Saturday, January 30, 2010

Exercising My Second Amendment Right

I prefer the method on the right!!

If I do not one more thing this weekend, it will be just fine. I feel pretty accomplished and proud of myself. Today I took the first step toward obtaining my concealed carry permit. I passed the state mandated course. Now I just need to send the county and the state AG some money, get fingerprinted, have a background check done, and then it is pretty much a done deal.

I was really looking forward to the class, and enjoyed it immensely. The instructor is someone that I know from work, and he made the day educational, but also entertaining. He is very good at what he does, because there were several people in the class that had a limited exposure to firearms prior to this class, and he made them feel comfortable and at ease throughout the process.

The classroom portion of the class was very commonsense stuff. One of the most important items covered was the safety issues surrounding concealed carry. We also had the opportunity to try out different guns (revolvers as well as semi-autos) to see what one we felt the most comfortable using. A portion of the time was spent discussing the different holsters available for concealed carry. The multiple choice test consisted of twenty-five questions, all things that were covered at least once during the approximately 6 1/2 hours spent on the material. And, Yaaayy- I passed!!

Then it was on to the range to prove we could actually hit a target. I will admit I was a tad nervous about this portion of the day. The requirements are 5 rounds from 3 yards one-handed, 10 rounds from 7 yards with both hands, and 10 rounds from 10 yards with both hands. In order to qualify you have to have 18 of the 25 rounds in the scoring area (bowling pin shaped area, approximately the size of the torso) Last week I practiced the requirements three different times and had only one round outside the qualifying area. Today I had three outside the area. Like I said, I was nervous. And don't tell my husband, but when he is standing behind me criticizing, ahem, I mean critiquing me, I do tend to shoot better! Anyway, I passed the shooting portion of the day, also, so on to the application and background check!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What the Teleprompter Should Say, But Won't

Okay, it may say some of this, but will it really mean it or follow through? The darn teleprompter made so many promises during the presidential election that it has already given up on. Need an example? Health care. Where is the open debate, that was supposed to be televised on C-SPAN? When has the TIC (teleprompter-in-chief) or his lackeys (Pelosi and Reid)ever really allowed the Republicans in on any meaningful discussions about health care reform? Oh, well. Here it goes-

1.) The military has this administration's unwavering support. Whatever you may need to succeed, consider it yours. I will not delay in providing resources or strategy for Iraq and Afghanistan, as I know this will lead to unnecessary losses. We will succeed, and our troops will return home when their mission is finished. We have faith in their abilities- may God bless them. (TIC may say some of these things, but will there be follow through?)

2.) The economy is a top priority. I have spent too much time and too much of the taxpayers money trying to "save" certain companies and industries. Capitalism is a wonderful thing. Failure for some companies may be the only answer. The market will bear out and the cream will rise to the top.

3.) Raising taxes will not solve anyone's problems. If taxes are levied on business, they will either have to pass it on to the consumer, or close their doors. If we increase taxes on the citizens of this nation, they will tighten their purse strings and slow the economy even further.

4.) The equations are really simple:

Lower taxes (flat tax?) = more jobs = health care for more Americans.

Lower taxes = more money for consumers discretionary spending = improved economy for all, businesses, those seeking employment, and shareholders alike.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Should I Stay...

A little fun for my first blog back. This is one of my favorites. Whenever I hear this, I can't help but dance and sing along. Oh, and if a Lib is asking the question- they should definitely GO!


Okay,maybe just ready to blog. And that, my friends, is all the party I need!

It has been a while since I last posted. In fact, it has been a month to the day. I hope y'all haven't forgotten me!! Life got pretty hectic during the holidays (yeah, I know- like that makes me special, huh?)

The youngest son's birthday falls during the week of Christmas, and then everyone in the house got sick except me, so I got to be the nursemaid for awhile. Once everyone was better, the husband went on a blog writing tear, and with only one computer in the house....

Enough excuses. I am back, feeling re-energized, and am currently working on my next post. I hope I haven't left you waiting for too long, and that you will find your way to my corner of the blogosphere from time to time.!!