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Dec. 13th, 2010 @ 10:52 pm President Obama's Gettysburg (reposted without any permission at all)
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This is the president's Gettysburg. - Rep. Jim McDermott, Washington Democrat

One score and four months ago, American voters brought forth in this country a historic presidency, conceived in hope and dedicated to the proposition that yes, we can.

Now I am engaged in a great political war, the conditions of which I largely inherited from my predecessor, testing whether this presidency, or indeed any presidency, at least one so crowned in virtue, can long endure.

We are met after a great electoral battle of that war. We have come to dedicate a compromise tax bill as a final resting place for those who here gave their political lives that the rest of my extraordinary domestic legislative agenda might live. Let me be clear: It's tempting not to negotiate with hostage-takers, but in this case, the hostage was the American people, and I was not willing to see them get harmed.

I understand the desire for a fight. I'm sympathetic to that. But, in a larger sense, I cannot dedicate, I cannot consecrate, I cannot hallow this compromise. It was forced on me by circumstances, and the brave women and men, politically living and dead, who were shellacked in the election are more responsible for it than I am. They need to stop talking.

The world will well note and long remember what I say here, even after it forgets those who have opposed me, on the right and the left. It is for my administration, rather, to be dedicated here to the great task remaining before me, the unfinished work of my agenda, which is already historic on a noble and grand scale. Take a tally. Look at what I promised during the campaign. There's not a single thing that I've said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to do. And if I haven't gotten it done yet, I'm still trying to do it.

And from these honored dead I take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion to me. I highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, or under Allah, or whatever faith we equally revere, if any - shall have a new birth of responsible social equality and reasonable opportunity under fair, obligatory government supervision - and that people of the government, by the government, and for the government shall not perish from the earth until a proper time, as determined by the appropriate federal health care panels.

James S. Robbins is senior editorial writer for foreign affairs at The Washington Times and author of "This Time We Win: Revisiting the Tet Offensive" (Encounter Books, 2010).

Sep. 6th, 2010 @ 05:09 pm Why do I support the Tea Party?
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Recently,  Tim Ravndal, the president of the Big Sky Tea Party in Montana, was caught having a "lovely" little chat with a bigot named David Scranton on his facebook page.

You can search for the story yourself, but the short of it is that Scranton made remarks pretty much suggesting the best way to deal with gays is to murder them, and he referenced the '98 murder of Matthew Shepard. Whether or not Mr. Ravndal caught the reference specifically, there's never anything good implied about hanging anything in a moral-political conversation, and anyone who's been on earth in the last 50 years knows fruit is a slur for homosexual. But rather than distance himself from the comments by Scranton, or ask for clarification, or ... something ... that would make sense, Ravndal jumped in with both feet.

Tim's lackluster apology when his little conversation was (pun intended) outed to the world only made things worse. One of my own rather Liberal friends from college boldly posted the link to the Facebook conversation story with "Say Hello to the Leadership of the Tea Party"

Yeah, thanks.

Now - laying aside for the moment the idea that this dirty little bigot speaks for the entire Tea Party (incidentally there's no such thing) and all its membership, let us consider a more important issue:

The man's a bigot.
He's been caught being a bigot.
He's been caught being a bigot while taking a rather cavalier if not damn casual attitude towards MURDER.
What's to be done?

Well...*I* was pissed off enough about it to write to the Big Sky Tea Party Association and ask them. I did this on Friday. I certainly didn't expect a reply over Labor Day Weekend. Yet this is what I received:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 5, 2010


Jim Walker, Board Chair of the Big Sky Tea Party Association announced today that the group’s Board of Directors voted to remove Tim Ravndal as President and member of the non-profit organization because of unacceptable comments made on his personal Facebook account.

Walker stated: “Our Board learned about the situation from an article in the Great Falls Tribune on Saturday.  We immediately called an emergency meeting for the following morning.   We are extremely disappointed by Mr. Ravndal’s commentary. The discussion in that Facebook conversation is entirely outside the position of the Big Sky Tea Party.   Even though Mr. Ravndal was having a personal conversation and made no reference to our group, we felt strongly that swift and decisive action was required as we can not accept that sort of behavior from within our membership, let alone from an officer of the corporation.   We continually make it known that we will not tolerate bigoted dialog, behavior or messages at our functions, our meetings or within our ranks.  If a person demonstrates bigotry relative to race, sex, ethnicity, etc they are not welcome in our organization.  The Tea Party movement is about standing up for individual freedom for everyone.

I do believe Mr. Ravndal when he explained that he was in no way intending to promote violence and that he was not thinking about nor condoning the murder of an innocent victim in Wyoming in 1998 when he responded to some very disturbing comments made by another individual.  However, no matter how we considered the commentary, it was clear to us that he was participating in conversation which was overtly bigoted and we cannot have an officer of our corporation engaging in such behavior.”

Walker indicated that as Chairman of the Board, he will oversee activities of the organization until a replacement for the office of President can be identified and approved. 

So you got about 72 hours and the bigot goes from outed to ousted.
Say Hello to the Leadership of the Tea Party, indeed. 

Aug. 6th, 2010 @ 11:25 pm There's the blue...now where's the gold?
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Jul. 17th, 2010 @ 09:54 pm Good to see everything is on schedule
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Jul. 17th, 2010 @ 09:53 pm Writer's Block: Ten minutes in heaven
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If you could have 10 minutes alone with anyone in the world where you could do or say whatever you wanted without consequences, who would you choose and what would you do?

No one and nothing -- without *any* consequences (including my own memory that the 10 minutes of whatever even occurred), why bother?
Jul. 16th, 2010 @ 02:00 pm The avatar of cute!
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May. 13th, 2010 @ 12:14 pm The truth will out....
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I wish I could say I was surprised.
Apr. 21st, 2010 @ 07:46 am Obama changes policy to "Don't ask, don't tell, don't protest, don't report"
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It took me a while to figure out why Obama's Administration, which is the "darling" of the Left in this nation, would not want press to get to gay protesters in the military who handcuffed themselves to the fence in Lafayette Park (that's the fence around the White House, for those who may not know).

Go look up the video on Youtube....the article is on drudgereport.com

The answer was simple...and saddening.

If the press had gotten to those soldiers, and been able to identify them, it would have caused a *true* firestorm of protest and uprising in the military and the gay community.

Their military commanders would have been required to enforce the existing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and the military careers of the protesters would have been over.

That would have started a *real* protest (and probably a counter protest).
That would leave Obama with a forced-hand situation.

Does he side with the existing law of the land, and support the commanders to drum these folks out of the military....(a move that will lose him *piles* of support with his own Liberal constituency) ... or does he instead push the law into re-evaluation by excepting or pardoning those now outed gay soldiers who broke the "don't tell" part of things?

Neither...he gets his thugs in the D.C. police to make sure the effectiveness of the protest has its wings soundly clipped by making sure NO ONE (including the Press) can get to the protesters to identify them...thus keeping the "don't tell" part of the law intact *despite* the efforts of those gay soldiers involved.

And that makes me ill. To stay true to both his constituency *and* his responsibility to the law of the larger American population, Obama should have supported the soldiers' effort *while* allowing their commanders to enforce the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. What NEEDED to happen would then happen. There would have probably been more public outings, more protests, more people being drummed out of the military, possibly some outings outside the military depending on how people chose to show support....and sadly there would probably be some violence...some gay bashing, maybe even a death or two. Freedom and equality are never won easily.

When the dust settled, this policy would have been revisited...maybe even repealed. As it stands...it has simply been hushed up.

I just hope it makes others equally upset.
Apr. 21st, 2010 @ 07:07 am Writer's Block: Too scary!!
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Was there something you were afraid of as a child that just seems silly to you now?

As a child, I was largely fearless.
I had to be solidly wounded by something (or someone) to develop a fear of it (or him/her).

Mar. 11th, 2010 @ 08:07 pm I can only think of one word when I look at this....
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And that word would be

Mar. 2nd, 2010 @ 07:47 pm Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 - Key Points
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Pay attention ... this video gives you chapter and verse of some of the more interesting things stuffed into the health care system.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 @ 05:36 pm The Eight Cow Wife
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Why Johnny Lingo paid eight cows for his wife- from Mountain Wings

When I sailed to Kiniwata, an island in the Pacific, I took
along a notebook. After I got back it was filled with
descriptions of flora and fauna, native customs and costumes.
But the only note that still interests me is the one that says:
"Johnny Lingo gave eight cows to Sarita's father." And I don't
need to have it in writing. I'm reminded of it every time I see
a woman belittling her husband or a wife withering under her
husband's scorn. I want to say to them, "You should know why
Johnny Lingo paid eight cows for his wife."

Johnny Lingo wasn't exactly his name. But that's what Shenkin,
the manager of the guest house on Kiniwata, called him. Shenkin
was from Chicago and had a habit of Americanizing the names of
the islanders. But Johnny was mentioned by many people in many
connections. If I wanted to spend a few days on the neighboring
island of Nurabandi, Johnny Lingo could put me up. If I wanted
to fish, he could show me where the biting was best. If it was
pearls I sought, he would bring me the best buys.

The people of Kiniwata all spoke highly of Johnny Lingo. Yet
when they spoke they smiled, and the smiles were slightly

"Get Johnny Lingo to help you find what you want and let him do
the bargaining," advised Shenkin. "Johnny knows how to make a

"Johnny Lingo!" A boy seated nearby hooted the name and rocked
with laughter.

"What goes on?" I demanded. "Everybody tells me to get in
touch with Johnny Lingo and then breaks up. Let me in on the

"Oh, the people like to laugh," Shenkin said, shrugging.
"Johnny's the brightest, the strongest young man in the islands.
And for his age, the richest."

"But, if he's all you say, what is there to laugh about?"

"Only one thing. Five months ago, at fall festival, Johnny came
to Kiniwata and found himself a wife. He paid her father eight

I knew enough about island customs to be impressed. Two or
three cows would buy a fair-to-middling wife, four or five a
highly satisfactory one.

"Good Lord!" I said. "Eight cows!" She must have beauty that
takes your breath away.

"She's not ugly," he conceded, and smiled a little. "But the
kindest could only call Sarita plain. Sam Karoo, her father,
was afraid she'd be left on his hands."

"But then he got eight cows for her? Isn't that extraordinary?"

"Never been paid before."

"Yet you call his wife plain?"

"I said it would be kindness to call her plain. She was skinny.
She walked with her shoulders hunched and her head ducked. She
was scared of her own shadow."

"Well," I said, "I guess there's just no accounting for love."

"True enough," agreed the man. "And that's why the villagers
grin when they talk about Johnny. They get special satisfaction
from the fact that the islands' sharpest trader was bested by
dull old Sam Karoo."

"But how?"

"No one knows and everyone wonders. All the cousins were urging
Sam to ask for three cows and hold out for two until he was sure
Johnny'd pay only one. Then Johnny came to Sam Karoo and said,
`Father of Sarita, I offer eight cows for your daughter.'"

"Eight cows," I murmured. "I'd like to meet this Johnny Lingo."

I wanted fish. I wanted pearls. So the next afternoon I
beached my boat at Nurabandi. And I noticed as I asked
directions to Johnny's house that his name brought no sly smile
to the lips of his fellow Nurabandians. And when I met the
slim, serious young man, when he welcomed me with grace to his
home, I was glad that from his own people he had respect
unmingled with mockery. We sat in his house and talked. Then
he asked, "You come here from Kiniwata?"


"They speak of me there?"

"They say there's nothing that you can't help me get."

He smiled gently. "My wife is from Kiniwata."

"Yes, I know."

"They speak of her?"

"A little."

"What do they say?"

