Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Your Vote!! Your Choice!! ---> Which can you live with?

Below I have listed the profiles of both of our United Stated Presidential Nominees, President George W. Bush and Democratic Nominee John Kerry. As you can see each man stands for the opposite of what the other stands for in almost every case. I beg of you don't just vote down your traditional party lines, find out the facts, of what each candidate stands for!! It's your choice--> Vote this November 2004!! LH-1 Timothy 4:12

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Your Vote!! Your Choice!! (Presidential Profile: George W. Bush)

  1. IRAQ-- Led the United States into war with Irag in 2003 without support from the United Nations. Handed over power to the Iraqi interim goverment on June 28 but plans to keep American troops there for as long as it takes to establish security.
  2. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE-- Opposes giving legal sanction to gay marriages. Proposed the Federal Marriage Amendment, which defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
  3. ABORTION-- Opposes abortion. Would allow exceptions in cases of incest, rape or threat of mother's life. Signed the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003.
  4. INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM-- Adopted a doctrine of pre-emption after the 9/11 attacks. In 2001 he led the war in Afghanistan to end the rule of the Taliban regime and the al-Quadia network. Considered the war in Iraq as part of the war on terrorism. Has proposed an increase of $15.3 billion in defense spending to thwart terrorists.
  5. HOMELAND SECURITY-- Has created numerous programs to increase domestic security, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Terrorist Threat Integration Center and the Container Security Initiative (to increase port security). Also passed the USA Patriot Act, which expanded the goverment's ability to gather private information and increases communication between intelligence branches and law enforcement.
  6. EDUCATION-- Created the No Child Left Behind Act, which increases accountability for educational quality in each state. Supports allowing parents to use vouchers to send their children to private schools. Wants to overhaul the early childhood program Head Start to require that by 2008 half its teachers will be college graduates.
  7. BROADCAST INDECENCY-- Under the Bush administration the Federal Communications Commission has been significantly stricter in enforcing its broadcast indecency laws.
  8. FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES-- Established the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to provide federal funding for faith-based organizations that provide services to the community. He has promised that goverment funding of these organizations will not impede on religious freedoms, including the ability to hire staff based on religion.
  9. ECONOMY-- Claims that without his tax cuts, unemployment over the last four years would have been dramatically higher. Plans to help train workers for higher-skilled jobs. Has vowed to cut the deficit in half.
  10. PERSONAL FAITH-- Raised an Episcopalian, Bush says his Christian faith was renewed in the 1980s after a personal crisis. He attends a Methodist Church.

Your Vote!! Your Choice!! (Presidential Profile: John Kerry)

  1. IRAQ-- Voted for the use of force angainst Saddam Hussein but later voted angainst the appropriation of $87 billion for the effort. Criticizes Bush's lack of interanational support and handling of the post war occupation.
  2. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE-- Has opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment and did not vote when the bill came before the Senate in July. Supports same-sex civil unions (that include all the rights and benefits of hetersexual couples) but opposes gay marriage and the decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Court to legalize it.
  3. ABORTION-- Believes in a woman's right to choose. Said he will only appoint pro-choice judges to the Supreme Court. Because of his pro-choice voting record, Kerry was rated a perfect "100" by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League in 2002.
  4. INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM-- Served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 18 years. Wants any U.S. action in the Middle East to be in concert with other nations and has called for a "new era of alliances" to tackle problems in the region. Wants to increase the number of NATO-led troops in Afghanistan.
  5. HOMELAND SECURITY-- Proposes a six-point plan to ensure homeland security, which would (1)provide more resources for first responders, (2)enlist the National Guard, (3)create a volunteer "Community Defense Service," (4)reform domestic intelligence, (5)improve public health standards and (6)tighten port security. Criticizes parts of Bush's Patriot Act, which he deems too invasive.
  6. EDUCATION-- Voted for the No Child Left Behind Act but criticizes its lack of funding and focus on test scores. Proposes an Education Trust Fund to increase education funding. Opposes allowing parents to send children to private schools at public expense but supports school choice.
  7. BROADCAST INDECENCY-- Serves on the Senate Communication subcommittee and voted to toughen fines and decency standards. However, radio shock-jock Howard Stern and other controversial media personalities have vocally supported Kerry.
  8. FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES-- Has waffled on the issue but now appears to support faith-based initiatives, albeit with tighter restrictions than those imposed by the Bush administration.
  9. ECONOMY-- Wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts for people earning more than $200,000 annually. Would use the extra money to finance health care and education reforms. Wants to cut the deficit in half and has called for an end to American corporations outsourcing jobs to other countries.
  10. PERSONAL FAITH-- Roman Catholic. Earlier this year some American bishops suggested that Kerry should be denied Holy Communion because of his pro-choice views.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Brother

