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Colin Powell Is ‘Palling Around’ With Barack Obama!

‘Barack Obama is ‘palling around’ with terrorists!’ — Sarah Palin

                   

Now we have one of the most distinguished military figures and admired statesmen, Colin Powell, and one of the best financial wizards, Warren Buffett, both endorsing Barack Obama and answering John McCain’s and Sarah Palin’s burning question ‘Who is Barack Obama?’ with a resounding ‘The man we think should be the next president!’

COLIN POWELL AND WARREN BUFFETT ARE  ‘PALLING AROUND’  WITH BARACK OBAMA!

And what a powerful endorsement it was!  He made the best case to date for an Obama presidency and clearly left no doubt about how disgusted he is with the state of today’s Republican party and by extension the McCain campaign.  Even though he offered kind words for McCain himself, he offered a scathing indictment of his negative campaign focusing on narrow and unimportant issues (Bill Ayers) and therefore narrowing the party; McCain’s lack of judgment in picking Sarah Palin as VP, calling her completely unqualified to be vice president or president; the sharp turn of the Republican party to the extreme right; his anxiety about two more conservative judges on the Supreme Court; and the ugliness of trying to divide this country, yet again.

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS LEFT COLIN POWELL!

I think the most powerful part came (and everybody should take notice), when he talked about the smears against Barack Obama, especially calling him a ‘Muslim’ and therefore implying that ‘Muslim = Terrorist.’  In Powell’s words, the correct answer would be ‘He’s not a Muslim.  He’s a Christian.  The right answer, however, should be ‘What if he was a Muslim?’ ‘  And then he described a photo of a mother grieving at her son’s headstone at Arlington Cemetery.  Her son, just twenty years old, died in Iraq, and above his Muslim name was the crescent with the star, and he was an American, born in New Jersey, dying for his country.  I was sitting there with tears in my eyes listening to him.

EVERY AMERICAN IS PATRIOTIC!

And his case for an Obama presidency was equally as eloquent as his critique of the McCain campaign and the Republican party as a whole.  Colin Powell believes that Barack Obama possesses the style and substance to be a transformational figure and an exceptional president who will surround himself with great minds and capable people to tackle the mess this country will be in when he takes office.  He praised Obama’s choice of VP who he said is ready to be president and spoke in very admiring terms about a man who has not only inspired people but has broadened his appeal across party, racial and generational lines.  He also mentioned that Obama will present a completely different picture of America to the world as well, frankly, an America that the rest of the world admires, is desperately waiting for, and wants to see taking global leadership again.  You could just see in his eyes and hear in his voice that the current bad image of America around the world is very bothersome to this great statesman, as it should be to all of us.

COLIN POWELL PUT TO REST ANY DOUBTS ANYBODY MIGHT STILL HAVE HAD ABOUT BARACK OBAMA!

Message to Sarah:  Go ahead, accuse General Colin Powell of being unpatriotic as well!  
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‘Rednecks’ For Obama !!!

So, it’s apparent that Obama seems to be making gains with groups that were a little reluctant to embrace him at first (white working-class, seniors, Jewish, etc.) and he is on target to garner the highest percentage of the ‘white vote’ of any Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.  Quite amazing if you think about it!  After some anecdotal evidence, I think there’s one group that has been overlooked so far and should be included in his ever expanding base.

While driving through a ‘redneckish’ part of town, I looked at a homemade sign in somebody’s yard, right next to a pickup truck and instantly laughed out loud.  The sign?  ‘Rednecks For Obama.’  Naturally, it was homemade, because I don’t think there are pre-printed versions (like ‘Women For Obama’ or ‘Veterans For Obama’  🙂 ).  It seems to me that some members of the self-described ‘Rednecks’ just recently warmed up to Obama.  If the prospect of losing your job/health care/house tops racism in this election, I think we’ve already made a small step in the right direction.   🙂 

This little incident was compounded by a field report from two Obama volunteers I read about a few days ago.  When knocking on doors in the rural western part of Pennsylvania, they ran into this situation:  White older woman opens the door and after giving her some info about Obama, they asked her whether she already knew who she was voting for.  She turned around and yelled at her husband in the next room ‘Hey, who we gonna vote for?’  ‘We’re voting for the N***er!’  And she turned around, facing the two volunteers and repeated as cool as can be ‘You heard it, we’re voting for the N***er!’

Now, when I first read the story, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry about this (I guess a little of both  🙂 ).  It definitely made me go ‘Huh?’  But, as I said, we might take a few baby steps in the right direction with some people in this election and that might just be a foundation we can build on.

