I’m tired of listening to the same old excuses about gun regulations – I’m angry!

{Warning: Strong words}

I’m just going to lay it out here.

I was raised in a Republican based mindset. Obviously, I went my own way, but there were times in my life, even after I became a progressive liberal, where I stood up for Republicans and the @GOP.

Not all their ideas were terrible. There were a few which could actually help people (Like TN — a red state — giving two free years of college to all TN residents), but this crop of Republicans are not the Republicans from the past.

Republicans are no longer the party of Lincoln. They have sworn allegiance to the far-right base of the @GOP and they are the party of Trump.

I will no longer listen to the excuses and dumbshit I’ve heard my entire life. I’ll no longer be nice and shake my head politely when a relative or distant friend says something racist or stupid about LGBTQ. I will call each and every one of them out for the stupidity they preach.

This goes for common-sense gun regulations. Don’t come at me with some bullshit excuse that common-sense gun regulations do not work. — All you have to do is look at Europe and Australia. — It works fine for them, so obviously, laws work.

We can come together to try a few things;

  1. More money to help patients with mental illness
  2. Go back to Obama era policies banning the severely mentally ill from purchasing firearms.
  3. Better acknowledgment of serious incident reporting by FBI
  4. Military, FBI, and other agencies actually talk to one another and create one “no gun buy” database.
  5. Everyone must wait 7 days from order to pick up of a gun.
  6. Background checks on everyone who purchases a gun
  7. Middleman to facilitate person to person sales and registration of guns (just like cars)
  8. Zero bump stocks unless someone can prove a disability who cannot pull a trigger . — If anyone other than the rightful owner is caught using the bump stock, they will be jailed.
  9. Get rid of all AR15s. No one, outside the military and police, needs an AR-15.
  10. All weapons must be registered. Period!
  11. All gun owners must go through training (except military, veterans, and police). If you’ve been using a gun for an extended period of time or you are a military veteran or police, you can “test-out” but this will include watching a film on gun safety and the aftermath of gun violence.
  12. If you own a weapon, it must be part of your homeowners’ insurance. If your gun is used to harm another person (even if it was stolen) your home insurance must pay for the physical and mental damages of those affected. If you do not own your home, you must obtain separate gun insurance to ensure the expense of damages to others will be recovered by the victims and families.
  13. All items of expense will be limited to an amount which is fair. Americans will have the opportunity to own at least 3 weapons if they wish. After three guns, the price of expenses (registration and ins) will go up drastically with the number of guns a person or family owns.
  14. If you can’t afford these items, you can’t own a gun.

These are just a few of the minor changes we can make as a society to decrease deaths and mass shootings (I’ll probably add more soon). Will it eliminate all deaths? No. Of course not. Not all baby seats prevent baby deaths, but it’s against the law to carry your baby anywhere without one.

No law eliminates all crimes. Laws are created to decrease crime and make crime harder to commit.

Let’s look at exactly what I’m talking about.

I don’t do meth. I’ve never done meth. I don’t plan to do meth. I have no idea how to make meth. But, because some criminals create meth, I’m forced to go to the store and show my ID, and purchase only one box of Sudafed a month for my allergies, and I can only purchase so much per year.

Do people still make meth? YES! Do people still die from meth? YES! But the reason for, what I consider, an insane law, is to get as much as the stuff off the streets and hopefully make it harder for meth makers to make a deadly drug. Does it stop all deaths? No. Not even close. But it does help.

The same goes for pain medications. I must suffer greatly because Drs have been ordered to get pain medications off the streets as much as possible to deter criminals from abusing drugs. — Yet, many disabled people suffer daily because they can’t get the pain medications they need daily. All because some fucked up criminal messed it up for the good people who need it.

So, let me tell you something. I don’t give a rat’s ass if you sleep with 50 damn guns to make your penis look longer. I don’t care if you’re never going to hurt anyone with your guns. I don’t give a shit if no lives with you, so no one will hurt anyone either.

If I have to give up my Sudafed (for my allergies) and my pain medications (which I need for many painful diseases), because some uneducated, knuckle dragging, doped up, asshole, decided to almost OD, then, by god, I honestly do not give one shit about your damn AR 15s and bump stocks which are used to murder many, including school children.

