20121012

12OCT12 It happened again...


Yup, just like Alaska, only it happened MUCH faster here in Nebraska.  It all started when I had to get a permission slip from the Sheriff to purchase firearms...  I questioned "Why, its the same questions on this form as the BATFE 4473 National Instant Check System (NICS) background check?"

Luckily, I'm not in Omaha City Limits.  If I was I'd need to not only have the Sheriffs permission to purchase, I'd have to Register my pistols with the City and ask for the Mayor's permission to have them in my home.

It makes me quite sick...

20120927

States That End in 'aska Part II

After the travels, I was in for some culture shock. Obviously, first thing was the traffic that a city of over 600,000 people can contain. Sure, its not big to some folks... But hey, the entire borough I lived in only contained 90,000 people (and Alaska had under 700,000 last census); I've been out of the traffic situation for over eight years! I will be spending lots of time developing a comfort zone where people weave in and out of four lanes of Interstate (I-680 and I-80) less than three feet from my front and rear bumpers!

However, that was the least shocking part...

...What angers me most about the area, specifically within Omaha City Limits, is the registration requirements and micro managing of your life that goes on. First and foremost in my mind is the requirement of the City to register all pistols in your possession and that you purchase in city limits. This requires a Purchase Permit from the Douglas County Sheriffs Office ($5, fill out what equates to a BATFE 4473, get a background check and then they hand you the card, see http://www.omahasheriff.org/services/gun-permits ), then you have permission to look at and purchase pistols. However, when you decide on one, you are then required to to go to the Omaha Police Department, fill out another form, and register it with them paying yet another few dollars ($15, see http://opd.ci.omaha.ne.us/services/citizen-services/handgun-registration ). You can however bypass most of this by NOT living in Omaha and getting a Concealed Carry Permit (something I intend to do VERY SOON). Oh and even if you get a CCW, just watch out for all the No Guns Allowed (just come in and rob us) Signs around town. I intend to NOT give ANY of them my business and encourage others to do the same.

Then we get into pets... Pets in Omaha must be registered not through the City like most other cities (to include the capital Lincoln), but through the vehemently anti-hunting and pro-PETA Humane Society, albeit a local chapter (unless of course, local Humane Society chapters have nothing to do with the National organization of the same name... I could be wrong, but the connection is too strong...). While I am all for outsourcing certain functions to save taxpayer dollars, I think its ridiculous in this regard as the Humane Society has become a city government agency instead of a non-governmental agency...

...more on this later, as it has a huge impact on my family as my wife is a Veterinarian and has some rather strong opinions about this organization and the influence they wield in the policy realm that has a direct impact on her and her profession. Needless to say, Humane Society favors Animal Rights over Animal Welfare; meaning that they think your dog has rights just as you do. Wonderful isn't it... Never mind that the majority of the members of the American Veterinary Health Association are in opposition to this animistic spirituality that the Humane Society, PETA, and other pseudo-science groups tout (to include President Obama's Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein). There is a significant difference between Animal Welfare and Animal Rights, and that's going to have to be a blog in and of itself someday.


20120926

States That End in 'aska Part I

I began my journey from North Pole Alaska to Omaha Nebraska on 05SEP2012. Obviously for any move, especially a cross continent move, preparation began months in advance (really about July 2011...). However, that day was when I had everything prepped and loaded into my 2001 Jeep Cherokee ready to hit the road.

My route was planned to take me from North Pole Alaska all the way to Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory of Canada on Day 1. Beyond that I was flexible. I knew that the line I had drawn along the various highways would require some modifications as the atlas I was using wasn't that greatly detailed on where each highway would lead, especially once I was off the Alaska Highway and started taking the Cassier, Caribou, and Yellowhead Highways in Canada. I had driven along the Alaska Highway in 2004 when I first came to Alaska and had some idea of what to expect, especially east of Tok and south all the way across the border until Destruction Bay; narrow, bumpy, and dangerous two lane roads!