Of course, then there’s this:

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Sarah Palin: An Embarrassment To Women

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” — Abraham Lincoln

 

 

Sarah Palin has turned out to be a complete embarrassment to women.  And John McCain has disqualified himself from holding the highest office in the land the moment he picked this complete farce of a VP nominee.  With this reckless act he has done more damage to the women’s cause than anybody else in recent history.  We all should feel especially sorry for Republican women.

JOHN, COULDN’T YOU HAVE FOUND A WOMAN JUST A LITTLE LESS EMBARRASSING AND JUST A LITTLE SMARTER?

Sarah, sweetheart, winking at the audience like a cocktail waitress does not make you a serious contender for the vice presidency.  I cannot even imagine a Hillary Clinton, Kay Bailey Hutchison or Olympia Snowe trying to wink themselves to being taken seriously.  We women have come too far and had to fight too hard to have you turn us back in an instant.  What in the world are you thinking?  And you call yourself a feminist?  I think not!  Your extreme and radical views on issue after issue stand opposite to everything most of us believe in.  We want to move forward, not backward!  It’s surprising that you don’t seem to be very interested in the world around you as your answers in your now infamous interviews indicate.  Besides memorized keyword answers, there was nothing usable coming from your mouth when asked on a subject you evidently did not prepare for, or when faced with a follow-up question.  And that includes such softball questions like ‘Which Supreme Court case do you disagree with?’ and ‘Which publications do you read?’  Come on, Sarah, not even the ‘Star’ at the checkout counter?  Sometimes your answers are borderline ridiculous.

IT’S JUST NOT THAT ATTRACTIVE LOOKING LIKE AN UNSOPHISTICATED NUTJOB!

As someone with a major in journalism and having been a sportscaster, it is interesting that you seem to have problems putting words in proper order, and between your general gibberish and the ‘you betcha,’ ‘doggone it’ and misplaced ‘also,’ I’m not sure whether this is all just an act to appeal to your favorite guy ‘Joe Six-Pack,’ or whether it is indeed another sign that there’s not much up there between your ears?  But even for people like myself, whose native language is something other than English, it’s actually quite embarrassing to see somebody on the national political stage who looks so doggone uneducated.  Also, it is ‘nuclear,’ not ‘nucular.’  We’ve had to deal with another idiot for eight years who also had problems with pronunciation and embarrassed himself and by extension all of us on a daily basis.  We just don’t want that anymore.  Believe it or not, we want a president and vice president who are just a little smarter than we are.  And you simply don’t fit the bill.  While appealing to a certain fragment of society, you turn off most everybody else, especially women, who, so we were told, you were supposed to attract to your ticket.

SARAH, WE’RE JUST NOT THAT MUCH INTO YOU!

Sweetheart, when you accuse Barack Obama of hanging out with terrorists and having radical associates without any truth to either of these claims, why don’t you include your own and John McCain’s questionable and much more important associations?  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me help you out with a few suggestions.  When bringing up Rev. Wright, why don’t you mention your own pastor (Muthee) who is a witch doctor and has prayed over you to, among other things, protect you from witchcraft.  When mentioning Bill Ayers, why don’t you mention John McCain’s friendship with G. Gordon Liddy who is a convicted felon and was one of the main operatives during Watergate and made many quite outrageous statements over the years (‘If the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms insists upon a firefight, give them a firefight.  Just remember, they’re wearing flak jackets and you’re better off shooting for the head.’ – G. Gordon Liddy advising Branch Davidians how to defend themselves from ATF agents during a radio show.)  Domestic terrorist sympathizer?  Or how about John McCain sitting on the board of the ‘US Council for World Freedom’ for several years?  An organization which was linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America, and a meeting place of unsavory characters, extremists, racists and anti-Semites?  Was John hanging out with radicals?

GUILT BY ASSOCIATION IS A TWO-WAY STREET! 

When calling Barack Obama unpatriotic, why don’t you explain your husband’s and your own relationship with the Alaskan Independence Party?  Your husband was a member for seven years and you sent a videotaped message to one of their meetings ‘Keep up the good work!’ as late as six months ago.  The ‘good work’ they are involved in and you apparently approve of is trying to secede from the United States.  Sarah, are you unpatriotic?  What about John McCain’s involvement in the ‘Keating Five’?  I’m sure many older people will remember that scandal very well because they lost a lot of money.

ARE YOU PATRIOTIC, SARAH?

And while you’re at it, please let us know why you think the Iraq war is a task from God?  How do you know?  Has he told you that?  We know that George Bush has a direct line to God, because we read about it in Bob Woodward’s book ‘God told me to invade Iraq’ – George Bush.  So, were you on a conference call with George and God?  And if so, what else did he tell you?  Just checking.

Oh, I forgot:  MAVERICK.

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McCain/Palin Rallies: A Gathering Of Racists, Fascists And Nutjobs?

