Happy Birthday to my little girl. I love you Sophie.
Today is my son’s sixteenth birthday. Since I know he doesn’t read this blog I’m going to out our present to him of a new iPhone 3GS. He’s going to make out like a bandit as his grandparents are getting him an iPad 2 also.
I love you Jonathan, Happy Birthday.
A US military jury clears a Navy Seal over an attack on an Iraqi suspected of killing four American security guards in Falluja.
Amazing that it even got to this point. Poor, poor terrorist.
I received this in an email from a friend. It is reproduced here without permission.
The following was written by Lewis Napper, a self described amateur philosopher from Mississippi . He ran for a senate seat in 2000.
“We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights.”
**ARTICLE I**: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.
**ARTICLE II**: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.
**ARTICLE III**: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.
**ARTICLE IV**: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes . (This one is my pet peeve…get an education and go to work….don’t expect everyone else to take care of you!)
**ARTICLE V**: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we’re just not interested in public health care.
**ARTICLE VI**: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don’t be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.
**ARTICLE VII**: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don’t be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won’t have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.
**ARTICLE VIII**: You do not have the right to a job.. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful. (AMEN!)
**ARTICLE IX**: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
**ARTICLE X**: This is an English speaking country. We don’t care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from! (Lastly….)
**ARTICLE XI**: You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!!!! GET OVER IT !!!
Mean people suck. It has always seemed to me that it’s much easier to be nice to people than to be mean.
* It takes more effort to exclude someone than to include them.
* It’s easier to smile than to frown.
* It’s easier to tell the truth than to lie.
Unfortunately hurt feelings last a long time and saying your sorry sometimes just doesn’t make it better. Regrettably the world is full of people who choose to be mean. Yes, I believe it is a choice. Life’s lesson is that when people are mean to you it’s best to let it run off you like water off a duck. Real friends aren’t mean. They’re either not _really_ your friend or they’re trying to impress someone else at your expense. In either case it sucks. Hurt takes time to heal and sometimes _”I’m sorry”_ just doesn’t cut it. Don’t sweat the small stuff. You probably cause yourself more angst by thinking about it that blowing it off.
Almost everyone should get a second chance, especially those you’ve known for a long time.
I hope my son learns this lesson.
Well, I’m sad to report that the new year ended up ringing in the death of a dear friend’s mother.
I just happened to be in the ED when I noticed the staff unsuccessfully attempting to resuscitate her. I did the best thing I could think of and just stood next to her husband.
Unfortunately she was preceded in death by her son, Henry, my friend, a little more than 7 years to the week.