Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The holiday of Autumn Equinox fell this year on September 22nd. It is a festival of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and God during the winter months.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I found a really nice path that runs along the street on the north side of the park about 5' inside the park. The path runs the entire length of the north side of the lake. I like riding on dirt more than pavement.
As you can see, it was a really nice day at the lake. The lake itself was pretty empty with just a couple of sea doos and a few fishermen on the lake.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I could have used a break here but, as you can see, there was no stopping the entire block!!!
Thursday I went on a ride with my friend Jack from Anaheim Stadium to the Huntington Beach Peir. 34 miles in all. It was a nice ride and enjoyed the time with Jack.
Friday evening Karen and I went to a Colony H.S. football game at their home field. It was a beautiful evening at the stadium after another day in the low 100's.
It was a close game until late in the 4th quarter when Colony scored twice to put it away and win going away 30-10.
I learned a ton of stuff about Kent from his website, http://www.kentmccord.com/. One of Kent's first jobs was working at his father's Richfield gas station which was located near what is now the intersection of the 10 and 605 freeways.
At the age of 12, Kent got a job at Brackett Field Airport in La Verne where he worked weekends and summers for five years. Being too young to be paid, Kent received flying lessons in lieu of pay
Kent was a star on the Baldwin Park H.S. football team. After graduation he attended Citrus Jr. College before receiving a scholarship to the University of Utah to play football.
In 1961 he was asked to play in a touch football game. His team was captained by Ricky Nelson and the opposing team was captained by Elvis Presley. He became close friends with Ricky Nelson and started acting on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." He also had small parts in several Elvis Presley movies including, "Viva Las Vegas", "Girl Happy", and "Roustabout."
In 1965, Kent signed a contract with Universal and appeared in "McHale's Navy," "The Virginian," and "Dragnet." "Dragnet" led to his role as "Officer Jim Reed" in the television series "Adam-12" with Martin Millner as his partner, "Pete Malloy." The series ran from September 1968 through May of 1975.
As a side note, the "Adam-12" series is what started my interest in law enforcement. I was working in the print shop for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District and bored out of my mind running hundreds and hundreds of forms on a 1250 multilith printing press. Adam-12 made police work look so glamorous.
I tested for L.A.P.D. and was placed on the waiting list for the academy. At the time veterans were coming home from the Vietnam War and being placed higher on the waiting list than me because of their 10 points for being a veteran. I joined the U.S. Army in May of 1974 and became a Military Policeman. I got out in May of 1977 after serving 32 months at Ft. Hood, Tx. I was hired by Covina P.D. in December of 1977 and started the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy in January of 1978. Class 188!! The rest of my 27 year career is, as they say, history.
Melissa is best known for her role as "Mary Ingalls" on the television serial, "Little House on the Prairie." She was on the series for eight years leaving in 1982. She was also "Millicent" on "The Brady Bunch", a little girl who kissed "Bobby" and made him see fireworks.
Melissa has a star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" and in 1988 was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Ok.
My letter reads as follows;
Freedom From Religion
On September 25th Alma R. Tilley wrote a letter entitled, "No Practical Effect." I applaud Alma's right to voice her opinion under the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States. I only wish the freedom from religion fight was as simple as her analogy to "Freedom From Bubblegum."
The fight for freedom from religion is a fight against the ultraconservative right wing religionists who want to abolish the U.S. Constitution and legal system, and Alma's ability to write her letter, and replace it with the Ten Commandments and Mosaic laws of the Judeo-Christian Bible. Many are referred to as dominionists. (google search?)
Dominionism is a doctrine which demands the total remaking of society to conform with the laws of the Old Testament of the Bible. It states that the second coming of Jesus Christ will never occur until "God’s kingdom" is established here on earth. The dominionists get their "authority" from the Judeo-Christian Bible and their interpretation of the book of Genesis, chapter 1 verse 26.
You know these folks. End times. Armageddon. Good vs. evil. They are advocating "reclaiming America for Jesus Christ" or bringing about "the rule and reign of the cross to America." People such as Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore who had a 5200 lb monument of the Ten Commandments erected in the State court building or 2008 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee who is quoted in last years primary as saying, "I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God."
They don't want a democracy. They want a theocracy; A government where a god or deity is recognized as the state's supreme civil ruler. Take a look at Iran if you want to see what a theocracy looks like. Read the first five books of the Judeo-Christian Bible if you want a look at Old Testament prohibitions. Can you say animal sacrifices or death by stoning?
"One Nation Under God". Be careful what you ask for.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Today, Tuesday September 22, 2009 at 5:09 a.m. ET, is the autumnal equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. The first day of fall came into Southern California with a roar with our first Santa Ana wind episode.
I'm proud to say that our new fences I built last spring are still standing. My bike ride today was pretty slow when going east and north (into the wind) and pretty quick going south and west.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
People today are quick to advocate returning the United States to it's Judeo-Christian heritage. Pastors are talking about "reclaiming America for Jesus Christ" or bringing about "the rule and reign of the cross to America." When you hear these kinds of things, be afraid. Be very afraid.
What you may be hearing is the theology of the dominionist. Never heard of them? You are probably not alone. I hadn't heard of them either until I read the book, "Racing Toward Armageddon" by Michael Baigent.
Dominionism is a doctrine which demands the total remaking of society to conform with the laws of the Old Testament of the Bible, and it states that the second coming of Jesus Christ will never occur until "God’s kingdom" is established on earth and reigns for either a thousand years or an unknown time period. They contend that all of the laws of the Old Testament, unless specifically revoked later in the Bible, are still valid and they want to literally replace the U.S. Constitution and legal system with the Ten Commandments and the Mosaic laws of the Bible.
The dominionists gets their authority from the Bible and their interpretation of the book of Genesis, chapter 1:26 which reads, "Then God said, let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over the earth, and over all creeping thing that creeps on the earth."
Dominionists are calling for the death of all persons involved in abortions, homosexuals, anyone who practices witchcraft or astrology, children who disobey their parents, women who commit adultery, and rape victims who don't resist sufficiently. Read the first five chapters of the Bible to get a real taste of the Old Testament prohibitions.
So, these are just some wackos who don't have a lot of input in society today, right? Wrong!! Those who have put forth dominionist doctrine include former Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore, who had a 5200 lb. monument of the Ten Commandments erected in the judicial building, author Tim LaHaye of the "Left Behind" book series, televangelist Pat Roberts, and presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee.
On January 15, 2008, during the presidential primaries, Mike Huckabee is quoted as saying, "I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards so it lines up with some contemporary view of how we treat each other and how we treat the family."
D. James Kennedy, who hosts a yearly conference entitled, "Reclaiming America for Christ" is quoted in the Christian Science Monitor on March 16, 2005, "as the vice-regents of God, we are to bring His truth and His will to bear on every sphere of our world and our society. We are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government..., our entertainment media, our news media, our scientific endeavors-- in short over every aspect and institution of human society."
Oh by the way, dominionists are of a protestant mind and have no room in their world for any other religion or belief system.
So be careful what you ask for. It may just come true!!
Sadly, the Pentagon indicated that 14 United States serviceman were killed this last week in Iraq and Afghanistan. 13 of the 14 killed were in the Army, one in the Air Force.
According to iCasualities.com, the total number of U.S. Servicemen killed in Iraq now stands at 4,663 with 1,404 more in Afghanistan.
I'm disappointed in the fact that President Obama hasn't gotten us out of these conflicts. As my friend Jack is quick to point out to me, the troop levels have dropped in Iraq because they are being moved to Afghanistan.
This was the evening view from my camp site as the sun set into the Pacific Ocean. Funny there's no steam afterwards!!!
I made it back from camping in one piece on Friday afternoon. The campground only had 43 camp sites and by Thursday evening it was full of senior citizen ukulele players. So Thursday evening I was serenaded by about 20 ukulele players who brutalized some of my favorite songs. But they were having a great time hootin' and holerin' and singing along while they played.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Got into the camp ground at about 3:3o and set up camp. The campground is very clean and has mostly tents and some small Rv's. Each site has a fire ring, a picnic table, and cooking grill. There is a water spout about 10 yds. from me and a bathroom with flushing toilets about 50 yds. the other way. No Showers.
I must be out in the sticks because when I got into my car to go exploring, Gretchen couldn't find a Starbucks anywhere. I found one in an Albertson's in Moro Bay where I picked up some plastic spoons. It's hard to eat Cheerios with a fork!!! I had to drive 35 miles just to get cell phone service.
After setting up camp, I went for a walk to the nearby beach. Sand Dollar Beach is it's name. It's about a 20 minute walk which ends with about 100 steps down to the sand. I will spend some quality time here over the next couple of days.
My exploring led me to San Luis Obispo where Gretchen found me a Barnes & Noble where I was able to hook up to the Internet and get this post out. Below is the view from the window of Barnes & Noble,
Having a good time. The weather is in the high 60's to low 70's during the day and a bit chilly at night. Lucky I brought an extra blanket.
Monday, September 14, 2009
This was a really awesome tree we saw in the park.
Of course, Karen was lookin' way awesome!!!