Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Would you hire me to run your company? If I only had 143 days experience would you hire me to run the country? Something America might want to think about.
Just how much Senate experience does have in terms of actual work days? Not much.
From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a , to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee, he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working (??).
After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be
Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World, and fill the shoes of Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK and Ronald Reagan.
143 days -- I keep leftovers in my refrigerator longer than that.
This isn't taking into account the days he has missed.
In contrast, 's 26 years in Congress, 22 years of military
service including 1,966 days in captivity as a POW in Hanoi now seem more impressive than ever. At 71, John McCain may just be hitting his stride.
Think about IT!!!
> Each year I am hired to go to Washington, DC , with the eighth grade
> visiting our nation's capitol, and each year I take some special memories
> back with me. This fall's trip was especially memorable.
> memorial is the largest bronze statue in the world and depicts one of the
> most famous photographs in history -- that of the six brave soldiers
> raisingPublish Post
> the American Flag at the top of a rocky hill on the island of Iwo Jima ,
> Japan , during WW II.
> Over one hundred students and chaperones piled off the buses and headed
> towards the memorial. I noticed a solitary figure at the base of the
> statue, and as I got closer he asked, "Where are you guys from?"
> (James Bradley just happened to be in Washington, DC , to speak at the
> memorial the following day. He was there that night to say good night to
> pull up. I videotaped him as he spoke to us, and received his permission
> monuments filled with history in Washington, D.C. , but it is quite another
> to get the kind of insight we received that night.)
> that statue, and I just wrote a book called "Flags of Our Fathers" which
> #5 on the New York Times Best Seller list right now. It is the story of
> six boys you see behind me.
> is Harlon Block. Harlon was an all-state football player. He enlisted in
> Marine Corps with all the senior members of his football team. They were
> to play another type of game: A game called "War." But it didn't turn out
> be a game.
> that to gross you out, I say that because there are people who stand in
> front of this statue and talk about the glory of war. You guys need to
> that most of the boys in Iwo Jima were 17, 18, and 19 years old - and it
> so hard that the ones who did make it home never even would talk to their
> families about it.
> from New Hampshire . If you took Rene's helmet off at the moment this photo
> was taken and looked in the webbing of that helmet, you would find a
> photograph... a photograph of his girlfriend. Rene put that in there for
> protection because he was scared. He was 18 years old. It was just boys
> won the battle of Iwo Jima . Boys. Not old men.
> "The next guy here, the third guy in this tableau, was Sargeant Mike
> Mike is my hero. He was the hero of all these guys. They called him the
> boys in training camp, he didn't say, 'Let's go kill some Japanese' or
> 'Let's die for our country.' He knew he was talking to little boys.
> he would say, 'You do what I say, and I'll get you home to your mothers.'"
> "The last guy on this side of the statue is Ira Hayes, a Pima Indian
> from Arizona . Ira Hayes was one who walked off Iwo Jima . He went into the
> White House with my dad. President Truman told him, 'You're a hero.' He
> reporters, 'How can I feel like a hero when 250 of my buddies hit the
> with me and only 27 of us walked off alive?' So you take your class at
> school, 250 of you spending a year together having fun, doing everything
> the pain home with him and eventually died dead drunk, face down at the
> of 32.
> "The next guy, going around the statue, is Franklin Sousley from
> me, 'Yeah, you know, we took two cows up on the porch of the Hilltop
> fed them Epsom salts. Those cows crapped all night.' Yes, he was a
> could hear her scream all night and into the morning. Those neighbors
> a quarter of a mile away.
> Bradley from Antigo, Wisconsin , where I was raised. My dad lived until
> 1994, but he would never give interviews. When Walter Cronkite's producers
> or the New York Times would call, we were trained as little kids to say
> I'm sorry,
> there, sir. No, we don't know when he is coming back." My dad never fished
> or even went to Canada . Usually, he was sitting there right at the table
> eating his Campbell 's soup. But we had to tell the press that he was out
> fishing. He didn't want to talk to the press.
> thinks these guys are heroes, 'cause they are in a photo and on a
> My dad knew better. He was a medic. John Bradley from Wisconsin was a
> caregiver. In Iwo Jima he probably held over 200 boys as they died. And
> boys died in Iwo Jima , they writhed and screamed, without any medication
> help with the pain.
> "When I was a little boy, my third grade teacher told me that my dad was
> a hero. When I went home and told my dad that, he looked at me and said,
> want you always to remember that the heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who
> not come back. Did NOT come back.'
> "So that's the story about six nice young boys. Three died on Iwo Jima ,
> and three came back as national heroes. Overall, 7,000 boys died on Iwo
> in the worst battle in the history of the Marine Corps My voice is giving
> out, so I will end here. Thank you for your time."
> Suddenly, the monument wasn't just a big old piece of metal with a flag
> sticking out of the top. It came to life before our eyes with the
> words of a son who did indeed have a father who was a hero. Maybe not a
> hero for the reasons most people would believe, but a hero nonetheless.
> to live in, freely, but also at great sacrifice.
> Let us never forget from the Revolutionary War to the current War on
> Terrorism and all the wars in-between that sacrifice was made for our
> REMINDER: Everyday that you can wake up free, it's going to be a great
> is not mentioned here is that if you look at the statue very closely and
> count the number of "hands" raising the flag, there are 13. When the man
> made the statue was asked why there were 13, he simply said the 13th hand
> was the hand of God.
> Great story - worth your time - worth every American's time
Monday, July 21, 2008
Its been pretty hush hush as far as who the nominee is going to be, big names like Betty Montgomery, Sen. Mike DeWine and Jim Petro have all been mentioned but each have dismissed the rumor saying they are not interested. Who can blame them? Who would want to run on short notice for a statewide position in a Presidential election year? Can't say it makes a whole lot of sense to any seasoned politician. That leads me to believe its an 'unknown' person. Or someone willing to put their neck on the chopping block to get a little exposure now in hopes of something grander later.
Now, I don't know who the AG candidate will be, but the rumor mill has Chairman Bennet making the announcement THIS WEEK! Hopefully we will hear very soon and we can start working together to elect John McCain, the AG candidate and the rest of the Republican ticket!
25,000 member group believes Martin will be a positive and proactive voice for Ohio's small businesses.
BEAVERCREEK, OH (7/17/08) - The National Federation of Independent Business has announced its endorsement of Jarrod Martin, candidate for State Representative.
The 25,000 member group believes that Jarrod Martin will be a positive and proactive voice for Ohio's small businesses.
"I am honored to have the support of the business community," Martin said. "As a small business owner myself, I am very sensitive to the issues affecting our business community and I welcome the opportunity to work in Columbus to stimulate our economy and bring jobs to Ohio."
Martin is a partner in a small medical billing firm and a member of the Beavercreek City Council where he has worked to reduce costs and save taxpayers thousands of dollars. In a recent survey released by the City of Fairborn, Beavercreek had the lowest cost of government of the twenty-four governments surveyed.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
An Old Newness
By Thomas Sowell
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Many years ago, a great hitter named Paul Waner was nearing the end of his long career. He entered a ballgame with 2,999 hits -- one hit away from the landmark total of 3,000, which so many hitters want to reach, but which relatively few actually do reach.
Waner hit a ball that the fielder did not handle cleanly but the official scorer called it a hit, making it Waner's 3,000th. Paul Waner then sent word to the official scorer that he did not want that questionable hit to be the one that put him over the top. The official scorer reversed himself and called it an error. Later Paul Waner got a clean hit for number 3,000.
What reminded me of this is the great fervor that many seem to feel over the prospect of the first black President of the United States.
No doubt it is only a matter of time before there is a black president, just as it was only a matter of time before Paul Waner got his 3,000th hit. The issue is whether we want to reach that landmark so badly that we are willing to overlook how questionably that landmark is reached.
Paul Waner had too much pride to accept a scratch hit. Choosing a President of the United States is a lot more momentous than a baseball record. We the voters need to have far more concern about who we put in that office that holds the destiny of a nation and of generations yet unborn.
There is no reason why someone as arrogant, foolishly clever and ultimately dangerous as Barack Obama should become president -- especially not at a time when the threat of international terrorists with nuclear weapons looms over 300 million Americans.
Many people seem to regard elections as occasions for venting emotions, like cheering for your favorite team or choosing a Homecoming Queen.
The three leading candidates for their party's nomination are being discussed in terms of their demographics -- race, sex and age -- as if that is what the job is about.
One of the painful aspects of studying great catastrophes of the past is discovering how many times people were preoccupied with trivialities when they were teetering on the edge of doom. The demographics of the presidency are far less important than the momentous weight of responsibility that office carries.
Just the power to nominate federal judges to trial courts and appellate courts across the country, including the Supreme Court, can have an enormous impact for decades to come. There is no point feeling outraged by things done by federal judges, if you vote on the basis of emotion for those who appoint them.
Barack Obama has already indicated that he wants judges who make social policy instead of just applying the law. He has already tried to stop young violent criminals from being tried as adults.
Although Senator Obama has presented himself as the candidate of new things -- using the mantra of 'change' endlessly -- the cold fact is that virtually everything he has said about domestic policy is straight out of the 1960s and virtually everything he says about foreign policy is straight out of the 1930s.
Protecting criminals, attacking business, increasing government spending, promoting a sense of envy and grievance, raising taxes on people who are productive and subsidizing those who are not -- all this is a re-run of the 1960s.
We paid a terrible price for such 1960s notions in the years that followed, in the form of soaring crime rates, double-digit inflation and double-digit unemployment. During the 1960s, ghettoes across the countries were ravaged by riots from which many have not fully recovered to this day.
The violence and destruction were concentrated not where there was the greatest poverty or injustice but where there were the most liberal politicians, promoting grievances and hamstringing the police.
Internationally, the approach that Senator Obama proposes -- including the media magic of meetings between heads of state -- was tried during the 1930s. That approach, in the name of peace, is what led to the most catastrophic war in human history.
Everything seems new to those too young to remember the old and too ignorant of history to have heard about it.
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy.