Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sure missed my trips to San Onofre State Beach this year.
Gotta love this photo of Mr. President

It was a beautiful day today at Huntington Beach.  Rode to the beach from Anaheim Hills today, first time in 5-6 weeks due the cold I caught.  The skies were mostly clear with temps in the low 70's.

I'm thinking of doing a 33-mile ride Nov. 8th starting in Claremont.  It's called the Tour De Foothills.  I'm waiting for them to post the route before I commit, as it's $70 to enter.  They say it is mostly flat.   Might be fun - something different for sure.

Jonah's first Oreo

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Birthday to actress, director, and producer Carole "Penny" Marshall who turns 71 today. Penny, who was once married to Rob Reiner, has one daughter, Tracy who is also an actress.

Penny is probably best known for her roll as "Laverne DeFazio" in the TV series "Laverne & Shirley."  The series ran from 1976 to 1983. The series, a spin-off from "Happy Days", ran for 178 episodes.

Penny directed "A League of Their Own" with Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, and Rosie O'Donnell in the cast.

I learned today that Penny's daughter, Tracy Reiner, was in "A League of Their Own" as outfielder/relief pitcher Betty "Spaghetti" Horn.  Who knew??

I also just learned that the character of "Walter Harvey" (on the right above) was played by Penny's brother  Garry Marshall.  Who knew again??

Ten facts about being homeless in the US 

1.  Over a half a million people are homeless.

2.  One quarter of the homeless are children.

3.  Over 57,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Nearly 5,000 are women.

4.  Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness in women.

5.  Many people are homeless because they can't afford rent. 

6.  There are fewer places for the poor to rent than ever before.

7.  In the last few years millions of people have lost their homes.

8.  The government doesn't help as much as you would think.

9.  One in five homeless people suffer from untreated mental illness.

10.  Cities are increasingly making homeless a crime.

I see the homeless everyday on my bike rides.  Some live under the overpasses along the Santa Ana River, others in camps along the Santa Ana River in Riverside.  I see men and women in the park across from the Honda Center and across from Anaheim Stadium.  I see families with young children.  How sad.

Wikipedia describes this man, Larry Klayman, as a "politically conservative American public interest attorney." Mr. Klayman has filed a lawsuit against President Obama for “providing material support and aid to international terrorism and facilitating terrorism” by not implementing a travel ban on people from countries facing an Ebola outbreak.

Take a minute and read what he has to say.  Many of his "thoughts" are accepted among the right wing of this country.
But as has been true throughout Obama’s illegitimate presidency, as all credible evidence suggests that he was born in Kenya and is neither a natural born citizen eligible to be president, nor has he been “naturalized” as a citizen to even have the right to remain here – see the deportation petition I filed recently – regrettably our Muslim commander in chief has favored his own creed over the rest of us. Obama has turned Martin Luther King’s revolution for equality for all races, colors and creeds on its head. Now, during his regime, relegating whites and others who are not black or Muslim to the back of the bus has become an invidious form of reverse discrimination. This was not right when blacks were subjected to this treatment, and it is not right now – particularly given its deadly implications.
This is not just an incompetent and lazy president who prefers golf outings and vacations at taxpayers’ expense on Martha’s Vineyard to governing, but an evil one who is a danger to the continued existence of our nation. With this new Ebola-gate scandal, Obama’s remaining in office becomes an issue of life and death for us all.
I do not advocate violence, and I want Obama to be taken alive to be deported and pay for his inadequacies under the rule of law. But he must be forced from office as soon as possible, before all is lost. We the people simply cannot, and should not, take it anymore.
In the interim, I am fashioning a lawsuit to force Obama to curtail travel and immigration from Liberia and the rest of West Africa until we know we can combat the deadly Ebola outbreak. And, immigration from all Muslim nations where terrorists have a beachhead must also be immediately stopped.
These are not ordinary times. The nation is at war, not just with foreign and domestic enemies, such as the Muslim Americans who have joined the Islamic Jihad of ISIS and al-Qaida, but with our own president, who was so ignorantly and tragically elected to rule over us.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

This just made me laugh out loud!
Open Carry laws are the rage in many states.  I read this story this morning about a guy in Gresham, Oregon, who lost his gun.  Didn't seem to do him much good.  I just had to laugh.

