Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fallen Little Angels

The deaths of the innocent at Newtown, CT saddens me. I pray for those families who have suffered at the hand of an EVIL person. I can think of nothing more horrific than going to a school and not knowing if your son or daughter is alive. I cannot imagine going back into that empty classroom to remove drawings that one of the children drew to give to their parents. Sad. God Bless the families and comfort them.

I am angered at the media and the politicians quick to blame guns on this matter and that the legal and law abiding citizens of this country who own guns are part of the problem. I am angered at the interviews of these kids, without their parents there, asking about what had happened. Leave them alone, don't draw them into this, they should not be used for political propaganda or ratings. Report the news with out their commentary and exploitation.

In these killings an evil person broke the law. They stole guns, they entered a gun free zone and then committed a horrific crime. No amount of laws can stop evil. Evil people do not care about laws. They'll use what ever means to kill; a knife, gun, car, bomb... what ever they can find they'll use to serve their purpose.

In 1927 38 children died and over 50 were injured when a school employee blew up a school in Bath, MI. Not all the dynamite went off, otherwise the death toll would have been more. This was the work of an evil person. He did not care about doing good, just carrying out an evil plan.

In 2010 over 20 children were killed in China by stabbing, where public ownership of guns are banned. On the same day of this massacre in Newtown, 22 children were stabbed in a school in China by a madman.

Every day in America, another 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. Driving drunk is illegal. In 2010 there were 10,228 deaths as a result of drunk drivers. OK, lets ban all automobiles because that is what is causing the killings.

Chicago had 36 homicides in the November 2012, ten were teenagers. No national outcry.

From July 1 through Nov. 6, 2011, there were a total of 3,313 homicides in Detroit, more than the combined deaths of US troops on the war on terror in Afghanistan for that time frame... what did we see and hear on TV... the war death count day after day in the media, nothing about the outcry of the deaths in the inner city of Detroit, just a once grand city in decline.

Sept. 2012 Detroit, had 32 murders in 15 days... 39 total for the month. According to Detroit Police's records, 32 of them were unidentified... no one came to claim or ID the bodies.

I have seen shootings first hand. I have seen the damage both physical and emotional to families. What is more sad is how the Media and Politicians choose to ignore events of the inner city that have killed thousands. Chicago has some of the most strict hand gun laws in this country, but that only restricts the lawful owners of guns. Evil people, those who don't care about laws, will get the guns. It seems that the Media and Politicians are comfortable about the deaths there, it seems to be an acceptable loss, yet a rural town, a small town (mainly white) has shook the gun control tree once again and another "outrage" is at hand.

I have been outraged for a long time at this double standard. I am not mad about the use of guns in a majority of these crimes because I know it is not the fault of the of the gun, it is the fault of the person who committed evil. I own guns. I shoot guns. I have been prevented from being robbed at knife point by a gun. I hunt and provide food for my family with guns and at no time did they kill anything all by them selves. It took my judgement to move, position the gun safely, and then my hands to hold and squeeze a trigger to make the gun fire in a safe direction. My judgement was sound, safe, and I intended to shoot what I aimed at. It was not a person in cold blood or some heartless crime of some unfathomable reason.

Our free nation is only so because the rights of the people to keep arms. With out that right, with out that protection, we'd be a nation ruled under more tyranny than what we have now. With out that protection of guns, only criminals would have them and law abiding citizens would be at their mercy; police cannot be everywhere, a pistol almost can. Don't blame that gun for the massacre, it was the work of an evil person. Evil will find a way into every situation that a law says a sane person shouldn't do something. Only God knows why these things happen. God comfort the families who lost their children to evil, in every place, town, and village.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Surprise, a Great Lakes Storm

Respect the weather. Something everyone should take heed in what ever they do in life. Hurricane Sandy was a case in point.Though no hurricane made any direct hit to Michigan, the Lake Huron waters were all thrown up in a fury from the wide scale impact of this large storm system.  I photographed the storm's rage on the eastern coast of Michigan's Thumb region. These photos were taken at Port Sanilac, MI and one from north of Forester, MI
 29 Oct. 2011
29 Oct. 2011
 29 Oct. 2011
This seawall / breakwater was about 10feet hight from waterline to the top of the steel. You can use that to gage the height of the waves / spray... 40' and more high.
 29 Oct. 2011
30 Oct. 2012 
30 Oct. 2012 
 30 October 2012
North of Forester, MI on 30 Oct. 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Train photography has alluded me due to busy schedules this year. Though I have had the chance to get out now and then, not many trains running. But this is what I have so far for 2012...
 Boat Night and the PM bascule bridge in Port Huron.
 GTW Mt. Clemens Sub. Kimball, MI.
PH&D Wye
Richmond, MI
Columbus, MI

Monday Night Lights

The Aurora has been showing up this month quite regularly on Monday nights. Clear cool fall
night make it great for the views.

October 8th, 2012 on a moonless night.

October 1, 2012 under a bright moon.

Sunday, March 25, 2012


I was out on errands looking for a pressure washer to buy (it broke after less than a minute of operation... go figure) and decided to take some photos of an area of Port Huron I have not ventured into. The area is part of the complex of buildings around the Black River and Dortmar Paper Co. The building on the right is an old Chickory factory as the missing letters on the brick indicated. I took a few shots, and want to come back for another day with different sky colors.

Here is the end of the line... or the spur rather. No signs of any rail cars here for a long time.

 Our next stop was with the little girl at the Port Huron and Detroit Railroad Historical Society property. She saw her first train today. She did not like the sound of the squealing wheels on the rail. Other than that she seem to like it. The logo below is one of four I have designed for the  PH&D RR HS. It is up to the board members to pick one.
With a less busy schedule next month, I hope to get out more  with the camera... time to get some new glass... 85 or 105mm? Thinking about it.