ALRIGHT! Settle down already will you please? Just because Sergeant at Wings Impish isn’t here to keep order is no excuse to run amuck! You guys worse than a bunch of school kids with a substitute teacher and a post snack sugar rush!
Now I’m cold, cranky and thankfully for the moment (but none of that thanks going to the Democrats or the Obama Administration) over worked.
Between Saturday and Sunday we experienced a 25 degree temperature drop in the high. By Tuesday morning it was closer to a 35 degree drop and I won’t see anything close to resembling 60 until possibly next Saturday. While this doesn’t sound big to you who cheer when the mercury hits 35 degrees during the winter I assure you day time highs in the 40s and low 50s are a very big deal here as is the potential for near freezing night time temps. About 3 AM Tuesday morning my watch cat woke me by raising a row and a ruction in our bedroom window. When I arose to see what had her so worked up she refused to calm down it was bloody well flurrying out side!
FECKING FLURRIES! ON THE GULF COAST IN TEXAS!
Global Warming me poor frigid arse!
So from the dubious warmth of my shearling lined moccasin boot slippers, micro fleece cargo pants, waffle knit Henley, pull over hoodie & fingerless gloves, I say….
I’m with him!
There’s a third option…send a broadcast text canceling the day due to lack of interest, roll over, pull the blankets up over my head and see if tomorrow is any better…or warmer!
Yeah yeah yeah! I can hear the questions from the peanut gallery already.
None of you opened this issue to read what I’ve worked so hard on. OR to ask how I’m holding up under the strain of running the place single handedly while my bestest bud goes under the
butcher’s cleaver surgeon’s scalpel. No! All you’ really care about is ‘How’s Impish? ’ Ok fine. If we get that subject out of the way can I get on with the rest of the issue?
After a rather lengthy and excessive wait in the pre-op area both for the Doctor Nick and for
Impish to quit whimpering and come out of hiding a preoperative condition to clear itself up. His last words to me were “See you on the other side Dude” Impish’s 10:30 surgery finally got under way at about 3 PM EST lasting for roughly 2 hours.
According to Mrs. Dragon Dr Nick reported an over all positive out come (with a minor exception we’ll get into in a second) predicting no problems with his recovery or his physical therapy. At roughly 8 PM my time last night I received a text messages from him demanding coffee that I find someone to open his room window and sneak him a cigar. I exchanged a few texts with him until visiting hours ended which brought about Mrs. Dragon’s thank-god-your-ok-I was-so-damned-worried-good-night-and-good-bye kiss which had the unforeseen and unfortunate side effect of raising Impish’s pulse of high and fast it set off his heart rate monitor’s alarm.
Yup our boy is JUST FINE!
I spoke by text with Impish several times yesterday in between all the
poking, prodding and torture interruptions of an attentive and professional nursing staff and physical therapy. Despite being in a fair amount of pain, all indication are he is on track barring unforeseen set backs to return to being a pain in me backside his Dragon’s lair some time today. This means you might expect a short note from him as early as tonight or possibly tomorrow.
However Mrs. Dragon informs me privately there was a slight…unforeseen complication with the surgery.
Apparently when they started peeling back his scaly hide they discovered that was was underneath it was was more worn out and deteriorated than they had expected or accounted for. Evidentially every time they tried to replace something what ever they were attaching to gave way or looked suspect structurally. Eventually they got to a point where they had replaced just so much that when they went to recover him with his old hide it no longer fit correctly over the replaced areas (a LOT of area) so they were forced to make some …’cosmetic changes’. Oh here let me just show you:
Here is a before picture of the Impish Dragon we all knew.
And now the well- remember now despite outward appearances he’s still our same Impish Dragon on the inside and beauty IS only scale deep and in the eye of the Beholder (along with its death ray gaze) here he is post surgery:
Oh! Look! They have him up and on his feet already!
Further updates as I get them or to come from Impish himself as soon as her learns to type with paws instead of claws and (snicker) gets a shave so he can see his lap top.
A Serious Auto Accident
It was a pretty serious auto accident. Because he wasn’t wearing his seat belt, his face smashed into the windshield.
In a strange twist of fate, he wasn’t seriously injured, but something rather bizarre happened:
The cracked glass pinched his right eyelid and, when he bounced back, ripped the eyelid off. Unfortunately, the tissue wasn’t saved for reattachment.
At the hospital, plastic surgeons weren’t sure how to repair it. Skin grafts wouldn’t do the trick, since plain skin isn’t thick enough for the job. Then one of the surgeons noticed he wasn’t circumcised. The thick, elastic skin there would be just the ticket!
