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One of the good guys has passed (Jose Montoya)

So sad, this guy was HUGE. His lasting imprint in CA and especially in Sacramento was enormous. I sort of knew him, his son Vince is a friend of mine and a great musician in his own right and on many nights, Jose would do his poetry with the Tattooed Love Dogs behind him.

Everywhere you look in Sacramento you can see his influence.


Jose Montoya, one of the most influential and inspirational figures in California Latino history, died Wednesday surrounded by family in his midtown Sacramento home. He was 81.

As a boy, Montoya picked grapes with his family in Delano and Fowler in the blistering Central Valley heat. He vowed that farm work would not be his destiny, and instead became an artist and poet whose work galvanized the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s. One of Sacramento’s poet laureates, Montoya was co-founder of the Royal Chicano Air Force, a collection of artists-turned-activists who used their words, music and images to fight for justice and equality for farmworkers and other marginalized Americans.

His colorful, expressive paintings with bold strokes have been shown worldwide. His poetry mixed English, Spanish and barrio slang, exploring themes of struggle and inj

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/26/5771228/jose-montoya-sacramento-poet-and.html#storylink=cpy

Confiscated pot dumped in Tahoe National Forest

A large amount of marijuana recently confiscated by the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was dumped and left untended in Tahoe National Forest in proximity to a popular trail. Sheriff Keith Royal said the pot was chipped with wood and other material making it unusable but vowed he would direct his officers to better dispose of marijuana refuse going forward. “The chipper breaks it down to a smaller quantity and adds other vegetation into the mix, which basically destroys its use,” Royal said. “But for the future, in case any concerns are raised, the direction is to just bury it.” As … READ MORE IF YOU PAY: http://www.theunion.com/news/8271091-113/marijuana-forest-national-pile

And because the site has a paywall, the story is that it was actually very useable and not mixed with other material. My town right here, one of the major pot growing regions in the country. Had to have been quite the pile.

REMINDER TO SELF: Take more walks!

Anyone into the The America's Cup?

Today, one race, for the Cup. Lot of drama in the sailing world... http://blog.sfgate.com/americascup/2013/09/24/americas-cup-finally-delivers-on-its-promise/

Way to go Oracle for closing the gap. Thought it wasn't even gonna be a contest...... One change and poof, unbeatable.

No matter all the bad pub etc this event has created, the event was pretty awesome. Seeing these boats flying across the water is pretty amazing. With the races in the bay you can really get a great idea on the tactics, wind, etc that you might not get out at sea. the crowds have been strong for all of the races, I imagine the place will be packed to the max for today's finale duel.

I wish i was going today, but I am going to the bay this weekend (FURTHUR, the what's left of the Grateful Dead), next weekend (Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the best festival ever), and once between (Gary Clark jr, the NEXT BIG THING) so that is just too much for me to do. Only seen some lower class boats racing and couple of practice days myself of the event, but I've watched quite a bit on TV.

love the changes along the Embarcadero taking place too, and if they ever break ground on the new arena, that entirre area will have undergone an incredible change due to the America's Cup. the new concert venue, the terminals etc. Kind of a shame the scope of the changes were scaled back considerably.

I really cannot think of a better walk in an urban environment along the Embarcadero now from Pier 29 to the Giants ballpark anywhere in the world......now, and when the arena is done it will be amazing down there.

After being one of the worst places in town in 1989.

I think the marble tile at the UN looks like total crap...

What a botched job. that should all look like one piece by laying it to match veins etc. The process is called bookmarking and this was laid randomly and really it bothers me.

NRA annual meeting: NO GUNS ALLOWED!

The National Rifle Association's annual meeting is this weekend and it's a galaxy of pro-gun stars!

Sarah Palin!

Glenn Beck!

Newt Gringrich!

Ollie North!

Oh, and no guns.

Yes, in this celebration of all things that go bang, each of these NRA-sanctioned speakers will be offering their address before a crowd of disarmed gun enthusiasts.


On its website, the NRA warns:

North Carolina State law prohibits the carrying of firearms in the Charlotte Convention Center, and the Time Warner Cable Arena. In addition, the Rules and Regulations of the Charlotte Convention Center prohibit the carrying of firearms in the Center. Pursuant to Time Warner Cable Arena policy, all individuals entering the Arena will be subject to a magnetometer security check.

To think that you'd have to suffer the indignity of going through a metal detector to hear someone proselytize about your right to carry your gun anywhere you want is easy irony.

READ MORE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/josh-sugarmann/nra-annual-meeting-no-gun_b_576680.html

well here's a load of crap (Ben Boychuk)

By Ben Boychuk
Special to The Bee
Published: Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 - 12:40 am

Sen. Dianne Feinstein wasted no time demagoguing the Washington Navy Yard shooting spree that left 12 innocent people dead along with the gunman. For California’s senior U.S. senator, the opportunity to rehash the usual policy clichés was simply too rich to let pass.

“There are reports the killer was armed with an AR-15, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol when he stormed an American military installation in the nation’s capital and took at least 12 innocent lives,” Feinstein said Monday in a prepared statement released mere hours after the crime occurred, while investigators were still sorting out the details. “This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons – including a military-style assault rifle – and kill many people in a short amount of time.”

