Sunday, December 15, 2013

DIPG Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Please go vote HERE.

This is the story of a family trying to make a difference.  Their child was in my kids school. . .  I watched this town come together to support them and it brought out the best in this town.  Unfortunately we could not save her, but I think we can make a difference.  I know the Cronks did.

Please help them to find a cure and maybe we can end this.


Minimum Wage explained

A great article HERE discussing the issue of minimum wage and why raising it is not a magic fix.

Just like Obamacare raising the minimum wage may help a few but it will harm far more folks than it helps.  It will probably hurt the economy and slow down job growth as folks slow or stop hiring since they can't afford the higher rate.  Some companies may be forced to lay folks off over this. . .

Go give it a read.  There is no such thing as an easy fix to these issues and if you think there is you are not looking at the full picture. . . or you are in Congress and don't care as long as you can buy a few votes.

Children in Harms Way

Saw this on a post about the latest school shooting:

According to a recent article in The Daily Beast, there have been 25 school shootings in 2013 with a total of 18 lives lost. Not mentioned in that story is the fact that 1,600 children on average die of child abuse and neglect each year in the U.S. -- more than 4 per day -- and 60% at the hands of a parent or family member. That's a Newtown tragedy every five days without end.
The fact is -- school shootings are responsible for less than 1% of child homicides each year but seem to garner 99% of the media's and public's attention. So while we acknowledge the tragedy of this particular shooting, perhaps we could also use it as an opportunity to focus some attention on the much bigger and more prevalent problem of child abuse, which kills exponentially more children per year.

This was posted in the comments.  Makes you think don't it.

The gun grabbers are all about the kids when they get shot in one of the gun free zones that the gun grabbers created.  If they really care about the kids why don't they get upset or grab the front page of the papers and top of the news casts with info on child abuse or neglect?

This shows the facts.  The sad truth is they don't care about the kids.  They love these shootings because they can use them to go after our civil rights and our guns.  They don't care about the kids they care about grabbing power in our country and an armed populous prevents that.

By the way a quick Google search shows that according to the .gov the numbers this person quoted.  There were 1570 killed last year alone.  Data is HERE.

Why are we wasting our time on guns when so many kids are killed by neglect and abuse?  Someone please tell me?  Isn't it time we stop playing politics with our kids lives? 

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Another School Shooting. . .

I love how the news is editing this story to only let you get the facts they want. . . but they failed and word has gotten out on the net.

This 18yr old who I won't name was looking to kill the debate teacher that dropped him from the team.  He showed up at school with a shot gun, a machete, and Molotov cocktail.  I guess the laws about weapons on school grounds didn't stop him. . . .

What they don't tell you is he was a socialist who was proud of it and took bullying over it.  He was what you would call a committed Socialist.  He was also very much for gun control and like making fun of Republicans.  He also has a squeaky clean record so no gun law would have flagged him or stopped him from getting a gun.  The gun he used was a normal shotgun that no one even talks about when they want to ban things. . .

What this anti-American dirt bag did was go the school and shoot some girl that they don't think had any ties to him at all.  He then shot and killed himself.  Over within 80 seconds.

I have heard one report that he bought the gun a week ago.

It is sad that he didn't just shot himself and save this poor girl a lot of pain and suffering for nothing.

Oh and by the way this keeps the streak going. . . the other mass shooters you hear about have all been Dems. . . . in Newtown, in Aurora, etc. . . .

Affluenza is BS

THIS story makes me SICK

A little rich kid PUNK kills four people while drunk driving.

Normal sentence for this? 5-20 years

He gets 10 years PROBATION with NO JAIL.

why you ask?

His lawyers say he is too rich, and his parents let him have everything so he does not know right from wrong so he should not be held responsible for his actions. . . . .

This is what is wrong with the country.

It was just on the news and the juvi hall he will do his probation in looks like an expensive spa but the lawyers tell you he is being punished because he won't have his X.

This is SICK!

