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bill 2015-08-28 12:11:56
Hi Grant! Glad you had a great vacation!

"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."

That is part of our Constitution.

There is an ongoing banter that is keeping things the way they are as follows:

* The left (mostly Dems) - want more background checks and gun control
* The right (mostly Reps) - guns aren't the problem, you need to control all the nut jobs.

I most certainly think we could do more background checks. People have to wait for a driver's license, why not guns? And people don't need a machine gun if their intent is to simply shoot a deer in the woods. The phrase "right to bear arms" should not be distorted. If so, maybe I should go ahead and buy myself a tank and start blowing away buildings full of people? The intent of our founding fathers was to be able bear arms and to protect yourself not possess the ability to blow people away in one fell swoop. Everything we do should be based on that knowledge.

How do know who the nut jobs are versus the non nut jobs? Dunno?

Bill O on Fox brought up an interesting thought last night. That is that the lack of spirituality and the rise of the "life is all about me" mentality has made people only interested in themselves and don't care who they have to harm that may be in their way.

For those of us that are spiritual (including myself), God provides us with a path that we are to follow: "love others as thyself." Maybe more folks need to follow that scripture?

It is my firm belief that people need not be spiritual to adhere to these words. We are all here as brothers and sisters of the world. Let's put ourselves second and others first. Note the notion of a God is not in the context of what I just said.

I don't pretend to know all the answers but I do know that mean people suck.
grant228 2015-08-27 06:14:47
Dear Bill and Dave. Your nation is a beacon of qualities and strengths all nations should strive to emulate. Sadly, the US also exemplifies the worst in human nature, as evidenced by that unspeakable shooting shown on TV today. What will it take for the average American to say "No more!"? No more children slain at their school desks, no more citizens enjoying a night at the cinema slaughtered in their seats, no more innocents blown away where ever they are because some nutter is able to access a gun and wreak his warped brand of vengeance on the world? In my country in 1996 we had a sad loner kill 35 people with automatic weapons but we took steps to try and ensure such a travesty would never recur. So far there has not been a repeat of this madness. Such political will seems sadly lacking in your land, so how many more innocents have to die before you all say enough is enough and you begin to wind back the availability of guns?
grant228 2015-08-24 05:08:20
Dave, arrived home today feeling very jet-lagged but knowing we've seen a good chunk of Europe. Even though we had a great time and saw lots of interesting stuff, the final words of the Wizard of Oz movie remain true -"There's no place like home"!
dave 2015-08-23 08:13:10
Grant, sounds like you had a really great vacation
grant228 2015-08-22 11:28:46
Hello, Dave and Bill. I'm sitting at Heathrow waiting for our 9:30pm flight back to Oz. The buildings are holiday accommodation for the Finns who made us very welcome. Stockholm was also similar as was Skagen which is on the northern most point of Denmark. I hope to return to Scandinavia. The photo below is me at The Abba Museum in Stockholm with a few friends.
bill 2015-08-18 10:11:40
It looks like maybe a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
dave 2015-08-18 04:37:55
Nice grant. What's the building in the picture?
grant228 2015-08-17 06:28:01
Hello, folks! In the beautiful city of Helsinki after the drabness of St Petersberg. Lovely, welcoming people in a marvellous setting. The city is surrounded by islands which we've seen from a boat cruise. The lifestyle is one to envy. Weather is perfect so it's a good day all round.
dave 2015-08-14 22:52:51
Very cool pics grant
bill 2015-08-12 09:12:53
Awesome! Hope you're having a grand time!
grant228 2015-08-12 07:06:46
Bill, currently in a McDonalds in Copenhagen. Day here is overcast and defintely cool! Northern summers are different to southern ones! They should rename Copenhagen 'Bikehagen' as the place is designed for them and the people have responded accordingly. The photo below is of the Danish Royal Guard on its way to change with those on duty at the palace.
bill 2015-08-11 09:34:58
They are, Grant. If you look at them from a certain view, they looking like a mama bear sleeping with her two baby cubs tagging along. Can't find a good pic right now. Hope your vacation is going along "jolly good"!
grant228 2015-08-05 15:43:35
Bill, I presume the dunes were named because of their shape? London has impressed me with the number of statues of people I've written quizzes about. Here's the first photo of many.
bill 2015-08-04 10:43:08
Sorry, I've been away on vacation just getting back in the swing of things. Grant, it looks like you're having a great time.

