Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Chicago could learn...

The City of Chicago could take a lesson from Lawrence, Massachusetts (pop. 77,657 (2013)), which is worried about gun violence.

Lawrence has had six homicides this year, including two fatal shootings last week-end.

What is it doing?

Lawrence, Mass. is asking for a special prosecutor for Federal court and for help from the Massachusetts State Police and the Federal ATFE.

Will somebody please call Rahm Emanuel and wake him up early today?

Source: www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article145164759.html

Friday, April 14, 2017

College campuses, diverse. - Oh, really?

Charlie Kirk, president of Turning Point USA, hits the nail on the head. Just listen to what he has to say about diversity on U.S. college campuses!

Teenager's negligent death - not accident

A 13-year-old boy killed himself on Monday, April 10, in the southeast Atlanta, Georgia suburb of Forest Park.

He was in his bedroom, playing with a 9mm handgun and live-streaming his "fun" on Instagram. Apparently, the magazine was out and one of his friends in the livestream audience told him to insert the magazine.

News stories are incomplete, and some are just plain erroneous.

The gun didn't (just) go off. It wasn't an accident. He was negligent. He was ignorant about the operation of that gun.

Some semi-automatic pistols are designed not to fire when the magazine is removed, even if there is a bullet in the barrel. Or he racked the slide after he inserted the magazine, thereby loading a round into the barrel.

From news articles, it appears the gun was from outside the family home. Where does a 13-year-old get a gun?

This is a tragedy, but one that was totally avoidable. This is a solid example of why firearms safety should be taught in schools, as early as elementary school.

Instead, the liberals in this country generate fear of guns and do everything they can to prevent exposure of gun to youth.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Finger off that trigger!

Oh, yeah?

Gun etiquette (training) teaches a person to keep his finger off the trigger until he is ready to pull the trigger. So you see training films, videos on YouTube and movies with everyone running around his his fore-finger "indexed" (straight) along the frame or barrel of the pistol. (Where did that term come from, anyway?)

But what's stupid in movies? I watched a movie over the week-end, in which the villain was sneaking through a house with - of course - his trigger finger "indexed" on his semi-auto pistol. Is this stupid or what?

What criminal is going to follow such a "rule" to keep his finger off the trigger? If he has a gun out and ready, then he's ready to pull the trigger.

If you hear someone sneaking through your home and you realize you need to defend yourself and be ready to shoot, where will your trigger finger be? Is the safety Off? Do you train for this? How long will it take you to move your trigger finger from the frame to the trigger?

Practice, practice, practice.

2017 Tax Filing Date

When is your IRS income tax return due this year (this month; this week)?

How about Tuesday, April 18? Why?

Tax returns are normally due on April 15, or on the first business day after, if April 15 falls on a week-end.

When is your IRS income tax return due this year (this month; this week)?

How about Tuesday, April 18? Why?

Tax returns are normally due on April 15, or on the first business day after, if April 15 falls on a week-end.

But read this:

The tax deadline of April 18 is later this year due to several factors. The usual April 15 deadline falls on Saturday, which would give taxpayers until the following Monday to file. However, Emancipation Day, a holiday in the District of Columbia, is observed on April 17, giving taxpayers nationwide an additional day to file. By law, District of Columbia holidays impact tax deadlines for everyone in the same way federal holidays do. Taxpayers requesting an automatic six-month extension will have until Oct. 16 to file.

Source: www.stgeorgeutah.com/news/archive/2017/04/09/unusual-tax-return-filing-deadline-irs-extends-phone-hours/#.WO4mK9TyvIU

What the heck is Emancipation Day? It's a legal (state) holiday in Washington, DC. And because it is, then the tax-filing day for all is extended one day.

Is this stupid, or is this stupid? The idiots in the District of Columbia are responsible for this. Not Congress, but the idiots who run the city (District). It has been a "holiday" since 2005. Imagine that!

Monday, March 20, 2017

What really happened to Beth Bentley?

What happened on May 20, 2010?

Woodstock resident Beth Bentley, then 41, left Woodstock for the last time. Beth and her friend, Jen Wyatt, drove to Mt. Vernon, Ill. And she never returned.

Speculation continues on what happened to Beth. Somebody knows. More than "one" somebody quite likely know. Some of those "sombodies" might still be right in Woodstock or in McHenry County. The list could number 12 or more.

So far, nobody has cracked. But they will. One of these days...

A new investigative effort is occurring and can be following on Vanished in Illinois. Visit its website at www.VanishedinIllinois.com

There are many articles on this blog about Beth Bentley. I wrote weekly about this case for an extended period of time. She should not be forgotten. It is just not okay for this case to linger in the cold-case files at the Woodstock Police Department.

Woodstock PD claimed leadership in this case after her missing person report was filed with it by family members on Monday, May 24, 2010. But it probably should not have the lead police agency , because Beth was reportedly (although not necessarily reliably) last seen in Centralia, Ill. The house that was the destination that Thursday night was in Jefferson County, Ill., outside the limits of Mt. Vernon. Since Woodstock is 300+ miles from Mt. Vernon, it would quickly become too time-consuming and too expensive for Woodstock to conduct a thorough investigation.

Why is this time, now, important in this case? Beth's disappearance will hit the seven-year mark this year, and this is often when a missing person can be presumed dead. There were rumors in 2010 of a large insurance policy insuring Beth. Once she is legally dead, then a claim can be made on that policy.

Whether an insurance company will pay to a beneficiary could be up in the air. If an insurance company believes that it should not, then it might, instead, pay the policy proceeds to the State of Illinois (to demonstrate its willingness to meet the terms of the policy) and then throw the responsibility onto the State of Illinois to determine whether the named beneficiary is entitled to the proceeds.

Such a contest might then become public record, whereas direct payment by an insurance is usually confidential. Public record would then reveal whether or not there was a large policy, who bought it, who sold it and, importantly, when it was issued.

All of this leads to more questions.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Depressed? Read this

Are you depressed? Have you ever been depressed? (Are you getting depressed, just reading this?)

Or do you know anyone who is (or has been) depressed?

Pick up a copy of a new book by Leah Oviedo titled D.I.Y. Therapy: Healing Depression. This will set you back $0.99. That's right; less than a dollar for this e-book, delivered instantly from Amazon.com. Just click on the title.

The author writes from her personal experience and offers valuable information. Your job? Read the book and follow her suggestions. Pretty simple, eh?

Don't speed-read through her book. Read a page and do what she recommends; i.e., write down your answers, feeling, emotions, intuition, thoughts, memories. Actually do it. Don't just read about the exercise or think about it for three seconds before reading on.

You can also give away her book. Just imagine. For only $0.99, you can give this book to all your friends who are depressed. After you do, be sure to bug them to claim the gift and to begin reading the book. Get your 99¢ worth!

e-Books can be read on tablet, smartphones and even right on your computer.

Do you know anyone who doesn't have one of those?

After you read it, please post a review on Amazon. Reviews always help authors.