Saturday, September 10, 2011
As many of you know, I lost a Cousin on that day in one of the Twin Towers. We have been placed in fear ever since that day, never knowing what tomorrow might bring. I'll tell you what tomorrow will bring, it won't bring back the hundreds of people lost that day.
It happened on American soil, something we're not used to. However, it is a part of life in a very complicated world. As we continue, (God Willing) to grow as a country with such freedoms, there will be others out there who will hate us for what we have to offer.
Hundreds of people lost their lives that tragic day and for some of us it truly hit home. However, we pay very hefty taxes to have a government there to protect us every day and quite frankly our government failed us in a very big way that day. A second plane should have never come close to hitting the second tower, period. Yet it did, which leaves me to question how and why.
As I have stated in the past, I had an Uncle who was an officer of the Secretary of Defense for many years in the Pentagon. I have seen and heard of many things the United States is capable of and while I may have only seen a tiny fraction of what my Uncle dealt with over those many years, there's just no way this could have been possible.
Nevertheless, it did and today we have to face an uncertain future. Sometimes in fear because our government slams the air waves with "UNCONFIRMED but credible terrorist threats". Give me a break! I, (for one) continue to lose any trust in our government any more because of such stupidity.
If you want to show your respects for the victims, go to Washington, D.C. or New York City and do so. However, STOP pulling local fundraisers for things that have NOTHING to do with the victims of 9-11. Let's show more respect for our men and women serving in the Unites States Military who have lost their lives, (for whatever reason) protecting our freedom.
What happened 10 years ago was horrible. Unfortunately it not only cost lives, it helped destruct the financial stability of the United States and I expect far better from our elected officials. As a child growing up in New York and New Jersey, I watched those Twin Towers go up in less than 2 years. Today, (10 years later) there's still NOTHING there. We haven't moved forward. We're a joke to the rest of the World.
We still have cars getting the same gas mileage today as we were getting 50 years ago. Gas prices went from 50 cents per gallon to almost $4.00 a gallon. We're not any safer today than we were 10 years ago and 1 out of 4 people are filing bankruptcy. Blame it on policy, blame it on whatever you like. America is screwed no matter how you look at it. Don't use 9-11-01 as a day to remember. Use 9-11-01 as a day we recognize as the day America crumbled. Recognize that our elected officials continue to fail us and be accountable, while they fill the air waves with the 9-11 crap.
Concentrate on forcing these elected officials to move forward. Demand those Twin Towers be replaced and let us all, (as a country) move forward in the right direction. After all, we are Americans, capable of achieving what no other country can do. Use this day as a day America got back on its feet and made those public officials and different branches of our government accountable for their actions.
After all, our armed forces are here to protect us, ESPECIALLY ON OUR OWN SOIL and never forget that our leaders failed us. It's not like we didn't watch one Tower get robbed once, it got robbed TWICE right in front of our very own eyes. Do you actually believe a plane could hit the Pentagon, the most powerful building in the entire WORLD! Lives were lost because of one of two things. Either this was a complete set up by our own government OR our government failed us in a very big way. I don't care what path you choose to decide. It was one of the two, period.
In the mean time, watching local non profits raise money for their own good makes me sick to my stomach as well. I can't even handle raising money for the victims any more. My God people, it's been 10 YEARS! YOU have NO CLUE just how many millions, (if not billions) have been raised for those victims, most of which NEVER reaches their pockets. Enough is enough. Do you see ONE of those victims Families reaching out for more help, NO!
You are being used, scammed, based on emotions. YOU don't see those same kind of fundraisers for those men and women who gave up their lives in the military actually protecting our freedoms. Stop allowing people to make money off of these victims.
It was a horrible day, I agree. However, this is AMERICA and we must move forward. We must learn and grow from such tragedies. Let's spend our energy uniting for the future and not harp on the past. Use this day each and every year to reflect on just how much better America is on this day from here on out. Let those who lost their lives look down upon us appreciating the fact that we are better as a country and their children will never have to face another tragedy like this again.
We're much better than this. We're much smarter than this and we're very capable of being a leader once again if we all unite. Anyhow, that's how I will celebrate 9-11 and I hope you'll join me.
Police say the child refused to get into the car and got home safely.
- Old People are easy to spot at sporting events; during the playing of the National Anthem. Old People remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment. They know the words and believe in them.
- Old People remember World War II, Pearl Harbor , Guadalcanal , Normandy and Hitler. They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing. They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam .
- If you bump into an Old People on the sidewalk he will apologize. If you pass an Old Person on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. Old People trust strangers and are courtly to women.
- Old People hold the door for the next person and always, when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.
- Old People get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.
- Old People have moral courage and personal integrity. They seldom brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.
- It's the Old People who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, but by the good Lord Himself who loves us all.
This country needs Old People with their work ethic, sense of responsibility, pride in their country and decent values.
We need them now more than ever.Thank God for Old People
Rick Perry â€“ 25.8%
Mitt Romney â€“ 21.2%
Ron Paul â€“ 16.8%
Michele Bachmann â€“ 12.5%
Sarah Palin â€“ 7.2%
Herman Cain â€“ 5.0%
Other/Write-Ins â€“ 4.4%
Newt Gingrich â€“ 2.3%
Jon Huntsman â€“ 2.2%
Rick Santorum â€“ 1.4%
Buddy Roemer â€“ 0.5%
Gary Johnson â€“ 0.3%
Thaddeus McCotter â€“ 0.3%
"I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2011 Straw Poll and thank all of the activists and candidates who gave their time to work at MDGOP's booth during the fair," said MDGOP Chairman Alex Mooney. "From the attendees, we heard a strong desire to turn our nation and state around and a commitment to make Maryland a two-party state. The Maryland Republican Party is committed to giving individuals, families, and businesses a stronger voice in Annapolis and Washington, D.C."
