Category: Political

As 2015 winds down we find ourselves looking forward to 2016. So much has happened this past year but here at ATCMC there have been huge changes as well. First and foremost we relocated our offices back to our hometown. It was a much needed change and we also streamlined our staff to improve efficiency. Many creative changes were made and we no longer go through a 3rd party for approval of a post. Now we can just sit down and let it fly, so to speak.

So today, as I sat at my computer deciding on a post, I poured a glass of Boones Farm wine, and put Mot the Hoople on the 8-Track player. I figured that I could tackle so many subjects because it has been such an eventful year. I just decided to keep it simple. I wanted to end the year quietly and calmly. I saw no reason for a flourish. We here at ATCMC have been pretty preoccupied with court dates and other things that the creative juices have remained untapped.



Governor Tom Wolf

There is still no budget in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania but never fear, our state lawmakers got their raises and welfare remains just as strong as ever. Those pesky things like Education, Social Security and other silly things will just have to wait for the petulance to end. I mean how important are those last 2 I mentioned? Geeze, if our State Lawmakers can’t get paid and get their cost of living raises, how could we ever expect them to function for those who elected them?



Condemned killer Gary Heidnik

There is still a moratorium on executions in the Commonwealth as well. I agree. It is better to spend the money to house them and maintain the special living conditions then to carry out the sentence. Now, before I go any further I will once again state my position on the Death Penalty. I believe that if you are going to carry it on the books then you should use it. However, the last execution in the Commonwealth was in 1999 when Gary Heidnik was execute by lethal injection.


My feeling is that it is ridiculous to ceremoniously sentence someone to death with no intention of carrying out the sentence. Not to mention, there is an increased cost in housing a death row inmate. Let’s just concede the fact that Pennsylvania will never perform another execution and just remove the law from the books, change the sentencing guidelines and save the taxpayers of Pennsylvania a little money. I know, it does sound crazy.


We could continue, but I figured I’d stay close to home. I mean, where would I start? Benghazi is still in the forefront, the federal government is trying to disarm it’s citizens while supplying weaponry to less-than-friendlies. We can’t take care of our own homeless, including our veterans, but we will open our borders to anyone and everyone. I mean, how does it make sense to fine your citizens for not having healthcare but the program itself has driven up costs to the point that companies have had to lay off to meet the requirements?


I pray each night before I lay my head down on my Star Wars sheets that 2016 will be better than 2015. I know for us here at ATCMC we are delving into new areas with Fatt Katt Video Production as well as continuing to write posts here. We made some really good changes this year with staffing so we are looking forward to some great things. As always we thank all of our readers and promise a little more production in 2016.


We also pray for our troops still fighting overseas and hope at some point we stop playing the world’s police and take care of our own backyard first. I know my opinions are unpopular with some but those of you who really know me know I am apolitical with no real views on much. I just like to speak, sometimes with no filter. If I have offended anyone I’m sorry. Sorry you don’t have thicker skin. Sorry, I have also vowed this year to be a little kinder.


No matter how things shake out for the rest of the year, it is almost over. 2016 is a chance for some of us to hit the reset button and get a fresh start. I look forward to the new friendships I have made over the past year, the old friends I have reconnected with and, if I can steal a line from a 90’s song, “The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades…” From all of us here at ATCMC, have a great New Year, stay safe and let’s end the hate. Some people thrive on making others miserable. Geeze, and they call me crazy.


Gary Heidnik Executed 7-99

Gary Heidnik
Executed 7-99

Terrance Williams 11th Hour stay

Terrance Williams
11th Hour reprieve

Last week, Governor Tom Wolf granted a temporary reprieve to inmate Terrance Williams was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to die for senselessly murdering Amos Norwood with a tire iron during a robbery. Williams was formally sentenced July 1, 1987. Williams had already been convicted of murder and robbery in two separate cases at the time of his 1986 trial. He was scheduled to die by lethal injection on March 4th of 2015. Wolf also vowed to grant other reprieves in essence declaring a moratorium on executions in the Keystone State. Williams would have been the first involuntary execution since 1978. There have been three other executions in the state but the last 3 have given up their appeals. The last one was Gary Heidnik in 1999. Heidnik, you may remember, from a previous post, was convicted for kidnapping  5 women near Philadelphia, sexually assaulting them, chaining them in his basement and killing 2 of them. To add to the unsettling nature of his crimes, the women he killed were chopped up in his food processor and fed them to the remaining captives. Did he deserve to die? The courts thought so.

I have a hard time listening to some of the tree hugging whiners bitching just because they can. Some people jump on the band wagon with no real conviction either way. The death penalty has always been a touchy subject with different groups. There are those on both sides of this who make good arguments. I am not going to say how I feel about this until I have finished my thought process. I will present arguments for both sides so please bear with me here.

If we want to talk about the justification for the death penalty then here we go.

George Banks Mass Murderer

George Banks
Mass Murderer

George Emil Banks was sentenced to death by electrocution, but later declared by the court to be too psychotic to execute. Banks, a former Camp Hill prison guard, shot 13 people to death on September 25, 1982 in Wilkes-Barre City and Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania, including five of his own children.

Banks said he killed his children because he felt they would be tormented by the cruelty of racial views against mixed race children. Since his conviction, Banks has tried to kill himself four times and has gone on hunger strikes that required him to be force-fed. A psychiatric report filed in the case says Banks believes he is in a spiritual fight with an Antichrist in New York, that Pennsylvania was controlled by the Islamic religion and he has engaged in a “private war with President Clinton and Monica Lewinsky”.

November 29, 1990, the Pennsylvania State Legislature barred further use of the electric chair amidst debate that electrocution was cruel and unusual punishment and approved lethal injection. December 2, 2004, Banks received a stay of execution. May 12, 2010, Banks was declared incompetent to be executed by Luzerne County Judge Joseph Augello following a week-long competency hearing held the previous month.



  1. Sharon Mazzillo (24) – Former girlfriend of George Banks who was engaged in a custody dispute over their son, Kissmayu Banks. Gunshot wound to the chest.

  2. Kissmayu Banks (5) – The son of Sharon Mazzillo and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

  3. Scott Mazzillo (7) – Nephew of Sharon Mazzillo. Kicked, hit with the rifle butt, killed with a gunshot wound to the face.

  4. Alice Mazzillo (47) – Sharon Mazzillo’s mother. Shot in the face while on the phone with police.

  5. Regina Clemens (29) – Girlfriend of George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

  6. Montanzima Banks (6) – The daughter of Regina Clemens and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the heart.

  7. Susan Yuhas (23) – Girlfriend of George Banks, sister of Regina Clemens. Gunshot wound to the head.

  8. Boende Banks (4) – The son of Susan Yuhas and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

  9. Mauritania Banks (20 months) – Daughter of Susan Yuhas and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the face.

  10. Dorothy Lyons (29) – Girlfriend of George Banks. Gunshot wound to the neck.

  11. Nancy Lyons (11) – Daughter of Dorothy Lyons. Gunshot would to the head.

  12. Foraroude Banks (1) – The son of Dorothy Lyons and George Banks. Gunshot wound to the head.

  13. Raymond F. Hall Jr. (24) – Bystander who had been attending a party across the street. Gunshot wound to the liver and kidney.


  1. Keith Mazzillo (13) – Hid in a closet while he watched his grandmother Alice die due to a gun shot wound to the head.

  2. Angelo Mazzillo (10) – Hid under the bed where his grandmother Alice died.

  3. James Olsen (22) – Survived a gun shot wound to the chest.

  4. Unidentified Man that Banks car jacked at gun point.

All of that seems like enough to say; “Yep, throw the switch, this guy needs to go.” But if you look at the whole picture, there seems to be a mental issue at work here. Look at what he had attempted since being convicted. Now he has been declared incompetent to be executed. Also I must say, pretty vile. It was a horrific killing that rocked the area.

