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By Sherry Pasquarello,WWH/CJE
I must admit to being scared of the storm that had been predicted these past few days. I never really was this upset before. Oh, I always took the advised precautions but I really wasn’t antsy. For most of my life Pittsburgh was a little protected area, surrounded by hills and more subjected to flooding than anything else. With three major rivers and dozens of small streams and creeks we are used to it.
Over the past fifteen or so years we have seen weather events like nothing any of us were familiar with. Huge storms, straight line winds that rip up hundred year old trees as if they were weeds and yes, even tornadoes. I would have bet that there would be kangaroos hopping down Wood Street before there would be a tornado on Mount Washington. We have strange seasons merging into one another and then retreating, and so on.
To me, at the age of sixty one, I don’t need to be told that something is not right. The thing of it is. It’s a good to be concerned about the weather and its power to damage and turn lives upside down. It’s good to take precautions for predicted weather all throughout our country. It’s really foolish and shortsighted and frankly, cowardly to give up our freedoms and our American way of life to the power hungry among us that use a fear of terrorists to turn us into the very types that do seek to harm us. We are far more likely to have our lives torn apart by climate change than by some fanatic with a martyr wish.
So for me, I’ll watch the weather and I’ll check on all of those AMERICANS in power that grasp for more and more and I will fight to hold on to the freedoms we still have and fight even more to reclaim those that were stolen from us with tales of monsters under our beds.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – I’ve been fighting an uphill battle with some of my right wing republican conservative friends over my belief that the very rich exist in an entirely different realm than most of our country. From cradle to grave the reality is so strikingly opposite of the majority to be almost a country unto itself. They say I’m just jealous or over the top in my opinions or that I’m bigoted towards the ulta-wealthy.
Check out WEALTH T.V. on your cable if not check via a computer. Here’s one day’s programming,http://www.wealthtv.com/listingstodayp2.php . This is the lifestyle. Now, I do NOT begrudge anyone their wealth (unless they acquired it in an unethical manner). I do want the rest of us to get a firm grasp on what it means to be truly wealthy. Until and unless we can see things through the eyes of those in that 1 or 2 percent we will continue to let them divide, use and abuse us.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -No, I didn’t win the Powerball jackpot. Someone one state away did. I can’t complain. I didn’t even play. I was going to. I usually do buy one ticket if a jackpot gets crazy high but I was busy and it slipped my mind. Honestly, I rarely win at anything so I save money and don’t play except the occasional scratch off ticket or, as I said when the jackpots are insane.
On the national news on ABC Sunday night they had a story on how much higher the taxes on the jackpot would be now, WTF? Who would care other than someone like the people at ABC who are in that type of a tax bracket? Believe me, I would cheerfully pay my taxes anyway, my being the bleeding heart liberal that I am and if I were handed that sort of a check from the lottery I would think myself blessed to BE in that lofty bracket, not picked on for being rich.
The lottery is about dreaming. I think it’s a good thing as long as there’s no gambling habit involved. Our lottery in Pennsylvania goes for senior citizen programs and I like that a lot. Dreaming can be great stress reliever. The few times I’ve played I worked out in detail just what I would do with the money. Being me though, I’ve also imagined how that big of a windfall could impact not only my life but those close to me in a negative if not dangerous way. So I find myself with the minority dreamers. Those few that don’t want to win one of those fantastic sums all alone. I’d rather find myself sharing a winning ticket with a group and coming away with just enough to secure a good future for me and mine plus a good hunk for my favorite charities.
RAPE IS A CRIME. RAPISTS ARE CRIMINALS. It’s obvious to most of America but not to you or to your on air talent. VICTIMS are the ones deserving of your concern not the criminals.
Now, IF you had used this to point out the tragedy of the entire situation in your comments I could agree but you chose to spent air time, time that reaches an entire country and more, and your pity on two young men who showed NO remorse until they were judged guilty. Their defense team smeared the reputation of the victim and they stayed silent.
So, to you, CNN, I guess I have to remind you that this is America and we have OUR laws here. It doesn’t matter if a woman is NAKED walking down a dark alley at 2 in the morning- RAPE IS A CRIME!
MEN are not animals and any MAN that used the “she was asking for it” defense is saying that MEN are not human beings able to control themselves. If that is the case them MEN are to be kept separated and at home unless accompanied with FEMALE relatives as it is in some Middle Eastern countries.
Oh, by the way CNN think back, teenagers do dumb things. Under Age drinking is a dumb thing. It’s a dumb thing that has been going on since way before I was born and I am 61 years old. Anyone remember keggers or field parties? Those were dumb things but RAPE isn’t a dumb thing. It’s a CRIME.
This is the message you should have pushed on air, if you were going to do anything other than just report the facts of the case.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – Old habits die hard. I was glued to the television at the first wisp of white smoke. I haven’t been in a church other than weddings or funerals for decades. But I wasn’t going to miss this bit of history. Besides, there wasn’t a darn thing on other than the Vatican pick- a -pope anyway. I can tell you this much, if I had been in Vatican City today I would have been indoors watching it on a T.V. not standing in the dark and rain. I may be a history buff but I’m not courting pneumonia to see anyone!
There are reasons that shouldn’t merit forgiveness and there are even more times that even if we forgive we should never forget. Forgiving and forgetting certain crimes just led to worse crimes and harder times for everyone.
Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t forgive, especially in matters that touch us personally. That should be up to those involved, family, friends, coworkers…
No, I’m talking about the things that have affected us as a whole. Just think what might have never happened a few decades later if Ford had not pardoned Nixon. I know Fords reasoning. He didn’t want our country bogged down with a long and divisive trial coming at the end of the Vietnam War. He said he wanted the nation to move forward. I’ll take him at his word on that and go from there but I think the Nixon pardon set a wrong tone and a bad example for the crooked and the weak political figures that came after. Sure, some of Nixon’s friends and coworkers spent some jail time, but it wasn’t what I’d consider “hard time” and when they were done, instead of any embarrassment over their crimes and an effort to live down their reputations, they got themselves agents and book deals and speakers fees, radio programs and one even found a job embracing Jesus.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE – There are more than a few differences between the two major political parties, some good, some not so much. There’s a popular saying about not arguing with stupid people because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience. That may be true in most cases but not in the case of some republicans and certainly not with FOX “news” yakkers.
By Sherry Pasquarello,CJE -
Yes, I’m looking at YOU, the Congress of the United States. Romper Room kids were better behaved and it seems, smarter on the whole than you.
Whining and having temper tantrums and finger pointing. Wow, time out! Go sit in a corner and think about what you’ve done! While you are sitting there think about the fact that most of the country is on to you. You don’t care about doing what you are supposed to do. You care about keeping your cushy jobs and ALL of the goodies that go with it. You worked, what? 180 days out of 365 last year? Shame on you. We also have figured out that you forgot that you work for us, not “things” even if the SCOTUS declared them living, breathing beings. We also are on to the gerrymandering and the backroom deals.
You may think it’s too late. You may thing that you only need be concerned with your rabid fringe because they can be counted on to turn out to vote, but I hope you saw the writing on the wall with the thousands that stood in lines to cast a vote against your selfish and childish behaviors. We are on to you, just as an adult is on to a kid misbehaving. We aren’t staying home in 2014.
You’ve got one last chance kiddies, quit whining, take a deep breath and decide that doing your job and acting your age just might make you and us feel a lot better.