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It was over in the blink of an eye… Enjoy the night in 3.5 minutes!

When the light of the morning is not bringing a smile to your face… It’s time to find another bed!
—Bill Heese

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.

It was over in the blink of an eye… Enjoy the night in 5 minutes!

Words can’t express the anger I am feeling right now. How sad I’m feeling for the families that lost loved ones today! This is a time of year when families should be brought together not torn apart senselessly! An unbelievablely selfish act that destroyed the hopes of parents and took the giggle away from little ones that will never get to know the joy of having kids of their own. Or how much they will be missed by the parents they left behind. My prayers go out to all of those that are hurting right now… hug your little ones and let them know how much they are loved!

Tragic things happen in life. Growing up in the Bronx, I’ve seen my fair share of tragedy. It doesn’t mean that we forget… no rather we can do 3 things

1. Stop living life because the pain is too unbearable,
2. Deal with the pain and try our best to move past, or
3. Learn from the tragedy and do something to insure it will never happen again.

I’m sure people will point out others things that I have missed but I believe we as human beings need to move past these tragic events and live life to its fullest!

Will and I have recently gotten into making model airplanes together. These are not the best shots but I think they’re cool.

This one is a US made Mustang P-51

This one is the German made Focke-Wulf Fw 190

Who decides what is acceptable from what is not? Where does one draw the line? Who makes the decision to pull the plug once something has been published?

Freedom of Speech is the foundation of the American Idea. It is in fact protected by the very first amendment that our Founding Fathers wrote into the Constitution on the United States. So it must be important! I certainly think so.

Censorship in its basic form is a type of bullying. Those in the position of power to suppress those not in power from being heard. It is a slippery slope. Where does it stop? Do we apply the standard of good judgment? There were many at the time that did not believe our Founding Fathers were exercising good judgment when seeking to separate from England. Yet hindsight being 20/20 those of use who call ourselves American think they did. However, at the time if they were to have been caught they would have been hanged.

One does need to realize that the freedom of speech in the United States is not absolute. The Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 were the first real test of this. It prohibited individuals from making “false, scandalous, and malicious writing” against the United States government and then president John Adams. This wasn’t too popular at the time.

Fast forward to today we still just can’t say anything we want. While you may not get arrested you might find yourself in civil court defending yourself against false or inaccurate statements.

One of the beautiful things about the United States is that we can celebrate our difference in beliefs and be protected against prosecution simply because of those beliefs. We can speak out about our dissolution in the American Dream caused by the actions of our elected officials. We can make speeches filled with our hatred of other races, sexes nationalities and religions. It seems most everything is fair game.

I believe that everyone should have say and I’ve tried to live by this principle even when I don’t want to hear what is being said. In fact, I have often made it a point to protect one’s right to speak even when others wish the person not be heard.