Thursday, February 28, 2008
All the best,
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Listening to it right now is like reliving a daydream that never quite faded away. If you are as old as me, and decide to listen to this, pay careful attention to the track: The Morning: Another Morning. Tell me was that childhood living or what!
This came out right as I passed from childhood into my teen years. I almost 12, or 12, when it was recorded in October 1967, and definitely 12 when it was released in November that same year. Yeah, I was a Beatles fan then, but that was all soon to change with fine music and lyrics like this, and this album was played over an over for years back then. This was definitely one of the first of all life based impressionistic albums of my youth. They covered life in a day, and I do mean a whole life covered in one day, all in one album of only 7 songs. From: "The Day Begins" all the way through to "The Night: Nights in White Satin". Damn it was and is good, and was as they said it from yesterday's dreams to tomorrows sighs. To which I can truly say: today's sighs are often remnants of yesterday dreams for sure - mixed in with all that stuff we never dared dream about that blew many of our dreams all asunder (like growing up, graduating school, getting a job, war, crime, politics, hate, love, getting married, working hard for almost nothing so your kids will have it better, did I forget to mention having kids, slaving to get the American dream, illness, middle age, death, hardship, success, joy, old age and whatever).
Still though, some of those Nights in White Satin have survived unopened by the reader to whom they were written but to whom never sent. Those dreams survived all the way until today, many only tucked away in the recesses of faded memory, some more easily recalled. Yet others of them, at least for some of us, actually unfolded by the one for whom they were meant, blossomed into a reality, a lifetime of wonder, more marvelous than could ever have been just dreams of our youth. Dreams or reality you decide which was the better. Me I'll take the reality built upon the dreams, even upon the ones that never quite made it. As the album's last words said: "..but we decide which is right, and which is an illusion".
All the best,
Who was the first man to be pictured on the cover of Playboy Magazine?
This is not a trick question, and the answer may surprise some of you, it sure did me. Somehow though, the more I think of it, the more I see him as having been the perfect first for that honor. He often played the role of playboy, and he surely had some gorgeous wives, but that is more than enough for the hints.
The first person to get it right has my heartfelt admiration as a true trivia buff (that of course so long as you don't cheat and that is totally up to you). In other words I have no prizes for this.
Oh by the way - just give it a guess even if you never would look at something like Playboy. The fun is figuring out who such a mag would have as its first man on the cover - a difficult guess if you are not a Playboy fan, or a fan of this actor (an maybe even if you are a fan of his).
All the best,
I am Angela. A mature and beautiful 40+ woman, I want to explore new relationship by Internet. So I have uploaded many hot and sexy photos on BoomerMingle.com under the name HotbAudrey. You maybe want to check out my photos firstly!
27 February, 2008 02:59"
Funny how Angela has a site called hotbAudrey - I suppose she may have an identity crisis on her hands.
This was my reply, and is my response to try to avoid such in the future:
"With my luck Angela is a chick with a -ick. Sorry, I just could not resist. I have enabled word verification to try to avoid comments like this in the future; if that does not work, I will put comment moderation into effect."
While we all can use a good laugh, I prefer to have my comments sections reserved for comments about my blog, and not act as a advertisement for folks the likes of Angela. Sadly though, forever from tonight, I'll wonder if she was real and if I made her randy - oh baby!
Now truly, I hope no one is silly enough to visit that website.
All the best,
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Just imagine all the Red Giant Days sales that places like Walmart will have and you won't be bothered with thinking about doomsday scientists at all. I am gonna stock up on beer, and wieners for a nice BBQ.
All the best,
Monday, February 25, 2008
Today I had to see my doc for some bad aches and pains and other things that have been bothering me for the past month and a half; for some reason they were worse this morning - go figure. Doc says: "Maybe a virus" - when have I heard that catch all before? Then I went home to finalize my taxes; this time one dependent less. In all I had to pay $2,799 for state and federal combined. A bit less than I previously had thought which was $3,008. Well that is over and done with, and paid for electronically, or will be once the feds and state approve my tax filings. After getting the taxes done I was back at the doc's office for a echo-cardiogram or sonogram of the heart. Just testing she had told told me in the earlier visit of today, but best to get it done today based on my symptoms of the past month and a half (funny how she had not mentioned the EKG she took that morning). When I got there a technician took the sonogram, not my doc. Did not even see the doc again. Tomorrow is another day. I will be off to the cardiologist for a stress test. Oh well, as I have been heard to say: Another day in Paradise"!
(The above has been abridged, content was removed that was too personal. If you read it already, oh well...)
All the best,
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
All the best,
Our emails to one another were never very heart wrenching, were friendly but never too affectionate (heck they were emails from two married men who were writing to one another as pen pals, and I think that was strange turf for both of us to tread), they had a certain friendliness about them while still seeming as if we were somewhat aloof from one another. Despite that feeling of apartness, that separation between us, there was also a feeling of respect for one another between us, of a sort of kinship, a certain type of brotherhood, a friendship that developed. No they don't tell you that you become attached to the Soldier to whom you are assigned, I guess much how they probably never told him he would become attached and greatly affected by his time spent in a war far from home.
