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OVERTIME!!!

I’ll be working it :D

Just to let y’all know – especially Kath :P

That said, I will still be putting up two days worth of past pictures along with at least something from today :)

See y’all in a while 8)

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Posts Delayed Until Tomorrow

Kath, Glenn, Luke, and everyone else – I apologize for not getting much posted over the weekend :oops:

I did get some good pictures and I will have those posted tomorrow after work :)

Thanks for the understanding 8)

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SoCal Burning – Let’s All Pray

Southern California is once again on fire.  This is nothing new to anyone who’s ever lived there, but it’s not a good thing by any stretch of the imagination either.

I’ve read that over 10,000 homes are threatened and that mandatory evacuations are in place.  Mt. Wilson has a pretty big telecom relay station with lots of microwave and other antennas and it’s currently threatened.   I can only imagine how many blackouts are happening due to fire damaged power lines.

I also know that at least two firefighters died in a car accident and that several civilians have been injured.

I’ve been through fires like these.  I was evacuated from Indian Camp in Santa Ysabel back in 1991 and most of Mataguay Scout reservation burned.  Many of us kids lost nearly all we’d brought with us.  I’ve never been evacuated from my home, but I remember Mom, Dad, my brother, and all the animals being evacuated at somewhere between 0100 and 0300 back in October of 2003 and how worried I was for them as well as for all their friends.

I’d like to offer my prayers for those whose lives an homes are in peril tonight as well as those who have suffered harm and who have been lost.  I also invite anyone reading this to join me.

God, please watch over all of these people, their homes, their pets, and their belongings.  Help them through this difficult time and spare them from harm.

Amen.

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So, You Don’t Think This is America Anymore?

The sign that was banned by a cop - click to go to the artist's web page

The sign that was banned by a cop - click to go to the artist's web page

That’s sure one heck of a sign.  I’d say it’s pretty powerful.  It probably even offends a decent number of people.  Sounds like it and someone displaying it at a protest should be protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, right?  You’d think that a police officer who by his own words has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution would protect someone who’s chosen to exercise his God given rights as recognized by the First Amendment, right?  The First Amendment was meant to protect offensive speech as popular speech doesn’t need protection.  Surely, he values his oath and understands the Constitution, right?

WARNING!!!  THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO THE MENTAL HEALTH OF ANYONE WHO VALUES FREEDOM AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!!

Before we go any further, I’d advise you to make sure you’re not drinking anything, that you’re in a stable chair with a good desk in front of you, and that you take appropriate precautionary measures such as having a bottle of Pepto and an air sickness bag handy and wrapping your head securely with duct tape (two rolls should just about do it) to keep it from exploding.  I’ll wait…

OK, so you’ve taken the proper precautions and you’re ready to see this, right?  Are you sure about that?  OK, here goes…  Click on the video below and we’ll get started.  Turn up the sound and be prepared to watch this clip several times.  You may not believe what you’re about to witness.



From the YouTube description:

This video was taken on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-VA) Town Hall meeting on Obama Deathcare (Howie Dean was there too) held at South Lakes High School in Reston, VA.

Many people were left outside when the school filled to capacity. School security officer Wesley Cheeks, Jr. did not like my anti-Obamacare poster which used one of the gone-viral “Joker” graphics.

When I said to Officer Cheeks, “This used to be America!” his response was: “It ain’t no more, OK?”

Yes, you just watched an officer of the law who has sworn to uphold the Constitution trampling on the civil rights of a United States Citizen during a political protest.  Your ears did not deceive you.  He actually told somebody that he would cite a protester for trespass if he continued to display his sign.  When the protester pointed to other signs that the officer was ignoring, the officer said that this protester’s sign was unacceptable “because it has a picture on it.”

Further more, the officer says that if he tells the protester to take down the sign and the protester defies him, that “I can charge you with whatever I want to charge you with, OK?”

The most disturbing exchange comes at the end:

Protester: “Did you take an oath to follow the Constitution?”

