On the Fundamentals of Gun Safety

The second amendment reads as follows: “a well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Indeed, the right to bear arms is a special privilege we Americans enjoy, albeit one not supported by every American, and the topic of much heated debate. Regardless of what side of the equation you’re on, the principles of gun safety should be observed by everyone in the event that wielding a fire arm becomes prudent or necessary.

Keep Your Gun Safe and Out of Harm’s Way

This should surprise no one, but your gun ought to be concealed or hidden in a location safe from children, strangers, or individuals unfit to wield a firearm. A gun safe is highly recommended, and a gun’s safety ought to always be on. Storing your gun in a safe place is one of the easiest ways to prevent the occurrence of a catastrophic accident.

Point the Gun Away from People

Again, this sounds like a no brainer, but it doesn’t hurt to remind gun owners to keep their barrel pointed away from other people. If you’re practicing on the range, only point your firearm at a cleared target, safe from the obstruction of innocent bystanders who may be down range. A firearm is a powerful weapon that will pierce a perfect hole in an object or fragment body tissue, bone, or organs in the blink of an eye. Remain cognizant of a firearm’s power and you are well on your way to gun safety.

Gun Safety Unloaded

It is also highly advisable to disarm your weapon after firing it. This mitigates the risk of a misfire which can lead to a catastrophic accident. Also, be sure that your firearm is completely disarmed before reloading it while on the range.

Bucket Head Bandit

According to a report published on NOLA.com, a burglar who was a former employee at an establishment attempted burglary with a bucket on his head. Obviously, using a bucket for a disguise is far from ideal. The reason being obvious, id est the obstruction of vision inherent while wearing a bucket on one’s head. Indeed, in order to gain vision, the bucket must be lifted up, thus interfering with the bucket’s original purpose, facial concealment. Obviously, this master thief failed to think ahead, and for that, his heist failed miserably.

It seems likely that the burglar in question stumbled into his previous place of employment with the clear mission of stealing whatever assets he could find. But, after waddling into the business in question, he must have remembered that the company in question had security cameras installed in his desired location of burglary (at this point, his crime had already failed). But the burglar in question was ambitious, for he attempted to quickly conceal his identity by leaving the security camera’s scope only to return obscured with a bucket upon his head.

How the burglar managed to proceed with his pillaging and looting at this point remains somewhat of a mystery. Anyone who’s had a bucket on their head knows that you can’t see anything. He must have sporadically tilted the bucket upwards in order to gain some semblance of vision.

To add insult to injury, the burglar in question then attempted to break into a pawn shop. It was at this point that the bucket head bandit was reprimanded by the authorities and brought to justice. The police questioned him about what he was doing in the pawn shop, to which he responded, stealing a gun “because he was afraid of the possibility of future control laws being passed.”

Utah T.V. Personality Pleads Guilty to Punting Owl While Paragliding

A one Dell Schanze, who goes by the nickname, “Super Dell,” gained small town fame as the TV pitchman for a business called “Totally Awesome Computers.” Super Dell’s ads are over the top (to say the least), and for anyone interested in his antics, here is a good place to start. Although a colorful personality is no vice or deficiency, “Super Dell” is just too much to merit praise.

First off, Super Dell brought his recent allegations for animal cruelty upon himself. His most recent bout with the law stems from a video posted on YouTube. During said video, Super Dell chases an owl through the firmament while operating a paraglider. Also, during the video a second pilot whips out a pistol and opens fire on the owl—a protected species. Obviously, this conduct is unacceptable.

Super Dell initially intended to fight the allegations of animal cruelty, however, he was presumably talked out of it by his lawyer who must have convinced Super Dell his case was hopeless. Indeed, the absurd video of Super Dell pursuing an owl across the sky would not be regarded favorably by a court of law. He plead guilty and was sentence for one year of probation. Hopefully, he was also forbidden to access his fire arm in lieu of the recent YouTube video released by the Super Dell himself.

Listen, Super Dell, we get it. You’re zany and over the top, and you want the whole world to know. But that’s no excuse for saddling up a paraglider and taking off into the wild blue yonder with a pistol un-holstered and an owl in sight.

TSA Fails 67 out of 70 Security Tests

Scoring this on a standardized test would almost be theoretically impossible if one was to summon the law of large numbers.  If you scored this on a fill in the blank test, your professor might have suspicious that you are smoking reefer. But what can you say about TSA’s recent random test published in ABC News report.

A team of investigators randomly carried guns, explosives, and other dangerous materials onto an airplane. Out of the seventy attempts, they were successful 67 out of the 70 times. If this was a math test, it would mean the student scored a 5%.

