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"Sweet Lou" Fails Cubs And Costs Game 1

FROM DMAN, AT THE THOUGHT SPIGOT http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, and opinion collides" The Chicago Cubs came out to play, in game one of the playoffs, and looked like a team facing extinction. In a five game series, there is countless strategies involved, and Lou Pinella can take full responsibility for the loss in game one. It wasn't a curse, no billy goats, history was not against the "loveable losers," instead it was Pinella playing for game two, rather than playing for a lead in the playoffs and for game one. Dempster is a fine pitcher, but not a Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano is the ace of the staff, and he is clutch, a man/player who feeds off of emotion, and a hitter to boot. Yet, Dempster started game one. Lou Pinella thought, if the Cubs lose game one, then he will be able to bring "Big Z/Baby Bull" out for game two, and a sweep. Instead, Pinella is playing for the split, at home, with the best National League team (possibly the best overall Cubs team, since 1984). There is nobody to blame, but Lou Pinella. In a short series, teams have to play for the day, using momentum, and every single advantage at their disposal. Pinella did not utilize his most prize possession, in game one, momentum and his ace. The whole Cubs team looked tight, not confident and timid, and they lacked a leader on the field, to pull them out of this funk (from beginning to end). If Carlos Zambrano was on the "bump" for game one, the Cubs would have had a completely different feeling, going on the field. Zambrano is a fiery, no frills, flame thrower, who also has three other dominate pitches. Maybe, three, or even two years ago, Zambrano (like other fiery pitchers before them) would have been "to excited/fired up," but not this "Z". He has been able to harness his most beneficial asset, his fire, drive, and love for the game, to make him a constant top five Cy Young pitcher year in, year out. Starting Zambrano, who had more than enough rest (6 days), who had a 14-6 record, 3.81 era, 130 K's and a 1.21 WHIP, all with a month out in the middle of the season (also bringing a .337 avg., 14 rbi's and 4 home runs). The Cubs are the only team that did not start their ace (with the exception of the Brewers, who had to pitch C.C. Sabathia, three times on three days rest, to get to the playoffs). A team's ace is not always the player with all the best stats, either. The bottom line, with Zambrano sitting game one, he is not going to have the option of pitching two times, if the series goes to five games (which it now may). 24 of the last 28 teams to have won game one, have gone on to win the series. When the time comes to "play to stay," a team's manager must put their most dominate, player with the most situational prowess, and mostly the pitcher who makes the whole team better (both in the field, at the plate, but most importantly to the team's psyche). Lou Pinella let Carlos Zambrano down. The energy he would have channeled thru a 2-0 lead (after the 2 run homer from Mark DeRosa) would have gone a long way with "Z" and the team. Instead, the constant back and forth panning of the camera, to Zambrano, showed him stewing and flipping a ball in the air, but now his energy in game two will be set to a "can't lose effort," rather than giving him the ball in game one, for a possible win and game five appearance. The Dodgers now have the momentum, but more importantly (Lou Pinella) has given the Cubs a huge desperation feeling of, "Oh no, not 101 years, without a World Series win." Nice going "Sweet Lou," nothing like playing behind the eight ball, but the Cubs would have it no other way. Hopefully, I am wrong, and they come back and sweep, the next three.  (Oct 1, 2008 | post #1)

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"Sweet Lou Piniella" Loses Game 1, For Cubs

FROM DMAN, AT THE THOUGHT SPIGOT http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, and opinion collides" The Chicago Cubs came out to play, in game one of the playoffs, and looked like a team facing extinction. In a five game series, there is countless strategies involved, and Lou Pinella can take full responsibility for the loss in game one. It wasn't a curse, no billy goats, history was not against the "loveable losers," instead it was Pinella playing for game two, rather than playing for a lead in the playoffs and for game one. Dempster is a fine pitcher, but not a Carlos Zambrano. Zambrano is the ace of the staff, and he is clutch, a man/player who feeds off of emotion, and a hitter to boot. Yet, Dempster started game one. Lou Pinella thought, if the Cubs lose game one, then he will be able to bring "Big Z/Baby Bull" out for game two, and a sweep. Instead, Pinella is playing for the split, at home, with the best National League team (possibly the best overall Cubs team, since 1984). There is nobody to blame, but Lou Pinella. In a short series, teams have to play for the day, using momentum, and every single advantage at their disposal. Pinella did not utilize his most prize possession, in game one, momentum and his ace. The whole Cubs team looked tight, not confident and timid, and they lacked a leader on the field, to pull them out of this funk (from beginning to end). If Carlos Zambrano was on the "bump" for game one, the Cubs would have had a completely different feeling, going on the field. Zambrano is a fiery, no frills, flame thrower, who also has three other dominate pitches. Maybe, three, or even two years ago, Zambrano (like other fiery pitchers before them) would have been "to excited/fired up," but not this "Z". He has been able to harness his most beneficial asset, his fire, drive, and love for the game, to make him a constant top five Cy Young pitcher year in, year out. Starting Zambrano, who had more than enough rest (6 days), who had a 14-6 record, 3.81 era, 130 K's and a 1.21 WHIP, all with a month out in the middle of the season (also bringing a .337 avg., 14 rbi's and 4 home runs). The Cubs are the only team that did not start their ace (with the exception of the Brewers, who had to pitch C.C. Sabathia, three times on three days rest, to get to the playoffs). A team's ace is not always the player with all the best stats, either. The bottom line, with Zambrano sitting game one, he is not going to have the option of pitching two times, if the series goes to five games (which it now may). 24 of the last 28 teams to have won game one, have gone on to win the series. When the time comes to "play to stay," a team's manager must put their most dominate, player with the most situational prowess, and mostly the pitcher who makes the whole team better (both in the field, at the plate, but most importantly to the team's psyche). Lou Pinella let Carlos Zambrano down. The energy he would have channeled thru a 2-0 lead (after the 2 run homer from Mark DeRosa) would have gone a long way with "Z" and the team. Instead, the constant back and forth panning of the camera, to Zambrano, showed him stewing and flipping a ball in the air, but now his energy in game two will be set to a "can't lose effort," rather than giving him the ball in game one, for a possible win and game five appearance. The Dodgers now have the momentum, but more importantly (Lou Pinella) has given the Cubs a huge desperation feeling of, "Oh no, not 101 years, without a World Series win." Nice going "Sweet Lou," nothing like playing behind the eight ball, but the Cubs would have it no other way. Hopefully, I am wrong, and they come back and sweep, the next three.  (Oct 1, 2008 | post #1)

