Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cooking with moss when camping

Here's one meal over the fire. There were quite a few. My voice is still recovering from the smoke.



Yum. I did some salmon that Mary's brother Mike caught one morning. That was good too, but I need more practice moss smoking/cooking.

Camping.

Some vacation photos. These are of the campground where we stayed. It was in Yoda's back yard on Dagobah.



More of the story later.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Nazareth VBS Photos

Some photos from our VBS at Nazareth.



Thanks to everyone who helped out.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

A Lesson against Gun Control

March 24, 2008 DC Police Chief Lanier tries to search homes to get rid of all guns in DC, conducting house to house searches.
D.C. Seeks Consent To Search for Guns - washingtonpost.com
D.C. police are so eager to get guns out of the city that they're offering amnesty to people who allow officers to come into their homes and get the weapons.
Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced yesterday the Safe Homes Initiative, aimed at parents and guardians who know or suspect that their children or other relatives have guns. Under the deal, police target areas hit by violence and seek adults who let them search their homes for guns, with no risk of arrest. The offer also applies to drugs that turn up during the searches, police said.

The program is scheduled to start March 24 in the Washington Highlands area of Southeast Washington. Officers will go door-to-door seeking permission to search homes for weapons. Police later plan to visit other areas, including sections of Columbia Heights in Northwest and Eckington in Northeast.

"If we come across illegal contraband, we will confiscate it," Lanier said. "But amnesty means amnesty. We're trying to get guns and drugs off the street."

Fenty (D) and Lanier announced the plan as part of a new strategy to deal with the prevalence of firearms in a city that has one of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. The Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in a case challenging the constitutionality of the D.C. law.
June 26th, 2008 the Heller decision of the U.S. Supreme Court overturns DC's prohibition against handguns.
District of Columbia v. Heller - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
On June 26, 2008, by a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the federal appeals court ruling, striking down the D.C. gun law. Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, stated, "In sum, we hold that the District's ban on handgun possession in the home violates the Second Amendment, as does its prohibition against rendering any lawful firearm in the home operable for the purpose of immediate self-defense ... We affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals."[32] This ruling upholds the first federal appeals court ruling ever to void a law on Second Amendment grounds.

August 2nd, 2009, Lanier takes credit for reducing the murder rate.
New Ways To Stop Crime | Parade.com
As chief of police in Washington, D.C., Cathy L. Lanier never has the luxury of easing into the day. Her mornings begin with a jolt at 5 a.m., when the BlackBerry messages start arriving from Joe Persichini, assistant director of the FBI’s D.C. field office. These urgent missives cover terrorism, joint-task-force missions, and current national-security intelligence. Lanier’s schedule is punishing, to say the least. And thanks to her discipline and commitment, the 42-year-old has attracted national attention as one of the most successful big-city police chiefs in America.

For much of the last decade, D.C. had one of the highest murder rates among America’s large cities. However, as of mid-July, its homicide rate is 14% lower than at this time last year, putting the city on track to have one of its lowest murder rates in years.
When DC was a Gun Free Zone, the murder rate was the highest in the nation. Now that people are arming themselves, the murder rate drops. Let's face it, the bad guys are afraid that the good guys might shoot back. From last year July, when the Heller decision was made to this July the murder rate dropped 14%. Dates and events are significant.

But a gun control nut wants to take the credit for the drop in the murder rate.