I’m converting to Islam

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I’ve been thinking recently…

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If a religion is so powerful that the strongest nation on the planet is afraid of it, I think I should reconsider my atheism. Membership has it’s privileges, as the old commercial goes. There must be something to it, if it can cause the world’s greatest democracy to toss aside all of it’s ethics and laws, it’s history, and the promises made in a treaty* signed all the way back in 1797. We’re not afraid of Christianity, but, boy-howdy, are we quaking in our boots over Islam!

The Trump campaign promised to require registration of Muslims, after cutting off immigration from certain countries.  I’m sure someone will pipe up with “the registry only applies to immigrants from certain places”, but as anti-government agitators love to remind us, government programs only get bigger. We can be sure that, even if implemented as only requiring immigrants to register, it won’t be…

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Sheriff Boudreaux with the TCSO 9-1-1 Dispatch crew

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Hey, that’s us! That’s me, up there in the back row on the left, in glasses. On Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, we had an “all hands on deck” staff meeting.  Dispatch, along with Records, IT, and the Business office staff were on hand for a yearly confab with Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux.   We spent an informative hour with the Sheriff, as he brought us up to speed on the many projects in the works at the department.  He also took some questions, and we didn’t hold back.  It was a good meeting, with everyone looking forward to the future and the plans for the next few years.

These are the folks that handle 9-1-1 and non-emergency calls into our dispatch center. We handle calls for the Sheriff’s Office, Farmersville, Exeter, Woodlake, and Lindsay Police Departments. From missing children to shootings, this is the group that takes it all in stride, and gets help going.

It’s a great group of people, and I’ve enjoyed the 22 years I’ve been there.  I’m going to be there for a while yet, and I don’t know of any other place I’d rather work.  Well, like I’ve said before, NASA, but they don’t seem the least bit interested. Alas.

Image: Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Facebook

 

 

President Trump?

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Do I hear a bell tolling?

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Well.

We’ve elected a billionaire blow-hard to lead the free world. After burning all the bridges to the very people he needs to make his barely articulated plans work, now he has to actually start delivering on his ‘vision’. He talked about rebuilding America’s infrastructure in his speech this morning, but his first rebuilding job will have to be with the Republicans in Congress. They actually control the purse-strings to whatever it is he hopes to do to “make America great again”, but since they are loathe to spend money (except on war), I’m not sure how he plans to change their habits. They may have voted for him, but many did not endorse him. Revenge against those that have spurned him has been the Trump pattern, and it does not bode well for the future of Congressional relationships.

The stock markets around the world are in shock, and some…

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FBI – full of sound and fury, signifying nothing

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So, a big fat nothing burger, with a side of fried nothing.

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Well, imagine that. FBI director James Comey today announces “oops, never mind, nothing to see here, move along.”  All the furor generated by him, heralded by Fox News, the Trump campaign, and wingnuts everywhere, turns out to be, to quote Shakespeare:

“but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

The damage done to our democracy by idiots, poor players, and walking shadows is not insignificant.  It’s going to take a long time, and a lot of hard work from the next several Democratic Presidents and Congresses to fix.

Starting Tuesday evening, I hope we begin the process.  Then, on January 20, 2017 we can really get started, with Madam President.

(AP Photo/John Locher)

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Jimmiejoe’s Space Age – A Recap

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Curiosity takes a selfie. On Mars.

Today, we (deliberately) crash-landed a space probe on a comet.  The Rosetta probe was “gently” crashed into the comet 67P, on which a specifically designed lander had soft-landed on November 12, 2014.  I was watching ESA/NASA TV when the loss-of-signal event indicated the flight had ended with the probe impacting the surface of the comet.

I am one month older than the space age.

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10-9?

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I’ve been a dispatcher for 22 years. You’d think by now I could understand any deputy or officer say any name, no matter what.  Well, you might think so, but you’d be wrong.

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Sulu is gay? Could’ve fooled me.

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Sulu is gay? Could have fooled me.

I just saw ‘Star Trek Beyond’ last night.  (It’s very cool in 3D) Prior to the release, it was announced by John Cho, who plays Sulu in the JJ Abrams reboot/alternate timeline Star Trek, that Sulu is gay.  There are at least two scenes where Sulu is with his husband and their daughter (Demora, one assumes).  However, based on the scenes in the final theatrical release, you might be excused for not seeing the gay part.

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