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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A 9 Years Old Child Kills a firearms Range Instructor...

A 9 yrs. old girl accidentally kills a shooting range instructor in Arizona.

I grew up around guns, shooting guns, hunting, target shooting, skeet shooting. My first gun that I shot was a .45 (1911). I was probably around 7, maybe 8. My Dad helped me hold it when I shot it. I shot his 8mm Mauser, a couple of .12 gauge shotguns, a .16 gauge shotgun, a .22 rifle and other guns right around that time too. My first gun I owned was a 12 gauge pump action shot gun. I got it for my 13th. birthday. Prior to that my brothers and I had bb guns and learned gun safety, how to use the sights, trigger pull, etc. from our father and each other. From around 7 yrs. old I hunted pigeon, grouse, quail, ducks, geese and rabbits with a .22 and a 16 gauge side by side of my fathers (that my brother still has). I also got my first rifle ( a 30/30 Winchester) when I was 13 yrs. old. Bottom line, my father was with us every step of the way until he felt comfortable with us using our firearms. We didn't shoot anywhere we didn't intend to shoot, we didn't shoot anything we didn't intend to kill or hit and I still shoot to this day.

When I married and we started our family I trained my own children on firearms use and safety. My wife's not fond of firearms but is comfortable with one (or more) around the house these days and even shoots them periodically. We still go to a remote gravel pit to "plink" from time to time to keep our eyes keen. I've spent over 42 years of my life having access to or carrying one form or another of firearm(s) at my workplace in a holster and/or slung over my shoulder or at port arms. In my chosen careers my firearms are like a carpenter's many different hammers. They have their uses, they're tools of the trade and they're handy to have around when you need them.

Oh, and if you're good enough you can drive nails with them.

I won't second guess the parents of this child other than to attribute their lack of judgement to most likely caving in to a "wild, wild west" video moment while on vacation. The rangemaster? Well, I have a problem regarding his "on film" statement. He pretty much admitted the child was below their threshold. Most likely that threshold was established for a reason. I'll leave it at that.

For all of you who want guns banned... don't buy any, personally ban them from your life.
Banned or not, I'll keep mine, thank you very much.

Friday, May 09, 2014

U.S. Immigration Reform Suggestions!

I copied this from a "comments" section of a rather non-descript article out there. It's about "Immigration Reform":

From: "John Doe the Troll" 1 hour ago 
Here is how the reform should look:


The New Republic of Texas Immigration Laws:

1. There will be no special bilingual programs in the schools.
2. All ballots will be in this nation's language.
3. All government business will be conducted in our language.
4. Non-residents will NOT have the right to vote no matter how long they
are here.
5. Non-citizens will NEVER be able to hold political office.
6. Foreigners will not be a burden to the taxpayers. No welfare, no food 
stamps, no health care, or other government assistance programs. 
Any burden will be deported.
7. Foreigners can invest in this country, but it must be an amount at 
least equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage.
8. If foreigners come here and buy land... options will be restricted. 
Certain parcels including waterfront property are reserved for citizens 
naturally born into this country.
9. Foreigners may have NO protests; NO demonstrations, NO waving of 
a foreign flag, no political organizing, NO bad-mouthing our president 
or his policies. These will lead to immediate deportation.
10. If you do come to this country illegally, you will be actively hunted and, 
when caught, sent to jail until your deportation can be arranged. All 
assets will be taken from you. 


Too strict? The above laws are current immigration laws of MEXICO...


As taken from BigBo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

THE SR99 TUNNEL PROJECT IN SEATTLE... BERTHA'S BROKEN

Okay, this is a regional thing but it entails the lib mindset of the Pacific Northwest and primarily Seattle, WA.

Seattle and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) are trying to poke a 1.7 mile tunnel under the city so State Route 99 (the old highway that was replaced by I-5) could continue through the city after the viaduct and a bridge or two were in essence "condemned" awhile back. 

In their infinite wisdom the local and state politicos went out and hired a boring crew with a big, I mean REALLY big... as in REALLY REALLY BIG boring tool to drill a tunnel that would in effect run the highway under the city. 

