Sarah Palin


Reprinted from the Jewish World Review.


John McCain, here is your vice president


By
Nat Hentoff

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In 2006, Sarah Palin became
Alaska’s youngest and first woman governor after having earned a
reputation as a determined and successful advocate of ethics reform in
politics. In the primary, she defeated an incumbent Republican governor
and then a former two-term Democratic governor.


During her first year in office, as reported by the Associated Press on
May 10, she “distanced herself from the old guard, powerful members of
the state GOP (and) stood up to the oil interests that hold great power
in Alaska, and with bipartisan support in the statehouse, she won a tax
increase on the oil companies’ profits.”


Last December, the mother of four children, Palin, four months
pregnant, found she was going to have a child with Down syndrome, a
condition characterized by moderate-to-severe mental retardation. A
school friend of one of my sons had Down syndrome, and I have known
functioning adults with the extra chromosomes of that syndrome.


However, as a longtime reporter on disability rights, I have discovered
that many fetuses so diagnosed have been aborted by parents who have
been advised by their doctors to end the pregnancies because of the
future “imperfect quality of life” of such children.


Palin’s first reaction to the diagnosis was to research the facts about
the condition, since “I’ve never had problems with my other
pregnancies.” As a result, she and her husband, Todd, never had any
doubt they would have the child.


“We’ve both been very vocal about being pro-life,” she told the
Associated Press. “We understand that every innocent life has wonderful
potential.”


In an age when DNA and other genetic-selection tests increasingly
determine who is “fit” to join us human beings, we are witnessing the
debate between sanctity of life versus quality of life being more often
decided in favor of death. This is a result welcomed by internationally
influential bioethicist Peter Singer, now a celebrated Princeton
University professor, who, in July 1983, wrote in “Pediatrics,” the
official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics:


“If we compare a severely defective human infant with a nonhuman
animal, a dog or pig, for example, we will often find the nonhuman to
have superior capacities, both actual and potential, for rationality,
self-consciousness, communication, and anything else that can plausibly
be considered morally significant.”


And there are bioethicists who point to the continuing costs of rearing
a “defective infant.”
By inspirational contrast, Palin, says of her new son, Trig: “I’m
looking at him right now, and I see perfection. Yeah, he has an extra
chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is
perfect?”


Three days after she gave birth, Palin was back in her Anchorage office
with her husband and Trig. “I can think of so many male candidates,”
she tells the AP, “who watched families grow while they were in office.
There is no reason to believe a woman can’t do it with a growing
family. My baby will not be at all or in any sense neglected.”


Says the governor of Alaska, “I will not shirk my duties.” Taking her
stand for life as a holder of high political office is all the more
valuable in the face of not only the termination of fetal lives as not
worth continuing before they can speak for themselves, but it also puts
a searching light on the growing “futility” doctrine in hospitals —
affecting born people of all ages.


Nancy Valko, a medical ethicist and intensive-care nurse I consult on
these lives-worth-living debates, has emphasized that “with the rise of
the modern bioethics movement, life is no longer assumed to have the
intrinsic value it once did, and ‘quality of life’ has become the
overriding consideration.”


Because of Palin’s reputation as a maverick, and her initial reduction
of state spending (including pork-barrel spending), life-affirming
Palin connects with voters and has been mentioned as a possible vice
presidential running mate for John McCain.


She would be a decided asset — an independent Republican governor, a
woman, a defender of life against the creeping culture of death and a
fresh face in national politics, described in “the Almanac of National
Politics” as “an avid hunter and fisher with a killer smile who wears
designer glasses and heels, and hair like modern sculpture.”


Still unknown is whether Palin would be as flip-flopping as McCain on
the Bush torture policy that has so blighted our reputation in the
world. But we’d find out, as — if chosen as his running mate — she
would create more interest in this already largely scripted
presidential campaign.


And her presence could highlight Obama’s extremist abortion views on whether certain lives are worth living, even a child born after a botched abortion.

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The Constitution Article 1 Section 5


Article 5 Section 1

The
Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary,
shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application
of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a
Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be
valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when
ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or
by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode
of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no
Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight
hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth
Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State,
without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the
Senate.

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George W. Bush


Much has been written about the presidency of George W. Bush, most of it negative. I think in most cases he has gotten a bum rap, history will prove him differently than the common attitudes of the present day.

He was elected in one of the most confusing and contested elections ever, the south will always be fighting the civil war, and the democrats will always be complaining about the election of 2008 and how they were cheated.