It is evident in his latest email to me that both those things happened. He has been affected by the war, both good and bad, to a greater extent than he usually lets on in his emails, and I could see that in his latest email, the one in which he told me he is coming home to the USA later this month. I guess when you spend a year of more anywhere you are affected by your experiences, but to spend it in a far away land where things are strikingly different than they are at home, and to be there in time of war, while others at home forget you, even show disdain for you has got to be something you cannot understand unless you have lived it.
Still though Bob S. only tries to let his good outlook on life come through in his emails to me. I had to sort of read between the lines to see that war has effected/affected him in a way he does not want to say. I respect him for that, he will wind up going on with life fine because he has a good outlook about things. Here is the closing paragraph of his two paragraph email to me, in it you will see that good outlook shining through:
"There has been many good experiences that I will look back on over the next years ahead. I am sure as holidays or certain days come around think back to what I was doing on that day a year ago. Certain days of the week we had certain things that had to be accomplished. The support of many fine people like yourself has really helped make the time go quick. The many emails and just the hey hang in there will write more later emails that helped get your mind away from the frustration of being away from home, safety and security. The many people who would write to us to say, Thanks, really does go along way. The extra stuff they would send in the care boxes really was a huge Morale boost to many soldiers. The many different things we have received from supporters out there has been tremendous to know there are people who care. We, as soldiers, are here irregardless of there political views. We, as soldiers, are here because we decided to be a big dog and get off the porch and go run where others only talk about going and believe what they see on TV or hear on the radio. We all may not believe or agree with the leadership running this country, but we all do believe in giving others the freedoms Americans and illegal immigrants take for granted. Give the boy a chance to walk and eventually you will see a man run.
THANK YOU for all the support and friendship. Hope our "email pal" friendship will be able to continue."
As Bob S. has sent his thanks to me, I wanted to say thank you to him too. I will do that in an email to him because he, and others like him in our military, are the ones who deserve the thanks. I also wanted to thank all of you, those of you that is who show support for our military, and for their mission. Your helpful donation and well wishes that went into those holiday care packages I put together for Bob and his unit were a good thing, a kind thing, the right thing. You should all not only be proud of guys like Bob and all the other troops who defend our freedoms and those of others, you should be proud of yourselves for helping to give them the boost they needed to make their days go by a little bit easier.
If you are a person who has not supported the troops, well just read this sentence again, and think about if you are one of those about whom Bob writes who takes freedom for granted:
"We all may not believe or agree with the leadership running this country, but we all do believe in giving others the freedoms Americans and illegal immigrants take for granted. "
Are you a person who takes those freedoms for granted. I guess I am sometimes guilty of that myself, but there are just too many reminders out there each day to allow that to happen for too long, so most of the time I value my freedoms and liberties dearly. I also dearly value folks like Bob S because without the likes of him, we would have no freedoms, no rights, and no liberty to enjoy them. Many of you understand that, and you not only understand it but also practice what you believe and have supported our troops. To you, especially those who helped me out with those care packages that went to Bob and his unit, I say thank you very much, you are good Americans. To Bob, those in his unit, and to all of our troops in harm's way, I say: Thank you brothers and sisters, you are Great Americans. Stay safe, come home soon, you will not be forgotten.
All the best,
"Islamophobia could end when masses of Muslims demonstrate in the streets against videos displaying innocent people being beheaded with the same vigor we employ against airlines, Israel and cartoons of Muhammad. It might cease when Muslims unambiguously and publicly insist that Shariah law should have no binding legal status in free, democratic societies. "
If more Muslims, millions more Muslims, came out bravely and openly as has Dr. Tawfik amid, the world would be a much better place in which to live. The truth is though that far too few Muslims condemn Islamo Facists, and other Islamic terrorists. Too few Muslims find barbaric acts of terrorism such as stooning, beheading, suicide bombin as heinous enough to speak out against them. No it is not that Muslims are too scared to do so, but rather that they embrace these aspects of islam. If you think not then just look back to the riots that took place in Europe after a few pictures of Mohamad were published. There were literraly hundreds of thousands of Muslims protesting violently over cartoon caricatrures, and many injuries and deaths of those who were not Muslims because of the rioting and unrest created by Muslims. In my opinion, Muslims look for any excuse to spread Islam through violent means, and I mean most Muslims. Those who are not looking to do so are quite happy to be complacent as there fellow Muslims do so.
That is why an article like the one to which I linked, appearing every now and then, from the likes of a seemingly moderate Muslim like Dr. Hanmid, does little to satisfy me. Nor does it do much to convince me, that I should not fear Islam. I am stocking up on supplies, in the event an Islamic caused crisis begins here in the USA as many have already been caused in places like England, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Australia and other places to name just a handful. I'll be ready to take action to defend myself, my family and my country - and that action will not be to bow down on a prayer rug while facing east. If that is Islamophobic, well so be it; but remember this: If millions of other Muslims were like Mr. Hamid there would be no to little reason to fear Islam - and that is just not reality at the current time.
