Friday, May 06, 2011

Talk Thursday:…..Little Did I Know…

Which is assuming I know much of anything, because let’s get real, in this day and age knowing anything and the truth are relevant.

America has played a nasty game of Cat and Mouse with Osama Bin Laden. In the two wars that have ensued since the tragic days of September 11th 2001 Americans have called foul at images of “Muslims” (because we know in “truth” that the word “Muslims” means American hating Arabs – every single one of them, you betcha) parading hooded GI’s about (often just before they were killed) – yes there was a point to the opening line, we’ve become those we have called foul at…well doesn’t it say lusting in the heart is the same as having the affair?

In all honesty I was appalled Monday, in the wake of the death of Osama Bin Laden, by Americans who “celebrated” his death. I’m appalled that we would celebrate anyone’s death in such a way. Osama Bin Laden was a hideous man who worked to keep many Muslim women living in the stone age; who, for decades carried on an active campaign to wipe out Americans; who lived in hate, espoused hate as if it were a tenant of his religion, and who led many willing Americans down the road of his hatred (on all sides of the argument… that doesn’t exist.) This is all true in almost anyone’s reality. But celebrating his death is hateful and an extremely sad comment on Americans and worse so many “Christian Americans.”
Jesus said, “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28).

I applaud Americans and those in the world who knew Bin Laden’s death was a good thing, but felt bad that it was a good thing. I applaud those who did not celebrate, but accepted the value of that final action. I applaud President Obama for not publishing the death pictures and for his solemn demarcation of the events. Little did I know there would be idiots like Sarah “Maverick” Palin who is now calling Obama chicken (okay, she really said, “Stop pussy footing around and release Bin Laden’s death pictures.” Amazingly sad.) And if he were to release said pictures, then she would be the first to point her finger saying something to the affect that he’s responsible for the death of ? thousands who perished in Al Qaeda’s retaliation.

Yes, folks I am a pacifist, being Quaker in faith might have been a clue. That being pointed out once again, let it be said I do understand where taking out a murderer can be construded as a good thing. I do have a problem with people who can’t move past the actions of 9/11, I have a problem with people who horde the anger as if it’s a precious commodity to be taken out and stroked reverently as a symbol of patriotism. Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda cronies will win their victories over Americans every time someone gets fearful because 9/11 might happen again… every time an American, especially a Christian American, raise their voice or fist in ignorance at a person just because they are of a different race, of a different religion, or because “they aren’t Americans” (how the heck do you know? Really, Intuition? crappy ignorance.) with every hateful post reaction ignorance and fear give Bin Laden and Al Qaeda a brand new victory. Little do these people know they are Bin Laden’s weapons of Mass Destruction.


Sunday, May 01, 2011

May Day – 2011 – Roger that.

Today was Ducky’s birthday and for a few years I’ve been kicking around the thought of getting him a flight in a Bi-Plane. Our house is situated just north of the Florence airport and we have often seen the Bi-Planes taking off and flying about. Each time we see one he’d say he’d love to take one of those flights, but that is as far as it’s gone. I’ve told him I had bid on or almost won the bidding at the Radio Auction on a flight and he kind of blew it off. So really I blended that piece of information with his uncomfortable stance of flying and didn’t get one.

Until this year.

This morning (Sunday, May 1st) my little May Flower (tulips please) woke up and found three balloons attached to a water proof disposable camera, a birthday card and this note….

♥ ♪♫•**¨*•.¸¸♥ Happy Birthday ~ Ducky ♥ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♥

Happy Birthday!!!!
My Sweets

Be prepared at 9:15 to begin your birthday treat.

I love you,

Ps: Please make sure I’m ready too.
Thank you,
Love Me

At 9:30 this morning we met Ret. Lt. Col. Sam Spayd and his beautiful 1944 Stearman BiPlane of Aero Legends at the Florence Municipal Airport.
Ducky was all a tweeter – but no he does not tweet. Sam is a man truly in love with his plane, he walked us out onto the apron and introduced us – she’s a beauty. He gave us her history, explained all the gauges, gadgets, and humerous stories about his plane and then they boarded.

Take off was about five minutes later.

They cruised up the coast to the Sea Lion Caves, Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Carl Washburn State Park before heading back down the coast,
over the Three Rivers Casino, down the Siuslaw River, over the Bridge, into town and landed back on the grass strip between runways 33 and 33-15. Twenty minutes later.

Ducky loved it, said it was easier than flying in a jet (even if the destination were Las Vegas). Next time I’ll have to get him the hour flight. I can’t wait to see the pictures he took, even if he wound the film advancer backwards. And I'm definately looking forward to my turn.