Highway Patrol Citing Drivers on Patterson Pass

On Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 I was headed on Patterson Pass to Cross Rd. to take pictures, as I often do.  There was a fire on Tesla Rd. and I figured Cross Rd. would be a good place to shoot the smoke and the local barns.  At the beginning of Patterson Pass at Greenville Rd. there is a sign that states “Road Closed to Thru Traffic”, that sign does not indicate you cannot go to Flynn Rd. and turn, as many folks do.

Prior to getting to Patterson Pass (headed South-bound on Greenville) one sees this sign:

detour sign


Soon there after:

detour sign 2

Now, what these signs mean, who knows? Cross Rd. is on the other side of town…

“End Detour”? Great… when did I detour?

 While Patterson Pass states that the road is closed ahead, the first sign after that encountered is this:

closed where


Where is the road closed at?  Mile marker 6.4!  About 5 1/2 miles from this spot.  Yet, just past Flynn Rd. was another sign, not blocking the road, also stating “Road Closed to Thru Traffic”.



road closed traffic sign
This is the actual sign
road closed traffic sign 2
Notice how it is set so you can drive past it.

It was not my intention to go “thru” Patterson Pass,  but to head up to Cross Rd., which was well before mm 6.4 to take photos.

The California Highway Patrol had two vehicles hidden just behind the curve shown in the top photo.  There they had 3 cars pulled over and motioned me to do so as well.   I pulled over and provided my license and registration to the officer.  As I waited, more cars appeared behind us and the officers signaled them to stop as well. After waiting several minutes, the officer returned and had me sign a citation for  a violation of “21461(a)”.




Every government website states that Patterson Pass is closed at mile marker 6.4:


Road Closure Notice






Notice that the closure is stated at every government website to be at mile marker 6.4.  Not before it.

There is no mention of the road closure on CalTrans site:


There is no mention of either the road closure nor enforcement on the CHP website or road conditions map site.

I was given a citation for a violation of “21461(a)” –

Obedience by Driver to Official Traffic Control Devices

21461. (a) It is unlawful for a driver of a vehicle to fail to obey a sign or signal defined as regulatory in the federal Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, or a Department of Transportation approved supplement to that manual of a regulatory nature erected or maintained to enhance traffic safety and operations or to indicate and carry out the provisions of this code or a local traffic ordinance or resolution adopted pursuant to a local traffic ordinance, or to fail to obey a device erected or maintained by lawful authority of a public body or official.

Exactly, what sign did I fail to obey?  My intent was to go to Cross Rd., not to drive through Patterson Pass.

The sign does not state that “no traffic allowed”, nor “local traffic only allowed” (regardless, why wouldn’t I be considered local traffic, given that I work less than 2 miles from the spot of the citation?)    Plus, according to every government website, the road is closed “at mile marker 6.4” many miles beyond where the CHP had set up their roadblock.

I now face a fine of $234 and a point on my license because I didn’t “obey” an ambiguous traffic sign that neither told me where, or when the road was closed and was in opposition to the posted public documents found on their websites.






UPDATE 8/20/2015

I wrote to ACPWA.org on 8/19 and informed them of my displeasure at being cited for their ambiguous signage and received a terse reply from Nanci Collins. I then revisited Patterson Pass today to document the signage, and found new signs and a better detour/road closure there.

road closed 8-20
THIS is how you close a road.


This is the scene now where that “road closed to thru traffic” sign was.  There’s no getting past that, however the previous orange sign still states that Patterson Pass is closed at mm 6.4.



Epson Inkjet Waste Tank Reset R1800

So I’ve got an Epson R1800 Color Inkjet printer that’s telling me “PARTS INSIDE YOUR PRINTER ARE AT THE END OF THEIR SERVICE LIFE” – that probably refers to the waste ink tank or the Ink Pads.  So you have two choices, reset the tank and pads temporarily till you can buy a new printer, or replace the tank.

I’m getting a new printer so trying to reset the tank was the issue.

Get the software from Epson, don’t use the 3rd party apps that require $.  Get it here!



Thought Crimes Prosecuted in Europe

Apparently, in the EU you can be prosecuted for denying the holocaust. Now, while I believe the holocaust was real and horrific, isn’t prosecuting stupid people for their beliefs frighteningly fascist itself?

“Doğu Perinçek the leader of the Turkish Workers Party was fined by a Swiss court in 2008 after calling the 1915 genocide an ‘international lie’, during a visit to Switzerland.

Mr Perinçek later appealed to the European Court of Human Rights, which ruled that Switzerland had violated his right to free expression in December 2013.

His appeal is now being challenged by Armenia, which argues that denying the 1915 genocide is a crime on par with Holocaust denial.”

Thought crimes being prosecuted in Europe… what scary times we live in.  Not to mention the fact that George Clooney’s wife seems to be using the trial as a photo-op.

Baptists and the Gentile Focus

General Baptists often talk about Christ’s atonement as being for “the whole world”, meaning in their vernacular “each and every person who ever lived.”  As James White has rightly asked, “Did Jesus died for the Amorite [pagan] high priest?”  However, I think James misunderstands the focus of the General Baptist’s view of atonement.  Given the fact that many are dispensational, they probably don’t see that Christ’s death applies retroactively to the people of the Old Testament.

In fact, with both General and Particular Baptists, there is an over-emphasis on the church as a primarily Gentile institution unconnected with the covenant people of God in prior eras. While the covenantal Baptist may pay lip-service to such a connection, they still speak about justification and salvation as if they’re something new within the New Testament era, or at least appropriated differently in this era.

This in turn leads to a whole host of issues relating to the understanding of the nature of the covenants, covenant rites and baptism in particular. As I discovered in a recent conversation, some Baptists have to resort to dichotomizing the covenant given to Abraham because the inclusion of circumcision appears to be a requirement of works, and also lends credence to the paedobaptist position.

The church is not primarily a Gentile institution intended to propagate the salvation of individuals, but is a continuation of the established covenant people of God, albeit under a new administration, intended to feed the covenant people of every tribe, nation and tongue, and their offspring, on the Word of God.



An Open Letter to Todd Starnes

Since you banned me from posting on your Facebook page, apparently unhappy that I dared challenge your claims. I’ve decided to voice my opinion here, where I control the content.

Ergun Caner’s an unrepentant liar. Your standing up for him only casts doubt on your own legitimacy. The fact that you would state: “We do not know what led young Braxton to do the unthinkable”, and yet then speculate on it is despicable.

Caner’s son’s death is a tragedy, and while we should all pray for his family and friends, it is important to note that five tweets nearly a month prior have less to do with it than his own father’s web of lies.

You write: “They wrote terrible things about the 15-year-old – beyond the pale.” What exactly was “beyond the pale”?  Can you quote it exactly for me, sir?   Please take into account all the other tweets the boy received and sent to and from his own friends. Include the four-letter bashing, sex talk and other assorted chatting that went on.

While the tweets in question may have been in bad taste, it’s evident from his own account that it was forgiven and forgotten. Yet YOU are bringing it up now, even though you state: “We do not know what led young Braxton to do the unthinkable.” You are here speculating, and that, sir, is indefensible.

The Missing Aspect – Baptism as a Negative Sign

So, what I think is missing from most discussions and debates between paedobaptists and credobaptists, is a thorough explanation of the structure of covenants throughout redemptive history, specifically focused on the nature of the covenant of grace as expressed to Abraham.

All Biblical covenants have signs pointing to aspects/conditions of the covenant and seals, marks of agreement or inclusion in the covenant. Covenants are sealed with initiation rites, bloody ceremonies expressing conditions and penalties of the covenant. The signs have both positive and negative implications. 

With Abraham and God, God takes on himself the first sign, walking between the pieces of the slain animals. In this God is saying negatively: ‘If I fail to keep my promises to you, may I be cut in two like these animals.’ and positively: ‘I will provide a sacrifice for you.’ Abraham takes on the sign of circumcision, and in this he is saying (and likewise all his offspring), positively “As the foreskin is separated, so shall God separate me from my sin.” and negatively, “As the foreskin is separated from my body, so shall I be from God’s people if I fail to trust in him.”

 Baptism thus carries a similar symbolism, it is not merely the sign of our burial in Christ, but God’s solemn promise to ‘remove sin from our body as water washes away dirt.’ It is in effect, analog to circumcision without the blood, and points to the once-for-all blood shed on the cross. But circumcision also has a negative implication, it is a sign not only of salvation, but of wrath.

For Noah and his family, the flood was actually salvation from sin, but for the unbelieving world, it was God’s wrath. Baptism thus also serves this negative sign, it promises wrath to those who partake of the covenant sign, and fail to fulfill the covenant conditions. (As Calvin 1, Turretin 2, Hodge 3, etc explain.)

It is with this understanding that the warning passages in Hebrews take on true significance. These are not hypotheticals, they’re not pointing to a true ‘loss of salvation’, both of which ignore the covenantal foundation of the book. Rather, the warning passages promise a cutting off of people from the covenant people of God for one thing, a failure to believe.

This also makes sense of the difficult passages in 1 Peter and explains why the flood is tied to baptism. This coventantal continuity and acceptance of the overarching themes and structures established by God himself throughout redemptive history is what caused me to become a paedobaptist. I could not, with good conscience, continue to hold that the New Covenant was such a departure from God’s established method of covenant establishment, without express warrant by the Apostles.

In fact, I believe the opposite is seen in their writings. Rather than the suggestion that only those who have the mental and physical ability to mouth certain words should be given the means of grace, we see that God’s promise is truly to “you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls”. This covenantal language expresses the very same structure as that provided to Abraham. The promise is to your and your children (faithful Jews), and to people beyond your race (faithful Gentiles).

 Thus Baptism is a sign of God’s promise, that depends on a condition, that condition is faith, if one fails to believe (either the adult convert or the infant community member), the flood of God’s wrath is promised.

(1) Ursinus: In their conditions or promises. The law promises eternal life and all good things upon the condition of our own and perfect righteousness, and of obedience in us: the gospel promises the same blessings upon the condition that we exercise faith in Christ, by which we embrace the obedience which another, even Christ, has performed in our behalf; or the gospel teaches that we are justified freely by faith in Christ.             

(2) Francis Turretin: Faith is the sole condition of the covenant because under this condition alone pardon of sins and salvation as well as eternal life are promised… 

(3) Charles Hodge: The condition of the covenant of grace, so far as adults are concerned, is faith in Christ…. It is in this last sense only that faith is the condition of the covenant of grace. There is no merit in believing. It is only the act of receiving a proffered favour.


Ergun Caner’s Ever Changing Biography

2005 – Ergun Caner’s website
Things to note: Claims to have debated Hindi, Muslim, Buddhist and Bah’ai scholars.
Claims to have converted in 1982 “after emigrating to this country”.
2009 Liberty University – Ergun Caner Biography
Things to note: Rightly notes he was born in Sweden.
Incorrectly states he immigrated in 1979 (vs 1969)