What I didn't expect fully was the scenery in eastern Alaska along the ALCAN highway enroute through and beyond Tok. In 2004 when I first drove into Alaska it was smokey with less than ¼ mile visibility due to some massive forest fires in the area (1,000,000 acres burned); driving out in 2012 I has well over 20 miles of visibility and the mountains were gorgeous. What a way to leave with a grand finale of scenery.

I ended Day 1 in the capital of the Yukon Territory, Whitehorse. I rolled in at about 2 AM and spent until about 3:30 trying to find a hotel room that allowed for my pet as well as having vacancy! Lesson was learned, but didn't really sink in, to find a room earlier in the travel day...

Day 2 began after 9 AM with a walk around the block to get the dog ready for the days drive. My goal was to be out of the Yukon Territory by noon... A goal somewhat achieved, however the trip toward Watson Lake and the junction where the Cassier Highway meets the Alaska Highway dips into British Columbia and back into Yukon... Technically I achieved the goal of leaving the Yukon before noon, if you don't count the curve back into the Yukon... Around 2 PM I cut south on the Cassier Highway and entered the Province of British Columbia for the remainder of my journey through Canada. The first section of road from the junction all the way to the village of Dease Lake was devoid of any centerlines or shoulder, and left me with the impression that I found the wrong road until I almost was run off the road by the first few semi trucks heading Northbound! After Dease Lake the road improved considerably. Should you find yourself on this road, plan for the worst section of it to be this portion. Further south, after going to Bell 2 (no kidding, thats the village name...) I saw more black bear than I could count after the dusk. Yes, more black bear than I could count. Should you need to take a break outside of any form of civilization... Remember, the bear safety rules “If its black fight back” if attacked. Outside of Kitseguecla is the Junction with the Yellowhead Highway, I ended Day 2 at about 1 AM in New Hazleton.

By Day 3 I was bound and determined to end in the United States! Easier said than done sadly... I followed the Yellowhead Highway into Prince George where I picked up the Cariboo Highway South all the way into Vancouver BC where I crossed the border. Just outside of Vancouver is where I found the only equivalent to the American Interstate in Canada... I ended Day 3 at about 2 AM in Lynden WA.

Once back stateside everything got easier with our Interstate system. Nothing terribly exciting beyond finally being able to go to a decent gun store again, and visiting with some friends along the way in Idaho and Wyoming. Honestly, those visits made the trip more fun for me, and made lodging and food arrangements so much easier for a couple nights! It was great to get civilized food for a couple meals!


20120828

28AUG12 Jumping TOC

Yup, I'm jumping my Tactical Operations Center.  Okay, not really, I'm just moving my home back to the Lower 48 after over eight years in Alaska.  Mostly for family reasons, but the price of fuel hasn't helped much either.

I'll probably rant more in the future, but that will change from Alaska based ranting to Nebraska based ranting; and mostly about the inevitable changes.

I have great fears about how I'm going to react to city driving once again, overly overbearing laws that govern every aspect of my life, and the taxes.  Lucky us, the cost of living is lower right?  Another thing I have to give up is service in a REAL Militia.  I sadly had to turn in my ID Card and be discharged from serving Alaska in March when I knew I was going to move.  Its what I'm going to miss most about Alaska, a real Militia maintained by the State (even if it seems dysfunctional at times).  That, and I will miss my Right to Carry without needing to ask the State permission.  That's right, I'm going to have to prove I'm a good guy first to carry concealed in Nebraska instead of being trusted until I screw up like I can here in Alaska.  To top it off, my head exploded when I found out its criminal to carry concealed with a permit in any place of worship.  I guess the idea that a place of worship could be shot up by someone who doesn't give a damn has escaped the minds of Nebraska's politicians.  Never mind recent events...

So, first trial is passing through Canada.  Then its on to adjust to life in the Lower 48 again.

20120416

16APR12 Doug TenNapel on YouServed!

Its going to be a great show tomorrow! YouServed (follow the link below, 9PM EST is when the show starts!) will have special guest Doug TenNapel creator of Earthworm Jim, Nickelodeon's Catscratch, and most recently the graphic novel Ratfist! Doug has created a unique Earthworm Jim Pinup he is auctioning off at the Dallas Comic-Con with the proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project (http://tennapel.tumblr.com/post/20033708711/detail-of-the-earthworm-jim-piece-to-be-auctioned)! 

