Friday, March 31, 2006

The shoemaker's children have no shoes



Clinton Wants Billions to Aid World's Poor

By NAHAL TOOSI, Associated Press Writer
NEW YORK - Former President Clinton's attempt to marshal the resources of the world's wealthy and influential to solve global problems resulted in $2.5 billion in pledges during a signature conference held last year. (This year he asks for more.)
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Meanwhile our children can't afford to buy homes, or have a reasonable chance to enjoy stable marriages.
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Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 02:32:16 -0800 (PST)
From: "Gregory Romeo"
Subject: Cream always rises to the top. Dr Mark Klein is rising.
To: milliondadsmarchnetwork@yahoogroups.com, tulsa_area_fathers_rights_association@yahoogroups.com

DISTRIBUTE TO ALL GROUPS and NETWORKS!

Cream always rises to the top. Dr Mark Klein is rising. The message is loud and clear! Father's Rights is a hot ticket item to be brought out in THIS election period. Time to pull out ALL the stops, public appearances and most definitley get behing this man!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Real democracy for the Islamic & 3rd World--NEVER

New installed Hamas Palestinian PM Haniyah

From today's Haaretz

The West`s "Soviet" attitude about democracy

Mark Klein, M.D.
Oakland, CALIFORNIA

The West is all for clean and free elections in the Islamic and 3rd World so long as their choices win. They`re bent of shape when the folks choose someone else such as in Bolivia, Venezuela, Chile, Iraq, Iran, and now Palestine.

This has personal meaning for me because I attended at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference earlier this month in Memphis. "Testing the Waters" for a White House race in 2008 asked to placed on straw poll ballot. Refused I placed 9th of 17 as a write in beating names like Guiliani, Brownback and Hagel.

My results were listed as "Other"!!!!!!!!!!
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(Published responses to comments to the above by Haaretz readers.)

Ian-- I`m not saying the West has to fund Hamas should it continue terror.On the other hand it makes no sense to withhold aid should Hamas end terrorism. Deeds speak louder than words.

The West`s demands amount to political suicide for Hamas. Their consitutency won`t sit still for Hamas walking away from its political rhetoric in exchange for little more than a White House dinner and a night`s sleep in the Lincoln Bedroom.If I make the White House, I could ensure Israel`s future security, and end the War on Terror, by showing the Islamic world real respect.

Our problems with the Islamic world largely turn on trying to impose on them western political feminism. Don`t blame them for rejecting it. 40 years of political feminism destroyed the family in the West. For the average Muslim man-in-the-street seeing the distainful way our women treat us is enough to turn them into terrorists and suicide bombers!

They don`t want Dominatrix Government.

Hettie--The problem isn`t capitalism per se but rather the unintended consequences of globalization. I supported the concept but now that I see the damage its caused, I`m firmly opposed to it. I want America to revisit its trade agreements.

The issue is personal. Now 65 with four young adult children, including a child who made aliyah and served in the IDF, I believe globalization undermines their chances to live an affordable, stable middle class life. My dad was a butcher who left school at 12 in the Great Depression. On a modest income we owned a home on Long Island, my mom stayed home to raise 3 children, and I financed a medical education with scholarships and minimum wage jobs.

The export of jobs and economic opportunities have turned enjoying a comfortable middle class lifestyle into a pipedream. It won`t be business as usual in KLEIN ADMINISTRATION.

Ian--No doubt the message from the West to Hamas is it must play by rules to get any help. Long overdue to demand the Palestinians behave like grownups. Heretofore we were more like the enabling wives and mothers of alcoholics, drug addicts and habitual gamblers to the Palestinians.

Terry--I would have approached the Nazis much like I`m doing with Hamas. Nothing`s easier than riding a moral hobby horse. Critical to recognise the underlying reasons why a radical political movement winds up in power at the ballot box.

The political blindspot of the West`s governng elites is absent some overriding romantic attachment they reflexively despise the lower middle classes.With more perceptive Western leadership Hitler could have been handled. I believe the war and Holocaust could have been avoided.

For good reason I trademarked my campaign slogan: The National Shrink.
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Fan Mail!!

