Wednesday, November 30, 2011

U.S. Authorities Discover New California Drug Tunnel

U.S. authorities said they discovered a new cross-border tunnel Tuesday, the latest in a spate of secret passages found to smuggle drugs from Mexico.
The tunnel was found in San Diego's Otay Mesa area, a warehouse district across the border from Tijuana, said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mack did not provide additional details.
Mexican soldiers were looking for an entry south of the border.
The discovery comes less than two weeks after U.S. authorities found a 400-yard (meter) passage linking warehouses in San Diego and Tijuana, seizing 17 tons of marijuana on both sides of the border. It was equipped with lighting and ventilation.

What can be said. They keep trying and they keep getting found. Besides drugs, I bet Illegals are coming underground too. Too bad the drug lords are not using their money to build schools and make improvements to their country. Yea I know but one could dream. maybe they will bail out Europe?  ROTFLMAO....  

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thank you and Welcome

Welcome to my new followers, hopeychangey, PioneerPreppy, and flier389. Thank you for hitting the follow button. We are all following and watching a changing world. My wish is that we can all learn from each other.

I would also like to Thank everyone who has visited my Bunker, as I approach 1,700 page views. I am just a humble person in life. I don't ask for much and enjoy meeting new people from around this great country of ours and from others around the world.

So for all of you visit my Bunker from around the world please drop me a note here and say hi, and feel free to leave a comment. 

Stay Safe, Stay Alert, and Keep Prepping..............Rob

(edit to add flier389 today)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Moves To Allow Military To Intern Americans Without Trial

This is very important. This bill is being sponsored by both party's. It will give the OUR MILITARY, the right to arrest and hold any American here and abroad, intern, without trail. Please read the link and share it with everyone. This is not good folks.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

True Friendship

I think this about says it all. By now in life you should be able to figure out who you can trust and who you can't without too much trouble.  SHTF is coming sooner the the zombies know.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black N Blue Friday

Shopping on Black Friday, OH Hell NO. Not me. I did end up at Walmart today around 4:30 P.M. People were still back in Electronics, foaming at the mouth. I have seen the stories from around the country. Are you kidding, using pepper spray so you can get an X Box before others. We had a guy here in Central Florida get arrested by the P.D. because he started a fight, and then fought with the cops.

Another family here had some robbers followed them home to steal the things they just came home with. The wife had a gun and shot and killed one of the robbers. If people are acting like this my friends we are in for a full blown civil war when the economy collapses. I don't have much at all, but I be damned if I will let you take it.

I hope everyone enjoyed the time yesterday with family and friends and did not have too much drama. Stay safe, watch your back. Watch out for people watching you.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

From my Bunker in Central Florida to you,

Happy Thanksgiving to all my new friends and their families. 

Enjoy the day, give thanks for what GOD has given us. 

Pray for those who have less then many of us. 

Pray that all our Military men and women will come home soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Today in History

A history lesson for today. On this date in 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX.
A day some will not forget to others its just another day. I always wondered what would have happened IF JFK had not been killed. Same thing with his brother Robert in 1968, or Dr. King for that matter. The world may never know. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

To The Parents of OWS,

IF any of my kids were into the "Occupy Movement", and they pulled any of this crap. 

This is what I would do to them. Besides making them get a job, and clean up their mess.

Crazy day for us, How about you?

So we find out on Saturday afternoon, that Pest Control is coming into our apartment to spray for bugs. We did not have any in almost 2 years we have lived here. Our complex rented out some apartments to international exchange students who came to Central Florida to work at Disney or one of the other theme parks. Well when they left they gave us a departing gift, BUGS. Today we found out just how bad it was. YUCK!

So we had to spend the last couple of days cleaning and moving things around so they could get into all the tight areas. I used Pine Sol and bleach to clean and wipe everything down. The OPS manager told me that P.C. was coming around 1030am as I wanted a time. Why should I put my life on hold. Of course he started in a different building first. I talked the guy into starting in my place first. Anyway that is done for another month or two. They will have to come back and respray.

I was also scheduled to see my Doctor this afternoon. My wife being smart called the Dr to confirm the appointment, as they did not call us. Today's appointment turned out to be NEXT Monday.  SO now I have time on my hands. The wife and two of my kids are making dinner. Meatballs & Rice, mixed with Tomato Soup.

We had internet trouble all weekend and bad TV service for weeks. Well that was taken care of today too. Our TV is always on but 90% of the time know one watches it. We have on Fox News, Discovery or Nat Geo.

Well looks like I will go see what is going on with everyone else in blogger-land. Have a good afternoon everyone.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Paratus Familia Blog: Women of Honor

Paratus Familia Blog: Women of Honor

This is a must read. Enola has such a way with words. I wanted to link to her blog so I could comment further. My wife and I are people watchers, when ever we go anywhere we observe people's body language, mannerisms and such.

We have noticed how the younger girls are trying to look older and more attractive, while older women late 30's to 50's are trying to look younger. When I say younger I mean in their 20's.

We call them Barbie Moms. Plastic surgery here, there, and everywhere. So beware!! My kids even comment on it some times. They know if I am biting my lower lip or suddenly turn away or start to whistle to look around but not make a scene.

My favorite is the 40 to 50 year old moms or even Grandmas who dress like their teenage or early 20's daughters and granddaughters. Please act your age not your IQ. My wife does not wear make up and she still looks as beautiful today as she did 25 years ago when we married.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Drunken Gummi bears no laughing matter

 I know some folks don't like cut n paste, but this is a continuing series on how kids are getting drunk in America. First it was tampons in AZ, Now its Gummi Bears in Minnesota.

