Monday, December 29, 2008

You Can't Fix What you Don't Acknowledge-Can I get an Amen?

I am pleased to present this guest essay from my friend and colleague, Tyrone Nelson. A former school board candidate,Tyrone Nelson is well known in the greater Richmond Community. He is the pastor of the Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia,the president of the ecumenical social justice advocacy group, RISC (Richmonders Involved to Strengthen Communities)and serves on the board of the Gilpin Jackson Center, Historic Jackson Ward Association, and the Elegba Folklore Society.

Are We Serious? Some Truth Telling by Pastor Tyrone Nelson

On a recent trip to the barbershop, I overheard a middle aged woman speaking with unbridled passion about the “pay for play” plan to sell the United States Congressional Senate seat of our President-elect. She was amazed at “the level of corruption” and the “It’s all about me and my wallet” politicking that Illinois Governor Blagojevich had been accused of. I have heard a continuous flow of intense conversation and verbal hay making thrown the direction of Governor Blagojevich. As flurries of allegations of crooked politics in Illinois and Chicago continues to threatens and distract from this great moment in American history, one thought continues to cross my mind, “ Do we seriously believe this is just happening in Illinois?"
What would make us think that this behavior is inconceivable? I believe that we can find evidence of corruption in more than a few organizations, religious bodies, non-profits, schools, fraternities/sororities, etc. You may say, “ but Pastor, most people are not asking for $500,000 fundraising gifts, jobs for spouses, and likewise”. You are right, probably not, hopefully not. But, shrewd,perhaps more subtle, but oftentimes unethical politics are found in many organizations. The “pay for play” agenda is defined by the desire to get something back in return for something you have of value and presents itself in many forms. The School Board member who promises to fulfill “a special request” for a certain school if a certain parent rallies around a certain agenda. The City Council/Alderman candidate that promises to erect stop signs throughout a district, in exchange for the support of a Neighborhood Watch president with considerable influence in a heavily populated portion of the district. A church trustee that influences the votes of members of the congregation in hopes that support of a new clergy leader would lead to their agenda moving forward. The manager who posts a job opening knowing he has already preselected for “the person that will carry forth their vision”, regardless of the mission of the company. A parent who offers ice cream, a night at the movies, and toys, in exchange for their child’s “good behavior”. Shrewd politics can be found in many areas of our lives. We have all in some way experienced this type of politicking and “pay for play” philosophy.
Do we seriously believe that none of this exists in Richmond politics? Do we seriously believe that Henrico and Chesterfield politics are exempt from this methodology? Do we think that Amelia, Prince George, Charles City, Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, and any city or county in Virginia, are all squeaky clean of this type of agenda? Are we serious? Do we dare to believe that in our presidential elections, congressional races, state legislature races, and even local elections, there were no shrewd, borderline unethical conversations had? Or do we turn our heads until the unethical behavior is staring us in the face? Will we be silent until the elephant in the room stands on our plastic covered sofa?
However, from February 2007 through November 2008, we watched our nation catch the fever of hope, a hope for a fair and just community and society. A hope for “business as usual” to die, and for the same tired way of doing things to hear its committal rites and be buried with the dirt of death. I firmly believe that Barack Obama was elected our 44th president for this very reason. The people of the democracy wanted a new voice from the choices they were given. Yes, he is a minority and that is exciting. Yes, he is an eloquent, passionate pro claimer of hope and that is promising. Yes, he has a great vision and direction for this country. But beyond that, the people wanted something new right now. The people made the choice. Not Congress. Not churches. Not African Americans. All the people of this great country collectively elected him. Democracy at its purest sense is about the people, not preplanned political bartering.
I hope for my city to catch this vision. I hope for Virginia to enter the New Year embracing democracy and understanding the power of the individual vote and voice. I hope for 2009 to be a year where we embrace an inclusive plan to move forward in a manner that speaks to the core of the inner good in all of us. I hope for a plan to eliminate homelessness. I hope for a plan that follows the lead of Crossover Ministries and Bon Secours to provide healthcare to the uninsured. I hope for communities that are not afraid to turn criminals in and rehabilitate our neighborhoods. I hope for a vision-minded leadership model in Greater Richmond and the tri-cities that engages and values everyone. I hope that people will speak up when they see things are wrong. I hope for a people to raise up a new generation of leaders to replace unresponsive leadership. I hope for a community that will care for one child at a time. I hope for parents to commit to attending PTA’s and parent teacher conferences. I hope for a region that would attend community and council meetings to become civilly involved. We can no longer afford to turn a deaf ear toward non-progress in Richmond. Yes, I hope!
I do not share this out of naivete. I know that the "barter system" has long been a part of our culture. We give in exchange for what can be given to us. This system permeates every area of our lives. The challenge of this system is that it does not respect the core principles of democracy. Democracy was created to give the people a voice and a choice. When preplanned agendas set the course through selfish “all for me” bartering we negate and cheat the democratic process. Whether in political office, working for a non-profit, or in the selection process of leadership, prearranged deals stifle and choke out democracy and inclusion.
Are we serious enough to take action? I hope we are. Our future growth and community development depend upon it. We cannot continue to recycle leadership, prearrange or barter political positions, or be apathetic about what is going on, because if we do, we stunt our growth. Let 2009 be the year, the time, the moment in history, when we shift our mental direction and focus on what's fair, honest, and right. I have asked God to forgive me for my role in any unfair process or ideology whether initiated by me or others around me. For every opportunity that was denied a person, because of outside agendas, that did not respect the gifts/talents of others, I sincerely seek forgiveness. Will you follow my lead and fight to end this behavior in 2009?
I love our city. I love our state. I love our country. I love our democracy. My hope is that we capture the essence of the opportunity in our history. A moment of change. A moment of democracy at its best.
Tyrone Nelson
Richmond, Virginia
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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Foreshadowing the "R" Word- A Day Late and Many Dollars Short

Our Government is finally admitting what seems to surprise only them, that we are in a recession and have been for some time-"Duh"?!
The following is a reposting of a previous entry on this blog originally dated July 11,2008. Read in today's light it seems like a 1,000 years ago and a lot more unsettling....

