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Read this again..and again. And one more time.
We gave them weapons in a fight against ASSAD.. and now we bomb them but give them aid.

Chess..checkers? Which game are we playing?

Posse Ignoratatus

Posse Comitatus, Section 15 of chapter 263 of the Act states:

From and after the passage of this act it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress.

Words..Just words.

The military is prepping a ‘strike force’ capable of ‘dealing’ with Ebola patients in the United states..

CNN first reported this bombshell news today during a somewhat slow news cycle. I cannot help but think that the ‘strike force’ will somehow be forgotten about by the time Monday morning coffee is brewed in diners across America..

The team is going to be ready to deploy, over the next month, within 72 hours. Anyplace.. any time.

There have been few if any news outlets referring to the potential POSSE COMITATUS issue.. 

It has been around since 1878.. is there an erosion of it? Surely.. does latest Ebola team constitute a violation of it? I suppose lawyers and Constitutional scholars will argue that point until their insides turn into liquid.. 

And quite frankly, if a ‘STAND’ scenario developed, would anyone even care if a violation took place? Instead, we’d cheer on troops shooting Ray Flowers live on the radio and perhaps just ask for more..

I am a little uncomfortable with this news..
Am I the only one?

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Because the leaves we have are not enough, my son is reaching high to get even more..

Because the leaves we have are not enough, my son is reaching high to get even more..

Multiple ambulances have been were sent to a disturbance Saturday afternoon at the Keene Pumpkin Festival near Keene State College in New Hampshire, officials said. The Keene police and fire departments could not immediately say if people were injured, or provide details of what was happening. »

It is a town festival, a moment of pride.. last year it set a world’s record .. this year it is the scene of Halloween hell as “extreme partying” takes over..

Four people danced atop an overturned car in Keene, N.H.

Scenes like this get me a bit angry.. 

What are we, as a society, doing? What type of hell of a future are we creating?

The kids aren’t alright. And they are quite frankly growing up to become very un-alright adults, people who lack a sense of decency or moral allegiance to a nation with rights for all.

The world is watching us, America.
We once shined.
Now we have dimmed to the point that we cannot even recognize ourselves in the mirror.

THIS IS HALLOWEEN, 2014, AT KEENE STATE.
Tricks .. treats.. tear gas under the autumn leaves in a cold October breeze.

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Some fine wine was consumed.. amazing food was, as well.. The Greystone in Pottsville PA was the location for a very special dinner.
Last night, my wife Tara and I cerebrated our seventh inning stretch.. We got married on a beautiful October day in 2007. 
In the years since, there has been new life made and miracles born.. there has also been lives lost, some very painful..
Some days easy.. others days not. I cannot even imagine the burden of living with me, sometimes. 
The state of marriage, seven years in.. by the time 9pm came, we rushed home to make sure we could tuck our child into bed and relieve a babysitter of some duties. Because parenting has now become the most important part of our marriage.. Everything else takes a second seat to ensuring you’re properly raising a human being into this world.
I hope we are doing well.Last night we took a time out to consume some amazing food. And have some very meaningful discussions to attempt, in some small manner, to put a theme to the past seven years.. And move into the next 7 stronger.

Some fine wine was consumed.. amazing food was, as well.. The Greystone in Pottsville PA was the location for a very special dinner.

Last night, my wife Tara and I cerebrated our seventh inning stretch.. We got married on a beautiful October day in 2007. 

In the years since, there has been new life made and miracles born.. there has also been lives lost, some very painful..

Some days easy.. others days not. I cannot even imagine the burden of living with me, sometimes. 

The state of marriage, seven years in.. by the time 9pm came, we rushed home to make sure we could tuck our child into bed and relieve a babysitter of some duties. Because parenting has now become the most important part of our marriage.. Everything else takes a second seat to ensuring you’re properly raising a human being into this world.

I hope we are doing well.
Last night we took a time out to consume some amazing food. And have some very meaningful discussions to attempt, in some small manner, to put a theme to the past seven years.. And move into the next 7 stronger.

Death to go. With a small fry

Death to go!? A Michigan funeral home is providing something that may actually be of use to our new generation of quick clicks and drive throughs: A drive through option for funerals..

People will laugh and mock this, but think it through. It may be the way of the future–how many times do you feel uncomfortable at the viewing? You don’t want to see certain people, and certainly don’t even know many, as well.. Now you have that option to see your ‘loved one’ .. from the comfort of your car. Drive by, say your peace, and keep on truckin’ ..

I think this is a fantastic idea whose time as come.

Laugh now. Prep later.

More than 100 people in OHIO are being monitored for Ebola. That is because the nurse from Dallas decided to fly there–and go dress shopping.. The good news may be that regardless of the amount of people monitored so far across the nation, real and actual cases at this point have been less than feared. But that 21 day incubation period is a loathsome part of this.. 21 days later, the numbers always may change..

Speaking of  Dallas, fear is increasing. Fear may actually turn the city into  a ”ghost town” according to some. 

The FEAR of Ebola so far is what is making real news. Some communities across the United States are taking very dramatic steps.. But flights continue and the border remains open…Oh,and no one seems to understand what Ebola is or how it is spread.. Fear does that.

With fear comes preppers doing what they do best. And now they proclaim to have a reason:The mission to prep is even more important because of Ebola and how the earth can soon be turned into a wasteland of death. While some may laugh at their premise, let us not forget what the United Nations warned us of only days ago: Ebola, if it continues, could create a global food crisis that we have never seen.  So prep away, preppers. One day soon I may ask for rice, hope you remember me..

The hazmat head fake: Ignore what the media tells you.. The costume is NOT selling for Halloween 2014

The media tells us something and most of us don’t discern, instead just eat it up and run with it. The power of the news media is still present despite those who lament its dwindling impact.

This year, we are being told with big headlines that Ebola related costumes are ”all the rage” this Halloween, and that HAZMAT suits will be showing up for candy on your porch for trick or treating.

Don’t believe it.. First off, Halloween store owners are actually saying the costumes are really not selling. Sure, we are TOLD they are selling, but someone somewhere put out the same talking points for every local news station and paper.. They are NOT SELLING. And a little simple fact checking would be in order.. I went to my own local SPIRIT Halloween store. They confirmed, at least on a local level, the same thing: The costume is not selling.

They actually have one 5 in stock, and they are still there despite the media’s attempt to convince us they should be sold out.  Go to your own local shop and ask the same questions—I bet you’ll get similar answers as well.. Don’t listen to news outlets attempting to tell you that HAZMAT is in. It’s not.. Unless you’re wearing a real one. Those seem to be a hot commodity in certain places this Halloween.

A cold October wind

This morning is the perfect autumn morning. Cold, windy.. burnt orange and red leaves scattered across the ground.. the chilled sky with a brilliant and vibrant orange from the rising sun. 

Yes, this is what an autumn morning in Pennsylvania—or anywhere—should be like.

…and with that,  time is fleeting..
I know this crunchy leaves of today will be snow tomorrow, and any memory of warmth will be long gone once the real chill sets in.

But for now, I will take the cool October charm, with decorated pumpkins and Halloween lights, witches, and all the rest. I love October.

And I especially love perfect October mornings.

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