Special Ops Mystery Thriller

A week ago I needed something to quit thinking of my sorry ass so I raided Grandma Peggy’s private book stash. She specializes in the murder mystery genre. and brags about being able to catch the killer by the second chapter.

The book I pulled out of the stack is Vertical Run by Joseph R. Garber.

I never heard of this book or of Joseph Garber. All I cared about is that the author be a man. Peggy reads many woman authors. I don’t have anything about women author’s I just need a high testosterone blood and guts story.

I won’t discuss the plot because it is loaded with mystery after mystery, and any explanation would begin to dull the story for a reader.

The story centers on a Viet Nam veteran who trained in Special Operations; in other words he is a professional killer. He is an executive in a large business and has been leading several companies. He has his own office with a shower and dressing room.

The main character jogs to the office daily and uses his office perk to clean up and dress. The day before, his boss, the owner of the firm, gave him a new acquisition to handle.

The action and mystery begins in the first sentence and continues to the end.  One has to read the prologue and beyond to get the whole story.

Grandma Peggy isn’t going to figure this one out before the last sentence.

As for me, I picked a testosterone filled story with lots of violence and revealing insights into special operations training. Our government asks a lot from our soldiers, and it leaves them with life-long issues they are sometimes unable to overcome.

Oh Sweet Jesus What Do We Do?

Charley Rangel made a plea to Christians today. He asked them what Jesus would do about the debt ceiling?  I am a Christian and It is my opinion that Christ is a conservative. Jesus told Charley point-blank to stop spending, cut taxes, and drop sinful regulations.

Rangel cited the Good Samaritan as his reason for continuing to spend.  The good Samaritan left the innkeeper with a small sum money and told him to take care of the badly injured man who could not take care of himself. The Samaritan told the Innkeeper he would pay expenses over that which he gave him for the care of the man. Jesus never expanded the story beyond that. He did tell the man challenging him to “love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

I take that to mean that if I love myself enough to take care of myself without government aid, then that is what Jesus would want for all of us. Jesus would also want us to help severely injured and sick people who could not care for themselves. He would want us to pull a person away from harms way. He would want us to give CPR to someone having a heart attack. Our paramedics and emergency rooms do plenty of that. Would Jesus want us to sacrifice our living to feed those who won’t feed themselves?

We continue to give our fellow-men aid to help them out of their situation, but we do not teach them to fish. I recall a story about a woman who was being moved out of public housing into a lesser apartment. She was upset and told reporters that she had been on public aid for thirty years and deserved something better than the place she got. Shame on us for not learning that our failure is teaching generations of people to rely on the government for life because that aid  is easier to come by than an education or a  job.

Obama’s New Gun Control Tactic

The same old tired ideas that don’t work, TAX, TAX, TAX.

In the finale of Atlas Shrugged, Mr Williams holds John Galt hostage while making it seem he is free. John Galt is the only entrepreneur industrialist that can save the nation. Mr. Williams puts a gun to Galt’s head and asks for Galt’s advice.

The country is out of work, on the verge of bankruptcy, and the people are beginning a revolution; Mr. Williams is desperate for Galt to tell him how to save the economy.

Galt says, “Eliminate regulations and cut taxes.”

Williams answer to Galt’s suggestion, “We can’t do that.”

Obama accuses the Republicans of putting a gun to the head of America. He forgets that a few months ago he rammed Obamacare legislation through Congress with a gun. He had no regard to the voice of the American people on that one.

I am an American, and I say let’s shut the country down. Make the bureaucratic departments and bureaucrats suffer like the private sector jobless for a while.

Obama offers a compromise, cut the defense budget and he will approve. As an American, I say eliminate the Department of Education completely, and I will agree to a small cut in defense.

President Obama stop promoting the tired old ideas of the New Deal that are documented not to work as a solution to this massive mess. It is easier than you think to get out of it.

1. Repeal the housing act that caused the housing bubble.

2. Stop pushing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into giving away money for houses people can’t afford. You haven’t provided a single regulation to these two rogue organizations.

3. Eliminate Capital Gains Taxes.

4. Give small business incentives to build their businesses.

5 Repeal PPACA (Obamacare).

Try these tired old ideas and watch the country come alive again.

Grumpa Joe’s Prayer for the United States of America!

Happy 235th Birthday America.

One thing strikes me about this photo. The quote from Corinthians “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” It tells me that the basic roots of our country were derived from a concept that is more than two thousand years old.  How can we not be a Christian Nation? Where was Mohamed in 54 A.D. when Saint Paul penned this verse?

Here is Grumpa Joe’s prayer for the United States of America!

Dear God, I thank You for giving us President Barack Hussein Obama. Without him, we would be taking our freedoms for granted. Obama has awakened us to just how  fragile our Republic is, and to how quickly we can lose that which you have granted us; freedom and liberty.

Help us O’ Lord to overcome the hope and change of transformation into a communist socialist progressive world in which human liberty is forsaken for social change that make men slaves to the annointed. Let us renew our faith in God that we might remain free.

Amen

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