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Eric Holder Leaving

It was a surprise to me to see that AG Holder is going to be leaving as soon as  the Obama administration finds a new person to fill his post.

The article I read said that he had talked about it with the President over the Labor Day weekend, and that today’s announcement was pre-planned, but I wonder, not that I don’t trust what I’m hearing in the news, but it reminds me of Obama’s “Semper Latte” salute.  He seemed kind of far away.  I wonder what today’s announcement means to him.

I also worry about the concerns of the folks who were looking to the Justice department to help with situations like the Brown case in Ferguson.  Holder seemed to be able to connect with the families and I would imagine it will be hard for them to see him leave as AG.

I wish him well, I think history will tell us whether he did a good job, or not.

I wonder who we’ll get next?

love,

mo

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Go Hunt in PA

I’m not a hunter, but I know that a lot of Pennsylvanians’ are and I just wanted to link to PA’s hunting website made up by hunters for hunters.  It’s where you can sign up for your license, and where you can find out what game is okay to hunt.

I checked it out and right now it looks like groundhogs are in season, as well as some birds, but it’s not too long till deer season opens up.

In the odd case that you stop by here without knowing all about PA’s hunting website, here is the link:

http://gohuntpa.org/

Happy Hunting!

love,

mo

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Everything Is Great, Why Am I Sad?

I  woke up sad.  I closed my eyes hoping to go back to sleep, but the damage was done, I was awake and the sadness was going to have to accompany me while I picked out my clothes for the day.  By the way, I chose to put on clothes I’ve already worn this week which is generally a “no no” in my book, but I didn’t care that much about what I was wearing.

As I stepped  into the shower I wondered what about my dream, or my day was making me feel so down?  Nothing came to me but snippets of experiences I’ve recently had with people who had experienced  loss in their lives.

I spoke to a friend who recently lost her folks and it was her job to go clean out a lifetime of memories.

I spoke to someone who made a lovely skirt out of t-shirts.  I  commented on it telling her I loved it, and when she said she made it I was naturally impressed and then she  explained why she made it….she lost her brother a year ago.

I spoke to a woman who wanted something to donate and I told her that I admired people who donated annually to special causes…and she told me it was in honor of her daughter who died a year ago.

Wow.  Loss hurts and there isn’t any practical way to deal with it is there?  We all have to pretty much figure it out on our own, and maybe that is what is making me sad today.

I’ve lost people, sometimes through death, sometimes through people just moving, or moving on.  I’ve lost people I’ve cared about because  I was stupid, or maybe it’s okay to admit that maybe they were stupid too.  But I understand loss and I care about folks who have the feeling that they are walking a little more slowly, with a little more care than they’d like.

I just want to let you know that there are people who want to let you talk, not for any sort of compensatory gain, or for their own purposes.  I want you to know that there are people who get what you are dealing with.  There are people like me, who wake up on a bright sunny day, one of the first days of a fresh bright autumn…who feel sadness.

Just think about it…and try to accept that there isn’t anything at all wrong with you, and what you are feeling.  Feelings are deep rooted.  Just let them happen, and if there is something you think you might be able to do to relieve them even a tiny bit then take courage and try.  For me, I thought that maybe typing a little about this might help.

What will help you?

love,

mo

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Climate Change Rally Day!

Today is the day that marchers will take to the streets in NY to protest what they feel is a huge issue that will impact the globe.  Climate Change!

Here is some information from Al Jazeera about that march being held a little later today:

Celebrities, activists and political leaders are expected to join more than 100,000 people in New York City on Sunday for what organizers say will be the largest climate-change march in history.

The “People’s Climate March” has been endorsed by more than 1,400 organizations, including environment, faith and justice groups, as well as labor unions. Students have also mobilized marchers at more than 300 college campuses for the event, which calls on world leaders to do more to confront the threat of climate change and comes ahead of a United Nations climate summit.

“People from all walks of life, all over the world care deeply about climate change and are extremely worried and scared and so this march is showing the huge variety of people and the huge variety of reasons that people are invested in this issue,” march organizer Rachel Schragis told Al Jazeera.

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are expected to participate in Sunday’s march — which will wind its way through Midtown Manhattan on a two-mile route starting at 11:30 a.m.

