04/17/12

Society of Professional Locksmiths

By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings

About a month ago, I had a chance to talk with a fellow locksmith from up north in Yankee land, Tom Lynch. He’d come across some articles posted on Fiercely Independent Locksmiths of America web site and wanted to know more about us. Mostly he wanted permission to re-print some articles as they fit in with the philosophy of his organization, the Society of Professional Locksmiths.

A week or so later, he called and asked me to take a look at their online magazine, SecuritySentinel (April 2012 edition), where he’d posted one of my articles. I have to say the ego trip was worth having to buy a larger hat size; their publication matches or exceeds that of ALOA’s magazine, Keynotes.

Interestingly, the article Tom Lynch selected had been offered for publication in other locksmith trade magazines, to include Keynotes; but was rejected without explanation. Could my Open letter to all locksmiths have been turned down because the article questioned the motives of locksmith licensing and never ending bureaucracy which now has taken over the locksmith industry, the very agenda pushed by ALOA. These trade organizations claim to be open minded; yea, right… that and seventy-five cents might get a cold can of soda out of the nearest machine.

I’ve butted heads with national and local trade organizations for years and I have been ignored for holding a different opinion regarding licensing of our industry. That’s why Fiercely Independent Locksmiths of America was started in the first place. It’s refreshing to find a well organized and professional group of like minded locksmiths up and running; one which I can refer fellow locksmiths to as an alternative.

You don’t have to throw your ALOA membership in the trash as an act of defiance as I did. After paying dues to ALOA for over 30 years, they don’t even acknowledge my long standing “RL” status; as if they were the only authority in the industry.

You might have noticed the letters “GSP” after my name when articles were published. That started off as a joke, something to take the place of “RL.” Not too many folks know what “GSP” stands for; well you’re fixin’ to find out as they say around these parts.

When I was starting out as an apprentice I worked for free, obtaining only knowledge and skills as payment for labors at the shop. Jim Reed, the locksmith who took me under his wing, would throw me a “bone” at the end of my Saturday training; a job he knew I could handle as incentive. Reed’s daughter Patty, also an accomplished locksmith, would chide me for taking the “easy jobs” and, since I was still employed as a police officer for the City of Houston, she called me a Gravy Sucking Pig and waited to see if it would offend my delicate nature. It did not; actually her words sounded like a compliment to my warped cop sense of humor.

I recommend individual locksmiths get behind and support the Society of Professional Locksmiths; become a member, pay your dues or contribute in some way to build up this association. In the not too distant future, as in the past, being a member of a large well funded organization will mean the difference between being able to apply your skills as an independent locksmith or finding you’re no longer permitted because some lobbyist manipulated a bureaucrat and regulated you out of business. It’s your choice.

This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”

04/17/12

Let the Hunger Games Begin! The Tea Party Backs Romney – Obama Start Packing

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Hey, at least he’s not a commy! 🙂

The Tea Party roared to life in San Francisco with their biggest event of the year so far. In one voice, they cheered Romney – not so much because he’s Romney, but because he’s NOT Obama. The consensus is it is time to unite, stand behind Romney and send Obama packing – literally. Because if we don’t and he is reelected, we are toast as a nation. ‘Better Progressive-lite than Marxist-heavy’ seemed to be the motto of the day.

Zombie has a great post with excellent pics from San Francisco up on the rally: Tea Party Rallies for Romney in San Francisco. The usual whack jobs were there as always, along with Occupiers, but they were pretty much drowned out by enthusiastic Tea Partiers.

“Hear us shout! Vote Obama out!” was the rallying cry of the day. And that meant only one thing: Vote Romney like your life depended on it. The event’s official motto was “NObama 2012,” and after a bruising primary season, there’s only one NObama left to vote for: Romney.

The Romney Campaign knows how to work a crowd and plastered everyone with their stickers. But, that aside, Zombie has some good points on why the Tea Party feels it is soooo urgent to get rid of the Communist in the White House:

  • America will go bankrupt unless spending is reined in and the size of government is reduced;
  • Obama is charting the exact opposite financial course from what needs to happen;
  • Romney is going to be the Republican nominee for president, whether or not he was everybody’s first choice; QED, we must support Romney if we want to save the country.

There were about 600 people there thanks to the Bay Area Patriots and in Frisco that is a miracle, since it is the stomping grounds of the uber-liberal in America.

The post is a great read and I love the photos. On Romney, I’m still stuck at: “Hey, at least he’s not a commy.” (and yes, I know it is spelled wrong) 8) Read all of Zombie’s post here…

04/17/12

Obama and Dems hammered by Hat Trick of self-inflicted wounds last week

By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner

In the ‘too good to be true’ department, in just four days last week, leading, national Democrat figures truly surpassed gaffe prone Joe Biden, resulting in a “hat-trick” of devasting, self-inflicted wounds to Barack Obama’s reelection campaign.

The first, most mortal wound was inflicted at prime time on CNN Wednesday night, when Hilary Rosen, key Democratic strategist to the Obama national reelection campaign, declared that Ann Romney, who had raised five now-grown sons, had “never worked a day in her life,” according to a USA Today article by Jackie Kucinich and Martha T. Moore, last Thursday.

Rosen’s comment reignited a mom-culture war dating back to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 1992 remark … instead of working as a lawyer, she “could have stayed home and baked cookies.”

According to the article … “It convulsed the political Twitterverse,” with the Rosen-Romney fiasco quickly rising in popularity on the social-networking site — and cable television networks.

After first refusing to apologize whatsoever, only after being publicly dissed by every Democrat from President Obama on down, across the country, Thursday afternoon Rosen had gone back on CNN twice and issued a written apology.

But, then Rosen blew it in a FOXNews interview, by saying “I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended … Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance.”

Ann Romney had just opened a Twitter account on Monday of that week, and by Thursday afternoon she had more traffic than Justin Beeber.

As a result, Rosen’s gaffe has long legs with marathon runner stamina, which may just cause the Democrat invented “Republican War on Women,” which is as phony as they come, to collapse and die–robbing the Obama reelection campaign of desperately needed smoke and mirrors.

The second hit to the campaign came Friday, from Bill Maher during his HBO show “Real Time,” when the comedian host, who donated $1 million to the Obama super PAC–poured gas on the forest fire created by Hilary Rosen, as reported in a FOXNews article today.

“What she [Rosen] meant to say, I think, was that Ann Romney has never gotten her ass out of the house to work.”

Then Maher continued to “dig” his hole deeper…

“No one is denying that being a mother is a tough job; I remember I was a handful,” he said. “But you know there is a big difference between being a mother, and that tough job, and getting your ass out the door at 7 a.m. when it’s cold, having to deal with the boss, being in a workplace, or even if you’re unhappy you can’t show it for eight hours.”

The final straw came in the form of a “Freudian Slip” by David Axelrod, top dog of Barack Obama’s national reelection campaign, headquartered in Chicago.

Axelrod was a guest on Chris Wallace’s popular Sunday morning FOXNews program, when at the end of the very contentious interview, Wallace asked him a final question…

‘What choice will the voters have at the ballot box this November, between Obama and Romney?’

Axelrod replied almost instantly…

“ … between [an] economy that produces a growing middle class and gives people a chance to get ahead and their kids a chance to get ahead, [versus] an economy that continues down the road we are on, and everybody else is running faster and faster just to keep pace,” according the embedded video and reporting by Jennifer Rubin in her Washington Post article yesterday.

As Axelrod’s opening phrase sounds just like Mitt Romney’s campaign points, she believes, like a great many others, that it sounded like a ringing endorsement for Mitt Romney; and as such, she would not be surprised if Axelrod’s answer is the basis of a future Romney campaign TV commercial.

These three, back-to-back blunders, are bound to cause serious fireworks within the Obama reelection camp, which may just cause a meltdown of their hopes for November 2012.