Sunday, December 30, 2007

Acheeeeuuuwww!


Got cha! My first cold symptoms since getting off chemo, May, 2005; sneezing like hell, runny nose, agh! My doctor told me I probably wouldn't get sick for quite a while after the chemotherapy treatment concluded, and he was right...New Years eve tomorrow, Oh-Eight is here! Big family court hearing for me on 1/7/08 and I'm feeling a little antsy about it; anyone who knows, understands The Family Law Industry is not for Dad's, but I have no choice this time. The preparation for hearing has been close to all consuming of my time for the past four weeks, and I finished my document gathering just today. I think I'm as prepared as I'm going to get; wish me luck, and I'll have a full report next week!
Hoping the best for a positive New Year and hoping those I know and care about have a better year than last. Don't know about you, but it's been kinda rough round heeya!

Peace..........

Saturday, December 29, 2007

New Year? - Let's hope!


Great, and convivial, time was had by just about all who attended Christmas at my Mom's house. Which, by the way, and if it matters, is where I reside too...My older daughters had a great time and received some very nice things from Santy Claus and their family....I've been sorta wrapped with the entire Tiger-kills-zoo-patron thing; as I say from time to time "I can think of a few ways to go, but that ain't one of em" Spooky.....

As Oh-Eight approaches, gotta wonder what the hell is going to happen, as is known, Oh-Seven sucked....I must confess, I'm ready for that snap on Pennsylvania Avenue to vacate the premises; fuck! Glowing economy? Unemployment low? Bullshit!

Now I admittedly, converse with pretty small circles of folks, but I don't know anybody who is enjoying the proverbial "day at the beach" in their lives right now.....Oh, enough Pablo, sheessh!

To the bed with a sniffle, a sneeze, and a cough -

Sneak under the blankets, with shiver and broth -

Arise in the morning, with clear nose and eyes -

Hope that my head cold has met it's demise -
...Ah, at least I try. Some nights are better than others. To you who care; X O
....Peace

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Miles in the Waiting




Picture is of two pretty, and important gals in my life; my middle daughter and my Mom -


Being limited by a strenuous bunch of BS dumped on me at the first of November, my Merry Blissmiss plans have been strained, as my body and soul continue to be, by crap much of which is out of my control.....I'm litterally quite tired and, grow weary of always having something or someone, not of my doing or desire, impeding what had been a clear drive for simple smoothness in my life; simple smoothness.....Had to get something for my youngest today, and so I did, venturing "out amongst em"....In L.A. I believe I've finally learned: Shop early. Which is what I'd intended to do until the bomb bopped me in November...Anyway, trying not to whine, but shit "what'd I do?"!
Looking forward to 2008?
Geeezzzuuusss! 2008!


A father's love...
"A father's seldom-spoken love sounds clearly through the years -sometimes in peals of laughter, sometimes through happy tears. Perhaps they have to speak their love in a fashion all their own. Because the love that fathers feel is too big for words alone"- Author unknown

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Passion gone?


Ooof, Christmastasio is nearly here....Certainly, so far at least in my life, things are turning out to be a bit more of a creepy fairytale than I'd thought they'd be; Demons, (some, admittedly, of my own creation) monsters, dark trails, have replaced pumpkin carving, stocking stuffers, and days at the beach. However, none of this stuff I anticipated when riding my skateboard, on a nice afternoon, in So Cal in 1969- Sheeesh....

Priced a gallon of milk this week?

Seems we're a bit short on heroes, champions, saviours, people of truth, or "the ordinary" folk baby boomers expected(?) at this point; things are almost making Nixon look good. Well, how I see it anyway.....Like Jim Carrey said in The Cable Guy - "Weird" - Ya think?

Mucha lluvia in Los Angeles two days in a row......Drought over? Hope so.....Peace

Monday, December 17, 2007

Blown - Steam, Argh!!


The indicator was up, just as was my ire, and so it seems that my demons conspire - Against me the odds tend to show and constrict, and now it's my transpo that contradicts -

Does the car pick a time to both supply and deceive? Just wanted to get there have coffee and breathe - Now again I am challenged, and must dig out my wrenches - to twist and to alter, to replace the damn menace. - Today the Acura warned me that attention was due, some leaking, and steaming and it shut down too - So now I must fix it so that I can drive on, and pray that the timing belt doesn't end up on the lawn....

Well, I had a meltdown today, actually, it was my 90 Integra, bless it's heart. Stood by me and I have done nothing to maintain it....Check your belts and hoses people.....Peace

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sock-it-to-me?


Arose, anticipating only the laundry, but alas found myself in yet one more quandary -

By myself, or with people, alone I do stand, then, someone came by - said "For now, I'll take your hand" - I never was asked, nor was I ever untruthful, but when burning inside, one want's to be fruitful - With passion and spirit, to the woman of then, came an aging young man to the seducer's warm den - With writhe and with sweat, to that moment one seeks, all at once, no more posturing, questions, nor peeks - In the human condition, is where truth it does live, testimony is given, folks to each other, they give - No pain, and much mercy, between two searching souls, so what if things happen, and grow out of control? If no one is injured and no promises made, then onward they travel, on their own paths, they've made.....Peace

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Merry Blissmas!


Yeah, right...A two minute poem:

Dad, where are you? Away? Where you've been, I know not. Where you were remains mysterious, yet away from me are ye now. Where were you, and where have you been, where have you gone this time? Wondering? Are you with peace, and easiness, or troubled as I have been?...Seems I have travelled so very far while you have been elsewhere; troubled, I remain, but chin held high, looking forth. To love, as I have, has proven to be so very difficult, I seek bliss, yet when one has failed, also as I have, hurt causes me to question - everything........Ah, well, fresh eyes soon I hope.....Onward; Dad?

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

OK, so that's the way it is!


I wrote an exceptionally nice (a short, but exquisite actually) piece of poetry last night and the someone I intended it for, oh, never mind......


I've just met some great people who run Georgians for Family Law Reform (a.k.a. Georgians for Child Support Reform) who are working hard to make Georgia’s family laws fair and equitable, because children deserve to be parented and financially supported by both parents. They will be promoting and selling my bumper sticker at their site - http://www.gachildsupport.org/ - very soon some proceeds of which will go to their efforts in the great state of Georgia. Great people with a sound cause. Check em out.....Peace

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Simpler; please!!


Sheesh, Christmas is almost here! May Oden help me, I'm just not sure what to think about that....I don't like the fact that much of what my uncles, aunts, and parents said, back when I was a kid, has turned out to be so fucking accurate: "Just wait till you're my age" or "You'll see, smart-ass, someday you'll wish you were a kid again, just wait" - And the classic in my family: "Slow down, enjoy. You'll be old before you know it" I suppose, they heard the same shit when they were all younger too. Boy, do I truly pray for a simpler life. Just a little easier, so many people count on me, I just don't know how much I got left in me, and hell, I'm only fifty. Can you see the tears on my cheeks? Aw well, to bed I suppose, I'm sleepy and the Marx Brothers await; they always do the trick....

I have an early January, 2008 hearing date that I am actually looking forward to, at least I am right now; check with me after Valentines Day. I hope Cupid doesn't shoot me in the ass with a poison Family Law arrow, little bastard! Wait, it's still 2007. 2007!! Oh my gosh!

Where has the time gone?......Rudy Giuliani people, Rudy G........Peace

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

A short one....


In love, should I be, in an embracing breeze, that graces my cheeks and my nose in the afternoon...Out, over the ocean......I miss you...

I remind of the longing in me, for the lady, should I call, should I write? Buffoon......


That the bind I hope for that is strung, tween my heart and her smile shall one day allow the embrace I want so much to feel just once more, only once to see the passion in the green eyes of kindness; I was so wrong......Peace

Monday, December 3, 2007

And so, it goes on....


I have shared the location of my blog here with someone whom I respect more than anyone else I have ever had the pleasure of knowing personally, and so going forward, I may inject a degree of difference in my postings. I'd told myself that I wouldn't share these entries with those who I care for and who may yet care for me (Friends & Family both) because, well, this is my blast zone; we shall see if I have erred yet again.......Not that I'm ashamed mind you, it's just that well, this person knows me like nobody else does. With that said: On with the TIRADES, GOD DAMN IT!!

Oh how I wish I could indulge myself perpetually into the fine art of the man pictured and forget everything else, I love him, truly. Never a more gentle, genuine, or brilliant artist has graced our planet; I have always said that people like the Marx Brothers should not be allowed to die. And just when I begin to dream of the wonderful exchanges that must have taken place between he and Wollcott and the others of "The Circle" I read the following from today's BBC News:

"A man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple is being made to pay maintenance by the Child Support Agency" "Maintenance" in the U.S. people, = child support.......Oy gevalt!
In other words, for tonight at least, fuck it!

I am a fair composer of poetry, I will begin placing some here, to buffer the aggression of my entries. Or not.......Peace!


Saturday, December 1, 2007

Outrageous!!


Something I hadn't realized until very recently, is the fact that two-time murderess Holly Ashcraft, pictured with her toe-rag, scum sucking lawyer Mark Geragos, has been out on bail for two years. And, in early November, 2007, had her bail reduced from $200,000 to $50,000 - She has had to wear an electronic monitoring device, but where is she? At home in Montana? This is such repugnant bullshit, I don't believe there is a stomach medicine thick enough to prevent me from throwing up! What is the judge thinking?!

This idiot has killed two babies, two, has been charged three times with murder - and then had the charges dismissed for lack of evidence -- in connection with the death of her most recent newborn. Lack of evidence? What!?


Now what if the father had taken the baby and thrown it in the dumpster, what would he be charged with? I just don't know people......I simply do not know.......Peace

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Holiday Pressure!


Well, obviously I have been otherwise engaged, and for not posting more consistently, I am guilty. Evidently, a certain DA in another state thinks I'm guilty of child support bullshit too; taking everything my imbecilic ex-wife has told them as the truth; my turn, AGAIN, in the barrel folks. Difference is, I have records! Of course, it will be of no consequence that my ex-wife has lied blatantly, again, through her stinking teeth....Enough! THIS JUST IN: The state of Massachusetts has passed a law: Parents cannot spank their own kids! Fuck Me!!

I hope everyone who has ANY kind of family law/child support collection industry issue is going to vote for Rudy Giuliani; he's the only one of the lot, Repub. or Demo. who's had his ass kicked by the family law regime; and regardless, he's the only one of all of them who has a clue. I do like what Huckabee wants to do with the IRS - GET RID OF IT!! I don't give a damn about Rudy's other policy positions, I want him to get in there and kick some family law ass! Be sure and visit Glenn Sacks site people, big news in the works on the Feds finally cutting some fucked-up funding to the stinking state child support collection payrolls; GOOD!! It's about time!!


Also, keep an eye on the Astronut, Lisa Nowak, case, I hope she doesn't get away with it, but I'm smelling a rat. And also notice, that there has been NOTHING said in the media about Nowak's kids! If she were a man, they'd be all over the fact that "dad" is a terrible person, bad parent, and, and, and just look at what that animal tried to do; he tried kill his ex-wife's-boyfriend's-friend's new lover or some shit; rest assured though, they'd find a way to demonize the man in that scenario.....Peace

Monday, September 10, 2007

Sheeeesh!




Enough already, enough! Atch! My ears!!!


I'm my own worst enemy when it comes to looking at the family law bullshit, and the blatant attack that the religious right and women's rights groups are putting on us Pops......Like Chris Rock said: "I don't condone what OJ did, but I understand"


I hate to say that I "feel" with that statement, despite the fact that it's a joke.....My friend in Michigan has asked me to post the following YouTube link, and please have a look at how hard these guys are working: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-kgGHq5dtA


I used to fight like these guys, but I'm fifty now and I'm choosing another path in this battle; writing to the media! I Yahoo search every evening under their "News" drop down and type in "child support" it's always there, it's always there - some other Dad taking it up the posterior; Assholes!


I hope we have a riot in the street when Lisa Nowak's case is dismissed, dog shit bitch. She better never come to So Cal on a public mission of mercy....Hey, friends, have look at what this swine bitch, what's her name Rob? Representative Balinda Crack? No, Malinda Smack? No, Brenda Clack, she's the idiot who doesn't know her ass from page 6 and continues to have a say-so on issues that impact the great people of Michigan. No wonder the Wolverines are 0-2? Who can win with an asshole like this bitch in office? Geeeeezzzzzuuuuussss! Help out people, help em out! I'm in Ms. Clack's ass tomorrow..........Peace!

Friday, August 31, 2007

Gender Bias Outrage!







OK folks, indulge me while I share with you the pictures of pig criminals getting away with VERY serious crimes! Crimes and penalty American men would not get away with; read on, please.
In this post I am going to present three examples of criminal American females in the news. I will list them in the order of their cases based upon age, oldest case being first. #1 is the two-time murderer Holly Ashcraft; the Blondie strumpet directly above. She is the suspended USC student who killed two babies that she birthed. She is to be arraigned on Manslaughter charges on September 14, 2007 as opposed to murder charges. Basically, the little rich bitch strumpet got knocked up, carried the babies to term then killed them by abandonment after she gave birth. -What would a man have been charged with if he were to toss a newborn baby into a trash dumpster?

