Politicians in hind sight…

The first election of George W. Bush (if you can call a court decision an election), filled my very soul with a fear I could not describe at the time. I remember a discussion with my Ma at the time, and she felt pretty much the same way, an overall fear of the future if he would have won.

Sadly, as you all know, he did “win” the legal battle.

As I listen now to the Iranian President and the Venezuelan President, I sincerely agree with them. I think, as Chavez stated, that George W. Bush is the devil himself; I am speaking a bit figuratively, I don’t actually believe in the devil, but if there were one, his motives would match those of “W”‘s for sure.

It’s said over and over again, even last night on CBS Evening news in their Free Speech segment… the amount of people with a hatred for the US of A has increased ten fold since he took office. This is true, watch the news… see what the people have to say and do.

So at what point do we, as a people change, when do we wake up and smell the coffee and change the direction of our country to something that is more positive in the world. When do we stop being the world bully, and stop policing the values and rights of other nations?

I’m also in agreement that the UN is a joke, their declaration, sanctions and protestations amount to nothing. And, giving the original 5 founders veto rights and no one else is a laughable attempt at democracy.

Times are a changing… When do we change with them?

Why I don’t Vote for Primary Elections

I find it to be a waste of time…

Lets face it, these candidates have been bombarding the public for months now with pamphlets, ads, volunteers and news stories. We knew months ago who would win, and barring a last minute scandal that’s exactly what always happens.

However, now they plan to sick more of their volunteers more of their ads… more of the mudslinging up to the date of the election, the real one that matters.

And think of how much money is wasted ads, signs, bumper stickers and the like… is this really necessary? Aren’t there worthy causes out there that could use the millions spent by each candidate?

I’ll vote in November, thanks… now get your flyer out of my face!

5 Years Later

The first thing that comes to mind is the still photograph on CNN, of the impact site on the first tower. In the background we could see another plane headed in the same direction; then we knew it was more than an accident. I was working at Children’s Hospital on the 6th floor. When the second tower was hit people started to get a little crazier saying it must have been an accident or something. When Sheila came screaming out of her room “They’ve bombed the Pentagon!!!” I remember thinking that she had to be crazy… the Pentagon has to be the most secure building on the planet… no way could then bomb it. But, the smoke we could see from the window confirmed her story only a bomb could make that column of smoke so big.

The phones in DC lit up, everyone was trying to call someone to check on them. They hospital sent messages asking everyone not to use the phones cause the government needed them. That didn’t stop people, I did manage to call my hyperventilating mom, and my clueless friends who were busy at work and not watching the news… Midwest Work ethic!

People were in tears, freaked out. Some people didn’t understand the impact at all and asked “Was her kid on the plane? If not, why is she crying?”

Everyone was sent home early, they said on the news not leave your house if you didn’t have to. I and probably the rest of the nation then watched the two towers collapse on live TV. Then the images were put into cycles, they would show the crash over and over again. It became a little more than disturbing.

There was a caravan of tow trucks inching along the road near the pentagon, each one of them had a flag shown proudly honking their horns as they drove past. The huge black spot marring the surface of what I had assumed would never be marred, the Pentagon. The firemen near the Pentagon, the military in the streets of DC that appeared from nowhere. Acts that seemed entirely too childish or silly; banning french fries from menus, gathering on the front steps to say the Pledge of Allegiance, saying it was God’s way of punishing us for Gays and liberals.

Mostly I look back and see those images in my head and start to tear up. Today I can’t do sirens well… everytime I hear them or see an emergency vehicle of some kind I start to tear up; its probably some kind of PTSD. I don’t want to forget though, I never want to forget the images and feelings associated with that day. I don’t want you to forget either.

Welcome to the world Samuel Benjamin

Michelle New had her baby, Samuel Benjamin, at 12:41pm today! Baby, mother, and father are doing well. He weighs 6 lbs. 10 oz. and is 19½ inches long.

May your eyes always behold the wonders of life…
May love be the center of your world…
May all your cares be met and all your needs fulfilled…

Surrounding you are shining examples of the human spirit…
Before you is a path full of choices, learn from our mistakes…
You have the chance to make your own life great…

Make time to love, live, and learn…
Share your time, knowledge and love…
Wonder at the beauty of the unknown…

We see our future in your eyes…
We see your smile and want to cry…
You’ve lifted our love beyond the skies!

Welcome!