All the families who lost loved ones have left is to sue in civil court.  I hope they wreck these folks bank accounts.  That this "kid" is not rotting in jail is sickening.  And we wonder why kids these days have no respect for life, or each other, or right from wrong. . . .I guess we got the answer.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Buderus Boilers

Folks if you are ever told to get one of these Buderus heaters/boilers for your house fire the guy right then and there and run.  I ended up with mine because I let the contractor for the addition pick the boiler instead of going to my oil guy. . . . live and learn.  I am told they are one of the best. . . ya, maybe for the repair guy but not for me. . . .

I had one of these put into my home when we added an in-law apartment.  It worked for about 1 maybe 2 years and that was it.  it has been six years now because I can't afford to toss it but every six months or so I need to have my oil guy come back and fix it.  If I ever hit the lotto this thing is out with the trash as soon as the first check clears.

This sucks in a New England winter when it can get cold and the heat goes out. . .  .

I will NEVER own one of these again.  If I move and one is in the new home that is a deal breaker for me.

To put it simply they SUCK!  I have the repair bills to prove it.

GOAL Concealed Carry Class

I would love to thank GOAL for putting on a great class on "The Art of Concealed Carry" at my gun club last night.  The instructors were Jon Green, GOAL’s Director of Education and Training and Attorney Lisa Steele Esq.

The class was a bit over four hours long and covered many of the legal and practical issues involved in carrying a gun in Massachusetts.  We have many confusing and sometimes contradictory laws in this state that you need to know to carry without breaking the rules.

The class started with Lisa giving us a great presentation on the various laws in MA and how they come into play.  Where can you carry?  How do you lock it up in the car if you have to?  What happens if you have to defend yourself?  These are just a few of the things she got into.  

Now I have been a pro gun advocate for years now (just ask my Reps at the State House I am sure they are sick of all my emails = )    ) but I still learned a lot from this class.  It was good to get you thinking about what you would do, and what the law says you can do. . . .

It was also great to get some insight from someone who deals with this for a living in the courts here and to get a feeling for how you will be treated if you have to defend yourself.  The best part of this is you get a great view of how the law will be looking at what happened if you ever do have to defend yourself or your family.

She was full of great advice and stories to help educates us in this critical information.  I know I learned a lot and would recommend this course in a second to anyone that is going to carry in MA.

After the presentation from Lisa we had Jon give us a great class in how to carry concealed.  It was funny to watch as he managed to pull out nine guns from various places on him that you really could not tell he had if you were looking at him.

From there Jon went over the different ways to carry and the good and bad points of the most popular based on his experience.  He also had a lot of good info on what NOT to do if you carry so you don't give away the fact you are armed.  You don't want the bad guy to know and you don't want to have the cops asking you questions do you?

We ended the night with a few roll playing scenarios to look at how you react to an issue, and then discussed what we felt was good or bad about how the actors reacted in each situation.  I won't give away the scenarios but they were very much what you could face any day and there is no right or wrong answers for them.

This was a great night and again I highly recommend taking this class if you are an instructor or someone who carries in MA.  It brings up many issues that you may not have thought of that you really need to know and gives you a lot to think about so you can be prepared to carry and do it legally in MA.  Go take this course if you get the chance.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Unemployment is Down

Well at least according to CNN. . . .

I would be thrilled if it was true but I doubt it.  All they have done is change how they calculate it now so it looks good for the sheep.

You see they count added jobs but don't bother to tell you how many are seasonal and or underemployed.

But the big lie is they don't count folks who have been out of work so long now that they are no longer collecting unemployment.  The .gov says they are no longer looking for work so they don't count.

Isn't that great?  If you can't find a job and it has been longer than the .gov says then you obviously don't want to work so they won't count you.  You don't exist any more.

Don't buy it.  Unemployment is still way up there folks.  Many folks have had to take temp jobs or part time just to try to pay the bills.  The Obama plan has done nothing to help us.  We need new folks in DC that will actually do something and get America back to work.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Unskilled Labor

So the fast food folks who are unskilled labor want to have their wage doubled from $7.25 to $15 an hour. . .

Do they really think in this economy that the companies can afford this or that others will pay it?

Please tell me how many jobs would be lost if this pay rate goes through . . . . how many folks would just stop going to a fast food joint.

It is basic folks.  I don't go to McDonalds  because it is great food.  I go because it is cheap and tastes OK for the price.  And I can afford to feed the family there.

Now double all the prices and you are now on par with a sit down restaurant.  If I am going to pay sit down restaurant prices why settle for fast food?

The simple answer is I won't.  All the money I spend at the fast food joints will be gone as I go someplace else to eat. . . . so they won't need as many workers and they will lay off folks and close stores.

It is that simple.  You don't have to like that the job is only worth minimum wage, but facts are facts and doubling the cost will cost jobs.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Democrats and Socialists

While watching a story on the history of our Submarine Service it hit me this morning.

How can anyone sane support Socialism?  You look at the history of the USA vs USSR and I just don't get it.  Even the poor here are better off than most in Russia, yet Obama and co. still want to be socialist.

Now I see why Obama wants to be a Socialist, he wants to be on top and one of the few that is well off while the rest of us slave for him.

But how can his supporters support him?  Even the most basic look at the two countries shows how successful the USA is at raising the standard of living for all, and how much of a failure the USSR/Russia is.

I just can't get my head around it.  The only excuse I can see is ignorance or stupidity to explain support of Obama and his goals.

Socialism never worked, and never will.  If you want to see why look at an East German car vs a West German car and you will see it all.

This was the East German or Socialist idea of a car. . .

And this is the West German or Capitalist idea of a car

Which one do you thing works better?

Which system do you think really allowed it's people to move forward, advance technology and have a better life?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A day at the Range

Took my oldest and her new boyfriend to the range yesterday.  A great time was had by all.

Went through a bunch of .22 with them both, some 9mm and .45.  She stuck mainly to .22 but did good.  He tried them all, and did good for someone that has not shot much.

Me. . . well I call it a successful trip.  I also tried a new grip and found that I am no longer shooting low left. . I am scattered around and in the black.

I think that is a step forward now I need to work on tightening up the grouping.

I think it is funny, I got into teaching guns and gun safety so I can get more folks into shooting and hopefully licensed here in MA to protect all our rights.  But I find that the more I work with other instructors the more I am learning too.  I had hoped it would turn out this way and am psyched it did.

Now if we could just fix the ammo shortage thing and get more range time it would be great!

To help on that front I have purchased a LaserLyte blue gun and hope to get their laser target and training laser for Christmas so I can dry fire practice at home without using a real gun.  Not that I mind dry firing my guns but when you have kids I just think it is safer to have the blue gun out for training.  No real gun out means no accidents.  Some risks just aren't worth it if you can avoid them this easily.

Once I get that system going I will get more practice time, and save money on ammo.  I will do a full review on it when I am able to.

Stay safe folks, and have fun!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Senate goes Nuclear

So the Senate under the Democrats went Nuclear yesterday. . .

Folks this is a bad idea for us all for a few reasons, the biggest being that we will end up with a much more polarized court system out of this which will end up with bad rulings and a lot of variation from area to area.

This is also an act of desperation on the part of the Democrats.  They need a win after the absolute failure of Obamacare and the crashing poll numbers so they figure a few easy judge appointments will be good.  Pathetic yes, but wins all the same.

What the Democrats did yesterday is also the SAME THING they all screamed and raved against the GOP doing five years back or so. . . . somehow it was a bad thing when the GOP wanted to do it but it is a good thing now that they want it.

This will be interesting in a few years when the parties change up in DC.  I can't wait to hear how they need to change back to the old way once the GOP is ramming through it's picks for the bench over the howls of the Democrats.

