Cindy Sealed The Deal. I'm Now A Republican
"I actually felt myself become a republican today. It was around 10am, when I read the latest update of the Cindy Sheehan saga in CNN.com. I then shot over to read some blogs about it, and perused the comments in some of them, which was nothing but a long series of petty (albeit entertaining) partisan bickering.
Then it happend. The good little democrat in me tied the little noose around his neck and jumped off the stool. He just couldn’t take it anymore.
Take what? The whining. The constant whining by the extreme left about the reasons for war, the incompetence of this administration, and how we’ve all been lied to, and how we should pull out of Iraq immediately, because, *gulp* our soldiers were in danger.
Guess what folks….they signed up to join the Army, not the boy scouts. Anytime your orientation to a new job involves an automatic weapon, you should be smart enough to figure out there’s danger involved. I actually read some people’s comments about many of the soldiers over there being naive….they weren’t expecting to go to war, so, they should be allowed to go home. Wow.
Soldiers know, when they enlist, that it is entirely possible they will be shipped out and never come home. It’s part of the job. The fact that people still walk in to recruiters’ offices and sign that piece of paper make them heroes. To imply that they are simple kids who didn’t know what they were getting into, or even worse, that they died for no reason, or an immoral reason, does a horrible thing. It strips their sacrifice of the honor that it deserves. Even though those folks sitting out there in the Texas fields claim to honor and support the soldiers, they obviously have been blinded by their own selfishness as to the real way to support them."
What They Said:
RantUser says My question to you is on 11/20/2005
When did you last thank a soldier for protecting your freedom of speech? As a wife of a soldier, reading those words hurt- yes he knew, yes I knew when I enlisted- but until you've been in the recruiters office (pre 9/11) and have had him tell you, "No, this MOS is a TDA slot, which means you are non- deployable," and actually believe him....yeah. Anyhow, I don't know you, probably never will, but accidently came across this and had to comment...
Compare and Contrast
Welcome to our state, please help keep it special
By KEITH MURPHY New Hampshire Union Leader
DEAR NEW neighbor,
Welcome to New Hampshire. You have made a tremendous decision in moving to this state, this hidden jewel. It is a not a decision you will regret.
New Hampshire's crime rate is consistently ranked among the lowest in the United States, while the per capita income is among the highest. For two years in a row, New Hampshire has been recognized for having the highest quality of life in the nation, as well as for being the healthiest state in which to raise a family. For a small state, New Hampshire's terrain is amazingly diverse. From the tallest peak in the Northeast to the shores of the Atlantic to idyllic New England towns, you will be stunned at the sights you will see and the experiences that await you. New Hampshire is as America was, and we welcome you.
In adopting New Hampshire as your home, you have adopted a sacred duty: to keep it the special and unique place that brought you here. To do this, you must understand why New Hampshire remains the fastest growing state in the Northeast while our neighbors struggle with social and economic instability.
The key to New Hampshire's high quality of life is that our government is small. Our citizens have wisely avoided a general sales or income tax, starving our government of the main sources of funds that have created bloated, ravenous bureaucracies in other states.
We know that the proper purpose of government is to protect people from each other, not to run a giant charity operation. Even if it were moral to take money from people and give it to others, government is inefficient at it anyway, and taking care of the needy is too important not to leave to voluntary church and community groups.
New Hampshire's tiny government, small tax rates, and high incomes and quality of life must seem a contradiction to people in other states. The truth is that because our government transfers less money to the needy, we're more likely to help our family members and neighbors in private ways, without a tax agency getting involved.
Most of our legislators still respect our inherent rights as a free people, rights that have been declared archaic and legislated away in other states. In New Hampshire, we are still free to carry a firearm in public if we choose. Again, this fact combined with our minuscule crime rate must strike people from elsewhere as a contradiction. The truth is that because we are free to carry firearms, criminals live in fear of us and not the other way around.
We are free to not wear a seatbelt, or to not wear a motorcycle helmet. Most of us do these things anyway, given that it is good common sense, but we recognize that legislating common sense is a dangerous slippery slope we don't want to approach. We are happy to make our own decisions as adults, and to let our neighbors make theirs, knowing that each of us must live with the consequences of our decisions.
In short, it is because we are still free that we are so successful as a state. We ask no more of our neighbors than absolutely necessary, and when it cannot be avoided we keep the decision-making as local as possible. Thus, whereas most of the "local" decisions nationally are made by counties or regional authorities, we in New Hampshire still prefer to do nearly everything at the town level.
If a native should give you a sideways glance upon learning of your foreign origin, please understand it is because many thousands of people have been drawn here by our freedoms and the resulting opportunities. So many of these people fail to realize what makes New Hampshire such a great state, and upon arrival they set about voting for bigger and bigger government. The tragedy is that they could unwittingly change New Hampshire into the place from which they've just escaped. This year's cigarette tax increase and law mandating bicycle helmet use for children are just the latest holes in the dike.
