Ghost town

I’m fighting another upper respiratory virus. This has been a bad year for them. Princess Girl and myself have already been sick earlier this winter.

Work in insanely busy. I can barely keep my head above water.

We are working hard toward Princess Girl’s high school graduation.
She has already been accepted into her top two schools. Now to wait on cheer tryouts.

Nationals for competitive cheer are just around the corner.

What a busy time in our lives!

 

 

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Obama’s gun control proposals

I live in a rural community where many of my friends and relatives are hunters. Many of the people I know live all winter on the deer meat they hunt in the fall. I do not understand why anyone who is a law abiding citizen (gun owner or not) would have issues with any of these common sense proposals.

 Proposed legislation:

  1. Universal background checks whenever someone buys a gun, whether it is from a licensed dealer or a private seller;
  2. Restoring the ban on military-style assault weapons, and a 10 round limit for magazines;
  3. Improving access to mental health services;
  4. Increasing funding for school security and safety.

Executive actions:

  1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
  2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.
  3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
  4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.
  5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
  6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
  7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
  8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
  9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
  10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
  11. Nominate an ATF director.
  12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
  13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
  14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
  15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.
  16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
  17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
  18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
  19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
  20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
  21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
  22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
  23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.

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As we approach election day in the United States

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John Scalzi nearly took the words out of my mouth with his endorsement of Presidential candidate, Barack Obama.
You should read it. Really.

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Thousand Word Thursday

 

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Happy Halloween!!

The good old days:

 

Princess Girl:

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Thoughts from one of our Forefathers

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale: (1805) [c...

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale: (1805) [cropped] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions. But laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. ~ Thomas Jefferson

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