Not All Public Health Issues….

.are the same. Apparently, some are just run of the mill news stories that don’t get the 24/7 coverage.

Nearly three dozen cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe, often lethal, form of pneumonia spread through the air, have been reported in the Bronx over the last two weeks in what the Health Department is calling a concerning “unusual increase” in cases.

Thirty-one cases have been reported in south Bronx neighborhoods, primarily in High Bridge, Morrisania, Hunts Point and Mott Haven, since July 10, the Health Department said. Two of the people stricken with the condition died.

One or two people get shot and the anti-rights crowd goes into over-drive using the deaths. 31 people sick and 2 deaths in just over two weeks and this is barely getting any attention; please don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

Or how about this ‘mass murder‘?

Two teenage boys were taken into custody early Thursday after running from the back door of a house in eastern Oklahoma where five of their relatives were found stabbed to death, according to police.

Sgt. Thomas Cooper, of the Broken Arrow Police Department, said officers had been summoned to the residence late Wednesday by a “open 911 call,” in which no one spoke after dialing the emergency line.

After tracing the call, police sent units to the home in the leafy bedroom community of Broken Arrow, southeast of Tulsa.

Police said the teens — ages 16 and 18 — were seen running from the house and were tracked down to a small park area behind the house about an hour later by a K-9 unit.

Could any of the news anchors tell you the name of the murderers and what problems they had? Probably none outside of Oklahoma. Just doesn’t get the same coverage as 2 people shot in a movie theater; even with a higher body count.

Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

I understand the media can only report so much (despite some of them having 24 hours a day to fill) but the obvious bias in their reporting is disgusting. Auto collisions with multiple fatalities run for a day in local areas unless there is a sensational hook; drowning deaths barely get mentioned before the anchors toss it over to Chip for the rush hour traffic. Don’t tell me the media doesn’t have an anti-gun agenda.

We probably will not be able to change the media; too big too focused on the bottom line – profitability – to really care about the truth or the less sensational stories. What we can do is keep pointing out their bias, keep trying to check their slant at least a little. We can use their story selection and wording to point out the issue to the less informed. It is slow progress but it can make a difference.

Please join the discussion.


Feel Secure?

Considering that I fly out of this airport.…..

D/FW AIRPORT – The man who was able to board a flight at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday after leaving his vehicle unattended at the terminal curb and getting through security without an ID told authorities he “walked” when asked how he bypassed the checkpoint.

Cockerham began crying and would not answer questions, police said. When he didn’t answer questions about where his ticket or ID were, he was brought back to the public side of the airport. Officers searched him there and found car keys and a phone, but no ticket or ID.

When asked how he got through without a ticket or ID, Cockerham said, “I walked.” Authorities found Cockerham had indeed walked through the TSA checkpoint at Gate D18, Lane 1 without being stopped by an agent.

…I sure don’t feel all that safe. Further, based on the evidence, I’m confident that I’m not that safe.


In one case, an alarm sounded, but even during a pat-down, the screening officer failed to detect a fake plastic explosive taped to an undercover agent’s back. In all, so-called “Red Teams” of Homeland Security agents posing as passengers were able get weapons past TSA agents in 67 out of 70 tests — a 95 percent failure rate, according to agency officials.

This isn’t the first time TSA officers have failed to detect fake terrorists and their weapons. “Red Teams” have been probing TSA checkpoints for 13 years, oftentimes successfully getting weapons past airport screeners.

However, this time, TSA agents failed to detect almost every single test bomb and gun, aviation experts said.

13 years — if any business was still failing at a core competency after 13 years, they wouldn’t still be in business. Yet we have no choice to put up with this non-sense because our legislators mandated this nonsense

While I think a great first step is to get the government out of the airport ‘security’ business –theater that is — the real action comes when we throw out any of the Senators or Representatives who voted for this non-sense. Let’s start with a new batch and see if they can get it right.



EyeWitness News Reports

Date Line Arlington Texas
July 25, 2015

Rumors have been verified as true; your humble scribe actually made it to the range and SHOT firearms

For hours.


And then there was a BBQ.

As a result; your humble scribe is toast. Might post pictures when they arrive from our field correspondent
(meaning I was too busy having fun to take them myself).

