Monday, September 12, 2011

The World is a Crazy Place

I have always known that the world we live in can be a crazy place and every time I start to think “Maybe it’s not so bad” all I have to do is look at some of the headlines in the news….

A southern Florida charter school has been sent a letter of complaint after evidence mounted that the facility was being used as a venue for raunchy late-night parties. Concerns were raised after sexually provocative fliers were found advertising wild bashes to be held at the same address as Balare Language Academy, which is a highly-rated Miami charter school with a bilingual curriculum for children in kindergarten through middle school. Facebook photographs of wild partygoers pouring alcohol in a cramped kitchen whose captions say they were taken at a bash at the school's address have also emerged. Parents have complained of the smell of smoke at the school, as well as empty beer bottles found on the grounds. I know money is tight, but using an elementary school as an adult night club? Wow.

Speaking of money being tight, the United States sent a plane loaded with a small but symbolic shipment of emergency aid to flood-stricken North Korea. A cargo plane from the U.S. packed with $900,000 worth of food, medical aid, soap, blankets and cooking kits arrived in North Korea last Friday. I know sending help to people in need is usually a good thing, but in this case it is another example of stupidity. I am quite certain that these supplies, intended as disaster relief, will never reach the people who so desperately need it. It will be used to feed and supply North Korea’s massive armed forces. The United States knows that and sending almost a million dollars worth of material which will only help a regime that regularly threatens our allies (and us) is nothing short of insane, especially when we have Senators and Congressmen questioning how we are going to find the money to help our own hurricane victims right here at home.

This story just gripes my ass. A man, identified as Sabar Lal Melma, whom NATO officials described as an insurgent leader responsible for organizing attacks and financing operations in the volatile Kunar province, and with links to al Qaeda, was killed in eastern Afghanistan. That is that is a good thing, right? Well, here is the part that gets me mad. A local tribal leader said the man was a former Guantanamo detainee. Melma was released from the U.S. Navy's detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 2007. This is just another example of the U.S. releasing people we have in custody that simply spend their time learning about us and then, when released, go straight back and do their best to try and kill us. If that is not crazy I don’t know what is.

This kind of story always gives me a warm-fuzzy feeling. Lance Cpl.'s Tuong Lau, Jose Dina, Innocent Niangoran, and Pfc. Mikel Schaub (far right) are all smiles after they were sworn in as naturalized American citizens, Friday morning at Camp Foster. Sixty three others joined them in the naturalization ceremony to include spouses of service members. As far as I am concerned, anyone who comes to America and serves us in the armed forces should be on some sort of fast-track to become a citizen.

And now, just to prove it's a crazy world (I'm I'm part of it too) here is a really dumb cartoon that nevertheless made me laugh...

Live Long and Prosper....

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