Archives for September 2011

I have differences with this President, but this is the best thing he’s done so far.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama enjoyed a beer with Dakota Meyer on the patio outside the Oval Office Wednesday. The president will present Meyer with the Medal of Honor Thursday during a ceremony at the White House.

“Meyer asked the staffer if he could have a beer with the President,” Carney said.

“POTUS invited Dakota to come by the White House this afternoon.”

via President pauses for beer with future Medal of Honor recipient – CNN Political Ticker – Blogs.

Good for you, Mr. President.

Operation Feeding Freedom | A Soldier’s Perspective

This is the kind of thing I really like:

Nine years ago, an idea was hatched at Outback headquarters to send meals to troops in combat, starting with Afghanistan in 2002.

Outback co-founder, Trudy Cooper, told me that it was a natural thing to do since their headquarters is so close to MacDill Air Force Base.

“We already serve meals to our military, how hard could it be to take them meals where they fight?” she asked.

via Operation Feeding Freedom | A Soldier’s Perspective.

How hard, indeed.

Go, and read about their efforts, and this years’.

Then patronize Outback. They deserve it.

9/11 ten years later

I try not to think about this, as it makes me sad and deeply angry. Neither is good for me in the long run. Embarrassingly, I have yet to watch United 93. I need to, but I don’t want to. I know I won’t be happy with my reaction. Tears and rage are a bad mix.

Yeah, lotta I’s in that paragraph. Others died, many were amazingly heroic, most were innocent victims. Life is like that, deeply unfair.

My post last year on this says most of what I have to say from a personal perspective. Nothing profound.

Since then a few friends, and a zillion people I’ve never met but owe a huge debt of gratitude to have literally gone to war to do their duty, and hopefully prevent a recurrence of a cowardly attack on the US. I think some luck and a lot of skill is why we haven’t been hit again. Thank Yous to all our men and women in uniform, then and now. I need to buy a lifetime of beers…

And, My First Haiku:

Never Forgive
and Never Forget.
Bin Laden is fishfood
I’m happy ’bout that.

Eternal Vigilance is the price of Freedom. Note: not giving away our rights in a vain plea for safety and security. Don’t let that happen.

Happy Birthday, Honey!

We love you a lot! Your life has progressed in the last seven years (see the following post), we’ve been happy to have raised you (so far), and we wish you the best. First year out of the teens. Congrats. Still can’t drink.

Looking at the blog I found this trip down memory lane turned up this ‘gem’ from several years ago:

Today’s the first day of teendom for my littlest girl. She still talks to me, and that’s encouraging, but usually only about horses, or how much she loves horses, or how I should get her a horse.

Tonight we were eating TCBY, and I commented how tall something was. “It’s about 13 hands” was her reply. Horse crazy.

However, no horse this year, and she’s OK with it (though secretly resentful, in the way I still am that I didn’t get either an airplane or a motorcycle for my 13th birthday).

Happy Birthday, sweetheart

Happy Birthday, honey, from all of us. You are loved more than you can know.
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How fast does a wildfire move?

A picture’s worth a thousand words a second…


Apollo ‘footprints’ visible

Super. Cool.

WASHINGTON WLS – A spacecraft circling the moon has snapped the sharpest photos ever of the tracks and trash left behind by Apollo astronauts in their visits from 1969 to 1972.Images taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from 13 to 15 miles up show the astronauts’ paths when they walked on the moon, as well as ruts left by a moon buggy. Experts could even identify the backpacks astronauts pitched out of their lunar landers before they returned to Earth.

via WLS 890AM.

There are nicely annotated ‘side by side’ shots, labeling what the objects are as seen during the lunar exploration (from the moon view) and their new overhead view.

Looking froward to the Google Earth version from the little car with the cameras on top.

Staff sgt. offered TV tryout after viral video – Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Air Force Times

What talent looks, er, sounds like.

What started as a half-hour jam session for airmen working the night shift in Afghanistan has landed a staff sergeant an audition for the reality show “The Voice.”

Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson has YouTube to thank for all the attention.

Johnson is part of Air Forces Central Command’s band Sidewinder. The band performed a quick acoustic set — without microphones or sound equipment — for 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron airmen Aug. 8.

The next day, fans posted a video of Johnson belting out Adele’s hit “Rolling in the Deep.” By Aug. 18, the video had logged 900,000 views.

via Staff sgt. offered TV tryout after viral video – Air Force News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq – Air Force Times.


Police arrest teen impersonating physician assistant

Oof. Stand by for a LOT of hospital HR overreaction…

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Seventeen-year-old Matthew Scheidt is in custody at a juvenile detention center after Kissimmee Police arrested him for allegedly impersonating a physician’s assistant. They say he posed as P.A. for two weeks at Osceola Regional Medical Center.

via Police arrest teen impersonating physician assistant.

There’s a point where ambition meets crazy, and I think this guy found it.

Soon, there will be a ‘real or not’ app:

Next multimillion dollar app idea.

GAITHERSBURG, Md. — A federal advisory panel has recommended the creation of a nationwide database to follow women who have had silicone-gel breast implants for at least a decade after they had the surgery.

via Medical News: FDA Panel Calls for Silicone Breast Implant Registry – in Surgery, Plastic Surgery from MedPage Today.

You’re welcome.

Why don’t docs get more of what they want in DC?

There’s a quite instructive graph in a blog post from NRO yesterday (talking about Union campaign donations), but I found this one to be very instructive, and have added labels so the point cannot be missed:

In politics, generally what you give is what you get. I’ve taken to giving more to the PACs that represent me.

As an aside, it’s political malpractice to give only to one party (Teachers). Eventually that one party will be on the outs, and then where are you?

US marks first month with no troop deaths in Iraq – Yahoo! News

4,474 dead, thousands more wounded.

BAGHDAD (AP) — August marked the first month since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq that no American forces have died, according to an Associated Press tally.

Figures compiled by the AP show that no American forces died in Iraq in August either in combat or non-combat related situations, a significant achievement in a conflict that has claimed the lives of 4,474 American service members since it began.

via US marks first month with no troop deaths in Iraq – Yahoo! News.

Let their sacrifices not have been in vain.

Paging Dr. Orwell

In case you wanted another metaphor for dysfunctional…

Don’t think of it as the federal government but as your “federal family.”

In a Category 4 torrent of official communications during the approach and aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has repeatedly used the phrase “federal family” when describing the Obama administration’s response to the storm.

The Obama administration didn’t invent the phrase but has taken it to new heights.

“Under the direction of President Obama and Secretary Janet Napolitano, the entire federal family is leaning forward to support our state, tribal and territorial partners along the East Coast,” a FEMA news release declared Friday as Irene churned toward landfall.

The G-word — “government” — has been nearly banished, with FEMA instead referring to federal, state and local “partners” as well as “offices” and “personnel.”

via The Palm Beach Post Storm