Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 25, 2014. On Wednesday I watched the Netherlands come to a complete stop, for almost an hour, as the first 40 victims of MH17 were driven from the airport to the Lab for identification … in a 40 Hearst convoy. An incredible number of people spontaneously lined the roads to pay their respect, some throwing flowers. Courts took a recess … many, many church services, television commercials pulled from the air. An incredible sign of respect by a whole nation. Reminded me of the days following 9/11. Without a doubt, there are beasts among us … like the animals who brought down a civilian airliner … or ripped wedding bands from victim’s fingers, as their bodies lay rotting on a Ukrainian field … or using credit cards stolen from the murder scene. There are reports of people answering calls on stolen cell phones. But I KNOW these beasts are a minority. All the proof I needed, was to see/watch the folks, on CNN, lining the streets in the Netherlands. Thousands … versus … a few hundred wastes of perfectly good skin.
Course that begs the question: “Is folks speaking up after the fact enough to thwart the evil perpetrated my the beasts/animals among us?” NO!!! Nazis were a minority, in Germany … yet, this minority murdered how many million people because the majority remained silent, did nothing? Stalin murdered, how many millions, while the majority did nothing? Pol Pot and his minions were a minority, yet they murdered how many Cambodians? Idi Amin murdered how many Ugandans? You have example after example. And there are how many Billion Muslims in the world with Islamic Fundamentalists comprising a very small minority … and this minority have killed how many? Where is the overwhelming condemnation? What have the majority of Muslims done to bring these beasts/animals under control? Nothing. (CNN) — Extremists destroy Jonah’s tomb, officials say. “If you blink during the video, you might miss the moment an explosion destroys what is said to have been the tomb of Jonah, a key figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The first few frames show the revered shrine towering over its landscape. Then comes a sudden burst of dust, fire and smoke. Then, nothing. Militants with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, planted explosives around the tomb and detonated them remotely Thursday, civil defense officials there told CNN.” This isn’t a Shia or Sunni issue. This is a crime against our common human cultural heritage. Disgusting. Where is the Muslim outcry?
On a different note. What is with all these political ads on TV … for a “primary” in a week or so … in almost every case, Republicans eyeball to eyeball? Republicans trashing fellow Republicans. NO infighting among Democrats. Don’t see any Democrat folks running, (at least here in Johnson County, Missouri.) Guess they are having a hard time, (at least in Johnson County, Missouri), getting folks to run. Makes me wonder … why? On the other hand, Libertarians have their own problems. Mostly trying to figure out who the person running is … where they came from and where are they running.
And in plans run awry: (BBC NEWS) — Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite. “A Russian satellite containing geckos, fruit flies and mushrooms could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports. The engine of the Foton-M4 satellite, with several experiments on board, has stopped responding to ground control. All other systems are intact, the Progress space centre stated, including “one-way” transmission of information. The five geckos are in space for a study of the effect of weightlessness on their sex lives and development.” The Russians had planned to draw the worlds attention away from the war crimes they are committing in the Ukraine, by broadcasting Gecko Porn from outer space. What they didn’t count on? They sent FIVE geckos into space, (five is a really interesting number of participants in sex studies) … who promptly ate the fruit flies … and perhaps, Psilocybin mushrooms were a poor choice. After eating the mushrooms, the geckos turned off the engine on the Foton-M4 satellite … and remain perched by the satellites window enjoying/tripping on the earth view.
And the “Duh!!” news: NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Smart people buy generic brands. “Sudafed or Wal-Phed: Which would you choose? Nine times out of 10, pharmacists and doctors will buy the generic version of aspirin, rather than a brand-name like Bayer. Likewise, professional chefs prefer store-brand sugar, salt and baking powder instead of brand name ingredients … Americans are wasting about $44 billion a year on name brands, when they could be buying the exact same products if they switched to cheaper store brands. Store brand products cost on average about half the price of national brands. Take that bottle of aspirin for example. A 100-tablet package of 325 mg Bayer Aspirin costs $6.29 on www.CVS.com. The CVS version? Just $2.27 when it’s regularly priced, and $1.14 when it’s on sale.” Identical ingredients.
Soldiers remain soldiers: (BBC NEWS) — #BBCtrending: Sexy selfies in support of IDF. “A Facebook campaign has been launched which encourages women to submit sexy selfies to boost the morale of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers. The “Standing with IDF” page was launched on Wednesday and now has more than 12,000 likes. It includes dozens of photos of skimpily-dressed women, with “I love IDF” scrawled across their bodies.” No different I suppose, from the “Pinups” that become popular in every war. Interesting collection of WW II pinups on Pinterest. Wonder what the Pinups from the Civil War looked like? Brings back memories: I remember having a revealing picture of Ann-Margret taped to my wall locker. Rumor at the time had it … the revealing parts were airbrushed in. They looked real to me.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, watching CNN … the Editorial Staff crashed on the floor. Both central air units cooling down Ft Timmerman. The Russians are upping the ante in the Ukraine by transferring more heavy weapons to the Rebels. Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Egypt, Libya and Nigeria all in flames. Where are the peace loving Muslims? I remain nicotine free, (almost a year and 1/2, 27,906 ciggybutts not smoked, $4,534.00 saved and 1,860 hours added to my life). And I still, every once in a while, think … “Gee. Wouldn’t a cigarette taste good now.” It wouldn’t. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? BBQ’d Smoked Ribs, French Fries and a Garden Salad. The movie? “The Expendables 3 “.
Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman. Later when I say my Thank You’s, I will say a thank you for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform. Care to join me? Be and sleep well. The best we as a nation have, are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize. That was not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff).