Wednesday, November 26, 2008

On giving Thanks

After my brief absence there is a huge desire to wax politically.   Suffice it to say I will save such rants for another day - except to point to this story of radicals who really ought to have their collective heads examined.

Some notable links for this solemn holiday:

Updating my recurring list of things to be thankful for:
  • We made it through another year (er, at least about 11 months worth) without anyone in the fam having an unscheduled visit to a hospital.  Who could argue this isn't a good thing?
Whatever our particular lot in life, no matter how bad a week/month/year you've had, while there are those we envy - secretly or otherwise - those people are in the minority. And I can tell you: their lives are not all rosy either.

So as you site at the family table - wherever it may be, with but a few or a mass of family or one or even if you happen to be by yourself - take a moment and give thanks for the good things you do have.

And if you are reading this, please accept my thanks for being there. Without you, I'd be talking to myself. And trust me: I do enough of that in my car...

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Back again

As some of you who have Tweeted or sent e-mail to me know, I've been offline for a bit.  Almost two weeks.  Nothing tragic kept me away, I assure you, but it was enough to not read much, and to post (obviously) even less.  So I will spend some time this weekend catching up on blog reading, hopefully by not merely clicking mark all read.

Amuse yourselves while I work on my Thanksgiving post....

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

death

My death waits like an old Druid
so confident I'll go his way
whistle to him and the passing time...
My death waits like a bible truth
at the funeral of my youth
weep loud for that - and the passing time...
My death waits like a witch at night
as surely as our love is bright
let's not think about the passing time...
But whatever lies behind the door
there is nothing much to do.
Angel or devil, I don't care
for in front of that door there is you.


My death waits like a beggar blind
who sees the world through an unlit mind
throw him a dime for the passing time...
My death waits there between your thighs,
your cool fingers will close my eyes;
lets think of that and the passing time
My death waits to allow my friends
a few good times before it ends,
so let's drink to that and the passing time...
But what ever lies behind the door,
there is nothing much to do.
Angel or devil I dont care
for in front of that door there is you

My death waits there among the leaves
in magicians mysterious sleeves
rabbits and dogs and the passing time
My death waits there among the flowers
where the blackest shadow, blackest shadow cowers;
let's pick lilacs for the passing time
My death waits there, in a double bed
sails of oblivion at my head,
so pull up the sheets against the passing time

But whatever lies behind the door
there is nothing much to do.
Angel or devil.... I dont care
for in front of that door
there is....

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Veteran's Day

Note: I will be offline tomorrow

From Federalist.com:

Tomorrow is Veterans Day.

We encourage all Patriots to set aside time and reflect on the sacrifice of our Patriot veterans and those serving today, and honor them accordingly.

On November 11, 1921, an unknown American soldier from World War I was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, in recognition of WWI veterans and in conjunction with the timing of cessation of hostilities at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). President Warren Harding requested that: "All ... citizens ... indulge in a period of silent thanks to God for these ... valorous lives and of supplication for His Divine mercy ... on our beloved country." Inscribed on the Tomb are the words: "Here lies in honored glory an American soldier know but to God." The day became known as "Armistice Day." In 1954, Congress, wanting to recognize the sacrifice of veterans since WWI, proposed to change Armistice Day to Veterans Day in their honor. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Supreme Commander in WWII, signed the legislation.
In addition to this, allow me to add a link to 2006 Veteran's Day message.
And birthday greetings to the US MARINE CORPS.  While I would never be worthy to wear their uniform, permit me to wish them all: Semper Fi.

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

"5 Things" meme

It's been so long since I did a meme, I realized today that I deleted the MEME tag on my posts.  A big reason I haven't done one in so long is that a fellow blogger, the A Typical Female Gina, has been totally silent for more than a year, and considerably quiet for some time before that (anyone who knows her whereabouts, please advise).

