Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book Review - "The Remedy" by Suzanne Young

New twist on memories/grief therapy. I've read books with a similar concept in some respects, in which the protagonist's job is to take on many personas and he (or she) finds their own getting lost. "Extreme Denial" comes to mind, though it's an espionage thriller. Other books in this general direction (dealing with grief or needing to keep a person appearing "alive" though they've died or ran off use clones. But this is the only book I've read where actual people are hired to "finish a life" - basically giving those left behind a chance to do or say what they never got the chance to in life. It's fascinating, really, and impossible not to wonder where you would stand morally with such an option. Beyond just the interesting concept, though, is the way Suzanne Young weaves her story lines together - something the reader isn't likely to even notice until toward the end. I don't want to give away spoilers so I won't say more on that. Quinn is a "closer" - she basically studies all aspects of a recently deceased person's life, then (and this was the weird part to me, but Young makes it work) with the consent of the family, she moves in for a few days and helps them get past the initial trauma of the death. She's 17 and has been doing this for about a decade, as her father is director of the project. But she soon gets asked to take on a role only two days after returning from one and to stay for two weeks - big no no's under their rules. Plus she'll have to help a boyfriend, something else she's never done. As she's there, she begins to get attached while at the same time suffering abuse and hate from the real girl's peers. Young makes it clear these aren't bad people, they're just afraid (could their own life be taken over so easily?) while still showing how it hurts Quinn. Eventually questions arise about the death. This is a prequel to "The Program" and while it takes awhile to see how they could be connected, once you do it's pretty amazing. (The book can easily be read as a standalone, though). I've seen somewhere that a sequel is planned for next year - which is awesome because you're left with some major questions. But I can't stress how much I love this series and recommend all three books (The Treatment is the final one in the initial duo). There is a short novella, dealing with Michael Realm from the first two books, but it took me about five minutes max to read it and while sweet, wasn't that satisfying. I absolutely LOVED Quinn, her ex Deacon, the Barnes family, Aaron, Isaac - they were great at showing how grief affects people. Even Angie, Catalina's sister, was wonderful in her way. This was a fascinating look at the world that led to "The Program." I strongly suggest it.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Purple Day!

March 26 is #PurpleDay. Wear something - you guessed it - #purple to show your support of those with #epilepsy (like moi).

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dangerous, evil, and a chilling trend

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My two cents: the media, and Obama himself, paid far more attention to the Trayvon/Zimmerman case (something Obama has no business even commenting on) than the assassination of our ambassador and three other Americans. Another free pass. This is criminal, both for the administration and the so-called press.


Obama Fires Top Admiral For Advocating Libyan Rescue?
Posted By PinkTeaPatriot On October 29, 2012 @ 2:59 pm In Foreign Affairs,Headlines,International News | 59 Comments


According to this report, yesterday (27 October) Obama ordered the immediate removal of Rear Admiral Charles M. Gaouette from his command of the powerful Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3) currently located in the Middle East.

CSG-3 is one of five US Navy carrier strike groups currently assigned to the US Pacific Fleet. US Navy carrier strike groups are employed in a variety of roles, which involve gaining and maintaining sea control and projecting power ashore, as well as projecting naval airpower ashore.

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) is the strike group’s current flagship, and as of 2012, other units assigned to Carrier Strike Group Three include Carrier Air Wing Nine; the guided-missile cruisers USS Mobile Bay (CG-53) and USS Antietam (CG-54); and the ships of Destroyer Squadron 21, the guided-missile destroyers USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG-108), USS Dewey (DDG-105), USS Kidd (DDG-100), and USS Milius (DDG-69).

US news reports on Obama’s unprecedented firing of a powerful US Navy Commander during wartime state that Admiral Gaouette’s removal was for “allegations of inappropriate leadership judgment” that arose during the strike group’s deployment to the Middle East.

This GRU report, however, states that Admiral Gaouette’s firing by President Obama was due to this strike force commander disobeying orders when he ordered his forces on 11 September to “assist and provide intelligence for” American military forces ordered into action by US Army General Carter Ham, who was then the commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), against terrorist forces attacking the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

General Ham had been in command of the initial 2011 US-NATO military intervention in Libya who, like Admiral Gaouette, was fired by Obama. And as we can, in part, read from US military insider accounts of this growing internal conflict between the White House and US Military leaders:

“The information I heard today was that General [Carter] Ham as head of Africom received the same e-mails the White House received requesting help/support as the attack was taking place. General Ham immediately had a rapid response unit ready and communicated to the Pentagon that he had a unit ready.