Harvey Robinson Serial Killer

Harvey Robinson
Serial Killer

Harvey Miguel Robinson is a prisoner on death row. He is thought to be one of the youngest serial killers in history. He is also the first serial killer in the history of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Robinson was only 19 yrs. old when he was arrested.

He raped & killed 3 women who are:

Joan Burghardt, a 29-year-old nurse’s aide (August 1992)

Charlotte Schmoyer, a 15-year-old newspaper carrier (June 1993)

Jessica Jean Fortney, a 47-year-old grandmother (July 1993)

His fourth victim, a woman named Denise Sam-Cali was raped and beaten but escaped alive. Robinson returned to Denise’s house and a waiting police officer exchanged gunfire with him. Robinson was tracked to a local hospital where he was arrested. Right now, Robinson’s death sentence has been stayed. (as of April 2006).

Okay, case #2 where the punishment seems to fit the crime. It’s really hard to find another punishment for this type or crime but is there?

John Lesko "Kill for Thrill"

John Lesko
“Kill for Thrill”

Michael Travaglia "Kill for Thrill"

Michael Travaglia
“Kill for Thrill”

John Lesko and Michael Travaglia Were convicted in 1981 for the “Kill for Thrill” murder spree that rocked Western Pennsylvania in December of 1979 and January 1980. They began their spree 2 days after Christmas in 1979 when they kidnapped a 56 year old male outside the Edison Hotel in Pittsburgh. They drove the victim in his stolen car to just outside Saltsburg, Pa. When the trio exited the vehicle to urinate, Lesko shot the victim point-blank in the head. The second victim was killed in the early hours of New Years morning 1980. The 26-year-old female picked the pair up hitch hiking back to Pittsburgh. They placed her in the back seat then shot and killed her. They dumped the car with the victim in a parking garage in Pittsburgh.

Victim 3 was kidnapped in Pittsburgh on January 3rd, 1980. He was a 31-year-old male that the pair savagely beat. Then they drove him Indiana County where they bound his hands and feet. Stuffed his clothes with rocks and threw him into Blue Spruce Lake where he drowned. The pair kept the victim’s car and drove to Apollo, Pa where they passed a 21-year-old police officer on his third shift for the Apollo Police department. They sped past Officer Miller several times trying to incite a vehicle pursuit. When Officer Miller pulled the pair over a short time later, he was shot several times while approaching the vehicle. Mortally wounded, Officer Miller retreated to his vehicle where he returned fire and radioed for back up. Fortunately, they were apprehended a short time later.

Now more to this case. I think this is the case that has a lot of people shouting foul. Not because of the fact they were convicted and sentenced but the fact that between them they have managed to clog up the court system with 14 appeals. It is far to many for anyone. It makes one wonder; how many times does a person or persons need to be convicted and sentenced for the same crime before we realize, “Hey, they might actually be guilty.” However, that is not the point of this so far. I said I would give 2 sides to the Death Penalty argument. These last three cases are just one side of the argument. They show heinous crimes that warranted the convicted to be sentenced to death.

The other side of the argument; the side that says it is wrong to put someone to death. Then we get in to Scripture. Supporters of the Death Penalty will site certain passages like the three below to support their argument.

Leviticus 24:20
fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury.

Deuteronomy 19:21
Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

Exodus 21:24
eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

Then we have Matthew 5:38-40 or Romans 12:18-20, which I feel support the other side; those against it.

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ 39“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40“If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also.…

Romans 12:18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. 19Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. 20“BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.”…

All of the case reports and Bible quotes aside. I think this all boils down to one question; “Which one of us has the right to say who should die? Are we above the Almighty himself? We have a lot of ego to think it’s not a big deal to say who should die and who should live. I have a pretty simple thought process on the Death Penalty. I feel if Pennsylvania is going to keep the Death Penalty on the books, then let’s use it. It doesn’t do a service to the victim’s loved ones and family by ceremoniously sentencing someone to death then grant them appeal after appeal. All you do is drag the survivors through yet another trial, having to listen to all the details yet again of how their loved one was killed. And at the end of the day, the person who murdered their family member is still alive to appeal another day and the victim is still dead. More agony and sorrow for those left behind to mourn and try to find closure.

Truly, I do not believe Pennsylvania will ever hold another execution. So instead of letting this “Bipartisan Committee” suck more money from the tax payers to do not much of anything useful, let’s just do away with the Death Penalty all together. Some feel that having the death penalty is a great deterrent for violent crime. It’s not when EVERYONE knows they won’t be executed. I feel this is just a case of prestidigitation by our newly elected governor. He can say; “Look what I did, I kept one of my campaign promises the first few months I was in office.” All the while, sliding something past us that is far worse than the death penalty. Higher taxes, Lower wages whatever. Instead of slight of hand, maybe he could find another way to help out victims of crime. Maybe he could take a page from Nevada. Anyone convicted of a sexual crime involving a child under 14 buys a mandatory life sentence. I think it is a fair trade-off.

I guess I have ruffled a few feathers here. Well anyone who knows me, knows I don’t really care. It’s my job to piss people off. I think none of us have the right to decide if someone lives or dies. Who are we to say it’s okay to kill someone. I have never had a family member or a loved one murdered so I can not accurately say I know how they feel, but I can say that knowing the person responsible for the death is allowed to continue to breathe after being sentenced to death is hard to fathom but even I have to say to them;

John 8:7 – Let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.

Geeze, and they call ME crazy…



Ferguson Shooting victim Michael Brown

Ferguson Shooting victim Michael Brown on the left.

It started with the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson. And unarmed, black teen was shot by a white officer. The media fixated on the race side of the story and pounded it out that way.  All you heard was that a white cop shot an unarmed , black teen. Then they keep on with the unarmed angle. It of course sparked race riots all over Ferguson. They somehow missed the fact he had just robbed a convenience store minutes before meeting up with officer Darren Wilson, then allegedly assaulted officer Wilson. Then take Michael Brown’s Step-father, Louis Head. After the Grand Jury

Louis Head. Michaels Brown's step-father

Louis Head. Michael Brown’s step-father

decision was announced, he stood on top of a car and announced; “Let’s burn the mother fucker down! Burn this bitch down” Gee what happened next? It doesn’t really take a deep thinker to figure it out. Do we really need to recap? NO. They really followed his instructions well. It is a shame. The media then helped feed the fire and it kept growing and growing. The media NEVER said there was any checkered past for young Mr. Brown. But then go figure. It’s not a good story if there is not drama attached? I mean, let’s face it. The media put officer Wilson in danger. It was 2 Fox news reporters I believe who published his home address. Really? The drama the media caused in Ferguson wasn’t enough? They wanted to exact their own justice?

Eric Garner. NYPD Choke Hold Victim

Eric Garner. NYPD Choke Hold Victim

Then there is Eric Garner. The unarmed, black man put in a choke hold by a white NYPD officer when he resisted arrest selling illegal lose cigarettes . Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in a choke hold when Garner told police; “Don’t touch me.” Now the NYPD doesn’t allow the “choke hold” but a legal expert for ABC News said that doesn’t make it illegal. Now the media of course has blown it all the place but I have to say that while some blow hard’s are trying to link the two cases, I think there are big differences. Michael Brown had a record and many questionable pictures that the family tried to keep hidden. Eric Garner was a married father. He had no record. True, he was selling illegal cigarettes but I don’t really think it required all of those officers to lay the smack down on him. Now for that officer to be indicted I have a little trouble with that outcome. Not saying he was guilty by any means but I just really think they are two different situations.

