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News: 17 Yr Old Eagle Scout Suspended From School

Posted by JungleBoot on October 15, 2009

This is a story I believe needs the widest possible distribution.  The gist of it follows.  A 17 year-old Eagle Scout attending a school in upstate New York has been suspended from school, due to a zero tolerance policy regarding weapons on campus, for a 2-inch knife he kept locked in his car.

You ought to go back and read that statement closely.  You may not have a problem with this and think the school acted appropriately.  I, on the other hand, think the school has over-stepped their boundaries.  The vehicle is private property regardless of where it sits.  What I want to know, and isn’t mentioned, is who searched the vehicle?  Did they contact the local authorities and have them search the vehicle or was this performed by school employees?  You see, one of the boys friends went and told a school administrator about this knife.  That is how they learned of it.  It wasn’t because the young man was carrying it around in his pocket and a metal detector went off or he was brandishing it.  It was a friend stabbing him in the back.  Now, this young man’s entry into West Point may be in jeopardy due to the length of his suspension.

This is just another example of where good intentions (the school policy) cause problems for good people.  The young man is an Eagle Scout and wants to attend West Point.  He is one of the good guys.  He is a role model for other young men.  This is the young man you would want to date your daughter.  But, someone wanted to make an example of him.  Part of me has to ask. Why?  I’m sure there are other more serious violations.  It’s a school.  And why did the friend feel it necessary to report a knife locked in a vehicle?

Seriously, go read the article.


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Political News: Obama Christianity Statement Taken Out of Context.

Posted by JungleBoot on June 4, 2009

I’m not an Obama fan.  I did not vote for the man and think the nation chose poorly.   However, the ruckus over today’s Christianity sound bite is unfounded.  One of our founding principles is religious freedom.  The freedom to talk to, pray to, or demonstrate fealty to God in any manner you see fit (minus criminal acts).  We are a nation of citizens that practice the rituals of many faiths. 

Please watch the video below and decide for yourself.

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Hurricane Ike: Bravo Galveston City Manager

Posted by JungleBoot on September 15, 2008

You may not ever get to see this clip, but you should.  During a news conference with media, a media member asked wether or not those covering the aftermath would have access to the food and water being imported to the area.  The Galveston City Manager basically said, “No, bring your own.”  Good for him.  If you want to be there to get your stinking body counts and photos of devestation, you can bring your own food.


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In the News: Clinton Wins West Virginia Primary

Posted by JungleBoot on May 14, 2008

Fox news reports that Hillary Clinton has won the West Virginia Primary by a decisive margin. That’s funny.  At least, I think so.  What exactly is a decisive margin?  Any game won by a single point can be called a decisive margin.  Basically, that one point could have gone to either side pushing that team on to victory.  Describing the margin in terms of size would have been a better choice. 

 Regardless of who wins the Democratic nomination, you should recognize that the Democratic party never thought Barack Obama would make it this far.  All of the candidates put forth were suppose to make Hillary the obvious choice.  But, things didn’t go as planned.  The turd, Obama, actually made a run for the Presidency and stabbed the Clintons in the back.  I say good for him.  They deserve it.  As much crap as that family has put America through, it’s time someone got even. 

Now, I don’t support Barack.  I’m not even sure I support McCain.  But, the alternative leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  You would never know who is truly answering that phone in the White House or calling the shots.  Reporters would be constantly asking, “What did Bill have to say about this?”  And, quite frankly, I could care less what comes forth from that bag-of-bones.  Anyway, I have digressed.

By all the stuff I have been hearing, Hillary should drop out of the race.  Instead, the classic preferred Democratic-Gambit is in play — THE ELECTION WAS RIGGED/YOU STOLE MY PRESIDENCY/PICK A STATE AND RECOUNT.  I hope I’m wrong.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

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In the News: Stephen King Responds

Posted by JungleBoot on May 11, 2008

Brit Hume wrote an aricle on May 7, 2008 that included Stephen King’s response to those critical of his statement at the Library of Congress in April.

Mr. King responds, “That a right-wing blog would impugn my patriotism because I said children should learn to read, and could get better jobs by doing so, is beneath contempt. I live in a National Guard town, and I support our troops, but I don’t support either the war or educational policies that limit the options of young men and women to any one career — military or otherwise.”