General Ham then received the order to stand down. His response was to screw it, he was going to help anyhow. Within 30 seconds to a minute after making the move to respond, his second in command apprehended General Ham and told him that he was now relieved of his command.”

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“Rogue”U.S. General Arrested for Activating Special Forces Teams; Ignoring Libya Stand-Down Order

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Obama: ENOUGH!

I've held my tongue but seriously HOW can anyone who is truly American support Obama and his cronies, especially after he watched while our own citizens were being slaughtered in Lybia and refused to send help? And now signed a bill giving $20 billion for Hamas "refugees" to settle in the USA? If you think Obamacare will help you, you haven't studied it. He's a plague on this nation and should be impeached. The MSM totally distorts or ignores the facts. I'm disgusted by the bunch. ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

I'm Not Crazy, I Have Epilepsy

By Tracy L. Karol

I hear voices. Music, even. Not inside my head, like a song you can't get out of your mind. Actual music that sounds like it's coming from the next room, like someone left the TV or stereo on just a bit too loud and you want to yell at them to TURN IT DOWN, except nothing is actually on. No one is talking, "Boot Scootin' Boogie" is not actually on the TV, I can tear through the house like a madwoman (and I have) to find myself completely alone, still hearing the sounds that are not there. It's literally all in my head.

No, nothing ever tells me to kill  people, or that the CIA is spying on me through the walls. There is a perfectly good scientific explanation. I'm not crazy. I have epilepsy.

My temporal lobes fire off excess neurons and cause an electrical storm in my brain. Sometimes this causes me to hear things that aren't there. Or smell odors no one else smells. Even see things in bizarre ways, or have intense moments of strange emotions that you would never understand unless you've had a seizure. Because that's what all of these are - seizures. Not convulsions, though I have those too, at times. But seizures that are much more common. Nonconvulsive epileptic seizures.

The many drugs I've tried over the years have sometimes helped, sometimes made things much worse. The device I have implanted in my chest, which shocks my brain ever 20 seconds, lessened my daily convulsions. But epilepsy has changed my life and the lives of those around me. No, I'm not crazy, but sometimes I feel like I am. The seizures (technically partial, complex and simple) come in so many forms and attack me so often that I can't work, I can't drive, sometimes I can't get out of bed.

March 26 is Purple Day, the International Epilepsy Awareness Day. Please take time to learn more about this terrible brain disorder. I will help you. This small entry is part of a book I'm writing on my life with a seizure disorder.

No, I'm not crazy, I have epilepsy. But sometimes, I admit, I feel like I'm losing my mind.

Another Great Rapp

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great RappFebruary 16, 2012
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This review is from: Kill Shot (Mitch Rapp) (Kindle Edition)
I don't see how anyone can give Flynn less than 5 stars on any of his work. I've read all his books, most several times. I've enjoyed "Kill Shot" and "American Assassin" because we readers get a chance to explore the psyche of our evovling hero, Mitch Rapp, as he becomes the go-to operative he is "now." Flynn also is able to flesh out secondary characters. My only complaint might be the abrupt ending, but I did read the book in a day and wanted more (I'm reading some older novels again). If you're new to the series, AA or this book would be good places to start, and I have to wonder if the films will begin with this sequence. (Any ideas on the actor?) I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, the plot, the characters, and everything else Vince Flynn did here. And may I wish him a full recovery as well! Bravo! For plot details, please see my blog. Tracy L. Karol

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Rest in Peace Heroes

Copter Downed by Taliban Fire; Elite U.S. Unit Among Dead

Published: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.
NOTE: By Tracy L. Karol - This is an American tragedy. It is more than that. It is a tragedy of evil over good. Just months ago, this same troop squad was involved in the death of Osama bin Laden, who was evil personified. He was evil on the level of Hitler, Lenin and Saddam Hussein, and so many others. Our troops were on the side of the angels and May 1 was a great day, a day of triumph, of good triumphing over evil. We cannot give up. Otherwise, these brave soldiers who were killed now, as well as all the troops killed in the war on terror, will have died in a vain effort. Yes, we need to get out of that forsaken country. Bomb it to pieces for all I care. But avenge the deaths of our troops. Get our people out and ensure that we wipe the evil off the face of this planet. For if we do not, it will just come back, like it did after the death of bin Laden -- to kill again. They want us dead. If you are reading this and you are American, British, Canadian -- make no mistake -- they want you dead too. You are an infidel to them. Our lifestyles will never be compatible with radical Islam. They have perverted that religion to the point that it is not recognizable as anything near what it might once have been. And their stated goal is to kill us. Why should we wait around and let them do it? Why should we not take the initiative and wipe out the radicals first? Personally if it comes to them and their families or me and my family, I won't hesitate -- I know where my loyalty lies. And diplomacy does not work. I'm sick of our troops coming home injured, in body bags, with PTSD, with post-traumatic epilepsy. This chapter needs to end. And we need to end it. Before another life is lost. If you haven't read about Lt. Michael Murphy, who gave his life in the last major loss of special forces (the only survivor was Marcus Lutrell, who wrote "Lone Survivor"), you haven't learned about our true heroes. And we need to keep our heroes ALIVE.

This article is by Ray Rivera, Alissa J. Rubin and Thom Shanker.
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The attack in Wardak Province killed seven Afghans.
The New York Times
KABUL, Afghanistan — In the deadliest day for American forces in the nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan, insurgents shot down a Chinook transport helicopter on Saturday, killing 30 Americans, including some Navy Seal commandos from the unit that killed Osama bin Laden, as well as 8 Afghans, American and Afghan officials said.
The helicopter, on a night-raid mission in the Tangi Valley of Wardak Province, to the west of Kabul, was most likely brought down by a rocket-propelled grenade, one coalition official said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, and they could hardly have found a more valuable target: American officials said that 22 of the dead were Navy Seal commandos, including members of Seal Team 6. Other commandos from that team conducted the raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed Bin Laden in May. The officials said that those who were killed Saturday were not involved in the Pakistan mission.
President Obama offered his condolences to the families of the Americans and Afghans who died in the attack. “Their death is a reminder of the extraordinary sacrifice made by the men and women of our military and their families,” Mr. Obama said. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan also offered his condolences to the victims’ families.
Saturday’s attack came during a surge of violence that has accompanied the beginning of a drawdown of American and NATO troops, and it showed how deeply entrenched the insurgency remains even far from its main strongholds in southern Afghanistan and along the Afghan-Pakistani border in the east. American soldiers had recently turned over the sole combat outpost in the Tangi Valley to Afghans.
Gen. Abdul Qayum Baqizoy, the police chief of Wardak, said the attack occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday after an assault on a Taliban compound in the village of Jaw-e-Mekh Zareen in the Tangi Valley. The fighting lasted at least two hours, the general said.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, confirmed that insurgents had been gathering at the compound, adding that eight of them had been killed in the fighting.
The Tangi Valley traverses the border between Wardak and Logar Province, an area where security has worsened over the past two years, bringing the insurgency closer to the capital, Kabul. It is one of several inaccessible areas that have become havens for insurgents, according to operations and intelligence officers with the Fourth Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, which patrols the area. The mountainous region, with its steeply pitched hillsides and arid shale, laced by small footpaths and byways, has long been an area that the Taliban have used to move between Logar and Wardak, local government officials said.
Officers at a forward operating base near the valley described Tangi as one of the most troubled areas in Logar and Wardak Provinces.
“There’s a lot happening in Tangi,” said Capt. Kirstin Massey, 31, the assistant intelligence officer for Fourth Brigade Combat Team in an interview last week. “It’s a stronghold for the Taliban.”
The fighters are entirely Afghans and almost all local residents, Captain Massey said, noting that “We don’t capture any fighters who are non-Afghans.”
The redoubts in these areas pose the kind of problems the military faced last year in similarly remote areas of Kunar Province, forcing commanders to weigh the mission’s value given the cost in soldiers’ lives and dollars spent in places where the vast majority of the insurgents are local residents who resent both the NATO presence and the Afghan government.
The dilemma is that if NATO military forces do not stay, the areas often quickly slip back under Taliban influence, if not outright control, and the Afghan National Security Forces do not have the ability yet to rout them.
When the Fourth Brigade Combat Team handed over its only combat outpost in the Tangi Valley to Afghan security forces in April, the American commander for the area said that as troops began to withdraw, he wanted to focus his forces on troubled areas that had larger populations. But he pledged that coalition forces would continue to carry out raids there to stem insurgent activity.
“As we lose U.S. personnel, we have to concentrate on the greater populations,” said Lt. Col. Thomas S. Rickard, the commander of 10th Mountain Division’s Task Force Warrior, which has responsibility for the area that includes Tangi. “We are going to continue to hunt insurgents in Tangi and prevent them from having a safe haven.”
Within days of the transition, the Taliban raised their flag near the outpost, said a NATO official familiar with the situation. Afghan security forces remained in the area but were no match for the Taliban, the official said.
Local officials in Wardak said that residents of the Tangi Valley disliked the fighting in the area, and that though they had fallen under the Taliban’s sway, the residents were not willing allies.
“They do not like having military in that area — no matter whether they are Taliban or foreigners,” said Hajji Mohammad Hazrat Janan, the chairman of the Wardak provincial council. “When an operation takes place in their village,” he said, “their sleep gets disrupted by the noise of helicopters and by their military operation. And also they don’t like the Taliban, because when they attack, then they go and seek cover in their village, and they are threatened by the Taliban.”
However, when local residents are hurt by the NATO soldiers, then, he said, they are willing to help the insurgents.
This was the second helicopter to be shot down by insurgents in the past two weeks. On July 25, a Chinook was shot down in Kunar Province, injuring two people on board. Of 15 crashes or forced landings this year, those two were the only confirmed cases where hostile fire was involved. 
Before Saturday, the biggest single-day loss of life for the American military in Afghanistan came on June 28, 2005, during an operation in Kunar Province when a Chinook helicopter carrying Special Operations troops was shot down as it tried to provide reinforcements to forces trapped in heavy fighting. Sixteen members of a Special Operations unit were killed in the crash, and three more were killed in fighting on the ground.
Although the number of civilian deaths in Afghanistan has steadily risen in the past year, with a 15 percent increase in the first half of 2011 over the same period last year, NATO deaths had been declining — decreasing 20 percent in the first six months of 2011 compared with 2010.

