Archive for September 11th, 2007

NEVER AGAIN! NEVER FORGET!

September 11, 2007

Today is September eleventh, the year of our Lord two thousand seven. Six years ago this morning the world changed in a way that many it seems, wish would just go away. Well, it is not going away. We, the free peoples of this world must never forget that.

What got me to thinking about this on this anniversary of the terrorist attack? It was the apparent ambivalence of so many people that I see. That, in contrast with something that I watched many years ago in Israel. I was high atop a mesa that had once been an Israeli fort. Seems that the Romans had decided that the land was to be theirs. These ancient people of Israel had been under siege for quite some time. The legions though, would have their way. The fortress was about to fall, the people though were not. They threw themselves to their deaths over the cliffs rather than be enslaved by the Romans. Now, that, was a powerful statement to say the least. Back to when I stood on top of that desert mountain in Israel; The young recruits of the Israeli Defense Force had run from the sea that was many miles away, across the desert, then up the side of the cliffs. When at the top, they said, in Hebrew,

NEVER AGAIN!

Never mind that thirteen people that I knew died while trying to save others. What absolutely has to be, as a way of life, is that we never forget what they gave their lives for. Our peoples, our ways, our beliefs, and our inalienable rights. That is what those brave men and women died for. Not the individual lives, but for what it means to be an American, and yes, like Rangers, they went after those that were their own, to try and help, or to protect the dead, or to fall with them trying to do that.

On this day I wish to extend my heart felt thanks to all those that serve so that others may live.

Patrick D. Sperry

NREMT-Paramedic Retired

The Grasshopper and the Ant.

September 11, 2007

TRADITIONAL VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the
winter.  The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.  Come winter,
the ant is warm and well fed.  The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

*****MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be warm and
well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in
his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be,
that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?  Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah
with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.”  Jesse Jackson stages a
demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the group singing, “We shall overcome.”
Jesse then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper’s sake. Nancy Peloski, John Kerry & Harry
Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and
both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the EEOC drafts the
Economic Equity and Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer! The ant is fined for failing
to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is
confiscated by the government. Hillary gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit
against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of federal judges that Bill Clinton appointed from a list of
single-parent welfare recipients. The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house
he is in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him because he doesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of
spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2008.

Useless Trivia

September 11, 2007

   SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW EVERYTHING?

      “Stewardesses” is the longest word typed with only the left hand .

      And “lollipop” is the longest word typed with your right hand. (Bet you tried this out mentally, didn’t
you?)

      No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.

      “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “MT”. ? (Are you doubting this?)

      Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.

      The sentence: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” uses every letter of the alphabet. (Now, you
KNOW you’re going to try this out for accuracy, right?)

      The words ‘racecar,’ ‘kayak’ and ‘level’ are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left
(palindromes). (Yep, I knew you were going to “do” this one.)

      There are only four words in the English language which end in “dous”: tremendous, horrendous, stupendous,
and hazardous. (You’re not doubting this, are you?)

      There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: “abstemious”
and “facetious.” (Yes, admit it, you are going to say, a e I o u)

      TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. (All you
typists are going to test this out)

      A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

      A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. (Some days that’s about what my memory span is.)

      A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.

      A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

      A snail can sleep for three years. (I know some people that could do this too.!)

      Almonds are a member of the peach family.

      An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

      Babies are born without kneecaps. They don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.

      February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.

      In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.

      If the population of China walked past you, 8 abreast, the line would never end because of the rate of
reproduction.

      Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors .

      Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite!

      Rubber bandslast longer when refrigerated.

      The average person’s left hand does 56% of the typing.

      The cruise liner, QE 2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.

      The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his
pocket. (Good thing he did that.)

      The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.

      There are more chickens than people in the world.

      Winston Churchill was born in a ladies’ room during a dance.

      Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

      Now you know more than you did before!

 


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