31 March 2010
30 March 2010
29 March 2010
Drunk Man Gives Mouth-to-Mouth to Roadkill, say Police
27 March 2010
26 March 2010
In upholding the ban on assault weapons, the judge cited the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision. He said the court found a constitutional right to possess only those weapons in “common use” that are typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes.
The city council concluded that assault weapons are military-style weapons of war, made for offensive military use.
Dumbass Urbina, the constitution only allows for military style weapons, you have no constitutional right to hunt ducks.
McCain, Palin to campaign together in Arizona
Friday, March 26, 2010; 6:35 AM
PHOENIX -- John McCain helped Sarah Palin launch her national political career two years ago. Now, she's trying to help McCain save his. The former running mates will campaign together Friday for the first time since losing the presidential race in 2008.
Wow, Loser John is even more desparate than before!
25 March 2010
Orange County prosecutors have charged a Perris man who allegedly attacked a pelican on the Newport Pier when it tried to steal his catch.
The incident occurred last week, and authorities allege the fisherman stomped on the pelican’s beak. An online posting from a local rescue shelter said he also kicked it in the head.Daniel Richard Moreno, 19, will be in court Friday for a pretrial hearing after pleading not guilty last week to misdemeanor animal cruelty. Police said Moreno was fishing on the pier about 3:30 p.m. on March 14 and set one of the fish he caught on the ground next to him.
That’s when a pelican standing on a nearby building’s roof swooped down and tried to grab Moreno’s fish, authorities said.
The pelican had a 33- to 36-centimeter “hairline fracture” on its beak, Debbie McGuire, director for the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach, told the Daily Pilot. The fracture drew blood from the bird, police said.
-- Joseph Serna, Daily Pilot
Photo: The pelican who was allegedly attacked. Credit: Daily Pilot
24 March 2010
22 March 2010
20 March 2010
First, a natural gas pipe was shoved through a hole drilled into the roof of the gang enforcement unit's headquarters. The building filled with flammable vapor but an officer smelled the danger before anyone was hurt.
Then, a ballistic contraption was attached to a sliding security fence around the building. An officer opening the black steel gate triggered the mechanism, which sent a bullet within eight inches of his face.
In another attempted booby trap attack, some kind of explosive device was attached to a 's unmarked car while he went into a convenience store.
(Now a bomb threat)
19 March 2010
EDMONTON - Anti-oilpatch activist Wiebo Ludwig says there are innocent explanations for articles police seized from his farm in northwestern Alberta.
The 68-year-old says some of the terrorism books found were gifts, the chemistry texts were for home schooling and the marijuana was for his pregnant goats.
The items were seized when Ludwig was arrested two months ago on suspicion he had a role in pipeline bombings across the boundary in British Columbia.
Ludwig was released after the Crown prosecutor said there wasn't enough evidence to lay a charge.
Ludwig, who spent time in prison for oilpatch vandalism, has for years spoken against sour gas wells, which he says have poisoned his animals and caused stillborn babies in his family.
He says police have no case against him and are trying to make him look guilty.
I don't know his case, but I see nothing wrong with some grass or books.
18 March 2010
will definately select for certain characteristics. And here I am, growing outdoors.
Same for intelligence. Jews and Asians must have been subjected to stronger evolutionary
pressure to have higher "g", since "g" is an adaptive (ie breeding) trait. At least in the long
term; anti-intellectualism is also a trait, perhaps cultural with a genetic bedrock.
And intellectualism carries penalties; so does half sickle cell anti-malaria trait and half Tay-Sachs TB resistance.
Plants under lights:
Weakened root system
Generally narrower tolerance of conditions and lesser resistance to parasites --much like cows or other domesticated animals. If you take it to the levels of purebred dogs, you get into serious genetic defects, and show the limits of the basic architecture.
Hyper trichome-ism is a good thing, though.
Yes, we are better than our ancestors. Our grass is stronger, and over a long term and population (only) average, we are fitter --smarter and physical plant healthier.
But wealth leads to decadence, abundant food to genetic lack of selection, diversity, but also decay. The nucleic library molds and decays, without copying and editing.
Nature is the editor.
Do not fuck with mother nature.
(Do not take this post to condemn GM or breeding or hormone (etc) manipulation
---they're cool with me. I mean this in the larger spiritual creed sense as well as
the practical. We don't have Biblical dominion (tm) but we have Objectivist
Rule 1 of Nature club: Mother nature always wins
Rule 1.1: Nature includes the four forces and all of matter and energy.
Rule 1.2 Nature does not give a fuck about what is represented in the heads of humans
And so on.
Will have to think about this; or will anyway.
16 March 2010
15 March 2010
- zoom in on your tv
- watch the director etc commentary and cut if they exist
- watch over and over, attend to links (similarities or
- differences in the same dimension) within the movie
- slow it down
- watch without sound
Did my constitutional duty. Anything else is socialist pandering.
13 March 2010
12 March 2010
11 March 2010
The computing scientist E. W. Dijkstra also used the phrase in a paper, where he said, "A main nigger in the woodpile is the invention —in Europe— and the subsequent proliferation —primarily in the USA— of the term 'software engineering'."
A main nigger in the woodpile is the invention --in Europe-- and the subsequent proliferation --primarily in the USA-- of the term "software engineering". The existance of the mere term has been the base of a number of extremely shallow --and false-- analogies, which just confuse the issue. In a recent issue of "Daedalus" I read an article by an American sociologist, in which he gave the popular picture of "the engineer". Parochial as sociologists usually are, he gave a very American picture; for me that was in a way illuminating, since, besides the similarities, he also gave me the differences. My conclusion was that the term "software engineering" should never have been coined. The typical engineer is an a-cultural illiterate, unable to absorb or appreciate carefully written prose, equally unable to express himself well, a socially deficient bore, whose primary role in life is to make new gadgets with his hands. (Particularly the "with-his-hands" part is still very dominant --perhaps even more so than in the USA-- in the older European Engineering Departments. Although..... Some time ago a Californian colleague wrote in a technical report that he was tired of proving the correctness of theorems "manually"! Being a little bit old-fashioned, I still use my brains for understanding.)
10 March 2010
09 March 2010
08 March 2010
07 March 2010
1.3e7 people in one city?
His family has said they last heard from him in 2002. In 2004, the FBI identified him as part of an al Qaeda cell that was planning attacks aimed at disrupting that year's presidential election in the United States.
In October 2004, he began appearing in disguise in al Qaeda videos. Gadahn dropped the disguise in 2006.
In 2008, he renounced his U.S. citizenship and destroyed his passport in another al Qaeda video.
In his video message posted online Sunday, Gadahn says Muslims should emulate the alleged Fort Hood shooter.
In December, Gadahn released a video message in English offering condolences to "unintended Muslim victims" killed in attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere. It was a rare example of al Qaeda offering condolences to the families of those killed in the group's own attacks.
Adam Gadahn: 1
US Fascist G: 0
I saw this ---there was no coverage at news site:pk
Americans could be nottargets if they voted no empire.
Converse true also.
06 March 2010
and was astounded & insulted by
reading about your political
bust by the local CM buttheads
I'm glad I wasn't there: I'd be
I actually did write the city
council as you had mentioned, telling them about me:
45 year old white male, master's
degree in engineering, undergrad
degree from MIT, my son
is the best speller in 4th grade,
I live and work in Irvine, found
your establishment convenient (and
extremely professional, safe,
And about you: see above, and
extremely discrete as well.
But the buttheads think they're
right. Democracy doesn't count.
Reason doesn't count. Someone might
be having fun. We can't allow that.
(Patients do not have fun. Medical
morphine patients do not get high
or addicted, only fun-seekers do.
Cannabis can be fun to the neophyte,
but that is a side effect the rest
of us have to deal with, once we
realize its other benefits.)
Guess what --you know this! You're
a spiky retired RN! Goddamn.
Anyway I could not protest at the
CM city hall today. When you folks
find a new friendlier location you are welcome to send me email or snail mail letting me know.
And thanks for your place in
history --as an oppressed shop.
Sucks now, but one day will be
written about reverently.
