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  • CA: Reality check for stem cell optimism (Prop 71 and CIRM)

    12/03/2006 9:46:49 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 453+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/3/06 | Mary Engel
    The meeting was almost over when Roman Reed steered his wheelchair to the microphone. On the table before him sat a 149-page book of budget charts and timetables, the first concrete outline of what California's voter-approved stem cell institute plans to accomplish in its 10-year lifespan. "I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart," Reed said to the institute's staff and 29-member oversight board in October. "I promised my son that one day I would be able to walk, stand next to him and go hold my wife's hand. And seeing this road map to cures, I...
  • Three Positive Things 7/30/2006

    07/30/2006 6:29:45 PM PDT · by sig226 · 15 replies · 603+ views
    July 30th 2006 | self
    I posted this on another board, and I'm adding it here as much for my own benefit as to see if anyone else might like to join in and accentuate the positive. I was looking for something to read last week and Discover Magazine (August, 2006 issue) was the only thing in the rack that caught my eye. There was a picture of Einstein on the cover. Inside was an article about Martin Seligman, a psychologist who has been studying happiness, and how to create it in individuals. Seligman is an experienced researcher. He worked on an experiment that measured...
  • New Afghan Road Offers Gateway to Optimism

    07/05/2006 6:01:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 247+ views
    BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan, July 5, 2006 – The U.S. Agency for International Development has started a $16 million road project that extends from the center of Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley and will eventually connect the valley to southern markets in Charikar and Kabul. A construction crew from Turkish engineering firm Entes and local Afghans work on the embankment as a front-end loader smoothes a new surface for the Panjshir Valley road. The 47-kilometer U.S. Agency for International Development road project is scheduled for completion in December. Photo by Tech. Sgt. John Cumper, USAF  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available....
  • America's rags-to-riches dream an illusion

    04/26/2006 3:47:22 PM PDT · by nicollo · 118 replies · 2,169+ views
    Reuters (via Yahoo) ^ | April 26, 2006 | Alister Bull
    America may still think of itself as the land of opportunity, but the chances of living a rags-to-riches life are a lot lower than elsewhere in the world, according to a new study published on Wednesday. The likelihood that a child born into a poor family will make it into the top five percent is just one percent, according to "Understanding Mobility in America," a study by economist Tom Hertz from American University. By contrast, a child born rich had a 22 percent chance of being rich as an adult, he said. "In other words, the chances of getting rich...
  • Majority of Iraqis Endorse Election and Show Optimism

    03/27/2006 7:13:04 PM PST · by george76 · 89 replies · 2,333+ views
    World Public Opinion ^ | March 27th, 2006 | World Public Opinion
    The majority of Iraqis overall view the recent parliamentary elections as valid, are optimistic that their country is going in the right direction and feel that the overthrow of Saddam Hussein has been worth the costs. Sunnis, on the other hand... The poll was conducted for WorldPublicOpinion.org by the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and was fielded by KA Research Limited... Among the Shia and Kurds optimism is even higher. Seventy-six percent of Kurds and 84% of Shia say they think the country is headed in the right direction. the ethnic divisions are very...
  • The Good Life. We’re not exactly hell on earth here in Bush’s America.

    03/08/2006 6:24:32 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 14 replies · 620+ views
    NRO ^ | March 08, 2006, 7:46 a.m. | Carrie Lukas
    Good newsthese days is hard to find. But for no good reason. The mainstream media highlight and overhype America's failures and challenges, from the slow response to Hurricane Katrina to mistaken intelligence on Iraq, giving the impression that a dark cloud hovers over the land. Yet, obscured by the day-to-day hyperventilating of the press lies the most underreported news story of our time: Americans today are better off than at any time in history and are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future. Life expectancy exploded during the 20th century. A woman born today is expected to live 80 years — nearly...
  • Spreading Democracy Requires Vision, Optimism, Rice Says

    02/15/2006 3:36:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 194+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Feb 15, 2006 | George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies
    GARMISCH, Germany, Feb. 15, 2006 – The key to spreading and sustaining democracy is for leaders to remain visionary and optimistic, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told more than 200 students from 49 countries here Feb. 10. Rice addressed the students, faculty and staff of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in a late-afternoon teleconference from the State Department in Washington, D.C. The students were participants in the center's 12-week Program in Advanced Security Studies and its five-week Program in Terrorism and Security Studies. "It really was an extraordinary event for our participants to not only interact...
  • Top Ten List of Foolish Myths

    12/28/2005 5:42:29 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 56 replies · 2,803+ views
    RealClearPolitics.com ^ | December 28, 2005 | By John Stossel
    Looking back on 2005, I realize that much of what I heard -- and what the media said -- turned out to be myths. Newsweek reported that U.S. interrogators had flushed a Koran down a Guantanamo Bay toilet. After Hurricane Katrina, reporters said that sharks from Lake Pontchartrain were swimming through New Orleans, and roving bands of armed gang members were attacking the helpless. Myth after myth. So to celebrate the new year, I'd like to review my top 10 list of foolish myths. (ABC will broadcast a televised version of this column in "20/20"'s timeslot Friday night.): No. 10:...
  • *VANITY* Are America's best days still ahead?

    12/21/2005 10:54:47 AM PST · by Minus_The_Bear · 13 replies · 440+ views
    As the Christmas is getting closer I've been having off and on discussions with family about the country's future. I am only 23 and grew up under Clinton so my personal view of American politics (and government) is jaded to compared to that of my father and others who experienced Reagan. Do you still believe that America's best days are ahead? With so many domestic enemies (not to mention terrorists) will the USA survive in tact? I am wary of hyperbole and I know that we as a country have faced dark days before (the Civil War) but I truly...
  • DeLay maintains his optimism (Rush Limbaugh Will Interview Tom DeLay at 1PM ET)

    09/29/2005 8:44:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies · 832+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/29/05 | TODD J. GILLMAN
    DeLay maintains his optimism Leader in limbo copes with new role after 'temporary' resignation 09:16 PM CDT on Thursday, September 29, 2005 By TODD J. GILLMAN / The Dallas Morning News WASHINGTON – Stripped of power, facing a huge pay cut, mounting legal bills, enemies calling for his scalp and backbenchers itching for his permanent departure, Tom DeLay vowed Thursday to stick it out. But in what role? Under indictment and forced from high office, would the Sugar Land Republican still have the ear of the House speaker and others whose loyalty he cultivated, coerced and enforced so effectively on...
  • 'New Orleans will be back'

    09/05/2005 8:38:32 AM PDT · by Melpomene · 48 replies · 954+ views
    The Baton Rouge Advocate ^ | September 4, 2005 | Penny Brown Roberts
    caption: Barry Maturana hangs his artwork up Saturday on the fence behind St. Joseph's Cathedral in Jackson Square. Maturana tries to move on with his life and show his pride in the city of New Orleans by cleaning up the area around his home and continuing to display his work. NEW ORLEANS -- On the black wrought-iron fence behind St. Louis Cathedral, Barry Maturana hung his $400 paintings. Military choppers buzzed back and forth over the French Quarter. Fires raged in the Sax Fifth Avenue store on Canal Street and an industrial district across the river. Anyone who hadn't...
  • Iraq's Achievement (Don't Write Off New Constitution As A Failure Already Alert)

    08/30/2005 9:33:59 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies · 212+ views
    Opinionjournal.com ^ | 08/31/05 | Wall Street Journal Editorial
    So here's a radical thought: How about letting Iraqis debate and vote on their new national charter before we Americans summarily denounce it as a failure?... By any existing Middle East standard, the new constitution is a great achievement. It promises to protect human rights, including free speech and the right to worship. It applies the very American principle of federalism, or decentralized power, to reassure multiethnic regions and various Muslim denominations and thus keep the country together. For all of Iraq's security problems, the present moment is one of remarkable promise. A constitution, written in a spirit of compromise...
  • IBD/TIPP Poll: The Other Conundrum (Talk radio listeners are happy people!)

    08/26/2005 7:43:25 AM PDT · by Isara · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Friday, August 26, 2005 | Editor
    Public Opinion: Other than why the long and short ends of the yield curve can't get along, the biggest mystery surrounding the economy seems be why the average citizen is so unimpressed with it.....Still another reason may be the way the media deliver the message. Is public confidence, in other words, affected by the spin (let's be blunt about it) that news outlets put on the information they disseminate?....Not surprisingly, listeners to talk radio were by far the most positive, especially about the leadership that President Bush is providing and the direction in which he's taking the country. But then,...
  • Economic Optimism Rebounds On Hopeful Economic News

    08/09/2005 9:30:46 AM PDT · by CAWats · 5 replies · 363+ views
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | August 9, 2005 | CAWats
    LOS ANGELES (August 9, 2005) — The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index gained 2.3 points, or 4.7%, reaching 50.9 and pushing it back into positive territory in August, after spending three of the last four months in the economic doldrums. Over 50 means optimism; below 50 indicates pessimism.
  • Music: The Greatest Generation's Secret Weapon

    05/25/2005 9:27:32 PM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 18 replies · 726+ views
    The Fact Is.org ^ | 5/25/05 | Duncan Maxwell Anderson
    Splashed across the top in block letters were the words "This Is the Army." It was an original cast recording of a Broadway musical revue produced in 1942, America's first full year of World War II, produced by Irving Berlin to raise money for the war effort. The cast members were all soldiers. … I was awestruck, looking through this window to the heroic times my parents' generation had known.… Today, their optimism seems quite logical, because we know who won the war. But America wasn't winning then… After the slaughter at Pearl Harbor in late 1941 had come the...
  • Liberal Pessimists Out Of Step With Optimistic Nation (Conservative Chicken Soup For The Soul Alert)

    05/19/2005 3:51:52 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies · 402+ views
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | 05/19/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Let me give you the headline to this story: "American Optimism Stuns Pollsters." That's the headline to the story. "A landmark study released yesterday from a New Jersey medical [skrool] finds that the majority of us are overwhelmingly optimistic about our future, even if catastrophe looms on the horizon. A sample: Eighty-two percent of Americans aged 18 to 24 feel optimistic about their futures. Eighty-two percent of those 25 to 44 do so well. Seventy-five percent of those aged 45 to 64 and 64% of those 65 or older agree. Only 15% to 22% of the respondents say that...
  • American optimism stuns pollsters

    05/19/2005 4:48:01 AM PDT · by pissant · 46 replies · 969+ views
    Wash Times ^ | 5/19/05 | Jennifer Harper
    The American spirit is alive and well: A landmark study released yesterday from a New Jersey medical school finds that the majority of us are overwhelmingly optimistic about the future, even if catastrophe looms on the horizon. A sampling: 82 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 feel optimistic about their futures; 82 percent of those ages 25 to 44 do so as well; and 75 percent of those ages 45 to 64 and 64 percent of those 65 or older agree. Only 15 percent to 22 percent of the respondents say they have grown more pessimistic over the past...
  • AP-Ipsos: Poll shows optimism about Iraq (Leftist Elite Ouch! Alert)

    02/11/2005 3:35:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 515+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/05 | Will Lester - AP
    WASHINGTON - Americans are feeling a bit more optimistic about the future of Iraq (news - web sites), a bright spot for the administration in an Associated Press poll that indicates many are souring on President Bush (news - web sites)'s job performance. Half in the AP-Ipsos poll, 51 percent, said they think a stable, democratic Iraq is likely, up slightly from the 46 percent who felt that way before the Iraq elections. "From what I hear in the news, it sounds like the Iraqis really want it," said Bill Harrer, a nurse's aide in Mason City, Iowa, who considers...
  • Democrats Issue Severe Warning For President's Optimistic Agenda

    02/03/2005 1:23:44 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 614+ views
    DEMOCRATS ISSUE SEVERE WARNING FOR PRESIDENT’S OPTIMISTIC AGENDARadar Shows Dems Leading An Ever Expanding Obstructionist Front_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ “On a night when millions of Americans came together in applauding President Bush’s goals of winning the War on Terror, growing our economy and preserving Social Security, Harry Reid and the Democrats offered only politically motivated attacks and obstruction. Democrat leaders provided a window into the state of their party tonight, showcasing pessimism over progress.”-Ken Mehlman, RNC Chairman   HARRY REID PREDICTS CLOUDY FORECAST FOR PRESIDENT’S AGENDA  Reid Misrepresents The President’s Social Security Plan And Then Promises To Block It. “The Bush [Social Security]...
  • Domestic and International Goals for 2005

    01/06/2005 9:30:12 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 151+ views
    CFP ^ | January 6, 2004 | Nathan Tabor
    "Expect the worst, and you’ll never be disappointed." Some people, and especially lots of liberal media pundits, seem to live by that philosophy. As I look forward to the New Year I believe that a spirit of optimism and hope is appropriate. I personally prefer great expectations instead of cynical pessimism any day. So here are some good things I’m hoping for in 2005. On the domestic front, I believe that we are going to see the influence of real, true blue conservatives continue to increase as we work overtime to build and strengthen our base nationwide. The fact is,...
  • Poll finds optimism after divisive election

    11/04/2004 7:13:39 AM PST · by mondoman · 14 replies · 476+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 11-04-04 | CNN
    (CNN) -- A majority of Americans polled said they were hopeful that President Bush would do more to unite the country than divide it, a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll found. Fifty-seven percent of 621 American adults surveyed Wednesday night said they expect Bush to unite the nation during his second term. But 39 percent said they believe the president will be divisive.
  • Dow 40,000, Nasdaq 20,000 by 2009; Harry Dent predicts a 'New Millionaire Economy'

    11/03/2004 4:12:45 PM PST · by SierraWasp · 41 replies · 11,454+ views
    CBS MarketWatch.com ^ | 11/03/2004 | Paul B. Farrell
    Dow 40,000, Nasdaq 20,000 by 2009; Harry Dent predicts a 'New Millionaire Economy' By Paul B. Farrell, CBS.MarketWatch.com Last Update: 9:25 PM ET Nov. 2, 2004 ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. (CBS.MW) -- You want some optimism? Well folks, after a flatlining market and the brutal, negative election campaign we've been dragged through, America desperately needs some optimism. And here it is. Harry Dent's latest predictions: Dow 40,000, Nasdaq 20,000 by 2009. In many ways, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terror were no match for the divisive domestic "war" for the American presidency. It's been absolute torture....
  • U.S. stock funds post strong weekly gains

    10/29/2004 10:52:52 AM PDT · by SierraWasp · 4 replies · 274+ views
    CBS MarketWatch.com ^ | 10/29/04 | Jonathon Burton
    1:35pm 10/29/04 U.S. stock funds post strong weekly gains By Jonathan Burton SAN FRANCISCO (CBS.MW) -- U.S. diversified stock funds gained 1.6 percent on average in the five trading days through Oct. 28, their strongest showing in weeks, fund research firm Lipper said Friday. Financial-services sector funds led all categories with a 3.1 percent surge. Gold-oriented funds were the biggest loser, down 1 percent.
  • New Dawn for Bush (Excellent Op/Ed, AZ Republic)

    10/14/2004 3:12:08 PM PDT · by valleygal · 25 replies · 1,773+ views
    Arizona Republic | October 14, 2004 | Op/Ed
    (Excerpt)So, who won the tempest in Tempe? The candidate with the painting of a west Texas dawn in his office. The one who declares with an unrestrained ebullience that "God wants everybody to be free." Read more...Arizona Republic
  • No time for puppets and optimism

    09/29/2004 7:38:51 PM PDT · by HawaiianGecko · 2 replies · 316+ views
    TownHall ^ | 20-Sep-2004 | Brent Bozell
    While TV news stars like Dan Rather can still be remembered gazing deep into Saddam Hussein's eyes and asking if this would be the last time they would meet, the liberal media cannot muster any admiration for Allawi, the man who barely escaped an axe attack by one of Saddam's henchmen. Instead, he was seen through partisan media eyes as a Bush campaign tool.
  • THE SIREN OF DEFEATISM

