What must a humble teamplayer do to be promotable?

That’s the question I’ve been asking myself since yesterday and seeing that once again I’m considered ineligible.   As a humble man who goes to work to get the job done, I don’t keep a score card of what I’ve done and to be honest, it really doesn’t matter who gets the credit for it as long as the job gets done.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a routine preventive maintenance job or actual repair or relocation of equipment.   As long as the paperwork reflects what I’ve done with my time and the job is complete that’s all that matters.  Obviously, given the advice I had gotten, I am expected to speak ad nauseum in my answers to questions citing all the kinds of things I’ve had a hand in.  That’s the thing, as a humble guy I tend to let my work speak for itself.  Maybe I need to learn to tout that aspect of it.  Play up my attention to details and powers of observation.    I’m beginning to think that to be promotable, I have to become someone that I’m not.  I can and do react to what I see and if I get in over my head,  I know who to call for help.  I guess that my usual passive-aggressive streak will have me checking into financial aid for some classes at FSCJ.  If nothing else, it will give me more knowledge of the systems I work around and with on a daily basis.  Knowing the  parts that make up those systems and understanding how those parts fit together to do their job is an advantage I need to do my job effectively.  Even if I’m still going to be a stealth MPE until such time as they promote me.  Needless to say, with those technical certificates, I’ll have something to add to my resume should I be looking to change jobs if the Postal Service refuses to find me promotable after I earn those certificates.

Who knows, persistence and perseverance will prevail where charm and humility fail to take me on their own.  While I persist, I will continue to learn and to apply that knowledge.  This tree needs fertilizer to bear healthy fruit.  I intend to get those nutrients into my system to improve my fruit.  Scripture says that we will be known by our fruits.  So this is but one aspect of the fruits of my spirit.  We will witness what is born of this endeavor.

 

The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment, by Richard W. Stevens

The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment, by Richard W. Stevens.

 

Very enlightening reading.  I went looking to find the Federalist Papers where the Founders based their arguments on the Swiss tradition and William Tell laws.  Coming across this, I find that it makes the case with a number of sources quoted.  Some of those sources predate the Colonial period.  The Biblical quotes are not only appropriate, they would have been familiar to the Founders as they were religious men.  It also includes aspects of history that aren’t mentioned in schools anymore.   Just remember, there are links on this page to some of the sources used.  So if you want the full context on a quote, you can get it.

Nearly Every Mass Shooting In The Last 20 Years Shares One Thing In Common, & It’s NOT Weapons

Nearly Every Mass Shooting In The Last 20 Years Shares One Thing In Common, & It’s NOT Weapons.

Shouldn’t we be looking at the people pulling the triggers before we start disarming people we disagree with?  Shouldn’t we be reexamining these drugs and their effects?  Shouldn’t we be looking at the Pharmaceutical Industry and the FDA for how they’ve lied to the people about these and many other types of drugs and their unlisted side effects.

 

The Foundation of Western Civilization

Now, you might be wondering why I consider the Ten Commandments to be much of the foundation of Western civilization.   Look at the laws of most countries, many of them are derived from the Ten Commandments.   Sure, keeping the sabbath by legislation was derided by calling them blue laws, but the legislators’ hearts where in the right place, if a little misguided.  Considering the founding of the United States and just where the colonists came from and why,  you begin to see that faith and morality were paramount to individual self regulation and civil discourse.  One need only look at the writings of the Founders to understand that they were not only brilliant, but also men of great faith in God.  Notice, they didn’t name Chris in the Declaration of Independence, but there are numerous references to God within the document, from the start all the way to the end.  Who do you think they relied on when they mentioned Divine Providence.   It was in the study of the Bible and faith being a part of the lives of the country that made America great.  The wisdom of the Bible being available to everyone gave us moral, just, and peaceful people.  We worked hard and prospered.  We shared freely of the fruits of our labors.  And we learned early on that legislating morality doesn’t quite work as one would intend it to.

With that in mind, as I have returned to God, I feel a need to call others to turn from their wickedness and return unto God.  It won’t be easy, at first.  After all, Satan is always tempting us to keep at it, but we have the strength we need to overcome that temptation available to us through Christ.  If we repent our sins, turn from our wickedness and call others to follow us out of the cesspool our lives become in wickedness.  We can and are washed clean of that filth by the blood of Jesus.  Now, when I talk of wickedness, you might not see it as wicked but if you commit to reading a chapter a day, starting wherever the spirit leads you to start, you will come to see what God sees as wicked and realize just how wicked much of the media is and all the filth they fling out to stupefy the masses.

That’s enough preaching.  Just think about it.  Let the love and contentment flow into and through you to touch others in a positive way.  You’ll approach life in a different light as you let God guide your way.  God bless.

 

Ten Commandments – Listed

Ten Commandments – Listed.

If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight? | The D.C. Clothesline

If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight? | The D.C. Clothesline.

Feds buying enough bullets for ’24-year war’

Feds buying enough bullets for ’24-year war’.

Trying something old in a new way.

Back a few years ago, when I first had mining barge learned, I was a maniac and as a growing industrialist, I wanted to mine my own materials for production.  For some of the frigates I was looking to build, I would need zydrine.  At the time, zydrine was 1700 isk a unit.  Our little corp wasn’t in a position to purchase zydrine in bulk.  Hence, I felt the need to mine it myself.  To accomplish that, I applied a bit of what I had been hearing from Crovan on Winterblink and Urban Mongral’s podcast Warpdrive Active.  I changed my overview some and more importantly, I took the local tab out of the corner and lengthened it out to see who was in system.  Well, after being shot at a few times and losing a couple of salvaging destroyers I felt it was no longer worth it to risk hanging out in low sec.   That’s not to mean I deleted my mining bookmarks.  I just didn’t travel to those systems I had those bookmarks in, since I wasn’t sure I wanted to lose a mining barge or an exhumer.  Fast forward from 2008 to now at the start of 2013.  I’m not sure how safe it will be to mine with an exhumer, but with the inclusion of the  Venture mining frigate, I felt it was time to explore low sec mining again.  I’ll have to familiarize myself with the new overview settings for the aggression flag and suspect flag.  I need to understand what is and isn’t cause to run for cover if someone warps into the belt I’m mining.  Until I figure that out, I’ll continue to mine in the Venture.  I’d be more comfortable knowing that I’ll be relatively safe with my drones as well as having a Noctis for salvaging once I understand what the blinking skulls mean.  I’m thinking that the orange flasher is the aggression flag that you’d get after exchanging fire with rats.  The suspect flag would likely then be the flashing red skull and they’ll have a red background should I see them in the overview.  They are suspects and are available to be punished by sentry guns and all other pilots.  So, once I satisfy my deficiency of knowledge where the flags are concerned, I’ll learn whether I’ll be safe operating deeper into low sec or into NPC controlled null sec.  So stay posted.  I’ll be updating on my progress.  After all, I shouldn’t neglect all aspects of my life.  My digital existence is more than what you read here or on social media.

 

Hang in there, there’s more to life than what you read here.  Remember to smile, greet the people you meet, and let the peace and contentment of the Lord fill you.

Facts the Anti-Gun Advocates Don’t Want You to Know

After last summer’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado and last month’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, anti-gun advocates want you to believe that America is a nation infected with violent crimes and murders.  They want you to believe that we are one, if not the, most violent nation in the world and that we have to rid the nation of guns to solve the problem.

But what are the real facts?

Amidst the Noise released a video on You Tube that provides some very stunning facts about violent crimes in the US and Great Britain that anti-gun advocates don’t want you to know this.

For instance, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States Table 1, violent crimes in the US have dropped by nearly 50% in the last twenty years.  In 1992, there were 757.7 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  In 2011, there were only 386.3 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  That’s a reduction of 49%.

In the same Table 1, we also see that there were 9.3 homicides per 100,000 people in 1992 and that number dropped to 4.7 homicides per 100,000 in 2011.  That’s a reduction of 49.4% in the homicide rate in the past twenty years.

The politicians also want you to believe that assault rifles are responsible for many of the homicides that occur and that they need to be banned.  According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States Table 8, there was a total of 12,664 homicides reported in 2011.  Of those, 8,583 were committed with a firearm.  Of those, only 323 were committed with a rifle.  Now realize that assault rifles are a subset of the 323, which means that they account for less than 3.8% of homicides committed by firearms and less than 2.6% of all homicides.

Have you ever wondered where the highest concentrations of violent crime are?  Again turning to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports: Crime in the United States Table 16, we find that the vast majority of violent crimes are occurring in America’s largest cities.  In 2011, there were 754.5 violent crimes per 100,000 people in cities with populations of 250,000 or more.  Compare that to the national average that year of 386.3 per 100,000 and see where most of the violent crimes are occurring.  Incidentally, the locations of this highest violent crime rates also corresponds to the areas that vote Democrat and re-elected Barack Obama.

Now remember that the anti-gun politicians want you to believe that America is far more violent than other nations.  So let’s compare our violent crime rate to England and Wales.  The Home Office Statistical Bulletin: Crimes Detected in England and Wales 2011/12, reports that there were 762,515 violent crimes in the past year.  The population of England is 53,013,000 and the population of Wales is 3,006,400.  Do the math and you end up with 1,361.6 violent crimes per 100,000 people.  In other words, England and Wales has violent crime rate 3.5 times HIGHER than the US.

