December 31, 2009

Happy New Year

On one hand the passage of time has gone much too quickly this year. I hate to wish my life away, but the next three years need to go just as quickly.

I do get to enjoy four extra hours of 2009 that I wouldn't normally get - due to the Hawaiian time zone. All the better to peruse the classifieds for a job and real estate. I have reached that point of my vacation where I am desperately trying to figure out how to stay here!

Every one stay safe if you are celebrating the departure of 2009 tonight.

December 29, 2009

Banana Hammock

We call him Fabio's dark cousin and he has provided many a giggle to the females here in the condo.


Stoked

Bright and early in the morning I will be taking surfing lessons with my kids and niece.  Now, the rest of the adults have planned a beachside, drink-service seat for the morning - I am the only one adventurous (or stupid) enough to give it a try.  It has been a real treat being in Hawaii for Christmas - more 'everyday' Hawaiians are around since it is the holiday season.  Every day the beaches are full of surfers and people on paddle boards.  I have grand visions of popping right up and surfing circles around the young 'uns, and fitting right in with the natives.  I have also noted the location of the urgent care clinic closest to the surf site. 

December 27, 2009

She'll be coming around the mountain...

What day is it? Hard to remember here in paradise (tongue firmly in cheek).
Today we have a big ocean adventure planned, one of two "whole family" outings that are planned. Considering the current level of grumpiness, lack of consideration and prima dona personalities, you may read of a tourist drowning in tomorrow's paper.
My family had a great day overall yesterday, driving around the north side of the island. Not nearly as long, treacherous or nail-biting as the legendary road to Hana, but still exciting. We made a leisurely day of it, stopping to hike down paths and see things that many people miss - hidden ocean pools, mushroom shaped rocks, blowholes. This is in stark contrast to our time in Volcanoes National Park when we were all sharing one vehicle and someone else was driving.  I am still pissed that I spent over a thousand bucks to take my family on a side trip to the Big Island, only to sit helplessly while another family member turned around half a mile shy of one of the things we were looking forward to seeing.   
Back to yesterday's roadtrip - my 12-year old doesn't like heights, so the 3 or 4 miles of single lane, rock mountain face on one side, sheer drop to the ocean on the other side, road, about did him in. It didn't help that I kept pretending that the brakes were failing on the downhill parts and then would pretend that we were out of gas on the uphill parts! I had explained that when two cars meet on the single lane parts, mountain road etiquette dictates that the uphill car backs up to a point where there is room for the cars to pass.  The idea of backing down the road really freaked him out.  Typical of his age, he couldn't resist when we would say, "Whatever you do, don't look to the left", which we did often, and then he would be terrified of the view to the bottom of a particularly steep drop.  We would sing, "...she'll be driving off the mountain when she comes..." when things got boring. I am an evil, albeit entertaining, parent.

December 26, 2009

Surf's Up!

Maui surfers were blessed with a great surf on Christmas Day. This is Honolua Bay, north of Kapalua.



 

December 25, 2009

Sorry about that winter weather back home...

The obligatory "view from our balcony" photo:



Christmas Eve sunset over Haleakala, Maui:

 

And this one is where the lava enters the sea on the south end of the big island of Hawaii where we spent the first two days of our vacation:


Mele Kalikimaka



Merry Christmas to all of you!

Yes I am spending Christmas on a warm Hawaiian island...with my family...ten of us...in one condo. If we come home speaking to each other it will be a true Christmas miracle.

December 24, 2009

Day Four

What the hell was I thinking? 

As the sun comes up over Maui, I am watching the surf pound the shore, as my kids bitch about the fact that they will be missing a white Christmas back home in Texas.  WTF?

Let's not leave out that on day four, we aren't all getting along great.  Only nine more days to go. I have already looked at alternate lodging - should have foregone the shared condo set up and just gotten a separate place to begin with.  This is the type of family vacation that is sure to cause hurt feelings and grudges that will last for years.  I can usually roll with the punches pretty well, but my family has really taken it up the old wazoo on this trip.  More on that later...
 
I will try to get some picture up tonight (Hawaii time). 

December 22, 2009

Aloha

No blood, just a few tears, 10 hours of flight time - so far, so good.  The two year old handled the trip better than some much older!  A rant is forthcoming on American Airlines.  They really need to come up with a system that retains the friendliest flight attendants, not the tenured old bitties.

Will catch up this evening, try to post some photos. Given the speed of the gorenet here, it could be a challenge.

December 21, 2009

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

I was going to post the version from Armageddon, 'cause it makes me smile. Instead, I stumbled across this on YouTube and thought it was fantastic. The music starts around 1:30. I'll update soon, ya'll have a Merry Christmas if I don't post before then!

December 20, 2009

And not a poop recycler to be found

A recent trip to America's Heartland resulted in some cow visitation on our part. My kids aren't too citified - but they also don't castrate cattle during summer break like some of their cousins do. I am sure that we were quite entertaining, in all of our cattle tour glory.  I got a real kick out of the slogan on a bag of cow treats.  (Okay, okay, I know they aren't 'treats', but I don't know what they were called other than 'cubes').  Anyway, the slogan on the bag read, "A steak in the future".   Bwahahaha.  Two pictures I wanted to share:

We joked that the cows recognized the leather sleeves on my teenager's jacket:


Hey, isn't that Bob on your arms?

And we thought that this little guy's white mark looked like a Harry Potter-esque lightning bolt:



December 19, 2009

He should have been sterilized at birth

So we celebrated Christmas this morning, good times all around.  As I sit here typing this I can hear my teenager in the next room talking on the phone to her father, my ex.  She is trying to tell him about her gifts and he is apparently berating her for not contacting him with her Christmas list.  I can hear her saying that she didn't know what to tell him that she wanted, as she didn't know what she was getting from all of us - and he refuses to be an adult and have a conversation with me about things like this.  The ex has been communicating with me, through the child, since she got a cell phone and he can circumvent the chance of talking to me.  He's a douche bag.  He is still carrying on about the list thing, as she is now telling him that he can wait for the after Christmas sales to buy her something since we won't be here.  Savvy consumerism, common sense advice, who is the adult in this conversation?
To all of you divorced parents who actually take part in your kid's lives, God Bless You.  My oldest reached the point this year that she realized how much I had been covering for her dad over the years, as it is now her phone calls, emails, texts, special events and holidays that he ignores.  As worthless as I think he is, I felt a little pity on her birthday when he stood her up (again) and I could see something in her click - and she has not felt the same about him since.  It's a crying shame, that this poor excuse for a man is missing out on the life of a beautiful, talented and compassionate young woman.  I wonder how he sleeps at night.

