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No blank check for the President...

Sen. Arlen Specter (R) said that Bush could theoretically face impeachment charges over eavesdropping.  The Senate Judiciary Committee has promised hearings on this travesty to Americans rights.  I have posted several stories on this dilemma, but I think that it’s a worthy case.  The hearings are supposed to start next month; in fact, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has stated that he will testify on the administrations justification.  Specter said, "We're going to explore it in depth”, he also added, "I don't think anybody doubts that the president is making a good faith effort, that he sees a real problem as we all do, and he's acting in a way that he feels he must”.  

In contrast, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) said on CBS, “Bush's constitutional powers allow him to simply avoid the law when he can do it (authorize domestic spying) by following the law”.  The New York Times said Eavesdropping is, "a shameful act”.  I cannot imply that this would have ever seen the light of day, without the leak.  However, leaks in the government are never good, yet there are exceptions like this one.  Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, and Liberals are crossing the isles to study the constitutional law, to grasp whether it’s lawful or not.  I’m curious to see what the outcome will be.  What’s your opinion?  

Samuel Alito Part Deuce

Samuel Alito:  Part Deuce

Well, I told everyone that if I could find some info on Alito, that I would share it with you.  Indeed, I was reading one of about forty Irish Blogs that I go to everyday.  A lady named Fiona de Londras from Metal Meanderings had a post about Alito, from the Washington Post.  I don’t know how I missed this article, for I read that paper as much as I can.  Anyway, Senator Edward Kennedy wrote it, and contrary to what I believed, he made five very valid points why Samuel should not be on the Supreme Court.  I actually don’t think he was playing partisan politics.  He gave five of the most logical reasons for not nominating Alito.  Go check out the article, and then call your Senator please.  Let them know how you feel, regardless of political parties…

Well, we are a week into the New Year, at least according to the Gregorian calendar.  Will 2006 be a more benevolent year than 2005?  Somehow, I doubt it.  They will probably be more deceit, fabrication of the truth, slayings, and worst of all; we’ll still be in Iraq at the end of the year.  Nah, it won’t be that bad, at least I hope not.  Optimism is the key word here folks.  Life is what you make it, so be happy, flamboyant, and most of all, be who you are.  Don’t let anyone take that away from you.  I’ve got a little inspirational story for you.  

     Everyone who listens to my podcast and reads the blog knows a bit about me,   Except for what I’m about to tell you.  You know that I work full-time and go to college full-time.  Some folks have asked me how I do it all.  Well, just wait to you read the rest of this post.  I normally try to stay away from the whole personal aspect of my life, because I believe it’s a little boring.  However, what I’m about to tell you may help you to become a wiser and harder working person.  

     When I was born in the heart of the south, I contracted a disease called spinal meningitis, which if kills most people who contract it.  The doctors told my family, as they would in the future, that I would not make it through the night.  Needless to say, I made it through the night, and I’m still here today – thirty-three years later.  However, because of this horrific disease, I have more things wrong with me than I can put in one post, and I’m not going to get that personal.  I lived-in the hospital a lot while growing up, and I watched several friends die from the same things I was facing, but thankfully because of my iron will to strive, I conquered it all.  I have a thing called Hypopituitarism, which causes anyone who has it, to grow at an incredibly slow rate along with other problems.  When I was ten, I looked like I was six.  Heck, you wouldn’t believe all the trouble I had as a young lad trying to buy beer.  LOL…  I was kicked out of so many bars for having a legitimate license, that you wouldn’t believe it.  

     Now, I’m thirty-three, and most people tell me that I look like I’m in my early twenties.  There was a huge price to pay for looking so young however.  I’m prescribed enough medicine to kill a cow, but I only take what’s necessary.  I mostly stick to the herbal stuff when I can.  I’ve seen a lot in my time and experience more pain (physically), than most men dare dream of.  Every test, needle prick, x-ray, needle in my spine, and ugly nurse was worth it though, because I’m here today to tell you about it.  Do not ever lose hope.  Hope is all some people have.  

     Seemingly, some have said that I am a miracle of modern medicine, but I believe that we are what we make of ourselves.  For example, most people in my condition sit at home and collect a check from the government, but not this cat, I work for my money.  However, I don’t condemn those that do draw a check, some people do need the assistance.  Sheer determination is what got me through life.  The last thing I want is to depend on the government, besides my family brought me up to reach for the stars and never believe anything is impossible.  Family is what it’s’ all about, without it, life is hard and at times cruel.  

     Over the past few years my life has truly changed for the better.  I have gone from working from my family, to working two great jobs and owning my own home.  I have stupid doctors that think I still live at home, which I’ve not done since I was twenty.  LOL…  They can’t comprehend the fact that I’m still alive, much less that I work two jobs and go to college full-time.  They don’t understand the whole premise of determination.   Some have called me a very deep person, yet some call me deceitful, nefarious, and manipulative (mostly women).  If you were to meet me on the street, you wouldn’t notice anything different about me, except for the fact that I look about twenty.  

     Finally, I just wanted to give you a little inspiration in life, because although it may be hard at times, it’s always worth another go.  If you fall down, then get your lazy butt back up and jump back on that horse.  In addition, I don’t want you to go away from reading this thinking poor Jefferson, buhh-huhh.  (  I simply want you to enjoy life, as I do, and be happy, because life is too short to be sad and depressed.

     In conclusion, I appreciate everyone who listens to the podcast and comments on the blog.  I’ve not gone in much detail about myself in the past, simply because it didn’t seem necessary.  I said in Episode 6 that I went to private school, and yes, that is correct.  Also, I gave Jenny a hard time for calling me “southern”.  That is a touchy subject for me, simply because people in the south have been deemed idiots for some time now, and that’s just not the case.  I’ll be back with more political mantra tomorrow.  Have a wonderful Sunday all…


As Prime Minister Ariel Sharons’ life hangs on by a thread, several world leaders are worried about peace in the Middle East.  President Bush was dependent upon Sharon to bring peace to the Middle East and form a Palestinian state.  Now Bush has no lead to follow in the peace process.  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, "The desire for a stable relationship between Israel and the Palestinians is one that runs wide and deep in Israeli society”.  However, Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies said, "Diplomatically things will now stall. But the United States will revert to its position of accepting what happens on the ground without challenging Israel and that means allowing Palestinians to be in a big prison”.  The world needs Sharon, whether you like it or not.  He has done a lot for Israel and Palestine, by pulling settlements out of Gaza.  I hope that he pulls through everything o.k.  Personally, I don’t think there will ever be peace in the Middle East.  What’s your say?

The American Bar Association gave Samuel Alito its top honors today, as he prepares for his nomination hearings on Monday.  The ABA considered his qualifications, integrity and judicial temperament to give him their highest rating.  Now, it’s up to the Senate to decide whether, he is up to the challenge.  If the liberals have a legitimate reason to not nominate him, then they better have it in hand on Monday.  I have researched a little on him, and can find no reason that he should not be nominated.  The only reason that I can come up with, is that he would throw the political aura out of balance.  However, let me just say that they should be no political party nonsense in the highest court in the nation.  Kim Gandy, president of the National Organization for Women said, "It's always an uphill battle to defeat a Supreme Court nominee, but this is a fight worth having”.  I don’t know what her agenda is, but I am always fair and balanced, unlike other news organizations.  Anyone have an opinion on Alito?  I’m always open to opinions…