For the people of France and Paris


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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Paris and all French citizens this morning.  What happened their last night is unconscionable – it’s hard to believe that people can be brain washed to the point where they would take the life of innocent people.  I hope that as free people are able to heal from the terrible events of the past, we continue to do the things that show terrorists that we will not be intimidated into submission by their actions.  I also hope that we understand that not all people from those regions are “bad people” and many are just like us and want to live their life in peace.  I hope they are able to bring those responsible to justice.

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A season of politics


Every night I watch the news and just get sick about the people running for office.  I don’t see even one of them that I can remotely get behind in either party.  I remember the days when  ran for president…  I finally felt that there was a candidate that was not sucking up to special interests (he funded a lot himself) and was able to speak his mind about what "he" believed in terms of his views and outlook for the country.

That’s what was so intriguing about him… he would come armed with charts and "facts" and make a case to the American People as to why he had this view of things.  I understood where he was coming from and did not feel like I was getting "smoke and mirrors".

The other person that I feel would speak his mind is , I could support him as a candidate for President.  I feel that he would "do the right thing" and be above board.

Man, what I would not give for a candidate like either one of these in 2008.

The War in Iraq – an open letter to Congress


While I hold our democracy dear, I find certain aspects of it’s functioning incomprehensible.  I think that it’s important to have checks and balances; however, to have a public discourse about when to remove troops from Iraq seems completely asinine to me.  I would think that if we are "at War" there are some strategic things that you would not want to legislate or talk about in public.

If we are discussing our strategy, next move, withdrawal, or doubts in public… do we not think that the other side of the world is listening?  What do they not have CNN over there?  I can’t believe that our Congress wants to debate these types of issues in a public forum.  It makes me think that we, the American People, are wasting our money if the folks in Congress can’t figure this one out.  I’m not saying that there should not be discussions about this issue within Congress, just that it should not be in public.  I think that this is the largest disservice to our troops…  It seems to be that we have committees and other forms that these debates can be held in without being discussed in the media.

In my opinion if we are going to talk about troop strength or pull out dates dates in the media, we are ensuring our own demise in the Middle East.  Our enemies only have to watch TV and wait for us to leave "as scheduled".

Congress, wake up and smell the coffee!

Happy Election Day!


Well here we are the first Tuesday in November….  Every person has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.  No matter what party your are affiliated with, you have the ability to make a statement about standing up for what you believe and communicate that sentiment to our public officials.  It’s interesting that for an off-year election there is so much buzz about. 

I hope that everyone has the ability to cast their vote today and make a difference!

I Voted Today


I found out late last week that I may be traveling Monday and Tuesday… last night it dawned on me that Tuesday was Election Day.  So I looked up the process for getting an Absentee Ballot and found out that today was the last day that you could pick one up.  They are due back at the County Board of Elections by Friday.

I really feel that is a persons civic duty to vote… there is so much we as Americans take for granted and our right to vote is one of those things.  I’ve heard people say that "My vote doesn’t count" or "They are all crooked anyway" but these are excuses for not taking responsibility to vote.  I wish more people (including in my own family) felt the same way about the importance of voting.

So anyway, I went off to downtown York, PA today to find the County Board of Elections… this is in the "Old Court House" and what a cool building this is… it just oozes history.  The Voter Registration office is in the basement.  After checking in to get my Absentee Ballot, they told me that I should fill it out then and tun it back in now, if I was not going to be able to drop in off in person later (due to the Friday due date).

As I’m filling out the ballot, there is one box that just "smacks me in the face" each time I vote.  That’s the "Straight Party Ticket".  I somehow find this offensive…. like what kind of moron can’t think enough for themselves to take some time and pick the candidates on their own merits.  I always feel like I should take the time to read the names and recognize the candidate and check the box by that person’s name.  I guess it does make it easy, but if I wanted to be a mindless drone…. it seems that I could find other ways to do that.  I feel that I would be giving up something to not pay attention to the individual items and issues.  But I guess you are at the very least voting.

I rather pleased to say that I’ve voted today!

This will make you think


I got this e-mail from a friend…. It does tend to make you think about illegal immigration differently when though of in these terms.

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Let’s say I break into your house.

A lady wrote the  best letter in the Editorials in ages!! It explains
things better than all  the baloney you hear on TV.

Recently large  demonstrations have taken place across the country
protesting the fact that  Congress is finally addressing the issue of
illegal immigration. Certain  people are angry that the US might protect
its  own borders, might make  it harder to sneak into this country and,
once here, to stay indefinitely.  Let me see if I correctly understand
the thinking behind these  protests.

Let’s say I break into your house. Let’s say that when you
discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I
say, "I’ve made  all the beds and washed the dishes and did
the laundry and swept  the floors; I’ve done all the things
you don’t like to do. I’m  hard- working and honest (except
for when I broke into your  house).

According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay,
you  must add me to your family’s insurance plan, educate my kids, and
provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your
yard work because he too is hard-working and honest, except for  that
breaking in part). If you try to call the police or force me out,  I
will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs  that
proclaim my right to be there.

It’s only fair, after all, because  you have a nicer house
than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m
hard-working and honest, um, except for well, you know.

And what a  deal it is for me!! I live in your house, contributing only
a fraction o f  the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do
about it without being  accused of selfishness, prejudice and being an
anti-housebreaker Oh yeah, and  I want you to learn my language so you
can communicate with me

Why  can’t people see how ridiculous this is?! Only in America….if you
agree,  pass it on (in English). Share it if you see the value of it as
a good  simile. If not blow it off along with your future Social
Security  funds.

Let’s say I break into your house.

A lady wrote the  best letter in the Editorials in ages!! It explains
things better than all  the baloney you hear on TV.

Recently large  demonstrations have taken place across the country
protesting the fact that  Congress is finally addressing the issue of
illegal immigration. Certain  people are angry that the US might protect
its  own borders, might make  it harder to sneak into this country and,
once here, to stay indefinitely.  Let me see if I correctly understand
the thinking behind these  protests.

Let’s say I break into your house. Let’s say that when you
discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I
say, "I’ve made  all the beds and washed the dishes and did
the laundry and swept  the floors; I’ve done all the things
you don’t like to do. I’m  hard- working and honest (except
for when I broke into your  house).

According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay,
you  must add me to your family’s insurance plan, educate my kids, and
provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your
yard work because he too is hard-working and honest, except for  that
breaking in part). If you try to call the police or force me out,  I
will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs  that
proclaim my right to be there.

It’s only fair, after all, because  you have a nicer house
than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m
hard-working and honest, um, except for well, you know.

And what a  deal it is for me!! I live in your house, contributing only
a fraction o f  the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do
about it without being  accused of selfishness, prejudice and being an
anti-housebreaker Oh yeah, and  I want you to learn my language so you
can communicate with me

Why  can’t people see how ridiculous this is?! Only in America….if you
agree,  pass it on (in English). Share it if you see the value of it as
a good  simile. If not blow it off along with your future Social
Security  funds.

Talking about Character


I think that this is a very sad story… and speaks to a certain lack character.  But read for yourself and decide.

 

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