The Spit

The Spit and Mary’s Boat Livery (where I work) got some recognition from the Patriot Ledger today! Check it out.
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Evil Unions

Here is yet another example of the disservice many, if not most, unions do to Massacusetts and American citizens on a daily basis. This story tells of a Boston firefighter who was put on permanent disability for injuring his back on the job. With this, he earns his full, taxpayer-funded salary of almost $70,000 a year tax-free.

Well, it turns out that Mr. Arroyo just finished eighth in a mens bodybuilding competition. He claims that all this heavy lifting “helps his back pain”, yet he somehow can’t manage desk duty at the fire station.

Of course, the firefighters union is up in arms against the new outsider fire commissioner Roderick Fraser Jr., who is apparently “out to get” the firefighters. Give me a break. This is the same union chief that calls random drug and alcohol testing of its on-duty firefighters unfair, because apparently its unfair for Boston residents to expect sober help in their greatest time of need. All this after two firefighters died in West Roxbury this year- one with an alcohol level three times the legal limit and the other with cocaine in his system.

Who are these six-figure union bosses supposed to represent? Seems to me that they benefit no one but themselves. Forget the taxpayers, forget those needing to be rescued. In the Boston police and fire departments, its the all about us show.
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Is America Ready?

Is America ready to elect a President who hates his country?

We shall see in November.

Barack Obama is characterized by his continuous criticism and embarassment of Americans and the United States of America. While his devotees are busy blindly worshipping their Savior of Progress and Change, Barack is insulting the practices and values of the people that he is supposedly set to represent as president.

Long criticized for his elitist rhetoric involving average Americans who rightly “cling” to their guns and God, B.H. Obama continued his tirade against your Average Joe yesterday at a campaign rally in Georgia. Apparently he’s
embarrassed that Americans don’t speak French and Spanish. Really?

BHO:
I don’t understand why people are around going on about “we want English only”. I agree that immigrants should learn English. But instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English- they’ll learn English- you need to make sure child learns how to speak Spanish. We should have every child speaking more than one language!

It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here, they all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then we go over to Europe and all we can say is merci beaucoup.

The above quotation shows just how out of touch with America Obama is. Immigrants have been coming to the United States and learning English for centuries. It’s just how its done. English is the language of mobility, the language of the American Dream. Accomodating immigrants, often illegal ones, by forcing our children to learn
their language and adapting our centuries-old culture for the ease of this group of people is both insulting and absurd.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with being bilingual. In fact, it’s a great asset to be bilingual. But if you want your kids to learn a language that will benefit them later in their lives, Spanish should not be on the top of your list. How about Chinese? Japanese? Arabic? These are the economic and political languages of the future. We shouldn’t go around mandating Spanish just because the majority of over ten million illegal immigrants just happen to speak that language and seem to be resisting the idea of assimilation that generations upon generations of immigrant Americans have accepted.

But I guess we’ll just let Barack continue on his elitist ways- traveling the world to places like Socialist France and teaching his children exotic languages. Accordingly, I’m sure he’ll continue to ignore the wants and needs of everyday American citizens.

Check out a quick 1:08 minute YouTube video of the speech here.
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Word of the Week

Word of the Week:

Cloy- verb (used with object), to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleaseure, etc.; surfeit; satiate.

Clare’s word request...only two months late. My bad.
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Funny Video

OK so I have to post this too...

Check out the
Sneezing Panda YouTube video. Its one of the most hilarious things I’ve seen in a while. My family thinks I’m crazy, but I laugh every time I see it.
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Jesse Helms

Jesse Helms is a name that I have heard, but have never been very familiar with. His death early this morning has brought his name back into the spotlight. After reading this, from the Boston Globe, and other articles about him I am now intrigued. Just from this short glimpse, I can tell you I’m a big fan of his politics and his unapologetic character. I think I’ll continue my memoir-streak and pick up his Here’s Where I Stand: A Memoir later this week.

In the mean time, HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I’m especially aware and thankful for all we have here in the United States after spending so much time out of the country recently.
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