Rain rain go away……..at least for a little while

How long has it been now?

3 weeks?

Tired of this rain…honestly…..

Already there has been three Mississippi River levees overran (and counting as the night wears on) by the sheer volume of water in Lincoln County today.

There are towns I visited like Alton which sit on the merging of the Mississippi and Missouri rivers….many people already evacuated.

I think about the people, the towns….Midwesterners are pretty resilient…allot of us come from pioneer stock….country folk….many are pulling together to help out—something Midwesterners are known to do…….especially in the smaller towns….but man….enough is enough….

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USA Today visits my place of employment

Andrea Stone, a reporter with USA Today, spent about seven hours at NPRC yesterday. She is writing an article about our newest group of accessioned OMPFs (1945 & earlier separations) which were opened to the public just last week. Her article will be published this week, possibly as early as tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7.

The tour and interviews went very well. Ms. Stone interviewed and observed employees working in the file areas and in the Preservation Lab. She was particularly intrigued by the burned and reconstructed records, and was impressed with the treatment techniques used by our Preservation staff. We were able to show Ms. Stone a burned file for her cousin who had been a POW in France and a final pay voucher from our auxiliary holdings for her father. We located but could not grant Ms. Stone access to a burned file for her husbands uncle, as the record had not been accessioned yet (service into the 1950s). We also scanned and provided her with several photos of the former sixth-floor file area immediately following the 1973 fire.

Prior to her visit, Ms. Stone contacted one of our registered archival researchers, Mr. Frank Smith of Edmonds, WA, who was scheduled to arrive at the center Monday. She was able to talk with Mr. Smith as he viewed for the first time the Navy OMPF of his great-uncle who had been killed in action in 1943.

Indianapolis Colts

I am not a diehard football fan but I do support the Colts through thick and thin and am happy they are still doing so well…LOVE Payton Manning!

COLTS 31 PANTHERS 7

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It took a while for Peyton Manning and his offence to get rolling on Sunday.

But once they did, they sent a message to the New England Patriots — the Super Bowl Trophy still resides in Indianapolis.

Manning threw two touchdown passes to become the franchise’s all-time leader as the Colts overcame a sluggish start to rout the Carolina Panthers 31-7 on Sunday.
Joseph Addai scored three touchdowns for the defending Super Bowl champions as the Colts (7-0) set the stage for next week’s battle of unbeatens with the Patriots.
Colts coach Tony Dungy is not looking forward to the hype.

“I think it will be a circus,” he said. “I think it will be a very much hyped game. They have played great football all year. Our team has played well. I think it’s going to be a big game.”
“I’m sure it’s going to be crazy,” added Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney. “Playoff atmosphere.”

The two TD passes give Manning 288 in his career, passing former Colts’ legend Johnny Unitas.
“He truly was an innovator at quarterback,” Manning said. “I have the achievement in perspective. Certainly, it is an honour. I’ve had some great guys to throw to.”

It also was a milestone day for Dungy, who won his 74th game to become the winningest coach in Colts history. He had been tied with Don Shula and Ted Marchibroda.

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/sports/story.html?id=a12b0a60-cdf6-49b7-a3b6-cd389edecb88

The essence of volunteering

What is volunteering? According to the ever-present Wikipedia…A volunteer is someone who serves in a community or for the benefit of natural environment primarily because they choose to do so. Many serve through a non-profit organization – sometimes referred to as formal volunteering, but a significant number also serve less formally, either individually or as part of a group. Because these informal volunteers are much harder to identify, they may not be included in research and statistics on volunteering.

I feel that I also volunteered to serve my country while in the army, and also when I joined the AmeriCorps-Vista program in Missouri. I think volunteering should come natural, not forced…that you do it not to make someone believe in the same things you do but to help because well…humanity frankly needs it. What with all the wars going on, now fires, the poverty and diseases…we as human beings need to go that extra mile. I would like to volunteer but feel that I should not have to push any agenda…people should try to help because well…someone else may not be able to help themselves they are completely overwhelmed by their dire circumstance. Right now trying to obtain information on what I can do for the people devastated by the California fires…Bush signed a federal disaster declaration Wednesday, freeing money to help residents rent temporary homes and repair damaged homes and businesses and to help local and state agencies pay for the emergency response.

The cost of homes destroyed by the wildfires is likely to top $1 billion in San Diego County alone, an emergency official said.

People left homeless by the fires can apply online for federal help at FEMA.gov, said David Paulison, director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Recipe for volunteering

Naznin Dhanani’s Recipe for Volunteering

2 cups of listening
1 teaspoon of trust1
½ cups of kindness
1 teaspoon of honesty
2 cups of happiness1 cup responsibility
1 cup of patience & laughter
1 tablespoon of communication
1 tablespoon of compromise
1 dash of commitment
2 teaspoons of give and take
2 dashes of forgiveness
2 tablespoons of appreciation of each other
¾ cup of tolerance
Method:Combine listening, trust and kindness. Mix well. Add communication, honesty and compromise. Blend. Cream happiness, commitment and responsibility until light and fluffy. Sift together patience, give and take and laughter. Fold together gently. Add dashes of forgiveness, to taste. Top with appreciation and tolerance.
Results:“Remembering the essence of volunteering”.
You will need to follow the instructions very carefully to end up with the results you want!

As an American citizen I feel it is my duty to try and help. I hope I can find an agency I can either donate to or at least give a little of my time to assist these individuals.

HAS America’s civil liberties been compromised since 9/11

I hear a lot of rhetoric on the news and read it in newspapers regarding the loss of free speech in the USA. I believe we all have an innate right to free speech but we must also be responsible and accept the consequences of such rights as an adult. We cannot, for example, yell “fire” in a theatre without repercussions just like we cannot joke around about having a bomb on us when we are going through the multitude of security checks at the airport.

I think that the current administration has gone a little too far when it comes to expressing our rights of free speech. I think that no one should say anything in regards to hurting the president, that is ludicrous. Even if we do not like the guy any type of violence is wrong. I do have issues with the current administration regarding the following:

White House Policy Illegally Silences Americans Critical of Bush

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against Gregory Jenkins, a former high-level White House staffer who enacted a policy that unlawfully excluded individuals perceived to be critical of the administration from public events where President Bush was present. The policy is laid out in an October 2002 “Presidential Advance Manual” obtained by the ACLU.

The ACLU filed today’s lawsuit, Rank v. Jenkins, after obtaining a heavily redacted version of the Presidential Advance Manual from the Justice Department. This manual is the Bush administration’s guide for planning presidential events around the country, and it repeatedly instructs organizers about “the best method for preventing demonstrators,” “deterring potential protesters from attending events,” “designat[ing] a protest area . . . preferably not in view of the event site or motorcade route,” and the like.

The lawsuit names as plaintiffs Jeff and Nicole Rank, who were arrested at a Fourth of July presidential appearance at the West Virginia State Capitol because they were wearing T-shirts critical of the president, and Alex Young and Leslie Weise, Denver residents who were thrown out of a town hall meeting with President Bush because they had an anti-war bumper sticker on their car.

http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/protest/silenced.html

What is wrong with having an anti-war sticker at a town hall meeting? Isn’t that going a little too far, a little too big brother? This country was founded on the foundations of freedom, against the tyranny of the British Empire. What happened to the unwavering American pioneer spirit? What are our brethren fighting for if not at least to guarantee our rights to free speech (at the very least). I wish our soldiers were home, I WISH we could all get along, the billions spent were used here at home. I WISH I WISH. I live in a country where I can still say these things and post them on my blog. Sadly other countries have so much censorship that even their blogs can be banned. I hope my country does not resort to that.

HAS America’s civil liberties been compromised since 9/11

I hear a lot of rhetoric on the news and read it in newspapers regarding the loss of free speech in the USA. I believe we all have an innate right to free speech but we must also be responsible and accept the consequences of such rights as an adult. We cannot, for example, yell “fire” in a theatre without repercussions just like we cannot joke around about having a bomb on us when we are going through the multitude of security checks at the airport.

