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Thought for the Day – November 11, 2008

In Remembrance of All Veterans from All Wars

In Remembrance of All Veterans from All Wars

© Nancy Thiele |

To all the Veterans of all the wars, including my Dad, who was in the Army during the Korean War, I say, “Thank you” for all you’ve done for our country.

November 11, 2008 is Veterans Day in the United States and is coincidentally the 90th anniversary of World War One, which was fought from 1914 to 1918.

An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

Congress amended this act on November 8, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

May this day not only a day of remembering our Veterans, but also be the day dedicated to the cause of world peace.

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Just left click any where on the map to move around the map. Right click on any area’s color to get gas price info for that area.

Read it and weep.

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You think you got it bad in your area? And yes, you are right! No matter where you go in the United States, “gas prices suck” (as Jeff Dunham so comedically stated).

But scroll on over and take a peak at California! It’s on fire — in more ways than one it seems.

Hey, just noticed something else that may or may not be significant. Do you see a corridor that is green all the way from the border with Mexico all the way to the border with Canada? Reminds me of another map (direct link to the map).

EDIT: 4/26/2008 – Sorry Texas. Looks like you are now mostly yellow since I did this posting.

Thought for the Day – Leap Year Day – February 29, 2008

Thought for the Day – Leap Year Day – February 29, 2008

To succeed in politics, it is often necessary to rise above your principles.

And of course to have some Finagle room…

Finagle’s Creed:
Science is true. Don’t be misled by facts.

Finagle’s First Law:
If an experiment works, something has gone wrong.

Finagle’s fourth Law:
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it only makes it worse.

Finagle’s Second Law:
No matter what the anticipated result, there will always be someone eager to (a) misinterpret it, (b) fake it, or (c) believe it happened according to his own pet theory.

Finagle’s Third Law:
In any collection of data, the figure most obviously correct, beyond all need of checking, is the mistake

With thanks to this page (lots of fun quotes).


My heart goes out to the families in Greensburg, Kansas where 10 people have lost their lives, and the town was decimated by an F5 Tornado that ravaged the area May 4, 2007.

From the article in the Kansas City Star noted above:

The 1.7-mile-wide Category F-5 enhanced tornado, with wind estimated at 205 mph, destroyed about 95 percent of this farming town Friday.

KAKE reports,

The twister was 1.7 miles wide. A storm of this magnitude is the first in 8 years in the US – the last was May 3rd of 1999 in central Oklahoma. The Greensburg tornado was on the ground for 22 miles non-stop and 30 minutes. Maximum winds were estimated at 205 mph. This is the first fatal storm in southwest Kansas since 1967.

Approximately 75 to 90 percent of the buildings in Greensburg are damaged or destroyed. Power outages have been reported throughout Kiowa and surrounding counties. Cell phones and land line communications were also severely impacted.

I know that they are doing all they can for Greensburg, Kansas, but all they can do is not enough. The National Guard across the US is down approx 50-60% from where they should be to be able to meet these types of problems within our own country. Why? Because many valuable members of the National Guard and respective equipment that would have been available to our own people in times of disaster are currently in Iraq.

Forbes reports,

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says the war in Iraq has exposed holes in domestic disaster response like the one currently under way in tornado-ravaged Kansas.

The governor said about half the state’s National Guard trucks are in Iraq, equipment that would be helpful in removing debris. Sebelius, who asked the Pentagon in December to replenish lost resources, said the state also is missing a number of well-trained personnel.

Sure, FEMA has been there and helping and I sure hope that goes better in Greensburg than it did in New Orleans.

But Charity begins at home! How can the States within our Country meet the needs of their own State’s constituency if the local help system is in large part in Iraq?

Why must the states depend upon FEMA? The Local government and the State’s should be able to do a large part of the work with resources on hand locally. The members of the local and statewide governments will have much more knowledge of resources and know their own people better than the Federal Government would have under those conditions.

FEMA coming in should be a last resort, should it not? But there’s a catch 22… How can the States be autonomous as they should be to a large extent if a large percentage of the local resources are in Iraq?

Certainly, even with full National Guard and other local resources and people, FEMA would likely play a role in Greensburg since the devastation was so great, but not the role they will be required to play under the current conditions due to the shortage of local resources.

The Kansas City Star article first noted in this posting also reports,

The government’s response to the disaster was undermined by ongoing National Guard deployments to the Middle East, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius said.

“I don’t think there is any question if you are missing trucks, Humvees and helicopters that the response is going to be slower,” Sebelius said. “The real victims here will be the residents of Greensburg, because the recovery will be at a slower pace.”

I have no argument with the Iraqis who are in a terrible place themselves right now being pushed and pulled from so many directions, but we really need to think about our own too. And that should have come first – not as an afterthought when a disaster strikes.

Just my two cents.

World AIDS Day 2006

Support World AIDS Day

This is the history of the Red Ribbon commemoration:

The red ribbon has become an internationally recognized symbol for AIDS awareness, worn by people throughout the year in support of people living with HIV and in remembrance of those who have died. On 1 December this year, people around the world will be pinning on their red ribbons as they commemorate World AIDS Day. But where did the ribbon come from?

