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[Guns] Several years ago, I read that the difference between someone in favor of gun control and someone against it was that the former could not see himself shooting someone in self defense whereas the latter could. There is no value judgment here, some people can see themselves watching Grey’s Anatomy, and others would rather have a root canal.

I fall into the latter category with respect to gun control. Why? Because I am more active than reactive and fear helplessness. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes not. Again, there is no value judgment. I live in a world of violent people, insane people, people who hate me for my beliefs, and people who think of me as a solution to their greed. My fear of being helpless in facing them is stronger than my distaste of violence. So I own a gun.

There’s rumbling that there’s action at Parrotdise. Is there a new watering hole in the works?

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[Knees] Stay away from Google before you have surgery. All you read about there are the horror stories. 

In my late my  fifties and I first hurt my knee in a fall in the 1970′ s and Aleve became one of my staples. I had a total knee replacement two years ago.
1. I have no pain at all.
2. I could start running again if I wanted to, but my pace would depress me, not because of my knee, but because I got older and out of running shape.
3. I should have had the surgery 10 years earlier. That is pretty much what everybody who had it done told me.
4. The trick is. Rehab. Rehab. Rehab
5. My sister in law had a double replacement. She was never athletic and is like new now. She had her’s a year ago.
6. People say to get a double because you would never do the second after the first. That’s BS. Probably an urban legend passed on by clueless people. If I found out that I needed another, I would do it ASAP.
7. Focus on what you will do after the surgery that you can’t do now. 
8. Think of it as trading 6 weeks of down time for a pain free life.

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Hello, I am Anita A Fischer/Brouwer and I a writing in response to post on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. I think I added the photo my first time doing this. I would like to contact my family that I lost touch with without posting my phone number or my address on the CT. Thanks! 

[IKC Driver Scores] This is for the person in the white car who was speeding on Avenue I Wednesday afternoon. My five year old granddaughter was on the porch and witnessed you hit that iguana. What is wrong with you? If you’re old enough to drive a car you are certainly old enough to realize you shouldn’t be driving that fast on this street. I’ve lived in the Avenues for twelve years and I’ve never even come close to hitting an iguana. Neither has anyone else I know. I guess old enough doesn’t always mean mature enough. Sad when a five year old says, “It’s not nice for a human to kill nature” because that “human” decides not to use a little common sense and slow down on these narrow streets. Honestly, I’m not so sure it was an accident.

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[“Electric Stove that wouldn’t boil water”] Are you kidding or just a bad cook? I  had a wife that couldn’t boil water either. A candle will boil water. I think you forgot to turn on the heat because I don’t believe you bought a stove that couldn’t boil water. Did you omit a special detail from yesterday’s post we should know about?

[Suddenly Seeking Jean] I know this is long shot, but I am looking for Jeanne (could be Jean or Jeanie) who was bartender at Capt. Tony’s and attending college in Key West in 1980. She was studying marine biology, I believe, and dating owner of the Fleet Air Wing restaurant. I met her parents, who I think were from the Boston area. I knew Keith, Capt. Tony’s grandson/doorman, Janet, other regulars and workers at the time. Just curious what became of that fun group while having the time of our lives.

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[Professional Pool Tables] I was in Coconuts today getting a haircut, & saw that all of the pool tables had new Simonis 860 cloth. Very nice! I hope they put more effort than they have in the past to try to keep drinks off of the rails, or it will get crappy again very soon. 

[New kitchen stove] I had a glass top and they are easy to clean but it heats up and cools down slowly and you need really good frying pans that lay very flat to heat evenly, if the heat is too high a cheap pan will warp and get a hump in the middle. Also no more cast iron cookware! Keep the gas. 
[Hillary’s Head] A reporter asks Bill Clinton, “How’s Hillary’s head?”
He replies, “Well, she’s no Monica.”

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[Deadly Flu] Boston declared a public health emergency Wednesday as flu season struck in earnest; the state has reported 18 flu-related deaths so far.

[Murder For Hire] What kind of idiots do they have in Marathon? How can Ramsay not be surprised Mary Zecca contacted him, after all she and her husband donated to Dick and his son Rick Ramsay campaigns. Its a matter of public record. Of course Dick Ramsay knows her.

The comment “Donated $5,800 to various campaigns, as well as another $800 from the Marathon Marina. ‘Everyone thought that was natural because he was looking to have the City Council go along with some of the modifications they were making down there’” makes it seem our councilmen admit you can’t get anything done by the county unless you pay bribes for it up front.  It is a MarathonCity bribery system and Dick Ramsay said it.

Even more, Wednesday’s Citizen headline spells it out larger “Murder-for-hire probe EXPANDED”.

Federal agents are taking a closer look at the tenure of a former Coast Guard Station Islamorada commanding officer at the center of a murder-for-hire investigation. Dennis Zecca, 51, a retired chief warrant officer and part-owner of Marathon Marina Boatyard, was arrested Dec. 21 on one count of murder-for-hire after he allegedly hired an undercover federal informant to kill Bruce Schmidt.

Ok guys in the FBI and DEA, time to take a hard look at the proposed private Marathon Port of Entry plan by Dick Ramsay and pay close attention to his son Rick Ramsay (Roth 3.0) who can definitely provide the still quite of the night. It’s not just a Roth thing anymore. Be sure your sin will find you out and yes be sure someone will tell, Someone will talk, Someone will sing.  ~enoughcorruption@yahoo.com

teacher-with-guns[Teachers with Guns] Hundreds of Texas, Ohio teachers flock to gun training
By Kim Palmer and Jim Forsyth | Reuters – 19 hrs ago

School teachers in Texas are flocking to free firearms classes and hundreds more in Ohio have signed up for training in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school massacre, some vowing to protect their students with guns even at the risk of losing their jobs.

In Ohio, more than 900 teachers, administrators and school employees signed up for the Buckeye Firearms Association’s newly created, three-day gun training program, the association said.

In Texas, an $85 Concealed Handgun License course offered at no cost to teachers filled 400 spots immediately, forcing the school to offer another class, one instructor said. The two Texas classes graduated about 460 educators.

“Any teacher who is licensed and chooses to be armed should be able to be armed,” said Gerald Valentino, co-founder of the Buckeye Firearms Association. “It should be every teacher’s choice.”

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Keys Synagogue marks 125 years. Link

Turkey Point nuclear plan could effect Keys waters. Link

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Key West has bicycle officers and has had them for years. I think they still have them, I don’t get to the city too much. 

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Nira Tocco is host for the Tuesday night Bingo games at Boondocks. Next Tuesday, January 15 from 7-10pm. The Coldwell Banker Schmitt Charitable Foundation is splitting the profits with Heron House up in Marathon. It is going to be a great night! Bulletin Board > Continuing Events

Cell phone for those on a budget, don’t use the cell networks too much and are around WiFi a lot of the times. Link 
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[Wasted Cop Gas] I’ve always wondered why the City of Key West didn’t put a few of their police on bicycles, at least to patrol Old Town. They are way quicker than cars. A much better substitute for the horses too. I guess you’re right. It’s all about ego.

Wounded Iraq, Afghanistan vets cycling to Keys. It’d be nice if we had something nice set up at the light on Big Pine to greet these heroes. Link  
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I appreciate the doom and gloom comments on gun control, but rather than try to control gun ownership, why not just beef up the repercussions for using them incorrectly? If you shoot and kill someone in a robbery, for instance, you die. No moldering in tax funded prisons for fifty years keeping the lawyers rich. If they’re smart enough to get through law school make it equally advantageous financially to be psychiatrists. 

an gas pan [“I’ve never had a gas range”] Your missing out on a good thing. An electric range, looks nice, it’s flat, minimalistic and easy to clean. But looks are not everything. Electric ranges are terrible to cook with compared to a gas range.

With a gas range, one can set the heat to be precise and consistent, cooks one food evenly and it gives a visual clue by how intense the flame is, the fine control reduces the chances of boil-overs.

On the other hand an electric range has really only two modes, high on and off, which it cycles the frequency of the on/off cycle depending where the dial is set at. So this has a result of cooking your food, then not cooking it, then cooking it again and so forth, making for a less than desirable outcome. One can’t simmer well with a electric stove.

Electric flat top ranges are very touchy about any little thing trapped between the pot/pan and the flat top, a least bit of liquid and you get mini-steam explosions. Also their coils wear out and the glass top gets worn/burned faster, requiring a new range or replacement more frequently to keep the looks up.

Gas ranges will either burn off debris or evaporate it, or it just falls into the catch pan, whose parts are pretty easy to pop into the dishwasher or line with foil or cheaply replace if they get used up. New catch pans and stands will tend to make the gas range look like new again because the wear and tear are placed on replaceable parts instead of permanent glass with electric flat top ranges.

In my opinion, electric stoves are really for those without any source of gas, can’t have an open flame like for cats that can catch fire rubbing up against the pots, (they can live if you can catch them!) or those who don’t do a whole lot of serious cooking.

Any cook or chef worth their salt uses only gas ranges because it can do things that electrics can’t. Once you have one and do a lot of cooking you will loath ever going back to electric.

Call your local propane company and have them set you up, they will also come around regularly and keep you topped off for gas. 

Psst: They always work when the power goes off, like after a hurricane

Here is a unique clothing drive. They are looking to preserve uniforms & personal effects from Veteran’s of recent U.S. Military actions in Iraq & Afghanistan, to add to a collection in the Yankee Air Museum. A museum about Global Warfare from the time of aviation. Link

mapnavy10[Wounded Service Members to Bicycle Through Key West] The public is invited to ride along after Key West residents have the opportunity to offer approximately 45 combat-wounded service members a real welcome home as the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride will visit Key West Sunday, Jan. 13.

Naval Air Station (NAS) Key West, Military Affairs Committee (MAC) Key West and the City of Key West are hosting this group of heroes as they bicycle from Boca Chica Field at 10:30 a.m. continuing through Key West to the Truman Waterfront, to arrive at noon, where the warriors will be met with a welcoming ceremony. The public is encouraged to line the streets leading to the waterfront to cheer on these warriors, many of whom have just been released from the hospital for serious injuries they sustained during combat. The public will also have a chance to meet these heroes at the ceremony, which will feature a full honor guard and Key West City Mayor Craig Cates and military leaders welcoming the service members to Key West.

After the welcoming ceremony, the public is invited to ride with the veterans on the “Red, White and Blue Ride,” which will help to raise funds for Wounded Warrior Project. The charity ride is $20 and registration for the ride and more info Bulletin Board 

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chamber_of_comm100h[Lower Keys Chamber January Business Social] You are cordially invited to the Lower Keys Chamber of Commerce January Business Social to be hosted by American Caribbean Real Estate – Lower Keys at 27217 Overseas Highway, Ramrod Key (next to Boondocks), milemarker 27.5 on Wednesday, January 16th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, libations, business card drawings and the Chamber’s 50/50 raffle will add to the fun and we encourage you to enjoy the opportunity to network with other Lower Keys Chamber businessmen & women.  American Caribbean Real Estate – Lower Keys is a relatively new business here on Ramrod and we appreciate the opportunity to welcome them to our community. For more information Bulletin Board 

[Shoot the Bully] Maybe armed guards and armed teachers could do something about bullying in the schools, the cause of many of these shootings.

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The next workshop of our computer club is coming up this Saturday, January 12, 10 am at the SeniorCenter. We will be sharing quarters with the annual health fair pre-registration people.

Parking will be at a premium. Our club has been given permission to park on the ranger’s property directly north of our building, nose in to the small boulders which partially line up along Key Deer Blvd. Please make sure not to block the fire truck.

Key West Food & Wine Festival. Link

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Heat makes things expand. So I don’t have a weight problem, I’m just hot!