Please, now that you know what makes your new home so special and unique, help keep it that way. Vote for candidates and policies that will result in smaller, less intrusive government.
"Live free or die." Welcome home.
A task force formed by Massachusetts mayors wants the state to consider boosting excise tax rates on cars and city taxes on restaurant meals, and moving thousands of municipal retirees to Medicare, according to the group's draft report.
So.. tell me... when was the last time anything good came out of a "task force" formed by Massachusetts politicians?
What They Said:
The Wife says Ready to Move? on 9/5/2005
Sounds like the place for us! I'll be ready in June.
Happy Birthday Dad
Happy Birthday Pops.. hope you had a great day.
Foodie H's musings
I'm in luck because it would take more than 395 cans of Pepsi to ingest enough caffeine to kill me. How much of your favorite beverage can you drink before suffering death by caffeine?
A table of gas prices from around the world. A gallon of gas in Amsterdam is $6.48 while it's only $0.12 in Venezuela. It's always so weird to see these types of lists where the US has more in common with Third World and non-democratic countries than with Europe, Japan, etc.
What They Said:
LBF says Drinks.. on 8/23/2005
BBS says EEGADS! on 8/26/2005
Did you look at the caffine db on that site?
Starbucks coffee is like crack to people because it it like CRACK!
Starbucks Tall Coffee 12oz 375 mg caffine or 31.25 mg/oz roughly 2 times stronget than anything else on that list
Camping, Vermont, fire, nothing, swimming, dark, quiet.
1881 Barn - Corn Maze. We only did half because it was roasting hot in the sun. But it sure was fun!
Billings Farm & Museum. The Billings Farm & Museum is a working dairy farm and a living museum of Vermont's rural past. The farm dates back to 1871, when owner Frederick Billings, a lawyer, railroad entrepreneur, and philanthropist began importing cows from the Isle of Jersey. His farm prospered, and today, is still one of the finest Jersey farms in America and a working dairy, and a museum dedicated to telling the story of Vermont's rural heritage.
Vermont Institute of Natural Science. Very Cool..
Ben & Jerry's. Long ride, OK tour.. free samples.
Peter Jennings Dies at 67
The anchor of "World News Tonight" died today at his home in New York City. In April, he announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
London Police Shoot Wrong Man
The London Metropolitian Police have admitted they tracked a man from his home, to an Underground train and shot him to death, five times at point blank range.
And they also admitted it was the wrong man.
That is wrong on so many levels.
Wrong because an innocent man died. Wrong because police will be more hesitant to act in the same way again. Wrong because terorrists know this.
Wrong because actual investigative work, presumably, led to this man and it was false. Wrong because it's a step backward. Wrong because neither Britain nor any other country should have to react his way. Wrong because many commuting Londers had to watch a man shot and killed in front of them.
Wrong because who the hell knows, the man could be a terrorist sympathizer and planned it to cause just such strife.
Wrong because the public is demonizing the police for killing the man, but would the public demonize the man if he killed a cop?
Wrong, but he bears as much blame as the police.
What They Said:
RantUser says Wrong but... on 7/25/2005
Gramps says The Fix? on 7/25/2005
Londoner says YOU are wrong! on 7/29/2005
You don't know what you are talking about. Learn the background to issues before you sound off. He was shot because he looked as if he 'might' be Arab, and ran from the Police. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4713753.stm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4711189.stm are good places to start. In the UK, it is a new thing for the police to shoot a n unarmed man for running away. This is not an offence! Worse, they had trailed him from his house! Were the people on the bus he had just got off expendable? Far from easing up on their panicky tactics they are refusing to admit it was a mistake ('operationally correct'), and warning us that it will happen again. For those that don't know:
London is full of black, dark, and tanned people.
London summers are not that warm, so a heavy jacket on a brazilian is not surprising
Shooting an already restrained bomber is not necessarily sensible, as some devices have 'release' buttons to detonate.
From the Arizona Republic
A wake-up call from Luke's jets
Jun. 23, 2005 12:00 AM
Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for the morning air show?
Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 a.m., a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune!
Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns' early-bird special?
Any response would be appreciated. - Tom MacRae, Peoria
Flyby honored fallen comrade
Jun. 28, 2005 12:00 AM
Regarding "A wake-up call from Luke's jets" (Letters, Thursday):
On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt Jeremy Fresques.
Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.
At 9 a.m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.
Based on the letter writer's recount of the flyby, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the president of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.
A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.
The letter writer asks, "Whom do we thank for the morning air show?"
The 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.
Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
Luke Air Force Base
The writer is commander of the 63rd Fighter Squadron.
What They Said:
Enevi says London Calling on 7/12/2005
Doug says London Calling Favs on 7/14/2005
Doug says On the Other Hand on 7/20/2005
On the other hand, in some ways Britain is just like the USA ...
LONDON (Reuters) - The word "fail" should be banned from use in British classrooms and replaced with the phrase "deferred success" to avoid demoralizing pupils, a group of teachers has proposed.
Members of the Professional Association of Teachers (PAT) argue that telling pupils they have failed can put them off learning for life.
A spokesman for the group said it wanted to avoid labeling children. "We recognize that children do not necessarily achieve success first time," he said.
"But I recognize that we can't just strike a word from the dictionary," he said.
The PAT said it would debate the proposal at a conference next week.
Today is Monday, July 4, the 185th day of 2005. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day.
Today's Highlight in History:
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
On this date:
In 1802, the United States Military Academy officially opened at West Point, N.Y.
In 1826, 50 years to the day after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, former presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died.
In 1831, the fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, died in New York City.
In 1845, Henry David Thoreau began his two-year experiment in simpler living at Walden Pond, near Concord, Mass.
In 1872, the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vt.
In 1917, during a ceremony in Paris honoring the French hero of the American Revolution, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Stanton declared, "Lafayette, we are here!"
In 1939, baseball's "Iron Horse," Lou Gehrig, said farewell to his fans at New York's Yankee Stadium.
In 1976, Israeli commandos raided Entebbe airport in Uganda, rescuing almost all of the passengers and crew of an Air France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers.
In 1997, NASA's Pathfinder spacecraft landed on Mars, inaugurating a new era in the search for life on the Red Planet.
In 2003, rhythm-and-blues singer Barry White died in Los Angeles at age 58.
Ten years ago: President Boris Yeltsin announced that Russian troops would be permanently stationed in Chechnya. British Prime Minister John Major won re-election as Conservative Party leader. The space shuttle Atlantis and the Russian space station Mir parted after spending five days in orbit docked together. Actress Eva Gabor died in Los Angeles at age 74.
Five years ago: Tall ships sailed through New York Harbor during OpSail 2000, celebrating Independence Day.
One year ago: A 20-ton slab of granite, inscribed to honor "the enduring spirit of freedom," was laid at the World Trade Center site as the cornerstone of the Freedom Tower skyscraper that will replace the destroyed twin towers.
Thought for Today: "If the American Revolution had produced nothing but the Declaration of Independence, it would have been worthwhile." -- Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (1887-1976).
One of the drawbacks of working at home is that I miss people watching. Sure I have my share of freaks walking through my kitchen on a regular basis, but it's just not the same.
Last night I took the boys out for ice cream. Wow..
To the lady in front of us in line. Yeah.. they have a bunch of flavors, they are on the sign above you. Why do you need to ask the girl in the window if they have ____? No lie 5 times she asked about different flavors. So what does she get? Vanilla.
To the guy that I first thought had Tourettes Syndrome. Dude you look like a FREAK talking on the phone with that little thing in your ear, and the people on the other side can't see you gesticulate like you have Tourettes. And the socks pulled up to your knees was a nice touch too.
To the guy sitting on the trunk of his Hyundia. Livestrong bracelet on the same wrist of the hand that holds your cigarette?! So are you supporting the cancer makers? Or the cancer survivors? The "Keep Jobs in America - Vote Kerry" bumper sticker.. on your Hyundia? Oh.. and Captian Mixed Messages you park like a jackass too.
Finally, to the lady that lost her breath stepping up that one step to the window. You probably don't need the 3 scoops of icecream
What They Said:
Doug says Refreshing on 6/28/2005
A little ray of bitter sunshine.
The Summer Solstice
You know it as the first day of summer. Others refer to it as the longest day of the year. So, what makes this day – the solstice – special? To understand, you'll need a little background about the Sun and the Earth.
In the summer, days feel longer because the Sun rises earlier in the morning and sets later at night. When the North Pole of the Earth is tilted toward the Sun, we in the northern hemisphere receive more sunlight and it's summer. As the Earth moves in its orbit, the tilt of the North Pole changes (see diagram). When it is tilted away from the Sun, it is winter in the northern hemisphere. In between we have autumn and spring.
The day that the Earth's North Pole is tilted closest to the sun is called the summer solstice. This is the longest day (most daylight hours) of the year for people living in the northern hemisphere. It is also the day that the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky.
The winter solstice, or the shortest day of the year, happens when the Earth's North Pole is tilted farthest from the Sun.
In between, there are two times when the tilt of the Earth is zero, meaning that the tilt is neither away from the Sun nor toward the Sun. These are the vernal equinox – the first day of spring – and the autumnal equinox – the first day of fall. Equinox means "equal." During these times, the hours of daylight and night are equal. Both are 12 hours long.
What They Said:
Doug says May Be Misleading on 6/28/2005
The earth's axis does not change its tilt. However, as the earth revolves around the sun, the tilt of the axis relative to the sun changes.