Posts Tagged ‘rules’

Hillsboro/Aloha kids in danger!

I can’t hold my tongue anymore.  After seeing yet another near miss earlier today I have to say something that some might not take too kindly to.  I live in zip code 97006 near S.W. Cornelius Pass Road.  We live close to (actually in line of sight with) Reedville Creek Park and it is located along S.W. Cornelius Pass Road between two large schools.  In this park located among the basketball courts and soccer field, is a skateboard arena.  One of them huge concrete monstrosities that draw kids from miles around, which can be a good thing in itself.

You parents are familiar with it, a place kids can meet their friends, socialize, play some sports and unsupervised, buy and sell drugs . . . .  oh, wait!  I said a good thing didn’t I?  It’s bad enough that the kids are bombarded with the drug dealers and such at this park, but to also risk their young lives just getting there is unforgivable.  This is where the near miss should be of concern to all.   Many of these kids travel on foot, on bikes and on skateboards, down the adjacent streets to get to this park.  Most stay on the sidewalks, then there are the “cool kids” that walk down the middle of the side streets.  This still isn’t a problem.  It is when they cross Cornelius Pass Road to get to the park that is a problem.

When the youngsters cross the street it is rare that they actually check approaching traffic from both directions first!  They don’t cross the road directly either as if it were a cross walk, they meander diagonally across two bike lanes, two traffic lanes (one in each direction) and a wide median . . . all without looking first!  And this is done often by those walking, biking and skateboarding!  Today I saw a youngster dart across the street between two cars stopped at a traffic light!  Yes, the traffic light has a cross-walk too.  A number of the children cross the road one and two blocks from the park where there is no cross walk or traffic light to help them because it is closer and easier to dash across the street between traffic then to walk to the intersection and cross with the signal light.

The traffic in this area numbers in the thousands of vehicles per day.  It is the main connection between U.S. Highway 26 also known as the Sunset Highway and Highway 8 also known as the Tualatin Valley (T.V.) Highway.  While the road in front of the park is two lanes, it changes to four lanes at the intersection with the traffic light.  It means that two lanes of traffic merge right in front of the park with vehicles competing to see who will be first to the single lane.  This area’s speed limit is supposedly 35 Miles Per Hour but I have only seen a few abide by it.  Many times I have seen cars doing minimally 50 Miles Per Hour, some I’m guessing up to 70!  Some of those are Police vehicles with no sirens and no lights showing.  I’ve been waiting to see another vehicle pull out from one of the many side streets directly in front of one of these fast movers some day and the results won’t be pretty.

So what is the answer?  Excessive speeding in this area requires enforcement by the local Sheriff’s Department and the City Police Department.  Quit ignoring the situation and start writing citations, lots of them.  Crosswalks?  Crosswalks and possibly a blinking light to warn approaching motorists to the foot traffic at some of these intersections.  Or even a crossing guard, something!  As for the drugs and such, supervision.  There should be at least one parent for every so many kids supervising them for a few hours each day in the park.  Maybe a couple of parents, for a few hours then another parent(s) does a shift and so on.  Until the park closes.  Then it should be checked occasionally by the local Police throughout the night.  (Yes they even using the park at 3 in the morning!)  Why not have the Police supervise them during the day?  Why should the taxpayer’s money be spent raising your children!  As they say, you brought them into this world, you take responsibility for them!

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Wyoming House advances doomsday bill

Wyoming House advances doomsday bill

CHEYENNE — State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.

House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.

The task force would look at the feasibility of

Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

Read more at the link here: http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/wyoming-house-advances-doomsday-bill/article_af6e1b2b-0ca4-553f-85e9-92c0f58c00bd.html#ixzz1nfMny5WY

If you’ve read the first part of the above article, than like myself, you came to that last line about an aircraft carrier.  What?!!  An aircraft carrier in Wyoming?  Try telling Joe Public living there that they will have to increase his taxes to pay for it.  Think that is simple?

Then tell him about the other little charge.  The one charge required from him to also pay for . . .  you guessed it, a new inlet extending from Wyoming to the Pacific Ocean and the pier for it too!!!  God Almighty, please grant us some intelligence to pass on to our politicians, they need it so desperately!!

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Pro-Pot Group Criticized Over Use of VFW Name & POW Flag

How many other brothers-in-arms were mad enough to spit nails? Weren’t it enough to p__s off the pope? Not only for devaluing the Veteran’s Of Foreign Wars Organization for what it has done for our Veterans, but for the earned respect for the POW-MIA Flag that many of our citizens show honor to daily.  To be treated as such!  Degraded just to promote drugs and there use. The article is from Military.Com and the first article HERE raised such a ruckus with the populace that they decided to back off a bit.  The second story from the same website tells us about that located HERE.  So what do you all think about this?

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Idiots Posing As Parents

Well I thought there were enough idiots in the world as it was, but now a sorry excuse for parents brand their children as if they were some sort of fence to be tagged with their graffiti and calling it art!  All right, many people like tattoos and as adults they have the right to deface what the Good Lord gave them in any way they want.  I have no problem with this whatsoever.  But to put their children through this painful process without any consideration for the child is akin to child abuse and it should be treated as such!  Including the filing of charges by Children Protective Services.

What’s going to happen when the child is older and realizes that a good majority of the population doesn’t have these crude markings with the garish colors on them?  One would think that once this phase/fad falls out of fashion at some point in the future, that the child might be a little angry at his/her parents for using them as a human target for their graffiti now. Wouldn’t it be wiser to leave them unblemished so to speak and let them decide for themselves at a later date if they want it or not?  And just go get the parents a box of Sidewalk Chalk instead for now. See some samples of this atrocious behavior here.

Just a thought.

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Public Assistance?

I’ve recently found a thoroughly entertaining new blog called, “View From My Squad Car“. It is written by a “. . a police officer assigned to patrol in a mid-sized US city” and signs the blog with the name Officer Cynical. He has had me at times laughing and at others, concerned due to the oft-times dangerous work typically performed by our law officers in the performance of their duty.

He describes some of the daily events he faces including violent, non-violent, tedious and sometimes even hilarious situations he’s come across in performing his job. In this recent article he mentions something I’ve personally noticed many times myself of some select people on the public assistance wagon and good or bad, it does happen. He expands on this observation and gives us thought at the same time. Find “Officer Cynical’s View From My Squad Car“. Enjoy!

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Glock Safety Warning

Here we go again.  Although in this case the accident was the result of a worn holster, it was exacerbated by the ‘type’ of gun contained therein. The ‘type’ of gun being a striker-fired Glock semi-automatic handgun. Now before you jump down my throat, is it not true that all too often when an Accidental Discharge (AD) happens, it is usually caused by operator error? Is is also true that the bulk of the accidental discharges are more common with a Glock weapon than any other? I don’t have anything personally against them, but for a weapon with “supposedly” three safeties to prevent it from occurring, they sure seem to go off a lot anyway.

As a lesson in gun safety/maintenance, this anonymous person still wanted to post this as a lesson to all. And yes, there is a spot of blood in the accompanying pictures so for those few sensitive people, you might want to omit the last photograph. Although I get that much blood from one of my finger-sticks (diabetes, blood-sugar testing). Moral of the story: Always make sure your gear is in top operating condition. The video is courtesy of  ITS Tactical and can be found here.

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Guns – The Five Rules of Concealed Carry

The Five Rules of Concealed Carry:
1. Your concealed handgun is for protection of life only.
2. Know exactly when you can use your gun.
3. If you can run away — RUN!
4. Display your gun, be prepared to go to jail.
5. Don’t let your emotions get the best of you.