The truth is, as the video reveals, that liberal anti-gun politicians don’t want you to know the real facts about guns and violence.  If you knew the truth, they wouldn’t have any justifiable reason to try to outlaw and ban guns.  All of the air goes out of their anti-gun balloon.

The other truth revealed in the video is that inner-city culture is the real problem for a large percentage of the violent crimes that take place in the US.  It’s not guns, it’s the people.  And it’s the people who vote for Obama and others that want to ban and outlaw guns.  In order to truly reduce violent crimes and deaths by guns, you have to change the culture.  Unfortunately, Obama’s politics only help to reinforce the current culture and keep the people trapped in it.

The inner city culture is like a frog in a pot of water.  If you place a frog in a pot of hot water, he’ll jump out because the conditions are uncomfortable.  Put the same frog in a pot of water at room temperature and it remains there because it is comfortable to it.  As the water is heated up, the frog continues to stay in the water because the change is gradual.  Eventually the heat kills the frog.  Too many of the inner-city people are so comfortable in their misery that they don’t perceive the danger of it.  As conditions deteriorate, they continue to remain until eventually they become victims of their own complacency.

On one hand Obama is helping create the problem by enslaving the poor with entitlements.  On the other hand, Obama is using the problem to attack conservatives and gun owners.  He has no desire or intention of dealing with the real issues, but would rather use them to promote his socialistic agenda and policies which require him to disarm the American people.

Help stop Obama, Feinstein and Bloomberg by sharing these facts with everyone you know and encourage them to do likewise.

TNSTAAFL

Now, you’re probably wondering what I mean with that acronym.  Perhaps you’re unfamiliar with the acronym, TNSTAAFL.  Let me spell it out for you.  There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.  In this case, it could be said slightly different and say that there’s nothing free.  The government handouts aren’t free.  Those dollars were taken from taxpayers and came out of their wages.  As a taxpayer, the concept of entitlements is a misnomer.  At it’s very core, it’s redistribution of wealth.  The initial vision of Social Security was a helping hand, not what it has become over the last 80 years.  What other programs have been used to make people who seek the assistance become dependent on those programs?  That’s how the Progressives have turned what had been a good idea into an entitlement that enslaves those who make use of the programs.  Don’t get me wrong, there are those who have no other means than those government programs, but it is still true to say that they are dependent on those programs.  Without reforms, those programs will end up dragging our nation into far more massive debt than we are in now.  It’s obscene having 16 Trillion in debt.  Unless the runaway spending is reined in and reined in hard, we’re on course to out Greece the Greeks.  With all the new agencies and agents spelled out in the Affordable Care Act, the size of government is about to balloon even more than it has already.  So we’re going to see Greek style rioting when the money runs out and the Fed holds it’s failed treasury auction.  Think of the number of government workers who will stop getting paychecks and what they will end up doing.  The District of Columbia will likely be an ugly place, as will  the island of Manhattan for much the same reason.  Imagine a place where the only government agency that may be able to stay afloat is the Postal Service, assuming they can get Congress to take their fingers off the profits.  8 to 1, Congress will cause every Postal employee to do without pay as they will take every cent of postage from the Service.  So the government will by necessity shut down and that means martial law and possibly a military scrip for currency during the extended crisis.  Believe me, it will be an extended crisis, when we drop to developing nation status.  And that’s assuming we don’t suffer an EMP attack from Iran or North Korea.  This nation has been in the Wiemar trap from the last 40 years or so.  The fiat currency is the cause of our troubles since we’ll destroy the value of the dollar by printing and digitizing dollars to pay our bills.  Think I’m kidding?  Look into the latest round of Quantitative Easing.  Notice that there is no mention of an end target amount.  With QE2,  we knew they were buying up to 600 Billion of toxic assets.  With QE3, there is a set amount for each purchase, but not an end of purchasing rounds.  So they’ll continue to buy at that 60 Billion level every so often, but it’s open ended.  Meaning,  they’ll continue to buy until they hold enough paper to collapse the madness.

Granted, I may be a tad paranoid, but maybe I’ve been listening and reading too much about this subject to be mealy mouthed about the ramifications.  Plant a garden, store up food and water, collect barter goods, and learn how to help yourself and your neighbors when the crap hits the fan.  It’s coming, and it’s not going to be pretty.  Talk about the chickens coming home to roost, they’re a coming and they’re gonna make a big mess of the hen house.

God bless, and remember to pray for our leaders that they do the right thing and steer away from the darkness.  Pray for strength, as we’re about to hit some major tribulations.