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Another Waste of A Good Tuesday Morning, Part Dos

So I arrived late (not my usual form), and they fit me in.

The ultrasound was easy, gooey and painless,  about 10 minutes,followed by blood and urine samples (I presume I passed!)

Thursday is doc follow-up.

We’ll see…

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Another Waste Of A Good Tuesday Morning

ANOTHER medical test…

Seems both my primary physician (and kidney physician) thought after years perfectly functioning kidneys, I should go in for an ultrasound.

So, this morning, I get to fill up on water, NOT evacuate my kidneys, and drive the 15 minutes to the clinic for an ultrasound.

WOO HOO!

THEN, wait until the procedure.

Great.  Nearsightedness.  A fused hip.   A serious automobile accident.  Diabetes.   Lymphoma.

Now Kidney Disease.

I haven’t yet been shot!

Maybe someone should shoot me now and avoid the rush?

I’m beginning to think I will look like this in short time:

Donde’ Es Guffaws?

(Sorry, couldn’t find a way to invert the first question mark in the title field!)

It’s been a while…

You may have seen some of these before,

They are worth a second look!

After all, this IS Guffaw in AZ!

The Large Magazine Debate: How Much is Too Much?

The debate on restricting the sale of gun magazines that hold more than ten cartridges has been going on since the first mass shooting. The fact that the magazines have been available to the public for many years prior brings the question of “Why worry about it now?”

Neither conservatives nor liberals can deny that the 2nd Amendment protects a citizen’s right to own firearms. The question is, “how much is too much?”

There’s no real answer due to the fact that limiting one aspect of the 2nd Amendment can cause other aspects to be limited as well.

Mass Shootings

Almost every mass shooter in history has used large magazines and semi-automatic weapons in their attacks on unsuspecting citizens. While many claim that reducing the number of rounds they can fire in a second or two would save lives, others can also claim that if teachers were allowed to be armed it wouldn’t matter how many rounds the shooters had available.

Is the Size of the Magazine Really That Important?

The main debate revolves limiting magazines that carry ten rounds or more. Legislators seem to miss the fact that it’s the person that pulls the trigger, not the weapon. If the person is intent on harming others, they will find a way to do it whether they have a ten round clip or a 100-round magazine.

The debate will continue to go on as long as there are people in society who have different points of view. The answer may be in the opposite direction, however. Instead of limiting the rights of the people who can use weapons effectively, let’s keep the weapons and their accessories out of the hands of those who misuse them.

~ Firearm Daily

While I don’t thing this was written by a knowledgeable firearm owner, it does make some points for conversation.

As for my .02, I strongly believe in the nose-under the tent,  If we allow magazine size, then it’s number of magazine carried, or total rounds carried.  Or weight of weapons.  Or permissible calibers…

This is not about GUN CONTROL.

It’s about CONTROL!

 

Tyrannosaurus Canus

Herein resides one of three dogs.  The only male.  Sixteen years old  Uneutered.  And he’s mostly quite and gentle.  He spends his time sleeping, and between naps and chasing the female puppy around.  Who has been spayed.

But there’s a problem.  He’s never been ‘trained’ to go outside, or use the paper.  We got him as a rescue.  He will make a valiant effort, though.

So, we place a ‘dog dydee’ on him.

And he goes #2 on the paper (mostly), and #1 where he wishes, mostly on the paper – in the dydee.

The problem is he’s now largely deaf and blind.

Actually, that’s not the problem.

THE problem is someone needs to change the used dydee.  And my roommate is recovering from her second shoulder surgery.  And I have arthritis and a fused right hip.  Who would think chasing (and catching) around a 16 year old chi-hooa-hooa would be difficult?

Take my word for it, it is.

But you said “he is largely deal and blind”?

Yup.

Remember the Jurassic Park lesson of Dr. Alan Grant about the Tyrannosaurus Rex?

… during the “main road attack” he tells Lex to stay still because
“[the tyrannosaur’s] vision’s based on movement.”

Well, that’s D.J.!

I try to sneak up on him when he’s asleep.  Failing that, when he’s not looking at me.  If he see’s me, the chase is on!

The other day (in the hallway) I was advancing from the rear, when he turned his head.  I froze, until he turned away again, then pounced!  He squealed and barked for a second, then I carted him to a secure surface to change the wet for the dry.