Once again the folks in DC have shown themselves to be unable to see past the next election, or even the next few days.  They don't seem to think about how this law will effect the country or even themselves when they are not the majority any more.  The one constant in DC is the party in power will change. . .  so whatever laws you pass will help them when it is their turn to run things. . . Look at the Patriot Act and you will see.  A bad law when passed by the GOP that the Dems are now running with and destroying our rights at an alarming rate while the GOP whines about it.  Hey GOP you gave them the hammer, stop acting surprised when you get hit with it.

So thanks to this bull shit change of the rules what we will see now is a move towards super liberal or super conservative judges on the Federal bench.  They have wiped out the one rule that forced both sides to pick somewhat moderate judges that the other side could vote for too.

This is going to mean that we will end up with a lot more radical rulings.  And since these only affect the district they are made in we will end up with big differences in the interpretation of the laws based on the districts you live in. . . . and this means more bad laws making it through the courts and ending up at the Supreme Court. . . . which is overloaded now as it is.  This is a VERY bad idea all around.

This is yet another reason we need to vote out the fools in DC and start putting in folks that actually follow our laws and our Constitution.  Obama and crew are doing more damage than any recent White House that I can think of.  And the GOP can do the same thing next time around now that Obama has set the precedent.  We the People need to put a stop to this insanity.  We need a big win by the TEA folks in 2014 or anyone else that is a Constitutionalist.  It is time for the folks it DC to learn that they work for us, we don't work for them and this partisan crap has got to stop for the good of the country.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Remembering JFK

Folks I don’t get all the hype around JFK.  Now I was born after he died so maybe I just didn’t see the magic in this guy because I didn’t live through it.  But then I didn’t like Slick Willy Clinton or Obama either and they have a great cult following too.

What I see when I look at JFK is a POTUS that was lucky and average at best.  Probably not even that good.  Today everyone would hate the guy. .. .

He cut taxes
His foreign relations sucked, leading the USSR to assume they could put nuke in Cuba
He almost started WWIII with the USSR in Cuba and sold us out in Turkey to get out of it
He started Medicare/Medicade which is bankrupting our country
He got us into Vietnam or at least well on the way into it.
His voting record was self serving, he backed raciest votes if it helped him, was against it when that helped
He chased anything in a skirt even more than Clinton did

So other than being killed in office, and being a martyr that no one wants to speak ill of what did he do?

Someone please explain this to me because I don’t see it.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

CPR Class

Spent last Monday night at my gun club getting rectified in CPR.  It has been a good 10 or 15 years since I took the class.  Now it covers the use of AEDs too.

Folks I cant say it enough.  Go learn CPR.  It was about a 3 hour class and it could save someones life.  They tell us that for every minute a person is down without CPR their chances drop 7%-10%. . . That is quick.

We like to say we are the first responders, we are the ones who call the fire or police for help.  Well if you really want to be useful as a first responder you should know CPR and First Aid. (going for my certs in a week or so for First Aid)  The life you save may be a family member.

And once you go, get the stuff you need to be ready.  You can get breathing shields and such for small money on Amazon.  Some will even come in a pouch you can hang on a key chain so you always have it.  If you go camping or hunting it is even more important to have a good First Aid kit and training to use it when help is not a simple quick 911 call away.

As an NRA instructor I felt it was important to take the course, but I would have taken it instructor or not.  This is a critical skill that is easy to pick up.  Everyone should be trained to save a life.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Obamacare gets delayed

I don't get this one folks. . .

Someone please correct me if I am wrong but the GOP wanted to delay Obamacare for a year due to this mess and Obama shut down the government for weeks putting families into hard times for his ego.

Now that the screw up we call Obamacare is in full swing and we are all paying the price, some with their health and lives as they lose insurance suddenly Obama has seen the light and wants a year delay. . . .

Excuse me?

Folks Obama has already shown us he does not care about anyone but Obama.  His ego won't let him.  This is all about keeping his namesake law on the books.

If you really want to fix this mess then dump it.  Sorry folks but it is a major failure all around. 

