Friday, December 29, 2006

Random Thoughts

Like many of my fellow Americans, I am saddened by the death of former president Gerald Ford. Perhaps the most important thing about President Ford for me was that he was the first president I remember as a child. Even though I was five years old when Nixon resigned in August of 1974, I do not think I was aware of him. It might be because I had not started kindergarten yet, and did not even know there was such a thing as a president. I do remember being sad when Ford lost the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter.

I was browsing the BBC website a moment ago and came across this interesting little tidbit. Who knew that the UK was still paying back debts it owed to the United States for World War Two?

Also in the news, it looks like we may ring in the New Year with Saddam Hussein's execution by hanging. While I am happy on the one hand that a brutal despot is departing this world, I feared four years ago that Bush's decision to invade Iraq would be one of the worst foreign policy blunders in American history, and I am sorry to see that ensuing events have only served to confirm my fears.

As of today, I have not had time to start on Part 1 of the Chosen People of the Supreme Being Test, which I have tentatively titled "A Whole Lotta Smitin' Goin' On". I hope to draft it over the weekend then post it next week on my lunch break at work when I can add links to various articles, maps and pictures in support.

I also wish to extend to all of you my best wishes for peace, happiness and prosperity in 2007. And for goodness sakes, please do not sign up for a membership at a gym! I look at this way: If you cannot dedicate yourself to regularly exercising and doing simple callisthenics in your own home for a month, then a gym membership will be a waste of time and money.

Have a great weekend and a happy new year!

13 comments:

Stardust said...

I was a teenager when Gerald Ford took office as President after Tricky Dicky resigned. That was an awful time in American history...to have a president be forced to quit office was kind of embarrassing and discouraging. But Ford gave the nation back a bit of dignity and gave it a bit of hope (and showed what forgiveness was).

As for the Hussein execution. I am not happy to see any person die and no matter who it is, when their deaths are impending and everyone is waiting for it, it bothers me a lot. I do not feel sorry for him after all the atrocities he was responsible for, but it saddens me that humans behave so brutally and barbaric towards one another. We are supposed to be civilized westerners, yet I hear people cheering on someone's death and it really shows that we haven't progressed very far at all as human beings.

On that happy note...LOL...

Happy New Year to you and your family too, Tommy.

Stardust said...

I added a link to your blog in an article at GifS. :-) Hope it brings in some more traffic for you.

Stardust said...

Here is the post I referred to you in,

Coming out of the closet . . .

vjack said...

Here is some more smitin' you might appreciate: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/palmbeach/sfl-pckennedy30dec30,0,332570.story?coll=sns-ap-tophealth&track=mostemailedlink

vjack said...

Ah, let me try that link again:

http://tinyurl.com/y6rwu4

Tommy said...

Thanks Stardust. I appreciate that.

Greetings to you Vjack.

Stardust said...
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Hugh said...

Tommy, I am new around here (and blogs in general), but I have to admit that I really enjoy your writing style. I, too, grew up a Catholic but now have been lead towards agnostic/atheism/freethinking due to- well, intelligence factor. :)
It appears we have many parallels in our backgrounds and I look forward to keeping up with your blogs and checking out the others linked here.

Tommy said...

Thank you for your kind words Hugh. Happy new year and hope to see you as a regular visitor.

Best regards,

Tom

Aileron said...

Nice blog, Tommykey.

I didn't realize you were in the legal business - though I probably should have.

Best regards,
Jim

Andrea said...

Hi, just wanted to thank you again for your comment at Atheist Revolution.
I'm digging this blog too, so I'm going to be lurking around:)

Tommy said...

Hi Andrea!

Feel free to lurk or comment at will!

All the best.

Tom

L>T said...

I also was young when Gerald Ford took office. But, what I remember about him he seemed a decent guy.

Re; Saddam hussein. The whole thing is very tragic. No laughing matter for sure!