I’m glad that Mr. King clarified his position.  However, he never apologized for alluding that those who serve in the military are stupid.  What a twit.  Maybe it’s just me, but I figure a man with such a mastery of words would not lack the ability to understand the double meaning in his previous statement.


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In the News: Stephen King’s Remarks on C-SPAN’s Book TV

Posted by JungleBoot on May 6, 2008

Stephen King spoke in front of an audience at the Library of Congress on 2008-May-04. During the program, he said the following:

 “I don’t want to sound like an ad–a public service ad on TV–but the fact is that if you can read you can walk into a job later on. If you don’t then you got the Army, Iraq, I don’t know, something like that. It’s not as bright. So that’s my little commercial for that.”

The blogs have already picked it up and started talking about it. Mark Levin discussed it during his radio show.  I bet it makes minor mention on national news.  However, I take offense to this type of thinking and other statements like it.  My brother and I both served in the armed forces of the United States.   We did our time and got out.

I want to draw attention to one thing.  The United States Armed Forces is made up of volunteers.  Each member takes an entrance exam to help place them into an appropriate field.  Some people choose to take combat roles.  Some people choose to take support roles.  The jobs all incorporate technology — some less than others.  People can’t hide out in the military anymore.  Performance marks are taken seriuosly.  If you don’t measure up, they don’t let you re-enlist.  The modern U. S. military is more agile, mobile, intelligent, and dedicated to it’s mission.

Anyway, I just wanted to say that.

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In the News: McCain’s Pastor Relations

Posted by JungleBoot on May 5, 2008

John McCainThe furor over Obama’s relationship with Rev. Wright sent others seeking the same kind of relations in McCain’s past.  What did they find?  One pastor, Rod Parsley, calling Islam a “false religion.”  Another pastor, John Hagee, calling the Roman Catholic Church “the great whore.”  How does McCain react?

McCain points out that these two pastors are supporters.  He has no personal relationship with either.  There is no 20 year history.   “There is a great deal of difference in my view between someone who endorses you and other circumstances”, McCain stated.

Read the full article.

I have to agree with McCain, there is a difference between supporters and close, personal, friends.  Nobody has seen the “McCain Pastors” bashing America or using McCain as way to gain the public spotlight.  Rev Wright did both. 

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In the News: South Chinese Submarine Base Spotted

Posted by JungleBoot on May 3, 2008

Fox News has obtained satellite photos (one image) showing a large harbor and 20 massive tunnels under construction.  Defense analyst believe these images could be a new submarine base for the Type 094 Jin-class nuclear submarines (Telegraph sources).  It is expected 6-8 of these submarines will be built with one becoming operational in 2008.

Type 094 Jin-Class SubmarineSuspected new base.

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In the News: 21-Year Old Texan Man Attempts to Cash $360B Check

Posted by JungleBoot on May 3, 2008

A 21-year old North Texan man, Charles Robert Fuller, attempted to cash a $360B personal check in Fort Worth last week.  He wanted to start a record company and claimed the check was from his girlfriend’s mother.  The bank contacted the woman and learned Fuller had not been given any checks or permission to cash them.

Local police arrested Fuller on forgery charges.  On his person at the time of arrest, officers found a .25 caliber handgun and some marijuana.  This added to charges against him to include possession of an illegal substance and unlawfully carrying a gun.

Fuller was released after posting $3,750 bail.

Note:  Maybe I should place this in a category called: Morons in the News.

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In the News: Chicago University Distances Itself from Rev. Wright

Posted by JungleBoot on May 2, 2008

Rev. Jeremiah WrightThe Chicago Tribune reports that Northwestern University is withdrawing an offer to bestow Rev. Wright with an honorary degree.  The announcement comes after recent controversial statements made by him.

Vice President of University Relations Alan Cubbage said in a statement, “In light of the controversy around Dr. Wright and to ensure that the celebratory character of Commencement not be affected, the University has withdrawn its invitation to Dr. Wright.”


Commentary:  Northwestern makes a wise decision.  They prevent a media circus from disrupting commencement.  The young minds leaving college don’t need their graduation memories tarnished by this man.  Good for them.

We all should take a step back and recognize one thing.  It’s the man we all have problems with.  I could care less that he is a Man of God.  It doesn’t protect him from being evil in his own way.


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