The now vacant Eastern Derry Twp VFD

The now vacant Eastern Derry Twp VFD

Now for last piece of the media puzzle. I started this piece by saying how the media spins stories to create more drama then needed and how they try to skew the story away from the truth. To prove this point I will mention the Eastern Derry Twp. Volunteer Fire Department. They had their doors shut back in August of 2014. See News Report. The local news ran a couple of stories because the fire fighters from that department said that they didn’t a grant from the local township to buy insurance for their vehicles. Unfortunately, The failed to tell the whole truth. They had failed their most recent audit and then had to answer for missing money. The media tried to lay the sympathy angle on this story but of course, once the truth came out in it’s entirety, there has not been another story regarding this at all. The right thing would have been to say that more information has been uncovered and so on and so fourth. Instead, the media just walked away from it.

I think the media should try and tell the truth when reporting stories. All the truth. From Ferguson to New York and even here in our little piss-ant area. The media needs to tell the entire story and make the news about the truth. If there is a case when more information is found that might change the story, the media should have enough integrity to change the story to report the truth. All of these media outlets say they report fair, honest and accurate news. My ass. Just what I have mentioned here today proves they don’t. Geeze, and they call ME crazy



For those of you who didn’t already know, I must sadly (happily) report that hate group leader, sorry, Pastor, Fred Phelps has died. I’ll give you a minute to blow your nose, burp, fart or chuckle as you let this set in. He died late Wednesday night of natural causes. I read that and was shocked because I didn’t think you could die from being a pariah, but I guess I was wrong. Phelps was the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas that took it upon themselves to protest Military funerals to spread their word of hatred, narrow-mindedness, stupidity and disrespect.

Hater -  Fred Phelps

Hater – Fred Phelps

Now please don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to make this piece any longer than it needs to be but I feel that with all of the bullshit he spread, the number of servicemen he disrespected, he deserves a little comeuppance because it is only right. His church requested that there be no protests at his funeral. Really? Too effing bad. I think there should have been thousands of soldiers in full uniform standing outside the outhouse where he held services. His church preached the first amendment but who in the hell do they think gave them that right. That’s right boys and girls, the servicemen  his dumb ass was protesting. My wife and I were talking about this the other day and she thinks that when (and if) he gets to heaven, there will be all of the soldiers he himself and his church protested, waiting to greet him and show him what it is to be honorable. I think she’s right. On Saturday, his church announced there would be no funeral. Well of course not. They knew no one would come and pay their respects to someone who did not deserve ANY respect.

I hope that this means the end for the Westboro Baptist Church. It is a sad state that this group relates to a hate group but they think they are above the label because they are a church, technically. As I close this just let me say this; Karma has come back around in this instance and I believe GOD has a special place for him. To continue to hate does nothing but perpetuate Phelps message of hatred and bigotry. I hope that Westboro will try and take on a new message of tolerance and acceptance. They spread hate and misunderstanding and hide behind the First Amendment and the Bible. Geeze, and they call ME crazy…

An illegal alien is suing the Boulder County, (Colorado) Sheriffs Office that saved his life. Yes, I want to make sure you understood me here. I did say; Illegal Alien. I thought the article was a parody or something less pathetic than this but I was wrong. Roy Ortiz was trapped in his car in a flash flood last September on US 287 in Colorado. His attorney filed court documents related to the incident. Holy Hell, first we have someone who is in this country ILLEGALLY  but I think what is even more heinous is the fact a lawyer took the case. No wait, actually it doesn’t surprise me at all. There are enough ambulance chasing turds out there that only see dollar signs and could care less about outrage.

Plaintiff; Roy Ortiz

Plaintiff; Roy Ortiz

But I digress. Here is what happened that prompted this law suit. On September 12th, 2013, a vehicle driven by Ortiz was swept off the roadway and overturned by rushing water. Now if you know me, you know I am holding my tongue and keeping the jokes to myself. Anyhow, in court documents filed by Ortiz’s attorney; It took firefighters about 2 hours to rescue Ortiz. He now claims that the North Metro Fire Rescue District was negligent in their duties because he “should” have been extricated more quickly.  Really. well, I’m at a loss here. It’s amazing that the rescuers couldn’t just “magic” him from his vehicle. Maybe they hadn’t had that training yet. Maybe Merlin wasn’t available. Perhaps Penn and Teller were on tour.

His cretinous mouth piece, sorry,  lawyer, Ed Ferszt, had this to say when interviewed by 7 News in Denver:

Divers rescuing Ortiz from his overturned vehicle.

Divers rescuing Ortiz from his overturned vehicle.

“Of course he was thankful because those divers played a major role in saving his life that day. That doesn’t negate that a mistake may have been made. I can understand why there’s a lot of furor over people thinking he’s biting the hand that feeds. Does that mean that the officers of North Metro Fire are above reproach?  Well, well let’s talk for a second about the divers. If divers went in the water in an attempt to locate Roy and they didn’t see him there, that was a mistake and the legal term for that mistake is negligence.” 

Wow! I am blown away by this guy. He obviously was absent from law school the day they taught law. He is saying that by going in the water to find the Illegal Alien but didn’t find him it was a mistake. I got lost there. He’s sounding like not initially finding his client, was a mistake. Apparently he’s never entered rushing water and tried to find anything in it. He has probably never even heard of the Good Samaritan Act. While things are slightly different for paid emergency crews, as long as they were not Grossly Negligent, they did not make a mistake.

Ortiz claims he is still having shoulder pain and is seeking $500,000 in damages. I have but one thing to say to that; B-O-O H-O-O. I still don’t see what that has to do for what we are talking about here. His alleged shoulder injury could have occurred when he was entering the United States ILLEGALLY. Anyhow, tool bag, I mean lawyer Ed Ferszt, became visibly irritated when interviewed by Fox News. Gretchen Carlson posed a question about Ortiz’s residency status. After several minutes of banter, where Ferszt repeatedly insisted that even if his client was in the country illegally, it would have no bearing on the law suit. Realizing she was not going to get a straight answer from this bottom feeder, sorry, lawyer, she told the audience on a commercial break that the attorney stated that Ortiz had indeed broken the law and entered the country ILLEGALLY. Ferszt did not correct Carlson after she made the comment.

Those who support first responders realize they risked their lives that day to save Ray Ortiz’s life. They also wonder of he will be arrested for breaking federal law. A good question indeed. Why is Ortiz suing those that rescued him? “Well I’m really happy. I’m really happy to be alive, but I’m looking for some help with my bills. I don’t have the money to pay,” Ortiz said. Well isn’t that just dandy. If I need help with my bills who can I sue? Maybe my employer for not paying me enough to meet the demands of my circumstances. Maybe if I get a speeding ticket I can sue the cop who pulled me over. All of that is just academic for one large, glaring reason. I am a citizen of the United States. I was born here and have lived here my entire life, and on top of it, I pay taxes.

Should this law suit be successful, it will set huge and dangerous precedent for Police, Fire Fighters, EMT’s and Paramedics. Anyone who feels they weren’t rescued quick enough or rendered aid in a timely manner could theoretically sue those who came to their aid. Where City’s are trying to make money to pay their Emergency Services, a frivolous law suit like this one could bankrupt a struggling city. Now take smaller towns and boroughs with volunteer Emergency Responders. Departments could be shut down leaving that municipality in dire need of help. Would you want to wait 15 or 20 minutes for an ambulance or fire truck? What if your house was being broken in to? How would a 1/2 hour wait or possible longer be?