NOTE: This is an American tragedy. It is more than that. It is a tragedy for good against evil. Just months ago, this same troop squad was involved in the death of Osama bin Laden, who was evil personified. He was evil on the level of Hitler, Lenin and Saddam Hussein, and so man others. Our troops were on the side of the angels and May 1 was a great day, a day of triumph, of good triumphing over evil. We cannot give up. Otherwise, these brave soldiers who were killed now, as well as all the troops killed in the war on terror, will have died in a vain effort. Yes, we need to get out of the forsaken country. Bomb it to pieces for all I care. But avenge the deaths of our troops. Get our people out and ensure that we wipe the evil off the face of this planet. For if we do not, it will just come back, like it did after the death of bin Laden -- to kill again. They want us dead. If you are reading this and you are American, British, Canadian -- make no mistake -- they want you dead too. You are an infidel to them. Our lifestyles will never be compatible with radical Islam. They have perverted that religion to the point that it is not recognizable as anything near what it might once have been. And their stated goal is to kill us. Why should we wait around and let them do it? Why should we not take the initiative and wipe out the radicals first? Personally if it comes to them and their families or me and my family, I won't hesitate -- I know where my loyalty lies. And diplomacy does not work. I'm sick of our troops coming home injured, in body bags, with PTSD, with post-traumatic epilepsy. This chapter needs to end. And we need to end it. Before another life is lost. If you haven't read about Lt. Michael Murphy, who gave his life in the last major loss of special forces (the only survivor was Marcus Lutrell, who wrote "Lone Survivor"), you haven't learned about our true heroes. And we need to keep our heroes ALIVE.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Awful… President Obama Makes Horrible Mistake Dishonoring Medal of Honor Recipients (Video) | The Gateway Pundit

Awful… President Obama Makes Horrible Mistake Dishonoring Medal of Honor Recipients (Video) | The Gateway Pundit

Why? Rascal Flatts - Suicide

Obama Worst Gaffe?

Epilepsy Foundation PSA #1 Greater Los Angeles

Epilepsy Foundation PSA #3

YouTube - End Epilepsy Campaign - Woman in tub (PSA #2)

YouTube - End Epilepsy Campaign - Woman in tub (PSA #2)

Epilepsy Foundation PSA Greater Los Angeles