I just updated a portion of this Rail after careful consideration and contemplation. The main reason for this is explained in the column below.
MS. PALIN AND SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS
I've decided to take the high road and rewrite this piece. Too often I let the hypocritical nature of my party get to me, making me come off as less than an advocate of peace, which is what I am at my base.
The problem at hand is Ms. Palin's trying to come off as an advocate for special needs children, while knowing full well she is not. Evidence of this is her whacking and hacking at the budget designated to go to special needs children in her own state.
I love kids. Especially kids with special needs. I help a lot of them on my job, and grieve heavily for their situation. It's bad enough that there are people shallow enough to wipe out their funding, but when they then proclaim to be the supporter of those they hurt...well, it just makes me less than fuzzy.
Just as I grieve for children facing long odds due to their disability, and grieve for the apparent lack of respect they receive at the hands of those in power, I too grieve for those in power who could do such a thing.
And while this isn't about 'W', I'll shock you all by admitting I grieve for him, too.
People placed in a position to help the needy, which is a command from the Master of all Christians, Jesus Christ, and yet choose to do the opposite while proclaiming to be His follower.
Woe to them all.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MIKE
Bigtime birthday wishes go out to the guy who made the vast majority of my life a more than memorable experience.
Happy Birthday buddy. You're the best.