Monday, March 31, 2008

Legislator to President

Oregonian political beat writer Jeff Mapes addresses an interesting question: Anyone you can think of in the Oregon Legislature (or your own state legislature) that you can envision being President of the United States in five years?

The point being that Barack Obama is 5 years removed from his legislative service.

In my humble opinion, no one comes to mind for Oregon. On either side of the aisle.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Bill Clinton, Oregon, and the White House Intern

Former president Bill Clinton is coming to Oregon to campaign for his wife, Hillary. Interestingly, he's going to Medford and Bend, both 3+ hours away from Portland.

Could it be that Hillary wants to keep him as far away from Portland as possible because her arch nemesis - former White House intern Monica Lewinsky - is back living here?

About 10 days ago, I was talking to someone who happened to mention that they live in the same building as Monica Lewinsky here in Portland. I said that I didn't know she was back in town. She is an alum of Portland's Lewis and Clark College, so it doesn't surprise me that she'd move back. He said he'd heard she was working at famed Portland ad agency Weiden & Kennedy (WK).

I then emailed a friend of mine from high school who works at WK to try to confirm. She said that Monica didn't work there, but she had interviewed at WK. In fact, the interview took place in a windowed conference room and the walkway by that conference room received quite a bit of traffic during the interview!

And, no, since I know you are wondering, she wasn't wearing a blue dress.

Portland Mercury, a weekly here, confirmed her residency (somewhat) last May. Monica seems to enjoy the Urban Grind coffee shop in Portland's hip Pearl District.

Chelsea Clinton was asked recently at a campaign stop about Ms. Lewinsky. So, perhaps the Clinton campaign is more sensitive to visits to Oregon!

I wonder if Monica is registered to vote, is a Democrat, and if so whom she is supporting in the May primary election?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Another Obama/Kenya Article

After a spirited debate with my Obama-supporting cousin (yeah, I know, not sure where she got off track...probably that Univ. of Oregon degrea....) she shared this additional story confirming the one I posted before. She wanted to be sure to note that in fact Obama did try to contact the Kenyan President. Point noted.

But it doesn't change the fact that, in my opinion, Obama contacting a militant Muslim rebel leader demonstrates bad political judgment. I clarified that this was my reason for posting the original story in a reply to my cousin's comment.

He's in the middle of a tight primary election and the Clinton Machine is doing their best to tie him to being Muslim (which he isn't). Why call a militant Muslim rebel leader in Kenya? Especially one that claims to be your cousin and whom your half brother (whether you've ever even met the guy or not) affiliates with?

Bottom line: Bad Political Judgment

Obama's Ties To Muslim Rebels

Why hasn't the information in this article regarding Obama's brother and ties to the Muslim rebel group in Kenya gotten more coverage? Has it and I just didn't notice?

From the January 15 issue of Investor's Business Daily (linked through Yahoo! Finance):

"The candidate already has heeded his church's "nonnegotiable commitment to Africa," spending an inordinate amount of his campaign time on the Kenyan crisis, for one. Obama has close family ties to Kenya, and even founded a school in his ancestral village -- the Senator Obama School.

In the bloody conflict there, which already has claimed some 700 lives, Obama appears to have sided with opposition leader Raila Odinga, head of the same Luo tribe to which Obama's late Muslim father belonged.

Obama's older brother still lives there. Abongo "Roy" Obama is a Luo activist and a militant Muslim who argues that the black man must "liberate himself from the poisoning influences of European culture." He urges his younger brother to embrace his African heritage.

Beyond family politics, these ties have potential foreign policy, even national security, implications.

Odinga is a Marxist who reportedly has made a pact with a hard-line Islamic group in Kenya to establish Shariah courts throughout the country. He has also vowed to ban booze and pork and impose Muslim dress codes on women -- moves favored by Obama's brother.

With al-Qaida strengthening its beachheads in Africa -- from Algeria to Sudan to Somalia -- the last thing the West needs is for pro-Western Kenya to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists.

Yet Obama interrupted his New Hampshire campaigning to speak by phone with Odinga, who claims to be his cousin. He did not speak with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Write & Speak Plainly

New blog entry on writing over at my Command Consulting website.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Command Consulting Blog

We've added a blog to our Command Consulting company site where we'll be writing about communication, marketing and public relations. Check out the first entry about using your expertise to gain earned media:

Friday, March 14, 2008

FIghting Lefties

The only thing more entertaining that watching Obama and Hillary duke it out, and/or a Democrat governor busted for hiring a high priced hooker, is probably this awesome story from "Speed Racer" Sank about his highway battle with a Prius.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Gloria Steinam Wouldn't Last A Day the Hanoi Hilton. Yet she pooh poohs John McCain's 5 1/2 years as a POW during which he was tortured:

"McCain was, in fact, a prisoner of war for around five-and-a-half years, during which time he was tortured repeatedly. Referring to his time in captivity, Steinem said with bewilderment, “I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don’t think so.”"

I don't like some of McCain's positions and his age concerns me, but anyone that can survive that long in a hell hole like that deserves respect. Does it make him more qualified to be president? Absolutely. Because as command-in-chief when he decides to send our men and women into combat - or to keep them there in the case of Iraq - he speaks as someone who knows the risks better than anyone else.

By the way, on the torture part, ever wonder why McCain doesn't raise his hands above his shoulders? Because he can't thanks to his N. Vietnamese captors.