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CheapShots comes to the Keys every four week to do low cost vaccines and spay-neuter-dentals. Check out cheapshots.us or call at 305-390-0325 for more information. We will be at Blossoms, 408 White Street, Key West 9-10 am, Big Pine Dog Park 11-12 am, Marathon Forgotten Felines at Warner Law Office, corner of 122nd St and Overseas Hwy, Marathon 1-2 pm.
Dates of vaccine clinics: Jan. 12, Feb 9, March 9

CheapShots will be in the Keys this weekend doing their low cost vaccine and surgery clinics. Dentals starting at $85, neuters starting at $45, vaccine packages $38.

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That Home depot orchid coupon expired 1/8/13.

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an range flat topIf you buy a flat top electric range don’t ever put a pot of water on to boil with the element set on high, then walk away and forget about it.   That top won’t be shiny for long.

[“Flat top stove”]  Just a tip, a razor will scrape off the burnt-on guck without making marks or scratching.  It’s a glass top and using a razor will eliminate the need to put chemicals on the stove top. 

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[“What caliber gun was the woman in the Wal-Mart photo carrying”] I believe it was a .45. It had a classic Colt look but there are so many clones out there now it’s hard to be sure. I’d suggest either Para-Ordinance, Kimber or Springfield, unless of course you’re a traditionalist, then by all means buy a Colt 1911.

[Knee Surgery]  If it’s any consolation, my Mom got her first knee replacement in her 80’s and she’s going strong at 87 and ready to do the next one.  Hospitals scare the bejeebers out of me too, but things usually go right.

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Another invasive fish for the Keys? Link

The reason you do not see most of the oversize Key West Police cars patrolling the streets of Key West could be because these cars are not even on the island of Key West when you were looking.  At any given time I can see three Key West Police cars here on Big Pine Key.  Now does that really make sense? 

an_g_cleffMarathon Music Video Fest features two days of fun. A music fest featuring some of the best-known Keys musicians fills the Marathon Community Park amphitheater for two full days, Jan. 12 and 13, from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m. both days.

Dubbed Music Video Fest 2013, the program is organized by Conch Records of Key Colony Beach and videos will be made of the performers.

Headlining the first day, from 5 to 10 p.m., are the Doerfels, Misery Loves Company and Adrienne. On Jan. 13, the nighttime headliners include the Regs, Moon Dogs, Blackwater Sound and the Ray West Band.

Both days, other musicians will show their stuff throughout the day, including Buffalo Conch, Shastina Chiles, Irish Ricky, David Preston, Marc Davis, Rocketman, Tim Dee & Jim Hill, Dan Sullivan, Mary Spears, Linda Lee Byars, Joe Mama, Jesse Jett, Hope Remains, John Bartus, Billy Brown Band, Billy Washburn, Paul Elliott, Stuart, Soulwater Band, Rich Coleman, Scotty2hotty, Terry Cassidy, Greg Dempsey, Richie, Michael J., Donny Irvin, Jay Hosek, Capt. Dave Hernandez, Just Practicing, Gary Bush, Jim Fazio, Brother Randy and Doug Allen.

Cost is $5 at the gate, or free with a Conch Records T-shirt, which can be bought on site. Food and beverages will be available for sale. Kids activities include face painting and clowns. For more information Bulletin Board 

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an_bullet_speed[Caliber v. Result] It’s not so much the caliber, but the type of bullet & where you hit the person. A .22 or .32 will pee a person off, but if you hit them in the head it can kill them. In the first Sandbox War our troops were hitting the enemy numerous times with no results. It turns out they were using ammo designed to defeat body armor and the round was going straight thru. Once they started using ball they had way better results. 

There is a person out there for everyone. Your person may happen to be five cats.

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OrionGEMS_FINALCosmic bullets pierce the outskirts of the Orion Nebula some 1500 light-years distant in this sharp infrared close-up. Blasted out by energetic massive star formation the bullets, relatively dense, hot gas clouds about ten times the size of Pluto’s orbit, are blue in the false color image. Glowing with the light of ionized iron atoms they travel at speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second, their passage traced by yellowish trails of the nebula’s shock-heated hydrogen gas. The cone-shaped wakes are up to a fifth of a light-year long. The detailed image was created using the 8.1 meter Gemini South telescope in Chile with a newly commisioned adaptive optics system (GeMS). Achieving a larger field of view than previous generation adaptive optics, GeMS uses five laser generated guide stars to help compensate for the blurring effects of planet Earth’s atmosphere. 

I have not seen as many of the full figured NJ honeys this season as were here previous years. I wonder if this has something to do with global warming. Should I be concerned or elated?  

[“If I had a heart attack, I would probably be dead because there was no way for emergency vehicles to travel cross the Niles Channel Bridge”] This is the best reason to rag on the Ragnar Race. It’s not a good fit for the area anymore.

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[“Scenario where our government would need to be violently overthrown”] The last time was for taxation without representation. The next time may be for lack of representation and total disregard of the electorate.
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“When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice – You may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand, “Atlas Shrugged”, 1957

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Elvis at 70. (Is he still dead?)

I don’t go crazy, I am crazy! I just go normal from time to time.

[How to Remove Geotags From Photos] When you snap a picture with your smartphone, more than just the image is saved. Your phone attaches a time, date and other information to the photo automatically. It can even attach location information that reveals where the photo was taken.

Pixelgarde will show you all of the information that is embedded into a photo file. You can look at multiple photos at once or strip the information from photos in bulk. That makes it safer to post them on social networking sites. Link 

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Heat makes things expand. So I don’t have a weight problem, I’m just hot!

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[Guns] I wonder why people would think the founding fathers, educated men able to craft the declaration of independence, lacked the ability to understand that weapon technology would advance with time? Very simply put, if the founding fathers were living today and drafting the same document do you think they would have put in a clause that we could only own muskets? Logic, try it!

[Captain Doom] “We have been given dominion over all creatures by our creator} Who? Introduce us to IT! Humans are the bottom of the food chain, Bubba, we are the only monsters who screw up and crap where we eat and sleep and are destroying the only rock we know of. Now who is the dominator?

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Another reason why we are not going to make it.

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[Gun Control in Australia] Watch and weep Video

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1. A couple of days ago we were blessed with yet another great 1/4 truth moment. After I mentioned the worn out and down right crazy Birther movement our 1/4 truth squad kicked into gear. They told us that the birthergroup is simply a few lone wolves that are using their freedom of expression to try and bring down our President. A noble goal im sure but are they really just a few lone wolves? Ive read online that at 1 time 40% of all republicans believed the President was not an American born citizen. That does not seem like the “Lone Wolf” spiel our 1/4 truther tried selling us. 40% of any group kills the small group designation dont you think?

Now the lone wolves are going after Chief Justice John Roberts for impeachment if he swears in our elected President. Craige McMillan a columnist for the Conservative rag  WND,com asking Roberts to not swear in our elected President because he and his group does not believe that Obama meets the definition of a natural born citizen. McMillan went on to say that if the President was elected it would lead to “Illegal wars, illegal debts and illegal laws”. Of course the birther movement Queen Orly Taitz flew in for the objections board hearing. We all know that theres a much larger group of Republicans that still believe that our President isnt an American and that Hawaii isnt a state.

The scary part is that theres a hell of a lot more believers in that silliness then a few “Lone wolves”. But then when your only qualification needed to make a political  comment is to be 25% accurate you can justify any piece of craziness.

 

2. The other day I offered a challenge to any Republican to show me just 1 time where our President said that he wants to take away our guns. The right will swear they have heard it and read it and know its been said but they cannot even find 1 quote that says that. Theres a reason folks. He doesnt want your guns and has never said that. You cant post a comment or quote something that was never said. Its a blatant lie. Look back a few days and the only quote you will find about our President talking about taking away your guns was from our own FTR who quoted Obama as saying he wont take them away. He proved my point for me.

Sometimes even the 1/4 truth doesnt make the grade. Talk about your Pachyderm  Poop.

kim10Kim Jung Un had no military experience whatsoever before Daddy made him a four-star general. This snot-nosed twerp had never accomplished anything in his life that would even come close to military leadership. He hadn’t even so much as led a Cub Scout troop, coached a sports team, or commanded a military platoon. So he is made the Beloved Leader of North Korea. Terrific!

Oh crap! I’m sorry. I just remembered that we did the same thing. We took an arrogant community organizer, who had never worn a uniform, and made him Commander-in-Chief. A guy, who had never had a real job, worked on a budget, or led anything more than an ACORN demonstration, and we made him President of the United States — Twice! I’m sorry I brought this up. Never mind.  ot even aware of who is in charge of their country at any time.

The Taliban took control of Afaganhistan easily , what makes one think that the U.S. would not capitulate the same way? really now that is real deep question, you obviously don’t seem to think much of the citizens of our countrys willingness to defend the libertys and freedom we posess as the freeest  country in the world, living in Afaganhistan under either the Taliban or the countrys given government probably doesn’t make much difference to most of the citizenery, certainly nothing to fight over.a good share of those occupants are not even aware of who is in charge of their country at any time.

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The Republican Party is divided between the far right and the extreme right.

Fiscal Cliff put in a much better perspective, lesson 1
* U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
* Fed budget: $3,820,000,000,000
* New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
* National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
* Recent budget cuts: $ 38,500,000,000

Let’s now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget using the same numbers:
* Annual family income: $21,700
* Money the family spent: $38,200
* New debt on the credit card: $16,500
* Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
* Total budget cuts so far: $38.50
Easier to understand? OK, now lesson 2, another way to look at the debt ceiling. Let’s say you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings. What do you think you should do? raise the ceilings, or remove the crap?

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FTR, Do you remember your diatribe from yesterday? Yeah, the one about how a ‘dumb shoe’ fits? Well lets just say yours fits well. Let me educate you on a few things your ancient brain cannot and refuses to grasp. This country recently experienced a recession just short of that, in which I’m sure you experienced, as a depression way back in 1929 thru the end of WWII. Unemployment in this country reached a whopping 25 percent! Yes, I said twenty five percent. How high was it this time around?

This time we had safety nets put in place (those of which you are dependent on; you admitted that yourself) to avoid the catastrophic poverty that almost destroyed this country and most of the western world. That in itself would account for “The fact is that during the Obama admin more Americans have become dependent on government largess than any time in our history.” along with the fact that the population of the good old U.S.of A. then was 122,775,046 (census April 1 1930) and now it is what? 308,745,538 (census April 1 2010)? OMG, that’s almost a hundred percent increase in human bodies. That’s just short of 2 USAs in 1930.

Do I wonder why there are more humans dependent now than ever before? I’m befuddled. Can you explain that?

Secondly, I’m not sure that you have actually participated in the real world for quite some time, but with technological advances in industry over the last thirty or so years, the computer has eliminated the need for humans to do many things they used to be employed doing back when you were working. With the advent of the recent recession, most companies were forced to take actions more drastically than they originally planned for in reducing the work force and paying much less for the same productivity.

The future came much faster that anticipated and that was due to nothing but greed, FTR, total greed. And now you’re blaming Obama? And those unemployed, forced retirees? Oh, grant you, there are, and always will be, lazy folks, but you had better wake up and smell the truth. Your paranoia and your know-it-all attitude aren’t cutting it. Come into the light of truth!

[Gun Control] “restricting private gun ownership” and “confiscating our guns” are two different things. The first is necessary and the second is impossible no matter what Right wing blogs say. Obama has never mentioned confiscating our guns. All I’ve read so far is that he wants to restrict certain types of guns, and that is a good thing.

“restricting private gun ownership” and “confiscating our guns” are two different things. The first is necessary and the second is impossible no matter what Right wing blogs say. Obama has never mentioned confiscating our guns. All I’ve read so far is that he wants to restrict certain types of guns, and that is a good thing.

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Even though there are problems confronting our great nation that dwarf the tragedy of Newtown, our politicos are hard charging to use those tragic murders for political gain in order to advance their assault on the Second Amendment. Personally I’m convinced that they are using gun control as a cover for their stubborn refusal to slash spending and to reduce our debt. Going after guns makes them feel good.

