April 20, 2012

John Kasich for VP

You heard it here first, unless it doesn't happen, in which case forget where you heard it...

Just a random thought to post on this wasteland of a blog... John Kasich as VP. He has the experience in Congress and as a Governor, comes from an important swing state delivering Ohio (likely Romney anyways but this should guarantee it), and can bring with Romney an "all economy" ticket.

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November 11, 2011

Bold Predictions...

...should probably be written in pencil...

No sooner had the inevitability of Romney and the popular rise of Herman Cain become conventional wisdom that Cain's campaign has hit the iceberg. Like the Titanic, many incredulous observers think it can't sink. It can. And it is. It may reach port listing greatly and taking on water, but I don't think Cain can reach the general election.

Interestingly, other past bold predictions are paying off. A cycle too soon, but the observation holds true today - the Republican debate process is being dominated by Newt (and a solid Romney). It will be interesting if the process can be narrowed down to just 3 candidates if Newt will become more pointed in his debate style, so far his contempt has been for the media and many Obama policies. If he maintains momentum, will he bust Romney in the chops in order to try and vault from stalking horse to lead runner?

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October 04, 2011

And the winner is...

Romney/Cain will be your ticket.

Book it.

You heard it here first. Well maybe not first, but been thinking it for a month or so now and finally put it up on my shamefully neglected blog.

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August 08, 2011

Hell in a Handbasket

A Downgrade now, hopefully an upgrade in November 2012...

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March 24, 2011

TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX

TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX TAX!

The insatiable monster that is the government appetite for power, control, and expanding itself has GOT to be slain. They want to tax soda, toilet paper, mileage, EVERYTHING. It has stolen all it can from us, and stolen from our children and grandchildren - in the ultimate case of taxation without representation - and it's not enough. Awash in debt, it wants more. Always more. The debtasauraus will consume all until it brings this nation to ruin.

Yeah, it's been a few... years since I posted. But this had to be said. Note - I am 100% serious that huge deficit spending is taxation without representation. It is unconscionable to have a 1 trillion dollar yearly debt, much less the over 1 trillion yearly debt we've been saddled with since Obama and the Democrat Congress joined forces to absolutely EXPLODE the deficit. It's like they sat in a room, saw the amount of money they were proposing to spend and said "screw it, just spend it all!" Washington has been driving this country toward the cliff for decades, but the current Administration and it's cohorts have floored it and won't think there's a problem until there is no more road. All to feed government's insatiable appetite to centralize, subsidize, infantilize, and eventually, supervise every life aspect if they can.

It's likely already at an unrecoverable level - the dollar is likely going to inflate like an enormous balloon, because there won't be anyone left to soak up our continued issuance of debt, and those who have bought it will eventually want something for it, meaning too many dollars chasing real commodities. Disaster.

The monumental debt is the greatest national security threat this nation faces. Nothing has the potential to cripple our nation like the looming insolvency of our currency. To destroy our way of life, Al Qaeda shouldn't attack us, they should loan us money.

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June 20, 2010

Sacrificial Lambs

Why do we wait until the sheep have perished to deal with the wolves?

I've not blogged lately, but I have grown weary of reading stories like this, left a comment in the thread, and felt like posting it here to bloom unseen and waste it's sweetness on the desert air.

The story in question is here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_california_restaurant_shooting

It's an all too familiar tale. I will paste my comment below, there is more to say but this gets the gist of it. I've found in my increasing age a passion for certain issues grows, and this is one of them - protecting society for recurring criminal predation. I might expound on it in the future, I might not, but I mean every word of it. If I ever do more in life than merely talk about things that matter, this will be one of those things that drives me to action. My comment is below:

You can never know if concealed carry would have made a difference - probably not, since this was over in a blink of an eye, and the shooter shot himself - the same outcome likely if a CHL holder was present.

But it does show how modern societies failure to understand the nature of crime and human character leads us to continue to allow sociopaths to live among us despite their clear actions showing they are incompatible with society. Unfortunately, they are released back into society until they do something like this - something unforgivable. We need to wake up and see that criminals with extensive records do not reform, do not change, simply continue to victimize society until they do something so heinous we lock them up for good. This insanity has a horrible human cost - in order to salve the conscience of those who refuse to see career criminals as the wolves they are, we sacrifice many sheep.

"Had an extensive criminal record" - there should be no such thing. An extensive criminal record is an indictment of a government that has failed it's single most important function - physical security of the people.

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April 25, 2009

Time Flies

When you aren't having fun...