The results are surprising given the billions of dollars sunk into TSA security measures in the wake of 9/11. But what’s most troubling about this finding is that this is actually an improvement for TSA. No doubt they will try and spin it this way.

The results suggest that airplanes remain an avenue for terrorism, and will continue to be vulnerable by radical jihadists. It’s hard enough for some to get on a plane, the external threat of terrorism does not make it any easier. It’s no wonder that 29% of people suffer from flight phobia, a mental disorder where the subject is afraid of airplanes. Most experts believe that people with flight phobia are prone to anxiety and have been involved in some unpleasant experience while flying. Regardless, the recent findings by TSA will do nothing to curb the fear of these individuals.

Please Avoid Driving Drowsy

It is estimated that over a quarter million people jump behind the wheel fatigued, every single day. It has even been found in a recent poll conducted by the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School that 54% of all drivers have driven drowsy, while another 28% admit to dozing off behind the wheel at one point in their life. This is of course, extremely dangerous. Indeed, fatalities while driving fatigued results are common and sometimes the norm.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, claims that driving while fatigued is responsible for almost 100,000 crashes, culminating in 1,550 deaths, and 40,000 injuries yearly. Drivers ought to be cognizant that driving while drowsy can be worse than DUI. Someone who is severely sleep deprived should never jump behind the wheel.

Accidents are prone to occur in the early morning hours after individuals have stayed up all night—commonly referred to as an “all-nighter.” If you have been a victim of a motor vehicle accident while driving a motor vehicle then you may be entitled to compensatory damages. Usually, late-shift workers, individuals with sleep disorders, or wild party goers are the cause of drowsy driving accidents. Regardless, make sure you reach out to a professional attorney if you’ve been involved an accident.

Hastings and Hastings has over 150 years combined experience dealing with accident in the valley. Indeed, our highly qualified team of Lawyers are amongst the most effective discount accident lawyers in Arizona. So if you have been injured due to the negligence of someone else, give us a call today.

Cymbalta Users Beware

In August of 2004, the FDA approved of the drug Cymbalta to treat depression. Cymbalta is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) which functions by managing certain brain chemical associated with mental stability. The drug was later found to treat other conditions such as: anxiety, muscle pain, urinary incontinence, stress, and even diabetic neuropathy. The drug was so effective that it made its progenitors $5 billion dollars its first year. Unfortunately, the side effects of Cymbalta are extremely troubling, painful, and deleterious to the physical health and soul of the individual.

The withdrawal symptom of Cymbalta include the following: nausea, dizziness, headaches, vomiting, brain zap—an electric-shock sensation in the brain. It is well known that these symptoms will manifest after abruptly stopping SNRI antidepressants. The medical community refers to this as Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome. But it seems that the withdrawal symptoms associated with Cymbalta are more severe than Cymbalta. What’s more, users claim that the drug Cymbalta allegedly fails to warn customers about all the risks associated with taking the drug, and for that, a class action law suit will ensue.

The first Cymbalta lawsuit came in October 2012, and since then, hundreds of other law suits have followed.  Indeed, the pattern of pharmaceutical drugs hitting the market, causing significant damage to the users, and then settling for a class action lawsuit, has become the norm. This pattern is part of a vicious cycle of law suits, settlements, and ferocious lobbying.

Indeed, America is an extremely litigious society. It is indeed a catch twenty-two. Excessive litigation is accepted in exchange for limited government and personal freedom. One might ask themselves what is more important: in the words of Shakespeare, “killing all the lawyers,”, or enjoying liberty—the souls right to breathe.

The Difference between British and American English

Learning another language can be a difficult, seemingly impossible endeavor a times. The subtle intricacies of languages can be tough to grasp: Chinese and the honorific case, pronouncing French, German articles, Russian case system, Latin declensions, and in English, prepositions. Indeed, the most common complaint from foreigners is the difficulty grasping our metaphorical, abstract use of prepositions.

For instance, when we take a flight, we claim we’re on a plane. Surely, one is not literally on a plane. The same applies to authors, why is a book by someone; or why is a building under construction? Indeed, to us Americans this is easy to grasp and poses no issue, but to foreigners, and the Brits, grasping our use of prepositions is difficult and illogical—because it is in fact, illogical.

Indeed, examples of misused prepositions are endless. For instance, why do Americans dream about something, when Spaniards dream with something? Why do Germans schedule something against seven o’clock, not around seven o’clock? It is an inevitable inconsistency.

Perhaps, the most interesting example of prepositional discrepancies comes when comparing Americans with the English. For instance, I was once having lunch with a co-worker from “that precious stone set in a silver sea” (England) and I was nervous I didn’t have enough scratch to cover the meal. My co-worker, however, claimed he could run to breakfast. I had no idea what he was talking about. It turns out an American translations is as follows: I can pay for the bill in the event you don’t have enough money to pay your share.

Remembering, Diomedes—Ancient Greek Hero

Nowadays, the word hero has been devalued. A teacher who takes extra time with a student, a man who bears a 9-5 to support his family, and a kid who says no to drugs are all labeled heroes. But, this word was reserved to describe only the most excellent examples of honor, chivalry, and bravery made manifest in a person. Most people are familiar with the main Heroes of ancient Greece and Rome: Achilles, Odysseus, and Aeneas. But perhaps one of the best heroes of ancient Greece is one of the most obscured. That hero is Diomede.

The Trojan War

Diomedes is known primarily for his prowess in the Trojan War, although his backstory is equally interesting—his father died at 4, and as a result, he came into manhood early. During his assault on Troy, Diomede sailed to Troy with eighty ships, third only to Agamemnon, king of the Greeks, and Nestor, oldest and wisest of the Argives. Although Diomede was the youngest amongst all Achaean kings, he was considered the most experience, fighting in more battles than any Greek.

Second only to Achilles

Behind the great Achilles, Diomedes was the most valorous and skilled warrior. He even wounds Mars during the opening battle of Troy. What’s more, he was favored by Athena who drove his chariot into battle after his personal esquire was vanquished. He is the Iliad’s most important hero for the first third of the book, and he is praised both for his strength and wisdom.


Diomede is the perfect example the Greek’s emphasis on fate. Indeed, he contrasts Achilles who vehemently opposes the will of the Gods, demonstrating obedience to the will of Zeus. He also embarks on an extremely cool recon mission with Odysseus, where the cloak themselves in lion cloaks to spy on the sons of Illius.

Absurd Arizona Laws

It was said that laws were instituted amongst people to keep the peace of the social body, and prevent strife from within. But every now and then, the talented policy makers of a social body will be led astray and pass completely, ridiculous, unnecessary laws that serve no purpose except for looking perfectly preposterous. Below is a list of some of the craziest laws I’ve encountered:

  • Hunting camels is prohibited: The United States army did some experimentation with camels in the Arizona desert, but eventually abandoned the project. The remaining camels were set free, and thus, the genesis of the law.
  • Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony: This one is tough to justify. Perhaps they were attempting to discourage gangs from flaunting their colors, or they wanted to protect people against the intimidation factor that must accompany being robbed by a man in a red mask.
  • Donkeys Cannot Sleep in Bathtubs: Hard to make a conjecture about the logic behind this law.
  • No one is permitted to ride their horse up the stairs of the county court house: This one actually makes sense. We can’t have lawyers flaunting their mares before trial. Indeed, the sight of a man on a majestic horse could sway a jury.
  • It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have a missing tooth visible when smiling: This one only applies in Tombstone Arizona and the logic is obvious. Tombstone must have been flooded with vagabonds sporting poor dental hygiene and they wanted to keep the rift raff out.

Indeed, not every statue complies with Lady Justice’s virtues of reason and understanding. But, when an absurd law exists, courts will most likely interpret them with a reasonableness and you will not be charged for smiling without a tooth.

Aid in Dying Bill Passes the California Senate

California, which vaunts the 8th largest economy in the entire world, just passed a bill through the state senate clearing assisted deaths for terminally ill adults with less than six months to live. The “End of Life Option Act” cleared the California senate with a 23-to-14 decision, and now it will make its way to the assembly for consideration.

The bill holds that mentally competent adults with “sixth months or less to live” have the option to request medication that will end their pain and suffering by means of death, according the Los Angeles Times. The bill comes with a security stipulation requiring terminally ill adults to secure two separate physicians to confirm the patient’s prognosis.

The End of Life Option Act comes in the wake of Oregon, Vermont, and Washington’s decision to legalize physician assisted suicide. The famous modern philosopher Peter Singer, encourages the mass legalization of physician assisted suicide, in his magnus opus, Practical Ethics. He justifies physician assisted suicide based on the maxim: “an interest is an interest whoever’s interest it may be.” Basically, a terminally ill patient, amidst intense pain and suffering, and the bereavement of capital to pay for medical expenses, may have an interest to die sooner, and that interest ought to be give the same weight as the doctor whose interest is presumably to save lives and eliminate suffering by any means possible.

Given the immensity of California, geographically, economically, and historically, the success of the “End of Life Option Act” could result in a widespread acceptance of assisted-death, a policy opposed by vehemently by the Vatican and Catholics for its flagrant denial of catholic doctrine and suicide. It will be interesting to see how the bill plays out.