Alleged? Alleged, my ass!!!
Everytime I hear a reporter say that murderer Muslim Major is alleged to have killed at least 13 American soldiers at Fort Hood, I want to SCREAM! Alleged, my ass!!!Alleged, to me, is when we're talking about a crime involving circumstantial evidence. The amount of people who SAW this Muslim terrorist who was shooting and killing American soldiers is not in question. And neither is the fact this lowlife scumbag is a Muslim terrorist.Is it possible he's an insane Muslim terrorist? Perhaps, but I don't care. And I don't need him in a courtroom giving speeches about why he did what he did. We need a sensible judge to simply say (at the trial), "Is anyone prepared to testify that Major Nidal Hasan DIDN'T kill these people?" And when his question is met with silence, the judge should then say, "Guilty as charged. A decision on lifetime lodging in a hospital for the criminally insane, life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty will be made in less than a week."Hey, we can dream, can't we? But isn't my way, the way it should be?Speaking of things that involve the military...If we are to believe the stories that seem to be leaking from the White House, President Obama is going to authorize as many as 30,000 or more new troops to be sent to Afghanistan soon and that he will propose a War Tax on ALL of us to pay for this stupid war.One of the reasons allegedly given for this decision is President Obama's concern about us (America) losing our "ally" Pakistan if we don't work harder at controlling what's going on in Afghanistan.YO, war mongering enablers who apparently have President Obama's EAR!!!The Russians couldn't control the "goings on" in Afghanistan. And they spent a lot of years there, too! I hate to break this to you, but Pakistan was "lost" a long time ago and hasn't been an "ally" we can/could count on for YEARS! Those thinking and or saying otherwise, are living in a dream world we all would love to be a part of.And now we're going to possibly be faced with a WAR TAX that we might ALL have to PAY?!I've said it before and I'll say it again. If this Afghanistan business is that damn important, REINSTATE THE MILITARY DRAFT AS SOON AS IS HUMANLY POSSIBLE! DECLARE THAT THIS IS BEING DONE BECAUSE OF A NATIONAL EMERGENCY!AND DON'T SEND 30,000 TROOPS. SEND THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND (300,000) TROOPS! NOT ENOUGH? OKAY, HOW ABOUT FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND (500,000) TROOPS? I mean, if this is THAT important, let's do it and do it RIGHT!BUUUUUT....If we're not prepared to do it "right", then rookie President Obama, show some "Presidential Stones" and get us the hell out of there!!!OTHER STUFF...We touched on "religion" in last week's blog and several readers shared comments with me. I won't mention their names, just the essence of some of their comments. By the way, all emails sent here, in one way or another, agreed with me.One reader said, "I've always wondered why an "Almighty GOD needed a SON?"Hmmmm.....Because of the Muslim community praising Allah as their Supreme Being and pledging allegiance to him (or her?) and we here in America and other nations praising God as our Supreme Being, a question I have is, "How many Supreme Beings ARE there? And which of these Supreme Beings is right and MOST powerful? OUR God, Allah, a DIFFERENT God, or WHAT? Or WHO?Hmmmmm.....This is an important question because a lot wars are fought by people who believe a Supreme Being (God) is in THEIR corner.AND AS LONG AS WE'RE TALKIN' RELIGION...What about these bully Catholic Cardinals and Bishops who try to influence public policy by withholding communion from Catholic Congress people? And some of these same bully Catholic Cardinals and Bishops are people who did virtually NOTHING about pedophile priests they (the Cardinals and Bishops) were responsible for. Behavior that has had a lifetime negative effect on many young "believers" who "trusted" these priest/predators!Hmmmmm.....Look, I'm praying (no pun intended) for your "take" on any of this religious stuff I've posed here. http://www.scottstjames.blogspot.com/And by the way, Happy Thanksgiving!SPEAKING OF THANKSGIVING...I will have the pleasure of sharing Thanksgiving with a long time friend of mine and his family. Harold Sylvester, in addition to being a friend, is a very successful actor, writer, producer and watering hole owner. I've been in at least two films and two television shows (that I know of) with Harold, but I've never had the pleasure of doing a scene with him. For more than 15 years, I've tried to put something together that would have us in the same scene a lot, but it hasn't happened yet. In addition to Harold, I'll be sharing food and good conversation with Harold's beautiful wife, Kathleen, his son, Harold Sylvester III, his daughter, Dr. Tracey Sylvester-Garnett and his mother, Velma Sylvester. This will be her first visit since Harold Sylvester, Senior passed away recently. I am told there will be about 50 other people there who have entertainment business connections and other interesting interests.And speaking of entertainment...Have you been watching this season's "Dexter", Sunday nights on Showtime? The great actor, John Lithgow is playing the role of "The Trinity Killer" and there are only a few episodes until this season will end. If you've watched "Dexter" in the past, you know that John Lithgow's character will not be alive much longer.If you watched tonight's "Glee" on Fox, were you as entertained as I was when they sang, "Imagine". "Glee" is such a good show!!!And as long as we're talking about something GOOD!!!Earlier today, I saw Sandra Bullock's new film, "The Blind Side". This was/is hands down the most entertaining from beginning, to middle, to end film I've seen in a long, long time. I laughed, I shed tears, the whole deal. I believe that Sandra Bullock is a bona fide "Best Actress" Oscar contender, I think Tim McGraw is a bona fide "Best Supporting Actor" Oscar contender and I think Kathy Bates is a bona fide "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar contender. I also think that "The Blind Side" is a bona fide "Best Picture" Oscar contender, which means John Lee Hancock should be a "Best Director" Oscar contender. I LOVED this film!!!Questions and or comments? Please write to me at http://www.scottstjames.blogspot.com/. I respond to all emails that are sent to me. If you write to the blog, there is no way for me to know what your email address is, so I will be unable to respond to you. All emails sent to me "anonymously" are ignored by me.The Next Blog? Barring unforseen circumstances, a week from today.I HOPE THAT YOU AND YOURS HAVE A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
Muslim...Islam...Major Nidal Hasan...Terrorist...Religion!!!
Actor Mel Gibson had it part-right when he was in a drunken stupor and claimed a religion or certain religions were responsible for most if not all of the wars. I think religion in general is and has been at the root of way too many wars. All kinds of religions.Religion is used by many people as comfort food, but there's a mean side to it, too. Look at the way the Catholic church has allowed priests to spend too much ill advised play time with children.The song "Onward Christian Soldiers" is a song about what? It's very easy to get the answer to that question from a military soldier who happens to be a Christian.Look, I could easily do a laundry list of religions, but like a lot of you, if I'm thinking about any religion now, it is the religion associated with Muslims. And that would be Islam. Or is that vice versa? Sometimes I get that confused.No matter and let me make my next points REAL SIMPLE...If you see someone working at (for example) a "7-11" who is wearing a turban (or something like it), is that a pleasurable sight for/to you?Do you think that Major Hasan, the Muslim U.S. Army Major who assassinated all those U.S. soldiers at Fort Hood is a terrorist?I do.Do you think Major Hasan's religion had anything to do with all the U.S. soldiers he killed?I don't know, but I think it's a very legitimate question.Do you think Major Hasan is deserving of the top-notch medical care he is getting from U.S. Army doctors?Would you really care if Major Hasan fell out of his bed one night and while suffering excruciating pain, died? So we wouldn't have to give him a trial?And for those of you who wonder if I've become as insane as this murderous Muslim Major Hasan seems to be, the answer is, no I'm not.I am asking out loud what some of you are thinking.Here's something else this ol' military veteran (me) is thinking. There are a lot of people who have their panties in a bunch over the idea of gays being in the military. One of the things that's very important to all soldiers is to believe that they can count on the person next to them if there's trouble. The old "Would you share a foxhole with...?, etc., etc. question. I think I speak for most (if not all) people who are in the military now and most of the veterans who served in the past, when I say, I'm convinced my back would be covered by a gay soldier. Would I be as convinced my back would be covered by a Muslim soldier? Wellll...I guess if you're in that spot, you have to have faith, but speaking for myself, I'd rather not be in that spot.Am I being fair to think like that? Am I being politically incorrect to think like that? I don't think I am and I'm not one of these guys who's guided by what the majority thinks about anything, but in this case, I think a lot of people might agree with me.In closing (as far as this subject goes), I'll say this; "Murderous Muslim Major Nidal Hasan, if there is indeed a Hell, I hope that you sir, suffer the WORST of rottenness while you ROT in Hell!!!"Changing the subject, but speaking of HEAT...Have you seen the cover of the November 23rd issue of Newsweek Magazine. Sarah Palin is on that cover and wouldn't all mothers of five children like to look THIS good?!? Mama-Mia!!!Palin is currently on the book tour, a tour that has (so far) included interviews with Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters about Palins hot-selling new book that's titled, "Going Rogue: An American Life".I haven't read the book yet, but I intend to.Unless she is willing to sit down and learn about a lot more stuff than being "folksy", I don't think she has a ghost's chance in hell of being a serious 2012 presidential candidate, but I hope she tries to be, because it would be fun to watch her try.And Speaking Of 2012 Presidential Candidates...DICK CHENEY?!?!?Let me say that again! Dick Cheney!Despite all the heart problems he's had, there is serious underground rumbling about CHENEY running for the top spot in 2012. Just because there's "rumbling" doesn't mean it'll happen, but still....CURRENT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA???Oh yeah, President Obama figures to want to run for reelection in 2012, but for him to be reelected, the view here is that right now he is good at "talking the talk", but he better soon learn how to "WALK THE WALK"!!!I voted for him, but I could be convinced to vote for someone else next time if he doesn't prove he's capable of the ability to "Man-Up"!!!Speaking Of Man-ing (did I just invent a word?) Up???What is it with these good looking guys who have lots to lose who cheat on their wives? I'm not talking about the cheating itself, I'm talking about who it is they choose to cheat WITH!?!I mean, President Clinton and the guy who used to be the General Manager of the Mets and then lost a great gig with ESPN because of some ugly babe...Former presidential candidate, John Edwards...I mean the list goes on and on and on!!!What is it? Do some guys, when they touch their zippers, suddenly go blind?!? Or is it perhaps when SHE touches their zippers?Whatever it is, Yo, Horndogs!!! Clinton managed to escape (but he still went through hell, politically and otherwise), but the rest of you guys need to remember how you got to where you got to. By keeping your EYES on the PRIZE!!! What you jokers have been settling for is the "Booby Prize" and I'm not talking about great breasts.Entertainment notes...If you haven't checked out "The Good Wife" yet, you're missing out on some terrific television. Last night's episode was particularly good, but it seems every episode is better than the last one. "The Good Wife" is on CBS every Tuesday night at 10pm, 9pm, Central time.Tonight's "Mercy" on NBC was great with new and interesting twists and tonight's "Glee" on Fox, really took some interesting turns. And as long as they keep singing on that show, they can take as many turns as they want because to me, the singing is that good. The way they tie the songs into the twists and turns is (to me), uber cool. "Glee" is on Fox, Tuesday nights at 9, 8, Central time. "Mercy" is on NBC Tuesday nights at 8, 7, Central time.R.I.P., actor Dennis Cole. I knew him for more than 30 years. He starred in several television series', he guest starred on many others, he was married to Jaclyn Smith when she was a "Charlie's Angel" and when he died a couple of days ago, he was doing well in Florida as a real estate guy. He was 69 and lived a good life.QUESTIONS AND OR COMMENTS? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you write to the blog, I won't know your email address and that means I won't be able to respond to you. All emails sent to email@example.com will be responded to by me. All "Anonymous" emails will be ignored.THE NEXT BLOG?Unless something unforseen comes up, a week from today.
On This Veterans Day, A Veteran (me) Remembers And Is Asking Questions!
I was raised in a military family. Dad was a very successful officer in military police and military intelligence units. After retiring, he had another successful career as an officer in one of this country's Federal Reserve Banks. I look skyward and salute him on this Veterans Day.My military career was short, but on this day it is remembered by me because of what day it is, the recent tragedy involving murders at Fort Hood and the two wars America is involved in.I remember being a very young man who was on guard duty at 2 in the morning in some god forsaken town in Southeast Asia. I was lonely, it was cold and the last thing I hoped to find was trouble.I survived that part of the world which in many ways was a terrific experience for me thanks to help from my mother who sent me things that helped me raise morale for the rest of the troops in the areas we were assigned to. No, it was nothing like what parents have had to send to their sons and daughters (bulletproof vests that worked) during the current Iraq and Afghanistan debacles because of terrible and "on the cheap" planning by Donald Rumsfeld's people during President George W. Bush's administration, but in both cases (what my mother did and parents for these troops have done) morale was affected in a positive way.When I returned to America, I ended up at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Green Berets had recently been made famous thanks to a John Wayne movie and a lot of Green Berets were receiving special training at Fort Jackson. I became friends with and did a little work with some of those brave warriors. Eventually, I received orders to go to Fort Bragg in North Carolina to receive training in psychological warfare which would then result in my being assigned to the famed "Screaming Eagles" (101st Airborne Division) as a Psychological Warfare Specialist in, yes, another part of Southeast Asia.Fast redeployments are done all the time now because of the small military we have, but back then orders like the orders I got were reviewed by CONARC (Continental Army Command Headquarters), and they issued a new set of orders that said (in essence), unless I decided to re-enlist, I would remain at Fort Jackson until my current enlistment had ended. It ended, I got my honorable discharge and I hitchhiked back to where mom and dad were in living in the San Francisco area. I'll write about the hitchhiking adventure in a future blog, but the reason I'm remembering my long ago Army experience in today's blog is because of what day it is and what is going on with soldiers now.Three, four and five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. After the troops leave one of those places, they're not here long before they're ordered to return to Iraq and or Afghanistan. I mean, a lot of these soldiers don't even get a reasonable to chance to "catch their breath" before they're ordered to pack up and get ready to be shot at again. Heck, for all I know, there might be soldiers who have had more than five tours of duty at these places.Our troops are told that what they are doing is in our country's "National Interests". Uh, huh. Fighting the good fight for people who hate us.People like that insane Muslim psychiatrist who killed all those soldiers at Fort Hood.CAN I CALL FOR A LITTLE "COMMON SENSE" DIALOGUE?!? NOW?!?PLEASE!!!PRETTY PLEASE!!!!!Okay...Our country is desperately in need of help HERE! Unemployment is off the charts high.I mean, who among us doesn't know someone who is unemployed and in fact has been unemployed for a LONG TIME!?! Who among us doesn't know a LOT of people like that? And by the way, how many of us ARE that long time unemployed person?!?We, the taxpayers, give all this bailout money to the banks and what do the banks do with that money? They give their high salaried executives MORE FAT BONUSES WITH OUR MONEY!!!The fat cat radio phonies who have never done any kind of public service and who can't relate to anything about you except your FEARS, will tell you that what we need is more deregulation and that these wars we're involved in are righteous wars, blah, blah, blah while they sit in luxury and quietly laugh at all of us.Gang, deregulation is what got us into this financial mess, a mess that is exasperated by all the money we're spending on these wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the even MORE MONEY we have to KEEP SPENDING on the HEALTH CARE of the many poor soldiers who will NEVER be the SAME again!!!But because I'm a resonable man, let's assume for the sake of argument that our "leaders", from President's Bush to President Obama and their military advisors are right. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are more important than the problems we have here in America.If that's true, then why are only a FEW of our citizens being asked to risk their lives over and over and over again?!?If indeed these wars are in our National Interest, isn't it time to find out if ALL AMERICANS AGREE WITH THAT CONTENTION?!?And how do we do that, Scott? I'm glad you asked.IN THE SPIRIT OF FAIRNESS, ANYTHING IN OUR NATIONAL INTEREST SHOULD INVOLVE EVERYONE, SO PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD ANNOUNCE THE DESIRE TO REINSTATE THE MILITARY DRAFT!!!Now...If everyone in America knew that their young relatives would be eligible to serve in the military and could in fact be ORDERED to serve in Iraq and or Afghanistan, what do YOU think America's support for these wars would be?Heck, maybe America WOULD support the reinstatement of the Military Draft. And maybe Rush and Sean would do broadcast remotes live from Iraq and or Afghanistan. But both things are highly unlikely, so let's get the hell out of those places, places filled with people who hate us and let our troops come home where they'll be loved and where they can help rebuild AMERICA!!!ENTERTAINMENT STUFF...I'm sorry to see that "Eastwick" will be cancelled soon. Actually, it's already been cancelled, but the episodes that haven't been shown yet will be shown. I liked that quirky show, but it was a show that was getting "Jay Leno numbers" and that's not good unless you're Jay Leno.Here are some new shows that aren't going anywhere except straight to your screens and on schedule."The Good Wife". That show gets better and better and better..."Glee". That show gets better, etc., etc."Fast Forward". That show, etc., etc."Mercy". That show....IN CLOSING...Patrick Gallagher is a long time reader of this blog and he's also a constant feedback provider. Mr. Gallagher sent me something this morning that I would like to share with you. He calls what he sent a "joke". Well, I'll let you be the judge of that.Word for word, here's what Mr. Gallagher wrote to me..."Sometime this year, we taxpayers may again receive an Economic Stimulas payment. This is a very exciting new program. I will explain it using the Q and A format.Q: What is an Economic Stimulus payment?A: It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.Q: Where will the government get this money?A: From taxpayers.Q: So the government is giving me back my own money?A: Only a smidgen.Q: What is the purpose of this payment?A: The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.Q: But isn't that stimulating the economy of China?A: Shut up.Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the U.S. economy by spending your stimulus check wisely:If you spend the stimulus money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China.If you spend it on gasoline, you're money will go to the Arabs.If you purchase a computer, it will go to India.If you purchase fruit and vegetables, it will go to Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.If you buy a car, it will go to Japan.If you purchase useless stuff, it will go to Taiwan.If you pay your credit cards off, or buy stock, it will go to management bonuses and they will hide it offshore.Instead, KEEP the money in AMERICA by:Spending it at yard sales, orGoing to ball games, orSpending it on prostitutes orBeer orTattoos.(These are the only businesses still operating in the U.S.)So go to a ball game with a tattooed prostitute that you meet at a yard sale and drink beer all day!"QUESTIONS AND OR COMMENTS?Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will respond to you. If you write to the blog, I have no way of knowing what your email address is so I won't be able to respond to you. I respond to ALL emails that are written to email@example.com.THE NEXT BLOG?Unless something comes up, probably a week from today.FINALLY...IF YOU SERVED, I KNOW YOU'RE GLAD THAT YOU DID (I certainly am) AND I SALUTE YOU. HAPPY VETERANS DAY!!!
Why Oh Why Do We Continue Give Illegal Immigrants SPECIAL TREATMENT?!?
I mean, really folks...What part of ILLEGAL is it that these illegal immigrant defenders don't understand?!?Look, those of us who have been paying attention, get the fact that San Francisco is a "Sanctuary City" for illegal immigrants and those of us who live here in the Los Angeles area know that our Mexican Mayor, the mayor who has trouble keeping his pants on, is a guy who believes in "Sanctuary Status" for illegal immigrants HERE!!!Have you heard the latest "bend over backwards mandate" for illegal immigrants that's been in all the newspapers lately? A mandate that was loudly supported in an editorial written by the Los Angeles Times?Some Texas cops have gotten into trouble for arresting illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants who weren't stopped because cops knew they were here illegally. They were stopped because of traffic laws they had violated. When the illegal immigrants used the excuse that they couldn't speak English, they were taken to jail. Please remember that the REASON they were stopped was because of traffic laws they had broken. After they went to jail, some bleeding heart lawyers got them released because (in essence) they were unable to communicate with the cops because they can't speak English and (boo-hoo) "That just isn't FAIR!!!", boo-hoo, boo-hoo, boo-hoo and excuse ME while I THROW UP!!!FOR OPENERS, WHY IN THE HELL IS AN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT GIVEN AN AMERICAN DRIVER'S LICENSE IF THEY CAN'T SPEAK ENGLISH?!?For that matter, why would ANYONE be given an American Driver's License if they can't speak English?Again...The only people who got into trouble for what I'm writing about are the Texas cops who arrested these illegal immigrant lawbreakers.Ain't but one way to describe this, gang. What this is, is BULLSHIT!!!What's going on here in America?!? Is there a very powerful group of people who, for reasons unknown to the rest of us, are bound and determined to give illegal immigrants the freest of free rides known to mankind? And if so, WHY? Does someone or some powerful group want America to turn into a Third World country? I mention this because I invite any of you to visit any restroom in a fast food restaurant that caters to people who can't or won't speak English. The stench will nauseate you. This is because they either don't know any better or don't care.Here's a simple question; If you don't think you need to learn how to speak English here and learn our customs and laws here, please tell me why it is we should ACCEPT you here?Here's another simple question; WHY IN THE HELL ARE WE "LEGAL AMERICANS" TOLERATING THIS?!?Different subject...READING TIP...The Los Angeles Times that was published, November 4. Opinion section. A commentary written by Edward H. Crane, founder and president of the Cato Institute. It's headlined (titled), "Our neocon nightmare". In essence, this very "conservative writer" says the Republican AND Democrat parties have "lost their way". But especially the Republican party. And to that, this lifetime Republican (me) says, "Amen, Brother!!!"And speaking of things to read....I read every email that is written to me. And I got a lot of emails about the blog I wrote last week. Most of them were "positive" emails. One wasn't. And I would like you to read it, too.If after reading what I'm about to write and you find yourself not remembering what the writer was referring to or what my response to what he or she was referring to was about, all you have to do is read the blog I wrote that's titled, "Talking To Each Other and Getting Dumber".The email was sent to me by a person who identifies his or herself with one letter in the alphabet that is underlined. "P"Word for word, here is what this reader wrote to me."I hope it is another five months (or years) before you post. You are an arrogant hypocrite who in one breath says we should listen to each other and shake hands, and then in the next breath rambles off a laundry list of people and asks if they've "shut up yet". That's the problem with the liberals in this country, they think their way is the only way and they desperately seek to silence anyone who does not agree with them. Scott, you and the lefties are no better than the obnoxious right. If you do blog again in the next five weeks, why don't you discuss all the Democratic failures and broken promises since January's election? Or doesn't that promote your not-so-subtle agenda?"Again...that was the word for word email that was sent to me by a person who identifies his or herself as, "P".Did I respond to this person? Wellll, as Sarah Palin might say, "You betcha!"And here is my (word for word) response that I sent to "P"..."Hi P,First of all, thanks for reading my latest musings and taking the time to respond.I stand on what I wrote.I made it very clear that (in my view) we have way too much of "my way is the only way" kind of thinking on both the left and right and that's what my "listen and shake hands" riff was referring to and advocated.The only "shut up" reference I made was regarding Congressman Joe Wilson and I posed it in the form of a question. I stand on that as well.P, here's what my agenda isn't...Being a phony about wrapping myself in the Flag when I did everything I needed to do to avoid any kind of "working service" whether it involves/involved military service, elected service or even an attempt at either service. I did my military "tour of duty", but as a lifelong Republican who got his eyes opened during President George W. Bush's administration, I realized that adminstration's "Republicans" weren't my kind of Republicans and I've been very vocal about that in print and on the air for years. President Obama is the first Democrat I've ever voted for and he (as of now) is disappointing me because he strikes me as being (as of now) more of a George W. Bush LIGHT kind of President as opposed to the new leadership I hoped we were getting.My "Talking To Each Other and Getting Dumber" references? I stand on them as well. The partial list of examples I referred to included Olbermann and Maddow.P, someone much smarter than me once said, "The devil's in the details".In closing I can tell you I don't know when my next blog will be written, but I look forward to your reaction after I do write it.All the best, Scott."QUESTIONS AND OR COMMENTS? Please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org I respond to every email that is written to me. If you write to the blog, there's no way for me to know your email address so that makes it impossible for me to respond to you. Again...please write to me at email@example.comTHE NEXT BLOG?I expect it'll be the next week or so unless something (good) comes up that will require me to be elsewhere. In that case, the next blog will be written shortly after I return.