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Post Office Shooting in Jacksonville- Man Shot 5 Times by Wife – Exclusive Photographs of Police Take Down

A few weeks ago a woman shot her husband at a local post office, and fled. She was pursued by the Jacksonville Sherriffs Office, and apprehended at an intersection a couple a hundred yards from my balcony. I got my camera, and started taking photos. I got several. I did not realise what I had until I watched an update from a local news outlet. None of the news stations had photos of the woman being taken down. All of the news outlets had followed the chase from a southerly route, and did their live shots from the south side of the road.  I had the northward view, to myself, and my camera.

I submitted my photographs to news4jax.com, and got credit for my pictures. They said my name at the top of the 10:00 P.M. news, and put my name under the lead photo on their webpage, a photo of the woman on the ground, cuffed. A photo, by the way, that I took with that new camera I have been bragging about. I was able to use the zoom feature to get some great shots from far away, with a clarity that surprised me. The news outlet I gave them to was the only one to have photographs of the take down. NO ONE else had the angle I did. It felt great to get recognition for my work.

Here are the photos:

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I hope you all enjoy these as much as I enjoyed taking them. Not for re-copy, and/or distribution. In other words, these are my intellectual property. The only entity having rights to use these are WP (by user agreement), and News4Jax.com

Cheers,

Mark

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Flipping Through The News – Influenza, Terrorism in Africa, American Military, Economy, Gun Control, Super Bowl 47, Health Tip – Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Hey everyone! I apologise for not writing for a while, and especially for not responding to your blogs. As is par for the course, I have been dealing with health issues, and the personal BS needlessly lurking around me, has not exactly made this a walk in the park. Much has been going on, in the world too, so I am going to kind of flip around the news dial, give a few views, and end this with a health tip, for the day, instead of blabbing about my personal problems. 😀

Looking around the hospital emergency department last week, when I had to be whisked in, for some problems, and looking around the Veterans Hospital when I was there, for some eye appointments last week, I must inform you, if you do not already know, the hospitals are full. Some hospitals are at maximum capacity. Of course this backs up the Emergency Departments, making for long waits. I waited 15 hours for a five-minute exam by a doctor. Turns out I had gotten dehydrated from crohns related stuff. Nonetheless, I have it on good authority the flu has mutated a little bit from what the vaccine was. Most people who got the flu shot are able to shake it, but others are getting really sick. There is a comparison to the H1N1 outbreak back in 2009, just not as severe, for now. For some reason the press has not picked up on the mutation aspect, yet. Needless to say, if you need to see the doctor, try to stay out of the Emergency Department. They are overflowing, and this makes for an excellent breeding ground for influenza. Be careful!

The terrorists are on the move in Northern Africa, Al Qaeda to boot. Apparently they seized hostages, and a natural gas plant, in Algeria. The Algerian government stormed them, some of the hostages got away, and we are waiting for the rest of the details. I applaud the Algerian government for not delaying their attack against these thugs too long. Swift action is a must when dealing with these types. All they understand is brute force, and the swifter they receive it, the swifter the message gets across their actions are futile, that the world will continue to battle against them, and we will find them no matter where they hide. I am very concerned over the location of this incident. North Africa has a power vacuum with the governments of Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt having been overthrown during the so-called Arab Spring. I am mostly worried about Libya becoming a safe haven for terrorists, and the caches of arms left from the Quadaffi regime being used to hurt, and kill innocent people. In essence, I fear Libya may become another pre 9/11/01 Afghanistan. If the United States is forced to occupy Libya, or any other nation, we must reactivate 2 more divisions, of the Army, at a minimum. We may even need to reactivate the draft. We have stretched our professional army to the breaking point. The pain needs to be spread around the entire nation. These wars would not be lasting as long as they have been if more families had to deal with their loved ones being shipped to hostile areas of the globe. The fight we are engaged is a necessary war. If it were not, I would say so; however, we need to use our Armed Forces in a way we are not stretching them to the breaking point. Trust me, the Department of Veterans Affairs, although intending the best, is not geared to help our returning Veterans in a way that will assist them in starting to heal in a way that is dignified, compassionate, and complete. We need more soldiers, plain, and simple. If we are to see the war on terror to a proper conclusion, we will be occupying more nations, in the future. Our professional forces are going on 20 plus tours, per soldier. That is too big of a strain. Please tell your representatives, in DC, to appropriate the funds to activate more divisions, of the Army, so that our men, and women are not being called on to do the impossible. These soldiers, God willing, will have to come back into society, at some point. We want that transition to be as smooth as possible, and one way to see to this is to have more units available for rotation into the war areas without breaking the back of our military. Regardless of what the Pentagon is saying, I know this is smart, and correct strategy. Ask any returning veteran who served front line duty.