Police Officer: “Yes I did”

Protester: “This used to be America”

Police Officer: “It ain’t no more”

I’ve got news for Officer Cheeks.  THIS IS STILL AMERICA!!! The Constitution is still the Supreme Law of the Land!

Furthermore, Officer Cheeks, there are still real Patriots out there who actually care about the Constitution and the Oath they took to defend it.  I’d invite you to go read the post and comments regarding your starring role in the above video at Oathkeepers.org.  Those comments aren’t coming from some paid political hack.  They’re coming from people who should be your peers.

I sent an email to the Fairfax County Police Department’s internal Affairs Bureau.

After watching the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIKPKjl0-pg I felt compelled to complain about Officer Cheeks’ actions.  Telling someone that this isn’t America anymore and that “I can charge you with whatever I want” is bad enough.  Violating their civil rights by discriminating against their speech based on the content (this sign had a picture while others did not) is several orders of magnitude worse.  My father served with the California Highway Patrol for over 30 years and he is also disgusted by Officer Cheeks’ conduct.
If I’m correct here, that would be deprivation of civil rights under color of law.
I would hope that you would take action to ensure that this never happens again.  Further, I would hope that you would issue a public apology or at least issue a statement that this is not official policy.
Thank you for your time and your attention.

If you’d like to send an email to the Fairfax County Police Department’s internal Affairs Bureau, click here.

Please note that while I’m strongly against this health care “reform,” I respect the right of anyone to express their opinion.  This isn’t about the “reform” debate.  It’s about Constitutional Civil Rights.  If they’d disallowed all signs, I’d be annoyed.  The trouble is that the discrimination and oppression was based on the content of the sign rather than the sign’s existence.  I’m all for anyone who likes the plan explaining why they like it.  They’re free to disagree and I’d probably buy ‘em a drink and talk it over with ‘em if they could remain civil about it.

Please pardon the language, but I can’t figure out how else to properly say that shit like Officer Cheeks’ conduct will not stand.  Not on my watch.  I’ll blog about it if I can’t be there, but if I’m at a location and this kind of bullshit happens, I’ll make sure that I post the video and spread the message and the manure far and wide.

Something that’s probably lost on people like Officer Cheeks, Nancy Pelosi (who called protesters Nazis), and the rest of the politicians and officials who’ve derided the protesters is that a great majority see their derision for what it is.  It’s BULLSHIT.  Present your side of the argument, fine.  But don’t attack those who disagree with you in any way that you would not want to be attacked yourself, especially when it is easily recognizable BULLSHIT.  Any idea why?  You’re not farmers or ranchers, so I wouldn’t really expect you to grasp the concept of manure as fertilizer.  Dad grew up on ranches in Arizona, so at least some of his knowledge got passed down to me which included this point.  Where am I going with this?  Well, you probably don’t have a clue in the least that by spreading so much BULLSHIT, you’re actually spreading fertilizer on your opposition.  You’re promoting its growth and giving it strength.

To those spreading this BULLSHIT, I have to ask a question.  You do have some idea about who that opposition is, right?  I mean you’ve probably figured out that I’m not on board with the whole plan by now, but I’m by far not the only one who opposes you on your “reform,” your derision of anyone whose opinion differs from yours, and your denial of Civil Rights to United States Citizens.

I mentioned the Oath Keepers a while back.  You really should check out their site.  Make sure you see who makes up the ranks of the Oath Keepers.  These are current active duty, reserve, and retired members of the military, firefighters, police officers, elected officials, and even civilians who’ve sworn an oath to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies both foreign and domestic.  For them it’s a matter of conscience and deep importance.  I may not have served in the military or law enforcement, but even as a civilian I stand with them.

Another group you might not have noticed is the Three Percenters.  While the Three Percenters aren’t actually organized, there’s more than a bit of overlap between the ranks of the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers.  Head on over to Mike Vanderboegh’s place for more information on the Three Percenters.  I’ll proudly stand with the Three Percenters as well.

So what’s the whole point of this post?  Simple, really.  I personally will not stand by in silence and the implied consent which that silence would imply and I’m by far not the only one who feels this way.  I will do all that I can to ensure that the United States of America is a great nation.

