Posts by KWSN - MajorKong

1) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1948561)
Posted 9 Aug 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Yeah, I, Mrs. Kong, made that quote.
2) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1945213)
Posted 18 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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After much thought and prayer, I have decided that it is time to let him go. We will be turning off the ventilator around 11:30am central time tomorrow. I wish to thank all of your for your prayers and support.
3) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1944909)
Posted 17 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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*UPDATE* The MRI results came back, and he has minimal brain activity. I don't know what to do.
4) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1944584)
Posted 15 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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So, they did another MRI yesterday, and they're waiting for those results before doing the traec. He's starting to open his eyes, and I thought I even saw him blink, but they don't think he has improved much.
5) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1944485)
Posted 15 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Mrs. Kong, I sincerely hope that you don't go through the 14 month nightmare that I had to go through.


What happened? Would you mind expounding on that?[/quote]
6) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1944355)
Posted 15 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Okay, so once again, sorry for taking so long to update....

So, he was opening his eyes a little bit, and a doctor even said MK was tracking him. He's had a peg tube (a tube that runs from an incision in his abdomen into his stomach), but he hasn't really been tolerating that. I hoping that turns around soon. They're supposed to do another treacheotomy next week. That's the procedure that caused all the brain damage. I'm really nervous about that one.
7) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1942789)
Posted 5 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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I am not saying what anyone else in this situation should do. I'm just saying what I know MK would want.
8) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1942750)
Posted 5 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Okay, here's a long post. I am a fairly religious person, though being called a "church lady" is a big insult. I mean no offense to anyone who is non-religious with this story.

There is no doubt in my mind that he would want to have every effort made to keep him alive, even though friends and family members and even staff members at the hospital have been begging me to let him go. To get further clarity about the situation, I decided to go to the nursing home where my MIL is staying. As soon as I mentioned DNR, she begged me to not sign one. I promised her I wouldn’t. MK has never wavered on his position in on this matter. He was livid when his sister signed one on their father.

So, the other night, I was making preparations for in case the worst happens. I laid out some possible candidates for his burial outfit. I also had the idea to put some of his favorite books in a backpack that his mother had bought him when he first started attending the college where we met. I remember him showing me this backpack the first time we studied together and talking about his mother. Anyway, I looked all over the bedroom for this backpack including the bedroom closet twice and the hallway coat closet twice. After a while I went to bed.

Yesterday morning, I was gathering pictures of him and more of his favorite books to put in the backpack when I found it. I decided to go look in the hall closet one more time. On my way out of the bedroom, I almost tripped over a wheelchair that he had gotten for MIL. He had bought this wheelchair shortly after she came home from rehab from a broken hip. She wanted to pay him back for it, but he refused claiming it as a Mother’s Day gift. When she went into the home, I brought up the idea of donating this wheelchair somewhere. He told me not to saying he might need it for himself. In fact, he didn’t even want me moving this wheelchair to the garage convinced that he would need it. The backpack was on the floor right next to the wheelchair. Later, I looked at the label to see what brand it was. It said, “Thrive.”

I was looking through his grandparents’ bible, looking for some scriptures to counter some of the arguments that the nursing staff were making at the Catholic hospital where he is staying when I came across Phillippians 2:27. “For indeed he was sick nigh unto death, but God had mercy upon him; and not only on him, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.”

I spent the afternoon just hanging out, not planning on going anywhere. I did get the inclination to take the kids to the splash pad, but realized that would mean having to shave my legs. I got one leg shaved before losing the gumption. I wasn’t even planning on going out and seeing fireworks. I was chatting online with my mom when I started hearing some booms. I suddenly said goodbye to my mom, got up and told the kids to turn off their video games and put their shoes on. I grabbed my purse and key and didn’t even put on a bra. We then jumped into the car, and I drove to where the fireworks display in our town was. There was nothing. I figured I would drive to a nearby, slightly larger town, buy the kids some ice cream, and maybe see what we could find in the way of fireworks.

We didn’t get completely into the town when we started seeing some. So, we got our ice cream and started trying to find a spot where we could get a really good view of the fireworks. We ended up down this little back road that I thought would wind all over the place. We ended up driving past this little church: the Antioch Baptist Church. I am not kidding! The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch is one of our favorite scenes from “Monty Python’s Holy Grail.” Then, we managed to find the big display the town had, and we were in just the right position to avoid the customary traffic jam.

So, yesterday, I received multiple signs that I am on the right track. I thank all of you for your support.
9) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1942532)
Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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This is dreadfully sad news. I am so very sorry.

In the times I was fortunate enough to have made a post that invited his comment, he never failed to add to my knowledge and understanding of what was under discussion. On the couple of occasions, when, because we were discussing climate change, or over population issues - and the future of the children we'd brought into the world being so intricately bound-in with it, what shone through his posts, was how much he loved his family, you and your children and how your happiness and welfare were at the very centre of his world.

I am glad you know MK's wishes, Mrs Kong. I know for me, that having that knowledge about someone I loved would be like being given their hand to hold while I walked my darkest night.

