Interesting things that got me to thinking ....

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.”     Helen Keller


“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.”    Bruce Lee

Something that hit home this week-

Its odd when you see things on the news how your heart goes out to people but you really do remain for the most part unaffected…did it hurt you in some way? Doubtful. So you listen maybe donate money but go about your life.  Nothing wrong with that at all.


You hear about shootings all the time where I live but since 2002 none have affected me or my people.  My BF was at work yesterday and sent me a text at 10:00 am about a manhunt where he works.  That area is not known for its violent tendencies and is mostly business so I just told him to make sure the bay doors were locked (the main door locks automatically) and don’t worry. 


Heres the thing…right down the street from where my BF was; a former employee of Advanced Granite, Radee Prince, had just shot 5 people, killing 3 of them using a .38 (it’s a handgun) and was at large.  The shooter had planned this since he had been fired for punching another employee in the face prior to the shooting.  The owner had denied his unemployment so Prince visited him and was very aggressive with him.  It was NOT his first occurrence of workplace violence in Maryland and he served time for felonies in Wilmington, DE, where he was originally from.

Baltimore Sun graph. 2017


After the Edgewood, MD shootings, he headed to where he was from which was where my daughter lived with her dad for high school, Wilmington, DE.  He shot a man at  28th Street Auto Sales, apparently also someone he knew, stole a car but was apprehended right down the street near Glasgow High School at 7:05 pm.  The ATF believe that all victims were intended and he is considered just another  mass shooter.

So why are we so mindless or accepting in life?



 Gainsville, FL – 1990, the town that inspired the Scream movies, yep. Theres some Trivia for you. Five students were murdered on the college campus, all brutally and much like the original movie. They even arrested the wrong killer the first time out and it took some time to put the actual killer in jail.   Here is a description of one of the girls-“ Hoyt had had her breasts cut off, been slit open, and then had her decapitated head placed on bookshelf in her apartment to face those who would eventually find her.”


Yeah so Gainesville and the university have stayed under the radar UNTIL NOW…

Richard Spencer ( the great white nationalist leader), has fought with the University of Florida after purchasing space for a rally in one of the auditoriums for 10,600.00, he was given 700 tickets and the entire town is in an uproar as is the College who tried to stop it but cant because it’s a State run campus.  So he can give the tickets to whomever he wants and the rally is this evening-10/19/17.  So far the Town of Gainsville and the college campus have spent 600,000 + on police in full riot gear and National Guard time.   I heard a suggestion, when W.S want to come to town to make a point..or anyone else that is going to cost that kind of money, the colleges have a right to charge more for the space to cover the taxpayer debt or make them charge ticket fees to recoup locality costs and fees. 

Again..with either money or hate, why are we so mindless or accepting?



Now onto something else that made me question some things and perhaps one of you more Educated Strategic MILITARY PEOPLE can answer this for me.   How is the recent incident in Niger with the four dead Special ops soldiers different from Benghazi? (aside from the obvious) I don’t care about politics here.  I want to know how its different from a strategic standpoint


From what I understand, there is a law from 2001, to stop perpetrators of terrorism involving those involved in the 9/11 attacks without authorization from Congress. This authorization is currently being used in military actions all over the world and to one Senator at least, a member of the Armed Services committee, this should power should be reigned in. We are currently in Philippines, South America and Africa.  According to the Senator the US is involved in around a dozen nations using special ops in “military kinetic activity”.  Even though 75% of Congress never voted for the 2001, law.


So how did these 4 guys end up on the border of Niger and Mali, in a remote fringe area we don’t usually go into? Supposedly they were in the region to train forces against the terrorism. They were out on patrol with Niger forces when they came under ambush, from reports say up to 50 militia.  


So my questions..why did Trump wait 12 days to say a word.  Not the two until they found the 4th soldier-12 days. Then he used General Kellys deceased son and Obama, to alleviate from the media onslaught over this, which was disgusting.  Were the men properly equipped for a mission and did they have correct intel? That’s perhaps my biggest question.  How did they get the bodies out with such a large occupation?


There is quite a bit of bad media surrounding this and Trump is going to have a hard time, mostly because he has not acted properly, from notification, to taking on McCain, to running his mouth at the incorrect time.  But that’s not what I am talking about..what I want to know is why this happened and why it took him 12 days to notify even the families.

I have so many questions here, I dont know were do begin, but if this was your kid or husband would you be Accepting?


Also what the hell is going on with Amazon and having cities bid against each other for 50,000 jobs? WHAT? I understand the tax breaks and location, I went through this during the purchase of my former employer and my state did not come up with the best breaks for the proposed 200 jobs.  But that’s small potatoes.  There are major cities that need this employment and should that not be a consideration?  Also long term ability to pay Amazon and actual location space.    I think Jeff Bezos has lost his mind and will put all other companies out of business until we have no choice BUT to buy from him.


ANYONE FOR SHOPPING ELSEWHERE?  I REFUSE TO BUY FROM THEM.  HOW ABOUT YOU….What I have discovered, is even Ebay has been invaded by Amazon. I always shop on Ebay.  I buy only from private sellers and make sure they are not buying from Amazon and reselling to me. Some products are hard to find in stores.  I have also begun to buy from individual places instead of a place where you can get it all.  I also like specific place for different things.  Brick and mortar stores for grocery and high end items.  I love Macys (who will now have FAO Schwartz back this year-BUY FAO SCHWARTZ!!!!), and don’t like most discount stores. I have found so many book stores cheaper than Amazon, its not funny.  YOU DON’T NEED TO SHOP AT AMAZON…


Again..why are we being taken over by ONE business? Acceptance?

Here are other questions that made me think..


-Why is dog food made so crappy..have you ever looked at the stuff in dog food?  Gargum..BHA/BHT...meal meal of any kind..MSG..high amounts of dog does not process it the way you do and it produces gas), propanye glycol (its in cola)..corn, peas and wheat(fillers)..stuff like that.


-Why do we eat processed food?  Its disgusting and the major reason for obesity. We are encouraged to eat it and it contributes to many deaths each year and raises the cost of heathcare.  On that note, why must heathier food cost three times as much..cornering the market? Are we being Accepting again or dont we care about costs and health?


-Why dont more people stand apart from the crowd?  Why do things stay hidden so long?  Why arent we more up front and honest with each other?


-I dont smoke it, but why is marijuana still federally illegal?  We have talked about this but the government does need money, this is a CASH COW.  Come on now.


-Why is auto insurance so high overall? Every year it goes up..doesnt matter if you have an accident or not and Lord help you if you do.



“Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day - as long as you treat it that way.”    Skylar Grey





wsucram15 Added Oct 19, 2017 - 10:35am
No politics , name calling and arguing.  Just a need to be educated..please. 
Leroy Added Oct 19, 2017 - 12:53pm
Your first quote reminded me of the Helen Keller line of sunglasses in China.
wsucram15 Added Oct 19, 2017 - 12:55pm
It is Helen Keller.   I like to open this kind of stuff with a quote and finish with a quote.  It gives some flair.
Even A Broken Clock Added Oct 19, 2017 - 1:50pm
OK, Jeanne, here's some good news. We were able to go out for lunch at a restaurant along the Kanawha River today, sit outside, and enjoy the bright sunshine and brilliant blue skies. Had a gourmet personal pizza and pepperoni rolls, rinsed down with a Devil Anse (think Hatfield and McCoys) IPA.  It doesn't get much better than that.
Zachery d Taylor Added Oct 19, 2017 - 2:45pm
Scattershooting, I see. 
That shooting didn't get as much attention as many others and I can't speak for the details, but there's good reason to believe that many of the contributing causes for violence, and bigotry, for that matter have been well researched. However the MSM and political establishment refuses to report on the best research. 
One of the most important contributing causes for both violence and bigotry is early childhood upbringing that often involves early child abuse and corporal punishment where angry parents teach their children to obey without question and to believe what they're told or face retaliation before they develop critical thinking skills. 
Children that develop critical thinking skills with non- abusive upbringings are also more likely to effectively stand up against authorities, including Amazon and the politicians that enabled this monopoly. 
I actually like the basic model they use for some book sales but it needs reasonable regulation and disclosure since it doesn't operate on the free market.  
It's an Oligarchy which is why boycotts won't be enough we need political accountability! 
wsucram15 Added Oct 19, 2017 - 3:29pm
EABC- Bright sunshine and blue skies are great.  How was the gourmet pizza and ale?  I know a McCoy.. in fact in one of my stories she was in my pictures with me holding a knife. lol.  I had the gun.
Crazy life..the McCoys made up with the Hatfields and brewed a pale ale. Marketing, go figure.
This was a good story...if the pizza was great I guess that was good, homemade?   I love pizza made from scratch, real dough (not the frozen) homemade sauce, REAL mozzarella and other cheeses.  Tomatoes, maybe meat..UNLESS its rolled sweet Italian sausage ground up.  Maybe.  Good stuff.
wsucram15 Added Oct 19, 2017 - 3:41pm
Zachery; Maybe boycotts wont be enough..but no one will hold them accountable. The other stuff coming down the pike at us with large companies at the helm is just as scary.
They are all Oligarchies..anywhere that provides the food to where we buy it, large chain stores, large corporations that employ tens of thousands of people, utility companies including internet and cable companies, Water companies -private and municipal.  Just the US is an Oligarchy because it no longer represents the peoples interests.  Check it out..also not the only study done>
Military Industrial Complex, Deep State..Dark Money.  We are in deep as citizens with no way out but to fight back or concede.
opher goodwin Added Oct 19, 2017 - 4:40pm
Jeanne - good news - the sun will continue to shine for billions of years.
Good news - there are still some wild chimps left out there in the jungle. They haven't been shot yet!
Good news - one day they will harness Fusion energy and we be energy rich.
wsucram15 Added Oct 19, 2017 - 4:47pm
Here is another HUGE thing and its SO many people on this site recycle?
I dont have this years facts but here are some sobering numbers for you.
From the EPA (when we had one)
258 million tons of municipal solid waste were generated in a given year, of that..

23 million were composted
66 million was recycled
33 million incinerated for energy generation
So that left 136 million tons of waste, of that...21% is food..come on people...14% is paper (recyclable?), 10% rubber, and 18% plastic (also recyclable).
Doing this saves trees, natural resources (like recycling plastic saves on barreled oil) Or recycled office paper saves-17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 463 gallons of oil, and 3 cubic yards of landfill space.  Beat that!
ITs just over all better for environment and the animals, have you seen what plastic bags do to sea turtles?
So how many recycle?
Lets your trash man and landfills.  Generate more energy(waste mixed together after sorted for recycling and burned at high temperatures for electricity)  and compost (list - .  Dont throw away stuff it is all reusable even baby poop.
wsucram15 Added Oct 19, 2017 - 5:39pm
Fusion energy would be great but do you really think MAN will ever be able to control that kind of power?
Dino Manalis Added Oct 19, 2017 - 7:26pm
It's okay to have feelings, you don't need to express them, only feel what other people feel, it's human!
wsucram15 Added Oct 19, 2017 - 8:17pm
Dino..thats not bad...
Michael B. Added Oct 19, 2017 - 9:03pm
Jeanne, from their inception in the early 50's, U.S. Army Special Forces (the Green Berets) have trained, advised, and operated with "friendly" foreign military forces around the world, which has always been an integral part of their mission. They were derived mainly from the Jedburgh teams of the Office of Strategic Services (the direct predecessor of the CIA) that assisted various resistance movements against the Germans during WW2, and their original assignment was to do the same thing in case the Soviets overran Western Europe, but the Vietnam War made them into what they are today.
Their graduation exercise is something called “Robin Sage”, in which the soon-to-be Green Berets parachute into the fictional nation of Pineland (which takes up large parts of North Carolina), where they meet up with the local resistance and go from there. They have to successfully cope with just about every form of physical and mind-fuck imaginable, ranging from obstinate and distrustful rebels to watching atrocities and crimes take place. Occasionally it takes a deadly turn, as several years ago a pair of Green Beret candidates were shot (one was killed) by a cop who wasn’t in on the gag.
They usually keep a very low profile, and as they aren't usually deployed in significant numbers, much of their activity goes without much notice, unless they get killed or involved in some high-profile incident. From what I’ve read, what happened in Benghazi and in Niger cannot be compared in any way. Also, it doesn’t necessarily take a Presidential Order to deploy them, as others in the civilian and military chain of command may have the authority to send them in, albeit maybe for a limited time or some other form of restriction.
opher goodwin Added Oct 20, 2017 - 3:43am
Jeanne - oh yes. We will be able to do that. It'll be safe and non-polluting and provide infinite energy.
It may take us fifty years to develop the technology to keep the superheated plasma from leaking but it will happen.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 20, 2017 - 5:48am
So many questions and so few answers ;-)
You know the US has large military interests in Africa, mostly in anglophone countries like Kenya or Ghana where they train local forces.....not without economic interests also, of course. They are in Senegal and Mali as "advisers" also.....they know that Obama fucked up the chance to effectively counter the Chinese in Africa, maybe they're now realizing that and put some speed to it.
Where there is oil, there is the US. Bet on it.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 20, 2017 - 5:50am
BTW: Seems to be a really dangerous place now, the US. I mean, I never felt unsure anywhere in the world, and you some of you in the US say it was a nice day having been able to eat outdoors without happening to get into a shooting LOL
opher goodwin Added Oct 20, 2017 - 6:00am
SEF - it sounds pretty scary to me. I don't think I'd want to visit for a while. The division and hatred is palpable.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 20, 2017 - 6:19am
Seems so. Although the place is big, and I guess one is pretty safe when he lives in the countryside somewhere in Oregon, Washington, Montana or North Dakota, for example. But cities and suburbs - no thanks.
Leroy Added Oct 20, 2017 - 7:21am
"SEF - it sounds pretty scary to me. I don't think I'd want to visit for a while. The division and hatred is palpable."
At least we don't have to worry about being run over by a truck driven by someone we invited in.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 20, 2017 - 8:28am
We don't worry about that. The chance to be in such an "event" is smaller than hitting the lottery jackpot ;-)
wsucram15 Added Oct 20, 2017 - 10:47am
MichaelB  thank you.  The way they get in is the 2001 are right, no presidential order.  This was routine, the screwed up thing I was you to look at now, is Chad.   Why did we stop allowing ppl from Chad into US further destabilizing the area the green berets were killed?
Chad withdrew support troops on September 29th or thereabouts (end of Sept) about the time the men were ambushed. The villagers even left due to Boko Haram moving back into the area.   Chad forces (before we were there) had been protecting the villages in the area of Niger before this occurred.   We stopped the people from Chad coming to US at the end of September.
There is also a story going around I have heard that Chad did not send the "official" passport as requested by Homeland Security, so they blocked our one ally in the area.  They could not submit the passport, they didnt have the special passport paper. They had all passports on hold.
Did those guys really die over something this stupid.
wsucram15 Added Oct 20, 2017 - 11:49am
Thanks SEF and Opher..I live in a suburb of a major crime area.
I know its gotten bad, well actually urban areas like this are always bad. I have not lived in many but you can see it in the peoples eyes.
But it depends on how you collect your data apparently as to whether smaller suburbs or larger cities are more dangerous here.
 Here are the stats for 2016 from FBI
Here are the top ten...
10-Oakland, CA-85 murders-poverty 21%, UI Rate5.3%
9-Little Rock, AK-42 murders, poverty rate 17%, UI rate-3.5%
8-Milwaukee, WI-murders-141, poverty -28.7%,  UI rate-5.8%
7-Cleveland, OH - stats-1631 per 100,000, murders in 2016-135, POVERTY RATE-36.2%, unemployment 7%
6-Kansas CIty, MO 129 murders, 19% poverty, UIrate 4.9
5-Rockford, IL, VCR-1659 per 100K, 26 murders, poverty 24%, UI Rate-7.7%
4-Baltimore, MD,stats-Violent crime rate 1780 per 100,000,  murders in 2016-318 (attributed to 25% of the poorest of neighborhoods and guns),  poverty rate 24%, Unemployment rate 6.3%
3-Memphis, TN- murders 196, poverty rate-27.6% UI rate-6%
2-ST Louis, MO- VCR-1918 per 100K, 188 murders, poverty 27.5%,UIrate-5.6%
1-Detriot, MI-2047VCR per 100K, 303 murders, poverty rate-40.5%,  UI rate- 10.9%,
THIS list is more specific as far as pulling from the same data BUT by only violent crimes per 1,000 ppl in cities over 25,000 showing that smaller areas per capita also have high crime in US.
Baltimore goes to 19 and Detroit to 8, behind EAST St Louis, IL and ST louis,MO.   IT just depends on how you pull data. 
Stone-Eater Added Oct 20, 2017 - 2:20pm
Some 45 homicides were carried out, a drop of 21% from the year earlier.
For a country of 8 billion. Not very much. But then: We HAVE poor people here, and 30% of all people in Switzerland are foreigners, refugees or immigrants.
And Senegal is poor. WTF is wrong over there`?
Leroy Added Oct 21, 2017 - 7:34am
"SEF - it sounds pretty scary to me. I don't think I'd want to visit for a while. The division and hatred is palpable."
Oh, my!  London is more dangerous than New York.  Guess I better not visit for a while.
"London is now more crime ridden and dangerous than New York City, with rape, robbery and violent offences far higher on this side of the Atlantic."
Islamization of Britain is not making it a safer place.
Stone-Eater Added Oct 21, 2017 - 8:50am
You're right on that. Problem is that peaceful Muslims stay home and we import the scum.
Thomas Napers Added Oct 21, 2017 - 9:06pm
How does the question “So why are we so mindless or accepting in life?” fit in with the preceding story about the shooter? 
Jeff Michka Added Oct 22, 2017 - 12:27pm
SEFa sez: Problem is that peaceful Muslims stay home and we import the scum.-I was waiting for someone to blame "all those awful immigrants", but didn't think it would be Mr. & Mrs. Out of Africa.  So let me guess, the "peaceful" muslims all stay at home in Syria or other ME crap hole to get bombed or killed, and it's just "those people" aka "scum" being "imported".  Are they cheap watches or blocks of cheese or human beings? Must be "the deep state" getting into importing scum, eh?  This is like the Trumpist's "Open Border" claims, that are just claims, not facts or even realities, but good ways to keep "the base" scared witless of anything that doesn't look white, and by feeding them fear, keep them from looking around and perhaps figure, on their own, that the Orange turd lies to them.  I find SEFa's attitude right up there with ol Geo Romey's "dead kids will be good for the over 50 job market" crap.  Real humanitarians.
Michael B. Added Oct 22, 2017 - 3:18pm
Jeanne, I don't know about any passport imbroglios, but, oddly enough, the U.S. has always had more-or-less good relations with all of those Muslim-majority Mahgreb countries like Chad, Mali, Niger, etc. The real foreign players there are the French, with whom we operate hand-in-hand. Outside of anti-Communist activities in the 50's and 60's, the U.S. has never really maintained a significant presence in Africa until after 9/11. It started to pick up again somehwat in the early 80's, when we supported Chad in their battles with Libya. Our involvement in Somalia in the early 90's was an above-board U.N. mission. Once again, I see absolutely no comparison between what happened in Niger and Benghazi. The situation in Libya was WAY too volatile and unstable for ANY country to be placing high-ranking diplomats in. The deaths of the four Green Berets, while very unusual, happened while they were performing something the Green Berets have been doing for many decades now.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 24, 2017 - 11:26pm
Things that got me thinking....
Black is Beautiful
The snowflake reaction to this is hilarious.
wsucram15 Added Oct 26, 2017 - 9:47pm
Mike thanks..sorry I have been very busy.  But thank you.
John G..nice to see you logged on as well..:) always..stirring the shit.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 27, 2017 - 5:46pm
Come on Jeanne that's something funny shit and you know it!
Jeffry Gilbert Added Oct 28, 2017 - 1:54am
Oh shit!!!
You got me on that one.
Missed it completely. 
Good on ya.

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