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------------------------------------------------------------ To ensure that you continue to receive Anything Goes e-mails, please add jamie@gophercentral.com to your e-mail address book. ------------------------------------------------------------ This is one of the first and remains one of the best DVD documents on JFK It's amazing to have all the vintage news footage in a digital format. See a video clip from it and get a special price for our readers only. VISIT HERE: http://pd.gophercentral.com/u/1533/c/186/a/25 March 16, 2011 Greetings... The whole world is watching the aftermath of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, and now, critical situation regarding the dangerous nuclear situation in Japan... I've watched in horror the devastation that Mother Nature unleashed and the devastating casualties that will not be fully known for quite a while... Tragedies such as this can bring out the best in humans, and the worst. The Japanese have a culture that is built on respect and control and this has been obvious in the way they are handling this catastrophic event in their country. There is no rioting, no looting, and a control I don't think I have ever seen in situations less catastrophic... Can we say the same when it comes to disasters in our country? Yes and no. We are quick to help those in need whether in our country or elsewhere, but there are always countless reports of mobs turning the areas hit with disasters into battle and crime zones... Humans are "interesting" for a lack of a better term right now. We cry for our own and for strangers suffering, we offer what we have to those in need, and we rush to help those who need our help... That is the best behavior that is shown, but there is another side isn't there? We humans also kick people when they're down, steal from those in need, and put our own wants and needs ahead of those who may be more deserving. The other thing we humans do is, open our big mouths when we should keep things to ourselves or not say them at all, at least publicly, and of course, we like to "joke" for our own amusement and for those who may be one of those who hang onto every word a celebrity, politician, or faux news personality that say things without conscience or basic good taste... I will be the first to admit my sense of humor may be "over the top" at times and I can honestly say there probably isn't any situation that I can't find humor in, but I know better than to say it out loud or in front of people. Jokes can be a way of releasing anxiety and can be taken as a sign or nervousness. I get that, but in the past few days, there have been jokes and comments made by "people in the news" that have made me cringe. In case you haven't heard some of the comments, here are a few and the people that made them... Glenn Beck... "I'm not saying God is, you know, causing earthquakes," Beck told his radio listeners on Monday, before throwing in, "I'm not not saying that either." "What God does is God's business. But I'll tell you this -- there's a message being sent," Beck continued. "And that is, 'Hey you know that stuff we're doing? Not really working out real well. Maybe we should stop doing some of it.' I'm just saying." We know exactly what you're saying Beck and for that matter, what you're ALWAYS saying. See a doctor, I'm sure there are meds that would help... Larry Kudlow... "The human toll here looks to be much worse than the economic toll, and we can be grateful for that," CNBC financial analyst Larry Kudlow remarked on Friday. Realizing the blunder, Kudlow added that "the human toll is a tragedy, we all know that." Too late Kudlow, you couldn't back peddle, money is more important than human lives... Dan Turner, a top official working for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, resigned on Monday after reports surfaced that his routine Friday e-mail contained jokes about, among other topics, the disaster in Japan. The email he passed around? "Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for his single, "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." (Not a big hit in Japan right now.)" Then there are the celebrities... Gilbert Gottfried, the squeaky, (and creepy) comic who was, (he got canned after his outburts), the voice of the Aflac duck sent a barrage of what he thought were funny Tweets, such as... "I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, 'There'll be another one floating by any minute now." Rapper 50 Cent showed plenty of ignorance in the Tweets he posted... "Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys gonna try to go surfing." Oh really, had anyone said "crazy black boys" we'd be hearing a whole different can or worms... "Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoess from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol" I guess putting "LOL" at the end was to throw us all off that you're a sexist SOB and have a total disregard for women... Of course, 50 clarified his remarks shortly after... "Nah this is nuts but what can anyone do about it. Let's pray for anyone who has lost someone" "Some of my tweets are ignorant I do it for shock value. Hate it or love it. I'm cool either way 50cent." No you're not, you aren't worth 2 cents let alone 50 of them... And last, but not least, ignorance from the Women's National Basketball Assoc. Cappie Pondexter... "What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes." "u just never knw! They did pearl harbor so u can't expect anything less." Oh really? What has America done to get all that we have gotten and will continue to get? We better be scared because based on your observations Cappie, we're in deep doo-doo... Cappie, as well as all of the above mentioned apologized for their insensitive words and is there anyone out there that believes they are sorry for their thoughts or jokes or sorry they got called on the carpet for them? Things have a way of getting funny as time passes, but this disaster is fresh and raw to the people of Japan as well as those around the world watching it. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the destructions of the Twin Towers. The loss of life was minimal compared to the death toll in Japan when and if they ever are able to count all the bodies. How inlamed would we be as a nation of jokes were made literally 24 hours after that event happened? Did I miss the jokes after Hurricane Katrina or did people have the good sense in other countries to keep any jokes they may have had to themselves? There are those who do believe with all their hearts that God is trying to send us a message and I woud just like to say this... The God I believe in isn't a God that only loves America or Americans and punishes other countries and their people of different faiths. The God I believe in will judge us all individually and we will not get a free pass by following those who may be popular or misleading. If I'm right, then everyone needs to take inventory... Mother Nature is reclaiming the planet that man has been destroying for thousands of years...

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