Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
I want to give a big shout out and a thank you to the tireless, behind the scenes efforts of the NRA, allowing me the freedom to keep and bear arms! Thanks guys! I really appreciate the fact that you're opening up the rules in so many states to allow me to be able to buy a gun so that I can protect myself from evildoers and bad people in general. If it weren't for the tireless efforts of the N.R.A. I wouldn't be able to walk into a school, say, in Columbine or a theater, say, in Colorado to arbitrarily shoot those evil people that are there. If it weren't for a handy set of guns at my disposal those voices in my head would have no outlet to vent their frustration and ability to 'set things right'. Again, thank you.
I'd also like to thank the many, many conservative congressional representatives and senators for their tireless, NRA funded, efforts to make sure we can all have an assault weapon or several handguns, shotguns, and rifles(with good scopes of course) at hand when the need arises. In fact here in Florida former Governor Crist signed into law that we can all bring guns to work anytime we want. Unfortunately, we can't bring them into work, they must remain in the car or truck. We'll have to get to work on that oversight N.R.A., we must have complete access to Betty, Lucile, or whatever we've named our explosive avengers of evil. It's too bad that right after former Gov. Crist signed this into law that the economic crisis struck the country and thousands were let go from their jobs. Think about that one. You're working to feed your family, just making ends meet, then you're fired because some New York millionaire wasn't rich enough and the banks weren't rich enough and the economy collapsed. Gee, it's a good thing that after destroying all those lives nobody actually went out to their car or truck and returned to thank their bosses with Betty or Lucile.
Honestly, I really would like to thank the NRA for allowing us the constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but to what end? Do I really need an AK-47, Uzi, or a machine pistol? Do I really need to be a Zimmerman and need to have a pistol on me to go to the store(allegedly)? The answer to these and all similar questions is a big resounding NO! A shotgun for home defense? Yes, that is an adequate and appropriate response to a home invasion or armed break-in. A pistol? Only if there are NO CHILDREN in the house or apartment. Too many stories in the press about what happens to that 'unloaded all the time' pistol when small kids find them and the endings are mostly the same, death. Common sense needs to be applied to this Amendment protections, not just a blank check and no second thoughts. On Headline News today they were discussing the Colorado 'massacre' and a movie critic, Michael Medved, made a Rush Limbaugh style comment. He was putting blame on the Batman movie. Jim Holmes, after being arrested, said he was "the Joker", which I believe was just a smart-ass answer. I think he was looking for a crowd to 'express' himself into and what better place to find a packed crowd than the opening of a popular film. I could be wrong but he does look rather smug and even a bit pleased with himself. Even the Tea Party is crying foul after blame was pointed at them due to the possibility of Holmes wanting to join them. That hasn't been verified yet but a Jim Holmes from Colorado did express an interest in the party, whether it was him or not has yet to be determined.
Why can't the voters decide on what types of weapons are to be allowed legally on the streets? Why does some cash packed lobby have the right to bribe our reps with 'campaign funds and contributions' to put EVERYTHING on the street? What does it take to stop this insanity? I know the answer is NOT Betty or Lucile! Common sense people! It's free and is worth every bit of effort to use it.
Just to set the record straight, I was a long standing member of the NRA when I was younger(teens through thirties) until I started seeing the focus of the organization changing to a political one instead of a sportsmen one. I agree with the basics but strongly disagree with the politics that have evolved in the last 20+ years. Needless to say I no longer am a member.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
This will be short and maybe not too sweet but short none the less. There is an inherent danger for those people who, like myself, in their normal highway driving use cruise control daily. The danger I speak of is hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when the speed of the vehicle impacting the surface of water, or snow even, and the tires can no longer dissipate the liquid under them which in turn lifts the tires from the road. Like a boat on the water, the faster it travels the higher out, and on top, of the water it gets. When this occurs you have essentially lost control of the vehicle. How do you remedy this dangerous situation? Simple, don't panic! Begin a controlled deceleration of the vehicle till gravity pulls your tires back through the liquid layer to the road surface, regaining the lost traction.
Why have I stated that cruise control could be dangerous? Simple, when the tires no longer have contact with the road surface the cruise control will attempt to maintain the set speed, regardless of whether the tires are in contact with asphalt, concrete, mud, hay, or whatever. Here's where the danger begins. The road probably will not be completely covered in liquid and there will be semi dry areas you'll come in contact with. When this happens the tires will 'grab' the road and the computer will determine the new tire speed and compensate for it. The hydroplaning may have already altered your direction and when the tires bite the road you could potentially 'launch' the car in an unwanted direction. Here's where it becomes very important that you didn't go into panic mode earlier. When you start to feel the first effects of the hydroplaning, similar to encountering something thick on the road with small lurches in the feel of the vehicle, TURN OFF THE CRUISE CONTROL and DO NOT STOMP ON THE BRAKE PEDAL! These are the single most important things you can do to maintain control. Secondly, start a controlled deceleration(take your foot off the gas pedal) to a speed where you can still control the direction and speed of the vehicle. Third, make sure your white headlights are on, not just the yellow parking lights. You want to make sure others can see you and the changes you're making. If water buildup is really bad look for an overpass to stop your vehicle under till heavy rain slows and road surface conditions are a bit safer to continue on.
Who cares if you're late, live to reschedule.