Archive for May, 2011

It just keeps getting worse……

Posted May 17, 2011 By Ruth

I hope you don’t live in Newton County IN:

According to Newton County Sheriff, Don Hartman Sr., random house to house searches are now possible and could be helpful following the Barnes v. STATE of INDIANA Supreme Court ruling issued on May 12th, 2011. When asked three separate times due to the astounding callousness as it relates to trampling the inherent natural rights of Americans, he emphatically indicated that he would use random house to house checks, adding he felt people will welcome random searches if it means capturing a criminal.

Arg

Posted May 17, 2011 By Ruth

I broke a molar last night.  About half the visible portion of the tooth, all the way down to the gum line.  And the dentist can’t see me till tomorrow (of course, its the way the week is going).  Odd thing is it doesn’t hurt at ALL.  Not even hot/cold sensitive (which probly says bad things for the state of the nerve, oh well).  But it makes eating interesting……

Um….

Posted May 16, 2011 By Ruth

So a few days ago I posted about how in Indy the state SCJ decided it was illegal to resist police entering your residence without a warrant.  And I commented about how I wasn’t moving to Indiana anytime soon.

Yah, so in today’s news I see this:

The high court case tested the reach of the Fourth Amendment guarantee that police enter a home only when they have grounds to suspect wrongdoing and get a warrant from a judge.  A key exception — at issue here — arises when police believe evidence is being destroyed or some other emergency is underway……..The question for the Supreme Court was whether police may enter a home based on those “exigent,” or urgent, circumstances if officers have essentially created those circumstances, for example, by causing occupants to panic and try to destroy drug evidence by flushing it down a toilet…………….Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, writing for the majority, said police act properly if they “do not gain entry to premises by means of an actual or threatened violation of the Fourth Amendment.” Alito stressed that residents do not have to open their door to police, but if they generate suspicious noises inside, they create grounds for officers to enter……….Occupants who choose not to stand on their constitutional rights but instead elect to attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame for the warrantless exigent-circumstances search that may ensue.”…………Dissenting alone in Kentucky v. King, Ginsburg wrote, “In lieu of presenting their evidence to a neutral magistrate, police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, nevermind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant.”

So basically the police knock on my door, announce they’re the police, and then hear a noise they deem (in their professional opinion) to be suspicious they now have grounds for breaking and entering.  Regardless of whether or not I was actually DOING anything illegal.  Yah, I have a problem with that.

Plants

Posted May 15, 2011 By Ruth

All the plants that have arrived are planted.

4 baby pine trees:

3 of them are Acrocona Norway Spruce (a dwarf variety that will only reach about 15ft, and has red pine cones) and they’ve been planted as the start to a privacy screen across the front of the yard.  They grow about a foot a year so although they’re only 1ft tall now it won’t take them long to start being effective.

The fourth is a Korean Fir.  Should reach about 50ft, and is one of the bluer varieties, to the point of having blue pine cones.  It went in the front corner next to the driveway.  We took down a pair of arborvitaes from about the same spot.  The big difference in location is that the fir is about 6 feet further into the yard so as to avoid the power lines above.  The arborvitaes have already had their tops cut off once because they were planted directly under the wires.  I understand WHY, they were an effective screen to block the view of the house across from the driveway, but still badly placed, and frankly not pretty in the winter when the green leaves turn brown.  Again the fir will take a few years to start being effective, but is less likely to impact the wires.

3 different types of berry canes:

3 canes of the Apache blackberry, a thornless variety

3 canes of a traditional raspberry

3 canes of a golden raspberry.

3 Northern Blueberry plants

3 rubarb plants

All in the ground and sprouting.  Still to come are two Pink Lemonade blueberry plants, and 3 jalapeno plants, all of which should be arriving shortly as I got a shipping notice on Friday.  I’d wanted to do more, but decided to take it easy the first year.  None of the berry plants are likely to produce their first year which made it imperitive to me to get them into the ground this year, especialy since I expect to have to fight for my share of the berries they produce!

Next year we hope to put in a couple more lilac bushes (there’s already a few in the landscaping), and some butterfly bushes, all in the front run to add to the privacy screen.  And would like to put in some tulips (ok, they’ll hopefully be this fall not next year), and some other flowers in odd spots, though the former owners did a nice job on the flowers in the landscaping.  We also want do some sweet bell peppers as well as the hots, as well as some other odds and ends in a bigger garden, and (probly overly ambitious here) possibly even some corn (sweet, and popcorn varieties).

There’s still lots to do.  There’s a battered and dying old pine in the other front corner that frankly is more dead than alive at this point.  It needs to come down before it blows down on the wires.  We’re thinking we might replace it with a Japanese red maple, and there’s a few more arborvitaes scattered around the yard.  I really don’t LIKE them at all and they’ll all come down too eventually, to be replaced by something else.

And I still have to get up some basic fencing around the garden area, I read somewhere that fishing line will deter deer as they won’t jump over something they can’t see.  I intend to give it a try anyway.

puppy comparison

Posted May 14, 2011 By Ruth

So…..remember this picture?  It was taken when he was 10 weeks old the day we picked him up from the breeder:

So here he is today, 21 weeks old exactly:

(he couldn’t figure out WHY we were picking him up…..it was very funny)

Language…….

Posted May 14, 2011 By Ruth

……….as in the following quote has some that isn’t considered appropriate in all circles.  I don’t care though, its perfect!

“And as soon as you fucking little thieving perverts decide whether or not something shiny in my wife’s carry-on is banned all of a sudden or not, I’ll be on my way. Now either get a real cop and charge me with something or go fuck yourself you petty little shit.”

In Indiana

Posted May 14, 2011 By Ruth

Overturning a common law dating back to the English Magna Carta of 1215, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Hoosiers have no right to resist unlawful police entry into their homes.

“We believe … a right to resist an unlawful police entry into a home is against public policy and is incompatible with modern Fourth Amendment jurisprudence,” David said. “We also find that allowing resistance unnecessarily escalates the level of violence and therefore the risk of injuries to all parties involved without preventing the arrest.”……………..

Professor Ivan Bodensteiner, of Valparaiso University School of Law, said the court’s decision is consistent with the idea of preventing violence.  “It’s not surprising that they would say there’s no right to beat the hell out of the officer,” Bodensteiner said. “(The court is saying) we would rather opt on the side of saying if the police act wrongfully in entering your house your remedy is under law, to bring a civil action against the officer.”

I won’t be moving to Indy any time soon…..

If you know someone in Cali…..

Posted May 13, 2011 By Ruth

…..urge them to go to a participating store and buy a participating product to help raise funds for their local SAR Dog community! Basic info here, Specifics here.

Ran across this somewhere

Posted May 13, 2011 By Ruth

yesterday while I was bored.  Can’t recall the set of links that got me here though, but the cartoon is priceless!!

Obi-wan Kenobi is Dead!!!

Posted May 13, 2011 By Ruth

Why won’t they release the photos of the body??