Sunday, January 31, 2016

13 Things We SENIORS Want

I like the list of 13 things that I as a citizen want.

This is why Trump is zooming ahead. He is at least talking about issues that most
Americans are concerned about. 

My mantra about Trump is this: 

We are in agreement with some of what he says but wish someone else was saying it in a better way. We are getting older and our tickers aren't what they used
to be...

so here is Our Special Bucket list...


1.  Hillary: in prison!

2. Put "GOD" back in America !!!

3. Borders: Closed!

4. Congress: On the same retirement & healthcare plans as everybody else .

5. Congress: Obey its own laws NOW!

6. Language: English only!

7. Culture: Constitution and the Bill of Rights!

8. Drug Free: Mandatory Drug Screening       before & during Welfare!

9. Freebies:  NONE to Non-Citizens!

10. Budget: Balance the damn thing!

11. Foreign Countries: Stop giving them our money! Charge them for our help! We need it here.

12. Fix the TAX CODE!

And most of all.


We the people are coming!    Only 86% will send this on. Should be a 100%.

What will you do?

Please send it on; if only to one person.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Another trick of Doctor Dementia to test your skills

We've seen this with the letters out of order, but this is the first time we've seen it with numbers.  Good example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD you have a strong mind.  And better than that: Alzheimer's is a long long, way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.

7H15                    M3554G3

53RV35          7O      PR0V3

H0W         0UR      M1ND5      C4N

D0         4M4Z1NG       7H1NG5!

1MPR3551V3            7H1NG5!

1N        7H3       B3G1NN1NG

17        WA5      H4RD      BU7

N0W,       0N    7H15       LIN3

Y0UR         M1ND      1S

R34D1NG 17         4U70M471C4LLY

W17H0U7            3V3N

7H1NK1NG      4B0U7     17,

B3      PROUD!        0NLY

C3R741N          P30PL3     C4N

R3AD           7H15!

PL3453         F0RW4RD     1F

U      C4N      R34D      7H15.

To my 'selected' strange-minded friends: If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends with 'yes' in the subject line. Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!

Friday, January 29, 2016


Today Alex went to the DMV to renew his license.  When he was told to go have his picture taken he noticed that there were some men having their picture taken, these men were wearing turbans on their heads.  Alex was asked to take his hat off to have his picture taken.  He said "no", and "no" again when asked the second time.  

When he was asked why he would not remove his hat he said, "those men didn't remove their head wear, I shouldn't either".  It was explained that this was their attire and their religion.  Alex told the DMV person that what he had on was his attire and when he entered the Marines he declared an oath to the USA, and one nation under God, so that his oath was under God so just as good as his religion.  

Well, the DMV people didn't know what to do, they spoke to supervisors and called Sacramento.  Alex was told, after an hour, that he could wear his hat for the picture and if there were any problems they would let him know and he could appeal their decision.  He told them if there was a problem he WILL appeal it.  Alex feels no one has more right to display their head gear than a Veteran or active service person. 

 When he left several employees at the DMV clapped quietly for him.  He has spoken to a few other Veterans and they plan to do the same.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Contractors began work on four classrooms of Emerson High School in Oklahoma, they knew their remodel would improve education - but they never expected it would impact local history.


Looking to upgrade the rooms with new whiteboards and smartboards, the workers had to first remove the outdated chalkboards. But when they began to pull away the old boards, they made a startling discovery


Beneath the current boards rested another set of chalkboards - untouched for nearly 100 years. Protected and totally undisturbed, the century-old writings and drawings looked like they were made just yesterday. Here, a November calendar rolls into December. A turkey marks the celebration of Thanksgiving.

A multiplication table gives us a glimpse into the curriculum and methods taught in 1917, techniques perhaps lost in the passage of time. When regarding a wheel of multiplication, Principal Sherry Kishore told The Oklahoman, "I have never seen that technique i
n my life."

But Oklahoma City school officials aren't just shocked by what is written, but how it is written. Penmanship like this is clearly a lost art. This board reads, "I give my head, my heart, and my life to my God and One nation indivisible with justice for all."

Within each of the four rooms, the subject matter and lessons mirrored one another - indicating, as an Oklahoma Public School Twitter caption reads, "aligned curriculum in 1917."

And though the boards' style and subject matter might be unfamiliar to younger folks, they certainly resonate with older generations. Principal Kishore told The Oklahoman what it was like to show her 85-year-old mother the boards: "She just stood there and cried. She said it was exactly like her classroom was when she was going to school."

But these boards actually predate Principal Kishore's mother by 13 years. Two dates were found on the boards: November 30, 1917, and December 4, 1917.

Some of the writings and drawings were done by students, while others were made by teachers - but I'm not always clear whose is whose.

Regardless, the work is a striking look into days long gone. While reading the boards - like this one listing "My Rules To Keep Clean" - the past comes alive in a very personal way.

English teacher Cinthea Comer told The Oklahoman, "It was so eerie because the colors were so vibrant it looked like it was drawn the same day. To know that it was drawn 100 years ago. it's like you're going into a looking glass into the past."

Built in 1895, Emerson High School has seen many renovations and improvements throughout the years - but nothing like this has ever been discovered.

When removing old chalkboards in the past, contractors have only found broken pipes and wires, so this is a shocking surprise. Oklahoma City and the school district are now working to preserve these beautiful boards.

Hopefully, the spirit of these teachers and their students will be enjoyed for many years to come. Who knew that scribbles on a chalkboard could become such a precious piece of history.


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

These are the worst passwords you can use

With cyberattacks resulting in hundreds of millions of leaked records and over $1 billion stolen in 2015, you might think people are starting to get wise about online security.

And you would be wrong.

Password management application company SplashData released its fifth annual report of the "worst passwords" that people can use, based on data it analyzed among 2 million passwords leaked by hackers in 2015.

The number one worst password — and the same one from 2014 — was "123456." In the number two spot was "password," which was also in the same spot on the list as last year.

Some other new passwords showed up, such as "login," "welcome," and "passw0rd." There were quite a few Star Wars fans out there as well, since new entries also included "starwars," "solo," and "princess."

But it's important to note that these choices are incredibly easy for a hacker to guess. Many of the most common passwords are loaded into software designed to crack accounts that run through a text file dictionary, trying each one, or combining words together.

So if your password is on the list, you should change it immediately.

"We hope that with more publicity about how risky it is to use weak passwords, more people will take steps to strengthen their passwords and, most importantly, use different passwords for different websites," said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, in a statement.

Here's the 25 worst passwords of 2015:

1 - 123456 (unchanged from 2014)
2 - password (unchanged)
3 - 12345678 (Up 1)
4 - qwerty (Up 1)
5 - 12345 (Down 2)
6 - 123456789 (Unchanged)
7 - football (Up 3)
8 - 1234 (Down 1)
9 - 1234567 (Up 2)
10 - baseball (Down 2)
11 - welcome (New)
12 - 1234567890 (New)
13 - abc123 (Up 1)
14 - 111111 (Up 1)
15 - 1qaz2wsx (New)
16 - dragon (Down 7)
17 - master (Up 2)
18 - monkey (Down 6)
19 - letmein (Down 6)
20 - login (New)
21 - princess (New)
22 - qwertyuiop (New)
23 - solo (New)
24 - passw0rd (New)
25 - starwars (New)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

When it comes time to stocking up on cleaning supplies, we all usually grab the same things— sponges, vinegar, baking soda. If you’re a frugal homemaker of the DIY variety like we are, then you want your cleaning products to be as natural as possible, but sometimes, we need something with a little modern magic. One manufactured item that’s totally worth it even has magic right in its name: Magic Erasers! These nontoxic tools use a fine abrasive foam that makes them the enemy of even the craziest of messes, including some that never occurred to us before now. PureWow recently put together a list of all the things it can clean, and of course we had to share them with you. It might surprise you to learn that Magic Erasers can:

  1. Bring old sneakers back to life.
That foam turns into a kind of sandpaper once water hits and activates it, turning even the grayest soles white again.

  • Get rid of stubborn stains around the house, like baseboard and floor scuffs . . .

  • . . . marks from dead insects . . .

  • . . . and dried paint on door hinges.

  • Revitalize your phone.

  • Sweat stains? Make-up marks? Food splotches? All gone. (Make sure you turn your phone off first.)

