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Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yesterday was a day to honor an American hero. One whose life was cut short by a man who oozed hatred from every pore of his being.

Today we celebrate the Inauguration of the 44th President Of The United States. A man who has lived a life unlike any other President before him.

Godspeed Mr. Obama. I put my faith in your ideology. In the promises you made during your campaign. I have not been pleased the last 8 years and I am ready change. I am ready to hold accountable those who have benefited from the pain of others. I am ready to hold accountable those who believe that living above your means is a right and flaunt their arrogance by not accepting their debt.

I yearn for a new attitude by all. It is not going to be easy. Even now some talk of a "coronation" and not an Inauguration. They will not climb aboard the train easily, if at all, but I believe we can eventually bring them on board.

It will take honesty and integrity and humility and it will take compromise. We can not now disenfranchise those who do not think as we do. That is what has been done to many over the last eight years.

The only way for this to work is for those who are now in power to embrace their detractors. Honestly, I think more than ever, it is time for the American people to come together and realize that we are all citizens of the same country.

My election day post found HEREincluded the text from President Kennedy's Inauguration speech.

To paraphrase...time to start thinking about all of us and not just yourself.

God Bless America

Seems I upset one of my blogger friends with my signature in comments yesterday, inviting people to visit The Couch on Monday's for New Music. I was asked not to do it anymore and I won't.

If that bothered anyone else, I apologize...I have seen people do it over the years and I was just trying to introduce some new people to the opportunity to hear and win some CDs.

You can still vote in the poll on yesterday's post and leaving a comment gets you into a drawing for the CDs...

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23 Of Your Sparks

  1. I was admiring your sidebar. You received the amazing girl blogger award?

  2. Dana Says:
  3. Well, I've made my thoughts on Obama known in the past, but will support him and my country as I have the past 8 years. You see, I think my country deserves support whether I agree with the Presiden't policies or not. Unfortunately, I don't think that is the case for everyone.

    "I am ready to hold accountable those who believe that living above your means is a right and flaunt their arrogance by not accepting their debt." Really? And mortgage bailouts do this how? This comment seemed way out of place - or is it just me?

    The comment thing - I thought maybe I was over-reacting. Vinny, I'd love to support your New Music Monday and will attempt to remember (you can even remind me if you want) to put a little blurb on my Monday posts. Had it been anyone else who left that comment on my blog I'd have deleted it, but because it was you - and I think I know your intent - I left it.

    It's that fine line between acceptable self promotion and feeling like one has no control over their blog.

  4. Matt-Man Says:
  5. Here's to the O-Man. I used the word godspped today as well, go figure.

    And hey, if you thought I was really upset that you linked your site in my comments. Puhleeeeze. You can use me all you want. Use me Vinny, Use me. Cheers!!

  6. Bond Says:
  7. JULIA: I did I did!

    DANA: Actually that comment was addressed to those individuals who look to bankruptcy to solve their problems and I guess that includes the bailout which I believe was wrong.

    Well, actually it was not you I was referring person asked me to never do that again.

    MATT-MAN: Great minds on the Godspeed thing

    And was not you..I knew you were kidding.

  8. Turnbaby Says:
  9. @Dana
    Well the mortgage bailouts are helping the banks and mortgage companies who made crappy loans to people who couldn't pay for them--there's mutual blame there. And most of them are concentrated in a few states. It's not like this is some sort of wealth redistribution that's trickling down---it's taking taxpayer's money and throwing it up. It's going to the same people that have had the wealth so it's not redistributing it. They screwed up and now they are getting bailed out.

    And I've always supported my country---I think it is unpatriotic to be unquestioning of leadership when you see it going horribly wrong. And I won't stop anytime soon.


    And I am not a big fan of the comment link as a general principle.

    I do love you though sugar


  10. I wish him well

  11. Bond Says:
  12. TURNBABY: Nicely put on the bailout

    OK, I get it more comment links...

    SARGE: We all do.

  13. A very well writen inaugaration comment! Keep the faith...

  14. Like Matt said yesterday, we've settled for mediocrity for so long, that is has become the new standard of excellence.

    Unfortunately, breaking free of that standard means we need to get off our asses and work hard to change things. And that scares some people. For some it is the fear of failure. For others, it is the fear of success. Either way, fear can be crippling, and this nation has been crippled long enough.

    Oh, and about the link? I say link away! It's a good shortcut for lazy friends like me who don't do a plug in a post. *grin*

  15. Jay Says:
  16. I'm ready to put the last 16 years of divisiveness and "he's not MY President" shit behind us. I hope we can.

