Jim’s WebLetter for 7/5/14

Hi-ya WebLetter Reader!

Yesterday we celebrated in this country the “Fourth of July” also known as “Independence Day”. It’s the day we recognized our independence from the rule of England on the colonies in America. Now, if you want to get specific about the date, it really wasn’t the date we claimed independence. It wasn’t even the date the Declaration of Independence was signed by the Continental Congress. Before you get too confused on the subject, or as I saw in the Florida Times Union, someone saluting all veterans who served or are serving in the military (that’s covered on another date called Veterans Day), read about the “4th” at the Constitution Facts website … http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-declaration-of-independence/fourth-of-july/

I realize this next piece will be met with many who don’t agree with my opinion. As always, you have your right to that as I have the right to get this off my chest.

There are countless veterans who go through a literal hell each year when people feel the need to shoot off fireworks, illegally used in many states including Florida, in the name of celebration. Exploding and airborne devices are only to be used in agriculture, according to Florida law. http://www.swfd.org/fireworks.php

I remember watching real fireworks going off while our planes and military personnel fought the insurgents along the Mekong River during the Vietnam War. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as PTSD, affects many combat veterans and explosions like those from fireworks are known to trigger those effects. This is a good time to mention that I, as many others, have had years to get over the effects which were labeled in those days as “shell shock” and “combat fatigue”, but there are many who still suffer from it.

As you know, the VA has not been all they’re suppose to be in treating veterans suffering from combat related illnesses, so there are many who are dealing with the effects of PTSD. In a society that makes the majority accept non traditional lifestyles and impose the will of the few on the will of the many, maybe it’s time we look again at the use of fireworks for celebratory purposes – legal or otherwise. Maybe as a means of thanking those who have served in extreme circumstances we do more than just pay lip service. Of course there will be many who disagree for nothing more than the reason, “we’ve always done it this way”. But ask a veteran what he or she thinks about all the noise. Chances are, they will agree. http://rt.com/usa/ptsd-july-fourth-firework-631/

In other Web stuff this week, if you’ve ever needed a users manual for an appliance or electronic device, visit Manualslib, the online manual database that helps save your time spent on searching. You can either read manuals online or download them to your computer. Whenever you need to check out the features of a computer or your digital camera, simply search the manualslib for its manual. http://www.manualslib.com/

Finally, in15 years we’ve gone from CDs to Napster piracy to iTunes downloads to Pandora radio to YouTube’s music video streaming to Spotify’s audio streaming app. The statistics are out and downloading music continues to decline while signing up for streaming services through an app continues it gain in popularity. I like Pandora and have used and enjoy Songza. Both free services which means you get an occasional commercial … The price you pay for free streaming. But I still enjoy my Google Music account with the songs I added and like to listen to. http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/03/streaming-is-killing-downloads/


A priest at a parochial school wanted to point out the proper behavior for church. He was trying to elicit from the youngsters, rules that their parents might give before taking them to a nice restaurant.
“Don’t play with your food,” one second grader cited.
“Don’t be loud,” said another, and so on…
“And what rule do your parents give you before you go out to eat?” the priest inquired of one little boy.
Without batting an eye, the child replied, “Order something cheap.”
(Thanks, Reggie)
Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and says to the first man he meets, “Do you want to go to heaven?”
The man said, “I do, Father.”
The priest said, “Then stand over there against the wall.”
Then the priest asked the second man, “Do you want to go to heaven?”
“Certainly, Father,” was the man’s reply.
“Then stand over there against the wall,” said the priest.
Then Father Murphy walked up to O’Toole and said, “Do you want to go to heaven?”
O’Toole said, “No, I don’t Father.”
The priest said, “I don’t believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?”
O’Toole said, “Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”
(Thanks, Harold)
Have a great rest of your 4th weekend friends, and until next, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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