Tuesday, August 30, 2011

After




We made it through the hurricane unscathed.  We never even lost power.  Of course, I have countless friends who are still without power, and there are people I don't know who have lost much more.  Our prayers are with those recovering from, and in some cases, mourning for, losses from the storm.



Monday, August 29, 2011

Quote for the Week

A hurricane is kind of like an elephant - it can go just about anywhere it pleases.

Cliff Lusk

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Quote for the Week

It is better to meet danger than to wait for it. He that is on a lee shore, and foresees a hurricane, stands out to sea and encounters a storm to avoid a shipwreck.

Charles Caleb Colton

Friday, August 26, 2011

Tied Down

Well folks, not sure how big this hurricane will be.  I pray everyone in its path will be safe and and suffer minimal, if any, losses.  I've been through more hurricanes than I care to (or even can) remember.  Some have been little more than interruptions to the day, while others have gotten my attention.

The last one like this that came to visit left us without power for a week.  The only loss we had was food gone bad.  Hopefully, Irene will be a much better behaved guest, though I seriously doubt it.  She appears to be much bigger, a lot angrier, and is headed right up our driveway.

So, for the moment, I'm signing off.  I have one last errand to run, and then we'll be tying down and waiting this thing out.  The Sunday quote is set to auto-post, but after that, my next time online will depend on God, the power company, and a 1,000 mile wide lady with an attitude, Irene.

Stay safe folks, and see you on the other side.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earthquake Update

I know some of the pictures in the news have been dramatic as they detail the devastation of the earthquake, so I wanted to reassure friends and family that, in spite of the damage, we are all ok.

I did take some pictures of the aftermath here.


 This apple was standing upright prior to the earthquake.
I think it may have rolled a bit before coming to a stop.


 
This highlighter was on the desk.  Experts estimate it
fell for approximately 30 inches before hitting the ground.
I am checking it for damage prior to using it again.  The
picture is blurry because I took it during one of the aftershocks.


The first vertical blind on the left did not fully return to its
normal resting position after earthquake was over.

 
In spite of all these setbacks, we will survive.  This is America, after all. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

About the Earthquake

To those affected, I apologize.  I tripped and stumbled into the wall.  I didn't realize you would feel it as far as you did.  I'm going home and getting on the treadmill. 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Quote for the Week

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

Charles Spurgeon

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Coming Up for Air

What an incredibly busy week!  My wife is out of town until Sunday afternoon, and the other full-time attorney in the office is on vacation.  To add to the mess, I'm working today.  I'm extremely grateful to have a job, but this has been a week of long days.  I'm not complaining, just glad I see the light at the end of the tunnel.  No gun range for me this week, but I should be able to fix that for next weekend.

Whew!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Overheard on the Scanner

Officer, I'm on the corner of A and B streets.  I just got stopped by a concerned citizen who says there is a brush fire back in a yard in this neighborhood.  Concerned citizen says there is a dirt road at the end of B street that leads to about four or five houses.  One of the houses has a barn next to it.  The brush fire is next to the barn and is a danger to the barn.

Dispatch.  Copy.

[A few seconds later]

Dispatch:  [Assigning several rescue vehicles], Report of a brush fire on the corner of A and B street.  There's about four or five houses there.  The fire is a danger to burn down a barn.

[Rescue vehicles check in and confirm assignment.  One vehicle takes command]

[A few minutes later]

Vehicle:  Dispatch, this is Engine 1.  I'm on scene at the corner of A and B streets.  Do you have any more information on this fire?

Dispatch:  Let me check.  [Repeats information given in initial dispatch]

Vehicle:  I'm here and I don't see anything.

[A few more minutes go by]

Vehicle 2:  Dispatch, I found the fire.  It's a small brush fire, definitely a danger to the barn.  All units, this is at the end of B street.  There is a dirt road that goes past some houses.  The fire is at the end, behind one of the houses.

[Some time later]

Vehicle 2:  Fire is under control, all units not on scene can clear.

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Now, I'm not trying to knock the dispatchers.  I'm sure this was an anomaly.  The dispatcher was getting the information from an officer, who had received it from someone who was passing by.  The information got muddled along the way, and may have been inaccurate in the first place.  But, the directions given by the dispatcher were not entirely accurate based on the call by the officer.  If I ever need the assistance of first responders, I hope they get my address right.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Politics of the Petty

Recently, it seems as if we read more articles and see more reports based on quirks and verbal mistakes of elected/campaigning officials. I guess the press just thinks we are idiots. Rather than foster a dialogue on the issues, they’re more willing to get into name calling and divisive reporting. I think they believe that’s what we want.