December 18, 2009

All spritz-cookied out

I have a severe case of ass with my family.  Bear in mind that my family is spending Christmas away from home.  For us, today is Christmas Eve, with Santa coming tonight so the kids can play with/break their toys for a day or two before we get on an airplane Monday.
I have had to shop for, help assemble, bake, wrap, etc:
Gifts for Family & Friends
Husband's work gift exchange and potluck
3 school related Secret Santas
23 teachers
Items for 4 class parties
Tired of my husband absconding with my iPod, I bought him his own for Christmas.  Since there isn't much time between gifting and leaving, I have spent several hours surreptitiously transferring his music collection to my iTunes, so he can just sync and go.
I am currently knee-deep in laundry and packing - we are going to a warm climate, so I have had to drag out summer clothes.
We have a friend staying at our home with our dogs while we are gone.  So I have also had to clean up a bit...not mother-in-law clean, but slightly above everyday clean.  I would hate for him to go looking for an extra blanket or something and be swallowed up by dust bunnies (think Watership Down numbers).  On top of which I have documented all the little idiosyncrasies of our house and dog's behavior and written down the 12 step instructions on how to turn off/on the television and peripheral equipment.
My 6-year old is running a fever.  My 2-year old is acting two years old.  
The next person who says, "Did you________for me?" is going to get my foot up their ass. 

December 17, 2009

Santa might be late


December 16, 2009

Recycling cow poop

"U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an agreement with the American dairy industry Tuesday to reduce the industry's greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020, mostly by convincing farmers to capture the methane from cow manure that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere."
Well, it's nice to know that our government is spending its time, and our tax dollars, on matters of such great importance.  Problem is, while the tree huggers shout about recycling cow poop and how it will "drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions", other government agencies have already spent millions of our dollars and know that the biggest source of cattle-related methane comes from the front end of a cow.  It's not the poop, it's cow burps that emit the majority of methane.  Secretary Vilsack doesn't know a cow's ass from the hole in his head.
The methane production is somewhat distinctive among ruminants (cattle, sheep, goats) and is tied to their consumption of cellulose.  There are other sources of methane; rice paddies, swamps and wetlands (methane-producing bacteria thrive in the underwater environment), mining and oil drilling, landfills, termites and "biomass burning" in the Amazon rain forest.  But, since there are around 1.2 billion large ruminants in the world, they bear the brunt of the methane blame as they are responsible for 15-20% of all U.S. methane emissions.
Another funny little quirk, found in an EPA report; "...the general trend in manure management is one of increasing use of liquid systems, which tends to produce greater CH4 emissions."   The methane is burned to drive a generator. But the burning process produces carbon dioxide as well as electricity.  Digester operation is labor intensive and expensive, and in the end analysis, farmers have little economic need to produce their own energy. Energy expenditures amount to only about 3-5% of total operational costs on many farms.
Digesters have greatly varying efficiencies, sometimes using all of the methane produced to sustain the production of more methane. The process is prohibitively expensive unless subsidized by taxpayer money and requires a constant supply of manure, but does not diminish the amount of manure present after methane has been extracted. Thus, methane digesters should not be viewed as a sustainable solution for factory farm waste, but rather a mechanism for perpetuating the production of excess manure.
Vilsack's plan specifically targets dairy farms, probably because dairy cattle don't get to roam much, making poop gathering and recycling more efficient.  Did it escape notice that dairy cattle aren't the biggest producers of methane?  Check out the cow pie chart:
Setting aside the fact that cows don't poop or fart large amounts of methane, that manure management systems actually increase methane emissions, that part of the anaerobic digestion process results in hard chemical oxygen demand wastewater that pollutes and/or requires further processing and that ruminant animals have been roaming the earth in massive numbers since the Early Eocene period, over 54 million years ago - how effective could this plan be?
I'm not a great mathematician, so bear with me here.  Our nation plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020, "mostly by convincing farmers to capture methane".
The word "mostly" leads one to think that at least a majority (over half) of the reductions will occur because of this plan, so let's say a 13% reduction will be attributed to this dairy cattle poop recycling plan.
But agriculture only accounts for 7% of total greenhouse emissions.  As we have learned recently, most greenhouse gas is carbon dioxide - methane only accounts for 13% of greenhouse gas.
77% of dairy farms have fewer than 100 cows, which is the threshold for the system being cost effective.  So 23% of dairy farms could potentially participate.
To reduce U.S. greenhouse gases by 13% or 25% (whatever 'mostly' means) we will address an industry responsible for 7% of total greenhouse gas, 13% of which can be attributed to methane.  The plan specifically addresses the dairy cattle component, comprising 23% of the cattle industry.  Of that 23%, only 23% of about 60,000 diary farms can effectively use the system which ultimately results in increased methane reduction or:
 
23% of 23% divided by 13% of 7% minus 0.426 Tg of recoverable methane per 3,000 dairy cattle = 13-25% reduction in greenhouse gases.

Government math.  Wouldn't some cow Beano be more effective?

December 14, 2009

My FOD Animal Kingdom Contribution

Middle Finger Monkey

Keeping up with the Criplets and H2O

Consolidation

Exxon Mobil just announced that it will be ponying up $31 Billion to buy Fort Worth based XTO Energy, a natural gas company.  Industry experts are predicting that this will start an industry trend of consolidation.
Locally, the best indicator of the natural gas industry is the number of drilling rigs dotting the landscape.  Things have been slow recently and lease prices have dropped significantly over two years ago.  One of my neighbors was holding out.  He had been offered $5500 an acre but was probably listening to news reports of signing bonuses upwards of $25,000 per acre, so he waited.  Going rate today is about $1,500 an acre around here. Apparently Exxon Mobil and others in the energy industry see a natural gas turnaround in the future.
The news made me wonder how consolidation trends have worked out for other industries.  Telecommunication immediately came to mind.  There used to be dozens of cellular companies to choose from.  Now there are four major players and a handful of small market companies and prepaid specialists.  For the consumer, telecommunication consolidation has resulted in lower, and lowering, prices.  I think the number portability thing created a category of consumer that will go wherever the best deal is, loyal only to their phone number and not their service provider.
In reading articles about industry consolidation, it is frequently noted that the area that suffers is innovation.  In fact, one article was specific to the Nokia/Siemens merger in 2006.  Perhaps it harmed their R&D, but it seems to me that the iPhone has forced the marketplace to innovate constantly or lose market-share.
One other plus to note, ease of use when one company houses multiple services.  I pay one Verizon bill that covers my television programming, home phone service and internet service.  I receive a discount for the single bill and bundling of services - a true discount as I have priced them individually.  If I could stand Verizon's cellular service, I could kill four proverbial birds with one stone.
Radio and TV consolidation has resulted in many shared resources - which must be more cost effective for them.  It is hard to say whether those savings have been passed on to the advertisers and consumers.  The unfortunate consumer side effect is that the same stories and points of view are regurgitated by these partnerships.  Newspaper consolidation may have saved many publications, but is one "local" paper covering eight small communities doing any of them a real service?
I took the long way around, but back to the point.  Will innovation and service suffer as energy companies consolidate?  The natural gas industry has been in a state of continuous innovation during the past decade or so.  Horizontal drilling technologies and new fracturing methods have enabled drilling in the shale fields, capturing resources that they weren't able to before.   Gas prices are an entirely different debate, but diversification of energy companies could result in some wiggle room with share holders.  Or not.
My local economy is very dependent on energy, so it will be interesting to see what happens in the industry. 

