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This is an email that my dad sent to me on September 11.

It is about 5:20 PM on Friday, September 11th. it is a time to
reflect. I clearly remember both of you sitting at the kitchen counter with me after you
came home from school watching the television footage of the collapse of the twin
towers in New York City about this time eight years ago. It was, like you both said,
watching an action movie on television. I will never forget sharing those minutes with
you both of you; my Sons. Didn’t it  require some days to realize that it was not a
movie but was real? It did for me. One lesson to learn still is; use great care in your
lives. Be skeptical and know that great forces exist in this world which we cannot
control but must be wary of. A great Roman philosopher and politician said it best:
He who does not value his own life, controls yours. (Seneca was his name). How
true that remains some two thousand years after he said it. Remember Seneca’s
words, my Sons, in all that you do because people exist who mean you ill just
because you are you, not for what you have done or failed to do but know also that
you are deeply loved, valued and treasured in this world. Be safe, be careful. Love
always, Dad.

I remember the moment he is referring to, I remember sitting in class and watching the images on TV. It was like it wasn’t real like it was an effect created for a movie. A lot of things have happened in eight years, and some things have changed (TSA folks get to have an even more over-inflated sense of importance & GOP-encouraged racism against muslims) and some things haven’t (the security of our nation). We have been at war since well before my son was born. We have been at war since my sister in law was in the fifth grade, longer than she has been politically aware, and we have been at war so long that we have come to take it as normalcy. It is normal for american’s that we are fighting two wars, wars which most of them oppose.

One line in particular that stands out to me, and it is: “One lesson to learn still is; use great care in your lives. Be skeptical and know that great forces exist in this world which we cannot control but must be wary of.”

An Excellent Post on what we can expect

I saw this post on twitter, thanks @stevemtzn. It seems like there is already a really clear distinction between the two presidents.

Bush: Nearly 2400 Disallow entries.

Obama: One Disallow entry.

Transparency in government: priceless

This is a letter written by someone who claims to know her personally, and has been involved in local government in Wasilla, AK.

You have to read the whole thing. don’t stop early.

A letter from Anne Kilkenny

I know this is a few days late, by here it is

We made local history here in Missoula, we had both democratic presidential candidates here in one weekend. John Edwards stopped by a couple of months ago, meaning we had three prominent political figures think we were important enough to visit.

I was lucky enough to get to see John, Barack and Hillary, and seeing them in real live is really a surreal experience, we watch them on TV all the time, but seeing them in the flesh is pretty Amazing.

Hillary’s Show

After going to both the Hillary show and the Barack show, i feel even stronger that hillary is NOT the right president for us right now. Barack is the person we need to fix our dire situation.
Hillary Sign Debacle
I’ve been thinking about why Barack appeals to me so much more. Patia puts it very well when she says ”
I believe that Hillary Clinton’s biggest motivation is not helping people or rescuing the country or building a better world — it is becoming president. Plain and simple. Barack Obama, on the other hand, strikes me as someone who truly cares about people and making the world a better place.” She has a certain amount of “Sharkyness” (coined by Mike M), that while some folks think we need, I really think we need an ambassador of good will as our Commander and Chief. There are plenty of cabinet positions and a VP that can and will handle that.

In other exciting news we are getting another (sorta) presidential candidate Ron Paul will be gracing Missoula with his presence April 21 in the adams center 7:30.

Lately on the Television i have been seeing commercials that go a little something like this:

We didn’t wait for someone else to storm the beaches of Normandy,
We didn’t wait for someone else to guarantee civil rights,
Or put a man on the moon,
And we can’t wait for someone else to solve the global climate crisis…

See the YouTube video here
I have to say that this commercial Really Grinds My Gears. The sponsoring group has a noble goal no doubt, but i have issue with the points they bring up.

  1. The Beaches of Normandy – While Hitler was committing mass genocide, and Stalin was committing atrocities of his own, we looked on and offered No help, no assistance, no leadership. It wasn’t until the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor we decided maybe we ought to get involved. It was a reaction to attack on our country, we did not take a leadership role in stopping the killings over seas
  2. Civil Rights – It seems to me The United States had more problems with civil rights than any other first world country. And our problems could, were, and are being solved by no one other than us. I do agree that we now need to rise up they way they did then and get some attention to combat global warming, and our last election was indicative of that, now if only they could do something…
  3. Man on The Moon – This is a tribute to American Greatness. Americans put their smarts to the test and won the race to the moon.

I know this is awful cynical, but it’s the same as glorifying Christopher Columbus, and they need to be called on it. I do very much support their cause, i just dislike that commercial.

food for thought.

http://lessig.org/blog/2008/02/20_minutes_or_so_on_why_i_am_4.html

This was created by Jessica Hagy creator of Indexed.

good political humor Indexed Style


http://www.mcclatchydc.com/216/gallery/27013.html

This morning while watching CNN, they were reporting on the “deadly tornadoes” in the Tennessee area. And in order to get photos of the area they turned to (where else?) Facebook. Another big part of CNN’s report was what they call iReport, where viewers grab their cameras and play photo journalist.
** UPDATE **

Collegewebeditor.com
reports that because the website was unable to handle the massive amount of traffic after the tornado, the University relied on a blog and the facebook group mentioned.

Social networking sites are becoming the place to get up-to-the minute news

This one is really a dusey. it’s a letter from bill gates to hobbyists in 1976.

Excerpts:

  • Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put 3-man years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product and distribute for free? //Who can’t?
  • The royalty paid to us, the manual, the tape and the overhead make it a break-even operation. One thing you do do is prevent good software from being written. // was anything microsoft ever produced with the intent of breaking even? I applaud the ‘Hobbyists’ who made it that way.
  • I would appreciate letters from any one who wants to pay up, or has a suggestion or comment. //Ha!