Sure enough, the operation was a success and the new eyelid works just as intended!
But the true measure of success in any plastic surgery is: how does it look? It’s not quite perfect, doctors say: while it works perfectly, he will forever be …a little cockeyed
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Nine Things That Will Probably Disappear in Your Lifetime
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part, on how we adapt to them. But, ready or not, here they come.
1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.
2. The Check
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018. It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.
3. The Newspaper
The younger generation simply doesn’t read the newspaper. They certainly don’t subscribe to a daily delivered print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused all the newspaper and magazine publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and the major cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.
4. The Book
You say you will never give up the physical book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.
5. The Land LineTelephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it simply because they’ve always had it. But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes
This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music being given a chance to get to the people who would like to hear it. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and the radio conglomerates are simply self-destructing. Over 40% of the music purchased today is “catalogue items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with. Older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. To explore this fascinating and disturbing topic further, check out the book, “Appetite for Self-Destruction” by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, “Before the Music Dies.”
Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and doing lots of other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.
8. The Things That You Own
Many of the very possessions that we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider. In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or your whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff” or will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?” Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical? It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.
If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone. It’s been gone for a long time anyway. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. “They” will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
All we will have left that can’t be changed are: “Memories”.
And then probably Alzheimer’s will take that away from you too !
He was in ecstasy with a huge smile on his face as his wife moved
forwards, then backwards, forward, then backwards again….back and
forth…back and forth…in and out…in and out.
Her heart was pounding…her face was flushed…then she moaned, softly
at first, then began to groan louder. Finally, totally exhausted, she
let out an almighty scream and shouted,
“OK, OK! I CAN’T park the f***** car! You do it, you SMUG bastard!”
James Bond’s 50th anniversary celebrated at Oscars
Published: Saturday, January 05, 2013 http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2013/01/05/entertainment/doc50e78f3aead3d497850645.txt
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar won’t be the only chiseled man in the spotlight at the 85th Academy Awards.
Telecast producers say the show will also feature a celebration of Bond, James Bond.
Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced Friday that the show will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise, which they describe as “the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”
The most recent Bond film, “Skyfall,” was released in November and has made more than $1 billion worldwide — a franchise record.
Nominations for this year’s Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 10. The Oscars will be presented Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
For your eyes only: James Bond theme songs
Dust off your tuxedos and get your martini shakers ready, 007 fans: The film franchise is turning 50. It’s been a busy half-century for the superspy, who has been played by six different actors in no less than 22 films — with a 23rd, titled Skyfall, set for release on Nov. 9. With Adele’s “Skyfall” joining the ranks of James Bond’s most famous anthems, from “Goldfinger” to “Live and Let Die,” check out which other stars have tackled Bond theme songs over the years
Ever since James Bond first strolled onto the silver screen as viewed through an assassin’s gun barrel at the beginning of “Dr. No,” music has been a vital part of the 007 experience. Join us for a look back at the music of James Bond and the stars who’ve sung his anthems
The first two James Bond movies didn’t have traditional “theme songs” like we associate with the movie franchise today. But the first Bond movie, 1967’s “Dr. No,” did feature the “James Bond Theme” as written by Monty Norman and performed by John Barry and his orchestra, a song that has been featured in all 23 films to this point. The opening credits to “Dr. No” also featured two other pieces of music: an untitled bongo interlude and a Calypso-flavored rendition of “Three Blind Mice,” titled “Kingston Calypso.”
The second James Bond movie, 1963’s “From Russia with Love,” featured a new instrumental version of the main theme over the opening credits and a vocal version by English singer Matt Monro at the end of the film.
One of the most memorable parts of 1964’s “Goldfinger” was the theme song of the same name sung by Welsh singer Shirley Bassey. It was the start of a tradition of having a standalone theme song for each film. The song also provide to be hugely popular, becoming a top 10 hit in the United States.
In 1965, Tom Jones provided the theme song for “Thunderball.” The song, composed by John Barry and Don Black, would reach No. 35 on the U.K. charts and No. 25 on the U.S. charts.
Nancy Sinatra was called upon for the theme song to 1967’s “You Only Live Twice.”
“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1969 featured a popular orchestral theme of the same name composed, once again, by John Barry, who was also responsible for composing 11 Bond soundtracks. The movie, George Lazenby’s first and only time out as James Bond, also featured a secondary theme, Louis Armstrong’s “We Have All the Time in the World.”