American "Bail Out" Of Economy, A Sham!

From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site" Where did the United States see this before? Katrina is a current example. Hurricane Katrina is coming, but there was not an adequate evacuation plan, warnings, or state and local precautions. America had the people who sat in bars, on Bourbon Street, never heeding the warnings and staying in their homes. People on the ground, in hospitals left people to die, stole and looted drugs and supplies, and all those who rioted and broke into a neighbor's home. Finally, the government, FEMA, Congress, Senate, and the Bush White House completely let the American people down. Consistently, making poor choices, from letting tons of ice melt, water and natural supplies go to waste, the "debit cards" for poor/"disenfr anchised " people to use to buy essential supplies and the millions of dollars of mobile homes that never got to the people who needed them (which are still sitting on Oklahoma Government land, useless because of how they were stored, on cinder blocks). Katrina, Ike, September 11, terrorist bombings, the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, and now a huge economic disaster has all been dealt with by more of the same. Companies like "Fannie, Freddie, AIG, Stearns, etc...etc.." should be left to fail. Darwin's survival of the fittest, applies in the Capitalist Money system, here in America. If there is a company, which has bought bad paper, made bad deals, and is allowing their CEO's/CFO's to rule (at a salary of $1 million a month) and when the company is languishing (sends them away with tens of millions of dollars, severance). Then the company deserves to get whatever the market bares. If this is not the way the free market, operates, then it is not Capitalism. It is a whole different animal, altogether. Coupled with greedy and people living over their means, the above lax company policies, and countless examples of lack of oversight, mixed with the greed and "out of means living" of Americans; the automobile, airline, and other major industries should expect a bail out, from the government, causing the world economy and American economy to tank into a huge depression. Industry, businesses, and individuals are all responsible to leave and work within their means, and if they do not, they deserve to perish. There should always be an equation, whether for business, the stock market (including those greedy and non-ethical speculators), or for individuals stating,(this costs) X dollars -(my income) Y dollars = this is what I can afford/lend/buy (Z outcome). A bail out of this size ($700 billion dollars), the biggest expansion of government in United States history, will not benefit the majority of individuals. It will make those with money, to buy the housing, stocks, and bonds at $.20 on the dollar, to come out that much more ahead, leaving those individuals (who may have been taken advantage of) to fend for themselves. It will also quelch the majority of the "new programs" of the Obama Presidency, or the fiscal cuts of a McCain Presidency, only handcuffing our country for generations. This does not include the countless dollars, which will be lost, at the hands of China, Russia, and other countries buying into the "free bail out" order. The "bail out" is a sham. The longer time goes on, revealing the details (of what was supposed to be rammed through Congress and Government), the less political figures and the people want it at all. One time, the government has to represent the "Main Street" and not "Wall Street," or it will be at America's peril.  (Sep 25, 2008 | post #1)

2008 Presidential Election

Economic "Bail Out" A Sham

From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site" Where did the United States see this before? Katrina is a current example. Hurricane Katrina is coming, but there was not an adequate evacuation plan, warnings, or state and local precautions. America had the people who sat in bars, on Bourbon Street, never heeding the warnings and staying in their homes. People on the ground, in hospitals left people to die, stole and looted drugs and supplies, and all those who rioted and broke into a neighbor's home. Finally, the government, FEMA, Congress, Senate, and the Bush White House completely let the American people down. Consistently, making poor choices, from letting tons of ice melt, water and natural supplies go to waste, the "debit cards" for poor/"disenfr anchised " people to use to buy essential supplies and the millions of dollars of mobile homes that never got to the people who needed them (which are still sitting on Oklahoma Government land, useless because of how they were stored, on cinder blocks). Katrina, Ike, September 11, terrorist bombings, the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, and now a huge economic disaster has all been dealt with by more of the same. Companies like "Fannie, Freddie, AIG, Stearns, etc...etc.." should be left to fail. Darwin's survival of the fittest, applies in the Capitalist Money system, here in America. If there is a company, which has bought bad paper, made bad deals, and is allowing their CEO's/CFO's to rule (at a salary of $1 million a month) and when the company is languishing (sends them away with tens of millions of dollars, severance). Then the company deserves to get whatever the market bares. If this is not the way the free market, operates, then it is not Capitalism. It is a whole different animal, altogether. Coupled with greedy and people living over their means, the above lax company policies, and countless examples of lack of oversight, mixed with the greed and "out of means living" of Americans; the automobile, airline, and other major industries should expect a bail out, from the government, causing the world economy and American economy to tank into a huge depression. Industry, businesses, and individuals are all responsible to leave and work within their means, and if they do not, they deserve to perish. There should always be an equation, whether for business, the stock market (including those greedy and non-ethical speculators), or for individuals stating,(this costs) X dollars -(my income) Y dollars = this is what I can afford/lend/buy (Z outcome). A bail out of this size ($700 billion dollars), the biggest expansion of government in United States history, will not benefit the majority of individuals. It will make those with money, to buy the housing, stocks, and bonds at $.20 on the dollar, to come out that much more ahead, leaving those individuals (who may have been taken advantage of) to fend for themselves. It will also quelch the majority of the "new programs" of the Obama Presidency, or the fiscal cuts of a McCain Presidency, only handcuffing our country for generations. This does not include the countless dollars, which will be lost, at the hands of China, Russia, and other countries buying into the "free bail out" order. The "bail out" is a sham. The longer time goes on, revealing the details (of what was supposed to be rammed through Congress and Government), the less political figures and the people want it at all. One time, the government has to represent the "Main Street" and not "Wall Street," or it will be at America's peril.  (Sep 25, 2008 | post #1)

US News

Time Reveals, Economic "Bail Out" A Joke

From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site" Where did the United States see this before? Katrina is a current example. Hurricane Katrina is coming, but there was not an adequate evacuation plan, warnings, or state and local precautions. America had the people who sat in bars, on Bourbon Street, never heeding the warnings and staying in their homes. People on the ground, in hospitals left people to die, stole and looted drugs and supplies, and all those who rioted and broke into a neighbor's home. Finally, the government, FEMA, Congress, Senate, and the Bush White House completely let the American people down. Consistently, making poor choices, from letting tons of ice melt, water and natural supplies go to waste, the "debit cards" for poor/"disenfr anchised" people to use to buy essential supplies and the millions of dollars of mobile homes that never got to the people who needed them (which are still sitting on Oklahoma Government land, useless because of how they were stored, on cinder blocks). Katrina, Ike, September 11, terrorist bombings, the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, and now a huge economic disaster has all been dealt with by more of the same. Companies like "Fannie, Freddie, AIG, Stearns, etc...etc.." should be left to fail. Darwin's survival of the fittest, applies in the Capitalist Money system, here in America. If there is a company, which has bought bad paper, made bad deals, and is allowing their CEO's/CFO's to rule (at a salary of $1 million a month) and when the company is languishing (sends them away with tens of millions of dollars, severance). Then the company deserves to get whatever the market bares. If this is not the way the free market, operates, then it is not Capitalism. It is a whole different animal, altogether. Coupled with greedy and people living over their means, the above lax company policies, and countless examples of lack of oversight, mixed with the greed and "out of means living" of Americans; the automobile, airline, and other major industries should expect a bail out, from the government, causing the world economy and American economy to tank into a huge depression. Industry, businesses, and individuals are all responsible to leave and work within their means, and if they do not, they deserve to perish. There should always be an equation, whether for business, the stock market (including those greedy and non-ethical speculators), or for individuals stating, (this costs) X dollars - (my income) Y dollars = this is what I can afford/lend/buy (Z outcome). A bail out of this size ($700 billion dollars), the biggest expansion of government in United States history, will not benefit the majority of individuals. It will make those with money, to buy the housing, stocks, and bonds at $.20 on the dollar, to come out that much more ahead, leaving those individuals (who may have been taken advantage of) to fend for themselves. It will also quelch the majority of the "new programs" of the Obama Presidency, or the fiscal cuts of a McCain Presidency, only handcuffing our country for generations. This does not include the countless dollars, which will be lost, at the hands of China, Russia, and other countries buying into the "free bail out" order. The "bail out" is a sham. The longer time goes on, revealing the details (of what was supposed to be rammed through Congress and Government), the less political figures and the people want it at all. One time, the government has to represent the "Main Street" and not "Wall Street," or it will be at America's peril.  (Sep 25, 2008 | post #1)

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Hillary Touts "Past Women," Herself, But NOT Obama (At DNCC)

A tear in her eye, Hillary Rodham Clinton the first woman to "almost" become President, took the stage (at the Democratic National Convention) and her introduction video music said it all. The first four songs before she uttered a word were: "(Girl) You Really Got Me", "Are You Going To Go My Way", "American Girl", and finally "She Can Change The World". Clinton in the primaries got more than 18 million votes, won more states (by vote), but lost due to the "Super Delegates" votes, was obviously emotional when taking the stage. She spoke of running a race, against Obama, as being a privilege. Clinton spoke of the "cancer victim" who greeted her "with a bald head," a young man in a Marine Corps. T-shirt, and the people who were the "Sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits." Saying she, "Never gave in, never gave up, and we made history together." Calling on Harriet Tubbman, other women of the past, women of unions, teachers, hospital workers, and all of the women who have come before her. Saying, "Those are the women who allowed my daughter to vote for me, for President of the United States." Although, Chelsea did not vote for her mom for President, but the option to "possibly RUN for President." Speaking on John McCain, Clinton said, "John McCain is my colleague and my friend, he has served our country with honor and courage, but we do not need four more years of the last eight years..." You get the point. Hillary and Obama, will be spewing John McCain "is" George Bush in disguise. Hillary said, "It is obvious why John and George Bush will be in the Twin Cities, because it is harder and harder to tell them apart." This strategy has yet to work, for the democrats, but they are the Democratic talking points. There was no mention of "we (the Democrats) are a completely different party because of Barack Obama and Joe Biden's policies." She did not mention Barack Obama, but a handful of times. She did say, "Barack Obama is my candidate." Although, she had to say that, and then she spoke little else about the man who took her candidacy away. The best lines of the speech were either about Hillary Clinton, or they were about women of the past, not about Barack Obama. There are three John McCain commercials (here in Missouri), using Hillary's own words, to say that Obama was not ready to lead. Yet, another thing Hillary failed to mention, how McCain is maybe twisting her words? Yet, she did not say one time, Barack Obama is ready to deal with the things America faces today, and on day one. Not one time did she allude to the "Presidential Nominee" (Obama), as a strong leader, a man of trust, loyalty, or someone the American people can count on? Hillary Clinton did what the Clinton's do, and that is tout the Clinton's. Rallying from a near tears beginning of her speech, to a rallying cry for women, in general (not a rallying cry, for Obama, or to vote for Obama). She would receive a grade of 50%, if Obama was grading her. Sure, she rallied the troops, got the whole convention cheering and women in tears (over her past women speech), but she did not advance Barack Obama's cause, in any way. Other than bashing McCain and Bush, which she only did in one spot in the speech, there was nothing about Barack Obama, or demonizing Republicans. Just think, Bill Clinton speaks tomorrow night, and America can only wonder. What will Bill Clinton say, do, and how far will he use he Presidential muster to advance the 2012 Hillary Campaign, or will he advance Barack Obama whole heartedly and in unity? From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site"  (Aug 26, 2008 | post #1)

