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Sunday, November 30, 2008

I'm Not Sure How I Feel ...

I have finally lost all faith in my fellow shoppers. This is something I thought would never happen. Read on ...


Sought: Wal-Mart shoppers who trampled NY worker

By COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer Colleen Long – Sat Nov 29, 11:48 am ET

NEW YORK – Police were reviewing video from surveillance cameras in an attempt to identify who trampled to death a Wal-Mart worker after a crowd of post-Thanksgiving shoppers burst through the doors at a suburban store and knocked him down.

Criminal charges were possible, but identifying individual shoppers in Friday's video may prove difficult, said Detective Lt. Michael Fleming, a Nassau County police spokesman.

Other workers were trampled as they tried to rescue the man, and customers stepped over him and became irate when officials said the store was closing because of the death, police and witnesses said.

At least four other people, including a woman who was eight months pregnant, were taken to hospitals for observation or minor injuries. The store in Valley Stream on Long Island closed for several hours before reopening.

Police said about 2,000 people were gathered outside the Wal-Mart doors before its 5 a.m. opening at a mall about 20 miles east of Manhattan. The impatient crowd knocked the employee, identified by police as Jdimytai Damour, to the ground as he opened the doors, leaving a metal portion of the frame crumpled like an accordion.

"This crowd was out of control," Fleming said. He described the scene as "utter chaos," and said the store didn't have enough security.

Dozens of store employees trying to fight their way out to help Damour were also getting trampled by the crowd, Fleming said. Shoppers stepped over the man on the ground and streamed into the store.

Damour, 34, of Queens, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead around 6 a.m., police said. The exact cause of death has not been determined.

A 28-year-old pregnant woman was taken to a hospital, where she and the baby were reported to be OK, said police Sgt. Anthony Repalone.

Kimberly Cribbs, who witnessed the stampede, said shoppers were acting like "savages."

"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling `I've been on line since yesterday morning,'" she said. "They kept shopping."

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., based in Bentonville, Ark., called the incident a "tragic situation" and said the employee came from a temporary agency and was doing maintenance work at the store. It said it tried to prepare for the crowd by adding staffers and outside security workers, putting up barricades and consulting police.

"Despite all of our precautions, this unfortunate event occurred," senior Vice President Hank Mullany said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those impacted."

A woman reported being trampled by overeager customers at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in Farmingdale, about 15 miles east of Valley Stream, Suffolk County police said. She suffered minor injuries, but finished shopping before filling the report, police said.

Shoppers around the country line up early outside stores on the day after Thanksgiving in the annual bargain-hunting ritual known as Black Friday. It got that name because it has historically been the day when stores broke into profitability for the full year.

Items on sale at the Valley Stream Wal-Mart included a Samsung 50-inch Plasma HDTV for $798, a Bissel Compact Upright Vacuum for $28, a Samsung 10.2 megapixel digital camera for $69 and DVDs such as "The Incredible Hulk" for $9.


This is just a complete tragedy that should have never happened. I realize you need to get out there, spend like crazy and beat your fellow shopper to the best buys, but to kill to get that best deal? Come on, people! This is utter BullShit! This is why I avoid shopping on Black Friday like the plague!

My only hope and concern is these people get prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and by my thinking, the store manager should be included for hot keeping the shoppers in check!

Years ago, here in a nearby K-Mart, a manager was arrested for inciting a riot. He was standing in the doorway to the stock area, throwing Cabbage Patch dolls to a very agitated crowd. He was told not to do it again only to start back up before the police were out the door. They returned, arrested him and put three pallets of dolls out for the crowd to calmly pick through with police standing to keep control.

*Shakes head in disgust*

What is this world coming to?

On a lighter note, we went to get a Christmas tree with my brother and his wife in the Santa Cruz mountains. I will post pics in the gallery in the next few days.

Saying a prayer for that unfortunate Wal-Mart worker,

Kellan

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Saturday's Update

OK all,

The latest chapter of "A Loss Of Rights" (16) has been posted and I've properly updated the recipe for dried apricot pie.

Have a nice weekend and don't get trampled to death like that poor Wal*Mart worker did in New York! What a tragedy!

Kellan

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A Greeting To All ...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Kel

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 9:15 AM
Categories: Family, Friends

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I'm Cooking!

