Successfully Broken

The first time I heard myself in headphones I froze. It didn’t sound like me, though I knew it was me who was talking.

Fortunately, I progressed from that to eventually being called upon to train a few disc jockeys over the years. I say training – but that is to include those who already had experience and were more or less familiar with the on-air aspect of a stations operation.

Whether it was a ‘mom and pop’ station or one of the corporate monsters so prevalent today, I never once saw a training manual. Instead training was generally a by-the-seat-of-the-britches deal where you go over particular duties of that particular shift.

Another thing sorely lacking in the development of an on-air personality was the ability to build their self-confidence. By nature many DJ’s and such are very uncertain of themselves and tend to overcompensate for this emotional gap.

Over the years, I’ve seen and heard a lot of folks in the business jealously tear-down a co-work simply because they were unsure of their own self-worth as it pertains to the public-eye. On the other hand, I’ve also seen people who have absolutely no talent carry such a big ego that nobody wants to be around them.

Somehow (and mostly due to bluster) a number of these persons have managed to garner ‘management’ positions, where they beat down anyone they perceive as a possible threat to their position. I’m certain these people exist in all areas of the workforce and are no exception to broadcasting.

Sadly, people who refuse to show that suffer from any insecurity will never truly develop a relationship beyond themselves because they don’t know how. I’ve been around men and women, who’re married, have families and yet cling to their public persona so tightly they fail to develop emotionally.

I know this because I was there at one time.

And though many will not admit it – especially the younger talent – anyone in broadcasting long enough has suffered from the wish to be liked, wanted, needed and more-over, praised. In fact, I’ve concluded that the more broken (and I use the term loosely) the person is, the better their talent is at relating with the listener one-on-one.

I think this is how God designed all of humanity to be — broken yet successful – so He could have a one-on-one relationship with each of us.

Three Questions About Gun Control

Three Questions that have yet to be answered to my satisfaction:

If gun control works so well and Chicago is the most heavily firearms regulated city in the U.S., why did they have 250 shootings resulted in 55 people getting killed and another 288 being wounded in September 2015?

And why, if regulating ownership of guns is so vital to halting gun violence why are shootings up 38 percent in Chicago, gun deaths up by 66 percent and the overall number of people wounded up by 47 percent from 2014?

Finally, President Obama, if I’m responsible for the murders that happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, though my finger was never on the trigger of the weapon – are you holding yourself responsible for the 349 people shot and killed or the 1,978 wounded since the beginning of the year in Chicago?

My guess – I bet not. Instead, you do nothing but pay lip service to problems, both real and perceived, by blaming the U.S. Constitution, the National Rifle Association and the individual American whom you attempted to smear with your Saul Alinsky-ite statement about ‘clinging to their guns and religion.’

You obviously know nothing about either, nor do you understand the individual spirit of the American people. I won’t hold my breath waiting for an answer from you. to the questions posed – instead I know mindless minion will jump on it as fast as it hits the Internet.

I’ll cling to my ‘guns and religion’ and you can shove your ‘hope and change.’

Deadly Silence

Here’s a school-shooting story you may not have heard about from our national media:

A school shooting in South Dakota was stopped after a 16-year-old student opened fire with a handgun, wounding Principal Kevin Lein in the arm following an argument. Despite the wound, Lein got on the intercom to let the students and teachers know what had happened, assuring them he would be okay.

Meantime, assistant principal, Ryan Rollinger, tackled the student, holding him down along with a teacher until police arrived. Lein is reportedly doing well after suffering a flesh wound and has been released from the hospital.

And there are reports that the shooter is a Muslim and was seen asking people what their religion is. It is also what may have led up to the argument between the Principal and the would-be murder.

I had a training Sergeant warn once, “The wrong kind of silence, in even the best of condition can be deadly.”

So You Know Where I Stand

As far as I’m concerned, mass shootings anywhere ain’t got nothing to do with the shooter, the law’s response time, politicians, schools or other public places — it instead has to do with an armed citizenry and the fact that we are not allowed to carry weapons, either concealed or openly in public areas.

