Saturday, September 02, 2006

"Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa" (apologies to Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman fans)

With all appropriate apologies and no excuse except “I was busier than expected.” My blog is back and hopefully with the regularity of postings and quality of content you have come to expect.

Since July 28th – much has happened
and yet not so much has happened.


- We’re still mired in a war in Iraq that needs some change in strategy if we are ever to see our men and women return home soon. (Ps. I do believe that Saddam needed to go, but would have liked a little better idea of what we should do with the place once he was out of the picture.) While you are mulling this question – why don’t you THANK A SOLDIER for their service. It’s FREE! Xerox set up the site and all you have to do it point and click. Go to the website Do it now, we’ll be here when you get finished. Send TWO.

- Gas Prices – while sliding a bit, have managed to hover around $3.00 a gallon for most of the summer. I have several thoughts on WHY. See above paragraph… Iraq. Then there is Iran and their smiling jackass of a president, and let’s not leave out Hezzba-la-la-la-la-lah and our friends Israel who ratcheted up the tensions to their current state. And OH YEAH… it’s been a year since Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast and we’ve not instigated plans to develop new methods of refining oil, nor have we started building new refineries!

- Speaking of Katrina – Why were we able to act so quickly when the Casinos in the Gulf Coast region needed the laws bent so they could rebuild – BUT WE CAN’T SEEM TO AGREE ON HOW TO REBUILD THE HOMES OF THE PEOPLE? As we sit in the middle of a (thankfully) quiet hurricane season I am perplexed by all that has gone UNDONE.

- Was the inactivity due to people’s needs to politicize Katrina in hopes of changing the balance of power? Maybe.

- Did people get screwed by insurance companies due to pure greed and lack of compassion? Probably.

- For once, I am not mad at Ray Nagin, the mayor of New Orleans. His comment about “NYC not being able to fill a hole after 5 years” was basically correct. Anyone who got their drawers in a bunch over that comment was just mad at being caught with a HOLE IN THE GROUND AFTER FIVE YEARS! I’m just saying…

As you may have surmised, there is a bit of pent-up blogging in me. I must dole it out slowly for fear of spinning myself into the Earth’s core.

The future holds much for all of us. There are so many questions, issues and realities to consider and deflate. I’m already thinking about:

Why is Dancing with the Stars something we care about?


Pluto gets repurposed and kicked out of the Planet Club

Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News

The Hurricane season that (hopefully) wasn’t much at all

Rosie O’Donnell takes The View to new territory

The 5th Anniversary of the murderous attacks on America

Gas prices, global warming, global cooling

What happened to the kidnapped Israeli soldier who was the center of this entire summer war in Lebanon – is he not important now?

How come every country that hates America can call us names, but when we say something bad about them, we’re supposed to apologize?

Is the entire United Nations concept defunct?

“Survivor” – the segregated season. (there’s a lot here people)


The spinning has begun... I must stop for fear of losing an entire Labor Day weekend that was made for riding the couch and storing fat for the coming winter.

I leave you with two thoughts.

1. - Go there. Send a postcard. It is FREE and if you could only know what it feels like to be 20yrs old, half a world away from home and fighting in a seemingly endless war... and then you get a note from a complete stranger who says THANKS. It seems so small, and yet - it is quite the opposite.


2. I have to say something about this world's smallest person.

He's 14 years old and all of 20 inches tall.

The news was obsessed with this little guy and why not? He makes for great closing news banter between anchors. The reality - Fourteen-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar weighs only 10lbs (and that's with the snappy outfit). His parents have decided to exploit the young man in order to raise funds for his care and education. Want to help? There is a website -

On the site, you will learn that Thapa (that's what everyone calls him) weighed only 600 grams at birth and his hobbies include "playing with pebbles" and "worshiping Buddha."

I get the worshipping Buddha thing... and after some consideration of his situation, "playing with pebbles" makes sense too.

See you soon.


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