Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Rep. Aaron Schock isn't gay...not that there's anything wrong with it


I saw this picture on a several blogs today and since the congressman is from my district, I thought it should also be here (after all he said himself that the photo has gone viral).

Please, please, please click the link above the photo for a well written blog post at I Should Be Laughing (one of my favorite blogs). And leave a comment there letting Bob know that John abuzz sent you!


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Question of the day: WHO ARE YOU?

Congressman Bob Etheridge Assaults Student Journalist

Who are you?!
(LOL--so paranoid)!

In all fairness...

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Democratic congressman apologized Monday after video posted online showed him swatting at a video camera and demanding that two men taping him identify themselves. (AP) -please click for the full story.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

It's Flag Day in the U.S.A.

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.(Wikipedia)

With all that's happening in the news--oil disaster in the gulf, World Cup, self admitted murderer Joran Vandersloot, Gary Coleman's death, ipad security breach, Tony awards, and so much more, there hasn't been much, if any coverage of Flag Day. It's not an official federal holiday, but parades and other commemorative events are held each year on this day in cities and towns all across the United States.

The towns in my area go all out and have the U.S.A. flag everywhere you look, even on light posts. And I know there are so many better photos of the flag than mine above, but I wanted to post a photo that I had taken. It was actually taken from quite a distance (my neighbor's across the highway) using 4x optical zoom. My neighbor goes all out with the flag protocol. His flag is huge and lit up at night.

I usually have one in my front lawn, but it was tattered and Flag etiquette and standards of respect state that if it is so worn then it is not fit to serve as a symbol of our country. It will be taken to a place such as the local American Legion Hall, where they will destroy the flag by burning in a dignified manner.

If you are not familiar with Flag Rules and Regulations, you might find this website interesting. It shows many flag code violations that made the news, including my favorite--a photo from September 11, 2006, President Bush and the first lady stand on a carpet of the American flag at Ground Zero in Manhattan. Section 8b of the Flag Code reads, "The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground..."(source) You would think an American President would know these things.

Another interesting site is called the American Flag Wall of Shame, which shows lots of "no-no's."

And if you think I am too late in posting about Flag Day...WRONG! The entire week of June 14 is designated as "National Flag Week." During National Flag Week, the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week.(Wikipedia)

I think most of us that fly the flag will continue to fly it long after the week is over!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

As Mark Twain once said...

"The reports of my death
have been greatly exaggerated."

I just love Mark Twain, so I couldn't resist using that famous quote! I bet you didn't know Mark Twain's hometown of Hannibal, Missouri is only a couple of hours from here, did you? I have been there many times and absolutely love it there. If you ever get a chance, then go visit that charming little river town. There is so much to see and do there.

No, my blog isn't dead yet either! Life has been a little hectic and thrown me off schedule. I apologize to the few of you that may actually read this blog from time to time! I never intended to let it go for so long, so I am sorry. Wow, time sure does fly. Now it is going to be a REAL challenge to get back to posting on the blog. I hope I won't let you down.

~ John

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