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I rarely praise our current president. And honestly, he's no public speaker. But if you read the transcript of what he said, you couldn't be prouder of him.  My favorite part was:

"And so the highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most -- to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are." 
 
The whole speech bears reading. Even if you heard him give it.  Here it is: (no, I'm not putting it under a cut.   Read it.  Live it.)

THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Gates. Admiral Mullen and members of the Armed Forces. My fellow Americans. Most of all, to you -- survivors who still carry the scars of tragedy and destruction; to the families who carry in your hearts the memory of the loved ones you lost here.

For our nation, this is a day of remembrance, a day of reflection, and -- with God’s grace -- a day of unity and renewal.

We gather to remember, at this sacred hour, on hallowed ground -- at places where we feel such grief and where our healing goes on. We gather here, at the Pentagon, where the names of the lost are forever etched in stone. We gather in a gentle Pennsylvania field, where a plane went down and a “tower of voices” will rise and echo through the ages. And we gather where the Twin Towers fell, a site where the work goes on so that next year, on the 10th anniversary, the waters will flow in steady tribute to the nearly 3,000 innocent lives.

On this day, it’s perhaps natural to focus on the images of that awful morning -- images that are seared into our souls. It’s tempting to dwell on the final moments of the loved ones whose lives were taken so cruelly. Yet these memorials, and your presence today, remind us to remember the fullness of their time on Earth.

They were fathers and mothers, raising their families; brothers and sisters, pursuing their dreams; sons and daughters, their whole lives before them. They were civilians and service members. Some never saw the danger coming; others saw the peril and rushed to save others -- up those stairwells, into the flames, into the cockpit.

They were white and black and brown -- men and women and some children made up of all races, many faiths. They were Americans and people from far corners of the world. And they were snatched from us senselessly and much too soon -- but they lived well, and they live on in you.

Nine years have now passed. In that time, you have shed more tears than we will ever know. And though it must seem some days as though the world has moved on to other things, I say to you today that your loved ones endure in the heart of our nation, now and forever.

Our remembrance today also requires a certain reflection. As a nation, and as individuals, we must ask ourselves how best to honor them -- those who died, those who sacrificed. How do we preserve their legacy -- not just on this day, but every day?

We need not look far for our answer. The perpetrators of this evil act didn’t simply attack America; they attacked the very idea of America itself -- all that we stand for and represent in the world. And so the highest honor we can pay those we lost, indeed our greatest weapon in this ongoing war, is to do what our adversaries fear the most -- to stay true to who we are, as Americans; to renew our sense of common purpose; to say that we define the character of our country, and we will not let the acts of some small band of murderers who slaughter the innocent and cower in caves distort who we are.

They doubted our will, but as Americans we persevere. Today, in Afghanistan and beyond, we have gone on the offensive and struck major blows against al Qaeda and its allies. We will do what is necessary to protect our country, and we honor all those who serve to keep us safe.

They may seek to strike fear in us, but they are no match for our resilience. We do not succumb to fear, nor will we squander the optimism that has always defined us as a people. On a day when others sought to destroy, we have chosen to build, with a National Day of Service and Remembrance that summons the inherent goodness of the American people.

They may seek to exploit our freedoms, but we will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust. They may wish to drive us apart, but we will not give in to their hatred and prejudice. For Scripture teaches us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.”

They may seek to spark conflict between different faiths, but as Americans we are not -- and never will be -- at war with Islam. It was not a religion that attacked us that September day -- it was al Qaeda, a sorry band of men which perverts religion. And just as we condemn intolerance and extremism abroad, so will we stay true to our traditions here at home as a diverse and tolerant nation. We champion the rights of every American, including the right to worship as one chooses -- as service members and civilians from many faiths do just steps from here, at the very spot where the terrorists struck this building.

Those who attacked us sought to demoralize us, divide us, to deprive us of the very unity, the very ideals, that make America America -- those qualities that have made us a beacon of freedom and hope to billions around the world. Today we declare once more we will never hand them that victory. As Americans, we will keep alive the virtues and values that make us who we are and who we must always be.

For our cause is just. Our spirit is strong. Our resolve is unwavering. Like generations before us, let us come together today and all days to affirm certain inalienable rights, to affirm life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. On this day and the days to come, we choose to stay true to our best selves -- as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

This is how we choose to honor the fallen -- your families, your friends, your fellow service members. This is how we will keep alive the legacy of these proud and patriotic Americans. This is how we will prevail in this great test of our time. This is how we will preserve and protect the country that we love and pass it -- safer and stronger -- to future generations.

