Friday, November 30, 2012

Video: Staten Island Hurricane Recovery Meeting Erupts in Rage

Do I really need to say this?  I'll say it anyway: If there were a Republican in the White House there would be 24/7 coverage of his failure....

Individuals still without homes, whom President Obama promised FEMA would help out. FEMA hasn’t helped, and Obama is about to jet off to Hawaii for vacation. I’m not slamming Molinaro, who is the first Conservative to hold his office in New York City. He’s doing his best in an awful situation. He’s already on the record blasting the Red Cross for raking in cash from donors but not helping people on the ground in the hurricane zone.

Being a government official on hand, Molinaro found himself a target.

“You think it’s a joke? You really think this is a joke,” one angry man yelled. “You go home for the holidays. I don’t. But you sit there with your dumb smile. You know what? I wish it was election year, because you’d do better this year.”

Well, it is an election year at the national level and it’s likely that most in the crowd voted to re-elect the malignant incompetent Barack Obama. Staten Island was a GOP bastion but has been trending Democrat in recent years.

In an ironic twist, Conservative Molinaro is likely to pay a higher price for FEMA’s failures than Democrat Obama ever will.
And this is a coincidence?

City Attorney Tells San Bernardino Residents To ‘Lock Their Doors,’ ‘Load Their Guns’ Because Of Police Downsizing

Wow.  Well, here we go....

Penman said the city is dealing with bankruptcy, which has forced officials to cut its police force by about 80 officers. Consequently, there’s been growing criticism about the police department’s response time.

“Let’s be honest, we don’t have enough police officers. We have too many criminals living in this city. We have had 45 murders this year…that’s far too high for a city of this size,” Penman said.

The city attorney said it’s important for people to be smart about protecting themselves and their families.

“I’m not advocating that people go out, who don’t have any training, and buy firearms. I certainly strongly caution anyone who has children at home not to have a loaded gun in the house,” Penman said.

“We need to take our streets back, we need to take our neighborhoods back and we need to protect our homes, and that’s what I think Jim was trying to say,” McCommack said.

The city of San Bernardino has seen a 50 percent increase in murders this year compared to 2011.
I think this is what they call the slide into chaos.

Bing Said City Workers Feel ‘Entitled,’ Says His Job Second Only To Obama’s

I really feel for this man.  I've never seen a city die the death this one has.  This man seems to have vision.  And you know, if Detroit can do it, it tells me there is hope for America and we all can do it.

“We are in an environment, I think, of entitlement, we’ve got a lot of people who are city workers, who for years and years, 20, 30 years, think they are entitled to a job and all that comes with it,” Bing said.

He added: “Nobody wants to go backwards, but in order for us to move this city forward we’re going to have to take a step or two backwards — and then, I think, all of us have to participate in the pain that’ s upon us right now.”

But the real bombshell may be Bing’s sense of the hardest jobs in the country.

“(My job is) to make the hard decision so this city would have a future, but it’s probably the second most difficult job in this country behind the president,” he said.



Thursday, November 29, 2012

STUDY: CA WORST-GOVERNED STATE IN AMERICA

The sad part is we needed a study to tell us this.

So what made California so terrible? Its budget situation is disastrous; all the best states have fiscally responsible budgets. Its credit rating is problematic; all the best states have a sterling credit rating. California has the lowest Standard & Poor’s credit rating of any state, at A-. California has an undereducated population compared to the rest of the country, and a skyrocketing unemployment rate. Compare North Dakota to California:

North Dakota. The state has a debt per capita of $3,282, which puts it somewhere in the middle of the pack. But it has no budget deficit, the lowest unemployment rate in the nation at 3.5%, a median household income of $51,704 (20th), and only about 12.2% of its population below the poverty line, which ranks it 13th. What made North Dakota’s economy boom? Its willingness to explore energy resources. Its oil boom has rocketed it to the top of the heap. And it’s no coincidence that its regional neighbors, Wyoming and Nebraska, clock in second and third.

California. Surprisingly, California’s debt per capita isn’t the highest in the nation, but that’s largely due to the fact that so many people live in California. Its per capita debt is $4,008, ranking it 18th; it has a 20.7% budget deficit, ranking it 17th; its median household income, while higher than North Dakota’s at $57,287, is outweighed by the fact that 16.6% of people in California live below the poverty line, and the cost of living is extreme in the state. California has one of the worst business tax climates in the country, and businesses are leaving in droves.

Worth noting: all of the top five states in terms of best-run in this study are Republican-governed. Four of the bottom five are governed by Democrats, Arizona being the only exception.

Feds deny oyster farm lease renewal in California

This is the part I love:
The oyster farm had many powerful allies who fought vociferously on its behalf. Many hailed the oyster operation as an example of sustainable aquaculture and the local foods movement.
 
All you peace-and-love hippies, you may not have wanted a Giant Leftist State smacking you down, but this is what you got!

And this sentence:
Conservationists rejoiced at the move, saying it will return one of the few coastal wildernesses in the country to its natural state.
 
Yes, this is what it's all about.  Get rid of the people.  Anyway you can.  All of them.  Ken Salazar is a disgusting man.

You know, this sounds a lot like what the Federal Government did to the American Indians!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Obama the Job-Killing Owl-Killer or "How to make more CA'ians poorer still

I talked about what happened last time. Elizabeth Nickson was interviewed by Ed Driscoll about her new book.  In it she talks about the poverty that was caused after Federal Lands were placed off limits to loggers to try to protect the Owl.  What a complete waste of time.

In fact, I discussed what the Interior Department plans to do to the Barred Owl. Absolutely insane.  Michelle Malkin gives us an update:
As House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., pointed out earlier this year, timber-dependent counties hit hard by the federal land grab and unending environmental litigation remain racked by high unemployment. "The loss in economic activity caused by the original spotted owl plan caused an astounding decrease in federal tax receipts of nearly $700 million per year — all from rural Northwest communities."

Despite two decades of massive government intervention and the near-destruction of the northwest timber industry, the furry bird is vanishing faster than ever. According to the Smithsonian Magazine, "(t)imber harvest on 24 million acres of federal land had dropped 90 percent from its heyday" by the year 2000. Yet, northern spotted owls are now "disappearing three times faster than biologists had feared." Indeed, spotted owl populations in key parts of Washington State "are half what they were in the 1980s." And overall, the bird has seen a 40 percent decline over the past 25 years, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Punishing loggers and bringing the timber industry to its knees have made vengeful environmental groups fat and happy. But the northern spotted owl they claim to care so much about is catastrophically worse off thanks to green zealotry. One root cause: habitat loss (thanks in part to raging wildfires resulting from poor forest management and green opposition to thinning/controlled burns).

The other major, nonhuman culprit: the barred owl.

These barred owls began migrating from the East Coast in the 1950s, and the USFWS reports that the larger, more aggressive and more adaptable birds "are known to displace spotted owls, disrupt their nesting and compete with them for food." Barred owls are more prolific breeders, less finicky about their food and less picky about where they live. They also don't bow down before the Endangered Species Act or the hallowed "threatened" status of its weaker brethren. They are brutal predators known to slam into spotted owls, slicing them with their talons and decapitating them in their nests.

Conservation groups whine that barred owls are victims of "scapegoating." But USFWS Director Dan Ashe spoke the truth earlier this year: "We can't ignore the mounting evidence that competition from barred owls is a major factor in the spotted owl's decline."

Instead of admitting failure and letting nature take its course, however, command-and-control bureaucrats have appointed themselves Mother Nature's judges, juries and executioners. Their "main priority" is "reducing competition from barred owls." How? By gunning them down. Final details are still in the works, but the agency has floated past removal schemes that involve "luring territorial barred owls into close range ... using recorded calls and an owl decoy. ... A shotgun would be used to prevent wounding and ensure rapid and humane death." Experts say such an eradication plan would need to continue for centuries.
I'm afraid what will ultimately happen is that BOTH owl species will become extinct.

CA REALITY: Two-thirds of millionaires left Britain to avoid 50p tax rate

CA, you keep dreaming.  Go ahead.  You've convinced yourself that all those bazillionaires will stay in CA.  But THIS is your reality:
n the 2009-10 tax year, more than 16,000 people declared an annual income of more than £1 million to HM Revenue and Customs.

This number fell to just 6,000 after Gordon Brown introduced the new 50p top rate of income tax shortly before the last general election.

The figures have been seized upon by the Conservatives to claim that increasing the highest rate of tax actually led to a loss in revenues for the Government.

It is believed that rich Britons moved abroad or took steps to avoid paying the new levy by reducing their taxable incomes.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Democrats Are The Real Racists

I recently read an article where the Democrat operative was calling the Tea Party members a bunch of bigoted racists.  An actual study showed this not to be the case.

But which party has the actual history of being the bigoted racist party?  Why, that would be the Democratic Party.  And have you hear them apologize for this history?  Nah.  Neither have I.  Here are some bullet points that you can follow to read up more on the racist Democrats.

- The Civil War: Democrats Seceded From The Union to Preserve Slavery
- Jim Crow Laws that mandated racial segregation were established in Southern States by Democrats
- In 1963 Governor George Wallace stood in front of the doors of the Foster Auditorium of the University of Alabama to prevent black students from entering.  Wallace was a Democrat.
- Senator Robert Byrd, senator for West Virginia, was a Grand Wizard in the KKK.  Although he apologized no one ever considered this past life a reason for him to resign?  I guess it's the same reasoning that allowed Ted Kennedy, after letting Mary Jo Kapechne drown, to keep his Senate seat, never holding him accountable.  Amazing. BTW, Ted Kennedy was a Democrat.
- I recommend you check out two websites that do a more comprehensive job of bullet pointing the Democrats atrocious history of suppressing blacks. Black & Right and Black Republican.

There are a whole host of proactive things the Republicans did that these guys mention as well.

Cox and Archer: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt

This is why I think we are on the slippery slope and there is nothing to grasp.  They say that it isn't the fall that's so bad.  It's the sudden stop.
The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees' future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP. For the year ending Dec. 31, 2011, the annual accrued expense of Medicare and Social Security was $7 trillion. Nothing like that figure is used in calculating the deficit. In reality, the reported budget deficit is less than one-fifth of the more accurate figure.
Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

Menu Labeling: Another Job-Killing Regulation in ObamaCare

It's getting harder and harder not to become jaded at what I see. The more about O'Bamacare I read, the more I am utterly disgusted.

In a truly unprecedented move and despite the fact that 95 percent of what’s in a supermarket is already labeled, grocery stores may become subject to the regulation as well because of the language FDA uses in its proposed rule: “restaurants and similar retail food establishments.” Again, if the provision is implemented as written, “It’s gonna have a huge impact on whether they have to scale back a store. In this economic environment, they’re having trouble keeping stores open period…or scale back fresh offerings,” FMI’s director of government relations Robert Rosado explains. “It’s silly when literally you take produce and just because you cut it then that triggers you being in this thing. It’s very counter-intuitive.” With already high commodity and energy costs, the internalization of expenses has gone as far as it can, he adds.

And what about the research showing menu labeling helps reduce obesity rates and increase overall health? FMI’s Erik Lieberman writes:

“It has been estimated by industry that the costs of extending menu labeling to supermarkets will exceed $1 billion in the first year of compliance alone, and hundreds of million of dollars annually thereafter. Meanwhile, the evidence that menu labeling has any significant impact on public health is scant. Indeed, of the studies FDA cites in the rule, most demonstrate that menu labeling has little to no effect on purchasing habits. Furthermore, no study shows any link to reduction of obesity rates, the purported benefit which FDA used to justify the menu labeling regulation.”

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Obama's Soviet Mistake

This is one of the most embarrassing and humiliating pieces I have ever read in my life.  The Evil Empire?

It's us. My God, what have we become?
Putin in 2009 outlined his strategy for economic success. Alas, poor Obama did the opposite but nevertheless was re-elected. Bye, bye Miss American Pie. The Communists have won in America with Obama but failed miserably in Russia with Zyuganov who only received 17% of the vote. Vladimir Putin was re-elected as President keeping the NWO order out of Russia while America continues to repeat the Soviet mistake.

After Obama was elected in his first term as president the then Prime Minister of Russia, Vladimir Putin gave a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in January of 2009. Ignored by the West as usual, Putin gave insightful and helpful advice to help the world economy and saying the world should avoid the Soviet mistake.
The Soviet Mistake. This is PRAVDA saying this.  What honesty!!  As a kid we used to laugh when reading articles written in Pravda.  We ALL knew that Pravda was the mouthpiece of the USSR.


Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

My first thought was this was going to be a dumb article.  On the contrary, it's terrible!  The extremely low number of employees doesn't surprise me.  And...I guess the State taking away pretty much any incentive for counties to host PV plants doesn't surprise me either...

An economic consultant hired by the county found that property tax revenue would be a fraction of the customary amount because portions of the plant qualifiy for a solar tax exclusion. Fewer than 10 local workers would land permanent positions — and just 5% of the construction jobs would be filled by county residents. And construction workers are likely to spend their money across the nearby state line, in Nevada.

Worse, the project would cost the county $11 million to $12 million during the 30-month construction phase, with much of the money going to upgrade a historic two-lane road to the plant. Once the plant begins operation, the county estimates taxpayers will foot the bill for nearly $2 million a year in additional public safety and other services.

Is a college degree worth the cost? You decide.

You really have to wonder about what we are being sold as a people.  I've been an engineer for over 30 years now.  I got my degree in 1980 using a mixture of private money, a single student loan and grants from the Federal Government.  It took me a while, but it was well worth it.  But at that time the risk/reward ratio was very  low.  My first semester in college back in 1974 was a whopping $350 a semester.

I've got two things I want to share.  The first is a Peter Schiff youtube video where he goes to Burbon Street to ask workers if they got a college degree.  The answers are shocking.



The next is an article on Yahoo! 9 Unbelievable Student Loan Horror Stories:
...I am currently a public school teacher with an income of $50,000, barely enough income to pay the interest-only payments. I have never missed a payment in over ten years ... and my loan balance stands at $105,000. To date, I have paid over $40,000 in loan payments and because my income restricts me to interest-only payments, and the 7% daily capitalized interest rate, I now owe $15,000 more than I borrowed....

My student loan situation has nothing to do with a lack of financial responsibility.

I have never missed a student loan payment and I have paid off $20,000 in credit card debt and a $10,000 car loan since graduation. I have no mortgage or any other outstanding debt, just my student loans. I have a credit score of 820. However, because of the usurious interest rates, capitalization of interest and the sole option of interest-only payments, I will never be able to pay off my student loan. It’s just not possible, unless I win the lottery."
I just can't believe the interest rates these kids are getting charged especially in this day and age of record low mortgage rates. It's just incredible.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Obamacare Meets Reality. Reality Wins.

I talked about this happening.
For every law that was meant to right a wrong forever gets twisted to do the opposite and instead it wrongs a right.
Governments are good at DESTROYING.  That is why our Founding Fathers tried to minimize their influence.

Now, Redstate talks about Obamacare and its affects:
What Obamacare has done in the name of providing universal health care is to make it advantageous to employers to provide no health care whatsoever. This isn’t necessarily bad, in my view one of the major shortfalls of our current system is that the policy is owned by the employer rather than the employee, but what is bad is when such a sea change occurs when the actual operational concept was to expand the scope of coverage provided by employers.

By gold plating the minimum policy, employers are encouraged to carry no policy at all. To avoid the fines associated with not providing coverage employers have an incentive to reduce a vast majority of employees to working less than 30 hours per week. If you are a waiter, your employer now has an incentive to reduce your tip income to avoid health care costs...
Now, this is all Conservative websites.  Is this really Reality?  If it is, then we might see the End of O'Bamacare.  Or at the very least, an overhaul.

California to Las Vegas party train could hit tracks in 2013

Now this is an idea whose time has come.

After striking an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad last week, the Las Vegas Railway Express is one step closer to bringing to life the X Train, a luxurious "party train" complete with big screen TVs, recliners and two ultra lounges.

"The whole idea is when you get on a train, you feel like you're in Las Vegas," said Michael Barron, president and CEO of the $100 million venture that hopes to launch its maiden voyage on New Year's Eve 2013. "It's essentially a nightclub on wheels." Tourists can't get from Southern California to Las Vegas by rail alone, and Barron's company isn't the first to try and fix that. The much talked about XpressWest project proposes a high-speed train connecting Sin City to the region from which it draws 25 percent of its tourists.

But it's a multibillion-dollar proposal that would require setting new tracks, and it's often panned as a "train to nowhere" because the first phase would start in relatively obscure Victorville, about 100 miles outside of Los Angeles.

The X Train proposal calls for an Amtrak crew aboard a 576-passenger train that runs at standard speeds on traditional tracks.

It would start in Fullerton -- already home to an Amtrak station and part of Southern California's Metrolink commuter train network -- and end in downtown Las Vegas.
Here's the link to XpressWest's website.

California among few states clinging to pen as cursive writing is erased from curriculum

It was 1987. We had just enrolled our son into a very small Christian-run private school.  We're talking Independent Baptist private school.  It's hard to get more right wing conservative than that.  The principal stood before the parents to discuss the new school year.  He methodically went over the curricula and what was expected of us a parents.  Then he made a statement that was the most prescient thing I have ever heard in my life:

Cursive writing was going away.

As we were all headed into the Digital Age and all writing would be on the computer keyboard, there was no need to learn cursive writing anymore.  Here was a man with amazingly clear-headed thinking.  Even though this was breathed 25 years ago, I never forgot it because it reflected a monumental amount of forward thinking.  Because, here we are doing just that.  Getting rid of cursive writing.  And CA is behind the times.

The state's posture on penmanship is not likely to undercut its place at the leading edge of technology, but it has teachers and students divided over the value of learning flowing script and looping signatures in an age of touchpads and mobile devices.

Some see it as a waste of time, an anachronism in a digitized society where even signatures are electronic, but others see it as necessary so kids can hone fine motor skills, reinforce literacy and develop their own unique stamp of identity.
Yeah, whatever.   I just know my grades in penmanship were always mediocre.  About the only thing that will be missed are the swarthy signatures I and many people employ.  Maybe that's the "unique stamp of identity" they're talking about.

Friday, November 23, 2012

No Thanks for Thanksgiving

Looks like someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning.
One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.

In fact, indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas.
He goes on about America's Thanksgiving  being Nazi-like and such.  So, since Spanish Conquistadors which present day Hispanics are descended from (among other Spanish speaking peoples), we can refer to them as White Supramicists?  Is that ok? I mean, at some point the narrative changed to "White Anglos" were the racists.  Is it ok to include Spanish as well?

Later in the article the author talks about the criminal brutality on a grand scale.  But I guess he really means criminal brutality on a "grander scale" than the type that the Indians used on each other.  But the author of the piece would never admit that American Indians (or Native Americans...but from what we have been taught, the "Native Americans" are no more native to America than the Europeans were since Indian ancestors migrated across the land bridge that supposedly existed at one time) ever fought one another.
In addition to decimation by war with European groups (in contrast to those who worked to covert Indians to faith in Christ), armed conflict and ritual violence between Indians themselves are of considerable antiquity in North America. In North American Indigenous Warfare and Ritual Violence, it is evidenced that in contrast to revisionist history that tribal warfare was more like football games, recent findings provide more evidence that from antiquity Indians fought each other, that internecine "warfare was ubiquitous; every major culture area of native North America reviewed herein has produced archaeological, ethnohistorical, osteological, or ethnographic evidence of armed conflict and ritual violence." This could involve the taking of human trophies being encouraged before contact with Europeans, and hostilities that at least among some areas resulted in "the massacre and mutilation of men, women, and children."
Yes, American Indians gave battle and lost mainly due to European weapon superiority.  But a huge part, if not majority of deaths were disease related - something humans had no idea or concept of.  To place the blame of that on settlers as some sort of deliberate action is wrong.  In fact, by the time the Pilgrims had landed, small pox had already obliterated many of the American Indians in that area.  Sad?  Yes!

The GOP and Racism, Yet Again

To this day I don't understand how the GOP ever got branded as the racist party.  Do you know what I think?  I think conservatives ought to just throw around the label just like the Dems do.  No matter what they say or do, just call it racist.  It works for them!
Never mind that Republicans haven’t had a white secretary of state since Lawrence Eagleburger concluded his term two decades ago. Never mind that Republicans appointed the first black secretary of state ever (Colin Powell) and the first black female secretary of state ever (Condoleezza Rice, arguably the star of the GOP convention in August). Also, never mind that Rice’s handling of Benghazi — and several other matters — can quite defensibly be dubbed incompetent. That doesn’t stop Democrats or liberal pundits from crying racism.
 Written by a true racist! There! See how easy that was?  By Mr Golberg denouncing racism, he proves he's a racist.  So, I will use the following language to prove my point: Jonah (racist) Golberg (racist) and the (racist) Republican Party are for (racist) policies that promote (racist) equality among (racist) people and uh....racist., racist, racist.

Honestly, though, I really believe we ought to employ the same language the Dems do.  Whenever they speak out against...whatever or whoever, we label them racist using the word as many times as we can.  We ought to call whatever they do as a war on women just like they do to Republicans.  Let THEM try to defend themselves!  Republicans MUST take control of the language AWAY from them!  At first they will blow off the charges.  But one by one they will get irritated and find themselves going on the defensive.  The tactic worked for them!  Why not us??

Nevada trying to lure companies from tax-hit California

I think that the low hanging fruit was picked...but now there is more, newer low hanging fruit.
"In terms of businesses in California considering or actually relocating here, I can tell you taxes are the primary motivation," said Brown.

Nevada does not have a personal income tax. The Silver State's sales tax rate is 6.85 percent, with local rates adding as much as 1.25 percent.

Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., bet big in November asking voters to approve the measure to help solve the state's ongoing budget deficit. The Legislative Analyst's Office in Sacramento now predicts a much smaller budget deficit of $1.9 billion through the next fiscal year.

The state's budget shortfall was projected to be $16 billion.

Skancke said don't expect to see a major marketing campaign before the start of 2013.

"It's the end of the year … and to get the creative work done will take some time," Skancke said. "What you'll see our development staff doing is reaching out to their contacts in California. We may do some direct mail and other marketing."

Skancke, who took over running the LVREDC on Nov. 1, said it was a "tough time of year to do anything."

The Silver State is not alone in trying to entice California companies to move. Arizona and Texas are trying to poach jobs from the Golden State, Brown said.

He said both states are specifically targeting companies in Southern California. Brown said Texas and Nevada don't have personal income taxes, while the rate in Arizona ranges from 2.59 percent to 4.54 percent.

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council recently announced it is expanding its California 50 program to 100 California-based CEOs due to high demand. The program aims to fly 50 Golden State CEOs to Phoenix to tour the market.

"The response to the California 50 program has been overwhelming," said GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome. "We've heard from CEOs up and down the California coast, representing firms in the technology, medical device, financial and life sciences industries.

Broome said the companies have ranged in size from 300 to 10,000 employees.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Socialism Didn’t Work in 1620 Either

Happy Thanksgiving.

As the nation that was once the Shining "City upon a Hill" we are on our way toward yet another wave of socialism.  We tried it under FDR and find ourselves struggling with his legacy of social security.  The other wave was under Johnson and his "war on poverty".  The double barrel legacy of medicaid and medicare haunt us today with massive amounts of fraud and expenses.

The third, and I predict LAST, wave is O'Bamacare.  Each wave is considered an entitlement. (What I don't understand is why free money from the State is considered an entitlement and consequently a right, while being able to keep your money that you worked so hard to earn is not).  Since O'Bamacare is so massive in scope, I think we will find ourselves struggling with it sooner rather than later.

The good news is, and I pray to God I am not being unrealistically optimistic, we have learned our lessons in the past.  Just like we did even before the nation was founded and will once again learn our lesson, albeit, the hard way.

On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 souls on board.

The Pilgrims were initially organized as a Collectivist society. Their contract with their European sponsoring businessmen stipulated that they would function as a Socialist group with each person contributing to the common good and in turn each receiving an equal share of the produce. The Plymouth Colony, its buildings, and its lands would all be owned in common.

William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Colony, composed the 1620 Mayflower Compact during the voyage. Its purpose was to codify an agreement among the 102 settlers, including his 40 Pilgrims, to live together and to function as a group. All were to be treated justly and equally no matter what their religious beliefs, a truly revolutionary concept for the time.

The Mayflower landed the settlers of Plymouth Colony on December 21, 1620. The winter was cold and food was in short supply. Half of the Pilgrims died during that first winter, including William Bradford’s wife. During the next year, the local Indians befriended them and taught them to plant corn and to fish for eel and cod.

It became evident during this first crop year that few worked hard to produce crops and other goods for the benefit of the Colony. As a result, there was not that much food and prosperity after that first growing season. That first harvest festival in 1621 (Thanksgiving) was shared with their Wampanoag Indian neighbors. The Pilgrims gave thanks to God for what they had.

They really had not achieved abundance that first year. Even the strong and the able had not worked very hard. There was resentment and squabbling among the settlers over what little they did have.

Governor William Bradford realized Socialism was not going to work. He wisely abolished the Socialist principles on which the Plymouth Colony had been founded. Each family was then given a plot of land to farm and harvest for themselves. The settlers kept what they produced for themselves.

The Colony quickly became prosperous with more than sufficient food for everyone. They produced enough food and other goods to open a trading post where they traded with the local Indians.

With the profits they created, the settlers quickly paid off their sponsors. News of their prosperity spread, encouraging others to brave the perils of the New World and to enjoy its early blessings of liberty and prosperity.

William Bradford wrote in his Journal,

“The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years...that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God.”

"For this community (so far as it was) was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without [being paid] that was thought injustice.”

“This [free enterprise] had very good success, for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.”


Long before Karl Marx and Barack Obama, America’s early settlers quickly learned that the principles of Socialism resulted in economic disaster and extensive personal suffering. These people at Plymouth Colony did not try to perfect Socialism. They quickly and permanently eliminated Socialism.

William Bradford and his fellow settlers were out of reach of their European masters and their business sponsors. They were the start of our great experiment in Liberty. They were free to work for their own benefit without fear that their government would take liberally from what they produced. They sowed the seeds of Liberty, religious freedom, and free enterprise that eventually led to the American Revolution, American Exceptionalism, and the achievement of the American Dream.

Let us be thankful for the lessons we've learned.  And let us pray we obtain the Wisdom to apply these lessons.

Los Angeles Following in the Footsteps of Detroit: The long, slow, steady decline of a once-great city.

LA has the nation's second largest population.  How far and how hard will the fall be? (That's a rhetorical question). The guy who wrote this article was with the police department there.
I take no joy in reporting this, for I always assumed I would live out my days in the city where I was born and where my roots are deep. My father was born in Los Angeles, which by L.A. standards is akin to tracing one’s roots back to the Mayflower. But some time ago the Divine Mrs. Dunphy and I were faced with a decision: Where would it be best for us to plant our own roots and make the best possible life for our family. Having had the perspective offered by many years with the LAPD, I was armed with as much information on the city as anyone is likely to have. I was like that man on the riverbank watching all that water flow inexorably downstream. For us the choice was clear. We now live in a suburban community outside Los Angeles, close enough to enjoy L.A.’s many charms, but far enough away to avoid its many flaws.


How Bad is it in California?

I thought this was pretty funny.  What the author didn't realize was this hoax article was based off of the Walter Williams op-ed where he suggested CA was within its rights to do this. My parting comment was that he shouldn't give CA any ideas.
John Smithton, Sacramento Times

Updated 12:19 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012 LOS ANGELES - Democrats after gaining a two-thirds majority in both the California Assembly and Senate following Tuesday's election, will be bringing several new laws forward, all without the need for Republican votes.

The most striking of these is a bill which would restrict wealthy California wage earners from leaving the state without facing a large penalty assessment on their real estate and financial assets....

"It's time to start anew and to live within our means but at the same time invest in the cornerstone of our future and of our economy. We need those fortunate enough with higher incomes to continue paying their fair share, and if that means making them pay dearly if they decide to leave our state so be it," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said in a telephone interview....

State Democrats have also proposed forming a new branch of the state police, to be known as the "STASI" or "State Team Action to Stem Income" which would be staffed with volunteers from every community, monitoring residents contemplating moving out of the state. The staffers would report on neighbors and family members with moving plans or otherwise acting suspiciously....

The other clue was the use of the term STASI which was the state secret police in East Germany (DDR).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Santa Monica may bar Nativity scenes in public areas, judge rules

I think the churches ought to sue the Atheists for conspiring against them.  And I think the judge is completely wrong.  But, hey, what do I know?
"It's all or nothing in these cases," he said. "If the government opens up and creates a limited forum, it can't practice viewpoint discrimination. But it can say, well, we're not going to have any.... There has to be a level playing field in the public sphere."

Since 1953, the coalition each December has erected a tableau of scenes depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.

A few years ago, the tradition offended Damon Vix, an atheist, who applied to put up a booth next to the Nativity story. Last year, he encouraged other atheists to flood the city with applications, including a satirical homage to the "Pastafarian religion" featuring a representation of the "Flying Spaghetti Monster."

To keep things fair and legal, the city held a lottery to parcel out slots. Atheists won 18 of 21 spaces. A Jewish group won another. The Nativity story that traditionally took up 14 displays was jammed into two.

Hollywood's 1954 Thanksgiving Prayer: 'We Thank Thee for the Privilege of Living as Free Men'

Would we EVER see something like this out of Hollywood ever again?  Color me skeptical.
On Thanksgiving week in 1954, NBC aired a holiday-themed “Father Knows Best” that ended with the family praying before their meal, including thanking God “for the privilege of living as free men in a country which respects our freedom and our personal rights to worship and think and speak as we choose.”

Twinkicide: Death By Liberalism

This is Leftist ideology at its core.  It's their way or the highway.  But in the end, it means death.  I like the term Twinkicide.  I think I'll use it.  TOO LATE!  The author uses it to describe CA!!
Then there's the state of California.

The place is a disaster. Once a rich state, the center of the American universe with California Dreamin' an anthem to the state's magnet-like ability to draw people from not only around the country but the world to its glamorous precincts, it is now busily driving people away as it slowly sinks. Sinks into a morass of high taxes, out-of-control debt, lousy schools and fleeing businesses. Only this month Governor Jerry Brown sold his tax-addicted constituents that yes, what California needed was another tax! Up went taxes -- again -- on higher incomes, while a sales tax increase was approved for everyone. The state has a $16 billion deficit while carrying the highest debt load of any state in the nation -- $618 billion. Notes the Weekly Standard's Charlotte Allen:

That latter amount includes up to $500 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for 220,000 state employees plus billions in unpaid bills, delayed payments to schools, and amounts raided from dedicated funds to cover general expenses.
All of these woes and more are sending the state headlong into a swan dive in an empty concrete swimming pool. Will the liberals who have managed this debacle change course? Admit liberalism is driving the state inevitably, nor to mention faster by the day, into bankruptcy? Are you kidding? They would prefer… all together now…

Twinkicide! Death by liberalism is the new California Dreamin'.
This is EXACTLY what I have been talking about since the beginning.  The poor? Not important.  The Hispanics?  Not important.  Blacks?  Not important.  Women?  Not important.  The ONLY thing that matters is LEFTIST IDEOLOGY.







Monday, November 19, 2012

Atheists' move halts Christmas tradition in California, churches go to court to get it back

I talked about this last year.  The park gave lot reservations to mostly atheists who didn't even use many of their spaces.  They crowded out the Christians who wanted to set up Christian themed decorations.  Because of the huge stink raised, the city's answer was to ban the practice altogether.  Stupid. So now the city is being sued.  Who didn't see this coming?

The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee argues in its lawsuit that atheists have the right to protest, but that freedom doesn't trump the Christians' right to free speech.

"If they want to hold an opposing viewpoint about the celebration of Christmas, they're free to do that — but they can't interfere with our right to engage in religious speech in a traditional public forum," said William Becker, attorney for the committee. "Our goal is to preserve the tradition in Santa Monica and to keep Christmas alive."

The city doesn't prohibit churches from caroling in the park, handing out literature or even staging a play about the birth of Jesus and churches can always set up a nativity on private land, Deputy City Attorney Jeanette Schachtner said in an email. The decision to ban the displays also saves the city, which had administered the cumbersome lottery process used to award booths, both time and money while preserving the park's aesthetics, she said.

For his part, Vix is surprised — and slightly amused — at the legal battle spawned by his solitary act but doesn't plan anything further.

"That was such a unique and blatant example of the violation of the First Amendment that I felt I had to act," said the 44-year-old set builder. "If I had another goal, it would be to remove the 'under God' phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance — but that's a little too big for me to take on for right now."
So, by attempting to crowd out the Christian displays is NOT a violation of free speech? It most certainly is!  I would call this a conspiracy to stanch free speech and religious freedom.




PUBLIC NUDITY BAN EYED IN FED-UP SAN FRANCISCO

Surely, the free living nudist could see this coming?  We're talking San Francisco here.

The proposed ban predictably has produced outrage, as well as a lawsuit. Last week, about two dozen people disrobed in front of City Hall and marched around the block to the amusement of gawking tourists and high school students on a field trip.

Stripped down to his sunglasses and hiking boots, McCray Winpsett, 37, said he understands the disgust of residents who would prefer not to see the body modifications and sex enhancement devices sported by some of the Castro nudists. But he thinks Wiener's prohibition goes too far in undermining a tradition "that keeps San Francisco weird."

"A few lewd exhibitionists are really ruining it for the rest of us," he said. "It's my time to come out now to present myself in a light and show what true nudity is all about so people can separate the difference between what a nudist is and an exhibitionist is."
Uh...so his "sex enhancement devices" aren't lewd?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

WALTERS: California now a 2-tier economy

Congrats CA!
So, to put it in the vernacular, California's rich are richer and its poor are poorer, in relative terms, than almost anywhere else in the nation. And that stratification also has, as those two academics predicted a quarter-century ago, an ethnic element. They saw a mostly white and Asian overclass, a mostly black and Latino underclass and a smaller middle class.

What happened? The decline of a once-vigorous industrial economy wiped out countless well-paying, middle-class jobs. The emergence of a post-industrial economy rooted in trade, services and technology marginalized those without the specific talents and training the new economy demanded.

Public policy did not adjust to that new economic reality, nor to the rapid ethnic diversification of the state's population.

In particular, public education failed to adjust -- in part because school finance and governance shifted from local hands to state politicians and bureaucrats and became politically polarized. The very wide disparities in educational outcomes, from test scores to dropout rates, between white and Asian students on one end and black and Latino kids on the other attest to that failure.

This socioeconomic evolution paralleled, in time, another evolution, from a fairly conservative, red state to a somewhat liberal, blue state. Whether it's cause and effect is debatable, but it is, at least, noteworthy.

The state's dominant Democrats profess to oppose socioeconomic stratification and champion egalitarianism and mobility and say they want to spend more in that direction, but with recently approved tax increases, the state already has one of the nation's highest state and local tax burdens.

Welcome to reality. 

Democrats, stop before you tax again!

No!  Let 'em tax!  They're government addicts!  It's all they know to do!
Ah, the car tax. The one that got us all into this mess in the first place. In the late 1990s, Gov. Pete Wilson led an effort to reduce the car tax from the 2% level it had held since it replaced a local property tax on cars in the 1930s. It was supposed to return to 2% in the event of fiscal emergency. Gov. Gray Davis faced a fiscal emergency and raised the car tax back to 2%. Californians were outraged and listened to Arnold Schwarzenegger, who ran a recall campaign based primarily on his promise to drive down the car tax. He was true to his word — he knocked it back down to 0.65% and blew a hole in the budget that was never filled, that threatened schools, defunded cities and counties, contributed to the need for prison realignment and sped up California's tailspin.

Now that voters have filled the hole with Proposition 30 and Democrats have won a supermajority, state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) has taken the opportunity to propose a ballot measure to raise the car tax again. Was Lieu merely the first Democrat out of the gate, and is his tax proposal just the first of many?

Restoring the car tax makes a lot of sense, or at least it did before we passed Proposition 30 in large part because lawmakers couldn't get the car tax done. Now we're going to have both? And instead of paying for local government, now the car tax would pay for road construction? Without any discussion of priorities?

Shouldn't we be restoring funding that used to go to local government? Shouldn't we restore cuts made to the courts, to schools, to child and senior safety net programs? Shouldn't we remember that Californians rejected a car tax increase (Proposition 21) to pay for parks just two years ago, or that after it was rejected, millions of dollars in unspent funds were "found" in the California Department of Parks and Recreation? Shouldn't we forget about any new taxes for a year or two and see how responsibly Democrats use the revenue, and the power, they were just given?

Democrats, please. Slow down. Exercise some restraint. Remember, you didn't earn your supermajority. You free-fell into it, without the years of planning and training that Baumgartner gave his record-breaking feat. You're no Felix Baumgartner. You're more like Icarus, happy, heedless, full of yourselves. Please don't crash, lest you take California down with you.

Cancel the kitchen scraps for Republicans

Great article on what lies ahead for CA now that they've voted tax hikes.

California’s real deficit

California’s sham “balanced” 2012-13 budget already was upside-down within weeks of passage. The state had to borrow billions of dollars almost immediately, adding to the skyrocketing debt — a debt that is always understated.

Last May, I wrote about the state’s real budget deficit totals, noting how state Controller John Chiang parsed words by only detailing the status of the general fund.

“The state ended last fiscal year with a cash deficit of $8.2 billion,” the controller reported. “The combined current-year cash deficit stands at $21.5 billion. Those deficits are being covered with $15.1 billion of internal borrowing (temporary loans from special funds) and $6.4 billion of external borrowing.”

But the controller neglected to say that California owes the federal government nearly $10 billion, money that was borrowed to keep joblessness benefits coming to the state’s legions of unemployed; and that it owes $313 million to the state disability insurance trust fund after taking the money to pay for the debt service on the federal loans. Chiang also neglected to include the billions in health care obligations, or the public pension obligations of CalSTRS and CalPERS, the state’s teacher pension and state worker employee pension systems. The pension funds are covered by internal borrowing from special state funds, and more than $6 billion in “external borrowing,” money the state has to pay hefty interest on.

Bottom line: California’s deficit is really more than $35 billion, and that number does not include the more than $500 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. So Brown’s Prop. 30 tax increase, which is estimated to only raise $6 billion, will not go to schools as advertised, but will instead be fed right into the current deficit trough.

California gains 45,800 payroll jobs; unemployment dips to 10.1%

Good news.  But I wonder with all the fresh layoffs what next month will look like.
The state's labor market showed continued strength in October as California employers added 45,800 nonfarm jobs to payrolls last month, outpacing the U.S. growth rate.

The unemployment rate dipped slightly to 10.1% from 10.2%, according to data released Friday by the state Employment Development Department.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

South Dakota looks to lure away dairy farmers

Lure away from parts all over the world.  Including CA:
Two South Dakota dairy processors put up billboards in Tulare County, Calif., which has about 340,000 dairy cows, saying "All our cows in South Dakota are happy."

The billboards followed an earlier ad campaign that touted South Dakota as a better place for dairy business because, unlike California, it doesn't have quotas that limit milk production.

"We think South Dakota is a good place to milk cows," said state Agriculture Secretary Walter Bones. "Our state is one of those areas with tremendous untapped potential."

Earlier this year, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Dauggard went to California on a recruiting mission, telling reporters "we're on a cattle roundup. So if you're out there in the world of dairying and you're looking for a place to plant your dairy, South Dakota is open for business."

...

Some California farmers have shown interest in relocating to South Dakota and elsewhere in the Upper Midwest as the cost of cattle feed has soared in Western states and it has become more expensive to do business because of taxes, regulations and rising land prices.

"We think once they start coming, more will follow," said Jon Davis, CEO of Davisco Food International, which has a cheese factory in South Dakota and backs the billboard campaign.

South Dakota sells dairy products worldwide. Earlier this year, Bel Brands USA said it was building a $100 million cheese plant near Brookings, in the eastern part of the state, that will employ 400 people.

"People have invested a lot of money in the processing industry here. The only piece of the puzzle that's missing is the farms," Davis said.

CALIFORNIA: THE STATE OF LEARNED HELPLESSNESS

I am not entirely sure CA fits under this phrase.  But it is the best I can come up with.  Wikipedia has a good definition of the phrase:
Learned helplessness is the condition of a human or animal that has learned to behave helplessly, failing to respond even though there are opportunities for it to help itself by avoiding unpleasant circumstances or by gaining positive rewards. Learned helplessness theory is the view that clinical depression and related mental illnesses may result from a perceived absence of control over the outcome of a situation. Organisms which have been ineffective and less sensitive in determining the consequences of their behavior are defined as having acquired learned helplessness.

I found an article where someone took this idea and applied it to other social issues and as usual, I have not one original thought in my head:
And so we come full circle to Seligman’s research. Liberal rhetoric convinces people that they need government assistance to succeed; which in turn fuels “learned helplessness." This is the reason why the “War on Poverty” has been, for all intents and purpose, an utter failure. Although designed to be “the way out” of poverty, welfare programs fail because those that receive the benefits have little self-efficacy.

To revive America, we must put an end to the victim mentality and invoke a spirit of self-reliance. We do that by being coaches and cheerleaders to those who need help. Instead of giving handouts, lend a hand up and show people that they control their own destiny. While this will not completely fix the issues that face our country, it is a step in the right direction. Independence isn’t easy, but it’s far more fulfilling than being helpless.  

