I don’t know. I honestly don’t.
But even before I decide why don’t we get some things very clear very fast.
I don’t possess a racist bone in my body, never have. Never said anything REMOTELY racist to anyone of any racial background, ever.
The apathetic folks, or liberals who refuse to even look for a fact before being the racist intolerant bigoted folks they want everyone else to think you are?
This is the tweet they saw me post.
First off this tweet makes absolutely no sense. It’s illogical in about 543 different ways.
This is the tweet I actually DID post.
Is there ANYTHING different that might make someone using the 1st tweet to call me a racist a complete lying assclown?
For those with visual issues here’s some help.
The yellow arrows are pointing at, and to, the MOST IMPORTANT WORD in the entire meme. Without the word extremist the meme is useless. Has no meaning and makes no point.
For those idiots that need further help?
Websters defines “Extremist” as
ex·trem·istikˈstrēməst/noun: a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action
Transphobic – I re-tweeted a picture you cannot unsee (a man dressed as a woman at Mardi Gras), and made a comment that somehow the liberal decoder translated from
To “You’re a transphobe”. I have no idea how you ‘offend me please’ folks got to ‘transphobe’ from here but you did. I want to know why, or who, in this country honestly believes we need our federal gov’t involved in the creation, design and functionality of public bathrooms.
All other sorts of ‘phobes’ have been thrown around and each and every one has about as much validity as these two ignorantly stupid chaos creating examples does.
See even though no less than 10 media outlets have gone on to use the exact “ISIS vs Nazi” comparison since I posted the meme, I didn’t need their support. I can read, I do read, I do watch and I do see things I don’t need the media to explain to me.
EXACTLY like almost each and every one of you.
If I am going to run for office I am not going to head into that fight carrying baggage that doesn’t belong to me.
You want to call me names, I am sure many would or will fit. Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Transphobic? Not one of those fit, never has and never will.
For anyone that knows me also knows I’ve never had even remote hesitation standing up for the things I believe in. Being a Christian doesn’t preclude me from being close to people of ANY sexual persuasion or ANY religion. That’s not how I’ve come to understand the word of Jesus.
Do unto others, turn the other cheek, judge not lest ye be judged.
THOSE are the words I work on living by. I fail so miserably and far more often than I had hoped at this point in my life. But I try, and I will continue too.
The 2nd large piece of baggage? That would be 38 Studios. This is very different than the other crap because this is something I’ve never tried to escape and I’ve never eschewed the blame for.
Not being able to raise the final 25 million to get our MMO to launch is and always will be on me. At the end of the day as the CEO that’s where it lies, and it should. I’ll take the failure to achieve that and the resulting calamity the men and women I cared for so much to my grave as one of the most painful lessons I was ever part of.
But let’s get some stuff straight. When talking about running against Elizabeth Warren and our pasts remember this. I never once asked the state of Massachusetts for a dime, ever. I never ONCE asked the State of RI for a dime, ever.
Rhode Island and the Democratically controlled house came to me and asked if I would be open to moving the company to Rhode Island as part of a job creation program. There was no scam, no bullshit on the part of 38 Studios. We made the very same decision every single person reading this would have made. With 50 million dollars of my own money in, and having never taken a single dime from this company, we made the decision to accept the 75 MILLION for every reason you’d have done so for as well. I emphasize the amount for a reason so many of you either do not know or choose to ignore its significance. When the deal was put together the state had offered us 75m dollars to move. That was how it was budgeted, that was how it was to be worked. Approximately one week prior to the move, when all docs had been drawn up, all plans and budgets in place, we were informed the 75 would now actually be 49 MILLION. Anyone here enough of a math whiz to understand what 26 million dollars you had budgeted for suddenly disappears? The state wanted to withhold 26 million dollars? There was no confusion EVER on our part. We could move the company without the need to further fund raise, and specifically focus on product and company development for a net of 75 million dollars.
The state asked for, and got, 1st position on future fundraising but that was with a very VERY clear caveat that we would explore how that could be changed. Both parties knew there was no way to get a final large investment from an outside entity without the state relinquishing that position. It was openly acknowledged by the state to us BEFORE anything was signed.
We were told repeatedly that the state would assist in future fund raising meetings to give peace of mind to any potential investors that not only was I in for 50 but that the state was extremely interested in helping and protecting it’s 49 million as well.
Needless to say the hot mess that was Lincoln Chaffee was of absolutely zero assistance. He made it clear to us, and to me specifically (though never the guts to actually say it to my face or in person) that he had been against this from day 1 and that it would fail. With an approval rating of like 3.2% I wasn’t real surprised. What I was stunned at was his dismissal of the 300 employees of 38 and their families, who were ALL tax paying citizens of Rhode Island, and his blatantly obvious dislike of all of it. Couple years later his 22 seconds on the debate state confirmed what I knew after the first minute I spoke to him in person. To this date not one single person in the RI media has ever asked him the one question I wanted asked of him when this failed. “Name one single thing, in word or deed, that Lincoln Chaffee did to help 38 Studios.” Just one. Hint: It does not exist.