A lawsuit like this one is just wrong for so many reasons. First of all, the plaintiff is an Illegal Alien. Next question is; what is the acceptable amount of time to rescue someone from the mangled car? How many people have actually been to a crash? Each one is different and poses its own set of challenges. Now let’s add in the fact that Ortiz’s car was overturned in rushing water. How easy do you think it would be for an extrication? This is the point I have been trying to get to. What Judge is going to risk his reputation by stating what the acceptable amount of time a rescue should occur in. Will all variables be taken into account? Weather conditions? Degree of entrapment, amount of damage to the vehicle, patient condition?

To me, I think is a ridiculous law suit and a HUGE waste of time and resources. It is also going to cost Boulder County a ton of money to prosecute and be (hopefully) unsuccessful. The fact that anyone would even entertain something like this blows my mind, but I feel like it could be a huge blow to Emergency Responders, both paid and volunteer, everywhere. It was stated earlier that many who have expressed outrage over this law suit said it seemed like biting the hands that feeds. To me it seems like biting the hand that saves too. And they call ME crazy…

“Of course he was thankful because those divers did have a major role to play in saving his life that day. That doesn’t negate the fact that a mistake may have been made. I can understand why there’s a lot of furor over people thinking that he’s biting the hand that feeds. Does that mean that officers of North Metro Fire are above reproach? Well, well let’s talk for a second about the divers. If divers went into the water in an attempt to locate Roy and they didn’t see him there, as dangerous a job that it is — and we are thankful for first responders, that was a mistake. And the legal term for that mistake is negligence.”
“Of course he was thankful because those divers did have a major role to play in saving his life that day. That doesn’t negate the fact that a mistake may have been made. I can understand why there’s a lot of furor over people thinking that he’s biting the hand that feeds. Does that mean that officers of North Metro Fire are above reproach? Well, well let’s talk for a second about the divers. If divers went into the water in an attempt to locate Roy and they didn’t see him there, as dangerous a job that it is — and we are thankful for first responders, that was a mistake. And the legal term for that mistake is negligence.”
“Of course he was thankful because those divers did have a major role to play in saving his life that day. That doesn’t negate the fact that a mistake may have been made. I can understand why there’s a lot of furor over people thinking that he’s biting the hand that feeds. Does that mean that officers of North Metro Fire are above reproach? Well, well let’s talk for a second about the divers. If divers went into the water in an attempt to locate Roy and they didn’t see him there, as dangerous a job that it is — and we are thankful for first responders, that was a mistake. And the legal term for that mistake is negligence.”

I came across an article the other day that shocked me and disgusted me all at the same time. While feeling the ire boil as I read, I was brought to tears by the time I finished. It is the story of Lt. Billie D. Harris.

Peggy & Bille D. Harris

Peggy & Bille D. Harris

When Peggy Seale and Billy D. Harris got married on September 22nd 1943, they were like most young couples of that time; young, full of hope and madly in love. The 2nd Lt. and his bride were confident in their future as they said their vows but had no idea just how different their future would be.

Planning on a weeks leave for their honeymoon, their plans were cut short when a troop ship full of pilots was torpedoed. Billie Harris’ group was tapped to take their place. He was assigned to the 355th fighter squadron / 354th fighter group and was based in England. He began fly bomber support. After the invasion of Normandy, they were hitting ground targets. Lt. Harris would earn 2 air medals with 11 oak leaf clusters as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross. By July of 1944 he had flown 60-100 missions. Because he had flown so many missions, he was eligible to be sent home. He wrote his bride telling her he had been assigned a spot on a troop ship and should be home shortly. He was then advised that the wounded had priority and he would have to wait for another ship. The date of the letter was July 8th, 1944.

In late July, Peggy received a telegram dated July 7th that Billie was listed as Missing in action. It was the first mistake in a long list of mistakes that would be part of Peggy’s life for the next 62 years. “After I got over the shock I went to the telegraph office and told them there had been a mistake,” She said. “I told them I had a letter dated July 8th so he couldn’t have gone missing on July 7th. I didn’t know if the telegraph operator had made a mistake or if it was a mistake by the War Department.” She subsequently received a second telegram correcting the date to July 17th, 1944.

“I was working at the air base while Billie was over seas. I was taking an instrument panel from an airplane of a pilot had been killed,” Peggy began. “There was blood on the gauges. I couldn’t do it anymore after that, so I went up to Colorado with friends for a while.” Later, an official Military release was sent from Supreme Headquarters Allied France (SHEAF) asserting that Lt. Harris had returned to the United States on leave but none of the family had heard from him. Not convinced that her husband was in the United States, and with no further information, Peggy appealed to the Red Cross. “I was told not to be concerned, that no doubt he was being “processed” probably at some military hospital,” She recalled. Lt. Harris’ wife and family were hopeful that was the case. “Billie’s parents and I chose to believe he was in the states and in a hospital, maybe not knowing who he was, perhaps he had lost his memory, we had heard of cases like that.”

Lt. Billie D. Harris

Lt. Billie D. Harris

By March of 1945, Peggy had heard no new information so she contacted the Red Cross and asked if Military hospitals could be contacted. The Red Cross told Mrs. Harris that it was too expensive to launch a search, in fact they were sure Lt. Harris would soon turn up. After that, Peggy Harris contacted Congressman Ed Gossett in Washington D.C. who in turn sent information to the International Red Cross and gave them the information on Lt. Billie D. Harris. Thereafter began a series of conflicting reports, including notification that he was missing in action, then killed in action, then missing in action again. It seemed that no one could agree on what happened to Lt. Harris, in fact it seemed that no one knew.

In 1948, Peggy Harris got a government form asking her to indicate where she wanted Lt. Harris’ remains interred. ” I really didn’t believe they were talking about Billie because we still didn’t know where he was,” she said.  On the advice of a lawyer, Peggy signed the form and that eventually allowed her to receive Military benefits.  Peggy did not, however, believe her husband was dead.

Congressman Mac Thornberry

Congressman Mac Thornberry

Until their death in the 80’s, Billie’s parents held out hope that their son was still alive. In fact, the story could have ended then if not for Billie’s cousin who became intrigued with the story. Alton Harvey was born after Billie died but had heard the story all of his life and wanted to know what had happened. During his extensive research, Peggy also continued to seek information too. She sent a letter in 2005 to congressman Mac Thornberry, who was also Vice-Chair of the Senate Arms committee. He said Bille D. Harris was still listed as Missing In Action in the national Archives. Turns out, Thornberry never looked himself. Some underpaid inter or staffer was probably tapped with the job and didn’t think it important so didn’t even look. Billie’s cousin did a simple search of the archives and Billie indeed was found to be Killed in Action and was buried at the American cemetery in Normandy.

Now you might think the story ends there. It doesn’t. This was the part that brought me to tears. Billie’s cousin found out that some files were being made available of pilots who were buried in France. When he called the Department of the Army to see the file, he was told that it would be a while due to limited staff. However a phone call shortly thereafter told him that a woman in France had asked to have the file pulled 6 months earlier and it was available.

