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This week’s “Hillcast” is titled “Energy” and in it, she explains her plans to create a “Strategic Energy Fund.”

Hillary begins this weeks “conversation” (as she like to put it, even though she is talking to a camera) with the following statement:

“The more energy self sufficient we become, the more we can stop spending billions of dollars and sending them to unstable regimes all over the world.  Some of them who are financing terrorism…” 

Here is her plan:

She wants to make clean energy for
America.  She proposes that we utilize the power of technology to find smart solutions for our energy future, which will inevitably create more jobs.


She is proposing a new legislature that would create a “strategic energy fund” that would invest in developing and deploying clean, homegrown energy.  We will create this fund from the windfall profits of the oil companies that just announced the largest profits in the history of the planet.   She proposes to tell these oil companies to “play or pay”; to invest in alternative energy or to pay a portion of the excess profits from the spike in the rising oil prices into the Strategic Energy Fund.


She estimates that this fund will have over 50 billion dollars to invest in
America’s new energy future over the next 10 years.


This fund could end our dependence on other countries and also help create new industries in

She knows this will work because she has begun this inNew York
State. In
New York, she has worked hand in hand with local businesses. As an example, in
Fulton, she is building the largest ethanol plant in the Northeast.  

She feels that clean energy is key in order to help stop Global Warming.  She wants to ensure a better environment for our children.


The Fund will also invest 9 Billion dollars in an energy research initiative.  She feels this will encourage inovators to aid in coming up with new ways to preserve our energy resourses.

Further, she hopes to transform this country from Energy dependence to Energy independence and turn Global warming into an “historic global renewal.”


My comments:

Her plan has many valid points.  I think she is not wants us to become independent of other countries, but she also is interested in our future.  If this plan works, there will be more jobs created in America and our nation as a whole will help stop global warming.  It is great that she wants to fund this strategy with the money made from America’s wealthiest companies.    This is the classic Robin Hood story, without the stealing.  She wants to use the profits from these wealthy companies to fund something that will be of great benefit to our society. And not only does she envision this working, she has proved that it can work in her own lovely state, New York.


Hillary Clinton is all over the web like white on rice.  She has embraced several of the tools the web has to offer to appeal to masses of different kinds of voters.  I have to give her credit for trying to stay current in today’s society.  Now on her website, not only can people watch “Hillcasts”, they can also read Hillary’s blog.  I think this is great.  Found on her webpage:  , Hillary Clinton has a blog page that allows anyone to comment about her campaign and also allows Hillary herself to keep real with the little people.


In her own words, “I believe that the web is not only creating new forms of political dialogue but offering a new wave of opportunity for all Americans – and one of my highest priorities will be to make us number one again in the world in broadband.”  This statement shows a real interest in keeping
America innovative.  She sees the web as a way to keep
America’s role as the leading innovator. 


She continues to state the following, “Net Neutrality is something that I am also fighting for now in the Senate so that the web remains open and democratic.”   What is “Net Neutrility” you ask, well I had to look it up myself and this is what I found on Wikipedia ( ) :  a broadband network free of arbitrary restrictions on the kinds of equipment attached and the modes of communication allowed would be considered neutral by most advocates, provided it met additional tests relating to the degradation of various communication streams by others.”

Not helpful?  I take this statement to mean that Hillary Clinton is fighting for our right to have freedom on the internet.  Thanks Hillary!

Admittedly, I don’t wear flip flops very often, as I would much rather wear my Birkenstocks any day of the week. Flips flops are only good for me when I’m by a pool, and even then I can’t stand how many pebbles get stuck in them. Running is even worse as I always trip over them! And how are you supposed to sneak up on people when your feet are flip flopping all over the place? I have plenty of other footware, from pairs of shoes I get stuck wearing for work or when I go out to a trendy NYC bar, to a pair of sneakers every now and then. My boss likes to make fun of my Geox shoes that he thinks are really slippers (they aren’t!). I even have some workboots / hiking boots that I get to wear on rare occasions. Barefoot isn’t so bad either if I can avoid gravel and woodchips. But no matter what you say to me, I’m not sure I’ll ever find any footware as comfortable as my Birkenstocks. And no, I’m not flip flopping my stance on this issue!!!!!

