Peace in the Mideast

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

“Peace inrepparttar Middle East - whoa that is a toughie.

You have millennia of sheople being led around byrepparttar 125928 nose while abusing their mothers and daughters on both (or all eight or nine) sides ofrepparttar 125929 issue and then there is all that oil that corpserists backingrepparttar 125930 US are in need of.

I suspect there needs to be real ecumenicism andrepparttar 125931 religions must be forced (which will require Bush or someone also admitting all religions sayrepparttar 125932 same things) to say so. And then it will take years of re-programming beforerepparttar 125933 land so full of holes and ass-holes begins to deserve any recognition as a Holy Land rather than a playground for Holy Empires.

Then I would suggest that we use Free Energy or alternative energy sources and begin making it clear there is an abundance of energy all around us. If we had to we could simply get Helium III fromrepparttar 125934 moon for some purposes thatrepparttar 125935 Tesla (Newman, Farnsworth, Fleischmann-Pons, Solar, Bearden and Vacuum etc) energy did not find application suitable to matchrepparttar 125936 requirements. This would diffuserepparttar 125937 arbitrageurs who love unrest more than a little and be detrimental torepparttar 125938 oil cartels (Bushco).

Finally and most unlikely if people continue to believerepparttar 125939 history they are taught in school - We must remove special status for people who hide behind corporate or national veils. It was only recently that corporations were given superior rights to any individual. Atrepparttar 125940 same time we must reduce national interests while increasing local autonomy. The futurists like Toffler have been right about this happening in Europe but they could have explained whyrepparttar 125941 plan set in motion inrepparttar 125942 19th Century would lead torepparttar 125943 EEC.

A Look Ahead to 2008 (Part II)

Written by Terry Mitchell

Last week, I began my look ahead torepparttar 2008 presidential campaign withrepparttar 125927 potential Republican candidates. Today, I will continue by taking a look atrepparttar 125928 potential Democratic candidates. Among them are New York Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, Indiana Senator Evan Bayh, Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, North Carolina Senator John Edwards, Illinois Senator-elect Barack Obama, Nevada Senator Harry Reid, and Virginia Governor Mark Warner. Hillary Clinton would seem to haverepparttar 125929 inside track torepparttar 125930 Democratic nomination for 2008. However, she could be seen as a far too polarizing figure whose candidacy inrepparttar 125931 general election could bring outrepparttar 125932 evangelicals in droves forrepparttar 125933 Republicans as John Kerry's did this year. She will probably have to moderate a bit overrepparttar 125934 next three years in order to prove that she could win a general election. If she can't do this,repparttar 125935 Democrats may seek a candidate with broader appeal. Right now, though,repparttar 125936 nomination appears to be hers to lose. After losing such a close election to George W. Bush in 2000, I believe Al Gore will make another run forrepparttar 125937 presidency. Those who would summarily dismiss him as no longer being a viable future presidential candidate are ignoring history. Richard Nixon was written off by almost everyone after losing to JFK in 1960 and then losing his California gubernatorial bid to Pat Brown in 1962. He came back six years later to winrepparttar 125938 presidency and then win re-election four years after that. However, Democrats are apparently less tolerant of their former losers than Republicans are. Democrats seem to be constantly looking for a fresh face. Gore would have to convince Democratic primary voters that he's more “electable” than their up and coming stars. That could ultimately prove to be a difficult task. Bill Richardson served 15 years inrepparttar 125939 House of Representatives before becoming U.S. Ambassador torepparttar 125940 United Nations and subsequently Energy Secretary under Bill Clinton. Richardson is known as a moderate Democrat and is a member of that wing's Democratic Leadership Council (DLC). Beingrepparttar 125941 governor of western state could work to his advantage, although New Mexico switched from "blue" to "red" inrepparttar 125942 recent presidential election. He may take a hit politically because of that. Due to his previous ties torepparttar 125943 Clinton Administration, he might be viewed as an acceptable alternative to Hillary, should her candidacy not catch on. Many Democrats may see Evan Bayh as justrepparttar 125944 candidate they need inrepparttar 125945 wake of Kerry's recent loss. He is a strong Democrat from a solidly "red" state, i.e., he was overwhelmingly elected to a second term as senator even as George W. Bush overwhelmingly carried his state inrepparttar 125946 presidential election (as all Republican candidates have in recent presidential elections). Bayh had previously served two terms as governor of Indiana. He is one ofrepparttar 125947 leaders ofrepparttar 125948 moderate Democrat movement. His father, Birch Bayh, was also a U.S. Senator and ran inrepparttar 125949 Democratic primaries for president in 1976, but was defeated by Jimmy Carter. Bayh is my dark horse pick to takerepparttar 125950 nomination. The only negative about him is that he seems to have a smirk on his face allrepparttar 125951 time and looks like he belongs on a TV show like Saturday Night Live! In 1998, Tom Vilsack was elected Iowa's first Democratic governor in over 30 years and was re-elected in 2002. He is one ofrepparttar 125952 most well respected and influential governors inrepparttar 125953 U.S. He is one ofrepparttar 125954 established, but relatively unknown, players inrepparttar 125955 Democratic Party. Vilsack may be one ofrepparttar 125956 people whom Democrats will look to following Kerry's loss. He refused to take sides prior to January's Iowa Democratic Caucuses, although his endorsement was sought by allrepparttar 125957 leading candidates. His wife endorsed Kerry and that seemed to help propel him to victory there. As isrepparttar 125958 case with Bill Richardson in New Mexico, Vilsack might have to explain why Iowa went from "blue" to "red" inrepparttar 125959 last presidential election. Vilsack's candidacy would renderrepparttar 125960 2008 Iowa Democratic Caucuses meaningless and place allrepparttar 125961 early emphasis on New Hampshire. A similar thing happened in 1992 when Iowa Senator Tom Harkin ran for president. Howard Dean will likely make another run forrepparttar 125962 presidency. However, with a much stronger field, he will findrepparttar 125963 going tougher this time. Money will be even tighter asrepparttar 125964 big names will be pulling in most of it. His collections in small amounts might still work, to a certain extent. He will not be able to sneak up on anyone this time andrepparttar 125965 war in Iraq may no longer be an issue byrepparttar 125966 time 2008 rolls around. His best chance forrepparttar 125967 nomination is to playrepparttar 125968 "liberal" card while most everyone else will undoubtedly be playingrepparttar 125969 "moderate" card this time. At least that strategy might garner him enough delegates to allow him to cut a deal forrepparttar 125970 vice presidential nomination. Rumors have it that Dean is interested in takingrepparttar 125971 chairmanship ofrepparttar 125972 Democratic National Committee. If he does, that would preclude him from running for president or vice president in 2008.

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