The Millitary Report about the Ft. Hood Shootings does not mention Major Nidal Hasan

Errr, Perhaps there was another shooting that happened at Ft Hood by a nameless person that never actually made the news?

U.S. military’s just-released report into the Fort Hood shootings spends 86 pages detailing various slipups by Army officers but not once mentions Major Nidal Hasan by name or even discusses whether the killings may have had anything to do with the suspect’s view of his Muslim faith. And as Congress opens two days of hearings on Wednesday into the Pentagon probe of the Nov. 5 attack that left 13 dead, lawmakers want explanations for that omission.

Leaders of the two-month Pentagon review, former Army Secretary Togo West and the Navy’s onetime top admiral, Vernon Clark, told reporters last week that they didn’t drill down into Hasan’s motives. “Our concern is with actions and effects, not necessarily with motivations,” West said. Added Clark: “We certainly do not cite a particular group.” Part of their reticence, they said, was to avoid running afoul of the criminal probe of Hasan that is now under way. Both are declining interview requests before their congressional testimony, a Pentagon spokesman said.

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Published in: on January 20, 2010 at 12:41 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Joe Biden’s mother passes away

Sad.

Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, 92-year-old Jean Biden, died Friday, according to the White House.

Vice President Biden’s statement, as released by the White House:

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Vice President

For Immediate Release

January 8, 2010

Statement from Vice President Joe Biden

“My mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Finnegan Biden, passed away peacefully today at our home in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and many loved ones. At 92, she was the center of our family and taught all of her children that family is to be treasured, loyalty is paramount and faith will guide you through the tough times. She believed in us, and because of that, we believed in ourselves. Together with my father, her husband of 61 years who passed away in 2002, we learned the dignity of hard work and that you are defined by your sense of honor. Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us.”

Thoughts and prayers with the Biden family at this time

Published in: on January 8, 2010 at 2:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bombing in Iraq

The death toll from twin car bombings in Baghdad climbed to 160, with at least 540 people more wounded in the deadliest attack in the capital in more than two years, the Interior Ministry said Monday.

Among the wounded were three American security contractors, the U.S. Embassy said, declining to provide further details. The area struck is close to the heavily guarded “green zone,” which houses the embassy.

Let’s hope the Iraqi’s can come out of this and fight for the freedom they deserve.

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Published in: on October 26, 2009 at 8:05 am  Leave a Comment  
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R.I.P Patrick Swayze

patrick-swayzePatrick Swayze lost his battle to pancreatic cancer, today.

Thoughts, prayers and best wishes to his family and friends

Published in: on September 14, 2009 at 7:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Anti-abortion activist shot in front of High School, another close by

This morning a anti-abortion activist was protesting in front of a school when they were shot and killed. The shooting happened around the time when most students were in class and the suspect has been taken into custody. Another man around the corner was also shot and killed, the police suspect the same man did it. He is in custody and has been charged

It does not matter what side of the fence you are on, both sides have a right to protest, safely. Protestors have a right to protest and must always be mindful of others who are for them and against them but also for the passerbys around them that dont want to be inconvienced no matter how much you think everyone should care about your cause.

So sad.

Published in: on September 11, 2009 at 7:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Someone asked…who is John Wilkes Booth?

I was talking about Abraham Lincoln the other day and some one asked me who John Wilkies Booth was? The guy that assisinated Abraham Lincoln. I was not only surprised that people did not know his name, but did not know his involvement in the theatre, as he was at the time a rather respected actor and came from a family of actors and his high involvement with the Government and the Secret Service.

So after a little investigation, I found a website that wraps up the story rather nicely and does not take too long to read

We are fortunate to know many things about John Wilkes Booth as he kept diaries…his last entry in his diary just after the assisination reads like this:

      Until today nothing was ever thought of sacrificing to our country’s wrongs. For six months we had worked to capture, but our cause being almost lost, something decisive and great must be done. But its failure was owing to others, who did not strike for their country with a heart. I struck boldly, and not as the papers say. I walked with a firm step through a thousand of his friends, was stopped, but pushed on. A colonel was at his side. I shouted Sic semper before I fired. In jumping broke my leg. I passed all his pickets, rode sixty miles that night with the bone of my leg tearing the flesh at every jump. I can never repent it, though we hated to kill. Our country owed all her troubles to him, and God simply made me the instrument of his punishment. The country is not what it was. This forced Union is not what I have loved. I care not what becomes of me. I have no desire to outlive my country. The night before the deed I wrote a long article and left it for one of the editors of the National Intelligencer, in which I fully set forth our reasons for our proceedings. He or the gov’r-
      After being hunted like a dog through swamps, woods, and last night being chased by gunboats till I was forced to return wet, cold, and starving, with every man’s hand against me, I am here in despair. And why? For doing what Brutus was honored for. What made Tell a hero? And yet I, for striking down a greater tyrant than they ever knew, am looked upon as a common cutthroat. My action was purer than either of theirs. One hoped to be great himself. The other had not only his country’s but his own, wrongs to avenge. I hoped for no gain. I knew no private wrong. I struck for my country and that alone. A country that groaned beneath this tyranny, and prayed for this end, and yet now behold the cold hands they extend to me. God cannot pardon me if I have done wrong. Yet I cannot see my wrong, except in serving a degenerate people. The little, the very little, I left behind to clear my name, the Government will not allow to be printed. So ends all. For my country I have given up all that makes life sweet and holy, brought misery upon my family, and am sure there is no pardon in the Heaven for me, since man condemns me so. I have only heard of what has been done (except what I did myself), and it fills me with horror. God, try and forgive me, and bless my mother. Tonight I will once more try the river with the intent to cross. Though I have a greater desire and almost a mind to return to Washington, and in a measure clear my name – which I feel I can do. I do not repent the blow I struck. I may before my God, but not to man. I think I have done well. Though I am abandoned, with the curse of Cain upon me, when, if the world knew my heart, that one blow would have made me great, though I did desire no greatness. Tonight I try to escape these bloodhounds once more. Who, who can read his fate? God’s will be done. I have too great a soul to die like a criminal. Oh, may He, may He spare me that, and let me die bravely. I bless the entire world. Have never hated or wronged anyone. This last was not a wrong, unless God deems it so, and it’s with Him to damn or bless me. As for this brave boy with me, who often prays (yes, before and since) with a true and sincere heart – was it crime in him? If so, why can he pray the same?

      I do not wish to shed a drop of blood, but ‘I must fight the course.’ ‘Tis all that’s left to me.

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Published in: on August 27, 2009 at 8:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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