Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Waterfalls; Kittens; and St. Brendan's Peak

Angie; Linda ; or Trish; I need your help. Here are some pictures of my pond and the kittens we have left, as I promised on CrazyLamb chat. The only problem is that I haven't been able to figure out how to post pictures at CrazyLamb. We all know that I am woefull at technology. So if one of you would post these at CrazyLamb, I would be very grateful.










The first picture is Cadoc Falls; the next is Brendan's Peak; number 3 is Glamorgan Falls; and then 1 more shot of Cadoc Falls.
Lastly, are the kittens: left to right; Boxcar; Hot Rod; Rembrandt; and on top is Wombat; my son looks so happy because they were clawing him as he set for the picture--I guess they are camera shy. hehehe

Any way; thanks for the help with the posting.

Charles






















Monday, May 30, 2011

A Totally Shameless Plug

My grand daughter, Ariel, wanted to start podcasting; and I thought it might be a good thing, so I had her record something and I set up her pod-o-matic site and uploaded it for her. There is more music than there is of Ariel; but at this point that is probably a good thing. haha  Give it a listen if you have time--it won't hurt too much, I promise.

Her site is @ http://arielonline.podomatic.com/
Send her a comment of encouragement if you have the chance.

Thanks, Charles

Till Now




Do you remember,
My friend;
The infancy
Of this sublime,
And Celestial
Greatness?

Those pure, and
Virgin apprehensions;
Inexpressibly rare,
And delightful,
That we shared
From the begining?

And that Divine Light
Wherein we were
Birthed; and bathed?
We could see,
The Living Wonder
Of all creation.

By the gift of God;
They attend
To us still;
By His favor,
We remember them
Till now.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

On The Road with Cunneda

On The Road with Cunneda, Volume 12:

Participation, Not Imitation !!

is now up @

http://www.podomatic.com/podcast

Hope you are having a wonderful

holiday weekend!

Charles

Cunneda's Ramble, Volume 19: Shagmar And The Ox Goad

Cunneda's Ramble, Volume 19:

Shagmar And The Ox Goad,

a Memorial day message, is now up @

http://cunneda.podomatic.com/

Have a wonderful holiday!

Charles


Saturday, May 28, 2011

Let Him Be Quiet and Consider

"There was an important job to be done and EVERYBODY was sure that SOMEBODY would do it. ANYBODY could have done it, but NOBODY did it. Now SOMEBODY got angry about that because it was EVERYBODY'S job. EVERYBODY thought ANYBODY could do it, but NOBODY realized that EVERYBODY wouldn't do it. It ended up that EVERYBODY blamed SOMEBODY when NOBODY did what ANYBODY could have done!" 


How many people suffer and perish because NOBODY does what EVERYBODY has been commanded to do?

How many people will be denied the freedoms that God intended for all men because NOBODY will do what SOMEBODY should do?

How many nations will fail  because EVERYBODY keeps waiting for SOMEBODY to do what EVERYBODY  ought to be doing?

