September 2008


Learn to Speak Chinese

READ OUT LOUD

(English Phrase)                                  (Chinese Phrase)

Are you hiding a fugitive?                  Hu Yu Hai Ding?
See me A.S.A.P.                                  Kum Hia Nao
Stupid Man                                        Dum Gai
Small Horse                                      Tai Ni Po Ni
Did you go to the beach?                  Wai Yu So Tan?
I bumped into a coffee table            Ai Bang Mai Ni
It’s very dark in here                        Wai So Dim
This is a tow away zone                   No Pah King
You are not very bright                    Yu So Dum
I got this for free                             Ai No Pei
I am not guilty!                                Wai Hang Mi?
Please stay a while longer                Wai Go Nao?
They have arrived                            Hai Dei Kum.
Stay out of sight                             Lei Lo
He’s cleaning his automobile         Wa Sing Ka.
Your body odor is offensive           Yu Stin Ki
I thought you were on a diet?         Wai Yu Mun Ching?
Our meeting is next week              Wai Yu Kum Nao
Staying out of sight                       Lei Ying Lo

Thanks big Sis.

Wow, what a week this has been. This is scary and it looks like the US is that close to hitting rock bottom.
My all time favorite bank WAMU is hanging on by a micro strand of thread, hoping some big giant Corp will bail them out. Bank of America bailed out Merrill Lynch. Lehman Brothers collapse, the federal government bailed out AIG before they also collapsed. People losing jobs right and left. The latest, I understand Longs a local drugs store that owns 521 stores in the area has merged with CVS. Eight hundred people are going to be jobless over the next few months. That is just the small fraction of a financial trouble that is occurring at the moment.
These current events made me slightly curious as to what President Bush comments or plan on these current events.

Out of Washington:
“Eager to show that he feels people’s pain, President Bush scuttled a political fundraising trip Thursday to tell the country his administration is working feverishly to calm turmoil in the financial markets.
Bush was supposed to spend the day in Alabama and Florida raising money for Republicans and talking energy policy. He canceled his appearance at the fundraisers — Vice President Dick Cheney will be there instead — and stayed focused on the worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression.
“The American people are concerned about the situation in our financial markets and our economy,” Bush said. “And I share their concerns
.”

Wooooh, Glad to know that President Bush is concern.

I was watching a show that had Judge Judy on as a guest.  The Judge was asked do you think raising children today is different and more difficult then 20 years ago.  She said “yes, because of the Internet.”  “The children have free access to pornography sites, which they misuse or abuse.”
I was thinking about her statement.  Does pornography sites cause children to be rude and disrespectful?  Does it contribute to use of alcohol, drugs and eating disorders? How about disregarding responsibilities at home or hanging out with so call friends 24/7?
If it does then pornography is a powerful thing.
I realize that people spend countless hours watching stuff that is so unimaginable on these porn sites, that is the cause of sex addiction,, which people have to check in Rehab centers to break themselves of.
David Duchovny was the latest victim to surface with this problem.  What exactly do they do in Rehab for these people who are sex addicts?  Do they give up sex altogether and maybe join the Monks in a monastery somewhere?
I don’t think the problems of difficulty in raising children or addictions are to blame on the unlimited access to porno on the Internet.

It is about excess, no limits, too much, more.

We as parents and adults indulge our children and ourselves.  There are not a lot of restrictions that we give to our children. Especially in the area I live in.  I see parents giving in on money issues, toys, electronics, socializing, basic manners you name it.  Why, guilt the endless arguing or whining, or because it is socially unacceptable to reprimand your kids more than just a time out or maybe a loss of an allowance?
I’m just guessing, but something has to change and it needs to start with limits, moderation.
I am tired of rude, obnoxious, children/adults verbally abusing me when they are walking in the middle of the road as I am driving, or maybe because I happen to pop into a store and want some help, while they are on the clock but texting their friend, Or when I’m talking to their parent or another person, and a kid interrupts just to be the center of attention.

Triple 9’s
Happy Birthday to my Dad.
Lets go for a round of singing Happy Birthday
Hummmmmm, Happy Birthday day to you ….

The Contract

The Ostridge Affect is such a sad thing. It is where I bury my head in order to protect myself from stuff that is upsetting.

The other day I got Stop Loss, the movie from Netflicks. I thought oh great a war movie, who order this? I sat down anyway and viewed it. I was shocked. I was not aware of the Stop-loss policy.

If one voluntarily enlists in the military and serves in a period of time that there is no official declaration war they will be released from active service when they have served their contracted time. If US declared a War status then a Stop-loss policy goes into affect and the solider involuntary extension continues until six months after the war ends.

Currently the contract of this agreement is NOT honored by the US military services. The US is involved in a war, but not officially in a “declaration of war status.” There for the Stop-loss policy should not apply to any solider at this time.

We as citizens of United States must follow laws, contracts, and policies. If we do not, there are stiff penalties for the broken agreement. Why is it that the government is exempt from honoring contracts?

From 2002 through April 2008, 58,300 soldiers were affected by stop loss.

UGH!

War is a horrible thing. It is Hell. The effects physically and psychologically are devastating to any individuals involved in the combat fields. When and if that person does come back to regular life, most often the scars of the war has ruin their chances of living a normal type of existence. The amount of substance abuse is unbelievable. The substance is used only to dull the memories that haunt these individuals for life.

Policy
Stop-loss, in the United States military, is the involuntary extension of a service member’s active duty service under the enlistment contract in order to retain them beyond their initial end of term of service (ETS) date
Stop-loss was created by the United States Congress after the Vietnam War. Section 12305(a) which states in part: “… the President may suspend any provision of law relating to promotion, retirement, or separation applicable to any member of the armed forces who the President determines is essential to the national security of the United States”
“In the event of war, my enlistment in the Armed Forces continues until six (6) months after the war ends, unless the enlistment is ended sooner by the President of the United States.”

Where do we go from here? What can we do for these soldiers whose rights have not been honored?