  • Erase EVERYTHING on that dry erase board, no matter how old.

  • Remove stubborn price stickers once and for all.

  • Attack spilled and dried nail polish, wherever it decided to land.

  • Erase evidence of missed garbage from a white trash can.

  • Make your laptop look younger.

  • Get rid of the evidence that you eat lunch at your desk every day. Food stains and fingerprints disappear before the power of the magic eraser, making even white ones look brand new.

  • Clean your bathroom like never before and use the eraser to attack soap scum, mildew, and rust in your tub . . .

  • . . . discolored and/or moldy grout . . .

  • . . . mineral rings in the toilet bowl . . .

  • . . . and even dirty mirrors!

  • Bring the shine back to your jewelry.

  • Remove tarnish from your silver pieces – it works on flatware, too! – and clean and polish your gold ones.

  • Take the Magic Eraser outside and clean up white patio furniture . . .

  • . . . shine-up your car’s hubcaps . . .

  • . . . scrub the steps in your swimming pool . . .

  • . . . and freshen up aluminum siding.

  • Make the dirtiest sink, and its faucets, pristine again.

  • Sometimes the most traditional uses are the best ones of all.

    Now that you’ve tried using your Magic Eraser on everything on this list, are you itching to see what else it can clean? We understand! Check out Pure Wow’s original list for even more ways to use this safe, versatile tool.

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    Medicare Part G

    Say you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and need Long-Term Care, but the government says there is no Nursing Home care available for you. So, what do you do? You opt for Medicare Part G.

    The plan gives anyone 75 or older a gun (Part G) and one bullet. You are allowed to shoot one worthless politician. This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV,  a library, and all the health care you need. Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That's great. Need a hearing aid, new hip, knees, kidney, lungs, sex change, or heart? They are all covered!

    As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now!

    And, who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can't afford for you to go into a nursing home. And you will get rid of a useless politician while you are at it. 

    Is this a great country or what?

    Now that you have solved your senior Long-Term Care problem, enjoy the rest of your week!

    Sunday, January 24, 2016

    Very interesting facts - "Extremes"

    Interesting pictures and the 'extremes'

    Where is the world's hottest place? ........... guess before you check the answer
    Death Valley National Park .... The highest air temperature ever recorded on Earth was 134 degrees Fahrenheit, at Death Valley National Park on July 10, 1913.

    Where is the world's coldest place? Another guess...
    East Antarctic Plateau ... On the high ridge of the East Antarctic Plateau, the temperature can drop to as low as -135.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which was recorded in August, 2010.

    Where is the world's most populated city?
    Shanghai ... At a whopping 24,150,000 permanent inhabitants, Shanghai is the only city that is home to over 24 million people in one city.

    Where is the world's least populated city? (the picture is the clue)
    Vatican City ... With a paltry population of 842, the city-state of Vatican City is the smallest city and state in the world.

    Where is the world's wealthiest city?
    Tokyo, Japan .. That tower might as well be made of gold since Tokyo tops the charts with a GDP of $1,520 billion, beating New York City by a mere $310 billion.

    Where is the world's poorest city in the poorest country?
    Kinshasa, Congo .... it is the poorest city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also the poorest country in the world, at a GDP of $55 billion. Many of its residents live on less $1 a day.

    What is the Highest point in the world? (this one is easy)
    Mount Everest ... Towering 29,029 feet in the air, the top of Mount Everest is the closest you can get to touching outer space while still standing on Earth.

    Where is the lowest point in the world?
    The Challenger Deep trench .. It is the lowest known natural point in the world at 35,797 ft below sea level at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Only 3 people have ever made it to the bottom in a submersible, one of which was filmmaker James Cameron.

    What is the most photographed place in the U.S.?
    Surprise: the Guggenheim building in New York... Photos have always told stories, but in today's world of cell phone cameras and social media, that story is relayed as data to companies who monitor everything we do. Geotagged data was culled by Sightsmap using a Google-based image sharing software, and can show us the most photographed places in the world, right down to this landmark. The strange winner is this building in New York City. Guess it impresses a lot of visitors.

    Where is the wettest spot on Earth? (and it's not the Amazon!)
    Mawsynram, India... In this city in India, it rains an average of 467.35 inches per year, and has a record of 1000 inches in 1985...much more than any rain forest.!