May God bless you and your families, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.


 
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A short, homemade video using pennies to help you visualize the US government's budget.
http://www.wimp.com/budgetcuts/
Really cool.
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My husband just recently made the comment (after we both heard an emotional and non-factual commercial about how Charter schools would be the downfall of civilization) that we need to keep up better with what the AEA (Alabama Educator's Ass. , the local version of the NEA —the teacher's union) is up to, just so we can be FOR whatever they're against.

 The below is an article on what charter high schools are actually doing.  Like, increasing the percentage of graduates, and of those who go on to college.

educationnext.org/the-unknown-world-of-charter-high-schools/




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"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." —George Orwell
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Okay,  this is exciting!

$1.84 at the Raceway!!   And several places in town are under $2! 

I don't know why, but I sincerely hope it's because demand has dropped, and people are thinking more carefully about using their cars, and combining trips and such.

Of course, the cynic in me is whispering grumbles about, "that just means we'll have to bail out GM and whoever makes Hummers and such."

Oh, and how does everybody feel about that $8 billion bailout that had to be passed before the weekend or the world would end not only not yet being implemented, but now being redirected to other things?
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Okay, someone finally just set me off today.  Not for any particular reason, except that I'm sick and irritable, and likely to be downright honest when I don't have the energy I normally put into biting my tongue and smiling and letting people say whatever they want about politics, no matter what.

I will admit that our choices for President are woeful.  but.  I will not vote for anyone going around spouting shit around about wanting to spread the wealth.  Or taxes being patriotic.  Bull shit. 

And I don't care that someone claims he's going to share my "wealth" in order to "narrow the gap" between the shameless, evil rich {which apparently means anyone who's worked hard enough their whole life long to have been able to have more than two nickles to rub together}, and the more noble poor. {which means WHOM, exactly?}  That's supposed to be laudable.

It's laudable if he's going to do it by helping the poor to better their situation. Not so much if he intends to "narrow the gap" by taking from me.

And even tho I can't afford to send my boys to college without the excellent scholarships they got, and we consider ourselves just average middle class, because we can just afford to live in (with a mortgage which we made sure we could actually afford before we got) a house in the mid-price range in AL (which would be the price of a shed in California), Obama's economics places us in his evil rich category. He might not like the socialist/communist label, but that's what he's proposing.

So, just like I'd like the government to keep its damn laws off my body, I'd like it to keep its damn laws and programs off my stuff, too.

If I want to help others, I do so by my choice. MINE. I give money to The Church, which is excellently efficient in its work around the globe, or to a worthy cause, like Habitat or the Red Cross (which also gets my blood every 8 weeks) or I'll take in a foster child, or do volunteer work with the Autism society or at the library. But letting some government bureaucrat get ahold of my money because he claims he's going to do good with it? Come on, how naive would I have to be?


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This is what happens when you're too tired to do anything productive.



You Are 20% Democrat



If you have anything in common with the Democrat party, it's by sheer chance.

You're a staunch conservative, and nothing is going to change that!




You Are 24% Republican



You're a bit Republican and probably more conservative than you realize.

If you're still voting Democrat, maybe it's time that you stop.

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Okay, here's the uncensored, not thinking practically, me.
You are a

Social Liberal
(68% permissive)

and an...

Economic Conservative
(75% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Libertarian




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also : The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Politics?

Sep. 20th, 2008 10:33 am
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You are a

Social Liberal
(66% permissive)

and an...

Economic Moderate
(43% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Centrist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Gee, and I fancied myself a libertarian, leaning toward anarchist. This is what happens when I try to think about everything, and give what i perceive as the "right grownup answer. Maybe I'll take it again, and not be practical and thoughtful, and just give gut reactions.
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 The Icky news (ME)
I stayed at home this morning because I'm sick.  Fever, sore throat, soreness and heaviness in my chest, cold sores on my mouth, general aching all over.  I went to bed last night at 10, and absolutely couldn't drag myself out of bed until 9am. I meant to stay home all day, but at noon Thomas told me that Mother wanted me to come in because "Little Girl" wasn't there.  And I know I'll have to go in tomorrow because I'm pretty sure Terry (aka Little Girl) won't come in tomorrow.  And I'm sure I'll feel much better tomorrow, it's just one of those summer colds I was going to use for an excuse not to work.


The proud news (Thomas)

So anyway, there are office politics every where you go.
  But I'm still mostly loving being up here, and at the office

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