Ya, I’m someone who will take shots when I get shot at. I called Senator Warren a “Nightmare” the other day and I can tell you right now that wasn’t appropriate. It was locker room banter where it likely doesn’t belong.
I am in no way shape or form going to run with a list of do’s and do nots from a speech perspective. I speak and I say what I feel and what I know. I have no issues being wrong as long as someone smart helps me get it right.
A Senators job is to take their constituents concerns, wants, needs and worries to the Senate and fight on their behalf. It’s NOT to add billions in pork to get what you want. It’s not to shut down government because you don’t get your way. It’s to represent your people, your team. Whether your voters love or hate you, when you get the office you do right by as many as you can. It’s not about what I want, it’s about what the people want.
Elizabeth Warren submitted information on a document and claimed she is of “Native American” decent. She’s never come close to proving that fact except to state her family told stories around the fire. So did mine, I’m still not Native American for some reason.
After hearing that and other accounts a genealogist traced Warren’s Native American heritage to the late 19th century, which, if true, would make her 1/32 Native American.
But guess what??? Buried in the Globe like 22 pages out was this little diddy.
Correction: Because of a reporting error, a story in the May 1 Metro section and the accompanying headline incorrectly described the 1894 document that was purported to list Elizabeth Warren’s great-great-great grandmother as a Cherokee. The document, alluded to in a family newsletter found by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, was an application for a marriage license, not the license itself. Neither the society nor the Globe has seen the primary document, whose existence has not been proven.
Heard about that part? No? Surprising….
Now we move ahead to a CNN piece.
Harvard Law School in the 1990s touted Warren, then a professor in Cambridge, as being “Native American.” They singled her out, Warren later acknowledged, because she had listed herself as a minority in an Association of American Law Schools directory. Critics note that she had not done that in her student applications and during her time as a teacher at the University of Texas.Warren maintains she never furthered her career by using her heritage to gain advantage.
Pretty much impossible to prove where she did or did not, but why? Why the deceit?
Just in case I do run, I’ll offer this test (which Senator Warren could have taken at any time in the past 4 years)
So she’s another Politician who has created a ton of reasons not to trust her words or actions, much like the deceitful lying fraud she’s supporting for our White House.
No, if I were to run against this woman for a position in the Senate I would do so on two things. My ability to kick her ass in Washington and actually achieve something more than creating a committee.
You can very easily look up ANYTHING you want to know about her, and what she has ‘done’ with your vote to make her a Senator.
Elizabeth Warren sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
- Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
- Member, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security
- Senate Special Committee on Aging
Her most recently sponsored bills?
- S. 3118: Derivatives Oversight and Taxpayer Protection Act
- S. 3078: Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act of 2016
- S. 3025: Graduate Student Savings Act of 2016
- S. 2789: Tax Filing Simplification Act of 2016
- S. 2761: FAA Community Accountability Act of 2016
- S. 2744: Genetic Research Privacy Protection Act
- S. 2647: Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act of 2016
Not one is past introduction.
Here’s what she’s ‘achieved’ to date….
S.Res. 115 (113th): A resolution commending the heroism, courage, and sacrifice of Sean Collier, an officer in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department, Martin Richard, an 8-year-old resident of Dorchester, Massachusetts, Krystle Campbe
S. 2117 (113th): Smart Savings Act
Give this one a read…
S. 885: National POW/MIA Remembrance Act of 2015
A piece of legislation to have a chair placed in the Capitol building to honor POW/MIA’s…..
S. 1109: Truth in Settlements Act of 2015
And you might want to give this one a read as well.
So there you have it.
In January of 2013 you voted this woman into office as a Senator from Massachusetts.
Other than stump for Hillary and the democratic party, what has she done, anything, that has in any way helped the legal tax paying and voting citizens of the commonwealth of Massachusetts?
I will tell you one thing she’s dying to achieve. One thing that absolutely will affect each and every one of you.
Elizabeth Warren and many other delusional math starved Americans want free public college tuition.
Let’s just say I were Senator. The ONLY possible way I’d think this an option is if my state could AFFORD the program on its own.
Countries already 20 trillion in debt.
How does that math look?
29 Public 4 year colleges in Mass
191,000 students in those schools
Let’s be nice and say 20k a year on average tuition
3.82 billion dollars ANNUALLY to the Massachusetts tax payer. Already one of the most taxed human beings on the planet much less in the country.
Put another way? Every 4 years we would need to pony up 15.82 billion dollars we already don’t have.
That’s a safe line of thought. Can you fathom how many more kids would go to college if it were free? Not because they wanted to, but because it was free? Hell why would colleges need to keep tuition down then? The government is footing the bill! That’s where progressives would say “Government will TELL the colleges how much tuition they can charge” as if that body of folks has ever understood fiscal responsibility.
Now that sort of thing is on the Governor as that office is where the state budget and financials live.
So would you ask your Senator to take that proposition to the Senate? As a national plan for free college?
Do you know what that looks like?
In 2015 there were 20.2 million students in public 4 year colleges in the U.S.
That would equate to you and I, the taxpayer, ponying up 460 billion dollars more, annually.
Or in other words, 1.84 trillion every 4 years to graduate a class of students.
I could not in good faith do that, and I am unsure how that might set with folks but that is how this has to work.
We’re 20 trillion in debt, we need to start bringing that down. To do that someone or someones has to endure some pain.
No one is willing to do that, so what do we do?
Our 2017 budget here is 38 billion dollars. Did you know there are well north of 150,000 illegal aliens here costing the state 1.9 billion annually?
How is that being fixed? Not just here but around the country?
Those are the things that need to be fixed and addressed.
But watch what liberals focus on when they comment about this blog, which they will while purporting to spew “no one cares what you think Curt”.
(Hint: The retweeting of “racist” memes even though they aren’t and the word count (which btw is 2651)
I avoided specifics as much as possible, but I think my math is right and the logic is actually very very simple
Seems like everyone worked at a McDonald’s in high school, it’s what you did to earn spending money. But today people are expecting these jobs to provide enough income to support a family.
Here’s why the federal government needs to stay out of the private sector.
The cost and revenue based on national averages, to own a McDonald’s.
2.6m in yearly Revenue (based on a national avg)
874.40 $ = Avg cost of 4 min wage workers for a 24 hour day @ 9.15 an hour (National average)
320,616 yearly wages for min wage staff
1440 $ = Avg cost of 4 min wage workers for a 24 hour day @ 15$ an hour (figuring peak and off times avg out to 4 workers)
525,000 yearly wages
15% take home for franchise owner (390,000)
12.5% to McDonalds corporate (325,000)
1.564m Profit (current national averages at 9.15 an hour)
1.36m Profit (at 15$ an hour)
So using some basic numbers based on average, as government forces wages to be raised on the private sector the take home for the franchise owner is reduced by 200,000 annually.
Where is the franchise owner going to make up that money? Certainly they’re not taking less.
Spend less on goods? Can’t ever afford to be ‘out’ of product so that’s not an option
Corporate take less? Not a chance, you’re bound by contract to pay them their 12.5%
So it’s one of two options
Raise prices enough to pass the 200,000 to us, the consumer OR
Reduce expenses via wages and/or insurance for FT employees.
Since the gov’t has created laws that force you to pay the wages, you cannot reduce cost without raising prices and/or eliminating salary.
Changing your Min wage hourly expense from 60$ an hour to 45$ an hour by eliminating “one employee” worth of expense each hour. That would likely mean a reduction of min wage employees from 12 (figuring 3 8 hour shifts of 4 people) to 9. Now remember that will likely be higher simply because a min wage worker CANNOT work more than 29 hours otherwise the owner is required to provide affordable health care coverage that meets minimum requirements, or pay an annual penalty (known as the “shared responsibility” penalty).
So you would need to create 672 hours of minimum wage work with 29 hour work weeks. That’s an average of just over 23. So 23 part time employees making min wage would make up the staff.
29 hours a week at 15 an hour is 435$ a week or 22,620 in annual salary
Which means 8.8 workers would need to be fired to reduce salaries 200,000 annually.
So no, raising min wage does not and will not ‘boost’ the economy because the companies liberals all try to use as examples are NOT hourly pay companies.
It’s also the very HEART of small business in America.
One more VERY important point. If you kept the averages, and said that 8, not 9 but 8 folks were fired to make this work $$ for the owner.
What is that? That’s the number of jobs lost as 14,267 McDonalds reduced staff to offset the dramatic increase in the min wage.
It seems to me that many people are either A) Unsure of what’s happening or B) Refuse to acknowledge simple truths.
Outliers? Nope. “one in a million”? Nope.
According to a 2013 Pew Research Center Poll, far more Muslims believe Sharia should be the “law of the land” than not.
You folks with your head in the sand, you people looking for a ‘can’t we all just get along’ solution are not seeing the real world.
It’s not going to happen here. Unless we all convert to Islam, or kill all of the extremists who want us dead.
Below are links to our Constitution, and our Bill of Rights.
Why did I post them? Here…
I laugh when these dumb asses try to retort with a “Wow, Yavapai Jr College” as a comeback. I know more history than every single student interviewed at these three universities combined.
Let’s be fair, let’s head out to the student body at the esteemed George Washington University.
It’s not that they’re stupid, it’s that they both don’t care and think it’s funny to not know things. These are your Bernie Sanders voters. These are the folks needing safe spaces and liberal policies, clowns who don’t know who won the civil war.
You understand we are at war right? Our President offered to ‘help with the investigation’ over in France. Well golly gee.
Why are we having an investigation?
Did we launch an investigation when Pearl Harbor was bombed?
Nope, we declared war and managed to kill enough of them before they killed enough of us.
War sucks. But in a world where a group of people want EVERYONE who does not follow their ideology dead, it’s an only option.
Sanctions, embargoes, treaties, plans, none of that crap works against an enemy that wants to kill you and willingly die while doing it.
All of you head in the sand folks please read the following. And understand that in no place, no section, no area, no line word or paragraph, is Sharia Law compliant with our Constitution. You know, the document our founding fathers drafted to create this nation?
Almost every aspect of Sharia Law violates federal law and/or an Amendment in the Bill of Rights. You know that document that laid out what we as citizens were entitled to?