Speaking of flip flops, we now have a new flip flop candidate in this years campaign. ( ). Maybe some of you knew this already, but I just found out that Rudy Giuliani used to be a Democrat! The Republican party embraced him as the Mayor of NYC, but will they do the same for the Presidency?

In defending his change of allegiance, Giuliani indicated that he was actually an Independent for a few years after he was a Democrat before he completely switched over. I guess he was only trying on one shoe at a time until he found what made him comfortable on his feet. In any case, he quoted Sir Winston Churchill in trying to explain that changing parties should be a natural transition “If you’re not a liberal when you’re 20, you have no heart, but if you’re not a conservative by the time you’re 40, you have no brain”. What if he realizes he was right in his younger years and decides there’s no age like your 20’s, then what does the country do?

Is he trying to tell us that it’s possible to turn from a lion with no heart to a scarecrow with no brain? Maybe we all should all get some courage, put on some ruby slippers, close our eyes and click our heals together. Oh, gosh darn it, I’ve got the courage, what about you? This offer might be too good to be true! I think my Birkenstocks have suddenly moved down to number 2!

Damn flip flops, I knew I didn’t like them!

From the New York Times, a handy guide to the presedential candidates’ positions on the Iraq War, then and now.

With a little less than 11 months before the Iowa caucuses begin, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack, citing campaign finance difficulties, has announced that he is dropping out of the 2008 presidential race.

Hollywood is a fincky crowd. David Geffen, one of the founders of Dreamworks has been a long time supporter for the Clintons and recently changed horses and started to back Obama.

Geffen helped co-host a fundraising party over the weekend for Obama that raised $1.3 million and was attended by the likes of Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Morgan Freeman, Taye Diggs, Zach Braff, Jackson Browne, Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, and Jennifer Aniston. Aniston was quoted as saying, “he’s lovely.”

David started the fire after being quoted by Maureen Dowd, New York Times, as stating that Hillary is “incredibly polarizing” and said Republicans think “she’s the easiest to defeat.”  As well as stating that while “everybody in politics lies,” Bill and Hillary Clinton “do it with such ease, it’s troubling.”

Geffen’s word were then deemed inappropriate by Clinton.

“If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money,” said Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson. “While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama’s principal fundraiser.”

Obama’s camp retorted that they would not give back the money. Barack’s communications director said, “It is ironic that the Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln bedroom.”

Ahhhh – it’s going to be an exciting race. Let the games begin!

For this upcoming election the virtual world is just as important as the real world. In fact, John Edwards has just set up a “headquarters” in the popular virtual world of Second Life.John Edwards

The candidates have hired teams of bloggers to represent them day and night and their every move, but when John Edwards plucked two feminists to represent him in the blogosphere, the conversatives started to do their research.

Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon was hired full time on Jan 30th, while liberal blogger, Melissa McEwan from Shakespeare’s Sister, was brought on part-time as a consultant. Soon, right wingers found blog entries from Amanda Marcotte on her liberal blog Pandagon, regarding the Duke lacrosse players, and with her standard biting sarcasm, she stated, “Can’t a few white boys sexually assault a black woman anymore without people getting all wound up about it?”

Amanda MarcotteThen due to a glitch in the Pandagon system, the most controversial posts (along with others went missing), and then on Feb 6th Bill Donohue, the head of the Catholic League, issued a press release stating that both Amanda and Melissa were “anti-Catholic.” After this press release, Donohue followed it with other press releases begging for Edwards to fire the anti-Catholic, pro-gay bloggers.

Edwards stuck to his guns, and didn’t fire the bloggers and instead issued a statement that they would stay on board and that they aren’t “anti-Catholic.”

Between the conserative bloggers and Donohue’s religious followers, Marcotte received a number of vulgar, extremely offensive emails complete with threats. She was no longer able to keep her personal blog without ridicule, and was attacked simply for being a woman, and decided to quit the John Edwards campaign.

Most of the above was taken from Marcotte’s Salon article.  Prior to her article, had reported earlier that the bloggers were fired and then rehired before the news got out, but Marcotte would not comment on this.

It will be interesting to see how effective these new media techniques will be on the campaigns. From podcasts to blogger teams to Second Life headquarters. Was all this attention bad for the Edwards campaign? How loud did it resonate with voters? I just wait for the day when I can IM with their teams directly, and check out their MySpace pages.

Oh wait, I just looked and they do have MySpace pages, now I have an idea for another post… which candidate has the most “friends”?

“Hillcast” will be a weekly featured broadcast from Hillary Clinton on her website .  

This week’s “Hillcast” is titled “Iraq Troop Protection and Reduction Act.” Hillary recently went to
Iraq to meet with the Iraqi people as well as the men and women of our armed forces who are currently in Iraq.  She would like to stop the deployment of troops into

In what she has called the “Iraq Troop Protection and Reduction Act,” she proposes 5 steps towards reducing the US troops in Iraq and to lay out a roadmap to end the war in


1)  We need to put a cap on the number of troops in Iraq at January 1 levels.

2)  This Bill will protect the troops by making sure they have the right equipment and training they need before being sent to Iraq.  She states that our troops still do not have all the equipment they need. She also briefly mentions how we have been in Iraq for almost 4 years which is LONGER than World War II!

3)  We need to put an end to the “Blank Check” for the Iraqi Government.   The Iraqi government needs to have real benchmarks with real consequences.  They need to take greater responsibility for their own security.

4)  We need to convene an international conference to bring other countries together to help forge a stable future for Iraq.

5) To begin a phased redeployment of our troops out of Iraq.  It is time to say the redeployment should start in 90 or Congress will revoke authorization for this war. 

My comments on this “Hillcast”: 

Hillary having a “Hillcast” feature on her website is a great idea.  If she really wants to speak to today’s youth, having her own version of a podcast is the way to go. I think this is smart, and if a “Hillcast” airs on a weekly basis, I think this can be a real effective way to win over voters, especially young voters.

In this “Hillcast”, she really is trying to show how President Bush has gone wrong and how there are simple ways to correct what he has done.

I have to say I agree with her.  Of course I would think most people would want to see an end to this war.  I really feel that we need to start to pass more responsibility to the Iraqis themselves.  I think this can be achieved by working directly with the Iraqi government to turn the control over to them. 

Hillary Rodham Clinton could be the first woman president. She has formed a presidential exploratory committee for the 2008 Presidential Election. According to the USA Today/
Gallup poll on 2/14/2007, Hillary Clinton leads over her nearest Democratic rival by 19 points.

Below is a brief history of Hillary Clinton’s career.

Career history:

  • Attended Wellesley College Majored in Political Science (1965-1969)
  • Yale Law School (Received a Juris Degree from Yale after completing a thesis on the Rights of Children) 1969-1973
  • Married Bill Clinton 1975
  • Joined Rose Law Firm 1976
  • Appointed to the board of the Legal Service Corporation 1978
  • First Lady of Arkansas 1978-1980; 1982-1990
  • Became first woman to make full partner of Rose Law Firm 1979
  • New York Senator 2000-present
  • First Lady of the United States 1993-2000

(She was the first First Lady to have earned a post-graduate degree and to have her own professional career.)

Writings and Recordings:

  • It Takes a Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us (Best seller) 1996
  • Received a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album of the above 199
  • Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids’ Letters to the First Pets 1998
  • An Invitation to the White House: At Home with History 2000
  • Living History (Received a second Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album Category for this) 2003
  • (Update: Edited for Formatting by mcheng)

USA Today/Gallup Poll

Conducted 2/9-11; surveyed 1006 adults; margin of error +/- 3% (release, 2/16)
If Your Party Nominated A Generally Well-Qualified Candidate For WH '08,
Would You Be Comfortable In Voting For A WH'08er Who Was ___,
Would You Vote For That Person?
                          Yes  No
Catholic                  95%  4%
Black                     94   5
Jewish                    92   7
A woman                   88  11
Hispanic                  87  12
Mormon                    72  24
Married for third time    67  30
72 years old              57  42
A homosexual              55  43
An atheist                45  53
		Comfortable 	Reservations	Not Vote
Black         	84%        	9%      	5%
A woman       	78     		10      	11
Mormon        	58        	14      	24
72 years old  	43        	15      	42
Married for
third time    	54     	  	 13    		30

P.S.: John McCain will be 72 years old on election day, 2008. At least he beat out homosexuals and atheists!

Via Cosmic Variance

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