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Preserving our right to Free speech with Bushes Veto Power

24. March 2008 01:28 by sam in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (17)

Bush just defended your right to free speech over the air ways.  President Bush assured members of the National Religous Broadcasters (NRB) that he would NOT let congress take away freedoms over the airways.  Democrats have threatened the rights of Free Speech by wishing to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.

The Fairness Doctrine - Limits the breadth of Free Speech and public debate by forcing airwaves to present both sides of an argument.

By doing this, they are taking away your rights as a citizen, as a FREE person and as a human being.  The Founders of this country where so ingenious to allow the right for every person to be free.  I ask that you look over this.

You have been informed.

A 15 year old girl saves 40 elementary school kids and that's why she is my hero!

23. March 2008 23:00 by sam in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (65)

A few days ago, I read and article about a 15 year old girl who saves 40 elementary school kids while riding on a bus and then gets suspended. Here is the article.  The high school girl got on the bus in the morning and didn't get off at school because she asked the bus driver to take her back home because she felt sick.  The bus driver gave her consent and decided to take her home after dropping off the elementary school kids.  While driving to school it says the driver bumped their head and was un-conscious.  The 15 year old girl then got up out of her seat and applied the breaks after the bus had already hit two cars.  The school deemed that she should be put into Saturday school which lasts over 5 hours on her Saturday.  I guess I am saying what kind of messed up school is this?  The principal has the authority to to override this detention and they didn't.  I wonder if they even gave her a medal or a medallion for saving 40 elementary school kids from a freak accident!

I thought this 15 year old is very much inspiring.  In today's world, you don't hear much about hero's.  You only hear about violent crimes and criminals, the news doesn't cover the good deeds because they only cover the bad deeds.  I think and I imagine every other person that reads this and the families of those 40 kids are extremely thankful for what she did.

I grew up watching Michael Jordan play ball and watching Super Man always believing he was real.  I saw plenty of heroes in my day as a kid.  Today though, I don't see many heroes in this world as there should be or a person would hope there would.  I just hope those 40 elementary school kids still find heroes in today's society.  I am a bit older without kids, so I don't know what kind of heroes kids have, I just hope they are out there.  As for the 15 year old, I think she will be my hero and inspiration for at least a week.

8 More things in life you should NEVER forget

19. March 2008 21:31 by sam in   //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

I saw the visits to the site go crazy when I posted 16 rules to live by.  I also know I wasn't too detailed when I talked about Randy Pausch and the things I brought away from his video.  So here I am doing my interpretive dance of what I feel are 8 more values/rules you should think about.

1. Decide if your a tigger or Eeyore. 
This is just about having fun.  If your a Tigger, then your just having fun every day.  That's it.  You have to decide wether your a Tigger or an Eeyore.  I would consider my self a Tigger.

2. Never lose the child like wonder.
Never lose your childhood fun and excitement.  Always be a kid at heart.  Its just too important, this child inside everyone is what drives us to have fun and succeed.  Keep up with the kid inside of you and your life will be more joyful every day.

3. Help others.
There would be peace in the world if everyone helped one another.  Teach someone by example.  Volunteer and do something that excites you in helping people.  Go to a homeless shelter.  Donate your things to Goodwill.  The world would be a better place if everyone just passed it on and helped other people.

4. (For the Ladies) He says this is one of the greatest quotes he has ever heard, "When it comes to men that are romantically interested in you, just stop listening to what they say and watch what they do."
One of those lessons that can be used in every woman situations.

5. Tell the Truth
Just one of those that every man of every faith should do.

6. Be Earnest.
People will take a Earnest person over a hip person any day.

7. Apologize when you screw up.
People will not only respect you more, but will still give you things they can trust you with. 

8. Focus on others and not your self.
This will make you more of a humble person.

9. Never Give up.
Don't stop at what your doing.  Accomplish your dreams.  Finish what you started.

Our troops do it again, they stomp out corruption where it sits.

17. March 2008 19:03 by Sam in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (12)
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Ghalib Ali Hamid, a top Iraqi official at the Bayji refinery, is suspected of skimming profits and having ties to insurgents. (Eros Hoagland for The New York Times)

Everywhere around us, there is corruption, death and destruction of the human race.  I started this blog to have an idea of why people would want to stop a thing as great as liberty.  Why would people want to snuff out freedoms.  Why would people want to kill others.  Can't everyone live in peace.  I know peace is a long shot and would require something out of Star Trek - First Contact where aliens come to Earth and Unite the entire human race. But, today is not a day like any other day.  Today and most likely for a while now the troops have known about Profits from stolen oil that helps sustain the insurgency (bad guys) in Iraq.  The profits are skimmed about 1/3 off the top and given to the insurgents.  This is upsetting in many ways.  Why?  Well let me tell you, some people say that we entered the war in Iraq for Oil and now it shows that oil is working against us to kill soldiers and innocent civilians of Iraq.  This is extremely sad and disheartening.  I don't wish death upon anyone, but for someone who kills for the ability to rule with an iron fist, I say the hell with them.  I feel that we went to war in Iraq, not just because of the WMD that were supposed to be there, but because of the atrocities that were happening at this day and age.

1980-88: Iran-Iraq war left 150,000 to 340,000 Iraqis and 450,000 to 730,000 Iranians dead.

1983-1988: Documented chemical attacks by Iraqi regime caused some 30,000 Iraqi and Iranian deaths.

1988: Chemical attack on Kurdish village of Halabja killed approximately 5,000 people.

1987-1988: Iraqi regime used chemical agents in attacks against at least 40 Kurdish villages.

1990-91: 1,000 Kuwaitis were killed in Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.

1991: Bloody suppression of Kurdish and Shi'a uprisings in northern and southern Iraq killed at least 30,000 to 60,000. At least 2,000 Kurdish villages were destroyed during the campaign of terror.

2001: Amnesty International report: "Victims of torture in Iraq are subjected to a wide range of forms of torture, including the gouging out of eyes, severe beatings and electric shocks... some victims have died as a result and many have been left with permanent physical and psychological damage."

Human Rights Watch: Saddam's 1987-1988 campaign of terror against the Kurds killed at least 50,000 and possibly as many as 100,000 Kurds.

Refugees International: "Oppressive government policies have led to the internal displacement of 900,000 Iraqis."

Iraq's 13 million Shiite Muslims, the majority of Iraq's population of approximately 22 million, faced severe restrictions on their religious practice.

FBI: Iraqi government was involved in a plot to assassinate former President George Bush during his April 14-16, 1993, visit to Kuwait.

The Iraqi regime has repeatedly refused visits by human rights monitors.

Now, don't get me wrong, there are other bad things going on in this world like Darfur, Myanmar, China and Burma.  The problem that we had with Iraq is that they were able to move it to a global scale if necessary. The other countries are only in the certain regions.  They do not threaten the world population as of yet. Iraq did and its neighbors still do.  I truly wish that when we were done with Iraq, we would push the spread of democracy and Freedom.  I wish that we would support financially other countries and groups of protesters that wanted democracy.  I imagine we do and it is not publicized, but I could only wish that the US government is pushing for democracy and liberties all around the world.

I thought of a quote that would fit right along with this.  "Every person has the right to be free, no one person deserves to be a slave." I believe that down to my bones. I hope you do too.

Are you using the Excuse that your TOO busy?

17. March 2008 17:47 by sam in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (9)

Thansk to NYtimes for the picture.

Ladies and gents, I must say that the little things in life are what matter most.  It is the little things that make life worth every second you have.  Do you as a person use the phrase "I'm too busy, maybe later?"  Well I am here to tell you that its just an excuse and you only use it to spend less time on something like kids or your family.  Life is too short to actually miss the little things in life.  Children do not care about a paycheck, your wife or girlfriend does not care how much money you make.  They care about the time spent.  I know I have slacked off in areas where I said I was just too busy to do something.  Everyone has, but how about saying "ya, okay lets go for it"  Bottom line, life is too short to always be chasing the dollar so that your family lives comfortably.  I know one person in particular who has neglected his kids because he was always chasing the dollar.  I say, take a break and relax.  Take some time off to rekindle the relationship.  Take some time off to just get away or even play with your kids if you have them.  Honestly, what will it hurt?  Work will always be there and if you don't do it, someone else will.  Work gets done by someone else, the job DOES NOT need you.  They only want you.

I know what you can do, devote at least an hour every night to do something you want to do or is self fulfilling.  Volunteer, go to the park, participate in church activities.

Just get out and relax, stop chasing that dollar!

Inspiration from the movie "The Visitor"

16. March 2008 17:13 by sam in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (8)

Has anyone ever seen a movie that was so inspiring that it has touched or changed your life forever?  Well I hope that every single one of you has.  I hope that if your able to get access to the Internet, your also able to get access to movies.  If you access to movies, well then we are on the right track.  Today, I just saw a movie trailer for "The Visitor."  Its about a guy who no longer has a life and has done no work for the last couple of years.  He just seems like he isn't happy at all.  He comes home one day to find a couple living in his apartment and to his surprise, this changes his life forever.  It gives him a rejuvenating feeling about him.  Its pretty inspiring, because you can see the persons character evolve over just a short period of time.  One day he is sad and the next, when he has a new hobby and is again happy with his life.  I haven't seen the movie yet because its not out in theaters, but the trailer looks awesome.  It could even be inspiring.

I just hope I don't start becoming a film critic. heh.

Here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure.

After you view the trailer, I would like to know if this is the kind of inspiring thoughts you were looking for.  Please leave your comments about this post and give your opinions about what you were expecting.  Thank You.

Randy Pausch and his inspiring last lecture

16. March 2008 10:10 by sam in   //  Tags: , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

I like to write about inspirational things.  In fact, this blog is all about inspirational things I find in my everyday life.  I found another and wish to share it with the crowd.  I saw a video about two weeks ago.  The video took about two hours to get fully through with a few distractions from my girl friend.  Let me give you a brief intro before I share it with you.  Randy Pausch has accomplished so much in so little time.  He was stricken by cancer in the late part of 2007.  He was given 3 to 6 months to live, but due to his latest video, he has become an instant celebrity. Let me not say celebrity, but a person that will be remembered for long time to come. 

Randy is a professor at Carnegie Mellon in the computer science department.  He studied at Brown University and received his PHD at Carnegie Mellon.  He taught a course called building Virtual Worlds at CMU which then lead his career into the hands of Disney Imagineers and if you know anything about the Imagineers you would be impressed.  It is basically Disney's R&D department.  The Imagineers create everything from models to 3D virtual worlds.  He has consulted with Google on interface and design and also worked at Electronic Arts.  This is where it gets interesting.  He has been called one of the smartest persons people know by his colleagues.  He has a great attitude and has been destined to change the world ever since his conception.  Just from watching this video, I honestly feel I have had an inspiring moment in my life.  That is why I bring it to you.

The Last Lecture (video Link here) has been viewed over six million times and gives allot of valuable lessons. I suggest watching it in a quiet environment to actually pull everything in.

1. Decide if your a tigger or Eeyore. 
This is one of my favorite lessons, shows wether people can be good and fun or just plain boring.

2. Never lose the child like wonder.
Never lose your childhood fun and excitement.  I am always a kid at heart.

3. Help others.
There would be peace in the world if everyone helped one another.

4. (For the Ladies) He says this is one of the greatest quotes he has ever heard, "When it comes to men that are romantically interested in you, just stop listening to what they say and watch what they do."
One of those lessons that can be used in every woman situations.

5. Tell the Truth
Just one of those that every man of every faith should do.

6. Be Earnest.

7. Apologize when you screw up.
People will not only respect you more, but will still give you things they can trust you with. 

8. Focus on others and not your self.
This will make you more of a humble person.

I sure hope you liked this post as much as I have.  Thanks for visiting.

 UPDATE: Randy Just came out with this new video about pancreatic cancer.  Thought I would put it up for people to see in support for help of pancreatic cancer.

16 rules to live by

14. March 2008 23:39 by sam in   //  Tags: , , ,   //   Comments (22)

Ladies and Gents,

I found an article today that like most, I cannot take credit for writing.  But like always, the things I tell you on this blog will not be things that I have come up with, but which the human population of the world has come up with.  We all want to live and we are always looking for motivational things in our life.  We want things that inspire us and make us feel better or work harder as a person.  I know everyone believes this and wants this.  That why I bring you these self motivating rules from a source that isn't utilized or looked at often by people or at least I think so.  The article comes from GoDaddy.com and it was written by the owner Bob Parsons.  Bob, is a unique individual with years of experience and talent.  He currently owns a major corporation from the ground up. I do not know him personally, but he looks like a man every man would in some way like to aspire to.  He came out with these rules for his daily life.  After looking over them, I have implemented them in my daily life and strived to achieve what only some people dream of.  I hope you will look at them the same way.

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone.
I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."

2. Never give up.
Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.

3. When you’re ready to quit, you’re closer than you think.
There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."

4. With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be.
Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."

5. Focus on what you want to have happen.
Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."

6. Take things a day at a time.
No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.

7. Always be moving forward.
Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.

8. Be quick to decide.
Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and away better than a perfect plan tomorrow."

9. Measure everything of significance.
I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.

10. Anything that is not managed will deteriorate.
If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.

11. Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you’re doing.
When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.

12. Never let anybody push you around.
In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.  If the law is unfair to you and others, you should do everything in your power to see that doesn't happen anymore going along with not allowing anyone to push you around. Imagine if Rosa Parks would have obeyed the laws! [Thanks Katrina]

13. Never expect life to be fair.
Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).

14. Solve your own problems.
You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."

15. Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.

16. There’s always a reason to smile.
Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: “We’re not here for a long time, we’re here for a good time!”

Looking over these rules, they are more for the entrepreneur than anyone else but due to their over all value, they are very good rules. I would like to hear of any other rules people live by, please speak up.

Sam Stone

Anti-Terrorism, Free Speech and California State University

8. March 2008 18:33 by sam in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (2)

Anti-Terrorism, Free Speech and California State University.  What do all these things have in common?  Free speech was restricted at California State up until people took a stand and said NO!  417,000 Students no longer face disciplinary action because they spoke out against California State universities free speech rules.  An article posted yesterday described the situation. Students at a anti-terrorism rally Stomped on flags that prescribed Allah on them.  This of course is an anti Hezbollah and Hamas Campaign.  The students who were disciplined filed suit and they finally won the suit.  The school was required to pay $100.00 to each student of the campaign and legal fees.  I for one am glad to see this. But what's the limit and how far will people be allowed to go with first amendment rights?  I question this because of all the new problems in London these days.  People are protesting for Islam.   Why? Well certain cartoons could have started it.  Who knows where it will end.

This reminds me of all the protests in downtown London.  The protests of anti UK have struck a spark deep in me. The current protests that go on there are very real and very scary.  I wonder if people could really call this free speech?  Is this the First Amendment? I am going to have to say that it is.  It is very much the first amendment. This same act is what protected the students in California.  Will Americans sit idly by and allow this to happen?  Will Americans start Protest rallies towards Islam rallies?  Could there be riots like the 1964 Race Riots when Muslims stood up against the police?  I would only hope not.

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I for one believe in free speech down to my bones. I would imagine these people in the pictures do to.  But I believe that if these kinds of people had their way, free speech could be abolished.  Liberties as we know it could be abolished.  We would be without our freedoms.  That is frightening.  I for one will not allow my self to live like that.  I hope that everyone reading this blog recognizes that this is going to happen more often down the road.  I ask, what will you do about it? Will you sit idly by and just read what I say, will you do what the California kids did, will it cause hatred in you, or will you look at this from a peaceful stance and say "they are just exercising their freedom of speech rights"?

I am going to have to sit on this topic and think about it.  Do I hate or do I love?  People that want these kinds of atrocities to happen in the world do not deserve my vote. I will never support someone that says Exterminate another race.  I will support the California kids though, not for their hatred of Islam, but for their fight for freedom of speech.

Both Free Speech rallies can cause hatred, both can cause riots, both can cause extremists.  But both are protected by Freedom of Speech. 

Voltaire once said "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

I for one believe Voltaire.

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This is the First of many.

8. March 2008 15:57 by Sam in   //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (9)

Introductions...

First I must say, let this be the first of many entries.  I spent about 10 or 15 hours preparing for this blog along with others setting them up and getting them ready for this Great endeavor. 

I have been all over the state of Florida, but I currently reside in Melbourne, FL.  

 I am vastly immersed in many fields of my life.  I love the thought of politics.  I do also love the thought of Liberty or Freedom as most people know it.  One of my Favorite quotes is from Patrick Henry when he spoke in Virginia is "Give Me Liberty or Give me Death".  I start this blog because of that act.  Give me Liberty or give me Death to us all.  I love my country and only wish for liberties and Freedom to be in all countries of the World.  Lets hope that liberty becomes common in the Entire world.  Thanks for listenin.

 Sam Stone