Friday, February 28, 2014

Man Sues McDs for $1.5 Million THEY ONLY GAVE ME ONE NAPKIN!!!

And the circus continues!!

Webster Lucas claims he was stiffed on napkins at the Mickey D's in Pacoima, CA on January 29th -- after ordering a Quarter Pounder Deluxe -- and when he went up to the counter to ask for more, he was rudely rebuffed by the manager ... who insisted he already got some.

Busted Buskers

More CA stupidity.
The ordinance at the center of the controversy, enacted in October of last year, requires performers to be 14 feet from street features such as buildings, benches, sculptures, ATMs and garbage cans. (“Garbage cans hate accordion music,” Lima quips.) Yet this is not an altogether new development. In 2002, the city enacted a similar ordinance requiring performers to be 10 feet from street features. As a result, Lima obtained written permission from six separate business owners and carried the documentation on his person at all times.

Private business owners, however, have no legal purview over the public property in front of their business. As a result, regardless of written permission from local businesses, Lima and many other street performers have been in violation of city law for 12 years. Until recently, however, these infractions were largely overlooked.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

California: The ‘last frontier’ for delivering crude oil by rail

Yes. No pipeline capacity available.  Why doesn't that surprise me?  CA out put is decreasing, driving up demand and dependence on foreign oil.  C'mon CA!  No blood for oil!!

So now they are forced to ship oil into the state by ship and rail.  I have to wonder how many, if any of the plans will actually bear fruit.  And why?  Environmental impact studies that will probably go on for years.  I predict 10 years.

Proposals to build new oil-by-rail complexes in the western U.S. are coming up against increasing scrutiny from state and local regulators following a series of derailments involving crude, including the July explosion of a train carrying Bakken that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec.

The city of Benicia, Calif., delayed Valero’s plans to build a rail-offloading station at the 170,000-barrel-a-day Benicia refinery in Northern California to perform an environmental review. Valero, which planned to finish the project by late 2013, said Feb. 13 that it now expects to start the service by the first quarter of 2015.

“That is somewhat dependent on the permitting process,” Joseph Gorder, Valero’s president and chief operating officer, said at the Credit Suisse Global Energy Summit in Vail, Colo.

The city of Pittsburg, Calif., is reopening parts of an environmental review of WesPac Energy LLC’s proposal to upgrade a fuel terminal that would be capable of unloading crude from five trains a week. The Irvine-based company, which jointly owns the project with Oiltanking Holdings Americas Inc., planned to begin work on the rail terminal this quarter.

Pittsburg decided based on public comments that more information is required for the review, Joe Sbranti, the city manager, said in a Feb. 18 letter to WesPac.

Washington state regulators reversed the approval of two terminals in November that would have allowed companies to unload oil from rail cars at the Port of Grays Harbor and load them onto marine vessels.

Companies including Tesoro, the largest refiner on the West Coast, have pledged to improve the safety of moving crude by rail by using newer rail cars and better routin

Letter to Rush L. What is your trigger point?

I wrote this email to Rush.  I don't even think he got it.  I have a couple of old email addresses and one got returned to me.  But I think it is a valid questions for everyone to ask about themselves.  The question is, "What has to happen to get you into the streets to protest?"  But not necessarily even that.  Maybe it's an incident or series of incidences that get you to execute a plan or safety measures to protect your family.  But, whatever, here it is:

Oh, and one more thought; I always thought (wrongly) that a trigger point had to do with a firearm.  Stupid me! But, hey.  The term still fits.

I want to know: What is your trigger point?  At one point do you decide we've reached a point that is just beyond the pale and you take to the streets to protest?

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But, I watch these youtube videos ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuA2_P-m4Sk ) of people's reaction to their new healthcare costs because of Obamacare and it breaks my heart.  And they very calmly say "this is unacceptable".   But, in my opinion, that is the wrong response.  The correct response would be to take the insurance papers that they were given them showing the new numbers, stand in front of the news camera, rip them in half, clench them and through gritted teeth say "Obama, you will pay dearly for this.  You are DESTROYING my family.  I will destroy the Democratic Party with my money, with my vote and with my time until there is nothing left of them. You are the worst president to have ever lived and breathed and I will make sure the world never forgets it"

It amazes me that this was NOT the response.  Which made me ask "what is THEIR trigger?"

And so, I ask again, what is your trigger?  You are on the air 5 days a week arguing the issues, but it is sort of... kind of....academic.  Whal will finally send YOU to stand before a crowd and march on Washington leading the people on... your trigger issue.

Just like the Founding Fathers who finally put their lives on the line and signed the Declaration of Independence.  They stepped over the line and from that point on they put their lives, their fortune and sacred honor to the test.  That was their trigger.

So...what is your trigger?

So, since then we had the news about the FCC planning on a "study" [yeah, right! everyone says] of journalists.  If it turned out that the FCC was going to send people to study HIM, would that finally send him over the edge, sending him into the streets to protest?

Anyway, regardless of who you are, maybe it's time to start thinking about it.  What has to happen for you to finally say "enough is enough" and you start either trying to change the system or carry out a plan to protect you and your family.

Below is the youtube with the heartbreaking story.  I would be standing on the table railing against O'Bama.  I think their response was pathetic.



Tuesday, February 25, 2014

College Settles Lawsuit Filed by Constitution-Loving Student

From the Washington Free Beacon:

Robert Van Tuinen, who was banned from passing out copies of the Constitution last September, filed a lawsuit against Modesto Junior College in October. A videotape of Van Tuinen being told he needed a permit and could only hand out the copies in a small area set aside for free speech at the college sparked widespread criticism.

