Obama and Gun Control

Obama is saying he’ll come out today with a comprehensive gun control agenda. Depending on what source you read this is likely to include as many as 19 executive orders, magazine capacity restrictions, and increased background checks.

It looks like an outright ban on all semi-autos is off of the table. FeinStein was going to introduce this legislation on Jan 3. Then it was “the end of January”. Now apparently it is Obama who is going to try to be the face of this movement.

I can only assume that the changing tactics is in response to the strong pressure being exerted by those of us calling our legislatures and expressing our views on the idiocy of passing laws that only impact law abiding citizens. Murder is aleady illegal, regardless of the tools used to achieve it.

Keep your eyes peeled.


New Congress to Contact

Today is the first day of the new congressional session, the 113th US Congress.

I know many of you have expressed concern with Senator Feinstein’s intended gun grabbing campaign. Today is a perfect day to contact your senators and congressmen.

Senator Toomey represents everyone in PA at the senate level. He can be reached at 855-552-1831. I believe this is a toll free call from within PA.

Typically Toomey’s phone is answered on the first ring or two by one of his staffers.

Senator Casey also represents everyone in PA at the senate level. The number I have for Casey is for his DC office. 202-224-6324. Typically for Casey you’ll be greeted by an automated message system, press 1 to voice your opinions. This will usually mean leaving a message for his staffers.

Rothfus represents the Pennsylvania 12th district in the US House, which happens to be my home turf. The number I have for him was the number he was campaigning with, and which appears to still be valid. 724-602-0277.

This morning when I called all three, Toomey had a staffer answering the phone, Casey was accepting voice mail as he usually does, and Rothfus’s number also rang through to an opportunity to leave voice mail.

Introduce yourself, identify the issue you are calling about as possible gun grabbing legislation by Feinstein (pronounced Fine-Stine), acknowledge that when she introduced similar legislation in 1994 the biggest effect was the early retirement of many of its supporters, and let your representative know that you fully back him fighting against Feinstein.

You might also mention approval of the NRA’s project School Shield.

I called all three this morning in less than 5 minutes. Call early and call often.

God bless!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone!

I hope that you are having a wonderful Christmas season, and that it brings you many good memories.

There are a couple of things I’d like to share with you. Recently we as a nation experienced a great tragedy, in the form of the school shooting in Connecticut. I hope that you’ve joined in prayer for the family and friends in the community.

Unfortunately some of the most rabid rights grabbing politicians have jumped on board to push their gun grabbing agendas. Their idea is to take the means of defense from law abiding citizens. The real solution, as implemented in many schools, is to replace the soft-target appearance with armed guards.

Ask Joel Myrick, principal of Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi. Like the Connecticut shooting, it involved a gunman who first killed his mother. Unlike the principal in Sandy Hook, CT who died when confronting the gunman, Myrick had retrieved his handgun from his truck. Mynick not only stopped the shooting cold, he likely also saved the life of the student doing the shooting.

The reason I bring this up, is that AR style rifles have disappeared off the shelves of gun stores. I was in and out of several gun stores this week while I was purchasing a pistol. I watched the shelves go empty. The market for a used AR is now very much a sellers market, and the prices have sky rocketed.

A kel-tec sub 2000 that I bought 6 months ago now sells for literally three times as much on gunbroker. This isn’t a scam, it is just what the market bears. If you want a rifle from someone who wasn’t really planning on selling it, you need to offer a price to convince him to sell.

Rather than mis-reporting ads, and possibly forcing me to close accounts that are abusing the reporting system, call your law makers. Let them know that their job is to act responsibly, protecting our rights.

You can locate them here:
Contacting the Congress website for PA (non-PA residents, they’ve got your state listed too)

A short call expressing the concerns we have over our rights does a lot more good than being upset during Christmas. A gentle reminder that the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban sent a lot of congressmen and senators into premature retirement is well in order. After all, there is little a politician understands better than the threat of being unceremoniously replaced.


Wikipedia on Pearl, MS shooting
Wikipedia on Sandy Hook, CT shooting

Happy Holidays

So it’s been a few weeks now, and the machines seem to be behaving themselves. This is a good thing.

I’ve been having some troubles with PayPal getting the Pennswoods.net Classifieds a timely notice of payment. If you’ve had problems with ads not activating via PayPal, please let me know.

Tomorrow is the informal Atlantic Broadband IT Christmas celebration, as well as the winter solstice. Oh, and it also happens to be the end of the world. You know, if you are into reading way too much into a calendar written by a people who apparently didn’t predict their own demise.

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope it is a splendid event!


more headaches

More database problems, more web server problems, all add up to more server errors and software errors.

Thanks for your patience. I’ve tried to answer as many emails as possible, please forgive me if I haven’t replied to yours.

Tonight, I unlocked some more database capacity. Right now it seems to be helping, but we’re also somewhat past the 6-9pm rush now as well.

The banner ad server is locked up, but I just managed to access it and am in the process of bringing it back online.



Last night I spent part of the afternoon and most of the evening in the local hospital. I’m fine now, thanks. But it means I was away from my keyboard last night when we had a large number of errors thrown by the classifieds.

I’ve removed one of the old machines from the pool of available servers, as I suspect it isn’t keeping pace with the rest.


System Errors during peak time

As I’ve written to several hundred people, the worst of the errors being reported has been during the 6-9pm peak usage. Last night I had very few errors reported, and so far tonight I’ve gotten a total of 6 emails, compared to several hundred a day.

Only one of those was regarding a system error, and that was from this morning. I haven’t run into a server error page yet tonight either.

I’m cautiously optimistic that we might be on the upward swing of these errors, and I thank you all for bearing with me while I straightened it out.

I’ve rather backlogged on email right now, and I regret that I wasn’t able to send a personal response to everyone who emailed me. I will attempt to come current with my emails early this coming week.