Yesterday, my 17 year old niece, who attends Lancaster High School, was beaten by a football player, named Kyle, on school grounds, for being gay. After receiving over a dozen blows to her jaw, eye and head, all he received was a 5 day suspension by the Lancaster School District. She suffered from a fractured jaw and multiple concussions to the head and the Deputy Sheriff advised her mother to re-think her wanting to file charges against the football player because her daughter pushed him back. The school ended up documenting "assault" charges on my nieces file, NOT the football players! To make things worse, the Deputy Sheriff on site warned my niece, by saying,"Just so you know, if you file charges against him, I'm taking his side." Oh, and the icing on the cake was when the football player came up to my niece after school and said, "Sorry, but you had it coming!" We're attempting to raise awareness and bring this story to light because Lancaster High School is trying to sweep this "Hate Crime" under the rug! Like if you care and please forward to everyone you know
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Monday, September 03, 2012
Sunday, September 02, 2012
Outside of work, I'm enjoying fishing, crabbing and clamming and making interesting comic book furniture. Now you ask, what's comic book furniture? This...
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Wednesday, July 04, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
First note about this trip, the bride planned everything out weeks in advance and put it all in a binder which I’m looking at for the first time. She spent a week looking up directions, taking notes on what’s interesting everyplace along the drive and making reservations on the best spots to camp. We planned on staying in a motel 2 nights but that ended up being 4 nights after a largish rainstorm and we were muddy and needed a bit off warmth. Say what you want about Motel 6, but they gave us a military rate of 45 bucks a night and no arguments about two 50 pound dogs. All of the campgrounds mentioned take dogs just make sure to clean up after them and keep them around you like a second skin. So on with the journey.
Note 2: We’re driving in my 97 Toyota Tacoma with 270 thousand miles on him with a camper shell, his name is Neil, like the astronaut because he’s driven to the moon. Our biggest problem is that we over packed and unloading and loading took up an hour or so each side of the day and my old knees feel it and there wasn’t much spare space, specially when you are married to a souvenirholic. Our tent was a Colman Montana 8 which is easier putting up with 2 people but we could do it in 10 minutes by the end of the trip, we had a queen sized blow up mattress which we put a blanket on top of to keep sharp doggie feet from poking holes in it and 2 dog beds. Note, always bring a patch kit with you when you have a blow up bed.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Here's how it goes, every time an enlisted man takes the oath of enlistment, part of it says, "and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me". It's pretty black and white, something that goes before everything else you do in the military, before they shave you bald and everything else is built around it. If you don't like it, get out after your enlistment is up or get kicked out. The only way you can change oath is to pass a law to change that which you can not do while serving. Being the center of a political movement while serving on active duty is just foolish, no matter which side of the political divide you are on and this gentleman had been warned multiple times. We are all just gears in a machine who can be replaced and the slightest change in the wind and that's how the system was designed.
Being in the military, we have the illusion of freedom of speech and there men in hats who troll the nets looking for people who work for the government who step beyond outside the bounds of that invisible fence, probably the same people who track terrorists, cyber criminals, haters and that lot, nice people you get grouped with. Stein crossed the that line, probably didn't think much about it at the time but it's the line drawn at the core of our oath of the military of a country that elects a civilian leader to call the shots instead of a military government. Most of the people who complain his discharge over this issue are people who haven't served or military people who have only taken that oath once, for the people who have taken it more then a few times and can still hear it ring in their heads, we look at it a bit differently.
Good luck with your life Sgt Stein, I appreciate you standing by you guns and I'm sorry I didn't pull you aside and tell you, "dude, if you post that, the brass is going to hammer you". Which I have been known to do to my blogger buddies when I see someone stepping over that line. But I can't follow everything that goes on with the military in cyber space, I do have a life.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Anyhow, if you're in the path of the tornado's in the plains, take cover and I'm looking forward to your stories on the other side.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Fuzzilicious Thinking: Carroll Lex LeFon: The Goodbye (and it was good): i
Monday, March 12, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
I found out last night that he was involved in crash at NAS Fallon working as a contractor flying an Israeli F-21 Kfir by way of an underground Facebook message string of everybody who has ever been involved in military blogging, it blew up my phone. I’ve never seen anything or imagined anything like it, seeing how many people this guy touched in his 51 years. I say it with a heavy heart, you are missed, fair winds and following seas brother. Through us, your friends and readers, you will not be forgotten and your memory will live on.
Story on the Navy Times
Monday, February 20, 2012
I've had days and weeks where I miss the weight of the armor on my shoulders, a weapon on my hip and sweet sound of a round being chambered. Unlike this guy, I can be blithe in reality about most of my trips except for those moments that still are burned behind my eyelids that I have trouble putting into words. Life in war wasn't the stasis of base life, it was a state of being beyond the wire, being shot at by someone who wanted to kill you and you doing the same thing back.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
The lovely bride is under the weather with a head cold which I've been treating with sudafed, tylenol, cold compresses, warm liquids and TLC. Tonight she was lying about complaining about sinus pain and head ache so... I introduced her to the move I losely call the Afrin head bang. I had her lay on her back with her head hanging upside down and spray it in her nose. She yelled and I held her down for a second while her feet kicked and she said, "You're trying to kill me!" Five minutes later, my head feels better! Disclaimer on Afrin, don't use it more then 3 days.
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
And this is how it turned out