July 31, 2008

I Kill Websites


I must have a magic keyboard that kills websites. I posted about us buying a Black and Decker Grasshog to replace our dying weed whacker. Turns out there's something wrong with it. The cutting line is not "feeding" out. Since I had registered it over on blackanddecker.com, I went over to the website to see if I could e-mail customer service. It asked for my user name and password. I put in the right password, but it kept rejecting it. I checked the caps key. That wasn't the problem. So, I asked to have my password sent to me. Sure enough, I was using the right password. So, I went back to the site, put in my user name and password and get what you see in the first image. Yes, I seemed to have killed the site. I assume it's back up and working now. Haven't been back to check.

Last night, I went to check the numbers for our state lottery and behold! Another page that is down. It has to be something I'm doing, obviously! My keyboard is the kiss of death.

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This is Cute!

I am biased, I love moose. But, this shows that we need to all slow down and enjoy something as simple as a lawn sprinkler.

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July 29, 2008

Earthquake!

Woke up late. Sitting there enjoying my coffee. The dishwasher was running. Thought I felt a shaking. Figured it was the dishwasher running through some cycle. Except, the shaking was getting worse. Then, it became a wavy motion. "Earthquake! Earthquake!" I don't know when it actually stopped, because I had wobbly legs afterwards, due to the wave motion. Turns out it was a 5.4 in Chino Hills. No significant damage. Not really one of the stronger earthquakes. I have been through much worse. The red "A" on the map was where it was centered. We're in Gardena.

Article:

Quake felt all the way to Las Vegas

By Robert Jablon The Associated Press

Article Launched: 07/29/2008 11:49:39 AM PDT

A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas.

The Governor's Office of Emergency Services had received no damage or injury reports, said spokesman Kelly Huston in Sacramento. The state operations center in Sacramento and the regional emergency operations center in Los Alamitos were activated, he said.

The 11:42 a.m. quake was initially estimated at 5.8 but was revised downward to magnitude-5.4, said seismologist Kate Hutton of the U.S. Geological Survey office in Pasadena. More than a dozen aftershocks quickly followed. The largest were magnitude-3.8. 3 great earthquake links

The quake was centered 29 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles near the San Bernardino County city of Chino Hills.

The magnitude-5.9 Whittier Narrows quake in 1987 was the last big shake in that area. That quake heavily damaged older buildings and houses in communities east of Los Angeles.

Huston urged Southern California residents to check for damage to their homes, including problems with the electrical and natural gas systems that could worsen in an aftershock.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said there were no immediate reports of damage or injury in Los Angeles. San Bernardino and San Diego counties also had no immediate reports of damage.

Buildings swayed in downtown Los Angeles for several seconds.

Workers quickly evacuated some office buildings.

"It was dramatic. The whole building moved and it lasted for a while," said Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore, who was in the sheriff's suburban Monterey Park headquarters east of Los Angeles.

As strongly as it was felt, the quake was far less powerful than the magnitude-6.7 Northridge earthquake that badly damaged the region on Jan. 17, 1994. That quake was the last damaging temblor in Southern California.

No electrical outages were reported in Los Angeles due to the quake, said Department of Water and Power spokeswoman Kim Hughes.

In Orange County, about 2000 detectives were attending gang conference at a Marriott hotel in Anaheim when a violent jolt shook the main conference room.

Mike Willever, who was at the hotel, said, "First we heard the ceiling shaking, then the chandelier started to shake, then there was a sudden movement of the floor."

Chris Watkins, from San Diego, said he previously felt several earthquakes, but "that was one of the worst ones."

Delegates and guests at a cluster of hotels near the Disneyland resort spilled into the streets immediately after the quake.

Huston, the governor's OES spokesman, said officials in Sacramento were on a conference call when the earthquake struck, discussing the availability of firefighting equipment with a Southern California emergency management team. 10 aftershocks reported, little damage

"They felt it. We could actually hear some shaking on the phone. Now we've completely shifted gears - we're on earthquakes," Huston said.

Joseph Maddalena, who runs the historical documents and memorabilia dealer Profiles in History, was on the phone in his office in Calabasas, near Malibu, when the earthquake struck. He quickly put down the phone and ran to check on his 14-year-old son who had come to work with him as he prepared for a Thursday auction of 1,100 pieces of Hollywood movie memorabilia.

"Our building shook pretty good," he said after discovering his son and his employees were unharmed and the building was fine.

"The window in my office kind of bowed out but it's all right now. Everything is fine," he said.

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July 26, 2008

Weeds

So, on Netflix, they allow you to watch movies, and TV shows instantly. So, I was browsing through the shows and I saw that Season 1 of Weeds was available to watch instantly. I had heard my sister talk favorably about the show. So, I decided to give it a try. And, I'm already hooked. I watched about 4 episodes yesterday. And, am going to watch more today. I love the song on the opening credits. It's a catchy tune called "Little Boxes" and it's sung by Malvina Reynolds. It's a show about a recent widow who sells pot, to the residents in her upscale cookie cutter neighborhood to make ends meet.

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July 18, 2008

When The Review Is Better Than The Movie

I made the mistake of renting, and then watching Cold Creek Manor, a couple of days ago. Terrible movie. I was walking around the next day lamenting the fact that I had waster 2 hours of my life on that rubbish. When I feel that a movie is so bad, that anyone associated with it should be imprisoned, I go to the Internet Movie Data Base, to see if there are others who agree. I wish I had gone there first. I would have noticed that it had a 4.8, out of a possible 10. And, I would have caught the following critique of the movie by a user named TheSnerd. I found his comments hilarious and much, much better than the movie by far:

Cold Creek Morons (Spoilers Abound), 15 September 2005
1/10

*** This comment may contain spoilers ***

It came on whatever damned channel I had the TV on and I decided to start watching it. Sadly, no amount of therapy will be able to correct that grievous error on my part.

I am still awake, desperately trying to find a way to rationalize that complete waste of 2 hours and 5 minutes of my life. I think I would have felt better about all of this if someone had put a gun to my head and forced me to watch this tripe. Of course, I would have opted for the bullet, but I think my captor would have ended their own life before they got around to putting me out of my misery. This is to be a warning to anyone else who may accidentally watch it.

DON'T DO IT!

here there be spoilers

Actually...the whole movie is a damned spoiler. NOTHING is a surprise. OK, one scene is a surprise. The whole family gets surprised by snakes, AT THE SAME TIME, in different rooms of this huge mansion. Now, if this had been the supernatural thriller that the trailers had led you to believe it was, this would be OK. THIS ISN'T A SUPERNATURAL THRILLER! It's about a psycho redneck that had already slaughtered his family and decided that he didn't want the evil city folk to live in "his" house. That psycho redneck planted the snakes in the house, at least, a few hours before the crazed SNAKE ATTACK!

The snakes must have all worn synchronized watches and planned this thing out. The snakes also must have flew in some snake friends from other countries because many of them aren't from around here, boy. THOSE WACKY SNAKES! The scene was supposed to be scary. It was pure comic gold. Another reviewer mentions something about Dennis Quaid screaming like a little girl. The thing I love the most, is the fact that they all ran to the roof instead of out the front door. Why?

There are too many ludicrous scenes to break down for you, so I'll skip to the end. The climactic battle that leads to the "city folk" killing the evil redneck is so effing ridiculous... GAH! My brain crawled out of my head and slapped me around until the credits quit rolling. My brain was BULLS**T over that nonsense. I can't even describe it.

To hell with it. I'll try anyway. Basically, Bumpkin Boy was all set to cave in the skulls of the Evil City People, hammer styles, when suddenly,they trapped him with a rope! It wasn't even around his neck. He had more room than the three of them, combined, to get out of it. Hell, you could tell that he was HOLDING ON TO THE ROPE TO KEEP FROM SLIPPING OUT.

It was at that point that my brain started beating the snot out of the rest of me.

They didn't even strangle him to death. They took some time to nod at each other and proceeded to scream "GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!" as they broke the glass and...

Oh hell. I can't even type the ending. My brain just found a knife. It's had enough.

I still don't think I am properly conveying the true level of "suck" that this movie possesses. I'll try it with a visual:

>>>>>>>--------<<<<<<<<

See that? That has more depth than Cold Creek Manor.

It is a demon film.

If you want to experience Cold Creek Manor without having the displeasure of watching it, you could always stare at a blade of grass whilst slapping yourself in the face with a bag of wet mice for 2 hours and 5 minutes. No matter what you do, it will still be better than Cold Creek Manor was.

Don't see it. Not even the synchronized snake attack scene is worth it.

