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There are folks out there who like to steal your content with the excuse that they can take it and use it freely because of the RSS feed that we have on our WordPress Blogs.

Recently, twice in the last few months, I have had blogs swiped without permission. My copyright notice on my blog indicates that you need written permission to use any of my content. And anyone who does use my content without my written permission is stealing from me.

What these thieves look for on your blog are commonly used tags. My “Stuck in the Clouds” blog had travel as a tag. My other blog about the “2nd Amendment…” had a politics as a tag.

These folks try to fool you with their disclaimer. Here is the link to the thieves website regarding copyright…Destinary.com Copyright BS. Your copyright still holds, and if you indicate that they need your permission, they have to get it first or they are stealing your content.

Both times my content was stolen by folks who use the web host Unified Layer. I discovered this information by using a site called: WhoIsHostingThis.com. Going to this site to see who they are hosted by, only because I cannot get any information on Unified Layer, indicates that they are hosted by GoDaddy. There is information on WordPress with regard to copyright infringement. This page is useful too. Content Theft – What to Do

People and sites that steal your content have nothing better to do than steal other peoples copyrighted items. Why? It is because they have no imagination, no creative abilities, no morals, no talent. They set up a computer at their location which uses an automated software that looks for certain words in your tags and pull those posts that have those tags.

The problem with these folks, is that they are hard to find and track.

I am pulling my post from today. Their site will give them a 404 error that the content cannot be found.

As a group of bloggers is there anything we can do worldwide to block these lazy a**es that have nothing better to do than steal? Maybe a worldwide protest of companies that host these folks? Suggestions anyone?

Oh, by the way, any use of the content in this email without express written permission will lead to prosecution as can be done as dictated by worldwide copyright law.

Can you afford to do this? Think twice before you do.

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The second amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

I do not on a regular basis ever offer my opinion on any right in this country, that being the United States of America, but I do have to speak out now. Why? Because just about everyday on the news I hear about senseless shootings and deaths. Yesterday, locally, two deputies were shot and killed, and a third person, who was trying to keep his vehicle from being carjacked, was shot in the head and is in critical condition. Also yesterday, a teenager at a school in Washington State killed one person and injured four others before turning the gun on himself.

So, let us look at the second amendment shall we? Yes, let us look at this amendment. The reason why you will see in this post.

“A well regulated Militia:” This refers to: “A military force that is raised from the civil population to supplement a regular army in an emergency.”

“being necessary to the security of a free State,” I believe the meaning of this is that at the time when this country was formed because at that time we needed to do what needed to be done to ensure that this country was not under the control of anyone else other than ourselves.

“the right of the people to keep and bear Arms…” To me this means that the people of this country had the right at that time to defend themselves as a well regulated Militia…

“shall not be infringed.” And that to protect this new country, this right shall not be infringed upon so that they could defend this new country.

OK – Now let us put together my translation: The United States Armed Forces, shall secure for our country, the right to keep our country safe and under our own control by giving the the right of those same Armed Forces the right to bear arms to keep our country secure.

Now let me ask this question: Is this country abiding by this amendment? I kindly ask that you, a citizen or not, answer this question. Here are recent events in the United States of America that might help you make this decision whether or not the founders of this great country had these circumstances in mind.

April 20, 1999 – Columbine High School – 13 dead. 12 students and one teacher. 24 injured.

January 11, 2011 – Gabrielle Giffords is shot outside of a grocery store in Arizona, 6 are killed and 13 others are wounded.

December 14, 2012 – Sandy Hook Elementary School – 154 rounds of ammunition were fired. 24 people, both children and adults are shot. 20 were children. They were between the ages of 6 – 7 years old. These 20 are dead. This is the deadliest mass shooting ever in the country, and the second deadliest mass shooting at a school by a single person in US history. The weapon was a Bushmaster .223 assault weapon.

Did you know that since 2010 there have been 95 shootings at schools around the U.S.? Of this there were 98 deaths and 111 injured.

