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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Troubling News

As you all may know, my son works out of Roanoke's fire station house #3 downtown. I never thought about it before but, based on this bit of news from Lieutenant Rhett Fleitz, I hope the city is paying him combat zone pay.
Firefighters find bombs in local Cemetery

Roanoke City Firefighters found 2 homemade bombs in St. Andrews Cemetery on Monday. The firefighters responded to a trash bin fire when they made the discovery. This is a reminder to all the firefighters in the Valley of the possibilities of these occurrences. (

Good grief. There are some freaky people in this world.

I should ask Lt. Fleitz if the city would have an objection to my riding shotgun - literally - when Jarrod goes out on a run. My guess is they'd frown on it.

Now It's a Race

Well, it looks like the New York Senate race in 2006 is shaping up to be a contest between "a pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-affirmative action, pro-gay-civil unions and pro-immigration" woman, with a husband who has a criminal record against a pro-choice, pro-gun control, pro-affirmative action, pro-gay-civil unions and pro-immigration woman, with a husband who has a criminal record. (link)

I guess the race will have to be judged as a beauty contest.

Pictured above is Republican Westchester County D.A. Jeanine Pirro, who rates a 10 on my babe-a-legislator meter, and who just announced her candidacy for the seat. She'll be competing with Hillary, about whom it is said takes a village to hoist that butt of hers up into her SUV when she goes out on the campaign trail.

Babe-a-legislator meter? I cannot forget the scene down in the Caribbean, broadcast on every television network from here to al Jazheera, showing her in her bathing suit dancing with her cigar aficionado on the beach. It is a scene permanently etched in my memory.

My only thought at the time was, "May God have mercy."

Click on image to enlarge.
Photo courtesy of the Westchester County DA's office via NewYorkMetro.com

A Follow-Up To An Earlier Story

Regarding the Rocky Mountain National Park ranger who was found dead after a massive search, the Associated Press has this:
Autopsy: Park Ranger Died of Head Injuries

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. (AP) -- A park ranger who had been missing for eight days in Rocky Mountain National Park died of head injuries from a fall on the day he left to patrol the rugged backcountry, park officials said Monday.

Jeff Christensen's body was found by a hiker near Spectacle Lakes on Saturday, about three miles from where the 31-year-old ranger had started his patrol.

Autopsy results released Monday show he likely died on July 29 between 6 p.m. and midnight. He had left that morning, and park visitors reported seeing him alive near a summit that afternoon. (link)
I suppose there is some consolation in knowing that he didn't lay there suffering for eight days.