My heart goes out to you, and your children and to everyone who loves him.


Words cannot express my emotions at reading such a beautiful statement. I went to the hospital and teared up as I was reading this to him.


I meant to add that above all, my thoughts are with Major Kong. This is an argument I know we all would want him to win.


I think that must be one of the most correct things ever said on this board.
10) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1942333)
Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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I am so sorry your family had to go through that. What were her wishes (if you don't mind my asking)?
11) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1942324)
Posted 2 Jul 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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**UPDATE**

First of all, thank you again for all of your support. I apologize for taking so long to get this update to you guys.

They tried to do a tracheotomy last week and had to stop because he had flatlined. They managed to get his heart going again with chest compressions. They did either a CT scan or an MRI (I forget which one) of his brain and spinal chord and found that he had a stroke, and several parts of his brain had been damaged. He is currently in a vegetative state. There is no doubt in my mind that he would want to be kept alive for as long as possible, so that is the course of action I am taking.

MY ADVICE TO EVERYONE: Whatever you would want in this situation, let your loved ones know. Set up an advance directive now while you can. There are instructions on how to do so all over the internet. And unless you really, really REALLY trust that person, do not choose an heir to make decisions for you. Well, choose someone that you would trust with your life, anyway, because that is literally what you are doing. I am so thankful that MK made his wishes clear to me when he could.

Anyway, thanks again for all your prayers and support.

MrsKong
12) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1942001)
Posted 30 Jun 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Thank you for all your well wishes. Hopefully, he will be back to irritating other members of this forum with his reasoning soon.
13) Message boards : Politics : Major Kong (Message 1941614)
Posted 28 Jun 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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This is his wife. For the past month, MK has been in the ICU, with a really bad lung infection. He is on a ventilator right now, but he is stable. It's probably going to be a while before he can post on this board again.
14) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1936912)
Posted 24 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Major you also not comparing apples to apples.
You compared students shot to total student population vs military in active combate zones not total military.
Bad argument IMO.
no, its not a bad argument. I worked with what I was replying to...

BUT.....

Even IF you considered total military, the number of students is still about 50 times more.
15) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1936791)
Posted 23 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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I really get pissed off when a country like the USA clings on to an amendment that is 200 years out of date to justify the slaughter of kids, whom all they want to do is
go to school to learn and be a good citizen and go home, seems to me they have better chance to live if they joined the army.. The WORLD can't believe the excuses pouring out
other than they care more for owning guns than their own kids/grandkids etc:

Thank goodness I live in Australia where it is 95% safe!!

http://www.politifact.com/florida/statements/2018/may/21/gwen-graham/have-more-students-been-killed-schools-soldiers-co/

We found five shooting incidents that resulted in student fatalities in 2018. The figures below do not include adults slain in these incidents, because they are outside the scope of Graham’s statement.

Benton, Ky., Jan. 23, 2018: 2 students killed

Parkland, Fla., Feb. 14, 2018: 14 students killed

Birmingham, Ala., March 7, 2018: 1 student killed

Great Mills, Md., March 20, 2018: 1 student killed

Santa Fe, Texas, May 18, 2018: 8 students killed

Total: 26 students killed in school shootings through May 18, 2018. (Including the adults killed would raise the count to 31 total fatalities.)
Members of the military killed in combat zones

There are two active combat operations for the U.S. military: Operation Inherent Resolve, which includes anti-ISIS efforts in Iraq and Syria, and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, which includes military activities in Afghanistan.

In 2018, there have been five deadly incidents in Operation Inherent Resolve, on Jan. 8, Feb. 19, March 7, March 15, and March 30. Each of these incidents resulted in one American service member’s death, except for the one on March 15, in which seven airmen died in the crash of an HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter in western Iraq.

So the total number of deaths in 2018 for Operation Inherent Resolve is 11.

Meanwhile, there have been two deaths this year in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They occurred on Jan. 1 and April 30.

Total: 13 service members were killed in combat zones in 2018. That's half the number of student deaths in school shootings this year.


You are comparing apples and oranges here.

How about looking at PER CAPITA death rates?

Ok... There are about 54,876,000 students in the USA enrolled in K-12.
26/54,876,000 = about 4.74e-7..... or 0.000000474 fatalities per student.

Ok, in those 2 military operations there are about 20000 soldiers, combined.
13/20000 = 0.00065 fatalities per soldier.

So, the death rate for the military is over 1370 times HIGHER than the rate for the schoolkid.
16) Message boards : Politics : Another example of USA Gun Laws (or lack of...)? (Message 1936625)
Posted 22 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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The second doesn't have to be overturned, it just has to be enforced correctly. Sorry SCOTUS but your present interpretation is wrong. The term "to bare arms" is a military term and has no use in a civilian setting. It would only have been recognised as such by Founding Fathers in the 18th century.

So therefore the rights to firearms only applies if you belong to the Militia. As there is no requirement for a militia these days because you now have an Army, the right "to bare arms" is obselete.


Just how screwed up is your reasoning here? Totally.