    Where is the driest spot on Earth? it's not the Sahara!
    The Atacama Desert ... The 600 miles of South America's Atacama desert is recorded as the driest place on Earth, no contest. This desert has an average of only 4 inches of rain every hundred years. Incredible, but true.

    What city claims to be the sunniest place in the U.S.?
    Yuma, Arizona ... In this city in Arizona, the sun shines for an average of 11 hours a day. The usual forecast is sun for 90 percent of the year, averaging a total of 4015 daylight hours each year.

    Where is the most expensive city to live in? (it's not in the U.S. thankfully)
    Singapore... This city has recently beat out Tokyo, Japan, for the title of "most expensive city" for 2014. Cars can cost between 4-6 times as much in Singapore from what they cost in the US or UK ... (for example, a Toyota Prius actually costs about $150,000.00 there).

    Where is the least expensive city to live in?
    Mumbai, India .... At the other end of the spectrum, Mumbai, India, is the cheapest place to live in the world, according to the Worldwide Cost of Living Index, 2014. For some comparison, a loaf of bread that would cost $3.36 in Singapore, would only cost $0.91 in Mumbai. A lot of poverty brings the cost of living down.

    What country consumes the most food per capita?
    The overweight United States .... We eat an average of 3,770 calories a day each. Shamefully, obesity is becoming more of a problem every year.

    Where is the world's oldest city?
    Damascus.... There's quite a bit of controversy over which city gets to officially claim the title of "oldest continuously inhabited city. However, Damascus is the safest bet, with evidence of civilization that extends back over 11,000 years.

    Which is the youngest country in the world?
    South Sudan ..... The people of South Sudan were formally recognized as an independent country in 2011, making it the youngest country in the world to-date.

    Which is the world's most visited city?
    London ... After a several years of competition with Bangkok, London has regained its place as the world's most visited city (according to MasterCard's 2014 Global Destinations City Index). The city sees about 18.69 million international visitors annually, generating $19.3 billion in revenue for their city.

    What is the world's least popular country?
    Iran .... On that same rating scale, Iran has come in dead last (at a 79% negativity rating) for many years. Only 15% of people polled viewed Iran in a positive light.

    Where is the world's most dangerous city to live in?
    San Pedro, Honduras ... This city averages over 3 murders a day. The violence stems from the city's role as a major hub for illegal drug and arms trafficking.

    Which country consumes the most caffeine in the world?
    Sweden ... The strong coffee in Sweden will put a spring in your step, and hair on your tongue. The Swedes consume an average of 388 mg of caffeine in coffee per person, per day (that's almost 5 Red Bulls in the U.S.).

    Which country in the world drinks the most alcohol?
    Belarus... In the little country of Belarus, each person above the age of 16 drinks an average of 4.62 gallons of alcohol every year. That's a lot of booze.

    Which country is the most bicycle friendly in the world?
    The Netherlands By comparing cities using the average number of bicycle trips made daily, one city reigns supreme: Groningen in the Netherlands. About 50 percent of the population commute via bike daily, making it the city with the greatest proportion of cyclists. However, many other cities in the Netherlands have a great bicycling tradition.

    Where is the world's most energy efficient city?
    Reykjavik, Iceland ... All of the energy and heat used by the citizens of Reykjavik, Iceland come from geothermal plants and renewable hydropower making it the most sustainable and energy efficient city in the world. This city has also been replacing traditional buses with hydrogen-fueled buses, from which the only emissions are water.

    Which country has the longest life expectancy in the world?
    Monaco... According to the World Health Organization's study from 2013, Monaco tops the charts for longest living citizens with an average life expectancy of 87.2 years. Men in Monaco live an average 85.3 years, and women live longer to an average of 89 years.

    Which country has the shortest life expectancy?
    Sierra Leone .. On the opposite side of that coin, the population of Sierra Leone live only to an average of 47 years. The men of Sierra Leone live to an average of 47 years old, whereas women live a little longer, an average of 48 years. Poverty plays a big roll in their short life expectancy.