With Sean Connery returning for one final Bond film, Bassey also returned for a second time in 1971 for “Diamonds Are Forever,” singing the theme song of the same title. The song proved to not be as popular as “Goldfinger,” peaking only at No. 38 on the U.K. charts and No. 57 on the U.S. charts.
The James Bond franchise may have lost its star in Sean Connery with 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” with Roger Moore taking over the role, but it gained more star power in turning to Paul McCartney and Wings for the movie’s theme song. The song would become the first Bond theme song to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and reached No. 2 as a U.S. single and No. 7 on the U.K. charts.
Scottish singer Lulu, mostly known for the song “To Sir, with Love” from the film of the same name, took over theme song duties for 1974’s “The Man with the Golden Gun.”
Carly Simon’s performance of Marvin Hamlisch’s (music) and Carole Bayer Sager’s (lyrics) “Nobody Does It Better” from 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me” received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. The song not only matched McCartney’s Oscar nomination, but also the peak chart positions of his theme song, topping out at No. 2 as a U.S. single and No. 7 on the U.K. charts
Bassey returned for a third and final time for the theme song to 1979’s “Moonraker.”
Sheena Easton’s performance of Bill Conti’s “For Your Eyes Only” from the 1981 movie of the same name, was the third and last James Bond theme song, as of 2012, to earn an Academy Award nomination. The song also proved popular with music fans, reaching No. 8 as a U.K. single and climbing to No. 4 in the United States.
In 1983, Rita Coolidge took a turn providing a Bond theme song, singing “All Time High” for “Octopussy,” Moore’s last turn as the famous spy.
Duran Duran and John Barry’s “A View To A Kill” from the 1985 movie of the same name topped the singles charts in the United States, becoming the only Bond theme to hit No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song nearly made it to the top in the United Kingdom as well, peaking at No. 2.
Two years after their 1985 debut with the No. 1 hit song “Take on Me,” Norwegian pop band A-ha sung the theme song for the 1987 James Bond movie “The Living Daylights.” While the song wasn’t released as a single in the U.S., it did make it to No. 5 in the United Kingdom.
While producers had favored contemporary pop stars throughout the 1980s, they turned to Gladys Knight for the theme song to 1989’s “Licence to Kill,” the last appearance of Timothy Dalton as James Bond.
When Pierce Brosnan took over for Dalton with 1995’s “GoldenEye,” Tina Turner, then seeing a career resurgence thanks to the biopic “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” tackled the movie’s theme song of the same name. The song, written by U2’s Bono and The Edge, would reach No. 10 on the U.K. charts.
In 1997, Sheryl Crow provided the theme song to “Tomorrow Never Dies.” While the song as not released as a single in the United States, it would reach No. 12 in the U.K.
Alternative rock band Garbage provided the theme song for 1999’s “The World Is Not Enough.”
In 2002, none other than pop star Madonna stepped up to sing the theme song to “Die Another Day.” The song, which she co-wrote with Paris-based record producer and songwriter Mirwais Ahmadzaï, was a smashing success, reaching No. 3 in the United Kingdom while topping out at No. 8 in the United States.
With Daniel Craig stepping into the role of James Bond in 2006’s “Casino Royale,” Chris Cornell, lead singer for hard rock bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, provided the movie’s theme song, “You Know My Name.” The song failed to impress in the United States, reaching only No. 79 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, but peaked at No. 7 in the United Kingdom.
Jack White of the White Stripes and Alicia Keys teamed up for 2008’s “Another Way to Die,” the theme song to “Quantum of Solace.” The song, which was written and produced by White, was the first duet among the Bond theme songs.
British singing sensation Adele provided the theme song to the newest James Bond film, “Skyfall.” The song, written by Adele and producer Paul Epworth, was released on Oct. 5, 2012, at 0:07 British Summer Time as part of “Global James Bond Day,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of “Dr. No.” The song entered the U.K. singles chart at No. 4 and rose to No. 2 in its second week, selling a total of 176,000 copies. It also entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 8, Adele’s first song to debut in the Top 10, selling 261,000 copies in the United States in its first three days.
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Time to seek the truth about gun violence
Published: Monday, January 07, 2013 http://www.registercitizen.com/articles/2013/01/07/opinion/doc50ea57452da8f059827835.txt
In the wake of yet another mass shooting, it is appropriate to have a great national debate about guns and gun violence.
It would be nice to base that debate on something approximating facts. This, as it turns out, is not an easy thing.
