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guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.
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California Gov. Brown Signs 3 Gun Control Bills

(2ndAmendmendinsider.com)

California Gov. Brown signs 3 gun control bills

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed measures to end the last narrow allowances in the state for campus carry and open carry but rejected one to mandate increased security at gun stores.

Brown, a Democrat, signed AB 7, AB 424 and AB 1525 over the weekend while returning SB 464 to lawmakers, describing the last measure, aimed at ramping up security measures at gun shops across the state, as an overreach.

“State law already requires that firearms dealers enact security measures to avoid theft,” said Brown in his veto message. “Local jurisdictions can — and have — gone further by adding specific requirements. I believe local authorities are in the best situation to determine if any additional measures are needed in their jurisdictions.”

The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, argued the increase in security was needed following incidents where burglars used cars to smash into gun stores across the state. The measure would have required gun stores to keep their firearms in a secure facility with steel bars on windows, deadbolted doors or metal grates over entrances, and an alarm system protecting ventilation in addition to installing exterior features such as concrete bollards.

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I’m so glad I live in the Free State of Arizona!

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9th Circuit: There’s No Constitutional Right to Sell Firearms

(Firearm Daily)

A recent court case in California could have long reaching implications for Second Amendment rights and the way firearms can be sold to the public.
The case, Teixeira v. County of Alameda, has not gotten a lot of attention, but could drastically impact the ability of individuals to sell firearms in private party sales. As it stands, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision is a victory for those who wish to limit gun and firearm sales.
In the case, an individual wanted to open a full-service firearms shop; the intended location fell into a zone that required a conditional permit. In this location, a conditional permit is needed to open a gun shop near a school, daycare, residential area, liquor store or other firearms location. In short, the current law makes it very difficult to open a facility at all, since pretty much every location in the county is near one of the outlawed facilities or near a residential neighborhood.
The business owner challenged the ordinance, but was struck down by the court. Both the original decision and the appeal ruled in favor of the county, restricting the shop owners second amendment rights. As the plaintiff and business owner pointed out, restricting their ability to open a shop at all also prevented local citizens from purchasing firearms, potentially impacting their Second Amendment rights as well.
Should the plaintiff wish to appeal, the case could be heading to the U.S. Supreme Court, where justices would address whether the county’s ordinance and the court ruling were truly constitutional. The argument that prospective customers might not be able to buy firearms is not at the heart of the case; there are other gun shops nearby — the county could be infringing upon the owner’s Constitutional rights.
California’s 9th Circuit is already well-known for supporting laws and rulings that limit the rights of gun owners. In recent years, the court has upheld restrictive concealed carry laws and with this recent case, restricted the rights of business owners as well. Will this be the case that requires the Supreme Court to weigh in and clarify what rights individuals have to sell firearms and establish businesses under the Second Amendment?
As more and more locales seek to restrict rights, particularly in Democrat led areas, it may be time for the highest court in the nation to make rulings that clarify the protections the Constitution holds for law abiding citizens.

They’ll just keep battering away at common-sense language until nothing means what it says.  Much as the Communists do with rights.

Gee, I wonder if there’s a connection somewhere?

 

We Lost D.J.

I live in a sea of estrogen.

Two dogs;  two cats.  A woman.

Then there was the other male.

Another dog named D. J.  Aka ‘the boy’, Don Juan, Boo-ba-do, Boo, Boob.

He kept the females in line. If the other dogs took to barking at miscreants outside (who had the indecency to walk down the public sidewalk in front of the our town house) he would bring up the rear, barking from under the toilet!

His other jobs were stealing others food, and inspecting hind ends for cleanliness.

He has been losing his hearing, sense of smell and sight for some time, making more like a Roomba than a dog.  And he loved falling asleep wherever you needed to be!

He just turned 16!

The past couple of days he simply refused to eat.

He left us last night.

He was a good dog…

The Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude and Silence

(from The Art of Manliness)

In spite of the days are full of tests, waiting for test results, sleep, pain and other things, and I am ‘retired’, I have noticed that I just seem to have less time for the more esoteric things – like contemplation.

But, the Art of Manliness has brought my attention back to the simpler disciplines.

(May I suggest as we all should be?)

One might take a few moments and contemplate these.