Modesto has revised its policies to allow free speech in open areas across campus and agreed to pay Van Tuinen $50,000 as part of the settlement. Van Tuinen was assisted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Modesto’s previous free speech policy on time, place, and manner, its administrative procedures, and its expectations on campus free speech activities have all been revised. The new policies abolish the requirement that students and faculty must seek Modesto’s permission to speak.

The NExt Cuba: Rubio Delivers Floor Speech On Crisis In Venezuela

Haven't listened to all of this yet.

Arizona Nursing Student Sues After Being Suspended for Requesting Instruction in ENGLISH

Absolutely amazing! "Arizona’s constitution is crystal clear on this matter, and the school violated it:                

Article 28 of Arizona’s state constitution establishes English as 'the official language of the state.'

Section 3 states: 'A person shall not be discriminated against or penalized in any way because the person uses or attempts to use English in public or private.'"


The next day, April 4, Bennett was summoned to a broader meeting of PCC staff where she was allegedly told she was “discriminating” and that she would “not get a job” even if she finished her degree. Kutzler allegedly took part in this meeting as well, confronting Bennett with her “anonymous” class evaluation.

On April 15, Bennett was given a routine progress report in which she was accused of having “ineffective communication skills.” On April 22, security personnel were waiting for her when she arrived at school; she was suspended and reportedly “instructed to leave campus immediately.”

“Then on Monday morning, April 22, 2013, Ms. Bennett arrived on campus. … She immediately noticed Mr. Kutzler running from his car into the Nursing Office building. She also noticed there were several law enforcement vehicles in the parking lot. … As Ms. Bennett entered the building, she was approached by a man who identified himself as head of PCC security, and who requested whether she was Terri Bennett and requested her to show her identity card, which Ms. Bennett did. … Ms. Bennett was given a sealed envelope, informed that she was immediately suspended from PCC, and instructed to leave campus immediately. … Upon information and belief, a police vehicle followed her to the freeway. Mr. Kutzler sent an email to PCC staff advising them that they were not allowed to talk to Ms. Bennett.”

She was given a letter saying her suspension was based on charges that her “presence on College property [posed] a significant risk of disruption of educational activities” and that she “engaged in discriminatory conduct,” among other charges.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Other views: Make court look more like California

What idiocy.  What racism.  Just elect the right person for the job.  What does it matter if they are black, blue or white?

But Gov. Jerry Brown can do a lot to promote inclusion by considering ethnicity as well as intellect as he looks at candidates to replace Kennard, who steps down April 5.

Brown will face pressure to appoint a Latino. This is more than an interest group seeking political advantage. This is a sizable community seeking the bare minimum representation on the state's high court.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Planned food safety rules rile organic farmers

All you Lefty Organic Lovers, welcome your new overlords:  the ones you voted for.

Now, farmers are discovering that the FDA's proposed rules would curtail many techniques that are common among organic growers, including spreading house-made fertilizers, tilling cropland with grazing animals, and irrigating from open creeks.

Suddenly, from small family operations nestled in the foothills of Appalachia to the sophisticated organic-grower networks that serve Los Angeles and San Francisco, the farms that celebrity chefs and food-conscious consumers jostle to buy from are facing an unexpected adversary.

They're fighting back. Even though full enforcement of the rules is still years away, they are warning customers that some farms would have to close.

"They are going to drive farms out of business," said Dave Runsten, policy director for Community Alliance with Family Farmers in Davis, Calif.
And Love this quote: "'At the end of the day, consumers will be paying a little bit more for this. But a few cents here may help avoid a severe illness,' Smith DeWaal says."

Oh yeah!  A few extra pennies.  Sure!  Who are they kidding?

Cambodia's brutal [Communist] Khmer Rouge regime

Yes.  Communist.  
The brutal regime claimed the lives of more than a million people - and some estimates say up to 2.5 million perished.

Under the Marxist leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge tried to take Cambodia back to the Middle Ages, forcing millions of people from the cities to work on communal farms in the countryside.

But this dramatic attempt at social engineering had a terrible cost, and whole families died from execution, starvation, disease and overwork.


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Venezuela: the Left's favourite 'socialist paradise' is sliding into poverty and dictatorship

From now on, I will include articles on the failure of Socialism past and present.   I want this to be a go-to site for people who want a one-stop area for information about this.

I for one, am really sick and tired of those who use subtle wording to make Socialism and Communism look appealing.  The facts state otherwise and we are fools not to heed them.

From the Telegraph:
How is Venezuela doing? Well, tens of thousands of protesters are in the streets, the army's been sent to crush revolt, an opposition leader has been arrested and supporters of the government just shot dead a former beauty queen. It's going to hell in a handcart, that's how it's doing.

The Man-Made California Drought

For sure, the present drought is a kick in the teeth of the farm workers in San Joaquin Valley.


California’s water storage and transportation system designed by federal and state governments includes 1,200 miles of canals and nearly 50 reservoirs that provide water to about 22 million people and irrigate about four million acres of land throughout the state.

In May 2007, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that increased amounts of water had to be re-allocated towards protecting the Delta smelt – a three-inch fish on the Endangered Species List.

Because of this ruling, in 2009 and 2010 more than 300 billion gallons (or 1 million acre-feet) of water were diverted away from farmers in the Central Valley and into the San Francisco Bay – eventually going out into the Pacific Ocean.