Let’s not let those who are stricken with AIDS suffer in silence.

Thankfully organizations around the world are trying to keep this epidemic in front of the eyes of their governments and the world. This dreadful disease needs to be stopped, awareness of the ghastly toll it takes every day, month, year can not continue to go unnoticed at the governmental levels. The numbers are staggering! While political correctness reins, we will never see this problem go away.

It doesn’t matter how a person gets a disease, it simply matters that they are suffering with a terrible disease that needs to be stopped. We can not afford to sit back and let millions die every year while their families and friends stand by helpless and possibly secretly fearful of their own fates as they give the needed care to their suffering family member or friend.

Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise is the theme for World AIDS Day 2006. The page has a PDF on the current status of the AIDS epidemic:

2006 is the 25th anniversary of the identification, of “AIDS” – Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – although evidence exists to suggest earlier cases. More than 25 million people have died of AIDS-related causes since 1981.

Let’s help keep this problem before the eyes of the leadership in our countries to Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise.

For information and how we can help:, World AIDS Campaign,, Global AIDS Alliance, Project Inform, Join (RED), and so many others world wide as shown by this Google search.

Just because the mass media and governments aren’t focusing on the AIDS epidemic certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t happening….just ask the grieving family members of the 2.9 million people who died due to AIDS-related illnesses in 2006 alone!

Support World AIDS Day

Ted Kennedy talks about the importance of Network Neutrality

Sen. Ted Kennedy has posted a very good video on Network Neutrality on and you can find the video here:

Sen. Ted Kennedy supports Net Neutrality

He may be using this as a forum for re-election, but it’s a good piece and well worth viewing.

Network Neutrality is a very important thing to ensure our freedoms. Without Network Neutrality corporations who hold the purse strings would have control of what you see, hear or say. This would be totally unacceptable in any society based on freedom and liberty, particularly the United States where these freedoms and liberties are spelled out specifically in the documents of freedom for our country, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

On the left side of this blog, in the navigation area, there is an image that links to SaveTheInternet to get more information on what’s needed to keep the Internet free.

Memorial Day…

To all the Veterans of all the wars, including my Dad, who was in the Army during the Korean War (and especially today, because my Dad passed away on this date May 26th, in 2005), I say, “Thank you” for all you’ve done for our country.

Many gave much more than others, their very lives. Others suffered great personal, emotional, spiritual, and physical tragedy due to their times in the wars.

We can not allow the stupidity of this war to turn this country sour on our Veterans again. It was a travesty when the Vietnam war ended and that happened and I felt so embarrassed and humiliated for this country’s behavior concerning their Veterans when they came home.

I remember when I was 16 and was in an bad accident and spent some time at the hospital in Valley Forge where some of those brave souls were coming home from the Vietnam War. Many missing limbs and going through rehabilitation while I was in rehabilitation as well learning to walk again. My heart went out to them. I knew what I had been through, and it was nothing compared to the horrors of war.

In the Vietnam war and in this war. Veterans are caught between a rock and a hard place, I think, even worse than the rest of us are in so many ways.

God bless you all and thank you for your service to your country. Regardless of who put them there, or why, that’s the role each serviceman and servicewomen is living out and I thank them for that…it’s not an easy road to follow. Especially for those in areas of battle and potential battle every day. And those who have been through hell and back as war tends to do to people.

Here’s a couple articles to think about. I read them and just went Wow!

Salute to Veterans – Ron Paul – 2008 – Texas Straight Talk –

Most of my efforts on Capitol Hill are focused on reducing the federal government’s size and scope, but I make an exception for a very important group of people. Our nation’s men and women in uniform commit a selfless act of patriotism when they take up arms in defense of our country. As a veteran myself, I salute all those currently serving, or who have served in our armed forces. Our nation owes them a debt of gratitude for their sacrifices, their courage, their time away from friends and family, and the dangers they undertake. This Memorial Day we honor our soldiers and vets, we remember those who never came home, or who have since passed on. Above all, we acknowledge our respect for all who have served in the military.

War Immemorial Day – No Peace for Militarized U.S. – by Bill Quigley –

Memorial Day is not actually a day to pray for U.S. troops who died in action but rather a day set aside by Congress to pray for peace. The 1950 Joint Resolution of Congress which created Memorial Day says: “Requesting the President to issue a proclamation designating May 30, Memorial Day, as a day for a Nation-wide prayer for peace.” (64 Stat.158).

Much more in these articles! They are both on my must read list.

I have been out of sorts all day today, and I didn’t realize why, till my “baby sister” Deb called and mentioned the anniversary of Daddy’s passing today in a voice message and asking how I was doing today, and letting me know that their family was going out on a friend’s boat today.

I knew this day was coming. Realized it was only two days away, the day before yesterday. I think that subconsciously, I even realized it had arrived and that was why I have been out of sorts and feeling so down today.

Daddy, I love you and miss you so much!

EDIT: Added two articles and a quote from each. Thanks Kurt for sending these two articles to me.

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