Thursday, February 28, 2008

Utah Driving Privilege Card

Utah State Legislature H.B. 171 continues to allow illegals to legally drive a car. They justify the existing promiscuous law by adding some restrictions:

-- Can't use the card to buy alcohol
-- Requires driver to provide proof of auto insurance
-- Can't be used as proof of a person's age for any government required purpose
-- Can't buy or sell certain chemicals / controlled substances
-- Can't use to buy a firearm

It is clear that Utah lawmakers are pro-illegal immigrant. They are not willing to a) encourage the enforcement of the existing federal laws and b) create local legislation that will discourage illegals from coming to Utah.

They'd rather have the fees from the licensing and the associated driving-related tax revenues.

They have thrown up their hands and say "we can't do anything about them so we might as well generate some revenue from them." Cowards!

We need immigrants but they need to be here legally. They must be net-producers, not net-consumers.

Formal Congressional Apology for Slavery

They are at it again...a formal congressional effort to issue a formal apology for American slavery. Five states -- Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey -- have already issued their formal apologies.

Spearheaded by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) (and a dozen or so other Senators), the forthcoming proposal will be designed to apologize for slavery and for the Jim Crow laws.

The practice of slavery ended in this nation 150 years ago. Besides some fringe groups, who in this nation is in favor of slavery? There is no pride in the fact some of our states and families were slavery proponents in the 16th-19th centuries. Were not 600,000 deaths during the war between the states apologetic enough? Were they in vain?

Sure we still witness prejudices in society. We always will. However, we have laws against slavery. We have laws against racial discrimination. Apologetic legislation is not going to improve any one's lot in life or their opportunities to succeed and enjoy life's freedoms. These elected official are merely pandering.

Slavery has existed from the beginning of mankind. It still exists today in some nations. It is a crime against the conquered, the poor, the distraught. Saint Patrick was a slave -- a white man from Roman Britain enslaved by the Irish. Joseph, Jacob's son, was a slave in Egypt. They overcame without government intervention. The practice is detestable.

Why do we need government legislation on this topic when we no longer practice it? It is going to accomplish nothing. It will probably lead to more victimization. Is this the precursor to slavery reparations? You can bet on it.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Widescale Global Cooling

Will Al Gore just consider this a blip in his overall global warming dogma?

2007/8 has proven to be an exceptionally cool and snowy winter in the northern hemisphere. According to all four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS), over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.
The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out nearly all the warming recorded over the past 100 years.
Darn, what will that do to all of those carbon offsets that were bought and sold?

Mandatory Pet Sterilization

Los Angeles and its liberal leaders like Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has demostrated how not to address a problem.

On Tuesday, Villaraigosa signed a new law requiring most dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered by the time they are 4 months old.

Is the best way to control the overpopulation of dogs and cats and to reduce the city's euthanization costs to create a new law that forces people to spay or neuter their animals?

Who is going to enforce the new law? Would the city rather incure the cost of policing the implementation and handling the counter claims by people who feel their pet belongs to the exception category?

Is this a law aimed at the poor? I would surmise that most people who do not spay or neuter their animals because they don't want to pay the vet's fee ($25-100). Sure there are some people who just don't care -- but they have greater problems than pet reproduction.

Just because a social problem exists should not trigger legislation.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Obama Supporters...Wackos

Right before our eyes, we see the pure definition of liberalism in Obama-mania: political decisions / favored candidates based on emotional appeal.

He is running a Bill Graham-like crusade, not a political campaign.

I have listened to Obama supporters trying to explain why Obama is so important to America and why he will make a good president. Everyone of them says something about "hope" or how he will provide hope for people...not really explaining what he (or any politician) is going to actually do.

Everyone of his supporters say they are doing okay but the people are really struggling. Struggling? We have 5% unemployment. We have the greatest standard of living in the world. If someone wants a job, they can get one. There is and will always be under-employment but that's capitalism at its finest: no one say you have to be under-employed forever.

They tell us Obama with help those less fortunate. How? The government will give them money and free stuff. This will be paid for by getting out of Iraq ... an illegal war.

Everyone has the right to free healthcare, despite the fact that the healthcare they have through employers is okay. It is the other guy they are worried about. Such compassion.

