Tuesday, January 20, 2009 12:32 PM

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

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Friday, November 07, 2008 11:40 PM

no sleep til brooklyn

i really am going to sleep, though. i promise. as soon as this is over.

so, how's everybody? let's see...been kind of a slow news week. not much really going on. i've had a fairly uneventful few days. yesterday i worked, hung out. wednesday i worked. tuesday i scrambled all over apalachicola leaving door hangers on doors and dropping off waters and obama signs and stickers and trying to see if franklin county is really as red as everybody says. it is. good news, though, is that Barack Obama is our new president. Carol Browner is on his transition team. i babysat for her son one time.

i started my webpage seven some odd years ago (if you can find the archives from the old pitas.com page, that would be a trip). I renamed it ponder for america about 5 years ago when i endorsed Howard Dean for president. the only time i have ever censored myself was when it was suggested i not publish my "Charlie Crist: Openly governor" post. Ponder for America looks forward to maintaining a rambling, slack and nonsensical eye on politics during the Barack Obama presidency. just because i think the guy is completely awesome does not mean i will not post funny pictures of him should any ever be taken.

at home, the election news was not celebrated in the manner that many of you would probably imagine. as it turns out, Allison isn't much of an Obama fan. so i pretty much have left the whole subject alone. until now...

James Ponder's Celebratory World Tour!

we're getting out of the "real" America and heading to the elite apple, New York City! one day is plenty of time to eat all the stuff i want to eat, meet all the peeps i want to meet and rep karaoke so you know i'm street! no time to waste; the mothership is calling...


I like to listen to music from all over the world, especially the UK b/c it's really good and it's in english. therefore i'm making my pilgrimage to London, and the best part is i have a slightly-native guide. my sister, Emily! she's going to show me where they punish the ax-murderers and how to eat food in GMT. we also get to ride a serpent through the chunnel and visit Paris, France! i think that should finally drive all the right-wingers away from my webpage. as if any of my 3 readers could be described as right-wing. right-honourable, maybe. or maybe hot-wing. i wonder if they eat chicken wings in london. they don't eat them in italy. i eat them here, though.

well, long story short, Barack Obama is the new president. p4usa has never ended a blog post that way. i'll have to do it more often. it will be accurate for another four years. by then i will have figured out web 2.0

Barack Obama is the new president.

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Monday, January 28, 2008 10:51 PM

thanks to everyone who helped me come up with valentine's meal ideas.
apparently my blood type is in low supply, so the blood bank (not vampires pretending to be, i hope) called and asked me for more back on voting day. i was going to write you guys about it at the time, but i didn't.

speaking of voting day, it occurs to me that i have not officially endorsed a candidate for president. which is probably a good thing b/c i have a bad track record of jynxing presidential candidates. anyways, i'm not voting for or googling Ron Paul, so you pick whoever you think i would vote for and vote for them.

open letter to murder mystery weekend participants:
do not want. my readers know that i love the idea of solving crimes and mysteries, but the stupid costumes and the lame-ity of you guys ruins it for me. you are overgrown drama nerds and i cannot handle you friday night at the Gibson when i'm trying to talk to my friends while you fire cap guns and make stupid. I also can't muster the courage to tell you "Beat it, dork" early on a saturday when i'm at work. so if you see me, know that i do not have your stupid "clue" and i will not call the fire department when your polyester "pimp" hat or priest robes catch fire, because the firemen will know that I set you on fire and i might get in trouble.

open letter to firemen (to balance out the negative one):
thank you for keeping the trucks looking good and running smooth. you will not let me die of fire and that is very good of you. if anything should happen to one of the murder mystery participants, i didn't do it. it was probably one of them. i'd ask around at the downtown restaurants and stores to see if they have any clues.

current mood: lethargic and sweaty. bad combo.

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