    09/28/2004 2:26:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 512+ views
    National Review Online ^ | SEPTEMBER 28, 2004 | LARRY KUDLOW
    The Siren of Defeatism The visionless Kerry is his own worst enemy. One of the reasons John Kerry is going to lose the foreign-policy debate Thursday night in Coral Gables, Florida, is that he is a pessimist and a defeatist. His recent broad-side attacks on President Bush’s war against terrorism are right out of the Vietnam-era: Blame America. Blame the commander-in-chief. Blame the military. Assume we will lose. Prime Minister Allawi of Iraq seemed to grasp the danger in this when he spoke in the Rose Garden last week: “When political leaders sound the siren of defeatism in the face...
  • President's campaign uses optimism to attract - Strategy mines power of positive talk

    09/18/2004 3:46:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies · 656+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | September 18, 2004 | Rick Klein
    .........Democrats have taken note of Bush’s recent campaign strategies. They are trying to portray Bush’s optimism as obliviousness. In recent days, Kerry and running mate John Edwards have hit Bush hard on the loss of jobs under his administration; accused the president of lying about progress in Iraq; and accused Bush of ignoring rising violence in US cities. Yesterday the Democratic Party began running a new television advertisement, showing Bush on an aircraft carrier under a ‘‘Mission Accomplished’’ banner, and a clip of the president saying, ‘‘The economy is strong.’’ The ad asks, ‘‘How can you solve problems when you...
  • Survey: 52% of Israelis are optimistic

    08/02/2004 9:18:07 AM PDT · by anotherview · 2 replies · 156+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 2 August 2004 | JPOST.COM STAFF
    Aug. 2, 2004 17:50 | Updated Aug. 2, 2004 18:04 Survey: 52% of Israelis are optimistic By JPOST.COM STAFF Israelis are generally satisfied with their lives, or are at least optimistic about their near future, the annual Demographic Survey of the Israeli population shows. The report was released Sunday by the Central Bureau of Statistics. According to the 2004 statistical survey, 52% of Israelis expect their lives to improve in the next few years, 33% don't express their lives to change, and only 15% expect lives to worsen. Evidently it is easier to please the young: 88% of people between...
  • What's Preventing Utopia?

    08/02/2004 8:55:24 AM PDT · by hedgetrimmer · 29 replies · 901+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, August 1, 2004 | Charles Smith
    It's long been an irony that the same American who gushes over a delightful corner patisserie in the 16th arrondissement buys into a subdivision that is the antithesis of Parisian street life. There are no corner bakeries in the gently curving streets of suburbia, for an Old World clutter of transit, shops and residences is precisely what's been designed out of the suburban landscape. Does the irony lie in our rote desire for a suburban home, or in the fact we've had so few choices? Many of us would love to live in an urban neighborhood rich with transit and...
  • Celebrating Apollo 11's Sense of Life

    07/20/2004 11:30:10 PM PDT · by Taka No Kimi · 3 replies · 305+ views
    The Objectivist Center ^ | July 20, 2004 | Edward Hudgins
    Published in the Washington Times on July 20, 2004.It has been three and a half decades now since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first of a dozen men to walk on the Moon. The July 20 anniversary always brings joy and inspiration at that achievement but also disappointment that only twelve brave humans so far and so long ago have ventured to another world. Let us analyze these sentiments. Ayn Rand believed that each individual and society has a "sense of life," an emotional manifestation of their deepest appraisal of mankind and the nature of the world in...
  • The Power of Optimism

    07/20/2004 5:46:44 AM PDT · by ConservativeBamaFan · 3 replies · 280+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, July 18, 2004 | Joanne Jacobs
    The Power of Optimism Blacks from immigrant families outperform native-born blacks in school, notes Clarence Page, a black columnist, somewhat belatedly. Why? Page says it doesn't take a Harvard study to figure out the answer: Immigrant kids work harder. They work harder, in part, because their parents work harder -- and their parents work harder because of their relentless optimism: Where others see a dead-end job, immigrants of all colors see an entry-level opportunity. Where others may see inequities, immigrants tend to see a ladder to be climbed. With a hyper-optimism, they move ahead, upward and outward, undeterred by discrimination,...
  • Cheney Touts Administration's Optimism (versus Kerry's pessimism)

