Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hydraulic Fracturing Produces Less Wastewater Per Unit Of Gas, But More Overall

The Leftists go on and on about how much waste water fracking generates.  But in actuality, the process is more frugal with water than conventional wells.  The problem is, there's just so much more fracking going on.

"We found that on average, shale gas wells produced about 10 times the amount of wastewater as conventional wells, but they also produced about 30 times more natural gas," said Brian Lutz, assistant professor of biogeochemistry at Kent State, who led the analysis while he was a postdoctoral research associate at Duke. "That surprised us, given the popular perception that hydraulic fracturing creates disproportionate amounts of wastewater."

However, the study shows the total amount of wastewater from natural gas production in the region has increased by about 570 percent since 2004 as a result of increased shale gas production there.

"It's a double-edged sword," Lutz said. "On one hand, shale gas production generates less wastewater per unit. On the other hand, because of the massive size of the Marcellus resource, the overall volume of water that now has to be transported and treated is immense. It threatens to overwhelm the region's wastewater-disposal infrastructure capacity."

California Needs to Be Back Bad-for-Business Label

At least the article fesses up to the problem.  It didn't start out that way, though.  There are a lot of gaping holes in the article - but I guess it's meant to be sort of upbeat.
Now is the time for our citizens, businesses and all our local governments to counter blitz bad propaganda and educate the world about us. California is the 9th highest economy in the world ahead of the country of Russia and behind Italy, reports the Sacramento Bee. Corporations who produce in California have instant access to this purchasing powerhouse right in its backyard.

L.A. and Long Beach have the two busiest container ports in the American continent, fueled by a hefty and still growing Asian trade. With China's behemoth export to U.S., majority of these containers are coming back empty to China. Made in America products Chinese crave can logistically shipped at a fraction of the cost.
The article is sort of propaganda itself.  For one thing, CA used to the worlds 8th largest economy.  But due to growth around the world and CA's inability to continue to grow (and shrank) it's dropped in the rankings.

Also, the article says it's corporate tax is  competitive.  Really?  This article ranks CA as the worst of the western states.

High-tech cargo airship being built in California

This is really slick.  I just hope they're using helium!

The massive blimp-like aircraft flies but just barely, hovering only a dozen feet off a military hangar floor during flight testing south of Los Angeles.

Still, the fact that the hulking Aeroscraft could fly for just a few minutes represents a step forward in aviation, according to the engineers who developed it. The Department of Defense and NASA have invested $35 million in the prototype because of its potential to one day carry more cargo than any other aircraft to disaster zones and forward military bases.

"I realized that I put a little dot in the line of aviation history. A little dot for something that has never been demonstrated before, now it's feasible," said flight control engineer Munir Jojo-Verge.
The internal rigid structure is made from high-tech carbon fibers and aluminum.  There is no ballast on board to cause the airship to rise or fall - at least not like it used to be.  My first thought was they must use air.  Compressed air would be denser causing the ship to descend.  Release it and the airship rises.  Turns out I was right.

California unable to disarm 19,700 felons and mentally ill people

Look what all that money plowed into bloated pensions has done for you. 
The gun owners typically acquired the firearms legally, before being convicted of a felony or diagnosed with mental illness. Each year, the state investigates and seizes the guns of about 2,000 people on the Armed Prohibited Persons list, Lindley said, but each year about 3,000 names are added to the list.

"Despite our best efforts, the bureau does not have the funding or resources to keep up with this annual influx," he told the 15 assembled lawmakers.

The testimony showed how some of the state's strict gun laws have been undermined by California's budget problems. Lindley said it would cost $25 million to hire enough staff to clear the backlog within three years.
And yet, your government wants to enact even stricter gun control so YOU can't defend yourself against these nut cases.  Where is the logic in that?

Monday, January 28, 2013

California Residents, Businesses Leaving State to Avoid High Taxes

The Left is so secure and content with the thought that the filthy rich who earn gobs of money would not even flinch when more of it is taken from them.  As usual, delusional. via Free Republic:
George Ashley, a tax accountant who lives and works just across the state line from California in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, noted that he has received over a hundred requests from individuals and businesses about the tax advantages they would receive if they moved from California to a state with a lower or no state income tax.

“We have had a 10-fold increase from various parts of California, particularly Los Angeles and the Bay Area where many people are seeking a way to leave the state,” said Ashley. “They are fed up with the situation and they feel like they are being unfairly treated.”


Many California residents are in fact now former residents, having already left the state as a result of the higher tax rate.

“It never stops,” noted one unnamed wealthy individual. “Pay a little more this year. Pay a little more pay here. Pay another business tax here. There is no end. So we decided to end it, and left.”


I'm not sure what else to call it.  Using the Democratic Process and pushing a Leftist agenda, the pro-plastic bag ban people have managed to KILL PEOPLE.
What Klick and Wright found was that emergency room visits spiked after the San Francisco plastic bag ban went into effect. Additionally, relative to other counties, emergency room admissions increased by at least one-fourth and deaths exhibited a similar increase. "We find that the San Francisco City ban is associated with a 46% increase in deaths from food borne illnesses." This implies an increase of 5.5 deaths annually for the county, which the authors note is statistically significant. "Bag bans in San Francisco resulted conservatively in 5.4 annual additional deaths." guys are ok with that, eh?  Voting for murder is ok with you?

Federal gun law proposals already in place in California

And how's that working out for you?  Your violent crime rate is higher than other states that have more lenient gun control laws!  Even deaths per 100,000 from firearms were higher in CA compared to TX in 2011!!

I haven't looked into it, but if you could stop drug and gang related killings the overall numbers would probably look much better.

Among Obama's proposed legislation is requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, reinstating an assault weapons ban and limiting ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

In California, it is currently illegal to own an assault weapon or a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds, Ramsey said. Background checks for gun buyers are also in place.

"We're already ahead of the nation in that sense," he said. California already has fairly comprehensive gun laws, said Chico Police Lt. Mike O'Brien.

California vs. Texas

The conclusion is so simple and so straightforward and yet completely lost on the politicians in Sacramento.  How pathetic.
So, what does all this mean to us? It provides a blueprint of what to do — and what not to do.

Washington’s latest revenue forecast projects a $900 million deficit in the next two-year budget and a $1.1 billion shortfall for the following biennium. While Gov. Inslee has rejected a general tax increase, some lawmakers will be tempted to increase business taxes and fees. The experience in California shows that is not the answer. What is the answer? Judging from what’s happening in Texas, the answer is to create a better business climate.

By lowering the cost of doing business in Washington and easing the regulatory burden on employers, state officials can help existing businesses grow and attract new ones. Encouraging growth will help create jobs for the three million unemployed people in our state and produce more tax revenue to support vital state programs.

California to list BPA as a developmental toxicant

Even in the face of their own scientists, CA still will list BPA as toxic.  Talk about Junk Science!
Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D. Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council said the move was scientifically unjustified.
“The weight of scientific evidence does not support OEHHA’s intention to list BPA under Proposition 65 and this action sharply contrasts with the results of the earlier assessment conducted by California’s own scientific experts.

“Based on their own detailed evaluation, the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DART-IC) had unanimously concluded in July of 2009 that BPA does not satisfy the listing criteria for developmental toxicants under Proposition 65.”teven G. Hentges, Ph.D. Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group of the American Chemistry Council said the move was scientifically unjustified.
Do you honestly think the PTB are really looking out for you?  Looks to me they are just interested in keeping you in a straitjacket.

Matt's Mailbag: Fans blast California taxes, not Mickelson

A couple of pro-Phil comments:
FROM WILLIAM BESSE OF INDIO: I get so tired of people always apologizing for telling the truth.

Now Phil Mickleson, what he said about taxes in California is absolutely the truth. California has lost several major businesses in the last couple of years because of its tax structure. A large FBI facility went to Utah instead of California and Adobe also went to Utah.
I'd love to know more about the businesses...

