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Location: Slaughter, Louisiana, United States

A semi-gruntled corporate reliability engineer trying to make ends meet while keeping my wife happy, and myself out of the asylum.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Potential New Law Down Here.

Looks like Louisiana is paving the road to hell with hormone shots.

Bill Calling for Castration of Sex Offenders Passes Louisiana Senate

BATON ROUGE, La. — The most serious sex crimes should be punishable by castration, with drugs or surgery, the Louisiana Senate voted on Tuesday.

The bill by Sen. Nick Gautreaux, D-Meaux, would give judges the option of imposing chemical castration on those convicted of sex crimes including aggravated rape, simple rape and indecent behavior with a juvenile. Chemical castration would be mandatory on second offenses, and the offender would have the option of choosing physical castration instead.

Senators voted 32-3 to send the measure to the House.

Chemical castration would involve treatment with the drug medroxyprogesterone acetate, with the aim of diminishing the offender's sexual impulses. Gautreaux amended the bill to add a provision that would bar such an offender from taking another substance — such as estrogen — that could counteract the effects of the castration drug.

The drug treatment would be mandatory on a second offense, though a medical expert would have to determine that the treatment would be effective.

Once ordered to undergo the treatment, the offender would have the option of physical castration — which Gautreaux said some offenders might prefer to avoid any drug side effects or in hopes of permanently curbing impulses that led to his offense.

Voting against the measure were Sens. Cheryl Gray, D-New Orleans, Robert Kostelka, R-West Monroe, and Derrick Shepherd, D-Marrero.

Also awaiting House debate is another Gautreaux bill that would prohibit sex offenders from wearing masks or costumes on most major holidays, and prohibit them from giving candy or other gifts to people younger than 18. The bill (Senate Bill 143) by Sen. Nick Gautreaux, D-Meaux, now goes to the House for debate. Violators could be jailed for a minimum of six months and a maximum of three years

My only objection to this is that I've seen what a nasty divorce can do to a father who ends up on the wrong end of a vindictive wife. The easiest way to get the kids is to claim that daddy molested them. Instant sex-offender status. If you unfortunately had two kids with said wife, instant second offense. Practically whether it is proven or not.

Flip through the mug shots in your local sex offender registry online and start reading some of the case histories. I don't think they're all perverts.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

OK Back to the Game

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Out to Lunch

Poo. My initial email post attempt from the restaurant seems to have failed. Oh well. Here is a short report on my day today.

Left this morning on the bike at about 7:15 or so. Gassed up in town and headed out.


About 4 hours later, and managing to dodge the rain the whole way, I ended up at the Marina Oyster Barn in Pensacola Florida. I'd never bee to Florida before and I figured this was a good time to fix that.

The restaurant:


Their Marina:


The Menu:


View from my table:


First Course: Nothing fancy, just good. Their horseradish is homemade and for $6.50 a dozen how can you go wrong?


Main Course: Grilled Grouper. A nice light barbeque type seasoning. Very Tasty.


And a couple of pics as I was leaving:




Made it home in three hours 45 minutes non-stop. 280 miles each way. I love this adder-tank. All in all a good day so far.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

If you can't do it right...

Just don't do it.

I replaced one of the toilets in the house today. The original one always annoyed me because it had a hair-trigger seat and cover. It just loved to wait until you were in the middle of your business and then slam shut. On top of that, it had recently started rocking around on the base.

I removed it this morning and found that the closet flange had fractured on one side due to the toilet not being shimmed level at original installation.

This is what a closet flange should look like:


Now, there are several ways to repair a failed flange. Unfortunately, because of the way this one was concreted into the floor, none of them were applicable to my situation.

Here is a picture of the flange after I'd repaired it. (That's rust and leftover wax-gasket, by the way...)


What I ended up doing is purchasing a 1/4"-20 UNC drive-in anchor and a 1/4-20 Coupler nut. I hammerdrilled a hole for the anchor, set it with about 3/8" of threads above the nut and attached the coupler nut. That allowed me to attach the toilet to the floor using a socket head cap screw I had hanging around. I shimmed the corners of the unit so there is no longer significant stress on the remaining flange bolt.

Here is a picture of the final installation.


Now to wait for the first test.. Maybe I should go out and get some Taco Bell. Yeah... That oughta do it...