Sarah comes by the blog and on her blog she has a glass of Guiness as a background. I'm too stupid to come up with a fancy background, so you get the standard Blogger template. Anyway Sarah, I thought of you when I saw this pic. I recall drinking a Guiness once, and that's all it took for me.
I can really understand the fustration felt by people in Arizona. The Feds are and have been dragging their feet on immigration reform. The two sides (let everyone in or let no one in) are so polarized as to make a middle ground improbable. I think this law is bad. It allows the police to ask anyone for their papers. Not just Latinos. Let's say I'm pulled over for a ticket and I get mouthy with the cop. He can then ask for my citizenship papers. Of course I don't carry around my birth certificate, and then he can arrest me. Or you, for that matter. Then your car is towed and you have to pay a king's ransom to get it out of the tow yard. The unlimited power to arrest (unless you always carry your passport) citizens is to me quite scary and goes against what our country was founded upon. Its like the seatbelt law here in California. At first, you couldn't get pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. It was a secondary reason for a ticket. Then, laws were passed so you could get pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. Now, the cops can go fishing if they don't like the way you look. "Oh, I thought you weren't wearing your seatbelt. I see you are. License and registration please. (and if you're in Arizona, proof of citizenship) You don't even need to prove your a citizen to vote, so what's up with this law? I believe it will be struck down by one of the federal courts. Its only a matter of time.
Here's a shot of Jessica Simpson (on the Ellen show) where she doesn't look like a she beast. Actually, she looks pretty good here, showing off the girls. I've been pretty hard on her in the past, so here's a pro Jessica pic.
Also, here's 10 reasons why US News and World Report thinks Palin would make a good president. Sorry Rich, but I laughed out loud at a few of them. She's an idiot and will not win the presidency in 2012.
The Majesty fired right up when I rolled it out of the garage. Sadly, I've not ridden it in a while. I've got a week to myself in June to go camping and riding. I'm leaning towards going to the rancheria, but I've not yet made up my mind. I can't take both the scooter and Chico. I did think about taking Chico to Sandy Beach, but I think I'm leaning more toward riding. And, staying at a place with cable tv and a pool. So, we'll see.
I met my step sister Teresa and her family this last Saturday. They live in Napa County, but are moving to Texas in a month or so. They're very nice people and I got different insight into Joe from both Teresa and her husband Chris. Also, their son Max (home on leave from Afganistan) talked about Joe as a grandfather. I visited for about 3 hours before running out of steam and heading home. So, I've talked to most everyone I hoped to when I set out on this journey. People reached out to me when they didn't have to, for which I'm greatly appreciative. I plan on keeping contact with Bev, Norman and Teresa/Chris.
In even simpler words: The Rays wouldn't make money on the stadium. They'd make money on the subsidy. And that, in a nutshell, is what's driving the new-stadium game: not obsolete stadiums, but the desire for public cash.
I think these sports teams crying for more taxpayer money to build ballparks irks me almost as much as photo radar. There was an article in yesterdays Mercury that was pro 49ers stadium, telling the reader that the "poll" said that a majority of voters wanted to subsidize the 49ers's new stadium in Santa Clara.
This represents the amount of give a shit that most of my crew had, at least when I had a crew. Now, I do my own thing and usually nobody bothers me. Except for last week when a guy from next door came in all huffy and rude complaining about Chico's barking. He only barks when I'm not close by. He still has separation anxiety. Still, it bummed me out for a while, though I brought him in tonight and there wasn't a problem.
Here's a link (again from The Agitator. See, I told you you should be reading him on a daily basis) that talks about how a guy was illegally arrested in Seattle for not telling the cops who he was. Its against the Washington State Constitution to be arrested for not ID'ing yourself. (don't count on this being applicable in your state without researching it first) The gist is that all Seattle patrol cars have video and each officer is wired with a mic. When the defendant wanted to view the video, SPD said it had been erased. Well, it hadn't and, well, click on the link and read about it. I think in California you have to tell the cops your name and city of residence. But that's it.
Here's a link I got from The Agitator (who you should be reading on a daily basis) that talks about how our planet is running out of phosphorus, which is a vital component of fertilizer. Which means in 30 or 40 years we're not going to have enough food to feed everyone.
