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A tragedy that should be an opportunity.

Posted by Wickedpinto on July 25, 2012

I actually find this a tragedy.

There is a black market,with no recourse for compensation in case of failure.  Were this legal, and yes, I think it should be, I think that at least 10’s of thousands of lives can be saved.   There are many people who are hard put upon who can receive a significant payday while at the same time saving lives of 10’s if not hundreds of thousands, or maybe if it was globally applied millions of lives, on both sides.

On one side, you have those beneficiaries of the organs that are willing donated from a live donor, (kindeys, skin, and partial liver transplants) as well as those who are in such desperate measures that they will take such a risk.   If it were legal, which I believe it should, then there would be additional protections requiring that the process is as safe as possible, such as a guarantee to next of kin, or an assigned beneficiary through a will that must be filed in advance of the procedure.

Another thing it can do, is allow prisoners to “will” their organs, in exchange for compensation posthumously, including deathrow inmates.   THIS subject is the reason I support “Nitrogen Asphyxiation” as a humane and also beneficial method of execution, allowing scum, on a volunteer basis, to do something good with their death.

Other than The Soul, and the Mind, we are basically machines, and sometimes we can take advantage of the appropriate replacement part.  Also This will open up a market that will save lives through biological exchange, as well as lives through contractual exchange, that will ALSO lead to a reduction in price, and rarity.

Saving lives through risk.  I did that, Mesa did that, Most of my friends did that, and all we got was the pretty uniforms and a lot of pride.   That was enough for me, but for others, they need something else.  If whatever that something else saves lives, then I’m all for it.

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Governor Romney marched with civil rights…..

Posted by mesablue on July 12, 2012

What did Obama or his father do?

 

 

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Brett Kimberlin loses — again

Posted by mesablue on July 6, 2012

And, a new song…

Brett’s latest crash and burn is all over the web, so I’ll just link to the original.

Keep up the good fight Aaron.

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Oh, by the way, another SWATting.

Posted by mesablue on May 28, 2012

Via Ace.

SWATting the Ericksons.

Last week we spent a lot of time writing about Brett Kimberlin and the incident involving blogger Patterico where someone spoofed his phone number and told 911 he had shot his wife.

Tonight, my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.

Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.

It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.

Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.

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The PLANNED KIMBERLIN BOMBINGS

Posted by mesablue on May 28, 2012

Not actual bombings.

Not the bombings carried out by Brett Kimberlin that blew people up. Blew their legs off. Not those bombs.

No, these are the perceived as a victim, horrible hurt feelings — compared to a Planned Parenthood Bombing.

The Speedway Bomber has reacted to his weekend in the sun by releasing a few interesting responses.

Brett Kimberlin had the nerve to compare his outing this weekend on his 501(c) sites to say that he “knows what the Planned Parenthood bombings feel like.”

Not going to link his sites. Over 1.8 million dollars have already found their way towards his insanity. His limbs and life are still fully intact — it’s only his bomb leaving feelings that we have to worry about.

The person that actually planted bombs — is the victim.

Brett, does call out in this not in any way creepy video of — leaving another bomb on a train platform while his horribly un-autotuned voice unfortunately doesn’t scare us into wondering why we can’t find a way to grasp his narrow focus. Do yourself a favor and don’t click on the link. Seriously.

Whine.

We’re all victims.

Whine.

We’re all victims.

Screechy whine. Whine some more….
.
We’re all vic……lunatics who fought off jail rape with a lunch tray while screaming the “n” word and then bragged about it.

Oh wait, that was just something that you mentioned in the bizarre book that was written about you that sold a few copies that you thought could finance your new future — until it couldn’t. When my life story is finally told, they will be hard pressed to match the title of yours — Citizen K: The Deeply Weird American Journey of Brett Kimberlin

Sucks about the civil judgement from the widow of your bombing victim — it might cramp your style.

So, what to do?

I know — it’s not that hard.

You’re going back to court my friend — on different terms than you are used to. See, we won’t file frivolous suits. We will face you head on, with an expertise that you could only wish you had on your side when you were facing the thirty three felonies that you were convicted of.

Every single part of the game that you are used to playing has already been exposed in the public venue — what you are used to using as a tool of intimidation and extortion — we wait for it.

There is not a court in this land that you can find any credibility in now that your true background is known — again.

And then, we’re going to take all of the money that you shammed people out of and make sure that it goes back to your victims — right before you go back to prison.

You gave us a blueprint — shame on us if we don’t follow it.

