Thursday, December 27, 2012

Mr. President cares about my petition...

So here is the form letter response I received from for signing a petition that said nothing about 'reducing gun violence' the petition was a strongly worded warning against all government attempting to subvert my right to own firearms of my own choosing. Anyway, here's the canned response note:
A Message from President Obama about Your Petition on Reducing Gun Violence

By Bruce Reed, Chief of Staff to Vice President Biden

In the days since the tragedy in Newtown, Americans from all over the country have called for action to deter mass shootings and reduce gun violence. Hundreds of thousands of you have signed petitions on We the People.

I'm writing you today to thank you for speaking up, to update you on an important development, and to encourage you to continue engaging with the White House on this critical issue.

First, you should know that President Obama is paying close to attention to the public response to this tragedy. In fact, he sat down to record a message specifically for those of you who have joined the conversation using We the People. Watch it now:

On December 19, the President outlined a series of first steps we can take to begin the work of ending this cycle of violence. This is what he said:

"We know this is a complex issue that stirs deeply held passions and political divides. And as I said on Sunday night, there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. We're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. We're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. And any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts.

But the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. The fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence, and prevent the very worst violence."

Vice President Biden has been asked to work with members of the Administration, Congress, and the general public to come up with a set of concrete policy proposals by next month -- proposals the President intends to push swiftly. The President asked the Vice President to lead this effort in part because he wrote and passed the 1994 Crime Bill that helped law enforcement bring down the rate of violent crime in America. That bill included the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

As the Vice President's Chief of Staff, I'm going to do everything I can to ensure we run a process that includes perspectives from all sides of the issue, which is why I wanted to respond to your petition myself. Two decades ago, as domestic policy adviser in the Clinton White House, I first worked with Joe Biden as he fought to enact the Crime Bill, the assault weapons ban, and the Brady Bill. I will never forget what a key role the voices of concerned citizens like you played in that vital process.

The President called on Congress to pass important legislation "banning the sale of military-style assault weapons," "banning the sale of high-capacity ammunition clips," and "requiring background checks before all gun purchases, so that criminals can’t take advantage of legal loopholes to buy a gun from somebody who won’t take the responsibility of doing a background check at all."

An issue this serious and complex isn't going to be resolved with a single legislative proposal or policy prescription. And let's be clear, any action we take will respect the Second Amendment. As the President said:

"Look, like the majority of Americans, I believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. This country has a strong tradition of gun ownership that's been handed down from generation to generation. Obviously across the country there are regional differences. There are differences between how people feel in urban areas and rural areas. And the fact is the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible -- they buy their guns legally and they use them safely, whether for hunting or sport shooting, collection or protection.

But you know what, I am also betting that the majority -- the vast majority -- of responsible, law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few from buying a weapon of war. I'm willing to bet that they don't think that using a gun and using common sense are incompatible ideas -- that an unbalanced man shouldn't be able to get his hands on a military-style assault rifle so easily; that in this age of technology, we should be able to check someone's criminal records before he or she can check out at a gun show; that if we work harder to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, there would be fewer atrocities like the one in Newtown -- or any of the lesser-known tragedies that visit small towns and big cities all across America every day."

The President said it best: "Ultimately if this effort is to succeed it's going to require the help of the American people -- it's going to require all of you. If we're going to change things, it's going to take a wave of Americans -- mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, pastors, law enforcement, mental health professionals -- and, yes, gun owners -- standing up and saying 'enough' on behalf of our kids."

So let's continue this conversation and get something meaningful done. If you have additional ideas and are interested in further engagement with the White House on this issue, please let us know and share your thoughts here:

Thank you for speaking out and staying involved.
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Well, that's the response to a formal warning about my rights and what will happen if they continue to pursue and to decimate my liberties. 


Friday, December 21, 2012

Sandy Hook, Assault Rifle Issue

Watch this video

If you've not looked beyond the talking points, you're not looking at all. 

This video does not belong to me and I present it as it was found at

Daddy Skunk

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Popcorn sales 2012

Well, here we are, finally ended the popcorn sales last evening with our celebration and presentation of awards!

Our boys did well, they did very well, in fact they increased sales over the previous year by about two thirds! Nearly every boy in the pack received a patch for sales, many received free tickets to a  MSU basketball game and pizza party, some received scholarships to daycamp. The top seller in each den also received a trophy and they each get to throw a pie in the face of our Cubmaster. :) Many of the boys also received WalMart gift cards ranging from $15-$40, depending upon their contribution to sales. This was a very successful year for Pack 5.

Our Pack Trainer did a great thing for us, he invited the new District Executive to our little party and she was very pleased to feel part of everything. We're kind of lucky, in that the new DE used to work for my wife, so we've already established a great relationship with one of the top three in our district. I hope Ann has a very long and successful tenure with the BSA.

I brought along the case of Pinewood Derby kits, but didn't really push the issue on the families, not all of them will want the cars this early, so we'll wait and hand those out at the January Pack Meeting. Hard to believe that Pinewood is coming so soon.

I was blessed with a wonderful and unexpected gift from a member of my den, a wonderful card and gift card to Chick-fil-a! I thanked him and his mother several times because CFA is one of my favorite treats.

It's a certainly now, we're losing our Pack Trainer at the end of this year, he's being transferred to the KC area... we're going to miss his contributions that help the pack go. Our Bear Den Leader and his wife, our Popcorn Kernal, will be leaving us as well. I wish them all the best and know that our friendship will outlast the miles between us.

We're getting ready to switch the den into more of a patrol than we've previously done, this will probably be some growing pangs for the boys, but this will lead to future success as Boy Scouts. I plan to present the boys our patrol patches as soon as the boys can demonstrate a few more of the Arrow of Light requirements. For the most part, the pack already has heard our name 'Fearless Phoenix', now we're going to start wearing our colors and push the patrol into a strong leadership position over the other dens. I'd really consider it more  mentoring than leading, the other dens will of course still having their own work and adults, but I really want the Fearless Phoenix to step it up and teach by example.

All in all, popcorn was less painful this year that the previous two but there's always next year!

Only one week to Christmas and we've done no shopping.. gonna be a light one this year. Ebb and flow.

~Daddy Skunk