Is the solution to the mass shootings going on these days as easy as “Open Carry”?
After carrying a sidearm, as a law enforcement officer myself for quite a few years, I often wonder if the solution is really that simple?
If we give everyone the opportunity to “Open Carry” a Side Arm (with special training and certification of course), several things will happen. First, It Will Be So much easier to SEE who has a gun. Second, as crass as it may sound, the BAD and Stupid Ones Will Kill Themselves Off right away.
I totally agree that No One needs an assault weapon. I also believe that “The Right To Bear Arms” as written into the constitution came at a time that our government still thought there was a real threat of being overthrown by another governments militia and therefore provided the average citizen like you and me the right to arm ourselves and our households to prevent such a take over. Those days, however, are long gone.
The need to amend and clarify that part of the constitution has been needed for a long time now because NOW it is being used by gun fanatics way beyond it’s intended purpose.
I was born and raised in Texas. Texas the land where cowboys roam on horses and everyone carried a shotgun or deer rifle in the gun rack in their truck for years without any issue at all.
For all my youth and into my adult life I NEVER saw anyone take one of those shotguns or deer rifles and start shooting people at random until recent years. We need to Pin Point the root cause of that and go from there.
The problem in America today is that there is little or No Respect for the Law and others and their property. These days everyone believes they can get away with anything they want until they get caught and then they believe they can just argue their way out of it.
When confronted by The Law they have No Respect for their Authority and start talking back to the officers and disputing their command from the get go.
Yes, your right, there are way too many Police Officers that take their authority way to far these days and that is part of the problem. Some many officers these days believe that They Are Martial Law and In Total Control No Matter Where They Arrive. Nothing Could be Further From the Truth. State constitutions clearly define the law and authority of a police officer BUT many of them purposely go beyond what the law allows and abuse their authority.
Both of the last two paragraphs define what has led to us to the situation that we are in today. Politicians believe that Gun Control will cure the entire problem. WRONG.
Several things need to happen to correct all this. Police need to Stop Abusing Their Authority and Citizens need to to start Respecting The Law, Others and Others Property. PERIOD.
Yes, OUTLAW AND STOP the sale of assault weapons. Strictly control their ownership and possession and Immediately start seizing assault weapons not in compliance.
Yes, even allow Open Carry so that the average citizen can protect themselves.
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So the latest installment in the “Has Fallen” Movie Series is out before it was Olympus Has Fallen, then it was London Has Fallen and this time it’s “Angel Has Fallen”.
From Lionsgate, “When there is an assassination attempt on the U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the President. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.”
Angel Has Fallen is Rated: R and Runs: 114 Minutes.
From, Fox Searchlight Pictures, “Ready Or Not” follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband’s (Mark O’Brien) rich, eccentric family (Adam Brody, Henry Czerny, Andie MacDowell) in a time-honored tradition that turns into a lethal game with everyone fighting for their survival.
Ready or Not is Rated: R and Runs: 95 Minutes
Mariachi Director Robert Rodriguez is working on a New Film Project titled “We Can Be Heros”. Among the cast will be Priyanka Chopra, Pedro Pascal and Christian Slater to name a few.
According to IMDb tv the movie is in production now: “A Young Girl discovers that she has powers and puts together a group of other young heroes to help stop an alien invasion.” Stay tuned for updates on this one.
The Fall Movie season is limping in to a good start and will only get better in months to come. Take time to sneak into a theater near you and jump into a great adventure At The Movies.
Since close to the beginning of time, shortly after the discovery of fire, Man has been brewing and drinking coffee.
For a while now we have been told that research shows that drinking coffee can lead to a longer life and that buzz, along with the caffeine buzz just keeps on re-emerging over and over again.
Some say that coffee could just be the healthiest drink on the planet. Many of it’s compounds are antioxidants.
Antioxidants are known to protect against oxidative stress in our body that can be caused by damaging free radicals. Treating yourself to a cup of coffee, you’re not only getting that caffeine buzz but, you also get the beneficial compounds and powerful antioxidants.
In 2012 a study done with close to half a Million People, of those who drank the most coffee, were significantly less likely to have died during the 12–13-year study.
Another plus to drinking coffee is that studies show that coffee may make you happier, reducing your risk of depression and suicide by 20% and 53%, respectively.
So why wouldn’t you consider continuing to drink decent quantities of coffee since it’s linked to a lower risk of depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, type 2 diabetes, and liver diseases. Studies even show that people who drink coffee are also less likely to die by suicide. Who knew?
With cooler weather on the way, get ready to pour you another cup or two during the day and Live Longer and Prosper.
So many people gone just all of the sudden. It’s not like we should be surprised , after all we know from the start that there will be an end at some point.
Still it seems like we’re just never prepared for someone passing no matter how evident it’s meant to be. Dog, The Bounty Hunter just lost his wife Beth Chapman not long ago and to anyone that watched any of their shows she was an icon.
Luis Alvarez was a former New York City detective who was a first responder on September 11, 2001 at the terrorist attacks.
Nipsey Hussle was only 33 when he was killed in shooting outside his Los Angeles store several months ago.
Luke Perry died March 4th at the age of 52 after suffering a massive stroke and sadly the list goes on and on as it will until the end of time for all of us.
But do we ever stop to think that those who died yesterday had plans for this morning. Those who died this morning had plans for tonight. In fact everyone that has passed had future plans the certainly did not involve dying.
The point being is that we can Never Take Life For Granted. In the blink of an eye everything can change. So we must Forgive as often as we can. We must Love with All Our Heart. Every single day like it was the last day of our life.
Reason being is our time here is a gift. One which we may may never get a chance to live again. So no matter what yesterday or the days before that were for you make every day from here on out count.
As someone one so much smarter than I once said, “None of us are getting out of here alive so stop treating yourself like an after thought. Eat delicious food, walk in the sunshine, jump in the ocean. Say the truth your carrying in your heart like hidden treasure. Be silly, Be Kind, Be Weird as if there was no time for anything else.” and Live Like You Were Dying.
Just Another Point of View and GOD Speed.
We’re in the thick of the Summer Movie Season and a bunch of great options at a theater near you these days.
Just Opening; From Universal Pictures, Hobbs and Shaw. “Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Jason Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down. But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever--and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister--these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.”
HOBBS & SHAW Is Rated: PG13
From Columbia Pictures, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.
Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature film is a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood. The two lead characters are Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Both are struggling to make it in a Hollywood they don’t recognize anymore. But Rick has a very famous next-door neighbor...Sharon Tate.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD Runs:159 Minutes and is Rated: R
Deserves a Look; From 20th Century Fox , STUBER.
“ When a mild-mannered Uber driver named Stu (Kumail Nanjiani) picks up a passenger (Dave Bautista) who turns out to be a cop hot on the trail of a brutal killer, he’s thrust into a harrowing ordeal where he desperately tries to hold onto his wits, his life and his five-star rating.”
STUBER, Runs 105 Minutes, Rated R.
See you soon,
At The Movies.
Who doesn’t love wraps these days?
No, not the kind where you lay there naked and they wrap you in Saran Wrap or Eucalyptus Leaves so you can loose a few pounds. I’m talking about the kind of wraps we eat.
According to Wikipedia; “A wrap is a food dish made with a soft flatbread rolled around a filling. It is usually but not always classified as a sandwich.” In fact someone people use tortillas to make wraps with all sorts of yummy fillings. Anything from Frijoles and Avocado to Fajita Meat and other strips of steak and vegetables.
Point is that if your on a KETO Diet or a Carb Restrictive or Lo Carb Diet using a tortilla or any kind of bread for you your wrap may be out of the question. So, what do you do? Good Question.
My we introduce you to or suggest the healthy alternative for your wrap the oh so under acknowledged Cabbage Leaf. The perfect choice to not only save the day but keep your waistline in check as well.
So you might as why the cabbage? Well at less than 20 calories per half cup of cooked cabbage, it’s not only low in fat but high in fiber as well.
Combine the fact that it’s rich in water as well as high in fiber with it’s high vitamin C and Sulfur content cabbage is great for digestion and the removal of toxins in your body. Plus don’t forget that Cabbage is a calciferous vegetable and also contains a compound called sulforaphane which is being researched for its potential ability to delay and impede cancer. In addition, anthocyanins, as well as the other flavonoids found in cabbage, not only reduce inflammation they can help regulate blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
So take 8 Large Green Cabbage Leaves, Boil a large pot of water. Using tongs, blanch cabbage by dipping leaves into water for 30 seconds. Place on a plate lined paper towels and let dry. Viola, your ready to use them as the wrap for whatever lo fat, low carb filling you may want to use for your wrap.
Happy, Healthy Eating everyone. Enjoy.
As the years keep rolling by I can’t help to think from time to time, “Have I turned into my Grandfather” ?
Aside from my girth, all our family have always been a bit on the heavy side, the answer to that question is very simple. NO. Not anywhere close.
When my next birthday rolls around, if GOD willing I’m blessed enough to make it that long, I’ll be turning the BIG 6-5. At or near this age my Grand Dad sat in his rocker most of the day and ventured out every now and again to buzzed at the neighborhood which by the way was owned by a close friend of his.
When I stop to think about it, back in those days, there wasn’t much more for him to do. He was retired. My Mom took care of all the bills so my Gramps’ just hung around an chilled. He had a great Native American wife who cooked all his meals and washed all his clothes so, really, what else was there for him to do. Sadly and eventually, I think it was what killed him as it does so many others.
Not the case with me at all. My how times have changed. As I round that BIG 6-5, Yes I am retired but I try to find plenty of things to keep me busy. I am heavy into Social Media and have been so for the past 15 or 20 years. What can I say, it keeps me both In touch and busy.
My latest relationship has been going on for 5 years now and my better half is turning 32 next birthday. Holly age difference Batman, that’s HALF my age but, what can I say it keeps me young. We happened to stumble across one an other while neither of us were looking for a new relationship and we hit it off. So we have been together, happily, ever since.
I spend a certain time of my day at my computer since being a social media influencer requires it. Other than that we’re either out eating or jutting around scouting places to the next episode of a video show I direct and produce on a weekly basis.
I read somewhere once that unless your having a new adventure your not living. Teetering on that BIG 6-5 or anything after that we can’t help but wonder how many more there will be after that. That being the case I’m trying to decide what to do with the rest of my years. I can start to sit around like my Gran Dad did or I can choose to live the rest of my days, how ever many more GOD Blesses me with, experiencing a new adventure every week.
So you see, at this age, I am not my Grandfather and it’s easier for me since I have no close family to tie me down anywhere and I am not committed to being buried any one place in particular, sounds like a life of adventure it will be.
Now to try to figure out the logistics of that and put it all together by September when our lease expires. Stay tuned I’ll keep you posted right here and please follow me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hollywoods411
Summer is here and we are already in to the blockbuster movie season so, let’s run down the Box Office recently for some of the current movies out for the last weeks in June.
Topping the Box Office at at Number ONE is Men In Black International at $30.1 Million, coming in at Number TWO is The Secret Life of Pets 2 at $24.4 Million, rounding the bend with $14.4 Million is Aladin at a respectable Number THREE. Bringing up the rear but still hanging in there at a whopping $9.4 Million we have a tie between Rocketman and Dark Phoenix locked in at Number FOUR and last but certainly not least in the Number FIVE position Shaft with $8.9 Million. All still worth taking a look see at if you haven’t already done so.
Recently hitting the Big Screen are Toy Story 4, Child’s Play and Anna.
Toy Story 4 from Pixar, Walt Disney Pictures, “Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip with Bonnie and a new toy named Forky. The adventurous journey turns into an unexpected reunion as Woody’s slight detour leads him to his long-lost friend Bo Peep. As Woody and Bo discuss the old days, they soon start to realize that they’re worlds apart when it comes to what they want from life as a toy.” Run Time: 90 Minutes
Child’s Play, Rated R from Orion Pictures, Katz Smith Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,“After moving to a new city, young Andy Barclay receives a special present from his mother -- a seemingly innocent Buddi doll that becomes his best friend. When the doll suddenly takes on a life of its own, Andy unites with other neighborhood children to stop the sinister toy from wreaking bloody havoc.” Run Time: 90 Minutes
Then there’s Anna from Summit Entertainment and Rated R, “Beneath a woman’s striking beauty lies a secret that will unleash her indelible strength and skill to become one of the most feared assassins on the planet.” Run Time: 118 Minutes
It is certainly a great summer and a great time to get out of the heat and into a new adventure At The Movies.
Today we’re going to MAKE A VANILLA MUG CAKE – NO MILK.
Wow, a Low Carb alternative for your breakfast menu. It’s an easy vanilla mug cake that’s both sugar-free and gluten-free, but it’s also dairy free. Awesome!
Are you ready because this is going to change your world. Or at least your breakfast and/or your mid-afternoon snacking and maybe your midnight cravings too.
START; by melting coconut oil in your mug. Next; add in your scraped vanilla bean seeds and milk.
Remember, the key to this moist vanilla mug cake is using unsweetened almond milk. NO real dairy milk in this recipe!
Next; add all your dry ingredients and the egg. Mix thoroughly and smooth the top.
Now; You’re going to microwave your vanilla mug cake for 1 ½ to 2 minutes until firm (but not too dry). Viola, your now ready to serve it up with whipped cream or your favorite frosting on top.
Get ready cause your Mug cake is going to be delish, I mean, lick the mug yummy.
Until next time, Happy, Healthy Eating !
Another Major election will be upon us soon and so many candidates have thrown their hat in the ring BUT are we really focusing about the right things that keep our United States of America from truly becoming a better country?
We don’t don’t have to look very far to realize that Our Word and along with it Our Country has some huge issues at play. In the United States of America there are so many things that are somewhat of an easy fix that sometimes, I wonder if politicians just keep us fighting among each other so that we don’t demand a change on things that could really make a difference?
What are a few of those things you ask? Well, to start with, let’s do away with the antiquated Electoral College which now a days has become outdated and does not serve it’s original purpose. Whom ever wins the popular vote should win the election. Period.
Then we can set terms limits both in Congress and the Senate so we can Stop Creating Career Criminals ah I mean Politicians. The salaries that we pay Politicians may not seem like a lot BUT what they pocket from side deals is outrageous. Was I the only one that saw that movie where Eddie Murphy becomes a congressman. I think it was called “ The Distinguished Gentleman”. Check it out you’ll see what I mean.
Then, let’s put a Cap on how much money raised by Candidates Can Be Used For Their Actual Campaign. What ever they raise above and beyond that should be put in a Special Fund to use for Free Healthcare, Education and a Basic Housing Voucher for Ever Citizen that has a true financial need.
Let’s get rid of the outdated IRS and go to a Sales Tax on Everything Across the board. This way Everybody Pays Tax no matter what financial bracket you may fall in.
I could go on and on so don’t get me started BUT Isn’t It Time We Started Changing The Things That Matter Most and Do It Now.
Just Another Point of View.