Common Sense Car Control

Posted January 19, 2013 By sorris

A national conversation about the dangers of America’s car culture is long overdue. Over 32,000 people in the US are killed by motor vehicles every year, including thousands of children. The death toll has reached the point of crisis and it is time to act.

Until now, the powerful car lobby has prevented politicians from discussing common sense car restrictions. Manufacturers, dealers and the extremist American Automobile Association have used their money and clout to squash even the most reasonable restrictions on cars. Apparently money and greed are more important to these organizations than the need to save our children.

The car lobby would have you believe that cars are necessary to get from one place to another. They would have you believe that the majority of car-owners are law-abiding and responsible people. But the facts tell us otherwise.

In California alone, over sixteen million traffic tickets are issued each year. That is among about twenty-two million licensed drivers. On average, a majority of car-owners are not law-abiding citizens. And even those who are following the law are helping to make it possible for criminals to have access to cars. Again, looking only at California, roughly 200,000 motor vehicles are stolen each year.

What the AAA is unable to explain to the public is why any vehicle should be capable of reaching speeds in excess of the legal speed limit in most states of 55 miles per hour. The only purpose of a car with a V6 engine is to speed, break the law, and kill. There are now millions of military and racing-style vehicles on the road. Cars like the Corvette, the Mazda Miata, or the BMW 3 series which have no legitimate transportation purpose. SUVs such as the Humvee, Land Rover and Jeep, which are deliberate efforts to sell military-style off-road access. Many of these vehicles are capable of killing up to a dozen people in a single crash.

Certainly none of us want to completely ban all motor vehicles. Just enhance our regulation and ban the most dangerous cars on the market. The best way to do this is by passing legislation to enact a new assault vehicle ban.

The Assault Vehicle Ban would prevent sales or manufacture of vehicles that include the following deadly features:

  • Automatic transmissions
  • High-capacity gas tanks
  • Engines capable of speeds exceeding 55 mph
  • Spoilers
  • Dual-exhaust systems
  • Hood scoops
  • ‘Mag alloy’ wheels or rims
  • High-tech navigation (targeting) systems
  • Seating capacity capable of killing more than two passengers in a single crash

In addition to the Assault Vehicle Ban, Congress should act on several other common-sense provisions to keep our kids safe.

First, we should close the car show loophole. Currently it is possible for a criminal to attend a car show and purchase a car in a private sale from another car-owner without any background check whatsoever. Cash can be paid and another criminal drives away. We need background checks and waiting periods for all vehicle purchases.

Second, it is time to tighten up on gasoline sales. Age restrictions aren’t enough. Background checks and two-week waiting periods should be mandatory for all gasoline purchases. Its a simple fact: if a criminal or a mentally ill person can’t buy gas then he can’t kill anyone with his car.

Nobody is talking about ‘confiscating’ cars. Simply restricting who can possess them, preventing them from being bought or sold, limiting gasoline purchases, and implementing some common sense prohibitions on possessing them within a mile of schools, banks, churches, government buildings, or restaurants.

The ‘wild west’ days of transportation are long behind us. Nobody ‘needs’ a car. You could ride a bike, walk, or take a train or a subway. Surely that little bit of inconvenience to millions of people will be worthwhile. For the children.

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Cell Contract Ending?

Posted December 12, 2012 By sorris

I just had to update this.  This phone is currently free after rebate while supplies last.

This is a great deal on this phone.  Plus the no-contract price for unlimited data, text and voice is just $49 per month.  (Or possibly less.)  How many on your Christmas list would like this?

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What’s holding you back?

Posted August 18, 2012 By sorris

Words of wisdom, copied from some online friends.

“Fear can motivate us. Fear is negative. Napoleon Hills grouped all fears into one of six categories: POVERTY, CRITICISM, ILL HEALTH, LOSS OF LOVE OF SOMEONE, OLD AGE, and the fear of DEATH. In the second part of the chapter he discusses SUSCEPTIBILITY TO NEGATIVE INFLUENCES. He also listed the negative emotions, in an earlier chapter (12): The emotion of FEAR, JEALOUSY, HATRED, REVENGE, GREED, SUPERSTITION, and ANGER. After reading all of this it is clear that these fears, negative influences and negative emotions all form vicious circles of chains that bind and bound us down, keeping us hostage, if we let them. We must use the power of the positive emotions: DESIRE, FAITH, LOVE, SEX, ENTHUSIASM, ROMANCE and HOPE and the other techniques and principles we have learned.

