Saturday, June 14, 2014

Disconnected

This past week I have been in an apartment in California for exactly one year. I have not had a TV in the apartment the entire year. I disconnected the idiot box.  I made it.  How did I make it?  I read, I studied and contemplated. I also have a nice HP Laptop computer that has a 17 inch screen. I caught the few TV shows I wanted to watch On Demand, which added up to about 6. Blacklist, NCIS, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Longmire, The Mentalist. Working in the entertainment industry my entire adult life, it is hard to imagine not having the newest technology that includes a huge screen HDTV. But I did it, and it didn't hurt one bit.

The excitement of the week is scheduling my vacation for the summer. I haven't been home since February when Nancy was seriously, seriously sick. Sometime this summer I will be heading to meet the family in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 3 of my sons and Nancy will be driving down, me flying in on a 3 plane hop out of Burbank Airport. I wouldn't care if it was a 10 plane hop. My oldest will be with us, now that he has left the band scene, he has all this vacation, so he will join us. Liam, who is 17, will be going into his Senior year and I am not sure he will want to go on vacation next year after he graduates. Better add Ryan here as he will be 15 by the time I see him! Maybe if I can save enough we can all go somewhere he won't want to miss out on?  The 2nd oldest son, Shawn, is living up in Oakland.  My plan, loosely derived, is to drive up and spend a weekend in the Oakland area and visit with him and his girlfriend Erica. Who knew seeing your family was so impactful?  ME>....

Work has been extremely busy, hectic and maniacal. Change is afoot.  It is hard to a work life balance when your boss works 20 hour days, 7 days a week.

Looking forward to hugging my kids, and Nancy, during the summer vacation.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Burbank CalGuns shoot with Pizza


The last Friday night of the month gun shoot happens at The Firing Line in Burbank, CA. In May we had 30 people show up with 2 brand new shooters joining the group. We were lucky to have Scott and Chad join us from the award winning CalGuns shooting team. They were fresh from the first place finish they grabbed in Nevada. The pizza was hot and picked  up by yours truly. I would say the night was an incredible success, and that's me being humble.

Yes, they shoot guns in California.  The sheeple mostly don't know the laws or about their rights.  But we are changing that, one smile at a time!!


Unicorns and rainbows

This Blog post was written by a woman in Maine.

Of course she moderates the comments so she can delete the ones she doesn't like.  I, on the other hand, accept all comments.

Link Here 

My answer below. I stick to the facts and I emphasize in red italics her ignorance. 

 

Thursday, June 05, 2014


Gun violence in America is growing like an infectious disease

Right wing zealots are obsessed with protecting Second Amendment rights while young people are being murdered by the growing public health menace of gun violence.  If the rate of killing young people murdered by gun violence were caused by any other vector, the American public would demand a responsible public health cure. 

It's impossible to understand why Second Amendment zealots are protected by the United States Supreme Court's supportive rulings, when young people are at risk of dying in the US, every day, from guns. Now, Seattle WA has reported yet another in the unbelievable litany of gun violence incidents on a college campus, including the death of at least one of four victims.

Meanwhile, right wing zealots are cruelly attacking the decision to exchange 5 ugly old terrorist Taliban leaders, who were held without trial in Guantanamo, for a young Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner for 5 years. It's unbelievably hypocritical for the right wing nuts to ignore the deaths caused by growing gun violence, while they waste energy criticizing a humanitarian act to save an American soldier from certain death in captivity.

Although the right wing establishment within the Republican and Libertarian political parties are paralyzed by money the National Rifle Association showers on them to sustain support, maybe young and untainted voters can make a change in this zealotry.  

Let's educate young people about the horrible danger of gun violence in America. This is the fact: guns kill people

In the absence of guns, the death rate from gun violence would be reduced to practically zero.

Like any infectious disease, it's time to remove the causation and cure the epidemic. We can enforce gun safety regulations that will protect Second Amendment rights and save our youth from preventable violent deaths.






