Archive for January, 2008

State of the Union

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
Tyler Murphy

My state of the union. (quick note version)

There is still a long and arduous path before us to follow. Indeed it is more easily pointed out than traveled but we must move forward.

Forward is an idea of time passing by while progress is made. Times pace is steady and we must also strive to keep moving forward. The speed of progress can be measured in many ways and many forms but when our next step becomes easier than our last we call that a success.

Now imagine a long journey laid before you, like a great nation heading down the corridors of history, we must look ahead. For if we place more value on our speed at the start of the race we will quickly fall victims to our own ambition by the end.

We must look ahead and prepare for obstacles that will be unforgiving when their time is at hand. Issues like global warming, poverty abroad and right here at home. We must open dialogues and encourage our enemies to change. War, like that quickened pace, even the greatest of nation’s stamina is finite and again time will catch up to us if we can not find another solution.

Iraq, Afghanistan began as wars of ideals but the battle field of political and religious conviction can not always be found by a barrel of a gun. Ignorance is their weapon of mass destruction and we as a great nation must quarter our own defenses of enlightenment to empower those so lacking. We must always remember that we represent the culmination of western civilization. Democracy is its crowning achievement and the pillars of social and economic equality still stand strong here today.

We are a great nation of liberating ideals and our advantage is we need not convert our allies but rather simply give them the freedom of choice. We are the greatest nation on earth because all other nations of the world chiefly recognize that besides all else, America stands for freedom, theirs as well as ours.

There will be a day when evil men in the world choose their own selfish desires in opposition to peace and equality and they are a threat not to us but to good nations every where. Together as a nation, as a leader of the entire free world we can never be defeated.

Remember the legacy of our great nation. Remember that up until this point in history we are the only reason they have existed. We stand together here today by the purchase of blood, by our mothers, by our fathers. We must preserve the lessons taught by our heritage. If their must be trouble let in be in our day so that our children may live in peace.

God bless America

I don’t like Tom Petty (hope I don’t get fired)

Friday, January 25th, 2008
Michael McGuire

“Tom Petty is the greatest singer, guitar player and song writer in the history of this Universe or any other, and he forever will be. Just listen to the delicate, yet complex integration of chord progressions and lyrical mastery in songs like ‘Don’t Come Around Here No More,’ ‘Into The Great Wide Open’ and ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels.’ It’s like seeing two people fall in love to the sounds of a symphony only they can hear.”

That’s what someone told me once when I said I didn’t like Tom Petty.

Okay, I lied. That’s not what they said.

But they did call me a jerk.

That’s not the only time, either. I’ve lost friends, nearly family, because I don’t like his music…his music.

I didn’t say I didn’t like him. He’s probably a great guy and fun to be around. I just think his songs are too simple for my taste and that a lot of them sound too much alike.

“Then you’re are an idiot!” – I can already hear you saying it.

It’s okay, let it out.

“You don’t know crap about music!” “You’re tone deaf!” “You’re ugly!”

Keep them coming. I know I’m evil. I change the station when I here “Free Fallin” or “You don’t have to live like a refugee” – how dare I! It’s okay. I’ve learned to accept who I am.

And if I’m in a situation where I’m unable to change the station or the stereo, I start singing (I can sound just like Tom Petty) really loud, only I change the words to make the song’s lyrics really awful.

For example: “Free Fallin” becomes “Free Ballin.” You can only imagine how it goes.

That one’s made people cry.

Now Tom Petty is the performer during half-time of Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix. Can’t say I’m as thrilled as everyone else.

I believe my direct quote was, “I’d rather watch Steven Tyler and Justin Timberlake sing ‘Walk this Way’ and toss microphones back and forth to each other in hell before I’ll watch this year’s half-time show.”

But it’s clear I’m alone on this one. In fact, I’m not going to say that everyone else in the world claims to be Tom Petty’s biggest fan, but I’m not going to say they don’t, either.

That said; if I’m the only jerk on the planet that won’t defend the greatness of “Last Dance with Mary Jane” to the death, than even I have to admit Tom Petty must be doing something right.

Surprise Birthday

Thursday, January 24th, 2008
Jessica Lewis

There’s been an awful lot of stuff going on lately, so maybe that’s why I completely forgot about my birthday until I looked at the calendar yesterday. Honestly if our day care didn’t make you sign and date a sheet every day when you pick up and drop off your child, I would probably have let my birthday slip right on past without even noticing.

I’m now trying to decide if my lack of birthday related cognitive function is a good thing or a bad thing. The last time I can think of when I was so clueless that the big day was drawing near, I was five. It worked out great at the time, because my parents were able to throw me a surprise party, and I didn’t even consider the possibility of it. Possibly because I didn’t know what a surprise party was, but that’s not the point.

The point is, I’m not sure if my sudden forgetfulness means that I’ve matured into a person who is not quite so obsessed with presents and parties and cakes and all that hype, or if it just means that I am starting to become even more spacey and forgetful than I previously was; a feat that I previously would have dismissed as impossible.

I guess regardless of the reason, the point is, it’s my birthday, so give me presents. Just kidding….unless you were going to send something really good.