2008 Presidential Election

Hillary Clinton Touts Past Women, Herself, But NOT Obama

A tear in her eye, Hillary Rodham Clinton the first woman to "almost" become President, took the stage (at the Democratic National Convention) and her introduction video music said it all. The first four songs before she uttered a word were: "(Girl) You Really Got Me", "Are You Going To Go My Way", "American Girl", and finally "She Can Change The World". Clinton in the primaries got more than 18 million votes, won more states (by vote), but lost due to the "Super Delegates" votes, was obviously emotional when taking the stage. She spoke of running a race, against Obama, as being a privilege. Clinton spoke of the "cancer victim" who greeted her "with a bald head," a young man in a Marine Corps. T-shirt, and the people who were the "Sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits." Saying she, "Never gave in, never gave up, and we made history together." Calling on Harriet Tubbman, other women of the past, women of unions, teachers, hospital workers, and all of the women who have come before her. Saying, "Those are the women who allowed my daughter to vote for me, for President of the United States." Although, Chelsea did not vote for her mom for President, but the option to "possibly RUN for President." Speaking on John McCain, Clinton said, "John McCain is my colleague and my friend, he has served our country with honor and courage, but we do not need four more years of the last eight years..." You get the point. Hillary and Obama, will be spewing John McCain "is" George Bush in disguise. Hillary said, "It is obvious why John and George Bush will be in the Twin Cities, because it is harder and harder to tell them apart." This strategy has yet to work, for the democrats, but they are the Democratic talking points. There was no mention of "we (the Democrats) are a completely different party because of Barack Obama and Joe Biden's policies." She did not mention Barack Obama, but a handful of times. She did say, "Barack Obama is my candidate." Although, she had to say that, and then she spoke little else about the man who took her candidacy away. The best lines of the speech were either about Hillary Clinton, or they were about women of the past, not about Barack Obama. There are three John McCain commercials (here in Missouri), using Hillary's own words, to say that Obama was not ready to lead. Yet, another thing Hillary failed to mention, how McCain is maybe twisting her words? Yet, she did not say one time, Barack Obama is ready to deal with the things America faces today, and on day one. Not one time did she allude to the "Presidential Nominee" (Obama), as a strong leader, a man of trust, loyalty, or someone the American people can count on? Hillary Clinton did what the Clinton's do, and that is tout the Clinton's. Rallying from a near tears beginning of her speech, to a rallying cry for women, in general (not a rallying cry, for Obama, or to vote for Obama). She would receive a grade of 50%, if Obama was grading her. Sure, she rallied the troops, got the whole convention cheering and women in tears (over her past women speech), but she did not advance Barack Obama's cause, in any way. Other than bashing McCain and Bush, which she only did in one spot in the speech, there was nothing about Barack Obama, or demonizing Republicans. Just think, Bill Clinton speaks tomorrow night, and America can only wonder. What will Bill Clinton say, do, and how far will he use he Presidential muster to advance the 2012 Hillary Campaign, or will he advance Barack Obama whole heartedly and in unity? From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site"  (Aug 26, 2008 | post #1)

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Hillary Clinton Touts Past Women, Herself, NOT Obama

A tear in her eye, Hillary Rodham Clinton the first woman to "almost" become President, took the stage (at the Democratic National Convention) and her introduction video music said it all. The first four songs before she uttered a word were: "(Girl) You Really Got Me", "Are You Going To Go My Way", "American Girl", and finally "She Can Change The World". Clinton in the primaries got more than 18 million votes, won more states (by vote), but lost due to the "Super Delegates" votes, was obviously emotional when taking the stage. She spoke of running a race, against Obama, as being a privilege. Clinton spoke of the "cancer victim" who greeted her "with a bald head," a young man in a Marine Corps. T-shirt, and the people who were the "Sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits." Saying she, "Never gave in, never gave up, and we made history together." Calling on Harriet Tubbman, other women of the past, women of unions, teachers, hospital workers, and all of the women who have come before her. Saying, "Those are the women who allowed my daughter to vote for me, for President of the United States." Although, Chelsea did not vote for her mom for President, but the option to "possibly RUN for President." Speaking on John McCain, Clinton said, "John McCain is my colleague and my friend, he has served our country with honor and courage, but we do not need four more years of the last eight years..." You get the point. Hillary and Obama, will be spewing John McCain "is" George Bush in disguise. Hillary said, "It is obvious why John and George Bush will be in the Twin Cities, because it is harder and harder to tell them apart." This strategy has yet to work, for the democrats, but they are the Democratic talking points. There was no mention of "we (the Democrats) are a completely different party because of Barack Obama and Joe Biden's policies." She did not mention Barack Obama, but a handful of times. She did say, "Barack Obama is my candidate." Although, she had to say that, and then she spoke little else about the man who took her candidacy away. The best lines of the speech were either about Hillary Clinton, or they were about women of the past, not about Barack Obama. There are three John McCain commercials (here in Missouri), using Hillary's own words, to say that Obama was not ready to lead. Yet, another thing Hillary failed to mention, how McCain is maybe twisting her words? Yet, she did not say one time, Barack Obama is ready to deal with the things America faces today, and on day one. Not one time did she allude to the "Presidential Nominee" (Obama), as a strong leader, a man of trust, loyalty, or someone the American people can count on? Hillary Clinton did what the Clinton's do, and that is tout the Clinton's. Rallying from a near tears beginning of her speech, to a rallying cry for women, in general (not a rallying cry, for Obama, or to vote for Obama). She would receive a grade of 50%, if Obama was grading her. Sure, she rallied the troops, got the whole convention cheering and women in tears (over her past women speech), but she did not advance Barack Obama's cause, in any way. Other than bashing McCain and Bush, which she only did in one spot in the speech, there was nothing about Barack Obama, or demonizing Republicans. Just think, Bill Clinton speaks tomorrow night, and America can only wonder. What will Bill Clinton say, do, and how far will he use he Presidential muster to advance the 2012 Hillary Campaign, or will he advance Barack Obama whole heartedly and in unity? From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site"  (Aug 26, 2008 | post #1)