After much squealing and thrashing – SUCCESS!

Dr. Grant, we salute you!

My Credit Onion Sent Me This!

CREDIT

(I must assume it applies to other financial institutions, as well!)

ACH PAYMENTS ARE CHANGING

Dear Guffaw,

Beginning September 15th, 2017, the Federal Reserve will start processing most ACH debits (also known as electronic payments) on the same day that the transactions are made. This means that some of your payments could come out of your account faster than they have in the past.

To avoid overdraft charges or insufficient fund fees, please ensure that your available account balance is enough to pay any debits or withdrawals at the time you write or authorize them.

3 TIPS TO BE PREPARED

1 Plan for immediate transactions: Whenever you pay for something, the best practice is to expect that your transactions will be processed the same day.

2 Know your balances: It makes good financial sense to make sure that your balances can support your spending. Keep on top of them with online banking or with the (Credit Onion) app for Apple or Android!

3 Be aware of different kinds of ACH debits: ACH debits can also be things like writing paper checks to grocery stores or using debit cards from retailers, such as Target or Nordstrom.

For those of you out there of limited means who ‘use the float’, as they said in check kiting days of yore!

(Not that I’ve ever done that!  😉  )

Washington D.C. Reaffirms its Rejection of Right-to-Carry

(from NRA-ILA, in part)

In an unsurprising turn, officials in the District of Columbia have decided to continue to defend their near total ban on the right to bear arms.  On Thursday (published August 25), D.C. filed a petition for rehearing en banc with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the combined cases of Grace v. D.C. and Wrenn v. D.C.  As we reported last month, the D.C. Circuit struck down the District’s restrictive handgun permitting law that required applicants to show a “good” or “proper” reason for needing to carry a concealed handgun.  Under this system, D.C. officials have denied all but a few applicants their right to carry a firearm for personal protection.
Georgia Law Enforcement Looking Into Gun Turn-in Operation

 

United Nations Urges US to Give Up Free Speech to Combat Racism

(from Liberty Headlines)

(LifeZette) The U.N. issued an “early warning” Wednesday for the United States, urging that the government take immediate action to confront white supremacy following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump Budget Signals Tougher Approach to UN 'Social Club'

Photo by sanjitbakshi

But the warning and call for the U.S. government to act contained a little-noticed last paragraph, urging the U.S. to make sure that the “rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly” are not exercised to deny rights or freedom to others and pressing the U.S. government to “ensure that such rights are not misused to promote racist hate speech and racist crimes.”

But as many legal scholars have noted, there is no hate-speech exception to the First Amendment; that is, the government cannot limit a person’s speech because it is considered hateful towards any person or group.

The United Nations hasn’t been valid for years.  Maybe it’s never been valid.  Many of the international wars have been started or escalated by the U.N., which seems to have few teeth when it comes to individual liberties.

And then there’s THIS:

Members of The United Nations Human Rights Council


COUNTRY



TERM EXPIRES ON


Albania 2017
Bangladesh 2017
Bolivia (Plurinational State of) 2017
Botswana 2017
Congo 2017
El Salvador 2017
Ghana 2017
India 2017
Indonesia 2017
Latvia 2017
Netherlands 2017
Nigeria 2017
Paraguay 2017
Portugal 2017
Qatar 2017
Belgium 2018
Burundi 2018
Côte d’Ivoire 2018
Ecuador 2018
Ethiopia 2018
Georgia 2018
Germany 2018
Kenya 2018
Kyrgyzstan 2018
Mongolia 2018
Panama 2018
Philippines 2018
Republic of Korea 2018
Slovenia 2018
Switzerland 2018
Togo 2018
United Arab Emirates 2018
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) 2018
Brazil 2019
China 2019
Croatia 2019
Cuba 2019
Egypt 2019
Hungary 2019
Iraq 2019
Japan 2019
Rwanda 2019
Saudi Arabia 2019
South Africa 2019
Tunisia 2019
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2019
United States of America 2019
 See any nations that are specifically NOT famous for human rights?
Me, too!

 

 

 

SIG Advertising

Dammit!

THIS appeared in my email today (from SIG)!

(Obviously, they don’t know my about my financial condition!) 😛

I DO like .45 ACP, and even though I never owned a 10 mm, I have shot them.  And I like them!

