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I’m back


I haven’t written in a while and I’ve been asked why.  One would think that with everything that is going on all the time, I’d never run out of material.  That’s true, there is plenty to write about; the sad truth of the matter is that I’ve allowed myself to get a little de-motivated, and that’s inexcusable.

I have been keeping myself active, attending meetings, and continuing with my routines.  And I’ve been reading quite a bit and generally staying abreast of what’s going on.

Two weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending Glenn Beck’s American Revival tour up in Orlando.  How incredibly awesome that was!  There were 8,000 kindred spirits in attendance from every walk of life and age group.  It was a blessing.  I also had the opportunity to share the ride with Boris, and we had a lot of laughs and good conversation on the ride.

Last weekend, I spent as much time as I could at my church and celebrated Resurrection Sunday with a lot of friends and extended family.

The news of yesterday and today inspired me to write an entry, so now that I’ve shared my absence, let me tell you about the bug that crawled up my butt.

Diplomatic Immunity reared its ugly head again in the form of one Mohammed al-Madadi.  Apparently this “diplomat” from Qatar was conducting a routine visit to a Qatari citizen imprisoned in the U.S. as an al Qaida terrorist.  That alone should have set of the alarms and red flags, but naturally, it didn’t.  So, Mr. Diplomat decides to visit the restroom and stoke up a pipe while in there.  Upon leaving said restroom, he was confronted by a flight attendant who smelled the smoke.  When asked about it, he casually said that he was trying to light his shoe, ala Richard Reid.  Blah, blah, blah, the Marshalls got him and he was restrained from any more shenanigans during the flight.  He’s not going to be charged, and is being recalled to his homeport.

If you’ve read this far, you’re probably wondering why I just recapped what to most might sound like a humdrum news story.  It’s real simple!  I believe this was not a simple case of a guy with diplomatic credentials trying to get away with smoking a pipe full of who knows what in the restroom on a plane and then being very flippant in his responses.  This was clearly another dress rehearsal/dry run to show his counterparts how easy it is to board a plane with the means of igniting a fuse.  We got lucky yet again; but unless and until we stop pandering to our enemies the next “diplomat” that boards a plane with a cigarette lighter may very well be the one who enters the restroom and lights up the whole plane.

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