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June 1, 2007 [ More archived home pages here ]

Carrying The Burden

Today's song is Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac, released in 1982.

Cindy Sheehan has quit. She blames lots of people and a nation for her ills. She needs to go look in the mirror to see where the heart of her problems lie. She put her faith in a group of people that weren't looking out for her, her recent associates. She's finding out they aren't loyal to her after-all.

Don't put too much blame on the Congress either, Cindy. The bulk of those representatives are centrists, like me. The extreme left group you are a part of, they are really a small number. They make a lot of noise, but carry little weight where it counts. The recent Iraq War funding bill that just past is a prime example of the real power of centrists. That's the political power that really matters in America.

Lastly, don't blame America for your situation, Cindy. You made many poor personal choices and now you are left to pay the price for those poor decisions. I don't agree with your political and anti-war views.

Your son didn't die for nothing, in my mind. He died fighting as he felt his adult conscience told him to act. You helped raise him with that conscience, Cindy. I think you dishonor him by saying he died for nothing. But if that's how you choose to believe, go ahead.

There is one thing you said that I agree with in some part:

"I have tried ever since he died to make his sacrifice meaningful," she wrote. "Casey died for a country which cares more about who will be the next American Idol than how many people will be killed in the next few months while Democrats and Republicans play politics with human lives."

I agree that many Americans don't pay any where near enough attention to the War on Terror and are concerned with American Idol instead of realities this nation faces. I think the bulk of those that focus that way are also of your political ilk, the La-La Land folks.

At least in your quoted statement you accept that your son died for this country. I'm sorry he died as I am for all Americans and our Allies (citizens and service people) that have died since the War on Terror started. Maybe one day we will fight to win decisively and the enemy will then see the futility of facing us in war. Until then, the number of dead and wounded citizens and service people will continue to climb for the belief in the old rules of war and what those rules are supposed to achieve. I see little benefit in believing in those old rules.

Had we dismissed those old rules of war, the war may very well have been over for a long time now. Perhaps almost all of those military folks that died in this war, including your son, would be alive today? On that point, I seem to be in the minority--for now.

Goodbye, Cindy. You'll remain the poster-person for the personal lost cause you waged. It's likely some other disenchanted person will step-up to take your place at some point. They're after the publicity too, you know. Just like you were...

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I published a new short story, The Admirers.

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While we fight wars of one kind, nature fights back with another. Fortunately, we don't follow old, out-dated rules for how to fight diseases. We do whatever needs to be done to win.

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Just as I talked about years ago, the natural cycle for offshoring jobs is starting to be realized.

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Sweden is the first country to open an embassy in Second Life.

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I am now being covered on Michael's Mac by my old friend, Michael Coyle. Michael used to operate ResExcellence before its fall from grace by those he turned that operation over to when he left.

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Google now has Street Views for their maps covering some cites. More cities to be added later.

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More cool space news with the discovery of so many more solar systems. We are not alone, we may just be very far apart--for now.

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The D is taking place not very far from where I live. I've been to that luxurious hotel many times. I think the Jobs-Gates joint-interview was very good for the industry. It's too bad the two companies: Apple and Microsoft, didn't grow alongside one another more closely in the last thirty years. Maybe in the next thirty they will be closer.

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Lots of new great educational material at iTunes U.

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It's not too much of a burden to complete this message with the following Digital Insight.

Abandoned Aggression (Created in September 1999)

War, is a topic I feel rather strongly about. Except for the War on Terrorism, I've been against every war America has been involved with since I was born in 1950. Although the Korean War was fought when I was an infant, it caused a profound effect on my life. It was the first of many wars that America had no business being involved with.

America has been militarily involved in too many places that were none of our business. If it was in my power, I would withdraw every troop from Korea, Japan, and Europe for use in the War on Terror wherever it needs to be fought.

Thus, it's an internal struggle to desire peace, yet fight for freedom when America is actually attacked and threatened. Someday the war will end, but not in my lifetime.

A 34" x 24" version of this hangs in our home as a reminder to me. Using my own words, I quote a portion from that page's narration:

"At the time, it intended to show that wars are not useful and sooner or later the warriors go home."

Don


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