There's some complications that many of us onlookers wondered about early on when this hair-brained idea cropped up. One of them was that Seattle's built on... well, SEATTLE... or better yet, OLD SEATTLE. Old, wet, muddy, tidal influenced, crumbling, subterranean, archaeologically sensitive Seattle. That means there's a lot of old man made, built to last debris that's most likely going to be very wet, muddy and in the way of this boring machine. I personally found this to be problematic but then, I'm no expert... not even near an expert on these things. In fact I barely qualify as a neophyte so I defer to the experts. All I know about drilling is when I drill in wood and hit something hard that I didn't know was in the wood it's a surprise at best, a new drill bit for sure... 

Upon hearing about the "drill" idea I couldn't help but think that when we as humans wish to get things done and done right we turn to, (God forbid!)... other human beings who know what they're doing and tend to do it well to git 'r done. 

When the tunnel idea came up (after getting past the absurdity of the idea... me being part of the minority) I thought they'd go with a bunch of rough and tough, hard working, know what they're doing and do it well hard rock miners... but nope. That's not the case. The WSDOT, city of Seattle (need I say controlled by libs), King County, guv'nor at the time (need I say democrat, Gregoire) and the current guv'nor (need I say democrat) Inslee all opted for the extremely expensive and problematic "Bertha" drilling machine. 

So approximately 1,000 feet of bored tunnel, beaucoup taxpayer and highway user bucks later the boring machine has once again broke down, has failed to make much progress, is way, way, way behind schedule and is not rescheduled to resume the drilling until March, 2015! (at taxpayer's expense most likely). 

Now, I don't know about you but throughout my life anything that was named "Bertha" was always prone to breaking something and never seemed to satisfy anyone's needs. 

Usually when the need to get things done and done right and on time comes up in conversation or otherwise it was accomplished by getting good old fashioned skilled labor from the working stiffs of the world who excel at what they do for a living directly involved in the project... 
If that would've happened in Seattle the tunnel would be well on it's way to completion and at least "on schedule".

Oh well, c'est la vie!

IMHO

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

obama's Piece Of Shat presidency in summary

I copied and pasted this from another "comments" section to an otherwise very boring article in one of the many online rags I read daily. As the title below says, this piece is the...


BEST SUMMATION OF BARACK AND MICHELLE OBAMA EVER!

(Mychal Massie is a respected writer and talk show host in Los Angeles.)

"The other evening on my twitter, a person asked me why I didn't like the Obama's. Specifically I was asked: I have to ask, why do you hate the Obama's? It seems personal, not policy related. You even dissed (disrespect) their Christmas Abbott family picture."

 The truth is I do not like the Obamas, what they represent, their ideology, and I certainly do not like his policies and legislation. I've made no secret of my contempt for the Obamas. As I responded to the person who asked me the aforementioned question, I don't like them because they are committed to the fundamental change of my/our country into what can only be regarded as a Communist state.

 I don't hate them per definition, but I condemn them because they are the worst kind of racialists, they are elitist Leninists with contempt for traditional America. They display disrespect for the sanctity of the office he holds, and for those who are willing to admit same, Michelle Obama's raw contempt for white America is transpicuous.

 I don't like them because they comport themselves as emperor and empress.

 I expect, no I demand respect, for the Office of President, and a love of our country and her citizens, from the leader entrusted with the governance of same. President and Mrs. Reagan displayed an unparalleled love for the country and her people. The Reagan's made Americans feel good about themselves and about what we could accomplish.

 His arrogance by appointing 32 leftist czars and constantly bypassing congress is impeachable. Eric Holder is probably the MOST incompetent and arrogant DOJ head to ever hold the job. Could you envision President Reagan instructing his Justice Department to act like jack-booted thugs?

 Presidents are politicians and all politicians are known and pretty much expected to manipulate the truth, if not outright lie, but even using that low standard, the Obama's have taken lies,dishonesty, deceit, mendacity,subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.

 I do not like them, because they both display bigotry overtly, as in the case of Harvard Professor Louis Gates, when he accused the Cambridge Police of acting stupidly, and her code speak pursuant to now being able to be proud of America. I view that statement and that Mindset as an insult to those who died to provide a country where a Kenyan, his illegal alien relatives, and his alleged progeny, could come and not only live freely, but rise to the highest, most powerful, position in the world.

 Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do that.

 I have a saying, that "the only reason a person hides things, is because they have something to hide." No president in history has spent over a million dollars to keep his records and his past sealed.

 And what the two of them have shared has been proven to be lies. He lied about when and how they met, he lied about his mother's death and problems with insurance, Michelle lied to a crowd pursuant to nearly $500,000 bank stocks they inherited from his family. He has lied about his father's military service, about the civil rights movement, ad nausea. He lied to the world about the Supreme Court in a State of the Union address.

 He berated and publicly insulted a sitting Congressman. He has surrounded himself with the most rabidly, radical, socialist academicians today. He opposed rulings that protected women and children that even Planned Parenthood did not seek to support. He is openly hostile to business and aggressively hostile to Israel.

 His wife treats being the First Lady as her personal American Express Black Card (arguably the most prestigious credit card in the world). I condemn them because, as people are suffering, losing their homes, their jobs, their retirements, he and his family are arrogantly showing off their life of entitlement - as he goes about creating and fomenting class warfare.

 I don't like them, and I neither apologize nor retreat from my public condemnation of them and of his policies. We should condemn them for the disrespect they show our people, for his willful and unconstitutional actions pursuant to obeying the Constitutional parameters he is bound by, and his willful disregard for Congressional authority.

 Dislike for them has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has everything to do with their behavior, attitudes, and policies. And I have open scorn for their constantly playing the race card.

 I could go on, but let me conclude with this. I condemn in the strongest possible terms the media for refusing to investigate them, as they did President Bush and President Clinton, and for refusing to label them for what they truly are. There is no scenario known to man, whereby a white president and his wife could ignore laws, flaunt their position, and lord over the people, as these two are permitted out of fear for their color.

 As I wrote in a syndicated column titled, "Nero In The White House"

 Never in my life, inside or outside of politics, have I witnessed such dishonesty in a political leader.

 He is the most mendacious political figure I have ever witnessed. Even by the low standards of his presidential predecessors, his narcissistic, contumacious arrogance is unequaled. Using Obama as the bar, Nero would have to be elevated to sainthood.

 Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation, and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement - while America's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed. "

Now isn't this the most "Johnny on the spot" piece ever written about our POSPOTUS barack obummer?!

Monday, March 03, 2014

CAN MUSLIMS BE GOOD AMERICANS?

The following is a response I received on a post I made on FACEBOOK... It's the contents of a letter that was sent by another individual to the person who posted the response to me. Unfortunately, the response is very accurate, In My Humble Opinion...

Prove us wrong moosies!

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John W Keeland From an EMail I received.


"I want my children to understand this regarding MUSLIMS"Plain Facts" I know we shouldn't judge but facts are facts and you can't change facts.

CAN MUSLIMS BE GOOD AMERICANS?????

This is very interesting and we all need to read it from start to finish. And send it on to everyone. Maybe this is why ourAmerican Muslims are so quiet and not speaking out about any atrocities.

Can a good Muslim be a good American?

This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his reply:

Theologically - no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, The moon god of Arabia .

Religiously - no. Because no other religion is accepted by His Allah except Islam. (Quran,2:256)(Koran)

Scripturally - no. Because his allegiance is to the five Pillars of Islam and the Quran.

Geographically - no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca , to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially - no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically - no. Because he must submit to the mullahs (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and destruction of America , the great Satan.

Domestically - no. Because he is instructed to marry four Women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him. (Quran 4:34 )

Intellectually - no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically - no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Quran does not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually - no. Because when we declare 'one nation under God,' The Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as Heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in the Quran's 99 excellent names.

Therefore, after much study and deliberation... Perhaps we should be very suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both 'good' Muslims and 'good' Americans. Call it what you wish it's still the truth. You had better believe it. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.

The religious war is bigger than we know or understand!

Footnote: The Muslims have said they will destroy us from within. And I believe its started.
SO FREEDOM IS NOT FREE."


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This is very bold, very candid, very revealing!  

Thanks for sharing John!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Putin to POSPOTUS obummer- go pound sand!

Putin tells obummer to go pound sand in not so many ways!

Yesterday obummer "warned" Putin against intervening in the Ukraine civil war. Obummer insisted if there was intervention by force then he would... oh, I don't know, he never made that clear but he would... I guess, do SOMETHING?!

After Putin heard that he polled the Russian parliament and, well, got the approval to use military force in Ukraine. All a democratic process, eh? I mean, Putin didn't make the decision unilaterally. Putin did what any good hard core, adept leader would do. Putin sent in his forces to "probe" the situation and set up advance staging areas "just in case" and when Putin saw the situation continuing to deteriorate he polled his parliament and asked for permission to do more if necessary to "maintain peace and stability" in the region... oh, and let's not forget "unity".

obummer in the meantime, between his retro speeches to his sheeple tossed out his very well polished (and very much used) school boy counter to threats using his "oh yeah? Well, don't do it or you'll be sorry" speech for his four thousandth or so time while acting as this country's pathetically inept POSPOTUS.

I'm friggin' worried! For the first time since this POSPOTUS has been elected I can see us in breadlines, cowered together against the cold and trying to make things work again... as a country... or what's left of a country while the whole world nips at our flanks.

We're rapidly becoming the weakest of the herd and it ain't a pretty sight!

Putin will end up using force, obummer will end up threatening Putin again and again and again. Putin will remind obummer of obummer's promise to Putin during obummer's re-election bid... the re-election that was thrown over the top by the dead, the sheeple, the bought and paid for and duplicate voters of this fine nation! obummer will say... "Vlad... yeah, I know. I just have to look good. Play along Vlad, play along... Okay? Please? Make me look good Bud."

"Please Vlad? For me?"

And we'll all see internal strife...

No one wants a weak "president". Well, no one who has any allegiance to our country wants a weak "president" but if you're on the outside looking in, if you're another nation watching this nation's decay occur you've got to be fascinated at how fast a country can fall from grace, from power.

And if you're in Vlad's or any of our other historical "adversaries" shoes you're ELATED! You're going to watch and participate when the opportunity comes.

You have to give it to Putin. He saw the weakness in obummer's "leadership" and opted to act. Vlad saw the fear in obummer's eyes... heard obummer's empty threats... observed obummer's hapless "leadership" and Vlad became the hunter of sorts... the Alpha male of world politics. One of many.

For now at least!

HOLY CRAP! we're screwed!

https://news.yahoo.com/lawmakers-allow-putin-military-ukraine-152934357.html

Friday, February 21, 2014

Putin's making sense?!


I  had this sent to me in an email today. I have no idea where it came from prior to it being sent to the person who sent it to me...

This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the  advice of Vladimir Putin

 
On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma,  (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions  with  minorities in Russia :

 
"In Russia live like Russians.    Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia , to work  and eat in Russia ,  should speak  Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.    If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim's then we  advise them to go to those  places where that's the state law.    Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia , and we  will  not grant them  special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no  matter how loud they  yell 'discrimination'. We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture.    We had better learn from the suicides of America , England , Holland   and  France , if we are to survive as a nation.    The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia ..   The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of  culture or the primitive ways of  Sharia Law and Muslims.    When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it  should have in mind the  Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities  Are Not Russians.

 
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five minute standing ovation.
If you keep this to yourself, you are part of the problem!

 
It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our President Barack Hussein Obama.



Friday, January 31, 2014

Maersk Alabama and "Jack" Wheeler

The following is from a post of a Facebook friend of mine… If any of this is even close to being true then it’s chilling to think about what’s actually been elected as the POTUS in 2008 and again in 2012. A spineless, amateur, self serving, arrogant narcissist at best?
Here’s what the Facebook friend of mine, Joseph Friday posted on his Facebook page

Take it away JOE!
Anybody hear about this yet?
Now that the movie, “Captain Phillips” about the Maersk Alabama hijacking by Somali pirates is out, we need to inform the public about some facts of that event that haven’t been made public before.

