Sunday, September 28, 2008

God Speed Paul Newman

Though I never got the chance to meet Paul. He was many times only 2 doors down on our working class neighborhood in Broomall PA. Our neighbors were very friendly with Paul & his family. Of course being a younster I didn't get an invite to any event which had paul. But from the stories I had heard, Paul was a standup guy who tried and didn;t try and hide mental health


issues no did he shy away from the probloms that go along with the medical conition

Pual would stop to eat at my neighbor's small suburbnn home. Usually it was quick & quiet round wiht 6ual egging on his

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Rest Easy Patrick McDonald

Yesterday the world lost another hero. Officer Patrick McDonald was executed on the streets of Philadelphia. Daniel Giddings, the scumbag who did this was chased down and killed by brother officers. Officer Richard Bowes was wounded during the gunfight with Giddings. Officer McDonald was only on the job for 8 short years however he had already been recruited for the elite Highway Patrol unit. Officer McDonalds father was a retired Captain from the Philadelphia FD.

Daniel Giddings was a career scumbag who was out on patrol after serving 10 years of a 12 year sentence. The gun was purchased in South Carolina by a straw purchaser who bought the gun and illegally sold it. The ATF is questioning this loser and hopefully will make him or her the poster child for straw purchasing and sent them to the federal pen for at least 20 years!

Details on the shooting and funeral arrangements can be found at

6 ABC & at FOP Lodge 5

Condolences can be left at The Officer Down Memorial Page

My prayers go out to the family and friends of Patrick McDonald and Richard Giddings and his family & friends.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

9-11-08

I was traveling on 9-11 but I still did not forget that fateful day in 2001 when so many gave their lives. Actually it was kind of eerie to be flying on that day but I had no choice in the matter. To many around me it seemed like just another day which is truly ashame. We must never forget what happened that day and those who died. It's only been 7 years but to many it must be ancient history to others so it is as vivid as yesterday.

http://www.fdnylodd.com/9-11-Never-Forget/Memorials/Blood-Of-Heroes.html

 

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Murderer on the Loose in Philly!


Very nice. As we privatize more and more services things like this can't help but happen. My questions is, what are the qualifications of the people transporting him? I am reasonably sure that being private agents they are not authorized to go armed on the aircraft unlike a public servant who is authorized to fly armed. This guy is a convicted murderer, not a traffic offender or something silly like that, he's a serious felon who should have had serious security on him. Kudo's to the state of DE on trying to save money by cutting costs where it shouldn't!

A man sentenced to a life term in Delaware is at large after his escape at Philadelphia International Airport.
The Delaware Department of Correction says 43-year-old Tarriq Ali, also known as Wendell Husser, was being transported from California back to Delaware by a private prisoner transportation service when he escaped.

The department says the escape happened about midnight Friday but department officials weren't informed until Sunday.

A company called Prisoner Transport Services of America had been hired by the state to return Ali to Delaware.

Ali was convicted of attempted murder in Delaware in 1995, but was sent to California under a prisoner exchange agreement.

Bomb Found

This is getting a little close to home. I am in West Chester often enough that this scares me a bit. - Chuck
Bomb found at West Chester garage was "designed to injure"
By Kathleen Brady Shea
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Authorities are working to determine who placed a "dangerous" bomb outside a well-used, downtown West Chester parking garage, prompting building evacuations and detouring traffic for hours Monday

Local police called in the Montgomery County Bomb Squad, which serves the 5-county area. Montgomery County Sheriff John P. Durante, who heads the unit, said officials determined about 1 p.m. that a suspicious package, which had been found earlier by the parking attendant, was a device "that can maim and cause death."

And John T. Hagenman, an spokesman for the federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which is involved in the investigation, said the bomb was "designed to injure...this was not a device used by someone who was playing around."

Experts successfully detonated the explosive, Durante said. He said the bomb squad would maintain a presence in the area for at least 24 hours as the investigation proceeds.

"Without getting into any specifics - and certainly we don't want to compromise any ongoing investigation - somebody obviously intended ill harm," said West Chester Police Chief Scott L. Bohn. "It certainly was a dangerous device."

Bohn said police were called to the Mosteller garage on Chestnut and Walnut streets at 7:25 a.m. Monday by the garage attendant, who noticed a "suspicious package" outside the west entrance.

Officers who searched the premises found two additional packages inside, prompting the closure of several nearby businesses, including the YMCA, which had to relocate its child day-care center, said Bohn. The additional packages proved to be nonexplosive, he said.

Bohn also said the door to the 24-hour garage's electrical panel, which is normally locked, was open. He said he did not know yet whether the open door was related to the explosive.

Sections of High, Chestnut and Walnut streets were closed most of the day and traffic was detoured around the site until 5:30 p.m. when everything but a stretch of Chestnut by the garage was reopened.

At the same time, as police and ATF agents were still collecting evidence, drivers who had left their vehicles in the garage before it was closed in the morning were allowed to retrieve them. The garage will be open for business as usual Tuesday morning, police said.

Bohn said authorities do not believe the incident resembled the work of the so-called "suburban bomber."
From March 2000 through November 2001, 20 bombs were found along the border of Chester and Montgomery Counties, mainly in the Phoenixville area. No one was hurt, but police have said many of the devices were dangerous and designed to kill. The identity of the bomber, and the motive, remain a mystery.

The site of the discovery is ultimately destined for demolition. Several years ago, the West Chester Borough Council, which owns the garage, voted to replace the 35-year-old structure, which has 414 parking spaces, with a modern, bigger facility, a process that is still in the planning stages.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Heading Home

We are heading out shortly to return home. We accomplished much and made some great friends. It is with a heavy heart that we return though as it looks like Ike may head this way. Rest assured though there are thousands of other guardsmen waiting to come to the aid of anywhere that Ike comes. I have seen a tremendous outpouring of support down here and it is awesome. This is what we do, we help each other out in a time of need. The national guard (both Army & Air) are fully prepared and fully able to provide any support necessary for whatever disaster, natural or otherwise that hits this country.

Tommorroy is 9/11 and I will be traveling home. Please take a moment to remember those who gave their lives on the fateful day and all those who have given their lives since. Also to all those deployed you are in our prayers. So tommorrow raise a glass to "Absent Companions", drain your glass and put it upside down on the bar.

Check Out - Blackfive for more info on this toast.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Gustav & Ike

Still here waiting to see what Ike will do. The folks here at the LANG have treated us like kings, the food has been amazing and they appreciate our help. Things down south are pretty bad even though nobody is reporting it.

Special thanks to Miss Linda for keeping the club open every day since the hurricane. The cold beers after a hot busy day were awesome.

More to follow!

Friday, September 05, 2008

GUSTAV

I am currently in Pineville LA helping our friends at the LA National Guard get back on their feet. The left thinking media isn't reporting much but there is some serious damage in LA, this area isn't real bad but there is some flooding and lots of power problems. I'll report as I can on the situation.