I just got back from a trip to California, going from Mexico to San Francisco ,and other than the shore line, it is one big brown state. And the smoke, when you see all that dry dessert grass on the mountains, you get an understanding of their fire risk and why that state won't stop burning.
In Mexico I learned two things I didn't know. First California was named by early Mexican natives and it means "hot oven" and second it is a statement of accepted fact there that the US is in a recession. My personal, though admittedly limited, international focus group collection data revealed that our international neighbors throw the fact of our recession around pretty comfortably and seem unaware that our own administration states we aren't in one.
("Oh Amigo, tourism is down due to American recession" ; "The artisans will barter as business is down due to the American recession").Is it important what the rest of the world observes about our economic health? I think so.
But what really got my attention is that Warren Buffet has stated his opinion that by common sense definition we are indeed in a recession. Now that's the straight talk express! Your only as sick as your secrets folks, and its time to review some sad truths.
The British pound is exchanging 1.99 to our US dollar (that a penny shy of two to one!)
The Euro is 1.50 to one US dollar. The Canadian dollar at 1.01 is worth a penny more than us!
Even the Mexican Peso is gaining on us, at 10 cents to the US dollar - its at its highest exchange rate ever.
Oil just hit 150.00 a barrel and we are behind the curve in alternative fuel developement.
Back in 2002 when I was in Europe the Euro was between 90 and 95 cents to an American dollar, the British pound around 1.25-1.30 and the Peso was pennies on the dollar. Currently the Australian dollar, the Japanese Yen, the Swedish Krona, and the Swiss Franc all trending strong.
Here at home the stock market is "correcting" (translation- trending down) and the housing market has birthed a new word-”stagflation” Why?;-Banks and home sales are imploding from loans that should have never been granted and whose legacy was to ”overstimulate” with artificial money, the checks and balances of supply and demand, buyer and seller, that normally drives the housing market which resulted in a bumper crop of overextended homeowners tumbling into foreclosure. A house of cards that has collapsed. Again-Why?-Well… where do I start.? To begin with my financial pundit buddy tells me that since 1985 the US dollar has devalued 48% because our federal reserve has been printing more money out of thin air than all predecessors back to 1913 combined. This means more US dollars chasing less supply. Now this is when the economists jump in and explain why mere mortals don’t understand this isn’t as negative as it sounds. And this is when I filter it through a lens I can understand.
So how did we get here? Ask an Econ Professor, Financial wizard, or CPA and you’ll get macroeconomics, statistical trends, and charts. When you muddle through the dizzying facts you learn there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around. You learn that like most things stupid, it didn’t happen overnight.
I’m not a financial wizard , but I am fairly well educated, a life long learner, with a doctorate in the school of hard knocks and a PH.D in common sense and my common sense meter is off the chain!
To begin with you can’t just throw money around globally in a big way with unabated bravado and not expect to hit the wall financially sooner or later. We are hemorrhaging money in Iraq to the tune of billions a month. Bush’s Folly is as much an economic nightmare as is the rest of this war.
Add to this the slow drip of money, jobs and resources being taken from our country from outsourcing, unbalanced trade agreements, and unchecked immigration and we are becoming more anemic every day, bleeding from every orifice the life’s blood of our economy. The heart and lungs of our economy are laboring to keep us upright and the strain is getting acute.
Now that gas has hit four bucks a gallon in Central Virginia with no sign of relief,
we need to hunker down and as Bette Davis quiped
"Hold On boys - Its Gonna be a Bumpy Ride"
As far as what to do? Conserve, reevaluate your expenses and portfolio, shop wisely, try not to panic but don't be apathetic,by believing you are helpless. And remember this is a very important election!- VOTE!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Ethnicity of our President Elect and how it changes the paradigm

A friend sent me the essay below and when I read it I knew I had to share it on this blog. The author, Mr Robert J. House, in his 70's,is a retired professional man of Black African descent,who came of age before, during, and through the civil rights 1960's.
His thoughts on the election of Barack Obama and how it changes the paradigm:


Some have asked what I think, so I thought I would add my two cents worth. I'm amazed at how calm I was when at 11PM election night, MSN made the announcement. Of course there was a great sense of pride, but true to my nature after a pause, the wonderment came,what will it all mean? When Barack Obama walked out with his family, my emotions were a misting in my eyes, and a chill, followed by a warm glow of fulfillment. I was amazed at how much he has aged, coupled with the sadness etched on his face by the loss of his grandmother.

Women shaped his life, as is the reality for many of the black men of our generation who "amounted to anything" . I know that was the case for me - it has been both a blessing and a challenge.

For America, and the world, his election is a daunting task. We all know about the Two Wars, the economy, failing education, crumbling infra-structures and a health care system that borders on genocide for the poor and disenfranchised. All this coupled with our damaged reputation around the world. My question is, will America "step up" and support this new young president and begin to seriously address and fix these problems or will some Americans, particularly those out of power,or those possessed with racial and cultural hatred coupled by fear and fueled by lack of economic opportunity, rather see this country fail than give this "n***** " a chance to succeed? The thing is, those who would strongly withhold their support fail to take into consideration that when they had power and access, they failed, because they could not or were not equipped to handle the issues.

For we Americans of "Black African descent", the days coming are going to be particularly challenging and life altering times. I'm reminded of Tavis Smiley's annual forum on the "State of Black America" and how last year, he got "pissed" because Obama would not attend. My thoughts are that that forum dwindled in effectiveness (other than a place to complain) because the lack of jobs, poor education, poor infrastructure, the cost of energy and the overall economy now affected all ethnicity.

Our task will be to understand our particular place in American society and our responsibility to that place and ourselves. Unlike other "minorities" we are unique in that we do not have a typical ancestral and cultural core that we can identify and cling to. The Latinos (not to be confused with Hispanics), Asians(Chinese,Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, etc) Eastern Europeans, Middle Eastern (Iran, Iraq, Egyptians, Laotians,Syrians,etc) all have their separate cultural identity from dress, language, food, religious worship, role of women, etc. These immigrant minorities came here of their own free will. Whereas our ancestors, for the most part, came here against their will. This stripped from us ancestral and cultural identity, aspects that would sustain us though generations. The vast majority of us cannot identify what country or continent we came from and only assume we must come from one of the west African countries. But we do have a uniqueness that sets us apart and makes us "first among equal" of the immigrant groups. Our african ancestors built this country and we have the blood, sweat, tears and the scars to prove it. For me,for all of us ,this is the country of our ancestors and Barack Obama's election as it's Chief Executive is the manifestation of our ownership,our pride of ownership,our inclusion.