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Your posts are insightful and humorous! You make much more sense than the reactionary people here (and in Israel) who speak in simplistic platitudes and hyperbole. I for one will vote for you! :)

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Had not Saigon capitulated we'd still be in Viet Nam

Totally neurotic for the United States to be unable to admit it made it mistake going to war. Not for nothing did I trademark my campaign slogan "The National Shrink".

America could learn from Israel's decision to unilaterially withdraw from Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank. They turned into political, military, and financial quagmires just as Iraq is today for us.

Unhappy couples get divorced, investors sell losing investments, etc, so why can't America just pull out of Iraq? Things might calm down very quickly afterwards as the country splits into three states along religious and ethnic lines.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

THE GOP SOLD OUT OUR CHILDREN'S FUTURES


(Next week's Washington Times advert.)

Monday, March 27, 2006

The Soviet's Politburo is alive and well in the GOP!!

(next week's Washington Times advert)

The New York State Republican Party is keeping all party outsiders from attending its convention on Long Island May 31-June1. I was refused vendor space to get out my basic message--without a genuine fresh face in 2008 the GOP is toast burnt to a blackened crisp.

We're coming anyway to get in the party's face.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

We need a grownup in the White House!



Why the collapse of marriage, increasingly unaffordable middle class family life, the housing price bubble, endless unsuccessful foreign wars, etc, etc?

What do you expect being governed by the Boomers who were the sex obessed, drug crazed hippies of the 1960s and 1970s?.

Self restraint and common sense never ever crosses their minds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

With friends like the GOP who needs enemies?


Draft of next week's Washington Times advert.

Whose side is the GOP on?

Bush's immigration plan will destroy
what remains of affordable housing,
decent blue collar wages, health & social
services for lower income citizens, and
send property taxes into the stratosphere.

MARK KLEIN, M.D.
"The National Shrink"
mark@drmarkklein.com

Friday, March 24, 2006

Like "enabling" mothers of alcoholics, gamblers and drug addicts



Israel Foreign Minister Livni

Mar. 24, 2006 12:50 Updated Mar. 24, 2006 16:33

Livni: United Nations has agreed to help PA fight bird flu

By JPOST.COM STAFF AND ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hours after Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni appealed to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Friday for international assistance to help the Palestinians fight the recent outbreak of the deadly bird flu, Palestinian officials confirmed an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu at a second farm in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

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How are the Palestinians ever going to grow up politically if Israel plays their mommy?

It's Hamas' job as the Palestinians' legitimately elected government to take primary responsibility for the bird flu problem. What's the problem for Hamas to call Annan?

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Musical chairs will not save the GOP's bacon


(New York Times today)

WASHINGTON, March 22 — President Bush's suggestion on Tuesday that he may add a new senior figure to his White House team raised questions about the future of two of his closest and most powerful aides, Andrew H. Card Jr. and Karl Rove, as they struggle to put Mr. Bush's White House back on course.
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Mr. President: It's a no brainer. The GOP is toast unless we

#1-Show some serious fiscal responsibility

#2-Completely reform federal family policy to promote family stability rather than divorce

#3-Pop the housing bubble so middle class family life becomes more affordable

MUSICAL CHAIRS ISN'T THE ANSWER. FACING FACTS IS.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Will divorce end up destroying GM?


G.M. to Offer Buyout Deal to More Than 125,000 Workers

By MICHELINE MAYNARD and JEREMY W. PETERS (NY Times)

The United Automobile Workers and Delphi reached a historic (tentative) deal (subject to membership approval) today that would offer incentives of up to $140,000.
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Post divorce financial and health insurance obligations may determine the outcome of the buyout. Michigan has one of the most aggressive state child support collections in the nation. AG Mike Cox made his bones beating up non custodial parents. State gets huge subsidies to collect child support and jail delinquent payers. So for many auto workers the decision to accept the buyout won't be easy.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Off with their heads!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I said the same things at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, and to Paul Weyrich's DC luncheon group. Dr. Carlson's article in the Weekly Standard signals the revolution in the GOP has officially started.

http://www.theweeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/011/991nmrow.asp

Indentured Families--Social conservatives and the GOP: Can this marriage be saved?
by Allan Carlson 03/27/2006, Volume 011, Issue 26