Friday, May 27, 2011

AP Exclusive: Fukushima tsunami plan a single page

TOKYO — Japanese nuclear regulators trusted that the reactors at Fukushima Dai-ichi were safe from the worst waves an earthquake could muster based on a single-page memo from the plant operator nearly a decade ago.
In the Dec. 19, 2001 document — one double-sized page obtained by The Associated Press under Japan's public records law — Tokyo Electric Power Co. rules out the possibility of a tsunami large enough to knock the plant offline and gives scant details to justify this conclusion, which proved to be wildly optimistic.
Regulators at the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, or NISA, had asked plant operators for assessments of their earthquake and tsunami preparedness. They didn't mind the brevity of TEPCO's response, and apparently made no moves to verify its calculations or ask for supporting documents.
"This is all we saw," said Masaru Kobayashi, who now heads NISA's quake-safety section. "We did not look into the validity of the content."
The memo has Japanese text, boxes and numbers. It also has a tiny map of Japan indicating where historical earthquakes are believed to have struck. TEPCO considered five quakes, ranging from 8.0 to 8.6 magnitude, in northeastern Japan, and a 9.5 magnitude across the Pacific near Chile, as examples of possible tsunami-causing temblors.
Over the next nine years, despite advances in earthquake and tsunami science, the document gathered dust and was never updated.
When TEPCO finally did revisit tsunami preparedness last year, it was the most cursory of checks. And the conclusion was the same: The facility would remain dry under every scenario the utility envisioned.
"There was an attitude of disrespecting nature," said Kobe University professor emeritus Katsuhiko Ishibashi, who has sat on government nuclear safety advisory panels.
The towering waves unleashed by the magnitude-9.0 earthquake on March 11 destroyed backup generators for several reactors' cooling systems, and nuclear fuel in three reactors melted in the worst such crisis since Chernobyl. Workers have yet to bring the plant under control more than two months later.
Ishibashi said the problem with the plant's tsunami preparedness didn't lie with the limitations of science back in 2001. The problem was that TEPCO and regulators didn't look at risk factors more carefully.
"It is critical to be prepared for what might happen even if the possibilities are small," he said.
NISA's request for tsunami risk assessments did not have the force of law and thus the operators' responses technically were voluntary, but in Japan's often-informal regulatory structure, regulators would expect such a request to be obeyed.
TEPCO's memo was entitled "The Assessment of Effects Related to the Japan Society of Civil Engineers' 'Guidelines on Tsunami Assessment for Nuclear Power Plants' — Fukushima Dai-ichi and Daini Nuclear Power Plants."
The company said it used measures for expected earthquakes and other "parameters" to calculate that water would not surpass 5.7 meters (18.7 feet) at Fukushima Dai-ichi.
The waters set off by the March tsunami reached 14 meters (46 feet) above sea level, according to TEPCO.
One big reason for the underestimate: TEPCO's experts asserted that the biggest earthquake that the nearest fault could produce was 8.6 magnitude. At a 9.0 magnitude, the quake that struck was four times more powerful than that.
"The results of the study show the assessment for the maximum levels of tsunami at each site," says one line in the report's typically sparse, matter-of fact language.
The document relied on guidelines for tsunami assessments written by the Japan Society of Civil Engineers. Those guidelines were not published until 2002, but were made available in advance to TEPCO.
In the nearly 10 years since the memo, advances in science have exposed the potential — and precedent — for huge tsunamis hitting Japan's northeast coast. Several studies showed that the Jogan tsunami of 869 A.D. went far inland in the area near Fukushima Dai-ichi. Other studies showed that the fault that erupted so violently was "stuck" and could produce the kind of truly massive quake it did.
Over the years, TEPCO never changed the maximum tsunami heights expected at Fukushima Dai-ichi.
"We assessed and confirmed the safety of the nuclear plants," TEPCO civil engineer Makoto Takao asserted as recently as a November seismic safety conference in Japan.
Kobayashi, of NISA, said his agency began getting serious about scrutinizing tsunami dangers only late last year, but that this process was still in its infancy when the March 11 disaster struck.
Ishibashi noted that coastal nuclear plants need to be prepared for major typhoons and other potential disasters, and backup generators at Fukushima Dai-ichi should have been elevated and protected, not stored in basements prone to flooding, as most of them were.
The generators were critical for maintaining cooling systems for reactor cores during the power outages that followed the quake. The flood that swept through the plant grounds destroyed the generators. The cores, reaching up to 2,000 degree Celsius (3600 Fahrenheit) without power, melted, spewing radiation into the sea and air.
TEPCO spokesman Naoyuki Matsumoto defended the 2001 report as relying on what the company saw as the best data available, although he acknowledged that the March tsunami had been "outside the imagination."
"We had done our utmost in designing the plant, using various historical data," he said.
The utility now plans to build additional tsunami guards in waters near Fukushima Dai-ichi by the end of June, but has not decided how high they should be, he said.
Outrage is growing among the media, politicians and residents forced to evacuate from homes near the plant that regulators and TEPCO had not adequately assessed tsunami risks.
Some criticism has focused on how the civil engineers' committee that wrote the guidelines was dominated by people with strong ties to the nuclear power industry, or 22 of the 35 committee members.
In a statement this month, the Japan Society of Civil Engineers defended the guidelines as objective and scientific, relying on experts for unbiased knowledge.
Nobuo Shuto, chief architect of the guidelines and the dean of tsunami research in Japan, acknowledged he did not check how exactly TEPCO applied the guidelines to Fukushima Dai-ichi. But he stuck by his work.
"It's easy to complain that it was an underestimate," Shuto, honorary professor at Tohoku University, said in a March telephone interview from Miyagi Prefecture, a disaster-struck area. "The honest truth is: We just don't know."

Scores of Chantix suicides in smokers unreported

— Hundreds of reports of suicides, psychotic reactions and other serious problems tied to the popular stop-smoking drug Chantix were left out of a crucial government safety review because Pfizer Inc., the drug’s manufacturer, submitted years of data through “improper channels.”
Some 150 suicides — more than doubling those previously known — were among 589 delayed reports of severe issues turned up in a new analysis by the non-profit Institute for Safe Medication Practices.
“We’ve had a major breakdown in safety surveillance,” said Thomas J. Moore, the ISMP senior scientist who analyzed the data. The serious problems — including reports of completed suicides, suicide attempts, aggression and hostility and depression — had been mixed among some 26,000 records of non-serious side effects such as nausea and rashes, with some dating back to 2006, the year Chantix, or varenicline, was approved.
They echo previous claims that the drug can induce extreme reactions in people trying to quit cigarettes, including vivid nightmares, crippling depression and sudden, violent outbursts.
“It’s really chilling,” said Moore, who analyzed 26 Chantix reactions in a paper published in the September 2010 issue of the Journal of Pharmacotherapy. "This seems to unleash something in people. It can be violence to anything around."
Moore's case studies describe "inexplicable and unprovoked" reactions in Chantix patients with no previous history of violence or mental illness, including:
Federal Food and Drug Administration officials acknowledged that they asked Pfizer to resubmit thousands of records after realizing that the company was sending required reports in an inappropriate format that could not be added to the agency’s Adverse Events Reporting System, or AERS.
“Last year, FDA became aware that a few manufacturers were submitting adverse events reports to FDA through improper channels,” the agency said in a statement.
Pfizer officials said they were submitting reports as required and that when the FDA asked them to change, they did so immediately. They said there's no proof that Chantix causes suicide or other serious side effects.
Moore, who has served as an expert witness in court regarding Chantix, said it's the riskiest drug among those analyzed from the FDA's adverse event reports. In the third quarter of 2010, it ranked first in reported deaths, with twice as many fatalities logged as any other drug, he said.
New reports don't change FDA's positionFDA officials said the new reports did not change the agency’s position on the risks and benefits of the controversial drug, which received a black box warning that included suicide — the strongest caution possible — in 2009, according to agency officials who would not speak on the record.
“At this point, based on the data, FDA does not have any new safety concerns with Chantix, though those that have been established remain under active review,” the agency said in a
statement posted in response to the ISMP report.
Agency officials said they're continuing to review Chantix in clinical trials and two large observational studies with the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense.
But Moore said the new data should raise immediate alarms about the drug that was prescribed 3.2 million times last year to people trying to stop smoking — and 1.1 million times already this year, according to data from the firm Wolters Kluwer Pharma Solutions.
“To us, it raises questions about whether this drug is safe for widespread clinical use,” Moore said. “Does this tip the balance?”
That’s a view echoed by families of people who allegedly became suddenly and inexplicably violent after taking Chantix. Sean M. Wain, 34, of Beaver County, Pa., shot himself and his wife, Natalie, 33, in May 2009 in what a lawyer for their families claims was a Chantix-fueled rage.
If the FDA had more information about suicides and other side effects tied to Chantix, the agency might have taken stronger action sooner, said Victor H. Prebanic, who represents Robert Erdelen and George Wain, fathers of the slain couple.
