Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What was I Thinking?

I took a friend out to the range—another first time shooter. Before we headed out, I stopped by Walmart to pick up some ammo. I already had some, but wanted a bit more so my friend could really let loose.

“Well, we don’t have a whole lot, what do you need?” the lady behind the counter asked.

“I need some .40 caliber target rounds, the biggest box you have.”

“Don’t have any.”

“Ok…well do you have any .38 special or 9mm?”

“Nope, outta those, too.”

“Wow…do you have any of the value pack .22’s?”

She laughed. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to laugh. I just can’t tell you the last time I saw those.”

Wow…

Silly rabbit, did you think you would find any ammo?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Lights go out! What now?

This post by JPG, the Expert Witness, was a great read and a time to learn something new. Sometimes I wonder if people think I'm paranoid. But, I'd rather them think that, and me be prepared, than the alternative.


Lights Out, by JPG, the Expert Witness.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Emergency Room

Recently, my daughter danced her way into an ankle sprain during her music class. I called the doctor, who instructed me to take her to the ER.

I packed her up and headed off to the hospital. The hospital was undergoing construction, so they had moved their ER entrance. We navigated the maze around the parking lot until we found the temporary ER entrance.

Well, sort of.

I walked through the doors marked EMERGENCY ROOM, carrying my 8-year old, who’s past carrying age. Right in front was a small unattended desk, with a small sign on it that read INPATIENT SERVICES. Behind the desk was a cube farm, with several employees hunched over their desks busy doing hospital stuff.

Ok…

I looked around for someone to direct me. Keep in mind that I’m carrying my daughter, who is getting heavier by the second. Finally, one of the cube residents looks up and she asks, “You lookin’ for the ER?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“Well, go right down this hallway, make a right at the end, go through the door at the end of that hallway, go left, walk down the hallway, down to the next door …”

Ugh… I’m glad this isn’t a “real” emergency. It’d probably be too much to ask for a wheel chair. Wouldn’t matter, I guess, the employee’s already gone anyway.

I carried my daughter through the indoor maze and finally found the ER. The intake process was painless (at least for me) and we were escorted to a room.

A physician’s assistance walked in and asked me to describe what happened. I had just started my explanation when a doctor casually walked in and interrupted me in mid-sentence. I would mention his name, but he never acknowledged me. He asked the PA a question regarding the location of another patient, and then they both strolled out of the room. I guess what I was saying wasn’t that important.

Thankfully, the remaining staff was much more helpful. We made it home without incident, albeit on crutches and with a splint.

Now, I’m pretty low maintenance and actually don’t like a lot of attention all the time. I would have been content with a simple greeting, or even some common courtesy. I understand that people are harried and overworked. I also understand that in the grand scheme of things, my daughter’s issues were not the worst thing in the world. Even so, wanting clearer directions to the ER, and a little home training for the doctor seems reasonable.

This incident just reminds me to make sure my tasks don’t get in the way of my job. The first is just a list, the latter is why I am there in the first place.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Note to Self

Well, my wife's been out of town for about a week. It's been the girls and me.

Honey, if you are reading this, just know that things are going great! The house is impeccably clean and we are all behaving well. You can stop reading now and go back to enjoying your time. See you in a couple of days!

Is she gone?

I was cleaning out my office and saw an old CRT monitor that I needed to throw away. I also saw an old BB-rifle leaning against the wall. I looked behind me at the length of the hallway...

Hmm...

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Should you ever have the desire to shoot BBs into an old computer monitor, please control the urge. If you have limited self-control for these things, note that CRT monitors are realtively sturdy. If the rifle is not pumped to full power, the BBs could ricochet back and break something. Also note that if your eyesight is not keen enough to see the richocheting BB, you will have no idea what you just broke, although you will hear it. Moreover, note that you will spend a considerable amount of time trying to locate what you just cracked.

However, if you cannot locate the damaged item, rest assured that your spouse will. She will do so the moment she walks in the door.

Have handy explanation ready.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Paper Shield--The Restraining Order as Self Defense

Normally, when I go to the gun range, I take my own targets. My targets are nothing special--they're made of paper. Normal, everyday paper. Not bullet proof, no force field, no invisible properties, just cheap paper, with cheap ink.

Just like a restraining order.

Just like a protective order.

Those are made of paper, too. There's cheap ink on them, too. There's some official-looking signature from a judge or magistrate officially telling evil to stay away from you.

As a lawyer, I've handled many of those, and even requested them on behalf of clients. Funny thing, though. None of those restraining orders or protective orders have ever come with a force field. None of them have ever been bullet proof. In fact, the paper is so flimsy, you can fold it multiple times and throw it in your purse. It offers the same protection as my targets. The same protection as an blank sheet of tissue paper.

Should evil come, you only have to wave the protective order and ... well ... what?

What do we think the paper will do?

Please read:

"I'm Against Guns and Violence, Unfortunately Reality Has Intruded on My Delusional Paradise" By Robert Avrech


H/T Xavier Thoughts

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Lunatics

Our new administration flew in on the wings of promises to hold talks with the world to determine what is best for our country. Both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have toured the world on the Bash Bush and America tour, and approached world leaders with their tails between their legs, promising to behave.

I love the idea that we are extending an olive branch to terrorists. Our leaders have told the Taliban that they will talk with the moderates who denounce violence. Huh?!?!

That's like walking into a gang fight and wanting to stop the fight by negotiating with the spectators. That's not your threat! Your threat comes from those radicals who are doing the fightning. Any deal made with those on the sidelines will not affect the conflict already taking place. The only way to stop the fight is to step into it, display superior firepower and strength, and subdue and control those that are fighting. Isn't that what the Police are trained to do?

Why do we think terrorists are any different? These are the people who supported those who carried out the greatest terrorist attack on our soil!

How did the Taliban leader respond? He told us to go find these moderate Taliban and talk to them. I guess we are the only ones who think that dealing with the moderates will stop the radical. His words, "This is a lunatic idea." What did we expect? They are hell-bent (literally) on killing us and removing us from their homeland--just as we would be if the shoe were on the other foot. How do you negotiate with someone who believes you are evil and they must annihilate you. You don't!

So, how do we back up our lunacy? Our leaders have told the Taliban to behave, or we will leave. Great! Try that with your kids. "Stop fighting or I will go watch TV!" "Stop beating your sister or I will turn around and not look!" Yep, more lunacy.

What do the quoted analysts say about our strategy?

"The Taliban meanwhile, do not have to win the war, analysts say. All they have to do is survive and wait for their opponents to lose the will to keep fighting."

Hang tight terrorists.

With our current administration, you may not have to wait long.