With his election to the presidency,Barack Obama has shone the bright light on our ownership and it is our responsibility to do all that we can to protect and enhance it. We cannot, with any conviction,no longer say that we cannot succeed,not be responsible for and to our families (particularly our children),not be stewards of our communities, not establish meaningful and worthwhile relationships because "the man won't let us". Truth be told, we are "the man" and it is past time (particularly for our men) to prepare and act like it!

Not all of us will go to college, achieve noteworthy status, or get rich, but all of us have something to offer. It's only when we fail to try and take our place in ensuring our ownership that we tear down those who work hard, sacrifice, get knocked down and get back up and keep on trying. In God's time he sent the world Barack Obama, loaded his back like a country mule and told him to keep stepping. We can do no less.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Central Virginia Connection Alert to the Auto Crisis

As I watch Rick Wagoner,Chairman of GM, testify before Congress I watch another homegrown kid on a national stage. Let me begin by saying that Rick Wagoner, Chairman of GM is a nice man. A local kid, Rick was salutorian of Tucker High School's class of 1973 and attended UVA. He has local family and is supportive of our community and schools. I recall a short conversation I had with him at a Henrico County School function about six years ago when I asked him why there wasn't more choice in smaller fuel efficient cars coming out of GM. His answer paraphrased from memory-People say they'll buy them but consumer demand drives the product and Americans demand larger vehicles. Sigh...
If your like me and want to learn the back story, the book below, without a crystal ball, totally nails today's auto crisis. I hope someone has the author on a job short list post the eventual structural reorganization of the auto industry. As with most quagmires, this newest financial blackhole didn't happen overnight and won't quickly abate. Hold onto your wallet...
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Doubleday Books | The End of Detroit by Micheline Maynard

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bait and Switch

Are you confused? I know I am. Unsure from the beginning, I grudgingly supported this financial bailout fiasco, believing the money moguls in D.C. who said we had to. Turns out they don't know what they are doing either?! Now instead of using all that big money to cover failed mortgages we will be paying off car loans and credit card debt-WHAT? What a mess! This article below tries its best to break it down- have the aspirin handy, you'll need it...
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U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to the Consumer - NYTimes.com

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The New Real Virginia

The article hyperlinked below is a great read on the back story on the teutonic shift that gave birth to the new "Real Virginia". A national article, our own UVA's Sorenson Institute's director Bob Gibson is highlighted, discussing the cooperative and open political culture being fostered in Virginia as a model for the nation.
In the battle for a changing Virginia, Democrats may be changing faster than Republicans. - By Dahlia Lithwick - Slate Magazine
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Obama vs. McCain: Medical Bills, Drug Prices and Access to Health Care -- Voter Guide | Health and Wellness | AlterNet

The article below really breaks down the health care crisis. Comparing both candidates plan, it provides a hyperlink to the non partisan Health Policy Center's analysis of both candidates proposed plans. An important read on this important issue. click here:
Obama vs. McCain: Medical Bills, Drug Prices and Access to Health Care -- Voter Guide | Health and Wellness | AlterNet
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Obama versus McCain Tax Plan Calculator

Let the numbers speak for themselves. Click on the program below and see how your pocketbook will fare at tax time under each candidate's plan.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden: Change We Need | Obama Tax Calculator

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What The Pfoekenauer?

The attached video from the Daily Show is a hilarious must watch, but also annoying to see how we in Central Virginia are represented to the rest of the country by this woman.. FYI- Jon Stewart attended William and Mary so he knows Central Virginia quite well. Speaking of hilarious, Tina Fey attended the University of Virginia, also here in Central Virginia,so I submit we have been simmering blue for a while. This woman hasn't been paying attention and she's living in the past just like the man she's working for. Central Virginia, what she refers to as "Real Virginia" is changing and changing fast and she either didnt get the memo or chooses to ignore it. Pretending we are not trending blue must be getting harder and harder to say with a straight face no matter how much you are paid,what with standing room only at Democratic events, a Democratic Governor,a Democratic Senator, and Mark Warner expected to win in a landslide Nov 4th.,rounding out the trifecta.
The icing on the cake was Obama's visit to Richmond today, filling the Coliseum with
7,000 more outside as an overflow crowd. The city was frozen with gridlock and in my 15 years here I have never seen such electricity. Filled with "Real Virginians", all locals,a real busy day in Richmond Virginia,the Capital of Virginia. Everybody looked pretty real to me, and really really blue......
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click here for the video:
Pfriend or Pfoe? | The Daily Show | Comedy Central

Monday, October 20, 2008

It's Not Over Till........

Make no mistake ,all this punditry predicting that this election is as good as over is not a good thing. As a woman of a certain age who has disected the predicted and actual outcome of every election since 1972 all this outcome predicting is endangering the race and risks influencing the voter turnout. Truth is to win, the winner and his team in the field, need to stay hungry right up to the last day of the campaign. Float the idea it is a done deal and last minute field campaign workers lose their hungry edge and start the party early. Float the the idea it is a done deal for your candidate and some are less inclined to vote " no matter what" b/c the idea is floated it isn't quite so urgent. In an election with the potential to be as close as this one, this could be decisive. Journalists need to remember they should report the news, not create or influence it. Click on the article below to read more on this important subject. And Don't forget to Vote-no matter what!
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Howard Kurtz - President Obama? - washingtonpost.com

Friday, October 17, 2008

Block The Vote! Oh No You Didn't!

