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9665 – Monday

Tasty spaghetti for supper tonight – BHK stopped off for scratchers and soda pop – $2, no prize. Listened to Life of Riley on the way home, and just took it slow.

Info on conficker – more straightforward than a lot of the misinformation out there.


There’s a ton of stories this morning about some bright flashes of light and booming noises coming from the skies over eastern Virginia, parts of Maryland and North Carolina. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the National Weather Service’s Wakefield station’s phone was "ringing off the hook" last night after around 9:45 p.m., as residents frantically called in to report flashing, bright lights and in some places, an explosion-like sound. No immediate explanation came from the NWS, but a team is now investigating what might have caused the fiery flashes. WTOP has a report that suggests that the phenomenon was most likely a fireball, which can occur when a piece of meteor rock enters the Earth’s atmosphere.

SWAT in Maryland update – via Cheye Calvo –

 

I am very pleased to announce that, on Saturday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed HB 1267, the SWAT team oversight legislation, by a 126-9 vote.  The bill will require law enforcement agencies with SWAT teams to report every six months to civilian authorities on the number, general location, purpose, authorization, and results of SWAT deployments.  It also directs the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention to analyze the information and issue an annual report on SWAT team deployments in the state.
 

 

The Senate passed a companion bill 43-0 on March 19.  In both cases, lawmakers took strong action following emotional testimony in committee by numerous victims of careless or inappropriate SWAT deployments.  The point was clearly made that what happened to my family was not an anomaly, nor is the problem limited to Prince George’s County.
 
Differences between the two bills about whether to include a sunset provision and the start date of the legislation will need to be resolved in a conference committee over the next couple weeks before the General Assembly convenes.  However, it is looking quite likely that we will be able to send a bill requiring monitoring of SWAT team deployments to the Governor for his signature within the next few weeks.
 
The House of Delegates passed the legislation on Saturday, which happened to be my 38th birthday.  This is truly the best birthday present I could have asked for!  
 
Cheye
 
P.S.  If you’re not receiving these updates yourself and would like to in the future, please sign up at www.protectourliberties.com

 

1 year ago – bhk sick, games workshop, weather, david horvitz, detox quackery, q&A meme,

2 years ago – view from my desk at calvert county, quizzes, geourl, bake sale!

3 years ago – MM talks to me, Danny Nominated, GP & Kat coming to town, German lesson, batman sound screencaps, zefrank starts archiving his entries, queen, quirk quiz, updating my geocode, Monkey Florida Fire News, plus whalesong

4 years ago – met mzkitten, poker spam, totem, Nostradamus Quatrain Generator, uv flower photos, doc ock song, david byrne

5 years ago – news registration, De Soto, missing digits, esp test, pirates, Nevada

6 years ago – Danny, keywords, Maryland Snow Day

7 years ago – stuff to look at, darkstar, panorama picture galleries, pulps, snap club, newt pics, troll, dragonball, RPS poll, Lj poll, easter egg recipes/cinnamon bunny bread, stream of thought – 3 minutes, cbs mystery theater

8 years ago – netcast, rent, palm tree, spaghetti-ohs, 7-up, key limits, parapsychology, slursGeotarget

9655 – Friday

At last!

Springtime… the weekend!

I’d like to take BHK to Annapolis this weekend, do a little walkies and just enjoy each others company. That’s the plan, anyhow!


BHK got this recently, regarding Prince George’s County SWAT issue back in August. I feel that it’s worth sharing, dear journal.

I write these many months later to thank you for reaching out to comfort my family and I after last summer’s terrifying SWAT attack of our home.  The tremendous outpouring of support that we received from our friends, neighbors, and so many complete strangers sustained us through the worst of it, and I continued to find comfort in the kind words as I read the emails well into the fall.

Trinity and I continue to heal, and we always will miss Payton and Chase terribly.  One thing that has helped is that we’ve adopted another black Labrador, Marshall.  As you can see from the picture, Marshall has brought incredible joy to our lives.

