Tom Garrett

Tom Garrett 15 hours, 1 minute ago on 375 The Question Is.... Does lightning strike twice?

The title of this string asks, "Does lightning strike twice?"

Why such an unlikely title? Well, back in February, 2014, I put up string 590N/Cyclist in windshield. It told how a drunk had hit a man and continued to drive with the man stuck in his windshield. I can remember the question I asked: Is this the most bizarre crime you ever heard of? Do you think it will ever happen again?

The answer from one and all — including me — was no, it would probably never happen again.


Read this AP report:


Man who drove with victim in windshield sentenced to prison

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A man who struck a New Jersey pedestrian and drove with the victim lodged in his car's windshield has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

Thirty-three-year-old Marcos Ortega was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of Kenneth Moeller in November. He will serve three years of supervised release.

Ortega is from Little Egg Harbor. He struck Moeller on a highway shoulder in Ocean Township and continued driving about 1 1/2 miles before being stopped by police.

An officer responding to reports of an erratic driver saw what appeared to be a person lying on the hood of a vehicle. The officer stopped the vehicle and approached it and saw the victim lodged halfway through the windshield.


All of which leads me to ask:

The Question Is....

Does lightning strike twice in the same place?

PS: No matter what you say I'll believe you. :-)


Tom Garrett 15 hours, 1 minute ago on 376 It's Your Call.... South county v. North county.

Again, in the June 26, 2015, article titled "Gila County Eyes Building Plan Stacked Against The North" the subject of the funding of Northern Gila County versus Southern Gila County came up.

Not being a long-time resident of Gila County (only 20 years) I make no judgment as to where the truth lies, or who's right and who's wrong, but here's your chance to say what you want to say about it:

It's Your Call......


Tom Garrett 15 hours, 3 minutes ago on 373 TQI Who's dumping trash in the forest?

"Don't know why they haul it back to the yards and scatter it around in there taking up space."

Beats me. Maybe some kind of repair hopes? Or trying to make things more efficient by not taking a load to the county dump until they have a full load? Must be some kind of good reason.


Tom Garrett 15 hours, 5 minutes ago on 364 The Question Is.... High school drug use.

Pat, the only safe way is to type your comments into a text file and then copy it and paste it into the forum comment box. That way if anything goes wrong you can just go back and copy it again. I don't do that with my daily comments, but all the string starters you see (the very first posts) are typed and saved in advance.

Or at least do this:

• Type what you want to say.

• Select the whole comment and copy it.

• If something goes wrong that copy will stay on your Clipboard and you can paste it into the comment box — as long as you do NOT cut or copy anything before you paste it in.


Tom Garrett 15 hours, 10 minutes ago on 350 The Question Is …. Boycott Israel?

By the way, Charles, it seems a little formal calling you "Charles" all the time. Is there some shorter name you prefer?


Tom Garrett 1 day, 14 hours ago on 377 Freedom

I make no bones about it. The words you are about to read can, and have, brought tears to my eyes many times, and I'm not the slightest bit ashamed of it.

Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

That flag is a symbol of more than a nation; it is a symbol of our longing to be free, to live our lives breathing free air, and to see to it that all people everywhere do the same.

Someday, perhaps .....


Tom Garrett 1 day, 14 hours ago on 350 The Question Is …. Boycott Israel?

"Tom, what the Israeli government is doing to the Palestinians is criminal and inhumane."

Thanks! And has been for more than 50 years!

"Unfortunately, the Palestinians are not completely innocent either, and if they had the power.... "

No, they're not. It's only natural to lash back at those who hurt you. As for the "... and if they had the power... " no doubt some of them would, but like so many of the people in Israel, people are just people — good and bad, don't you agree?

"I have often wished that instead of the U.S. and the U.K. setting up Palestine for a Jewish State, that they had given them New Jersey instead."

Knowing where you're coming from, and that you say that in jest, I laughed out loud when I read it.

"There, they would have been surrounded by friends instead of enemies."

Uh-uh. Ever lived in New Jersey? I have. Read Louie Freeh's My FBI and learn about the Italian influence in the Garden State. When I lived in New York City, and New Jersey was our market garden, we used to say that half the fertilizer used to raise our lettuce and tomatoes came from the hoods planted in New Jersey by the Mafia. Was pretty good lettuce and tomatoes too. :-)

"On principle, I don't buy Israeli products."

Good for you!

Personally, as someone who did a dance when the U.N. carved out a small homeland in Palestine for the Jews, and who thought that the same had been done for the remainder of the Palestinians (which is essentially true), I was very unhappy when Israel began its annexation of land that is not, and was never intended to be, part of Israel.

I have finally come to believe that only armed force will ever convince the land greedy Israelis to get out of the way and allow another small nation to be formed where there once was a British mandate.

Hard to say, but true.

"... but I don't want my dollars going to support the current mess."

We send something like $4 billion in aid year to Israel each year. I'd like to know why we don't just threaten to cut that to $0 and see how that would work.


Tom Garrett 1 day, 14 hours ago on 364 The Question Is.... High school drug use.

"At one time in Payson the students had a book at school and one at home."

No kidding? That's great!

It worked so well for me, and saved so much wear and tear on the books.

