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Saturday, February 02, 2008

Updates On the Death of Al Burns

Received this today from the mother of the girl who wrote the eulogy for Mr. Burns:

He was killed by a Spanish speaking 21 year old man without a drivers L or insurance and is possibly already back in Mexico by now. I'm sure he would want you to know. Our laws protect the illegals and we can't ask them anything that can help us find him. The man driving the car was released in an hour for $2,300 bond!

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Friday, February 01, 2008

In memory of Albert V. Burns

Today we lost a true American and Patriot. We write this to you with heavy hearts. Albert V. Burns was tragically killed in an accident this morning shortly after his last e-mail. In one instant he was taken from us to Heaven. He went out this morning to retrieve the mail and was hit by a car that lost control with the snow and ice on the road. The wonderful police officers and paramedics worked hard to revive Al, but were unable to. Please know that he did not suffer.

There are so many words that were never expressed, so many hugs and kisses that were never exchanged. We love Al dearly and he will be missed greatly. Whenever we needed any help or advice we always knew we could ask Al. He was educated as an engineer, but his knowledge was not limited to that field. He could fix anything and tell you anything from his vast knowledge base. He was always engaged in a good work or cause. Al could be depended upon by all that knew him. His life was dedicated to his wonderful wife and family and to this great Country.

One reason Al seemed so young to us all was because he stayed active and stayed abreast of all the newest technology and information available. He was always learning something new and sharing it with others. Al was active in the community and in politics. He proudly proclaimed, “This is MY country, land that I love” in every word and deed. With people like Al the future seemed brighter. We must now take up where he left off and declare that we will not shun the fight. We must be the Americans he dreamed we all could be. United we can do so much and support this great Nation in the tumultuous years to come.

Now, words seem so useless. We now put our trust where Al would, in God. In 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 is says, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with a voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Love to you all,
Al’s family and friends

Melinda Christensen Turner, Al’s adopted granddaughter wrote this in his memory.

Al is survived by his wonderful and loving sweetheart, Doris Burns, and wife of 52 years, two daughters, Linda and Sue, and one son, Terry. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and extended family and many friends.

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Understanding US Foreign Policy of my favorite online posters, Fred on Everything!

A malign and poorly understood influence on foreign policy is the paranoid truculent male (though a few females share the ailment). The PDM is a fairly well-defined type, who believes that They Are Out to Get Us. He doesn’t much care who They are. If one They fails him, he will find another. These They must be fought to the death. It’s us or They.

As a current example, I get email telling me that Moslems hate us and want to enslave us. We must therefore gird our loins and prepare for an apocalyptic conflict that will determine whether Western civilization will survive. A war of peoples approaches, and we must win it.

This of course is transparent nonsense. A week or so ago I spoke with a friend in government service who recently returned from an extended period in Jordan. Perfectly friendly people, he reported. That was my own experience, years back. They knew he was an American, and consequently wanted to talk to him. He traveled by public transportation to Petra and so on. Not the slightest problem.

The difference between documentable fact and ferocious email was predictable. An unvarying characteristic of the PDM is the belief that his current enemies are implacably evil and united in pursuit of his enslavement. Frequently he hasn’t had the most minimal experience of this relentless enemy. Few of today’s PDMs have passed time in Moslem countries. Many do not have passports. The proportion who speak Arabic or Farsi or actually know any Moslems is very low. It doesn’t matter. PDMs share a specific personality that wants an enemy. They will always find one.

The PDM endows the enemy with near-magical powers. The utter irrationality of this doesn’t faze him because he doesn’t notice it. Only sub-clinical paranoia can explain the view that Moslems are going to enslave America, or even want to. A reasonable person looking at the Moslem world sees a disunited, industrially backward, technologically primitive group of ramshackle semi-civilizations that couldn’t enslave Guatemala.

The same thing happened during the days of the Soviet Union.

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