Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Again, we remember


While those few that remain are still young in their memories, and many who were were once young will forever remain so, those of us who came after once again remember and commemorate the sacrifices made on this day in 1944 when the Allied Armies invaded Festung Europa. Less than one year later, Adolph Hitler lay dead in the burning remains of Berlin and for one glorious second, Europe was free. Men like these paid the butcher's bill for that, and they deserve nothing less than our everlasting gratitude and remembrance.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

What we have here...

Is an amazing lack of situational awareness. Along with some amazing stupidity.

The swarm of teenagers milling around the Village at Sandhill on Saturday evening was "alarming," but Monica Elkins-Johnson continued into Blue Fin Seafood Restaurant and Bar to meet a friend for dinner.

However, dinner was interrupted when the area outside the businesses erupted into chaos.

"I saw a huge amount of students just running," said Elkins-Johnson, who is a member of the Richland 2school board. "They were running from the back of the movie theater to Blue Fin. They were running across the street, jumping over cars, running into cars."

Minutes later, teenagers began fighting in front of Elkins-Johnson, who was sitting on the restaurant's patio. That's when the educator of more than 20 years jumped into action to try to break up the fight. A server at the restaurant jumped over the patio railing to help, Elkins-Johnson said.

Just briefly, let's run down the list:

  1. "Swarm" of teenagers
  2. Ignored a feeling of alarm
  3. Saw people running, apparently sat waiting to see what was happening
  4. Jumped into the middle of a riot
Numbers 1 and 2 should have led to her saying to herself "Self, I think we'll be eating elsewhere tonight." Number 3 should have led to her dropping more than enough cash on the table to cover the food and a tip and de-assing the AO immediately by the nearest exit that took her in the opposite direction. Number 4 is just stupid--you get hurt or killed pulling dumb stunts like that.

But the money quote is this, from Elkins-Johnson herself.

"You don't run to fights; you run away from fights," she recalled telling them. "A bullet does not have a name on it."

She really should take her own advice.

Do you blog? Have a Facebook account?

Then the Department of Homeland Security is probably going to be creeping on you.

I suppose I should apologize for all those times I made light of the concerns of those who said something about "being on the list". Then again, for me, what's one more list? DHS, welcome to The Freehold. You already know who I really am, so wave when you drive by the house. :-)