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30
Jul
12

STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE NOW.

STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE NOW.

I normally don’t get request to post causes on my blog. But for this particular subject matter I feel and agree that this subject needs to be posted. The issue is gun violence. Virgina Tech, Aurora, New York City and so on.

This is a matter that needs to be addressed, the killing of innocent people is senseless and not needed. Better laws need to be but into place by state and federal government to reflect this matter. A photographer/friend of mines Brian Everett Francis made the following public service announcement (PSA) poster/image and he asked me to post this on my blog to help spread the word about gun violence. The PSA poster is below.

This really needs to stop. The violence, killings of innocent people, better laws need to be made and put into place.

To see more of  Brian Everett Francis work, you can go to his website at.: http://www.PHAZION.COM and you can follow him on Twitter at.: @Bee_Phazion .

All that I ask is that after reading this blog post is that you the reader, click the “like” button on the bottom of this blog post to show your support against gun violence. As well post and share your comments about this issue.

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21
May
12

ROBIN GIBB DEAD AT 62.

A major and powerful force in one of the most successful music groups of all time, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died May 20 at the age of 62.

I feel that this is way to young an age to pass. First it was Whitney Houston, then Donna Summer, and now Robin Gibb. I guess the old saying of “death comes in threes” is true. We feel and somewhat expect celebrities to live long or in some cases maybe forever.

But that will never happen and once in a while, death will happen to all of us. And death has come once again. Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees has passed away.

I feel that the music of my past and childhood is slowly passing away into infinity. Never to be recreated or sang again by the original person that sung that certain song that we had liked and enjoyed so very much.

Call me a romantic, a dreamer of the past, old fashion. I don’t care what you call me. But the past was much simpler than now I feel. The Bee Gees music I feel was timeless, original, not some form of a remixed song. It was joy and perfection to me.

Or maybe the sixties and seventies did finally catch up with him? Who knows… Who cares? What I care about is the fact that we have once again lost another great true talent.

How can we forget that he was part of a trio that gave up all such great music?

I for sure can’t. It’s video clips like the one above that is one of the many reason that I like YouTube. 🙂

Hell… They gave us the Saturday Night Fever Movie Soundtrack!

I remember in my younger years going to the club (It was called “Spectrum.’)  that still had the actual dance floor from the movie and a small group of us got on the dance floor after we requested the DJ to play the Bee Gees song “You Should Be Dancing.” And we got on the dance floor and danced to the song just like in the video above. We danced with precision like as if we were the Radio City Rockettes all doing that dance. Granted the dance floor was short width wise but did have length. We tried our best to do so, there was eight of us, two rows of four people dancing to the song in rhythm. We all got a good kick out of it. So did the crowd as well.

I will say this much, I am glad YouTube was not around then. But I think it was a good drunken attempt at a movie dance number. That for me was one of the many fond memories that I have when I hear that song.

Robin Gibb will be missed, never forgotten and never replaced. R.I.P. Robin.

17
May
12

R.I.P. DONNA SUMMER “THE QUEEN OF DISCO.” DEAD AT THE AGE OF 63.

 

It has been said that disco died on Thursday, July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park in Chicago, Illinois. To me that is NOT the day disco died. The day disco died is Thursday May 17, 2012.  It has been reported by TMZ that disco legend Donna Summer died this morning at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer. Summer achieved stardom with such singles as “I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby”, “Last Dance”, “Hot Stuff”, and “She Works Hard for the Money”.

Personally I think Donna Summer achieved stardom with all her music. There was no way anybody could not like any of her songs. Myself I enjoyed them all. She died at so young an age, only sixty-three years old.

We think at times that famous people live forever. But reality kicks in and a person would pass away. And the shock of the news of a disco legend dies shocks us all. I remember as a young child hearing all her songs on the radio. “I Feel Love,” “Love to Love You Baby”, “Last Dance”, “Hot Stuff”, and so on.

The song “Love to Love You Baby” I never did understand as a young child, but I just loved the song. But as I got older and realized what is was about, my first thought as was “Oh shit! It was about sex and getting your rocks off!” Oh the wonders and joy of a catholic school education. For as a kid they when through great lengths not to tell you about sex. It was “evil” and would send you to hell. The had told us.