“If Pfizer had been more forthcoming, the black box warning might have emerged earlier,” Prebanic said. “For all we know, the drug would not have been available.”
The lawsuit, filed this month, is the latest among hundreds of claims filed against Pfizer regarding Chantix. At least 1,545 injury claims that cite Chantix are pending in federal court.
Pfizer officials, however, said that the firm was following the FDA's rules and changed their reporting process once the agency asked for clarification.
“All post-marketing reports of adverse events are reviewed by Pfizer and reported to regulators, including FDA, in accordance with regulatory guidelines,” the company said in a statement. “Pfizer takes patient safety and regulatory reporting obligations very seriously.”
Suicide is an 'expected' event?The problem appears to have been caused in part by federal Food and Drug Administration rules that don’t require firms to submit new reports of death or serious harm in the agency’s system for urgent review when such risks are already known.
FDA requires drugmakers to submit adverse events in two ways: There’s an “expedited” system that requires companies to report serious and unexpected adverse events into the AERS system within 15 days.
Companies are also required to submit less-serious and expected adverse events quarterly in so-called “periodic reports.” In those cases, problems previously included on drug labels — including suicide and suicide attempts — are considered to be expected events.
In Pfizer’s case, the firm was submitting the periodic reports as required, but combining summaries and individual case reports in a single text file, the FDA said.
That meant that the individual reports of injury were not logged in the FDA’s AERS system, drastically reducing known reports of suicides and other psychiatric problems tied to Chantix, Moore said.
“It’s very clear the suicide risk of this drug was higher than we knew,” he said.
Overall, there were 1,055 reports of serious problems with Chantix reported in the third quarter of 2010, more than any other prescription medication regularly monitored by the drug safety agency, Moore said.
Before last July, the FDA had logged 122 reports of suicides linked to Chantix, including 37 reported by Pfizer and 85 reported by health professionals or consumers, Moore reported. After the 150 new Pfizer reports were added, the total jumped to 272.
In addition, the 589 new reports of severe problems included 102 cases of possible hostility and aggression, 156 cases of depression and 56 cases of possible psychosis. Those were mixed among the 26,000 reports of less-serious problems.
Moore has asked the FDA to investigate the 150 new suicide reports, particularly if the events occurred before the 2009 black box warning listed suicide as a possible side effect.
For their part, FDA officials said they are considering changing regulations to allow expedited reports of suicides and other serious problems, even if they’ve previously been identified as expected. First proposed in 2003, that change is still pending.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Very Essence





Suppose a man
To be born,
Both deaf and blind;:


By the very witness
Of his spirit,
He apprehends
The Infinite about him;
And within him:
Infinite reach;
Infinite intensity;
He thinks not
Of walls and limits;
Until he feels them,
And is stopped by them.


That things are finite,
We learn
By our senses;
Infinity we know,
Deep in our spirit,
And feel it
  So naturally;
As if it were,
The very essence
Of all life,
And being.

Infinite Love




Infinite love;
Must have
Boundless places,
Wherein to utter,
And show itself;
Filling all eternity:
Yet it is expressed,
Even in the
Smallest pith,
By making me able,
In every moment,
To love Him.

Monday, May 23, 2011

On The Road with Cunneda; Volume 11

On The Road with Cunneda;
Volume 11: A Few More Thoughts;
is now up @
http://cunneda.podomatic.com/



Driving through the storms;
My wits hover,
In the consciousness
Of His loving presence;
And all unrest is soothed:
The heaving ocean,
Lodged high in my throat;
Is as an untroubled bayou;
Charmed, and glistening,
In the evening sun.