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/youserved/2012/04/18/you-served-radio


20120413

13APR12 Insult MY Mother to while you are at it...

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/04/11/dem_adviser_ann_romney_hasnt_worked_a_day_in_her_life.html

Dear Hilary Rosen, 

Thank you for insulting my dear mother who stayed at home as a mom for about 15 years. Its wonderful to know that your party has declared war on women like my mother, in spite of Joe Biden's assertion that it is the Republicans who have declared war on women.

Just so you know, my mother went back to work and obtained a job as an executive assistant and earned as much as someone with decades of experience. Why? Well, she spent the time learning to type at home, and was quite used to the chaos that four kids (especially the antics of the two youngest, my little brother and myself) could bring to the table while she was on the phone. This translated into very real world experience that she brought to the office in the form of non-tangible life experience that a sheepskin from a university cannot impart. Her boss liked the work ethic, and attention to detail, as well as mulch-tasking she brought to the office from the house and ensured she was paid well for her position and her valued position as his executive assistant.

This is why my family is staunchly anti-Democrat. This is the crap that you fielded in the 1980's that turned my traditionally Democratic parents, and grandparents, into Republicans. When your party decided that 'stay at home' was merely repression and suppression of a woman's talent, and not a choice she makes, you alienated women like my mother, and my Memere (my mother's mom, its French Canadian...). Your anti-traditional crusade is well noted, and revealed every time you open your mouths and criticize the spouse and children of those running against your candidates. This was most noted in the 2008 Election with all your wonderful comments about my Governor Sarah Palin, and is coming out again with your comments about Mrs. Romney.

I'm not major Romney fan myself, after all his records regarding the 2nd Amendment as well as his positions on Abortion and Socialized Medicine are enough to convince me that I may very well not vote for him at this point (we'll see what happens when VP's are picked). However, going so low as to call Housewife, Homemaker, or Stay-At-Home not a real profession goes as low as the mocking of Former Governor Palin's mentally disabled child. 

However, seeing as how Democrats these days are prone to cult like hero worship based only upon Race, Gender, and Creed so long as they exist outside the 'traditional' norm... I doubt I'll be able to change anyone's mind as they are as clamped tight as that of the Phelps Klan in Topeka KS.

Signed, 

Former USAF TACP ROMAD with 2 tours in Iraq, a year in Korea, and darn near 7 years with the Army; and current STAY AT HOME DAD with a Career Veterinarian Wife ready to swap and be a STAY AT HOME MOM (when Dad uses the GI Bill and can get a better job...)

Michael "Sudsy" Sutherland

ps- Oh, and my Mom also is writing a book... I'll bet there will be something about her experiences with bigotry from Femi-Nazis like you during the 1990s and beyond who looked down her like dirt because she was a housewife who came into the office and outperformed them....

20120326

ASDF Service complete, MAR08 thru MAR12

From March 2008 until March 2012 I put my money where my mouth was by volunteering with the Alaska State Defense Force.

Sadly, I'm packing up my house right now and leaving the Great State of Alaska.

As far as the internal problems within ASDF, I'd likely have remained onboard and tried to help unscrew the mess much as I have remained with 3rd Battalion the entire time through the various issues that have popped up since 2008 when I enlisted in the first place.  I certainly hope that our Brigade cleans up some of the mess that remains, and gets a good Public Affairs Officer and starts letting the public know whats really going on.  It shouldn't take me moving away and posting on a blog for information that would have been critical to know about why problems existed in the first place to flow.   Some of which should have been public no matter how painful it might have been to the former officers involved.

Uniforms are changed back to BDU's, and we can thank a uniform board for this; largely due to a failure to consult NGR 10-4 when ACU's were picked up as a uniform years ago.  With most SDF units going to ACU through proper channels, its frustrating to the line and file, especially those of us who have worn the ACU on Active Duty and thats about all we really have left for uniforms, when proper channels weren't consulted and they are forced back to an un-supported uniform.

Honestly, I can't say all the changes are bad.  As rough as they are, I think the weeding out process has been good, and still needs to continue.  We have many good soldiers and NCOs and quite a few good officers who frankly need to be promoted when the chaff is finally removed.  Proper growth is indeed painful, but one thing I've found from my time in the active duty is also the motto of the USAF TACP School House:

"The Strong Shall Stand, and the Weak Will Fall by the Wayside"

I served with some incredible people in 3rd Battalion, and I'm glad to say one of the best is sitting at Brigade and kindly sat down and sent me a long email explaining exactly whats going on.  Honestly, for as angry as I was, I'm more embarrassed now, and frankly I'm really pissed at a lot of the 'old guard' senior leadership who were justly removed or plain old quit in a fit (more like tantrum).  

With the training opportunities coming up, and the involvement of our personnel in many of Alaska's various agencies as they're 'day jobs'; I look forward to looking at the news from Alaska and seeing my fellow soldiers out and about doing great things for Alaska, and in turn for the United States.

I certainly hope Alaska doesn't squander this valuable asset that just needs the right care and guidance, and needs the proper amount of acknowledgement as well.  

20120218

18FEB12 News and Skepticism


Gathering informations from various news sources.  Being skeptical, I did a quick Google Search because the first article I read was from a source that for whatever reason got my skepticism in full swing:

http://patriot-newswire.com/2012/02/killer-on-the-loose-grandpa-armed-with-baby-is-swat-veterans-seventh-kill/

Patriot Newswire paints the story of a victim of police brutality.  A 'victim' that the police had absolutely no reason to shoot what so ever because he had a baby in his arms; while the officer who engaged him has been involved in seven shootings now.  Largely, what concerns me about this first source is how they really build up the 'this guy was all about liberty' and part of the 'patriot movement' and so this is a government conspiracy to kill (coming just short of saying it was ordered by the Obama Administration).

Next, I found a local news source:

http://www.kpho.com/story/16937336/man-holding-baby-shot-killed-by-police

I won't say its much better.  It starts out with describing two loaded pistols found feet away (but not on the person) of the man killed.  Being that they weren't on his person, but 'a few feet away' is indeed concerning, especially since the closest one was stuffed in chair cushions in what sounds like out of sight.  By reading this article, we find that Loxas was out walking with his grandson when he got into an argument with neighbors and 'threatened them' with his pistol.  However, we don't know the nature of the argument, or if in fact because Loxas had his grandson in his arms if his 'brandishing' might have in fact been an act of self defense on his part (in which case, frankly he should have retreated and called the police himself to report the incident...  Should be interesting to see if that happened during the course of the investigation).  It is indeed a bit disturbing that they found a 'functional IED'.  Beyond describing Officer Peters as a 12 year veteran, we don't find out much else.  Almost objective, of course they seem focused on 'this guy had guns and explosives in his house'.  While the IED with black powder and ball bearings is a bit suspicious, we all have 'bomb making materials' in our homes (few of us realize it is all).

Then we have MSNBC:

http://usnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/16/10428255-grandpa-shooting-arizona-officer-has-five-previous-kills-under-his-belt

They go right into questioning the officer without going into the background of the suspect one bit.  I expect nothing less from them however...

Huffington Post/Associated Press report is similar, but at least provides a considerably longer background on Officer Peters and his 12 year career:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/police-officer-shoots-man-with-baby_n_1281450.html

So far, each of these in one form another offers us a skewed perspective.  So, its up to use to do our homework and figure it out.  Frankly, there are questions about both Loxas and Peters.  Over the last few years, I've seen some nut jobs come to the forefront of the 'patriot' movement (locally) and become extremely egotistical.  However at the same time, we've also seen agencies continue to employ much more brutal techniques and leave certain standards behind.  Officer Peters doesn't appear to have fought in GWOT where we have indeed seen suicide bombers use children as decoys, and based on past investigations and based on the quoted lawyer who has represented officers who've had to shoot to kill in the line of duty, his actions do warrant extreme scrutiny in light of the fact that the suspect killed had no weapons on his person and may have not had that pistol even within reach.

