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In March 2006, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, an Iranian-American, intentionally, as he confessed, hit people with a sport utility vehicle on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to “avenge the deaths of Muslims worldwide” and to “punish” the United States government. While no one was killed in the attack, nine people were injured (none seriously). (Wikipedia)
When the above happened, did we ban cars? Or, al least ban big SUV’s? Of course not, the car wasn’t the problem.
A teen accused of breaking into his family’s Farmington Hills’ home and killing his father with a baseball bat has a court date Wednesday afternoon. The hearing will determine whether 19-year-old Tucker Cipriano and his friend, 20-year-old Mitchell Young, will face trial for the murder of 52-year-old Robert Cipriano.(CBS) When this happened, was there an outcry to ban baseball bats? No, the bat wasn’t at fault.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Prosecutors in New Jersey have released the names of three children and a teenager killed along with an adult in a fast-moving apartment fire in Newark. (USA Today) Did we attempt to ban matches or lighters? No, not the problem.
And the guns, and even the availability of the guns are not the problem here, either. The problem is the perpetrator.

Whether he is mentally ill or just evil, he is the problem, not the guns. Does anybody really think that a potential criminal thinks

“I would get a gun and kill someone, but having the gun is against the law, so I’d better not”?

Anyone bent on doing evil as this guy was, is going to do so. When we ask, as we always do, “How can we prevent this from happening again?” we are whistling past the graveyard. We can’t prevent evil crazies from doing evil crazy things. All we can do is deal with it and try to move on.
Gun control, or increasing gun control and making it harder for law abiding citizens to own guns will not fix the perceived “problem”. Three of the worst examples of mass shootings in recent times were in England, Germany and in Norway where there are MUCH more strict gun control laws that we have in the US.
I hate that this tragedy happened and my prayers go out to the injured and the loved ones of the ones that were killed, but more stringent gun control laws are not the answer. In fact, I would even venture to say that had the theater not been a “gun free” zone, and had some patrons been concealed carry permit holders, the carnage may have been much less.


John Edwards Trial

Posted: June 4, 2012 in news, political

OK, John Edwards is a sleazeball. I have ALWAYS said that. When some of my friends were almost giddy because a North Carolinian was running for the presidency, I told them back then that he was a sleazeball. It should be obvious if you have read any of my postings before that I disagree very much with his politics, but that has nothing to do with his being a sleazeball. John Edwards politics are not the reason he is a sleazeball. John Edwards is a sleazeball because of his CHARACTER (or actually the lack thereof).

That having been said, he did not deserve 30 years in prison (this is what the press kept saying he was facing, during his trial) for being a sleazeball. In fact, as disgusting as a sleazeball can be, being a sleazeball is not illegal. Look at reality. Not reality television reality, but real reality. (Real reality, now there’s an adjective/noun combination I’ll bet you never saw in school.) People are being found guilty of killing someone else and getting a few years, if that much. I personally know of a case in which a man stole a gun, used it to kill someone in the course of an illegal drug deal, and used the same stolen gun to rob a store to get the money to make his get away in a stolen car. When he went to jail, he didn’t even get the so-called “mandatory” seven years for armed robbery with a hand gun.

No, what Edwards did was disgusting, it was immoral, it was downright sleazy, but it didn’t warrant 30 years in prison, even if they HAD found him guilty, which they, of course, did not do.

Campaign finance law could be the subject of another blog (if I could make any sense of it) but that is not exactly what I am talking about. What actually happened in the Edwards case, without getting into campaign finance laws?

1. Someone gave him some money.

2. He spent the money. Case closed.

Now, these campaign finance laws are convoluted, at best, but whether the money was donated to finace his campaign, or to help him pay for hiding his mistress, the money WAS given to him. And he spent it to cover up the fact that he was cheating on his nearly dead from cancer wife. He says it was to protect his wife, so that she wouldn’t have to deal with his cheating, etc. If he was really concerned for her and her feelings he wouldn’t have cheated on her to begin with. And to do what he did while she was dealing with cancer. This is absolutely sleazeball behavior, but is it a criminal offense worthy of a sentence of 30 years? As much as I dislike John Edwards, I think not.

Just my opinion.

Vaya con Dios,


Hanoi Jane

Posted: May 17, 2012 in news, pop culture

Jane Fonda.
A fair to middling actress who made a few good movies, none of which I will ever watch. I will have no part in anything that puts any money in her pocket whether it be buying a ticket to a movie or even watching one on TV for which she may get a residual check. I only mention her here because her name came up on Yahoo news today as a “Fit 74 year old” who was, according to the reporter, “upstaging the younger stars”. When I saw her name, I felt I had to add my two cents.

Jane Fonda is a traitor and should have been charged with and convicted of treason.

Read for yourself at the above link if you don’t believe me.

One definition of treason, as defined in the Constitution, is giving “aid and comfort” to the enemy. Whether you agree(d) with the Viet Nam war and the reasons for fighting it or not is not the issue. Even if you were a staunch anti-war protestor, you cannot deny that the enemy of the US was, indeed, North Viet Nam and Ho Chi Minh. Also, you cannot deny, without deliberately denying history, that she did, indeed, give “aid and comfort” to these said enemies. Therefore, by the very definition of treason, she was (IS) guilty of said crime. The fact that she didn’t go to jail (actually the prescribed punishment for treason is the death penalty) for her crimes makes me wonder about our judicial system.
The fact that she railed against the US and capitalism and then later married Ted Turner shows that she is a hypocrite.
The fact that she is being lauded as someone to emulate and look up to makes me want to puke.

That about sums it up.

Weight is unchanged since last post. No excuses, just the way it is.

Yankees are losing, but are still within 3 games of first and have some injuries. It is WAY too early to count them out, even without Rivera.

Amendment One passed and passed rather handily. I am not one of these people who are saying they are “ashamed” of NC, but I did hope that people would look at the issue other than as how it stood against their religion. I do not want a Muslim, Buddist, Krishna follower, an atheist, or anyone else to tell me that I must behave according to their religious beliefs and I am sure that the majority of those who voted FOR Amendment One feel that way, also. I was hoping that they would see that imposing their religious beliefs on their fellow North Carolinians was the flip side of that same coin. Guess I should have known better.

Tuesday, 10 Apr…

Posted: April 12, 2012 in news, sports, weight

Tuesday, 10 April

(I wrote this Tuesday, didn’t actually get around to posting it until Thurs.)


The holiday weekend is over and I am still at 303. I did some research to make sure that I wasn’t just making excuses and it turns out that, as I suspected, part of my weight problem is, indeed, my medication. I am taking a med for my hypertension called atenolol which is a class of medication called a beta blocker. Beta blockers work by relaxing the blood vessels and slowing the heart rate to reduce blood pressure. The ‘net is full of people asking how to lose weight while taking beta blockers and they are all struggling with this problem.

Even exercise is only partially helpful, because I can’t get my heart rate up to where it needs to be for a good cardio workout, again because of the meds. You see all these ads for supplements that “raise metabolism” or “increase metabolism” or “send your metabolism into over-drive” and here I am taking something to have the completely opposite effect. This does make it more difficult, but it is not impossible.

The bottom line is, and this doesn’t change, to lose weight you need to take in fewer calories and / or burn more. There are many different diets out there, some work better than others, but the bottom line doesn’t change. Burn more or take in less to lose pounds. Since burning more is a problem with my meds, taking in less is going to have to work. I think I will try skipping lunch for a while.

Everybody says, “Eat more meals, just smaller ones” and I am sure that that approach has worked for many, but not me. You know, if I could just quit eating, like I did smoking, I could handle it, but you gotta eat. I eat a little, and that leads to a little more. If I HAD to smoke a little, I never would have quit smoking either. Cold turkey works for me, cutting back never has.



I was pulling for Phil Mickelson, but couldn’t be happier for Bubba Watson and his first Masters win. He has never had a golf lesson, doesn’t have a swing coach, doesn’t need a sports psycologist and is from the Florida panhandle. He owns the original General Lee (the car from the Dukes of Hazzard) and his name is Bubba! It don’t get any LESS snooty than that. The Masters winner picks the menu for the dinner at next years Masters, and he has said it would probably be cheeseburgers. My kind of champion.


Yeah, I know the Yankees started out 0-3, but so did the BoSox. (They both got their first win yesterday).

April 12 update – The Yanks are now 3-3 after winning 3 straight, thanks to the O’s.

The BoSox are losing, too and are now 1-5, I love it. The Braves finally got a win, thanks to the return of Chipper Jones and are now 2-4 after 4 loses to start. Did you know that only Mickey Mantle and Eddie Murray have more switch hit home runs than Chipper? That’s pretty good company.


My two cents on the Trayvan Martin case.

First, there has been a “rush to judgment” since the story first broke. Next, the selective editing of the 9-1-1 call (by the media, NBC, I think) was outrageous. They made it sound like it was a racial issue, whether it was or not. Third, the New Black Panther party’s leader should be arrested for putting a bounty on Zimmerman. Fourth, the idiot celebraties that tweeted what they thought was Zimmerman’s address should be charged with something, too. And lastly, we (we being the general public) do not know the facts, yet. We do not know what happened.  Only two people know exactly what happened, and one of them is dead.  We need to reserve our judgments until we DO know the facts. But, the bottom line is that a seventeen-year-old kid is dead.  It may be that he did attack Zimmerman, I don’t know. If he did, it was not the twelve year old that we all saw pictures of, it was the 6 ft 3 inch tall, hoodie wearing, gold teeth flashing, thug looking Trayvan that attacked. But, while he may have been 6’3 and he may have had gold teeth, and he may have been wearing a hoodie and looking like a thug, but he was STILL seventeen and UNARMED.  Zimmerman is a wanna-be cop who is several years more mature and several pounds heavier than Trayvan was. I don’t know the facts, but I don’t believe killing that teenager was Zimmerman’s only choice.

April 12 update—They (the state of Fla) have now arrested Zimmerman and are charging him with 2nd degree murder. I’m not a lawyer and don’t claim to know the Florida laws, but 2nd degree murder doesn’t make sense to me. Manslaughter I could see, but if it is at all murder, why not first degree? He did, after all, continue, after the 9-1-1 operator told him not to, to follow Trayvan. That’s not too big a stretch from “premeditation”.  Then, again, I’m not a Florida lawyer.

Vaya Con Dios,  ML