Mike Huckabee: Rising Star

December 19, 2007

mike_huckabee.jpgA candidate seems to be emerging as a dark horse contender in the 2008 American Presidential Race. He is Mike Huckabee a former governor of Arkansas. He was elected to that job in 1996 and served until January 2007. Mike is running as a Republican candidate.

Mike was born in 1955 in Hope, Arkansas and is now 52 years of age. He has been married to Janet for over 35 years. They are Christians of the Baptist faith. The Huckabee’s have three grown children. Mike and Janet live in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

He is university educated and the author of several books. In 2003 he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Subsequently he proceeded to lose 110 pounds over the next year. One of his books, “Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork” relates to his battle with the disease. It was published in 2005.

Mike is recognized as a national leader. He was honored in 2005 by Time Magazine as one of the five best governors in America. Governing Magazine named him on of its “Public Officials of the Year” for 2005. Also in 2005 he received the American Association of Retired Person’s “Impact Award”. The National Association of Music Merchants presented him with the “Music for Life Award” in 2007 for his commitment to music education.

On a personal level he is an avid runner having completed four marathons including the New York Marathon. Huckabee enjoys playing bass guitar in his rock band, Capitol Offense. They have opened for major acts such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band.

Here is what Mike has to say about some key personal issues, as well as issues facing the United States.

Faith:
“My faith is my life – it defines me. My faith doesn’t influence my decisions, it drives them. For example, when it comes to the environment, I believe in being a good steward of the earth. I don’t separate my faith from my personal and professional lives.”

Energy:
“The first thing I will do as President is send Congress my comprehensive plan for energy independence. We will achieve energy independence by the end of my second term.”
 
“Achieving energy independence is vital to achieving success both in the war on terror and in globalization. Energy independence will help guarantee both our safety and our prosperity. We have to explore, we have to conserve, and we have to pursue all avenues of alternative energy: nuclear, wind, solar, hydrogen, clean coal, biodiesel, and biomass.”

Education:
“I believe that every child should have the opportunity for a quality education that teaches the fundamental skills needed to compete in a global economy. As I traveled the country and the world over the last decade bringing jobs to Arkansas, the business leaders I met weren’t worried about creating jobs, they were worried about finding skilled and professional workers to fill those jobs.”

War on Terror:
“I believe that we are currently engaged in a world war. Radical Islamic fascists have declared war on our country and our way of life. They have sworn to annihilate each of us who believe in a free society, all in the name of a perversion of religion and an impersonal god. We go to great extremes to save lives, they go to great extremes to take them. This war is not a conventional war, and these terrorists are not a conventional enemy. I will fight the war on terror with the intensity and single-mindedness that it deserves.”

Marriage:
“I support and have always supported passage of a federal constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman. As President, I will fight for passage of this amendment. My personal belief is that marriage is between one man and one woman, for life.”

“My wife Janet and I celebrated our thirty-third wedding anniversary this past May. For us, every anniversary is a miracle. When we were both twenty and married just over a year, when I was in my last semester of college, Janet was diagnosed with cancer of the spine. I can’t tell you what a stunning blow it was – two kids just starting out, you don’t think something like that can happen when you’re so young. Yet there we were, staring death in the face. At first, they told us that even if she lived, she might be paralyzed from the waist down, so I’d be a young man with an invalid wife. After I learned she wouldn’t be paralyzed, I was told that because of the radiation she had to receive following surgery, we’d probably never have children. I wanted children very much, I couldn’t imagine never being a father. During that time, a lot of things went through my mind. But one thing never did – the thought of leaving her. If Janet were in a wheelchair today, if we’d never had children, I can tell you this – she would still be my wife.”

More information on Mr. Huckabee and his stand on issues can be found on his official website:
www.mikehuckabee.com

Finally I want to state for the record that I am impartial in this election. You see I am Canadian and obviously can’t vote, but as a citizen of Canada, ally, friend, and next-door neighbor of America, I am keenly interested in who will be the next President of the United States.


Christmas Cats !

December 14, 2007

Just in time for Christmas someone has found out how to clone cats and produce glow-in-the-dark pussies. Just think of the advantages of this:

  • cats can be moving decorations all over the house.
  • you can now see that damn cat you’re always tripping over when you go down the hall to use the bathroom at night.
  • the cat that loves to climb and be part of your Christmas tree can now be just another decoration.

What I wonder is will they come in different colors? Also it would be nice to get ones the blink on and off. Short-hair versus long-hair, what will the effect be on lighting quality. This opens up a whole myriad of possibilities. Consumers will be lining up to be the first on the block to have one. What a conversation piece to have walking around.

