A Nation Rocked To Sleep

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A Nation Rocked To Sleep
by Carly Sheehan

Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?
The torrential rains of a mother's weeping will never be done
They call him a hero, you should be glad that he's one, but
Have you ever heard the sound of a mother screaming for her son?

Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?
He must be brave because his boy died for another man's lies
The only grief he allows himself are long, deep sighs
Have you ever heard the sound of a father holding back his cries?

Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's grave?
They say he died so that the flag will continue to wave
But I believe he died because they had oil to save
Have you ever heard the sound of taps played at your brother's grave?

Have you ever heard the sound of a nation being rocked to sleep?
The leaders want to keep you numb so the paid won't be so deep
But if we the people let them continue another mother will weep
Have you ever heard the sound of a nation being rocked to sleep?

for Casey Austin Sheehan Born May 29th 1979 ~ Died April 4th 2004
Beloved Son, Brother, Grandson, Nephew, Friend

He shoots: HE SCORES!

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$1,500.00 for 2005 - 2006 school year!!!

I am pretty fired up about it; I e-mailed the faculty in my program and they were very encouraging. Classes start on August 29th! WOO HOO!!!

Scholarship finalist!

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I got a call yesterday from my school (I start classes next month) and they informed me I am a finalist for the Kopp Presidential Scholarship! The award is $1,000.00 and it would come in VERY handy for me, a working adult trying to get my BA degree finished.

I have an interview on 7/20 @ 6:30pm Central Standard Time. WISH ME LUCK!

Making a grown man cry...

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Our friends that live in an adjacent neighborhood, whom we have known for over a decade have three children: one girl, 14; and two boys, now 18 & 21. We have watched them grow up as our own children have grown and are each other’s surrogate family for holidays and special occasions. About three years ago, the oldest boy decided to go into the military. I had advised him against it at the time even though I had been in the Navy from 1987 - 1993 since I thought he needed to be secure in his spiritual walk prior to leaving home. He had just become a Christian. That episode kind of came and went with a bit of a tussle; he ended up changing his mind and had to maneuver to get out of the obligation. He then tried some community college. He worked knock-around jobs here and there, moved upstate to Duluth, MN for a time, lived with a girl, bought a car or two. Last year, he decided to give the military another try. I implored him to reconsider now that we are in a political ‘war without end’ and that he would likely be shipped right off to Iraq. He accepted my warnings, but figured that he would only be a reservist and that the MOS (job class) that he was assigned would probably keep him out of any war zones. After some other career prospects dried up, he decided to go active rather than stay reserve. Through all of these events, I have shaken my head (or allowed it to drop into my hands) and told him that he ought not to be so sure he won’t end up in Iraq because of his MOS. Last month, he left for Colorado with the understanding that the unit that he was being assigned to had just come back from the Middle East and would likely not be slated to go back anytime soon. Guess what? Turns out, last week he was assigned to a different unit than he expected. He leaves for Iraq in October. I feel entirely comfortable saying that I support him, in his decision, in his resolve, etc. But I shudder to think what he has gotten himself into and I am absolutely FURIOUS at the current administration’s call to “stay the course” while our men and women are dying daily. I made sure to make clear to him that whether he is in a ‘green’ zone, ‘red’ zone, or any other colored zone, that he is not safe in Iraq. “Don’t kid yourself”, I said, “war is basically 95% total boredom and 5% mortal terror. You remember to stay low, would you?” Having him go over to Iraq to fight a war that is unjust and likely won’t be won is tormenting me inside. What else could make a grown man cry? All the troops have America’s support even as a majority of us are disagreeing with the President’s policies in Iraq. Short of organizing a revolt involving pitchforks and torches, the minimum acceptable response from our elected leaders should be the drafting of articles of impeachment for President Bush. In December of 1998, the Associated Press reported on the wire that President Clinton had been impeached in the House of Representatives; that a majority of Congress people in the House had voted to affirm the first article of impeachment that charged President Clinton with perjuring himself to Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr’s grand jury. With the composite of information available in the public domain, surely there is enough for a measured response from the opposition party: · Allegations of US Ambassador appointee (not confirmed as of this date) John Bolton bullying intelligence analysts who disagreed with his interpretation of intelligence results. · The Downing Street memos indicating that the Administration was “fixing the facts around the policy” of regime change in Iraq. · $8 billion in missing funds from the Iraq operation appropriations. · Gross misjudgment (or arguably a lie) about Iraq’s WMD’s and thus the reason for going to war. · Under manning Operation Iraqi Freedom resulting in an unacceptable level of loss of lives. · Violating accepted international law by invading a sovereign foreign nation without provocation. Considering that Bill Clinton WAS impeached for perjury that resulted in, at worst, embarrassment for himself and his family, surely there exists enough evidence to impeach “W” Bush. What else can make a grown man cry? How about watching his country slip into fa scism?

