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Oregon Mania, Supreme Court, Campaign Ads (Yuck)

October 31, 2012

Give me any excuse to talk about sports and I will. In fact, I don’t need an excuse. It’s in my blood. From childhood to now, I’m hooked. I’m in good company. We live in a sports-craved society.

OREGON FOOTBALL FANS ARE IN HEAVEN!

Oregonians, such as former Nabisco Dinah Shore Championship (now the Kraft Nabisco Championship) tournament director Mike Galeski, are shouting to the rooftops for their football teams. Galeski’s Ducks are quaking and vying for #1 ranking and the Beavers are chewing and ready to take on the Ducks in arguably the biggest rivalry game the state of Oregon has ever seen. Unless something unusual happens before then—and in sports THE UNUSUAL can happen (that’s what makes sports exciting)—the Ducks and the Beavers will be trying to knock each other’s heads off to foster the titles—Best Team in Oregon & One of the Best Teams in the Nation.

IS IT B.S. THAT THE SUPREME COURT IS THE INDEPENDENT 3RD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT?

Question: If the U.S. Supreme Court is truly the independent 3rd Branch of Government in the spirit of the American tradition of “Checks and Balances,” then why does the President (the 2nd Branch of Government) select the justices? Yes, the selections have to be approved by the Senate but you almost have to be a Sandusky or a Kardashian to not get approved. I think the selection process of who gets to be a justice on the Supreme Court needs to be changed. One not-so-direct analogy is the East Coast bias of the USGA and its tendency to place it’s tournaments on or near the East Coast rather than the West Coast. The USGA needs to fix their selection process.

CAMPAIGN ADS—DO THEY DISGUST YOU AS THEY DO ME?

I’ll tell ‘ya I am TOTALLY sick and tired and disgusted with the candidates’ campaign ads! The candidates and their so-called political marketing experts must think we are all fools and/or ignorant, and let’s not prove them right. I don’t know ’bout you, but I am insulted and angry with the candidates’ political ads. They appeal to fear and the most negative emotions—they are pathetic and a disgrace to American democracy where we learned as kids in school that we live in a country where honesty, humility and ethical leadership is the norm. What a disappointment as we grow older!

Yes, let’s prove the candidates and their henchmen and henchwomen wrong by voting intelligently. Regardless of who you vote for, make an intelligent decision based on logic, the facts the best you can decipher them, and your political philosophy on the role of government. Don’t let these candidates get the last laugh thinking we are dumb citizens

There needs to be a  restructure of the campaign laws in America. For one, candidates should be held legally and financially liable for lying. Hefty fines in the multi-millions might change the lies and absurdities that we are now seeing in local, state and federal political ads. And then, of course, there are the Propositions where the language is so confusing, many times intentionally, you don’t know what the hell you’re voting for.

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