Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Ohio Police Department Allows Doves To Commandeer Cruiser For Best Possible Reason

Mourning doves have set up a nest with two eggs at the
base of the windshield of a Parma, Ohio police crusiers.
The nesting doves are enjoying full protection from
Parma police offices.   
I love the population boom of birds I see bere in tbe northern climes this time of year.

Which is why I have to congratulate the Parma, Ohio, police department.

A pair of mouring doves decided to set up a nest at the base of a windshield on a backup cruiser parked in the department's lot.

Police could have shooed the doves away, destroyed the nest and moved on with protecting the citizens in the fine city of Parma.

But this was a backup cruiser and Parma police had all the tools they needed to protect and serve. They could live without the spare cruiser for awhile and make do with what they had.

Really. Why not protect and serve the doves?

While two eggs are awaiting hatching at the base of the windshield, Parma officers sealed off the parked cruiser with police tape and traffic construction barrels, says television station Fox 8 in Cleveland.

Who says police tape is only for crime scenes?

Police officers have set up an umbrella over the nest to keep it dry, left a container of water out for the birds to drink and have even dug up worms from a nearby muddy lawn to feed the mourniing doves.

"Our officers are human beings just like anyone else. We care for all lives human and animal," said Lt. Kevin Riley of the Parma Police Department. They want to make sure the doves and their young are well taken care of, according to Fox 8.

By the way, the Parma Police Department names the dove mom Gerty for some reason.

Works for me!

And congratulations to the soon-to-be mourning dove parents.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Australian River Bursts Into Flames

A river ablaze in Australia due to methane seeps. Some blame
nearby fracking operations, while others say this
is naturally occuring.  
I thought rivers that caught fire were a legacy of intense 1960s and 1970s pollution. Remember the Cuyahoga River in Ohio burning way back in the late 1960s.

It turns out, a river was just set on fire in Australia.

Last month, an Australian MP named Jeremy Buckingham went up the Condamine River in Queensland, came up to a area where methane was bubbling up, and set the river ablaze.

The video is at the bottom of this post.

Buckingham, a member of the Green Party, blamed the seeping methane and the fact he was able to set the river on fire on fracking nearby.

CBC News reports Buckingham said a nearby coal gas seam, or CGS, operation is to blame. In the video, he says, "This area has been drilled with thousands of CSG wells and fracked. This river for kilimeters is bubblilng with gas and now it's on fire."

Buckingham and the Green Party are trying to ban fracking in Australia.

CBC says there have been reports of methane seeps in the Condamine River since 2012

A scientific analysis firm said there could be a number of reasons for the methane bubbling. It could be the fracking or other similar activities, or it could be caused by drought and the recharging of acqufers after floods.

Coals is near the earth's surface in the area, so it's easy for gases to rise to the surface from the coal seams.

For its part the local coal and fracking companies say that they are not to blame, that naturally occuring gas seeps occur and can be lit on fire, but they pose no threat to the public.

In any event, burning rivers are probably not a good thing.

Here's the video:

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Always Bad When Pace Vehicle Stalls At A Bicycle Race

Here's what happened this weekend when a pace motorcycle stalled at a big bicycle race, the Red Hook Criterium in Brooklyn, New York.

Lots of unhappy racers, I'm sure:

Here's another view

Lawmakers, Police Still Wayyyy Too Interested In Who's In The Restroom With Them

It seems to be coming to this these days.  
Despite howls of protests from sane people, state lawmakers and conservative activists in states like North Carolina and Alabama are much, much too interested in who's in public restrooms with them.

Don't you think that's just a little weird?

I don't know about you, but if I must visit a public restroom to powder my nose or whatever, I am sooo not interested in the other people there.

They may be perfectly nice people, but under the circumstances, I don't want to say hi, I don't want them to say hi, I want no eye contact, no words, nothing.

You do your thing and I'll do mine. And let's all make sure that we make it so we have no chance of seeing what you or I are doing.

I know the people who are much more interested than I about who's in the public restroom with them say they worry about guys dressing up as gals and then molesting the women using said public restroom.

Never mind that doesn't tend to happen, and sexual assault or molestation is already illegal in the states where lawmakers and conservatives are way too interested in who's in the rest room with them.

Fox New's Megyn Kelly, questioning North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on that states bathroom law, stated the obvious. "Typically male molesters are heterosexual, and if they want to sneak into a bathroom, they'll do it. but 90 percent of the cases, molestation happens with someone you know. So what is the fear with the transgender situation in the bathrooms?"

The answer that McCrory gave wasn't this, but I bet he was thinking he doesn't like transgendered people in restrooms because such people to his mind are icky or something.

Isn't it ickier, though, to have a guy with a beard, who was born a woman but now very much a man, to be forced to go into the womens room?

Or somebody like Caitlyn Jenner, who used to be a guy and is now very much a woman, be forced to hang out with the guys at the urinal?

Somebody's ickiness meter is broken, I think.

Some "conservative"' politicians are oddly
obsessed with who's using which bathroom where.
I think they need a therapist.  
The odious city council in Oxford, Alabama would go so far as to arrest people who they think are the wrong gender going into the wrong public restroom.

The Oxford City Council members ought to worry much more about their spelling and grammar than who's sharing the bathroom with them.

I'll quote their new bathroom law verbatim, but add  a (sic) whenever we spot a mistake.

"....citizens have a right to quite (sic) solicitude (sic) and to be secure from embarrassment and unwanted intrusion into their privacy while utilizing multiple occupancy bathroom and changing facilities by members of the opposite biological sex."

Quite solicitude, huh?  So people go into public restrooms to emphatically express concern about someone's health and happiness, if I'm reading the definition of solicitude correctly.

I'd hate to share a restroom with any member of the Oxford Alabama City Council because I don't want anybody to enthusiastically worry about my health and happiness while I'm doing my business in a public facility.

The Oxford Alabama ordinance also mentions that "single sex public facilities are places of increased venerability (sic) and present the potential for crimes against individuals utilizing those facilities..." 

What? People are more worthy of respect due to their age, dignity and character when they go into public restrooms? Well, that's what the definition of 'venerability" is.

In any event, what seems to be going on is weird people, i.e. conservative, freaking out politicians, are trying to pass laws preventing people from anybody who is not just like them from sharing a public restroom.

Again, this obsession seems awfully unhealthy for me.

It's gotten to the point, with these odd laws, maybe, that women can't even use the womens room if they don't look sufficiently ladylike.

There's a viral video out there (see it at the bottom of the post) of a lesbian woman being kicked out of a restroom because she strikes the cops kicking her out as too masculine.

Apparently the way she was dressed and her hair style made it not readily apparent to the cops whether she was indeed a woman.

The cops here were literally the fashion police.

Makeup, lovely long hair and high heels only, ladies!  No baggy hip hop style clothing that hides your gender! No boyish hairstyles!

So now that's another thing on our plate we have to worry about.  Because of weirdo politicians' scary obsessions, it seems we need to bring our birth certificates with us to the restrooms.

All this seems like it might lead to citizen vigilantes, who, as Slate puts it, "in which empowered busybodies take it upon themselves to judge who is male or female based on appearance and alert the authorities to difference danger when it arises.

 If you don't like what people look like as compared to their birth certificates, I guess transgendered people will have to pee out in the middle of the restaurant, stadium, mall or wherever they are when they have to go.

Will the perverts obsessed by who's going to the restrooms get really turned on by that, too?

I really think the oddballs passing these laws really need some serious therapy.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Can't Resist Hero Dog Stories: Maxx Leads FIrefighters To Trapped Children In Fire

Maxx leading firefighters to two children
trapped in a burning Florida home.  
The latest hero in the news is Maxx.

A house burst into flames one recent night in an Orlando suburb.

Arriving firefighters quickly realized that two children, ages four and two, were trapped somewhere in the large, flaming house, but they really didn't know where.

But Maxx, the family dog knew exactly where they were.

He led firefighters through thick smoke to where the children were, says television station WFLA and the Associated Press. 

Everyone from the house, including Maxx, were seriously injured in the fire, mostly from smoke inhalation, but because of Maxx, everyone survived.

At last report Maxx was doing well.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family, and Maxx of course. As of Saturday morning, about $41,000 had been raised, which is great, especially given the huge hospital bills and rebuilding the family will have to face.

Hey, the family deserves the help, and Maxx sure could use a reward!

Good boy, Maxx!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Vermont City Might Sic Debt Collector On Donald Trump

People wait in line for a vastly overbooked Donald
Trump rally January 7 in Burlington, Vermont.
The city is trying to bill Trump for police and fire overtime. 
Donald Trump is supposedly a billionaire, but will he have a debt collector harassing him soon anyway?


According to NECN, Burlington, Vermont mayor Miro Weinberger, a Democrat, says Trump is about three months late paying an $8,500 bill for police and fire overtime costs from January 7.

That was from the notorious rally Trump held in which his campaign gave away far, far more tickets than there were available seats at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, where the rally was held.'

There's no guarantee Burlington will hire a collection agency yet. Weinberger and his city are wrestling with free speech issues versus a campaign basically running roughshod over a small city and not coordinating things at all with the muncipality.

Weinberger told NECN that given the importance of democracy and free speech, candidates should travel to communities like Burlington to give speeches and get a sense of how people are feeling about the issues.

But just popping into town with no plan for security, and what to do with all the people holding tickets for an event they can't get into and all the other issues is a bit much.

Generally speaking, national candidates don't cover the cost of police overtime in cities they visit, despite the disruption they cause. (Note: It's good disruption. As Weinberger notes, candidates really do have an obligation to travel and talk about their ideas.)

In neighboring South Burlington, NECN says Barack Obama's campaign didn't reimburse that city for a 2011 fundraiser in which police worked overtime to deal with the visit.

Trevor Whipple, South Burlington's police chief, drew a distinction between a politician's visit for official business and a fundraiser. Maybe the city should be reimbursed for political fundraisers, but not actual working on doing their job.

An exception to major campaigns not reimbursing cities for events is Bernie Sanders, NECN reports.

Last May, Sanders, the former mayor of Burlington,  held a very big rally on that city's waterfront to announce his presidential candidacy.

The Sanders campaign paid Burlington's bills for police and fire overtime in full and on time, Weinberger told NECN. 

It's not like Burlington is going to go bankrupt if Trump doesn't pay up. The police portion of the Trump bill is $7,200. The city's police department  has roughly a $10 million annual budget.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Soccer Is Serious Business, Until.....

Soccer is a game, so you play, right? The dog
that ran onto the field knew how to do it.  
Soccer is serious business in Latin America.

It's very important which nation wins, in a tournament like the recent 2016 Copa Libertadores match between Mexico and Venezeula.

There's one little guy who didn't get the memo, however. Soccer is a game, right? You play a game, right? So let's play!

This video shows how playing can disrupt a game in the best possible way: