Friday, November 28, 2008

More and More Feet

In honor of Retro Apple, who also has pictures of feet on her blog...

This is not Religion

Black Friday - it only comes once a year. For those who don't know, that's what retailers call the day after Thanksgiving. It's a retail jubilee, where everhone prices their cheap plastic holiday crap even lower to entice people to spend money they don't really have. It's the beginning of the Christmas season. Christmas should be a time for generosity, love and kindness, but for these people it's not. The greed that drives people to drag themselves and their children out of bed at four a.m. to make it to the opening sales is a good sign that people have lost the meaning of their own holiday.

I thought that today might prove those thoughts wrong. People were polite to me, one lady even told me we were doing a great job. It seems, I just didn't meet the true nut-cases.

But it's worse than just overzealous shopping. It hurts people, even kills them. A man was killed in a New York Wal-Mart this morning, when shoppers broke down the doors and trampled him, also injuring others.
This isn't religion,
It's sick.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The End of the Beginning

"We get the leaders we deserve. And if we lift them up and then cut them off, refuse to follow unless they are taking us to Disneyland, then no President, however eloquent, however historic his mandate or piercing his sense of what needs to be done, can take us where we refuse to go. This did not all end on Election Day, Obama said again and again as he talked about the possibility of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And so, we are merely at the end of the beginning."
The Meaning of Obama's Win: How He Rewrote the Book by Nancy Gibbs

I realized just in the past few months that I have to take an interest in my government. I have to put behind me the disgust I feel towards a broken system, and realize that without the voices of those who see that it's broken it will never change. No, I'm not about to become a political activist. Still, if the words of President-elect Obama are to hold any meaning in the coming months and even years, people are going to have to stand up with him. The choices the government makes should be influenced by the people. It is my hope in the future, starting now, to be informed as to what those choices are and how to make myself heard.

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