In consequence, he was off to a bad start. Barely in office and dealing with a nose diving economy left over from the previous administration, we were broadsided by 911. As a result the economy continued to nose dive.
Finally, after much arm twisting in congress, his tax cuts were implemented and the economy began to improve.

The global fight against terrorism began in earnest with a strike in Afghanistan, followed by the U.S. and it’s allies going into Iraq. We did not go alone, there were over 60 nations that joined us. Many reasons besides the case for weapons of mass destruction were involved, over 17 UN violations were cited,  genocide, human rights violations, torture, the list goes on and on. After the attacks, Al Queda training camps were found and largely unreported, traces of biological weapons were also found, largely unreported, and many other instances of abuse to the citizens of Iraq, all could make for a good reason to annihilate this skum bag.

GW is extremely loyal to his friends, an admirable character trait,and one in which I admire, we need more of that today.
However, that trait has gotten him into trouble a couple of times, his extreme loyalty to Rumsfield is a case in point. I have a lot of respect for Donald  Rumsfield, however ,I believe he was wrong for not putting more troops into Iraq. It was definitely needed after we realized the Iraqi’s weren’t going to help us as much as originally thought.

 Their fear that we would pull out kept them from coming over to our side sooner. Why wouldn’t they think that, we deserted Vietnam and left millions to be slaughtered, we had to prove ourselves to them, that we would stay, before the citizens of Iraq would come out of the wood work and help.

Now , to the dismay to many in this country and around the world, the surge is working. Iraq will be a better country because of what the US has helped them do.

After recovering, the economy was one of the best we have ever experienced until the housing bust came along, brought on by lax lending rules, created by congress. Congress practically forced mortgage companies to make bad loans so more people could own houses they couldn’t afford. It was just a matter of time before the dominoes came falling down. That in turn along with other factors caused the dollar to fall which in turn caused oil prices to rise higher than they already were. As a result we were in a total mess.  Now if the government would just stay out of it, the market will adjust and things will get back to normal in a short time.

All in all, even though President Bush can have a personality that lends one to believe he is hard and uncaring, that is not the case. His communication skills are lacking, which made it hard for him to get his point across at times.

I believe , although many will disagree with me,that over time his skill in handling the trying times we have encountered during his administration will make him one of the most respected and admired presidents of all time.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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John McCain


At first I was very cautious  of John McCain, although he is supposedly a conservative, he had sided with the left several times and in my view he caved in without getting anything in return.

My opinion slowly changed until now I believe he is the best candidate for the times we are in. There is no doubt John is a patriot, what he has given  his country is unparalleled except for maybe the founding father’s and a few others since then. I’m not sure how anyone could endure what he and others did in those POW camps, that was torture, nothing we do to our prisoners of war even comes close.

He has done nothing except serve his country his entire life. I still don’t agree with him on everything, but I would never agree with someone on everything they believe.What I like about McCain is that he never waivers, what you see is what you get.When he believes in something , he believes it to be the right thing to do,and doesn’t waiver regardless of public opinion. However having said that, he is willing to change his mind if public opinion believes differently and after having thought about it ,he sees he might be wrong. IE, oil drilling and immigration. Only a hard headed fool never changes his mind on anything.

Through no fault of George Bush, the last several years have been pretty hard, a lot stuff has come down on us. I’m just thankful we had a tough president to lead us through it all, not that he hasn’t made mistakes, everyone does!
We still face some difficult times over the next 4 or 5 years, John McCain is tough, he will deal with it and get us through it with minimal damage. Plus we need someone to make us laugh again, John McCain, with his sense of humor will do that.

He has received a lot of criticism lately about his owning 7 houses. First of all the houses belong to Cindy.
Exchange homes and save on accommodation costs
, Through the hard work and determination of her father Jim, he achieved the American dream. What is wrong with that? Isn’t that what America is all about. It’s time we show the poor how to become successful instead of trying to drive the successful into utter failures through excessive taxes and unnecessary regulations!

I met her father once,he was probably way into his 70’s or early 80’s and still more active than most 50 year olds.  From that brief encounter I came away believing him to be a very determined, hard working, business man. He came back from WW2, started a beer distributorship in Phoenix and grew it into one of the most successful businesses in America. The man needs to be commended,not criticized.

I believe because of his sound  judgment and common sense, McCain is the best choice for the times we are in and will guide us in the right direction.

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The Advantages of Rural LIfe


Growing up on a farm near a small town, I can’t imagine having a
better life anywhere! We were a close knit family, having to spend all
of our waking hours together, working, playing and praying together. 

As I look back, the advantages far outweigh any disadvantage I
might have encountered. Imagine living in nature 24 hours a day, 7 days
a week!

