Archive for September, 2010

Truth in Advertising

So, a story broke on Tuesday, the 28th, over this political ad from Florida Representative Alan Grayson about his opponent Daniel Webster:

Needless to say it caused a big brouhaha (how often do you get to use a word like brouhaha?) Except the allegations are a pack of lies. Those clips of Webster? Taken completely out of context. Now the full video the clips came from has been shown on the news and it clearly shows Webster saying the exact opposite of what Grayson says he said. (Was that any clearer than mud?) Not only that, the newspaper article cited as a “source” on Florida House Bill 1586? It doesn’t appear to actually exist. At least not in the Pasco Times online archives. I looked.

Andy Levy from the Fox News show Red Eye called them the Devil and Daniel Webster. Which is fitting. I know which one I’d vote for if I lived in Orlando. And it wouldn’t be the Devil. 😉

But this is just an example of the never-ending dirty politics with which we seem to be cursed lately.

My point is, I don’t think it’s too much to ask that our elected officials have a little (or a lot more!) integrity and honesty. It’s sad that we, as voters, have to choose “the lesser of two evils”. Why can’t we have the choice of the better of two good, upright people? I mean, really, is that too much to ask?

Today in American History

On this date in 1778, the Continental Congress passed the first budget of the United States of America. I dare say the members of the Continental Congress would be horrified by the way our country’s budget is bleeding money these days.

Never forget

At 8:46am American Airlines Flight 11 flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. We all assumed it was a freak accident. Until it was followed at 9:03 by United Airlines Flight 175 which struck the South Tower. It was then our world changed forever as we all watched with the horrified realization we were under attack.

The horror continued at 9:37 when American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. United Flight 93 was slated to strike either the United States Capitol or the White House, but thanks to the brave efforts of the passengers on that plane, they crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03.

At approximately 9:59, the South Tower pancaked after burning for nearly an hour. It was the most chilling scene I’d ever seen in my life. It was followed by the collapse of the North Tower at 10:28. Its collapse brought about the eventual collapse of 7 World Trade Center, an adjacent building.

We lost 2,977 people that day. Some were foreigners but they were all ours. They will always be ours.

To my friends who lost loved ones, my heart goes out to you today. And I leave you with this moving tribute video.