Even IF SCOTUS is totally wrong when it said the right to keep/bear arms does not depend on militia status (which it is not), that does not eliminate very many people. You seem to have no idea about the current status/size of the various State Militias in the USA.

OK, let us quote US Federal Law on the subject...


10 U.S.C.

United States Code
Title 10 - ARMED FORCES
Subtitle A - General Military Law
PART I - ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL MILITARY POWERS
CHAPTER 13 - THE MILITIA
Sec. 311 - Militia: composition and classes

§311. Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.

(b) The classes of the militia are—

(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and

(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

(Aug. 10, 1956, ch. 1041, 70A Stat. 14; Pub. L. 85–861, §1(7), Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1439; Pub. L. 103–160, div. A, title V, §524(a), Nov. 30, 1993, 107 Stat. 1656.)



Sec 313 of Title 32 U.S.C. just extends the upper age limit for the militia to 64 if the person has been in the regular army/navy/marine corps/air force...

But, even the most basic number (men 17-45) is around 59 million people right there....

And YES... We STILL have and use State Militias, in a very significant way.

The 'organized militia' (National Guard/Naval Militia) make up between 1/4th and 1/3rd of our total military strength and have been heavily used in the various military actions we have been in over the last 55 to 60 years.

And be glad that SCOTUS has ruled it to be an individual right, and not restricted it to militia only, because their decision allows some hope of regulating what people have... if it was militia only, you would have somewhere well over 50 million people demanding full military weapons (M16s, etc.).
17) Message boards : Politics : Profits 1st, Safety 2nd? (Message 1934641)
Posted 9 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Back pockets need filling :-)


ROFLMAO...

Things are that way all over.... DART had 1 billion US$ go 'missing'.... The DART chairperson resigned... Corruption involving the Dallas City Council, specifically campaign finance misdeeds involving the Mayor of Dallas's campaign... The DART Chairperson got arrested and charged with tampering with a government record involving said corruption... Shortly thereafter the DART Chairperson and her husband were found dead in a 'murder-suicide'.

And you all think only Federal politics in the USA is a circus show? HAH!
18) Message boards : Politics : Profits 1st, Safety 2nd? (Message 1934628)
Posted 9 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Howdy,

I got a question for you all.

The 'company' involved here... ATAC SpA... Is ATAC SpA what we would call a 'publicly traded corporation' (as implied by the SpA), or is it a Government Agency, or a combination of the two??

In the Dallas Texas area, I can recall a few bus fires (about 5 over the last 10 years) but nowhere near the 22 ATAC had in Rome last year, or the 9 they have had so far this year.

Yes, I know that Rome is about 4 times the population of Dallas, and ATAC has almost 4 times as many buses as DART, but dayum.... something ain't right here. 1 bus fire here on average every 2 years... multiply by 4 to scale up to the population and number of buses... thats 2 bus fires a year.... far cry from the 22 ATAC had last year...

And yes, for the record, DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) is a Government Agency. Not Federal... Not State... but Local. They are supported by a combination of the fares and (to help hold fares down to a level that is affordable) taxes. We don't have a problem doing maintenance on our buses... Why does Rome?
19) Message boards : Politics : The Personalities Of and Gripes About People Who Post in the China, Donald Trump, Ebola, Faux, Gun, Korea, Middle East, Police, Russia, or Trust Threads Thread (Message 1933670)
Posted 4 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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Branches of Government
To ensure a separation of powers, the U.S. Federal Government is made up of three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. To ensure the government is effective and citizens’ rights are protected, each branch has its own powers and responsibilities, including working with the other branches.

If the system allows corruption then the underlined has not been fulfilled.


#1: The underlined does not mention corruption.

#2: The underlined is a contradiction. As Governmental effectiveness increases, the rights of citizens decrease.

Why does it seem that you and a number of others spend so much time in criticism of the US? Do you seriously wish to have that turned upon yourselves and your nation(s)?
20) Message boards : Politics : The Personalities Of and Gripes About People Who Post in the China, Donald Trump, Ebola, Faux, Gun, Korea, Middle East, Police, Russia, or Trust Threads Thread (Message 1933665)
Posted 4 May 2018 by Profile KWSN - MajorKong
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So according to you the US government does not operate as designed with three parts the Executive, the Legislative and the Judicial, which is supposed to ensure no one part has unrestrained power.
Either it is in operation and no part can be corrupt because of the oversight of the other two branches, or the US system of Federal government has failed. Which is it?


No, you do not understand...

Power corrupts. Corruption is unavoidable.

Separation of powers is not to prevent corruption, but to limit the amount of damage the inevitable corruption can do until we can get the corrupt bastards out of office.

We even take it a step further with multiple levels of Government: 'Federal', 'State', 'County' (or County analog), 'School District', and for those living in a city the 'City', and some places have more than these 4 or 5. Each level has a separation of powers within itself, AND a separation of powers between the various levels. We KNOW that Government officials will be corrupt. Sadly, it can take a while to get the corrupt bastards out of office. After all, one does not want to make it too easy, for then some people will call a difference of opinion on various political issues corruption, and we don't want that.


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