I think that the current administration has gone a little too far when it comes to expressing our rights of free speech. I think that no one should say anything in regards to hurting the president, that is ludicrous. Even if we do not like the guy any type of violence is wrong. I do have issues with the current administration regarding the following:

White House Policy Illegally Silences Americans Critical of Bush

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against Gregory Jenkins, a former high-level White House staffer who enacted a policy that unlawfully excluded individuals perceived to be critical of the administration from public events where President Bush was present. The policy is laid out in an October 2002 “Presidential Advance Manual” obtained by the ACLU.

The ACLU filed today’s lawsuit, Rank v. Jenkins, after obtaining a heavily redacted version of the Presidential Advance Manual from the Justice Department. This manual is the Bush administration’s guide for planning presidential events around the country, and it repeatedly instructs organizers about “the best method for preventing demonstrators,” “deterring potential protesters from attending events,” “designat[ing] a protest area . . . preferably not in view of the event site or motorcade route,” and the like.

The lawsuit names as plaintiffs Jeff and Nicole Rank, who were arrested at a Fourth of July presidential appearance at the West Virginia State Capitol because they were wearing T-shirts critical of the president, and Alex Young and Leslie Weise, Denver residents who were thrown out of a town hall meeting with President Bush because they had an anti-war bumper sticker on their car.

http://www.aclu.org/freespeech/protest/silenced.html

What is wrong with having an anti-war sticker at a town hall meeting? Isn’t that going a little too far, a little too big brother? This country was founded on the foundations of freedom, against the tyranny of the British Empire. What happened to the unwavering American pioneer spirit? What are our brethren fighting for if not at least to guarantee our rights to free speech (at the very least). I wish our soldiers were home, I WISH we could all get along, the billions spent were used here at home. I WISH I WISH. I live in a country where I can still say these things and post them on my blog. Sadly other countries have so much censorship that even their blogs can be banned. I hope my country does not resort to that.

Dealing with Racism

I have had to deal with this since I was a child. First in school and now as an American. I have seen a lot of hostility against Americans since the onset of 9/11. I am one who does not like to overgeneralize or stereotype people. I know what is feels like on the receiving end. So when I hear people criticizing the American people for what the Bush Administration has done regarding our country’s reputation and our hard work to be a super power yes I get pissed.

America is the land of opportunity and is the melting pot of the world. There are so many wonderful nationalities here…I love that I can walk down a street and see people from all over. In college I was active working with international students. I think being around people from different walks of life is a privilege and a wondrous opportunity to learn from one another. What hurts is that when I was traveling to the Middle East some friends I know told me not to mention my nationality since people are starting to hate Americans. Just sad.

Unfortunately, it appears that we Americans are being labeled as war mongers and plain sadists. Makes me sad.

Of course there is the racism I see against Arabs and Muslims. Reminds me of WWII when people were angry with the Germans here and the Japanese (internment camps for the latter).

Since the horrific terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, Security concerns have understandably increased, but so too has racial profiling, discrimination etc. In the early aftermath of the attacks some Americans that were understandably outraged and horrified, even attacked some members of the Sikh community where at least one was even killed, because they resembled certain types of Muslims, with beards and turbans. Various people of Middle East or South Asian origin have faced controversial detentions or questionings by officials at American airports. This web site’s section on the war against terror has more details on these aspects. http://www.globalissues.org/HumanRights/Racism.asp#RacisminNorthAmerica

I wish that we could focus on the oneness of humanity, in working together to bring about more positive contributions to science, medicine, the social services….nice dream to have…..

STRATEGIES TO REDUCE RACISM:
http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/library/record/362.html

Why is it important to reduce racism? This may seem obvious. Racism is bad, so of course it should be reduced. But there are more thoughtful answers to this question than just that.
1. Racism impedes or prevents the recipient of racism from achieving his or her full potential as a human being.
2. Racism impedes or prevents the recipient of racism from making his or her fullest contribution to society.
3. Racism impedes or prevents the person or group engaging in racist actions from benefiting from the potential contributions of the recipient of those actions.
4. Racism increases the present or eventual likelihood of retaliation by the recipients of racist actions.
5. Racism goes against many of the democratic ideals upon which the United States and other democracies were founded.
Racism is illegal, in many cases.

In other words, there are both moral and sometimes legal reasons to act against racism. There are also strong pragmatic reasons as well. Racism can harm not only the recipient of the racism, but also the larger society, and indirectly the very people who are engaging in the racism.
What’s more, some important new research suggests that in some cases, racist actions can cause physiological harm to recipients. For example, a recent review of physiological literature concludes:
“Interethnic group and intraethnic group racism are significant stressors for many African-Americans. As such, intergroup and intragroup racism may play a role in the high rates of morbidity and mortality in this population.” (Clark, Anderson, Clark, and Williams, 1999).

What is UP with the news latley???????????

IS IT JUST ME OR HAS CNN AND OTHER BROADCASTING NETWORKS “DUMBED” THEMSELVES DOWN??????? God forgive me but WHO CARES about Brittney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, or even OJ. There are more important noteworthy news stories out there and I would like to see a greater focus on improving primary education for kids here, better health care for the elderly and more innovations in the medical field especially for women……………

One example of scare tactics to keep us Americans firmly rooted in fear is what is going on overseas:

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Osama bin Laden will release a new message soon declaring war on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, al Qaeda announced Thursday.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second-in-command, is seen on a tape released Thursday.

The announcement of the upcoming message came as al Qaeda released a new video in which bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, boasted that the United States was being defeated in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places.
Officials in Pakistan confirmed Thursday that Musharraf, who also is Pakistan’s military chief, would seek a second five-year term as president.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Osama bin Laden will release a new message soon declaring war on Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, al Qaeda announced Thursday.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s second-in-command, is seen on a tape released Thursday.

The announcement of the upcoming message came as al Qaeda released a new video in which bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, boasted that the United States was being defeated in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places.
Officials in Pakistan confirmed Thursday that Musharraf, who also is Pakistan’s military chief, would seek a second five-year term as president
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Ahhhh….sometimes I also am afraid of watching or reading the news in regards to Iraq and Iran. Everyone has their own personal opinion regarding the current administration but I for one will be quite happy once Bush and his cronies leave. Seems to me that the heart of America has been ripped to pieces on so many levels. I keep wondering if we will go to war with Iran and if we do I assure you that it will be WWIII. Invading that country will just ensure every fanatic will grab arms and destroy everything & anything remotely related to the West.

I have plenty of friends who come from all walks of life…religion, creeds etc….and it hurts me to no end to always see negative coverage on Muslims. I also hope that Muslims can stand in a united voice and ring true the peace that Islam is. Just seems that those fanatics who think bombing and killing innocents is the only voice to be heard. I think NOT!

The American Dream Program

I am a single mom also a veteran and Hispanic. I want to aquire my own home, have a safe haven so to speak. Something I can decorate to suit my tastes. I am doing research in trying to make this dream come true and for those interested found this article:

St. Louis, MO – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson and Mayor Francis G. Slay announced that affordable new homes will rise in St. Louis thanks to a new $15 million public-private venture launched by a collaboration of housing industry leaders. Freddie Mac (NYSE:FRE), U.S. Bank, Pulaski Financial Corporation, Mary “One” Enterprises/ Mary “One” Home Team Realty, Beyond Housing/Neighborhood Housing Services of St. Louis, Mother’s Way/Opportunities Industrialization Centers of the Midwest forged an alliance to create an innovative approach to homeownership called Catch the Dream St. Louis.

Catch the Dream St. Louis is designed to expand affordable homeownership opportunities in the St. Louis area, especially for moderate-income and minority families. The new initiative will provide access to special low-downpayment mortgages with flexible credit terms, proven homeownership education and counseling programs, and HUD funds earmarked for helping qualified borrowers with downpayments and closing costs.

“Freddie Mac plays an important role in helping families realize their dreams of homeownership,” said Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson. “We look forward to Freddie Mac’s continued emphasis on making affordable housing available to the underserved persons in our nation – those who have been shut out of homeownership in the past.”

“All families deserve access to decent, safe and affordable housing,” said Senator Kit Bond, Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee that funds the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “It will be exciting to watch this new partnership in St. Louis transform the lives of so many families. I will continue to work to find innovative ways to expand the dream of home ownership to more families in Missouri and nationwide.”
http://www.freddiemac.com/news/archives/afford_housing/2004/catchthedreamstlouis_060404.html