    What country would qualify as the most stressed-out nation in the world because of their living conditions?
    Nigeria ... By looking at the homicide rate, the GDP per capita, continued income inequality, corruption, lack of education opportunities and unemployment numbers, one thing is clear: Nigeria's people are, hands-down, the most stressed out population in the world.

    Which city has the highest average IQ?
    Hong Kong ... There are a lot of factors that affect an IQ score, ranging from national and personal wealth, to simply what test is used. As a result, these findings are highly controversial, but suggest that Hong Kong has the highest IQ level, at an average of 107 points per person. *However, Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China, meaning that it falls within the sovereignty of the People's Republic of China, yet does not form part of Mainland China, because it has it's own government. So these results are questionable.

    Which foreign city is the world's most well-connected one for internet use?
    Seoul, South Korea Surprisingly, despite China's 618 million internet users who spend an average of 18.7 hours a week surfing the net, China didn't even make the top 10 for internet connection. Seoul, Korea is a different story considering the average connection speed, availability, (including free access), openness to innovation, support of public data, and privacy/security, Seoul, South Korea is the champion of internet-connectedness. With 10,000 government supported free WiFi spots dotting the city, and an internet speed that goes unchallenged globally, Seoul is an internet junkie's paradise. As of 2013, South Korea has the fastest average internet connection in the world at 21.0 Mbit/s according to the report State of the Internet published by Akamai Technologies, which is over 40% faster than the next fastest country, Japan, whose average internet speed is 12.9 Mbit/s.

    Wasn't that interesting!!!! I'll bet you learned something new. I sure did.

    Saturday, January 23, 2016

    Nurse's iPhone tip could save your life in an emergency

    "Working in a public hospital and seeing patients in ER I appreciate many patients come in and we have had no way of knowing who they are or how to contact their next of kin. And their phones are locked!

    "But many people don't realise that you and patients can set up something called a 'Medical ID' on your iPhone if you have the health app (free with phone). This information can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options and can display things like name, DOB, emergency contacts, medical conditions and even blood type and donor status. You can even add notes.

    "It can be managed by clicking on the little 'Health' app that comes default on the phone (heart icon and then in the app go to the little star shape with medical ID) and given everyone I have spoken to today has never heard of it it seemed like a social media share kind of moment!

    "But don't simply share it-update yours also!!

    "(I believe android has an app called ICE / 'in case of emergency' that works similarly and if you don't like apps don't forget the going to the good old fashioned owner information, enter your emergency contact and 'I.c.e' as the owner and tick the 'show owner information on lock screen')." 

    Thursday, January 21, 2016


    The account of two U. S. Navy vessels being seized by the Iranian navy earlier this week seems completely implausible. 

    No part of it makes any sense.

    The story is that two river patrol boats – bristling modern-day incarnations of the Vietnam swift boats – were navigating south from Kuwait to Bahrain. At some point, via some means, the two boats, with their contingent of five sailors each, surrendered to the Iranians.    

    Two accounts have been offered as to how that happened. The first was that one of the vessels lost its engine and that they both then drifted into Iranian waters. The other was that the two boats had been operating fine, but inadvertently navigated into Iranian territory.    

    Simply put, they got lost. 

    Neither account seems possible. 

    First off, if one of the boats broke down, and the sailor aboard trained to tend the engine couldn't fix it, the other boat would merely take it in tow and they would proceed on their way. That is not a novel maritime undertaking.    

    The second scenario – oops, we got lost – is even less likely. It turns out that navigation and navigation equipment are kind of a high priority for the Navy. Boats don’t get lost. Highly technical navigation equipment on both boats would have told crew members exactly where they were.    

    And in the unlikely event that both boats lost all electronic navigational equipment, and the compasses lost track of magnetic north, there is the simple fact that sailing from Kuwait to Bahrain pretty much involves nothing more complex than keeping the shore on your starboard side. And should you lose sight of shore, and can remember that the map has safety to the west and danger to the east, you’d think that the position of the sun in the sky or the fact that prevailing winds in the Persian Gulf in the winter are northwesterly, would somehow have allowed our sailors to find the Saudi shoreline instead of Iranian waters.    

    And all of that presumes that these two boats were operating alone in the open seas, which they presumably were not. There is, in fact, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group operating in the Persian Gulf.    