But Donna Summer was not just about nasty, freaky disco sex songs. She made great music and had a fantastic talent. She set the bar for entertainment back in the days, “disco” you can say was her middle name.

Every song I hear from her reminds me of my childhood and the 70’s. I was just a kid, a small child way to young to go to a disco. But her music does bring back good memories for me.

She was a true star with major talent. She made a name for herself, she was a true icon. Born on December 31, 1948  and died on May 17, 2012. Way to young I feel. She will never be forgotten for disco is Donna Summer.

“Someone left a cake out in the rain.” A song lyric that anyone could instantly tell you who said it.

As a tribute to Donna Summer maybe I should be that “someone” who puts “a cake out in the rain.” Maybe we all can do that as a tribute?

Rest in peace Donna Summer, you will be missed but never forgotten. For you music was not just greatest hits they were anthems.

 

 

 

 

04
Nov
11

LOT POLISH AIRLINES FLIGHT 016.

Now this is something that has been on my mind  for some time now, and I wanted to share my thoughts about this. If anyone has met or known me, knows that I enjoy airplanes and air travel. The whole concept totally fascinates me. It a miracle of science and technology that man kind can build machines (Airplanes) that transport people into the air and travel at great distances.

When we all go to an airport such as JFK or LGA in New York City we all think about this.

We all have seen this. The plane that you are about to get on is getting prepped, loaded, programmed for flight and so on. We don’t think or worry about “the worse” to happen.

Such as this.

Or this.

Well… I don’t worry about it. This is something that can happen on any flight at any given time.

US Airways Flight 1549 and Lot Polish Airlines Flight 016 as seen in the photos above have two things in common. And that is two flights that were forced to “ditch” due to a technical difficulties.

But the one thing that I find to be the best part of both of the above flights, US Airways Flight 1549 and Lot Polish Airlines Flight 016 is the fact that there was no deaths, or fatal injuries.

The planes where both landed with training, skill and experience. It could have been worse.

But that was not the case to be this time around once again. Like the old saying goes. “Any landing that you can walk away from is a good one.”

It takes guts to land a plane is such conditions, and even more guts not to panic or have a heart attack if you are the passenger trying to survive such a landing. But the skill of the pilots have got all aboard safely on the ground. And that is always a good thing to happen.

We all pray or say to ourselves. “Please let me get to where I need to be alive.” I admit it… I do. Even when I travel to work, for anything can happen to you while one is traveling in any form.

This is a story that could have ended worse, but that was not the case. If anything… It’s one hell of a story to tell when you get back from vacation. Overall… It’s a story with a happy ending. Myself I will still keep flying when I travel from state to state or country.

But it is nice to know that the skill of the pilots and crew can get you to where you want to go safely. It does not happen every time a place crashes, but it’s great to know that one can happen and the people on the flight survive.

 

06
Oct
11

STEVE JOBS 1955 – 2011 R.I.P.

He had a vision and a concept on how the world should be in computing, he followed his gut and did it all his way. He changed the world. He changed the world in ways that no one ever could think of. Not that many people on this planet can do such a thing, but he did.

He probably never did think that it could happen this way, or maybe he did. We will never know, in any case he was the master of what he did, and he did it well. Granted, I am a Windows type pc person, but I do respect all that use a MAC. Matter of fact this post is being done on an Apple MAC pc.

He was a master showman, a computer wiz, genius, visionary, and so much more. But as we all know in life, we all die and life evolves. Maybe the next person will take the whole Apple, I-Phone, I-Pad, I-Pod thing to the next level. He brought the whole concept of personal computing to the masses.

He made the personal computer “personal.”

Heaven just got an upgrade I think.

It’s now going to be interesting on how Apple will go without his direction and vision. And of course all the world will be watching if and when the next new product or upgrade comes out.