Let it be known, Kellan Meig'h is cooking a dried apricot pie! Yay!

I'm taking pictures so you will see the results over in the gallery. Still working on it right now (5:15 p.m. PST) so it will be Friday before I post the pics.

Be advised the recipe had some tweaks that need to be addressed.

Bye for now,

'Chef' Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 5:19 PM
Categories: Cooking, General Blogging

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Pushing The Envelope ...

OK, I'll go ahead and admit it, I'm in over my head here. Any words of wisdom would be appreciated.

I was asked by my brother to cook an apricot pie for Thanksgiving dinner at his place. Not a fresh apricot pie but a dried apricot pie made with dried California apricots It's been a while since I have done any baking to speak of so I'll be winging this one for sure. For those interested, here's the recipe, courtesy of my niece Karen


Apricot Pie by Karen, modified by Kellan, the old warhorse.

This pie, rather than being made from fresh apricots that would be unavailable at this time of the year, it's made from dried apricots instead. The fruit is somewhat chunked in the pie and it's flavored to be sweet and tart at the same time. It was a family tradition for Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was growing up. When my mother passed away, she took the recipe with her but after years of trial and error by Karen and myself, we have reconstructed the recipe.

Ingredients: (Sorry Aslaug, if I messed up on the conversions to metric for you)

  • 1 pound (.45 kg) of dried California apricots. Don't use Mediterranean 'cots because the pie will be different-a whole 'nother taste! (note* This actually worked out to 18 oz. of apricots, Sun Maid brand that came in 6 oz. packages)
  • 3/4 cups (177 ml) of sugar
  • 3 cups (710 ml) water
  • 1 tsp. (5 ml) cornstarch
  • Pastry for 1 pie shell and top (9" to 9.5" pan)


Directions:

Put apricots, sugar, water in a pot and bring it to a boil. Lower to a simmer for 45 minutes or until the filling is the consistency of warm, chunky jam. This cooking down process needs to be done uncovered to partly break down the apricots so you will need to add water from time to time.

Once the filling is at that proper consistency, put the cornstarch in 1/4 cup (60 ml) of cold water and stir in. This will thicken the filling for you. Cook for a about 10 more minutes until thickened and allow to cool. While the filling is cooling to room temperature, prepare lower shell and have it at the ready along with the top. You may make your pie dough from scratch or from a mix, your choice.

Put the filling into the pie shell and cover with the top, being sure to put at least 4 steam holes in it. Cook for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees or until the crust is golden brown. It will help if you cover the edges of the pie with foil or a burn ring to keep the edges from getting burnt.This pie will need to cool before being served. You will know that you thickened it properly when the filling stays completely inside the slice when served.


This is it, ladies and gentlemen. Your mileage may vary. I will report on the progress as I go. Stay tuned, y'all hear!

Kellan

Note* Edited recipe quantities

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 10:08 PM
Edited on: Saturday, November 29, 2008 11:38 AM
Categories: Computing, Cooking, Family, Friends, General Blogging, Humor, Over My Head, Writings

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Saturday, Saturday ...

Well, I have posted the last of "The Price Of Worship" and I want to extent a hearty thanks to Mike Regan, The Old Gray Raccoon for hosting this story on The Raccoon's BookShelf.

The latest installment of "A Loss Of Rights"  is up for your approval. It seems Willi Marie is becoming quite the sorceress and Joe Latrans is happy with the mission so far, since he has some firepower and he didn't get dumped into a blueberry bush at the start of the mission.

Things back home have taken a turn for the worse, but I'll let you read that for yourself.

I'll cut this off as I have a few emails to send out.

Take Care!

Kellan

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday's Blog

OK, so the Chinese Internet co. got back to me with a price to protect my ModelAutoRacing.com branding. How about $750 USD for 5 years? Hmm, how important is it to have the Asian domain extensions? The bad part is the fact that if I don't use them, some other outfit will. Geez ...

Anyway, updates. Did you ever wonder what Torvald's Franciscas looked like?

ScreamerAxe  

OK, for the stories:

The last chapter of "The Price Of Worship", #25 will be posted for Saturday along with Chapter 15 of "A Loss Of Rights." Hope you all enjoyed the former and are still enjoying the latter!

