Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
"Phoenix has seen a 25 percent decline in the number of crimes during the first five months of 2009 compared to the same time period in 2007 when the economy began to slow. Violent crime in Phoenix is down 12 percent, according crime statistics from the Phoenix Police Department.
"The Mesa Police Department reports a 19 percent decrease in total crimes for the first half of 2009 versus the first half of 2007, including a 10 percent drop in violent crime. Tempe has seen a 25 percent total drop.
"At the same time, the state’s illegal immigrant population has decreased by as much as one-third thanks to the down U.S. economy, tougher enforcement polices by the federal government and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the state’s employer sanctions law which goes after businesses who hire undocumented workers, said Steven Camarota, director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
"CIS estimates Arizona’s illegal immigrant population has gone from 579,000 in 2007 to 388,000 this year — 191,000-person drop."
Thanks to rob_92183 on the Journal Times site for providing the above link.
Of course, just because someone is willing to break the law to enter this country doesn't mean that they're willing to break the law, right? Up is down and black is white and illegal is legal. Don't let logic or common sense get in the way of critical thought.
More benefits for criminals!
Melissa Brandts and her husband set the automatic timer on their camera for a romantic snap at the idyllic Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park, Canada – only for the squirrel to sneak into the pic at the last minute.
The squirrel has since gone on to become an international star after the snap was uploaded onto the National Geographic.com website, inspiring a deluge of Photoshop tributes.
Sites like Bussfeed.com have been flooded with doctored pics showing the attention-seeking rodent crashing iconic images like the Last Supper and the moon landing.
Mrs Brandts said: "We had our camera set up on some rocks and were getting ready to take the picture when this curious little ground squirrel appeared, became intrigued with the sound of the focusing camera and popped right into our shot!
"It was a once in a lifetime moment - we were laughing about this little guy for days!"
Thursday, August 13, 2009
"An evolving painting created by four artists working simultaneously on the same digital canvas. The painting process was unplanned and free form. The artists took cues from each others actions and interpretation of various shapes/colors. Communication was made possible by text chat. The total elapsed time was 4 hours."
These are a little different from what I remember!!
Mary had a little pig,
She kept it fat and plastered;
And when the price of pork went up,
She shot the little bastard.
Mary had a little lamb.
Her father shot it dead.
Now it goes to school with her,
Between two hunks of bread.
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To have a little fun.
Stupid Jill forgot the pill
And now they have a son.
Simple Simon met a pie man going to the fair.
Said Simple Simon to the pie man,
'What have you got there?'
Said the pie man unto Simon,
'Pies, you dumb ass' !!
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings' horses,
And all the kings' men.
Had scrambled eggs,
For breakfast again.
Hey diddle, diddle, the cat took a piddle,
All over the bedside clock.
The little dog laughed to see such fun.
Then died of electric shock.
Georgie Porgy pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
And when the boys came out to play,
He kissed them too 'cause he was gay.
There was a little girl who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good, she was very, very good.
But when she was bad........
She got a fur coat, jewels, a waterfront condo, and a sports car.
You have to be old enough to appreciate this.
If you don't understand, it is because you are too young.
You have to re-register with the new platform, but it allows members to create their own unique blog sites.
All these options in Racine for the web. I don't think it's negativity. It reminds me of how this city was at the turn of the last century when we had hundreds of entrepreneurs and inventors trying out new things, pushing the envelope. Of course, the powers-that-be consider these things a challenge to their authority. They publicly lament a lack of vision and perseverance in creating new opportunities, while privately doing all they can to stifle those they consider a threat to their domains.
There are a lot of different kinds of parties, Racine. Party on!
He was a Waukesha native. He literally invented the electric guitar:
"As he practiced his new instrument and listened to jazz bands from Chicago over the radio, Paul noticed that an acoustic guitar, which got its amplification from the string ringing off the hollow body, could not compete for volume in a big band. It needed a boost, he thought.
"Only 13 years old at the time, he reasoned that a phonograph pickup -- the little device that takes the sound from a record and makes it loud enough to hear -- could provide the extra volume if placed under the strings and sent to a radio speaker.
