A Republic, if you can keep it

Sunday, September 20, 2009

World Alzheimer's Day, 2009

Also posted at Alzheimer's In The House.

Please don't forget tomorrow September 21, 2009 is World Alzheimer's Day. I'm thinking that would be the perfect time to contact your elected officials to urge them to support S.1492 and H.R. 3286, the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009. If passed this legislation will help provide researchers with the funds they need to find new and better treatments and possibly a cure for Alzheimer's Disease.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
Alzheimer's Disease International

Friday, September 18, 2009

POW/MIA Recognition Day 2009

The inscription on the stainless steel bracelet around my right wrist reads," GYSGT GALEN F HUMPHREY USMC 02-01-66 NVN/OW . When I first decided I wanted a POW/MIA bracelet I told the person that was making them I wanted one with the name of someone from the Saint Joseph, Missouri area on it. GYSGT Galen F. Humphrey (Please read entire bio) was the only member of the United States military that was left behind/unaccounted for at the end of our war with Vietnam that came from Saint Joseph. The bracelet will stay around my wrist until GYSGT Galen F. Humphrey is accounted for. It reminds me of his efforts and sacrifice. Today I hope you will take the time to think about the price GYSGT Galen F. Humphrey and a countless number of other POW/MIA's from all wars paid for our freedom. Say a prayer for them and the families they left behind.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Constitution Day 2009

Tomorrow will be September 17, 2009, or Constitution Day 2009. A holiday that deserves a lot more attention than it gets. Most folks don't celebrate it. Chances are they don't even know about it. I don't know, do K-Mart and Wal-Mart run Constitution Day specials? I doubt that very much.

If you don't do anything else to celebrate the day at least take a little time to read the United States Constitution. It's not long or hard to understand. If you have school age children have them read it with you. Starting this year make reading the Constitution together on September 17th a family tradition.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Letter To The Editor

Also posted at Alzheimer's In The House

I wonder if the title my local paper gave my letter to the editor means someone on the editorial staff sees the importance of passing both S. 1942 and H.R. 3286 the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009. If that is the case I'd count writing that letter as a battle won. The problem is one battle doesn't decide the outcome of any war. More letters to our elected officials urging them to support the Alzheimer's Breakthrough Act of 2009 are needed. If you haven't contacted your United States Senators and Representatives about this matter would you please do so now? If you have contacted your elected officials take the next step. A letter to the editor of your local paper will let the folks in your area know where you and your elected officials stand on this important issue. If someone develops Alzheimer's every seventy seconds I'm thinking just about all of us have been touched by this devastating disease. So getting public support for this legislation should be fairly easy.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The Saint Joseph News-Press

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001

September 11, 2001 is one of the dates that I sure everyone that was over the age of ten at the time will remember in detail for many years to come.

As a rule Sue would have been in the living room watching the morning news on TV. I usually had the short wave on while reading some of my favorite newspapers on-line. For some reason I had not turned the radio on that morning and Sue was going through the kitchen cabinets getting ready for a trip to the grocery store. I was reading a very strange article in the London Telegraph. I was sure they were treating a FEMA drill as if it were real. The article said one of the towers at the World Trade Center had been hit by a jet liner. I felt like I was reading a new version of War Of The Worlds. Sue handed me the phone as she told me it was my Step-Daughter. There was no hello, she screamed "Are you watching this shit?". Before I could tell her we didn't have the TV or radio on she said "Oh my God the second tower has been hit"! At that point I realized this is not a drill. When I turned back to the computer screen the article I'd been reading had been updated. I remember the numb feeling I had as I sat there looking at a photo of the World Trade Center in ruins. The numbness was replaced by feelings of anger, sorrow and grief. The rest of the day was spent watching news broadcasts on TV, listening on the short wave and reading updates on the computer.

Before that day I had told people that I knew that one day there would be a terrorist attack on United States soil. I was thinking along the lines of a school or shopping center bombing. I had not thought of anything as devastating as that day turned out to be. I pray nothing like that ever happens again but I'm afraid it will.

I hope you'll take some time today to remember the innocent victims that lost their lives that day. Say a prayer for them and ask God to continue to watch over the friends, families and loved ones they left behind.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The Compassion Connection

Friday, September 04, 2009

Keep Your Children Home Tuesday, September 8, 2009

I'm glad we don't have any school age children. If we did I'd have to keep them home from school next Tuesday, September 8, 2009 to prevent them from being sucked into the Obama Youth Movement. I'm thinking this was tried in Germany years ago, we all know how that turned out. I was not surprised to learn that some felt it was wrong for George H. W. Bush (Who I opposed on most issues) to address school children in 1991 but now they feel it is great that Obama (Who I've opposed on all issues) wants to. I think I'm smelling a little bit of a double standard here.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

Thanks go to:
The Obama White House
The History Place