I think life's really short and there's no point in making yourself miserable. I've got four sisters and three brothers and they all have wonderful qualities and all that. But my brother Chris and I aren't friends.
And I don't usually put my family's name in this but I'm intentionally putting in his name.
Chris has a lot of great qualities and he's probably a good person to be friends with.
But he's a lousy brother and I'm just not in the mood.
Except for holidays, we went through a couple of years of not speaking to each other. It wasn't that I was mad at him. It was just what seemed the natural thing.
He's close to one of my sisters (and to my folks, of course) but that's always been about it. I didn't think too much about it or any thing.
But in February, out of the blue, he calls me and wants to get e-mail and stuff and so I hear from him a bit. And every time he e-mails me, I make a point to write back and write back about anything he brought up in the e-mail.
And I knocked myself out on those e-mails.
And I started noticing it and talked to Elaine about it (so she has to be therapist at work and home :(--). And what was going on was I was so thrilled and all that crap.
And here's the problem. And it was pointed out to by my dad early on. Chris has these little projects, these little things to do. He gets on a kick to do something. And then after he starts, he gets on another kick.
So I'm taking all of his calls and replying to all of his e-mails and then?
Three weeks of nothing.
That's how it's going to be.
And my mom said something to him and suddenly he remembers me. I ignored his calls. And he's upset now. I don't care.
I don't hate him but all I was doing was playing the baby brother trying to be liked. That's something you do when you're growing up. I'm not going to spend my life doing it. Best of luck to Chris. I'll gladly talk to him on the holidays but that's it. I'm not making any more efforts.
I don't want to hear the I'm-sorry or any of that stuff. I heard it all growing up from him.
Again, no hate. I'm not angry. I'm just not going to play this game. It's not worth it to me. It makes me feel bad about me. I start thinking, "What did I do? How come my brother does this to me?"
It's not worth it.
So that's something I was holding to blog on. I think a lot of people may be in similar situations. If you're one of them and are tired of banging your head against the wall, you might want to consider distancing yourself from the whole thing.
Okay, now let's talk about what Barack does as War Mongerer In Chief. This is from Bill Van Auken (WSWS):
Barely five days after the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the US launched a Predator drone strike aimed at assassinating an American citizen in Yemen.
The May 5 drone attack, which took place in Yemen’s Shabwa province, was planned as a targeted assassination of Anwar al-Awlaki, a New Mexico-born Islamic cleric with US citizenship, according to US and Yemeni officials cited Friday evening by the Wall Street Journal.
According to media reports last year, Obama placed Al-Awlaki on a “targeting list” after his administration asserted a right not even claimed by the Bush White House—to carry out the extra-judicial execution of any US citizen deemed by the president to be a “specially designated global terrorist”, without presenting any evidence or securing any judicial sanction. Al-Awlaki—who has made anti-American videos and tapes justifying Islamist terrorism—has never been indicted for any crime in the United States.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"