Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday's Odds and Ends

Coastal Carolina Coach David Bennett - "Don't need no cats, we need more dogs" Coach wanted his team to act like dogs instead of cats at his weekly press conference leading up to CCU's game against Catawba. Priceless Carolina humor.

The scary thing is it apparently worked, Coastal Carolina 20 Catawba College 3.

New England Flooding Continues - Speaking of scary, more flooding in the Northeast has even made a mess of park and playgrounds turning the centers of kid fun into really scary places. But New England will get a break with Hurricane Maria which will head out to sea.

Remembering Flight 93 - The first battle in the renewed war against terrorism wasn't waged in Fallujah or Kandahar or Tikrit. It was held 32,000 feet above Pittsburgh, on Sept. 11, 2001.

And it wasn't soldiers who led the battle.

It was four athletes, pushing a food cart.

United Flight 93 was supposed to go from Newark to San Francisco that Tuesday morning, but 31-year-old Jeremy Glick wasn't supposed to be on it.

He was supposed to go the day before, but a fire at Newark Airport forced him to re-book for the next day, one of the bloodiest in American history.

About 45 minutes into the flight, four radical Islamic terrorists stormed the cockpit, sliced the throats of the pilots and took charge. They told the 33 passengers and seven crew members they were hijacking the plane and returning to Newark.

Glick, a muscular 1993 national collegiate judo champion, scampered back to the second-to-last row and called his wife, Lyz. It wasn't long before he and the others -- talking to their families -- realized that nobody was going back to Newark. They were on board a 150,000-pound missile, bound for some unthinkable end. The World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon had already been hit. What was 93 aimed for?

"We're going to rush the hijackers," Glick told Lyz.

The rest of Rick Reilly's story "Let's Keep Rolling" is here.

Bonus The Flight 93 National Memorial site is here.

CMPD Promotions - The unofficial word out there is that Captain Bruce Bellamy has been promoted to major. I realize a number of CMPD Officers are vomiting right now. Honestly Bellamy is an alright guy he's just a complete idiot. The announcement was short and to the point and made no mention of the much anticipated deputy chief promotions.

On behalf of Chief Monroe, I would like to announce the following promotions which were approved by Civil Service on September 6, 2011:

To Sergeant
Officer Amy Stukey
Officer Lucas Veith

To Captain
Sgt. Chris Dozier
Sgt. Michael Harris
Sgt. Harold (Chuck) Henson
Sgt. Dominick (Nick) Pellicone

To Major
Capt. Bruce Bellamy

Promotional ceremony details and assignments are being finalized and will be announced when completed. Please congratulate those being promoted on this accomplishment.

The announcement also failed to mention those promoted to sergeant last month. Go figure.

US Open Tennis - I don't imagine there is much an audience for women's tennis. I happened to stumble across it as few times over the last two weeks and each time my reaction was the same. The shrieking has got to stop. Uuuuuuggggghhhhhhhaaaaaaa or eeeeeeeeeeeeeooooooooooooaaaaaa whatever or however you describe it, the shrieking has gotten out of hand.

Like the guy who gunts for two hours at the gym, its beyond annoying.

And then there is Serena Williams John McEnroe impersonation.

Williams who lost in the final to the 9th seeded Aussie Samatha Stosur, raged on the chair umpire after being penalized for just such verbal shouts, grunts and groans. After realizing that she had been charged a point she ripped into the umpire with, "Aren't you the one who screwed me last time? Do you have it out for me? That's totally not cool."

During the changeover, Williams continued her attack from her seat, rambling, "You're out of control. You're a hater. We're in America last time I checked. Don't look my way. You're unattractive inside. You're out of control, out of control."

Williams' rude American behavior couldn't over shadow Stosur's win as she became the first Australian woman to win the U.S. Open since Margaret Court in 1973.

Carolina Panthers - Cam Newton has talent and "Stevie" Williams is stoked, sure they lost but in the 21-28 loss to Arizona there was a very good football game. Don't expect Cedar Posts to Monday morning quarterback the game. I know nothing of football's finer points. Sure it looks like the Carolina Defense needs some work and the final drive makes me wonder if Carolina has a running game, or if they even bothered to print those pages of the play book.

