Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

What a Dysfunctional Household

While it too is dysfunctional, I was prepared to go on a rant about the current situation with Congress having to pass yet another continuing resolution to keep the government funded. All because the Democratic Party controlled Senate refuses to pass a budget. They haven’t done their responsibility in over 2 ½ years so far as the budget is concerned. Their latest one was to pass one good for two months so that they could go home for the holidays.

However, another story surfaced today that shows an even more dysfunctional “house.” This story comes from Taylorsville, Utah. (Hey….that’s the state that Harry Reid, the dysfunctional Senate leader is from.) Oops. Got side tracked there.

It all boils down to a man shooting at a mouse with a 9mm handgun, hitting one of his roommates, who is in the bathroom, and when the cops come to investigate the accidental shooting, they end up arresting the THIRD roommate for rape.

Hey, would you believe that alcohol was involved?

But, I’ll let you read the story for yourself and provide a link to the original story.

Man Shoots at Mouse, Hits Roommate; Another Roommate Arrested for Rape

By Pat Reavy

December 21st, 2011


TAYLORSVILLE — A 34-year-old man has been arrested for investigation of multiple counts of sex abuse against a 13-year-old girl.

The four-month relationship was discovered after a bizarre incident at the man's house in which one of his housemates was shot by a third housemate who was reportedly trying to shoot a mouse in his kitchen with a 9mm handgun, according to investigators.

Paul Daniel Kunzler was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of two counts of rape of a child, three counts of sodomy of a child and three counts of sexual abuse of a child.

The string of events began to unfold about 2 a.m. Tuesday when police were called to a house, 2584 W. Brucemont Dr. (5450 South), on a report of an accidental shooting. Officers arrived to discover that a man who was in the bathroom had accidentally been shot in the chest by his 27-year-old housemate who was shooting at a mouse in the kitchen with a handgun, said Taylorsville Police Sgt. Tracy Wyant.

The bullet went through a wall and struck the 28-year- old man while he was in the bathroom.

"After the gun was fired, both the roommate and Paul heard a scream," Wyant said.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. He was later upgraded to stable condition. Alcohol was involved in the incident, Wyant said.

During an ensuing search of the house, officers found a 13-year-old girl hiding in a basement closet, Wyant said. The girl told police she had sneaked out of her house without her father's knowledge to see Kunzler, according to a jail report.

After further questioning, investigators learned Kunzler and the 13-year-old had been having a relationship for four months. The two had met through a common friend, Wyant said.

It was not known Wednesday whether any of Kunzler's three housemates were aware of the relationship.


As an afterthought, that last statement of the story seems to indicate that maybe there was yet another “housemate” somewhere? If there was another roommate, do you suppose he was out trying to get more liquor?


1 comment:

  1. OK. In all honesty and to reduce any possible insult to the citizens of Utah, Harry Reid is NOT a Senator from that state. Harry is from Nevada. What with the horrendous unemployment in that state, with Reid as the Senate Majority Leader, that is a whole different story.


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