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July 16, 2008

The Mystery Plant

Back in 2004, an acquaintance was pulling plants out of her garden. "Want these?". A large Aloe Vera and some other plant. I took them home and planted them in my garden. Tangled up, in the roots of one of them, was a small plant that I threw into a large clay pot. It died off and I figured it didn't survive being yanked out of the ground. Being kept busy at my job, I didn't really do anything to that pot. So, a year later, the plant was back. What was this thing? I called it "The Mystery Plant". It died off soon after. It returns the same time, every year. This year, it finally produced a flower. Looks like it's some kind of Lily. It also has come back stronger and larger. Must like the soil I transplanted it into. The first image was one I took back in August of 2004. The last three are ones that I took as it bloomed this past week.

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July 14, 2008

An Update on Michael Vicks Dogs

A couple of articles on what happened to Michael Vicks dogs after they were rescued. This is an update to a story I posted about back on July 17, 2007.

The first article is a link from a blog on the LA Times website:

LA UNLEASHED

All Things Animal in Southern California and Beyond

What Ever Happened to Michael Vicks Dogs?

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted last year by a federal grand jury in relation to the dogfighting investigation that took place at his Virginia residence.

When Vick's home was first raided in the spring of 2007, dozens of malnourished animals were discovered; later raids turned up buried remains of several pit bulls. It was suggested that dogs that wouldn't fight -- or lost their fights -- were shot, drowned, electrocuted, strangled or hanged.

So what happened to the dogs that didn't die? A federal judge involved in the case ordered each dog (that's one of them pictured) to be evaluated individually. And he "ordered Vick to pony up close to $1 million to pay for the lifelong care of those that could be saved." The Washington Post reports:

Of the 49 pit bulls animal behavior experts evaluated in the fall, only one was deemed too vicious to warrant saving and was euthanized. (Another was euthanized because it was sick and in pain.)

...Of the 47 surviving dogs, 25 were placed directly in foster homes, and a handful have been or are being adopted. Twenty-two were deemed potentially aggressive toward other dogs and were sent to an animal sanctuary in Utah. Some, after intensive retraining, are expected to move on to foster care and eventual adoption.

Pit bulls seem to end up in a great many headlines that involve animal attacks, so how can it be that some experts believe some of these animals can eventually be placed with people, possibly people with families? Post writer Brigid Schulte has some of the answers.

This is the story that she linked to from the Washington Post:

Saving Michael Vick's Dogs

Pit Bulls Rescued From the Football Player's Fighting Ring Show Progress in an Unprecedented Rehabilitation Effort

By Brigid Schulte
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, July 7, 2008

When football superstar Michael Vick pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to run a dogfighting operation, we knew he had kept about 50 pit bulls on his 15-acre property in rural Surry County, Va., on a road named Moonlight. We knew the dogs were chained to car axles near wooden hovels for shelter. And we knew the dogs that didn't fight were beaten, shot, hanged, electrocuted or drowned.

But we didn't know their names. Headlines described the nameless dogs as "menacing." Some animal rights groups called for the "ticking time bombs" to be euthanized as soon as Vick's case was closed and they were no longer valuable as evidence. That's what typically happens after a dogfighting bust.

Instead, the court gave Vick's dogs a second chance. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ordered each dog to be evaluated individually, not judged by the stereotype of the breed. And he ordered Vick to pony up close to $1 million to pay for the lifelong care of those that could be saved.

Of the 49 pit bulls animal behavior experts evaluated in the fall, only one was deemed too vicious to warrant saving and was euthanized. (Another was euthanized because it was sick and in pain.)

More than a year after being confiscated from Vick's property, Leo, a tan, muscular pit bull, dons a colorful clown collar and visits cancer patients as a certified therapy dog in California. Hector, who bears deep scars on his chest and legs, recently was adopted and is about to start training for national flying disc competitions in Minnesota. Teddles takes orders from a 2-year-old. Gracie is a couch potato in Richmond who lives with cats and sleeps with four other dogs.

Of the 47 surviving dogs, 25 were placed directly in foster homes, and a handful have been or are being adopted. Twenty-two were deemed potentially aggressive toward other dogs and were sent to an animal sanctuary in Utah. Some, after intensive retraining, are expected to move on to foster care and eventual adoption.

How can this be? Reports of gruesome pit bull maulings make international news. Pit bulls are one of the few canine breeds thought to be so dangerous that they are banned in some places.

The answer, says Frank McMillan, a veterinarian who is studying the recovery of some of the Vick dogs, is that we don't know. "We've assumed all pits are the same, and we've never let this many fighting dogs live long enough to find out. There are hardly ever studies, because these animals don't survive," he said.

Classic fighting pit bulls, part bulldog and part terrier, were bred to be friendly to people and aggressive with other dogs. Their ability to withstand great pain and keep fighting is a quality prized as "gameness."

But with an explosion in urban street fighting, some pit bulls are being trained to go after animals and people. Evaluators said that when they walked into the kennels where the Vick dogs were being held in the fall, they weren't sure what to expect.

"I thought, if we see four or five dogs that we can save, I'll be happy," said Randy Lockwood, an animal behaviorist with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "If we had to euthanize the majority, then we could at least say we'd tried."

Instead, they found dogs with behaviors that ran the gamut. Some would lick human hands but lunge at other dogs. Some almost immediately went into play mode with other dogs, wagging their tails and crouching down on their front legs in a play bow. "Some actually perked up and developed more confidence only around other dogs," said Rebecca Huss, a law professor and animal law expert who was appointed by the court to oversee the evaluations and determine the dogs' fates. "They actually seemed happier around other dogs."

Some of the dogs were scarred. All were sick and malnourished. Once it became clear that the dogs might be allowed to live, evaluators gave them names.

Iggy, Zippy, Cherry Garcia, Hazel, Little Red, Uba, Squeaker, Big Fella, Handsome Dan, Ginger, Ernie, Alf.

"One of the things that struck us immediately was that these dogs were more like the dogs we see rescued from animal hoarding situations," Lockwood said. "Their main problem was not aggressiveness but isolation." Loud noises startled them. A light coming on made them jump.

All that the dogs seemed to know about people was that they were to be feared.

Witness Sweet Pea, a compact cinnamon-colored dog with a pleat of wrinkles above her eyes who was hiding under the desk of the Frederick animal acupuncturist trying to treat her for anxiety. Fred Wolfson dimmed the office lights. Soft Native American flute music wafted through wall speakers. Wolfson held out his hand for Sweet Pea to sniff. When she would not budge, he sat on the floor and took his bowl of needles to her.

Sweet Pea began to pant.

"She pants when she's nervous," said Stacy Leipold, who volunteers with the Baltimore-based animal rescue organization Recycled Love and is fostering Sweet Pea in her home. "I thought for a very long time she was just a hot dog."
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As Wolfson rubbed the dog's head and felt along her spine for the proper relaxation points, Leipold explained that Sweet Pea was little more than a lump when she came to her home in December. She rarely left her crate. If she did, it was to hide under a desk. She had to be carried outside to do her business. Over time, with Leipold meticulously tracking her behavior, Sweet Pea began to pace in a circle and wag her tail when she realized it was time for a walk. And she seemed to take comfort in Leipold's other dogs, a Jack Russell terrier and a Great Dane. Still, one of her favorite places is the landing on the basement stairs. That way, up or down, she has two routes of escape.

Five needles and 12 minutes later, Sweet Pea stopped trembling.

Jane, Homicide, Jade, Bandit, Miami, Mike-Mike, Big Boy, Magic, Tiny, Too Short, Seal, Chico.

Sweet Pea is not what Vick, who is serving a 23-month prison sentence in Leavenworth, Kan., called this dog. We don't know what he called her, or whether he had a name for her at all. One of the few names that appeared in court papers was Jane, one of the first pit bulls Vick bought in 2001 to start Bad Newz Kennels. The Humane Society of the United States found results for some of Bad Newz's dogfights in underground magazines. They show that Vick's Homicide lost to Maniac. Vick's Bandit lost to Red Rover. And Vick's Mike-Mike lost, after fighting for three hours and five minutes, to Dragon. Out of 10 fights recorded, Vick's dogs lost seven.

But no one knows who most of these dogs are, or whether they are even alive. Jane is. She is now called Georgia. Her jaw is crooked, having been broken at least once, and her tongue sticks out. She is covered in scars, and her teeth have all been pulled. By court order, she will live out her days in Dogtown, at the Best Friends Animal Society's 3,700-acre sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. So will Lucas, a tail-wagging, 60-pound dog who evaluators suspect was Vick's grand champion fighter.

