Blog Moved

•November 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I’ve moved or am in the process of moving the blog to jimarnoldblog.com/blog.

I will post new entries there, but all the old stuff will stay here (as well as be on the new site).

The new wordpress.org blog will allow more functionality and I hope it will be easier on the eyes, more readable.

Thanks for your patience!

Jim

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Many questions unanswered: Cathedral City officer charged with sexual assault

•October 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Link to: Cathedral City officer charged with sexual assault | mydesert.com | The Desert Sun.

For Friday, something perhaps not so serious – after all, we’ve got Halloween and elections coming up.

OK, Partay! See, we have fun out here in the desert. We have wild 4 a.m. pool parties and invite the cops to join in!

I’m just thinking there’s a few things missing, or a few things I’d like to see.

  1. Why didn’t anyone have their cell phone camera, at least, on? Pictures of the naked cop are wanted. Video, even better.
  2. Did the naked cop just strip and jump in the pool, or was he really invited as he said?
  3. Did he in fact jump in the pool at all, or are his accusers making it up?
  4. What was the outside temperature? Did he just need to cool off after a hot shift cruising the mean streets of Cat City?
  5. The story says he left his holster and gun with his uniform. I’m imagining a pile, with the gun on top. Why didn’t any of these naked ladies steal the gun and make him get out of the water? Again, photos or video of the abandoned weapon would prove delightfully interesting.
  6. I’m interested in that moment of decision – that crazy moment – and we all have them, though they don’t usually result in a total meltdown of our entire lives – when he decided to say “just fuck it” and went with his monkey mind decision to get naked and party with the girls in the pool. There’s something about that loss of control I truly admire – though I am happy it’s him and not me, that’s for damn sure.
  7. Discuss.

The World According to San Francisco!

•October 28, 2010 • 2 Comments

The View from here...

Short post today as it’s an L.A. day and I have to get on the road.

My dear cousin Mary sent me this map. I laughed so hard and it really did remind me of those depressingly awful great, thrilling times when I lived in SF! My particular faves are the rebranding of France as “EuroNapa” and Japan as the “Outer Outer Sunset!”

Gotta love it in San Fran! Really!  Where they take Provincialism to a whole new level… Just remember your jacket and your hat for that afternoon “sea breeze,” which felt to me more like the frigid winds off the Russian (sorry, I mean Stoli!) steppes.

Smaller than you think: Gauging the scope of the tea party movement in America

•October 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Link to Washington Post Story: Gauging the scope of the tea party movement in America.

I'm a little teapot...

Interesting piece on the scope of the Tea Party Movement in America. What, with all the usual MSM reporting on the terribly frightful significance of this “populist” movement, the reporting from the Post suggests that it’s nowhere near as big a deal as we would have been led to believe.

It’s certainly a LOUD movement, and certain of its stars (like that woman from Alaska – you know the one) get covered when they break a toenail.

It’s also interesting to see that in their polling conservative social issues (like taking away rights from other American citizens) really didn’t register much, if at all. If that’s really the case, one must wonder what the agenda is in reporting the opposite.

Which brings us back to the MSM again – don’t you love that conservative meme that’s always railing on and on about the damn liberal media? What exactly must they be referring to. Perhaps MSNBC? The LA weekly? Huffington Post? I don’t know what else could possibly qualify these days, it all seems “right of center” to me, except for Fox, which of course is right of right.

I still don’t trust that the tea party thang isn’t racism in disguise – I mean really, the national debt is hardly anything new, and where were all these guys when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were merrily bankrupting our country and its ideals? Talk about non-adherence to the ideas the U.S. was built upon.

In the spirit of trying to be helpful, I reprint here a list of questions you can ask your favorite neighborhood tea partier. I’d love to hear what their answers are. Anyone? Please feel free to copy and disseminate everywhere.

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get  Mad?

You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq .

You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.

You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.

You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.   You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.

You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.

You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.

You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.

You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.

You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.

You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.

You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.

You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.

You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans drown.

You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in taxbreaks. You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.

You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.

You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.

No…..You finally got mad

When a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick.


Religion Ruins Everything redux: Mormon beliefs factor in LGBT struggles

•October 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Link to Activists: Mormon beliefs factor in LGBT struggles.

Mormon Tabernacle

Yeah, well big surprise here, the Washington Post’s Jennifer Dobner’s Mormon Beliefs Factor into LGBT Struggles. Like Catholic beliefs do, Christian beliefs, Jewish beliefs, Islamic beliefs, Hindu…. Basically, you have to ask, what good is religion – at all – if it encourages people to deny who they are and ruin lives?