Next up, the economy. The answers are not going to be easy, the solutions will be difficult to agree on; however, Republicans, and Democrats need to stop posturing, saying they will/ will not do this, or that, and work out a middle way. The American people want both sides to come together, and for the solution(s) to come from both sides. The key is to bring the left’s solutions, and the right’s solutions more to the center. The middle is where the answers are at. Stop posturing, and start working for the American people. Failure is not an option.

Gun control is unfortunately back on the radar, of the nation, due to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. I can only imagine how the parents of these most innocent victims feel. My heart breaks for them, and my prayers, for their comfort, are being offered on a regular basis. I am not immune to the suffering of this, and similar tragedies. Everyone wants a solution, or solutions, to keep this from happening again. I do too. However, I want us to be really careful we do not rush into anything. Our 2nd amendment rights are there for a reason. Our forefathers had to use the gun to get rid of a tyrannical government, and they wanted us to be able to do the same, should it become necessary. I do not see how we could overcome a tank with an assault rifle, but look at the Syrian rebels, and one can see if freedom is wanted enough, small measures, by determined hands, can effect solutions. The bottom line on gun control, for me, is we need to stay off slippery slopes, and really think this through before enacting draconian measures. The first thing needing the be done is gun owners need to lock their guns up when they are not using them. Being a responsible gun owner can do much to keep them out of the wrong hands. Thorough background checks, which I thought were being done, are a no brainer, and a must before anyone is allowed to purchase a gun. These are just a couple of common sense solutions that will yield results. We want results to come out of our endeavours to prevent another Sandy Hook tragedy; therefore, we must demand solutions that are workable, keep guns out of the hands of crazy people/felons, all the while protecting a key right under our Constitution: the right to keep, and bear arms. Once again, God Bless those mourning the losses of the victims of Sandy Hook, and other gun violence.

The Super Bowl should be interesting this year. Baltimore verses San Francisco, with two brothers head coach of the opposite teams. I totally missed the championship games yesterday because my antenna is not working right, so until I can review some tape, and hear what the sports masters have to say, I cannot call the game yet; however, I would like to see the Ravens win. Middle Linebacker Ray Lewis has overcome many obstacles in his life, and this is his last year playing the game. It would be a good thing to see his team win the Super Bowl.

That is all I have for now. Happy Martin Luther King Day, please take time to remember the sacrifices of the Civil Rights era. Our society is a better one for it. Surely, I would not want to go back to segregation, and Jim Crow. I thank all, living, and dead who participated, on all levels to effect this much better society.

Good luck to President Obama, on his second term.

——–HEALTH TIP—— Can’t sleep? Take a wash cloth, wet it with cool water, wring it out, and place it over your abdomen. This has something to do with blood flow, and the bodies electrical pulses, pulling them to this area, creating a relaxing effect that leads to sleep. I tried this, and had a great night’s sleep. For me that is huge because I am an insomniac! —HEALTH TIP—–

Cheers.

mark

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Was 9-11-01 A Conspiracy? – Questions Needing Answers

Hey everyone. Recently, I have had a lot of  extra time on my hands. Time I have obviously needed, and thus far used to rest/re-charge, and study via video medium, and my favorite medium of all, books.

After the incidents of September 11, 2001, I have heard many conspiracy theories, and being a good soldier, could not see how my government, which I swore a life long oath to could be involved in such a thing; however, I left myself open to the possibility of rogue elements enacting such a plan for various reasons, including at the behest of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). The MIC wields tremendous amounts of power, in our government, and no party is immune.

Tonight’s topic of study was the events of 9-11-01. I decided to listen to the other side, the side many, including me, have labeled the conspiracy side. The totality of the information presented me, has got the old wheels in my head turning.

Here are several items that piqued my interest:

1: The discovery of nano thermite, by an independent lab, from samples taken by a concerned citizen. For those who do not know what this substance is, it is a very powerful, and very hot form of thermite. The samples tested (already been through the explosion, fire, and collapse) were off the charts for their heat producing capability.

2) I have heard structural engineers say the building fell in on itself due to the way it was designed. After looking at many slow motion videos, I can clearly see what looks like smaller explosions shooting out the lower portions, of both towers; furthermore, the buildings imploded the way buildings do when a demolition team takes down a building. It is on record, the center steel structure of the building underwent renovations, to strengthen it. This could have very well been a cover to place nano thermite based charges. I do not know, but someone does, and they will speak out one day, if this indeed was plotted within our own government.

3) The steel from the towers, most of it was sent over seas and sold at bargain prices. Someone may not have wanted this stuff to be looked at closer. I thought it was used domestically to build war ships, and make memorials. I learned very little it was used in such endeavours. Some was, but not much.

4) World Trade Center 7, which was a disaster recovery, and command center used by the city, state, and federal government imploded as if a demolition team had wired the building.  This building also housed the inspection, and work reports, on the work done to the trade centers, as well as being the home to one of the investigating agencies the government hired to explain away  why the towers imploded, as if it were a planned demolition. One of the survivors, of this building has gone on record saying there were explosions popping off in the building. He was rescued. After he gave his second statement about the explosions, on television, he has disapeared, no where to be found, no trace. This is all very queer, in my opinion.

5) The very same day these events took place our military, including NORAD were participating in exercises on what to do if a plane hit a sky scraper, and if the Pentagon were attacked; furthermore, the person who flew the plane into the Pentagon hit it exactly at an area that had been recently reinforced to withstand a hit by an airplane, and this was the ONLY area that had been renovated in such a way.

6) All of the local responders, to the crash of the last airplane, in Pennsylvania, noted how their was hardly any wreckage, for such a large plane, and the crater just did not seem the right size. Looking through other plane crashes, some of which were blown up in the air, the debris fields for those planes were much larger than this one. This is inexplicable.

I am not saying definitively this was an internal conspiracy, but I do believe the American people need to bring up these, and all the other pieces of the puzzle that do not fit, and demand answers. If we have had a coup, this would be tragic. Look at the Patriot Act which has led to us surrendering much of our rights to privacy, and consider the recent passage, and enactment of a law allowing the United States Military to arrest American citizens, here in the states, and hold them with no access to the courts. Taking all of this into account, if it is true 9-11-01 was perpetrated from the inside, of our government, for whatever reason (I suspect weapons, and power, if it be true), we are in a bad way. I pray it be to the contrary, but until I can satisfy my mind on the points I have brought up, along with some other valid points, I will be worried for our rights as American citizens, and the use of our military, in far-flung places.

My heart, and prayers are always for those who lost loved ones on that dreadful day, and for those who have lost loved ones, or had loved ones injured in the subsequent wars. I am in no way trying to diminish their sacrifices.

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Israeli Apartheid – A Path to Genocide?

I use a search feature, for news updates, on certain topics. One of these topics is Israel. I found this summary from Asia News:

“AsiaNews.it Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:28 AM PDT
» by Joshua Lapide Most want to take away voting rights from Israeli Arabs and deny it to Palestinians in case the West Bank is annexed. They also want separate roads for Israelis and Palestinians and the separation of Jewish and Arab children. This “picture is a very, very sick one” for Israel.”