Be Careful how you vote! This article and the one below it highlights the subtle, not so subtle, and beyond annoying rules, regs, and procedures that Robert Kennedy Jr. believes are part of a Voter Deterrence Strategy that could tip this election to a false victory.
At the very least we have the setup of a tight election begging to be contested,resulting in a recount that will make the 2000 Florida "Hanging Chad" train wreck look like a teaser.
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snopes.com: Voting a Straight Ticket

Block the Vote :Trends of Voter Deterrence by Robert Kennedy Jr.

Block the Vote : Rolling Stone

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It would be Nice if the Final Debate was a True Debate | the palimpsest - a journal of the arts, news & politics

It would be Nice if the Final Debate was a True Debate | the palimpsest - a journal of the arts, news & politics

It would be Nice if the Final Debate was a True Debate

As someone who had the pleasure of coaching and judging competitive debate and forensics, let me begin by saying the previous forums for both presidential and vice presidential debates have been very loose on the rules. It would be so nice if the debate format for the final debate October 15th was followed correctly. We the audience would then have the opportunity to hear an organized point-counterpoint presentation of the issues within a predetermined time limit free of fluff and confusion.
My wish list is pretty basic and includes:
-Answer the question asked
-Allow opponent equal time for rebuttal
-Stick to the issues
-Stay in time and don't ramble
-Shake hands before and after(maintain decorum)
-Stay in one place, look presidential please, (this is a job interview)
Click on this article for more insight:

How Bob Schieffer can make this year's final debate interesting. - By Jeff Greenfield - Slate Magazine
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Friday, October 10, 2008

For the last time- Clearing the Ayers

A Detailed article about Obama's "relationship" with Wm Ayers, a man who when Obama met him had just been voted Chicago's Citizen of the year!
A balanced look about how as Paul Harvey used to say, "Now you know the rest of the story..." click here:
Op-Ed Columnist - Clearing the Ayers - NYTimes.com

Saturday, September 13, 2008

The Double Standard of Red and Blue in America

The Double Standard of Red and Blue in America

Received part of this from a friend , Consider this collaboration...
If you're a minority and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates, you're a "token hire."
If you're a conservative and you're selected for a job over more qualified candidates, you're a "game changer."
Black teen pregnancies? A "crisis."
White teen pregnancies? A "blessed event."
If you grow up in Hawaii, you're "exotic."
Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, you're the "quintessential American story."
Name you kid Barack you're "unpatriotic."
Name your kid Track, you're "colorful."
If you're a Democrat and you make a VP pick without fully vetting the individual, you're "reckless."
A Republican who doesn't fully vet is a "maverick."
If you spend three years as a community organizer growing your organization from a staff of 1 to a staff of 13 and your budget from $70,000 to $400,000, distinguish yourself as the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new African-American voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, then spend nearly eight more years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, becoming chairman of the state Senate's Health and Human Services committee, then spend four years in the United States Senate representing a state of nearly 13 million people, sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment, Public Works and Veteran's Affairs committees, you are woefully inexperienced.
If you spend four years on the town council and six years as the mayor of a town with apprx. 6,000 people, then spend 18 months as the governor of a state with 675,000 people, then you've got the most executive experience of anyone on either ticket. As the Commander in Chief of the Alaska military you are well qualified to lead the nation should you be called upon to do so because your state is the closest state to Russia.
If you are a popular Democratic male candidate, you are an "arrogant celebrity."
If you are a popular Republican female candidate, you are "energizing the base."
If you are a younger male candidate who thinks for himself and makes his own decisions, you are "presumptuous."
If you are an older male candidate who makes last-minute decisions you refuse to explain, you are a "shoot from the hip" maverick.
If you are a candidate who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard law School, you are an elitist, out of touch with the real America.
If you are a legacy admission(dad and granddad were admirals) graduate of Annapolis with multiple disciplinary infractions on your record,who graduated 5th from the bottom of your class (rank 894 out of 899)you are solidly educated, but one of the guys.
If you managed a multi-million dollar nationwide campaign, you are an "empty suit."
If you are a part time mayor of a town of apprx. 6,000 people with a town manager to assist you ,you are an "experienced executive."
If you go to a South Side Chicago church, your beliefs are "extremist."
If you believe in creationism, don't believe global warming is man-made, and stated the Iraq War "is from God" you are "strongly principled."
If you cheated on your disfigured wife and left her to marry a rich young heiress, you're the family values Christian candidate.
If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years and are raising two beautiful daughters, you're "risky."
If you teach abstinence only in sex education, you get teen parents.
If you teach responsible age-appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you're eroding the fiber of society.
If you believe separation of church and state is the cornerstone of our Constitution and will defend it, your against fundamental Christian values.
If you happily blur these lines, your God's Warrior - Wait, what country is this?
Your thoughts?
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

A re posting of Dick Cheney with Lipstick?!

One of the perks of long living is the ability to pick out toxic people pretty quickly. An acquired skill it serves me well and I am rarely wrong. I penned this post as I watched the Republican National convention 18 mos ago. This woman, who has has perfected sanctimonious self absorption has turned out to far more toxic than I could have imagined!
Dick Cheney with Lipstick
There is something very unseemly about this self described pit bull mom, but I have to give Sarah Palin props, she has redefined chutzpah! As the mother of three daughters and the aunt of a special needs child this woman is really making me angry. Will this woman stop at nothing,accusing her opponents of playing the gender card and and drawing her children into the campaign and than she turns and does it at every turn? You can't exhaust the gender/ mom card and than cry foul when your opponent brings it up. Is nothing off limits?
In her convention speech she referred to herself as a mother at least 5 times. She then opened with "As a mother of a special needs child you'll have an advocate in the White House". Well my sister, who has fought for 30 yrs to get her son the services and education he needed to become a functional adult, was not impressed, and in fact, thought her shout out was just the beginning of the evening's overall exploitation of her children to "excite the base" and found it disingenuous.
Next came her foreign policy position pitch which began and ended with, "I'm a Mom with a son in the national guard who leaves next week for Iraq...(cut away to camera closeup on the kid). Again the Mommy card played face up,her son used as a deflection, why? Because a month ago when asked to discuss foreign policy, she stated, "I really haven't focused much on the war in Iraq"-ouch! It should be noted here that Biden and McCain also have sons who have, are currently, or soon will be deployed to Iraq, and they have had the class to leave their son's out of the fray. In fact, taking his cue from Va. Sen. D. Jim Webb, John McCain when pressed on the subject in an interview recently stated "Id rather not discuss my sons military service if you don't mind". (Perhaps McCain and Palin need a sidebar)
But the coup de grace of the evening was yet to come. Talk about Brass Ovaries! All while demanding her daughter be left out of the campaign rhetoric, she flew the baby's daddy of her 17 yr old pregnant daughter in from Alaska, to the convention, and then pranced the gum chewing man child around on stage with the moose in the headlights suddenly very pregnant daughter! As a mother of three daughters ( I've got a mommy card of my own to play) I found this disturbing on so many levels it hurt my heart and my head.
The Inmates have taken over the Asylum!
Ms Palin, as I try to process what I saw and heard I have questions:

