Gold Fish and Lucky Charms

Sedona turned nine last week and had a big party to celebrate.  Bringing over a bunch of friends she had a wonderful time.  Not wanting to miss a beat as the uncle that usually wins with gifts, I found a hat for Sedona, who has a fledgling interest in style and fashion; as well as as the uncle that wears hats, I wanted to share it with the closest thing I have a child of my own and give my niece a pink hat.  With the hat, I was able to introduce her to a charm bracelet that got a over-all response of “Me Lucky Charms.”

            All gifts were blown away when her Grandmother bought two goldfish to go with Sedona’s two mice and a cat.  Give it a year and Sedona will have zoo worth of animals and a ferret will greet you at the door.

‘The Hobbit’ Full Cast Photo Plus Video Introductions

‘The Hobbit’ Full Cast Photo Plus Video Introductions

By: Erik Davis on February 14, 2011 at 9:40AMComments (27)

After going back and forth for a long time, we finally have a confirmed cast for The Hobbit, and with production right around the corner they’ve all stepped out from behind the curtain to say hello before diving head-first into Middle Earth.

The Lord of the Rings prequel will be directed by Peter Jackson, and several key members of the original trilogy will be returning, including Elijah WoodCate BlanchettIan McKellen and Andy Serkis. Among those who are new to the series, we have Martin FreemanRichard ArmitageKen StottGraham McTavishWilliam KircherJames NesbittStephen HunterRob KazinskyAidan TurnerPeter HambletonJohn CallenJed BrophyMark HadlowAdam Brown, Mikael Persbrant, and Sylvester McCoy.

Bilbo Baggins played by Martin Freeman

This first image shows us all 13 men playing Dwarves in the film, as well as the one Hobbit, played by Martin Freeman (who’s starring as Bilbo Baggins). The men all lined up for a start-of-production press conference so that fans could familiarize themselves with the large ensemble cast full of fresh new faces. Director Peter Jackson, who’s returning to direct his fourth and fifth Lord of the Rings-related film (yes, The Hobbit will be a two-parter) had this to say: “Despite some delays we are fully back on track and very excited to get started.” 

Head over here to watch a video of the men being introduced, and then over here to listen to the entire press conference. The Hobbit, Part 1 is due in theaters on December 19th, 2012.

 

San Diego Weather

After the Weather Channel reported on the terrible weather conditions across the nation in the Winter of 2010/2011 they turn to a computerized voice that reports the current conditions in our area: “A High Surf advisory has been issued and it is currently 65 degrees under a clear sky.”

There is a joke about Southern California weather that I have reintroduced and made into a quick comic: The easiest job in the world is to be a weatherman in San Diego California.  You have a news anchor and a weather reporter at any time of the year that have the quickest discussion on the air as the news caster asks, “And now weather man Bill.  What’s the weather like here in San Diego, Bill?”

Weatherman Bill responds, “…fine.  Back to you.”

Last time I was in Oklahoma, it was in October and it rained… a lot.  It rained to the point that I just stood in the front door looked, mouth agape, up at the rain as though it was alien in nature.  Rain in San Diego means a sprinkling in the mourning for about ten minutes and that is it.  It rained in Oklahoma to the point that one evening at my Grandparents home that I was worried about the trashcans that were just rolled out into the street.  On the local Oklahoma news, a flood warning was in affect around their area and my Grandfather just calmly sat in his chair reading his newspaper.  I asked about the trashcans, as the street was now a low tide river.  My Grandfather just smiled and said that if the trashcans did float away, someone else’s trashcans that would wash and replace them.

Bill making violence against gays a hate crime headed to White House

The hate crimes bill is named for Matthew Shepard, pictured here. (AP Photo)

The hate crimes bill is named for Matthew Shepard, pictured here. (AP Photo)

The Senate approves the measure, 68 to 29, and Obama is expected to sign it. The legislation, previously passed by the House, is named for Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.

House OKs measure to make anti-gay violence a hate crime

By James Oliphant

October 22, 2009 | 7:08 p.m.

A bill to make violence against gays and lesbians a federal hate crime cleared the Senate on Thursday and headed to the White House.

The 68-29 vote was a victory for civil rights groups that have long sought to expand the federal statute beyond attacks motivated by religion, race, color or national origin.

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President Obama has said the country must make significant changes to ensure equal rights.

The bill, which President Obama is expected to sign, includes penalties for assaults based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender, disability or gender identity.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., whose Justice Department would be charged with enforcing the provisions, praised the bill’s passage.

