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Isn’t it ironic

I looked up the definition of the word 'irony'. One of the answers is "…incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs…"

My House or Representatives member, Randy Neugebauer *, has elevated irony to a new level. He has a headline on his website that says "NEUGEBAUER SUPPORTS CHILDREN'S HEALTH CARE". According to Mr. Neugebauer you can "support children's health care" while voting to exclude millions of children from health insurance. Ironic indeed.

Lamentations.

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* I really miss Charlie.

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Christmas Peace

I'm usually not big on quotes, but I found one that I like. This quote comes from the end of Jimmy Carter's Nobel Lecture when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.

The bond of our common humanity is stronger than the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices. God gives us the capacity for choice. We can choose to alleviate suffering. We can choose to work together for peace. We can make these changes – and we must.

This Christmas season, I'm praying for peace. There is precedence. In World War I, on Christmas Day, British and German forces on the front lines near Ypres, Belgium, declared an informal cease-fire. How wonderful that the Christmas spirit could bring foes to lay down their arms.

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Take a deep breath

Bruce Schneier is a very smart man. He is one of the people who wrote some of the basic security features of the internet. These days, he is an expert on security and security related technology. He had an interesting blog post yesterday. It says in part:

I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and listen for a minute.

The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act.

The entire post can be found here.

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