Friday May 24, 2013
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Mr. Lemon and Tom,
Let's not lose sight of the reality that today's military environment is far different than the decades ago that we served. This is post "Don't ask, Don't tell". You may be aware that there was a special day held at the Pentagon to celebrate the LGBT folks working in that place. Ever seen a "special day" set aside to celebrate normal hetrosexual behavior? Didn't think so. Now the Pentagon is threatening court's martial or stiff reprimand for any service member sharing their "faith" with another person in their ranks. No. I see little except hypocracy if they throw the book at this guy for his transgressions all the while turning a blind eye to the moral sewer they at the top have turned our military into.
I agree with Bernice. Although in today's military the Uniform Code of Military Justice is not even a reflection of the one I was sworn under. Even though I sense today's military is being used for "social experimentation", it is still a military to be proud of. Those who serve have little to say as to what the politicians and the Pentagon choose for them. Simply on a moral basis, what this gentleman did is beyond acceptance. He knows that and so do all those involved. I suspect he will eventually do the right thing if he has any character at all. We can offer forgiveness for transgressions, but first there has to be some personal admission and a significant visible effort to not repeat the wrong. Just my 2 cents, but then I'm from a different era when personal morality and character actually meant something.
Pat is right. But are we getting so terribly politically correct. one can't even pay a personal compliment to someone without it being called one of those "isms"? Sexism. racism, chauvinism, down right stupid-ism? People really need to get a life and stop it with all this thin skinned , self pity, I've been wronged, attitude. I for one simply choose not to even associate with those who have such proclivities.
You are pretty much "singing to the choir". But if you go to any large metropolitan city on either coast, they will argue till they are blue in the face that if we just accept one more law it will resolve the problem. As you pointed out, the problem are criminally minded people among us and those people will not abide by ANY law that impedes their criminal intent. It seems so clear to us, but I fear so many are seeking that man made Utopia that they will grasp at any means to try and create it, however foolish and ineffective that history has proven their approach to be.
"I have seen the enemy.....and he is us!"
Just how is all that "Hope & Change" working out for you? It's not really doing very well for the millions who now are on government assistance, or the millions who are out of work or under-employed, or those who have simply dropped out of the work place because they are better off on "the dole". Have you been able to keep your doctor and your current health insurance as promised by a Democrat? I haven't. And what I was changed over to is apparently going to cost me 80% more, thanks to you benevolent Democrats. How often do you choose to "balance your budget" by actually incurring greater debt? If you are successful at that, please share your methodology with those of us who are struggling weekly with our budgets. And if you have found the secret to changing the black hearts of those who would abuse their freedoms to wreak havoc and death on their fellow citizens by the misuse of firearms, without removing the right of self defense from law abiding citizens, please share that with us as well.
America has a very storied past and it looks as if the future will be not as bright. Yes, there were many good things that happened to make this the most respected and sought to live in country in the world, and there certainly were many sordid issues that we had to confront and put behind us. But I would suggest to you that, as one journalist once wrote, the genesis of all this nation's problems historically, can fairly be found at the doorstep of the US Congress, whether controlled by either Democrat or Republican. So "Here's Your Sign". Wear it proudly.
I can fairly see the logic in your thoughts. However, I would be interested in some substantiation of just how experienced you are in the realm of "exchanging magazines" and the time it take to do such. Had much time behind a rifle described by banners as "assault weapons"? Ever dropped a 10 rounder and replaced it with another ? Not unlike so many of our politicians who have shown their total lack of knowledge of the subject, I would suspect that your views are likewise based on limited knowledge of the subject at hand. This subject (ability to fire projectiles in volume) is a bit more convoluted than one might think on first blush. For example, the use of a shotgun, as Vice President Joe Biden suggests, loaded with 00 buckshot and fired from even a pump action (as opposed to a semi-automatic) can deliver as many, or more, than the 30 lethal projectiles in those magazines with which you have an issue.
If you haven't already, please take the opportunity to visit the Jim Jones Range some Saturday when it is open to the public, and have someone there show you the "ins and outs" of the subject on which you offer your views . I suspect you would be surprised at what you will learn. True knowledge and experience often change the views of many misconceptions.
Bloomberg is representative of a long list of "elitists" that have made a career out of "Public Service". I remember Ted Kennedy once being asked why he voted for some piece of legislation that his constituents were overwhelmingly against. His retort (paraphrasing) was that "We politicians know better what's in the best interest of all Americans even better than they do, that's why we were elected to office". There you have it. A small glimpse into the mindset of the likes of a Bloomberg, et al. I personally wouldn't offer them spit if they were succumbing to thirst.
I agree with your observations. As you know, I have always taken the view that it is not one person (Barack Obama) or even those who currently hold Federal Office that are my greatest concern. We can effectively deal with those folks through "the system" of playing by the rules. If those folks are not the crux of this nation's problems, then who is? As I've said so many times, and your brother in law is a classic example, it is those in our country who buy into the hype, spin, rhetoric, and outright lies of the MSM. For so long, this nation's media, whether print or electronic, have been viewed as fair, objective, and the harbingers of the truth, and so placed on some pedestal from which many Americans simply revered them. That characterization has not fit the MSM since the '60's. Polls (of which I am extremely suspect) actually say the MSM has an approval rating even lower than that of Congress. I for one am not certain what the place is that exists that could possibly be any lower than the veritable sewer that our Federal Government occupies, but where ever it is, it's occupied by the MSM. We can elect, or refuse to elect those who stand to represent us, but we have little or no ability to influence the direction the MSM takes as they enjoy their status as the 4th Branch of Government (the 4th Estate). Until such time as people quit listening to them, I fear we are in for a long, miserable relationship with our once much vaunted MSM.
As a father myself, I had experiences very similar in nature to yours. Those things come with the territory. The difference between what you and I experienced with our children is different than the case you originally posted on. Both our kids are alive and well to this day. Perhaps you are inferring that we did something extraordinarily unique in rearing our kids since they "made it" to adulthood. I don't think so.
An infant. 7 pit bulls in the back yard. A "doggy door", supposedly so the dogs could freely come and go between the interior of the house and the yard. You don't see anything here that should be "addressed" relative to the safety and welfare of the infant?
Here are just a couple of links to current news stories including the one you posted about.
I believe those will suffice. I hope you are not suggesting that such tragedies are acceptable as mere "non-preventable accidents" and no adult with more than 2 brain cells should not have seen to potential, therefore taken recognizable steps to prevent said event.
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