Ten Years Ago Today – An Officer Candidate in the United States Army Remembers 9/11


On September 11, 2001, I was 16 years old and in a minivan headed towards Houston, Texas. It was Tuesday, mine and Ryan’s favorite day of the week. Soon we’d be with all of our friends who were part of the, not kidding here, homeschool choir we were in. There probably wasn’t a better place for us to be. Shortly before arriving, unconfirmed and unclear reports started coming over the radio about a plane hitting one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I remember getting the impression it was a Cessna or something along those lines. Not long after we arrived at the church it became clear that this was something serious. No classes were being held, no one was singing for damn sure. Choir rehearsals were all cancelled but several of students stayed at the church. The adults all… did whatever adults do. I really don’t remember seeing them much at all. Meanwhile me and my friends wandered around outside, remarking at the absence of air traffic. Most of us wound up converging on a radio upstairs. (more…)

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Just an Inspirational Thought

Have you ever thought, “I can’t do [whatever]. I’m not a [whoever]”? For instance “I can’t get my Ph.D. I’m not a scholar” or “I can’t break 90 strokes. I’m not a golfer.”

If you have, take into account Phidippides. The Athenian who ran the first marathon. He could’ve said “I can’t run a marathon. I’m not a marathon runner!” However, he didn’t know better. There was no such thing as a marathon runner. So he wasn’t limited by what he was or wasn’t. He just achieved his goal. Then he died. So what can you not do? What self-perceptions are limiting you? I’d wager you can do it, if you believe you can. It may kill you. But you can do it.

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Farewell Farouk!

The blundering fool Farouk Shami’s bid to become Texas’s next governor is over! Ex-Houston Mayor Bill White soundly defeated him and like 19 other candidates. I’ve already covered why I’m am so anti-Farouk Here and Here so I won’t revisit that. But if you need another reason to hate him, listen to this song… (more…)

Charity Challenge – March 2010

I’m going to start something new. At the beginning of each month I am going to give you a link to a charity with this simple challenge. Donate $5 to it. I am a big believer in the idea that if we all did a little bit, we could all make a difference in someone’s life. Sounds pretty reasonable, right?
I plan on choosing smaller charities and fund raising events. The small ones do need to be researched, but I think they often make the most immediate impact, even if only on a small group of people.

So here’s your challenge for March. (more…)

Tony Kornheiser Suspended For Doing What He’s Paid To Do

Tony Kornheiser was suspended because of these comments about ESPN’s Hannah Storm.
Hannah Storm, Tony Kornheiser, ESPN, SportsCenter

“She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body … I know she’s very good, and I’m not supposed to be critical of ESPN people, so I won’t … but Hannah Storm … come on now! Stop! What are you doing? … She’s what I would call a Holden Caulfield fantasy at this point.”

Uhh, that sounds exactly like the Tony Kornheiser that I love watching on Pardon the Interruption. He and Michael Wilbon, make the show great by ragging on people and by going overboard with it. (more…)

Published in: on February 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Not This Again

If there’s one type of person I can’t stand (and believe me, there’s more than one) it is family/friends of deceased or incarcerated criminals who can’t see their family member or friend with any objectivity whatsoever. I admit, that may not be fair of me. It’d be a tough situation. But tough situations can be handled well. If your dad flies a plane into a government building, calling him a “hero” is not handling it well. Even if you offer your “deepest condolences” to the victim’s family. That’s just like a slap in the face. “I’m sorry your dad is dead, but my dad is a hero for doing that thing caused your dad to die.”

Joe Stack’s daughter, Samantha Bell, also had this to say “But if nobody comes out and speaks up on behalf of injustice, then nothing will ever be accomplished,” Uhhh hello? Start a blog or something like the rest of us are doing! You want to talk about injustice? Here’s a story about this fellow who survived two tours of duty in Vietnam (more…)

Published in: on February 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Less of a Shotgun Wedding, More of a Handgun Wedding

I just read a story about this 21 year old, Indian male, Pankaj Kishore Karotia who had just got married. His uncle decided to fire a celebratory gunshot in the air. Sadly, (or “naturally”) “As he was loading it, it fired accidentally and hit his newly-wed nephew in the head.” First of all, while I buy the part that shooting the nephew was an accident, I don’t buy “As he was loading it, it fired accidentally”. Maybe, I would accept “Shortly after loading it, he accidentally fired the gun” or (more…)

Breaking Down the Comparisons Between Lindsey Vonn and Michael Phelps

Lindsey VonnTake a second and Google “Vonn the Next Phelps” (without the quotations). I did, and I got 73,400 hits! Granted many of those aren’t discussing whether or not Lindsey Vonn is the next Michael Phelps. But the whole first page is with Yahoo! and NBC among those chiming in. Let’s get one thing straight. Vonn is not, can not, and will not be the next Michael Phelps. I’ll breakdown why that is after the break. (more…)

Johnny Damon’s Origins Discovered!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have sequenced the DNA from four frozen hairs of a Greenlander who died 4,000 years ago in a study they say takes genetic technology into several new realms.
Johnny Damon is a Caveman
Surprisingly, the long-dead man appears to be related directly to former New York Yankee, Johnny Damon, Morten Rasmussen of the University of Copenhagen and colleagues found.

“This provides evidence that Johnny Damon is the closest thing we have to an actual caveman” the researchers wrote in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature. (more…)

Farouk Shami… Can You Believe This Guy?!

Farouk Shami… Running for governor of the state of Texas. Palestine born, anti-Israeli, Farouk Shami. This guy makes me sick. I’ve seen him several times and met him on occasion. I saw the guy sit down at a restaurant with his driver, and then send his driver to sit at another table. He thinks because he has worked hard and lived the American dream (I can respect that) that he can be governor. Governor of the state of Texas! It’s ridiculous to even think of. Now this ridiculous man has taken another step to show how misguided and out of touch with reality he is (more…)