According to some friends in London with ties to the British Army, there was no doubt that the victim was a British soldier, wearing a shirt for a charity that helps injured British soldiers, and close to the gates of a military base. He was hit in the street by a vehicle, on purpose, and the 2 occupants of the vehicle, got out and attacked him. They were armed with knives and a reported handgun. The 2 men stabbed, and reportedly decapitated the British soldier, and then stood around the body, talked to on lookers and even gave a video interview. (Pay close attention to the woman who walks right through the interview, sees the man with knives and bloody hands, and past the corpse in the road, and keeps walking!)
When the police arrived, the 2 terrorists threatened them with the gun, and wanted and waited for the "armed police" to arrive. It took almost 30 minutes from the time of the attack for the armed police to respond, and when they did they were charged by the attackers, who were promptly shot by the cops and arrested.
Here are my observations, and mind you, I have to distinct political ties...
I cannot imagine our police not being armed, and obviously strict gun laws don't work when criminals can still get guns, and are out arming law enforcement. This type of radical terrorist WANTS to be seen as a hero, and killed for his beliefs. You cannot reason, threaten, or otherwise intimidate a person like this. They only speak one language, violence, and you better speak it better than they do or you won't survive the argument. I still find it amazing that British troops, who are trusted to fight and shoot for their country overseas, are not trusted with a firearms permit when they return home. Obviously, a gun wouldn't have helped this soldier, as he was targeted with a vehicle first, but if this is a new "trend" of attacking troops once they return home, these poor heroes are sitting ducks there.
With the debates over firearms and Islamic terrorism making the news daily, I just ask that people remember WHO the criminals REALLY are, and treat them accordingly. It's hard to blame people for wanting to do everything they can to protect themselves, and their families.
If you are going to yell loudly about gun rights, you should be prepared to yell just as loudly when someone who is "legal" does something stupid with a gun. And if you are going to yell for more gun control, be prepared to yell praise at a legal gun owner that stops an act of violence. If you are a peaceful Muslim, be prepared to loudly condemn the actions of fundamentalists, and if you are a Christian, yelling about Islamic terrorists and "all Muslims" you should be yelling just as loud at members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
And just when you think that the world had gone mad... I give you the audio of a witness in Woolwich. She says that women, who just happened to be there and witness the attack, were laying on the body of the soldier to protect it from the terrorists who were trying to photograph it. Amazing.
My thoughts are with my friends from the British Army today.
Have we not learned a lesson from the thousands of Vietnam Veterans that have been a living example of our previous failings? How can this happen in America? We said that we would never again, turn our backs on our soldiers!?! What is wrong with a society, that cannot take care of those who would die to protect it?!? Is it that easy to forget? Is it because most of America isn't in the military? Only 1/2 of 1% of this country volunteers for service. The rest, sleep soundly under the warm and snuggly blanket. The least we can do is take care of the people providing it.
They aren't asking to be rich, or famous... They are asking to be taken care of, the same way someone on welfare, without health care would be! If Jerrald Jenson were an inmate, laying next to Suspect #2, in Federal Prison he would get better medical care, than what he is getting NOW for being a wounded veteran!
If you don't have anyone in your family that is in the military, if you have no Veterans that are related to you, "ADOPT" Jerrald Jensen, or someone like him, and FIGHT FOR THEM, THE WAY YOU WOULD FOR YOUR OWN BROTHER!
This is what we, as a nation of free people must do... Or, get ready to stand on that line yourself, because when enlistment slows, and how could it NOT with the benefits of our soldiers being cut constantly... We are going to need people, and if no one volunteers??? They will be telling you, instead of asking you!
Demand better from our lawmakers, who you can be rest assured will have fantastic health care, long after they are done passing self serving laws, and helping out their friends in Washington!
WE CAN DO BETTER! THEY DESERVE AT LEAST, OUR VERY BEST!
Remember why you have Monday off!
If you would like to help remember the fallen heroes from Massachusetts, donate to the Mass. Iraq & Afghanistan Fellen Heroes Memorial Fund!
With all of the heartbreak in Oklahoma right now, a camera crew was lucky enough to watch an old lady's second prayer be answered. First, she said, that she prayed to God that she would live through the tornado yesterday. Second, she prayed, that her dog who was in her arms, hiding from the storm in the bathroom would also survive. This poor woman lost everything, or so she thought. She survived and is grateful, but she was looking for her beloved dog, just like I would be, if I were in her situation. And then, like the script of a Hollywood movie, out of the rubble, comes the wet nose of her companion. Her dog is alive!!!!! And the reporter, and camera guy just stand there!
So I say again, HELP THAT LADY WITH HER DOG!!!
I know that "reporters" are not supposed to "involve" themselves in the story... But come on!
If you want us, the viewing public, to have any respect for the vulture reporters that flocked out of Boston, and into Oklahoma...
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY!
Tell the story from the inside out!
Jump in there and rescue that dog, dig him out, and carry him wherever that sweet lady wants! I promise you, it will make you feel good, and you know what... She may just give you a better interview too! I guess I would make a sh*tty reporter, because I could not stand there, and ask the questions that they ask, and see the things that they see, and NOT jump in with both feet!
I guess I'll just stick to radio!
And just when you thought the world was devoid of human emotion, I give you this!
OK... So I saw this.... and thought... WE ARE DOOMED!
THIS CRAZY ASS BITCH, IS NOW FAMOUS!?!
She is arrested on child endangerment charges for "allegedly" putting her 5 year old daughter in a tanning booth, (the charges were later dropped), and she has been seen in the tabloids ever since, acting like a crazy person!
Now this waste of space and air, had recorded a "song" and released a video.
Beware, your eyes and brain can NEVER unsee this!
Am I the only person that is horrified that THIS is what a celebrity is now?
After the bravery of the teachers in Newtown, the volunteers who saved countless lives on Marathon Monday, and the stories of heroism that are still coming out of Oklahoma right now... THIS is what people around the globe think about America! What is wrong with us?
Really? You are so "beautiful" that you cannot keep a job?
It must be nice to have your parents pay for everything, including your rent, cell phone, credit cards, shopping trips, and hair styling. Especially when you are 33 YEARS OLD!
You have a science degree, and you find it hard to work even in a lab, wearing scrubs with no makeup because of your "natural attractiveness"?????
Here are some suggestions...
Work online from home so that no one has to be subjected to your ugly... Oh, I mean beautiful self!
Or, work with the blind. They would have no idea, unless your scent and voice are like an angels too!
How about working with children? They don't care how beautiful you are. Unless, you are afraid that you will make the little girls feel bad, for not being able to grow up as beautiful as you!
Drive a truck like I did. You are alone, you get to travel, and you would only have to worry about being confused for a "Lot Lizard" when you stop to get fuel! Or better yet, get into RADIO! :)
Sometimes, it shocks the hell out of me, that these people live in the world with the rest of us!
And just when you think the world is ugly...
You see this!
Alice In Chains, performing with a symphony, covering Led Zeppelin, and for charity!
So, I saw this... and thought...
OMFG! If every person I was "rude" to, plotted to kill me, I'd be dead a million times over.
This is an example of poor and great parenting.
Poor, on behalf of the child and his friend that plotted to kill a girl in school for being rude...If you believe that "nurture and not nature" is to blame here.
And Good, for the parents of the 4th grader who actually saw something (the knife on the school bus) and said something!
Who knows what would have happened if he didn't speak up!
I remember being in the 5th grade, and thinking that the world was unfair, and that I was smarter that I actually was. But, I don't ever remember making a "hit list" and plotting to kill a classmate.
So, if it;s not Nurture at work here, and these kids come from good homes, with attentive parents, than Nature must be at work, correct? And if that is true, is it possible to reverse or correct this child before he turns 18 and is sent back out into the world, where he will find out exactly how "rude" people can be?
Things like this scare the hell out of me, because this kid grew up in America... No matter what you think about our government, our leadership, or our financial climate... It only takes one trip overseas to see how lucky we all are to be born here. Are we doomed, not only as a society, but as a human race when you see a child capable of something like this?
And just when you thought the world was ugly, I give you this!
A 2 year old, singing Pearl Jam! This is what good parenting looks like!
Dear 7 foreign college kids, trespassing after midnight around Boston's water source...
Are you looking to get shot? And I don't mean by the authorities...
I mean by the regular people living out by the Quabbin. We're all a little "jumpy" around here lately, for OBVIOUS reasons, and if you were out there for "legitimate" reasons, you're lucky the authorities found you first.
I mean, lets be real for one second... IF you were out there for a legitimate reason, out of the 7 of you college educated people NOT ONE said "Hey, maybe this isn't a good idea?"
Personally, I'm having a hard time thinking of a legitimate purpose for your late night hiking extravaganza, but maybe that's the cynic in me!