After a moment of silence at 1 p.m., participants will be encouraged to use instruments, alarms and whistles to make as much noise as possible, helped by marching bands and the tolling of church bells.

Around the world, more than 2,700 climate events in 158 countries are planned to coincide with the New York march, including rallies in New Delhi, Jakarta, London, Melbourne and Rio de Janeiro.

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Find Frein!

8 days and he’s still on the lam.  Eric Matthew Frein is allegedly the shooter who took the life of Cpl. Bryon Dickinson last week.  According to what we now know Frein shot at the officers, tried to drive away, had his headlights off and thus he drove into a pond area and he was forced to leave his vehicle where a pedestrian walking a dog found the jeep.

Residents of the Canadensis area have been asked to shelter in place, and those who have left their homes, are being restricted from going back to their houses.

The shelter in place order has been lifted but Frein’s still on the loose.

I found a video from WENY  that featured the head of a correctional institute in NY who said that they had Frein in their jail for over 100 days because he had stolen some military memorabilia from folks he apparently hung out with while he was playing the role of a cold war soldier.  He tried to sell the goods and was nabbed.  That might have been the genesis of his hatred for police?

Canadensis is a very nice place!  It’s just awful to imagine a crazy guy running around those woods with a weapon.  Although, I guess it’s quite possible that there are already other folks doing that exact same thing in those hills.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I don’t think of war as something that is “fun”.  I wouldn’t want to play war, and I wouldn’t want to recreate wars.  I sort of dislike the whole idea of war.

If you’ve read this blog before, you’ll know I’m no fan of violence.  I’m not a fan of a police/nanny state, but I’m not the kind of person that thinks that violence is a legitimate option for ANYONE.

I hate that someone shot and killed a police officer.  All the evidence seems to point to this 31 year old…I hope they find him soon.

mo

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Auto Tags Are Now Identifiers?

The other day my significant other came home and told me that his tire blew out on the road the other day.  It wasn’t a huge disaster, it just surprised him and he had to pull over to the side of the road.  We have AAA and so he called them and waited till they sent someone out to replace the tire.

What was interesting about the situation was while waiting on the side of the highway, my husband told me that a state police cruiser pulled up behind him, the officer got out of the car and approached his vehicle. My husband rolled down the window and the officer asked him if he was Mr. _______.

What?  How’d he know that straight away?  He must have had something that tells him who is the owner of each car which is accessible instantly.

None of this surprises me, nor should it surprise any of you, but I did notice today that someone out in California tried to get this information erased because his impression was that unless he was a criminal, the police didn’t need to create a data log on him as a driver.  There was no reason to know that his car was shopping in certain stores, or going across state lines, etc.

A judge denied his claim.

Here is some more information on that case:

In a decision on Thursday, a California judge upheld that local law enforcement agencies can keep secret records from a vast network of license plate scanners in the greater Los Angeles area.

Accumulated through a system of cameras mounted on stop lights and police cruisers, the movements of millions of vehicles in the U.S. are tracked and the information stored for law enforcement purposes. The rapidly expanding system, funded primarily by Homeland Security grants, is now in use by seven in 10 local agencies, according to a study by the Police Executive Research Forum.

Michael Robertson, a tech entrepreneur known for founding the website MP3.com, filed a personal lawsuit to acquire his own records stored in the secret database. A San Diego judge has ruled that local agencies can deny his request under California’s open records law, however, because the information pertains to police investigations.

“If I’m not being investigated for a crime, there shouldn’t be a secret police file on me” that details “where I go, where I shop, where I visit,” Robertson told the Associated Press. “That’s crazy, Nazi police-type stuff.”

Now I don’t think police officers having access to driver information is “Nazi police-type stuff” but it  was intriguing to us because it seemed when the officer drove over and got out of his car, well, it happened in a flash.  The officer was driving by at regular speed, and stopped on a busy highway and within a minute was out of the car and asking to confirm the identity of my husband.  Which can only mean that as the officer drove past and saw that a car was disabled, he was able to check the plates and identify the owner within seconds.

I just think it’s amazing.  What do you think?

love,

mo