Wow, over a year has passed since blogging here last. Politics has become un-fun. I've always enjoyed political discussions, but as I have said in the past, those discussions can only bear intellectual fruit when reasonable people enjoy a discourse. It can be heated, it can be heartfelt, it can be partisan, but it must be reasonable.

Reasonableness is one of the rarest commodities to be found these days.

Why start again? I probably won't... at least now. An errant click returned be to the site, and I stopped to read a while. I thought about things that have happened since blogging - the election, success in Iraq, economic damnation, the return of piracy to the seas, and such, and while there are things to say, does anyone want to read a reasoned response, or just one that validates already held conclusions? I recall after the election, but before the inauguration, hearing people ripping Obama - the man had yet to take office, and yet the carousel was already running full tilt with prologue invectives based on nothing more than expectation.

Now, Obama has spoken of or done things I approve of - simplifying the tax code (year, I'll believe it when I see it, but still...), making changes to the usurious policies of credit card companies (I hear the howling now, how this will force card companies to turn down less credit worthy borrowers - as if that was a bad thing!), that shaking Chavez's hand doesn't constitute anything destabilizing our hemispheric relations (it'd be reassuring though to hear that he'd mention concern for freedom and liberty during his little chats...) - and things I do not like, such as the ridiculous performance of Homeland under Napolitano, possibly playing politics with Bush policies on interrogation, asking the head of GM to step down, and a generally supine appearance when overseas. But these have the benefit of being based on policy, not based on boo-hoo-my-guy-isn't-in-charge.

The body politic is poisoned right now - and it's going to take something that really sucks to suck out the venom...

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March 19, 2008

Measure Of The Man

Obama's speech has told me what I need to know...

What I learned from Barack Obama's Philadelphia speech...

Barack Obama will tell a bald faced lie if he feels it politically expedient. There is simply no other conclusion to be drawn, no other way to reconcile the denial of knowledge, and subsequent acceptance of knowledge, of Reverend Jeremiah "McCrazy" Wright:

March 15th: "But the sermons I've always hear were no different than the sermons you hear in many African-American churches. I had not heard him make such, what I consider to be objectionable remarks from the pulpit. Had I heard them while I was in church, I would have objected. Had that been the tenor of the church generally, I probably wouldn't be a member of the church."

March 18th: "Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely..."

So which is it? It is, of course, the latter, the first claim was simply unbelievable. To return to an analogy we've used before, one does not eat at the same restaurant for 20 years and profess ignorance of the menu. He had might as well have said he attended the sermons, but didn't inhale - too incredulous and clever by half. So, now he's apparently got religion and copped to attending church with the full knowledge that the Reverend occasionally asked the Lord Almighty to use his omnipotent power to damn the United States. Now that we've cleared that up...

Barack Obama will use his own grandmother as a political prop. The wheels on the bus may go round and round, but it goes right over his poor Grandmother, who he felt he could toss under the bus - and who, if she could get the bus off of her, might be rolling over in her grave.

"I can no more disown him (Reverend McNutty) than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

The ease of using Grandma as a decoy buoy leaves a bad taste in ones mouth. Grandma loves me, but Grandma was... what exactly? A racist? A closet bigot? Not so closeted? And note that Grandma made him cringe, but 20 years of the Sermon on Mount Crazy didn't evoke any public comment until it started causing trouble with his campaign machinery.

Here's a question I am *dying* for someone to ask - did Barack ever take his white mother or grandparents to his church for a taste of Reverend Wrights bilious rants?

Barack Obama will present a Hobson's Choice as your only choice. This paragraph actually tells you all you want to know, and is masterful in creating a choice that actually is no choice at all. Let's pick it apart. Here is your choice, America:

"For we have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism." First, establish an onerous windmill to tilt against. "We can tackle race only as spectacle - as we did in the OJ trial - or in the wake of tragedy, as we did in the aftermath of Katrina - or as fodder for the nightly news." Okay, here he's attempting to establish both the middle ground and moral high ground - by choosing two well known racial touchstones and take his position as being distanced from each. It is an appeal to occupy a reasonable center. "We can play Reverend Wright's sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words." Ah, here's the first punch - almost a soft, rhetorical blackmail that intones the playing of these videos - which are the center of this controversy - is part of the problem, part of cynical racial politics, is in itself a racially charged act. "We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she's playing the race card" The follow up punch, when stuck in the mud, attempt to drag your opponent down with you. This says "See Mom! It's not just me!" - rhetorical smoke screen. "...or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies." This is a shot at the solar plexus of the electorate. Translation - white males, you aren't going to be racist and vote for John McCain en masse are you? Or just the racist ones? Are you racist white McCain voters still beating your wives?