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Brett Kimberlin — amazing musical talent

Posted by mesablue on May 26, 2012

Not really.

All those years in prison made Brett Kimberlin an angsty boy with a horrible penchant for really bad rap.

It appears that sometime around 2006, several years after Kimberlin was released from prison, he joined a band named Op-Critical. The band’s music can best be described as liberal alternative rock and they claim some of it has been featured at ACLU and Amnesty International events. Their music mirrors that of other little known liberal bands who trashed bush in the later part of his presidency and would be unremarkable if it weren’t for the fact that one of the guys playing guitar and singing is a violent criminal.

Take, for instance, the Op-Critical song titled Fear. The song describes Americans being fearful and “thinking that the plastic bag maybe isn’t innocent” and how that undue fear is being used by Bush to control them. The lyrics mocking the fear of terrorist attacks would, again, be unremarkable for a late 2000s liberal band if they weren’t sung by a man convicted of setting off bombs in a small American town and the music video didn’t feature that bomber lurking around the Cleveland Park DC Metro station complete with shots of an unattended bag.

Horrible music videos — linky.

Thanks to MRC TV.

Now I can understand all of the money donated to Kimberlin’s “music” project — Barbara Streisand can spot talent from light years away.

Where do I sign up?

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I love the smell of *Kimberlin in the morning

Posted by mesablue on May 26, 2012

This is *sweet justice…for a few hours, at least.

Kimberlin tops memeorandom for the day.

Never mind a Google search — yikes.

When Brett Kimberlin first came to my attention, I had no idea that someone/sociopath could be stupid enough to use public venues to paint himself into such a corner of shit quite so quickly.

Then I read about the Patterico SWATting.

THE NIGHT I COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED BECAUSE OF MY BLOGGING

At 12:35 a.m. on July 1, 2011, sheriff’s deputies pounded on my front door and rang my doorbell. They shouted for me to open the door and come out with my hands up.

When I opened the door, deputies pointed guns at me and ordered me to put my hands in the air. I had a cell phone in my hand. Fortunately, they did not mistake it for a gun.

They ordered me to turn around and put my hands behind my back. They handcuffed me. They shouted questions at me: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOUSE? and WHERE ARE THEY? and ARE THEY ALIVE?

I told them: Yes, my wife and my children are in the house. They’re upstairs in their bedrooms, sleeping. Of course they’re alive.

Deputies led me down the street to a patrol car parked about 2-3 houses away. At least one neighbor was watching out of her window as I was placed, handcuffed, in the back of the patrol car. I saw numerous patrol cars on my quiet street. There was a police helicopter flying overhead, shining a spotlight down on us as I walked towards the patrol car. Several neighbors later told us the helicopter woke them up. I saw a fire engine and an ambulance. A neighbor later told me they had a HazMat vehicle out on the street as well.

Meanwhile, police rushed into my home. They woke up my wife, led her downstairs and to the front porch, frisked her, and asked her where the children were. Then police ordered her to stand on the front porch with her hands against the wall while they entered my children’s bedrooms to make sure they were alive.

The call that sent deputies to my home was a hoax. Someone had pretended to be me. They called the police to say I had shot my wife. The sheriff’s deputies who arrived at my front door believed they were about to confront an armed man who had just shot his wife. I don’t blame the police for any of their actions. But I blame the person who made the call.

Because I could have been killed.

The weirdest part of the whole thing was that I halfway expected this might happen. Because I was not the first one it had happened to.

Audio there of the fake call to 911 that got SWAT to show up at a deputy DA’s house in the middle of the night thinking that he might have killed someone.

Chilling.

Please read the entire post — it’s truly beyond what you can imagine.

Hmmm, convicted terrorist bomber/drug dealer turned liberal activist and recipient of millions in 501(c) money would never resort to tactics like this…

But, his stupid friends might.

One friend, maybe, who runs a fairly large leftie blog (not linking) and who is now backpedaling like a mutha to get out of Kimberlin’s shit shadow.

Interesting, at the very least.

Is this speculation? Reaching to make a point? Taking available information when someone who was clearly innocent and his family were pulled out of their house at gunpoint by a SWAT team in the middle night to point blame? Not the first time it’s happened, the SWATing thing. Turns out it’s a method of choice by the fake Anonymous/LulzSec wannabees.

Maybe.

But, I don’t make the rules. For the lunatics, there are no rules. Ex parte lawsuits against individuals filed over and over — hundreds of times to intimidate and bully.

