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Monday, August 23

Bitchin'

by pissed off patricia

I have a friend and neighbor who serves in the Fla. National Guard. After September 11, 2001, he was called to go to the Keys and later Miami to guard the airports. After he came home and resumed his life he was called up to go to Iraq. He spent 14 months in Iraq and returned earlier this year. When hurricane Charley ravaged Charlotte county a week ago, he was called up to go to the Punta Gorda area to do nighttime security for the homeowners whose homes were destroyed, and he's there still. Most would agree that over the past three years my friend has served his country well.

One night last week his wife came home from work at about 11:30 to find that someone had broken into her house. Her husband's laptop computer had been stolen. His rolls of change and multiple dvd's were missing. His dress watch that she had given him as a present was gone. One of the dvd's that was stolen was the one a local TV station had given him. This disc showed his "Welcome Home from Iraq", party that was covered by the TV station. Other items were also taken.

Now our neighborhood is a bit on edge. We haven't experienced this before. My friend's wife feels violated, knowing that a stranger has been in her house and snooped around in her belongings. Each night when she comes home, she's fearful of what she may find. The question of, "Will they come back?" haunts her.

The computer and the dvd's have been recovered but the culprit has not yet been apprehended. My friend's watch probably will never come home nor will his rolls of change and other personal possessions. The investigation continues.

This seems so ironic, because while my friend has spent so much of the last three years defending and providing security for his country, he is now a victim.

So tonight, as he stands watch on a hot and sultry Florida road with mosquitoes buzzing in his ears, he must worry and wonder about security at home. He must wonder about the security of his own home and worry about his wife's safety.

I find this irony so sad and so unfair. I know that no one promised or even suggested that life would be fair. It isn't, and I understand all that. What I don't understand is why must certain fates and circumstances go to such extremes to prove it.

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On another somewhat ironic note, they say that bush is keeping a close eye on the Olympics on TV. Too bad he didn't keep as close an eye on the weapons inspectors reports on TV before he gleefully declared war on Iraq.

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Apparently Bob Dole has taken one Viagra pill too many and it has affected his heart. Dole said that Senator Kerry received an early exit from combat for "superficial wounds". Dole said, "And here's, you know, a good guy, a good friend. I respect his record. But three Purple Hearts and never bled that I know of. I mean, they're all superficial wounds. Three Purple Hearts and you're out."

In my opinion, Mr. Dole displays the emotions of a hardhearted man.

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