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  • Uncategorized 31.10.2007 1 Comment

    This is pretty horrible.

    As a parent it just makes my skin crawl to think about leaving my child in a car for that long. I know when the Marine was still at home I’ve left him to watch the girls while I run into a convenience store or something, or I have dropped things off, but actually leaving your kid in the car?

    How the heck could you forget that your kid was with you. I suppose it would be possible if the child were sleeping or something but even as absent minded as I am at some point in the day you would think that the mother might say to herself ‘hey, I don’t remember being at the babysitter today’.

    I know that all of my babysitters that we have used as well as other care providers will normally call and ask where the kid is if/when I didn’t bring them. Who watches her kid that wouldn’t bother to call and check?

    Just remember, stupidity is not a protected disability.

  • Uncategorized 31.10.2007 1 Comment

    This Week’s Hero Was Suggested By Cindy

    Lt. Michael P. Murphy
    Lt. Michael P. Murphy 29 years old from Patchogue, New York SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 June 28, 2005 On Monday, Lt. Michael P. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal Of Honor. His father was the one who accepted the award. Lt. Murphy will receive the award for his extraordinary, selfless heroism and steadfast courage while leading a four-man, special reconnaissance mission deep behind enemy lines east of Asadabad in the Hindu Kush of Afghanistan June 27 to 28, 2005 “We are thrilled by the President’s announcement today, especially because there is now a public recognition of what we knew all along about Michael’s loyalty, devotion and sacrifice to his friends, family, country, and especially his SEAL teammates,” the Murphy family said in a statement released earlier in the month. “The honor is not just about Michael, it is about his teammates and those who lost their lives that same day.” Murphy was the officer-in-charge of the SEAL element, which was tasked with locating a high- level Taliban militia leader to provide intelligence for a follow-on mission to capture or destroy the local leadership and disrupt enemy activity. Taliban sympathizers discovered the SEAL unit and immediately revealed their position to Taliban fighters. The element was besieged on a mountaintop by scores of enemy fighters. The firefight that ensued pushed the element farther into enemy territory and left all four SEALs wounded. The SEALs fought with everything they had. despite being at a tactical disadvantage and outnumbered more than four to one. Understanding the gravity of the situation and his responsibility to his men, Murphy, already wounded, deliberately and unhesitatingly moved from cover into the open where he took and returned fire while transmitting a call for help for his beleaguered teammates. Shot through the back while radioing for help, Murphy completed his transmission while returning fire. The call ultimately led to the rescue of one severely wounded team member, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Marcus Luttrell, and the recovery of the remains of Murphy and Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class (SEAL) Danny Dietz and Sonar Technician 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew Axelson. Eight more SEALs and eight Army “Nightstalker” special operations personnel comprising the initial reinforcement also lost their lives when their helicopter was shot down before they could engage the enemy. Murphy was also inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon during a ceremony yesterday. His name was engraved beside the names of some 3,400 other service members who have also been awarded the nation’s highest honor.
    These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero. We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your blog, you can go here.

  • Uncategorized 29.10.2007 Comments Off

    You Are Apple Cider

    Smooth and comforting. But downright nasty when cold.

  • Uncategorized 27.10.2007 Comments Off

    Perhaps not himself, but he along with millions of other Californians are pretty pissed off right now. Tricia very rightfully called this a tragedy in my comments earlier today on the last round of videos I posted and I agree wholeheartedly.

  • Uncategorized 27.10.2007 1 Comment

    Just some recent news and video clips about the fires raging in California right now. Have to wait until I actually have free time to actually post any contentHappy

  • Uncategorized 26.10.2007 14 Comments

    I unfortunately don’t have a bunch of time this morning to post much of anything. After work this afternoon I have a short meeting and then have to be at the local high school to do the scholarship kick-off thing. It’s Homecoming there tonight so we need to be there a bit early in order to get a parking place. I am hoping I can manage to get out of the meeting pretty quickly. I short nap before the game would be very nice indeed.

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  • Uncategorized 25.10.2007 12 Comments

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  • Uncategorized 24.10.2007 2 Comments

    A guy that escaped from a New Jersey prison 28 years ago was arrested Wednesday at his Philadelphia home where he was making one last bid to conceal his identity and remain a free man.