This is a short story I wrote my first year in college for an English Composition Class, when the thoughts of war and the focus of eradicating terrorists cells wherever they may be hiding! But anyway here is my story and hope it touches your heart in a special way and makes you consider how what we are fighting for is worth just that fighting!
"Brother"
I’m sure we can all remember when, where, and what we were doing on September 11, 2001. But few remember it the way I do.
"This is an announcement to all the History teachers that the World Trade Center Towers have just been hit by a plane, and this may be a good way to get your students to watch current events." I was in my Chemistry class when the announcement from Mrs. Lindsay, one of Holleybrook High School’s assistant principals, come over the loudspeakers. We had been discussing balancing Chemical Equations, but when we heard this we all stopped in astonishment. My teacher broke the silence when she told me to turn on the television.
The first channel that appeared was nothing but snow. But the next channel I say was total blackness, I started to turn the channel. In my shock, though, I realized that the blurring endless blackness wasn’t just on an unavailable channel but where a camera had zoomed in on the smoke engulfed towers and was now backing off to allow the viewer to see the entire picture of horror.
At first, I couldn’t believe what I saw. I couldn’t believe that this country, my brother, my family, and I had always spoken in honor and pride was now under attack by an unseen enemy that had now come to the surface and made itself known. As the day continued, all I could think about was my brother, Gabriel Michael Holleybrook, who was a Sergeant 1st Class in the United States Marine Corps.
People outside in the halls of Holleybrook High were making jokes about the possibility of going to war, and even some were joking about the possibility of the draft being reinstated. Some even made statements that really made me upset. It came time for a class change and I heard many of these conversations, one in particular I will always remember.
I had already gotten to my History class and was waiting for the class to start. When a shrill laughing came through the doorway and into my hearing range, it was another junior, a girl, I know. They were cracking jokes about what we had just witnessed on television. And then the girl said, "OH MY GOD WE’RE GOING TO DIE!" And then she and this group all began to laugh. I even remember what clothing she and the others were wearing. I, on the other hand, saw it as no laughing matter because I knew that Gabriel, my brother, could possibly die.
Gabriel was a man’s man, but he was still my big brother. He was 6'2", 210 lb., brown hair, blue eyes, and had the farmer’s tan of a country boy that had spent many summers riding four wheelers and horses in the pasture. He always joked saying that Mama and I were the first women he ever loved. Gabriel had been home for more than six months on "Family Leave," due to Daddy’s cancer diagnosis.
In the last few weeks, we had been reminded where Gabriel had inherited his strength from, both mentally and physically. In this time period, he had let his hair grow out and had grown a mustache and goatee. I always can remember how he looked as a soldier, but amazingly enough to me he had begun to look like my brother again. The Gabriel I knew.
By the time I got home, my brother was gone and soldier had returned. Gone were the signs of long hair and the return of a crew cut, and gone were the goatee and mustache to a clean-shaven marine. When I drove up in the yard, with these signs of the times, I knew he had already received the call that would take him from his family and could possibly take his life.
The next day Gabriel had to leave for Fort Jackson, and they would assign him his duties there, but we all knew what they would be. Gabriel was the man, the boy, my brother whom when I was little, would always let me climb into bed with him during a thunderstorm. He even wouldn’t say a word (in front of me anyway) when Mama would make him take me on some of his dates to go putt-putt, or even when she wanted him to take me to the movies. This man was now going off to war.
Daddy was going alone to take Gabriel to the base, because we knew that Mama and I wouldn’t be able to handle leaving him behind. Daddy, Mama, Gabriel, and I all walked out on the front porch to begin to say our good-byes.
Gabriel hugged me last. He hugged me and stood and looked into my eyes and asked, "Little-One, do you remember the chorus of the Ray Boltz song I love?" I just nodded my head, because I dared not try to speak while I was trying to hold back tears.
Gabriel gave a smile, put his hand on my shoulder, and began to recite the words of the song to me. He said, "Always remember Little-One: It’s a honor to serve, to join in the fight, to lift up my voice, to lay down my life. Giving glory to God seeking none in return. It’s an honor, an honor, to serve, Little-One. Just always remember that Little-One." Then he leaned down gave me one more hug, and turned and walked down the steps.
He opened the car door, turned, saluted, and I read his lips, "Remember Little-One." Then he got in the car with Daddy and began to ride away.
My heart wrenched as they pulled out of the drive, and out of sight. I watched them drive away until I couldn’t see the car any longer. All I could feel was the pain in my chest and stomach. All I could hear was my rapid heart beat and irregular breathing. All I could see were the rows of blurred houses, bushes, and trees through my tear filled eyes as my heart and soul began to realize that one of the first men I had ever loved was gone.
Gone! Gone to who knows what peril.--LH 1 Timothy 4:12

