On the day that Pope Benedict resigned lightning hit the cross atop St. Peter's Basilica. I guess God gets pissed when his CEO bugs out before quitting time.
The greatest sniper in US military history (retired), a Navy Seal, was shot and killed along with his buddy at a shooting range by a young veteran with PTSD they were there to help. I wrote about his book here in this thread about 9 months ago.
This is so freakin' sad and unbelievably ironic. Chris Kyle went through some of the worst firefights in Baghdad and hardly had a scratch. He had almost 200 confirmed kills. It took loose gun laws in his home nation to get him.
I wonder what he would have thought of the idea that he fought for the freedom of western civilization only to have that freedom end his own life with senseless gun violence.
I feel like I 'm looking at 50,000 years of evolution when in reality we have about 12.... We just don't get it about guns.
If you get a chance to read American Sniper by Chris and his wife I highly recommend it for insight into the war in Iraq (2003-12). The story he writes tells a lot, not so much for what his sentiment is as for the obvious conclusions and meaning between the paragraphs.
For me as a Buddhist it showed the result of karma of killing probably more than 200 people in one decade. There are immutable laws, even if the law of man allows killing with impunity during war.
I live in a rural area where we don't have delivery, just PO Boxes, so this won't effect me much, except for the one hour on Saturdays when the PO is open to dispense items that are too large for a customer's box. In a way, I think that this change might be a positive one, although it may not seem like it at first, since our society has a tendency to hang onto some ideals, such as government delivery of mail and electoral colleges, that have long since used up their usefullness. There was a time when it took an organization like a government to marshal the resources required to set up and maintain a service like the postal service, but that's not the case anymore.
just heard on npr that it WILL take congressional approval for the usps to eliminate residential saturday delivery (due date set for august). newspaper companies who have saturday editions are making their voices heard though.
i welcome the idea of one less day of mail. i live in a rural area on a dead end road where mailboxes are a long (but welcome) walk. due to them being placed next to a desolate county road, mail theft is an ocassional problem. so one less day of opportunity for the identity thieves is ok with me.
i do love the us mail though; always a cracker jack box. you never know what you're going to get - wanted or unwanted.
i remember as a little kid sending an envelope with a hand written letter and the appropriate amount of coins off to "bazooka joe bubble gum" for whatever little gizmo they were advertising on that specific bubble gum wrapper and then waitng with a lot of anticipation for its arrival. this was years before instant everything, all-the-time. everybody knew their mailman's name and it wasn't uncommon to have him stop just long enough on cold winter days to have a couple of sips of hot coffee. i feel fortunate to have those memories - fuzzier now - but there nonetheless ;-)
Yeah, sort of a bummer that they stopped Saturday delivery. Stamps DID go UP last week. If you haven't been buying "forever" stamps for the last three years you probably should have been.
In rural areas like where I am, the post office is a place to gossip and meet up with people (while you cull the junk mail. Which, by the way, now goes into a locked trash storage -- how sad--)
I live near a large sort facility that was due to be chopped but got saved through God knows how, horse-trading on votes among the Congressional delegation, I guess. The postal workers walked the picket lines to keep their jobs. For me,it was hard to feel sorry for them. Don't get me wrong, I believe everybody deserves banker's hours and holidays and benefits but nobody gets, them except for a few select industries. I also believe you should get 10 extra points on your exam for "life experience".
The USPS will survive, but in a far leaner form and it's not going to get any more efficient.
at Christmas, I am not so happy at the continuing decline of the once-noble post office.
At least they will continue to deliver Express and Priority on Saturday.
Not too sure who amongst us caught this one, but the Postal Service is planning on cancelling all mail deliveries on Saturday. Now we'll only have five days in the week to empty our mailboxes of flyers, bills, magazines, etc. I don't know about ya'll, but I'm not too terribly upset by this, and I completely understand why they're doing it. At least they're aren't jacking up the price of stamps...yet (again)!
I like ur attitude!
(~):} just stay SAFE, HAPPY and GRATEFUL during your drive!
We have the right to protect our famalies, friends and ourselves through the use of our common sense and justified via our fore fathers and a piece of historical importance entitled the Constitution.Granted, it was developed during a different time and place in this world: nevertheless, it is still revelent with the appropriate use and applied common sense to address those areas mentioned but not limited to those areas indicated in the opening paragraph of this discussion forumn such as waiting periods, identifying those with mental illnesses, etc...
Please stay SAFE, HAPPY and GRATEFUL! (~):}
note.....i look forward to hearing and seeing meaningful discussion and debate from ALL ideas and thoughts on this matter...gun owners or not! :)>
“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas ... with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.”