Moderate Michael Rubio takes on California's environmental law

Glad someone is looking into this.  Some of the law suits blocking green projects have just been dumb.
The offensive on CEQA is the culmination of years of complaints from developers and other critics who say the law is being misused to block projects for reasons other than environmental harm. Arguments that such lawsuits, and even the threat of litigation, are problematic and hurt economic development gained traction in the down economy, prompting lawmakers to approve exemptions for projects including a new football stadium in Los Angeles.

Many of the law's supporters, however, say it doesn't need to be changed significantly. They point out that the percentage of projects sued under CEQA is small – about 1 percent by one analysis – and argue the law continues to provide important protections.
Funny, though how they refer to Rubio as "moderate".  

Dan Walters: California pension funds still face huge liabilities

I wish Dan would smile....

The result of such changes, Moody's says, is that the $766 billion in unfunded liabilities that U.S. pension funds claim triples to $2.2 trillion and if the firm adopts the proposed system for credit ratings, it will amp up pressure on those funds to get more money from taxpayers and/or employees.

That would imply that California, with about 12 percent of the nation's population, could have an unfunded pension debt approaching $300 billion, plus another $100 billion for retiree health care. That's big money in anyone's book.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hospitals will see massive layoffs, decline in 2013

This isn't a new article, but refers to the video I linked to earlier.  One of the pro-union guys blamed the nurse layoffs on corporate greed.  I claimed the layoffs weren't corporate greed but a response to Obamacare.  And...I was right!!
Hospitals are expected to cut some 93,000 jobs in 2013 in anticipation of ObamaCare. A former presidential candidate and conservative advocate says America needs to prepare for major changes in the medical industry.

Orlando Health, a not-for-profit network of community and specialty hospitals, is just one example of the massive layoffs expected in the coming year. Officials with the Central Florida-based healthcare services provider announced on Monday that the largest staff reduction in its nearly 100-year history will result in cutting up to 400 jobs, starting immediately.

John Stossel discusses CA pension problems

General discussion on CA and LA problems:

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey: Global Warming Is Not That Big of a Deal (Video)

Wow!  The man is SPOT ON.  My confidence in Whole Foods has been renewed!  I think I'll buy more stock in the company.

Here's a link to the Yahoo article that has the whole video.

As for regulation to reduce global warming, he said, “We can probably eliminate poverty on the planet earth in the next 50 years if we will just continue to follow the tenets of free enterprise capitalism to the greatest extent possible. So I just don't want to see that change.”

Saturday, January 26, 2013

California lawmakers split on Mickelson's tax comment

No net effect?  That is delusional.  When this first came out, his initial comments were so cryptic, I couldn't follow it.

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-Roseville, said it was what Republicans predicted.

"He's another example of our messed-up tax system, and it's driving successful people out of our state," she said.

Mickelson's comment recalls the ongoing spat between the French government and actor Gerard Depardieu, who has acquired a Russian passport and said he would move to Belgium to avoid a proposed 75 percent tax on the wealthy.

But Democrats said there is no evidence in the U.S. or California of mass departures in the wake of higher taxes on the wealthy. State Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, called Mickelson "the exception rather than the rule."

"Most of the people who do well love to be in California, and there's no evidence from past occasions when tax rates were higher on the wealthy that it led to any kind of exodus of those who were wealthy or higher-income earners, so I don't expect that to be the case this time, either," Dickinson said.

A study last summer by two Stanford researchers found no net effect in migration out of or into California by the rich after voters in 2004 passed Proposition 63, a 1 percent income tax hike on millionaires. The researchers said "the highest-income Californians were less likely to leave the state after the millionaire tax was passed."

Report: Costly state energy policies to raise California power costs by 33 percent

You get what you pay for:

“This perverse effect inexorably will be reflected fully in rising rates paid by consumers, whether directly or indirectly,” Zycher continues.

The costs to California consumers in 2020 will rise by more than 13 percent as a result of the renewable fuel mandate. However, the report notes that even without the mandate, state power rates would rise by nearly 20 percent due to “various capital investments driven by both economic and regulatory factors,” and because of the state’s cap-and-trade program.

All of these policies taken together will cause power rates and costs to rise nearly 33 percent between now and 2020, according to the report.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Why unions growing in California [Google+ Hangout]

Another title for this would be "California follows in the footsteps of Detroit."

Employees are typically hesitant to join unions during a recession because they’re most concerned about keeping their jobs. But the California Nurses Union was one of many in the state that was able to add members last year, and has added them for the last few years.

We’ll talk to an organizer from the nurses’s union about why nurses are organizing now, and about some of the challenges of organizing in a down economy. We’ll also talk to labor expert and UC Berkeley professor Harley Shaiken about other successes in organizing across the country, and about what is special about California.
First of all, unionization in the private sector is about 6.6%.  Which is about half the number these guys are using in the video.  They are padding this by including the public sector.  And since Michigan is now a right to work state, watch these numbers drop.

In the Youtube video, David Johnson puts the blame of nurse unionization square on corporate greed - a typical throw down excuse for unionization.  If you ask me, I think nurses are scared of the outcome of Obamacare.
Affordable health care for all people sounded good or so, I thought. Then Obamacare hit and, suddenly, my job was in danger. Because of Medicare cuts, the nursing home here in DeKalb, Miss., has to make serious cuts. President Obama and the Democrats need to discuss changes to their health care plans.

As a nurse, I have seen the poor care given to those without insurance. I have witnessed first-hand the despair of the elderly who had to choose between keeping their lights on or buying their medicine. So, government-funded health care sounded great--at first.
And here's another article on the subject:

With layoffs already starting to occur, it looks like those “guaranteed medical jobs” waiting for college students are not guaranteed after all. Besides the medical device industry, hospitals are already starting to lay off their employees. In fact, Southern New Hampshire Medical Center announced in late July that it would lay off 100 employees, mainly nurses. Why the 5% cut? Twila Brase, a registered nurse who is also the president of Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom, claims that “the industry is changing from patient care to paperwork. Fewer nurses are being hired because soaring data requirements have led to fewer dollars available in our health care systems.

And who can blame them? lists a whole host of hospitals that are cutting back staff for one reason or another.  Besides in-house patient roles declining, the other chief reason is due to government changes in healthcare reimbursement either through Medicare or Obamacare.  Here are some of them just in this month.

Fresno's Saint Agnes hospital to lay off 75 people

Health insurer sheds 68 jobs

144 employees laid off from GR Home for Veterans

Calhoun County Hospital in Georgia to Cut 29 Jobs

Glendale Memorial is second major local hospital to announce layoffs

Washington Township Health Care District lays off employees without public discussion

Visiting Nurse Association to lay off 400 in North Texas

Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare announces layoffs

Medina hospital layoffs affect 25 employees

Layoffs coming to one Eastern Kentucky health department

California governor urges budget restraint despite rebound

That's rich.  He's talking to a bunch of Democrats about spending restraint.  Government addicts.
Newly empowered to raise taxes and appropriate money after Democrats won a super majority in both houses of the legislature in November, some liberal lawmakers have expressed an eagerness to restore billions of dollars cut from health and welfare programs in recent years.

But rather than spend freely, California should make a concerted effort to pay down its large, accumulated debt and build up a fiscal reserve as a hedge against lean times in the future, Brown said.

"It's cruel to lead people on by expanding good programs, only to cut them back when the funding disappears," he said. "This isn't progress. It's not even progressive. It's an illusion. The stop and go, the boom and bust serves no one. We're not going back there."

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Obama Successfully Kills Off Another 3,900 Jobs at Texas Power Plant

Either O'Bama is the biggest idiot that ever sat in the White House or he is carrying out his plan to disassemble the USA just as he planned it.  But one thing is obvious:  He doesn't give a SHIT about people and especially working people.
Freysinger made it very clear who was responsible for the projects death. “The (Las Brisas Energy Center) is a victim of EPA’s concerted effort to stifle solid-fuel energy facilities in the U.S., including EPA’s carbon-permitting requirements and EPA’s New Source Performance Standards for new power plants,” he said.

The Las Brisas power plant had been part of a larger Las Brisas Energy Center project planned for Corpus Christi’s Inner Harbor. Economists had projected that in the first 5 years of construction and operation the project would create as 1,300 direct and 2,600 indirect jobs. Now none of those jobs will exist.

"THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading"

I don't know how these guys do it.  The last one I highlighted was the first presidential debate between Romney and Obama.  This one is almost as good as that.

Increased CO2 on vegetation in China

Documented proof that more CO2 causes things to grow faster.

More CO2 means a greener earth

I'm not sure why this is a hard concept to understand. CO2 is used by plants, along with sunlight and water to grow.  Thanks to links at to several other website, we have various youtube videos showing the stunning affect on growth of plants when CO2 amounts in the air increase.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Reagan Ad Opposing Government Takeover of Health Care

President Ronald Reagan addressed socialized medicine, aka Obamacare, decades ago:

Team of Ex-NASA Scientists Concludes No Imminent Threat from Man-Made CO2

Watts Up With That blog has a good summary of the disgruntled ex-employees of NASA.
1. The science of what is causing global climate change or warming is clearly not settled and never has been.

2. There is no convincing physical evidence to support the man-made climate change hypothesis. The standard test of a hypothesis is whether it is supported by real observations, which seems to have been ignored by climate alarmists.

3. Claims made by proponents of catastrophic man-made warming are dominantly supported by non-validated computer models and the output of these models should not be relied upon by policy-makers. Some TRCS team members have been making critical decisions using complex computer models for decades.

4. There is no immediate threat of catastrophic global warming even if some warming occurs. The sea level is not going to suddenly begin a steep acceleration of its 18,000-year rate of rise. Global sea level rise is not currently accelerating despite what climate change alarmists claim. 
There's more. Check it out.  There is also some mention about the "greening" that has occurred in the world due to the rise in CO2.  I'd like to check into that.

Proposal could put NY farmers out of business

Thanks for nothing, CA.
The answer is obvious. Unfortunately, not everyone got the memo. Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, has introduced legislation to ban common and accepted farming practices. It could drive many New York farmers out of state - or out of business. Assembly Bill 424 would eliminate the use of maternity pens to safely house pregnant pigs and would ban common cages used to house hens. These regulations come not at the request of farmers, but animal rights activists who want to radically overhaul food production by taking animals out of it. This is just their first step.

The bill mimics the 2008 Proposition 2 ballot initiative in California. University of California-Davis researchers found that ''the expected impact would be the almost complete elimination of egg production in California'' in a matter of a few years.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tesla’s Fremont Plant in California Runs at Full Capacity

This is really impressive:
Tesla’s Fremont plant, in California, currently runs at its full capacity, manufacturing 20,000 vehicles per year.

Although it took some time until Tesla began production of its Model S, now the plant were the model is produced runs at full capacity, extending the waiting time for the car to four or even six months, depending on the content, according to Jerome Guillen, the company’s director of Model S programs. have to wonder who buys these.  They are very expensive.  According to their website they can range in price from $52K to $87K.  The performance model looks sweet!

I'm all for electric cars, but I don't want tax credits given out to the rich just so they can buy this car.  You guys are taxing the rich more in CA.  Then you turn around and give them a tax credit??  This all smacks of welfare for the rich.  And I don't think Ca'ians are for that.

Studies find California 'Fracking' wells may kill livestock, family pets

Nope.  No bias here! I need to read the report, but if it's as badly written as this article...

This is the part I like:
The study, published in New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, stated that, while likely, making a direct link between death and illness is not possible at this time because of inadequate data due to the proprietary secrecy of gas drilling companies regarding the chemicals used in hydrofracking, and non-disclosure agreements that seal testimony and evidence when lawsuits are settled.
Several companies have made public the chemicals they use in the fracking water.  From what I recall, there is nothing magic about any of the chemicals.  Most if not all of these are what are used in modern cooling water systems to control water quality.  The water in cooling towers is "blown down" to rivers and streams...because there is no danger to living animals since the residual amounts of chemicals are so small.   In fact, some may be beneficial (I'd have to look it up, but there is a good possibiity I'm right).  For instance, chemicals are added to control algae growth.  Algae blooms are a real problem in rivers and streams and can kill fish.

Amazon Announces Its Third Fulfillment Center In California, Creating Hundreds Of Jobs

I'm impressed Amazon is making good on their promise to hire more people in CA.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a new 1 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Tracy, California. The company will create hundreds of full-time jobs with benefits at the site.

“I am honored and pleased that Amazon recognizes our streamlined business development efforts, prime location and resources available to meet the demands of their fulfillment center,” said city of Tracy Mayor Brent H. Ives. “Amazon is a wonderful addition to our economic base and will provide hundreds of jobs for residents of Tracy.”

Amazon opened its first fulfillment center in California, located in San Bernardino, in October 2012. During the San Bernardino site opening, Amazon donated $25,000 to local nonprofits and announced it had brought 700 jobs to the community. The company is also building a site in Patterson that is expected to open in summer of 2013.

State cheesemakers hope to profit from chaos in California

We'll have to see how this pans out.  I know CA dairy farmers were upset that they were getting less money for their milk even though feed prices have hit the roof.  This would be sort of a double whammy.
If California cheesemakers are forced onto a level playing field, sales of Wisconsin cheese — estimated at about $5 billion — could increase by $200 million, according to a top dairy industry executive from Wisconsin.

“It could be very significant,” said David Fuhrmann, chief executive officer and president of Foremost Farms, a Baraboo-based company that is Wisconsin’s No. 1 cheese producer. Foremost makes cheese and other dairy products for sale worldwide.

At issue is that California sets its own milk prices, and those prices are usually lower than those paid in the federal system followed by most states, including Wisconsin.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Forget California: Meet the new poster-child for fiscal irresponsibility

As they say, misery loves company.  Amazing that their tax increase didn't help them!  Amazing!
Investors demand a higher yield penalty on the debt of Illinois and its localities than those in California, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The premium increased this week to the highest in a month after Illinois failed to overhaul its pensions.

Even higher costs may be ahead. Illinois faces the possibility of another credit downgrade from the three major ratings agencies, which all have assigned it a negative outlook. Moody's rates the state A2, sixth-highest and worse than any other state.

“Illinois is the proverbial frog in boiling water, slowly being boiled alive,” said Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, a Chicago-based nonprofit group that tracks government finance.

Retroactive tax bill in California may push more startups to Texas

Once again, C is CA's worst enemy.
Business owners are already taking long, hard looks at their budgets and working to re-balance expenses after the recent fiscal cliff negotiations; however, the government decided to require no federal capital gains tax if shares were sold between September of 2010 and January of this year, making the decision in California sting even more.

To retroactively require business’s to pay a 5-year backlog of taxes they assumed would be excluded is unimaginable. This decision may serve as motivation for California business owners, and those in similar situations to consider relocating to a more economically friendly state. And the tax bill announcement will definitely be on the minds of entrepreneurs looking to begin a startup in Silicon Valley.

California can't go it alone on guns

From the LA Times:

These days, criminals are buying weapons at Arizona and Nevada gun shows and hauling them illegally into California.

Anyone buying a firearm in California — whether at a big box or a gun show — must undergo a background check by the state justice department. And there's a 10-day waiting period.

At a gun show in Arizona or Nevada, in contrast, a buyer can immediately toss the weapon in his car and drive off. Maybe even load it first.

Similarly, assault weapons can't be purchased legally in California. Neither can ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets. But they can be bought in Arizona and Nevada.
Wow.  The LA Times says that criminals are breaking the law!  Whoever heard of such a thing.  So, CA has managed to essentially disarm law abiding citizens while criminals can do whatever they want. Thanks CA!!

CA can't go it alone with anything.  It passed the stupid Proposition 2 to essentially get rid of cages for egg laying hens.  Then they realized that it meant the death of the egg laying industry in CA so they are now looking to pass a law to make ALL EGGS sold in CA to meet the same requirement.

CA needs to realize they are NOT a country.  As usual, they try to export their Leftist laws to other states.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

California teachers fund moves to divest from firearms

Yeah and it's just a coincidence that these companies are close to their all time highs.  It's like eating your cake and having it, too.  How disengenuous,

Hundreds march at California State Capitol against stricter gun control measures

Explain to me how people are supposed to defend themselves as cities and counties implode and lay off policemen?
Hundreds of people marched at the California State Capitol Saturday afternoon to protest stricter gun control measures.