[The woman was Valerie Quesnel of Les Ventes, France. Quesnel was a board member of the little french town, which in 2004 wanted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the French liberation. It was during these preparations that the complete story of Lt. Bille D. Harris came to light. Representatives from the French Embassy in Canada were invited to attend the ceremony, which paid tribute at a war memorial to citizens who had been killed in an air raid on the town in 1944, to those who had fought in the French resistance, and to a pilot whose plane had been shot down in the nearby woods – a Canadian named Lt. Billie D’Harris. However, an article detailing the 2004 ceremony caught the attention of a Mr. Huard, president of the Normandy Association for the Remembrance of the Liberation. Huard wrote to the town council that he believed the pilot in question was not Canadian, but an American. It was also noted that the pilot’s body had been moved from the town in 1946, although a large marker remained there, and Lt. Harris had been temporarily buried in another cemetery, he was later permanently transferred to the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer.

Quesnel made a trip to the cemetery and confirmed the information. It was then that she began her research through the Department of the Army in Alexandria, Va. In September 2005, Quesnel received over 200 pages of information concerning Harris. It was about this time that Harvey’s research had led him to the same department, and he also was able to obtain the information.

Harvey and his wife drove from Austin, where they currently reside, to Harris’ home in Vernon to personally present her with the documentation and perhaps the last piece of a puzzle that had gone unsolved for over 60 years. Among the information was the name and address of Quesnel. Harris immediately wrote a letter expressing her appreciation to the small town of Les Ventes for their original burying of her husband there and the subsequent years of tribute they had paid to his honor. Thereafter a correspondence began between the two women, and Harris was able to finally learn what had happened on that July day in 1944.

Through records, documentation and eye-witness accounts, Harris learned that on July 17, 1944 around 7 p.m., Harris’ plane had crashed in the forest outside the small village of Les Ventes, France, about 90 miles northwest of Paris. The plane did not burn, and French resistance members were the first to get to the aircraft and discovered the pilot had not survived. The men removed his handgun and code book. They quickly left, however, when they heard Germans approaching the crash site. “Because his flight jacket bore the letters Billie D Harris, it was assumed it was D’Harris,” Harris said. “They thought from that he was Canadian.”

Among documents Harris received was a letter written on July 20, 1944 by the town’s mayor, a “Mr. Desfriches,” in which he stated that the Germans had removed an identification tag with the pilot’s name, identification number and his mother’s name and address, and a glass medallion containing a four-leaf clover. Found on the pilot was a ring with a “kitten” on it, bearing the inscription PLS, and Vernon HS 1941. This ring was actually Harris’ high school ring, placed on her husband’s finger on their wedding day in 1943 because she couldn’t afford to purchase a wedding band. The ring has subsequently vanished.

According to the mayor’s letter, the ring was kept by the mayor to be returned to the family along with two photographs also found, but somehow the ring disappeared while in U.S. military custody, Harris reported.

Peggy Harris & Guy Surleau. nd Harris after his plane crashed.The first to fi

Peggy Harris & Guy Surleau. The first to find Harris after his plane crashed.

The townspeople retrieved the pilot’s body from the plane wreckage, and it was wrapped in a sheet given by a “Mrs. Frichot” and placed in an oak coffin. It was the buried at the cemetery at 9 a.m., July 19, 1944 in the presence of about 70 people. The coffin was covered with summer flowers brought by the townspeople from their own homes and gardens. The cemetery also contained the graves of others considered to be “heroes” by the villagers, including those who had died assisting the French freedom fighters. In fact, each year since the country’s liberation, the people of the village had several times a year paid tribute to those buried in the cemetery, including the pilot that had thought of as Canadian. Even after his body was removed in 1946 by the U.S. Army and moved to a temporary cemetery in Blosville, France, where he was listed as an “unknown,” the townspeople continued to include him in their tribute.

“It was as if they adopted him as their own,” Harris said.

Peggy Harris and her nephew Jim Maloney

Peggy Harris and her nephew Jim Maloney

riginal grave marker at Les Ventes

Original grave marker at Les Ventes

In 1947, Lt. Harris’ body was taken to a casketing point in Cherbourg where he was still listed as “unknown.” In September 1948, he was interred in Normandy American Cemetery as Billie D. Harris. The stark white stone cross bears his group and squadron numbers and “Oklahoma.”

“When I received the information and files from Alton, I immediately wrote to Mrs. Quesnel to thank her for the kindness of the townspeople,” Harris said. In her letter, Harris wrote: “I was overwhelmed by the caring kindness of your townspeople and wonder if any of them are yet alive. I want to thank them for their tender care…I learned at last that caring hands took him from the wreckage.”

As the women began to correspond and other town officials became aware of the situation, an invitation was issued to Harris from the current mayor, Christine Fessard, to visit Les Ventes. Meanwhile Harris’ story was reported in a French magazine and on French radio, requesting anyone with additional information to come forward.

billies markerWith an emotional heart, Harris accepted the invitation to go to France, and on April 6, accompanied by Alton and Gaye Harvey, landed at Charles DeGalle Airport in Paris.

The next morning, the group was met by Valerie Quesnel, who drove them to Les Ventes. Peggy Harris met some of the people who were there the day Billie crashed.

On Sunday, April 9, some 300 people gathered at a monument at the city hall, where Lt. Harris’ name is listed among those martyred during the war. Mayor Fessard read aloud the names inscribed there. The group then made its way to the village cemetery for a ceremony similar to those that had been performed three times a year for over 60 years on May 8, victory in Europe; Aug. 22, the day Les Ventes was liberated, and Nov. 11, the end of the war. A number of local as well as national dignitaries spoke, and an Englishman named Bob Goodall, who lived in the town, served as interpreter. Harris was presented with a large bouquet, which she placed on the grave site in an emotional moment.

Back at city hall, displays had been set up for public viewing, which included pictures and memorabilia from the era and also pictures that Harris had provided. An eight-course catered luncheon was held in Harris’ honor after which she made a speech thanking the people. In her words, Harris told those present how the actions of the townspeople so many years ago “quiets and comforts my heart.”

The next day, Harris and the Harveys, accompanied by Madame Quesnel, visited the Normandy cemetery. There they were greeted by Supt. Daniel Neece and his wife, Yolanda. Neece told Harris she was the first widow to visit the World War II cemetery in the past five years.

Harris visited the Normandy cemetery several times over the next few days. On one visit, she and Harvey were granted permission to sprinkle soil from Lt. Harris’ parents’ graves in Altus on their son’s gravesite. She also has made arrangements for flowers to be placed on Lt. Harris’ grave several times a year, including Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas and on July 17, the date of the plane crash; Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day, and Oct. 14, his birthday.]

Now that I have given you the story of 2nd Lt. Bille Dowe Harris, I can start to rant in my usual fashion. I’m sure I will draw some fire from some uninformed, government cheerleader but too bad. Being a veteran myself, I found myself wondering how we could do something like this. I realize up until the 90’s and even later our technology and record keeping wasn’t as high-tech as it is now, but is that really any excuse?  To me, he was a hero of the French Liberation; a true hero. Where I have the problem is that our bureaucrats only care about themselves. Peggy Harris was lied to and met nothing but B.S. from everyone to include the American Red Cross to Washington D.C.  Apparently no one thought finding out the disposition of this Airman was of any importance. Peggy Harris desperately wished  she knew where her husband was but no one seemed to know or even care. It was only after Billie’s cousin Alton Harvey began researching did anything get discovered.

I believe that we should be ashamed as a country that we would act that way towards one of our own. When asked for help even Congressman Mac Thornberry blew it off. WTF! I’m sure if Mrs. Harris was asking that douche bag to do research to find himself a pay raise, he would have jumped on it like a fat kid on a cup cake. It makes me wonder how many other American troops listed as M.I.A. are actually laid to rest or have some other disposition, but the family doesn’t know because the “Government” lost track or whatever the excuse is this week.