"Why, just....." The question caught me off balance.
"They told me you were married at festival time."

"Nothing more?" The curve of his eyebrows told me he knew there
had to be more.

"They also say the marriage settlement was eight cows."
I paused. "They wonder why."

"They ask that?" His eyes lighted with pleasure. "Everyone in
Kiniwata knows about the eight cows?"

I nodded.

"And in Nurabandi everyone knows it too." His chest expanded
with satisfaction. "Always and forever, when they speak of
marriage settlements, it will be remembered that Johnny Lingo
paid eight cows for Sarita."

So that's the answer, I thought: vanity.

And then I saw her. I watched her enter the room to place
flowers on the table. She stood still a moment to smile at the
young man beside me. Then she went swiftly out again. She was
the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. The lift of her
shoulders, the tilt of her chin, the sparkle of her eyes all
spelled a pride to which no one could deny her the right.

I turned back to Johnny Lingo and found him looking at me.

"You admire her?" he murmured.

"She ... she's glorious.
But she's not Sarita from Kiniwata," I said.

"There's only one Sarita. Perhaps she does not look the way
they say she looked in Kiniwata."

"She doesn't. I heard she was homely. They all make fun of you
because you let yourself be cheated by Sam Karoo."

"You think eight cows were too many?"
A smile slid over his lips.

"No. But how can she be so different?"

"Do you ever think," he asked, "what it must mean to a woman to
know that her husband has settled on the lowest price for which
she can be bought? And then later, when the women talk, they
boast of what their husbands paid for them. One says four cows,
another maybe six. How does she feel, the woman who was sold
for one or two? This could not happen to my Sarita."

"Then you did this just to make your wife happy?"

"I wanted Sarita to be happy, yes. But I wanted more than that.
You say she is different. This is true. Many things can change
a woman. Things that happen inside, things that happen outside.
But the thing that matters most is what she thinks about
herself. In Kiniwata, Sarita believed she was worth nothing.
Now she knows she is worth more than any woman in the islands."

"Then you wanted--"

"I wanted to marry Sarita. I loved her and no other woman."

"But--" I was close to understanding.

"But," he finished softly, I wanted an eight-cow wife."

Condensed from WOMAN'S DAY magazine fiction feature - Nov. 1965
By Patricia McGerr
Mar. 1st, 2010 @ 04:16 pm Writer's Block: Marital license
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Do you think a marriage license should have a renewal or expiration date, just like a driver's license?

I think marriage licenses are a bureaucratic waste and a violation of the separation between Church and State.
As a State institution, marriage should be abolished.

As a spiritual institution, it has as many forms as there are religions (probably more). In a country that practices the freedom of (or from) religion (I'm not saying we do...I'm saying we're *supposed* to be), it becomes undefinable, unenforceable (save by civil contract law), and a big huge waste of time and taxpayer money.

They are not required to establish paternity.
They don't guarantee inheritance (nor should they).
They don't guarantee medical power of attorney (nor should they.)
They *shouldn't* be required to handle taxes, custody, property ownership, etc., etc., ad nausium.

Oh how I *LONG* for a nation where every individual citizen is *equally* privileged and protected under the Law without all this stupidity. If we just managed *that* then people could say they were married or not (barring the protection of minors and the mentally infirm, it's *really* not the business of the State to dictate how people love each other) and it could be between them, or them and God, or them and their Gods, or whatever and we wouldn't have all this trouble.

Feb. 26th, 2010 @ 12:51 am Requiem for Judy
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Taken entirely from the Scriptures of the Lord, the Truth which Judy came to love deeply and share with everyone she knew. This is a psalm of exaltation, written from the viewpoint of a redeemed soul freshly arrived in Heaven, explaining the experience to those who wait and remember on Earth.

The Psalm of Judy

The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.

O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.

Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.

It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy [sister] was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

And He gave [me] his hand, and lifted [me] up, and when He had called the saints and widows, presented [me] alive.

Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

For this [I] say unto you by the word of the Lord, that [you] which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent [us] which are asleep.

Then [you] which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with [us] in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:
And so shall we [all] ever be with the Lord.

[minor changes to the gender of words and the choice of pronouns were made to accommodate the transmission of the composition]
Feb. 20th, 2010 @ 10:05 pm If you are a resident of Texas....PLEASE vote for Debra Medina on March 2nd
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March 2nd 2010, we're going to have our primary elections for a new Governor of Texas. There are several people running, but just like the old Highlander movie, "in the end, there can be only one."

On the Republican side, we have:

Grassroots Candidate Debra Medina

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

The Democrats have seven people who are or were running, but the only two who still seem to *actually* have plans to be on the ballot in March are  Bill White and Farouk Shami

The only Independent candidate of any significant note was the infamous Kinky Freedman, but he's apparently shifted over to running for Agriculture Commissioner instead....what can I say...it's Kinky. We've got our usual smattering of Wingnut and Moonbat candidates from quaint things like the Nazi party or the Communist party...but they aren't worth linking as they've not got enough signatures to even make the primaries in most cases.


Now, I've been nice and linked all the major players so you can go do your own research. If you're gonna vote for my candidate just because I batted my eyelashes at ya and said "please" then you need your heads examined. But I will tell you why I like Debra Medina.

And *end* to Property Tax in TexasCollapse )

Gun Rights and Open CarryCollapse )

Debra's UNIQUE stance on Gay Marriage in TexasCollapse )

Border security and internal securityCollapse )

In addition to this, the woman does her homework. Watch the Belo debate off the link from her website. She's the *only* candidate in the debate who consistently answers questions correctly.

Look...this is TEXAS...the odds of an Independent or Democrat candidate taking the Governorship are just not very high, especially right now. But if you've lived in Texas for the last 9 years, you know *exactly* what you're going to get out of Perry...and it's not very good. You can also do some research into Kay's voting record in Washington to get an idea of what she'd give us.

Debra's the only likely candidate who seems to have some solid reform plans. I really hope you'll support her.

Feb. 20th, 2010 @ 07:58 pm Writer's Block: Money to burn
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If you were given two weeks off with an unlimited supply of money that was only good for those two weeks (anything you purchased, invested, or saved would disappear when the two weeks were up), what would you do?

If we are allowed to retain no material thing from this event, then the only logical response is to wrack up *experiences*. As such, I would spend the two weeks on day long or week long seminars about various interesting things, enjoy epicurean delights, and perhaps explore a few of the more interesting spas and concerts and so on.
Feb. 19th, 2010 @ 10:19 pm Circuit_Four rots my mind
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Meh I wasn't gonna post till March 1st but then I read my friends' page, and there was a link to a book review of a book that is ... well it's almost beyond description.

WARNING: This link is NOOOOOOOOOOT safe for work/school/prudes. (But OMG go read it, roflmao)

Feb. 19th, 2010 @ 09:48 pm A bit of melancholy
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I am debating a full and serious restructure of this blog.
It is rare that I post anything about ... me.
I'm considering changing this.

There are three reasons I generally do not post about myself:

1) I find the rest of the world infinitely more interesting than I find my own goings on to be.
2) My life is rather dull.
3) I've become surprisingly mundane.

Twenty years ago, I was probably fairly sure that by now some sort of Apocalypse would be in full swing, with "the polarity of the universe" shifted or whatever else would be required to return us to a world of myth and magic. I will not hesitate to admit that I'm still holding out a wee bit of hope for the Mayans 2012 showtime. My ultimate solace these days is to sit and read Revelations, with absolutely no thought to a single koine word being in any way allegorical. It's not that I really *want* to see 1/3 of the world catch fire or people who are unable to die suffer many diseases and traumas...but some of the rest of that fight sounds kinda cool, like if the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns really is some giant Anime type monster. Call me strange, but if I have to die horribly in some supernatural war, I wanna die sticking a makeshift sword into the big toe of such a creature :)

But overall, I've "settled down." And sometimes I think I've ... settled ... as well.

Now don't mistake that for unhappiness. I quite love my Husband and my family and the simple day to day goings on of adult life. But it *is* adult life. Now and then I watch my 10 year old daughter chasing grasshoppers and swearing they are faeries from Oberon and Titania's court...and I find myself just a bit wistful...for they just look like...grasshoppers...to me now.

I feel like Tom Hanks' character in the Polar Express. I might still have the bell I got off Santa's sleigh, but I just can't hear it ring anymore.

I am reminded of a conversation I had with a dear once-love where I was *desperately* trying to capture some sense of the magical for him because he'd lost his mojo or whatever it was. We were at the Something-other (I can't remember the name) festival somewhere in the Pagan wilds of Northeastern Ohio, and wandering about the woods having just come from a Reiki demonstration that rather felt like we set fire to 40.00 so a stranger would hum and wave his hands ineffectively at us (went in with a backache, went out with a backache and a tense jaw from clenching it so much so I didn't tell him he was about as much a Reiki Master as I was a Master Blacksmith...). I was staring out across some clearing and burbling on about "seeing" cobbled roads that led to the foot of some mountain in the moonlight or some such rubbish...insert "oh look an opening into Other" story here.

My dear one's response? "Sorry hon...I don't see it."

At the time, I felt quite betrayed by his admission. After all, he could at least play along, since I was yammering largely for his benefit. But now, I think I appreciate his honesty, because the truth is I didn't see it either. And while I have been assured that faith is the substance of things unseen, I can tell you from experience that desire...is...not.

If it were, then we'd have opened some kind of portal that day...begun grand adventures in distant realms.
But here we are, living day to day, and the faeries are grasshoppers.

And somehow, I feel a bit cheated by it all. Where is *my* burning bush? Where is *my* faerie godmother? (and yes, the sheer audacity of putting those two together is not lost on me)

What's most odd is that I absolutely *can* look back into my life and pick out things that are "outside" the normal by too far to be mere coincidence or misinterpretation...and yet they are simply not enough.

So ... I am using the remainder of this month for some meditation and detox.
I plan to begin posting regularly again on March First... and also plan then to get my mind and body back to a shape (because the first rule is "Cardio") worthy of the magical transformation I am certain will occur...eventually.

Remember...the cellulite you have now will weigh down your tail when you transform. No one likes an overly bushy tail. Or lopsided horns. Or whatever.
Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 08:27 am Preparations to move to Mexico (from teh Interweb)
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We're moving to Mexico. I wrote to the White House:

Dear Mr. President:

I'm planning to move to Mexico for my health, and I would like to ask you to assist me.

I'm planning to simply walk across the border from the U.S. into Mexico ,and I'll need your help to make a few arrangements.

I plan to skip all the legal stuff like visas, passports, immigration quotas and laws. I'm sure they handle those things the same way you do here. So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Calderon, that I'm on my way down?

Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:

1. Free medical care.

2. English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I
might need, whether I use them or not.

3. Please print all Mexican government forms in English.

4. I want my grandkids to be taught Spanish by English-speaking
(bi-lingual) teachers.

5. Tell their schools they need to include classes on American
culture and history.

6. I want my grandkids to see the American flag on one of the flagpoles
at their school.

7. Please plan to feed my grandkids at school for both breakfast and

8. I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy
access to government services and be able to vote.

9. I do plan to get a car and drive in Mexico, but, I don't plan
to purchase car insurance, and I probably won't make any
special effort to learn local traffic laws.

10.In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo
from their president to leave me alone, please be sure that
every patrol car has at least one English-speaking officer.

11. I plan to fly the U.S. Flag from my house top, put US. Flag
decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th.
I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the

12. I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes,
or have any labor or tax laws enforced on any business I may

13. Please have the president tell all the Mexican people to be
extremely nice and never say a critical things about me or my
family, or about the strain we might place on their economy.

