11/24/11

America's New Revolutionaries

Here they are:

Portraits of the New Revolutionaries



Somehow, they seem a bit out of synch with our original revolutionaries:




11/23/11

Another Facebook idiot

 For all those simpletons who still think Facebook is 'private' or has any privacy at all:

Facebook photo leads to arrest in stolen laptop case

Of course, they all think the cops are 'cheating' and should stick to 'real' investigative tools. Like, you know, on CSI or Criminal Minds, or NCIS, where they routinely hack into corporate and private computers without bothering with little things like warrants.

An LAPD view of the Occupiers

Here is an LA police officer's point-of-view of the LA and other 'occupiers':

Occupy LA: A cop's perspective


11/22/11

Throwing a snit fit

Or a temper tantrum. Not much difference.

Check this:

Law professor quits job after colleague calls care packages for US troops 'shameful'

A law professor who is serving overseas in Afghanistan has quit his job at a Massachusetts university after a colleague sent out a controversial e-mail declaring it "shameful" to send care packages to U.S. troops.

This guy that up and quit is an Army reserve major. The dustup is over the law prof who said this:

"I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings" and went on to add that sympathy for American troops in harm's way is "not particularly rational in today's world."

This apparently got the major's knickers in a twist. I think most of us can see why, and can probably agree with the knicker-twisting.

But the major, having resigned, said this in an interview:

"It’s basically like a 5-year-old throwing a temper tantrum ... That is not how we teach our students to rationally look at the issues…We want rational adult discourse and that is not something I would tolerate in my class and it is not something the school should tolerate from one of its professors."

So the major is doing ... what? Taking his ball and going home? Who is throwing the more childish tantrum here? The offending law prof said something the major didn't like. I don't see that it is particularly childish, however.

What is childish is the major's little tantrum, and the fact that he is willing to squelch someone with whom he disagrees - "... I would not tolerate in my class ..." indicates to me that he really doesn't understand what it is he has sworn to protect and defend in the service of these United States.

Perhaps Major Bob Roughsedge should consider becoming Pete King's chief of staff. Both Bob and Pete seem to have the same views regarding the Constitution ... which is that we can all freely speak our minds only so long as we agree with them.

11/21/11

Vital issues: Fiddling while Rome burns

The European Union has once again demonstrated a remarkable level of incompetence in leadership.

"While the euro burns ..." - that is, while European economies are on the edge of collapse; while prime ministers flee office, while Unionistas rampage in the streets of European cities ... we have this:

Business leaders will reportedly face jail time for claiming that water prevents dehydration

MEP Paul Nuttall said the ruling made the “bendy banana law” look “positively sane”.

He said: “I had to read this four or five times before I believed it. It is a perfect example of what Brussels does best. Spend three years, with 20 separate pieces of correspondence before summoning 21 professors to Parma where they decide with great solemnity that drinking water cannot be sold as a way to combat dehydration.

Wait one ... what was that about 'bendy bananas'?

It seems that awhile back, the European Union passed laws preventing the sale of bananas - and cucumbers for that matter - that had bends. Were like, you know ... curved.

It actually went to court, where a great deal of judicial time was expended:

Yes, we can have curved bananas ...

Obama's administration must be experiencing all kinds of tingles over the mere thought of that kind of regulation of our daily lives.

11/20/11

"West of Pecos"

We have a gallery for the Swink High School drama class production of "West of Pecos" up on WritingPlaces.com's Galleries page, under Other Events 2011

11/18/11

11/16/11

The growth of publically funded health care

Here is an interesting article from the highly-vaunted-finger-on-the-pulse-of-our-society Pueblo Chieftain:

Uninsured grow: 16 percent statewide without insurance

The article goes on about Pueblo County residents in particular.

An excerpt:

“When I looked at the initial ratings, that was a surprise to me,” said Ned Calonge, president and CEO of The Colorado Trust. “The reason behind it is that so many people in the county are on Medicare and Medicaid. It has to do with an increased amount of publicly funded care.”

Just yesterday, I heard a fellow express some rather cogent viewpoints on this. First, someone has to pay for the 'free' services. And, if the services are not entirely 'free', then someone has to pay for the subsidizing of those services.

The funding for all these government-provided Good Deals comes out of someone's pockets. Right? Does that not seem painfully obvious? Apparently it is not, to some of us.

In any case, the more money is taken from the pockets of those who actually work and pay taxes, so as to pay for those increased 'free' services, the more people 'qualify' for those increased 'free' services, and the drain on those whose pockets the government picks becomes greater. Soon, those people who are funding those 'free' services can no longer afford to do so, and they too qualify for those 'free' services. This reduces the pool of those from whom the government can suck blood, in the figurative sense. And so the government borrows money from the Chinaman to pay for all this, at least for the moment. ObamaCare, which as we all know is designed to take care of the 16 percenters throughout the state, is not going to make it any better. So far, our beloved rulers have not done too well with zeroing out the deficit with cuts here and there to pay for it, so that means that those of us who, for the moment, still can, will. Along with the Chinaman, who ain't doin' it out of the goodness of his collective heart.

