Howdy all. A hot, sultry (an underutilized word, IMHO) day on the Great Plains. I’m sitting here looking at Chapter 17 on my sequel and not sure which direction I want to go, so I’m taking a break to talk to y’all. Ain’t you lucky? I think I’ll just go back and forth from the novel to this as I see fit to either write on the novel or babble here. So pour yourself a drink, sit back and relax.
-Speaking of my books. This Thursday, the local library here in Gretna is having a meet the author/book signing with yours truly. For those out of town friends, go to the Gretna Library fb or website and click on the adult calendar for 9/18. They put out a kickass poster for the event.
-I couldn’t think of a title, so I put the one of ‘Untitled’ above for now. So if that isn’t what you see when it comes to you, know that I thought of something else.
-Football is back! Very exciting. Well, unless you’re a Miami Dolphins fan. Holy shit. The 2 most horrific games I’ve ever seen. And they’re trading talent away and caching draft picks. The new coach is a Bill Belichick disciple. He’s unloading “me” guys and gathering a ton of draft picks. So a total rebuild is happening. Sigh, it’s been so long since my ‘Fins were relavent. But, I will stick with them. The good news is KC is my 2nd favorite team and I have high hopes for them.
-Thank goodness I’m a Georgia Bulldog fan, or I’d be living in a football Siberia. HUGE game vs Notre Dame this weekend. Deb & I went to Nashville to celebrate her 50th BD. (yes she’s that old). Just so happened that UGA played Vanderbilt a mere 10 days after her BD, so we went down to see that. So, after 3 games against arguably, less than stellar opponents, UGA has put up ridiculous numbers. AS good as the offense looks, I am pleased with the way their D looks. Shut out Ark. St. Yeah, Arkansas St. But they’re a bowl qualifier out of the Sun Belt Conference. And I don’t care who you’re playing, a shut out is impressive, especially as we were playing 3 stringers the whole 2nd half. Not sure what will happen Saturday, but will tell us a lot about my Dawgs.
-Speaking of which. Not sure who saw the game or heard about it, but the UGA fans and stadium dressed in Pink to honor the Coach of Arkansas State wife who had just succumbed to breast cancer in August. The coach knew nothing about it. He was in tears and it was certainly a classy act by the team and the fans. One more reason I’m proud to be a Bulldog.
-Meatloaf is an abomination. What a waste of good hamburger. Fuck I’d rather put it in Hamburger Helper. And a pot roast is slightly ahead of it. Dry, stringy meat, flavored with carrots and peas? No thanks.
-So, the new crop of Chief Petty Officers in the US Navy have been pinned. Even though I’m retired, I still am involved in training the new CPOs and helping to mold them into future leaders of the world’s greatest Navy. And this year, ONE more of MY GUYS made it. For those counting at home, that makes 10 of my guys who have made Chief (2 are now Senior Chiefs) and one is an Officer. The absolute proudest accomplishment of mine in the Navy. 11 of my guys who have risen to the top. I’m gone, but the Navy, at least the little piece here, is in great hands.
-Fall trap season started last week. It’s been a year since I’ve shot my shotgun, so saying I was rusty is an understatement. But, now not only do all the old timers beat me, now even Mike’s 15 year old, Cole, is beating me. I’m just gonna have to work harder I reckon.
-Speaking of guns, I guess we’ll get to the political part of the night. I read where New Jersey has approved 14 ‘Red Flag’ cases in the first 12 days the ‘law’ took effect. Judges have signed off on 100% of the cases brought in front of them. For those of you who have forgotten what Red Flag laws are, it’s a law that some states have enacted that removes firearms from lawful gun owners on the mere supposition that they may be a danger to themselves or someone else. Due Process anyone? Red Flag laws are an assault on the 1st, 2nd, & 4th Amendments. It’s nothing more than a modern day witch hunt. Remember when they talked about this law, it was always said that it would be used sparingly, and only family members could go to the ‘authorities’ with these concerns. Now that I think of it, there’s even more amendments affected here. Let’s play a little scenario game, shall we?
“Sir, do you have guns in your house that you failed to report and surrender?”
…red flags are also an assault on your 5th amendment rights
“MAybe if you pay these excessive fines imposed against your ability to own and store firearms in your home – fines that are only designed to financially prevent all but the richest people from owning ANY kind of gun, we wont put you in jail”
…’common sense guns laws are also an attack on the 8th amendment
Our governing class has decided that their definition of the Constitution of certain rights is clear – since the forefathers didn’t specifically mention “semi-automatic assault weapons” the governing class will determine a definition for said weapons and then they will deny and disparage those rights previously retained by the people.
…so I guess, fuck your 9th amendment rights as well.
In fact – fuck you America – do what you’re told or else. Thank you and good night, sincerely, “The Democrats & RINOS & Elites that know more than you”
The Bill of Rights isn’t there to ‘give’ us our rights, it’s there to tell the govt what they can’t fucking do. Everybody forgets that shit. Arrogant politicians believe they are here to give us our rights. Fuck that noise. If you look at the BoR, let’s see exactly what our forefathers meant in relationship to our citizenry.
If you look closely, you will see it is a list of things the government shall NOT do to the citizenry.
1)Congress shall make no law…..
2)…shall not be infringed.
3)…without the consent of the owner
4)…shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue
5)No person shall be held to answer…
6)…the accused shall enjoy the right
7)…no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined
8)…Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed…
9…certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others
and the BIG ONE –
10)-The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the PEOPLE.
Nine of those statements paint a clear picture of what the government CAN NOT DO. The Bill of Rights is not for “us” it is for the corrupt that seek power. It is to remind them what NOT to do. The 10th one (IMHO) is quite possibly the sharpest knife in the drawer – when in doubt – err on the side of “the people”. But, hey Fuck the people, right? I always laugh at the douche canoes who think the 2A is about the collective and not the individual. Or the ones that throw out “Our forefathers didn’t know there would be AR-15’s…blah, blah, blah” Yeah, they also didn’t know there would be an internet or cars either dick bag. Tell you what? You write all of your concerns to me on parchment with a quill pen, delivered by some dude on a horse, and I’ll take it under advisement. Otherwise, go fuck yourself.
-I’m back. I clicked back to the book. Did everyone see where Eddie Money & Rick Ocasek died this past weekend? 2 rockers from my youth. And there’s not a dude over the age of 50 who doesn’t think of Phoebe Cates when they hear ‘Moving in Stereo’ by the Cars. Thanks for the memories fellas.
-I have been clicking back & forth, so I think I have a direction for this chapter, so I will bid you all a fond adieu.
Until next time…