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What is it Like to be Old?

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I had a conversation the other day about about how “old” we are all getting:  18, 21, 24.  At that point, I had had this conversation many times already.  We have all had this conversation.  It’s always a great one isn’t it? It always makes you feel fantastic.

In this particular version of the conversation,  I noticed that as we get older, we think more and we reminisce more–not just because our minds are maturing and our thought processes are becoming more sophisticated, but also because we simply have more to reminisce about.

We talk about how awesome it was when we had no responsibilities.  We think about how fun it was to be a kid; how stupid we were as teens; how awesome the first years of college were.

Then I began to wonder:  If we already have “so much” to reminisce about at 20, then what must it be like to be 60 or 80? To have over 50 or 70 years worth of memories?  After friends have come and gone, after marriages have started and maybe failed, after our careers are over; a lifetime.  No wonder old people reminisce so much.  When we are that age, instead of having our whole lives ahead of us, we will only have…  the past.

I came to a dark realization that the procession of life…  our lives…  is to have more and more to reminisce about and less and less to live for.

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May 25, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Protecting the American way of Life

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Whatever happened to Osama bin Laden? The last account of his existence was in December of 2001 when he released a videotape after an intense U.S. bombing campaign.  In this video he “looked sallow, his speech was slow, and his left arm [was] immobile” according to a TIME article in 2002.  He has been silent since.  He has been silent for over seven years now.  Furthermore, during an interview in 2007, Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto stated that bin Laden was murdered by a man named Omar Saeed Sheikh.

“Ladies and gentlemen, we got him.” Not just Saddam Hussein, but Osama bin Laden too.  By our original war on terror mission statement, we are victorious.  It is time to pack up, close a few bases, stop torturing, bring our troops home, and save the taxpayers some money.  This, however, is exactly the opposite of Obama’s plans for the middle east.

The New York Times reports “the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David D. McKiernan, was forced out Monday [by Obama] in an abrupt shake-up intended to bring a more aggressive and innovative approach to a worsening seven-year war.” Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal is the new top dog.  This move means that American operations in the middle east will be expanded—not reduced, as voters were led to believe.  Getting out of Iraq in no way meant getting out of the middle east.

We have 6000 troops in Panama, 2000 troops in cuba, 4000 troops in the Persian Gulf, 10 thousand troops in Hungary and Bosnia, 20 thousand sailors at sea, 75 thousand troops in Japan and South Korea, and 100 thousand troops spread across Europe.  That’s over 200 thousand troops deployed across the globe in areas that have not seen significant conflict for decades.  Now we are dug into the middle east.

This is our empire and its going bankrupt.

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May 22, 2009 at 12:05 am

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My humble additions to this massive internet blogosphere.

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May 21, 2009 at 5:23 pm

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