December 13, 2009

Biker Granny

A little old lady decides to join the Hell's Angels...

One day she goes up and knocks on their clubhouse door. A big, hairy, bearded biker with tattoos all over his arms answers. She boldly proclaims, "I want to join your club."

The guy is amused, and decides to humor her a bit, so he says she needs to meet certain biker requirements in order to join. The biker asks, "Do you have a motorcycle?"

The little old lady replies, "Yep... my bike's parked over there," and points to a flamed black Harley chopper in the driveway.

The biker asks, "Do you drink?"

The little old lady replies, "Yep, like a fish. I'll drink any man in your club under the table."

The biker then asks, "Do you smoke?"

The little old lady replies, "Yep, smoke like a chimney. At least two packs of cigarettes and three joints a day.  Sometimes I smoke a couple of cigars in the evening, while I'm shooting pool."
The biker is very impressed and asks, "You sound like one bad Mama.  Tell me, have you ever been picked up by the fuzz?"

The little old lady thinks for a minute and says, "Nope, but I've been swung around by my nipples a few times and I kinda liked it."

December 12, 2009

Christmas Decorating Award Winner

I don't care if the accompanying story is true, the premise is funny and I would love to do this:


"Good news is that I truly out did myself this year with my Christmas  decorations. The bad news is that I had to take him down after 2 days. I had more people come screaming up to my house than ever.  Great stories.  But two things made me take it down. 

First, the cops advised me that it would cause traffic accidents as they almost wrecked when they drove by. 

Second, a 55 year old lady grabbed the 75 pound ladder almost killed herself putting it against my house and didn't realize it was fake until she climbed to the top (she was not happy). By the way, she was one of many people who attempted to do that. My yard couldn't take it either. I have more than a few tire tracks where people literally drove up my yard."

December 11, 2009

Double Entendre

Wondering if this was a deliberate play on words:

More Women Fingered as Tiger Mistresses

December 10, 2009

Sorry Uncle Albert

Though widely assumed to be a nonsensical song using an uncle's name and that of a famous Royal Navy admiral, it is now clear to me that Paul and Linda McCartney were profoundly prophetic.  This song clearly illustrates a current-day conversation between the climate scientist community and Al "get yer carbon credits here' Gore.  How else can you explain the apologetic lyrics (now that the jig is up), the thunder and rain sound effects, the abrupt stylistic change to upbeat carnival-feel music and "...hands across the water...hands across the sky" is clearly a reference to the Copenhagen summit.

December 9, 2009

December 8, 2009

Sadly, this isn't a joke

Via candidate email from Kay Granger emphasis mine:
Dear friends--
I am sick of all the Democrats' government bailouts that haven’t delivered on their big promises. I just learned about Democrat Congressman Barney Frank's new proposal today that includes both more bloated bureaucracy and another new czar. It is called the Barney Frank Bailout Bill and it smells exactly like all the other reckless spending legislation Nancy Pelosi is pushing through Congress these days.
You may not have heard about this bill yet. But the Democrats are determined to pass it so I wanted to make sure you’re aware. As with the government taking over our health care, this bill will take over your personal finances. It is over 1200 pages long and creates a permanent $200 billion bailout fund for financial lending institutions which you will pay for in the form of fees handed down by your bank.
The czar created in this legislation will decide what credit products you should be able to choose from. The legislation could increase interest rates by 1.5% and will cost over 1 million jobs. Unless you are a trial lawyer or a Washington bureaucrat there aren’t too many upsides for consumers.

December 7, 2009

Kansas State Representative Bill Otto (R-LeRoy)

For FOD, skip to 3:18 as the first few minutes are a response to the criticism Otto faced due to the hat and the last line of his 'rap'. 



The lyrics:

"Yo, Barack, my man with the plan
You’re laying us low with this czar scam
You promised things would be different, and it looks like they are
But worse wasn’t the change people voted for
Don’t send them Gitmo killers in our backyard
Send them to the internal revenue service so they can get tortured real hard
The reform government health care, let me tell you where to start
The veteran’s administration should be brought out of the dark
Listen to sister Kathleen and quit dissin’ her so hard
She’s a left-wing Democrat that knows where the votes are
You’re printing all that money, but where’s my share?
Recovery on wall street is raising my hair. Jobs on main street, we need recovery there.
And what’s that card check you’re talking about?
If even George McGovern hates it, that ain’t the route
We want to keep our freedom of speech, God and guns
So you better tell your left-wing radical friends to just cool it, son
I know lining out Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi is a tall order
But talking to little kids ain’t your order
Taxing CO2 should be taken off the shelf
Tell Al Gore to go make money somewhere else
But your cash-for-clunkers was the very last card
Now what’s a redkneck like me going to block up on my yard?"
"Opposum, the other dark meat. A little greasy, but hey."

A Date Which WIll Live in Infamy v68


BCS'd

BCS'd = Screwed




December 6, 2009

Multi-failure Performance

I know I shouldn't be surprised, but I am a little.  Why is the media paying so little attention to the threats made against BHO?  One seemingly harmless, limelight seeking couple that crashed a state dinner manages to monopolize media reports for the past two weeks, while there are factual cases of imminent threats against the president that never seem to see the light of day.
This morning a story ran in the paper detailing a couple of such events. A Marine lance corporal had a detailed plan he called 'Operation Patriot' in which he identified Obama as a domestic enemy that needed to be eliminated.  Kody Brittingham pleaded guilty in August to charges of threatening to kill the president and attempted armed robbery.  Why hasn't this been front and center of the news?  Isn't there a bit more urgency to a scenario of an American military member planning to assassinate the president over publicity hungry reality TV show wannabes?
Much was made of Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan's 'status quo' statements made at congressional hearings this week.  The media has widely reported Sullivan's statement that the threats against the current president, "...is the same level as it has been for the previous two presidents at this point in their administrations."
But reports have left out the rest of the context, "But several officials said they took no solace that the volume of reports had receded because it was the nature of the threats that concern them and because the factors behind the increase remain — Mr. Obama’s race prime among them."
The NY Times article goes on to discuss a few other known threats, "A review of dozens of court records and police reports by The New York Times uncovered an array of cases, most of which did not gain public attention even as they rang alarm bells at some of the highest levels of the government."
An airport security guard in New Jersey, who had 43 guns and allegedly hollow-point bullets at home, was charged with making threats against a president after co-workers told the authorities that he had talked about cutting a hole in a fence to shoot Mr. Obama on the day before the president was to land at Newark International Airport.
The man, John Brek, spent 29 days in jail, which was counted as time served on a lesser charge after the local authorities deemed that he was not a threat. “He’s a talker,” said an Essex County prosecutor on the case, Keith Harvest. (In an interview, Mr. Brek said he had only pointed to the hole in the fence as a potential security breach.)
An Arizona pastor drew the attention of agents after he delivered a sermon that included pleas for Mr. Obama’s death at the very time he and his family visited the state.
The Secret Service also checked in with a Pennsylvania newspaper that ran a classified advertisement placed by a customer, which declared: “May Obama follow in the steps of Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy,” and with a Florida radio talk show host who bantered with an anti-Obama listener, who allegedly discussed his frustration with Mr. Obama by saying he was practicing his shooting skills.
...a man in La Mesa, Calif., who allegedly posted two racially charged missives against Mr. Obama on a Yahoo message board with the words “he will have a 50 cal in the head soon.”
My theory on the lack of coverage is fairly simple.  Copy cat crimes.  I believe at some level, the Secret Service and the administration have sought to limit media coverage of threats against the president for fear that someone else will copy the idea.  I recognize that there are threats everyday, but we are talking about at least two convictions in the instances listed above.  The party crashers may have been harmless, but they certainly highlighted gaping holes in White House security.  An environment that  must, "...be a zero failure performance."