This man-made drought cost thousands of farm workers their jobs, inflicted up to 40 percent unemployment in certain communities, and fallowed hundreds of thousands of acres of fertile farmland.

Unemployment remains at a regional average of 17%. With current precipitation at near-record lows, the same regulations will be imposed pushing unemployment even higher.

The Pelosi-led Congress did nothing to reverse the plight of the San Joaquin Valley and even obstructed repeated Republican actions to reverse the situation. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act reflects Republican promises to avoid another man-made drought.

I just can't believe CA'ians still vote her into office.  It's almost like a death wish.

The rest of the site discusses the CA US Republicans' plans to help the farmers.

Activist Poll Misleads California

Another real shocker.

So the poll was sponsored by a highly invested advocate for the policies polled. How might this manifest itself in the results? There are two ways. The most obvious is misleading or suggestive poll wording, and the poll question does seem slanted. The question presupposes that taxes and warning labels could reduce diabetes rates, but the evidence leans more toward the contrary. Studies of soda taxes find that they have a minimal effect on body weight (a controllable diabetes risk factor).

Friday, February 21, 2014

See, I Told You So: Media Not Upset by Notion of FCC Monitors in Newsrooms; Journalism Schools Behind the Idea

So, a CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY behind this.  Why does this not surprise me?

"The scholars decided that 'critical information' is information that people need to 'live safe and healthy lives' and to 'have full access to educational, employment, and business opportunities' ..."
Of course!  It's all health related!   So, this is all in support of Obamacare!  So, now Obamacare can now mandate the CONTROL OF THE PRESS.

I mean, I'm not technically a journalist, because I laugh and smile and I love America. So I'm not a journalist. But there's cricket silence out there about this. Now, admittedly people like me are the target of this thing, and the Drive-By journalists do not think they're the targets. I guaran-damn-tee you that's why they're being silent. They don't think they're the targets.

They don't think Obama wants to shut them down and they know how to make sure he doesn't and that is: Just kiss ass. Every day, just keep kissing butt, that's all you gotta do. You've got a regime monitor in there. This is why I was telling Snerdley yesterday I think the media is going to like this. "There's a monitor in there! There's somebody who can report back to Obama how good I'm doing, how big a butt kisser I am.

"There's a monitor in there going to report right back to Obama what a great job I'm doing advancing the agenda." There's no fear in the Drive-Bys because they don't think they're the targets of this. (interruption) They don't know that. Snerdley says, "They've got to know they won't stay in power forever." You know what my dad used to always tell me? When he was being educated about communism and what it did to people...

You know, what it literally meant for people, how it did not just deny their freedoms but ended up with many of them dying. There's a wall built in countries to keep people in, not keep people out. You end up in political prisons, end up tortured. There is no upward mobility economically. The leaders take it all. There's literally nothing. It's an absolute dungeon of existence, and he always used to tell me that the people in the media don't realize they're going to be the first to shut up.

They're going to be the first silenced. They're going to be the first to go. Unless they're brought in line, unless they're willing to toe the line, unless they're willing to become absolute butt kissers and report everything written for them. If there's any dissent there, they're gone, because the state is going to control the media -- and anybody in the media who is not cool with that is going to be the first silenced.

And that's the truth.  The Leftist Journalists think they are ok and safe.  But that's not what will happen. By being merely employed by a media company such as CBS, NBC, or NYT is enough to disqualify you from being "safe".  You are tainted and will need to be purged by the Beloved Government.



Thursday, February 20, 2014

Plan To Split California Into Six States Gets OK To Gather Signatures

6?  At one time?  I don't think it will go anywhere.
Under the plan, from venture capitalist Tim Draper, most of the Bay Area would be considered “Silicon Valley.” Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties would become part of “North California.”

Shockwaves over Obama administration’s plan to put government monitors in newsrooms

This is what evil looks like.
Journalists are now up in arms. The last thing a newsroom needs is a Soviet-style political officer looking over the shoulders of reporters and editors, and helping them shape the news to the Obama administration’s liking.

If FCC officials want to learn how stories are selected, they can go to journalism school. Otherwise, stay out of the newsroom.

The agency’s infiltration of the reporting process defeats the purpose of a free and independent press — to serve as a check to an overreaching government.

Townhall Editor Katie Pavlich appeared on “The Kelly File” Wednesday and discussed the latest developments of this story with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

A field test in Columbia, SC?  I want to know what newspaper, TV or radio station this is going to occur at.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Subpar: Anti-Obama Street Art Covers Santa Monica

O'bama's pathetic performance as president is finally being reflected by Leftists.  All I can say is: what took so long?

An unknown artist is covering the streets of Santa Monica, Calif., with posters declaring President Obama to be “subpar.”

The artwork, which features images of Obama golfing with the message, can be found on trashcans, in Porta-potties, and on street benches, according to a taco blog in Los Angeles.

Local Restaurant Adds Surcharge To Tabs To Pay For Employees’ Healthcare

What did you expect?  Who do you think is paying for this?  It's YOU!

“Adding it to the tip, or taking it away from the tip is normal, and I think it’s important that everybody has healthcare within the restaurants,” customer Chris Jordan said.

Under Obamacare, businesses like République, that have over 50 full-time employees, are required by law to provide affordable healthcare benefits.

Manske, meanwhile, says that the surcharge system is the solution to that requirement that works for the restaurant and that most feedback has been positive.

“Even if this isn’t the perfect solution, it’s definitely a solution, and so far, there isn’t any other solution.”

Monday, February 17, 2014

Exene Cervenka of L.A. Punk Band X Moving to Texas Because California Has Become "A Liberal Oppressive Police State and Regulations and Taxes and Fees"

This I thought was the most telling of all of the articles before it.  A punk rocker is calling it quits in LA and selling and moving her belongings:

Now when I think about California, I think of a liberal oppressive police state and regulations and taxes and fees. I'd rather go someplace and have my own little place out on the edge of town. I'm a country girl at heart. It makes me happy when I see people in Texas open-carrying. It makes me feel safe. I'm not even a gun owner, but I'd like to see a gun rack in every pickup truck, like my boyfriend had when I was fifteen years old in Florida. An armed society is a polite society."

She cracks a smile. "Now Jerry Brown's governor again. He's done some great things, like balancing the budget and libraries are open on Sundays. But things are getting to the point in this country where people are going to have to fight to survive and fight for their rights."

What an amazingly insightful last sentence.

California tech firm could relocate up to 1,000 jobs to Dallas in biggest move since Comerica

This looks to be a confirmed rumor that the company is definitely looking to relocate to Texas, but exactly where is not sealed.

A deal in the works could bring up to 1,000 new jobs to Dallas and save a troubled downtown skyscraper.

The KPMG Centre office tower has been owned by lenders since 2012 and is being sold to an Austin investor, World Class Capital Group.

As part of the pending transaction, the new owners are negotiating with a California-based company, Omnitracs LLC, that is looking to relocate major operations to Texas.

San Diego-based Omnitracs is one of several companies owned by Austin-based investor Vista Equity Partners that would move offices into the KPMG tower, real estate brokers say.

Occidental Petroleum to move HQ to Houston, spin off California assets

And the biggest news so far:


Occidental Petroleum, the longtime Los Angeles-based energy giant, announced Friday that it would move its headquarters to Houston and spin off its California assets into a separate company.

The latest move is part of the company's strategic overhaul as it seeks to bolster its profitability and share price after falling behind competitors in recent years.

The move signals the end of a storied run for Occidental in Los Angeles, where it was founded nearly a century ago and grew into the nation's fourth-largest oil company.

"Creating two separate energy companies will result in more focused businesses that will be competitive industry leaders," Occidental Chief Executive Stephen Chazen said in a Friday statement.

Simi Valley shower maker to move to Texas

You can't argue with his reasoning:

Owner Mitch Altman gave several reasons for the move, including taxes in Texas and California's business climate and taxes. But he said the main reason was to give employees moving with him a chance for more affordable housing and "better" schools in a "newer area" on the salaries they are receiving now and will continue to receive in Texas.

"California's a great place to live, and the weather's great," Altman said. "But we have other things to consider. There are other states that provide a better quality of life for the amount of money they're earning in California."

Altman decided to move now because he wanted to make a long-term commitment and invest in a building, but, "The climate here was not something that would work for me," he said.

California manufacturer moving to Rio Rancho

50 employees:

“We are proud to welcome manufacturers like DHF to New Mexico,” Martinez said. “This company has uprooted itself from California to plant itself in New Mexico. That is amazing, and is a prime example of our efforts to diversify our economy, compete for jobs, attract new companies and help small businesses grow.”

California company moving to Akron to develop stroke treatment

From the Akron Beacon Journal Online:

A Northern California biomedical company that’s developing an emergency treatment for stroke patients is relocating its business operations in Akron.

Nervive Inc. is opening its international headquarters in Akron this month, company officials and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced Wednesday.

Nervive is developing a noninvasive device called the VitalFlow stimulator that uses electromagnetic energy to help increase blood flow to the brain immediately after a stroke.

California company moving some production to state

From the Mississippi Business Journal:
General Atomics is relocating some product lines from its Electromagnetic Systems Group to Shannon.

The company and Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement today in Shannon. Bryant says in a news release that the relocation represents an $11 million investment by General Atomics and will create 80 new jobs.

California law firm Sedgwick is moving its service center to downtown Kansas City

From the Kansas City Star:
Kansas City has landed a back-office operation for a major San Francisco law firm, an achievement that’s particularly satisfying to local development officials because of the national competition for its 100 well-paid jobs.

The firm, Sedgwick LLP, employs 370 attorneys in offices around the country and in London and Bermuda. It plans to move its shared service center from downtown San Francisco to downtown Kansas City. The move will occur in June, and the facility is expected to be operating by late September.

445 California jobs move to Texas, San Diego loses Websense to Austin

Wow.  What a number.

445 San Diego jobs — GOOD California jobs move to Texas — and more are about to disappear into the Lone Star State. 445 of our local friends and neighbors are about to join the ranks of the unemployed — unless they move to Texas with Websense, which I suspect a fair number will.

Samson Exhaust NEW Location: Relocated from California to South Dakota

That's quite a move.  No reason was given, but we can sort of imagine.  This one is about a year old and had been in the planning stages for years.  But it gives an idea of the long simmering problem with doing business in CA.
We at Samson Exhaust are proud to announce that after many years of producing world class exhaust systems at our plant in California, we have officially relocated to the beautiful Black Hills of Sturgis, South Dakota. Samson Exhaust is now located in the Sturgis Industrial Park at 1151 Industry Road, Sturgis, SD 57785.
Lock, stock and barrel.


A Milestone to Celebrate: I Have Closed All My Businesses in Ventura County, California

We'll start with this one.  This business owner's situation epitomizes what all business owners have to ENDURE in order to do operate in CA.  This owner has more stick-to-it-iveness than I could ever muster.  I would have left not only Ventura County where he was located, but the whole state as well.

It took years in Ventura County to make even the simplest modifications to the campground we ran. For example, it took 7 separate permits from the County (each requiring a substantial payment) just to remove a wooden deck that the County inspector had condemned. In order to allow us to temporarily park a small concession trailer in the parking lot, we had to (among other steps) take a soil sample of the dirt under the asphalt of the parking lot. It took 3 years to permit a simple 500 gallon fuel tank with CARB and the County equivilent. The entire campground desperately needed a major renovation but the smallest change would have triggered millions of dollars of new facility requirements from the County that we simply could not afford.

...

A local attorney held regular evening meetings with my employees to brainstorm new ways the could sue our company under arcane California law. For example, we went through three iterations of rules and procedures trying to comply with California break law and changing "safe" harbors supposedly provided by California court decisions. We only successfully stopped the suits by implementing a fingerprint timekeeping system and making it an automatic termination offense to work through lunch. This operation has about 25 employees vs. 400 for the rest of the company. 100% of our lawsuits from employees over our entire 10-year history came from this one site. At first we thought it was a manager issue, so we kept sending in our best managers from around the country to run the place, but the suits just continued.

I know the solution:  ignore the damn county rules.  I guarantee you this guy was trying to run an honest business, which we can see in Ventura County, is pretty near impossible.


Salvo of posts tomorrow

All the news I post can easily be found online.  Tomorrow won't be any different.  But my head is spinning with all of the new news that is out there.

I've got the stories lined up ready to go.  I just couldn't believe it.  I think maybe, just maybe the floodgates have opened and the water is running out.

That's a metaphor, dontcha know.

Oh, and that's MY tomorrow.  YOUR later today.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Charles Schwab to move 1,000 jobs out of San Francisco

From the LA Times:
It is moving the jobs out of San Francisco because of the high cost of doing business and the high cost of living in the Bay Area, spokeswoman Sarah Bulgatz said. But, she added, "We intend to keep our corporate headquarters in San Francisco for the foreseeable future."

According to market data from Paragon Real Estate Group, a San Francisco-based real estate company, the median home sales price in the city in August was $870,000, and the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo counties was $2,697 a month.

Bulgatz said the company also has had difficulty recruiting in the Bay Area because of the intense competition for top talent.
The median sales price!  $870,000!!  Amazing!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Why you’re wrong about communism: 7 huge misconceptions about it (and capitalism)

This is a pathetically written article trying to put Communism in a good light and Capitalism in a bad light (just like a far better writer, Carl Sandburg, tried to do).

But words mean nothing.  Action and the fruit that the tree bears are all that matters.

Here is a recent article about the State Run Venezuela's issues and woes:
Think of not being able to buy soap, rice or toilet paper or order a cup of coffee, where even the rich are feeling poor. “In the serene private clubs of Caracas, there is no milk, and the hiss of the cappuccino machine has fallen silent. In the slums, the lights go out every few days, or the water stops running. In the grocery stores, both state-run shops and expensive delicatessens, customers barter information: I saw soap here, that store has rice today. The oil engineers have emigrated to Calgary, the soap opera stars fled to Mexico and Colombia. And in the beauty parlours of this nation obsessed with elaborate grooming, women both rich and poor have cut back to just one blow-dry or manicure each week.”

Imagine there’s no money to keep up the sovereign bond payments, the only source of money to keep power plants going.

Welcome to Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, a country with the fifth largest oil reserves in the world and absolutely broke. It’s a remarkable achievement for Chavismo. A just-wow moment. Socialism is useless at everything except for smashing things in record time. There it excels. It’s hard to imagine that as late as the 1980s Venezuela had the highest standard of living in Latin America. But then in 1960 Detroit was the richest city in the world in per capita income. Now it’s well … Detroit.

Here is a great video showing what it is like to shop in a Soviet era grocery store.  I especially want you to notice how the groceries are carried out of the store:  with reusable bags.




Anna Funder discusses living under Communism in East Germany:



This is a video of Ukrainian Famine survivors talking about their experiences.  Stalin starved the Ukranians resulting in the death of millions:





Here is a video discussing the Famine during Communist Mao's Great Leap Forward.  Tens of millions were starved.




Life in communist Cuba:




News item on Commnist run Venezuela food shortage:

Friday, February 14, 2014

Archbishop: 'The More That Gov't Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes'

The seeds for insurrection and rebellion are being planted.  But it is the Federal Government that is doing the planting.  They are the ones bringing things to this point.


Due to “an unfriendly political class” and believers’ own apathy, Chaput told CNSNews.com, “government pressure on religious communities has clearly increased.” Which is why, he says, that religious freedom must not be taken for granted, but be “vigorously defended” in the nation’s courts and state houses. \

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Israel Desalination Shows California Not to Fear Drought

Do I think CA will learn the lessons?  I hope, but I'm not holding my breath.

Israel has been dealing with such conditions throughout its history. Last month was the driest January on record in a large part of the Jewish state. The climate has forced the country to go to unusual lengths to lower consumption and raise supply, methods it now uses as a matter of routine.

In Israel, desalination now provides about one-quarter of the country’s water supply. Each of IDE’s three plants in Israel provides roughly double the output anticipated from the facility in Carlsbad, California, MacLaggan said by telephone.

U.S. Tax Rates? Not Competitive, But California's Are Worse

That's a big duh.

It’s even worse in the Golden State. California’s top marginal tax rate of 33% is the third-highest tax rate in the industrialized world, behind only Denmark and France. That creates a bias against savings, slows economic growth, and harms U.S. competitiveness. See The High Burden of State and Federal Capital Gains Tax Rates.

The lack of an adjustment for inflation makes it doubly painful. Your effective capital gains rate could be even higher. After all, much of the increase in the value of the asset might be due to inflation, not to real gains. If you really want to be impressed, check out California’s capital gain rate.

There isn’t one–it’s taxed as ordinary income. In California, those earning $254,250 to $305,100 a year now pay 10.3%. For $1 million-plus-earners, California’s rate is 13.3%. At the federal level, the capital gain rate remains 15% for some, but rose to 20% for higher income taxpayers. Add the 3.8% investment tax under Obamacare, and you have 23.8% for many.

California taxes capital gains just like income, as high as 13.3%. You pay up to a 33% combined federal and state tax on capital gains in California. That means you’re paying more than virtually anyone else in the world. Experts say the impact isn’t just digging deeper at tax time.

Health warning labels proposed for soda sold in California

What complete nonsense.  When will the stupidity in CA ever stop?

“When the science is this conclusive, the state of California has a responsibility to take steps to protect consumers,” Monning said. “As with tobacco and alcohol warnings, this legislation will give Californians essential information they need to make healthier choices.”

SB 1000 would require a warning label on the front of all cans and bottles of soda and fruit drinks sold in stores with added sweetners that have 75 or more calories per 12 ounces. The label would read: “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay.”

At fast food restaurants with self-serve soda dispensers, the label would be on the dispenser. In a movie theater or business where the dispenser is behind the counter and used by employees, the label would be on the counter.
Gee, it causes tooth decay!  That's worse than cancer!!  Do they really think people don't know this?  Does this mean that people will finally have the ammunition to sue Coca Cola just like they did Big Tobacco?

Court strikes California law restricting concealed weapons

Good news.  Let's hope this is followed by better news.

California must allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms in public, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, striking down the core of the state's permit system for handguns.

In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said San Diego County violates the Constitution's Second Amendment by requiring residents to show "good cause" - and not merely the desire to protect themselves - to obtain a concealed-weapons permit.
Yeah. "good cause".  If you're a conservative, then you have no "good cause" to own a weapon.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The lasers fuelling hopes of unlimited, clean nuclear energy

Cross your fingers on this.
Researchers involved in the Nuclear Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory said that they have used 192 laser beams to compress a tiny fuel pellet less than half the diameter of a human hair in such a way that it triggered the net release of energy by nuclear fusion.

The fuel, composed of the two hydrogen isotopes tritium and deuterium derived from water, was compressed together under enormous pressures and temperatures for less than a billionth of a second, but this was enough to see more energy coming out of the experiment than went into it.

Faulconer wins mayor's race

Boy, talk about coming out of left field.  There have been NO articles on Google News that have talked about him or the race in San Diego.  At least, not in the first 5 or 6 pages when googling under "california".  I find that strange. And...predictable.

Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer won a decisive victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in the San Diego mayor’s race Tuesday, signaling a new chapter for the city after the scandal-plagued tenure of former Mayor Bob Filner.

Faulconer had 54.5 percent compared to Alvarez’s 45.5 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting.

A Faulconer victory breathes new life into the local Republican Party by restoring its control of the Mayor’s Office that its candidates have occupied for much of the past four decades. Faulconer also becomes the only Republican mayor of a top 10 U.S. city, making him one of the party’s highest-profile leaders in the state.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

“Google bus” protests spread to Seattle

You go, Lefties!  You spread your derision of wealth.  Go ahead!  Keep it up!  Your cities and counties will be emptied of the Producers.  And what will that leave you?  Poverty!

What complete and utterly totally stupid morons.
The Capital Hill City Blog reported that two masked protesters on Monday morning held a sign reading “Gentrification stops here” in front of a Microsoft corporate shuttle in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood. The bus was apparently held up for about 45 minutes.

Another Seattle website, Tides of Flame, said that four other buses were similarly blocked in the neighborhood Monday.

The demonstrators passed out a flyer suggesting that tech-workers moving to the city — and commuting elsewhere — were infusing Seattle with their bland, one-dimensional lifestyle and “sucking out what’s left of Seattle’s soul.” The flier blamed tech workers for putting a pinch on housing and driving up housing costs.

A fair California flat income tax

Nine income brackets?  What the heck?

Since 1935, California individuals and corporations have been paying a state income tax. The individual California income tax is considered progressive, meaning the more a person earns the greater the rate imposed. California corporations pay a flat tax, depending upon the industry classification. The personal California rates are divided into nine tax rate brackets from 1 to 12.3 percent, 13.3 percent if you earn more than $1 million. The highest brackets were just voted into law (Proposition 30 in 2012) by the voters of California.

Why so many income tax rates? The sales tax is a true flat tax. Whether your economic status is resting on the bottom or you are a “1 percenter” we all envy, a pair of shoes, a hamburger or a gallon of gas is taxed at the same rate. That seems fair. Why wouldn’t a similar flat tax be just as fair for income earned? Some consider the flat tax a regressive tax. The tax would represent a greater proportion of total income for low wage earners. A true regressive tax would, of course, be the opposite of a progressive one.

Texas surpasses California as top tech exporter

None of this should surprise anyone.

This is the first year that Texas topped California in tech exports. California exports were worth $44.8 billion in 2012, down nearly 3 percent from the previous year.

Matthew Kazmierczak, vice president of the foundation, attributed the shift to rising manufacturing costs in California and Texas’ business-friendly atmosphere.

