05 July 2015

The 5th of July

As we take time to celebrate this Independence Day weekend, let us take time to remember and thank God for our forefathers - those brave men and women who pursued their God-given dream of a land of freedom from oppression, where each one could worship God without the dictates of the government/king.  

As we celebrate, may we also call to mind the covenants made with God at the inception of this country.  Let us reaffirm our commitment to God and the spreading of His Gospel of Salvation. - a city/nation set on a hill shining with the Light of the Gospel.  God called this nation into being.  Let us continue to call upon Him for Godly leadership in all areas - secular and the Church.  He is a covenant-keeping God.  

Today as we remember, may we too come into agreement and align ourselves with the 'pacts' of our forefathers as they laid forth the tenets of this great country.  Let us again affirm and declare that in God we trust; one nation UNDER GOD, and because of that (and only that) it has remained 'indivisible'.  God bless America - and this day, and every day, may America bless God.

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Yesterday was a grey, rainy day, but the rain has been sorely needed, and no one is complaining. Today the sun is trying to come out, and the weatherman's calling for a high of 73 or so.

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All of the alumni from my mom's high school have a single, annual reunion ... which is rather a nice thing, if you think about it. It gives everyone a chance to show up whenever they can, and the breakfasts, lunches and dinners are always well-attended.

That festivity was held yesterday, and it sounds like she had a reasonably good time. My class, never much on formalities (much less civility) hasn't tried to contact me since the 20th anniversary. Strangely enough, I haven't missed it.

I did notice, on the Book of Face (back when I was participating in that) that the class of '72 had a pages about their to-do for their 40th, but the class of '73 was nowhere to be found. Oh well, I wouldn't have gone even if they'd tried to find me.

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We've stayed home this weekend, except for the usual shopping. I re-fueled and washed both cars this morning, and my wife is making burgers. We'll be grilling those, plus chicken breasts and some pork loin in just a bit.

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I've never paid much attention, but there's an electric transformer at the back end of our driveway, in between two facing buildings. The fuse on top blew with a goodly bang and a flash of light at 9:30 this morning. I called it in, and the power was back on in 45 minutes. That's not a bad repair time, considering.

That's about all I have for now. Thanks for stopping by, my friends.

03 July 2015

Where Has He Gone?

you might ask. You might think I've given up on this blog.

Not quite yet, but inspiration has been scarce. Maybe that's not the right word, but it gets the point across.

It's warm & 71° at the ol' homestead, with sunny, clear skies. It's the kind of day that Alaskans wait for, enduring months of winter weather and (usually) heavy snow, in hope of having such a summer.

We're both off today, and did our weekend shopping run this morning. Got home in time to grill a couple of rib-eye steaks for lunch, too.

Tomorrow is supposed to be 63 and rainy, but it's okay. We're enjoying hanging out at home, watching "Justified", and enjoying the relative peace and quiet. The neighbors are gone for the weekend, you see, so things are ... peaceful. It's a nice change of pace.

For the next dry spell, we're going to put a mess of brauts and hot dogs on the grill, followed by some chicken breasts and whatever else my better half picked up this morning.

Life is good. :)

02 July 2015

"If Retired Cops Are Safer With Unlocked Guns, Why Aren't The Rest of Us?"

If Retired Cops Are Safer With Unlocked Guns,
Why Aren't the Rest of Us?

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By Kurt Hofmann, July 1st 2015
JPFO writer contributor, © 2015.


The Los Angeles City Council is considering implementing a more restrictive "safe storage" law, requiring all handguns to be locked in a safe or disabled with a trigger locking device when not in use. Given that this is L.A. we're talking about here, the only surprising aspect is that such a law hasn't already been on the books for years by now.

Well, no--actually, there is one more surprise to be found here--the loudest opposition is from the police union. What--L.A. cops against "gun control"? Well, they don't object to all the private citizens being required to lock up their best defense against home invaders. What they don't like is the thought that they and their families might be at the tender mercies of home invaders until they can unlock their best means of self-defense.

This opposition comes despite the fact that the proposed law includes a provision that exempts active duty and reserve officers (whose children, apparently are far safer around unsecured firearms than other people's kids). The problem, according to the union, is that retired officers are expected to deal with as many obstacles to their ability to defend themselves as are the rest of us. From the Los Angeles Times:
The proposed rules would exempt active-duty and reserve officers, but the Los Angeles Police Protective League says retired officers should be excluded as well, warning of possible dangers to former officers and their families.
Apparently, retired cops must be able to defend themselves quickly, but retired school teachers (for example) in the greater Los Angeles area are never murdered at home--oh . . . wait.

Besides, one would think that with the "Only Ones" apologists' love of the notion that cops are far better trained and capable with firearms than the rest of us, they would be able to deal with a trigger lock far more quickly than we lowly mundanes could.

But here's where it gets truly surreal:
In a letter to city lawmakers, the union argued that current and former officers needed quick access to guns for protection, citing the 2013 armed rampage by former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner as an example of police and their families being targeted.
Yep--to bolster their argument as to why former L.A. cops need more immediate access to their firearms, they point to a former L.A. cop who went on a murderous rampage with firearms. That's like using the Hindenburg as an example of why hydrogen-filled airships are the best means of travel.

In a home invasion, the window of opportunity to successfully defend oneself and one's family can be measured in seconds, and no evidence has been presented that those criminals who target the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker move any more slowly than those who go after cops. As discussed here a few weeks ago, in the Supreme Court's Heller decision, the requirement that guns kept in the home be disabled was specifically cited as an unconstitutional burden on the right to self-defense--and not just cops' self-defense, but everyone's.

We are told that we are to lock up our guns, "for safety." We are told that cops (and retired cops) must have unlocked guns . . . "for safety." How does once having worn a badge make what's safe for one person the exact opposite of what's safe for the next?

A former paratrooper, Kurt Hofmann was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002. The helplessness inherent to confinement to a wheelchair prompted him to explore armed self-defense, only to discover that Illinois denies that right, inspiring him to become active in gun rights advocacy. He also writes the St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner column. Kurt Hofmann Archive.