Saturday, November 27, 2010


I'm already dreading the end of my vacation, knowing I will either be groped again or go through the see me naked scanner.  This will be the 6th time in a two months period. I had a full knee replacement that consists of titanium and plastic, and it goes off guaranteed when  I first go through the initial scanner. They ask me "Knee replacement?", apparently a very common occurrence. Still, I get moved to the side to be send to the "groper" or full body scanner. I carry a card from the surgeon, which doesn't help a bit.

There are always extra agents standing around, just waiting for a sucker like me to come through so they can justify their job. This entire security operation seems so inefficient.  I keep wondering why they won't even consider trying out the Israeli system. Another thought came to mind about people like me that have implants, prosthetics etc.  Let us go through a one-time thorough inspection and then provide us with a government certified security card that lets us pass through without the extra searches.  This alone would speed up the lines and make us look more efficient.

Being politically correct and profiling is an issue that needs to be resolved soon.  I sense the American people are becoming more and more agitated with this process.  How did the underwear bomber ever get on the plane last Christmas?  It seems no profiling was done then.

There is more to this as well.  Rand Paul made a good point when he wondered if the TSA agent is homosexual or not.  Today I read an article that stated most agents do not change their rubber gloves after each passenger. Various types of viruses and infectious diseases can now be transmitted through this process.  Doctors have and do change their gloves after each patient, so should the agents.

A fellow blogger made a good point by sending a letter to our respective representatives, asking them to stop this insanity and spend their efforts on a better system.

Please feel free to add your own experience with the TSA in the comment section.  I'd like to hear from you.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

IN HONOR OF VETERAN'S DAY - Why I quit... Desert Storm vet explains decision to leave Air Force after 22 years

I never expected to write this letter, but my Mom e-mailed me to get information about my career for a writeup on Veterans Day, and as this is the first such holiday in 22 years when I will not be on active duty, I felt compelled to let you know why I decided to quit.

Quit is a strong word, I know. Everyone I’ve talked to has repeated that I’ve had a marvelous career and that I’ve retired with honor. Maybe that’s true on paper; I guess that it’s reflected by the record. But that’s not how I feel. I feel like I’ve quit. And because I’m not a quitter, I feel I have to explain why — not that anyone is asking, but because perhaps they don’t know to ask.

Briefly, my career had been a representation of the promise of this country. Starting out on the lowest rung of the rank ladder as an F-4G Wild Weasel crew chief, continuing on F-16s and the F-117A Stealth fighter in Desert Storm, then a small part of Desert Fox as a nuclear Maintenance Officer and finally a pilot that took part in numerous deployments in Southern Watch, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. I finished up an awesome year on the ground in Iraq, and was selected to receive a coveted “Definitely Promote,” assuring me of promotion to lieutenant colonel. They don’t pass out many of those. My dreams were right in front of me. All I had to do was grab them. And then I retired. Why?

Atlas Shrugged.
I had chosen, freely, to place my life between those that would do harm to the U.S. and those whom I would protect: her citizens. I had always believed in the best of America and the people of her lands; that despite occasional missteps there was a general “rightness” to our way. I lived that belief for 22 years, leading and following warriors into combat. I’m certainly no war hero; my brothers in arms have seen far more combat, more intense and personal than I. But I have become acquainted with death in a way that I hope you never do. My last tour, on the ground in Iraq was where my heart started to be hardened towards you, the electorate, and culminated in this letter, written two days before our elections. And here’s why.

Monday, November 8, 2010


Received the following article from a fellow patriot who worked on a campaign in S. Florida.  He's sharing his thoughts on Obama's future which was a subject that had never occured to me.  Is it possible?  Why not, they gave him the Noble Peace Prize.

"The 2010 election not only is history, it made history. The biggest "change" in the house in the last 70 years. But this has not had any effect, noticeable at least, with President Obama. In his typical switch hitting manner, he called on the Republicans to sit down with him to solve the country's problems. Yet, shortly after, he talked with and told them, "We are going to continue to take all the time it takes and all the effort it takes to get out country back on track."

Does he not get the message given to him on Nov. 2nd? He does but it doesn't give him much cause for alarm. He has no concern for he re-election in 2012. He has two lmore years to demolish, still further, the country. He knows he's committing political suicide by remaining a left wing zealot. He knows the fear rising within the elected ranks of Congressional Democrats who will break ranks with The Party in order to stay in office. But BHO doesn't care.

Obama has his sights on a position he considers elevated above that of U.S. President. He will be the next Secretary General of the United Nations. Presently, the term is a five year one, with one term extension. Pan Ki-Moon the present SG, was selected on January 1, 2007. My guess is that BHO will see to it that the confusing selection process will be changed in order for him to move up to this grand position.

He would be king of the world. The Muslim countries would claim him as their "native son." The rest of the Third World would jump for joy. "A finger in the eye to America," they would proclaim. Flying around the world in his desired role as "citizen of the world," he would live in Switzerland, France or wherever he wished. Michelle would shop in the finest European emporiums and order kobe beef in the most elite restaurants, with fresh greens, of course. She was never really proud of her country in the first place and Barack's stated embarrassment with this country's past indicates a happier life away from the greed and intolerance of this land."