Billie D. Harris Place

Billie D. Harris Place

Where I became incensed with this article was the fact that a foreign country honored and took care of an American Airman better than his own country. He is honored 3 times a year and up to 2005, Peggy Harris had no idea where Bille was. We had no clue where he was and this small French town treated an AMERICAN  as one of their own. They even named a street after him and hold their parades on it EVERY year. If we are not going to take care of our veterans, let’s not send them off to war. Sheesh, and they call ME crazy.

Gary Heidnik Serial Psycho

Gary Heidnik
Serial Psycho

The debate has raged on for years; Should Pennsylvania Abolish the Death Penalty? Since it’s reinstatement in 1976 only 3 people have been executed. Keith Zettlemoyer was executed on May 2, 1995 for 1st Degree Murder, Leon Moser, Executed August 16, 1995 for 1st Degree Murder and Gary Heidnik on July 6, 1999. Heidnik was probably the most famous of the three. He kidnapped, tortured and murdered several women, some of whom he made eat the remains of those killed before them, in the basement of his home.

My opinion is simple; Either use the death penalty or get rid of it. To let not only the inmates but the victim’s families languish for years with no result is not reasonable by any standards. Now the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a task force to study the death penalty and make recommendations to our judicial system. Really? When they say that the death penalty costs the state more money than a life without parole sentence, I have to say I agree. To pay a bunch of pencil pushing panty-wastes an exorbitant salary to study this is ridiculous.

Victim, Jennifer Daugherty

Victim, Jennifer Daugherty

For an example let’s use the Jennifer Daugherty case from Greensburg, Pa. Six people have been charged with the torture-murder of the 30 year-old mentally challenged woman. 3 have been tried and convicted with two of them receiving the death penalty. This woman’s family has had to endure 3 trials so far, reliving all of the gruesome, graphic evidence 3 times over with still 3 more trials to go. What will the outcome be? Will these shit-bags, sorry, criminals be executed? You have a better chance of seeing Dale Earnhardt and Neil Bonnett race at Daytona again. 

Now let’s add in the groups that have never lost someone to a violent crime. Like the ACLU or Amnesty International. They claim that execution is painful and inhumane. So I guess kidnapping, torturing and murdering a mentally challenged woman isn’t. Some site the Bible where it says; “Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord…” Maybe, but it also says; “An eye for an eye…” Amnesty International says that Pennsylvania has 194 inmates on death row. The breakdown is as follows: 106 blacks, 68 whites, 18 Hispanics and 2 Asians. They further state that the death penalty is racially biased based on police procedures, adequacy of representation and other factors. They also say that African Americans get the death penalty more than whites who commit the same crime. Now see, here is where I get pissed over the whole damn debate. These groups use race as their basis for the outcome. When you use race, most people are afraid to tread there. Well my dear readers, I am not.

Instead of really relaying factual information, they skew it to fit their one-sided argument. While there are more black inmates on death row, how many come from socio-economically depressed areas? Philadelphia, to name only one, has its wealthy sides as well as its depressed neighborhoods, like most large urban areas. To that end, a lot of these people are forced to do things to make ends meet. Some are forced to commit robbery, sell drugs, prostitute and even be forced into the gang lifestyle. While Amnesty International is bemoaning racial profiling, did they factually state that the last 3 people put to death in Pennsylvania, Zettlemoyer, Moser and Heidnik, were all white? Um, I can answer that; No. It makes their racially bigoted argument look a little shaky. I guess because those 3 men were white, it was no big deal. Instead of relying on cold hard data, groups like Amnesty International, the ACLU and Decarcerate PA, can’t fund themselves if they stick to the whole truth. To me it seems like they just want to tilt at windmills, ANY windmill. Thank you Don Quixote.

John Lesko

John Lesko

Michael Travaglia

Michael Travaglia

Does housing an inmate on death row cost more? Yes it does. A 2011 story in The Allentown Morning Call stated that the Pa DOC spends approximately $10,000 more per inmate to house them on death row. Now add in the cost of trials and re-trials. Because the death penalty is an option these are capital cases costing the Commonwealth between 1 and 3 million per case. No add in suck-bags, sorry, inmates like Lesko and Travaglia, who between them have had upwards of 14 re-trials. Each time they get re-convicted and sentenced to death the fall under Pennsylvania’s Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA), allowing them an automatic appeal. Now here is where I have the problem. They keep getting new trials based on the defense they received in their first trials back in 1982. Each time, both of these assholes, sorry, criminals are convicted and sentenced, they get a new trial. Someone needs to put on their big boy or girl gutchies and say; “No More.” It’s easy to Monday morning quarterback and say Pennsylvania is bleeding money, but no one wants to do anything about it.

I think it’s easy. Instead of paying a bunch of over-educated wieners an obscene amount of money to do a “Study”, use the money to carry out the executions. By allowing multiple appeals you are causing the State to spend more money on an open wound so to speak. Limit the amount of appeals. I mean really, how many times does a jury need convict someone of murder and sentence them to death before the courts actually believe them? Lesko and Travaglia are only part of what is wrong with our judicial system. Why do we keep granting re-trials and appeals based on old information? Like with Lesko and Travaglia, there is nothing new here. What do we hope to accomplish by this act of futility? Easy, Lesko and Travaglia and all of the others getting new trials every other day are basically thumbing their noses at the judicial system knowing they will never “Ride the Lightning”.

Ron "Tater Salad" White

Ron “Tater Salad” White

Now on the other side of the coin, if the Commonwealth decides to abolish the death penalty then let’s change some sentencing guidelines. I mean some of Pennsylvania’s mandatory sentencing practices now need revamping. But onto where I was heading a minute ago. Instead of being sentenced to death, change it to Life without the possibility of parole. One appeal, that’s it. Stop clogging up the courts with these ridiculous appeals that 99% of the time has the same outcome. Is it possible that new information could come to light exonerating the inmate? Possibly. Since 1973 140 people have been released following the proof of wrongful conviction in the United States. That is compared to 1,329 executed in that same period. So in 40 years only 140 have been freed Nation-wide? Sounds like a pretty good ratio to me, but I digress. The change in sentencing guidelines is probably the biggest thing that needs to happen. Comedian Ron White from Texas said; In Texas, if you kill someone, we’ll kill you back. If there are 2 or more credible witnesses who saw what you did, you go to the head of the line. Most states are trying to abolish the death penalty, Texas put in an express lane.” Texas is not afraid to use the death penalty. Since 2010 they have executed 45. Since 1974 they have executed 492.

Ok, now that I have rambled on for what seemed like an unbearable amount of time, the bottom line for me is very simple. If the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is going to keep the Death Penalty on the books then use it. If they are not going to use it, dump it. It’s not of any solace to a victim’s family to see someone “ceremoniously” sentenced to death to then never have the sentence carried out. Someone needs to get off their asses and make a decision. Appointing a committee to “study” the death penalty is as stupid as it is reckless. The State whines about budget shortfalls but appoints committees to study how much poop ducks and geese shat out. Instead of telling teachers their pay will be based on the success of their students how about our politicians in Harrisburg and Washington have their pay based on the amount of jobs they created or social services they saved, not how much they can spend on lavish trips and other tax payer funded perks. Geeze, and they call ME crazy…

North Korean Dictater; Kim Jong-un

North Korean Dictater; Kim Jong-un

I was granted a rare opportunity over the weekend. I was asked to interview Kim Jong-un, the dictator of North Korea. I was apprehensive at first because it has been 23 years since I set foot in Korea and back up at Panmunjom. I accepted and called my Uncle Duff. He was the one who got me started in blogging and used to host a blog called “One Man’s Tofu.” He said I should take the chance because it will probably be the only chance the American People have to hear from him on the situation going on there. He reminded me to take his interview kit with me so I would have a good trip.

