Friday, May 31, 2013

California Carbon Fuel Standard May Remain in Place

What a shame.  And in the meantime, the idiots in CA who are calling the shots are completely skewing the world ethanol market.

First from the article:
Poet’s lawsuit is one of two cases by out-of-state ethanol producers challenging the low-carbon fuel rule, which assigns a higher carbon intensity score to ethanol produced outside California. While the fuel is chemically and physically identical to ethanol produced in the state, more emissions are produced by corn farming, transportation and processing elsewhere, California officials say.
California has perverted the ethanol market.  Whether you like subsidies or not, the entire purpose of using the ethanol was to reduce our dependence on foreign oil imports.  If we're forced to import ethanol because of some bogus  "carbon reduction" we have accomplished absolutely nothing!

From the Financial Times:
Another US policy encouraging Brazil to export ethanol is set by California. The state, known for standard-setting vehicular pollution controls, welcomes the use of sugar cane ethanol to satisfy its low carbon fuel standard programme.

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There is nonetheless an irony in the fact that biofuels promoted to reduce greenhouse gases are being ferried between the US and Brazil in ships belching petroleum exhaust. As the EPA notes: “This two-way trade of ethanol engenders additional transport-related emissions.”

I'm avoiding the whole issue of subsidies which, of course, pervert the market as well.


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Rate Shock: In California, Obamacare to Increase Individual Insurance Premiums by 64-146%

What a shocker!

Last week, the state of California claimed that its version of Obamacare’s health insurance exchange would actually reduce premiums. “These rates are way below the worst-case gloom-and-doom scenarios we have heard,” boasted Peter Lee, executive director of the California exchange. But the data that Lee released tells a different story: Obamacare, in fact, will increase individual-market premiums in California by as much as 146 percent.
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That Obamacare more than doubles insurance premiums for many Californians is especially ironic, given the political posturing of the President and his administration in 2010. In February of that year, Anthem Blue Cross announced that some groups (but not the majority) would face premium increases of as much as 39 percent. The White House and its allies in the blogosphere, cynically, claimed that these increases were due to greedy profiteering by the insurers, instead of changes in the underlying costs of the insured population.  
I'm telling you, when the illegal immigrants file for amnesty and they see what they have to pay into Obamacare to be a US Citizen they will hightail it back to Mexico!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

NEW: CA anti-sprawl laws fail, TX low-zoning works

Low-zoning? Try NO ZONING.  Houston has no zoning laws.  It's a free-for-all.  And it seems to work!

Having said that, you have to understand there are deed restrictions in many areas.  In fact, I live in the historic district that is pretty strict as to what gets built.  But...that isn't working well for the area, if you ask me.  All the real development, and consequently, upward trending housing prices are occurring outside the historic district.

Texas has accomplished balanced in-migration into its older city centers where California has failed. The Texas incentive model is performing better than the California disincentive model as far as sustaining the center of its older big cities while Texas suburbs are booming at the same time. Texas is accomplishing what 75 years of public housing and lending policies could not in California: an older city core that is attracting a “return to the city” by domestic and international migration and concurrent suburban growth.

Houston Is Unstoppable: Why Texas' Juggernaut Is America's #1 Job Creator

I actually did something right this time!  Yeah, it's HOT.  It's MUGGY. But Houston is where the money is at.

Texas is killing it.

It dominated the recession, crushed the recovery, and in a new analysis of jobs recovered since the downturn, its largest city stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country -- by far.

The ten largest metros have recovered 98 percent of the jobs lost during the recession, on average. But Houston, the first major city to regain all the jobs lost in the downturn, has now added more than two jobs for every one it lost after the crash. That's incredible.
And I've been talking about what it's like here.  For those in CA who want to be able to live in close quarters like I do and not pay an arm and a leg for house, Houston is where it's at.  It's still possible to by a condo and townhouse here and have money left over for a movie.

The 1980s also taught Houston a lesson about real estate. Between 1982 and 1987, Houston suffered "one of the worst regional recessions in U.S. history," Jankowski said. The metro area lost more than 220,000 jobs -- one in seven in the region -- but added nearly 188,000 housing units, as developers ignored the signs that demand had plummeted. The results were disastrous and scarring for the real estate industry.

Houston avoided over-building problems in this recession by tightening lending and home construction in the early years of the crisis. Houston didn't really have a housing bubble in the 2000s. The ratio between its median house prices and median household incomes peaked at 2.7 in 2006. By comparison, a typical Miami family would have to spend five-and-a-half years of their total income to afford an average home in the city by 2006. In Riverside, it would take nearly seven years. So as housing values cascading all across along the Sun Belt -- by 40 percent percent in Miami and 44 percent in Riverside -- they merely dipped about 2 percent in Houston.  
I moved here in 1987.  I was shocked at what I saw.  Houston was down for the count. There were streets where every other house as up for sale.  Whole shopping centers were half built.  Down in Clear Lake City there was a WHOLE MALL that was practically empty.  There was an electronics store and a shoe store plus a few food court restaurants.

It was the saddest thing I ever saw in my life.  But those days are gone.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Manufacturing big in California city

Maybe Moonbeam should visit Fremont and get a clue.
Climbing out of the recession, city officials orchestrated this rebound, luring businesses to corporate parks and still-to-be developed land and selling Fremont’s location in one of the world’s major hubs of innovation, right off several major freeways and close to several ports. Fremont is also developing a new BART station to ease commuting throughout the Bay Area, and it plans a $26 million downtown upgrade.

“The resources we are putting behind economic and community development create a vibrant place that residents can be proud of, and a booming environment that enables companies to create the most cutting-edge technologies and products in the Silicon Valley and across the globe,” Mayor Bill Harrison said.

California aspires to mediocrity — It’s almost there

This guy likes NYC.
I love the fact that I can take a subway from Brooklyn to Manhattan in a matter of minutes, the “L” line runs like clockwork. I like how the fire department showed up to my office’s front door last week to do a routine inspection of the premises for safety purposes. (Can’t put all your trust in landlords these days.) I like how I can walk around Manhattan at any hour and feel safe. I like how Williamsburg is so much cleaner than the Mission.

