Where Should I Put My Wi-Fi Router?

Some useful information for increasing speed and coverage of your wi-fi.

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Commentor Inspires Another Look Into Parkland Shooting.

In the wake of our post two days ago on an opinion piece in the Florida Today on the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, longtime reader and commentor “hometime” responded to our post and disagreed with some of the points we made. We truly appreciate the well thought out and reasoned comments by hometown because even in disagreement, he is as civil to us as we try to be to him. There is no doubt in our minds that we would at some point in time like to meet him / her and enjoy a Dr Pepper together.

We responded to his comments but because not only did we want to be fair, we wanted to dig in a little further to some things that were said and use those things as jumping off points for more discussion.

hometown wrote:

It’s a terrible tragedy and could have been prevented if the school/school board had a properly secured school ahead of time and prevented a known dangerous individual from entering the school with a firearm.

This is spot on in many regards.

The Broward County School System decided years ago to make a conscious effort not to put students into what was called a “pipeline to prisons.” The district developed what is called the “Promise Program” which stands for “Preventing Recidivism through Opportunities, Mentoring, Interventions, Support and Education.” Here’s the matrix for dealing with less than exemplary students:

The Pendulum Of Ridiculousness Has Swung The Other Way.

Now that it has come to light that law enforcement and the school system failed to prevent, stop or even acknowledge there was a problem with the shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the pendulum has swung the other way and frankly, the results are just as bad in some cases.

In Oberlin High School in Oberlin, LA. students in a math class were completing a math problem which needed to have the symbol for the square root of a number.

A student remarked that the symbol looked like a gun.

It went downhill from there fast.

According to the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office (in a post on Facebook that has since been deleted but nothing ever goes away on the internet:)

On Tuesday afternoon, February 20th, Detectives investigated an allegation of terrorist threats at the Oberlin High School. The investigation revealed that a student was completing a math problem and drew the sign for square root. Another student made a comment that the symbol looked like a gun and several other students made similar comments. The student in question made a comment, which taken out of context, “could” sound like a threat.

Detectives also searched the students home and found no evidence that he possessed or had immediate access to any type of firearm. Further there was no evidence that the student had any intent to commit harm upon any students or faculty.

The student used extremely poor judgement in making the comment, but in light of the actual circumstances, there was clearly no evidence to support criminal charges.

The matter was turned over to the Allen Parish School Board for determination of disciplinary action.


Friends On Fox.

One of the blogs we visit regularly and is considered to be one of the best legal blogs in out there is, whose administrator is author, speaker, and Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute Walter Olson.

We consider Olson a friend and he has always treated us well as we have commented and shared tips on stories and posts.

Olson recently appeared on the Fox News channel talking about the focus on decreasing regulations and the cost of those regulations by the Trump administration.

We think the point is well taken. Regulations for the sake of regulations serve no one other than the regulators and those who want to stop projects. That’s not to say that all projects should be approved or that all regulations are bad. Yet when the costs of regulations drive up the costs of projects to the point where the US as a whole, states and communities suffer, that’s a problem.

Bill Mick: Apologist?

Radio Host and Florida Today Columnist Bill Mick.

FloridaToday columnist and radio host Bill Mick has a rather interesting opinion piece in the FloridaToday, part of which concerns the Broward County Deputy Sheriff Scott Peterson who remained in his car while the horrific shooting was taking place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Mick wrote:

Don’t be quick to judge deputy

A Broward County deputy has resigned after it was revealed that he stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for four minutes while the killing of 14 students and three adults occurred.

It’s said that it was clear that there was a massacre going on inside. Did he freeze, potentially in fear? Did he react as he had been trained early in his career to wait for SWAT to respond? Or did he just ignore the current training that says to attack an active shooter because waiting for backup or SWAT only costs more lives?

We won’t know unless he speaks out or the agency does if there is further investigation into his actions.

What I would urge, though, is this. Until you have been in those shoes, of responding to a situation where your life is on the line, even as bullets are flying at others, you have no idea just how you would respond. Period.

