Can Kicked – Again

Looks like the  issue of Greece’s debt and economy has been pushed back for a little while longer

After months of acrimony, Greece finally clinched a bailout agreement with its European creditors on Monday that will, if implemented, secure the country’s place in the euro and avoid financial collapse.

The terms of the deal, however, will be painful both for Greeks and their radical left-led government, which since its election in January had vowed to stand up to the creditors and reject the budget cuts they have been demanding.

I wonder how the people who suffered from the banking restrictions, the unrest feel about their leaders making essentially the same deal that was offered months ago.

Does anyone really think the latest round of bailout will make a difference?

Greece had requested a three-year, 53.5 billion-euro ($59.5 billion) financial package, but that number grew larger by tens of billions as the negotiations dragged on and the leaders calculated how much Greece will need to stay solvent.

Greece has received two previous bailouts, totaling 240 billion euros ($268 billion), in return for deep spending cuts, tax increases and reforms from successive governments. Although the country’s annual budget deficit has come down dramatically, Greece’s debt burden has increased as the economy has shrunk by a quarter.

They’ve already did the same thing twice already. Starting to look like a bad real life version of “Ground Hog Day” without the principals actually learning anything.
Not in Greece, not in the Eurozone, not in America or China. No one seems to be taking the issue to heart and making actual reform or changes to stave off disaster.

I hope that I’m just being alarmist here. What do you think about the state of the economy?

 

Big Bad Bikers

After the incident in Waco, bikers are a little more in people’s awareness in this area. Last Friday, I was at a gas station on the way to the range. Waiting to meet my brother and sister-in-law, I was people watching (aka situational awareness) for about 15 minutes when two bikers pulled in to fill up.

Now the previous clientele had been the usual mix; family of 6 piling out of a mini-van, men and women just getting a fill up and a soda, etc. The two bikers weren’t that far out of the norm but definitely in full regalia; blue jeans, boots, leather vests. Didn’t see any colors on the back through.

Nothing to be greatly concerned about but I did pay a little more attention to them. They parked at the first available pumps; about 3 or 4 away from each other. One shut down immediately and moved to the pump. The other — well, I couldn’t figure out what he was doing until I saw him take off his helmet and remove a blue tooth head set. Clue number one to ease my concern.

Clue number two was the tune blasting out of the stereo……..Don’t you (forget about me) by Simple Minds.
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I will neither confirm nor deny that I laughed or sung along with the soundtrack until he shut it down.

Situational awareness can be used to keep life interesting and fun.

Well, They Invited Me Back…

for a 3rd day, so it must be official.

I’m employed again.

Now most everyone never even knew I wasn’t employed; sorry about that but due to paranoia and a slight bout of “meh” it was something that I never shared on the blog. The paranoia was partly due to the increased likelihood an company would do a search on my name and find this blog. I really didn’t want potential employers reading anything too controversial on the first page.

One day I’ll explain more about how I lost my last job; the one at the home improvement type company. Even after several months, I don’t think I can explain without ranting….and that isn’t what I want to do – here at least.

 

More details later; last couple of days have been stressful and I’ve not slept well.

One Of The Reasons – Bernie Sanders

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is running to Hillary Clinton’s left on nearly every other issue — but says he can “bring us to the middle” on guns.

His idea of the center and mine are a little different. I would really not like to see what

But he touted several other votes, pointing to his support for banning semi-automatic weapons, for instant background checks for gun owners and for doing away with loopholes that allow buyers at gun shows to skirt some regulations.

Yeah, I don’t think touting past votes to ban semi-automatic weapons, for closing the ‘gun show loophole’ is anywhere near moving to the center. I would like to see some of his proposals for ‘bringing us to the middle’ on guns. Unfortunately his presidential bid website doesn’t seem to address that issue yet.

He said there’s a major difference between Vermont, a rural state with little gun control where hunting is a way of life, and cities like Chicago, where guns are used by gangs.
“Folks who do not like guns is fine. But we have millions of people who are gun owners in this country — 99.9% of those people obey the law,” Sanders said.

Yes Senator Sanders — there is a difference between the location and the infrastructure but the people are the same for most part. You have fewer gangs in Chicago but the only reason firearms are used mostly by the criminals there is really simple; the law abiding were forbidden to use them until very recently ! Surely those same people who are law abiding in Vermont would be law abiding in Chicago right?

“I want to see real, serious debate and action on guns, but it is not going to take place if we simply have extreme positions on both sides. I think I can bring us to the middle.”

Gun bans on the most common semi-automatic rifle (if he is only taking about banning ‘assault rifles’) isn’t ‘extreme’? Come on Senator Sanders; at least acknowledge the fact your position is already on the far side of what makes up the middle ground.

You might have some great ideas but this issue, combined with others I’ll explore later, keeps me from taking you serious as a candidate I could vote for.

Please join the discussion.

A Post Delayed –

is just a post delayed. Today’s free ice cream has been rescheduled due to previous activities (actually sleeping in if you can believe that) and future plans (teaching a couple of new shooters).

Hopefully caffeine and activity will rouse the muse for a later post.

 

 

Government Competency?

Yeah, that is the reason why I want to trust my life only to the government by letting them have the only firearms (besides the criminals) – the government always gets things right……

PLANO — News 8 has learned that a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Texas illegally charged 109 people in 2011 and 2013. The jury stayed in session because of a bureaucratic error after its term had expired.

Federal grand juries evaluate evidence presented to them by prosecutors and decide whether to issue criminal charges against suspects. The juries — which operate in secret — consist of 23 people, selected from the general population. Each jury is empaneled for 18 or 24 months.

The Plano grand juries passed the 24-month mark and continued to indict into their 25th month, nullifying charges made during that month.

“We concede that we’ve made a mistake,” Bales told News 8.

Although there are several grand juries in the sprawling Eastern District, only the Plano panels exceeded their 24-month limit.

Not one grand jury panel but two in a row went past their allotted time. And the people enforcing the law set such great examples, don’t they?

PLANO — A Plano police officer who was arrested Wednesday morning now faces charges of driving while intoxicated and evading police.

Byron Betler, a 10-year veteran of the department, had crashed his vehicle near the corner of Hedgecoxe and Robinson roads. He was off-duty when he was arrested by his colleagues. 

Details about how the department’s 2006 Rookie of the Year attempted to evade police were not available.

 

Look I understand this is probably not typical of the way the federal government or most officers act. The problem is there are enough examples of both types of bad behaviors for people to realize that the government can not always be counted on to get things right. Human beings are fallible; systems of governance made up of human beings are also.

If there is going to be the possibility of the government not getting it right; I simply want the government to be the back up regarding my safety and that of my family.

Please join the discussion.

R.I.P. – Elsmar’s Cove

For those who are in the same career field; you’ll recognize the name.
The Elsmar Cove Mission
To be a free Business Standards Compliance and Business Systems Information Resource to Quality Assurance, Engineering and Management Professionals.
People Helping People since 1996!
 
Sorry, folks. After over 19 years continuously online, starting out as QS9000.com, Elsmar.com is now permanently closed.

There’s nothing else I can say, other than that I am proud to know that over the last 19 years tens of thousands, probably more like hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of people have been helped, for free, by some wonderful people who have voluntarily helped people with answers to their business standards and other questions over the years in the Elsmar Cove forum.

Hadn’t stopped in there in a while, I wish I had. There was a lot of useful information and great people in the forums. Many thanks to all who made it a success over the past 2 decades.