Friday, May 27, 2011

Claremont Friday Night Live Continues!

This little event is a very relaxing and fun place to go with the family. I've been to a few with the kids and they love it. They love hanging out and playing on the grass, or perhaps taking little strolls through the little old downtown and buying things like ice cream and visiting the little shops. I personally am a fan of the Claremont Voodoo Society which does play on some Friday Nights, they are an awesone band. Here's some more info:

From Claremont Now:

"The unmistakable musical sounds of Friday Nights Live will continue to reverberate through the quaint Claremont Village here through Oct. 28.

On a recent Friday, scattered blasts of guitars, drums and vocals shot through The Public Plaza at 101 N. Indian Hill Blvd. and the nearby Claremont Chamber of Commerce at 205 Yale Ave.

On May 13, the blues and folk rock of Claremont Voodoo Society played at the Public Plaza off Indian Hill while the American and blues sounds of Mystic Knights Trio performed at the chamber building off Yale.

"We love the music and being outside," said Claremont resident Patty Bogle as she sat next to her husband Tim Bogle at the Public Plaza. The couple, who have been married for 20 years, said they have been coming to the music series since 2005 and hadn't missed more than five or so days.

Nearby, Pomona resident Cary Augustine agreed with the couple's positive assessment of the event.

"I'll walk around here and see the other band, too," he said."

You can read some more detailed information over @Claremont Now.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A New Wave Of Crime Ahead

Yes, crime has gradually come down over the years nationally and locally. This is a good thing. San Bernardino alone sees a 14.8% drop in violent crimes alone. This is wonderful news. The Daily Bulletin has a great article with more detail here.

If you haven't heard already, Supreme Court orders California prisoner release. This has been happening for many years already. California already releases between 9,000 and 11,000 prisoners per month, but it returns over two-thirds of these on parole on violations, at a rate over twice the national average. I believe 7 out of 10 prisoners released will return to prison within the year.

Now you add a bad economy and no jobs even for normal citizens, what is there to do but survive? Many gangs are lying dormant, and thank god for gang injunctions. The old guys are getting out and with no options, it's time to revive the dormancy for drug sale and territory control.

It wouldn't surprise me if there are those 'private' for profit prisons behind this, because what will happen is crime will flourish to the point our governement cannot handle it (they can't already)? Therefore, the privately owned prison investors will be drooling like wolves for the taxpayers money. These prisons are even more horrible than governement run. Because PROFIT is the key, not safety.

Brace yourselves and hope this isn't the case. Many incarcerations are due to drug use or even possession or other minor things (people do make mistakes).

But I personally see almost on a daily basis prisoners exiting the greyhound station in Claremont. You can clearly tell who they are, with their plastic clear belonging bags, pants with no belts, tattooed up & down with a lost look as they walk down Indian Hill.

As a moderate, the liberal side of me says, "What's to help them do better on the outside? Perhaps a revamp of the parole violations, I mean, come on, for having a beer?"

Monday, May 23, 2011

Stolen Banners, $200 Reward

The DPOA is offering a $200 reward for information leading to the identity, arrest and conviction of the knuckleheads who stole the new Downtown Pomona banners. Any information received will be held in strict confidence. To date, 18 banners have been stolen.

For more information, visit Metro Pomona.

This is just really a shame... but I'm not surprised. I think lately the downtown has had events that are attracting more and more riff-raff and people who do these kinds of things. It's bound to happen when a little gem of an area starts getting known. Pomona is not singled out in this, it happens in Pasadena and Downtown Los Angeles to name a few.

We need to go back to the type of Art town it was. But easier said than done, because it is a bit more complicated. In fact, it's complex with the mix of bureaucracy, business, profits, galleries, vendors, donations and so many things.

Regardless, make a quick $200 and email metropomona. They'll keep everything confidential.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Rapture

Photo Credit: J. Dyck

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What Google & Facebook Are Hiding

A very interesting speak on what's behind on algorithms and other corporate interests behind what you do on the internet. Is personalization by a corporation for you a good ethical thing? This video is about 9 minutes and worth it for those thought junkies.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Arnold's Domestic Worker & Kid

I've just received this picture. Can't confirm that it's the real deal, but it probably is. This is supposedly the woman Arnold Schwarzenneger knocked up and had this kid with...

Here's some more of that 'Hot Stuff' for ya... while we're at it. LOL

Friday, May 13, 2011

F-You Hipsters

Warning, this video contains some profanity. Other than that, it's f**king funny! Hipsters, oh boy will we see them tomorrow walking around for Pomona's Artwalk. They can be found all over Silverlake as well, and many other artsy parts of Los Angeles. I don't hate hipsters, I just truly find this video LOL funny. I prefer hipsters over hoodlums or gangsters any day. They're non-threatening, if only a bit annoying. Kind of like lost no direction peeps in their own world.

Enjoy the comedy. I love the closing line.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Joyland, Abandoned Amusement Park

Located in Wichita, Kansas, Joyland has been closed down since 2006. Nature is slowly reclaiming the place and there is a collection of photos over at which showcase pictures of the abandoned park.

View more by visiting the site.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Pit Bulls

As someone who used to believe that dogs are dogs, it's the owners fault if there's a problem with their vicious dog... I've recently changed my stance due to personal experience as well as witnessing others. I have become a believer that pitbulls are a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.

Either way, interesting article by university doctors saying that pitbulls should be regulated:

"Among the grisly statistics the study cites: Pit bulls were responsible for 65 percent of all fatal dog attacks nationally in 2008. In Texas in 2007, seven fatal attacks occurred, six involving pit bulls. Someone in the United States is killed by a pit bull every 14 days. One body part is severed and lost in pit bull attacks every 5.4 days."

Click here for the rest of the story.