UPDATE: Shows you how well I pay attention; I thought it was a "5 things" meme that asked what I was doing 5 years ago! See updates below:

Derek Semmler, the man who inspired me to tackle those 100 push-ups (no, I never did reach the mark, but am working my way towards the goal ....long after the initial 6 week pledge), tagged me.  Regardless that Derek and I do not see eye-to-eye, he is still a stand-up guy.   So without further ado:

5 Things I Was Doing 10 5 Years Ago

  • Sleeping even less than I do now (presently averaging 5 hrs/night)
  • Working at a job that had me leaving home at 04:00 for a 2 hr commute in the hopes of something better coming along (I was laid off the following summer!)
  • Starting my TKD training
  • Holding weekly Cub Scout Den Meetings as Den Leader
  • Starting an adventure too private to detail here  (I know: that's vague.  Deal with it)
5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago
  • Sleeping even less than I do now (presently averaging 5 hrs/night)
  • Ended a weekend job in a hospital IT group that I held for about 3 years
  • Conducted training on a Defense Logistics program, on average, 25 hrs/week, 30 weeks/year
  • Thought I was so busy, I couldn't do anything else; compared to today, I had it easy in '98
  • Can't think of a #5....

  • 5 Things on My To-Do List Today
    • Collect food with Boy Scouts SCOUTING FOR FOOD drive to support local food bank (check!)
    • Write at least one blog post (check!)
    • Review my life insurance coverage
    • Review open enrollment for next year's employment benefits
    • Clean gutters (maybe tomorrow...)
    5 Snacks I Like
    • Handful LOTS of almonds   (Derek wrote 'handful of', but I buy them in the bulk aisle, generally a pound at a time, and once I open the bag I have trouble stopping)
    • Popcorn (oil or air popped preferred)
    • Cheerios (I leave a box in the car for when I get hungry on my commute)
    • Wendy's Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger (still about $1-1.30)
    • Potato Chips
    5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire
    • Pay off my mortgage
    • Pay off debt
    • Take of family/friends
    • Start a Ronald McDonald House
    • Charity
    • Shelter the rest from President Obama's confiscatory tax scheme (you knew I would!)
    5 Places I Have Lived (for various lengths of time)
    • Queens, NY (1 mile from where Shea Stadium used to stand)
    • Queens, NY (from about age 12 or 13)
    • Queens, NY (apartment)
    • Northeast Pennsylvania (current residence, 17 years and counting)
    5 Jobs I Have Had
    • 'Page' at Queensboro Public Library (shelved books)
    • Local Savings Bank - Teller/Head Teller/Internal Audit
    • Senior Associate at a mutlicurrency financial application VAR
    • Systems Engineer for defense contractor
    • mind-numbing, paper pushing job for a defense contractor
    • Systems Engineer for defense contractor - same Project, different company (current position)
    5 People I Tag We'll start with the three who admit they follow my blog: Add on:

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    Is this the CHANGE people expected?

    In my house, there's often a discussion of politics with my Much-Better-Half (and, for the record, we don't always agree), and I would submit adults discussing politics is not unusual in households, even with kids.  So it's no shock that my oldest, now 13, has had some political discussions with his peers.

    What struck him odd, however,  was that when his friends and peers asked who he supported in the Presidential elections, almost all them called him a racist because he didn't support Sen. Obama.

    He didn't mind people disagreeing with him, he just couldn't understand why they'd used such hateful words when no one he knows who supported Sen. McCain ever did.

    I know many of the kid's parents - not as friends but we get along - and while some of them are known to me as Obama supporters, none of them expressed the racist comments to me.   I recognize a lot kids who may have ignored the whole election would root for President elect Obama or boo Sen. McCain now that they know who won the election, but it was a shame some of the kids my son called friends would use such hate speech.   While some may just said what they did to be cool, some might actually believe it so, possibly getting their views from the dinner table.   And for a moment it made me wonder what their parents truly think of me, too.

    As it occurred to me I seldom, if ever, give a rip what other think/say about me, my son told me he was debating whether anyone who accused him of being a racist is worth having as a friend.

    Looks like I was the one who got a life lesson from a 13 year old.