After the incident drew international attention and outrage, Prince George’s County police finally exonerated my family and me of any wrong doing.  However, they have refused to apologize and continue to defend their actions in my case.

Over the last several months, I have undergone a personal journey to try to understand how this terrible incident could happen.  My initial reaction was that it was a terrible mistake.  However, as I have learned more, I have come to understand that what my family and I experienced is part of a growing and troubling trend where law enforcement is relying on SWAT teams to perform duties once handled by ordinary police officers.

In our case, the police deployed a SWAT team without performing basic investigatory work and apparently without considering more measured approaches.  Prince George’s County recently has acknowledged that it indiscriminately deploys SWAT teams to serve drug warrants.  Preliminary estimates suggest that the county deployed SWAT teams as many as 700 times a year – that is twice a day!  Other counties in Maryland also report hundreds of SWAT team deployments a year, and we have uncovered numerous other stories of botched and inappropriate raids, innocent families terrorized, and family dogs killed.

In fact, the inappropriate use of SWAT teams seems to be a national problem.  The number of SWAT team deployments nationwide has grown exponentially from about 2,500 per year in the early 1980s to over 50,000 in 2005.  SWAT teams used to be reserved for unusually dangerous situations such as the arrest of major criminals known to have hig h-powered weapons or hostage situations.  However, many police forces are using them today against people they suspect of recreational drug use and other much smaller crimes.

The more I have learned, the more I feel obligated to do everything I can to rein in over-aggressive policing.  I am working with Maryland lawmakers to pass legislation requiring the number of SWAT deployments and their outcomes to be regularly reported to civilian authorities.  By shining a light on paramilitary police activities, law enforcement agencies should find it in their best interests to change their practices and limit the use of SWAT teams to situations where the charges are grave and a violent response can be reasonably anticipated.  The Senate passed SB 447 unanimously yesterday, but we expect to run into more resistance in the House of Delegates.  As soon as we enact this legislation in Maryland, I intend to work with lawmakers in other states to pass similar legislation. We are also considering actions that can be taken on a federal level.

To help in this effort, we have created a web site, www.protectourliberties.com, which tells the stories of a number of innocent victims of traumatizing SWAT raids.  It also contains media clips of the coverage we’ve received and information about our legislative work.  If you are interested in staying informed about this issue, please sign up for updates that I’ll send every month or so.  Also, if you could volunteer for citizen advocacy or policy development work, I would really appreciate your help.  Our next citizen advocacy project is a Lobby Night on Monday, March 23rd at the Maryland Capital.

Thank you, again, for your support and encouragement!  
Warm regards,
Cheye
Make Maryland Great, Inc.
P. O. Box 4343
Annapolis, MD  21403
(410) 757-2811

1 year ago – colored egg pics, encounter critical, orange team, maryland cell phone driving, journaling and domain ownership, rival kenyan tribes fighting with bows and arrows

2 years ago – first full day at the calvert gig, bhk and I go shopping for work clothes, grownup table talk, spam attractive entry

3 years ago – rebis picture, deaf language, chacarron, math, phallic removal, open source, fake cigs as meds, prisoner comic book

4 years ago – Brady Kids welcome the equinox, shamrock shake, cosmic truth, mp3s,experimental gameplay, get your tasty hot sweet potatoes in Japanese,teen kidnappers, good advice, invisible mermaid airfare

5 years ago – openoffice, Visited w Dan, open door poll, people of worth

6 years ago – Al gore, Blue’s clues, Cranky Finn

7 years ago – Spring!, Socks, overturned issues, Linda let go from FMM, LJ directory, cool picture link

8 years ago – walkies, 2 chris-sites, both have long since been left dormant, lj brokenGeotarget

9644 – Tuesday –

Newton slept on my hands – must’ve been seeking bonus warmth, or he was jealous of my rubbing BHK’s arm.

meme-time – snagged from Sean

Think of 15 albums that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life or the way you looked at it. They sucked you in and took you over for days, weeks, months, years. These are the albums that you can use to identify time, places, people, emotions. These are the albums that no matter what they were thought of musically shaped your world. When you finish, tag 15 others, including me. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you’re it!

