Thank You Mister Bowman!
If you can help a child get excited about Math, you’ll help them explore worlds and dimensions far beyond their own.Continue reading →
Really Simple Early American History 100 — The Beginnings
As a prerequisite to some forthcoming opinion pieces, I offer an occasional bit of relevant historical information. There won’t be much, only enough to provide some background for the topic at hand, and no more. I’ll try to keep it so simple that even liberals and recent public school indoctrinates can grasp it.Continue reading →
These are Not Your Father’s Video Games
What causes a person to shoot up a school; or any place for that matter?
My parent’s generation was wrong about a lot of things. Playing in the fresh dew didn’t give you Polio, your eyes wouldn’t stick that way and much to the disappointment of teenage boys, Rock and Roll didn’t turn teenage girls into sluts. Yet, in spite of a youthful pledge not to turn into them, I now find myself mumbling…
“What’s the matter with kids today?”
META is one of the next steps!Continue reading →
School Shootings, Mass Murder, Workplace Violence and Guns
Originally Published: May, 2012
I went to school at a different time, the late 1950s and 1960s. It was a rural area, and most people in the area had guns.
The last thing I, or any of my classmates would have dreamed of, however, would have been to shoot or seriously injure someone. Like everyone else I watched Elmer Fudd point a shotgun at Buggs Bunny’s face and pull the trigger. All that happened to Buggs was a soot-covered face. We knew, however, that you don’t point a real shotgun at a person.
Back Then, We Knew the Difference Between Fantasy and Reality
Killing a human being just wasn’t a concept in my mind, or in the minds of my fellow students. A respect for life was something we knew instinctively in our souls.
What Could Have Changed?Continue reading →
When Guns are Finally Banned
Originally Published June 2014
After you have disarmed all of the law abiding citizens, how do you plan to even the playing field by disarming the gangs, criminals and would-be tyrants who won’t obey any law?
As with drug and alcohol prohibition, a huge black market for illegal firearms spawns a new, more sophisticated network of organized crime.
The illegal gun market explodes. Gun smuggling and black-market gun sales are now big business.
Basement machine shops are set up to make black-market guns. The majority are poorly manufactured and many are unsafe in any hands. Substandard ammunition is also manufactured in basements and garages to feed the black-market needs. Accidental gun deaths rise.
The BATF has the same success in its ‘War on Guns’ as the DEA has with the drug war — none.Continue reading →
A De-evolution of Leadership
We are searched when we travel, they read our e-mails, tap our phones, confiscate our nail clippers invade our private lives from the bedroom to nursery, and generally treat us like the criminals they swore to protect us from.
Once, great masters of our own domain, we have become mere pawns on someone else’s political chessboard. And they are doing it all ‘for our own good.’Continue reading →
No Govt. Mandated Chip Implants Needed
While the idea may seem repugnant to some and just crazy paranoid to others, there are a lot of tech-crazy trail-blazers who think that an ear-bud is too cumbersome, or that if it says ‘Apple’ on it, they have to have it. . These people will be enough to push-start the market to its eventual conclusion.
These devices won’t come from the NSA or any other three-letter-agency, but from companies like Verizon, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon.
Pharmacy employees at Best-Buy and Wal-Mart will be trained to perform the (by then) simple procedure.
The “bleeding edge” people will “pre-order” their implants and then stand in line overnight, in the rain to be the first to get them.Continue reading →
Parents of Special Needs Children Want Cops to Know …
I received this idea, and the included ‘list’ from a friend who is raising several ‘Special Needs’ children. Her kids are bright, fun to be around, generally polite and soft-spoken. Because of their particular issues, however, they can, … Continue reading →
Things Cops Know (and want the public to know)
The police [understandably] don’t want you to know many things, from interrogation techniques to their home addresses. The average LEO, however, does want the public to be more aware of some other bits of wisdom. Many are common sense, most should be obvious, a few are “Officer” Murphy’s Laws and a lot are hilarious!Continue reading →
Things The Public Wants Cops to Know
Quite a few years ago, I started collecting “Things Cops Want You to Know” and posting the best online here. The suggestions I received from the law enforcement community were a colorful mixture of facts, fun and folklore, … Continue reading →
You Don’t Know Me — And I Have a Gun.
You don’t know me, or maybe you do, and just don’t know it.
I am your neighbor, doctor, clergyman, nurse or just another nameless, faceless stranger in the crowd. I have a state authorized, court issued permit to carry a concealed handgun.
PS: Please be advised that the majority of legal gun owners also think the morons walking through department stores with carbines just to make a point are idiots too.Continue reading →
Barbara Walters and Sen. Ed Brooke – The Story Behind the Photo
A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, existed a human quality called ‘Ethics.’ Related to integrity, ethics were more powerful than greed and narcissism, and far from today, fairly common among members of the Washington media. … Continue reading →
The Crystal Tower at the Embassy of Iran
Among my regular ‘beats’ in the 70’s and 80’s were many of the receptions, parties and celebrations at various embassies and chanceries around Massachusetts Avenue. Several ambassadors had reputations for holding ‘first-class blasts.’ The hands down winner for … Continue reading →
Pete Seeger – The Story Behind the Photo
Everyone should have spent an hour in a room with Pete Seeger. — The world might be a better place if they did. And I’m a Republican!Continue reading →
1949 – There is Still Nothing New in the World
Learning from History Year: 1949 — Situation: The Same — Lessons Learned: None The only thing that I can even begin to say about this is that it provides additional proof that the problem is not the … Continue reading →
What is it with the Jews, anyway?
Originally Published: 2016 I can’t believe that I’ve managed to reach my ripe old age and still haven’t managed to find a reason to hate Jews. What am I missing? I grew up in a small Southern Virginia … Continue reading →
Getting Congress Under Control
Key Points of a Proposed Congressional Reform Act No Tenure / No Pension A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they’re out of office. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just … Continue reading →
These Are Not My Mother’s Democrats!
Wake Up Democrats! I’m less worried about what happened to the Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and Ronald Reagan Republicans than I am about where the Kennedy Democrats went. Where are the Democrats who cared more about the good … Continue reading →
Lawyers – The Other “L” Word
When the television series The “L” Word debuted, the Lesbian community not only defused the “L” word, but relinquished their claim to it.The “L” group currently claiming the letter “L” should have been the original owners in the … Continue reading →
Strategic Web Design
Plan Early – Plan Ahead – Plan Smart Plan Strategically Superior tactical tools, in the absence of a strategic initiative will win many battles. Tactical tools alone, however, will not win a war. Why Strategic Thinking? Your Internet … Continue reading →
The Bell Curve of Hate
Thanks mostly to the de-evolution of formerly legitimate news media into tabloid journalists, the overwhelming majority of the population is controlled by Two, statistically insignificant but STARK RAVING CRAZY MINORITIES.Continue reading →
Why You are Probably an Ipticrat
You might want to put that in your “urban slang” dictionary and spell checker because odds are, you are one! Only politically vested, zealots, crazies, sheep and talk show pundits tow a strict, hard, main-line political party line … Continue reading →
National Firearm Carry Permit Recognition — A Slippery Slope?
There is talk about some legislation in the works that would require all states to recognize other state’s concealed firearms permits and licenses. At first blush, one would think that persons holding concealed firearms permits, the NRA, USCCA … Continue reading →
The Mergeless Moron
Who hasn’t secretly wished that little button on the dash was really connected to a couple of fifty-calibers behind the signal lights? Regardless of whether they are pathological, or merely clueless, these Bozos contribute to traffic tie-ups at … Continue reading →
Ten Simple Steps toward Prosperity and Freedom
Ockham’s Razor William of Ockham simply stated: Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Other, more complicated solutions may ultimately prove correct, but — in the absence of certainty — the fewer assumptions … Continue reading →
A Moral Conundrum: The problem with hypothetical hindsight.
A considerable part of my research involves unintended consequence analysis, and proposing and brainstorming hypothetical situations is an integral part of this process. Combining hypotheticals and hindsight, however, can be an exercise in futility without the existence of … Continue reading →
Yes, We Do Have a Rat Your Neighbor Law
During the cold war the Soviet people (subjects) were expected to watch their neighbors, strangers, and even family and friends. and required by law (the KGB) to report suspicious activity to the police. (also KGB) We Have That Law Here — in America!Continue reading →
Key Steps to an Effective Presentation
Fear of public speaking ranks with death and an IRS audit for most of the population. Here, I will attempt to give you a few tips & techniques and a bit of support when it comes time to … Continue reading →
Web Writing Part 4: Odds, Ends and Pet Peeves
In any communication, be it graphic, written or verbal, do it as if … “You’re Sending a Telegram to a Moron at a Thousand Dollars a Word!” (Gene Wales) Just Because Other People Abuse The Language Doesn’t … Continue reading →
Web Writing Part 3: Cut the extra words, less really is more
Where writing for eMedia is concerned, less really is more Documents destined for computer screens follow a slightly different set of rules than those written for print. The traditional 10-20 words per sentence is out the window. According … Continue reading →
Web Writing Part 2: Close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes.
When a writer uses the word “there” when their or they’re was intended, it deals an immediate credibility blow in the mind of the reader, if only subconsciously. Invest in a dictionary or find a free one on-line … Continue reading →
Writing for The Web Part 1 – The Prime Directive
Rapidly writing really readable reading isn’t a really radical, although remotely related, writing requisite — but it should be! Writing something that is easily read can be quite a challenge. The popularity of the Internet and other interactive, … Continue reading →
Child Labor Laws Flaunted
The Dirty Underbelly of The Toddler Trade Exposed!Continue reading →
We Need Zero Tolerance Laws against Abject Stupidity!
Could these moronic policies be planting the seeds for a new generation of school and workplace shooters, mass murderers and serial killers? Really Stupid Behavior by “Our Servants and Employees” Common sense has clearly gone out of the … Continue reading →
My Take on the Second Amendment
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Background At it’s simplest, the Constitution of the United States (COTUS) … Continue reading →
Common Core: The Delivery System for the Last Indoctrination
“Satire is absurd by nature.” They’re doing it Now! Once the indoctrination of the current generation of children is complete, the agenda becomes unstoppable. The final seeds in the destruction of American Society as we know … Continue reading →
Do we Need a Federal Highway Administration
Private Enterprise built the Transcontinental Railroad without the benefit of a “Federal Railroad Administration.” When was the last time you saw a Federal work crew performing any work on a US or Interstate highway? The answer is most … Continue reading →
Do we Need a Federal Department of Education?
“If No Child is Left Behind, How can Any Child Get Ahead?” When was the last time someone from the Fed was directly involved your child’s education? When was the last time you saw a Fed at a … Continue reading →
The Little Dead Schoolhouse
The Agricultural Revolution Arrived People and Business Adapted Schools Were Born The Industrial Revolution Came People and Business Adapted The Schools Remained The Same The Technology Revolution Arrived People and Business Adapted The Schools Remained The Same The … Continue reading →
Thoughts on Getting Paid
For some reason, a greater than average number of my friends, acquaintances, comrades and cohorts in the creative fields have a problem with money.Continue reading →
The Horsepasture Gazette – Vol:1 No:1
All The News That Fits, We Print. The Horsepasture Gazette Volume 1 – Issue 1 PRICE FREE Mayor Won’t Raise Taxes Horsepasture Va In a private conversation with this reporter, Mayor Parker Earnest announced that taxes will remain … Continue reading →
Chateau Bubba – Franklin County Corn Brandy
Produced with Brewmaster Buford’s secret family recipe, Chateau Bubba illustrates the meaning of the word Wheeeeuuuu!Continue reading →
The Dangers of Unearned Pride
“Am I proud of something I have accomplished, or am I falsely proud of something over which I had absolutely no input or control?”