    07/07/2004 8:45:03 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 2 replies · 361+ views
    AP ^ | 7-7-04 | CHARLES SHEEHAN
    PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Vice President Dick Cheney, winding down a bus trip through Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, painted the November election as a choice between the administration's rosy outlook and what he termed John Kerry's pessimism. "On issue after issue, the choice on November 2 is very important," Cheney said Sunday. "It's a choice between President Bush's hope and optimism and Senator Kerry's pessimism." It was a theme the vice president hit often during the two-day campaign sprint through the three swing states which hold 46 of the 270 electoral votes at stake in 2004. Pennsylvania went for Al...
  • Oil Sinks to 2-Month Low on Iraq Optimism

    06/29/2004 2:03:14 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 11 replies · 235+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 29, 2004 | Ramthan Hussain
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - World oil prices sank to the lowest level in about two months on Tuesday as the handover of power to Iraq's interim government raised hopes of less sabotage on its oil infrastructure and steady exports. While prices are set to dip further as OPEC has opened the taps, low gasoline stocks in the United States and persistently strong global demand are keeping the market from crumbling, analysts said. U.S. light crude lost 30 cents to $35.94 a barrel, the lowest since April 22, after sliding $1.31 on Monday, on news that Iraq had boosted exports after repairing...
  • Investor Optimism Surges Even as Inflation Fears Grow

    06/28/2004 1:14:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 8 replies · 223+ views
    Gallup News Service ^ | June 28, 2004 | Dennis Jacobe
    So why do investors oppose using higher interest rates to battle inflation?PRINCETON, NJ -- Six in 10 investors say inflation is a serious problem and 9 in 10 say the price of energy, including gas and oil, is hurting the investment climate, according to the June UBS/Gallup Index of Investor Optimism survey. Even more significantly, nearly half of all U.S. investors are worried that inflation will hurt their investment portfolios. So, why did June investor optimism reach its highest level in four months? And, why do nearly two in three investors oppose higher interest rates? The answer may be that...
  • Bush-Cheney '04 Launches New Web Video

    06/24/2004 3:32:34 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 35 replies · 1,812+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 24, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA -- Bush Cheney '04 today launched a new web video titled "Kerry's Coalition of the Wild-eyed."  The ad highlights the pessimism and rage of John Kerry and his fellow Democrats.A script of the web video is below.  To view the web video, please go to www.GeorgeWBush.com.Bush-Cheney '04 WEB VIDEOKerry's Coalition of the Wild-eyedGraphic:The Faces of John Kerry's Democratic Party The Coalition of the Wild-eyedVideo Clip of Gore:"How dare they drag the good name of the United States of America through the mud of Saddam Hussein's torture prison?"  (Al Gore, Remarks At New York University, 5/26/04)Video Clip of...
  • Bush-Cheney '04 Launches New Radio Advertisement: "Optimism Colorado"

    06/22/2004 12:31:08 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 446+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 22, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, Bush-Cheney '04 announced the release of the campaign's newest radio advertisement, "Optimism Ohio." The new ad contrasts President Bush's optimistic outlook on the economy, showing the fastest growth in almost 20 years, with John Kerry's economic pessimism. Ohio's economy added 1,100 new jobs in May and the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent.    Script for "Optimism Ohio" VO:  Paid for by Bush-Cheney '04 Inc.President Bush:I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message.President Bush:I'm optimistic about America because I believe in the people of America.   VO:After recession, 9-11 and war, today our economy has...
  • Bush-Cheney '04 Launches New Radio Advertisement: "Optimism Ohio"

    06/22/2004 12:26:45 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 9 replies · 183+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | June 22, 2004
    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, Bush-Cheney '04 announced the release of the campaign's newest radio advertisement, "Optimism Ohio." The new ad contrasts President Bush's optimistic outlook on the economy, showing the fastest growth in almost 20 years, with John Kerry's economic pessimism. Ohio's economy added 1,100 new jobs in May and the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.6 percent.    Script for "Optimism Ohio" VO:  Paid for by Bush-Cheney '04 Inc.President Bush:I'm George W. Bush and I approve this message.President Bush:I'm optimistic about America because I believe in the people of America.   VO:After recession, 9-11 and war, today our economy has...
  • Reagan Legacy: It Was About More than his Optimism (Laura Ingraham)