This certainly isn't a black and white case of another patriot being snuffed by the evil government, nor is it a clear case of a nut job threat being taken out after losing it.  It is however a case worth following.

20120216

16FEB12 UAV over ND Reply

Just got a reply back about my 12DEC11 inquiry to Representative Don Young's office regarding the use of an RQ-9 in North Dakota: http://trendnemesis.blogspot.com/2011/12/12dec11-uavs-and-local-sheriffs.html

Good news is that it wasn't a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act or USC Title 18.  Bad news is that US DHS isn't just using UAVs to guard the border, but also to monitor activity within the US.

Right off the bat, we do need to establish clear policy regarding the use of UAV's in the US by law enforcement.  Mainly, all the standards to protect our 4th Amendment rights that are applied to all other air frames (helicopters and plans equipped with Forward Looking Infra-Red sensors) are also observed with UAV's so equipped.  Not only should there be established LIMITS to the use of FLIR in regards to protecting private citizens from un-Warranted government intrusion, but also limits to the use of the radar systems used when observing private property.

We face a reality of increasing technological advances in aircraft technology.  That doesn't mean that new laws need to be on the books, as most of the laws on the books especially in the Bill of Rights apply no matter what the technology.  Just as the 1st Amendment applies to the Internet in spite of being written in the 18th Century, so to does the 4th Amendment apply to the use of FLIR and SAR (Signature Aperture Radar).  If anything needs to be written into the books, its policy that limits agencies from abusing the new technology.

Another concern that the greater use of UAVs (I firmly refuse to feed USAF Pilot ego by calling them Remotely Piloted Vehicles) is the air traffic aspect of using un-manned aircraft that limit the situational awareness of the operator.  In theater military airspace control procedures address this concern in a very good manner and simply keep aircraft out of blocks of airspace or altitudes in which UAVs are operating, or they use covert lighting (NVG detectable) devices so that specialized mission aircraft (USSOCOM, name your alphabet soup covert military and CIA unit of choice) don't run into them.  NVG detectable lighting is great, when most of the aircraft that might run into them have pilots with the right equipment.  This is not something acceptable in domestic airspace during peace time by any stretch of the imagination (unless of course they have it in for Civil Aviation).  Neither is blocking off large portions of airspace.  Dense urban areas that rely on "Flight for Life" helicopters, police helicopters (which might be replaced by UAVs), along with News helicopters (again, they might even be replaced by UAVs) are going to experience the worst airspace issues and have the highest probability of mid-air collision.

We already have crowded skies, and problems with aircraft coming far too close to each other with them manned.  Adding UAVs to the mix in a lot of areas outside guarding our borders is going to add to the problem and not solve a damn thing.

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20120214

14FEB2012 AK State HB 251, seriously flawed...

Normally I'm all for de-regulation of some practices...  However, in this case, I'm opposed to it.  While the AK State House Bill 251 has good intentions in regard to getting rural residents veterinary care at low to no monetary cost (gratis) it de-regulates so much so that the Veterinary Board of Examiners has no ability to act if a 'doctor' should do something that is far below the standard of care required of State Licensed Doctors of Veterinary Medicine.

http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/27/Bills/HB0251B.PDF

I encourage you to read the bill first before forming your own opinions obviously.

However, I want to also post Dr. Delker's letter from the Alaska State Veterinary Medical Association in opposition to the bill as it is now written.  First however, I'm going to post what I believe Dr. Delker's chief concern, and indeed what stood out as the most serious flaw in HB 251 that the letter he wrote points out:

