Archives for July 2006

Obsession: What The War on Terror Is Really About

This movie explores what all Radical Islamic Extremists, who only make up 10%-15% of the Muslim population, are really trying to do, and how. You have to see this movie to get a real prespective of the problems we have in the world.

Sunday Night Slamfest

Time for a quick roundup of posts here at the Shack:

The Remodeling Of A Kitchen
I Lost An Old Friend
The Seattle Shooting & Concealed Weapons
What Do I Want This To Be
Why Don’t We Hear About Israeli Refugees?
‘He who cannot defend Liberty does not deserve Liberty’

And as is my custom here are a couple of old posts:

Losing Touch With Friends, With Family, With Life
My Crazy Life
Three Days in Israel

The Remodeling Of A Kitchen

“It was twenty years ago today,
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They’ve been going in and out of style
But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile.
So may I introduce to you
The act you’ve known for all these years,
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

See, if I was really creative I would have written a song about remodeling the kitchen and what the past five weeks have been like to the tune of the song above. Instead I’ll take you from before to after.

It began as a small kitchen which didn’t make effective use of the space.

Crowded and chock full of too many items the clutter was unbearable. So we gutted it .and began to rebuild. Slowly it took shape and developed a form that looked like something functional.

Gradually the missing pieces were added and in a short time the new kitchen materialized.

I can’t begin to express how happy I am that I am not stuck eating out anymore and have my own kitchen again.

I Lost An Old Friend

I wish that I had a good story to tell about this one. I really wish that I could regal you with a tale of heroism and valor. In truth I could make one up. I have a decent imagination and have been known to spin the occasional yarn.

Before I go any farther I should let you know that this particular friend has been with me for years. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that he had been around for decades. I was sad to see him go. He wasn’t an emotional vampire, this wasn’t a one sided friendship. Sometimes friendships just end.

I can’t say that the end was totally unexpected, but I didn’t think that it would go like this. It was so sudden. One moment he was there and the next he was on his way out and I was left standing there slackjawed.

Did I mention that my cheap friend didn’t bother to take all of his crap with him. Oh no, that would have been the decent thing to do. Nope, the cheap bastard left me holding onto some of his things. I guess that he thinks that Jack’s Shack is a storage facility.

I’d charge him rent but he’d never pay. Aww hell, the truth is that over the years he has always been there. I suppose that I am just being unfair, but how can I not be. After years of service it is not right to take off like that.

Enough of this sentimental crap and down to brass tacks. What really gets me irritated is that the quick exit is going to cost me a couple of bucks and a visit to the dentist.

If you haven’t figured it out yet, I cracked a tooth tonight. Just what I needed. Feh.

The Seattle Shooting & Concealed Weapons

By now the only people who are unfamiliar with the terror attack at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle have spent the last few days in a coma.

In the coming weeks there are going to be many discussions about this incident and how to prevent it from ever happening again. One of the ideas that I have seen promoted in various places is issuing concealed weapons.

One of the advocates of this position is a commenter at Treppenwitz who had the following to say on this post.

“The lesson here is that the Federation building is one of the highest security buildings in the city, and this still happenned — without mutiple attackers, without inside knowledge of security procedure, without detailed planning. The only thing that would have stopped him is if one of the victims or bystanders was armed. American Jews should be clammoring for concealed carry permits, but the vast majority will instead delude themselves into believing that there was some way for the gov’t to disarm this evil man before he struck.”

I very much disagree with this comment. If you read the reports of the incident you will see that the terrorist forced his way into the building because he was holding a gun to the head of a young girl. He had his own human shield.

Concealed weapons would have been virtually useless at this point and if someone had decided to take one out and confront the gunman what would have happened. Here are a few of scenarios.

  1. Gunman sees said gun being trained upon him and surrenders.
  2. Gunman refuses to surrender because he has a hostage.
  3. Gunman and potential hero exchange fire potentially killing/injuring the hostage and or others nearby.

A concealed weapon is really good for deterrent purposes. Beyond that you hit a grey area that concerns me. The OK Corral makes for a good story, but life has a way of changing your plans.

If you want to have a gun in your house to defend yourself, that is fine by me. But outside of that I get a little antsy about it. Perhaps I’ll blog more about this later.