Archive for May, 2008

Why Israel?

by Jeff Hagen

Elected Officials Support Israel But Rarely Say Why

There is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding when it comes to the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, particularly on my part. For years now, I’ve been hearing campaigning U.S. politicians telling me of their support. Far fewer are the number of instances of their being up front as to why. The general line goes something like this, ‘As your commander, I will strongly support Israel as the only Democratic regime in Middle East.’ at which point the topic of the conversation usually changes. (more…)

May 26, 2008 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

Hillary, Please Keep Quiet

by Jeff Hagen

Alright Hillary, I’ve listened to your reference to the killing of Bobby Kennedy a number of times now. I can find no reason to mention the event whatever unless, of course, you are making allusion to the fact that Hubert Humphrey was able to sew up the nomination that year. If this is your logic then please, spare us the gibberish and get out.

Note: Had I not later seen your ‘I’m right, your wrong, but I still apologize’ type apology, I’d never have written this.

May 25, 2008 at 1:44 pm Leave a comment

Obama/Clinton? Oh Jeez

by Jeff Hagen

The debate is as to whether an Obama/Clinton ticket would be a good one. There are certainly points to be made on both sides. Prior to January of 2009, this ticket would likely be a winner.

Senator Clinton has been very strong with certain voting blocks, women and low income whites being examples. In my opinion,however, Senator Clinton pushed any values that she may have had to the side while endlessly maintaining a position in the Democratic primary well beyond when it had become clear she’d lost any chance to win. Can we forgive her for that? I can. But I’d never consider voting for her.

Senator Obama, on the other hand has been very strong with his overall message of unity in government. Mrs, Clinton portrays this message as a grossly unachievable ‘Love Your Fellow Partisan’ type vision that will not and can not survive in Washington. (more…)

May 23, 2008 at 4:15 pm 5 comments

U.S. Manufacturing Strength

One of my major concerns with the United States is the dealing or, better stated, lack of dealing with the flight of our manufacturing base, the most obvious price of which is the loss of well paying jobs. While this does get some occasional attention from the media, unless you are watching Lou Dobbs, it usually does not take precedence over the 2008 election cycle, the President’s latest exhibition in incompetence, or the undying fiasco in Iraq. Keep in mind that while our economy is losing, many others, particularly those of Asian states, are gaining. Rapidly.

Continue Reading May 21, 2008 at 9:04 am 1 comment

Hu’s On First

I wish that I could take the credit for this little gem of history. Very funny…

May 20, 2008 at 12:19 pm 1 comment


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