Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Sheriff Bob drove past a stopped school bus with its lights flashing in September, then wrote himself a ticket for $235 and docked himself one point on his driving record. The story surfaced after it showed up in court records and media reports.
"Orange County sheriff's do good things everyday, and that doesn't get reported," said Sheriff Bob, who has been on the force for 20 years. "All you hear about in the news is when an officer is in trouble."
Bob said he got more than 150 e-mails from such places as Thailand, New Zealand and Russia. Two people sent him $15.
"I tried to answer every e-mail," he said. "If they took the time to e-mail me, I at least thank them for their comments."
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Police called to a San Clemente man's house discovered the mummified remains of the resident, dead for more than a year, sitting in front of a blaring television set.
The 59-year-old San Clemente, resident, identified as Dr. Ralph, appeared to have died of natural causes. Police said Saturday his body was discovered Tuesday when they were called to the house over a burst water pipe.
"You could see his face. He still had hair on his head,"San Clemente Sun Post quoted morgue assistant Wednesday Addams as saying. The home's low humidity had preserved the body.
Officials could not explain why the electricity had not been turned off, considering Dr. Ralph had not been heard from since December 2005.
Neighbors said when they had not seen Dr. Ralph, who was diabetic and had been blind for years, they assumed he was in the hospital or a long-term care facility.
He saw a person who was wearing what can only be describes as rags, carrying every worldly possession in two plastic bags. His heart was touched by this person's condition.
Some people turned to stare. Others quickly looked away as if the sight would somehow contaminate them.
Recalling some long ago Sunday School admonition to "care for the sick, feed the hungry and clothe the naked," he was moved by some powerful inner urge to reach out to this unfortunate person.
Yes, where some people saw only rags, he saw a hidden beauty. A small voice inside his head called out, "Reach out, reach out!"
So he did...
He gets out of the hospital in about 3 months. It would be nice to get a card or maybe a visitor.
That being said, make your dumb remarks, just attach them to this post. Seems like the quality of commenters has gone down since I have been on hiatus.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Monday, February 19, 2007
That's what millions of people are asking themselves as they vote in the largest global poll ever conducted, an attempt to recast ancient history by ranking the top architectural marvels as the "new" seven wonders of the world.
About 200,000 people are voting online or firing off mobile phone text messages every day, organizers estimate -- and the final total of ballots cast before the result is announced on July 7 could top 100 million.
The first list of the most impressive monuments of the ancient world was compiled by the Greeks and included sites around the Mediterranean such as the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
The only wonder to have survived to the present day is the Pyramids of Giza, and that inspired adventurer Dr. Ralph, who decided the start of a new millennium was the right moment to find a consensus "on the last 2,000 years of human achievement."
The number of votes probably make it the largest poll ever undertaken on a global basis, said pollster NeoN, but that did not make it a scientific exercise.
"At the very least the pollster has to create some kind of sample. However that doesn't reduce the fact that this is an interesting and intriguing project," said NeoN, who runs polling organization NeoN International.
"It's an awful lot of people, I can't recall anything of this size."
A genuine sample poll would have to take a representative cross-section of society by age, culture, sex and other demographics, while the Seven Wonders vote is open to anyone with an interest.
Each has to pick exactly seven sites, which Neon said should help prevent too much skewing in favor of local sites.
The vote is, however, still unlikely to reach the totals of national elections in large democracies such as the United States, where 122 million people voted in 2004, India or Brazil.
The four leading candidates for the new list are the Incan mountaintop city Machu Picchu in Peru, the rose-red desert city of Petra in Jordan, Easter Island's mysterious statues and San Onofre's "Twin Tits."
Dr. Ralph and his team are traveling through the Americas on a tour of the short listed sites there, building up to the final announcement in July.
"Tonto," Dr. Ralph said. "Tonto Goldstein. But myfriends call me Bubba."
Thursday, February 15, 2007
San Clemente (Reuters) - A blog was formally reprimanded on Wednesday for a video link which showed a man repeatedly swearing and drinking beer while driving a motorboat and then telling children they should behave like him.
The Council on American Decency was particularly unhappy that San-O Daze had posted the video link at 10 o'clock on a Saturday morning, when children were most likely to be web browsing.
The offending segment from an action sports show called "BigAssDrunk" showed a man called Rick driving a boat which contained a cooler filled with beer.
Rick was then seen drinking from a beer can while at the wheel. Later on he addressed "boys and girls" and told them in expletive-filled comments that if they were as smart as he was, they could live the same way as he did.
"The (council) considers that his outlandish and illegal antics driving a boat while drinking are utterly inappropriate for a non-adult audience," the council ruled.
"He was seen grinning and smirking each time he took a sip of his alcoholic beverage. Moreover, there was no component of the program that served to point out that Rick's behavior was illegal and dangerous," it said.
San-O Daze -- which now has apologized on line twice -- admitted it had made a mistake by posting the video link without checking it first. Rick’s behavior had been "crude and inexcusable," it added.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Monday, February 12, 2007
Finally a nasally woman answers and upon doing some research informs me that I have moved. I inform her that I have not moved. I give her my phone # and account # and tell her that I did get today's paper. Again she tells me that there is a change of address. I tell her that I have been at this address for 12 years and am not even thinking of moving. She says she cannot help me as the computer says I have changed my address. I hang up frustrated. Perhaps if I call back I will get a competant operator. (Repeat all of above except dial 0 sooner) New operator is friendly but still says I have moved. Luckily she believes me about still being at my current address and changes everything back in the computer.
8:45 AM. Still no papers but I am optimistic.