And this is only talking on the personal level – on the societal level, religious fervor is responsible for the deaths of millions upon millions and untold numbers of wars, just to prove that “my god is better than your god, asshole.”

More articles like this one in the Post are needed, to continually expose the hypocrisy of organized religion – from these gay-bullying suicide-encouraging Mormons to the Catholic rapist priests and all the rest of the religious – who truly need salvation of some kind, no doubt.

As a society, we have to ask if we’ll continue to allow such organizations tax-free status – when what they are truly undermining is our stated national raison d’etre of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Trip to the Integraton in Landers, CA

•October 25, 2010 • 1 Comment

The Integraton

Yesterday I went on the California Men’s Gathering outing (experience) to the Integraton, in Landers, California – which is on the way to Joshua Tree, just up the road from Yucca Valley, about 45 miles from Palm Springs.

The Integraton would take more space to explain than I have the expertise or time to do, so please see the link to their website, where it’s all explained in great detail.

The experience we had was called a Sound Bath. Basically, quartz bowls are played inside the rotunda of this building, and one taking the bath lies on his/her back, letting the sounds reverberate throughout the room and into the body, where they resonate with each of the chakras. This building has amazing acoustical properties, and the location is significant as a vortex of a tremendous amount of earth energy.

The story goes that George Van Tassel, who built the place in the 1950s, was visited by extraterrestrials who consulted on the design and intended for this place to be a haven for humans who needed to de-stress. I’m certainly all for that, and count myself in the group that should be de-stressed.

I found the experience to be interesting. The guide explained that because of the unusual gravitational energies surrounding this area, some people feel lighter in this place, and some feel heavier. During the experience, I felt it was like an extended Savasana pose (corpse pose) that we end yoga class with. I felt myself get extremely heavy, to where I could not move my limbs, as if I was sinking into the floor and becoming a part of it.

My mind would drift to dream-like imagery and topics, including a dream I think I had the night before, so it was a continuation. Then I would come back into my body, remember where I was, remember what these strange sounds (and not unpleasant sounds) were. Much like a meditation experience, that part of it.

Someone fell asleep and was snoring softly during this time (it takes about a half hour). So obviously, different folks have different reactions. In all, I’d have to say another cool slice from a very interesting area.

More photos:

Leaving the Integraton; that's me in the mirror taking the pic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This odd purple bed was just sitting there in the desert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CMG'ers leaving the Sound Bath

 

Palm Springs: Mortgage crisis may delay local recovery until 2015

•October 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Link to Desert Sun article: Mortgage crisis may delay local recovery until 2015 | mydesert.com | The Desert Sun.

pool at Ramona Villas in Palm Springs

 

This was a fine kettle of fish to wake up to today, front page story in our local paper about the economy not recovering for four to five more years. So “the mortgage crisis may delay local recovery until 2015.”

I had a conversation with a friend last night about crashed real estate prices. Truly, if your home is only worth half of what you paid for it, what sense does it make to keep paying the mortgage on that original, fairy tale amount?

We talked about the possibility of valuations rising again. But it was a bubble. They won’t rise to that prior level for years and years, if ever. For the amount of a mortgage payment on a 300K condo loan out here in Palm Springs, which would be roughly $1700 or so, not counting your HOA fees and such, you can easily rent a 3 or 4 bedroom single family home in a great area, with a pool!

It’s disheartening, frustrating, maddening and a looming national disaster – as so many people are in this situation. I wonder what will happen when they all realize prices are just not ever going to go up again, to any where near those record levels? What happens when everyone walks away?

I take an early morning walk every day. Along one of the roads on my trail, there’s a house with a derelict desert front yard, a weathered “for sale” sign, and various pieces of seen-better-days furniture in the driveway and stacked at various places around the house. For a while, there’d be handwritten signs about the junk for sale, along with a phone number you could call. There was a car or cars parked in the driveway. Frequently, I’d see lights on in the house – a classic 50s ranch style house in a really nice residential area of Palm Springs.

In the last few weeks, the junk has gone. Now the car has disappeared as well. Earlier this week, a notice was tacked up to the front door. I checked it out the other day – of course it was the foreclosure information. Not a surprise, but like the beginning of a sad song you weren’t quite ready to hear, way too early in the morning.

 
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