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Lone Star

Welcome back dear Readers!

I know it's been far too long since we've spent any quality time together, so I'm going to try to rectify that now...

For those that don't know, I was in the hospital for about a month with diverticulitis/diverticulosis. I presented to the local E/D unable to walk into the triage area because of severe abdominal pain. I thought that I had suffered a abdominal herniation due to having to help move a rather 'portly woman' who was brought into the same E/D in cardiac arrest. While in the hospital, I was taken off solid foods, and when the clear liquid diet didn't produce the desired results, I was taken off all foods by mouth and recieved nutrition from a PICC line in the right upper arm......

Well, because of the month long stay at Hotel Hospital, I ended up falling too far behind in class, and was forced to withdraw from the paramedicine program once again; this time in my last semester.......(nsert heavy, sad sigh here).

Well, after all that, one would think that I'd earned a break through all this and MAYBE something would go my way for a little while.......wrong!

As it turns out, I'm back in the hospital for apparently the same thing. Looks like a relapse or maybe just a 'flare up' of the original condition that never really went away. Either way, docs are tossing around terms like 'surgery', 'ostomy' and 'resection' far more than I feel comfortable with....considering it IS MY colon they're talking about hacking into.......!!!

I'm at my wits end, and have actually thought about giving up on ever getting my Paramedic license. Ive worked my ass off TWICE now, only to have it snatched out of my hands (first the motorcycle wreck, now this).....

l honestly don't know if I've got what it takes to go back 'one more time'.....after all, I'm closing in on 50 years old far too fast for my liking, and would REALLY hate to finally accomplish the degree in Paramedicine, only to find out that I can't use it .......

Right now, I'm searching for a reason to 'hang in there' on getting my degree; but I'm coming up empty.......

I just saved hundreds of dollars on car insurance, simply by selling that POS car!

Lone Star

The First 'Tube'

Well Dear Reader, I've done it now...

I had an O.R. shift today...and got my very first 'live intubation!!!!

Before you offer up the congratulatory statements and the accolades (not that I'm going to ignore any of them....), I have a confession to make.

For my first few attempts, I panicked and bailed out of the attempt. I don't know if that would qualify as a 'balk' or a failed attempt...

First off, the way they do things in the OR is completely foreign to me, and DEFINATELY different than how we do things in the field!

I watched the Nurse Anesthetists put their hands near the patient's ears and that is how they would tilt the head into the 'sniffing position'. We're taught to use either the head-tilt/chin-lift method or a jaw-thrust. They open the mouth by putting their hand on the back of the neck and lifting, while we're taught that the neck is pretty much a 'no touch zone' for that....we use the 'scissor method', but when trying to open the airway and start your laryngoscope blade, the right hand is in the wrrong position, because it effectively blocks sthe insertion of the laryngoscope blade along the right side of the tongue.

Another couple of reasons that induced the panic was that I was painfully aware of the 30 second time limit on setting the tube and being uncertain just how deep I could insert the laryngoscope blade into th oropharynx. I didn't want to go too deep and possibly injure the patient. It's nerve wracking as hell!!

I had a great team of a Nurse Anesthetist and Anesthesiologist to work with on my first successful intubation. One of the other attempts, I had both th NA and the Aestesiologist barking at me about how succinylcholine and propofol 'wear off' and other things I couldn't understand,

This team I was with during the first successful intubation, they spoke in low tones and were generous with the positive reinforcements throughout the entire procedure. The Anesthetist even applied the Sellick maneuver to bring those cords into view. Once they slid into my field of view, it was like having 'buck fever'!

I saw the cords, I saw the anatomy of the oropharynx and was completely awe-struck! I was transfixed by the view and hated to 'spoil it' by stuffing a tube in the middle of it! While the airway mannequins resemble the human anatomy, there are some MAJOR differences!

For example, no one tells you that a patient who is effectively under the influence of RSI (yeah, the combination of Propofol and Succs pretty much equals RSI), the patients tongue effectively occludes ANY hope of viewing the oropharynx! I would have sworn that his tongue swelled up!

Nor do they tell you that the patients tongue does a great immitation of bread dough.....pick it all up at once by grabbing the blob of dough in the middle and you'll fully understand what I mean....it tends to 'ooze' over the edges of our laryngoscope blade.....

They also neglect to tell you that the first time you attempt to insert a laryngoscope blade into a live person's mouth, you become painfully aware just how LONG that damn blade becomes! During the intubation practice drills on the mannequin, you don't care that you might inflict some sort of 'injury' to the 'soft tissue' of the dummy, but thinking about it during your 'live attempts' can paralyze you with fear of hurting your patient (at least it did for me).

Someone on the team 'pre-formed' the ETT as I was sinking the blade and exposing the cords. They offered it lying across the palm of their hand, as a knight would offer a sword to a Noble. I didn't take my eyes off the cords as I picked up the tube, so I didn't know that I had picked it up and had it positioned upside down.....DOH!

I flipped the tube and began the inseertion. During the 'practice drills' I wasn't able to 'drop a tube' in the mannequin without the use of a bent up stylet....but today I didnt need one.

Watching that tube and cuff slip between the vocal cords was an awesome sight to say the least!! I sunk the tube into the trachea until I watched the 'black mark' slide past the vocal cords. The NA attached the oxygen to the tube and began to 'bag' the patient. While holding onto the tube (they told me that they would secure it), I was watching for chest rise. For a minute, I thought I had either inserted it into the esophagus or had gone blind because I couldn't see a noticeable chest rise. The NA stated that the chest was rising. I watched the condensation 'fog' the end of the tube and got to see a wave form on the monitor confirming that it WAS in the trachea.

Dear Reader, I almost walked out of that OR on a cloud! I had several NA's that knew why I was there ask me if I' been successful yet, and they all were overjoyed that I had gotten that first tube.

To say that the mannequin is just like intubating a 'real person' is like saying that the Grand Canyon is 'just another big hole in the ground', or that the Empire State Building and Sears Tower are 'just a couple skyscrapers'....

I can only hope that my next OR rotation will see me hitting the last of the required intubations without incident and with more confidence and skill....

Until next time, Dear Reader.....

Lone Star

First O.R. rotation

Welcome back Dear Readers!

If you've been following my travails through medic school, y'all know that I've recently begun my clinical rotations as a Paramedic student.

Yesterday was my first rotation in the Operating Room. I was there to get experience in intubation. I've never been treated like a complete idiot before, and I'm not liking the feeling!

The arrogance of some of the anesthesiologists and doctors was overwhelming, and I don't know how I overcame the urge to just slap the snot out of some of them!!

I relize that they don't know me from Adam, and Emergency Medicine is a 'dog eat dog world', (hell, I've been part of the ass-chewing frenzy on more than one occasion).....but to be dismissed summarilly simply because I'm a student was something I didn't see coming down the tracks!

I had 10 opportunities to try to intubate patients that were being operated on, but only got 2 actual attempts. So far, I haven't had one successful intubation.

The first was denied simply because I couldn't get the mouth open far enough to fully insert the laryngoscope blade enough to even think about sweeping the tongue to the left (I kept bumping the end of the laryngoscope aginst the patient's chest) and the second was because I had what sounded like 14 people trying to tell me 47 different things all at the same time. I finally backed out of it because I was fearing that I was approaching the dreaded 30 second mark, and just bailed out of it because panic was setting in....hard...

Of the other opportunities, the surgeries started early, so by the time I got to the theatre, the patient was either intubated, or there was a change in plans and they only used an LMA and the Nurse anesthetists had already done it.

Add to that being told that "Doctor X doesn't allow students in his Operating Theatre"...

I got to observe a few Nurse anesthetists dropping tubes like it was nothing more significant than poking a straw into a juice box. I even got to see the human version of what I saw while tubing the mannequins. Yeah, it was cool as hell, but it was also frustrating as hell because I was there to do it, and somehow, fate denied me the opportunity.

My philosophy has always been "Learn one, do one, teach one"; unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be shared throughout the medical community.

We've already had one student drop 7 endotracheal tubes on his first O.R. rotation (a feat I won't be able to beat),

I don't know where I'm going wrong here! I've been told that I'm being 'too gentle' (isn't that part of what we do? You know, try not to aggrivate possible injuries/do no harm)?

