Well, this time I remembered to put subjects down when I thought of them to remind myself of what I wanted to write about.Â =)
Today we actually got a few things done, hubby got the place vacuumed of all the cat fur…not a fun job. We did some outside work.Â Hubby got it done much faster then I thought it would take. I got #8 of strawberries cleaned and frozen, shortcake made, laundry done & a blog post.Â Tomorrow, debating on making up some egg salad and need to finalize our taxes….fun, fun….Â I really need to get back focused on our project….need to get that done.Â What I need to do, is put on my ipod to my classical music and just tunnel vision myself.
I finished the Secret Lives of the Supreme Court last week. That was a very interest for a SCOTUS geek like me….grin I’m now reading True Compass by Edward M. Kennedy.Â I’m really enjoying how he wrote it.Â It is filled with humor, personal insight…..telling a story without it being dry.Â So far you get to know people like he knew them….Â I have been trying to give myself reading time…it really helps for chilling out and keeping my sanity.Â =)
I so can’t wait for more hiking weather…just to get out of the house more.Â The gym is getting ho-hum…I think I’m getting restless with it.Â I don’t want stop it, just want to get more drive again and less boredom.Â Changing between the treadmill & elliptical is helping.Â But by the time I get my abs in, I don’t feel like getting my weights in….not good.Â But as long as I’m maintaining for now, it is a good thing.Â Once we get out more, it won’t be so bad.
We discovered that our other cat, Sakura, can fly….grinÂ But unlike her brother, she didn’t care that we saw her.Â We have a black leather chair that spins with a foot stool about 5-6ft away from the end table.Â As we were watching a Ron White stand up, I saw out of the corner of my eye a chunky furry body flying through the air from the end table to the chair….she landed on the top of the chair and it went spinning around in circles.Â LMAOÂ She just looked at us like “What? I do this all the time”Â Holy cow…..we just lost it…Â I don’t get these 2 cats….we’ve never had cats act like they don’t give a rats ass about us correcting them and don’t care if they do things in front us that they are not allowed to do.Â They are something else…we have never had cats fly before….LOL
There is one thing that I find very different to me here in Portland.Â I guess there is a history of police brutality from the PDX police.Â And from the news reports it sounds like they have taken a lot of steps to correct the actions of the past.Â But there have been a few deaths from police shootings in the last year or so.Â One of the shooting, sounds like the cop totally screwed up, but unfortunately we had one a few weeks ago and there has been protests….but this one doesn’t sound like a screw up.
This last shooting, the guy was covered in blood, had a knife and was acting crazy.Â A knife is a deadly weapon, I would prefer and would hope that they could find another way to disarmed them….but a knife is not something that you play with when it comes to the public and your safety.Â So with the info that has been released, at this time I feel it was more like a justified shooting….but I like to hear the all the info.
I hate the arm chair “cops” that act like they know what should’ve been done without being in that situation and knowing all the facts.
Now yes, I know that there are cops that abuse their authority….ever dealt with a small town cop on a power trip?Â Not fun.
But now a days, in most places (there are some cites that are nothing but corruption…..not going to name the ones I won’t trust) most cops are just doing their job, trying to keep the public safe.
Maybe I just have been lucky with my dealing with cops, especially the county and state cops in IN, even when I’ve gotten pulled a lot when I was younger and dumber (very well deserved pull overs, 90% of the time). I’ve only had one bad experience, it was in FL and that was due his attitude and talking to others…this cop was known for being an ass….so I don’t actually count him.Â Every other cop I’ve dealt with has always been professional.Â I treated them with respect and it has always been returned.
My first two jobs were in food service and when cops and emergency responders came in they got 50% off. There are two main reasons for that.Â One you know their jobs don’t pay…..so two, if you take care of them and they keep coming back they keep even a better eye on your place.Â One of places I worked, it was the only location in all of Lake Country that hadn’t been robbed, because we had cops there all the time. And when they saw cars that they didn’t recognized in our parking lot after hours, they called us to check on us to make sure that everything was ok.Â So it is a win-win situation.
So, even though I know that PDX police’s history has been spotty, I’m very uncomfortable with how quickly that they “burned at the stake” no matter what the info is….like the knife and the threats.Â It so ties the hands of the good cops that are putting their lives on the line to do a thankless job.
Well, if you follow my tweets with all the links, you know that I’ve totally tied up in the retirement of Justice Stevens.Â When you are addicted to politics, history and social issues you know that the Supreme Court is a huge part of our advancement in society, ie Civil Rights…women being allowed to control their own bodies.Â What is really sad about Justice Stevens retirement is that he is seen as the force on the liberal side when he is actually old republican moderate.Â It is the court that has changed.
The right-wing-nuts rally against “activist judges” (which is code for liberal judges) but their hypocrisy shows because the actual activist judges on the bench are the conservatives.Â They are always rolling back our rights…..I feel as if they are going to throw us back to segregation and back alley abortions.Â Screw our rights as long as corporations are allowed to do what they want and the white men keeps their power…..ggrrrr No ONE tells me what I can or can’t do with my body, my husband respects that.
Time to do a little bit of reading.Â =)