Bowe Bergdahl Oct16

Bowe Bergdahl

4, 3, 2, 1 As of yesterday Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been held behind enemy lines by the Haqqani Network for 4 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 1 day. Amid our government shutdown, election season politics, and philosophical bickering, a soldier is lost. There are different takes on June 30, 2009, the day then PFC Bergdahl went missing which range from fellow soldiers stationed with him stating that he simply walked away from the outpost to the official Army statement saying that he was unarmed and outside the base perimeter with three Afghan soldiers when the four men were seized by insurgents. Still, the one thing everyone agrees on is that he was captured by the enemy and remains America’s only known Prisoner Of War. He has not been demobed. He has not been issued his DD Form 214. He is not home. A father speaks for his son but for the most part, people are not aware that those black POW-MIA flags actually have significance and there is still one American who signed up to stand at post who has not stood down. Bowe Bergdahl Contact the House of Representatives. Contact the Senate. Contact the White House. Let them know that this American soldier should not be forgotten. Bring him...

Neighbor Nov11

Neighbor

Folks, let’s just call it what it is. We’ve all seen it over the past 12+ days but we’ve given it some pretty highfalutin terms: neighborly, friendly, prudent, helpful, kindness, outreach, responsibility, etc. And there are all those examples: a family chainsawing a neighbor’s tree all the while knowing their roof was ruined by the storm just so everyone else would be able to have an open road through town; a block or residents deciding to have pot luck dinners where those with power cooked the food of those without so everyone would have company through the darkness and use food instead of letting it go bad; a man who went to drop off food to a senior citizen who lived by himself and realized he could not leave him in the dark and cold and drove him personally to a community shelter; a family who gave up precious fridge space to maintain life-saving medicine for another family who had lost power; a woman who had her own parent to care for but went out of her way to make sure her neighbors, who were elderly, could get something to eat and to help them stay warm; a family who gave their portable power battery so phones could be charged and lights could be on; people who said “If there’s anything you need, just let me know” and really meant it. All without fanfare, all without credit, all without asking for something in return. And these examples are just scratching the surface of what was done. To be sure there were those who used this time to reveal the less-than-graceful attributes of our better nature but there will always be those people. Just realize that for every one of those, there are more than...

Mohammed Nabbous Mar21

Mohammed Nabbous

Citizen journalism. A term used recently, and most commonly in America, to denote those upset with the government due to taxes they think are so high. In other parts of the world, it means something else. It means speaking a government that does not belong to you. It means reporting on false imprisonment, government-sanctioned violence, it means reporting on unjust persecution. It means fear being imprisoned, tortured, or killed. Mohammed Nabbous was a citizen journalist. He was killed two days ago. We here in America cry and complain about keeping an eye on our government for high taxes and quality of life. He was trying to report on a government that imprisoned, tortured, and killed its people. I never met him and only heard of him in news reports. He leaves behind a pregnant wife. Puts things in perspective. So whenever we ‘citizen journalists’ forget the purpose of what we do and get tempted to fall into the culture of vanity or personalities, maybe it would do good to remember that the problems are what we should try to address – that it’s about bringing out information. Mohammed Nabbous died for what we take for...

The Lies & Times Of Brian P. Keane (PSA) Jul26

The Lies & Times Of Brian P. Keane (PSA)

I sincerely apologize beforehand for the use of both our times to address Brian P. Keane, a 54 year old man who goes under the screen names flipityflop, healthscares, Citizen X – among others. In fact, if you have never heard of Brian P. Keane, you can go right ahead and skip this posting. If not, consider this a Public Service Announcement. Some quick background on Brian P. Keane: This is a guy who claims to have been in so many places and met so many people in his life but has nothing to show for it – think Forrest Gump without the personality, or the intelligence. That should give you a basis as to what you are in store for. So, like I said, feel free to skip this one if you do not know him. Brian P. Keane is such a sad case and usually that in and of itself is no cause to take notice but within this past week Brian Keane has made it his mission to garner the attention of his fellow residents — my attention in particular. Well, he has gotten it for the next few minutes but probably not the way he wanted it. After this post, I will move on to other, real and pertinent, issues and never discuss him again. He is the equivalent of that piece of garbage on the road that needs to be picked up and thrown away. Now keep in mind this all happened within the the span of one week. Fireman’s Wetdown (July 17, 2010) The Fireman’s Wetdown was a community event held to support the firemen and to have a general good time as a community activity. This was the time that Brian Keane decided to verbally accost the sitting third ward councilwoman while she was enjoying the day with her infant son. In an event meant for others, he decided to take to task the councilwoman on her legal right to breastfeed in public. Too bad for Brian that the councilwoman not only stood her ground but respectfully put him in his place by asking him to defend his position with mature points. He started telling her what he felt were inappropriate times to do what she has every right as a woman to do. When she asked him when would be a good time to do it, he began to stutter and continue with not addressing her question. After hemming and hawing and the councilwoman not relenting in her respectful discourse, he ended up with “well, I just don’t like it” and walked away – and he appears to have forgotten to call her by the name he has repeatedly referred to her as – Breastzilla. Weird. It was then that, to my shame, I decided to show Brian what such an act felt like. I guess I misread him ’cause he did not like that one bit. Michael Crook (July 21, 2010) After being called on his latest insult to a poster online, Brian P. Keane makes the following post about Michael Crook: Michael Crook To Move To Roselle Park – Let’s welcome him. Now, this is the depths Brian P. Keane’s pathetic nature will go. For those not familiar with Michael Crook and his relevance to Roselle Park, I apologize in advance for the explanation and the accompanying couple of seconds you will never be able to get back. In 2009, a Roselle Park student died in a car accident. Soon after, when friends and family were grieving their loss, Michael Crook made public statements that ridiculed and demeaned a community’s loss. That is what Brian Keane resorted to – bringing up some pretty hurtful sentiments because he was being ignored due to his posts not being answered. September 11th (July 21, 2010) Now the worst of it. Brian Keane had a laundry list of lies posted about him on...