I Just Found Out…Tiger Woods Is One Cool Guy!

I have heard of Tiger Woods, and his amazing accomplishments in the game of golf, but never knew much about him. Tiger always seemed to be a private person, and his personal life isn’t the daily fodder for sensational publications. Of course, I knew his father was retired Army, and that Tiger was a child prodigy at golf, and also that he earned a scholarship to Stanford University. As a result, I never questioned his intelligence, or his ability at golf, even if it is a game I have no interest in.

Imagine my, pleasant, surprise when I received an email about a two minute speech he gave at one of the Obama inauguration events. An inauguration that I missed every second of.

Here is the video, and the transcript.

“We Are One,” an inauguration celebration for President-elect Barack Obama.

“I grew up in a military family – and my role models in life were my Mom and Dad, Lt. Colonel Earl Woods. My dad was a Special Forces operator and many nights friends would visit our home. They represented every branch of the service, and every rank. In my Dad, and in those guests, I saw first hand the dedication and commitment of those who serve. They come from every walk of life. From every part of our country. Time and again, across generations, they have defended our safety in the dark of night and far from home. Each day — and particularly on this historic day — we honor the men and women in uniform who serve our country and protect our freedom. They travel to the dangerous corners of the world, and we must remember that for every person who is in uniform, there are families who wait for them to come home safely. I am honored that the military is such an important part, not just of my personal life, but of my professional one as well. The golf tournament we do each year here in Washington is a testament to those unsung heroes. I am the son of a man who dedicated his life to his country, family and the military, and I am a better person for it. In the summer of 1864, Abraham Lincoln, the man at whose memorial we stand, spoke to the 164th Ohio Regiment and said: ‘I am greatly obliged to you, and to all who have come forward at the call of their country. ‘Just as they have stood tall for our country – we must always stand by and support the men and women in uniform and their families. Thank you, and it is now my pleasure to introduce the US Naval Glee Club.”

I don’t know if Tiger wanted to be a part of this event, historic though it was, but what is certain, he refused to make his appearance another fawning display over our new President, as so many others have. Instead, he honored his father, and all of the honorable men and women who have served, and are serving, this great nation, have defended it’s ideals, and kept it safe from our enemies.

Tiger has impressed me, and I know now, that he is a reasonable, and centered individual.
He’s one cool dude, IMO.

Cross-posted at Urban Grounds.

Live free or die

This is a great story coming out of the Granite State, as reported by Pat Dollard

The New Hampshire state legislature took an unbelievably bold step Monday by introducing a resolution to declare certain actions by the federal government to completely totally void and warning that certain future acts will be viewed as a “breach of peace” with the states themselves that risks “nullifying the Constitution.”

This act by New Hampshire is a clear warning to the federal government that they could face being stripped of their power by the States (presumably through civil war!

The remarkable document outlines with perfect clarity, some basics long forgotten. For instance, it reminds Congress “That the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever;. . . . . therefore all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force;”

Go here to read the full Resolution

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Waiting on the big squeeze

Articles like this one seem to be the rule rather than the exception these days.

Brace yourself: The recession is projected to worsen this year.


I’m getting the same sort of feeling that I get when watching a big hurricane spinning around in the Gulf. Except, instead of trying to prepare for several days of turmoil, I get the feeling that this may be impossible to prepare for: the damage too great, the recovery period too long.

I hate this.

Indian Point incident

A nuclear incident at Indian Point Nuclear Power plant in New York is the 4th event on US soil this week.  From RSOE,

EDIS Number NC-20090221-20596-USA
Event type Nuclear Event Date / time [UTC] 21/02/2009 – 11:08:37
Country USA Area Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
County / State State of New York City Buchanan
Cause of event Unknown Log date [UTC] 21/02/2009 – 11:08:37
Damage level Minor Time left
Latitude: N 41° 16.185 Longitude: W 73° 57.140

Here are the other three incidents

Bay Minette company’s renewable diesel wows expert

BAY MINETTE — Cello Energy sprouted quietly here as a truly homegrown industry. But it won’t stay that way, said David Bransby, professor of energy crops and bio-energy at Auburn University.

The company has been in startup for about two months, making renewable diesel fuel from tires, hay, straw, wood chips and switchgrass. Full production should begin in March, with a goal of 20 million gallons a year, produced for well under a $1 gallon, company officials said.

Created, built and financed by the father-and-son team of Jack and Allen Boykin of Daphne, the company will “shock the world,” Bransby said.

Experts are calling this “mind-boggling.”  Looks like a recycler’s dream.

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Missouri plant makes three

An unspecified nuclear event at Callaway Nuclear Plant in Missouri marks the third nuclear incident this week in the US, according to RSOE.

NC-20090220-20590-USA
Event type Nuclear Event Date / time [UTC] 20/02/2009 – 18:15:47
Country USA Area Callaway Nuclear Power Plant
County / State State of Missouri City Fulton
Cause of event Unknown Log date [UTC] 20/02/2009 – 18:15:47

17/02/2009 – 13:41:17
Country USA Area Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant
County / State State of Alabama City Decatur

Earlier this week, RSOE reported an event at Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant.

See? All that junk going on in the markets seems like small potatoes now, doesn’t it?

Booga-booga

This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread. A free speech zone.

WFFOT: Because a nuke is a terrible thing to waste.

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Update:Buffalo, NY “Honor” Killing!

The murder of Aasiya Hassan, was discussed here, a few days ago.

That she had been abused by her husband/murderer, had been reported, and was the reason she was seeking a divorce. Now there is new information on this senseless murder, that not only corroborates her years of abuse, but that her husband/murderer was following the tenets of Sharia Law.

This article from Canada Free Press, cites a source, the Northeast Intelligence Network, that claims to have interviewed a police source close to the investigation.

The NIW revealed the following:

Doug Hagmann, director of the Northeast Intelligence Network and contributor to Canada Free Press, interviewed this police source by telephone, who agreed to speak on the strict condition of anonymity. According to this source, Aasiya Zubair was stabbed multiple times, suffering perhaps as many as three dozen stab wounds with a steak knife in what was described as a “frenzied killing.” She was then beheaded by the same instrument.

Also according to this source, Mr. Hassan told police that because she was beheaded, she would not be permitted entry into paradise, an alleged reference to his Islamic beliefs. “It was all about honor, and the dishonor she [the victim] was bringing upon him and his family,” stated this source. “There was definitely a cultural if not a religious aspect to these incidents,” added this source.

“There were numerous calls to police, many made by the victim, some on behalf of the victim, because of domestic violence. There were indications of physical abuse. Each time, the victim refused to file charges against her husband,” stated this source. This source added that the alleged murderer, Mr. Hassan, was very concerned about his standing in the Islamic community, and would reportedly tell his wife that she “had no authority to divorce him,” an apparent reference to Sharia (Islamic) law.

Having been in law enforcement, and witnessed some gruesome murder scenes(one remarkably similar to this, only the woman had been stabbed dozens of times, with the butcher knife left planted in her chest), I know what the officers that viewed that scene have to deal with. It is beyond grotesque, and an image they will carry with them forever.

At other sites, I saw comments excoriating the readers for blaming Islam or Muslims, for this tragic murder, as well as being told we were making unfounded assumptions, in blaming Sharia Law. Well, we all make assumptions, all the time, and some conclusions are easier to reach than others. In the case of Islam, and the violence that is contained in the Koran, and the less than second class citizenship of women in this death cult, anyone that takes the time to research it will find that this murder should not be surprising. It should serve as another lesson to any willing to learn, that there is no place for Islam in a nation governed by the rule of law.

I would like to add, I feel enormous sympathy for the family of Aasiya Hassan. This is a life altering event for them, and a tragic loss to her loved ones.
I can’t even begin to imagine the sheer terror she must have experienced, when his attack began on her, and the realization she was about to die at the hands of the man whom she had spent so many years with, and was supposed to be her source of protection. The betrayal of that trust is unforgivable, and I sincerely hope he faces the full force of the law(NOT Sharia) for this senseless crime.

*Cross-posted at Urban Grounds.

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