Some Thoughts on the Death of Osama Bin Lauden

May 2nd, 2011

I’m at a loss for words.

I know that I don’t want to teach my children to dance and cheer for the death of another human.

I understand why so many are craving justice.

I’m scared that our world is moving toward justice=death=celebration.

Since my own words are failing me, I find myself agreeing with the thoughts below:

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr. (From The Strength to Love)

“There’s a Jewish midrash that is something like after Miriam and Moses and everyone crossed the Red Sea and the Egyptians drowned, the Angels were rejoicing until God reminded them that the Egyptians (as awful as they were in that story) are God’s children too and God mourned their loss.” (Swiped from a Facebook update)

“When Americans are killed and our enemies dance in the streets, we call it disgusting.
Now one of America’s enemies is dead. We are dancing in the streets and we call it justice.” (Swiped from Twitter)

“Nothing has been won. It is only another loss that can, for now, help some of us to feel better about the losses closer to us. But that’s not a victory. It’s a compromise.” - Justin McRoberts

Obama’s Speech to Students

September 4th, 2009

Question: Why are people so bent out of shape about this?

He’s making a speech, actually taking time to address the kids in this nation. Why is that bad?

If you are worried that one hour of listening to the President is going to undo all the teaching and value-instilling you put into your kids then you may want to rethink your teaching strategies because when it comes to peer pressure your kid will be in serious trouble.

P.S. Yes, I planning on showing the speech to my class but not because it’s Obama speaking. I’m showing it because the fact the the President is taking time to address the students of America teaches our kids that they are worth something if someone important like the President feels the need to take time from his day and speak directly to them.

A Day for Change

January 20th, 2009

Today was an exciting day for our nation. Today was an exciting day for me. Today I watched with a group of my coworkers as the first black man was sworn in as President.

There are so many reasons why today makes me happy but this image sums it up.

That and something I’ve seen written in several other places –

Rosa sat so Martin could walk.
Martin walked so Barack could run.
Barack ran so my children could SOAR.

A Letter to Obama

November 6th, 2008

Yesterday my class talked about the election and they wanted to talk to Obama and tell him they were excited he won. After I explained that he probably won’t be making a stop at our school they decided a letter was a better way to go.

Here’s their letter, word for word.

Dear Mr. Obama,

We are in kindergarten.

We go to Dugsi Academy in St. Paul, MN.

We are very excited you are president.

When you won people ran around our houses and yelled “O-BA-MA” really loud. It was fun.

We also had some questions for you. Will you answer them please? Thank you.

1. How are you? Are you excited to be president? (from Asha)

2. How many people voted for you? (from Suad)

3. Do you think you’ll get a surprise being president? (from Mustaf)

4. What is your phone number? (from Zakariye)

5. What school do you kids go to? (from Yahya)

6. Can we see your house? (from Suad)

7. How old are your kids? (from Asha)

8. Are you happy to live in the White House? (from Yahya)

9. Area you good at helping people? (from Roda)

10. Do you want to be president two times? (from Rayan)

Thank you for reading our letter!

From, Ms. Abby’s Class

They all signed their names, tomorrow we are taking a class picture to send along. I’m hoping we at least get one of those form letters back.

I love that my class is very civics minded. They love learning about our country, how it works, how voting works, etc. And they come up with these little projects on their own. I had no plans to write to Barak Obama today but it was something they really wanted to do. So we did it.


November 3rd, 2008

People are standing on street corners holding political signs and trying to draw attention to their candidate.

I don’t care what sign they are holding. I honk.

Vote for Obama. HONK!

Vote for McCain. HONK!

Vote for the crazy guy who lives in the park. HONK!

It’s the best part of the political process.

SNL, Palin & Biden

October 6th, 2008

99% of the time Saturday Night Live annoys me. However, their coverage of the VP debate made me laugh out loud. Check it out.

Rig Your Own Election

September 29th, 2008

You want to see your guy win? Here you go. Skew the results anyway you want.

Mine came out for Obama with 296 electoral votes. I gave all the blue states to Obama and all the red to McCain. I also gave all the states leaning blue or red to the appropriate person. The yellow states I looked at their voting history and tried to give them to the appropriate person.

Did you pick the mascots out of a hat?

September 12th, 2008

Does anyone have any idea how the political parties picked their mascots? Because in all honesty out of the zillions of things you could pick to represent yourself, I’m not sure a donkey or an elephant would have made my list.

While trying to answer my own question, I learned that it wasn’t until the 2000 election that states were color-coded as red or blue states. There’s your random fact for the day.