A New Level of Temper Tantrum

In 1993, Nathan Dunlap, a recently fired employee of a Chuck-E-Cheeses in Aurora, Colorado shot and killed four workers and injured a fifth. He was caught and convicted and sentenced to death for the heinous executions he committed.

He has sat on death row since his conviction. Dunlap had a date set to be executed in 2013, however the Governor, John Hickenlooper (D) issued a “temporary reprieve.”

Today, he is facing a serious challenger for the governorship. His response?

Basically, unless he is re-elected and “if his opponent makes a political football out of the death penalty or specifically the Dunlap case” his response will be to issue full clemency to an animal who executed four people.

Think about that for a minute. John Hickenlooper is saying, “Keep me in office or I will turn an animal who has no conscience or compunction about killing other people loose into the community.”

Sore loser, temper tantrum, whatever you call it, he should be removed from office just for implying he would put a community at risk just because he got fired.

On some level, John Hickenlooper shares some qualities of Nathan Dunlap. Dunlap shot five people because he was upset over being fired. John Hickenlooper is willing to set a sociopath loose on innocent citizens because he would be upset if he (might be) fired from his job.

 

Correct, But Not Right

I found this article, 5 Reasons America Is Not—And Has Never Been—A Christian Nation, and I wanted to speak on this.

This is a classic case on how someone can be technically correct, yet totally wrong.

I will agree, that the federal government is purposely neutral concerning religion in the Constitution. James Madison, the man who wrote the initial draft of the Constitution, never wrote about his religious views.

Our Founding Fathers wanted to avoid at all costs any hint of an “official religion.” They broke away from England who had a state-approved religion (the Church of England), the head of that church was King George III himself.

Thus, when the Constitution was written, it specifically stays silent on any particular religion, even including in Article 6, Clause 3, “… but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”

The first words of the First Amendment also specifically states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”

With all of that said, the author is correct. Technically. Here’s where the author gets it wrong: The men of that day by and large had a strong moral sense. They and the society they lived in had a strong moral code, with clear boundaries as what was right and wrong. No matter a mans religion, they shared a societal construct that could be traced back through the Magna Carta, the Ten Commandments, all the way back to the Code of Hammurabi.

In the time of the Colonies, a mans word was his bond. A man who broke his word was usually ruined, and the punishment would run from derision by the entire local populace, to being tarred and feathered and/or being ridden out of town on a rail.

He had a strong moral compass that was instilled in him at a young age, based on what is known as “Judeo-Christian” beliefs. These were based on the Ten Commandments.

Since the 60’s, when the “do your own thing” idea came out, our societal rules have fallen by the wayside. The concept of “you can’t judge me” has also come into vogue.

The structure of our society is unraveling before our eyes. We have been slowly conditioned to “let the government do it” as far as punishing those who break the rules. The result? A country where you commit an average of three felonies a day. A country overburdened with thousands upon thousands of laws, rules, regulations and policies. It is nigh on impossible to go on about your day and not break some law. The only question when you are caught breaking a law is, how much effort does the government want to put into investigating you and your subsequent prosecution.

History is replete with major arrests and prosecutions that started with a minor traffic violation. Timothy McVeigh was pulled over for an expired license plate. And there is a thousand more examples.

The end result is we have no internal moral compass any more. We have become content to let others define our standards and morals. We defer to authority, and thus forge the very chains that will be used to enslave us.

We need to stand up for what we know is right and against what we know is wrong. When someone tells us we have to stop doing something we are doing because “it might offend someone” we need to stand up and say, “I refuse to let my actions be dictated based on how someone else might feel.”

 

Happy Birthday Navy!

US Navy 239If you look in the Constitution of the United States, In Article 1, Section 8, Clause 13, it says specifically: To Provide and maintain a Navy;

The men who wrote the Constitution understood the importance of having a Navy to project the will and power of this country. It is the only armed force specifically mention in the Constitution. The 12th Clause does talk about “To raise and support armies…” but does not give any specifics to what those forces would be.

So, I just want to say, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, THE UNITED STATES NAVY!

 

SWAT-ting

SWATing, for those of you who don’t know what it means, is to call the police and misrepresent a situation using words like “active shooter” so they respond with maximum force.

It seems that some (about 5%) of commenters on places like the Facebook page for Moms Demand Action, or gunfreezone.net (no, I will not link to them) are actively advocating that you call the police and “misrepresent” (e.g. lie) about the actions of a person who is open carrying their firearm.

Here is a nice example:

MomsdemandactiontweetThis is somewhat similar to what happened to John Crawford III, where a caller to 911 grossly misrepresented Mr. Crawford’s actions, which lead the police to approach with a “shoot first and ask questions later” mindset. Mr. Crawford died as a result of these “mischaracterizations.”

If you are thinking of calling 911 to report a visibly armed citizen, just to “ruin his day” and/or “get him what he deserves,” all I can say is DON’T.

