Friday, November 30, 2007

When will Islam be about peace?

It seems the more I read the less I can believe that Islam is the religion of peace. It looks like this poor teacher is going to do jail time for naming a teddy bear Mohammed. The radicals have hijacked this religion and some are even calling for her death! All over the name given to a stuffed animal for a class project. . . . and you know how they got the name? They name him after one of the students. . .

These radical are insane and they have once again gotten Islam on the front page around the world not for being a religion but for the insane things being done in its name. How can a bunch of 7 year olds have insulted the prophet when they named a teddy bear after one of there own?

The more these radical get in the news the more I fear this war will go on for years. We are not in a war against Iraq or Afghanistan, but against the thoughts and ideas of the radicals that have grabbed Islam and called it there own.

We will be fighting for a long time I think, until the rational people of Islam step forward and reclaim their religion from these nut cases. Only when they have been able to get things under control, and return Islam to the control of sane people will the rest of the world be able to stand down and our troops be able to come home.

Unfortunately it does not look like this will be happening any time soon. . . .

Kid's and House

OK, Time for a Jack and House Update:

Jack – he is doing great and has to be the happiest baby I have seen. He is not crawling yet but he is thinking about it. . . When we put him in his exersaucer he bounces like no tomorrow. He is going to have strong legs if he keeps this up. He is still good at throwing a cute on short notice and loves to get the attention of pretty girls, and all those little old men and women in the stores when he goes shopping with mom. His big sisters love him to death and he can’t get enough of everyone in the family including Nana and Grandma and Papa. I will have to get some new pics posted on the web site we just got some new family pics at Sears last week. I will see if I can get them posted this weekend.

As for the house – things are moving forward. We had them put in the underground power and phone and such this week. The walls have been primed and the water is connected. They are working on putting in the heat now and we should be getting the burner and such next week. Nana has even got the new tile picked out for her apartment. We even have a digger outside and they are starting on the new septic system. I need to post some more pics on this too. . .

In other news Ciara has started Karate at my new school. She is going to the kids class that my teacher does on Mondays and is loving it! She got a Gi (uniform) last week and was so proud of it I can’t even begin to describe it. She is waiting for the addition to get done so she has someplace to practice her karate too. . . T and I are excited about it too as she is so quiet and shy I know this will help her learn to speak up in class.

More Later

Hit Man the Movie

Went and saw Hitman with my buddy Greg a few days ago and I have to say two thumbs up on this one.

This is a great guy movie, with plenty of shoot’m ups, a good guy that is really cool, and a bad guy you can hate and of course a good looking girl for the good guy to save. I thought it had much more of a story line than I expected being that it was based on a video game. If you liked the Born movies you should like this one. He doesn’t do all the martial arts like Born, but there is a good sword fight in there and lots of gun fights. Now it is still a bit of a fantasy flick in the gun fights but they are fun to watch.

Overall I have to say it was a good moving and I hope they do a sequel to it. I also wish it had been based on a book because I really liked the main character and would have run out to get the book on the way out of the movie if I could. All in all again a good guy movie!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fred Thompson

From the blog No Looking Backwards:

"Fred's response to the YouTube questioner asking candidates to describe their personal gun collections.

I own a couple of guns, but I’m not gonna tell you what they are or where they are.

If ever there was a perfect answer to a debate question, that's it."

All I can say is I love the answer and I agree that is the best way to answer that question. . .

The State is Mom, the State is Dad

So now we are looking at the possibility of passing a law here in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts on spanking. It seems that the state feels it is a better parent than you or I so it will tell us how we can raise our children. You see this is all to prevent child abuse – but we already have laws on the books to do that. . . . why don’t they work? And can you tell me how this will be detected? You going to come into my house and check if I am spanking my child? You going to ask my friends and neighbors to tell on me? Where does this end?

The states DSS is already behind on real cases of child abuse and kids slip through the cracks now. . . What will they do with thousands of new cases dumped on them to investigate dealing with spanking? And what happens to the parent who gets caught? They say it will not be a crime, you will get parenting classes . . . to me this sounds like a very slippery slope. Soon we really will live in a Nanny state.

