The Birther’s just need to move on

The whole debate over where President Obama was born needs to be over. As we move towards the 2012 Presidential Election we need to be focusing the debate on issues facing this country so we can choose who should lead our country for the following four years.
The President put an end to this discussion this morning when he released his long-form birth certificate. It should be over.

But some people don’t believe it and refuse to accept it.

What I find kinda ironic is that many, if not most, of the birthers believe in states rights. The State of Hawaii has issued the President’s birth certificate, the form every Hawaiian gets. It also recognizes that he was born in the State.

But the birthers failed to accept that. So much for states rights.

It’s time to end the bs and move onto real issues.

Interesting evening in New Hampshire

Well the polls did really well in the Republican primary, but were totally off base for the Democrats (so far).
John McCain won really easily on the Republican side over Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee, but Hillary Clinton is doing quite well leading the Democratic primary in New Hampshire for now over Barack Obama and John Edwards. Edwards will finish third with Obama and Clinton fighting for first and second.

This is so despite trailing in the polls by 10 to 12 points yesterday in the final polls of the primary. If she wins or even finishes a close second, it will definitely be a big launch for her into the rest of the primaries.

It was amazing to me that before the results started coming in today how the pundits on the cable news networks were calling for major changes for Hilary, some even coming to the point that if Barack Obama wins by too much, the Democratic primary was over.

Another interesting sign is that Ron Paul does quite well in fundraising and publicity on the Internet, but when it comes to votes, he is a distant fourth. If he has all this popularity and it was sincere, he should be doing a lot better.

This is going to be a marathon and it could be that when the primaries are done and we head to the conventions, that there will not be a clear-cut nominee for the nomination of President from either of the two major parties.

It is going to be fun.

Tancredo to Abandon Presidential Bid, Maybe Run for Senate

Tancredo to Abandon Presidential Bid –
Tom Tancredo, a Republican Congressman from Colorado is abandoning his bid for President.  Tancredo was running on the illegal immigration platform and by running for President allowed him to get the press and coverage he desired to get his point across to the country, that we need to eliminate illegal immigration and prosecute and return to their native country all illegal immigrants.

To me this is something that is impossible and inhumane.  Tancredo’s views are a little off the deep-end and never caught on with the American public.  The new immigration policy, if anyone ever has the guts to develop something and get it implemented, must work to curb illegal immigration while working to incorporate those who are currently here.

We need to work to stop the incentives for coming here.  If we are not able to do that, then we will never be able to curb or eliminate illegal immigration.

The next big question is what happens to Tancredo.  He has already said that he won’t be running for re-election to his Congressional seat.  Is he going to run for the Senate in Colorado?

I happen to think that he is.  He is going to work to keep his message in the conversation and running for the open seat being vacated by Wayne Allard will do that.  The problem is that he is getting a late start for that race.  He also is a real polarizing person and in today’s political climate in Colorado that will not do it.  To get elected in Colorado you need to be a moderate and pull votes from both major parties and independents.

There is going to be a lot of media focused on the Senate race in Colorado this year.  Tancredo just doesn’t have it to make it to the election in November.

Just a side note, Tom Tancredo for President has to be one of the worst website home pages for a Presidential candidate.  It takes too many clicks to get to the information on where he stands on issues. 

Wyo. Dem chief: Clinton would hurt party

The Denver Post – Wyo. Dem chief: Clinton would hurt party
Well the Democrats are beginning to split over the selection of there nominee for President.  Today the Democratic Party Chairman in Wyoming John Millin sent a letter to the Denver Post.

In the letter he said,  “Every Democratic candidate in Wyoming will be painted with that same liberal, big-government brush. We will also be the target of the locker room jokes that rightfully belong to Bill Clinton.”

While this is true state chairmans usually keep quiet and let the states and voters determine who is going to run.  The reason is that if the candidate that they support is not the one who wins the nomination, it will be tough for them to lead the party during the Presidential election in the fall.

Millin has come out for Barack Obama.

It is going to be an interesting election.  But in the West, the question is how polarizing a figure is Clinton going to be.

Musharraf Losing It, Places Bhutto Under Arrest

President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has gone too far in this declaration of emergency rule and now has placed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto under house arrest.  Bhutto had been planning some large protests for Friday and this was probably an effort to stop those.
Musharraf had promised to step down from the military and take over as President after winning the election and hold parliamentary elections.  But as the time grew closer and people were challenging his election as President, he declared emergency rule.

Ever since the declaration, there have been protests in the streets and more arrests of opposition leaders.  It is just not right.

But the hands of the West are tied.   The West needs to condemn what Pakistan is doing and work to have Musharraf step back from his declaration of military rule.

They can’t push too hard because they need Pakistan’s help to go after Al Qaeda in the north.

This needs to come to a quick resolution, but it is looking more-and-more that it won’t.  The longer this goes on, the more that Musharraf will use the military to keep control of the country.  The people of Pakistan won’t put up with it.

Day Light Savings Goes Away Until March

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Sunday morning at 2 A.M.  Day Light Savings ends and won’t show up again until March.
I am not quite understanding Congress’s reasoning behind moving DST back one week from the last Sunday in October until the first Sunday in November.  This week has been especially hard because the sun has been coming up so late that it has been hard to get motivated in the morning.

But the time has come to begin getting up in the dark and heading home in the dark.  Have I ever told you how I hate the winter?  I love May, June, & July when we have extremely long days and the sun is up for a long time.

I loved it when I was living in northern Idaho and the sun wouldn’t set until almost 10 P.M. or later in the summer.

Well I guess it will be time to get out and take walks at lunch now, otherwise I will never see the sun during the week.

See you in March DST.

An Exit Toward Soul-Searching

An Exit Toward Soul-Searching –
This is a great article on the stress that employees of the White House go through on a 24 x 7 basis.

It is an incredibly stressful job.  I don’t think the American Public realizes how much work these public servants put into their jobs.  They are all good people just doing a job.

It will all change over here in just over a year and a new crop of people will go into the grinder.  It is sure a thankless job.

Wilson to seek Senate seat in New Mexico – Wilson to seek Senate seat
It is going to be an interesting election season in the mountain west.  This election in New Mexico is going to be closely followed and the Senate election in Colorado to fill Wayne Allard’s seat is going to be another one.

In New Mexico, like most of the west, is turning from a conservative state to a more balanced one, mainly due to the population growth in the Albuquerque area.  In the last election, Heather Wilson (R) survived a tough battle against Patricia Madrid (D) in the Albuquerque area.

But this is a state-wide election and I think that Heather Wilson brings name recognition throughout the state compared to the Democrats who are running and outside of Albuquerque, most of the state is conservative and votes Republican.

Plus Wilson will have Senator Domenici out on the campaign trail with her and he is revered in the state.

It is going to be an interesting election in New Mexico.

We Need a Solution For Water

The Colorado Index: We Need a Solution For Water
This is an interesting look at water in Colorado and need to have something done.  This post looks at some of the political wrangling around water in the State of Colorado.

Something needs to be done, but most people want to talk about it, and not take any action.  If something is not done soon, we will be short of water and and that is something that we don’t need to be short of.