Regardless of your technological skill, whether you’re addicted to that red light that blinks on top of the BlackBerry (CrackBerry) or swear your allegiance to the Android cellphone, it’s hard to deny the industry-changing power of Jobs and the Apple brand. Before the iPhone, an app-running, touch-screen device didn’t exist. It was the first true smart phone, just as the iPad was the first true tablet computer.

Only in America that you can start a company from your home garage and make it into a billion dollar empire, the true American dream he lived and he lived it very well.

Bravo to you Steve Jobs! You changed the world and had set the bar for all to challenge and go beyond. What’s next for Apple? Let’s just all wait and see, for this will be interesting to follow.

Steve Jobs will truly be missed, admit it or not, he will be missed.

 

09
Sep
11

THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT.

Below is the full text of Presidents Obama’s speech to congress last night with regards to the “American Jobs Act.” For millions of unemployed Americans that may have missed watching the speech to congress last night. You now have a chance to review what was said.

Being unemployed is not the best situation to be in and I know that with all the frustration of being so, you may now have a chance to review what was said or may not have an interest. Will this job act work once it is passed? No one can say… Only time and the willing drive of everyone involved will determine that.

Review what was said, share your thoughts. For some that do read the text below might feel a small chance of hope. With the felling that our government maybe finally dealing with the unemployment crisis in America. If you don’t feel that there is any hope left… That is fine too. After all we are all human.

 

THE TEXT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH TO CONGRESS.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans:

Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.  We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse.

This past week, reporters have been asking “What will this speech mean for the President?  What will it mean for Congress?  How will it affect their polls, and the next election?”

But the millions of Americans who are watching right now:  they don’t care about politics.  They have real life concerns.  Many have spent months looking for work.  Others are doing their best just to scrape by – giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college.

These men and women grew up with faith in an America where hard work and responsibility paid off.   They believed in a country where everyone gets a fair shake and does their fair share – where if you stepped up, did your job, and were loyal to your company, that loyalty would be rewarded with a decent salary and good benefits; maybe a raise once in a while.  If you did the right thing, you could make it in America.

But for decades now, Americans have watched that compact erode.  They have seen the deck too often stacked against them.  And they know that Washington hasn’t always put their interests first.

The people of this country work hard to meet their responsibilities.  The question tonight is whether we’ll meet ours.  The question is whether, in the face of an ongoing national crisis, we can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy; whether we can restore some of the fairness and security that has defined this nation since our beginning.

Those of us here tonight can’t solve all of our nation’s woes.  Ultimately, our recovery will be driven not by Washington, but by our businesses and our workers.  But we can help.  We can make a difference.   There are steps we can take right now to improve people’s lives.

I am sending this Congress a plan that you should pass right away.  It’s called the American Jobs Act.  There should be nothing controversial about this piece of legislation.  Everything in here is the kind of proposal that’s been supported by both Democrats and Republicans – including many who sit here tonight.  And everything in this bill will be paid for.  Everything.

The purpose of the American Jobs Act is simple:  to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working.  It will create more jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, more jobs for veterans, and more jobs for the long-term unemployed.  It will provide a tax break for companies who hire new workers, and it will cut payroll taxes in half for every working American and every small business.  It will provide a jolt to an economy that has stalled, and give companies confidence that if they invest and hire, there will be customers for their products and services.  You should pass this jobs plan right away.

Everyone here knows that small businesses are where most new jobs begin.  And you know that while corporate profits have come roaring back, smaller companies haven’t.  So for everyone who speaks so passionately about making life easier for “job creators,” this plan is for you.

Pass this jobs bill, and starting tomorrow, small businesses will get a tax cut if they hire new workers or raise workers’ wages.  Pass this jobs bill, and all small business owners will also see their payroll taxes cut in half next year.  If you have 50 employees making an average salary, that’s an $80,000 tax cut.  And all businesses will be able to continue writing off the investments they make in 2012.

It’s not just Democrats who have supported this kind of proposal.  Fifty House Republicans have proposed the same payroll tax cut that’s in this plan.  You should pass it right away.

Pass this jobs bill, and we can put people to work rebuilding America.  Everyone here knows that we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over this country.  Our highways are clogged with traffic.  Our skies are the most congested in the world.

This is inexcusable.  Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us an economic superpower.  And now we’re going to sit back and watch China build newer airports and faster railroads?  At a time when millions of unemployed construction workers could build them right here in America?

There are private construction companies all across America just waiting to get to work.  There’s a bridge that needs repair between Ohio and Kentucky that’s on one of the busiest trucking routes in North America.  A public transit project in Houston that will help clear up one of the worst areas of traffic in the country.  And there are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating.  How can we expect our kids to do their best in places that are literally falling apart?  This is America.  Every child deserves a great school – and we can give it to them, if we act now.

The American Jobs Act will repair and modernize at least 35,000 schools.  It will put people to work right now fixing roofs and windows; installing science labs and high-speed internet in classrooms all across this country.  It will rehabilitate homes and businesses in communities hit hardest by foreclosures.  It will jumpstart thousands of transportation projects across the country.  And to make sure the money is properly spent and for good purposes, we’re building on reforms we’ve already put in place.  No more earmarks.  No more boondoggles.  No more bridges to nowhere.  We’re cutting the red tape that prevents some of these projects from getting started as quickly as possible.  And we’ll set up an independent fund to attract private dollars and issue loans based on two criteria:  how badly a construction project is needed and how much good it would do for the economy.

This idea came from a bill written by a Texas Republican and a Massachusetts Democrat.  The idea for a big boost in construction is supported by America’s largest business organization and America’s largest labor organization.  It’s the kind of proposal that’s been supported in the past by Democrats and Republicans alike.  You should pass it right away.

Pass this jobs bill, and thousands of teachers in every state will go back to work.  These are the men and women charged with preparing our children for a world where the competition has never been tougher.  But while they’re adding teachers in places like South Korea, we’re laying them off in droves.  It’s unfair to our kids.  It undermines their future and ours.  And it has to stop.  Pass this jobs bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong.

Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get extra tax credits if they hire America’s veterans.  We ask these men and women to leave their careers, leave their families, and risk their lives to fight for our country.  The last thing they should have to do is fight for a job when they come home.

Pass this bill, and hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged young people will have the hope and dignity of a summer job next year.  And their parents, low-income Americans who desperately want to work, will have more ladders out of poverty.

Pass this jobs bill, and companies will get a $4,000 tax credit if they hire anyone who has spent more than six months looking for a job.  We have to do more to help the long-term unemployed in their search for work.  This jobs plan builds on a program in Georgia that several Republican leaders have highlighted, where people who collect unemployment insurance participate in temporary work as a way to build their skills while they look for a permanent job.  The plan also extends unemployment insurance for another year.  If the millions of unemployed Americans stopped getting this insurance, and stopped using that money for basic necessities, it would be a devastating blow to this economy.  Democrats and Republicans in this Chamber have supported unemployment insurance plenty of times in the past.  At this time of prolonged hardship, you should pass it again – right away.

Pass this jobs bill, and the typical working family will get a fifteen hundred-dollar tax cut next year.  Fifteen hundred dollars that would have been taken out of your paycheck will go right into your pocket.  This expands on the tax cut that Democrats and Republicans already passed for this year.  If we allow that tax cut to expire – if we refuse to act – middle-class families will get hit with a tax increase at the worst possible time.  We cannot let that happen.  I know some of you have sworn oaths to never raise any taxes on anyone for as long as you live.  Now is not the time to carve out an exception and raise middle-class taxes, which is why you should pass this bill right away.

This is the American Jobs Act.  It will lead to new jobs for construction workers, teachers, veterans, first responders, young people and the long-term unemployed.  It will provide tax credits to companies that hire new workers, tax relief for small business owners, and tax cuts for the middle-class. And here’s the other thing I want the American people to know:  the American Jobs Act will not add to the deficit.  It will be paid for.  And here’s how:

The agreement we passed in July will cut government spending by about $1 trillion over the next ten years.  It also charges this Congress to come up with an additional $1.5 trillion in savings by Christmas.  Tonight, I’m asking you to increase that amount so that it covers the full cost of the American Jobs Act.  And a week from Monday, I’ll be releasing a more ambitious deficit plan – a plan that will not only cover the cost of this jobs bill, but stabilize our debt in the long run.

