Today:What Where When How?

I opened this blog to be able to comment on blogs which may limit comments to bloggers only. Since that time I have decided to commnet on what is happening in my world too.

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Old sometimes retired guy who still thinks I can do anything. Sorta like Caleb, but understanding it is not necessarly so.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Is Water Boarding Really Torture?

I thought I would write a short comment on all the hype about water boarding. As I understand it, essentially water boarding features tying the victim to something and slowly pouring water over a cloth placed over the subjects head for a length of time. This supposedly gives the subject (victim) the sensation that they can not breathe and are in risk of drowning.

This procedure is supposedly used on subjects (suspects) who are reluctant to talk about what they know of terrorist plans to do harm (bring death and destruction) to
American people and property. We are told water boarding is bad. We are not told the value or amount of information intelligence agencies have gained by the use of this method of "torture".

I am a US Navy veteran. In Navy boot camp I was sent into two very scary places where breathing was difficult if not almost impossible. We were sent as a group into a room and tear gas was released. When we felt we were going to die, we were allowed to put on gas masks. We were also sent into a building which was then set on fire and we had to extinguish the flames in order to breathe.

After boot camp some of us were trained in the aviation branch. A part of that training was to be strapped into a Dilbert Dunker. Which was a mock up of an aircraft cockpit which would very quickly be dumped upside down in a pool of water. We had to unstrap, figure out which way was up, and swim to the surface. I think I would opt to lay on a board and have water poured over my face were I given the choice.

Thought: Could I sue the US Navy for supposedly torturing me? Heck, maybe we could get up a class action suit.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Wondering no more about one wonder.

Today on Easter Sunday one of my wondering was answered. The SEALS were waiting for the proper time. SEAL snipers took out three of the kidnappers and Captain Phillips was freed and is now safe.
How fitting. On the Holiday we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ and the freedom belief in Him brings, the hostage captain is freed.
There is a message there for all.
I read the we (the US) are considering whether or not to try a pirate we captured as a criminal. DUH? What is to consider?


Saturday, April 11, 2009


I wonder about a number of things that happened since I last wrote on this blog.

I wonder how Marcus Luttrell was able to keep from pulling the trigger? He had the punks who shot his rehab dog D.A.S.Y. well within the reach of his 9mm automatic. They did not even know he was there and could have died laughing. Marcus is a highly trained and decorated Navy SEAL. He followed the punks in a high speed chase until he could get the proper authorities involved. He a real man of character. He is a real American. See "Lone Survivor" for his story.

I wonder why our Navy was prevented from firing on the life boat when the sailors aboard saw Captain Phillips jump over board? Why are our fighting men trained and equipped to break things and kill people and then prevented from doing so because either some of our friends or some of our enemies might take offense?

I wonder why American politicians have authorized spending 20 times as much, (3 trillion) to "stimulate" the economy, as Japan, the next most powerful country economically? Japan only sees the need to spend (150 billion)? After all this is money we do not actually have at the present time. I wonder how much money each of us should borrow to make our own personal finances solvent? I wonder how large does a company have to be before it is not allowed to go bankrupt? I wonder how many people are allowed to lose their lively hood before the government needs to step in? I think most people today think the answer is one if it is me, 2000 if it is others.

I do not wonder about some things. I mean COME ON! Companies fail because they do not provide the services or goods people want or can afford. The congress caused most if not all of the current "crisis" by interfering with how the banks loaned monies and how the automobile companies produced cars. Pure and simple.

I would not be writing this today if my plans had worked out. We had planned on leaving yesterday to spend Easter with our daughter and son in law. I needed to work yesterday. I do not have access to a military airplane like the Speaker of the House has,so we had to stay at home. Mary and I are enjoying each other's company for a shorter weekend than we had planned.

Jesus sacrificed his life for everyone. You, me and even the people who killed Marcus' dog, if we will just believe. Will I see you in heaven?