    I'm going over to Dana's blog to see if I can figure out what you guys are talking about. LOL ;-)

  17. Jay Says:
  18. Never mind. I somehow missed the short section in the middle of the couch where you talked about your blatant spamming ... er .. your posting links in comments on yesterday's blogs.

    I'm with Dana. If you weren't a "regular" commenter I would have deleted it too. But, since I know you it didn't bother me.

  19. Star8278 Says:
  20. Your signature didn't bother me. I need the reminder to visit you more often. For some reason your feeds don't load in my Google Reader and I forget to stop by.

  21. coco Says:
  22. Just wanted to stop by and congratulate you and your fellow Americans on the inauguration of your new President. Regardless of political leanings, I think that the majority of you would agree that it was time for a change. I have great hopes for Mr. Obama and anticipate positive things to come for your wonderful country.

    Now, a shameless personal plug (I hear it's the "in" thing these days :D) ... I am about to go back into blogging. Don't run there yet, but I have been working on some fiction that I will be posting as soon as I get it all typed out (yes, I am that slowwwwwwwww :P) I've missed it and I think it helps center me to be writing again. (Dana honey, remember that little story I wrote for you a couple years back? I've got more where that came from)


  23. Dianne Says:
  24. A great post! calm and thoughtful, much like my impression of Obama.

    I have already questioned him a few times ;)
    as I don't believe in blind loyalty

    BUT ... ain't no one gonna ever convince me that Bush was anything but a criminal.

    When they showed the moving vans puled up at the White House I kept wishing they were paddy wagons. They should have cleared that place out with a perp walk.

  25. Bond Says:
  26. BUD: Thanks

    SONGBIRD: Well said and about the links...thanks, but I doubt I will do so again

    JAY: I sure hope so also...and the links will stop

    STAR: I wonder why the feeds don't load...strange

    COCO: Thanks for the well wishes and I look forward to your posting again

    DIANNE: Why thank you...I am not sure the paddy wagon is necessary...he is gone and can now retire quietly...

  27. Tug Says:
  28. God Bless America...yes. Hopefully everyone CAN stand together and not just say it because it sounds good, then forget it at their convenience.

    Still haven't listened to yesterday's music - doctor & scripts kinda kicked my butt - I'll try again tonight.

  29. Ralph Says:
  30. It is fitting that yet another peaceful transfer of power has taken place, as always in the USA. The whole world sees that the change is orderly...not like say, 1917 and the Bolshevik revolution where the losers were eliminated. The difference between the USA and the old USSR...

    As others noted, I did not vote for him but he has my support and prayers. The election is over...and we all need to find that common ground, or at least enough commonality to effect change on all things that need that!

  31. Bond Says:
  32. TUG: Say it loud Sister!

    RALPH: Excellent points Sir...

  33. Starrlight Says:
  34. Lovely post, Bond. I watched the entire ceremony at my desk and cried like a baby. I was never one of the early hardcore Obama supporters, mostly because I get suspicious of what can look like blind worship...on either side of the aisle. It's like trying not to hold Radiohead responsible for their fans!

    That said, I think anyone who is not cognizant of the history that was made today is sorely lacking in insight. Obama strikes me a very pragmatic man as well as inspiring. And very very bright.

    His speech drummed into the national conscious over and over that it is time for personal responsibility and the need for us to work harder as a country FOR our country and not merely for a flat screen tv.

    My great grandparents and my grandparents worked hard. Harder than I think their boomer offspring will ever realize.

    I think the time has come for us to realize that we are once again at a Boot Strap precipice in this country.

    And I sure hope that folks realize that when our children, grand kids and great grandchildren look back and talk about us to their kids, it would be far greater to have it be about our hard work and sacrifices for country and family than about our possessions and baubles.

  35. Julie Says:
  36. Ooooh Vinny! I got all warm and woozy when you spammed in my comment section!

    But then...that's how I am!


  37. Kimmie Says:
  38. Beautifully written post as well as Starrlight's comment. I watched TV all day today and cried tears along with everyone else. I have been inspired by Our New President. Yes, we will have to work hard as a country, as a people. "One Nation Under God."

    God said things would not always be easy, but He did say it would be worth it.

    God Bless America! God Bless President Obama!


  39. Travis Says:
  40. It was definitely a stirring moment for me. We got to watch the oath and the speech at work.

    And then we worked like dogs all day!

    And I don't mind the reference back to The Couch.

  41. Twyla Says:
  42. I am always a few days late posting my comments, but I have to congratulate you and your fellow Americans on your new President.
    Amazing! I watched the coverage of the Inauguration, and shed a few tears. You have no idea what this means to the rest of the world. I now have so much hope for the future. God bless you and your country. :-)


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