I have been watching conflict followed by conflict between the Jews and the Arabs since I've been a kid. I've always maintained that despite all attempts, there will never be peace in the Middle East as this is now not a conflict over land/ or natural resources. This is all about religion. For thousands of years there has been conflict between the Jews and Arabs, the Jews and Persians, the Jews and the Philistines and in the last several decades, the point men for this conflict has been the Palestinians. When land was given to establish a Palestinian homeland, many thought the conflict was over. Apparently not so. Where once there was the PLO, there is now Hamas. The entire argument over land/resources is nothing but a red herring, and the president of Iran ( Persia of old), Amadinejad has gone on record advocating nothing short of the destruction of Israel. Even thought the two state solution is and remains a great idea, I feel it will be all for naught.
I have heard of store owners/ managers/employees defending themselves and their property against criminals preying on these businesses, but I don't think I have ever heard of a business man defending it's self against a non-threatening customer. As a twenty year resident of the Sherwood Forest area, I have seen some pretty shaky dudes frequenting our corner stores and to my knowledge, no one has ever been shot by a clerk and guess what? Most of these clerks/owners are Middle Eastern in origin and most of the customers are African American. My question is, what was the victim doing to warrent the clerk to use deadly force? Guess we'll see how this turns out as it works it's way through the courts.
Given that he is the only Ford that seem to have, any kind of sense, do you suppose that Harold Jr. ever wonders if he was like.. adopted??
From the narrow margin of the popular vote, it appears as if I am one of the few persons of voting age in the United States who really did not care which of the candidates were victorious in their election bid. I think for once, we were blessed with two options for president who honestly cared more for the American people than for their political party lines. I am delighted Sen. Obama is our President Elect. I look at him and I see the possibility of a bright future for our country. We must, absolutely must end our dependence on imported oil. Our current economic crisis is a direct result of several years of spiraling energy costs, and this president is our last chance to pull ourselves off of Mideast crude and thereby, save our country, our economy and most likely, our lives. One only must read the Book of Revelations to figure out what happens next should we miss this opportunity, this last chance to move to alternative energy sources. This will cost money, big money, but money that must be spent, invested in our future. This is not a should we do it, but instead is a matter of national security. Think about it, opposed to giving hundreds of billions a year to MidEast governments who on the sly give generously to Islamic extreamist organizations, we could keep that cash here at home rebuilding our infrastructure, retiring our national debt and ensuring the solvency of Social Security. Lets all hope President Elect Obama does not forget what he witnessed as a community organizer and fall into the pockets of big oil, big business and special intrest. Peace... don
The dollar you have in your pocket is backed by the full faith and security of the United States Government, not by gold, securities, or real estate but essentially by you and me. Please let me explain. The full faith and security of the United States means you and me and the other poor sods that hit the floor every morning, start their trucks, and cars and head off to work, earn a pay check, pay their taxes, buy gasoline and other things which or course, we pay tax on.
How about this for an idea? Let Wall Street sink. Take that trillion dollars we are told we must invest in the Street and make it available, now this is the radical part, TO THE PEOPLE. Make it available to businesses through loans from the Small Business Administration, make it available to homeowners and prospective home owners through the revamped Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. You can still finance your car through FMC, GMCC or any of the other auto finance services. These are the big ticket items you and I need every day to keep this economy running and to continue the full faith and security of the United States Government. To give nearly a TRILLION DOLLARS to the same scam artists who rode their companies into bankrupcy just makes no sense to me.
If we take the same money and admittedly prehaps a bit more, and invest it in the people who keep the economy running seems like the better option.
Sure, the Street will take a big hit. We will see a major correction from the 10846 we have as I write this note, but if we invest in the people, I can't see how our economy can help but improve.
Best wishes, EM.
Tonite I'll raise my glass of Glenlivet to your retirement. Best wishes and thanks for all the years of critical thinking.
We (Shelly and I) relocated to Memphis when the yet 2b Pyramid was not even a skeleton. We attended great concerts, high school graduations and even my graduation from the UofM was held at the Pyramid. It was going to be the urbanists dream building with concerts, restaurants, clubs and even shopping all under one roof. So let me get this straight; now instead of the BIG EMPTY we are scheduled to have the biggest fish tank in the land? Can we PLEASE simply have what we were promised? Reestablish the Pyramid as a concert venue, a place where we can have a bite and a drink after the show without having to get to the car, drive several blocks only to have to pay and park again then slug it down the street thru the heat/cold of Beal. Everyone I know from out of town thinks the Pyramid is one of the coolest structures around. Our guests can't believe the best we as a city can do is convert such a unique landmark into a glorified bait shop.
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