Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Let the Class Warfare begin

El Ranchito employee gunned down in darkened parking lot

A 62-year-old man died after being shot Sunday night in a parking lot that has been dark since the city turned off the streetlight in a controversial money saving measure, a neighboring business owner said.

Gaspar Martinez, owner of Ruskin Liquor near Airport Road and Academy Boulevard, blamed growing violence in the area — and the city turning off the streetlight in front of the business — for the man’s death during an attempted robbery.

Martinez identified the victim as Esteban Garcia, the father of Saul Garcia, owner of El Ranchito, a market and taqueria at 3970 Airport Road in southeast Colorado Springs.


The killing came a day before Colorado Springs City Councilman Sean Paige questioned in an e-mail why streetlights throughout the city had been turned off to save money while the affluent Old North End neighborhood had been spared and still had all its streetlights.

Well how about that. Who is surprised? Similar things happen in my little town. When you were reading about the blizzard that crippled our fair city of Norman we had similar shenanigans going on. The streets that got plowed first were, that's right you guessed it, on the affluent west side of town. Our streets, which are located in a moderately affluent neighborhood, got plowed 3 days, yes 3 DAYS later.

This has always been the way of city governments, that is why you should not be surprised when you see it happening. If they turned off the street lights in Norman, how many people in the Original Township neighborhood could afford to adopt a street light to keep it on? For those of you unaware, the OT is possibly the poorest neighborhood in town where 75% of its residents send their kids to school for free breakfast and lunch.

Do not fear dear citizens. Our fair city uses reduction in force to solve it's budget woes. As a matter of fact the 8 street lights that light the west trail of Griffin Park were recently replaced after having burned out or been knocked out by kids. There lights provide a safe walking and bike trail straight into the Sutton Wilderness Nature Park and frisbee golf course. Yeah as you can imagine no one walks down to the mostly forested park after 11pm, when it is illegal to be in the park. Genius.

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Boobquake, science or just an excuse for another holiday?

Last week, an Iranian cleric attracted the ire of feminists the world over for suggesting that immodesty begets earthquakes. “Many women who do not dress modestly . . . lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which [consequently] increases earthquakes,” he said, according to the Canadian newspaper the National Post. One irked lady in particular was Ms. Jen McCreight, an American twentysomething student who created and popularized today’s holiday of Boobquake, for which she encouraged women to dress however they wanted, regardless of conventions of modesty. “With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake,” she wrote. Ha ha, except, because today is just like any other day, our planet has of course been besieged by a terrible quake. According to the Associated Press, a 6.5-magnitude “earthquake struck off the southeast coast of Taiwan on Monday, causing buildings to sway briefly but no casualties or damage.

BEHOLD! The power of science! Coincidence? I don't think so!

I wonder if Frodo just through in the ring?

There is some wicked force going on inside that volcano. Wow.

Yes, it is movies coming true day.

There can be only one!

A 63-year-old Fremont man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to stabbing a fellow employee in the back with a cleaver at a Chinese restaurant on Palo Alto's California Avenue last May.

Chunren Chen, a busboy at Jade Palace, allegedly stabbed and wounded cook Zezhong Yang, then 55, during a fight in the restaurant's kitchen.

There can be only one. Sorry, every chance I get to say that, I do. My son actually texted it to me during church Sunday.

Diamonds are a girl's best friend and need to be more profitable

Apparently, a diamond isn’t forever. De Beers, one of the biggest names in diamond mining, just announced that the company would slow production so they basically don’t rape the world’s natural resources. Explains Gareth Penny, managing director for De Beers, “Diamonds are a treasure of nature that should be properly protected, because there will be less to sell. The reality is that supply cannot keep up, and that will become very accentuated over the next 15 years.”

It's obvious to anyone, that De Beers is trying to start a panic on the diamond market by limiting quantity at least to the supply chain. This should result in the cost of diamonds going up. And when the price goes up rest assured De Beers will have diamonds to sell in that market. Nice work De Beers.