Petty Officer Christopher Millen Gets Away

Remember Petty Officer Christopher Millen? He is the Navy Sailor who said Mitt Romney is just a hateful and narrow-minded bigot. His Navy command has handed-out punishment for conducting political activity while in uniform. And his penalty is. . . nothing.

Ostracizing Samantha Pawlucy

Samantha Pawlucy, of Port Richmond, attends Charles Carroll High School

I work with a woman (who drops by this blog occasionally) at my job. She is nearing retirement after quite a long, successful career in the Navy. And she told me that at her daughter’s high school, the US History teacher asked the class if anyone watched Fox News. And then she/he (I forget which) berated them for doing so.

My Navy pal also mentioned that her daughter has heard this sort of thing before, in her physics class, of all places. Of course, it pales in comparison to what Samantha Pawlucy, from Port Richmond (Charles Carroll High School), had to go through for wearing a Mitt Romney shirt to school. As you probably know, I stay apolitical here, but ostracizing students does not make for a healthy educational system. And I would say the same should the sides be reversed.

Petty Officer Millen, Confused

If you have any doubts as to what can be said politically while in uniform and what should be left to civilians, I present you with Petty Officer Millen:

Petty Officer Millen, USN

The military community will likely play a huge role in the upcoming presidential election, and the internet knows which way at least one sailor will swing.

A man who identifies himself as a sailor wrote a letter to Mitt Romney that popped up on the Tumblr page of a girl who says she will be joining the Marines in her profile.

Petty Officer Millen writes that he is “part of the 47% that will never vote for you.”

Hmm, I imagine something should come of this. What about that Marine, Sergeant Gary Stein, who sounded off against President Obama on his Facebook page? Did he not get discharged? This appears to be roughly equal, no? Is not the Third Class Petty Officer in uniform sharing his partisan beliefs? Soon, I imagine Petty Officer Millen will get all the chances in the world to open his piehole. Once he gets kicked out. Big mistake, Shipmate.

Politicians as Beef Jerky

I got a thing for beef jerky. Heck, I like any kind of jerky. Beef, turkey, salmon, shrimp. (Well- not shrimp. I thought ’bout doing a little Forrest Gump shrimp thing here. But I won’t.)

As for jerky, we can thank this talented artist for really getting into the important political issues of our time:

San Francisco artist Jason Mecier has created likenesses of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney out of beef jerky

There, now Republicans and Democrats are ready for their conventions. I need a snack.

Mitt Romney’s Puppet Sticks Out

I have little experience in street theater. You know, those spectacles the hard-workers from the Occupy movement like to engage in. Life-sized puppets and costumes and the like. But still, this exchange between some protestors at the the RNC pre-convention in Tampa and the police is unintentionally hilarious: 

One deputy told a group of protestors carrying an oversized puppet of Mitt Romney the sticks they were using to hold up the puppet’s arms were against the rules.

Deputy: “I got to have the sticks.”
Protestor: “No, sir. We actually measured them exactly within the code.”
Deputy: “Okay, there’s one of two options. I can take the sticks or people can go to jail. I don’t want to do that.”

RNC Protestor with Romney puppet in Tampa

A Tampa police captain took over, measured the sticks and determined that they were legal.

On the exchange between the deputy and protestor, Chief Castor said “there was just a little bit of confusion on it. Whether we should or shouldn’t allow those in here and then the Captain made the decision. The right decision.”

Community organizer Kelly Benjamin agreed with Chief Castor.

“We have the utmost respect for the police. They’re just doing their jobs,” said Kelly Benjamin, FL Consumer Action Network. “It was a misunderstanding. I’m glad it was resolved. The puppet was well within the code, so there should be no problems.”

I got to have the sticks! Where else except with goofy protestors and community organizers is a cop ever going to try to take away “puppet sticks?”

Iowa Cactus

Iowa Caucus

The thorny facts:

Caucus time is upon us, and on Tuesday more than 100,000 Iowans will trek to their local schools, churches and community centers to kick off the GOP presidential race in earnest, defining the early shape of the campaign and producing 2012’s first round of winners and losers.

Look at Rick Sanatorium build steam! All the other cactus players:

The latest major poll, taken by the Des Moines Register Dec. 27-30, shows Mitt Romney (24 percent) holding a narrow lead over Ron Paul (22 percent), with Rick Santorum (15 percent) gaining momentum over Newt Gingrich (12 percent), Rick Perry (11 percent) and Michele Bachmann (7 percent).

Here’s to no pricks. From those thorns. Er, stickers. You know what I mean.

Jessica Simpson, Coyotes, Rick Perry, and the Kardashians

Coyote in Calabasas, California

As a runner, I have stumbled across my share of coyotes on the trails in California. They are wary, smart beasts, never letting me get too close.

They almost seem to laugh as I round a bend towards them. They are quick and scamper away as soon as I pull to within 75 feet.

I never want them to feel comfortable around humans, so if I have the energy, I yell at ’em. It may not help the situation, but it makes me feel better. And on a 8-mile run, that is key.

I have seen them loping through neighborhoods at dawn, as comfy as if they lived there. Never during the day, though.

Get your Mitt Romneys off me, says Rick Perry. I hunt coyotes!

The Republican Presidential hopeful, Mr. Rick Perry, even popped one with his concealed-carry handgun. The coyote was threatening him and his doggie on their run:

Texas Governor Mr Perry has insisted the story he told last year about shooting dead the animal during a morning jog near Austin is true.

The GOP presidential candidate said he needed just one bullet from his .380 Ruger to kill the coyote that menaced his puppy in February 2010.

Some folks questioned his story. I believe it, after seeing coyotes sprint through neighborhoods at first light.

‘One guy from upstate New York said (it could not have happened because) “coyotes would run away”,’ Rick Perry told Parade magazine.

Rick Perry, Presidential hopeful and coyote hunter

‘Come to Austin. I’ll show you coyotes that will come and get in your backyard and eat your little puppy.’

He said last year that he carries his gun when jogging on trails because he is afraid of snakes and had also seen coyotes in the undeveloped area.

Which brings me to this piece of non-peaceful news. Calabasas, nestled in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles, has looked into ways they can coexist with the coyotes:

Debbi Gillman remembers the afternoon her daughter came home to find the remains of the family’s retriever-mix strewn across the backyard. And Jill Nevins said that when her children were small, they were afraid to take a walk after dark because they might run into a pack of coyotes.

Map of Calabasas, California

Still, both are cautiously supportive of a decision this month to ban the capture and killing of coyotes in Calabasas and instead teach people how to coexist with the predators.

“We’ve got a huge mountain behind us, and in a lot of ways we are encroaching on their territory,” said Nevins, a children’s librarian taking a lunch break.

It’s a sharp shift from the aggressive tactics that have been used for years in Southern California’s hillside communities, where authorities wage battle against the opportunistic coyotes that stray into neighborhoods looking for food, often in the form of pet cats and small dogs.

Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe, in Calabasas, California

But increasingly city leaders and residents in communities like Calabasas are pushing to become more coyote-friendly cities by training people on how to avoid confrontations and leave the predators alone.

This is not going to end well. As a society, we must place a priority on human life. Surely we should not kill off coyotes, but we also should not cede our property to them.

The women quoted in this article better be prepared to explain to the parents of a missing child or a dead pet how their pro-coyote stance is better for our communities. Particularly with this nugget, later in the article:

Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote in Calabasas, California

In 2008, coyotes three times attempted to attack toddlers in San Bernardino County.

Guess who lives near Calabasas? The Kardashians! In googling the word Calabasas, Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe appeared in many pics. So did pop-nothing Britney Spears. And pro-troops actress Alyssa Milano. Can you imagine the uproar if one of these folks were attacked?

Also, don’t forget that Jessica Simpson’s little dog was sadly eaten by a coyote:

Jessica Simpson and her dog, Dasiy. Sad coyote story

Jessica Simpson says her “heart is broken” over her missing 5-year-old maltipoo Daisy.

On her Twitter page, she writes: “A coyote took my precious Daisy right in front of our eyes. HORROR! We are searching. Hoping. Please help!”

Am I being anti-coyote? Or maybe I am a Road Runner fan and Wile E. Coyote is just a bully in my eyes? Gotta run, beep beep. . .