The following article of facts regarding the incident was written by Dr. John “Jack” Wheeler.

Dr. Wheeler was a man of honor: a West Point graduate, a Vietnam veteran, and the man who was the driving force behind financing the construction of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He fought long and hard for the dignity and honor of the fallen Vietnam War soldiers.

He served three presidents as an aide and advisor -- Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, for whom he was a special assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force and a military consultant.

Jack Wheeler was a graduate student at the Harvard Business School when he was recruited to be an advisor to the president regarding military tactics. He was a man of integrity and served on the General Staff at the Pentagon.

Shortly after writing this article, he was murdered sometime between Dec. 28th and 31st in 2010 and his body was dumped in a dumpster in Newark, Delaware. Wheeler had homes in Washington, D.C. and New Castle, Del.

Now here’s the story as written by Jack Wheeler that was suppressed by the media:
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"All of us need to raise our glasses the highest to the Navy SEALs who popped those three Somali pirates.


And I'm sure you want to hear the real story of what happened especially because there is a revoltingly opportunistic and cowardly side to it.Why, for example, did it take SEAL Team Six (aka DEVGRU, Navy Special Warfare Development Group) over 36 hours to get to the scene?

Because President Obama refused to authorize the SEAL deployment for those 36 hours, during which the OSC - the on scene commander, Cmdr. Frank Castellano of the USS Bainbridge - repeatedly requested them. Cmdr. Castellano is a very, very mature and experienced commanding officer and is rock solid in his decisions.

Once the SEALs arrived - parachuting from a C-17 into the ocean near the ship - Obama then imposed Rules of Engagement (ROE) specifying the SEALs could not do anything unless the life of the hostage, Captain Richard Phillips, was in "imminent" danger.

Thus, when Capt. Phillips attempted to escape by jumping off the lifeboat into the ocean, the SEAL snipers had all four pirates (one later surrendered) sighted in and could have taken them out then and there - but they could not fire due to Obama’s ROE restrictions.

When the SEALs approached the lifeboat in a RIB (rigid-hull inflatable boat) carrying supplies for Capt. Phillips and the pirates, the pirates fired upon them. Not only was no fire returned due to Obama’s ROE, but as the pirates were shooting at the RIB, SEAL snipers on the Bainbridge had them all dialed in. Again, no triggers were pulled due to the ROE.

Two specific rescue plans were developed by Cmdr. Castellano and the SEAL teams. Obama personally refused to authorize them. After the second refusal and days of dithering, Cmdr. Castellano decided he had the Operational Area and OSC authority to "solely determine risk to hostage" and did not require any further approval by the president. He took unilateral action on Sunday, April 12, 2009.

Four hours later, the White House is informed that three pirates are dead and Capt. Phillips has been rescued unharmed. Then a White House press release was immediately issued, giving credit to the president for his "daring and decisive" behavior that resulted in such success.

Obama has absolutely no military knowledge or experience whatsoever. He demanded decisional control over the entire hostage drama to the last detail. All actions required his personal approval. He dithered like a coward while the world laughed at our warships flummoxed by four illiterate teenagers with worn-out AKs in a lifeboat.

Only when the Navy Commander decided to ignore his Pantywaist-in Chief and take action and responsibility himself, were the incredible skills of the SEALs put into play.

That Obama could cynically and opportunistically claim that his "bold" "calm" "tough" leadership was responsible should remind everyone that not a single action, not a single word of this man can be trusted. He is bereft of honesty and moral character. He is a complete Zero.

The HFR raises a glass full of pride and gratitude to Navy Commander Frank Castellano, the Navy SEALs for their incredible competence, and our military. Let's hold a Tea Party in their honor.

What a low-life, lying, racist, Muslim, Marxist, Manchurian coward we have running our government. It is a disgrace to the office.

* Commander Frank Castellano*"


WOW!!!