Kellan

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wednesday's Ramblings

Here's a little piece out of the newspaper for you:

"SAN FRANCISCO — California's highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state's new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

The California Supreme Court accepted three lawsuits seeking to nullify Proposition 8, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that overruled the court's decision in May that legalized gay marriage.

All three cases claim the measure abridges the civil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have the authority to enact such a significant constitutional change.

As is its custom when it takes up cases, the court elaborated little. However, the justices did say they want to address what effect, if any, a ruling upholding the amendment would have on the estimated 18,000 same-sex marriages that were sanctioned in California before Election Day.

Gay rights groups and local governments petitioning to overturn the ban were joined by the measure's sponsors and Attorney General Jerry Brown in urging the Supreme Court to consider whether Proposition 8 passes legal muster.

The initiative's opponents had also asked the court to grant a stay of the measure, which would have allowed gay marriages to begin again while the justices considered the cases. The court denied that request

The justices directed Brown and lawyers for the Yes on 8 campaign to submit arguments by Dec. 19 on why the ballot initiative should not be nullified. It said lawyers for the plaintiffs, who include same-sex couples who did not wed before the election, must respond before Jan. 5."

Maybe this will all get all straightened out soon.

Take care till I blog to ya next,

Kellan

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Monday's Strange Blog

OK, the old warhorse is a few dollars lighter this morning. I received an email from a Chinese Internet registrar company asking if it's OK for them to register one of my domain names with a 'Kendon Group'.

It seems this 'Kendon Group' told this company that they were affiliated with me in some way. Well, I had to shut this down fast. I fired off a return email to the contact, who I might point out used excellent English in his message, that any attempt to use my domain name in any way would bring the old warhorse's wrath down upon both Kendon and themselves.

To that extent, I registered the .org, .net, .info, .biz and .us too, just in case. Can't get the chinese .com.cn one or the Taiwanese .tw but I think I have all the major players covered.

Some days it just doesn't pay to read your email. Now I need to do that with 3 other domains. Whee!!

Have a nice week,

Kellan

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday's Blog

Not much to put in this one.

Updated for this Saturday is Chapter 24 for "The Price Of Worship" and Chapter 14 of "A Loss Of Rights."

That's about all for this week. I owe one friend an edit on a chapter she sent me and I fired off an email to another. I'm just going to try to take it easy this weekend.

Y'all take care,

Kellan

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I thought you might want to know

It seems a number of California Legislators are rallying to have the state Supreme court overturn Prop 8 as unconstitutional. Yay!

I knew level heads would prevail in this matter.

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 2:49 AM
Categories: Family, Friends, General Blogging

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veteran's Day

Today is Veteran's Day here in the colonies so instead of going off on a rant about things in general, I'll give you this:

“Did You Serve?”
Copyrght© 2008 Kellan Meig'h All Rights Reserved

You say that you understand but you can't. You weren't there.

We left home as innocent young men and women. We returned ... Changed.

Time heals ... almost everything. We will never heal. We can never heal.

We have seen and done things that would make your stomach churn.

There were times we prayed for just a little quiet. Or for it to be over with, quickly.

You don't understand when we don't laugh as loud as you do.

You think that something is wrong when we won't get drunk with you.

Sometimes we have ... trouble with just letting ourselves go ... just that one time ... for you.

Ghosts from the past will always haunt our dreams and memories. They will never die.

You will never know what we have been through to keep this country free.

Until you walk beside me in combat boots and battle gear, you can't understand.

There is no way on earth that I can make you understand the pain that I have went through so don't ask me to.

Be glad in the knowledge that you still live in a free country.

Know that I have put my life on the line to keep that freedom for you.

Understand that some of my friends didn't come home. I still remember them, all of them. I still see their faces.

Did You Serve?

Dedicated to all of those who are serving, those who have served,

And to those individuals that have given the supreme sacrifice for freedom.

Take a moment to remember those who fought for our freedoms and if you know somebody that's a vet, do something thoughtful for them today. None of us left the military without deep scars that will never heal. A kind word or a hug is sufficient to show them you do care about their service to our country, their sacrifice to keep us free.

Oops, sorry, I almost got up on my soapbox again. My apologies.

Happy Veteran's Day!

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:08 AM
Categories: Family, Friends, General Blogging

Friday, November 07, 2008

Friday's Blog

Friday's Update ...

