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Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM PST

An Apology To Katrina Victims

by Tim McMahon

  I live on the Jersey Shore and my house was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy.  My family and I evacuated prior to the storm and everyone is fine.  During Hurricane Irene we got water in the basement so we weren't expecting a 10 ft surge of water that put 4 ft of water throughout the house.  Needless to say, nearly everything we owned was destroyed.  
   My wife and I have two kids, 9 and 11.  When I ventured out the day after the storm and made it to my street, I was overwhelmed with what I saw.  Houses were wide open, having been blown out by the surge.  I had a terrible feeling in my stomach, not knowing what I was going to see when I turned the last bend to my house.  All I could think was, "God, it looks like Katrina".  
   More below the fold.

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Mon May 28, 2012 at 03:25 PM PDT

Thank you for everything, but...

by Tim McMahon

It's Memorial Day.  I'm in the restaurant business, so I worked today as I have every Memorial Day for the last 25 years.  But that is neither here nor there.  I'd like to thank all those who have served and those who have died.  But...

  I don't want to thank them for my freedoms.  I don't believe that my freedoms emanate from, nor are protected by, the heroics of a soldier.  I believe that my freedoms are a product of an amazing group of (mostly) men who designed and fought for this imperfect but amazing country some 240 years ago.
   I appreciate that some people are brave enough to go to war.  I would suggest, generally speaking, that I am not.  I am also not inclined to send my two sons, should the opportunity present itself in the future.  In my lifetime, our armed forces have not been called upon to protect my freedoms.  I'm really not sure the last time they were.  In WWII, we protected the hell out of Europe and certainly we avenged the attack on Pearl Harbor.  But were my rights ever in jeopardy?  I think not.
    So thank you, to all who have served.  And I'm truly saddened that anyone has been put in a position to give their life for these lousy wars we've fought in the last 60 years.  
    Thank you.  But not for my rights.  I've got those thanks to a vision unrelated to an army or a soldier.  

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Sat Jul 09, 2011 at 03:55 PM PDT

A No-Lose Proposition

by Tim McMahon

  If the economy gets better between now and Election Day, Obama clearly benefits.  However, I would argue that he benefits if it continues to sputter along, also.  How is this?
    If the economy continues to show slow gains or even slight losses in the major indices over the next year and change, who do you want making decisions about how what to cut and what to continue paying for?  Should unemployment benefits be extended?  Should Medicare and Social Security be cut?  We know the Republican's positions on these issues.  (And we used to know the Democrats).
    I think that Obama is working consistently in one area; the art of deflection.  He's not trying to suggest that things are better than they are.  He's just maintaining that (1) he's not the cause of it and (2) people are better off with him in there than a Republican in 2012.
    I think it might work.

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