All the best,
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I want one, I want one, I want one, I want one, I want one. Where in Hades is Donald Trump when I am throwing a fit and could use a handout (or even a few days work)! Oh well, I just had to get that out of me. Nope, you guessed right, it is not out of me quite yet. So I will be scheming because there has got to be some way for me to be able to afford one of these in the direct sales H&K offers to me because of my job. Anybody wanna buy a bridge (yep in Brooklyn no less).
Why, well simply because most if not all of the school shooters, and the church shooters, and the mall shooters are wussies. They are not looking for a conflict, they are looking for victims, people they can harm, and harm with little fear of themselves getting hurt. They are not brave, they are not strong, they are cowards, and are usually weak physically, and surely weak mentally. So if the chances are they are going to get cut down by someone who is armed, and who is willing to defend himself, his loved ones, his friends, his teachers (? well- you never know, I have had some decent professors) and maybe even that stranger next to him, from harm (sound familiar) chances are the evil ones will avoid such places. Of course now that I have said that, some arsehat will probably try to hit a school in Utah, but I mean it in general - and if you have half a brain - you get my point.
So what kind of a person is it who would arm him or her self while at school, and yet not cause a problem. What would make a person want to be armed at school in the first place. Well first of all the person is someone who is good, law abiding, and who wants to protect himself or herself, and as I said maybe also protect his friends, teachers and even some strangers. He or she is not paranoid, but rather someone who wants to be prepared for any eventuality for which he/she can prepare within reason. Therefore he or she is a person who responsibly and legally obtains and carries a gun, and who responsibly gets some training in how to use it to protect him/herself and others. He or she is also a person who realizes that his/her own well being is his/her own responsibility in that there can be times when we cannot expect the police to be there like magical heroes (sound familiar). He or she is a person who thinks along these lines:
"Nick says his gun doesn't make him feel immune from attack. "But I feel that I will be able to protect myself, and I'm confident in my training and my ability," he said."" (see: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/20/cnnu.guns/index.html)
He or she is not a timid, piss pants, cry baby who thinks only mommy or daddy figures, the police nanny state, should be allowed to carry guns as is apparent in my opinion in this statement:
"His confidence is not shared by fellow student Griselda Espinoza, who recently transferred to the university. Some 28,000 students attend the school, as of the latest enrollment figures.
"I feel less safe knowing that a stranger sitting beside me in class may have a gun in his or her backpack," she said.
"The only people that should carry guns are trained officials." " (See: http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/02/20/cnnu.guns/index.html)
The only people who should carry guns are trained officials - did you just read that - it makes me sick to think that the sheep among us think that way. They are too afraid to protect themselves, and thereby believe all people should be just like they are, apparently (at least as I see them) timid, afraid and cowardly, and dependent upn the state for the fantasy of a shield of protection from all evil.
I guess that woman did not read this. Had she read it, maybe she would be of a different mindset. I can tell you something else that will put her into a different frame of mind, something that rapidly will remove her from her commie/socialista fantasy land of delusions that only the state should be armed. Can you guess what that would be? Yes you guessed it, didn't you! The next time a psycho rifle wielding maniac comes onto a campus, her campus, shooting - and there are no armed federales or judiciales around, I would be that good old Griselda will be hiding behind a guy named Nick begging him to do something to end it all. You remember Nick don't you; he's the college kid carrying concealed firearms legally on campus> he is the guy that Griselda does not think should be allowed to carry. Sad thing is that Griselda did not read my blog here; and she has apparently been brainwashed to think only the officers of the state should be armed. I would also bet she believes that calling 911 just about will instantaneously transport a 'dial a hero', or three, to the very spot where she needs them at the exact moment she needs them. I believe that law enforcement is there to help (heck I am an LEO), but I don't believe in
All the best,
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Oh well, I wonder then what accounts for my recent money woes? I guess just piss poor planning on my part. I was never all that good with finances, so I suppose I cannot blame it on the lunar eclipses. LOL........
I just ran outside and took another look - just a small bite sized piece missing from that baby now. Almost all over for another 3 years. Hurry and get a look see. I am gong back outside to see it all reappear. Its magic like that that thrills me.All the best,
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Ballseye's Firearms (and in this case possibly unarmed) Tactics and Training: 911 - A Reason To Be Armed...
...and a better reason is hard to find. Of all the reasons for allowing citizens to be armed, the one I am about to give you is one of the best I can think of - 911. No I don't mean 9/11 (September 11, 2001) I mean the standard fallback of those who reside in the USA when danger is near, that desperate cry for help of those who are about to be harmed, the call to 911. All too many police departments, mayors offices, and other government entities would tell you that if you are ever faced with a threat to life or limb you should immediately call 911 for help. Then truth is though that 911 is probably much less efficient at helping than would be the caller being a knowledgeable armed shooter. You see a 911 response often just takes way to long, and in a moment the caller all too often winds up injured or dead. I have little faith that my calling 911 would be of much help to me should I ever be involved in an imminent life or death situation, it just takes them too darned long to respond in most cases to avoid an immediate threat. That is not the fault of the 911 operators, not the fault of police in responding, it is just a fact of life and death. When the threat is immediate, it needs to be responded to immediately. Taking the time to call 911 can get you severely injured or even killed if you are not doing something to either stop the threat, or to get away from it.
