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Mine Creek Revelations by Louie Graves: Hoda Gets Homesick


DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, but I cannot bring myself to have any sympathy for Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old Muslim woman who left the U.S. to join ISIS killers in Syria.

While there she was married off to three different ISIS killers, and sent “kill Americans” messages by something called Twitter (yes, I am a geezer). She suggested drive-by shootings and running over a crowd in a large truck or bus.

But now, Hoda wants to come home to Alabama. She wants us all to know that she really, really, really regrets what she did. She and her attorney think she should be forgiven and allowed to return.

The US, naturally, is fighting this, saying that even though she was born in New Jersey, she was the child of a former diplomat who was not a U.S. citizen and was only in the country on a visa.

So she promises to be good, but how do we know she’s not coming back to teach other college coeds how to make bombs? Yeah, the CNN news article said she was in college here when she was drawn to ISIS by stuff she saw on the Internet. She’s not dumb, just easily led.

Hoda says she’s living in danger and squalor in a refugee camp in Syria.

Good! She deserves every bit of it and worse.

There are a lot of things about President Trump that trouble me, but I agree with conservatives that our country needs to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to immigration.

How would you feel if dear Hoda came back to US, stole a bus and drove it into a Mardi Gras parade crowd?

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Happy birthday to a favorite family member, Uncle Perry Normal.

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DON’T LOOK, ETHEL! This sky awareness stuff is getting me down. I see where just a day or so ago, a schoolbus-size asteroid whizzed past the earth — only about 274,000 miles away. Heck, my last GMC pickup had that many miles.

But the skywatchers say “That’s nothing! There was one in February that only missed us by 74,000 miles.” I haven’t put that many miles on my Chevy yet, but I’m working on it.

The article went on to say that NASA is keeping up with a handful of asteroids that are projected to come close enough to Earth so that nervous astronomers are buying speculative stocks.

Asteroids and ‘near Earth objects’ fascinate me. Any time there is a tv program about the Tunguska, Siberia, event of almost 110 years ago I have to watch it. If I could figger out how to operate the DVR I’d record it and watch it over and over, if I could figger out how to play it.

And Tunguska was thought to have been an air-burst meteor. An asteroid would be a whole lot worse. It’d kill all of the remaining dinosaurs.

What worries me is that Earth’s scientists can’t agree on the best way to stop an asteroid that seems intent in slamming the planet.

Rooosians say blow it to bits. Our scientists say that would only make many smaller asteroids still headed this way. Our scientists say best way is to nudge it into a different orbit. Let’s ask President Trump.

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HAND SALUTE! This has been on my mind lately since seeing a gent keep his hat on during the playing of the ‘Star Spangled Banner.’

Men are supposed to remove hats or caps during playing of the anthem, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance; or during pregame prayer.

Except sometimes for veterans.

Our Howard County Veterans Service Officer Milton Puryear sez that by proclamation of President Bush II, veterans may stay ‘covered’ during the playing of the National Anthem, and may render a hand salute.

During the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance everyone is invited to remove caps and place hand over hearts. No one will haul you off to jail if you don’t. This is, after all, America.

Please respect our flag and our USofA traditions.

Kneel if you must, but I will despise you for it. That ex-NFL quarterback may consider it as his statement on police brutality; I consider the act to be an insult to our anthem, military, our flag and our country. It’s his right; it’s also my right, and I am FOR civil rights.

I got hung up on this salute thingy on my first day at Navy boot camp, Great Lakes, Ill. We didn’t get uniforms that first day, but we were issued ‘watch caps’ which we were instructed to wear anytime we were outside. Also we were told (under pain of death or torture, whichever came first) that if we were outside during the playing of ‘Colors,’ we were to stop whatever we were doing and salute the flag or in the direction (I’m being honest here) of the loudspeaker playing the recording of a trumpet playing ‘Colors.’

‘Colors’ was sounded every day at the raising or lowering of the flag.

This was our indoctrination into a whole slew of Navy traditions.

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THINGS I LEARNED from opening (and believing) email: “Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you, and it just takes 75-100 years to fully work.”

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WORD GAMES. Another set of twins: Hide and Seek. Rather childish, but fun.

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HE SAID: “Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin, writer and art critic

(Mine Creek Rev note: He obviously wasn’t in Alabama this past weekend)

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SHE SAID: “The river is constantly turning and bending and you never know where it’s going to go and where you’ll wind up. Following the bend in the river and staying on your own path means that you are on the right track. Don’t let anyone deter you from that.” Eartha Kitt, singer

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