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Life happening…

Getting back to a place where I can start posting again. Things are starting to iron out. I have to admit that I stand amazed at the rate that events can transpire in life sometimes. One minute you’re rolling along on cruise control and there is a method to the madness, and the next, well, chaos.

I thank the few of you who have been checking in and apologize for the lack of posts, but hold out if you will, dear readers. I hope to be posting regular again by the end of the week.

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Update…

I have some things I want to post about, and I would really like to get further into the Shepherd Diaries. A few other things are pressing my time and focus at the moment. As soon as I get these items taken care of, I’ll open the floodgates again. Thanks for your patience.

The slippery slope of the Chick-Fil-A mess…

Okay, so there’s this. Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-a said he supported biblical marriage. This pissed a lot of folks off. I get that. Someone said something that offends someone else. Happens every day, and we usually get over it.

One thing I did not hear was Mr. Cathy stating that Chick-fil-a only hires straight married people. Nor did he say that gay single or married people won’t get their top level of service in their establishments. Again, a man stated his own personal conviction, based on his personal beliefs. He exercised his first amendment right when asked the appropriate question.

Now what we see is two halves of the American public polarized. One half is in support of ‘CFA’, and the reasons vary. Some support because they share the belief regarding same sex marriage. Some support because they support free speech. Some support because they believe that what the anti-CFA faction is doing to the employees of the company is flat wrong.

The other half, being offended by the originating statement, have just plain decided that Mr. Cathy is wrong, and therefore the entire company of employees need to be taken to task on it, come hell or high water.

I don’t quite get this. These employees are young and old, Christian, athiest, Mormon, Agnostic, gay, straight, monogomous and bigamous. They come from all walks of life. Some agree with Mr. Cathy’s statement, and some don’t. Some don’t even give a damn about what he believes, one way or the other.

Watch what you rain down on a company because of the personal conviction of one man. This is a slippery slope. If someone does not believe what you believe, cry a river, build a bridge, and get over it. That is what makes this Country. People from all walks of life, different colors, beliefs, origins, or even different destinations. That is America. You want censorship of those who do not agree with you, there are plenty of countries who will welcome you with open arms.

Conan O’Brien lays down some funny…

Check out the video in this post…

‘No you Can’t. No you Shouldn’t. Don‘t Even Try’: Conan O’Brien Unveils Hilarious New Obama & Biden Campaign Slogans | Video | TheBlaze.com.

Life happening…

I have been spending most of my free time working on rebuilding the top half of my truck’s motor. Since I have never done this before, it has been going a lot slower than it would had I done this at least once before. This has been taking up a grand majority of my free time.

I started a new project last week called The Shepherd Diaries. I will be continuing this endeavor, but not as often as I like for the moment. But it will continue, as will other posts as I find the few free moments I have.

Life happens…

What is becoming of our nation?

Doing my morning news scan this morning, I noted several headlines on the Drudge Report alone that I think would make the founding fathers turn in their grave enough to generate power for at least half of the nation.

First, Conservative justice Scalia believes the founding fathers left wiggle room in the Constitution for gun regulation…

Second, does anybody beside myself wonder how the heck our country has been allowed to reach a point where DHS feels the need to gear up for the coming conventions, elections, and inauguration?   Note in the article that there are designated areas called ‘Free Speech Zones’. Something entirely wrong with this, in my arrogant opinion. And by the way, note that this story , along with the equipment procurement request was plucked from a Russian news outlet…

Infowars marries this story with the evident need expressed by Janet Incompitano for 30,000 drones to blanket American skies to “…be used for public safety.”

Where do things go from here?

Why a blog?

Blogging is an amazing and interesting thing. When used as a public diary, it basically says, “I want everyone to know about me. I have nothing to hide.” When used as it was originally intended, say for uploading updates on a trip for friends to see back home, it says, “Look at me… wish you were here.” Then there’s that other thing. The random thoughts and commentary on anything from current events to the heavyweight title match between the voices in one’s head.  This is the way a blog is used in majority. This is what I’m doing. Continue reading

Great scorched earth post…

John Kirkwood over at Clashdaily.com draws some great and disheartening dichotomies...

Never waste a good crisis…

The media sure has been playing up the anti-gun rhetoric over the Aurora massacre. MSNBS tried to politicize it with the brother of one of the victims, who, would have none of that.

Then there was Ice T and his stance on the second amendment. I must say, I was impressed with how he handled the line of questioning. But what struck me the most was the point he made regarding someone’s desire to commit murder. If they want to, their going to, and guns being legal does not help a psycho do so. This is true as true can be. And this got me thinking…

In the conversations that have been taking shape over this as well as other recent past incidents, the left always seems to point back to gun control.  Within this conversation, the pro-control movement always latches on to the only foothold they have, which is the assault weapons ban. This is the line of scrimmage, where the anti-gun team digs in their cleats and tries like hell to move the ball forward toward the goal. Unfortunately for them, they seem to be met with an effective blitz at every down.

What Ice T said plays well into this blitz. If someone wants to commit a murder, either of an individual or a mass of people, it will be done if they are determined enough. Whatever means used to commit such an atrocity can be classified as an assault weapon. If a man tries to kill another with a stone, he is committing an assault, and therefore the rock becomes an assault weapon. Let’s ban rocks. If a vehicle is used, the vehicle is then to be classified as an assault weapon. That takes cars off of the list of items we can own legally. Following this line of reasoning, just think if someone used their bare hands. Who is going to be responsible for removing the hands off of every person in the nation?

I believe that the only way to prevent such crimes from happening rests in the ability to own, carry, and train in the effective use of firearms. Proof of this ideology can be found in the law books and statistics of Kennesaw, Georgia.

From the pages of Wikipedia…

Gun law

In 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21][18]

(a) In order to provide for the emergency management of the city, and further in order to provide for and protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants, every head of household residing in the city limits is required to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition therefore.
(b)Exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a firearm. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony.

Gun rights activist David Kopel has claimed that there is evidence that this gun law has reduced the incident rate of home burglaries citing that in the first year, home burglaries dropped from 65 before the ordinance, down to 26 in 1983, and to 11 in 1984.[19] Another report observed a noticeable reduction in burglary from 1981, the year before the ordinance was passed, to 1999.[20]

Later research claims that there is no evidence that [the law] reduced the rate of home burglaries [in Kennesaw][21][22], even though the overall crime rate had decreased by more than 50% between 1982 and 2005.[23]

The city’s website[24] claims the city has the lowest crime rate in the county.

One could also look at the firearm ownership in Switzerland. Attempts at gun related assault, whether fulfilled or failed, stand a roughly 1:250,000 people.

This nation has some nasty habits. One of those neon boils on the flesh of our society is our negatively reactionary nature. One only needs to look at what Homeland Security has turned into to understand that every time a heinous crime is committed, the people who stand to lose the most are the law abiding citizens. We were attacked by men from the middle east, so rather than profiling at the airport, we will inappropriately search children, little old ladies, and people with prosthetic devices. And if we cry foul, they release the hounds and your life becomes a nightmare. Such is the case with the anti-gun lobby. If one obtains a gun by any means, legal or otherwise, and commits a crime, you, the law abiding gun owner, PTA member, and soccer mom, become the potential criminal. Welcome to the watch list.

I leave this with what I would call an anonymous quote…

You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.

Just a rambling of thought.

Update… as if to make my point...

Good Morning…

This morning reminds me of when I was living in the midwest in the summer. I woke up at 3:30 am, there is no relief in the air, the thermometer reads 75 degrees, the humidity is up, and a thunderstorm just started. Talk about nostalgia.