If you knew at the point of sale that the gun you were thinking about buying would ultimately cost you not just the money – but 2 of your children’s lives – would you still consider buying the gun?
As private gun sales go up in America so do our fatalities. I think it’s time we were more honest about what our guns actually cost.
Wake up America – our children are dying – and there’s no honour in it at all.
Interesting read this morning on The Hill:
Like she’s done so often during the past six years, Michelle Obama has stepped out of her pre-defined role as Lady of The White House and into the more rough and tumble world of hands-on politicking.
Her focus on getting America to eat better and exercise more is already a large part of the Obama Administration’s legacy. But. There’s a subtle shift – a ramping up if you will – in her scheduled activities that I believe signals a lot more than just an administration trying to accomplish all they can before it’s time to leave the white porticos of Washington D.C.
In the article linked at the top, The Hill refers to Mrs. Obama’s broadening agenda as flexing her muscles. They describe her as being sought after by 2014 Democratic candidates for public endorsement. That despite Barack’s current poll numbers, everyone running for office wants a thumbs up from Michelle.
When Hillary Clinton made it known she wanted more than her role as First Lady, her advisors encouraged her to make a political name for herself by securing a term as Senator. This, they said, would give her political credibility, authenticating her bid for presidency when the time came.
She played by all the rules, proved herself to be an effective senator and politician, ticked all the boxes that create a sound presidential candidate but in the end-game the delay cost her: None of her advisors saw Barack Obama coming. So while those of us who worked actively to seat a woman in the oval office, Mrs. Clinton lost her place on the 2008 ticket.
Sarah Palin marched toward the office of president on a very different path. Whether you believe her political career was contrived or not, built entirely on deception or not, she managed to go from total obscurity to national spotlight literally overnight. Her charismatic camera presence won over the hearts of a conservative party lacking in female leadership. Her brazen positioning herself as mother of a special needs child was pure gold, proffering a bottomless well of political currency that still pays her extravagant hotel bills today.
But Sarah Palin, with all her religious pandering and feigning of sacrifices made as the mother of a special needs child, failed to convince the vast majority of Americans that she was a capable leader and the election slipped through her fingers to land forever out of reach.
But before Sarah Palin slid back into obscurity she accomplished one immeasurable feat: She opened the door for other female aspirants to bypass the old rules of parliamentary procedure, showing by example that one needn’t spend years in elected positions to qualify for a run at the White House. Indeed, her own made-up record as mayor and governor demonstrated what a sham that requirement can be.
Michelle Obama’s schedule for the remainder of 2014 reads like a page from the play-book of aspiring young candidates. No longer obligated to support her husband’s political agenda it could well be her turn to set an agenda of her own. She has name-recognition, a strong educational and legal background, diverse popularity, a stable family life with beautiful, intelligent, scandal-free daughters and a country filled with people who already adore her personally and share her values.
No one is going to tell her to take time out and run for a lesser office first. She’s got momentum now and it would serve her well to keep going.
The Obama-created election machine is already in place. If Michelle Obama continues on a path to build her political portfolio, I’m betting 2016 will find more than one woman vying for the office of President of the United States. That said, an Obama or Clinton or a Clinton-Obama ticket in 2016 would suit me just fine 🙂
Thanks Sarah – for your unwitting contribution to Hillary and Michelle’s campaign. Go ahead. Pat yourself on the back! Your efforts may yet have helped put a woman in the oval office!
Fast Food Workers in Australia (this included McDonalds) are paid a minimum wage of $15 AUD per hour ($13.85 USD) and the average Cheeseburger is still affordable. In fact Hungry Jacks runs specials quite frequently, usually pairing burgers together so you can purchase two for the price of one:
In USD that pair of flame-grilled bacon deluxe burgers is roughly $5.50. (You want to move here now, don’t you LOL)
The arguments used to fight raising minimum wage in the US that are based on companies – big or small – not being able to afford the pay hikes have been debunked in many countries around the world. Only the USA remains
If I had to make a guess I would say it probably has to do with photo rights. Bloggers really do try to not step on toes but sometimes a dispute develops. That’s just a guess of course – but if you are anything like me you’re suffering from a bad case of GIMME MY IMMORAL MINORITY BACK!!!!! blues…
In the meantime here’s an amusing bit pinched from FB:
Here’s hoping for a quick recovery…
A quick note from Gryphen says he’s not sure what’s behind the block but he is checking into it. So we wait and see.
*tap*tap*tap* ok. I’m done waiting – scrabble anyone? bubble witch saga? OH GAWD DON’T MAKE ME GO BACK TO FARMVILLE – GAH!
Patience is not my best thing 😛
I’m now betting the shutdown is an administrative error. A link has been offered in comments allowing us to see the responses Gryphen has received from a help forum. In reading the responses I am reminded that about 2-3 years back I awoke to find my blog had been shutdown due to policy violation – and while I had been mortified at the time, I knew I hadn’t done or written anything inappropriate.
One or two days into my query it turned out to be a new admin not knowing quite how to do his job – apologies had been sent to me, my blog was reinstated and while I never moved off wordpress, I actively looked for a better venue for my blog.
Here’s hoping this is all Gryphen is facing and thawt IM is back up and running soon 🙂
Thanks for the comments – sorry about the trolls – IM trolls coming over here can only mean they miss him too LOL
Oh how we have longed for this day and it’s finally FINALLY here! The beginning of the ass-kicking Sister Sarah has deserved for almost two decades of maligning the teachings of that peaceful man…
From THE DAILY KOS
One of the most popular Christian Organizations in America is standing up to Sarah and her self-serving view of Christianity with public verbal bashings and PETITIONS!
Here’s a sample of what is in store for Darling Sarah in the days and weeks to come:
Press Release by the Christian group called Faithful America:
We have lived long enough to see the thread that will finally be her unravelling and the moment is
(Be sure to click the link above for the full story over at THE DAILY KOS)
Namaste my friends 🙂