Dave is right. Traverse is beautiful! Torch Lake has been tagged as one of the world's most beautiful mostly because of its clarity. The Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes were left by the glaciers. Very nice!
dave 2015-08-03 20:19:57
Not really Grant. The Traverse City area is quite a beautiful area of Michigan, with vineyards and cherry orchards surrounding a resort town with lots of nice places to stay right on the water. I'll be up near that area next weekend in fact to kayak a river that's been declared a national scenic river by the federal government.
grant228 2015-08-03 17:16:29
Dave, he was but the Fremch king of the time was a fan of Leonardo so invited him to live out his days in Amboise. This afternoon we arrived in the astounding city of London and I have returned from a walk where I watch a car that had overstayed its time in a parking spot being lifted on to the back of a truck. This scene attracted a few onlookers, one of whom engaged me in conversation. The man's name is Stan and it turned out he is from Michigan! Travers City (?). He told me it is the most beautiful spot in the world! Is he a victim of hyperbole?
dave 2015-08-03 05:14:36
Very cool. Wasn't he Italian?
grant228 2015-07-31 14:19:02
Dave, that is one of many exhibits showing some of Leonardo's ideas. It is a working model of his idea for a helicopter. The gardens are dotted with water pumps, gliders, pulleys, portable bridges, tanks and examples of his art. Kids are encouraged to experiment with these working models. The whole concept is cleverly executed.
dave 2015-07-31 07:12:13
Grant, very cool. What's all the equipment in the front yard?
grant228 2015-07-30 13:50:36
My apologies for the woeful spelling of chateaux!
grant228 2015-07-30 13:48:51
Dave, Have just spent two enjoyable days in Amboise in the Loire Valley. My wife and I are doing a walking tour through the valley which is replete with marvellous chatueax, wine and cheese. We've 20 km of walking tomorrow as we trek to Vouvray. The attached photo is of the chatueax where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final three years. A great place to learn even more about this amazing man.
dave 2015-07-27 09:04:33
Grant, very cool. Hope you're enjoying France
grant228 2015-07-25 16:08:46
G'day, Dave or should I say Bonsoir as it's 10pm on a Saturday evening in Paris. The sun is just about to go down (which I find amazing) and I'm also surprised to know you Michiganites are six hours behind France. I thought you'd be closer. My body clock is telling me I should be just getting out of bed rather than getting into bed! Off to the Eiffel Tower tomorrow and the finish of the Tour de France down the Champs Elysees.
dave 2015-07-23 22:59:59
I sneeze when I walk out of a building into the sun
bill 2015-07-23 08:05:30
It always makes me sneeze when I look into the sun.
grant228 2015-07-23 01:33:16
Well, Bill, try it. Squint as if you're looking into bright sunlight then speak and I think you'll find your usual Michigan timbre is different. More nasal and from the front of your mouth?
bill 2015-07-22 09:03:47
That's an interesting theory, Grant. Do you buy into it?
grant228 2015-07-18 19:45:00
Bill, that is warming up! If you're not careful you might start sounding like an Aussie also! I've read where some linguistics experts feel the Australian accent is the result of the hot sun and its glare. They claim the sun makes us squint more than others making us speak they way we do with an emphasis on the nasal sounds. Real trivia on our trivia site!
bill 2015-07-17 22:13:12
Thanks Grant. My guess is that this very unusual weather indeed. It's not making the world news so it's probably not that bad yet! :-)

BTW, were having record heat here in SE Michigan - about 90 today and 95 (35C) tomorrow. Like SE Australia!
grant228 2015-07-17 08:08:10
Bill, to show you how widespread this cold spell is, below is a shot from Queensland, much of which is in the tropics! It is a big state though, two and a half times the size of Texas!®    Introduction    Privacy Policy    Conditions of Use    

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