As we now know, the reports were wrong. Aaron Alexis didn’t use an AR-15 in his attack. He had a pump-action shotgun, purchased legally, and apparently picked up the handguns from his victims. Yet as of Friday, Feinstein’s statement remained on her website intact, her remarks neither revised nor extended.

Ben Boychuk is associate editor of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. Contact him at bboychuk@city-journal.org.

READ MOIRE HERE: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/21/5754322/ben-boychuk-for-anti-gun-zealots.html

I am of the understanding that he did use an AR 15, the one he took off an armed security officer? There is so much wrong about this article. And we know the naval yard WAS NOT A GUN FREE ZONE, in fact that building in particular had multiple levels of security and guns including the guns he took off armed and presumably well trained trained security.

Letter: Marijuana legalization a bad idea

Letter: Marijuana legalization a bad idea

September 19, 2013

The Greater New Orleans Drug Demand Reduction Coalition was formed in 2011 to develop and implement a comprehensive strategic plan using prevention, treatment and law enforcement to reduce the negative consequences of the use of illicit drugs and other drugs of abuse and the abuse of alcohol in the Greater New Orleans area, with a primary focus on youth and the prevention of youth substance abuse.

In response to the Sept. 6 front-page article, “Majority favor legalizing marijuana,” the GNODDRC would like to call your attention to the following:

A recent report from the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) states it is not in the interest of public health to make marijuana more widely available and acceptable given its adverse consequences and its addiction potential.

Scientific research indicates that marijuana causes impaired brain development, poor school performance, loss of productivity and accidents in the workplace.

Data shows that drivers with marijuana in their systems are two times more likely to be involved in a highway accident. Epidemiology data from road traffic arrests and fatalities indicate that after alcohol, marijuana is the most frequently detected psychoactive substance among driving populations. Marijuana has been shown to impair performance on driving simulator tasks and on open and closed driving courses for up to approximately three hours (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).

not the onion: http://theadvocate.com/news/opinion/7040477-123/letter-marijuana-legalization-a-bad

NY Times Says Earth Has Unlimited Carrying Capacity, So Forget Climate Change and Party On, Homo Sap

Source: thinkprogress

In a collective act of media irresponsibility, the New York Times and Washington Post have joined the Wall Street Journal in publishing “don’t worry, be happy” articles days before the big UN climate science report will say quite the opposite.
We expect the WSJ to be a haven for disinformation, and as I discussed Sunday, Matt Ridley didn’t disappoint. But it’s sad when we see at the very same time
The Washington Post publish a piece downplaying the climate threat from the well-known and well-debunked confusionist Bjorn Lomborg, and
The NY Times run a Pollyannish piece, “Overpopulation Is Not the Problem” which asserts, contrary to much recent science, that, “There really is no such thing as a human carrying capacity.”
Dr. Robert J. Brulle of Drexel University, “an expert on environmental communications,” emailed me this comment on the WashPost and NYT pieces:


Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/09/16/2623241/times-earth-carrying-capacity-climate-change/

the media shills for big business.

Do we really want to spend $46 billion on a border fence?

By Bruce Maiman

Fiscal conservatives who are big on border security should explain whether they’re OK with spending billions on a border fence we no longer need.

If the current federal immigration bill we’ve seen debated for months passes with a so-called border surge amendment intact, we’ll spend – without inevitable cost overruns – $46 billion for an additional 700 miles of fence and 20,000 new border patrol officers, all to keep illegal immigrants from pouring into this country.

The problem: Immigrants from Mexico are no longer pouring into this country.

Since 2000, migration from Mexico has fallen by more than 80 percent, and fewer native Mexicans have moved to the U.S. in each of the past four years than in any year since 1991, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/09/17/5741736/bruce-maiman-do-we-really-want.html#storylink=cpy

Face it gunners, the building was Heavily secured...

whether or not everyone is or is not armed on a navy base is not the argument...and really i wish I had thought my original post through a bit. Hyperbole that's me. That aside,

The truth ism this particular building was very secure. MULTIPLE LEVELS OF SECURITY. Like the White House, or the Capitol.(from interviews on CNN today). So this was a high security building unlike most in the yard according to CNN witnesses and interviews.

CNN interviewed a guy who runs a company that specializes in teaching people in this situation and he did a class here last year.

Do we believe that security does NOT mean guns along with other measures? Are we to believe that security was not armed?..

For example at the entrance of my State Capitol, thee are two entrances, both with 8 armed officers working the metal detectors. Then there are god knows how many CHP officers on the grounds.

And yes a gun did stop at least one shooter but not until after he killed 12 people. (waits for the typical "he could have killed millions if hadn't been shot" (which does have some validity, but YOU ain't a trained LEO officer who is trained in this type of situation everyday)..

And guns will always be easy to get anywhere as long as you can cross state lines and buy them cheaply. Look at John Lennon. Dude couldn't buy a gun in NY and went to Georgia, bought one and took it back to New York and shot John dead.
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