WHEN GOP WAS IN CHARGE CALIFORNIA WAS GOLDEN – NOW IT’S A POVERTY-STRICKEN BROKE STATE

This is the truth.  The Democrats have ruled the roost since the mid 90s and all the problems in CA are NOT the Democrats fault?  What is everyone in CA smoking?
Of course, Leonard and Democrats cheer this news because maintaining power has always been the goal of Democrats.

And after thirty years of absolute Democrat control the once Golden State looks like this…

Today California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.

...

And in 2011 California was the second brokest state. Only Illinois is more broke.

But Democrats see this as success. California is on the path to Third Worldism and Democrats cheer. After all, they’re in charge and that’s what matters. And now Obama wants to turn the rest of the country into California.
In some ways this reminds me of Learned Helplessness.  I'll talk about this in the next post.

Kaiser Permanente Lays Off Hundreds of Southern California Workers

This doesn't look to be a good Thanksgiving.  I bet Christmas isn't going to be good either.
One of the nation's largest HMOs is laying off 530 employees in Southern California this weekend, including some in San Diego County, a company official confirmed Saturday.

Kaiser Permanente said the layoffs -- constituting about eight-tenths of one percent of its employees -- would be spread across its 65,700 employees and doctors working in offices and hospitals from Kern County to the Mexican border.

Under its union contracts, the laid-off employees who are in unions will get income and benefits for a year. Many will also be rehired in 2013, when Kaiser Permanente expects "significant membership growth" next year.
I think the only thing worse than Obamacare is an HMO.

Friday, November 16, 2012

In California, 'Republican' Is Becoming A Toxic Label

And that is a real shame.  CA rejects conservative and libertarian principles at their own peril.
That's right — just 29.4 percent of California voters are now registered Republicans. Meanwhile, a growing number of all voters in California are Latino, now more than one-fifth of the electorate.

In the past couple of elections, Latinos around the country voted roughly 2 to 1 for Democrats. But in California, Latinos have been fleeing the Republican Party since this ad ran in 1994:

"They keep coming," the ad said. "Two million illegal immigrants in California. The federal government won't stop them at the border."

Then-Gov. Pete Wilson, a Republican, hitched his re-election campaign to Proposition 187, which denied public services for illegal immigrants. That included banning children from public schools.

And even though Proposition 187 was thrown out by the courts, "the bill is coming due," says Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. "This has mobilized vast numbers of Latino voters. Now they're really pouring to the polls."
There are several ways of looking at this.  One is that Latinos have decided race trumps allegiance to country.  Personally, I find the thought offensive. I would never in a million years think that Korean illegal immigration is a good thing.  I would be for throwing them in jail and deporting them just as much as Latinos or whatever.

The idea that Republicans are for the Rich guy is another straw dog.  Looking at what is happening to CA, how can one think that?  CA is awash in unemployed people be they white, Hispanic or what.   Other than liberal Schwarzzenegger the state has been controlled by Democrats.

I think it's pretty obvious being a Democrat is all about keep you poor.

After strike deadline passes, Hostess threatens liquidation

Well, I hear that it wasn't a threat.  It was the grim reality of things.  I think the threat was the other way from the workers.

The last sentence states 300 Hostess employees work in Sacramento.



Carbon tax is economic suicide for state

Sorry, Allan.  Even without the purchasing of carbon credits, the curtailing of carbon dioxide emissions is economic suicide.

The air board, however, has gone beyond what is spelled out in the law by also requiring companies to pay for the ability to emit carbon. The only revenue the Legislature authorized the air board to raise is that needed to administer the carbon reduction program. There is no way to know where the money from this carbon tax increase will be spent because there is no law authorizing it.

Over the past two years, repeated calls for the air board to remove the auction element from their cap-and-trade design fell on deaf ears. We were left with no choice other than to sue.

Our goal is for the air board to create a legal, cost-effective approach. This will protect our competitiveness and enable other states to join us in addressing global climate change. The truly interesting thing about the approach of the air board, by both its own admission and according to a Legislative Analyst's Office report, is that the auction is unnecessary to meet the goals of AB32.

Comparing California to Detroit and Cleveland, Phoenix group doubles its offer for CEOs who want to flee

Things have been quiet on the moving front up until now.

Though Broome wouldn't name any specific CEOs who've inquired about the "California 100" program, he said they're from several different industries.

"Aerospace, advanced manufacturing companies and life science companies, which sort of surprises us, since you're the life sciences center of the country," Broome told me Thursday.

Public Health Proposal Considers Mandatory ‘Smokers License’

This is just outrageous.  When are we going to get these Fascists out of our lives?  When are we as a people going to say we've had enough??
In a controversial move, the smartcard would allow the government to limit how many cigarettes a smoker could buy. Professor Chapman suggests 50 per day averaged over two weeks to accommodate heavy smokers. The anti-smoking activist told the Daily Mail that the sale of tobacco is currently subject to trivial controls compared to other dangerous products that threaten both public and personal safety.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

California should lead oil-shale revolution

Yes, it should, but it won't.  One company already tried but was faced with so much opposition and lawsuits they just walked away.
A 2011 federal report on California’s biggest oil shale resource, known as the Monterey Formation, estimated it had at least 15.4 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil. That’s four times bigger than the Bakken formation, where oil drilling has turned North Dakota into an economic dynamo. Our state’s shale resource extends from the eastern edge of Silicon Valley south to Kern County.

On Dec. 12, the federal Bureau of Land Management is set to auction off drilling rights to nearly 18,000 acres in Monterey, San Benito and Fresno counties. We hope Gov. Jerry Brown and state regulators talk a calm look at fracking and its long history.

Environmentalists’ griping about fracking’s allegedly huge downside only ramped up when new methods proved transformative for oil and gas exploration.

Unfortunately, lawsuits are inevitable. A lawsuit over the Dec. 12 lease auction has already been threatened. Meanwhile, a much smaller BLM lease auction of 2,700 acres from September 2011 is already tied up in litigation filed by the Center for Biological Diversity.

Even if California’s media haven’t caught on to the state’s potential for a Bakken-style economic boom, the oil industry has. By far the BLM’s biggest 2011 lease was the $180,000 paid for a 200-acre parcel by Vintage Production California, a Bakersfield-based subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum, the third-largest U.S. oil and gas producer. On Oxy’s website, it estimates the shale reserves on California land it already controls to have over 20 billion barrels of potential oil – a claim that the company says is made in accordance with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rule that only “economically producible” reserves can be cited in SEC filings.

California has highest poverty rate in the U.S., new Census Bureau report reveals

I'm sorry, but you could see this coming from a mile away.

The US Census Bureau is testing a new way to measure poverty – and the new measurement indicates that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation.

Almost a quarter of Californians now live in poverty, according to the new Supplemental Poverty Measure, released Wednesday.

Under the new measure, California's poverty rate increases from 16.3 percent to 23.5 percent of the population. Not only is that the highest in the nation, but it represents the largest jump from the official rate. The increase is driven in part by California's high cost of living.



Algae-based Biodiesel B20 being sold in California

It's pretty amazing how much oil is found in algae.

The fuel, known as Biodiesel B20, went on sale Tuesday at gas stations in Berkeley, Oakland, Redwood City and San Jose as part of a month-long pilot program, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Biodiesel B20 is made from 20 percent algae and 80 percent petroleum, and can be used by any vehicle that runs on diesel. Advocates say it is the first in a wave of clean fuel to hit the marketplace.

"We are putting a stake in the ground," said Matt Horton, chief executive officer of Propel Fuels, as he prepared to fill the first tank with the algae-based product at a Valero station in Redwood City. "We hope to build hundreds of stations like this in California."

The fuel's algae was grown by South San Francisco-based Solazyme Inc. and already has been used in trials by the military and industrial companies.

It was sold for about $4.25 a gallon at the Redwood City station, about the same as the average price for diesel fuel in California.

"We're talking about fuels that are offered at standard diesel pricing," said Bob Ames, Solazyme's vice president in charge of fuels and commercialization.
Unfortunately, algae derived biodiesel is pretty expensive and probably couldn't compete with regular soybean or palm oil derived biodiesel outside of CA.

ABB Solves 100-Year-Old Electrical Puzzle – New Technology To Enable Future DC Grid

HVDC (High Voltage Direct Current) apparently is cheaper to carry over very long transmission lines than AC.  This can save money for a lot of new power plants that are out in the middle of nowhere.  Power plants such as Wind and Solar PV are usually not very close to transmission lines.

The Hybrid HVDC breaker development has been a flagship research project for ABB, which invests over $1B annually in R&D activities. The breadth of ABB’s portfolio and unique combination of in-house manufacturing capability for power semiconductors, converters and high voltage cables (key components of HVDC systems) were distinct advantages in the new development.

HVDC technology is needed to facilitate the long distance transfer of power from hydropower plants, the integration of offshore wind power, the development of visionary solar projects, and the interconnection of different power networks. ABB pioneered HVDC nearly 60 years ago and continues to be a technology driver and market leader with many innovations and developments. With over 70 HVDC projects, ABB accounts for around half the global installed base, representing an installed capacity of more than 60,000 megawatts (MW).

Deployment of HVDC has led to an increasing number of point-to-point connections in different parts of the world. The logical next step is to connect the lines and optimize the network. ABB is already working on the construction of multi-terminal systems and the latest DC breaker innovation is a major step in the evolution of HVDC grids. In parallel to the new hybrid breaker development, ABB has an established HVDC grid simulation center developing solutions for future DC overlay grid operations.
Wikipedia has an article on HVDC.  Luckily, it's an easy read since I barely passed my cicuits analysis class in college.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Worst Is Yet To Come For California

I am not surprised.
Now, with the implementation of California’s massive Global Warming law set to take effect, not to mention the passage of huge sales and income increases, California will be the highest taxed and regulated state in the world. It already ranks last in the U.S. as a place to start a business because of taxes and regulations, and is witness to many employers leaving the state.

In light of that, you can ask yourself some basic questions: Did California get this way because Republicans held up even more taxes? Or more Regulations? Or more Spending?

If you leave your common sense behind, the Sacramento Democrats and their supporting media would have you believe that California is not taxed enough, that spending needs to rise even more and that more regulation is needed. If they get an Assembly super majority to match the Senate Super majority they now have, California will get just what those Democrats want.

The public employee unions, which have paid for the Democrat successes at the ballot box this year with taxpayer derived money, didn’t even wait a day before raising the specter of more business taxes. Their Senate leader wants to give municipalities the right to make it easier for them to raise taxes. Some party elders, i.e. Willie Brown, already have suggested that Prop 13, the historic property tax limitation law that launched a national tax revolution, be “reformed” – read have the cap on increases for commercial property taxes lifted.

Marin Voice: Ruling Democrats are ruining California

She hit the nail on the head.

What the California dude on the street hasn't realized is that the Democrats he votes for are the very same Democrats who are giving him the shaft.

Here's how. Proposition 30 has been positioned as the last savior for education by imposing higher sales taxes on Californians and a heavier tax burden on higher incomes-supposedly the richest among us, but it really hits small business and some in the middle class hard. As sales taxes creep even higher, consumption will continue to plummet and negatively impact tax revenues. This will not cure education's budgetary ills.

Unlike states with high sales taxes that do not have an income tax — like Washington — California hits citizens with the double whammy — high sales and income taxes. This hurts the little guy, the one the Democrats are supposedly looking out for.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Vets to resurrect cross at California site in the desert

A good news story for this Veteran's Day week.

Henry Sandoz, who cared for the original 1930s cross as part of a promise to a dying World War I veteran, will rededicate a new, 7-foot steel cross on the same hilltop. The site is now in private hands as part of a land swap with the National Park Service that ended the longstanding legal dispute, which had become entangled in the thorny issues of patriotism and religion.

"Judges and lawyers may have played their roles, but it was the veterans who earned this memorial, and it is for them it rises once more," said attorney Hiram Sasser of the Texas-based Liberty Institute, which represented veterans in the legal fight.

From Denmark to California, Diet Engineering by Sin Tax Fails

One of the few bright spots in this past election cycle.

The Danish government should be applauded for listening to its consumers and businesses, and for accepting economic realities. The tax on such dietary staples as butter, cream, oil, and cheese not only forced many Danes to purchase lower quality goods from neighboring nations, it also created an administrative nightmare for businesses, reportedly leading to 1,300 lost jobs. The Danish tax ministry conceded that the taxes had not altered citizens’ eating habits and “may be counterproductive at worst.”

We’re not seeing such refreshing candor and acceptance from government officials and their nanny state activists allies in the wake of the votes in California, however. Rather than finding more productive, less intrusive ways to battle obesity, sin tax proponents are busy whining about being outspent in the Richmond and El Monte tax campaigns and plotting ways to introduce soda tax initiatives in more localities and forcing simultaneous votes.

After bankruptcy, California city experiments with letting voters make budget decisions

This could be a resounding success... or be like handing the keys to the vault to a bank robber.  Anyway,

Under a pilot program, Vallejo is using what is known as "participatory budgeting" to figure out where to spend a $3.2 million portion of Measure B, a city tax initiative approved last year. At public assemblies throughout the next few weeks, involved residents are brainstorming ideas -- from youth centers to after school programs, from new playgrounds to music festivals. Any civic project or service will be considered, so long as it fits the financial constraints, and benefits the community.

"I'd like to see the money concentrated on parks," said one man at the meeting.

"I'd like more to go to the youth centers," said another.
They really need to listen to the mayor.

"I have no problems with creativity, but now is not the time to be creative," said Vallejo Mayor Osby Davis. He argues that in a community struggling to get back on its feet, tax dollars should pay for critical city services -- that's it.

"If you talk to the public, they say we want public safety, we want our streets fixed, we want buildings and grounds, we want service -- and we're not doing that," Davis said.

Monday, November 12, 2012

No Meat on Mondays in Los Angeles

What a complete waste of time.  And when will the city start to make this compulsory?

A resolution adopted on Oct. 24 reads: "Be it resolved, that the Council of the City of Los Angeles hereby declares all Mondays as 'Meatless Mondays' in support of comprehensive sustainability efforts as well as to further encourage residents to eat a more varied plant-based diet to protect their health and protect animals."
I think there are more pressing matters to deal with.  What astounds me is that the resolution passed.

Cal/EPA rewrites info on plastic bags for school curriculum

California has finalized its propaganda against the lowly plastic bag.  I guess what amazes me is the antagonism against the plastic industry.   The final wording is terse and very, very weak for the Pro side.  And what a shocker!  Did we really expect anything different?
The revised text also deletes a section that had listed several advantages of plastic bags. Among them: that plastic grocery bags require 70 percent less energy to manufacture than paper bags, that they cost less to transport, that they can be reused and that they can be recycled and made into different products. Also deleted was a list of five questions that students could use to determine whether there were advantages to plastic shopping bags.

Instead, the revised guide — issued Oct. 26 — simply says that “plastic bags are durable, lightweight and take up less space than paper bags … and can be recycled.”

With regard to the plastic bag recycling rate, the new text hedges on what that rate may be, saying that “recycling rates specific to plastic shopping bags are not currently calculated by state or federal agencies.”

However, the revised guide does include a reference to a CalRecycle estimate suggesting that recycling rates for plastic bags distributed by stores in California was 3 percent in 2009; and another to an EPA estimate that the nationwide recycling rate for bags, sacks and plastic wrap is 9 percent.
All I can think of are the millions of gallons of fuel plastic bags have saved as compared to the use of paper sacks.  And think of the tons and tons of dioxin that was circumvented by the use of plastic bags over paper sacks.

Also, I think of the pristine water ways and chemicals and energy saved since polyethylene production requires little water and virually no water as part of the process like paper mills require.  No river choking BOD levels. 

Also, consider the VAST volumes of landfill SAVED because plastic bags (unfortunately) are landfilled INSTEAD of paper sacks.

The use of platic bags is MONUMENTAL in saving our environment and creating wealth and jobs for people.

And all of this happened because we switched from paper to plastic. We were able to eat our cake and have it, too!

DAN WALTERS: Will Legislature's Democrats use supermajority to reform?

Dan, are you kidding?  We know what this means.  Businesses will get hit with more fees.  Fascist agencies like the Coastal Commission will get bigger.  More power will be consolidated in the State.  And more State control will be added.

Dan, this has been the guideline in CA up to this point.  What makes you think that all of a sudden things will change and Democrats start acting responsible?  Look at what you say:

There have been several attempts by the Legislature's majority Democrats to change the initiative process, characterizing them as "reform." But mostly, the proposals would have made it more difficult for conservatives to sponsor ballot measures while leaving liberal groups untouched.
What does this tell YOU?

Proposition 30 win no guarantee of fiscal safety for California

Typical Leftist/Liberals.  We've got more money, let's spend it.  Oh wait.  It's already spent.