IN THE INTERNAL POLITICS OF the Republican coalition, some members are consistently more equal than others. In particular, where the interests of the proverbial "Sam's Club Republicans" collide with the interests of the great banks, the Sam's Club set might as well pile into the family car and go home....
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I don't think this marriage can be saved. Time to remake the GOP into a genuine middle class centrist party.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Iraq and contemporary marriage are for losers (next week's Wash Times ad)

Recent mail:

Mark,
...People ask me why I don't get a new girlfriend, and my answer is I can't afford one both financially and emotionally. My children are left with little for me to provide for them when with me. Imagine another relationship that goes sour. Imagine if the new woman leaves with another child? I am not stupid, not twice - and until I am treated as an equal in a realationship in the eyes of the law - society - and the relationship itself, I am better off putting up a barbed wire fence around myself from any relationship. I don't need it and my children don't either - not yet.

Sadly, this is what many or most men that have been through this feel, and society is worse off for the division. The State loves it as there is extra cash coming in and the dependency on them is greater which equals greater power to them. This is partly the reason Governments resist what they know is right. Why would they want to stop the gravy train?

We need to stop it!
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Also, it would be refreshing for our country to see someone from the masses - a "non-career" politician such as yourself, become President. I'm tired of these politically groomed, slick talking, out of touch, "greased", appointed heads of state. I'm all for a brilliant professional like you who has universal relation skills. You know and understand the plight of the common man and see through the bs of the "elite." You have good balance. Jeffery

Sunday, March 19, 2006

KLEIN'S ARMY IN MEMPHIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!





Saturday, March 18, 2006

Beats me why men still want children

Weekends With Dad, Courtesy of D.S.L. (NY Times today)

With work and the school week behind them, Charles A. Mason III and his daughter, Arielle, who live more than 1,500 miles apart, prepared for their scheduled weekend visit. There was no packing involved, no plane tickets, no car rides or drop-offs. All it took was some instant messaging on their home computers and a little fidgeting in front of their respective Webcams, and father and daughter were chatting, playing checkers and practicing multiplication tables.

"It's funner than talking on the phone, because I can see him," said Arielle, 10, who lives with her mother in Longmont, Colo., but has regular "virtual visits" with her father as part of the custody arrangement her parents worked out after her mother moved eight years ago. "It's just like being in front of him, but with games and computer stuff added."

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With almost 75% of divorces initiated by women the odds of a father staying with an intact family to raise his children to young adulthood are about 25%. Since custody usually goes to the mother, the father is doomed to permanent heartbreak, and often financial ruin the result of today's very high child support levels.

"Virtual visitation" is getting heavy media attention because feminists hope it will derail attempts to curb the growing number of laws and court decisions restricting a custiodial mother's right to move far away with the children following divorce.

Were I a young man in this culture very much doubt I'd marry.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Our problems with the Islamic world are all about women

New York Times, March 17, 2006

Diplomatic Memo: Democracy Push by Bush Attracts Doubters in Party
By STEVEN R. WEISMAN

Some Republicans say that the emphasis on promoting democracy has come at the expense of protecting other U.S. interests.
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Islam looks at the way our women treat men and says no thanks to Condi Rice's version of democracy!

In today's Haaretz in response to criticism of Israel's Washington lobbyists.

Beware of getting what you wish for.


Mark Klein, M.D.
Oakland, CALIFORNIA


Justified or not Israel might end up the scapegoat for the Bush`s totally failed neoconservative foreign policy agenda.

Was thinking when reading the Megilla on Purim nothing changes in the ME. King Achashveirosh`s advisors tell him to take strong action against Vasti for dissing him lest women in his empire lose respect for their men.

Our problems with the Islamic world boil down to sex. Islam looks at the way our women treat men and say no thanks to Condi Rice`s version of democracy. They`d rather blow themselves up than submit to the anti-male, anti-father tyranny that is western political feminism!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

The social conservative movement faces oblivion


The social conservative movement has become so sidetracked by narrow pet causes like abortion it's lost touch with basic needs of its core constitutencies. The movement's very existence depends upon the survival a critical mass of stable middle class families.

High divorce rates, low marriage formations and the relentless decline in the affordability of middle class family life jeopardises the movement's continued political relevance and influence.

Distressed at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Memphis and when I addressed conservatives in Washington the other day how blind they are to these issues.

The 2008 presidential election could be its Waterloo.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Thoughts about my trip

I'm distressed by the GOP's poor prospects for 2006 and 2008 which is the largely the result of the party's "Emperor's New Clothes" attitude.