    06/07/2004 7:28:44 PM PDT · by Choose Ye This Day · 16 replies · 432+ views
    Laura's E-blast ^ | June 7, 2004 | Laura Ingraham
    The Reagan Legacy: It Was About More than his Optimism If only President Reagan were here to take in some of the commentary we’ve been hearing and reading about his life, his presidency, and his effect on politics. Even his former critics have rushed to the airwaves and op-ed pages to remember this great and good man. Sen. Ted Kennedy described Reagan’s optimism "infectious," and the New York Times wrote that "he managed to project the optimism of Franklin D. Roosevelt." Of course Reagan was an optimist. The important question is why. Twenty years ago President Reagan's critics saw his...
  • What made Reagan remarkable

    06/07/2004 4:18:55 PM PDT · by Mike Bates · 9 replies · 132+ views
    Oak Lawn (IL) Reporter ^ | 6/10/04 | Michael M. Bates
    Ronald Reagan’s passing was poignant. At the same time, there’s an unquestionable relief that the man’s anguish, and that of his wife, have finally ended. Almost a decade ago, he announced in a handwritten note that he was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. He wrote then of how he wished he could spare Nancy the pain he knew she would endure in coming years. Commentary on Mr. Reagan and his presidency has been surprisingly positive. Naturally, there have been a few malcontents who’ve voiced their malice toward him. Considering the level of enmity he generated while in office, however, it’s been...
  • Would Ronald Reagan have liked FreeRepublic?

    06/07/2004 6:55:43 AM PDT · by PolitBase · 339 replies · 342+ views
    PolitBase
    Would Ronald Reagan have appreciated FreeRepublic? I've thought about this for the past few days and I have to answer no. We have gotten too negative, too nasty, and too petty and small-minded. I've been registered as PolitBase since March but have followed the discussion since 1999. Every now and again -- particularly with people such as OWK (when was he finally punted off anyway?) I have thought that we reach for something better in ourselves. But too often it is hatred and pettiness. Do you think Ronald Reagan would ever have said or thought the ugly things that are...
  • Glass half full for most Americans

    06/02/2004 6:45:26 AM PDT · by .cnI redruM · 5 replies · 128+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 2 June 2004 | By Jennifer Harper
    <p>Americans are optimistic, "very satisfied with life" and have confidence in their public institutions, especially the U.S. armed forces and law-enforcement agencies, two new polls show.</p> <p>Fifty-six percent of Americans say their personal situation has improved over the last five years, up seven points since last year, and 68 percent expect their personal situation to improve over the next five years, up five points from 2003, a Harris poll released yesterday found.</p>
  • Glass half full for most Americans

    06/01/2004 11:47:45 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 3 replies · 128+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, June 2, 2004
    <p>Americans are optimistic, "very satisfied with life" and have confidence in their public institutions, especially the U.S. armed forces and law-enforcement agencies, two new polls show.</p> <p>Fifty-six percent of Americans say their personal situation has improved over the last five years, up seven points since last year, and 68 percent expect their personal situation to improve over the next five years, up five points from 2003, a Harris poll released yesterday found.</p>
  • Our Sprawling, Supersize Utopia(Good read, NOT the usual liberal reflexive suburban culture bashing)

    04/13/2004 10:19:44 PM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 31 replies · 599+ views
    New York Times ^ | 4/04/04 | David Brooks
    We're living in the age of the great dispersal. Americans continue to move from the Northeast and Midwest to the South and West. But the truly historic migration is from the inner suburbs to the outer suburbs, to the suburbs of suburbia. From New Hampshire down to Georgia, across Texas to Arizona and up through California, you now have the booming exurban sprawls that have broken free of the gravitational pull of the cities and now float in a new space far beyond them. For example, the population of metropolitan Pittsburgh has declined by 8 percent since 1980, but as...
  • Americans: Life Is Good and Will Only Improve

