Sunday, November 30, 2008

Say What You Mean And Mean What You Say...Cliché ?

Political rhetoric is becoming cliché. I guess if politicians say something often and with authority they feel it will create a sudden immunity to the pain caused by the events described. 'Too big to fail' has to be one of my most favorite sayings to loathe. What they are really saying is the failure of these incompetently run institutions would be a miscarriage of justice because they have been around a long time, and sucked so many people into investing in them, that it is a tradition we can not possibly give up (especially since they have lined so many politicians' pockets). Why don't we just divide-up a failed "whatever" and throw a little healthy competition into the mix. The departments who do well get to keep up the good work. Those who can not grasp basic business concepts, and continue on a downward spiral, will be allowed to implode. Surely there is someway to dissect them. 'Slippery Slope' weighs in at number two. If one is on a slope, with very little likelihood of traction, one should merely take another course. However, politicians feel it is their own extreme sporting event with one "twist". The spectators (Americans) are the ones who feel the pain if anyone falls...or any business fails. 'Wall Street versus Main Street' could more accurately be conveyed as 'Wall Street and Washington versus Main Street'. We are not privy to insider secrets, dealings, or alliances. Our inclusion comes only when we are on the brink of disaster and then it is too late. We are expected to quietly wait for our fate and applaud any scrap of recovery. Congress can not point fingers or scramble fast enough when the shadows have been illuminated. Barney Frank, the Chairman of the Financial Services Committee, has exhibited incompetence and should be asked, no told, to step down immediately. There are only two possibilities for him. Either the job was too big for him to handle or he refused to handle the job. I just said what I meant and meant what I said...

Note: When an orator can no longer distinguish between truth and lies it is time he or she defers to silence.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-30-08

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Let's Not Give Obama A "Time-Out" Before He Has Had "Time-In"

Times are tough. Some are of our own making and some are courtesy of the misdeeds of others. President Obama is going to have to work in a bipartisan manner, not entirely to appease the opposition groups, but rather to save the nation economically, militarily, and ethically. Every step he takes will be scrutinized by the nation, the world, and history. Surely every American is aware that both major parties have people who fall into categories of poor, adequate, above average, and superior. During these tumultuous times isn't it showing wisdom to pick from the "cream of the crop"? We need some continuity starting off in this new administration. It instills confidence in the anxious world. Let his choices falter, in any way, and then we (myself included) can cast aspersions. I'm not crazy about all of President-elect Obama's choices thus far...but with most of them I can understand his reasoning. Some say he is already "testing the loyalty of his base". To this I can only say...Stop acting like "only children". When he became President-elect he broadened his base to include all Americans. It is my understanding that the current United States Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, will be asked to stay on for at least another year. It is a prudent step on the part of President-elect Obama. The world is too volatile to allow "on-the-job" training. There have been others who have caused concerns among liberals, as well. True, the clock is ticking and his time is coming. But let's not give him a "time-out" before he has had "time-in".

Note: There is a problem with judging if the criteria is always changing.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-29-08

Friday, November 28, 2008

Constitution vs. Constitution

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Note: If someone wishes to Amend our U.S. Constitution and it goes against our personal is time to speak up!

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-28-08

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving 2008 - 3 Shorts & A Note

Hillary is still playing the waiting game for the Secretary of State position. At least she has a deadline. She can continue up until President-elect Obama makes his announcement of the rest of his important posts. Does she think trying to steal his thunder will make her a thunderess? Can you say Drama Queen? If she can not make a decision like this in a relatively short period of time... I am glad she didn't make it to the White House. We will just have to stay tuned for more of the Hillary Clintoon.

Today Switzerland announced that it would join the European Union's passport-free zone, December 12th, though it will remain unattached as a bloc member. Now any terrorist group or military force can slide right in without so much as a handshake. There is a reason why Britain,
Cyprus, and Ireland (who are EU members) have opted for a "zone defense". Maybe Switzerland should go talk to them.

Georgia and Minnesota are our two hopes in keeping our nation's Checks and Balances system in place. Already the Democrats control the House and Senate, however, if they win the last two senate seats they will be an impregnable force. The GOP will not be allowed to filibuster legislation presented on the floor of the Senate by the Democrats (no matter how lame or costly). Minnesota's GOP Senator, Norm Coleman, is in a tight race with his challenger, Al Franken. The problem is not that the ballot count dilemma may head to the courts...but, rather that the final say could end up in the Democratic majority Senate. Hmmm, I wonder how that will fly? The old saying about the fox guarding the hen house comes to mind.

Note: Ballots should not be subject to interpretation by anyone who has a stake in the election's outcome.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-27-08

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tomorrow Is Thanksgiving 2008...American's Are Truly Blessed.

In spite of the depressing events around the globe, we can always find something to be thankful for in America. Every single day I see someone who is worse off than me physically, financially, or spiritually. If we see someone limping, at least he/she is walking. If we see someone in a wheelchair, at least they are getting out. You get the idea. Two years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm a survivor! I don't look at the trivial things in life quite the same. This experience has lead me to loftier goals and focused me on things requiring a greater sense of urgency. Tomorrow, whether you are gathered around a turkey or a TV dinnner...take time to count your blessings, celebrate your achievements, set new goals, and make plans to be with someone over the upcoming holiday season. It can be with friends, family, or strangers you have chosen to "cheer up" in a hospital or nursing home setting. America is still a wonderful place to live, especially if everyone is doing their part continually. Happy Thanksgiving!

Note: Perform at least two acts of kindness every single day. Make sure one of them is for you.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-26-08

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hey, Russia! They Don't Call Us The United States For Nothing.

The sharks are circling and the propaganda is beginning. Igor Panarin (professor and Russian scholar) is predicting that the United States' current financial crisis will lead to the breakup of the country, into six (or seven) regions. The Pacific, the South, the Atlantic coast, central states, northern states, Texas (I thought they were their own country), and thrown into the "mix of six" is Alaska, which he feels could become another Russian territory. Yes, they have picked out their own piece of real estate. If Sarah Palin can see them...they can see her, Tina Fey...Ahem. Let me ask you America, which country would you trust to be your ally? Russia? Venezuela? China? Get the picture? Russian warships sailed into Venezuela's port today to rattle sabres clearly meant for the United States. Apparently, the Kremlin is angry over the United States' decision to send warships, delivering aid to Georgia after its conflict with Russia, and their plans for a missile-defense system in Europe. President Dmitry Medvedev's visit coincides with the naval presence. We need to keep our eye on the ball and watch the bases. Washington needs monitoring and so does the rest of the world. Real life presents more twists and turns than any video game. My fellow Americans, we got snookered by our own press during this past election. Let's not fall prey to foreign propaganda next. President Abraham Lincoln felt a portion of this biblical quote inspirational enough to include in his own "House Divided" speech. From the Bible, Matthew 12:25 (King James Version): "And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand". Even though Lincoln was talking about the slavery issue at the time, I feel this segment of his speech is appropriate for any occasion which formulates (either founded or unfounded) the possibility of division. "I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other." Even if you did not vote for President-elect Obama (I did not) you must admit he has been dealt a hand with the cards clearly stacked against him. He has, by now, been totally immersed in matters pertaining to the "State of the Union". His wide eyed optimism has been replaced with a reality check. Obama has to hit the ground running and that will require every American's support. If you have a plan to make America stronger you should share it. Stop gathering in grumbling "clicks" and know that some foreign countries are looking to us as an example. Let's not let Washington run over our personal freedoms, but let's not help foreign foes feel like we are easy pickings.

Note: Voiced perception can be diliberate deception.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-25-08

Monday, November 24, 2008

Even If The News Media Said They Were Sorry...We Could Only Agree

Washington Post ombudsman, Deborah Howell wrote, "Readers have been consistently critical of the lack of probing issues coverage and what they saw as a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama. My surveys... show that they are right on both counts." Futher disclosure, by Ms. Howell, conveyed that over the past year the following discoveries were made: Obama-centered stories outweighed reports on John McCain 946 to 786; The Post featured more photos and front-page stories on Senator Obama; and running mates were not exempt from the imbalance. When readers voiced opinions about the two vice-presidential candidates being "scrutinized" unevenly Howell said, "They are right; it was a serious omission." Now, before we get all misty eyed let's let her words continue to flow. Some readers complain that coverage is too poll-driven. They're right, but it's not going to change. Well, she did her job as the ombudsman...a little too late. Please don't mistake her revelation reporting as an apology for the shoddy coverage. It most certainly isn't. How can the news people redeem themselves? They can't. The ones who have allowed themselves to become tainted are toxic and their credibility shot. Mel Baker wrote "Our “Freedom of Speech” becomes a useless exercise, if our fellow citizens have nowhere to turn for objective, contextual fact telling, so they can arrive at the truth of a matter on their own." Are we merely to say what's done is done? We can not. Hopefully, we will seek other (more reliable) sources in the future, withdraw our patronage from disreputable publications (along with television and radio news stations), and not be so blind the next time...if there is a next time.

Note: Sometimes a person or group can say, "I'm sorry." And sometimes all one can say in return are so right.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-24-08

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Georgia Democrats...America Needs You To Vote Republican To Save Checks And Balance System

Okay, maybe you squeaked by in U.S. History class, however, you must have at least heard of the Checks and Balances system in America. When the three branches of government were set in place, the purpose was to eliminate any of them from becoming too powerful. The EXECUTIVE BRANCH (Presidential) could veto a law passed by Congress. The LEGISLATIVE BRANCH (Congress) could, with a two-thirds vote from both houses (House of Representatives and the Senate) override the President's veto. The JUDICIAL BRANCH (Supreme Court) could "check" Congress by declaring a law unconstitutional. Since Congress has to approve the President's judicial appointees, to the Supreme Court, the power is balanced. WHEW! I PROMISE THERE WILL BE NO TEST. This "spot-on" quote was penned by John Emerich Edward Dalber Acton (moralist and historian) in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton in 1887. Baron Acton wrote: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely..." We now have a Democrat in the White House and a Democratic majority in Congress. President-Elect Obama can appoint anyone he wishes to the Supreme Court. Is Congress going to check him? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has held off scheduling votes already until "it becomes clear" certain measures can pass the Senate, where it would need a vote of 60 Senators (a supermajority).

