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fox__friendsI spend a lot of time watching the news. Probably too much. I watch CNN,MSNBC,and FOX. Lately my opinion about FOX has changed. When I first began to watch I was impressed by the coverage of the troops during the war and rallied behind their support for the soldiers and their families. Being more of a independent, I understood the importance of having a network that would cover the more conservative slant of the election.

But now, I’m not so sure. With the addition of Glenn Beck and the hiatus of Alan Colmes , things aren’t so” fair and balanced”. There seems to be a lot of fear being broadcasted. That somehow all of us are about lose everything. At some point shouldn’t we be focused on what we want instead of what we don’t want?

Some of you may love the following article and some of you may hate it. I do think that Deepak Chopra’s blogpost gives us pause to think and that is important. Tell the world what you think. Its important ……

From Deepak Chopra.com-

It’s mysterious how swiftly a society can collectively change its mind. As rapidly as the financial markets crashed, so has Fox News’s credibility. What was gospel to an entire segment of voters and viewers just a few months ago has become a desperate flapping in the wind. Some may view this as part of the swing cycle that politics is heir to. But from the Reagan era forward, certain truths were held to be self-evident, and far from inventing anything, Fox News simply put the high gloss of mass media on them.

If you tune in to Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, or the network’s humbler toilers in the vineyard, their tactics haven’t changed. They must be shocked to find themselves stranded, all the more because it seemed to happen overnight.

In the spirit of Emerson’s dictum that evil is the absence of good, it’s worth recalling where good was absent just a year ago. Here are the working beliefs of the Fox News credo.deepak

Article 1: The worst aspects of human nature are actually cherished freedoms.
This is Fox News’s main rallying cry. Hating minorities, despising gays, ridiculing women’s rights, and slandering the ACLU all fall under the rubric of precious liberties.

Article 2: God loves gun owners.
Fox News rabidly seizes the high ground when it comes to law and order, an issue that is seen primarily as a loaded gun under every pillow and a triple-bolted front door.

Article 3: Patriotism is the last refuge of ratings wars.
Here the old axiom that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels has been updated (but by no means abandoned). Every Fox News commentator earns his battle scars by wrapping himself in the bloody flag, without ever personally endangering his own skin, of course.

Article 4: Ideology is way better than thinking.
Pre-chewed ideas are more easily digested than actual thinking. But ideology goes one better by answering every doubt in advance. Thus Fox News is never in doubt. Truth is as automatic as a gum ball machine.

Article 5: The mind’s primary use is for bellowing.
I advise any prospective guest on Fox News to demand that there be no shouting. This immediately decouples the mind of O’Reilly and Hannity. Their most basic assumption is that any guest, once shouted down, has lost the debate. (I tested this gambit out personally and can vouch for its effectiveness.)

Article 6: Shamelessness is next to godliness.
In other words, you can sin at leisure as long as you keep pointing out other people’s sins. Long a tactic enshrined in the Book of Hypocrisy, Fox News has turned holier-than-thou into a moneymaker.

Article 7: Don’t bother me with the facts. My mind is already closed.
This is really just a corollary to the belief in ideology, but it deserves its own chapter and verse because of the ironical light it casts on the Fox News logo, “Fair and balanced.”

Article 8: The little guy is always mad.
On the whole, Fox News tries to make the little guy feel that he is always right and those pointy-headed educated elitists always wrong. But sometimes the little guy proves tricky, as when he doesn’t like Republican deficits and foreign wars. Luckily, Fox News always has a fallback — the little guy is always blistered about something, and a little kerosene is a marvelous accelerant, as they say in arson investigations.

Article 9: “They” are about to get you — watch out!
The bulk of Fox News’s sanctimony rests on its pledge to look out for everyday working Joes. Since there is no record of the network actually protecting something realistic like clean air, freedom from assault weapons, and safety in the workplace, what is really being safeguarded is the right to be freaking paranoid every minute of the day.

Article 10: If I just said it, it must be right.
Here, as in several other places, Fox News is indistinguishable from a drunken frat party where not only is bellowing a sign of intelligence, but never backing down, however cockeyed your last statement may be, shows that you are a man.

I am not a communicant in this particular creed, so I’m sure I’ve left out some key passages in the gospel. For full knowledge one would have to delve deep into the Old Testament of Fox News (i.e., the minutes of the John Birch Society 1958-date). Daily viewing will keep one abreast of new anathemas (i.e., socialism) and potential saviors (Sarah Palin). Or you could take the easy way out and celebrate the waning of Fox News’s belief system and the cleaner air left behind.

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Obama has won the 2008 election. Yes we Can. Yes we Did. Now what? It has been one heck of a ride and in some ways many of us are just exhausted. This is only the beginning folks! The journey has now started.

Mr. Obama you promised many things and you also said there would be sacrifices…

But this time there a few things we can’t let slip by.

  1. Healthcare – this time we mean it. Folks it’s up to us, contact your representative (especially the newly elected ones) and let them know the time is now!
  2. Oil Dependency – I don’t care if we come up with a car that runs on Pop-Tarts. Put true incentives in place that will help researchers come up with alternatives that work!
  3. Oil Dependency pt 2– We know if we reduce our crackheaded addiction to oil, maybe just maybe our military conflicts would lessen.
  4. Immigration Reform – A comprehensive plan that requires learning our culture, learning the language, and no felonies for a specified period of time…then citizenship!
  5. Taxes – stick to your gameplan. There are many who believe this won’t work. But heck, if Teddy Roosevelt could do it so can Obama.

These are just five things to focus on people. Spread the word. Write the letter. Post the blog. Make the call. These five items are just a start. But what a difference they would make!

One last thing Mr. Obama….reach across and include the Republican Party…it might be tough but it needs to happen.

Congratulations!

att00050

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Obama has won the 2008 election. Yes we Can. Yes we Did. Now what? It has been one heck of a ride and in some ways many of us are just exhausted. This is only the beginning folks! The journey has now started.

Mr. Obama you promised many things and you also said there would be sacrifices…

But this time there a few things we can’t let slip by.

  1. Healthcare – this time we mean it. Folks it’s up to us, contact your representative (especially the newly elected ones) and let them know the time is now!
  2. Oil Dependency – I don’t care if we come up with a car that runs on Pop-Tarts. Put true incentives in place that will help researchers come up with alternatives that work!
  3. Oil Dependency pt 2– We know if we reduce our crackheaded addiction to oil, maybe just maybe our military conflicts would lessen.
  4. Immigration Reform – A comprehensive plan that requires learning our culture, learning the language, and no felonies for a specified period of time…then citizenship!
  5. Taxes – stick to your gameplan. There are many who believe this won’t work. But heck, if Teddy Roosevelt could do it so can Obama.

These are just five things to focus on people. Spread the word. Write the letter. Post the blog. Make the call. These five items are just a start. But what a difference they would make!

One last thing Mr. Obama….reach across and include the Republican Party…it might be tough but it needs to happen.

Congratulations!

att00050

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The Obama camp spouts ” West Virginia is full of racists“.

Clinton’s group says “the media and pundits are being sexist!

Regardless of which side you support ,there is definitely something in the air and it stinks of negativity. Focus I believe is everything.

Mr. Obama if you want change, focus on the positivity of change. Racism is such a negative energy. Mrs.Clinton if you want to change the direction of this country, focus on the people who want to enhance that direction. Sexism is such a negative energy.

We as humans have a tendency to focus on what we ‘don’t want’, instead of what we ‘do want’. For example, “I hate my job, I hate my car,” instead of getting a new job or focusing on getting a new car.

I have to give Mr. Obama some kudos, in the last few days – the Obama campaign has been acting as if they have already won the Democratic nomination. Now whether you agree with that statement or not, Mr Obama is focusing on what he wants instead of what he doesn’t want.

It is such a waste of time to waste energy on why something is bad. It’s kind of like standing on the Titanic and saying ‘I’m not getting off this boat until I find out why!’ My fanny would have been doing the back stroke the minute that boat started to tilt 45 degrees.

The psychic energy of unity and peace is contagious. If we ‘speak’ of unity and peace, we will attract more unity and peace. But, if we complain about not having unity and peace, we will attract more divisiveness and shame.

There may be some out there who may look at Mrs. Clinton as a woman and feel as though she lacks the ability to lead this country due to her gender. My advice to her is to ignore those people and find a way to change the direction of this country whether she gets nominated or not. She will attract others that wish to do the same.

It is time for the Democratic party to focus on what they do want instead of what they don’t want or Mr. McCain may show how strong his intent really is.

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obamahillarywinmcnamee.jpgThis post is not about the facts. Not at all. Most of us know of intuition…our “gut feeling”. That nudge that parents get when little Mary Lou says she “going to the mall”, when in actuality she’s smoking weed and drinking gin with the Marnelli twins next door! Same thing goes for political candidates …most Americans talk about their feeling about the candidate i.e. “he/she looks dishonest”. Many average voters are swayed by their “gut feelings” and I agree that using intuition should at least be part of the decision making process (now don’t get all Hannity & Colmes on me…I know facts are very important!).

Take Hillary vs Obama. Many folks that I talk too seem to think Mrs. Clinton may be a bit cold ,even angry. Others think that Mr.Obama may be a bit inexperienced but is a man of conviction. Regardless of what I believe this seems to be the “buzz” I’m getting. I have the blessing of being able to speak to folks from all over the country and most of them tell me this is how they feel.

This ain’t science folks,I know that. Its a pretty safe prediction to say that voter turnout for this election will be HUGE! My intuition says that more young people will vote in this election than ever before; forever altering the way politics are done in this country. Finally the status quo may actually change. My intuition is telling me that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will attract a lot of new voter registration and I am grateful for that. I believe the energy of these two candidates will force Democrats and Republicans to understand that most of us are more moderate than they first thought..that are beliefs are more a blend of both parties mantras, that some will vote outside suggested party parameters. Like I have said..this is just my observation. I could be dead wrong. But I just thought I would put this out there…by the way I plan to post something similar around Republican candidates.

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