The Spiritual Disciplines: Solitude and Silence

By Brett and Kate McKay on Oct 16, 2017 10:02 am

Welcome back to our series on the spiritual disciplines, which explores exercises that can be used to train the soul. The purposes and practices of these disciplines are approached in such a way that they can be adapted across belief systems.

“Not all men are called to be hermits, but all men need enough silence and solitude in their lives to enable the deep inner voice of their own true self to be heard at least occasionally. When that inner voice is not heard, when man cannot attain to the spiritual peace that comes from being perfectly at one with his true self, his life is always miserable and exhausting. For he cannot go on happily for long unless he is in contact with the springs of spiritual life which are hidden in the depths of his own soul. If man is constantly exiled from his own home, locked out of his own spiritual solitude, he ceases to be a true person. He no longer lives as a man.” —Thomas Merton

They are the spiritual disciplines through which prophets as varied as Moses, John the Baptist, Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad prepared for their ministries and received revelations that founded new religions.

They are the spiritual disciplines that have been praised by poets and philosophers as diverse as Plato, Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, Montaigne, Rousseau, Goethe, Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Muir, Tillich, and Camus (to name only a few).

They are the spiritual disciplines that allowed many of the world’s greatest leaders, from Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln to Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt, to make history defining decisions.

They are the spiritual disciplines of solitude and silence, and they are vitally important to the health of the soul (and of society).

They are also arguably the most intriguing and compelling of the spiritual disciplines, and yet also seem the hardest to come by in our crowded, noisy, modern world.

Silence and solitude can seem out of reach to the average man — the exclusive purview of the kind of religious ascetics and hermetic philosophers just mentioned, or a luxury that can be indulged only by those leaders who face choices freighted with heavy meaning and high stakes.

In truth, finding solitude and silence is possible even in the present age, without having to retreat to a cloister. And, far from being the privilege of the few, seeking these states is a responsibility of us all.

Today we will explain why that is, the way in which these spiritual disciplines are connected, and how both can be sought, and attained, by even the busiest of souls.

There are many more to follow!

The ‘Latest’

Well, today I get to pick up my ‘films (‘from my last MRI and PET scan) and deliver them to the surgical center miles away, wherein this coming Monday I get to have another MRI (using those as maps) to obtain yet another MRI and lymph node biopsy.

The hope is the diversity of the samples will provide a better sample with which to produce a more precise chemotherapy cocktail with which to treat the lymphoma.

Hopefully, this can be concocted and administered later this week, or early next week.

(Just out of curiosity, why do the doctor’s rely on their patients to be messengers-some of whom are weak and ill?)

While they are in there, they they will also be doing an angiogram – just because they found a tiny problem they want to check.

Things aren’t complicated enough…

 

This May Not Even Be Permitted By WordPress

(If it is, I will remove it!)

Over the past few weeks, I have become weaker.  Lymphoma can do that.  I’ve loss muscle-mass, making getting out of my orthopedic lift chair difficult, sometimes even impossible.

The chair herself is now broken and irreparable.  Chair experts advise I am in need of a new one.  This is not like buying an ordinary chair.  They are build for patient height and weight, and many stores simply want to move them off the floor, patient need come-what-may.

And, of course, I’ve few funds.

My friend (an ex-gf) said she will set up a donation page toward this end.  And my ex-wife (a different person!) told me she to help!

A quality chair can cost well over $1200, funds I do not have.  And, given my circumstances I NEED a chair with a warranty.

And in the past month I have had to call the fire department FOUR TIMES to help me get out of my broken chair!

(How pathetic is that!)

Below is Judy’s Fundly Account she set up on my behalf.  Of course, there is also the PayPal account on this blog.

If you can take action, terrific, GREAT! (and THANK YOU)  If you are unable, please keep a good thought…

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Paul The Pooh and The Blustery Day

This came across my email a couple of days ago.

The point is, does it have some teeth, or it is just BLUSTER?

(from Gun Owners of America, in part)


Don’t Let Ryan Get Away with Any 2A Infringements!

Dear Guffaw,

This is becoming painful to watch.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is now asking — begging, really — the Trump administration to unilaterally impose gun control restrictions.

And there is virtually no conceivable way that these restrictions will fall short of eventually regulating or banning your detachable magazines.

