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If This is What the Senate Does...

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:38 AM

And it is, no wonder our country is in trouble. From Sen. Schumer's letter to Apple:

But Consumer Reports disputed that explanation on Monday. In a review posted on the organization’s website, researchers with Consumer Reports said they would not recommend the product for purchase. The magazine said it found that the antenna was in fact the culprit behind the drop-off in the phone’s reception. It said a design flaw was responsible for the glitch.

Interestingly, Schumer was not nearly as concerned that Consumer Reports announced its “non recommendation” of the iPhone 4 while also giving the iPhone 4 the highest rating it gave to any phone. Maybe he should call on CR to “reconcile the competing claims” the magazine put out, too.

To Know or Not to Know

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:46 AM

According to John Harris, President Obama knew of Blagojevich's quid pro quo expectations for the senate seat appointment that ultimately ended the Illinois governor's term. Obama previously had denied knowing any such thing.

Given Obama's ties to the Chicago political machine, the only thing that surprises me about this is that there has not been more evidence concerning the president's involvement already. I would guess this investigation will eventually grow to more directly relate to him.

Sinking Polls

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 5:37 AM

Rasmussen writes,

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends).

Why am I not surprised?

State of the Union

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 3:14 AM

“We can't wage a perpetual campaign…”

—President Barack Obama

I never would have guessed the president felt that way.

Rick's Revolution

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 7:36 AM

By now, probably everyone has caught it, but if you haven't, check out Rick Santelli's quite amazing “rant” while reporting for CNBC yesterday. It is quite a sight to behold and is a flashpoint that I think is on its way to being part of history.

The big question with “Rick's Revolution” is getting the Obama Administration to listen and rethink the idea that spending money that doesn't exist can actually help the people it wants to help. I read that Santelli has been invited to meet with the administration at White House, which is encouraging. Whether anything can come of it, of course, is questionable. But, hey…

Late Night Haiku XXIX

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:59 AM

LXXXI. My head is spinning,
I can't seem to hold it still,
Thoughts rush by.

LXXXII.Flushing, rushing by,
A stream runs in parallel,
Unconcerned with me.

LXXXIII. A great joy in mix,
The current tugs unknowing,
A twig floats away.

In the Aftermath

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 6:18 AM

The elephant fell
And with it a great hero.
Arise anew, friend.

Congratulations, Sen. Obama

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 4:51 AM

This election did not turn out how I hoped, but the time has come to congratulate President-elect Barack Obama on his victory tonight. I also congratulate his supporters, of which I call many friends. We have called the election at OFB.

We may not agree on every issue, but I believe we agree that we want a better future for the country. Let's hope everyone can work together for that. Let us have a spirited debate on the issues that challenge us, but let us do so respectfully and remembering that we are all Americans.

I thank Sen. John McCain for running a honorable, challenging campaign and for representing me and many of my fellow Americans over the past months admirably. I look forward to seeing him continue to do the business of the country in the coming years in the Senate. I appreciate his classy speech tonight (Read It Here) congratulating Sen. Obama — it once more showed why I am proud to have cast my vote for him, despite the outcome.

May God bless the next president of the United States, my president, and the people he will govern in the years to come.

Don't Give Up Yet

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 2:01 AM

It looks tough, but if you still have time to vote, don't give up on John McCain yet. Go Vote!

It isn't too late to VOTE

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 10:57 PM

As I put on my Facebook status (borrowing and adapting from John McCain):

Stand up! Stand up and vote! Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. Vote!” (Oh, and Run Johnny Run!)about an hour ago clear
I'll mention some of my votes below, but first, as a reminder, here's the actual bit of the speech from Sen. McCain:
Don't give up hope. Be strong. Have courage. And fight.

Fight for a new direction for our country. Fight for what's right for America. Fight to clean up the mess of corruption, infighting and selfishness in Washington.

Fight to get our economy out of the ditch and back in the lead.

Fight for the ideals and character of a free people.

Fight for our children's future.

Fight for justice and opportunity for all.

Stand up to defend our country from its enemies.

Stand up, stand up, stand up and fight. America is worth fighting for. Nothing is inevitable here. We never give up. We never quit. We never hide from history. We make history.

Now, let's go win this election and get this country moving again.

And before you go to quick, no, I did not vote straight ticket.

For President and Vice President: John McCain and Sarah Palin (R )

For Governor: Kenny Hulshof (R )
For Lt. Governor: Peter Kinder (R )
For U.S. Congress: Todd Akin (R )
For Secretary of State: Mitch Hubbard (R )
For Attorney General: Mike Gibbons (R )

For State Senate: Tom Dempsey (R )
For State Representative: Mark Parkinson (R )
For Circuit Judge: Ted House (D )

Amendment 1, English as the Language of Business: YES
Amendment 4, Adjustments to storm-water control bond: NO
Proposition A, Removal of Casino Loss Limit: NO
Proposition B, Medicaid Provided Home Healthcare: NO
St. Charles Prop. B, Francis Howell $78.5 Bond Issue: NO
Proposition C, Mandatory Renewable Energy Use for Electric Companies: NO

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