July 31, 2008
Power Transmission Lines From Wyoming
TransWest Express Project is a 500 kV power transmission line project to bring wind (and other) power from Wyoming to Las Vegas and Phoenix, from which it could be sent along to Los Angeles. This site says the project will cost $3 billion.
LAPD Chief Has An Opinion To Share
Speaking on the subject of a proposed crackdown on paparazzi in Los Angeles, Chief William J. Bratton said, "So as far as all this grandstanding and foolishness, waste of city time on this issue -- and the fact that I felt aggravated enough about it to interrupt my workout to come over and set the record straight, LAPD has no intention of participating in this farce"
Elucidating, he went on, "If you notice, since Britney started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody, thank God; and, evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don't seem to have much of an issue."
Somebody's looking ahead to a career in politics.
Judge's Ruling Affects DHS Peaker Plant
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday that the necessary environmental and health analyses had not been completed, throwing a roadblock into the way of constructing 11 gas-fired power plants in the L.A. area, plus the one proposed for Desert Hot Springs and another in Victorville.
This could put yet more pressure on electric providers to build more transmission lines from power plants in clean air areas into the city.
DHS Police Deal With Troublemaker From Indio
Some guy from Indio came to our otherwise peaceful little town to shoot a gun at a lady on Palm Drive last night.
CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT
INCIDENT: ATTEMPTED MURDER 664 / 187 PC
DATE: 07-31-08 DAY: WEDNESDAY / TIME: 12:22 AM
LOCATION: 12000 BLOCK OF PALM DRIVE
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
On 07-31-08, Officers from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department received a call from a victim who was shot at. The victim was contacted and stated the following: She was approached by a Black male adult near the "King's Liquor Store." The subject shot at her one time using a handgun. The victim was not hit by the gun-fire. The victim described the subject as Black male adult, between 25-30 years of age, medium height, and thin build. The suspect was last seen leaving the area as a passenger in an older model, 4-door, (mid-size) vehicle, which was silver in color. The vehicle is possibly a Ford Tempo.
With the assistance of the Indio Police Department, the suspect (Iyontay Lestish Williams DOB 02-12-82) was able to be identified. The suspect was later located at his home in Indio. The suspect was placed under arrest for 664 / 187 PC. The victim positively identified the suspect as the person who shot at her.
The Desert Hot Springs Police Department would like to especially thank the Indio Police Department for their assistance with the investigation and apprehension of the suspect.
The Desert Hot Springs Police Department would like to remind our citizens to report any suspicious activity immediately by calling "911" or calling the business line (760) 329-2904.
Any questions regarding this press release should be directed to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department. Anyone with any information regarding this crime should also contact the Desert Hot Springs Police Department and ask to speak with Sergeant R. Ritchie.
Dispatch Tel: (760) 329-2904
July 30, 2008
Oh, we are gonna work this little quake like Boston's blizzard of '78. Or was it '77?
You all recall how the Loma Prieta quake struck during the World Series and we got dramatic footage from the ball park. Well, here's your Los Angeles footage of yesterday's 5.4.
First, the taping of Judge Judy gets interrupted. Maybe God was sending a message to that cute slimeball who used his girlfriend's ATM card.
Second, the quake strikes the set of Big Brother. Oh, the humanity!
Interestingly, while the shaking on the Judge Judy set was quite obvious, you don't see any movement on the Big Brother set...except in their mouths. All the participants start yapping and dashing about. One guy appears in nothing but a towel, and another pulls off his shirt. Really, you couldn't tell it was any different from any other part of a typical reality shows.
Gamble House In The Quake
July 29, 2008
Caveman 92223 just happened to be taking a 20-second expsure of these coins when the earthquake hit earlier today. Note the blur.
Quick Crime Resolution in DHS
INCIDENT: BURGLARY IN PROGRESS
DATE: 07/29/2008 DAY: TUESDAY TIME: 1429 HOURS
LOCATION: 13700 BLOCK OF RAMONA DRIVE, DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CA
DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT:
On 07/29/2008, at 2:29 PM, officers from the Desert Hot Springs Police Department responded to a Burglary in progress at the above listed location.
Upon arrival, officers checked the victim's residence and discovered that the front door had been kicked opened. They checked the interior of the house for suspects and no one was found. Officers contacted the witness, who told officers that he saw two male Hispanics at the location. The witness said he saw one of the suspects kick open the front door of the victim's house. Both suspects entered the residence and were seen walking out carrying electronic equipment.
The suspects placed the items from the house in a black Chevy vehicle with an out of state license plate and left the location south bound on Ramona Blvd then left on Ironwood Drive.
Officers began checking the area for suspects and vehicle. About 41 minutes later, (3:10 PM), officers saw a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle being driven by the suspects. It was south bound on Palm Drive from Hacienda Blvd. The vehicle was occupied by two male Hispanics that also matched the description of the suspects.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the occupants. Officers contacted the witness, who positively identified the suspects as the same suspects he saw kicking open the door of the residence and taking the victim's property. He also identified the vehicle they were in as the same vehicle.
All of the victim's property was recovered except for his computer.
The suspects, who were identified as juveniles were arrested for residential burglary. They were being processed to be transported to juvenile hall.
Any questions regarding this press release should be directed to the Desert Hot Springs Police Department. Anyone with any information regarding this crime should also contact the Desert Hot Springs Police Department (760) 329-2904.
More Weird Real Estate Photography
I felt this one!
5.8 5.4 quake about 20 minutes ago, epicentered southwest of Chino, southeast of Diamond Bar, northwest of Yorba Linda. I was seated, talking on the phone. Didn't actually feel it, but the whole house creaked around me the way it does in a very high wind...only, of course, there was no wind blowing. Confirmation was that after the creaking ended, all the open interior doors were rocking on their hinges.
Prop 8 Excitement
The opponents of gay marriage in California have got themselves up in a tizzy over a decision by Attorney General Jerry Brown. He has changed the wording in the title and summary of Proposition 8, the question that would amend the California constitution to ban gay marriage. The petitions that were circulated to put Prop 8 on the ballot said, in part, that the proposition is "to provide that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
The attorney general has revised that to say that Prop 8 woulod "eliminate the right of same-sex couples to marry." This is the text that will appear in the voter handbook that gets mailed out and on the ballot itself in November.
Prop 8 supporters say they will sue.
July 28, 2008
Oliver Stone's W. trailer. Coming this fall. It's IMDB info:
Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney!
Jason Ritter as Jeb Bush.
Toby Jones as Karl Rove.
Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush.
James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush.
And [drumroll please]...Josh Brolin as W. himself.
McCain On Adoption By Gays
I happened to catch Michael Signorile on Out Q (really, I almost never listen to him; I don't like him very much; I was just scanning the Sirius channels looking for changes) going on and on about what McCain said about adoptions by gay would-be parents (everybody calls this "gay adoption"). Here's the 1m 37s YouTube video of that segment of the interview with George Stephanopolous.
A lot of gay people seem to think McCain is saying he's opposed to adoption by gay parents. I believe he's being misunderstood. People are being confused by (A) McCain's usual mishmash of non-answers, and (B) his use of right-wing buzzwords like "two-parent families," "family values," and "family tradition."
STEPHANOPOULOS: What is your position on gay adoption? You told the "New York Times" you were against it, even in cases where the children couldn't find another home. But then your staff backtracked a bit.
What is your position?
MCCAIN: My position is, it's not the reason why I'm running for president of the United States. And I think that two parent families are best for America.
STEPHANOPOULOS: Well, what do you mean by that, it's not the reason you're running for president of the United States?
MCCAIN: Because I think – well, I think that it's – it is important for us to emphasize family values. But I think it's very important that we understand that we have other challenges, too.
I'm running for president of the United States, because I want to help with family values. And I think that family values are important, when we have two parent – families that are of parents that are the traditional family.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But there are several hundred thousand children in the country who don't have a home. And if a gay couple wants to adopt them, what's wrong with that?
MCCAIN: I am for the values that two parent families, the traditional family represents.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So, you're against gay adoption.
MCCAIN: I am for the values and principles that two parent families represent. And I also do point out that many of these decisions are made by the states, as we all know.
And I will do everything I can to encourage adoption, to encourage all of the things that keeps families together, including educational opportunities, including a better economy, job creation.
And I'm running for president, because I want to help families in America. And one of my positions is that I believe that family values and family traditions are preserved.
Look how McCain scrupulously sticks to the non-sexist term: "two parent family." He never slips and refers to heterosexual parents, or "a man and a woman," or "a father and a mother." I think when he says "two parents" he means exactly what he says. He prefers two parent families over one parent families...and he doesn't give a shit if the parents are all men, all women, or mixed. And who could disagree that two good parents are better than one good parent? More time and maybe more money.
As to the "family" buzzwords. They're only right-wing buzzwords if you let them be. The right has tried to co-opt the flag and patriotism, even though the left-wing is just as patriotic and loves the flag just as much. And the right tries to co-opt the concept of family too, even though every gay person and every left-winger came from a family and has a family, too. I've visited gay couples with their adopted kids, and it's just as much a family as any other family. It's get 'em up in the morning, get breakfast in 'em, get clothes on 'em, out the door to school, kiss their boo-boos, clean up after them, sit up late wondering when they'll get home.
I think John McCain (and I'm not being sarcastic this time) is in the miserable position of both (1) accepting adoptions by gay parents (as long as there's two of them) and (2) trying not to alienate the Christian right-wing any more than it already is. So he talks in the buzzwords that the right will hear as supporting their position. Gay people, who are skilled at listening for code words in conversations, should be sharp enough to hear that McCain is speaking in code. I think he supports adoptions by gay parents...either that, or his old brain has failed him so totally he doesn't know what he's saying. There is a little bit of chance of that, I suppose.
According to this press release from the Desert Hot Springs police, a driver, Neil Allred of Sky Valley, was pulled over for "vehicle code violations" at 6th and Palm this afternoon. In his car police found sufficient marijuana and other materials to arrest him for possession and transportation of the devil weed. What is it that drives people to pack their felonious materials into vehicles with bad lights, bad mufflers, missing plates, broken windshields, or whatever, and then drive it all down the main street of Anytown, USA? The fact that we hear about so many busts like this makes me wonder just how much dope is traveling around on the streets in decent, legal cars driven legally by decent people? It would be the perfect cover, it seems.
Black Mountain Cool
Yesterday I rode along on a Great Outdoors 4WD adventure up Black Mountain which west-northwest of Mt. San Jacinto peak. Half the reason I went was that I knew there would be some very pleasant temperatures at 7,700 feet. We drove up to the fire lookout tower and then visited a couple of other nice lookout points. The complete set of photos can be seen here. These are some samples:
Many people who were involved in the 2004 AIDS LifeCycle will recall Mojo, who was on the bike parking team with me:
Today I came across this whole set of photos of Mojo on Flickr.
Dore Alley 2008 Links
The price of gas kept me away this year, and judging from San Francisco's weather yesterday, I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much as usual. Here you can see a SFW photo showing the grey sky and the greater than usual amount of clothing worn by the attendees. That photo is by Frank Martin who provides here a link to the great number of photos he took which you can, apparently, view without any restriction whatsoever (except most are NSFW).
Some of this year's photos are already in the Dore Alley group on Flickr. There are more in the Dore Alley 2008 Flickr group, but you'll see even more if you just use this search for the most recent Dore Alley photos uploaded to Flickr [quite NSFW].
The Colorado River Aqueduct at Mt. San Jacinto
Yeseterday I went with Scott and David to visit the site of the construction camp and tailings that remain from the 1930s when the Colorado River Aqueduct was dug under Mt. San Jacinto. The tailings are easily visible from I-10 when you are near the Apache exit at Cabazon. Just look away from the distracting casino and turn your gaze south. That huge pile of gravel up against the mountain is the tailings. Google satellite image. You'll want to have a 4-WD vehicle, or plan to walk in from the nearest paved road. The way to the tailings crosses three sandy washes. It looks like the Metropolitan Water District had built concrete structures over those washes, but only one still stands. You'll see some chunky remains of the other ones as you travel through very soft sand.
The complete set of photos is here. These are some samples:
A view from atop the tailings looking out across I-10 and the Morongo Casino toward Mt. San Gorgonio. The pile of rocks in the lower foreground look like fresh gravel, but may be additional tailings.
The remains of the construction camp. Reminds me of photos of archaeological digs at Pompeii.
This is probably the access port for the aqueduct, but unlike most access ports which are metal, vented and well identified, this one is concrete, ventless and unmarked.
July 26, 2008
In a moment of oversight, a private conversation between Barack Obama and Tory Leader David Cameron was picked up on an open microphone earlier today. Follow the link to read all the embarrassing details.