Saturday, July 16, 2011

FBI Warns Internet Users of Trojan

Email Impersonating The FBI Containing A Trojan

Another fraudulent email campaign has begun claiming to be from the FBI telling recipients they have visited 40 illegal websites. The IC3 ("Ice Cube") issued warnings about these particular email campaigns in 2005 and 2006 by releasing three PSAs on February 23, 2005, November 22, 2005, and July 24, 2006. The fraudulent email mentioned in the first PSA claimed the FBI logged the recipient's IP address on more than 40 illegal websites. The next two PSAs mentioned the emails that claimed the FBI logged the recipient's IP address on more than 30 illegal websites. All the emails instructed the recipient to answer questions in the attachment, which contained malware.

The PSA from February 23, 2005 stated the FBI has become aware of spam email fraudulently claiming to be from fbi.gov accounts. The email appeared to be sent from the email addresses of police@fbi.gov, fbi@fbi.gov, officer@fbi.gov, and web@fbi.gov. The recipients were told the FBI had logged their IP addresses on more than 40 illegal sites. The email instructed them to answer questions in the attachment, which contained a W32.Sober.K@mm worm.

In 2005, the IC3 began seeing complaints reporting fraudulent emails purportedly from the FBI claiming the recipient went to more than 30 illegal sites. The IC3 received over 5,300 related complaints in that year alone. The number of related complaints drastically dropped the following year to approximately 130 complaints. After 2006, the IC3 has only received two related complaints, one in 2007 and one in 2008.

Also in 2005, the IC3 began seeing complaints reporting fraudulent emails purportedly from the FBI claiming the recipient went to more than 40 illegal sites. That year, a total of approximately 1,600 related complaints were filed. No other complaints were reported until the beginning of this year, with more than 300 so far being filed.

As in the earlier email versions mentioned above, fraudsters are still using spoofed email addresses with an fbi.gov email extension. Recipients are still being told the FBI has logged their IP address on more than 40 illegal sites, and they need to answer the questions in the attachment, which contains malware.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Burdensome regulations endanger California fishing industry

By CRAIG ELLIOT
Many Californians are not aware of a very serious and looming threat to recreational fishing. Fish farmers who stock California lakes and grocery stores are threatened by a legal case moving through the courts as well as the costly regulations being drafted by the California Department of Fish and Game.

As a result of a lawsuit several years ago against California's fish hatcheries, the department staff drafted an environmental impact report to include private aquaculture in its regulations, even though the lawsuit and ruling only applied to state facilities, and not privately held fish hatcheries and stocking ponds.

Given that California grows some of the healthiest and safest fish in the world under existing regulations, one can only assume that the state's actions were not motivated by a public need, but merely by a political agenda, one that anglers know has led to significant limitations on ocean fishing off the coast of California.

As a result of new regulations being drafted by Fish and Game, fish stocking could be a thing of the past once costly regulations are mandated for every fresh water hatchery, fish farm and stocking pond, imposing crippling regulatory costs annually on California businesses to perform all kinds of inspections and monitoring for various species, many of which are not even endangered or threatened. Such costs will lead to businesses closing and popular fishing ponds and lakes simply abandoned altogether.

And for the first time in more than 30 years, new regulations will require fishermen to purchase fishing licenses to catch privately stocked fish on private property as well as private fee for fishing lakes such as Corona Lake.

If private fish hatcheries become a thing of the past, who will stock California's many lakes and ponds? Simply put, when there are no fish, there will be no fishing. Without fresh water fishing, California's $224 billion outdoor industry will take a hit, and so will its tourism industry as fewer vacations are planned and fewer outdoor sporting goods are purchased.

This threat also impacts communities dependent on recreational tourism, namely sporting goods companies and retailers, boat sellers/manufacturers, marinas and bait and tackle shops. Moreover, the price of fish at your favorite restaurant or grocery store will go up as fish is imported from other states or countries.

Californians need to contact Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators and ask them to urge the Fish and Game Commission to abandon new regulations that threaten a lifestyle shared by some 1.7 million recreational fisherman and an industry that protects California's jobs.