Yes, criticism is easy and from all appearances, this deputy failed in his chief duty of protecting those kids. He’ll suffer for that as he punishes himself. It doesn’t require us piling on.

While Mick sounds the what appears to be the right moral tone that we often hear of “don’t judge,” ultimately Mick’s point fail like dominoes collapsing.

First, we need to discuss the meaning of “judge” in context here. People will often cite the Bible and say “see? Even Christ says not to judge others!” (Luke 6:37) The problem is that the word “judge” is somewhat imprecise and has two meanings within the Bible:

F.F. Bruce, a New Testament scholar, explains the linguistic dilemma this way:

“Judgment is an ambiguous word, in Greek as in English: it may mean exercising a proper discernment, or it may mean sitting in judgment on people (or even condemning them).”

While there may be some who are judging the deputy’s actions, we’ve seen darn few people judge him as in pronouncing a sentence on him.

We certainly can criticize and even judge (as to discern) the former officer’s (in)actions if nothing else because we can simply echo what the Broward County Sheriff said:

Dana Loesch Has Been Busy This Week Using Logic And Reason In The Wake Of the Parkland Shooting.

This past week NRA spokesperson and author Dana Loesch made several appearances on different panel debates after the horrific shooting in Parkland, Florida.

The first appearance was at the CNN “townhall” that according to many, was a scripted and rigged event.

One of the more interesting segments came when Loesch and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel had a very interesting exchange, especially in the light of new revelations that a Broward County School Resource Officer was on the scene and sat in his car for 4 of the 6 minutes the shooting was going on.

First, watch the exchange between Loesch, a student and Israel:

Additionally, from the transcript:

ISRAEL: So if an individual was threatened and it was real, that’s a crime. But these posting things – –

LOESCH: Yes, they were threatened with death. They were threatened that they were going to bleed. They were threatened that they were going to be killed.

ISRAEL: Well what’s your specific case?

LOESCH: And he had already taken bullets and knives to school. He had already assaulted people. He assaulted his parent. He assaulted other students. Thirty-nine visits and this was – – known to the – – to the intelligence and law enforcement community.

ISRAEL: You’re – –

LOESCH: Now I’m not – – look I’m not saying that you can be everywhere at once, but this is what I’m talking about. We have to follow up on these red flags.

ISRAEL: You’re not the litmus test.

ISRAEL: You’re absolutely not the litmus test for how law enforcement should follow up. You’re wrong. There weren’t 39 visits. Some of them, they were GOA. Some of them called from other states, so say there were 39 visits I don’t know where you go those facts, but you’re completely wrong.

Why Do Strawberries Have ‘Seeds’ On The Outside?

Okay, this is odd and amazing in a way.

What we think are “seeds” are actually the ovaries of the plant itself, and the part we eat is holding them together.

We’ve grown, eaten and canned more than our fair share of strawberries, and we had no idea what is put forth in this video.

Learn sumtin’ new every day.

Palm Bay: Mr. Holton Goes to Tallahassee.

Palm Bay City Councilman Tres Holton went up to Tallahassee the other day to lobby support for Representative Randy Fine’s Bill HB971.

More on the bill in a moment, but how do we know that Holton went to the State capital? He self-promoted told us, of course.

Fine’s bill is well intentioned but ultimately flawed. It is one of those bills that sounds great but in practice appears to be a disaster.

The bill seems so simple. In essence if you don’t have your trash picked up on a certain day and still haven’t had trash picked up four days later, you can’t be charged and if you have paid for the service in advance, you get a refund that is generated by the trash company or the municipality if they have their own trash services.

The same applies to telecommunication and audio / video services. If your service goes off for 24 hours or more through no fault of your own, you get a refund or you are not billed on a pro-rated basis for the time missed.

Yay!! More money for the common man who just wants their trash picked up and the ability to watch TV!!

But will it work out that way?

We don’t think so.

Let’s examine the services and impact separately.

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