Dave Stancliff 2008-08-03 blogarama.com

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The rise and fall of a politician

Greetings to you all! Have you heard the latest? Once presidential candidate John Edwards has been a bad boy! The National Enquirer has been dogging him for a year now ever since they got a hot tip that he was cheating on his wife who is battling cancer. In a scene right out of the movies, Edwards ran from the reporter from the National Enquirer when he was caught trying to slip out of the motel where his girlfriend (and possibly new daughter) were staying at 2 a.m. in the morning.
He ran right into a men's bathroom and blocked the door! Can you imagine what a scene that was?
So, the next day he had to fess up to the mainstream press (who by the way felt sheepish about getting scooped on such a big story by a "rag" publication) and tell them he had an affair (as in past tense). The problem with that is why was he visiting her then at that time of night? There's something rotten (and not in Denmark) about his claims that the baby girl is not his.
If Obama had him down as a possible veep, that thought has vanished with all of Edward's credability with voters. Just last year some national organization gave him the Daddy-of-the-Year award! Talk about irony. The guy even admitted that he was in love with himself!
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TODAY'S THREAD:
Why is it that so many politicians cheat on their spouses?

Friday, August 8, 2008

A passing of the torch?

Greetings blog buddies! As you know today marks the opening day of the Olympics. Our chimp look-alike Commander-in-Thief started things off real swell by knocking China's Human Rights record. If it wasn't for the fact that the Bush regime totally ignores human rights I wouldn't have had a problem with W's speech. But propaganda is all he knows. His timing on the world scene has been consistently horrid. He knows just what to say to tick off the rest of the world.
I find it ironic that Bush is trying to take the high road when in fact all he travels are the low roads!
The Chinese are going all out to impress the world with their architectual wonders, i.e., The Bird's Nest and The Ice Cube.
What's really going on is a passing of the torch. But not the Olympic torch. America and the rest of the world are being shown that China's military and economic power deserves to carry the torch of the world leader.
America has been building up to this economic change of the guard for year's by importing everything China makes. Forget about the quality of the stuff they turn out. It's cheap and the masses can usually afford it.
So when they light that big Olympic cauldron in The Bird's nest the symbolic ceremony will be hailing the world's competition in sports and China's economic power in the world.

TODAY'S THREAD:

Are you going to watch the Olympics or have they become too political?

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Another Thread for the day

I can't believe what a couple of big babies the Clinton's are! Now Hillary is hinting that she wants her supporters to "speak up" at the Democratic National Convention and allow them to nominate her as the Dem's choice for president. Excuse me? I thought we were finished with that nasty little process after the primaries.
That doesn't appear to be the case. Bill keeps whining that he's not a racist (by the way who called him that?) and has been emitting sound bites that are less than supportive of Barack. Insiders say Bill still has his dander up about no one showing him any respect for his presidency. I suppose the "no one" he's talking about is Obama. In Bill's lust-driven mind, Obama should have been bowing every time he sees "Master Bill," and praising his wonderful presidency that saw such monumental failures as NAFTA!
Hillary is really a case though. This is a woman who was sure the presidency was going to be handed to her on a plate because; a.) she's a woman and it's time for a woman president (regardless of how qualified she is) to lead this country, B.) she quite naturally assumed she was going to inherit the presidency because she is of the royal American blood that has controlled our top office for the past 22 years! Yes...it's either the royal house of Bush or Clinton during those dark decades, and C.) she's not a black man with a Muslim sounding name - therefore she will get all those white supremacy votes that will make the difference and assure that the Democrats get in the Oval Office.
It's time for change all right! But it may not happen if the Democratic Party is torn over who their candidate will be!

The Thread:

"Are the Clinton's dividing the Democratic Party and paving the way for John McCain?

Thursday Thoughts about Television

Another day in Paradise folks! I finished a future column yesterday about television. I touch on it's early history and the cultural impact it has had on Americans. The love/hate relationship with the Boob Tube has been going on since the first telecast in 1928.
Once upon a time it was safe for all family members to watch tv, but that has changed these days. Your kids could be watching an adulterous affair in Prime Time, or Tia Tequila whose "reality" show involves men and women trying to woo her!
A generation of couch potatoes have passed their constant viewing habits on to the next generation which has become "the overweight generation." TV's as babysitters is commonplace.
Still, there are good things on tv and it really boils down to watching it in moderation. You can drink too much water and get sick. The same goes for tv. You can watch it constantly while your health fails from lack of exercise. And don't forget about the subliminal messages that are beamed out 24/7 on the tv. The key is to be selective about what you watch and how much you watch it.
The evolution of tv's has been nothing short of amazing. The latest models make you feel like your right there with whatever your viewing.

TODAY'S THREAD: Would our lives be healthier if televisions were never invented?

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Parting shot for the day

"I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food."

W.C. Fields


Just Say No to Satanists

Happy Hump Day bloggers! After many hours of research I've decided not to write a follow-up to my Satanist column from last month. After following links provided by MS Napolis, and actually reading her 132 page archive site, it appears that her ongoing battle with Satanists will never end. She has a somewhat questionable past with some mental problems, and I hestiate to take up her story when it's going to the courts. Perhaps if she wins some sort of settlement from the people she accused of being Satanists, a story might be there. The whole story sounds too personal and I have reservations about giving it print time.
Instead, I've tackled another very controversial subject - animal activists who act like domestic terrorists! If you've never heard of ALF (Animal Liberation Front) then prepare to be shocked at their tactics. I'm sending that column in to The Times-Standard today for future publication.