If the teens from Parkland are any indication, change is coming. Get used to it.

If you wish to read more about my thoughts on the matter, here is an interview of my opinion and answers to common sense gun regulations, written for Mic.com by Anna Swartz (Twitter — @Anna_Snackz)

https://mic.com/articles/185008/a-gun-owning-military-veteran-explains-why-she-supports-more-gun-control-laws#.L8rettEs4

I hope America will come together and devise some common sense laws that will benefit everyone and keep more people safe. The least we can do is start with bump stocks and AR 15s.

But, if you don’t want to help with progress, and if you’re super sad about losing a few gun rights (and I mean very few), then, don’t worry, I will gladly send you my thoughts and prayers.

 

Happy New Year 2018!!

It’s that time of year again! Time to lose weight, spend more time with the family, go back to school, pick up a new hobby, use your $300 bike sitting in the garage, and be a better person. After you get off the floor laughing, have some fun enjoying these New Year’s memes.

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We can’t start a new year without Grumpy Cat! The party isn’t a party until it’s a Grump Cat party!

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This is Grumpy Cat. I do not own her photos. She is a modern cat who owns herself and her photos.

I wish for everyone to have a fantastic New Year!

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May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. – George Carlin 

Until next time…Be safe, be kind, and take time to love one another.

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Trump loving Piers Morgan used three broken ribs to claim he was “manning up” – Twitter wasn’t having it.

The situation started with an insulting tweet from Piers.

“I’ll be co-hosting GMB tomorrow with 3 broken ribs. For the more fragile snowflakes among you, this is called “manning up”.”

For those who may not know, “fragile snowflakes” is a term used mostly by Trump followers or far-right conservatives as an insult to liberals, especially directed to liberal men and / or college students.

Piers’ attempt at insult and arrogance back fired on him when the internet called him out for the weakling he is.

Let’s start with Dane Rauschenberg. Dane is an attorney, author, long distance runner, and he ran 52 marathons in 52 weekends. Between the weekly marathons, Dane spoke publicly about his fundraising efforts, sent out blog updates, and even organized a local marathon to make sure his 52 week streak would not be broken. I think he is qualified to speak about pain during hard work.

* Please forgive the strong language. Insulting hard work of others tends to make us all angry at the man who is paid a large sum of money to sit on a couch in a climate controlled environment while bitching about how others aren’t manly enough for his standards.

Dane certainly earned respect for letting Piers know his ribs were nothing compared to the pain of others.

I was doing my own form of fangirling.

There were many more comments made to Piers by everyday people.

I was so angry with him, I left a bunch of remarks. But I’ll only share a few here.

This was one of my favorite comments about tough men!! These men are real heroes!

They need to teach Piers how to be a real man.

And the last one. It’s one I hope the next generation will be able to relate to.

 

Keep in mind, no one insulted Piers Morgan for his pain. Not even close. Everyone insulted him for his comments about 3 broken ribs at work made him more manly than some class of people he was insulting.

Since I’ve read Piers a lot, and going by the comment he posted, I know he was insulting liberals.

Conservative voters do not own hard work and sacrifice. Hard working people come from all countries, creeds, religions, races, and yes, even political parties.

What he doesn’t realize is, with his comment he is not only insulting all the civilians liberals who work hard everyday, but he is also insulting Veterans, farmers, truck drivers, and more, who support the liberal cause.

Piers discounted not only the hardworking liberals in the US, but with his words, he also discounted the liberals in his own country. With his words Piers proves he is not a man who wants to reach across the aisle and mend fences. Through his words and actions, he wishes to divide us more.

Piers, I really hope you feel better soon. I really do. But it would be really nice if you weren’t such an ass about it and stop making a fool of yourself.

 

Until next time…Be safe, be kind, be happy, and take time to love one another. We’re all in this together.

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Social media snap-shot of my home page. Let’s see what others are talking about today.

So much going on at the same time. Here is a snap-shot of what’s happening on @twitter today.

@driverBrian stating a long held fact.

@waltshaub commenting on Rick Perry’s remarks concerning climate change.

 

One of my favorite women to watch in TV debates, @ananavarro, is defending her brother and bashing a tweeter using mentally challenged terms as a slur.

@Thehill reporting on the GOV of Florida, Rick Scott, standing against ending protections for Dreamers. * I must admit, I’m very shocked about this. Is it a PR stunt? We’ll see how he votes.

This doesn’t surprise me at all. Not even one bit.

@ccnlawyer,  @juddlegum, & @actTogetherFL comment on Trump’s promise of 1 million dollars to flood victims of Hurricane Harvey. Trump promised the same to Sandy victims, only to back out then too.

 

So, there you have it. A snap-shot of what people are talking about today.

*PS: There is a lot of #TrumpRussia news today too, but way too much for one blog entry. For all your #TrumpRussia news, log into @Twitter and type #TrumpRussia or #Russia into the search bar. Scroll down for earlier news articles and read the top ones for most recent (typically in this order). Read all the news you can stand. It’s getting pretty intense.

Until next time…Be safe, be kind, be happy, and take time to love one another. We’re all in this together.

** Don’t forget to donate to victims of Hurricane Harvey

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Nurse is terrified while a detective attacks & arrests her for doing her job.

I’m going to say I haven’t been this angry in a very long time. The abuse of power, and the nurse’s fear, I see in this video makes me so angry I’m shaking. Fear is a primal reaction when seeing someone, who is supposed to be calm and professional, flip to acting out of control and abusive. I feel her fear. I’m still disgusted with the police who arrested her and even more so with the police who stood around and did nothing.

Nurse calmly tells policeman why she cannot comply with his request (it’s breaking the law). What happens next is terrifying.

** Warning: Trigger warning for those who’ve been attacked or wrongly arrested before

Short version of the video –

Complete version of video  – audio starts at 36 seconds.

In this video, at 11:30, you will see sexism and mansplaining in the worst possible way. The second police on the scene is talking down to her and explaining the law to her, but he is the one who is wrong. We women face this kind of shit everyday.

 

My comments on the video:

*Please forgive the amount of comments and cursing. I had a lot to say.

This is what Gov. Gary Herbert had to say about the incident.

Words from Salt Lake Police Department

 

UTAH statement about nurse

 

There are thousands of comments about this incident, so I gabbed a few from Twitter.

Many people were calling for the Detective to be fired.

Others talked about prior issues with the police at this hospital.

And many others praised the nurse on how she handled herself

 

Biskupski said in her statement she watched the video of the incident.

“What I saw is completely unacceptable to the values of my Administration and of the values of the Salt Lake City Police Department. I extend a personal apology to Ms. Wubbles for what she has been through for simply doing her job.”

 

If you wish to know more about this incident and the follow-up story, here are a few news links.

Salt Lake mayor calls nurse arrest unacceptable

If you’re as furious as I am about the detective abusing his power over the nurse, please submit a complaint. You don’t have to give your #.

Complaint form to SLCPD

I have a huge amount of respect for policemen / women everywhere. Their jobs are hard enough without the unprofessional members bringing unwanted attention to their job. This is why it’s so important to get rid of the “Blue Line” mentality. Weeding out the bad police members will allow better recruits to join the force. With better employees wearing badges, the professional ranks of the police can work to do their jobs and not work everyday watching their backs.

No matter who you are. If you see police brutality or abuse of power, speak up.

Together we can make the force safer for everyone.

 

Until next time…Be safe, be kind, be happy, and take time to love one another. We’re all in this together.

 

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Amanda’s Social Media Round-up – 30Aug2017 – Hurricane Harvey

Due to being an avid user of social media, much of what I write is not on my blog.

This is a little of what I’m writing when I’m away.

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I hope homeowners in the flood areas are protected during recovery. We must work to protect those who are the most vulnerable.

Come on! Feel free to pray and send good thoughts, but also send those $$$!

Again, send $$! No funeral home will bury family members using only prayers as payment.

25 inches of rain in one night!! This is an insane amount of water.