Knowing that a speeding car is not likely going to be able to turn or swerve in time, we could flee.

I’ve read or listened to someone that the responses we demonstrate to various fears are always either FREEZE, FIGHT or FLIGHT. What happens when we freeze in front of that oncoming car? We certainly wouldn’t consider, or at least not for very long, the notion that we might fight with it, right? Hopefully our mind is able to analyze the situation, using ALL of our SIX senses, and correctly motivates us to run, jump or dodge in plenty of time to avoid disaster or injury.

Nature or nurture? Are we born with certain fears? Certainly most, if not all, have been learned, rather than having been built into us.

Are we in a trance? Are we so bombarded that our brain rarely has a thought any more, that hasn’t been planted by a text message, email, song, jingle, image, or worse, something that combines many of these, like television or a movie into one shotgun blast of blockage and damage? Even books, where our imagination is used to paint the pictures, sites and sounds we see provide either positives or negatives. Usually we are presented with both, at the same time. Luckily we can control the mechanism to reinforce the positive and reject the negative. If too much of the negative is passed through without being rejected, the pathways get clogged with obstructions, rerouted, or broken entirely. We then have to work all that much harder to clear the obstructions, reroute again, or even build from scratch, all over again. The great part of this, our incredible brain is resilient. As long as there remains one single glimmer of spark in our thoughts that is derived from OUR desires, we CAN build the paths again, one by one. Each building on the others until we fashion again a massive super highway network, working in concert and alignment for OUR desires.

Critical thinking is essential for us to discern what messages we let in, but we also have to have the confidence to know, that should things we didn’t desire sneak into our brain, which they always seem to do, that we have the abilities to reinforce our desires.

It is being confident, yet humble, without being arrogant. We all still make mistakes and are not yet perfect in that regard. Also, it is participating to help others, thereby finding inspiration to solutions for our own challenges. Our physical and virtual mastermind groups are fertile oceans of energy that provide insight and inspiration to all those involved. We are alive, awake, alert, enthusiastic and find ourselves at higher and higher levels of positive emotional, mental, spiritual and physical vibrations of energy. We can achieve and overcome anything. We can evolve the whole ocean by remaining the perfect self, just the way we are, growing, together and individually.

with gratitude and in service,
Tony, Lisa, Michael and Amanda Koker”

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Music Sales

Posted August 9, 2012 By sorris

The music sales system I am showing you here is different from the other music sales website I am working on. You can participate in this one yourself. If you are a musical artist wishing to sell your music online watch the first video. If you are like me and not musically inclined but you would like to have an additional income source from the music sales of others watch the second video.

Either way come back up here to get started or to just learn more about Music Sales.


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Posted June 11, 2012 By sorris

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Basic custom websites

Posted May 15, 2012 By sorris

If you need a custom website built for you then look no further.  I have built a few websites you can view here.  I can build one for you too.  Currently $600 will get you up to 5 pages including a home page, contact page and three others.  example  Limited editing by me.  You supply all the text and graphics (keep it legal and G-rated please) and I put it together for you.  More advanced website design is available.

Look at the sample websites keeping in mind they may have paid more for theirs.

Half the fee is due up front, the balance is due in 30 days.  Website is usually up and complete within two days of your submission of all info.

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Persistence and where that gets you

Posted March 19, 2012 By sorris

More thoughts from influential people in my life…

Chapter 9


The Sustained Effort Necessary To Induce Faith

Persistence is more of a reward than we ever realize.

I use to be a District Manager for a newspaper company. I dealt with businesses within a 500 mile radius for advertising.

Because it was my J.O.B. I would put on a fake smile and walk in the door.

Because of this I manage to build great relationships with the business owners.

I quit that J.O.B. four years ago.

Today my husband and I set up a table at a Business Showcase. There were many people there who I knew from my past.

Most quit talking to me long time ago and they even went as far as not even making eye contact with me.

