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Pasado Rescue Prepares for Gustav

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, the animal rescue volunteers of Pasado's Safe Haven earned a reputation as a small, but determined group.

With the lessons learned from Katrina, Pasado's has opened an Animal Aid Station to prepare for the approach of Gustav.

Here is Pasado's list of items of needed items as of 8/31/208.  Visit the Pasado website for updates.

WHAT WE NEED NOW! 8/31/08 12:55 pm PST PLEASE CROSS-POST!

Volunteer! Click here.
Veterinarians, vet techs, vet assistants: Our vets arrive after the storm hits. But we will need fresh, energized veterinary medical teams. Are you a vet? Tech? Assistant? Click here - we need you!
Drivers needed to drive 24-foot disaster relief animal aid truck from Seattle to New Orleans - leaving tomorrow! Click here to help.
Laminated signs (click here for example) that we use to place on homes when we remove the animals. Click here if you can print and overnight to our location in Louisiana. (we'll provide you with the address.
Camera printer paper: paper and cartridges for a Canon Selphy CP 740 Compact Photo printer (this is used to photograph each animal and print out the photo and attach to their medical and rescue record so that we can track each animal flawlessly). See mailing address below.
Truck rental: We need a 24-foot truck rental donated to bring our disaster supplies to our triage location. Click here for what we've found. ANY donation to help would be great!
Donate here and if you'd rather phone in the donation, click here.
Truck and livestock trailer for 6 horses in St. Bernard Parish (needed locally); GOT THE TRAILER - NEED A TRUCK TO HAUL!!
Catering to feed our crew! Do you know of a caterer in the Covington/Hammond/Amite area? During Katrina, we had the best caterer feed our crew a hot meal every night (and had coffee and breakfast ready in the morning before they went into the Hot Zone.) This is what kept PasadoRescuers ALIVE and thriving, and strong enough to save every last life in the sweltering heat. We need to find that kind of caterer again!  Click here if you can recommend someone!

MAIL GOODS TO:

PASADORESCUE
80535 Chenel Rd.
Folsom, LA 70437

PLEASE TRY TO OVERNIGHT EVERYTHING!

NOTE: THIS IS NOT THE LOCATION OF PASADO'S TRIAGE LOCATION. THIS IS A SHIPPING ADDRESS ONLY!!!


Pondering the Supreme Court

I had a conversation with a couple friends yesterday about John McCain and his selection of Sara Palin as a running mate.

The conversation wound its way into the topic of a President's legacy being his (or her) Supreme Court appointments.   And the possibility that the next president may have at least one appointment to make in the next four years, given that Justice John Paul Stevens is now in his late eighties.

I ended up making this list of the current Supreme Court Justices, sorted by each Justice's year of birth:

JUSTICE NAME

YEAR OF BIRTH

YEAR APPOINTED

APPOINTED BY

John Paul Stevens

1920

1975

Gerald Ford

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

1933

1993

Bill Clinton

Anthony Kennedy

1936

1988

Ronald Regan

Antonin Scalia

1936

1986

Ronald Regan

Stephen Breyer

1938

1994

Bill Clinton

David Hackett Souter

1939

1990

George H. W. Bush

Clarence Thomas

1948

1991

George H. W. Bush

Samuel Alito

1950

2006

George W. Bush

John Roberts, Chief Justice

1955

2005

George W. Bush

Here is the same list, sorted by each Justice's year of appointment:

JUSTICE NAME

YEAR OF BIRTH

YEAR APPOINTED

APPOINTED BY

John Paul Stevens

1920

1975

Gerald Ford

Antonin Scalia

1936

1986

Ronald Regan

Anthony Kennedy

1936

1988

Ronald Regan

David Hackett Souter

1939

1990

George H. W. Bush

Clarence Thomas

1948

1991

George H. W. Bush

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

1933

1993

Bill Clinton

Stephen Breyer

1938

1994

Bill Clinton

John Roberts, Chief Justice

1955

2005

George W. Bush

Samuel Alito

1950

2006

George W. Bush

Something to ponder.

And for further pondering:

The Supreme Court Web Site

Short biographies of each justice

A U S News article about "Ranking the Politics of Supreme Court Justices"


Casa de Adobe in Sycamore Grove

Occasionally you will hear a local activist refer to the "Trilogy", meaning three historic architectural treasures located in Northeast Los Angeles:  The Southwest Museum, El Alisal (Charles Lummis' personal residence) and Casa de Adobe. 

The Casa de Adobe is a reconstruction of a pre-1850s Spanish California hacienda.  It was built not a as home, but as a museum for the Hispanic Society; it was designed by the office of architect Theodore Eisen and completely hand-built by local adobe craftsman Jose Velazquez.

The Casa was completed in 1918.  It was deed to the Southwest Museum in 1922 when the Hispanic Society disbanded.

This remarkable landmark is not generally open to the public.

It is currently being used for special museum events only.  Visitors may, however, view the Casa through the L.A. Conservancy's Highland Park walking tour,*** or annually in December for the community Las Posadas.

***The next Highland Park Walking Tour  is scheduled for Saturday, August 30th, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.  Tickets are $5 and $10 and can be purchased here.

The Walking Tours are Sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy http://www.laconservancy.org/tours/tours_main.php4#holiday