14. I want to receive free food stamps.

15. Naturally, I'll expect free rent subsidies.

16. I'll need Income tax credits so although I don't pay Mexican
Taxes, I'll receive money from the government.

17. Please arrange it so that the Mexican Gov't pays $4,500 to help
me buy a new car.

18. Oh yes, I almost forgot, please enroll me free into the
Mexican Social Security program so that I'll get a monthly
income in retirement.

I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all his people who come to the U.S. from Mexico.

I am sure that President Calderon won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.

Thank you so much for your kind help. You're the man!!!
Jan. 15th, 2010 @ 04:54 pm Hello...is there anybody in there...just nod if you can hear me.....
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I'm just curious if anyone reads this thing :)
Jan. 6th, 2010 @ 10:56 am Two words: Darwin Award
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Nov. 24th, 2009 @ 10:27 am Ladies you are now immune to breast cancer till you turn 50 - Happy Birthday!
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So ... did you Liberals think that you'd have the same access to annual tests and such that you can potentially have now (if you have insurance or pay out of pocket)? Because the medical industry is gearing up to discourage people from getting stuff done...why? There's no profit in socialized health care....

The medical powers that be seem to be fairly certain that the new health care system proposed by Obama is going to eventually be installed. How can I tell? The signs are cropping up all over....

First, they came out and said that women should now wait until they are FIFTY to have annual mammograms. And even then, you can wait, it's fine...get them every OTHER year....

To that I say this:

I am ONE person.
I do not work in medicine.

Yet I know (and in a few fatal cases, knew) ELEVEN women who were diagnosed with some form of breast cancer requiring surgery and/or chemo and such for removal.

Not ONE of those women was over 50 at the time of diagnosis. The youngest was 22 when diagnosed, the oldest was 44. Now I will grant you that my numbers are slightly skewed by knowing a support group of six women who all had breast cancer...know what? They were still all women who had the cancer UNDER age 50. MOST of the women I know were diagnosed under age 40! In any case, I could not know them if they did not exist (with the medical condition) to be known.

"“They don't say women 40 to 49 should never be screened but that the decision should follow a conversation with their doctor, not be routine.” ..... How would that conversation go?

Doctor: OK Miss Thang...has your genetic code changed since last year?
Patient: uh no doctor, I don't think so...
Doctor: Taken up smoking, drinking, work with radiation, sex with llamas*?
Patient: nope....
Doctor: Do you *feel* like you might have cancer?
Patient: uh...no...I guess I *feel* ok ... a little tired maybe.
Doctor: Well since I've told you to STOP doing self-checks...has anyone ELSE pipped up with "hey lady your tit's lopsided!" ?
Patient: um...no...?
Doctor: Right then, based on this excellent medical conversation, I deem you cancer free. No need for a breast exam. Good day to you!

But wait! The powers say that mammograms can do more harm than good...they *don't* say anything like "mammograms may cause injury or actually increase your risk for cancer etc...." They only stress that false positives may cause *gasp* anxiety ... and result in unnecessary treatment in followup biopsies. And mammograms catch (no really, this is a quote!) "cancers that grow so slowly they would probably not have been detected in the woman's lifetime" ....

"slow growing cancer" Mkaaaaaaay so...is it not detected in her lifetime because the benign lump just sits there like a harmless little pea under the woman's matress....or because "in her lifetime" is medico-political code for "when the undetected thing metastasizes and goes to her brain and kills her" ...?

Ignoring for a moment the FACT that any malignant cancer cell...let alone a cluster of them...may at ANY time metastasize and run about in your blood and/or lymph...spreading the cancer....let's just think about how a woman is likely to react to finding a lump, however benign it turns out to be, in her breast....

Look if *I* find a lump in MY breast, you can bloody well poke it with your biopsy rod to find out if it is malignant or benign. If it's benign, that does NOT mean the biopsy was never necessary in the first place....it just means the biopsy gave us the information we NEEDED...from...the...biopsy...which was "is this frigging lump gonna kill me or not?" That means the mammogram did its job (catching the potential problem) and the following biopsy did its job (determining actual threat level of the problem). And let us not forget that even an otherwise benign non-cancerous tumor can grow to the point that its presence alone causes problems.....

Think of it like this:

The guy in line in front of you at the airport beeps as he walks through the metal detector. (Mammogram)
Security guards find he's wearing a small pouch around his waist. (lump)
Upon further investigation, we find it contained a brick of C-4 and a detonator (positive biopsy) OR....
We find out it contained a money clip ... he just forgot he was wearing it. (negative biopsy)

Do YOU want security to turn off the machine and let everyone just get on the plane unchecked?
Do YOU want security to refuse to search in the bag that is triggering the alarm if they do still use it?
Do YOU want to be on that plane?

Come ON....

But it gets ... better.

For some reason I can't possibly wrap my mind around, doctors are ALSO being told to discourage women from doing self-checks!

So...let's turn off the metal detectors, therefore have no reason or warning to search anyone's bags...oh and by the way, you can also stop keeping an eye on your own luggage to make sure strangers who are clustered around your luggage aren't slipping anything (like a bomb that will cause your plane to go down in flames) into your bags when you aren't paying attention....

Last but not least, the utterly faulty logic behind the "we don't need this test"camp's belief....is that when screening women in their 50's....mammograms find (actual, biopsy shows needs to be handled) cancer in about 1/1500 women...

But for women in their 40's the numbers are closer to 1/2000.

So...saving the life of one woman out of 1500 women -- good.
Saving the life of one woman out of 2000 women -- not worth it.


It's like these idiots think the cancer is put there in those ratios across those age groups *by the mammogram* !!!!

The ONLY difference is how many of those 1/2000 WILL DIE because we didn't find it in time.