(I miss the SIG 220 I had marked West Germany!)

Sadly, until I win the Publisher’s Clearing House these are only a pipe dream…

(FTC – SIG has given me nothing.  Buy your own!)

How Google and other Tech Companies are Working to Turn People Against the 2nd Amendment

(from American Gun News, in part)

Google and other companies in the Silicon Valley are no longer content to simply donate as much spare cash as possible to anti-gun candidates for federal office. The tech moguls in the bluest of blue districts in the United States have chosen a side in the culture wars and are taking direct aim at the 2nd Amendment. Here is how Google and other tech giants are actively working to turn people against your gun rights.

Google
eBay was the first tech giant to ban firearms sales from its platform, but Google was not far behind. This should come as no surprise considering the eight-year game of “musical chairs” between Google and the notoriously anti-Second Amendment Obama administration. A staggering 258 executives and government employees rotated jobs through the revolving door between the Obama White House and Google between 2009 and 2016. At the end of Barack Obama’s first term, Google suddenly banned the sale of firearms from its shopping platform, declaring guns and ammo to not be “family safe.” Not family safe? That bigoted statement alone has the power to shape public perception about firearms.
Then consider the creepy report from the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in 2015. Researchers discovered that Google’s search algorithm can manipulate 20 percent or more of undecided voters to switch their votes!
Robert Epstein, the senior research psychologist on the study, told Politico that Google has the ability to “control a wide variety of opinions and beliefs … [more] than any company in history has ever had.” If Google can trick people into switching their voting preferences, it’s easy to see that it could be doing the same thing with opinions on gun rights.

Facebook
This social media giant has been moving toward becoming an online shopping platform more and more in recent years, but in 2016 Facebook suddenly began treating gun owners as pariahs. To this day, Facebook refuses to say how many gun enthusiast pages it took down in a massive purge when it rolled out a new policy to ban the private sales of firearms — which are legal in most states.
Facebook has assigned a liaison to help bring gun enthusiast pages into compliance with its policy, but many gun owners simply abandoned the platform and went elsewhere, according to Forbes. This is just another instance of a giant Silicon Valley company treating gun owners as second-class citizens, with a separate set of rules and regulations that other retailers do not have to abide by. This is compounded by anti-gun activists poring over Facebook posts and flagging anything related to guns as “offensive” until Facebook takes the post or a user’s entire page down.

Shadowbanning
Insiders at Twitter admitted in 2016 that the company has been shadowbanning the tweets of prominent conservatives, including many Second Amendment patriots. A “shadowban” is simply a form of censorship in which the tech giant that censors you never tells you that you’ve been censored. You can still tweet a picture of that new sidearm you purchased, but none of your friends or family members will ever see it because it was shadowbanned. Many Facebook users have reported that their posts have been shadowbanned as well.

Payment Platforms
Online services PayPal, Stripe and Square have all banned gun stores from using their platforms for business. Never mind that these are lawful businesses operated by federal firearms license holders who conduct background checks before all sales.

Gladwin Guns and Ammo in Merced, CA filed a lawsuit against the three Silicon Valley money transfer services in June of 2017. Owner Blair Gladwin told the Merced Sun-Times, “They flat-out shut me down. My livelihood is on the line, because my revenue is going to drop.” 2nd Amendment enthusiasts will want to keep an eye on this case, because it could have a nationwide impact on whether lawful gun stores are allowed to use the same services as most other businesses.

Conclusion
Google and other tech giants are sending gun owners, gun shops and people who simply support gun rights to the “back of the bus” in 2017. Constant discrimination like this against gun owners does have an impact on public perception and this is a problem that all gun owners should be concerned with — especially knowing the tremendous power that the Silicon Valley wields with its vast troves of data on Americans.

This should be of no surprise, as Northern California (and California in general) is a bastion of liberal political thought.  It is surprising that Amazon (farther North in Washington State), while not selling firearms, does allow sale of  accessories, stocks, lubricants and novelty items (a chocolate Glock?).

The problem is, unless we ‘protest’ these entities by going off the grid (no cellular telephones, tablets, payment platforms or social networking, or using their services), they will continue to make huge dollars unabated.  And continue to ‘control’ the masses.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…