He said tech companies in California are focusing more on product design, in part because the state’s higher labor costs makes manufacturing less competitive.

“Texas has done a very good job at making themselves an attractive location for manufacturing,” he said. He noted the dynamic isn’t just about interstate competition; Texas is also competitive with other countries that have traditionally attracted manufacturing.

Gov. Rick Perry touts Texas’ business-friendly approach to regulations and taxes, and its relatively low cost of living, in trying to lure companies from California and other states, for which he has taken some flack.

Marchant highlighted a booming tech industry near Dallas. “We’re a tech magnet,” said Marchant, whose district includes D/FW International Airport. The airport itself used to be the biggest economic engine around, he said, “but now it’s development around the airport.”
How long will it last?  But even a conservative state like TX can screw things up through creeping legislation.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

'Dumb Starbucks' Shop Appears in L.A.'s Los Feliz

This is pretty funny.

Dumb Starbucks Coffee, which parodies the design of a coffee giant chain store, appeared out of seemingly nowhere over the weekend as a pop-up store in a nondescript Hillhurst Ave. location.

All of the coffee, brewed by two baristas, is free (tips appreciated). They also have pastries (apparently purchased from Vons) that are also free for the taking for now. Alongside a non-functioning cash register, CD's like "Dumb Norah Jones Duets" and "Dumb Jazz Standards" are stocked.

Is there a pulse in the California GOP?

Let's hope Kleinman wins.

On the issues, he says, “I am a very rational person. Things have to make sense.” Obamacare doesn’t, from his vantage. He acknowledges that portability and protection for preexisting illnesses were real problems. However, he says, “The real problem is not access to health care; it’s the cost. The most important problem is there is no market solution [in Obamacare].” On immigration he says the Senate bill was flawed, in part because it lacked a guest worker program that is essential to stopping the influx of illegal immigrants. (In the 1950s and 1960s, the Bracero program was successful in doing just that.) He says there has to be a solution for people already here. Like House leaders he says, “What people want most is to come out of the shadows.” But he warns, “The Republicans would be wrong to permanently disenfranchise these people.” He continues, “Listen, in the Senate bill it was 10 years until you get a green card and then five more until you could be a citizen. We have 15 years to convince them they don’t need to be Democrats.”

CALIFORNIA GRAPES OF WRATH

Will we see a re-migration out of CA?  Sort of a reversal of the great Dust Bowl migration?

And CA will have only itself to blame.  VDH calls it out perfectly.

Californians have not built a major reservoir since the New Melones Dam more than 30 years ago. As the state subsequently added almost 20 million people, it assumed that it was exempt from creating any more “unnatural” Sierra lakes and canals to store precious water during California’s rarer wet and snow-filled years.

Then, short-sightedness soon became conceit. Green utopians went further and demanded that an ailing three-inch bait fish in the San Francisco delta receive more fresh oxygenated water. In the last five years, they have successfully gone to court to force millions of acre-feet of contracted irrigation water to be diverted from farms to flow freely out to sea.

Others had even grander ideas of having salmon again in their central rivers, as they recalled fishing stories of their ancestors from when the state population was a fifth of its present size and farming a fraction of its present acreage. So they too sued to divert even more water to the sea in hopes of having game fish swim from the Pacific Ocean up to arid Fresno County on their way to the supposedly ancestral Sierra spawning grounds.

The wages of both nature’s drought and human folly are coming due. Unless it rains or snows in biblical fashion in the next 60 days, we could see surreal things in California — towns without water, farms reverting to scrub, majestic parks with dead landscaping — fit for Hollywood’s disaster movies.

Attack on electric grid raises alarm

Raises alarm?  Why did it take this article to be written?  The attack happened a couple of months ago, didn't it? OK.  The article says back in April.
Jon Wellinghoff, who was chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when the shooting took place, said that attack was clearly executed by well-trained individuals seeking to do significant damage to the area, and he fears it was a test run for an even larger assault.

"It would not be that hard to bring down the entire region west of the Rockies if you, in fact, had a coordinated attack like this against a number of substations," Wellinghoff said Thursday. "This [shooting] event shows there are people out there capable of such an attack."

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Bankrupt California City Votes Pro-Union Politicians Out of Office

Now, THIS is what you call grassroots!

Residents of bankrupt San Bernardino, California on Tuesday voted to complete a rout of the city's pro-union old guard, electing business-friendly pragmatists who have pledged to try to reduce pension costs and take on vested interests.

As San Bernardino enters into a fourth month of mediation with its creditors, the biggest of which is Calpers, California's giant retirement system, voters on Tuesday elected Carey Davis as the crisis-hit city's new mayor.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Proposal would bar California judges from Scout participation

The Ideological Purge continues unabated.
If the court agrees, California will join 21 other states whose judicial ethics codes have antidiscrimination provisions that forbid judges from affiliating with the Boy Scouts.

Banning scout membership would "promote the integrity of the judiciary" and "enhance public confidence in the impartiality of the judiciary," the ethics committee said Wednesday.

In response, Deron Smith, a spokesman at Boy Scouts headquarters in Irving, Texas, said the scouts "would be disappointed with anything that limits our volunteers' ability to serve more youth. ... Today, more than ever, youth need the character and leadership programs of Scouting."
21 states ALREADY have this ban in place??  This is morally repugnant.

California Highway Patrol officer cuffs firefighter for refusing to move engine

OK.  What the HECK is this?
The incident prompted a meeting between CHP and Chula Vista officials Wednesday.