The active tribes on the two major sides of the gun divide — gun rights and gun control — are robustly disproving the idea that while one is entitled to one’s own opinion, one is not entitled to one’s own set of facts.
For instance, a gun rights advocate, U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, asserted that legislating the right to carry a concealed weapon in public “every time” has resulted in a decline in crime rate.
A gun-control advocate, Dan Gross of the Brady Campaign, stated that gun violence rates have stayed constant, despite the proliferation of concealed-carry laws.
In a recent exploration of the gun-control debate, FactCheck.org took a look at some of the statements being marshaled by advocates on both sides. These include:
• The United States “has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world — by far.”
• The United States “has the highest rate of homicides among advanced countries.”
• But the “rate of gun murder is at its lowest point since at least 1981.”
• And, yet, “non-fatal gun injuries from assaults increased last year for the third straight year.”
• Still, “violent crimes committed with guns … have declined for three straight years.”
• Gun rights advocates frequently cite — pretty much as gospel — the work of economist John Lott, who asserts that “allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns reduces violent crime, and the reductions coincide very closely with the number of concealed-handgun permits issued.”
• But Lott’s work is “strongly disputed by numerous academics,” including a committee of the National Research Council of the National Academies, which found it was “impossible to draw strong conclusions” about causation between concealed-carry laws and crime data.
• There is a correlation between rates of gun ownership and rates of gun homicide, but no proven causation. That is to say, gun violence tends to occur more often where there is a higher rate of gun ownership, but it’s not clear that the latter is causing the former.
• There were 11,078 firearms homicides in the United States in 2010; that’s about 30 per day, which is three more than in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
• But the number of gun murders is declining, down to 11,078 in 2010, the lowest rate since at least 1981.
• Gun injuries, however, are climbing, with 55,544 non-fatal injuries in 2011, the second-highest rate since 2001.
• A widely cited study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that gun possession in the home increased the risk of death — 2.7 times greater for homicide, 4.8 times greater for suicide.
OK, that’s enough.
If you’re not, you’re not being honest.
If you are confused, there may be a reason for the lack of clarity.
According to an article published last week in the Washington Post, the National Rifle Association has successfully squashed government-funded research into the causes of gun-related violence.
The Post notes that the study of highway safety has been well-funded by the federal government and resulted in safety improvements and that gun deaths — at more than 31,000 annually, including suicides – now may have surpassed highway deaths in 2012.
Simply put, the NRA cannot have it both ways. It cannot simultaneously argue that guns make owners and society at large safer and, at the same, squash medical and social science inquiry that will either prove its case or debunk it.
We should not be afraid of the truth about guns. We should seek it.
As a first step toward having a national debate about guns and gun violence, the Obama administration should insist that peer-reviewed studies about guns and gun violence be adequately funded.
Editorial courtesy of The Daily Freeman, www.dailyfreeman.com.
Well OF BLOODY FECKING COURSE the NRA doesn’t want to participate in a government funded study!
Firstly its the BLOODY FECKING GOVERENMENT that wants to take away the guns!
Second, Government funded studies have a remarkable track record for producing the exact study results that fit the governments position have you ever notice that? Researchers are showing a little integrity and reporting data the government does want to hear? Not a problem! They just stop funding the study and call it flawed!
However it seems the NRA has seen the handwriting on the wall and has come to realize that they had better at least grab a chair at the Uncle Joe what can we successfully force down their throats w/o them turning their guns on us before we can relieve those citizens of those pesky Constructional assured arms and turn them into sheeple fit for tyrannical rule.
NRA will participate in White House gun violence meetings
Biden leading gun violence task force in response to Newtown shooting
Author: By Ted Metzger and Kevin Bohn CNN
Published On: Jan 08 2013 12:43:51 PM CST Updated On: Jan 08 2013 02:18:47 PM CST
WASHINGTON (CNN) –
A representative of the National Rifle Association will participate in a meeting this week with Vice President Joe Biden’s gun violence task force, a spokesman for the gun lobbyist said on Tuesday.
Spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said the group received an invitation on late Friday to participate and that “We are sending a rep to hear what they have to say.” The NRA said James J. Baker, the director of federal relations for NRA’s Institute of Legislative Action, would be representing the group at the White House.
Another major gun rights group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), will also participate in the meetings, which are slated for Wednesday and Thursday. The NSSF is based in Newtown, Connecticut, the site of last month’s deadly shooting at an elementary school that sparked the creation of Biden’s panel.