1.In light of recent events, do you revisit your decision to cut funding 20 percent earlier this year to Passages, a teenage crisis pregnancy center in Anchorage? According to Passage House's web site, its purpose is to provide "teen mothers a place to live with their babies for up to eighteen months while they gain the necessary skills and resources to change their lives" and help teen moms "become productive, successful, independent adults who create and provide a stable environment for themselves and their families."

2. You oppose all funding to prevent teen pregnancies, "sex-ed programs will not find my support," you wrote in a 2006 questionnaire distributed among gubernatorial candidates but you cut funding for the teenage mothers who do not have the family or socioeconomic support your own daughter will have the privilege of- please explain how this connects you to the needs of everyday small town people?

3. Will this time missed out of high school classes qualify baby's daddy an excused absence? cool!

4. Social Conservatives decried the movie Juno,complaining it glorified teenage pregnancy (teen gives baby up for adoption),and indeed a spike in teenage pregnancy was dubbed the Juno effect. So I ask, with all this prancing about, can we expect a Bristol effect and what are you going to do about it if your the VP?

5. You decreased teen pregnancy services, but increased funds for aerial wolf shooting, please explain?

One more thing, being pro choice is not pro abortion, what part of that is hard to understand?
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for an update on Palin's egregious self promotion go to tinyurl.com/yjo77a8
for fact check information to help you survive Thanksgiving with a teabagger relative by stuffing them with fact.
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Saturday, August 30, 2008

That Dog Won't Hunt........

Say hello to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, John MCCain's VP select ,the governor of a state where its citizens by birthright get checks sent to them up to a couple thousand a year, that represent oil profits gained on state owned land.
Yes Virginia, Alaska, the sparsely populated other world of Alaska, the Kuwait of the United States, fat with oil money, sparsely populated, and except for remote pockets of indigenous Eskimo communities,largely Caucasian, is where John McCain has found "the best person" to serve as our VP?
As I ponder McCain's choice, knowing that he believes that this decision will help deliver purple Virginia, I dig deeper and get more astounded that he thinks he has made the sale.
Virginia, with both urban and rural poor,immigration issues,(Henrico County Schools alone have 90 plus languages registered in ESL classes), with our population density and DC proximity terrorism issues, military and port concerns, highway infrastructure issues and commuter issue(good old 95)- with all of this Virginia is ranked number one best run state and is also ranked best place to raise a child with the outcome of it being solidly educated. My question is why do these honors go to Virginia and not Alaska with more money and less challenges to successful outcomes?
Seems to me Alaska should easily have these rankings. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel for them , compared to the challenges we face here in Virginia, but yet we prevail. But that's my point, a first term Governor of Alaska whose last job was a town smaller than Ashland can't really be expected to step into the VP gig ground ready, and cross training is not an option. Bluntly stated, she doesn't know what she doesn't know.
Choosing your VP is the first big decision the candidate is judged on and John McCain has shown himself to be a reckless fly boy who must think woman are really stupid. Too stupid to notice she is in way over her head, too stupid to realize that a Hillary supporter,to vote for Palin just because she's female would have to abandon every social and political position most Hillary supporters share. Why?; because Palin is an ultraconservative,a gun toting NRA member, Anti Choice even in cases of rape and incest.
The idea that one woman is as good as another is arrogant pandering, and will result in blow back that McCain will regret. The arrogance is also compounded by the fact that this 72 yr old with 4 bouts of cancer thinks no one will consider the heartbeat away question, does he really think that we are so giggly to pick a chick we won't think this possibility through?
"Ms Palin, I know Hillary Clinton, and you are no Hillary Clinton"
The DAVISReport

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Well Done Mr Obama, Well Done!

Fighting Joe Biden- The Silver Fox of the Senate- Chairman of the foreign relations
committee and 30 year champion of the working class is the VP select.
Family leave Legislation, Domestic violence legislation, his brilliant plan on what to do in Iraq (take the time to google and read it) all a "Tapas" taste of what this man has done in his stellar career.
You will learn alot about Joe Biden in the next days and will be impressed. For those of us who already knew, we are pleased, really pleased, b/c we know the possibility of this newly created dynamic duo.
Joe will soften the hearts of the pissed off Hillary's because he has a resume that rivals hers and his record on woman's issues ,social issues and education is laudable.
The swing votes- Catholics, some East Coasters, union, fire, police, nurses,teachers-many will be pulled back solidly to Dem land.
And Tivo any debates featuring Biden, he is one of the most brilliant debaters ever-it will be not to be missed viewing.
I heard a laudable "swoosh" from all the people slidng back into Dem land when my phone and email started screaming "OMG its Biden-I'm so happy, I know your pleased"!
Yes I am dear friends, yes I am
Not forgetting our own dear Tim Kaine I expect to see him in the administration as undersecretary of education,where his championing for preK and educational parity can get national exposure and implementation.
Together Foward my Friends...
The DAVISReport

Thursday, August 21, 2008

First Denver-Then Together Forward.....?

Abigail Adam's Advice to husband President John Adams- "Remember the Women"
Good Advice then, Better Advice Now.... I hope Mr Obama takes it.....
More Later,
The DAVISReport

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Are You Ready for an Emergency?