Or sometimes;


I just load up
my headphones and do a podcast:
Just a few words on the storms;
on our Fearless Leader's declaration
to Israel on its borders; and on
the non-rapture event; or the rapture
non-event, as you wish.
Also; I do seem to be having a bit
of a static problem in the early
portion of the podcast; I trust it
is not too bothersome. I may need
to invest in a better portable
voice recorder.

Until the next time my friends;

Charles

High court backs cuts in Calif. prison population

Zeph has predicted in the past; and repeated to me again last week; that states would soon start emptying their prisons due to budgetary issues. Well, perhaps this story is the beginning of things to come.



WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday endorsed a court order requiring California to cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates to improve health care for those who remain behind bars.

The court said in a 5-4 decision that the reduction is "required by the Constitution" to correct longstanding violations of inmates' rights. The order mandates a prison population of no more than 110,000 inmates, still far above the system's designed capacity.

There are more than 142,000 inmates in the state's 33 adult prisons, meaning roughly 32,000 inmates will need to be transferred to other jurisdictions or released.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, a California native, wrote the majority opinion, in which he included photos of severe overcrowding. The court's four Democratic appointees joined with Kennedy.

"The violations have persisted for years. They remain uncorrected," Kennedy said. The lawsuit challenging the provision of mental health care was filed in 1990.

Justice Antonin Scalia said in dissent that the court order is "perhaps the most radical injunction issued by a court in our nation's history."

Scalia, reading his dissent aloud Monday, said it would require the release of "the staggering number of 46,000 convicted felons."

Scalia's number, cited in legal filings, comes from a period in which the prison population was even higher.

Justice Clarence Thomas joined Scalia's opinion, while Justice Samuel Alito wrote a separate dissent for himself and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Michael Bien, one of the lawyers representing inmates in the case, said, "The Supreme Court upheld an extraordinary remedy because conditions were so terrible."

State officials did not immediately comment on the ruling.

Eighteen other states joined California in urging the justices to reject the population order as overreaching. They argued that it poses a threat to public safety. State attorneys general said they could face similar legal challenges.

Alito said he, too, feared that the decision, "like prior prisoner release orders, will lead to a grim roster of victims. I hope that I am wrong. In a few years, we will see."

The California dispute is the first high court case that reviewed a prisoner release order under a 1996 federal law that made it much harder for inmates to challenge prison conditions.

The case revolves around inadequate mental and physical health care in a state prison system that in 2009 averaged nearly a death a week that might have been prevented or delayed with better medical care.

The facilities were designed to hold about 80,000 inmates.

The state has protested a court order to cut the population to around 110,000 inmates within two years, but also has taken steps to meet, if not exceed, that target. Kennedy said the state also could ask the lower court for more time to reach the 110,000-inmate target.

Earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that would reduce the prison population by about 40,000 inmates by transferring many low-level offenders to county jurisdiction. The state legislature has yet to authorize any money for the transfer.

A person appointed by federal judges now oversees prison medical operations, but the judges have said the key to improving health care is to reduce the number of inmates.

At the peak of the overcrowding, nearly 20,000 inmates were living in makeshift housing in gymnasiums and other common areas, often sleeping in bunks stacked three high. Another 10,000 inmates were in firefighting camps or private lockups within California.

In 2006, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger used his emergency powers to begin shipping inmates to private prisons in Arizona, Mississippi and Oklahoma. More than 10,000 California inmates are now housed in private prisons out of state.

Schwarzenegger also sought to reduce the inmate population by signing legislation that increased early release credits and made it more difficult to send ex-convicts back to prison for parole violations. Another law rewards county probation departments for keeping criminals out of state prisons.