Oh and one more thing. If you think this is rooted in just a few ‘lunatics’ who want to kill non-Muslims, think again.
This movement kills to kill, kills to be in the news. And it will keep doing so until we kill them.
How do I know this?
You know how many Muslims were in the World Trade Center on 9/11?
You know how many Muslims were shot in Paris awhile back?
You know how many Muslims were killed yesterday in Nice?
No? Neither do the assassins. They don’t care. As long as they kill and keep “Islam” in the news they’re winning. They do not and never will recognize the term “collateral damage”. Hell look at the spineless scum in Palestine, they hide in schools, shoot from neighborhoods and then scream when Israel kills them AND the innocent civilians they use as human shields.
And stop with the defense of and by Moderates. You want to defend your faith? Fight for it instead of talking shit about the ones who are dying for it.
Laws and practices under Sharia
- A Muslim woman can only marry a Muslim man and a Muslim man can only marry a Muslim or Ahl al-Kitāb. He/She cannot marry an atheist, agnostic or polytheist.
Violates the 14th Amendment
- A Muslim minor girl’s father or guardian needs her consent when arranging a marriage for her.
Against the Law for a child to marry Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929
- A marriage is a contract that requires the man to pay, or promise to pay some of the wedding and provisions the wife needs. This is known as the dowry.
- A Muslim man may be married to up to four women at a time, although the Qur’an has emphasized that this is a permission, and not a rule. The Qur’an has stated that to marry one is best if you fear you cannot do justice between your wives and respective families. This means that he must be able to house each wife and her children in a different house, he should not give preferential treatment to one wife over another.
Polygamy and bigamy are illegal in the US
Crime and punishment
Sharia recognizes three categories of crime:
- Hudud: crimes against God with fixed punishment.
- Qisas: crimes against Muslims where equal retaliation is allowed.
Against ALL US Law
- Tazir: crimes against Muslims or non-Muslims where a Muslim judge uses his discretion in sentencing.
Hudud crimes are five: theft, highway robbery, zina (illicit sex), sexual slander (accusing someone of zina but failing to produce four witnesses
((Our 1st Amendment Protects citizens from being persecuted for speaking out like this) , and drinking alcohol (It is legal in the United States)
Sharia requires that there be four adult male Muslim witnesses to a hudud crime or a confession repeated four times, before someone can be punished for a Hudud crime.
(Basically a made up set of rules which seems more appropriate in a child’s game)
Murder, bodily injury and property damage – intentional or unintentional – is considered a civil dispute under sharia law. The victim, victim’s heir(s) or guardian is given the option to either forgive the murderer, demand Qisas (equal retaliation) or accept a compensation (Diyya) in lieu of the murder, bodily injury or property damage. Under sharia law, the Diyya compensation received by the victim or victim’s family is in cash.
The amount of ways this is messed up is incalculable.
The penalty for theft
Theft (stealing) is a hudud crime in sharia, with a fixed punishment. The punishment is cutting off the hand or feet of the thief.
Pretty much a felony unto itself. Not legal in any possible way in a civilized law-abiding nation.
The penalty for zina
Sharia law states that if either an unmarried man or an unmarried woman has pre-marital sex, the punishment should be 100 lashes.(Which means an ENORMOUS % of us reading this would be criminals under Sharia Law) There are some requirements that need to be met before this punishment can happen. For example, the punishment cannot happen unless the person confesses, or unless four eyewitnesses each saw, at the same time, the man and the woman in the action of illicit sex. Those who accuse someone of illicit sex but fail to produce four eyewitnesses are guilty of false accusation and their punishment is 80 lashes. Maliki school of sharia considers pregnancy in an unmarried woman as sufficient evidence that she committed the hudud crime of zina.The Hadiths consider homosexuality as zina.
Where are the OUTCRIES from the LGBT community? Hell you wanted to go to war over a HYPOTHETICAL scenario involving a privately owned bakery and a fake ass gay wedding, yet you cowards don’t have the guts to come out SCREAMING against a people, a religion, a set of laws that physically punishes and in many cases murders, pregnant unwed moms and homosexuals?
The penalty for apostasy
The punishment for apostasy is thought to be death by several schools of Muslim thought.
An example apostate was Hashem Aghajari, who was sentenced to death for apostasy in Iran (in 2002) after giving a controversial speech on reforming Islam. His sentence was reduced to 5 years in prison, but only after international and domestic outcry.
Here is where you head in the sand liberals need to wake the hell up. You know what apostasy means?
“renunciation of a religious or political belief”
You are first in line to scream to the heavens about Christians openly expressing their faith, how you all need safe spaces to protect you. You cannot wait to shred a God-fearing man like Tim Tebow for his displays of faith. In that same breath you cowards REFUSE to stand against a religion, a set of laws, that require the death penalty for ANYONE renouncing Islam. What the hell is wrong with you people?
Oh and did you notice the last two words in that definition? “Political Belief”??? Understand what that means right?
There are two festivals that are considered Sunnah.
During these festivals, specific rituals are used:
- Sacrifice of unflawed, four-legged grazing animal of appropriate age after the prayer of Eid ul-Adha in the days of Tashriq. The animal must not be wasted; its meat must be consumed.
The total frauds at PETA can’t wait to go batshit crazy over an ape, or a lions death, but how about here? Don’t hear you screaming.
Islamic law lists only some specific foods and drinks that are not allowed.
- Pork, blood, and scavenged meat are not allowed. People are also not allowed to eat animals that were slaughtered in the name of someone other than Allah.
- Intoxicants (like alcoholic drinks) are not allowed under any circumstances.
While Islamic law prohibits (does not allow) dead meat, this does not apply to fish and locusts.Also, hadith literature prohibits beasts having sharp canine teeth, birds having claws and tentacles in their feet, tamed donkeys, and any piece cut from a living animal.
There are some specific rules regarding the killing of animals in Islam.
- The animal must be killed in the most humane way: by swiftly cutting the throat.
- The animal must not be diseased.
- The animal must not have been exposed to feces, worms, and other impurities.
- All blood must drain from the animal before being packaged.
Again, PETA, you Hollywood frauds, WHERE ARE YOU??
I was sitting here listening to NFL great Ben Watson talk tonight. He said something so simple yet so profound it staggered me.
He was referencing earlier guests and their ‘bickering’ back and forth when he said:
“Nobody was actually listening to the other”.
BOOM! Our news cycle is now 24/7 365 opinions. Right, left, extremist, conservative, liberal, racist and so on. Everyone has an opinion yet the next time I hear someone offer a solution it will be the first.
I’ve said it a few times before and I will say it again. I have NO IDEA what it means to be a man of color, a young black man growing up in this country. I have no idea of the hurdles, I have no idea of the fear of police officers that I’ve been told every black man is inherently born with. I don’t now, and I never will.
None of that means I don’t or cannot empathize. I have, and I do. None of that means it cannot begin to get better, or change for the positive. It’s about how badly we as a nation want “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” to be real.
For every person I see stood up by a minority movement as persecuted or oppressed I now see someone else with a “Kill pigs” slogan of some sort.
Why, if I am not supposed to believe all black teenagers are Crips or Bloods, is it ok for you to say all cops are racist? Does that include the Black officers? Latino? Chinese? Japanese? Or is it just the white ones?
Why can I see strong successful black men like Dr Ben Carson, Col Allan West, Sheriff David A Clarke, Herman Cain, and so many others sit in front of a camera and talk about ways other than violence, to move this nation forward? Men who came from abject poverty, rose above all this and became people who changed the world?
Then I can turn on any social media site and see citizens of this nation tweet the most despicable racist commentary possible.
“Nobody is actually listening to the other”
It’s true, so very true. So in my little corner of the world I’d love to hear ANYONE offer a step forward. A legitimate step forward for all of us to make.
No racist bullshit, but honest to God thoughts about how on earth we move past this, and begin picking up the pieces?
“Hold cops accountable” isn’t an answer. That’s not a solution that’s an idea. Our justice system attempts to do this for the most part but there are cracks, like anything else there’s flaws and holes. The problem is they make up 1% of the total, but 99% of the news cycle.
But what can we physically do?
Our officers need to know that even if this administration doesn’t have their backs, most of us law abiding citizens do.
And somehow, some way, we need to bridge a gap between local citizens and their officers.
Is it a meeting? Is it a “town hall” with leadership voices, NOT POLITICIANS, screw them, they are a big reason why we are here. No frauds like Sharpton, Jackson, Pelosi, McConnell, Reid, or any of the ones who’ve helped us get to this chasm we’re perched on the edge of.
Televised? No print media, they’re another big reason why we are here. It’s 2016, “We the People” can do far more now than we ever thought possible when it comes to social issues.
5 families kissed their dads goodbye before work Thursday, and they’ll never see their fathers/husbands again. These men had nothing to do with the events in Minnesota, Louisiana, but they paid for it. All while protecting “Black Lives Matter” protesters.
Ideas? Real tangible legitimate ideas? Anyone?
You and I have never met, but I do know you’re pretty damn good at what you do.
You’ve made it to a point in your career when you get to pick where, and for how much, you play next. Congratulations, people don’t understand how hard that actually is.
In the winter of 2003 I was ‘sort of’ in that same boat. I had options. The first? I could go to NY, and become a Yankee, and possibly win the 28th? 29th? World Championship in their storied history.
I could go to Boston and do something no one had seen in their lifetimes, help break an 86 year old curse.
Now there’s no Celtic curse, far from it. Some of your sports greatest players have donned the Irish Green and Clover leaf of the Celts.
Bill Russell? Bird? Havlicek? Bob Cousy? Pretty sure you know them as well or better than I ever could.
Why does that matter? For this reason. Tradition. People here in NE aren’t transplants, they aren’t bandwagon folks. You are born, and raised here, and the Celtic, Sox, Bruins and Pats are not ‘your teams’ they are part of your life. I had NO IDEA it was what it was until I came here.I know passion, I lived for the game, but I never took the ball in front of people who loved their players and their teams more than these folks.
As I learned in the winter of ’03, when I was informed families were actually PRAYING for me to come here over their thanksgiving table, this place is a different world.
And that’s not bad different.
You have the world at your feet. Financially you’re about to get 9 figures worth of contract, and that’s awesome, congratulations.
You’re going to pick your next ‘home’, and I can honestly tell you there is no place on this planet like Boston.
You come here, you help win a title and it won’t be a celebration. It’s a revival, it’s a “you will never be forgotten and never have to buy another beer” kind of championship.
These people live for their teams, their athletes, you come here, bust your ass (which I don’t think will ever be an issue) and you leave it all on the floor and you’ll have a few million folks who’ll name kids, dogs and whatever else they can, Kevin, KD, Durant or some other derivative.
I’ve got no skin in the game other than these people, they treated my family and I like royalty from the day we came here.
I will add this one last thing.
This photo? This is what these people meant to me. I knew my career would change after this, bad things likely would result from pushing my body here, but I would not trade a second of this. I did this because of what my teammates meant to me, and what these people made me realize about tradition, honor, class, loyalty. Being a member of their family means something not only to them, but it will to you.
Whatever your decision I pray you stay healthy and get what you want from the game, but I can assure you coming here will be a decision you’ll look back on and smile after your 2nd or 3rd title. Heading into the Basketball HoF in a Celts jersey?
Pretty sure it gets no better than that.
God Bless and Good luck
Member of the 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox World Championship teams
Anyone want to take a stab at what these are?
790.06 License to carry concealed weapon or firearm.—
These? These are the minimum standards for a resident of Florida to obtain a firearm.
So first off please stop with the bullshit. You can’t walk into a Wal-Mart and buy an M60, or a .45 caliber hand gun on a whim. If you do, you, or the seller, or both, are committing felonies.
Does that make even a little sense? It’s AGAINST THE LAW.
So liberals, and anti gun folks, go ahead write the law that stops people from lying through the above sequence, or write the law that stops the sellers from skipping.
What? They already exist? They’re already felonies? That can’t be, because if those laws were in place people wouldn’t be able to acquire guns legally……
Make any sense?
Next. The AR-15 and the ignorance around what it is.
- The “AR” in AR-15? That does NOT stand for “Assault Rifle”, it stands for “ArmaLite” the original manufacturer of the AR-10 and AR-15.
- The fact you’ve been brainwashed into thinking anything with a barrel longer than 6 inches is an assault rifle is scary. Understand this very basic concept:
- An assault weapon is a weapon in which the firer pulls a trigger and the weapon discharges bullets until one of two conditions are met:
- The magazine becomes empty
- The firer removes their finger from the trigger
- An assault weapon is a weapon in which the firer pulls a trigger and the weapon discharges bullets until one of two conditions are met:
- The AR-15 is EXACTLY like this weapon :
EXACTLY! The firer pulls the trigger and one bullet is ejected. The gun then does all the work necessary for the firer to shoot again with just a pull of the trigger. The only limit to the amount of bullets that can be fired in a very short period of time is the size of the magazine in the weapon.
The first version, the “Assault Rifle”? That thing can spit out some 7-800 rounds a minute. BUT, that’s not the gun ANYONE is referring to, no one. That’s a fully automatic weapon, one trigger pull, many bullets.
The second one? The “Semi-Automatic” AR-15? That’s the version people buy. That version can fire in the neighborhood of 180 rounds per minute. It is against the law to turn a semi automatic into an automatic. Understand? Felony, or to put it another way? The law already exists.
BUT! Yes there is a but. The second version, like every single semi automatic weapon on the planet, is limited by the size of the magazine (hence the laws around magazine size). So it CANNOT fire near 180 rounds because if you had them, you’d be changing out 30 round magazines. Ask anyone that has served, people that are experts, they may be the ONLY ones that could get that close.
Most states have laws governing magazine size, I know Massachusetts does. Florida does NOT have any such laws.
You want to argue against magazines larger then 10 rounds then by all means. I think that is a legit and very valid argument in most cases.
You cannot legally create a fully automatic weapon from a semi-automatic without enormous amounts of paperwork and processes, and even then it’s illegal in most states. If you do, it is a felony. The law already exists.
Here’s my beef. I am not a gun nut by any means. I enjoy target shooting, I enjoy working on my proficiency with a sidearm, both in terms of self defense and accuracy. It’s definitely something that has become a hobby.
I was never a ‘gun guy’ growing up even though my dad was in the service and and avid hunter when we lived in Alaska. That being said I think I learned gun safety before I wore diapers, in Alaska being killed by a bear on the way to school is actually a legit possibility!
What I’ve come to realize, and I know it sounds condescending but it’s not intended that way, is that the people screaming the loudest about guns are the people least informed. You have no idea what the laws and processes actually are because unlike me, you’ve never gone through the process or taken the time to actually read every word of the law. You don’t understand the lies being fed every single day and it feels to me like many of you do not want to, for that would destroy the false argument you’re already making.
Try this on. Every single time you hear a liberal politician or Hollywood fraud say “assault rifle” know one of two things. 1) They’re ignorant to what the gun actually is, and that does matter or 2) They know the difference but they’re purposely lying their asses off.
Look, this is like everything else we fight about now. The second an American tries to stand for their 2nd Amendment rights, granted by our founding fathers (don’t gimme the bs argument about a ‘different time’, tyrannical gov’ts don’t have expiration dates) that person is a radical right wing redneck gun lover.
Just the same as every time I hear most liberals speak on this they’re “wanting to take all our guns”.
I don’t think either is true for the masses.
What I am now distraught about is the sheer volume of people calling for this corrupt, lying phony agenda driven group of divisive human beings in D.C. to make more laws. I can’t think of anything we need LESS!
People understand this, for the most part every single thing you clamor for in the way of new laws? THEY ALREADY EXIST!
It’s illegal to shoot another human
It’s illegal to buy a gun without a serial number
It’s illegal to enter a bar with a loaded firearm that is a ‘gun free’ zone
It’s illegal to purchase ANY firearm if you beat your wife, are on the FBI watch list and about 200 other things this sadistic piece of garbage was.
All these things are illegal, always have been.
More laws don’t stop the lawless, they hinder the law abiding.
You go back 20 some years, hell 50, and you look at the number of felonies committed BEFORE a mass shooting took place! There are, and for the most part always have been laws in place to ‘stop this’.
The kink? Criminals DO NOT abide by the law, that’s why they’re criminals.
Understand this very basic concept. More laws in this country will ONLY provide further barriers to law abiding citizens. Criminals by nature DO NOT follow them!!!
We are going to hear, and we already are, there were MULTIPLE signs and opportunities prior to this atrocity for this terrorist to be apprehended, multiple.
The other argument? “He acquired the weapons legally”. No, he didn’t He went through the legal process, but that process and or the people in it, broke.
Why didn’t it happen? I’ll give you one reason. Think back a few months ago.
Hell I’ve been a target of this very thing. I accused Islamic EXTREMIST of being like Hitler’s Nazi party and you idiots called me a racist! How on earth is comparing extremist to Nazi’s racist? Also, one more time, you do know “Islam” is not a race right?
It’s a fascinating debate, and always will be. The fact that no laws will stop this from happening should not deter us from continuing to try.
Hell I am all for hiring our veterans with medical clearance to be ‘boots on the ground’ security at our public schools.
Think the murders at Colombine would have just strolled into the cafeteria if 4 conceal carry former marines were on the premises and the students knew?
We need to keep the debate going. But understand this. The 2nd Amendment was there, and is there, for a reason. It will always be there for the very same reason. My prayers are that it is never truly needed again vs a tyrannical gov’t but I’d glad it exists in case we do.
To the families of this atrocity I can’t fathom the pain, I cannot fathom the loss and I pray I never have to.
Let me state right up front I cannot fathom the bottomless pit of terror and pain the families affected by this atrocity are enduring, and I pray I never have to.
What do we “know” right now.
1) Omar Mateen was a radical follower of Islam, and:
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Orlando gay club massacre and says the gunman that slaughtered at least 50 people was one of its fighters.
2) He was shouting “Allah Ahkbar” while in the shootout with police
3) He called 911 prior to this and pledged his allegiance to the current leader of ISIS
4) He beat the living hell out of his ex-wife, often
5) He was a ‘security guard’ of some sort
6) Someone has been stupid enough to report he obtained his guns ‘legally’
No he didn’t, that’s a lie, and anyone saying that is lying or uninformed.
Let me quote directly from the “Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm Application Instructions”
I’ve acquired a Florida license as a non-resident, the rules for both differ but the following are part of the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS to be eligible. Takes more than a few weeks to obtain btw.
A) Must be 21 unless a service member…
B) You must meet the CITIZENSHIP and RESIDENCY (caps theirs not mine) requirements set forth in the law.
C) You must be able to provide CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION (caps theirs not mine) from a firearms training class or other acceptable training document that evidences your competency with a firearm. (BAsically saying you must take a safety course from a certified firearms instructor that provides instructions on handling and firing, as well as safety.
D) You must not have a DISQUALIFYING CRIMINAL RECORD (caps theirs not mine) or other condition that would make you ineligible for licensure
Lying on this document is a felony, period. So no, more gun control laws would NOT have helped stop this atrocity.
In medicine if you misdiagnose a sickness, you will not prescribe a cure to heal someone.
In life, misdiagnosing the problem presents the very same outcome. You cannot heal or fix a problem you refuse to acknowledge or don’t understand.
This isn’t a gun issue, or a crime issue.
This is a full fledged war on everyone on this planet NOT faithful to the Prophet Muhammed. This is a war of an ideology who’s “Bible” states 109 times that followers of the Prophet Muhammad are duty bound to kill, maim, rape, pillage, beat, torture and/or destroy anyone not of the Islamic faith, anyone.
They are taught to actively seek us out, and convert or kill. No other options. Oh and transgenders? Homosexuals, they’re allowed to just toss you from roofs in public, to a cheering audience.
You think it’s a coincidence a 2nd man was caught going to the LGBT parade in California loaded with firearms and explosives?
Laws aren’t going to stop terrorist, people are. Americans are, Christians are. Why?
Because the rest of you live in a world that refuses to acknowledge reality.