“There have been nearly 80,000 hate-crime incidents reported to the FBI since I first testified before Congress in support of a hate-crimes bill 11 years ago,” Holder said.

Recent incidents — such as the June shooting death of an African American security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by a white supremacist — “demonstrate that there are still those for whom prejudice can translate into violence,” he said.

The legislation also would give federal authorities more power to help state and local law enforcement officials investigate hate crimes and would expand the federal government’s ability to intervene. About 45 states have hate-crime statutes.

The bill, which was attached to a $680-billion measure outlining the Pentagon’s budget, was passed by the House on Oct. 8.

Some of the 28 Republicans who opposed it said they didn’t like being forced to vote on the issue as part of a defense bill.

“It’s a shame that this piece of legislation was added to a bill that’s supposed to be about supporting our troops,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

The defense bill includes $130 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and authorizes a 3.4% pay raise for the military.

The bill would also make it a federal crime to attack members of the military because of their service.

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The bill is named for Matthew Shepard, a gay teenager who was beaten to death in 1998.

The hate-crime measure is named for Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten to death in 1998, and for James Byrd Jr., an African American in Texas who was chained to a pickup and dragged to death the same year.

"Mathew Sheppard"

"Mathew Sheppard"

“It has been more than 10 years since the senseless and brutal death of Matthew Shepard,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), “and I look forward to watching President Obama sign this much-needed legislation into law.”

joliphant@latimes.com

Robert Erle Man of Many Talents

Robert Erle and Stella Marie Adams

Robert Erle and Stella Marie Adams

An amateur actor, mailman, sandwich maker in a bar run by his father and a general store owner, my great-grandfather, Robert Erle Adams was a force of nature.  His father owned a pool hall that served sandwiches that were eventually made by the young Robert Erle.  In the twenties, Robert Erle’s pool hall did or did not serve alcohol, as it was the prohibition.

While in the pool hall, whenever Robert was asked to make a sandwich he would cross the street to the grocery store to get the ingredients and in time he developed an idea of going into the grocery store business store himself.  When my grand father Erle Wilbert Adams was two, his father Robert opened the Adams store in Nash County Lemont Oklahoma and thus continued on as a pillar of the community.  Robert

The Adams Family

The Adams Family

Erle delivered mail in a model T Ford in the rural area of Lemont.  His two aunts and an uncle lived on a farm in which Robert Erle delivered to.  In his youth, Robert Erle would work on his relative’s farms and whenever it rained in the area his aunt would say, “Well it is good for the wheat.”  However a cabin fevered Robert Erle would say to his aunt that it might be good for the wheat but is not good for him.

While working behind the counter of the Adams

The Adams Store

The Adams Store

store, Robert Erle would sell candy, bread, pop and do all that is expected of a general store including carve meat in the back room.  Gypsies would travel through the town and would have a tendency to take items without paying.  Wearing aprons these gypsies would simply walk into the Adams store and put items in their aprons as they browsed then buy something small and inexpensive.  Wearing a butcher’s apron, Robert Erle watched these strangers from the back of the store as he chopped meat.  Not wanting to get his long black hair in the way he would tie it back and resemble his Cherokee background.  His apron would be covered in a bit of blood from the meat Robert was cutting and would walk out looking like a head hunting Cherokee worrier and coolly said to the gypsies, “You can either pay for what is in your aprons or leave now.”  They left in a hurry.

In the Adams store there was a couple rows of theatre seats at one side.  This was an aspect of Robert Erle showing itself that later came out as he wanting to be an actor.  The town had a few amateur plays in the theatres and wanted actors and Robert Erle was all too willing to addition.  Getting the parts in various plays and in much subject matter, Robert was actually considered quite good at what he did.  The only evendence of him being a descent actor was that he kept being called back.  Acting aside, Robert had a tendenciy to only dress in shaggy pants, shirt and hold a cane.  No matter what the play was about, Robert would stagger out on stage and act as an old man.

In the end, Robert Erle was a man greater then any words could describe.

Pearl Jam is back with Backspacer

Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder

Pearl Jam’s new CD in a hard bound book/Pizzoli style package. 2009 release from Eddie Vedder and the boys, their ninth album overall. For Backspacer, the lasting Grunge rockers decided to do it big. They left label J Records and decided to release to album themselves, since the certainly have enough money to do that. They also hooked up with ’90s Alternative Rock producer du jour Brendan O’Brien (Korn, Bruce Springsteen), the first time that the band has worked with O’Brien since 1998’s Yield. The music on the record features a sound influenced by pop and New Wave.

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2009's Backspacer

On a personal note, Pearl Jam’s Backspacer came at a time of great need in my life and “Just Breath” was a wonderful tune to listen to as I had to deal with two deaths in my family.  Having the same producer as Yield makes all the sense in the world in that Yield has the same musical dynamic as Backspacer.

“Brothers:Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy”

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician. He was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisers during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General.
John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt – White House Press Office (WHPO)
After his election into presidency, his father, Joe Kennedy Sr., asked John F. Kennedy only one thing of his second oldest son and that was to have his third oldest son, Robert F. Kennedy be his Attorney General. Part of this request was to keep Joe Kennedy’s family in power as his youngest son, Ted Kennedy was to hold Jack’s Senate as soon as he was old enough and the second part of this thought was to keep F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover in check.
Robert F. Kennedy had a reputation to put up a good fight as he had in his experience as the chief counsel of the 1957–59 Senate Labor Rackets Committee under chairman John L. McClellan. In a dramatic scene, Kennedy squared off with Teamsters union President Jimmy Hoffa during the antagonistic argument that marked Hoffa’s testimony.[6] Kennedy left the Rackets Committee in late 1959 in order to run his brother John’s successful presidential campaign. In fact when Robert started helping his brother, many had a sense that Robert would appear to be ready for a brawl.
When acting as Attorney General, Robert Kennedy quickly proved himself by using his past experience handling organized crime.
Robert Kennedy’s tenure as Attorney General was easily the period of greatest power for the office; no previous United States Attorney General had enjoyed such clear influence on all areas of policy during an administration. Yet to a greater extent, it was President Kennedy who sought the advice and counsel of his younger brother, and it is to this extent that Robert Kennedy remained the President’s closest political advisor. Kennedy was relied upon as both the President’s primary source of administrative information and as a general counsel with whom trust was implicit, given the familial ties of the two men.
President Kennedy once remarked about his brother that, “If I want something done and done immediately I rely on the Attorney General. He is very much the doer in this administration, and has an organizational gift I have rarely if ever seen surpassed.”
Brothers: Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy

Brothers: Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also referred to by his initials RFK, was an American politician. He was a younger brother of President John F. Kennedy and acted as one of his advisers during his presidency. From 1961 to 1964, he was the U.S. Attorney General.

John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.
Robert F. Kennedy at the White House, 1964

Robert F. Kennedy at the White House, 1964

After his election into presidency, his father, Joe Kennedy Sr., asked John F. Kennedy only one thing of his second oldest son and that was to have his third oldest son, Robert F. Kennedy be his Attorney General. Part of this request was to keep Joe Kennedy’s family in power as his youngest son, Ted Kennedy was to hold Jack’s Senate as soon as he was old enough and the second part of this thought was to keep F.B.I. director J. Edgar Hoover in check.

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt - White House Press Office (WHPO)

Photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt - White House Press Office (WHPO)

Robert F. Kennedy had a reputation to put up a good fight as he had in his experience as the chief counsel of the 1957–59 Senate Labor Rackets Committee under chairman John L. McClellan. In a dramatic scene, Kennedy squared off with Teamsters union President Jimmy Hoffa during the antagonistic argument that marked Hoffa’s testimony.[6] Kennedy left the Rackets Committee in late 1959 in order to run his brother John’s successful presidential campaign. In fact when Robert started helping his brother, many had a sense that Robert would appear to be ready for a brawl.

999p. Senator John F. Kennedy (And Bobby Kennedy)When acting as Attorney General, Robert Kennedy quickly proved himself by using his past experience handling organized crime.
Robert Kennedy’s tenure as Attorney General was easily the period of greatest power for the office; no previous United States Attorney General had enjoyed such clear influence on all areas of policy during an administration. Yet to a greater extent, it was President Kennedy who sought the advice and counsel of his younger brother, and it is to this extent that Robert Kennedy remained the President’s closest political advisor. Kennedy was relied upon as both the President’s primary source of administrative information and as a general counsel with whom trust was implicit, given the familial ties of the two men.
brothers_1President Kennedy once remarked about his brother that, “If I want something done and done immediately I rely on the Attorney General. He is very much the doer in this administration, and has an organizational gift I have rarely if ever seen surpassed.”