15 Oct 2014 @ 7:09 PM 

My friends who are aware of my political leanings will find this funny. I made a comment today on a conservative Facebook page, The Weekly Standard, about an article referring to Ebola. I guess when you make any comments that are against the Republican talking points, you are to be labeled as the enemy. I was called an “Obama stooge”. I can’t imagine any point in my life when someone would have mistaken me for that role. It’s crazy. When I’m around conservative people, it seems like I’m too liberal. When I’m around liberal people, it seems like I’m too conservative. I guess this is what I get for not cheering on one of the two teams. Some people….

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 29 Sep 2014 @ 7:28 PM 

There will be no American boots on the ground in the fight against ISIL. Call me a skeptic, but the last time I heard this many reassurances, it was “If you like your doctor and health insurance, you can keep it”.

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 19 Dec 2012 @ 5:08 PM 

Since the tragedy at the Sandy HookElementaryschool, there has been a lot more attention placed on tougher gun control. President Obama stated in his last 2012 election debate that he wanted an assault weapons ban in his next term in office. It seems hypocritical that he is allowed to have people carrying assault weapons to defend his family, but he doesn’t want me to be able to have an assault weapon to be able to defend my family. Is this what they call executiveprivilege?

I really don’t see how placing a ban is going to stop people getting killed. That is what this is about, keeping people from being killed, isn’t it? People are killed by lots of ways, not just by guns. The CDC has a report on 75 years of mortality in the US. Guess what’s not on the top of that list?

This argument of preventing responsible law abiding people like myself from being able to buy certain types of guns and magazines of certain capacity makes no sense to me. Shouldn’t we be doing something to hinder the criminals who do the killings and not the people who obey the laws? Laws are for people who choose to obey them. Making a law to stop a criminal is like using a window screen to keep out cold air. I propose that if we are going to try to put a stop to senseless killings, why not take it another step and make anotherridiculousban on something that kills people.

Drunk driving. If you ban the sale of hard liquor (parallel with assault weapons) and ban the sale of any more than a two pack of beer (parallel with the sale of high capacity magazines because 2 drinks tend to be what keep you below the .08% blood alcohol limit for legally driving), then that will keep people from driving drunk. Makes sense right? Here is the picture I am trying to draw here. I like shooting guns. Firing an assault weapon is fun, especially when you have a 30 round clip. You can just keep pulling the trigger and destroy the paper target, soda can, or what ever non leathal target it is you are shooting at. Its fun and no body gets hurt. I don’t drink (personal reasons but nothing against those that do), but I’ll try to draw acomparison. There are plenty of people who enjoy alcoholresponsibly. Yet there are those who enjoy it irresponsibly. The irresponsible ones are the ones who drive while under the influence and cause a death because of it. Just as there are people who enjoy drinking responsibly, there are people who also enjoy using assault weapons with high capacity magazines responsibly.

In the United States, the number one cause of death for the last 75 years is heart disease. Personally, I believe that if you are wanting to make a difference in saving lives, start with what causes the most deaths to see if you can cut a chunk out of that. (Something that doesn’t make sense to me is that breast cancer awareness is more popular than heart disease prevention which is the number one killer of women). So maybe we should create laws that influence heart disease deaths by banning the sales of sugary foods and drinks, banning cigarette smoking, banning not exercising, and obesity. All of those things can be culprits for heart disease. Seeing as how the government is having to foot the bill for the healthcare of people who have allowed themselves to become unhealthy by their lifestyle and get heart disease, then the government should intervene in people’s lives so they won’t have to pay for people’s bad decisions. [No I’m no being serious but its for the sake of argument].

In the USA in 2010, there were 10,228 [referenceper DOT] total fatalities for vehicles involved in crashes associated with a driver who’s blood alcohol was at least .08%. That is about 31% of all vehicle crash related fatalities. In the USA in 2010, there were11,078[referenceper CDC] total fatalities forhomicidesby discharge of firearm out of a total of 16,259 [referenceper CDC]homicides which is about 68% of all homicides.

Wow, that’s also a lot of people who are dying because of alcohol and driving, only 850 less than people being killed with guns. This won’t result in a ban of alcohol sales or vehicle sales, or even talk about it on the news media. So why should we do something only to ban guns when there is a similar amount of senseless deaths going on with DUI deaths? There is no logical sense to do it.

Guns are not dangerous. If they are, then vehicles are more dangerous because in 2010 there were 35,332 [reference per CDC] deaths associated with vehicle accidents.I grew up with many guns in my home. My dad taught me how to shoot a gun and respect guns before I was old enough to read well. No one got shot in my home, and no gunaccidentallywent off either. Our guns were not locked up, they were just in closet of the bathroom my brother and I used. People who claim that guns are dangerous, and we should do away with them are just ignorant [definition]. That’s not to be mean or make fun of them, but that is the correct term to show their lack of knowledge or experience with guns to be able to come to a logical conclusion. Lack of familiarity causes fear, which drives a lot of people who want to get rid of guns. Who is dangerous is the criminals who may or may not be using guns.

People say that there is no need for an assault weapon to go hunting. That’s true. People are also saying that assault weapons are only made for killing people. I’ll give you that too. That is why I would own an assault rifle, to kill people who are trying to hurt me or my family. An assault rifle will do it much more effectively than a bolt action hunting rifle will do. I have no intention to go out and kill people, but if someone comes into my home looking for trouble, they’ll get it at about 2700 ft/sec.

If you haven’t heard it before, I will say it again. Gun laws only effect those of us who obey the law. People who go on mass shootings are showing their blatant disregard for the law by shooting people, what good would a speed bump like a gun law do to keep them from their objective of spreading terror. Its not just that I don’t want to lose my rights as an American citizen to be able to own a weapon, its that this idea of creating MORE gun laws is going to do nothing to solve the problem of people shooting other people. Mike Huckabee has made some of the best remarks I’ve heard recently about tackling the issue of what happened in CT.

Huckabee Where was God?

We don’t have a gun problem, we have a morality problem. Even if you took up all the guns in the country, you’d still have people wanting to kill other people. It hass been going on since Cain and Abel, and will continue until the end of human history. If there’s not a gun to kill a room full of people, several pipe bombs will do the trick. So will a large vehicle plowing into a crowd of people. I’m not trying to plead my case just because I don’t want to lose my guns, but because spending time making more gun laws, (which we already have plenty of) will not solve the problem of people killing people. You can’t legislate morality.

Back in 1776, the muskets that our forefathers kept in their homes could have been classified as assault rifles as they were similar in capability as to what the English army was using at the time. Its because they had those guns in their homes that we have the country that we have today. I have no plans to want to go to war with the government by shooting police officers and members of our military with assault weapons. But, as a friend of mine said recently on Facebook, “An armed populace is the final point in the checks and balances that keeps our government in check.”

Gun control dictators

Read your history about dictators that didn’t allow guns. They are not a civilization I would have wanted to be a part of. Starting conspiracy theory rant now. Its my fear that episodes like this are being exploited by radicals who want to get guns out of the hands of citizenry so that they can’t beopposed. When people don’t educate themselves about what is really being done, their freedoms will be pulled right out from under them without even realizing it. Call me crazy, but with the rapid increase in shootings that are getting attention, I wouldn’t put it past a radical agenda of some kind to be behind this to make us lose our right to bear arms.

Make no doubt about it. If someone ever decides to invade my home to threaten me or my family, I will use lethalforce to defend myself and my family. I hope that day never comes, but I will be ready for it.

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 04 Nov 2012 @ 8:10 AM 

Some political cartoons I’ve collected off the Internet that I liked. Most of them are against Obama. If you are an Obama fanboy or you just don’t have a sense of humor, I really don’t want to hear about it. As a side note, I did not vote for either Obama or Romney. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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 11 Nov 2009 @ 8:49 AM 

Today, my grandfather would have been 98. He was born 11/11/1911. He fought in WW2 in N. Africa, Sicily, and Italy. He was a aLieutenantin the Army with the artillery. His CO was killed early on, and he stepped up to take over without ever getting a promotion until he got back home. My grandmother told me stories about how he flew in a little single engine airplane over the enemy lines to see where the targets were and where his artillery was falling. She said that when he got home, every time a plane flew over during the night, he would throw her on the floor with him on top of her because of the air raids that he had lived through. They decided not to get married until after he got back from the war in case he didn’t. My grandmother waited for him to return. I still have his cast iron helmet with it’s insignia on it. I treasure it. He rarely spoke of his experiences, but knowing my grandfather, he served with distinction, honor, and integrity.

My family has served in the military for a long time. Our last name used to be Cutting. Not quite sure when or why, but it changed to Cotting. We have records in ourgenealogythat tell of a Lt. Cutting who served with General Washington during the Revolutionary War. In the Civil war, aColonelJohn Mosby CSA, led a famous group known as Mosby’s Rangers (Raiders) to fight against the Union. He was also a relative of mine. My grandfather’s brother (my great uncle) was in the Navy in the Pacific during WW2. My father served part time in the Air National Guard for 20 years. He started during Vietnam. His brother, my uncle, also served in the Army during Vietnam.

I’m so thankful for everyone that has ever served to protect my freedoms. From the Revolutionary war to today. Many have gone to the Alter of Freedom so that I could enjoy a life of freedom. Some returned, too many did not, but they were brave enough to go. Most of them don’t have a clue who I am, but they went anyway.

I hope that their sacrifice isn’t wasted. People in power don’t seem to realize what a country of freedom stands for. It doesn’t need all of their rules and regulations that they seem to think. I don’t need the government to tell me what is best for me. That is the opposite of freedom.

On August 30, 2009,Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal requested more troops for the fight in Afghanistan. Obama has yet to give an answer. I personally believe this is irresponsible to be so indecisive. I can respect the notion of how difficult it must be to send our troops to fight and die. I can not respect the indecisiveness of a leader. This wasn’t his first time to hesitate when we needed him to pull the trigger. Anyone remember the pirates?

Our service men and women are the best in the world. Lets keep them that way and thank them for all they have done and will do.

USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

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 16 Jun 2009 @ 6:14 AM 

I think Bill O’Reilly makes a great point for how liberals self contradict themselves in saying they are for human rights. I have been told that I can not be pro-life as I am for the death penalty. I don’t think that is the same argument, and I sure some would try to argue the use of “torture” against terrorist is not the same argument as murdering unborn children.

Of course, I don’t see how you can call water boarding someone torture. Is it uncomfortable and scary? Yeah, it is, but it does not do anything to maim or permanently damage or scar someone for life. It’s just harsh treatment. The reason water boarding worked so well is because the terrorists thought they were going to die, but they weren’t. Hoping it would save their life, they spilled the beans. Now that that secret is out of the bag, we will have to resort to other measures that will be less effective.

O’Reilly makes a good argument. What is more important and a larger human rights violation:

  1. Making life unpleasant for a short while for three enemy combatants against the US
  2. Killing thousands of unborn babies for profit

Which topic gets more coverage from NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the New York Times, and any other large media outlet? Food for thought.

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 01 Feb 2009 @ 4:46 PM 

In January, I made my monthly trip to Salt Lake City to visit Wendy, my girlfriend. She is a huge fan of Sundance Film Festival. Its an OK event for me, but she is a huge fan. I went last year, and the movies are weird. There’s no Matrix or Transformers or Batman type movies, you know, good guy movies that I like. So, I wasn’t expecting it to be too great, but I went because I enjoy seeing her happy. She knows I’m not all that artsy about this stuff, so she did her best to pick movies I might like. I think she did a pretty great job.

The first movie we saw was called Taking Chance (IMDB).It stars Kevin Bacon and the movie is being put out by HBO. I have to say, I never thought I would have enjoyed a movie at Sun Dance as much as I liked this one. Straight up I’ll admit, I cried like a baby during this movie. It is really moving. It is about a US Marine Corps Lt. Colonel who volunteers for what is known as escort duty. This is something I was not aware of that happens. Escort Duty is where the remains of our fallen warriors are returned to the family in the US with a member of that branch of the service who is of equal or greater rank. The movie is based on the true story ofLt.Col. Michael Strobl who escorted the remains of LCpl Chance Phelps from Dover, DE to his home inDubois, WY. Chance was killed in Iraq April 9, 2004, serving his country.

I can not do justice for the way the movie presents the care, dignity, and respect that is shown for the remains of America’s fallen warriors, as they are returned home. The person assigned escort duty stays with the remains throughout the journey until the fallen has been returned home.

After the movie was over, the director, Kevin Bacon, Lt.Col Strobl, and a few others involved with the making of the movie were on stage to answer questions from the audience. Lt.Col Strobl appeared to be a very humble man.

I don’t care if you are pro war, anti war, Republican, Democrat, independent, or what ever your view on the world is. If you are a citizen who enjoys the freedoms of living in the United States, you should really see this movie. It makes you proud to be a part of this country and grateful for the sacrifice that so many have given so you can have freedoms.

When I first realized what the movie was about, I had a sinking feeling in my gut that this was going to be someone’s tirade of how bad the war in Iraq is and that we shouldn’t be over there. Absolutely nothing about that viewpoint was made. This movie was completely apolitical. The director, Ross Katz, did an excellent job of making an unbiased movie that portrays the honor our troops receive after they have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

If you can’t see it on HBO, I’m sure it will be out on DVD some day, maybe even in theatres. Regardless, make an effort to see it.

When one falls, another brings him home

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NBC, being a private company, can choose what they want to run for ads for their programming. Tonight is the Super Bowl, one of the most coveted times by advertisers to get their marketing out. A Pro Life group submitted an ad for the Super Bowl, but it was turned down by NBC because they:

didn’t want to run political or advocacy ads

Washington Times – NBC rejects pro-life ad using Obama

OK, fair enough, but if you read the article above, you will also find that PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, also submited an ad. PETA is an advocay group. They were told that their ad was too sexual, but that if certain edits were made, they would be allowed to run the ad. Talk about hypocracy. NBC and their liberal agenda have decided that they will pick and choose what media gets out, as long as it fits the message they want. This is fine, its their company, but they also need to be upfront about why they are picking what ads they want. I will not watch the Super Bowl on NBC this year.

Below is the Pro Life You Tube ad that was rejected:

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 01 Feb 2009 @ 10:06 AM 

From the AP News

Daschle recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest. The amended returns reflect additional income for consulting work, the use of a car service and reduced deductions for charitable contributions.

Daschle, chosen by President Obama to lead the administration’s health initiatives, is the second Cabinet nominee to scramble to pay back taxes. Timothy Geithner’s confirmation as treasury secretary was delayed after it was revealed that he had failed to pay more than $34,000 in taxes.
Obama’s first choice for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, took his name out of consideration when his confirmation appeared headed toward complications because of a grand jury investigation over how state contracts were issued to political donors.

“President Obama wanted to have a very ethical administration starting out and so on, but I think he’s seeing how hard it is to avoid these kind of problems,” Kyl said. “And I just wonder, if President Bush had nominated these people, what folks would be saying about that.”

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