01.11.2013

I decided to make a post here about this, to sort of gather all my thoughts and such into one area. Thing’s tend to get lost on Facebook and other site’s.

If you are reading this, please read the entire post before responding if you do.

Ever since the Sandy Hook shooting, I have participated and even posted in many discussion’s about gun control.

I’ve made my position pretty clear. I am a supporter of our rights and the Constitution. I come from a long line of patriots and have served in the military to protect those rights.

No matter what side you look at, there is bias. I may even be bias myself, but no where near what the media and opponent’s of gun ownership are. I have seen so many article’s that skew, twist, omit, and even flat out lie about facts. And of course, people take them as gospel instead of researching for themselves.

A perfect example would be Washington Cease Fire. The posted that there have been 62 mass shootings in the last three decade’s where four or more people died. And for a semblance of not being biased, they mentioned the Portland mall shooting, spa shooting, and a few other’s that were not as lethal.

They then said that in the 62 shootings looked at, not one was stopped by an armed citizen.

My problem with this is that they ONLY talked about the shootings of four or more deaths. Because the one’s that they did not expand on WERE stopped by armed citizens. If not, more than likely there would of been more deaths.

I see what they were trying to do, make it look like there is NO reason for citizen’s to have weapons. Well, it’s my second amendment right to.

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm people in order to prevent future tyranny. They need the tools to do this.

The term “Well Regulated” in the Second Amendment meant “Well Manned and Equipped ” in 1791 as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time.

United States v. Miller also determined that the term “Arms” refers to “Ordinary Military Weapons” (not crew operated). American Citizens have the right to Keep and Bear, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle. That includes past, present and future weapons. A Militia consisted of armed volunteers willing to fight with their personal arms and not under government control.

The purpose of the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution ( see Bill of Rights ) was ( and remains ) to recognize the pre-existing natural RIGHT of individuals to protect their families, themselves, their property, AND their State and their Country. A citizen does not need to be a member of a militia to exercise his RIGHT to keep & bear arms, rather, a militia needs armed citizens. Citizens have the right to creat or join militias if the need arises. In short, the purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to keep the government honest.

By limiting, or outright abolishing it, a citizen then would become a subject. We would not have the means to rise up against an unjust administration. And the argument of “The President would just order the military to put it down” does not hold up.

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same. That I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

If you break it down, you are swearing (or affirming) that you will defend the Constitution first and foremost. To me, it is the reason that the President come’s after. If the President were to issue an executive order that infringes upon any right, he would violate his oath of office (Article 2 Sec 1) and should be impeached.

And Biden says Obama and he have Executive Order plans for gun control.

Anyways, I’m rambling.

Having looked at statistics, I can say, in MY opinion, gun control wouldn’t work. In other countries where gun’s are banned, criminals STILL use guns.

Maybe not as much, but overall, it did nothing for violent crime. They resorted to knife’s and other weapons.

The problem isn’t the gun’s. It’s people. Mental illness being the biggest problem with the mass shooting’s. But that is only a small part of the shooting’s overall through out the United States. A majority of the shooting’s are criminal in nature (gangs, drugs, etc) and suicide’s (again, mental illness).

While in some cases, with the mass shooting’s, the shooter owned the weapons, more often than not, the weapon’s were stolen, as is the Sandy Hook case. And some of them were even perpetrated with just handguns.

While I’m not going to act like I know what the answer is, I will state that punishing the law abiding citizen, such as myself, is NOT the answer. In a society where gun’s are not legal, only the criminal and police will have them. So how would I protect myself, my family, and my property?

Just recently, an associate of mine came face to face with a burglar when he arrived home. Now while it turned out the thief did not have a gun and my associate did, what if it turned out to have been opposite?

And another friend, who owns an AR-15, a M1, two hunting rifle’s, and 2 handguns, had his house broken into as well. While he had an alarm system, the thieves cut his cable and telephone line so it couldn’t dial out (If this is you, GET a cell backup!). His weapons were in a gun safe, bolted to a cement floor in his basement. They TRIED to get into it, but were unsuccessful.

Unfortunately, there are TOO many people who own weapons and do not own a safe of any kind. Or at the least, they own a small lockbox that is not secured. Hence all the stolen weapons.

Again, I ramble.

A few article’s and posts I have seen as of late that spell it out a lot clearer than I can are below. I ask that you read/watch them.

Jewish Federation Shooting Victim Speaks Out – Tougher gun control is not the answer.

Choose Your Own Crime Stats – While this has some bias to it, it points out some good stats. Reason I say there is some bias, the commentator owns a gun accessory company.

Americans never give up your guns – Article written by a Russian journalist.

Marine responds to Feinsteins Proposal – Very biased site, but the view held by many vets, including active duty.