As a member of the Medical Reserve Corp here in Central Virginia I am happy to provide a link to a facebook group that is addressing harnessing the web for social good. This is a group I am a member of. Happily one of its initiatives is information networking for emergency preparedness. This group provides a wonderful download that is available worldwide via this internet group to assist people to be self respondsible for emergency prepardness.
I will tell you that Central Virginia has a very proactive emergency prepardness plan that we can all be proud of, but it will only fully protect us if we all do our part for ourselves and our neighbors.
Take the time to download and learn more how you can best self prepare. If you live in Central Virginia, google Medical Reserve Corp to locate your county contact info and find out how you can volunteer in your community or assist those who do.
If you live outside of Central Virginia, call your local Representatives and county government and ask if or why not there is a program in your area.
Remember Think Globally, Act Locally...
The DAVISReport

Facebook | Harnessing the Power of the Web for Social Good

Facebook | Harnessing the Power of the Web for Social Good

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Meet Virginia! First Jim, now Tim

Well, Well, Well, Central Virginia Progressives,
Seems the whole country is aflutter about us again. First Jim, now Tim and looks like this one might stick! Hmmm! Seems like just yesterday Tim was pushing for better housing on the city council, boy how the time does fly!
To review, our own Governor Timothy Kaine has made it to the final few as a possible V.P. running mate.
The other short listers reportedly are:

Junior Senator Evan Bayh (Indiana)- An early supporter of Hillary's, Senator Bayh, like the pillow cut open and all the feathers let loose, Sen. Bayh made negative comments about Senator Obama in support of his then favorite candidate, Hillary, that are swirling out there on the internet, and the ethernet, irretrievable, but accessible as soundbites for the opponents. Now people, you know they will resurface, the worst ones, as a continuous loop on an obnoxious commercial to confuse the message if Senator Bayh is chosen. I see huge risk in this, don't you?. His other big negative- his governor is republican, if he leaves, a republican will take his seat and tip Senate power- ouch. His positive- intelligence experience and a more likely win in Indiana, a swing state.
Tie to Virginia alert: Senator Bayh graduated from UVA law school and must have distinguished himself as he gave the commencement address at graduation.

Governor Kathleen Sebelius- Kansas- a meritorious woman, an impressive resume, but her selection will not have the intended outcome of a peace offering to all of the Hillary supporters who really wanted to see a woman elected. Make no mistake,
the "blowback" from the re-emergence of the frustration of Hillary's loss would be severe. The gesture will backfire and not unify the party.

Senior Senator Joe Biden -(Del) Chairman of the foreign relations committee and author of eleven books on the subject. His strength is he would bring foreign relations experience to Obama's ticket that is charged by his opponent to be Obama's biggest weakness. Biden's addition would bring buckets of foreign policy experience. Also without knowing who his V.P. opponent would be, handsdown he would outdebate anyone, even Mitt Romney. Biden's perceived weaknesses are, his age,66, being "too inside the beltway",(belies the change?), and his reputation as being too "alpha" to be V.P. (he was after all a candidate both in this race early on and in the 90's for president). How's it said?- Don't hate me because I'm beautiful...

And then there's our own Governor Tim Kaine. As the first high ranking Dem outside of Illinois to support Obama he has a solid lead on the loyalty issue.
Virginia as it turns out is going to be a deal breaker in this election and yes right now Virginia's as purple as an overripe wine grape. Recent elections in this state tell us this election is going to be a nailbiter just like the Webb campaign.
Certainly Kaine on the ticket would help deliver Virginia. From his days as a missionary in Honduras (such a nice guy, truly)he speaks beautiful spanish,a fluency only learned when you live day to day in the language as he did. Bilinguality would be an asset on the world stage as well as here at home. His record is solid, but he's no liberal nationally. I have lived in 5 geographically diverse states and make no mistake, in Virginia what is a liberal here is a moderate elsewhere. What this means is that Gov. Kaine's position's on most issues will be seen as very centrist by most of the country. This would be positive for the campaign.
Gov. Tim is a Catholic and appeals to blue collar and rural whites. He is well liked in Appalachia and would be well received in West Virginia and similar states. Also he has ties to the midwest, he was born, raised and attended undergrad there (Kansas and Missouri)and can connect with their issues.
His weaknesses-he also has limited foreign policy experience, though I must say that man travels overseas like no other, constantly going to this continent or that, fostering trade agreements for Virginia. These initiatives are one of the reasons why Virginia is the best run state. (oh Yeah!)-wait is this a negative?
The biggest negative- Kaine has a split Administration- if he leaves his seat his Lt Governor Bill Bolling steps in and he's a Republican! Ouch again!
So now we hurry up and wait while Caroline Kennedy and associates mulls it over (I'm so glad its her aren't you?)
So what do you think? It makes my head hurt, sooo much is riding on this election
Answer the poll in the corner and lets discuss.
The DAVISReport

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Et tu Brute

Note to Dave Remmick, editor of The New Yorker:

"Et tu Brute" -Satire is wit, not the reinforcement of misinformation and propaganda.
Considering that depending on which poll you believe, between 20 and 50 percent of Americans still believe Barack Obama is a muslim, some of them worrying he is secretly radicalized, it was beyond irresponsible for The New Yorker to put the image they did on their just released cover.
As a North Jersey Girl by birth and breeding I fully understand the New York Metro mentality of arrogance and belief that few people of importance live outside their very hip border.
What they need to understand is what the rest of the pathetically unhip rest of the country is going to get out of this cover as it lay on waiting room tables face up around the United States. Simply stated it is a searing visual image that reinforces every viral email and every stealth campaign of misinformation thus far meant to confuse the message and reinforce the politics of fear.
Confusing the message is the goal of the opposition.
Free Speech is protected by our Constitution because the printed medium is a powerful force, not to be trifled with.
Thus I repeat, "Et tu Brute'
The DAVIS Report

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Congratulations Virginia Commonwealth University!

