March 2nd, 2010


A Real American Hero

So hey!

My brother-in-law is on the America's Most Wanted web page!

But for something good!!!! He's been nominated as an All-Star by AMW.

In December 2009 Sergeant Jason Gassaway's skills as a SWAT team leader were put to the test whena gunman went into a bank in Burney California, where he preceded to shoot two customers and take the others hostage. Sergeant Gassaway and his team were deployed to and surrounded the building. Sergeant Gassaway was placed in a strategic location at the rear of the bank. This allowed him the ability to see the suspect and hostages. He could have easily ended the situation early on. He had a clear line of shot to the suspect but he was unable to see the hostages, and there for could not take the chance. He had to wait. After a 3 hour standoff, the react team was preparing to enter the building. During this time Sergeant Gassaway saw the suspect moving back towards the hostages. He knew this was his chance; he had to take down the suspect before he could harm anyone else. He took the shot, effectively taking down the suspect. For his professionalism and calm during this crisis he received special recognition from the Shasta County Office of the Sheriff. In addition to being a SWAT team leader Sergeant Gassaway has been a Patrol Deputy for 13 years. For seven years he was a canine handler and since 2003 he has been the Lead Defensive Tactics instructor. He has also received numerous other awards including officer of the year. Sergeant Jason Gassaway is an honorable and valiant man. He takes his job pride and does all he can to insure the safety of his community. He is truly an All-Star.

He could really use your vote to win! Yes you need to give an email address, but they don't send you anything. And you can vote once a day!!!


The other cause I'm backing...

1024 bits of you and me on

"Each 5” x 5” tile is a unique piece of art in itself, but is also a component, or “pixel”, in a much lager piece. 1024 pieces to be exact. When viewed from a distance, the series of 4 individual panels, each 8ft x 8ft, will create a 35 foot long installation, which will be extensively photographed and assembled into book form. Part of the whole reward process for sponsors is the collaboration involved in the project. The right to name each “pixel” with a word or phrase that will be the subject of the individual piece is a valued part of the process for the artist and the sponsor alike. Once the project is completed, patrons will receive the individual “pixel” that they funded as a reward for their sponsorship." - The Rapidian

It's art people. If you've got $10 to spare, pitch in and support the project. The artist, while not a friend of mine before I discovered the project, is good people, and I plan on buying him beers next time he's in SF.

Patron of the Arts