Saturday, November 15, 2008

Sylmar fire burns 2,600 acres; 10,000 residents ordered to evacuate

The Santa Barbara fires along the coastal foothills was bad enough, but now the fires have spread with wind gusts of 70 mph ripping through Northern San Fernando Valley overnight and into this morning. The fire managed to leap across the 210 and 5 freeways causing more damage and confusion.

With the hear expected to be in the 90's today, firefighters are in for a grueling battle.

There's no doubt this has been a bad year for fires in California.

For the whole story Click Here.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin Rejected by other Republican Governors!

While reading two of my favorite blogs, Political Animal and Think Progress, I ran across some interesting news regarding Gov. Sarah Palin today.

It seems the Republican Governor's Association was holding a meeting and elected it's new leadership team and guess who wasn't picked? That's right. Gov. Sarah Palin. Imagine that?

The funny thing is that there are only 21 Republican Governors left in the country, and 19 of them attended the meeting, which was held in Miami. There's eight leadership posts. So she had a 42% chance of being picked and nobody wanted the hockey mom from Alaska.

Rumor has it that the governors weren't real happy with Palin's news conference yesterday and this was a great way of sending her a message! The cat's out-of-the-bag. She was a desperate political pick that gave new meaning to dumb and inexperienced.

My column AS IT STANDS this Sunday talks about the Republican Meltdown and where they are going next. I also make an argument for third party candidates getting more media exposure in the future. I did suggest that if the Republican Party did split in two, she might be the head of the new party - The Righteous Republicans!

See this Sunday's Times-Standard's  AS IT STANDS and let me know what you think.

Fires rage in Santa Barbara County: State of Emergency Declared

Firefighters pour water on the remains of the Physics Building at Westmont College.

Santa Barbara Fire Department crews fights to put out flames at a home on Coyote Drive in Montecito.



The charred remains of the house and car above are contrasted with the firefighter battling the

blaze on the right.

Over 2,500 acres of coastal foothills have been engulfed by fast-moving flames stroked by the Santa Ana and sundowner winds, but they are reportedly calming down today. Over 100 homes have been destroyed and there are thousands of people who have had to flee the area.


I don't care what bears do in the woods - but people can't crap there!

There's forests in Europe where people have to be careful when nature's urge to defecate comes upon them, if they don't want to get fined. Anybody ever been to Toiletten (Toilet?) benutzen! Or, does the sign mean, "No shitting." 


This strikes me as odd, but if they don't want crap littering the forests, then that's the way it is. But what about the animals?







 It almost looks like the figure is skiing and someone forgot to draw the skis. Yea...maybe that's what it is. What do you think?

Here's some office humor that's good for Friday or Monday!

Bush administration cuts clean air regulations for polluting companies

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently passed a new rule aimed at clearing the nation's air of toxic metals that lead to childhood lead poisoning. The Bush administration quietly weakened that provision at the last minute by exempting dozens of polluters from scrutiny, federal records show.

At least 12 factories in Illinois alone have fallen through the cracks because of this sneaky move by Bush.

The EPA has been looking at the harmful effects of lead and there's a pile of research that shows how dangerous it really is when released in the air.

This is just another part of the putrid Bush legacy that will leave future generations to declare him the worst president we ever had!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wally always wanted to run with the sheep and not have to make decisions!

Ask a 'Free Stater' what liberty means while living in New Hampshire


                                                               “Live Free or Die,”
                                                     - New Hampshire State motto    

        Do you support abolition of all income taxes?

       Would you like to see regulatory bureaucracies eliminated, and most gun laws repealed? Do you think there should be complete free trade and that the government should be decentralized?

      Does the repeal of  most drug laws sound good to you? Finally, how does wide scale
privatization sound? If any of this sounds appealing, you may want to become a “Free Stater.”

      The Free State Project is the brainchild of Jason Sorens, a card-carrying libertarian who back in 2001 came up with a concept to give the then irrelevant Libertarian Party, a national presence in politics.

      Soren’s idea was to get 20,000 libertarians to move to a small state and pledge to carry out certain ideals where their numbers would carry some political clout. He and like-minded associates settled on New Hampshire for several reasons. It was known for to have low taxes and high regard for minding your own business.

     According to the Free State Project web site , this is a non-profit corporation, organized for mutual benefit and “social welfare” functions. They do not endorse candidates or legislation.

