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Hometown: Delaware County, PA
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Current location: Winthrop, Maine
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Regarding Phelps.

Before I say anything else. let me say that I consider Phelps to be a completely detestable human being as lacking in any human decency or redeeming quality as most members of the George w Shithead administration and quite possibly worse than some. It amazes me how he could have taken his merry band of pea brained and soft headed congregants to the funerals of deceased service people to make the point to the families that their loved one deserved to die because "Omuraca tolerates dem hummasechuls"!

That being said, it has bothered me to see so many here hoping that he has a great deal of pain and suffering in his last hours and rejoicing at the prospect of his death. Please understand that I have no pity or sympathy for him, but aren't WE better people than the teabaggers? Isn't one of the things that make us better than the teabaggers the fact that we DON'T rejoice over the suffering of others?

Don't get me wrong. I fully expect that there is a special corner of Hell for Phelps and those like him, but I don't believe that it's right for us to act the same way that the teabaggers do in the reverse circumstance. There are too many other ways that we can counter them for us to act lie them.

That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!


I've been a little upset since Friday because of something I saw.

My job is to take mentally ill people out into the community. It doesn't pay a lot but it is also not a difficult job and I enjoy it and my wife and I have discussed and concluded that I'll stay where I am and look for advancement.

Last Friday, my client wanted lunch from Arby's and as I was driving him there, we were stopped at a light behind a pick-up truck with an "In Loving Memory Of..." decal on the back windshield. It had the US Marines emblem and it was for a young man who died in January of 2007 just 4 months short of his 22nd birthday. As I looked, I realized that this young man had almost certainly lost his life in the Cheney/Bush administration's unjustified was of lies and for oil in Iraq.

It reminded me of a conversation that I had with my son about 9 months ago, shortly after his 13th birthday. We were out for pizza while my wife was at a ladies' night for one event or another. We were discussing some of his career ideas, which include both the military and law enforcement. He asked if his mother and I would be proud of him if he were to die heroically in combat. As any other father would, I was very disturbed, to say the least, at the thought of surviving my son.

I explained to him that while we WOULD be proud of him, we would also be DEVASTATED by his death. I explained to him that while we would receive all of the medals, decorations, letters and certificates and the flag that would cover his coffin, those are all inanimate symbols. A parent can't invite a medal to come over for a barbecue. Parents can't sit down and watch a movie or a ball game with a flag and we can't spoil the grandchild that was fathered by a certificate. We can't celebrate the birthday of a decal.

I explained to him that we would be proud of him if he simply grew up to be a good man. The last thing my wife and I would ever want is for our son's life to be offered up on the alter of damned Ukraine!

As I looked at the decal on the truck in front of us, I also realized that the man driving that truck is now and for the rest of his life living the worst nightmare of any parent. I felt for the loss that these parents have suffered...and likely for the Cheney/Bush war.

I keep remembering a Clint Eastwood line from close to the end of "The Outlaw Josie Wales" where, referring to the Civil War, he says that he believes that EVERYBODY died a little bit in that damn war. I think the same about both the Vietnam and Iraq wars. There were too damn many young men and women who sacrificed their lives, as well as too damned many families that were crushed by this damn war that Cheney lied us into for the sake of Halliburton's profits as Bush babbled like the moron that he is while reciting his spoon fed fabrications.

That's my 2 cents, and quite possibly overpriced at that!

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