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I’m still alive… November 29, 2006

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I’ve just been posting over at my new space….  www.jdub217.com

Feel free to check it out.

Here’s my latest post on the current AIDS epidemic… 

Where were you… September 11, 2006

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…5 years ago today?

I’m sure you’ve read all sorts of 9/11 material today, with this being the 5 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York.

I give my thanks to all those who gave their lives and efforts to help others in this time of need.  I give my sentiments to the families and friends of all who were taken from us on this day five years ago.

Now, returning to my first question…Where were you 5 years ago today?   What were you doing when you heard, seen, or read the accounts of the attacks?

I’ll never ever forget where I was when I watched, live, the second plane hit the towers; and subsequently the buildings collapsing.  It’s one of those moments that will be etched in my memory forever.

Also, etched in my memory forever, are the images of rescue workers raising flags at the site afterwards.  And the images of all the heroic things that happened in the wake of the attacks.

Please, share your thoughts.

Decipher the Media July 27, 2006

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I know all of you watch television. I’m sure you’ve seen coverage of the current Middle East Crisis being aired. Let me help you decipher the media. When you are watching television and you hear the TV correspondent say “Hezbollah showed us…” or “Hezbollah officials told us…”; You are getting the terrorist’s side of the story.

I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes, because why would I point out such an obvious thing? Well the reason I’m mentioning this is because the reports you see on TV will, often times, barely mention the source of the information. Why is this a problem? The problem lies in the fact that a good majority of people take these “stories” or “accounts” to be the “whole truth” about what is happening over there.

I personally saw one report (can’t remember which media outlet) in which the Hezbollah fighters gave this specific media crew a “tour” of an area inside Lebanon. And wouldn’t you know it, they showed all the buildings the Israelis destroyed and all the carnage that had taken place in this area.

I know war isn’t good and there usually isn’t much good to report during an actual conflict, but please, please, be conscious of what you are hearing/seeing/reading. And always consider the source of information.

Indiana Sniper July 26, 2006

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This was really starting to freak me out…I’m glad they have their guy.

I just get chills thinking about this type of stuff. The kid doesn’t have any motive (at least not yet) and he’s only 17. It sounds as if an “acquintance” clued the police in and then they made the arrest and found the suspected weapon.
My question is when will the Central Illinois Sniper emerge? Seriously, it’s only a matter of time before somebody in our area flips their wig and we have the same situation on our hands. This was close enough for me. According to Yahoo maps, these shootings happened less than 3 hrs from here in Seymour, Indiana.

The bad part about something like this happening in our area is the terrain. I mean you can shoot for a pretty long ways in this area. You also have significant cover with all the surrounding wooded areas. And it’s not like the interstates are heavily watched by police. The state police have a lot of ground to cover and they can’t always be there.

Every year it’s a new sniper case somewhere in the U.S.. The most prominent being the D.C. area sniper back in 2002.

This is obviously an issue that law enforcement agencies around the country need to address. Just wait until someone extremely intelligent decides to pull a stunt like this. I remember when the D.C. sniper thing was occuring; it was a major problem and caused a lot of panic in the D.C. area.

I’m not sure what else law enforcement could do in such a situation, other than train to handle a similar situation when/if it ever arrives. I sure hope, for our sake, the Illinois State Police are prepared.