     The goals of the Free State Project can be accomplished without the election of any candidates or the passage of any legislation,” according to the site. The Free State Project is not affiliated with the Libertarian Party, but welcomes its members along with “classic liberals” (not the modern liberals, but followers of Thomas Jefferson and similar thinkers), paleoconservatives, constitutionalists, and anyone willing to sign on to the movement.

     Organizers are quick to point out that the Free Sate Project does not promote secession. Soren’s idea to wield political power by bringing large numbers of sympathetic people together  may sound like a gathering of a radical, wild-eyed, ideologically separatists, at first glance. That impression has been gradually dispelled by articles in the mainstream press, including Reader’s Digest. The New York Times ran a respectful piece about Free Staters in October 2004.
     Despite what legitimacy that has been conferred upon the organization, they are not without their detractors. Some residents of New Hampshire find the displays of rambunctious democracy unsettling. Free Staters use civil disobedience and street demonstrations to get their points across

     Roderick Long, a philosophy professor at Auburn University and the brains behind the Libertarian Nation Foundation, told the Associated Press in December 2004,  “We don’t want to live by ourselves but simply want to demonstrate to the world that libertarian principals actually work.”

     Meanwhile, Sorens’ dream is slowly unfolding. There aren’t 20,000 followers, but those who did move to New Hampshire have made a political  impact. Although the Free State Project doesn’t endorse political candidates, some members have been elected to local office, including staunch home-schooling advocates elected to local school boards.

     Still, it’s apparent that most Americans don’t feel tyrannized enough to uproot themselves  and join the Free Staters.. You never know however; as the paths of communications continue to open via the Internet, more people may embrace the Free Stater ideals and actually move to New Hampshire.

     I think it’s important for people to follow a dream. It’s one of the many liberties that we Americans enjoy. Is the Free State Project a revolutionary plan or just a pipe dream? Only time will tell.

   As It Stands, we are a country of dreamers always looking for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

SPRING IN THE SHOP: a poem I wrote long ago...

In the center of the shop
sporting a smile
stands the Adjustor.

He does not hear the stamping
the shrieking
the shattered fragments of sound;

the presses pumping in perfect cadence
the whirring of huge gears
the split-second squirts
hot liquid plastic spurting into stainless steel dies.
the Adjustor can only see
the pretty packer's eyes.

She swiftly strokes and stacks
spinning lids
adroitly filling each warm box
When he turns for just a moment
She adjusts her locks.

Dave Stancliff

Doctors Say Marrow Transplant May Have Cured AIDS!

Twenty months after receiving a targeted bone marrow transplant an American man is said to be cured of AIDS by doctors. Researchers and doctors are admitting this one case might have been a fluke, but there's hope that more interest in gene therapy will come about. Click here for more on this story.



 German hemotologists Eckhard   Thiel (left) and Gero Huetter of Berlin's Charite University talk with the press about their recent findings.

Rock 'n Roll heyday photos on display at Shoe Shop in Sherman Oaks

Greg Papazian was a teenager when he began taking photos of rock stars for several famous clubs, like the Whiskey a Go-Go. He took over 1600 photos before going to work at the family's shoe store. He became a cobbler, but one day a friend talked him into turning the store into an art gallery featuring his rare photos.       


 Greg Papazian is shown above with two of his favorite photos. Annie Lennox (left) taken in 1983 at the Palace Theatre in Hollywood, and Ron Wood, taken at the Anaheim Convention Center in 1973. He took photos of such famous groups as: Led Zeppelin; Peter Frampton; Procol Harum; Rod Stewart; The Who; Edgar Winter; Humble Pie; Uriah Heep; Deep Purple; Fleetwood Mac; Eric Clapton; Chuck Berry; Bee Gees; and T. Rex.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lakers swat late surging Hornets to extend un-beaten record to 7-0

Before the season began those NBA pundits that talked of the Wild Western Conference being between three teams can think again. The division champs are back and just who do you suppose can stop them?

Certainly not those two top teams mentioned in the same breath as the Lakers? The New Orleans Hornets or the Houston Rockets. The Lakers have brutalized both teams while making a statement...they are the TEAM TO BEAT!

ABOVE - Kobe Bryant works on Morris Peterson during the fourth quarter. The final score was 93-86, although most of the game the Hornets were down by as much as 21 points. No team has got any closer than 7 points to the Lakers yet this year. The Lakers motto this season is: Remember what happened in Boston!

So take notice you Celtic fans. This is the Lakers year!


Even in this day and age of gender neutrality this just doesn't seem right. You know what I mean? There's just no way she could....

So this is what could happen when you go into one of those bathrooms marked for both sexes.

GM scraps model debuts as the industry cuts expenses

Times are hard for American automakers. The big 3 are looking for a loan from the government. It's apparent to me that their going to have to retool, and quit selling land yachts and to catch up with the energy needs for today's struggling economy.

CLICK HERE to read more about what the automakers have been doing.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

More Vietnam Era Posters...this Veterans Day 2008



Some Vietnam Era Posters : Remembering Comrades on Veterans Day


I was a Combat Engineer with the 31st Eng. Battalion, 79th Eng. Division and served in Vietnam in 1970. I also was part of a combination of American and ARVN forces that went into Cambodia in May/June; pursuing NVA Leadership Command and Control.

I lost too many brothers over there. They will always be alive however, in my heart and good memories. They were so young. I was 19 years-old. I didn't know shit about politics or anything like that. All I learned was how to survive in a very bad place. When I came home it was a bad place for veterans like me.

Now, I see Iraq and Afghanistan veterans suffering with PTSD, like me, and I wonder when will it ever end? When will we ever learn that war is not the answer?

 Peace brothers and sisters...all of you from every war...alive and those who aren't here anymore. Peace.

Some Interesting WW II Posters : Remembering Veterans Day Today




Patriotic Posters from America's Past Wars: Veterans Day Remembered


                                    These posters are all circa WW I from 1916 to 1917


Americans were told that this war was the "War to end all Wars" as they joined the fray in Europe.

Veterans Day: A time to reflect and remember those that served our country

Monday, November 10, 2008



Insult to Injury: AIG whines about 3rd quarter profits and gets More Money!

The insurance giant AIG has asked for more bailout money after reporting third-quarter losses. This request amounts to admission that the first effort to fund them failed. So how are we going to know this works? We're not. We're just going to have to sit back and wait until they report their fourth quarter status.

I was against the original bailout and I'm against this increased amount. The American people were sold down the river on that supposed financial crisis stop gap measure.

I hear that the Big Three automakers  are also in line to ask Uncle Sam for more sugar to sweeten their losses!

When are the hand-outs going to stop?

Does anybody else feel like we're getting fleeced while the big-wigs get help in hard times?

It's getting harder to find people who want to go into the military

This blog recently discovered just how desperate we are for new recruits to fight the ground war in Iraq and Afghanistan. This ground squirrel is part of a regiment of rodents that are training in the desert area of 29 Palms, California.

 They undergo tough paw-to-paw training                                                                                         

and are said to be crack shots. Their ability to forage in the field means they will be able to travel light in their pursuit of the enemy.

Circuit City Declares Bankruptcy: electronic retailer plans to restructure


In another sign

  of the times a big retail chain struggles to stay afloat. Wal-Mart and Best Buy have hurt Circuit City in the last couple of years. The electronic retail giant has lost $5 Billion in stock value.

 The stock market finished down again today, as Americans watch the list of economic causalities grow longer.

Lakers still undefeated as they hammer Houston Rockets by 29 points!

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol ripped through the Rockets defense on route to a rout. They started off 16 points down in the 1st quarter, but quickly turned things around and were leading by a basket at halftime. In the 4th quarter the Lakers took flight with 39 points!

Did I mention I've been a Laker fan since they moved to LA?

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Berserk Pumpkin Monster attacks and mutilates neighborhood gourds!

So you thought that the Pukin Pumkins were strange eh? This mad Pumpkin was last seen butchering helpless gourds that couldn't roll away fast enough!  

FDA ignores evidence of a threat to nations babies and young children

The FDA has been claiming BPA (a harmful chemical) is not dangerous. But facts have surfaced and the FDA is reluctantly admitting there's problems with the chemical, but they still refuse to ban it!

This is just another case of deceiving the public to keep making money, regardless of the effects! Canada banned it's usage this year. We should be doing the same. CLICK HERE to read AS IT STANDS Sunday column in the Times-Standard.

Blog Break Until Presidential Election is Over

I finally hit the wall today. I can't think of what to say about all of the madness going on in this country right now. I'm a writer...