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Good Morning!

Fired up for Friday! Here we go
Walk Away
So the Attorney for the “trust” that held the winning Hot Lotto ticket walked away from the jackpot late yesterday. You don’t give up on 14 million bucks unless you know they’re going to find something fishy.
The Attorney who tried to claim the jackpot says his client is from Belize. Yeah right…Belize is home to all those illegal Internet gambling sites too.
As Lottery CEO Terry Rick said, “What the Hell?”. Ahhh Terry, always colorful.
Debate XXLVI
That’s how it feels anyway. This debate reflects how nasty it is getting. A couple observations:
It doesn’t matter if he’s right…Mitt Romney just doesn’t look like anything except a really Rich and mostly out of touch Guy when he tries to explain his positions.
Newt Gingrich may be the smartest guy in the race but he’s got more baggage than an Aristocrat on the Titanic.
The Latest NBC News Poll shows Gingrich leading Romney among Republicans, then Gingrich getting spanked by President Obama in the General. It’s hard to see a scenario where Republicans win back the White House Right now..emphasis on those last two words.
Threats
News out of Arizona that a Sheriffs Deputy posted a picture on his Facebook page of a bullet riddled picture of the President is disappointing to say the least. What was he thinking? That’s not free speech. Free speech is expressing your disagreement with the policies and priorities this Administration pursues. They can’t do they…because this has nothing to do with political opinion.
I saw this right after I saw a Facebook “friend” posted a picture of the President not holding his hand over his heart…It was from the Harkin Steak Fry in 2007, before he was President. It appeared the Anthem might be playing, or was just finished or was about to start. More on that in a minute…
In the replies to his post, his friends offered that they thought the President should “be shot”. This person agreed. I posted a quick reminder that the expression of a threat to the President Published online is against Federal law.

Whoever knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail or for a delivery from any post office or by any letter carrier any letter, paper, writing, print, missive, or document containing any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States, the President-elect, the Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President of the United States, or the Vice President-elect, or knowingly and willfully otherwise makes any such threat against the President, President-elect, Vice President or other officer next in the order of succession to the office of President, or Vice President-elect, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

I “de-friended” the guy so I don’t have to read that nonsense anymore.
On the point of putting your hand over your heart during the Anthem…I don’t normally do it. I stand facing the Flag and I sing.
If you look around next time you are at a sporting event…the number of people who don’t take their cap off, or talk all the way through the Anthem is amazing to me. Any way you slice it, this may not have been the smartest thing for then candidate Obama to do…but it hardly merits the comment that he should be “shot”.
I-D me
So let me get this straight…The Republican Secretary of State…the guy who says Government shouldn’t be passing unnecessary laws…says he wants to pass a picture I.D. requirement to vote in Iowa. Matt Schultz admits he has no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Iowa and there are strict laws about fraud on the books. Still, he says…why not pass the law just in case…before any fraud happens.
This smacks of the same kind of racism the last post does. Reading between the lines: Lets make sure those darn illegals can’t vote.
The Government shouldn’t be in the business of putting impediments in place for voters. If a candidate wants to challenge a ballot or lodge a complaint…the candidate can do so. This isn’t a law, it’s pandering.
Where Eagles play Poker
I will be playing in the annual Fraternal Order of the Eagles Poker Tournament again this year. Wish me luck. This is usually a great group of people who run the tournament and a great group who comes out to play. The event benefits scholarships for High School kids so it’s for a good cause. Come on out tomorrow morning at 10 if you feel like losing your money to me…ha ha!
Hope you have a great Friday

5 comments

  • megookin

    1. I have no problem with voters having to show an official photo ID to vote. I know for years all I have had to do is tell them my name and I get in. A Drivers License or federal or state issued ID should not be a problem; 2. I have great disdain for people who do not show respect during our National Anthem. It is customary for those in military uniform to salute and persons in civilian clothing to place their right hand over their heart during the National Anthem. The President failing to do so is a slap in the face to every patriot.
    3. If you don't like someone it's alright to state so. Posting a bullet ridden photo of ANYONE no matter what their position in society is, is wrong and should be considered a threat.
    I'll step down from the soapbox now.

  • tomh

    You have to show an id for numerous things in everyday life. Why not to vote? If you are who you claim to be what is the big deal? Why should voting be any different than showing an id to withdraw your own money from your own bank account? PWD you being from the Chicago area, you should no better than most that voter fraud does occur.

  • Dkidd

    Thank you for your comments regarding respecting the office of the President of the United States. While I agree that we are blessed to have free speech and the ability to state that we do not agree with President Obama's decisions, it makes me sick the blatant disrespect so many have for our President. Walk in his shoes for a day folks. The decisions he has to make come with a lot of pressure and a certain guarantee that someone will not agree. Not a fun job.

  • Patrick Dix

    To me anyway, the difference is that voting is a right enumerated in the Constitution. We should not put barriers up to someone participating.
    You didn't mention that along with telling them who you are you have to sign a price of paper that says you are who you say you are. Misrepresenting yourself carries penalties.

  • Lisa Guthrie VanScoyk

    1.I was at the Harkin steak fry in 2007. So Obama didn't put his hand over his heart… big deal. Neither did half the crowd, myself included. I was taught to stand respectfully with my hands at my sides during the Anthem. Maybe he was as well. We're about the same age. That's not a slap in the face to anyone. It's not like he was chatting with the person next to him or thumbing his nose at the flag. Get over it people! Find something real to complain about. And saying he should be shot over something that trivial is beyond ridiculous, not to mention a Federal offense, as PWD pointed out.

    2. Don't you receive a voter registration card when you register? Why isn't that sufficient to show when going to vote? Everyone has one, so it wouldn't create an impediment to voting. Problem solved.

    3. Disrespecting ANYONE by posting a bullet-ridden photo of them is wrong. Doesn't matter if he's the President or the irritating guy from down the street. The world would be a kinder and safer place if people took a moment to think about their actions before they did things like this.

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