To the point where employers are afraid enough of the psychopaths to terminate innocent people and others fear enough for their safety to have to leave the state.

Friends, this is just an extreme example of the tactics that the passionate progressives have used over the last few years — because, in many cases — it works. Squelching Free Speech in the name of the Greater Good.

We are at a very important point in the history of our nation. One might say — a turning point.

This entire mess comes up at a time when we should be looking forward. To work as hard as possible to un-elect a promise the world everything, while burying us in debt president.

But, we don’t own these maniacs. The progressive/pretend 99%’rs do.

Bought and paid for.

They revel in the method of distraction.

They funded these lunatics and looked the other way while they ran rampant as long as the taint of their actions could not be connected to them through layers of PAC donations and fake charities.
Well, no more. This one is going to blow up. This one is going to cause people that would not normally take notice to re-evaluate whether they should just sit back.

The Tea Party started over extreme discontent over obscene government spending and waste directed in the worst way possible at the worst possible time. We’ve already seen the initial results of that — thank you Nancy Pelosi.

Thank you, Brett Kimberlin….what a fitting honor it would be for this action to be named after you.

The Kimberlin Party.

The Kimberlin Affair.

Kimberlin Nation.

Or…..Kimberlin’s Bombers…..Oh wait, can you sue me for bringing up your criminal record again?

Or, more fittingly, for your first (possibly second) victim — Mr. Carl DeLong.

It was at Speedway High School where the freshman football team had just played a game and the players were still getting dressed. Hundreds of parents and students were either waiting in their cars or walking through the parking lot after the game.

A Speedway High School gym bag had been left by itself, as if forgotten by a player. One of the parents, Carl DeLong, 39, walked over to retrieve it when the bomb went off. His right leg was nearly blown off and his left leg and right hand were severely damaged. Doctors tried to save his leg but had to amputate.

Remember Carl DeLong.

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Brett Kimberlin — a treasure trove of fun.

Posted by mesablue on May 24, 2012

Google scholar is a great resource in times like this — clicky.

 

Kimberlin v. DeLong

637 NE 2d 121 – Ind: Supreme Court, 1994 – Google Scholar
SHEPARD, Chief Justice, concurring in result. To the casual reader, this case may seem to present
a dispute about whether the victims of Brett Kimberlin’s violence will be compensated by receiving
the proceeds of his upcoming book. Such was the case of Brett Kimberlin.

Kimberlin v. Quinlan

6 F. 3d 789 – Court of Appeals, Dist. of Columbia Circuit, 1993 – Google Scholar
staff documenting seven calls made by Kimberlin on November 5 during his detention); November
7, 1988 Memorandum of TC Martin to J. Michael Quinlan (referring to “[s]even cassette tapes”
containing “copies of the telephone conversation by Brett Kimberlin with numerous

United States v. Kimberlin

675 F. 2d 866 – Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1982 – Google Scholar
675 F.2d 866 (1982). UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Brett C. KIMBERLIN,
Defendant-Appellant. No. 81-2222. The appellant, Brett Kimberlin, was tried on an indictment
charging him with 34 counts of violating various federal criminal statutes.

Kimberlin v. Department of Justice

139 F. 3d 944 – Court of Appeals, Dist. of Columbia Circuit, 1998 – Google Scholar
139 F.3d 944 (1998). Brett C. KIMBERLIN, Appellant, v. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Appellee.
No. 96-5250. United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit. Argued January 26,
1998. Brett C. Kimberlin, Memphis, TN, appearing pro se, entered an appearance.

Kimberlin v. United States Dept. of Justice

788 F. 2d 434 – Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1986 – Google Scholar
Brett Kimberlin, a prisoner, initially filed a one-count complaint claiming that a disclosure by his
prison case manager Leddy to his probation officer Gahl that plaintiff was sending money outside
the prison from his commissary account violated the Privacy Act, 5 USC § 552a.

Kimberlin v. Department of Treasury

774 F. 2d 204 – Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1985 – Google Scholar
Plaintiff-appellant Brett Kimberlin, a federal prisoner, brought this action in district court pursuant
to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC § 552 challenging the withholding of records by the
defendants, the Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and

US v. Kimberlin

776 F. 2d 1344 – Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1985 – Google Scholar
776 F.2d 1344 (1985). UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Brett C. KIMBERLIN,
Defendant-Appellant. Nos. 83-3058, 85-1282. EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judge. Among Brett
Kimberlin’s many convictions are two for receiving explosives, which felons may not do.

US v. Kimberlin

898 F. 2d 1262 – Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1990 – Google Scholar
In 1988 this court dismissed Brett Kimberlin’s appeal for want of jurisdiction, because the notice
of appeal reached the clerk’s office after the time provided by Fed.R.App.P. 4. Shortly after we
entered judgment, the Supreme Court held in Houston v. Lack, 487 US 266, 108 S.Ct.

Kimberlin v. Quinlan

199 F. 3d 496 – Court of Appeals, Dist. of Columbia Circuit, 1999 – Google Scholar
In 1990, Brett Kimberlin brought this Bivens action alleging, inter alia, that J. Michael Quinlan,
formerly the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and Loye Miller, formerly the Director of
Public Affairs for the United States Department of Justice, violated his constitutional rights

United States v. Kimberlin

781 F. 2d 1247 – Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1985 – Google Scholar
781 F.2d 1247 (1985). UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Brett C. KIMBERLIN,
Defendant-Appellant. No. PELL, Senior Circuit Judge. On October 8th, 1980, a jury convicted
defendant-appellant Brett Kimberlin of eight counts in a thirty-four count indictment.

 

That’s just the first page.

Instapundit.

i Own The World.

American Thinker.

Overlawyered.

Blazing Cat Fur.

American Power.

The American Catholic.

The Lonely Conservative.


Five Feet of Fury.

Nice Deb.

The Sundries Shack.

PJ Tatler.

Riehl World View.

Film Ladd.

The Coalition of the Swilling.

DaTechGuy.

Belmont Club.

Legal Insurrection.

D-pud.

The Daley Gator.

The Camp of the Saints.

Wake Up America.

Darth Chipmunk.


Zilla of the Resistance.

Lady Liberty 1885.

Goldfish and Clowns.

Small Dead Animals (blast from the past).

Hillbuzz.

The Lid.

EBL.

Israel Matzav.

Catholic Bandita.

Bob Owens. Say no more.

And of course, a couple of the big boys:

Ed Morrisey @ Hotair, worth a read in it’s own right.

The Blogfather.

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For all the Occupy Wall Street hangers on

Posted by mesablue on November 6, 2011

And yes, you are hanging on, to the tired and the old — nothing new to see here.

No new message, no coherent thoughts. Just repeated whining that we’ve all seen before. As have your mentors; it’s trademark Saul Alinsky and how they got you all wound up this time.

This is an old post, but it applies to the current situation.

It may be half a decade later, but the message still applies:

What follows is an important read for everyone at this time in the history of our country. While our soldiers risk their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan and other parts of the world to fight terrorism where it lives, there are those who would call the US evil and colonialist and our soldiers pawns. They protest the war by holding up signs that read “War Criminals” at Walter Reed Hospital where our injured troops are recovering. They say they support our troops and call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq in the same sentence. They exercise their freedom of speech by glorifying dictators like Chavez and Castro while comparing our president to Hitler.

The same sort of thing happened in the sixties and seventies because of our involvement in Vietnam. We eventually left that country and let it descend into chaos and murder.

Pat Conroy was a young man during the Vietnam war. He was a protestor. He dodged the draft. He thought our government was evil and that our country had no right to send troops overseas.

He has had nearly forty years to reflect on the reasons for his actions and has come to a conclusion — he was a coward.

This should be a must read for anyone under thirty who questions why we are in Iraq. Anyone older than that or who also protested Vietnam and still hates their country should have their meds re-evaluated and upped.

An Honest Confession by an American Coward
by Pat Conroy

This is from his book, My Losing Season as it was posted at Family Security Matters

Please read the entire essay.

The true things always ambush me on the road and take me by surprise when I am drifting down the light of placid days, careless about flanks and rearguard actions. I was not looking for a true thing to come upon me in the state of New Jersey. Nothing has ever happened to me in New Jersey. But came it did, and it came to stay.


In the past four years I have been interviewing my teammates on the 1966-67 basketball team at the Citadel for a book I’m writing. For the most part, this has been like buying back a part of my past that I had mislaid or shut out of my life. At first I thought I was writing about being young and frisky and able to run up and down a court all day long, but lately I realized I came to this book because I needed to come to grips with being middle-aged and having ripened into a
gray-haired man you could not trust to handle the ball on a fast break.


When I visited my old teammate Al Kroboth’s house in New Jersey, I spent the first hours quizzing him about his memories of games and practices and the screams of coaches that had echoed in field houses more than 30 years before. Al had been a splendid forward-center for the Citadel; at 6 feet 5 inches and carrying 220 pounds, he played with indefatigable energy and enthusiasm. For most of his senior year, he led the nation in field-goal percentage, with UCLA center Lew Alcindor hot on his trail. Al was a battler and a brawler and a scrapper from the day he first stepped in as a Green Weenie as a sophomore to the day he graduated. After we talked basketball, we came to a subject I dreaded to bring up with Al, but which lay between us and would not lie still.


“Al, you know I was a draft dodger and antiwar demonstrator.”


“That’s what I heard, Conroy,” Al said. “I have nothing against what you did, but I did what I thought was right.”


“Tell me about Vietnam, big Al. Tell me what happened to you,” I said.


On his seventh mission as a navigator in an A-6 for Major Leonard Robertson, Al was getting ready to deliver their payload when the fighter-bomber was hit by enemy fire. Though Al has no memory of it, he punched out somewhere in the middle of the ill-fated dive and lost consciousness. He doesn’t know if he was unconscious for six hours or six days, nor does he know what happened to Major Robertson (whose name
is engraved on the Wall in Washington and on the MIA bracelet Al wears).


When Al awoke, he couldn’t move. A Viet Cong soldier held an AK-47 to his head. His back and his neck were broken, and he had shattered his left scapula in the fall. When he was well enough to get to his feet (he still can’t recall how much time had passed), two armed Viet Cong led Al from the jungles of South Vietnam to a prison in Hanoi. The journey took three months. Al Kroboth walked barefooted through the most impassable terrain in Vietnam, and he did it sometimes in the dead of night. He bathed when it rained, and he slept in bomb craters with his two Viet Cong captors. As they moved farther north, infections
began to erupt on his body, and his legs were covered with leeches picked up while crossing the rice paddies.


At the very time of Al’s walk, I had a small role in organizing the only antiwar demonstration ever held in Beaufort, South Carolina, the home of Parris Island and the Marine Corps Air Station. In a Marine Corps town at that time, it was difficult to come up with a quorum of people who had even minor disagreements about the Vietnam War. But my small group managed to attract a crowd of about 150 to Beaufort’s waterfront. With my mother and my wife on either side of me, we listened to the featured speaker, Dr. Howard Levy, suggest to the very few young enlisted Marines present that if they get sent to Vietnam, here’s how they can help end this war: Roll a grenade under your officer’s bunk when he’s asleep in his tent. It’s called fragging and is becoming more and more popular with the ground troops who know this war is bullshit. I was enraged by the suggestion. At that very moment my father, a Marine officer, was asleep in Vietnam. But in 1972, at the age of 27, I thought I was serving America’s interests by pointing out what massive flaws and miscalculations and corruptions had led her to conduct a ground war in Southeast Asia.


In the meantime, Al and his captors had finally arrived in the North, and the Viet Cong traded him to North Vietnamese soldiers for the final leg of the trip to Hanoi. Many times when they stopped to rest for the night, the local villagers tried to kill him. His captors wired his hands behind his back at night, so he trained himself to sleep in the center of huts when the villagers began sticking knives and bayonets into the thin walls.


Following the U.S. air raids, old women would come into the huts to excrete on him and yank out hunks of his hair. After the nightmare journey of his walk north, Al was relieved when his guards finally delivered him to the POW camp in Hanoi and the cell door locked behind him.


It was at the camp that Al began to die. He threw up every meal he ate and before long was misidentified as the oldest American soldier in the prison because his appearance was so gaunt and skeletal. But the extraordinary camaraderie among fellow prisoners that sprang up in all the POW camps caught fire in Al, and did so in time to save his life.


When I was demonstrating in America against Nixon and the Christmas bombings in Hanoi, Al and his fellow prisoners were holding hands under the full fury of those bombings, singing “God Bless America.” It was those bombs that convinced Hanoi they would do well to release the American POWs, including my college teammate. When he told me about the C-141 landing in Hanoi to pick up the prisoners, Al said he felt no emotion, none at all, until he saw the giant American flag painted on the plane’s tail. I stopped writing as Al wept over the memory of that flag on that plane, on that morning, during that time in the life of America.


It was that same long night, after listening to Al’s story, that I began to make judgments about how I had conducted myself during the Vietnam War.


In the darkness of the sleeping Kroboth household, lying in the third-floor guest bedroom, I began to assess my role as a citizen in the ’60s, when my country called my name and I shot her the bird. Unlike the stupid boys who wrapped themselves in Viet Cong flags and burned the American one, I knew how to demonstrate against the war without flirting with treason or astonishingly bad taste. I had come directly from the warrior culture of this country and I knew how to act.


But in the 25 years that have passed since South Vietnam fell, I have immersed myself in the study of totalitarianism during the unspeakable century we just left behind. I have questioned survivors of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen, talked to Italians who told me tales of the Nazi occupation, French partisans who had counted German tanks in the forests of Normandy, and officers who survived the Bataan Death March. I quiz journalists returning from wars in Bosnia, the Sudan, the Congo, Angola, Indonesia, Guatemala, San Salvador, Chile, Northern Ireland, Algeria.


As I lay sleepless, I realized I’d done all this research to better understand my country. I now revere words like democracy, freedom, the right to vote, and the grandeur of the extraordinary vision of the founding fathers. Do I see America’s flaws? Of course. But I now can honor her basic, incorruptible virtues, the ones that let me walk the streets screaming my ass off that my country had no idea what it was doing in South Vietnam. My country let me scream to my heart’s content – the same country that produced both Al Kroboth and me.


Now, at this moment in New Jersey, I come to a conclusion about my actions as a young man when Vietnam was a dirty word to me. I wish I’d led a platoon of Marines in Vietnam. I would like to think I would have trained my troops well and that the Viet Cong would have had their hands full if they entered a firefight with us. From the day of my birth, I was programmed to enter the Marine Corps. I was the son of a Marine fighter pilot, and I had grown up on Marine bases where I had watched the men of the corps perform simulated war games in the forests of my childhood. That a novelist and poet bloomed darkly in the house of Santini strikes me as a remarkable irony. My mother and father had raised me to be an Al Kroboth, and during the Vietnam era they watched in horror as I metamorphosed into another breed of fanatic entirely. I understand now that I should have protested the war after my return from Vietnam, after I had done my duty for my country. I have come to a conclusion about my country that I knew then in my bones but lacked the courage to act on: America is good enough to die for even when she is wrong.


I looked for some conclusion, a summation of this trip to my teammate’s house. I wanted to come to the single right thing, a true thing that I may not like but that I could live with. After hearing Al Kroboth’s story of his walk across Vietnam and his brutal imprisonment in the North, I found myself passing harrowing, remorseless judgment on myself. I had not turned out to be the man I had once envisioned myself to be. I thought I would be the kind of man that America could point to and say, “There. That’s the guy. That’s the one who got it right. The whole package. The one I can depend on.”


It had never once occurred to me that I would find myself in the position I did on that night in Al Kroboth’s house in Roselle, New Jersey: an American coward spending the night with an American hero.

Pat Conroy’s book: My Losing Season is available at Amazon.

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He has shoulders?

Posted by Wickedpinto on June 1, 2011

He looks like his narrow hips and non-ass just gradually join into a pencil neck, but according to the NYP they said otherwise.

Instead, the famously temperamental Weiner looked annoyed, rolled his shoulders and argued

temperamental, midget, weak, unmuscular and overcompensating?  You know what people who have achieved pubescence call that?  BABY!

He was acting like a BABY caught with a dirty diaper, when he should have been using the potty.

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I Can’t Believe I Agree with Bill Maher.

Posted by Wickedpinto on February 20, 2011

found at

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“THE SPEECH!”

Posted by Wickedpinto on January 12, 2011

I’m sure it will be treated reverently by the boot licking libel and slander slinging media that bashed Palin for 5 days.  They will undoubtedly describe it as the day that Obama brought us together as one again, after 8 years of bush, and 2 years of extreme partisan rhetoric.

I didn’t watch the speech, I read the transcript, I did flip over to watch the re-run of the 2008 inauguration of Obama, and couldn’t stand the cheering for more than about 90 seconds.  What I did see, Obama did look a little irritated with all the clapping, but I don’t get the sense (after reading the transcript) as a desire for everyone to exercise more decorum for those who were being “memorialized,” but rather that they kept interrupting his brilliant performance.

At first, while reading “live post” comments at various sites, I thought, “maybe he realizes just how unseemly this is, and is embarrassed.” and a lot of commenters said the same.  At first I thought, “well I remember G. Dub, getting cheered while giving a speech at ground zero.”  Then I realized.  Bush didn’t hand out T-shirts, Bush didn’t have a playbill, Bush had a rough outline, but not a script, not a teleprompter, not a podium, not a list of who was in the crowd that could be called out to demonstrate empathy.   I don’t have a cite, but the Secret Service was pissed that he did what he did when he went there, is how I understand it, and by speeking simply and briefly, he inspired cheers.  Not for him, but for OUR Nation, for OUR resiliancy, and in that unscripted, (worthy of a misty moment) when he says “I can hear _YOU_” really encapsulated why everyone cheered.  He was a leader of all of us, and he heard, and he would make sure that we all were heard.

That’s not a bad kinda cheer in a somber moment.

Now, for our current leader.

Obama had this planned from minute one, and if he was uncomfortable with the spectacle his followers were gonna create, he should have known not to have held it in a way that was indicative of a political rally.  His Fault.  If he wanted to mourn, he shouldn’t have created his OWN memorial of the victims, he should have coordinated with someone closer in a, “I think it’s important for The President to speak, my office will keep in touch.” or some other softer approach.  Instead, he hired out a stadium, recruited a bunch of 3rd year arts degree majors to do some silk screening, and stacked it with political appointee’s and props.

In the End Obama created that spectacle.

Also, remember a paragraph ago, I mentioned how in that simple ad lib of Bush’s he made it about all of us, and he is serving all of us?  Only to spend the next 7 years being called the most polarizing political figure in the history of the universe?  Well, this is 3 paragraphs from Obama’s “The Speech” (I guarantee at least one hack will refer to it that way.)  One that is billed as completely a-politcal.

Their actions, their selflessness, also pose a challenge to each of us.  It raises the question of what, beyond the prayers and expressions of concern, is required of us going forward.  How can we honor the fallen?  How can we be true to their memory?

You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations – to try to impose some order on the chaos, and make sense out of that which seems senseless.  Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health systems.  Much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.

But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.

The first sentence is good, but the rest of the first paragraph is a call to arms to “act.”  (pardon for my martial rhetoric.)  He’s saying that we need to “honor” the victims with legislation after them is how I read it.

The second paragraph is about how ignorant we are of eachother and we need to have a “conversation.”  Well, conversations, at least honest ones, just occur, they happen between civilized people who want to clarify an understanding and find where they agree to disagree.  That isn’t what Obama means, “A conversation.” means “lets rehash this whenever it’s convenient for me, in the meantime you should shut up while I’m talking.”  (stole the last sentence from Goober.)

And the third paragraph is far more self serving and insidious:

at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do

Notice, that those who don’t think as “we” do, are the same as those who don’t think as him.  So “we” have to pause, and heal and not wound.   He just granted cover for all of his surrogates to continue the brownshirt action against Palin, the Teapartiers, and fiscally responsible people who believe in the constitution as best as we understand it.

He had a few good portions, but to say it was A-Politcal, is an outright lie.  Those three paragraphs are blatantly political.

On a happy note, did anyone actually watch the best and most healing thing that has happened on the television since last wednesday?  4 straight hours of bones re-runs ran on TNT rather than the travesty of this “memorial.”  Boothe and Brennen, and some of the subject characters always make me smile while making me sentimental.  Far more uniting than this guy is, that’s for sure.

(I’m fighting to contain anger and exhaustion, so I will afix the links later, I think all one of you knows the blogs and references I will be linking, I just don’t have it in me right now.)

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This Makes me think of “Icon”

Posted by Wickedpinto on November 16, 2010

In the Book by Frederick Forsyth (well known spy/action, but mostly spy stuff, thriller writer) “Icon.” There is a line that is uttered in the omniscient about computers by agent Monk. “Then, all of the most valuable and protected information in the world was given over to the most insecure technology in the world,” or something like that. That line was delivered to describe how angry Monk was becoming with the new leadership of the CIA after the dismissal, or was it retirement, of secretary Casey, and he was talking about computers.

The point was to say that even if it takes a little extra work for YOU, who knows that the info is right there to get the info, it will make it even harder for THEM, who doesn’t know where the information is, or should not even know, and has no right to that info, to get at. Which is a good thing, when you are talking about intelligence security. Monk, in the book, deliberately hid his files of 4 valuable spies, and eventually his files were no longer under his control, which helped trigger a conflict that requires his efforts later in life after he jacks up his former bosses(a truly satisfying series of paragraphs, I suggest you read the book, it’s pretty good.)

The reason I say that, is because of this.  It doesn’t say the nature of the risk that they exposed others to do, but it goes to show that good old fashioned hard-copy has it’s value no matter how many presentations Steve Jobs gives.

There should be absolutely NO classified material available to any system connected to a network.

In another series of books, called “Shadowrun,” based on a game that took place in the near future (2015 and after) , yes  used to play and read it, there was a classification called “excalibur.”  Where all systems holding truly valuable data (by hackers/deckers) weren’t even piped into common power, they would always contain their own power generation separate of all other systems and no connections to the Matrix/internet.

If a bunch of dorks in the early nineties, actually late 80’s if you include the seminal “neuromancer,” which I do, can realize the risk of allowing valuable information to be accessible over open networks, they why the flying eff couldn’t our intellectual and political betters?

15% of the WORLDS online data routed through China?

Tom Friedman is smiling maybe, but I sure as hell ain’t, nor should anyone else.

Via DailyMail, Don Surber is AWESOME!

UPDATE: I just edited a bunch of bad punctuation, and incorrect spelling.  Spell check makes me dumber than I already am.  Sure there is still flaws, but it was really bad before this update.

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A message from our president

Posted by mesablue on October 14, 2010

Obama: Republicans Will Have to Learn to Get Along With Me

Oh yeah?

Yeah, we’ll work with you. You may not like it, but we’ll work.

From the blogfather.

Special thanks to clintbird for the article link.

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Now That’s a Caption

Posted by Wickedpinto on October 9, 2010

Found at Daily Pundit.

Just click it.

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Cheerleaders

Posted by Wickedpinto on October 8, 2010

Yes, stolen from The Moronogod.

I watched the full episode, I love Penn and Teller, and I love “Bullsh!t” but the master of the retardosphere is right, this is heartbreaking.

When I was in Highschool, our cheerleaders weren’t allowed to do any aerials, I don’t know if it was because of danger, or lawsuits or because it would distract the athletes, but I’m quite confident NO AERIALS by our cheerleaders.

If you watch the links, (which will follow) the image of that one girl smiling as she talks about cheerleading while being a quadropalegic, and SMILING! is heart wrenching.

She’s got a beautiful smile, she is a beautiful girl, and she is paralyzed yet she still wants to be a cheerleader, it’s pathetihopysad.

and part two

I was a wrestler, and came close to breaking bones (not me, I was good,) but I had a ref to pull me off, who is there to pull these girls out of thin air while they are doing an aerial?

I never thought about it until just now watching that, and reading the tardfather, but it’s true.

I will have someone try to choke me out rather than send me flying through the air like that, that’s insane!  Didn’t anyone teach these girls about gravity?

Is this proof that we don’t care about girls? or proof that girls are just very bad at science?

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The Violent Greenies

Posted by Wickedpinto on October 6, 2010

Aren’t even original.

Everyone’s seen the video of the 10:10 thing,

If you don’t want to watch the vid, though you probably should if you haven’t already, here’s the summary:

Dissenters will be killed.  Something like this.

And then today they had this other macabre image of what the world is doing to the environment.

Which looks a lot like this.

(embedd’s acting funny, just C&P it, it’s from SawIV)

(since I can’t get the video from SawIV to embedd, I will include this.)

“Look at me Al Gore, It’s all for you.”

These sick, clearly totalitarian jerks, cuz clearly they are totalitarian, they threaten violence, while claiming that The Other is gonna come kill you should know better than to hier Uwe Boll, Darren Lynne Bousman or Eli Roth to direct their creative teams.

So, so far we have that they are totalitarian, unoriginal and stupid, not a good collection of traits there.  Let us not forget the final thing they are?

Wrong.

(everywhere I found all of this stuff is in the blogroll, there were a lot of people who had the video and image first, I just tossed in some flavor.)

[ed:  I tried to fix the embeds sometimes works for me sometimes doesn’t so I added another vid]

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Bob Shrum to World

Posted by Wickedpinto on October 2, 2010

Hey I’m Retarded!

Taken from Hotair, headlines.

I might be paraphrasing.

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This Post has a lot of foul laguage, under jump.

Posted by Wickedpinto on September 29, 2010

Chris Matthews, Read the rest of this entry »

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Amazingly huge announcement…

Posted by mesablue on September 26, 2010

Imminent…

Yeah, hope not.

This used to be a great place to find and trade information — much love to Wicked for keeping things going — but, I’m pretty fired up about the really awesome  friends that are thinking about joining us here.

Tis the season.

Let’s make some noise!

If you know that song, you are as old as me — so sorry.

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