A Piece Of My Mind From "My Space".....

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Mon Dec 29 20:09:12 MST 2008

At 07:18 PM 12/29/2008, you wrote:
>Dint Flaming Ember have a hit with Westbound Number Nine?

         Yessir!!! That was their biggest hit, in fact.............give 
that man a see-gar!


>On Sat, Dec 6, 2008 at 4:08 PM, John A. Quayle 
><<mailto:blueoval57 at verizon.net>blueoval57 at verizon.net> wrote:
>Saturday, December 06, 2008
>I'm Not My Brother's Keeper........
>Current mood:
> irate
>           The stampede at the Long Island Wal-Mart on "Black Friday" was 
> a most hideous peek in the mirror of life for a great deal of us. The 5am 
> crowd at that location rushed into the store like mad bovine or crazed 
> lemmings, trampling a store employee to death in the process. 
> Furthermore, the wild herd kept coming, hurtling over those attempting to 
> help the fallen victim, including a pregnant 28 year-old woman. Hardly 
> anyone gave a hoot about these people in their unbridled zeal to grab a 
> bargain before they all disappeared. The dead man's family is now suing 
> Wal-Mart for their loss. While I am sympathetic over the loss of life (in 
> a silly conquest), I must disagree with holding Wal-Mart responsible. The 
> animal-like crowd is simply modern man. We've become indifferent to the 
> plight of those around us. Wal-Mart did not tell these idiots to stampede 
> nor did they have any control over crowd behavior in any way.
>           Those who should be held accountable are those who did the 
> panicked shoving and the stomping to get inside the store. This sort of 
> recklessness leads to fistfights and even gunplay. Does anyone recall the 
> past disturbances over "Cabbage Patch Kids", "Tickle Me Elmo", and the 
> latest Playstation video games? Now tell me, is a Christmas "bargain" 
> really worth the life of another? Christmas is a holiday to mark the 
> birth of the Savior of the world, not a contest to see who can gather up 
> the most goods at reduced prices. We show our love and concern to those 
> for whom we purchase these gifts. To kill someone in the process is 
> simply unimaginable and totally unacceptable. Modern life has been 
> debased to the point where it is simply a race to see who can become the 
> most shallow in the shortest period of time. I dare say that we are 
> reaping the results of removal of God from the public square, ethics and 
> morals from modern education, and decades of equating life with utter 
> trash through abortion.
>           Pity the loss of common courtesy in today's world. Kids 
> disrespect their elders and think nothing of it. Hell, kids even 
> disrespect their own parents and that's no big deal, either. So it seems. 
> That carries over into adulthood. I cannot count the number of times I've 
> driven through a highway construction zone that has traffic reduced to 
> one lane in each direction and signs posted, stating flatly "use both 
> lanes to the merge point." Invaribly, there is always a fool behind the 
> wheel of a tractor-trailer who blocks both lanes with his rig, preventing 
> anyone from getting ahead of him. Because I drive a four wheel-drive 
> pickup truck, using the median to circumvent this self-appointed traffic 
> control freak is no big deal. I presume these truckers can read traffic 
> signs. I'm forced to believe that their indifference to messages these 
> signs convey is an overwhelming need to engage in outright ignorance.
>           That minor hit for the Flaming Ember from 1970, called "I'm Not 
> My Brother's Keeper" has become the mantra of today's living. We are 
> paying the heavy price of this type of attitude. Yes , we really are our 
> brother's keeper - no matter what we may think. Keep that in mind as you 
> go about your Christmas and New Year's preparations.
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