An 8 Year Atta Boy!

I have been doing this gig for almost 10 years now……..about 2 years on Blogger…I left because I like the format and the extras I got with WordPress……and 8 years here…….

I got this message from WP today……

 

8 Year Anniversary Achievement
Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
You registered on WordPress.com 8 years ago!
Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging!
I can say that the best thing I had done for my blog was switching to WP……over at the other site I was getting plenty of hits but it was hollow I seldom got any comments…..I appreciate the comments and the exchanges through them….I much prefer quality over quantity…
I would like to thank everyone who visits IST for a great 8 years and hopefully we will have many more together…..

 

 

Terror Alert: Stay Away From Uber!

Over the weekend there was another massive shooting….this time in Michigan and NO it had nothing to do with the water problem in Flint…..although I could understand if it did…….

More details have emerged about alleged Kalamazoo mass shooter Jason Dalton—but none of them explain what could have driven him to kill six people and injure two others in a Saturday night rampage, apparently picking up fares as an Uber driver between murders. Neighbors in a rural area north of the Michigan city tell the Detroit Free Press that the 45-year-old is an insurance adjuster and “nice guy” who lives with his wife and two children, ages 15 and 10. Neighbors say he loved cars and worked part-time as a mechanic. They say he bought a gun after his tools were stolen in a series of break-ins. “We knew he had a gun. I think he had it just for protection. He wasn’t a hunter or anything like that, but I know he liked guns,” neighbor Gary Pardo says. In other developments:

  • Police say the death toll was thought to be seven until a 14-year-old girl who had been pronounced dead squeezed her mother’s hand, MLive.com reports. The girl, who had been placed on life support for organ donation, is still in extremely critical condition but authorities are hopeful. “The only word to describe it is wow,” a Michigan State Police spokesman says. “It’s absolutely a miracle that she’s alive and we’re definitely hopeful for her continued improvement.”
  • The victims were doing nothing out of the ordinary and there is nothing to connect the three groups of victims to each other or to Dalton, NBC reports. Police say the first victim was a woman shot and injured outside an apartment building at around 5:42pm. Four hours later, Richard Smith, 53, and his 17-year-old son, Tyler were shot dead at a car dealership 15 miles away. Soon after that, Mary Jo Nye, 60, Dorothy Brown, 74, Barbara Hawthorne, 68, and Mary Lou Nye, 62, were shot dead in a Cracker Barrel parking lot and the 14-year-old was injured. They had been on their way home from a play.
  • Dalton was arrested without incident early Sunday after his vehicle was seen leaving a bar parking lot and he is expected to appear in court on Monday, the AP reports. Authorities say a semi-automatic handgun was found in his car and the killings appear to have been random, with “no rhyme, no reason.” He was in contact with at least one person during the rampage, but authorities do not expect to charge anybody else.
  • Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley says there is no reason to believe the shootings were connected to terrorism, but no other motive has emerged. “We just can’t figure out the motive,” Hadley says, per CNN. “There’s nothing that gives us any indication as to why he would do this or what would have triggered this. The victims did not know him; he did not know the victims.”
  • Uber has confirmed that Dalton drove for the company, though they haven’t said whether he was driving for them Saturday night, the AP reports. In a statement, Uber chief security officer Joe Sullivan said the company is “horrified and heartbroken at the senseless violence.”

Chillingly, Dalton apparently picked up unsuspecting passengers hours after the murders. A visitor from IndianapoIis tells WOOD-TV that he ordered an Uber because he felt unsafe walking when there was a killer on the loose—and Dalton took him, his wife, and his in-laws back to their hotel. “I kind of jokingly said to the driver, ‘You’re not the shooter, are you?’ He gave me some sort of a ‘no’ response… shook his head,” the man says. “I said, “Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m not, I’m just tired,'” he says. “And we proceeded to have a pretty normal conversation after that.” Dalton was arrested 20 minutes after the group was dropped off.

Americans need to stay clear of Uber for all their drivers are dangerous and capable of despicable acts……avoid them for your own protection…..(a public ser4vice message)……

May I see a show of hands of all those that think that is an irresponsible thing to say?  How many think it is just silly to blame all Uber drivers for this act?

I thought so….now keep that thought in mind when you are blaming an entire population for the act on a demented toad…..

That warning will most likely be a fart in the wind…..but I had to try…..