Anti-Kerry

First off i just want to say, i do not like Kerry at all, he has already lied to the American people, and he's just....Kerry. that pretty much says it all. But someone posted this on a different site and i think this is good information and it has REALLY good points in it! I was norn into a very patriotic family (that is probulary why most of my writings (as you will see in the blog) surround that idealism of "A Country Worth Living In, Is A Country Worth Fighting For!!") and we both would much rather have bush than kerry any day!

Dear Senator Kerry: Since it has become clear that you will probably be the Democratic nominee for President, I have spent a great deal of time researching your war record and your record as a professional politician. The reason is simple, you aspire to be the Commander in Chief who would lead my sons and their fellow soldiers in time of war. I simply wanted to know if you possess the necessary qualifications to be trusted in that respect. You see, I belong to a family of proud U.S. veterans. I was a Captain in the Army Reserve, my father was a decorated Lieutenant in World War II; and I have four sons who have either served, or are currently serving in the military. The oldest is an Army Lieutenant still on active duty in Afghanistan after already being honored for his service in Iraq. The youngest is an E-4 with the military police. His National Guard unit just finished their second tour of active duty, including six months in Guantanamo Bay. My two other sons have served in the national guard and the navy. In looking at your record I found myself comparing it not only to that of my father and my sons, but to the people they served with. My father served with the 87th Chemical Mortar Battalion in Europe. They landed on Utah Beach and fought for 317 straight days including the Cherbourg Peninsula, Aachen, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge. You earned a Silver Star in Vietnam for chasing down and finishing off a wounded and retreating enemy soldier.My father won a Bronze Star for single handedly charging and knocking out a German machine gun nest that had his men pi nned down! . You received three purple hearts for what appears to be three minor scratches. In fact you only missed a combined total of two days of duty for these wounds. The men of my father's unit, the 87th, had to be admonished by their commanding officer because: "It has been brought to our attention that some men are covering up wounds and refusing medical attention for fear of being evacuated and permanently separated from this organization..." It was also a common problem for seriously wounded soldiers to go AWOL from hospitals in order to rejoin their units.You used your three purple hearts to leave Vietnam early. My oldest boy came home from Iraq with numerous commendations and then proceeded to volunteer to go to Afghanistan and from there back to Iraq again. My sons and father have never had anything but the highest regard and respect for their fellow soldiers. Yet, you came home to publicly charge your fellow fighting men with being war criminals and to urge their defeat by the enemy. You even wrote a book that had a cover which mocked the heroism of the U.S. Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. Our current crop of soldiers has a philosophy that no one gets left behind; and they have practiced that from Somalia to the battlefields of the Middle East. Yet as chairman of a Senate committee looking into allegations that many of your fellow servicemen had been left behind as prisoners in Vietnam, you chose to defend the brutal Vietnamese regime. You even went so far as to refer to the families of the POWs and MIAs as Professional malcontents, conspiracy mongers, con artists, and dime-store Rambos. As a Senator you voted against the 1991 Gulf War, and have repeatedly voted against funds to supply our troops with the best equipment, and against money to improve our intelligence capability. I find this particularly ironic since as a Presidential candidate you are highly critical of our pre-war intelligence in Iraq. However, you did vote to authorize the President to go to war, but have since proceeded to do everything you can to undermine the efforts of our government and our troops to win. Is this what our fighting men and women can expect of you if you are their Commander in Chief? Will you gladly send them to war, only to then aid the enemy by undermining the morale of our troops and cutting off the weapons they need to win? Our country is at war Senator, and as has been the case in every war since the American Revolution, a member of my family is serving their country during the war. Now you want me to trust you to lead my sons in this fight. Sorry Senator, but when I compare your record to those who have fought and died for this nation, and are currently fighting and dying, the answer is not just no, but Hell No!