"Thus was born a rudimentary electric guitar, using the cartridge and stylus from a phonograph, in 1927."
He was a master of it.
"Aside from making rock-and-roll possible with his creation of the electric guitar, Paul also contributed immensely to the advance of studio recording over the years with inventions like multitrack recording, reverb, and more than a dozen others."
After a terrible accident, Les Paul was told that he might not ever play again. He told the doctors to set his arm bones so that he could still hold a guitar and he would take it from there. And he did.
I have a buddy who collects guitars and met Les Paul a number of times. I called him to deliver the news. He said, "I'm gonna pull out one of my Les Pauls [guitars made by Gibson] and play it for awhile." I bet Les will be playing along in heaven.
Thank you so much, Les Paul.
I'm on pins and needles.
EDIT: I'm bumping this so people have a place to comment if they have difficulty logging onto the Journal Times new site.
The above link doesn't work anymore. Here's the new story: http://www.journaltimes.com/article_903341f8-881c-11de-ba8e-001cc4c002e0.html?mode=story
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Remember, this is an unprocessed raw image so you can see all kinds of junk in there. I love this one since you really get a sense of how thin the rings are. The rings are made up of small bits of icy rock the size of houses and smaller and are only about 100 feet thick. You can actually see through them! Look at the stars beneath the rings. We normally don't see them because the rings are too bright. Make the rings dark, and you can see right through them.
Check out the other images as well.
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
The Great Pollinator Project focuses on watching bees in New York City. BeeSpotter currently is collecting data from people in Illinois but will expand to other states. My favorite is the Great Sunflower Project. They collect data nationwide The Great Sunflower Project is signing people up for 2010. They will send you free sunflower seeds to plant. You then watch and see how long it takes five bees to visit your sunflower.
So start planning for 2010 and get your sunflower seeds now!
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
One little addition I noticed is Michael, the son, had a small telescope and an interest in astronomy. At one point George (the father) says, "I used to love astronomy when I was his age...until Ms. Andrews (his nanny) beat it out of me".
And there is a heapin' pile of truth there. The way science is taught in school, portrayed by the media, and even talked about in everyday life pretty much beats the love of science out of people. When I tell people I majored in physics and work at an observatory, I get all kinds of, "You must be really smart" or "Science is just so hard" comments. People say this around their children without thinking who soak up these messages that science is something they can't do. We really do our best to beat the love of science out of people.
I remember the old Carl Sagan quote, "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." This is truly a recipe for disaster. The lack of understanding of the scientific process and principles taints debates on many important issues including global warming, stem cell research, genetic engineering, evolution, environmental issues, net neutrality, autism, cancer clusters, and a whole host of other issues. Misinformation is so readily available on the internet and most people are poorly equipped to evaluate the claims and counter claims.In the end, after Mary Poppins sets everything right, the family goes outside and looks at the stars. George spies a shooting star and asks Michael for his telescope to look at it. Of course, you don't use a telescope to see a shooting star, but its really Mary Poppins flying away leaving the happy family so I will forgive this little breach of protocol. May more of us follow George's footsteps and rediscover our childhood love of science.
Reprinted with permission from the Half-Astrophysicist Blog.
This made me laugh, it's a quote from
that the stars rotate.
They all do.
There is always one in every bunch,
I thought for sure Hale would have
reported on this one,
I found it terribly funny :)
"The city’s Public Safety and Welfare Committee is backing an ordinance change that would allow Kenosha police officers and firefighters to issue citations if they hear profane, vile, filthy or obscene language while engaged in duty."
But can you say "testicles"?
I thought disorderly conduct citations already covered this.
