23 July 2007

Lets Get To Know Our Presidential Candidates for 2008

First of all, I would like to thank those who emailed me in regards to my blog about Presidential Candidates 2008.

To the Hillary Rodham Clinton supporters who emailed me, I agree it would be nice to have a "first man" for once instead of a "first lady", but I would not vote for a presidential candidate based on gender for the same reason I would not vote for a presidential candidate based on ethnicity. Every person is an individual, and should be judged as such.

To the Barack Obama supporters who emailed me, I agree we need someone in office with common sense. From growing up in different parts of the country and the world, I have noticed that different people have conflicting definitions of "common sense". For example, when I was living in Texas, I found a wallet on the side of NASA Rd 1 in Seabrook while walking, so I went back to the payphone at my apartment complex since it was the closest phone around (this was in the early '90s) and phoned the police. I was asked to bring the wallet into the station, so I walked to the station, picking up more pieces of the wallet along the way. Now, there were people who thought I was stupid for picking up pieces of some guy's wallet from the side of the road, though the wallet contained family photos and personal information, and common sense told me it was the right action to take, where for others, "common sense" would have said "finders keepers, losers weepers", or to "just ignore it" like I was told by a neighbor of mine. My neighbor actually got upset with me for taking the wallet to the police.

Another example was when I was in Houston, Texas, witnessing a young woman get dragged into an elevator trying to fight the guy off. I wanted to help. The guy I was with stopped me telling me that she was just a hooker, and to look the other way. To him, that was common sense. Not to me. So I walked over to the police station and told an officer what I saw. A couple police officers went to check it out and the girl told them that she was just rehearsing for some acting job. Still, my "common sense", which is not the same as everyone's, told me to do something to help someone who may be in danger. There were a half dozen people who saw this girl get dragged into the elevator...I was the only one of the who took any action other than "looking the other way" or ignoring it. That was what "common sense" told them to do. Actually, the guy I was with told me I had no "common sense" because I went to the police, which put my own life in danger.

So I agree that Barack Obama has "common sense", but who's definition?

The problem I have with Barack is that he does not take responsibility. When I was a kid, and invited a friend over, I was responsible for anything my friend did in our home. By the same token, Barack is the one who hires his staff. He is responsible then for anything his employees send out to the media. Yet, Barack likes to deny responsibility. We already have a President and Vice-President like that. I do not want to vote someone into office like our current administration.

There is a Voter's Research Hotline at 1-888-VOTE-SMART where you can ask any question, any time, which is manned by Project Vote Smart. Here is their website: http://www.vote-smart.org/program_hotline.php

2008 Presidential Candidates in alphabetical order, along with their status & political party:

Status.............. Name..................... Party
Announced Laura Davis Aaron Democrat
Potential.... Steve Adams Independent
Announced Donald Kenneth Allen Independent
Potential.... Gene Amondson Prohibition
Announced Warren Roderick Ashe Democrat
Announced George H. Ballard Democrat
Announced Terry Lee Barkdull Unknown
Announced Daniel James Barnett Republican
Potential.... Bob Barr Libertarian
Withdrawn Evan Bayh Democrat
Announced Carl Durantye Belle Independent
Announced Joseph R. Biden Democrat
Withdrawn William Hobert Blakley Republican
Potential.... Michael R. Bloomberg Independent
Announced John Douglas Blyth Independent
Announced John Taylor Bowles Other
Announced J. Boydston Constitution
Announced Ryan Joseph Brady Democrat
Announced Dewey R. Broughman Republican
Potential.... Elaine Brown Green Party
Announced Samuel D. Brownback Republican
Announced Edward Allan Buck Republican
Announced Emperor Caesar Democrat
Announced Raymond Joseph Caplette Democrat
Announced Jerry Leon Carroll Other
Announced Anthony Lungo Carter Republican
Potential.... Patrick Cazneau Unknown
Withdrawn Gene Chapman Constitution
Announced Jeanne Chebib Unknown
Potential.... Wesley K. Clark Democrat
Announced Hillary Rodham Clinton Democrat
Announced Eamon Patrick Clune Republican
Announced Hugh Cort Republican
Announced John H. Cox Republican
Announced Randolph Wilson Crow Democrat
Announced Claire Elisabeth Fields Cruise Independent
Announced Orion Karl Daley Independent
Announced Jack L Dietz Democrat
Announced Christopher J. Dodd Democrat
Announced Susan Gail Ducey Republican
Announced John Reid Edwards Democrat
Announced Max Englerius Other
Announced Philip Epstein Democrat
Announced Clarita Fazzari Independent
Announced Lowell Jackson Fellure Republican
Announced Bennie Lee Ferguson Independent
Announced Richard Francis Flynn Democrat
Announced Michael Keith Forrester Democrat
Announced Robert L.eonard Forthan Republican
Announced Danny M. Francis Democrat
Announced Anthony Keith Gallagher Republican
Announced Ida Cecilia Garza Independent
Announced Daniel A. Gilbert Republican
Withdrawn James S. Gilmore Republican
Potential.... Newton Leroy Gingrich Republican
Announced Rudolph W. Giuliani Republican
Potential.... Albert Gore Democrat
Announced Mark Blair Graham Unknown
Announced Maurice Robert Gravel Democrat
Announced Raymond Ferrill Green Republican
Announced Jon A. Greenspon No Party Affiliation
Announced Jackson Kirk Grimes United Fascist Union
Potential.... Charles T. Hagel Republican
Announced Albert Hamburg Democrat
Announced Curtis Hayward Independent
Announced Samuel B. Hoff Independent
Announced Joe Honeychurch Republican
Announced Mildred T. Howard Republican
Announced Michael D. Huckabee Republican
Announced William Charles Hughes Democrat
Announced Duncan L. Hunter Republican
Announced Daniel J. Imperato Independent
Announced Michael Paul Jingozian Libertarian
Announced Arnold Matthew Jones Independent
Announced Keith Russell Judd Independent
Announced Timothy Charles Kalemkarian Republican
Announced John Joseph Kennedy Democrat
Withdrawn John Forbes Kerry Democrat
Announced David Allen Koch None
Announced Philip A. Kok Republican
Announced Yaphet Kotto Republican
Announced Karl Everett Krueger Democrat
Announced Steve W. Kubby Libertarian
Announced Dennis J. Kucinich Democrat
Potential.... Karen Kwiatkowski Libertarian
Announced Dal Anthony LaMagna Democrat
Announced Monroe Lee Democrat
Announced Joseph Felix Leonaitis Independent
Announced Alden Link Republican
Announced Elvena E. Lloyd-Duffie Republican
Announced Yehanna Joan Mary Malone Republican
Announced Mike Benjamin Martisko Other
Announced Joseph Martyniuk Independent
Announced John Christopher Mason Democrat
Announced John Sidney McCain Republican
Announced James Hatton McCall Independent
Announced Frank Edward McEnulty None
Announced Orleans Victor Mcfoy Democrat
Announced Sherry Ann Meadows Democrat
Announced Lee L. Mercer Democrat
Announced Kent Philip Mesplay Green Party
Announced James Creighton Mitchell Republican
Announced Omar Jones Monahan None
Announced Brian Joseph Moran Other
Announced Robert Edward Edward Moreau Republican
Announced Michael Moriarty Independent
Announced Abdul (Kareem) Muhammad Republican
Potential.... Ralph Nader Independent
Announced Sandra Queen Noble None
Announced Barack Hussein Obama Democrat
Announced Frederick Eugene Ogin Republican
Potential.... George E. Pataki Republican
Announced Ronald Ernest Paul Republican
Announced Jeffrey Charles Petkevicius Independent
Announced George D. J. Phillies Libertarian
Announced Deshon Porter Independent
Potential.... James John Prattas Democrat
Announced William Nathaniel Raven Republican
Announced Bill Richardson Democrat
Announced Willard Mitt Romney Republican
Announced Paul Russell Rosenberger Unknown
Potential.... Gary Rostad Democrat
Potential.... Mary J. Ruwart Libertarian
Announced Cameron Sadovsky Independent
Announced Marshall Samuel Sanders Republican
Announced Launeil Neil Sanders Republican
Announced Ole' Savior Democrat/Farmer/Labor
Announced Barbara Ann Scaff Democrat
Announced Joseph Charles Schriner None
Announced Jonathon Albert Sharkey Independent
Announced Scott J. Sheldon Democrat
Announced Jack Shepard Republican
Announced Freddy Irwin Sitnick Republican
Announced Christine Smith Libertarian
Announced Richard Michael Smith Republican
Announced Michael Charles Smith Republican
Announced Johns Wallace Stevenson Republican
Announced Michael Sugerman Independent
Announced Charles Joseph Leo Symonds Independent
Announced Tom Gerald Tancredo Republican
Announced Jeffrey Chapman Thomas Democrat
Announced Tommy G. Thompson Republican
Potential.... Fred Dalton Thompson Republican
Potential.... Michael Tienken Independent
Announced Linda Tompkins Independent
Announced Bruce Calvin Trask Reform
Announced Corrogan R. Vaughn Republican
Withdrawn Tom Vilsack Democrat
Announced Hugh Wallace Independent
Potential.... Mark R. Warner Democrat
Announced Lanakila Washington Humanistic
Announced Thomas Wells Unknown
Announced Ruth Bryant White Independent
Announced Kelcey Brian Wilson Other
Announced Robert B. Winn Independent
Announced Marc Wolin Republican
Announced Vernon Edgar Wuensche Republican

8 of the political parties:

As you can see, there are more choices than just Republican or Democrat. The choices give me hope in case I do not like the Republican or Democratic candidate that wins their party's primary elections.