The Thread for the day is:

Animal activists believe that any means possible should be used to stop animal research - even to the point of throwing fire bombs at a family's house in Santa Cruz last week. Do you think these people are domestic terrorists or just animal lovers who are going too far?







Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Satanists Pursue Researcher

If it's Tuesday then it's time for "As It Stands," in the McKinleyville Press. Today's column deals with some boozy mammals that can out drink humans. Tree shrews rock when it comes to world class boozing!

This morning I got an email from a Satanic Ritual Abuse Researcher/Investigator Diana Napolis, M.A. Why would I get a letter from this person? Simple. I wrote a column about a Satanist who was in family court trying to get more custody time with his two daughters, recently.
I was flooded with emails at the time and there were over 5000 hits on the Online edition! Anyway, this person Napalois, wants me to know she's suing some people who she says are Satanists and that they have been harassing her for years - even to the point that they caused her to have a nervous breakdown! MS Napolis has been employed as a Court Intervention Social Worker at Child Protective Services in San Diego. Among other things she established a Ritual Abuse Court Cases Project while there. She goes on to site numerous newspaper and book sources (with links) that talks about these Satanists - and some infamous ones who have been caught for - among other things - Ritual murders and cannibalism.
Her archives are about 124 pages long and full of backround material.

My problem is I'm not sure what to do with this story? I already wrote one column about Satanists and I don't want to appear to be a sensationalist whose out for nothing but shock value. You know. Kinda like the print, radio, and television media today!

TODAY's THREAD - Should I pursue this story and do another column on
Satanists?




Monday, August 4, 2008

Readers Speak Out

What a great response to yesterday's column! Kelly Krueger - SFO-WSW - sent me a nice email and a press release announcing that Cochlear has reached a milestone in hearing restoration with 120,000 Cochlear implants after one more surgery by Dr. Thomas Roland, Jr. MD of NY Langone Medical Center.
As I mentioned in my column these implants have the ability to restore hearing to the totally deaf. A modern miracle for sure. I'll never forget the look on my Dad's face when he first heard words - the doctor asked me to speak to him. He looked surprised. Then the biggest smile you ever saw spread across his face and he gave me the okay sign! What a moment that was!

TODAY'S THREAD

"Will drilling for oil save the American economy?"
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HERE'S A THOUGHT

"It takes hundreds of nuts to hold a car together, but it only takes one to scatter it all over the highway."
-Evan Esar
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OR TWO....

"You have achieved success if you have lived well, laughed often and loved much."

-Unknown Author
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Confucius Say...

"Forget injuries, never forget kindness."

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Einstein Quotes:

"
I love to travel, but hate to arrive."

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Today's Joke

Did you hear about the dyslexic devil worshiper?
He sold his soul to Santa!

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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Great reader imput!

Hat's off to Joe George for the nice - and very informative email - regarding todays As It Stands column on ear implants. Joe told me that he has had a cochlear implant and the VA did it for free! He also said that they provided the most updated model (Harmony) to him. And get this fellow veterans...his ears weren't service-connected and he still got the very expensive surgery (Joe says it would run about $50,000 if you had to pay for one!) done down in San Francisco. He point out that you can get free transportation down there with the Vet Van in Eureka and that they put you up for free when your down there. It was really heartwarming to read about how happy he is about being able to hear his grandchildren talking to him.
Thanks Jack for men
tioning my blog on your great blog today. The McKinleyville Press rocks and I hope all my readers enjoy your whole newspaper as much as I do! Don't forget to tune in and pick up the Mack Press every Tuesday. I want the world to know that Jack gave me my first break at resurrecting my old column As It Stands a couple of years ago. He's always been supportive and is a great copy editor and headline writer. Beside that...he's a great guy.
Onward and Upward.

Today's As It Stands

If it's Sunday then it's time for As It Stands! Today's column is - Prosthetic ears, thieves, and payback. This, unlike last week's column on McCain, is not a real controversial column.
It's more to educate people about ear implants, what they involve, and how common they are becoming in our society today. I do mention thieves that are stealing them thinking they are Blue Tooths. It's really amazing how stupid some people can be!
When my Dad got his he was one of the first in the country to do so. It was a big thing and I went to Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland with him when he had the procedure done in 1985. I wrote about it in the newspaper that I was editor of - The Desert Trail in 29 Palms.
If you have a friend or loved one that has extreme hearing problems then you might even look into these ear implants. They are so advanced now that new born babies can get one! There is some small controversy among the deaf community as to even getting these implants. Apparently some people think that if they were born deaf - for example - then that's the way God wanted it and man shouldn't mess around with such things! To me, that's a pretty narrow view, and one that I don't subscribe to. Bu, it takes all kinds to make up this world doesn't it?
If you haven't read the column yet just go over to my Links - and you can find the Times-Standard there with it.
You can make comments at the end of this blog - just look for the part where it says Dave Posted this at - the time - and then the word comment. Next to it is a little icon - a piece of paper and a pencil. Hit comments and then follow the instructions.
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HERE'S A THOUGHT

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing"
- Helen Keller
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Confucius Say....

"Everything has it's beauty but not everyone sees it."
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Famous Quotes

"I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious."
-Albert Einstein
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IDIOT BUSH QUOTES

"We'll let our friends be the peacemakers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers."
G.W. Bush
Houston TX - 09/06/2000
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SPEAK ENGLISH?

According to New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, there are almost two million New Yorkers who speak little or no English.
I had no idea there were two million cabdrivers in New York!

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