Just look to the story of the not too long ago massacre of 5 women, and the injuring of another, in the Lane Bryant store at Tinley Park, Illinois. Look to a woman, the manger of the store, one Rhoda McFarland. She did what probably had been hammered into her brain cells for years. Maybe she did or did not resist the robber by putting up a fight. Maybe she did or did not get up and try to run away.What we know she did was this: she went to her phone and she called 911 - all while her store apparently was being robbed at gun point. She probably thought she had done the right thing. Maybe she did, maybe not. My bet is she did what she had learned she was "supposed" to do. I can tell you something of which I am pretty darned sure, it took all of her courage, and courage she had, to stay where she was and make the call. You can hear the fear in her voice if you listen to the recording. Yet, she faced her fear and tried to save herself and others by doing what we pretty much are all told to do - she called 911. Her 911 call was for naught as far as saving her own life, and the lives of the other 4 women. Soon after the call she was bound, then executed along with 4 others, and another woman was badly wounded. The killer had enough time to gather his victims together, bind them, then execute them - apparently all after this 911 call was made. He also had enough time to do something else, to escape.
Rhoda McFarland was brave indeed. She took the time to try to do what she probably always been told was the right thing to do; so just imagine what she could have done if handguns in the hands of citizens were legal in the Tinley Park area a suburb of Chicago where the anti-gun laws are some of the most restrictive in the nation. Allow me to digress from Ms. McFarland just for a moment and to point out something you may have gotten or maybe just missed - the gun laws there prevent good, hard working, honest citizens from arming themselves, but had little of no effect on the killer! Okay, now back to that brave lady who made the 911 call. Imagine if you will another Tinley Park, another outlook about allowing citizens to arm themselves with handguns for self protection from dirtbags, robbers, rapists, murderers, violent gang members, terrorists, tyrants and the like. Imagine that Rhoda McFarland had been armed with three things that day: her mindset, a concealed semi automatic pistol, and her cell phone. Imagine that everything happened just as it unfolded in reality up to a point - to the point of her uttering her plea of an almost muted, and certainly desperate, single word: "hurry". Imagine that when the 911 operator then told her not to hang up, just after she had muttered that plea for someone to hurry to save the day, Ms. McFarland had done something else instead of saying "I won't hang up" (possibly her last words to anyone other than her killer). Imagine that at that point, instead of becoming a victim of a killer, she had drawn her pistol into her shooting hand (if not already there), and that she had taken careful aim at her assailant, and then fired several shots until he stopped being a threat. This is what could have happened, and I think what should have happened, but did not happen because of the rabidly anti-gun, anti-self defense, crowd in Illinois.
Of course if some ardent anti-gun rights people read this, they will likely point out that if they had their way and there were no guns, this would not have happened. Maybe, and maybe not, but first let me say there will never be zero guns. Criminals always will have access to guns, they are just too easy to make, and if you doubt that just look to a place like Pakistan that supplied millions of home-shop made weapons to the Afghans during the occupation of Afghanistan by the then Soviet Union. Criminals today have guns in places like Australia and England - two of the most restrictive nations of the face of the earth when it comes to gun ownership. They are outright banned in England, yet gun crime keeps rising. So too do all other forms of violent crimes such as stabbings, clubbings, beatings, rapes, strong armed robberies and the like. Why is that? It is because the people have been disarmed and are now ready for the slaughter.
If on the other hand, regular law abiding citizens were regularly allowed to be armed, then dirtbags like the killer of these five woman (all daughters, some wives, some sisters, some mothers, some aunts) may not have killed anyone, and he may not have escaped. If Ms. McFarland had had a gun, my guess is that she would have been brave enough to have used it in the situation in which she found herself - no mater how strong was any possible aversion she may have had to hurting or killing another human being - to protect herself and the 5 other women (4 killed and one gravely wounded). Heck, she had the courage to stare death in the face and make that call.
Does having an armed citizenry work as a deterrent or counter to violent crime. Sure it does. Look too, not too far back, to the church killings in Colorado when the security officer shot a man who outgunned her with far superior firepower. I have not heard of another church shooting, yet school shootings wherein no oner is armed continue. Look to any of the accounts of individual bravery when armed citizens defended themselves as reported on in the Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog. (If you click on this link you may, as I do, get an seemingly almost blank page. If so just scroll down until you see the main part of the blog.) What you will not see on that page is story after story of armed bad guys taking away firearms or other weapons from armed good guys. Yet, over the years the police and anti-gun deviants have told us all that this is exactly what would happen if an armed regular citizen tried to protect him or her self with a gun. The truth be told, yes it happens, but rarely. The thing that happens much more often is that the armed citizen, the regular Joe or Jane, the good guys, wind up stopping the threat and protecting: themselves, their loved ones, their neighbors, even people they have never met, from harm that a bad guy was about to do.
