Thursday, August 7, 2014

My #cnnireport story

My #cnnireport story

My #cnnireport story

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 12:50 PM PDT

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See ya #RioGrande...

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Fire at the Washington Bridge

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 10:44 AM PDT

Fire at the Washington Bridge!!

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Ram Island Ledge Light in Portland, Maine

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 09:49 AM PDT

A sailboat maneuvers past Ram Island Ledge Light in Portland, Maine. Photo by Benjamin Wideman

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Oregon Lighthouses

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 08:28 AM PDT

I love lighthouses.....their architecture and their stories. This is the light at Cape Meares, Oregon.

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Extreme Lighthouses of Ireland

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 07:40 AM PDT

We recently traveled to Ireland to be a part of a small Extreme Lighthouse Tour of southern Ireland. Many of these grand old lights were far out to sea and required a pretty wild boat ride to see them. The lighthouse pictures included with this short story are of Fastnet Lighthouse and it is located in the Atlantic Ocean many miles off of the south coast of Ireland. Fastnet was first built in 1854 and then the current light was added in 1899. As it is far out in the water the best way to view this light is via a boat ride out from Crookhaven or the surrounding area. I shot these photos from our boat as we traveled around this isolated rock that the keepers would swim around for recreation. We had the chance to meet with the last active lighthouse keeper from the Fastnet Light after returning to shore. We saw many amazing lighthouses while in Ireland, but Fastnet was our favorite.

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Hawaii Hurricane Warning!!! "Getting Kicked Out Of Costco" while preparing for Iselle and Julio

Posted: 07 Aug 2014 03:32 AM PDT

Published on Aug 6, 2014

Hurricane Iselle and Hurricane Julio WARNING!!!

So ya..I just got off from work.. Went home and my neighbor Bruce mentioned to me about the 2 Hurricane that are going to hit Hawaii and possible Kauai..Really?? Where the heck was I at? How in the hell didn't I know about this? Oh ya..coz I was too busy Snorkeling at Anini - Anyway, So I ran 1st to the gas station to fill up my TRD..yup Tacoma..go figure..Full tank..Yes..then head to Walmart to get some water and canned the food..but No Water!! Oh Hell!! So left Walmart fasssttt!! Drove to Times Market..and guess what..Nope..No water either...Jesus Mary Joseph...damn..Ok last resort and this is about almost 8pm Costco and My last stop...drove, park, cart, costco card showed at the door..then boom..rushed to the water section..And guess what....NO WATER!!!! Oh hells bells...Plenty of People at Costo at 8pm looking for Water..Nothing to be found..I ran to the aisle where had all the gatorades and capri sun...I settled for cases and cases of them..have to get something somehow..anyway..alright now at least I got something..but still no water...Now its about 8:20pm I go up to the register to pay...I got in line pretty fast...almost have to pay then BOOM!! Register Power from Costco Went Out!! What the heck man...what is really going on?? Then you know what...I look around and there are plenty of mad faces everywhere probably coz of the same thing I feel...going all over Kauai for water..late already..Hungry...and Now Power out...oh hell! Costco Representative tells everyone registers powers are out..and it's either we wait until 9pm to see if the power comes back on or At exactly 9pm...EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE and Leave all of our carts full of food and drinks behind...What?? What is this?? Are they serious?? Am I being Punked??? Can this day be anymore bad??What the heck man...then....Around 8:58 BAM!! power comes back on...Thank you Jesus!! Not Everyday you get almost kick out of Costco...Only in Kauai. Moral is...No matter how busy you are...always find the time to listen to the News once in awhile..that way you can be proactive and stock up on Goods before it's too late...Thanks for Reading and Watching...Hope these 2 Hurricanes just passes and No damage to anything...May God Bless and Guide us always...This reminds me somewhat of one of my favorite movies "The Perfect Storm" Not quite..but close....Price we pay once a year for living in Paradise!!! Mahalo and Aloha!

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Posted: 07 Aug 2014 12:58 AM PDT

DAY 114...