Got a very hostile reception today from heavy weight conservatives when in reply to how I felt about Iraq, I said the war was lost and we should pull out. Pointed out the situation reminded me of Viet Nam. Much of my audience was too young to have a clear memory of that debacle.

To add fuel to the fire I added Iraq really isn't a natural state. Rather it was created by the British after WWI from the remains of the Ottoman Empire. The pashas weren't fools. The Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites so hated each other they had separate provinces. That's why only a hardnose tyrant like Saddam could keep the lid on. My suggestion Iraq be allowed to break up was poorly received.

I remain absolutely appalled by the party's abusive treatment of me in the straw poll vote in Memphis. For all the palaver during the Cold War about bringing democracy to the Soviets and their satellites, they applied totalitarian style election manipulative tricks against me.

What bothers me the most is the party's lack of interest in effectivley addressing issues which affect people's everyday lives, e.g. housing costs, etc..

Very pleased by how much I accomplished. I'm now very close to being on the national political radar scope.

HOME TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, March 13, 2006

BUTTERFLY BALLOTS(Next week's Wash Times ad)


As a Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase shareholder I submitted the below shareholder proposal for placement on their 2006 proxy ballot. The SEC at the banks' request barred the proposals because the issues raised were too complicated for the average shareholder to decide. Americans vote on something that really affects theirs and their children's lives? NEVER EVER.

PROPOSAL: To protect and enhance the health and general welfare of children and adults the shareholders recommend BANK OF AMERICA/JP MORGAN CHASE not issue first mortgage home loans, except as required by law, no greater than four times the borrower’s gross income.

REASONS:

As a mature man in my mid-60s, a physician and psychiatrist, a father and grandfather, and a seasoned, very successful investor, I believe the physical and emotional health of adults and children are closely linked to a satisfying family life which in turn depends upon the availability of affordable housing.

I believe today’s housing price inflation is primarily driven by unsound lending practices, commonly referred to as non-conforming mortgages, which promote excessive speculation by pumping too much money into the real estate market. Just Economics 101 supply and demand theory: Too many dollars chasing scarce housing resources drive up prices.The most pernicious non-conforming mortgage loan practice is issuing first mortgage loans in excess of four times the borrower’s gross income. Loans above that level are imprudent for the borrower and unsound for the lender.

Sky high housing costs destabilize marriage. Financial distress is a major cause of marital collapse. and child abuse and neglect.Burdened by excessive debt couples are forced to work excessive hours leaving little time to nurture their marriages much less derive pleasure from them.Spending too much time away from home creates unnecessary opportunities for unfaithfulness which recent studies suggest at least 40% per cent of married men and women do.

Divorce commonly causes mental and physical illness for the partners and their children.The heightened divorce risk notwithstanding, excessive work hours caused by excessive mortgage debt is a major contributing factor to today’s exploding obesity driven diabetes epidemic. With too many moms and dads working long hours in lieu of regular balanced, portion controlled, home cooked meals too many children subsist mostly on junk food.As a physician and a father it’s personally heartbreaking to see so many overweight children knowing of the suffering they will face and the likelihood of shortened lives.Overworked adults also succumb to obesity leading to diabetes because restaurant food and takeout are usually overloaded with fats and carbohydrates with little protein.

There is more to life than making a buck. As an investor, I don’t own shares in companies which intentionally and knowingly prey upon human weakness and/or damage individuals and society, e.g., gambling, hard liquor, tobacco, and fast foods.

I believe the adoption of my proposal might over the short term negatively affect Bank of America’s earnings and dividend growth. No doubt we’ll anger some customers and other banks will continue their unsound practices.A parent’s a parent until their very last breath. We owe it to our children, and to all Americans, to jettison unsound mortgage lending practices rather than continue them just because “Johnnie’s parents let him do it”.
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Last week I attended the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Memphis. I requested my name be listed on the straw ballot. Was refused. I placed 7th in a field of 13. In the official results my votes were reported as "Other".

Senator Bill Frist
Governor Mitt Romney
Senator George Allen
President Bush (write in to show support)
Senator John McCain
Governor Mike Huckabee
Dr. Mark Klein (McCain beat me by about 20 votes and Huckabee by 11)
Governor George Petaki
Senator Sam Brownback
Rudy Guiliani
Newt Gingrich
Senator Chuck Hagel

I received a large number of "2nd choice" votes.