PS: I was amused by the casualness
of your receptionist interviewing
a farmer in the lobby one day. The mutual trust (I mean with me
an unknown customer there) was pretty cool. (The farmer was
not of the race or culture that I
imagine growers are, and which
might induce fear in other circumstances; I don't
care in biz of course, its results that
matter. I was just amused at how
they didn't care that I was there
and I didn't worry since they were
discussing business and were cool
with me :-)
My grand-uncle grew and sold
squash and corn along a road between
albany and massachusetts.
turn this into food and materials, and survive.
Yaks are the center of the lifestyle, everyone is a connaisseur of yaks, yaks are status, wealth,
they get you to work, they are the cars of Tibet, yaks are survival.
Or rather, in california, our cars are our Yaks.
This is how I came to peace with the role of cars and petrol in the US. Car worship is analogous to yak worship which is less abhorrent to me.
05 March 2010
Parents of Pentagon gunman sought a mental-health hold for their son, sheriff in California says [Updated]
The parents of the man shot to death after pulling a gun on Pentagon police guards Thursday had reported him missing in January and asked local authorities to hold him, concerned about his mental health.[Updated at 12:48 p.m.: The family of the gunman, John Patrick Bedell, released the following statement Friday, according to theHollister (Calif.) Free Lance:
"We are devastated as a family by the news from yesterday. To the outside world, this tragedy is the first and only thing they will know of Patrick. To us, he was a beloved son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin. We may never know why he made this terrible decision. One thing is clear though -- his actions were caused by an illness and not a defective character.
"We wish for the speedy and complete recovery of the two officers involved. The family asks that you respect their privacy in this terrible time."]
The parents of Bedell, 36, of Hollister filed a missing-person report on Jan. 4, said San Benito County Sheriff Curtis Hill.
Hill said the report stemmed from a call the family received from a Texas state trooper on Jan. 3. The trooper said he had stopped their son for speeding on a freeway heading west outside Amarillo, Hill said.
The trooper used Bedell’s cellphone to call Bedell’s parents, apparently trying to determine whether there was sufficient cause for a mental-health hold on Bedell.
“There’s an inference in [the report] that he was concerned about his mental health,” Hill said.
It’s unclear what Bedell’s mother told the trooper. Apparently finding no cause to hold Bedell, the trooper let him go, Hill said.
Hill said Bedell’s mother called San Benito County sheriff’s deputies the next day to report her son missing and to ask for a mental-health hold in the event he was located. Deputies went to the Bedell house later. By then, his mother said, he had returned home, but she told deputies she couldn’t find him.
The missing-person case remained open until Jan. 18, when deputies returned to the Bedell home. His father told them he’d returned and to cancel the missing-person report, which they did, Hill said.
[Updated at 12:34 p.m.: In the San Benito County sheriff’s Jan. 4 missing-person report, Bedell’s father said Patrick and Patrick's brother had been in an argument about three weeks before. The father said he had not seen Patrick since Dec. 30. His son, he said, had been living and working in San Jose, but he didn’t know where.
According to the report, the Texas state trooper told Bedell’s mother, Karen, that he was concerned for her son's mental health because his car appeared to be in disarray. He said that Bedell had told him he was on his way to the East Coast.
Bedell’s mother told the officer that he was OK, according to the report. She spoke briefly with her son, who said he was OK.
The father told San Benito County deputies that he was concerned for his son’s safety. He said Bedell had a medical marijuana card, had been detained for mental evaluation before and had no friends or relatives on the East Coast.
On January 18, deputies returned to the Bedell home. Bedell’s father said his son had returned a few days before, and asked his parents “not to ask him any questions about where he was,” according to the report. Deputies removed his name from the missing-persons database.]
In 2006, Orange County court records show, Bedell was arrested and charged with cultivating marijuana and resisting arrest. The marijuana charge was later dropped and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of resisting arrest. He served three years' probation, which ended in August, and for which he did Caltrans community service, according to court records.
[Updated at 1:26 p.m. Irvine police arrested Bedell at his apartment on Amherst Aisle after neighbors reported him growing marijuana on a balcony.
Seeing the plants, officers obtained a search warrant for his apartment. Four days later, they returned and found 16 marijuana plants, along with an irrigation system, lights and other growing equipment. Bedell was alone in the apartment, according to the police report, and was arrested. He refused to leave under his own power and officers had to carry him to the patrol car.
Officers confiscated cards listing his name and a business, One Gram Cannabis, said Irvine police Lt. Henry Boggs.]
Bedell had recently attended San Jose State University as a graduate student, studying electrical engineering, said Pat Harris, university spokeswoman. He’d enrolled in courses in the fall of 2008 through fall of 2009, she said. He hadn’t enrolled for the 2010 spring semester, but “he was a student in good standing. He was not on academic probation” nor did he have a criminal record at the university, Harris said.
A California man accused of trying to make his way inside the Pentagon, opening fire and wounding two officers, had trouble with police in Orange County.
John Patrick Bedell, a 36-year-old man who officials said drew at least one gun and started firing Thursday evening, served time in Orange County Jail in 2006, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
Bedell, a resident of Hollister, lived in Irvine during the time of the arrest, authorities said.
Bedell was arrested by Irvine police in 2006 on suspicion of cultivating marijuana and resisting arrest, Amormino said.
According to the Orange County Superior Court file on the case, Bedell suffered from bipolar disorder.
In February 2008, Bedell wrote to a judge in the case saying he had bipolar disorder and it led to a psychiatric hospitalization.
Also in the court file is a letter from a psychiatrist, Dr. J. Michael Nelson with San Benito County Behavioral Health. Nelson wrote that Bedell "struggles with a variant of bipolar illness. This is characterized by depression, anxiety, mood swings, and ideas of reference, among other symptoms."
Nelson wrote that Bedell was relatively symptom free while on medication. However, Bedell fell out of treatment between 2005 and 2007 and his anxiety and depression began to reappear, Nelson wrote. "His effort to deal with it included self-medication with marijuana," the letter said.
The marijuana charge, a felony, was dropped after Bedell completed a drug program. He was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest.
In a handwritten explanation, Bedell told the judge: ""I cultivated marijuana for my own use. When officers arrested me, I went limp and they had to carry me away, and I blocked access to my house, delaying their lawful investigation."
"The moral values of individuals and communities are increasingly attacked by a political system where deceit is routine and accepted and the only standard is power," he said in the online video.
Authorities say Bedell's had brushes with the law in the past and his Internet musing mentioned charges for marijuana possession as a reference to the government's intervention in his life.
Good PR for Al Q too --dissent from within. Its actually correct dissent, but who expects that to matter?
04 March 2010
Mar 03, 2010 16:14 EST
The Pentagon's chief legal counsel said a nine-month study on gays in the military will likely review rules for troops on sodomy and oral sex.
The Uniform Code of Military Justice prohibits sodomy and oral sex, even among consenting adults and married couples.
Pentagon General Counsel Jeh Johnson, who is helping to lead a study on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, said he planned to review all related aspects of the military legal code.
When asked by Arkansas Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder whether that review will extend to the rules on sodomy and oral sex, Johnson said yes.
Source: AP News
MADRID (AFP) – A Spanish court on Tuesday sentenced a leader of the banned Basque separatist party Batasuna to two years in jail after convicting him on charges of glorifying terrorism.
The High Court also barred, the former spokesman for Batasuna, the political wing of the armed separatist group ETA, from holding public office for 16 years.
Otegi, 51, went on trial last month over his presence and speech at a 2005 tribute in the Basque region to a jailed ETA member, Jose Maria Sagarduy.
During the event Otegi said the Basque region had achieved greater powers for its regional government thanks to the efforts of "Basqueand refugees and many companions who we have lost in our struggle".
He also compared Sagarduy to former, a Nobel peace laureate.
His lawyers had argued that he was exercising his right to free speech but the court ruled that the comments "constitute without a doubt the crime of glorifying terrorism."
We need a regime change in Spain, they need to accept the US bill of rights. "We begin bombing in five minutes.."
Its entirely legal to glorify asymmetric warfare in various forms, one of which is what is correctly called "terrorism", and one is likely to do so, if opining, and if you believe this an effective policy. Which, obviously from history and game theory, it can be.