Are we really that stupid? Are we really making electoral decisions based on a 10 second sound bite or a millisecond expression caught on camera? Or do they just think so. There must be something there, I guess. The media exists to make money, just like any other business. So, are they dishing this crap because they think we’re buying it?

How much effort do we place in choosing a candidate? Do you know more about the Kardashians than you do your elected representative? Do you know more about the stats of your favorite team than you do how your elected representative voted recently?

Newsweek uses an unflattering image of a candidate for their cover. Why? I thought we were supposed to base decisions on more than looks. The press lambastes a candidate because she mixed up Elvis’s birthday and anniversary of death. Why? Frankly, I don’t give a flying flip about Elvis when it comes to politics. I’d rather know her views on what matters to me. This morning, I heard a lengthy report on television about some of Governor Perry’s verbal mix-ups. Who cares?! What are his views? That’s what's important to me!

Next time you hear or read a report about a candidate, think about it. Are they discussing the issues or are they attacking the candidate. That will give you a clue as to how intelligent the reporter thinks you are.

I don’t base my decisions on what some editor thinks I should consider. Neither should you. It’s no longer the politics of position. It’s the politics of the petty.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
- Dr. Martin Luther King






Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quote for the Week

Many of us spend half our time wishing for things we could have if we didn't spend half our time wishing.

- Alexander Woollcott

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Overheard on the Scanner

Dispatch: 235, I need you to respond to [address]. Caller says her boyfriend is assaulting her. She says she doesn't understand why he is there since the protective order against him doesn't expire for another couple of days.




-Hmm... I guess it was more of a protective suggestion than a protective order as far as he was concerned.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Dignity of Being Trusted With Your Own Defense

The United Kingdom has deemed its subjects* incapable of being trusted with firearms for personal defense.  Of course, none of this should matter.  It is after all, a safe country.   In fact, the Brady Bunch (or the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, as they prefer to be called), in one of their propoganda posters, slyly imply that England is safer than the US since it has less gun deaths.  According to their spin, the UK is safe.

Or, maybe not.

Britain's violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed. Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world's most dangerous countries.

Daily Mail, July 3, 2009

Fast forward to today, when several cities are now in the grip of escalating rioting and violence.  If you're in the UK and are caught up in the riot, what can you do?  You can't use a gun to defend yourself.  Well, you can always order an aluminum bat off of Amazon.  If I were you, I'd pay a bit more for expedited shipping.



*And yes, I used the word "subjects."  If you depend solely on the government for your complete protection, you are not governed.  You are ruled.

Not a blacksmith could be found in the whole land of Israel, because the Philistines had said, “Otherwise the Hebrews will make swords or spears!” So all Israel went down to the Philistines to have their plow points, mattocks, axes and sickles sharpened. The price was two-thirds of a shekel for sharpening plow points and mattocks, and a third of a shekel for sharpening forks and axes and for repointing goads. So on the day of the battle not a soldier with Saul and Jonathan had a sword or spear in his hand; only Saul and his son Jonathan had them.

1 Samuel 13:19-22

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Quote for the Week

Unfortunately, our history has abundant examples of patriotism being used to hurt those who express views in disagreement with that of the majority.

Vic Snyder

Friday, August 5, 2011

Just Say No

Dave Ramsey goes on a rant regarding co-signing.  He takes a few swipes at Congress and POTUS as well.

Link.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Saving Money

I'm sitting in a bankruptcy hearing listening to a pro se case. A pro se case is one where the filer is not represented by an attorney. This lady found the forms online and filled them out herself.

By not using an attorney, she has likely saved herself about $1,000.

However, due to a quirk in our state's laws, she is about to lose $6,000 in assets and has no idea. Not only does she not have any idea, she only has a few days to find out and get it right. She doesn't know that either.

Apparently, there are also several things wrong with her filing, because the court has issued a "show cause" asking her to defend herself against a possible contempt charge. She has no idea what that means, and has moved, so it appears that she is not getting letters from the court. A hearing date has been set for that, but again, she says she knows nothing about it.

Finally, she filed a separate motion with the court and was granted a hearing date. She is supposed to file a notice of the hearing. She has not done so and will soon run out of time. She filed that motion because the forms were online. Not only was the motion not necessary in the first place, but it will likely not be heard since she does not have a clue she has to file the notice. Since the motion will not be heard, it may affect the closing of her case.

All this for what appears to to be a routine case.

But at least she saved $1,000!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Judge with a Sense of Humor

Please read this (short) opinion.  No, this is not my case, but it's still a good read.  The good stuff is in the third paragraph.

kissel