But, lets just say for fun, that is was an innocent "mistake" on your part... Use your f*cking heads, before you are wiped off of the face of the planet, and we all have to listen to your parents cry, and talk about how wonderful and smart you were. So smart, that you got yourselves killed for looking like trespassing terrorists in the middle of the night.
Innocent or not, you're on about a dozen government lists now. Good luck filing your taxes, or getting on a flight at Logan. That is if the people in charge of those lists actually talk to each other. Ooops, there I go again being a cynic! Or, maybe just a bitch!
And just when you thought evolution was put into reverse...
There is this. A five year old drummer playing Kiss, better than Kiss!
So, I saw this.... and thought to myself... Thank GOD I'm not one of the cool kids!
I was never part of the popular crowd growing up. I was into Sports, Band, Theater, and hung with the Metalheads among others... So I guess, I'm not cool enough to wear Abercrombie. GOOD!
While they make larger sizes available to men, because they are "athletic", they don't for women, because they don't want fat and ugly people wearing their clothes.
This said 2 things to me.
1. That athletic women aren't attractive. No muscular gymnasts, tennis players, or too tall beach volleyball players need apply.
2. That is you ARE wearing A&F clothes, you 'think' you are cool, and better than everyone else.
Never mind if you have a few extra pounds on you like the 'athletic' men who can get XL clothes...
Because I promise you that all of the XL A&F shoppers are not NFL Running backs!
And while I respect any companies right to sell what they want, and market it how they want...
If you are going to preach attractive and cool, get a better looking CEO than Mike Jefferies!
This guy couldn't get laid without his Black Amex card if he tried!
And just when you thought the douchebags were winning...
There is this!
Hey lady, in case you haven't noticed over the last 12 years... People don't have a lot of tolerance for screwing around on an airplane! People are tense, nervous, and paranoid being locked into a metal tube, surrounded by strangers, flying at 50,000', and 700 mph, and filled with jet fuel. They have a right to be a bit worked up! They don't need you acting like you're the star of a romantic comedy starring Kevin Costner, and your dumb ass during the flight!
You're lucky I wasn't on that flight...
I would have smashed your head before the flight attendant could get past the drink cart!
And just when you think the gene pool has all but dried up...
The Bruins put on a clinic, of what it looks like to play with heart!
OK, I saw this over the weekend, and I couldn't believe it. I guess I shouldn't be surprised, because these people (I refuse to call them kids because many of them are over 18) were small kids on September 11, 2001. To them, they think it's Pearl Harbor, something that their parents remember, but that is so far removed from their own reality. But, I cannot help but be offended, and pissed off that there are this many idiots, gathering together online, after the Marathon Bombing, with the united front of "He's too cute, and too much of a stoner" to be a terrorist. One girl said "I just don't see it!"
I tell you what honey... Come to Boston. You wanna see it? Go visit the Richard Family. You'll see more than you want to! Go sit down with Jeff Bauman, or Carlos Arrendondo, or any of the other victims, and witnesses of the Marathon Bombing.
What is so hard to believe? That Suspect #2, worked on explosives in his dorm room, at a college where he was getting financial aid? Or that he was involved with a premeditated attack on a group of civilians, on a State Holiday? Or that he was too much of a pussy to tell his bully big brother NO? Or that he could shoot at uniformed police officers, in the middle of a neighborhood? Or that he ran over, and helped to kill his own brother to save his own ass? Or, that he hid overnight, wounded, in a boat, trying to escape?
You know what I'm trying to figure out? Why someone who used this country as a life boat, and was given public assistance, financial aid, medical care, food, housing, and finally CITIZENSHIP, could so easily turn on that nation, and justify the killing of 2 women, and an 8 year old boy, and wounding hundreds of others?
I'm also trying to figure out what went wrong with you and your parents, that you think because he's too cute, or that he smokes pot that he isn't capable of evil? So, attractive people are good, and ugly people are evil? Pot smokers are good, and booze drinkers are evil? What the f*ck is wrong with you?
I have an idea... You explain the countless video angles to me, if #2 wasn't the bomber... How is he in the video, in the place of the bomb one minute and running away without his backpack the next. You said "I don't see it", well OPEN YOUR F*CKING EYES AND YOU WILL!
If you are the future of this country, we may as well just end it all now, because we are all doomed!
Come to Boston.... Or better yet don't. Because if I saw you walking down the street with your stupid tattoo, in honor of #2, I'd punch you in the mouth and knock your ass out!
And just when you think that the world is doomed...
You see this video from Astronaut Chris Hadfield, from the International Space Station.
He's one of the smartest people on Earth, and beyond, yet he still has enough of a sense of humor to want to use his unique position for something fun, like a music video. I wonder what David Bowie thinks of it?
It must be such a nice view from up there. You're far enough away to not see the evil that lives on the planet.
Bonus Zen, for anyone that loves fighter jets as much as I do!
Like I said yesterday, I will be blogging about what pisses me off, and what makes me think that we are all doomed...
And then, giving you some hope that maybe there is something nice about the Human race!
I'm pissed at the woman, who was "disgusted" by the protestors in Worcester, who didn't want Suspect #1 buried here. She said that it was "America, at it's worst"... To those people who think we should be "leading by example", and showing that we can rise above, and show "compassion" to the bombers rotting corpse... I ask you this...
Who are you trying to convince? The millions of people, living in the Middle East, being fed hatred disguised as religion? Because they don't watch CNN. They won't see, and sure as hell won't hear about how "humane" the Americans were.
You know what they will be shown? Pictures of how we "glorified the Martyr" by burying him with dignity.
You live in VIRGINIA!!!!!
I'm sure you would have had issue burying the Pentagon terrorists next door on 9/12/01!
You quoted Jesus, saying that we are supposed to "Love our Enemies", so why didn't #1 and #2 do that? Why did they opt to blow us up instead?
I'm glad you took him off of our hands! But, wasn't it supposed to be a BIG SECRET where that maggot was "laid to rest"?
So why did his uncle announce it to the world today?
I hate to tell you, but I predict that you haven't seen the "worst of America" yet, now that everyone knows where you buried a non-citizen terrorist, on American soil, marked or unmarked grave... And when it starts costing money to repair the damage done, by outraged and admittedly criminal Americans, you and his uncle will be the first one's asking for financial help to make the repairs. Sorry, my donations will be headed to the One Fund!
And speaking of September 2001...
Today, New York City got its tallest building status back!
The Freedom Tower was topped live on TV, and now stands a symbolic 1776 feet tall!
It may have taken over a decade to erase that scar on the skyline, but it is beautiful and gives me hope that we can recover from anything.
And finally, and as extra dose of Zen on this Friday...
I give you Boston!
Over the past few weeks, like many other people, I have been on an emotional rollercoaster. I have seen and heard things that have pissed me off, to my core. And then, a few minutes later, I see or hear something that renews my faith in humanity.
For some reason, when I post something positive online I get very little reaction...
But, when I freak out and let my temper get the best of me... I hear from so many people who either want to argue with me, or cheer me on!
So, I thought I would use this blog to show what is pissing me off, and making me think that the human race is doomed, and then show something that may just keep me from thinking that all humans are selfish, self centered a$$hats!
Today, I am so aggravated at the thought of Ariel Castro in Cleveland. He was collecting unemployment, hiding in plain sight, all the while torturing and abusing 3 young women just miles from their families who were desperate to find them. As the stories come out about the house of horrors that those women, and one child endured... News is also coming out, that Ariel is not the ONLY sociopathic Castro. I am still not convinced that his brothers aren't involved in some way, and it seems his daughter shares that family gene! Read that terrible story here! In the U.S., only murder cases are eligible for the death penalty, but to me... what he did was so much worse than murder. Ariel Castro, whose picture I refuse to post because we have all see it too much already, deserves to live the rest of his life the way those poor girls did. And unlike those girls, his life... should be short, very short!
And just when you think that a family could be so filled with evil, hatred, and all that is bad in this world...
Steven Tefft, winner of Season 2 of Spike TV's Ink Master, is just one of the many tattoo artists taking part in the Rhode Island Tattoo Expo May 10, 11, 12 in Providence RI. He called in today, to talk about his $100,000 prize from Ink Master, the RI Expo, and how not to be one of those people who end up with a bad, or stupid tattoo!
My love for our Armed Forces knows no limits! But, when I see something like this, after what our city has just experienced, my heart is forced to grow to make room for the love!
Thank you gentlemen, for your service, your sacrifices, your dedication, your love, and your support!
Anyone that knows me, or that has listened to my show, knows that my emotions are worn right on my sleeve. After the heartbreak that we all experienced at the Marathon on Monday, and the fear that we have been dealing with all week, today I had enough!
Suspect #2 had shut down our city, and I couldn't take it anymore! I snapped!
Now that Suspect #2 is in custody, here is the audio from my mental meltdown this afternoon!
I am so proud of you Boston, and so grateful for our first responders...