September 29, 2006

How you know.....

Here is how you know you are right on an important issue:

A few hours before the Senate voted to approve the bill, Sen. Charles Schumer, D- N.Y., the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said “no one is going to be intimidated” by GOP attacks on the detainee issue. He told reporters, “We’ve polled this extensively” and he argued that detainees and tribunals “are secondary issues to most people.”
The civilized world is glad to know that you, used polls to make your national security decisions and announced it to the world.
THAT is leadership.

September 22, 2006

Geee Babs..... have seen better days. Is this the result of a prolonged case of Bush Derangement Syndrome?

September 12, 2006

Tuesday Night Nølsoyarfjørður Blogging

It's of 'Nølsoyarfjørður'. I love the light that shines through the clouds over the island 'Nølsoy'. It's cinematic :-)

September 07, 2006

David Fontana Tribute

I have joined in with much anticipation to the 9/11 tribute site 2,996: A Tribute to the Victims of 9/11 . I have been assigned to honor the memory of David Fontana, firefighter, New York City Fire Department. I live in NYC but did not know him. I feel a loss that I never met him. I defer to the words of which talks about him here. Here are some comments honoring David, many of whom knew him well.

His wife, Marian, penned a critically acclaimed work in tribute to him entitled A Widow's Walk, a Memoir of 9/11.

From the New York Times:

The memorial for Dave Fontana is scheduled for Oct. 17, which would have been his 38th birthday. He died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, on his eighth wedding anniversary.Mr. Fontana was a firefighter with the elite Squad 1 unit, stationed in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he lived with his wife, Marian, and 5-year-old son, Aidan. Neighbors were shocked by the news that 12 men from the small firehouse on Union Street had died, but they took his loss especially hard. Dave Fontana was a man's man. He volunteered his time for the Boy Scouts. He read to children. He worked tirelessly to find the names of firefighters who had fallen in World War II so that dedication plaques could be hung in the firehouses where they had served.A trained sculptor, Mr. Fontana was known for the elaborate Halloween costumes he and his son wore in the annual neighborhood parade. "You know Dave Fontana?" Aidan asked the other day. "I love Dave Fontana." Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on October 6, 2001.

Another look:

NEW YORK CITY - FDNY colleagues found the body of Marian Fontana's firefighter husband, David, deep in the rubble that was the north tower just two weeks ago. It was a poignant compensation for Fontana, who lost her husband on Sept. 11 - the day of their eighth wedding anniversary - and who heads up the campaign on behalf of WTC victims' widows to keep the search for bodies going at Ground Zero. "People thought we were operating on false hope, but I just knew that it wasn't so," said Fontana, 35, of Brooklyn. "I wanted my husband to be found by one of his brothers, not by some Dumpster." As president of the 9/11 Widows and Victims' Families Association, Fontana is one of the many victims of Sept. 11 who have channeled their anguish into activism on behalf of their lost loved ones. Thanks to Fontana's efforts, there's a new, powerful political voice in the city - but nothing makes up for losing the man she'd love since she was 18. The sun sets over the New York skyline as clean up and recovery efforts continue at the site of the World Trade Center disaster, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, in New York.

For her, Christmas won't be about eggnog and sing-alongs this year. "For me, there will be no holiday. I'm just going through the motions for my son," she said. And every day, there's the memory of an eight-year milestone missed. If Sept. 11 had worked out the way she and David, 38, had planned, they would have celebrated their anniversary at the Central Park Boathouse and at the Whitney Museum. And they almost did. A little before 9 a.m., David called to say he had just finished his 24-hour shift at Brooklyn's Squad 1. "I'll meet you in 10 minutes," he said.

And this:

David Fontana, 37, firefighter, accomplished artist, sculptor Date of Death 9/11/2001 Monday, 10/08/2001 Firefighter David Fontana, 37, of Park Slope, Brooklyn, and his wife, the former Marian Goldstein, would have celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary on the afternoon of Sept. 11, the day of the attack on the World Trade Center. Mr. Fontana, who had just completed a 24-hour shift in his Brooklyn firehouse with Squad 1, apparently raced to the scene of the tragedy. He has been missing since. Born and raised in Westbury, L.I., Mr. Fontana moved to Park Slope with his wife, a lifelong West Brighton resident, when they married. Mr. Fontana met his future bride while he was a student at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, Brookville, L.I., where he earned a fine arts degree in sculpture. He later became a set designer for Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y., in order to be closer to her while she pursued her education. He was intensely involved in the Staten Island arts community, and spent several days here each week, working on his art. Mr. Fontana recently completed an installation, a work combining painting and sculpture, in the Newhouse Galleries at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Livingston, with his mother-in-law, Joyce Malerba-Goldstein. The work will be exhibited in the fall. Previously, he had designed the set for "The Glove Connection," a play by his sister-in-law, Leah Gray, which was performed at Snug Harbor in 1994. Mr. Fontana was also an amateur historian, and spent five years researching firefighters who died in World War II. As a rescue worker, he participated in flood relief work in Texas and rescues in the aftermath of a California earthquake. Mr. Fontana shared a love of rock climbing with his 18-year-old brother-in-law, Luke. "He was one of the most talented and unpretentious people I have ever met," said Mrs. Malerba-Goldstein. In addition to his wife, Marian, surviving are his 5-year-old son, Aidan; his mother, Antonia Fontana; his four brothers, Brian, Dennis, Hank, and Edward, and his two sisters, Ellen Fontana and Victoria Johnson. There will be a memorial service Oct. 17 at noon in St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Brooklyn.

Rest in peace David Fontana. The world is a better place because you were a part of it.

September 04, 2006

Bordoy Island Blogging

Sheep herding, Bordoy Island

September 02, 2006

Nationwide Terror Raids - UK

A story you hope isn't true.

Great Day in History

Check it out.

The Miller Beer Statement

Here is the email I received from Miller Beer in response to my email complaining about their sponsorhip of a pro-illegal immigration rally:

Thanks for contacting us.

Miller Brewing Company does not support illegal immigration or any other unlawful act. We do support a public policy discussion that will lead to a clear path to legal naturalization for people who meet the requirements forU.S. citizenship.

We also oppose any legislation that would unfairly and unjustly seek to constrain immigration. Miller was founded 151 years ago by a German immigrant, Frederick Miller.And today, we are part of an international company with employees from around the world.

We support the free movement of people, labor, goods and services in the global economy with appropriate protections for the rights of individuals and families, the security of nations, and the diversity thatcontributes to a rich and productive society.

Miller is active in helping immigrants learn how to become legallynaturalized citizens of the U.S., through programs like the Miller Lite Immigration Forum in Texas and support for a recent immigration convention in Chicago. We have a long history of proudly supporting many national and local Latino organizations throughout the U.S.

The $30,000 fund supported a recent convention held on August 12 and 13 on immigration issues in Chicago, which among other things provided information to attendees on how to become legally naturalized citizens of the U.S.

We appreciate your interest.

They admit their support:

But the presence of Miller at a welcoming reception the day before the Aug. 12-13 planning convention raised eyebrows.

The convention brought together labor unions, anti-war groups, immigrant service organizations and even socialist political candidates.

Hours before bashing NAFTA and U.S. foreign policy, participants at the Aug. 11 reception mingled with the Miller Girls, the company's public relations ambassadors, amid a display of Miller logos.

That Miller was involved in the first place is one measure of the growing power of immigrants. After the boycott announcement, the company approached march organizers to try to find common ground, and agreed to back the march organizers' efforts.



Miller Brewing Company Does Not Support Anti-Immigration Legislation
Miller Brewing Company


There has been a great deal of attention recently around proposed anti-immigration legislation, specifically HR 4437, which is currently pending in Congress.

Miller Brewing Company opposes any legislation that would unfairly and unjustly seek to constrain immigration, including proposed HR 4437.

Miller was founded 151 years ago by a German immigrant, Frederick Miller. And today, we are part of an international company with employees from around the world. We support the free movement of people, labor, goods and services in the global economy with appropriate protections for the rights of individuals and families, the security of nations and the diversity that contributes to a rich and productive society.

In the wake of last week’s historic march in Chicago to uphold the civil and human rights of immigrants in this country, we immediately reached out to the community groups represented here today to make clear our joint opposition to this critical issue.

In productive discussions held yesterday, we agreed to:

1) Provide assistance to community efforts to reach out to specific members of the Senate and business associations in Washington D.C.
2) Make a clear public statement regarding our opposition to HR 4437 and our desire for appropriate immigration reform that provides adequate protection for the rights of undocumented immigrants.
3) Place print advertisements in Chicago and Milwaukee media stating our opposition to HR 4437.
4) Work with the organizations to explore opportunities for community-based partnerships with a particular focus on scholarships for undocumented students.

Miller is already active in helping immigrants learn how to become legally naturalized citizens of the U.S., through programs like the Miller Lite Immigration Forum in Texas.

We also have a long history of proudly supporting many national and local Hispanic organizations throughout the U.S.

We hope the entire Hispanic and immigrant community in Chicago will continue to responsibly enjoy Miller products with the knowledge that our company will continue to strongly support the Hispanic community and the rights of immigrants.

Nehl Horton, Senior Vice President
Communications and Government Affairs
Miller Brewing Company

The bill is they so hate is James Sensenbrenner's entitled "Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005". You can read the text of it here. Please read. This bill is common sense. Then check out your Labor Day beer. Is it on Michelle Malkin's watch list?

Miller Beer, you have taken a position, despite what you say on the phone (I have spoken with a customer care representative who feigned ignorance of the company's statements and proclaimed their complete neutrality on immigration) and in your emails. STOP THE LIES POR FAVOR!!