Chapter 23 of "The Price Of Worship" and chapter 13 of "A Loss Of Rights" will be posted tomorrow. I hope to get writing again, as I have been kind of uninspired as of late.

To SC; Please feel free to use that soap box- that's what I left it there for. The same invitation extends to my favorite filly, Aslaug.

I'm still trying to recover from my back injury, a long uphill battle at this point. I have been given 11 exercises to do by my physical therapist twice a day so I feel like I'm still in basic training for the Air Force! They're strenuous enough that I break a sweat doing them!

I have some other pics of my hometown and a trip in 2000 to Carson City, NV's train museum that I will try to post for y'all.

SC, I'll send you an email with a more detailed report on my injury. Aslaug, I will get that file edited for you this weekend. I just want to look at it again so I'm sure of my edits.

Have a nice weekend-

Kellan

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Quick Update For You ...

If your curious how my fellow Californians voted, here's the link to map of how the vote went.

Proposition 8 

Aslaug, thanks for the kind words. As I grow older, my horizons seem to be getting broader. It may have something to do with having some very wonderful friends that help me to open my eyes. That includes you, Aslaug.

My daughter told me her core beliefs over this situation (prop. 8) and they were as follows: (her words, not mine)

"I hate it when a bunch of religious f**ktards screw things up for the rest of us. They need someone to walk up to them and slap the living sh*t out of them and tell them to get a life! This is not the dark ages! Why can a man and a woman that hate each other vehemently get married and nobody gives a sh*t but let two men or two women that love one another deeply try to get married and they get barred from doing so!"

*starts getting up on soapbox*

You can probably tell she feels strongly about this matter. So do I. What really p*ssed us both off was this issue the naysayers were using, stating that marriage is taught in schools and therefore gay marriage will be taught in school. Between my daughter asking her online friends and the fact that myself and a number of my family work for our local school district, this is total BS that gay marriage will be taught. It sounded pretty convincing on television, though. Gah, I hate politics ...

*climbs off soapbox*

(edit)

See my comments for clarification, if it really will clarify it. Here's what I commented:

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I guess I should clarify this because I agree with Aslaug wholly in this matter.

What was said was marriage is taught in 95% of the schools so gay marriage will be taught. That's what pulled all the votes to get Prop 8 passed.

What we were mad about is the fact that as far as we could research and determine, marriage was not taught at all in school. Another lie to get what they wanted, Prop 8 passing because of lies as far as mydaughter was concerned.

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I'll still say it again- I don't have a problem with it and I will agree that if gay marrigae were discussed with our young children, maybe prejudice would not prevail. I still see nothing wrong with it.It's not my cup of tea but hey, that's just my opinion. I say if they love one another, let them marry!

Hey California, are you listening?

(/edit)

Kel

It's A Done Deal ...

Well, it's over with and Barack Obama is our 44th president. My hat's off to President-Elect Obama. I do not envy him his job because it will be an uphill battle for him. The Bush administration has left him a destroyed economy and wars on two fronts that he must try to mop up. I am afraid he will not have enough time, even if re-elected

Prop 8 looks like it passed but our official California website is down (http://vote.sos.ca.gov/) from being flooded. I can't even ping the site right now! If you're not familiar with it, this is the ban on gay marriage. I see this as a failing on the part of my fellow Californians. This just goes to show, whoever can sling the best mud can get anything to pass. The upside is we can go back and pass new legislation to overturn this.

In case anybody is wondering, I am straight/hetro but I don't have a problem with two people in love getting married to each other. Even if they are same sex. Come on, California! Lighten up for crying out loud!

On a different note, I have brought out the drawing supplies again. Since I found no artist willing to make a page header portrait of Torvald and Victoria, I have taken it upon myself to give this a try myself. If they look bad when I post the pic, just remember who drew them.

"Dammit Jim! I'm a writer, not an artist!"

Take care,

Kellan

Posted by Kellan Meig'h at 7:55 AM
Categories: General Blogging

Saturday, November 01, 2008

The First Of November

Well, the first of November has rolled around.

Story updates unclude Chapter 22 of "The Price Of Worship" and chapter 12 of "A Loss Of Rights."

Oh, and Aslaug, you're very welcome! ;-) You know if ALN/ALS didn't exist, there wouldn't have been an Immortal Warriors series.

Take care and have a nice weekend,

Kellan