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Funny Video spoofing Bill Clinton’s Support for Obama

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 30, 2008

President Bill Clinton, and Senator Hillary Clinton, have provided great support for Democratic Presidential Candidate Obama. Here is a great video documenting Bill’s efforts.

(Source nbc.com. Thanks PC.)

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Green Bay Packers Tampering Charges (NFL)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 28, 2008

Tampering, Tapping up: In <a class=”mw-redirect” title=”Professional sport” Brett Favre NY Jetshref=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_sport”>professional team sports, tapping up (British English) or tampering (American English) is an attempt to persuade a player contracted to one team to transfer to another team, without the knowledge or permission of the player’s current team. This kind of approach is often made through the player’s agent. It is expressly forbidden in many professional leagues. (Wikipedia)

After the soap opera in Green Bay ended, Brett Favre became a NY Jet.Brett Favre Green Bay Packers

Brett Favre is a NY Jet. Will it be for only one year?  Will the Jets be able to sign him for a 3 year extension?

Brett is the kind of athlete who can play quarterback into his early 40’s.  If the Jets can sign him (who knows if Brett wants to stay in NY), it would be a great benefit to the organization.

The Green Bay Packers had a $20 million marketing, personal appearances, offer on the table to Favre.  They made it clear the offer, even after Brett became a Jet, was still available to Favre.  The implication is the offer is one the table to Brett after the 2008, 2009, 2010 seasons…

Even though this pending offer to Favre is not to play football, it directly affects the Jets’ negotiations with Favre.  Brett only has 3 options; (a) re-sign with the Jets, (b) become a free agent, or (3) retire from football.

The pending offer from the Packers makes option (3) more attractive than it would be without the offer.

This is tampering.  The NFL needs to address this unusual situation.

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Team Obama or Team McCain – Who should we vote for?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 16, 2008

Come November most of us will either be voting for the Democrats’ candidates (Obama/Biden) or the Republicans’ candidates (McCain/Palin)?white house obama mccain cabinet

We listen to Obama, McCain, Biden, and Palin speak, and preach their policies, beliefs, and philosophies. We also take into consideration the policies of their associated political parties.

So we elect a president…. And THEN the President-Elect names his cabinet.

The people of the United States deserve better. Tell us the members of your cabinet now. Let us truly elect the team (administration) we want leading the country.

Date: 9.16.08

To: Senator Obama. Senator McCain.

Re: Naming your cabinet

Please name your cabinets now. Tell us who will be your team so we can better judge who to vote for… You must know who will be filling these positions in your administration.

Here are the positions we need. We do realize some of the positions will change after the election, but please do the best you can. We already know your Vice President, so please name your heads of the executive departments-the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General. If you can, also please name your heads of the Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Office of Management and Budget; the Director, National Drug Control Policy; and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Thank you.

The People of the United States of America

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Sarah Palin – Why people like her

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 11, 2008

I am most certainly NOT endorsing Sarah Palin as the most qualified person to be the Vice President of The United States.Sarah Palin in Kuwait

But of the 4 candidates (Obama, McCain, Biden, Palin) she is the person we can most relate to…

People can relate to Palin because her family life is busy, hectic, and not perfect… like our lives!

  • She is married with 5 children.
  • She has a special needs child.
  • She has a pregnant 17 year old child.
  • She has a son in the military about to be in Iraq.
  • Hockey mom
  • She and he husband eloped and did not have a big wedding.
  • She has battled / balance the time constraints of having a career and a job. (This is a sexist issue. No one ever questions a male candidate about his parenting.)
  • Her husband is a union man.

She is not a wealthy. She is not Ivy League educated. She does not have 7 homes… like many politicians.

She is that average person who succeeded in politics.

Does that qualify her to co-lead our government? No.

Does it explain why people have taken a liking to her? Yes.


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Never Forget 9/11

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 10, 2008

Never forget.

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Windmills have always been things of beauty

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 6, 2008

Spanish Windmills in La Mancha

Windmills have been around for hundreds of years. Countries around the world have them.

They have been things of beauty and functioning tools in the community. Using Mother Nature’s natural wind to generate energy, they are things of beauty visually and intellectually.

In the old days, windmills were used to grind grain, corn, etc. Sometimes the windmills assisted pumping water and used for other purposes. Our past generations had these useful structures smack dab in the middle of their towns. Often windmills were meeting and gathering places.

There were no pollutants or negative output from the windmills. A little noise… so what ?!

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Today, more than ever, we need many different alternate supplies of energy.

Today’s windmills are efficient and beautifully designed. They are not going to solve our energy problems by themselves, but they can easily contribute to the effort.

T. Boone Pickens is pushing the effort. This oilman is spending his own money getting the word out. Take a look at one of his commercials.

Having windmills through the great plains of the United States, on mountains, off shore, and in other logical locations, can signifigantly help our cause. Of course, as with all initiatives, there are people objecting… It will ruin the shore line. It won’t look nice. There will be humming sounds.

GET OVER IT. We are in a serious energy crisis. The new windmills are efficient and modern looking. We need to immediately start scouting locations for implementation. Rather than looking at the windmills as eye sores, be proud and look at how we are helping ourselves without hurting the environment.

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We spend a good amount of time in the Berkshires. We visit Jiminy Peak in all seasons. Take a peek at the windmill at the top of Jiminy Peak. A thing of beauty. Be proud of it.

Here is an excerpt from a great article on the Jiminy Peak Windmill. (www.iberkshires.com)

“Using wind power is great for our environment, for our world for one thing. And also, it’s great for Jiminy Peak. It just makes downright good sense,” said Rep. Denis Guyer (D-Dalton) who attended the ceremony.

Zephyr will produce approximately 1/3 of Jiminy Peak’s annual energy needs and will be used to power snowmaking, lifts and some buildings, including the core of the Country Inn. At full production, Zephyr’s output is 2,000 horsepower, enough to run 600 houses.

“Zephyr is a symbol to me of freedom, independence and commitment,”

Jiminy Peak Windmill

Jiminy Peak Windmill
(photo lh4.ggpht.com elainemeinelsupkis.typepad.com green.jiminypeak.com)

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Is ESPN so desperate for ratings?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 2, 2008

I thought ESPN prided itself on its reporting.david tyree ny giants football

ESPN hyped its E:60 Show (9.2.08)… Giants David Tyree… Comes back from being admitted to a mental institution.. Tyree thinks he’s the Devil… Oh my g-d…

We expect these type of stories from the supermarket rag sheets, not ESPN. Jeremy Schaap should be ashamed being associated with the story. ESPN reported on David Tyree drinking, drugging, playing football, drinking drugging, playing football, and more of the same.

Then, all of a sudden, after years of alcohol and drug abuse, Tyree experienced some mental issues. What a surprise!

ESPN did nothing to explain the cause of his bizarre behaviour. They perpetuated the hype that Tyree was possessed! Were they trying to generate ratings?

Let’s spell it out… DRUG INDUCED PSYCHOSIS. jeremy schaap espn

ESPN: You should be embarrassed by your reporting. But don’t worry – We still love you and will continue watching.

ESPN staff and Jeremy Schaap please click here.

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