They are two of 22 dogs who were deemed worth saving but who showed enough animal aggression that they could be held only in a tightly controlled sanctuary. At Best Friends', McMillan, the veterinarian, has developed a "personalized emotional rehabilitation plan" for each dog and measures how they exhibit such traits as aggression, fearfulness, calmness or friendliness. True to their "people soft" nature, all but two of the Vick dogs are on "green collar," meaning they are open and friendly to human visitors. About nine have begun to have supervised play dates with other Vick dogs.

The remaining 25 Vick dogs were given to seven animal rescue organizations across the country, which placed them in experienced foster homes. A number have since passed the American Kennel Club's 10-part Canine Good Citizenship test. Many are in the process of being adopted.

Sharon Cornett, a member of the Richmond Animal League's board, agreed to foster Gracie and is now adopting her. "I adore this dog. She is just a love bucket. She loves people and animals unconditionally," Cornett said. She has four other dogs. All of them sleep together at night. "Gracie is not what the public perception has been of a fighting pit bull."

Still, Cornett and other pit bull rescuers say that they never leave the dogs unsupervised with other animals. And rehabilitating a fighting pit is not for everyone: You have to know what you're doing, they say.

John Goodwin, a dogfighting expert with the Humane Society and a proponent of euthanizing fight dogs, is skeptical of the emerging reports of the Vick dog recoveries. Fighting is in their blood, he said. Retrievers retrieve. Shepherds herd. And fighting pit bulls fight. "The behavior is bred into them," he said. "These groups are not rehabilitating these dogs. They're training them to behave in a more socialized manner. But these pit bulls should never be left alone with other dogs, because you never know when that instinct to fight another dog is going to surface."

Tim Racer, one of the founders of Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pit bulls (BAD RAP), who, before taking in 10 Vick dogs, had evaluated and retrained 400 pit bulls over the past 10 years, disagrees. Yes, there are pit bulls who have fought, attacked and mauled other animals and people. But so have other breeds. And incidents almost always have been traced to negligent or abusive owners, he said.

Racer said it is not surprising that many of the dogs get along so well with other dogs. Just as the urge to fight is in their blood, so, too, is the need to get along. "You have 150 years of man trying to produce an aggressive dog. But you have tens of thousands of years of Mother Nature preceding that," he said. "Dogs are pack animals. They survived because of their pack. . . . It's hard-wired into their genes that they do no harm to each other."

Indeed, long before a glowering pit bull came to symbolize tough guy vogue, pit bulls, or American Staffordshire terriers, were the all-American dog. In the Civil War era, they were known as nurse dogs because they were so good with children. Pit bulls sold war bonds, earned medals in World War I and starred in such TV shows as "The Little Rascals."

All the more reason, Racer and other rescuers say, to look at each dog individually. "Every thoroughbred is not a great racehorse. Every pit bull, even if it's of fighting stock, is not an aggressive dogfighter," said Steve Zawistowski, an animal behaviorist with the ASPCA who helped assess the Vick dogs. "There are no simple answers."

As with any celebrity case, the legacy of the Vick bust has been far-reaching. Dogfighting raids across the country have tripled in the past year. Hundreds of law enforcement officers have been trained to detect the signs of underground rings. And, in some cases, officials have asked pit bull behavior experts to evaluate seized fighting dogs rather than automatically euthanizing them. But most dogfighters don't have the kind of money that Vick did. So even those deemed worthy of a second chance don't always get one.

Charlie, Denzel, Halle, Oscar, Sox, Ray, Frodo, Aretha.

They, it turns out, are the lucky ones.

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July 12, 2008

How I Spent My Afternoon

So, this was delivered this afternoon. And we had to try it immediately. It's pretty cool. It has a platform you stand on. You give it your height, how much your clothes weigh and it gives you your BMI and your weight. As I have already known, it pegged me in the overweight class with my BMI. Not obese. I set a weight loss goal and a timeline and then it's off to work. There is yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance exercises. I blew at the balance ones. I need to practice that. However, I didn't understand the instructions for one of the strength training exercises and my Wii Fit coach called me a "couch potato" since I scored a whomping zero on the exercise. Teresa showed me how to do it. So, I should improve my score next time I try. I wanted to give Wii Fit a try. I had been reading good reviews on it. And, Ive noticed on the other games, that we have, that I work up a good sweat. Hopefully, I will stick to it and not get bored.