In a joint statement released after the session, they called the officer's detention an "unfortunate incident," labeling it "an isolated incident and not representative of the manner in which our agencies normally work together toward our common goal."
So, the Militarization of the Police has taken on a new aspect.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CALIFORNIA THINKS IT LEADS THE NATION

Yeah.  You guys keep thinking that.
Yet California officials believe that all is well, that the main problems in California stem from the private sector, and that there’s virtually nothing that more regulation and higher taxes won’t fix. Eastern pundits have picked up the theme of the California Miracle and Brown the Fixer, but that narrative only works if readers ignore most of the readily available facts. But I suppose pointing this out only makes this columnist a declinist, even though I love my home state and want to see it boom once again.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

California Considers Raising Its Minimum Wage To The Highest In The Country

...and watch the poor leave the state even faster.


In an effort that could raise California’s minimum wage to the highest in the country, State Senator Mark Leno (D) introduced a bill this past Monday that would increase the state’s minimum wage to $11 in 2015, $12 in 2016, $13 in 2017, and finally to an annually adjusted wage tied to increases in inflation beginning in 2018. The new bill comes only months after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill to increase the minimum wage to $9 this coming July and then to $10 in 2016.

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While Leno expects that his bill will be met with resistance, he remains optimistic that, on the issue of the minimum wage, the left and the right can meet on common ground. Currently, about 24 percent of California’s residents live in poverty, and the current minimum wage of $8 an hour brings in about $8,000 less than what is considered the poverty line for a family of four for a single person working full time.
Oh yeah.  The numbers of people in poverty will drop. Why?  See the above statement.

Missouri sues California over chicken regulations

I think they will lose. CA has all sorts of special laws that have special requirements for furniture to cars. What's so different with eggs. I say let CA suffer the consequences of their actions.
Koster’s office estimated that Missouri egg producers would have to pay $120 million to expand the size of their coops, and that production costs would rise 20 percent. Almost a third of the 1.7 billion eggs Missouri produces on a yearly basis goes to California.

“This is not an agriculture case, and it’s not just about egg production,” Koster told the Kansas City Star last week. “It’s about the tendency by California to press the boundaries of intrusion into an area protected by the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.”

What will happen is there will be a big jump in egg prices in CA.  Smaller producers will ignore the CA market.  The number of egg exporters will decrease, thus driving prices up even more.

No matter how you slice it, CA will end up with the short end of the stick.

U-Haul Index for February

The doldrums are still in. And with the weather so bad, you wouldn't expect a lot of people moving around. San Francisco => San Antonio, TX $1,395 San Antonion, Tx => San Francisco, CA $ 821 Fresno, CA => San Antonio, TX $1,728 San Antonio => Fresno, CA $ 868 I don't think this is much different from last month...which I posted a few weeks ago.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Selling homemade food is now legal in California

Another article on how deregulation can benefit the masses.  What will it take for CA to fix this "mistake"?

The Institute for Justice dissected California’s decision in an op-ed for Forbes, praising creation of more than a thousand local businesses but noting that cottage bakers need even more legislative help. Unlike 20 other states, California caps how much home-based food businesses can make a year — if they generate more than $45,000 in gross sales in 2014, for instance, they’ll have to rent commercial kitchen space after all. (Thanks for pooping on our Betty Crocker dreams, California.)

Then again, as the Institute points out, California is still pretty progressive:

On the opposite spectrum for cottage food freedom are states like Minnesota. The Land of 10,000 Lakes has one of the lowest sales caps on cottage food in the nation, banning people from selling more than $5,000 in a year. That’s less than $100 a week.

In addition, cottage food entrepreneurs in Minnesota can only sell at farmers’ markets and special events. Unlike California, online orders and indirect sales are banned. That greatly limits their growth. Renegade bakers can face fines of up to $7,500 or three months in jail.

California orders Google to move barge

The orphan barge continue its pillar to post saga.

It was probably put on the water to avoid onerour CA regulations.  But little did they know...
The investigation found that neither the Treasure Island Development Authority nor the city of San Francisco had applied for required permits for the work to be done at the site.

Goldzband said Google can resolve the issue by moving the barge to one of the fully permitted construction facilities in the San Francisco Bay.

"It needs to move," he said.

Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mirian Saez, director of the Treasure Island Development Authority, said, "we did not intend to violate or circumvent the process."

No crime for California to learn from Texas

An interesting comparison.
While the California system is bursting at its seams, Texas has closed three prisons. Both states have crime rates that are lower than they had been decades ago, but Texas’ rate is falling faster than national trends. Crime in California is edging up slightly and its prison population is growing. California pays twice what Texas pays per year to incarcerate an inmate.
I know a way for CA to lower their prison population:  Stop passing so many damn laws!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

California threatens to shut down coding bootcamps

Have things escalated?  Now the bootcamps are being threatened with fines, shut down. And they are demanding that former customers be REFUNDED??

Coding bootcamps are scrambling to figure out how they can save their programs, after a California regulator slapped them with cease and desist letters ordering them to shut down, pay a $50,000 fine, and offer refunds to past students. The problem, according to the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) which sent the letters, is these bootcamps aren't technically private schools under the law. Since 2009, California has required such private entities to apply for that status and meet a series of minimum standards to protect would-be students from fraud.

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However, it sounds like some of the BPPE's requirements may be onerous to satisfy. For instance, he AP reports that the BPPE requires a bachelor's degree and three years of teaching experiences from instructors, things which Dev Bootcamp founder Shereef Bishay said one of his best instructors lacks.