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A Letter to CDF: Why San Diego Burned

While the recent devastating fires in San Diego were beyond belief in themselves, what is more incredible is the CDFs part in the proliferation of these fires.

I'm not referencing any sources in my claims, however, I do believe that the following statements are entirely true based on news reports, anecdotal evidence, and my own observations. Additionally, all my criticisms are limited to the Cedar Fire, though I'm sure much of the same CDF neglect and counter-productivity can be referenced in the various other fires that raged throughout the state recently.

I've been here for ...

From: Wednesday, January 3, 1968 06:20:00
to: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 21:25:59

It is 13110 days, 15 hours, 5 minutes and 59 seconds between those dates

Or 1132758359 seconds or 18879305 minutes or 314655 hours

Damn, I wonder what that is in dog years?


Why are so many journalists so dumb these days?

In a Washington Post editorial today titled No More Justice Moore (washingtonpost.com), some unnamed journalist states:

THERE HAS BEEN little ennobling in the saga of Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore -- until last week, when a unanimous judicial disciplinary court removed him from his job. Mr. Moore is a demagogue who has made a judicial career not in his performance in the courts but in his unconstitutional decoration of them. Most recently, he gained national attention when he installed a huge granite monument to the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Supreme Court building and then defied a federal court order to remove the obvious violation of the First Amendment's separation of church and state.

Obvious violation of the First Amendment? Let's look at the first amendmant:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Anyone who can understand this plain and simple sentence will also understand that there is no violation of the Constitution. No law has been established prohibiting freedom of speech or expression. Something worse has happened. Under the guise of Law and Constitutionality, Mr. Moore was removed from his post simply for excercising his Constitutional right to express his own religious beliefs! Unfortunately, the Constitution does not ban religious persecution. The spirit of the Constitution has been trampled on blatantly.

But for some reason, beyond my comprehension, the public and journalists alike are blind to the true injustice involved here: Mr. Moore's Constitutional right to freely express his own religious beliefs has gotten him removed from his post.

I'm Alive

Just a note to indicate I'm still alive :)

The fire came heavy through our community, but the houses on our block and several others were saved by three men (Richard and Chad Cummings and Paul Pearse) who stayed through the fire to protect homes, draining pools to fill a small water truck they used to prevent the fire from crossing the dirt road that separates many homes from the small park which the fire came directly through.

Apple revisited

This was a comment that I originally posted to my Why I hate Apple post. But I think it's worth its own post.

I could have a lot of respect for Apple. But I cannot while they greedily feed off of free software (FreeBSD) and charge a killing for their icons and animations and stuff that they throw on top.

Look folks, Apple made a wise decision in going with FreeBSD. FreeBSD is an excellent OS. The only problem with it is that it's not Open Source. So it cannot benefit from the many advantages OSS has. It is good and stable, but it will not be able to keep up with Linux in

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