It's been two years now since the launch of Yikes! The first post was actually a little difficult, because I couldn't settle on what to write. So I decided that less was more:
Aug 22, 2005 -- TimePolitics has been a passion of mine since the Kennedy-Nixon presidential race. Somehow my Republican parents managed to raise a little Democrat. And even though my mother volunteered for the local Republican party, she was very supportive of my interest in politics. So much so that she made a special trip to the local Democratic party headquarters just to get me a "Kennedy for President" campaign button.
Fast forward to 1968, and the night Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed. I was at home in Indiana, and I remember watching the speech delivered by Robert Kennedy that night in Indianapolis on the news. He was in the city for a campaign appearance, but when news of the tragedy broke -- against the wishes of his campaign staff -- he went into the predominately Black neighborhood where he was scheduled to speak. He didn't deliver his prepared remarks, choosing instead to speak from the heart -- and it was incredible:
April 25, 2006 -- Is it too late to get the passion back in politics?It was so frustrating watching Kenneth Lay walk around a free man, while thousands of people were in despair over the loss of their financial security. I had to say something, and this post proved to be my most popular! The Houston Chronicle linked to it, and at a time when I would normally get 10 to 15 hits per day I got almost 400 hits in one day! All I could say was YIKES!:
Mar 22, 2006 -- Why isn't Kenneth Lay in jail?Writing the next three posts broke my heart. Violence and poverty, when will it end?
June 11, 2006 -- Senate 'hate-speech' gives license for violence
Feb 3, 2007 -- A tragic ending for two Rachel's
Mar 2, 2007 -- 12 year old boy died of a toothacheRegular visitors to Yikes! know that I try to post a Sunday Funnies each week. This was one of my favorites:
April 1, 2007 -- Sunday FunniesI am in awe of Tengrain at Mock, Paper, Scissors and Dr. Zaius at Zaius Nation for the wonderful snark they post. I only wish I had a fraction of their talent. So I'd like to close with one of my favorite posts, which also happens to be my attempt to emulate them -- here it is:
July 1, 2007 -- Dogs United for Seamus