WOUNDSTAT
Remember that name! Despite the fact that its approval by the Pentagon was disappointingly covered in the Richmond Times Dispatch and buried in the middle with very anemic coverage, it is probably one of the biggest "high fives" in Central Virginia in a long time.
WOUNDSTAT, just approved for use by the Defense Dept, will find itself in the field bag of every military medic,hopefully sooner than later,if those tasked with the delivery logistics can get their act together.
So what is WOUNDSTAT? Well, as a person with a health care background I can say its beauty is its outwardly-appearing simplicity. Simply explained,it looks like a small packet of kitty litter. When the packet is torn open and poured and pressed into an open traumatic wound it binds with the escaping blood to create an emergency cork that shapes itself to the wound opening, stopping the soldier from bleeding out in the field and creating a barrier to stabilize him/her for transport to a controlled care site. Once there, the wound is stabilized, the arteries and veins are clamped and this "cork" is then removed with a neutralizing rinse so repair and care can begin. Fabulous huh!
All this was invented right here at VCU!
The lifesaving implications are enormous and so is the possible revenue stream due to VCU ie,the State of Virginia (remember, it is a state funded facility!) Thus the intellectual property rights belong to VCU and thus they and we will benefit.
WOUNDSTAT is as a must have for every EMT's "go bag' world wide. Look beyond the military use and you begin to see how huge the scope of what has been accomplished here.
Why the RTD, as noted above, chose to bury this story on B9 and chose instead to run a story about a guy who lost 50+ lbs eating At McDonald's on the lower front page both perplexes and angers me,(Fast Food Nation, the sequel anyone?) but it reminds of why this Blog exists.
The DAVIS Report
To learn more about WOUNDSTAT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS_ycsqwNQo
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/109945.php

Collaborating is fun!

Comment #2 of our 6/3/08, "Today's News" post links for The Central Virginia Progressive to an Ecotube video of Barack Obama talking about his enviromental plan. It is a 'good watch" and we thank Ecotube for joining forces with us.
http://ecotube.blogspot.com/
Knowledge is Power!
The Davis Report

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Today's News is Tomorrow's History

" Let us Come Together In Common Effort to Chart A New Course For America"
Barack Obama , Democratic Presidential Nominee

Come Together, Right Now- Game On People...
Now the work begins!
It's obvious to me ,Hillary Clinton, by holding her concession, is brokering for the Vice Presidential nomination wanting "the 18 million people who voted for her to be heard" -frankly she has a point.
My own first time voter,a second year college student here in Virginia, mused "I feel sorry for the kids who will have to organize all this in 20 years to prepare an outline for the history test"

Pop quiz anyone?

Your thoughts?
The DAVIS Report

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Thoughts on the DNC Rules meeting re: Florida and Michigan

"I Belong to No Organized Party, I am a Democrat"- Will Rodgers

"Controlled Chaos" was the theme for the day and as expected, not everybody is happy.
About as fair as you can get though, when you enter into a situation only truly returned to whole by going back in a time capsule and doing it right the first time.
The Bad News is- Voting privileges for Florida and Michigan have been assigned for the convention but the debate isn't over. (sigh)
The Good News is- Important issues were brought to the table that are way overdue for large scale debate. Specifically the Unfair and Outdated Tyrannic Monopoly of Iowa and New Hampshire. These two small non diverse states have had too much influence in our collective Presidential Selection process for too long. They always go first - cherry picking a field of 10 down to 3. Insane amounts of money and time are spent per voter in these two underpopulated states (I have been to both). Yes Iowa and New Hampshire are pretty, and yes the people are nice, but where are the large urban centers, and the issues that come with it. Where is the diversity- economic, social, racial, religious? As it stands now we have a very homogeneous group making very important decisions for a very heterogeneous group. For example, The economic, industrial, international treaties and terrorism concerns of port states like California, New York, New Jersey and Virginia are not their priority-farm subsidies are. Unchecked immigration and all that goes with it is top shelf discussion with southern border states and the major urban perimeters of DC and NYC, but it is otherworldly to them. So is it really fair that they should always go first and speak for us all - bigger question is, can they?
These two little states have become political theme park carnivals with barbeque's and hoedowns where many a good candidate is jilted like a prom date in these cornfields like so many scarecrows picked of their straw.
On a personal note, since I first voted in 1972, I have never had the chance to pull the lever for my first choice because they've been looong gone before they ever got close to a primary I could participate in; Bill Bradley, Joe Biden, John Edwards...(it's a long list)
Sen. Carl Levin and Michigan- You created a mess, but thanks for shaking things up- it's long overdue..
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Senator Kennedy's News - Worlds Colliding

A Sister, A Health Care Professional, a Boomer, a Mother, all pieces of my personal complex life quilt.
-A Sister who traveled the sad and humbling journey with her big sister as she watched the father of her children lose his battle with an aggressive Glioma brain tumor
-A Health-care professional who knows too well that Glial cell tumors are nasty business. It has been my honor to care and support patients and families as they push back against illnesses and fight there way back to health
-A Baby Boomer who has grown up with Uncle Teddy imprinted on my collective memory. A Kennedy Democrat am I.
-A grateful Mother whose children served as pages in the Senate. Though the most senior of Senators, he was the most gracious and mentoring to the young pages and understood they represent our collective future- leaving them with a memory of duty to serve and social responsibility.
Now we learn that this man, the second longest serving member of the Senate; who championed Civil Rights, Woman’s Rights, Social and Economic Parity; the man who buried two assassinated brothers and than became the “In loco Parentes” Patriarch to the many children left behind; This Lion, who has fought more fights and shepherded his family through more trajedy than most of us can imagine , now faces his biggest opponent. I know.
But I am hopeful, for if ever a family were due a miracle, it is the Kennedy’s

The Eagles are Soaring!

WOW! WOW! WOW!
Godwin High School’s Les Miserable is a triumph. What Mac Damron (drama teacher) has accomplished with a stage full of high school students is remarkable! Give this man a Tony and a Teacher of the Year award.
I Have seen Les Miz on Broadway and in other professional productions and this performance is as good or better as any I’ve seen.
Talk about American Idol in your own back yard- these kids are amazing! The electricity of their performances and the purity of their spot on singing was beyond amazing. One solo after another I couldn’t believe; this is Godwin High School! At first I thought Jean Valjean (male lead) was an adult guest actor, as is often done in important key roles in college, but noooo, he’s a junior at Godwin who plays center on the football team. You have to see it to believe it.
Truly this show is fabulous! One last thought, anyone who questions the value of arts in our schools, go see this show; We’ll talk after……….
The Chorus the Orchestra, the Set , prepare to be amazed.
Enjoy!
Mama Davis

It's Always the Economy, Stupid!