Just what does the Republican Party stand for?


Sunday, March 12, 2006

GOP's political Katrina

I'm the only one left standing following yesterday's straw poll.

Frist's victory was no victory at all. He packed the meeting with Tennessee Republicans but only got a bare majority of their votes. He might have not even gotten that without his family's votes. The National Journal which conducted the poll listed their names.

Mitt Romney's vote was bought. He paid the expenses for number of Boston area students on spring break to attend. He put them up at the expensive hotel where I stayed. The kids partied hard on Beale Street suggesting Mitt slipped them plenty of spending money.

Loyal to their benefactor many promised to vote for me as their 2nd choice! When the final tally comes in, I'll know for sure they did that. I did 16 Frist voters to make me their second.

McCain and Huckabee are toast. Both barely bested me. Had I not been a write in, and not facing the Bush write in diversion tactic, might have beaten them outright. In fact absent those factors I would have come in a strong 2nd against Frist.

Does the GOP yet realize Klein's Army just pulled off a bloodless coup?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

SRLC STRAW POLL RESULTS

Came in 7th of 13 in the Republican straw poll in Memphis as a write in against 11 listed challengers. Informed my results will improve when those who indicated a 2nd choice vote are added.

Results

Senator Bill Frist
Gobernor Mitt Romney
Senator George Allen
President Bush (write in to show support)
Senator John McCain
Governor Mike Huckabee
Dr. Mark Klein (McCain beat me by 23 votes and Huckabee by 11)
Governor George Petaki
Senator Sam Brownback
Rudy Giliani
Newt Gingrich
Senator Chuck Hagel

Friday, March 10, 2006

Nice to know I'm worthy of an anti-Klein effort


Appears an effort's underway to minimize my chances to win the straw poll. Tonight the party pushed a Bush write in tomorrow to express party support. John McCain urged the delegates to go for Bush.

We'll be out there tomorrow plugging away until the polls close at 5 PM. The results will announced at 8 PM.

Suspect we've made personal contact with at least 75% of the delegates.

Feedback on my Memphis am live 7 minute interview segment and a 5 minute CNN segment were very positive.

Out in force today


Conference formally opens today.

Our booth was clearly the most visited yesterday. Very good response by most.

Doing a 7 minute uninterrupted live segment on one of the main Memphis t.v. stations this morning.

Fox and MSNBC are here. We'll be working hard to get on.

Have enough troops to potentially make personal contact with every delegate. Told my guys and gals to make our pitch to anybody wearing a delegate or media badge.

THE MESSAGE

Dear Fellow Republican:

I urge you to cast your straw poll ballot for me on the WRITE IN line.

I wouldn’t make the effort to “test the waters” for the 2008 presidential nomination if I didn’t think only a genuine political outsider with a new message could save the party’s bacon.

Without the new constituencies I bring to the table the GOP simply doesn’t have chance. Hate to say it out loud but this administration turned out to be a complete disaster.

The above notwithstanding voting for me sends the party leadership the unmistakable message we’ve got lots of unhappy campers.

I’m available to talk with you. Staying at the Hampton on Peabody Place. Leaving early Sunday afternoon.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

The message is getting out


Was the first column front page story today in theTri-State Defender.

Headline: "Declining Middle Class" draws novice into presidential race"

From the article " ...'If we don't take the country back in 2008, the (state) of the American family will be hopeless (the result of high divorce and low marriage rates)'..."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

My friend Uncle Scrooge

One reason we get such terrible presidents is they start out "testing the waters" for potential contributions rather seeing if their message is any good. They've sold their souls from the get go.

When I got up one morning several months ago and decided to run for president, I did the opposite. The motto of the world I grew up in was "I can get it for you wholesale". Figured if my message was any good people would volunteer to flock to my banner.

For less than $15,000 put together a nationwide volunteer organization strong enough to form the largest delegation at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference. Mine is at least twice as big the "Draft Condi Rice" folks. Her booth and mine are adjacent.

Goal is to win, or make a very strong showing the straw poll against the GOP's annointeds like John McCain and Mike Huckabee. The GOP refused to put my name on the ballot, but agreed to add a write in line.