And the combined state and city taxes in New York, while high, will be much lower than if I keep living in San Francisco.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Don’t be fooled by California’s premium claims

From the Washington Examiner:
One of the key questions determining the fate of Obamacare will be whether young and healthy individuals decide to actually purchase insurance, which is necessary to offset the costs of forcing insurers to cover older and sicker individuals and those with pre-existing conditions. If there aren’t low-cost options available to entice the young and healthy crowd, Obamacare is going to run into a lot of problems.

CA RAISES TAXES: TX CUTS TAXES

Yes. It is the tale of two very, very different ways of governing. One is freedom.  The other is suppression.
The tax-cut package - the final piece of which was approved by the House and Senate late on Sunday - includes an extension of a business franchise tax exemption for small businesses and a rate cut for businesses of all sizes.

The Republican-majority legislature also approved about $300 million in electricity rebates.

Perry, a Republican, had called on lawmakers to pass tax relief for businesses. Thirty-five states are taking up tax reform in their current legislative sessions, according to a recent survey by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Texas' franchise tax legislation removes inequities and lowers the tax rate for more than 800,000 businesses, according to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, a Republican.

Passing the proposal "sends a clear message that we are committed to sustaining the country's best climate for job creation and economic growth here in Texas," Dewhurst said.

FORBES: Unexpected Health Insurance Rate Shock-California Obamacare Insurance Exchange Announces Premium Rates

The Leftists authors of many columns have learned the fine art of baiting.  The article, much to the delight of the the author, goes on to explain, the shock is that the prices of Obamacare Insurance will be lower than thought.

It would all be so funny if it weren't so tragic.  Wow!  What a deal!  Government controlled health insurance will be cheaper!

Well, ladies and gents, enjoy it while you can.  Because this is the beginning of the end.  Ulitmately, it is foolish to think that Obamacare will go on to rise above the other entitlements and be the Shining City on the Hill;  that through the love and nurture of a caring and compassionate government, we will live healthy and long long lives.

And how can I prognosticate such a thing?

Because it's like shooting fish in a barrel.  It's just too easy.

I have history on my side.

Let's look at the Income Tax:
The original income tax was obviously not meant to be paid by most citizens, nor were rates high enough to significantly undermine the spirit of enterprise. For example, under this system single taxpayers today would pay no tax on any earnings up to almost $45,000 and married couples on earnings up to almost $60,000. A one percent tax rate would be in effect on incomes up to about $300,000. The top rate of 7 percent would not take hold until earnings hit almost $7.5 million.

As for the corporate income tax, it was imposed in 1909 at a rate of one percent and included a $5,000 exemption. Again, translated into 1994 dollars, companies would face the one percent rate with an exemption of $81,967.

Look where we are now!

Let's look at entitlements:

There is NO SUCH THING as an entitlement costing less or growing smaller:

As Americans opt to reward themselves ever more lavishly with entitlement benefits, the question of how to pay for these government transfers inescapably comes to the fore. Citizens have become ever more broad-minded about the propriety of tapping new sources of finance for supporting their appetite for more entitlements. The taker mentality has thus ineluctably gravitated toward taking from a pool of citizens who can offer no resistance to such schemes: the unborn descendants of today's entitlement-seeking population.
Great graph showing the growth in entitlement transfers over the decades:



Brothers and Sisters, Obamcare is an ENTITLEMENT.  In fact, we could call it the Ultimate Entitlement.  So...let's add to this to see what we are really looking at:

Trying to extrapolate is for certain dicey.  In engineering, we take a French Curve and lay it on a known graph to extrapolate. The graph can be used in a limited fashion.  Admittedly, it's sloppy but the idea it conveys is very serious.


We choose to condemn our children to a life of poverty and suppression.  Do we think they will take this lying down?  I smell rebellion in our future.  Like all things wrought by government, Obamacare is doomed.





Wood fire pits could pose health problems for beach residents, AQMD study shows

Got this link from Wattsupwiththat.com  More preposterous faux science. 
According to this week's study, wood smoke contains toxic, cancer-causing chemicals as well as common combustion pollutants such as nitrogen oxides. Numerous health studies during wildfires show that wood smoke causes respiratory irritation and an increase in hospital admissions for respiratory problems.
What is the relevance of giant wildfires and a fire in an open pit?  How idiotic!
The study also found wood smoke is the source of carcinogenic toxic pollutants, including benzene, formaldehyde, and poly-aromatic hydrocarbons.
The study "found" this?   You mean no one else knew this before?

California is presently battling wildfires that have burned through 28,000 acres of land.  It is the height of stupidity to go after the tiny little pit fires while the wildfires are spewing huge pollutants into the air.



Sunday, May 26, 2013

Apple builds in Texas, not California

I mentioned this before.  But this article goes into one of the possible reasons.
Instead, the big news on the energy front has been the revolution in fossil fuels, thanks to hydraulic fracturing and other improved energy-exploration tools. This has produced huge new supplies of natural gas in a half-dozen states, sending its price tumbling and prompting major European firms like BASF and Royal Dutch Shell to move manufacturing to the U.S. — something that would have seemed unthinkable a few years ago.

But such European firms have no interest in manufacturing in California. It is simply not cost-competitive with many other areas in the U.S. — a fact the Apple decision underscores.

This should matter to Californians no matter their politics. Our economy needs middle-class jobs in general — and it desperately needs middle-class jobs for those without a college education. Manufacturing has long been a key source of such jobs. A 2009 study found manufacturing jobs paid 70 percent better that nonfarm jobs in California.


EPA ammunition ban blocked by federal court

There is a God!
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that it had dismissed a lawsuit brought by the anti-hunting Center for Biological Diversity and six other left-wing groups which demanded that President Barack Obama's powerful EPA ban traditional ammunition containing lead components.

Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan dismissed CBD’s lawsuit, finding that CBD’s current petition was nothing more than an attempt to seek reconsideration of their previous petition, which the EPA had denied. Judge Sullivan also indicated that he would defer to EPA’s determination that the agency was not congressionally authorized to regulate lead-based ammunition, according to the Institute for Legislative Action of the NRA.

Keeping California open for business

From what I can tell, CA wants to make changes...without making any changes.
“We want to stay in California,” said Scotia Alves of their company, Scosche Industries. “I’m a fifthgeneration Californian, but the writing on the wall is bad.”

Scosche Industries is a family-owned business that employs 150 to 200 people in Arkansas, China, Alabama and at its headquarters in Oxnard.

Alves and her husband have met with governors and economic development teams from Utah and Virginia, states which tout tax incentives, a cheaper housing market and lower cost-of-living expenses for employees. The couple also met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry when he visited Haas Automation in Oxnard earlier this year.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

PG&E Unveils Battery Storage System In San Jose, California

This looks interesting.  I have no idea if it's promising.  But...large amounts of elemental sodium.  Yikes!!

It and the California Energy Commission just yesterday “unveiled an innovative battery energy storage system pilot project.” There are no details on the cost (just a note that $3.3 million came from the Energy Commission), but the press release does note that it is a “utility-scale sodium-sulfur battery energy storage project” and that it has a capacity of 4 megawatts, with the ability to store more than six hours of energy.
As usual, it will come down to how much room these things take up, how expensive they are and how much of the cost the consumers will have to pay for this.

California ranks near the bottom in new report on economic policies

Everyone seems to get it...except for the people that run the state.
"The environmental rules for doing business here in California are so much tougher," he said. "This is my sixth business that I've started over the last 30 years. It's guys like me that create business in California, but it's also guys like me that are getting disheartened just trying to stay ahead. If I had it to do all over again I would not do this in California. I'd go to Texas. "

Texas, California lead nation in forfeitures

If there is one area we need to change it's asset forfeitures.  If you are found to have ANY amount of money on you and maybe a nice car ( or even not a nice car) the government can just simply declare it ill-gotten gains through drugs and take them from you.  From that point on, you have to prove you are NOT a drug dealer or user (having to prove a negative).  Chances are you will NEVER see your money or belongings again.

These laws need to change.  Quickly.

Here are the screenshots for CA and TX:



Here is an outstanding documentary on TN asset forfeiture gone wild:


California plastic ocean debris bill dies in committee

Too bad.  I would love to be reporting on the unintended consequences of this idiotic bill.
A California bill that would have required manufacturers to figure out how to keep the most common plastic junk out of state waterways has died in the state Assembly without a vote.
And the other bill mentioned about e-cigarettes is laughable:
Under a bill approved 21-10 on Friday, the state would treat e-cigarettes like any other tobacco product.

Democratic Sen. Ellen Corbett of Hayward said some of the vapors emitted by the e-cigarettes may pose health risks.
Don't you see you live in a state run by control freaks?

Third California Cap And Trade Auction Sells Out, At Record Price

Record prices?  Compared to...what?  And do you think the control freak greedy CA lawmakers will take kindly to a cash cow going to help the POOR?  God forbid, they use this money to lower electric power costs for consumers!

No, just like the Federal Government that couldn't keep their hands off of the huge Social Security revenue, CA will be far worse.


However, California’s market revenue has become controversial in recent weeks, perhaps a victim of its own success. Governor Jerry Brown has proposed borrowing $500 million from current and future cap and trade revenue to help balance the state’s general fund budget. By law, allowance auction revenue is supposed to be directed toward either reducing emissions or increasing clean energy investments with a specific 25% carve-out for disadvantaged communities.
And when the economy, which is STILL in horrible shape hits the skids again, carbon credits will TANK.  And where will CA get the money from then?

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Obama Admin. Does 'Reich' Thing by Deporting Religious Refugees

This is the summation of Liberal, Leftist thought.  The result is never the expressed intent.  The result is ALWAYS the opposite of the expressed intent.  Freedom of religion?  Of course, the expressed intent is there is Freedom of religion, but the result of this expressed intent is NEVER the same and NEVER aligns.

A German family is being persecuted for their beliefs.  But no religious freedom for them can be found here! What a godless group of leaders we have!



So, you tell me which is worse: To be stupid that you are not able to make the outcome match the expressed intent, or to be so evil as to deceive people?

California Issues Precedent Setting Rules to Collect Tons of Additional Mercury from Old Thermostats

Another grand example of CA's war on consumers with the weapon of diminishing returns.

In California alone, a 2009 industry study estimated between 5.1 million and 10.5 million mercury thermostats were still in use in California at the time. At four grams of mercury per thermostat, this equals between 22.5 and 46.2 tons of mercury still on the walls in California.

The industry study also estimates that, each year in California, more than 200,000 old mercury thermostats will be removed from buildings through 2016, and from 2017 to 2032, at least another 100,000 mercury thermostats will be removed annually from California buildings.
And yet people are using hundreds of millions if not BILLIONS of CFL light bulbs that contain mercury.  The double standard is astounding.

Would-be bullet train operator’s private plans for Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston line about to become much more public

And speaking of the Houston/Dallas bullet train, plans are slowly progressing.

Kelly says the private operator — a consortium that also includes Central Japan Railway Company — hopes to reveal its preferred and alternative alignments this summer. At least, he says, “That’s when we expect to be ready.” But it’s also up to the Federal Railroad Administration, which will oversee the project — even though it’s not funding it. There also needs to be a determination of “which state agencies will play a role” in the line, he says, referring, of course, to at least the Texas Department of Transportation, which also hopes to see high-speed rail travel between Houston and the DFW.

158 companies left CA since the beginning of 2013? What the heck?
Yet, since the beginning of 2013 a total of 158 companies have left the golden state and more are lining up to make their own great escape. That's up from just 51 in in 2009.

If this trend continues Silicon Valley may soon become nothing more than the northern extension of Death Valley as search for more profits creates a mass migration states like Oregon, Texas, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

With considerably lower taxes, these states are welcoming California businesses with welcome arms.

One of them is Intel which recently announced that it will be investing billions to upgrade factories in Arizona, in addition to building a new factory in Oregon.

This move will create between 6,000 and 8,000 construction jobs and up to 1,000 high tech factory jobs outside the Golden State. With an unemployment rate of 9.4% that's the thing California needs. But the truth is each employee hired by Intel in these states will cost. 30% to 40% less than the same employee would in California.
This article is devastating.

Designed in California, made in America: Apple to build new Macs in Texas

Nice mesh of two states at each other's throats.

So whether you side with those like Senator John McCain who thinks “Apple is one of the great tax avoiders in U.S. history,” or with Apple, which argues it pays “an extraordinary amount” in U.S. taxes – about $6 billion in 2012 – there’s one thing we can’t argue over: Apple’s building new Macs! In the U.S.A.!

However, though rumors of a U.S.-built Mac have been buzzing for the last five months, we feel inclined to point out that Cook still didn’t unveil what kind of Mac would be built there. Stay tuned for more details. 
I just hope it consists of more than just two people:  One shoving the parts onto a robotic assembly line and another packing the computers into a box for shipping.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Tyranny of Government

Leftists either understand quite deeply or haven't a clue as to the terribleness of the power of government.  Since there are all sorts of flavors and stripes of people, I don't doubt that there are both that push forth the need for more control of the People.

CA is probably the prime example of this.  But in the day and age of the Internet where massive amounts of data and information is available to a 5 year old, there is no excuse for those who are deluding into thinking that Government is the be all and end all to our suffering and problems.

Take this quote:

"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first."
Also, this quote:
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
And this one:

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."

The first and second quote was by  Thomas Jefferson.  The third by President George Washington.

Reporter in WH crosshairs says computer has been compromised, under investigation

You should fear the government.  They can do terrible things to you. Ask Sharyl Attkisson.
“I can confirm that an intrusion of my computers has been under some investigation on my end for some months but I’m not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today as I’ve been patient and methodical about this matter,” Attkisson said. “I need to check with my attorney and CBS to get their recommendations on info we make public.” Attkisson considered the DOJ’s actions against AP and Fox News “unconstitutional, illegal, if it’s true.”
And this is only the beginning.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Which came first: The chicken, the egg or the 10th Amendment?

Now it's getting the national attention it deserves.  I don't think this is a 10th amendment issue.  It's an isue of shear stupidity and idiocy and whether or not the rest of the USA is going to be dragged into the California cauldron of Leftist anti-freedom, pro-death ideology.

Last week, a House committee approved an amendment proposed by Representative Steve King from Iowa. The amendment would prevent states from banning the sale of agriculture products from other states that don’t meet their standards for food production.

For example, California’s new egg law, which goes into effect in 2015, requires that chickens be kept in certain types of cages when they lay eggs. If the eggs come from chickens kept in smaller cages in other states, they can’t be sold in California. And that would obviously affect the price of eggs.

That’s where Representative King yells foul (or fowl).

“The Constitution of the United States reserves the regulation of interstate commerce to the Congress, not the states,” said King in a statement, alluding to the Commerce Clause in Article I of the Constitution. “By 2015, California will allow only eggs to be sold from hens housed in cages specified by California. The impact of their large market would compel producers in other states to invest billions to meet the California standard of ‘means of production.’”
Just pass a law preventing the USDA/FDA from adopting  adopting this latest CA insanity.


Monday, May 20, 2013

The 'California Hydrogen Highway' Failure And Other Struggles In The Electric Vehicle Market

The problem with "green" technology?  Hype! Hype! Hype!

U.S. green energy companies face a somewhat chaotic environment at the state level, with efforts underway in 16 states to weaken renewable energy mandates that have been key support mechanisms for solar and wind power. At the same time, 18 states have moved to strengthen those mandates.

That patchwork of policies in countries like the United States and India - which also has policies that vary from state to state - is a major concern.

"There is no way any reasonable management team of a company can do meaningful corporate planning without an understanding of what the rules of the road are," said Jonathan Silver, who oversaw the Department of Energy loan guarantee program from 2009 to 2011. "We've made it incredibly difficult for people in the energy industry."
State mandating of various green technologies doesn't make things easier.  It's made it harder.  It adds a level of complexity to the market that should never have been there to begin with.

Trapped natural gas, shale oil and oil sands have been known of since the 70s if not longer.  So you could say it took 30 - 40 years for the processes to be considered economical.  Give green tech time.  LOTS of time.  Ultimately, its time will come and will be used everywhere.

Viewpoints: Should California cap and trade use forestry offsets? No

Considering I think the whole cap and trade is stupid, I think offsets are a waste of time.  And I can't think of a better way to destroy the lives of the poor.

In Chiapas, Schwarzenegger's agreement set in motion a dynamic that has increased social conflict and led several peasant farmer and indigenous organizations to rise up in protest. In 2011, in an effort to fast-track the scheme, Chiapas' then-governor began making payments to one group of jungle-dwelling indigenous people on the condition that they stop growing crops in the forest and guard the forest against "invaders" – usually other poor indigenous farmers. Pending funds from California, the money came from Chiapas' public coffers for the time being. The deal threw fuel on the fire of an already simmering agrarian conflict and angered Chiapas citizens, who hadn't been consulted.

Two years later, the fund has dried up, that governor is out of office, and Chiapas is literally bankrupt. But rural conflict continues – and deforestation has not been reduced.
Third world corruption, greed, then death.  Those are usually the results.

Kroger Uses Food Waste to Power California Distribution Center

Now, this is really cool.

The Kroger Co. came up with an inventive solution to prevent food that is not fit to be sold or donated from ending up in a landfill. The retailer installed an anaerobic conversion system at its distribution center (DC) in Compton, California. The Southern California 59-acre DC serves Kroger subsidiaries, Food 4 Less and Ralph’s. Called the Kroger Recovery System, it converts food into energy to help power the 65,000 square foot DC. The system is able to process 55,000 tons of organic food waste a year and turn it into energy. Diverting that amount of food waste is equivalent to 150 tons a day, and will reduce truck trips in the area by over 500,000 miles a year.
Here's the link to the company that designed the system.