I hope my readers feel the same way.

UPDATE FROM OATH KEEPERS:

If you would like to file a complaint, go here:

He is a security officer employed by the Fairfax County Public Schools.

You may go to
http://www.fcps.edu to contact the School’s Department of Communication and Community Outreach concerning this matter. They may also be reached by phone at 571-423-1200.

The head of the security department at Fairfax County Public Schools is Fred Ellis. His email is fred.ellis@fcps.edu and his phone number is 703-658-3763”

Let them know that, contrary to what their officer thinks, this is STILL America, the Constitution has not yet been scrapped, the First Amendment still applies, and their oath requires that they respect the right to free speech of all Americans, even when the officer does not like the speech. The First Amendment does not just protect speech the officer on the scene agrees with, and he is not free to implement his own mini-constitutional suspension zone.

Be polite, but firm. Don’t use profanity, but let them know that as an Oath Keeper, you don’t appreciate the oath breaker they have on staff.

Stewart

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Picture(s) A Day – 28 August 2009

So I went on up to Big 5 Sporting goods after work yesterday to check out their selection of milsurp rifles, shotguns, and ammunition.  I knew I’d be safe because I had $10 cash in my pocket and another $10 in the bank and no more than that :P

Sure enough, they had some M95s, Yugoslavian Mausers, and even some M1 Garands :)  I’d really love to own a Garand, but I don’t have the $500 to $1200 it would take to bring one of those home with me.  Oh well, it was nice being able to handle it :wink:

They also had exactly the shotgun I’ve really wanted at a great price :D  I won’t get really specific right now (I’ll save that for the post I’m sure to make after I actually buy it), but it’s a Mossberg 500 Security 12 gauge and the sale price was $270 8)  The store manager assured me it’ll be back on sale in a few weeks for the same price and I think I’ll have the $318 I’ll need to take it home together by then 8)  Overtime, holidays, and the possible sale of at least one asset can be very beneficial to one’s firearm collection :mrgreen:

I’d have loved to include pictures of the above firearms, but it’s Big 5 company policy not to allow photography in their stores.  Hey, it’s private property and I can understand where they’re coming from so whatcha gonna do?

Oh, you wanted some pictures in this post?  Yeah, I guess I really should get around to posting them :wink:

28 August 2009 - Vision Airways on approach to KVGT

28 August 2009 - Vision Airways on approach to KVGT

Kath, I swear I don’t have a radar attached to my camera :lol:

I really had to get some gas as Trevor doesn’t seem to go anywhere without it and the gauge on the dash had the needle in line with the red mark :oops:  I pulled up to a Terrible’s station and heard a plane nearby.  Once again, the quick start-up time of the Canon PowerShot A1000 IS allowed me to get a pretty good pic on short notice.

For all of my readers who aren’t aviation geeks (which is most of you) and who don’t know about airport identification codes (which I wouldn’t blame you for in the least), KVGT is the universal international identifier for North Las Vegas Airport.  You might have seen a few pictures of KVGT around this blog before :wink:  All official airports have a similar identifier – Lindbergh Field in San Diego is KSAN, Las Angeles International is KLAX, McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas is KLAS as a few examples.  Most people drop the “K” at the beginning, so you’re probably more used to just hearing “LAX” than KLAX.  If you ever want to know what the identifier is for an airport you’re traveling to, just look at the tag on your checked bags or your boarding pass where you’ll see the three letter identifier.  I’ve heard that the Fresno Yosemite International Air Terminal’s identifier on baggage has caused a few misunderstandings with sensitive passengers – imagine someone seeing a tag on one of their checked bags with “FAT” on the label :lol:

28 August 2009 - Gotta love the Las Vegas Strip!

28 August 2009 - Gotta love the Las Vegas Strip!

While I was slaking Trevor’s thirst at the gas pump, I noticed that I had quite a nice view of the Fabulous Las Vegas Strip in the distance.  Of course, I couldn’t in good conscience pass up an opportunity to share such a sight with my loyal readers, now could I 8) ?

I’ve got a bit more blogging, bill paying, and food hunting to do, so I’m going to cut this post right here.

Have a fun day :mrgreen:

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IT’S SATURDAY, IT’S VEGAS, AND I JUST GOT PAID!!!

Yep, that’s right – life just got a whole lot better, if only for a short time :)

I’m going to have to go shooting (like that surprises anyone :P ), clean up the apartment (how does a bachelor make such a mess???), and have some fun.  This week at work brought the stress level up quite a ways and I’m in need of some “recoil therapy” :wink:

No, I’m not going to spend all my money in one place and yes, I’m going to save up some dough for an upcoming purchase as well as just to have some in the bank.  No, don’t have a heart attack – I do act sensibly from time to time :lol:

I’m thinking I may just have to go to Paris for crepes…

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I DIDN’T DO IT!!! – Thanks Kath!

No, this isn’t some picture of a party I threw or even attended.

But it could have been at one time :P I just can’t handle alcohol like I used to :wink:

I DIDN'T DO IT!!!

I DIDN'T DO IT!!!

From the email that came with the picture:

For the  Annual Company Picnic, management had decided that because of liability issues, we could have alcohol, but only one  drink per person…  I was fired for ordering the cups.

Big thanks go out to Kath for emailing me this picture and making me laugh when I really needed it :mrgreen:

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Picture A Day – 27 August 2009

27 August 2009 - Freedom of Speech

27 August 2009 - Freedom of Speech

I saw this car on my way home and couldn’t resist using it for my picture of the day :)

Now, I don’t want to get too deeply into politics or religion in this post (it’s too late/early to do that properly), but I will say that I’m pro-life, pro-religion (I’m actually Roman Catholic but your faith is your decision), pro-gun, and generally pro-freedom.  I’d say I’m pretty close to being a Libertarian, but I really consider myself a Constitutionalist.

What I loved so much about this car wasn’t necessarily the message (I surely don’t agree with all of those bumper stickers), it was the expression of opinion that caught me.  While it would be a reprehensible event, I can completely see this car being keyed by “open minded” people who can’t stand disagreement.  And yet, the owner is not afraid of that.  Even if the message had been “offensive” to government, their right to say it is protected.

Thank God for the First Amendment and God bless the USA 8)

Have a Constitutional day :mrgreen:

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Picture A Day – 26 August 2009

26 August 2009 - Does nobody care anymore?

26 August 2009 - Does nobody care anymore?

So I was heading back from the gas station after work (Trevor was thirsty :wink: ) when I noticed this sign.  I just thought to myself, “Doesn’t anyone care anymore?”  I mean, how difficult would it be to fix this?

I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I’m not about to trust my automobile to a group that can’t keep their sign looking right.  But that’s just me :wink:

Have fun :mrgreen:

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Maybe I Should Cut Costs On Soda…

So I was thinking again…  No, no need to run to the fallout shelter – it’s not one of my “apocalyptic” thoughts :P

Seriously, I’ve got some money coming my way and I was thinking that I might have a way to use some of that cash to save money in the long run.  One way I think I might be able to do that is with a home soda maker like this one:

Soda Stream home soda maker

Soda Stream home soda maker - Click to go to the Soda Stream website

It’s not all that cheap to get started, but it’ll pay for itself pretty quick.  I’ll admit it, I go through a lot of soda.  Really, it’s one of my major monetary expenditures and this looks like it has promise.

I figure it this way – carbonation is about $40 for 110 liters and a $5 bottle of syrup makes 12 liters, so it’s about $90 for 120 liters of soda.  That works out to 75¢ per liter or 25¢ per can at full strength.  If you cut the syrup in half, it’s only about $65 for 120 liters, 54¢ per liter or 18¢ per can.  That’s a whole lot less than what I usually pay :)  Of course, I could also use powdered drink mixes (like Gatorade™ or Crystal Light™) with the carbonated water, too.

You reuse the bottles, the carbonation cylinders, and use your own water, so it’s even better – no hauling soda up the stairs :D

Of course, this is still just a possible purchase – no decision made just yet :wink:

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