    02/17/2004 1:35:29 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 21 replies · 131+ views
    Gallup News Service ^ | February 17, 2004 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    Most Americans rate their current personal lives fairly positively. They tend to believe that their present situations are better than their past, and when looking ahead five years, they tend to believe their lives will get even better in the future. These are some of the major findings of Gallup's annual "striving scale" measurement -- a time-honored method of assessing the quality of life experienced by Americans.  Using an 11-point scale, where zero is "the worst possible life" and 10 is "the best possible life," most Americans use the positive end of the scale (scores from 6 to 10)...
  • Britons Should Learn to Be Like Americans

    02/10/2004 6:17:50 PM PST · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 136+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | February 11, 2004 | Janet Daley
    The Tories have decided to say something cheering. They want voters to associate them with optimism and hope — which is nice. The more positive thoughts there are in political circulation, the more the electorate is likely to believe that the democratic process isn't a futile exercise in cynicism. From the Conservatives' own point of view, this is a matter of urgency. For opposition parties, there is a precise moment when they must desist from what strategists call "painting the sky black" — trying to induce as much disenchantment and depression about the national condition as possible — to presenting...
  • Serving Guest Workers at the American Table

    01/15/2004 1:39:17 PM PST · by bastantebueno55 · 7 replies · 159+ views
    Townhall ^ | 15 Jan, 2004 | Suzanne Fields
    A certain young Jew from Russia arrived at Ellis Island in New York Harbor early in the 20th century. He could speak no English, so someone had pinned a label on his lapel with a single word: "Houston." The immigration official who looked over his papers at Ellis Island deduced that he wanted to go to Texas, and directed him to the train station. His anxious relatives waited in vain to greet him on Houston Street on the Lower East Side. The story may be apocryphal, but it has the ring of truth. Many arriving immigrants in those days couldn't...
  • Schwarzenegger lays out priorities, sees optimism for next year

    01/06/2004 8:50:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 163+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 1/6/04 | Tom Chorneau - AP
    <p>In his first major address since taking office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger focused on his plans to improve the state's business climate, reduce government waste and improve public education.</p> <p>The speech, delivered to a worldwide television audience as well as a joint session of the California Legislature, set an aggressive legislative agenda for the coming year for the new administration while also marking a turning point in the transition of the Hollywood idol into the political leader of the nation's most populous state.</p>
  • The Neanderthal Creed

    12/02/2003 6:35:23 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 14 replies · 226+ views
    Joseph Sobran column ^ | 11-18-03 | Sobran, Joseph
    The Neanderthal Creed November 18, 2003 Senator Edward Kennedy, who prides himself on opposing discrimination against all minorities, committed a gaffe the other day. Speaking of President Bush’s judicial appointees, he pledged that the Senate won’t confirm any “Neanderthals.” As a Neanderthal, I find that shockingly insensitive. Senator Kennedy is, after all, the uncle-in-law of California’s new governor, who achieved great fame playing Neanderthals in the movies. How can he be so openly contemptuous of the concerns of the Neanderthal community? President Bush hasn’t even nominated any real Neanderthals to the Federal judiciary. His choices are all far too “progressive”...
  • American spirit far from sagging, survey reveals

    12/01/2003 6:40:18 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 7 replies · 156+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 1 Dec 03 | By Jennifer Harper
    <p>Americans are pretty chipper these days, despite dire predictions from partisan pundits and hand-wringing news media that the country is on the verge of collapse.</p> <p>The old can-do spirit seems alive and well.</p> <p>According to a Gallup poll, 87 percent of the nation — nine out of 10 Americans — deem their mental health and emotional well-being either excellent or good. Two-thirds of the respondents said they had not experienced a single day of melancholy in the past month.</p>
  • Refuting the Cynics

    11/25/2003 10:46:01 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 10 replies · 159+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 25, 2003 | By DAVID BROOKS
    The Economist magazine recently observed that in the 40 years following World War II, "America and Europe seemed to be growing more like one another in almost every way that matters." Demographically, economically and politically, the United States and Europe seemed to be converging. Then, around the middle of the 1980's, the U.S. and Europe started to diverge. The American work ethic shifted, so that the average American now works 350 hours a year — 9 or 10 weeks — longer than the average European. American fertility rates bottomed out around 1985, and began rising. Native-born American women now have...