Obama lied and people are going to die because they can't afford his ego or the insurance he is pushing on them.  Tens of thousands have had their insurance dropped.  Employers are cutting back on people and hours.  Insurance is going up.  26K have signed up for Obamacare and it needs 7 million to break even.  It won't work.  Costs will keep going up to cover this mess since health folks are not buying, only the ill are.  This fails all around no matter how you add it up.

We need to repeal this mess and then work through this one issue at a time, one law at a time and fix it.  No more 2K page laws, we need step by step issue by issue laws that we all understand and can read before they are voted for.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thanks You Vets!

Thank You for what you have done for us and still sacrifice so we can stay free.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Another Mall Shooting - this time in New Jersey

So here we go again. . . . and what have we learned?

Looks like we had another shooting in a mall, this time in New Jersey.  Now some basic facts –
·         No one hurt
·         Shooter killed self
·         NJ is a very strict gun control state

Looks like this was more of a case of someone wanting to go out big and let everyone know about it.

It also happened in NJ which is another important fact. 


Because New Jersey just like California and the LAX shooting is a state with VERY tight gun control.  Yet the individual with the mental problem still got a gun and still did what he wanted.

Folks it is time we wake up from the lie we are being sold.  Gun control has failed yet again and put many lives at risk.  We got lucky this time and the shooter did not hurt anyone.  Not because he couldn’t but it seems he was seen shooting in the air and then went to an area under construction and killed himself.  We will see as more facts come out.

But the basic facts of these shootings remains.  Both were in states with very heavy gun restrictions.  Heck in CA you can’t even have removable magazines on a rifle like the one used in the attack.  If gun control really worked like they tell you neither of these shooting should have taken place.

Instead we have one dead at LAX and we got lucky in NJ.  Gun control meant no one there could defend themselves.  Gun control meant they had to wait until the cops arrived and the gunman had free reign until then.  Gun control put many lives at risk.

We need to start a serious talk about ending this foolishness.  End gun control and let’s put our energy where it will do some good and look at how we deal with mental health in this country.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Arm the TSA?

This makes me sick folks.  The nice folks at the TSA are not trained well enough to do their job now and you want to give them guns?  They have been shown time and again when tests are run to be unable to do their basic function of finding arms or weapons getting on to aircraft. . . not to mention theft is up when it comes to our baggage. . .

But enough of that.  This basic question, do we arm the TSA shows the lie of gun control and the liberal gun grabbers. . . .

Either gun free zones work, in which case the TSA does not need arms because no one will have a gun and they have nothing to defend themselves from. . .

Or we must admit that the gun free zones don’t work and the TSA needs to protect itself just like you and I need to and therefore we need to get rid of EVERY gun free zone we have because we now admit they don’t work. . . 

Even Interpol is starting to see the basic fact that an armed populous is a safe one.

So which is it?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Gun Class #2 and MA gun laws.

Spent another Saturday down at the range helping with our MA gun class.  Yet again the class was full. . . .

We had 22 people, most of whom were there to get their cert so they could get a MA license.  Once again I am shown in the most obvious way our news papers lie.  People in MA are trying to get access to their rights and to guns.  They do support the Second Amendment.  These folks were young, old, male, female - they were you and me, the neighbor the guy on the street.  These folks spent a day learning to jump through the hoops MA has put in the way of a Constitutional right and they will get their permits.  They shot well and pass the test.  To get permits they will pass a background check.  Lawful gun owners have been proven time and again to be some of the most law abiding folks around, and the least likely to be involved in criminal activity.  They are good citizens.

This spring at the Boston Marathon we were shown in glorious color that our laws don't work.  Two madmen blew up the Marathon.  The cops then went nuts and our rights were tossed in the trash.  They searched homes, and closed down towns in search of the bombers and ignoring the rights and laws of the people of this land.  Folks saw first hand that they could not get protection from the police and that they were denied the ability to protect themselves.