I can't get the A's games in the warehouse, so I usually listen to the Sharks or Nikki Sixx's new show. Sixx plays some pretty good 70's and 80' rock. You don't hear Y&T, Rainbow, UFO or The Ramones (one of my most personal favorites) on the regular "classic rock" stations, but Sixx plays them all. Rock The Nation was just on, by Sammy Hagar and Ronny Montrose. It too is one of my favorites, in fact, the first album by these two is on par with any first rock album by anybody and is one you all should have. I had a dream not too long ago that I was trying to make Rock The Nation our new national anthem. Sure beats a drunken British pub song like we have now. I do have odd dreams.
On an aside and speaking of Sammy Hagar, we're going to see Heart and Sammy at Raley Field in Sacramento over Memorial Day. The gal at the ballpark who sold me the tickets said she saw Heart with Journey last year and Heart really puts on a rockin' show. I'm not a huge Heart fan, though I usually don't change the channel when they come on. I have no Heart albums. I'm pretty sure I've expressed on this very blog that I love Sammy Hagar and have been a big fan of his for decades. Being a cheap ass, I got the cheapest tickets for $40 a pop. At least when you buy them at the venue you don't have to pay the goddamn ticket service armed robbery disguised as a "service charge."
A group of "decendents" of Mohammed sued the Danish paper that printed the cartoons. In what I think is an outstanding idea, a group has sued the heirs of Mohammed to get an apology and a change to the Koran for all its libeling of non Muslims. Read this link and don't say that people aren't pretty bright in standing up to the Muslim silliness.
The National Day of Prayer had been found to be unconstitutional. This decision came down last week. (you can see I'm really up on things these days) Hell, of course its unconstitutional. Our secular government has no business getting involved in prayer. I noticed that a few politicos are up in arms over this. They seem to forget, as do a great many of the sheeple, that The Savior himself directs the followers in Matthew 6 5-6 to pray in private behind locked doors and not to pray in public. Here's AU's link.
This is a day or two old, but the Christian Legal Society is suing UC Berkeley to be officially included with the other campus clubs. Problem is that the CLS discriminates against non Christians. Which is legal to do. But not when you're begging for public money to do so. I'm not sure why the SCOTUS is hearing this case, as they already decided this issue when they said that the Boy Scouts had the right to discriminate as a private organization. They just can't expect public funding. Its really quite simple. Open your group to everyone or don't get public funding. Here's the link to AU's coverage.
I've heard through the grapevine here at work that we're probably going to get the Wall Street Journal. I asked about my job but got no real reply either way. There's still one or two people looking out for me, which is a good thing.
Our Transportation shop steward is retiring within a month or so. I guess my name has been bandied about as the guy to replace him. I told the guy who told me that, that there's no fucking way in hell I'd ever be the shop steward again. I've had enough in dealing with the crybabies when I dispatched, much less having to defend pieces of shit who need to be fired. No thanks.
I can't think if I mentioned this, but I've also heard that USA Today is moving to Transcon from the Marin I-J. I think that bodes well for the Merc getting the WSJ.
OK, you're thinking. Another pic of a big boobied gal on Joe's Big Blog. But wait. Look at her right boob. Her boob is lumpy and her cleavage is crooked. I'm just sayin' that if you spend a shitload of money on store bought boobs, they ought to look better than this.
A while ago, Poodles sent me a link to a Utah hair cutting chain called Bikini Cuts. Here's Damn Cool Pics explaining how female Polish barbers dress. Now if this was in America, I'd be a dapper kind of guy.
This blog is for me (Joe) to keep in contact with my friends and family who I don't see too much of because I work nights. If you're wandering by checking out the blog from the Internet, well, you're welcome too, I'm 50 years old and live in California. I'm married with two bonus daughters and three grandchildren. I write about sports, scooters, vacations in the RV, my atheism, funny pictures, and pretty much anything else I can think of. I welcome all opposing views as long as you can keep it civil, my mom does come by on occasion. And, as always, the true focus of my life is my marriage to Sandra and fulfilling The Plan. Though the blog is in the top 5.