THE HUFFINGTON POST wrote: WASHINGTON — Democrats broadened their control of Congress, though in the Senate they fell short of the 60 votes needed for a filibuster-proof majority that would have given them almost unbridled power over legislation.

The Democrats still have hope. Currently, Minnesota is in the midst of a recount and Alaska just lost a Republican Senator unfortunately to corruption...neither party is immune. This is where Georgia Democrats can literally save America's backside. The State of Georgia will be having a run-off election, December 2nd. Okay, the Republicans got spanked this past election, however, if you seek total may snuff out America's last hope to maintain the equilibrium it so desperately requires. I am making a plea to Georgia Democrats to vote Republican just this once...and think through all that hangs in the "balance".

Note: One election should not mean victory for one party at the cost of lost freedoms for all Americans...but this one just could.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-23-08

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Reality Politics...There's Nothing Like It

Today everyone wants to be in the inner circle of knowledge about stars (famous and has-been), the rich and famous, world figures, and politicians. People simply can not get enough of them so they buy magazines, copy their fashion looks, try to act aloof (when they would dearly love to meet them), and yes, even swoon over them (Barbara Walters). Reality television has scored big...although I wish Tori Spelling would disappear from my screen; one commercial of her is all I can take...I digress. Of the aforementioned grouping, I follow the political crowd. Not because I want to live in their world, but rather because they have entered mine. I would prefer to live my life doing my job, loving my family, worshiping at my church, and enjoying my rights as an American citizen. But, things don't always work out as planned. Hints of human rights in jeopardy keep me on the edge of my ever-blogging seat. Media distortions cause me to go outside of the United States realm for news coverage, to get the real scoop on matters that really matter. One word whispered across a table can be deafening when picked up by the press. So I read, I listen, I pray, and I blog. No longer can we let "celebrity gazing", video games, cell phones, movies, sporting events, or whatever else occupies our time be the essence of our existence. They are distractions from occurrences in the world around us. If we don't budget time for serious reading and reflection, there is a problem. If we select a path of blissful ignorance, we are bound to be clueless. Please remember, your free time choices may be sabotaging your freedoms.

Note: When we were children we were easily distracted from serious matters. Just how much has changed in adulthood?

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-22-08

Friday, November 21, 2008

America, Let's Play Fill-In-The-Blanks!

Millions of people love to play word games. Let's see if you can tell what is missing. We'll start off with the category of MUSIC FOR 100.
We wish you a Merry _________. We wish you a Merry _________. We wish you a Merry _________ and a Happy New Year!
How did you do? Okay, now for a harder one. The Hallelujah Chorus is also called Handel's M______.
Let's try a good old fashioned patriotic song now. G__ b____ America, land that I love. Stand beside her, and guide her thru the night with a light from above. From the mountains, to the prairies, to the oceans, white with foam G__ b____ America, my home sweet home. G__ b____ America, my home sweet home.
Let's try PLEDGES FOR 300. What is the missing word from the pledge below? Oh...there seems to be more than a word missing...why, it's practically vanishing.

"I p______ a__________ t__ t___ f____ o__ t___ U______ S_______ o__ A_______ a___ t__ t___ R________ f___ w_____ i__ s______, o___ n______u____ G___, i___________, w___ l______ a__ j______ f__ a__."

The following article segment is from the Associated Press.
Nov. 14, 2008 03:04 PM Associated Press
WOODBURY, Vt. - No one is sure when daily recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance fell by the wayside at Woodbury Elementary School. But efforts to restore them have erupted into a bitter dispute in this town of about 800 residents, with school officials blocking the exercise from classrooms over concerns that it holds children who don't participate up to scorn.
Game over! America, it's time to get serious about our rights and freedoms before the next generation is incapable of filling in the blanks. =============================================
Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a
redress of grievances.

Note: America's view is being dictated by a few. The moral majority needs to speak up before we are forced to shut up!

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-21-08

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Automakers Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place...And A Harder Place

The automakers (AKA "The Big 3") are truly caught between a rock and hard place... and a harder place (Congress). Let's cut the crap and tell it like it is. The automaker executives would dearly love to renegotiate the contracts, but The UAW keeps their grips tight, like a nooses around their necks. A glimmer of hope is going to emerge only by having the inevitable talks with bankruptcy lawyers (the rock). Now, if they go to the table for such discussions, and consumers get wind of it, they feel it will turn prospective buyers away because of fears that their companies won't be able to provide valid warranties, offer replacement parts, etc. (the hard place). Congress is so tightly woven in the UAW that they won't throw the automakers a lifeline for fear it will rock the boat of power. After all, they played a big part in President-elect Obama's victory. There is a possibility that Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors sincerely don't know how to go about making up the game plan...the one that Pelosi and her henchmen seek. You see, it is my humble opinion that they would dearly love to hand-carry the 25 billion to their doorstep. It is getting uncomfortable for Pelosi's gang because they can't get involved without showing their hand. Trust me, the Democrats do not want the automakers to go into bankruptcy status. I suggest the executives hire Mitt Romney as a consultant to dispel the fears surrounding Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, give them guidance, and perhaps courage. I know that asking the executives to help with this process is a little like having the "sentenced" sharpening the guillotine. People at the top are going to be fired and that equates to heads rolling...probably starting with their's.

Note: Shun deception at the conception.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-20-08

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Obama Owes The Biggest Favor To...

There is a French saying which expresses a sentiment "the more that changes, the more it's the same thing" (Merriam-Webster's online dictionary). Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose is frequently shortened to plus ça change. I guess we could throw in one of our good old American standbys, as well...history repeats itself. Either would suffice in President-elect Obama's choices of Washington insiders (to surround him) thus far. I'm still waiting for the "WOW-factor" to present itself. Merely having a discussion with Senator John McCain failed to provide it. Now, put him in the cabinet, or leave Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State and you've got something! Every time someone enters the White House they do so with certain guidelines in place. It is how one carries out these day-to-day tasks that truly sets one apart. So far we have an incoming president who owes so many favors that he can not bring himself to change. Just remember one thing. You owe no greater favor than to the people you now represent. Sir, if you do right by the American people you will not only seek another term, you'll see another the White House.

Note: A politician owes no greater favor than to the people he/she represents.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-19-08

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Motown Revisited

On November 8th, I blogged about the moaning Motown automakers. I wish that readers would revisit my earlier stance and tack on these tidbits. I still think that, for the time being, congress should overlook a monopoly status and force the Big-3 automobile companies to form a Tri-Merger. In our current condition, America can not sustain three separate companies. The Unions should be kicked out and contracts renegotiated while under bankruptcy status. Laborers need to understand that their salaries need to be cut to be competitive and that if there is no company, they will have more than wage reduction to worry about. Next it is time to trim the fat...the executives. Need I say more about them? I am in favor of bailout money being issued in the form of a trust fund (not controlled by anyone remotely tied to the automobile industry) to secure pensions of retirees, God love them. These people did their jobs, paid their dues, and were the supports for a large portion of our economy through the years. Truly, we are in jeopardy of committing crimes against the elderly if we lead them on a "Trail of Tears". the right thing.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-18-08

Note: When you are young you face endless possibilities; when you are old you can no longer pursue most of them.

Monday, November 17, 2008

President Obama Is Showing Wisdom

Today President-elect Barack Obama met with Senator John McCain in Obama's transition office, located in Chicago, to discuss America's future...and I'm sure Senator McCain's. Also in attendance were Rahm Emanuel (newly anointed White House Chief of Staff) and Republican Senator (and McCain's close friend) Lindsey Graham. Now, the press has never shied away from being "Masters of the Obvious" so when one member asked if Senator McCain planned to help the Obama administration, John McCain replied, "Obviously." There had never been any doubt in my mind that both candidates loved America. With me, it has always been about politics. It is like placing a child in the care of adoptive parents. Some are extremely qualified and some "will do". When you've got a problematic child on your hands then you hope and pray that the more qualified parent will emerge. Someone firm, understanding, protective, and opposed to coddling.
The new president will have to stand firm on issues concerning the country's best interest, even when his party wants him to buckle. The new president will have to be understanding of issues below the surface layers, right down to the "common" core. The new president must be willing to protect our freedoms even if one of them causes him discomfort (like freedom of speech). The new president must be an advocate for those who are willing to work and learn, yet understand that those who wish to "freeload" deserve to be kicked to the curb. If our president will inspire then present and future generations will aspire... to be more than just welfare recipients. America has been filled with factions, each acting like an only child. Today he chose to bring in a rival, Senator McCain, to help "shore up" a nation. Indeed, it was a wise move. This country is going to need the wisdom of all and the foolishness of none. I will continue to pray that President Obama will be just what America needs.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it.

Zanne Booker 11-17-08

Note: You may compromise only to the point of lost integrity; then there is only one choice.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

In Four Years We Could...

I was alarmed by a comment one of my young relatives made today. He basically said that if we did not like what the new President (and Congress) did in this administration, we could change it in four years. I'm quite sure I gasped. Of course I had a snappy comeback and said that I just hoped we could. The rest of the conversation is a blur. Now, many young people think that the world is moving at the pace they are...but that's not true. It is churning out ideological drivel daily and grinding down our core belief system, at a parallel pace. Maybe I can put the span of four years into something discernable to the youth of America. In four years one can do the following: pay off a car loan, learn to play an instrument, get a college diploma, write a novel (and its sequel), and build a business. Those who purport certain ideologies want the population to embrace change in the norms of society. Snap-out-of-it! For too long we have treated America's lazy as disabled, and the result of our being "enablers" is that we have generations of them. For too long we have let whining activists rip at the threads of our religious rights claiming that their little darlings are traumatized. I say let them start their own private schools (and give them vouchers)! That's one tax I'd flip a penny into. People who support (or fall into) these two areas are the bane of America's existence. President-Elect Obama needs to step up to the plate and keep his eye on something bigger than the nation's voters...its children. Even his own are going to have to live in the country if we change for the worst.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-16-08

Note: While parents are making a list of things to talk about to their children, add voting (and its significance) to it.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Condoleezza Rice Should Stay...In A "Changed" Administration

I think Condoleezza Rice should be Obama's Secretary of State. This business of transitioning for the sake of transitioning doesn't make sense in lieu of the current upheaval in the world. She would add experience, continuity, and "change". It would show a true bipartisan effort on President-Elect Obama's part. He wouldn't even have to choose between Hillary and Kerry. Oh, I know that this would be too much to ask for, especially since the decision would send both candidates (in the running) into a tailspin. Besides...he owes favors. I am, however, just wondering when the "revelation" of actual change will manifest itself. So far he seems to be courting the "insiders". Indeed he is going to have to think outside of the box to "PLUMBLINE AMERICA"...and reach outside of the PARTY to bring its people back together.

The information below is courtesy of the Bureau of Public AffairsWashington, D.C.
Under the Constitution, the President of the United States determines U.S. foreign policy. The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President’s foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States.
These duties—the activities and responsibilities of the State Department—include the following:
1.)Serves as the President’s principal adviser on U.S. foreign policy;
2.)Conducts negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs;
3.)Grants and issues passports to American citizens and exequaturs to foreign consuls in the
United States;
4.)Advises the President on the appointment of U.S. ambassadors, ministers, consuls, and other
diplomatic representatives;
5.)Advises the President regarding the acceptance, recall, and dismissal of the representatives of
foreign governments;
6.)Personally participates in or directs U.S. representatives to international conferences,
organizations, and agencies;
7.)Negotiates, interprets, and terminates treaties and agreements;
8.)Ensures the protection of the U.S. Government to American citizens, property, and interests
in foreign countries;
9.)Supervises the administration of U.S. immigration laws abroad;
10.)Provides information to American citizens regarding the political, economic, social, cultural,
and humanitarian conditions in foreign countries;
11.)Informs the Congress and American citizens on the conduct of U.S. foreign relations;
12.)Promotes beneficial economic intercourse between the United States and other countries;
13.)Administers the Department of State;
14.)Supervises the Foreign Service of the United States.

For more information go to the Bureau of Public Affairs' website at the following website:

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-15-08

Note: If we don't pull together...we pull apart.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

MSNBC Crawls Out Of Africa

Vetting is (for this blog's purpose) scrutinizing, examining, and evaluating a source prior to presenting sensitive information, divulged by the individual. Apparently, MSNBC ran an unvetted story on their network, during the presidential race for the White House, about Governor Sarah Palin, the GOP Vice Presidential candidate, in the 2008 Election... and it was false. Oh, shock and dismay! Now, evidently they were "hoodwinked" into believing that one of John McCain's advisers was indeed the culprit, who leaked the tidbit, that Governor Palin had "mistakenly believed Africa was a country instead of a continent" (FOX NEWS). A producer handed-off the information to David Schuster (anchorman) to report on the air. Jeremy Gaines (network spokesman) was quoted as saying, "We recognized the error almost immediately and ran a correction on air within minutes." Is anyone buying that story? I prefer my own. It goes something like this...They got it. They salivated. They schemed. They decided to use it...and then, after the damage was done...retract it. After all, a story like that would spread like a wildfire, which no retraction could extinguish. The 2008 campaign was run under the grimiest of conditions, starting with the media. It is interesting to note that MSNBC was reported as a victim. Before we get misty-eyed here, let's have a reality check. The only victim here is Sarah Palin! Has Dan Rather's fall from grace taught them nothing? Oh well, evidently all you have to say is "sorry" and all is forgiven.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-13-08

Note: I work in a public school setting and I am seeing the negative effects of corruption via the media, politicians, and ACORN-types, on our young people. Maybe President-Elect Obama can work on restoring honesty in America. Our children can only raise or lower the bar based on what they observe.


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hank Is Looking Harried!

Henry Paulson (Treasury Secretary) spoke to reporters today, apparently acknowledging through his "newer" plan, what many in the financial sector have said from the beginning...using taxpayer money to purchase toxic assets isn't the wisest course of action. He stammered over his words as he relayed a "capital" injection procedure designed to revive banks in return for a federal grubstake. This morning revelation was to give a little accountability on the $700 billion TARP money.

