You ought to see this!

Posted in politics on October 30th, 2007 by sysadmin

This was a post that, “you ought to see“.

1400 kids are killed in school

Posted in politics on October 24th, 2007 by sysadmin
  1. You won’t believe this because its from a blog website.
    (Do Believe It)
  2. Surely the blogger doesn’t mean MY child…
    (I Do Mean Your Child)
  3. MY Child is A great kid! MY Child Gets straight “A”s
  4. (Do you know what your child is doing in ALL their spare/Social Time?)
  5. MY Child drinks ONLY in MY presence
    (you tell yourself…)
  6. This article is sensationalism and only meant to sell more widgets
    (you tell yourself…)

Every year more and more of our children are killed in the places we think of as being safe. Our schools. Here is the website for the story
Click Here

Study: College drinking in 1,400 deaths

Drinking cited in 70,000 cases of sexual assault

College drinking in 1,400 deaths


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WASHINGTON (AP) — An estimated 1,400 college students are killed every year in alcohol-related accidents, according to a study released Tuesday — a study that researchers call the most comprehensive look ever at the consequences of student drinking.

The researchers say the figures show that college drinking needs to seen as a major health concern.

“Historically, I think there has been the view that whatever college students are doing, it’s not that serious a problem, it’s a rite of passage,” said Kenneth J. Sher, a psychology professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The study by the federally supported Task Force on College Drinking estimated that drinking by college students contributes to 500,000 injuries and 70,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape. Also, 400,000 students between 18 and 24 years old reported having had unprotected sex as a result of drinking.

Drinking cited in 70,000 cases of sexual assault The study does not say whether the problems are increasing or decreasing. A Harvard School of Public Health survey released last month reported that more students are abstaining from alcohol, but levels of binge drinking — having at least four or five drinks at a sitting — are the same as in the early 1990s.

The new report is one of 24 studies commissioned by the task force of college presidents, scientists and students convened by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The institute is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Most of the papers will be published in the forthcoming March issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol.

Researchers integrated various databases and survey results to reach their findings.

Fatalities: Cars, falls, drownings

Motor vehicle fatalities were the most common form of alcohol-related deaths. The statistics included college students killed in car accidents if the students had alcohol in their blood, even if the level was below the legal limit.

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Do Not Call List 1st NOW, 800Notes Directory!

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24th, 2007 by sysadmin

First we have the “DoNot Call” list. By the way, hows that been goin for ya? Its time to re-register as the first signers! Remember to sign up!

Now back to the real information… I get people that call, they ask me by name (sometimes) then they hangup! After a few calls like this in a day and I’m not the person I’dd like to be… You know?

WELL, there is a web directory to help us research: Its called 800NOTES

I bet this will help with those terible people that won’t show their number, have a bad number that shows etc.

Try it, You’ll like it!

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This Rush Limbaugh Thing AND! #2

Posted in politics on October 3rd, 2007 by sysadmin

Let me start again about Rush and what he said on the radio. The Democrats ARE making a mountain out of a mole hill. They don’t want the light of politics on the 24/7 and the horrible mistakes their making with the Iraq War annd making it a political hot potato.

Just to catch your attention one more time… Here is an article that ran in the Wall Street Journal on August 19, 2006:

(Quote)Past Featured Article

REVIEW & OUTLOOK

Vietnam Lies
Democrats would do better to focus on the future.

Thursday, August 19, 2004 12:01 a.m. EDT

We wish this Presidential election had nothing at all to do with Vietnam. There were good people who served and good people who didn’t, good people who supported the war and good people who protested it. What happened really shouldn’t be an issue more than 30 years later unless you lie about it. So why do the Democrats keep bringing Vietnam up, and to their own detriment?

John Kerry, for starters, has made his four-month service in that country the centerpiece of his campaign. But just last week his staff was forced to admit the Senator had been inaccurate, to put it charitably, when he claimed on multiple occasions to have spent Christmas Eve of 1968 in Cambodia while (he also said) the U.S. government was lying about his presence there.

Now comes Tom Harkin. On Monday the Iowa Senator lashed out at Dick Cheney, claiming the Vice President had no right to criticize Mr. Kerry’s policies for the war on terror because Mr. Cheney had a deferment back then: “When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil.”