December 5, 2009

The Dusk Tiger

I have always wanted to learn how to play guitar. In fact, I own a couple and have a long mental list of songs I would learn. I had several years of piano lessons as a kid and have always been told that it should come easily to me.  It hasn't. I help produce a local music festival which put me on these folks' mailing list. Pictures like this in my email make me want to drop several grand on an instrument I can't even play:

Stupid name, cool guitar.

December 4, 2009

Listen to me.

My two year old is going through this phase wherein he likes to constantly make noise.  He talks, sings, yells, makes various car/train/war games noises and a even makes a curious "om" like meditation noise in his sleep.  I've been calling him "hari krishna" for fun.
Because he is two, he also likes to be the center of attention.  Or maybe it is because he is male.  Either way, he prefers to dominate any conversation, especially those that involve his siblings.
Being a crafty child, he has also figured out how to push each person's buttons and can say or do the precise thing that will cause conversation to stop in its tracks and focus on him.  He has a face he can make that cracks up one sister.  Any audible expulsion of bodily gas, real or affected, will get his brother's attention.  His oldest sister, the teenager - it took him a bit to crack her code, but he finally did it.
The teenager is consistently the most verbose, especially in the car after school.  She has to relate every bit of tenth grade drama to us in the first five minutes of the car ride or she will explode (or something equally horrifying).  Actually, I think it has more to do with getting the "how was your day" info out of the way so she can furiously text her friends before we arrive home and she has to focus on homework.
The other day we were sitting at a stoplight, the two middle kids singing along with the radio while the teenager talked a mile a minute.  Suddenly at top volume we hear, "PENIS, PENIS, PENIS!".  The two-year old found out how to silence the teenager.  As an added bonus, he got a hearty round of laughter from the rest of us.
Considering the response to his outburst, it should come as no surprise that several other conversations, including one during Thanksgiving dinner, have been interrupted in the same manner. 

December 3, 2009

Stupid Victim

Lots of ink and television time has been given to stupid criminals.  Usually this time of year there is at least one "Bad Santa", some idiot burglar who tries to enter a house or business through the chimney and gets stuck.  When they are naked, it is even funnier.
There are websites devoted to immortalizing stupid criminals, like this one and this one.  It is always easy to find a story about a 7-Eleven hold up where the guy leaves his wallet, a moron that signs his name to a bank robbery demand note or the always entertaining "stoner calling police to report missing pot".
What you don't hear about very often is exceedingly stupid victims.  Obviously many crimes occur because the victims use poor judgment or make a thoughtless decision.  What I am talking about is a series of absurd, naive and ludicrous actions that elevate the victim to legendary status.  My local newspaper had one such story this morning, so I will share.
A 21-year-old...woman reported she was assaulted by a man posing as a massage student Monday.
Huh?
The man knocked on the woman’s front door...telling her he was a student from a massage school...and  he needed massage field hours for a class, according to a police report.
Massage field hours?
The woman agreed to help him with his assignment and let him into her residence.
Oh, well, if it is your homework, then sure...come on in. 
The man told the woman to take her clothes off and asked her to lie on her bed, according to the report. The woman told him she was uncomfortable with his request and donned shorts and a tank top before lying on her couch.
Naked on my bed, no.  Half-dressed on my couch with a strange man massage therapist doing field training, okay.
Once the man started the massage, he told the woman she had to take off her tank top and bra, and the woman hesitantly complied.  As he massaged her back and legs, he asked if she wanted her buttocks massaged, and he moved his hands up to her crotch area, according to the report.
The report does not state what her reply was to the 'buttocks massage' query.
The woman told the man to take his hands off her and got up to put her clothing on, after which the man commented on her breasts.
Commented on her breasts, not "complimented".  Hmmmm.
Before the woman could get the man out of her residence, he gave her a hug and would not immediately let her go, she told police. He also asked her on a date.
A hug and a date?  Heck lady, considering your stupidity and apparently unsightly breasts, you should be flattered.
After the man left, the woman called the massage school, which told her the man was an imposter.
A massage therapy student IMPOSTER.  NOOOOO, say it ain't so.
Police are searching for the man, described as being in his early 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 190 pounds with a semi-muscular build.  The man has a tattoo on one of his upper arms and was wearing tan cargo shorts and flip-flops during the attack, according to the report.  
Note to self: massage therapist-in-training uniform is tan cargo shorts and flip-flops.
One other eye-popping piece of information in the article:  the assault charge is a Class C misdemeanor for the HUG.  The "victim" consented to everything else.
My money is on her being a blonde. 

December 2, 2009

Happy Global Warming Wednesday

From sunny North Texas:


December 1, 2009

Holy Crap

I didn't listen to BHO's speech because, well, the sound of his voice makes me, uh, uh, vomit, uh.
I read the transcript and the bile rose while reading the ninth sentence.  That puts it, what, about 20 seconds in to the speech?
As we know, these men belonged to Al Qaeda, a group of extremists who have distorted and defiled Islam, one of the world's great religions, to justify the slaughter of innocents.
Oh no he di-nt!
Then I really lost it, toward the middle.  Typical patting-his-own-back, tooting-his-own-horn, looky here, see what I done did:
As president, I have signed a letter of condolence to the family of each American who gives their life in these wars. I have read the letters from the parents and spouses of those who deployed. I've visited our courageous wounded warriors at Walter Reed. I've traveled to Dover to meet the flag-draped caskets of 18 Americans returning home to their final resting place.
So have many other leaders, they just had the class to do it quietly, gracefully and with a servant's heart.  Anyone who would remind military families of their loss, to promote his own agenda, is a callous ass.

As I read on, I was reminded once again of how utterly non-presidential BHO is.  Who is writing his speeches?  This speech parallels his world-wide apology tour, but comes across as a preemptive soliloquy. 
Just days after 9/11, Congress authorized the use of force against Al Qaeda and those who harbored them, an authorization that continues to this day...
For the first time in its history, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization invoked Article 5, the commitment that says an attack on one member nation is an attack on all.
Translation:  Not my fight, I inherited this problem.
I love this -
The wrenching debate over the Iraq war is well-known and need not be repeated here. (But I just can't help myself) It's enough to say that, for the next six years, the Iraq war drew the dominant share of our troops, our resources, our diplomacy, and our national attention, and that the decision to go into Iraq caused substantial rifts between America and much of the world.
 The jerk can't or won't say what he means:
Commanders in Afghanistan repeatedly asked for support to deal with the reemergence of the Taliban, but these reinforcements did not arrive.
Did they get lost? Oh, I get it, you are saying that someone before you didn't send reinforcements.  Tricky word play, Mr. Obama.
And then on his own delay in decision-making:
Now, let me be clear: There has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war during this review period. Instead, the review has allowed me to ask the hard questions and to explore all the different options, along with my national security team, our military, and civilian leadership in Afghanistan, and our key partners.
Oh, well then, that makes it all better.  On December 1st, you make a decision about 2010 deployments.  Yeah, there is no need for more than 30 days preparation prior to a unit deploying to a war zone.  No training, no leave time with family, no equipment acquisition needed. 

But, fear not, for our president assures us that we have:
 ...forged a new beginning between America and the Muslim world...

November 30, 2009

Kissing, yes - bowing, no.

I am not very technically oriented - and it is driving me nuts that I can't embed this video.  Liberal idiots have been posting a still photo claiming that President Bush bowed to the Saudi king just like BHO did.  The taken-out-of-context photo is from video footage of Bush receiving an award.  I can't figure out how to put it here, so you can go look for yourselves and, if you are smarter than me, figure out how to post it and shut up the blithering herd.

Go here and if you enter the search terms Bush Saudi King, the first video that comes up is the one.  You are looking for the January 14, 2008 footage.

The cost of Christmas

If you were to purchase all of the items in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" song, it would set you back $87,403 this year.

Details found in this video. If you can get past the ridiculous costumes and apparent use of family members instead of actors, there is a wealth of economic information in terms that anyone can understand. 

Back home

Just in from a quick weekend trip to Kansas.  Sheesh, I feel like I have been sheltered from the harsh realities of our economy.  Sure, I have friends and family that have lost jobs or have had to cut back on spending - but what is happening outside of Texas came as a shock.  The one shining star bucking the economy seems to be Native American gambling ventures, with casinos dotting the I-35 landscape for hundreds of miles.  Beyond that, there sure are a lot of depressed folks occupying flyover country.  I think that hope and change thing has lost its luster for many - at least it has in the Sunflower State.

I'm going to regroup and unpack and get back to this later...

November 26, 2009

Homer Simpson's Thanksgiving Prayer

“And Lord, we’re especially thankful for nuclear power, the cleanest safest energy source there is. Except for solar, which is just a pipe dream.  Anyway, we’d like to thank you for the occasional moments of peace and love our family’s experienced.  Well, not today, you saw what happened! Oh Lord, be honest, are we the most pathetic family in the universe or what?”

November 25, 2009

Signs of the Apocalypse

Thanksgiving Eve and I am just not feeling it.  What the hell is this world coming to?

Political correctness gone wild as Best Buy ad touts Muslim holiday - and in the same ad circular refers to Christmas as "this holiday".



"America's Team" (and I use that term loosely) can't seem to find room in JerryWorld for an American flag.  The single flag on a pole outside and the "virtual flag" on Jerry's big TV should be enough.  Yeah, Jerry, we get your "virtual patriotism".

Navy SEALs capture a terrorist and now face an admiral's mast because the S.O.B. ended up with a bloody lip.  WTF?

Then this:
A paralympic champion dragged himself through an airport after a budget airline made him check in his wheelchair. The Australian budget airline offered him its own wheelchair, specially designed for planes, but told Fearnley he would have to be pushed by airline staff...Fearnley, who won marathon gold in the Beijing and Athens Paralympics, was insulted at being asked to give up his independence...He said the equivalent for an able-bodied person "would be having your legs tied together, your pants pulled down and be carried or pushed through an airport."
 And then, of course, there is this:
President Obama has shattered the budget record for first-year presidents -- spending nearly double what his predecessor did when he came into office and far exceeding the first-year tabs for any other U.S. president in history. 
Thank God for health, family, friends and term limits.

November 24, 2009

Guilty and Insane

It comes as no surprise that the Fort Hood shooter, Hasan, is likely to plead not guilty and his attorney has said that they may pursue an insanity defense.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice allows for a defense of "lack of mental responsibility".  The UCMJ states that, "It is an affirmative defense in a trial by court-martial that, at the time of the commission of the acts constituting the offense, the accused, as a result of a severe mental disease or defect, was unable to appreciate the nature and quality or the wrongfulness of the acts. Mental disease or defect does not otherwise constitute a defense.
It has long been my belief that insanity defenses were superfluous.  Mothers who dismember or drown their children, trying to get Jodie Foster's attention by attempted assassination and premeditated mass shootings are not the actions of sane people.  I have never had any intimate knowledge of a case that used an insanity defense, so maybe I am dead wrong, but I can't imagine a scenario in which I would support treatment and release over lifelong incarceration for acts of murder - regardless of the mental capacity of the person who committed the crimes.  But that is neither here nor there.
What really bothers me is the definition of insanity used.  "...unable to appreciate the quality or wrongness of the acts."  I can't legitimize an insanity defense used in a case based on one acting in concert with their religious beliefs.  Hasan and his radical Islamic brethren believe they are committing holy acts when they murder non-muslims.  Sure, I think they are nutso, but they think it is the most sane thing they can do for their religion.  How can you separate religious fanaticism from mental illness?  Is there a difference?   
Doesn't every "religion" have tenets that other people view as being a bit wacko? Can anyone explain the Holy Trinity to a non-Christian in a way that doesn't make Christians sound like blithering lunatics?    I am acquainted with a Mormon family - lovely people, they seem sane and normal - could they explain the gold plates thing to me in terms I could accept?  Doubt it.  I could hear them out and accept that they believe it.  Doesn't mean I have to believe it, nor does it mean it is either true or false.  Possession and exorcism make for good movies in my book, but they are very real beliefs for some.  Intercession/prayer are at the root of most religions, but for some, that is just talking to air.  Jesus' face in a grilled cheese sandwich?  Statue of Mary crying tears of blood?  Religious belief or extremism?  In the case of radical Islam, I don't think there is a distinction - but I hope that the military legal system and the psychiatrists assigned to the case see it differently.  Hasan should not be allowed to hide behind a diagnosis of mental illness.
I wasn't there, but I have no doubt that Hasan is a murderer.  I do care that 14 lives were lost at his hand and that he is held accountable for it.  Not "treated" for his "condition", but PUNISHED for his CRIME.  I think it is an unspeakable insult to the families of those 14, as well as every other person who was witness to, or affected by, his shooting spree, to allow him to enter a not guilty plea.  That equates to telling three hundred people that they didn't see what they thought they saw.  

