Monday, September 24, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I knew I had been busy with work, travel for work, preparing for work and fretting about work, plus kids starting school and church just rocking, but I hadn't realized that it had been almost a month since my last post. I guess life just gets busier than we expect sometimes. I can't promise that I'll get back to regular posts like I used to anytime soon. I would really like to get back to regular "Winning on Wednesday" posts as well. Maybe I'll be able to work things out so that can happen. We'll see...
If you read any columnists on a regular basis, you have seen them write a "catch-up" article where they make random statements on different topics just to catch back up on various things. That's what this post will be. So, here we go:
- Global Warming - While you may have seen an article recently about Arctic Sea ice reaching an all time low (bear in mind, that should actually be all time measured low), there is other news. Antarctic sea ice levels are growing.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - Sadly, we have to let this nut into the country simply because the UN is located here. It bothers me because of he leads Iran which is an international supporter of terrorism. His recent "request" to visit Ground Zero to pay respects was insulting.
- Hugo Chavez - Well, he's still there and he's still angry at the United States. Have you heard his latest efforts? From Reuters:
CARACAS (Reuters) -wants Venezuelan clocks turned back half an hour and he wants it done in record time -- next Monday. I don't care if they call me crazy, the new time will go ahead, let them call me whatever they want," Chavez said on his weekly TV show. "I'm not to blame. I received a recommendation and said I liked the idea."
Chavez dismissed criticism that moving the time only a half hour was quirky, questioning why the world had to follow a scheme of hourly divisions that he said was dictated by the imperial United States.
The change will put Venezuela on its own time zone, shared by no other country. Several countries have adopted times that put them half an hour ahead or behind neighbours, and Nepal's official time is just 15 minutes ahead of that of India.
- Hillary Clinton - Simply put...she and I agree on two things: 1. She's running for President and 2. The election will be held in 2008. Other than that, I disagree with her on pretty much everything. She still wants to bring socialized medicine to the US. Except this time, her proposal is her idea and not her husband's. At least, that's the story.
- Barack Hussein Obama - Not enough experience. Accomplish a little more and come back later.
- Democrat Candidates in general (there's a reason I didn't call them "Democratic" candidates) - Please realize you are NOT running against President Bush in 2008. Regardless of whether you agree with his policies or not, there will be a new President in January 2009 and it won't be President Bush. Therefore, all current policies are subject to change. Now's the time to tell your story. I'm in sales myself. It's a weak tactic to ALWAYS attack your competition. It's a sign that your product (yourself in this case) can't stand on its own. Just a pointer.
- Republican Candidates - See above. Tell YOUR story.
- Fred Thompson - Sorry, you may be too late this time around...and not even here next time around.
- Ben Bernanke - Be careful. You've got a pretty successful story in Greenspan to follow. Make measured moves that don't spook the market too strongly. Even a good move that goes a little too far can be damaging.
- Illegal Immigration - For some reason, this is a hard concept for some to understand. Unless someone follows the correct procedures to enter the United States, they are breaking Federal law. Therefore, they are a criminal and should be arrested and deported. Seal the borders, deal with the immigrants that are here and enforce the laws on the books already. To clarify, an illegal immigrant doesn't have "rights" under the US Constitution.
- Iraq War - We're there, ok? Right or wrong, we're there. Let's finish the job. Leaving too soon will leave a vacuum in the Middle East that Iran is TOO willing to fill. Talk about instability. Consider the following examples. WWII has long been over, we still have presences in Japan and Germany. The Korean War has long been over as well, however, we still have a significant presence in South Korea. IMHO, peace in the Middle East is not attainable until the end of the world (whole other discussion), but an uneasy stability is possible.
- WASH YOUR HANDS - A recent study shows that a larger percentage of people (ADULTS no less) aren't washing their hands when using the bathroom. C'mon kids...wash your hands!! That's nasty!! :-0
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