector, when you land a job it's usually because you were the best candidate -- either that or you knew somebody and had an "in".
Unfortunately we've come to find out that all US attorneys and all of the people on their legal teams were picked for their partisan credentials and no one who could have been seen as being liberal was considered for the jobs. Anyone who was or had at anytime been involved in environmental law or conservation or other causes deemed liberal was simply eliminated from the pool of applicants.
President Barack Obama will have been catapulted into the White House by small donors. Congress will remain beholden to big special interest groups. Obama will be for the average American, Congress will remain as puppets to money that has helped them hold onto their positions. Result: the hope for a return to progressive democracy will clash head-on with the old special-interest politics. This will transcend Democratic-Republican "differences."
If you wondered what happened to progressive politics in the U.S., it was sold out to a Washington, DC, that is awash in a sea of huge sums of money that buy votes and voice. This big money has infiltrated every Senate and House district. It comes from capitalistic greed. It comes from huge corporate conglomerates, healthcare and pharmaceutical monsters, insurance behemoths, military-industrial powerhouses, etc. You want a favor, buy a politician. Party affiliation is inconsequential. The time has come to change this. An entire younger generation has come to accept this greed.
Well, last week we learned that Barack Obama, changed his mind and now found that it would be morally correct to forgo a position that formerly was a cornerstone to his campaign. He would not except federal funding to finance his campaign for November. This way he can get more money from all his donors so that he will have enough to buy the presidency in 2008. You see, the federal funding would not leave him enough money to do this. The public amount would be too small. And as we know, a little ain't enough.
I don't particularly have a problem with this, because I do not believe that campaigns should be federally funded. They should not be funded publicly at any level of government. We are currently wasting enough money on bloated bureaucracies that adding to it through public campaigns is just not necessary. Having supporters send in their own money as a nontax deductible contribution makes better sense. It's almost like a voluntary form of taxation. Too bad the money never goes to anything of real value. If we took the money that was going to campaigns and redirected it to infrastructure, education, science, etc. just imagine what could have been done. It is estimated that about one half billion dollars is going to be spent for someone to obtain the presidency. A half billion dollars spent on promising things that may never get delivered. A half billion dollars spent on shoving the word 'change' down our throats.
If you think you are simply experiencing the demise of the U.S. because of a dolt in the White House, think again. This is a plot that has been conceived and refined at least since the 1930s. It's just that we never had such a for-sale guy with no morals or ethics residing in the White House. And George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, showed the lineage that would bring a nation with democracy since 1776 to the brink of a fascist, corporate-dominated state.
In the 1930s the head of the DuPont family contacted General Smedley Butler, twice a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, to help several major corporate players in their attempt to overthrow the U.S. government and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fortunately, General Butler would have none of it and the plot was made public, but never prosecuted. The idea behind these corporate leaders was to follow in the footsteps of Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler and establish a fascist state that was owned lock, stock, and barrel by big business. Hitler himself had been aided greatly by American corporate leaders, especially Henry Ford. In fact, the Ford Motor Company continued to turn out trucks for the Nazi German army long after the U.S. entered World War II. But Ford was not alone in selling out his American heritage. The Chase Manhattan Bank remained open in Europe during the War to do business with Nazi Germany.
Where has summer gone? Where has the time gone? As a kid, the Fourth of July marked the halfway point of summer. The half way point between the last test of the year and the opening of a new notebook. Time has snuck up on us and the halfway point of summer is here.
The Fourth of July means BBQs, parades and fireworks. Fireworks - a Fourth of July tradition. The dark summer's sky lights up with glowing orange worms and yellow and green starbursts. Today it seems like there is a fireworks show every weekend; each proclaiming to be the biggest of them all. As a kid going to see fireworks was an event, not a weekly happening, and I was lucky because I got to see three fireworks shows.