The protest was part of a nationwide movement called "Guns Across America" where people across the country rallied at their state capitols. The national event coordinator Eric Reed said the rallies are planned to be a family friendly events. He said the goal of the event it to show faces of thousands of law-abiding citizens who want to protect themselves, their families and property.
DanWalter's sobering words:

We do know that the state's debt load is hundreds of billions of dollars, one of the largest, proportionately, of any state, when one counts unfunded liabilities for pensions and retiree health care. We know the governor and the Legislature are doing almost nothing about the latter.

We know that cities have something over $30 billion in bonded debt and counties another $20-plus billion, plus billions more in redevelopment debt. But those numbers don't count retiree obligations – and new accounting rules from Moody's Investor Service would, on paper, add tens of billions of dollars to their unfunded liabilities.

All in, with realistic pension fund earning projections, our governments may be upward of a trillion dollars in debt. Keeping afloat has become a major budget expense that robs money from other public needs.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Why We Should Continue to Fight

Link via  So, if I read this right, CA regulations on diesel trucks will end up being adopted by other states? I think this will bring the end of the trucking industry.
This is why we can’t just forget all the reasons behind our litigation and let CARB and EPA keep taking our equipment based on junk “science” claims. The statement below succinctlyexplains what we are facing and why we should not let this happen. We have continually exposed the fraud and corruption within the academic and public agency health community and their “science” that is the justification behind this government taking of our once-valuable equipment; it defines our struggle:

“The Clean Air Act charges the EPA with setting air pollution health standards and subsequent enforcement of those standards. But this means that federal and state regulators decide when their own jobs are finished as those standards are met. Not surprisingly, no matter how clean the air,the EPA and CARB continues to find ‘unacceptable risks.’ The EPA and state regulators’ powers and budgets, as well as most environmental groups like the NRDC, depend on a continued public perception that there is a serious problem to solve with our air and environment. These same regulators are the major funders of the health effects research intended to demonstrate the need for more regulation. They provide millions of dollars (public funds) each year to environmental groups and unfortunately, corrupt academic researchers who then use the money to augment public fear of every imaginable pollutant (real or not) and then seek increases in regulators’ powers – especially through our court system. These conflicts of interest largely explain the ubiquitous exaggeration of air pollution levels and risks, even asair quality and related public health has dramatically improved.”

We firmly believe, as this statement accurately explains, there will never be an end to claimsof “unacceptable” health effects, environmental risks and unsubstantiated claims of premature deaths, evenif diesel engines are 100% clean. The “science” behind all of this has beenpropagated in secret; some by a CARB employee who lied about his academic credentials, the underlying report data was never allowed to be examined by objective third-party reviewers and is now mostly propaganda perpetuating a huge deception – a deception that now threatens the existence of many small business owners, many of which are minorities within the transportation industry.

Should We Arm America’s Teachers? California State Senator Leland Yee and author Suzanna Hupp debate the state’s gun laws.

An embarrassing interview with Rep Yee.

Fox News videos don't embed properly.  Below is a small clip.  But you should watch the whole thing on Fox News/Stossel website.  It's amazing.

So, who is right with the numbers?  It depends on the year.  Here is the comparison of murders per 100,000:

From the chart we can see that overall, CA and TX have shown improvement in murders over the years regardless of the laws on the books.  of the past 16 years, CA has had a higher murder rate in 13 of those years.  But... this is the murder rate.  What about those perpetrated by firearms?  How do they compare?

The info is a little more difficult to come by, so if anyone has historical data, I'd appreciate it.  In the meantime the data for 2011 was as follows:
Per 100,000, the murder rate with firearms in CA was 3.25
Per 100,000, the murder rate with firearms in TX was 2.91

I got this data from the Democratic Underground.

I could go on from here, but the data is more scattered as we try to see how firearm crimes fit in the context of violent crimes in general.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Texas vs. California

John Stossel has produced a series where he makes the comparison.  As they come on line I'll post them.

Both states have too many government workers--in fact, Texas has more than California. But California pays them so much more that California's pensions are bleeding the state dry, says Dan Mitchell of the CATO Institute. Kevin James, a mayoral candidate in Los Angeles, says L.A. City Council members are given cars, and they earn more than $170,000 per year.

California has bankrupt cities, like San Bernardino. 3/4ths of the city's money goes to what they call public safety--unionized cops and firemen. Politicians promised them more than they have, but the public doesn't seem to realize WHY their city went belly up. Our special correspondent, Kennedy, went to what she says looks like "ghost town" for answers.

Texas doesn't win all the California-Texas comparisons. Government is more likely to seize your property in Texas. Scott Bullock from the Institute for Justice says that asset forfeiture is a big problem in Texas, as well as eminent domain abuse.

N.C. Senate leader sees possible zero income tax

Yet another state contemplates freeing the people!
Senate leader Phil Berger said Wednesday that he believes an overhaul of North Carolina's tax system will happen this year and that he prefers a plan to make income tax rates as low as possible - maybe even zero.

Speaking to reporters about this year's General Assembly session, Berger said senators are considering a proposal to eliminate individual and corporate income taxes altogether. Legislators would make up for billions of dollars in lost funds in part by shifting to a consumption-based tax system that would involve most services currently exempt to the sales tax, such as auto repairs, haircuts and lawn services.

The state's income taxes are among the highest in the Southeast. North Carolina's corporate income tax rate is 6.9 percent, while the individual income tax rate for the highest wage earners is 7.75 percent.

Nebraska governor proposes ending state income, corporate taxes

The revolution has begun.  States will show the way for the Federal government.
Gov. Dave Heineman proposed an ambitious plan Tuesday to scrap Nebraska's income and corporate taxes while eliminating as much as $2.4 billion in sales-tax breaks for businesses, with all industries except for food on the bargaining table.

The Republican governor unveiled his tax overhaul plan and budget proposal in his annual State of the State address to lawmakers.

"Are we going to be satisfied with a mediocre tax system that won't create the jobs of the future for our sons and daughters?" Heineman asked. "Or, are we willing to consider reforming the tax code so that we have a modern, simpler and fairer tax code? Are we willing to consider a bold, innovative and strategic tax reform plan that would create a top ten business climate in Nebraska?"

Redwood Trust to open office in Douglas County, hire 550 Read more: Redwood Trust to open office in Douglas County, hire 550

Redwood Trust will be employing more people in CO than in CA.  Sure, they used tax incentives to attract the company. But the CO officials state they'll make up for it in income tax revenue from the employees.  Surely, CA could do this.

"We are excited about growth within the Denver area," said Brett Nicholas, president of Redwood Trust. "We've actually looked at a number of locations outside of California and determined that Colorado's pro-business environment, deep mortgage-lending and financial talent pool in the Denver area would best support our growth."

Four months ago, Redwood began looking to Arizona, California and Colorado as potential states for expansion.

"It was quick," said Ken Lund, executive director of the Colorado office of economic development. "We moved faster than any other state."

Colorado agreed to more than $5 million in tax credits from Colorado's Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit for the creation of 552 new jobs, which breaks down to $2,100 per person each year.

"The income tax more than breaks even for the state," Hickenlooper said. "It's an earned subsidy, year after year."

California companies picking Colorado for staff expansions

Things may be picking up in CA, but it could be a LOT better if the business climate were better.

In the past three months, companies in industries as varied as sports broadcasting, technology manufacturing and home-loan transactions have chosen to expand in Colorado rather than at their California headquarters.

That’s not by accident. Local economic-development officials have put on a special push to attract new hubs for companies that say California’s tax system and workforce costs are becoming too burdensome, and which choose to grow outside the state.

In some cases, those companies will wind up with a larger workforce in Colorado than at their headquarters.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Los Angeles Gets a 'C' in California Tobacco Report Card

Hah!  In that case, I give LA an A-.
Los Angeles received a C grade because it does not have a sufficient amount of smoke-free outdoor area and lacks smoke-free housing, according to the report. Out of four possible grading categories, California received an A grade for its smoke-free areas, but an F in its tobacco prevention funding, an F in its cessation campaign and a D in its cigarette tax.

California, Unsaved, Speeds Toward a Wall of Debt

Scanning all the news articles, I thought things were better.  But Forbes really has its head about it.

This touches on perhaps the biggest challenge to the state’s fiscal health: Democratic supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature, combined with Democratic control of all constitutional offices. With Republicans now irrelevant, Democrats can raise taxes and ramp up spending at will, meaning that the cycle of artificially produced fiscal crises will speed up, with a legislative majority committed to the endless growth in government and the protection of public-employee pay and privilege at all costs.

Until California’s leaders tackle the state’s enduring debt issues and view the private sector as the generator of economic growth, rather than as a means to fund government, California’s next fiscal crisis will always be just around the corner.

Fleeing California Taxes? Get in Line

This is almost like Walter Williams' idea of not allowing the rich to leave...excpet this applies to everyone.  They are quick to make you a resident of CA.  But not so quick to let you go.

After all, leaving is not always easy. A California resident is anyone in the state for other than a temporary or transitory purpose. See FTB Publication 1031. Plus, it includes anyone domiciled in California who is outside the state for a temporary or transitory purpose. The burden is on you to show you’re not a Californian. If you’re in California for more than 9 months, you are presumed a resident.

Yet if your job requires you to be outside the state, it usually takes 18 months to be presumed no longer a resident. Your domicile is your true, fixed permanent home, the place where you intend to return even when you’re gone. You can have only one domicile, but many facts are relevant. Start with where you are employed and where you own a home.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A Message To The 'Left' From A 'Right Wing Extremist'

It's amazing how a Democrat has come to the same conclusion I've come to but for different reasons. Without a doubt, the Founding Fathers developed the perfect reductionist model of a government that Liberals and Conservatives can both agree upon.
Neo-Cons are not conservative. They are in fact socialist in their methods, and they always expand government spending and power while reducing constitutional protections. The “Liberty Movement”, of which I am proudly a part, is traditional conservative. We believe that government, especially as corrupt as it is today, cannot be trusted to administrate and nursemaid over every individual in our nation. It has proven time after time that it caters only to criminally inclined circles of elites. Therefore, we seek to reduce the size and influence of government so that we can minimize the damage that it is doing. For this, we are called “extremists”.
A traditional conservative doesn't want representative government destroyed (like O'bama does).  A  traditional conservative wants the Federal Powers diminished and rolled back to the way it's supposed to be as espoused by the Founding Fathers.

HURT: Gun edicts put personal liberty under fire

This man is asking the same questions I've asked in my blog prior to blowing it up (I accidentally deleted the whole thing).  Where the hell did the Liberal go?
Where is the liberal outrage? Where is the liberal suspicion about powerful, unchecked governments? Where is the liberal unflinching devotion to individual liberty?


And the lists. The lists of people who are deemed too mentally unstable to own a gun. A principled liberal would be horrified at the notion that the government is going to keep giant lists of people who are criminals or who are deemed crazy or dangerous. And even more breathtaking is that these lists will be used to determine the degree of freedom those individuals will be granted by the government. Do you remember the liberal outrage over the huge government list to keep people deemed dangerous from flying on airplanes? Ted Kennedy is turning over in his grave.
The Liberals all dies off.  We're left with their step-cousins the Leftist/Statists.

Mark Mills: California Could Be the Next Shale Boom State

For the State Government it's good news.  For the little guy, it's terrible news.  Oh yes, it means a lot of good paying jobs.  And believe me, that's wonderful.   But in the end, more money for the Government Addicts is not good.  There is no sating their ravenous appetite for money, money, money.  It's like putting a meth addict onboard a boad made out of meth crystals.  Once he's devoured the boat, he'll drown and die.  The CA government knows no retraint and no bounds.

Do the math: The overall economic benefits of opening up the Monterey shale field could reach $1 trillion. One can only imagine the impact on California's education system, social programs, infrastructure, and even energy-tech R&D. Moreover, with that kind of revenue, Sacramento tax collections could wipe out debt and deficits
The last thing you want is CA government to get bigger and stronger.

Wyoming lawmakers propose bill to nullify new federal gun laws

States are getting wise since O'bamacare.  They are acting now instead of later.  Good for them!
The bill – HB0104 – states that “any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.”

The bill is sponsored by eight Wyoming State Representatives ad two State Senators. If passed, the bill would declare any federal gun regulation created on or after January 1, 2013 to be unenforceable within the state.

In addition, the bill would charge federal officials attempting to enforce a federal gun law within the state with a felony – “subject to imprisonment for not more less than one (1) year and one (1) day or more than five (5) years, a fine of not more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), or both.”

Linn Co. sheriff letter to VP Biden backs gun rights

The pro-Constitutionists are lining up.
Linn County Sheriff Tim Mueller sent a letter to Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday saying his department would not enforce any potential new gun laws that could be construed as unconstitutional.

In it, Mueller said “We must not allow, nor shall we tolerate, the actions of criminals, no matter how heinous the crimes, to prompt politicians to enact laws that will infringe upon the liberties of responsible citizens who have broken no laws.

"I just want honest American citizens that are law abiding, to own that type of firearm and it doesn't hurt anything in the hands of a good person. " Mueller said.


THANK GOD!  This evil man should never have been allowed to be Sec of the Interior.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who oversaw a moratorium on offshore drilling after the BP oil spill, will leave the Obama administration in March, Obama administration officials said Wednesday.
March?  Not soon enough!  But our luck would be O'bama get a real Communist in there.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Meese: Obama Risks Impeachment If He Uses Executive Order for Gun Control

 There are limits to executive orders.

But I think the blame could be spread around.  We have a Senate that has been derelict in its duties.  But since we elected the same people...I guess this is what we want?

“It would not be legal. It would not be constitutional,” Meese, who served under President Ronald Reagan, tells Newsmax. “And, indeed, if he tried to override the Second Amendment in any way, I believe it would be an impeachable offense.”

Monday, January 14, 2013

California Pension Death Star Approaching

Proposition 13 is the canary in the coal mine.

California has run huge budget deficits for the last decade. Recently voters passed Proposition 30 as a $6 billion state income tax increase on top earners in hopes of rescuing schools by balancing the state budget. But according to the California State Controller’s just released December financial statement, state spending is $900 million over budget and state tax revenue is at least $360 million under budget.

For the last 35 years, California politicians have been forbidden from jacking up property taxes by the 1978 voter approved Proposition 13 Initiative. The initiative has been so popular with homeowners that it has been referred to as the third rail of California politics. But as the CPPC study demonstrates, the annual cost of pensions will soon increase from the equivalent of about 50% to 100% of these counties’ net property tax income. With the state already running new deficits on top of the highest income taxes in the nation, it is my belief that California politicians will soon try to over-turn “Prop 13.”

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Leaders with Ginni Thomas: Dr. Walter E. Williams

Dr. Williams is my hero.