2008 Presidential Election

Independent Take Of Michelle Obama's Speech, At DNCC

Coming out in a light blue,(looking like) an almost knit dress, with a large center piece on the front. Hair styled in a soft, out of the face, look, and finally speaking with a plain and forthright nature. "The Ice Cream Dream Speech" refering to her first dates with Barack, but also how anything can be achieved with Barack as President and how Michelle and Barack are just the same as Middle to Low Income Class People, no different. Yet, she accomplished the goal of the night, letting the country know, she is "not" a bitter, elite, over the top, and heavy handed black woman. History was made, at the DNCC, in the black community, having the first possible black first lady, stand up and say, "One day your sons and daughters will tell their own children, about what we did together in this election. They will tell them who we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears, how this time we stopped doubting and started dreaming, how this time in this great country, where a girl (from the South side of Chicago) can go to college and law school and the son of a single mother, can go all the way to the White House." The video performance was not needed, as Michelle was delivering Barack Obama, as the "Non-Elitist " as well. Michelle Obama softened her appearance, her deliverance, and gave the American people (at least the Democrats), the appearance the Obama's are just a lucky, hard working couple, who made sacrifices working as "community advisors." For some Americans who do follow politics, look at the whole message, there were flaws. Michelle only mentioned the troops one time. She did not speak about the things the Obama family has achieved, with the houses, vacations, the majority of the "extras" they have, and the constant generic "Ice Cream Dream," was tedious. Especially, if you are giving hope to the whole of society (even "reaching down to people," as the video which announced her said, rather than reaching for/to people), you should be proud of going to Harvard, Princeton, working at law firms, and what you gave up. She did not delve into any of Barack¬ís past, with the other figures he had helping him (Rev. Wright, William Ayers, Union Organizers, and the Chicago Daly System). Saying Hillary Clinton, was one of the people in the litany of others, who have hammered and worked their tail off. Of course, this is "reality, " but they would not speak on this, with their base. Michelle hit a home run tonight, because the simple fact is, Michelle only needed to sell herself and tonight. Her father using two canes to walk across the kitchen to give her mother a kiss, was a bullet to the hearts of the bleeding heart democrat audience, and most tuning into the process for the first time. Michelle sold the American Dream, with a soft shell wrapping, in a completely new way, with the covering being from a black woman, with a solid family, from top to bottom. She did not come off as the woman who said, "I have never been proud of my country, until today." The real test will be how many people paid attention, to the details, the mundane ice cream dates (compared to the college kid working a job, going to college, to pay for his sisters health care), the family she had (compared to the family that was AWOL, for Barack Obama), and finally the anyone can have the American Dream and Barack Obama is the man who will bring it (yet, she embellished Obama bringing the troops legislation to get them health care and to "end the war responsibly") . Time will tell if the American people bought the "Ice Cream Dream Speech." However, for a DNCC speech, I would give her a 75% positive rating (because I will sell, most independents and "regular Americans" short, to eat up, the "Ice Cream Date Dream Life" speech up). From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com/ "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site"  (Aug 25, 2008 | post #1)

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Independent Take On Michelle Obama Speech

Coming out in a light blue, (looking like) an almost knit dress, with a large center piece on the front. Hair styled in a soft, out of the face, look, and finally speaking with a plain and forthright nature. "The Ice Cream Dream Speech" refering to her first dates with Barack, but also how anything can be achieved with Barack as President and how Michelle and Barack are just the same as Middle to Low Income Class People, no different. Yet, she accomplished the goal of the night, letting the country know, she is "not" a bitter, elite, over the top, and heavy handed black woman. History was made, at the DNCC, in the black community, having the first possible black first lady, stand up and say, "One day your sons and daughters will tell their own children, about what we did together in this election. They will tell them who we listened to our hopes, instead of our fears, how this time we stopped doubting and started dreaming, how this time in this great country, where a girl (from the South side of Chicago) can go to college and law school and the son of a single mother, can go all the way to the White House." The video performance was not needed, as Michelle was delivering Barack Obama, as the "Non-Elitist " as well. Michelle Obama softened her appearance, her deliverance, and gave the American people (at least the Democrats), the appearance the Obama's are just a lucky, hard working couple, who made sacrifices working as "community advisors." For some Americans who do follow politics, look at the whole message, there were flaws. Michelle only mentioned the troops one time. She did not speak about the things the Obama family has achieved, with the houses, vacations, the majority of the "extras" they have, and the constant generic "Ice Cream Dream," was tedious. Especially, if you are giving hope to the whole of society (even "reaching down to people," as the video which announced her said, rather than reaching for/to people), you should be proud of going to Harvard, Princeton, working at law firms, and what you gave up. She did not delve into any of Barack¬ís past, with the other figures he had helping him (Rev. Wright, William Ayers, Union Organizers, and the Chicago Daly System). Saying Hillary Clinton, was one of the people in the litany of others, who have hammered and worked their tail off. Of course, this is "reality, " but they would not speak on this, with their base. Michelle hit a home run tonight, because the simple fact is, Michelle only needed to sell herself and tonight. Her father using two canes to walk across the kitchen to give her mother a kiss, was a bullet to the hearts of the bleeding heart democrat audience, and most tuning into the process for the first time. Michelle sold the American Dream, with a soft shell wrapping, in a completely new way, with the covering being from a black woman, with a solid family, from top to bottom. She did not come off as the woman who said, "I have never been proud of my country, until today." The real test will be how many people paid attention, to the details, the mundane ice cream dates (compared to the college kid working a job, going to college, to pay for his sisters health care), the family she had (compared to the family that was AWOL, for Barack Obama), and finally the anyone can have the American Dream and Barack Obama is the man who will bring it (yet, she embellished Obama bringing the troops legislation to get them health care and to "end the war responsibly") . Time will tell if the American people bought the "Ice Cream Dream Speech." However, for a DNCC speech, I would give her a 75% positive rating (because I will sell, most independents and "regular Americans" short, to eat up, the "Ice Cream Date Dream Life" speech up). From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com/ "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site"  (Aug 25, 2008 | post #1)

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During DNCC, McCain Needs This "Pre-Oct" Surprise

John McCain has to make a solid decision for his Vice Presidential candidate, obviously. There are several things, on the surface, McCain would like to have in a VP candidate: possibly a younger man/woman (Kay Bailey Hutchinson, TX, Bobby Jindel, LA.), a person with economic experience (Romney, Mass.), foreign and geopolitical experience (Tom Ridge), or he could go with a combination and overall "gel" candidate (Lieberman). However, McCain, who is not known for his dramatic demeanor, should actually go for the surprise candidate, during the DNCC (Democratic National Committee Convention), announcing on Tuesday, or Wednesday. The surprise and possibly the candidate to put McCain over the top is Mike Huckabee. Barack Obama has Joe Biden for his candidate, for VP, and Biden serves as a mouth piece, bull dog type, who will go out and say the things Barack will not be comfortable with. Also, Biden is not in the same vein as the "new government," or the Hope & Change message, as he has been in Washington for twenty years. The only thing Biden adds to Obama is he is a complete wild card, who could say and do anything (based on his long track record) and he has judicial (he was head of the Judicial Senate Committee) and Foreign experience (he was also the head of the Armed Services Committee) in the Senate. Therefore, McCain is not under a crushing force to pick the perfect candidate. He needs to pick a candidate that will counter Biden and also will limit the potential Obama attack adds, or keep them to a minimum. The most important thing John McCain needs in his VP candidate is someone who will be able to roll with the punches, speak and counter anything asked of him, a person with fresh ideas, and the most important thing is having someone that is a complete surprise and Americans will like (feel like they are close to the VP candidate). Mike Huckabee is this candidate, in all of the places, John McCain needs. Mike Huckabee, first, has been making all of the rounds on Fox, CNN, and all the Sunday shows over the last two months, so the American people know who he is. Huckabee was the last Republican to be in the race, against McCain, building and getting to know a lot of people along the way. People respond to Huckabee and McCain is very friendly with him, even when "The Huck-A-Bus" kept on rolling, after he was completely out of the race mathematically (yet continued, because of the principal). Huckabee is a strong presence on social issues and he was excellent, as a two time governor (Arkansas), having a surplus in both of his terms. Therefore, he fills an economic void. However, the biggest thing Mike Huckabee would bring to a McCain/Huckabee Ticket, is the fact he can banter with anyone in the world. Joe Biden is a blow hard, who gets flustered (when pushed), and Huckabee is quite quippy, never seems to let anyone get under his skin, and would be a perfect fit against Biden in the debates. John McCain does not get along with Mitt Romney and there is no guarantee, Romney can bring Michigan to McCain. Bobby Jindel is pretty young and it may seem like McCain is picking Jindel, simply for the age factor. Tom Ridge is pro-choice and Lieberman is a Democrat, so they would hurt McCain in a big way. Aside from Kay Bailey-Hutchinson, who is a dark horse, Mike Huckabee is the best thing that could ever happen to the McCain ticket. Regardless, if Sean Hannity, Limbaugh, and Anne Coulter like him, the American people and American Republicans like him. Plus, his speaking skills, like ability, and the other things above, far outweigh any of the other candidates. If John McCain does not pick Huckabee, as a "Pre-October Surprise," to take the wind out of the DNCC sails, he will be playing with fire and shooting into the wind. From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com/ "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site"  (Aug 23, 2008 | post #1)

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Obama Gets A Net Minus, With Attack Dog Biden

Bobby Jindel, Mitt Romney, or maybe Tom Ridge for John McCain's Vice Presidential pick? Only John McCain knows, or is close to knowing, but Barack Obama has his VP pick, in Joe Biden. Biden is more than an "experience pick," he is a hit man/bull dog, who will say anything, at any time. In his first speech, as the Vice Presidential pick of Obama, Biden used these two quotes (smacking McCain, before he is even on the campaign trail): 1. "Ladies and gentleman, your kitchen table is like mine. You sit there before, after, you put the kids to bed and you talk, and you talk about what you need. You talk about how much you need to pay the bills. Well, ladies and gentleman, that is not a worry that John McCain needs to worry. It is a pretty hard experience, wondering which of his seven kitchen tables to sit at." 2. "Ladies and Gentleman, the reckoning is now. The reality is we must answer the call, or we will risk the harshest verdict and version in history. These times call for a total change in Washington's 'world view,' These times call for more than just a 'good soldier," They require a wise leader." Wow! Senator Biden, where to begin? Are you really sitting at your table at night, wondering where you will be short, paying your bills and putting food on your table, with your kids in bed, with your wife? The answer is plainly no, this is politics as usual, and it is not "new government/Washing ton" with the utmost speed, because of the risk of "failure and the harshest verdict in history." You are a rich senator, of 20 years. How about taking a shot at McCain's service to our country, did your serve? Sure it takes more than a soldier, to be a good President, look at Clinton, Bush (to be fair), Nixon, Carter, even yourself, you didn't serve in Vietnam. Although, it does take character, which I do believe you have, Mr. Biden, but Barack Obama does not, so he needs you for these baseless attacks. Which you have now shown, 20 minutes into being the VP nominee (officially), that you are more than willing to throw, get in the mud, and hit John McCain with everything you have and what the Obama Machine wants you to do? However, Mr. Biden, you did say yourself: 1. "I would never be a vice president." 2. "I would never serve under Senator Obama, as a cabinet member." 3. "In the debates, you said Barack Obama had no experience to be President of the United States." Mr. Biden, it sounds like you are filling the role, Barack and Michelle Obama need, right now and down the stretch. You will be the attack dog, the mouth piece, and the one who will say things Obama (either can't say or) won't say. I hope you are happy with both, doing the dirty work and also going back on three major statements you have made, in just the last three months. It show a lot of sound and great judgment, something Barack Obama lacks, as well. Good luck with that, Mr. Biden, though. You will need it. From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com/ "Where the news, sports, politics, and public opinion collide in one site"  (Aug 23, 2008 | post #1)

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Obama VP Irrelevant, He Must Do Two Things, To Win

From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com Vice President for Obama, coming into the weekend, is not a real traction issue. Obama has gaffed his way around the world, over the last three to six weeks. When first starting out, the man of Hope & Change he swore to be, speaking out for the lower and middle class, and would also be transparent and a "for the people" candidate. The Democratic Nominee, for over five weeks now, has lost ground to John McCain. I live in a battle ground state/swing state, Missouri. Every time John McCain says anything close to negative, calls him out, or even says something true, but can be construed as negative, Obama hits back, with an ad of his own and/or worse he speaks out. So much for being positive, everyone can see the negative ads and your two faced candidacy. After securing the Dem. Nomination, he would have a complete and candid look at his policies. No again, changing his stance on the Capital Gains Tax four times. The tit-for-tat attitude (on McCain), vacillating on issues like taxes, abortion issues (Saddleback Church Interview), completely forgetting about Dr. Jeremiah Wright("His spiritual mentor and someone who he could not denounce, or it would be like denouncing the whole black community") are by the way side, along with several other barnacles. Obama needs two things to win. Obama's handlers need to lay off. Susan Davis coming out with the comments first, on Georgia. Then Obama giving a soft Euro answer and "let cooler heads prevail," made him look very weak. Barack need not hide and go negative. When McCain is speaking out and acting. Obama has to be a real person, to American voters, not a same old politician. Every opportunity, Obama should take, personally and speak himself. His charisma, speaking in front of a TelePrompTer on fresh issues, and constant policy talk, will sound better than anything coming out of McCain. The democratic base will stick with him (regardless) and the independents want someone to believe in. By the time independents know Obama can't capitalize on all he has promised, he will be President. The President of the United States is the most powerful man in the world, he still has only limited power, in the geographical landscape. The second thing, to win, is stop going negative. The American people are not want another "swift boat," or cry baby politician. It is just tedious. He needs to speak in fresh and not all friendly venues. Then speak out on specific issues (giving the most specific answers) on the issue, and finally come back to being the positive candidate (showing the candidate who beat the Clinton Machine). He has to speak out on drilling, jobs, go back to health care (Obama has not spoken on health care, and gotten any news/media coverage on it in over a month), and finally he "must" speak out on the issues Republicans (who are socially independent) and Independents want to hear. Obama has to tell that group, he will never abandon them, health care will save the middle class, he is pro gun, stay away from abortion, and make sure he is the candidate they once saw and believed in. The VP candidate is irrelevant. Seeing Obama responding to ads from McCain every other commercial, while Claire McCaskill and I are watching Michael Phelps win gold after gold is nothing more than tedious. Ditch the handlers, come out with free flowing speeches, such as, against Hillary (not to mention bury Hillary and Bill after the convention), and quit responding to McCain's negative ads. Be your own man, stand up for the issues people want to hear again, and finally "BE THE BIGGER PERSON/CANDIDATE AND FOLLOW THRU ON THE PROMISE YOU ONCE MADE." "I am not the politician of days of old, and I will make our country great and strong again thru my policies, my beliefs, and thru what you want."  (Aug 22, 2008 | post #1)

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Obama's VP Irrelevant, Barack Needs Two Things, To Win

From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com Vice President for Obama, coming into the weekend, is not a real traction issue. Obama has gaffed his way around the world, over the last three to six weeks. When first starting out, the man of Hope & Change he swore to be, speaking out for the lower and middle class, and would also be transparent and a "for the people" candidate. The Democratic Nominee, for over five weeks now, has lost ground to John McCain. I live in a battle ground state/swing state, Missouri. Every time John McCain says anything close to negative, calls him out, or even says something true, but can be construed as negative, Obama hits back, with an ad of his own and/or worse he speaks out. So much for being positive, everyone can see the negative ads and your two faced candidacy. After securing the Dem. Nomination, he would have a complete and candid look at his policies. No again, changing his stance on the Capital Gains Tax four times. The tit-for-tat attitude (on McCain), vacillating on issues like taxes, abortion issues (Saddleback Church Interview), completely forgetting about Dr. Jeremiah Wright("His spiritual mentor and someone who he could not denounce, or it would be like denouncing the whole black community") are by the way side, along with several other barnacles. Obama needs two things to win. Obama's handlers need to lay off. Susan Davis coming out with the comments first, on Georgia. Then Obama giving a soft Euro answer and "let cooler heads prevail," made him look very weak. Barack need not hide and go negative. When McCain is speaking out and acting. Obama has to be a real person, to American voters, not a same old politician. Every opportunity, Obama should take, personally and speak himself. His charisma, speaking in front of a TelePrompTer on fresh issues, and constant policy talk, will sound better than anything coming out of McCain. The democratic base will stick with him (regardless) and the independents want someone to believe in. By the time independents know Obama can't capitalize on all he has promised, he will be President. The President of the United States is the most powerful man in the world, he still has only limited power, in the geographical landscape. The second thing, to win, is stop going negative. The American people are not want another "swift boat," or cry baby politician. It is just tedious. He needs to speak in fresh and not all friendly venues. Then speak out on specific issues (giving the most specific answers) on the issue, and finally come back to being the positive candidate (showing the candidate who beat the Clinton Machine). He has to speak out on drilling, jobs, go back to health care (Obama has not spoken on health care, and gotten any news/media coverage on it in over a month), and finally he "must" speak out on the issues Republicans (who are socially independent) and Independents want to hear. Obama has to tell that group, he will never abandon them, health care will save the middle class, he is pro gun, stay away from abortion, and make sure he is the candidate they once saw and believed in. The VP candidate is irrelevant. Seeing Obama responding to ads from McCain every other commercial, while Claire McCaskill and I are watching Michael Phelps win gold after gold is nothing more than tedious. Ditch the handlers, come out with free flowing speeches, such as, against Hillary (not to mention bury Hillary and Bill after the convention), and quit responding to McCain's negative ads. Be your own man, stand up for the issues people want to hear again, and finally "BE THE BIGGER PERSON/CANDIDATE AND FOLLOW THRU ON THE PROMISE YOU ONCE MADE." "I am not the politician of days of old, and I will make our country great and strong again thru my policies, my beliefs, and thru what you want."  (Aug 22, 2008 | post #1)

Barack Obama's VP Irrelevant, He Needs To Do 2 Things, To...

From DMAN, at TheThoughtSpigot.c om http://thethoughts pigot.com Vice President for Obama, coming into the weekend, is not a real traction issue. Obama has gaffed his way around the world, over the last three to six weeks. When first starting out, the man of Hope & Change he swore to be, speaking out for the lower and middle class, and would also be transparent and a "for the people" candidate. The Democratic Nominee, for over five weeks now, has lost ground to John McCain. I live in a battle ground state/swing state, Missouri. Every time John McCain says anything close to negative, calls him out, or even says something true, but can be construed as negative, Obama hits back, with an ad of his own and/or worse he speaks out. So much for being positive, everyone can see the negative ads and your two faced candidacy. After securing the Dem. Nomination, he would have a complete and candid look at his policies. No again, changing his stance on the Capital Gains Tax four times. The tit-for-tat attitude (on McCain), vacillating on issues like taxes, abortion issues (Saddleback Church Interview), completely forgetting about Dr. Jeremiah Wright("His spiritual mentor and someone who he could not denounce, or it would be like denouncing the whole black community") are by the way side, along with several other barnacles. Obama needs two things to win. Obama's handlers need to lay off. Susan Davis coming out with the comments first, on Georgia. Then Obama giving a soft Euro answer and "let cooler heads prevail," made him look very weak. Barack need not hide and go negative. When McCain is speaking out and acting. Obama has to be a real person, to American voters, not a same old politician. Every opportunity, Obama should take, personally and speak himself. His charisma, speaking in front of a TelePrompTer on fresh issues, and constant policy talk, will sound better than anything coming out of McCain. The democratic base will stick with him (regardless) and the independents want someone to believe in. By the time independents know Obama can't capitalize on all he has promised, he will be President. The President of the United States is the most powerful man in the world, he still has only limited power, in the geographical landscape. The second thing, to win, is stop going negative. The American people are not want another "swift boat," or cry baby politician. It is just tedious. He needs to speak in fresh and not all friendly venues. Then speak out on specific issues (giving the most specific answers) on the issue, and finally come back to being the positive candidate (showing the candidate who beat the Clinton Machine). He has to speak out on drilling, jobs, go back to health care (Obama has not spoken on health care, and gotten any news/media coverage on it in over a month), and finally he "must" speak out on the issues Republicans (who are socially independent) and Independents want to hear. Obama has to tell that group, he will never abandon them, health care will save the middle class, he is pro gun, stay away from abortion, and make sure he is the candidate they once saw and believed in. The VP candidate is irrelevant. Seeing Obama responding to ads from McCain every other commercial, while Claire McCaskill and I are watching Michael Phelps win gold after gold is nothing more than tedious. Ditch the handlers, come out with free flowing speeches, such as, against Hillary (not to mention bury Hillary and Bill after the convention), and quit responding to McCain's negative ads. Be your own man, stand up for the issues people want to hear again, and finally "BE THE BIGGER PERSON/CANDIDATE AND FOLLOW THRU ON THE PROMISE YOU ONCE MADE." "I am not the politician of days of old, and I will make our country great and strong again thru my policies, my beliefs, and thru what you want."  (Aug 22, 2008 | post #1)