Friday, October 04, 2013

This Weekend At The Drive-In

This weekend at the Heron Pond Amphitheater in Delmar Maryland the movie playing Friday night will be; CARS.  On Saturday it will be; The Fast and Furious.  Opens at 6, movie starts at 7 Pm.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Salisbury Police Activity

I was driving past this convenience store in Salisbury this afternoon and saw some kind of police activity going on in the parking lot.  Must have had a half dozen police there.  If this amount of activity had happen when I was growing up half of Salisbury would have turned out to watch it, today it is just a normal event.  No ideal if the non-police people involved are guilty or innocent that up to the courts to decide.  Speaking of court decisions I see where former Deputy Director of Public Works in Fruitland, George Calloway, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to a year in jail, which was suspended and two years supervised probation.  The newspaper report gave no indication if he had to pay anything back.  There's criminal determent for you.



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Throughout our history, America has advanced not only because of our people's will or our leaders' vision, but also because of paintings and poems, stories and songs, dramas and dances. These works open our minds and nourish our souls, helping us understand what it means to be human and what it means to be American. During National Arts and Humanities Month, we celebrate the rich heritage of arts and humanities that has long been at the core of our country's story.

Our history is a testament to the boundless capacity of the arts and humanities to shape our views of democracy, freedom, and tolerance. Each of us knows what it is like to have our beliefs changed by a writer's perspective, our understanding deepened by a historian's insight, or our waning spirit lifted by a singer's voice. These are some of the most striking and memorable moments in our lives, and they reflect lasting truths -- that the arts and humanities speak to everyone and that in the great arsenal of progress, the human imagination is our most powerful tool.

Ensuring our children and our grandchildren can share these same experiences and hone their own talents is essential to our Nation's future. Somewhere in America, the next great author is wrestling with a sentence in her first short story, and the next great artist is doodling in the pages of his notebook. We need these young people to succeed as much as we need our next generation of engineers and scientists to succeed. And that is why my Administration remains dedicated to strengthening initiatives that not only provide young people with the nurturing that will help their talents grow, but also the skills to think critically and creatively throughout their lives.

This month, we pay tribute to the indelible ways the arts and humanities have shaped our Union. Let us encourage future generations to carry this tradition forward. And as we do so, let us celebrate the power of artistic expression to bridge our differences and reveal our common heritage.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim October 2013 as National Arts and Humanities Month. I call upon the people of the United States to join together in observing this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to celebrate the arts and the humanities in America.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


Today's Laugh - The Government Shutdown

There are so many expressions and words that would describe Congress today as the Federal government shutdown begins, yet if there were to be an election next week for Federal elected officials 95% of them would be returned to office.  You get what you vote for people. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Today's Laugh From Rep. Tim Dukes

Please be advised that the Woodland Ferry will be closed for approximately 90 days, starting tomorrow (October 1st). The last day that the ferry will be running is today.
Officials say the closing is necessary in order for the Coast Guard to conduct its mandatory inspection of the ferry which occurs every five years.

At the same time, routine maintenance and other work to ensure passenger safety will be done. The bottom of the ferry will be inspected and painted, and weld repairs where the boat hits the concrete ramps are also expected to be made. There will be maintenance work conducted on the thrusters and the engine will also get an overhaul while the ferry is out of the water.

The work is being done by a vendor in Cambridge, MD, and preparation will begin soon on taking the ferry out of the water. In addition to the magnitude of the work, it is important to note that there is no ramp access or suitable land area for the work to be done in or near Seaford. For these reasons, the work is being done out of state.

Barring any problems that may be discovered, it is expected the work will take about 90 days to complete.

DelDOT has been asked by Rep. Danny Short to post signs at the two ferry entrance points to explain why the ferry is not running.

Thank you for your patience and Rep. Dukes apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause passengers.
This time it is going down for five year maintenance, how can you have a five year maintenance when the thing has only worked for about a year out of the five years, the rest of the time it has been broken.  It was put into operation October 29th 2008.

Delmar Police Report

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Is It A Cartoon Or A Movie?

There is a mass advertising underfoot for the Movie "Gravity", that special-effects film of  a tale of floating astronauts starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney."  My understanding is "Gravity" is made by using about 60% Computer Generated imagery (CGI)  so is it a movie or a cartoon?  Over the years we have all gotten use to CGI in "movies" from "The Terminator", to Harry Potter, to "Finding Nemo." We are use to them. People can fly, turn into monsters, die and come back to life, cute "animals" do amazing stunts.  You simply don't know today if what you are looking at is reality or CGI.  Gravity was directed by Alfonso Cuaron and this was his approach to the so called movie.
“Instead of trying to create real people and what they’re doing, let’s turn it around and create almost an entirely animated film and then backwards engineer the people into that film. As a matter of fact, let’s not even engineer the people into the film, let’s engineer their faces. So you’ve got these little faces inside these little helmets.”

So again is "Gravity" a movie or an animated cartoon?

They say cartoon animation is defined as Storyline; short basic plotlines, Demographics; aimed at young audience, and Structure; follows a straight "good versus evil" storyline.  I have to say that describes about half the movies that are put out there in the past year.

The directors and actors of these "movies" seem to do very little for their craft except draw a big paycheck.  They are the idols of all tax payer supported employees and elected officials who spend their work days emulating them.  I guess I am an old fart that still enjoy actors that can act and movies that do not totally rely on special effects.


Gold Star Mother's Day


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In our city centers and our bustling parks, monuments stand dedicated to visionary leaders and singular moments in the life of our Republic. But in empty seats at family dinners and folded flags above the mantle, we find the constant thread of our Nation's character -- the truth that America endures because it is home to an unbroken line of patriots willing to lay down their lives for the land they love. As we honor the men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion, we hold close the families left behind.

Most of us can only imagine the pain of a mother who loses a daughter, the husband who loses his partner, or the son who loses a father. Prepared to serve others at any cost, their loved ones exemplified the values of courage and selflessness that define our Armed Forces and fortify our Union. The families of the fallen embody that same character. Amid their sorrow, these homefront heroes support one another and lift up their communities. As our country seeks to understand the depth of their sacrifice, we draw strength and inspiration from their example.

On this day, we remember our commitment to the Gold Star mothers and families who carry on with pride and resolve despite unthinkable loss. We recall our sacred obligation to those who gave their lives so we could live ours. As a grateful Nation, we declare that we will never forget their sacrifice, and we renew our promise to build a future worthy of their devotion. We also recognize our countrymen and women who continue the fight, putting their lives on the line each day. Long after the battle is over, we will continue to give our military and Gold Star families the care and support they deserve -- in a listening ear, a comforting shoulder, a helping hand, and a moment given to keep alive the memories of their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.

The Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 115 of June 23, 1936 (49 Stat. 1985 as amended), has designated the last Sunday in September as "Gold Star Mother's Day."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim September 29, 2013, as Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day. I call upon all Government officials to display the flag of the United States over Government buildings on this special day. I also encourage the American people to display the flag and hold appropriate ceremonies as a public expression of our Nation's sympathy and respect for our Gold Star Mothers and Families.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-sixth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.