Calling 911 is, in my opinion, just not as effective as defending yourself when the threat is upon you. Now I am not saying not to call 911. Let's get back to Ms. McFarland. She called 911, but she then evidently had little or nothing left to do except to become a victim. Why did she have nothing left? Well, quite possibly due to her mindset as taught to her by anti-self defense types, by anti-gun people, by weak minded politicians, and by police state nannies. You see, in actuality had she been of another mindset, and even then still not armed with a firearm, it would have been possible or even likely that she would have fought for her life with all her might and with anything at hand that she could have used as a weapon. Maybe she did, I don't know, but I sought of doubt it if only because had she been of the mindset to fight to live, chances are those other 5 women would have rallied behind her and they would be alive right now. What I am saying, and I mean no disrespect to Ms. McFarland, I think she was brave just to have made the call, is that we have been taught to allow ourselves to be led to the slaughter if the police are not here to help us. The thing is that they will not be there to help you, they will not make it in time, not even when you call 911 right away, if the threat is immediate and suddenly becomes more than just a threat by becoming a violent action directed at you by the bad guy.
So what should you do. Police, anti-gun lobbies, mayors, senators, congress people, church leaders, civic leaders, teachers, and others on the left say it is too risky to fight back because chances are you will get hurt. Truth be told, I think that if you do not fight back, if you comply to the wishes of the bad guy, if you surrender, well then you are at mercy of the bad guy - the guy who is pointing the knife, or gun at your face, the guy who is threatening you, the guy who is about to kidnap you, tie you up, sodomize you, rape you, rob you, beat you, cut you, shoot you, kill you. Think about it, and you tell me what is more of a risk - surrendering to a bad guy and taking your chances that he or she will be merciful, or fighting back like it means your life, or the life of someone else? Me, I cannot say what I will do for any future situation, but I can tell you what I have done and still do. I ready myself for such a situation by training myself to fight back if possible by whatever means I have at hand. I have fought back more than a few times in my life, and each time I have done so I have saved myself from either serious bodily harm, more serious bodily harm if already injured, or from possible death at the hands of my attacker(s). Luckily for me I can be armed at virtually any time, but I remember at least once when I was unarmed and fought back using myself as the best weapon I had at the time. I cannot tell you with certainty that fighting back will work for you, you may get hurt or even killed, likewise for family members. I can tell you with absolute certainty though that when I have fought back (and I am no body builder, no martial arts guy, not even very strong or agile) it worked for me because here I am telling you all of this.
If you cannot be armed, and think maybe it would be a good idea to be armed - well all I can say is that you had best start complaining to elected officials, and appointed officials, of all types regarding your right to keep and bear arms, and your right to self defense. Then make sure to vote in all elections, and vote to strengthen those rights, and to make sure you have the liberty to exercise them. Besides that, go to a self defense class. You do not have to be a 5th degree black belt in Karate and Brazilian Jujitsu to defeat an attacker, even an armed one.; but you should know something about how to defend yourself in the best manner possible if you are ever attacked. After taking self defense classes, train often in the techniques. This way you will remember what to do, have it come easily to you when stressed (more easily than if not trained) and you will more likely keep the right mindset. Take a refresher course now and then too.
If you do get a gun, or another weapon, get classes in how to use it to defend yourself. For example, go to shooter's self defense classes; don't just think 'hey now I have a gun or other weapon, and I am invincible' because that frame of mind likely will get you hurt or killed. As the Boy Scouts of America used to say, and maybe still do: "Be prepared". Get yourself to a level of competence, and confidence, then you will have other options than just dialing a hero by calling 911. You see, all to often the hero is busy saving someone else thus leaving you to either depend upon yourself, or to depend upon the mercy - if any - of your attacker. So learn how and when to run, learn how and when to fight, learn what you can use for a weapon and how to use it if you cannot carry a gun or other conventional weapon, learn how to hide or take cover, learn how to stop the threat or at least how to get away from it; then when something happens call 911 if you can do so safely. If you are not safe, if the threat is immediate, if there is no time for calling 911, and if you have learned your self defense lessons well, then maybe, just maybe, you can do what it takes to save your life and the lives of others. What others, well those like your spouse or kids, and maybe even the life of that stranger next to you - then call 911. As for that starnger, the one who you just saved at some risk to yourself; remember that someday one of them, a total stranger, may do the same for you or your loved one. One thing you should not do, do not call 911 and then expect a miracle to save you! Sometimes it is just more of a risk to not try to save yourself, sometimes you just have to be your own hero because help will just not get there in time.
One last thought, I don't want anyone to think I am faulting these 6 ladies for themselves being shot by the bad guy. They reacted to a bad situation probably in the best and only way they knew how, a way that has been hamered into people for many years in this country and others, one that says it is best to submit to and comply with the aggressor. The fault here lies mostly with the bad guy, but also with those in our society who demand that we should wait for a miracle save in the form of calling
magical dial a hero 911 without defending ourselves. The truth be told, waiting for someone else to save us just fails all too often. I wish that Ms. McFarland and those other 5 women had thought of it that way - I wish they would have seen their options and chosen furious self defense. Really, I do wish that; but apparently they did what they were trained to do by a society that has given up on taking the risk associated with armed or even unarmed self defense in favor of taking the risk of depending upon the mercy of evil doers. That my friends is a shame because their loved ones have lost them forever; and maybe, just maybe, it could have all turned out much differently had we as a society given them a chance. How I wish the last words we heard in that 911 call had been:
"I am in Lane Bryant in Tinley Park, hurry." (Shots ringing out over the phone.) "I got him, he's down. Hurry. I won't hang up"; and then... and then the voices of police officers talking to Ms. McFarland, and her responding to them in a shaky but yet strong voice, when they finally arrived on the scene. All this as heard over the phone at 911 because, as she had said, she would not hang up.
My thoughts and sympathies go out to those 5 ladies, and their families and loved ones. To that one lady, the one who survived, I wish her a speedy recovery in body and mind.
All the best
Monday, February 18, 2008
1) Which [type of] book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?
Gay Romance novels, otherwise political books with a leftist agenda.
2) If you could bring three [fictional] characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?
C. Auguste Dupin, Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit), Howard (the old man in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre). The event would be five years' duration trek through wilderness and urban centers on earth and on other planets. The trek would include self sufficiency of this group, inter-galactic travel, time travel, prospecting, fortune making, hunting, drinking, fighting, story telling, mystery solving, and whoring (whenever we encounter the need or desire). Of course in this fantasy - I would be well armed, well to do, in excellent health, and at least as good looking as I am now; I would also be single!
3) You are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realize it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?
While I cannot attest to whether or not it is boring, I figure anything written by a Russian would bore me to tears, so I pick: War and Peace. Even if not boring, it may as well be a long one. If it proved interesting, I would fall back on the Bible.
4) Come on, we’ve all been there. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?
I don’t think I have ever done that except for in grammar school, and then I read the Cliff Notes. I am pretty sure Moby Dick was one of them.
5) As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realize when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?
6) You’ve been appointed Book Adviser to a VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why? (if you feel like you’d have to know the person, go ahead of personalize the VIP).
The Razor’s Edge because it gives a lot of insight into the lives of the pompous arsehats who believe they are VIPs, and a lot of insight into how to live life otherwise.
7) A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?
Old French because it was the language of Nostradamus; and I want to either put his predictions to sleep or prove them once and for all. I could make a million correctly interpreting his works.
8) A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?
The Hobbit, not because of the fantasy, or the magic that seemingly makes good win over evil; but because the book constantly shows that adventure is hard work, and good is only accomplished by someone who strives to attain it, but attaining it is well worth the effort.
9) I know that the book blogging community, and its various challenges, have pushed my reading borders. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)?
I don’t even have a clue as to what is ‘book blogging’. If that means what have I learned about books from those who blog about them, not too much.
10) That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leather bound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favorite authors have inscribed their works?
Many books are hardbound, many in leather, all first editions if possible, some are as ancient as they get in the form of scrolls. All are in pristine condition and kept that way as much as possible, while also being well read. The library is vast, comfortable, adorned with wood trim all around, wood bookshelves, has a Victorian splendor about it, has a well stocked bar or three, a wine celalr, comfortable seating, many reading rooms, is multi-leveled, has a huge selection of reading materials, and by some quirk of magic (yes the fairy is a good one) contains all of the works that were ever kept within the ancient library at Alexandria. In addition there are cloaked vixens to attend to my every need and fetch any volume I desire, and to read to me translations of books in any language other than English and Old French (yes these are intelligent as well as hot vixens). By the way, this library would be restricted to a membership of whom I approve, and would be well guarded. Also – no smoking allowed in the library but smoking rooms would be provided in out buildings, as would be a fine selection of excellent cigars to go with the good spirits from those bars and the wine cellars.
All the best,
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Now I am not much of a Christian though I was baptized in the Catholic religion many years ago. Since my youth, the Church and I have had a parting of company, but not necessarily of our ways. While I believe many aspects of Christianity (or of most religions) to be little more than fantasy, I beleive that many morals taught by Christians to be of extreme value in living life to its fullest, and in that regard I have not and never will fully part from the Church. It is interesting how the person whose quote appears above turned to Christianity especially in light of the fact that he was about as far removed from Christian beliefs as could have been possible at the time. Then again I guess that all religions, or I should say almost all, teach a similar morality, and goodness of character to some extent.
Well anyway, morality is not the issue here, today in history is what I am writing about, and today - February 17 in 1909 - the man who said those words died in a very different situation from how one may have expected him to die. He passed on most certainly in a manner that did not give a hint as to how he had led a great part of his life. He died weak and old from disease, but had in his earlier lifetime been one of the most feared warriors in the world.
I wonder, without looking up that quote, do you know who said it? It is obvious from the quote that he was not a white, he was a leader of some sorts, that he had to do with American History; and from what I said you know he was a warrior too. Who was he? No cheating take your best shot at a guess, or give a definitive answer right out if you know. I'll chime in with the right answer tomorrow or the next day.
All the best,
Saturday, February 16, 2008
All the best,
Oh well, I just went back into the NFC’s Employee Personal Page, and I again adjusted my tax withholding, y thrift savings, and a bank deposit, so next paycheck I'll only be down about $80 from the last one I received two weeks ago. That will be much more livable than being down almost $280 each pay period. As it turns out, I'll pay about $3,500 more in taxes this year from withholding than I did last year, and hopefully at the end of this year I will not owe a dime. Scraping together the $3,000 plus I owe right now is going to be a pain in the pocketbook. I don't need a repeat next year. Oh well, maybe I'll hit the lotto.
All the best,
Friday, February 15, 2008
All the best,
Of course that would not solve anything! Once we acquiesce to the enemies of the Jews, we become their enemies ourselves, and we become our own worst enemies. Helping to kill off the Jews, or just ignoring the fact that the Islamo Fascists are trying to do so, leaves us just as evil as Islamo Fascists, maybe even worse for at least we once had the morality to stand with the world’s Jewish Community. We must not abandon them, as they have not abandoned us; but instead we must fight beside them until our common enemy has been resoundingly defeated. As the Jews would be without us, so too would we be without them, all the more weak kneed and pansy assed, and ready to be killed off by our enemies. We must not forget this regarding the Jews of the world, nor of the Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and so on. Every other major faith on the face of this planet believes in the sanctity of human life. There is only one group of so called religious people who offer up their children as martyrs in a cause to wipe other people, of other religious belief systems, off of the face of the earth – the Islamo Fascists. I have to also wonder about the rest of Islam as they hide in the shadows and do not call for the destruction of the Islamo Fascists; this seems rather as if they choose to go along with the fascists by ignoring their terrible deeds.
Heck, I am an agnostic for sure, maybe even an atheist (not sure of that quite yet) but I do see the need to stand by those of faith and morality (yes you can be moral and not religious) in this world, that is of any other major faith or moral group than that of Islam (until those so called moderate islamist actually stand up and fight the islamo fascists). Why? Well, simply because the Islamo Fascists are not going to stop with the Jewish State of Israel, they are not going to stop with the Jews in Arabic lands, they will not stop with the Jews in the third world, and they will not stop even if they have killed off all of the Jews on the face of the earth - and apparently the rest of Islam will do little or nothing to stop them. So, after they rid the world of the Jews, it will be Buddhists, or Hindus, or Christians or moral atheists and agnostics next to be totally eliminated, and then finally the other islamist with whom they do not agree. The truth is the enemy of the Jew is the enemy of us all, and as some really smart guy once said: The enemy of my enemy is my friend!. So, in that light, I support Israel, and the worldwide Jewish community, and I support those of major faiths other than Islam, and those of non-religious moral groups who respect others and who vehemently oppose Islamo Fascism, and tyrants like Chavez, Castro, bin Laden.
Hmm, now I feel better, and guess what - no more writer's block!
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Until then - later for you.
All the best,
Sunday, February 10, 2008
...and it has knocked my wife for a loop. She has been in bed for three days now, sleeping most of each day away, or at least resting most of the day. My wife is of the sort who usually shrugs off a cold, or other ailments, and just keeps going. Not this time though. She is tired, achy all over, has a runny nose, is coughing some, has a sore and hoarse throat, and I think was feverish. Of course this could be a mega-cold, but I figure its the flu the way it has knocked her out of commission.
Oh well, I am left with doing the laundry and shopping this weekend, no big deal. I have to head out to Home Depot, so I may as well also stop by Costco or BJ's to pick up some groceries. It is always a bit of a battle in either of those two mega-grocery stores just getting around the aisles on a weekend, and then more of one trying to get through the checkout lines. So I guess what I am saying is that I had best get my butt in gear and go to the stores. Then when I get back, maybe I'll make her some tea and or some soup to perk her up a bit. Not that she does that for me when I am sick, but what the heck, after all she is still my darling.
Later for you,
After reading that, I went to a few news sites and got some more facts on what had happened. I am not casting aspersions at Wizbang, they have a fine site, but sometimes bloggers do tend to exaggerate. So I went to: The Toledo Blade, to FoxNews.com , to CNN (where I did not see anything about this), to the BBC (where I also found zilch), to The Drudge Report where I found this link: http://www.nbc24.com/news/news_story.aspx?id=94192. Okay, there were at least three news stories supporting Wizbang.
Then I figured I would go to the mayors web page and read up on his side of the story. I clicked on this link at Wizbang: http://www.ci.toledo.oh.us/MayorsOffice/tabid/184/Default.aspx. I wanted to see his side of the story, and then maybe send him an email too. The thing is that said link did not work. When I put it into my browser and hit enter, I got a page with a bunch of mumbo jumbo computerese on it, here was the first line: "Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons). It could, however, be viewed by browsers running on the local server machine.". Click the link, you may see the same (of course that may change if the link was temporarily overloaded or BLOCKED by the city of Toledo because of them not wanting to have anyone lambaste them). I tried again, this time using Google to search out the link for the mayor's office. I got a somewhat different link: http://www.ci.toledo.oh.us/ but this one had the same results as above.
I then clicked on the email link, also provided on the Wizbang page: it did not work either, but I think that was a fault of how it was loaded. I did send an email to the Mayor of Toledo at: firstname.lastname@example.org. My email was pretty tough on him, in essence telling him I believe him to be a disgrace for what he did to those Marines.
