What kind of a world are we making for our children?


Another bulletin comes on the TV about another shooting, this time in a mall in Maryland.

What bothers me most about my reaction is that I’m not shocked. Shootings around this country are becoming a commonplace thing. Do you even pay attention any more when those “special bulletins” come on TV interrupting the violent program you may be watching, (You might even not be watching TV, you might be playing those realistic killer video games. ) Could there be a connection? Duh, yes.

What worries me is my little grandson. He’s so sweet and innocent. What kind of world does he have to look forward to? Is he going to have to be locked down in his house at certain times of the day.

I remember when I went to school. It was one of the safest places in the world. The thought that somebody would come in the school and harm the children was the farthest thing from anyone’s mind. Everything was orderly, and kids didn’t have to be frightened.

I did see changes come  when I was still teaching school. We had several lock downs because of the rumor of drive-by shootings. Those guns again.

Something tells me that our gun policy is not working. It’s getting more and more like the wild west every day. I’m thinking even the wild west isn’t as wild as our society is becoming these days.

I heard some conservative woman on TV suggest that we should lock more people up in mental institutions to solve this problem. As far as she could see, the problem had absolutely nothing to do with too many guns. I won’t even dignify her by mentioning her name. (She is the one with the long blonde hair and the irritating voice. )

It looks like I’m going to do most of my shopping online. I’ll try not to worry about the future. But I really wish my grandson’s mother would start thinking about the benefits of home-schooling.

Advertisements

What does it take to get gun control?


Hill Staffer Pens Get Well Wish To Giffords

Hill Staffer Pens Get Well Wish To Giffords (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his &qu...

English: Dr. Martin Luther King giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963. Español: Dr. Martin Luther King dando su discurso “Yo tengo un sueño” durante la Marcha sobre Washington por el trabajo y la libertad en Washington, D.C., 28 de agosto de 1963. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember back when Kennedy was assassinated : that’s when I first heard about gun control. That was when I was 13.

Before that time, life didn’t seem to be as violent. Maybe it was, and I just didn’t know it because I lived a sheltered life in the suburbs.

Then Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were killed. I was 17, and in my senior year of high school.

The next assassination attempt was Ronald Reagan, and Brady was injured. I was 31 and pregnant with my last child who is now 30 years old.

And so it goes. The Columbine teenagers, Gifford shooting, and on and on. I just read the book “Gabby” that her husband wrote. She’s gone through Hell and back to get back some semblance of functioning. You know, she’s never going to be the same.

Now, all those innocent people killed by a 24-year-old guy who is apparently mentally ill. He’ll probably live because he’s deranged. Who else would commit such a horrendous act. It’s a good thing his apartment didn’t explode.

He meets the classic profile: quiet and keeping to himself. This one is even a brilliant student, (a PhD candidate who recently left the university),  but he used his brilliance for evil purposes. You have to know something happened to him. But it doesn’t matter now because he’s committed unpardonable acts.

Once a gun goes off, there’s nothing you can do to stop the bullet.

One argument is we need guns to protect us against the government taking over. The opposing argument is that guns can’t compete against nuclear

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr....

English: Attorney General Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 22 June 1963, Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

weapons and chemical weapons. Look at what Syria is doing to their citizens?

What do you think? Convince me gun control isn’t a good idea.

Why My Life is Sweeter with my GPS


Mapquest adds bike directions

Mapquest adds bike directions (Photo credit: Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious)

I don’t know about you, but my GPS has become one of my best friends. It is one freeing item. I just turn it on and it will direct me to my destination. I just listen to it, but that works fine.

I used Mapquest for a while and I thought that was the greatest invention since sliced bread. However, holding the directions and driving at the same time might not have been the best thing to do. Besides, it didn’t account for roadblocks, and incessant orange barrels. One thing they do in Columbus, Ohio, is rebuild the roads. I guess I’d complain if they didn’t.

Imagine my dismay when my GPS stopped working. I was one lost puppy. I started using mapquest again. Which is a good thing, but doesn’t account for the never-ending road closings and detours that I’ve faced lately.

So, finally I called  the Target warranty center,  and found out there’s an update I have to install to get it to work. If your Tom Tom GPS is saying it can’t locate the signal, that’s why! If you need to fix it, go to http://us.support.tomtom.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/6964.

Okay, I expect to get frustrated doing this, so I’ll call their help line. I’m not going to even attempt it by myself.

All this tech stuff drives me a bit crazy. I guess older brains aren’t just wired up to handle the whole thing. Maybe I ought to find an eight or nine-year old to help me. I’m amazed at how tuned in kids are to all this stuff.

Nevertheless,  I’m really happy that the GPS exists, and I can use it.

How about you? Do you have problems plugging into the modern world? What do you like about it? What don’t you like about it?

TSA Searches Wheelchair bound 3 year old. What do you think?


Now, I’ve seen everything . The TSA searched a little wheelchair bound 3-year-old little boy on a video I just saw on YouTube.  Supposedly the little boy was scared and was trembling.

Another woman was detained because she was carrying over $8,000, and they thought she might have embezzled it or stole it from someone. I have no idea why someone would be carrying that amount of money on them. It would make me suspicious too.

The TSA does say terrorists have hidden bombs and things in prosthetics. That’s how the TSA justifies personal searches. And I wouldn’t put anything past a terrorist. If the TSA missed something, everyone would be all over them for not doing their duty.

When I take  my sleep apnea machine through security, they always have to do a test on it. One time, someone stashed some dynamite in one, so they searched them all.  That did make me feel ridiculous. It’s bad enough that I have to use one, but does everyone have to know about it? The last time I traveled, I didn’t take it because I didn’t feel like going through the hassle. (I’ve heard that they stopped doing the test.)

I’ve seen people do silly things. One time I saw a person bring a swiss army knife that could be misconstrued for a weapon. They were upset when they took it away. How can you get upset about that?

I forgot about a whole new bottle of sun-tan lotion I had in my purse. I was irritated when they confiscated it, but it was a stupid oversight on my part.

I know every time I take a plane, I’m not looking forward to the security check.  First of all, I hate taking off my shoes, being pressured to put all my stuff in baskets. (I can never remember whether the purse gets its own basket, etc.) I hate taking my computer out of its case. I’m not a fast mover, so it’s a little intimidating.

Personally, I figure it’s worth a little inconvenience to check everyone out.  I wish they could do it without traumatizing people. I know if my privacy was drastically invaded, I would be more than a little upset. There should be a better and less invasive way to screen people.

TSA insignia

TSA insignia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’d hate to be blown up mid-air. And we know it’s happened more than once.

What’s your opinion on this? Have you ever had a bad experience, or seen someone’s privacy invaded unnecessarily?

You can find the wheelchair video in related articles that follows this post.

Enhanced by Zemanta