What. An. Idiot.  I can't believe I used to admire this man.
Here’s what he said:
I think the Republican Party right now is having an identity problem. And I’m still a Republican. I’m a Republican who grew up along with George Bush XLI. I grew up with Ronald Reagan, Cap Weinberger, Frank Carlucci, that Republican Party, the Republican Party of Dick Lugar and John Tower. But in recent years, there’s been a significant shift to the right and we have seen what that shift has produced, two losing presidential campaigns.
So far, this is a typical leftist talking point. The Republican Party has not moved to the right. In fact, it has moved in rather extreme ways to the left, given its spending record and establishment opposition to the Tea Party. Ronald Reagan was significantly more conservative than George W. Bush. But this was prelude to Powell’s real agenda: labeling Republicans closet bigots.
I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed. The country is changing demographically. And if the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they’re going to be in trouble. And so, when we see that in one more generation, the minorities of America, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans will be the majority of the country, you can’t go around saying we don’t want to have a solid immigration policy. We’re going to dismiss the 47 percent. We are going to make it hard for these minorities to vote as they did in the last election. What did that produce? The court struck most of that down and most importantly, it caused people to turn out and stand in line because these Republicans were trying to keep us from voting. There’s also a dark-- a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Party. What I do mean by that? I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that? When I see a former governor say that the president is shuckin’ and jivin’, that’s a racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well, he said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans but to those of us who are African-Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with it. Birther, the whole Birther Movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the Party? I think the Party has to take a look at itself. It has to take a look at its responsibilities for health care. It has to take a look at immigration. It has to take a look at those less fortunate than us. The Party has gathered unto itself a reputation that it is the party of the rich. It is the party of lower taxes. But there are a lot of people who are lower down the food chain, the economic chain, who are also paying lots of taxes relative to their income and they need help. We need more education work being done in this country. We need a solid immigration policy. We have to look at climate change. There are a lot of things that the American people are expecting and the Republican Party, as they get ready for the next election, really has to focus on some of these issues and not ignore them. Everybody wants to talk about who’s going to be the candidate. You better think first about what’s the party they’re actually going to represent. If it’s just going to represent the far right-wing of the political spectrum, I think the Party is in difficulty. I’m a moderate but I’m still a Republican, that’s how I was raised. And until I voted for Mister Obama twice, I had voted for seven straight Republican presidents.
This is the language from a man who has lost his compass.  He really has no where to turn.  Let's look at what he says.  I just can't believe this.  My eleven year old daughter is more coherent than he is.

"And so, when we see that in one more generation, the minorities of America, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans will be the majority of the country, you can’t go around saying we don’t want to have a solid immigration policy."

First of all, who the hell says THAT? I believe every red blooded American WANTS a solid immigration policy. In fact, LEGAL IMMIGRANTS what a solid immigration policy.  How do I know?  Look at the numbers!

A majority of Hispanic voters (52.4% to 38.2%) support ". . . legislation stating that any person living in this country illegally cannot become a United States citizen unless they reapply for citizenship legally from their country of origin."

A plurality of Hispanic voters (49.6% to 41%) support ". . . increasing the number of U.S. Border Patrol agents on the border between the U.S. and Mexico."

A plurality of Hispanic voters (49.9% to 41.2%) support new laws to make sure that employers can only hire workers who are in the U.S. legally."

A large majority of Hispanic voters (81.9% to 14%) support immigration reform " . . . to create a temporary worker program for illegal immigrants that would legalize their status . . . "

42% of Hispanics consider U.S. immigration “too open.” (Wall Street Journal, March 2000)

75% of California Latinos think that illegal immigration from Mexico to California has been a “big problem” or “somewhat of a problem.” (Public Policy Institute of California, Jan. 1999)

Two-thirds of likely Latino voters in California support the governor's veto of a bill that would have allowed illegal aliens to get driver's licenses. (Los Angeles Times, Oct. 2002)

89% of Hispanics strongly support an immediate moratorium on immigration. (Hispanic USA Research Group, June 1993) [JG - this really surprised me!]

75% of Mexican-Americans, 79% of Puerto Ricans, and 65% of Cuban-Americans agree that there are too many immigrants in this country. (Latino National Political Survey, Dec. 1992)

61% of Hispanics favor increasing money spent on patrolling the border. (The Tarrance Group, August 1983)
There is nothing.  NOTHING in this poll that 95% of Republicans don't agree with!

So, let's look at what else CP has to say. God!  I can't help but say it again:  What an idiot!

"We are going to make it hard for these minorities to vote as they did in the last election. What did that produce? The court struck most of that down and most importantly, it caused people to turn out and stand in line because these Republicans were trying to keep us from voting."  

All I can say is:  Speak to the graph: Powell saying that all the Hispanics and Blacks and Asians are crammed into the 28% ?  I think not!

But, let's continue..

"There’s also a dark-- a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the Party. What I do mean by that? I mean by that is they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that? When I see a former governor say that the president is shuckin’ and jivin’, that’s a racial era slave term."

We go to Wikipedia and we read the following: 
The use of the phrase in modern American politics has generated controversy at times. In 2008, then New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo said of then Democratic Party candidate Barack Obama (who was running against Hillary Clinton, the candidate Cuomo supported): "You can't shuck and jive at a press conference." Cuomo received criticism from some for his use of the phrase, with Roland Martin of CNN stating that "“Shucking and jiving” have long been words used as a negative assessment of African Americans, along the lines of a “foot shufflin’ Negro.”"  Similarly, on October 25, 2012, former Republican Party Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin generated controversy when she stated "President Obama's shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end".
So Cuomo and the ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC PARTY gets a pass but the ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY gets slammed!  Could it be...could it possibly be that the term has transcended its racist past and CP should just CHILL OUT and not think that people are saying it to be racist?

"When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow, he was tired, he didn’t do well, he said he was lazy. "

CP, I have lived in the south practically my whole life.  I grew up in South Carolina, went to college there, too.  Never in my whole life have I ever heard the word "lazy" in reference to blacks.  NEVER.

I'm skipping the portion about the Birther Movement. I just don't know a lot about it and its place in the Republican Party.  I never heard Romney endorse it and as far as I know he stayed away from it completely.  What I do know is that the Clinton campaign started the whole thing when she was running against O'Bama. So, CP, if you want to label someone a Birther, just look at the Dems!

"The Party has gathered unto itself a reputation that it is the party of the rich. It is the party of lower taxes. But there are a lot of people who are lower down the food chain, the economic chain, who are also paying lots of taxes relative to their income and they need help. We need more education work being done in this country. We need a solid immigration policy. We have to look at climate change."

When I read such nonsense as this...I just shake my head. I see a man...who just. doesn't. get it.  I see a man who is so lost intellectually it's amazing.

Combustion of anything organic results in the formation of CO2.  Whether it be gasoline, coal or natural gas. Wood is a source of CO2.  So when you read that forest fires release as much CO2 as cars or compete with other forms of man-made combustion, you see that our control of the situation is not set in stone:
After last week's devastating wildfires in southern California, the NCAR study's author, Christine Wiedinmyer, analyzed the emissions with the model. She estimated that the fires emitted 7.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from Oct. 19 through Oct. 26, the equivalent of about 25 percent of the average monthly emissions from all fossil fuel burning in the entire state of California. "Enormous fires like this pump a large amount of carbon dioxide quickly into the atmosphere," Wiedinmyer says. "This can complicate efforts to understand our carbon budget and ultimately fight global warming."
Then we look at the contribution of man-made CO2 we see this:

Manmade CO2 accounts for less than 3% of all CO2.  What in heavens name could the affect be of eradicating all of it?

Well, we don't have to wonder with the miracle of the internet.  There are several articles that say that we would lower the world wide average temperature by 1 degree C (1.8 deg F).  But is this feasible?  I don't even think CP would be for this.  It would mean pretty much just wiping people off of the face of the earth.

So if we followed the old Kyoto treaty what would be the impact?  Again, we don't have to wonder.  The world wide temperature average would go down by a paltry 0.19 deg C.  In other words, the effect is nothing but background noise.  But what would be the affect on work economies?
The Kyoto agreement--if fully complied with--would likely reduce the gross domestic product of the United States by 2.3 percent per year
CP, this is why Republicans are against implementing a carbon tax and don't believe human impact on global warming warrants out attention.  For one thing:  IT HURTS THE POOR!

Yes, CP, it hurts those that need the most help.  Why the HELL would we be for something that hurts the poor and CREATES MORE POOR.

Look what carbon offsets have done! Poor people are run off of their property to...what?

According to the company’s proposal to join a United Nations clean-air program, the settlers living in this area left in a “peaceful” and “voluntary” manner. People here remember it quite differently.

“I heard people being beaten, so I ran outside,” said Emmanuel Cyicyima, 33. “The houses were being burnt down.”

Other villagers described gun-toting soldiers and an 8-year-old child burning to death when his home was set ablaze by security officers.

… But in this case, the government and the company said the settlers were illegal and evicted for a good cause: to protect the environment and help fight global warming. The case twists around an emerging multibillion-dollar market trading carbon-credits under the Kyoto Protocol, which contains mechanisms for outsourcing environmental protection to developing nations.

Then there is this news article:

The reported killing of 23 Honduran farmers in a dispute with the owners of UN-accredited palm oil plantations has called into question the integrity of the EU's emission trading scheme (ETS), as carbon credits from the plantations remain on sale.
Let's face it.  Carbon offsets are meant to keep third world countries in the third world.

And finally:
"I’m a moderate..."

CP, you may be a moderate...but that is in name only.  You are a moderate in name but don't even understand the issues.  You don't even know where the citizens stand on issues such as immigration.  You cry RACISM at Republicans and completely ignore identical statements by Democrats.  At the very least, you can't even see that maybe some terms like "shuck 'n jive" have transcended race and that maybe there was NEVER any intention to be racist by either Cuomo or Palin.

You apparently have no inkling of the effect of carbon offsets and what they do to the poor and how implementing some sort of carbon reduction scheme will only create more poor; that it is the Left that is advocating smothering economic growth with extreme legislation, throwing more people out of work.

I think that's all I can come up with for now.  I have just had it with people who say they know things and they are just. plain. dumb.

Steve Hilton 'says bureaucracy masters the politicians'

I don't see how this is any different here.  The bureaucrats implement the laws passed by congress.  They have what I would call "a directive" to implement what becomes their Prime Directive.  And this is the problem.  You could replace the bureaucrat with a computer and get the same results.  The compassionate become uncompassionate.  All that matters is to carry out their Directive.  To NOT carry out the Directive would be against their whole purpose of working for the government.  This is why when businesses leave, there is hardly a peep out of CA government to figure out why...

"In other words, only 30% of what the Government is doing is actually delivering what we're supposed to be doing. It just shows you the scale of what you're up against... when I found that out, that was pretty horrific," he is reported to have said.

He said paperwork associated with everyday decisions was "impossible" for ministers to wade through, so many are nodded through.

"There's all sorts of things, and they can be quite trivial things but they can be quite serious as well, and they can certainly affect the real world," the Sunday Times quotes Mr Hilton as saying.

"When you start thinking about how things get decided, it's pretty incredible... it's a brilliant system for paper-shuffling people to be in control.

"The bureaucracy masters the politicians. I don't mean that in a hostile way - it's just a fact."
The solution?  Government should pass fewer laws and regulations.  It's that simple.

NEW: Vallejo town hall hostile to gun-control congressman

Of all the places in the Union, the WORST place to try to implement more restrictive laws on gun ownership is CA.  With cities and counties emptying their roles of public service employees (read: policemen) to fight rising pension costs or worse, bankruptcy, what are citizens left to protect themselves and their property with?

Vallejo’s 115,000 residents have good reason to arm themselves. The year before this Bay Area city entered bankruptcy in May 2008, it had 145 police officers. Three years later, when it exited bankruptcy, there were just 91 officers left on the force, according to Perhaps not coincidentally, Vallejo suffers nearly double the rate of crime as the rest of the state and country.

Texas Congressman Steve Stockman Says Gun-Free School Zones Are a "Deadly Experiment" That Must End


He's at it again. CQ Roll Call reports that Stockman introduced a bill on day one calling for the repeal of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, which prohibits citizens from carrying a weapon near schools.

"Not only have so-called 'gun-free school zones' proven to be anything but that, they appear to have placed our children in even greater danger," Stockman wrote to colleagues in a letter circulated Wednesday. "Co-sponsoring the Safe School Act is the first step toward protecting our children."

He added later, "The time has come to end the deadly experiment of disarming peaceable, law-abiding citizens near schools."

Wyoming Tells Washington Gun Grabbers To Back The Hell Off

The states are choosing their sides.  NY wants to enact more penalties and put in place more laws to restrict gun ownership.  And other states like TX wants to get rid of gun free zones and train teachers in brandishing firearms.  Now WY is looking to poke the Federal government in the chest saying "Pass all the laws against guns you want.  We ain't listening."

The bill – HB0104 – states that “any federal law which attempts to ban a semi-automatic firearm or to limit the size of a magazine of a firearm or other limitation on firearms in this state shall be unenforceable in Wyoming.”

Friday, January 11, 2013

Dewhurst wants state to train teachers on guns

Keep in mind, we just recently had children - CHILDREN slaughtered in a school designated as a GUN FREE ZONE.  What does that tell you we should do?  We should get RID of gun free zones and either have an armed guard or policeman on duty or a teacher or teachers should be armed.

So...what is the response to Dewhurst's idea?
"It is fairly obvious to the people of Texas that teachers need books - not guns - in the classrooms," Martinez Fischer said.

David Rider, the police chief for Fort Bend ISD, expressed reservations about equipping teachers with firearms. Like HISD, the district has armed police officers at its secondary campuses.

"It goes back to training," said Rider, the son of a school principal and counselor. "Right now, police officers are more qualified and have training for critical incidents, as opposed to the average citizen with a concealed handgun license."

Houston Police Department Chief Charles McClelland, asked last month about arming educators, echoed the difference between professional officers and citizens who have just fired at stationary targets.

"I hope our schools remain institutions of learning where kids go to be educated and they're safe and they're not turned into armed camps," he said. "That would be my desire." Chronicle reporter Mike Morris contributed.
I think that it is obvious that if armed guards are deployed, many would consider this a fair idea also.  But if budgets get cut....what then?

Dan Walters Daily: California's budget larger than it appears

DW's take on the budget:

I posted a question asking if the budget includes money to pay back to the Federal Government the roughly $10 billion in loans to cover unemployment benefits.

California Gov. Jerry Brown says budget deficit has disappeared

Hm. We'll see.
Brown said California is finally spending less money than it takes in, the first time since Gov. Gray Davis in 2001 that a governor has made such a bold claim.
Sure, they are taking in more than they are spending (which is a better, less misleading wording).  But how long do you think that will last.  I find it a real shame that CA hasn't learned its lesson. But the spigot is open.  And the moeny is pouring in.  And the CA pols will ignore this?  Not on your life!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jindal proposes elimination of income and corporate taxes in Louisiana

This is what CA should do!

The Times-Picayune reported that Jindal is in the process of fleshing out the tax reform proposal, the goal of which, according to a statement from the Governor’s office and given to the paper, “is to eliminate all personal income tax and all corporate income tax in a revenue neutral manner. We want to keep the sales tax as low and flat as possible.”

“Eliminating personal income taxes will put more money back into the pockets of Louisiana families and will change a complex tax code into a more simple system that will make Louisiana more attractive to companies who want to invest here and create jobs,” Jindal says in the statement.

Wendy’s Franchisee Owner Blames ‘Obamacare’ For Cutting Back Employees’ Hours

None of this surprises me.  If you're surprised...where have you been?
WOWT-TV reports that nearly 300 employees at 11 Wendy’s locations in the Omaha area will have their hours reduced to 28 hours a week because the franchise owner says he can’t afford to pay his employees health care.

“It has a huge effect on me and pretty much everybody that I work with,” employee T.J. Growbeck told the station. “I’m hoping that I can get some sort of promotion because then I would get my hours, but everybody is shooting for that because of the hours being cut.”
Do you see what granting the Federal Government this power has done? YOU ARE NOW POORER.  When I was a young ER clerk, there was only ont thing I wanted to do: work lots of hours.  Why?  Because I could earn time and a half for the overtime.  If someone wanted to take a day off I would volunteer to take his place and work a double shift.  Yes.  16 hours straight.  And the money was rolling in.

So, all of those minimum wage earners who voted for O'Bama:  YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED!  I hope you're happy.

Americans never give up your guns

Another embarrassing article on the Pravda website.  The once proud and powerful Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republics warns Americans not to give up their guns.
These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions.

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar. Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items. People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered. Fighting knives were a prominent part of many traditional attires and those little tubes criss crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples? Well those are bullet holders for rifles.


