It is a challenge,” Major Nadil Malik Hasan told a woman who lived in his apt. building the night he announced he was “going away.” Dr. Val Finnell, who attended school w/ Hasan, has spoken out about how the Army psychiatrist’s extreme Muslim views permeated his outlook years ago. Reports have now surfaced that this deeply conflicted man not only prayed 5-times-a-day, but apparently also made visits to the local strip club. The terrorist massacre at Fort Hood perpetrated by the officer is yet another scandal for the military brass. The warning signs were there–but Hasan filled a slot as a desperately needed health care professional, dealing with the ravaged minds of soldiers that had been deployed in war-zones 3, 4 & even 5-times. I wonder what he told his patients. They’re Army–and will not speak out.
This new terrorist plot demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of our Constitution. The alleged wannabe evil-doers (how’s that for retro Bush-isms) were living in this country–working the system! The central figure of interest, 24-yr old Afghani Najibullah Zazi, has been here for 10 years & is a legal resident. Employed in a strategic location— airline shuttle driver–Zazi had among his effects: too many backpacks & too much peroxide; bomb recipes; & a food cart licensed to work the Wall St. area!!! A deadbeat, Zazi racked up more than $50K in credit card debt in a very short time, then declared bankruptcy. DID THE BANKS finance his trip to Pakistan to train at a terrorist camp? LOOKS LIKE IT!
1. WOW–the bombing & riots in Pakistan! Benazir Bhutto has real guts-you know her father & brother were assassinated. A big majority supports this WOMAN & her pro-Western, anti-terrorist views!!!!
2. A RECENT TEST AT LAX: 75% of the screeners involved PASSED DECOYS thru security–carrying faux bomb-making materials. THIS DOESN’T SHOCK ME !!!!
3.Went to the great Paul Smith store on Melrose (down the street from TOMMY PERSE’S notable emporium!) where talented Bryan Rabin transformed the parking lot into a deluxe tree-lined screening room. We couldn’t resist shopping. A beautiful men’s velvet jacket was purchased & I got a giant green plastic cactus, an art piece created from Gufram from 1971 (I had been dreaming of it for years & about blue Yves Kleins, too). I love the delicious Paul Smith Rose scent–my new fave.
The movie Smith hosted was the outrageous Brit cult fick, Withnail & I, (1987). I had never seen it, but heard about the legendary performance of Richard E. Grant. It was really something & so was Bruce Robinson’s terrific work as writer & director. Many thanks, Paul Smith!