Wednesday, June 28, 2006

It is not good to lose a submachinegun

Losing having two different law enforcement agencies in Southeast Michigan having one stolen from each of them within the same month is a definite embarrasment.

From the Detroit Free Press:
West Bloomfield police are still looking for a submachine gun stolen earlier this month from a police SUV while an off-duty officer was attending a Tigers game in Detroit.

Meanwhile, Monroe County Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said Monday that a submachine gun stolen Thursday from a Monroe County sheriff's deputy's vehicle was found in a pond not far from where the weapon was stolen.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Be careful how you swear in Michigan

Or you might face a midsdemeanor charge:

MCL 750.103 Cursing and swearing.

Cursing and swearing—Any person who has arrived at the age of discretion, who shall profanely curse or damn or swear by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. No such prosecution shall be sustained unless it shall be commenced within 5 days after the commission of such offense.

Luckily the statute of limitations for such an offense is five days -- or one thunderbolt.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dive Report: Spring Mill Pond - June 14 06

Spring Mill Pond is located in the Island Lake Recreation Area near Brighton, Michigan.

It is a great place to practice diving: no powerboats or speeding PWC's (Seadoos)with owners that don't know what a dive flag means to run you down. The depth of the pond is 30 feet, which is ample for basic dive practice in between going to farther away quarries, the Great Lakes etc.

So off I went. Diving with my instructor, who has a standing offer if the weather is good to be there on Wednesday nights to dive, we descended into the pond. Visibility was 6-10 feet and very silty. Some brown trout were visible, and the Instructor showed me where the sunken snowmobile, paddle boat and scuba tank were located (if you don't know where they are, good luck finding them in that viz!).

Its great place to work on your buoyancy control and basic maneuvers.

It turns out that with 26 ponds of lead I was little light by the end of the dive. (Air has weight, when you use it up underwater, your aluminum tank becomes positively buoyant by 4 pounds.) I had a bit of fun keeping level during the safety stop, and immediately went off and bought 4 more pounds of weight, which should do the trick.

Its a fun place to dive and it was good to get wet again after my certification dives.

if this evil cold clears up, I'll be off to dive it again tomorrow.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Most People Were Relieved when Zarqawi went to meet his maker

Indeed, most newspapers in print and online had headlines such as "Zarqawi Dead"

What was the headline the Toronto Star chose to run?

Zarqawi's followers defiant

I guess they need to act in a more Dhimmi-like fashion since 17 Muslims were just caught in the midst of planning terrorist attacks in Toronto.

Nice one there Toronto Star headline authors you wouldn't want to offend those out there planning to kill you I guess.

While Zarqawi's death isn't the end of the Islamist threat, it may mark the end of the beginning. Not only did Zarqawi get caught but also "several aides, including spiritual adviser Sheik Abdul Rahman, were killed Wednesday evening."

Meanwhile, here in Michigan, Zarqawi's demise was celebrated by firing up the BBQ and having Zarqawi burgers. What are those you ask? Simple, the burgers are burnt, and broken up into pieces. Good riddance to a very evil murderous man, and kudos to the Iraqis and the United States military on a very fine job.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Now a Certified Diver

Thanks to the incredible instructors at Sea The World Scuba Center, I am now a certified Open Water Diver. Charlie at SeaThe World was a great instructor and the store is first-rate for equipment and excellet customer service. Of you're in the Detroit, Michigan area and want to learn how to dive, ujts the place to go.

I'm signed up for the Advanced Open Water Course in July.

Tomorrow I'm off to my first post-certification dive in Spring Mill Pond at the Island Lake Recreation area in Brighton, Michigan.