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Friday is here once more and it’s time to think about a little R&R over the weekend. If you’re in the Midwest and impacted by the floods my prayers and thoughts are with you. If you’re reading this, I know that it’s been rough but you’re alive and kicking and that’s a wonderful thing. Remember these words, credited to French Statesman Charles Alexandre de Calonne ,”the difficult we do immediately; the impossible takes a little longer.” You can recover and rebuild, hang tough.

Many of you are feeling stressed out and possibly thinking about seeing a therapist, I can absolutely understand that, but you’ll be much better off getting together with family and friends to have a shoot the shit. What is a shoot the shit say you?

A shoot the shit is a social interaction where participants don’t need to know a thing about the subject or subjects being discussed. Participants are free to make unsupported statements, use uncensored profanity, insult anyone you wish or change the subject altogether. It’s exactly like a Democratic Party caucus. A shoot the shit also does not require you to pay $150 per hour to some jackass who studied psychology so they could understand themselves.

Lastly, give social media a rest. Your floods are not an indication that the world is coming to an end in 12 yrs. They’re an indication that your levies and flood water systems are archaic and crumbling. Ten years will come and go, and you and your family will be fine.

However, if you can’t organize your own shoot the shit, I invite you to join mine so let’s get started.

A week ago today, the were two consecutive domestic terror shootings at the Al Noor Mosque followed by another attack at the Linwood Islamic Center. in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was a fatal event for 50 innocent people doing nothing more than participating in Friday prayers. It was a tragic event and I hope you’ve all extend condolences to New Zealanders. In the attack, the perpetrator used a semiautomatic rifle, but no further specific weapon related details have been released by authorities. Yet, in six short days, the attack resulted in a countrywide weapons ban and mandatory buyback. New Zealand authorities estimate that 250,000 citizens will be impacted and approximately 1.5 million firearms will be involved.

Here’s what the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has to say about gun violence in New Zealand: “The use of weapons in crimes remains an infrequent occurrence throughout New Zealand, and arrests for weapons-related offenses continue to decline.” Based on that disclosure, the only conclusion that can reasonably be reached is that gun violence in New Zealand, given its 1.5 million semiautomatic weapons, is not an the issue. So, this ban is either an over reaction to a tragedy or an opportunity to advance a political agenda.

After 9/11 the security landscape completely changed. Intelligence sources, CIA, NSA, FBI, Interpol, as well as foreign national agencies, tell us that Islamic and domestic terror threats are now a fact of life. We also know that these individuals have made and continue to make extensive use of social media – who in my opinion is not doing nearly enough to prevent the spread of their poison – to sow hatred and gain attention and admiration. These individuals do not attack military installations, they attack soft targets like schools, malls, hotel lobbies, tourist areas and places of prayer. The greater the damage, the more publicity, the better.

Globally, the United States included, and for reasons that escape me, governments have done an extremely poor job of identifying soft targets and developing a security protocol to deter these attacks. A single police officer outside the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center would have prevented this tragedy. Governments are failing and New Zealand does not need a weapons band, they need to get a handle on social media and develop security protocols that protect soft targets. An initiative that can be effectively accomplished in a number of ways without a weapons ban. Criminals, and in the Asia Pacific, China are the only ones that benefit from a weapons ban.

Ok enough of a serious topic and one to a little fun…

I’m going to close out this shoot the shit with a recommendation. Make it a point to watch the film “The Brothers Grimsby.” The movie was released in 2016 and if laughter cures all things this will set you free. The official trailer is below followed by a compilation of some of the best scenes, enjoy!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the Spring weather. Be safe and try to spend some time with your buds and family.

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