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 !

Apr 22, 2013

US CONGRESS ! Nothing to do with us ?

Congress , that US Institution , that governs the lives of 300+ Million Americans , totally ignored it's purpose last week ! Since December and the " Sandy Hook " Massacre , the bulk of the US Population have sought change in the " GUN CONTROL LAWS "! Even the President of the USA has expressed a desire to see a change . He has bent over backwards to develope " Consensus " , you know , Inclusion , give Members of ALL persuasions in Congress , a say in how the Laws ,  will be framed so that a " WIN WIN " situation is achieved !

Last week we had the " Boston Marathon  Massacre " , guess which body of People , decided that it had nothing to do with their decision , to ignore the needs of the US Population and GUN CONTROL Issues ?


When the President went into the Boston Cathedral , last week , many of these same people , scrambled to be there , seems they fell asleep or were deaf to the messages delivered by several of the " Clergy "? There was a message from " His Holiness Pope Francis " , read by Cardinal Sean , found here in his blog :

Highlights from this post ,  for me , included :

  "  Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has asked me to communicate to you his sentiments of love and support. The Holy Father invokes God’s peace upon our dead, consolation upon the suffering and God’s strength upon all those engaged in the continuing work of relief and response. The Holy Father prays that we will be united in the resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations to come."

From Cardinal Sean :

  "  We saw that when summoned by great events we can be remarkably committed to the well-being of others, even total strangers. We become a stronger people, a more courageous people, and a more noble people. The police, emergency workers and even bystanders and passers-by did not hesitate to put themselves in harm’s way to help the injured and the frightened."

MAY THEY ALL REST IN PEACE !    We shall remember them ! 3 Bystanders and a Police Officer , lost  to their Family & Friends due to the thoughtless actions of some gang of renegades .

So we have Americans in Boston , last Monday , from ALL Walks of life , rushing into Harms Way , yet , that secret society , of over fed , over paid and over protected Members of Congress  TOTALLY IGNORED their responsibility to " Protect and Serve their Constituents "! So i have the wording wrong ? I am not an American Citizen , yet no matter where in the world you live , the laws of the US have an Impact .

Daily , US Media influences the lives of World Citizens in so many ways . CNN is amongst the most important avenues of News Reporting . Times i wish they would spend less time on " Self Promotion " , have you noticed they repeat their evening line up 2 & 3 times during an hour , occasionally working in the name of the sponsor for the various programmes . Aljazeera may mention the odd weekly show , such as the David Frost Report , thankfully i got to see the Paul Mac Cartney Story as a result . On the other hand , who wants reminders every 20 minutes about " Quest means Business "?

As Boston falls silent we see , Many Bystanders at the scene , standing , Flags at half Mast , Black  Ribbons being  tied .  The New York Stock Exchange at a standstill , The Senate , with members standing but House Officials sitting at their desks !
The Mayor of Boston on the Bomb Scene , sitting in a Wheelchair due to Injury , BUT Senate Officials SITTING ? Goes to show what they think of their responsibilities or their concerns towards their fellow Man ? Do they think that people watching the TV , will overlook their " Thoughtless & Insulting Behaviour "?

Many of those in Congress are beholden to the " NRA " ! Each 2 years , a third of the Senate and half the House , call cap in hand on the " NRA ",  for Election Funding !

Can you imagine any other country where the citizens are told , " The only way to protect their Children from "Bad Guys " with GUNS , is to have TEACHERS ( Good Guys ) with GUNS "! Sorry Folks , i am not knocking the citizens , i am having a Go at those in the Various Government Levels , from Borough through to State level that ALLOW this sort of Mindset !

Having read " BLACK SUNDAY " about a Stadium being attacked by a " blimp " AND Tom Clancy writing about CRASHING A 747 into the Capitol Building , over the years , it seems to me that these AUTHORS are responsible for " Brainwashing " their Readers . Guess how many languages ,in which these books have been printed ? Arabic , comes to mind as well as Spanish and French .

With " Shootem up Video Games " , where killing the " Bad Guys " to build the highest score , is the prime objective , it is little wonder that youngsters that spend their time in the house , alone most often , gain a scewed vision of the value of " Human Life "?

As a retired person that spends time on the internet when weather is inclement and out cycling and other sport where possible , i wonder why YOUTH , cannot return to useful pursuits ?

As mentioned earlier , i commented to Cardinal Sean's Blog , here it is :

  " Thankyou for your Inspiring words of Late and also for relaying the message of " His Holiness Pope Francis "!

Many in the congregation , last week , need to examine their consciences , since they were part of the " House of Evil , commonly known as Congress . I say this because , since the " Newtown Massacre " , there have been nearly 4000 lives lost through the " American ( Guns DON'T Kill ) Dream ", and those in the Congress excuse themselves , perhaps absolve themselves from the responsibility , to provide the LAWS that would REDUCE the Carnage ! Even the Best , most rigourous Laws will not prevent the Evil of Murder & Mayhem , that reigns supreme in the USA !

Whilst President Obama voices his wishes , those in the thrall of the NRA , subservient to their " Funding Pool " , act like whipped dogs slavering for the next allocation of liberal funds for their next " re-election campaign ".

Jon Stewart , the TV Comic , recently lampooned a member of Congress on his TV Show ! Fact is most people , throughout the civilised world , think the US Congress is a JOKE !  Even Italy with it's current lack of Government , since the last Elections , is not causing their Citizens to be denied " Funding " NOR run the risk of being mowed down in another Bombing OR Gun Outrage !

Those that control the NRA , will face their Maker on the Day of Judgement , but between times too many honest US Citizens , will  become Statistics , whilst Members of Congress worship the "2nd Amendment " and the handouts of the NRA !

Forgive me for quoting back your words , words most of Congress CHOOSE TO IGNORE :

 "  We do not want to risk losing the legacy of those first patriots who were willing to lay down their lives for the common good. We must overcome the culture of death by promoting a culture of life, a profound respect for each and every human being made in the image and likeness of God, and we must cultivate a desire to give our lives in the service of others.

Often in the Gospels, we can see the contrast between the crowd and the community. The crowd is made up of self-absorbed individuals, each one focused on his or her own interests in competition with the conflicting projects of others. A community is where people come to value each other, and find their own identity in being part of something bigger than themselves, working together for the common good."

My blog counts for nothing , but your BLOG and your Voice CAN see that Members of Congress are SHAMED by their electorate into acting ! Those lost at " Sandy Hook " , at the Boston Marathon , Columbine and so many otherMassacres and even in today's Shootings , DESERVE THEIR VOTE TO COUNT !

This comment will be found on my blog , where i will also address a letter to the Members of CONGRESS , albeit that their secretarial staff will ignore my concerns ."

I have yet to draft that letter , which will find it's way here .

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