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The solution to pollution is dilution

08 Jun

A little background, I work in an “office” that is about 80% men and has a VERY wide variety of cultures represented. So today when a memo came out mentioning that we are not to bring in any air fresheners for the restrooms due to the fact that the agency must ensure all products used are environmentally friendly I had two thoughts.

1. Who brings their own air freshener to work?
2. Seriously with some of the foods that are cooked here and the wide variety of digestive systems, I think the better option might be a fan engineered by Boeing.

 

Maybe I’m getting the wrong message.

06 Jun

Normally on both of my blogs there is a pretty standard pattern. A base number of views per day and that number will go up if I post a new article and slowly dwindle when I leave the blog alone for a week.

Well it’s been nearly 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog and the stats have been CLIMBING. All without any real linking from other bloggers.

Anyway just an observation and I will hopefully be getting some fun stuff up soon.

 

A different version of get off my lawn.

22 May

As I talked about earlier my wife and I put some serious effort into building new raised beds and filling them full of veggies.

Honestly I’m pretty happy with what we have so far. But this weekend I noticed that something has been eating and or pulling up my corn plants and some of the squash. It’s in an area the dog doesn’t go and as of yet he hasn’t tried to mess with any of the other plants. So my next best guess is that it’s squirrels. We have a ton of tree squirrels in the area. While I’m not opposed to plugging them with a pellet gun that requires me to catch them in the act.

So here I turn to you my faithful readers. Any methods to keep these things away? Of course it’s got to be safe to use in a yard that the dog runs around in.

 

The burger that changed my life

18 May

Five years ago today I went out for dinner to a restaurant that I had been to probably in the neighborhood of 75times. Of those many times at least half of those times I ordered the same thing.

The restaurant is the Raccoon lodge in Beaverton, Oregon. My order was a ring tail burger with ale battered fries and a coke.

But on that Day May 18th 2008 something was different. I spent dinner with a very sweet young lady that I had met a few week previous online. We shared dinner and had a spectacular time. It was a dinner full of conversation and laughter and that night changed my life.

That sweet young lady is now my beautiful wife. That girl who was understandably a little shy and nervous that night has now conquered challenges that no one ever expected and she has always come out the other side. Together her and I have been through struggles big and small. In the past 5yrs we have both been unemployed at different times. We have both had family situations that could have destroyed families. And we have both come out the other side stronger and most importantly together.

The first huge challenge in our relationship was when she moved back to Washington from Oregon so while we stayed together we only saw each other when weekends lined up and finances allowed for the road trip. While that arrangement existed for essentially a full year. Less than 2 months into it, her world and by correlation my world was shaken to the core. She lost her father in an unexpected event. But even in the face of such huge tragedy she always made sure that I was ok and that I was happy. I knew before that day that I loved her but it was that event that made me realize how amazing she was and that I would marry that girl. So in September of 2010 we married and I got to start a whole new chapter of my life with the greatest companion that God has have created. Since that day there have been more struggles and more victories. We’ve been broke and we’ve been financially blessed at times. We’ve had days where we worry about making bills and we’ve had a surprise trip to the country music awards awarded to us.

There have been car accidents and new cars, there’s been plenty of experiences and I am very glad to get to share them with her. Of course there has been many more life events in the past 5yrs and many more to come.

But most importantly we’ve been through it all together.

 

Appaently there is nothing else on Obamas agenda.

16 May

So myself and MANY others emailed the bejesus out of our congress critters on the topic of gun rights in the last 6 months. And in exchange about a month ago the bills in congress died and we haven’t heard much about how evil I am for owning a firearm so evil and cutting edge that it was designed just 50yrs ago.

So imagine my surprise when I got this in my email today.

Dear (Xxxx:)

Thank you for taking the time to write. I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective. From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family. I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.

Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation. Hunting and sport shooting are part of our national heritage. Yet, even as we acknowledge that almost all gun owners in America are responsible, when we look at the devastation caused by gun violence—whether in high-profile tragedies or the daily heartbreak that plagues our cities—we must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough.

While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm should not be a divisive one. Most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. Most also agree that if we took commonsense steps to curtail gun violence, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown. We will not be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to reduce gun violence—if even one life can be saved—then we have an obligation to try.

That is why I asked Vice President Joe Biden to identify concrete steps we can take to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country. He met with over 200 groups representing a broad cross-section of Americans and heard their best ideas. I have put forward a specific set of proposals based off of his efforts, and in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.

My plan gives law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence. These tools include strengthening the background check system, helping schools hire more resource officers and counselors and develop emergency preparedness plans, and ensuring mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence. And I directed the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence—because it is critical that we understand the science behind this public health crisis. From improving mental health services to looking more closely at a culture that too often glorifies violence, we must leave no stone unturned when working to keep Americans safe.

As important as these steps are, they are not a substitute for action from Congress. To make a real and lasting difference, members of Congress must also act. As part of my comprehensive plan, I have called on them to pass some specific proposals right away. First, it is time to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. Second, Congress should renew the 10-round limit on magazines and reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban. We should get tougher on those who buy guns with the purpose of selling them to criminals, and we should impose serious punishments on anyone who helps them do this.

These are reasonable, commonsense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people. But change will not come unless the American people demand it from their lawmakers. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. We owe the victims of heartbreaking national tragedies and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best effort—to seek consensus in order to save lives and ensure a brighter future for our children.

