Thursday, December 18, 2014
I blame Murphy's Law and figure I caught his virus through my computer.
Symptoms are awfully similar, or similarly awful.
More realistically it likely came from Leah as children are lovable little disease vectors. She brought it home from school and it hit her Sunday afternoon hard, was delirious for a bit and finally snapped back enough to be fever-free for 24 hours and able to go to school today.
I woke up with the suggestion of it and after trooping into work this morning by noon I decided it had gotten the better of me and I headed home.
On the upside, being unable to stand up lets me lie on the couch and watch Breaking Bad while I await my end.
On the downside, the show makes me really annoyed that the government removed the good stuff from Vick's NyQuil just to prevent a bunch of idiots from using it to make meth. This hasn't stopped the appearance of meth but sure has put a dent in the effectiveness of Vick's for all the decent, law-abiding flu sufferers.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Recognition of a great act of heroism long delayed may happen shortly.
From Fox News: A century after heroism, Jewish soldier may soon get posthumous Medal of Honor
Nearly a century ago, Sgt. William Shemin raced across a World War I battlefield three times to pull wounded comrades to safety. With all the senior leaders of the platoon wounded or killed, the 19-year-old survived a bullet to the head and led his unit to safety.
The heroism should have earned Shemin the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest service medal. But it didn't, perhaps because discrimination was rampant in the military — and he was Jewish.
Thanks to the efforts of his now 85-year-old daughter, Shemin is on the cusp of finally being honored with a medal, 41 years after his death.
The Senate on Friday passed the $585 billion defense bill. A small provision allows President Barack Obama to bestow the Medal of Honor to Shemin. The last hurdle is Obama's signature on the defense bill.Should the bill be signed, it would certainly be fitting for the ceremony to take place during the celebration of Hanukkah, a holiday that commemorates an ancient Jewish military victory and the valor of the Jewish warrior.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On this, the first night of Hanukkah we gathered the family, lit the first of the Hanukkiah candles, said the prayers, and fried the latkas.
Then we exchanged gifts and we're about to make sufganiot.
Quite the enjoyable first night of Hannukah.
Borepatch has written may a time of the concept of anarcho-tyranny, the concept describing that normal citizens get the hammer dropped on them for minor violations, while serious criminals either get off lightly or are ignored.
Serious criminals whether by mistake, deliberate indifference, or racial preferences seem to be gettig overlooked quite a lot recently, especially when it comes to crimes against women.
One fine example is the case of the terrorist import to Sydney, Australia. At the time of his terrorist attack, he was out on bond after 40+ cases of sexual assault and being implicated in the murder of his ex-wife. Yes, 40 sexual assault cases and murder and he was out a free man until he took over a Lindt chocolate shop in the name of Allah and killed people before the police revoked his bond, permanently. It has yet to be explained exactly how and why someone can be charged with 40 cases of sexual assault and be released to walk free.
Or the case of Rotherham where police and council decided to cover-up 1,400 cases of child sexual exploitation by Muslims, including not charging those caught with their proverbial pants down, for fear of being either labelled racist or daring to point out the problem of lack of assimilation of these immigrants and their failure to accept such British values as not raping children.
Now in Detroit we have a warrant backlog leading criminals to go free including both murderers and rapists.
The Detroit News: Detroit warrant backlog frees suspects
Many murderers and rapists were thus set free, and many went and did their crimes yet again, and again. One example being reported being the case of Jamieson Kelley:
After his release from police custody, Kelley was charged with raping three more women in 2013 and 2014. He pleaded guilty in November to 15 charges of criminal sexual assault, among other charges, and was sentenced to between 22 1/2 and 50 years each for nine of the rape charges.The failure to issue the warrants is being blamed on budget cuts, as so much of Wayne County's money has gone to corrupt politicians, political supporters in return for votes and feel-good projects rather than being used for essential services like prosecutors and crime-fighting.
Apparently women's safety sadly doesn't rate in the overall scheme of things these days.
If you're known by the company you keep, convicted felon Robert Davis should be doing hard time.
Robert Davis, as you may know, is a Detroit Democrat Union activist well known for filing multiple complaints in court any time the union is annoyed about something. He's also well known for pleading guilty to stealing over $125,00 from the troubled and Democrat-run Highland Park School system.
Now be-clowning themselves with letters to the judge attesting to Davis' good character are such notable Democrat apparatchiks as Geoffrey Fieger, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garret, and State Rep Philip Cavanagh. They're supporting his attorney's request that Davis get home release and probation for admittedly stealing over a hundred grand from the poor minority children Democrats always claim to represent. Apparently represent means taking money for the kids and blowing it on personal spending sprees.
Reading the letters, one can clearly see there's no shame in their game, and they seem more upset that he got caught than anything else.
Most politicians would hate to be associated with known felons, but these are showing quite intimate connections to Davis - including political and fundraising ties.
The Detroit News: Lawyer for Davis seeks probation, home confinement
One can only hope that Judge Tarnow will instead make the sentence appropriate to Davis' brazen theft and breach of the public trust. Instead of the insane request for probation he should make him an example so that the Democrat Detroit Corruption train finally begins to come to a halt.
Sunday, December 14, 2014
For Abby's birthday, Brigid of Home On The Range kindly gave her an e-copy of her book The Book of Barkley: Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever to Abby as a birthday gift.
Since Abby loves reading, it's quite the perfect and thoughtful gift for her. Abby was amazed and thrilled to find out it had been given to her by the author. It's also Abby's first e-book.
I expect she will highly enjoy it and it will do her good to gain knowledge and wisdom from a strong female role model like Brigid.
Thanks Brigid. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is highly appreciated by us.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Some diseases you thought were gone are now making a comeback due to scientific illiterates who believe that vaccinations are bad for you, and due to officials who grant waivers to permit this stupidity:
The Detroit Free Press: Measles outbreak: Michigan parents opt for vaccine waivers
Michigan has one of the highest rates of vaccination waivers in the U.S. when it comes to its youngest school kids — a ranking that public health officials noted with frustration this week as they battled at least two vaccine-preventable diseases in two northern Michigan counties.Looking at the comments accompanying the article, it seems there's quite a crowd of anti-vaxing idiots out there including those who seem to think a diet of whole grains and unicorn farts will stop a vial infection. Quick hint - it didn't stop it in the age before vaccines were prevalent and people were eating "pre-industrialized" whole food, and it sure won't stop it now.
That's causing us to experience live diseases that should be but a distant memory.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
CNS News: 'Disgusting': Sen. Boxer Shocked to Hear About ISIL's Sexual Abuse of Women
At a hearing on ISIL in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) expressed shock and dismay about a news report detailing the terrorists' enslavement and sexual abuse of women and girls.
Boxer told a State Department human rights official that her staffers had just handed her "the most shocking article" -- in Q&A format -- describing the circumstances in which non-Muslim women and girls may be taken captive and raped by ISIL.
"This is disgusting stuff," Boxer told Tom Malinowski, an assistant secretary for democracy, human rights and labor at the State Department. She asked Malinowski to verify if the report was true. "If this is real, people need to understand this," she said.
"So, this kind of thing is absolutely real," Malinowski responded. "These things are happening. We have seen Daesh (ISIL) put out on its social media, on its Web site...these kinds of justifications before. It just shows the degree of depravity and just the baseness of the ideology that is at the heart of this..."I'm simply shocked that it took her this long to be shocked.
Remember, she's a Senator and Chair of the frickin' Senate Foreign Relations Committee and so supposedly well informed on world affairs and on top of things like ISIL. It's not like this is new information or anything.
Sadly, it appears she was far more focused on the domestic faux-war-on-women than the real one happening in the Levant.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
In New York after a Black man goes into a synagogue, shouts "Kill the Jews" and stabs a rabbinical student in the head, leaving him in critical condition, which even in these benighted times should qualify as a hate crime. He then is confronted and then shot dead by police.
The Detroit News: Man fatally shot after stabbing at NYC synagogue
The attacker has a history of mental illness and had apparently been arrested 19 times since 1982. Funnily enough, again neither the Detroit News nor Detroit Free Press mentioned his race and you'd have to find the video to know as the text is silent.
There's a video of the encounter:
They certainly gave him plenty of chances and multiple loud verbal orders to drop the knife, and then the officers even backed away a few times. But, when he advanced on an officer yet again with knife in hand they quite properly shot him to protect both the officers and the other innocents within reach.
Darn good shoot, the only real question is if they hesitated a bit too much before doing so.
The Detroit Free Press: One dead after shooting involving Lansing Twp. officer
Tyrell Washington burst into his girlfriend's house and shouted, "They killed my man! They killed my homeboy!"
The man Washington was referring to, whose name and age were not released by police, was shot and killed in the first officer-involved shooting in the township in at least two decades, officials said.
But Washington – who said he was driving the vehicle pulled over by police – said his friend was killed while trying to show police he was carrying a firearm so police weren't surprised by it. Washington, 24, said his friend had his hands raised with the gun in the air, "Like, 'I got a gun on me.' He was showing them."
Washington said he saw his friend raise his hands, heard police yell twice to drop the weapon and then without delay heard, "Pop! Pop!" Then he saw his friend slump forward.Sure he was just doing it to show it to them. Any takers on the bet that the recently deceased "homeboy" lacked a CPL for the firearm?
Somehow I don't think the refrain of "Guns Up, Don't Shoot" will catch on any time soon.