Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty teeth.

First Inaugural Address of George Washington...April 30, 1789

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Abraham Lincoln said:

"In this age, and in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it nothing can suceed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions."

James Madison Declared

The adversaries of the Constitution seem to have lost sight of the PEOPLE altogether in their reasonings on this subject; and to have viewed these different establishments not only as mutual rivals and enemies, but as uncontrolled by any common superior in their efforts to usurp the authorities of each other. These gentlemen must be reminded of their error. They must be told that the ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, wherever the derivative may be found, RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE ALONE. (Federalist Papers, No. 46, p.294; emphasis added.)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Another Woodstock IL

Will it ever end? Sgt. Gorski, almost 20 year veteran of the Woodstock PD, who was unanimously vindicated by the Woodstock Board of Fire and Police Commissioners almost a year ago of a complaint brought against him by Robert W. Lowen Jr., the current Chief of the Woodstock PD. Sgt. Gorski has been found guilty of nothing and has had absolutely no disciplinary action recommended by the Woodstock Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Yet for the last year he has been punished by the City of Woodstock for being found vindicated by its own Board of Fire and Police Commissioners buy not paying him his back pay with statutory interest as demanded by the State statute. Likewise when he tried to go back to light duties as recommended by his spine surgeon he was told sorry we've got nothing for you, have a nice day. Now understand this, he is still a sworn police officer, an employee of the City of Woodstock, vindicated by the Board but they have decided unilaterally not to pay him even though he is still technically an employee with the city; you try to figure that one out if you can.

Could you have a nice day knowing that there is no income to support your family which includes three young daughters? I don't think so.

Today he was told that the Hearing in Judge McIntyre's Court was continued and will not take place tomorrow. He does not know why as of yet or who asked for it. I am looking forward to the reason for the continuance. I hope its not going to result in another several months of no pay or back pay for being found vindicated by Woodstock's own Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. Imagine that: being punished because you have been found innocent. Must be a new legal concept being allegedly promulgated by the City of Woodstock against its long term employees or could it be allegedly something more personal between Lowen and Sgt. Gorski that the city does not want aired in the arena of public opinion and its citizens' good judgement.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Poll Results..Governments truth and trust

Some time ago I conducted a poll on my blog. The question was "Do you trust the truthfulness and integrity of your local and national government?" I was surprised by the result; 100% of the responses were NO TO BOTH. This is a sad time in our national history when the "people" no longer have faith and trust in their elected officials. Will this despair eventually lead to the end of this great country because of the loss of trust by the people in their elected probably will until the people stop electing politicians and elect leaders who do what is right for the country and not for themselves or the particular party they belong to.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 awesome teacher

The article "Docs in training", Voice of the People, Dec. 8, 08, Tribune brings back similiar but different memories of the heady days of the late 1960s when the U.S. was embroiled in a brutal war that killed as many Americans that now fill the "Wall" in Washington D.C. and many more "Walls" that will never be built with the names of Americans that were wounded physically and psychologically. How many of these Americans are now dead due to injuries directly related to that war only God really knows.

Within the blurr of a few days I went from the relatively stable life of an intern at Connemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown PA (the hospital built by donations from around the world after the Johnstown Flood)to the entirely different world of a Naval Medical Officer and first year resident in orthopaedic surgery at the Naval Hospital in south Philadelphia PA. Along with me on this turbulent odyssey came my wife Kristina and our two very young sons, Steven and Michael.

I did not know what to expect on the first day I reported for duty to the Chief of Orthopaedics, Captain Joseph Cremona. Well my fellow first year resident, Tom Lang and I found out fast that first day. We were not only involved in being first assistants in doing surgery but actually doing some of the surgery when our staff orthopaedic surgeon mentors felt we were ready. To say the least we had to learn and do things quickly because we were constantly (daily) getting wounded naval and marine personell air evacted from Viet Nam or Japan to Fort Dix New Jersey and then transported via bus ambulances to the naval hospital. At the high point of the war we had over 1200 orthopaedic patients in the hospital.

My first responsibility was the care and treatment of almost 300 amputee patients. I learned quickly from the staff ortho surgeons, my more senior residents and especially from the savy senior nurses and corpmen who would "suggest" certain things might be considered in a particular patient. Ego was not an option that either I or my patients could afford. I learned and did it quickly all along improving my skills in diagnosis, treatment and surgical technique. The residents of which there were only two in eacy year would rotate through the various types of othopaedic practices which we were required to be trained in by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery over the four years we trained. We had to pass tests after our second and fourth years sucessfully in order to complete our residencies successfully. Along with this our personal fitness reports from our staff surgeons had to be satisfactory.We had duty schedules, weekend schedules, night schedules and every other kind you can think of but we as a group, including the staff orthopedic surgeons never thought of it as a burden. We would work as many hours or days until the work was done and all were seen and treated. We would look around and see all these young self-sacrificing Americans, 18, 19 and 20 year olds and the occasional one in his 20s that the younger marines and naval personell would call "pop" and in some fashion feel it an honor and priviledge to have worn the same uniform and helped restore their broken bodies and lives to the best of our ability....I still feel the same to this very day and make it a practice to salute every military person in uniform I may come into contact with too this very day.