Tuesday, October 21, 2014

US officials would not characterize terrorist this way, but would call it a ‘parking lot incident’

(CNN) -- Canadian authorities believe a man who allegedly struck two soldiers with his car Monday -- killing one of them -- may have been "radicalized."

A 25-year-old man allegedly struck two members of the Canadian Armed Forces who were walking in a strip mall parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, said David Falls, spokesman for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Police later shot and killed the suspect. Authorities have not named him, but CNN affiliate CTV identified him as Martin Rouleau.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/21/us/canada-soldiers-killed-officer-attack/index.html?hpt=hp_t2


(Since the terrorist "allegedly" struck two soldiers and killed one, how come he wasnt "allegedly" shot by police?)

Looks more like Planet of the Apes

UFO fans say rock on Mars is the same as some Egyptian skulls.

http://www.examiner.com/article/is-that-an-elongated-human-skull-on-mars


What the U.S. needs to (make Afghans) do

(According to this guy, anyway – former US ambassador to Afghanistan and to the UN.)

“The formation of a unity government is only the first step in a broader political process—one that requires the Afghans to deliver on reforms, and the United States to sustain its engagement.”

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/new-start-afghanistan-5-massive-challenges-will-decide-its-11501

(In other words, Afghans need to do things the American way. More than likely, Afghans will do things the Afghan way, with clans against clans and rural folk vs. city folk, and by the way, yes we want dollars with those fries. Billions of dollars.)

Link at http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/

As stated in the post below: In the Middle East, “words spoken by opponents are not important and promises not to be trusted, … you do not easily give up things that are yours, and that if you do, you should expect not a grateful and reconciled adversary but scorn and further exploitation.”

http://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2014/06/mizrahi-nation/

Monday, October 20, 2014

Israel’s non-European, Middle Eastern Jews

“In all, there were nearly a million Jews living throughout the Middle East only 70 years ago, members of one of the region’s ancient native religious communities. Beginning in the mid-20th century they were forcibly displaced en masse, never to see their homes again. Most of them became concentrated in one minute slice of the region. There they developed the ability to defend themselves and have thus survived and thrived, unlike every other religious minority in this part of the world.”



“Today, these Jews and their descendants can be said to make up, according to the Israeli demographer Sergio DellaPergola, 50 percent of Israel’s total Jewish population of just over six million …”



“Zionism initially found relatively few adherents among Jews in Muslim lands. It was a European movement dominated by people who might have an ethnographic interest in eastern Jews but did not regard them seriously as political actors.”

http://mosaicmagazine.com/essay/2014/06/mizrahi-nation/

(European Jews developed political Zionism, while Middle Eastern Jews dreamed of the biblical return to Zion.)

And for Americans to understand: “(T)he way things work in the Middle East …tells you that words spoken by opponents are not important and promises not to be trusted, that you do not easily give up things that are yours, and that if you do, you should expect not a grateful and reconciled adversary but scorn and further exploitation.”

Words spoken by opponents are not important. Promises are not to be trusted.



He had to ask



I stood inside the empty Tire and Lube bay at WalMart, watching three associates butcher the simple act of taking information for an oil change. As my wife later said, “Do you wonder why you have no customers? Start with inept employees.”

Inept. That was the exact word I thought of as I held my temper in check and did not interrupt the incompetence, deciding immediate evaluation of ability might influence the associates’ performance of said oil change.

Then, two assistant managers walked in from outside, the man in the lead with a demeanor of “I am important,” and the trailing man with the look of “Yes, you are, and I am so lucky to be led by one like you.” The man in the lead walked past me, with no indication of my presence. The trailing assistant manager ruined my moment and his by asking, “How is everything going, sir?”

Aw, shoot. You had to ask, didn’t you?

By then both assistant managers had reached the door that led inside, but both stopped when I said, “Never have I seen three more incompetent people attempt to do a job.”

The senior of the two said, “What is the problem, sir?”

“First of all, we were not greeted. We had to find somebody to tell we wanted an oil change. Then, that man told us to go inside and give information to the man at the counter. We went inside. That man told us to go back outside and talk to the man who told us to go inside. The outside man took that device that enters information and fiddled with it and took out the battery pack and shoved the pack back and said, ‘Who used this last? I had to reset the batteries.’ Then he started poking at the device, but apparently nothing happened.”

Both assistant mangers by now had that blank look people get when they stop listening and just want you to go away.

I said, “Do not tell them now, because I do not want them to screw up the oil change.”

The senior man said, “Well, sir, we apologize for any inconvenience and we are sorry your experience was not better.”

I turned away then. The two men went somewhere.

When my wife joined me and we were inside the store, away from Tire and Lube ears, she said, “Umm, umm, umm.” (If you are not from the South, you might not recognize that as a lady keeping her cool and not uttering remarks on the parentage and intelligence of an inept person or persons.)

“I know,” I said. I then told her of my conversation with the two assistant managers.

That was when she said, “Do you wonder why you have no customers? Start with inept employees.”


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Really? Tribbles?

A dream.

A young man and a young woman are police investigators. There were adventures before this, but my mind did not remember what those adventures were.

The two searched a man’s living quarters aboard an interstellar ship. The woman reached overhead and unlatched a storage bin. Fifty Tribbles fell out, bouncing from her shoulders and her chest.

“Really?” she said to the resident. “Tribbles?”

The resident had his back turned. “They are stuffed toys,” he said. Then, he turned. He shrieked when seeing the number of Tribbles. “Yesterday there were only two!”

I woke up.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Well, you know, the rules don’t really apply to me

“’While under voluntary quarantine guidelines, which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed,’ Snyderman, 62,said in a statement after being spotted in her car outside Peasant Grill in Hopewell, N.J. A man with her picked up a takeout order.”

Oh, I see. The quarantine was voluntary, so it was OK to disregard possible health problems to dozens of other people. Well, she is a doctor, and a TV reporter, so she knows best.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/dr-nancy-snyderman-deeply-breaking-ebola-quarantine-article-1.1973623