Thursday, June 30, 2011

What bike trail is that!!!
Seattle police officers left a police rifle unattended on a patrol car outside a busy downtown area this week and a passerby snapped a photo of it. Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says the department is embarrassed by the incident, and it has launched an investigation.

Whitcomb says two passersby spotted the rifle on the parked squad car. One flagged down bicycle officers to notify them while a woman followed the squad car as it drove through downtown Seattle and tracked down the officer after the car parked.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Karen and I went to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes baseball game Saturday evening.

Karen likes to keep score at the games.

Tremor during between inning event.

As you can see, we kicked some butt last night, including five home runs.

Then they finished off the evening with fireworks.

Friday, June 24, 2011

The State of New York has become the 6th state in the union to approve same-sex marriages tonight with a 33-29 vote. The bill will go into effect 30 days after Gov. Cuomo signs the bill, which he is expected to do.

In order to get it passed, there had to be amendments in place to allow a religious exemption that basically says that those types of organizations shall not be required to provide services, accommodations etc to same-sex marriages.

Tomorrow is apparently gay pride day in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  This is apparently a freeway bridge lit up in the city for the event.

Georgia has been among a handful of states to crack down on immigration in recent months, passing "copycat" legislation similar to Arizona's sweeping law. Now Georgia's farmers are complaining that they will soon face labor shortages because immigrants are now reluctant to come to the state for fear of reprisal. According to a recent survey conducted by the state's agricultural commissioner, farmers are expected to be short some 11,000 workers over the course of the season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Georgia farmers say that immigrant workers who normally migrate from Florida for the seasonal work are staying away this year because of the new law. The measure, which takes effect in July, requires police to check the immigration status of suspects stopped for other offenses. And so far, not enough documented laborers have stepped up to take undocumented immigrants' farm jobs, more than half of which pay an average of $8/hour and about a third of which pay from $9 to $11/hour. If the labor shortage continues, Georgia farmers will be "forced to leave millions of dollars’ worth of blueberries, onions, melons and other crops unharvested and rotting in the fields," says Jay Bookman, a columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The dilemma facing Georgia's largest industry makes it clear that state legislators didn't think through the serious ramifications of their sweeping new immigration law. Like it or not, immigrants are an integral part of the workforce in Georgia, as elsewhere, and simply trying to cast them out without making further adjustments to the labor market and economy can have unintended consequences.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Miss USA

Sunday, Miss California Alyssa Camanella, was crowned Miss USA in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alyssa, 21, is originally from New Jersey.    In September she will travel to Brazil for the Miss Universe contest.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Those crazy religionists

JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court's judges 20 years ago, Ynet website reported Friday.

According to Ynet, the large dog made its way into the Monetary Affairs Court in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, frightening judges and plaintiffs.

Despite attempts to drive the dog out of the court, the hound refused to leave the premises.

One of the sitting judges then recalled a curse the court had passed down upon a secular lawyer who had insulted the judges two decades previously.

Their preferred divine retribution was for the lawyer's spirit to move into the body of a dog, an animal considered impure by traditional Judaism.

Clearly still offended, one of the judges sentenced the animal to death by stoning by local children.

The canine target, however, managed to escape.

Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney who turns 69 years old today.

It seems that Texas Governor Rick Perry is at it again. You may recall that Gov. Perry recently officially declared a weekend for prayer throughout the state of Texas for relief from their drought. That weekend came and went - not so the drought.

Now Gov. Perry is organizing what he is calling "The Response." On August 6th, Gov. Perry is hosting, "an event characterized as a day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our troubled nation." The event will be held in Reliant stadium in Houston. The event is free, but you have to register to enter. The governor has invited all the governors from all 50 states, and so far only Gov. Sam Brownback from Kansas and Gov. Bobby Jindal have accepted his invitation.   I'm proud to announce that Gov. Brown of California has declined his invitation.

An interesting side note about Gov. Perry, the Associated Press did a story that indicates that he tithed $90 to his church in 2007, a year in which his reported income was more than $1 million.  From 2000 to 2009, when the Governor make $2.68 million, he donated $14,243 to churches and religious organizations.  Not exactly the required 10%!!  When the AP asked Gov. Perry's office for a statement, his spokesman said Gov. Perry doesn't discuss his beliefs in public.  BWAAaaaaaaa!!!

Oh, did I mention that this same governor is considering a run for the presidency in 2012?? On Perry's website, the Gov. writes, "Fellow Americans. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for his blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy."

Seems that if he is going to claim being such a devout Christian, he should walk the walk, not just talk the talk.  I'm just saying....

I thought with Father's Day tomorrow, I would post a few Father's Day present ideas.