This is one of those “sound good” ideas that isn’t a “good, sound” idea.

In Tennessee where I live, if you were to see an armed citizen (you honestly don’t know if they are properly licensed or not) who is minding their own business and you call 911 and infer an “active shooter” situation where you state the armed citizen is brandishing his firearm in a reckless manner, or shooting other people, that is basically filing a false police report.

At minimum, that is a class D felony, punishable by 2-12 years in prison. Under the right circumstances, it can be bumped up to a class C felony, which is 3-15 years in prison.

It could also open you up to a personal liability lawsuit by either the person you called the police on, or their surviving family members, which is what looks like is going to happen in the Crawford incident.

So, if you get the urge to teach someone a lesson and you lie to the police, the end result is YOU end up in prison and with a hefty multimillion dollar lawsuit judgement against you that will be awarded to you after you finish your time in “the big house.”

Good luck with that.

The Inherent Dishonesty of the Left

I found this article, Grimes Staffers Suggest Kentucky Dem Lies About Coal Support, and I think it illustrates the problem with politics today.

Alison Grimes, along with her staff and volunteers, showcase what is inherently wrong with the system of politics in this country today.

Project Veritas has a video that starts off with a TV commercial, where Alison Grimes is shown firing a shotgun, then she talks about “not being Barack Obama.” She implies she is pro-gun and states she is pro-coal, both of which are make-or-break issues in Kentucky.

The rest of the video shows her staff making statements in front of a hidden camera where they admit she has to lie about being pro-coal so she can get elected.

This is wrong on so many levels, primarily in the “Do the right things for the right reasons” category. Let’s take this apart piece-by-piece.

First of all, the mindset. If you get elected to any office, you are supposed to be a servant and representative of the people from your district. A voice of their wants, needs and desires. You do not misrepresent yourself to get elected so you can enact your own agenda. You are there to do the work of the People, not yourself.

During the process of running for office, a candidate is supposed to state what they truly believe in, their values and principles. You also state what you want to do, if you are elected. If your words convince a majority of the people you would represent to vote for you, then you get to represent them. Again, if you have to lie to get elected, you are not a representative of the people who elected you.

When this great country first enacted the present Constitution, the men who ran for public office saw this as a sacred trust. They were humbled and honored to be elected. They were all businessmen of one sort or another, who would do a few terms and then gracefully bow out and go back to their businesses.

Today, this is a cash cow for those who get elected. Top of the line pay, easy work hours, big benefits, and lots of companies and organizations willing to donate to an officials “re-election campaign.” Of course, if the official decides to retire, he gets his full pay for life, along with that top-tier medical care, and he (or she) gets to keep what is left over in their campaign funds. Not to mention they can then get a cushy “consulting” job at one of the lobbying organizations as well.

I do not know what the mix is for the 535 members of Congress, but I am quite sure a lot of them have never had a significant career outside of the political world.

We are, unfortunately, in the era of “Professional Politicians.” Men and women who have created a government so bloated and complex that only they can understand and control it. And the People are all too happy to let it happen.

And who do we elect? People who think Guam will capsize if we put too many people on it, or think the Constitution is 400 years old.

I think Patrick Henry said this very well: “Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined.”

Here’s some of my suggestions:

  • No member of Congress is eligible for re-election if a net deficit has occurred during the term of that Congress.
  • A Congressperson receives ZERO pay for their work in Congress. They are issued a Food Stamp card like a regular family according to their family income and size along with a free apartment in the Congressional Apartment Building. It’s an 800 square foot studio type apartment. If they need to throw a party or something, there is a communal party area on the roof.
  • Congress cannot exempt themselves from any law. Did you know they don’t pay Social Security taxes, as well as a host of other things we have to do that they don’t?
  • They must obtain their healthcare through Healthcare.gov.
  • They are free to raise as much as they want in re-election campaigns. At the end of every election cycle, any excess funds win-or-lose, are given to the Federal General Fund.
  • Any Bills are to be read aloud by the sponsor and co-sponsor(s) when it is introduced. If any amendments or changes are made, the entire bill must be re-read.
  • No business can be conducted outside of regular business hours (9 AM to 5 PM local time). This will end those “Midnight bill passing events.”

Those are my “reasonable” ideas. I personally think we should move Election Day to the day after tax day. I won’t specifically say April 16th because they would just change tax day to November.

 

I Want To Be Productive

If you have ever been with me when I go into a store, you have seen me do this almost every time. When a salesperson asks me what I’m looking for, I reply, “I’m looking for a bag of $20’s about this big” while I hold my hands about a foot apart. I usually mortify anyone with me, especially my wife.

I’m not going to do that anymore, but not for the reason you think.

Because, you see, I really want something else.

I want to be productive.

I took a severe blow today. I was told that for the next forty-seven days (or until I get a job and that first paycheck), I will have to live off a pack or two a Ramen a day, a serving of rice every two or three days, and water.