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man practicing his open carry right was robbed of the gun he was openly carrying.

William Coleman III was robbed of his Walter- brand P22 just after 2:00 a.m. October 4 in Gresham by a young man who asked him for it — and flashed his own weapon as persuasion.

Coleman, 21, was talking to his cousin in the 17200 block of NE Glisan St., after purchasing the handgun earlier that day, when a young man asked him for a cigarette, police said.

The man then asked about the gun, pulled a gun from his own waistband and said “”I like your gun. Give it to me.”

Coleman handed over the gun and the man fled on foot.

I was in a Chipotle restaurant in Phoenix last March when a guy walked in with a semi-automatic in a holster on his hip.  It was quite disconcerting to say the least.

John Lennon would be 64 years old today. 

"When I'm 64"

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Happy birthday to Chevy Chase who turns 71 years old today.

Crank it up!

I've never had a problem laughing at myself.  The problem is that there are so many others who are quick to join in on the laughter.  LOL

Same-sex Marriage Survival Tips

1.  Don't panic.  That's what the Ebola crisis is for.

2) If your church doesn't want to perform same-sex marriages, it doesn't have to perform them. The only kind of marriage that has been approved by the courts is civil marriage---that little piece of paper issued down at City Hall, a building which most people agree is not a church.

3) Your state's economy will experience a boom in its wedding, lodging and tourism sectors. This is called "expansion of commerce" and "free-market capitalism." That tingle you just felt? You can thank gay marriage.

4) Once the media hubbub dies down, you will notice a distinct lack of being able to notice gay marriages happening in your town. Since most people's lives don’t intersect anyway, you'll likely be as blissfully unaware of theirs as they are of yours, unless you're either a major social butterfly or a huge nibby-nose.

5) We don't really care if the gay sex you picture us having in your imagination makes you feel icky. Because, to be honest, the sex we picture you having in our imagination kinda makes us feel the same way. Hooray for common ground.

6) It's highly unlikely that you'll experience a biblical insect swarm in your town as a result of gay marriage. But if you do, don’t curse the darkness. Instead, try this recipe for Ghiscari Spiced Honeyed Locusts---a "tantalizing" dish that "perfectly balances honey sweetness with the savory fire of Free City spices." Serve over noodles and crack open a beer and that's some good chow right there, bub.

Note:  I can't vouch for the recipe referred to in this post.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Our local sports teams really took it on chin over the weekend. The Angels were the biggest disappointment losing three straight to the wild card Kansas City Royals.  They lost the first two games in extra innings and the third game in the first inning.  The Angels couldn't hit the ball to save their lives.  I'll be surprised if Mike Scioscia is back as manager next year, which is fine with me as I've long thought he wasn't good at managing his pitching staff.

The Dodgers proved to be heart breakers as well, when Clayton Kershaw gave up a six runs on six hits in the seventh inning of game one of the playoffs with the dreaded St. Louis Cardinals.  Matt Carpenter was the Dodger killer with a 3-run double with the bases loaded.  Dodger manager Don Mattingly screwed up by not taking Kershaw out after the first three hitters reached base and then let Kershaw talk him into letting him stay against Carpenter when Mattingly came to the mound.

Game two was decided when Matt Kemp hit a towering drive into the left field seats for a Dodger victory.  The two teams continue their series tonight in St. Louis.

The UCLA Bruins lost to Utah 30-28 after missing two field goal attempts with time running out from 55 and 50 yards.

But the real heart breaker was when USC lost their game with Arizona State on a 46-yard "hail mary" pass into the end zone for a touchdown with no time left on the clock. To be fair, it was a total team loss as the USC defense couldn't stop ASU, who scored three touchdowns in the last four minutes, and the offense couldn't kill the clock with just over a minute to play and first and ten.

Hockey season starts Wednesday.