Two of the links to this stupidity are here:

Nov. 6th, 2009 @ 10:22 am Fort Hood Tragedy -- Barack Obama Gives Odd "Shout-Out" Before He Comments on Massacre -- FOX News
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Oct. 30th, 2009 @ 07:42 am The essence of the Bill...
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So...the "old" healthcare reform bill was 1000 pages in length.
The new one is 1900 pages in length -- almost double the size.

Yet Dems want us to believe that this bill, now twice the size it used to be, is "essentially the same" as it was before.

It still has the provision *requiring* every American to have healthcare or pay a fine to the IRS. Non-payment of that fine, like tax evasion, carries with it additional fines and jail time.

So tell me, when this bill passes and it becomes ILLEGAL for you to not have health insurance -- are you going to jail?

Oct. 22nd, 2009 @ 08:18 am My writer friends should be especially interested in this one....
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All I can say about the two covers of the books are....really?

Oct. 2nd, 2009 @ 11:56 pm One voice, alone, in the wilderness.
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Sep. 24th, 2009 @ 02:21 pm Writer's Block: Would you want a do-over?
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Given the choice, would you start this day over again? How about this month or this year?
Start the day over?

Start the month over?

Start the year over?

WTF is *wrong* with people that they are living lives so fouled up that they *need* epic do-overs?
We have the full freedom of our choices every day, moment to moment, to make things be the way we want them to be.
Spend the time it takes to "think a thing through" before you choose it and you can avoid most unpleasant "surprises."

"But I can't do/change anything! I'm nobody!"
Powerless people are just people who make choices that don't bring them any additional power.

Sep. 16th, 2009 @ 11:18 am Remember, your underage illegal immigrant slave-whore is tax deductible!
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There are now no less than 4 separate undercover videos of people from ACORN pulling crap like this. The argument of those supporting ACORN is that we should not hold this huge organization accountable for the misdeeds of a couple employees who were immediately fired.

Ok fine:

1 video: an isolated incident of a couple bad apples.

2 videos: a bit more odd, but still they were in two different offices and it could be a fluke.

3 videos: Uh...three vids, three incidents, 3 different sets of employees...that's a pattern.

4 videos: You gotta be kidding me.

Ok look, when you can go to four different offices of an organization and find the same kind of criminals in each office, that's what we call...organized CRIME.