Been my experience in life money chases me. Hence all the more reason to concentrate on my message while I strengthen my organization.

The SHOW begins tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The ultimate Rubic's Cube: Trying for the White House as an total unknown.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Iran is NOT Granada (Next Wash Times advert)


---------------WAR WITH IRAN--------------------

Jim Dandy distraction from the real problems:
housing prices, family breakdown, the obesity driven
diabetes epidemic, wide open borders, etc, etc, etc...

Mark Klein, M.D.
Father & Grandfather
Physician & Psychiatrist
Comments/Want to help?
mark@drmarkklein.com

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Will hit the beach in Tennessee tonight



To: f4jusa@yahoogroups.com
From: "MARK KLEIN, M.D." markklein1000@yahoo.com
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2006 07:33:43 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [f4jusa] Fwd: When was the last time .......you saw your child?.......

BET YOUR SWEET *** WE WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

C. Strange" wrote:
ROCK EM HARD Dr. Klein & Gang.
Its time they open their eyes and remove their jaded lenses.....

On 3/5/06, MARK KLEIN, M.D. <markklein1000@yahoo.com> wrote:

THAT'S WHY WE'RE IN MEMPHIS THIS WEEK AT THE SOUTHERN REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. FIRST TIME THE REAL MOVERS AND SHAKERS OF POLICY WILL HEAR AT FIRST HAND FROM SHELLY AND THE GANG WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON.

THE MESSAGE: REFORM THE SYSTEM OR NO CHANCE FOR OUR VOTES.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Packing today. Getting ready to hit the political beachhead in Memphis

The GOP can run but it cannot hide

Off tomorrow a.m. for Memphis to join up with my team to bring a new message to the GOP:

Become a middle class party again, or face defeat.

Should have the largest delegation there. My folks are coming in from Pennsylvania, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Missouri, Texas, Michigan, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Georgia.

If I got the Republican nomination, with my 25 million non-custodial parent core constituency plus a good showing with their parents, the children of divorce, seniors, men and straight ticket GOP voters I'll wipe the floor with Hillary and any other Democrat candidate.

Time to kick butt and take names.

KLEIN'S ARMY IS ON THE MOVE.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Baby, it's cold outside....

Photo--Hamas leaders in Moscow.

(Haaretz today)

Russian FM warns Hamas it will have no future if it fails to reform
By News Agencies
MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday that Hamas will have no future if the Palestinian militant group fails to transform itself into a political structure... (Russian foreign minister Lavrov said) "...to reassess its new role, for which maybe it wasn't ready when the elections took place..."

(My posted comment)

What I`ve been saying all along

Mark Klein, M.D.
Oakland, CALIFORNIA

From the get go (since the Palestinian elections) on my posts I wrote the world won`t tolerate Hamas adopting an IRA duel wing political/terrorist strategy.

The Hamas victory could be the best chance Israel`s had to settle things. Israel`s problem is it`s conceptually stuck in the long gone world of nation state treaties. Nation states in the 21st century? Never heard of `em. Hell will freeze over before Hamas ever puts things in writing.

What`s wrong with a Hudna? Time is on Israel`s side. Hamas is in a very tough political spot. It must deliver economic improvements to its constituencies. That means facing facts about getting along with Israel and not scaring the beejeebies out of the international community supporting terrorism.

Smart people know administrations are voted out not in.

ISRAEL HOLDS ALL THE TRUMP CARDS!!!!!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

I'm an official old guy


My Medicare coverage became active yesterday.

For seniors conscientious about their health care the program is excellent. I'm very impressed by the range of preventitive services covered. For example, it covers the routine colonscopic exam later this month. Shouldn't have any out-of-pocket because I have supplemental coverage for the deductibles.

I bought AARP's best plan. My research indicated it offered the broadest benefits at the least cost.

The first Medicare bill was still in Congress when I applied to medical school in 1963. The interviewer at the University of Pittsburg solicited my opinion about it. Told him I thought lack of money for adequate care was a factor in my late grandmother's multiple amputations the result of severe, poorly managed Type II diabetes.

43 years ago? Seems like only yesterday!

(Got into Pitt. First acceptance so I knew no matter what I was going to medical school.)

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

THE DOCTOR IS IN.


Appears next Monday in the Washington Rimes.
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