Monday, December 31, 2012

Santa Monica residents complain about sea of fitness fanatics clogging up their parks

We KNOW how all this will end.  Of course, the idea isn't to make revenue.  It's to stop lawful commercial transactions.

'Some people have also expressed concerns about people operating a business on city land and putting the city at risk of liability because they aren't carrying insurance,' she said.

So now the City Council is considering requiring that fitness trainers who conduct workouts in Santa Monica's parks and on its beaches pay an annual $100 fee and turn over 15 percent of their gross revenues to the city.

The council was to take up the issue of regulating fitness trainers this month, but that's now been pushed back to at least March. Meantime, Ginsberg said city officials are looking at what restrictions they might put on the use of weights, bands and other equipment.
First of all, I suppose over the years several people have been bitten by dogs in the park.  Has anyone sued the city?  Maybe. Maybe not.  But I doubt it.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

California’s New Democratic Supermajority is the Path to a Smaller America

The Sovereign Investor sends me stuff all the time.  To this day I don't know whow they got my email address.  But anyway, they had this to say about CA:

With a supermajority, California’s Democrats have unfettered power, and they will screw it up. They will raise taxes on businesses and the wealthy. They will hike fees for various state services to raise more revenue with which to spend foolishly. They will hike spending. They will dramatically increase regulation on the ignorant belief that government oversight trumps the necessarily cruel hand of free-market economics. They will increase salaries and benefits for the constituents that keep them in power – namely rapacious state-workers’ unions.

Undeterred by that pesky need for sensible compromise now that Republicans are voiceless, the Democrats will ultimately create far greater fiscal woes for California, a state that is arguably the country’s most financially deranged already. And, I predict, their actions will spur an overwhelming grassroots movement among aggrieved, sensible Californians who will ultimately seek a referendum to split the state into smaller, more manageable pieces.

It is, quite likely, the future of California … and ultimately the future of America, given the deep and growing political, economic and social bifurcations that are epidemic in our country today.

Friday, December 28, 2012

France: Is Anyone There?

If you THINK.  If you HOPE.  If you WONDER what is about to happen in CA with the raising of taxes on the rich, this article will dispel all doubt.
The message could not be clearer: The number of requests by French citizens to leave France are suddenly up by 400 to 500 percent. As far as my tax law business is concerned, we used to have three to five such cases a year, and we are already facing more than 20 this year. We are witnessing an explosive rise in tax exile since April 2012. On a national scale, the number of tax exiles was previously estimated at some 1,000 per year; today, it is expected to multiply by as much as five. It’s like repealing once more the Edict of Nantes, in the sense that these departures will impoverish French business and industry.

Interestingly, the profile of the people now leaving France has completely changed. We still deal with aging entrepreneurs who would like to sell their business and retire without being soaked by the government. But this number is no longer increasing, in particular since the “Exit Tax” was introduced on capital gains (19 percent, plus another 15.5 percent in payroll taxes).

Currently, however, we are seeing a lot of young entrepreneurs, not necessarily wealthy, but who would like to get wealthy and will not hand over their wealth to the government. The hopeful tax exiles are therefore getting younger: today they are aged between 35 and 50, and not between 55 and 70, as was seen before. The granddad fiscal exodus is over!

More disquieting still, they come from all sectors—mainly from the computer industry and the Internet, as these activities are immaterial and easier to move. But there is a bit of everything. They come from all walks of life: consulting, industry, services. The most recent example from my firm was a client who provided services to senior citizens. He sold his French business and checked out to move it elsewhere. The motives have also changed. These young entrepreneurs are leaving today to develop their business abroad, as French taxation has become unbearable.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Toy Gun ‘Ban’ Re-Launched In California

Oh brother!

Jerry Rubin has reportedly spent many years working on environmental and anti-violence causes in the Southern California region, the Fresno Bee reports. In 1988 Rubin, as the director of the Los Angeles Alliance for Survival, took part in the fourth annual International Days of Protest Against War Toys, the Associated Press notes.
I loved my cap pistols and civil war toy soldiers.  This is my dream set.  I got this when I was 5 years old:

It didn't take me long to lose all the little pieces.  But a kid's imagination know no bounds.

California manufacturers weigh costs of new greenhouse rules

If you think CO2 emissions are dangerous and destructive then the article makes perfect sense.  Otherwise, it's the dumbest article I've ever read.
Nick Kastle, a company spokesman, said it would almost certainly pass on the new costs to makers of ketchup and frozen pizza, which would be likely to share the extra costs with consumers. "People nationwide are going to be affected by AB 32," he said.

But many economists said they think such a cost-centric analysis ignores the jobs and economic activity that the law could generate. Emission and efficiency standards for cars, buildings and appliances in California over the last four decades have succeeded in cleaning the air, making residents' per-capita energy use rate among the lowest in the country and spurring innovations and new industries, like the one that arose around catalytic converters.

"It's almost a Darwinian point," said Matthew Kahn, an economist at the University of California, Los Angeles. While some companies' costs will no doubt rise, he said, the law creates moneymaking opportunities by forcing a rethinking of industrial processes.
If you want to talk "Darwinian points" we know where CA is.  With stupid laws like this it's headed down the path of extinction.

And contrary to what the writer thinks, it's ALWAYS about the bottom line.  All of those jobs will be shipped out of the state.

Merry Christmas: a (partial) list of Obamacare taxes, fees

Ho! Ho! Ho!  You morons who voted for O.  Congratulations.  This from the Daily Caller.

The article makes a point at the end that most people won't feel the wrath of the taxes.  But I don't think that's correct.  Medical devices will be taxed. The only ones to really feel this will be people who use them...which is just about everyone of all walks of life.

At the very end of the article they mention that the insurance industry is facing $8 billion in fees.  Guess who pays those?  You do!!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from CSS

All you out there that have taken the time to visit my humble little blog, I want to thank you and wish you all a Merry Christmas.   It is a cliche to say that Jesus is the reason for the season, but that doesn't make it any less true.

I spent a couple of years in Germany and have found the Christmastime to be special - almost magical.  There is no other country on the face of the earth that knows better how to celebrate the Christmas Season.

In December of 2010, I was fortunate to be on my way back from Freiberg to Dresden on the train when I recorded the music in the video below at the Dresden Hauptbahnhof.  It was one of the most reverent moments of my life.  It's not unusual to find small ensembles performing throughout the city during this time.

I wanted to share the music and snapshots of the Christmas markets and other scenes of the moments that live within our hearts forever.

Newspaper Publishes Gun Owners' Names and Addresses

So, the gun owners are the ones who are upset?  Do you know who really should be upset?  The people whose names did NOT appear on the list.  Now burglars and vandals know which homes they can break into and not worry about being shot at!!

The newspaper thought they were exposing the gun owners.  They really did a lot more than that.  What idiots!

The map sparked more than 500 comments from readers within a day of its appearance on the website, many of them voicing outrage at the paper's decision to make the information public.

"This is CRAZY!! why in the world would you post every licensed gun owner information?? What do you hope to accomplish by doing this. This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners. What next? should i hang a flag outside my house that says I own a gun? I am canceling my subscription with your paper today!!!" said commenter Curtis Maenza.

"How about a map of the editorial staff and publishers of Gannett and Journal News with names and addresses of their families…," wrote commenter George Thompson.
Since rifles and shotguns aren't permitted, they aren't on the map.  But so what?  The newsaper has still managed to narrow the list for the burglars.  What monstrous stupidity.

To California's woes, add one more

It makes you wonder if this wasn't the purpose all along.
"No significant signs of much needed reform can be found in the barely solvent Golden State," ATRA notes, "as preposterous consumer class actions, coercive disability access lawsuits and mounting asbestos litigation, among other problems, continue to drive businesses and jobs to less litigious neighboring states while court budgets are slashed and dockets grow evermore backlogged."

For example, California has become a magnet for dodgy class-action consumer lawsuits because state judges have interpreted its laws protecting consumers from false advertising and other harm to "require no proof of deception, reliance, or injury, while applying lax class certification standards."

Sunday, December 23, 2012


This is really unfortunate.  PV are expensive to install.  Which means the poor will be subsidizing the PV installations of the wealthy.
Those customers who utilize traditional energy services are expected to experience rate hikes soon to make up for lost transmission and distribution costs the utility companies aren't collecting from customers with solar rooftops, according to financial analysts who track the industry.

California's Jobless Turning Down Plentiful Farm Work: One writer asks, 'Where's the market's invisible hand when you need it?'

The invisible hand is there.  Only, the money you worked hard for moron is being doled out so they can sit on their hands and not work!
"Where is the invisible hand of the market when you need it?" inquires Beiser, who likewise asks why farm wages are apparently stagnant despite increased demand for labor.

While the demand side of the equation may be a mystery to Beiser, the supply side isn't. Unemployment benefits represent an obvious disincentive to journey elsewhere for wine grape-picking work - even as such benefits may be beneficial for one's employment prospects in the long run.

"People who receive unemployment benefits search harder and smarter for jobs than people who aren't covered," say economists Rick McGahey and Teresa Ghilarducci. "They tend to find long-term positions that suit them."
Sorry.  Most of these people have been on the dole for close to 99 weeks.  Cut them off and force them to take the agricultural jobs!  I'm all for unemployment benefits.  God forbid I ever get laid off but at least I know it's there in case I need it.  But payments doled out to someone for YEARS when there is work to be had? And we're paying them with borrowed dollars - money we don't even have.

We call that freeloading.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Court blocks California law banning gay therapy

Good.  What a worthless piece of crap law.

A federal appeals court on Friday put the brakes on a first-of-its-kind California law that bans therapy aimed at turning gay minors straight.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency order putting the law on hold until the court can hear full arguments on the measure's constitutionality. The law was set to take effect Jan. 1.

Licensed counselors who practice so-called "reparative therapy" and two families who say their teenage sons have benefited from it sought the injunction after a lower court judge refused the request.

Limbaugh Rushes to 'Classy' NRA's Defense Over School Guards Read Latest Breaking News from Urgent: Should Obamacare Be Repealed? Vote Here Now!

Limbaugh's comments aren't what are noteworthy.  It's the Democratic Rep's comments that are:
Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy, in whose district the shootings occurred, said he learned of LaPierre’s comments while leaving the funeral of a victim from the massacre.

"Walking out of another funeral and was handed the NRA transcript,” he said on Twitter. “The most revolting, tone-deaf statement I've ever seen."
So, Murphy, have you made sure there are guards at Sandy Hook?  Is the school still a designated gun free zone? If your answers are no and then yes, then the shots that rang out at the school have made you DEAF.  If any more killings occur there the blood will be on YOUR hands!

I still cannot believe how these Leftist  laid bare our children to be slaughtered like that.  What the hell were they thinking?  Murphy is the most revolting person I've ever seen.

I'm sorry, but I still see the scene play in my head several times a day of the principle lunging at the shooter with her empty bare hands.  What the PTB did to her is nothing short of accessory to MURDER.

Friday, December 21, 2012

The Insourcing Boom

I really, really hope this is the near future.  And could save us from a very deep depression.
The arc that followed is familiar. Employment kept rising through the ’60s, but it peaked at 23,000 in 1973, 20 years after the facility first opened. By 1984, Appliance Park had fewer employees than it did in 1955. In the midst of labor battles in the early ’90s, GE’s iconic CEO, Jack Welch, suggested that it would be shuttered by 2003. GE’s current CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, tried to sell the entire appliance business, including Appliance Park, in 2008, but as the economy nosed over, no one would take it. In 2011, the number of time-card employees—the people who make the appliances—bottomed out at 1,863. By then, Appliance Park had been in decline for twice as long as it had been rising.

Yet this year, something curious and hopeful has begun to happen, something that cannot be explained merely by the ebbing of the Great Recession, and with it the cyclical return of recently laid-off workers. On February 10, Appliance Park opened an all-new assembly line in Building 2—largely dormant for 14 years—to make cutting-edge, low-energy water heaters. It was the first new assembly line at Appliance Park in 55 years—and the water heaters it began making had previously been made for GE in a Chinese contract factory.


"YOU KIDS GET OFF MY PROPERTY!" Madonna essentially says as she shakes her fist at those lazy no good kids.  Or she'll cncel her concert.  All I can say is "Please!  Cancel your concert!"
"There are people smoking right now, " she said, "No smoking!"

"If you're going to smoke cigarettes, I'm not doing a show," she added, "You don't care about me? I don't care about you. All right? Are we going to play that game? I'm not kidding. I can't sing if you smoke. ¿Entiendes?"

Oh, but it didn't stop there.

"You're looking right at me and smoking cigarettes, like I'm a stupid f--king idiot."
You guys should have just told her to go to hell and mind her own business.

The Tragedy of Gun Free Zones

"A striking paradox is associated with these mass murders. They are much more likely to occur in areas that have been designated as gun free zones."

The above quote was taken from an article written by Dr. Michael S. 2001.

"...states with the fewest gun free zones have the greatest reductions killings, injuries, and attacks."
This quote is from an paper written in October, 2000.

I think the time has come for congress to get rid of gun free zones.

Last quote:

Gun-free zones are invitations to mass murder, gun-rights advocates argued after a lone gunman's shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday left 20 children and six adults dead. John Lott, author of the controversial 1999 bestseller More Guns, Less Crime, said in an interview with Saturday it is no coincidence that mass shootings with multiple victims occur repeatedly in designated gun-free zones such as schools, shopping malls, and movie theaters.
This quote is taken from an article written December 17, 2012.  Here we are eleven years later, knowing full well that gun free zones are a disaster and we still allow our children to be murdered.

Chevron moving 800 California jobs to Texas

The Chevron move has started?  Could this be the slow easing out of the CA gasoline market?  Looks to me that Chevron is trying hard NOT to shut down their refinery there.  This looks like an indirect way of keeping their cost of serving the CA market down.

Chevron Corp. will move up to 800 jobs - about a quarter of its current headquarters staff - from the Bay Area to Houston over the next two years but will remain based in San Ramon, the oil company told employees Thursday.

The jobs - generally, technical positions dealing with information and advanced energy technologies - are all tied to Chevron's worldwide oil exploration and production business, much of which is based in Houston. The company reported the shift in an e-mail to its employees Thursday.

After Fining Them, California Regulator Decides To Evaluate Ride-Sharing Services Like Lyft And SideCar

Why is something like this regulated in the first place?  People using their own private cars is their own business, right?
The CPUC, which regulates charter-party carriers in California, will be taking a look at services that “utilize the Internet, social media, and location services” as a way to connect drivers and riders. The regulator named ride-sharing services Lyft and SideCar, as well as Uber, as the types of services that it would evaluate in determining some balance between public safety and innovation.

With Farm Bill Stalled, Consumers May Face Soaring Milk Prices

Why are we letting the government determine the prices?  Each and everytime they manage to always SCREW things up.  We really need to take this power away from them.  $6-$8 a gallon?  Unbelievable.  Are we going to be held hostage by O'Bama on this, too?
Under the current program, the government sets a minimum price to cover dairy farmers’ production costs. If the market price drops below that, the government buys dairy products from farmers to buoy prices and increase demand. Since milk prices have remained above that minimum price in recent years, dairy farmers usually do better by selling their products commercially rather than to the government.

But if 1949 rules go into effect, the government would be required to buy dairy products at around $40 per hundredweight — roughly twice the current market price — to drive up the price of milk to cover dairy producers’ cost.

“It would be bad for consumer demand in the long run,” said Chris Galen, a spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation, which represents more than 32,000 dairy farmers.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Australia's Gun Ban NOT Working So Well

Confiscation of firearms - the worst nightmare for Americans.  Happened in Australia...with disastrous results:

The statistics for the years following the ban are now in: 1. Accidental gun deaths are 300% higher than the pre-1997 ban rate 2. The assault rate has increased 800% since 1991, and increased 200% since the 1997 gun ban. 3. Robbery and armed robbery have increase 20% from the pre-97 ban rate. 4. From immediately after the ban was instituted in 1997 through 2002, the robbery and armed robbery rate was up 200% over the pre-ban rates.

When Will Death Spiral States Impose Taxes On Fleeing Citizens?

I picked this up from Rush's website.  The main problem with this is once the exit tax is imposed NO ONE who has any money will want to move there and anyone who is starting to make money will just pack up and leave.
To date, the Supreme Court has had no problem with any of these laws. So what is to stop, say, California from imposing exit taxes on the steady stream of citizens heading off for Texas, Arizona, and Nevada? More than 200,000 people flee the Golden State every year, taking their money with them while leaving behind their share of the state's $617 billion in state debt, which comes to about $16,000 per resident. That's $3.2 billion a year in tax evasion!

If presenting every deserter with a $16,000 bill proves too unpopular, why not follow Uncle Sam's lead and make a grab for unrealized capital gains taxes? California taxes capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income - voters there recently passed a referendum to increase the top rate to 13 percent - so a tax like that would bite the richest nice and hard. That'll make those Silicon Valley millionaires think twice before escaping to a low-tax state before cashing in their shares! And who has any sympathy for them? After all, they didn't build that.

Graton, California Selects Pasteurization Technology Group’s Chemical-Free Wastewater Disinfection System

This is a pretty novel idea.  Reading the article through, it seems to be a good use of energy.  Up front costs might be higher, but operating costs look to be lower.  Pasteurizing is the same process they use to kill bacteria in milk.
The northern California town of Graton has signed a contract with Pasteurization Technology Group (PTG) for the purchase and installation of PTG’s chemical-free wastewater disinfection system to handle all the city’s sewage treatment needs. By switching from a chlorine-based wastewater disinfection system to PTG’s safe, sustainable wastewater disinfection technology, Graton will realize significant operational savings and meet or exceed state water quality standards.

The innovative disinfection and cogeneration system is the linchpin of an $8.5 million project to update and upgrade the 36-year-old wastewater treatment plant, which serves the 1,700 residents of Graton. The new PTG X-500 wastewater disinfection system, which represents less than one tenth of the total project cost, can process up to 576,000 gallons per day—easily sufficient for Graton’s 1,700 residents. The system is planned for delivery in the spring of 2013, with project completion expected by January 2014.

Sacramento Needs to Catch Up— Californians are Ready for Conversion Technologies

As progrssive as CA is you'd think they would be all over this like white on rice.  I've run intoseveral article and posted Powerpoint presentations of LA's plans....but nothing has ever come of them.
Seven years ago, the LA County Board of Supervisors saw the need to establish a more sustainable waste management system that reduces our reliance on landfills. Coupled with the imminent closure of Puente Hills Landfill, the country’s largest landfill, and the escalating price of shipping waste to remote parts of California by rail, alternatives had to be found. The Board approved a multi-phased program aimed at promoting the development of sophisticated new CT facilities in the region.

However, state regulations have not kept pace with these local efforts, and have in fact hindered development of conversion technologies. Current definitions are confusing and in some cases scientifically inaccurate, making it difficult for them to be permitted in this State. If we cannot develop these facilities, we will continue to put trash in the ground—the least desirable option for all Californians.

California utilities are benefiting from cap-and-trade program

Foregoing Cap n trade for utilities isn't much of a help for the consumers in CA. CA ranks 31st in the nation for electic power rates (Hawaii have the highest and is ranked 50). And the article didn't say the power companies would NEVER have to pay the piper for cap n trade credits.

 Conveniently, the article did NOT mention about the looming rise of the price of gasoline in California. There will be the indirect passing on to consumers of cap n trade costs as refineries are hit extremely hard by cap n trade. It's just a matter of time before this scheme crushes California. Read the Chevron 3rd quarter transcripts and their comments on what cap n trade will do to them and that they will have to pass the costs on to CA residents. They are not happy with what is being done since many of then live in CA and have to put up with the same crap as everyone else there.
"The program was not meant to put people out of business or put families in jeopardy," said Tim O'Connor, director of the California climate initiative at the Environmental Defense Fund. "(The cost) can't be too high or you quickly lose the public."
Don't believe them.  The whole IDEA is to stanch CO2 which means one of two things:

1) Prices for EVERYTHING go up.  
2) Indusrty moves out in search of cheaper resources.

Take your pick.

Marine vet of Iraq war guards California school

Arm the teachers.  Arm the principle.  All I can pitcure is the Sandy Hook priciple lunging at the armed killer with nothing but her hands.  It absolutely breaks my heart.
The veteran Marine arrived at the K-3 school a little before 7:30 am, Fong said, and asked permission to stand guard. He stood in front of the flag pole until 2:30 p.m., she said, without taking any breaks.

Sgt. Pusley is a father of a three-year-old and his wife is expecting another child. He told the Modesto Bee ( that he decided to take action after reading a Facebook post urging soldiers to be posted at every school in the wake of last week's tragic shooting in Connecticut.

"When I enlisted, I swore to defend this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic," Sgt. Pusley said. "I just want to be sure all these kids go home safe for Christmas."

Justin Bieber Accused of Animal Cruelty by California Hamster Association

There is a Hamster Association??  Who knew?
"The moment that hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom," the organization says in a hilariously foreboding statement.

Bieber is yet to comment on the allegations.
All hamsters have a self-destruct feature that kills them within a month or two of ownership.  That's been my experience.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

San Francisco’s environmental hypocrisy exposed

Great article on the hypocrisy of greenies in SF.

San Francisco, it could be said, is the nation’s capital of trendy environmentalism — as long as it affects someone else.

This became very evident a few years ago when it was suggested — in a series of articles in the Sacramento Bee, among other places — that San Francisco should give up its exclusive water supply from the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park, allowing it to be restored to its natural state.

The good burghers of San Francisco, led by U.S. Sen. (and former Mayor) Dianne Feinstein, arose in righteous anger to denounce draining the Hetch Hetchy reservoir as far-fetched and intrusive.

Half a million Texas jobs added by oil and gas boom

Well, we KNOW where CA stands on all this.  If they could keep even ONE oil/gas based job from being formed, they would be besides themselves with joy.
Texas has garnered 45 percent of the nearly 1.3 million jobs created by new production from fields drilled with hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. Pennsylvania and California each got 8 percent of the new jobs.

... The boom has contributed $238 billion to the U.S. economy this year. By 2020, that contribuiton will grow to $416 billion, IHS CERA found. In Texas alone, government revenues from the new oil and gas plays are expected to be $22.168 billion this year, and $38.538 billion by 2030.  

Shale activity to create 930,000 Texas jobs by decade’s end

But we know that everyone in CA is completely against this happening in their state.  How do I know that?  Because they all voted for Democrats and are slowly squeezing the GOP out.  By winning, DEmocrats lose.

By 2020, the shale revolution will have amassed an army of almost one million Texas workers soldiering in the unconventional oil and gas plays, according to a report by IHS Global Insight.

“America’s New Energy Future: The Unconventional Oil and Gas Revolution and the U.S. Economy — Volume 2: State Economic Contributions” examines the impact of shale on a state-by-state basis.

In 2012, there were 576,000 jobs in Texas linked to shale activity, the report said. By the end of the decade, that number is expected to be 930,000.

Mysterious 'Project Azalea' believed to be codename for Apple's US-based chip production partner

I think this is part of Apple's strategy to take back production from China and Korea.  We saw what hapened to Dell already with Asus stabbing them in the back.

Numerous reports have now pegged Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. as the likely company behind Project Azalea. TSMC has been rumored to take over mobile chip production for Apple's iPhone and iPad, pushing out the company's current supplier, Samsung.

Samsung now builds Apple's custom processors, like the A6 found in the iPhone 5 and A6X that powers the fourth-generation iPad, at a chip manufacturing plant in Austin, Tex. But Samsung is also Apple's chief rival, and fierce competition along with dozens of patent infringement lawsuits have driven a wedge between the two companies.

The prospect of Apple chips being produced in Oregon is also noteworthy because Apple is already committed to the state with a data center in Prineville. Construction on one of the center's two massive 338,000-square-foot buildings began in October.

United States: Stockton, California, Ruling: Bankruptcy Court Powerless To Prevent Retiree Benefit Reductions By Municipal Debtor

And that's a real shame.  CA needs to put the blame on the elected officials and others who allowed this to happen.  I would be devastated if this happened to me.

Stockton is the 13th-largest city in the State of California, with a population of nearly 300,000. On June 28, 2012, it became the largest city to file for chapter 9 protection in U.S. history. Burdened by a $26 million budget shortfall, the city council adopted a budget for the fiscal year commencing July 1, 2012, which by state law was required to be balanced. To achieve a balanced budget, the city council imposed significant cost cutting, including a unilateral reduction in retiree health benefits.

A group of Stockton's retirees responded by filing a class-action adversary proceeding in the chapter 9 case seeking, among other things, injunctive relief preventing Stockton from unilaterally cutting benefits or, in the alternative, modification of the automatic stay to seek such relief in state court. The retirees contended that they had vested contractual rights protected from impairment by the Contracts Clause of the U.S. Constitution, a similar clause in the California Constitution, and other provisions of state law. The complaint, however, made no reference to section 904 of the Bankruptcy Code, an omission that the court later directed must be remedied by means of briefing by the retirees on the issue and a statement by Stockton as to whether it consented to the court's resolution of the health benefit payment dispute. Stockton did not consent.

California economy sees signs of rebound

I hope this is right.  The only problem with the housing industry is that a good number of them are being scarfed up by speculators.
After five years of economic decline, the US state of California is apparently showing signs of an upturn with job growth and an improved housing market.

California issues proposed rules for 'fracking'

I'm getting a little tired of articles that seem to have to explain to us that hydraulic fracturing is known as fracking.  
The proposed rules, released Tuesday, would require energy companies to disclose for the first time the chemicals they inject deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil. They also would have to reveal the location of the wells where they use the procedure.

Gérard Depardieu : "Je rends mon passeport" (Gérard Depardieu : "I give my passport"

I don't have much of a feel for French.  I took his letter (found here) and dumped it into Google Translate.  A good bit makes no sense at all.  The most striking part of the letter was the tax rate he endured: 85% and having paid an enormous amount of 145 million euros in taxes over his career.  I would have left France long ago.
Shabby, you say "pathetic"? As it is pathetic. I was born in 1948, I started working at the age of 14 years as a printer, then as a warehouseman as dramatic artist. I always paid my taxes regardless of the rate under all governments.

