Monday, April 28, 2008

April 28, 2008—The Party of Douglas Bruce Speaks


Consider This for April 28, 2008—The Party of Douglas Bruce Speaks

The Democrats in Pennsylvania spoke last week. Not with a roar but with a whimper. They just barely decided that almost the best candidate will be Hillary Clinton.

The party of Douglas Bruce has cheered her on.

Hillary and Barack are working very hard to get John McCain elected. Hillary with her negative campaigning and Barack by responding to her are only digging their respective holes even deeper for the general election in November. She should cool her jets and Barack should ignore her comments.

It is common knowledge across the nation that the Republicans would rather run against Hillary than run against Barack. Unfortunately a lot of it might have to do with racism. Republicans are getting sick and tired of being called racists. All of the Republicans except Douglas Bruce, who goes out of his way to get that characterization, are fed up with the comments.

It is also common knowledge that the Republicans have always felt that they could beat Hillary very easily while beating Obama would be very difficult. Even Rush Limbaugh has said it in the past. He encouraged his listeners who are mostly right wing conservative Republicans to declare as Democrats and go to the polls and vote for Hillary in the primary. Rush Limbaugh is not a rocket scientist but you don’t have to be that to see what is going on in the presidential race. Interesting that the formerly not registered or registered as a Republicans in Pennsylvania were voting for Obama based on exit polling. I guess Rush is not completely correct.

In the case of Hillary Clinton she has maintained a high profile since her husband left office. Every word and probably every thought she has had was documented and cataloged in case she would run for President some day.

That is not the case with Obama. He is a virtual unknown. In fact the Democrats use that against him because he has not had a high profile or has become a national figure. He gave a speech at the Democratic convention four years ago that introduced him to the Democrats and the world. He became known for his rhetoric and his oratory skills but not for shaping public policy.

The Republicans apparently would rather be referred to as sexist rather than racist.

Actually my heart goes out to both candidates. They can’t win for losing. They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

In the meantime John McCain just tours the country glad handing everyone and waiting for Hillary and Barack to beat each other up and to spend a lot of money.

The numbers tell the truth. Hillary has raised about $340 million. Barack has raised about $370 million. McCain the last time I checked had only raised about $50 million. That tells the whole story. Why should he take the time and effort to run a race when the two Democratic candidates are ensuring he will never have to run a hard race?

A couple of weeks ago the issue of the Democratic delegates from Florida and Michigan was a done deal. There will not be any redo of the primary and the delegates may or may not be seated at the convention in Denver. End of story. I doubt it. Hillary was saying last week that she will demand that they be seated and declare for candidates. The Democratic National Committee has a different idea about the two states that decided not to follow the rules and those two states will suffer the consequences. Or as I have said before, you do the crime you do the time. I will give Hillary the optimistic award of the week though. God bless her and her strong heart. The power of positive thinking or that she is creating her own karma.

I voted in my first presidential election in 1964. In the past 44 years I have never seen anything like this election. What a mess. Rather than have a do over for the two states and their primary maybe we should have a do over for the entire year. We could just cancel everything and start all over again. Imagine the boost for the economy when the millions of dollars already spent on the election would be there again. The Television, Radio and Newspaper business would love it.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

April 23, 2003—Blood, Hair and Mom


Consider This for April 23, 2003—Blood, Hair and Mom

It is in your genes. Not your jeans but your genes.

If you end up on death row after being convicted with DNA evidence you can blame your mother. If you get a double whammy and end up on death row and being bald you can blame your mother.

So what is this with all of the mother themes? It is almost Freudian. I love mothers. I love all mothers but there are some things we get from our mothers that some would rather not have.

I think that part of this is our obsession with hair. Two things that people sometimes are most concerned about are their hair and their teeth. My dentist is married to a barber so I guess they have a guaranteed lifetime income based on two of the biggest obsessions on this planet.

First mothers and then hair. I have been told that male baldness is inherited from your mother. No, your mother does not have to be bald but there is a genetic propensity for baldness that is inherited from your mother. If your mother’s father, your mother’s brother or male cousins are bald then it runs in your family.

With DNA the indentifying marker runs with the women in the family and not the men. The human genome study is cataloging the entire DNA map and the only reliable common thread is the marker passed on by the women in your family. Eventually through this study they will be able to map everyone’s lineage back to the original man and woman. Some would say Adam and Eve. Others would say Mr. and Mrs. Ape.

So if you end up on death row or in the slammer for committing a crime and they pinned it on you using DNA you can blame your mother.

Now for hair.

“God loves all heads but the heads he really likes he covered up with hair.”

“Great lovers go bald on the back of their heads. Great thinkers go bald on the front of their heads. Men who go bald all over just think they are great lovers.”

Men grow or shave beards or mustaches at times of a life change. Remember Al Gore when he lost the election? He stopped shaving. When you see a male friend who has either grown or shaved his mustache or grown or shaved his beard you might ask him if there is anything going on in his life.