Wonder who could possibly have wanted to see Jack Wheeler dead? Probably the same person who had Breitbart killed. Strange that they both spoke the truth about our spineless, phony, usurper at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
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Currently, there's no reason to believe this information is anything but true.

02/01/2014 Follow-up to this information.  Per Wikipedia information, On December 31, 2010 "John Jack Wheeler's body was seen by a landfill worker falling onto a trash heap in the Cherry Island Landfill. Police ruled his death a homicide and claimed that "all the stops made Friday (December 31) by the garbage truck before it arrived at the landfill involved large commercial disposal bins in Newark (Delaware), several miles from Wheeler's home." His homicide remains unsolved to this day."

His death was determined to be a homicide that resulted from trauma suffered via an assault.

1-http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/01/28/officials-say-defense-consultant-died-assault/
2-http://web.archive.org/web/20110112023109/http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/01/03/general-us-federal-official-landfill_8234629.html
3-http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/01/03/exbush-officials-body-dumped-landfill/

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Damned Flaming Libs!!!

Now where'd that damned democrat hide this time?



They tend to hide in plain sight!

Stupid asses.

Monday, December 09, 2013

A blue collar perspective. Over five decades of change...

I read a disturbing article in a recent lib rag The Week that was authored by a flaming lib (huffington-puffington post's own Samantha Paige Rosen) who suggests the republicans are responsible for the increase and continued dependence on welfare by our population (note I don't say "citizens"). For the record, I am neither a republican or a democrat... I have no party affiliation and recognize good and bad in all party politics though I do realize it's become a necessary evil, this party politic thing.

I wrote the following comment in response to that article...

We had a good family friend who ran a local construction company back in the 1950's through the mid 1980's. He served on ship in the Navy throughout WWII and rumor had it he won a sizeable chunk of property in Washington State from another sailor in a poker game. After the war he was discharged from the Navy and traveled to Washington to look at the property. He decided to stay and started a small construction/development company. I worked for him and his sons for years when I was growing up. We built houses, barns, garages, stores, gas stations, neighborhoods, schools... anything. He took immense pride in taking on the "small jobs" as well as the "big jobs" in the community. He'd employ local kids like me during the summer and spring and winter breaks to teach us a trade, help us learn responsibilities, work ethic, etc. and pay us hourly wages higher than minimum wage. He'd insist that we pay into Social Security. Nothing was "under the table". If something happened medically to us on or off the job he'd either help us or our parents foot the bill or pay it outright, depending on the medical need and the situation. His whole family was employed in the business as well.

When the Dems seized power in the carter days he started getting "nickled and dimed" to death by new government fees, additional permit requirements, new, more stringent government regulations, new types of permits and higher permit fees, new taxes at the local, state and federal levels that made it financially impractical to participate in certain types of construction, locally and elsewhere. He downsized his work force in direct correlation to the demand. When the Reagan era kicked in he saw a good bump in business and renewed his community effort re: providing employment for the local kids. However, he had to compete against a new group of "contractors". Those who were hiring illegals and throwing them into the market at "minimum wage" (rarely did the workers receive minimum wage but the contractors charged their clients minimum wage at least, usually scale wage). This was in the 1950's through the mid 1980's.

Though still active his business today is a small office that manages business properties, low income rentals and sells some real estate that remains owned by the corporation. It's a minute fraction of what it once was and yet it still tries to employ some youth in the community. The problem is few want to work the jobs offered. They'd just as soon "play" through the school's summer, winter and spring breaks than learn a trade, learn some work ethic and learn how to provide for themselves, at least.

He died several years ago. He was one helluva mentor, a dear friend and like a second father to my brother and I. I'm sure he'd be ashamed of the youth today. Al was a democrat to the core! He never "blamed" anyone for the business downturn but did tell me to "stay out of politics!" one time when I showed a hankering for it. He said it's an evil, destructive cancer citing it's "the bane of freedom, of democracy".

Al! You are so VERY RIGHT! As usual, I want to thank you for your blue collar wisdom!

Rest In Peace Al!