Open Letter to Senator Richard Burr

Dear Senator Burr, This is an open letter, drafted to your office and co-published on the Internet at http://8minutesoffame.com/richard-burr-letter/ on this day, April 13, 2016. As a constituent and someone that tends to support your overall stances on more issues than I disagree, I find myself in the position of not being able to remain silent on the issue of the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” your office is proposing for the 2nd session of the 114th Congress. I shall endeavor to make my points on the topic in as reasonable a manner as I possibly can. Overall scope – to understand the scope of your document it has to be read backwards, which I find humorous in that most political writings are backwards in their effect if not their initial intent. This particular draft release however is more disturbing that most in that it appears to me that … Read the rest…

My thoughts: Texas Republican Presidential Debate

I’ve just finished watching the debate and haven’t read any commentary or follow-up yet, but just wanted to post my thoughts while they were fresh in my mind. I’ll start with candidates, then a few key issues. FYI: I may update this later to add more content, but here’s the first draft. Trump He was the front-runner coming in to this debate and I think he’ll be the clear winner. Honestly I thought he did HORRIBLE in the SC debate, but apparently I was in the minority. The viewers obviously overwhelmingly disagreed and he won that one. Using the revised court of public opinion as precedent, I think that means he probably nailed everyone else’s coffin shut with this one. Yes, there were the normal Trump moments where he and another candidate went at each other like children, but compared to his other debates I think he did better than … Read the rest…

IOT – IFTTT -The Government, Spying, and You!

This isn’t a tinfoil hat article designed to make the reader disconnect every device they have and hide under the bed. Nor am I of the opinion that the government is out to monitor everything we do every day of our lives. This is, however, an article aimed at educating some of the consumers out there what is technically possible in the IOT world. Did you just Google IOT? If not, you probably are waiting on me to explain it. Therein lies the issue. Most people don’t even realize how fast a new breed of technology has gone from cool idea to semi-global adoption in homes in the blink of an eye. While it has been evolving for the last ten years out in the open, recent technologies have been created to allow the cross-functionality of devices to the point that they’re becoming more proliferate than ever, and they’re everywhere! On … Read the rest…

Personal Letter to Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring

Dear Attorney General Herring, I can only assume from your quotes read in today’s news regarding the cancellation of concealed handgun reciprocity with North Carolina that you sir have fallen on your head and somehow impaired your thinking. As a gun owner myself, and a firearms instructor, I humbly ask that you seek medical attention post-haste!  Surely, actually no.. FACTUALLY the reasons you state for changing reciprocity with some of these states are a complete and total fabrication lacking absolutely no evidence. In fact the reasons you stated make no sense whatsoever. I can only speak for North Carolina because I haven’t taken the time to research all the other states’ gun laws, but please allow me a moment to enlighten you as someone appears to have been filling your head with utter nonsense. Your Claim: According to you, North Carolina (by its inclusion in your new law) has a … Read the rest…

Which Cops Do You Want? Decide America!

Which one do you want to see on the streets every day, America? Because if we keep this up, we’re going to come to a turning point where it will be our citizens to blame.     Take a good long look at the images above and decide which one you want patrolling your streets, performing traffic stops, and knocking on your door. The decision is yours but you’d better decide soon before it gets decided for you. And I’m afraid you won’t like the outcome if the police get to decide. Cop Killing is Cool Now? It’s hard to believe I live in the country ours has become. As of today, there have been 24 cop murders this year, with 8 of them in last 9 days. I don’t mean cops shot in the line of duty. That’s sad enough. I mean sick twisted individuals just walking up and … Read the rest…

Arm Military Bases – or don’t?

I’m so sick of the media and Facebook being the sole source of information people get. Here’s the process: Read dumbass meme on Facebook Accept it as the Gospel truth. Do no research on your own. Get pissed off and rant about the gubment. Come up with your own political policy that’s better with absolutely no idea what the hell you’re talking about. That about sums up most people I see on Facebook. I’m left with the following decision to make on what seems to be an almost daily basis. Let them go on being idiots. Take time out of my day to put together an articulate response to their blathering idiocy. Ok, I tried number one for about a week now and the amount of idiocy that’s still ramping up about the gun control on military bases is starting to piss me off. So, take off your dunce caps … Read the rest…

Thomas Sullivan, Squire “Skip” Wells, David Wyatt, Carson Holmquist, Randall Smith

Read those names again, please. Those are the names you probably don’t know. We’ve certainly heard enough about Mohammad Abdulazeez to know his name by heart now, but few of us know the names of the soldiers we lost in the Chattanooga terrorist attack. Those are the names that should live on in our memories, in our thoughts, and that should be blasted across the media. Sadly, few of us will remember them tomorrow or next week. We aren’t likely to forget the name of the 24 year old that killed them though. If this is you, as it was me, you should feel ashamed. Write them down and remember them. They deserve it. Now, move on. It’s important that we do move on. It’s important for us as people and it’s important for us as a country. It’s important because we are becoming a country full of victims, a fact … Read the rest…

Gun Safety – And other tricks

On January 19th of this year, the nation’s gun-owners decided to celebrate a national “Gun Appreciation” day. Great idea, right? No. Why? Six people at three different gun shows across the United States were hurt in what could have been fatal gun incidents. Sadly, all of them required hospital visits. Even more sadly, each of them could have been prevented. Yesterday millions of people turned out across the nation to show their support for the 2nd amendment. You/we should all know by now that NO one is going to report “1.999 million people NOT hurt on Gun Appreciation Day.” Why would they? But let an accident happen – especially one with a gun, and see what comes out of the wood work. That got me thinking about a video. Yes, there are lots of gun-safety videos out there. Apparently they aren’t watched by the people who NEED to watch them. … Read the rest…

President Obama’s 23 Executive Memorandums

Most of you today know the President revealed his 23 points today for how he was going to move forward handling the gun control issue. Not many sites revealed the full scope of his agenda, so I thought I’d just simply provide all twenty-three points here. My comments are in brackets under each item. My thoughts on the issues he pushed forward to Congress are contained in this video below. It was easier to do the video than type it all out. 1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system. [Why is this even an issue? Why hasn’t this been done already? But specifically what federal agencies and what “relevant data” are you referring to? I’d like specifics.] 2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from … Read the rest…

…and no one was hurt today.

I have an idea to calmly, politely, and en masse, reinforce our thoughts about gun control to Congress in a way that is both passive and yet personal at once. Obviously if you own your guns illegally, or plan to commit a massacre in the coming future, this doesn’t apply to you. When this came to me: It occurred to me when I was in a mall earlier today. I’m licensed in my state to concealed carry, and so I do. Why? Well the one place people ARE shooting other people lately seems to be malls, retail stores, theatres, and schools. Apparently, according to Congress, those are incredibly dangerous places to be lately. I can’t concealed (or open) carry in theatres or on a school ground, but otherwise, it’s almost always either on my side or tucked away behind my shirt. Lately, I’m more likely to have to defend myself … Read the rest…