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Casualties = death, grief, pain

This morning's Wilmington Star-News headline "Casualties to ratchet up..." commenting on the ongoing war in Afghanistan was pathetically cold. Perhaps that's because so few of us are making any personal sacrifice in the conduct of this endless debacle ... and because the numbers of dead and wounded mean little to many readers.

What's your take on the economy and our economic future?

My father lost his father in the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918. His mother remarried and his mother and step-dad used the proceeds of a insurance policy, left to my then infant father by his father, to purchase a house. During the depression they took in boarders ($5 a week room and board) and his step father tried to find work in his trade - carpentry. The step-dad built a tool chest on wheels and was often gone for weeks at a time pulling his cart and looking for work. Finally, it was too much for him and he took his own life ... leaving behind an insurance policy to repay my then @ 12 year-old dad. It was a bitter time. Folks who lived through it have never forgotten.

I'm not trained in economics. I'm not sure what the future holds. But the signs are troubling and getting worse rather than my opinion.

NCDP seeking help for Kissell to stand against "John Boehner and his stooges."

AW, the Exec Director for the NCDP sent an email yesterday telling about the big fundraiser going on last night in Washington for Harold Johnson, the GOP candidate for Kissell's seat. He wondered if Robin Hayes would be there to teach Johnson " how to go back on his word...." AW asked if I would stand with "us" and support and volunteer for Kissell.

What came to my mind, without knowing Johnson, is the question: Isn't Larry one of the stooges anyway? Didn't Larry make everyone believe he would be something other than another DINO?

A "live and learn" tax tip

Many of you know my father died in 2009. He lived with us and I did the things for him he couldn't do for himself. I've done his taxes since 2003. Dad didn't have a large estate. Having just completed his taxes I'd like to pass along a lesson or two to anyone who wants it.

Wanna see a cement plant quarry?

This quarry is about 1/4th the size of the one Titan is planning for Wilmington.

Watch this video: Cuppertino CA

If this happens we can thank the New Hanover County Commissioners for signing a secret deal with Titan and using taxpayer's monies to encourage Titan to come and destroy our environment. But, gee whiz, there will be some jobs and just think of all the property taxes and income taxes Titan will pay. Woo hoooo....

There goes our limestone aquifer filter... our fisheries... our clean air...

The Geography of Bliss

My daughter (a PhD shrink) sent me a NYT bestseller entitled The Geography of Bliss. Eric Weiner (pronounced whiner) is a former NPR correspondent, self-acknowledged grump, and an entertaining writer. Believe it or not there is a World Database of Happiness in Amsterdam and Weiner travels there to learn more about the happiest and unhappiest places in the world...and then proceeds to visit several of those places.

A Soldier's Christmas

By Michael Marks, Leesburg VA

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe,
Completed the magic that was Christmas Eve.
My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep,
Secure and surrounded by love I would sleep.
In perfect contentment, or so it would seem,
So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn't loud, and it wasn't too near,
But I opened my eyes when it tickled my ear..
Perhaps just a cough, I didn't quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow.
My soul gave a tremble, I struggled to hear,
And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night,
A lone figure stood, his face weary and tight.
A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold.
Alone in the dark, he looked up and smiled,
Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.


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