At no time, I have failed in my duties. Historical films I participated reflect my love of France and its history.

Most illustrious characters that were expatriates me or left the country.

I unfortunately have nothing more to do here, but I continue to love the French public and with whom I shared so many emotions, I'm leaving because you consider that success, creativity, talent, actually The difference must be punished.

I do not ask to be approved, I could at least be respected.

All those who left France were not insulted as I am.

I do not have to justify the reasons for my choice, which are numerous and intimate.

I leave after paying, in 2012, 85% tax on my income. But I keep in mind that France was beautiful and I hope will remain.

I give you my passport and Social Security, which I've never used. We no longer the same country, I'm a true European, a citizen of the world, as my father has always taught.

I find pathetic the hard justice against my son William judged by judges who condemned any kid to three years in prison for two grams of heroin, when so many others escaped prison for acts otherwise more serious.

I do not blame all those cholesterol, hypertension, diabetes, or too much alcohol or those who sleep on their scooter: I'm one of them as your expensive media like both the repeat.

I never killed anybody, I do not think unworthy, I paid 145 million tax in forty-five years, I have 80 people working in companies that were created for them and which are managed by them.

I am not to complain or to brag, but I refuse the word "pathetic".

Who are you to judge me so I ask you Mr. Ayrault, Prime Minister Mr. Holland, I ask you, who are you? Despite my excesses, my appetite and my love life, I am a free being, sir, and I'll be polite.

Gérard Depardieu

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Green water grab sinks farmland, blocks salmon runs

Excellent article showing that the environmentalists....just make things worse!  Why? why? why? do CA'ians keep listening to these idiots?
The Fresno Bee reports that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s $1 billion showcase water project, the San Joaquin River Restoration Project, has run into an unanticipated problem of land subsidence ironically caused by the project diverting water from farmers. Fifteen percent of San Joaquin river water has been diverted from farmers to restore seasonal water flows during the late summer when the river runs dry. This water diversion would allow salmon to again swim up and down river to the spawning grounds and the ocean.

Farmers in another part of the San Joaquin Valley also lost water when the National Resources Defense Council’s bogus lawsuit to protect the smelt fish resulted in a court-ordered shut off of water for farmers from 2007 to 2010. Thus, farmers had to shift to using groundwater to keep crop production up and continue to pay off debts on their farm operations.

Sack Damn

Now it ends up that the pumping of deep groundwater under layers of clay soil has caused the ground surface to slump in the San Joaquin Valley. This subsidence has lowered the ground surface in the area of Sack Dam. Fish ladders and a system to lower and raise the dam so fish can pass through are planned as part of the San Joaquin River Restoration Project. Land subsidence lowers irrigation canals and thus reduces the amount of water that can be conveyed. In the interim, salmon have had to be captured and hauled upstream by biologists near Fresno until the fish ladders and dam lowering system can be re-designed.

SOON AND MORNER: Sea-level rise data based on shoddy science

Got this article via  The most interesting part of the article is about the climate models:

In an eagerly anticipated paper in the Journal of Climate, a group of scientists from the British Antarctic Survey documented how all of the 18 climate computer models that are used in the Fifth Assessment Report failed in the simple task of simulating the annual cycle and trends in the Antarctic sea ice extent. The authors found the majority of the climate models have too small a sea ice extent at minimum in February, while several of the models have less than two-thirds of the observed values at September maximum.

Even more devastating news is that the observed Antarctic sea ice extent over the past 30 years is showing an increasing trend, while most climate models produce decreasing sea ice extent. Such an obvious discrepancy from observed phenomena should once again cast strong suspicion upon rapid sea level change scenarios in the Fifth Assessment Report and render them void for use in public policy.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Facts about Mass Shootings

Rush mentioned this article on his program today.
Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K–12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.

Almost all of the public-policy discussion about Newtown has focused on a debate over the need for more gun control. In reality, gun control in a country that already has 200 million privately owned firearms is likely to do little to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. We would be better off debating two taboo subjects — the laws that make it difficult to control people with mental illness and the growing body of evidence that “gun-free” zones, which ban the carrying of firearms by law-abiding individuals, don’t work.
Yep, the issue of dealing with the mentally ill should NOT be a sticky issue, but it is.  We should deal with this head on and come up with a solution.  There is too much at stake.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


I just can't believe this.  SANE people want to bring back not what we have before 1972, but maybe a more  focused approach to those who really need to be housed...and it gets shot down.
Although there is some variation, the way these laws work in other states is simple: AOT laws preempt older statutes that only allow the mentally ill to be forcibly institutionalized for treatment if they've done harm to themselves or others. This is possible because AOT laws allow a state to institutionalize a mentally ill person for treatment if the state has reason to suspect such institutionalization will prevent the individual from doing harm to self or others.

Why didn't the legislation pass? Because the ACLU and other "civil liberties" groups and individuals cried foul. The ACLU in particular said 452 would "infringe on patients' privacy rights by expanding [the circle of] who can medicate individuals without their consent." They also said it infringed on patient rights by reducing the number of doctors' opinions necessary to commit someone to institutionalization.

The Long Road To Gun Control

So here we are.  A whack job lets loose a hail of unrelenting bullets on defenseless kids.  How could it be anything but a crazy guy?  The scenes are horrific and burned onto your brain.

But how did we get here?  How did we go from the Land of the Free to The Land of the Completely Controlled?

The disaster is so completely over the top that it's hard to stand there and make a case for NOT allowing gun control.  But...if we look we can see how this all came about.  And who do we thank for the situation?

The Federal Government.

Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill
I remember the debate in the late 70s.  Actually, there was no debate.  By that time, the discussion was over. The insane asylums were being emptied.  A new model had been developed. Community Health Care was the buzz phrase at the time.

To me back then, I thought  the whole idea was, well, insane.  How did they think this would go well?  Let's read what Wikipedia has to say about Deinstitutionlization:
According to American psychiatrist Loren Mosher, most deinstitutionalization in the USA took place after 1972, as a result of the availability of SSI, long after the antipsychotic drugs were used universally in state hospitals.
So, now we see that the wide spread availability of SSI, supplemental income allowed the mentally ill to live outside the confines of an institution.  The institutions were emptied.  But was this a good thing?

We get a portrait from the news on Adam Lanza as a really messed up guy.  And I have to wonder if we had the mental institutions as they existed prior to 1972, would Adam Lanza have been in one of them?  If the Federal Government never had made SSI available, would these institutions still be around to house the ALs of the US?

But look at us now.  What's done is done.  The mentally ill are among us.  And now the insane Leftists think the answer is to take away our Right to Bear Arms.

Could the US Government had planned it any better?

How Do California's Fracking Regulations Compare to Other States'?

Not a lot of specifics...but maybe that's a good thing.  
Let’s go through some of the big issues when it comes to regulating fracking. The first is what chemicals companies are using in their fracking fluid. How are states handling disclosure?

One area where there’s kind of an emerging trend in one direction is with frack fluid disclosure. Not every state that has any shale gas operations requires fluid disclosure, and those states that do require it don’t always require the same thing. Some of the laws that are being passed in diff states are pretty similar, although they have different exceptions for things like trade secrets.

But there’s a lot of similarity here and it really seems like even in the past couple years the trend has been towards disclosure of these fracking fluids to the public. Part of that’s because either opponents of shale gas or proponents of more regulation for shale gas have really made this an issue that they’ve pushed hard. Also the industry has gotten on board: in a lot of states they’ve realized it’s in their interest to be open about what they’re doing, to help them back up their arguments that this activity is safe. So a consensus has developed around fluid disclosure.

Dan Walters: Will California's wealthy residents vote with their feet to avoid new income tax?

I think Dan is being a little too open-minded.  The rich can easily still live in Ca but yet have their main residence in another state, thereby circumventing any and all CA income taxes.
If there's no "fiscal cliff" deal to the contrary and higher federal income tax rates return in 2013, the economists reported, California's top combined federal-state marginal rate would be almost 52 percent, even after adjustment for the federal deductibility of state taxes.

That raises the possibility that while California's tax hike alone might not spark a flight of the wealthy from California, it could be the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back if higher federal rates also kick in.

How difficult would it be, after all, for the high-tech executive living in Hillsborough to declare his ski resort condo in Nevada to be his primary residence, take out a Nevada driver's license, register to vote in that state and treat his California mansion as his vacation home?

A betrayal of the state that fueled his wealth? Perhaps, but consider this: California-based Google is using a front in Bermuda to avoid taxes on billions of dollars in European income.

It's possible that those who could afford to claim their CA home as their vacation home had already done this years ago.  If that's the case, then the small business owner may be the ones to feel the effects the most.  The impact could be dramatic.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Long Beach hotel to lay off all workers

How could you not see this coming?  I'm sorry, but you people in Long Beach are the dumbest I've seen in my life! And the IDIOTS get mad at the manager.  Get mad at the people who voted for the fucking law!!
A week before a new minimum wage for Long Beach hotels goes into effect, a large, marina-area hotel has told all of its employees — 75 people — that they will be laid off, according to union representatives.

But in a confrontation with union activists at the hotel Friday, a man who identified himself as the manager of the 175-room Best Western Golden Sails denied that the ballot measure triggered the cuts, saying bad economic conditions were to blame.

When he walked away, the protesters followed him through the hotel chanting "Si se puede."
No he can't!  No he can't!  No he WON'T!

Earlier this month, the 140-room Hotel Current told employees it was scaling back to 99 rooms, putting it just beneath the threshold for the mandated wage increase. That change is not expected to result in job losses, union leaders said. Hotel managers could not be reached for comment.

Before election day, Long Beach business leaders warned of job losses if the union-backed living-wage push succeeded. But Measure N, the ordinance raising hotel workers' wages, won the approval of 64% of voters anyway.
So, the stupid unions couldn't negotiate a contract with $13 per hour wages so they use the force of LAW to get it done.  Look what that got you!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Michael Moore: The NRA hates freedom

So if the NRA hates freedom, then Moore and the NRA should be the best of buds.  Moore's communist tendencies are all about the hatred of freedom.  He is a disgusting man.  The sad thing is people will hear him talk and believe he is right.
“The NRA hates freedom,” he wrote on Twitter. “They don’t want you to have the freedom to send your children to school & expect them to come home alive.”

1 millionth Honda export departs California port

It is truly amazing the number of foreign car manufacturers there are in America.

A 2013 Honda Accord Sedan boarded a ship Tuesday at Port Hueneme in Ventura County, Calif., bound for Seoul, South Korea, officially becoming the 1 millionth Honda vehicle exported from the United States, according to a press release. The milestone comes 25 years after the first U.S.-made Honda automobile was exported overseas.

All four Honda auto plants in the U.S. produce vehicles for overseas export, so Honda associates from plants in Alabama, Indiana and Ohio were joined by Honda associates from California in celebrating the milestone vehicle as it was driven onboard the ship.

The 1 millionth Honda U.S. export vehicle, a silver Accord EX-L Sedan, rolled off the assembly line in Marysville, Ohio, on Dec. 5 before being transported to Port Hueneme, Calif., for export overseas. It now embarks on a nearly 6,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean to Seoul, South Korea, where the company recently began sales of its U.S.-made vehicles.

As Small Auto Businesses Flee California, Their Takeover Prospects Increase

The relentless trek from CA has not abated:
Pollock’s own decision to leave California was caused by “a culmination of frustrations,” he said. “I had to buy a new business license in Riverside, and the fee was dictated by my gross sales. You can pay an exorbitant fee for a license and not even be making a profit in your business.” Though Phenix still has one facility left in Riverside, Pollock is hoping to move that eventually to Arizona or Nevada, as he stressed he is “not happy about having any physical presence in California.

Many of the problems plaguing California manufacturers stem from local environmental agency crackdowns, which place “staggering fines on minor violations,” said Pollock. Although Idaho is proud of its natural beauty and clean water and does not welcome chemical polluters, “there’s a little more rational thinking into what is considered polluting and what isn’t,” he said. “We place five gallons of oil in our machines, and change the oil once a year, and put it in a container and recycle. We’re not producing pollution.” Therefore, Pollock was allowed to start working in Idaho with little to no hassle. The company, which does not disclose its revenues, has added “eight or nine percent to its bottom line” since the relocation, he estimated.

Small companies seem to be exiting California at the fastest clip, as they have a lighter load of assets than, say, foundries with heavy machinery. Pollock said that he recently heard from the Caldwell Economic Development Council that about 18 small California manufacturers are about to make the same move, and he anticipated that they will see their business valuations go up considerably.

Though Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) and other large businesses have established a presence in the Treasure Valley area of Idaho–which comprises Boise, Garden City, Eagle, Meridian and other cities–the region is notably lacking an automotive parts manufacturing footprint, which Pollock hopes to fill in.

California Bill to Give Obama’s DREAMer Illegal Aliens Unemployment Benefits

Retracing this towering pyramid of hypocrisy we finally come to the tawdry conclusion of a bill that was proposed in Congress as a way to legalize productive illegal aliens, that couldn’t be passed and was rammed through illegally by executive order, has now become a way for illegal aliens to get on the unemployment benefits train.

If Assembly Bill 35 passes, then the DREAM Scam will have existed only to expand the welfare state.
Well, all CA is doing is getting rid of the distinction between illegal alien and American citizen.   Pretty soon there will be absolutely no difference.  What then?

Blue Shield of California seeks rate hikes up to 20%

The company also expects higher costs from an influx of new customers under the federal healthcare law in 2014.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime change in the healthcare market that will bring a lot of volatility, and we need higher reserves for that," Wagner said.

Even with these proposed rate increases, Blue Shield said, it expects to lose money in the individual insurance market in 2013.
Welcome to O'Bamaland.

Recession Fuels Texas-California Pipeline

Three words: No income tax.

William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution, analyzed data covering a three-year period that spanned the recession and found that while California sputtered, several Texas metropolitan areas ranked near the top of the country for attracting young college-educated job seekers.

"These were basically down years for most places, but the Texas metros have attracted these highly prized migrants," Frey said.

The upshot, prominent Waco economist Ray Perryman points out, is an unemployment rate of about 6.6 percent, below the national average. And while Texas has regained the same amount of jobs it lost during the recession, California has recovered only about a third.

“The big reason for the migration from California to Texas is quite simple: jobs,” Perryman said in an email.

With the influx of people inevitably come growing pains, usually in the form of crowded schools and increased infrastructure needs. But Texas doesn't seem to be complaining much about that these days.

Instead, they sound confident that they’re state will continue to prosper – and keep luring Californians looking for a better way of life.
Oh, yeah.  And jobs.

Report from watchdog group calls California courts 'judicial hellhole'

CA is a mess.  TX used to be.

"What we often hear about are the lawsuits that are filed. But we don't follow up and learn that they've been dismissed by these judges that are being classified as part of this 'judicial hellhole,'" Levine said.

Stone called "abusive ADA lawsuits" another example of what's wrong with the state's legal system.

"Certain lawyers would go around basically engaging in legalized extortion," Stone said, mentioning Sacramento attorney Scott Johnson, who filed scores of lawsuits against Northern California businesses.

She acknowledged Senate Bill 1186, passed this year, will likely curb some of the worst offenses.

"That lawyer is being sanctioned. The system in a sense, is working," said Levine, referring to a lawsuit filed against attorney Scott Johnson.

On one issue, both attorney's agree.

The report dings California for defunding it's court system and both Stone and Levine agree the consequences could be a disaster for California.

"The idea that people who have been wronged can't get to trial in a timely manner," said Levine. "People are waiting five, six, seven years sometimes to have their day in court and that's just an outrage."

Now multiply that by 1,000 and you have what is going to happen on the federal level.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

California’s reverse alchemy

Great, but way too short, article on the issues with CA:

I have spent decades defending the state against the charge that it is the land of flakes and nuts.

But there is a reason why California has become a national laughingstock.

Believe it or not, the California State Legislature is considering legislation that would overturn local laws that prevent homeless people from urinating or defecating on public sidewalks and streets. The same city that requires dog owners to clean up after their pets would be required to allow humans to use their walkways as toilets.

Sure will make for an attractive stroll down Hollywood Boulevard for the average tourist.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

$822,000 Worker Shows California Leads U.S. Pay Giveaway

This article pretty much lays it on the line:

“It’s outrageous what public employees in California receive in compensation and benefits,” said Lanny Ebenstein, who heads the California Center for Public Policy, a Santa Barbara-based research institution critical of public payrolls. “Until public employee compensation and benefits are brought in line, there will be no answer to the fiscal shortfalls that California governments at every level face,” he said.

Among the largest states, almost every category of worker has participated in the pay bonanza. Britt Harris, chief investment officer at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, last year collected $1 million -- including his $480,000 salary and two years of bonuses -- more than four times what Republican Governor Rick Perry received. Pension managers in Ohio and Virginia made up to $678,000 and $660,000, respectively, according to the data, which Bloomberg obtained using public- record requests. In an interview, Harris said public pension pay must be competitive with the private sector to attract top investment talent.

Jam on: California Homemade Food Act goes into effect in January

It's laws like these that will bring CA back from the brink.  Today's kitchen jelly maker could be tomorrow's mega corporation.  It's unfortunate the state still thinks it needs to control home grown companies and cooks by having them register.

"Hopefully I'll be selling bread in the same shops I’d been banned from selling to a year and a half ago," says Stambler, who has a wood-fired bread oven in his backyard. "I've been spending most of my time making sure this legislation goes through. But I’ve continued to bake, giving it to family and friends. I want to continue to sell it, I just love baking bread."

Now the L.A. County Health Department is preparing to implement the law that allows aspiring food entrepreneurs to sell products such as breads, cookies, cakes, pies, jams, candy, granola, baking mixes, coffee, tea, honey, dried fruit and nuts, and other goods that don't include cream or meat -- without investing in a commercial kitchen or jumping through zoning compliance and other regulatory hoops.

The legislation still requires home producers to complete a food processor course, label products and, depending on where they're selling, undergo inspections and registrations with the health department.

Supporters say the new law will create a lucrative cottage food industry and help give residents of California an alternative source of income. California joins at least 30 states that have laws that allow the sales of homemade goods.

Letter: California knows all about fiscal cliffs

I wish there was some way to do this. Maybe what CA'ians ought to do is vote on a proposition that in, say, 2016 all elected officials in all state, county and city functions can not run for re-election.  Also, that there should be a one-time election to replace them all.  They could call this "State Re-Set".

As for me, we need to get rid of all of these guys. Yes, I said all of them. It's a shame to have to let the good guys go, but we have to start with a clean slate. When we vote people into office, there should be two prerequisites: one, a simple math class and, two, do they have any common sense, which these days is apparently hard to find. If we're paying the tab through our taxes, they tend to throw out common sense. In my house, when you're low on money, we cut back on things. That's not to say there aren't things we'd like to have, but common sense tells us we can't. And they need to do the same. But our majority here in California wants to keep going over the cliff and keep spending and taxing.

California Net Importer of Water, Pacific Institute Says

Net importer of natural gas, electricity and now water?  I'm not sure if this has any significance.  Time will tell.

The estimate is the first statewide analysis of its kind and includes water used directly by individuals and businesses and also the amount consumed indirectly to produce imported as well as California-made goods. About 44 million acre-feet of water is required to produce the goods and services that are imported and consumed in the state, according to the report.

“Overall we’re a net importer of water,” Heather Cooley, co-director of the institute’s water program, said by phone. “We’re actually importing water in the form of our goods in California.”

More than 90 percent of the water footprint is associated with agricultural, meat and dairy products, 4 percent with household use and 3 percent with products such as clothes and electronics, according to the study. Additionally, about half of the estimate is associated with water use in other U.S. states and 11 percent with use in Canada, Mexico and China.

The data suggests that “we’re vulnerable to water supply constraints in other parts of the world,” Cooley said. “It does affect us indirectly because of where we’re sourcing our goods.”

California's Population is Moving Out, Census Report Shows

Most are coming to TX.  Just remember to leave your Leftist ideas behind!!

So, where are these former Californians going?

The Census Bureau calculates that the most popular destination is Texas (58,992), a state that is luring California companies. That’s followed by Arizona (49,635), Nevada (40,114), Washington (38,421) and Oregon (34,214).

Although in smaller numbers, people are still relocating to the Golden State.

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Obama-Phone Is Back - But This Time It's Real

Does SF really have the money to do this?  I doubt it!
While some saw the clip of the lady implying 'victory for Obama means phones for everyone' as perhaps exaggerated out-of-context right-wing propaganda - as that would be preposterous right? - it appears San Francisco took it a little more serious. As SFGate reports, the California Public Utilities Commission is expected to approve (within a couple of weeks) a plan to offer homeless and other poor people in California 'virtually free cell phones and service'. The plan is funded through the federal LifeLine program and is designed to enable these individuals to 'keep in touch with family, potential employers and others crucial to improving their lives'. "This is great - it is transformative for homeless and low-income people," said San Francisco's head of homeless initiatives, adding that, fundamentally, to be in the mainstream of our society you have to have a phone." Setting up the program in California has been no easy task, officials said. "I would prefer it to be free..." said Dufty, and said he would explore other funding sources. Perhaps worth remembering the cost of kidding ourselves once again.

Gun Owner Loses 2nd Amendment Case

I really feel sorry for this lady.  I hope she wins any appeals she might file.  We have a couple of firearms in the house and have them in combination vaults by our bedside.  A few pushes of the buttons and out pops the pistol.

Everyone should have the right to protect oneself.  I think she should move to Texas.
Pizzo challenged state laws that prohibit carrying weapons in public, and San Francisco ordinances making it illegal to discharge firearms in public.

Those discharge ordinances were amended in 2011 to remove references to firearms, and now prohibit only fireworks.

Pizzo also challenged state and county procedural requirements for applying for a concealed-carry weapon, and a county ordinance requiring handguns to be locked in an approved gun safe.

Pizzo said she wants to have a "readily accessible operable handgun ready for immediate use, loaded with proper ammunition, within my home for self-defense, on my person, and in my vehicle," but cannot do so without a concealed-carry permit.

"I will no longer go camping. I will no longer visit Texas unless I am issued a CCW permit," Pizzo said in her declaration.

She also wanted to be able to "use semi-jacketed hollow point ammunition that expands and fragments upon impact." She calls that ammunition better than "full metal jacket" ammo, which is more likely to ricochet and hurt innocent people.

The National Rifle Association filed an amicus brief in support of Pizzo's motion for summary judgment.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Businesses Leaving the Golden State for Arizona

40% lower operating costs in Arizona.  Wow!  For some reason the embedded video doesn't appear.

Please Stay in California

A friend of mine from CO blamed this on the CA'ians who escaped there only to transform CO into a "CA lite".
Having suddenly turned off my politeness governor, something like this came out of my mouth, “Well, welcome to Colorado. If you would like to avoid transforming your new home into the same dysfunctional mess that that you just abandoned, do us both a favor and dispense with exercising your right to vote.”

Their response was (I kid you not), “California’s economic troubles are the result of Proposition 13.” Back in the late 1970s, a citizen activist by the name of Howard Jarvis led this ballot measure that limited the state’s ability to mercilessly increase property taxes. The landslide passing of this citizen initiative saved the homes of many fixed-income residents. The skyrocketing value of California real estate had hurled property tax demands far beyond the retirement income of hundreds of thousands. Proposition 13 put an end to the gleeful seizing of property from countless, otherwise law-abiding elderly for delinquent property taxes by the State of California.

My two new neighbors are classic examples of the Observer Effect. That is, they modify the environment that they wish to experience by adding themselves to that environment. We all participate in contributing to the Observer Effect for wherever we choose to live. Only, some folks carry a measure of narcissism that negates any thought of assimilating into their new environment.
Over here in Texas we're afraid we're headed in that direction now because of the huge influx of people from Leftist states.

California state revenue misses projection by almost $1 billion

Here we go again.

"November's disappointing revenues stand in stark contrast to recent news that California is leading the nation in job growth, has significantly improved its cash liquidity to pay bills, and even long-distressed home values are starting to inch upward," Mr. Chiang said in a statement. "This serves as a sobering reminder that, while the economy is expanding, it is doing so at a slow and uneven pace that will require the state to exercise care and discipline in how its fiscal affairs are managed in the coming year."

According to the report, revenues in the month of November were $842.5 million (19 percent) under projections.

Mr. Chiang and other officials blamed part of the shortfall on Facebook, the California-based social media giant that has failed to live up to some market expectations since the company went public in October.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Monckton on his smashing the U.N. wall of silence on lack of warming, and censure

What a gutsy man!  Where are the men like him?  I mean the REAL MEN who will put everything on the line?  The guy sneaks into a UN meeting on global warming and hijacks a mike and dresses down the whole group.
The microphone was just in front of me. All I had to do was press the button. I pressed it. The Chair recognized Myanmar (Burmese for Burma). I was on.

On behalf of the Asian Coastal Co-operation Initiative, an outfit I had thought up on the spur of the moment (it sounded just like one of the many dubious taxpayer-funded propaganda groups at the conference), I spoke for less than a minute.

Quietly, politely, authoritatively, I told the delegates three inconvenient truths they would not hear from anyone else:

• There has been no global warming for 16 of the 18 years of these wearisome, self-congratulatory yadayadathons.

• It is at least ten times more cost-effective to see how much global warming happens and then adapt in a focused way to what little harm it may cause than to spend a single red cent futilely attempting to mitigate it today.

• An independent scientific enquiry should establish whether the U.N.’s climate conferences are still heading in the right direction.

As I delivered the last of my three points, there were keening shrieks of rage from the delegates. They had not heard any of this before. They could not believe it. Outrage! Silence him! Free speech? No! This is the U.N.! Gettimoff! Eeeeeeeeeagh!

E-Cig Commercial Reclaims Freedom

Rush Limbaugh has a great article about...well, I guess people who just can't mind their own business.  People who are so easily rubbed the wrong way:
He was back in ten minutes. "Uh, Mr. Limbaugh, there's a woman..." I knew who it was 'cause I was getting daggers by a couple of women, staring daggers at me. "Mr. Limbaugh, one of our customers is very, very upset and is asking me to ask you to kindly put that away. It's really a bad image, children shouldn't see it."