Here is my list, narrowed to 15. (Scotto isn’t tagging anyone, but is happy to see any other entries)

Let’s see… this could be fairly tricky – I’m not sure of music that changed me forever… I’ve never really been one of those folks to play the same album over and over again… a few that come to mind –

Stuff that was significant to me, and I still dig –

1. Beach boys – I went through a major Beach Boys phase as a kid – Pet Sounds was something that got a lot of play both in my home and on my walkman. The album still cheers me up quite a lot.

2. Beatles – Yellow Submarine / Octopus’s Garden (not really an album, but the first music I had as a kid.. that I remember. It wasn’t even the Beatles, it was the Sesame Street Version) If I had to pick an actual Beatles  album, I really liked Rubber Soul.

3. Talking Heads – Little Creatures Great album – started me on that Band, and despite the "art student snob" aspect, I really like ’em.
 
4. Tubes – Outside Inside Got this form a yard sale – I was very pleasantly surprised. (Wild Women of Wongo is what got me to drop 25¢ for it. ) I figure I’ve gotten well worth my penny a play just for that track.
 
5. ELO – Time – first Album bought with my own money, played a *lot*

6. Steve Martin – A Wild And Crazy Guy Not really a music album, though it had banjo and The KingTut single.

7. B-52s – Whammy Discovered them late – mostly via gaming with Ray & Kat. (Specifically for Trism)

8. Zombies – Odessey and Oracle This one keeps coming back, and I love it every time. (Most recently for "This will be our year")

9. XTC – Oranges and Lemons  So Sue me… I like Mayor of Simpleton.

10. They Might Be Giants – Lincoln I first heard them on Dr. Demento when I was in High School – I’ve been hooked since. Hard to believe it’s been 20 years+

11. Genesis – Selling England by the Pound Very different stuff than the Phil Collins-centric bits in later years. It may be my all-time fave Genesis Album.

12. Chuck Mangione – Chase the Clouds Away – One of the five 8-track tapes I had for my first car, the blue bomber. played repeatedly, because we only had 5 albums, and eventually the AC/DC and Beach Boys tapes wore out.

13. Rusted root – When I Woke – first really fun time with the hippies – post concert. I like them quite a lot.

14. Poi Dog Pondering – Poi Dog Pondering – "and I said YEAH!" – discovered by accident. Thanks, tape-traders in college!

15. Queen – Flash Gordon Soundtrack – FLASH ! AHAHHHHH! HE’LL SAVE EVERY ONE OF US!


PSA –

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1 year ago – transformer at mexico, veggie pocket pies!, back surgery

2 years ago – bhk takes a pic of Newt and I snoozin’

3 years ago – bday via eryx, monkeys and kitties, compusa fails me, quizzes, morrisey vs van halen

4 years ago – apheresis skip, cocktail party, banana man snippet, netflix queue,Ultima 4 Virtue Quiz, system tweaking, ethiopian skellie, dr. who shipping, health and family review, Broward slots, SCI

5 years ago – food, gator bus ride, Voting, business cards, spammed again, MONKEY POPS!

6 years ago – prepared to pee in a cup for TAG, after Nordis tried to toss mysalad… Painted minis in the haunted tunnel… Rockford Scientist

7 years ago – bro came by apt, multi-journal quiz, fear vs love, Fire and Ice, Pliny the Younger

8 years ago – Brad Mentions adding a photo server and chat to live journal…. speed hasn’t been a real priority on that dev. Meat-eating robots, top atrocities… and the return of a heroGeotarget

9638 – Thursday – repairing internet connection on the eee

See entry comments for mysql code snips in use. Saving on j:/uiia/qmysql/


"modem wont work, on msn it says DNS and key ports with an ‘!’ but the internet in general wont’ work"

TCP/IP stack repair options for use with Windows XP with SP2.

For these commands, Start, Run, CMD to open a command prompt.

Reset WINSOCK entries to installation defaults: netsh winsock reset catalog

Reset TCP/IP stack to installation defaults. netsh int ip reset reset.log

Also try –

No?
ok, go to your start menu, click run, in the box type:
ipconfig /release

hopefully that fixes it.. it worked for me!


Tonight in brief – – Last Restaurant Standing (I think the Cheerful Soul is going to win LRS. ),

BHK picked me up from work, Frozen pizza for dinner, hysteria at bedtime..laughing turned to crying, and lots of itching – allergy meds?

1 year ago – awesome taco salad, Doc Savage 75, Clinton still in it, more things I’ve done (5), airborne faked clinical trials

2 years ago – interviewed at calvert, flew kites

3 years ago – animated newtcam archive, bhk chat, bat-folk, Friday 5, tmbg

4 years ago – scottobear.com renew, trip to deerfield, free fonts, chat crash w/bhk,gp puts me on to spidey bible, what? WhaT?, H2GT2G, Chimp attack, giantsteps

5 years ago – blogspam treatment, work, serial adder, 7-eared kitty, clown sweater, Ephemera, visited bro

6 years ago – book meme, palm doodles, picture issues

7 years ago – mopey, bro helping out, Dick Hymen – Master of Jazz Piano, super tugboat, Newton’s name, pet name poll, magic ingredients

8 years ago – Perseus tools, loved ones sick, flying monkeys, The 30 Least-Quoted Lines from Shakespeare, nosepilot, 5k compGeotarget

9627 – Monday

Workitty work work. Workitty work. Workitty workitty workitty work. Sounds a bit like a train on the track, clackitty clack.

Solid Day today – So much so that I snoozed a bit on the train ride home. I got a little extra time, as they were single-tracking on the green line heading toward Suitland station. I guess one was down for repairs.

Things I listened to today as I worked: Jean Shepherd (the guy that did a christmas story) , Phil Harris (Bandleader for Ol’ Jack Benny) I like that Archive.org has a built-in streaming player – I can listen on my laptop in the background while I do my thing. I should listen to Jack too, while I’m at it, but I really Like Ol’ Phil and Alice’s wedding dynamic.

Found out that a coworker of Sean’s got canned for having a wireless device (an ipod touch, I think) – The price you pay for working with certain levels of security clearances. I’ve been some places that forbid cell phones and flash drives, too – just to protect proprietary info. (In my case, it was the courthouse.) Not sure what Sean’s going to do about his entertainment, now… I guess a walkman will have to do the trick, rather than an ipod? Seems sort of stone-age given the technology corridor here.

BHK and I swung by Jerry’s for supper tonight – I got onion and green pepper pizza, she got the chicken "cheese steak" sammich. While we waited for it to cook, we swung by Giant to pick up some goodies for next supper – green beans, peas, broccoli for the noodle dish she’s got in mind… not to mention the chocolate covered bunny grahams (Easter goodies out already?? What about St. Patty’s??) and Old Bay Cheese-crackers, shaped like little crabs. Nom nom Nom.


Smoking dulls the effects of caffeine. As in, you need 3-4 times as much caffeine as a non-smoker to get the same effect. It also has the same effect on some antipsychotics – meaning smokers need a much bigger dose, and if you quit smoking while on them you’ll be overdosing. And if you start smoking while on them, you’ll be underdosing.


