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Fri Jan 14, 2011 at 04:48 AM PST

Reaching out to a community for help

by cheftdp

My son and daughter will be 9 years old on January 28th, I relish in the fact that I, as I always do, will be spending their birthday celebration with them in New Mexico.  Being a divorced father of twin children is a most difficult situation.  Divorce, being hard enough, is not only about the dissolution of two people and their inability to share the institution of marriage but the effects of this to children is tragic in so many ways.  To have their little worlds ripped upside down and in many cases, too young to really understand any of it.  Regardless of this, it is my duty as a father to show them the love they deserve, to give them everything I can and to be a role model for them as they grow with time.

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Thu Apr 02, 2009 at 02:55 AM PDT

Medicare patients are really hurting!!

by cheftdp

Why is it that many of the countries, the ones that care about their society, have health care?  It was a huge blow to me this morning reading an article on MSNBC's website that 1 out of 5 Medicare patients will return to the hospital, within a  month after being discharged, with heart problems and pneumonia being the largest portion of diagnosis for this problem.  My son is 7 years old, he had pneumonia and the Croup, I must say that this is a very serious issue and one that must change if we are to be a civil society that looks after its constituency, its part of being a member of a group, a society, in a civilized world.

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John Boehner, the other day commenting on the current administrations budget assured me that the republican party is on its way out.  Republican = Religious fanatic, this is my interpretation of the party, the idea's, the values and the overall, "World view", as Sarah Palin would say.  Oh yes, Boehner found himself bitching and moaning about the budget, regardless of the fact that he and his current party of groupies, including Oxycontin guy had absolutely no better plan or idea, in fact, they have never had a good idea about anything, since I have been alive.  As Boehner spewed his own shit box rhetoric, the room was silent.  After finishing, he asked if there was any questions, the room was silent and I was laughing hysterically when I heard this faint, surfer dude style voice, uh huh, uh huh, babble, babble.  It seems that all the good reporters have decided that the end of the republican era is over, oh yes, the, "one ring" has been cast into the fire and middle earth can now repair.  One of the last things Boehner mentioned was how the current administrations budget was like using an aircraft carrier when a Destroyer would do.  That's the problem...

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Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 12:39 PM PDT

Racism, Hate and Society

by cheftdp

There has been a lot of conversations regarding racism over the past few weeks since our newly appointed Attorney General, Eric Holder, eluded to our country being one of cowards, when dealing with the discussion of race. Of coarse, race has been an ongoing issue in this country, flared at times by certain events, the civil rights movement was not very long ago, a time when segregation was real and the hate it represented was as viscous as ever, not to mention today's lingering with nooses hanging from trees, effigies and flat out racist remarks spewed from the ignorant minds of those whose learned behavior was from parents of hate and now able to say what they want from behind a computer screen and not have to deal with reality of action and consequences created. The prison system promoting segregation and creating tensions most definitely do not seem to fit a well thought out profile for rehabilitating. Personally, regarding California and its, "three strike" rule, I think, if they really wanted to get some decent results and not waste all that cash they should set up a system more geared towards true rehab. Something like, first strike, associates degree, second strike, bachelors degree and third strike, Phd.

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Fri Jan 16, 2009 at 06:36 AM PST

The Dick Characteristic

by cheftdp

I would like to talk about the personality type of the, "Dick", also referred to as,"Dickbag",yes these people, so appropriately named for their general attitude about themselves and moreover, their general dickatude towards all others, other than the small group of other dicks, just like them, that congregate together.  Often, in these cases, the dicks are actually dicks to each other, however, this common personality is immune to others like them, with all their dickish comments and dick like character.  Yes, they are immune to one another and at these times it usually takes either an asshole or a mother fucker to quash them, send them back into their little dick dwelling units.  In some rare occasions the common jerk can do slight damage, however, they are usually unaware of the dick characteristic like behavior as jerks tend to be quite similar in character but not quite as harsh.

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Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 08:38 AM PST

Worthy of Remembrance

by cheftdp

Just outside the window are the most pleasant of purple flowers engulfing the end of the stem on this bush.  I don't know the name of the bush but I know the name of the flowers, "Perfect", actually, that is not the name of them, I don't know the name of them but they most surely are perfect in so many ways and they command my gaze and demand my respect of them.  The are consecutive but winding up the stem, scientifically looking like a strand of DNA and the weight of them with gravity draws the stem downwards to the ground, as thought they are reaching for some person to walk by and notice them, with all their beauty and this perfection that they have.  The creator, the bush, taking up the corner of the property and beside the road.  They are like a billboard for our house and as people go by they surely cannot miss them, they are so purple, the sun shines so bright on them that they are almost neon as if they were created by the hand of a sign maker who's artistic ability had just peaked and remembers what it is to be the perfect purple.

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Wed Jan 14, 2009 at 07:08 AM PST

The Internets and The Googles

by cheftdp

Oh the information technology, age of science and the, Google's, tubes, Internet's, all those wonderful Techie things that we have adopted and learned over the past century, even more astonishing, the growth within 20 years compared to that of centuries past.  So much good comes from this useful tool as we reach out through our computer screen, wherever we may be and touch the heart of someone on the other side of the world, send a gift at the click of a button on a mouse, learn anything and everything from first hand knowledge, find friends lost from years of distance only to be reunited on a social network, always updated on current world events through a 24 hour cycle that never sleeps.

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Tue Jan 13, 2009 at 09:07 AM PST

The Winter of My Youth

by cheftdp

"Its' chilly this morning", she said while scrunched upright in a fetal like position on the chair, arms folded to conserve the body heat as though the chill of the 70 degree morning was somehow that of New England and it's negative numbers this time of year.  Oh how spoiled my mother is with her tee shirt and thin cotton Capri pants she wore as sleep wear, no blanket but a thin sheet throughout the night.   While reaching to her cup of morning gruel before work I look over at her and laugh with disbelief that she would, could even think such a thing.  I immediately mention her spoiled comment and how naive it sounded as though she had never experienced most of her life living in New England, never moving beneath the Mason Dixon line.  She and I laugh at the reality that today, in the islands the temperature will reach at least 80 degrees and throughout the pass six months here, have not seen an evening going below 70.  

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Mon Jan 12, 2009 at 05:23 AM PST

Kings and Queens

by cheftdp

Every minute is one in its own and will never be seen again.

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Sun Jan 11, 2009 at 09:31 AM PST

March of the Fighting Rooster

by cheftdp

The crowing of the rooster outside my window seems that he is demanding my respect and the respect of everything else within its vocal reach.  He starts at 4:30 every morning and then in the distance you can here the other pompous birds throughout the north side of the mountain, here on the island of St. Thomas, calling back, almost choral at times, with respect and also demanding respect of their own, this will continue throughout the day every day, well, until all the roosters are gone.  His 3 hens are always close by as though under his spell and sometimes they come with chicks, little puffs with legs scuffling around their mother and picking on the scraps within the yard.  The rooster though, maintains his dominance and often times you can see him scold one of the younger male birds that would wander through the space of this mighty neighbor of mine, not quite ready to accept their own weakness, the wanderer, as though in denial about the situation and wanting a family of his own has but forgot just how dangerous a fighting rooster can be, ready for war and to the death when caged so violently by that of man.

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Sat Jan 10, 2009 at 09:13 AM PST

A Caribbean Morning

by cheftdp

Like many great things within our reach and within our minds we tend to pass them by, as though they did not exist whatsoever and due to this a part of this world is murdered to the unknown.  As though many and even myself would be ignorant to something, anything.  Its the way things are in a society of flaws, its the perpetual movement of things in and out of our lives.  If we are lucky our subconscious just might pick up even a glimpse for us to remember at another time, maybe when we need it most or maybe when someone we share our time with digs it out of us.  So many things we are entitled to and we only exhibit the time to enjoy many of them through our individualized and selfish selves.  Would our fate be our own or chosen for us.  The Caribbean morning has something to say.  I enjoy it every morning and find myself unable to control the reality that I live in a place where things for me are the same but the emotions change along with the day.  The weather, the wildlife, the creation is all part of what brings this happiness to me.  In turn I have no right to keep it for myself but instead must share it with you.  If you happen to notice.

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Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 08:01 AM PST

18 veterans will commit suicide today.

by cheftdp

I just cant get over the fact that 18 veterans in this country are going to kill themselves today.  I wish I could have even a minute with every single one of them and tell them that there is always hope, that although it seems there is no other way to fill that emptiness there is always another way to settle the pain and agony of hopelessness.  I wish I could explain how much they are needed by those close to them and that there is help, there are people who care, people they don't even know who would do anything they could to help them because they believe that being part of a society is more than just selfishness, being part of a society is putting yourself out sometimes for the good of others without conditions or payment.  

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