I said, "There aren't any here. This is a bar."

And he said, "But she's just asking..."

"Well, could you tell me who it is?"

"No, no. I really don't want any trouble."

I said, "See, this is what happens. This is not offending anybody. It's not affecting her. It's not causing anybody any discomfort. It's bringing me a little pleasure. You've got one customer who is all hoity-toity and high and mighty, somehow thinking that she's affected, impacted negatively, or others are, by this. And so one customer can cause all this."

"Well, you know, it does look like a cigarette."

I said, "But it isn't. There's no law against this."
Here's the Blu e-cigarette that Rush has posted on his website:


Yeah, I guess calling for revolt is what a political mass murderer would do.  I figured if he could call Republicans political serial killers, I can call him something just as outrageously stupid.  Whereas Conservatives who read my blog would just blow off the rhetoric as just, well, rhetoric, Leftists who hear Moore speak eat up every word he utters as the truth!

Moore lost his cool anew over Michigan GOP members passing "right-to-work" legislation in his home state, sending union backers into a frenzy. Now, he's letting loose on Twitter, spewing the expected bile regarding those who share a different political world view.

First, he called for a revolt against the system: Still enraged by actions of Republican shock troops in the lame duck MI legislature yesterday. Revolt, anyone?

Then, Moore resorted to ugly name calling: Repubs gerrymandered our state like political serial killers. Their goal was 2 snuff out the will of the people. Did the Dems sue 2 stop it?

Moore was just warming up, though. Now, he's promising not to obey the law. My production co is repped by 4 unions. I don't give a damn what illegal shit the Repubs do in Lansing - I will not obey this law.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Berkeley students seek Christmas ban on Salvation Army bell ringers

Leftists with  minds so narrow their brains are razor thin that breeds monumental stupidity.
“Allowing the Salvation Army to collect donations on campus is a form of financial assistance that empowers the organization to spend the money it raises here in order to discriminate and advocate discrimination against queer people,” it adds.

In a statement to Campus Reform, the Salvation Army adamantly denied these charges, saying the allegations are based solely on "internet rumors."

"The notion that we require those we help to 'accept and abide by the Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline which excludes homosexuality' to receive assistance is totally false," wrote Kathy Lovin, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army.

She added that "the only requirement for service from The Salvation Army is demonstrated need and our ability to meet it."

According to the bill, the student government also wants to formally express “disapproval of the presence of Salvation Army donation containers on campus” because “queer students…may take offense to the presence of collection containers operated by a discriminator religious organization in their places of living.”

A CAL spokesperson told Campus Reform that school officials are reviewing the matter, but declined to state whether the charity would be banned from campus.

The bill was authored by an openly gay student, Matthew Enger. He could not be reached for comment by Campus Reform.

On his public twitter account, however, he has hurled similar attacks at other organizations for supporting traditional marriage, writing that the Boy Scouts “can go f**k themselves” for refusing to admit homosexuals into their organization.

Enger has also used the popular social media platform to profess that he “hates the Republican Party,” later adding he hopes all conservatives leave the country.

Report Bolsters the Case for Large U.S. Natural Gas Exports

I told you natural gas was the Next Big Thing.

In a finding that could help create a new industry of natural gas exports in the United States, a government study released on Wednesday concluded that the national economic benefits of significant natural gas exports far outweighed the potential for higher energy prices for consumers and industrial users of the fuel.

The study prepared by NERA Economic Consulting for the Energy Department, said that domestic prices would not rise sharply as a result of exports and that export revenue would generally help most Americans.

Energy companies have proposed more than a dozen projects to export gas in liquefied form to Europe and Asia, where the fuel is typically three to four times more expensive than in the United States. The Obama administration has been cautious on whether to embrace large exports of gas out of concern that consumers who rely on gas for heating and cooking could see their utility prices rise. Higher exports could also raise costs to manufacturers that now benefit from the nation’s glut of cheap gas, like chemical and fertilizer manufacturers.

But the huge gas export terminals, which cost billions of dollars to set up, would also generate thousands of construction jobs, spur further development of natural gas fields and generate lucrative export earnings.

The administration has only approved one export terminal so far, by Cheniere Energy in Louisiana, saying it was waiting for the results of the economic study before making decisions on the rest of the projects.
Yes, it would raise prices, but I would think, it would take a lot of natural gas siphoned away to do that.

Citigroup to slash 11,000 jobs

I don't think this is going to be a good Christmas.  I have never been able to understand why companies lay people off around Christmas.  I think maybe we should move Christmas to another date away from the end of the year.  I would be devastated if this happened to me.
Citigroup said hundreds of jobs could be lost in California, but it wasn't immediately clear exactly how many might be eliminated statewide or in the Bay Area.

"In California, where we have nearly 6,000 employees, the number of positions impacted is proportionate with the global impact," Citigroup spokeswoman Janis Tarter said in comments emailed to this newspaper. Assuming 4 percent of those jobs are cut, that would amount to a reduction of 240 employees in California.

"For the overall economy this is painful," said Michael Yoshikami, chief executive and founder of Walnut Creek-based Destination Wealth Management. "A huge amount of jobs are being lost. It will have a negative impact on money centers such as California. But for Citigroup, this is a positive move."
My guess is this may be a phased layoff over time.  At least, that's what I hope.

Howard Dean: "The Truth Is Everybody Needs To Pay More Taxes, Not Just The Rich"

What a complete imbecile.  He looks into the cameras and into YOUR eyes and says that the government needs to confiscate more of YOUR MONEY.  So they can do what?  Do what is constitutionally mandated?   Or do all that other stuff that has nothing to do with the US Constitution?

Again, I'll say it.  You earned it.  You are the one that is entitled to it.  Not the US Government.  And not other people who did nothing to earn it.  The word "entitlements" is completely misused.

Now, this doesn't mean that I'm against any money being given to the poor and those whose lot in life has not been good.  But that is not the Federal Government's role.

I've always thought it would be an interesting book or movie if Thomas Jefferson or one of the other Founding Fathers was suddenly transported into the present.  Once he were able to convince everyone he was the real deal, would anyone even listen to him?

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

A New Low From The California Federation Of Teachers: Urine Indoctrination

Looks like the CFT has completely come out of the closet to announce to the world their love of Communism and Leftists.  What a sad, pathetic disgusting group.  And, CA'ians, you want to send your children to the schools run by these people?

I weep for you.  I weep for CA.  Such blatant display of love of Statism shows they have no fear of parents or the public.  they know no one will do anything.

This video is found on the CFT website.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

California urged to assess energy reform

I think CA will do something.  After the SHTF.
Californians could soon face a "rate impact bomb" of exploding electricity prices as a result, the report found. The governor and the Legislature should refrain from adopting any big new energy initiatives until those costs are better understood, according to the report.

California Democrats begin rein with supermajority

A while back I posted a blog that talked about how since Schwarzenegger was gone, the Democrats were finally able to pass laws that he kept vetoing.  Now that the other part of the State Conscience is gone (That being the Republicans) there really isn't ANYTHING to stop the Dems.

I shudder to think of all the Leftist, Statist stuff that is coming down the pike for CA.  In fact, this quote is very, very ominous:

"The voters do not want us to burst out of the gate to raise more taxes," said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, who was re-elected by senators to that leadership post Monday.

But he added that "there is an equally compelling danger. It is the danger in being so cautious, so worried about creating controversy that we fail to take advantage of unprecedented opportunities. Power is, by definition, fleeting. Misuse it and you'll lose it. Fail to use it, and it withers away," he said.
This is what an addict would say.

Judge blocks California's controversial gay therapy law

Well, this is a start.
U.S. District Court Judge William Shubb made a decision just hours after a hearing on the issue, ruling that the First Amendment rights of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals who engage in "reparative" or "conversion" therapy outweigh concern that the practice poses a danger to young people.

"Even if SB 1172 is characterized as primarily aimed at regulating conduct, it also extends to forms of (conversion therapy) that utilize speech and, at a minimum, regulates conduct that has an incidental effect on speech," Shubb wrote.

The judge also disputed the California Legislature's finding that trying to change young people's sexual orientation puts them at risk for suicide or depression, saying it was based on "questionable and scientifically incomplete studies."

Conservative groups rebel against Boehner

I hope Conservatives hold the line:
Huelskamp, who lost his seat on the Budget Committee, was particularly stung. The budget is his main issue, and he sent a blistering statement Monday evening, saying “the GOP leadership might think they have silenced conservatives, but removing me and others from key committees only confirms our conservative convictions.” Read more:

Do you want to send a strong message to Boehner?  The conservatives should all switch to the Libertarian Party.

I came up with a pretty good idea.  Let the taxes rise on the "rich" but lower them for middle class workers.  The move would be revenue neutral for the most part.  O'Bama gets his pound of flesh, but taxes would be lowered for the working stiffs.  I called my congressman and pitched the idea. However, I think all these guys are way to far gone.