So armed with my pad and pencil, a bottle of 20-year-old, single malt scotch and a package of Nutter Butters, I left for the airport. When I arrived in Seoul it almost felt like I never left. I was met by a representative from our Embassy there and escorted to a secure area for a briefing before the 45 minute ride up MSR 3 (Military Supply Route) for my interview. I was cautioned to not say anything that could escalate the current situation but then I was asked to try and gather any intel I could. Not escalating the situation might be hard for me with my propensity to be a smart ass but agreed and was taken out to a waiting car.

When we arrived at Panmunjom, I was escorted to the very room where the cease-fire was signed some 61 years ago and I visited 24 years ago in the winter of 1989. Armed guards from both the North Korean Army and Republic of Korea (ROK) were stationed outside the doors. A white line ran down the middle of the room to designate the 38th Parallel and signify the division between north and South Korea. There was a large oak table in the middle of the room with a chair on the north and south side of the table. I of course was seated on the southern side.

Panmunjom - On the 38th parallel

Panmunjom – On the 38th parallel

I was nervous as I sat there. I opened my notebook and put my pencil out. I set the bottle of scotch and Nutter Butters out as well. I was fidgety as I waited. I folded my hands neatly and sat there waiting. The door opened up on the Northern end of the room and in walked a portly little fella roughly about 4’ 10”. I stood up, trying to remember my diplomacy and extended my hand. “Sir, it is a great honor,” I said. He looked me over, up at me actually, and shook my hand. “It is a preasure to welcome you,” he replied. I noticed they had discreetly placed 3 books on his chair so he could see over the table. I opened the package of Nutter Butters and offered them to him. He took his share and slid the package back to me; with three left in it. “Sir,” I said, “Would you like a drink?” I motioned towards the bottle of scotch. “What you got?” he asked. “A 20 year-old bottle of scotch,” I said. “Hooch?” he asked. I smiled and felt the hair on the back of neck stand up. Hooch. It was better than the Soju they try and pass off as booze. Anyhow, with the pleasantries over with, it was time to get down to business.

ATCMC – You are currently under fire for ramping up your nuclear program and threatening a launch. Does this concern you in the overall picture of everything?

Kim Jong-un(Through a mouthful of Nutter Butters) Me not worried what others think. Me running this prace, not the U.N. Hey, that my name. ha ha ha ha. He took a swig of scotch, belched, and continued. Your Plesident Balack Obama think he can treaten us with sanctions, he clazier then he rooks.

ATCMC – So you are saying the threat is real and nothing the United States does will hinder your progress, correct?

Kim Jong-un – Vely good, you understand compretree. There is nothing that can be done to stop us.

ATCMC – Is your nuclear program that far along that a launch is imminent?

Kim Jong-un – Not in so many words, but yes we are getting leddy for a major raunch. All our tests have been pletty plomising.

As he spoke, little cookie bits were flying everywhere. It was like standing beside the discharge of a lawnmower while you were running it over a gravel driveway. I put my glasses back on more for safety then vision.

ATCMC – Do you have a target in mind, or are you going to see where it hits?

He took another swig of scotch, finished it, and then banged it on the table for a refill. Apparently I was not only acting as an interviewer but a bar tender as well. I filled his glass and patiently waited for a response. He took another swig.

Kim Jong-un – (belch) You Amelicans tink you pletty smart. I not ter you where we going to shoot at.

ATCMC – A source close to you told the Associated Press that you had capabilities to hit Guam. Is that the intended target?

Kim Jong-un – I not terring you. You will just have to see the awesome power of our weapons. We have a contlact with a good weapons maker and he not messing alound. It cost us rearry big money. We show the world.

nk airforceATCMC – Okay, okay, calm down sir. I didn’t mean to upset you. Now, I have heard rumors that the North Korean Air Force isn’t a threat.

Kim Jong-un – What you mean not a threat? We have the most advanced technorogy on the pranet.

ATCMC – Pictures have been leaked showing what some might call, um, sub-standard equipment.

Kim Jong-un – It is all Plopaganda to make round-eyes rike you feel more secure. We are a super power.

ATCMC – Okay, what ever you say buddy boy, but I don’t believe that calling me names is called for.

Kim Jong-un – Well, I not aporogizing. You have to deal with it. Now to show you I not a bad guy, I want you to join me for runch.

ATCMC – What are you serving?

Kim Jong-un – My convoy hit a dog on the way here.

KJU weight watchersATCMC – Pass. But speaking of food, I understand Weight Watchers wants you to be a spokesman of sorts for them.

Kim Jong-un – Well, they apploached me and ask me if I could be a before picture? I not know what that mean, but I know they offer to pay me so I take job to fund nuclear proglam.

As we were talking his lunch arrived. There was enough food there to feed a small country. There was seafood, kimchi, noodles and vegetables and some kind of meat. I assumed it was the dog hit earlier. I graciously declined any of the offerings. He looked at me and said, “This mine runch, you say you not hungly.” I watched in horror as this little fella mowed through the food set before him like Chuck Norris through an entire brigade of commies. I’m pretty sure he ate the Nutter Butters wrapper and empty scotch bottle as well since I couldn’t find them when he was done. When he finished he pushed all of the empty plates and dishes to the side, and snapped his fingers. Two men came in and scurried around the room gathering up the empties from his lunch. He sat back in his chair and belched. Then he farted and acted like it was the funniest thing ever in the world. I cleared my throat and got ready to ask more questions.

He stirred in his chair, almost falling off the books he was sitting on. He got a strange look on his face. I wasn’t sure what was going on until he leaned to one side again and, um depressurized yet again. He sat back in his chair and smiled. “False ararm,” he said. “Is everything okay?” I asked.  “Yes, no probrem,” he answered. “No probrem” my ass. The room smelled like the dumpster at a slaughterhouse in August. Nonetheless I pressed on because the hour was getting late and I wasn’t sure how much more time I would be granted.

acme missleATCMC – So you said earlier that you did the Weight Watchers ad to fund your nuclear program, is that correct?

Kim Jong-un – That is right. Rike I say before. We have new Weapons factory working for us and we have good maker. The missile is best money can buy.

ATCMC – Is Iran helping you at all with the development of your nuclear weapons? I mean, it has been said in the media that your missile launches have been failures.

Kim Jong-un – Why you ask so many questions about my missiles? You tlying to be funny guy?

ATCMC – It is the big thing on everyone’s minds these days. I mean no disrespect I just want to ease the American Public’s fears about a nuclear attack.

Kim Jong-un – You not need to worry who helping us. All you need worry about is when we strike. Like a cobra.  But now I must ask you question of my own.

ATCMC – Certainly sir, what ever you need to ask.

I was afraid of what the question might be. He was such a weird one, it was hard to imagine what earth-shattering questions this little fella could have.

Kim Jong-un – You got any more of them cookies?

Realizing I didn’t eat the 3 that he had graciously left me, I passed them across the table.

ATCMC – Here you go sir.

rocket launchKim Jong-un – Thank you but it is getting rate, I must be going, time for dinner soon. And prease don’t take our missile program rightry. We are a nuclear super power. You just don’t go around thinking you better than us. We not messing around.

ATCMC – I hope you enjoyed the Nutter Butters and Scotch.

Kim Jong-un – Yes, yes, good hooch. I rike the cookie too. You must tell me where to get them. I think it onry fair. We give you Ramen, you give us cookies.

