VETERANS: Team Red, White, and Blue — getting vets and civilians together

Monday, February 20, 2017

 

Sounds like a great idea. Have to see if Planet Fitness Keene wants to participate.

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Podcast #279: Why Exercising in a Group Is the Best Medicine For Vets (and Civilians)

By Brett on Feb 16, 2017 01:35 pm

 

 

In recent years, several new veterans organizations have popped up to help our men and women in uniform transition from the service to civilian life. Instead of providing a place where veterans can get together to drink, these new organizations are looking to offer vets a sense of meaning and mission that they often lose after they hang up their uniform. My guest today is head of one of these new organizations. His name is J.J. Pinter and he’s the Deputy Director of Team Red, White, and Blue (Team RWB for short) — a veterans organization with the goal of getting vets and civilians together to work out.

Today on the show, J.J. and I discuss the issues facing vets that Team RWB is trying resolve, such as getting them reintegrated back into their community and staving off feelings of depression. We then discuss why Team RWB decided to make fitness their primary focus and why exercising with other people is one of the best remedies for melancholy and malaise. Finally, J.J. and I talk about why it’s so important for civilians to interact and connect with our vets and how they can do so through Team RWB.

Show Highlights

  • What is Team RWB? What sets it apart from other veterans organizations?
  • How Team RWB got its start
  • Why organized fitness is filling a need that veterans aren’t getting from other organizations
  • How exercising together helps curb some of the negative effects of PTSD, depression, and other issues that plague veteran’s upon returning home
  • Why so few vets return to their hometown upon returning from service
  • The kind of fitness programs that Team RWB chapters are engaging in
  • Why it’s important to get civilians involved in a veterans organization
  • The benefits that civilians realize when joining a vets organization
  • The community service projects that Team RWB undertakes
  • The importance of community service to a returning veteran
  • Why the original model and vision for Team RWB didn’t work
  • The dearth of good leadership in America, and how veteran’s can help fill that gap
  • The approach that Team RWB takes to leadership development and training
  • How civilians and vets alike can get involved with Team RWB

 

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SURVIVAL: Don’t wait to be told; use your own common sense

Sunday, February 19, 2017

https://survivalblog.com/observations-and-lessons-from-the-oroville-dam-evacuation/

Observations and Lessons from the Oroville Dam Evacuation 
By SurvivalBlog Contributor | February 14, 2017 

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At this point in the evening (now about 10:40), the Department of Water Resources is reporting that the water level is now below 901 feet, the level of the emergency spillway, and water is no longer spilling. Now, they are working on a plan to address the failed concrete in the main spillway and get a plan of action together before the next storms begin arriving next Thursday on the 16th of February. North bound highway 99 has now been reopened to traffic. Marysville remains shut down to access at this time. At after 11:00 pm, we are finally getting some comprehensive reports from the various emergency services agencies. I am sure that there will be some questions about why the initial damage to the main spillway that initiated this event was not addressed by the Department of Water Resources when it was first documented about three years ago, when we were in official drought status. Go figure. No doubt a custodian someplace will be the one to lose their job over it; there is always a scapegoat.

Blessings to all. Stay safe, and be prepared. You never know what might happen. – Behind Enemy Lines in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia

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I have read reports that say there were competent authorities warning about the dam 12 years ago? TWELVE years ago!

Maybe I’m a real tin foil hat but when it comes to the Gooferment, its politicians and bureaucrats, or “spokespersons”, “I wouldn’t believe you, if your tongue came notarized.” … attributed to Judge Marilyn Milian, but may have an earlier history.

Bottom line: Don’t wait for some “official” to tell you what to do. Do it NOW!

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POLITICAL: Peaceful “Secession” — an idea who’s time has come

Saturday, February 18, 2017

http://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/02/13/california-secession/

California Secession? How it Could Happen in Practice

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The following article was written by James R. Rogers and originally published on the Library of Law and Liberty website.

Rumblings of secession talk in California, as in Texas a few years back, raises the question of how, if ever, a state might secede from the Union without war.
The legal issue surrounding secession in the Civil War era concerned whether states might unilaterally secede from the Union under the Constitution. The answer, underscored by force of arms and the U.S. Supreme Court, was a definitive “no.”

That states may not unilaterally secede from the Union, however, does not mean there is no route by which a state might secede peacefully, and even legally. Indeed, the U.S. Supreme Court has said there is, albeit, saying it in dictum. In holding in Texas v. White (1869) that Texas did not truly secede from the Union, Chief Justice Chase, writing for the majority, nonetheless identified two routes by which U.S. states could peacefully secede: “There was no place for reconsideration or revocation [of Texas’s entry in the Union], except through revolution or through consent of the States.”

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Much of the commentary related to California’s budding secession movement suggests that a constitutional amendment would be necessary for the peaceful, lawful secession of a state from the union. I don’t think so. Chase’s dictum regarding the “consent of the states” does not suggest the need for constitutional amendment to authorize a state’s secession.

Rather, to implement this route for the legal secession of a state, Congress would need only to adopt enabling legislation spelling out the process by which consent of the states would be obtained. Congress could stipulate the states’ consent would be provided by some proportion of state legislatures – half of them, or two-thirds – adopting a “secession consent” resolution or something. Or Congress could authorize states to consent to a state’s request to secede through special state-level conventions or by direct vote in state-level referenda. Or perhaps Congress could provide state consent through a vote of the Senate, or a vote of the Senate and the House, or some combination of the above.

Whatever process Congress might adopt for secession need not be as onerous as the process required to adopt constitutional amendments: Adoption of enabling legislation need not require a supermajority vote in Congress (as constitutional amendments require). And, at congressional determination, the proportion of states sufficient to provide the “consent of the states” could be fewer than the three-fourths majority required to ratify constitutional amendments.

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Very interesting.

Now that the Liberal Left in California has learned what “executive power” in the “wrong hands” means, they have become interested in secession.

I’m reminded of a quote: “Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard, why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as easily as a king can.” Mel Gibson as the character Benjamin Martin in the movie The Patriot http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0187393/quotes

We’ve seen that the Congress has become corrupt and doesn’t faithfully execute its duties by creating the new Fourth Branch of Gooferment — the REGULATORS!

So perhaps, like the old Soviet Union it’s time to dissolve the Union and let partisans go their own way in peace. If the “blue states” want reform around welfare for all — fine. If the “red states” want to reform around “traditional values”— fine. California should be allowed to go its own way in peace.

Hopefully, it would NOT be like what happened in India and Pakistan initially, but things seem peaceful now. 

So too, can the RED USA and the BLUE USA live in peace together … …  finally.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Bryan Lowman got screwed by the Army

Friday, February 17, 2017

https://goo.gl/P5wJui

In this link https://goo.gl/P5wJui, American Legion National Commander Schmidt has made me aware of the plight of Bryan Lowman.

This is unacceptable to me as a vet and an AL member.

I’ve asked my two US Senators and my Congresswomen—

Jeanne Shaheen @SenatorShaheen

Margaret “Maggie” Hassan  @senatorhassan

Ann McLane Kuster @RepAnnieKuster

 

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— to respond: “Please advise what you plan to do to correct this inequity. FYI I am a registered NH voter and vote religiously. I will be posting this and any response from you on my blog and at any post I visit.”

I’d urge everyone to do the same and let’s see if “We, The Sheeple”can protect this vet.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment “licenses” are unnecessary; some are really absurd

Thursday, February 16, 2017

http://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2017/02/09/nebraska-may-soon-cut-regulations-for-barbers-military-spouses-even-potato-shippers/#3326443a55d7

FEB 9, 2017 @ 05:10 PM

Nebraska May Soon Cut Regulations For Barbers, Military Spouses, Even Potato Shippers
Institute For Justice (We are the national law firm for liberty.)
Nick Sibilla, Contributor

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Now more than a dozen licenses are in reformers’ crosshairs. Proposed legislation would lower the number of hours needed to become a licensed barber or cosmetologist from 2,100 hours of training to 1,500. That bill would also halve the required hours for massage therapists, and reduce coursework requirements for nail technicians by at least a third. The one-year experience requirement for title examiners would also be repealed. And separate legislation would allow military spouses with active, out-of-state nursing licenses to apply to practice in Nebraska.