Section 4- Complaints, Investigations, Hearings…  We do not believe it is proper or ethical to take away the right of a citizen to report misconduct by a professional.  Additionally, to provide an effective “statute of limitations” of 6 months is somewhat reprehensible.  In my practice experience (in another state), I had a client present me with an animal ~9 months after it had surgery elsewhere.  I performed a second surgery to correct the improperly performed first procedure.  Under this bill I would have no right or responsibility to report this to any board and the owner would have no recourse as their “6 month” window had expired.  Another scenario presented by this bill -- A “veterinarian” can come up from Mexico under the banner of “gratis medicine” and potentially cause harm to an animal.  As long as the owner/caretaker doesn’t complain--it’s ok.   Let us suppose the owner/caretaker is concerned.  When we are talking about a rural community, what are the chances this owner will have the resources and finances necessary to track down this professional and pursue litigation - even just weeks after he/she has gone?  Remember in this bill we have already stripped the Veterinary Examining board from any oversight.  We fail to see how this section of HB251 protects Alaskans. (emphasis mine)

There is indeed a purpose to some State Government agencies.  This is indeed one of the areas reserved to the States to regulate as they see fit.  Alaska established a Veterinary Board of Examiners for a good reason, and they serve to address grievances and establish a good Alaskan Standard of Care for our animals (for which they routinely draw fire from animal rights activists...).  They also act on behalf of the citizens to strip mal practicing Veterinarians of their licenses to practice in this state.  Many cases DON'T tie up the Civil and Criminal Court system as a result of agencies like this, as well as the actions of private institutions like the American Veterinary Medical Association and various professional liability insurance agencies that compensate owners and fine doctors (or remove a doctor and/or clinics accreditation and rating within their organization).  They also ensure that pharmaceuticals and medical equipment are kept to specific standards as well, without always going to the USDA and FDA to do so.

Honestly, I think with some serious revisions, this bill could be a better product and assit with providing rural Alaskans with better services without eliminating the oversight that provides them with redress without always having to file a civil lawsuit or seek criminal charges for fraudulent services.

February 10, 2012

Chairman Kurt Olson  
House Labor & Commerce Committee                                                                                                                            
Rm. 24, State Capitol                                                                                                                                          
Juneau, Alaska  99811

Dear Chairman Olson:

As licensed veterinarians and members of the AKVMA Executive Committee, we have been following HB251 as sponsored by Representative Dick.  Although we understand and support his effort to increase the availability of veterinary health care in rural/bush communities, we have some significant concerns with the bill as drafted.

The purpose of the Veterinary Board of Examiners is to protect the citizens of Alaska.  HB251 strips the Veterinary Examining Board of any oversight or recourse for certain individuals who want to practice gratis medicine in our state.  The bill also proposes to give equivalent rights and privileges to animal health care professionals who may originate in other countries where the
standard of training and health care is far below what we would consider acceptable anywhere in our state or country.  Furthermore, the bill removes the rights of citizens to report harmful activity to animals simply because they do not own them.

The intent of this bill is honorable – enhance veterinarian services in rural Alaska.  But, as written, this measure fails to protect the citizens and pets of Alaska adequately; lowering the standards of medical care not just in rural communities but statewide.  As veterinarians we understand  “field medicine” is not the same as that which can be undertaken in a clinic/hospital structure.
There is no statute that presently prohibits veterinarians from providing gratis veterinary care in Alaska.  These veterinarians are expected, however, to provide competent veterinary services, within a basic standard of care, to the best of their ability given the circumstances under which they provide them.  For example:  A veterinarian spaying an animal in Bethel is not expected to have a completely sterile operatory setting.  But he or she is expected to have as clean an environment as possible, with properly sanitized instruments, using appropriate anesthetics and pain management.  Under current statutes only a veterinarian performing grossly substandard medicine would be investigated by the Examining Board or prosecuted with criminal animal abuse statutes.

Some additional inherent concerns we see with HB251 are outlined below:

Section 1- Persons practicing without compensation… Persons licensed in the United States and most Canadian Provinces have graduated with an AVMA accredited degree.  A veterinary degree from another “country,” as proposed in the bill, is not necessarily equivalent to an AVMA accredited veterinary degree.  In fact there are vast differences in standards of teaching and care.  I
refer to an article from JAVMA that evaluated veterinary education in Mexico and other developing countries--“The accreditation system is poor or nonexistent in other developing nations. (JAVMA 2004) Just because an individual is licensed in another country, does not mean he or she is competent to practice medicine in our country, no matter what the cost.  Accepting a lower
standard of veterinary care in the bush, just because it is free, does not protect our rural residents.
In part (c) of this section there is reference to compensation.  We would all agree that “actual expenses incurred” should include costs of travel, lodging, and supplies.  But allowing all “other nonmonetary consideration” is a bit ambiguous and open to abuse.  Shouldn’t there be a clearer definition or limits on nonmonetary compensation?   Present regulations do not prohibit a veterinarian from receiving shelter, a warm bed, and complimentary meals.