Remember kids, ACORN has received more than 53 Million dollars in Federal funds so far ...and is set to receive another 8 Billion (that's billion ... with a B) in the next four years.
Sep. 14th, 2009 @ 06:47 pm Dr Horrible is my hero. (43 min long)
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Sep. 11th, 2009 @ 09:12 am X is for extra
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"But Z is the last letter!!!" Nevertheless, the list continues.
Barbara Arestegui, 38, Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
Jeffrey Collman, 41, Novato, Calif.
Sara Low, 28, Batesville, Arkansas
Karen A. Martin, 40, Danvers, Mass.
First Officer Thomas McGuinness, 42, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Kathleen Nicosia, 54, Winthrop, Mass.
John Ogonowski, 52, Dracut, Massachusetts
Betty Ong, 45, Andover, Massachusetts
Jean Roger, 24, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Dianne Snyder, 42, Westport, Massachusetts
Madeline Sweeney, 35, Acton, Massachusetts
Anna Williams Allison, 48, Stoneham, Massachusetts
David Angell, 54, Pasadena, California
Lynn Angell, 45, Pasadena, California
Seima Aoyama, 48, Culver City, Calif.
Myra Aronson, 52, Charlestown, Massachusetts
Christine Barbuto, 32, Brookline, Massachusetts
Carolyn Beug, 48, Los Angeles, California
Kelly Ann Booms, 24, Brookline, Mass.
Carol Bouchard, 43, Warwick, Rhode Island
Neilie Anne Heffernan Casey, 32, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Jeffrey Coombs, 42, Abington, Massachusetts
Tara Creamer, 30, Worcester, Massachusetts
Thelma Cuccinello, 71, Wilmot, New Hampshire
Patrick Currivan, 52, Winchester, Mass.
Brian Dale, 43, Warren, New Jersey
David DiMeglio, 22, Wakefield, Mass.
Donald Americo DiTullio, 49, Peabody, Mass.
Albert Dominguez, 66, Sydney, Australia
Paige Farley-Hackel, 46, Newton, Mass.
Alex Filipov, 70, Concord, Massachusetts
Carol Flyzik, 40, Plaistow, N.H.
Paul Friedman, 45, Belmont, Massachusetts
Karleton D.B. Fyfe, 31, Brookline, Massachusetts
Peter Gay, 54, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Linda George, 27, Westboro, Massachusetts
Edmund Glazer, 41, Los Angeles, California
Lisa Fenn Gordenstein, 41, Needham, Massachusetts
Andrew Peter Charles Curry Green, 34, Santa Monica, Calif.
Peter Hashem, 40, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Robert Hayes, 37, from Amesbury, Massachusetts
Edward (Ted) R. Hennessy, 35, Belmont, Mass.
John A. Hofer, 45, Los Angeles, Calif.
Cora Hidalgo Holland, 52, of Sudbury, Massachusetts
Nicholas Humber, 60, of Newton, Massachusetts,
Waleed Iskandar, 34, London, England
John Charles Jenkins, 45, Cambridge, Mass.
Charles Edward Jones, 48, Bedford, Mass.
Robin Kaplan, 33, Westboro, Massachusetts
Barbara Keating, 72, Palm Springs, Calif.
David P. Kovalcin, 42, Hudson, New Hampshire
Judy Larocque, 50, Framingham, Mass.
Natalie Janis Lasden, 46, Peabody, Mass.
Daniel John Lee, 34, Van Nuys, Calif.
Daniel C. Lewin, 31, Charlestown, Mass.
Susan A. MacKay, 44, Westford, Massachusetts
Christopher D. Mello, 25, Boston, Mass.
Jeff Mladenik, 43, Hinsdale, Illinois
Antonio Jesus Montoya Valdes, 46, East Boston, Mass.
Carlos Alberto Montoya, 36, Bellmont, Mass.
Laura Lee Morabito, 34, Framingham, Massachusetts
Mildred Rose Naiman, 81, Andover, Mass.
Laurie Ann Neira, 48, Los Angeles, Calif.
Renee Newell, 37, of Cranston, Rhode Island
Jacqueline J. Norton, 61, Lubec, Maine
Robert Grant Norton, 85, Lubec, Maine
Jane M. Orth, 49, Haverhill, Mass.
Thomas Pecorelli, 31, of Los Angeles, California
Berinthia Berenson Perkins, 53, Los Angeles, Calif.
Sonia Morales Puopolo, 58, of Dover, Massachusetts
David E. Retik, 33, Needham, Mass.
Philip M. Rosenzweig, 47, Acton, Mass.
Richard Ross, 58, Newton, Massachusetts
Jessica Sachs, 22, Billerica, Massachusetts
Rahma Salie, 28, Boston, Mass.
Heather Lee Smith, 30, Boston, Mass.
Douglas J. Stone, 54, Dover, N.H
Xavier Suarez, 41, Chino Hills, Calif.
Michael Theodoridis, 32, Boston, Mass.
James Trentini, 65, Everett, Massachusetts
Mary Trentini, 67, Everett, Massachusetts
Pendyala Vamsikrishna, 30, Los Angeles, Calif.
Mary Wahlstrom, 78, Kaysville, Utah
Kenneth Waldie, 46, Methuen, Massachusetts
John Wenckus, 46, Torrance, Calif.
Candace Lee Williams, 20, Danbury, Conn.
Christopher Zarba, 47, Hopkinton, Massachusetts
Charles Burlingame, 51, Herndon, Va.
David M. Charlebois, 39, Washington, D.C
Michele Heidenberger, 57, Chevy Chase, Md.
Jennifer Lewis, 38, Culpeper, Virginia
Kenneth Lewis, 49, Culpeper, Virginia
Renee A. May, 39, Baltimore, Md
Paul Ambrose, 32, Washington, D.C.
Yeneneh Betru, 35, Burbank, Calif
Mary Jane (MJ) Booth, 64, Falls Church, Va.
Bernard Curtis Brown, 11, Washington, D.C.
Suzanne Calley, 42, San Martin, Calif.
William Caswell, 54, Silver Spring, Md.
Sarah Clark, 65, Columbia, Md.
Zandra Cooper, Annandale, Va.
Asia Cottom, 11, Washington, D.C.
James Debeuneure, 58, Upper Marlboro, Md.
Rodney Dickens, 11, Washington, D.C.
Eddie Dillard, Alexandria, Va.
Charles Droz, 52, Springfield, Va.
Barbara G. Edwards, 58, Las Vegas, Nev.
Charles S. Falkenberg, 45, University Park, Md.
Zoe Falkenberg, 8, University Park, Md.
Dana Falkenberg, 3, of University Park, Md.
James Joe Ferguson, 39, Washington, D.C.
Wilson "Bud" Flagg, 63, Millwood, Va.
Darlene Flagg, 63, Millwood, Va.
Richard Gabriel, 54, Great Falls, Va.
Ian J. Gray, 55, Columbia, Md.
Stanley Hall, 68, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Bryan Jack, 48, Alexandria, Va.
Steven D. Jacoby, 43, Alexandria, Va.
Ann Judge, 49, Great Falls, Va.
Chandler Keller, 29, El Segundo, Calif.
Yvonne Kennedy, 62, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Norma Khan, 45, Reston, Va.
Karen A. Kincaid, 40, Washington, D.C.
Dong Lee, 48, Leesburg, Va.
Dora Menchaca, 45, of Santa Monica, Calif.
Christopher Newton, 38, Anaheim, Calif.
Barbara Olson, 45, Great Falls, Va
Ruben Ornedo, 39, Los Angeles, Calif.
Robert Penniger, 63, of Poway, Calif.
Robert R. Ploger, 59, Annandale, Va.
Lisa J. Raines, 42, Great Falls, Va.
Todd Reuben, 40, Potomac, Maryland
John Sammartino, 37, Annandale, Va.
