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Entry: Please, I Had to Find You—
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Official Comment From Jessica
(The quote featured in this entry is from Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare.)

From Curt Sawyer
Website: http://ussexcalibur.blogspot.com
As the frontiers fade away, I fear for the future of those within those borders, such as the Ents.

Hope Friday night went well. Looking forward to hearing about it. Hope some of my LA mystery readers made it.
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From Q
The National Parks article is interesting, scary and, unfortunately, not altogether surprising.

"He and his wife would walk out on the salt flats on a moonless night and feel overwhelmed—scared, really—by the utter darkness and quiet."

Everyone should have this experience. One night, the Mojave and the sky conspired to scare the bejesus out of me... and it was perhaps the coolest thing I've ever seen.
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Official Comment From Jessica
“Not surprising.”

That’s what we all keep saying about the choices being made with our money (hence, our blood and sweat), and about the changes that affect our daily lives. But if these changes, and the general understanding that they have come to be expected, are so scary, then why aren’t we doing a damn thing to help?

“If you throw live frogs into a pan of boiling water, they will sensibly jump out and save themselves. If you put them in a pan of cold water and gently apply heat until the water boils, they will lie in the pan and boil to death. It’s like that.”

So I ask again that which has been asked before,

Do you think you can tell?

From Curt Sawyer
Website: http://ussexcalibur.blogspot.com
Vote.

I can't tell you how many people I know who complain about how things are being run and when I say, "Did you vote in the last election?" they say, "No, I don't vote."

Fools!
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From Kaleb
Website: http://axon-family.net/blogs/kaleb/
Gosh, that's a scary story.

In all fairness, though, it's so one-sided. It sure would be nice to hear the other side.

But this is enough to make me do more research and call my congressman, for sure.
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From Curt Sawyer
Website: http://ussexcalibur.blogspot.com
Fair warning - this is a rant, not directed at Jess or any comment posters, just directed at Americans in general. This is also very head to keyboard, and I don't have time to pretty it up so I probably won't be so eloquent.

Again, I cannot stress enough how important voting is - regardless of the majority party in your state/county/city. Why does the religious right hold such power over the Republicans? Because they can get out the vote. This is an example of a minority group defining policy because they can get their members out to vote.

Not to turn this into a huge political discussion, but the Republicans are leaning hard over to the far right and the Democrats have completely lost their way.

I consider myself a moderate. Here is a short list of my political views. I am pro-defense, and I think the Afghan war was a good call. I think the Iraq war was a poor call, although now that we are over there we need to support the men and women fighting the battle. I am pro-environment. I am not a fan of the unions. I am not a fan of religion crossing over into politics. I am pro-Gay civil unions/marriage. I am pro-choice. I am pro-gun, although I think reasonable controls such as background checks and registration for automatic weapons is fine. I am pro-hunting, including as a mechanism to thin out the excess deer and bear populations here on the east coast.

Now you tell me, with the list I just gave you above, which party should I belong to? As far as I can tell, neither. That is why I think we do need a moderate party, a centrist party in this country. Neither of the big parties matches my convictions. And there does seem to be some movement towards a moderate party (also called the Purple Party sometime in the press), but only time will tell if it can actually make any progress or have any impact. Independent Nation is a book written about moderate politics.

Whew! Sorry for the rant. My main point is, if you want to make a difference, start by voting. That is the least that you should be doing. In my opinion, if you don't vote, you lose the right to complain about the Government.

"I was no party man myself, and the first wish of my heart was, if parties did exist, to reconcile them."
—George Washington
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From Curt Sawyer
Website: http://ussexcalibur.blogspot.com
"The core of America is not racist. It is not hostile to women. It is increasingly offended by gay bashing. Yet it abhors government waste. It believes strongly in fiscal responsibility such as balanced budgets. It is pro-economic growth. It is concerned about the environment. It is intolerant of people on welfare who disdain the notion of work. But it wants poor kids to have school lunches and it wants to spend money to have good schools. In sum, most Americans are sensible, good-hearted, and prudent. The issue, then, is whether there is a political party that can welcome them home."
—Senator Paul Tsongas
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