Setting up this almost caricaturish false set of alternatives uses a well worn rhetorical tool to create a choice that is indeed no choice at all.

Barack Obama will divine the victim in all of us. I guess the audacity of hope demands an abundance of despair. To be honest, the grievance politics of Reverend Wright and Barack Obama are not that far apart - we noted the hard left coating to the chewy center of Wright's obnoxious anti-American tirades. Both rely on the presupposition that we are all getting screwed - for Wright, it is white America, for Obama, corporations. Bogeymen of different stripes are still bogeymen.

Barack Obama wants you to pay no attention to that man behind the pulpit. As noted above, his speech has soft sold the notion that continuing to play the incendiary remarks of Reverend Wacko is an act that continues racial exacerbation - nevermind the net result is to bury a problem for him. The Reverend has almost been disassociated from being truly a party to his remarks: because he is a product of a segregated upbringing, because he baptized his kids, because Barack simply knows him better than us, and trust him, he's really not all that bad once you get to know him. He's been doing "God's work" which apprently when it doesn't involve invoking the Lord's damnation upon the nation he resides in, "housed the homeless", presumably put there by white racism, spent time "ministering to the needy", presumably robbed by whites, provided "day care services and scholarships and prison ministries", which I assume was the best place to inculcate hate and anti-social racist rhetoric, and "reaching out to those suffering from HIV/AIDS", which I can presume also included letting them know their disease was caused by the US government and designed to get rid of minorities.

Obama has tried to inoculate this relationship, to create some kind of perverse equivalence that intones that we all have disagreements with the our pastors on some things, don't we?

Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely - just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.

This is phony baloney - these aren't remarks which we disagree with, these are outlandish invective that go far, far beyond doctrinal or topical disagreement. There are topics upon which reasonable people can disagree - and Reverend Wright isn't bringing up a single one of them. That AIDS is a bio-weapon created by whites to off the earth's black population isn't something reasonable people can disagree upon, it is a lunatic proposition wholesale. Obama's ridiculous attempt to equate this idiocy with the differences one may have with your church on what to serve at the Sunday social or if full immersion is the only scripturally approved form of baptism is insulting. Recommending that his worshipers sing God Damn America instead of God Bless America is not a topic on which reasonable people can disagree, it is in fact a most unreasonable topic which reasonable people will find offensive.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, because he may be saying something crazy to the next President of the United States...

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March 16, 2008

Pastor of Crazy Town

At least Obama can put the whole Muslim thing to rest...

There is indeed one bright spot for Barack Obama for being linked to the Minister of Crazy, Reverend Jeremiah White, and the Trinity United Church of Christ and Black Victimization Identity Politics (okay, we made that last part up) for 20 years - we can put that whole "Is he a Muslim?" thing to bed.

The Reverend has since be jettisoned from the campaign, in a move that can only be described as "at the very least". What the head of this congregation has said is, frankly, clinically insane:

"America is still the No. 1 killer in the world. . . . We are deeply involved in the importing of drugs, the exporting of guns, and the training of professional killers . . . We bombed Cambodia, Iraq and Nicaragua, killing women and children while trying to get public opinion turned against Castro and Ghadhafi . . . We put [Nelson] Mandela in prison and supported apartheid the whole 27 years he was there. We believe in white supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than we believe in God."

His voice rising, Mr. Wright said, "We supported Zionism shamelessly while ignoring the Palestinians and branding anybody who spoke out against it as being anti-Semitic. . . . We care nothing about human life if the end justifies the means. . . ."

Concluding, Mr. Wright said: "We started the AIDS virus . . . We are only able to maintain our level of living by making sure that Third World people live in grinding poverty. . . ."

This is pretty boilerplate agitprop for the radical left, but includes outlandish claims even the most ardent fellow traveler would blush at - the AIDS virus has an empirical history that can pretty well be demonstrably shown to have emerged as most other diseases have, without malicious racist intent of Zionist American White Masters.

It has been argued that merely attending church with the good Reverend does not constitute an endorsement of any of his political views, and the Obama campaign has been quick to point out that Obama has repudiated these statements, saying "Most recently, you heard some statements from my former pastor that were incendiary and that I completely reject, although I knew him and know him as somebody in my church who talked to me about Jesus and family and friendships."

