Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Credit Where No Credit Due, The Kids Are Alright, -and- Matters of Life and Death

Credit Where No Credit Due - bank issues Visa cards to kids as young as 11
The Kids Are Alright - 10-year-old finds diamond rings, returns to owner
Matters of Life and Death - court affirms law calling unborn "living human beings"

On this day in history: July 1, 1946 - Atomic Bomb testing begins at Bikini Atoll.

Born on this day in history: July 1, 1945 - Debbie Harry (1945- ) Singer, actress. Born on July 1, 1945, in Miami, Florida. Harry later joined the Stilettos, a female trio. She met guitarist Chris Stein who became a member of the group. Over time, Stein and Harry became romantically involved. The two started their own band in 1974, which would turn into the world-famous Blondie. The new group played many of the legendary clubs in New York, including CBGB's and Max's Kansas City. Their music was considered to be new wave, a type of rock music inspired by punk and other music styles, such as reggae, ska, and funk. The band's first self-titled album was released in 1976. The next year the band toured in support of their second album "Plastic Letters," which scored the number two spot on British charts with the song "Denis." Their third album, "Parallel Lines" helped catapult them to pop music stardom. The song "Heart of Glass" reached the top of the U.S. charts in 1978. Harry was not only the lead vocalist for the group, she wrote many of the songs with Stein.

Scripture of the Day: O LORD my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me... - Psalm 7:1

Video of the Day: Rube Goldberg Dog Food Dispenser - submitted by Darin

For dinner last evening, I poured 1/4" of Almaden Merlot into a large sauté pan and placed a large pork loin (previously slow-roasted on the barbecue) in the center. Around this, I placed white potatoes (quartered), white onion (quartered), whole white mushrooms, whole Jalapeños, and Japanese eggplant (cut into 1-inch sections). I seasoned with Tony Chachere's More Spice, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and Italian seasoning. I covered and simmered this for three hours, without intervention. At the table, the vegetables were perfect and buttery, and the pork pulled without effort using dinner forks. It was incredibly delicious. A quantity of leftovers will follow Laura to Chico this morning.

A new California law takes effect today prohibiting mobile phone use while behind the wheel unless drivers are using a hands-free device or the speaker function. Motorists who are caught ignoring this new law face first-time fines of $20 and a total of $76 after penalty assessments are added. The citation will show up on driving records but no points will be assessed. A second offense will result in a $50 fine and a total of $190 after penalty assessments.