Back in the 60s and 70s it was considered safe to walk or ride a bike to school. Today we see parents waiting at the bus stop to pick up their children each afternoon. Driving them home from the bus stop seems to be a popular option here in the neighborhood.

Too bad our culture has changed so much since the 60s and 70s. Back then, we really had fun with Halloween. Today, Halloween is seen as somewhat controversial or unsafe. Each year it dies a little bit.

We had lockers at school. Today some schools are doing away with lockers because they might be used for storage of unsafe or illegal items. Banning the use of lockers means teaching students that good citizens and troublemakers are to be treated the same– thereby removing consequences and incentives for individual behavior.

Good citizens enjoy privileges and responsibilities like the use of school lockers. Should good citizens give up their privileges because of the actions or potential actions of troublemakers?

I remember seeing ads for cigarettes on TV. I never started smoking.

I remember seeing rifles on racks in the back of pickup trucks out in public. There were plenty of guns around, but we seemed to have less in the way of school shootings.

Washington State Constitution:

SECTION 24 RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.

What powers are granted to the federal government here?


Young adults today live with undeclared/unwon wars that never end. Today we’re told that The Troops are in distant lands protecting American rights and freedoms. As a child, I have no memory of people stepping over to say “Thanks for your service” to my Dad- who did time in the Navy in the 50s- but looked just like anyone else out in public.

If there is an honest reason to send people away into decades of undeclared/unwon wars overseas (The Department of Defense track record goes back to 1949) let’s hear all about it.

Why do we pretend that the US Armed Forces function as some sort of giant civil rights organization?

In some cases, the US Armed Forces provide for our physical security. That’s as good as it gets.

In terms of American rights and freedoms- The Dept. of Defense has no more say than the Dept. of Agriculture.

Any talk of shutting down undeclared/unwon wars that never end?


If bad people do bad things- should good people have their choices restricted?

Post-911 military base security protocols update:

‘Unauthorized Vehicle’ Crashes, Driver Dies, on Travis AFB

“Ragan said five propane tanks were found inside the vehicle, along with three phones, three plastic one-gallon gas cans, several lighters, and a gym bag with personal items.”

Any plans for restrictions on obtaining propane tanks for BBQ grills?

How about gas for lawn mowers?


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