My family will eat better than I will because I will starve before I let them go hungry. Suffice it to say someone “recalculated” my benefits at the food stamp office, and decided to cut the food stamps for my wife and I by 76% from $347/month to $84. They will go back up come early November if I am still unemployed, but the fact that my food budget is cut right as my unemployment benefits are ending really, really hurts.

Back to my original point: If someone were to walk up to me and offer me a large sum of cash with no strings attached, I would probably decline the offer. Not because I don’t need the money, but because I would rather earn my way through life than depend on the largesse of others, especially the government.

For those of you who have been unemployed for an extended period of time will understand me when I say, “You work harder while being unemployed than you did at any job.” You have to resourceful, tenacious and assertive. The resources to help you are scattered, hard to find and difficult to navigate. You also lack any kind of schedule, which throws your life into even greater chaos than just not knowing where the next $20 for food or gas for the car is coming from.

The constant uncertainty, panic and stress drains you. The knowledge that your spouse and children will go hungry if you do not succeed drives you to desperation.

And, no, I can’t get “just any job.” I am not going to go into my finances, you will have to take my word for it. I can’t make basic survival expenses, let alone enough to pay my debts until I make at least what I had in my last job.

Please pray. Not for me because I will persevere and succeed in my quest. Pray that you never have to face what I am facing, and make the choices I am having to make.

Difficulty in Ship Recognition

I know this is already old news, but I wanted to find out some specifics.

On September 6th, ten idiots had been planning to forcibly board and take control of a US Aircraft Carrier. What they found was the PNS Zulfiqar, a frigate.

For those of you who are not inclined to know about ships, here is a side-by-side comparison of the two type of ships:

Ship Name USS George Washington CVN-73 PNS Zulifquar
Ship Type Aircraft Carrier Frigate
Displacement 116,200 Tons 3,144 Tons
Length 1,092 Feet 404 Feet
Crew 6,102 170
Aircraft 90 1

Just so you get an idea of the size difference, here is a size comparison:

GW vs ZulfiqarSo you can see how easily confused someone can get because of how similar these two ships are.

I neglected to say that a US Aircraft Carrier carries a couple of platoons of Marines for security. Probably 50-100 Marines, so these guys were already outnumbered at least 5:1, and I doubt those idiots carried 6,000+ rounds of ammunition.

As you can see, these guys are a lot like Liberals because a lot went on in-between someone’s ears that didn’t have a lot of validity in the real world.

The Liberal Media Bias Example 372,912

This came to my attention this morning:

OvsW Approval Number StoriesNow, just to make the best “apples to apples” comparison, I went to Gallup and found out what each man’s approval numbers were for their 22nd quarter of their time in office, which falls in this time frame. Bush had a 38.5% approval rating, while Obama had a 43.2% approval rating.

Counting the days between January 1st and August 31st, there are 243 days. Dividing that 243 by the number of reports, we find that Bush averaged a report every 2 days (actually just a hair under at 1.95), while Obama rated one report every 27 days. Again, my math shows that for every report on President Obama’s approval rating, almost 14 reports were made on President Bush’s rating.

I do not have the time to go back and check out all 133 articles to see what the tone and emotional indexes were for each one, but I’d be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts most (if not all) of Bush’s articles were of a negative tone, while Obama’s were at least neutral, if not positive toned.

Despite all of the hammering on Bush (at that 14:1 ratio) his job approval rating was still only 5% lower than Obama’s.

And the Mainstream Media wonders why they have a big credibility and integrity problem.

My Own LifeHack!

Okay, I don’t get a flash of inspiration like this every day, so I have to be “Loud and Proud” of it.

If you’re like me, you bought one of those sets of wooden TV dinner tables, and you ended up with all of the tables constantly in use and the storage rack sitting unused in the corner.

LH1 StartI also have a problem of several backpacks hanging around my office. One holds camera gear, one I use for wargaming materials and the other is a “whatever” backpack. Walking by this rack for the umptheenth time today, I had a vision to repurpose it for a rack to store the backpacks.

I drilled two holes in the top of the sides and screwed hooks into them:

LH1 HooksThe cross members were a problem. They would interfere with the backpacks while they were on the hooks, but I couldn’t just throw them out. So, I used a trick my Dad taught me, and reversed them:

LH1 CrossmembersLH1 Rev2All I needed to do now was to hang the backpacks on the hooks, and I was done!

LH1 Finish2It still has feet to stabilize it and you do have to be careful to balance the load diagonally.

Enjoy!

I Can’t Believe It

On this day, thirty-five years ago, I stood on the parade grounds at RTC Great Lakes as part of Company 79-171 and graduated from Boot Camp. I was part of the 12th Division, almost the last building farthest from the main gate.

My parents were in attendance in the stands, and I am pretty sure it was one of the days my Dad was very proud of me.

One year to the day after this, I reported aboard my first ship, The USS Bryce Canyon moored at Pier B-24 in Pearl Harbor.