I’m saving this one here, because, it’s crazy! A highway turned into a full river!

Important rescue numbers to call if needed!

 

Until next time…Be safe, be kind, be happy, and take time to love one another. We’re all in this together.

 

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SecDef Mattis protects his “children” – Delays Trump’s Transgender Ban

SecDef Mattis protects his “children” – Delays Trump’s Transgender Ban

I can’t even begin to say how happy I am about this. knows 15,000 transgender troops serve in the military. The “Monk General”, who claims the military as his family, won’t abandon those who are already serving.

I’m not saying he won’t implement this plan sometime in the far future, but Mattis isn’t going to follow POTUS Trump’s plan to ban these military members immediately and uproot their careers and families. All of these transgender military members have served in battle and/or served supporting the war cause.  To uproot them from their careers and homes would not only do a disservice to them, but also negativity affect morale and combat readiness in their units.

Mattis Says Panel Will Study Trump’s Transgender Ban

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What Mattis has done with his delay, based on future planning and talks with those already serving, is put into place options for those serving. It gives them breathing room to decide what they really wish to do. Some transgender military members may make other plans  in the civilian sector, put in a retirement packet, or continue serving and see what happens in the next election.

Some people say he should do more and stop POTUS Trump in his tracks. That would only lead to Mattis being fired for a more Trump friendly general. This would do nothing but harm any LGBTQ in the military and no one wants that.

Mattis has agreed to some of Trump’s plans, but not destroying the careers of those serving. It’s unfair to those who want to join. I’m totally on board with that cause, but in such an ugly anti-LGBTQ environment, this is a compromise which saves the careers and families of 15,000 service men and women.

No matter what happens in the future, this delay helps everyone take a breath, step back, regroup, and decide a plan which is best for everyone.

Any delay to help those already serving is a good victory in my book.

Until next time…Be safe, be kind, be happy, and take time to love one another. We’re all in this together.

 

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I didn’t know Cow Appreciation Day would include my hair

 

I’ve recently had my hair cut shorter. I forgot I have 2 cowlicks in my hair (longer hair hides them).

I normally wear my hair longer and just put it all up in a pony tail, but in the process of wanting to get rid of damaged hair and wanting something fresh, I went shorter. Ugh! Hair in all directions! LOL 🙂

This new hairstyle means no more hiding all the craziness which is my hair.

In a strange way, my hair is a perfect example of my personality.

I have two cow licks. One in the back and one on the front left side. This makes parting or styling my hair a losing battle (hence the pony tails most of my life). Also, I’m this “lucky” person who has two types of hair in one head. Some of my hair is wavy and some is straight. On humid days, this mix of hair makes it look like I tried to style my hair in the morning, but said, “screw it” before I was done (again, the reason for the pony tail). I now have shorter layers and it’s really kind of cute. I honestly don’t think the first person who cut my hair knew what she was doing, so I went back and had someone else fix it. Having it trimmed twice has made my back cow lick stand up more than normal, but hey, at least it looks like I have body in my hair in that one spot! LOL 🙂

Why does my hair reflect my personality? Sometimes I’m going in many directions at once and many times I feel like I’m two different people. I love being outdoors and being creative, but other times I like science, working on the computer, and reading. I’m sure I’m not alone in liking many different things, but it just so happens my hair decided it wanted to do different things too.

In any case, wish me luck with my new hair cut. I’m going to try to come up with cool things to do, but I’m almost sure I’ll be back in my comfortable pony tail again in less than 6 mths.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Me…. With the cow-lick on display and with my hair pulled back.

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The cow lick in all it’s glory! 🙂

My ponytail to hide my wild and crazy hair. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time…Be safe, be kind, be happy, and take time to love one another. We’re all in this together.

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy Easter 2017

As we approach Easter 2017 – I offer some cute MEMES.

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I’ve never owned a snake, but if I ever get one, I promise to do this with various animal ears. 🙂

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The Platypus has so many different animal traits combined in one body, it needs it’s own holiday.

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And of course, what is Easter without a cute little furry nose to curl up to. I wish for you and all your furry friends a very Happy Easter.

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