The, we have Lisa Nowak, the lunatic former astronut; pictured above with her hand placed on her testicularly bruised chin. She has been charged with Attempted Kidnapping. The evidence found in her vehicle the night she attacked the other female NASA gal clearly shows she intended to kill her then, cut her up, bag her and get rid of her body. - Would a man have been charged with the lesser Attempted Kidnapping charge had a man perpetrated the same acts under the same circumstances? Not to mention, Nowak is working and making big bucks. I sure would like to know what her current visitation schedule is with her three children!

And lastly for today, there is baby-whale heroine and fifty-four year old sow, Jean Panzo-Montalbano; shown shitting her red Moo-Moo in court just before she was released on her own recognisance. She, who pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a special-education student multiple times and was sentenced to "House Arrest and Community Service". Wonder if they'll allow her to serve her Community Service at a day care facility? - And if a man had been charged with, and pleaded guilty to, having "unlawful sex with a special-education student" where would he be today?

It's all bullshit and things better change!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

College Footbal, BIKE Trek and other Musings


Well, I've been derelict in my writing here but I have legitimately been busy as hell!

The BIKE Trek guys got underway this morning - 700 miles from Lansing MI. to D.C. for the EQUAL Parenting Rally to be held in our Nation's Capitol on August 18, 2007 http://www.cycling4children.com/.....Among other things, Casey Stoner is running away with the Moto GP series so far with 7 wins in 11 races with just 7 to go; the next GP is in Brno on 8/19....

I am excited about UCLA football this season and am going to do all I can to attend the Notre Dame game in the Rose Bowl on 10/6/07; Irish eye's will be teary when the Bruins are finished with their team!....First time Notre Dame has played in the Rose Bowl since 1925....Huge game.....Anyway, am going to do my best to be more consistent here, and BTW, the dedication of the Helen Lundeberg "Transportation Mural" is taking place today. I am to assist my Mom at the Centinela Valley Historical Society booth for the event.....No beer = drag!! Onward, peace......

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Stinky!


Been busy, trying to get the Achilles healed, get it? Ha! Anyway, more BS goes on. In Connecticut, their supreme court ruled that some kind of crapola child support law is now retroactive to 2004. Must have missed out on "their cut" of Dad's paycheck the first time around; pieces of Vulture guano they are....I wrote the following to the reporter:

...Greetings from Los Angeles..I write to you as a divorced, child support paying father in regard to your fine article on the Hartford ruling in respect to Child Support. First of all, Richard Blumenthal is either a blatant liar or being lead astray by his own administration. The state of Connecticut receives millions of Federal dollars each year, as does every state in the union, for it's child support collection efforts; CA. alone receives over $50 million dollars for this "purpose". These Federal funds DO NOT find there way into the lives of children of divorce or impoverished kids; these funds finance payroll, medical benefits, and paid vacation time for the employees of the Family Law and Child Support Collection Industries. Those Federal Funds are taxpayer supported. FACT: The ONLY definitive study ever conducted on child support showed that men pay (Women are over 90% of the time the primary custodial parent in U.S. divorce cases) between 83% and 90% of all court ordered child support. When these figures became apparent Wayne Stanton, then head of the Child Support Collection Admin. in D.C. had the study cancelled. In fact, it took a formal Federal Freedom of Information Act submission simply to retrieve that study's data. Not incidentally, over half of ALL civil litigation in the U.S. involves divorce and child custody. "Best Interest of the Child"? Not bloody likely.....Fight on people and help the guys at daddyblogger as the BIKE Trek is rapidly approaching....

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

When will it stop!


I continue to be nearly completely overwhelmed by crap in the news demonstarting the blatant bias men face in our society; this is America, isn't it? I have placed a quote from an article dated today in Virginia here to demonstrate my meaning: "According to the police report, the newborn has a fractured arm and skull, brain swelling, retinal hemorrhaging and bite marks. Mauldin police arrested the infant's mother, Vallon Silease Sparrow. She is charged with felony child abuse and is being held without bond in the Greenville County Detention Center"
Now, notice the "charge": Felony Child Abuse? Am I the only person who finds this outrageously weak in regard to charges? What if a man perpetrated the same crime in the same manner? He'd be charged with attempted murder, minimum; period! By the way, pictured is murderer Ms. Yates from Texas, not to be confused with murderer Ms. Sparrow from Virginia mentioned above.

On June 14, 2007 another woman, Edith Delgado, of Redwood City, CA. was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter for causing a freeway crash that killed three people; Delgado was driving a car that sideswiped a sport utility vehicle.
I don't know what is happening but why isn't the public crying out over this kind of stuff? It is happening day in and day out! All one need do is search the net in the news, it's everywhere; American women killing innocent people and murdering their own kids!

The EQUAL Trek is edging closer....Please help; click the link and or buy a bumper sticker....Peace
http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/06/daddybloggercom.html

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bias? Ya think?


The douche bag, rich-bitch piece of gutter snipe shown at right had capitol murder charges against her basically removed from her case yesterday: (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-ashcraft13jun13,1,3326329.story?coll=la-headlines-california.

Had this piece of societal sleep-around whore been a man, well, you know, he'd already have been locked up - forever! Check the link and write to the Times in L.A. This is bias showcased at it's pinnacle. I hope her parents bleed every bit of cash they have to rescue this bitch. Makes me wonder what the judge was thinking: "Best Interest of the Child"? Evidently not.....
Throw your newborn into a dumpster as a woman = boo hoo.
Throw your newborn into a dumpster as a man = Gas Chamber asshole!

Rudy, you gotta make the change man!!
The Bike Trek guys continue to require our help: http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/06/daddybloggercom.html

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Protest TIME Magazine's Father's Day!


Time Magazine's Father's Day article - "Daddy Dearest: What Science Tells Us About Fatherhood" is a throat cutting, back stabbing diatribe filled with misinformation lies and misnomers; it is further reinforcement of the Family Law Industry's perpetuation of the nightmare in this country that is removing Dads from their own households, destroying families, and having tax payer Federal Funds pay the people who perpetuate these atrocities - I urge you, don't buy the stinking magazine ever again and write to Time and let them know why! This malicious and blatantly bias article questions whether Dads "have done a good enough job to deserve the honor" of having a Father's Day - Certified idiots! I will never buy that piece of - - - - magazine again and I'm urging all of my people, friends, family, and contacts to do the same! And CNN is out too!! It's crap like this that causes many divorced Dads to commit suicide. Hang in there men, when Rudy's in The White House we'll clean the cupboard!!

Write to Time and let them know how you feel click here to write. - Like Glenn Sacks says about the article: "dads don't care, dads walk out, dads are stingy"!
And stay with Rob and Robert they need our help - http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/06/daddybloggercom.html

Monday, June 4, 2007

Time for change!~ Vote Rudy 2008!