Wondering if the City of Toledo Police department had anything on their web site about this I figured I would search out and go to their site. I found this link: http://www.toledopolice.com/. I visited the link and found nothing on this brouhaha with the Marine Corp. I don’t think they are hiding or trying to be invisible though, they were the ones who apparently okayed the Marine Training in Toledo:
"Toledo police said they knew about the training and had approved the unit’s use of the Madison Building and the Promenade Park area." (NBC24.com)
Has the City of Toledo gone invisible. At least it seems that way for the Mayor's office! Well invisible on the Internet, at least to me. As for him remaining invisible, hiding his head
If you are wondering why Mayor Carty Finkbeiner made the decision to keep out the Marines, here is what his spokesman reportedly had to say about it:
"The mayor asked them to leave because they frighten people," Brian Schwartz, the mayor's spokesman, told the newspaper. "He did not want them practicing and drilling in a highly visible area." (from FoxNews.com ).
Can you imagine that, the mayor thought they may frighten people. Yet the Toledo Police Department had already done what they had done in the past to prepare for the Marines training in Toledo. Yes the Marines had been there for this training several times before, only this mayor of Toledo has a problem with them. The Police had contacted the media who alerted the public, the Marines would be in Toledo again. Reportedly the public, at the last such training in 2006, appreciated and enjoyed watching the event, but the mayor saw it differently:
"I saw the military with guns drawn emulating warfare, and I observed the expressions of citizens who happened to just be coming down the sidewalk that particular Saturday noon in wonderment, asking, 'What have I found myself in the middle of?... "There was a look of wonderment on some people's faces, and there was a look of fear on other people's faces."
Others did not agree with the mayor's assessment:
"While glancing about a downtown nearly empty of people yesterday afternoon, Douglas Finch, Sr., 55, of West Toledo, said he found the mayor's concerns unbelievable. Mr. Finch recalled witnessing the camouflaged and rifle-bearing Marines in downtown two years ago. He said the sight was attention-grabbing, not scary." (Toledo Blade).
I have to wonder, would it not frighten people more to see terrorists running amok in their streets, and no Marines there to put them down. Is there something wrong with how the mayor sees all of this, or does the mayor just want the publicity ala the mayor of Berkeley, CA who recently told the U.S. Marine recruiters in Berkeley that they were not welcome in said city. Or was it the mayor was pissed off because the Police department had not notified him of this training. Nah, the mayor had already previously said he did not want the marines in Toledo - as I see him in my personal opinion - he is just an
Folks, I look at it this way now - it is too late for an apology. I think the good people of the USA should boycott Toledo if possible. I think the good people of Toledo, OH should demand that the mayor step down. I think that the U.S. Government should withhold all federal funding from Toledo until said mayor has disappeared off of the political scene in Toledo. I think that the government should be investigating whether or not this was sedition or treason. I think that should one American Marine lose his or her life because they had that training denied to them, this guy should be, in my opinion, tried for treason, and if convicted he should be hanged (if legal) or otherwise put in jail for as long as possible!
Now it is time for all of you to do your thing. Write to your elected officials and make as big a stink over this as possible. Write to the mayor himself, and demand that he step down from public office. Boycott Toledo, at least until the people of Toledo wake up and kick this guy out into the cold. Heck, it could have been their own sons and daughters, or your sons and daughters, to whom he was denying the ability to make themselves better and safer marines. That my friends is an intolerable disgrace. What could be worse: If he now says he supports the troops, and my bet is that is exactly what he will say!
All the best,
All the best,
Citizen of a country ruled by Constitutional Law!
Saturday, February 9, 2008
This battle or campaign as it was called back then took 6 months to the day, with the Island being proclaimed secure 2 days after fighting ceased, and Japanese troops were evacuated. The casualties in this one campaign alone are estimated to have been:
28,850 Japanese - The source for this only listed Japanese land forces and US Marine land forces regarding casualties, see: http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USMC/USMC-M-Guadalcanal/USMC-M-Guadalcanal-A.html The Japanese have been estimated to have lost over 2/3 of their forces at Guadalcanal.
7,100 USA - This source showed this number as the total US forces lost in all aspects of battle for guadalcanal; see: http://www.pbs.org/thewar/detail_5210.htm
Look at those numbers again. In 6 months of fighting there were more casualties for the USA than there have been throughout the whole of the current Iraq war by about double. My guess is that if we compared insurgent and terrorist losses from the current war to thos elost by Japan at Guadalcanal, we would find that the losses to our enemy today far outnumber those from back then. Yet we have Code Pink, the mayor of Berkely, CA, and people like Cindy Sheehan, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton, and others who have been, or are still, telling us how we are doing poorly in this war and need to recall the troops. Yes the loss of even one life is tragic; but there are some damned good reasons to go to war - and some good reasons that our soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen are over there fighting. The defeat of terrorism in the world today, and the protection of the United States of America, are just as good reasons as was the defeat of the Axis powers back in WWII.
For mor einfo on Guadalcanal see: