John McCain – Front Runner or Also Ran?

I have always had great respect for John McCain. I think a lot of the reason I have this respect is that he is a Viet Nam vet that was a POW, and has returned to the world and made a name for himself.

That is all well and good. What bothers me, however, is his stance on such issues as the war in Iraq and on immigration. I have followed the immigration debacle very closely, as it should be of great concern with every citizen of the good old US of A. The current immigration bill which was recently killed in the Senate, would have given amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens now in the country. Any illegal alien in the country after January 1, 2007, could provide documentation to the government from family or coworkers and friends, and be given the privilege of being in this country.

That is all well and good if you are a bleeding heart liberal. I am very much against this, however, because of what this would cost the American taxpayer. According to the Heritage Foundation, it will cost the American taxpayers monies estimated in the trillions (yes, Virginia, that is TRILLIONS!) to cover the cost of benefits, health care and education. Reading the white paper by the Heritage Foundation is truly mind boggling.

McCain’s stance on the war in Iraq is also killing his chance for the presidency. The American people have sent a strong message to the sitting President – get us out of Iraq, no ifs ands buts or maybe’s. Bring our boys home. I concur. So, with McCain’s stance on the war in Iraq, it is no wonder he has lost the confidence of the American people.

Bottom line – he is nearly out of money, support, and credibility. Washington pundits say that his campaign is not in trouble, but is dead. And as long as John McCain stands for the issues he believes in, then he is written off by many people – including myself – who have believed in him. What a drag for McCain…

Drive on…

Charlie~

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The Murder of Daniel Pearl Part III

In the final segment of this series, the US security official details the capture and subsequent beheading of Danny Pearl.  i found this series of videos to be mesmeriizng, and very good reporting.  I do not know who the reporter was that journaled these videos, but consider it a job well done.

Danny Pearl did not deserve to die this way,  and the Everyday Citizen feels his readers need to know why, how, and what for.

Drive on…

Charlie~

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The Murder of Daniel Pearl Pt. II

This segment chronicles the capture of Danny Pearl.  I believe there is information here that a lot of people do not know.  The third part of these segemnts will come the first part of the week.

Drive on…

Charlie~

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The Murder of Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal journalist who was kidnapped in January of 2006, was beheaded in Pakistan in February 2006.  I recently ran across a video on Youtube which chronicles his capture, death, and the aftermath of his killing.  I found it very moving to listen to this US Security official describe these events, and share them here.

The vids are broken up in three parts, and I will post them a few days apart so that readers will have a chance to review them.  They will be, of course, archived.

I am sickened by all of this, and feel especially bad for Mariane Pearl, Daniel’s wife, who was pregnant with their first child when Daniel was killed.  Terrorism sucks…

Peace,

Charlie~

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News From South of the Border

It has been an exceptional weekend for the Everyday Citizen.  I am goofing off, spending a lot of time w/ Nick & Sara, and don’t feel a bit guilty about not getting a lot of Internet marketing done.  I have had a lot of fun sitting in the back yard by the pool, playing with the dogs Sheena,  Duke & Abby, drinking too much Canadian Mist, and eating things definitely not good for me.

It is well worth it.  My blood pressure this morning was 97/47, and I am relaxed for the first time in a long while.  It is time I realized there is a hell of a lot more to life than chasing the almighty dollar, I suppose…

I have been doing some research on things, which is my first love.  I take my laptop out by the pool and gather information.  Knowledge is power, and I increase my knowledge daily.  I have been doing a lot of freelancing and the things I write on are things I know little about, yet the web makes me an expert.  I love the internet just for that capabilities.

Tomorrow will be a workday, and in the evening I will take Sara out for root beer and elephant ears.  I haven’t had a date with a beautiful young woman in a long while, and am looking forward to it.

Drive on…

Charlie~

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Mich. Man in Wheelchair Takes a Wild Ride

Every now and then I read a story that really tickles me. When I checked into my email account from my Yahoo home page today, I saw a picture of a man in a wheelchair that was attached to the front of a semi.

