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Maricopa Arizona — were you aware that the Federal Government labels you as a hotspot for terrorist activity?

I like Arizona. I have never felt unsafe here. Admittedly this is probably largely due to the fact that I live in suburbia-Chandler where there is barely a bar around. Nevertheless, I feel that Arizona does a lot right and that I feel safe.

However, according to a report written by the University of Maryland for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) in January 2012 Maricopa County is a hot spot for terrorism (p 2).

Terrorism? I honestly have no idea what they are talking about but apparently we have had 7 “single issue” terrorist attacks from 1970-2008 (p 18) with 6 of them being in the 2000’s (p 23).

What is more troubling is their definitions of who is considered “extreme right-wing.” They describe someone as extreme right-wing as a,

“group that believe that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack and is either already lost or that the threat is imminent (for some threat is from a specific ethnic, racial, or religious group), and believe in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism. Groups may also be fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation), anti-global, suspicious of centralized federal authority, reverent of individual liberty,and believe in conspiracy theories that involve great threat to national sovereignty and/or personal liberty.” (p 8-9)

Now mind you, the START report is the report that was written for the Department of Homeland Security to combat terrorism. So I must ask, why is one that trains with firearms or survialism considered terrorism? Or why is it considered terrorism if one believes that sovereignty is a good thing?

I’m already shooting myself here in the foot in regards to this START report, but this just goes hand-in-hand with the 2009 Department of Homeland Security report entitled Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment (here). In this specific document the DHS also calls out people concerned about “martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps” (p 4). So now we have two separate government documents that are labeling anyone that is concerned about the role of government… to be terrorist. The 2009 report also specifically calls out anyone that has purchased ammunition in bulk or that is a returning veteran.

Pair all these reports with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that allows indefinite detention of American citizens without charge or trial and you have the making of a police state that even North Korea would be proud of. The only difference is that in America people still think they are free and will call you out as a kook (or now a terrorist) if you try to say otherwise.



(Original HERE)

BELLEVUE, WA – The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) today congratulated gun owners in Minnesota for reforming the state’s concealed carry law, and applauded Gov. Tim Pawlenty for signing the bill.

“Gov. Pawlenty did the responsible thing in signing this common-sense legislation,” said CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “Minnesota’s new law affirms and reinforces the right of the citizens to keep and bear arms for their personal defense, and affirms that the Second Amendment protects an individual civil right. Gun owners should congratulate Senators Pat Pariseau of Farmington and Julianne Ortman of Chanhassen for putting the issue in perspective. Likewise, gun rights experts Joe Olson and David Gross must be recognized for their perseverance to get this reform measure passed into law.

“Gov. Pawlenty deserves appreciation for immediately signing this bill,” Gottlieb continued. “He courageously ignored hysterical rhetoric from anti-gunners in the Democratic Farm Labor party and the press to make Minnesotans safer from crime.”

Minnesota becomes the 35th state to adopt a “shall issue” concealed carry statute. States with similar laws have shown significant declines in violent crime, with few, if any, cases of wrongdoing by citizens who have concealed pistol licenses. There is also a reciprocity provision to recognize licenses issued to citizens of other states.

CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron pointed to the obvious, noting: “Law-abiding armed citizens are not very likely to misbehave with their firearms. In case after case, legally-armed citizens have proven themselves not only to be responsible, but have also stopped crimes in progress and saved lives, including their own. Unarmed people never have that option. They are simply victims.”

“Skeptics in Minnesota will join the doomsayers in Michigan, Florida, Texas and elsewhere that sensible concealed carry laws have been enacted,” Waldron predicted. “They’ve been proven wrong everywhere else, and they will again be proven wrong by Minnesota’s responsible armed citizens.”


A Tale of Two Homes and One Hypocrite

Digg This Holy cow. There are just some things that just royally piss me off. One of them is being a blatant hypocrite.

When you mention ‘Global Warming’ I am sure that one name comes up in your mind – Al Gore. You would think that as one of the leading Global Warming elites (he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his Global Warming ‘work’) he would put his money where his mouth is, right? you would think that as much money as he makes off all his appearances, books, and movie (An Inconvenient Truth) that he would be able to afford a “Green” House, right? Well, you were wrong.

As it turns out, President Bush is far more Green than Gore is. Pardon my language, but how the hell is that possible? Bush gets wanked on all the time for not being environmentally friendly enough (remember Bush and the Kyoto Treaty?) and Gore gets praised for being so eco friendly. So what is the justification for this kind of behavior all you Gore-is-the-eco-god peeps? How does someone with all the means to be entirely eco friendly get away with doing the exact opposite of what he advocates? Heck, I am sure people in the industry would give him crap for free just beacause he is such a high profile!

Below is the snopes article and TRUE verification.


HOUSE # 1:
A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add on a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average American household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and
natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or Midwestern “snow belt,” either. It’s in the South.

HOUSE # 2:
Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, this house incorporates every “green” feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape.

HOUSE # 1 (20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and filmmaker) Al Gore.

HOUSE # 2 (model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas. Also known as “the Texas White House,” it is the private residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.