Diane Simmons, Great Falls, Va.
George Simmons, Great Falls, Va.
Mari-Rae Sopper, 35, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Robert Speisman, 47, Irvington, N.Y
Norma Lang Steuerle, 54, Alexandria, Va.
Hilda E. Taylor, 62, Forestville, Md
Leonard Taylor, 44, Reston, Va.
Sandra Teague, 31, Fairfax, Va.
Leslie A. Whittington, 45, University Park, Maryland.
John D. Yamnicky, 71, Waldorf, Md.
Vicki Yancey, 43, Springfield, Va.
Shuyin Yang, 61, Beijing, China
Yuguag Zheng, 65, Beijing, China
Robert Fangman, 33, Claymont, Del.
Michael R. Horrocks, 38, Glen Mills, Pa.
Amy N. Jarret, 28, North Smithfield, R.I.
Amy R. King, 29, Stafford Springs, Conn.
Kathryn L. LaBorie, 44, Providence, R.I.
Alfred Gilles Padre Joseph Marchand, 44, Alamogordo, N.M.
Capt. Victor Saracini, 51, Lower Makefield Township, Pa.
Michael C. Tarrou, 38, Stafford Springs, Conn.
Alicia Nicole Titus, 28, San Francisco, Calif.
Alona Avraham, 30, Asdod, Israel.
Garnet Edward (Ace) Bailey, 54, Lynnfield, Mass.
Mark Bavis, 31, West Newton, Mass.
Graham Andrew Berkeley, 37, Boston, Mass.
Touri Bolourchi, 69, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Klaus Bothe, 31, Linkenheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Daniel R. Brandhorst, 41, Los Angeles, Calif
David Reed Gamboa Brandhorst, 3, Los Angeles, Calif.
John Brett Cahill, 56, Wellesley, Mass.
Christoffer Carstanjen, 33, Turner Falls, Mass.
John (Jay) J. Corcoran, 43, Norwell, Mass
Dorothy Alma DeAraujo, 80, Long Beach, Calif.
Ana Gloria Pocasangre de Barrera, 49, San Salvador, El Salvador
Lisa Frost, 22, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.
Ronald Gamboa, 33, Los Angeles, Calif.
Lynn Catherine Goodchild, 25, Attleboro, Mass.
Peter Morgan Goodrich, 33, Sudbury, Mass.
Douglas A. Gowell, 52, Methuen, Mass.
The Rev. Francis E. Grogan, 76, of Easton, Mass.
Carl Max Hammond, 37, Derry, N.H.
Peter Hanson, 32, Groton, Mass.
Sue Kim Hanson, 35, Groton, Mass.
Christine Lee Hanson, 2, Groton, Mass.
Gerald F. Hardacre, 61, Carlsbad, Calif.
Eric Samadikan Hartono, 20, Boston, Mass.
James E. Hayden, 47, Westford, Mass.
Herbert W. Homer, 48, Milford, Mass.
Robert Adrien Jalbert, 61, Swampscott, Mass.
Ralph Francis Kershaw, 52, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
Heinrich Kimmig, 43, Willstaett, Germany
Brian Kinney, 29, Lowell, Mass.
Robert George LeBlanc, 70, Lee, N.H.
Maclovio Lopez, Jr., 41, Norwalk, Calif.
Marianne MacFarlane, MacFarlane, 34, Revere, Mass.
Louis Neil Mariani, 59, Derry, N.H.
Juliana Valentine McCourt, 4, New London, Conn.
Ruth Magdaline McCourt, 45, New London, Conn.
Wolfgang Peter Menzel, 59, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Shawn M. Nassaney, 25, Pawtucket, R.I.
Marie Pappalardo, 53, Paramount, Calif.
Patrick Quigley, 40, of Wellesley, Mass.
Frederick Charles Rimmele, 32, Marblehead, Mass.
James M. Roux, 43, Portland, Maine
Jesus Sanchez, 45, Hudson, Mass.
Mary Kathleen Shearer, 61, Dover, N.H.
Robert Michael Shearer, 63, Dover, N.H.
Jane Louise Simpkin, 36, Wayland, Mass.
Brian D. Sweeney, 38, Barnstable, Mass.
Timothy Ward, 38, San Diego, Calif.
William M. Weems, 46, Marblehead, Mass.
Lorraine G. Bay, 58, East Windsor, N.J.
Sandra W. Bradshaw, 38, Greensboro, N.C.
Jason Dahl, 43, Denver, Colo.
Wanda Anita Green, 49, Linden, N.J.
Leroy Homer, 36, Marlton, N.J.
CeeCee Lyles, 33, Fort Myers, Fla.
Deborah Welsh, 49, New York, N.Y.
Christian Adams, 37, Biebelsheim, Germany
Todd Beamer, 32, Cranbury, N.J.
Alan Beaven, 48, Oakland, CA
Mark K. Bingham, 31, San Francisco, Calif.
Deora Frances Bodley, 20, San Diego, Calif.
Marion Britton, 53, New York, N.Y.
Thomas E. Burnett Jr., 38, San Ramon, Calif.
William Cashman, 57, North Bergen, N.J.
Georgine Rose Corrigan, 56, Honolulu, Hawaii
Patricia Cushing, 69, Bayonne, N.J.
Joseph Deluca, 52, Ledgewood, N.J.
Patrick Joseph Driscoll, 70, Manalapan, N.J.
Edward P. Felt, 41, Matawan, N.J.
Jane C. Folger, 73, Bayonne, N.J.
Colleen Laura Fraser, 51, Elizabeth, N.J.
Andrew Garcia, 62, Portola Valley, Calif.
Jeremy Glick, 31, Hewlett, N.J.
Lauren Grandcolas, 38, San Rafael, Calif.
Donald F. Greene, 52, Greenwich, Conn.
Linda Gronlund, 46, Warwick, N.Y.
Richard Guadagno, 38, of Eureka, Calif.
Toshiya Kuge, 20, Nishimidoriguoska, Japan
Hilda Marcin, 79, Budd Lake, N.J.
Nicole Miller, 21, San Jose, Calif.
Louis J. Nacke, 42, New Hope, Pa.
Donald Arthur Peterson, 66, Spring Lake, N.J.
Jean Hoadley Peterson, 55, Spring Lake, N.J.
Waleska Martinez Rivera, 37, Jersey City, N.J.
Mark Rothenberg, 52, Scotch Plains, N.J.
Christine Snyder, 32, Kailua, Hawaii
John Talignani, 72, New York, N.Y.
Honor Elizabeth Wainio, 27, Watchung, N.J.
Olga Kristin

I do not know the specifics of why these specific names were added late to the alphabetical list I was reading.

I do know there were some whose location in the World Trade Center was never a certainty. They are missing, presumed dead.
There were also a few who made it out of the buildings, only to suffocate and die from inhaling the vaporized ruins. Their names were added later.

Also, over eight hundred of the first responders - the fire fighters, the police, the paramedics, and so on - who arrived on the scene of 9/11 have died from the complications of breathing such noxious fumes.

Also the survivors and emergency workers who committed suicide after trying and failing to cope with 9/11 have been added to the rosters on some places but not others.

As others who were on the streets of New York near ground zero succumb to rare cancers and other ailments associated with breathing in vaporized buildings and bodies, the list slowly gets a little bit longer.

Personally, I think we could add every American and allied soldier or civilian who has died as a result of conflict with any Islamic sect since 9/11 to the list. I'd even tack on any peaceful Muslim civilian who never took up arms but was killed in crossfire or bombings or whatever.

That is why we must NEVER become complacent, NEVER stop feeling the sting of it, NEVER get over it -- it is still claiming lives today.