Thank you, again, for writing. I encourage you to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime to learn more about my Administration’s approach.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

That’s right folks in the middle of at least 2 major scandals the Obama administration pushes out form letters to correspondence written months ago.

Frankly it would have been better to get nothing. I am not so naive as to believe that Obama is actually busting out this email to me personally. It’s a form letter and that’s all I expected. Frankly the only reason I would ever email the president is to be counted as one more “vote” on a certain side of an issue. If I contact my local state rep I can call him on his cell phone (done it) if I want to contact my federal legislators I know the response is still pretty formulaic if not just a policy statement. But I’m pretty confused on why the administration would send out this form letter when both sides see that further gun laws are not politically viable. I’m especially confused as to why the email still talks about a new assault weapons ban when that provision didn’t even make it into the final bill.

 

Interesting car math

10 May

I bought my 2002 Chevy Blazer in May of 2006 before I started a job requiring me to drive from Reno- Las Vegas on a weekly basis ( on company gas). At that time it had just over 55k miles

On January 1st 2013 it had 182,845miles

Right now it has 189,021 mi

Using the average of the 47.87 miles driven each day this year on Jan 1st 2014 it should have 200,319 not bad for an American made car.

Now right now I really am lusting after something newer. But this set of wheels is paid off and reliable. So until that changes it’s my baby.

I’m guessing between the economy and the advancements in technology and reliability we see a lot more 200k cars on the road than ever before.

What does this mean? Probably nothing but I found it interesting.

Oh yea and I’m aware that 200k miles is just getting warmed up for you honda civic owners.

 

A note on the passing of time

09 May

Today for the first time ever I had to leave work in the middle of a shift due to feeling ill. I really don’t call in sick maybe 1day every year and a half or so. This was the first day that I ever went to work and then had to leave. From 10am-11:15am when I was waiting for my relief to come take over that hour seemed like it was taking forever to pass. My 45min drive home seemed to take forever too. But when I came home and fell asleep for 2hrs. THOSE house went very quickly. Anyway here I am resting catching up on Netflix and some blogging.

 

Random thought #463828

27 Apr

Random break time thought. Facebook and other social media allows us to have a very broad interaction with the world but most of us only friend and like pages that we “agree with”.

There is an oddly therapeutic effect to flipping through a page that you either know nothing about or disagree entirely with. For me it not only sharpens and reaffirms my beliefs but it allows me a more full understanding of the discussion.

 

An odd scene tonight.

22 Apr

Very troublesome scene tonight while visiting my parents down in portland As I pulled up the local cops where raiding the house across the street. Pulling out enough extension cords to make my grizwald style Christmas display look tiny and literally pillow case sized bags of drugs. Not the neighborhood I grew up in but I know it can happen anywhere.

It’s late and I’m tired so that’s about the extent of my thoughts but it got me thinking.

 

A background check bill I could support.

18 Apr

Yesterday’s headlines were all about how the so called “compromise bill” failed to meet the 60 vote requirement in the Senate and thus failed.

Even within the gun rights community the idea of background checks on private sales is a divisive issue. Some gun owners who want to see every transaction go through a federally licensed dealer and others who want guns to be treated like just about every other consumer good and sold off the shelf no questions asked.

I am nether. First let me explain my position so you can see what my potential bias may be.

We already have a system where guns bought from a dealer go through a background check. In most states this is done by using the NICS database. I’m fine with that. Also in most states I can legally sell a firearm to another private party as long as neither of us are prohibited from legally possessing a gun and we reside in the same state. ( this is what the anti gunners refer to as the gun show loophole )

Also right now gun purchased through the Internet on such sites as Gunbroker MUST BE SHIPPED TO A DEALER and then transferred to the buyer just as if they bought that gun from that dealer. So the recent arguments that Internet purchases arn’t currently being checked fails as well.

So here is what I propose and I’m pretty confident that it would pass congress.

1. All dealers continue to sell firearms just like they have except we remove the field on the form 4473 that asks for the guns serial number. This prevents a registration database from being created.

2. Anytime ownership of a gun is transferred from one individual to another the seller must run the buyers name through a new expanded background check system. The system would consist of an online or phone based check using the same information as the form 4473 has. Each transaction will be given a unique transaction ID. This id number is good for the transfer of up to 5 guns between the same to people within 7 calendar days. This provision will cover the vast majority of inheritance and gift transactions. I’m ok with saying this receipt with this ID number needs to be retained for 1yr from the purchase.

3. If more than 5 guns need to be transferred (such as a collection being inherited ) the transaction goes through a dealer who can list up to 100 guns on the same 4473 form.

4. If a state issues their concealed handgun permit/ concealed weapons permit / whatever your state calls it and that permit meets a basic set of requirements namely that it has a picture and your vital stats on it and that it’s issues by a city, county or state government then it is deemed valid in all states. This reciprocity treats your CHL like a drivers license. If you go to a different state you have to obey their laws just like driving. But it fixes the issue with so many of us having to maintain multiple permits and with states refusing to issue non-resident permits.

They way I see it this bill will calm the current political fears will update the system to be more in line with modern technology and will give both sides something that they would have a difficult time accomplishing otherwise.

Yesterday I saw a lot of “we won the fight is over ” mentality on the pro-gun side. I think that view is wrong at the moment I believe the political left still wants this and they might be beaten up now to accept national reciprocity as a barter tool.

Of course the problem with any legislation is that the original text and the version that gets voted on are often worlds apart. But let this serve as an outline for a bill that would garner support from both sides.