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May 2, 2011

Osama bin Laden

The word from President Obama is that Osama bin Laden is now dead.  I’m not necessarily happy that his life is ended, but I am very happy this chapter is over. I’m however, not so happy with all the partisanship is already popping up around the net, with one person or another  drawing a line with regards to who should or shouldn’t be credited with the kill.  I won’t be jumping on the bandwagon as this was an effort that spanned a decade and two presidential administrations.  I’ll my queue from former President George W. Bush and just mark the occasion with thanks to all those who gave to make this happen.


May 1, 2011   Earlier this evening, President Obama called to inform me that American forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of the al Qaeda network that attacked America on September 11, 2001.  I congratulated him and the men and women of our military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to this mission.  They have our everlasting gratitude.  This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001.  The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message:  No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.

by: George W. Bush

March 1, 2007

Carbon Mentor

OK, I’ll change the subject after this post. I’ll give it at least a few days before I post on carbon footprints and/Former Vice President Gore again. But I had to pass this along. It is from a post on Sound Politics. See if you can guess who owns this home.

The 4,000-square-foot house is a model of environmental rectitude. Geothermal heat pumps located in a central closet circulate water through pipes buried 300 feet deep in the ground where the temperature is a constant 67 degrees; the water heats the house in the winter and cools it in the summer. Systems such as the one in this “eco-friendly” dwelling use about 25% of the electricity that traditional heating and cooling systems utilize.

A 25,000-gallon underground cistern collects rainwater gathered from roof runs; wastewater from sinks, toilets and showers goes into underground purifying tanks and is also funneled into the cistern. The water from the cistern is used to irrigate the landscaping surrounding the four-bedroom home. Plants and flowers native to the high prairie area blend the structure into the surrounding ecosystem.

No, this is not the home of some eccentrically wealthy eco-freak trying to shame his fellow citizens into following the pristineness of his self-righteous example. And no, it is not the wilderness retreat of the Sierra Club or the Natural Resources Defense Council, a haven where tree-huggers plot political strategy.

From the description, I’d say that it’s owner must be pretty carbon footprint savy. Did you guess? Nope, it’s not Ed Bagley Jr., it’s not in Hollywood. Nope, it’s too small to be ecofriendly Mr. Gore’s home, but you are getting globally warmer.

Why it belongs to our Republican, yet still green, President George W. Bush. It is his “Texas White House” in Crawford, where Cindy Sheehan used to hang out.

I really got a kick out to this, hope you did too.

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