One result of those changes is that the state has been able to do away with nearly two-thirds of its makeshift beds, although more than 7,000 inmates remain in temporary housing.

Japan quake could raise concerns elsewhere

WASHINGTON — Scientists sifting through data from the great Japan earthquake in March are uncovering surprises that may raise concerns nearby.
Researchers led by Mark Simons of the California Institute of Technology are urging close monitoring of seismic activity in the Ibaraki region immediately south of the spot where the most recent quake occurred.
They are not predicting another quake, Simons stressed in a telephone interview. But the area where the deadly March temblor struck "was believed by many to be not likely to produce a big quake, and that was wrong." So that raises questions about other, similar regions, he said.
"We learned we have to be much more suspicious about what we know for sure, and more explicit about what we don't know," Simons said. Monitoring the region will give scientists clues to the movement of the undersea plates that slipped in the quake.
Simons' comments came as the journal Science was publishing a series of technical papers in its online edition Thursday, with data from the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku-Oki quake March 11. The quake and following tsunami are believed to have killed more than 24,500 people. Police reported last week that 15,019 were dead and 9,506 were still listed as missing. In addition, radiation leaks at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have forced 80,000 people living within a 12-mile (20-kilometer) radius of the facility to leave their homes for an indefinite time.
David Wald, a seismologist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Golden, Colo., said that turning attention now to the nearby Ibaraki region makes sense. "Adjacent segments are always a concern after a large event," he said.
"And Ibaraki is closer to Tokyo," added Wald, who was not part of Simons' team.
While the new report raises concern about the area next to the rupture zone, the issue also extends globally, said Thorne Lay, an earthquake expert and professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
"There are many regions for which the history of earthquake occurrence is very poorly documented," he said. "We have a long record for Japan relative to most regions, but even there we got surprised."
Lay, who was not part of Simons' team, noted that in March a large plate movement occurred far offshore and the question is whether there is similar potential for seismic activity offshore farther south, where there are larger population centers.
Sensors can measure whether strain is building up near the coast, "but it's hard to tell what's happening 100-to-150 kilometers (62-93 miles) off the coast. We have limited capabilities for doing that right now," Lay said.
A second study by Mariko Sato of the Japan Coast Guard and colleagues reported a large displacement of the Earth's crust including movement in one area of more than 20 meters (66 feet) sideways and 3 meters (10 feet) vertically in a long undersea section of the trench marking the boundary of the moving plates that caused the quake.
The March earthquake started with relatively small shocks over the first three seconds, a third paper led by Satoshi Ide of the University of Tokyo reported: "Thereafter, the earthquake quickly grew into a large event."
Following the brief initial shaking there was a deep rupture for about 40 seconds, the team reported, followed by a shallow ground movement for 60-to-70 seconds and then a continuing deep ground rupture for more than 100 seconds.

Toy tiger causes UK police alert

LONDON — Police scrambled helicopters and ordered tranquilizers to hunt what they feared was an escaped wild animal in southern England — but found that the tiger was a toy.
Hampshire Police say they responded after several residents called in to say they'd seen a white tiger in a field near a golf course in Hedge End, near the English coastal city of Southampton.
A tongue-in-cheek recorded message posted to the force's media line said that after "a brief stalk through the Hedge End savannah ... it became obvious that the tiger was a stuffed, life-sized toy."
A second message posted on Sunday emphasized police had a duty to take such sightings seriously. As for the renegade tiger, "it's being treated as lost property."

