August 9, 2008

August 9, 2008
Welcome to the weekend. I hope you had a great week and are hopefully enjoying some personal time today.

My life is still being spent very close to home because of some current health problems. My problems started in June with a "mini-stroke", a term I have to laugh at because if that was a "mini", I definitely do not look forward to ever having a "full blown" stroke. Not don't get me wrong, I am counting my blessing because everything still works pretty well. When I get tired is when you can tell the most because the right side of my face and body droops a little and my speech slurs. Luckily when I am rested it is harder to tell the after effects. Either that or everyone has been very kind and saying you can barely tell.

If you missed the past couple of weeks blogs, I am currently fighting a lung infection and bronchitis. My current problems started out with a sore throat and have advanced to the present problems even though I have been on high doses of antibiotics and strict bed rest for the past six weeks. So to say my life has been sedentary lately would be a huge understatement. I have been trying to use my time constructively and work on my huge collection of digital photo files. When you have over 8,000 digital files and buy a new photo processing software program, it can take weeks to catalog and tag the thousands of file. My favorite subject matter when doing my photography is portraits, flowers, macro animals and sunsets.

So while I have been staying sedentary, it doesn't mean I haven't had a lot to keep me busy. This website also keeps me very busy between the blog entries, updates, emails and telephone calls. Honestly there are times that I just can't keep up with the volume of calls and emails we receive through the project since I do almost all the followup by myself. I know a couple of people have gotten upset when it takes me a few days or even a week or two to respond to their messages, problems or questions. Please remember I am just one person and occasionally have my own health problems. But I do try to respond as quickly as humanly possible.

For those of you that keep up with politics, the Justice Department investigation into the firings of nine U.S. attorneys has been extended to encompass allegations that senior White House officials played a role in providing false and misleading information to Congress, according to numerous sources involved in the inquiry. The widened scope raises the possibility that investigators will pursue criminal charges against some administration officials, and recommend appointment of a special prosecutor if there is evidence of criminal misconduct. For more information on this story go to: white-house-nightmare-sce_n_117548.html

Now I know politicians are always honest and we should never doubt or question their motives... NOT! I have worked with several campaigns and issues in politics since my teens and nothing that someone could tell me a politician has pulled would surprise me. So if they did something illegal they should be brought up on charges. Even if that means indicting some of our top political representatives or appointed officials (ie. President Bush and Carl Rowe). But as a friend and I discussed President Bush will probably pardon them as one of his last acts. So they better hope the probe is over before the new President takes office.

Speaking about politics have you heard the latest scandal? John Edwards admitted today what everyone suspected but few prominent people were willing to give voice — he cheated on his lovely and awesome wife Elizabeth. He cheated on her with a woman, Rielle Hunter, he reportedly met in a bar in New York, hired to work for his campaign and with whom a professional relationship led to something else (if we're giving the charitable interpretation of events). According to Edwards, that "something else" did not include either love or the child that Ms. Hunter claimed in December was the child of Edwards’ Director of Ops/North Carolina Finance Director, Andrew Young (who quit in November 2007). Because that, like, makes it all better. Edwards reportedly hired Hunter in 2006 to produce a series of films about his candidacy before he was actually a candidate after meeting her in a bar. She didn't exactly have a lot of video production experience. By last September, the videos were scrubbed from the website and more salacious rumors about him began making the rounds. In December, the National Enquirer came out with its first story that Rielle Hunter was pregnant and that she and Young were claiming to have had the affair. But in January, Page Six published a blind item that, in retrospect, indicates that she was claiming to still be having an affair with Edwards. Rielle's daughter was born February 27, 2008, placing the child's conception around April 2007. The videos Hunter made for Edwards (and about which she was quoted) were released around New Year's 2006. Is it possible that the affair ended in 2006 while she was still giving press quotes? And that he'd, as he says now, already told Elizabeth? No one noticed the videos were scrubbed until last summer 2007, which is about the time Hunter would've been discovering she was pregnant (and telling people, and showing). Elizabeth Edwards, by the way, announced that her cancer had come out of remission in March 2007 — about a month before Rielle would've gotten pregnant, supposedly by Andrew Young. Frankly, I think Edwards is still lying. No one wants to believe he was having sex with a woman he'd hired to work for his campaign, or that he was doing so after his wife announced that she had cancer, so few people are going to question the timing. The story that he cracked Elizabeth's ribs "hugging" her (with the innuendo being while they were having sex) last winter and that's how they discovered the cancer seems a little more... unseemly now, doesn't it? Were they having make-up sex? Or was he still sleeping with his (soon-to-be immuno compromised) wife while having condomless sex with his mistress who he didn't even love? John Edwards' political appeal relied on a couple of things: his ability to get $400 haircuts while relatively convincingly playing the son-of-a-mill-worker concerned with economic inequality in America; and his ability to be a very attractive politician with a lovely but considered by some to be less-attractive wife with whom he seemed to have a healthy and affectionate relationship. What does he have now? A hippie pregnant mistress from whom, if she openly claims it's his child, he'll demand a paternity test? A mistress that he was (knowingly or not) "sharing" with his staffers while his wife was developing cancer? There's no way to come out ahead of this story, and prevaricating on the timing doesn't help. There's no way an Obama Administration can nominate him as AG, let alone appoint him to anything that requires Congressional approval. This is the end of the line for John Edwards and his political career, and it should be. Keeping your dick in your pants doesn't require training, just a brain.

I also heard about the tragic news of Americans being attacked and killed at the Olympics in China. The murder of the father of a former Olympian at a Beijing landmark cast a sad shadow over the first full day of Olympic competition Saturday, just hours after China's jubilant opening of the Summer Games. Todd and Barbara Bachman of Lakeville, Minnesota, who are parents of 2004 volleyball Olympian Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman and in-laws of U.S. men's volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, were attacked by a Chinese man while visiting the 13th-century Drum Tower. It has been confirmed Bachman died from knife wounds and that Barbara Bachman suffered life-threatening injuries. She and their Chinese tour guide, who was also injured in the attack, were being treated in a Beijing hospital. The assailant, Tang Yongming, 47, lept to his death from a 130-foot high balcony on the Drum Tower, just five miles from the main Olympics site. Beijing's Communist leaders are hypersensitive about anything that could take the shine off the games. China's Foreign Ministry said it had no immediate comment on the attack. It was not mentioned in the main evening news bulletin on state-controlled television, though it was reported by the official Xinhua News Agency and other Chinese-language media. The U.S. government has warned Americans against muggings, beatings and even carjackings, especially in the nightlife and shopping districts of large cities. So I for one am glad that I am not at the Olympics in China. The Olympics are not something I am dying to see. No pun intended.

That's about it for my day. How was your day? Did you do anything special for yourself? Drop me a line and let me know. I hope you have a great rest of the weekend.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab