Saturday, June 29, 2013

Will Coggin: Egg bill would scramble farmers, consumers

This guy is saying what I've been saying.  The result of national guidelines will only make eggs more expensive.  It doesn't solve the problem.  It only complicates it more.  It's best to let CA sort it out.

Fundamentally, the bill is a federal power grab driven by anti-farmer elements. Presently, farmers and veterinarians are given flexibility to determine the safest and most humane way to house hens. This bill would take a common tool away from the professionals and stick the federal government into every hen house.

Creating federal regulations would allow the special interest animal liberation lobby an easy opportunity to badger egg farmers in the future. Imagine if farmers invest hundreds of millions of dollars into new hen houses, only to have animal rights activists tweak standards and bring the investments crumbling down.


Make no mistake: The animal liberation activists at the Humane Society of the United States and other groups aren’t looking out for egg farmers, or any other livestock farmers. They don’t want animals used for food. The food policy director of the Humane Society of the United States has compared farms to Nazi concentration camps. HSUS, which is not affiliated with any local humane societies or pet shelters, is run by PETA-type radicals who want to get rid of meat, eggs, and dairy.

The problem won’t be solved by federal egg regulations, which would only serve this incremental animal rights agenda. The solution is to have Californians reverse the law and consequences of listening to yet another wacky activist group.

Unfortunately, he's for the Federal bill that would prevent CA from forcing out of state farmers from having to comply with Proposition 8.

I think CA ought to suffer for their own stupidity.

U-Haul Index for July, 2013

I let time slip and I forgot to look into what the rates were for June.  But here they are for July.  It was a little tricky since July 4th is so close to the beginning of the month.  So I picked July 9.

The good news is the numbers are looking better.  The price for moving from San Antonio to San Francisco or Fresno has not changed: $862, $576 respectively.  But the price moving from SF or Fresno has gone down.  This is good news. It either means things are improving...or there is not much left that is moving.


Fresno ===> San Antonio   $1728      San Antonio ===>  Fresno  $576 Index: 3.0

San Francisco ===> San Antonio  $1395  San Antonio ===>  San Francisco    $862   Index: 1.618

I'm assuming this is good news.  Otherwise it could mean there are more trailers being diverted from other places to CA cities for use.

Friday, June 28, 2013

California schools are turning into government indoctrination centers

This is nothing more that State sponsored propaganda.
Disturbing comparisons with using children and government education facilities to deliver "government-preferred messaging" in the past and in other societies today instantly spring to mind. And so do the questions.

If the parents disagree with Obamacare and their children's message will the children then be compelled to report them to the "field monitors...assigned to grantees to verify their progress"?

What if a parent hangs up on an intrusive government caller or worse not so politely, or even politely, argues with the "outreach" drone?" Can parents protest the "use of students to push government-preferred messaging"? If so, will the parentsr be compelled to attend parent-school meetings and labelled unfit and abusive?

And what will happen to the students if they mock their assignment of "educating adults they already know", or educate their trainers on the perils of Obamacare, or refuse "to be trained as messengers" or even just don't do their "homework" as students are wont to do? What if kids fail at "educating adults they already know"? All of these outcomes happen every day in homes and schools across America over minor issues. Will the students be shamed and punished by teachers and/or the school administration for their failure to do the assignment? Will the other kids make fun of them?
God forbid the teachers teach math, history or since.   They're way too busy teaching more important subjects!

California enterprise zones face elimination after Assembly vote

The solution is a little hard to follow.  Obviously, pro-enterprise zone people are not thrilled.
"It's a significant change from what we have already, so it is a loss to Long Beach," said Tom Modica, the city's director of government affairs.

The governor's plan is intended to aid manufacturers and biotech firms, but Cambrian Homecare president Rhiannon Acree said hiring credits under the outgoing program have been a boon to the service industry as hiring credits helped her Long Beach-based company manage insurance costs and charges to customers.

She was not happy to hear the bill passed.

"It's just another added nail in the coffin of doing business in California, isn't it? Especially in Long Beach. Long Beach needs all the help it can get," she said.

California vs Texas on Solar Power (Infographic)

A pretty good infographic showing TX lagging way behind CA in solar power installations.  As much as I like wind and solar power, the one point in the infographic that really matters is COST.

"Round 6" shows Texas ranked 32nd in cost of electricity.  California is the 9th highest.  Would I trade lower energy costs for more solar power?  NO!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Jeff Olson, California Man, Faces 13 Years In Jail For Writing Anti-Big Bank Messages In Chalk

Wow.  OK.  I can see going after him for damages. But 13 years in the slammer??
The San Diego Reader reported Tuesday that a judge had decided to prohibit Olson's attorney from "mentioning the First Amendment, free speech, free expression, public forum, expressive conduct, or political speech during the trial."

With that ruling, Olson must now stand trial on 13 counts of vandalism, charges that together carry a potential 13-year jail sentence and fines of up to $13,000.

"Oh my gosh," Olson said on his way out of court on Tuesday. "I can't believe this is happening."  

Bankruptcy threat recedes as Atwater, California, approves budget

It's hard to tell if this is the just a stop-gap solution or a real solution.  Hopefully, the tough times are really behind them.  All because of out of control pensions.
Since it declared a fiscal emergency last October, the city of 28,000 was seen at risk of following Stockton, another city in California's Central Valley, into bankruptcy court. To keep its budget balanced, Atwater had cut 40 percent of its workforce over the past five years.

Atwater's new $12 million general fund budget approved late on Monday relies on revenue from a sales-tax hike and increased water, waste and garbage service rates, and will fund about 80 positions.

Revenue is expected to remain tight. The Central Valley was hit particularly hard by California's housing market crash and is lagging the state's coastal regions in job growth.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Economic growth: Texas, California and revisions

Another comparison of state growth between CA and TX.  CA, not so hot compared to TX.
It will be highly instructive in the coming quarters to see if California can continue to exceed the national growth rate, especially after California voters approved a big tax increase last November which made California’s income tax the highest in the nation.

Texas, on the other hand, looks set to enact a modest tax cut.

The public policy contrast between the two largest states couldn’t be clearer.

Time (and revisions) will tell which model works best for the people in each state.

The End of A Giant Solar Project in California

Sounds like this project was followed by trouble from the beginning.
K Road Power told the California Energy Commission in a letter that it no longer wanted to pursue the project “due to changed market conditions.”

The decision ended a torturous journey for a solar project that languished for some time before it lined up some development money and gained the energy commission’s approval in 2010. Its previous owner sold Calico to K Road shortly after. The Southern California Edison had signed a contract in 2005 to buy the electricity from Calico, but it canceled that contract just days before K Road announced it had bought Calico.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Fixing California: San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed

UT San Diego must have a series of articles called Fixing California.  The San Jose mayor is desperately trying to address soaring pension costs and underfunded liabilities, it seems.  But, wow. The increases are amazing.

But what are you to do?

We’ve said, based on what we can do legally, we can make them pay more. We’ve always been told you can lay people off, you can cut their pay, and you make them pay more. So we did cut the pay — 10 percent pay cuts everybody took. We did layoffs. And now we’re down to making them pay more. But what we did that’s probably more interesting is we recognize an additional 16 percent is a heavy burden for employees, all of them, and very difficult for some of them. So we’re giving them an option to choose a lower cost set of benefits — still a defined-benefit plan, just at lower accrual rates, lower cost-of-living adjustments and later retirement ages. If they choose that then they don’t have to worry about paying the extra 16 percent.


Wow.  No holds barred.
The reckless fashion in which the California Public Employment Retirement System has been operating for the better part of the past decade has created a fiscal nightmare that’s only going to get worse. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association projects that 14 of the county’s 17 CalPERS cities — San Diego operates its own system — will be hit with higher pension payments in the coming year. Steeper hikes are expected in 2015 and beyond. Last April, to make up for unfunded liabilities of nearly $200 billion, the CalPERS board voted to up the amount it charges local governments by as much as 50 percent over seven years, beginning in 2015.

Minnesota’s economy ties California for fifth fastest growth

North Dakota is first.  Texas second.
More good news. Minnesota is in a tie with California for the fifth fastest growing state economy in the nation. Minnesota and California gross domestic product (GDP) is growing at a 3.5 percent clip.

California climbing shipbuilding ladder

Let's hope this keeps up.  These are good paying jobs.
The U.S. Maritime Administration says that private shipbuilding and repair employed 107,240 people nationally in 2011, producing $7.9 billion in labor income and $9.8 billion in gross domestic product. There were 8,100 workers in California, more than half of whom worked at San Diego's three main yards. NASSCO had 3,000 workers, BAE San Diego Ship Repair had about 1,360 and Continental Maritime had 200.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire Theatrical Trailer

Looks really, really cool.

El Dorado County Sheriff Strips Forest Service Of State-Law Enforcement Power

We need more of this.
The El Dorado County Sheriff says he’s not happy with the U.S. Forest Service, so he’s stripping them of their authority by keeping them from enforcing state law within the county.

Sheriff John D’Agostini is taking the unusual step of pulling the police powers from the federal agency because he says he has received “numerous, numerous complaints.”

Feds May Close Forests Near Fresno.

This tightfisted control by the Federal Government has to stop.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking to close 2-million acres of forest to protect a toad and frog habitat.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Federal nullification efforts mounting in states

Let's say, for instance, a state made 6 year old prostitution legal, that would be one thing.  But for more and more everyday acts, we are becoming criminals in the eyes of the Federal Government.  In the meantime, the Federal Government ignores heinous crimes against the people.  A good example of this is the New Black Panther guarding of the polling place initmidating people from voting.  Even though there is video available showing then doing this, the Justice Department tabled the entire investigation.

Additional to this, the Federal Government, under the guise of intense regulation is impoverishing states like West Virginia. Through their onerous regulations they have accelerated the shut down of numerous coal powered plants, throwing not only hundreds of utility workers out of work but hundreds and hundreds of coal miners out of work.  West Virginia was already known for its poverty.  Why the HELL would the Federal Government make things go from bad to worse?

A normal, compassionate man or woman would not do this.  But...the Federal Government has NEVER been about compassion. If any compassion results, it's all by accident.

It is because of the state killing regulations and what can only be labeled Lawless Acts, the states have finally had it.  Especially, when it comes to the open season on basic, fundamental Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.  The states are saying enough is enough.

Surely, you knew it would come to this?  Think about it.  A rampant and renegade Federal Government is piling more and more regulations on top of businesses and people.  How is it possible to keep up with it all?  There comes a point when, even if the states would not consciously  disobey the federal laws through laws of their own, that you just can't keep up with it... and you just tune out.

An Associated Press analysis found that about four-fifths of the states now have enacted local laws that directly reject or ignore federal laws on marijuana use, gun control, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver's licenses. The recent trend began in Democratic leaning California with a 1996 medical marijuana law and has proliferated lately in Republican strongholds like Kansas, where Gov. Sam Brownback this spring became the first to sign a measure threatening felony charges against federal agents who enforce certain firearms laws in his state.

The forgotten man of the minimum-wage debate

A great way to ensure poverty. Something the US seems to be get better and better at.
David Houston, who co-owns the Barney’s Beanery bar and restaurant chain in Los Angeles, explains that raising California’s minimum wage to $9.25 “would just squeeze the heck out of us” and that “it would effectively absorb about half of my profits.”

Melvin Sickler, a businessman who “went all in financially” to start his first Auntie Anne’s pretzel franchise, estimates that raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour could swallow nearly 60% of an average location’s income.

Should these businessmen cut employee hours, cancel plans for growth and expansion, or absorb the blow themselves?

The debate over raising the minimum wage is in part a debate over whether entrepreneurs should be forced to shoulder even greater burdens. By not seriously considering what the minimum wage demands from such business people, we are treating them not as human beings with rights, but as pack animals that must obediently carry whatever additional weight is piled on their backs. Their judgment, their career dreams, their lives — why don’t these matter?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

As sales slow, Utah’s Skullcandy retrenches

That's an easy decision to cut costs.
Park City-based audio accessories manufacturer Skullcandy announced Tuesday it is closing its San Clemente, Calif., office and restructuring its management team amid slowing sales and a fading stock.

The company, which produces headphones for mobile devices and also sells active apparel, said it is moving its marketing, creative and business development and legal departments to its Park City headquarters from California, as well as certain sales and international personnel, according to a statement

Cage-fight: Rep scrambles to stop California from imposing its egg laws on other states

I've been following this for quite some time now.  Looks like Pure Democracy, otherwise known as "Mob Rule" has done it again.
King said he feels for California farmers who say they will suffer from his amendment, but believes the solution is to change the law in California.

"It was a mistake for California to do what it did," King said. "I'm sorry that that's the case. But we can't impose that mistake on the rest of America."

While the Humane Society is typically no friend of farmers, now they are working hand in hand with the egg lobby to pass a different bill, one which would standardize the size of hen cages nationwide. It's a concession for egg producers who believe a national standard could pre-empt one state from telling another how to raise its farm animals.
I say, don't do anything.  Let this thing play out.  Let California pay for it's stupidity.  Let the rest of the nation see what Mob Rule can do to you. Whatever you do, don't make the rest of us pay.

And guess wht will happen when the Federal Government starts to regulate the size of cages?  CA animal whacko lovers will say the size isn't big enough and will sue the Feds.  And who know how much that will cost.

CA schools flunking Obamacare preparation

What. A. Mess.  There is nothing affordable about this.  What's interesting is some schools bordering Mexico offer Mexico Insurance.  It's cheaper.  But under O'bamacare, it's TOAST.
Another concern is alternative insurance. “We have a different system since being so close to the border” with Mexico, Wells said. “We are able to offer a number of employees coverage through Mexico’s health insurance. Which many employees prefer since it is much cheaper. I’ve had individuals come into my office in tears, saying it is the first time they were able to include their children on their insurance. I’ve been told that offering Mexico’s health care insurance does not qualify as care to the IRS,” which will be administrating major parts of Obamacare. “Every region is different and cannot all be treated the same.”

Kuhn added, “It is hard to say how the ACA implementation could play across the broader economy and affect health premiums, which could in turn affect large employers such as schools.”

“How employers, employees and the government are going to effectively monitor or track this monstrosity is beyond me,” Wells warned. “I have a feeling that, no matter what we do, we will eventually get penalized for something, because implementing this is just too complex and we won’t even know when we are violating provisions of the law.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


Yep.  That's the end result of plastic bag bans.  Plus they have voted to fill the pockets of giant grocery store chains by "forcing" them (wink! wink!) to charge people for paper sacks.  Boy, I bet environmentalists had to really twist their arms on that!

And who is going to pick up the tab on those who will be tossed out of their jobs by this ban?  YOU ARE!  and me!

Just wait for the first lawsuit against the city and the grocery store when someone dies of contamination.

Here's the article that this post is referencing:
The council voted 11-1 in support of the ban, with Councilman Bernard Parks casting the lone dissenting vote. Since it failed to receive the 12 votes needed to be passed outright, the ordinance will require a second vote next week.

Customers would be required to provide their own re-usable bags when they visit stores, or pay 10 cents each for paper bags.

Proponents said a plastic bag ban would lead to cleaner beaches, storm drains, rivers and other public spaces that tend to become the final resting places for the non-biodegradable bags. Representatives for plastics companies countered that it would cost jobs, while other opponents contend that reusable bags are prone to germs and could pose a health risk.

The city would hand out 1 million reusable bags in low-income areas, and WIC recipients, mothers who receive assistance to purchase food, would be exempted from the ban.

Officials said the city spends $2 million a year to clean up plastic bag litter, and the implementation of a ban would result in the loss of 15 jobs at companies within the city.
Firstly, I'd have to see the raw numbers on how much they spend to clean up "plastic bags"  I suspect either the numbers are made up or they are lumping other trash in there.

Secondly, if they are collecting so many bags, surely they recycle them, right?  I doubt it.

Thirdly, passing around reusable plastic bags to the "poor" is just setting them up for the fall.  We know reusable bags cause the spread of disease and make people sick.  Why would the city want to do this?

Fourthly, its' time for the collection of poverty caused by plastic bag bans.  I want to see the numbers of people thrown out of work and on food stamps and unemployment benefits  because of plastic bag bans.

Fifthly, I find it disgusting that they want to keep paper sacks.  You realize that this is what Leftists do, right?  They take 21st technology and toss it.  Paper sacks are INFERIOR grocery carriers.  They SUCK!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Elbert Guillory - Why I am a Republican Free At Last in Louisiana

It has been a puzzle how Republicans have been branded the racists when we know from history that the Democrats have been the real racists.  It is heartening to hear Senator Guillory's words.  This is really worth the watch.

Neighbors organize ‘Glock Block’ after increase in crime

This is what Oakland needs to do.
Fliers posted around the neighborhood read, 'This is a Glock Block, We don't call 911.'

While most of the crime has involved incidents of petty theft and vandalism, residents still say they have had enough.

The group says they practice responsible use of weapons.

California's Cap-and-Tax Grab

Wow, environmentalists!  You're surprised!  Why? You mean Cap n Trade revenues are NOT going to  green projects?  Why does that surprise you?

Government never is what is says it is.  It is always the opposite.

So what can you expect?

Well, some of the money will go toward green projects on a case-by-case basis.  But at some point, as businesses leave the state because they are sick of the taxes and regulations YOU imposed on them, the revenues will dry up.

And where will CA find itself?

Well, that's easy.  It will find itself impoverished and with an inadequate power system to supply the people with electricity.

We call that a third world.

California expects to generate $500 million this year from auctioning off permits to emit carbon, and between $2 billion and $14 billion annually by 2015. This rich new vein of revenues was supposed to flow to green programs (e.g., solar subsidies), but Governor Jerry Brown cut a deal with Democrats in the legislature to seize this year's proceeds to finance more generous welfare and Medicaid benefits. Environmentalists are suddenly stunned to discover that they're not exempt from Sacramento's generally accepted accounting principle of raiding internal accounts to backfill the budget.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Southern California Dwellings from 1979-81

Cool photos from a time gone by.  I love the cars!

When Tim Bradley moved to California from the midwest in the 70s, he found the state amusing. One aspect he found comical was the architecture of living spaces in Southern California. In the most populated region of the United States, the Los Angeles area has many unique buildings spread across its natural desert landscape. Bradley picked up his camera and went to work.

Runaway Slave Movie

Wow.  I don't know how it is I keep missing this stuff.  C. L. Bryant, a former leader in the NAACP has come out with this video and his rediscovering of the Constitution and the freedoms in it.

The movie appears to address why blacks suddenly made a turn to the Democratic Party.  Something I've never been able to understand.

This came out before the reelection of O'bama.  I guess it didn't make a difference.  What a shame.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Manager of the 'City That Outsourced Everything' Says Privatization Can Help Michigan

This is the way is used to be.  Looks like we may be headed this way again.
When Sandy Springs, Ga., became the "city that outsourced everything" in 2005, it did it out of necessity.

Today, the town of about 100,000 residents has great roads, a state of the art traffic system, award-winning parks, and has funded major capital improvements every year without once raising taxes. 
Here is the link to a video where Oliver Porter who was the interim City Manager of Sandy Springs when it became a city, speaks before the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. This video is really worth the watching.

Friday, June 14, 2013

California regs throw kinks into traditional equipment cycles

The end result?  Higher transportation costs for everything.
Many owner-operators have planned on retrofitting as a solution, only to be disappointed that the condition of their equipment made it infeasible. For that reason, Sturdevant said, his company declines 70 percent of customer requests for retrofits.

When it comes time to sell an older truck that is non-compliant or about to become non-compliant, the value has plunged, further jarring the business model for owner-operators and small fleets, said Tennies.

“There’s one or two a week I hear of in my area of California who can’t face the regulations,” and leave the business, he said. Often they don’t know their options or truck values, and can’t get financing.

The new regs add thirty per cent to the cost of a new rig.  Way to go, CA.

Anticipating the end

Strawberry farmers are being regulated to death. I don't know the answer to this.  But CA has a way of making things worse.
The proposed regulations essentially mean farmers can only treat a portion of their fields at a time, said Carolyn O’Donnell from the California Strawberry Commission.

“If farmers can’t treat the whole field, it will affect the yields,” O’Donnell said, adding that huge losses won’t happen right away, but over time. “Until the diseases really build up in the soil, you would see 70 to 80 percent [of yields the first year], the next year 30 to 40 percent, and then after three to four years, the plants will be dead.”

With farmers only making three to four cents on every dollar’s worth of berries sold to consumers, every piece of fruit counts. Lower yields could mean the difference between continuing to produce or going out of business, and the strawberry commission is in the process of looking for ways to prevent the latter.
In the end, we're looking at more expensive strawberries and less work for CA'ians.

California on the Brink: Pension Crisis About to Get Worse

Reality is hitting CA right between the eyes.
Government retiree costs to date have been improperly underreported nationwide to taxpayers, says Moody’s. New government rules in effect at the end of this month from the Governmental Accounting Standards Board seek to fix this problem, which could show California is worse off than expected. A growing number of Senators also now warn these pension costs could result in a taxpayer bailout of the states.
If they mean FEDERAL Government bailouts, FORGET IT!

Fox News Chairman Ailes awarded Bradley Prize

For some reason I don't think I will ever hear anyone in charge at CBS, NBC or ABC ever, EVER talk this way:
"Traditional American culture influenced me greatly as I created the Fox News Channel for Rupert Murdoch. We knew that a fair and balanced news channel could succeed, as long as no views were rejected and conservative views were allowed to be heard.

"The Fox News Channel just finished its 137th consecutive month in first place in cable news, almost 12 years. The top 13 programs in cable news are all on the Fox News Channel. One reason is: We cover news but we also cover stories we know others will not. Like the abortion doctor in Philadelphia, who was actually killing babies after they were born. We covered Benghazi when four Americans were killed, even though no other network would touch the story. It’s an important story because it involves two hundred years of our military ethos, which is: If we ask you to go out in the middle of the night and risk your life for America, we promise that we will backstop you. And, try to get you out if it is humanly possible. In Benghazi we did not do that.
What a great speech.  Great man.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Daniel Ellsberg "I Think They Have Everything And That Is The Recipe For A...

...potential tyranny in this country.

Yes, Ellsberg said it.

California Energy Storage Plan May Require 3 Billion Investment

Which is it? $! billion or $3 Billion??
California’s utilities are required to provide by 2020 a third of their power from renewable sources like wind and sunlight that can’t generate electricity constantly. Systems that retain some of the energy will make it easier to integrate intermittent technologies, said Praveen Kathpal, vice president of market and regulatory affairs at AES Corp.’s storage unit.

“This ruling recognizes that storage is going to be a valuable component of California’s supply mix,” Kathpal said in a phone interview yesterday. He estimated that 1,325 megawatts of storage may require about $1 billion to $3 billion in investment.
Probably 6 billion...

Dan Walters: Is California's new budget balanced? Not really

Dan Walters brings some reality to the budget situation in CA:

The obligations being ignored include the California State Teachers' Retirement System's declaration that it needs $4.5 billion more per year to maintain solvency, and more than $50 billion in unfunded liabilities for state retiree health care.

Both of those debts – that's what they truly are – are growing by millions of dollars each day, as is the $10 billion that the state has borrowed from the federal government to prop up its insolvent Unemployment Insurance Fund.

A big chunk of the temporary tax increase is going to schools, as required by the state constitution. Some repays debts owed to the schools and some finances the governor's overhaul of how state aid is distributed, giving more to districts with large numbers of poor and/or English-learner students.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

17 Incredible Photos From the Dawn of California's Electrical Age

Cool photos of a simpler time in CA.   Here's one of them:

Visit the website to see the others.
At Huntington Library's sprawling Edison Archives, 70,000 photos of LA’s so-called “electrical age” tell the story of how electricity—aka "white gold"—made the city what it is. And thanks to a new digital exhibit called Form and Landscape (part of the ongoing Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in LA program), a group of historians and curators have parsed the most fascinating for us.

Uncovered California

The O'bama presidency is turning into an unmitigated disaster.
Covered California put out a misleading press release saying that the proposed rates on the exchange would not be much higher than existing rates. The problem was that officials were comparing the rates in the exchange only to rates in the small-employer market. Critics of Obamacare rightfully pounced, pointing out that the proper comparison was between the exchange and California’s current individual market. Avik Roy, who did the most extensive analysis of costs, found that rates were likely to rise for almost everyone who participates on the California exchange. Faced with rising insurance costs, it’s logical to expect that many younger and healthier California residents will choose to pay the cheaper Obamacare fine.
And still the vast number of people who voted for O'bama are ok with this. This is insanity.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

California enterprise zones face uncertain future

This is the paragraph that proves CA doesn't have a clue:
"In its current form, it fails to encourage the creation of new jobs and instead rewards moving jobs from one place to another within the state, according to unbiased economic research. This, along with California's persistently high unemployment rate, argues for changes to encourage economic development and increase the number of jobs in California," reads an official summary of Brown's plan.
So... the companies moved from a HIGH TAX AREA to a LOW TAX AREA.

What does that say about CA?

Supreme Court orders new hearing for California raisin farmers

I can't believe the farmers put up with this for so long!

Because a bumper crop can lead to a sharp drop in the price, the raisin board seeks to keep part of the crop off the market. The board, which is made up of growers and handlers, decides each year on how much should be set aside in the “reserve pool” of raisins.

The Hornes have grown raisins in the Central Valley since 1969, and they were disgruntled with the raisin marketing orders. They have been “a complete failure for growers, handlers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We will not relinquish ownership of our crop,” they said.

They tried several steps to get around the marketing order, but a USDA administrator brought an enforcement action against them in 2004. It resulted in them being hit with fines and assessments of nearly $600,000 for evading the marketing orders.

They went to federal court to challenge the fines and the marketing orders, and they argued the government was unconstitutionally taking their private property. The 5th Amendment says “private property (shall not) be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

They lost before a federal judge, and last year, the 9th Circuit Court ruled they first should have taken their claim to a federal claims court to seek a refund.

Monday, June 10, 2013

California man loses 250 pounds on 99 cent diet plan

First there was the Twinkie Diet.

Then there was the Starbucks Diet.

Now there is the 99 Cent Diet Plan.
Once Aviance started exercising and shopping at the 99 Cents Only Store for groceries, the weight started dropping.

Eighteen months later, he had lost 250 pounds and is now feeling fantastic and spreading the word of his diet success.

U S Literacy Plunges..Lowest In California, Mass Population Transfer Blamed: Full Disclosure Network(R)

I haven't watched the video yet.  But if this is right, we can expect more of this and more on a nationwide basis.
Alexiev maintains population transfers from non-English speaking countries are a threat to the two-party system in the United States. Also featured in the video is former U.C. Regent Stanley Sheinbaum who appeared in a 2010 interview on Full Disclosure Network(R) discussing the importance of election and campaign coverage by independent media saying that "if our voting system is to work properly, the voters have to be informed and educated so they know how to vote." Alexiev fears that additional amnesty programs will generate more mass population transfers, granting citizenship to people who do not read or write in their own language.

And so it goes.  Just like in CA, Leftists run rampant with their agenda, poor illiterate newly minted American Citizens who know no better vote more of them into office.  And the cycle repeats until the whole thing implodes.

We've been there.  We've seen that.

Diesel Cars Catching Hold in California

It's about time.  I love my diesel New Beetle.  In the city I can easily get 35 miles per gallon.  I step on the accelerator and it takes off immediately.  I just wish VW put as much thought in the interior as they did in the motor.  This thing wasn't designed for climates like Houston.
Despite Californians having a penchant for being green, Sammut says the biggest draw for buyers is the engines that can last up to a million miles. Some get 40 highway miles per gallon.

Diesels are the biggest seller at Hammer Lane Volkswagen. The VW Passat was awarded Motor Trend’s car of the year largely on the strength of it’s advanced diesel engine.

While hybrids still catch the attention of green car buyers, diesel proponents say hybrid car batteries eventually must be replaced and can be a major pollutant.
The thing about only water vapor and nitrogen being the only thing coming out of the tail pipe diesn't really sound right.  What happened to the carbon dioxide??

Sunday, June 9, 2013


This article is very, very saddening.  We know what must be done: Elect people into power to do the right thing.

But there is another way.  But it is the hard way.  The very hardest of ways. It is how you deal with a drug addict.

You let him go.

Let the drug addict hit bottom.  Then he will look up and see what he has done to himself, pick himself up and vow he will be a better person.

We have a God who demands justice.   But we also have a God who is compassionate and whose heart melts when He sees true contriteness.

He is the God of  Second Chances.  And when we seek Him and ask for forgiveness He will grant it.

As an academic, I'm just an amateur capitalist. Still, over the past 15 years I've started small ventures in both the U.S. and the U.K. In the process I've learned something surprising: It's much easier to do in the U.K. There seemed to be much more regulation in the U.S., not least the headache of sorting out health insurance for my few employees. And there were certainly more billable hours from lawyers.


The decline of American institutions is no secret. Yet it is one of those strange "unknown knowns" that is well documented but largely ignored. Each year, the World Economic Forum publishes its Global Competitiveness Index. Since it introduced its current methodology in 2004, the U.S. score has declined by 6%. (In the same period China's score has improved by 12%.) An important component of the index is provided by 22 different measures of institutional quality, based on the WEF's Executive Opinion Survey. Typical questions are "How would you characterize corporate governance by investors and boards of directors in your country?" and "In your country, how common is diversion of public funds to companies, individuals, or groups due to corruption?" The startling thing about this exercise is how poorly the U.S. fares.

Claim: California air pollution causes birth defects

Wow!  That's terrible!  These guys were actually able to show CA's pollution is killing children!
Or....did they?  If you read one, studies of this kind tend not to be helpful is finding causality.  If anything, all they do is muck up the waters, or maybe a better metaphor would be that they don't clear the haze, they create more smoke:

We aimed to investigate whether ambient air pollutant and traffic exposures in early gestation contribute to the risk of selected congenital anomalies in the San Joaquin Valley of California, 1997–2006. Seven exposures and 5 outcomes were included for a total of 35 investigated associations. We observed increased odds of neural tube defects when comparing the highest with the lowest quartile of exposure for several pollutants after adjusting for maternal race/ethnicity, education, and multivitamin use.
Well first of all, seven exposures and 5 outcomes appear to me to be quite meaningless.  But I guess statisticians roll that way. brings up a problem with studies such as this.  They call it the multiple comparison fallacy.   The links they provide are a little high-brow for me, so I did a little research to find something in more layman's terms:

The name "multiple comparisons fallacy" appears to come from the science of epidemiology, where comparisons may be made between a diseased group and a healthy group in order to find a difference between the two that might point to the cause of an epidemic. For instance, if every member of the diseased group drank from a particular well and no member of the healthy group did so, that would suggest that the pathogen might be present in the well water. In order to find the source of an epidemic, multiple comparisons between the groups may be drawn.

The author goes on to give a really good example of this: A study done to show correlation between high voltage lines and leukemia. The study showed a very strong correlation between the two.  But the author goes on:
In inductive reasoning, there is always some chance that the conclusion will be false even if the evidence is true. In other words, the connection between the premisses and conclusion is never 100%―that's only for deductive reasoning. So, the question arises: what level of probability―called a "confidence level"―are we willing to accept in our reasoning? In scientific contexts, the confidence level is usually set at 95%.

The author makes this comparion thst I think points to the real problem with the CA study:
The multiple comparisons fallacy is occasionally referred to as "the Texas sharpshooter's fallacy", but I use this name for a different type of mistake. The anecdote that gives rise to the name is that a Texan shoots randomly at the side of a barn, then draws a bullseye around a cluster of bullet holes and claims to be a sharpshooter. This story fits the mistake of jumping to the conclusion that a random cluster of data must be causally related better than it does the multiple comparisons fallacy. A better anecdote for the latter would be a shooter who first draws the bullseye, then randomly shoots twenty times at the barn. Having made one bullseye, the shooter then proceeds to conceal the nineteen misses and claims to be a sharpshooter.  

So...was it chance?  Or was it REAL? One thing we do know, with reference to the electrical line/cancer relationship:
During the last 20 years, multiple studies have been published reviewing the effect of high-power voltage lines on human health. Among the most recent was a study from England of more than 83,000 workers in the electricity industry. Researchers found no increase in brain cancer or overall death rate when compared with those who did not work around electromagnetic fields. A study in 2012 from Italy compared exposure to high voltage lines among children with birth defects and normal children. They found no increased exposure among the kids with birth defects. Reports from major research centers in at least nine countries have come to similar conclusions:

    There is no compelling evidence of any health hazard from power lines.

    If power lines have any effect on human health, it is small.

    Research should continue to look for even a small effect on health.

These results are reassuring, although they cannot completely declare power lines risk-free. In fact, in another study (published in June 2005), children living within 600 meters of a power line had higher rates of leukemia than those living farther away. However, based on limitations of this type of research (including the fact that electromagnetic fields were not actually measured in the homes of these children), the authors of this study were not convinced that power lines truly caused a higher than expected rate of childhood leukemia.
I did some more research into more of these studies.  Here are a few:

Urban Air Pollution Linked to Birth Defects for First Time; UCLA Research Links Two Pollutants to Increased Risk of Heart Defects

Exposure to two common air pollutants may increase the chance that a pregnant woman will give birth to a child with certain heart defects, according to a UCLA study that provides the first compelling evidence that air pollution may play a role in causing some birth defects.

Pregnant Los Angeles-area women living in regions with higher levels of ozone and carbon monoxide pollution were as much as three times as likely to give birth to children who suffered from serious heart defects, according to a study published in the Jan. 1 edition of the American Journal of Epidemiology.
And another:

Ambient Air Pollution and Risk of Birth Defects in Southern California
Similarly, risks for aortic artery and valve defects, pulmonary artery and valve anomalies, and conotruncal defects increased with second-month ozone exposure. The study was inconclusive for other air pollutants.

