is not my photo! It's a stock photo I downloaded from the Web. I
could have chosen any of a number of photos of the scene of the
horrific terror attack that took place in the city of San Bernadino,
California this past week, but I chose something that was more
indicative of the city.
was in San Bernadino this past winter. It is a California city of
something over 215,000 people. Like several cities in California, it
has been going through difficult economic times and is dealing with a
bankruptcy. But, I don't care what the specific circumstances of any
city, town or village in the U.S., nothing should make it the target
of a terrorist attack. And, just as happened in Paris only a few
short weeks before, this unsuspecting city was dealt an undeserved
blow below the belt. But, even worse, it took the lives of 14
innocent people, physically wounded another 21 and emotionally and
psychologically wounded not only hundreds of people related to these
direct victims, but tens of thousands who see their hometown and the
world through different eyes, now.
first visit to San Bernadino was in the early 1970's, when the now
closed, Norton Air Force Base was part of that community. I was in
the Air Force, based in Washington, DC assigned to the Secretary of
the Air Force Office of Information. I was on a TDY (temporary duty)
assignment in California and was ready to return to Washington. I was
authorized to fly home by commercial airline, but chose to don my
blue uniform, drive my rental car to San Bernadino and fly home from
Norton Air Force Base on the “U.S. Air Force Airline.” That was
about 43 years ago.
driven through San Bernadino a few times since then and, as I
mentioned, the latest time being in December of last year and again
in the early part of this year. And just one year later, this
horrendous event takes place. Of course, I couldn't have imagined
such an event taking place in San Bernadino, or anyplace else in the
U.S. for that matter. But, then again, just a little over 14 years
ago, in plain sight of where I grew up, two airliners became the
weapons of foreign terrorists who ultimately took the lives of nearly
3,000 innocent people that day.
I'm not going to be stupid and blame workplace violence. No! I'm not
going to be stupid and blame inanimate, brainless, objects, namely
guns, for this. No! I'm not going to blame global warming or climate
change (whichever anyone wants to call it), racism, religious
persecution, the economy, education or anything else for this. I'm
going to blame the REAL cause – HATE! It's that plain and simple.
For all the good there is in this world, there is a lot of evil and
it manifests itself in four ways – HATE, GREED, CORRUPTION and
stupidity part is mainly home-base right here in the U.S. It starts
from the top down. I'm so sick of political correctness and our
government trying to make us believe we're to blame for all of this.
Yes, we are arrogant. Yes, we are affluent in many ways, other than
just financial. Yes, we are materialistic, over-indulgent and even
shallow. But, in general, we are the most generous, caring, sharing
people in the world. We, in general are not the Kardashians or the
Trumps or the Obamas or the Caitlyn Jenners or any of the other “over
the top,” bigger than life, so called “idols” of American
idiocracy. We are just a whole lot of nice people.
what? A whole lot of nice people were massacred this week because
they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They
were celebrating a part of our American way of life when a couple
STUPID people full of HATE, and one of them born, raised and educated
in this very country, decided they were going to become the judges,
jury and executioners of people who never did a thing to them or
their child. They were treated like welcome members of The American
often ask me - because they know I'm a wandering, living free,
freedom loving nomad, exploring the country of my origin,
experiencing its beauty and wonder and meeting the wonderful
diversity of people who make up this great place – whether I carry
a gun with me for self-defense. Frankly, whether I do or whether I
don't is no one's business except my own. It's another of the
personal choices we can all make in our lives. In order to defuse a
controversial subject before it has the opportunity to turn into a
discussion or argument that I personally don't want to be involved
in. I typically will say, I don't. But, only I know the truth and
that's going to be the way it remains.
let me go on record to say, I support the 2nd Amendment.
No! I'm not an NRA member. I have no need or desire to become an NRA
member. But, I know one thing for certain. Evil, stupid, hate-filled,
greedy and corrupt people WILL always find a way to get their hands
on the inanimate objects we call guns and all their accessories and
ammunition and will use them against unarmed people, regardless of
whatever controls are put on obtaining and owning such inanimate
they will continue to buy readily available materials and, with
knowledge readily available on the Internet, construct bombs, IEDs
(as they are now called) and weapons of mass destruction just like
these two mad dogs in San Bernadino had. Evil people with no outlook
for a future for themselves will embrace ideologies that reward them
in their death to take on suicide missions and attacks (and suicide
attacks are as old as humanity).
my heart, my thoughts and my prayers go out to the families of the
dead victims, the wounded and their families and the people of San
Bernadino, California for the losses they experienced this past week.
But, even more, my heart and thoughts go out to all the personal
freedom loving people in the U.S. and the world and ask you to pull
your fucking heads out of the sand and start calling evil what it is.
Stop blaming it on everything that has nothing to do with it.
sorry, but innocent people will die when right/good stands up against
evil and destroys evil. No civilized person is happy about that and
none of us condone it. But, that is part of the cost. And, I have to
support that over innocent people anywhere being tortured and
massacred barbarically and inhumanely by stupid, hating, evil people
who don't give a damn who they kill, period.
my piece for today. Like it or lump it. I don't care. I love life. I
love living it without fear and intimidation. And I sure as hell
don't want my life ended because of too damn many politically correct
assholes, both in and out of our government, who can't stand up like real
men and women and call a duck a duck, a hate monger a hate monger and a terrorist a terrorist and stop this shit!
Happy Holidays and remember to live
free and be happy. EH