I'll tell you something else, too. There is virtually no reason to keep buying "new" editions of textbooks. Information does not change enough to make it worthwhile. While I was in Texas I learned quite a bit about what a racket there is in textbook manufacturing and sales. You should see the army of book salesmen that assault the states. And you should listen to the crap they use as reasons for replacing perfectly good textbooks. In Texas it was almost maddening, especially in our district because we were always either the richest district in Texas, or second or third. Every time you turned around you would trip over some %$#@! book peddler.

Remember where President Kennedy was when he was shot? He was driving by the Texas Book Repository. Texas is known for being the leader in wasting textbook money, so much so that for many years — and maybe even today — what Texas bought became the national standard.

I had a perfectly good chemistry text good and was teaching from it when all of sudden I received cases of new books — different ones. I asked what was going to happen to the old ones. "Trash," I was told. I then asked if I could have them — all 650 of them and was told, "Sure! Why not?" I kept them, intended to someday return to an impoverished nation in which I had lived so that I could offer my services, free of charge, to teach chemistry after I retired.

Didn't happen, though. Just another dream that didn't come true. You see, Lolly's relatives migrated to the States and so I moved here to Arizona where some of them had settled down. That was great because I'd always wanted to be here, but had been tempted into staying in Texas by the fabulous salary I was offered. After we had all those close relatives here I just could not ask Lolly to spend her declining years outside the country.

All the British have left India, by the way — well virtually all. We had —let's see — two of Lolly's brothers and one sister, plus spouses, four aunts and uncles, perhaps 25 cousins and I do not know how many of their children, plus several good friends while In England from 69 to 73. Many are still there, but there are almost as many in Canada and Australia now.


Tom Garrett 1 day, 14 hours ago on 347 The Question Is…. Are you laughing?

"... I think it would be fair to say that society indeed "frayed" when Yugoslavia broke up. That is exactly what caused the wars in the 1990s. Tito had ruled with an iron fist and had kept the ethnic groups from fighting with each other, but when the Cold War was over, the lid came off the pressure cooker and all hell broke loose."

I agree with that. It's a well-known fact. What irritated me is the way someone slanted his words, making it sound like it was a shame that good old communism fell on its face. In truth, I don't think either Stalin or Tito gave a rat's adze about communism; their were dictators, period! That's one of the biggest problems with revolutions, especially in these times. You sometimes get worse that what you had before.

"Bottom line is that I think you are reading more into the article than is there."

I'd agree with you, but I've been writing too long not to know how leftist journalists do their sly little tricks with words. I've known quite a few of them and listened to them brag about about it, so I'm perhaps a bit more sensitive to their little tricks than most people. Try reading Goldberg's book Bias for a glimpse into that world.

That's not to say that there hasn't always been bias in the media. It was to protect the right to it that the First Amendment included freedom of the press. Even in those days — and earlier — papers had a "position" on issues, and that's a good thing as long as those issues are addressed openly, directly, and truthfully. It's the sneaking around I don't like.

Looks like you did some knocking around while you were in Europe. So did I, but most of it was done on duty; my area of responsibility covered everything from the Azores to Ankara, and the Air Force was not shy about sending me wherever it thought I was "needed." It was one reason I retired. I'm a homebody.


Tom Garrett 1 day, 15 hours ago on 373 TQI Who's dumping trash in the forest?

"I can not begin to tell you how hard the volunteers work to collect litter/trash so that others can enjoy the forests."

I can just imagine. Consider the difference in attitude between those who voluntarily give up their time and effort to clean up messes like that, and those who would rather dump their trash in the forest than spend a few bucks to have it hauled away. It all comes down to money, you know.

And pride, I suppose. Personally, I would be ashamed to show my face in public if I did something like that.

"I can say that all of us need to be more educated about the harm that can be done by anyone trashing our forests."


What about this? Suppose we began a relentless program of reporting the names of those whose trash is found in the forest? Suppose we simply asked for those people to do their best to figure out who it was that put it there. I suspect that might work wonders. Can you figure out why?

"Mr. Lemon, Thank you for all you folks do."

I add my thanks, and those of a lot of others I'm sure.

"When I was a kid, if I as even as much as threw a bubble gum wrapper on the ground I got a real dressing down."

I never got a dressing down because it was something that was just never done by anyone in my family or in my neighborhood. Here we were, a whole neighborhood of people who were as poor as church mice, and yet the empty fields (there were three of them in the neighborhood) stayed as clean as could be.

" He was of the opinion that he had personally never seen a forest as trashed and dirty as the Tonto National Forest."

Come to think of it, that's true. I've wandered the woods all my life and have never seen a place like this. What troubles me is the fact that, as I have already mentioned, I have actually known (seen) people who dump their weekender trash anywhere they can. The same people own $350,000 second homes, fancy cars, a fancy first house, boats, three wheelers, and a whole lot more, but they can't afford to have their trash collected? I do not understand that mindset. Money! Money! Money!

Anyway, I'm glad to see that you and John seem to believe, as I do, that this is not the result (entirely at least) of "locals." I didn't think so. I believe it is primarily weekenders and small-minded self-employed "businessmen."