|You've Experienced 84% of Life|
You have an amazing amount of life experience. In fact, you've seen and done more than most people.
So congratulate yourself on what you've done so far. The future is only going to be more of the same!
"You don't come into my country, you don't come into my congressional district and criticize my president, " Rangel said from Capitol Hill.
He added that "it would be crazy to think that Americans do not feel offended" by Chavez's remarks.
You rock, sir.....this time. Please accept the humblest of thanks from one of your most vocal critics, as we all realize George Bush does NOT need the help of the likes of Chavez to look a fool.
Apologize For Calling Me Violent Or I'll Kill You
I'm only guessing here, but I'm pretty sure that in any of the Middle Eastern languages there must not be a word that means the same as the word "IRONY" in English.
On the heels of the Pope's comments concerning the violent aspects of Islam's founding (forced conversion or death), Muslims across the Middle East have expressed outrage that he would falsely accuse "The religion of peace" of such things by:
- Burning the Pope in effigy.
- Burning 7 Christian churches to the ground.
- Murdering a Catholic nun.
- Threatening that this will lead to war.
If I didn't know better, I'd think this came from one of the sarcastic articles at TheOnion.com or a Saturday Night Live skit, but sadly (or is that frighteningly?) it's for real.
What makes you think we care where you stuff your man-yams? With the $700 million we won’t earmark to move railroad tracks, you will be able to buy a locking door. Go nuts.
OK, here's the list:
10 Reasons Why Gay Marriage is Wrong
01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.
02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
03) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.
04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.
05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
06) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.
07) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.
08) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.
09) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.
10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
ELMO REFUSED to be interviewed for this column. I consider this to be a supreme act of cowardice. And it doesn't surprise me one bit. Elmo is an annoying tool.
Yes, I know that children love Elmo. But children are idiots. That's why we don't let them have jobs. Could you imagine an office full of children? They'd spend all day telling dumb jokes and talking about their poop. It would be like it was before women entered the workplace.
"Sesame Street" — which still has sharp, funny writing — is being destroyed by idiot cuteness. Not only is the patronizing, baby-talking Elmo usurping most of the hour, but "Sesame Street" — which debuted its 37th season Monday — added its first new female Muppet in 13 years: the sparkly haired, tutu-wearing, button-nosed, pink-skinned fairy goddaughter Abby Cadabby. Her shaky magic skills get her in situations she needs to get bailed out of, like the anti-"Bewitched."
Plus, she's got that creepy, throaty, little-girl Lindsay Lohan kind of voice, and a Paris Hilton-esque catchphrase: "That's so magic." When I watched "Sesame Street" in the '70s, the human cast and the Muppets were quirky adults who didn't talk down to me with baby voices. Now the human cast gets almost no airtime, and the show is dominated by Elmo, Baby Bear and, now, Abby Cadabby — preschoolers enamored by their own adorable stupidity.
The lesson they teach — in opposition to Oscar, Big Bird, Grover or Bert — is that bland neediness gets you stuff much more easily than character. We are breeding a nation of Anna Nicole Smiths.
I am not the only one who hates Elmo. Vernon Chatman and John Lee, the creators of MTV2's dark "Sesame Street" parody, "Wonder Showzen," think the evil red one is destroying the show.
"Elmo doesn't grow. People show him something and he laughs. He doesn't learn a lesson," says Lee. "It's the exact opposite of what old 'Sesame Street' used to do. Elmo has been learning the same lesson his whole life, which is that Elmo likes Elmo."
Chatman, who refers to Elmo as the Jar Jar Binks of "Sesame Street," worries that Elmo teaches kids to care only about themselves.
"Elmo is just a baby-voiced, self-obsessed character who is only concerned with Elmo," says Lee. "He just passively observes things: 'Elmo is looking at a sandwich. Elmo is eating a sandwich. Elmo is crapping out the sandwich and writing his name on the wall with it.' " The last celebrity to so obsessively refer to himself in the third person was Richard Nixon.
Whereas Count Von Count markets math and Oscar markets the acceptability of negative emotions, Elmo, brilliantly, just markets Elmo, leading him to be the show's cash cow, or whatever misshapen animal he's supposed to be.
I question not only Abby Cadabby but all of Elmo's associates. You may recall that Elmo testified before Congress about music education. But you may not remember who requested Elmo's appearance: Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, now in jail for taking at least $2.4 million in bribes. I'm not implying that Elmo has taken dirty money, but these are the kind of people Elmo surrounds himself with.
I understand that "Sesame Street" has to compete in a Nickelodeon-Disney Channel-Wiggles-Pixar universe. In fact, the new episodes start with " 'Sesame Street' is brought to you by the following … " and then, instead of gently mocking consumerism by listing letters and numbers, they actually show real spots for McDonald's, Beaches resorts, Pampers and EverydayKidz.com — the last of which apparently helps children spell only if they want to be rappers.
I desperately don't want the show to go away, so I know they can't afford to run the "Elmo accidentally drank bleach and died" episode. Instead, they need to simply take Elmo and his buddies and give them their own hourlong show for the idiot spawn. Then put Luis, Gordon and the cool Muppets on their own half-hour "Classic Sesame" for the kids who will one day actually contribute to our society.
Whichever of the two shows you watched would serve as a convenient litmus test for the rest of your life. "Which 'Sesame Street' did you watch?" will be code on college applications, Internet dating and job applications. Blue and red states will be divided not by presidential choices, but by Grover and Elmo.
If we can't save all the kids, let's at least save the ones who can master speaking in first-person. The rest we'll use for reality TV stars.
From: Schwaiger, Richard T USA MAJ USA 219th ASG [mailto:Richard.T.Schwaiger@afghan.swa.army.mil]
Sent: Wednesday, August 30, 2006 1:09 PM
Subject: FW: DASH-A 08-06: ANA Basic Trng
Here’s a simple article I think all Americans would and should find interesting. For some reason the general media organizations don’t seem to report on this type of topic that may be perceived as positive. They actively are choosing to not report this information. If ever public accusations should be leveled against a person or organization for misleading the American people, it’s our own media that has the most to answer to, not the current administration. The military presents the material as a public press release, but the media don’t report on it. They also could easily have their reporters find similar material on their own, especially since it’s more prevalent than the negative news they choose to broadcast and publish. However if it doesn’t involve dead or wounded U.S. military personnel, any civilian casualties, anything damaging or controversial to U.S. foreign policy or the administration, or any Hollywood-like explosions they don’t seem to be interested in reporting it.
Americans would be amazed at all the positive activity and development going on in Afghanistan and especially the attitudes of the Afghan people…if they only had a chance to be exposed to it. The past 6.5 months have validated what my thoughts were before deploying. The only people who have the information to make an accurate assessment or form a fact-based opinion of the current conflicts the U.S. is involved in are those people who have deployed to those locations (i.e. Afghanistan, Iraq, Djibouti, Guantanamo Bay, and many other locations of conflict or where there’s a need for a U.S. military presence around the world). These soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines have invested and continue to invest a significant amount of their lives in these locations. Some of them have even given their lives as the ultimate sacrifice. Why on earth would they voluntarily and willingly do this? I don’t expect everything they’d say would be positive, but it’d be much more representative of the actual status. They know the situation on the ground. It’s certainly not a bed of roses otherwise we wouldn’t be here, but it’s also not the quagmire or stalled action portrayed on the U.S. evening news, on the front page of most newspapers nor on their editorial pages. The information available in the U.S. and throughout the world has been actively filtered by a relatively select few media owners and editors. They wield substantial power and influence in the pursuit of profits (remember they’re businesses like Ford, Proctor & Gamble, AT&T, etc.) while portraying their professionals as the honest, objective, gumshoe reporters who just report the facts (albeit the ones they select and how they choose to portray them).
Don’t you wonder what goes on in the life of some typical Afghans during their daily activities? A young mother, a businessman, a student, a civil servant, a soldier, a laborer, or children. What do these people think about the U.S. and Coalition Forces presence in their country? How have their country and their lives changed during the past several years? What do they think about their future? You’d think that after almost 5 years that knowledge would be researched, published and commonly available and known to you. We’ve invested a lot of time, money, and the lives of U.S. military members in the effort. However it’s much, much easier to find out which celebrities are having affairs, what dress a Hollywood star wore to an awards banquet, and other trivial gossip which frankly makes little if any contribution to society. That’s a disappointing testament to our culture and supposedly progressive enlightenment.
Here’s a link to the CFC-A (Combined Forces Command – Afghanistan) website. http://www.cfc-a.centcom.mil/ Spend some time reading the reports and stories on it when you can. It’s real and accurate information. Believe me, the Army isn’t sending troops around the country and into harms way just to pose for a few choice photos for an article. I personally know some of these soldiers and their units’ missions. These are just a sampling of the missions and achievements that are being executed and realized every single day for the past several years. Why isn’t your favorite newspaper or television news program reporting it to you? I suggest bookmarking the site and periodically checking it out.
Okay, I’ll step down from my soapbox. However now that I’ve seen and experienced these discrepancies first-hand, I feel it’s my duty as an American to help inform my fellow citizens in the absence of objective and accurate reporting. As a soldier in Afghanistan I’m an ambassador of the United States of America; in American I have a similar obligation to be a representative of what’s happening here.
The comments below were made by members of the U.S. Army leadership directly involved with assisting the ANA (Afghan National Army) to become a professional army.
P.S. The views and opinions above are mine and are not to be construed as official U.S. Army or military policy or opinion and all the other standard legal disclaimers…
P.P.S. I encourage you to consider forwarding this information to friends, family, and co-workers who you think would benefit from it, especially if they’re of voting age
Subject: FW: DASH-A 08-06: ANA Basic Trng
About 900 to 1000 ANA soldiers graduate from Basic Training every month. Month by month the ANA is truly becoming a professional National Army. No longer are they identified with different tribes, instead they are part of one Army that has a mission to defend their nation and their people. The ceremony in the attached article depicts a commitment on their part to serve and bleed if necessary in their commitment to the nation and their religion.
Before moving on to advanced individualized training, Afghan National Army trainees celebrate the completion of basic training with a ceremony routed deep in tradition and faith. The new soldiers complete an 18-kilometer road march around Ghar Mountain. Upon completion of the march, they are cheered on and greeted by new recruits who have just begun their training. The next morning, the soldiers take their oath of enlistment, swearing their allegiance to Allah and Afghanistan. The ceremony marks the end of one training, and the beginning of much more for ANA members.