Hello Ms. L'Heureux,

It does not matter to you that the legally standing facts do not support your statement.  Violent crime is down.  The FBI statitics says so, the DOJ statistics says so.  Also while guns sales have increased 10fold, crime has been reduced. I think better sentencing, video camera and yes, 10 million licensed gun carriers are to be credited.
I do agree that if there were no guns, gun crime would go away. Feel free to quote me on that. As such as if there were no cars, car deaths wouldn't exist, or swimming pool deaths if pools didn't exist. I do believe unicorns are not real, so let's avoid that discussion. But we live in a country that has a 2nd amendment.
The 2nd amendment is the most restricted amendment of all, wouldn't you agree?  I live in California. Even though I have a license to carry from 3 other States, I can not here because I live in the wrong county. When I buy a handgun, I must wait 10 days, even though I own many more already. I also can only buy 1 gun a month.  What if you had to wait 10 days for a newspaper, or get one newspaper a month? A right is a right?! Some of the strictest gun laws in the country here in California. Eric Rogers lived here.
I am a law abiding citizen, I obey the laws of the states I am in when I am in them. Can you admit the criminal do not?
My licenses to carry allow me to do so in 40 States, why is that? Why does a State regulate my safety? Or why only 20% of them?

Anyway, you keep with the emotion and your miscalculations, I prefer to stick to the facts.When people tell me I am paranoid when I say people want to take my guns, I will just point them to your writing it.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

The VA Scandal

Old NFO has a great rant on the VA Scandal and it's impact on Veterans. Please go read it and read the links. What I always like about Old NFO is he offers solutions to his rants. He looks and seeks answers. I guess that is inherent in job. Many people are complaining about the scandals, but offering solutions? Priceless.

I have been very lucky. I have never used one benefit of my GI Bill. My jobs have always provided affordable healthcare and I was able to make due without my benefits. But for the men/women who are not in my situation I find it appalling that the US Government would ever turn it's back on those who served and took the oath. It sickens me. 40 Vets died waiting for healthcare in one facility. Why were they waiting? The possibility seems almost insane. That bonused employees could receive money for hitting a number. So the books are cooked and papers destroyed for well off people to make more money. Tar/Feathers/Jail.

Please remember all Veterans, alive and dead, this weekend for Memorial Day. I hate it that most people think of this 3 day weekend as the kickoff to summer. I will be placing US flags on grave markers tomorrow at a grave-site close to my apartment with other members of the American Legion and the cub scouts.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Armed Service Day is May 17th

Not much more I can say here. For us old farts it was a hard time. Maybe I need to get a tattoo?
Thanks to Old NFO for the link.

May 17th is Armed Services Day. Please thank a Vet.

I may have mentioned in the past, I thank every Vet I find. If I see a hat, or a pin, I approach them all and offer a sincere thanks and handshake. If you are in uniform, I am coming for you. I use to embarrass my kids, then they learned and would point them out for me. I don't think it is to much to ask to thank those who MAY have put the life on the line. Those of us who have served know that not all put their actual life on the line, I was in the Coast Guard right?, but we know how it works, those that do put their life on the line need the support of all those behind the lines of the immediate danger. I was a great boat handler. But without my crew, without the radiomen back on shore, without the support system we were nothing. WE get that.

God bless all Vets who have served and understand their oath and what it means.

Semper Paratus!


Sunday, May 4, 2014

Another One Bite's the Dust

In my plan to have a means of income in my retirement, I have taken another NRA Instructor class, and yes, passed it.  Add the Refuse To Be A Victim class to my certifications. I approached the local American Legion and asked them to allow me to teach classes there, they are investigating, and insist on me becoming a member. I can do that, need to check the dates of my cold war enlistment. I sure think all Veterans should be able to get into these associations. But the American Legion has stipulations on time in action. But I say that also knowing I support private clubs. Conundrum.

I was the perfect straight man in this class. It was 3 men and 5 woman. As we completed the class and I read through the book, there was not one mention of the word firearm, weapon or gun. I was aghast.  I mentioned to the Instructor, TJ Johnson, as part of my comments that I very surprised there was no mention in an NRA class.  He got me to ask.  There is a supplement and it's a separate booklet that leads into Home Firearm Safety class.  Perfect, got that one, too!
So TJ Johnson and I go way back. I have been a long time NRA Member and I remember voting for him for the NRA Board back in the 90's.  That is my instructor, he is one of the few people who actually created these NRA courses. He is the real deal.  I will take all my classes from him.