If this is true, it sickens me, and disturbs me deeply. After what the Jewish people have been through, in the course of their history, with Genocide, and Exclusionism, I have hopes, for better attitudes towards people who are different from them.

Genocide has killed more people than all the wars of the twentieth century. From the Turkish genocide of Armenians, Nazi Germany’s genocide of Jews, Hutus in Rwanda chopping up the totsies with machetes, Serbia massacring Bosnian Muslims, Guatemala’s army executing Mayans, and all the other genocides throughout Africa, it is crystal clear genocide is a cancer, on humanity. A cancer that must be excised, from our hearts, minds, and souls.

Genocide happens because we (the world) let it happen. The perpetrators of these atrocities do it because they know they can get away with it. All the UN does is talk while hundreds of thousands, even millions are butchered.

The sovereign state of Israel should exhibit better behavior because of what the Jewish people have been through, in Nazi Germany, with millions of them being killed just because they were Jewish. The killings did not happen over night. The intolerance, and exclusionism creeped up on those poor souls a little bit at a time. Jews who were citizens, of the German state, some of them Veterans of World War 1, became enemies, of the state. Points of views,  like the ones, in this news flash, led to the German state disenfranchising Jews, separating them, and to the genocide of millions.

I hope, and pray clearer heads prevail, and the beliefs described, in this article, are swiftly abandoned. Regardless of those who wish the destruction of Israel, and the Jewish race, the Jewish people need to take the high road, and not take the dark paths that lead to genocide.

I respect, and defend the right of Israel, and the Jewish people, to protect themselves, and their interests; however, when I see things like this article, I fear the darkness of genocide is dimming the light of humanity once again.

This blog entry is not complete without me pointing out the problems America is facing. With the terrorist attacks on the United States by Muslim extremists, it is becoming easy for Americans to group all Muslims together, hold them in contempt, and even hate them. We must be very careful, in our actions, words, and deeds, to not let the acts, of extremists, lead us down the dark paths of genocide, and exclusionism. We need to embrace those who are different from us, not hate them because they are different. We need to be aware our children hear what we  say, and see what we do. Prejudices are learned, we are not born prejudiced. Prejudice is a seed for genocide. We have the choice, to teach love, and tolerance, instead of hate, and intolerance.

We are all made in the image of God.

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My Jaguars Journal – Week 6 – Time To See A Shrink

Week 6 – National Football League, American Football Conference South, Jacksonville Jaguars, Everbank Field, Jacksonville, Florida:  The Jacksonville Jaguars are off this week. This is a good thing. The time off will give the team time, to reflect, on their problems, and time to  seek out solutions. I have a few items on my agenda, this week,  for whatever it is worth.

The offensive woes the Jaguars are going through are painful, to watch. I am sure they are even more painful, for these men, to go through. I do not think they have given up, nor do I think their performances, on the field, are indicative, of the level of talent, on the team; however, I do believe there is something else going on. Something deeper. Could a disgruntled player, or two, be the cause of the offensive woes? It is possible. When I look at who has the most reasons, to be disgruntled, I hate to write this, but Maurice Jones – Drew is at the top of the list. He has millions of reasons, to be disgruntled. He will still get his yards, but he has a high potential, to hurt the team, by fracturing the locker room. There are other players who could singularly divide the locker room too. I used Mr. Jones – Drew as an example, due to his hold out. Nonetheless, we could be seeing the beginnings, of a divided locker room. There are problems as proven by the results, on the field. This team has too much talent, to flop the way they have been doing, not just lose, but outright flop!  Send the Offense, to see a sports psychologist, or even a cadre, of regular, as well as sports psychologists. While we are at it, send the whole team. Whatever the poison is, our once feared defense has become infected too. Our defense, that as recently as last year was a highly rated defense is  a laughing-stock this year. The coach, GM, and owner need to participate in these psychological sessions too. Moreover, I have noticed owner Shad Khan‘s children/relatives around the players, after the game, in the locker room, and such. I know the kids want to learn Daddy’s business, but this is not the time for it. The guys have to watch what they say, and do, because little Khans will tell big Khan about any problems. Sometimes these guys just need to let it out. Having ownership around too much is a recipe for failure; look at the Dallas Cowboys, and how much Jerry Jones is around. When was the last time Dallas fielded a great team?

