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…

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…

…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…

Write your Representative

This article is in response to the pending ant-gun legislation currently before congress. I’ve done what I can do; I’ve blogged, Facebooked, Tweeted, and contacted every congressperson and senator that represents me. Now it’s your turn. If you don’t try to stop this legislation and don’t make your voice heard, you have no right to complain when they pass this bill and take your rights away. “He who allows oppression, shares the crime.” -Erasmus Darwin If you somehow remain unclear about what is going on within our Congress this session, I’d like to refer you to two articles I’ve written previously on the subject. Anti-Gun Legislation introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein The truth about gun crimes, the second amendment, and what has happened in our country since Columbine. I spent the morning writing my congressmen, senators, any via this blog – anyone else who can be bothered to listen. Here is … Read the rest…

America – Freedom vs Freedom

Update: Amended12/21/2012 (See last section titled 2nd Amendment Considerations) Nothing in my lifetime goes in the history books as such a horrible time as this past weekend. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut was a tragedy that will never be forgotten by the families and friends of those innocents who lost their lives. It will also never be forgotten by those who intend to hammer it into political agenda both for and against gun control. It is forever cemented in our memories and most likely will be cemented in policy as well. Arguments will be made by both sides for months to come, and it will be referred to as a “what if” by pundits for the next ten years. We will likely never hear the end of it, which is in itself a tragedy for the loved ones of those involved. They will likely never have true peace as … Read the rest…

Election 2012: The Aftermath

Today I woke up in a world I wasn’t looking forward to; a world that had decided that four more years of the same was the solution to the problems our nation has faced these last four years. I don’t like it, but it’s the world we will be living in for the next four years, so I’m going to get used to it, and I suggest you do the same. I want to share my viewpoint with some of you, especially those hot-headed die-hards out there that won’t ever let it rest. Let’s take a look at the figures. The entire population of the United States is approximately 350 million across all age groups; seniors, adults, teens, and kids. If the figures above are correct, and I have no reason to believe they aren’t, then it changes how I look at things. President Obama pulled in 60,386,002 votes across … Read the rest…

Social Darwinism? Bring it on VP Ryan!

If he means them and lives up to what he says, the words “We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes” should be crafted and put into song, to be sung from the White House. I don’t know a lot about Romney’s VP Candidate, Ryan yet, but I’m learning and what I see so far seems OK with me. He’s not the best, but he certainly makes me feel better about what we’re looking ahead to in this coming year or two. Obama cast him down; calling the Ryan approach “thinly veiled social Darwinism” which personally, I think we’re a little overdue for. We could use a little Darwinism in a lot of areas in our society. When did simply being born entitle anyone to be given things? When did “because I’m a human being” mean that someone had the right to take from others to give to you? Why? Because … Read the rest…