No runs, no hits, no errors again this week. No desperate cries for help. No whispered rumors in the night. No revealing pictures stolen in a moment. Nobody who wants to know the truth about tomorrow. Well, except maybe for Mayor Dickert, who recently said in an interview in the Racine Post: "I know what Racine will look like in 10 years. Do you?" (http://news.racinepost.com/2009/08/positively-draft.html) Why yes, Mr. Mayor, I do know what Racine will look like in 10 years. That’s my job. You stick to the mayoring, please, and I’ll stick to the fortune telling. I have enough competition as it is. And if anyone wants to know what Racine will really look like in 10 years, my rates are reasonable.
I’ve just started on the major spring cleaning and painting that I’ve been putting off, just a little. Junior is useless as he continues to claim that he is a dancing robot and not programmed to wash walls or vacuum carpeting. What kind of robot eats Oreos and drinks milk? And has dirty laundry? So I have to work the cleaning and painting in between my regularly and irregularly scheduled appointments. Don’t procrastinate, dearies. Never put off till today what you could’ve done yesterday, because then it would already be done. Thus spake Zoltar.
As a community service, I feel obligated to lend my talents in the search for the owner of the dog which recently bit a 72-year-old man in Racine. The gentleman has now been able to identify the breed of dog as “a fawn colored boxer, boxer/mix type,” according to Racine Uncovered: http://racineuncovered.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/update-dog-bite-victim-identifies-breed-of-dog/. I have been telepathically searching for the dog’s master on my own, but it is difficult to cut through all of the chatter of so many minds. Perhaps if I can connect with the dog, he or she can lead me to the owner. I urge anyone who knows anything about this dog or who owns it, to please call the Racine Health Department at (262) 636-9203. You can do it anonymously. Surreptitiously, even.
Oh my, I really don’t have a lot more to blog about this week. Physical labor sure can take it out of you. But it also puts something back in. It can feel really good to get out and exercise, or stay in and exercise. We’re designed to work. And to rest. That’s what I’m going to do.
Ask me about your work issues or labor pains: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading my blog, sweethearts. I wish all of the Irregulars, and all of Racine, a wonderful week. May your grundies stay dry as you splash through the fountain of life. Oldsmobile!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Gardening Rule: When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.
There are two kinds of pedestrians: the quick and the dead.
Life is sexually transmitted.
Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
Have you noticed since everyone has a cell that takes pictures these days, no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to?
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
In the 60s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, "I think I'll squeeze these dangly things here, and drink whatever comes out?"
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
Do illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet Soup?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Aug. 10, 2009 12:40 p.m.
"Can Milwaukee support a public, urban boarding school for at-risk teenagers?
"That's a question the Milwaukee Board of School Directors' Committee on Innovation/School Reform will take up tomorrow night, when it considers a proposal from School Board President Michael Bonds to partner with an organization that can help open such a school in 2010 for students in 9th through 12th grades."
Is this part of the solution? Should we be looking at something like this in Racine to break the cycle of broken lives begetting broken lives? How do we stop another generation from imploding on the city streets? When is it in the best interest of the child to remove him or her from home? Should we make this available for all grades?
I don't know. I'm just asking questions.
I used it in a comment and the comment was moderated for being "vulgar."
What's the acceptable term? Oysters, balls, eggs, bollocks, cojones, what?
My doctor says testicles. Is he vulgar, too?
Some guy on their site developed a fetish for me and kept calling me names. I get so tired of the trolls. I offered to meet with him to discuss the issues. Like all the cowards before him, he backed down from meeting face to face. So I suggested that if his testicles ever drop in the future, he should contact me and we could discuss things then. That was deleted.
Calling people communists, fascists, and Hitler is OK. Mentioning a part of the human anatomy is not. Ain't that a shot to the nuts?
-- The Sheriff
A local piece of crap was busted at the North Beach Oasis for repeatedly kicking a leashed dog in the stomach. It wasn't even his dog. He was supposedly walking it for someone else.
I find it difficult to express my feelings about these kinds of people without getting very offensive myself. They are of the same breed as those who abuse children. Of course. our criminal "justice" system will do the right thing and this waste of skin will be back in the news again, preying on others weaker than him.
Then we will blame society and party downtown.
EDIT: Here's his picture from his MySpace page:
Ooo, what a hard ass!