Friday, October 31, 2008

i don't know flat stanley

but he did spend a day with barack obama!

(and helped three boys with a school assignment as well)

Obama's Letter Was Answer To A Little Boy's Request

|The Hartford Courant
WEST HARTFORD — - When Amy Mondschein dashed into Solomon Schechter Day School last Thursday, the head of the school and her son's teacher were waiting. The Enfield resident, whose son is a second-grader at the Jewish day school, was running late that day. Was she in trouble?

Far from it.

An envelope addressed to her son, Aron, 7, had been delivered to the school that morning. It was from Barack Obama, senator from Illinois and Democratic presidential candidate. "They were all excited," Mondschein said. "The whole school was abuzz. They took a picture of [Aron]. He was like a little celebrity."
A little more than a month earlier, teacher Joyce Ben-KiKi had Aron and his classmates each send letters to a famous person as part of a language arts lesson. Ben-KiKi wrapped the exercise around well-known children's book character "Flat Stanley," so along with the letters, the children each tucked a Flat Stanley figure they had made into each envelope.

"I told them not to expect a letter back," Ben-KiKi said. "I told them these people are very busy and most likely will not write back."...........

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

you know i'm NOT going to link to the article directly

on second thought i AM going to link to the article directly. i really AM torn about this. i really DO have a heart and i really DO feel for the parents

this article, along with the other horrible tragedy that happened with a gun and a child from connecticut (within the past few months) are horror stories.

while discussing the first incident (the child found a gun in his parent's bedroom and shot and killed himself) with someone at work, my workmate felt the parents should not be (further) punished. they had suffered enough. while i agree there is no way i could possibly understand the suffering they must be going through, what they did by leaving a gun around was what i REALLY cannot understand even more.

now to have not only the people who were running this machine gun shoot ALLOW YOUNGSTERS TO FIRE THEM but having a parent (who is a doctor not jed clampett) ALLOW HIS 8 YEAR OLD SON to shoot that uzi................(don't need to finish my sentence)

here's the courant article

Boy Killed Firing Submachine Gun At Firearms Expo

Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj died after accidentally shooting himself in the head in what was supposed to be among the safest possible settings for youngsters to handle firearms.

The third-grader from Ashford, a well-liked "all-American boy," was attending a "Machine Gun Shoot & Firearms Expo" on Sunday at the long-established Westfield Sportsman's Club in Massachusetts. While shooting, he was supervised by a trained professional and within sight of his father, Dr. Charles Bizilj, the medical director of emergency and critical care at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford.

Yet something went horribly wrong.

What some, including a longtime club member and retired gun designer, found most startling was that the boy was firing a 9mm, Micro Uzi submachine gun, a weapon that weighs about 5 pounds and can fire 1,200 rounds a minute.

and here's something from gun guys

Tragedy at Massachusetts Machine Gun Shoot

(We are pleased to include the following blog post from Freedom States Alliance affiliate, the New England Coalition To Prevent Gun Violence).

I think machine gun shoots are pathetic events.

Basically, it’s a bunch of guys who get together and blow things up. They are drawn by the chance to shoot a variety of fully automatic weapons at targets like cars (probably some sort of road rage release) and other things that look “cool” when they get shot and blow up.

While these gatherings strike me as both sad and silly I understand that they are legal and that there are men who get a thrill from the destructive power of firearms. These events will, no doubt, continue to take place across this county...............

An 8-Year-Old Unintentionally Killed Himself With A Fully Automatic Uzi At the Westfield Machine Gun Shoot — His Father, Present At the Shooting, Heads Emergency Medicine At Conn. Hospital


nbc 30 got a redesign. go check it out! it is my personal opinion (and after all, it IS about me me me) it is far easier to use AND it contains more info/articles.

stop on by

oh it's NOW NBCCONNECTICUT dot com although i typed in nbc30 and it still got me there

i don't care HOW effing drunk you are can you forget you have a dog tied to your vehicle? throw the book at moson. i have no sympathy for him AT ALL


Forgotten Dog Dragged, Dies, Police Say

A dog died after its owner forgot he tied it to the back of a pickup truck, went for a drive and dragged it for a mile, police said.

Police arrested the dog's owner, Brian Moson, 35, of Suffield, Sunday night after a passerby noticed the 5-year-old Australian Shepherd being dragged along River Boulevard, police said.

Moson was about a mile from his home when two cars pulled him over, boxed him in and untied the dog from the trailer hitch, police said.

Neighbors bundled the dog in blankets and rushed it to VCA Boston Road Animal Hospital in Springfield, Mass. but the dog was too badly injured and had to be euthanized, police said..............

a rose on october 27 2008

these pictures were taken yesterday morning at 7:45 am (27 0ctober 2008)

Sunday, October 26, 2008

well here it is

we all know how i feel - and like i said yesterday, why not endorse him a WHILE AGO? why wait until now?

We Endorse Obama For President

INSPIRING, UNIFYING He would make the nation proud

In its 244-year history, The Courant has endorsed only one Democratic candidate for president, Bill Clinton. Today we endorse a second Democrat, Sen. Barack Obama, with the hope that if elected, he governs from the middle as Mr. Clinton did. Mr. Obama must resist serving only his party's interests and instead serve the greater interests of a worried nation.

America is starved for a leader who can restore pride and once again make the nation a beacon for the world, or in the words of Massachusetts Gov. John Winthrop in 1630, "a city on a hill — with the eyes of all people upon us."

Mr. Obama has the right qualities of leadership, the elevating, can-do message that "we are the ones we have been waiting for" and the calm temperament for these anxious times. He has the counsel of such trusted figures as former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell and investment legend Warren Buffett...