Thursday, September 11, 2014

RIP Norma Khan.

       RIP Norma Khan. On the plane that hit the Pentagon. My across-the-street neighbor. Is the comment from NaCly Dog at the HQ. When asked he provided more detail. 

"She was Venezuelan, married to a Pakistani who deserted her and her son after she became a citizen. She was vivacious, with a winning smile. 

She kept a well-maintained home and a small flower garden. I remember her always volunteering to help clean up the Reston neighborhood during the annual cleanup day. 

She was a reliable worker, and someone who could be depended upon to help when the local community needed assistance. Her son was well behaved. 

Others had more memories."

It is a small thing to copy that to here, but I firmly believe that the more people who know at least something about each of those who was murdered 13 years ago the more "real" they will stay in our collective memory. It is right that the "normal" people be remembered for the lives that were taken from them by a brutal, cowardly, and ultimately (please G-d) futile attack.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Almost time

To turn in the paperwork to get a CHL. I took the class in February but, due to various rules here in TX, it made the most sense to wait until just after my next birthday which is coming up quickly. I think I know what handgun I want, a 9mm Bersa, and need to start calling around to find out who has the best price. A neighbor has taken Son and myself to his gun club a couple of times since the class, which has been very helpful. I didn't get to go last month because of schedule conflicts and was surprised at how much I missed it.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

A Parable

By commenter "Dang" at the HQ.

So you live outside of town and your house catches on fire. You call the fire department and they tell you they can't make it there in time to put out the fire and the fire chief goes to bed while your house burns to the ground and members of you family die. When you try to find out what the hell just happened the deputy fire chief asks, "What difference, at this point, does it make?" And then that deputy fire chief gets an award for her service.

This is the state of the nation at the moment.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy birthday to the Marines.

Although my real-life experience is woefully short on Marines (clearly I've made a mistake somewhere in life) I truly, deeply believe that they are indeed *the* single finest and greatest force for good and peace in the world. My kids and I do indeed sleep soundly knowing that these rough men stand ready and I am grateful everyday that they have chosen to do so.

Friday, June 8, 2012

There has been progress

Although my impression is that the overwhelming majority of Americans still know nothing about the on-going fight for the protection of *every one's* free speech, there has been progress made in bringing the issue to the attention of  both federal level legislators and the media.  Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Rep. Ken Marchant   have both written letters to the DOJ asking for investigations into the "SWATing of several bloggers including a contributor to CNN.  Da Techguy's post CNN scooped again goes into more detail about ABC having broken the story on the networks and also gives a lot of links to help get completely caught up on the story.  Popehat has a very good post on what precisely "SLAPPing" and anti-SLAPP are as well as a link so anyone can find out whether their state has anti-SLAPP laws, and if so how good they are. Through the link I found that, although MO *does* have anti-SLAPP legislation, it seems to be only for the protection of *specifically* political speech, which makes it nearly useless against the type of abuse which is currently at issue.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


To both Governor Walker and the people of Wisconsin.  I'm sure the last year has been very trying.  While there's no way the political left will accept The People's statement with grace ( in fact I could probably just have stopped at "statement") hopefully there will be at least some time to relax before they can regroup.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The judge told them what?!

While reading the link to that Patterico provided in his post about the Walker/Kimberlin hearing, I was struck by something the author, David Hogberg, related.  He told how the judge had said something that appeared to me to mean that he, the judge, felt Walker and Kimberlin should fight out their differences.  When I started checking around yesterday to write this post Hogberg graciously e-mailed me his notes from the portion of the hearing that I was curious about.

Here is the relevant portion of his notes where the judge is discussing his view that it's too easy now to ruin some one's character without ever having met them, which he's under the mistaken impression is what Walker has been doing.

"Where I grew up in Brooklyn those things—when that stuff was pulled, it was dealt with quickly.  I’m not gonna talk about those ways.  In my community you wanted to date an Italian girl, you asked the permission of the Italian boys.  When someone did something unfair to your sister or girlfriend, you got your friends to take him for a ride.  And that stopped it.   You guys have got this new electronic stuff and you can just ruin somebody without doing anything.  But you (Walker) started it."

Now, I don't disagree that it's gotten much too easy to ruin someone by remote-control, after all that is what has happened to Walker. Someone he'd never met, who lived in a different state, decided to ruin him for helping a completely different person and has done a fair job of it to this point. That being said, what. the. heck. is a judge, even a retired one, doing suggesting extra-legal remedies that would absolutely result in further criminal charges if Walker were so mad as to attempt them against a convicted bomber and terrorist?!  I realize that this is probably more "pining for the good old days" than an actual suggestion, but it still seems to have been a terribly stupid thing to say.  I can only hope that the clear unfitness of this judge, leaving aside his complete ignorance of digital media, will make it easier for Walker to get his case reviewed as it is clear that justice was no where near to being served on Tuesday Morning.

This post at  gives a very thorough link-up of many of the blogs that have written about the hearing.