The British pound is exchanging 1.99 to our US dollar (that a penny shy of two to one!)
The Euro is 1.50 to one US dollar. The Canadian dollar at 1.01 is worth a penny more than us!
Even the Mexican Peso is gaining on us, at 10 cents to the US dollar - its at its highest exchange rate ever.
Back in 2002 when I was in Europe the Euro was between 90 and 95 cents to an American dollar, the British pound around 1.25-1.30 and the Peso was pennies on the dollar. Currently the Australian dollar, the Japanese Yen, the Swedish Krona, and the Swiss Franc all trending strong.
Here at home the Stock market is like riding Space Mountain and the housing market has birthed a new word-”stagflation” Why?;-Banks and home sales are imploding from loans that should have never been granted and whose legacy was to ”overstimulate” with artificial money, the checks and balances of supply and demand, buyer and seller, that normally drives the housing market which resulted in a bumper crop of overextended homeowners tumbling into foreclosure. A house of cards that has collapsed. Again-Why?-Well… where do I start.? To begin with my financial pundit buddy tells me that since 1985 the US dollar has devalued 48% because our federal reserve has been printing more money out of thin air than all predecessors back to 1913 combined. This means more US dollars chasing less supply. Now this is when the economists jump in and explain why mere mortals don’t understand this isn’t as negative as it sounds. And this is when I filter it through a lens I can understand.
So how did we get here? Ask an Econ Professor, Financial wizard, or CPA and you’ll get macroeconomics, statistical trends, and charts. When you muddle through the dizzying facts you learn there is plenty of bipartisan blame to go around. You learn that like most things stupid, it didn’t happen overnight.
I’m not a financial wizard , but I am fairly well educated, a life long learner, with a doctorate in the school of hard knocks and a PH.D in common sense and my common sense meter is off the chain!
To begin with you can’t just throw money around globally in a big way with unabated bravado and not expect to hit the wall financially sooner or later. We are hemorrhaging money in Iraq to the tune of billions a month. Bush’s Folly is as much an economic nightmare as is the rest of this war.
Add to this the slow drip of money, jobs and resources being taken from our country from outsourcing, unbalanced trade agreements, and unchecked immigration and we are becoming more anemic every day, bleeding from every orifice the life’s blood of our economy. The heart and lungs of our economy are laboring to keep us upright and the strain is getting acute.
Talk about a wakeup call! I called Bank of America’s 800 line last month on a bank matter. Their queu prompt?……… Press 1 if you are calling re: a business account –Press 2 if you are calling re: a residential account.— Press 3 if you want to wire money to Mexico. Drip Drip Drip…. (i’m not making this up!)
Coming next-The Economic Stimulus Package isn’t going to do much for us but the Chinese are gonna love it

When Will Enough Be Enough?

Another Shooting at Another School,Another classroom of lives brutally interrupted, Another unstable young Man who got 2 legal guns way too easily. He also had possession of 2 illegally obtained guns .
Of course he did! : our society is so saturated with guns you can’t swing a cat without hitting one.
I know the NRA talking points, the Constitution and the right to bear arms …..
Let us also Remember The Constitution also speaks of life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness and frankly all three of These Rights that the rest of us are guaranteed by the Constitution , are impinged when we cannot move safely through our society because our government will not put safety regulations in place to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands. As long as gunshow loop holes such as legally selling guns in the parking lot without a background check and other lax regulations continue (recently upheld by the state of Virginia-aren’t you thrilled?) following the chain of custody of guns legal and illegal will continue to be unavoidably nebulous .
Turns out the shooter at N. Illinois university and the shooter at VTech both bought their gun or their Glock magazine online from the same online dealer in Wisconsin (RTD 2/16)! Ordering magazines for the Glock (NIU shooter) and one of his guns (Cho) over the internet from the same online dealer and the dealer is”blown away”by the coincidence.
I’m not. These are the kind of low threshhold checks and balances, under the radar kind of ways ,that the unstable, impulsive,shouldnt have a gun, gun buyer is going to find is an easy way to get a gun. Getting a gun and its lethal accessories should’nt be that easy!
Closer to home -Kudos to JR Tucker HS and its culture of good communication between staff and students. When a troubled student brought a gun to school (The back story is limited -student is a minor, but a loaded gun at school -enough said),Other students promptly reported it and the heroic top knotch staff disarmed the student without injury. It runs my blood cold to consider the “what ifs” . I know, I know, its easier to push it away but we can’t, we need to get angry at our legislators that they continue to allow laws that create the potential for the interruption of our, and our kids, Life ,Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. They’re Our Inalienable Rights!

The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner; Oh, What a Night!

The JJ Dinner - The Siegal Center was bursting at the seams. What a beautiful site to see so many enthusiastic donkeys in Richmond. Hillary came out first and gave a fabulous speech! We all need to be reminded just how damn smart she is. I also need to say that I saw her live from 20 feet away and that 60 year old woman who probably hasn’t had a good night’s sleep in weeks looks terrific. Half the men who demean her physically wish their wives looked as good!This was the second time I’ve seen Barack speak live and as a woman who remembers the Kennedy years I totally get the enthusiam. The place went nuts and the enthusiasm from the students was well, like the 60’s. Also a great speech! He also looks terrific.We have a classic King Solomenesque dilemna fellow Dems. While our Republican brothers and sisters are trying to scrape together a candidate they can live with we are agonizing over two candidates we love! Yes we must pick one on Tuesday in the Virginia primary and deny the other. And we do this knowing, as it turns out, that Virginia may well be the tipping point of no return.Kinda makes you miss the days when Virginia couldn’t get any early election respect……If you weren’t there link to the URL below to see both speeches

Obama SpeechClinton Speech

If you were there leave your comments!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008