Friday, July 30, 2010

Fishing Industry Under Attack

A private environmental company seeks to abolish fishing at a popular Del Norte County spot.  It seems like ever day we hear about more rights and liberties being trumped in the name of "the environment".  Before we save the fish, frogs, ore other creatures of God, we must save mankind.  Man must eat and fishing is a simple and timeless way in which to do that.  In fact, man has been fishing for thousands of years!  As the Chinese proverb goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

Before you get your bait and tackle ready for the weekend, go to savecalfishing.org to learn how you can protect California fishing!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

WHERE DID ALL THE FISH GO? (Part 2)

Across the U.S. each summer Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts take to lakes and streams to earn fishing related belt loops, pins, and merit badges. With the California Department of Fish and Game's new regulations on fisheries, a new problem emerges.  Scouts will no longer be able to earn the fishing awards, much less experience the solacement of fishing.

To make matters worse, PETA is calling on the Boy Scouts of America to retire its "Fishing" and "Fish and Wildlife Management" merit badges.  In a 2001 letter from PETA's Dawn Carr addressed to the Boy Scouts of America president Milton Ward, Carr says:
Fishing is no longer considered a benign activity. It is hunting in the water, and the idea of a scout armed with a gun or rod, setting out to actively attack animals who were minding their own business, is not in keeping with the image of scouting, now or in the past. Society is reevaluating its relationship with animals. We now realize that fish are sentient beings...

Clearly the fishery regulations being imposed by the Department of Fish & Game further PETA's agenda by infringing on what many consider to be a God-given right to fish.
The Mission of the Department of Fish and Game is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.
The Department has several programs that benefit the underprivileged and inner city youth that will be destroyed by the new regulations like the Urban Fishing Program
The Urban Fishing Program, which was started in 1993, serves Californians living in the Sacramento, San Francisco and Los Angeles metropolitan areas. The program's Fishing in the City Clinics gives city dwellers an opportunity to learn how to fish, and to fish close to home.

Ponds are stocked with trout in winter and catfish the rest of the year. Anglers 16 years of age and older need to have a fishing license except on Free Fishing Day.
By the Department's own admission, they cannot stock their own managed waters (http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Hatcheries/FishPlanting/Evaluation.asp):
DFG recently responded to a legal action challenging its hatchery and stocking operations, and completed an Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) that considers species and habitats affected by hatchery-raised rainbow trout. One of the conditions of the EIR/EIS is that each water planted throughout California must go through a Pre-Stocking Evaluation Protocol. This evaluation requires DFG to consider each sensitive or listed species in each water relative to the stocking of trout. DFG fisheries staff have made the evaluations a top priority, but until the review is completed and approved by our administration, rainbow trout or channel catfish cannot be stocked.
With the new regulations, these city ponds and lakes will not be stocked; there will be nothing to catch and no need for a fishing license.  The result?  Children and adults will not benefit from the learned experience of fishing and the sensitivity that such experiences can bring.  In the end the only winner is PETA and their members' self-serving guilty-ridden conscience.  Perhaps with the decline in fishing we will see an increase in hunting.  One can only speculate.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

WHERE DID ALL THE FISH GO?

A friend handed me an alarming flyer over the weekend.
After reading that I wondered if it was a real problem or just some angst from a few concerned sportsmen.  After a little homework and a few phone calls it looks like it is real - just like the paper says, "THIS IS NO JOKE!!"

I am sorting through a pile of documents trying to understand the situation better, but this flyer seems to say it best.  As of June 30, 2010, the Department of Fish & Game has reported more than 1.6 million fishing licenses issued with a revenue of $42.7 million.  That number will grow but likely not double before December 31.  With 1.6 million rods in California waters, how much "revenue" will California loose and how many jobs will move out of state? 

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Vendor Client relationship - in real world situations

$13,000,000 Credit Card Bill

Is it responsible city governance to invest 20 years of planning on the renovation of an athletic field and then breakout the tax payer's credit card (issue tax bonds) to pay for it all? 
The OC Register is reporting that today the City of Fullerton is "unveiling" the new and improved Lion's Field after a $13 million upgrade and rehab, complete with that nifty artificial turf that has been showing up in shopping centers and yards around town.  The turf will be the new playing surface for kids in Pop Warner football and Bobby Sox.  I'm not a big fan of artificial turf but I can appreciate some of its advantages like maintenance cost savings and water conservation.

I'm also not a big fan of tax bonds for athletic fields but I can appreciate a bond's usefulness under certain circumstances.  In my opinion, this athletic field, which is used by a select few, should not be paid for with the taxpayer's credit card, the bill for which our children will be burdened with.  I love working with kids, hence my continued involvement and support of Boy Scouts, which is privately funded; however, this facility is paid for with tax revenue which means that's another $13 million for something other than our infrastructural needs including public education and public safety.

I would rather see tax bonds issued to help recover from emergent and disastrous events, such as a major earthquake or tsunami.  Janet Morrissey wrote a good article for Time/CNN on the muni bond debacle which paints our City's current path towards filing Chapter 9.
"Since last July, 207 municipal issuers defaulted on bonds valued at $6 billion, and that number is expected to escalate..."
Our elected leaders should exercise better judgment when it comes to the indebtedness of our children.  I find it ironic that the same children on the Lion's Field this season will be the ones saddled with paying the debt of their youth sports, unless of course the kids get smart and move from Fullerton. 

Greg Sebourn

Orange County Bail Bonds

The Beauty of a Storm

The Beauty of a Storm
Orange County, Ca.

My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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