100+ DAYS...Since Over 200 Chibok School Girls Were Abducted From Their School Hostel By Boko Haram Terrorists and Are Still Being Held As Captives.


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Big Island Hurricane Prep

Posted: 06 Aug 2014 06:04 PM PDT

As of this writing, Iselle is listed as a Category 1 hurricane, headed straight for the Big Island, with Tropical Depression Julio close behind. We are doing all we can here to prepare for its arrival. When you live in Kailua-Kona, on the west side of the Big Island, the concern is less about huge winds and more about rain, flooding, and the power going out. Power outages on an island in the middle of the Pacific are no laughing matter! Hilo, on the east side of the Big Island, is most likely to get the full force of the storm--the tall mountains on our island, Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, act as a barrier to the west coast whenever a hurricane comes close, bouncing off of them like a pinball machine.

Still, we have to be ready, and my trip to Target today showed everyone's preparation for Iselle's arrival tomorrow. I've lovingly dubbed it the "Back 2 School" hurricane because the cashier at Target said, "It's so busy in here! Whether people are coming for back-to-school shopping or for the hurricane, they're coming like crazy!"

Above are some photos of empty shelves (bread and water aisles are empty), some very full shopping carts, and of course, SPAM!

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Marriage Equality Cases Heard by 6th Circuit Appeals Court

Posted: 06 Aug 2014 05:26 PM PDT

On Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit heard testimony for six separate cases that are up for appeal after being won by LGBT families and advocates. These cases were from four different states: Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky. This is the second major round of court hearings for the participants. They all won at their first hearings, and after this their cases may end up at the US Supreme Court.


To mark the occasion and to spread the word of marriage equality, Freedom to Marry Ohio and Support Marriage Equality in Ohio hosted a large rally in downtown Cincinnati. The rally was held in Fountain Square just one block from the Federal Courthouse where the hearings were taking place.


During the rally, the crowd heard speeches from local and state politicians, state political candidates, numerous clergy from many denominations, union leaders, school board members, LGBT people with disabilities, military families, and many more. It kicked off just after noon and lasted a few hours.


Other than speeches, there were three notable happenings. First was a beautiful performance of 'Lean on Me' sung by a talented young woman. Then the organizers held a mixed gender commitment ceremony. It was said to be the first of its kind on Fountain Square. There were at least a dozen couples who made life commitments to each other. They were led in the ceremony by clergy members representing about four different denominations. Then, after that ceremony, the entire crowd marched to and around the Federal Courthouse. Some reports said that the march stretched three blocks long, surrounding the Courthouse on three sides. The Courthouse was surrounded with love and positive energy.


Cincinnati was definitely in the national spotlight on Wednesday, and the LGBTQA community came out in droves to show their support. Some estimates put the rally attendance between 600 and 1,000 people, making it the largest pro-LGBT rally in Ohio in recent history. Freedom to Marry Ohio and Support Marriage Equality in Ohio both put in a huge amount of work to pull off a professional rally. They had a long list of sponsors from multiple cities and states.


Although marriage equality opponents vowed to hold prayer vigils and other events around town, only one man showed up at the Square to show his opposition. He hid in his pick-up truck and drove in circles around the block towing his trailer full of 'sinners repent' rhetorical bologna. The lonely opponent was drowned out, not only by the LGBTQA crowd, but by the other passersby who drove past the square. Drivers of all ages, races, genders, etc gave encouraging waves, supportive honks, and countless thumbs up for the supportive signs and rainbow flags that lined the sidewalks. The supporters outnumbered the opponents by a long shot.


Today was a great day in Cincinnati, and hopefully we will be there to celebrate another great day when the 6th Circuit Court returns a decision upholding the original judgments in all six cases. Today was such a different feeling than the one so many LGBT citizens felt when the Ohio Marriage Ban was voted into history in November 2004. Soon that ban will itself be history. For now we will keep up the good fight knowing we will end up on the right side of history!

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