Friday, June 04, 2010

We can fix this

The Red & Black Cafe is no place for a man in blue.

Police Officer James Crooker was asked to leave the vegan coffee shop in Portland, Ore., last month, a discriminatory move but not altogether uncommon at the java joint, a detective told

Crooker, 36, a 2-year veteran of the force, entered the Red & Black Café on May 18 and bought a cup of coffee before a customer approached him and said she appreciated his efforts.

That's when John Langley, one of the co-owners of the collectively managed shop, approached the cop and asked him to leave.

You know, if I were the Portland PD, I think that I'd collectively never go back. Not for any reason whatsoever. And I'd publicize it.

"The Portland PD has been informed that we're not welcome in the Red & Black Cafe. As an agency who's highest value is public service, in order to not cause unnecessary distress for the business owners and their customers, we will no longer patronize or respond to calls at this location."

I wonder how long it would take the first armed robber to visit?

If you love college basketball

Then you know the name John Wooden, the legendary coach of UCLA during their glory days in the 60s and 70s.

RIP, Coach. The game will not see your equal.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

"Not all of the memories are suitable for all audiences."

Perhaps, perhaps not, but this story on Charles Harrison, a B-24 tail gunner during WWII, is certainly suitable for everyone.

Yet another reason that Texas may be the place I go

When California East becomes too much for me.

Via the Lawdog, who notes that "In an unusual display of common sense, the Texas State Capitol building security has put in an express lane for those Texas citizens with Concealed Handgun Licenses."

This ranks right up there with the Ron White not-really-a-joke about an express lane for convicted murders.

Monday, May 31, 2010

One final thought for this Memorial Day

I was checking my Facebook page, and found this a a comment to another person's status. I'm not sure of the author; neither was the commenter and Google is no help.

A veteran - whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "'The United States of America", for an amount "up to, and including my life". That is honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it.--Author unknown

Memorial Day

Not a "Happy" holiday to wish anyone, given the somber nature of it. Although most of us would rather think of it as the first weekend of summer, the real purpose of it is to honor the sacrifice our veterans have made for us and their country.

Veterans like the 1,177 men of the U.S.S. Arizona, entombed forever in a ship that still weeps for their loss.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Thank you, Microsoft

As a long-time Money user, I was pretty well PO'd by Microsoft's decision to discontinue the product. However, for something of a change the users of a discontinued MS product aren't being thrown to the wolves--Microsoft has released a final, free version of Money, the Sunset version. The Deluxe version is available for download here, and a Knowledgebase article on its use is here. If you prefer the Home and Business version, that's here.

Me, I'm downloading both and archiving them against future need.

Thanks, Microsoft.

But if we do it harder and faster this time...'s just bound to work!

With the Korean Peninsula on the brink of war, a major U.S. Military surge in Afghanistan, and a nuclear treaty that undermines the United States’ ability to defend itself, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is concerning herself with… America’s taxes?

That’s right. Diplomat-in-Chief Clinton yesterday said that the U.S. tax rate isn’t high enough and that we should strive to become more like Brazil:

Can someone not tell this woman to shut her pie hole? I mean, for crying out loud, why would we want to be like Brazil? As is noted further along in the article,

According to Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom, Brazil’s economy is ranked 113th in the world, among “mostly unfree” nations. It charts below regional and world averages, and its GDP is one-tenth the size of the United States.’ Despite its otherwise poor record, Brazil is experiencing a nice spurt of economic growth, thanks mostly to monetary stimulus injected during the recent financial crisis, and its future prospects look good, as well, thanks to expectations of rapid increases in offshore oil production.

Yeah, let's be even less free than we appear to be targeting now. Woo-hoo, I'm all for that! Not.

I could, however, reach out to her on the subject of increased offshore oil production. Reach out and smack her for not being in favor of it years ago.