Showing posts from January, 2017

Criminal's Among Us

You’re a good person, aren’t you?  Of course, you are. You are well mannered and polite, would never hurt anyone else intentionally, and would only strike out in an attempt to protect those you love.  I’m willing to be bet most people are this way. So why do we have such restrictive laws? If someone can’t make the right moral decisions in-line with societal norms, will a law that says that they aren’t allowed to do certain things really going to prevent them from lashing out or staying within the limits of that law? Do "gun-free zones" really keep those that wish to do harm out of those areas? No. But, they will get the person in trouble who carries a firearm for their own protection. There was a recent robbery and shooting in a San Antonio, Texas mall (a gun free zone), that ended with two deaths and multiple injuries. A good samaritan who was legally carrying concealed shot and killed one of the robbery suspects. That good samaritan could now face charges of his own.

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Trust. How much do you give your kids?

When is it cool, to be a cool parent? Or what's a cool parent? When I was a kid, the cool parent was the one who let you go out and party, or even party at home with your friends. My mom was one of those. Yep, I had a "cool" mom - well she's still cool, but don't tell her I said that.

I thought it was great at the time and I was the envy of all my friends - they all knew they could drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes - and eventually smoke pot or do other things at my house. It was a hippy haven. Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. It seemed great at the time, but eventually, it led me to places I shouldn't have been.

Luckily for me, my ambitions of joining the Army after high school was enough to motivate me from straying too far down those paths. Many of my friends from high school weren't so lucky and struggled with drugs and homelessness for many years. I still have one friend in particular that still struggles even 20 years after high school.

I now use those…