A good statement - but I cannot fully accept it. There remains a nagging problem for Obama - the campaign has had several hiccups with folks directly connected to the candidate that have somewhat aspersive in nature. Be it Michelle Obama's comments about being proud of her country for the first time (the insinuation of course being ashamed as a matter of course), or Reverend White's crazy America hate, or even the candidate himself drawing odd attention to himself over not wearing a flag lapel, or putting his hand on his heart during the national anthem. It's not the any one of these is a "Eureka!" discovery into Obama's true feelings, but a series of coincidences is no coincidence.

The test of the rational man is this - if I, attending a church, heard my pastor say any of these things, in church or out, would I continue to attend unless I, at a minimum, sympathized with the statements if not outright agreed? I believe the rational man does not compartmentalize faith and morals from each other, and no matter how much a man preaches the love of Jesus, if he preaches radical hate, be it of man or nation, there is no reconciling the two unless you believe them both.

If John McCain attended church where the pastor said he believed in Jesus and believed in racial segregation and opposed interracial relations, McCain would be given a wooden cross by the media and led to the nearest hill. Why? Because a rational man cannot in good conscious absorb one message without the other. Attendance is tacit approval of the message. One does not eat at the same restaurant for 20 years unless he likes the food. The same goes for the church.

We could create a dozen more off-the-cuff euphemisms - the simple fact is that church attendance is a voluntary choice, and associating yourself with this church associates you with what the church stands for. This includes Reverend McCrazy and his rantings, as well as the Reverend's less publicized affinity for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, whose rantings are all to familiar to the testimonial nuttiness of Reverend White.

We are left with the following truth - the primary spiritual advisor of Barack Obama - and potentially next US President - thinks the US invented AIDS to get black people.

Ask not who the crazy church bell tolls, it tolls for Obama...

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February 06, 2008

Super Fat Tuesday and Wednesday's Ashes

Enough debris to keep a CSI episode going for weeks...

Let's first examine our prediction from two days ago. While delegates are still being assigned, we did pretty well - extremely well in fact. McCain's total is likely to be almost spot on. Romney ran weaker - much weaker - in the South than even we anticipated, and that weakness meant Huckabee was able to score some wins in states like Georgia and Tennessee and impressively almost Missouri. As a result, McCain took the lion's share.

Romney has no logical path to win the nomination, except John McCain's expiration. No other route exists. Huckabee seems to be boosting for position in the party, and likely stays in since his campaign has been high mileage on little fuel. Texas should spell the end of both campaigns.

This much you knew, since we told you so two days ago.

To the Democrats. A tremendous number of dynamics at play. Small state victories for Obama where youth voters at Universities - the only population centers in many of these states - help Obama rack up large vote totals. Clinton showing the results of long preparation in large states that contain traditional Democrat machinery.

Problems loom for both.

Obama has a problem - it's with Latino voters. I have seen it discussed, but there is an issue nobody is talking about - the notable Latino/Black tension emerging in urban areas. As a constituency party, Democrats are susceptible to a zero-sum struggle between the emerging Latino community and traditional Black Democrats. This is not something that is going to be solved during this election. Expect this to be a major problem for Obama in a general election. Also worrisome, blue-collar union voters are not Obama voters. Not NEA voters - these are easily in an Obama tent. But traditional union guys from the Local 533 Steamfitters union don't buy in during the revival-like speeches of Obama. Call them "Fuggedaboutit" voters, they will not take easily to an Obama candidacy. Why? They prefer straight grit to lilted prose.

Hillary has her own problems. Foremost, as reported today, she has money troubles. Hillary has more big donors, but those donors are easily capped at roughly $2k, where Obama's donors are more numerous wells he can return to as needed. The other problem she has is that she cannot secure the nomination anytime soon. She is unlikely to have good news until states like Texas, where a large Latino vote should give her delegates to counter what is likely to be a steady drip of losses in upcoming caucus states. Hillary also has a problem with men - very, very few like her, and that will not change in the general election either. The real question is what damage will be done between the traditional black vote and Hillary's campaign if the primary stretches to a convention where Democrat super-delegates go to the traditional uppercrust white candidate - especially if Obama manages to limp in with a slight delegate lead. Hillary will use whatever pieces of the Democrat machinery are available at the convention to secure the nomination - that's not underhanded, that's politics. That could create a notable backlash and leave a very bad taste in the mouth of black voters - the only Obama constituency likely to hold a grudge in such an event, as wealthy liberals will vote for Hillary in a heartbeat, and young voters will probably vote in the paltry underwhelming fashion they do in most other elections.