“Coward”? Such a comment would take chutzpah coming from anyone. But Senator Harkin is a proven fabricator when it comes to his own Vietnam-era record, as shown during his own failed 1992 Presidential bid. Consider this excerpt from a Wall Street Journal news story by James M. Perry from December 26, 1991:

“In 1979, Mr. Harkin, then a congressman, participated in a round-table discussion arranged by the Congressional Vietnam Veterans’ Caucus. ‘I spent five years as a Navy pilot, starting in November of 1962,’ Mr. Harkin said at that meeting, in words that were later quoted in a book, Changing of the Guard, by Washington Post political writer David Broder. ‘One year was in Vietnam. I was flying F-4s and F-8s on combat air patrols and photo-reconnaissance support missions. I did no bombing.’

“That clearly is not an accurate picture of his Navy service. . . . Mr. Harkin’s Navy record shows his only decoration is the National Defense Service Medal, awarded to everyone on active service during those years. He did not receive either the Vietnam Service medal or the Vietnam Campaign medal, the decorations given to everyone who served in the Southeast Asia theater.”

It turned out Mr. Harkin had not seen combat and was stationed in Japan. What’s more, Mr. Cheney isn’t the first Vice President to fall victim to Mr. Harkin’s acid tongue. In an editorial in 1988, we quoted “Senator Tom Harkin who served in Vietnam” (we thought at the time) saying of his Senate colleague Dan Quayle, who did not serve in Vietnam: “It’s so ironic; they get in Congress or the government and become big hawks. Don’t they have any shame at all?” Mr. Quayle, to refresh memories, spent late August of 1988 taking flak–as George W. Bush also since has–for having served in the National Guard, which was deemed by Harkin Democrats as somehow less courageous than either service in Vietnam or outright draft avoidance. One would think that the post-1991 Tom Harkin would know better by now than to assail anyone else’s Vietnam record. As for our media colleagues, is it too much to ask that they finally take notice of which party is responsible for keeping Vietnam front and center in our Presidential campaigns? (UnQuote)

The looney left throwing rocks when they live in glass houses AND doing all the things they scream the loudest about when brought up Such As: Being a patriot, such as not bringing up someone’s health issues. Right now, the looney left in the house and senate can’t passs any meaninful bills just the bills that are entitled the consciouses of the Senate/House.

Budget Bills haven’t been passed etc.

Lets see what happens tommorrow!

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This Rush Limbaugh Thing AND!

Posted in politics on October 3rd, 2007 by sysadmin

This thing with Rush Limbaugh… But, first let me clear my conscience re: Newt Gingrich….

For months now, Newt has been teasing us about his entering the Presidential Sweepstakes. Last weekend he bowed out basically stating that: the company he starting needs him more than the people of the United States. And because of the political laws that don’t allow him to do both etc… He decided to stay with the fledgling company called American Solutions because it needs him. HEY! NEWT! What about us po’ folk that can’t make a decision like that? We need you too! I and some other people were ready to volunteer in your behalf because we believe, we don’t get another chance for atleast 8 years if we lose this one!Newt said if he was called by a lot of people, that only a selfish person would turn down that much endorsement.

I don’t believe Newt quit because of what he wrote about. I believe there is another reason. No, I don’t know what that is… Here is his letter and you tell me if this is the man you know and love!

I think something else forced this decision… OR he is not the man I know him to be… Do you think George Washington or Thomas Hamilton would have done this? I think NOT!

Why I Decided Not to Run For President

Last Saturday, my family and I faced a big decision about how we can best serve America.

Before the opening of Solutions Day on Thursday, the success of Solutions Day and the American Solutions movement to create real change with real solutions was unknowable. But by Saturday morning, the verdict on the American people’s desire to actively participate in creating the next generation of solutions to the daunting challenges America faces was in.

American Solutions had resonated with and had captured the imagination of the American public, and it became clear Saturday that American Solutions would be an active and successful voice in the American dialogue going forward.

That left us with a choice on how best to serve: Move forward with assessing a Gingrich candidacy for President of the United States with its uncertain outcome; or remain the citizen leader of American Solutions for Winning the Future, which has now proven to be an organization that will play a major role in shaping the 2008 election debate and beyond by offering solutions and representing millions of Americans who want real change.

Some have asked why I couldn’t have explored the possibility of running and remained the Chairman of American Solutions. The fact is — because of the current, misguided and destructive campaign finance laws, as well as the willingness of some to make misguided allegations without knowing all the facts — if I had decided to explore being a candidate, it would have become necessary to sever my relationship with American Solutions to protect it from false allegations of being used as a devise to promote the feasibility of my candidacy, which is not permissible under the law. Moreover, under those same destructive campaign finance laws, I would have had to absolutely sever all ties with American Solutions to guard against allegations that I was “coordinating” with the group I had help found. This would have left American Solutions which is less than a year old, without a leader and, therefore, extremely vulnerable to failure.

As of Saturday, thousands of people from all across the nation came together to make Solutions Day the incredible success that it was. That would not have happened without the untold number of volunteer hours spent, the talent of the board, the millions of dollars donors invested and the incredible professionalism of the American Solutions staff led by Dave Ryan and Pat Saks.

I was not willing to sacrifice American Solutions and its future potential to change American for the better for what would have been an uncertain run to be President.

I have said all along that the agent of change was not the presidency but the more than 513,000 elected officials and millions of citizen activists. I still believe that change will not come from Washington but from the American people, and we proved it over the weekend. Let me just share with you what would have been sacrificed if I had abandoned leadership of the American Solutions movement.

The Choice and Making the Right Decision

On Saturday morning, as Callista and I were on our way to the University of West Georgia in Carrollton where I was speaking and where many of the workshops were preparing to get underway, we were confronted with a choice: I could continue to lead what I believe will be the most successful movement for change in a generation or I could abandon that effort to pursue the uncertain road of running for President.

As you know, an effort to assess a Gingrich candidacy was to have begun today, Monday, October 1, two days after the completion of Solutions Day. That assessment was to discern whether there was sufficient support for a candidacy. My decision not to seek the presidency preempted that effort. Because it never began, the outcome of such an assessment can never be fully known, but I was humbled by the messages of support and by the people who said they would be willing to make a pledge to raise resources had I elected to run.

We do know that we could have met Federal Election Commission requirements and that there would have been sufficient resources to start filing for primaries on October 15 (the Utah deadline, the earliest in the country).

We also knew from recent trips to the Republican Conference on Mackinac Island, Mich., and the conservative dinner for the Nevada Policy Research Institute that there was and is a hunger for new ideas and new energy in the race.

I had said publicly for months that I was committed to focusing on American Solutions and the success of Solutions Day and would not begin to assess a candidacy until after the completion of the workshops Saturday, September 29. And that is what I did. I did not and would not take a single step toward running before Saturday.

Late last week, I outlined a process by which an assessment headed by my friend and advisor Randy Evans could begin, but my directions were clear: No activity could take place before Monday, October 1.

Randy was prepared to take leave, if necessary, from his law firm to complete the assessment.

I had suspended my relationship as a contributor with Fox News until the results of the assessment were known.

As of yesterday, a website, NewtNow.org, was preparing to launch.

On Saturday morning, Callista and I fully expected to see Randy hold a press conference on Monday to announce the website and explain why we had established $30 million in pledges as the threshold for running.

I will tell you that like most middle-class Americans, I cannot afford to match someone like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s ability to write a $100 million personal check, which is permissible under the law to support his campaign. I reasoned, therefore, that if we could find enough pledges to mount a serious effort, I would consider a campaign focused on solutions, using new communications approaches in order to have a genuinely solutions-oriented dialogue with the American people.

The Most Open and Non-Partisan 527 to Date

The still-open question was whether we could do both. As American Solutions emerged on September 27 and 29, our legal advisers fully assessed the McCain-Feingold censorship law on the simultaneous activities of the newly conceived candidacy assessment and my desire to continue leading American Solutions and what implications, legal and otherwise, that would have on American Solutions were I to become a candidate.

American Solutions is technically organized as a 527. That means it can raise unlimited personal and corporate after tax dollars. However, it cannot engage in federal campaign activities. American Solutions had been designed as a unique non-partisan institution — the only 527 of its kind.

Every aspect of American Solutions and how it operates is well within the law — even though I disagree strongly with the law.

Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and independents were invited to present Solutions Day workshops.

Similarly, anyone could join in the program as a viewer by signing up without regard to party affiliation.

Over the next few weeks, American Solutions plans to release the results of six national polls and $250,000-plus worth of research to the candidates of both parties and will post it on the Internet for everyone to see and use.

I am proud to say that American Solutions for Winning the Future is the most open, transparent and non-partisan 527 in existence.

