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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?

In years past, marijuana use and rock concerts went together much like soup and sandwich. Continuing in this tradition is the upcoming Grateful Obama concert to be held in Denver.

DENVER – A city drug panel has voted to urge police to refrain from arresting adults for marijuana possession during next week’s Democratic National Convention, but the cops aren’t necessarily on board.

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With 18 being the legal age of majority, their must be a great many Obamaheads rejoicing this decision. Obviously there remains a need for “change”. How do they get the police to also look the other way ?

There are many that will not agree with this decision from the city of Denver, but we cannot overlook the medicinal value of pot smoking that may be needed by Grateful Obama concertgoers. Face it, can you blame one for being stoned when you have to listen to not only his speeches, but Bill and Hillary Clinton’s as well ? They need to be careful though, as listening to Al Gore can lead to harder drugs.

Anyway, I need to cut this short as I need to get an after hours market order in for Krispy Kreme. Could pan out..

The other night, Joe and I were sharing some excellent wine, Smoking Loon, a wonderful Pinot Noir while discussing the sad state of affairs in our country. Looking at the label the term ‘loon’ of course turned my thoughts to the Democrat presidential candidate. Originally, about a year ago, before I got to know him I figured new, well spoken who knows. Now, after Alinsky, Ayers, Wright and a few other pals of his turned up I see that the guy has strange tastes.

I still think this election is Obama’s to lose, but I think the more we get to know him, the more he has to define himself, the less the pablum of buzz words like hope and change will be able to carry him. I have read his Web site, there are no specifics there either. So I realize the more discussion regarding this man the better. Obama is a teleprompter reader extraordinaire: he gives a great speech. I am not at all sure that a senator who worked 5 months in the U.S. Senate before going on to campaign for president is ready. Maybe 2012 or 2016. His short resume is backing him into a corner and he is looking less like something new and more like the standard small minded political hack. He can do better. We need better.

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