Finally if you really do miss the cat that trashed your tree every year, you can bring it back for an encore. Save some DNA from the first and you have endless cats to bring joy to your Christmas season.


How Not to Stop Killer Drivers

December 12, 2007

ab-colin_jones.jpgYou’ll have to forgive me if I am a little angry today. This post concerns the sickness of our Canadian justice system especially related to its handling of drunk drivers. To the left is one of the typical scumbag killer drivers – Colin Jones, the man with no remorse. Free as a bird while his young victim lies in the cold ground. (photo: CBC, Alberta)

There’s lots of talk in the media about how to stop drunk drivers. The talk is of more police checkstops and installing devices on the cars of repeat offenders that would prevent them from starting the vehicle until they blow a breathlizer device with the appropriate blood alcohol level. These don’t work. The police already stop the drivers, but when they get to court the justice system slaps them on the wrist and lets them go.

Case in point. Colin Jones is a killer-driver, who less than seven months after he was sentenced for the hit-and-run death of a 20 year old woman in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been paroled. He struck and killed Lindsay Giacomelli in a crosswalk on March 17, 2005. He then left the scene of the accident. He drove home ordered a pizza and watched a pay-per-view movie. All of this designed I am sure to give him an alibi. Later he took his vehicle to another town and intentionally drove it into a light post to cover the damage. He reported this accident, again in a premeditated attempt to cover-up his actions. He was finally arrested in another city on a plane bound for London, England attempting to leave the country.

In court he denied everything and said he had no memory of the accident because of pills he was taking. What a pile of bullshit! The judge imposed the harshest punishment ever given a motorist for leaving the scene of an accident. That sentence was 30 months in jail. Although he was clearly drunk this was never proven in court because he left the scene.

Now seven months later this scumbag is released on parole, not only that he will have full parole on March 15, 2008. Meanwhile Lindsay and her family will never have parole from this tragedy. Colin Jones on the other hand has shown no remorse and paid no true penalty. He will get to go on with his life. If there is justice somewhere along the way Mr. Jones himself will be taken from us.

Want to stop drunk drivers from killing your children and your spouse? Throw them in jail for a very long time. There is no difference between killing someone with your vehicle while impaired then shooting or stabbing them. No more excuses. Catch them, prosecute them, and jail them. We are all tired of these crimes being treated as minor transgressions.


The Cat and the Christmas Tree: A Seasonal Tail

December 5, 2007

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Above: Zippy

Cats and Christmas trees just don’t mix. Every year when I put mine up I’m always thinking of ways to discourage felines from climbing or otherwise abusing the centerpiece of the holiday cheer.

When I was younger a friend of mine had a big Siamese male cat who sat very patiently watching the family set up and decorate the tree. It seemed to me that he wasn’t all that interested. Once the tree was up and decorating completed it was a different story. He would then immediately run across the room and dash up the tree to the very top sending the tree crashing down with decorations scattered here and there all over the house. After that he wouldn’t touch the tree the rest of the holidays. It was almost like he was saying, “been there done that”. Needless to say this family finally outsmarted the cat and tied the tree securely at the top to the curtain rods. The cat didn’t like that much, it spoiled his fun. He just said the heck with it and left it alone. It was just no fun anymore.

The other memorable encounter between a feline and a tree was that of my big orange tabby who went by the name of Zippy. Now at first it didn’t seem like he was all that interested in the tree, but I should have known better based on my previous experience. One morning a few days after our tree raising  I came downstairs to a horrible site. Zippy had the tree on it’s side on the living room floor dragging it along like it was prey. He was tugging and pouncing alternatively as he moved it across the carpet. Yes he was actually dragging it like a leopard with his prey. Decorations, or should I say what was left of them, covered the floor as far as the eye could see. He was so intent on his fun that at first he didn’t see me. As I watched him I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh. The end result was another tree raising and decorating party including the use of brand new ornaments. This time I tied the top off in an attempt to deter another feline tree felling.

We now have an artificial tree. Cats still seem interested, but not in climbing. The smell of a real tree brought out the feral instinct in my “domestic” tabby, if you can really tame them. They really only keep you around to feed them, clean the litter and scratch them behind the ear from time to time. Oh yes they do enjoy the Christmas season, so many trees and so little time.

Now as a footnote, Zippy has passed on to the great litterbox in the sky, but what vivid Christmas memories he left behind. Because we missed the battle of cat and tree we now have another cat. Will the tree survive? Stay tuned. “Get off that tree cat!”


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