November 23, 2009

Why it's not too early

I read an entertaining analogy that refutes the arguments that claim it is too early in his presidency to judge Obama's actions.  The author points out that the reasons many people despised Bush, are the very same reasons that we should/could dislike the current POTUS.  Here's the analogy, but go read the entire post at The Humble Libertarian.
Imagine that America is a house and for eight days, George W. Bush threw a wild and reckless party, trashing the entire property. If after one day of picking up litter and mopping away refuse, Barack Obama had a lot of straightening up left to do to make the house presentable again, he could be forgiven...

In fact, what has happened is that the house's new resident has thrown an even wilder, more reckless party and trashed the place in much the same way its previous resident had- and astonishingly, has managed to do a comparable amount of "trashing" in a relatively much shorter period of time. In the end, I am not criticizing President Obama for "not doing enough good" in such a short period of time, but for somehow managing to "do so much bad" in a remarkably brief space.

November 21, 2009

Suspension of Disbelief

I don't often have time to read the morning newspaper cover to cover, relying on my kids to point out funny comics to me. Today I was up early and decided to indulge in a complete reading.   This must be exactly the mindset of the current administration and the mechanism by which they come up with their job creation and stimulus press releases:
Prickly City
Prickly City 11/21/09
And this one made me laugh out loud:

Pearls Before Swine
Pearls Before Swine 11/21/09

November 19, 2009

libertarian, me?

I think my friend Whited might be surprised to know that this quiz says I am a libertarian.  Actually, it is worded to say that the political party that agrees with me the most is libertarian.  I like that, it makes it sound as if I am the one with the ideas and ideals and they agree with me, rather than me subscribing to their school of thought. 

I scored 70% on Personal Issues and 100% on Economic Issues.

Oklahoma Exodus

I have been in Texas for 25 years, I consider myself a Texan. I would get one of those "I wasn't born in Texas but I got here as fast as I could" bumper stickers, but I don't like to draw attention to the fact that I am not a 'native' Texan.
Most of my family is from Kansas, the state where I was born and returned to after my father's military/Vietnam service ended. Moving to Texas as a teenager was traumatic for about 15 minutes, until I realized the beauty and superiority of all things Texan. Like most Texans, I considered that state in between Kansas and Texas a mere punchline and 3 hours of drive-time between the Kansas state line and the Red River.
The punchline seems to be shifting south.
On November 1, 2007, Oklahoma's House Bill 1804, the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act of 2007, took effect. It is arguably the strictest anti-illegal immigration law in the country. The measure terminates public assistance benefits to illegals, punishes employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens and empowers state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws. Two years later, the courts have upheld all but three of the fourteen measures of the law. I am not sure how one would quantify the bill's success or failure, but it is a fact that illegals are leaving Oklahoma and Texas has felt the effects (please ignore the 15 second commercial prior to the video):

"The laws are better here", the man says, referring to Texas immigration laws. Easier to break? Easier to avoid enforcement?  I haven't vetted every statistic on this page, but the sources seem reliable on the surface and coincide with other data I have seen - and all are staggering.
I am not anti-immigration, I am anti-ILLEGAL immigration. If you don't agree with our laws, come here legally and work to reform them.  Respect for our laws and understanding how a representative government is supposed to work should be the first precursor to citizenship

November 18, 2009

Maybe they should start with math

An article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram this week detailed the move toward "digital textbooks" in Texas schools. Schools could have the first open-source textbooks and other materials online by next fall.  The 'pros' are easy; online material is easy to update, can be customized to fit students’ needs and easily integrates textbooks with other technology, like video and software. 
One "con" that seems important - there is still a significant portion of the population that does not have a computer and/or Internet access at home, and there are schools that do not have the appropriate number and type of computers that would allow for every student to have access as needed.  The article pointed out that,  "Students who want a printed copy can print one out for about $20 per copy."  That's nice, though it somewhat negates the "pros" of integrating other computer-based technologies.
I have to say that I, personally, like the printed page.  I am a book person - no Kindle for me.  I like the heft of a good, thick book.  I like the smell of old paper.  I like to make notes in the margin.  Books can be read by candlelight, they aren't dependent on electricity or Internet connectivity.  But, that is not the point I set out to make...
Tucked into the article was this statistic:
As many as 63,447 books were replaced during the 2008-09 school year due to wear, loss, damage or destruction, at a cost of $264 million.
I read that three times.  I called my teenager over and asked her if she saw anything of concern.  We got a pencil.  $264 million for 63,447 textbooks equals $4,160.95 per textbook. How, on God's green earth, did Texas school districts manage to budget and pay an average of $4k per textbook without anyone noticing?  These are our tax dollars!  I know recent college graduates - with Master's degrees - that didn't spend that much on textbooks during their entire college career.  I have actually had to purchase high school textbooks because the school didn't have enough for every kid to take one home, and I was tired of taking my kid to school early so she could do her homework.  Who is getting these $4k textbooks?  What does one look like?  All I have seen is ratty, dogeared books that had numerous previous 'owners' listed inside the front cover.  I feel like I should get some savvy shopper reward for finding a textbook that was discounted $4,120 off the price the school pays.  Heck, I should get some compensation since I donated the book to the school at the end of the year.  Not holding my breath.

November 17, 2009

Turtle Ralph

As this video and this one go viral, and Kerrcarto posts sweet photos of his dog, mine leave another carpet gift for me.

I will spare you photos, mostly because I was in such an epic battle to overcome my gag reflex that I didn't take any.  It did occur to me at one point, that I needed to document this epic instance of dog vomitus, but I was gloved up and elbow deep in it by that time.

I am not sure which dog to blame...I heard the retching and found both looking guilty and in the vicinity.




At first, I guessed that the dogs had somehow gotten into some trash and thought I was looking at regurgitated pasta of some sort.  It was very dark and thick, though, warranting closer inspection.  I saw a green-brown pattern of sorts mixed among the many long, round, noodle-shaped pieces.  I then decided I was dealing with a nest of young snakes that had met at early demise by canine.  It smelled really bad.  Really.  Bad.

I pilfered a couple of gloves out of my son's Boy Scout First Aid kit, got out the steam cleaner and filled up the water reservoir so it could heat up while I worked on the debris field, grabbed a new roll of paper towels and a triple grocery bag set-up.

The first handful yielded large pieces of something that seemed to be plastic.  They were pretty hard and obviously didn't chew up very well.  I went back to thinking this was a dumpster-diving foray.

The second handful did me in.

What I had alternately thought to be small snakes or pasta turned out to be intestines.  Lots of them tangled around the neck and head of, what used to be, a rather large turtle.  There was no end to them, and it required both hands to gather up the errant strands and get them into the trash bag.  Gag.  The 'plastic' pieces, upon closer inspection, were the scutes of the plastron - pieces of the underbelly.  Ugh.

By this time I was cussing; loud, severe, make-a-sailor-blush, swearing.  I cussed dogs, turtles, the failures of Scotchguard, the smell of turtle and dog bile, my construction contractor and the absence of any other family members to share in the horror and disgust of the task at hand.

Gus and/or Woody seemed to be instantly recovered but there is still a faint turtle blood/bile/innard stain on my dining room carpet that serves as a constant reminder and a constant cleaning task.  Carpet that wouldn't even be there had my builder gotten the hardwood installed like he was supposed to (hence his inclusion in the cussing fit).  Needless to say, I can't look at turtles or pasta anytime soon.  For some crazy reason we are thinking of getting another dog and a cat right after Christmas...someone talk me off the ledge.

November 15, 2009

A health care proposal:

I've gotten this e-mail a couple of times this week:

I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you're a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care.  A new hip?  Unheard of.  We simply can't afford to take care of you anymore.  You don't need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc.  Let's take care of the young people.   After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.
 
So here is the solution.  When you turn 70, you get a gun and 3 bullets  You are allowed to shoot one senator and 2 representatives.  Of course, you will be sent to prison where you will get 3 meals a day, a roof over your head and all he health care you need!  New teeth, great!  Need  glasses, no problem!  New hip, knee, kidney, lung,  heart?  Well bring it on.  And who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you that you are too old for health care.  And, since you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any income tax.

November 14, 2009

As you plan your Thanksgiving menu...

How pumpkin pies are made:


November 12, 2009

Passing the buck. Not so great in hindsight.

Here are the names of six gentlemen who probably aren't getting much sleep at night:
John Bradley, chief of psychiatry at Walter Reed
Robert Ursano, chairman of the Psychiatry Department at USUHS
Charles Engel, assistant chair of the Psychiatry Department and director of Hasan's psychiatry fellowship
Dr. David Benedek, another assistant chairman of psychiatry at USUHS
Carroll J. Diebold, psychiatrist
Scott Moran, director of the psychiatric residency program at Walter Reed

 These men make up the group of 'key officials' who expressed concern about (Fort Hood Shooter/terrorist) Hasan's mental stability and ability to serve in the military and chose to ship him off to Fort Hood, where the staffing levels were such that others would be able to pick up his slack and monitor his behavior.  If I were his Fort Hood superiors, I would be screaming bloody murder right about now.  From NPR:

When a group of key officials gathered in the spring of 2008 for their monthly meeting in a Bethesda, Md., office, one of the leading — and most perplexing — items on their agenda was: What should we do about Hasan?

Hasan had been a trouble spot on officials' radar since he started training at Walter Reed, six years earlier. Several officials confirm that supervisors had repeatedly given him poor evaluations and warned him that he was doing substandard work.

Both fellow students and faculty were deeply troubled by Hasan's behavior — which they variously called disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid. The officials say he antagonized some students and faculty by espousing what they perceived to be extremist Islamic views. His supervisors at Walter Reed had even reprimanded him for telling at least one patient that "Islam can save your soul."

One official involved in the conversations had reportedly told colleagues that he worried that if Hasan deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, he might leak secret military information to Islamic extremists. Another official reportedly wondered aloud to colleagues whether Hasan might be capable of committing fratricide, like the Muslim U.S. Army sergeant who, in 2003, killed two fellow soldiers and injured 14 others by setting off grenades at a base in Kuwait.

 Here is the quote, that, when uttered about anyone in uniform, indicates an immediate need to relieve said person of duty:

"Put it this way," says one official familiar with the conversations that took place. "Everybody felt that if you were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, you would not want Nidal Hasan in your foxhole."

Then he shouldn't have been in the military. Period.

November 11, 2009

Thank You

























Today I remember those we have lost and thank those who dedicate their lives to protecting our freedoms. Thank you, we will never forget.


November 10, 2009

Esprit de Corps

A few weeks ago one of my kids got to meet the Blue Angels at the Fort Worth Alliance Air Show, as the end-reward for completing the Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge.  I am not sure who to credit for the program, but apparently, each year, someone coordinates a group of pilots to teach the requirements of the Aviation merit badge a week or two before the airshow, and then whichever demonstration team (Blue Angels or Thunderbirds) is performing at the air show meets the boys for a photo op.  It makes quite an impression on the boys.
Another of my kids volunteered that same weekend at Sky Ball, which is a fundraiser for organizations that support the military and their families.  Both the Fort Worth Air Power Foundation and American Airlines' Snowball Express benefit from the event.  My daughter was impressed by two things at the event; the military members that she met and the grog bowl ceremony - she couldn't believe anyone could drink all of that alcohol mixed together.
Bottom line is that my entire family had several opportunities to interact with active military members, something we do much too little of since becoming a civilian family - an occasion that made the events at Fort Hood last week all the more poignant.  We made a point of thanking each and every one of the service members for their service - yes, even and especially those who are here making the rounds on the public relations circuit.  My daughter had never wavered in her future career plans...until that weekend.  Now she is considering service to her country as a path to her career, something she had never seriously entertained before.  I was more than a little proud to hear her tell of the soldiers that she was most impressed by , the ones that were present to showcase their specialized wheelchairs and mobility devices, that had been funded by the Air Power Foundation.  You wouldn't think that 'foot' soldiers who have lost limbs and been disfigured by their injuries would encourage a teenager to consider a military career - more so than the polished and daring Blue Angels.
The military, especially the Army, is going to take a hit for what happened last week at Fort Hood.  Today's Fort Worth Star-Telegram led with a story about Hasan being investigated for terrorist ties, just last year.  Hasan is to be tried on military charges, and how this case is handled will set the course for the ability of the Army to staff and maintain it's fighting forces for years to come.  It is time to lift the veil of political over-correctness, take off the kid gloves, and, for God's sake, forget about an insanity defense.  The men and women who lost their lives deserve justice and the future of our military depends on it.

P.S. Happy 234th Birthday, Marine Corps!

November 9, 2009

The Barack Wall

As he ignores the anniversary of Berlin Wall coming down...a wall that would still stand today, were it not for the American military:
Massive security perimeter erected at Fort Hood - A makeshift, three-story security barrier has been erected at Fort Hood in advance of Tuesday's memorial service that will be attended by President Obama.
I think you should be able to hit this video link without registering for a day or two.