Ben Carpenter of Kalamazoo was crossing an intersection in his motorized wheelchair when the light turned green. The semi driver didn’t see Ben, and bumped into his wheelchair while crossing the intersection.

Bumping in to the wheelchair turned it sideways, and the handles of the chair were stuck in the grill of the semi. It took Ben for a 4 mile ride down the Red Arrow Highway.

The cops finally halted the truck, and the driver was amazed to see Ben attached to the front of his truck. Apparently, he didn’t see Ben, and took him for the ride of his life. Speeds of up to 50 mph were reported, and the ride left Ben unscathed but scared.

I worked for a lot of years in voc rehab, working with people just like Ben. Ben, who has muscular dystrophy, has the attitude I saw in so many of the severely disabled people I worked with. It was a humbling experience. they never sniveled, complained, and were almost always very upbeat and happy. You would think people in this difficult situation would be bitter and angry, but it was almost never the case.

All’s well that ends well. it tickled me because here was a guy who had the ride of his life, was unharmed, and took it like a man. The only damage from this ordeal was to the wheelchair, which had all the rubber burned off the wheels. I am betting that Ben & family will get a lot of laughs out of this for years to come. I am happy he wasn’t hurt, and tickled because it was such an extraordinary accident. Check out the video on this site. Bring in the clowns…

Peace,

Charlie~

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My New Granddaughter


My son Nathan is the proud father of a new baby girl. Ava Jean came in to the world on June 6th at 3:14 a.m. she weighed in at 9 pounds and 4 ozs. Mother and daughter are doing well. Methinks dad is a bit proud also…

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Welcome her to the world…

Peace,

Charlie~

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Photoshop Tip – Working With Backgrounds

My wife owns Bella Grande, a consignment shop in Charlotte, MI. She has a website that she just isn’t happy with, and wanted to change. I offered to help, but my Rosie is the original anal retentive, and working with her is next to impossible at times.

The theme she has chosen for her business is black with white polka dots. The awning on our store is black and white polka dots, and she sells a lot of polka dot items, including handbags, head scarves and of course clothing.

I reluctantly accepted the assignment of building her site and blog, after she wasted time on Godaddy, using the Website Tonight feature. Too much input for her on that site, and I hate nothing worse than working with templates. She paid a hundred bucks, and is letting it slide because she can’t navigate through the templates. they are a pain in the ass…

Of course, she wants a polka dot background on her page. I figured it was no problem, until I designed the usual 250X250 px background image. I thought it would be no big deal to just create a black background, put a few rows of polka dots on it, and insert into the page. Wrong…   😡

Here is what I did. She has many polka dot items in the store, so I simply took a pix of a black and white polka dot dress, used the touch up tools in Photoshop CS2 to insure an even background, sized the image to be the same size as the page, saved as a .gif, and Voila! Instant background.

I see no sense in making it harder than it needs to be. She’s happy. I’m happy. and it took all of ten minutes to accomplish this. Gotta love Photoshop!

Peace,

Charlie~

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Elvira Arellano and Her Struggle With Immigration Laws

I read with great interest this morning an article concerning Elvira Arellano, a 32 year old Mexican woman who has taken sanctuary in a Chicago church. Ms. Arellano has been given specific orders to be deported because she is in the country illegally, but does not wish to be separated from her 7 year old son, Saul. She has been holed up in this Chicago church for 9 months and 18 days.

Because I like to have a different viewpoint on anything I write about, I did some digging, and was very surprised at what I uncovered. I have to think that the LA Times whitewashed this a bit.

I am all for people standing up for what they believe in, and that they have the right to be heard. I do not, however, advocate for anyone who takes the stand that this woman, who is in the country illegally, has chosen to take. The church where Ms. Arellano is hiding in is nothing more than a front for Sin Fronteras, the anarchist group that calls for revolution in the United States.

The pastor of Adalberto United Methodist Church in Chicago, Reverend Walter Coleman, is a staunch supporter of Ms. Arellano. Bully for him. What a lot of people don’t know, I think, is that his wife, Emma Lozano, sister of Rudy Lozano who was assassinated in Chicago in 1983, is the head of Sin Fronteras that often works with the Service EmployeesInternational Union and has worked with the AFL-CIO to get amnesty legislation pushed through. Emma Lozano is quoted as saying that “Elvira is here, she works hard, her kid is a U.S. citizen, they allowed her to come into the country.” Nothing is further from the truth.

Elvira Arellano is in this country illegally. She is defying the law of the land, and hiding behind a centuries old sanction that allows sanctuary in a church, a law the United States does not recognize. She was deported once, and snuck back in a few days later. She then hid out from the immigration department for 9 years, had an anchor baby, and now is an illegal immigrant activist, presiding over the United Latino Family. She has used every trick in the book to stay here illegally.

Bottom line, folks. Elvira Arellano is an illegal alien, is breaking the law by refusing to be deported because of her illegal status, and is using the church and her son to hide behind.  Elvira and her supporters advocate revolution in this land because of so many people that are in our country illegally.  When any organization stands up for any one culture and religion, oblivious of the others in the land, it makes them racist.  Remember the KKK?  Before you shed a tear for this poor woman, do your own due diligence and see what she is up to, and check out those who support her. You might be as angry about this as I am…

Homeland Security – Run For The Border

I have been following with great interest the story of Andrew Speaker, the guy that crossed a lot of international borders, even though knowing he was a tuberculosis carrier. Speaker, a lawyer, was aware of his condition, yet chose to make several international flights, and then drove by car from Montreal to the US. He was challenged at the border, but the agent allowed him to pass, stating that “he didn’t look sick.” This, after international warnings to be on the lookout for this man, and to detain him if found traveling.

Mr. Speaker’s form of TB is a very drug resistant strain. He was aware he had the disease, yet chose to fly abroad, get married, and go on honeymoon, even though he had to be aware that he was risking the lives of others. I am really thrilled that this man was so responsible. Obviously, his personal life was more important to him than the lives of others. I find it ironical that he is a personal injury lawyer…

Last night on the NBC news, I learned that his new father in law, Robert C. Cooksey, is none other than a microbiologist, who works for the CDC, and whose specialty is tuberculosis. What are the odds of this happening? Though aware of Speaker’s condition, he did nothing when he knew that his new son in law was going on a world traveling journey. His bad…

Homeland Security is investigating. Bully for them. There is nothing like locking the barn door after the horse is stolen. Here is my concern. We can all learn from this, I think. Here we have a prominent lawyer, who’s FIL is a microbiologist specializing in TB, who crosses not one but several international borders carrying a virulent form of tuberculosis. Even though alerts had been posted to detain him if possible, he was allowed to cross the border at Lake Champlain into New York, even after the border agent had run him through the computer and knew of his disease. Just because he “didn’t look sick.” Anyone remember Typhoid Mary?

I guess my whole point of this rant is the fact that if someone such as Speaker can travel at will carrying a deadly disease, even though people are aware, then what about a terrorist group? What is to stop them from developing a strain of some innocuous disease that could decimate entire populations, and having one of their insane followers inoculated with the disease and then put him on a plane? Remember, these cats are the ones who think it is glorious to die via suicide bombing. Just think about all those virgins! What’s a little disease worth?

We believe we are safe, when in reality we are open to attacks on so many fronts that it should keep us awake at night. We are safe from no one who is bent on taking us on and eliminating as many of us as possible. We are the victims of circumstance, and it is only a matter of time before this happens on American soil. It is very believable, very doable, and we certainly will not be protected by Homeland Security. What are we to do? Live with it, I guess…

Drive on…

Charlie~