NEAR DISASTER !!!!!

Last weekend I was out and about driving around the country knocking on doors for a gentleman running for Congress.

About 90% of the time I left my phone plugged into the GPS in the car, but a few times I did take it with me and put it in my back pocket.  I had an app that allowed me to map out the homes I wanted to go to.

End of the day, I stopped at the store and got some groceries, and when I opened up my wallet/phone……………

ALL OF MY IDS WERE MISSING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My DL.

My FOID card.

My conceal carry license.

IDs

It’s not possible for all three IDs to fall out accidentally.

I am not the kind of person to panic, but I know what a nightmare it would be if I had to replace all of my IDs.

Also, for the time it took to replace my FOID and CCL, I wouldn’t be able to handle my own firearms !!

AAAAHHHHHHHH !!!!!!

I took a quick trot through the grocery store to see where I might have lost the items, but did not find them.  It began to rain and it wouldn’t be practical to try to retrace my day of door knocking so I went home.

I’m in a void because if I report the items missing and apply to get replacements and someone turns them in, I’m still hosed because of the time it would take.   How much time should I wait????

Well, it was my lucky day.  (for once)

The previous night, I was laying down in bed watching a movie on Hulu, and I knocked my phone off of the nightstand.  I picked the phone up and didn’t think about it again.  But that is where and when the IDs fell out !  I am absolutely amazed that I opened and closed my phone all morning and never saw that the IDs were not there.

Bad Media # 5241325 :Words Have Meaning

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/fake-u-s-marshal-convicted-after-pulling-gun-in-chicago-theater/

“Fake U.S. marshal convicted after pulling gun in Chicago theater”

“A Will County man who drew his concealed handgun and announced he was a deputy U.S. marshal after an annoyed Chicago movie audience told him to stop talking on his phone was convicted Wednesday of impersonating a federal agent.”

“Concealed.”

I will stipulate that in this case, the weapon was “concealed.”  But since words have meaning, why was the word “concealed” used instead of perhaps, “hidden”, “unseen” or even “the handgun that he was illegally carrying.”

I will admit that when I first read the print article, I thought right away that this was a case of an person in Illinois that had a CCL and did something incredibly stupid. (Those are the kind of CCL carriers that should have NEVER got it.)

Try as I might, I was unable to find any mention of the suspect having a CCl in Illinois.  I did find a person with the same name in Illinois that lost his credentials for TRAINING CCL’s.

Highly trained and professional journalists go to school to learn how to write news.  Surely they must be educated in proper word usage.

Was “concealed” deliberately used to conflate shootings with people that lawfully carry?

Was it ignorance??? Is it possible there are professional journalists that presume that anyone that has a gun on them can carry?  Two people collaborated on this news story and I can only presume it went past at least one proofreader and hopefully an editor??  How would it be possible that all those would think that “concealed” was the correct word.

Words mean things.