Hillary's strength right now is with women - there are more women than men, and more women vote than men. This is a natural advantage. But there is that cadre of women that against type do not like Hillary - where they may support Obama, they may find McCain an acceptable candidate - why? Because they will feel comfortable with a McCain that is "reasonable" to them - like Goldilocks, they can be convinced to go with a candidate not too right, not too left, but just right....

As of today, McCain has the nomination for the Republicans. We give the edge on the Democrat side to Hillary - she has the operators, she will win in traditional Democrat states, and at the convention, she has the brass ones to do what it will take to win.

The question for the general then becomes - will disaffected conservatives have the brass ones to do what it will taken to win...

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All For One

Just an oddity that strikes me as... odd...

Is it just me, or is there something just a little creepy about Utah voting *90%* for Romney? I mean those are pod-people numbers for a candidate.

Last time I saw an election where a candidate got 90% of the vote, Saddam was on the ballot...

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February 04, 2008

Number Crunching

Doing tricky math, so you don't have to...

Having done advanced algorithmic gymnastics in our head, here is how we think the delegate count will shape up as of tomorrow:

McCain - win 629 delegates
Total - 722

Romney - win 308 delegates
Total - 385

That lead is insurmountable. With the big delegate winner-take-all prizes in New York, New Jersey, and Arizona, that's 206 off the top. Missouri is also WTA and as a fairly moderate bellweather (and is not a closed primary), that's another 58 delegates that go to only the statewide winner. Ironically, states where Romney is performing well, such as California and Massachusetts, will distribute their delegates among the candidates - even were Romney to win in California, he'd likely only clear some 15 more delegates than McCain. Romney cannot trade delegates, he must clear and shut out in order to gain ground.

There simply does not appear to be a path for Romney to pick up the delegates needed to derail McCain. After Tuesday, McCain can lose almost 2 to 1 and still win.

Tomorrow is Thunderdome. Two men enter. One man leave.

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January 30, 2008

It Is Time

The sleeper must awaken...

Blogging should be reserved for those times when there is something worth saying. That time has now arrived.

The 2008 election season has commenced. And I can no longer stomach the whining from fellow conservatives who should know how to act like adults but have recently behaved like peevish, obnoxious cry-babies. I always felt that paranoia was predominantly endemic to lunatic fringes of the left. But conservative reaction to McCain's victory in Florida, and potential nomination, puts even the most brain-fevered hard left lunatic in a run for their money for who can spew the most outlandish, churlish, immature and frankly useless political polemics.

To the extent a voice among many can be heard to return sanity and order, I will attempt to raise it. I have awakened.

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November 08, 2006

Post Election Thoughts

Sometimes, you win, sometimes, you lose, sometimes, it rains...

Some notes on my underused blog about the elections...

Republican clouds have silver linings.

- It is the opinion of this writer that the nation is best served when we have effective Republican stewardship in the House and Senate. I'm not sure we've had that lately. Having the House and Senate in play makes BOTH parties better. If each party cannot take power for granted, this is a huge improvement over them simply swapping uncontested control of patronage and the purse every decade. Each party needs to govern like their survival depends on it.

- Much success for Democrats came from recruiting quality, middle of the road candidates. Many pro-gun, pro-life, low-tax Democrats won. Which is good. America needs a vibrant and viable Democrat party. Having moderates succeed helps pull the Democrats back to the middle, it empowers existing moderates in the party, and makes it harder for Republicans to merely run someone just barely better than a fringe nutcase.

- The Democrats now have a stake in success. I'm sure many have felt that Iraq and the War on Terror have been a bludgeon to beat them over the head with, since they have no voice in the policy on either. Now that they hold sway, thought barely in the Senate, it means they will have a vested interest in American success. I think this will allow many Democrats to "come home" on vital foreign policy issues.

- It looks like Wilson has hung on in New Mexico. Which is fantastic, because I've never seen a less competent person running for Congress than Madrid looked in her debate. Simply incompetent. It was closer than it should have been, and those voting for her really need to ask if it's worth putting a nitwit in office simply because they have your same party affiliation.

- George Bush matters again. This is contrary to initial wisdom, which is often not very wise. But Bush with Republicans in Congress had simply become a target for Democrats, with no real ability to do anything except take an egg to the face. Hard to believe, but Bush got a big donut hole after 2004. His energy went into Social Security reform which his own Congress simply ignored. His ability to move his agenda was dead. Now, Democrats have an operating majority but can't move anything without Bush's approval.

Bush is back in the game.

UPDATE: Not the only one looking at the cloudlining today...


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September 11, 2006

Honor and Remembrance - September 11th 2001

Remembering Christopher Dunne... one of many we think of this day...

What words do we use when words are not enough? What words can we use when words cannot express? What words can you use to remember what you can not forget?

Tragedy and grief lead us to ask why and how of God in angry terms. Senseless loss makes the scales seem so unbalanced, with our grief and terrible ache against acts of evil men, we often want some greater meaning for something the exacts such a terrible cost. Yet we find our way home to those we miss when we don't look for meaning in their passing, but realize we find meaning in their lives. When we think of the loved and lost, it is not their end we recall, rather we think of who they were, and how they made our lives fuller for having been part of it. They are not remembered best as victims of 9/11, but as parents and spouses, neighbors and old friends, a kind face seen in passing.

It is in this spirit of remembering the lives, not the passing, of those who left us on September 11th, that I speak today about Christopher Dunne. I don't know if he preferred Chris or Christopher, but my guess having learned just a small amount about him is he'd have been happy with either, and his friends seemed to know him as Chris. We would proudly acclaim to be counted among such friends to him today.

Chris worked at Marsh and McLennan, Inc., an insurance brokering firm. Marsh and McLennan moved into the World Trade Center Tower One in 1998 - the last large block of space leased in the Twin Towers, taking floors 94 through 100. On September 11th, at 8:46 A.M., American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into WTC1, impacting floors 94 - 98 - the heart of Marsh and McLennan. Chris was one of hundreds of employees of MMC that were lost to us that morning.

Chris worked in tech support at MMC, in a job probably amazingly similar to mine - I too work in computer support, and I considered it somewhat poignant that Chris's name came to me to be spoken of on this day. Chris was 29 years old in 2001, the same age as my my younger brother, who was also 29 in 2001. My brothers name? Christopher...

These similarites make Chris more familiar to me, but I cannot say of course that I knew him, of what kind of man he was. Yet I feel I've come to know Chris somewhat through the comments of some of his friends who remembered him and expressed their thoughts about him at Marsh and McLennan's memorial page for Chris, especially the following:

Iím not exactly sure when I first started hanging out with Chris. When he began working at our company, he was relatively quite and kept to himself. He was only known as ďKhakisĒ since he wore khakis to work every day. All I know is that somewhere along the way, he started hanging out with us after work, became more comfortable, and started to show who he really was. And things were never the same afterwords.

Chris loved to have fun. He was always cracking jokes, always making sarcastic comments, or acting out a dialog between two different people by himself. When we went out, he would be the first to buy a round, and the last to go home. But what I really found amazing about Chris was that he seemed to be so comfortable in his own skin. The way you know some people hold back and donít completely show who they are, I never got that feeling from him. Iím guessing that if we could see the way he acted when he was at home alone, it would be the exact same as the way he acted around people. And being around that kind of person made me more comfortable, and allowed me to be freer around him.

Iíve never met a person like Chris before and I doubt I ever will. I am glad that I got to know him and will never forget his jocular spirit, unique sense of humor, and his kindness and openness. I miss him dearly.

But for a tragic fate, those who would have met Chris and become his friends still can come to know him when his memory is shared with us by those who knew him. And it is in the sharing that who Chris was stays with us. Each of us live on in the memories of those who came to know us and in whose lives we came to play a part. Chris stays with those who remember him, and those who never knew him still are influenced by his those who cherish how he enriched their lives.

I never had the opportunity to meet Chris in person, but everyday, sometimes two and three times a day I would talk to Chris. I miss him tremendously. I still talk to Chris...when I run, when it's quiet, in the early morning, when we are all together and laughing.

Thanks for making me laugh QA Manager Type Guy. I still remember your number.

It's not always easy to see the difference we make in the lives of others. Few of us realize how we enrich the lives of those around us, like Chris has. It isn't heroic intervention that makes the difference , it's the small things - a small kindness shown, a friend to listen, a helping hand, an easy humor eager for a smile.

There are three-thousand stories like Chris' today - and yet still only one for Chris. After five years, it is tempting to be melancholy, to be brought low with sadness, yet Chris didn't seem the type to want that - smile, he'd say. Laugh a little today. Remember the good times. When you do, I'm right there with you.

And pass it on...

We encourage you to read the stories of others like Chris today, of those who perished that day yet still touch the lives of those who knew them, and who's names we honor best when we celebrate all they brought to the lives of those who remain to remember them...

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