You Are A Politician In France

Although the title to this article is true, it's also true that the citizens of France are the ones who elected them.  What thought goes through the mind of freemen that tells them to vote for someone who will take away their self-defence tools?  To leave them helpless against any type of terror; whether by criminals, or radical jihadists, as the whole world knows about the horror that occurred in Paris just two days ago.  Five hundred killed or wounded out of a crowd of thousands, and not one had the knowledge of self defence or a tool to accomplish it.  Why?  What price will you pay to not offend those who want to kill you?  What length will you go to, to prove that you're not prejudiced?  Be it known to all mankind that:  The truth can never be equated to prejudice.  If one must change any part of a story to make it sound more palatable; then, that person has just told a lie.  The citizens stated, by their vote, that they want their country to be a "Gun Free Zone", but it's not.  How many of the 132 who were killed would now, if they could, change their last vote?  How many of the wounded will change their vote in the future?  Not many, I predict.  Once the mind is hard-wired to believe that defending yourself is bad, then there's no changing that mind; that is where the French mind is today.

You Don't Leave Space Between Cars

This morning while approaching an intersection the car in front of me drove past the stop sign and was partially into the intersection.  I noticed a car on the main road wanting to make a left turn.  As usual, I leave some space between my car and the car in front of me so if he has to, he can back up a little.  Well this guy was well into the intersection and started to back up; as I wanted to give him more room, I wanted to back up also.  Well, Mr. "Let Me Get As Close As Possible" was approximately one inch from my car; so, I couldn't back up.  It was all sorted out eventually and we were on our way -- finally.  The driver in front and the one in back of me were both stupid and/or ignorant for causing a needless problem.
It's important to always leave enough space so the front car can back up to behind the stop sign: where he should have stopped originally.  If the car in front of you is half way past the stop sign/red light white line then leave one-half a car length between your car and the one in front of you.  If you're the third, fourth, etc., car in back of the second car you should leave approximately one-half a car length between your car and the one in front of you.  Probably even more important to leave that space is if an emergency occurs.  That space will allow you to drive around the car in front and escape the danger.  Situations like these don't happen very often, but they do happen.  All cars in line are bumper to bumper waiting for the light to change.  An old car in the line catches on fire and you can't escape because your car is jammed in the line.  You jump out and see your car destroyed when the fire hits his gas tank and explodes.  The car in front of you rear-ends the one in front of him.  That driver gets out and starts shooting at the car directly in front of you.  As he's in front of the car in front of you and firing towards the rear puts you in the line of fire also, but you're jammed in . . . you're trying to crawl over the center console to escape out of the passenger-side door.  But a bullet killed your wife in the passenger seat, so now you're not only trying to crawl over the center console but also a corpse.  You see traffic stopped up ahead on the highway.  You slow down and drive to within inches of the car in front of you before you stop, of course, the car following parks his car inches from yours.  You then notice an exit just up ahead that would have allowed you to leave the highway, take a side street and get home without a hassle; but, you're jammed in so you sit there for a few hours.  Always leave room so you and/or the other driver can escape a bad situation.

Shifting Lanes Destroys Your Driivng Ability

You're driving in one lane, the lane shifts but you're still driving in one lane and now you've nearly lost control of your car.  Why?  What is the difference between driving in one lane and driving in one lane?  In my mind, there is none.  Driving on an Interstate today, four lanes, two in each direction, the two lanes shifted slightly to the left.  As soon as the car ahead, that was in the left lane, shifted, the driver couldn't keep his car in his lane.  He veered quickly and violently half-way into the right lane, overly corrected to the left, slightly crossed the white lines again and finally was able to settle down into his lane and continued.  What if he was in the right lane and after shifting left, again shifted to the right?  He would have crashed into the Jersey barriers.  If a car had been abreast of him in the right lane he would have sent that car crashing into the Jersey barriers.  The lanes before, during and after the shifting were exactly the same in road surface, condition, width, and weather.  If shifting lanes are a problem for you I suggest that you take your foot off of the accelerator a comfortable distance before the shift, allow the car to slow down a little, go into the shift, settle down into the lane, then accelerate back to your prior (highway) speed. 

You Don't remember about:

You don't remember about:

killing the squirrel
aggressive driving
cruise control
use of turn signals
texting/talking on cell
stop sign and red light
the +1 Rule
looking at your passenger

We learn and then we sometimes forget; therefore, many times, by merely reading a few words or a title, what we learned comes back to mind.  I plan to do this as a mnemonic to continue to enhance the safety of my readers.

You're visiting in Ruidoso, NM and Don't Visit WPS and Other Venues

Win, Place and Show cowboy bar, located in the center of town, is a great place to listen to country music, and dance.  Although I'm not a two-stepper, I enjoy watching the others dance.  My wife and I especially enjoy the music when Brendan Dawes Band is playing.  I've been in similar places in GA, FL, MS and CO but Dawes' music is the best by far.  Lots of boots and cowboy hats and people of all ages mix well.  Wayne the bartender and the waitstaff are friendly and efficient.  Although I enjoy watching all the dancers, one couple always amazes me.  When John and Kathy Wright are on the dance floor they appear to be gliding, so smoothly, that it appears that their feet never even touch the floor.  Married for 29 years the way they dance together you know that they'll be together for another 29+ years - and still be dancing.                        I would be remiss if I didn't also mention another favorite place of ours, Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub, which is also located in the center of town, where you'll usually find us in the early evening most Friday nights. Be careful though as you just might get a few hugs from the friendly staff.  Topping the list is the charming and helpful manager Hilda, and Darlene the upstairs bartender with a great sense of  humor.    Need pizza?  (And who doesn't).  Try Cafe Rio, just up the street with friendly and attractive employees.  Three casinos, a racetrack, water park and many quaint shops and  restaurants round out the town.  For bookings:
(I'm writing about WPS and other Venues without remuneration.  As my other Posts indicate, I'm solely concerned about Safety and these places certainly appear to be).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

You Don't Know You're Losing Your Country

What really died at Auschwitz ?

Here's an interesting viewpoint.. The following is a copy of an article
written by Spanish writer Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez and published in a Spanish
newspaper on January 15, 2011. It doesn't take much imagination to
extrapolate the message to the rest of Europe - and possibly to the rest of

"EUROPEAN LIFE DIED IN AUSCHWITZ "   By Sebastian Vilar Rodrigez

 "I walked down the street in Barcelona and suddenly discovered a terrible
truth - Europe died in Auschwitz ... We killed six million Jews and replaced
them with 20 million Muslims. In Auschwitz we burned a culture, thought,
creativity, talent. We destroyed the chosen people, truly chosen, because
they produced great  and wonderful people who changed the world.
These are the people we burned.

 And under the pretense of tolerance, and because we wanted to prove to
ourselves that we were cured of the disease of racism, we opened our gates to
20 million Muslims, who brought us stupidity and ignorance, religious
extremism and lack of tolerance, crime and poverty, due to an unwillingness to
work and support their families with pride.

 They have blown up our trains and turned our beautiful Spanish cities into the
third world, drowning in filth and crime. Shut up in the apartments they
receive free from the government, they plan the murder and destruction of
their naive hosts.

 And thus, in our misery, we have exchanged culture for fanatical hatred,
creative skill for destructive skill, intelligence for backwardness and
superstition. We have exchanged the pursuit of peace of the Jews of Europe
and their talent for a  better future for their children, their determined
clinging to life because life is holy, for those who pursue death, for people
consumed by the desire for death for themselves and others, for our children
and theirs.  What a terrible mistake was made by miserable Europe ...

You Leave a Child or Animal in a Closed Car

How many times and how many people have to remind you of this?  Of course this doesn't pertain to your Personal Safety but that of a child and animal. Most people think that we're only talking about heat, but what about cold?  Are you positive that nothing will happen to you to delay your return to your vehicle?  Most people think that as long as a window is open, usually slightly, that everything will be fine.  Two windows for cross ventilation is better, but is it enough?  Even with two windows open the heat in the car can build to over 100 degrees.  In the cold, what degree does it have to be and for how long before your child gets hypothermia?  What about frostbite, frostbitten skin, trench foot, among others such as eye injury.  Is your dog one that lives outside in extremely cold weather or is it a small or hairless dog?  A few months back I ran into two situations, in the same week, relating to heat, with a child and a dog.  I was able to put my hand inside the cars to check the temperature.  In one situation I opened the door a little to let out heat until the owner arrived.  Did you notify someone that you left your child or dog in the car and the time you'll get back to the car?  What if something happens to you and you can't get back - your child or dog dies.  What if you get back in good time but your baby is missing, kidnapped or your dog is dognapped?  Wouldn't your child or dog be better off with you?  Wouldn't they much rather be with you, instead of feeling abandoned?

My Condolence To Kenya; And Some Sticky Points

  • The following points are my views, and only mine, regarding the killings at the university in Northern Kenya, but could also apply to any similar situation.
    There are two facts that we know, a physical fact and an emotional fact. The physical fact is that no one had a gun. The emotional/psychological fact is that generally no one will act unless someone else does first. 
    Some background: No one on the three planes that crashed into the twin towers and the Pentagon in the United States, on 9/11, did anything, did not act. Only when one person on the fourth plane knew of the exigent circumstance when told by his wife decided to do something by getting help from the other passengers and prevented more deaths. Now going back to Kenya, no one took any action. What if all 250+ victims, 148 dead and those injured had immediately and viciously attacked the four terrorists with anything they could have gotten their hands on? Doesn't Kenya have rocks, sticks, broken glass, etc. that could have been used as weapons? You constantly see on TV where fighters use their hands and feet to knock out their opponents; they don't use any weapons. I will venture a guess that if the students had, the outcome would have been far better..

You Don't Know Your Function as a Member of the Military

The basic difference between the military and law enforcement is quite simple.  The military protects the country from outsiders and law enforcement protects the people inside the country.  But that is not always the case as we have seen many times in dictatorial countries where the military is used to suppress their own citizens.  As obvious as it is, most military as well as law enforcement personnel don't realize that they are citizens of their country too.  So when the military acquiesces to suppress the citizens, they, in fact, suppress themselves.  Military loyalty belongs to the people only; never to the government.  If your oath is to the head of state then your life is in the hands of only one man.  Hitler purged many in his military even after they swore an oath to him.  Stalin purged nearly all of his first line commanders out of sheer paranoia.  Obama is purging many of the US military top brass, not by killing them like Hitler and Stalin, but by cashiering them out of the service; those who he feels don't or will not go along with his Progressive plans for the future.  Whatever that is.
One must never forget that the only allegiance that protects a military person is his allegiance to his country, not an individual.  For once that individual loses favor, whether killed or deposed, then you lose favor in the eye of the new ruler.  How can the new power trust you if your allegiance was to the one he killed or overthrew?  My basic premise is that if anyone asks you to pledge allegiance to himself, kill him immediately; as sooner or later he will kill you, have you killed or directly cause your death.  Usually death by torture.
(U.S. Navy '51-'55.  Korea & China Service Medals.)