  • Uncategorized 24.10.2007 1 Comment

    Sgt. Robert M. McDowell

    Sgt. Robert M. McDowell
    30 years old from Deer Park, Texas
    2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade

    Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
    April 01, 2007 

    Sgt. Robert M. McDowell was a military police noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

    Originally from Deer Park, Texas, he joined the Army in February 1998 and completed training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

    In June 1998 he was assigned to Fort Hood where he served until being reassigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment at Katterbach Kaserne in Germany in January 2003. While a member of 1st Infantry Division, he served as an AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter repairman.

    McDowell was assigned to Fort Drum in March 2006 after completing military police reclassification training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

    He was deployed to Bosnia from February to September 1999.

    His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge and the Army Aviator Badge.

    Sgt. McDowell was killed when and IED struck his vehicle in Baghdad, Iraq. He is survived by his wife and son, of Evans Mills, N.Y., and a daughter, Madison McDowell, of New Mexico.

    Also killed in the attack were Staff Sgt. David A. Mejias, Staff Sgt. Eric R. Vick and Sgt. William G. Bowling. You can find more information about them at this site.

    These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
    We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

    This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your blog, you can go here.

  • Uncategorized 23.10.2007 Comments Off

    I was just watching this Associated Press video of New Orleans and it’s like a flashback to 2005. Even though most of the southeast is in a drought, New Orleans is getting a ton of rain and flooding in parts. They’ve closed down some streets and Mayor Ray Nagin is asking residents to stay at home.

    Apparently the pumps are doing what they are supposed to, but it’s just not fast enough. It’s not as if it’s going to get any better any time soon. That’s what happens when you sit in a bowl that’s below sea level. They do have some choices as to what to do with the city. The need to look at the Netherlands for some examples of engineering if they city is going to remain for another 100 years. Floating houses and better sea walls, rebuilding the natural areas around New Orleans, building up some of the extremely low levels, these are some of the things that they can do.

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  • Uncategorized 23.10.2007 Comments Off

    I’ve been reading a bit the last few days about some of the fires that are burning in California and am just amazed. They too have been in a long-time drought but the thing is that a lot of these fires are naturally burning and we have kept them away for so long that now they are ten times worse than they should be.

    I know I wouldn’t want to be living there now.

    It seems like the fires are getting worse every year out there as they try to control them. From what I have been reading over at CNN and other sites only one person has died so far because of the different fires, which number in the teens now.

    Apparently over 400 square miles have been burned in Southern California and over 300,000 have evacuated San Diego County. President George W. Bush has declared an emergency for seven counties in California as well.

  • Uncategorized 17.10.2007 Comments Off

    babyjessica The so-called anniversary of Baby Jessica’s rescue was Tuesday and I had meant to post something in passing about it but got busy doing something else.

    On October 16th 1987 I was actually on the road out to Los Angeles when this was on the news. I was pretty young at the time and although it really didn’t effect me as much as it did quite a few people around the country it touched me as well and is one of those things that stick in my head from growing up, such as the Regattas during the Bicentennial, the first Space Shuttle Launch and various other items that I have filed away in that black hole of my head.

    Most of the news sites have had something posted this week, the 20th anniversary of her falling down the well and being rescued. It was such a huge deal back then.

    The big thing I keep hearing about is the donations that were sent to her family during the time and how it was saved for her in a trust fund (good choice by her parents there) and how she gets it when she’s 25. My question is why is this news? I can see the date being important in people’s minds because we all like to reminisce about things both good and bad but I could really give a rat’s ass what she does with the money. Good for her is all I say.

  • Uncategorized 17.10.2007 Comments Off

    Remember the artist in Denmark that drew Mohammed that received death threats from all over the world and prompted some publications to pull it and apologize? Swedish artist Lars Vilks has done basically the same thing but is taking a stand for his artistic expression, but he’s making sure to look under his car for bombs now since Al Qaeda has put a $100,000 price on his head and offered an extra $50,000 for anyone that murders him by slitting his throat. That’s one high-priced cartoon. His website is at Unfortunately it’s all in Swedish and I haven’t bothered to run it through babelfish yet so am getting most of this secondhand. He does have some depictions of Mohammed over there as well as other religious figures if you are interested in checking them out.

    Vilks has been a controversial artist in Sweden for more than thirty years and his crude sketched caricature of Mohammed as a dog was a calculated move and he wanted to get a reaction. That he has certainly gotten. He receives constant death threats, and although he still works at home during the day he has to go to a safe house at night. Police have asked him to abandon his home completely to protect him from people such as the Swedish woman known as Amatullah who says that she hopes she can make good on the Al Qaeda threat and slaughter Vilks like a lamb. She has apparently already been fined for making death threats and claims that she will never stop taunting him.

    I guess Lars Vilks should be glad he’s not living in Bangladesh where they have detained a cartoonist for offending Islam by drawing a caricature of Mohammed as a cat. I have to tell you, my cat is extremely offended and thinks that his eyes should be clawed out for offending catkind everywhere.


    You can see the drawing he did of Mohammed’s head on a dog’s body. Since Muslim’s view dogs as being unclean I can see why they might be slightly aghast. Big hairy deal. If you don’t like it, don’t look at it. There are plenty of offensive things that we see every day, from stuff like the infamous Piss Christ to caricatures of the Pope along with plenty of political commentary.

    Stuff like that get’s everyone’s panties in a twist and there is plenty of banter thrown around but the only time I ever hear of hundreds and thousands of death threats are when Muslims are involved, which just goes to show how truly primitive and barbaric the mainstream religion is. If it were just far removed wings of the religion we wouldn’t see such impact but since the rest of Islam accepts their control that makes them the mainstream.

    What I find really interesting is that most of us laugh and think just as I have said “God, what barbarians” and we go about our daily business thinking we are above those assholes. If that were the case then why under Chapter 272 of it’s general laws is section 36 Whoever wilfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.” Perhaps Muslims aren’t the only intolerant ones…

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  • Uncategorized 17.10.2007 Comments Off

    This Weeks Hero Was Suggested By Beth

    Holly Holeman

    Her name is Holly Holeman. Her job is working at a flower shop. And her mission to make sure soldiers are never forgotten. Which is why she’s out at Arlington National Cemetery every week putting flowers around the headstones. She usually does this alone, but on a bitter cold day in February of 2007 she was met with family members of fallen soldiers buried in Section 60 of the cemetery who helped her to place the roses.

    To read the rest of Holly’s story, you can go here.

    These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives so that others may enjoy the freedoms we get to enjoy everyday. For that, I am proud to call them Hero.
    We Should Not Only Mourn These Men And Women Who Died, We Should Also Thank God That Such People Lived

    This post is part of the Wednesday Hero Blogroll. For more information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on your blog, you can go here.

  • Uncategorized 16.10.2007 1 Comment
    Here are some of the latest news stories from the AP.

  • From yesterday’s Downsizer Dispatch:

    So many bills in so little time. Last week, the
    Senate passed  14 bills amounting to 1482 pages. The House passed 15 bills
    totaling 50 pages. How does this happen?

    Each member of Congress sits on a few committees, (where they are often
    susceptible to lobbyist influence.) Even if they develop some expertise in a
    few areas, they haven’t read, and know very little about, most of the bills
    their party leaders ask them to pass. Many of these bills delegate more money
    and authority to the President and administrative agencies. The process has its
    own inertia, and government grows and grows. It doesn’t matter what the people
    want, and the long-term consequences for the nation are rarely considered. This
    is why we need the Read
    the Bills Act.

    But can we pass the Read the Bills Act?

    We believe so, because it is clear the tide is turning in our country. The
    political culture is changing. Signs of popular discontent are rising all
    around us. Polls show record-low approval ratings for Congress, and near-record
    lows for the President.  A supposedly “fringe” Presidential
    candidate, Ron Paul, dominates the Internet and shocked the Establishment by
    raising $5.1 million over the past three months. His message of downsizing the
    federal government is resonating with more and more people. Agree or disagree
    with Paul, his success is a stinging rebuke to the status quo.

    It is clear that people want change, and we can achieve it.

    Although we were taught in school that we have a Constitutional system of
    checks and balances between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches,
    the only check that matters is the people. History shows that direct action
    from the people does work. Direct action does lead to change. Popular
    resistance can undo any government program. For instance, popular resistance
    brought Prohibition to an end. The draft was ended during the Nixon
    Administration because of popular backlash, and hasn’t returned for fear of the

    But we are not  even asking for popular resistance. Instead, we are asking
    for popular persistence. Contact Congress. Tell Congress what must be
    done. Ask your friends to do the same, and to tell their friends. And then, do
    it all over again. And again. As the pressure mounts, Congress can not afford
    to ignore us. Indeed, they will begin to fear us. And so we ask you to tell your Representative and
    Senators to introduce and pass the Read the Bills Act.

    We also ask you to spread the word. Click the “Tell a Friend” button
    on the campaign page.

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    This week, we welcome four new members to the Coalition:

    The Pro’se Plaintiffs &
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    Finally, a list of the bills Congress passed last week is found at the bottom
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  • Uncategorized 11.10.2007 Comments Off

    Some more video on the shooting yesterday in Cleveland.

    According to Police, two guns, three knives and a duffle bag stuffed with ammunition was found near the body of the teen who shot four people at the Cleveland school. Police have identified the shooter as fourteen-year-old Asa Coon. Coon shot and killed himself as the law officers arrived at the scene. Luckily he must have been a pretty crappy shot because the only fatality was himself.

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    What an asshat.

    Water by the pool? Tell me it isn’t so! The family may very well have been negligible in the case of their baby falling into the pool but suing them? Makes you think twice about calling 911.

  • Uncategorized 11.10.2007 Comments Off

    “Been Caught Stealing”
    I’ve been caught stealing;
    once when I was 5…
    I enjoy stealing.
    It’s just as simple as that.
    Well, it’s just a simple fact.
    When I want something,
    I don’t want to pay for it.
    I walk right through the door.
    Walk right through the door.
    Hey all right! If I get by, it’s mine.
    Mine all mine!
    My girl, she’s one too.
    She’ll go and get her a shirt.
    Stick it under her skirt.
    She grabbed a razor for me.
    And she did it just like that.
    When she wants something,
    She don’t want to pay for it.
    She walk right through the door.
    Walk right through the door.
    Hey all right! If I get by, it’s mine.
    Mine all mine!
    We sat around the pile.
    We sat and laughed.
    We sat and laughed and
    Waved it into the air!
    And we did it just like that.
    When we want something,
    We don’t want to pay for it.
    We walk right through the door.
    Walk right through the door.
    Hey, all right! If I get by, it’s mine,
    Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine, mine…

    Apparently police in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania have caught a grandmother who can be seen in the video getting her grand-daughter to help steal hundreds of dollars of items from Sears.

  • Uncategorized 11.10.2007 1 Comment

    Apparently several cars from a CSX train derailed in Painesville Ohio, Wednesday setting off a large smoky fire. Here’s the video.

  • Uncategorized 11.10.2007 Comments Off

    I am in the process of writing this on my Motorola Q. It’s quite tedious and not everything is showing up but thus far it seems to work OK. That’s a good thing since I can’t seem to get SharpMT to work with MT 4.0
    Someone created a template that would work with the iPhonen I wonder if I could adapt it to work with Opera …

  • Uncategorized 11.10.2007 Comments Off

  • mailbox.jpg
    I’ve been thinking about several different home improvement projects that I would like to finally get completed in 2008 and putting in a new mailbox is one of them. After looking around at the local home improvement stores for mailboxes as well as online, I finally decided that something along the lines of the one pictured is what I want.

    I am pretty sure that I could do that myself, rather than paying someone. I am not particularly good at woodworking and building things but I can follow directions and think that I would be able to build a column mailbox, although it might take me a couple of days. I have to move very slowly to get something like that done correctly.

  • Uncategorized 10.10.2007 Comments Off

    Here are a few more news reports I picked up after I got home from work this evening.

    This is an interview with one of the students after the shooting


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  • Uncategorized 10.10.2007 1 Comment

    I received a tweet from Slobokan and almost imemdiately afterward got a breaking news email from CNN about a shooting spree at a school in Cleveland, Ohio. Apparently a 14-year-old in at a Cleveland high school started shooting at teachers and students, wounding four before he was killed. According to the article at CNN it’s not known right now if he took his own life or if the police shot him. A also don’t know if that’s just some junk the CNN reporter stuck in there or if they think he may have killed himself.

    cleveland The victims include two adult men, 57 and 42 and two teenage males at 14 and 17 years old.

    From what I read, the school itself is an off-campus setting, mainly for kids that get kicked out of normal high school, special-ed, or troubled kids.

    At some point today I should be getting video or a news article or two and I will post it here just as soon as I get it.

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