Thursday, April 19, 2007

This week in History

This week has been filled with tragedy. Not just in 2007, but for several years. It amazing how two single events have led to a whole bunch of events.

Adolf Hitler was Born April 20, 1939. Several years later he managed to orchestrate the killing of 6 million Jewish people.

This event led to 12 students, 1 teacher and 2 terrorists being killed on April 20, 1999 in Columbine, Colorado as the terrorists celebrated Hitler's birthday.

This tragic event led to a psychotic killer killing between 31-33 people (I love how CNN & Fox differ on numbers) in Virgina.

That alone would be a very bloody week in April. But this week is also sees the anniversary of two other horrific events. Sadly they were on the same day. On April 19 1993 86 people in Waco, Texas were killed during an exchange with federal agents. Their leader, David Koresh, had a warrant out for his arrest at the beginning of the experience, 51 days prior to the April 19th blood bath.

2 years later, on April 19th 1995, Timothy McVeigh used the Waco Texas events as an excuse to kill 168 people in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He then waited 4 days and celebrated his 27th birthday on April 23.

This really is a bad week in history.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Thoughts from Sean

These are just random thoughts I have had floating around in my head....

If it's okay to trash talk about a rival sports team; And if we teach our elementary school children that sticks and stones will break their bones but words will never hurt them; And if we tell children to just ignore people when they say bad words, because that person is just trying to make them feel better. And if we are a people that cherish our rights to have freedom of speech. And if it is okay for rappers and R&B singers to degrade women verbally....why did Don Imus get fired? Are we telling our children not to express their opinions or open their mouths? Are we teaching our children that a redneck cowboy can really offend a college Women's basketball team? Is either A) a Women's Basketball team that weak that words destroy them or B) we are just looking for reasons to be offended?

Why do we fly the flag at half staff for a few killings in Virgina but we don't fly the flags at half staff everyday to help remind Americans that almost every day a US Soldier is killed in Iraq defending our freedoms? What makes 32 killings in one day more important than over 3,000 killings over the course of 4 years?

Why s the president of the United States allowed to take vacations on the same week he approves extending the troops in Iraq by 3 months?

My Sister is currently listening to John Lee Hooker. I wonder if he knows John and I were at JLH's last musical engagement. Santana was there. Van Morrison's daughter was there. Bonnie Raitt Sang as well. It was a rocking good time. I was never quite sure if John Lee hooker enjoyed it though. If I remember correctly it was on June 25, 2001, but it has been a while since then.

Why is it that my mind often returns to KNJ? Why is it the KNJ of 2004 and not the KNJ of 2006?