They have stacked 'containers', like what semis haul, to make a fence.  Around here they often do the same thing around gas well sites.  They are stacking them three-high around III Corps Headquarters where the memorial is being held.  Incidentally, the III Corps building is next to Darnall Hospital, birthplace of my oldest and duty station of the nutjob Islamic terrorist.

I can't even think of words to describe how insulting I think it is, to erect an ugly, three-story barrier around one of the most picturesque buildings at Fort Hood, to protect a president who is coming to memorialize soldiers and civilians who put their lives on the line - in front of God and everybody - each and every day.  It is further insulting and infuriating that the Army has had to devote time and manpower, on a 24 hour schedule, to building this wall.  The soldiers on this post want to do the jobs they signed up for, not jump through hoops so BHO and his uppity wife can attempt to appear sorrowful in front of TV cameras at a memorial that is meant for people who believe in the freedoms and ideals that these soldiers fight for.  God Bless the thirteen fourteen that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country (yes, I am counting the unborn baby carried by PVT Velez).  No way BHO has the balls to mention the word 'terrorism' in his comments at the memorial.

The wall really isn't for security, it is the only thing they could think of that would make Michelle's ass look smaller on TV.

Update: You probably didn't hear about this on the news:  "Bush and his wife Laura secretly visited Fort Hood after the shooting and spent time consoling those who were wounded in the shooting spree.  The Bushes, who have a 1,600-acre property known as Prairie Chapel Ranch less than 30 miles from Fort Hood in central Texas, spent between one and two hours visiting the wounded and their families."  

Cleaning for a Reason

This organization started locally here in the Fort Worth/Dallas area, but serves women nationwide.  If you know of a woman being treated for cancer, pass this information along.

Cleaning For a Reason is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning for women going through cancer treatment.  They will clean her house 1 time per month for 4 months while she is in treatment.

All she has to do is sign up and have her doctor fax a note confirming the treatment.

Cleaning for a Reason will have a participating maid service in her zip code area arrange for the service.

November 7, 2009

An Act of Islamic Terrorism



Luckily for him, LTC (R) Ralph Peters has completed his military career.  Speaking the truth this openly would have ended his career, otherwise.  Here are his views in text form:

Call this horror by its name: Islamist terror
From the NY Post

On Thursday afternoon, a radicalized Muslim US Army officer shouting, "Allahu akbar!" ("God is great!") committed the worst act of terror on American soil since 9/11. And no one wants to call it an act of terror or associate it with Islam.

Allah does NOT translate to God.  He shouted "Allah is great".

What cowards we are. Political correctness killed those patriotic Americans at Fort Hood as surely as the Islamist gunman did. And the media treat it like a case of nondenominational shoplifting.

This was a terrorist act. When an extremist plans and executes a murderous plot against our unarmed soldiers to protest our efforts to counter Islamist fanatics, it's an act of terror. Period.

When the terrorist posts anti-American hate speech on the Web; apparently praises suicide bombers and uses his own name; loudly criticizes US policies; argues (as a psychiatrist, no less) with his military patients over the worth of their sacrifices; refuses, in the name of Islam, to be photographed with female colleagues; lists his nationality as "Palestinian" in a Muslim spouse-matching program and parades around central Texas in a fundamentalist playsuit -- well, it only seems fair to call this terrorist an "Islamist terrorist."

But the president won't. Despite his promise to get to all the facts. Because there's no such thing as "Islamist terrorism" in ObamaWorld.

And the Army won't. Because its senior leaders are so sick with political correctness that pandering to America haters is safer than calling terrorism "terrorism."

And the media won't. Because they have more interest in the shooter than in our troops -- despite their crocodile tears.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan planned this terrorist attack and executed it in cold blood. The resulting massacre was the first tragedy. The second was that he wasn't killed on the spot.

Hasan survived. Now the rest of us will have to foot his massive medical bills. Activist lawyers will get involved, claiming "harassment" drove him temporarily insane. There'll be no end of trial delays. At best, taxpayer dollars will fund his prison lifestyle for decades to come, since our politically correct Army leadership wouldn't dare pursue or carry out the death penalty.

I think the Army will pursue the death penalty.  Unfortunately, they haven't put anyone to death since 1961.  It would be better to try and convict Hasan in a Texas civilian court.  Here in Texas, we have no issues with carrying out execution orders.

Maj. Hasan will be a hero to Islamist terrorists abroad and their sympathizers here. While US Muslim organizations decry his acts publicly, Hasan will be praised privately. And he'll have the last laugh.

But Hasan isn't the sole guilty party. The US Army's unforgivable political correctness is also to blame for the casualties at Fort Hood.

Yes, beginning with the Commander in Chief.

Given the myriad warning signs, it's appalling that no action was taken against a man apparently known to praise suicide bombers and openly damn US policy. But no officer in his chain of command, either at Walter Reed Army Medical Center or at Fort Hood, had the guts to take meaningful action against a dysfunctional soldier and an incompetent doctor.

Happens every day in the Army, just not as blatantly, and hopefully, not with soldiers who are as dangerously evil.  I know abusers, pedophiles, alcoholics, addicts of every stripe and conscientious objectors who are still in uniform.  Their commanders are aware of their issues and choose to continue to allow them to serve.


Had Hasan been a Lutheran or a Methodist, he would've been gone with the simoom. But officers fear charges of discrimination when faced with misconduct among protected minorities.

Disagree, see above.

Now 12 soldiers and a security guard lie dead. At least 38 people were wounded, 28 of them seriously. If heads don't roll in this maggot's chain of command, the Army will have shamed itself beyond moral redemption.

Heads will roll, but it isn't likely that things will change.

There's another important issue, too. How could the Army allow an obviously incompetent and dysfunctional psychiatrist to treat our troubled soldiers returning from war? An Islamist wacko is counseled for arguing with veterans who've been assigned to his care? And he's not removed from duty? What planet does the Army live on?

For the first time since I joined the Army in 1976, I'm ashamed of its dereliction of duty. The chain of command protected a budding terrorist who was waving one red flag after another. Because it was safer for careers than doing something about him.
There's the money quote.

Get ready for the apologies. We've already heard from the terrorist's family that "he's a good American." In their world, maybe he is.
But when do we, the American public, knock off the PC nonsense?
A disgruntled Muslim soldier murdered his officers way back in 2003, in Kuwait, on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recently? An American mullah shoots it out with the feds in Detroit. A Muslim fanatic attacks an Arkansas recruiting station. A Muslim media owner, after playing the peace card, beheads his wife. A Muslim father runs over his daughter because she's becoming too Westernized.
Locally, Sara and Amina Said were killed by their father for their 'Western' ways.  Yaser Said is believed to have fled to Egypt where he will, undoubtedly, live out his life, never facing charges for murdering his children.

Muslim terrorist wannabes are busted again and again. And we're assured that "Islam's a religion of peace."

I guarantee you that the Obama administration's nonresponse to the Fort Hood attack will mock the memory of our dead.