One of the more unusual laws that may be on the chopping block is Nebraska’s license for potato shipping. Since 1945, anyone involved in shipping at least 180,000 pounds of Nebraska-grown potatoes has to obtain a license from the state’s Department of Agriculture. Potato shippers then must pay a tax (no more than two cents) for every 100 pounds of potatoes they transport, raising $75,000 in revenue each year. Only 12 licenses are currently active, according to the Department, and—thankfully—the state hasn’t had to discipline any sinister spud shippers.

Licensing is now one of the biggest issues for Nebraska’s labor markets. Today, one-third of the state’s workforce needs either a license or certificate from the government before they can legally work. All that red tape adds up: the Heritage Foundation found that occupational licensing costs the average Nebraska household over $940 each year.

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The free market will provide better protection. 

Ever heard of “Underwriters Laboratory”? Try and buy an appliance at Walmart that doesn’t have a UL label. You don’t even have to think about electrical safety. And all without the Gooferment!’

I have a litany of Gooferment bureaucrat stupidity — like the electrical inspector who had failed the state’s own test for electricians, but he was qualified to inspect other licensed electrician’s work. 

When will “We, The Sheeple” recognize that Gooferment “licensing” is Crony Capitalism at work.

Argh!

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NOTRECOMMENDED: DYMO label makers

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

http://www.dymo.com/en-US

My LabelManager® Rechargeable Battery – 500TS, WPnP, XTL 300, MobileLabeler— died.

I suspect that the Lithium battery went bad. 

It was an expensive purchase. And the battery is “out of stock”.

Hence I don’t recommend this COMPANY.

This is the same company that dumped the CARDSCAN product, its software, and databases on short notice after acquisition.

Fool me once … … 

So the next one I buy, won’t be from them. 

Argh!

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NOTRECOMMENDED: Logitech Webcam c615 on MAC OSX

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Despite what the fine print says, it doesn’t work.

MAC OS X 10.12.6 (16D32) doesn’t recognize the camera. 

I have it docked and it’s a bust.

I’ve had ticket #0465 9146 open since the end of January.

Argh!

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2017-Feb-17

After numerous email, I finally got some specific help. 

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Dear Ferdinand,

Good day!

To further isolate the issue, please try to do the following:
1. Re-seat to another USB port. Bypass the use of KVM switch boxes, port replicators, docking stations, and USB hubs if any
2. Prefer using USB 2.0 rather than USB 3.0 ports. For additional reference, refer to https://support.logitech.com/en_us/article/38032
3. Download and install the Logitech Webcam Software. 
https://download01.logi.com/web/ftp/pub/video/quickcam/lws220.dmg
4. Test it on a different computer.

Please let us know the result of these recommended steps.

For future reference your case reference number is 04659146. This will allow us to quickly find the contact history when you need additional help. If we do not receive a reply, your support request will eventually be closed and set to “solved”. A survey will be sent to you to gather your feedback.

To contact us by phone or obtain additional information (FAQ’s, Forum, Manuals, etc.) please visit support.logitech.com

Best regards,

Angelica
Logitech Customer Care
support.logitech.com

 

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So fresh this morning, I took the cover off the big monitor.

I moved the Logitech camera usb directly to the computer. It worked. 

I reattached it to the same USB slot on my monitor. It worked.

Rebooted and it still works.

Explanation?

“Magic”?

Argh!

So ends a 20 day outage?

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  Dear Ferdinand,

Good day!

Its good to hear that the webcam is now working.

There may be several reasons (or no reason) for USB ports ceasing to function with no cause. There might be a chance that the webcam was not plugged in properly before. But the good thing is, the device is now working again.

For future reference your case reference number is 04659146. This will allow us to quickly find the contact history when you need additional help. If we do not receive a reply, your support request will eventually be closed and set to “solved”. A survey will be sent to you to gather your feedback.

To contact us by phone or obtain additional information (FAQ’s, Forum, Manuals, etc.) please visit support.logitech.com

Best regards,

Angelica
Logitech Customer Care
support.logitech.com

 

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