Section 2-  Surrender and reinstatement of a license… We are somewhat ambivalent on this provision, but we don’t see the need for this section.  We are wondering what the intent or purpose of this section is?  Presently a veterinarian can surrender his or her license and leave the state with no questions asked.  If you plan to return to practice you simply continue to pay a nominal Biennial fee and the license will remain active (as long as you meet minimum CE requirements and are not under investigation or prosecution in another state).  In certain states (i.e. MN) you can pay a lesser fee for an “Inactive License.”    This license stipulates you are either absent the state or not practicing more than 2 weeks a year in the state.  This “inactive” status allows personal leave from the state while not requiring re-licensure upon return.  Again this process assumes you have maintained minimum CE requirements upon reactivation.  If this scenario is the intent of the section above, we would recommend the collaboration with Veterinary Examining Board for recommendations.


Section 3-  (7)(A) Professional incompetence… We believe the proposed language is vague and dangerous.  Allowing any veterinarian to practice “unconventional” and “experimental” medicine without any liability would be reckless.  What if the “unconventional medicine” does not immediately harm a pet but places a family member in danger?  Suppose a veterinarian uses an
unlicensed homeopathic rabies vaccine that he or she believes to be effective against the rabies virus.   The pet was not harmed by the vaccine, but this scenario would place the pet and family at risk by allowing “experimental” medicine.  Further, who or what defines “unconventional or experimental,”?  There is  significant risk for abuse due to this section; a veterinarian could cite this section as an excuse for negligent or improper medicine.  We believe all practitioners, whether providing paid or free services, should have to provide care within a minimum safe standard, regardless of where they practice in the state.


Section 4- Complaints, Investigations, Hearings…  We do not believe it is proper or ethical to take away the right of a citizen to report misconduct by a professional.  Additionally, to provide an effective “statute of limitations” of 6 months is somewhat reprehensible.  In my practice experience (in another state), I had a client present me with an animal ~9 months after it had surgery elsewhere.
I performed a second surgery to correct the improperly performed first procedure.  Under this bill I would have no right or responsibility to report this to any board and the owner would have no recourse as their “6 month” window had expired.  Another scenario presented by this bill -- A “veterinarian” can come up from Mexico under the banner of “gratis medicine” and potentially cause harm to an animal.  As long as the owner/caretaker doesn’t complain--it’s ok.   Let us suppose the owner/caretaker is concerned.  When we are talking about a rural community, what are the chances this owner will have the resources and finances necessary to track down this professional and pursue litigation - even just weeks after he/she has gone?  Remember in this bill we have already stripped the Veterinary Examining board from any oversight.  We fail to see how this section of HB251 protects Alaskans.

We truly applaud Rep. Dick for attempting to increase access to veterinary care in rural /bush communities.  We don’t know of any veterinarian in the state who would complain about or argue with someone willing to go into these rural communities and provide needed care.  But the care provided needs to meet basic standards and not harm those being helped.  HB251, as written, does not
protect the constituents in rural communities from substandard care.  We support the intent of this bill but cannot endorse it as written.

We agree to support legislation that improves access to proper veterinary care without lowering the standards of healthcare in the state.