I just gave you some examples of gun use and death to citizens in this great country. Do any of these shooters appear to you to be a “regulated Militia?”

Now the National Rifle Association (NRA) will tell you that everyone is entitled to possess a gun in this country. They tell you it is not the guns that kill or injure people, it is people killing or injuring people. If people do not have guns then they wouldn’t be able to kill or injure anyone, would they?

Pew Research recently did a poll which indicated that the country is split over gun ownership, however 90% of those polled want there to be background checks on everyone purchasing a gun. The NRA threw all kinds of money to oppose background checks. Hmm…Why would they oppose background checks? Because gun manufacturers are behind the NRA and they are more concerned with their bottom line. Ka-ching! Yes, it is all about money!

Smart gun technology is out there but the NRA, who has lots of money for lobbying politicians, opposes this too, as well as those same gun manufacturers and gun retailers. Smart Gun technology that would only allow the purchaser of the gun to use the gun, by way of fingerprint recognition, is out there. There is ongoing debate that has to do with a law passed in New Jersey in 2002 that states that once the technology is proven reliable, the law to require this technology will go into place within 3 years of that determination. The law has not yet gone into place. The reason the NRA opposes this is they believe it weakens the 2nd amendment.

I propose a solution: Do not sell bullets! If it was more difficult to obtain bullets we have less senseless death.

I know that I will most likely hear from those who support the NRA’s view, which is fine. I am just exercising my first amendment right: Freedom of speech!

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A Congressional Hearing for the Birds - Photo by The Reclining Gentleman

A Congressional Hearing for the Birds – Photo by The Reclining Gentleman


“How wide is that island out there in the bay?” asked the Congressman. “I am thinking that it might be 20 feet long and 6 feet wide. Would that be correct Admiral?”

“Congressman, I do not have the exact information right now, but I can get it for you,” replied the Admiral.

“And what is the bird population on this island?”

“I think that it might be about 150.”

“Now you want to add how many birds to the island?”

“We want to add 6 birds sir.”

“My fear is that if you add 6 birds to this island it will become overly populated, capsize, and tip over.”

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I wrote this story based upon on an actual event. A friend of mine sent me a video link in an email. Not believing that what I was seeing was true, I did a check of Snopes.com. The story is true!

The true story has to do with adding U.S. troops to the Island of Guam. I hope that you watch the video below. I found it unbelievable and maybe you will too. As much as I would like to spout off here, I will not. I just ask that you watch this video, and then ask yourself about who you are voting for, no matter where you are in this world.

Now for the video:

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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to the Reclining Gentleman who brought to mind the story of a video sent to me by a certain friend! Aloha!

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I certainly hope that you took the time to watch the video…be well!

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As you may know, I am going through chemo and cancer and have had similar troubles collecting from the State of Ca money that I paid in on each paycheck…Every dollar was hard earned. This is an excellent example of government bureaucracy at best! No wonder CA is having financial troubles!

I also find that there are other posts on this blogger’s site that were informative and I live the daily affirmations, when she can post! Please take a moment to visit and look too!

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Today I will be doing two posts. One that is a rant and the other will be The Daily Affirmation. For now, I have a lot to get off my chest about the bureaucratic BS that was exposed to me today. The parties involved: The State of California Employment Development Department – the EDD – (more likely just the State government) and Bank of America!

Yesterday, Ron at the EDD told me that I would have access to my disability money today. He gave me the telephone number for Bank of America (hereafter BofA) so that I could call them and have them move my money from their bank directly to my bank. Let’s look at the politics of this briefly, if I can be brief…

See the State of CA turns my disability money over to BofA as they have a “contract” to handle the money. This means that…

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The Side Step


Yeah, it is Friday! This is the year where once again here in the U.S. we have not only the Presidential Election but, depending on where you live, Senator, and Legislators. The ads have ramped up in the last week. Every other commercial on TV for weeks now and for the next 4 weeks will be political ads, whether they be for or against a State proposition, or the candidates. And, I decided that today, we needed to have some fun with this!

This brought to mind a segment from a movie, in which the actor was actually nominated for an Oscar for his performance. The movie: “Best Little Whore House in Texas.” The performer: Charles Durning. The song: “The Side Step.”

And now, here is Charles Durning performing “The Side Step. Be sure to listen to the questions being asked of the politician. Let me know if this reminds you of the politico today!”

Charles Durning performing “The Side Step

Remember to go out and vote! And, remember the words to this song when you do!

Now go and have a great Friday!

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We have been billed for this tax and are planning to appeal. There is quite an uproar about this here in the Sierra Foothills!

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We all know that the great State of California has been having money troubles for years. It is struggling to find new ways to raise money, either by spending cuts, or collection of fees, which is just a euphemism for tax. Cuts in spending include cuts to our fire departments throughout the State. This brings me to the topic I wanted to discuss which is the CAL-Fire California Fire Prevention Fee, for which I received a notice in the mail marked urgent. This is what the notice said:

“According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), you own property in one of the designated areas and must pay the new California Fire Prevention Fee. The Board of Equalization is required by law to collect this fee.

As the owner of property within this area, you will soon receive a bill requiring you to pay up to…

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It was my distinct “pleasure” yesterday to be relegated to cleaning the BBQ to get it ready for use. Now usually my husband takes up this task, but I lost the coin toss. I came from a long line of charcoal grillers, and my husband is a die-hard gas griller. Never having cleaned a gas grill, I donned the rubber gloves, grabbed a bucket of hot water and a sponge and off I went.

Not having been used for quite awhile, I was greeted by a number of earwigs as they fell from the cover as I removed it. Not to be daunted by that I shook the darn thing to make sure that no others were hiding only to have three of those little bastards land on me, and one of which went down the front of my v-neck white shirt! I found myself running in circles as I quickly ripped my shirt off. My husband came running out to see what all the noise was about and found me standing there topless.

Earwig - Photo from PestCemetary.com

I said that all was OK, as I picked up my shirt, inspecting it before redressing myself. I decided that I would start with the outside surface. I hummed to myself as I washed the top and side boards. I believed that I was doing a great job. Then I stood back to admire my expert cleaning abilities only to discover that the stainless had swathes of sponge marks streaking from left to right and up and down! It was then that I realized that I needed a heavy duty cleaning solution and that I needed to follow the sponge directly with a towel. Into the house I went in search of reinforcements.

Returning armed with supplies, I fixed the streaky problem. Then I raised the lid. I was immediately greeted by the smell of old grease, and bits of last season’s dessicated chicken still clinging to the grates. I slid the left grill rack to the right and peered down into the dark cavern of the inside of the grill. Removing the burner hoods, I found myself looking into the eyes of the creature from the black lagoon.

Creature from the Black Lagoon - Photo - Universal Studios

Never having spent much time with this kind of BBQ, I was amazed at all the parts inside. I realized that there were pieces bolted to the sides, cross bars, gas tubes and another hood like device under the burners. How is one supposed to clean the inside of this thing with all these pieces obstructing where the grease lay? As I stared and pondered, I heard a little voice in my head yelling, “Get me a blow torch!”

Blow torch - Photo by DetentionSlip.org

Not having one handy, I had to figure out how I was going to remove what grease I could. I went into the house, down to the basement, and retrieved one of my husband’s spackle knives. And I returned to the gaping mouth of the beast. Where is Mike Rowe from “Dirtiest Jobs” when you need him? The grease rolled onto the spackle knife as I slowly led it around the inside of the BBQ. It was as good as I was going to get it.

Next I made the trip into the house with the grates, and after a half hour of scrubbing I got those clean along with the covers for the burners. And, I put the pieces back where they belonged.

So the question is this: Which is easier to clean? Charcoal grill,

Inside of a charcoal grill - Photo by SmokingMeatForums.com

or a gas grill?

Inside of a gas grill - Photo by Dustin

I’ll take charcoal any day!

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