Paulson defensively said: Well, let me get to the -- what we -- what we said to Congress was we needed a financial rescue package because the credit markets were stopped up and we were focused on the problem and the -- and when we went to Congress, illiquid assets looked like the way to go. As the situation worsened, the facts changed. The thing I'm grateful for is we were prescient enough and Congress was that we got a wide array of authorities and tools under this legislation. And I will never apologize for changing an approach or a strategy when the facts change. I think the apology should come the other way, if someone doesn't change when the facts change. So we -- I think we moved quickly, we moved powerfully to address the situation as it -- as it exists.

Whew! That was poignant. Now when he used the word prescient, was he going for definition 1.) human prediction of the course of events or 2.) divine omniscience? I just wish he had worked that mojo a little earlier in the crisis. Oh well, at least he is taking suggestions. I guess we should cut him some slack since he is showing signs of fatigue or guilt or both. No one in his/her right mind wants the czar of our economy to be wrong...except maybe our enemies. How is that investigative report coming? You know, the one that is to disclose the paper trail and the unscrupulous types on Wall Street, via the FBI? Obviously, they too thought they were prescient.

May God bless America...and may America deserve it!

Zanne Booker 11-12-08

Note: It is our regrets which hound us to the point of sorrow. It is our guilt which plummets us into deep despair.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Inaugural Ticket Scalping Gets More Attention Than Voter Fraud

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is formulating a bill, hoping to make scalping tickets for the January 20th inauguration a federal crime. She is busy drafting up the legislation for the lame duck session, which meets next week, in hopes that this injustice will carry both a misdeameanor charge and a "yet-to-be-determined" fine. Senator Feinstein, could you throw another coal on the congressional session fire? Maybe the Democrats could direct just a little bit of its attention toward punishing those who registered multiple times before the election. Oh, and how is that ACORN thing going? Well, whenever you get around to it is fine...I guess. We are, after all, only talking about a violation against one of our rights in America and it is hard to compete with a social event, huh?

May God bless America...and may America deserve it.

Zanne Booker 11-11-08

Note: When our priorities shift they can sometimes keep us off balance.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Sarah Palin Should Snub Oprah

Since Oprah didn't have to have the IV drip afterall, she finally has the energy to address Sarah nice. Sarah Palin should stay as far away from Winfrey as possible. You see, people like Oprah can not stand it if they are not beloved. However, they don't mind snubbing. "O." doesn't miss the loss of revenue...she's a billionaire. What she can't stand is the loss of her "pedestal status" which millions of people, myself included, kicked her off of when she refused to interview Palin on her show (until after the election). I don't fault the woman for supporting Senator Obama, but I do take exception to her dragging politics into a supposedly neutral arena where women's successes and heartaches flow as freely as wine at an Italian dinner. I sincerely hope Governor Palin returns the kindness, shown by Ms. Winfrey, and declines any invitation to the Oprah Show...until the 2012 election is over. One should never choose when to separate business from politics. You either do it...or you don't.

May God Bless America!

Zanne Booker 11-10-08

Note: One should never choose when to separate business from politics. You either do it...or you don't.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saying It Doesn't Make It So

Freedom of Speech (First Amendment) was never meant to protect individuals spewing out slanderous rhetoric (verbal defamation) or using libelous writings/pictures (written defamation). It is amazing that Americans have fallen into a paparazzi mentality and actually feel entitled to every facet of anyone's life. Maybe American's should "get a life"! Children and their adolescent problems should be off limits...enough said about that. If someone is a politician they truly have some explaining to do with regard to their own inappropriate actions and words, however, to whom should they explain it? There are, afterall, "verbal guerillas" who engage in warfare via harassment and personality sabotage. They duck in-and-out of the shadows lobbing strategically timed and placed comments leaked to the "appropriate" individual(s), hoping to elicit a negative response. They are rarely disappointed. Do they think they are soldiers of justice? Just the opposite is true. They are cowards (without honor) who evade counter-remarks, questions, and responsibility for their actions. They vilify without giving their victims an opportunity to nullify. Accusers, declare yourselves and let the record show that either someone is guilty as charged...or you are liars.


Zanne Booker 11-09-08

Note: If you can't back it up...back off!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Let's Talk Motown...Cars Not Music

While Chrysler, General Motors, and Ford are trying to sharpen their pitch for a government bailout, Wall Street style, they should consider another accompaniment...a tri-merger. The days of old where the market was driven by the unwritten motto "THE BIGGER THE BETTER" leads one to wonder why they were not also sending their researchers out (seriously) looking for alternative fuels, while their designers were (also seriously) crafting vehicles to run on them, decades ago. Just how long have we been talking about alternative fuels and dependence on foreign oil now? My dear old grandmother used to warn against putting all of one's eggs in one basket. In this case, I guess it's chassis. We the people are going to have to urge Congress to "get over" the monopoly fear...for now. The auto industry is hurting; until they are back on their feet (or die trying to stand) they should be allowed to work in a "tripartisan" manner. Moving right along, I know that activists abound protesting drilling, but let's throw a little competition into the mix. Maybe it is time for a "checks and balances" system elsewhere...besides Washington of course...Ahem. I never thought I would agree with Paris Hilton on anything, however, her off-shore drilling idea with environmental overseers coupled with incentives for Detroit automakers to make hybrid and electric cars, makes sense. I would expand on it and have an understanding (written of course) that the drilling would subside at a rate in keeping with alternative fuel availability (at a reasonable price) and auto manufacturing compliance to keep up! Basically, each of the three groups (drillers, environmentalists, and automakers)would monitor earnest initiative and report to a "tripartisan" senate committee made up of one Democrat, one Republican, and one Independent (Joe Lieberman). We've got to start thinking outside of the box. We've been boxed in too long and it's crippling us! MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Zanne Booker 11-08-08

Note: A "tripartisan" effort is exactly the same as a bipartisan one...except you have one more partisan. Lol.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Joe Lieberman May Have More Clout...When Out

Senator Joe Lieberman (Independent-Connecticut) met with majority leader, Harry Reid (Nevada), today on Capital Hill to discuss Lieberman's fate. Both are mulling over their options, however, the truth is simply...Lieberman doesn't need them. Oh, sure he won't be invited to as many parties and he has to tolerate chides, but he may just have the sweetest gig in all of Washington. His words are certainly music to many American's ears: "As you all know, the people of Connecticut were good enough to re-elect me to the United States Senate in 2006 as an independent. And so I have tried since then to view the decisions that I make here in the Senate not through a partisan lens, but rather from the perspective of what I believe is right and best for my country and my state. We have just finished an historic election. As you know, I decided in that election that partisanship should take a back seat to doing what, in this case, I believed was best for our country." Lieberman has transcended typical Washington expectations by triumphing over the restrictive aspects of being just a member of a party. Literally he has "morphed" into America's ideal candidate. Now, the Democrats want to think they have the upper hand on this one, but I would like to offer a word of caution. Joe Lieberman will add credibility to any legislation (either side of the aisle) needed to be passed. He can mediate between parties with more hope of successful compromise. Additionally, his "independent status" doesn't leave either party (Democratic or Republican) vulnerable should they want a topic broached...and he be willing to fight for the cause. Yes, Joe's status (and influence) just may be the bane of the Democrats. We can only pray that other politicians will follow his example, especially since they have all (Democrats and Republicans alike) been weak life-forms in their stewardship of America. Joe Lieberman may well be the first "Super Senator"!


Zanne Booker 11-07-08

Note: Even seemingly nice people can be unseemly characters. You need look no further than the U.S. Senate.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Just A Note!

I am taking the day off! I will return tomorrow with something interesting to talk about...even if you do not agree with it. May God bless America.

Zanne Booker 11-06-08

Note: Peace is attainable for everyone...but you have to be dead first.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulation, President-Elect Obama

May I start by saying that, as a caucasian, I will never fully realize the significance of having an African American President in the White House. It is a symbolic end to a journey which started from unthinkable and deplorable conditions and progressed through seemingly insurmountable odds. Even though I did not vote for you (it was strictly politics) you are soon to President. Only a fool would wish failure on their nation's leader so I will pray for you and Senator Biden as I would have for John McCain and Sarah Palin. It will be a difficult road you travel and you will have to play the hand our nation has dealt you. Secrets will be unveiled that will startle and, perhaps, frighten you. You will recall that Vice President Harry Truman never knew about the atomic bomb until he became the President, after Roosevelt's death (because Roosevelt disliked him). Throngs of special interest groups with agendas (many hidden) will try to manipulate you. Woodworkers have an old saying: MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE. You are, after all, attempting to build a stronger nation than you inherited. Seek wise counsel before you cut spending or increase it, shake up people's lives or devastate them, or implement a law or revoke it. Make sure each short-term goal is leading toward a long-term solution. Remember to hug your wife and kids often for they will keep you focused. After all, it will be easier to face an adversary when you are right than your children when you are wrong. This is a blog of hope. I hope you will lead and make all Americans proud. Pray for are going to need it every day. May God bless America.

Zanne Booker 11-05-08

Note: Only a fool would wish failure on their nation's leader; pray for wisdom to be the President's constant companion.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

I Voted Early So I Had A Wonderful Day

I voted early (late October) so today I had a wonderful day. Public schools were out in our county and I didn't have to go to work. My husband and I had a picnic while looking at a serene woodland view in ideal weather conditions. We stopped by a nearby polling station to record history with our cameras smiling at the long line, for two reasons. The first was totally selfish; we did not have to stand in it. The second was an expression of joy that Americans have the right to vote without fear of intimidation (minus a few episodes like the one in Philadelphia where a uniformed Black Panther, with a night stick, was asked to leave by local authorities). Moving right along...I got my hair cut, took a nap, and ended my day making my favorite blackberry pie. I can smell it now. It will either be a pie to celebrate my candidate's victory or comfort food. My husband asked me if I was going to stay up to watch the election returns and I told him I was not. I have blogged, encouraged apathetic acquaintances to vote, and shamed my lazy friends into standing in long lines (especially since they procrastinated). I have done all I can and, win or lose, I am going to get a good night's sleep. I'll wake up refreshed and able to face whatever tomorrow brings. Oh, my pie! I've got to run. May God bless America.

