Sunday, July 22, 2007

Its about me ...and You...and them ....

Some days we are forced to look at ourselves......I like myself today alot more than I did last year this time ....dont ask why its pretty dang complicated ....
But that was last year and this is this year ......
Being selfish has never been my thing...or at least I dont think it is ....I dont even think being selfish is really in my nature ....but there are times in our lives when we want it all to be about us ...Screw you its MY time ...If you are reading this right now you know that deep down inside you also feel this way ....and I think that it is ok to be that way . But it cannot EVER be the only way ......
I have been hurt and I have for sure hurt someone or some people in my lifetime ...folks that I dont even know ...The lady at WalMart who pissed me off and I was rude ....WHY was I rude??

I am a man slowly coming to terms with it all ....its not easy but the ride has been fantastic!
Without a heart and soul and without compassion for others or any patience we are a doomed people . We need to try and understand each others differences and then sit back and try and decide what we can all offer each other ....our friends our family people we work with ....what can we offer them ...long term??
Take a chance at something out somewhere for office .....volunteer at a local shelter or your church .....dont be affraid to do something ....Not getting hurt cannot be an excuse cannot be your reason ...any more !
I am a person of substance,character, laughter,tears, and variety. I vote for Democrats, I am loyal to my friends and family .
I am me . Take me or leave me ......
I close with this from the West Wing Season 3......

MRS. LANDINGHAM--You know, if you don't want to run again, I respect that. But if you don't run 'cause you think it's gonna be too hard or you think you're gonna lose... well, God, Jed, I don't even want to know you.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Funny things change!

This is something I found posted a friends myspace page .....thought it was worth posting on here......Thanks for posting it Andrew

Borrowed this from a great blog -

Here are twenty five current republican senators who voted to convict President Clinton of lying under oath during the United States Senate impeachment vote on 12 February 1999.
Wayne Allard (R-CO)
Robert Bennett (R-UT)
Kit Bond (R-MO)
Sam Brownback (R-KS)
Jim Bunning (R-KY)
Thad Cochran (R-MS)
Larry Craig (R-ID)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Pete Domenici (R-NM)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Judd Gregg (R-NH)
Chuck Hagel (R-NE)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Trent Lott (R-MS)
Dick Lugar (R-IN)
John McCain (R-AZ)
Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Gordon Smith (R-OR)
George Voinovich (R-OH)

And here is the list of those current republican senators who have spoken out against the recent commutation by President Bush of the jail sentence of Scooter Libby who was convicted of perjury - among other things - by a jury of his peers in a federal court:

?????? NONE
Funny how back in 1999 honesty and truthfulness were so very important to these twenty five but now, not so much.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Happy Birthday America!!!!

Couple of things ....

Andrew and Aprils wedding was a nice affair last weekend and I was glad to see so many of the youth come out and support them on the big day ......I was also glad to see my friend Jason from bham come down for the event. The night ended with a few of us at Sinclairs (is there anywhere else to eat in MGM)......a good long day!

The Second batch of Gregg/Mielke beer is a success.......this is actually the third batch but trust me you did not want to be tasting that crude we concocted the second time around .....

I cannot tell you how wonderful this batch tastes.....Perhaps you will be one of the lucky few to share in this batch.....

It is officially July 4th 2007. Hard to believe that 231 years ago a small group of men met in Philadelphia and said hey ...we want to do things a different way. Whats even more fascinating is that they did it ....they pulled together 13 Colonies that did not get along with each other all the well....they put aside big differences--READ -SLAVERY-- and they beat the most powerful nation on the earth at that time!!! Pretty good stuff, huh?.....

Despite all our differences, and our problems .....we live in the greatest nation in the World! End of sentence. Could you imagine living in France, Germany , Iraq, India or China???? Of course not ......why do people strive so hard every day to get into this country?? Its because they see it as their future...their families future....Its been that way for decades and decades

Emma Lazerus wrote about it saying ....

"Give me your tired, your poor , your huddled masses....Yearning to breath free!"

People who come across our borders each day just want a taste of true freedom and they are willing to die on boats getting here....they are willing to be shot or hunted down on borders. I say God Bless America for being that beacon still today .....

I close with a quote that I posted last year and something new this year


I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shows, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more....
John Adams
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.
~Erma Bombeck