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He actually said it.  Obama claims McCain thinks middles class ends at $5M.  That was joke.  Obama knows it was a joke.  But he treats it like it was serious.  He is lying through his teeth.

To shift ones position with every change in the wind is to flip flop. To observe over time, and change ones mind because as new information becomes available one can put together a more informed choice is sometimes sorrowful wisdom. I was planning to stay home and get into a pain free state this election day. Unfortunately, it appears that the differences between the candidates with regard to overall quality is sufficient to force me to make a decision, and to vote (sob). I will hate myself in the morning, but unfortunately, vote I must. The Democrats have once again won the ‘evil in the two lessors’ category. In a year that should have been a slam dunk for them, they have managed to make the race competitive.

There is a stuttering idiot in the White House; Bush has undone in 4 years what was the work of two generations, the building of a conservative majority. The Republican brand has been so badly damaged that this Presidential election should have been over before it began. It was until the Democrats found … the one.

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Pastor Warren’s program was brilliant. An apples to apples comparison of the two candidates. Each candidate answered the same questions without knowing the others answers. Obama went first, then came McCain. The comparison was striking. The pastors questions were designed to force answers, and to provide insight into the candidates character and world view.

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Nobody saw this coming.

Barack Obama, running on a theme of “change,” has not scored a public relations bonanza with his decision to nominate for vice president Joe Biden, a senator who has been in office since Richard Nixon was president, instead of Hillary Clinton, who has been in office since November 7, 2000.

Sixty-six percent of Clinton supporters, registered Democrats who want Clinton as the nominee, are now backing Obama. That’s down from 75 percent in the end of June. Twenty-seven percent of them now say they’ll support McCain, up from 16 percent in late June.

And the more Clinton supporters think through what just happened, I am guessing, the more will scratch their heads about Obama’s choice for VP.

Ne’er has a story touched the cockles of my heart such as that of little Devin Funck.

12-year old Devin and his buddies were recently sitting on the edge of a pond in Slidell, Louisiana, throwing sticks at a 10 ft+ alligator. Afterward, growing bored, Devin decided to get in the water. And why not. As luck would have it the gator, very appropriately named ‘Big Joe,’ swam over and bit off Devin’s arm. As Devin reports, “I thought I still had my arm… and I looked and I was like, ‘Oh, man.’

Isn’t that how it always goes?

Anyway, the original arm was eventually dug out of Big Joe’s gullet but could not be saved, so the weenie doctors suggested a prosthetic arm cloaked in lifelike latex “skin” but Devin would have none of that fakery.

“I want a robot arm,” he said. “Get me a robot arm that looks like the Terminator.”

From now until he finishes growing, Devin at least once a year will need a new prosthetic arm. Prices start around $6,000.

“The ones that connect to the nerve endings are $100,000,” his mother said of the high-end model he might receive in later years.

In a “practical” world view, such a prospect for a little boy who simply chose to get in a pond with an alligator might be considered problematic. “A lot of money for such a dumb-ass” the cynics might say. But in truth, we must see this as the exemplification of the American spirit: no fear nor thought for the ‘morrow, leading with the chin, ready to take whatever life dishes out.

In a few months Devin will be fitted for a body-powered arm with a hook like Russell’s. And in a few years, as the technology improves, Devin could get one of the computerized models that connect to nerve endings and are powered by Devin’s thoughts.

“You’ll be able to swim and ride a four-wheeler,” Bordelon told him. “You like riding a four-wheeler?”

Sitting in an office chair, surrounded by the Terminator-like technology that will become his future, Devin’s eyes widen with possibility.

And well they should, young master Funck, and well they should.

I was on a panel at a seminar the other day with a local congresswoman, a prominent international business executive and members of the national press, and the conversation turned to the U.S. presidential contest. Someone noted that Democratic candidate Barack Obama’s lack of accomplishments in the U.S. Senate was already shaping up as possibly the key issue in the fall, the one that the McCain campaign was gleefully plotting to exploit.

While wishing it could be so, I pointed out that plenty of U.S. senators have risen to prominence in public life without any early legislative accomplishments just based on how the Senate works – John Edwards being a stellar example of this.

“Look,” I said, “John doesn’t have a record in the Senate. John’s only passed four bills. They’re all about post offices. I mean, literally. And most freshman senators don’t get much done. Don’t get much passed. Barack Obama hasn’t passed any. There’s not a major bill I know with Hillary’s name on it.”

One reporter interjected: “Excuse me, Mr. Budzinski, that’s an interesting observation, but I think it is the exact observation that Senator Joe Biden made last year.”

Well, color me surprised, so it was. “Maybe great minds think alike,” I replied, “Or maybe I heard that on the radio and sublimated it. Anyway, a truth is a truth.”

The discussion went on to how this election might change the perception of race in this country, with the prospect of America’s first African-American president and first lady suddenly not only thinkable but obviously welcomed by many whites.

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For the past couple of years, we have heard time and time again that our economy needs illegal aliens, and they do not impact our social programs and depress wages :

DALLAS — Illegal immigrants are returning home to Mexico in numbers not seen for decades — and the Mexican government may have to deal with a crush on its social services and lower wages once the immigrants arrive.

The Mexican Consulate’s office in Dallas is seeing increasing numbers of Mexican nationals requesting paperwork to go home for good, especially parents who want to know what documentation they’ll need to enroll their children in Mexican schools.

“Those numbers have increased percentage-wise tremendously,” said Enrique Hubbard, the Mexican consul general in Dallas. “In fact, it’s almost 100 percent more this year than it was the previous two years.”

The illegal immigrant population in the U.S. has dropped 11 percent since August of last year, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Its research shows 1.3 million illegal immigrants have returned to their home countries.

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Let’s see, when it is our problem it’s not, when it is Mexico’s it is ?

Do we really want O’Bama’s finger on The Button, when he can’t even figure out how to vote?