God, it’s good to be back home again. I’ve been busy this season – the Christmas lights are hung but the shopping and wrapping aren’t done.
I’m late, there’s no debate, and I’m just passing on through. That could be the phrase of my life (again) sometimes.
As any good (and savvy) internet user will do, I haven’t advertised my presence – or lack of one. “Don’t advertise when you’re gonna be gone,” they say, “because thieves and burglars can target you.”
I could’ve use a few where I’ve been; where I’m going. There’s one particular place I’ve got my eye on . . .
But in other news, I’ve had the benefit of taking care of one of these:
“Teacher,” she calls me sometimes, when she’s not calling me ‘Pappa’.
I’ve a fortunate one. She’s of a good disposition – doesn’t stay angry for long, and is as goofy and silly as I am. Sometimes.
I’m a gun owner. As long as everyone has one (especially the ‘bad guys’) I’m sort of in favor of gun ownership. And as far as the ‘ease’ with which can get one – I can vouch that it’s very easy to get one. I have several.
I went in and bought three firearms in under forty-minutes, no questions asked. All handguns, all semi-automatic, and without a problem. Nice thing to do. My wife and daughter now have their own personal protection, and I worry a lot less about them.
However, when it comes to 30 round magazines and other non-sporting arms – I’m starting to change my mind about them. Ownership, I mean.
However, I bear in the back of my mind what the Japanese admiral said. What the Russians said when we were staring at them across the border.
“There’s a gun behind every blade of grass,” our enemies commented. “It would be worse for us than their Vietnam.”
And that’s so true.
So on gun ownership – I’m divided. But the horrors I’ve seen have got to stop. I hate seeing innocents getting wasted.
The Nut Cases
What can I say? The school shooting in CT, the mall shootings. Per capita such crimes are going down – but the fact that there are more people the number of incidents is going up. And even one is too much. At least for me. Especially when it comes to shooting children.
What can I say? As a soldier – and as a teen, when I was just an Army dependent – the idea of shooting a child was considered “okay” – in some situations. Like if you saw them running towards you strapped with packages of explosives. And you were supposed to leave the babies laying in the ditches where you found them. There might be boobytraps, you know.
In certain situations we were told we should fire down on those crying babies so no other soldier would start trying to feel sorry for them . . . go try and rescue them, get himself and perhaps some others of ‘our men’ blown up as well.
It’s a hard thing for me to deal with, and (if you are trying) – a hard thing to swallow and try to get your mind around.
But it was done (and said) in order to protect some American troops. To keep our guys alive instead.
But that said – I guess my instructors had a heart. I know I did.
However, that doesn’t do anything for me in this current situation.
People need to bear in mind that sometimes things just happen. Sometimes people just go insane. There is no “why”. You can’t go into speculating why some insane man would take his guns, go into a school, and start blowing everyone up. Just looking at it is sickening to me.
Self-defense – or to save the lives of your fellow man is one thing.
Murdering little children another.
The mark of a coward and a traitor. To his generation and beyond.
On the Flip Side
Because everything isn’t all depressing, I offer you a chance to pick something to do – something constructive that just might be of benefit to all mankind. Whether your interest is in planet hunting, zoological classification – or things that are more estoric, such as protein folding or more, try some of these sites where you can have fun making a contribution to scientific knowledge for the benefit of mankind.
It’s a process called “gamification” in which scientists are learning to use YOU the casual “layman”, child, or reader to advance our knowledge about the world – and beyond! You can join the SETI project to actively search for alien life, help NASA classify features on the moon and more.
I hope you will “enlist” and “do” a project while you are bored. It’s something to help everyone. And it might help build your brain, knowledge base, and give you some new news you can use.