Craig Elliot is president of the California Association for Recreational Fishing and the operator of Corona Lake.

Reasons I Oppose Fullerton's Water Rate Hike

Tuesday night's City Council agenda is set and among the many items for consideration by council members is a water rate increase. 

The increase would raise water revenue by 7.8% but it is not clear how that increase would be spread among different rate classes.  Some will feel the increase more than others.  This cloud is just one of the many reasons I oppose this rate increase.

Other reasons include the hidden water tax, economic timing, city management's long-standing philosophy on infrastructure, the likely law suits due to improper notice by the City, shortsighted conservation efforts, and the general feeling of distrust by consumers.

10% of every water bill gets diverted or skimmed from the water fund and transferred into the City's General Fund.  80% of the General Fund goes to cover public safety employee benefits.  Outside of City Hall only a handful of people know about this tax.  In my opinion, it gives the appearance that the unions are embezzling public funds.  The General Fund does not contribute any funds back into the water system.  Removing this hidden tax would allow the water system to retain about $2.5-million for pipe replacement.

Fullerton residents and businesses are struggling to survive.  The elderly and disabled have never had this magnitude of cuts in services and funding now on the table and being debated in Washington.  There are other measures yet to be instituted which could provide a financial buffer for the next year or two.  City management must exhaust all avenues before resorting to a rate hike in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

For decades, city management has turned a blind eye to the infrastructure.  Unless the repairs or replacement was in a redevelopment district, the City would put of any work.  Instead, the city sought to spend $6-million on moving a McDonalds 200 feet, $30-million* in bonds for housing (*will amount to more than $50-million when paid off), and more than $12-million to revamp the Lions Field athletic complex.  Meanwhile, our water lines are failing, our roads are crumbling, our streetlights broken, and who knows what else is in disrepair.  The proven ability of city officials, from council members to department heads, to go along with whatever hot new trend presented itself despite the obvious deficiencies in our infrastructure is unforgiveable.  While some were getting bronze plaques with their names on it, the rest of us are left to foot the bill.  Enough already!

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has indicated that the Proposition 218 rate increase notification received by some water customers last month does not comply with the requirements of the law.  Fullerton's notice is insufficient according to Timothy Bittle, Director of Legal affairs for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.  "[T]hey can't tell anyone yet what the new amount of their fee will be. That's not compliance with 218!" says Bittle.

A recent survey of 122 public agencies by the Sierra Club shows Fullerton's water conservation efforts sadly on par with the infamous city of Bell.  The survey gives Fullerton 8 points out of 20.  Out of the 122 agencies surveyed, only 16 scored worse.

Finally, people have lost a great deal of trust in their government at all levels and why wouldn't they lose trust once they realize the City has been charging them with a hidden tax that does not benefit the water system.  Most people who do not deal with City Hall regularly get frustrated at the run around they receive.  One person tells them to do one thing and someone else tells them to do something different.  Many are simply discouraged by driving on Fullerton’s poorly maintained streets.  Others, like me, have watched the same section of water line replaced three or four times in just 24 months. 

For these reasons and more, I strongly oppose this water rate increase.

As a side note, water rates will have to increase; it is just a matter of time.  However, I believe our city can and should do better to serve the public before considering any rate hikes. 

New Hampshire Man Pleads Guilty to Computer Intrusion into Former Employer’s Computer Systems

WASHINGTON - Lawrence R. Marino, a 41-year-old from Goffstown, N.H., pleaded guilty today in federal court to computer intrusion, stemming from his repeated hacks into his former employer’s computer systems, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gunnison for the District of New Hampshire.

Marino pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Steven J. McAuliffe in Concord, N.H., to a one-count criminal information charging him with computer intrusion.  

Marino admitted at the plea hearing that from May 2009 through September 2009, he repeatedly hacked into the computer systems of his former employer, OneSky Jets. OneSky, which is based in Manchester, N.H., provides charter flight services to customers around the country.   According to the criminal information, while employed at OneSky, Marino acquired other employees’ log-in credentials for their OneSky email accounts.   After Marinos’ employment at OneSky was terminated, he began working for a Regent Jet, a competitor private jet company.   While employed at Regent Jet, Marino repeatedly accessed the email accounts of OneSky employees and obtained information about OneSky’s existing and prospective customers.   Marino also hacked into OneSky’s computer system and obtained a copy of a database with tens of thousands of customer names and other information.   According to the court document, Marino used this illegally-obtained customer information to then solicit new customers on behalf of Regent Jet.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 17, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. EDT.   At sentencing, Marino faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000, and restitution.

The case was investigated by the FBI.   The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Arnold Huftalen of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire and Mona Sedky of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Army Private Charged with Attempting to Board Flight While Possessing Small Amount of Explosive

U.S. Attorney’s Office - District of Arizona
July 14, 2011

YUMA, AZ—United States Army Private First Class Christopher Eric Wey, 19, was arrested and charged today with Attempt to Carry an Explosive on an Aircraft and Transportation of a Stolen Explosive.

On Wednesday, July 13, Wey attempted to board a United Airlines flight from Yuma, Ariz., to Los Angeles. During a standard Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening at the Yuma International Airport, security officers detected the presence of explosives in Wey’s baggage. TSA personnel subsequently found one-half ounce of C4 explosive hidden in a tobacco can inside one of Wey’s bags. Wey was detained for investigation, and interviewed by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Complaint alleges that Wey stole the C4 while attending a recent explosive training course. Authorities found no evidence to believe that Wey intended any harm with the small amount of explosives in his possession.

A conviction for Attempt to Carry an Explosive on an Aircraft and Transportation of a Stolen Explosive carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine. In determining an actual sentence, the sentencing judge will consult the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide appropriate sentencing ranges. The judge, however, is not bound by those guidelines in determining a sentence.

A criminal complaint is simply the method by which a person is charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The prosecution is being handled by John Boyle, Assistant U.S. Attorney, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

CASE NUMBER: CR-11-9699-M
RELEASE NUMBER: 2011-149(Wey)

Fullerton "Poor" at Water Conservation

According to a Sierra Club survey, the City of Fullerton scored 8 points out of 20 for water conservation efforts.  The study, found HERE, rated 122 local agencies for their efforts to conserve water.  Only 16 agencies scored worse.

The report only emphasizes the water crisis at our doorstep. 

The City Council is tentatively scheduled to hear a proposal to increase Fullerton water rates this Tuesday, July 19, at City Hall.  Based on my extensive effort to understand how Fullerton's water rates are structured, I have identified numerous flaws.  The City's conservation effort had been dismissed as a source of future savings since many measures had been put in place.  However, according to the Sierra Club, the City can do more.

Ultimately, further water conservation will only lend to the demise of our water system because the current and proposed rate structures do not address the fixed costs associated with operating the water system.

Adan Ortega, a local educator and businessman, stated it best: "
Water rates must match fixed costs to fixed revenue transitioning over time toward a rate structure that protects rate payers and the City against the volatility of the water supply and may encroach upon the City’s ability to maintain an orderly and timely pipe replacement schedule." 

Therefore under the proposed and current water rate structures, when water consumption goes down, water rates will again increase. 

When asked why the actual cost of maintaining (including repairs and replacement) the system was not assessed proportionately to the meter instead of the consumption, the City's consultant and City staff indicated that the type of rate structures proposed as well as in current use encourage conservation.  Further, assessing the actual cost to the meters would create too large of a burden on rate payers. 

No one has been able to tell me what the proportional costs are for our water meters so it is impossible to know what burdens may or may not exist under alternative rate structures.

Whether water rates increase or not, one simple fact remains unchanged: simply increasing water rates will not solve the many problems facing our water system.

Special thanks to Adan Ortega who emailed the Sierra Club link to me and has provided me with tremendous insight on all things water related.

Yorba Linda oil well opperator targetted by Feds & State

Greka Oil & Gas operate numerous wells in the Richfield Dome area which include Yorba Linda, Placentia, and Anaheim.  The particular incident reported by the U.S. Department of Justice are in Santa Barbara.  
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United States and Two California State Agencies File Civil Lawsuit Against Greka Oil & Gas Inc. for Oil Spills in Santa Barbara County
WASHINGTON – The United States, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region, filed a civil complaint today in federal court against Greka Oil & Gas Inc. (now known as HVI Cat Canyon Inc.) alleging that the company violated federal and state water laws.

According to the complaint, announced today by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region and the California Department of Fish and Game, Greka illegally discharged crude oil and produced water from its oil and gas production facilities in Santa Barbara County during 21 spills between June 2005 and December 2010.  The spills resulted from ruptured storage tanks, corroded pipelines and overflowing injection ponds. Oil from each of the spills flowed into nearby waterways.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, also alleges that at 12 facilities, Greka failed to prepare plans and implement measures required by the Clean Water Act to prevent, contain, and respond to spills.

The lawsuit asks the court to order Greka to take all appropriate action to prevent future spills, and to fully implement the oil pollution prevention requirements of the Clean Water Act.   The United States and the two California state agencies also seek civil penalties up to the maximum amount authorized by law.

In addition, the United States seeks the recovery of $2.4 million in costs incurred responding to and directing the cleanup of Greka’s spills.   The California Department of Fish and Game also seeks the recovery of its unpaid response costs and damages for harm caused to natural resources by the spills.

In May 2011, Greka changed its name to HVI Cat Canyon Inc.   The company is a privately held Colorado corporation and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Greka Integrated Inc.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

USA a Second-Tier Nation? How about Fullerton??

 
That sentiment is echoed here.  Moreover, Fullerton is similar to rest of the nation in that we continue to raise taxes and fees and still do not address the true cost to maintain our roads, water, sewer, and other parts of our crumbling infrastructure.
 
Although $8-million shy of being balanced the City of Fullerton has budgeted $66.6 million for FY2011-12 from the General Fund, the fund which the Council has the greatest control over.  Most of that will go to cover salaries and benefits including pensions.  Most of the revenue source for the General Fund comes from your property taxes and vehicle licensing fees.
 
Why does any of this matter you ask?
 
Because the City Council has allocated $0.00 from the General Fund to go towards the City's infrastructure.  And I bet you thought your tax dollars were suppose to help pay for roads go into the infrastructure.  No, that's not the way we operate in Fullerton.
 
The fact is, ALL of our $47.56-million infrastructure is paid for from two sources: 1) special fees such as your sanitation fees or water rates less the hidden tax of $2.5-million that goes into the General Fund, and 2) state or federal grants. 
 
With State and Federal funds quickly drying up, it's only a matter of time before our grant funded repairs turn into unfunded replacement nightmares.
 
And for those interested to see how $66.6-million gets allocated to departments:
City Council: $384,207
City Manager: $869,142
Administrative Services: $1,708,157
Human Resources: $365,459
General Government: $630,470
Fire: $16,759,781
Police: $36,673,676
Community Development: $2,975,455
Engineering: $1,615,484
Maintenance Services: $4,659,910
 
Public Safety is 80.2% of the total fund leaving a mere $13,166,543 to cover the rest of the costs of operating our City.
 
And if you rank these based on percentage of budget:
Police 55.0%
Fire 25.2%
Maintenance Services 7.0%
Community Development 4.5%
Administrative Services 2.6%
Engineering 2.4%
City Manager 1.3%
Human Resources 0.5%
City Council 0.6%
General Government 0.9%
 
Clearly, the replacement and repair of our infrastructure  has taken a backseat "other interests".
 
 
Footnote: I found the information above via the City's Meetings Live! page.   Look for the budget as item 3 on the June 7th, 2011 a City Council agenda.  The CIP information above was found in item 4 of the May 25th, 2011 Planning Commission Agenda.  If you would like these emailed to you, send me an email at GregSebourn@yahoo.com.

West Coyote Hills Gets Go Ahead

Last night's City Council meeting was long and entertaining.  The final vote was 4-1 to approve the development.  Votes were cast down party lines though the issue transcended local party politics. 

Proving that point, Democrat Council Member Sharon Quirk-Silva did offer up an alternative motion which would have allowed the development to move forward but with some land swapping from Downtown Fullerton.  She didn't get a second so the proposal was dropped. 

After each council member commented and the vote was taken, Quirk-Silva asked those opposing the development to move forward and find common ground. 

There were numerous outbursts by those opposing the development which lead to Mayor Jones repeatedly striking his gavel and even taking some verbal liberties upon those making public comments.

It was disappointing to hear the name calling and heckling from those who want the private property to remain without houses.  There was a significant lack of civil discourse but I can, to some degree, understand why. 

Sometimes when a crowd gathers at City Hall, city leaders give in to the crowds request.  Sometimes they don't.  It is frustrating to be on the side which the Council does not agree with.

In the 2010 municipal elections, voters had ample opportunity to know exactly where candidates stood on the issue of West Coyote Hills.  With that knowledge out there, three council members were elected to represent voters.  The top two vote receivers were Whitaker and Bankhead, both of which being strong public supporters of the development.

The only race that was close was between McKinley and Chaffee who also let there opinions be known.  McKinley, a supporter of the development and property rights, won by a few hundred votes.

It will be interesting to see how the 2012 election shapes up with Coyote Hills presumably a done deal.  In the interim, I would hope that both sides do come together to find sound solutions to their compromise. 

Monday, July 11, 2011

"Many positive signs" says State Controller

SACRAMENTO – State Controller John Chiang today released his monthly report covering California’s cash balance, receipts and disbursements in June and for the complete 2010-2011 fiscal year
The State ended the fiscal year with $95.5 billion in receipts and $93.8 billion in disbursements.  June revenues alone came in $440.5 million (3.7 percent) above estimates found in the May Revision of the Governor’s proposed 2011-12 budget. 
“The latest report shows many positive signs.  The State is spending less than it took in, we are borrowing less cash, and all three major sources of revenue show signs of growth,” said Chiang.  “But the success of the newly-adopted State budget will depend on continued economic expansion throughout the year.”
Sales taxes were above projections by $21.8 million (0.8 percent) in June, personal income taxes were up $410.5 million (6.8 percent), and corporate taxes were up $156 million (7.2 percent). 
While the Governor signed a new budget on June 30, 2011, revised cash flows for June 2011 and Fiscal Year 2011-12 are not expected until later this month.  But the State Budget did expect $1.2 billion in additional May and June revenues (above those projected in the May Revise estimates) to be carried-over into the new fiscal year.  By June 30, $849 million in additional revenue had materialized.
The State faced an $8.2 billion cash deficit on June 30. That deficit was covered by internal borrowing, or short term loans from special funds.
For more details, read June 2011's financial statement and the summary analysis.

West Coyote Hills

The City Council will take up the issue West Coyote Hills tomorrow, July 12th, 6:30PM at City Hall.

A YES vote means Chevron MUST clean up the site.
A YES vote means the City will receive a massive influx of cash from developer fees which could replenish the depleted City reserves.
A YES vote means the public will finally be able to access and view the amazing vistas.
A YES vote means new jobs.
A YES vote means more affordable housing.
A YES vote means more public open space.
A YES vote means new trails.
A YES vote means new opportunities.
A YES vote means new friends and neighbors.
A YES vote means an end to costly litigation.

A NO vote means no clean up of the site.
A NO vote means continued costly litigation.
A NO vote means continued budgetary shortfalls.
A NO vote means much less affordable housing.
A NO vote means LESS public opens space.
A NO vote means no new trails.
A NO vote means no interpretive center.
A NO vote means NO job growth.
A NO vote means regressive decision making.

Are you stuck in a rut saying NO or can you expand your mind consider the amazing possibilities waiting for Coyote Hills to open?

Open Coyote Hills. Urge your City Council to vote YES tomorrow's meeting.

Greg Sebourn

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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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