The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Man Crushed to Death by Own Marijuana

Guy Crushed to Death by His Own Marijuana Stash

A man in Brazil was trafficking 1100 pounds of marijuana in the back seat of his car. He led the police on a three mile high speed chase and crashed into a tree. When he crashed, the marijuana in the back seat came into the front seat and smashed him into the steering wheel.

Marijuana public domain wikimedia

As my Granny would say, “That’ll learn ya’.”

While this may be an eye-roller, I concede that it’s a good lesson for those of us who indulge in home repairs, squeezing all kinds of cabinets and plumbing apparatus into our vehicles. I mean, no one wants to die from a toilet attack in their car and end up on this blog, right?

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Hands down my favorite story of the week. Badass WWII Veterans Storm Memorial on National Mall, Defy Government Shutdown Closure. The government actually took the time to put up barriers to our public memorials which always have open access at any other time. Wonder where they got the money for that? I love these vets!

Les Edgerton on Writing: HEROES. This guy knows what it takes to make it.

Congratulations to my awesome publisher, Aaron Patterson–known as A-Pat in the gossip rags–for making the USA Today Bestseller List with Sweet Dreams.

Sweet Dreams by Aaron Patterson

Small motorized object repair with Jess Witkins. I Broke the Fan, so Then I Fixed the Fan

23 Motivating Lessons from Zig Ziglar by Jenny Henson.

Of Monkeys and Men and How We All Need Love by Jennie Saia. Read this and then go hug someone.

Obamacare kicked in this week. Getting health insurance is a blessing for some, but the regulations and devastation to Medicare have been apocalyptic for others. For those who choose not to sign up for health insurance, they could lose their property. A Facebook post went viral when a man talked about how Obamacare allows the government to seize fines from his bank account or take his house. This is partially true. Here is what Snopes has to say about the draconian penalties of not rendering unto the massive social parasite that is our broken health care system. Snopes.com Penalty Shot

After that, we could all use some cheering up. Otter Pups Swim Lesson.

Campaign Style Question of the Week:

All the best to all of you for a week of sensible packing.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Cocaine for Votes

No, this isn’t in Chicago or even Marion Berry’s D.C., but those are good guesses.

Upon reflection, I think there’s a certain honesty in this. It’s a straight out bribe. It isn’t veiled with names like “middle class tax cuts” or “economic stimulus” or “White House Initiative on Educational Excellence  for African Americans.” I don’t like politicians bribing the people with their own money. It’s much cleaner to bribe them with drugs that can be sold and the money used to replace the expired unemployment benefits.

image of cocaine from National Archives, public domain

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I love seeing people using their talents to help others. Karen DeLabar was stricken with Toxic Shock Syndrome. To assist with her medical bills, authors are contributing stories for an anthology to sell on her behalf. Please consider contributing to the Orange Karen Tribute Anthology.

My baby girl went to her first homecoming dance last Saturday so this post by Kenzie Dodd at Jillian Dodd’s blog definitely caught my eye. All That Glitters: Homecoming Dresses

Here’s one for all of the Apple product junkies out there. From Natalie Hartford, Urban Word Wednesday: Macturbate.

image by Glenn Fleishman at wikimedia commons

Great interview from Ellie Soderstrom with best selling author and three time Jeopardy! champion Meg Gardiner. Meg Gardiner: WRITERMOM, Chocolate Lakes, and Ransom River

The power of dance. Jenny Hansen asks Can One Person Make a Difference?

Have you ever done something stunningly stupid? Heather Konik confesses. A Tale Told By an Idiot (Me) My thanks to Heather for having the Superhero Hunger Games. My nominee, River from Firefly, took the prize. No power in the Verse can stop her. 🙂

Celestial Seasonings is celebrating 40 years of Sleepytime Tea with a contest. Sing Your Way to Sleepytime. I’m possibly the only writer on the planet who drinks Sleepytime instead of coffee.

image from Celestial Seasonings

In case you missed it, yesterday was International Day of the Girl. Tameri Etherton wishes us a Happy International Day of the Girl and gives us some terrific links to resources.

Catie Rhodes, author of all things serial killer, paranormal and just plain creepy, welcomes Kimberlee Edgar to her blog today to tell about her experience with a type of Appalachian folk magic called The Blood Verse.

Juliette Terzieff  and Walking Dead star IronESingleton send out an urgent alert. The chapel from Night of the Living Dead is going to be demolished without our help. ZSC Special Alert: Fix the Chapel

My thanks to Awesome Dipped in Glitter Best Selling Author and founder of WANA International Kristen Lamb for the following video. I’m guessing we all know these people.