A Time For Choosing by Ronald Reagan – A speech from 10/27/64.

The Riddle Of The Gun – Says things SO much better than I

I’ll leave you with this:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined” (Patrick Henry, 3 J. Elliot, Debates in the Several State Conventions 45, 2d ed. Philadelphia, 1836)

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01.01.2013

So it’s a new year and I want to start a few new things.

This will also push me to post more on my blog. So many things that I want to post about, but just am lazy.

So it starts.

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12.20.2012

We’ve been having trouble with our home backup server for about a month. Kept getting IDE Controller errors and after talking with Intel, they sent us a new server (minus the HD’s, its a SS4200EWH ScaleO by Fujitsu). It arrived and was put on our doorstep in a plastic bag, because it’s been raining, a lot.

So got that puppy installed and upon boot-up, got an error. One of the harddrive’s in the raid was critical. Great. Well, that one at least is under warranty. But WD takes a month to do the exchange (several times i’ve dealt with them). So we ordered a new one while I sent this one back.

Anyways, today, I open the door and see this:

OnTrac strikes again

Opening the package, I see:

Wear a raincoat!

So usually when FedEx and UPS deliver, they put it in plastic bags and ring our door bell. But these people, OnTrac, never do. They’ve thrown packages up at our door from the drive way. Into the bushes. On to the lawn. I’ve called and complained, but it does nothing it seems.

We actually had them one time mark our order’s as delivered. But it wasn’t. The driver had actually just went home with the van full of packages marked as delivered cause he was tired and was going to do it the next day.

So OnTrac. You suck.

11.24.2012

more sales?

by David

Did a lot of shopping and slept quite a bit. So didn’t get much updating done.

But today is the LAST day of Amazon’s black friday sale week. But there is still Cyber Monday!

But here’s a few sales for today:
Medal of Honor: Warfighter (Limited Edition) (PS3/360)
XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (360)

Or you can see many more to offer in the games section here:
Shop Amazon – Video Game Deals Page

11.07.2012

To me, it’s not.

Voting is an integral part of being a citizen.

I have been a voting since I turned 18. I have not missed an election. It is part of my responsibility as an American. It’s your duty. Just as jury duty is.

But I find it alarming when someone tells me they don’t vote because either it doesn’t matter or it doesn’t effect them.

Both of those show me the person is more than likely uneducated in the voting process and/or the issue’s at stake.

Voting is a cornerstone of Democracy and a way for people to let their voices to be heard. By voting, you are telling the people that ‘we’ elected a few things.

  • They are doing a good/bad job.
  • You agree with what they want to accomplish.
  • You want change.

    It also determine’s what happens in your local area where you live. You vote on thing’s like

  • New taxes for schools
  • Money for police/fire
  • Transportation infrastructure

    And then there’s the state issue’s.

    I am dumbfounded when people bitch and whine about something that happens politically, and I find out they didn’t even vote. If you don’t vote, you DO NOT have the right to complain. Click it. Read it.

    You do need to vote. You need to educate yourself on what is going on. Dig into the facts. Do NOT just listen to the media, they area ALL biased. Even Fox News. And know all politicians lie.

    Lastly, things will not change until this happens. We need to demand change.

    We need to do away with the electoral college. Surprisingly, a number of people did not know they don’t have to vote the way we tell them to.

    We need to implement term limits as was originally instituted, get rid of the career politicians. Politics was never meant to be a career. And these politicians will say or do anything to stay in office. And once elected or re-elected, go right back to doing the gold old boy routine.

    BTW, I’m neither GOP or Democrat. I’m Independent. I vote for the person that I think will do the best job as close to my belief’s as possible. If they are Dem, so be it. GOP? Ok. Libertarian? Why not.

    I voted. Did you?

    10.27.2012

    a house full

    by David

    We had some of our friends and their kids dress up and come over. Ate spaghetti, Halloween sugar cookies, candy, punkin pie, apple pie, butternut squash, and fresh roasted punkin seeds.

    Unfortunately my costume did not turn out, so I was my boring self. :( I was going to be an Aperture Scientist, but the lab coat got destroyed. So my costume was just this:

    Potato GLaDOS

    GLaDOS

    And we introduced two new people to the joys of Cards Against Humanity!

    So now we are going to do a lot of decorations for next year. Should be fun!

    Hotdog Corgi

    Hotdog Corgi

    Brains!

    Punkin Brains

    Totoro Punkin'

    Totoro

    Dramatic Pose

    Dramatic Pose

    Golden years of TV

    Black & White TV

    Maren & June

    Fairytale girls!

    Power it up!

    Power it up!