I asked a few more questions but Kim Jong-un was becoming uncooperative. Apparently since it was 45 minutes since he ate last he was getting hungry and cranky. He stood up and climbed down off of his chair. He did not shake my hand or say anything else as he left. I was glad I made the trip now just so I could discover what a tool bag he really was. The third one of this family to be in control of North Korea and just as effed up as the other 2. The third generation cuckoo doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

I realize now that people like Kim Jong-un is what is wrong with the world. They are bent on world domination instead of everyone working together. I also want to take this time to send a prayer out to Boston where they had the bombing near the end of the marathon yesterday. Too many crack-pots out there and all they are doing is turning the world to shit. Kim Jong-un is just another mental midget in a line of thousands. Geeze-o-man, and they call ME carzy…


Kim Jong Un; New Threat to the United States?

Kim Jong Un; New Threat to the United States?

too lateKim Jong Un, the latest hater of the United States is threatening to launch a nuke at America. Really? Get in line behind every other country that hates the USA and threatens to nuke us off the map. Un succeeded his father who overdosed on Ramen and Kimchi in December of 2011. No,  seriously, his father died of natural causes. Un is not the oldest of his father’s sons but he got the job anyway. (The brothers were probably too smart to take it). He says they have a serious nuke program and will be ready to launch a strike soon. Maybe, but I bet all your missiles say “Made in Japan” on them somewhere. This is not a stable man by any stretch of the imagination. So should we take this as a joke or be worried. Because he is a few fries short of a Happy Meal, I wouldn’t say worried is right word. Pensive, Alert, Cautious are probably better words. Our own government is more of a threat to us then this little fella.

Guard Post Collier, DMZ South Korea

Guard Post Collier, DMZ South Korea

north koreaNow for a little history lesson. Way back in February of 1989, yours truly was stationed on the DMZ in this very Guard Post. This is Guard Post Collier, approx 2 Kilometers from Panmunjom where the Cease Fire was signed way back in 1952. Yes, I said cease-fire. There was never an agreement to end the war signed. Technically, we have been at war all this time. Obama said we will go to war if we have to. Really, like anyone cares now when we say that. I think we need stiffer penalties then crushing them again like we did 61 years ago. Let’s take Oodles of Noodles, and DaeWoo and Kimchi out of our stores and that will fix them. I mean really. We sent a fleet over there as a show of force. If Mr. Miagi would try to launch a missile, it will be shot out of the sky. His bigger concern should be his haircut. I mean what is it about the crack pots bent on world domination. Hitler, Mussolini, Saddam Husein, John Kerry, they all had really bad haircuts. In all truthfulness, there should be a certain amount of fear because ANYTHING is possible. We never dreamed 9-11 could happen and guess what, It Did!

little despotNK NavyAfter all, its our own damn fault. We play kissey face with these countries and they are just biding their time until they get the opportunity to turn on us. I mean why don’t we stop sending them money and let them hate us for free. We always want to stick our noses in where they don’t belong and look what it gets us. Obama threatened action if Kim Jung Un continued with his plans to begin a nuke program again. Well B-Dawg, where’s the action? A fleet positioned off the coast is like hanging a Beware of Dog sign in your front window. After a while, When you don’t see the dog, you know it was a bunch of bull. Ask my daughter. I threaten to punish her or ground her when she misbehaves, she knows it ain’t gonna happen. Un knows it too. Obama just started getting us out of one war, does anyone really think he wants to go into another one? South Korea has an Army, why do we need to hold their hands, again? We need to be cautious but we should also expect other countries to handle their own problems… I mean really. Here is my solution for all of this…

norris and un

I mean, it seems pretty simple to me… And They Call ME Crazy.

As Memorial Day arrives, it’s this time of year when we remember all of those we lost defending the Freedoms we hold close to us. Not since WWII or Korea has the United States been involved in a Military operation of this scale. Operation Iraqi Freedom began in 2003. I remember watching the first shells hit in the beginning stages of the conflict. Many people felt that we were only there because President G. Bush Sr couldn’t get the job done in Desert Storm so Jr. went in to finish the job. Personally, two of my brothers were deployed in Desert Storm and my brother Tom was deployed in Iraqi Freedom 4 or 5 times so I am glad to see Obama succeeded in bringing the troops home.

Some people look at the cost of war in dollars and cents. I think it’s important to remember the human toll. The approximate loss for Iraqi Freedom since the beginning in March of 2003 is 3532 US Servicemen and women. Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan is around 1967. Some whine about the money spent, I think the loss of human life is atrocious. As we celebrate this special day please keep in mind all those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom and thank a serviceman or woman if you see one. It is because of them that you have the freedoms that you do.

Here are two of my most favorite military songs. The first is Mansions of the Lord sung by the West Point Military Academy Glee Club and the second song is Sgt Mackenzie it is a Scottish Military Funeral Song.

Mansions of the Lord

Sgt. Mackenzie

Also, Memorial Day marks the opening of many amusement parks and local swimming and recreation areas. It also begs another question; what swimwear is age appropriate? I find myself seeing 60 somethings wearing banana hammocks and I must say; eeeewwwww!!! I mean c’mon, I wear trunks and I’m only in my 40’s. My wife thought that because their nuggets hang so low, the nanner sling keeps everything together. I also saw a lot of women who were more interested in showing off a new tattoo than covering a gunt. I saw kids running in fear today from the attack of the banana hammocks and fupas. Please, let’s keep the visit to the local park G rated.

As I close this, here are some interesting facts regarding Military Funerals and protocols. Please enjoy.

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the United States of America Flag 13 times? You probably thought it was to symbolize the original 13 colonies, but we learn something new every day!

The 1st fold of the flag is a symbol of life.

The 2nd fold is a symbol of the belief in eternal life.

The 3rd fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing the ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of the country to attain peace throughout the world.

The 4th fold represents the weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance ..

The 5th fold is a tribute to the country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, ‘Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong.’

The 6th fold is for where people’s hearts lie. It is with their heart that They pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America , and the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

The 7th fold is a tribute to its Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that they protect their country and their flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of their republic.

The 8th fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

The 9th fold is a tribute to womanhood, and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

The 10th fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of their country since they were first born.

The 11th fold represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

The 12th fold represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in the Christians eyes, God the Father, the Son and HolySpirit.

The 13th fold, or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are ! uppermost reminding them of their nations motto, ‘In God We Trust.’

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for them the rights, privileges and freedoms they enjoy today.

There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded and now you will know why.

Share this with the children you love and all others who love what is referred to, the symbol of ‘ Liberty and Freedom.’















Also, this is how the song “Taps” came to be played a Military Funerals. The story goes that there was a night battle between Union and Confederate forces. Now mind you, I have no idea if they even fought battles at night.  As the battle quieted down a Captain from the Union side could hear a soldier moaning in the darkness. Unknown what side the soldier was from, the Union Captain sent two men to retrieve the soldier. Once the soldier was brought back behind the Union lines it was discovered that it was a Confederate Soldier. The Captain was called and he stopped in his tracks. The mortally wounded soldier was his son.

Before the War began, the Captain sent his son to join the Confederate Army so no matter what side won, his family would have a family member on the winning side. Now, the Captain’s son was a musician and played the bugle. For his dying request, the Confederate soldier asked his father if he could play a song he wrote that was in his pocket for his funeral. The Captain agreed and watched his son die. Now because the soldier wasn’t a Union soldier, the Captain’s commanders’ granted the request but would only give him a bugler. The song that was played? It is now known as Taps.

Happy Memorial Day!! Please honor those that have served.

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