And for our Campaign Style Poll Daddy of the week . . .

All the best to all of you for getting your money’s worth out of your politicians.

Piper Bayard–The Pale Writer of the Apocalypse

Have the Taliban Evolved? The Attack on Camp Bastion

By Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes*

On September 14, 15 Taliban fighters dressed in US Army style uniforms attacked the UK’s Camp Bastion in Helmand Provence, Afghanistan. The attackers were armed with PKM machine guns, AK-47 assault rifles, rocket propelled grenades and exploding suicide vests. The camp has a perimeter of over 35 km and is a major logistics center for Allied operations in Afghanistan. US Marine Corps Aviation squadrons occupy part of the British base, and sadly, two outstanding Marines lost their lives that night.

Sgt. Bradley Atwell and Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, image from marinecorpstimes.com

Marine Lt. Col. Christopher Raible and Marine Sgt. Bradley Atwell were both killed by an explosion while counter-attacking the Taliban. We offer our sincere condolences to the loved ones of these two great Marines.

The attack is seen by some as something of a hallmark event in the Afghan War. Some feel that it indicates an “evolution” in tactics by the Taliban. The Taliban executed a well-planned attack against a large, well-defended position and managed to destroy several expensive Harrier attack jets, in addition to killing two Marines.

However, in my view the attack is not quite a hallmark event. While the Taliban demonstrated some ability to evolve in their tactics, one must assume that they use some of the abundant time at their disposal to think about their situation and try to identify opportunities. This was hardly a revolutionary combat event. The base has been there for years, and it’s more remarkable that the Taliban took this long to organize an attack against such a valuable and vulnerable Allied asset.

I’m grateful that the Taliban are not commanded by Viet Cong guerillas, Wehrmacht Panzer leaders, Imperial Japanese Army officers, or an L.A drug king pin. If they were, it would be hard to imagine them doing relatively little damage in exchange for fifteen of their own warriors. I’m grateful that few Taliban are capable of reading anything other than the Koran. If they were, they would be far more effective and far more dangerous.

The attack on Camp Bastion will have no impact on US or British policies in Afghanistan. The Allies are in fact already reducing force strength in preparation for a departure from Afghanistan. It’s not like they are going to leave a day early in response to anything that the Taliban or other hoodlums in the area might do.

Some analysts are certain that the attack was “masterminded,” if you can call it that, by the Haqqani brand of Taliban, which has been popular in Pakistan and Afghanistan in recent months. Which particular tribal thug ordered out this particular cadre of suicide fighters is of no great significance because frankly, neither the US nor the British governments intend to do much of anything about it. What would the response be? Would the US military or State Department hold an extra twenty minute meeting with Afghan Gangster in Cheif Muhammad Karzai? What stern phrases would Karzai utter in that meeting? Would he pose for one of his cute “right index finger pointing to heaven while I grimace” pictures? Is there anyone left in Washington or London who could be so gullible as to believe anything that he or his band of thieves would say? I hope not.

My best analysis is that the Taliban were in fact not attempting to impact the Allied mission in Afghanistan by conducting this latest suicide attack. They were more likely trying to impact their own standing within Afghanistan and the region. Once the allies leave Afghanistan, the Taliban face the task of re-asserting their dominance, and they need all the PR help they can get. The Taliban would hate to see anyone else get the profits from those poppy fields.

In the mean time US and Allied military personnel will continue conducting operations against the Taliban and their many local clones while doing their utmost to appear polite and friendly to a population of people that care little about “polite” and know less still about “friendly” when it comes to outsiders. It’s a damned shame that more Allied soldiers and marines will lose their lives while everyone waits for the final departure from this very expensive theatre of the macabre.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Antonio Wilccoxen, an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon gunner, and fellow U.S. Marines with 1st Platoon, Company I, Battalion Landing Team 3/8, Regimental Combat Team 8, walk through a poppy field during a security patrol from their patrol base in Helmand province’s Green Zone, west of the Nar-e Saraj canal, March 31. Elements of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit deployed to Afghanistan to provide regional security in Helmand province in support of the International Security Assistance Force. Image from Department of Defense via publicintelligence.net.

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*‘Jay Holmes’, is an intelligence veteran of the Cold War and remains an anonymous member of the intelligence community. His writing partner, Piper Bayard, is the public face of their partnership.

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