Monday, August 11, 2008

America is One of Three TrueMajority Nuclear BB Demonstration copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. "America is one of three." Some might say the United States is one in a million. Surely, the superiority of this western nation is rarely questioned. The "land of milk and honey" is frequently referred to as a Superpower. Most think America might be considered truly supreme. Politically, economically, and militaristically the United States excels. This democratic nation has clout. America is able to control a situation, or a strategy. Citizens here consistently prove they are strong. This is the "home of the brave." It is well known, Americans are courageous enough to take a stand, and they have. The United States is one of three nations that, regardless of outcry, refuses to support a United Nations resolution which would abolish the manufacture and use of all nuclear weapons. Cries from citizens in Hiroshima do nothing to change the minds of Americans. The 63rd anniversary of the atomic blast that annihilated the Japanese city does not move residents of the United States. People who inhabit this Superpower do not recall the intensity of a moment that instantaneously killed 140,000 people. Perhaps, that is why here, in the States, few think it essential that we all remember that power, nuclear, or absolute destroys. On a bright and beautiful August morning, on the 6th, in 1945, America with the assistance of its allies, dropped an enormously powerful explosive on an entire community. Innocent inhabitants of Hiroshima did not awaken. The sound, while deafening, did not cause those still asleep to stir. People, out and about, did not dare run for shelter. There was no time. Immediately after the blast, bodies flew through the air aimlessly. The blameless could not scurry. There was no escape from the explosion the one of three...
We Knew Him When copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. "We knew him when." These are the words countless in cyberspace will offer in January 2009. As Congressman Jerry Northington, a Democrat from Delaware, is sworn into office, Citizen Journalists throughout numerous net neighborhoods will chortle. Each of us who recalls when possum was but a blur in the blogosphere will reflect on when we first met the Vietnam veteran, small businessman, family fellow, and sage. For me, it was so long ago, I do not recall the date exactly. Jerry, whose real-life name I did not know for months, and I had our first encounter online. We connected and communed at Daily Kos. I know not when the Neurological Veterinarian first joined the forum. However, I did search for his first comment on what some lovingly refer to as DKos. While the signature is now globally changed, and thus provides a clue to who this marvelous man might be, then, in June 2006, Tuesday the 20th to be exact, the future Congressman Northington was known only as possum. In a discussion on the Iraq war, military contracts, fraud and waste, our future Representative in the House voiced his sorrow for what he felt and continues to feel is near criminal [my words], or at least an embarrassment. The veteran, all too familiar with military affairs, wrote a response to Republicans HATE accountability, and voted that way; and withdrawal, by Markos himself. In this essay, kos informed readers . . . Republicans defeated a Democratic measure calling for an investigation into waste and fraud in military contracts today as the Senate engaged in an emotional debate over the Iraq war. By a 52-to-44 vote, the Senate rejected the proposal by Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, calling for a panel like...

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