This approach is basically the one I’ve been advocating for months.  In addition to the trillion dollars of spending cuts I’ve already signed into law, it’s a balanced plan that would reduce the deficit by making additional spending cuts; by making modest adjustments to health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid; and by reforming our tax code in a way that asks the wealthiest Americans and biggest corporations to pay their fair share.  What’s more, the spending cuts wouldn’t happen so abruptly that they’d be a drag on our economy, or prevent us from helping small business and middle-class families get back on their feet right away.

Now, I realize there are some in my party who don’t think we should make any changes at all to Medicare and Medicaid, and I understand their concerns.  But here’s the truth.  Millions of Americans rely on Medicare in their retirement.  And millions more will do so in the future.  They pay for this benefit during their working years.  They earn it.  But with an aging population and rising health care costs, we are spending too fast to sustain the program.  And if we don’t gradually reform the system while protecting current beneficiaries, it won’t be there when future retirees need it.  We have to reform Medicare to strengthen it.

I’m also well aware that there are many Republicans who don’t believe we should raise taxes on those who are most fortunate and can best afford it.  But here is what every American knows.  While most people in this country struggle to make ends meet, a few of the most affluent citizens and corporations enjoy tax breaks and loopholes that nobody else gets.  Right now, Warren Buffet pays a lower tax rate than his secretary – an outrage he has asked us to fix.  We need a tax code where everyone gets a fair shake, and everybody pays their fair share.  And I believe the vast majority of wealthy Americans and CEOs are willing to do just that, if it helps the economy grow and gets our fiscal house in order.

I’ll also offer ideas to reform a corporate tax code that stands as a monument to special interest influence in Washington.  By eliminating pages of loopholes and deductions, we can lower one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world.  Our tax code shouldn’t give an advantage to companies that can afford the best-connected lobbyists.  It should give an advantage to companies that invest and create jobs here in America.

So we can reduce this deficit, pay down our debt, and pay for this jobs plan in the process.  But in order to do this, we have to decide what our priorities are.  We have to ask ourselves, “What’s the best way to grow the economy and create jobs?”

Should we keep tax loopholes for oil companies?  Or should we use that money to give small business owners a tax credit when they hire new workers?  Because we can’t afford to do both.  Should we keep tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires?  Or should we put teachers back to work so our kids can graduate ready for college and good jobs?  Right now, we can’t afford to do both.

This isn’t political grandstanding.  This isn’t class warfare.  This is simple math.  These are real choices that we have to make.  And I’m pretty sure I know what most Americans would choose.  It’s not even close.  And it’s time for us to do what’s right for our future.

The American Jobs Act answers the urgent need to create jobs right away.  But we can’t stop there.  As I’ve argued since I ran for this office, we have to look beyond the immediate crisis and start building an economy that lasts into the future – an economy that creates good, middle-class jobs that pay well and offer security.  We now live in a world where technology has made it possible for companies to take their business anywhere.  If we want them to start here and stay here and hire here, we have to be able to out-build, out-educate, and out-innovate every other country on Earth.

This task, of making America more competitive for the long haul, is a job for all of us.  For government and for private companies.  For states and for local communities – and for every American citizen.  All of us will have to up our game.  All of us will have to change the way we do business.

My administration can and will take some steps to improve our competitiveness on our own.  For example, if you’re a small business owner who has a contract with the federal government, we’re going to make sure you get paid a lot faster than you do now.  We’re also planning to cut away the red tape that prevents too many rapidly growing start-up companies from raising capital and going public.  And to help responsible homeowners, we’re going to work with Federal housing agencies to help more people refinance their mortgages at interest rates that are now near 4% — a step that can put more than $2,000 a year in a family’s pocket, and give a lift to an economy still burdened by the drop in housing prices.

Other steps will require Congressional action.  Today you passed reform that will speed up the outdated patent process, so that entrepreneurs can turn a new idea into a new business as quickly as possible. That’s the kind of action we need.  Now it’s time to clear the way for a series of trade agreements that would make it easier for American companies to sell their products in Panama, Colombia, and South Korea – while also helping the workers whose jobs have been affected by global competition.  If Americans can buy Kias and Hyundai’s, I want to see folks in South Korea driving Fords and Chevy’s and Chryslers.  I want to see more products sold around the world stamped with three proud words: “Made in America.”

And on all of our efforts to strengthen competitiveness, we need to look for ways to work side-by-side with America’s businesses.  That’s why I’ve brought together a Jobs Council of leaders from different industries who are developing a wide range of new ideas to help companies grow and create jobs.

Already, we’ve mobilized business leaders to train 10,000 American engineers a year, by providing company internships and training.  Other businesses are covering tuition for workers who learn new skills at community colleges.  And we’re going to make sure the next generation of manufacturing takes root not in China or Europe, but right here, in the United States of America.  If we provide the right incentives and support – and if we make sure our trading partners play by the rules – we can be the ones to build everything from fuel-efficient cars to advanced biofuels to semiconductors that are sold all over the world.  That’s how America can be number one again.  That’s how America will be number one again.

Now, I realize that some of you have a different theory on how to grow the economy.  Some of you sincerely believe that the only solution to our economic challenges is to simply cut most government spending and eliminate most government regulations.

Well, I agree that we can’t afford wasteful spending, and I will continue to work with Congress to get rid of it.  And I agree that there are some rules and regulations that put an unnecessary burden on businesses at a time when they can least afford it.  That’s why I ordered a review of all government regulations.  So far, we’ve identified over 500 reforms, which will save billions of dollars over the next few years.  We should have no more regulation than the health, safety, and security of the American people require.  Every rule should meet that common sense test.

But what we can’t do – what I won’t do – is let this economic crisis be used as an excuse to wipe out the basic protections that Americans have counted on for decades.  I reject the idea that we need to ask people to choose between their jobs and their safety.  I reject the argument that says for the economy to grow, we have to roll back protections that ban hidden fees by credit card companies, or rules that keep our kids from being exposed to mercury, or laws that prevent the health insurance industry from short-changing patients.  I reject the idea that we have to strip away collective bargaining rights to compete in a global economy.  We shouldn’t be in a race to the bottom, where we try to offer the cheapest labor and the worst pollution standards.  America should be in a race to the top.  And I believe that’s a race we can win.

In fact, this larger notion that the only thing we can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everyone’s money, let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own – that’s not who we are.  That’s not the story of America.

Yes, we are rugged individualists.  Yes, we are strong and self-reliant.  And it has been the drive and initiative of our workers and entrepreneurs that has made this economy the engine and envy of the world.

But there has always been another thread running throughout our history – a belief that we are all connected; and that there are some things we can only do together, as a nation.

We all remember Abraham Lincoln as the leader who saved our Union.  But in the middle of a Civil War, he was also a leader who looked to the future – a Republican president who mobilized government to build the transcontinental railroad; launch the National Academy of Sciences; and set up the first land grant colleges.  And leaders of both parties have followed the example he set.

Ask yourselves – where would we be right now if the people who sat here before us decided not to build our highways and our bridges; our dams and our airports?  What would this country be like if we had chosen not to spend money on public high schools, or research universities, or community colleges?  Millions of returning heroes, including my grandfather, had the opportunity to go to school because of the GI Bill.  Where would we be if they hadn’t had that chance?

How many jobs would it have cost us if passed Congresses decided not to support the basic research that led to the Internet and the computer chip?  What kind of country would this be if this Chamber had voted down Social Security or Medicare just because it violated some rigid idea about what government could or could not do?  How many Americans would have suffered as a result?

No single individual built America on their own.  We built it together.  We have been, and always will be, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all; a nation with responsibilities to ourselves and with responsibilities to one another.   Members of Congress, it is time for us to meet our responsibilities.

Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight is the kind that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past.  Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight will be paid for.  And every proposal is designed to meet the urgent needs of our people and our communities.

I know there’s been a lot of skepticism about whether the politics of the moment will allow us to pass this jobs plan – or any jobs plan.  Already, we’re seeing the same old press releases and tweets flying back and forth.  Already, the media has proclaimed that it’s impossible to bridge our differences.  And maybe some of you have decided that those differences are so great that we can only resolve them at the ballot box.

But know this:  the next election is fourteen months away.  And the people who sent us here – the people who hired us to work for them – they don’t have the luxury of waiting fourteen months.  Some of them are living week to week; paycheck to paycheck; even day-to-day.  They need help, and they need it now.

I don’t pretend that this plan will solve all our problems.  It shouldn’t be, nor will it be, the last plan of action we propose.  What’s guided us from the start of this crisis hasn’t been the search for a silver bullet.  It’s been a commitment to stay at it – to be persistent – to keep trying every new idea that works, and listen to every good proposal, no matter which party comes up with it.

Regardless of the arguments we’ve had in the past, regardless of the arguments we’ll have in the future, this plan is the right thing to do right now.  You should pass it.  And I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.  I also ask every American who agrees to lift your voice and tell the people who are gathered here tonight that you want action now.  Tell Washington that doing nothing is not an option.  Remind us that if we act as one nation, and one people, we have it within our power to meet this challenge.

President Kennedy once said, “Our problems are man-made – therefore they can be solved by man.  And man can be as big as he wants.”

These are difficult years for our country.  But we are Americans.  We are tougher than the times that we live in, and we are bigger than our politics have been.  So let’s meet the moment.  Let’s get to work, and show the world once again why the United States of America remains the greatest nation on Earth.  Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless the United States of America.

 

29
Aug
11

HURRICANE IRENE HITS NEW YORK CITY.

So it seems that hurricane Irene has passed through New York City over this past weekend. This is my personal account of what has happened during that time.

Now granted… In all my years of living in New York City. I have never been through a hurricane, it’s one thing to see and watch such an event on television, as it happens in another state. But it’s totally different when it actually happens in your city and or town.

In any such event many people did take the warning seriously and stocked up on grocery items, batteries, bottled water and so on. But to actually find out that parts of New York City and some hospital’s were being evacuated, along with the New York City mass transit system being shut down.

Did make you start to think that the worse might just actually happen. At one point over the weekend the weather did start to change and the sky did start to go dark as if a major thunderstorm was about to pass through. But it was more than just a typical rain storm.

Even at one point I did have to go to one of the few grocery stores to get some last-minute items that I had missed in my first trip out to the store, which by the way I did get. But the second trip out was way different this time. For as I was walking to the store I had noticed that there was NOBODY outside. It was as if I was the only person on the planet Earth just walking around. All you seen was just the neighborhood buildings, cars parked on the street, but no buses or people walking around.

That was just a very odd feeling to go through I think. Then the hurricane started to pass through. Lost of rain and very dark sky’s from above. And reports on the local news about some area’s being flooded. And then the thought hits you from out of nowhere…. “This is actually starting to happen!?!?”

That is when you really start to wonder about the outcome of what was going on. There were reports on the local news about “the worse case situation.” That was constantly being reported, and news reports of the local power being shutdown in some areas to prevent damage.

But as far as I know… That did not happen. I do have to admit that having our mass transit system shutdown for a hurricane was a first. Considering that the system does run 24/7/365 days of the year. Normally if a shutdown does happen it’s usually due to a strike.

But not this time… We was warned many a time that it was going to shut down, and they did just that. Shut it down. You were stranded in any local area with pretty much no way out. And of course it was just to risky to drive anywhere in a car. You was just better off staying indoors.

Some parts of my area were slightly flooded, but it seems not to have been that bad. Thank Goodness for that… Plus it seems not that bad for most of New York as well, it could have been worse. The subway and bus system is starting to get back to normal now, and should be fully up and running soon.

So it seems that we have made it through this event. Let’s just hope that we don’t have to go through this again.

Right now the weather outside is a bright sunny day and the sky is a perfect shade of the color blue, I hope that it does stay this way for a very long time in the days ahead.




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