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Wednesday was a Grrreat Day!

This past Wednesday (September 22, 2004) was a grrreat day! A few weeks ago I started my second year of college, and haven't really had any tests until the week before this present time. And needless to sat I didn't do very well on any of them. I had 3 in one day, that just wasn't cool at all (The Computer Science test wasn't that bad, the American Lit test was so so, but the Religion Test was a no no (Religion is the only one I have recieved a grade for so far)). Anyway, back to Wednesday. All through my educational career the first test I always tend to do really bad on. So I try not to get to upset if I do bad on the first test, even though I do get a little down. So Wednesday I was already nervous because my day was starting out with my first test in Psychology 101 (Intro to). After the test, some other Adult students and I waited to talk to Mrs. E and walk over with her to her office to let her grade our test (it was on a scan tron so it would only take a minute just to slide it through a machine). Well, come to find out I made a B+. The test had 50 questions, and you needed to get 45 right to get an A---I got 44 right. "So close yet oh so far". But hey I am still absolutely estatic. So if my day couldn't get any better, IT DID!! My college which I go to is my favorite football team (College anyway (but my favorite Pro team is the Carolina Panthers)). I go to one of the extension, and the set a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" but in this case---"Who Wants Football Tickets?". And during the game if the person didn't get any tickets the Student Goverment would do a random drawing to see who would get the ticket they lost, and that is how I got my tickets. I know it is stupid that I won the tickets just by being in a drawing, but truthfully I glad I won them that way instead of making a fool of myself in front of my peers, I do that well enough. So all in all it was a great day! Later I will tell you what happened last year when I won some tickets but not the same way! LH--1 Timothy 4:12

Friday, September 24, 2004

Writer (poetry and short stories)

Hey Everyone,
I technically created this web log for Dr. R American Literature class, but the more I thought about it the more it seemed like a good idea. So like i said earlier I was going to add somethings I have written well here is a poem I wrote a few years. I hope you enjoy it.

Eagles
Eagles flying high above the rest, so majestic so powerful.
With wingspans of angels they fly above and beyond the storm,
but sometimes they must fly through nevertheless they fly.
Eagles, they bring the admiration of the people who look upon them,
but few know of their inner turmoil they bear on massive wings.
Yet still they fly on. Eagles, a hunter, a protector,
and always on watch searching for food.
Always flying, but returning to the place it calls home,
to the family it calls its own.
Eagles they fly, they stand they are the symbol of an American pride,
the family, honor, and integrity.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Starting A Weblog!

Well, I'm not quite sure what to do in these things, but I hope whomever is reading this enjoys it as the blog grows. Give me sometime and I will show you how my outlook on the world may or may not be different from the way you look at the world that so envelopes us! But I think this Weblog is going to mostly contain discussions on politics and other interesting topics! The weblog is also going to contain (sometime soon, I hope) some of my poetry and my shorter stories. Looking forward to getting some comments and maybe even getting people to think in ways they may not have thought about a subject before. ~LH~1 Timothy 4:12

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