    So to all my readers, many of whom have blogs that I read - and who supported Sen. Obama: if you think I am a racist for not having supported Sen. Obama's campaign, speak up.  Somehow, I doubt you really want someone you think a racist reading your work.

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    Wednesday, November 05, 2008

    President Barack Obama

    To my critics, both online and those whom I debate in person (and in my office, I am generally in the minority), there is your proof,  I was told numerous times in recent months that it would kill me to utter/write the words , and unless I keel over after clicking PUBLISH, those critics can see I am still alive.

    failed to inspire the masses, and the result is obvious.  won cleanly, in-spite of the various abuses by the New Black Panther Party and others, and the Democrats expanded their control of Congress, though not to the 60 seat Senate majority they had coveted.   To the victor goes the spoils, but I am reflective of the discussions that occurred after prior elections.

    Remember, for 8 years now there's been visceral and tangible hate towards .  The accusations of his stupidity, the liking him to a chimp, the personal assaults that had nothing to do with policy.  The bumper stickers proclaiming he's not my presidentI wonder where those people are today; are they at all respective to Sen. McCain for the campaign he ran, or are they still mocking him for even attempting to run?

    In my own humble blog 4 years ago, I wrote of how people who were severely disappointed in the re-election of President Bush, of how the election was so close, President Bush should see things from the close minority of voters point of view.   With the early returns suggesting Sen. McCain lost by about 5% of the popular vote, will there be calls to President-elect Obama to govern in that manner?  I think not, and nor should he.  He won, and his charge now is to deliver on his promises.   And unlike so, so many on the Left, while I do not support any of his policy positions, President Obama will be my President, as he is every Americans president.  I will fight him with every breath on any position I disagree with, I will call him out when he is wrong (as I have with President Bush), but I won't disrespect the office or the man.

    All is not lost, however, for those who support the Republican party.   While I've outlined my fears and concerns should we have a President Obama, even I am not despondent.   There is ample reason to hope he will not deliver on his promises.

    As Becky so correctly detailed, Mr. Obama promised to use public financing of his campaign, and he reneged.  He promised not to vote for an extension of the Patriot Act, but then did so. He vowed to filibuster the ; not only did he not filibuster it, he actually voted for it.   He said he liked to repeal the , but did nothing to do so.  He even spoke (briefly) against , and while he could have added his considerable influence towards defeating the bill, he didn't.

    Even the esteemed President Clinton went back on his promise of the middle-class tax cut

    In short, President-elect Obama has a history (and historical precedence) of being nothing more than a Democratic panderer, saying anything to get elected.   If this is the kind of change we can believe in, it shouldn't be long to see that writing on the wall.  As Becky so succinctly used the lyrics of The Who: meet the new boss --- same as the old boss.

    As a Conservative, I can only hope for nothing less.



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    Tuesday, November 04, 2008

    Don't you hate it when you are proven right....

    Recall my post just 2 years ago:

    The Democrats have won; no landslide, but a win is a win, and they deserve their majority status. Get ready higher government spending (even more so than the former Congress), higher taxes (at least the President can veto these efforts), and a slower growing economy.

    The people get the government they deserve; those who sat out this election, especially, are about to see that.
    Well, I missed on the higher taxes prediction, but as MeatLoaf sang Two out of three ain't bad

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    Today is the day

    Taking a page from my archives....


    This is it! Today is the we count every legally entitled vote of every legitimate voter.  As I said yesterday, I predict will win the vote. If I am wrong, or if there is fraud of some kind, I pledge to provide the respect the office holder deserves, along with reasoned and mature criticism of the policies put forth by ; I wish I could say there are many critics of who have acted in this manner in the last 8 years.


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    Monday, November 03, 2008

    Last day wrap up

    An outdoor Halloween party for kids that was scheduled for last Wednesday - with a rain date of Thursday - gave me a good reason to take off Wednesday - Friday of last week.   In spite of the cold/rain/hail/snow squall, the party went off without a hitch Wednesday.   Once I had the time off booked, of course, I took the other days off as well.    And with the huge to do  list at home, I was pretty much offline much of the weekend (as my unread blog count of +1000 can attest).
    The long, strange trip of this election campaign is almost over.   I am still concerned how many people can call themselves intelligent but still claim to be undecided on their voting choice.   Neither of these two candidates have much in common on the key issues of the day, and while it is easy to imagine a person having beliefs that straddle the ideological line between them, I am baffled that person can't be satisfied with one or the other (or any of the third-party candidates, for that matter).

    So be it.

    If you have read any of my posts over the years, you know well where I stand: I am a Conservative.  Sen. John McCain holds a number of Conservative positions that I agree with, but has a few positions with which I disagree.  To be sure, I'd say I would agree with about 70-75% of Sen. McCain's positions and policies.  By comparison, there's not any major position of Sen. Barack Obama that I can agree with.   So from where I stand, the choice is clear.

    No economist worth his salt will tell you that raising taxes in an unsettled economy makes sense.  Yet Sen. Obama has pledged to do so.  And please, before you tell me of his plans to give 95% of people a tax cut, be prepared to defend the following facts:

    So one way or another, taxes are going up if Sen. Obama is elected.  Mark my word.

    From a national security point of view, we've already had instances where both candidates have been tested.  When Russia invaded Georgia, Sen. Obama's first inclination was to ask both sides to show restraint, as if Georgia was somehow at fault for the overly-aggressive actions by Russia.   Should China ever flex it's muscle against Taiwan, should a President Obama tell them to show restraint as well?

    Besides, Sen. Obama has already pledged to cut defense spending, in a big way.  His frequent statement that he was against the Iraq war from the beginning neglects a key fact he's never stated:  as state senator from Illinois, he was never a party to the security briefings that the Bush Administration and Congress reviewed.  Apparently, such details aren't important.

    Despite Sen. Obama's claims to the contrary, he supports principles of socialism.  Whether it is his plans for spreading the wealth or health care, his positions are a danger to the American systems that has built this nation its greatness. And as I pledged in February: I will work as many jobs as I need to in order to afford whatever options there may be to purchase private insurance should any universal plan be forced upon my family. My greatest fear is that those options may actually be outlawed.   I will also seek every legal avenue to shelter as much of income as possible.  Already, there are plans to sieze my 401(k), and that had been my shelter from the Ponzi scheme that is Social Security, so I shudder to think what a triumberant of radical, unchecked Libaralism that may well be elected tomorrow.

    A number of reasons not to vote for Sen. Obama can be found in my aforementioned February post; 26 additional reasons were posted last week.  The questionable associations and probable inability to be granted a security clearance should send up flares for anyone even remotely familar with the process. Yet Sen. Obama has a minor lead, but a lead nonetheless.

    What is telling, however, is that Sen. John McCain is so close, and in a few polls even a point or two ahead.  We were told that after 8 years, it was a foregone conclusion that a Democrat would win.  Now it cannot be denied that Republicans are in real danger of losing seats in Congress, and that's easily because the incumbents became less like the Conservatives they were when they came into power in the 1990's and more like their Democrat opponents in their foolish spending.  People on both sides of the aisles have their concerns with Sen. Obama, and short of an unadulterated landslide, it will be reflected clearly in the polls Tuesday night.

    I've made predictions before, sparringly, and am rarely correct, but I will go with my gut beliefs based on the available data:
    • The Presidential race will go down to the wire, and without a doubt, there will be court challenges.  In the end: the electoral college vote will go, I predict, to John McCain.    And it will be close.  Don't believe the exit polls; they have been historically wrong.
    • Pennsylvania will be nearly split, but will lean toward McCain.
    • Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) will go down in disgrace, as well he should.
    • Congress will, I fear, have a majority of Democrats in control.  After the last 2 years of accomplishing nothing, of an approval ratings lower than President Bush, I can't imagine why people would trust the Congress in the hands of Democrats.  
    There it is... tune in Wednesday with your offes of congratulations or to force-feed me crow, as you wish.

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