Monthly Archives: December 2015

Medical DPOA

Medical DPOA

What is a medical DPOA and who needs one.

A medical DPOA [durable power of attorney] [we will include a ‘living will’ in this discussion as they do kinda similar things and you need both topics addressed] is a legal document which assigns the ability to make medical decisions for you to someone else typically a family member or close friend. Normally a medical DPOA does not kick in until or unless you are incapacitated. Examples of being incapacitated would include if you are unconscious or if you are declared incompetent. To be declared incompetent typically requires the court system to be involved. There could be other conditions which would activate the medical DPOA, as an example of that could be if the medication that you have consumed would reasonably impair your judgement [something that if you were driving could get you charged with dui or dwi]

Unless you are ‘incapacitated” under the terms listed above or actually in the medical DPOA which YOU wanted done, NO ONE can ‘PUT’ you somewhere against your will, such as into a nursing home, assisted living facility or psychiatric facility without going to court and proving that you are incapacitated.

In 40 years of working in healthcare I have seen everything from the simple generic fill in the blank that you can down load from your states’ website [typically under the Secretary of State in the statute section] or you can go to an ‘office supply store’ and they have generic fill in the blank forms for this and many other things or you can go to a lawyer and they will ‘execute’ one for you [basically it would be included with estate planning stuff]. I have also seen very detailed ones where the person outlined specific treatment guidelines and specified who was NOT allowed to be involved in decisions or even to visit them. For the most part as long as the document is logical, reasonable and executed properly [signed, witnessed [some states require 2 witnesses] and notarized most medical folks will cooperate with you and it.

WHO NEEDS one? If you are 18 years old or older you need to have one, PERIOD! Without one I have seen things done TO people that I am sure [from talking with the family] that they would not have wanted done. Your family will have little to no say in your care if you are incapacitated.

For the most part it just makes the whole thing easier on everyone, you, your family and the staff.

Back when I was working in general psych and substance abuse we were not allowed to even admit to someone who called to see IF the person was there unless they had the DPOA or the patient had put them on the visitor list. We could not even say that they were not there.

Of course this and every thing else we post is to spark discussion. Talk with YOUR lawyer and or healthcare provider.

Active Shooters 1

Given the NEW normal that we have in these US of A in relationship to terrorism and stupid people in general being violent I would think that those who can legally carry weapons should do so [see 2A of the US constitution]. Keep in mind that by definition the bad guy intent on killing or maiming you is going to be armed regardless, so you, the good guy, had better be armed too.

In my town an average response time is several minutes on a good day. On a NOT so good day [for example multiple incidents happening at the same time] it could take them awhile to get to you to help. Most of the police and the fire department here are great folks who try hard to take care of our town, but there is a limit to the resources available.

YOU are the first responder to any trouble situation you and your family are involved in. YOU are responsible for your family’s safety and security. Just like you learn and prepare to do CPR and 1st aid, use a fire extinguisher – YOU should be able to provide your own security until the police arrive.

What are your thoughts?


Attached is an article that sounded good to me on police response to this situation. I can not improve on this by paraphrasing so the original is given here with proper credit to that author.

A Little Less Talk…A Lot More ACTION

Tim Schmidt
Have you heard the Hank Williams, Jr. song “A Little Less Talk and a Lot More Action?”

That’s exactly the phrase that came to mind after I caught the opening segment of 60 Minutes a couple Sundays ago.

The segment focused on police response to active shooter cases, “situations where gunmen are intent on killing as many people as possible…and often, are still shooting when the police arrive on the scene.”

It included commentary from NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratten, who said that the threat of multiple shooters in multiple locations has become a real concern for his officers.

In response to incidents like Mumbai in 2008 and Paris (which occurred a little over a week before the segment aired), Bratten said the NYPD is retraining all 35,000 of its officers in the city to reduce response time and train for the emerging trend of multiple, violent events.

He noted that active shooters and terrorists are not interested in negotiating. And that means that both police response and individual response are more important than ever.

In fact, over the last week especially, more and more law enforcement officials all across the country are urging responsible citizens to start carrying guns to defend themselves.

As wonderful as that is, it’s not what particularly interested me about the 60 Minutes episode.

If you’ve been paying attention to the news lately, you’ve likely heard that Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier was also featured in the segment.

Lanier opened by saying that police operations in her city have taken on a “new urgency” and that she believes a person intent on committing an act of violence will find a way to carry out that act. The best we can do, then, according to Lanier, is to try to intervene and minimize the damage.

She went on to give what she called “counterintuitive” advice. Rather than calling the police and waiting for their response, Lanier said you can “run, hide, or fight.”

“If you educate people on actions they can take to reduce their risk…then you can save some lives. I think it’s irresponsible for us not to do that,” she said.

She also warned against fear: “It works against you.” So, too, does becoming “numb” to such events: “Ignoring it and not preparing yourself…that’s not an option anymore.”

Yes, I’m talking about the same Lanier who has in the past made it nearly impossible for the law-abiding citizens of Washington to obtain legal permits to carry concealed firearms.

And so I wonder…is Lanier a concealed carry “convert”…or just another hypocrite?

I think her history speaks for itself. Remember, this is the woman who issued just 48 permits in Washington D.C. You heard that right: just 48 permits.

Time will tell, I suppose, but I’ve learned to trust people’s actions more than their words.

When she starts allowing more than just a handful of people to carry handguns, perhaps I’ll reconsider calling her out for hypocrisy. But until then, Ms. Lanier—and any other anti-gunners who suddenly jump ship and (seemingly) come out in support of our cause—a little less talk, please, and a lot more action.

Of course, people like you and me will continue to take action. Because the truth is, in the current landscape, leaving our own safety up to chance is just too risky.

Take Care and Stay Safe,

Tim Schmidt
Publisher – Concealed Carry Report
USCCA Founder
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Homeless 1

While this story is set in UK [link at bottom] the USA has a significant problem with this too. About 4 years ago now, the county I live in had over 600 homeless with a little over 100 of those being school age kids. [that is the last stat I have, every January they ‘survey’ the area] …. The problem is bigger than most of us know, in part because the NEWS people will not repost on it. There are several areas that install spikes in ‘sleeping; areas to prevent sidewalk sleepers. This does not help. I do know some who are homeless by choice– Here in Wyoming with some winter days 10 – 20 below zero F it is NOT by choice. ; [

It is generally better to plan ahead to prevent homelessness but sometimes things happen. What if your house burns down? What do you do then?

There are many small home designs aka tiny houses out there that may be a good idea to have in your back yard for guests such as visiting friends and family OR if you want to take someone in.

I have seen some designs using pvc pipe as the frame over plastic pallets to hold a tarp makes a nice dry tent. It can be warmed with a tea light radiant heater. This would work well in the back yard as above or if you are the one that needs it out in the green area of town.

In Japan, there is a micro hotel system that traveling business people use that could have a baring on this topic. Each floor has rows of 4 x4 x 8 cubicles stacked 3 high that face the hall. each room has a tv, radio, frig, bed, closet and AC/Heater. The dayroom and bathroom/toilets are down the hallway. In essence you climb into your rack where you spend most of your off time anyway with communal areas elsewhere. Depending on how ‘nice’ you want to make it this type of thing would make a good homeless shelter.

A slight change of direction but still dealing with homeless situation is feeding operations. Of late there has been stories in the ‘alternative’ news about towns criminalizing FEEDING the homeless.

Folks, it is CRIMINAL to criminalize homelessness or the assistance of them by the public.

Afghan trainees missing

Air Force: 2 Afghan trainees missing from Georgia air base 2015-12-09

the basic story is that they have been stationed at this US base most of this year. they were vetted and assigned there last year. they reportedly do not pose a threat to the US.

there are 3 ways to look at this story and I am not sure which is the most likely.

1. they went somewhere over the weekend and were involved in an accident. this would be sad.

2. they went somewhere and somebody did something TO them. this would be bad and hard to explain to their family. doing something to them just because they are Afghany is wrong. lumping all of them [middle easterners] together is narrow minded and lowers us all.

3. they are off doing a mission against US that was not what we let them into our country to do. IF this is the case, then they should be hunted down and dealt with. IF this is the case we really need to review how and why we let others into or stay in our country.

4. other…. Yes I know that makes 4 and I only started out saying 3 ;]

regardless of what happened with or to them, we need to find them.

Yesterday Dec 7th

Go to to hear this speech.

“A Date Which Will Live in Infamy”: FDR Asks for a Declaration of War

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, stunned virtually everyone in the United States military. Japan’s carrier-launched bombers found Pearl Harbor totally unprepared. President Franklin Roosevelt quickly addressed Congress to ask for a declaration of war as illustrated in this audio excerpt. Although he never mentioned Europe or the fact that Germany had not yet declared war on the United States, the Pearl Harbor attack allowed him to begin the larger intervention in the European war he had long wanted.
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President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our secretary of state a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese government also launched as attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense. But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. . .

Source: Courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York.

See Also:The “Man in the Street” Reacts to Pearl Harbor
“This Is No Joke: This Is War”: A Live Radio Broadcast of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

How to train toddlers in preparedness

How to train toddlers in preparedness

As I sit here cutting out memory games for church, I got to thinking that this is a good way to teach toddlers just about anything that you have pictures for. For example you could teach herbs, animals, fish, tools, prep supplies, cooking tools, etc.

All you need is a picture of an item and of course make 2 of them so the toddlers can match them, and write the name of the picture on it so that they get use to how the name looks and then when they match the items say what it is a few times. After that, they will tell YOU what it is. I would keep the cards to certain categories, like all animals or all herbs, etc. You could even put a front and back of the same item (for example an animal so the child would know it from either direction) on different squares for older toddlers or children to match. You could put a picture of an animal and its tracks/or poop [aka scat] for the older toddlers and children to match – this would work for adults who don’t know the information too.

Take card stock and draw 3” X 2” squares and draw or cut out printed pictures and place within the 3” X 2” space. After you make copies and cut the squares out you can either use as is or if you want to use for a long period of time like through multiple children, then take clear shelf paper and laminate them on both sides.

You can also do step training by using the same type cards. Use the same 3”X 2” cards and draw or cut out anywhere from 2-5 steps and what the process would look like in each step. These could be how to turn the water main off, what to do if you smell smoke in the house or how to change the batteries in your flashlight. As your toddler gets older you could add more steps like how build a fire or how to put up a tent. You only have to have 1 copy of each using this game.

So instead of matching just 2 cards you would have to match in order 3 or more. Cut the squares out and either use as is or laminate them for longer use.

You may want to consider putting a laminated copy of the whole procedure into your emergency binder and near the equipment too so that others will know what to do if you are not available.

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