The work is hard, but fulfilling, the weather can be contrary and
unpredictable, the rains come when planting and harvesting, making it
difficult to finish the work, and never show up when the crops are in
need, it can be quite frustrating!

There is no better feeling than plowing a field, planting the crops
and spending the summer caring for it, watching it grow. When the crop
is harvested, along with the monetary rewards comes satisfaction in
knowing that God and I were partners in producing food for the world to
eat.

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Small town life gives one the opportunity to care for livestock,help
with their birth, watch them grow, feed and nurse them back to health
when one of them gets sick. There is never a shortage of pets, from
dogs and cats to horses, cows, and even sheep and lambs.

Living in a small rural environment gives one the sense of
community, everyone becomes part of your family, people are concerned
about each other far more than when living in a large metropolitan
area. Neighbors look out after each other, care for their property when
away, and share in the everyday needs and desires of each other.

Crime is practically nonexistent,with the neighbors so near and
involved, no stranger can go unnoticed. I remember while growing up ,
we never locked our doors! When it came time to sell the family farm
,the house key couldn’t even be found!

As a child playing in the creek, with tadpoles, fish and turtles,
one has little time to think about any lack of entertainment or
excitement. The whole neighbor hood looks after each other, kids have a
hard time getting into trouble,people know each other for miles, no
matter what they try to do, someone they know will see them. Your
parents always find out what you did , even before you get home.

I remember feeling sorry for my cousins who lived in the city, I
always felt they were missing something by not having the life I had!

I suppose the downside of living in a rural area would be the lack
of shopping,and restaurants, however with the internet, one can shop
from anywhere and have quality merchandise delivered right to your door
by UPS.

The lack of restaurants is far outweighed by sampling some of
grandma”s cooking on a Sunday, or attending the local church
festivities!

All in all , there is no better place for a child to grow up than in a small rural area.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

George Koritzer

 

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The Lone Ranger’s Creed


If you grew up in the 50s like I did, this will interest you.
A link to the Lone Ranger website is below!

The Lone Ranger’s Creed:
The moral code upheld by the masked man

“I believe that to have a friend, a man must be one.

That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself
the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there but that every man must gather and
light it himself.

In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when
necessary for that which is right.

That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.

That ‘This government, of the people, by the people and for the people’
shall live always.

That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.

That sooner or later … somewhere … somehow … we must settle with the world and
make payment for what we have taken.

That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.

In my Creator, my country, my fellow man.”

Lone Ranger Website



Have the Democrats no Morals?


How can a mayor who has been indicted be even considered as someone who should attend the Democratic convention?
Mr. Kilpatrick , mayor or Detroit had been ordered to wear an electronic tether and stay in a 3 county area because of pending assault and perjury charges.
The honorable mayor, who previously violated his bond by traveling outside the country, spent a night in jail. Judge Leonard Townsend called the punishment “silly and unwarranted.”

“The defendant may go to the Democratic National
Convention,” Judge Townsend said during an arraignment for the mayor.
“I don’t think the people of the city of Detroit should be represented
by a person wearing prison clothes or wearing a tether.”

Mr. Kilpatrick is a Democrat who has pledged his support to the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Barrack Obama
of Illinois.(another one of Obama’s upstanding supporters.)

Of course the far left think nothing of this type of behavior, to them it is perfectly normal.

With this kind of behavior from our elected officials, how can we expect our youth to act any differently?

Though the mayor’s lawyers have argued against the travel
restrictions that were imposed on him, it was Judge Townsend who
brought up the idea that Mr. Kilpatrick should be able to attend the
convention in Denver.

I’m sure if he went to the convention, he would be praised as some sort of hero/victim.

Mayor Kilpatrick and his former Chief of Staff were involved an an alleged affair, which they both denied in testimony in a police whistle blower lawsuit.  Their testimony was later found to be not true, according to text messages. She is charged with seven felonies.

Several charges have resulted from this incident, leading to calls for his resignation, which he has refused.

The only official with the clear power to remove Mr. Kilpatrick is Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who has scheduled a hearing Sept. 3 to decide whether to take such action.

Governor
Granholm, a Democrat, said Thursday that Mr. Kilpatrick’s legal team
has inquired about a pardon or immunity if he testifies at the hearing
and that she planned to respond later in the day.

“This has got
to be resolved,” she told reporters at an automotive industry
convention in northern Michigan. “This has been very, very difficult
for the city and for the state. It’s obvious why we need a resolution.”

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It will be interesting to see how this is resolved, will it be resolved in a ethical manner, or will it be politics as usual, the same politics that have left Detroit and Michigan laying in ruin?

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