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Friday, December 21st 2012

4:22 PM

Gun Ban

I’m amazed at just how stupid the people in this country are, and I for one, am getting tired of all talk of gun bans by fanatic liberals. Wake up! It’s not the guns; it’s the people doing the killing. Just today, a young man was killed by suffocation with a plastic bag wrapped around his head. Are the liberals going to demand a ban on plastic bags or sue the company that manufactured it? Of course not, but why? Is the plastic bag not just as guilty as the gun since it was the murder weapon? It sounds ridiculous in comparison, but the fact is, it is people that do the killing, and they will use sticks and stones if need be.   

Look at the statistics in Australia since its gun ban, crime skyrocket when the citizens were disarmed. Are you stupid enough to think that wouldn’t happen here? Who’s going to protect you in the aftermath of a disaster? The police? Give me a break, they are more corrupt than the criminals, and let me tell you something about our illustrious policemen, I know many of them from being customers of mine, I’ve even went out shooting with them in the desert, and these men have more illegal firepower hidden away than the worst of the street criminals. Not to mention, a vast majority of police officers have mental problems. Wait until the day one of them snaps and opens up fire on a crowd. It won’t be with just an AR-15, it will be with a rocket launcher. No matter what, whatever weapons the military has will leak into the private sector even if the government bans guns.

Everyone is so afraid of the assault rifles, and yes, they look scary, but these weapons are not as deadly as most people think they are. I’ve been an avid shooter coming from a predominantly military family, and I (along with many others) could do much more damage with a bolt action, single shot, 30-06 rifle. That’s one shot a time for the ignorant.   

  Unfortunately, we live in a different world than our grandparents. It’s a brutal planet and we have to evolve with it. I’m in Arizona where it is legal to carry a concealed firearm, and a shooting like Newtown will never happen here. For one, our schools have a police officer on the school grounds every day. Hell, if two kids get into a physical altercation, they are both going to jail. No one in their right mind would ever pull a gun here to commit a crime because they don’t know who is carrying a weapon.

This goes back to what I was originally talking about. Our country has a major problem with mental health and until we recognize this violence will continue to escalate.

I could write a book on how to correct many of the problems we have today, but no one would listen. For example, the shooting in Newtown may have never happened if Adam Lanza’s mother would have simply put trigger locks on her guns. Its common sense which most of America lacks that results in such tragedies. Next, tougher laws need to be put into place and/or enforce the existing laws.

Now, I’m going to sound like a radical, but the death penalty should be put in place in every state. If a person is guilty of murder without a shadow of doubt, execute them. James Holmes who killed 12 people at the premier of a Batman movie was caught red handed. Why is this man still alive? Why are we wasting tax dollars on him? Of course they are going to claim insanity, but there is no reason to keep him alive. What is frightening is, there are millions of people walking the streets with mental disorders not unlike his, and they are what you should be afraid of, not the guns.  

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Sunday, May 27th 2012

12:41 PM

Brain Dead at the Soda Machine

 

I have a very calm disposition, and everyone who knows me, will say that I’m almost always happy, upbeat, and smiling. That’s true the majority of the time, but there are a few things that irritate the hell out of me, mainly ignorance and stupidity. Most of the time my filter works exceptional well, but there are those times when a huge hole is popped in it, this being one of them.  Men and soda fountain machines! What happens to a guy’s brain when he’s filling up a plastic cup of carbonated syrup? It’s as if at that very moment his cup reaches the nozzle to dispense the imitation colored acid, his goes brain dead.

                It takes me an average of one minute to remove a cup, add ice, fill it with soda, put the lid on, and insert a straw. It’s that quick, simple, and easy.  Where I get annoyed is, every single time I run into a store to grab a quick drink, there is always, and I mean “always” some guy standing there that I end up waiting for. He stands there with a look as if nothing is going on upstairs. His movements become animated and he goes into slow motion mode. First he precisely adds his allotted amount of ice cubes. I’d swear he takes the time to actually count them. What is this all about? Is he trying to figure out the correct ice to soda ratio in order to get his full amount of money’s worth. Does he feel he will be short changed on soda if too many ice cubes are in the cup? Then, instead of filling he cup up with soda, he stops at approximately one third of the way. He waits a few seconds for the fizz to settle down before taking a sip as he stares blankly at a wall. He repeats this process on an average of 4 times, all the while, he is totally aware of the line forming of people waiting to use the machine, but makes no attempt to speed up or make room for someone else. He continues filling the cup up in short spurs; stopping momentarily to let the bubbles subside before continuing. It’s like, tap…fizz…tap…fizz…tap…fizz. You get the picture. By this time, a huge hole has been punctured in my brain to mouth filter, and out spews, “Son-of-a-bitch! I could fill my truck up with gas, take a shit, wipe my ass, wash my hands, and flirt with the girl at the counter before this guy gets done filling up a single soda cup.”

Now to prove my point, this guy, and many others on different occasions, when insulted to their face, the slur goes right over their head; nothing registers in their mind as it is too consumed by the task at hand. I laugh inside knowing that somewhere down the line, maybe a day or two later, it will actually register in his head that he was mocked in public. A few times the guy was much larger than I, and could probably kick my ass, but he just stood there dumbfounded.

                It became a joke at the corner convenience store closest to my house. I would walk in and immediately the girls behind the counter would look over to the soda machine. Sure enough a man would be standing there blankly looking into space, and the girls would spout out laughing, “Oh no. Here it goes.” And they would wait patiently to hear what would spew from my mouth.

                One day I was having lunch with a friend and told him of my pet peeve. He’s a huge soda drinker and I asked him if he’s ever encountered this. He couldn’t recall it happening to him. After lunch we walked outside and continued talking outside the building. He excused himself and went back inside to refill his soda cup. It was many minutes before he returned, and when he did, his face was beat red and he burst into laughter. I said, “Let me guess, Guy in front of you at the soda machine?” He nodded his head, laughing even harder because he couldn’t believe it just happened to him. Now every time he goes to get a refreshing drink, he will always think of this and giggle or it will drive him nuts as it continues to happen.

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