If the Republican party loses the majority in the House, they deserve it.  This last election was an embarrassment.  I am sick and tired of hearing how I would throw my vote away by voting for a candidate that is not a Republican.  Well, I can tell you that I really threw it away this last election.  If I'm going to throw it away, I'm voting Libertarian.  At least I would have stood up for my convictions.  Unlike Republicans who appear to stand for nothing.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Party of Slavery accusing the Party that freed the slaves

Yes.  We call that BALLS.  There are other things we can call this.  Stupidity.  Irony. Delusional.  Pathological.  I could go on.  You have to really, really wonder what fantasy world these people live in.
"You're going to like this," MSNBC host Chuck Todd said this morning on TV. "So, I threw the Lincoln analogy at a close aide to the president last week, and he said, 'You know, with this Republican, with the way politics of Washington are today, there'd still be slavery. Lincoln wouldn't have been able to navigate the polarization between the media between this--' It was an interesting and depressing observation from this very smart White House aide."
The party of RACISM and BIGOTRY is accusing the party that freed the slaves of racism and bigotry.

The Democratic Party is the party of ENVY and HATRED.

California farmers want orcas taken off endangered-species list

All I can say is: Good Luck with that!
NOAA Fisheries' listing of orcas as endangered came a year after it listed the animals as threatened in 2004. It had decided in 2002 not to list them at all. The agency initially determined the southern resident killer whales of Puget Sound, in J, K and L pods, were not a distinct population segment.

That finding was set aside by a U.S. District Court judge in 2003, who ruled there was enough uncertainty in the science to give the matter more study. The agency convened a science task force that eventually found the southern resident killer-whale population to be a distinct population, resulting in the 2005 listing.

Since then, the agency has designated 2,560 square miles of Puget Sound critical habitat for killer whales; required whale-watch vessels to keep a longer distance from the animals; and produced a recovery plan. But the southern resident population remains quite small, with only about 86 animals.

Fred Felleman, of Seattle, who in 2001 advocated for the original petition for listing, said the petition now to delist the orcas is a distraction from the necessary work of rebuilding orca populations.

"Oh great, here is a chance to biopsy them and tag them and chase them all over town until we don't have to worry about them any more," Felleman said.

To him, the distinct behavior of the southern residents sets them clearly apart from other orcas. They eat only fish, while other orcas eat seals and other mammals. They have distinct family groups, dialects, greeting ceremonies and migratory patterns.

"If there was ever a poster child for this type of subspecies, it's the killer whales," he said. "It's not just their genetics, it's culture. These clearly are the tribes of the sea, and if you extirpate that population not only do you lose the genetic code, you lose a unique brain trust."

In its petition, Pacific Legal Foundation stated there are about 50,000 killer whales roaming all the oceans of the world. Puget Sound's J, K and L pods comprise less than 0.2 percent of the species and, being such a small part of a larger population from which they are not distinct, protection is not warranted, the firm argued.

Electricity rates to rise for Southern California Edison customers

This has disaster written all over it. 

The 5% increase for 2012 — providing the Rosemead company with $5.7 billion in revenue — is less than the 16.6% the company had sought. Rates, however, are estimated to rise an additional 6.3% for 2013 and 5.9% in 2014 under the PUC order.

"This decision ensures that SCE is able to invest in smart energy systems, renewables and safety and reliability, while its ratepayers are protected," PUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon said.
This rate increases averages out, roughly, to 6%.  Using the rule of 72s the rate would double in 12 years.

"California manufacturers already pay 50% higher electricity rates than the national average," said Gino Di Caro, a spokesman for the California Manufacturers & Technology Assn. "Obviously, energy costs are one of the primary budgetary items for any manufacturing operation, and this is all the more reason for California to find ways to offset these costs."
Wow.  50% higher!  And that's now.

I linked to this report from Germany where the high electricity costs was hitting the poor exceptionally hard.  Germany, like California, subsidizes renewable energy costs with higher rates paid by the public.
About 200,000 recipients of Hartz IV, Germany's benefits program for the long-term unemployed, had their power cut off last year because of unpaid bills, according to Paritätische Gesamtverband, an umbrella association for social movements in Germany.

The consumer protection organization for the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia estimates that number to be as high as 600,000 per year. Ulrike Mascher, president of VdK, an interest group focusing on social justice, uses terms such as "fuel poverty" and a "blatant violation of fundamental social rights," when talking about the issue.

Meanwhile, the next price hikes are just around the corner. "The cost of electricity will rise, there's no question about that," says Jochen Homann, head of Germany's state-run Federal Network Agency.

The federal Economy Ministry calculates internally that prices will increase by between three and five euro cents per kilowatt hour within the next 12 months, in order to finance renewable energy subsidies and grid expansion. Those increases amount to an additional annual burden of between €105 and €175 ($130 and $220) for a family of three.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Path to Fascism. From controlling sugar to Socialist healthcare

I hate using dictionary definitions.  I've seen it done in too many books and they always lose me.  So I will quote Wikipedia which is hipper and better than any dictionary.  Skipping all the social aspects of Fascism, Wikipedia has this to say about it:

Fascism advocates a state-controlled and regulated mixed economy; the principal economic goal of fascism is to achieve autarky to secure national self-sufficiency and independence, through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.  It promotes regulated private enterprise and private property contingent whenever beneficial to the nation and state enterprise and state property whenever necessary to protect its interests.
We'll let that stand.  I won't add to it.  But let's look at where we were and where we are.

I've been a chemical engineer now for 32 years.  I've been involved in a wide cross section of chemical and industrial technologies.  I first got my start in the food and specialty chemical industry.  Back in the late 70s and early 80s several companies were involved in setting up the infrastructure of high fructose corn syrup.  We shortened this to HFCS.  That dreaded, poisonous concoction that has everyone up in arms.

The whole HFCS debacle is a load of shit.  Fructose is found everywhere in nature.  The primary source being honey and fruit.  But this blog post is not about that.  I don't want to dispute it.  In fact, I want to do just the opposite.

I want to agree with all of those people who HATE HFCS.  At least, for the purposes of this post.

How did we get here?  Why is it we use HFCS as a sweetener instead of cane/beet sugar?  There is a good answer.  And it is why were are where we are:


Due to government control, sugar prices have been kept artificially high:
In order to understand the debate over sugar price support programs, it is necessary to understand what tools are used to enact these programs. Contrary to popular belief, there are no direct subsidies to sugar farmers. Instead, a complex system of price support loans and tariffs are employed by the United States government to manipulate domestic market sugar commodity prices to keep them among the very highest anywhere. The simplest way to describe the loan system is as a means to keep the price of U.S. sugar high, and the easiest way to describe the tariff system is as a means to create barriers to competition which would result in bringing those artificially-high domestic prices back down to international market levels.


The international sugar surpluses of the early 1970s convinced Congress that sugar price support programs were no longer necessary. Consequently, Congress did not renew the legislation authorizing the price support programs. Ironically, the years immediately following the expiration of this legislation saw a sharp rise in international sugar production. Congress rushed to reinstate price support programs for the crop, known as the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977. Through this act, loans became an integral part of the sugar price support programs, and the tariff system took on new importance in maintaining the sugar price floor, or market price objective. Again, according to the American Sugar beet Growers Association website, the new legislation reinstated import restrictions to protect sugar support loans: "To encourage processors to sell their sugar in the marketplace rather than forfeit it to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), import duties and fees were used to maintain the domestic sugar price at a level called the market price objective."
1977.  An important year.  In fact, Wikipedia covers this, too:
A system of sugar tariffs and sugar quotas imposed in 1977 in the United States significantly increased the cost of imported sugar and U.S. producers sought cheaper sources. High-fructose corn syrup, derived from corn, is more economical because the domestic U.S. prices of sugar are twice the global price and the price of corn is kept low through government subsidies paid to growers. HFCS became an attractive substitute, and is preferred over cane sugar among the vast majority of American food and beverage manufacturers. Soft drink makers such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi use sugar in other nations, but switched to HFCS in the U.S. in 1984. Large corporations, such as Archer Daniels Midland, lobby for the continuation of government corn subsidies.
So, here we are.  We've drunk ourselves stupid and FAT with HFCS saturate beverages.  HFCS, apparently a huge contributor to diabetes and high blood pressure, is still with us.  What should the response have been to rid us of this human version of DDT?

Do I think HFCS is a main cause of obesity?  What does it matter?  Everyone else seems to think so.  Check here.  And here. And here. And here. And here. Here.  Here.

The answer should have been to allow free trade of sugar!  Get rid of the trade barriers, the government backed loans!  Let the markets determine the price!  But the problem is we are way too far down this road.  Too many companies and farmers are invested in HFCS.

So, instead what is our response?


In other words, more government control.  More government spending.

More government.