So whose house is gentler on the environment? Yet another story you WON’T hear on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or read about in the New York Times or the Washington Post. Indeed, for Mr. Gore, it’s truly “an inconvenient truth.”

Thanks to this site for bringing this story up.


Road Biking Fun

Road biking 31mar Yay! I really am getting into the whole road biking thing. It is super nice out (at least right now) and I like scooting around town on two wheels under my own power.

I am really, really craving getting that Edge though. While riding around is fun, it isn’t exactly what I would like to do. Since I am such a competitive person I would like to have stats for my ride. And to have stats, I would like to see how long I was actually riding and how fast I was going during that ride.

Speaking of competition. I rode the canal and there was a guy that got on the canal right after me (Gilbert Rd and Warner). At the road crossings I obviously had to slow down to make sure that traffic clear. A couple of times he caught up to me and was crossing the street with me. One time being where there was a giant concrete ledge (the curb that was undone due to construction) that I wasn’t about to jump on a road bike. he was able to jump over it while I took a detour of about 20 feet so I could use a small ramp and a little section of sidewalk. I knew he was right there behind me and made good time getting over that curb whilst I took my detour. So what do I do once I got back on the trail? I blasted it. Pedaled until my legs lit on fire. Then the wind started kicking up – of course, in my face, not at my back – and I wouldn’t allow myself to step the gears down to make it easier. Nope! This was my chance to get more distance between us. LOL. I’m a crazy bat…

Today’s ride was 33.5 miles. Interesting enough, when I mapped it out on google maps, it said that it would have taken me 1 hr and 15 mins to drive that. For me, it took me 1 hr 40 minutes. So using that, I suppose I went an average of around 20 mph. Yay! But then again, I was taking the canal, of which I can’t trace on Google Maps,  so my average was probably closer to 18 mph. Still nice.


Bike Ride Around Chandler

bike ride around chandlerIt was a nice bike ride. My sit bones are not quite used to riding that far, so I was hurting a bit by the end. some of the roads were not very road bike friendly as they not only didnt have a bike lane, but they didn’t have a shoulder – so I just had to ride in a car lane with traffic. Yikes! I had fun waving to all the people also out there biking and running and walking strollers around. I also had fun racing cars off the line like I was some sort of dragster. LOL. So, here I am 34.5 miles later after the ride. This trip does confirm that I really would have liked to have an Edge bike computer, or well, any bike computer so I could have seen how fast I was going and how far I had gone. I think it would have been nice to have a cadence sensor too, even though I have never tried riding with cadence. Seemed like it would have helped out some. It would have also been nice to have a route where I was not stopping at every light too. I guess on the plus side, I got plenty of practice clipping in and clipping out! Oh, and riding in just bike shorts wasn’t as weird as I thought it would be. Probably more comfortable than shorts or the shorts/spandex combo.


Hawes Trail: 2, Me: 0

So… Cody, Eric, and I went mountain biking on Hawes Trail last weekend. This is the second time that Eric and I rode it and Cody’s first time. Last time, I crashed (see pictures on earlier post) into multiple rocks and scuffed my legs up pretty good. This time…. Well…. just watch the slide show here. (LOL)

Hawes Trail: 2
Me: 0

And nevertheless, I will be going back many times. The trail is awesome…


Hawes Trail 23FEB08

Hawes Trail InjurySo last week I tried to ride a mountain bike with clipless pedals. If you don’t know what those are it is where your foot is actually attached to your bike. It helps you pedal and helps you to stay in control of your bike more.

However, as you can see, when you are attached to your bike, and you are too much of a n00b to know how to get off, you crash. What can’t be seen is the multiple bruises on my legs, as well as my sore shoulder muscles from basically pile driving myself into rocks.

There was a few times during that ride that I was getting downright pissed off. It is frustrating to be falling and not be able to get off your bike. You just get to tip over and watch yourself – seemingly in slow motion – fall over onto an awaiting cactus or rock. And oh yeah, and I don’t do mountain biking like Cody defines it (down a paved path on a mountain bike).

Oh, and sorry for my severely white legs….


Edge 705

Edge 705I admit, I have some serious issues that I need to work on. One of them being that I can’t stand it when people get stuff that I want – so I have to get it too, but get the next model up.

Rewind a week or so… my friend gets the Edge 205. What is the Edge you might ask? It is a GPS for your bike! Why in the heck does someone need a GPS for the bike? I know, I know… it is quite ludicrous! Now I am looking at the 705, which is 3 models up from my friends new toy.

So I try to rationalize this little baby – after all, the thing costs at least $400 – so I have to have a reason to buy it right? Right. Well, come to find out, this thing is more than just a fancy bike toy that I will use on the weekends, it is a complete trainer. One where you can ride the same path and analyze every little bit of it – elevation, your heart rate, time, distance, speed, speed over certain terrains… um… EVERYTHING! So what is my rationalization? That if I spend that much money, I will have to go outside more so I can use this thing! Ha!

So it seems that as soon as I get enough money that I will be going after this little puppy.

Sheesh… I’m going to have to join gadgets-anonymous…


"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it." - Patrick Henry

"Politicians and diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason." - Anonymous

"Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." - William Penn

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country" - Hermann Goering

"I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do this I keep on doing." - Romans 7:18-19

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain