September 11, 2014
Seeking Political Stability In 1958, Neil K. Lai left Shanghai by himself at the age of 16. His father was dead, and his mother wanted Neil to flee for security to Hong Kong. Their family had been turned upside down by the Communist Party rule that started in 1949. Mr. Lai’s father, a former factory owner, had been branded a capitalist. Neil Lai worked for two years in his uncle’s tailor shop in Hong Kong before attending night school. He learned English, which landed him a series of relatively well- paying jobs through the mid-1970’s. But the sight of Vietnamese boat refugees in the waters around Hong Kong made him realize that the Asian political situation was unstable. So at the age of 34, he came to the United States to study at a community college in Arizona. He transferred to Arizona State University, where he studied accounting a skill that eventually led to his job at the New York State Office of Taxation and Finance. Mr. Lai wanted his two teenage children to maintain straight A’s in school. “His experience had told him education is a path to success,” said his wife, Yvonne.Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 13, 2001.
:::::::EDIT:::::::::9/11/14::::::::::::
I still think about Neil every year on this day. RIP my friend.

:::::EDIT:::::9/11/13::::::
12 years have passed and I still think about Neil on this day. I never knew him, but I still think about him. Due to work reasons I cannot update this blog as often a I would like, but I will still remember Neil on this day as often as I can. Its the least I can do. RIP my friend.
:::::EDIT:::::9/10/12::::::
The day is upon us again today. Let us take time from our daily routine to remember out brothers and sisters that left us on this day. I remember Neil.:::::EDIT:::::9/10/11::::::The tenth anniversary is upon us, though to me it seems like yesterday that we lost nearly 3,000 people on that day and Neil was one of them. I never knew Neil, but I think about him every year around this time.I don’t blog much these days due to my current employment situation and employee regulations on personal blogs of political nature, but I will try my hardest to continue to make Neil’s post every year.:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/09:::::Neil has been gone 8 years now. It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed, it seems some have forgotten the horror from that day. Neil is in a better place, a place where religious zealots and extremist are non-existent. Neil - I hope one day we can meet and have a beer somewhere far away from this crazy place, somewhere where are people are kind to one another.:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/08:::::Neil has been gone for many years now. We as well as his family will always remember him. We will continue to fight against the Islamic Radicals that took his life until the day we meet up with Neil far away from this world.

Seeking Political Stability


In 1958, Neil K. Lai left Shanghai by himself at the age of 16. His father was dead, and his mother wanted Neil to flee for security to Hong Kong. Their family had been turned upside down by the Communist Party rule that started in 1949. Mr. Lai’s father, a former factory owner, had been branded a capitalist. Neil Lai worked for two years in his uncle’s tailor shop in Hong Kong before attending night school. He learned English, which landed him a series of relatively well- paying jobs through the mid-1970’s. But the sight of Vietnamese boat refugees in the waters around Hong Kong made him realize that the Asian political situation was unstable. So at the age of 34, he came to the United States to study at a community college in Arizona. He transferred to Arizona State University, where he studied accounting a skill that eventually led to his job at the New York State Office of Taxation and Finance. Mr. Lai wanted his two teenage children to maintain straight A’s in school. “His experience had told him education is a path to success,” said his wife, Yvonne.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 13, 2001.

:::::::EDIT:::::::::9/11/14::::::::::::

I still think about Neil every year on this day. RIP my friend.

:::::EDIT:::::9/11/13::::::

12 years have passed and I still think about Neil on this day. I never knew him, but I still think about him. Due to work reasons I cannot update this blog as often a I would like, but I will still remember Neil on this day as often as I can. Its the least I can do. RIP my friend.

:::::EDIT:::::9/10/12::::::

The day is upon us again today. Let us take time from our daily routine to remember out brothers and sisters that left us on this day. I remember Neil.

:::::EDIT:::::9/10/11::::::
The tenth anniversary is upon us, though to me it seems like yesterday that we lost nearly 3,000 people on that day and Neil was one of them. I never knew Neil, but I think about him every year around this time.

I don’t blog much these days due to my current employment situation and employee regulations on personal blogs of political nature, but I will try my hardest to continue to make Neil’s post every year.

:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/09:::::

Neil has been gone 8 years now. It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed, it seems some have forgotten the horror from that day. Neil is in a better place, a place where religious zealots and extremist are non-existent. Neil - I hope one day we can meet and have a beer somewhere far away from this crazy place, somewhere where are people are kind to one another.

:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/08:::::

Neil has been gone for many years now. We as well as his family will always remember him. We will continue to fight against the Islamic Radicals that took his life until the day we meet up with Neil far away from this world.

September 11, 2013
I remember Neil K. Lai



Seeking Political Stability


In 1958, Neil K. Lai left Shanghai by himself at the age of 16. His father was dead, and his mother wanted Neil to flee for security to Hong Kong. Their family had been turned upside down by the Communist Party rule that started in 1949. Mr. Lai’s father, a former factory owner, had been branded a capitalist. Neil Lai worked for two years in his uncle’s tailor shop in Hong Kong before attending night school. He learned English, which landed him a series of relatively well- paying jobs through the mid-1970’s. But the sight of Vietnamese boat refugees in the waters around Hong Kong made him realize that the Asian political situation was unstable. So at the age of 34, he came to the United States to study at a community college in Arizona. He transferred to Arizona State University, where he studied accounting a skill that eventually led to his job at the New York State Office of Taxation and Finance. Mr. Lai wanted his two teenage children to maintain straight A’s in school. “His experience had told him education is a path to success,” said his wife, Yvonne.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 13, 2001.

:::::EDIT:::::9/11/13::::::

12 years have passed and I still think about Neil on this day. I never knew him, but I still think about him. Due to work reasons I cannot update this blog as often a I would like, but I will still remember Neil on this day as often as I can. Its the least I can do. RIP my friend.

:::::EDIT:::::9/10/12::::::

The day is upon us again today. Let us take time from our daily routine to remember out brothers and sisters that left us on this day. I remember Neil.

:::::EDIT:::::9/10/11::::::
The tenth anniversary is upon us, though to me it seems like yesterday that we lost nearly 3,000 people on that day and Neil was one of them. I never knew Neil, but I think about him every year around this time.

I don’t blog much these days due to my current employment situation and employee regulations on personal blogs of political nature, but I will try my hardest to continue to make Neil’s post every year.

:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/09:::::

Neil has been gone 8 years now. It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed, it seems some have forgotten the horror from that day. Neil is in a better place, a place where religious zealots and extremist are non-existent. Neil - I hope one day we can meet and have a beer somewhere far away from this crazy place, somewhere where are people are kind to one another.

:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/08:::::

Neil has been gone for many years now. We as well as his family will always remember him. We will continue to fight against the Islamic Radicals that took his life until the day we meet up with Neil far away from this world.

September 11, 2012
I remember Neil K. Lai


Seeking Political Stability


In 1958, Neil K. Lai left Shanghai by himself at the age of 16. His father was dead, and his mother wanted Neil to flee for security to Hong Kong. Their family had been turned upside down by the Communist Party rule that started in 1949. Mr. Lai’s father, a former factory owner, had been branded a capitalist. Neil Lai worked for two years in his uncle’s tailor shop in Hong Kong before attending night school. He learned English, which landed him a series of relatively well- paying jobs through the mid-1970’s. But the sight of Vietnamese boat refugees in the waters around Hong Kong made him realize that the Asian political situation was unstable. So at the age of 34, he came to the United States to study at a community college in Arizona. He transferred to Arizona State University, where he studied accounting a skill that eventually led to his job at the New York State Office of Taxation and Finance. Mr. Lai wanted his two teenage children to maintain straight A’s in school. “His experience had told him education is a path to success,” said his wife, Yvonne.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 13, 2001.

:::::EDIT:::::9/10/12::::::

The day is upon us again today. Let us take time from our daily routine to remember out brothers and sisters that left us on this day. I remember Neil.

:::::EDIT:::::9/10/11::::::
The tenth anniversary is upon us, though to me it seems like yesterday that we lost nearly 3,000 people on that day and Neil was one of them. I never knew Neil, but I think about him every year around this time.

I don’t blog much these days due to my current employment situation and employee regulations on personal blogs of political nature, but I will try my hardest to continue to make Neil’s post every year.

:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/09:::::

Neil has been gone 8 years now. It’s hard to believe that so many years have passed, it seems some have forgotten the horror from that day. Neil is in a better place, a place where religious zealots and extremist are non-existent. Neil - I hope one day we can meet and have a beer somewhere far away from this crazy place, somewhere where are people are kind to one another.

:::::EDIT::::: 9/11/08:::::

Neil has been gone for many years now. We as well as his family will always remember him. We will continue to fight against the Islamic Radicals that took his life until the day we meet up with Neil far away from this world.

August 7, 2012
Joe Soptic’s Story Has a Few Holes

Just a couple of things that struck me as odd in Joe Soptic’s story that I wanted to point out.  Obviously Joe is a union man, you call tell by the way he points out the non union guys that worked in his shop. He speaks of them as if they are some sort of foreign invaders there to rape and pillage. More than likely they were just regular guys like him trying to support a family.

So here are the points in Joe’s interview with Amy Goodman (link below) that I wanted to touch upon.

The interviewer asked Mr. Soptic what happened to his 401k after  GST went bankrupt. (By the way, a good portion of American steel companies went out of business around this time due to an influx of cheap steel on the market)

JOE SOPTIC: The 401(k), well, I don’t think our 401(k) was affected. Our retirement was affected. When they went—when we had the—when we got the bankruptcy deal, I lost $400 off of my retirement, because the pension fund was underfunded.

First in the Reuters article written by Andy Sullivan (mentioned above in the interview) it says that Mr. Soptic’s pension payments were lowered by $283 per month and not $400 a month. $117 is a huge difference, either Andy got it wrong or Mr. Soptic is fudging a bit.

Just to drive the point home Ms. Goodman follows up:

AMY GOODMAN: Every month.

JOE SOPTIC: Yes, every month.

So there is really no room to wiggle here. Mr. Soptic says $400 a month. So who is right?

AMY GOODMAN: you lost $400. and what happened to your family?

JOE SOPTIC: Yeah. Well, basically, what happened, my wife had to quit working, and we didn’t have any health insurance on her. I went to work for a suburban school district, so I had health insurance, but I had to start out at substantially less money. I went from about $59,000 a year down to $24,800 a year. and I couldn’t afford health insurance on her. and she became ill, and we discovered that she had cancer. and, you know, we had no health insurance. so, the only recourse that I had was we took her to a county hospital. and unfortunately, she passed away from the cancer. and when she did, I had this big bill. and the only way that—the county had agreed that they would cover the bill, but I had to liquidate all of my 401(k)s. so I lost my 401(k)s.

He never explains why his wife “had to quit working” she won’t be diagnosed with cancer for another 5 years. Furthermore his union salary was $59,000 a year and his new job paid $24,000 a year plus he was getting almost $17,000 a year from his pension. $41,000 isn’t close to $59,000 but according to government data it is right in the median household income for Independence, MO

Next there is the comment about him draining his 401k to pay for the $30,000 medical bill, the Sullivan article claims he too $12,000 out of a saving account and the hospital wrote the rest off. So did Mr. Soptic only have $12,000 in his 401k after 28 years on the job?

Something else that troubled me, in the Sullivan article it says, When Ranae started losing weight, “I tried to get her to the doctor and should wouldn’t go,” Soptic said.

I guess this is also somehow Mitt Romney’s fault?

So really this is just a horrible story about a guy that seems to be alright losing his wife of many years who also happened to be laid off from a job many years before. Whoever concocted this story as a political tool to try and show that Romney is to blame is a sick individual.

 

LINKS

 

Interview: http://blog.ekum.net/7607-a-daily-independent-global-news-hour.html

Reuters article: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/06/us-campaign-romney-bailout-idUSTRE8050LL20120106

 

June 18, 2012
The Original Velvet Revolution

"This site was founded in June 2012 to commemorate the peaceful overthrow of the Stalinist regime of Czechoslovakia in 1989.  Led by students and dissidents, most notably playwright Vaclav Havel, the Velvet Revolution, as the movement came to be called, is an example of the power courage gives even the least of us to stand up to tyranny and oppression, if we only hold to our convictions. We seek to honor the deeds and the spirit of Vaclav Havel, Alexander Dubček, and all of the brave Czechs and Slovaks who seized freedom through non-violent protest."

June 8, 2012

May 25, 2012
A Quick Roundup of Posts about Brett Kimberlin

This should fill your day with some good reading

Lee Stranahan - http://leestranahan.com/friday-may-25th-is-everybody-blog-about-brett-kimberlin-day

Lee Stranahan’s youtube video series - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6gco5nQVZYo

Ace of Spades HQ - http://minx.cc/?post=329494

Michelle Malkin - http://michellemalkin.com/2012/05/23/free-speech-show-solidarity-for-targeted-conservative-bloggers/

American Thinker - http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/05/the_left_and_con_men.html

Front Page Mag - http://frontpagemag.com/2012/05/25/brett-kimberlin-and-the-hall-of-fame-of-leftist-terrorists/

Red State - http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/05/24/bomber-turned-left-wing-activist-brett-kimberlin-tries-to-silence-conservative-opposition/

WisBang - http://wizbangblog.com/2012/05/24/brett-kimberlin-liberals-embrace-convicted-criminal-as-their-own/

The Daily Gator - http://thedaleygator.wordpress.com/2012/05/23/latest-on-brett-kimberlin-what-did-barbara-streisand-know-and-when-did-she-know-it/

The Neosecularist - http://neosecularist.com/2012/05/23/who-is-brett-kimberlin-conservatives-need-to-know-inform-the-msm-too/

The Blaze - http://www.theblaze.com/stories/readymeet-soros-funded-domestic-terrorist-brett-kimberlin-whose-job-is-terrorizing-bloggers-into-silence/

Allergic to Bull - http://allergic2bull.blogspot.com/2012/05/summarypreview-of-my-post-how-brett.html

You Viewed Blog - http://youviewedblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/lawfare-the-lefts-final-weapon/

Ask Marion - http://askmarion.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/stalking-the-blogosphere-blogburst-friday-for-free-speech/

Society Bytes - http://societybytes.wordpress.com/tag/brett-kimberlin-justice-through-music-project/

The Other McCain - http://theothermccain.com/2012/05/25/kimberlinfiles-org/

Camp of the Saints - http://thecampofthesaints.org/2012/05/23/the-latest-on-the-brett-kimberlin-story/

Hill Buzz - http://hillbuzz.org/domestic-terrorism-on-the-internet-the-brett-kimberlin-saga-32420

Nice Deb - http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/lawfare-dems-with-criminal-records-target-conservative-bloggers-with-nuisance-lawsuits/

All American Blogger - http://www.allamericanblogger.com/21551/who-is-brett-kimberlin-why-you-need-to-know-and-the-biggest-linkaround-evah/

Lonely Conservative - http://lonelyconservative.com/2012/05/speedway-bomber-brett-kimberlin-poked-a-bees-nest/

Popehat - http://www.popehat.com/2012/05/25/blog-about-brett-kimberlin-day/

Michelle Malkin - http://michellemalkin.com/2012/05/23/free-speech-show-solidarity-for-targeted-conservative-bloggers/

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Adding more links


Obi’s Sister - http://justgrits.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/who-is-brett-kimberlin-and-why-you-should-care/

United Liberty - http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/10116-why-is-the-state-department-partnering-with-convicted-bomber-brett-kimberlin

Big Gov - http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/05/25/Kimberlin-Funders-Stunned-to-Discover-they-Fund-Kimberlin

Right Wing News - http://rightwingnews.com/interviews/interviewing-robert-stacy-mccain-about-brett-kimberlin/

Dave Weigel @Slate - http://www.slate.com/blogs/weigel/2012/05/25/opening_act_blog_about_brett_kimberlin_day.html

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#Julia loves our Public Schools

#Julia loves our Public Schools

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#Julia likes the circus

#Julia likes the circus

April 9, 2012
That’s a whole lot of Nickleback fans right there folks.

That’s a whole lot of Nickleback fans right there folks.

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