Bankster alert: Tom Harkin introduces Glass-Steagall bill in Senate

I think I would be able to sleep at night if Glass-Steagall were law again.
Sen. Tom Harkin on Thursday introduced S. 985, which would rebuild the wall that had once separated commercial banking from brokerage and investment speculation. The Iowa Democrat’s bill came on the 80th anniversary of the original 1933 Glass Steagall Act.

The text of S.985 was not posted on the Senate website as of Friday afternoon, but it is believed to resemble HR 129, introduced by Reps. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, and Walter Jones, R-N.C. Their measure has 62 bipartisan sponsors in the House.
But, the quote from Lyndon LaRouche?  Just a little creepy.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

America's Pink Slip Capitals

Here's the list:

1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.

2. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa.

3. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.

4. Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, Ill.-Ind.-Wis.

5. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.

6. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nev.

7. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.

8. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash.

9. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md.

10. Fresno, Calif.

So you guys don't think that MAYBE the new higher taxes there might have something to do with it?


Friday, May 17, 2013

Residents of bankrupt California city launch council recall

Let's hope this is a grassroots effort and not some union funded ruse.

The group of San Bernardino business people and residents seeking to eject the city's current leadership needs to collect enough signatures by July 30, and find viable candidates, to challenge the seven council members, the mayor and city attorney in November's election.

The group, San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government, is led by local businessmen Scott Beard and Tom Brickley. Beard says there are "10 core members" of the group and they have been planning the recall drive for nearly a year.

"We are very frustrated with the performance of our council and we have to take some action," Beard said in a telephone interview.

"We just feel the only way to correct that problem is to change the entire leadership."

Beard said the group already had four people willing to stand as council candidates, but he declined to provide their names. He said the group is talking to others so the entire council will be challenged in November.

We'll have to track this...

California cities looking for economic recovery

Another article on the 10 cities in CA that are in distress.  What a fall!

How bad and widespread are California cities' fiscal problems?

"Virtually ubiquitous and massive,'' says Rod Kiewiet, professor of political science at California Institute of Technology.

Here's a snapshot of one of the graphs on the site.  These are the official numbers.  I reckon the unofficial numbers are probably higher when you count those who have quit looking.

IRS Lies About Tax Scandal Continue To Mount

School is finally out and I have all the mornings to myself, Gott sei dank!

There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever, that the targeting of the Tea Party by the IRS is the result of orders from the very top of government: BHO.  

But we know what will happen.  People will fall on their sword to protect him.  The buck will stop far short of The O.  That is, the other O.  Not Oprah.


Lois Lerner, who runs the office overseeing tax exempt organizations, said last Friday that: "We saw a big increase in these kinds of applications."

So, too, did Joseph Grant, a top IRS official who said in response to the inspector general report that the agency experienced a "significant increase ... starting in 2010."

Given the flood of new applications, these officials claim, the IRS simply tried to improve "efficiency and consistency" by automatically screening some for extra review, and in doing so, they inadvertently targeted conservative groups. There's just one problem with this excuse. It's not true.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

10 California cities that could file for bankruptcy

In alphabetical order:
1. Atwater
2. Azusa
3. Compton
4. Fresno
5. Hercules
6. Mammon Lakes
7. Monrovia
8. Oakland
9. San Jose
10. Vernon

Some of these I recognize.  A few I don't.  I check for cities in financial distress at least once a month.  Not sure how I missed them.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Green policies force California utility to raise rates

This is insane. Why do you guys put up with this?

E&E News reports that the San Diego Gas & Electric Co. got permission to raise $1.73 billion over three years, which will hike power bills an average of 12.2 percent and cost the average customer an extra $9.95 per month. Its sister company, Southern California Gas Co. will also seek to raise $1.95 billion, increasing power bills an average of 9.6 percent — or $3.55 per month.



Oakland Tries To Circumvent California Gun Control Rules

My first thought was that maybe the city would make it easier for residents to obtain firearms to protect themselves.  Then I realized we're talking about ultra leftwing  Statists.  Looks like they want to try to make it harder.

Which means all that will be left in Oakland are criminals and drug dealers.

“This is not banning guns,” she added. “This is just having tighter controls on who’s owning and who’s selling them and buying them,” she explained. “This law would allow Oakland to actually create that type of procedure and get guns out of the hands of people who should not have them.”

Bonta chairs a select committee on gun violence, and secured approval of the AB 180 in the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee last week.

“Across our state, communities are suffering from a devastating combination of budget cuts to public safety and coinciding increases in violent crime. No one can deny that Oakland is suffering from among the worst gun violence in the state and in the nation,” Bonta said in a written statement.
This is amazing.  So, in towns that have cut their police force in half or maybe more, who is left to enforce these new laws?  Who is going to go after the criminals who have obtained their firearms illegally?  NO ONE!!

Fight to close California oyster farm divides community and gains national attention

Let's hope Kevin Lunny wins.
“The story has been, ‘This poor farmer, and he’s a victim of the government,’ and it’s just complete nonsense,” Trainer said. “He’s getting all kinds of free legal advice, hundreds of thousands of dollars in free legal help. He’s working with all these ultra-conservative members of Congress.”

But Lunny counters that while he has accepted help from those willing to help, it doesn’t mean he agrees with all of their views. He, in turn, accuses Trainer and local environmentalists of being unwilling to even try to find common ground and for personal attacks that aren't true.

“I have never been treated like the enemy before, and it’s been an uncomfortable position,” Lunny said, adding that he’s invited his opponents to come view his operation, but none have.

Sighing, he added, “I am a farmer. That’s all I want to do.”

Monday, May 13, 2013

Many 2-stroke boat engines banned in California state parks

Do they really think this ban will make a difference?  This is well beyond the law of deminishing returns.


Park rangers say the change is meant to have a positive impact on air quality across the state. "I think you're going to see more lakes and parks going to these emissions standards. We're trying to get clean air here in the Valley, we all know what that means for people with asthma and health problems," said Sgt. Mark Deleon, California State Parks.

The emissions standards mostly apply to 2-stroke out board engines. Those engines burn a mixture of gasoline and oil, and if they are older than a 2001 model -- they do not qualify.
Doh!  I forgot the BILLIONS that are saved in healthcare costs and millions of lives saved!  Color me skeptical.

Double Standards at University of California

Always open season on Jews and those knuckle dragging  Christians.
As Tammi describes in a letter to the president of UC published this week on the website of her organization, the AMCHA Initiative, she is being harassed mercilessly for having exercised her free speech off campus.

There is an on-line petition accusing her of racism and calling for her condemnation by the President of the entire California university system. The campus is pasted with flyers attacking Tammi for hate speech. A dozen videos on YouTube characterize her as "hateful," "dangerous," and "Islamaphobic." Students for Justice in Palestine members are instructed to fill out hate/bias reports on her on their campuses. She has been condemned by the student senates of UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, and UC Irvine. And most intimidating to Tammi, this campaign of vilification has been passed along to groups sympathetic to terrorists such as the International Solidarity Movement, and associated websites, the Electronic Intifada and Mondoweiss.

REPORT: DETROIT'S FINANCES CRUMBLING; FUTURE BLEAK

This is the result of so many wrong ideas and decisions over the decades.  This cash cow is dessicated!


The summation is the latest blow to the city which came under state oversight in March when Gov. Rick Snyder selected Orr to handle Detroit's finances. Then, the city estimated its budget deficit to be about $327 million. Detroit also has struggled over the past year with cash flow, relying on bond money held by the state to pay some of its bills

Sunday, May 12, 2013

The Great Isaiah Scroll

I don't know how many times I've heard or read this: "The Bible can't be trusted because it's been changed by _______ (fill in the blank).  Put in the Pope.  Put in the Disciples. It gets a little tiring to hear.  What people don't understand is that modern Christians and archaeologists are constantly trying to falsify the present text.  They seek out as many early texts as they can to compare to what we have now.

The results?  Astounding.  Little has changed:

  
BSM: What do readings like Isaiah 53:11 tell us about the accuracy of the Bible?

FLINT: The Scrolls demonstrate that your Bible is 99% accurate. We are confirming the Word of God and getting to that 1% of readings that are difficult. The NRSV adopts 85 readings like the “He will see light” reading. The NIV has adopted 22. At this early stage, there are about 100 better readings discovered in the Scrolls that have been proposed for English translations. Some of the bibles that adopt these readings are the RSV, RSV and NIV. However, there are some that stick to the traditional Hebrew text, like the KJV. Those translations will not adopt the 1% better readings.


For those of you who don't keep track of this stuff - and to be honest, I don't track this stuff day in and day out.  The Dead Sea Scrolls is considered the most important find of the last and of this century.



Saturday, May 11, 2013

Oakland burglaries barely investigated

Oakland, you guys need to ask where your money is going and why it isn't getting to where you want it.  I smell corruption.

The Oakland Police Department has been so ineffectively structured that only one part-time investigator was assigned to handle 10,000 reported burglaries last year, a stunning deficiency revealed Thursday by police consultants hired by the city to develop a crime-fighting plan.

"Given the way the organization was structured, burglary was not being investigated," said William Andrews, one of the consultants working on a team hired by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and the City Council to help police reduce the crime problem.
Or maybe just complete and total incompetence.

Transgender Rights Bill Passes California Legislature

If there were an indication as to how far off the reservation CA is, this is it.
A bill that would allow transgender students to use public restrooms at their schools which serve the gender with which they identify has passed the California State Assembly. Among other rights, the bill would also allow transgender students to play on school sports teams along with others of their chosen gender.
If I were a woman's basketball coach I'd be burning the telephone lines trying to drum up votes for this bill!!

I had read about this a couple of weeks ago, but didn't report on it.  Now I see the state may be serious about it.  It's clear the inmates are running the asylum.

Here's an article from the UK that talks about two bills:

One bill would allow transgender students to use bathrooms and gain membership of sports teams according to their gender identity. The second bill would create an administrative alternative for transgender people to amend their birth certificates without facing lengthy and legal processes.
In this article an assemblyman is quoted as saying: ""This shows the nobility of what a legislature can do."

We are arriving at the twisting point in insanity.



New California Laws 2014

Californiality: 1,000 new laws.
From now through the end of July, the following list of new California laws will grow to nearly 1,000 new laws, with most new laws going into effect on January 1, 2014.
Then there is a short list of some of the new laws.

SNL: The Californians

Just too funny:

The Best Cities For Jobs 2013

Forbes list here:

10.  Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, TX
 9.   Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO
 8.   Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC, SC
 7.   San Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara, CA
 6.   Dallas - Plano- Irving - TX
 5.   Houston, Sugartown - Baytown, TX
4.    Fort Worth - Arlington, TX
3.    Salt Lake City, UT
2.    Nashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin, TN
1.    San Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City, CA

It all sounds good until you start looking at the numbers.  All we've done is break even at best:
A decade ago, the San Francisco area was reeling from the collapse of the last dot-com bubble; the damage was so deep that today it has only 0.6% more jobs than in 2001. Its sharp recent growth is primarily in the information sector, which has expanded a torrid 21.3% since 2009.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Raytheon to move unit headquarters away from El Segundo

170 high paying jobs lost.


El Segundo City Manager Greg Carpenter said the move would result in the loss of 170 jobs. Raytheon would not comment on the job loss numbers.

“We hate to lose any jobs in El Segundo,” he said. “We’re doing what we can to maintain their presence in this city.”

Raytheon still has about 10,000 workers in California. Its sprawling electronics facility in El Segundo is where scientists and engineers in underground clean rooms develop high-tech radars, sensors and cameras. The unit recorded about $6 billion in annual sales last year.