    Ninja

    Into the shadows

    The Kids

    The Kids

    Lollipop Guild

    Wizard of Oz

    Guinevere the fabulous cook

    Meg & sketti!

    Metal Rockers

    Barb & Tim

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    10.14.2012

    I’ve been a life time fan of the New England Patriots and have never been able to go to one of their games. Either from there not being a game near me or not playing in the market that I live in.

    So when I found they were going to be playing against the Seattle Seahawks this year, I was excited and promised myself I would go.

    Sunday came along and I went to the Boston Sports Fan Group of Seattle‘s pre-game party at the Showbox of SoDo.

    I was excited since I would meet other Pat fans and Sam ‘Bam’ Cunningham.

    The game… Well… yeah. Heart break for my first Patriots game i’ve been to.

    Overall, I had a good time!

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    07.31.2012

    About a year and half ago I went to see a dermatologist that my doctor recommended. I showed her two dark spots that I don’t remember if I had or not. She did some measurements and said lets just keep an eye on them and see where they’re at in six months.

    Six months later, no change really. So we went for a year check up. But 8 months later I noticed a big change. The two spots were now one big one. I don’t know why I never noticed or didn’t think about it. So I called her up and set up an appointment.

    When she saw it, she paused and asked me how long it had been like that. And I told her honestly, I’m not sure. With the house purchase, working on it plus my job, PT for my back, etc, it just slipped my mind.

    So she did a biopsy. This was last Thursday.

    Today I get the call informing me that it was positive for squamous cell carcinoma. Or skin cancer.

    The doctor told me that the good thing is that its not melanoma, which is the worst one to get of three types of skin cancer. That its treatable and that we caught it relatively early. Bad thing is I have to have it removed by surgery, which should be an outpatient.

    If you go and look at pictures of it (and some are quite graphic), it doesn’t look like mine. Mine is basically a big brown patch.

    I’m posting this now after having informed family and such. And for two reasons:

    1. Because I share my life, I try not to hide anything, and having people know helps me by talking about it.

    2. Lesson – Don’t put off something that just doesn’t look right. If I had been more diligent, we could of got it when it was half the size it is now.

    Anyways, thanks for listening to me whine, bitch, complain, or (insert word here). And take care of yourself. I know I will. I have to have appointments every 3 months for a year or two now.

    04.11.2012

    So i’m back from Boston and PAX:E 2012. My feet feel like raw meat and I think I managed to get the paxpox this time. Will know tomorrow I think.

    This year felt different. I can’t place my finger on it. But overall it was still a great show. The attendee’s and costumes were amazing, as were the Enforcers. Even with those that will remain nameless on this post, but you can find out here.

    I was once again an Exhibitor Assistant for Microsoft’s Xbox, so thank you Jenny, Allison, and Beth for putting up with me for another 5 days. I absolutely love working with you folks each time!

    And new this time were:
    The Behemoth: Emil and crew. Thanks for everything! I think my wife is going to steal my pink knight since I didn’t get her a shirt. :p

    Twisted Pixel: Maaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwww….. That’s what my wife said when I told her I was working with you folks. I don’t know how you did it, but you made that space you had work! Even with the raffle, it was a feat for sure! Great job!

    Demiurge Studios: I don’t know what to say. I almost started to wonder if you would ever need anything from me, but I finally got my quest from you. Find your chairs. :p Glad you had a good showing!

    And to all of you named, glad you had a great show and look forward to seeing you next time!

    I didn’t get to do as much as I would of liked since I was so busy, but I did manage to meet a few new people that were great. And made a new friend as well. And I hope to get Meg to go next year so her and I can go around Boston. I really do want her to see New England. But maybe I will hold off until the fall. :)

    Most of the pics are on my Facebook page and a few video’s on YouTube, which I should be adding a few more, depending on how they turned out.

    In any case, here’s a few i’m partial to:

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    08.04.2011

    things

    by David

    So in Feb we put in an offer on a house that we found and Meg had fell in love with. Time after time we would get false info from the ASSet manager, stringing us along.

    Then a few weeks ago, I get a call from my sister telling me that my dad, who had just been put on the heart transplant list a few weeks before, is getting a new heart. So I head out to Virginia to be there.

    That Saturday, I get a call from our agent, Nalani Young of Northwest Prudential, who has been absolutely wonderful, telling us Wells Fargo finally approved our offer. That news, along with the transplant being a success, made for a great feeling.

    So our closing is set for Sept 6th. Which makes for a VERY busy two weeks. We have PAX, then spend a week with my brother Brett in Cali, then back here to sign the papers.

    I need that vacation. But the stress taken off our back waiting, is a relief. And knowing my dad is getting a second chance, is a blessing.

    Thanks to everyone who has been supportive.

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