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Meanwhile in The Peoples Democratik Republik of Vermont?

This is an email I got from one of my blog friends, has anyone in Vermont seen this
as far as driver’s license renewal?It has been recently been related to me the new regulations concerning driver’s license renewal in VT. There is a list of afflictions, diseases, disorders, etc.. that are automatic disqualifies. I wasn’t privy too the renewal form, or the complete list, but having DIABETES is on the list. The person that told me about this had to take a day off from work to have forms filled out by his physician, then he had to deliver them to the official state physician, then a non-medical tribunal (death panel?) will adjudicate whether he is deserving to clog up the People roads. After doing some digging on the ‘Net, he found that non-disclosure of a physical condition would be hazardous to your freedom – the state already knows what you have. They are in hopes you purger yourself, especially since the IRS is in charge of health care now. Fines, jail time, and suspension of driving privileges await you if you don’t believe the Feds should be involved in EVERY aspect of your life. So much for HIPPA laws, HUH?
Another thing I was made aware of a while back. Doctor’s offices in VT have you fill out a form during a visit. On it,  are questions asking if you own guns, how many, what types, etc…. The questions are not optional, and you can not leave them blank. At the bottom of the form, you are informed that it is a FEDERAL document, and that any false statements are a FEDERAL crime. I imagine “None of your Fuckin’ business” would garner you a visit from your friendly local SWAT team at 2am.

I’m tellin’ you dude, the amount of crap is getting harder and harder to take. Something is going to break in this country, and it isn’t going to be pleasant when it does.
Whatever happened to the libertarian movement to move to a generally friendly State, to fill it with libertarians and make it a Mecca for freedom-loving people everywhere?  I seem to remember Vermont was on the short list as a possible choice.
Obviously, this hasn’t happened.
I do remember being concerned when I was diagnosed  with Type II Diabetes, just because I knew of folks who had difficulty maintaining consciousness during the day with this disease.  I’ve been fortunate that for me, this hasn’t been the case.  Of course, I am on various meds, and with my beater car don’t drive much or far!
And then there’s the whole HIPAA medical privacy thing?
Is this yet another gateway to backdooring medical records to make certain persons prohibited possessors?
Or is it just generic control, again…

A Decent Hourly Wage

Remember the various political entities demanding something-in-the-area of $15.00 per hour, as a minimum wage?

Well, burger-flippers, chew in THIS:

VERBATIM

The U.S. House will be in session for only eight days during a 102-day span between August 1 and November 12, which means that based on their $174,000 annual salary, lawmakers will earn $608 an hour during those days in the nation’s capital.

That figure was calculated by liberal activist Ralph Nader, assuming 10-hour workdays. He sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner on Monday, writing: “While millions of Americans are working more and more for less and less, you and your House of Representatives seem to have no problem working less and less for more and more.”

The House took a five-week vacation from Washington on August 1 and returned on September 8.

After two four-day workweeks, members left Washington again on September 18 and are not due to return until November 12 for a lame-duck session following the midterm elections.

Their hourly wage for the eight days is several times the hourly compensation of anesthesiologists, one of the country’s highest-paid professions at an average of $113 an hour, The Hill reported.

The Senate took the same break in August and also worked just two weeks in September before leaving to campaign for the elections.

Legislators and their aides argue that time spent in Washington constitutes only part of their job, and they also spend considerable time meeting with and serving constituents in their home districts and states, The Hill noted.

But Nader said in an interview: “You are paid by the taxpayer to work in Congress at least a 40-hour week. If you want to do anything back home after that, that’s discretionary time. They don’t pay you to campaign for your re-election.”

Even when they are in Washington, lawmakers devote much time to non-legislative matters. After the 2012 elections, new members of Congress were reportedly advised to set aside four hours a day for fundraising phone calls during their 10-hour workday.

Nader’s letter comes in the wake of a Gallup poll showing that in August just 13 percent of Americans approved of the way Congress is handling its job, while 83 percent disapproved — and 53 percent said they “strongly disapprove.”

The last time Congress’ approval rating was over 50 percent in a Gallup poll was in April 2003, at 58 percent, during President George W. Bush’s first term.

The approval rating stood at 84 percent in October 2001, immediately following the 9/11 attacks.

Now, I’m not normally one to agree with Mr. Nader on anything, but, most congresscritters actually work part-time, and spend the rest of the time traveling to-and-from their constituencies or running for reelection.

$15.00 an hour sounds about right for them. For the one day a week they actually work for us!  (And, of course, working for us is a misnomer.  They work for themselves and lobbyists.  Personally, I’d like to see them all be voted out and replaced with folks who start removing current laws, rather than passing more!  –  Guffaw)

h/t Free North Carolina

“What To Do…What To Do…?

