Memorial Day

Take a moment to remember all of the men and women who gave their lives protecting the freedom you enjoy today.

 

Today, as in the past, there are problems that must be solved and challenges that must be met. We can tackle them with our full strength and creativity only because we are free to work them out in our own way. We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.

Ronald Reagan, May 26, 1983

Leaking Oil And Sinking Fast

When I sat down this evening, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to write about. The only news worth writing about is the oil spill in the gulf and I’m not so sure I want to write about it just yet. No one knows for certain what impact the spill will have on the environment and wildlife, let alone the people and their livelihood.

The Deep Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20th, spilling millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. This week, as the oil continues to pour into the warm waters of the Gulf, President Obama made plans to vacation in Chicago for the Memorial Day weekend but due to overwhelming public pressure he made a quick stop in Louisiana (three whole hours) before departing for his second vacation in a month.

“I’m here to tell you that you are not alone, you will not be abandoned, you will not be left behind,” Obama said. “The media may get tired of the story, but we will not. We will be on your side and we will see this through.”

The people of Louisiana and the other Gulf states will not be abandoned, they will just be ignored while he spends the next few days on vacation way up North in Chicago.

Deep Horizon has already spilled more oil than the Exxon Valdez and it’s not over yet. How serious does it have to get in order for President Obama to focus all of his attention on the matter?

When exactly does the President, or anyone else in his administration, plan to get serious about this horrific event? President Obama has proven he is sneakier than Slick Willy ever was. He better do something quick before his entire administration sinks just like that oil rig.

Thursday Thoughts

Thought #1

It sounds like it might be time to get outside and relax for a while.

Exposure to specific bacteria in the environment, already believed to have antidepressant qualities, could increase learning behavior, according to research presented at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego.

“Mycobacterium vaccae is a natural soil bacterium which people likely ingest or breath in when they spend time in nature,” says Dorothy Matthews of The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, who conducted the research with her colleague Susan Jenks.

Thought #2

Do you live in an apartment? You may want to keep something in mind if you do.

Thousands of census workers, including many temporary employees, are fanning out across America to gather information on the citizenry. This is a process that takes place not only every decade in order to complete the constitutionally-mandated census; but also as part of the continuing “American Community Survey” conducted by the Census Bureau on a regular basis year in and year out.

What many Americans don’t realize, is that census workers — from the head of the Bureau and the Secretary of Commerce (its parent agency) down to the lowliest and newest Census employee — are empowered under federal law to actually demand access to any apartment or any other type of home or room that is rented out, in order to count persons in the abode and for “the collection of statistics.” If the landlord of such apartment or other leased premises refuses to grant the government worker access to your living quarters, whether you are present or not, the landlord can be fined $500.00.

Since when is it okay for a federal employee to enter your home with unfettered access?

Thought #3

Our Disgrace In Chief will be in Chicago this weekend, completely ignoring the long standing tradition of presidents laying a wreath at the Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day.

On Monday, Obama will make remarks at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, south of Chicago – missing the usual tradition of presidents speaking at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Why not? He has ignored nearly all of the other traditions most presidents have kept, and it’s not like he will miss anything anyway. Some of our fallen heroes might be there in Chicago with him.

On this Memorial Day, as our nation honors its unbroken line of fallen heroes — and I see many of them in the audience here today — our sense of patriotism is particularly strong.

Maybe, if we’re lucky, he’ll stop showing up for work at the White House, since most U.S. Presidents have kept that tradition as well.

Unclick That Box!

I know, I know, you’ve heard a lot on the news the past two days and you’re here today looking for some well-written opinion piece about that news. The truth is, life has taken over for another day. Stay safe.

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