It's a bit more complex than that, of course; you have to have the Nancy Pelosis and Wes McKinleys playing their political cards, and you have to have the rest of our beloved Congresscritters playing their political cards, posturing and pandering and telling us how hard they are 'fighting' for us.

Speaking of Ol' Cowboy Wes ... anyone seen him and/or his teepee since the cops started moving the squatters out? Has he been up there 'listening to the citizens'?

Here's an interesting tidbit, from the last La Junta Utility Board meeting. It doesn't have anything to do with 'free' healthcare, but it does have to do with the idea that someone has to pay for the stuff and services we use:

Minutes of the meeting of November 8

Is there anyone around here who isn't on 'fixed income'?

11/15/11

A Right Wing Smear

Remember how Nancy Pelosi was standing four-square behind the Occupiers? Remember how she was getting all the press as to how she was 'with them' in their 'fight' against the oppressive and opportunistic capitalists of Wall Street, and the Evil Banks?

So ...

Washington -- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office accused the news program "60 Minutes" of omitting key information from its report Sunday on how members of Congress use privileged information to profit from stock trades.

Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill also called the report "a right-wing smear" based on a new book by conservative author Peter Schweizer of the Hoover Institution, a think tank based at Stanford University. The book is titled: "Throw Them All Out: How Politicians and Their Friends Get Rich Off Insider Stock Tips, Land Deals, and Cronyism That Would Send the Rest of Us to Jail."


The entire article is here:

Pelosi denies insider trading allegations

Pelosi is the twelfth wealthiest member of Congress. Her riches come jointly with her husband, Paul, from football (Penn State? No ...) and real estate in San Francisco and Sacramento. Oddly, there were no Occupiers camped out on the Pelosi properties.

It's all part of that vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

11/14/11

Cowards

 Here's another good essay, this one by Michael Goodwin, about the moral embarrassment that is Penn State football:

Penn State's Cowardly Lions

and it can be argued that it applies more often than not to football in other places and at other levels.

An excerpt:

All of which gives rise to these questions: Those men and women who remained silent in the face of this evil -- are they truly good? Or are they cowards who were simply not willing to take a modest personal risk for the preservation of the one thing they supposedly valued most?

I believe they are cowards. Their goodness was found wanting when it was needed most, and so was shallow if it existed at all. They are sunshine patriots who could not be counted on when the stakes were highest.

In life, even more than in football, courage is required.

11/13/11

Campus Cops = Campus Follies

In too many cases, that's exactly what it is. Campus Follies.

You get too many crimes showing up in a university's stats, and parents decide to send their kids elseplace. A university gets a bad rep, the reputation of being a 'dirty' campus crime-wise, and the enrollments start drying up. And more importantly, so does recruiting for ... The Great God Football and other sports.

And if that happens, alumni donations start drying up.

So it isn't about doing what's right on America's college campuses. It's about what brings in the money. The bottom line is the bottom line.

Here ya go:

Campus law enforcement largely autonomous

Some excerpts:

The Penn State police did investigate a complaint in 1998 about Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant coach who was charged last week with sexually abusing eight boys, and turned it over to the district attorney, who declined to prosecute.

But many serious offenses reach neither campus police officers nor their off-campus counterparts because they are directly funneled to administrators. That is what happened at Penn State in 2002, according to a grand jury report, when a graduate assistant to Paterno reported that he saw Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in the locker-room showers. 

Can you just imagine those administrators getting that report? The vapor-locking would have sounded like  figurative corks popping all over Happy Valley.

Alison Kiss, the executive director of Security on Campus, a national watchdog group in Wayne, Pa., praised campus police forces for strides made since the law was enacted. But when a university culture demands silence, she added, the campus police come under great pressure to follow suit.
“Most want to do the right thing, but it’s very difficult when you’re not supported,” she said.
Kiss has dealt for years with complaints of sexual assault against football players at big sports schools.

Yep.

Football. The great reservoir of all-American values. Win at any cost, and if it involves covering up a Great Coach's complicity in a pedophile anally raping a ten year old in the showers ... why, that's just part of the cost of doing business.

11/12/11

A test for 'the Christian Nation'

Here's an interesting essay:

Reactions to Cain, Paterno point to a not-so-Christian nation

Some excerpts:

When I turn on the television and see “family values” conservatives jumping to Cain’s defense within hours of the first charges surfacing, or Penn State students rioting over the decision of their university’s Board of Trustees to fire Paterno, I have to ask myself, “What has happened to this supposedly Christian nation"?

Well ... first, I'm not so sure Cain is guilty; so far all we have is some questionable accusations by some questionable and perhaps very self-seeking 'victims'. Gloria Allred's involvement doesn't say much for the victims; I think Allred is one of the most opportunistic moral clones of Jerry Springer that you'll find anywhere. The damage has been done, however, and no matter what is eventually discovered, Cain has been disAbeled. The 'Christian nation' thing is still valid, however, for if Cain is a victim and not a 'doer', then his political opponents, by aiding and abetting the character assassination, have once again demonstrated just how miserably sleazy American politics can be.

When we turn our gaze to Penn State, do our hearts go out to the boys, some as young as 10, who were allegedly sodomized or otherwise sexually assaulted by a former assistant coach under Paterno? Or do we empathize with Paterno, the closest State College, Pennsylvania, gets to a graven image?

But there is quite a bit more substance to the Penn State dustup. A grand jury investigation and ensuing indictments, while not a finding of guilty, are pretty substantial, and a university cannot afford to keep people such as Paterno and whatsisname the university president in their positions. Or maybe they can, given the 'outrage' by so many over Paterno's firing. The university president doesn't matter; he is not a football coach. And in any case, Paterno, by his comments, admits that he should have done more to make sure the rot was exposed and properly handled.

Though what 'properly handled' means within the context of the moral standards of the Nittany Lions is also questionable; at the moment, it seems to mean they should have done a better job of hiding it all.

Penn State's alumni and students and fans seem quite content to accept homosexual pedophiliac attacks on ten-year-olds, putting themselves into a worshipful state before the modern day Golden Calf ... the Great God Football.

It wasn't consensual homosexual sex between consenting adults ... which while it may get the Christian Right into a foaming frenzy is really none of their business ... it was a Great Man bending over a ten-year kid in the showers at Penn State and ramming home, so to speak, "The Rod". It wasn't Aaron's rod, or even Moses' rods, either, if you get our drift.

Peter, with his betrayal of Christ through his denials, would understand Paterno very well. They are kindred spirits.

Shame on those Penn Staters. Where is Pat Robertson when you need him? Brother Pat could be praying, in fine Christian fashion, that God smites all of the footballs in Happy Valley, causing them to go flat for forty years or somesuch. After all, if God could smite those Haitians, why not a bunch of Penn Staters who don't mind a bit of pedophiliac sodomy?

11/11/11

CSU-Pueblo's Southeast Asia War Memorial

We went to the re-dedication of the CSU-Pueblo Southeast Asia War Memorial today.

We have a gallery of photos of some of the people and some of the activities there, up on the Galleries page of WritingPlaces.com.

It's right at the top of the page.

We can only hope this doesn't distract from the really important stuff. You know, Joe Paterno and Penn State football.

Penn State's high standards

Multiple threats sideline Penn State Coach

Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will miss Saturday's game against Nebraska after the school said he received "multiple threats."

McQueary is the coach who testified in the grand jury investigation about seeing Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the Penn State athletic facility showers. That's what led to the God-like Penn State coach, Joe Paterno. being fired, and as a sidenote, the firing of the university president.

So. To Penn State's football fans, sodomizing kids is OK, so long as they win their football games?

The press has been going on about how Paterno met his 'legal obligations' by reporting the matter to his so-called 'superiors' at Penn State.

However, Pennsylvania law says otherwise.

Standards for Making a ReportCons. Stat. Tit. 23, § 6311

A report is required when a person, who in the course of employment, occupation, or practice of a profession, comes into contact with children, has reasonable cause to suspect, on the basis of medical, professional, or other training and experience, that a child is a victim of child abuse.


The 'report' is by statutory definition a police report, not a report to school/university officials. Paterno, by his job position, is one of those mandated to make a police report, and so was the president of the university. They did not. And the behavior of Penn State alumni, students, and fans shows why - they don't care who their coaches sodomize ... so long as they win those football games.

It's all a matter of prioritizing what's important, you see.

11/10/11

236

It's November 10, marking the 236th anniversary of the founding of the United States Marine Corps.

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of "American Marines." Congress commissioned 31-year-old Samuel Nicholas, a well-known Philadelphian, as captain of the fledgling force of Continental Marines. Nicholas raised two battalions of Marines and began the long, illustrious history of the United States Marine Corps.

On November 1, 1921, General John A. Lejeune issued Marine Corps Order No. 47, Series 1921. The order provided a summary of the history, mission, and traditions of the Corps. General Lejeune directed that the order be read to every command each subsequent year on November 10th in honor of the founding of the Marine Corps. This tradition has continued every year since 1921 throughout the Corps.

The first official "Birthday Ball" was probably held in 1925 in Philadelphia. No official records of the event were held prior to that date. Guests at the ball in 1925 included the Secretary of the Navy, General Lejeune, well-known national leaders, and representatives from all the military services.

On October 28, 1952, Commandant General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. directed the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday be formalized throughout the Corps. The details were included in the Marine Corps Drill Manual approved in 1956. General Shepherd's order helped bring together the inclusion of a cake ceremony and other traditions still held every year at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.


This year's Commandant's Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

Selling God up by Florissant

Earlier this summer we took a couple of trips over to the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Little did we know that we were near Christian Greatness, and so ... we missed an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of The Woodland Park Sanctuary. We could have written a check, had we but known!

Andrew Wommack's Pathway to Prominence

Perhaps Wommack should be handling Rick Perry's campaign finances, and acting as his media spokesperson?

A pile of political manure

Rick Perry 'steps in it'

Indeed he has. A pair of chest waders won't get him out of this pile of political manure.

We can only wonder if the Gov has been taking lessons from the Otero County and State of Colorado Republican party machines.

Meanwhile ...

November 10, 2011

Three Things from Rick Perry

About Last Night

Dear American:

Okay, lookit, there are three things I forgot to mention last night.

Firstly, you should never drink before a debate. Right after that danged
thing was over I had to stick my head in the porcelain throne and that lawn
gnome Ron Paul had to hold my hair. This morning my head hurts like it was
hit with a hammer in one of those movies with Larry, Curly, and… Larry,
Curly, and what’s the other one? Ah, shit.

Now here’s B: the American people have to decide what’s worse, forgetting
which agencies you plan to get rid of or forgetting which ladies you tried
to nail when you were running the National Restaurant Association. I can
tell you this, if somebody asked me if I remembered who I’d sexually
harassed I could sure as shit tell you their names. But please don’t ask me
that.

And finally, number 3: what the hell was number 3 again? I’ve got it on the
tip of my tongue. Nope, I’ve lost it. Oops.

Vote for me,

Rick Perry

"... a squeaky clean state school ..."

Here’s a good editorial, posted yesterday by a Penn State alumnus:


“… squeaky clean state school …”?

Hah.

The behavior of the 2,000 or so morons up in Happy Valley, as well as the cover-up, rather emphasizes Clark Kerr’s comment all those years ago:

"The three purposes of the University?--To provide sex for the students, sports for the alumni, and parking for the faculty."

We have been re-watching the “Friday Night Lights” series from the beginning. It’s a great series but it sure doesn’t paint a very good picture of high school football, all the worse because it's so believable. The behaviors up in Happy Valley really demonstrate that the TV series might have been more of a reality show than anything else. And it seems to get worse the higher up the football food chain you go. 

So much for all those “American values” the game is supposed to represent.

11/9/11

The Republican Agenda

"... encouraging healthy relationship dynamics ..."

That's excerpted from a statement by the Occupy Wall Street non-leaders.

Occupy protests plagued by reports of sex attacks, violent crime

And then we have this, from the same article:

At the site of the Occupy San Diego camp, street cart vendors were forced to close up shop Monday when protesters, angry that they stopped receiving free food, ransacked and vandalized the carts.

The angry mob not only scrawled graffiti on the carts, they reportedly splattered them with blood and urine as well.

In addition, the vendors received death threats, according to local radio station KNX 1070.

Meanwhile, the talking heads on MSNBC are going nuts over the Cain dustup, with one of those worthies insisting that Cain should have to register as a sex offender.

If that's the case, we should expect to see him in the registration line behind Bill Clinton.

But speaking of Cain ... it's good to see that the Republican party, the party of high moral values, continues to live up to the high standards it has set.

OTOH ... we have this, just coming to light:

Accuser filed complaint in next job

11/8/11

The Republican Agenda

The Republicans continue to come to grips with the vital issues of the day:

Charles Eurey learns to fly the B-25

Charles Eurey is a guest columnist for the Lincoln County Times-News. He has written about taking B-25 flight training at La Junta Army Airfield just after New Year's Day 1944:

Moving on down the line in 1943

Some of Mr. Eurey's previous articles:

On the wings of the wind in World War II

Winging along in my flying machine

No ... it isn't Lincoln County, Colorado. It's Lincoln County, North Carolina. Mr. Eurey is a member of the Lincoln County Historical Association, which has a really nice museum.

11/5/11

Swink goes to State

The Swink Lady Lions, after a spectacular series of victories at the Regionals yesterday, in Pueblo, are going on to the state championships next weekend.

Update: 

We have a gallery of 336 images from the Swink Lady Lions Regionals 11.04.2011, up on WritingPlaces.com's Galleries page.

Please go to WritingPlaces.com and click on the Galleries tab.

The gallery is under Swink Volleyball 2011.