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NOBODY ASKED ME BUT

We offer the rambling thoughts on the human condition of a twenty year old mind trapped in a 79 year-old body.

As Americans await the arrival of 2010, many wish we were awaiting the arrival of 1910.

I must be unusual, I have never hated anyone for more than 24 hours.

Roast beef establishments weigh the amount, but hamburger places don’t. Why?

Exactly how would American civilization change if pennies were abolished?

Buffets always taste better before than after the experience.

Today, I rebelled and did not throw my trash away. I am getting tired of working without getting paid.

Physical pain intensifies the sense of aloneness in the world.

I saw a sign saying, “Dog Wash.” It is a run threw.

My only encounter with “Field And Stream” is waiting for my car at Firestone.

I have never matched in my mornings the joy of someone drinking a cup of coffee on TV, have you?

People on talk shows who shake hands never appear sincere.

I believe the qualification to manage a McDonald’s is to weigh over 200 pounds.

I find unusual a man wearing jeans who has a shirt and tie.

I dream of worlds I shall never see and feel the anguish of seventy odd years.

I am impressed by secretaries who walk at lunch time to keep fit.

Any girl with long dark hair catches my attention.

I have a hunch this year’s Thanksgiving will be family centered and people will bring food.

Barack Obama has such eloquence. Sometimes, I wish he would have equal passion.

I wonder what is going through the mind of Major Hasan at this very moment.

Hasan–Mediocre Student And Lazy Worker

The search goes on among military medical staff and politicians seeking to obtain some headlines out of the tragedy at Ft. Hood. Several doctors noted that Major Hasan was rated as a mediocre student and a lazy worker, but that apparently was not of sufficient interest to anyone that the officer might not be fit for duty in the armed forces. The buzz word today is were there any “red flags” which would have alerted his superiors that Hasan might be a danger both to himself and others. I guess aside from not being able to relate to patients, lecturing people about foreign policy, and being a mediocre psychiatrist, there really wasn’t much evidence he was anything other than incompetent. But, then again, when did being incompetent ever get anyone discharged from the armed forces?

If an individual is rated as “mediocre” and lazy shouldn’t that in itself be a red flag? There were numerous complaints from his patients they did not relate to the doctor, but those feelings did not alert anyone.

“What If” Begins About Hasan

After every tragedy in which someone engages in mass killing, we enter a period in which “experts” explain if only something else had been done the killer would have been spotted earlier and given some sort of treatment. New reports indicate Major Nidal Malik Hasan had been in contact with numerous Muslims who are identified as belonging to some sort of violent or terrorist group. The FBI had come across his name, did an investigation and decided that he was not a serious threat. Did the FBI goof? Should they have initiated a more thorough investigation or alerted Hasan’s superiors that he might be a risk? It is so easy going backwards to causes and so difficult going forward based on assumptions or hunches.

We can expect Republican congressmen will place blame on the government for this tragic event. Of course, the FBI which investigated earlier reports was still reporting to President Bush, not Obama. If the FBI or some other agency makes a mistake, it is the agency which is at fault, not a political party and certainly not the president. How about some common sense.