“We think the regulatory fix is the smartest, quickest fix,” Ryan said.

What was he talking about?

The Hill explains:

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday the Trump administration should move quickly to ban a device used in the Las Vegas mass shooting that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire more rapidly.

So Speaker Ryan is urging the ATF to ban bump stocks — even while he has indefinitely pushed back the pro-gun agenda.

But there are two major problems with this.

First, there is no way that Congress — or the administration — will be able to ban or regulate bump stocks without also opening the door to prohibitions on other parts, accessories and magazines.

This is because all of the legislative proposals currently on the table would ban ANY item or device that helps “accelerate the rate of fire” of a semi-automatic firearm.

Using that standard, you can kiss your detachable magazines goodbye!

But the other problem is this:  The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution prevents the federal government from imposing ANY infringements upon our gun rights.

If the Trump administration starts supporting infringements — even if they are so-called minor ones — it will weaken their ability and resolve to oppose the next set of infringements that come down the pike.


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Take Action and Put the Heat on Congress!

Please contact Your Representative and communicate the following:

1. Uphold your oath of office.  Do not support ANY infringements upon the Second Amendment — including those that would jeopardize detachable magazines.

2. Tell Speaker Paul Ryan to STOP compromising.  If legislators want to follow Ryan off a political cliff, they will truly regret it when voters “remember in November.”

We need to let Ryan know that millions of gun owners oppose his compromises, which will endanger our ability to own detachable magazines.

Plus, he needs to know that there will be SERIOUS ramifications at the polls if he and other Republicans do not stand up for our Second Amendment rights.

We are in a political war to preserve our gun rights.

I want to thank you for your help in putting the heat on your legislators.

So please take action, and urge your family and friends to do so, as well.

My apologies – having some issues here at home, I’ve not been as diligent as I have in the past regarding the fall-De-rall as I usually am regarding the silliness on the Hill.

And while I do support and respect Gun Owners of America, sometimes they get over excited in the name of financial support (learning from the NRA?)

So, what do you guys thing?  Bluster or real danger?

 

In Need of Guffawing

Things just ain’t working right today.

My body; my sense of humor;  my computer.

Please send me a joke or a cartoon!  (the email is in the sidebar)

I NEED TO GUFFAW!

STAT!

Senator Wants West Point Grad Booted

(from SecondAmendmentInsider.com)

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio wants officials at West Point to revoke the commission of an officer who tweeted photos of himself with pro-communist messages while in uniform.

Rubio wrote to acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy this week, calling the images an “extreme embarrassment” for the U.S. military, according to the Military Times.

“It is extremely concerning that someone who so often expressed such hostile views towards the United States’ system of government was able to obtain a commission,” he wrote. “(His) revolutionary ideas were harbored long before he was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant. Were West Point administrators or faculty aware of his views and behavior?”

In one photo, 2nd Lt. Spenser Rapone is seen wearing a Che Guevara shirt under his uniform. In another photo, he reveals that the words “communism will win” are written under his hat. The photos were taken at his graduation in May 2016.

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Funny, I would have thought him long gone, by now.

(As well as the American and World History professors who either taught or accepted such drivel.)

Sorry, civil libertarians, the military has different standards than the an average citizen.  This is not a football team.

Do we want such graduates leading our men and women into battle?  For once, I agree with the Senator.

 

The Usual Gang of Idiots

So, I received two voice mails Wednesday, regarding scheduling the scheduling my next CT/lymph node biopsy.  (apparently they didn’t get enough diversity last time.)

Unfortunately my cellular phone took a dump, and I didn’t receive them until Wednesday night!

So I called Thursday morning, early.  At length, I was placed in a que, and told they would call me before 1300.  If I didn’t hear from them, I was to call them.  Subsequently, I wad placed in another que, and the would call me letting me know when they would call back.  I was told 45 minutes.  The said they would call after 9 minutes.  They did eventually call, to advise me they were unable to take my insurance.

I spent most of my chair waiting for a phone to ring, only to be told they were unable to assist me.

Customer service, anyone?

My oncologist won’t return until Tuesday.  His assistant was supposed to call me yesterday afternoon.

Guess what happened?

 

It’s no big deal, just being used to develop the correct chemotherapy medicine for me.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…