News, internet, Mexico

It’s been a busy time. Granted, that’s not a good excuse for the laps in posting. But in truth, I don’t know if I have much more to say. The fears I had of this administration appear to be coming true and even many of the vast Obama supporters are feeling discouraged. The Republican party still hasn’t gotten its collective *&(* together. The news media continues to report on their own issues and very little on the actual events around the US let alone around the world. If we could only get the personalities off the news. One can dream right?

Internet forums and comments:

Occasionally, I run across a forum or comments that truly engage readers and inform us on various subjects. I suppose that’s one of the advantages of the internet. Of course you must wade through tons partisan and ignorant rants to find those few kernels of information. There are many blogs and forums where I’ve picked up a lot on history from those with opposing views yet still put out good facts. It is time consuming however.

Mexico:

I suggest a closer look into the Mexican drug war and general situation in Mexico and our border then ask yourselves why we aren’t hearing more about this tragedy in our daily news. This is not to advocate any particular slant on the border or immigrations or security, but rather to build a real understanding of the issue which is almost never talked about in the news.

I was going to post a longer piece on this issue but work got in the way. However the information is out there.

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What are they training for now?

Attorney General Eric Holder asks congress for $15 million dollars for active shooter training.

Seriously?

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. urged Congress on Tuesday to approve $15 million in funding for “active shooter” training for law enforcement officers in light of the recent shootings at Fort Hood and a Jewish community center in Kansas.

Law-Enforcement-Rifle-1What the hell is happening to us?  There not training for active shooters now?  Freaking amazing.  And with a straight face too.

I’m not against good training for Law Enforcement but isn’t this a core competency?  You know, why we have police. 

Baseball

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Saturday was a baseball day.  The family went to a skysox game here in Colorado Springs. As usual we only made it to the bottom of the forth inning. But hey, the weather was nice.  It was warm and a little overcast. That was nice since it snowed Sunday.

Marriage at age nine?

Why did we go to Iraq?  Well apparently to free them.  You know to free them to marry their girls off at age nine, to make marital rape legal and not allowing Muslim men to marry outside of Islam unless it’s just for sexual satisfaction. 

Scott Bixby of the Daily Beast reports.

Iraq wants to legalize child marriage.

In a bid to please the nation’s Shi’a Muslim majority ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq’s Council of Ministers has drafted a law that would legalize marital rape, as well as grant men the authority to marry girls as young as age nine. The Jaafari Personal Status Law was approved by the Council of Ministers in February, and now awaits likely passage in the Iraqi parliament in the last days before the April 30 election.

It is unclear whether or not Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, supports the bill. Maliki, who is standing for a third term as leader, “has never said that he is with the law or against it," according to his spokesman. "What we have done is democratic. We took this to be discussed then voted on. We didn’t object straight away.

Nice huh?

Fort Benning visit

 

In 1985 I attended the Basic Airborne course and the Ranger Indoctrination course at Fort Benning. I hadn’t been back since. That is until last week. Work took me to the home of the Infantry school and I had a chance to look around. The base if of course larger and has improved the roads considerably. Airborne school didn’t look noticeable different though. The buildings had some renovations done but the overall layout was the same. The was about all that was the same though. I didn’t recognize anything else. There is some major building taking place on Ft. Benning and the designs looked good.  I wish I would have taken a couple of pictures of the new buildings. 

The highlight of the trip was the Infantry Museum located just outside the Ft. Benning gate. It was a great museum covering the history of the US Infantry.  I highly recommend visiting the museum if your in the Columbus Georgia area.  I’ve attached a couple of photos.

250ft Tower Ft. Benning, GA

The 250 Ft Towers looked the same as they did many years ago.

Ft Benning Jump Tower

The Mock doors were fun to see.  While I didn’t’ catch the current class this day they were jumping out of these while I was there.

Ranger Memorial Ft. Benning (800x451)

The Ranger Memorial

Infantry Museum Ft. Benning (800x446)

Infantry Museum

Infantry museum entrance (450x800)

Entrance to the Museum