We're taught that to place the patient in the 'sniffing position' we use the head-tilt/chin-lift method. This is to protect the cervical spine and to open the airway. In the O/R, I watched the nurse anesthetists grab the patient on both sides of the head (about ear level) and move the head that way ...... thats NOT how we're taught to do things! Another BIG difference is that with a mannequin, the tongue isn't nearly as huge and floppy as it is in a paralyzed patient!

I only need to accomplish 5 intubations, but at the rate I'm going, I'll be pulling extra shifts in order to reach this miniscule goal!

I understand that there's a hesitancy when approaching a new task, but is it REALLY necessary to have an anesthetist scream at me while reminding me that succinylcholine and propofol wear off? I know they're not a 'permanent drug', otherwise there would be millions of people on life support because they'e had to unergo some form of surgery (myself included).

Maybe I'm trying too hard, maybe I'm making this more complicated than it really is....I just want to succeed and be the best damn medic I can possibly be! All I can see at this point is that I've failed miserably, and THAT is unacceptable in my book!

I'm not stupid by any means, but yesterday's venture into the Operating Rooms of the local hospital definately has me questioning my abilities and if I'm even qualified to be in medic school......

Lone Star

Greetings and salutations Dear Reader!

Monday was the module finals for Airway Management in Paramedic School. I’ve somehow survived another opportunity for the school to involuntarily cull me from the herd. Class size has dropped from 16 students to a mere 10.

Most students appear to be interested in either how fast they can get their Medic certifications (we lost one student to a local ‘patch mill’), or they’re pushing the boundaries of the attendance policy of the school and getting removed. A couple of the students just haven’t taken deadlines seriously.

I’ve been sitting here thinking about how far I’ve come and how much I’ve apparently learned since classes started in March of 2011. Granted, I’ve still got about a year left on the course, I’ve been hit with a sobering thought.

While my grades aren’t ‘off the chart’, they’re not scraping the bottom of the barrel either. With that said, they tell me that I’m doing well in the class and that I’m learning things, (which is the whole concept behind education…lol). The problem I’m facing is that despite being told that I’m actually learning and advancing my educational levels, and that I’m advancing as a provider; I don’t feel like I’m any smarter….

Sure, I can cram a tube down someone’s throat in the hopes of securing an airway; I’ve seen what vocal cords and the glottic opening should look like, and just how easy it is for an infant’s tongue to occlude their tiny airway. I can insert foreign objects into veins, the chest and even the throat. I can bury needles into bone and can inject substances that most people never get to touch, let alone decide who gets it or not.

Having just completed pharmacology, I’ve got a huge stack of drug cards sitting on my desk, and they (the drugs) scare me. While there are antidotes and antagonists to counteract a bunch of them, the result of an ‘oops’ is still so very apparent.

As I progress through the coursework, and am exposed to the ‘inside information’ that all medics are exposed to, it just leaves me simply AMAZED how field medics can keep all this straight in their heads!

Yes, the field of paramedicine scares the living hell out of me! I’ve found that it’s so very easy to kill my patients with these new skills….and yet killing your patients is kind of contraindicated to living, not to mention illegal and contraindicated in personal freedom and ability to practice…

I’m sure that I’m not the first Medic Student to feel this way, nor will I be the last; but there are days that I seriously feel like throwing my hands up in the air and walking away, simply because the responsibility that comes with the new ‘toys’ and skills is so overwhelming! I feel like I’m drowning in a sea of information, and have a tidal wave of even more hanging over my head waiting to smash me against the rocks of the beachhead of a new land called Paramedic.

Lone Star


Welcome back Dear Readers!

I know it's been a while since your last glimpse into The Cluttered Mind of Lone Star, so I'll do my best to pull back the curtain, and catch y'all up on the latest developments...

A bunch of y'all know that I'm currently in Paramedic Class. We recently finished up the first quarter of the year (we're still on the 'quarter system', but moving into the 'semester system' this fall). I was told by my instructor that I scored an 88% on the written test and that I'd finished up the quarter with a 4.0 GPA. When I checked my transcripts, I saw that I only finished up with a 3.25 GPA. Naturally, I'm going to be having a chat with the instructor!

If this is in fact, my final grade for the quarter; it's blown my plans to graduate with honors, as I wasn't able to maintain a 3.5 or better throughout the program...(insert heavy sigh here).

On to other things:

Some of y'all know that I got wiped out in a motorcyle wreck back in November of 2009. I'm glad to say that I've finally gotten the whole insurance/legal mess worked out and reached a settlement with the insurance company. Wasn't exactly what I consider 'fair', but it's better than a swift kick in the 'nads....

First order of business was to re-establish 'primary transportation', which I did by getting into a 2000 Ford F150:


I've also found a way to terrorize the nephew's kid:

I also made arrangements to get into the Motorcycle Safety Foundations "Basic Rider's Course" to see if I still had the nerve to get back on a motorcycle. The reasoning for this is:

1. It's a 'closed environment', so I don't have to worry about getting run over right off the bat, and

2. It gives me a chance to go over the 'basics', that I was never taught when I started riding...

I went through the class on 09 JUN 2011, and it was sponsored by one of the local Harley-Davidson dealerships. I went into the class not saying a thing about having ridden before, but after we got divided into two 'teams', I was 'outed' by a couple of my team mates, simply because they thought I "looked like a biker".

Sunday, 12 JUN 2011 was the 'finals' of the course. I scored 100% on the written and a big fat ZERO on the range (range scores are a lot like golf scores, the lower the better you're doing)! At our 'graduation', we each got our course completion certificate, a 'pass' for the DMV (I don't have to do either the written test OR the road test) and a card that might get me a break on insurance.

We were also given a 'fun certificate' based on our performance throughout the course. The instructors normally draw names and then try to assign a 'title', based on the students performance; but in our class, they decided to just sit back and watch us and then decide based on how we did. One got a 'Bad Braker' certificate, one woman got named 'Best Posture on a Motorcycle'...you see how this is going....

I ended up being voted "Most Likely To Accelerate", because I was constantly being told to slow down. The instructors told us that certan exercises had to be performed in second gear, and I just kept the speeds up in order to not lug the engine and beat it up unnecessarilly...

The final outcome was that I not only had the nerve to get back on a motorcycle, I got my "M" endorsement and learned a few things along the way.



This brings us to today...

I got up early, intending to go to the DMV so that I could get the licensing all taken care of. I got out the trimmer to trim up the goatee and moustache, but failed to check the setting on the guide......you can already see where this is going, can't you Dear Reader?

Yeah, somehow it got set to a lower setting than I normally use, and ended up trimming a LOT more than I intened to! I now look like a long haired 12 year old with grey whiskers.....


This is the closest you'll ever see me without facial hair! I was planning on going out tonight, but I may decide against it simply because I don't want to have to deal with the whole "Are you old enough to be in here?" bullshit :rolleyes::angry::wtf2::bonk::wtf:

Until next time, Dear Readers...remember to smile....it makes people wonder what the hell you've been up to!

Lone Star

I recently posted in the ‘status messages’ that I had been accepted into the next medic program that is scheduled to start on 03/24/11. Now that the registration and confirmation process is done, I’ve had time to reflect on just what this all means…

In 1995 I went through EMT-B for the first time. I thought I had the EMS field by the tail because I was able to successfully negotiate any scenario someone wanted to throw at me. The county Co-Medical Directors both came into my class and did ‘guest lectures’ and each scenario they threw out to the class was one more that I handed back to them with the answer they were looking for, (this later saved my ass, but that’s another story for another time).

Twelve years later, I found myself in the position to have to start at the bottom once again, and retake EMT-B. This time around, I was the bane of my instructor’s existence, because I was able to challenge ‘bad information’ and ask the ‘tough questions’ so that my classmates could gain deeper understanding and more knowledge.

When I moved up to EMT-I, I had to buckle down and learn some new material, but still managed to excel to the point that when I sat for my first NREMT test, I smoked it on the first shot. I was comfortable knowing that there was so much I didn’t know, but would gain as I progressed.

I was still in a position to be able to help my classmates through the ‘tough stuff’, and to my preceptors, I was able to ‘jump right in there’ and get the things done that they needed; so that they could attend to the things that I couldn’t do.

Looking back, I see that as an EMT-B, there wasn’t much that I could do, and if I did something wrong; it was an ‘easy fix’ for those who are higher up the food chain that I was. I’m not trivializing EMT-B, but let’s be honest; the opportunities to be able to stop, regroup and start again are plentiful. As an EMT-I, I started getting into basic pharmacology, and the consequences of an ‘oops’ were considerably more serious.

Now that I’m facing medic school, I’ve realized that I’m moving into an arena where an ‘oops’ is quite possibly fatal. Some would say that this realization only points out that I’ll have to study my ass off to be good enough where the opportunity to make a mistake is minimized.

As I contemplate what lies ahead, its hit me square between the eyes that people’s lives are at stake, and I had BETTER know my stuff, inside and out!

Yeah, I’m scared senseless, apprehensive as hell and I’ll probably be a nervous wreck by the time it’s all over. As an EMT-B, I thought I was ‘da man’ and there wasn’t too much that you could throw at me that I couldn’t handle. Now that’s all been snatched away from me, and to tell the truth, I don’t like this feeling at all!

I’ve always watched medics at work, and wished I could do even half the things they do. Now that I’m getting ready to step into their world, I’m like a kid on his first day of school. Part of me wants to just stop right here and stay in my ‘comfort zone’, but I know that I can’t do that. There are too many of you here that have poked and prodded me this far, and I highly doubt that you’ll let me start slacking off now.

Right now, I’m dealing with an overwhelming feeling that I don’t know enough to even set foot in the Paramedic classroom, that I’m not ready for this and that I’m just a ‘washout waiting to happen’….

During my first 12 years in EMS, if anyone asked me if I wanted to go on to Medic School, I would have told them in no uncertain terms that I wasn’t going. I was comfortable as hell knowing that pharmacology (at the Medic level) was something I didn’t have to deal with. I used to joke that if you took an EKG strip and turned it 90º to the right and read it from top to bottom, it looked like something that came out of a seismograph. Now I have to be able to read those ‘squiggly lines’ and know that it means someone’s heart is actually doing things it supposed to; and if it isn’t , I have to know what to do about it. I can no longer dismiss it as that bitch San Andreas throwing stuff around in a temper tantrum.

Pharmacology and cardiology scared the bejeebers out of me (and it still does). I don’t know how all the medics in the field can keep all this sh*t straight in their heads!

I’ve come a long way from ‘putting band-aids on boo-boos’ and the days of high-flow O2 and ‘haul ass’ while screaming for an ALS intercept. I’m now stepping into a world where I will have to be the one answering those cries for ALS. Knowing it’s a long way to the bottom, I’m not sure I’m fully prepared to make that leap…..

Lone Star

College Life

Well, I have it completely figured out!

I caught up with my college algebra professor the other day and informed him that I'm filing a lawsuit against the college and that the math department and every instructor I've had since starting college has been personally named in the suit.

The smile fell from his face as the color drained into his loafers, and he stammered 'Wh-why are you f-f-filing a l-l-lawsuit?"

I informed him that because of the algebra courses I've had to take in order to meet the math requirements for my degree, I've developed arithmophobia (a fear of numbers); and since I've only developed this phobia since I started college, that it wasn't difficult to pinpoint the cause of this 'life altering phobia'.

I wish I'd had a camera at that point!

Today, I have to attempt at registering for classes for next quarter (again). I tried on Monday, but there were major snags and snafus for every class I needed, (so much for computers making life easier!). Ended up having to go back to my Academic Advisor and asking him to let them know that I've either already met the prerequisites or am currently enrolled in prerequisite classes; (I've long complained about having to register for classes that are dependant on passing the classes I'm currently in).

While determining that I either meet or am in the process of meeting the prerequisite class requirements, I've established (according to the program requirements and 'points' for each class) that I should exceed the program requirements by at least 10 credit hours. By the information in the course catalogue and the program description, I need 104 credit hours and by the same criteria, I will have 114 credit hours (if I take no more 'elective courses' during my time at the college). My Academic Advisor says there's an error in that criteria (he says the college has 'overvalued' the credit hours on one of my classes). Looks like a trip to Student Affairs is next on the list!

Even if they reduce the 'point value' on the one class, I'll still have enough points to graduate in July 2012, providing I don't fail out of the program!

The only other 'big concern' that might affect this date is that the college is switching from the 'quarter system (4 ten week sessions) to the 'semester system (two 16 week sessions). I have to attend a meeting today with the committee that was established to oversee the transition....

Lone Star

I don't know which aspect of this news stroy scares me more; the militant separatist mentality, or the religious aspect that they seem intent on ramming down our throat.

I realize and recognize the right to free speech. I respect the right to assemble for religious or political reasons. I accept the fact that there are views other than my own.

It's groups like this that really worry me though. It seems that the only thing these people had on their minds is to eliminate as many 'evil law enforcement officers' as they possibly can.

Law enforcement officers shouldn't be viewed as 'the enemy', but rather as icons of a dangerous job enforcing the laws of a civil society, so that we might live in peace.

How many times hae we seen this type of behavior in other religions comdemned as terrorism, both at home and abroad? And yet there are some that would try to defend this type of behavior as nothing more than exercising a 'constitutionally protected right'.

Yes, the first amendment to the constitution guarantees the right to right to peaceably assemble. Plotting terroristic activities is NOT 'peaceable' nor is it protected.

If you don't like what the government is doing, then use the freedom to peaceably assemble and your power of the ballot to change things; become an activist for change, not to see how many innocent men and women who have stood up to become law enforcement officers you can take out.

I don't need to remind you, dear readers, that law enforcement is a dangerous profession; and the men and women that have answered the call to protect you (to the best of their ability) are not the 'enemy' here.

There's been a h uge jump of 'cop haters' lately; and for some, they don't even have a good reason to dislike law enforcement. Others are 'cop haters' because they got caught breaking the law and sent to jail. For you, I say "You should have kept your nose clean and played by the rules!". I have no sympathy for those that willingly broke the law, knowing that they were probably going to get caught. They knew the consequences of their actions, but decided to take the risk anyway. That doesn't make law enforcement officers 'the enemy', but it means they ARE doing what we count on them to do.

Militia members wanted to attack cops, feds say

Eight arrested, one on the run; they allegedly plotted to attack funeral

ADRIAN, Mich. - Nine suspects tied to a Christian militia in the Midwest were charged Monday with conspiring to kill a police officer, then attack the funeral in the hopes of killing more law enforcement people, federal prosecutors said.

Members of the group called Hutaree are charged in the case, including its leader, David Brian Stone. The suspects included six people from Michigan, two from Ohio and one from Indiana, officials said.

Once other officers gathered for the slain officer's funeral, the group planned to detonate homemade bombs with projectiles, killing more, the newly unsealed court papers revealed.

The charges follow FBI raids over the weekend on locations in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

The raids were prompted by Hutaree plans to stage "a covert reconnaissance operation for April which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member of the public at risk," said Barbara McQuade, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.

According to investigators, the Hutaree view local, state, and federal law enforcement personnel as a "brotherhood" and an enemy, and planned to attack them as part of an armed struggle against the U.S. government.

"It is believed by the Hutaree that this engagement would then serve as a catalyst for a more widespread uprising against the government," court documents said.

Eight suspects have been arrested by the FBI, and one more is being sought. Seven suspects appeared briefly in court in Detroit on Monday and were ordered held without bond until a hearing on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Stone, the militia leader, downloaded information about how to build explosive devices from the Internet and e-mailed diagrams of them to someone he believed was capable of making them, NBC reported.

He then directed his son and others to begin gathering the needed materials. Stone was charged, along with his wife and two sons. One son, Joshua Stone, remained a fugitive.

The Detroit News quoted Donna Stone, the ex-wife of Stone, as saying his growing radicalism was a factor in their divorce three years ago.

"You pray as a family, you stay together as a family," the News report Stone as saying. "When he got carried away, when he went from handguns to big guns, it's like, now I'm done."

The group's Web site says Hutaree means "Christian warrior."

'Extremist fringe'

Andrew Arena, head of the FBI's field office in Detroit, said the case "is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society. The FBI takes such extremist groups seriously, especially those who would target innocent citizens and the law enforcement officers who protect the citizens of the United States."

FBI spokesman Scott Wilson said agents arrested two people Saturday after raids in two towns in Ohio. A third arrest was made in northeast Illinois on Sunday, a day after a raid took place just over the border in northwest Indiana.

Michael Lackomar, a spokesman for the Southeast Michigan Volunteer Militia, said one of his team leaders got a frantic phone call Saturday evening from members of Hutaree, who said their property in southwest Michigan was being raided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

"They said they were under attack by the ATF and wanted a place to hide," Lackomar said. "My team leader said, 'no thanks.'"

The team leader was cooperating with the FBI, Lackomar said. He said SMVM wasn't affiliated with Hutaree, which states on its Web site to be "prepared to defend all those who belong to Christ and save those who aren't."

"We believe that one day, as prophecy says, there will be an Anti-Christ. All Christians must know this and prepare, just as Christ commanded," the group's Web site said. "Jesus wanted us to be ready to defend ourselves using the sword and stay alive using equipment."

Lackomar said none of the raids focused on his group, which is affiliated with the Michigan Militia, a larger militia umbrella group. Lackomar said about eight to 10 members of Hutaree trained with SMVM twice in the past three years. SMVM holds monthly training sessions focusing on survival training and shooting practice, Lackomar said.

Lone Star

Since my first 'installment' on this topic, I've seen complaints that it was 'too long' to read, so I decided to break it down into smaller bites.

Here's what Mr. Cathcart has to say:

We can jaw about the Administration's new, tax-laden Brahma-bull health- care snort ‘til the cows come home, appropriate since, if the feds force themselves further into our private medical system, it'll be called "Cattle-Care," since that's the corral we're headed for, as fewer remaining doctors face a greatly-increased herd. 2/3rds of the public wants these power-grab efforts dumped, and the insurance and cost-reduction plans started anew. The fact that government-by-the-people has been dumped instead, tells you all you need to know about the true intensions of D.C.'s monarchy. As for grid-lock, Representative Barney Frank recently bemoaned Congressional partisanship, by which Barney means failure to enact the lib's anti-America plans. As for who's causing his blockage, time for Mr. Barney and fellow lefties to look in the mirror.

Also unhappy, but taking action, instead of whining, moderate Democrat, Senator Evan Bayh, feels if, in retirement, he could help create even one new private-sector job, (quote) that "would be one more than Congress has created in the last six-months." So much, then, for the gotta-have 800-hundred-billion-plus job "stimulus" scam, that no-one voting, read before passage, because, like the current effort, it was quickly rammed-through, eliminating scrutiny and what's best for our nation. Worse, we now know that, deceitfully-inserted within those hundreds of un-read pages, was funding to pre-launch the fed's take-over of our medical system, well ahead of legislation. Fraudulently "selling" a massive, treasury-busting outlay as a private-sector jobs-stimulus bill, used instead to "stimulate" only government jobs, reward supporters, and knowingly hide plans and dollars to jump-start the left's intended health-care coup. No doubt stimulated, as well, were the egos and leg-shivers of those who gleefully-rule in the land they dislike, amidst the citizens they view as dumb.

Last Friday, the Senate's top loon, Prince Harry, actually said the following: "It's a great day for America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good." First of all, that's February's total job loss, not one day, and, secondly, for the "only" 36,000 who lost their jobs last month, there's nothing "really good" about it. What elitist stupidity. Unemployment remains at 9.7%, but almost 17% including those who've stopped looking. So is America's Supreme Soviet making major consumer and employer tax-cuts to spur job growth? Heck no! The top Comrade and his dancing-eunuchs are too busy trying to jam an unwanted, unneeded, unaffordable, socialist take-over of our medical system down our throats, when it should, instead, be crammed up their anatomical cul-de-sac. Meanwhile, over at the nation's so-called Justice Department, Iowa Senator Grassley has pierced the stone-walling, forcing the revelation that "at least" 9 appointees, there, had previously defended terrorist detainees. Pro-America justice remains in question.

Meanwhile, the nation's oldest death-row inmate has died at age 94. This degenerate shot a police officer in 1947, and later went on to kill twice. 57-years in prison, the last 27 on death-row. With endless appeals, he died of natural causes, not from the fritter-cookin' chair-ride he deserved. Another bleeding-heart great example of pampering murderers, while ignoring the permanent pain of victims and families. Now, for those who hadn't heard, the inventor of the Frisbee also passed away last month. How sadly ironic that, out of all this unrelenting stupidity, surging over us like a brown-water tsunami, it's the Frisbee that makes the most sense.

Lone Star

Welcome back dear readers!

I know it's been a while, but for those 'in the know' you are aware that I've had some serious issues that needed dealing with, and unfortunately, my little online corner of the world/soapbox was neglected. I plan to remedy this right now:

While watching the news tonight, I happened to catch an editorial that was in my opinion, "bare knuckled, no holds barred, in your face, with no sugar coating".

It was apparently one part of a 4 part series. I like what he had to say, because it so closely resembles what I've been saying for a while now. He just does a damn sight more eloquently.

That being said, these are the words of a man named Bill Cathcart. As always, if you don't like the message, don't shoot the messenger!

I present for your reading enjoyment, Mr. Bill Cathcart.....

Said President Calvin Coolidge back in the 1920's, as if speaking to us today: "Nothing is easier than the expenditure of public money. It doesn't appear to belong to anyone. Thus, the temptation is overwhelming to bestow it on someone." Well, when it comes to those temptations, this liberal Congress and White House far out-perform even the vocal group by that name.

Along with giving away mountains of money last year, money we didn't have, Senate lefties have now raised our debt-ceiling 2-trillion-dollars, to a wallet-boggling total indebtedness of 14.3 trillion. Not done yet, the nation's leadership wants a new 75-billion-dollar, Stimulus II, since last year's, ¾'s of a trillion dollar hand-out quickly vaporized, creating few if any private-sector jobs, only government ones, along with pay-backs to political supporters, we could term, "pay pal." Keep yelling at Congress to knock-off the outrageous spending. It's bankrupting our nation and future.

Beyond the fiscal waste of D.C.'s pro-socialists, we must clamp-down on political stupidity, in general. Since we're on to what the feds are trying to pull, the antidote is to stop expanding the central-government and focus-fully on three, immediate priorities: profiling, drilling, and jobs.

With our security measures again found wanting, serious, comprehensive profiling must now begin. Until we're secure, nothing else matters. We need to knock-off the fear-of-offending, PC lunacy, and profile travelers and foreign residents, illegal and documented, to keep-out, and throw-out, those intent on harming us. Making a few people unhappy is far better than making a lot of us dead.

Next, and related, let's end the energy-independence fable, by increased drilling, mining and nuclear use now. With realistic alternatives still distant, the longer we buy oil from terror-supporters, the longer we're funding our own destruction. And, finally, private sector jobs: tens-of-thousands of which would result from an expanded domestic energy search. Tax cuts are the proven way to increase employment and restore prosperity. Tax hikes kill jobs.

Said Chief Justice John Marshall in an 1819 decision: "the power to tax is the power to destroy." Vibrant free enterprise, not government, grows jobs. Cut spending, cut taxes, increase marketplace employment, and protect us. The right antidote for the plague of stupidity.

In the business world, Waste Management is a highly-regarded refuse collection firm. But when it comes to management of waste in the Feds' stimulus world, now that's pure garbage. And the squandering continues, along with the proposed, deficit-hiking new budget. Case in point, the Feds have just given California and Florida 8-billion of our "stimulus" funds to plan and build high-speed rail. Seems we've done without bullet trains since Columbus landed, and now amidst the highest national debt and budget deficits ever, high-speed rail is a priority? The two-branch royal family and assorted court jesters had best re-focus on the real priorities of security and cost-cutting, or prepare to be run out of town on an existing rail.

We've long-since depleted our treasury, yet we continue to spend. This year, one out of every three dollars spent by this public-interest-ignoring government must be borrowed. For China, our biggest foreign debt-holder, America has become a rent-to-own, geographic time-share. Are you aware, reports FoxNews.com, that "federal agencies are now spending stimulus money at the rate of, listen to this, 196-million dollars every hour," continuing through September?

Playing beat-the-clock, shoveling-out our money, rather than conserving it. Case in point, two Arizona universities got nearly a-million-dollars for three grad students to study the work patterns of ants.

Nevada got a 2-million-dollar fire station it can't staff due to local budget cuts.

The Cal-gals, Nan, Di, and Barb, grabbed 54-million-dollars to upgrade the Napa Valley Wine Train, now re-named in their honor, the gravy train. And did you know that, on top of staggering debt and deficit, we now have the largest civilian federal payroll in anyone's memory.

Stimulus money used to bloat government jobs, while the private sector, the growth engine, was, by design, left to erode.

Americans still riding sedated aboard 2009's political love-train, had best be waking-up and jumping-off, as that out-of-control, dollar-burning engine now speeds toward destruction-junction, taking national security and personal freedom with it.

As we continue to explore abundant political stupidity, seemingly the preferred lifestyle of America's Supreme Soviet, word now that the adorable little tike, with the fib-triggered-nose-rocket, Pinocchio, has found enough kindred-spirits to choose the nation's capital as his new home.

Just in time for nose-launchers like Mr. Biden's statement last week, that Iraq could be (quote): "one of the greatest achievements of this administration."

While kudos are in order for that self-administered butt-kiss, if lies really do set pants on fire, his knickers are fritters. This, from the guy and his boss, when Senators, who voted against the liberating surge.

Then there's Mrs. Pelosi, who trumpeted her leadership of a bi-partisan Congressional trip to Haiti. Turns out, that of the 12 members going, only one is a Republican. Bi-partisanship as defined by the new ultra-lib lexicon of the left.

Other falsehoods, like the mega-bucks being spent to expensively-subsidize creation of "green jobs" with favored companies. Turns out the green-to-gold, pay-pal scheme has stimulated jobs, just not always ours!

A study by the, far-from-conservative, American University in Washington, revealed that of the 2-billion-stimulus-dollars thrown at wind power, nearly 80% has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines, when domestic jobs would abound, from taping-further into our own energy resources.

Apparently "We Are The World" is D.C.'s current chart-topper.

Speaking of kicking domestic job creation wide-left, time for some basic truth, as our Politburo debates spending billions more, we don't have, for another stimulus.

The feds can only add and entrench government jobs. They cannot create real private-sector employment without huge subsidies, nor will the bravado about new mini-tax-credits and incentives.

Businesses will re-hire and expand when they have more customers.

Customers will re-emerge when they have more money. And they'll have more money when the Imperial Government stops spending, and enacts sizeable, lasting tax cuts.

Then and only then will employers begin to hire, regardless of government Pinocchio-speak, and the smoke-screen billions of our generational-dollars being wasted.

Next up, newly-perfected stupidity when it comes to our security.

In too many ways, we have become a nation at risk. Beyond medical take-over and looming bankruptcy, lies America's security.

As recent actions have shown, the threat posed by radical Islam isn't perceived as serious, increasing our vulnerability. The designed-weakening of America began with the President's global "apology" tour, portraying us, not as an exceptional land of liberty, but rather as an "arrogant" nation, deserving to be knocked-down and brought in line with others in the socialist world order.

The chief consequence of the ultra-left's public disdain for our nation, beyond eroding our prominence, is that, by exalting in our newly-imposed weakness, we've emboldened those radical zealots, here and abroad, whose only goal is to convert us or kill us. The fact that America's two-branch leadership refuses to understand this self-induced, heightened threat-status, is inexcusable, nation-endangering, stupidity.

And the stupidity wagon rolls on, as we foolishly continue our PC-shield over one demented political mob, beginning with the move to close Gitmo, when no longer an issue in the Mid-East, and who cares if it was. Then telling our enemies our battlefield exit plans. Telling the nation to hold judgment, after the Fort Hood massacre, when it was a murdering-jihadi all along. Telling us the incident was isolated, when the thankfully-inept, alien Christmas Day, BVD bomber, who hopefully burned off his ornaments, was given all the rights of a citizen-criminal.

Then opting to try the 9/11 master-mind in criminal court in New York, rather than at Gitmo, although Mrs. Pelosi's district would be preferable. One suck-up move after another, flashing the welcoming green-light of weakness to radicals. We've traded a back-bone for a wish-bone.

Turning away from our proven allies, to instead, bow and grovel before regimes that harbor avowed enemies of freedom, thinking it'll make us all pals. This unbelievable PC-stupidity has literally been, and will continue to be, the death of us.

Lone Star

Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States. It's called Rememberance Day in Canada. Regardless of what it's called in other places, the sentiments behind this day remains the same everywhere.

Some will remember those that have laid their lives down to defend their country, while others will reflect on past service member's contributions.

Sadly, there are are alot of people that will only look at it as another holiday, a day to take off work, another one of those 'damn federal holidays' where they won't get mail, can't go to the bank, etc.

This day isn't just for remembering those that made the ultimate sacrifice, but for all that have stepped up to serve their country.

Say what you will about American Country Music, but I submit two videos that I think in their own hauntinly way epitomizes Veteran's Day.

Let us not forget those who stood ready to lay down their lives to defend our country and the way of life that we all too often take for granted.


I never thought that this is where I'd settle down,

I thought I'd die an old man back in my hometown,

They gave me this plot of land, me and some other men,

for a job well done.

There's a big white house sits on a hill just up the road,

The man inside; he cried the day they brought me home,

They folded up a flag, and told my mom and dad, 'We're proud of your son'.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,

I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,

I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,

I made it to Arlington.

I remember daddy brought me here when I was eight,

We searched all day to find out where my granddad lay,

And when we finally found that cross,

He said, 'Son this is what it cost, to keep us free'.

Now here I am a thousand stones away from him,

He recognized me on the first day I came in,

And it gave me a chill, when he clicked his heels, and saluted me.

And I'm proud to be on this peaceful piece of property,

I'm on sacred ground and I'm in the best of company,

And I'm thankful for those thankful for the things I've done,

I can rest in peace, I'm one of the chosen ones,

I made it to Arlington.

And every time I hear, twenty-one guns,

I know they brought another hero home, to us.

We're thankful for those thankful for the things we've done,

We can rest in peace, 'cause we are the chosen ones,

We made it to Arlington, yea, dust to dust

Don't cry for us, we made it to Arlington.


I was there in the winter of '64

When we camped in the ice at Nashville's doors

Three hundred miles our trail had led

We barely had time to bury our dead

When the Yankees charged and the colors fell

Overton Hill was a living hell

When we called retreat it was almost dark

I died with a grapeshot in my heart

Say a prayer for peace

For every fallen son

Set my spirit free

Let me lay down my gun

Sweet mother Mary I'm so tired

But I can't come home 'til

the last shot's fired

In June of 1944

I waited in the blood of Omaha's shores

Twenty-one and scared to death

My heart poundin' in my chest

I almost made the first seawall

When my friends turned and saw me fall

I still smell the smoke, I can taste the mud

As I lay there dying from a loss of blood

I'm in the fields of Vietnam,

The mountains of Afghanistan

And I'm still hopin', waitin', prayin'

I did not die in vain


Say a prayer for peace (for peace)

For our daughters and our sons

Set our spirits free (set us free)

Let us lay down our guns


Sweet mother Mary, we're so tired

But we can't come home (No

we can't come home)


'Til the last shot's fired

In closing, as a Veteran myself; I would like to thank each and every one of you who have served before me,and who will serve after me. It is your dedication to your country that has kept us free, and will continue to ensure that freedom's light will continue to burn brightly.

Lone Star

In view of Ft. Hood

First, let me offer my codolences and prayers to the families and friends to those who were brutally murdered at Fort Hood, TX.

Secondly, I offer prayers for a quick recovery to those that were wounded.

Now...on to other matters around this tragedy....

First off, the Muslim community is all up in arms about the fact that one of their own snapped and started shooting people.

I really don't care how 'upset' they are! The point is; one Muslim convert who didn't want to fulfil his obligation to his country, decided that it was better to start killing people than to just resign his commission and be done with it!

I mean, he KNEW he took an oath to stand in defense of this country, and that there was a pretty good chance that he would see at least one tour in the Persian Gulf Theatre, so his orders for deployment shouldn't have been that big of a 'surprize'.

If your religion comes in direct conflict with your service duties to this country, then you must remain loyal to one or the other. That wich doesn't have your loyalty, must therefore be discarded.

I'm perplexed by a religion that openly advocates the use of violence. Yes, dear readers; I HAVE read part of the Quran, and I DO know this for fact.

This isn't a bash about religions and the tenents of a chosen belief system.

Now, I'm reading that my president is calling for us to 'not make hasty judgements'...the SAME guy who rendered the 'snap judgement' against the Cambridge, MA police department. Remember when he said that they 'acted stupidly' because they arrested that Harvard Professor?

Why is it, that when it's a white cop thats arresting a black man, it's perfectly acceptable to render 'snap judgements', but when its a Muslim, we must wait for all the facts before making any decisions?

The biggest question I have as far as President Obama goes is this; with all the gaffes, faux pas and other 'social missteps' that he's committed since January... does the guy really have any credibility left? Judging from these incidents, it's CLEAR where his loyalties lie!

Lone Star

I was sitting in the dentist's office waiting room today, and I came across an article about a kid who seems to have talked his parents into letting him quit school to play Guitar Hero for a 'living'.

I don't remember the name of the magazine I was reading, but when I got home, I put the kid's name into a search engine (Google is your friend!) and came up with what appears to be a local newspaper article that says essentially the same thing that I read in this national publication.

Granted the parents allowed the kid to quit school to play a freaking VIDEO GAME, but in the begining they insisted that the kid get a tutor to keep up on his studies. BUT, according to the article in the magazine, (but strangely absent from the newspaper article) was the fact that the parents found the tutoring 'too expensive' and dropped it.

Now the kid is allowed to play Guitar Hero up to 10 hours a day....hasn't finished his 'primary education' and is only 16 years old, and doesn't have many prospects at becoming a 'useful member of society'.

Now before you bash me for bringing this article to light, look at it this way.....at least I'm providing documentation to prove my point of view! This isn't 'ignorant redneck blather', nor is it some 'obscure reference', nor is it a matter of 'believing everything I read'. I've taken the time to research, verify THEN form an opinion on it’s veracity.

Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with hobbies, or supporting your children to persue their hobbies. But when hobbies start to interfere with things like EDUCATION, it't time to put hobbies into their rightful place, and concentrate more on education; it IS after all, more important.

'Guitar Hero' whiz aiming higher

By Matt Ehlers - Staff Writer

It's a small plastic thing, resembling a guitar in basic appearance only.

But Blake Peebles brings energy to the room when he slides the strap over his skinny shoulder and steps atop the wooden box that serves as a stage.

As the music begins, Blake quickly presses buttons on the guitar in time to a speed-metal tune blasting from the giant TV. It is an odd sensation, to watch a young man control the sounds of a rock song with a toy instrument, but this is "Guitar Hero," one of the most popular video game franchises in recent memory. Blake is one of the better players in the country.

Other than his fingers, Blake barely moves while playing. His feet are set in place and his eyes are locked on the screen as he peers through a mop of curly brown hair. Gaming for him is serious business. It's his job.

Among the prizes he's won playing "Guitar Hero" tournaments: gift certificates, gaming equipment and chicken sandwiches.

Blake is 16, resides in North Raleigh and lives to play video games. On this night, he's at the Fox and Hound in Raleigh's North Hills shopping district. It's the restaurant's regular Sunday "Guitar Hero" night, and Blake and his family have come to watch and play. His brother and sister are here, as are his mom and dad, an aunt and an uncle, some cousins and some friends.

But in the end, it's not the people related to Blake who confirm his plastic-guitar prowess. It's the group of 20-somethings sitting at a nearby table, who applaud when Blake finishes playing along to "Through the Fire and Flames," viewed as the game's toughest song.

"It's pretty sick," says Andrew Gambling, 27, who describes himself as a casual player. "He's talented."

Blake is appreciative of the applause and grins shyly when it is mentioned to him. But he's not very happy with his score.

"That's probably the worst I've ever done," he says, which seems impossible. The game moves at warp speed, so Blake's fingers do too.

This is not a competitive environment, so the score hardly matters. But his attitude about it underscores some Peebles family truisms: Blake is so dedicated to gaming that his parents let him quit school so he can better concentrate on it.

They pay for home tutors instead. Mom and Dad do this, even though there are very few people in this country who make their living playing competitive video games.

Blake very much would like to be one of them, but a boy cannot live on chicken sandwiches alone.

Leaving school

Blake is the middle child of Mike and Hunter Peebles. Tucker is 18, an honor-roll student who plays football for North Raleigh Christian Academy. Caramy is 13, a dancer with a congenital disorder that causes developmental disabilities.

Mike and Hunter do not believe in one-size-fits-all parenting.

That is not to say that it was an easy decision for them to let Blake leave school last September. They would have preferred that he stay in high school with his brother. But he bugged them until they let him quit.

"We couldn't take the complaining anymore," says Hunter. "He always told me that he thought school was a waste of time."

Blake never gravitated toward sports or drama or any of the other traditional school-based activities. Just gaming.

So they made a deal. Blake could leave school but would have to be tutored at home. In one respect, the arrangement is similar to what parents of gifted child athletes and actors have done for years.

In another, those careers can bring big money. Competitive gaming is still growing. Major League Gaming, one of the field's top sanctioning bodies, holds tournaments in cities across the country.


Lone Star



Informative, and mind boggling!

You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Read this:

Boy, was I confused. I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us. I now find that to be RIDICULOUS..

I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them. I also have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state governments.

Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html

5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/ TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9. $200 Billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSC RI PTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US

Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.

Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

12. The National policy Institute, estimated that the total cost of mass deportation of illegal aliens would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.'

Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances to their countries of origin.

Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm>

14. 'The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One million sex crimes Committed by illegal immigrants In The United States .'

Verify at: http: // www.drdsk.com/articleshtml <http://ww w.drdsk.com/articleshtml>



Lone Star

Well, I guess it didn't take President Obama very long to show his 'true colors'!

It seems that talking about closing down Guantanamo Bay detention center, (just where does he plan to put all the 'bad guys'?) wasn't enough. Neither was setting a 'deadline' for troop withdrawal, (How about just telling the 'bad guys' to just 'sit tight and wait it out, we'll be gone and you can do what you want to!").

Now he's talking about negotiating with the enemy!

I'm sorry, but the last time I checked, the Taliban was the same people that we were fighting to liberate Iraq from in the first place! Now he's wanting to negotiate with a 'moderate Taliban'....

I guess that would be like negotiating with a 'moderate Japan' for bombing the shit out of Pearl Harbor!

Last time I checked, the enemy was the enemy, it didn't matter if they were as 'radical' as some, or as 'liberal' as other factions, groups or subsets.

To me, ANY negotiation with the enemy NEGATES all the lives lost in the whole process of liberating the people of Iraq, or any other 'cause' that the United States has gotten involved in! I personally don't care if you're a 'liberal enemy', a 'moderate enemy', or a 'radical enemy'...you are THE ENEMY! You kill my people...you ARE 'the enemy', and rather than negotiate with you, I will throw everything I can get my hands on to defeat you!

He's also committed us to almost a TRILLION dollars worth of new debt to reward all these companies for sending our jobs overseas! And he's talking about almost a TRILLION dollars MORE!

It seems that as we're brought closer and closer to a socialist government, the president of this great country seems willing to sell our souls along with this country!

HOW does he expect the taxpayers to be able to fund 2 TRILLION DOLLARS in 'new debt', (which appears to be going to reward companies that give our jobs away, and hand all the executives that have put us smack dab in this mess their 'golden parachutes'), when we're losing all the jobs to some shit hole 3rd world countries that would rather slit our throats, than to give a damn if the United States rises back to her former glory or falls flat on her face?

Is this the 'change' that we're supposed to look forward to?

Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time to WAKE UP to the fact that the president doesn't apper to have America's 'best interests' at heart!

I think that the bleeding heart liberals have had control for FAR TOO LONG! Because of them, illegal immigrants are getting social security (without ever contributing a dime), welfare and better health coverage than the US citizens have!

When are you people going to start looking at FACTS, and realize that y'all have just commited the world's biggest 'oopsie' by electing Barak Obama as president????

"He's the voice of change.....he's what this country needs right now!" I hope you like the 'new changes', comrade!

Obama eyes reaching out to moderate Taliban

He cites that strategy success in Iraq, where Sunnis turned on Al Qaeda

WASHINGTON - President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban, much as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.

Mr. Obama pointed to the success in peeling Iraqi insurgents away from more hard-core elements of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a strategy that many credit as much as the increase of American forces with turning the war around in the last two years. “There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region,” he said, while cautioning that solutions in Afghanistan will be complicated.

In a 35-minute conversation with The New York Times aboard Air Force One on Friday, Mr. Obama reviewed the challenges to his young administration. The president said he could not assure Americans the economy would begin growing again this year. But he pledged that he would “get all the pillars in place for recovery this year” and urged Americans not to “stuff money in their mattresses.”

“I don’t think that people should be fearful about our future,” he said. “I don’t think that people should suddenly mistrust all of our financial institutions.”

As he pressed forward with ambitious plans at home to rewrite the tax code, expand health care coverage and curb climate change, Mr. Obama dismissed criticism from conservatives that he was driving the country toward socialism. After the interview, which took place as the president was flying home from Ohio, he called reporters from the Oval Office to assert that his actions have been “entirely consistent with free-market principles” and to point out that large-scale government intervention in the markets and expansion of social welfare programs began under President George W. Bush.

Sitting at the head of a conference table with his suit coat off, Mr. Obama exhibited confidence six weeks into his presidency despite the economic turmoil around the globe and the deteriorating situations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He struck a reassuring tone, saying Americans should not be frightened of the future, and he said he had no trouble sleeping at night.

“Look, I wish I had the luxury of just dealing with a modest recession or just dealing with health care or just dealing with energy or just dealing with Iraq or just dealing with Afghanistan,” Mr. Obama said. “I don’t have that luxury, and I don’t think the American people do, either.”

The president spoke at length about the struggle with terrorism in Afghanistan and elsewhere, staking out positions that at times seemed more comparable to those of his predecessor than many of Mr. Obama’s more liberal supporters would like. He did not rule out the option of snatching terrorism suspects out of hostile countries.

Cites Petraeus' way of thinking

Asked if the United States was winning in Afghanistan, a war he effectively adopted as his own last month by ordering an additional 17,000 troops sent there, Mr. Obama replied flatly, “No.”

Mr. Obama said on the campaign trail last year that the possibility of breaking away some elements of the Taliban “should be explored,” an idea also considered by some military leaders. But now he has started a review of policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan intended to find a new strategy, and he signaled that reconciliation could emerge as an important initiative, mirroring the strategy used by Gen. David H. Petraeus in Iraq.

“If you talk to General Petraeus, I think he would argue that part of the success in Iraq involved reaching out to people that we would consider to be Islamic fundamentalists, but who were willing to work with us because they had been completely alienated by the tactics of Al Qaeda in Iraq,” Mr. Obama said.

At the same time, he acknowledged that outreach may not yield the same success. “The situation in Afghanistan is, if anything, more complex,” he said. “You have a less governed region, a history of fierce independence among tribes. Those tribes are multiple and sometimes operate at cross purposes, and so figuring all that out is going to be much more of a challenge.”

For American military planners, reaching out to some members of the Taliban is fraught with complexities. For one thing, officials would have to figure out which Taliban members might be within the reach of a reconciliation campaign, no easy task in a lawless country with feuding groups of insurgents.

And administration officials have criticized the Pakistani government for its own reconciliation deal with local Taliban leaders in the Swat Valley, where Islamic law has been imposed and radical figures hold sway. Pakistani officials have sought to reassure administration officials that their deal was not a surrender to the Taliban, but rather an attempt to drive a wedge between hard-core Taliban leaders and local Islamists.

Capturing terror suspects

During the interview, Mr. Obama also left open the option for American operatives to capture terrorism suspects abroad even without the cooperation of a country where they were found. “There could be situations — and I emphasize ‘could be’ because we haven’t made a determination yet — where, let’s say that we have a well-known Al Qaeda operative that doesn’t surface very often, appears in a third country with whom we don’t have an extradition relationship or would not be willing to prosecute, but we think is a very dangerous person,” he said.

“I think we still have to think about how do we deal with that kind of scenario,” he added. The president went on to say that “we don’t torture” and that “we ultimately provide anybody that we’re detaining an opportunity through habeas corpus to answer to charges.”

Aides later said Mr. Obama did not mean to suggest that everybody held by American forces would be granted habeas corpus or the right to challenge their detention. In a court filing last month, the Obama administration agreed with the Bush administration position that 600 prisoners in a cavernous prison on the American air base at Bagram in Afghanistan have no right to seek their release in court.

Instead, aides said Mr. Obama’s comment referred only to a Supreme Court decision last year finding that prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, have the right to go to federal court to challenge their continued detention.

Mr. Obama signaled that those on the left seeking a wholesale reversal of Mr. Bush’s detainee policy might be disappointed. Mr. Obama said that by the time he got into office, the Bush administration had taken “steps to correct certain policies and procedures after those first couple of years” after the Sept. 11 attacks.

He credited not Mr. Bush but the former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael V. Hayden and the former director of national intelligence Mike McConnell, who “really had America’s security interests in mind when they acted, and I think were mindful of American values and ideals.”

Turning to domestic affairs, Mr. Obama indicated that the end was not in sight when it came to the economic crisis and suggested that he expected it could take another $750 billion to address the problem of weak and failing financial institutions beyond the $700 billion already approved. Maintaining support for the additional costs of bailouts is quite likely to be among Mr. Obama’s biggest challenges, given the anger that many Americans feel toward Wall Street executives who they believe are being unduly rewarded with bailout money.

The budget plan he released last month included a placeholder estimate of $250 billion for additional bank bailouts — an amount that represents the projected long-term cost to taxpayers of a $750 billion infusion into the financial sector — and in the interview Mr. Obama indicated that those figures were what he was likely to seek from Congress.

“We have no reason to revise that estimate,” he said.

Addressing the fear and uncertainty among Americans as job losses mount and stock markets sink, Mr. Obama urged Americans to “be prudent” in their personal financial decisions, but not to hunker down so much that it would further slow the recovery.

“What I don’t think people should do is suddenly stuff money in their mattresses and pull back completely from spending,” he said.

Still, he avoided guessing when the situation might begin to turn around. “Our belief and expectation is that we will get all the pillars in place for recovery this year,” he said. “How long it will take before recovery actually translates into stronger job markets and so forth is going to depend on a whole range of factors.”

European economic backlash?

He added that “part of what you’re seeing now is weaknesses in Europe that are actually greater than some weaknesses here, bouncing back and having an impact on our markets.”

Mr. Obama’s uncertain forecast about when the economy will begin to rebound contrasted with the projections embedded in the budget he recently released.

That plan rested on the assumption that the economy would shrink by 1.2 percent this year, a projection that many economists, including some in his administration, consider overly optimistic because it implies the economy would bounce back in the second half of this year.

As he settles into his new job, Mr. Obama said he spent much of his time reading briefing books, but still tried to stay in touch by perusing newspapers and thumbing through weekly newsmagazines. But he said he did not watch much television, except basketball games.

Mr. Obama rode to the White House partly on his savvy use of new technology, and he has a staff-written blog on his presidential Web site. Even so, he said he did not find blogs to be reliable, citing the economy as one example.

“Part of the reason we don’t spend a lot of time looking at blogs,” he said, “is because if you haven’t looked at it very carefully, then you may be under the impression that somehow there’s a clean answer one way or another — well, you just nationalize all the banks, or you just leave them alone and they’ll be fine.”

Jeff Zeleny and Peter Baker contributed reporting.

Lone Star

You know, it amazes me how many people get all up in arms when it's pointed out that this 'hands off approach' to raising kids just isn't working!

I've been called a barbarian, I've been accused of 'ignorant redneck blather' and have outright been told that I have no clue what I'm talking about!

The problem is, I keep finding shining examples of how Dr. Spock and his followers are really messing these kids up. The unfortunate problem I face is that I don't even have to hunt for these examples. They're EVERYWHERE!

We see school shootings (kids shooting kids) a hell of alot more than you used to....

We see the age of cold blooded killers getting younger and younger, and the reason they're killing each other gets more and more stupid!

Why is it that you don't see this behavior very much from the generation where the kids were subjected to corporal punishment? Could it be that the kid that got their ass busted actually wasn't as 'damaged' as Dr. Spock would have you to believe?

What should scare the living hell out of you, dear reader, is the fact that these little monsters are coming into power soon!

If they can't seem to play well with others on a local basis (at school, home, local market/store), how in the hell can you expect them to 'play well with others' on a GLOBAL scale?

To illustrate my point, I direct you to the following news article that was taken from the local news in My area. I'm sure that there are many more examples just like this in YOUR 'neck of the woods'!

Substitute speaks out about YouTube video

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Students take over a class and post it on YouTube for all to see.

Those videos are no longer on the popular YouTube website, but they have made a lasting impression on the Savannah-Chatham School District. Tonight, district officials are apologizing to parents and they're taking action.

In the video, Savannah High School students are seen in the classroom back in December rapping obscene words and dancing around the room. Some may think this is harmless.

But then later you can see students begin to taunt the substitute teacher as she's writing something on the board.

She asks them for respect. But they continue dancing, jump on chairs and one student even runs around the room with an American flag.

In the same classroom, you see students dancing around the substitute teacher. There are several YouTube videos like this that were posted to the website.

WTOC did speak with school district spokesperson Bucky Burnsed who said the district is embarrassed by these videos. He says they are inappropriate and unacceptable and the principal at Savannah High School, Dr. Tony Jordan, has already taken disciplinary action.

"It was a substitute teacher and rest assured that won't happen again, but there was a lack of control in the classroom," said Burnsed.

Burnsed says the district just found out about the videos this morning, but say some of videos were posted in January and date back to December and some are from classes more than a year ago.

"It's still inexcusable and not the kind of behavior we allow in the classroom and we do not permit it and it will not continue," said Burnsed.

Burnsed says Dr. Jordan has spent so much time and effort improving Savannah High.

"This school is far better than the past and this is really disheartening," said Burnsed. "We are not going to allow this kind of activity to happen, we can't go back and fix it but we can be sure is that our children and parents know this will not happen again."

District officials hope this is the last time they will have deal with something like this either in class or online.

The substitute teacher who was in charge of this class is also speaking out tonight. Cindy Postell found out this morning she is no longer on the substitute call list for the Savannah-Chatham School District.

"It caught me by surprise," said Postell.

Postell says she is the one seen writing on the board in the YouTube video. In the background, Savannah High School students are rapping obscene words, dancing around the room and totally ignoring her as she asks for respect and order.

"I wrote on the board some of the things they were doing wrong, I asked them to stop. I asked them to be nice, use good words and be seated and sit down," said Postell.

But she says the students wouldn't listen to her. "I had a hard time getting the students to show respect," said Postell.

Postell says she tried to call for help. "I called the office and they unhooked the phone," she said.

She says the students were out of control and she felt helpless. "They have a code of conduct and they choose not to follow it. I made it clear I did not tolerate actions like that," said Postell.

Postell says because she couldn't get the students under control, district officials told her today she will no longer be able substitute teach in their district, something she been doing for six years.

"I can't get anyone to defend me, they think I should be reprimanded but it's the kids. I was trying not to get in a fight with the kids because they seemed hostile and very violent," said Postell.

Tonight, Postell is hoping the district sees her side. "I am really sorry this happened. I was hoping they would reconsider and I would be reinstated," she said.

The district has also taken disciplinary action against the students in the video.

How many more 'examples' like this do we REALLY need before we realize that these kids NEED to be taken 'back in hand' and given a firm, structured environment?

Dr. Spock, we've tried it your way and it just isn't working!

Speaking of him, who made him an 'expert'? Is it because he's written a couple of books, and advocated letting the child run wild? Do we simply swallow all the bullshit that is crammed in our faces just because it came from an 'expert'?

Logically speaking, who do you think is going to grow up more maladjusted; the kid that is taught that there are rules and concequences for their actions, or the kid that grows up thinking that the worst that's going to happen to them is they'll be given a 'time out' for bad behavior?

Now before you give me that "My child doesn't act like that! I've got little angels!" bullshit, maybe you should take a LONG objective look at your little darlings! Take the blinders and shades off before you start looking.

I'm not saying that ALL children are like this, BUT there are far more examples of this type of behavior than not.

I'm not advocating beating the hell out of a kid for minor infractions either. I'm only advocating a little more power to the parents to reign these 'monsters' back in line!

Lone Star

Well, well, well....

It looks like Al Sharpton is at it again!

Let's start off with the backstory of that comment:

Monday (16 FEB 2009): In Stamford, CT; a chimpanzee mauled it's owners friend. The police were called, and subsequently shot the out of control chimp.

Wednesday (18 FEB 2009) The New York Post published the following cartoon:


Now, anyone with half a brain and even an ounce of 'common sense' can see that the artist is referring to how 'well crafted' and how 'intelligent' this stimulus package is.

Anyone with half a brain knows that it's the TAX PAYERS who have to foot the bill for this. It is also the TAX PAYER who has severely empty pockets!

Anyone with half a brain knows that if the TAX PAYER has empty pockets, there's no way in hell that they're going to be able to afford almost a TRILLION DOLLARS in new debt!

Thank you, Curious George (a monkey in childhood story books) for this new and 'creative' way to keep the American working class BROKE!

Back to the 'Reverand' Al Sharpton. In his infinate 'wisdom', he's twisting that cartoon into being a swipe at the black man, because President Obama is pushing to get this passed.

In this day and age where everyone is so 'politically correct' and so afraid to speak their minds for fear of offending someone, I think people like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan need to sit down, shut up and stop stirring up shit to keep racism alive!

Let's look at fact here....

If people like the 'Reverands' would just stop stirring up shit, maybe things would settle down and we could concentrate on the 'important things', like getting this economy back on level ground!

I get so tired of hearing how these three 'yahoos' are such 'great men'!

Yeah, stirring up the racism pot is doing 'great works'...

Every time it starts to settle down, one of these three 'Reverands', (I wonder which church(s) they're affiliated with), has to make some assinine statement about 'something' that is a 'shot at the black man'!

Even the 'most revered' Jesse Jackson had to issue a public apology because he was overheard (a recording was made of this) at a speech given by the then Senator Obama, saying how he'd like to "cut his nuts off".....oh yeah, more 'great works from a great man'!


Where was the great Al Sharpton for this one?

Why didn't Jesse Jackson lose his 'Reverand status'?

Why didn't Al Sharpton call for Jesse Jackson's job like he's done in the past?

These hypocrites need to just stay out of the public eye and stop stirring up shit that needs to be left alone!

Lone Star



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For those of you that have read this before, you know how it works. For those of you that are visiting my corner of the world for the first time, let me explain how things work around here.

In these entries, you will not find a 'diary' of my life, but you will find that I've got a spot to speak out about a myriad of things, and boy do I have a lot to say!

The posts you'll find here are MY thoughts and opinions. I don't have to explain them. I'll be more than happy to discuss them with you, even debate them with you, but you have a couple 'rules' that will apply.

I only discuss using LOGIC. If you resort to emotional outbursts, the debate is finished.

I'll listen to your side of things, but you HAVE to listen to my side in return. Any deviation on your part, and the conversation is done!

My views, opinions and thoughts may not always reflect the 'popular view', but that's ok, because I don't always fit in with the 'popular view' of things.

If you're easily offended, then maybe this isn't going to be a 'good place' for you. Those that know me, know that I'll say whats on my mind, without concern of being 'politically correct'. I 'tell it like it is' and I only call 'em like I see 'em!

If you're still with me at this point, welcome to my world. Grab a cup of coffee, kick back and lets let the fun begin!
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