20 July 2007

Presidential Election 2008

If you would have asked me a couple years ago who my favorite Republican & Democratic presidential candidates were, I would have probably answered John McCain & Hillary Rodham Clinton. That was a couple years ago. A lot has changed since then. I have watched more debates, as well as more television interviews. Even more importantly to me, I have watched how different candidates have voted on issues. After all, actions do speak much louder than words.

I am registered "no party", and still have not decided for which primary I will register.

Candidates on the Republican side (in alphabetical order):
  1. Sam Brownback
  2. Newt Gingrich
  3. Rudy Giuliani
  4. Chuck Hagel
  5. Mike Huckabee
  6. Duncan Hunter
  7. John McCain
  8. George Pataki
  9. Ron Paul
  10. Mitt Romney
  11. Tom Tancredo
  12. Tommy Thompson
  13. Fred Thompson

Candidates on the Democratic side (in alphabetical order):

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Hillary Rodham Clinton
  3. Chris Dodd
  4. John Edwards
  5. Al Gore
  6. Mike Gravel
  7. Dennis Kucinich
  8. Barack Obama
  9. Bill Richardson
The reason I wrote Republican candidates before Democratic candidates was simply for 2 reasons:
  1. the republican list was longer
  2. the current executive branch is Republican

If the primary presidential election was today:

If I was registered Republican, I would vote for Ron Paul simply because to me, he seems like he has the most sense, does not appear to be a Bush "yes" man, does not give me the impression that he will run this country on paranoia like his predecessor.

I also liked Ron Paul in the debate against Rudy Giulliani. After that televised debate, you could not pay me to vote for Giulliani. It is bad enough that Giulliani sucked as the mayor of New York and was about to be voted out of office on 11 September 2001, and then somehow, Giulliani's political career was saved at the expense of thousands of casualties.

The way Ron Paul voted is also a huge plus to me. You can see for yourself on this website: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2007/02/iraq_debate_by_the_numbers.html

Now, on to the other side of the isle if the election was today:

If I was registered Democrat, I would vote for...shoot...this one is more difficult for me. Let's start with who would not receive my vote:

I would not vote for anyone who voted for the war. This can be seen on the senate website at http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00237

There were 77 yeas and 23 nays.

Those that voted for the war were:

Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bond (R-MO)
Breaux (D-LA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Campbell (R-CO)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carnahan (D-MO)
Carper (D-DE)
Cleland (D-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daschle (D-SD)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Edwards (D-NC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Helms (R-NC)
Hollings (D-SC)
Hutchinson (R-AR)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Miller (D-GA)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Nickles (R-OK)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Santorum (R-PA)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-NH)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thompson (R-TN)
Thurmond (R-SC)
Torricelli (D-NJ)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

The only ones who voted against the war were:

Akaka (D-HI)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chafee (R-RI)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (D-FL)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wellstone (D-MN)
Wyden (D-OR)

Notice all the presidential candidates who voted for the war, and not a single presidential candidate is on the "against the war" list. Now, to be far, not all presidential candidates were Senators in 2002, and only Senators in 2002 had the option of voting for or against going to war against Iraq.

So thank goodness the primary election is not today, as I am still undecided.

19 July 2007

4th Branch of the U.S. Government

In school, I learned that there were 3 branches of the U.S. government:
  • Legislative
  • Judicial
  • Executive

But I have learned since graduating that school did not always feed me the most accurate information. They did not teach me about the 4th branch of government, which I learned from the Internet and television.

On TV, there is a show, Traveler, which is based on the premise of a secret 4th branch of government in the U.S.:

Our vice-president, Dick Cheney, claimed he was not part of the executive branch, which could only have meant he is a branch onto his self...hence, the 4th branch:

I Googled "fourth branch of government" and found confirmation. There are 2,240,000 websites listed on Google about our 4th branch of government.
There are even lyrics about our 4th branch of government:

The 4th Branch
by Immortal Technique

The new age is upon us
And yet the past refuses to rest in its shallow grave
For those who hide behind the false image of the son of man
shall stand before God!!! It has begun
The beginning of the end
Yeah... yeah, yeah

[Verse 1]
The voice of racism preaching the gospel is devilish
A fake church called the prophet Muhammad a terrorist
Forgetting God is not a religion, but a spiritual bond
And Jesus is the most quoted prophet in the Qu'ran
They bombed innocent people, tryin' to murder Saddam
When you gave him those chemical weapons to go to war with Iran
This is the information that they hold back from Peter Jennings
Cause Condoleeza Rice is just a new age Sally Hemmings
I break it down with critical language and spiritual anguish
The Judas I hang with, the guilt of betraying Christ
You murdered and stole his religion, and painting him white
Translated in psychologically tainted philosophy
Conservative political right wing, ideology
Glued together sloppily, the blasphemy of a nation
Got my back to the wall, cause I'm facin' assassination
Guantanamo Bay, federal incarceration
How could this be, the land of the free, home of the brave?
Indigenous holocaust, and the home of the slaves
Corporate America, dancin' offbeat to the rhythm
You really think this country, never sponsored terrorism?
Human rights violations, we continue the saga
El Savador and the contras in Nicaragua
And on top of that, you still wanna take me to prison
Just cause I won't trade humanity for patriotism

It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view of the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Read about the history of the place that we live in
And stop letting corporate news tell lies to your children

[Verse 2]
Flow like the blood of Abraham through the Jews and the Arabs
Broken apart like a woman's heart, abused in a marriage
The brink of holy war, bottled up, like a miscarriage
Embedded correspondents don't tell the source of the tension
And they refuse to even mention, European intervention
Or the massacres in Jenin, the innocent screams
U.S. manufactured missles, and M-16's
Weapon contracts and corrupted American dreams
Media censorship, blocking out the video screens
A continent of oil kingdoms, bought for a bargain
Democracy is just a word, when the people are starvin'
The average citizen, made to be, blind to the reason
A desert full of genocide, where the bodies are freezin'
And the world doesn't believe that you fightin' for freedom
Cause you fucked the Middle East, and gave birth to a demon
It's open season with the CIA, bugging my crib
Trapped in a ghetto region like a Palestinian kid
Where nobody gives a fuck whether you die or you live
I'm tryin' to give the truth, and I know the price is my life
But when I'm gone they'll sing a song about Immortal Technique
Who beheaded the President, and the princes and sheiks
You don't give a fuck about us, I can see through your facade
Like a fallen angel standing in the presence of God
Bitch niggaz scared of the truth, when it looks at you hard

It's like MK-ULTRA, controlling your brain
Suggestive thinking, causing your perspective to change
They wanna rearrange the whole point of view in the ghetto
The fourth branch of the government, want us to settle
A bandana full of glittering, generality
Fighting for freedom and fighting terror, but what's reality?
Martial law is coming soon to the hood, to kill you
While you hanging your flag out your project window

The fourth branch of the government AKA the media
Seems to now have a retirement plan for ex-military officials
As if their opinion was at all unbiased
A machine shouldn't speak for men
So shut the fuck up you mindless drone!
And you know it's serious
When these same media outfits are spending millions of dollars on a PR campaign
To try to convince you they're fair and balanced
When they're some of the most ignorant, and racist people
Giving that type of mentality a safe haven
We act like we share in the spoils of war that they do
We die in wars, we don't get the contracts to make money off 'em afterwards!
We don't get weapons contracts, nigga!
We don't get cheap labor for our companies, nigga!
We are cheap labor, nigga!
Turn off the news and read, nigga!
Read... read... read...
(the video below is of the song printed above)

In school, I learned Pluto was our 9th planet. I now know that Pluto is one of 44 dwarf planets in our solar system.
In school, I learned that 1+1=2. I know know that 1+1=infinity. (You are more than welcome to look this one up as I know some of you are thinking I have no idea what I am talking about here...think about it though...how many parents did you have? 1 parent plus 1 parent equals infinity of offspring. That is just one example.)
In school, I learned that there were only 3 branches of the U.S. government. I know now that there is a 4th branch of government. Who or what that branch is exactly, and what that branch's purpose, is still a mystery to me.

18 July 2007

Happy Birthday to Me

Monday was my 43rd birthday. It was really nice of Pop Ullom to send me a $25 check and birthday card for my birthday, and it was really nice of my parents to send me a $50 check and birthday card for my birthday. It was kind of weird though...my dad wrote in the card "Have a very nice birthday best try not to get as old as us :-) Love Mom & Dad". What does "best try not to get as old as us" suppose to mean?

I have been feeling really drained & depressed, not even wanted to get on the Internet. Let me start from the beginning...

First of all, my birthday has never really been a time for celebration except for when I was 8 years old (in the picture above) & my dad was still alive. See, I grew up with the "Count curse". I was told for as long as I remember that for 6 generations, when the oldest child, who was always a son, was 7 years old, the father would die. My dad was expecting me to be a boy because of the "curse", so when I was born female, there were people in my dad's family who openly doubted I was my father's daughter.

My dad was completely prepared to die when I was 7 years old. He took out life insurance, had a will drawn up, and even had a professional family photo taken when I was 6 years old.

We did not celebrate my birthdays and it was treated like a curse also. But then I turned 8 years old and my dad was still alive. So my parents threw a birthday party for me/dad still being alive/my sister being born and coming home from the hospital party.

That was the first and last birthday of mine my family ever celebrated. I remember when I was turning 9, I heard my mom bring it up to my dad, but my dad said that I had a birthday party the year before and did not need another birthday party.

I turned 13 in Calabria, Italy. Day before my birthday, a couple of guys from the U.S. Coast Guard base riding their mopeds, got side swiped by a car and had to be flown to Germany for emergency surgery. "Cookie" was really sweet though. "Cookie" was the cook on base, and he baked me a cake, and brought it out to me for my birthday.

Then a week before my 20th birthday, I was woken up at 6 a.m. by the rapist I was then married to and one of his friends, told "happy birthday, you are going to have your first orgasm". I yelled "no", and tried to fight back, but leverage was against me, and there were 2 of them.

The wonderful guy I am married to now, & I, want to have children. Time is not on our side. And each birthday I have now makes it less likely we will have the family we want.

That is stress enough...now to add to it...

30 June 2005, I was stopped at a red light. A company van from Blume's rear ended me. He never bothered to try stopping. So I got whiplash, and spent a lot of money on medical bills. My insurance only paid up to $5,000.00, then the rest was transferred to my health insurance and me. My health insurance then filed an adium, then whatever money I was reimbursed for medical expenses, they would be paid first.

I am still seeing doctors for my neck, and still have problems from it.

There is only a 2 year statute of limitations, and National Penn Insurance (Blume's car insurance company) told me I had to pay the bills first, then they would reimburse me. So I gathered the bills I had relating to the car accident, and sent it in overnight mail. This was in June.

I called John Null of National Penn Insurance who was handling the claim on Friday, and he said that the bills were too expensive, and he was going to have to decide which ones he would reimburse me for and which ones would not be reimbursed. He said this would take a few months, but that I would not be reimbursed for all my medical expenses related to the accident. So even though I was completely following the law, and the van hit me, I would still have to pay much of the expenses relating to the accident according to Mr. Null.

And he is completely ignoring the lost wage expense and travel to and from the doctors expense.

Our system is really messed up.

Then to top this all off like I did not have enough stress...

I called Capital One Auto finance to see what my pay off amount was since we only have 2 months left on our loan. When I said, "when I pay this off, you will report to the credit reporting agencies that the car is paid off, and that we paid on time every month, right?" The woman on the other end said "no", we don't have to. So I asked to talk to the supervisor, and he said that because we filed bankruptcy a few years ago, they can continue to put in our credit report every month that we filed bankruptcy, but they do not have to put in that we made out car payments on time every month, or that we paid the car off.

The only reason we filed bankruptcy to begin with was because my husband was laid off work on Halloween 2002. I saw on the Oprah Winfrey show about credit, and contacting credit card agencies to request suspending rates for different reasons. So I called MBNA to let them know my husband (fiance at the time) was laid off work, which was a huge mistake. As soon as I did that, the credit card companies raised the interest rates to 28% claiming we were suddenly high risk. I had no idea they could do that, but apparently, they can, and they did.

I continued to pay the credit cards, but could not catch up at those rates. Then a mortgage broker told us that we should file bankruptcy because it would take us 40 years to pay off the credit cards, and we would never be able to buy a house. So reluctantly, we filed bankruptcy because of the credit cards.

The weird thing is...when my husband got the job he has now, his old job that laid him off wanted him back. They said they made a mistake in laying him off.

So that leaves us to where we are today...

  • Companies can report whatever they like to credit reporting agencies, and our government seems to let them get away with it.

  • People can rear end us and get away with it, and we get left holding much of the expense.

Things for me could be worse though...I could be a military veteran in the United States.