All the shootings in the news have shown time and again that gun laws and gun free zones do not make us safe.  In fact we can see again today that they put us more at risk than anything else.  Mass shooters go to gun free zones to commit their crimes.  They know those are the best places to go with the lease chance anyone can stop them quickly.  They are criminals, not fools.

People are waking up.  They are getting training and getting permits where required and buying guns.

This graph shows permits are up and gun sales have doubled in the last 6 years in our state.  MA is a contraction.  The state tells us folks don't like guns and and gun sales and permits are down . . . facts show permits are up, and sales are WAY up.

As for our great gun laws passed in 1998. . . .

The laws that they tell us are keeping us safer have actually made us much less safe with gun fatalities are up.  They lie.  Criminals know that the state is trying to disarm us and make it easier for them to work.  This is the result.

Folks gun control does not work.  People know that.  They have rediscovered our basic right to self defense.  They are going for classes and permits.  They are learning to defend themselves.  They are learning to shoot and this is a great thing for our country.  

I hope they are waking up to how close we are to losing our rights and our way of life.  I hope they will take an interest and become informed voters.  That is the best thing for us all.

LAX Shooting

I think it is about time we admit that gun control is not working, does not work, and will not work. . .  time to give up on it folks.

Today a man in a state with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, using a gun that is illegal in CA and standard capacity mags which are illegal in CA in a place that it is illegal to have a gun killed a person which is also illegal.

Folks we are nuts if we think gun control works.  Nothing stopped him, not the laws, not the signs, nothing. . . .

To make it even better he came from NJ if the reports are correct where all this stuff is also illegal.

So where did he get the gun? 

We need to wake up and smell the coffee folks.  Gun control won't fix this, we need criminal control and common sense to come back into favor in this country.  We need to go back to our roots, our values, and our Constitution.  Things have gone way to far in the wrong directions.  Time to fix that folks.  We have an election coming up next year, we need to get the right people elected so we can bring America back and make it great again.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Obamacare is putting insurance out of reach.

This should make anyone who supported Obamacare ILL!

The lie is coming out now, and the news is ACTUALLY REPORTING IT.  You can read the full story here.  I hope this is the future we are seeing. . . where the media actually reports the facts and stops their cover-up of the mess that is the Obama Presidency.  If the media had actually reported the facts on Obama he never would have been re-elected folks. . .

But in a nutshell here is a quote from one person losing her health care coverage due to the cost increase under Obamacare:

"Before I had a plan that I had a $1,500 deductible," she said. "I paid $199 dollars a month. The most similar plan that I would have available to me would be $278 a month. My deductible would be $6,500 dollars, and all of my care after that point would only be covered 70 percent."

So in the world of Obamacare affordable insurance cost you 140% of what you pay now, and the new deductible is  433% of what you use to pay. .  . with a max of 70% coverage of your bills. . .  this woman got screwed folks and she is not alone.  Reports are coming in that show literally hundreds of thousand of folks are getting hit by this now. . . .

Folks this is what the “conservatives” have been warning you about. . . this is what we said would happen and why Obamacare had to be stopped but no one wanted to listen.

The liberals all screamed “The conservatives hate the poor and don’t want them insured. . .”

Ya right. . . looks like the mask is off now and it is not the conservatives that hate the poor or are taking away what insurance they could afford. .  . that is Obama doing that folks.  Welcome to the world of the liberal. . . screw the poor and blame the conservative for the damage they are doing.  We call that projection folks.  So when you hear them claim the conservatives are doing X, Y or Z you should expect that is exactly what the liberals are going to do to you.  And here is the proof for all to see.

So when you get your hours cut, or your insurance drops your plan but has this really cool Obama plan to replace it at double the cost and 5x the deductible remember it is the Democrats that are doing this to you. . .  they wouldn’t delay or fix Obamacare. . . they are the ones that forced it’s passage before anyone could read what was in the THOUSANDS of pages of bill. . . .

When will America wake up and Impeach Obama for what he is doing to the poor and middle class of this country?