Obama Calls Out McCain's Stance on Women

Posted: 6/24/2008 by Floyd in
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Obama in Albuquerque took another swipe at McCain, which is pretty easy to do since McCain changes his mind daily or, in some instances within the same day. Obama talks about his support of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, and said McCain agreed with the Supreme Court decision, But Senator McCain
thinks the Supreme Court got it right. He opposed the Fair Pay
Restoration Act. He suggested that the reason women don’t have equal
pay isn’t discrimination on the job – it’s because they need more
education and training. That’s just totally wrong… John McCain just has
it wrong. He said the Fair Pay Restoration Act “opens us up to lawsuits
for all kinds of problems.” But I can’t think of any problem more
important than making sure that women get equal pay for equal work.
It’s a matter of equality. It’s a matter of fairness.”

In H.R. 2831 purports to undo the Supreme Court's decision of May 29,2007 in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.,by permitting "pay discrimination claims" to be brought within 180 days of receiving any paycheck affected by such a decision,,basically no matter how far in the past the discrimination occurred. It would extend the statue of limitations to any 'other practice' that remotely affects an individuals wages,benefits,or other compensation in the future.

Obama on FISA

Posted: 6/22/2008 by Floyd in
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"Given the grave threats that we face, our national security agencies
must have the capability to gather intelligence and track down
terrorists before they strike, while respecting the rule of law and the
privacy and civil liberties of the American people. There is also
little doubt that the Bush Administration, with the cooperation of
major telecommunications companies, has abused that authority and
undermined the Constitution by intercepting the communications of
innocent Americans without their knowledge or the required court
orders.

"That is why last year I opposed the so-called Protect America Act,
which expanded the surveillance powers of the government without
sufficient independent oversight to protect the privacy and civil
liberties of innocent Americans. I have also opposed the granting of
retroactive immunity to those who were allegedly complicit in acts of
illegal spying in the past.

Read it all over at Talking Points memo,,it seems these days that the government is moving as much as it can to disreguard the liberties of its citizens the world we live in today is constantly changing as most have read the violence in Afghanistan is heating up again and the terrorists are getting more brazen in their attacks on our troops, so this in itself changes the way we conduct survielence.

Offshore drilling and the summer McCain flip-flops

Posted: 6/18/2008 by Floyd in Labels: , ,
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ImageIn what has become an annual rite of the past few summer’s President Bush blamed the Democratic Congress for the energy crisis for not allowing offshore oil drilling. "The President's proposal sounds like another page from the Administration's Energy Policy that was literally written by the oil industry: give away more public resources to the very same oil companies that are sitting on 68 million acres of federal lands they've already leased,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said.

She also pointed out that the House has passed legislation to help increase supply,
“In just the last year, Congress has promoted energy independence by raising efficiency standards for vehicles for the first time in 32 years, investing in American-grown biofuels, and forcing President Bush to increase gas supplies by suspending government purchases for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. We have provided enforcement tools to go after those who are speculating on oil and manipulating the price and we will continue to push for solutions that end our dependence on foreign oil."

McCain now is also proposing to lift the ban on offshore drilling,asked how far offshore states should be given control of drilling rights, he said that was a matter for negotiation, however in his run for president in 1999, he of course was against it, stating; McCain supported the drilling moratorium, and he scolded the “special interests in Washington” that sought offshore drilling leases.


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Saudi's plan to lift oil output

Posted: 6/14/2008 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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While they are reaping record profits, the Saudis are concerned that today’s record prices might eventually damp economic growth and lead to lower oil demand, as is already happening in the United States and other developed countries. The current prices are also making alternative fuels more viable, threatening the long-term prospects of the oil-based economy.
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The plan would lift output to the highest level ever sustained by Saudi Arabia, even with this taking place there is no absolute that prices will drop. Now America as well as other nations are looking more into alternative fuels and the auto-makers are following suit, Nissan for example Nissan Motor Company has announced plans to sell an electric car in the U.S. and Japan by 2010 and expects to sell a broad range globally by 2012; Nissan Electric Car.

Toyota has confirmed also of a release of a plug-in hybrid in 2010, Soon after the 2010 deadline, Toyota expects to be selling one million hybrid vehicles per year and will be offering the petrol-electric option on many more models. By that time its next-generation Prius hybrid will also be on the market and is likely to be available in several different bodystyles for the first time. There are also plans for a new dedicated Lexus hybrid vehicle, expected to be revealed alongside the new Prius at next year’s Detroit Auto Show.
Motor Authority.