Women will change their hair color when they have life changes or sometimes cut their hair at the same time. This one is so correct. Women change hair color and styles sometimes each month. There is nothing wrong with that but I have noticed that women will let their hair grow if they are happy and cut it short if they are going through something stressful. Not always true but interesting to watch.

Hair grows at the rate of ½ inch a month or six inches a year. Factor the growth rate into how much it costs to get your hair cut and then consider that in your budget. How much could you save if you shaved your head? A regular haircut at a barber shop can cost from $12 to $20. If you are going to look fresh and clean cut you should get it cut about every two weeks. At $20 every two weeks that is $520 a year. That is a little over the price of a tank of gas today.

I stopped cutting my hair when I stopped being a police officer. I had a pony tail when I became County Commissioner. My hair was down to my waist when I decided to run for representative. I cut it and when I decided not to run again and then I shaved my head for Guatemala. I have not cut it for a year now.

Some people think that your politics are based on hair length. When I had shaved my head a woman told me that I could not be a liberal because my hair was too short.

So the bottom line is that if down the road you find yourself being bald and convicted of murder you can blame your mother and her genes. That is genes and not jeans.

Monday, April 14, 2008

April 14, 2008 - Whine is Not Something You Drink


Consider This for April 14, 2008—Whine is Not Something You Drink

Whine is not something you drink. Or to put in a very old cliché’ “Would you like some cheese with your whine."

Hey. I have put in my time. I have performed public service for most of my life. I think it is about time for me to whine.

A police report is called a complaint form. The person who answers the phone in the communications center takes complaints from citizens. When a person is charged in court a complaint is filed against them.

Now is it my turn. Here are my complaints.

It really ticks me off when people do not stop before making a right turn on red. The law says to come to a complete stop, look both ways and proceed with caution when you are turning right on red. When was the last time you saw anyone do that? When was the last time you did it?

I laugh out loud when I am in a line of traffic waiting for a red light while the right lane just proceeds to turn without even slowing down.

Sometimes the vehicles that fail to come to a stop even have red and blue lights on their roof.

The law says that slower traffic must drive in the right lane on the Interstate. Yeah right. That never happens. People will get over to the left and then drive the speed limit while all of the law abiding citizens who want to speed over the speed limit have to slow down or make a dangerous pass on the right.

In the 1960s in Connecticut it was illegal to pass anyone on the right. Imagine one car stopping the progress of three lanes of traffic by driving too slow in the left lane.

A new law that people apparently do not understand is that if there is an emergency vehicle stopped on the right side of the road you are suppose to pull over to the left. Too many CSP and CDOT employees are being killed by drivers coming too close.

Protocol for flying the American flag is that it is to be put up at sunrise and brought down at sunset. There is an exception to this rule. If there is a light on the flag all night long then it can stay up all night. Now here is something to do when you can’t sleep. Drive around Summit County at night and count the number of flags flying all night long without any illumination. By the way it is not enough to have a light near the flag. The light has to be on the flag.

People who say irrigardless drive me nuts. There is no such word. The proper word is regardless.

People say that illegal undocumented aliens do not pay taxes. In reality they pay more taxes than you do because they cannot get social security or a tax refund.

People believe that the same aliens get free medical care paid for by the government. Not true again. The medical facility eats the cost and then passes it one to everyone who gets and pays for services. There are few government hospitals or health care facilities. Most are private non-profit organizations.

Crime does not go up when aliens come into a community. It stays the same because they do not want to commit crimes and get deported. They have a huge vested interest in being crime free.

The latest barrage is that people do not believe that there is global warming because of our very snowy winter. People who say that are seriously uninformed. Yes Virginia there is Global Warming and if you love your children and grandchildren you will be doing something about lowering your personal carbon footprint.

Education is our most important priority. If you don’t believe me watch the TV show COPS. The poorly educated criminal is being beaten up by an equally poorly educated cop after the criminal has given up and is spread eagle on the ground and is no threat to anyone.

Now I think that I will have a glass of wine. You know the kind you can drink.


Whine is not something you drink. Or to put in a very old cliché’ “Would you like some cheese with your whine."

Hey. I have put in my time. I have performed public service for most of my life. I think it is about time for me to whine.

A police report is called a complaint form. The person who answers the phone in the communications center takes complaints from citizens. When a person is charged in court a complaint is filed against them.

Now is it my turn. Here are my complaints.

It really ticks me off when people do not stop before making a right turn on red. The law says to come to a complete stop, look both ways and proceed with caution when you are turning right on red. When was the last time you saw anyone do that? When was the last time you did it?

I laugh out loud when I am in a line of traffic waiting for a red light while the right lane just proceeds to turn without even slowing down.

Sometimes the vehicles that fail to come to a stop even have red and blue lights on their roof.

The law says that slower traffic must drive in the right lane on the Interstate. Yeah right. That never happens. People will get over to the left and then drive the speed limit while all of the law abiding citizens who want to speed over the speed limit have to slow down or make a dangerous pass on the right.

In the 1960s in Connecticut it was illegal to pass anyone on the right. Imagine one car stopping the progress of three lanes of traffic by driving too slow in the left lane.

A new law that people apparently do not understand is that if there is an emergency vehicle stopped on the right side of the road you are suppose to pull over to the left. Too many CSP and CDOT employees are being killed by drivers coming too close.

Protocol for flying the American flag is that it is to be put up at sunrise and brought down at sunset. There is an exception to this rule. If there is a light on the flag all night long then it can stay up all night. Now here is something to do when you can’t sleep. Drive around Summit County at night and count the number of flags flying all night long without any illumination. By the way it is not enough to have a light near the flag. The light has to be on the flag.

People who say irrigardless drive me nuts. There is no such word. The proper word is regardless.

People say that illegal undocumented aliens do not pay taxes. In reality they pay more taxes than you do because they cannot get social security or a tax refund.

People believe that the same aliens get free medical care paid for by the government. Not true again. The medical facility eats the cost and then passes it one to everyone who gets and pays for services. There are few government hospitals or health care facilities. Most are private non-profit organizations.

Crime does not go up when aliens come into a community. It stays the same because they do not want to commit crimes and get deported. They have a huge vested interest in being crime free.

The latest barrage is that people do not believe that there is global warming because of our very snowy winter. People who say that are seriously uninformed. Yes Virginia there is Global Warming and if you love your children and grandchildren you will be doing something about lowering your personal carbon footprint.

Education is our most important priority. If you don’t believe me watch the TV show COPS. The poorly educated criminal is being beaten up by an equally poorly educated cop after the criminal has given up and is spread eagle on the ground and is no threat to anyone.

Now I think that I will have a glass of wine. You know the kind you can drink.

Friday, April 11, 2008

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Monday, April 7, 2008

April 7, 2008—Your Mother Called and is She Ever Mad


Consider This for April 7, 2008—Your Mother Called and is She Ever Mad

According to some sources the average woman in the United States today makes seventy seven cents for every dollar a man makes. You have not come a long way baby. You have been short changed twenty three cents.

For all of the men and women out there, “Your mother called and is she ever mad.” I hold everyone including myself responsible for this terrible situation.

And yes I am biased. I have three daughters and five granddaughters and I want them all to be given equal footing to succeed in their lives.

I teach United States History at Colorado Mountain College and just last week we discussed how in the 18th Century Abigail Adams protested that women were excluded from the constitution. Her comment was that she should not have to obey any laws that did not apply to or mention women. She was promptly told to sit down and shut up.

Some states actually took what she said to heart and added women’s rights to their constitutions. That only lasted a few years and women were eventually removed from the language of those state constitutions.

When I teach the Civil War I tell my students that the war that killed the greatest number of Americans did nothing for African Americans. The slaves kept the same jobs and continued to live in the same houses. The master would pay them a wage and then take it all away from them for letting them have housing and a place to have a small garden. They were in effect still slaves until the twentieth century.

Slavery continued in the United States until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights act of 1965 both a result of Lyndon Johnson turning his back on Southern Democrats and pushing human rights laws forward. That was the turning point where all of the racist Southern Democrats suddenly became Republicans.

I also teach that one of the reasons we have such a strong nation after 232 years is our constitution. It is very flexible and open to interpretation yet very difficult to amend. An amendment must pass both houses of Congress, be signed by the president and then ratified by a majority of the states.

In the 1970s we tried to do that with women’s rights and it failed to get the approval of enough states and the time limit expired for ratification. The states sent a message to the women of our country that they were not important and did not deserve to have their own rights enumerated in the constitution.

And yes many of the problems have been resolved through other changes. We have seen some women become CEOs of major corporations. We have seen some women become high ranking military officers. But this has been accomplished not by forward thinking governments and business but by individual effort.

There are still important and influential clubs and organizations that do not allow women membership. They need to grow up and look at their calendars. It is 2008 and not 1908.

Another strange thing. More than half of the people in the United States are women yet women are considered a minority. A majority that is a minority. What is up with that?

Imagine your grandmother, mother, aunt, sister and any other woman relative of yours knowing and understanding that in the year 2008 things are still not quite right with women and their rights.

Here is a test to see if your workplace meets the minimum standard. Look around your office, your worksite or your production area. Count the number of women. Not all of the women but count just the women who are either supervisors or managers. If the number is low or zero and all of the supervisors and managers are men then ask why.

Men are responsible for not taking the cause to government and business. Women are responsible in accepting this deplorable situation without complaining more loudly. Again I think that we are all responsible for this very serious oversight.