$25 dollars for this ugly piece of crap?

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For real Governor Patterson? What the hell?

That is the ugliest license plate color combination EVER. All he is successfully doing is fucking up everyone’s flow. This is going to look ugly on so many cars. I know you need to get money somewhere, but this is just boneheaded.

Add another strike to that re-election campaign buddy.

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“Super Duper Tuesday” is fast approaching! Are you registered to vote?

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Hello All- 

With “Super Duper Tuesday” (February 5th) fast approaching, I naturally asked my close friends and family if they were registered voters. To my surprise, about half of them (while eligible to vote) were not even registered.

So here’s the deal. 

Yes there are a few Primaries after yesterday’s big Primary in New Hampshire. But the Primary Event that will affect most of us is on what is now being called “Super Duper Tuesday” on February 5th 2008.

On “Super Duper Tuesday” 24 states will be holding their Primaries making it one of the single most important dates in the 2008 Election Cycle.  After this date we could very well have both our Republican and Democratic Presidential Nominees.

So in my effort to blog more about real life issues in 2008. I have compiled a listing of the 24 “Super Duper Tuesday” states. If you click on any of the states listed, it will redirect you to the Voter Registration Form for the state.

Again, I’m not here to tell you who to vote for or to argue about politics. I just want to make sure that anyone who IS NOT registered to vote, does so in order to make their voices heard in 2008.

Hillary Clinton brings the drama. She nearly cries on the Campaign Trail.

 I WANNA BE PRESIDENT NOW!!!

Seriously Hillary? Fighting back tears? Is it that serious?

I mean, does anyone think she would have broken down if she were still the Front Runner? I mean come on! I don’t buy this moment of calculated vulnerability at all. This was all planned if you ask me.

Everyone seems to be saying that this was good for her and shows she is a person after all. But my take? It was not sincere, and now all it will do for most people is give them an opportunity to say that women are “too emotional” to lead the free world.

Which is ridiculously stupid, but that is the kind of world we live in. But Hillary shouldn’t have put herself out there like that. Because to a jaded person like me, this wasn’t real at all. It just looked fake as hell. And that is Hillary’s problem. She is not relatable. She is polarizing. And to hold back tears because someone asked her “How does she do it?” in referencing to Being A Woman in politics is silly.

Everyone named her the front runner based on her “Celebrity” not realizing how much of an image problem she has. And now people are seeing right through the polished Clinton veneer.

But whatever, that’s my take on this situation. You don’t have to agree with me at all. But we all can agree on one thing, that we all should VOTE in both the Primary, and in the General Election in November. I don’t care who you vote for, just as long as you make yourself heard in 2008.  

If you are over 18 and meet the eligibility criteria, then you should register to vote ASAP!

We Remember…..

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Let’s take time out today to remember all of the people who are unfortunately no longer with us.

Let us all appreciate our loved ones who are still here. If anything, what happened on 9-11 should serve as a reminder that in life, anything can happen at any moment. So let’s not take our loved ones for granted.

Let us send our thoughts and prayers to our everyone who may have lost loved ones on that tragic day.

Let’s also send our support to the troops fighting the war in Iraq.

My Review of Michael Moore’s “SiCKO”

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On Monday I attended the New York Premiere of the film “SiCKO” with my organization at the Zeigfeld Theater.
It was a “Star-Studded” premiere so to speak. I was seated near Russell Simmons and Damon Dash. I spotted Mr. Richard Belzer, and I even saw Mr. “Super Size Me” himself, Morgan Spurlock.
After an pretty lengthy (by that time I was getting annoyed because it was 8 and the movie was supposed to being at 7:30) introduction by Harvey Weinstein himself where for some reason he professed his man love for Ari Emmanuel, he introduced the main guest, Mr. Michael Moore.

 
Michael Moore then introduced his new movie “SiCKO” to the audience (with the backing of a lot of hospital workers). He seemed pretty humble and not at all like the crazy man who was yelling at the Oscar’s a few years back. After a few chants from the hospital workers about ending private insurance, the movie finally started.

 
Here is some background on me if you care to know: I don’t get into political arguments with people, nor do I discuss my politics openly. I do agree that debate can be good and open up conversation, but for the sake of maintaining my reputation for being a laid back guy, I abstain from getting into talk of politics with people. I just go vote when there is an election, and make my voice heard that way.

 
As far as my history with Michael Moore’s documentaries, I haven’t seen “Roger & Me” but I have seen both “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 911”. And I am not one of those people who believe that whatever is in a documentary is actual “Fact”. I am smart enough to know that all of what was presented to me in “Fahrenheit 911” required some research on my part to learn more.

While Moore may be an extremely polarizing figure (I admit I enjoyed the “Team America: World Police” joke on him), I think that with “SiCKO” he has pretty much made his most important film so far.
“SiCKO” is described as being “a comedy about 45 million people with no health care in the richest country on Earth.” And I can say that the personal stories chronicled in the film are really no laughing matter.
Michael Moore of course starts the movie with a dig at President Bush that shows him speaking about OBGYN’s(that had the majority of the theater laughing). I know he couldn’t help himself in poking fun at him. But it amazes me how our President can just say such odd things so often. Aside from that Michael Moore doesn’t really push a political agenda. He just lets the facts and stories speak for themselves and that’s why the film ultimately worked for me.
From the cringe inducing opening shot of the guy giving himself stitches because he had no insurance, to the woman who was denied coverage for an operation (Due to her Pre-Existing Condition: A Yeast Infection) all these stories highlight how broken our adopted HMO system of Healthcare is. The stories all hit home. It made me really appreciate the fact that myself and my family had good coverage. But the film also shows that having coverage doesn’t necessarily mean you are fully covered. We are all vulnerable when insurance companies try to find ways to not pay out benefits.
And I didn’t for once believe that the documentary glamorized the Canadian Free System of Healthcare one bit. The stuff about Canada and Cuba was done in a more “Hey if they have it, why can’t we?” sort of way. Also, no one was safe in this film, not even Hilary Clinton. Moore highlights how Clinton was an advocate for Universal Healthcare in her years as First Lady. But he also shows how years later she got money from the Healthcare Industry to fund her NY State Senate campaign.
One story that stuck out for me was the insurance “Bounty Hunter” guy who checks on your medical history for mistakes or pre-existing conditions. This is done so that if he finds something, he can get money back for the insurance companies who have paid people out. The fact that an insurance company can hire someone to do such a dirty job is initially shocking, but then when you think about it, it’s not entirely surprising.
Overall I thought “SiCKO” was a pretty good film. The stories in the film are relatable. Moore’s narration is good. And everything is edited perfectly right down to song choice and clips. Will this film change anyone’s mind about the US Healthcare System? You never know. But it sure does help start the topic of conversation going. I know many people who hate Moore will see the film and look to discredit everything in the movie. But anyone who does would be ignoring the main purpose he made this film to begin with. Our current system is only working for people who can afford it. And even people who CAN afford Health Insurance, can be faced with denial of treatment and not have procedures paid.

So who is benefiting from all of this in the end exactly?

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