DSP Special Units are on-standby. High visibility patrols will be deployed to increase the security of our State’s critical infrastructure on the ground. DSP Aviation helicopters and DSP Maritime units will be conducting proactive patrols and monitoring our critical infrastructure both by air and water. The Delaware Information and Analysis Center (DIAC) will continue to monitor and analyze intelligence information and threat streams.
All of these efforts are to increase our capabilities to deter, detect, and disrupt any terrorist activity, with the ultimate goal of keeping our citizens and visitors of Delaware safe and secure.
We encourage the public to remain vigilant as well, being aware of their surroundings, and to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity. Citizens are urged to report any suspicious activity to the Delaware Anti-Terrorism Tip Line 1-800-FORCE-1-2 (1-800-367-2312)
She said her husband believed strongly that Johnson shouldn't become president and, in the months before his death in November 1963, he'd begun talking to his brother, Robert Kennedy, about ways to maneuver around Johnson in 1968.
"Bobby told me this later, and I know Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, 'Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president?'" she said.
An Albanian citizen who lived in Brooklyn, N.Y., was charged Friday with providing material support to terrorists in Pakistan who were engaged in military operations that killed U.S. troops, according to a statement released from the Department of Justice.
Agron Hasbajrami, 27, a legal U.S. citizen, allegedly provided $1,000 to an individual in Pakistan with ties to a terror group and said he’d provide as much money as possible.
Hasbajrami allegedly went on to talk about the difficulties raising money. Muslims, he said, grow apprehensive “when they hear it is for jihad,” according to the federal detention order unsealed Friday.
So you think your commute is bad? Spare a thought for drivers in Mexico City – which has the most tortuous driving in the world, according to a new IBM survey.
The appropriately-named 2011 Commuter Pain Study questioned motorists worldwide on a range of nightmarish areas: from journey times and the price of gas to the estimated level of stress involved in driving. The technology wizards then crunched all the responses and came up with scores and their own definitive list of the most undesirable places to own a car.More
OCPD detectives were brought into the investigation and determined the
suspect to be William Troy Stodghill, 48, of Pittsville, Maryland.
Stodghill was already wanted for failure to appear in Circuit Court for an
unrelated burglary case.
During the daytime hours of September 7, patrol officers responded to
another reported burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue. During this investigation patrol officers were able to track a stolen “IPad” via a
cellular data signal being transmitted by the stolen item. OCPD patrol
officers and detectives eventually located Stodghill in West Ocean City
in possession of this recently stolen property.
Stodghill was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in
Maryland Circuit Court and the burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue.
Further investigation led OCPD detectives with the assistance of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department, to serve a search and seizure warrant at Stodghill’s residence in Pittsville. As a result, police
have recovered multiple pieces of evidence linking Stodghill to as many as four additional Ocean City residential burglaries.
Because of the coordinated investigation by OCPD uniformed patrol officers and detectives, investigators expect to clear at least six residential burglaries. Stodghill was seen by an Ocean City District Court Commissioner and is currently being held on the outstanding Maryland Circuit Court burglary warrant as well as $25,000 bond for the burglary at 7103 Atlantic Avenue. Stodghill was transferred to the Worcester County Jail.
Anyone who feels they may have been the victim of a burglary in the midtown area or has any additional information regarding this suspect’s criminal activities is asked to contact Ocean City Police Detective Todd
Speigle at 410-723-6604.
Imports, craft beers and ones with fewer calories are in favor
While there are many reasons why Corporations shipped jobs overseas (government over-regulation, taxes, unions, lawsuits), the main reason is profit and greed. Those holding the stock and therefore receiving the dividends, made more money and profit, workers and America be damned. The stampede for ever increasing profits fueled the gutting of our manufacturing base, and to some extent our technology base as many of our tech products are now produced in Asia. Can we restore our manufacturing and technology base or is it already too late?
Reform is a positive word. A good thing. Positive and happy: Like sunshine, bubbles or a puppy's breath. Sometimes.
The legislator who gave me the tip was a Democrat. But he said it worked the same with Republicans. He explained that his colleagues and their staffs were often so overwhelmed by work (or trying to get reelected) that if a colleague they liked, trusted or owed introduced a "reform" bill they would support it.
That may be why so many pieces of legislation have the word "reform" in their title.
Reform to those proposing it is always a good thing. The smart, economical, right thing to do. But often to those who stand to be reformed, it's the equivalent of urging the captain of the Titanic to try to get a little closer to that pile of ice.
Take the Postal Reform Act. Please!
Decades ago it was decided that the old Post Office Department was too political, too slow and stuffy. That it needed to be run like a business. Hence it was reformed, taken out of the president's cabinet and reborn as a quasi-government operation called the U.S. Postal Service. Over time it became almost entirely self-supporting. In addition to competition from FedEx, UPS and other carriers, the USPS is suffering because people tweet or email more than they write cards or letters.
Bottom line: The USPS is in trouble. A lot of this, it says, is because unlike other federal operations it must pre-fund retirement costs big-time. It has cut jobs and wants to cut more. It would like to be able to reopen contracts with its powerful unions. And eliminate Saturday mail delivery and a ton of mom-and-pop post offices.