Hope your day was as good.

Oh Joy

Ever think about the less obvious “joys” involved in changing jobs?


Such as:

The joy of learning different parts of the town. Or in my case entirely new cities for the most part. Haven’t worked in Big D in 30 years.

Related to that is learning where and when the roads get congested, ways around the traffic jams, where the pot holes are and how deep !


The joys of learning  new places to eat or not.


The joys of learning new terms and jargon. It is absolutely stunning to realize how terms I don’t know and how much slang each industry develops; often very different slang for the same terms in different industries.


The joys of filling out medical, dental, vision, 401(k), emergency contact forms, etc.

Yep, I know -first world problem eh- I am blessed not only to be employed but to have such benefits.


The joy of trying to remember dozens of new names and faces.

I can usually remember one or the other; it is matching them up which gets me in trouble.


And there are so many others little joys such as getting lost in the building on the way to meeting your boss’s boss.


And there is true joy also; knowing your family is a little more financially secure, being able to make useful contributions in the first two weeks, and working with like minded folks.


So what do you like about changing jobs?

Sorry — Life Interrupting

New Job, traveling, friend in town, planning a shooting event this weekend.
(Any club members who are readers, email me for details — the more the merrier).


I promise one day soon (please insert very loose definition of soon) I’ll back to our regular programmed blogging.



Fair? You Want Fair —–

Work for it !!




Sorry but any more fairness out of the government/liberals and everyone will be flat broke.

HILLARY CLINTON, CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT: Now today — today, as the shadow of crisis recedes and longer- term challenges come into focus, I believe we have to build a growth and fairness economy.

And just how much of that crisis was generated by the government mandates, laws, regulations, actions — and effing inaction ? A large portion of it Mrs. Clinton. Mortgage crisis exacerbated by the requirements from regulators that more loans be made in low (and no ) income areas for example.  My taxes keep going up and the only thing keeping pace with them is the number of rules I have to follow; in my personal life and in business. Let’s not kid ourselves here; this isn’t code, this is flat out calling for more income redistribution.

You can’t have one without the other

Well, according to you we already do. And for decades it was a system that lifted millions out of poverty. Strangely enough it was working quite well until we declared “War on Poverty“.

This week, the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release its annual poverty report. The report will be notable because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty. In his January 1964 State of the Union address, Johnson proclaimed, “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America.”[1]

Since that time, U.S. taxpayers have spent over $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusted for inflation, this spending (which does not include Social Security or Medicare) is three times the cost of all military wars in U.S. history since the American Revolution. Despite this mountain of spending, progress against poverty, at least as measured by the government, has been minimal.

This week, the Census Bureau will most likely report that the poverty rate last year was about 14 percent, essentially the same rate as in 1967, three years after the War on Poverty was announced. As Chart 1 shows, according to the Census, there has been no net progress in reducing poverty since the mid to late 1960s. 

The static nature of poverty is especially surprising because (as Chart 1 also shows) poverty fell dramatically during the period before the War on Poverty began. In 1950, the poverty rate was 32.2 percent. By 1965 (the first year during which any War on Poverty programs began to operate), the rate had been cut nearly in half to 17.3 percent

So we are supposed to elect you as President to do what couldn’t be done in your first try as Co-President?
When do we stop doing the same things over and over again ?

More importantly, when do we admit that ‘fair’ isn’t always a desirable goal? Should everyone have a fair chance? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean every chance will work out the same for everyone. Some people will have bad luck and have to start over. Some people will run into medical problems that derail their plans.

And some people will flat out simply work harder, longer or better than other people. It is ‘fair’ that they get to experience all of the results of that hard work. And that does include more money then some people could ever spend in a lifetime or 10 lifetimes. And yes, it means that some of those people will chose to be selfish with their money. For me it is fair; they earned it, they get to determine how they spend it or not.


Let’s not kid ourselves about her ‘plan’ it is still more tax and spend. I do have to wonder why Mrs. Clinton waited until now; surely as a Senator she had a chance (after chance after chance…) to introduce such legislation.
Sorry Mrs. Clinton but unless you come up with something new; I don’t think I’ll be voting for you.

Please join the discussion.

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?