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As the mandatory use of headsets or handfree devices when using a cell phone went into effect this year, I thought you might want to know about a couple laws that go into effect on January 1, 2009.

This is from a story posted on the Daily Democrat Online titled "Ringing in the new year with new laws"

Texting While Driving (SB 28, Simitian) This new law makes it an infraction to write, send, or read text-based communication on an electronic wireless communications device, such as a cell phone, while driving a motor vehicle. Previously this was only illegal for individuals under 18 years of age, but now has been expanded to all drivers. - Now while this sounds all and good, how are they going to tell the difference from you dialing your phone vs. sending or reading a "text-based communication" on your device. What exact IS a 'text-based communication?"  What if I send my SMS messages as MMS pictures? =)  I personally use Jott to send some text messages when on the phone, but I am not sure there is a two-way text to voice SMS service. Anyone?

Global Positioning Systems (SB 1567, Oropeza) This new law allows a portable GPS device to be mounted in a 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield on the passenger side of the vehicle, or in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield on the driver's side. These are the only two locations on a windshield where a GPS device can be mounted. The GPS device can only be used for navigational purposes while the motor vehicle is being operated, and it is required to be mounted outside of an airbag deployment zone. - Is this the GPS antenna or the actual GPS device?  If you have a GPS unit, you might seek clarification as to avoid any hassles.

Spilling Cargo Loads (AB 2714, Keene) This new law eases restrictions on cargo loads of straw or hay to allow individual pieces that do not pose a threat to life or property, to escape from bales of straw or hay that are being transported by a vehicle upon a highway, so long as those bales are loaded and secured according to federal regulations. - OK, this won't affect most of you, but just wanted to share some trivia. Did you know what 2 items were legal to fall off of a moving vehicle were before these 2 were added?  Give up?  Chicken feathers and water.

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I wish this was said before the Election here in California.
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According to a CNN story, LA county suspended gay marriage licenses...

"Los Angeles County Registrar Dean Logan said Wednesday he was suspending the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in accordance with state laws that say ballot initiatives come into force the day after they are passed."

The problem with this is that is has not passed. There are still ballots to be counted and from what I understand, it doesn't go one way or the other until the state certifies the vote, which I believe is on or about December 2, 2008.

Now, there are at least 3 lawsuits out there as I have mentioned and at least one of them brought up the equality clause in the state constition.

So issuing ANY marriage license violates that clause. 

Then there is still the outstanding issue of existing marriage licenses.  State Atty Gen. Brown has said that as of now he is not going to retroactively void existing gay marriage licenses. I can see why he wouldn't want to. If he does do that, there is an interesting conflict that comes into play. The equality clause.

Based upon that, he would have to void ALL marriage licenses issued in the state of California.

Yeah, Prop 8 is really going to "protect marriage."

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Sorry about the big honking HRC post.  Tried to LJ cut most of it and it just didn't happen.

It still isn't over. California (and most counties from what I understand) have not certified the results, as well as their being up to 3 million ballots that have not been counted.

Today, 3 lawsuits were filed on various aspects of Prop. 8.

The most interesting one for me so far is the one from Gloria Allred who represented a lesbian couple in front of the California Supreme Court earlier this year.

"The court must hold that California may not issue licenses to non-gay couples because if it does it would be violating the equal protection clause, "Allred said at a news conference.

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I was driving through Simi Valley, CA tonight and saw a groups of 2 -3 people on the four street corners on the major street holding "Yes on 8" signs.

So, after seeing this, I decided to pull over and talk to someone.

I asked one of the guys if there was someone that I could talk to that was well versed in the Proposition. He said well, why not let me give it a try.

We talked for about 20 minutes. He was a pretty nice guy. Married for 39 years, his kids are married, etc.

In came down to that he is worried about "fringe" gays pushing their views on others and is worried that if Prop. 8 isn't passed that in 5 years we are going to see a lot of bad things.

All of his viewpoints were based upon "FUD", Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.

His examples were pretty much all of the stuff that has been fed to him.

In many cases they were either wrong, or based upon the "I am worried that..." type of logic. That people will be forced to accept things from the "fringe" gay community.

He said he had no problems with gays (and bmy use of gays in the discussion really seeed to be LGBT) but he thought that everyone already had the same rights at all levels and also via civil unions.  He thought that gays were protected via hate crime laws. He thought that gays already were protected.  He just wanted "marriage" to be a man/woman thing.

But he couldn't really tell me why. 

When he said about procreation, I said "So, people that cannot have kids shoukld not be married?" He changed the subject.

I do understand some of his concerns.

He is worried about what MIGHT happen.

He doesn't seem to be anti-gay specifically.. just worried about the future.

Is there ANY site for the YES side that doesn't use lies and FUD to try to 'prove' their point?

There is an interesting NO on 8 post that the guy even went as far as to personally buy as space on Google. 


So, any rational Yes on 8 arguments?
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I was in the Disneyland area yesterday, so I decided to run in real quick and check out a few new things.

After parking in the Downtown Disney lot (3 free hours, 2-4 more with validation.. beware tho' $6/hr.. $36/day,) I walked over to the monorail (hoping to get into one of the new ones.. but nope!)

Got off the monorail and was going to try to see Finding NEmo Submarine ride (havent been there yet) but the line was long. So I went into Innoventions.  Been awhile since I had been in there (like when Rocket Rods was still running) =P

After the annoying intro, I walked in expecting to see more of the same of what it used to be.. but instead they turned the downstairs into a home of the future. It was fun to play with the wall controls, and the HP computers.. but what was weird was the large dining table that had 4 large screens in it. A pond was on each adn you could 'play' with the water. While I was watching, a cast member placed an object on one of the tables and tney all changed into "pixie dust" mode to play with.  It definately looked like a Microsoft Surface demo.

So I walked around a bit more and came into a room that had bunch of standalone tables with the same thing, but all of these had the Microsoft Surface logo in the corner.  I played with the photos (not as fast or as smooth as I would have liked, but still was interesting.. wish I had objects to play with.)  Then I enabled the music app, and got a big smile on my face.  Right there.. Oingo Boingo!  YAY! So I played with that for a couple minutes, the back to the pond (I so wanted to go grab the object from the other part of the exhibit!)

After that I went upstairs. Some nice exhibits, some interesting xbox360 games, did a few interactive things.. was cool. On the way out I saw that they have an actual Honda Asimo there.. but the show wasn't going to be for another 45 minutes and I didn't have much time.. so next time.

I then went on Space Mountain (the new speaker system is cool) and then walked down mainstreet and over to California Adventure (DCA). I walked up and saw lots of people leaving and only one gate open. As I gave the cast member my ticket, she sayd "We close in 10 minutes"  Ouch! So I walked back to Midway Mania hoping to get there nefore they closed... as I hoof never been on it.  I got there and there were to cast members partially blocking the entrance, so I just walked up and pass them... right as the group behind me walked in, they closed the line.  Took about 20 minutes to get into the "car" and unfortunatly Mr. Potato Head wasn't working =(

I was impressed and had fun on the "ride/game"  I got about 138,000 (high scores for the day were in the upper 200,000s', and for the month was around 411,000.  I won a "beaver" for my score.  The seat next to me won a 'turtle" with a score of 0.  I kinda was hoping for a camera and email thing like Buzz Lightyear. =/

As I walked out there was a private party of about 30 people waiting to go in and a lot of security.

I walked back thru DCA to the Grand Californian Hotel.. was kinda wierd walking around by myself with everything closed (but some rides were still running without riders) All I saw was a couple security guards.

I walked out of DCA thru the hotel, and to the car.. free parking! in and out in 3 hours.

Had fun and hope I can go again soon.

Speaking of fun . I am looking forward to the debate tomorrow night.

I did think the nice picture of Palin and her coach behind podiums outside under the trees at McCain's ranch was 'cute'
From the angle that I saw, she could barely see over it.

Oh and VoteForTheMILF.com doesn't direct to Palin's page on McCain's site anymore.  But I did notice (being a moger that is turned on more by HTML than pr0n) that the keywords and description doesn't mention Palin at all. Nope. Cindy McCain is in there, but no Palin. Weird.

I wonder if Sarah Palin is dropped from the ticket after this thursday, who would they get in there? (Cindy? hee hee)

Just wondering what the site will reset to after the debate...
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RedBox Free Monday Night Rental Code



First night free, additional nights 99 cents.  VIsit RedBox.com for more info.

There are a fair amount of RedBox locations in Sacramento (at some Longs Drugs, BelAir/Raleys and other locations.  Also in McDonalds in some areas.  Check the site for locations near you.

Not to be confused with DVDPlay... their code for 75 cents off is Boo4U.


Most DVDPlay locations in Sacramento are in Safeway locations, but check the site for more locations.

BTW, was in the Sacramento Safeway over the weekend and they have Free WiFi signs up....ZOMG it is EVERYWHERE!l
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I received the following email today (as I do some market research stuff) however I am not able to make it to any of the cities on the dates specified.  I am not sure exactly what age groups they are looking for This is for ages 17 to 55, but if you are interested, following the directions below EXACTLY...  make sure you send the complete email message below (minus this header and the extra stuff as mentioned below) to BOTH of the email addresses listed in the message.


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I will be at Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, September 24, 2006 along with my dog.

Let me know if you are going... maybe you can meet up with us... or not =)

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