So, I was watching a very interesting documentary about the history of the KKK on the History Channel the other night and then I thought I saw a continuation of it at several McCain/Palin rallies the next day.  I think you can tell a lot about a person’s character and the way he is running his campaign simply by looking at and listening to the people who are supporting him.

MCCAIN SUPPORTERS:  HATEFUL AND NEGATIVE

At an Obama rally, you find a very diverse audience of people who are cheerful, hopeful, and the atmosphere is filled with good vibes.  I have to say now, after watching a few McCain/Palin rallies over the past few days, they seem to be filled with Hate-Mongers, racists, fascists and nutjobs, and that says a lot about the character of the people attracting this mob.  Of course, hateful statements being made by supporters is nothing new for McCain/Palin.  I remember when during the primaries, answering questions at a town hall meeting, a woman got up and asked McCain ‘What are we going to do about the b**ch,’ referring to Hillary Clinton and instead of rejecting this disrespectful question, John McCain just smiled.

JOHN, THAT’S NOT VERY ‘HONORABLE’!

Now you have McCain and Palin as ‘Hate-Mongers-in-Chief,’ and it’s not a pretty picture.  From people calling Barack Obama a ‘terrorist,’ to shouting ‘treason’ and ‘kill him,’ to show casing a sheriff in full uniform in Clearwater, FL using hateful rhetoric, it certainly shows the true character of the two people on the Republican ticket for everybody to see.  And the silence of these two candidates in the face of these comments is deafening.  When watching this idiot in uniform, I was thinking back to the KKK documentary which showed clearly that the KKK could operate with impunity because they were openly supported by law enforcement.  Some of the officers were not only sympathizers but active members of the KKK.  Scary stuff!

THE KKK IS ALIVE AND WELL AND REARS ITS UGLY HEAD AT MCCAIN/PALIN RALLIES!

Another incident that happened at one of the rallies raising more than just eyebrows, was the disrespectful way reporters, who were there simply to cover the event, were treated.  Not only were they prohibited from asking Palin any questions (gee, I wonder why), but they were greeted by hostile demeanor, threats and racially charged comments (‘Sit down, boy’ – one KKK rally participant to a black media person).  This is of course a reflection of the way McCain/Palin are inciting this hate with their stump speeches and we all should soundly reject it.  I’m sitting here looking at all this, asking myself

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?

Message to media:  Stop covering McCain/Palin events completely until you receive the respect you deserve, and access to Palin to ask her questions like ‘How does it feel to be a Hate-Monger, and how does that square with you being a ‘Christian’? ‘

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Barack Obama, The Inspirational Leader Of Our Time

Message from Andrea

Life Is Too Short–So Kiss Slowly,
Laugh Insanely, Love Truly,
And Live With Passion.

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‘So, what kind of president will Obama be?’  This was the question posed to me by one of my clients after finishing a massage a few days ago.  B. is a Republican and over the years, after several ‘spirited discussions,’ we decided to agree to disagree on most issues.  That’s why I was a little surprised when he expressed interest in Barack Obama several months ago, and I would say, he’s definitely leaning towards voting for him which would be a giant step for B.  I don’t think he has ever voted for a Democrat for president.

Anyway, after thinking a little about his question, I said, ‘Well, you can answer that question yourself just by looking at his leadership qualities running his campaign.  That will give you a good preview of how he will lead this country as president.

BARACK OBAMA HAS RUN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL POLITICAL CAMPAIGN IN HISTORY !

….. And has done so from scratch!  His early message of HOPE and CHANGE captured the imagination and aspirations of so many people who were just completely fed up with politics as usual.  His unbelievable ability to motivate and inspire others has ensured him a base of small donors, unrivaled in history, and has enabled him to forego the restraints of public financing.

AN INSPIRING LEADER BRINGING OUT THE BEST IN PEOPLE !

Using his organizational and leadership skills, he built his campaign from the bottom up by empowering people and getting his message out block by block, city by city, state by state.  The result:  He was able to beat the powerful Clinton-machine in the primaries to become the Democratic nominee for president.  A strong leader surrounds himself with strong and capable people and listens to diverse opinions before making a decision on complex issues.  Look at Obama’s campaign advisers and you know what kind of people he will surround himself with as president.

A STRONG LEADER SURROUNDS HIMSELF WITH STRONG AND CAPABLE PEOPLE !

On a personal level:  Have you ever seen a guy as cool, calm and collected as Barack Obama, especially when faced with a crisis?  He is just completely unflappable, steady, positive, and simply the calmest guy in the room.  Somebody described him as ‘Human Valium.’

A FIRST CLASS TEMPERAMENT AND INTELLECT !

The success of his leadership style has even intrigued Fortune 500 companies (not necessarily always supporters of Democrats) to use it as a role model for their managers.

BARACK OBAMA:  THE INSPIRATIONAL LEADER OF OUR TIME !

 
VOTE FOR CHANGE ON NOVEMBER 4TH !

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Little Secrets To Being Happy

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” — Frederick Koenig

Have you ever wondered how some people seem to be genuinely happy and wanted to know their secret?  Well, let me let you in on that little secret:  It’s a mindset and a matter of attitude.  Apply some or all of the following suggestions in your daily life and you will be well on your way to experiencing happiness from within.

HOW DO I BECOME A HAPPY PERSON?

1.  Are you ready for this one?  YOU CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY!  Most of the time people can choose what they want to be.  So why not choose to be happy?

2.  Practice random acts of kindness.  Little things ….. help somebody to cross the street, open the door for somebody, pay a compliment, visit an elderly neighbor ….. and don’t expect anything in return.  You will notice that when doing things for others, it will not only make you feel good, but it will come back to you one way or another and good things will happen in your life!

3.  Show your love, affection and appreciation to people around you.  They will usually respond in kind.

4.  Remove yourself from toxic environments as much as possible, whether it’s a job situation, a bad relationship, or a negative person who always seems to drag you down.  If it doesn’t feel good, it’s probably not good for you.

5.  Exercise ….. regularly.  Try to find an exercise that is fun for you to do.  Whether it is playing basketball with your kids, jogging in the park, taking walks, working out in a gym — it doesn’t matter what — just do it!  Besides the obvious positive effect on your physical well being, regular exercise also affects how you feel.  During physical activity, the body releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller) and when that happens, you experience feeling positive, relaxed and happy.  By the way — the same is true when receiving a massage or having sex.    🙂

6.  LAUGH OFTEN!

7.  Keep an open mind and learn new things.  One key to happiness is personal growth.  And how much fun it is to learn and explore new things!

8.  Find your true calling in life.  It seems to me that people who follow their passion and work in a job, have a business, or are in the creative field, reflecting their passion, are generally happy people.  If you would ask them about their work, they very likely will tell you that they don’t look at it as work because they like what they do and are passionate about it ….. and very often rewards follow.

FIVE SIMPLE RULES TO BEING HAPPY
*  Free your heart of hatred
*  Free your mind from worries
*  Live simply
*  Give more
*  Expect less

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Massage With A ‘Happy Ending’

While I was reading about somebody’s experience with ‘massage with a happy ending’ the other day, I instantly thought about one of my clients a few years back.  As you probably can imagine, as professional massage therapists, we run into these situations sometimes.  When I do, I usually deal with it with humor and refer them to the ‘Yellow Pages.’   🙂

Since I make house visits to pretty much regular clients, I hardly run into these requests anymore, but naturally, I used to from time to time in my early years, and I remember specifically one client, B., who came to town almost every week for about six months or so, while he was expanding his car business here.  The concierge called me initially after he had asked her for a massage therapist who would come to the hotel.  So this is how we initially met.  B. was a nice older guy, always a gentleman, and we ended up having really nice conversations from time to time.  He seemed to always want to know what I was thinking about certain issues and over time, we established quite a nice massage therapist/client relationship.  But we had to get past one issue first.

When I went for the first appointment, he was quite the gentleman as I said, never did or said anything wrong.  While putting my table together, I noticed that he had two hundred dollar bills laying on the table, but I didn’t pay much attention to it as he had paid me already.  So, when I came back next time, it had slipped my mind until I noticed two hundred dollar bills laying there again.  Here also, B. never said or did anything to indicate that he wanted a massage with a ‘happy ending.’  But it was clear to me that that’s what the generous ‘tip’ was intended for.  Even though he told me every time how good he felt and how much he enjoyed the massage, maybe he wanted to enjoy it a little more …..   :-).

Now, while I was driving to my next appointment, I was thinking about how to best handle the situation.  As he was a very nice person, I wanted to keep him as a client as long as he came to town, so I didn’t want to embarrass him.  On the other hand, I wanted to make absolutely sure that he understood that I was a professional massage therapist and therefore sexual favors were not included (he should have known that by then, but then again, he was a man, so he tried …..  🙂 ).

Anyway, as I saw the money on the table again next time I saw him, I told him about one of my clients who had made advances on several occasions and was looking for more than a massage, and continued to do so, even after I had made clear to him that that was a non-starter.  ‘So I had to let him go as a client, because he just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer and the situation had become too uncomfortable,’ I said to B., looking straight into his eyes.  And I know he got the message without me saying a word directly to him or embarrassing him.  How do I know?

Well, no two hundred dollar bills on the table when I saw him the next time.   🙂

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