Sunday, August 31, 2008

Who is Adam Brickley?

Since learning of college student Adam Brickley’s connection to Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, I have been intrigued to find out about him. He's really piqued my curiosity. I guess its just in my blood as a veteran journalist.

So here’s what I’ve discovered about the 21-year-old University of Colorado senior. This information was taken directly from one of his blogs. He calls himself Elephantman:

His favorite books include:

• "Breaking the Real Axis of Evil" by Mark Palmer
• "Conclave" by Greg Tobin
• "All the Best...George Bush" George H.W. Bush
• "Cocaine: An Unauthorized Biography" by Dominic Streatfield
• "The Humanitarian With the Guillotine" by Isabel Paterson

He lists his favorite music as: Country Music in General (among other artists).

I also learned that Adam was initially a Rudy Giuliani for President supporter. He still has a link to Giuliani’s campaign site on his ConservaGlobe blog. As you all know, Giuliani dropped out of the race in January 2008 and endorsed John McCain.

On Sunday, March 4, 2007 Adam wrote on his Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President blog:

The only way to kick-start talk of a Palin candidacy is for the bloggers like us to band together to show our support. Otherwise, the media and the political establishment will remain blissfully unaware that there are other VP options beyond the current presidential candidates.

Show the world that you want a new face on the ticket in 2008 by becoming a Blogger for Palin!

I also discovered he receives an annual scholarship from the: Phillips Foundation Ronald Reagan College Scholarships Fund.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sarah Palin Picked by a Blogger

It appears that a young blogger by the name of Adam Brickley is taking credit for the fact that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was selected as the VP choice for John McCain. He apparently started a blogging campaign: Draft Sarah Palin for Vice President blog last year and has relentlessly promoted the idea ever since.

The 21-year-old University of Colorado senior has reportedly never been to Alaska or met Palin. But while researching potential vice presidents, he stumbled on Palin and thought she would be a good No. 2.

OK, here is my question. Has the world wide web gotten so powerful that we can now pick political candidates based on the word of an over zealous college student? Are we really that gullible to take the word of a wide-eyed college STUDENT---not graduate---but STUDENT--that a woman he doesn't even know can help lead out country?

But there's an even bigger question here. Why did John McCain go for it?

It's one thing to pick a woman for the VP spot to represent women everywhere---but it's another to pick her as the result of a web campaign from a young man who was on a mission. Where's the credibility here?

On the other hand, who am I to criticize what happens on the internet? After all, that's how I found my husband.

Read the entire article: Sarah Palin picked by a blogger

While, I don't know if this is really the whole story, I've read enough to believe a good portion of it.

Hold Firmly without Waivering

I was one of more than 38 million viewers who saw the first TRUE African-American give his acceptance speech as the official democratic candidate for President of the United States.

To be perfectly honest, I never thought I'd see this moment in my life time because America still has issues with race. The other issue is white males don't want to see black males achieve real positions of power. But that's not what this post is about.

The whole speech was captivating but it was Obama's last paragraph that drove me to tears. He said:

America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone. At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise, that American promise, and in the words of Scripture, hold firmly, without waivering, to the hope that we confess.

Check out the last sentence: Hold firmly, without waivering...

That sentence (which comes straight from Hebrews 10:23) is a reminder to all of us that no matter what obstacles we may face in life, we are to hold firmly, without waivering ...

Business may not be going as well as we'd like but hold firmly, without waivering...

We may have challenges in our personal lives with our family members, our health, finances, friendships, etc but hold firmly, without waivering

We may not be where we think we ought to be in life but hold firmly without waivering...

And do you know why?

Because the rest of Hebrews 10:23 says: for the one who made the promise is faithful.


Thursday, August 21, 2008

Boomers Everywhere are Facing the Glory of the Olympics

41-year-old Dara Torres has proven what I've been saying all along. Women over 40 are on the move and making a difference! Dara's outstanding performance in this year's Olympics has been an inspiration to me so at 51, I'm prepared to make history along side her. Baby Boomer Divas Rule! Check out the video:

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Baby Boomer's Life in Corporate America

My girlfriend sent me this email today, along with a note asking me if I would be a character witness if she had to stand trial for murder.

That told me she was having a ROUGH day on the job with her thirty-something "know-it-all" boss. I've been there---done that---and even wrote a book about it so I can feel her pain. What's a poor baby boomer to do when they have to put up with a boss who knows less but gets paid more?

In the meantime, here's the email she sent me:

You spend most of your time in a 10X10 cell

You spend most of your time in a 6X6 cubicle

You get three fully paid for meals a day

You get a break for one meal,and you have to pay for it

For good behavior, you get time off

For good behavior, you get more work


The guard locks and unlocks all the doors for you

You must carry a security card and open all the doors yourself

You can watch TV and play games

You could get fired for watching TV and playing games

You get your own toilet

You have to share the toilet with people who pee on the seat

They allow your family and friends to visit

You aren't even supposed to make personal calls on the phone. And don't even think about sending an email!

All expenses are paid by the taxpayers with no work required on your part

You must pay all your expenses to go to work, and they deduct taxes from your salary to pay for prisoners

You spend most of your life inside bars wanting to get out

You spend most of your time wanting to get out and go inside bars

You must deal with sadistic wardens

They are called 'managers'

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Go to College Online and for FREE

I’ve always been told you can never get too much education. Even at midlife, there are opportunities to improve on your existing skills or to gain new ones.

More and more Universities around the country are offering online courses to help those of us who are interesting in learning more than we already know. And the cool thing about these courses are they’re absolutely FREE. Although you won’t be awarded any college credits or a degree, you will gain some additional knowledge:

The University of Washington's FREE courses include Greek mythology, American Revolution and Heroic Fantasy.

Economics is being offered at the University of Nebraska.

Teach yourself sign language from Michigan State University.

You can study theology at Covenant Seminary; course offerings are delivered via a combo of free downloadable .pdf files and podcasts, and include subjects ranging from Church History to the Modern Reformation.

Learn mathematics with this extensive list of free online math courses from Whatcom Community College.

Visit Carnegie Mellon University and take Biology, Causal Reasoning, Statistics, and more, all for free.

The University of Washington School of Medicine offers free CPR classes online, complete with video and instructional guides. You can also take health courses from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; anything from adolescent health to population science.

Learn about bioterrorism and other hazards from the University of North Carolina.

You can also take advantage of Tufts University's open courses on dentistry, medicine, nutrition, and more.

Since you're already spending a lot of time on the internet, why not put it to good use?

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Who's in Your Business?

I was inspired to write this post today after seeing an advertisement on the side of a truck in the grocery store parking lot.

The banner was promoting a lawn care service. It gave the name and phone number and a slogan: We're doing God's business. That wouldn't have been so bad but it was the fact that he wasn't acting very godly at the time. As a matter of fact, he was yelling at a young child, who looked to be about 13. I presumed it was one of his children. He told the boy person to get his d--- a-- in the truck or get left!

First, was it necessary for him to promote God in his business? I'm assuming, in his frustration, he lost his religion for a moment and forgot the fact that he was riding in his company vehicle.

Next thing I'm curious about is: Is he only seeking businesses from Christians? Is he telling us that if we aren't Christians, we shouldn't call him for service?

What if he did a job that wasn't up to your satisfaction? Should the customer just accept the shoddy work because he says he's working for God? Is the customer obligated to pay because he says he's working for God? What happens if we should ever see him in an "ungodly" light?

As someone who believes in God and the power of prayer, I do believe faith and prayer can get you through some tough business situations where other people give up and quit. God has placed opportunity and responsibility in my life and I'm doing my best to follow what the Bible teaches financially and ethically about my business.

I do believe in mixing my faith with my business but I also believe actions speak louder than words. What do you say?

Friday, August 01, 2008

Are Baby Boomers Rolling over and Playing Dead?

I don't know about you but I am absolutely OUTRAGED at the latest news involving the profits made by the big oil companies! I feel like I'm the lone voice out here. I thought I was part of a generation---the baby boomer generation---who used to fight for the injustices of the world. We protested against Vietnam and stood up for civil rights but now it appears we are being bamboozled by big corporations and we've turned a blind eye and deaf ear.

Could it be because baby boomers are the ones who are responsible for these injustices? Exxon Mobil Chairman Rex Tillerson is, in fact, a baby boomer, and he's getting rich off of the backs of poor baby boomers like me.

Well, I am happy to report that I haven't patronized Exxon since 1989 when The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It is considered one of the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea. All because someone was drunk on the job---that's the story I heard.

So, here we have today, millions of Americans who must be in a drunken stupor to allow oil companies like Exxon to get away with stealing our hard earned money.

Exxon Mobil Corp. broke its own record for the highest quarterly profit for a U.S. company on Thursday, joining other major oil companies in posting stronger earnings on the back of sky-high oil prices.

Exxon's second-quarter net income rose 14 per cent to $11.68 billion.


- Exxon earned more than $128 million a day, or nearly $1,500 every second during the quarter. The company said that was after it paid $4,100 a second in taxes and $14,700 a second in expenses to run the business.
- Exxon's quarterly earnings were slightly larger than the annual gross domestic product of Afghanistan, which was $11.63 billion in 2007, according to the World Bank.
- With Exxon's quarterly profit, one could potentially buy Gap Inc., Ford or Starbucks, which have market capitalizations of $11.67 billion, $10.76 billion and $10.69 billion, respectively, according to Reuters data.
- $11.68 billion could buy roughly 179,692 new Cadillac Escalades, or 15.57 billion individual Snickers chocolate bars.

It could also wipe out hunger around the world and take care of the entire baby boomer generation for the rest of our lives.