I just have a few minutes today.
I am off to take care of paperwork and orientation, after I was hired yesterday, part time, at a logistics company that needed my particular skills and abilities. Obviously it will effect my overall schedule a bit, but my hope is that as I will only be working 3-4 hours four days a week, I can get back on top of the podcast and get her going again.
Thanks for your patience!
Seventy-five years ago today, the Japanese cabinet, in the presence of the Emperor himself, voted to start a war with the US, Great Britain and the Netherlands. The Japanese had assurance from Nazi Germany that if war came to the Pacific, they too would join in the conflict by declaring war on the United States. One has to wonder if that assurance had never been given, whether or not Japan would have waited? In any case, a group of a few men, sitting in a room decided the fate of millions based on an idea that was clearly flawed with a grand strategy that failed to take into account the capabilities of the opponent. The price was steep. But totalitarianism was defeated.
It has been a year (tomorrow) since the San Bernardino attack was made by a pair of PLRI terrorists. IN that time, the FBI has faced a lot of difficulties and issues that forced us to look not only at the terrorists, but at ourselves and how far we are willing to allow the government to invade our privacy to “protect us” from the PLRI terrorists. The biggest question the FBI has been unable to answer so far, is whether or not the pair had help or if anyone had an idea of what they were planning to do? It seems far fetched that nobody had even a twinkling of it, but it is within the realm of possibilities. It seems like nobody had any idea that the OSU student was going to attack last week. If they did, they didn’t say anything. Read the rest of this entry
I have a very busy day ahead of me, so let me jot down a few thoughts for you before I head out the door and into what I hope is my future. Wish me luck!
Yesterday’s attack at The Ohio State University has the entire world of pundits a twitter. It was almost funny yesterday waiting for the confirmation of the attackers identification, which most on the left hoped would be John Taylor Smith but turned out to be Abdul Razak Ali Artan. As many suspected, he is from a PLRI country and is, of course, a Muslim. In fact, when interviewed by The Lantern, the official student newspaper of The Ohio State University, he explained:
“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was scared with everything going on in the media. I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be. If people look at me, a Muslim praying, I don’t know what they’re going to think, what’s going to happen. But, I don’t blame them. It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it and it, it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable. I was kind of scared right now. But I just did it. I relied on God. I went over to the corner and just prayed.” – The Lantern, August 25, 2016, Pg 5
As Mr. Ali Artan is now taking an eternal dirt nap, we cannot really ask him today if part of the “media’s perception” of Muslims is due – at least in part – to actions taken by individual Muslims such as himself?
I realize that we do not (as of this writing) know Mr. Ali Artan’s specific motives in the attack, but since I don’t believe in coincidence and since ISIL has called for individual Muslims to make attacks such as this and since Mr. Ali Artan clearly had an issue with how he and other Muslims are “perceived,” one is left to connect a few dots and come up with probabilities. Is it possible that he accidentally pulled the Fire Alarm and then unintentionally ran over evacuating students and then in a fluke of nature attacked them with a butcher knife? Sure… it’s possible. But is it probable? Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday as we wrapped up Thanksgiving weekend, I was channeling my Dad and doing the most My Dad thing I could think of, we bundled up two of the kids and we headed up to the mountains. Most of you know that I was raised in Colorado and Utah. While I am and will always be a sailor and have a love for the ocean that rivals that of any human relationship I have, there is something still special about the mountains in my heart.
Especially during the winter. I love the snow. The muted quiet and the cold. It brings back so many wonderful memories of times and places and people. And it makes new ones with my son and my wife and my new family.
California is such a beautiful State. I have travelled to forty-seven of the fifty, lacking only Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont (don’t worry, plans are under consideration). In no other State is there the beauty and diversity of activity that there is here. In just a couple of hours I can go from the top of the Sierra’s to the shores of the Pacific. In a few more I can go from the Redwoods to Malibu.
There is every sport imaginable, every leisure activity anyone could ever want.
And over the past few days, I have spoken with at least three different people who are leaving the State. Read the rest of this entry