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Thoughts on the Death of Osama bin Laden

By Phantom On May 2nd, 2011 at 3:52 am

We got him.

Nearly ten years ago, my city and my country suffered the worst terrorist attack in world history.

This unspeakable act impacted people from all over America. Even if you were from a small town in say Alabama, miles away from the attacks, it was as though it was your family who had lost somebody. Because you had. This was personal.

Today, US forces have finally delivered justice to the man responsible for the destruction of the building I worked in, as well as the other atrocities done on September 11, 2001.

Let’s take a moment to honor those who died nearly ten years ago. And to remember how very grim it was that day.

God bless the US Military, including the Special Forces, and the CIA, FBI, and our brothers in arms from Britain and other lands, and all in the Obama and Bush administrations who played any part in a ten year effort to deliver justice.

The mills of God grind slow, but they grind exceedingly fine.

God bless America.

Greetings from Canadian-Occupied Canada!

By Phantom On May 1st, 2011 at 6:48 pm

I flew out to Vancouver BC yesterday, by way of San Francisco. I’m here for a conference. There will be little time for play, but I’m happy to visit a place I’ve always wanted to see.

The airport here is pretty cool. It’s like going through a section of the Museum of Natural History – you walk past life-size Native American war boats,totems, waterfalls, listening to recorded bird calls. A little more fun than passing through JFK.

Took the Canada Line train from the airport right into town. Even on Saturdays, it runs every 5-6 minutes. A perfect service imposed on the citizenry at the point of a gun. The people seem pleased with it, but I know they’re faking.

Had a good, simple dinner with local beers at the Alibi Room past Gastown, the old part of town (http://www.alibi.ca/ )

Hockey is the national sport in Canada, and last night, the Vancouver Canucks had a playoff game against the Nashville something or other. I was in the Cactus Club bar with some London cronies watching the battle. The Canucks lost in double overtime. Life went on.

This is a one of the swell towns in North America, and I look forward to spending a few more days here.


By David Vance On May 1st, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Took this photo a week or so ago, one evening, all was quiet….just the waves lapping in and the evening creeping in as the sun sets..


By David Vance On May 1st, 2011 at 8:42 am

I reac that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi apparently escaped a NATO missile strike in Tripoli which killed his youngest son.

The precision air strike, which came hours after Gaddafi called for a ceasefire and negotiations, killed Saif Al-Arab Gaddafi, 29, and three of the dictator’s grandsons. The Libyan government claimed Colonel Gaddafi and his wife were in the house at the time, but escaped unharmed. But officials have cast doubt over the news after the building, inside a compound, was badly damaged by several bombs and no bodies were reported to have been removed.

Ghadaffi deserves all he gets given his support for terrorism over the decades. At a human level, it is terrible to contemplate the death of one’s children/grandchildren but then again tyrants put themselves in a league of one.

And Just for those funky little chinamen

By Patrick Van Roy On May 1st, 2011 at 4:21 am

Two Sounds Completely different, but distinctly American

By Patrick Van Roy On May 1st, 2011 at 4:02 am


For the Lovely Lady

By Patrick Van Roy On April 29th, 2011 at 10:53 pm

The Southland in The Springtime

By 33230715130361 On April 28th, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I am very sad to read from afar the devastation cause by a barrage of tornandos in the American southland, particularly in Alabama.  Hundreds have apparently been killed by these terrible storms.  People sometimes have a romantic notion about storms and chasing tornandos and forget that they are so deadly.   Even though there are those who have thankfully survived, it is hearbreaking to see them lose their homes.

If you have never been to the American South in the springtime you might not understand the beauty of the place and its people.  There is a way the sunshine shines that makes you feel so good.  Magnolia trees, spanish moss, the open fields and rushing streams.  The smiles, laughter, the sense of community, the easy friendship and decency of its good people that is too often overlooked by stereotyping fools.   Put me on a front porch in Birmingham, Mobile or New Orleans with a case of beer, some good home cooking, music in the background and a few friends to shoot the shit and I’m set for the afternoon and as far into the evening as the night will allow. 

In the small towns there everyone knows everyone else, the past is always present.  These twisters can ruin more than a few houses, they attack a sense of community.  So I am hoping that the worst is over and praying for those who lost loved ones.  And I am reminded yet again how short a time we have here as the wind passes over the land.  

I know, I know,  too maudlin and too much, but that is how I am feeling today.

This Gun For Hire

By 33230715130361 On April 28th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

According to the FBI over 200 people on the United States Terror Watch Lists were allowed to purschase firearms this past year.

Now I know that these Terror Watch Lists are secret, and that all folks on them have not been convicted and are often just suspected, and also that there is a right to buy firearms granted by the Constitution, but does this make any sense?  To anyone?  Couldn’t we, I don’t know, perhaps shift the burden a wee bit?

The Lie From Hell

By 33230715130361 On April 28th, 2011 at 8:02 pm

The check is in the mail.  That dress makes you look skinny.  I won’t. . .well you know.

Apparently in NI “The Lie from Hell” was directed at the DUP’s Peter Robinson by UU Chief Tom Elliot.  What devilish deception earned this unionist umbrage?   What fiendish fabricated falsehood was so awful it had to have originated in Lucifer’s living room?  What cock and bull story caused such apoplexy and was so evil it could only have come roaring out of the gates of Hell?

Why none other than the statement, by Mr. Elliot, that Mr. Robinson had said that Caitriona Ruane was “great.”  Robinson, who seems to have reacted less cuckoo to becoming a cuckold has suggested he would refer the matter to his lawyers.    Good work if you can get it lads.

Now I am not of the opinion that Ms. Ruane is the Frosted Flakes of Education Ministers (do you get Tony the Tiger over there?).  In fact, I suspect there are blessed few people who would suggest that she was “great’.  But isn’t it a tad childish to fight over whether one adult may have called another great, or to see someone deny it with such venom?  I mean, aren’t there enough real things to attend to?  However, I must thank both men for engaging in this schoolyard hostility.  It makes politics on this side of the Atlantic seem almost serious by comparison.  Not for long mind you, but at least for a few minutes.