Sunday Open Thread || march 26, 2017
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Staff Sgt. and bomb technician Adam Perkins knew that his job could lead to his death, so before the Marines redeployed him to Afghanistan last month, Perkins made sure his 9-month-old son would remember him.
"He videotaped himself reading a bunch of books to his son," his mom, Laureen Myers, said Saturday.
We teach our kids to be thoughtful and productive and responsible members of society. Adam took that to heart. He was just a fine young man. He will be missed.
— Paul Frazee, high school English teacher in Sacramento Bee
This is a nightmare for us that we want to wake up from. We can't believe it still. We are proud of what he did. It was his dream to serve this country and he died doing it.Gonzalez's funeral service was held in English and Spanish, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. At the service Rep. Hilda Solis (D-El Monte) presented his parents with an American flag.
— Benjamin Gonzalez, father, in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune
He’s run out of people to blame, always bad news for a not-very-competent politician with a grandiose self-image.Jennifer Rubin
Chad Trimble became a father at 17, but as young as he was, he embraced parenthood, changing diapers, taking his girls to the doctor and bringing cupcakes to their classes on their birthdays.Please read more about Chad M. Trimble here.
Soukenka spent a part of his childhood homeless. He was eventually adopted by a man who volunteered at an Oceanside soup kitchen near where the child and his mother were living along a riverbed.Read more about Richard A. Soukenka here.
I'd put Sarah Palin in charge down there. She'd try things. If one thing didn't work, she'd try something else. She knows the business. She'd do things. Is she a genius? No. She doesn't need to be a genius. She's a conservative. There are only five moving parts to the conservative bullshit machine. If you're a liberal you have a whole Rube Goldberg contraption to your bullshit machine.Don't that about sum up your bullshit for ya?
I was giving Andrew a bath, the doorbell rang, and I looked out the window and there were two soldiers. I was thinking, 'This is not happening. It's just a dream.' I called my mom and my dad and told them 'the soldiers are here,' and they knew exactly what I meant.
— Cindy Rowe, wife
I'm no engineer, but I'm rather struck that we can build something that can drill so deep, so far from land, and yet not have a good way to shut the darn thing off if something goes wrong, not even if we give some of the best minds in the subject a month and a ton of cash. The footage of the Gulf coast is horrifying, those helpless sea birds heartbreaking, and around the ten-thousandth time that Axelrod reminds you that Energy Secretary Steven Chu won the Nobel Prize, you start wondering, "Hey, if we took his and Obama's Nobels and stuck 'em together, any chance they would make a decent plug for that hole?"I'm no engineer either, but I'll take any opportunity to post this Nobel deserving video. BP. Beltway Punks:
I was at a friend's house. My husband called and said, 'Come home. Just come home.' When he opened the door he was crying and I saw the chaplain and the other officers, and of course I knew it was Danny. — Lynda Unger, motherRead more about Daniel Paul Unger here.
Unger was the first member of a California National Guard unit to die in combat during the war. A skilled center fielder, Unger had dreamed of playing college baseball, but passed on a scholarship so that he could serve in Iraq.
He told us he was going to come back, and I believed him -- but things happen. It's not his fault that he's gone. I really wish he wasn't gone. But I know I'll see him again.Please think about Jazmine and the Collins family today and take a moment to read more about Army, Sergeant 1st Class Randy D. Collins here.
— Jazmine Collins, daughter, 11
Randy Collins as many people can see was my father that was also my best friend we did everything together I will never forget my father I love him with all my heart I wish he wasn't gone but he is here in spirit and that is just enough. I love you Daddy
— Jazmine Collins
November 24, 2009 at 10:16 a.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2010Josh Painter gives the White House BP/unks an additional boom1-smack:
Sarah Palin to 'Beltway Bob' Gibbs: Dispute this!
"During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years... Dispute these facts."
Boom! The Palin Blackberry leaves a mark. Gov. Palin is so living inside the White House that they should be charging her rent.I'm wondering if rent is actually due here, seems like Governor Palin owns it -- and them -- more and more each day.
Now, he's missing for real.... I'm praying like I've never prayed before.Please read more about Army Private First Class Joseph J. Anzack Jr. -- 20 years old -- here.
— Theresa Anzack, mother
I am deeply saddened that such a beautiful man, inside and out, has been taken from our grasp. God Bless you Jason. Your commitment to service is why I am able to see my children and family every day. Words cannot express my gratitude. Your beautiful smile, your commitment, will never be forgotten. — Julie Benz SanchezPlease read more about Army Reserve Major Jason E. George here.
May 26, 2009 at 8:25 p.m.
When he was close, he’d honk the horn twice. Then his parents would smile, look at each other and move toward the door. Jason was home. All was well again.
"This was not a message to anyone about anything. This was about an old guy trying to save his job with special socks."
-- Peter TildenGotta have sympathy for Mrs. Specter -- Arlen's gonna be around the house all day long now.
To celebrate, we spend the entire night studying Torah (to make up for our ancestors who went to sleep!) and then at sunrise we pray the morning prayers and read the ten commandments.
Arizona Cockfighting Ring Busted; Nearly 70 Arrested
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010, 10:36 PM MDT
Published : Monday, 17 May 2010, 7:02 AM MDT
TONOPAH, Ariz. - An illegal cockfighting ring was busted in the west valley and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not taking this animal cruelty lightly...
All of the suspects were booked for being present at a cockfight -- a class one misdemeanor. The two property owners, Apolinar Dominguez and Sara Lomas, are facing several felony charges. MCSO says both suspects are illegal immigrants.As an indicator of the strong family values of the cockfighting community, some in attendance at the cockfight even had their children with them. In a further surprise twist to this story, guns, drugs, and $25,000 in cash were found at the scene of the genteel cross-cultural festivities.
Christopher K. Hill had been a member of the military honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. He had left the military but reenlisted.Please read more about Christopher K. Hill here.
Read it all here.
Hebson,said that the new Arizona law intended to enforce U.S. residency laws in light of an onslaught of illegal alien settlement there, "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values."
Ms. Hebson is paid $206,319 [not a typo] a year to issue such profound pronunciamentos according to the Family Taxpayers Network teachers salaries report (see it here under the "Top 200 salaries" category: http://www.familytaxpayers.org/salary.php
Usually, when such morally superior uplifters as Suzan Hebson issue forth such ukases*, there is a hypocrisy to be found nearby.
Arizona firefighters heading to help California crews
Members of the Yuma Fire Department are in southern California helping battle a nasty, wind-driven wildfire in San Bernadino County.
Yuma fire said it received a mutual aid request from the Imperial Valley Strike Team Sunday.
An engine and four personnel left Yuma to meet with other Strike Team members in Calipatria, Calif., before heading to the fire scene.
The fire had destroyed three homes in remote canyons but firefighters had kept it from encroaching into the town of Wrightwood, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles. Between 4,000 to 6,000 residents were ordered to evacuate and at least 200 homes remained threatened.
The fire had burned at least 7,500 acres, or nearly 12 square miles, by Monday morning and was 20 percent contained.
We thought that by giving him the most normal home, it would somehow make everything OK for him. — Rex Davis, foster Father
Cutter was in foster care from the age of 6 and bounced around from group home to group home. He finally found a family with the Davises.
Before Cutter left for Iraq, the Davises had signed papers, trying to officially adopt him as their son. "Now we're trying to see if the judge will approve it posthumously," Rex Davis said.
Lance Cpl. Jakub Henryk Kowalik, 21, of Schaumberg, Ill., the Defense Department said in a news release. The two were assigned to the 1st Force Service Support Group at Camp Pendleton, both died: May 12, 2003.
“He’s my hero, my best friend,” said his older brother, Paul Kowalik. “He was a good person, the last person this should happen to.”Please read more about Lance Cpl. Jakub Henryk Kowalik here.
In the late afternoon of May 11, an Air Force chaplain and an Army sergeant in full uniform knocked on the front door of the Farrars' home in Redlands. Farrar, 20, was killed that day when his convoy was struck by a roadside bomb in Iskandariya, south of Baghdad. ... His mother, Sally Bors, found out the next day at the Palm Springs motorcycle shop she owns. "A gentleman in a uniform approached me," Bors told the Desert Sun newspaper. "I kept telling myself that he wasn't in an Army uniform -- that he wasn't looking for me."Please read more here.
Hutchison was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle in Al Farr, Iraq. He was the oldest member of the U.S. military to die of combat-related wounds in Iraq or Afghanistan. Hutchison had served two tours of duty in Vietnam and voluntarily rejoined the Army under its retiree recall program.Please read more about Major Hutchinson here.