About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Saving Fingers & Eyes

Thanks to a subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net for sending us this link from Snopes regarding the latest destructive phenomenon known as "bottle bombs." Carol & I have picked -up & discarded several plastic bottles each year for several years that we found on our lawn or street like those described on the link - never imagining there could be imminent danger.

To check this out farther I sent the link to our friend the Somerville Police Chief Dennis Manning.

Thanks to Chief Manning who called & made the following comments & suggestions for our group:

1. There is always a worry about "copy-cats" imitating what they see on videos - there are people around who want to hurt us. The balance between trying to keep the message away from copy-cats shifts in this case to more importantly trying to inform the general public re what to do to defend themselves.

2. We can throw away empty plastic bottles safely with no danger. Call 911 or your local police if you find a suspicious plastic bottle - one that is full of liquid & is bulged or expanded.

Although we have had no incidence of bottle bombs in Somerville, Chief Manning has sent the link to all his policemen & plans to bring the subject up @ the next County Chiefs' meeting. He suggests that every one contact their local police re this link & also thanks the subscriber who sent this along. She may have saved someone's fingers or eyes.


  1. Thanks for this valuable info!

  2. I've just sent this to a long list of friends. I had no idea. Thank you.

    If I were running a sleeper cell in the U.S., I'd start by doing this sort of thing -- not merely to train budding terrorists to handle explosives carefully and to wreak havoc, but also to test the ability of police to investigate this sort of thing, and to learn how lenient our justice system would be, should anyone be caught. (Can't you already hear the "He's just a young man who made a foolish choice" and "it was just a prank" defense, and envision some judge sentencing the person to community service or a few months in jail?)

    This crime should be classified as terrorism (this may mean prosecution in federal court -- I don't know the law). It should also carry a stiff sentence, with mandatory prosecution as adults juveniles age 15 or over.