This is all I have for this week. Bottom line here, the entire team needs to see sports psychologists, and perhaps regular psychologists too, so as to see whats bugging them. It is also very important to remember,  just as the Bears will need help getting over the murder of their fan, in Jacksonville, at the Jacksonville Landing, the Jaguars need to deal with this too. My heart, prayers, and sympathies go out to the family, and loved ones of the murder victim. I hope the murderer gets the maximum punishments allowed by law.

Jags Fans, and Blog friends, as well as others just cruising through, Take Care of Yourself.  If you know someone who is struggling with illness, give them a call. You will be a blessing to them, and you may even feel better about yourself afterwards. You should feel better, because being a blessing to someone, even with something as simple as a phone call, can mean more than you will ever realise.

Take Care,

mark

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My Jaguars Journal – Week 5 – Bears Destroy Jagaurs – Bears Fan Stabbed at Jacksonville Landing

The Jacksonville Jaguars loss, in front of yet another sell out crowd, to the Chicago Bears, was the single worst day in team history. I have been a fan, from the beginning, and this game was a blow out. Yet another Jag Flop, for the record books.

During the first, and for most of the second quarter, the teams were locked up, 3 to 3, then something happened. What? I do not know. Perhaps Lovie Smith figured out the playbook Head Coach Mularkey was using, or more likely the Jaguars mistakes got the best of them (not a good day for 2nd year QB Blaine Gabbert). I also saw that the Bears outplayed them. The Chicago Bears came into our house, and like every team has done so far this season, man handled us.

We have a week off, to hit the re-set button, but I do not know if that will be enough. Historically speaking Jaguars teams under a new Head Coach have not exactly racked up the wins during that first season. New Coach, new Owner, and a young offense equals a rough year to be a Jaguars fan. Dont give up the ship though. Look around the league at the teams who have waited years to be where the Jaguars went under Coach Tom Coughlin. Between Coughlin’s great coaching, and ex-owner Wayne Weavers free spending, we put a good team on the field. It all caught up to us when the salary cap got to us, but man did we had a hell of a team. One thing is sure, GM Gene Smith’s blue light, dumpster diving specials, to fill out the roster, for a cheap owner (former owner Wayne Weaver) are not doing anything but taking up space. Our offensive line is a joke, and Blaine Gabbert will never develop into a good quarterback so long as he is not protected. Our so called great defense sure has fell apart. Face it, Mel Tucker needs to be his own man. If you are going to call him the Defensive Coordinator, unshackle him from Jack Del Rio’s playbook, and style, and let him run the defense the way he wants. He is a 3-4 coordinator, let him make it so, or free him from this sham of a defense.

I hope we can pull out at least a .500 season, and win the rest of our games, at home. It sucks for the fans, and players to have a blowout like was dealt us by the Bears last week.

Onto a much more serious note. My heart, prayers, and Christian sympathies go out to the family, and friends of the Chicago Bears fan who was stabbed to death after the game, at the Jacksonville Landing. This is a very tragic event. The perpetrator is not representative of the people of Jacksonville, and I just want to say I am so sorry. The citizens of Jacksonville will be insisting the city government come off the money so our very fine Sheriffs Office can enhance security, at these type places. I have not been to a bar, sports club, or pub, in years, so I really do not know what all is happening; however, I did work in the Hospitality Industry here in Jacksonville, when I left the Army, and know for sure off duty police officers are available, to be hired, for security, or even extra security. I am hoping the owner, of the place this happened at, had proper off duty police security. Bouncers cannot handle things when people are wielding knives, and other deadly weapons.

