PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Jan 9, 2013


Vice President Joe Biden , was shown on CNN , today , as he had called a press opportunity , to remind the US Population , that Barack Obama was working towards changing the GUN PROBLEM ! During the Press call , he outlined the determination , that President Barack Obama has to make changes . Not only was the V.P. seeking to achieve consensus through meeting both sides of the " Gun Control Debate ", he made it clear , that if Legislation would not be effective , President Barack Obama would initiate change by the use of " Executive Orders "!

About the 19th December , i posted in " SkippyBlogging " the post "Mr President , YOU'VE BLOWN IT !"
In that post i reminded people that a President , had the weapon of " Executive Orders " , to get legislation done , that Congress would not get done for a variety of reasons . Frankly i am disappointed that this weapon was not used , at that time . The Public would have applauded this action .

As i write this post , Christiane Amanpour of CNN , is discussing " Gun Control "! She stated that since the " Sandy Hook Outrage , 643 people have lost their lives , as of today ! Last night , Anderson Cooper on CNN's 360 show , that number was revealed as 588 . The daily Death average is reported as 34 Deaths ! Can anyone accept this as reasonable ? Jon Stewart the comedian , was shown doing an impersonation of the NRA Spokesperson , Lapierre , Hilarious ! That NRA initiative , of arming the Teachers and training them , to use fire arms , in the proximity of Children , is nothing short of laughable !

Piers Morgan continues to provide a platform for each side of the " Gun Control Debate " to issue their version of the 2nd Amendment . Being shouted down by the passionate ( read " off their brain ) gun owners , even challenged to a boxing match in recent days ! the only problem i have with this show , is that i generally find it on in the middle of the night , due to broken sleep some nights . If the subject was not so serious , i would think it was a comedy show , similar to the Jay Leno Show .

During this program , Jerrimiah Healy , Mayor of Jersey City , revealed the success of their 4th " Buy Back Campaign " , last weekend . Local Citizens contributed the funds required to finance this initiative and the photos of the weapons , turned in , demonstrated their good sense . Whatever use can a member of the public , put a semi auto rifle to ?

Discussed also , were the various " loopholes " that Gun Shows create . You can take a Gun to a Swap Meet , find a buyer , take the cash and then walk off , not knowing that the weapon will be used in a massacre or a Criminal enterprise ? There is no need for any paperwork currently ?  When a person goes to a shop , they are confronted with a variety of regulations . Each State lays out a different formula , that the vendor has to comply with , as they sell their products .

The New York State Governor has revealed a cataloge of changes in " Gun Control Measures that he wants the State to Adopt .Some advocates state that they want to see Humans allowed the " Same Rights that are afforded Deer and Game in their Legislation . A great pity that months after the Sandy Hurricane , there are so many , in New York State , awaiting assistance to rebuilding their Homes . Shelter and electric power is a Daily necessity and if the State are unable to deliver these essentials , how much more difficult will it be to Upgrade Gun Control Legislation ?

So many people are aware that , there is a register of THOSE NOT ALLOWED to own weapons , under the control of the FBI ! In any other Civilised Country , the " Weapons Register " contains the details of ALL WEAPONS , perhaps also the quantity of AMMO ! Many countries even require the weapon holder , to pay a licence fee , varying fees relating to the type of weapon . Yes , creating the register , will take a lot of money and TIME , but there are National Guard Units throughout the country , if not other Community associations that can help take up the information to be introduced to the NATIONAL REGISTER !

Need i remind readers that there was a time when " Black Citizens were counted as 2/3rd person , that amendment was replaced ! This is the 21st Century and has it become so HARD that the 2nd Amendment cannot be replaced by an Amendment , MORE SUITED , to the needs of US Citizens ikn the 21st century ? YES , hunting is a Great Sport that should be encouraged , BUT ; is it sporting to take a semi auto rifle to gun down Deer or other Wildlife ?  Would you when arroused in your home , by movement downstairs , take an assault weapon to investigate ? Your wife would be really impressed with the destruction wrought , when you have an accidently discharge , destroying the decor , if not injuring or maiming the victim of the decision to open fire ?

One thought that i cannot seem to find anywhere , is WHO is responsible for the Expenses caused when a " Thug/ Mentally Disturbed Person shoots up the neighbourhood or Kills People ? Some States have requirements to " Control the Storage " of weapons but do they require Insurance for the damage done by these weapons ? Vehicles have to have Insurance before they can enter the traffic , perhaps " Road Tax " , as they do in the United Kingdom ?  When a Car is Sold by a Car Retailer , i feel sure they check that the documentation is in order ? Can you imagine a Car Dealer , letting you drive off , without paying ? Some perhaps care little for anything other than the cash , but i am sure most Dealerships would ensure that the " Road Tax and Insurance was in order , if only to prevent their complicity to an accident ?

We all know that Guns can be bought at " Gun Shows " , so why can't it be required that a purchaser , be required to produce the Insurance Papers as well as the Appropriate Gun License , before they complete the Purchase ? YES , we now have a way to ensure that the person , is a known quantity , not a " Felon " or someone that is on the " Register of those Barred from Owning a Weapon "! Could it be that these simple steps are too difficult for the Various States to implement ?

With Unemployment being what it is in the USA , i feel certain that many people , could be found work in creating the necessary additions , to State Administration Bureaus ? In registering for Gun Licenses at present , people are happy to pay the necessary fees . Could it not be possible , to levy fees , based on the Type , Calibre and size of the Magazines of a Weapon ? The user pays principle would apply , so States would now have the additional income , to meet the cost of the resources , needed to implement these procedures ? Whether the State has an Insurance Company or it is Private Enterprise , there would be " Discounts " offered to Gun Holders , who provide , the appropriate " Safe Storage " , for their weapons . An inspection of the " Storage " would mean time and effort by two separate Authorities to ensure people do not circumvent the legislative requirements !

Vice President Joe Biden appears to be the Comsumate Politician , brokering his influence with ALL sides of the Debate but ENOUGH is ENOUGH !

President Barack Obama needs to issue the EXECUTIVE ORDERS , get the job done , get GUN CONTROL Measures in place !

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