My middle daughter graduated from high school this past Friday; it was so good to be able to share with her. I was unable to attend my oldest daughter's ceremony. And while this didn't make up for that, it was gratifying to be with them both; my oldest sat with me, bless her heart, while their mom and her family sat a few rows away; I'd have been by myself had my big girl not sat with me.
Huge article in the Daily Breeze here in Los Angeles today people, HUGE! Humble and heartfelt thanks to the author Denise Nix: http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/7818642.html

Plugged in this particular piece of Tull cover art as it's how I felt when I read Denise's article; won't ever stop the fight. Also, the guys in Michigan are gearing up. Please help with whatever you can contribute and a portion of sale ($5.00 each includes postage and contribution) of my 11" x 3" bumper stickers continues to go their way when I have enough collected to contribute. So far, dads from Oregon, Texas, and New York have contributed; jump in! http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/06/daddybloggercom.html

Friday, May 25, 2007

Grab the Money!


Today, for the first time in quite a while (Read -whine should ye care to) I experienced about 5 seconds of clear, stress-free thought between my frontal lobe and the leading edge of my skull; I'd forgotten, momentarily, the brutality that the Family Law Industry enables toward fathers in this country and then, I came into the house: Boom!

An instantaneous reminder that as a divorced support paying father, I have to protect, insulate, and preserve my privacy and whole self 24/7! The ever present held-out-hand of child support grabbed me by the throat; again!

As summer rapidly approaches, please help Rob and Robert by contributing a pinch of ca$h toward their EQUAL Bike Trek; every dollar helps in their gallant effort - http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/04/robert_and_rob_.html

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hi-Jacked Gas Truck


www.worldwithout oil
I had the hell scared out of me today, as I witnessed a gasoline tanker truck taken from the driver at gun point by two armed men in a very violent manner! Understand that movies, commercials, and TV spots are constantly being filmed in this area so I didn't pay much attention initially as it looked too "staged" to be the "real thing". But as I watched, hoping to catch a glimpse of DiCaprio or Matt Damon, it became clear that the truck driver was terrified and that something terrible was taking place! I got the license plate number of the car who dropped the gunmen off as he was stuck in traffic momentarily and it just so happened I was the only witness in the line of site of all that went down....Especially scary for me, as I frequent this stretch of boulevard daily. When is this going to end? I happened to be on my way to the supermarket to purchase inflated price Porterhouse when I saw all of this crap. Then, while remaining in a bit of shock, I'm nearly accosted by the check-out clerk at Ralph's because I was taking too long in the self check-out line; I left the steak on the check out table, left, and went to Arby's for lunch. I won't be going anywhere until Monday!
Until next time, stay safe..........Peace...And please click on the link and contribute a few bucks. Or, purchase one of my bumperstickers and I'll contribute a portion of sale in your name....Thank you......http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/04/robert_and_rob_.html

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

23) Drip Dry.....


16 May, 2007 -

The Bike Trek bicycle ride for EQUAL Parenting in August, 2007 from Michigan to D.C. is picking-up momentum; please help by clicking on the link and contributing if you can; every dollar is huge, Thanks http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/04/robert_and_rob_.html

Seems my concerns about water being more critical to our society than oil are being heard; and others share my deep worry that we'll dry up and blow away long before we can't drive our stupid vehicles for lack of gasoline. Listening to npr today about the sale of Chrysler, the most significant detail for me was the whining of the Union reps and sale isn't even close to completion. If the stinking unions hadn't priced our products out of the market in the first place, this would have never happened. I mean, come on, anyone who knows anything about cars knows the crap Detroit puts out, and has for decades, is far below what the Japanese manufacturers put out for the money. Example: I have a close friend who is a staunch American Patriot, as am I. He raced professional moto-cross for a time, I remember him saying that if he could purchase an American motorcycle that could compete with Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki he'd have been riding one. And all one need do is slam the door of a Detroit car and that of a Japanese car and, well, you get my meaning.....Water folks, the water is going to be the commodity for which the killing of fellow human beings will escalate to viciousness not seen in thousands of years......Conserve and desalinate I believe is the answer...

I have $1.80 to my name right now, and am overdrawn by $34.00 with my stinking bank. That crap added to the fact that the world is getting crazier by the minute and I just don't know how much more I can take or how long I can go on! Thank goodness I'm finally working again and will be able to address my bills very soon; I hope! Peace, until next time........

Monday, May 14, 2007

22) No Hyrdo



14 May, 2007 -
http://www.achildsright.net/

Posting to World Without Oil Game -


While worrying about my own selfish thirst today and thinking about our water situation in Los Angeles, I realized I've been greedy; and far too selfish. Our water shortage isn't near as grave as it is in China right now! Please read on...... News from the net tells me that 190,000 people in China, today, May 14, 2007, are facing water shortages as a mega drought continues to decimate areas of Hubei province. More than 3 million mu (200,000 hectares) of farmland have been affected by the drought, which has also left 93,000 livestock short of drinking water, according to the Hubei provincial flood and drought control authorities. The local government has dispatched about 400,000 people and tens of thousands of pieces of irrigation equipment to combat the disaster which has afflicted 22 counties and cities of the province. Precipitation is down 30 to 60 percent of normal in most parts of Hubei province just since April; people are going to die. In Shiyan 50 streams and 1,520 ponds have dried up, and 2,300 water cellars and 16 small reservoirs are nearly dry. Wheat output is expect to be reduced by 8.75 million kg this year............You've heard me from the beginning my friends; tis not lack of oil shall be the death of mankind, but alas, not a sweet drink of water to thine lips will kill ye?!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

21) MI. Parents fighting like Kronk Gym!


Game on people! - The fight for divorced parental equality is being taken to the streets, roads and highways of America > literally! In the shape of a 700 mile "Equal Parenting Bike Trek" (click link above) to commence August 11, 2007 an incredibly caring, tough, unified, determined, and focused team effort is being mounted that will press forth the determination and resolve of divorced Dads and second wives and families to change the nightmare that is the "Family Law Industry" in this country and throughout the world. The riders and their support team(s) are going to travel from Battle Creek, Michigan to Washington, D.C. to raise voter & taxpayer awareness in regard to the societal rip-off that remains in the form of the Family Law and Child Support Collection Industries.
This awesome Bike Trek is intended to promote equal and fair family law reform. I personally, as one divorced Dad, am backing, promoting, and supporting Robert & Rob's effort 1,000%! A portion of sales of my bumper stickers will go toward supporting the August 11, 2007 Bike Trek effort! Please click on the links to learn more and to assist their efforts; even $5.00 or $10.00 will go miles in this monumental and expensive effort to promote fairness in our country -http://www.achildsright.net/ http://daddy.typepad.com/daddyblog/2007/04/robert_and_rob_.html

Friday, May 11, 2007

20) World Without Oil Game - 2


11 May, 2007 -
www.worldwithoutoil.org
Entry #2 Strictly for World Without Oil game consideration-
See link above...

Earlier today, the governor and legislative leaders agreed to launch a pre-emptive strike on summer gang and gun violence across the state but these measures I don't think include consideration of the fact that everyone, including gang members and their "families" are going to have less and less water as we proceed through the hottest months. It could be, according to a probation officer interviewed on the news, a riot that "will make the Rodney King riot look like a day at the beach" Can't wait for that one! Seems impossible to make a purchase at this point of any tools, firearms, ammunition, or resources that would assist a pacifist in protecting himself in a frenzied anarchic situation. I hope the Mexicans have enough guns and people to keep my street in balance until order can be restored, whenever that may be. The hoodlums have been stockpiling guns and ammo for years; this is getting scarier by the second.

I believe I have enough gas in my car to get to a "safer" area, but the water concern is a huge factor. I am not sure what I'll do if the water supply gets shut down across the basin.....We shall see.

19) World Without Oil Game


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As things are already heating up (History tells us that So Cal's fire season doesn't usually start until June) on the ground here in the L.A. Basin, and significant fires have already commenced, I find myself growing increasingly nervous and concerned about the possibility of rioting due to lack of water as opposed to lack of gasoline or other fossil fuels. I reside very near the point at which Reginald Denny was beaten nearly to death during the Los Angeles riots of 1992. I have only been able to stockpile about 200 gallons of water thus far excluding the "usual" emergency sources of water: water heater, run-tap-into-plugged-bathtub/sinks-until-full, toilet tanks; by the way, I removed the bricks from my toilet tanks weeks ago so that they would fill to capacity when the need arises. The apartment right across the street from me has been under police department surveillance for quite a long while, and when the "shit goes down" that particular dwelling will be my primary focus; initially at least.

It has come to my attention that there are several African-American gang members residing in that dwelling. Couple that with the fact that Mexicans (Several Mexican families reside next door to me in a single family house) and lately Latin Americans have been pushing the black people out of their traditional neighborhoods for years and you have the makings of a firefight. A firefight I want no part of, but may be drawn into merely by my location; I want trouble with neither. I have long been of the opinion (based upon my own observations and in listening to law enforcement accounts) that a person who commits crime under the cover of darkness or chaos "lies in wait" for situations to present themselves such as the looting in Los Angeles during the 1992 riots or the lawlessness of post hurricane Louisiana .

These "people" come out of the woodwork when calamity takes over a neighborhood and I intend to protect myself. In my research, I have learned that the gangster's weapon of choice (9MM pistol or AK-47 Assault Rifle) is no match for a 12 Gauge; I wonder if one can be purchased at this point? It's a shame to have to maintain this mindset, but I fear the alternative could be far worse.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

18) Less Water - More Violence?


10 May, 2007 - 10:40 PM Pacific time
Los Angeles
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I've just turned off our local news broadcast and the major coverage at this hour is a big brush fire burning on Catalina Island; this fire is a serious threat to the historic town of Avalon on the island and now people are being ordered off the island. The big part of the island fire story on the news throughout the afternoon had focused on the fact that deployment of these giant hovercraft to get "resources" to Catalina from Camp Pendelton Marine base was taking far more time than it should have.
Why Los Angeles County doesn't/didn't have enough "resources" already deployed there should be the underlying current for all of us during a crisis: Government Services may not be able to reach us for quite sometime if at all! The lack of forecasting and planning on our "officials" parts certainly does not instill confidence in this voter! What else aren't they planning for? I remember the huge fire storms of several years ago that wiped out much of Malibu and I recall the news helicopter flying over the next morning showing film of the devastation; there was one house standing untouched amidst all the burned out houses and foundations were all that was left of most.

The news crew interviewed the guy whose house survived and had been photographed from the air. He had a gas powered pressure washer and a full swimming pool. He yanked out his power washer, dropped the intake into his pool, put his nozzle on "stream", kept the flames off of his property, and saved his house himself; I'll never forget that interview. The guy was cool and prepared! I'm telling you folks, the fuel crunch is just a wake-up call for the real crisis that is looming if we don't all prepare and conserve: World Without Water scares this taxpayer far more than a World Without Oil does....Until next time....Peace

17) More Outrage - Less Water!


10 May, 2007 -
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Just when I think I've heard it all in regard to the horrific treatment of men at the hands of the Family Law/Child Support Collection Industries, I'm further blown away! The link in this post http://www.kyw1060.com/pages/439421.php?contentType=4&contentId=485887 is to a story about a man in PA. who donated sperm to a lesbian couple so that they could conceive a kid, and is now being held liable for child support despite that fact that he is now DECEASED! Do you think the donor had any assets? Duh!! Nothing is too low for the snakes in the Family Law/Child Support Collection Industries to stoop to when it comes to a man's money or assets, nothing!

The weather has cooled here in L.A. which is making the fire fighters quite happy, not to mention their jobs easier but the horrific draught continues. I remember the first time I read about Austrailia's desalination plants and thought that we should have desalination here in California; I was in elementary school some forty years ago. To reineforce my position, today I offer a few pieces from Steven Chu, director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the 1997 winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics; this guy knows what he's talking about; the rivers that remain today will dry up!

Mr. Chu's research shows that California's Sierra Nevada Mountains, the tallest in the state and water supply for millions, could lose nearly all of it's snowpack by the end of the century; let's get goin on the desalination plants Arnold! Mr. Chu goes on to state that Greenhouse gases are the culprit; anyone surprised?

Come on people, the wrting is on the wall. Mr. Chu said that if he were "Emperor of the World" he would "put the pedal down" in respect to energy conservation and carbon emissions. He also pointed out that the Sierra Nevada snowpack is at it's lowest level in 20 years. But, I personally recall it has been very low before. Let's get those desalination plants going and stop driving so often. I believe it was Sir Artur C. Clarke who said that if the Los Angeles basin shut down all vehichular traffic for just one day, we would have smog free air for two years! That's it! 4th of July, 2008! You'd better get to where you need to be because we're gonna shut the place down; cars & trucks everything vehicular for a day; it can be done people.....Until next time.....Peace!

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

16) Ho Hum


9 May, 2007 -

Seems a job is finally going to come to fruition for me; HOORAY! And of course, I am pleased about that. "My" ARCO Station's Regular is @ $3.35 per gallon now further encouraging me to drive longer, further, and faster; NOT! Be that as it may, my new place of employment (Awaiting background check clearance) is very close-by and located as near perfectly as one could hope for in the South Bay. Big fire here in the basin as most of you probably know in the Griffith Park area; you know it's serious when they put the water dropping helicopters in the air at night. For a while, the fire was threatening the Griffith Park Observatory which has just recently been reopened following a $93 million, four-year makeover of the art deco landmark! It was close there for a while evidently. The ankle continues to be a problem. Must go recline with an ice bag on my ankle now........Until next time, Peace........

Saturday, May 5, 2007

15) RUF & Moto GP



Cinco De Mayo, 2007 -






For tomorrow's Moto GP of China, Valentino Rossi is once more on pole shattering the track record by over half a second; huge for these guys.......I'm guessing that if all fossil fuel products as we currently know them were suddenly unavailable to the general public, among other things, the dynamic and mindset of the employer/employee - workplace/labor force would change virtually over night. From the beginning of the Industrial Age (in America at least) for the most part workers have moved themselves and their families to the proximity of the workplace. I believe that if fossil fuel ran out today, that dynamic would shift and to one degree or another the workplace, particularly new businesses, could be forced to come to the worker. I have also always been a firm believer in "the positive" and I have faith in mankind overcoming the obstacles that we now face.
One answer could be the utilization and installation of Pelle R. Jensen's RUF System of transportation = Rapid Urban Flexible (See illustration) The RUF System is a "Dual Mode" Electric/Hybrid vehicle system. One can drive these hybrid vehicles by themselves or take them to a station where you get on a track and let the system drive for you allowing stress and hands free commutes for example. The Texas DOT has issued a grant for an in-depth study and concepts for several American metropolitan areas have been rendered. See: http://www.ruf.dk/

Friday, May 4, 2007

14) Thirsty for Oil?


4 May, 2007 - The link is to yet another Paternity Fraud article - http://www.yorkdispatch.com/pennsylvania/ci_5818095

Yesterday, I paid $3.29 per gallon for Regular Unleaded fuel here in the LAX area (ARCO) which is at the least .14 cents per gallon cheaper than any other station in the vicinity. Before I lost my job, I'd always subscribed to the fact that buying Premium fuel enhanced the performance of my vehicle and thereby I needed to visit the filling station less often; I'm having to buy the cheap stuff until I get back to work which, God help me, should be soon. The fever pitch across the country about gasoline prices I find distracting in the big picture of life on Earth; what we're all going to need in the not-too-distant-future is more water! And nowhere else on this planet is this better demonstrated than guess where? That's right, The Middle East leads the world in the number of Desalination Plants (See photo) Personally, I have never understood why we don't have Desalination Plants all along our coasts in America and in my research on the subject I found that we have Biwater Advanced Environmental Water Technologies right here in Pasadena, CA. The infrastructure to move drinking and potable water is already in place. All we would have to do is to link the desalted water from near the ocean into our existing water supply delivery system; it is my view that this should be done immediately. According to an article generated by Biwater Technologies, this could be achieved economically by utilizing the less expensive Reverse Osmosis or Nano-Filtration techniques of today which use membranes to treat the salt water within the desalination plants; it is my position that construction of these plants should commence right away! Until next time.....Peace

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

13) What's Next?


2 May, 2007 - My two older daughters pictured -
Here's one from New Mexico just this morning - Why am I not surprised?
Woman indicted in scheme to collect child support
In Albuquerque a woman accused of forging birth certificates and other records to collect child support has been indicted. A grand jury indicted 54-year-old Viola Trevino on twenty-four counts, including kidnapping, perjury, conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit forgery. She is accused of creating an imaginary child to get more than twenty-six thousand dollars from her former husband. The couple divorced in August 1999. See the Clip here: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2a2451e124
For the first time in my working life I am without comprehensive medical benefits; not a comfy feeling for sure. I spent seven hours in the Emergency/Urgent Care area at Harbor/UCLA Medical Center yesterday so that I could have the condition of my slowly healing ankle region assessed by an MD; I'd seen my Chiropractor on 1 May, and he advised me to have it checked for ligament or tendon tearing which he could not do with precision. From time to time while sitting in the waiting area at Harbor, I felt I knew what it must be like to be in the Green Room of the Jerry Springer Show; weirdos man, weirdos! But hey, waada ya gonna do? The apparent class and cultural differences present in the waiting area were most profound: Young, some Preppy, medical professionals and clearly established senior Medical Staff mixed with every homeless street urchin in the area and every country south of the American border well represented at Harbor 24/7. I found it striking and trust me, I've been around plenty of "low" people in my life and do not look down my nose at anyone. Refreshingly, the staff proved to be excellent and for me, surgery is not going to be required, I am most happy to report. During my wait, a very attractive young Hispanic looking woman was looking for a seat; I had my X-Ray envelope and Sony Walkman sitting in the chair next to mine. The young gal and I made eye contact and we nearly simultaneously glanced at the chair with my stuff in it; I moved my stuff - she said thank you and sat down.

"Brenda" was obviously nervous and wanted to talk: She explained that she'd been sent there following a visit to her dentist earlier in the morning; it was 11:30 AM when I arrived at Harbor. She went on to say, that a wisdom tooth had been giving her problems and that she'd gone to have it extracted. The Dental Assistant went to numb her and while looking at her wisdom tooth region called the dentist into the room. "Brenda" had Thyroid Cancer in 2000 with surgery and radiation following surgery to remove her Thyroid glands in her throat area. "Benda" said that lately she was having trouble swallowing and that her entire cheek and jaw on her right side was in pain. Being a cancer survivor myself, I could empathize. I was fortunate to have impeccable and caring support in 2005/2006 when I went through it, this youngster was by herself in a clinic for crying-out-loud! Anyway, I wrote down my oncologists name and told her about the incredible "Wellness Community" I also told her she mustn't mess around with this. She hasn't had treatment or follow-up since her final radiation treatment years ago. Well, it was just one of several scenarios played out in front of my eyes yesterday- It made me wonder about our country and the health care industry specifically. Maybe the people who have been calling for a National System have been right? I don't know, but I do know I've worked just about all of my adult life and just had my medical benefits end April 1, 2007. And, "Brenda" needs an oncologist/endocrinologist, makes $8.00 per hour, has kids four and seven years of age, and is frightened. A shitty combination really.....Onward

Sunday, April 29, 2007

12) Surprise? Not!!


29 April, 2007 -

The link I've posted this time- http://news.tbo.com/news/metro/MGBOMUQI11F.html - is a must read article; another single mother household injuring, and nearly killing, the custodial child! I hope that Mr. Clary has the resolve to go the distance; research and data confirm his concern is concrete. Children are, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 24 times more likely to be killed in single mother households than they are in single father households, yet the Family Law Industry continues to award mothers primary custody 90% of the time. Seems the Industry remains more interested in Dad's income (Read- Child Support) than they are in the mythical "best interest of the child"....
And what about this chick, Linda Nowak, in this post's photo? On 5 February, 2007 this mother/idiot was arrested in Orlando, Florida, and subsequently charged with the attempted "kidnapping" of U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman. If Nowak had been a Dad, she'd be incarcerated pending trial on attempted murder charges. Nowak was released on bail, pleaded "not guilty" to the charges and requested a jury trial. Nowak's assignment to the space agency as an astronaut was terminated by NASA effective March 8, 2007 yet she is working full time at NASA's Corpus Christi, Texas facility! If there are any Virgina Tech alum employed down there, why aren't they demanding she be removed and or detained? Mark my words; this chick/mom/idiot is a time bomb!

Saturday, April 28, 2007

11) Damn it!



28 April, 2007 -
The civilian in this picture has just had the bracelets put on as a result of yet another "sting" to round up "Deadbeat Dads" who are behind in their child support payments. But guess what? Not only is this guy "Deadbroke" he isn't the biological father!
..........Below in quotes, is a tiny excerpt from a February 25, 2007 letter written by Dr. Stephen Baskerville and printed in the Fargo Forum in response to a one sided article the Forum had published. As nearly always, Dr. Baskerville's words say it all: "Forcing parents to part with their children and then charging them with exorbitant “debts” they have done nothing to incur, on pain of incarceration, is not solving a problem; it is creating one. The unsurprising fact that ever-more invasive measures result in higher collections for the government hardly means that the system is “working.” "



Friday, April 27, 2007

10) Huh??


27 April, 2007 -

Wondering how many divorced Dads are dealing with personal nightmares today; thinking of you all. Michael Jordan, Sir Paul McCartney, Rudy Giuliani and all the other high profile dudes, wish you'd go public with your experiences, perspectives, and opinions on the Family Law Industry pit.

The guy pictured shooting over the Laker's Lucius Allen during the 74-75 season was my man, "Pistol" Pete Maravich (DoB: 6/22/47 DoD: 1/5/88) He remains the all-time NCAA scoring leader despite the fact that Freshman were ineligible to play varsity ball and there was no three point shot during his college career; good thing for all the UCLA haters too as it would have meant at least another two titles for Coach Wooden had Freshman been eligible. A "bad white boy" Pete was, maybe the baddest though Rick Barry could possibly argue. During a time frame when black players justifiably dominated this style of play, in my opinion Pete was one of the few white guys who could hang with the style in the 70's when "Showtime" type basketball was beginning to gain mainstream popularity. Not to mention, he was a big 6'5". The Anglo European players of today, or Americans for that matter, with all due respect couldn't hold the proverbial candle to guys like Pete, Jerry West, or Rick Barry. Simply put; the white players who enjoyed the Showtime style were better then in my opinion.....Ankle more and more colorful....Where are the comments on my bolgsterette?

Peace........

Thursday, April 26, 2007

9) And so?


26 April, 2007 -
To date, I've failed to mention what in my opinion is the finest non-human companion known to mankind; the Irish Terrier a fine example of which is pictured here. My dear Irish Terrier, Terry would have been fourteen years old now; a rare blood based tumor on his liver took him down far too young. The diva loved him, and as she used to call him, he was the true "Irish Rogue"; he loved his beer, women, and music - really! While this picture is not of Terry, it is very close to what he looked like, except Terry's tail was a wee bit shorter than the fine pooch in this example.

My ankle is getting nice and purplish, a veritable rainbow of color it is with increased mobility returning a bit at a time.
A piece in the news today says that Larry Birkhead is now free to move about the country with he and Anna Nicole's baby. Typically, I do not ingest tabloid fodder but hey, he's a single Dad! Do you think if Mr. Birkhead had passed away, Ms. Smith would have had to submit to a DNA test to determine who the father was? Or that any of the recurring hoopla would have been initiated simply because a dad passed away? Understanding that Anna Nicole was a celeb and Mr. Birkhead was/isn't; the disparity between fathers and mothers in these scenarios continues to fly under the radar of general consciousness; it's bullshit actually. Dads should count too!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

8) Ouch!


25 April, 2007 -
I knew I was starting to "get up there" when last September a young guy I was working with didn't know who the gal in this picture was; Yikes!

Today, I'm hoping to get positive word on a job that I interviewed for last week; the interview was very positive as I may have alluded to previously and I can step right in and contribute which is a good feeling. The hiring manager is a recent transplant (She arrived 9/06) to So Cal from Kansas and we had some things in common. So, if she is as genuine as she appeared and sounded at the interview, in respect to wanting me there, I'm in; we shall see. Yesterday was spent trying to get my Achilles healed up ASAP. Iced it nearly all day then went to a friend's jacuzzi; this morning it does feel a bit better and more flexible. I haven't had a "real" vacation (I know, many of you out there haven't) since the mid 90's and if it weren't for the nightmare that is my ex-wife number 2, I'd be really enjoying this time off and scrutinizing my job search for the proverbial Holy Grail of employment; if such a thing exists for a fifty year old without a degree and who's line of work for most of his life has been super highly specialized aircraft work. Oh well, not to whine, things definitely could be worse.


If you have a chance, click on the link from my post on 23 April, 2007. That article has sparked a tremendous amount of debate (As all articles on child support seem to do) in the "comments" section of the publisher; I love it! Anything that raises awareness of the Divorce and Child Support Regimes I'm all for; time to vote em out............Have a good day!

Monday, April 23, 2007

7) Oops




23 April, 2007 -

Here is a piece on the WBIR website in Tennessee that is worth a look. Poor Mommy, has to pay $25.00 now: http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=44424&provider=rss

Well my 50th Birthday party was a huge success and special and heartfelt thanks to my Mom, brother, and sister-in-law for hosting an exceptional event; many old friends of mine were there, several I've known since kindergarten and hadn't seen in years. We played basketball for a time in the mid morning on Saturday as my Mom and brother rented a gym at a local park. Unfortunately for me, I ruptured my Achilles Tendon; talk about ouch! Luckily I was mobil enough to enjoy the party. I suppose it is to be taken as yet another indicator of age progression, not to mention zero stretching of ligaments and tendons prior to getting on the court. (Read - stupid!) Anyway, it is swollen and sore but thankfully not as bad as I expected it to be by now.
Twenty-one year old Australian (If you ask me, he looks more like fourteen), Casey Stoner on a Ducati won the Turkish Moto GP race in rare fashion as he was something like five seconds ahead at the finish; monstrous at this level. Usually these guys are right on top of each other, and in fact, the rest of the competition better get it figured out quick as Ducatis were 1st & 3rd. My guy, Honda rider and American Nicky Hayden continues to struggle three races into the season; he finished seventh getting nipped for sixth on the final turn for the checkered flag by fellow American John Hopkins on a Suzuki. For today, it's going to be ice on the ankle region, then tomorrow I'll start the cold/heat regimen....Peace

Saturday, April 21, 2007

6) Party Day


21 April, 2007 -

Well, up early to head to San Pedro to assist with final preparations for my 50th Birthday Bash! In Moto GP, the Ducati's had been one - two in Friday's day one practice sessions. But in qualifying this morning, "The Doctor" #46 - Valentino Rossi on the Yamaha showed once more why he is the best in the world, snatching the Pole Position for tomorrow's Moto GP Gran Prix of Istanbul. His American teammate, Collin Edwards is second on the starting grid.....4/22/2007 - 2:00 PM Pacific - Speed Channel.....I love this Sport!

Friday, April 20, 2007

5) Party, Music, Family, and Friends


20 April, 2007 -
Ah, Tull back in the day, untouchable during performance!
Final preparations are underway for my big 50th Birthday Party to be held tomorrow in San Pedro, CA. I was really looking forward to Mariachis' but things change; don't they?....And so it goes.....Rain in L.A. today; hoping forecast for clear day tomorrow holds true.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

4) Moto GP


19 April, 2007 -

From the proverbial for-what-it's-worth department anyone out there who is a motor racing fan but has yet to discover Moto GP you have GOT to check these guy's out; it makes TV viewing of any other form of motor sport like watching paint dry! These monster machines weigh just 350 lbs yet crank out 240 horsepower! The races are broadcast on The Speed Channel and they are a must for anyone who loves motor sport; eat your heart out NASCAR, this is real racing. These guys simply smoke! Rarely, if ever, mentioned in the American media the Moto GP Series features four Americans; defending World Champion, Nicky Hayden (pictured) is from Kentucky and was one of People Magazine's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors for 2006. The seven-time world champion, Italian Valentino Rossi (Leading in the current season points standings as of this post), is earning in excess of $31 million dollars this year! You heard me, THIRTY ONE MILLION; rock star lifestyle personified!

3) Wind in L.A.


19 April, 2007 -

I've about had it with the wind here in the LAX area; five days straight the crap has been blowing. I lived on the high desert (Lancaster, CA.) for seventeen years and last night the news broadcast said that the wind was currently stronger here in the South Bay than it is on the high desert; trust me, that sucks!

The picture above captured the early Skyhook: The only shot in basketball history that was, and remains, unblockable. Houston won this game by 2 points snapping UCLA's win streak at 47. Later this same year, 1968, in the NCAA Semi's the teams met again: UCLA 101 Houston 69....

My twenty-one year old has been "tanning" in a tanning bed/salon for quite sometime now despite the fact that her dad (Me) has had Melanoma twice. A few weeks ago, I forwarded this particular kid of mine a very recent statistical article that was published all over the WWW about how profoundly "tanning" increases the chance of contracting that horrific disease without any family history! Spoke to her today, she was walking into the salon to "tan" I'm thinking I'll have to find out who operates the joint and threaten them with a lawsuit; I just don't know.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

2) Virginia Tech and things


17 April, 2007
As stated, yesterday was my birthday. In trying to go forward, my birth date may now always be associated with the Virginia Tech nightmare; I hope not. Heartfelt sympathy to those whose families will be forever tragically impacted by that horrific scene; the loss I simply cannot imagine....On a lighter note, April 16th is also Kareem Abdul Jabbar's birthday; the greatest basketball player of all time. If you debate that, have a look at the photo and try to imagine MJ blocking this shot; never happen! But rest assured some "Air" would have been sent into the fifth row...

Today, Glenn Sacks' (http://www.glennsacks.com/) email bulletin tells of two new articles he has contributed that are huge for people to read. One is in The Austin American-Statesman: "Texas bill to create domestic violence offender registry will harm innocent men." By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks - Austin American-Statesman, 4/11/07 - The other is in response to a front page Dad bashing piece in The Chicago Sun-Times 4/14/07 entitled: "The 12 Worst Dads in Illinois." Glenn did commend the fact that the Sun-Times had the balls to publish criticism of the piece which many publications will not do.

Something else Glenn Sacks pointed out, and that I hadn't thought about for some time, think about this: What if former astronaut Lisa Nowak had been a man? Remember her? She's the knucklehead who drove 9 hours to confront "the other woman" in the parking lot of a Florida airport because, despite the fact she's married with three children of her own, she suspected the other gal of nursing off of certain pieces of her secret boyfriend's anatomy that she believed were reserved for her alone! Of course being that she is a woman, she has been "reassigned" and IS WORKING FULL TIME as an instructor at Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX. This is hogwash! If I'd done that I'd be locked up, no question. And if I happened to be an African-American Dad in that parking garage that night, with a sledge hammer and a locking knife with a 6" blade, I probably would have been shot and killed! TBC......Peace

Monday, April 16, 2007

1) Debut


16 April, 2007
Well, today I'm fifty years old. I feel pretty good for fifty. Especially when one considers I've survived Melanoma (twice) and Chemotherapy once; I was lucky!
I just heard a report by Elaine Kory, a Senior NPR reporter based in San Francisco that pissed me off; "California to Cut Welfare Safety Net for Parents" When is the public going to wake up and realize what is going on in this country in regard to Welfare "Reform", Gay Marriage (which I couldn't care less about) and Child Support? I mean, before they'd even broadcast the meat and potatoes of this piece I knew that the article was going to be about the struggle of poor single Moms and, of course, I was correct! See, people who know recognize that the states, California in this example, despite their statements to the contrary have a vested financial interest in creating as many single mother households as possible. Understand, the first thing the Family Law Industry does in the majority of American divorce cases involving children is remove the fathers from their children's lives. In the U.S., Mom's are awarded primary Custody in over 90% of divorce cases involving kids. In this way, Child Support commences and the counties or Collection Enforcement regimes get a percentage of dad's income perpetuating their livelihood and industry.

California alone receives well over $40 million dollars per year from The Federal Government for it's child support collection efforts. Those Federal Funds finance payroll, employee benefits, and paid vacation time for the employees of the Child Support Collection Industry. Those funds do not make their way to the lives of children of divorce or impoverished kids, they simply pay people, many of them Government officials, to police child support collection. And so you know, according to the brilliant book, Father and Child Reunion, Farrell - Putnam the only definitive study ever done on child support collection indicated that Dad's pay between 80 and 93% of their court ordered support. But when these figures became apparent Wayne Stanton, then head of the Family Support Administration in Washington, D.C., had the study cancelled. In fact, it took a formal submission to the Freedom of Information Act to retrieve the data from Stanton's agency.