Jan 082013

We Are Better Than This In a discussion about the gun control issue, I was challenged to show anywhere the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence proposed banning all guns. I already knew they had not made such a sweeping proposal but I went back to their facebook page to quote what they were actually proposing.

Amazingly, I could not find any proposals to reduce gun violence. They harp on ‘sensible’ and ‘responsible’ gun control with trite phrases like ‘we are better than this’ yet no concrete proposals. Sure, they link to articles written by others but nothing concrete from them.

Am I missing something? Can you find any concrete proposals from the Brady Campaign on how we are supposed to reduce gun violence or do they just repeat ‘feel good’ phrases asking us to be ‘reasonable’ and ‘be better’?

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Jan 062013

States that honor an Oregon Conceal Carry License

States that honor an Oregon Conceal Carry License

I have had my Washington Concealed Pistol License (CPL) for over 10 years and decided it was time to get a conceal carry license for Oregon as well. According to USACarry.com, my Washington CPL is currently recognized by 25 other states but our neighbor to the south, Oregon, is not one of them. Oregon, unlike almost ever other state, does not recognize concealed weapons permits from any other state. So, to carry a pistol either in the car or on your person, you must have a conceal carry license from Oregon.

We travel extensively through Oregon both on our way from eastern Washington to the Oregon and Washington coast and to visit family down in Boise, Idaho. We also enjoy camping and hiking in many Oregon State Parks as well as the numerous scenic areas in northeastern Oregon. Without an Oregon conceal carry license, before crossing the state line I must make sure to store my pistol in the trunk so as not to get in trouble if I happen to get pulled over for a faulty tail light or whatnot.

Oregon is a ‘shall issue’ state for Oregon residents only. ‘Shall Issue’ means that the local sheriff will (must) issue a conceal carry license to those who meet the Oregon conceal carry licensing requirements. To receive a non-resident license, applicants must either 1) own or lease property in Oregon or 2) be a resident of one of the four states contiguous to Oregon; California, Nevada, Idaho, and Washington. Non-resident applicants must meet the same requirements as Oregon residents plus submit a letter addressed to the sheriff explaining why they ‘need’ to carry concealed in the sheriff’s county. Oregon law says the sheriff ‘may issue’ conceal carry licenses to qualified non-residents at his discretion. If the sheriff is a proponent of the Second Amendment then you have a good chance of having your license approved, if the sheriff does not believe in the right for citizens to keep and bear arms, then you had better apply in a different county.

The sheriff offices do not allow you to submit an conceal carry application by mail and most require non-residents to set an appointment to bring in the application. When calling my nearby sheriff’s office, I was only able to leave a voice mail and did not get a call back that day. I ended up sending an email and was pleasantly surprised to get a response within the hour with a date and time, even though it was 6 weeks in the future. If you plan on getting an Oregon conceal carry license, don’t wait till you have taken the class to set your appointment.

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Jan 042013

The Glycemic Load Diet.
Rob Thompson MD.
... the next time you see a supersize meal in McDonald's or Burger King, ask yourself how much of what you are looking at is meat and dairy product and how much is bun, french fries, and soft drink -- that is, how much is fat, and how much is starch and sugar? Fast food isn't so much fatty as it is starchy and sugary.
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Sitting down at the fast food joint, you usually have a small piece of meat sandwiched between two huge buns, a boat load of potatoes, and a large drink (maybe diet to make it less unhealthy). Even at the mexican joints, you are encouraged to eat your fill of chips before a meal.

When I do go to a hamburger place I have asked for my burger to be lettuce-wrapped, bypassing the bun altogether but usually just drop in to the local grocery store for a baked chicken breast.

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Jan 032013

Zero Day.
Mark Russinovich.

Besides the two examples of ‘cloyingly sweet’ and ‘cloying sentiments’ I am trying to think of other examples. Any ideas?

Sentence: Following a cloyingly sweet dessert, the only dish that disappointed Carlton, Fajer suggested port and cigars.
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: disgusting or distasteful by reason of excess <cloying sweetness>; also
: excessively sweet or sentimental <a cloying romantic comedy>


  1. After a while, the softness of his voice becomes cloying.
  2. the cloying sentiments of so many Mother's Day cards

Source: Merriam-Webster.com

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Jan 022013

Defend Schools

A petition to immediately end all “gun-free school zone” laws and regulations which disarm honest, law-abiding teachers, parents, and adults-and prevent them from defending school children against armed and violent criminals.

In the wake of this tragedy, many are pushing for more gun control, but they ignore the real ways in which this tragedy could have been minimized:

  • A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school’s vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.
  • A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.
  • A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.
  • A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.
  • A 2007 mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.
  • A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.
  • A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun.

We call for the immediate repeal of all laws that disarm civilians. We demand an immediate end to the tragically-failed policy of gun-free zones around schools which leaves young school children vulnerable to mass murderers.

If you feel strongly about the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, please sign this online petition.

Source: Libertarian Party on Facebook
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Terrorist Virus Worms Its Way Through Internet


Zero Day.
Mark Russinovich.
These worms descended to the depths of the computer, burrowing down and existing like a living parasite, planting themselves within the operating system. They were designed to resist detection. To mask themselves further, they worked slowly at replicating clones, sending out new versions of themselves to seek new computers at an all but undetectable rate. They were a cancer on the Internet and on every computer they could find.
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How much damage could a computer virus cause? How much of our infrastructure is dependent on computers? Sure, buildings may not collapse but just about everything else, including planes, trains, nuclear power plants, banks, and the stock market, are susceptible and vulnerable.

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