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July 10, 2008

12 Years Later


Tami Chappell / Reuters

The Ramsey's are cleared in the death of Jon Benet. I am one of the guilty ones, who initially bought into the media hype and suspected the parents of being involved. It was only after reading about how botched the investigation was, that I began to come around to it being a stranger.

Article here

JonBenet Ramsey's family cleared in child's 1996 slaying

The district attorney in Boulder, Colo., says new DNA evidence backs up the theory that an unidentified man killed the 6-year-old.

By DeeDee Correll, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 10, 2008

BOULDER, COLO. -- JonBenet Ramsey, the 6-year-old beauty queen whose slaying has stymied investigators in this college town for more than a decade, did not die at the hands of her family, the Boulder district attorney said Wednesday.

New DNA evidence supports the theory that an unidentified man killed the child, Mary Lacy said.

"We do not consider your immediate family, including you, your wife, Patsy, and your son, Burke, to be under any suspicion in the commission of this crime," Lacy wrote in a letter delivered to John Ramsey. His wife died two years ago of ovarian cancer.

"I wish we could have done so before Mrs. Ramsey died," the letter says.

It was Lacy's strongest statement to date clearing the family of any wrongdoing in the Dec. 26, 1996, death of JonBenet, who was found in her family's basement with a garrote around her neck. Speculation swirled that family members were involved, and the Ramseys became tabloid fodder.

The Boulder Police Department said at the time that the Ramseys were under an "umbrella of suspicion" -- a statement it has never retracted.

The department's involvement in the case ended in 2002, when Lacy's office took over the investigation.

In 2006, the district attorney's office suffered a major embarrassment after it arrested an American teacher in Thailand who claimed to have killed the girl. DNA tests ruled out any involvement by John Mark Karr, and some critics said Lacy had been too eager to clear the Ramseys.

In a statement, Boulder Police Chief Mark R. Beckner said the new DNA finding was "significant." He did not make reference to the Ramseys but said: "We remain committed to bringing JonBenet's killer to justice. That is, and always will be, our goal."

At the time of the killing, police obtained the DNA profile of an unidentified man from genetic material found on JonBenet's underwear. The sample has remained unmatched in a national DNA databank.

In 2007, authorities decided to reexamine the child's clothing using a new method called "touch DNA," in which items are scraped for possible genetic material. The laboratory recovered material from the waistband of the long johns JonBenet was wearing. That sample matched the previous DNA found on her underwear.

"It is very unlikely that there would be an innocent explanation for DNA found . . . on two separate items of clothing worn by the victim at the time of her murder," Lacy said in a statement. "It is therefore the position of the Boulder district attorney's office that this profile belongs to the perpetrator of the homicide."

She said suspicion had "created an ongoing living hell" for the Ramseys. "We believe that justice dictates that the Ramseys be treated only as victims of this very serious crime," Lacy said.

John Ramsey told a Denver TV station that Lacy didn't need to apologize. "They've always done the right thing, the courageous thing, in my opinion," he said.

Ramsey said he remained hopeful that the case would be solved: "We have a good, solid, irrefutable DNA sample. . . . We have a good opportunity to find an answer to who did this."

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July 06, 2008

And, I Still Haven't Installed It!

I guess there was some record set. I still haven't installed it, though. Too many complaints so far. I am going to wait until they iron the bugs out. I've had no problems with Firefox 2.

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July 05, 2008

Hey! We Only Had a Pony Cart

Decades ago, one of the more over-indulgent families, on our block hired a pony cart for their daughter's Birthday party. This was rather lavish, considering that most parties, at that time, consisted of party games, unwrapping presents and eating cake. The most exciting thing was musical chairs. That all came back to me as I watched this little train come down the street. A little girl a few houses down was having a party. Now only did she have a moon bounce, but also this. I thought at first it was an ice cream truck. I heard an engine rumbling and a train whistle. Much better than the other annoying ice cream truck that bellows "Hello" on its loudspeaker. The little train is provided by a local company called Trains on the Move. It's a cute concept. The little girl we saw really seemed to be enjoying it as she rode along with a big smile one her face.

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July 04, 2008

July 4th, 2008

It wouldn't be the 4th without my traditional picture of our fireworks. It's the same ones we get every year. We are patiently waiting for nightfall, so we can fire them off. Here's hoping that everyone has a safe and happy 4th!

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