The election wasn't even over Tuesday when state Treasurer Bill Lockyer's phone started ringing. Activists of all stripes had the same message for him: With voters apparently poised to approve billions of dollars in tax hikes, it was time to spend more money.

"They had to be reminded the money has already been spent," Lockyer said.
God forbid, CA'ians get to keep it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

America Is California

We are so screwed.

America is now California.

That was a major take-away from Tuesday's election.

The Golden State has long been the incubator for national political trends and themes. Ronald Reagan started here in 1966. The prairie fire of tax reform was kindled by Howard Jarvis and Proposition 13 in 1978. California led the 1992 "Year of the Woman," electing two women U.S. Senators. And the searing debate over illegal immigration that continues to shape the future of national politics was ignited in 1994 by California's Proposition 187.

I'm sorry, but WHAT tax reform?  Oh, you mean that the high state taxes in CA will now be reflected broadly through the Federal Government as well? If you mean tax reform as far as LOWERING taxes, well, that died in CA decades ago.

And I love this sentence near the end:
Despite the fact that national Republicans still control the U.S. House, the toxic GOP brand -- a party of rich, white men in grey suits -- that has crippled the state GOP has begun to define public perception of the national party.
Ballotpedia.org has the net worth of Senators and Reps.  Democratic senators BY FAR are richer than Republicans.  For the House, depending on the year sometimes it's neck-and-neck or Republicans and ahead of the Democrats.  But without a doubt, BOTH parties are filled with evil filthy rich guys.

Friday, November 9, 2012

FORWARD! TO MASS LAYOFFS!

John Hayward at Human Events highlights other layoffs.
An anonymous business owner in Las Vegas told talk-radio host Kevin Wall he fired 22 of his 114 employees on the day after President Obama’s re-election because “elections have consequences” and “at the end of the day, I need to survive.” He said this was necessary to “make sure I have enough money to cover the payroll taxes and the additional health care I’m gonna have to do.”
I read that 85% of Philadelphians voted for O'Bama.  I should follow what's going on there.  Looks like a lot of these O'bama supporters will wake up with a shock.

But, hey.  That will just have them cling bitterly to their new prez.

O'BAMA WINS! But by winning, he loses. Layoffs have started.

The Blaze has an article listing all of the layoffs that are occurring since the O'Bama win.
Sorry CA.  You're a big loser.

• Energizer -

The St. Louis-based company said Thursday that it expects to shed about 1,500 employees. When finished, the restructuring should lead to $200 million in pretax yearly savings, Energizer said. It aims to have most of its restructuring steps finished by the end of September 2014.

• Westinghouse -

Westinghouse Anniston, the contractor responsible for shutting down Anniston’s chemical weapons incinerator, has reduced its workforce by another 50 employees. • Research in Motion Limited -

Research in Motion Ltd., the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, laid off about 200 people at its U.S. headquarters in Irving on Wednesday, according to a source close to the company who did not want to be named.

• Lightyear Network Solutions -

More than one dozen employees at a Pikeville company lost their jobs this week. Officials with Lightyear Network Solutions said they are consolidating offices in Louisville and Pikeville to save money.

• Providence Journal -

The Providence Journal Co. laid off 23 full-time workers Wednesday as part of a cost-cutting effort, including 16 members of the Providence Newspaper Guild and 7 non-union employees.

• Hawker Beechcraft -

The company says 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas.

• Boeing (30% of their management staff) -

Boeing Co. said Wednesday it plans to employ 30% fewer executives at its Boeing Defense, Space & Security unit by the end of 2012 compared to 2010 levels.

• CVPH Medical Center -

CVPH Medical Center has handed pink slips to 17 employees. The layoffs — nine in management and eight hourly staffers — are part of an effort to “help bolster the hospital’s financial position in 2013 and beyond,” a press release said.

• US Cellular -

The move will result in 980 job cuts at U.S. Cellular, with 640 in the Chicago area, according to a spokeswoman. The cuts are slightly under 12 percent of the approximately 8,400 total employees U.S. Cellular had at the end of the third quarter.

• Momentive Performance Materials -

About 150 workers at Sistersville’s Momentive Performance Materials plant will be temporarily laid off later this month, officials said this week.

• Rocketdyne -

About 100 employees at Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, most of whom work in the San Fernando Valley, were laid off Wednesday in response to dwindling government spending on space exploration, the company said. The layoffs were effective immediately, and 75 percent of them came at the facilities on Canoga and De Soto avenues, which employ about 1,100 people. The company has six sites across the Valley.

• Brake Parts -

The leader of an automotive parts plant in Lincoln County has told state officials that there are plans to lay off 75 workers starting in late December…The layoffs are expected to start Dec. 28 and continue in the first quarter of 2013

• Vestas Wind Systems -

Vestas Wind Systems A/S (VWS) is seeking to sell a stake of as much as 20 percent and said it’s reducing headcount by 3,000 to raise the staff cuts by the biggest wind turbine maker to almost a third over two years.

• Husqvarna -

Husqvarna AB (HUSQB), the world’s biggest maker of powered garden tools, plans to cut about 600 jobs in a move that will save 220 million kronor ($33 million) a year by 2014.

• Center for Hospice New York -

The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care plans to temporarily lay off as many as 40 employees next year as it embarks on a major renovation of the inpatient unit at its Cheektowaga campus.

• Bristol-Meyers -

Bristol-Myers Squibb is following up its lackluster third-quarter results with almost 480 layoffs. As Pharmalot reports, the company notified the New Jersey government that it would scale back in Plainsboro, which means the cuts will hit its sales operations.

• OCE North America -

Trumbull printer- and scanning-equipment provider Oce North America, Inc. will lay off 135 workers in three Connecticut communities, including East Hartford, according to its notice with the state Labor Department.

• Darden Restaurants -

The company, which was among those who had received an Obamacare waiver in the past, is looking to limit workers to 28 hours per week. A full time employee that is required to have health insurance (lest the employer pay a fine) works 30 hours per week, as defined by the Obamacare law.

• West Ridge Mine -

In its statement, UtahAmerican Energy blames the Obama administration for instituting policies that will close down “204 American coal-fired power plants by 2014″ and for drastically reducing the market for coal.

• United Blood Services Gulf -

United Blood Services Gulf South region, the non-profit blood service provider for much of south Louisiana and Mississippi, will lay off approximately 10 percent of its workforce. It was a hard decision to make according to Susan Begnaud, Regional Center Director for the Gulf South region.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Biderman's Daily Edge: Obama Will Be Worst Fiscal President ever, Unless he changes

So, will an Idealogue change?  nah...


Boeing shakes up defense business, cuts management jobs

Looks like CA sites are slated to be shut down.
Boeing Co said Wednesday it will restructure its defense, space and security business and cut 30 percent of management jobs from 2010 levels as part of a cost-cutting drive.

Boeing, the Pentagon's second-largest supplier, said it also will close some facilities in California and consolidate several business units in an effort to trim $1.6 billion in costs by the end of 2015, on top of $2.2 billion in reductions achieved since 2010.

"We are raising the bar higher because our market challenges and opportunities require it, and our customers' needs demand it," Dennis Muilenburg, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, told employees in a message obtained by Reuters and confirmed by Boeing.

He said the total savings of $4 billion would make the company healthier and better able to deal with an increasingly complex and challenging marketplace.

California Democrats seize super majorities in both houses of Legislature

This will make for interesting observation.  Results?  The slouching toward destruction will now become a race toward economic collapse.  Heck of a job, there CA!

Under the radar, with all the attention focused on Proposition 30, California voters ushered in a new era in state politics not seen in nearly eight decades: Now, for the first time since 1933, the ruling party would have two-thirds majorities in both chambers and free rein in a startling transformation that neuters Republicans in Sacramento to a new level of irrelevancy.

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, announced early Wednesday morning that he is confident Democrats have captured the two extra seats they needed to secure 54 seats, a two-thirds majority.

And Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has also said he is confident Democrats will hold a two-thirds majority, though with two Democrats leaving for Congress, they will have to hold special elections early next year to maintain it.

"A working two-thirds majority will allow the Senate to move forward with balanced solutions to spur economic growth and improve our system of governance," said Steinberg, D-Sacramento. "At the same time, this newfound capability means the Democratic majority will be held accountable for those decisions. We intend to exercise leadership with humility."
Loved that term "balanced solutions".  There will be no balance.  The scales will consistantly be tilted toward more taxes.  There will be no paring back or cutting of spending. 

In a way, this could be the best thing to ever happen to CA.  This could speed up the inevitable.