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April 27, 2017

Home Again, Home Again

It's good to be home, We were gone almost three weeks,

The weather in Fayetteville was gorgeous, highs in the eighties and clear skies almost all the time. In addition to working on Danielle's house, I also took a two mile walk almost everyday. Lost a few pounds and got some sun.

We also looked at some houses in that zip code and in a neighboring county. There are some incredibly beautiful homes in Spring Lake, the town where Danielle lives; way out of our price range of course but very nice. Her neighborhood is extremely well kept, the lots are large (she bought a ranch on a 3/4 acre plot), there are no cookie-cutter homes and the people are very friendly. I met a few of them on my walks; friendly Southern folk.

Last week we had the neighbors from across the street over for dinner; he's retired Army and works for the same Special Forces contractor as Danielle. Very nice couple with two children.

Danielle will be going to Ft. Bennington for jump school so she might miss her cousin's wedding in June. She doesn't know the exact date yet so we'll have to wait a bit.

We drove back to Maryland last Saturday and got most of Mom's financial affairs settled. She had several accounts squirreled away over the years and some of the institutions would not give up any information until we had filed our power of attorney forms with them. My sister and her husband have done an incredible amount of work maintaining her finances and assisting with her care. At least we know that there are sufficient funds to maintain her in the assisted living center, even at a higher cost due to the level of care she is now receiving.

This is what Dad would have wanted. Mom is failing rather quickly but is still feisty. She has very low heart function left and congestive heart failure will do her in, maybe in a few months, or a few weeks, it's hard to say. But knowing Mom, she could go to the end of the year perhaps just because she's ornery. Either way, it's in God's hands.

When we moved Mom out of her condo in Hauppauge, Long Island in 2015, we packed up a ton of her stuff and moved it into my sister's garage. Caren said Mom had boxes of photos that we should go through. We finally sat down and did so on Friday. I couldn't believe some of the old photos. A few were almost  100 years old. I saw some pictures of Mom when she was all dolled up in her late teens. She was stunning. By time she was twenty she already had my sister (1948), I followed a eight days less than a year later.




Draining The VA Swamp

An estimated 346 employees in the Department of Veterans Affairs do no actual work for taxpayers. Instead, they spend all of their time doing work on behalf of their union while drawing a federal salary, a practice known as "official time."

That's according to a report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. But exactly what those VA workers are doing and why so many are doing it is not clear. The VA doesn't track that, and the GAO report offers no clue.
And the number may actually be much higher. I'd love to see how much community organizing these slobs do.

Many federal agencies have workers who do nothing but take care of union affairs but the VA employs almost half of them. And typically, no one knows what they are doing.
At least 700 federal workers do nothing but work on official time, according to the GAO and data obtained from various Freedom of Information Act requests. The VA uses official time far more than any other agency.

"Employees spent approximately 1,057,00 hours on official time for union representation activities … In addition, the data show that 346 employees spent 100 percent of their time on official time," the GAO found in a January report.

It is possible that even those figures are conservative. The GAO said the said the VA's poor monitoring meant the data was "inconsistent and not reliable."
Indictments hopefully to follow.

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April 23, 2017

Back In Maryland

We had a great time in NC and did some work on her house, fixing the walls in her dining room and my SIL and I installing a new storm door on the front of her house. Our daughter Jess and her family left on Easter Sunday and my oldest daughter and her family left on Thursday. From a house full of 12 people it was just the three of us for the end of last week. And of course the two dogs.

We left Danielle's house on Saturday and we are back a my sister's in Maryland. We had a nice Sunday dinner with my Mom at the senior facility and she was was pretty much all there, a real blessing indeed. We have some work to do over the next few days getting the rest of Mom's finances in order, back to Syracuse on Wednesday.

April 21, 2017

Why Does America Have So Much Difficulty Executing Murderers?

Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch helped an Arkansas murderer meet his Maker by breaking a tie vote to allow the execution.
In what will undoubtedly be a memorable first major tie-breaking vote as a Supreme Court Judge, Neil Gorsuch cast the deciding vote last night to allow Arkansas to begin executing a group of 8 death-row inmates. The decision came after attorneys for the State of Arkansas sought an expedited process to allow for the executions to proceed before their lethal-injection drugs expire at the end of April.
The "Kill You" drugs used by Arkansas were about to expire? Wha? Don't they have veterinarians in Arkansas?

The drug most commonly used by veterinarians to euthanize a dog is phenobarbital, an anti-seizure medication that in a large dosage will stop the heart and brain function in about two minutes.
Done.
And it costs anywhere from $50 to $150 per injection. If the murder victim is related to a veterinarian, I bet it will be done gratis.

Sleep and Dream, Sweet Prince, As We Boot Your Ass Into Eternity

Arkansas used a Cocktail O'Death using three ingredients:
Midazolam, the drug used to make inmates unconscious before two more drugs paralyze and kill them, does not effectively prevent a painful death. The second drug, pancuronium bromide, paralyzes the inmate. The third, potassium chloride, brings on cardiac arrest and stops the heart.
The cost of these cocktails has risen sharply; last year the American Pharmacists Association refused to participate in executions. As there are relatively few executions in the US the cost of these chemicals has increased from $500 per vial to over $1,000. We really need to talk to the veterinarians.

There is yet another avenue to achieve low cost, painless executions. About $30 worth of street heroin will blissfully place the murderer in the arms of Morpheus, forever.

Braggadocious

That little s**t pot North Korean dictator, Kim Turd-un, is threatening to hit the USA with a "super-mighty preemptive strike," whatever that is. His threats to destroy the US are really directed towards his own people because no one else in the world believes him. Still he is truly an annoying little psychopath and hopefully the 1-2-3 combo of China, Japan and the US will remove him from being an annoyance to realizing his potential as fertilizer.

Even Mary Poppins wants to kick his Fat Asian Ass.

Super-Mighty-Suicidal-Extra-Braggadocious
Threatenings from that little shit who wants to be ferocious
The bombing that is soon to come is something quite atrocious
Super-Mighty-Suicidal-Extra-Braggadocious!

April 19, 2017

US Military Command Responsible For Deaths Of US Soldiers?

A retired Air Force Captain relates how she watched US soldiers die as she was denied permission to engage Taliban terrorists.
A decorated retired Air Force officer who witnessed one of the most deadly attacks on Navy SEALs in U.S. history is breaking her silence, saying the government covered up evidence detailing that the 2011 downing of a Chinook helicopter gunship that killed 38 fighters in Afghanistan could have been prevented had it not been for restrictions to the military's rules of engagement that were changed under the Obama administration.
The article lists some of the ROE that get American soldiers killed.
  • No night or surprise searches
  • Villagers warned prior to searches
  • U.S. units on searches
  • U.S. soldiers may not fire at the enemy unless the enemy is preparing to fire first
  • Afghan National Army or Afghan National Police must accompany
  • U.S. forces cannot engage the enemy if civilians are present
  • Troops can fire at an insurgent if they catch them placing an IED, but not if they’re walking away from placing an IED.
  • Only engage an enemy fighter if you see a weapon, and they’ve fired first
Trump simply has to make this nonsense disappear. Nothing will return these brave men and women to their loved ones; the military's leadership should be held accountable for this.

Apparently Obama has removed many good fighting generals and replaced them with ass kissers. I desperately hope I am wrong on this account as my daughter joined the National Guard's, 20th Group SF and has already been asked if she is willing to be deployed (again).

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Hernandez Suicide

People self destruct for any number of reasons. Chief among them is a dirty life martini containing equal amounts of hubris and self pity, garnished with a heavy dash of despair and shaken by circumstances, not stirred.

Such is the end of New England Patriots' tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, killed himself in prison early Wednesday, prison officials confirmed.

He was discovered hanged in his cell by corrections officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass., about 3:05 a.m. Wednesday, corrections officials said.

“Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” a statement from the Department of Correction reads, the Boston Globe reported.
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God is not pleased with this turn of events - "Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live."
Eze. 33:11.

April 18, 2017

Words Mean Something

“Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us.”


~ Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

April 17, 2017

If The Nation Really Knew...

It can be very frustrating trying to make sense of crime statistics. I have been collecting and analyzing crime data since 1987 when I started GIS-based crime analysis for the Syracuse Police and have only stopped once I retired in 2017 from the DA's Office. Back in the early 90's I assisted a few other police agencies, including the Auckland (New Zealand) Police Department, in bringing their Mapinfo systems on line.

I often thought that the feds went out of their way to obfuscate crime stats, especially those concerning minorities. Seems I was right. And this leads to problems. When Willy Sutton, the famous bank robber, was asked why he robbed banks, allegedly he responded, "Because that's where they keep the money." Cops arrest minorities because that's where much of the crime is.
“The big fallacy of all anti-cop activism is to ignore the fact that policing today is data-driven and police go where people are most being victimized and that is in minority neighborhoods. But the public is, by and large, clueless about how vast the disparities in criminal offending are,” she said. “The federal government could take the lead in educating the public about policing and crime.” 
On immigration issues, the federal government hides data about the scale of guest-worker programs, such as the H-1B program, and it hides data about green card holders, said Steven Camarota, research director at the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Similarly, the federal government has muddled data regarding repatriations, he said, adding: “This is how the Obama administration made [the number of] deportations look higher.”

More here.

Revenge Can Also Be Served Luke Warm

Don't tug on Jared Kushner's cape and don't piss in his corn flakes.

Ever wonder why NJ Gov. Chris "Krispy Kreme" Christie was dumped as the head of Trump's Presidential transition team?

Trump's son-in-law, Jared, most likely was the reason.

Christie was the US Attorney who put Jared's father in prison. That is no surprise, this information has been out there for a good while. But what did Charles Kushner, Jared's father, do that he plead guilty to federal charges? And not just him, his brother-in-law also.

My take on this is: Trump must have known the story behind the federal prosecution of Charles Kushner prior to announcing his decision last May to select Christie as leader of his transition team. Then right after the election he dumps Christie (and all of Christie's buddies) and replaces him with Pence. Was this also a form of pay back?  Hmmm?

Story here.

April 15, 2017

The Truth About Criminal Aliens

Liberals try again and again to soft-pedal the criminal activity of illegal aliens in America. The truth is, they have a devastating effect on the communities where they reside.

Dr. Ron Martinelli is a former police detective and criminologist who has documented the damage that uncontrolled immigration has had on our country's safety.
PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATIONS HAVE DELIBERATELY KEPT AMERICANS IN THE DARK ABOUT ILLEGAL ALIEN CRIMES

Most states and our federal government have kept information and statistics about illegal immigration, crimes committed by illegals and the costs borne by you the U.S. payer out of public view. It is in fact difficult, but not impossible to locate accurate crime statistics involving illegal aliens. The statistics are buried both to suit a political agenda and to avoid public outcry.

[...] Research conducted by the federal government oversight organization Judicial Watch in 2014 documents that 50% of all federal crimes were committed near our border with Mexico. Of the 61,529 criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors; 40% or 24,746 were in court districts along the southern borders of California, Arizona and Texas. The Western District of Texas had the nation’s most significant crime rate with over 6,300 cases filed; followed by the Southern District of Texas with slightly over 6,000 cases. The Southern California District with nearly 4,900 cases; New Mexico with nearly 4,000 cases and Arizona with over 3,500 criminal cases ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th.

[...]According to the FBI, 67,642 murders were committed in the U.S. from 2005 through 2008, and 115,717 from 2003 through 2009. The General Accounting Office documents that criminal aliens committed 25,064 of these murders. To extrapolate out these statistics, this means that a population of just over 3.5% residing in the U.S. unlawfully committed 22% to 37% of all murders in the nation. This is astounding!
If the above hasn't made you sick, the following will. It makes me want to grab every liberal politician and stuff them in a prison cell with these murderers.
Vetted crime statistics from USDOJ, the U.S. Sentencing Commission and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) are both clear and demonstrative that illegal aliens who comprise only 3.5% of our nation’s population, are convicted and sentenced for the crime of murder at a rate of three times that of their American citizen and legal alien counterparts. In California alone, over 2,400 illegal aliens out of a total prison population of 130,000 are imprisoned in the state’s prison system for the crime of homicide.
I have already posted about these statistics, here is one of the sources.