I suggest that the next time President Obama meets with his advisers on the future of the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan, he conducts the meeting in front of the Vietnam War Memorial. Let the almost 60,000 ghosts of Americans lost in that conflict bear witness to the discussions. I have been to that memorial (and am an Army veteran who spent time in Vietnam) and know that it would be a fitting place to discuss Afghanistan and Iraq.
My friend Bob came to me today with a question I couldn't answer.
Firstly, let me say that Bob is not a political animal. Truth be told, he could care less about politics. Just let him have his six pack and leave him alone.
But he knows that I am somewhat into the political scene and so he came to me with a question he has about this clunker car thing.
I found this article on another blog (by LeDuc) and I thought it made sense so I thought I would share it with you.
It's cold, wet and snowy here in the Pacific Northwest. I can't go anywhere or do anything so I thought I'd tackle this bailout thing.
Currently literally billions of dollars are going to financial institutions, apparently no questions asked. These institutions are using the money to do such things as pay dividends, offer their top management big salaries, bonuses and gilded golden parachutes. For the life of me, I can't figure out what these funds are doing now--today--to benefit the taxpayers providing those funds (I'm not too sure how that works either but will save my questions for another time).
I attended the Washington State 25th District Democratic meeting last night and thought I'd pass along a couple of items of interest.
Firstly, I found out that you must mark the ballot for ALL candidates in the upcoming primary even if they are running unopposed. Thanks to the powers that be within both the republican and democratic parties, voters no longer will be able to cross party lines when voting in the primary. The danger here is that many will assume that when they select the party of their choice, unopposed candidates will automatically receive their vote even if they don't mark the ballot next to that person's name. Not so. If you don't mark it, that person will not receive your vote.
Why is this important?
Scheduling conflict, my ass!
The problem was that Hong Tran was also invited since she is running as an anti-war democrat for the Senate. And Maria doesn't want to answer questions about her past and present support of the war.
And incumbent democrat Maria Cantwell has many of the same attributes that democrat Lieberman displayed in recent years. Specifically, she has supported this administration in its war effort refusing to admit that she made a mistake (based on faulty information) and calling for a logical plan for getting our troops home. And soon. The need to do so increases daily as Iraq slides toward civil war and tens of thousands of people hit the streets of Baghdad chanting `death to the Jews' and `Death to the Americans". Can you imagine how our young men and women serving there feel when a fire fight breaks out in Baghdad. Do I shoot the Sunni on the left or the Shite on the right? Even our military leaders are admitting that civil war is close. Do we want our troops to be in the middle of it?
Can Hong win?
I attended the 'Democratic Reunion' at the Pierce County Democratic headquarters in downtown Tacoma yesterday and, boy, what an eyeopener.
I found that this party, which I thought was inclusive, is in fact rather exclusive. I brought with me flyers for democratic senatorial candidate Hong Tran thinking that my fellow democrats would allow me to distribute them through their good offices. Wrong!!!!
It seems that those in charge of the headquarters building only allow the main stream (translated 'those already in power') candidates to use this building or the resources supposedly under the banner of the Pierce County Democrats.