McBride def. Tyson

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Tyson's corner called off the fight before the 7th round started.

When I saw this entry in the cable guide, I thought it might be a rerun of a previous fight. I had no idea that Tyson was even still fighting!

McBride was not intimidated by Tyson's legendary status (though some would dispute even THAT claim). He stayed in there and took the shots that Tyson delivered. Tyson lost two points in the 5th for a headbutt that resulted in a gash opening up over McBride's left eye.

What's with the tattoo on Tyson's face, anyway?

The announcers sounded like they were really enjoying ripping on old Tyson, that's for sure. Saying several times that McBride was merely a 'journeyman' heavyweight.

Tyson kept looking for that one big punch to knock McBride out, but McBride played it pretty smart; staying mostly inside and keeping Tyson at bay with the jab. He got in some really good shots, too, that stunned Tyson.

I think Tyson spends too much time banking on his opponents fear of him. Not that I would want to get in the ring with him, but his fighting days are pretty much over.

You know, I never used to like boxing, but as I get older, I enjoy it more. Curious...

June 12th is 12 years!

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My wife and I will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary next week! How cool is that? :)

We've had:

12 different cars,
5 different abodes,
12 (or more) jobs,
2 college degrees,
3 kids,
4 cats,
2 dogs,
8 bicycles,
3 'family' vacations,
7 deaths of immediate family members,
4 computers,
3 TVs
5 VCRs
and about 70 pounds of weight gain between us since we were married! :lol:

We were married in Hawaii, where both of us were serving in the US Navy. We paid for our entire wedding ourselves by both of us working jobs in addition to the military. Our wedding was on beautiful Makapu'u Beach on the Windward (East) side of the island of Oahu. Funny tidbit: our ceremony was less than 200 yards from a Hawaii sovereignty demonstration that was taking place!

We went to Sydney, Australia on our honeymoon. We moved to Minneapolis, MN in January of 1994 and have been here ever since.

Ahhhh...life is good.

Bought a new car!

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Got an '05 Chrysler PT Cruiser. I wanted the plum (purple), but my kids convinced me to go with the black. Heaven forbin they should be embarrassed by their wacky dad.

It's a fun car, though! It's nice to have something new.

The ICONS of American excess

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I was turning onto Logan Avenue North heading home from the Super America and as I reached the road, I looked right and I saw it: a hulking, gaudy mass of steel, chrome and glass.

A Cadillac Escalade.

My kids go nuts for this car. Two out of the three of them want one when they "grow up" (though I don't believe that my 16 year old daughter will EVER grow up).

I turned onto Logan and the thing turned as well; following me to the "stop" sign on 53rd Ave N. I looked in my rear view mirror at it's absurdity. It isn't even attractive, I thought.

Now, I like to rip on folks that have SUV's about the gas mileage that they get just because everyone knows what a screeching lefty I am, but in all honesty, I have less problem with SUVs than I have with other issues. But when it comes to these massive tank-like vehicles like the Escalade -- or the Hummer; the one my SON wants -- the only thing that I can think of is how indicative such a vehicle is to the American persona. Those vehicles truly are the icon of American excess.

Should people be able to drive whatever they want? Sure, more power to ya. But to purchase such an ugly vehicle, you deserve the criticism you get from myself and others. It is not a righteous indignation like the Sierra Club might espouse (though I do belong to that organization), but it is one of ridicule and I furrow my brow to the purchasers of these vehicles.

Come to your senses, America!

Just saw 'Meet the Parents 2'

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I absolutely HATED 'Meet the Parents'. I could not suspend disbelief enough to accept the antics of Gaylord (Ben Stiller). I thought DeNiro, who is one of my FAVORITE actors, was NOT funny.

However, 'Fockers' was indeed funny for me. It was a lot more realistic and I found myself laughing out loud. I think the key is that in the 2nd movie, Ben Stiller is clearly not the center of attention. I don't see Stiller as a real leading man-type. Hoffman and Streisand were absolutely wonderful. The synergy between DeNiro, Hoffman, and Streisand almost overshadowed the other players.

That kid that played Jorge really looked like Stiller, too. HILARIOUS!
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