1 year ago – train show, PBBMPC sammich, champions online, 80s meme

2 years ago – kitty pix, q&A meme

3 years ago – compusa victory, nanageddon

4 years ago – M & Anchorman, overtown website

5 years ago – Hating on Monday Meetings, Good Links for odd sound, I start giving away Itunes codes, bro screws up

6 years ago – Thinking about getting a hearse, dream edits, Streets of San Fransisco, Jim Rockford Answering Machine Archive

7 years ago – Went to ER over my back, Travel & Newt pictures, confluence

8 years ago -stomp furby, Pete & pete, got interviewed by The New Digital Reporter, How I define good/evil, the menstrualhut is born.Geotarget

9617 – Saturday

Valentine’s Day! BHK got peanut butter chocolates and a couple of cards from me… I got a wonderful couple of cards, a dragon kite with a wingspan is as wide as I am tall, [edit- added a spiffy sea monster video game for the wii] and some very spiffy coupons.

BHK and I curled up on the couch and played a little lego indiana jones on the wii (checked out form the library), but then the in-laws rang us up – No time for love, Dr. Jones!

We went with the in-laws to get a spot of lunch at Clarke’s Landing (Great view, and the best seafood place we’ve been to – plus, it was free – Valentine’s gift from the in-laws)  and then onward to Leonardtown (home of ol’ Witches Rock ), and visited a local gallery and used bookstore before heading back to headquarters. BHK got a couple of cookbooks, a pair of green cylindrical earrings, black-eyed susan seeds and some Chick-lit. We got Larry a book on Southern Pacific Railroad, and a Lou Reid CD. I just enjoyed roaming aorund with my sweetie, drinking a hot cup of Earl Gray tea and taking in some nifty stenciled graffiti.

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When we (in-laws and all) got home, we watched the Nancy Drew Movie (BHK loved it, and I thought it was cute, too.)

Now we’re watching the Lost in Austen miniseries, and I’m about ready for bed. BHK and Larry are already out cold, and Chris is not long to follow.


So, Yelp sells review placement?

"Stoppelman said Yelp doesn’t strong-arm merchants and that the site’s sponsorship program — its main source of revenue — doesn’t offer "pay for play" to advertisers.

Tell that to Tom Mulvihill, owner of Thai Issan restaurant in Cerritos. He received a letter from Yelp last summer informing him that his business had earned a rating of four stars out of five.

Shortly afterward, Mulvihill said he received a call from a Yelp saleswoman urging him to pay a minimum of $150 a month for sponsorship.

"She said sponsorship would allow us to hide the negative reviews and elevate the positive ones," he recalled.

Well, if that’s the case, how can they be considered even remotely valid? I’ve removed links from my site, and am considering what my alternatives are in the review arena.

1 year ago – V-day, awesome superhero toy collection in one blister pack, metro assaults, 2 new dinos, waterboarding underestimated, sourcetv, list of famous $cientologists

2 years ago – stayed in for ice storm smashes our fence, ice pictures

3 years ago – Sand dollar, interjection poll, Miami cloud art, bro drama, Bang!

4 years ago – dream, war tuning, slacker, torrent tv, gm-ginger kitties, questions meme, christo, newt stalking pic, zefrank’s st. val history, whims-cute card, work peeve

5 years ago – V-day, hippie visit results, Nefertiti documentary mostly drama – not much document, cheese doodle sculpture, anonymous reviewer bug amazon

6 years ago – got the nordis gig, palm pics

7 years ago – n V-day poetry, JB figures out about SA & Me, wandering pics

8 years ago – How Do I Love Thee?, I resemble Dan Conner, Men cause the mutations, tea room & old TV, TMBG lyricGeotarget

9612 – Tuesday

Reading Booster Gold on the EEE on the ride home and listening to Free Audio books .

BHK made TVP with Mac & Cheese – Tasty stuff!

We relaxed quite a bit, watched TV, read and snuggled the night away. My kind of evening.

1 year ago – newtcam leap, sunday relaxing, in-laws, vallies day atw man

2 years ago – buttered Chris’s nose at tinas

3 years ago – songbird, Opa, micro retro, FREE PANCAKES!, personality awareness, scary mary

4 years ago – Bro & HI, website income to AmeriCares, I miss CJ, Danny gets Debate, mirror newt pics, still talking to mel, #3 for kp/rs shenanigans, Newt Love, Danny sick (and he was again last year), sedef & crew adorable, MmmmMMMmonkey, masked grader

5 years ago – shopping for condos, zombie night club

6 years ago – memes, dreams, Streets of San Fran, computer sculptures, Pith, Good quote of the day, interviewing, hot shower

7 years ago – up early on a Sunday, Finished reading FAFCwGM, nice weather, tulpa plot

8 years ago – kid tv-memories, valentinesGeotarget

9600 – Saturday

Went to The Narrows with the in-laws and BHK for birthday lunch. Crab cake was great, possibly the best I’ve had – and the desserts were fantastic.

White chocolate mousse in a dark chocolate bag – Butterfly and raspberry sauce.
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Bread pudding… seems awful fancy for a simple treat!
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Also, taken yesterday – looks like the 80s are back in fashion, at least at Target.
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We picked up my EEE at target too and upon finding it was the version with less memory and no camera, took it back today. I ordered the 904HA online (in black), due to arrive on or about 2/9 – the new one will have better battery life and the goodies I was hoping for.]

Was feeling pretty sick on the ride home – I went to bed at about 5 pm, woke up a little while ago, but will be going back to sleep soon.

1 year ago – feeling better, Aimee Mann, rocket belt, Brazilian / Bush Joke

2 years ago – swim meet, sci-fi writer meme, dead valentiner link, misc sentence finish meme,

3 years ago – G0DLAND, Tchuby Tchuba, Bangles, Angel Eyes Newt, Unicorns LA, Bullfight Just Desserts, Ham the chimp / space monkeys

4 years ago – Newt and I relaxing pics, Scotto playlist, Lazytown, bro issues, how they did singin’ in the rain remix

5 years ago – DVD burning, RenFairies, Prez-match, pop-up books, first touch of firefly (I still think Zoe is an overused name)

6 years ago – New moon, new year coming, Charles Dickens joke, skull sales, Job at FMM ends, Bday prezzies

7 years ago – Fiscal responsibility, Ghetto voices, online "privacy", Marine Park is a bad and disreputable online store, newt lovies

8 years ago – being mushy, schedule issues, The Invisible Men, flax seedGeotarget

9509 – Tuesday

Does someone ruin a hand or at least lose fingers in *EVERY* one of Tim Powers‘ books?

Stress of Her Regard – Yup (still reading)
Declare – mm-hmm.
Earthquake weather – yup
On Stranger tides – yes
Last call – yup.

Those are just the ones I’ve read.
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bro has a tri-rail ticked on file for 10/31. neat trick, since he has been in jail since june. someone using his ID, or just a really slow process?
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The spawn of the XM Sirius fusion emerges tomorrow, and Orbitcast has picked up the complete channel listing for XM subscribers that goes into effect in less than 24 hours. It’s fairly grim for some diehard XM fans—a lot of stations have been erased (bye bye punk channel) or are being replaced by Sirius pseudo-equivalents.

No more upop? lucy? fred? ethel? high standards? soul street? Doesn’t look good, kids.


1 year ago – rayman, check mii out, some scotto dislikes

2 years ago – pf chang pix, played pirates with BHK and Danny (BHK’s first game ever!), sleepy

3 years ago – power on, big brain going away, packing, suprglu

4 years ago – Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, Armistice Day, lost on torrent, pixar, who links here, Wanna know your consistence?

5 years ago – incas & guinea pigs, minefield, earth photos, anagrams, Sirenity baby!, high school memories, norman saunders

6 years ago – I win cookies!, owie-back, keywords

7 years ago – went to see fishies, walkies

8 years ago – good news / bad news, Boogie Pop Phantom, African Frog Myth Geotarget