I would hope to see a lot of companies follow this and offer a wide variety of more greener cars, and one more place overlooked a lot of times is the vast deposits of oil in Iraq, While its proven oil reserves of 112 billion barrels ranks Iraq second in the work behind Saudi Arabia, EIA estimates that up to 90-percent of the county remains unexplored due to years of wars and sanctions.
Iraq Oil Reserves.
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On-line Medical Records

Posted: 6/12/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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A lot of companies are now offering us on-line personal medical records, it sounds like a good idea but on examining it further it could prove to be dangerous because of the hackers out there. By reading the USA Today article we can find that there are no laws to stop companies from data-mining that information, no control at all over personal health information in electronic form.

Congress apparently are in the early stages of legislation that deal with electronic records, and if it could be made safe it would much simplify our lives to be able to have our information located all in one place, but for me I will bow out of this one until better safeguards are put in place.

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Republicans Hold Out for Big Oil

Posted: 6/11/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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This is the short of it folks and why should the oil companies who have enjoyed record profits on the backs of working people and poor of this country not have to pay a little out of their loot? The argument my friends is simply this; The GOP answered back simply this; It would ultimately hurt us the average Americans, somehow they figure that taxing record profits on big oil would hurt us.

One of the biggest windbags in the Senate and I'm ashamed to say he is from this state which happens to be among the poorest had this to say; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, "Hitting the gas companies might make for good campaign literature or evening news clips, but it won't address the problem. This bill isn't a serious response to gas prices. It is just a gimmick."

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Dan Rather Speaks Out

Posted: 6/09/2008 by Floyd in
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I am grateful to be here and I am, most of all, gratified by the
energy I have seen tonight and at this conference. It will take this
kind of energy - and more - to sustain what is good in our news
media... to improve what is deficient... and to push back against the
forces and the trends that imperil journalism and that - by immediate
extension - imperil democracy itself, Rather said.

Rather went on to talk about how the media whether consciously or unconsciously in the run up to Iraq and in a climate of fear after 9/11, tend to accept the negative given them by the White House. Rather gave a well blistering attack on corporate news at the National Conference for Media Reform Saturday night hosted by the Free Press.

Some good reading here; Truthout

Run Your Car on Water

Posted: 6/05/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Barack Wins it "change we can believe in"

Posted: 6/04/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Barack Obama has secured the Democratic nomination to run for President of the United States, he was much gracious to Hillary Clinton who run a very competitive campaign and he did speak well of McCain also who I see as just a continuance of the Bush years and a vote for McCain would simply maintain the status quo in Washington and I think the last years we don't need to maintain the quo of this.


Having lived through this last administration by the grace of God I for one am glad that the primary is behind us and we can begin to see the way that the two candidates being John McCain and Barack Obama shape up, we can begin to see the major differences in which each would lead this country.

Once America can define the major differences between these two candidates, the news is already trying to pick the veep for Obama, that being Hillary, but whether it be Hillary or whoever. One name that comes to mind is Jim Webb of Virginia and I know there are many names in the pot right now and only time will tell which one Obama will eventually pick, the main thing is America is seeking change that is the drive really the Obama campaign.

What i am hearing now is that McCain should be trying to sway some of the women over to his camp and I say good luck to him on that, but women now have their own voice and for the most part 'Conservative' is not in their vocabulary. To give one more case and point, some of the media are reporting Hillary did not congratulate Obama on his victory but I can tell you for a fact she did congratulate him.

Now that we can get down to the real issues that concern us the better we can distinctly see which candidate is going to lead us in the right direction and really we have a decision to make either we go backwards or forward and I for one hope we can go forward,,congratulations Barack,,yes we can.

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Australia Ends Combat In Iraq

Posted: 6/02/2008 by Floyd in Labels: , ,
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Australia, a staunch U.S. ally and one of the first countries to commit troops to the war in Iraq five years ago, ended combat operations there Sunday.
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Barack Obama inches closer to the nomination and the last day of elections is closing, Hillary still has no plans to step aside. What we need to be doing is talking about what the plans for moving America forward are, Australia has done the smart thing even though they only had 550 troops in the combat zone, what it boils down to is that this is 'America's' war and how many lives and dollars are we able to sink into this money pit.?

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Hillary Ponders?

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"It does appear to be pretty clear that Senator Obama is going to be the nominee," said Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor and a national co-chairman of Clinton's campaign. "After Tuesday's contests, she needs to acknowledge that he's going to be the nominee and quickly get behind him."

So it is good to ponder but sooner or later you have to face the music and realize that you have ran a good campaign and it would be good to bow out with your dignity in tact, having said that only time will tell what Hillary's next move will be.

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