This way I can upset everyone in one article.
Well, Mr. Moo is off playing politics this weekend at the Libertarian Party National Convention in Hot-lanta, Georgia. In addition to campaigning for a good friend and vice-presidential candidate, Richard Campagna, I will be in front of the cameras of C-SPAN possibly Saturday and Sunday. It’ll be an eye opening time for me as it is my first national convention for anything outside my current employment. I will also be leading a devotional/meditation group daily while I’m there. So needless to say, I have been quite busy in preparation so this week I wanted to just share some random thoughts.
First thought comes from near the home of the convention. It seems as though there is a judge who likes to be creative with his sentencing in Rockdale County, Georgia. Superior Court Judge Sidney Nation sentenced a 24-year old for charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession. It was a violation of his probation from previous convictions on similar charges. The sentence was seven years; six months in jail and 6½ years with a new piece of living room furniture to remind him of the deadly combination of drinking, drugs and driving. The piece of living room furniture is a coffin. Judge Nation – you get Mr. Moo’s two hoofs up for your creativity.
Second thought comes from fund raising gala sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation a couple weeks ago. One of the guests to the gala was Michael J. Fox who introduced former First Lady Nancy Reagan. Mrs. Reagan has always hit me as being a very classy lady. For anyone experiencing to devastating effects of Alzheimer’s in a loved one, we know how difficult it can be. Mrs. Reagan addressed the crowd and said that Alzheimer’s had taken her husband “to a distant place where I can no longer reach him”. She echoed the sentiments of many of us who expressed hope that stem cell research might provide new hope for victims of many diseases. Mrs. Reagan said it this way, "I just don't see how we can turn our backs on this," she said, adding, "We have lost so much time already, and I just really can't bear to lose any more." It is my hope that many on Capital Hill who loved and respected President and Mrs. Reagan will heed her words. President Bush holds the key to this current restriction to funds for research in these crucial areas such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and others. Either release the federal funds for research or better yet, give tax incentives to all companies willing to do the research on their own. The time is now to find a cure.
Third thought comes on the issue of the presidential campaigns. I have been watching commercials on TV for each of the candidates and have come to this conclusion this year. How could someone authorize the running of $70 million of ads and find themselves in worse position than before the ads were run? Congrats, Mr. President. The ads were all directed at attacks against Sen. Kerry and run in the battleground states that could go either way in November. Could it be that negative ads are loosing their impact? Or would that only happen in the last few weeks if the campaign. Come to think of it, I wish the President would have run ads like that against me when I ran for the Senate 2 years ago. I might be writing these columns from Washington, DC today.
Last but certainly not least I want to return to the state of my raising, Colorado. There has been much talk about the scandals around recruiting of football players and drinking and sex from the camp of the Buffalos. Probably the biggest issue was the buffaloing going on from Coach Gary Barnett. The buck has to stop somewhere as Harry Truman once said and it should stop at Barnett’s desk. Barnett was released and then reinstated by CU President Betsy Hoffman this week. Sounds like the coach in charge of recruiting should be the first one gone, then Barnett and President Hoffman as well. Certain things are acceptable in recruiting and I know college athletics is big business for the universities, but activities that are illegal should not be tolerated. Period.
Well, now that I have upset most of the world in four paragraphs, it’s time for me to go. Before I do, let me say thank you posthumously to all of those who have given their lives in service of our country. Take time this Memorial Day for a moment of silence in honor of these men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the country they loved.