Saturday, November 10, 2012

Myanmar Rocked by 6.6 Quake

A 6.6 quake struck Myanmar, Sunday morning.

It was followed by several strong aftershocks.

At least one person is dead, dozens have been injured, and a dozen more are missing.

Bridges, roads, and buildings were all damaged by the quake.

Despite the local claims, the official state media noted the quake, but did not mention any injuries or damage.


Auraria Officer Injured, Assailant Killed

An Auraria Campus officer is in the hospital after he was attacked by a man with a sword.

Saturday morning, reports came into police that there was a man with a sword wandering Auraria Campus, in Denver, Colorado.

When the first officer found the man, he was attacked with the sword.

In self defense he shot and killed his assailant.

The officer is in critical, but stable condition at the hospital, after suffering an injury to his hand, including the loss of at least one finger.

Lakewood Police Identify Officer Killed Friday

The Lakewood, Colorado Police officer, who was killed early Friday morning, has been identified as James Davies, thirty-five, a six year veteran.

Davies and other officers were attempting to apprehend suspects who had been shooting random shots off their porch.

When the officers approached, they were set upon by three pit bulls.

Attempts to control the dogs failed, and officers shot at them in hopes of scaring them off.

Unfortunately, in the confusion Davies was hit by a bullet from another officer's gun, killing him.

It marks the first time that a Lakewood Officer has been killed in the line of duty.

Colorado Police Apprehend Man Who Shot at Police

Colorado police have apprehended the suspect in two incidents of shots being fired at officers during routine pull overs. Larry Gomez, thirty-three, is being charged with multiple counts of assault on an officer, attempted murder, and other charges.

Tuesday morning a man was pulled over, shot at two Denver officers when they approached, and then sped off. The situation was repeated Wednesday morning, for a Westminster officer.

Gateway High School and Jewell Elementary, in Aurora, were placed on lockdown, Friday, after the car involved in both shootings was found near East Mississippi Avenue and South Sable Boulevard. The area was searched for around eight hours, and the lockdown wasn't lifted, til nearly 5pm MST.

Friday night, Denver police received a tip on the location of a suspect in the cases. When they arrived a man took off and refused to pull over, leading to a chase. Eventually a Denver officer used his car to stop the suspect's vehicle near I-225 and Iliff Avenue, in Aurora.

The suspect then tried to flee on foot, and then proceeded in his attempts after being shot. Witnesses say he then fought with police once they caught him and were trying to cuff him. One Denver officer was treated for minor cuts to his hands, that he received during the struggle.

4.3 Kentucky Quake Rattles Mideast

A 4.3 earthquake struck eight miles west of Whitesburg, Kentucky, Saturday.

People from all across the US, between the Mississippi River and Appalachian Mountains reported feeling the quake.

No damage or injuries were reported due to the tremor.

It mostly served as a reminder, to people in the region, that earthquakes can and do happen there.

IDF Soldiers Wounded, Gazans Killed in Attacks

During a patrol on Saturday, Israeli Defense Forces were fired upon with two antitank rockets.

Four soldiers were injured in the attack, which came from Gaza.

The IDF swiftly responded, shelling at the area from which the firing came.

According to reports from Gaza, four people were killed and twenty-five injured, by the shelling.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, one of the smaller factions in Gaza, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Recent weeks have seen an increase of violence against IDF forces, along the border.

Israel said that it will hold Hamas, the leading faction in Gaza, responsible for any attacks which come from the area.

From the Mouth of Matuszak: All Apologies?

I began pondering this essay a few weeks ago. With the presidential race in a statistical tie, I accepted the possibility of Obama's re-election. I actually fought against those thoughts, attempting to not let them deter my efforts to do what I could.

One of my current projects is the book I am writing documenting how my political philosophy developed over the decades and the influences and events that brought me to believe what I do today. The effort is one that hopes to share something with future generations how and why ideals similar to mine come to be. This election cycle will likely encompass at least one chapter of that book. But I wanted to leave a more personal note for somebody to find.

The original title of this essay was going to be "Do No Look For Me. Do Not Look For My Property, Intellectual or Physical. I Am Retired. I Have 'Gone Galt' Until The Country Ends Its Mid-Life Crisis and Grows Up." The problem is that I am a warrior to my very core. I cannot stop fighting those fights that need to be fought.

At this juncture, we can only extrapolate and interpolate what will become of our great republic. If left unchecked, socialism will destroy it. The republic will find itself like Rome in its final century, or like Greece in modern times.

These past few days I've been second-guessing my efforts. Could I have done more?

Perhaps.

That led me to think I might owe some apologies.

To my children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews -- I tried. I worked as hard as I could without sacrificing something else I highly value, my time with you. Maybe I should have better explained how important this election could be  to the future and asked you to understand -- and spent more time out there campaigning and working. 

To my wife -- You supported me with understanding. I pushed your patience and tolerance. I asked you to give up some evenings with me to give me latitude to do what I could. I promised you that I had a necessary and hard fight that I needed to engage in. It turned out to appear as a folly. 

To my friends who have supported my efforts, seeking what they thought to be wisdom -- It seems I may not have really known as much as I thought. 

To Andrew Breitbart, Matt Kibbe, Tabitha Hale, Neal Boortz, Sean Hannity, Erick Erickson, Tony Katz, Adam Baldwin, Kurt Schlichter, Dana & Chris Loesch, Mary Chastain, Brandon Darby, Katie Pavlich, and all the others who inspired my voice to boom and my body to action -- I...

What were Andrew's words? "Apologize for what?"

I DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR A DAMNED THING!

I know several undecided fence-sitters my words and answers inspired to vote, and vote for the republic and against socialism.

I know the despotic lovers of socialism whose evil and oppression I exposed, leaving others to question the lies they were told/taught.

I know the time, effort, sweat, and money I gave (and more than many would say I could have afforded) to support the fight.

I will do it all again. I will take what I have learned and redouble my efforts. I will not be silent or silenced.

This was just one battle and it was fought to a stalemate. 

Now more than ever, we must defend the ideals we hold so dear, the truths we thought self-evident, though there are many indoctrinated to not see them.

Experience is the best teacher. I will bastion my family against the socialist tide, and prepare myself to help educate those it drowns. 

#WAR

Essay originally published at P-G Matuszak's Mental Aikido.