    The USS Harry S Truman owns the Persian Gulf these days, and the significant American military presence in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait – lands immediately proximate to the waters where our sailors were operating – makes us the biggest dog on the block.    

    And we’ve got radar and helicopters and airplanes and stuff like that. 

    And if an American vessel breaks down at sea, or strays from course, under those operational conditions, there are a lot of American assets that would both notice the problem and be able to offer relief.    

    Yet no one did. 

    We’re supposed to believe nobody radioed a couple of inexplicably lost boats to ask where they were going? When one of them supposedly broke down, a carrier battle group had no means to come to their assistance?  

    That makes no sense. 

    It’s completely unbelievable. 

    So is the apparent conduct of the sailors in the face of a supposed challenge by the Iranian military. 

    If one of the vessels was disabled, as is claimed, and hostile craft are approaching, bringing with them the prospect of capture and captivity, don’t you put all 10 sailors on the able boat, sink the disabled boat, and race the bad guys back to international waters?    

    From the Iranian video, it looks like two or three bass boats and four guys in mismatched uniforms, with a couple of AK's, captured two far-larger and better-armed American boats, both of which were bristling with mounted machine guns.    

    Here’s a fact: When you're kneeling on the deck of your own boat, with your hands clasped behind your head, and some guy’s shouting at you in terrorist language, things didn't go right.    

    And yet, that’s exactly what supposedly happened here. Ten American sailors, successors to Captain James Lawrence, are on their knees next to their unfired guns, in the face of a smaller and less well-armed opponent – with little American flags snapping in the breeze.    

    This is not the stuff of Commodore Perry and Admiral Farragut. 

    And you wonder whose call it was. 

    How far up the chain of command did they have to go to find the cowardly lion who ordered this genuflection before a bunch of savages? Did this get bounced all the way to the Pentagon, or the Situation Room? Which secretary of what made the decision not to put a squadron of naval aviators above those two boats to keep the camel jockeys at bay?    

    It is shameful, a worldwide embarrassment for the nation and the Navy. 

    And it is topped off by an obsequious videotaped apology, and pictures of our sailors, captive in hostile hands, the female with a towel over her head. 

    The President can ignore this. 

    But we can’t. 

    We got pasted. We got humiliated. We showed either weakness and incompetence. And unfortunately either one only invites aggression against us. 

    It is inconceivable that you could find 10 Americans willing to surrender themselves and their equipment without a fight. It is not plausible that any young man or woman entering into the naval service would willingly kneel on the deck of a combat-capable ship.    

    Somebody told them to give up. 

    And that somebody, and the philosophy he represents, will be the death of us. 

          Bob Lonsberry © 2016 

    Wednesday, January 20, 2016

    New songs for the old folks

    The 60's singers Singers of the 60's are revising their hits with new lyrics to accommodate those of us that were fans.

     New Releases Include:

    Herman's Hermits --- Mrs Brown, You've Got A Lovely Walker

    Ringo Starr --- I Get By With A Little Help From Depends

    The Bee Gees -- - How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?

    Roberta Flack--- The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face

    Johnny Nash --- I CAN'T See Clearly Now.

    The Commodores --- Once, Twice, 3 Times To The Bathroom

    Procol Harum--- A Whiter Shade Of Hair

    Leo Sayer --- You Make Me Feel Like Napping

    The Temptations --- Papa's Got A Kidney Stone

    Abba--- Denture Queen

    Helen Reddy --- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore

    Lesley Gore--- It's My Hormones and I'll Cry If I Want To

    And Last but NOT least..

    Willie Nelson --- On the Commode Again 

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

    "The Gun Is Civilization" by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

    Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force.

    If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories,
     without exception.
    Reason or force, that's it.
    In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction and the only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, a sparadoxical as it may sound to some.
    When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason and try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or employment of force.
    The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with a 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a car load of drunken guys with baseball bats.
    The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between a potential attacker and a defender.
    There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for an armed mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.
    People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.
    Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.
    People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal force, watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with a bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both are armed, the field is level.
    The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian as it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as a force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.
    When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force. It removes force from the equation... and that's why carrying a gun is a civilized act.
    By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret.)
    So, the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed and can only be persuaded, never forced.