When a person overcomes physical handicaps, language barriers, race, gender bias and bigotry, and succeeds in spite of all [apparent] odds, they have every right and to feel and proclaim their pride in themselves and their accomplishments.
School Shootings – Stop the Panic
With all respect to victims and families (also victims) of violence everywhere … During the furor over recent events and the resulting demands for serious action, arming teachers, police in schools and gun confiscation, there is one simple … Continue reading →
Why Not Privatize Parks Management?
New York has shown great success in contracting management of Central Park to a private company. The park is now safer, cleaner and less costly than when run by the government. What if the many companies expert in … Continue reading →
Judeo-Christian Principles vs Religion
Does a Person Need God In Order to Live a Moral Life? Judeo-Christian Principles vs Religion Whenever anyone mentions the obvious fact that the United States of America was founded upon Christian or Judeo-Christian principles, some Bozo (no … Continue reading →
Is a Flat or Fair Tax Possible, or Even Realistic?
In this writer’s opinion, some form of flat tax (percentage of income) or fair tax (national sales/consumption tax) system is not only common sense, but efficient, workable and fair. Under a Flat Tax, If you make Ten times … Continue reading →
First Impressions – Example “Fail”
This would-be Website designer went to great lengths to broadcast their promotional E-Mail. They also lost all credibility in the second line of their message. Even large corporations often make the most basic errors. But what do I … Continue reading →
A PSA to The Mainstream Media
ATTENTION MAINSTREAM MEDIA The following Public Service Announcement is from your fellow Americans and the Second Amendment. STOP – LOOK – LISTEN America is at a Crossing Don’t Get Hit by the Train STOP: Stop the war … Continue reading →
Security Officers, Security Guards and Mall Cops
Never Underestimate the Power of a Stereotype I’m sure most people have seen them all. From the well-meaning but bumblingly stupid Barney Fifes, to the arrogant, power hungry cop wannabes with anger issues. The ‘survival’ brain is conditioned … Continue reading →
Economic Death by a Thousand Terrorist Cuts
One morning near Washington DC, Route 123, one of the busier rush-hour routes in the Northern Virginia area, was shut down due to an “explosive device” spotted in the parking lot of a Vienna Va.store. I’ll grant you … Continue reading →
Abortion and Christian Hypocracy
You Can’t Have It Both Ways Personally, I am pro-choice. (To a Point) Though I don’t believe that the abortion route is one that I would choose, no one knows until they live it. What others do is … Continue reading →
Defense Free Victim Zones
Does your local shopping center, department store or other merchant require law abiding patrons to become potential victims before being allowed to shop? Do they not know that criminals don’t obey the law, much less their ineffective rules … Continue reading →
There Are No Gun Rights!
When you replace gun rights with gun-owner rights the issue becomes personal. Join the effort to end the futile battle for so-called, non-existent gun rights and gun laws. Renew the charge in support of the very real and … Continue reading →
Voter I.D., Minorities, Racism and Fraud
To co-opt another person’s vote, merely get to the polls before they do, and give that person’s name and address rather than yours to the nice, helpful person at the table. If you need help finding a voter’s … Continue reading →
Drug Testing for High Level Officials
Why Shouldn’t High Level Public Servants Prove They are Drug Free? As a condition of employment, almost everyone, from the guys who pick up the trash and deliver the mail, to the folks who read meters and repair … Continue reading →
What Every Webmaster Needs to Know About Copyright Law
This quick guideline does not pretend to be a comprehensive guide, and I don’t pretend to be a lawyer. ( though I occasionally play one on the Internet ) What I hope to do, however, is address some … Continue reading →
There Is No Homeland Security!
Preparedness is your insurance policy. You hope you never need to use it, but it could save your life if you do. The U.S. is Ripe with Soft Targets While the steps being taken to secure our power … Continue reading →
Government Operations Illustrated
Many Thanks to the Anonymous Creator of the GIF File.Continue reading →
You Bought It – But You Might Not Own It
Though you may have paid for photos, music and/or artwork, you may not have a right to reproduce them. You may not be allowed to use photos even if they are of you! When you contract with a … Continue reading →