Under the McCain-Feingold Censorship Law, We Could Raise Money or Raise Ideas — Not Both.

I became all too familiar with political attempts to censure citizens when I taught a class called Renewing American Civilization at Kennesaw College in Georgia when I was Speaker of the House. Even though I had been a college teacher for eight years and had a Ph.D. in Modern European History, some did not like the fact that I was teaching a course on a college campus. A full-scale attack was launched on me and ethics charges in the House soon followed. Ultimately, the bipartisan ethics committee, a federal judge and the IRS reached the same conclusion that should have be obvious all along: There is nothing unethical or unlawful about a former college teacher with a Ph.D. teaching a non-partisan class to college students. That was more than a decade ago, and McCain-Feingold has only made it worse by what I can only describe as criminalizing citizenship participation in civic affairs and the right to free speech.

But the law is the law whether I agree with it or not. With the success of American Solutions and the recognition that it will be a viable enterprise going forward, it became clear Saturday that I could not under the McCain-Feingold censorship law, the current law governing campaign finance, participate in leading American Solutions while exploring a candidacy because quite simply, under McCain Feingold, it would have been illegal. Moreover, I would have put American Solutions at risk for politically motivated attacks and endless investigations not based upon facts but based upon the desired political outcomes of those who seek to protect the status quo from citizen activists who desire real change.

The whole purpose of a presidential race for me would be to bring new solutions and new ideas into the political arena.

But under McCain-Feingold, I had to choose between being creative and being a candidate. I could raise money or raise ideas, but not both.

I am not willing to subject the American Solutions team to wither under endless attacks and politically charged investigations with criminal penalties including jail time. Moreover, I am not willing to abandon our supporters, donors, volunteers and staff who have made American Solutions the success that it is.

For me, it was impossible to imagine walking into this extraordinarily successful gathering with its amazing number of workshops and remarkable nationwide participation (all 50 states) in its very first outing, only to announce we were going to shut it down.

We Need Three or Four Years to Develop a New Generation of Solutions

Once we fully understood the legal and other implications that running would have on American Solutions and what I expect it will become, Callista and I had to make a choice between these mutually exclusive opportunities. We immediately decided that our authentic path was to keep growing and developing American Solutions. The decision was immediate, unequivocal and without regret.

We need three or four years to build the American Solutions movement into the kind of broad non-partisan movement for real change that America so desperately needs.

We need three or four years to develop a new generation of solutions for the poorest Americans and the worst neighborhoods in our biggest cities.

We need time to flesh out and develop in-depth the Green Conservatism Terry Maple and I write about in Contract With the Earth, which will come out later this month.

We need time to expand on the work which the Center for Health Transformation has been doing to develop a science and technology based and entrepreneurially led 21st Century Intelligent Health System.

Our decision last Saturday not to run was not a step away from active citizenship.

It was a positive decision that, for now, our best efforts should be as solutions oriented and idea oriented citizen activists working with all Americans who want to develop real change for America. I am entirely optimistic about the future.

It was the right decision.

A Final Note on McCain-Feingold

You’ve heard me say it before: The McCain-Feingold censorship law should be repealed.

It has actually made politics more focused on money.

One presidential candidate told me Saturday that I was right about the focus on money and that he had done 68 fundraisers in the last month.

And the very idea of limiting free speech is not only unconstitutional, it’s un-American.

I have no problem with wealthy Americans spending millions of their own money if their middle-class opponents can raise the same size contributions from their supporters.

I object deeply, however, to a system that makes it almost impossible for middle-class candidates to raise money and that is rapidly moving us towards a plutocracy in which only the rich can compete for office.

This cycle’s presidential campaign is a year longer than it should be because of the terrible burdens on fund raising created by McCain-Feingold.

We need a simple system that says Americans can spend any amount of their after-tax income they want as long as campaigns reports each night every check that was deposited that day on the Internet so the country knows where the money is coming from.

That would be transparent, simple and fair.

It would shorten campaigns.

It would level the playing field between the rich and the middle class.

It would allow candidates to return to studying issues and thinking deeply about policies instead of exhausting themselves begging for money three or four times a day, seven days a week.

The simple act of repealing McCain-Feingold and replacing it with that straightforward, transparent system of reporting would make our politics healthier and more idea oriented in a matter of weeks.

In that world, it would be possible to both work with a solutions based organization seeking solutions and be a candidate for public office.

  Your friend,
  Newt Gingrich
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