Due to my persistence of becoming the person I want to be, I was able to walk into this place with my head high. Reminding myself it is none of my business what other people think of me.

To my surprise, my table was packed. New people I had never seen before. But many were the business owners from my past.

They walked up to me. Hugged me. Told me they missed me. How great it was to see me. Telling me how great I looked.

I have recently lost 43 pounds, so I believed they were talking about my weight.  It did not take me long to realize it had nothing to do with my weight. These people were bank owners, financial advisors, doctors etc. The people who you need to qualify to talk to, were walking up to ME.

Before I knew it, the business owners I did not know were walking up to our table and talking to us. Not to share with us what they were there for, but to ask us what we were there for. Asking for business cards. Asking for samples of what we were offering.  Telling us what a pleasure it was to talk to us. Telling us how nice it was to be with us.

Most of the business owners had to be pulled away from our table.   This time I was not fake. I was sincere and somehow they knew.

As everyone was tearing down their tables getting ready to leave, with hands full, they would take the long way around just to say goodbye to us.

I walked in there with a positive attitude and walked out feeling like a million bucks. On the way home my husband looked at me and said “I am so proud of you.”

Because of my persistence of taking each day one at a time and working each moment to be the best person I can be, I am attracting the people who want to be part of my life.  Who want to be where I want to be. I know I am going to be there, and they are noticing.

Mentoring For Free has given me the ability to be where I am today. I could not be where I am today without the Mastermind Team. I have total faith that I am being guided in the right direction. I have taken the knowledge and put forth the effort needed on my part.

I have mentioned in the past that I want to be a millionaire, not for the money, but for the person who I will be when I get there. After today, I know I am well on my way in the right direction.

Thanks to the training that is available through this system and my persistence to take advantage of it. I believe that millionaire is right around the corner.

Michael said be here a year from now. I have been here a little more than a year. I love my life. I am so glad I stayed.

I was meditating the other day and I was thinking about how my life is compared to a year ago. I remembered sitting across the table from Michael and Linda, my son had his arm around each of them smiling. In my mind I thought now what. I heard Michael say be here a year from now. A big smile came across my face, and tears of joy in my eyes. Because I knew that is what he going to say before I even asked.

I am so grateful everyday for the guidance I have received and the fact that I have been coachable. I see my growth through my husband and son. What a great reward.

Thank you Michael and Linda and the Mastermind Team for being here yet another year, so each of us have the ability to keep growing. I love each and every one of you.

With Much Love and Appreciation

Darlene Moore



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Organized Planning from Sandra

Posted March 3, 2012 By sorris

Continuing my series of “guest bloggers” I bring to you the thoughts of Sandra Bullard from my matermind team, discussing what she learned from “Think and Grow Rich” chaper 7.

Chapter 7- Organized Planning

I know I want to be a leader. I want to push myself to the max. I want to see just what I am made of. I won’t give up because I know that one step past that point is sweet success.

The attributes of being a leader I see in several of the mentors I have in my life. They have continued on when they have had a temporary defeat. They have shown me stamina and compassion, teaching and discipline. I want to learn more, I want to do more than I did and be better than I was yesterday. I used to compare myself to others and now I am content to compare myself to myself.

Marketing skills are needed to bridge the gap between where we are and our success. Every time I wanted a job, I had to learn to market myself (although I had no idea that is what I was doing at the time) I would find the job I wanted and keep working on ways to get in the door…until I did. Every time. One manager even said years later, you know I didn’t want to hire you but you just wouldn’t take no for an answer.

What is unique about me that I can market in my business and give to my customers? That is the marketing mystery. What QQS rating will I get? (Quality,Quantity and Spirit) it takes time to ponder these things and come up with a solid marketing plan.

No one plans to fail. But some do. One person said to me yesterday. They were in a couple of companies and they failed in both. Then proceeded to go into the “WHY” of the failure. As I read Napoleon Hill’s list of 30 reasons for failure, this person had several of them. I said to them, you know I was in a few companies myself that I failed in. You know what I found out? There was a common denominator with all of them….me. Yep, I was it. I lacked the skills and experience needed to be successful. Honestly there were lots of people in all of those businesses that were successful. So, keep an open mind and fill it with some new knowledge, desire, imagination, and make a new plan and put it to work for you. There was silence on the other end of the phone for what seemed like a lifetime. Then I could tell something sparked inside them and “they got it”. The tone of their voice, what they said, how they ended the call with appreciation was so different then when we began our conversation. If all we do is give someone an idea, a glimpse of hope, that is awesome.

Sandra Bullard , Avon, NY

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Posted February 4, 2012 By sorris

One of the most powerful books ever written, partly because it was based on many years of research, is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.  In my mastermind group we discuss this book one chapter at a time.   The following are the thoughts of Ken Klemm on chapter three.  Faith; Visualization of, and belief in attainment of desire, the second step toward riches.

“What I BELIEVE has absolutely nothing to do with FAITH.

My Beliefs are all hardwired into my brain. Look, talking about neuroscience is really tedious – so please just trust me on this, and do Your own research if You need to.

My brain, and YOURS, were hardwired through REPEATED SUGGESTION.

Watch this… Complete the following phrases for me:

Money is the root of all…

It’s lonely at the…

Nice guys finish…

If You swim within a half-hour after eating, then You will…

None of the above are proven absolutes, but I’ll bet a dollar to a doughnut You were raised into the same PARADIGM I was.

Paradigm? A fancy word for the box I live in. My Beliefs define the box – all its possibilities… and its limits.

FAITH? Faith is simply KNOWING things beyond the boundaries of the box. I may live in the box, but I KNOW, without leaving the box, there is a larger world out there.

Faith is Knowing my Creator gave me unlimited authority to re-define my box. I can change its size, its shape… or even throw the thing out and get a whole new box!

Faith is Knowing He sent me many teachers throughout the ages to show me how, even to this very day – Knowing that I can be one of His teachers whenever I allow Him to speak through me.

Faith gave me a CONSCIENCE – something that instinctively Knows what is right and wrong.

It is not my responsibility when someone up-line, down-line, cross-line or clothes-line loses Faith and forgets the Face of their Father. I must be true to myself and Him. THAT is my responsibility!

Faith is living in The NOW… ALL the way in The Now (where there are no limits).

Your Friend and Servant,

Ken Klemm – Florida, USA”

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About Plugin

Posted January 23, 2012 By sorris

This website, like many others, is built on the WordPress platform.  The basic structure of WordPress is a great start to build a website on.  But what about plugins?  These are extra little pieces of computer code that give your website a few more bells and whistles.  Some of them alter what your visitors see.  Other plugins change the way you manage your website or collect data from your visitors.

When I build a website there are a few plugins I like to use for specific purposes.  There is more about these plugins at the end.  Listed here are the plugins that I usually include in every website I build.  (In alphabetical order.)

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Better WordPress External Links

Broken Link Checker


Contact Form 7

Contact Form 7 to db extension

Easy Columns

Google Analytics for WordPress

Google XML Sitemaps

Mailchimp List Subscribe Form

No Self Pings

Really Simple Captcha


Simple 301 Redirects

Smart Youtube Pro

Statpress Reloaded

Theme My Login

WP Email Login


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Adds a nice audio player.

Manages the links that send visitors to another website.

Double checks your link connections.

Keeps your site protected.*

Visitors can send you feedback without seeing your email address.

Saves contact form submissions to a database.

This list is an example of using columns.

Allows you to track your blog easily and with lots of metadata.

Sometimes Google needs help.

Add a signup form for your MailChimp list.  (Worth looking into.)

Unless you like pinging yourself…

Keeps out some spam and bad robots.

Useful to tidy up any loose ends your site may have.

Provides a forwarding address for moved pages.

You don’t want videos that look dumb, right?

Lots of very cool info about website visitors.

Like a welcome mat when you log in.

Login with an email address instead of a username.

Easily backup your core WordPress database tables.


And now, about plugins I have used on occasion:  Newsletter, to collect name and email address of visitors to send out a newsletter; NextGen Gallery, for sites with lots of pictures; WordPress Mobil Pack, for when you want your big blog to look great even when small.

Having too many plugins can slow down your website loading time.  But adding a few good ones can make the experience more enjoyable for you and your visitors.

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