Chevron Wins Suit Against U.S. Over California Oil Field

Looks to me like the Feds thought they could make things so difficult that Chevron would just go away.  They were wrong.


The Department of Energy “repeatedly and materially violated” two agreements governing determination of equity interests in oil and gas deposits located in the Elk Hills Reserve of California, Judge Susan Braden in Washington wrote in a 90-page ruling.

Chevron “is entitled to be compensated for damages, in an amount to be determined, including sanctions for DOE and the government’s ‘bad faith’ conduct and abusive discovery tactics,” Braden wrote in the ruling made public yesterday.

California's Bay Bridge Hits Trouble Ahead Of Opening Day

Sorry Mike.  Laura was out of town for almost two weeks.  I had to taxi my daughter to school and back.

This is stunning:

They discovered the problem after massive steel bolts were tightened to anchor part of the bridge's seismic safety system. Of the 96 that were tightened, 32 broke.

The broken bolts, which measure 3 inches in diameter, had "hydrogen embrittlement," the project's engineers say. When the bolts were produced in 2008, excess hydrogen was present, making them "susceptible due to the steel being harder on the outside than in the middle, or a lack of uniformity in the steel's microstructure," according to the California Department of Transportation.
If I recall, in the process of hardening steel, you can use carbon monoxide.  But the process for making carbon monoxide produces hydrogen as well.  If you don't remove the hydrogen it can make the steel brittle at high temperatures.  So, at first glance (and I am no expert), this looks to be what happened.

Just another issue in the ongoing debacle of the Bay Bridge.  I just can't believe it's taken this long to build it.

EXCLUSIVE: City Education Department cracking down on school kitchens’ use of butter

Not CA, fortunately.  I just can't imagine how awful and bland the food must taste.


The spreadable delight has been banned from school cafeterias. It can’t be used for cooking or offered with bread.

And now it’s the subject of an aggressive crackdown that threatens the livelihood of school kitchen managers who’ve dared to order the illicit treat.

“Please explain why your managers are ordering BUTTER!!!” a Brooklyn regional school food manager fumed in an email last week to officials overseeing 25 schools.
There are some substitutes that work well such as, olive oil.  But olive oil doesn't work for everything.

The article mentioned that candy was banned from the schools. And that wasn't enough?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Si Se Puede!… One in Ten LA County Residents In the US Illegally

The really sad news is...none of this is surprising.  It's not shocking.  It's not amazing.


One in ten Los Angeles County residents are in the United States illegally. It’s not clear how many of them receive benefits.

LA Now reported, via American Survival Guide.
One in 10 Los Angeles County residents is an immigrant living in the country illegally, according to a study released Tuesday by the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.

Many of those immigrants have been in the country for more than a decade and are the parents of children who are American citizens, the study found. One in five children in Los Angeles County has at least one parent who is in the country without proper documentation.

One in four of the estimated 11 million people said to be in the United States without legal authorization lives in California. Statewide, the study estimates that about 7% of residents, or more than 2.6 million people, are in the country illegally.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Liberal LA Councilmen Consider Blocking Koch Buyout of LA Times

See, this is why CA is a lost cause.  Ban a Conservative from buying the LA Times?  This is hopelessly pathetic.

The newspaper industry as a whole may be dying, but the liberal Democratic Los Angeles city council knows that an editorially-liberal broadsheet is invaluable to its continued monopoly on power. There are actually L.A. councilmen who want to explore using the city's pension funds to prevent the Los Angeles Times from being bought out by the conservative Koch brothers.

Here's a paragraph from the motion:
We cannot support the sale of the Times to entities who Times readers would view as a political transaction first and foremost, turning L.A.'s metropolitan daily into an ideological mouthpiece whose commitment to empirical journalism would be unproven at best. A newspaper isn't just a business it's also a civic trust.  
Yeah, like it's not already an ideological mouthpiece.

Shiny Dog Bowl Blamed In Santa Rosa Fire

Uh...didn't they have a fire extinguisher handy?  Or maybe even just throw the water from the water bowl on the smoldering wood??

Perry and Shay Weisbrich said they had to call 9-1-1 after their dog Toby’s metal bowl reflected a concentrated beam of sunlight onto the side of their house — a beam so powerful, the wood started to burn.


Experimental aircraft speeds to more than 3,000 mph in test flight

Someone tell the author aircraft have been flying faster than a speeding bullet for some time now.

The unmanned X-51A WaveRider, which resembles a shark-nosed missile, was launched midair Wednesday off the coast near Point Mugu. It sped westward for 240 seconds, reaching Mach 5.1, or more than five times the speed of sound, before plunging into the ocean as planned.

The X-51A, built and tested in Southern California, was powered by an air-breathing engine that has virtually no moving parts. It flew for longer than any other aircraft of its kind and traveled more than 264 miles in little more than six minutes.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Monthly U-Haul Index For May

This represents the 2nd month for the index.  Some things have changed.  Some things have remained the same.

For May 7, 2013.

Fresno, CA to San Antonio, TX: $2,156.   No change from last month.
San Antonio, TX  to Fresno, CA: $576     This is a big drop. Last month was $653

Ratio: 3.74  Last month was 3.302.

San Francisco to San Antonio: $1,617  Last month was $1,493
San Antonio to San Francisco: $862   Same as last month.

Ratio: 1,87  Last month 1.73


Where does CA rank?

freeenterprise.com has an interactive map that allows you to see how your state is growing.  Needless to say, CA isn't doing very well. 

Here's TX:

PROJECT - NO PROJECT REPORT

This is an amazing comprehensive study done by the US Chamber of Commerce.  The report focuses on energy projects in the US and the problems the projects incurred in the path of approval and then died.  Unfortunately, the report is now almost two years old.

Here are some of the quotes:

The results of this analysis are startling! One of the most surprising findings is that it is just as difficult to build a wind farm in the U.S. as it is to build a coal-fired power plant. In fact, roughly 45 percent of the challenged projects that were identified are renewable energy projects. Often, many of the same groups urging us to think globally about renewable energy are acting locally to stop the very same renewable energy projects that could create jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
I've mentioned this before.  CA, of all places which has blazed the path for renewable energy is getting almost insurmountable roadblocks thrown up by these same environmental groups.  How ironic!

Based on our review of the circumstances of the 351 projects identified, we conclude that, absent policy action aimed at constructive reforms to the regulatory process, there is substantial risk that economic progress and opportunity will to continue to be denied for millions of American citizens.
Here's a list of the CA projects:

And here's what it means in terms of money into the CA economy: 142,100 jobs
Don't you guys WANT THESE JOBS?



PINAC: Photography Is Not A Crime website


I have started checking out this website.  But, unfortunately, I can't take too much of it.  Officers of the Law who should know better manhandling people who won't stop recording. But there is NO LAW saying you have to stop recording or taking photos.

Here's an example:
The following day, Vreeland drove down to the Jackson City Police Department and met with the police chief and a lieutenant who both watched the video.

“When they saw the video, their faces went stone-cold and they apologized and said the charges would be rescinded,” Vreeland said in a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime Tuesday night.

They not only returned his memory card, but they they gave him money to purchase a new camera and assured him the incident would be investigated by internal affairs, which is practically unheard of in other departments.
The amazing thing is, the video is shot at night and you can't make out anything.  The policeman really screwed up.




FDA RUNNING OUT OF STUFF TO REGULATE: official calls caffeinated food 'very disturbing to us'

FDA officials finding caffeinated foods "very disturbing to us" is very disturbing to me.
This week, Taylor announced that the FDA would investigate the effect that foods with added caffeine have on the public and children's health. He left the door open for future action from the agency, but in the published remarks on Friday he seemed skeptical about the possibility of imposing age restrictions on caffeine.

"While various uses may meet federal food safety standards, the only time FDA explicitly approved adding caffeine was for colas in the 1950s," Taylor said. "Existing rules never anticipated the current proliferation of caffeinated products."
Oh Gosh!  And so what if there is a proliferation of caffeine containing products?  Now we'll start hearing how regulating caffeine will "save lives" and lower health care costs.  I'm just sick of it.

Friday, May 3, 2013

California's Solar Plague

Valley Fever?  Looks like maybe all the dust that's getting kicked up is making the workers sick.  The author of the article says this at the end:

Democratic legislators and environmentalists in California are demanding a moratorium on fracking pending further study of its health and environmental impacts. Evidence now suggests that construction of large-scale solar plants is making workers sick. Where are the protests?
Drop the link into google search engine.  Then you can read the article.

California dreamin’

Wow.  I thought Texas' property taxes were high, but we're only 14th highest in the nation.   And I knew it was bad in CA, but I was only half right.
California’s tax burden is so much higher than Texas’ — 42 percent higher, to be precise — that even if it eliminated its income tax system, its residents would shoulder a heavier tax burden than their Texan counterparts. That’s stunning when you consider that California has the nation’s highest state income tax bracket (13.3 percent).
What the heck are you doing there??

Pastor Blasts California's Condom Access Project Aimed at Kids. Taxpayers Fund Program to Mail Condoms to 12-Year-Olds

And rightly so!  Your tax dollars at work!!!
According to its website, CFHC also "supports the Early Abortion Access Bill that would authorize nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform first trimester abortions. …In California, Medi-Cal covers abortion services and minors can consent to abortion care. Unlike many states throughout the nation, California does not have any laws restricting abortion access."
Looks like back alley abortions are coming back in vogue!


COLLINS' ELITE HIGH SCHOOL: WE DON'T 'TOLERATE' RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON HOMOSEXUALITY

Well, so much for diversity and tolerant of other ideas.
We have a lot less tolerance for people who make reactionary statements like Mr. Broussard. If a guy like that came to this campus, that is where I would have to talk to my guys about the importance of tolerance.… They'd have some hard questions for a guy like that.” In April 2013, the school hosted openly gay former NBA center John Amaechi.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Obama Speaks Before Planned Parenthood Asking God's Blessing for the Extermination of Blacks

Yes, it's true.  O'Bama spoke at a Planned Parenthood conference and had this to say:
The president concluded his address by saying: "Thank you, Planned Parenthood. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you."
O'Bama was in essence saying "Exterminate me!" to Planned Parenthood. This from blackgenocide.org:
Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. 78% of their clinics are in minority communities. Blacks make up 12% of the population, but 35% of the abortions in America. Are we being targeted? Isn't that genocide? We are the only minority in America that is on the decline in population. If the current trend continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant. Did you know that the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." Is her vision being fulfilled today?
Sure, the racist Democrats deny that is the purpose of Planned Parenthood. But how do you reconcile the original purpose of Planned Parenthood with what is happening today?  The racist Sanger's wishes are coming true.

Asking God's blessings on an organization that kills babies is truly appalling and twisted.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Former California gun manufacture opens in Shiner, TX


"The most important thing the government does is to help create the climate for people like John, so they know they can risk their capital and have a chance to have a return on their investment, so that they can hire men and a women who can improve their quality of life of their family because they got a good job," Perry said.
I just can't picture Gov Moonbeam saying this. 

PENTAGON MAY COURT MARTIAL SOLDIERS WHO SHARE CHRISTIAN FAITH

This is very distressing.  We have a Commander-In-Chief who sat in the pews of a radical cleric's church for, what? - at least a decade -and learned nothing about Christ and the Great Commission.

I have never been one who really thought O'Bama was a Muslim, but this latest news give one pause.
So President Barack Obama’s civilian appointees who lead the Pentagon are confirming that the military will make it a crime--possibly resulting in imprisonment--for those in uniform to share their faith. This would include chaplains—military officers who are ordained clergymen of their faith (mostly Christian pastors or priests, or Jewish rabbis)--whose duty since the founding of the U.S. military under George Washington is to teach their faith and minister to the spiritual needs of troops who come to them for counsel, instruction, or comfort.