The World According to Mike: May 2006

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope everyone has a great weekend this week even though the weather is less than stellar (at least out here on the left(ist) coast).I would ask just one thing of all my friends, family and acquaintances:

Take a moment to remember what the holiday is actually about and give thanks to the many brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that you and I can remain free!

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

~John McCrae
From the poem, Flanders Fields

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Things That Burn My Ass #4

Email Urban Legends

Folks really need to do a little research before they blindly forward stuff. Guess what: Robin Williams didn't say that, George Carlin didn't say that, nor did Ted Nugent, Andy Roony, etc, etc.

Even if those statistics reinforce your political beliefs, it's wrong to send them to everyone on your contact list if they aren't even close to accurate.

Oh, and by the way, those email petitions you get? (you know, add your name to the bottom of the list and send it on) This doesn't work. There is no credibility to it. Anyone can write names out of the phone book until they get 100 or 500 or 1000 and send it somewhere. The only electronic petitions with ANY clout are the ones actually ON a website where they can track IP addresses and even that isn't near as good as handwritten signatures.

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Signing off, for now.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Side of Corrections the Liberal Media Doesn't Want You to See...

I took my family to the Lassen County Children's Fair on May 6. As they do every year, volunteers from my local chapter of the California Correctional Peace Officer's Association were there as part of the Thumbs Up Child Protection Project. They take the time to fingerprint and photograph children and make ID cards for them in case a child is ever lost or abducted.

Here are a few snapshots of the event. Keep in mind I was in line with my own whippersnapper so I wasn't able to get great photos but you should get the idea of just how busy it was...

These folks worked there tails off that day and should be commended for it! Unfortunately, I somehow doubt it will make even our local newspaper.

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