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Trump Touts Background Checks Changes to Include Mental Illness

In the wake of two mass shootings within 14 hours with 29 victims dead, discussions of gun violence in the United States and background checks have once again taken center stage. That's part of what has become the normal progression of dealing with mass shootings in our nation. The simple fact there exists enough of a statistical sample to provide an accurate "normal progression" should trigger a national call to action for rational discussion and proposal and acceptance of at least an attempt at a resolution. Yet, there hasn't been enough legislative enthusiasm for ANY changes since the assault weapons ban signed by Bill Clinton in 1994. That ban came about mostly in response to the Cleveland Elementary School shooting, which left 5 children dead and 30 other people wounded. The … [Read More...]

Halo Smart Smoke and CO Detector

UPDATE: Halo Smart Labs closed their doors in July, 2018. The devices are no longer for sale. The Halo Smart Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a hard-wired connected smoke and carbon monoxide detector. It has a rechargeable backup battery the manufacturer claims will last for ten years. If you need a battery ONLY detector, these units will not work for you. Halo and Halo+ (with weather alerts) use visual alarms, a LOUD beeper, and a clear voice warning to inform you of smoke or carbon monoxide problems. All variations of the Halo units are compatible with Samsung SmartThings hubs and with the Lowes Iris home automation systems using a ZigBee protocol connection. The Halo is … [Read More...]

Trump Touts Background Checks Changes to Include Mental Illness

In the wake of two mass shootings within 14 hours with 29 victims dead, discussions of gun violence in the United States and background checks have once again taken center stage. That's part of what has become the normal progression of dealing with mass shootings in our nation. The simple fact there exists enough of a statistical sample to provide an accurate "normal progression" should trigger a national call to action for rational discussion and proposal and acceptance of at least an attempt at a resolution. Yet, there hasn't been enough legislative enthusiasm for ANY changes since the assault weapons ban signed by Bill Clinton in 1994. That ban came about mostly in response to the … [Read More...]

A Big Day in Grammar School

Week One Prompt:“Share some primary school memories.” I began my scholastic career at George Washington School in White Plains, NY. As you can see, it was easy walking distance from our house (now hidden by the tree canopy) on Todd’s Pond. When I was ready to head to fourth grade, Mom and Dad decided it was time for their three kids to change schools. We would all attend St. John’s School, even though it meant (I assume) tuition and (certainly) driving us to and from school each day. Sometime during my transition between third and fourth grade, I ended up wearing prescription glasses, a “joy” I maintain to this day. New Kid in Fourth Grade But, since glasses hadn’t yet been judged as … [Read More...]

Fear is Personal and Real

Social media is abuzz with people dismissing fears expressed by others concerned with where the next Presidential regime will take the United States and how it will affect them. Protesters marching the streets of cities across the country are being characterized as babies, wimps, whiners, and sore losers. The list of reported racist incidents after Trump's victory continues to grow. Some of these incidents are probably not directly related, some may be manufactured or fictional, and some may be overblown. But, it's a long list. Nationwide Angst An incident at an International Baccalaureate middle school in Michigan where, in the presence of adult supervisors, seventh grade children … [Read More...]

Reality Hits You Hard, Bro

Let's get the title reference out of the way, click here for the YouTube where an Arizona resident reminds us that, sometimes, reality hits you hard, bro. The realities that hit you hard in this matter are convoluted but not complex. Aggressive Council Moves The City of Glendale City Council voted 5-2 to negate an existing contract with the Coyotes at a contentious June 10, 2015 special City Council meeting which had been scheduled one day earlier. Reasonable people recognize scheduling a voting meeting and giving your business partner one day's notice to prepare as an extremely aggressive move, especially given one of the two councilmembers supporting the Coyotes was out of … [Read More...]

A Big Day in Grammar School

Week One Prompt:“Share some primary school memories.” I began my scholastic career at George Washington School in White Plains, NY. As you can see, it was easy walking distance from our house (now hidden by the tree canopy) on Todd’s Pond. When I was ready to head to fourth grade, Mom and Dad decided it […]