Christmas Eve–Colorado Springs

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It’s a little chilly out today, this Christmas eve. We’ve been getting little blasts of cold with just a touch of snow but nothing great. It’s been just enough snow to make morning drives miserable but not enough to play in. That’s pretty normal on the front range in Colorado. I hear the mountains are getting quite a bit though. That is always good news. We can use the water in the springs and skiing isn’t quite a good with no snow!

I’m off work today and the smell of cooking has taken over the house. I love that smell in the house although my wife hates the house smelling of food. I don’t understand that. What could be more comforting than the whiff of turkey or ham drifting through the house?

Today will be a bit of a break from news. It’s all bad and all sensationalized anyway. Frankly if you watch once a week you’ll get your fill. It’s tough for me as I’ve always been somewhat of a news junky. Still, today and tomorrow I’ll reserve for good movies and good food.

So to all I wish a Merry Christmas whatever your religion and beliefs. Stay safe.


Yemen raid gone bad

Did the President do the right thing in allowing a raid in Yemen?


In an attempt to rescue an American held hostage by a Yemen faction of Al-Qaeda, US forces raided a terrorist base. In the aftermath the hostages were killed. Along with the American Luke Summers a South African teacher Pierre Korkie was also killed. Five terrorist were killed and no American forces were injured. The SEALS apparently walked in over 10 kilometers of rough terrain and lost the element of surprise the last 100 meters according to reports.

There are some that are critical of the operation. Was in necessary to conduct the raid while negotiations for the South African were ongoing? I won’t go into the idea and former policy of “not negotiating with terrorist” as this administration have shown they certainly will. The administration claims that recent intelligence indicated Summers was in grave danger of being killed this weekend and felt the need to act.

It’s hard to say if US officials knew about the ongoing negotiations for Korkie. 

I can’t find any reason to doubt this intelligence and don’t see any issues with this raid. Military actions and raids deep into enemy territory are always difficult. There will always be risk. The military units that carry out these raids try very hard to minimize the risk and it is always at the heart of their planning. Unfortunately things happen when dealing with terrorist and criminals. You can never know for sure what they will do or how they will react.

This was the right decision even if the outcome is tragic. The fault lay in the hands of those that committed the initial crimes that created this situation. They should be tracked down and killed as the savages they are.

The race discussion

There is much talk these days about having a discussion on race relations in America. Since the first black American President was elected it seems race relations have deteriorated. From all of the media hubbub it would appear we are nearing a civil war on race. But are things really that bad? Could it be that a country so racially divided could elect a black man then turn on each other? To the first question the answer I don’t think so. Daily most of us go to work and interact with many races and think nothing of it. Most people I know and work with, don’t interact differently with each other based on race as far as I can see. I work in a pretty diverse office where the profile percentages are probably close to the national statistics. Frankly, there isn’t much time to think about race relations as we are pretty busy.

But you have to understand that for us to get along would not be productive to certain organizations and personalities. These people make a very nice living keeping the populace riled up. Do you think it’s just luck that we always see the crowds in close so as not to see the total numbers? This makes the event more spectacular. Do you think it’s just coincidence that there are cameras around when the violence starts? Of course not, there’s no money in people behaving and working through issues. Have you not seen the agitators in the crowds that push and yell when things calm down? It’s organized and often has nothing to do with the issue at hand but rather it’s about someone making money.

What of the discussion though. Certainly we can’t have a discussion on race with so many calling others racist before the discussion starts? We could if there weren’t those that wish to control the discussion by banning words or arguments that disagree with their narrative. The stigma of so called “hate speech” is destroying our ability to talk to each other. Disagree and you are a hater. If you should believe anything that goes against their “truth” you are labeled a racist and any further discussion is halted. There is no room for compromise. This is quite convenient when the discussion heads in a direction one side doesn’t wish it to go.

How can one talk about race relations if you can’t name the race? How can you talk about police actions if you can’t talk about criminal actions, about cultural and moral actions? I guess you could but you wouldn’t reach any conclusions that would have any real affect.

When we can talk to each other in a civilized manner, minus the insults and begin the conversations assuming the other participant wants a just solution like us, we might have this conversation but at this time too many people have an agenda that has nothing to do with us all getting along. When we wake up and stop letting the national media, the race baiters and profiteers run the discussion we might have a chance.

More posts soon

Yeah I know, I’m slacking here.  It’s been busy and while a lot is happening in the world it would be a mistake to post too quickly on many events.  So, I hope to have a lot more out this weekend.

Till then…

Just playing with Photoshop a bit. Doing a little dodge and burn practice.

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