Take Care, and Be Careful

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Florida Mayor Proposes Drastic Cuts To Police Force In Troubled Times

Jacksonville, Florida – Mayor Alvin Brown, (D), Jacksonville, pledged when he became Mayor, to not raise taxes, go over the city budget with a fine tooth comb, and reduce waste. These pledges, along with other promises, such as the one he took, and followed through on, to not take a City retirement, are admirable promises, on which he has mostly delivered.

I believe in reducing government waste,  that our politicians need to remember they are stewards of the people’s business,  and our government needs to get the most it can out of every penny, of the people’s money. Mayor Brown has not only talked the talk, he has walked the walk; however, there does come a time to bend like the willow, rather than stand like the mighty oak. Recent developments between the Mayor’s office, and the Sheriff’s  office, over how best to spend the people’s money, is a good example of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, and the need to bend like the willow, to save a valuable public institution. 

Last budget year, the Mayor submitted a budget in which the Sheriff’s office was to make cuts. Sheriff John Rutherford (R), Jacksonville, did his part, and convinced the police officers of Duval County to do the same, and even more, for the same pay. It was hard, but ways were found to meet the cuts the Mayor wanted, and the public safety, apparently has not suffered. I say apparently because sometimes we do not know how things are going on the street for some time, because statisticians, and the like must go over records, and look for the empirical data needed to issue factual studies as to how things have actually worked out.

This budget year the Mayor has submitted a budget calling on the Sheriff’s office to cut almost $30,000,000.00 from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) budget, in addition to the cuts made last year. As if this were not enough, another $7,000,000.00, in cuts, to the JSO budget, were hidden in the Mayors budget proposal, and Sheriff John Rutherford was unaware of this, having not been informed by Mayor Alvin Brown, or his staff. Thankfully Sheriff Rutherford discovered these additional cuts before the budget went before the City Council.

The bottom line on these cuts, to the Sheriff’s office budget, will be the elimination of Duval County’s entire force of Public Service Officers, and the elimination of nearly 100 sworn Police Officers, including Guards, at the jail. A brief example of how this will impact the citizens of Duval County is when a person has an automobile accident, they will now have to call the Florida Highway Patrol, to have an accident report made. I am sure traffic control issues surrounding an accident will endanger motorists unfortunate enough to be near an automobile accident. Public safety at major events will also be compromised because there will not be enough Sworn Officers, and Public Service Officers to post, at these events, in case of a problem. Cuts in patrols will encourage drug dealers to expand their operations, murderers to murder, and other various types of criminals to commit crimes. I do not like this picture. It is insane to cut public safety to this point.

Sherriff John Rutherford, to his credit, is asking the people of Jacksonville to not accept these cuts. He firmly believes public safety will be compromised. He submits to the taxpayers that they pay the same amount of property tax they paid last year, and this single act will allow the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office to avoid the draconian cuts the Mayor is proposing. This means, if a citizen paid $1,000.00 in property taxes last year, they would pay the same this year. I see nothing wrong with this. It is not a tax increase, and it will save the current makeup of a very valuable asset of Jacksonville, it’s Police Force. I would even agree to a half cent increase to the sales tax, in order to avoid drastic cuts, to the protection of the citizens of Jacksonville, provided by our Police Officers, in these troubled times.

Mayor Alvin Brown, and the City Council are playing with fire. If these cuts go through, and Jacksonville once again becomes the murder capital of Florida, none of these politicians calling for these cuts to our Police Force will be re-elected. Worse than not being re-elected will be having the citizens of Jacksonville being preyed on by criminals, and children getting shot in the cross fire of gang wars. Even worse crimes could be around the corner, if the Mayor, and City Council do not back down, on the cuts, to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Someone has not thought this through, and that someone is Mayor Alvin Brown (D), Jacksonville.

mark

PS: News is City Council rejected Sheriff’s proposal to save the Police Department

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