From the front 
Saturday, November 29, 2008, 02:09 PM - frontFoo
From my nephew, serving in the Army in Iraq:

So I am a bit surprised by my first few weeks in Iraq. Sure, there are still those who think it's fun to shoot at the Americans, but it really is nothing like the news portrays. I am a combat medic, and being so, I am in a position to speak with the locals on a slightly more persona level than most other soldiers. My squad patrols through cities every day, both looking for dangers for the American troops, and looking for more ways to help the Iraqi people. I am happy to say that I have treated far more Iraqi citizens for illness and injury than American soldiers or airmen, and I have had to pick up my own rifle even less. That my not be a "nice" or "PC" thing to say, but it is how I feel. But I digress. While treating said locals, I get a chance to talk face to face with Iraqi families every day (Usually through an interpreter, as I don't speak much Arabic), and the general feeling I get from them is gratitude. It was explained to me best yesterday when one Hajji (Hajji being a respected elder who has made a pilgrimage to the holy land, not the derogatory slang term most Americans like to use) told me that "Yes, I am glad Sadam [sic] is gone, but that is not what is important. You Americans have helped my family by bringing us clean water and "healing" my brother. You have helped my community by making it cleaner and safer. These are the things that matter." Needless to say, I was nearly floored. The things that we do on a national level do not concern most people here. It is the individual effort that these people see, and for the most part, are grateful for. I check news websites from back home, and they make it look like the Iraqi's want us to leave, but when I ask them, they say they are happy we are here, an that we make them safe. It feels to me as if something is being lost (or intentionally twisted) in translation.

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Banda Mamute - Dad on keyboard, harmonica and vocal 
Friday, November 28, 2008, 12:27 PM - musicFoo

Recorded on a cellphone.
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Dr Seuss 
Friday, November 7, 2008, 03:25 PM - quoteFoo

Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who matter don't mind, and those who mind don't matter.

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Margaret Thatcher 
Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 01:56 PM - quoteFoo
During my lifetime most of the problems the world has faced have come, in one fashion or other, from mainland Europe, and the solutions from outside it.

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Winston Churchill 
Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 09:52 AM - quoteFoo
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

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We are all rockstars 
Monday, September 22, 2008, 07:47 PM - musicFoo

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Proud Father 
Thursday, September 11, 2008, 08:54 AM - politiFoo
My oldest son heads off to Basic training today. He's joined the National guard to be a medic, and I couldn't be prouder of him.

From my perspective of years, I see all of his rough edges -- and want him to change those, but I can also see he has his life much more together than I did at his age. He is growing into quite a man.

Son, we're proud of you, and will be praying for you.

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Winston Churchill 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 08:57 AM - quoteFoo

A cat will look down to a man. A dog will look up to a man. But a pig will look you straight in the eye and see his equal.

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Blue-State Blues 
Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 08:42 AM - politiFoo
*MUST* read.

Blue State Blues as Coastal Parents Battle Invasion of Dollywood Values

"I'm not sure where we went wrong," says Ellen McCormack, nervously fondling the recycled paper cup holding her organic Kona soy latte. "It seems like only yesterday Rain was a carefree little boy at the Montessori school, playing non-competitive musical chairs with the other children and his care facilitators." "But now..." she pauses, staring out the window of her postmodern Palo Alto home. The words are hesitant, measured, bearing a tale of family heartbreak almost too painful for her to recount. "But now, Rain insists that I call him Bobby Ray." Even as her voice is choked with emotion, she summons an inner courage -- a mother's courage -- and leads me down the hall to "Bobby Ray's" bedroom, for a firsthand glimpse at the psychic devastation that claimed her son. She opens the door to a reveal a riot of George Jones CDs, reflective 'mudflap mama' stickers, empty foil packs of Red Man, and U.S. Marine recruiting posters. In the middle of the room: a makeshift table made from a utility cable spool, bearing a the remains of a gutted catfish. "This used to be all Ikea," she says, rocking on heels between heaved sobs. "It's too late for us. Maybe it's not to late for me to warn others."

<personal notes>
MP, print this for your pa.
BB, print this for yer ma 'n' Randy.
</personal notes>

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Friday, September 5, 2008, 09:29 AM - politiFoo
From the Asia Times online.

McCain's choice of vice presidential candidate made obvious after the fact what the party professionals felt in their fingertips at the stadium extravaganza yesterday: rejecting Clinton in favor of the colorless, unpopular, tangle-tongued Washington perennial Joe Biden was a statement of weakness. McCain's selection was a statement of strength. America's voters will forgive many things in a politician, including sexual misconduct, but they will not forgive weakness.

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George Bernard Shaw 
Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 02:56 PM - quoteFoo

"A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul."

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Saturday, August 30, 2008, 01:59 PM - politiFoo
What is the difference between a Black person and a White person? The only difference is superficial. Asking the same question of men and women? The differences are fundamental.

Now we know who represents superficial change and who represents fundamental change.

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