Herman Cain announces presidential bid

Former pizza CEO and conservative radio host Herman Cain made it official Saturday, joining the small but growing roster of candidates seeking the Republican presidential nomination.
Cain, 65, who lives in suburban Atlanta, made his announcement at Atlanta’s Centennial Park, urging Americans frustrated by the country’s direction to read the Constitution.
Herman Cain shakes hands with Jason Fredregill and his wife, Wendi, of Ames before the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition spring kickoff event in Waukee in March.
“Keep reading,” he said. “Don’t stop at life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.”
He vowed the GOP will retake the U.S. Senate and the presidency, just as it regained control of the House in 2010.
“We will take them back because you and I do not want this nation to become just another mediocre nation,” Cain said. He said the nation needs to refocus on free-market principles.
Cain, a favorite among many tea party activists, boasts a long business resume but has never held elective office.
Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael said Saturday after his announcement that his lack of political experience will be a plus with many voters.
“He is really not indebted to anyone” and has a history of success creating jobs, she said.
The Republican presidential field has been slow to gather, but is beginning to fill out. Cain follows former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and Texas Rep. Ron Paul among better-known Republicans formally announcing presidential bids. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is expected to announce his candidacy in Des Moines Monday.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is seen as an almost certain candidate, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are expected to join the race.
Some prominent Republicans nationally and in Iowa also have encouraged fiscal-focused conservatives such as Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to run. Other big-name Republicans, such as Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, have not tipped their hands.
Cain must score big in the Aug. 13 Ames straw poll if he is to be more than a sideshow in Iowa’s leadoff presidential caucuses, a Drake University political science professor said Saturday.
Dennis Goldford initially said Cain had no hope of opposing President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, then he backtracked.
“You never say never in politics,” he said. “Let’s say his chances are highly improbable of winning the nomination.”
Carmichael countered that Cain is striving to first win the straw poll and then use that showing of strength to win the caucuses, scheduled for Feb. 6.
“It is imperative for us to perform well in Iowa,” Carmichael said. “Coming in first is important.”
So far, Cain has spent 22 days in Iowa and has participated in 33 events. He was the winner of a presidential straw poll in late March at U.S. Rep. Steve King’s Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines.
Cain has received gushing reaction to his speeches before conservative audiences in Iowa and to his performance in a nationally televised Republican debate in South Carolina May 5. He will return in early June to Iowa and frequently after that, Carmichael said.
Goldford said Cain will appeal to the populist portion of the tea party movement. But he faces political history that has seldom been kind to candidates who play the successful-businessman card without having held a state governorship or major national political office, such as the vice presidency, before they ran for president, Goldford said.
Carmichael sees Cain as the right person for a nation that faces high unemployment and unprecedented debt.
“He has an incredible resume filled with solving problems and creating jobs,” she said. “He is about a return to fiscal sanity.”
Cain on Saturday called on Americans to set goals.
“The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals,” said Cain, whose announcement drew 800 viewers on his website’s livestream. “It lies in not having goals.”
Cain points to his own success story as a self-made businessman as the kind of opportunity America must continue to offer future generations.
At 31, he joined the Pillsbury Co. and rose to vice president within three years. He then turned his attention to Burger King, a Pillsbury subsidiary at the time, transforming 400 underperforming stores in the Philadelphia area into the best-performing region in the country. Next, he joined Godfather’s Pizza as CEO and president, taking it from the edge of bankruptcy to profitability in 14 months. He and investors eventually bought the pizza chain.
He is a relative novice politically. He first gained attention on the national political stage in 1994, when as chairman of the National Restaurant Association he challenged President Bill Clinton at a nationally televised town hall meeting about the impact of proposed health care reform on small businesses. He barnstormed the country opposing the plan.
Cain was a senior adviser in 1996 to the Dole/Kemp presidential campaign and ran for U.S. Senate in the Republican primary in Georgia in 2004.
In 2010, he spoke at more than 40 tea party events and became popular on Twitter and YouTube.com. In December 2010, he was the readers’ choice for the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee on the conservative Internet site, RedState.com.

Monday, May 16, 2011

A POEM BY CUNNEDA "IN A FLASH" PUT TO MUSIC AND SPOKEN BY ZEPH DANIEL


I am honored to have my friend

put my work in one of his compositions;

and I am pleased to make it available

to you here, with a slide show I have created for it.

Charles