Today Olympia Snowe has stated that she will not run for re-election:
“After an extraordinary amount of reflection and consideration, I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election to the United States Senate.
After 33 years in the Congress this was not an easy decision. My husband and I are in good health. We have laid an exceptionally strong foundation for the campaign, and I have no doubt I would have won re-election. It has been an indescribable honor and immeasurable privilege to serve the people of Maine, first in both houses of Maine’s legislature and later in both houses of Congress. To this day, I remain deeply passionate about public service, and I cherish the opportunity I have been given for nearly four decades to help improve the lives of my fellow Mainers.”
And here is a small interview of my friend who is running for the Senate in Maine as an Independent, after dropping otut of the Republican Primary after the debacle of a caucus in the same article:
Mytheos Holt: What makes you specifically a Tea Party candidate? What are your credentials?Andrew Ian Dodge: Well I do not call myself a tea party candidate as the movement is not a party and thus does not have candidates. However the fact I was involved in the tea party movement from its beginning does give me some cred one would hope. I like to call myself a tea party sourced candidate. I was Tea Party Patriots Maine coordinator for Maine and organized the first event in April 2009.Until I announced my run for the US Senate in 2011 I was heavily involved with the TPP at all levels. I did many interviews about the tea party movement with press both foreign and domestic. The TPP values of limited government, free market and fiscal conservatism have always been my guiding political principles. I was part of the team that came up with those three simple phrases for the TPP at its inception.Mytheos Holt: You recently dropped your membership in the Republican Party. Why?Andrew Ian Dodge: I was disgusted by the advertisements circulated by Charlie Webster on the “same day voting” registration referendum. They were jingoistic and xenophobic. I called for his resignation then. Charlie Webster remains the head of the Republican Party of Maine and was responsible for the caucus farce. The purposeful disenfranchisement and vote suppression flies in the face of the reason I got involved in the tea party movement in the first place. I believe that we need as many people involved in the process rather than as few as possible. For Webster to call anyone criticizing the results “wingnuts” and slamming the caucus Chairs all over the state was a disgrace. The fact he is still in his job speaks volumes.I received emails and calls from friends and supporters doubting whether or not the primary process would be fair and suggesting I leave the Republican Party. My Northern Maine spokesman and organizer Randy Hughes-King left the party the Monday after the caucus “result” announcement as he was disgusted with the farce. For the Republican Party of Maine to be driving away able talented keen young adults out of arrogance and elitism reflects badly on their future.Mytheos Holt: What do you see as the most pressing battle over the coming years?Andrew Ian Dodge: Foreign policy is always a concern of course but it is to a certain extent out of our control. The US needs to support our allies like Israel while at the same time stop sending billions to countries that hate us. The link between the foreign and domestic issues is oil. We need to drill here, drill now. Using our consumption of foreign as a de facto suppliment to foreign aid is just wrong. We need to stop chasing unproven technology with the already over-taxed American public’s money and let private innovative companies rise or fall on their own merits. Ultimately the US needs to cut the size of its government, eliminate the deficit and pay off the debt. We need to chance the tax system whether it is by Cain’s 9/9/9 plan or with a flat tax. Just twiddling with the current system is not going to fix the problem.
— Andrew Ian Dodge (@DodgeforSenate) February 29, 2012
On honor of seeing a badger on the golf course today, I give you Badger for 10 hours. This can be classified as a endirance Challenge. See ho long you can watch it?
Good example of a Brain Study:
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Last week, I took my grand-children to a restaurant.
My six-year-old grand-son asked if he could say grace.
As we bowed our heads he said, “God is good, God is great. Thank you
for the food, and I would even thank you more if Grandpa gets us ice cream for dessert.
And liberty and justice for all! Amen!”
Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby, I heard a woman remark,
“That’s what’s wrong with this country. Kids today don’t even know how to pray.
Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!”
Hearing this, my grand-son burst into tears and asked me, “Did I do it wrong?
Is God mad at me?”
As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job, and
God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.
He winked at my grand-son and said, “I happen to know that God thought that
was a great prayer.”
“Really?” my grand-son asked.
“Cross my heart,” the man replied.
Then, in a theatrical whisper, he added (indicating the woman whose remark
had started this whole thing), “Too bad she never asks God for ice cream.
A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes.”
Naturally, I bought my grand-children ice cream at the end of the meal.
My grand-son stared at his for a moment, and then did something
I will remember the rest of my life.
He picked up his sundae and, without a word, walked over and placed
it in front of the woman.
With a big smile he told her, “Here, this is for you. Shove it up
your ass you grouchy old bitch! “
Feature pic By Lotus Head from Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa (sxc.hu) , via Wikimedia Commons
via Facebook friends
Alcohol is a perfect solvent:
It dissolves marriages, families and careers.
They say that alcohol kills slowly.
So what? Who’s in a hurry ?
Alcohol and calculus don’t mix.
Never drink and derive
This isn’t a joke or cartoon; just something interesting to know … you may want to forward this on to others.
“On Monday, I played the Disney, Lake Buena Vista course. As usual the starters matched me with three other players. After a few holes we began to get to know each other a bit. One fellow was rather young and had his wife riding along in the golf cart with him. I noticed that his golf bag had his name on it and after closer inspection, it also said “wounded war veterans”. When I had my first chance to chat with him I asked him about the bag. His response was simply that it was a gift. I then asked if he was wounded and he said yes. When I asked more about his injury, his response was “I’d rather not talk about it, sir”.
Over a few holes, I learned that he had spent the last 15 months in an army rehabilitation hospital in San Antonio, Texas. His wife moved there to be with him and he was released from the hospital in September. He was a rather quiet fellow; however, he did say that he wanted to get good at golf. We had a nice round and as we became a bit more familiar I asked him about the brand new set of Ping woods and irons he was playing. Some looked like they had never been hit. His response was simple. He said that this round was the first full round he had played with these clubs.
Later in the round he told me the following. As part of the discharge process from the rehabilitation hospital, Ping comes in and provides three days of golf instruction, followed by club fitting. Upon discharge from the hospital, Ping gives each of the discharged veterans, generally about 40 soldiers, a brand new set of custom fitted clubs along with the impressive golf bags.
The fellow I met was named Ben Woods and he looked me in the eye and said that being fitted for those clubs was one of the best things that ever happened to him and he was determined to learn to play golf well enough to deserve the gift Ping had given him. Ben is now out of the service, medically discharged just a month ago. He is as fine a young man as you would ever want to meet.
Ping, whose products are made with pride here in America (Arizona), has the good judgment not to advertise this program. God Bless America and the game of golf.
“Thank you “PING”!!! “May God Bless our Military!!!”