This well armed population was what allowed the various White factions to rise up, no matter how disorganized politically and militarily they were in 1918 and wage a savage civil war against the Reds. It should be noted that many of these armies were armed peasants, villagers, farmers and merchants, protecting their own. If it had not been for Washington's clandestine support of and for the Reds, history would have gone quite differently.
The Leftist politicians will stand there and say banning and confiscation of arms is for the children. How many times have you heard that?  If you're like me, you're sick of it.  There is one reason and one reason only to take our guns: supression of the masses.

I'm not a conspiracy nut.  I don't hold fast the idea that the US is about the disintegrate financially.  But there is no doubt that the US is in severe...SEVERE financial difficulties the likes this world has never seen. We missed out chance to make our way out of this by not electing Romney.  And even with Romney in office it was going to be very, very tough. But now, the answer is...?

Yes.  The answer is...?  The question mark is the answer.  What WILL the future hold?  I have no idea.  But it is better to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

The true answer to all of our problem is to TAKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUT OF THE CONTROL BUSINESS.  Take back from them the power we have over the decades given to them. Powers they never should have had in the first place.

And the best way to take back control?  STARVE THE BEAST:

Ronald Reagan understood that Congress is in the business of growing the size of government. Raising taxes to supposedly cut government deficits is the scam that politicians use to increase their ability to borrow more money to spend. As President Reagan famously said: “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” Reagan as a true conservative would have supported “starving the beast” by passing the “fiscal cliff deal” that the liberals will forever lament as the largest “permanent” tax cut ever passed in American history.

Reagan rode to victory in his 1980 Presidential campaign on the back of the 1978 California voter-approved Proposition 13. The initiative permanently cut the state’s property tax rate and required a two-thirds majority of both houses of the state’s legislature to pass for any future tax increase. The popular sentiment that drove Proposition 13 was that older Californians should not be priced out of their homes through higher taxes. The proposition’s popularity quickly became the “third rail” of California politics, an “untouchable subject” for politicians to try to rescind.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Biden: Obama could make executive order on gun control

This is the most outlandish things I've ever read.  Is the VP so completely ignorant of the Constitution?
Joe Biden said today that the president is prepared to take unilateral action in order to implement stricter gun control measures. “The president is going go act,” he said. “There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet, but we’re compiling it all.”
The news is FILLED with articles of governors and senators and mayors and congressmen who are all for the complete confiscation of firearms.

Be afraid.  Be very afraid.

Do you, Mr. Leftist, want to be without firearms if the vast majority of government is controlled by conservatives?  You probably feel about that the same way conservatives feel about how, well...,how we feel now!

Krauthammer says insurrection will occur if the US Government tries to take out firearms away.

Pat Buchannan foresees revolution if guns were banned:

Let's say they do a tweak or a twittle here or there. Where does it stop? IT NEVER DOES. And we know those that propose gun control laws really...REALLY aren't interested in just banning a certain rifle or restricting the availability of pistol or bullet. These guys only want one thing: A COMPLETE BAN.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

California Dems Fight to Let Illegal Alien Criminals Loose

This is what cultural suicide looks like.

Meanwhile, in October, the Police Chief for the City of Los Angeles, Charlie Beck, issued his own directive. His officers would no longer turn over to authorities hundreds of illegal aliens his officers arrest every year on low-level offenses. Normally, they would be turned over for deportation.

LA County joins Santa Clara and San Francisco County’s as Counties in California that limit their cooperation with ICE detainers. In 2011, the Sheriff of San Francisco County issued a directive that the office reserved the right to review each detainer on a case-by-case basis and refuse any it deems directed at a non-violent individual.

In Santa Clara County, that county passed legislation similar to that of Cook County, where almost all detainers were ignored. Those charged with serious crimes were supposed to have their detainers honored, but ICE was still forced to do a sweep in December 2011 to round up sixty-three individuals including a child molester, suspected murderer, and drug dealer.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Louisiana Sen. David Vitter calls Harry Reid an ‘idiot’ for ‘insulting’ Katrina victims

Finally, the GOP congressmen and senators are striking back at the Dems for their really stupid comments.  First Boehner says to go "f himself" and Louisisana Senator Vitter calls Senator Reid an idiot.

All I can say is it's about time they did this.  They have let the Left get away with all kinds of really outlandish accusations.  And do you know what will happen?  The Left will cower and stop the idiocy.
Louisiana Sen. David Vitter called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an “idiot” on Monday for saying the damage from Hurricane Katrina was “nothing in comparison” to Hurricane Sandy.

“Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents,” Vitter wrote on Twitter.
I would have appreciated it more if he had said it to his face.

Wikipedia Defies Need for Regulation

John Stossel talks with the founder of Wikipedia.
For some reason, the embedded video doesn't appear.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

United Van Lines Migration Study vs U-Haul Index

I thought this was interesting since several news sources have referred to it.  And at first glance it doesn't look too bad for CA.  Below is the map United Van Lines has on their website which shows which states have a high migration of people moving in, out or balanced -  where the numbers of people who are moving in and out are about the same.

From this map, CA looks to be balanced.  But... is it really?  

First of all the Unitd Van Lines study only looks at the traffic of THEIR trucks.  They don't inlcude Atlas or Mayflower, etc.  United is supposed to be the biggest, so we can assume that the other van lines probably track United to some degree.

Also, you have to ask yourself: who uses large van lines for moving?  The answer is: companies who hire highly compensated emmployees.  Are you an engineer?  A manager?  A firm executive?  Then companies will pony up the money to use a major mover. 

Are you a cook?  A hotel worker?  A hair dresser?  Then the answer is you are probably on your own.

And that is where the U-Haul index really comes in handy.  And it's easy to do.  Here's the original article that talks about it:

In each of the six city pairs, the one-way truck rental rates going to cities in the business-friendly states are much higher than the rental rates in the opposite direction, by a factor of about 2 to 1 on average. Since the equipment is exactly the same for a one-way rental in either direction (a 26-foot truck), and since the distance is exactly the same, we can assume that U-Haul dynamically prices its one-way rentals based largely on the relative demand for trucks in each direction. If there are about 360 people moving and renting one-way trucks from Detroit to Houston for every 100 people moving from Houston to Detroit, we could then explain a pricing differential of $2,215 for a truck from Detroit to Houston (high demand) that is about 3.6 times higher than the $617 to rent a truck going in the reverse direction (low demand). The other pricing differences in the chart would explain differences in relative demand for the other city pairs.

Therefore, the significant differences in U-Haul one-way truck rental rates complements the Forbes rankings, by suggesting an outmigration of trucks and people from the lowest ranked states, with those people and trucks heading towards the most business-friendly states. Fortunately, the American people and businesses can vote with their feet, and with their one-way truck rentals, and that is apparently what the U-Haul data show they are doing—moving away from places like Detroit and Providence with high unemployment and business-unfriendly environments, to cities like Fairfax, Fargo, and Houston that rank high for business climate in the Forbes study.
So, where are we now?  This article published in November shows the following information for Uhaul trucks used between San Francisco, CA and San Antonio, TX:
One of the best indicators of a state’s economic health, according to John Merline, writing in Investor’s Business Daily, is the “U-Haul Index” (first publicized by economist Mark Perry) to see what people are paying to move into, or out of, the state. Renting a 20-foot truck one way from San Francisco to San Antonio, Texas, for example, costs $1,693. Going in the other direction, however, costs only $983 for the same truck.
This gives a ratio of 1.72.  In other words, it's 1.72 times as expensive to rent a UHaul truck going SF to SA than the other way.

I did a quick check on UHaul's website. Things haven't changed much.  From the screen snapshots you can see it is still by far more expensive to rent a Uhaul OUT of CA than the other way.  The 20 foot trucks are way at the bottom of the snapshot:

The price for escaping CA got a bit more expensive.  But this might be just the local cost of renting is higher.  So we'll say for now that nothing's really changed.

There is no doubt that although there is a balanced flux of higher income people coming and going, those who earn less and must foot the moving bill themselves are exiting CA faster than entering.  What this says is that the upward mobility from lower incomes to higher incomes in CA has essentially STOPPED.  It says that people have discovered that the only way they will be able to get ahead is to just move out and take their chances somewhere else.  Who can blame them?