Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:
I just now returned from our mess hall, where I breakfasted on the terrace.
Now, just THINK about that statement!
I "breakfasted on the terrace."
Doesn't that come across as sounding soooo Hollywood and ritzy?
Heh! Heh! Heh!
As I sat there relishing my ham and cheese omelet, with pan fried potatoes covered with creamed beef, I observed four (04) United States Air Force C-17 "Globemaster III" jet cargo aircraft, in formation, climbing into the sky, heading towards the Southeast over the Gulf of Mexico.
What was particularly noteworthy about it was that the formation of military aircraft was coming from the civilian airport here in Gulfport, Mississippi, and not from the nearby Keesler Air Force Base.
Maybe it was an invasion force of United States Army paratroopers being dropped into the very heart of Mexico?
Gosh, gee whillikers, I sure hope so!
We'll pillage and loot their country and stop their invasion of the United States of America.
Those planes were headed Southeast, which is away from Mexico.
So, who are we fixing to attack?
Today being Friday, the official United States Navy signal flags for, "T.G.I.F.", are being displayed on one arm of the ship's mast flagpole in front of the Armed Forces Retirement Home.
The other arm of the ship's mast flagpole displays the P.O.W./M.I.A. flag, while the main mast has our national colors at half-mast, in recognition of the passing of General John M. Shalishkavili, United States Army (Retired), and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
At a meeting yesterday afternoon, a fellow member of the National Rifle Association, while commenting on something, mentioned his "Second Amendment rights".
Folks, we do NOT have, and never have had, any so-called "Second Amendment right"!!!
Our individual rights as citizens are unalienable rights, which we inherited from our Almighty God the moment we were born into this mortality.
Our divinely inspired Constitution of the United States of America, and therefore, also Amendment II, exists ONLY to restrain our government from infringing on the unwritten individual rights of citizens.
Currently, residents of the Armed Forces Retirement Home are not permitted to have any sort of weapon in their possession, including firearms, pepper spray, stun guns, and folding knives.
Yes, every single one of these residents is a military retiree or disabled veteran, with no felony convictions, and many of them, after their military service, became peace officers.
A fellow resident of the Armed Forces Retirement Home privately asked me what he should do about his pistol, which he has for personal protection.
My advice to him was to never mention the weapon, never display the weapon, and to NEVER trust a fellow resident here at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, because some of those residents will betray their fellow resident.
I also pointed out to him that the laws of Mississippi regard his personal vehicle as being the same as his personal residence, and therefore, whenever he departs the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, he can legally carry firearms in his personal vehicle, loaded or unloaded, openly or concealed.
It's odd, but Mississippi does NOT allow anyone to openly wear a holstered pistol or revolver.
Judges in Mississippi have deemed a holstered firearm as a "partially concealed" weapon!
Can you BELIEVE that nonsense?
Law abiding Mississippi citizens are required to obtain a concealed weapons license and carry their firearm concealed from public view.
After residing here for one (01) year, a resident of Mississippi may apply for their concealed weapons license, and those who are over the age of sixty-five (65) years old pay a reduced fee.
Of course, when a law abiding citizen applies for, and/or obtains a concealed weapons license, that creates a potential problem, for the police and/or military forces then know where to go if they ever decide to attempt to disarm the populace, such as was illegally done in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
John Robert Mallernee