Short Notes – Sen. Saxby Chambliss, GA Retiring

220px-Saxby_ChamblissThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that two-term Senator Saxby Chambliss will announce his decision not to run for reelection in 2014.

I am disappointed that Chambliss will not be running as he is one of a few moderates on either side of the aisle who has expressed interest in working on bipartisan solutions to our nations problems.

The people of Georgia have been well-served by Chambliss.

Story here.

Hero of the Week – 1.25.13, Hillary Rodham Clinton

04-07-hillaryFor the better part of 20 years, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been in service to our nation.  As First Lady, Senator, Presidential Candidate and Secretary of State, single-handedly Clinton has shattered more glass ceilings than the majority of the world combined.

Love her or hate her, and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of middle ground, I think most anyone would admit that Ms. Clinton has helped shape much of the world’s history over these last decades.

Within the next few days, another chapter of HRC’s public life will come to an end when she steps down as Secretary of State.

As a nation we owe her a debt of gratitude.  Indeed, our world owes her a debt of gratitude.

Since her early days in Arkansas, she has proven to be an advocate for children and the disenfranchised around the world.  Hillary Rodham Clinton has led, she has fought and she has proven to be an exemplary team player.

Mistakes have been made, her SoS tenure will be forever marred by the Benghazi massacre and her role in assisting our Embassy there.

HRC made mistakes in the 90s with her over-reach on Healthcare Reform and when campaigning she is known to gaffe with snide remarks like her Tammy Wynette comment from years ago.

As first lady, we saw her painfully endure embarrassment, when her husband’s betrayal became public.  Clinton, carried forward and never let her private pain seep into her duty as First Lady and beyond.

While many disapprove of her politics, Clinton appears to be a wonderful mother, raising a daughter free of the pitfalls some youngsters endure when in the public spotlight.  And today, her marriage to Bill Clinton appears solid and based on mutual admiration.

Through it all, Hillary Rodham Clinton has stayed strong.  She has continued to serve her country and our world.  Now, Hillary Rodham Clinton will take a much deserved break, for how long no one knows, but my guess is we have not seen the last of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Whatever course she decides to follow, I say thank you and Godspeed to Hillary Rodham Clinton, you have been a role-model for many and your legacy will endure.

This week, I choose Hillary Rodham Clinton as Hero of the Week!

Short Notes – Republicans, Stupid Party

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal Speaks In WashingtonLast night  Louisiana Republican Governor, Bobby Jindal gave a speech in Charlotte, NC.  The speech given to the Republican National Committee.

In the speech Jindal layed out his plan for moving the party forward and advised that the Republicans need to “stop being the stupid party” if they want to have a future in American governance.

Bravo to Jindal.  The sooner the Republican Party moves away from the Washington philosophy of do-nothing, oppose everything “leadership” the better they will be.

The Republican Party needs to turn its back on the ignorant and begin embracing Governors like Jindal, Christie, Deal, Haley and others if they want to have any future in the national debate.

Text of speech may be found below. http://images.politico.com/global/2013/01/24/bobby_jindal_speech_to_the_republican_national_committee.html

Life’s Playlist… Good Morning Baltimore from the Movie Hairspray

hairsprayLife’s Playlist…  Good Morning Baltimore from the Movie Hairspray

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