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Posted on September 3 at 8:11 a.m.
Gawd... You are so right, Mr. McCaslin. I need a Brain Vacation in Nature, after living in the Pentagon's reactive world of be-headings, holy wars and impending doom, a vacation in nature sounds like what the Doctor Ordered but with 90% humidity and 100 degrees of Metro DC, I'll have to wait another week or two, or until both the humidity and heat cool and dry off.When my address was Goleta, Ca. I would bike along Cathedral Oaks Rd. to Foothill Rd., and then to Mission Canyon to reach Los Canoas Rd. and onto the Rattlesnake trail. I would choose the creek over the trail due to the terrain which was much more challenging and quieter, away from other people and their dogs, the sound of the babbling brook water was relaxing and soothing but even during the Drought of the Late 80's, the sound of the wind through the leaves of the trees was like music in my ears.I was away even though you could look out to the city I was miles away and that was the beginning of my little vacation. The hike of rock hopping, playing with water spiders, and the occasional wild front country animal felt like I was the only person in the area. I would sit on the third waterfall and listen to the water cascading over the rocks and stones on its long way toward the ocean, the wind fluttering the leaves of the trees sounded like a set of low snare drums constantly beating and teasing my ears. The smell of the moss and the earthy aromas relaxed me and the sun slowly climbing out of the sky was the mercy my brain longed for but in time it all has to end. The ride back to town was tasking but to know that in my backyard, I could return and release the tension of the week and the trials of busy life to nature and be ready to deal with mans petty demands was only until next weekend was the true quest.
On Water Odyssey
Posted on September 1 at 12:35 a.m.
There were 9/11 attacks in 2001? Gosh! I must have forgot that as my life revolves around my Facebook and I-phone 24/7. Oh Look! The Kardashian's have posted Party pic's on Twitter! I was so preoccupied with my PED and swilling down my Starbucks Coffee...ah, were we at War with some-no-name, far flung Muslim Country? Oh look I received a Hashtag to a Vapid Party!
On Wake Up, America
Posted on September 1 at 12:24 a.m.
"Twice, he notes, uninvited, inebriated renters have barged into residents’ homes", gets you shot and the survivors charged with 'Home Invasion', not to mention the Landlord/Renter also get sued for a list of Damages to the property.
On The Gorilla in the Vacation Rental
Posted on September 1 at 12:04 a.m.
"Sticks and stones may break my bones (and Kill you) / But names will never hurt me".
On Loaded Gun Seized from Suicidal UCSB Student
Posted on August 29 at 10:29 a.m.
The Body Armor issue has nothing to do with these crazy shooters, none of them have been found wearing these vests, although the Santa Ann Bank robbery is one such case wear the criminals are better protected than the Police but for a very long time (before 9-11) police had to supply their own Body armor and not the Departments. As an Armed Contractor, I wear body armor daily whether armed for work or off duty due to the violent behavior of the standard citizen of DC. Have only been shot four times with the armor on and twice by a semi-auto rifle (wearing my steal-plate), as of yet have not taken hits without the armor. I have had specific training in shooting situations which requires the double-tap, one in the chest and the other in the head, building "sweep and clear" operations, active shooter take-downs and armed building breaches, but most police are simply trained to hit center mass (Chest area), and NO head shots; also neither I nor Police are trained to "shoot guns out of peoples hands", only in Hollywood does that ever happen, our training is to Stop The Threat!In Ferguson, Ms. it was a racially charged situation (by most accounts), and everyone was on edge and out of character, then again, I always worry of the fresh recruit, just out of the Academy and feeling all gun ho, looking to prove their metal by getting the jump on the suspect, many were just sitting in front of their Game boxes before deciding to become Police Officers and they want to prove they can handle themselves in a possible gun fight, I always move slowly and cautiously around them, as they are more likely to shoot someone and attempt to pass it off as having the Police gitters (although they may need more time at the academy). You have got to be responsible for your actions...
On Militant Police
Posted on August 26 at 6:34 a.m.
My Grandmother was 92, when she relinquished her Drivers License to the Michigan DMV, she found she didn't want to travel on American roadways with all the rude and reckless younger people driving, they were too dangerous to deal with...
On Santa Barbara Man Crashes and Dies off Highway 154
Posted on August 21 at 4:33 p.m.
"You can lead a Horse to Water but YOU can not make 'em drink"...
On From Jail to Late-Night Salvation?
Posted on August 21 at 4:09 p.m.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...That was really funny about, "Santa Barbara, it turns out, got enough to start its own air force and invade a small impoverished nation". Working so close to the Pentagon and with so many soldiers everyday, what Santa Barbara received would just P-off a "small impoverished nation", and then get their entire Behind handed to them. What the SBPD has is a small arms vehicle, aim a RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade), at it and Poof! No Light APC left.There are 4# Tempest, 4x4, Mine Protected Vehicle's capable of taking up to five H. E. A. T. rounds (High Explosive Anti-Tank), before they fail and have to be abandoned; http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehic...Now that kind of vehicle can make a 'Tango' scared enough to call-in re-enforcements but I don't believe it would make any of the FERGUSON, Mo. resident's even flinch.If your looking for some Government Surplus from several agencies, try; http://gsaauctions.gov/gsaauctions/gs...Other Departments use this site for purchases also; http://www.govdeals.com/?cm_sp_o=RAf_...There a great many "Throw Away Guns", to put in the hands of suspects after mistakenly shoot them to make it look like you were justified in gunning them down...
On I Bark, Therefore I Yam
Posted on August 21 at 6:20 a.m.
On Feet + Bikes + Cars = Transportation
Posted on August 20 at 8:36 a.m.
@st.omer, how can you tell which Police Officer, Deputy, or Patrolman is “ worthy of respect” — those who “protect and serve” morally, not those who murder senselessly". Have you a crystal ball or a Sixth Sense that tells you either way or you just as clueless as to what LE is good or bad?