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Drug Problem in America
other day, someone at a store in our town read that a
methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the
adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, ''Why
didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing
I replied: I had a drug
problem when I was young:
I was drug to church on Sunday morning.
drug to church for weddings and funerals.
drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the
drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
I was also drug to the woodshed when I
disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card,
not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher,
or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was
asked of me.
I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with
soap if I uttered a profane four-letter word.
drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and
cockleburs out of dad's fields.
was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out
some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the
clothesline, or chop some firewood;
if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for
this kindness, she would have drug me back to the
Those drugs are still in my
veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and
think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if
today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a
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Editorial Comment from Sugar Bush Squirrel:
"OMG! When's Excedrin coming back?
I'm down to my last pill and this anchor job's givin' me an Excedrin size headache!!"
sent to me today. I'm not sure if Mitchell Kaye said it,
but it's interesting to read......what do you think about
this??? Let me know...fill in the guest book below and make a
comment!!! I love to hear from all of you from all over
Washigton Be Happy Today?
We The People Of The United
following has been attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kaye
"We the sensible people of the United States, in an
attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of
justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive
behavior, and secure the blessings of debt free liberty to
ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one
more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for
all of the terminally whiny, guilt ridden
We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people
by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of
I: You do not have the right to a
new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to
you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing
ARTICLE II : You do not have the right to
never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means
freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn
the channel, express a different opinion, etc.; but the world is
full of idiots, and probably always will be.
ARTICLE III : You do not have the right to
be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to
be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you
and all your relatives independently wealthy.
ARTICLE IV : You do not have the right to free
food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be
found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly
growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of
professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the
creation of another generation of professional couch
V: You do not have the right to free
health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public
housing, we're just not interested in public health
ARTICLE VI : You do not have the right to
physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally
maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to
see you fry in the electric chair.
ARTICLE VII : You do not have the right to the
possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods
or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us
get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't
have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of
ARTICLE VIII : You do not have the right to a
job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help
you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the
opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you
to make yourself useful.
ARTICLE IX : You do not have the right to
happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to
PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are
unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those
of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.
: You do not have the
right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was
founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the
freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all;
with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is
part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with
Many of us were
deeply touched to hear you recite a portion of a Psalm in your
address to this great nation in the dark hours following the
I, Sugar Bush Squirrel of the United
States of America, am requesting that you lift the
prohibition of discussing religion and prayer in schools. As the
pledge of our great country states, we are to be "One nation, under
God." Please allow teachers to discuss prayer and
religion with students for open discussion. Teachers are
the ones who have an 'obligation to instruct our youth' in all
matters, including prayer and religion, as they might not
receive any guidance on these topics in other walks of their
lives. Please allow these
teachers to help our youth make very serious decisions as to the religions available to
them or whether they choose to have any religion at
all. To help our children learn about different religions
could make all the difference in the future of our great world,
even if it is only a minute of personal silence to
worship individually while
together, without the threat of
middle name's Bush, too. Are we related?
> by Senator John McCain
As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a
prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of
our imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary
confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us
from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with as
many as 30 to 40 men to a room. This was, as you can
imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the
efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred
POWs 10,000 miles from home.
One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named
Mike Christian. Mike came from a small town near Selma,
Alabama. He didn't wear a pair of shoes until he was 13
years old. At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. He later earned
a commission by going to Officer Training School. Then
he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and
captured in 1967. Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the
opportunities this country and our military provide for
people who want to work and want to succeed.
As part of the change in
treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive
packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs,
scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a bamboo
needle. Over a period of a couple of months, he created an
American flag and sewed on the inside of his shirt. Every
afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike's shirt
on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance.
I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most
important part of our day now, but I can assure you that in
that stark cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful
One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did
periodically, and discovered Mike's shirt with the flag sewn
inside, and removed it. That evening they returned, opened
the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all of us, beat
Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours. Then,
they opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We
cleaned him up as well as we could. The cell in
which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we
slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the
room. As I said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we
could. After the excitement died down, I looked in the corner
of the room, and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a
piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my
friend, Mike Christian. He was sitting there with his eyes
almost shut from the beating he had received, making another
American flag. He was not making the flag because it made Mike
Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he
knew how important it was to us to be able to Pledge our
allegiance to our flag and country.
So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must
never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans
have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world.
You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country...
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of
America and to
the republic for which it stands, one nation
under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for
wrote me last week and said they heard the ACLU is trying to pass a
law where no crosses would be allowed on Federal
What are they thinking??? We'll never do away with
these crosses!!! They can forget about
JOHN GLENN (ON THE SENATE FLOOR)
Mon, 26 Jan 2004 11:13
people still don't understand why military personnel do what they
for a living.
This exchange between Senator John Glenn and Senator Howard
worth reading. Not only is it a pretty impressive
impromptu speech, but it's also a good example of one
man's explanation of why men and women in the armed
services do what they do for a living.
This IS a typical, though sad, example of what
some who have never served think of the military.
Senator Metzenbaum (speaking to Senator Glenn):
"How can you run for Senate
when you've never held a real job?"
Senator Glenn (D-Ohio):
served 23 years in the United States Marine Corps.
I served through two wars. I flew 149 missions.
My plane was
hit by anti-aircraft fire on 12 different
occasions. I was in the space program. It wasn't my
Howard, it was my life on the line. It was
not a nine-to-five job,
where I took my tie off to take the
daily cash receipts to the bank."
you to go with me ... as I went the other day...
to a veterans' hospital and look those men ...
with their mangled bodies in the eye, and tell THEM
they didn't hold a job!
with me to the Space Program at NASA and go, as I have gone, to
widows and orphans
of Ed White, Gus Grissom, and Roger Chaffee...
and you look those kids in the eye and tell them
that their DADS didn't hold a job.
You go with me on Memorial Day, and you stand in
National Cemetery, where I have more friends
buried than I'd like to remember, and you watch
those waving flags
You stand there, and you think about this nation,
you tell ME that those people didn't have a job?
What about you?"
For those who don't remember ..
During W.W.II, Howard Metzenbaum was an attorney
representing the Communist Party in the USA.
Now he's a Senator!
If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
"You never can see this list enough. If you have
a pet, PLEASE, read this list. Make a copy of it and keep it
taped on the back of your cabinet door. Don't let your pet
get poisoned by one of these plants."
Are Poisonous To Pets
Aloe Vera (Medicine
Apple Leaf Croton
Avocado (fruit and pit)
Bird of Paradise
Birds nest sansovioria
Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves)
Chinaberry Tree (berries, bark, leaves, flowers)
Day Lily (cats)
Dumb Cane (all types)
Easter Lily (especially
Indian Rubber Plant
Japanese Show Lily
Kalanchoe (Panda Bear
Lily of the
Madagascar Dragon Tree
Oriental Lily (especially cats)
Peach (wilting leaves and pits)
Philodendron (all types)
Plum (wilting leaves and seeds)
String of Pearls/Beads
Swiss Cheese Plant
Tiger Lily (especially cats)
Tomato Plant (green fruit, stem and leaves)
Yesterday, Today and
only represents the more common toxic plants. For a more complete
list, contact the National Animal Poison Control Center
548-2423 or (900) 680-0000.
from Alum Creek State Park in Ohio
We would like to thank all the people who
organized, sponsored, volunteered and supported the 4th of
July parade and the boating and fishing festival at Alum Creek
State park in Ohio. It is a beautiful thing to see so many
people come out and share what is a lifelong passion and love of
ours and to spend time on and near the water enjoying the
companionship of fellow boaters. Below are the two winners of
the boat parade.
Sugar Bush Squirrel
would like to add, "There's not a spin squirrel in the
forest who could make this look like a contest! In
fairness to all involved, I think it would be best to just have a fun
day in the spirit of Liberty, Justice and
you know that there is a town called Sugar Bush
Neither did I until
Upon further investigation,
I found out that a little boy disappeared from his home on Sept.
30, 1982 in Sugar Bush, Minnesota. He would now be 25 years
old. Here's the story...Two year old, Kevin Jay Ayotte and
his brother were upstairs playing in their summer home. Their
mother went outside briefly and when she returned, Kevin was
gone! He has a scar on the right side of his chin. His
speech is limited and he is hearing impaired. The photos
below are of him as a little boy and age progressed as he might
look now. If you see anyone matching this description please
the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Or you can call
toll-free Hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST®
24-hours a day.
Kevin from Sugar Bush, Minnesota
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inaccuracies. We, in no way, are trying to offend anyone but
are merely trying to get people to stand up, express an opinion and
start running this world properly by taking our