I don’t care what color you are, what sex you are, who you have sex with, who you marry, what sex you want to be. I could care less about any of that complete and utter nonsense. And for many of you, please STOP MAKING ME WANT TO CARE. It’s your life, do what you want. As long as you don’t hurt people I don’t care what you do. That’s pretty much 99% of the population, that’s not liberal.
Liberals are out en force. I found it ironic that people on Twitter
A) Continue to tag me knowing full well I don’t care what you think
B) Tried to scream about me “politicizing’ an event that Democrats, before the shooting stopped, were on TV advocating more ‘gun control’.
Also, another thing. If you’re going to argue for gun control at least have insight into what the hell you’re talking about.
I am going to dumb this down so there is no confusion.
Assault Rifle = An assault rifle, born in WWII, is a weapon wherein the firer pulls the trigger resulting in a never ending string of bullets until A) the magazine empties or B) You remove your finger from the trigger
Semi Automatic = A weapon in which one pull of the trigger = one bullet fired. Any rifle on the planet, and any handgun on the planet that does not require bolt action cocking or otherwise interacting between shots is by definition “semi automatic”
Someone’s made many of you believe you can walk into a Bass Pro Shop or K-Mart, show your drivers license and buy any gun you want. You can’t. And if you do one or both folks in the transaction are breaking the law. There are a few states where this is not true, but those states don’t generally make the news for mass shootings of ANY kind.
We are going to find out this psycho broke about 51423 federal laws before he killed at least 50 people.
We are going to find out SOMEONE knew about him before this, but either A) didn’t speak out of stupidity or as in the San Bernadino killings B) was scared to be called a racist, for profiling.
Real conservatives, honest to God Americans, don’t care who you are, who you sleep with who you marry or who you hate. We care about WHAT YOU DO to others.
Yes there are “Conservatives” who will talk about homosexuality as blasphemy and what not, but they’re as Christian as Ghengis Khan.
They are the folks who tend to judge others only because they sin differently than they do.
I thought our President was right on today, calling it terrorism at the outset of his speech. I thought he failed miserably afterwards in refusing to acknowledge what we knew about the affiliations even then.
So you folks spewing idiocy about gun control, stop.
Do yourselves a favor, even if you don’t want to own a gun, apply for a license, check out the process, and realize the Boxers, Feinsteins, Clintons and Reids are lying their liberal asses off when talking about guns. Those hypocrites are surrounded by armed details but don’t know the actual laws around firearms from their buttholes.
This has to stop, liberals have proven they don’t have the spine to do it, so what’s next?
Anyone pay attention to his state? Wonder if the body count is the same if 5-10 folks were armed there?
Oh and another thing.
It is a felony and a loss of your license to consume alcohol while legally carrying a firearm.
Florida passed a law negating law abiding citizens from carrying in the location this atrocity occurred.
Why the redundancy? Law abiding firearms owners aren’t allowed to drink, most don’t while carrying, why on earth would you add a barrier to a law abiding citizen to protect themselves?
Oh and one more thing. You people outside the real world?
This isn’t going away, and it is clearly not getting smaller.
Paris, Belgium, San Bernadino, Egypt, and now Orlando.
Taking firearms away from US Citizens in no way will reduce this occurrence, it will only increase in quantity of events and victims, when will you understand that?
The laws ALREADY EXIST, it’s not a law problem, it’s a people problem, period. That will NEVER change.
But now? Now we as Americans are being forced to think about actively “defending” ourselves in everyday situations. Why? Our leaders have failed us miserably.
If I was President, I think there is at least one simple step to begin affecting the frequency of these atrocities
A) Anyone, anywhere, on american soil or to american citizens, claiming affiliation, responsibility or incentive, to/from ANY terrorist organization that harms Americans.
B) Within 4-6 hours tops people in the middle east, in legion with this scum, will witness one or more of the following sights
C) and given people with Cameras can see these clowns
I firmly believe our special forces could laser these buffoons, OR our billion dollar satellites might be able to find a 64 truck convoy of ISIS flag waving scum and turn the pictures above, into the pictures below
As a devoted Christian who deals with his flaws daily it pains me to wish this on another human being. But I guess I am a sinner when it makes me honestly believe at some point you relinquish your rights as a human when you slaughter innocent men women and children on purpose.
All you clowns who want to start screaming anti-american bullshit about death, save it. Our “Soldiers” don’t hide inside schools, or in communities with hospitals like the spineless scum in Hamas or these pigs.
We must redefine “proportional response” and we do that by getting the hell out of the way and letting our military do what they’re poorly paid to do, kill our enemies. Not some, not here, not there, but every single one they can find.
Give some Delta’s, Rangers, Seals or Marines a ‘weapons free’ and point them in the right direction, and get our asses out of the way. Support them and step back, this drone bullshit is nothing more than a pathetic ‘easy out’ for this administration. It’s not designed in any way to ‘win’, it’s designed to kick the can down the road while accomplishing little to nothing. I bet 4 weeks to 4 months later we’d see a marked downturn in this stuff on a global scale.
You want to debate, have at it and I love to do that. You want to be pissed, good, feel free.
If you want to talk shit save it, Mute is my friend now on twitter and if you add nothing you make it easy.
Tell me why I’m wrong or shut your mouth.