It honestly doesn't matter if they win a game, the Panther fans will be thrilled to see a game where at least the team is competitive. But Newton better calm down and stop playing superman. He might be good but he's no good to Carolina if someone rips off one of his knee caps.

A Few Good Pilots Needed - The Western States are in need of a few good pilots. One requirement is the desire to fly really big planes really close to the ground. I'm not kidding an ad for DC-10 pilots to fly super dangerous fire missions in Texas and Arizona says "by the book pilots need not apply".


Anonymous said...

Be a DAWG!

Anonymous said...

Coastal Carolina coach is the best post for a Monday Morning AM after the sad day of rememberance.

CMPD promotions was not making many people happy as you would expect.

Anonymous said...

Well, when you use "the rule of five" to promote your favorites, and bypass the NUMBER ONE GUY ON THE LIST, who was very deserving of that spot so I hear, what do you really expect? And the others that were passed over?????

And honestly, there were MANY more deserving than Bellamy for Major, many!

From what I hear, morale has never, ever been lower. i am told there are many retiring early because they can no longer put up with the screwed up "leadership" at cmpd.

It's berating, threatening, screaming, red in the face tantrums from the supposed "grownups" at cmpd.

And who the hell respects any part of that?

And there is no respect from the top given to their underlings, none.

Man, I am telling you, the ACLU would have a field day with what is going on at cmpd! Not to mention the DOJ!!!!
Headline making stuff, folks, absolute headline making stuff!!

Anonymous said...

Ha we need more dawgs! Damn funny!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a cop, but I've met Bellamy. Seems like just a fat dufus with his pants falling off his butt while smiling without listening. On the one hand, I'm surprised someone with as little to offer would be promoted so high.... but on the other hand, this shouldn't surprise me at all.

Anonymous said...

Nope, I just cannot imagine how those people that were passed over by ridney using his power of the rule of five must feel.

I mean, you work your ass off to achieve something, and for what? So Rodney can jerk it out from under you? I hope old rodney has some damn good reasons for playing the five card.

As if morale wasn't about as low as it could go...

Can no one make this egomaniac listen to sane reason?

It is just freaking amazing what he continues to get away with, what he is allowed to get away with.

Karma is a bitch, though......his "little man" complex will be his downfall!

Anonymous said...

Have you heard about the Academy being audited by the State?

And all the fingerprints of Officers that have been lost??

Seems the Major in charge, who shall remain nameless,
managed to piss some people off with her extreme hubris!!

Just another day at cmpd....and it will only get worse with all the unqualified, arrogant, rather stupid people of questionable judgement rodney has put in positions of responsibility.

How about this for a scenario for command staff.........DC Foster, DC Pearsall, DC Bellamy? Whoa!! But I am afraid the dye has been cast.....rodney has put this all in motion.

Cmpd will never be the same, and not in a good way....not at all!!'

And I agree with another poster...I cannot imagine how the people feel that were passed over so rodney could cherry pick the people he wanted.......once again, not the most qualified, or they would have been higher on the list!!

Anonymous said...

Watching rodney wreak havoc on cmpd is like watching Rome burn.....with everyone fiddling......or watching the Titantic go down.

But Command Staff cannot complain about what he has done, how he has destroyed a once well respected department, how he has destroyed individual lives and careers on a whim for his personal agenda if diversification AT ANY COST. They cannot complain because they have enabled and abetted him every step of the way.

The majority have been so intent on kissing his ass and protecting their own ass that the greater good of the department has been totally sacrificed! Many on Command Staff have sold their souls for the promise of his "favor" or a promotion. He tempted and they sold out!

It is disgusting and sickening. He got his blind loyalty very cheap.

But the personal cost to the members will take a toll on their integrity for years to come. How can they face themselves in the mirror every day?

From what I have been told, watching the groveling and kowtowing by grown men and women has been devastating.

No clear leaders have stood up and told him, in front of all,
that he is wrong, so very wrong.

Very disheartening and sad.........

Anonymous said...

Yep, birth certificates, school transcripts, all kinds of records were "lost".

Sheri has done a bang up job at cmpd being in charge at the academy!!!

Yhey did NOT want ths to get out!!!!