I can’t wear my pistol on my hip and walk by the middle school up the street, unless I remain over 200 or so yards from the building. That puts me on the other side of the street by two blocks. This is my neighborhood too, dammit!

Toss all sorts of statistics at me that you want — they are jus’ numbers manipulated to mean one thing or the other. In the end, they mean nothing.

Instead, know that actions speak louder than numbers or words. If there had been one or more person’s armed at Umpqua Community College, aside from the murderer, this tragedy may never have happened. Cowards do not like confrontation.

Unfortunately, we will never know if my assumption is correct in this particular case. I can only direct your attention to other events where another armed citizen stopped a mass-killing in progress.

It’s time to take back OUR U.S. Constitutional right to ‘keep and bear arms.’ Wake up, AMERICA, wake the hell up!

Army Strong


Forget the nameless ass-wipe who murdered several innocent people at Umpqua Community College and instead, remember the military veteran hero who helped save countless lives. Chris Mintz was shot seven times while charging the gunman and saving others.

Originally from Randleman, North Carolina, Mintz served 10 years in the U.S. Army. After leaving the service, he moved to Oregon to find work and enroll at the community college.

His cousin reports that he’s expected to recover: “From what I’m hearing, he’s fine,” the cousin said. “But he’s going to have to learn to walk again.”

Meanwhile, I have friends, both here in the U.S. and abroad, who are tossing out meaningless statistics about International verses U.S. gun violence. These are the same people who agree with President Obama, who stated: “We are all collectively responsible for gun shootings.”

What a bunch of Social-progressive hogwash! There was only one finger on the trigger that morning and it wasn’t mine or yours.

So, thank you Chris Mintz, not only for your service, but also for showing us that freedom isn’t free and that there are still heroes in this world willing to stand-up, armed or otherwise, push back against evil when it shows its ugly head.

Fortuna Man Among Those Killed in Oregon School Shooting

The details concerning the mass shooting in which a lone gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon are still being pieced together. The latest count puts the number of casualties at 10, a tally that includes the shooter.

Officials have not yet disclosed the names of his victims, but numerous Facebook posts indicate that one of the people killed had Humboldt roots. Jason Johnson, 33 years old, was a Class of 2000 graduate of Fortuna High School and had recently begun taking classes at UCC.

Lacey Millsap graduated in the same high school class as Johnson and posted the following to her Facebook page: “Tonja Johnson Engel, Jason’s mother, spoke with NBC News about how proud she was of her son’s decision to return to school after a period struggling with drug problems. This was Jason’s first week of school.

From NBC News: “He started Monday and he was so proud of what he had accomplished, and rightly so,” Johnson Engel tearfully told NBC News. “The other day he looked at me and hugged me and said, ‘Mom, how long have you been waiting for one of your kids to go to college?’ And I said, ‘Oh, about 20 years.’”

My Iain Sinclair Knife

My next door neighbor, like me enjoys collecting different looking knives. The other day he came over and gave me one of the more unusual knives I’d ever seen.

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It’s called the “Iain Sinclair CardSharp,” and was originally designed as a lightweight surgical blade that could be used and disposed of by paramedics and aid workers around the world. It comes in either a plastic case which runs about seven dollars, like mine or in stainless steel which will set you back about 90 bucks.

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Its small enough to fit in my wallet and unfolds into a usable cutting instrument in three simple moves. First though, you have to unlock the blade from its plastic frame by twisting the round tab, which is pictured in the safe position below.

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Next, fold the blade backwards, making sure not to slice yourself in the process. Then, holding it against a flat surface, press the blade down and fold the smaller of the two triangles into place.

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Once that triangle is folded over, fold the larger one over top of the small triangle as well as the back-end of the blade. Secure the triangles in place by pressing the interlocking holes onto the corresponding nubs.

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The knife is now ready for use in an emergency or survival situation. And though I shouldn’t have to say this, the plastic body that doubles as a handle isn’t sturdy enough to be used like weapon and if done so, will lead to your being severely cut while using it as a stabbing tool.