Zanne Booker 11-04-08

Note: If you did not vote, you can not gloat...or complain.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Few Words About Our Nation and Our Next President

It is the eve of the big day...the 2008 Election. Everyone, including myself, has put their two cents in trying to make people see why one candidate deserves to be a winner over the other. I vote every election year; sometimes it is for a Republican and sometimes it is for a Democrat, but always it is for America. I (still) pledge allegiance to the flag...because I know that it is the symbol of our nation, with all its freedoms, flaws, and determination to be the beacon of democracy. The "melting pot" of races and ideologies has not always "smithed" well, thus leaving some to stand out and add cracks to the "casted" composition. But the image clearly remains. It is one of a country trying to be united and do what is right no matter what is thrown in its path. Religion has always been a big part of my life and it will always remain. Whether people believe their is a Higher Power or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is the moral good that this belief does for our country. It brings charity, compassion, hope, and an open mind to differences. The rational world is watching (and praying) that America stands stronger and more united in times of adversity. They too want to see charity, compassion, hope and open-mindedness in their respective nations. Whoever becomes the next President of the United States will be scrutinized all around the world for his abilities to unite our people and endeavors to preserve our freedoms. It is a daunting task which will, hopefully, cause him to work in a bipartisan manner because stepping into the oval office should be a transformation. He should be blind to the three Cs: color, colleagues, and creed preferene. He (and some day she) will take an oath of office and wear a symbolic cloak of authority which will carry a weight too heavy to bear, unless he seeks the counsel of advisors possessing wisdom and not agendas. You must remember that Americans are the only ones you owe allegiance to. If you keep that in mind...History will so record.

Zanne Booker 11-03-08

Note: Leaders of nations will stand before his/her people, the world, and one day...God. The latter is enough to make one seek the wisest of counselors.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Norman Rockwell's America (and Franklin D. Roosevelt's) Is Vanishing

Even if individuals are unfamiliar with the name, Norman Rockwell, few are unaware of his famous illustrations of everyday life in America. Within his collection, my favorites are the Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom From Fear, and Freedom From Want, which has become the symbol for times of holiday celebration with friends and family. Rockwell's inspiration was from a speech given by President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Old Democratic Party when reason triumphed) in the State of the Union Address he delivered to Congress. These four points were basic freedoms that FDR felt humans "everywhere in the world" ought to possess. Let's hope that Americans can "plumb line" back to a morally acceptable place, starting from Congress and radiating outward, so that our freedoms in the Constitution are preserved not just on paper...but also in practice.

Zanne Booker 11-02-08

Note: Freedom...if you can't picture it, then you never knew it.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

There's Still Time For Some To Change...Their Minds

Okay, some of you have been rushed to vote for "change" without knowing what the changes were...exactly. Why would anyone not take the time to investigate a candidate with as many negative "issues" brought to the forefront? If a person had an undesirable friend or "acquaintance" wouldn't society voice disapproval? And, if that same individual seemed to have a history of "hanging" with the wrong crowd...well, you get my point. Why then would anyone not have the same disdain toward someone running for the highest office in America? What's done, is done. I will have to turn my attention to those who still have time (and the vote) to make a difference in this election. Let's move on to my next point. Obama is slowing down on his pie in the sky rhetoric and starting to talk in simple terms. Simply put, the "go-to guy" can't deliver what he promised...or was that eluded to? Isn't it interesting to note that in a year's time the middle class has dropped from more than $250,000 to $200,, $150,000 (Senator Biden), $120,000 (New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on KOA-AM). My fellow Americans, with inflation in the mix, those under $25,000 will be considered middle class in no time, for tax purposes. I loved a memo pad I saw sitting on an Army Officer's desk which had in bold letters SAY IT IN WRITING. Maybe Senator Obama didn't get that memo pad. Could he just write down the amount and thus avoid all of this confusion? Yes, he could, but then Americans would have a real grasp of his plans...and that wouldn't be a good thing for him or his party. Evasiveness is his ally. Moving right along, I'm not happy Senator Obama has stated that John McCain and Sarah Palin have made "a virtue out of selfishness". This statement was on the heels of his disbelief that they thought his ideas were socialistic. Well, they are! Now, I am offering one last opportunity toward redemption if your vote has already been cast, but not for the right person. Confess to your friends and coworkers that you have made a mistake. Maybe you can undo what you have done by soliciting one or more counter votes. You can honestly say that your vote was cast before full disclosure of Obama's intentions... which will never come until after the election. Yes, it will be slightly (to extremely) embarassing, however, I would rather face my friends and acquaintances now, than future generations who had to live with results, due to our pride, later. Do the right thing. May God Bless America!

Zanne Booker

Note: We should never be rooting for a candidate; it should always be for America.