Regards,
Dr.  Jim Delker
Alaska Veterinary Medical Association Executive Committee

20120104

04JAN12 Book Review


Book:  STARSHIP TROOPERS
A great explanation of why Citizenship and the Voting Franchise shouldn't be handed out just for having a pulse and being born in your home country...  After all, TANSTAFL!  Of course, you need to read the short story 'Who are the Heirs of Patrick Henry?' (more specifically the Afterward) from EXPANDED UNIVERSE afterword and you'll get it....  Ah what the heck, here are the main points I love bout the Afterward (In Heinlein’s own words) :
"The criticisms are usually based on a failure to understand simple indicative English sentences, couched in simple words-especially when the critics are professors of English, as they often are."
"Their failures to understand English are usually these:
"Veteran" does not mean in English dictionaries or in this novel solely a person who has served in military forces.  I concede that in the commonest usage today it means a war veteran...  but no one hesitates to speak of a veteran fireman or a veteran school teacher.  In STARSHIP TROOPERS it is stated flatly and more than once that nineteen out of twenty veterans are not military veterans.  Instead 95% of voters are what we call today "former members of federal civil service."
He/she an resign at any time other than during combat- i.e., 100% of the time for 19 out of 20; 99% of the time for those in the military branches of Federal service.

There is no conscription.

Criticism: “The government in STARSHIP TROOPERS is militaristic.” “Militaristic” is the adjective for the noun “militarism,” a word of several definitions but not one of the them that can be correctly applied to the government described in this novel. No military or civil servant can vote or hold office until after he is discharged and is again a civilian. The military tend to be despised by most civilians and this is made explicit. A career military man is most unlikely to hold office; hes is more likely to be dead- and if he does live through it, he'll vote for the first time at 40 or older.”

He goes on to explain beautifully about how its a tribute to the PBI, the Poor Bloody Infantry.

Finally, the last point he makes is indeed perfect:

“I think I know what offends most of my critics the most about STARSHIP TROOPERS: It is the dismaying idea that a voice in governing the state should be earned instead of being handed to anyone who is 18 years old and has a body temperature near 37°C.

But there ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

Democracies usually collapse not long after the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses... for a while. Either read history or watch the daily papers; it is happening here. Let's stipulate for discustion that some stabilizing qualification is needed (in addition to the body being warm) for a voter to vote responsibly with proper consideration for the future of his children and grandchildren- and yours. The Founding Fathers never intended to extend the franchise to everyone; their debates and early laws show it. A man had to be a stable figure in the community through woning land or employing others or engaged in a journeyman trad or something.”

Yet every time I bring this up I get accused of being Fascist or Nationalist to a fault... By the very same people trying to say that America is falling apart like Rome with bread and circuses. But then, most of the people who accuse me of this when I call in (on KFAR) never served a day in the military, much less any other public service and I suspect are more offended at the notion that their franchise would be threatened by such a system... Denying them the power they do truly for themselves seem to be seeking.

Honestly, I do indeed believe in a form of earned Citizenship as opposed to leaving it to just coming of age. Its a fact that it always leads to our present situation. STARSHIP TROOPERS was written in the 1950's and drew sharp criticism no only for presenting such a system, but also for the notion that Conscription in war or peace is a bad, and immoral idea. While Conscription has been replaced with an all volunteer military (with .45% of our population answering the call guarding 99.55% of the population...); we continue to allow people to vote just for breathing and being 18 while starting to declare the requirement to prove citizenship (in the face of having massive amounts of illegal aliens in our borders) un-Constitutional.

Personally, I like the idea of granting residency at 18 as opposed to automatic citizenship... After all, if you cannot serve the public truly, without being able to vote yourself more benefits as civil servant... An earned citizenship almost always produces more informed and involved citizens. Just ask anyone who spent 7 years EARNING their citizenship after coming here from abroad. I know that I never fully appreciated my Citizenship until I came back from Kuwait in 2002... I very nearly kissed and hugged the ICE Agent at Customs in Boston...   

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Sadly I have no picture of my Grandfather who passed away this morning, today, I remember two men who have died this day. 0005 EST 03JAN2012 Howard Sutherland, my grandfather passed away. My father was able to speak with him, and he left this world in peace. Keep my father and his sisters in your thoughts and prayers. This day, two years ago, we lost a brother ROMAD and JTAC SrA Bradley Smith. Please keep his Widow and daughter in your prayers.

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