But remember this, when the state rep. Jay Kaufman who is sponsoring the bill was asked in an interview if he ever spanked his child the answer was “None of Your Damn Business!” Who would answer that way if they had not spanked their kid? And who has the right to pass a law to check into your personal life when they admit you have no right to ask them the same question. Sounds like a big double standard to me. . . . and a good reason why this bill should never be allowed to see the light of day. Now lets kill this and move on to something important like bringing jobs back to our state.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

2ed Amendment

Here is a great piece on the Second Amendment and SCOTUS:

Saturday, November 24, 2007


I had to. . .

Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
You scored as a Neo, the "One"
Neo is the computer hacker-turned-Messiah of the Matrix. He leads a small group of human rebels against the technology that controls them. Neo doubts his ability to lead but doesn't want to disappoint his friends. His goal is for a world where all men know the Truth and are free from the bonds of the Matrix.
Neo, the "One"

Batman, the Dark Knight

Indiana Jones

William Wallace

The Terminator

James Bond, Agent 007


Captain Jack Sparrow

Lara Croft

El Zorro

The Amazing Spider-Man


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Mass Does it Again

Take a look at this . . . Yet again the lovely legal system of this socialist state has struck and this time it is a young couple across the country from us that gets to pay the price. . . .

When will we wake up and actually start to punish the people that commit crimes around here? I hope I live long enough to see this state come to it's senses and stop worrying about the criminal and start worrying about the law abiding citizens around here.

This lovely tail shows again how we are so concerned over violent criminals who don't care about us and don't see us as anything more than victims for their choosing. Yet no matter what these animals do our courts are too worried about being hard on them. . . so we let them out early, we let them out when they should be buried in a deep dark hole never to be seen again, we let them out among us with a quick slap on the wrist. . .

Then when they do something like this it is never their fault, it is not the judges fault, no, it is our fault for not understanding them and taking better care of them. . . well I know how we should have taken care of this one - one quick shot to the back of the head so he could never harm another person again. Nope, we can't do that in MA so instead we have made a family pay for our sins on the other side of the country. But he messed up this time and got caught somewhere where the justice system works. . . . I hope he gets death row and only for a very short stay. . . .

Fun Stuff

Fun Stuff for the day before the long weekend. . . Hope you all have a good Turkey Day!!

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Boston

You definitely have a Boston accent, even if you think you don't. Of course, that doesn't mean you are from the Boston area, you may also be from New Hampshire or Maine.

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The West
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North Central
The Inland North
The South
What American accent do you have?
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Second Amendment goes to SCotUS

The Supreme Court has decided to take up the DC Gun Ban case. . . I think and hope that this is a good thing as the Second Amendment is riding on it. This will be the first time in 70 years that they address the 2A.

In a perfect world they would rule that it is an individual right, just like the rest of the Bill of Rights. This is based on a number of things –

1 – The Second Amendment is the only part of the Bill of Rights that anyone has said is not an individual right. The courts have upheld the rest as meaning the individuals when it talks of “The People” . . . i.e . the people are you and me, the citizens of this country

2 – If you study the writings of the founding fathers you can clearly see that there was a great fear of the federal government at the time the Constitution was written. In face a number of states refused to ratify it without the Bill of Rights being added to protect the states and citizens from an oppressive federal government.

3 – The argument that the 2A is referring to the National Guard when it talks about a Militia is way off base since there was no such thing as a National Guard when this was written. The National Guard did not show up until over 100 years later. Lets not forget that the National Guard is also not a Militia since they are armed and funded by the Federal Government. . . . .

4 – The Militia at the time consisted of EVERY able bodied man between the ages of 16 and 40 (I may be a bit off here on the ages but not much).

5 – Regulated – at the time of the writing of the Constitution the phrase well regulated meant well practiced.

So what you get from points 4 and 5 are that everyone who can fight to defend the country is in the Militia (we will add in the women since they fight too these days). And that all these folks in the Militia should be well practiced in the use of the arms they will defend the country with. . . . so that means the 2A protects every individuals right to own arms and to practice with them with the goal being to protect themselves and our country with them.

I just hope the court does it’s job and does not bend to political pressure. . . . it is going to be a scary ride.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Public Safety vs the State. . ..

Hello All, just a quick note on an email I got from the NRA. . . looks like we need to push on a bill, here are the details:

Emergency Powers Legislation Needs Your Help! State Senator Richard Moore (D-Worcester and Norfolk) has proposed Senate Bill 1401, legislation that would prohibit law enforcement or government officials from confiscating the "lawfully owned or lawfully carried" firearms of citizens during a declared state of emergency. S.1401 would also penalize those officials who choose to ignore this law and attempt to confiscate firearms. Please contact your State Legislators today at (617) 722-2000 and respectfully urge them to write a letter to the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, asking that S.1401 be released with a favorable report before the holiday break. Contact information can be found by visiting

What this boils down to is that if it passes the state will acknowledge that it does not have the right to take your guns during a time of emergency such as they did in LA for hurricane Katrina. In the worst of it the cops were taking folks guns so they could not protect themselves or their children from the looting and such that was going on. I think this has passes at the FED level but this would be for the state. We need this to pass folks, the life saved by this could be yours . . . . Please take a moment and write in to the statehouse if you can.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Support the Troops

Hey if you have a moment please swing by this site to see how you can send holiday cards to the troops. If you have kids, maybe they can make some cards for the troops and send them down.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

House Update

Well now, talk about a mad rush. . . .

Mom had a long talk with the contractor and somehow she got him moving faster than he was! Now he was doing OK by contractor standards, probably a bit better but not fast enough for Mom. Well, we now have the plastering in the house almost done (should be done today), they have dug the trench and run the new water line from the old house well to the new part of the house, and they are running the phone, cable and power today before the rain hits I hope. . . . Mom is really pushing them to be done by Christmas so she can be moved it. She does not want to be in the old house for the holiday.

Anyway it is a beehive at home and it really looks like things are going forward. They should be doing the new septic system next week by the looks of it, and moving right along. We will see how much the holiday slows us down but man it is starting to look like a house inside the addition.

Only down side so far is that the dog had gone nuts, I mean completely barking mad. . . . She is so excited to see everyone and everything that she has almost gotten squashed by a few of the workman’s cars and the digger. We have to keep her inside more for her own safety which is not easy. From her doggie point of view all these folks are here to pet her and we are depriving them of the chance keeping her inside. . . .

Monday, November 12, 2007

Less Privacy Anyone?

Scary thought of the day. . . The government thinks we need to redefine privacy. Now why would we do that? To make it easier for them to snoop. Some day these folks are going to realize that living in a free country comes with risks, and constraints on the government. No one said it was easy to be a cop or an investigator, but passing laws to make it easier on them moves us closer to NOT being a free society. Talk about the slippery slope - well folks we are not only on it but seem to be well on our way down with these folks running things. . . .

Yet again I am reminded of Ben Franklins comment: “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

So Mr. Government stop trying to take away my rights and freedom and just do your job. It may not be easy, but I would rather live free with some risk than live safe in a police state.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Vets Day

Ok, I liked it so I lifted it from Law Dog's blog. . . .

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Friday, November 9, 2007

Support the troops

Found this over at Ambulance Drivers blog. . . this is a really neat idea, I think I will be having the kids make up a few cards to send along. . . . Please think about joining in and pass it on. The idea is to send Holiday cards to the troops from home to let them know we support them!

Thanks, here is the link

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Only in Massachusetts

When I worked in Boston they opened the last tunnels of the Big Dig, declared success and shorter commutes for all. My commute from the South Shore got longer. . . by about 15 minutes. As I see it that is about one minute more commute for each BILLION dollars they spent on this sink hole.

Now I commute out onto 128 and they have opened the Greenbush line to help ease traffic on Rt3 south of Boston. They spent something like $500 mil on it if memory serves correctly. So far it has been open about a week and guess what? My commute on Rt. 3 has gotten longer – yes, LONGER. So I guess all the money and court time was worth it, they made a difference. Like everything else this government does to make a difference it made things worse, not better. What do we need to do to get them to stop helping us? I am not sure we can take much more of there help.

As Ronald Reagan said – Then nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. I just wish we would stop proving him right. . ..

Only in Massachusetts can we add infrastructure to aid the commuter and make things take longer than they did before. Is this a wonderful state or what?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Pats go 9-0


OK, a show of hands, how many of you thought the Colts had us again in the 4th? I have to admit having lost my faith in the Pats there for a few moments as I watched them rack up penalty yards. . . they had over 100 penalty yards, what the hell happened to them?

But once again they pulled it off in the end. I don’t know how they did it. One more magic spurt of energy at the end to win the game. I have to admit I enjoyed watching Paton Manning looking so bummed out on the sidelines. Unfortunately I also have to admit I think there was also more than just a bit of luck in our win like the Colts missing the first field goal attempt. What is it about the Colts that they seem so good at playing against the Pats? I really thought they had our number there for a while. I even thought about turning off the game as it was getting hard to watch.

But in the end all is well, 9-0 record and a bi week to recover from this one. . . . Here’s hoping they go all the way this year! Unfortunately we will probably have one more meeting with the Colts in the post season so we better be ready for them.

Friday, November 2, 2007

House Update

Big week around here. We got the house painted, or mostly, they are not done yet but it looks good. They also got us past the inspections for plumbing and electrical so now they have done the insulation too.

All in all a good week. We also got the tree guys here last week to clear out the area for the new septic tank so we now have a side yard too. It looks really strange to have a big empty there. Who knows, we may put grass there and use it.

And to top it off we got a shipment of dry wall today so things are moving along well. . . .

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Time to stock up on ammo

Well I was just reminded while reading No Looking Backwards that November 19th is national ammo day. What that means is go out and get yourself some ammo on the 19th so you can take the kids down the range for some fun. And at the same time you can remind the Dem’s that we support the Second Amendment and our local gun shop that they are trying so hard to put out of business. . . You can get all the detail on National Ammo Day here.

Here we go agian

Saw this while over at JayG’s blog MArooned. . . Looks like our friends in congress are looking to pass a new “assault” weapons ban. . . . It did nothing the last time to stop crime, it just hurt the law abiding gun owner – why do it again? That is easy, it gets them press and makes the sheep think they are doing something to stop crime.

Lets think about this. When was the last time you heard of someone using an “assault” weapon to mug someone or rob someone or commit any other kind of crime? Bet is has been a while if it has ever happened. That is because they don’t use these weapons, they use pistols, knives, bats, and other weapons they can get easy, and CONCEAL easy so they can get near you to mug you. SO this new law will not even dent crime but it will get Sen. Biden the air time on the liberal media he wants.

While we are at it lets talk about so called “assault” weapons. First, a true assault weapon can fire semi automatic and automatic but the civilian ones can only fire SEMI automatic so it is not really an assault rifle. Second, they fire a smaller cartridge than most hunting rifles – what that means is that they are less powerful and therefore don’t have the range or lethality of a hunting rifle. And third, they have a shorted barrel then most hunting rifles so are not as accurate. So why don’t they go after hunting rifles? Cause they know they will get voted out of office if they try. Lets face the facts, these guns are not Assault rifles, they just look like them and the only reason to outlaw them is fear of what they look like. . . That and the fact that success here will be another step in taking all our guns away because they don’t trust us.

Any government that does not trust its law abiding citizens with the means to defend themselves does not deserve the trust of those same citizens. The government is supposed to be for the people, by the people and answering to the people, so what do they have to fear from the people – the answering to the people part at the next election I guess. . .