Tuesday, December 28, 2010


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Monday, March 29, 2010

Wouldn't It Be Nice?

I don't know who, how, or when the application request was sent out for Google's Fiber-Optic ISP offering, but my market place would be a great zone. Sure West has a near monopoly in our area. That is, if you consider ComCast as competition. I don't.

The details listed in the article found at the following link (fair use) sound succulent and savory:

I think our market area would fit their criteria admirably. Alas, I have no knowledge if anyone even submitted for our area. But it would be nice.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It's a Family!

I am not sure how to tell this story safely. Suffice it to say that I have recently communicated with family members for the first time. I'm a full grown man. I'm old enough to have grandchildren. I don't, but could have had them if life was different. Now I have six more siblings, a handful more of nieces and nephews and I don't even know how many more grand-nieces and grand-nephews yet.
All I can say is that it is kinda weirdish.
Life can change in a heartbeat, over a weekend, or it might take a matter of a few weeks. Only time will tell what ones' tapestry will look like at the end of the road.

More on that later, maybe.


I believe that in California, it used to be a state law, that all gasoline stations had to have public restrooms. That's a good law. It makes good common sense, fill up one tank and empty the other.
Somewhere along the way, somebody failed the general public, I guess. It seems that it is no longer a state law, it isn't enforced, or that there are very lenient exceptions.
I think it is PATHETIC that a father can't pull in to a gas station so that his daughter, in disparate need of relief, can go to the restroom. Instead, only to hear a very unsympathetic voice stating coldly, we don't have public restrooms.
I have come across this three times now in the past few years. I can only hope that the legislators responsible for abolishing a health and safety law have been since fired from all public services. Probably not, but one can hope.
It seems that throughout this country, self-serving special interest groups are modifying laws at the expense of the common people.

I hope they poop their pants.

Two of the offending gas stations are Shell, Greenback Ln., in Orangevale, CA., across the street from a DQ - Dairy Queen. And an ARCO at Ethan Way & Alta Arden & Arden Lane. in Sacramento, CA.

I hope it becomes law once again and those two stations close down.
The third station was in Chico, Cal-I-Forn-I-A. Unfortunately, I don't know the fuel brand or the exact location. But all three had unsympathetic employees who didn't even offer the nearest alternative.

May the fleas of a few thousand feral cats and dogs invest each and every one of their crevices.

Hew, I feel better now. Not by much, but better.

UPDATE: I stand corrected, AB830 was not passed in 2004. There is not a California state law that requires gas stations to have public restrooms. It should have passed and become law (IMHO). I originally got my disinformation in 1990 or so. I was working for a guy who owned his own name brand gas station. Since he had to comply with all the federal, state and local laws, I took his word with some authority. But hey, anyone can have a misunderstanding of all the complicated rules of business, right. My sentiments remain the same. It should be the law. I believe it's common sense. So it should be a common law.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Law Enforcement & Judicuary Get Away With It

I am not a lawyer, nor do I have any special knowledge of applicable laws. I do have a good sense of practical reasoning. So when I read about the seemingly obvious violations of the constitution and its amendments, I get a bit miffed.

Why is it, that those meant to enforce and uphold the law, themselves act as if they are above the law? I am speaking of recent reports that the FBI once again finds themselves on the wrong side of the law and a federal judge who seems to be ignoring judiciary rules.

In the case of the FBI, they get away with about 2,200 violations, because it was merely a technicality that they violated National Security Letter's guidelines, as reported on:
"FBI broke law for years in phone record searches
By John Solomon and Carrie Johnson
Special to The Washington Post and Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 19, 2010"

And in the case of The Honorable Richard G. Seeborg, who is seemingly in violation of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, as described by:
and specifically: http://epic.org/privacy/facebook/EPIC_Beacon_Letter.pdf

"Pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the representative parties must be “fairly and adequately protect[ing] the interests of the class.”1
1 Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(a)(4)."

What happens when the rule of law is meaningless to a large class of people? What will eventually happen? In the short term, some organizations and a few additional concerned folks will huff and puff and little will change. The biggest current trend for those who choose to be vocal seems to be to join the Tea Party's non-party. However, to confuse everyone is a new group claiming to be THE Florida Tea Party party, who seems to have nothing officially in common with the National Tea Party, a non-party.

What am I saying? I am saying that there is a National Cluster F*ck brewing. Our elected officials won't get their own houses in order, they won't ensure that the other departments of our governments get their houses in order, but they'll all scream at the top of the media that the many other nations need to get aligned with the global agenda on human rights, internal spying on their own citizens, and mandatory Internet policing for copywrite violations so Hollywood & music publisher fat-cats won't go broke.

What ever happened to the principles of the rights to privacy, fair use, and the ability purchase a product (rather than have only a license to use something under very narrow conditions) in our very own country even? (I contend that there is very little material that is actually intellectual property, so these folks shouldn't be getting away with perpetual income on every dang item they think is their personal cache-cow). We really need to get our own house in order, first and foremost.

Smoke and mirrors, finger pointing, diversions and denials. Why take the planks out of the eyes of the U.S.A. when there are so many other foreign governments behaving as badly or worse then our own?

This isn't supposed to be a professionally sounding rant, just another rant. But can't somebody, anybody, within politics, government agencies, commercial business, anywhere at all behave appropriately? Is integrity too much to ask for? Is honesty totally outmoded? I see there is no shortage of loyalty, but to whom do those loyalties reside with? When the governments aren't serving the citizens, they are merely self-serving. Is mankind truly basically evil? Look at how our authorities are behaving and give yourself an honest assessment of our current culture.

Maybe next time I will include the several atrocities of the DEA, but for now, I've probably already raised too many red flags for the NSA's servers to ignore. Let's just say that this may be a new era of discontent for informed Americans. If ignorance is bliss, most of the citizens of the U.S.A. must be quite content.

Dang it anyhow.
(Well, I feel better for having said it at any rate)