  • Updated: November 19, 2011 - 7:22 PM
Vodka-soaked candies are the latest method kids are using to get drunk. Beware the bear.
That's the warning being sent to hundreds of schools and police agencies around the state, asking them to watch for kids getting drunk by eating Gummi bears soaked in vodka.
The vodka is odorless and, depending how much booze is used, the bears maintain their relative shape, making it difficult to spot them at sports games, at dances or even in classrooms.
In the past month, warnings about the Gummi bear threat have gone out from the state Health Department, the Hennepin County Regional Poison Center and the Dakota County Attorney's office.

When Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom sent out a warning to schools about the bears in mid-October, "they were as surprised as I was," he said. "They were as alarmed as I was."
Jay Jaffee, chemical health coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Health, said the drunken Gummi bears phenomenon is gaining traction through the Internet, with how-to videos and YouTube clips readily available to anyone.
"The Internet gives things life," he said. "Kids are drinking way more than their parents. It's the difference between having dial up and broadband."
Mike Eliason, a school resource officer at Apple Valley High School, said his sons at Mankato State and St. Cloud State universities have reported seeing people getting intoxicated swallowing the bears.
"I have no doubt in my mind that [teenage] kids are doing it," said Eliason, a board member and past president of the Minnesota Juvenile Officers Association. "We may not see it in schools but that doesn't mean it's not happening."

The boozy bears are but the latest example of kids ingesting alcohol in ways that might surprise or shock adults, say state and local authorities who monitor the drinking habits of youth.
In the past few months, reports have also surfaced nationally of kids -- boys and girls -- inserting vodka-soaked tampons into their bodies, funneling booze into their rectums and even placing open liquor bottles against their corneas in a practice known as "eyeballing," or absorbing booze through the blood vessels in the eye. All are ways to absorb alcohol through the skin, bypassing the digestive system and getting the alcohol straight to the bloodstream.
"People are capable of doing any number of crazy things," Jaffee said. "I don't think that it is everywhere [in Minnesota], but I suspect that there is somebody somewhere who is trying some of this."

Games that aren't funny

Jaffee said the Gummi bears and drinking games such as Edward Fortyhands (where a 40-ounce bottle of beer is taped to a each hand) are no laughing matter. He and others warn that such activities mask the destructive nature of alcohol.
He notes that studies show Minnesota is among the top 5 states for binge drinking, neck and neck with Wisconsin, Iowa and the two Dakotas.
"Nothing surprises me anymore," Jaffee said. "Alcohol is definitely the drug of choice throughout the country and throughout Minnesota."
He estimates that drinking contributes to the death of 60 kids in the state each year. Most deaths are from drinking-and-driving accidents, but every once in a while one is caused by alcohol poisoning.

A national problem

Dr. Dan Quan of the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix had not heard of so-called drunken Gummi bears. But as an emergency room doctor, he is familiar with the use of vodka-infused tampons.
A couple years ago, he said, the daughter of a nurse reported that a friend passed out at her high school from alcohol poisoning after inserting a vodka-soaked tampon.
"It's probably more widespread than we think," Quan said. "The effects are pretty quick. The vaginal walls are pretty thin. The biggest problem is that if they do pass out, we don't know where to look."
Although no students have been caught in Minnesota as yet, no one doubts that kids are soaking Gummi bears with booze or finding other creative ways to get drunk.

"We talked about it at our last meeting," said Ann Lindberg, chemical health coordinator for the West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan School District in Dakota County. "I'm sure it is happening here to some degree. We just haven't caught anyone at it yet."

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom

Happy 69th Birthday mom. We all love you and miss you more then can be said. You would be proud of the kids. They have grown into fine young gentlemen and ladies. xoxo. :)`` 

My mom passed away in 2003, from heart disease, and diabetes while I was recovering from my OJI accident. It was a rough year for my family.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Class Room Socialism

When the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
Is this man truly a genius?
Checked out and this is DID happen!

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama's socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama's plan". All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A.... (substituting grades for dollars - something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because
when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.
It could not be any simpler than that. (Please pass this on)

Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Can you think of a reason for not sharing this? Neither could I.
This came to me as an email from a friend in Chicago, no control over underlining in text....Rob

My Restless Night Tonight

A restless night for me. I have been battling two infected teeth this last week. I had one pain pill left and took it. Now It will take an hour to work. So I thought I would post some thoughts and words of wisdom.

I see several city’s across this land of ours have grown sick and tied of the Occupy Wall Street Movement. To me this has been more like Occupy America. I thought we were know as the home of the brave, not land of the free loaders. I respect their right of free speech, freedom to assembly, and all the other rights we have under the Constitution, But when you get pissed off and attack people who had been giving you free food, and they stopped because this has gone on too long. Give me a break.

We all must obey the laws of our City's, County's and States. Just because you have an issue with someone or some other group, that does not give you the right to go running to the court system like a little kid who doesn't want to play by the rules. As far as I am concerned the ACLU and the Liberal Right are the biggest group of babies in this country.

I have had some “friends and family” stop talking with me as I have spoken my mind a little bit, about the mess our country is in. Man the Liberals sure “slam the door” on you fast. They support the IDIOT in the White House. Good for you, I don't, I did not vote for him. TAX and Spend money we don't have. Sounds good to me. BUT WAIT, I can't do that, why? Because I have no money in the bank. But the Government can. I can't write a check to pay my bills when I have no money , But they can. I can't print money, cause its not legal to do so, but they can. Some can go to Hawaii, because he needs a vacation. I do too, but I can't.

Don't get me started on this sex scandal either. Grown men don't take showers with kids. Grown women think they can have sex with under age boys from their class rooms, because they are in love with them. Even if they are married and have kids. What is up with all these women who have to dress younger then they are. I am so sick and tired of seeing these “Barbie Moms”. Implants here and there, skin pulled so tight that they don't look white any more but Asian. On one hand you have young girls dressing to look older, and older trying to look younger. ACT YOUR AGE. I have seen Moms and daughters dress alike. Thank god my wife and two daughters don't

How can you drive a $40,000.00 car, buy food, clothes, eat every meal out, smoke, drink, Live in a $500,000.00 house. Drop $20,000.00 to go on vacation to someplace over seas. When you lose your job your screwed, with no money in the bank. Student loans up the ass.

At one time we had money to :BURN” so to speak. Not any more. I have not worked in 2 years. My wife can't find a job and she was a crew trainer, and manager trainee. She applies at places. But so many are afraid that she will do a better job then them they will not hire her. Sad but true. I have a son out of work 6 months thank god he has something lined up.

My problem is two fold. I know too much, that they will not pay me for what I know, and they won't start me at the bottom, because they think I will not stay. You see I have experience in Shipping/Receiving, order picking/packing, stocking shelves. I was a shift supervisor and department co-manager of an airline commissary. Started on the ramp tossing bags, mail, and cargo. I can fuel your jet, clean the inside, service the lavs, add drinking water. I can cater a 162 passenger plane in less then 30 min. front and back galley. Push your plane off the gate. I have worked 10 to 14 hours in a single day, 6 days straight. Drove an hour home,slept, spent some time with the family and started all over again.

The other problem I have is I was injured on the job back in 2003. Long story short I crushed my right foot. Spent 6 days in the hospital and had three operations. Two months later I had some toes removed and some skin on the upper part of my foot removed. The thing now is after 8 years, I am older and my injury is taking a toll on my body. I walk off balance. My weight is not evenly distributed. I walk on the outside end of my right foot. This in turn effects my right knee, and my lower back. This was all work comp. Now because of my injury I have applied for disability. I was deigned. I have a lawyer and I am fighting it. I should be getting $1,600 a month. They owe me $9,600.00 right now. Every month I add another $1,600 to that total. My lawyer will only get a max of $6,000.

It has bee rough for my family. My two oldest sons have been helping pay our bills. We have no car, not in over 18 months, take the bus or walk. Did I forget to say I have trouble walking. My family and I receive Food Stamps. I don't like getting them as I am used to working, but my kids come first. We moved out of a 4 bedroom house we rented, because it was more then we could afford. I did something right. We are currently living in a small apartment around $900.00 a month. Water/sewer/power included. Eating out is very rare. We used to do fast food 2 or 3 times a week. Now once a month maybe.

A movie? Have not been to them in 4 years. Rent the DVD when it comes out. My wife and I have been married for 25 years, this is the worse off we have ever been. We moved down to Florida for health reasons, but now are planning on returning back home to Minnesota next summer. God willing.
My wife will be able to get a job and as far as myself, Mr Rob, House husband. Its OK with me. I love to cook and all that house hold stuff.

Well everyone I guess I got a little carried away with this. Sorry. I have heard some folks dislike cut and paste stories. I am guilty of that. I will write some more later on today Wednesday or Thursday. Pain meds licked in...WOOP, WOOP

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Attention Occupy Wall Street Protesters

I think this about says it all. I could add you more thing,


Monday, November 14, 2011

Teens using vodka tampons to get drunk

Oh yes folks you read the headline correctly. I thought I had seen everything, well I guess not. please read . I posted the whole story here.

It's no secret teenagers sometimes experiment with alcohol, even drugs, but new ways they're finding to get drunk had jaws dropping in our newsroom.
"Quicker high, they think it's going to last longer, it's more intense," said Dr. Dan Quan from Maricopa Medical Center.
"This is not isolated to any school, any city, any financial area," Officer Chris Thomas, a school resource officer, said. "This is everywhere."

When we heard how kids are getting drunk these days, we thought no way.
So we hit up the experts to find out if it's an urban legend or if it's legit.
"There's been documented cases of people going to the hospital with alcohol poisoning just from utilizing it that way," Thomas said.
Thomas spends his days patrolling the halls of a Valley high school. He's heard first hand how kids are getting tipsy.
"What we're hearing about is teenagers utilizing tampons, soak them in vodka first before using them," Thomas said.
"It gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. There's no barrier, there's no stomach acid to prevent it," Thomas said.

"I would expect it to absorb pretty quickly as well, because it's a very vascular structure," Quan told CBS 5.
"This is definitely not just girls," Thomas said. "Guys will also use it and they'll insert it into their rectums."
And that's not all.
"Using a beer bong rectally is the same concept as a vodka soaked tampon," Thomas said.
Rather than the traditional beer bong you'd find at a college party, kids are sticking the tube elsewhere to get wasted.
They're calling it "butt chugging."

"A lot of people believe it would cover it up, your breath won't smell like alcohol so you can hide it from the parents, hide it from police," Thomas said.
But take it from this cop, it won't work.
It's not just jail time that might be a problem, these new tricks are really risky and could cause some serious problems.
"It can cause mucosal irritation, meaning the vaginal wall can be irritated," Quan said.
Plus, what if you over do it? Irritation could be the least of your problems.
"Some of the dangers associated with this is there's no barrier," Thomas said.
There's also no gag reflex, and if it isn't going down the hatch you won't have that tell tale sign you've had too much to drink, which means you won't throw up if you've got alcohol poisoning, and you'll pass out before you know there's a problem.

"It's problematic because you don't really know how much you're going to absorb," Quan said.
It turns out that a super tampon can hold about a shot of vodka, which is pretty potent when it's going straight into your system.
"If the person does pass out or lose consciousness, health care professionals won't necessarily know that they have to look in those areas and that may delay treatment," Quan said.
If you're a parent of a teenager, what can you do to make sure tampons are used for the job they're intended and nothing more?
"Well then you need to get involved," Thomas said. "Stop being your kid's friend and be their parent first."
Another myth is that kids apparently think getting drunk that way means they would pass a breathalyzer test because they didn't drink the booze, but that's not true. The test checks out what's in your blood stream, not what's on your breath.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Welcome and Thanks

I would like to welcome Momma Bear and Warlock Sundance to the Rob's Bunker family. A few day ago I had 1,000 page views, I am now at 1,150. I can't believe it. Thanks to all my visitors. Please feel free to post a comment. I have enjoyed reading so many blogs written by others and getting to know fellow bloggers.

I will be posting more of my own opinions on the happens around our country, and some news stories from around the world over the next few postings.

Feds: Drug cartel plotted attack against US buildings to 'send the gringos a message'

The drug cartels want to get rough with the U.S., bring it on. Solution is put our returning combat troops on the border with Mexico. Give them shoot to kill orders. Human rights? Forget about them. Tell the ACLU to go to the Mideast and talk human rights with the country's over there. Will see how many illegals and drug smugglers cross over. Give our CUSTOMS AND BORDER PATROL some real help. 
KAREN HAWKINS , Associated Press Updated: November 11, 2011 - 4:00 PMCHICAGO - The leaders of a powerful Mexican cartel, frustrated that U.S. law enforcement was interfering with their lucrative drug business, plotted a military-style attack on a U.S. or Mexican government building to "send the gringos a message," federal prosecutors allege in documents filed this week.
Leaders of the Sinaloa cartel sought dozens of American-made weapons for an attack in Mexico City on possible targets that included government buildings, an embassy or consulate or media outlet, according to documents in the case against Vicente Zambada, an alleged top lieutenant in the cartel.

Zambada is in jail in Chicago awaiting trial, one of dozens of defendants charged in the city as part of a sweeping international investigation. He has pleaded not guilty to charges that he conspired to import and sell large amounts of cocaine and heroin in the United States, including Chicago.
Authorities say his father, Ismael Zambada, runs the cartel along with Mexico's most wanted man, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. There's nothing in the documents to indicate the plot was carried out.
Vicente Zambada's lawyers claim he and other cartel leaders were granted immunity by U.S. agents — and carte blanche to smuggle cocaine over the border — in exchange for intelligence about rival cartels engaged in bloody turf wars in Mexico. Prosecutors have denied that such an agreement exists.

But deals with key players in the cartel have allowed prosecutors to chip away at its operations. Pedro and Margarito Flores, twin brothers who bought and distributed drugs from the cartel in Chicago, are among those cooperating with the government.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 2011

To all who have served in the Military here in the U.S. and Canada, Thank You does not seem enough to say. 
To my Dad, and Father in law, Thank you. 
To my friends and family, Liz, John, & Anna (USA) Thank you.
To Jeff & Bill (USN) Thank you, Andy & Bruce (USMC) Thank you. Dan, & Tom (USAF) Thank you.
To all the folks I met in U.S.A.F. Aux- Civil Air Patrol, Thank you for giving of your time and energy, to teach all the cadets that they are all leaders.
To Kymber my new friend from Canada, Thank you for serving your country.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Occupy Protests Plagued by Reports of Sex Attacks, Violent Crime

  The true colors are shining through of the "OCCUPY AMERICA" movement. Did we see any of this from the "TEA PARTY" rally's? Now they are attacking people who had been giving them free food, but wised up, and said NO. 

Tomorrow is VETERANS DAY , a day to say Thank you to all who served our country. I say every Sept. 17th should be declared "NATIONAL LIBERAL DAY" or "NATIONAL LOSERS DAY" in there honor.

By Perry Chiaramonte Published November 09, 2011|

A rash of reports of sexual assaults at Occupy Wall Street protests across the country has both police and activists raising red flags.
Nearly a half-dozen assaults have been reported at Occupy camps, including three at the New York City protests, which have prompted protesters to set up a “women only” tent in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to provide a safe haven.
“The concern would be the rapes and attacks that aren’t reported,” said Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police union in New York City. “We have no way of really knowing. If you have three or five crimes reported, you really don’t know if it’s eight or 10 that happened.”

The first reported incident occurred on Oct. 8, when a man was accused of sexually abusing a woman who was in a sleeping bag at Zuccotti Park. The victim did not report the incident until a few days later, when she saw the suspect, David Park, 27, at the protest site again.
Park, a Connecticut resident, had been arrested for disorderly conduct at a previous march, and he had numerous warrants out for him in both New York and his home state before the protests began.
Another incident was reported last week when a Brooklyn man, Tonye Iketubosin, 26, was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her tent at Zuccotti Park on Oct. 25.
Iketubosin, a volunteer at the Occupy Wall Street “kitchen,” was questioned about the alleged rape of a second woman on Oct. 29.
Reports of sexual abuse also surfaced in Dallas, where a 23-year-old man was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old runaway girl, and in Cleveland, where cops opened an investigation of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Oct. 15.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Alabama county files for largest ever municipal bankruptcy for $4B over sewer, other debt

I have said it before and I will continue to say it, Unless we get nuked by Iran or we are hit with another 911 type of attack there will not be a "BIG BANG" kind of SHTF.  I believe the United States and other countries of the world are a large ship that will be, if  it has not been already  torpedoed or hit by an iceberg (massive debt and wild spending), do a slow roll over as it sinks. It is such a slow roll that it will take everyone by surprise. This story is just another example of it.
More cities, counties and maybe even states, will file Chap. 11 or 7 to get out from under the huge debt load.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s most populous county filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history Wednesday, years after being plunged more than $4 billion into debt by a corruption-riddled sewer project.
Just two months after it seemed Jefferson County could stave off embarrassment by striking a deal with creditors, talks broke down over about $140 million, said Commissioner Jimmie Stephens, who made the motion to file for the protection. Since 2008, commissioners have tried to avoid the move to settle the debt, which resulted mostly from a mix of outdated sewer pipes, the lagging economy, court rulings and public corruption.

The filing does not wipe out the whole $4.1 billion, said commission president David Carrington, who wasn’t certain how much the county will have to pay back. A plan would have to be worked out in bankruptcy court and approved by a judge and at least one group of creditors, Carrington said. The bankruptcy’s financial burden for residents and employees likely won’t be known until that plan is in place, he said.
Still, the four men and one woman on the board in their 4-1 vote decided it was time to bring the issue to an end and remove the cloud hanging over the county, home to Birmingham, the state’s largest city, commissioners said.
“Jefferson County has, in effect, been in bankruptcy for three years,” Stephens said.

Pray for our Alaska Blogging Friends.

Just a quick note. I feel we should pray for the safety of our fellow bloggers who are living up in Alaska. They are getting rocked my a major storm over the next few hours if not days. Coastal flooding is expected, with waves near or over 12 feet in height. Lets hope they are ready, and they all stay safe.

Here is a link from Fox News..

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Occupy Movement Inspires Unions to Embrace Bold Tactics

Union leaders, who were initially cautious in embracing the Occupy movement, have in recent weeks showered the protesters with help — tents, air mattresses, propane heaters and tons of food. The protesters, for their part, have joined in union marches and picket lines across the nation. About 100 protesters from Occupy Wall Street are expected to join a Teamsters picket line at the Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan on Wednesday night to back the union in a bitter contract fight.
Labor unions, marveling at how the protesters have fired up the public on traditional labor issues like income inequality, are also starting to embrace some of the bold tactics and social media skills of the Occupy movement. 

Last Wednesday, a union transit worker and a retired Teamster were arrested for civil disobedience inside Sotheby’s after sneaking through the entrance to harangue those attending an auction — echoing the lunchtime ruckus that Occupy Wall Street protesters caused weeks earlier at two well-known Manhattan restaurants owned by Danny Meyer, a Sotheby’s board member.
Organized labor’s public relations staff is also using Twitter, Tumblr and other social media much more aggressively after seeing how the Occupy protesters have used those services to mobilize support by immediately transmitting photos and videos of marches, tear-gassing and arrests. The Teamsters, for example, have beefed up their daily blog and posted many more photos of their battles with BMW, US Foods and Sotheby’s on Facebook and Twitter. 

“The Occupy movement has changed unions,” said Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. “You’re seeing a lot more unions wanting to be aggressive in their messaging and their activity. You’ll see more unions on the street, wanting to tap into the energy of Occupy Wall Street.”

The unions are getting closer to the protesters by helping them and controlling this movement. The unions will brain wash as many protesters as they can to vote for the Liberal Left.

Monday, November 7, 2011

1,000 page views

Wow, It is hard to believe that my blog has had 1,000 page views since I started back on Sept. 1 2011. I would like to thank everyone who has visited my page. I would like thank everyone who has become a follower of my blog.

I plan to start giving more of my opinion of events instead of posting news stories from newspapers, and other news media.

Again to everyone, a Big THANK YOU......Rob

Sunday, November 6, 2011

U.S. Citizenship Test, Could you pass?

 This is from the Christian Science Monitor. Its 96 questions long. How would you do. I missed 5 out of 96.

Try it out. Good luck.

Personal Safety

One topic that most bloggers don't seem to touch on enough to me is personal safety and security. I know we all talk about having all kinds of fire arms, maybe pepper spray and such.  There has been way too many stories in the media lately about folks being attacked for no reason.

My family and I have become aware of what is going on around us, our home, car, places we go. I have a family of seven. My wife, myself, 3 sons, and 2 daughters. My wife and daughters are the ones I worry about the most. When we are home the doors are locked, If any of the kids or even the wife or I go outside and don't have keys we call first to let whoever is home we are back or we have a special knock. We have done this for years.

When we lived a small town we still locked the door. One day a women from downstairs came over, she didn’t call or knock. She hit that door knob to open the door and all most knocked herself out cold. Then she knocked and said WTF. Oh sorry we always locked the door. Her reply was but this is a small town, It didn’t matter to us. We were new in town.

When we come home in the car as we come around the corner, we call and have the garage door opened. We don't leave the garage open unless someone is outside. Otherwise it is closed. You can walk into the house from the garage.  If there is a knock at the door and its not the special knock the lady's do not open the door. One of us guys will do it. If we walk in a crowd we all stay together. No one walks alone day or night.

I am big on paying attention to my surroundings.  I am always looking around. People ridding bike drive me nuts as you do not hear them coming up from behind. I tried to research in Google any information on personnel safety, but all I could find was taking self-defense classes. It is a good idea, but I don’t think I want any senior citizens taking on some of the pond scum walking around.  Pepper spray would be a good idea. For anyone older then 21, a weapon would be good.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

ACORN Officials Scramble, Firing Workers and Shredding Documents, After Exposed as Players Behind Occupy Wall Street Protests

By Published November 03, 2011

Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources.
NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources said.

“They’re doing serious damage control right now,” said an NYCC source.
NYCC Executive Director Jon Kest has been calling a series of emergency meetings to discuss last week’s report—and taking extreme measures to identify the sources in their office and to prevent further damage, a source within NYCC told
Two staffers were fired after NYCC officials suspected them as the source of the leaks, a source told “One was fired the day the story came out, the other was fired on Friday. (NYCC senior staff) told everyone that they were fired because they talked to you,” a source said.

NYCC spokesman Scott Levenson denied that anyone was fired for talking to the press.’s report identified NYCC as a key organizing force behind the Occupy Wall Street protests. Sources within the group also told NYCC was hiring people to carry signs and join the protests. NYCC -- a nonprofit organization run almost entirely by former ACORN officials and employees --did not reply for comment prior to the publication of the initial article, but later posted a statement on its website dismissing the article and denying that it pays protesters.
A source said that immediately following publication of the report staff were called into the Brooklyn office for meetings headed by NYCC’s organizing director, Jonathan Westin. Westin handed out copies of the article and went through it line-by-line, the source said

Staffers were also given copies of photos of Senior Fox News Correspondent Eric Shawn and three other Fox News staff members, including this reporter.
“They reminded us that we can get fired, sued, arrested for talking to the press,” the source said. “Then they went through the article point-by-point and said that the allegation that we pay people to protest isn’t true.”
 “‘That’s the story that we’re sticking to,’” Westin said, according to the source.
The source said staffers at the meeting contested Westin’s denial:
“It was pretty funny. Jonathan told staff they don’t pay for protesters, but the people in the meeting  who work there objected and said, ‘Wait, you pay us to go to the protests every day?’ Then Jonathan said  ‘No, but that’s your job,’ and staffers were like, ‘Yeah, our job is to protest,’ and Westin said, ‘No your job is to fight for economic and social justice. We just send you to protest.’
“Staff said, ‘Yes, you pay us to carry signs.’ Then Jonathan says, ‘That’s your job.’ It went on like that back and forth for a while.”

During the meetings, NYCC Deputy Director Greg Basta provided Westin with the copied photos of Fox News reporters to hand out to staff members, the source said. Basta told staffers they might be asked about the article when out in communities working on campaigns or when calling people by phone, the source said.
“They told us if people bring up the article, we’re supposed to say the source and all the stuff in there came from a disgruntled ex-employee who’s not working with us anymore.”
NYCC is also monitoring its staff’s behavior, cracking down on phone use and socialization. Officials have ordered all papers -- even scraps -- to be shredded every night, the source said.

“And all the supplies—everything around the office that said ‘ACORN’ -- is now all in storage until this blows over,” the source said. “People literally have to cover up the cameras on the back of their cellphones in the office.”
“Now there’s no texting in the office, no phone calls in the office. They tell us to take our phone calls out into the waiting room where there’s an intercom, and then they turn on the intercom to hear our conversations. They’re installing new cameras and speakers around the building so they can hear everything. 
“It’s almost like working at Fort Knox.”

NYCC officials declined repeated requests to respond to specific questions about the organization’s response to last week’s story. The group on Wednesday instead sent this statement, attributed to NYCC board member Jean Sassine:
"New York Communities for Change participates in protests, direct action, social activism and campaigns that promote social and economic justice.  We see FOX as the enemy to those efforts.  For the record, this is consistent with Fox attacks on Van Jones, Shirley Sherrod, George Soros, Citizen Action, Planned Parenthood and all those who stand for social justice.  Once again, FOX entertainment poses as FOX News. Once again, FOX makes a series of false, unsubstantiated claims and accusations which have no basis in fact. Once again, through a series of sources FOX structures a story which is nothing but a series of lies."
Westin did respond to some questions a day earlier, when approached by at an NYCC event in Manhattan.
When asked if a staff member was fired because people thought he’d talked to the press, Westin said, “I have no idea.” When asked about handing out photos of Fox News employees, he said, “I have been? No, I don’t think I have been. That wasn’t me.”

Westin did acknowledge NYCC staff have met to discuss last week’s report. “People talked about it,” he said. “People are interested.”
He also deflected a question about the allegation that staffers were being told to blame the report on disgruntled staffers, telling this reporter to contact him later via email.
Responding to reports of pushback from staffers who said they were being paid to go to the protests, and reports NYCC had recently hired people as canvassers or organizers and then sent them to the protests, Westin replied repeatedly “We don’t pay people to protest.”
Westin later did not reply to two emails asking for follow-up.

Blogger whose book inspired alleged terror plots says violence likely if Americans provoked

Blogger whose book inspired alleged terror plots says violence likely if Americans provoked
  • Article by: JAY REEVES and GREG BLUESTEIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 3, 2011 - 5:41am
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - On his website, militia leader-turned-blogger Mike Vanderboegh writes about fed-up Americans responding to government violence with guns and grenades, even deadly gas. It's an attempt to warn the government that people are armed and angry, he says, just like last year when he urged those upset with President Barack Obama's health care plan to toss bricks at Democratic Party offices.

A few people shattered office windows then, and federal prosecutors now say his online novel about a militia making war against the U.S. government inspired a group of four retirement-age men in Georgia to plot an attack on unnamed government leaders using guns, the highly deadly toxin ricin and explosives.
Vanderboegh said he doesn't know the suspects. He ridiculed the men's plans and chuckled at the notoriety he has gained for his online rants.

"It comes with the territory," he said in an interview from his home in a Birmingham suburb. Vanderboegh hasn't been charged with any wrongdoing.
The four suspected militia members allegedly boasted of a "bucket list" of government officials who needed to be "taken out"; talked about scattering ricin from a plane or a car speeding down a highway past major U.S. cities; and scouted IRS and ATF offices, with one man saying, "We'd have to blow the whole building like Timothy McVeigh," a reference to the man executed for bombing a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995.
Federal investigators said they had them under surveillance for at least seven months, infiltrating their meetings at a Waffle House, homes and other places, before finally arresting them Tuesday, just days after discovering evidence they were trying to extract ricin from castor beans.

The four gray-haired men appeared in federal court Wednesday without entering a plea. Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65, and Samuel Crump, 68, were jailed for a bail hearing next week. They apparently had trouble hearing the judge, some of them cupping their ears.
Thomas and Roberts were charged with conspiring to buy an explosive device and an illegal silencer. It wasn't clear whether they actually made any purchases and prosecutors wouldn't comment. Adams and Crump were charged with conspiring to make a biological toxin.
Relatives of two of the men said the charges were baseless. The public defender assigned to the case had no comment.

Connecticut's Power Woes Outshine Rest

RIDGEFIELD, Conn.—A dozen states were hit hard by the same unexpected October storm, but none went dark like Connecticut, where power outages are becoming a chronic problem.
More homes and businesses remain without power in Connecticut—540,000—than in the other Northeastern states combined after Saturday's storm, officials said. And no other state is predicting it will take as long—until Sunday—to turn the lights back on. Two months ago, Tropical Storm Irene cause similarly widespread outages.

"We thought Irene was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, but clearly it wasn't," said Jane Donnelly, whose home here in the state's bucolic northwest corner had no power as of Wednesday.
Those two major storms have highlighted systemic problems with how power is delivered in Connecticut and how disruptions are fixed, said state officials and experts who pointed to three main issues.
First, Connecticut Light & Power, the state's largest electricity provider, has cut staff by more than 20% in the past decade and relies heavily on out-of-state crews to repair power lines during major outages.
Second, in a state with no county governance, storm responses can be piecemeal and hard to coordinate, officials said.

And perhaps most importantly, the state is more densely forested and populated than most, leaving its more than 20,000 miles of mostly above-ground power lines vulnerable to falling snow-laden trees. Burying the lines would be more expensive than elsewhere because so much of the state rests on bedrock, officials said.
Gov. Dannel Malloy, touring some of the hardest-hit areas of Danbury and Ridgefield on Wednesday, said the storms have brought into sharp focus the state's problems with tree and power-line maintenance. The state crams 3.6 million people into roughly 5,000 square miles, and its streets and highways have become overgrown by leafy trees and shrubs. 

"Trees and power lines don't mix, it's that simple," said Mr. Malloy in an interview. "We are three-and-a-half times as forested as we were in 1985…had we done a better job as a state in the last 20 years in maintaining trees and infrastructure, we wouldn't have had this problem."

We all know that any preppers living in Conn. have what they need to live. Can't say the same for everyone else. I highlighted the part where the power company had cut 20% of its staff the last ten years. Smart, real smart.

Recession Drives More People Into Poverty-Wracked Neighborhoods of U.S.

The number of Americans living in neighborhoods beset by extreme poverty surged in the last decade, erasing the progress of the 1990s, with the poorest areas growing more than twice as fast in suburbs as in cities.
At least 2.2 million more Americans, a 33 percent jump since 2000, live in neighborhoods where the poverty rate is 40 percent or higher, according to a study released today by the Washington-based Brookings Institution.
The report, which analyzed Census Bureau data, shows the extent to which the U.S. lost ground in efforts to fight poverty during a decade marked by recessions, including the deepest slump in seven decades. The Midwest and South were hardest hit, suffering from manufacturing job losses and the housing bust.
“With two downturns and a decade that saw the typical household income fall, the 2000s took an economic toll,” said Elizabeth Kneebone, a senior research associate at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and lead author of the report.

When people are concentrated in very poor neighborhoods, they face a host of additional problems from worse schools and fewer job opportunities to poor health, she said.
The report follows the release of data by the Census Bureau in September that showed the number of people living in poverty was the highest in the 52 years since the agency began gathering the statistic. U.S. household income fell to its lowest level in more than a decade in 2010 and poverty rose to a 17-year high.

Looks like more people are moving back into the city from the suburbs. With the cost of gas, and the lack of jobs, what choice do people have. But as more people move into the city the cost of rental housing is going up, more demand and less available. Another part of the ticking bomb, SHTF.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What OWS really is about

The best quote I have found yet that sums up the "Occupy Wall Street" or as I am call it "Occupy America" movement. 

Seniors vs OWS

                               Just fill in your own opinion

Israel Reportedly Considers Pre-Emptive Attack on Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly trying to rally support for an attack on Iran, according to government sources.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are said to be among those backing a pre-emptive strike to neutralize Iran's nuclear ambitions, Sky News reports.
A "narrow majority" of ministers currently oppose the move, which could lead to retaliation.
In response to reports of an effort to gain cabin approval on Netanyahu's proposal, Lieberman said: "Iran poses the most dangerous threat to world order."

Lieberman added that Israel's military options should not be a matter for public discussion.
In response to Netanyahu's proposal, Iran's military chief warned that an Israeli attack on the Islamic nation's nuclear development sites "will inflict heavy damages," according to the Iranian ISNA news agency.
"The U.S. officials know that the Zionist regime's military attack against Iran will inflict heavy damages to the U.S. seriously, as well as the Zionist regime," said Hassan Firouzabadi, Iran's chairman of the joint chiefs of staff of Iran's armed forces.

Israel successfully test-fired on Wednesday a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and striking Iran. An Israeli defense official told The Associated Press that the military tested a "rocket propulsion system" in an exercise planned long ago. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of security restrictions, and declined to give further information.

Cafe Owner Says He Was Forced to Cut Staff by Nearly a Fourth Because of 'Occupy' Protests

By Published November 01, 2011 |

A New York City cafe cut its staff by nearly 25 percent last week because of lost business due to the ongoing Occupy Wall Street protests, the cafe's owner told
Marc Epstein, owner of the Milk Street Cafe at 40 Wall Street in lower Manhattan, said he had to cut 21 of the 97 members of his staff on Thursday and Friday after seeing sales plummet by 30 percent in the six weeks since the protests began. He's also been forced to slash the restaurant operating hours, moving up his closing time from 9 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

The incessant noise and police activity aside, Epstein said the biggest obstacle to his business has been the ubiquitous New York police barricades surrounding Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.
"It's not only a physical impediment, it's a psychological impediment," Epstein told "You look down Wall Street now, and it looks like it's under siege. So, people who have to walk down Wall Street don't walk down Wall Street. It used to be a beautiful pedestrian mall, and now it's not -- it's ugly."
If the barricades are not removed, Epstein said he "cannot see" how his business could sustain itself. The eatery, which opened in June, is a $4 million venture and is an expansion of the Boston restaurant he and his wife opened decades earlier. "It's my first venture in New York and my last venture in New York," he said.

Once again while they are trying to make an issue with "BIG BUSINESS"and greed, all they have done is screw the little guy, just like "BIG BUSINESS" When will OWS get a clue?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

4 Suspected U.S. Militia Members Charged in Plot to Attack Government Officials

Published November 01, 2011 | Associated Press
Four suspected members of a fringe north Georgia militia group were arrested Tuesday by federal authorities and charged with plotting to buy explosives and trying to make a deadly toxin in a bizarre plot to attack unnamed government officials.
The four men in their 60s and 70s were part of a group that also tried to obtain an unregistered explosive device and sought out the complex formula to produce ricin, a biological toxin that can be lethal in small doses, according to a federal complaint.

The four listed in the indictment are Frederick Thomas, 73; Dan Roberts, 67; Ray Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68. The men live in the north Georgia towns of Cleveland and Toccoa. They have been talking about "covert" operations since at least March 2011, according to court records, discussing murder, theft and using toxic agents and assassinations to undermine the state and federal government.
At one meeting, investigators say, Thomas openly discussed creating a "bucket list" of government employees, politicians, corporate leaders and members of the media he felt needed to be "taken out."
"I've been to war, and I've taken life before, and I can do it again," he told an undercover investigator, according to the records.

Thomas' wife, Charlotte, called the charges "baloney." "He spent 30 years in the U.S. Navy. He would not do anything against his country," she said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.
Thomas and Roberts are accused of buying what they believed was a silencer and an unregistered explosive from an undercover informant in May and June 2011. Prosecutors say he discussed using the weapons in attacks against federal buildings.
Prosecutors say Crump also discussed making 10 pounds of ricin and dispersing it in Atlanta and various cities across the nation. Adams, meanwhile, is accused of showing Crump the formula to make ricin and identifying the ways to obtain the ingredients.

Charlotte Thomas said her husband was arrested in a restaurant in Cornelia, Ga., and federal agents were at her home when she returned from the grocery store Tuesday afternoon. She said the agents wouldn't let her in her home. "They tore up my house," Thomas said. She said her husband doesn't have an attorney yet.
Margaret Roberts of Toccoa said FBI agents showed up with a search warrant and went through her home, taking a computer and other items.

She said her husband is retired from the sign business and lives on pensions. "He's never been in trouble with the law. He's not anti-government. He would never hurt anybody," she said. Listed numbers for the other two suspects could not be found.
The four men were scheduled to make an initial court appearance on Wednesday. Attorneys for the men were not identified, and the federal defender's office had no immediate comment.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said the case is a reminder that "we must also remain vigilant in protecting our country from citizens within our own borders who threaten our safety and security."