Let's let the government take care of people. The government will pay for it.

If it was not for stupid people, Obama would have no following.

PS: probably something like 90+ percent of the blacks will vote for him, not based on merit but based on race, promises and government programs that have failed time and time again from FDR, Truman and Johnson through Carter and Clinton. Marxism does not and will never work. But there are plenty of Democrats that think Castro had it right...go figure. That's the life for me...the Cuban dream, right up there with the Russian, Chinese and North Korean dreams.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Iran Might Still Be Going Nuclear?

Shocked! We are shocked that the Iranians may be moving ahead with their nuclear development program. However, we know that if they are, it is for peaceful purposes only.

The IAEA issued an internal report entitled Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions 1737 (2006) and 1747 (2007) in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Definitely the Agency will continue to do as much as we can to make sure that we also contribute to the confidence-building process with regard to the past and present nuclear activities in Iran, but naturally, we can not provide assurance about future intentions. That is inherently a diplomatic process that needs the engagement of all the parties.
There is no reason that we should ever believe Iran. Their history supports this.

They are game-playing. They are not providing credible assurances about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities within Iran.

We need Democratic leadership to help get to the bottom of this through their methods of diplomacy. Right.

Belgrade Riot Girls

I doubt anyone is shocked at the Belgrade riot girls video, showing them stealing chocolates, drinks, bagging shoes and jackets. In all societies, there are thieves. These gals are nothing more than Serbian thieves, who happen to have been caught in the act.

It is interesting to note that the bulk of the people were not stealing.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Obama's Eloquency Sells But Fails to Deliver

Why is it that a large portion of a nation's population -- pick any country -- go out of their way to worship certain pop-culture characters? Successful musicians, actors, athletes, religious leaders and politicians have cult-followings. Why would anyone assume that these individuals merit extra attention?

We have seen this in politics forever. It is because of Obama's recent cult-like following that forces us to re-examine this phenomena.

He is a man that is eloquent and has a gift with the spoke word. That is what attracts his followers. His words have no substance. I cannot image this passionate following to continue through November, but I could be wrong.

How long will people remain hypnotized with "change," "hope," "yes we can," and "si se puede?" How long will we base our vote on some belief that the politician "inspires?"

Ask any of his cult followers: What qualifies Obama to be President? What legislation has Obama been behind? What real-world experience does Obama have? They cannot respond because he has accomplished nothing.

With Hillary, we have a heave and detest factor working. We all know she is as creepy as they come and is married to a real creepy guy. She is a wolf in a bad disguise. Obama is more like a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Both have Marxist tendencies. Listen to Obama's words...they are Marxist at their core. From Wikipedia, most forms of Marxism share:

-- An attention to the material conditions of people's lives, and social relations among people
-- A belief that people's consciousness of the conditions of their lives reflects these material conditions and relations
-- An understanding of class in terms of differing relations of production, and as a particular position within such relations
-- An understanding of material conditions and social relations as historically malleable
-- a view of history according to which class struggle, the evolving conflict between classes with opposing interests, structures each historical period and drives historical change
-- A sympathy for the working class or proletariat
-- A belief that the ultimate interests of workers best match those of humanity in general.

I am not a fan of McCain, but he is certainly better than a Marxist.

Friday, February 15, 2008

LDS Leader Pro-Illegal Immigrant

Yesterday, Elder Marlin K. Jensen of the Seventy spoke in behalf of the Church at a forum at Westminster College regarding Utah HB241. The law would repeal a law that allows qualified but undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at state colleges and universities. Elder Jensen asked lawmakers to show compassion on the issue of illegal immigration.

Is this the official Church policy with respect to illegal immigrants? Are we to assume that there are some laws that are okay to break and remain in good standing with the Church?

Is this an effort by the Church to keep it Hispanic roots solid?

When an illegal immigrant requests a temple recommend and is asked if he/she obeys the law of the land, they can now say yes, even though they are not?

When an illegal immigrant seals someone's identity, is that okay?

The Church appears to be walking a thin line here. Is the Church, under a new First Presidency, willing to take a stand on some political issues? Once they go down the policical path, they risk alienating many. Is this a test of our faith?

I have a real problem with this stance. The illegal immigrant problem is a huge one, impacting and burying much of our social fabric -- healthcare, education, law enforcement, etc. Compassion is fine but turning a blind-eye to law breakers -- many illegals are bona fide felons -- is really a slipery slope.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Why Is Congress Involved in MLB?

Sadly, yesterday, Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee were the topic of the day, along with steroid and HGH use in professional baseball.

Apparenly the Henry Waxman-lead House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has nothing better to do than hold public hearings involving a baseball great and a modern designer drug dealer.

Those that follow professional sports have excepted the lying and cheating that goes on in the business. There are few people who believe Clemens who seems to adhere to the George Costanza (of Seinfeld fame) premise: "it is not a lie if you believe it."

Congress has no real business in this mess. It is MLB's business.

We know MLB will not do anything. There are two parties and one of them is lying. We'll never know the absolute truth.

Baseball wants to put this behind them and get it off of the front pages. They sanctioned the abuse for years. Now they are trying to "repent." They have reaped the financial rewards by making legends, breaking records, filling the seats and selling stuff galore. Steroids and HGH have been very, very good for baseball.

I am and will continue to be a fan. However I have no respect for the players, coaches and owners as human beings. They are nothing more than modern-day glaidators -- businessmen willing to do anything to make a buck and maximize their investments. The games is just their vehicle.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

A Bad Man Moves On: Imad Mughniyeh

Imad Mughniyeh, head of Hezbollah's special operations unit, was killed last night in Damascus via a car bomb. The world is indeed a better place with his demise.

This man tortures and kills at the drop of a hat.

-- Killed the 261 Marines in Beirut.
-- Killed 19 soldiers in the Kobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.
-- Killed a U.S. Navy diver during the hijacking of a TWA jetliner.
-- Killed 29 by bombing Israel's embassy in Argentina in 1992.
-- Killed 95 in a Buenos Aires Jewish center bombing in 1994.
-- Kidnapped and tortured a group of Westerners hostage in Lebanon, including Terry Anderson (held captive for six years).

He's a buddy of Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as well as al-Qaeda's Osama bin Laden.

This is a good thing for the war on terror. This man has been in hiding for nearly 15 years. Someone or some government crack intelligence team has penetrated the secret society of Hezbollah. The assassination was carried out flawlessly. Result: worthwhile lives have now been spared; hard core killer eliminated. Someone will take his place but anytime a bad person is eliminated, the better we all are.

The MSM has elected to ignore this huge story. Why? Because MSM’s Democratic candidates will be asked about it. Their ability or willingness to fight terrorism will come into question. Both Mrs. Clinton and Obama fail this test.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Anti-Mormon Christian

According to an NPR report today,
Public opinion polls repeatedly show resistance to putting a Mormon in the White House. Survey after survey finds that from 25 percent to 50 percent of the respondents would not be comfortable with a Mormon president.
It is a given that some elements of society will never accept Mormons. They'll tolerate them but never except. Most of those are from the evangelical Christian community.

Ask any missionary in any part of the world: those who detest and actively "campaign" against Mormon's are evangelical Christians. They preach anti-Mormonism in their gatherings and in their literature. They are the aggressors in the "conflict." Few Mormons will waste their time arguing doctrine with them. They have their beliefs, we have ours.

It is almost as silly as the Shiite and Sunni Muslims -- they both follow the Koran and the teachings of Mohammad but they have no qualms about killing one another.

We Mormons know we are Christians. We strive to be disciples of Christ. If other Christian denominations refuse to recognize us a Christians, then that's their problem. We'll continue to go about our business.

We cannot talk down to Jews, Catholics, Muslims, women, blacks, Hispanics but Mormons are fair game. We will continue to grow and prosper throughout the world. We love our faith, our Savior, our way of life. If others have a problem with it then so be it; we'll prosper without their acceptance.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Timeline of Rocket Attacks from Gaza

Since 1947, the timeline of Arab-Israeli conflict is ripe with promises, terrorism and bombings. Israel has blossomed as a rose; the West Bank and Gaza continue to be rotting slums.

Since 2001, the number of rockets fired from Gaza into Israel has gone largely unreported in the west. Gaza Arabs got great coverage when they broke down barriers and went into Egypt for supplies and for who knows what else.

-- In 2001, 249 rockets and mortar shells are fired by Palestinian terrorist groups (245 mortars and 4 rockets).
-- In 2002, 292 rockets and mortar shells are fired by Palestinian terrorist groups (257 mortars and 35 rockets).
-- In 2002, 292 rockets and mortar shells are fired by Palestinian terrorist groups (257 mortars and 35 rockets).
-- In 2004, 1,157 rockets and mortar shells are fired by Palestinian terrorist groups (876 mortars and 281 rockets).
-- In 2005, 417 rockets and mortar shells are fired by Palestinian terrorist groups (238 mortars and 179 rockets).
Aug. 2005: Israel’s Unilateral Disengagement from the Gaza Strip - Israel withdraws 9,000 citizens from the Gaza settlements and hands the entire territory over to Palestinian control.
-- In 2006, 968 rockets and mortar shells are fired by Palestinian terrorist groups (22 mortars and 946 rockets).
-- In 2007, 2,312 rockets and mortar shells are fired by Palestinian terrorist groups (1,263 mortars and 1,049 rockets).

Friday, February 08, 2008

Economic Stimulus Package Created By Idiots

The economic stimulus package (HR 5140) was passed by overwhelming margins: 81-16 in the Senate; 380-34 in the House.

I wrote Congressman Matheson and Senators Hatch and Bennett expressing my disappointment in them for their "Yes" vote on the so-called economic stimulous package.

This is pandering and populism at it highest.

It makes no sense to take money from ourselves (in the future) and give it to us now so we can buy stuff, that WE DON'T NEED -- more electronics from Asia.

If you wanted to create an economic stimulous, we would have ALL BEEN BETTER SERVED IF YOU MADE THE TAX CUTS PERMANENT!

Putting us $170 billion more in debt because growth is stagnating clearly demonstrates the ineptitude of our elected officials.

Cut taxes and government programs (entire departments) if you want economic encentives. Think about the stimulus we would reslize if the Department of Labor, Deptartment of Education and the IRS were done away with.

In stead of spending it on ourslves, let's take our $300, $600 or $1200 and give it to a military family, give it to a foreign orphanage, donate it to a charity.

Voting Goof In Utah County

Super Tuesday in Utah Country did not go as well as many people had hoped. Not because of the outcome but the inability to find the appropriate voting location.

Utah County did not have enough voting locations. People went to their normal voting location only to find out that there was no voting being done at that location for the election. They went to other, past locations only to find out that the workers had no idea where they should vote; they just could not vote at their location, because their name was not on the list.

For those that had hoped to vote after work and dinner, missed their chance to vote because by the time they found the right location, it was past 8pm and the polling locations were closed.

Last fall when we voted on the school voucher issue, t here were many more polling locations. In this presidential primary, the Utah County Clerk failed to anticipate the demand, causing many to miss their chance.
Utah County Clerk-Auditor Bryan Thompson acknowledged, "We just consolidated too much. . . . That was misjudgment on our part."
The clerk's office also did a poor job getting the word out on early voting.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Romney Suspends Campaign

Today, Mitt Romney quit his quest for the Republican nomination for the presidency. That leaves America's leadership in the hands of either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama (no real ideological difference) or John McCain. So very scary.

Romney's abandonment makes me mad. Not that he quite but that he screwed up as a campaigner. His "I punt" speech today was one of the better speeches on conservatism we've ever heard. He gave a great speech in San Antonio on the topic of religion.

Why hasn't this Mitt Romney dominated his campaign? He resorted to gabs at his opponents instead of sticking to core conservative principles. Perhaps he is just not comfortable as an extemporaneous statesman. He is certainly polished when given time to prepare an uninterrupted speech.

His speech today at the Conservative Political Action Conference was an excellent speech. He elequently stated how conservative principles are needed now more than ever. He delineated many of these principles:

-- the internal attack on the American culture
-- the attack on faith and religion
-- economic competition
-- energy independence
-- controlling government spending
-- eliminated government unions
-- the threat of violent radical Jihad

These are conservative principles that should be part of a conservative candidate's continuous message. Failure to do this was Romney's key shortcoming. It may have even trumpted the country's dislike of Mormons.

These principles and the Republican Party's strong adherence to them are the only way the Party will ever again be relavent.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Election Results Create Anger in Some

On the Democrat side, yesterday's primary elections were about a wash between Obama and Clinton. The race is a dead heat; additional states are still required to determine the candidate. Clinton is still the favorite because of the red states she will win. That's also why the Democrats will win in November -- they dominate the large, red states and that's all one needs to win the national election.

On the Republican side, McCain was the big winner, all but wrapping up the nomination by winning the large states and taking 43 percent of the Republican vote. Huckabee did okay in the south without spending much money, but he only garnered around 21 percent of the total vote. (Perhaps he has locked up his position as McCain's VP candidate.) Romney was the big looser, despite getting 35 percent of the total Republican vote and spending an enormous amount of money.

As I see it, the Republican effort is nothing more than a big boondoggle. Regardless of who wins, the Democrats will win in November, in a landslide. McCain has a better chance against Mrs. Clinton because of the number of people who dislike her. He will stand almost no chance against Obama. He will appear as the old, established guard while Obama will represent the new and fresh. Obama will make McCain look like a fool in the debates.

There is only one chance where I see McCain winning the Presidency: a major terror or military incident that will mandate a strong and ruthless commander in chief. That will never be a Democrat.

Many conservatives are angry today because Romney lost big. America can handle a woman and a black but there is no way it can handle a Mormon in the White House. Huckabee and the evangelist group have never like Mormons. They never will. It is core to their faith. For the others, including me, Romney is too plastic and rehearsed. His talking points are as boring and uninspired as it comes. (Too bad the Romney of San Antonio speech was not the norm.) McCain is all that's left.

I left the Republican Party last year. I wish I were still part of it but the Republican Party from Lincoln to Reagan has all but disappeared. The concepts of smaller government and lower taxes are gone forever. I have just assumed that governments at all levels will take a greater role in our lives from economics to personal freedoms. Increasingly, the majority of the electorate prefers more European style of government with social programs and economic safety net, regardless of higher taxes.

I will continue to participate in the political process but not within a group I adamantly disagree with. I have always been a fan of the two-party system but that was when the two parties were uniquely different. I'd like to convince myself that the best way to change the Party is within the Party. But that no longer works. The same candidates or prospective candidates come with huge financial backing, either spending their own fortune or selling out to special interest monies. They dictate the party platform and governing actions.

We continue to be presented with candidates that are rich in populism and weak in conservatism. Why should I participate in the Republican Party when I only support a small portion of their platform?

Reagan said that if he agreed with someone 75 percent of the time, that person would be his ally. What about less than 50 percent of the time? That's where it is with McCain. Conservatism will always exist but fewer and fewer people will adopt those principles. Perhaps after November following a Democrat landslide, the Republican Party may reassess its platform. But for the foreseeable future, conservatives are outsiders within the Republican Party, without a true voice and no where to go.

I am not angry just discouraged. I did not like any of the three Republican candidates. I have basically tossed in the towel for the time being and will watch the country become more liberal and experience that feeling of paying more and more taxes and getting less and less in return.

However, I will not sit-out the national election in November. There are still issues that I care about, namely the Supreme Court and the GWOT.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Personalities Count in Elections

It is intriguing to listen to the conservative talk show hosts discuss the pros and cons of the presidential candidates, namely John McCain.

There is an obvious disagreement with John McCain's conservative credentials.

When it comes down to it, most people vote for candidates they like. It seems older people tend to like McCain because he served in the military and was a POW. McCain is running an "I'm a military hero" campaign that appeals to some of the electorate.

I personally find John McCain a pandering half-wit. I dislike his politics. I also regard him as a person I cannot trust. He has been in Congress for 25 years and had has done nothing to promote conservatism. He is all about promoting John McCain.

In 2000 and 2004, most Republican's felt they were getting a conservative in George W. Bush. That proved to be wrong. John McCain is a Washington insider that caters to bi-partisanship, which is nothing more than left-leaning policies. He will take the Party more to the left. He has and will abandon the core Republican principles, focusing more on his opponents than on his allies. He is more comfortable with pandering than taking a stand for conservative principles.

Certainly Romney has some image issues -- he's a litle too polished for many. He'd not be someone I'd want to hang-out with. Although McCain is a straight shooter for the most part, he lacks polish and is a manipulating poser. I definintely would not hang-out with him. Both leading candidates have non-engaging personalities; McCain's is a bit more grating.

I will not be voting today because I am not willing to re-join the Republican Party in order to do so. And I will never vote for a Democrat...EVER. McCain will lose in Utah; Romney will win all of its thrity-something delegates. They both know this. The battle between the two is in the larger states where the prize is much greater.

Monday, February 04, 2008

President Monson

Yesterday, Thomas S. Monson was ordained the 16th President of the Church. He selected Henry B. Eyring as his first counselor and Dieter F. Uchtdorf as his second counselor. Today, the Church held a formal press conference.

President Monson is a true veteran of Church leadership. We have known him seemingly as long as we have President Hinckley. I doubt we will notice any significant change in policy or methodology.

As an opinion, I see the Church engaging in more international efforts, especially in Europe. Few Europeans consider themselves religious. Secularism seems to reign. I see the Church making a more conscious effort to open up to Europeans that conscientiously or subconscientiously see a higher purpose in this probational life.

My children have really only known President Hinckley. Now they will get to know another prophet of God.

MLB, High Salaries and the Unlucky Fans

As a passionate baseball fan, every year I get re-disappointed with the organization of MLB. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Some may say that this is the capitalist way. It is but all teams are part of an organization called MLB. Each team needs each other. The Yankees and Red Sox need the Blue Jays, Orioles and Devil Rays; the Dodgers and Giants need the Dbacks and Rockies.

Seeing arguably the best pitcher in baseball leave the Twins and sign with the Mets was sad for the Twins, good for the Mets, but bad for baseball.

Johan Santana was exchanged for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Deolis Guerra, Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey. Time will tell how good the deal is but it is unlikely that any one of these players will match the quality of Santana.

Some teams begin the year with little chance of making the playoff. These teams have a tough time filling their own stands.

As each year begins, it is given that every team will lose 60 games and win 60 games; the remaining 42 games are decided, to a large degree, by a hundred million dollars per team. How'd you like to be the Devil Rays? In order to make the playoffs, they have to hope that at least one of the two riches teams in baseball, Yankees and Red Sox, falter. Possible, but not probable.

Parity is good for the league because it is good for the fans and for the players. Sure there will be fewer players making stratospheric salaries -- Santana and A-Rod -- but more teams will have a shot.

The NFL has proven parity to be a good thing. MLB will not change until the fans speak. We need to see more teams fail financial before MLB and its owners will do something. Hopefully this time, it will be something other than turning a blind eye on performance enhancing drugs...McGuire, Sosa, Bonds and Clemens.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Giants Pull the Upset

It was one of the better Super Bowls. I am not a fan of neither the New York Giants nor the New England Patriots. As such, seeing Brady take his team down the field to go up 14-10 with less than three minutes to go and then to see Eli Manning take his team into the end zone with around 35 seconds remaining to go up 17-14, and leaving Brady with a chance with three timeouts, it could not have been scripted any better.

I know they give the MVP trophy to someone on the winning offense, but it was the Giants defense that stole the show.

Low scoring, good defense, few mistakes; it was a classic.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Si', Se Puede

Listening to NPR on Friday was witness to pathetic "journalism." They were in Southern California in prep for the California primary on Tuesday.

It started, of course, with a recording of Ted Kennedy speaking Spanish -- in the worse accent ever heard. His populist message was geared towards those with an elementary education.

NPR then engaged in a number of "interviews" with some of next week's Hispanic voters. The bulk of the interviews were pro-Mrs. Clinton. For some reason, the interviews they elected to air were from people who think she understands their plight much better than Obama.

I thought it was only John Edwards who understands the trials of the down-trodden and less fortunate? With his departure, now it appears to be a battle between Mrs. Clinton and Obama for that claim to fame. They empathy and sentimentality is so touching.

If there were no uneducated and ignorant people, there would be very few Democrats.