Sunday, October 28, 2012

Libya A Moment of Shame That Took Lives

Libya A Moment of Shame for Our Country

Today for many this may not be a popular question, but doesn’t it just make sense that what you put into something is what you will get from it. I have never done well with people who are after something or trying to screw someone else over to get what they want.Or people who will let others take the fall to cover their own backside. Is it wrong to think that the way you portray yourself to the world is a reflection in part of who you really are?

As I read what is going on in politics, and see how different people handle themselves its truly disheartening when you see people who won't take responsibility for the choices they make. I watched a segment on the bombing in Libya today on Fox News. What struck me about the piece was the horror those 4 men (
Christopher Stevens,Sean Smith,Glen Doherty and Tyrone S. Woods ) must have felt to ask repeatedly for help and get nothing. Four hours is a long time to not respond, when someone elses life is in real peril. It must be devastating for the families of those men who died in vain. There was no valid reason for them to die the way they did. 


Former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods was part of a small team that was at the CIA annex about a mile from the consulate when it came under attack. Upon hearing shots fired, team members asked higher-ups at the annex if they could go the consulate. However, they were told to "stand down," according to sources familiar with the exchange.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/27/obama-avoids-question-on-whether-americans-in-libya-were-denied-requests-for/#ixzz2AZRsmF7q


This constant dodging by Obama is frankly sickening, because it should not be about the election but about who screwed up? Who dropped the ball? Who decided 4 Americans lives were not worth saving? It isn’t about finding who did this (bombed the Consult) but who didn’t do their job.Or why those at the CIA annex were told to stand down. If you're the boss and your people screw up big time it is your fault.

I felt so horrible for the men who were stationed in Libya who could have helped but we now know were told to stand down. REALLY? Is that now the American way of doing things? How anyone can accept this as an acceptable loss, is truly disturbed and without conscience.

What is worse is I have to wonder what they felt when they realized they were going to die and that their own government let them die. What kind of sick person sat there for 4 hours and watched. Then lied and told all of us it was a protest gone bad.

Why as a country have we grown so jaded that when our own government does not behave in a responsible straightforward way are we willing to go with the flow?  How would you feel if it was your son who died after bravely fight for almost 4 long hours? I know if it was my child I would probably want to punch someone in the face. What is truly sick is those men were left to die, while the white house watched it happen. Yes they had live feed, they knew without a doubt what was happening. Why would that be OK in anyone’s mind, whether you're a christian, muslim, jew, buddhist, or atheist it should not be OK. 


Watching this report, it was impossible not to think of the men or women in our military or who serves our country overseas. Today it was someone elses father, husband, or son but what happens when its your family member, and the only answer you get is a lame, “Well we are going to find out who did this and take appropriate action.”

Here’s my answer, “ Be a man and take responsibility for the blood that is ultimately on your hands. Apparently you're the BSr in this sad tale.” Drop the posing, pretending,and blaming  it is always someone elses fault or screw up.Your lies and excuses to the American public don't make it ok. No one is really buying that you didn't know as "the commander and chief" that you didn't fully know what was going on. Thats a sign of a weak character and inability to take responsibility for your actions, this lays solely on your head.  

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Update 11/2: I found it interesting that the other night a representative for the White House was on CNN advising that we should all be waiting until the investigation is complete and that the CIA did nothing wrong. Is it really so hard for these people to understand that if they had the honesty and decency to step up to the plate and admit that they screwed up most people would say things happen and move on. What really pisses people off is knowing you're being lied to. Knowing that someone whose salary you're paying for as a taxpayer is sitting on national TV giving you a line of bull and telling you to swallow. Perhaps some may buy it but most people do realize the government screwed up and that four people who didn't need to die are now dead.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Emergencies, School, and Life Keep Juggling...

For me my weekend started with a phone call at 4:30 pm on Friday from my dad that Gunny was having another seizure. A part of me cringes when this happens because I know there is always the real possibility that she may not survive.

From there it was a mad dash from work and then down to the vets were I met my daughter who was available to run Gunny over to our vet Linda at Berkeley Veterinary Center (mind you I give her credit because the seizures were still going on during the ride there). Tom, Chrissy and I all met there, where Chrissy then had to run to school.