My friend Borepatch recently brought up a primary technique in self-defense.

That of avoidance.

I remember being a callow youth, and one of my friends suggested (on multiple occasions) we visit a bar in a ‘bad part of town’ to start fights!  To show how tough we were.

Now, my disability aside, when I was in my 20’s, I was thinner, faster, more imbued with testosterone, perhaps – but I wasn’t stupid.

And, I wasn’t tough.  So I demurred.

Now, of course, life’s lessons have made me much slower, in more chronic pain, and less hormonal.  I AM tougher, though.  And maybe a little smarter.

Which brings me to my point.

I used to go ANYWHERE in The Valley.  At any time.  I was the real Travis Bickle.  I don’t know if it was a death wish or stupidity, or simply ignorance.

NOW, I think “would I really want to be THERE, at that time, alone (or unarmed)?”

But these flash mobs and knockout squads aren’t just appearing in ‘the bad parts of town’.  They are becoming ubiquitous.  And, being disabled, I cannot just cross the street – quickly.

This is one reason I carry almost everywhere – and Condition Yellow is my code.

I can take care of myself, given the chance.  I just hope I can see the opposition coming.

Poor, Poor Pitiful Me

Yeah, it’s a song title, above.

Sometimes, I get down on myself, because I once had a wife, a daughter, a home, a ‘career’.

And now?

No wife, no daughter, no ‘career’ (I’m disabled).  I DO have share a home, though.

And that’s my point.

Living Freedom recently had a posting entitled

Poverty vs poverty: Seven traits of the successful poor

It mentioned traits of folks down-on-their-luck who, if they are not thriving, do more than just survive.

I could have been worse off than I am.  I lost my home as my income decreased, and a good friend took me in.

But, that’s not my point.

MY POINT IS I’M GRATEFUL FOR HER HAVING DONE SO!

Certainly, I wish things could be different.  It would be nice to have a wife, to have my daughter back.  To have my house back.  To have the income I once had.

But, not being a child, I know wishing doesn’t make it so.

So (most days) I choose GRATITUDE!

CIA (finally) Admits Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee Staff

Yawn

Not even shock and surprise from me.  Perhaps this…

facepalmI seem to remember posting something years ago regarding how individual political groups constantly fight for power and position.  One would think that two sub-entities of the same government would play by the rules (laws) and operate on the same page.

Of course, these are the same folks who smuggled guns to Mexican cartels under the guise of ‘investigation’ only to have them used against our own Border Patrol and DEA. (and people died).  And the folks who pursued conservative folks with possible tax violations as a political ploy.  And those who claim Israel is an ally, to bad mouth their actions and excuse actions of their enemy.  The entity who almost universally badmouths Christians, but refuses to speak against Muslim extremists.

I could go on.

But, seriously, what’s the point in so doing?

Most of you regular readers know my position on government (and others) snooping, especially when said snooping is against innocents.

I long for the day of the pre-Patriot Act (and it’s fellow legislative travelers) wherein it was illegal for the CIA to operate domestically.  And the FBI was primarily a law enforcement agency.

It’s one thing for us to spy on France or even Israel, but each other?

That’s just counterproductive and wasteful.

And wrong.

It’s About Time!

In a shame that rivals her Mayor being arrested and convicted for drug use, the District of Columbia is FINALLY forced by judicial edict to comply with the Constitution’s Second Amendment!

Watch: Emily Miller Explains New DC Firearm Carry Rules

I’m reminded of a former friend and lawyer who carried concealed in D.C. in the 80’s, when doing so was a major felony.  On one occasion he was forced to clear leather against an armed assailant a misguided youth who confronted he and some female company near the Jefferson Memorial.  The youth dropped his piece of rebar and fled the scene.

I asked Lew what if he had been forced to shoot the bastard misguided youth, knowing the legal ramifications of having to do so.  His reply?  He would have taken the first available taxi to the Potomac, thrown the offending gun therein, and fled town!

This was a man not only known in D.C., but he had actually practiced before the Supreme Court.  But he knew the then ‘law’ well enough to know he had no Constitutional protection of his right to possess and carry in that locale, much less shoot someone in self-defense.

At least, if he were alive today, he’d now have that carry right.

IF he were a legal resident…

h/t Townhall.com

DOGCON 1

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Lola

The littlest of the three chee-hooa-hooas, Lola, is now six months old, and has grown from under two pounds four months ago, to a powerhouse of almost SIX pounds!  :-)

She successfully survived her hysterectomy (with a barely visible scar) and now is content terrorizing the large boy dog (DJ), who is probably 15-20 pounds.  Yes, he’s a throwback, every genetic trait one doesn’t ask for in a chihuahua.  Including massive size.

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DJ

But, he’s a big, stupid, happy lummox and we love him.

Lola is VERY bright.  Try to lure her into a trap (like her kennel for the night) and she’ll fall for the bait.  Exactly ONCE.  And never again.

She also has an Early Warning System, if she’s penned up and wants out to ‘do her business’.  We didn’t train her to do this – she trained us.

I’m usually awake around 0600-0700.  Shower, dress, morning stuff and blog.  And when the mistress-of-the-manor is absent, Lola bivoacs in MY room.

A Sample Morning

0600 – I Awaken.  Kissed by a tiny dog who has been watching me wake up, who then curls up in my armpit and snuggles back to sleep.  Then she produces 61,000 btus, forcing me to arise.  (Well, that and my impatient bladder!)

0605 – Shower.  Lola must be kenneled, lest she join me in the shower.  She doesn’t require a bath daily.  I do.  Besides, I might accidentally step on her!

0615 – Dress.  Lola remains kenneled, half or completely asleep, or sometimes therein quietly watching me check my email and blog.

UNLESS, NATURE CALLS HER!

Me, sitting at the computer, tiny kennel on the adjacent bed, containing tiny dog.  All is quiet, except occasional keystrokes and the ever-present fan.  (This IS AZ, after all!)

Suddenly there is a tiny, tiny bark.  Not particularly high-pitched, but very slight in volume, as if distant outside.  Usually no response from me.  (We designate this DOGCON 3)

Then, a slightly louder bark, perhaps 20 seconds later.  This is obviously from inside the house; inside my room.  More apparent urgency (DOGCON 2)

(Followed by, if I choose to ignore it…)

DOGCON 1a loud, piecing, deafening bark, threatening immediate negative consequences unless she is allowed paper access IMMEDIATELY!  This usually also agitates my chronic tinnitus!

My usual response is to get up from my desk, open the kennel, and she jumps up to my chest, sometimes my shoulder – and I carry her to the bathroom, containing the all-important morning paper.

And all is shortly right with the World!

(Until the tiny kitten Belle is heard screaming outside the bedroom door to be included in the blog process (aka walking willy-nilly across the keyboard).  Please note, I usually learn from this and ignore her!)

“Fat Man’s Letter”

 

arrested_redditI see permutations of the above on the streets more and more.  Our tax dollars being used to support out-of-shape police personnel who’s ACLU lawsuits have made such a thing possible.

Yes, I understand many officers spend most of their shifts at a desk, or behind the wheel, and it’s more difficult to keep in shape when constantly seated.  And of course, the whole police-doughnut meme.

But, there was a time when keeping in condition was part of the job.

Back-in-the-day, there was a time when a patrolman’s sergeant would send out a fat man’s letter to the officer, advising him that he had X number of days to lose weight or be put on desk duty.  Or worse.

Now, with police unions, their right to be fat like the rest of us seems to be engraved in stone.  Or cellulite.

I remember when I worked for John’s Uniforms back in the 80’s.  At that time, there was no Internet, and very few independent uniform and equipment stores.  As a result, we sold mail order all over the country.  And our business was booming.

We filled many special orders for equipment not available through regular retail channels.  I specifically remember an order for a black, basket-weave Sam Browne duty belt (from a department in Georgia I believe).  THE WAIST MEASUREMENT NINETY-FOUR INCHES!! (94″)  It took a whole steer hide to get one in one piece.

Seriously, how does such an officer pursue a suspect on foot?  Or get into a squad car?  Or even a restroom stall?

I understand the military (with the exception of The Marines and Spec-Ops guys) have a similar problem.  Our tax dollars at work…

daily-morning-awesomeness-204At least he’s using a bicycle.  How he caught him I’ll never know!

Now, I’m overweight and disabled.  But I’m not tasked with public safety, either.

Meanwhile, In Detroit…

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And, not to be outdone, in Chicago…

prom-theme-300x243h/t Gloria, Matt Drudge

“Badges? We Don’ Need No Stinkin’ Badges!” II

ccw badgeI don’t own one of these.

I do have an assortment of security guard badges from my tenures there, as well as my fraternal grandfather’s railroad police badge.

The question is, what will you do to ID yourself when a patrol unit rolls up on the scene, wherein you just dropped a guy in self defense?  Show your CCW Permit?

Or is it a better idea to have something like the above badge (they abound on the Internet and Amazon) in one’s possession when the constabulary sees one man down and you with a hot, smoking gun in your hand covering him?

Between you and me, I already carry a packed wallet, numerous keys, a speed strip (or 2) OR magazines and my sidearm.

Some states prohibit use of a badge with a private investigator’s credential.  It’s possible some prohibit a badge with a CCW permit, too.

And some anti-gun rights/anti-self-defense prosecutor/cop might tack on ‘impersonating a police officer’ to your charges.

What do you guys think?

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