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My Friend Mitchell Howie for US Congress

March 8th, 2010 1 comment

The first person from my college days is making a run for political office.  When you meet certain people you know they are meant for greatness. Since I met Mitchell, or Mitch to me, I knew he was going to be somebody.  I have known Mitchell for years and have no problem putting my support behind him.  He is a natural born leader with a great heart.  He is a visionary and will be a great Congressman from Alabama.

As time goes on you are sure to learn more about Mitchell J. Howie for US Congress from me as I will be helping out with his campaign as much as I can.  Mitch sent out a mass e-mail today that I thought you might enjoy:

by Mitchell John Howie, Alabama 5th Congressional District Candidate

For far too long Washington has failed to operate because of gridlock.  Gridlock due to party politics being placed higher than the desires of the American People.  Parker Griffith’s flip to a Republican after campaigning as a Democrat is a good example of this self serving problem.  Washington politicians are far too concerned with winning reelection than serving the people they represent.  The instinct of professional politicians (like Parker Griffith) for self preservation and their perpetual political posturing leads to these sorts of Washington-style games. When Parker Griffith takes a poll and flips parties, he abandons the values and principles he was elected on and betrays the public trust.  This is not what the people deserve. The people deserve someone who is dedicated to service, they deserve a military officer who understands service to this country.

Gridlock leads to our government not getting anything positive accomplished. Instead, we are left with a system of professional politicians attempting to score political points and one party is portrayed as failing and the other succeeding.  But the only folks succeeding are professional politicians.  Service to the country becomes a casualty in these political games and the people are left with each party’s political failures.

I am convinced that the American people, whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Conservative, Liberal, or an angry Tea Partier, you want our government to serve the people and stop playing tired Washington politics.  Just as I joined the military to serve my country, I am dedicated to serving North Alabama and doing what is in the best interest of the people and our country.  I am not going to congress to play political games, I am going for service.

Now I am a Democrat and I will not switch parties.  Not because of partisan politics but I believe folks should campaign on values they believe in and then legislate based on those same values.  It is a matter of my personal integrity and governing based on values I share with the residents of all the communities across North Alabama in District 5.

Those shared values are strength and growth.  I want to strengthen and grow all our communities by growing our economy, by strengthening our education system and ensuring our National Security.  Last week we announced our candidacy in every single county across North Alabama.  Since that time, I have met with seven mayors, 3 university presidents, a board member of the TVA, and countless constituents.

In meetings with the mayors and other local officials I explained my jobs initiative of a Green TVA and received a warm response.  My jobs proposal would replace many manufacturing jobs that have been lost over the years in North Alabama.  Once we implement this proposal, North Alabama will attract companies to North Alabama to manufacture solar panels and wind turbines.  By easing our reliance on foreign oil with this jobs proposal we will simultaneously ensure our national security while strengthening our economy.  When I am in congress I will work with state and local elected officials and private industry to make this vision a reality.  With your help Alabama will become one of the first leaders in this new technology just as we were pioneers with space technology.  It is time for a new day in Washington with a young patriot dedicated to serving this country with innovative ideas.

I need your help.  Will you help me defeat the likes of self-serving politicians like Parker Griffith and implement service oriented representation in congress?  I need you to take the time to donate $25 or more on my website.  This simple act will help elect someone who is dedicated to service and who will get the job done in Washington. You can send a clear message to all politicians that what is important is service to the people, not saving their political career or their next re-election campaign.  This is a message that needs to be sent, please send it with me.

The time is now!  We have our financial reports due at the end of this month, and people are waiting to see who is getting funding to make decisions on who to support.  I disagree with this dynamic but recognize that running a campaign is expensive and without funding, even the best ideas and noble values are lost. For my service oriented campaign to succeed I need your help and your contribution.  If you cannot afford to donate at this time then please go to our website and get involved with the campaign.

Thank you so much for your support and please forward this request to anyone you think wants to send the message to Washington to “stop playing political games in Washington and get to work!”

Paul Harvey Dead at 90

February 28th, 2009 No comments
Image from abcrn.com/harvey/

Image from abcrn.com/harvey/

“The rest of the story” we now know that 70 year radio legend Paul Harvey has died according to the Harvey family and CNN.com.

I have been a long time fan of Paul Harvey and sad to see one of the greatest radio host ever pass.

Legendary broadcaster Paul Harvey dies

(CNN) — Paul Harvey, the legendary radio host whose career sharing “the rest of the story” with listeners spanned more than 70 years, has died, according to ABC Radio Networks.

Paul Harvey receives the Medal of Freedom from President George Bush in 2005.

He was 90.

Known for his deliberate delivery and pregnant pauses, Harvey’s broadcasts were heard on over 1,200 radio stations and 400 Armed Forces networks and his commentaries appeared in 300 newspapers, according to his Web site.

He had been hosting his radio shows part-time for much of the past year, after recovering from physical ailments including pneumonia and the death of his wife, Lynne “Angel” Harvey in May 2008.

“My father and mother created from thin air what one day became radio and television news,” said Harvey’s son, Paul Harvey Jr., in a written statement. “So, in the past year, an industry has lost its godparents and today millions have lost a friend.”

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harvey began his radio career in 1933 at KVOO-AM there while he was still in high school, his Web site says. He helped clean the station and was eventually was allowed to fill in on air, reading news and commercials.

“Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation’s history,” ABC Radio Networks President Jim Robinson said in a written statement. “As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households.”

The statement did not give details about Harvey’s death.

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New Yorker Obama Picture

July 15th, 2008 No comments

Have you picked up your copy of the New Yorker?

New Yorker Magizine with Obama

If you haven’t heard the New Yorker Magizine published a very controversial cartoon on the cover with Barack Obama and Ms. Obama.  If you can’t tell the image has Sen. Obama dressed as a middle easterner in the oval office of the White House.  Not that a Muslim nor a person dressed in Middle Eastern clothing has ever been there.  The appalling part is the picture of Osama Bin Laden over the fireplace with an American Flag burning.  If that wasn’t enough Ms. Obama is dressed as a terrorist with an assault rifle slung over her shoulder.

If the picture didn’t speak a thousand words I will add my own few.  This illustration is completely the lowest blow in campaign politics I have witnessed.  I’m not old enough to remember the Watergate Hotel break but this is bad.  It doesn’t matter what you party affiliation…  This is dirty politics.  We may never know who, what, or why this cartoon was commissioned but it is wrong.  It is wrong!  Really that is all that can be said about it.

If you want to read more about the article go and pick up a copy of the New Yorker.  If not check out what CBC News had to say about it.  CBC is an international news agency based in Canada.

Great find of the day!

January 16th, 2008 No comments

The writers strike is starting to get to me. I never thought I would realize the total impact a writers strike would have on me. I love to watch TV but never really got into the primetime TV shows but not having them has forced me to watch more rerun tv than I care. There is one upside for me and that is it allows me more time to focus on surffing the internet finding random things like these pictures of cows. Now for you people that think I am just missing home because of the smell or some weird attachment to cattle are just wrong. The thing that makes me miss home is the green grass and what looks to be a forest in the background.

Living in the city has its perks but open space is great too. I found this picture by poking around a blog post about people being addicted to social media. Which you might find interesting too.  I am working up a post for my other blog about the same subject.  The content of my opinion is pretty simple it is finding relevant supporting information.  So stay keyed in on it and I gurantee some thought provoking info on people being addicted to the internet and their online personalty.

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