Studying is always good & of course it's always good to improve scores in anything you do.
I haven't been too active online myself. I finally checked my email the other day & I had a bunch, not exactly junk mail but mostly just notifications of activity on the websites I frequent. I got many emails from friends on a gun site I'm on. It seems the site was sold & it was sold to a Canadian company. Canada has very restrictive gun control for its citizens so many have gotten off in protest. The original owner (2 owners since) has started a new site & I was alerted to that. It's like the original site with most of the same guys.
My son is away at Camp Ripley, Minnesota for a Senior NCO school. I forget what it's called now but it used to be ANCOC. At least he's safer than he'd be here. Yesterday morning we had a cop that got ambushed & shot in his vehicle. He'll be okay but required hospitalization. It was on the far other side of town & out of my son's patrol area. Since he's a bicycle patrol officer he can be very ripe for a sniper-like attack. I don't know when all this cop killing will stop. Probably when it's winter. There have reluctant movements by police to just stay out of "trouble" areas which is hard on the good residents that are there but if they don't get more support from their governments they'll have to do something to survive. We have a very liberal mayor who refuses to start another Police Academy class because he wants to build a 2 1/2 mile trolley line downtown & there's not enough money to do both. The Chief of Police is his puppet so obviously there isn't much he's good for. He's finally starting to talk tough but it's still all talk. Our county Sheriff, Sheriff David Clarke, is a real hard guy & appears on national news channels a lot. That is of no use for city cops, though. He volunteered to send his Deputies to augment our PD but it fell on deaf ears. He doesn't get along with the Chief who has a totally different view on policing. The world is falling apart right before our eyes. We've become a third world country. They keep talking about gun control but the existing laws that are broken & the perp caught & jailed only finds him back on the street in less than a day. Many are young teenagers with several gun violations & still walking the streets. The same thing has been happening with drug dealers who are caught & released almost immediately. Pot is still illegal in this state but most cops won't even give out tickets let alone make an arrest of dealers because before they finish the paperwork they dealer is back on the street again. My son has advised me again to never go unarmed & always carry a spare magazine & always keep a round chambered. I would do that regardless.
We're going through another hot & humid spell. By the way, I didn't go to the fireworks on the 4th this year. Somehow I hurt my foot & I had trouble walking & the park we normally go to watch them requires a pretty long walk from the car to the park. The foot is getting better & my knees have been quiet lately so I want to get out & walk a lot again. I saw my doc a week ago for a regular visit & I already gained a pound. I have to start eating less & walking more.
Proud Dad of a US Army Airborne Ranger SFC
Retired US Army 1SG/MSG, Airborne Infantry, G-3, Instructor
Former USN - Submarines, USS Chopper (SS 342) & Navy Diver, UDT 21
I was a Soldier. I am a Soldier. I will always be a Soldier.
07-18-2016 03:34 AM