The NSSF said it welcomed the opportunity to become part of a “full national conversation” to protect children and communities from violence.
Days after the massacre in Newtown, President Barack Obama appointed Biden to lead the panel that will provide recommendations to prevent another mass shooting. The president gave the group a deadline of “no later than January.”
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said Tuesday that Biden’s panel was “engaging a variety of stakeholders – organizations and individuals — to look broadly at the problem of gun violence in America and to consider actions that could be taken at legislative level and elsewhere.”
While Obama himself said during an interview on “Meet the Press” that he was skeptical of the NRA’s proposal to put armed guards in schools, Carney said the president “doesn’t want to prejudge any recommendations that any stakeholder may present.”
A senior administration official said Tuesday that Biden would hold meetings this week with victims’ advocacy groups and gun safety organizations, as well as with groups representing gun owners. The official added the vice president would meet with representatives of the entertainment and video game industries.
Those meetings will result in a package of recommendations to be presented to Obama, the official said. The president will then announce which of those proposals he’ll push.
We can only pray for a miracle rarely seen in Washington in many a decade- open minds sitting down to intelligently and calmly discuss a growing social concern with the intent of coming up with a reason, workable solution that does not deprive us of another Constitutionally assured right.
WHOA! WTF am I saying? Next I’ll be leading you all in a round of Kumbaya!
Here’s come better advice go buy some 5 gallon buckets and a couple new hand guns with as much ammo as you can fit in the bucket with it. Have them leave the weapon in in the cosmoline rust preventative and moisture proof paper. Throw a disilicate pad (those little funny pouches you get with electronic that prevent moisture build up in storage in the box it comes in and then Saran or Shrink wrap the box. Put it in the bucket with the ammo and take it someplace safe a bury it after using a thin bead of silicone to ensure a waterproof seal of the lid on the bucket. Make sure you get the GPS co-ordinates for your cache along with some old fashion land make and foot pace ones incase the government decides to shut off GPS during times of unrest. Do the same thing with your assault rifle. You can buy premade containers for this purpose but the government will likely be looking for purchases of those so your local plumbing supply house can yield a length of PVC sewage or water piping suited to the job. an end cap a clean out cap some PVC pipe glue and a hacksaw is all you need to make a suitable container for caching a rifle long term. Don’t forget extra clips- you’ll be wanting high capacity clips as well and those will also be banned. DO NOT store them loaded however as this will kill the spring in the bottom of them and render them useless. Again your best results will be with a brand new weapon in the factory applied rust preventative taking the same steps as for the hand gun above.
I suggest doing this as many times as you can afford to ideally along with reloading supplies, equipment charts and tables. If push comes to shove we’re going to need those weapons for the next American Revolution when WE THE PEOPLE reassert our control over the Government and re-establish our Republic and the Constitutionally Assured Rights of its People!
Speaking of which…
IF YOU ARE PRO SECOND AMENDMENT THIS MAY MAKE YOUR DAY!
Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont’s own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.
Maslack recently proposed a bill to register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state. Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun. Maslack read the “militia” phrase of the Second Amendment as not only the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as ‘a clear mandate to do so’. He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a “monopoly of force” by the government as well as criminals. Vermont’s constitution states explicitly that “the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State” and those persons who are “conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms” shall be required to “pay such equivalent..”
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Find it here for review/rereading: https://dragonlaffs.com/2013/01/09/dragon-laffs-1306/
I LIKE IT!!! Lets see how all the liberals like having to pay for their Second Amendment stance the same way we ahve to pay for owning a gun. ‘Gun Free Zones’! Maybe we should charge for a zoning permit or something for those‘Gun Free Zones’ as well to help offset the inherent cost of their requiring increased police protection.
Personally I’m in favor of the approach that several towns in the US have taken as well as Sweden. Every house has to have a gun and be trained in its proper use and safety. Liberal gun haters will never stand for that? We’ll we’ll just issue them one of these California approved gun safes then if they register their objections.
That way they met the legal requirement every home have a handgun, (which also at the same time appeases the Pro Second Amendment faction) yet preserve their liberal anti gun guns are inherently evil ideology by making it nearly impossible to access and still allow home intruders the relative safety and peace of mind that committing crimes in gun free areas affords them. Assault weapons? Treat them in a similar manner. A truly win/win/win/win All American “Art of the Deal” Political Compromise where all interested parties & lobbies get something but nobody get it entirely their way. In addition you lock this law in place for say 25 years so that this solution has an opportunity to generate some meaningful longer term data which makes it much harder to spin.