Once stable it was a trip up to Garden State Veterinary Hospital where Gunny would spend the rest of the weekend. Tom would go home to take care of our 8 year old son.  It was a scary drive, with my mom, Gunny and myself in Friday night traffic. The whole ride listening to her distressed breathing as we made the 35 min drive. I can honestly say it was almost as scary as taking one of my kids to the hospital when they were young on the few times they were hurt or sick.

If you have been following my posts and know who Gunny is you already know how much this would break my heart. Tom affectionately calls her the money pit, because every time we get one vet bill squared away there is another one around the corner. This one was no different. If you are fortunate enough to have a pet you can understand what it means to be willing to do almost anything to keep them healthy and safe. Gunny isn't even 2 years old yet, so the shock of her epilepsy and cluster seizures is heartbreaking to watch.

Friday night by the time I dragged into the house I was both emotionally and physically exhausted. Never mind that the next morning when I went to my psychology class I was still out of it. The surprise quiz was quite the wake up for me, and I had to snap out of it and get back to what I needed to take care of.

Its now Sunday night and she is home at last, snoring loudly in her bed where she belongs.   We even managed to sneak out earlier today with the kids over to the Cranberry Festival in Chatsworth. It was big and packed with people but the kids had a good time and we all needed a break. As I didn't have to pick Gunny up until late afternoon things worked out ok.

That is life though, it is rarely easy, or perfect. We each go through the motions and do the best that we can and I know that every member of my family is the real gift that makes it all work out. I know I have some phone calls to make on Monday to friends and family I ignored but it is, what it is. I never claimed to be perfect only real. So ends another exciting weekend of school and life as a grown up. I've learned to shake my head and smile when life gets crazy because there will always be moments that are good and bad. I hope I will always have the grace to get through them with a calm smile and compassion when its needed. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The 5 Point Plan and the Infamous Binders of Women


5 Point Plan

When I watch our current presidential nominees go round and round with each other it amazes me how much they are like two little boys in the schoolyard  As a voter many don’t care for the back and forth the finger pointing and so on. Yet I am a little disappointed with my fellow voters for not understanding something that is pretty basic and straightforward. Unless, of course I have totally misunderstood.
     What is it you may ask, the five point plan Governor Romney has put forward. I keep hearing people say he has no plan but the truth is it is those 5 points. 1. Before you can provide a financial plan you have to look at the books, “documentation”.  A caseworker or doctor would not say they knew what a case was about without looking at the file first would they.  An accountant wouldn't tell you how much your getting back on your taxes without actually seeing your paperwork first.
     Well it is the same thing. So why would anyone be foolish enough to say how they are going to fix something without seeing where the problems specifically are. I checked online and the only financial records for the united states government that are available to the general public are from 2010 and "yes I believe that would include Mitt Romney" in the general public. Two-year-old data is not going to give anyone answers, so frankly I can understand his not promising things he cannot guarantee without having the facts. I think it is safe to assume that he will give us the news once he looks at the facts.
     After he physically looks at the books, comes step two.  Sit down with people from both sides, meaning Democrats and Republicans and meet with them weekly until they find a solution.  That is how you plan in the real world. You brainstorm and come up with ideas that work for everyone. You listen to what each side wants, and then deal with the reality. What is different this time. Well for starters Romney doesn’t blame everyone else for his mistakes. Personally I hate when people do that. Next  he is a self made businessman who has a real track record.
Romney does not always explain himself well, but I would rather have his unpolished honesty than Obama’s celebrity polished falsehoods. If I wanted an actor in the white house I would rather see Denzel Washington there. Obama’s tried and I give him credit for walking into a mess, but we need to take a different  direction and truthfully if you are honest with yourself you should be able to admit that what we have is not working.
     Put aside the personal beliefs of each of these candidates, and look at what they each bring to the table. That is how you figure out who you want in a president, it isn’t about someone having all of the beliefs that you do. That will never happen, because we are human.
     Lastly, the binders actually make sense, I use binders for recipes, and if you have a binder full of resume’s for women it makes it quick and easy to locate or mark people who may be just right for a position when it does come open. As women it saddens me to see how easily we can be led by  people.(Is anyone actually outraged by that comment?) We are smart so why are we buying into a bunch of information that we know isn't true. Why would any woman think that we would go back to the dark ages when things like abortion or use of contraception was illegal.  No one man, no matter what his personal beliefs are is ever going to take away a freedom that we want as a people.  Here is another little clue; you can judge a man by how he treats his family, and others.  Is he honest or does he make excuses for bad choices?

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