Sunday, August 29, 2010

Today marks the 44th anniversary of the Beatles last live concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on August 29, 1966. The Beatles' performance lasted only 33 minutes due to technical problems.

The stage was located behind 2nd base and the weather was cold and foggy. The concert sold only 25,000 tickets to Candlestick Park which held 42,500 people. The concert was a financial loss and turned out to be their last live performance other than the impromptu performance on the roof of their recording studio in 1969.

It's estimated that some 300,000 people attended Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday. Though Mr. Beck denies scheduling the rally on the same day as the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on purpose, he is known as a student of history. Hmm??

Mr. Beck shared the stage with another conservative spokesperson Sarah Palin.

The rally opened and closed with prayer, and the focus of Mr. Beck's speech was for the nation to turn to god.

A couple of slams against President Obama, even though the crowd was admonished not to bring signs to the rally.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Over the weekend I attended the retirement dinner for Randy Schinlee and Jim Short. I was Randy's first training officer at Covina PD and I worked several crews with Jim Short. WCPD was well representited with Chief Holmes and his wife, the Fernalds and Hausers, and Roger Beatty in attendance.

Jim and Randy received hand made rocking chairs from their association.

They also received really nice shadow boxes with their badges, patches, a gun, and other paraphernalia.

Randy has sold his house in Mammoth Lakes and is moving to a condo in Palm Springs.

Jim is staying in the Mammoth Lakes area so his son can finish high school there.
President Obama has kept his campaign promise and the last of the combat troops can be seen above leaving Iraq. True, 50,000 non-combat troops are still in Iraq, but they too will be leaving soon. I read somewhere that August 31st will be the official last day of the war. Lets party!!!!

Many of my republican facebook friends are all over any comment on the mosque near ground zero, but haven't touched two comments I've made about the war ending. Hmmm???

I got into quite a debate with Sharon Frasca-Williams and Donna Morris Kadding last week over the mosque being built near ground zero. This was one of my posts, which I think is worth repeating here as it says a lot about me and my fall from religion.

Years ago I was a practicing Christian, board member of my church, read the parts of the bible the pastor used for sermons, and was once an elder in a small church. I read the book the "De Vinci Code" and began to question my religion. So ...I read the whole bible and lots of other books on religion. I learned that there have been hundreds of religions worshiping a wide array of gods throughout the history of mankind. I found that a great many had the same savior born of a virgin myth who healed and brought people back from the dead. So the basic tenants of Christianity are nothing new. All those religions came and went, as will Christianity and Islam. I can actually see why the earliest of mankind chose to worship the sun. You can see the sun do things in your day to day life. You stand out in the sun too long and your skin turns red etc.

I learned that most religions, with the exception of the goddess religions of course, had a male savior and were male dominated. I learned that Christians have hated Muslims for thousands of years. Muslims have hated Christians in return and hundreds of thousands of people have died in this fight. (See crusades) No city has changed hands more than Jerusalem. Why? It really boils down to "my god is the one true god" argument. Kinda like my dad can kick your dad's a__. I think it was John Wayne who said, "if you ain't with me, you're again' me."

So religions, instead of spreading love, have become the great segregators of the world. It's us vs them. And if you don't see it our way, you are nothing. Catholics don't worship with Methodists, who don't worship with Mormons, who don't worship with Baptists etc. Most churches I've ever been to segregate by race as well. The last church I went to had one black couple. There was a "black church" that met after we cleared out, and a Korean church that met in the evening.

I learned that in our latest reincarnations of religion, there are holy books to rely on for god's direction. Only those books were written by men to support their idea of their religion and have undergone a number of changes and edits. The same bible says different things to different people and different denominations, based on what they want to prove. Catholic priests, for hundreds of years, wouldn't let laymen read the bible.

Many extremists in every religion have become murders and spreaders of hate instead of love in their god's name. The terrorists who hit the twin towers did so in the name of their god. 3,000 people were killed. Hate not love. So we in turn, attacked Iraq and killed over 1 million Iraqis, both civilian and soldiers. Hate not love. Catholics killed thousands of women, including children, accused of being witches, and thousands more for not agreeing with the Catholic religion. Hate not love.

It would seem to me that religious people have really cut god short. If I were to believe in a god, I would think that IT created the entire world as we know it today. I would think that IT had more important things to do than watch what I do in my bedroom at night or concern itself with me using his name in vain. I would think that IT wouldn't chose one sect of people over another and wouldn't favor men over women. My god wouldn't be a "jealous god." IT wouldn't wipe out the entire mankind in a flood except one family because he didn't get it right the first time. IT wouldn't inspire a book that says the world is flat or that ITS followers are ok to kill others in his name.

Now some will quickly point out secular folks who have killed millions like Hitler and Stalin etc. But this doesn't make what religious folks did right.

I learned that many of the folks who came to America came to escape being the minority religion. In Britain it was the Church of England. In Spain it was Catholics. They knew what it felt like to be the minority belief and wanted to have the freedom to practice their religion even if it was the minority group. Thus all citizens of the US have the right to believe as they see fit.

I didn't want this to be a discussion on religion, but religion was injected into the discussion. Sharon & others, don't pray for me or my salvation. Don't quote from your book. Believe what brings you peace. For me, I choose not to believe. I chose not to hate "others". I choose not to segregate. I try to treat others as I would want to be treated. I try to remember that we are humans on this little planet, all born from a woman, all bleed red blood and breath the same air. There will be no peace on our little planet until there is no more us vs. them.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Saturday, August 14, 2010

How many times has this day dream crossed your minds??
Today is a busy day for birthdays of some of my favorite stars. David Crosby of the rock group "Crosby, Stills & Nash" turns 69 years old today. It's quite amazing that he is still alive and kicking because he has led a rough life including a liver transplant, at least three arrests for drugs and guns, and battling obesity and diabetes.

One of my favorite comedians, Steve Martin, turns 65 years old. He is shown here in the movie "Ping Panther 2." I especially love to watch him play the banjo.

And Halle Berry who turns 41 years old. Ms. Berry is shown here in here performance in the James Bond movie, "Die Another Day."

Friday, August 13, 2010

Now there's a superhero I could really get behind!!