Nuke Material: Update

Several days ago I wrote about some nuke material that went missing in Iraq from some civilian contractor of oil field services……my concern was the possibility of the use of this material to make a dirty bomb……

Of course it did not get the coverage that it needed because we are in the middle of an election and whatever these toads have to rant about is far more important than some “silly” dirty bomb fear……

So let me once again write about something that has happened concerning this missing material……..Reported this weekend……..

In poor news for any would-be dirty-bombmakers in ISIS, Iraq says it has safely recovered the “highly dangerous” radioactive material that went missing days ago from the storage facility of a US oilfield services company, reports Reuters. The iridium-192, which was reportedly in a laptop-size case, was found dumped near a gas station about nine miles away from where it went missing in Basra. “A passer-by found the radioactive device dumped in Zubair and immediately informed security forces which went with a special prevention radiation team and retrieved the device,” a Basra security official says. “After initial checking I can confirm the device is intact 100% and there is absolutely no concern of radiation.”

So you can stop fretting this news and go back to listening to mental midgets tell you what you want……I have done my part…..

Who Will Make the Best Foreign Policy President?

My regular readers will know that I am concerned about our foreign policy especially with this upcoming election….I have tried to discern who would be the best candidate on foreign policy….I have my ideas but in case my reader has a hard time deciding I would like to give them this poll from Foreign Policy magazine…..

Foreign policy issues are getting a lot of airtime in both the Democratic and Republican primaries. In last week’s Democratic primary debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,…

Source: Snap Poll: Who Will Make the Best Foreign Policy President? | Foreign Policy

Go North Young Person

Saddle up the Palomino……

My daughter is a liberal….she is always going on about this issue….like abortion and women’s health, our GOP governor or education……she is appalled at the tone of the election process this year…..she has even said, in jest, that if Cruz or Trump wins the election that she will move to Canada…..we both get a good chuckle…..

But then I read this piece and had to send it to her…….

In a common election-year lament, more than a few people on Twitter have suggested they’ll move to Canada if Donald Trump becomes the next US president. Rob Calabrese has the perfect location in mind. On Monday, the Nova Scotia radio DJ set up a tongue-in-cheek website titled Cape Breton if Donald Trump Wins to showcase Cape Breton Island’s charms and poke fun at Trump in the process, reports the National Post. “We’re living on an island where the population is decreasing. As a joke, we thought of it to maybe get the word out there that, ‘Hey, you should come here!'” Calabrese tells the Huffington Post. Among gorgeous photos of life on the island, home to 150,000, Calabrese spells out some of Cape Breton’s perks: “Women can get abortions, Muslim people can roam freely, and the only ‘walls’ are holding up the roofs of our extremely affordable houses.”

There’s also free healthcare and “nobody has a hand gun,” the site states. By Wednesday, it had received 35,000 unique visitors and Calabrese says he’s been overwhelmed by hundreds of inquiries. “I’m in disbelief,” he says. “It’s been taken seriously by some people, which is great and not intended, but I’m going to help them out as best I can,” he adds, per the CBC. One email posted to Calabrese’s Facebook page reads: “I’m actually looking for a change of climate—environmental, cultural, political—for a while now. I know this is a bit of a lark, but seriously I can’t deal with Trump.” “I know I wouldn’t want to live in a country where he’s leader,” Calabrese tells CTV News. “There are millions of people on this continent who, if they knew about the lifestyle here on Cape Breton, they would think, ‘This is for me.'” (Watch Johnny Depp mock Trump here.)

She was amused…..then pensive……

The Democrats’ Kabuki Primary

I am always in search for good articles about the candidates that I can pass on to my readers so that they can be well informed before they vote…..

I know that there is much concern about the Dems in this election……Bernie is making great headway in the electorate….Hillary is having a hard time making voters believe that she is as authentic as she claims…….

I read this article and thought it may be of some assistance to my readers…..

Yes, I know the Democratic presidential debate was held some time ago, but the GOP free-for-all was so entertaining – and newsworthy – compared to the Clinton-Sanders match that I neglected to cover it at all, which on reflection isn’t quite fair. But I have to say that the foreign policy element that was central […]

Source: The Democrats’ Kabuki Primary – Antiwar.com Original by — Antiwar.com

That is my concern in this election….foreign policy…..Clinton was SecState but I am not impressed with her devotion to armed conflict…..Bernie just does not have what I like in foreign policy…..he may have a good set of issues but the foreign affairs part is a bit lacking……

Like I said….just an attempt to help my readers make an informed decision when they go into the booth to pick the next president……