You will note that even though there is irrefutable evidence that our crime rate has dropped since the last round of gun control died, our politicos continue to demand the banning of certain types of guns that only cosmetically resemble military weapons. To our Liberal friends, because a gun is similar in appearance to a military weapon, it must be banned. That, Deer Friends is vapidly stupid, but many left fielders buy into it. Our Liberal friends haughtily ignore the fact that the number of mass assaults such as Newtown has been declining while the rate of private gun ownership has increased.

The AP recently published an article, it stated: “Grant Duwe, a criminologist with the Minnesota Department of Corrections who has written a history of mass murders in America, said that while mass shootings rose between the 1960s and the 1990s, they actually dropped in the 2000s. And mass killings actually reached their peak in 1929, according to his data. He estimates that there were 32 in the 1980s, 42 in the 1990s and 26 in the first decade of the century.” “Chances of being killed in a mass shooting, he says, are probably no greater than being struck by lightning.”  I urge you to read the entire article at Link

an scalpelLook, Deer Friends, a scalpel can be a life saver or a life taker. So can a gun. It all depends on the individual holding the scalpel or the gun. Monsters shall always be with us, but in earlier days they were less apt to be able to roam free. I recall vividly as a police officer that in the 60’s and 70’s, persons were routinely committed to mental health care custody when they evinced a clear and present danger to themselves or to others.  In Florida the procedure was called the Baker Act and it required those persons to be taken into custody and that they could be examined for a minimum of 3 days to determine their mental health. Long term involuntary commitment was fairly common.  Today crushing bureaucratic and legal constraints make involuntary commitment infinitely more difficult.   I trust that you will recall the braying of the press that in nearly every instance of mass shooting, it was reported that shooters, prior to their killing spree, evinced threatening and bizarre behavior. You must wonder why the parents, the community, and the police turned a blind eye to it all.

A tiny percentage of the mentally ill become mass killers. Just about everyone around Tucson, Ariz., who knew spree shooter Jared Loughner sensed he was mentally ill and dangerous. But in effect, he had to kill before he could be put away — and (forcibly) treated.  The same thing holds true for the “Joker, James Holmes, and for Newtowns recent mass killer, Adam Lanza.

Random mass killings were three times more common in the 2000s than in the 1980s, when gun laws were actually weaker. And a 2011 University of California at Berkeley study found that states with strong civil commitment laws have about a one-third lower homicide rate.

I urge you to check out all of the above, I urge you to make your feelings on gun control known to our legislators. We don’t need more gun control, it is counter productive to public safety. We desperately need to revisit our mental health practices and our societal addiction to gross violence.  Those two things are the real mass murderers. Lets Baker Act the gun control frenzy and concentrate on slashing our spending and rescuing our economy. Our society is in harms way if we fail to do so.

By the way, what follows proves nothing, but it is interesting: Jared Loughner, Tucson Az. mass murder was described by his peers as being a “left wing pot head”. His parents are both registered Democrats. 

Adam Lanza, NewtownConn murderer.  Registered  Democrats outnumber Republicans by about a  2-1 ratio in Connecticut.  The odds are that the Lanza family are Democrats.

James E. Holmes, “The Joker” is reported to be an avid supporter of the Occupy Wall Street Movement and of the Occupy Black Bloc.  The latter is an ultra left wing terrorist organization dedicated to killing cops.  I suggest you do a web search on Occupy Black Bloc, it is spooky and interesting!

Part 2) Here’s something to worry about, but it does explain a lot.  As of last Tuesday only 4 cable shows had more than 2 million viewers. FOX NEWS, O’Reilly had had 2,523,000 viewers, FOX NEWS, Baier had 2,049,000.  But 2,0108,000 viewers got their news from the COMEDY DAILY SHOW.  And 2,085,000 apparently got their news from MTV SNOOKIE.  It is depressing that nearly as many Americans get their news from a comedy show and from an MTV show. But it does explain a lot.

Respectfully submitted,
FTR