Air Pollutants and Our Health
Air pollution can harm lung development in children, can help cause early childhood asthma, and can produce a range of respiratory symptoms in children and adults. Higher air pollution levels have also been associated with a higher incidence of heart problems, including heart attacks, and toxic air pollutants can cause non-cancer health effects, and can increase the risk of developing cancer.
Aortic valve defects, pulmonary artery and valve anomalies, lung development harmed, asthma in children, cancer, neural tube defects such as anencephaly, encephalocele, and spina bifida and the list just seems to go and on and on!!

So, in essence, there isn't anything pollution doesn't cause.  In my book, if something is shown to cause causes...nothing.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

California Crushed by ObamaCare?

Wow, what a surprise...

You can't see the video that is embedded here.  But follow the link and watch.

Oil industry: BLM prevents job creation in Calif.

All in the name of "sequester".  The true stupidity of the situation?  Sequester NEVER DID CUT THE BUDGET.  All it did was cut the GROWTH.  So it is amazing that all of a sudden, existing government services are curtailed?  How is that possible when the government doesn't have less?  It still has more.
Leading oil industry groups said Thursday federal land managers are blocking new energy development and job creation by postponing all oil and gas lease auctions on prime public lands in California until October.

Officials with the American Petroleum Institute, the largest lobbying group for the oil and gas industry, said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's recent announcement that it will temporarily put off energy leasing in the state will prevent economic growth.

"We now know that California holds a vast amount of oil and natural gas resources, especially in the Monterey Shale located in the central part of the state," John Felmy, the chief economist said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. "Unfortunately, current federal policy continues to prevent our nation from taking full advantage of this opportunity."

Shoot The PRISM-Gate Messenger: Obama To Launch Criminal Probe Into NSA Leaks

This is really disgusting and I think Zero Hedge sums it up perfectly:
Suddenly embroiled in too many scandals to even list, and humiliated by a publicly-exposed (because everyone knew about the NSA superspy ambitions before, but with one major difference: it was a conspiracy theory.... now it is a conspiracy fact) surveillance scandal that makes Tricky Dick look like an amateur, earlier today, as expected, Obama came out and publicly declared "I am not a hacker" and mumbled something about "security", "privacy" and "inconvenience."

Yet the PRISM-gate scandal which is sure to only get worse with time as Americans slowly realize they are living in a Orwellian police state, meant Obama would have to do more to appease a public so furious even the NYT issued a scathing editorial lamenting the obliteration of Obama's credibility. Sure enough, the president did. Reuters reports that the first course of action by the US government will be to... shoot the messenger.
And in the case of the IRS scandals NOTHING will be done to those that 1)gave the orders and 2) "just followed orders" to profile conservatives seeking 501c4 status for their non-profit group.

To wrap it all up:  O'Bama and his Leftists are all for squelching our guaranteed and protected rights and prosecuting us...but God Forbid he go after those who did the squelching.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy 35th Birthday, Tax Revolt! Thanks For Destroying California.

Wow.  Letting people keep their money DESTROYED CA.   That's a rather amazing statement to make.
What else? Well, Prop. 13 makes tax increases all but impossible, which means California has been overtaken by a blizzard of one-off fees that technically aren't taxes and therefore can be imposed by a simple majority vote. Some of these fees are on newly built housing tracts, which means that new buyers might pay property tax rates as high as 2 percent while old-timers like me only pay 1 percent. The other fees are a confusing and inefficient patchwork of tiny surcharges on every undertaking imaginable, while still others fall on groups—like university students—who are least able to afford them. And whatever else you can say about property taxes, they tend to be fairly stable. California's overreliance on income and capital gains taxes in the aftermath of Prop. 13 has made its finances a roller coaster over the past 20 years.
One thing he neglects to mention is that those who are now buying their houses are paying a MUCH HIGHER property tax than he is,  unless Kevin bought his property at the heights of the housing boom in CA.  And if he did, that probably explains a lot of his incredible cynicism.

For sure, any government needs money from the producers.  But CA has gone way beyond what is expected of a state.  The whole purpose of this blog is to point out the wasteful, spendthrift stupidity of CA and their enormously idiotic waste of time on laws to control people and their actions.  For every law passed there is a COST. Leftists know this and just. don't care.  Because they can make the Little People pay and pay and pay.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

California Can Top New York as Nation’s Worst State

Great comparison of NY's and CA's race to the bottom.

Yes, choosing between New York and California as the best or worst state in terms of market-oriented public policy is like choosing between Minnesota and North Dakota when looking for the warmest winter. What really matters is the hope for change. Both states need significant reform, but New York is more likely to achieve it because its Democratic leaders face more political competition -- the Republican Party has at least some legislative power -- and they are less utopian in their efforts to boss everyone around.

Sadly, Democratic officials in California are energized by their newfound power after last year’s election and think that the state is a model for the rest of the nation. The budget rebound has convinced Governor Jerry Brown and legislators that California is on the right track and its only real problems -- notably an obstructionist Republican minority -- are history.  

The California Captivity of the Democratic Party

Here is an excerpt from the article Rush Limbaugh referenced and quoted:
Fifteen years ago, in the Atlantic Monthly, Christopher Caldwell wrote of “The Southern Captivity of the GOP,” and described how “the Republicans have narrowly defined ‘values’ as the folkways of one regional subculture, and have urged their imposition on the rest of the country.” How different the world looks today, when the regional subculture is that of the sun-dappled coast, and the folkways are progressive shibboleths such as amnesty and environmentalism and social liberalism. The Southern Democrats are long dead, the Midwestern and Rust Belt Democrats are dying, and the New England Puritan Democrats have ceded control of their party to the donors in the West. If President Obama and his party leadership have a problem with the California captivity of the Democratic Party, I cannot detect it. What they should not forget, though, is that California is known not only for its starlets and startups but also for its earthquakes.
...and mud slides and raging wildfires....

Oh, believe you me, this will ALL backfire.

Amnesty Made California a One-Party State

Rush may have a point.  But I am less worried about that than he is.  If the USA did become solid Democrat it would only hasten the demise of the train wreck that is eventually coming.  And it would spell the death of the Democratic Party.  They would NEVER recover from the results of their own hands.

But his description of what CA has become is stark.

Now, one of the reasons I want to tell you about this piece I read on California, I want to add to it, this Matthew Continetti piece. What happened to California? There is no Republican presence there at all. There is no opposition to the Democrat Party or the American left in California at all. Whatever the left wants, they get. And that state is exactly what this country's gonna become. And when did it happen? After amnesty in 1986. And that's why California's important because we're about to repeat history here. If we grant amnesty again -- back then it was only three million. If we grant amnesty to 11 to 12, 15, 20 million, whatever it is, this country could end up being California, and by that, I mean, totally run by the American left and the Democrat Party with no opposition that has a chance whatsoever. Which is exactly what California is.

To the outward appearance, California is a hedonist's delight. California, the great weather, the great attractions, you've got all of the great cities, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, all the way up and down the coast. You go inland, you have abject poverty, zero education, everybody in that state voting for Democrats because they are all dependent on the government to one extent or another. The government of California is in debt to the tune of $16 billion and no hope of ever getting out of it. And the people who run it love it that way, is the point. They don't care. They don't see it as a problem.

The liberals love to tell you how they care about the disadvantaged, the downtrodden, the hungry, the homeless, the thirsty. They lead the nation in all of that. Criminal activity sky-high in California, poverty sky-high, racially segregated state sky-high. If all you know of California is the coast, it's a beautiful place. But the point is, the liberals get to have it however they want it in that state, and they get to tell themselves that they're the beautiful people, and they get to tell themselves that they're the most compassionate, the most caring, and the most concerned, and they say, "Look at all the taxes we're paying to help with all the poverty," and yet it doesn't ever fix anything, but they end up getting richer and richer and richer and wealthier and wealthier and wealthier and more powerful, which is also fine, don't misunderstand. But there's no push-back. There's no opposition to it whatsoever.  

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Congress: Where Food Reforms Go To Die?

We can certainly hope so!  The continuing saga of making the rest of the country suffer due to CA's STUPIDITY.  This is an NPR article, so we can have some fun with it.  The article covers two issues.  We'll ignore the second issue:

Two seemingly common-sense, bipartisan food reforms have gotten mugged on Capitol Hill in recent days. If you're a loyal reader of The Salt, you've heard of them.

First, there's the proposal — backed by an odd-couple alliance of egg producers and animal-welfare activists — to set minimum standards for the housing of egg-laying chickens. Second, the Obama administration wants to change the way the United States provides food aid to people in foreign countries, buying more of that food close to where it's needed.
Common sense indeed!  Common sense left decades ago.

The Federal Government will LOSE trying to work around the mess caused by CA's idiotic Proposition 2.  After you morons passed Prop 2 everyone realized there would be no egg farmers left in CA.  They would either close up shop or move out of state.

So, CA, in its I.S. (short for Infinite Stupidity), passed a law saying ANY eggs sold in CA must comply to Prop 2.  I think CA is well within its rights to pass a law like matter how stupid.

In the meantime, CA officials are trying to convince the regulators in the Federal Government to regulate ALL CAGES throughout the country.

Thanks for nothing, CA!

WMAL EXCLUSIVE: 11-Yr-Old Suspended From School For Merely TALKING About Guns

Well, we're moving closer to my spoof on gun intolerance.  This article would be considered first degree. 

The father of a middle schooler in Calvert County, Md. says his 11-year-old son was suspended for 10 days for merely talking about guns on the bus ride home.

Bruce Henkelman of Huntingtown says his son, a sixth grader at Northern Middle School in Owings, was talking with friends about the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre when the bus driver hauled him back to school to be questioned by the principal, Darrel Prioleau.

"The principal told me that with what happened at Sandy Hook if you say the word 'gun' in my school you are going to get suspended for 10 days," Henkelman said in an interview with
Here's a reprint (or whatever you call it on the internet) of my spoof:

LOS ANGELES, Calif -- Jonah Simpson was suspended at Freemont High School last week for violating the new Three Degrees of Separation rule the LA School Board approved to thwart students who may be thinking of going on a killing spree, says Gail Wilkingston, FHS spokesperson.

"Master Simpson violated our litmus test that was put in place to 'head off at the pass', so to speak, people we feeel might be contemplating some spontaneous or even planned act of shooting at the school."

This new concept, which has not been tried anywhere, was an idea foreign to this reporter. When asked if Simpson was thinking of shooting any of the students, Ms Wilkingston replied, "No."

She went on to explain.

"With three degrees of separation, the student's thoughts should be as far from contemplating acts of violence as possible. So, to play it safe, we chose three degrees of separation. The student must not only not be thinking of shooting students, but he must not be thinking of someone else who is thinking of someone thinking of shooting a firearm."

Jonah Simpson, who just turned 18 and is a senior at Freemont High School was asked about this.

"Wow. Where do I start? I was in biology lab, talking with my lab partner as we were about to dissect a shark. I told him that my dad was at the grocery store the other day and was talking to the guy bagging groceries who told him how his neighbor was thinking of shooting the squirrel that got into his attic. The biology teacher overheard me. I saw him start mumbling to himself while his fingers counted one...two...three. He jerked his head up and looked at me and his face started turning red. He shouted to the other students 'Quick! Everyone! Except Jonah! Get behind me!'

Then he started yelling 'THREE DEGREES!! THREE DEGREES!'"

When asked what happened next, he said, "Mr. Trencher, the teacher, had everyone get under the desks behind him. He was really shaking while he dialed 911 to call the police.

Then, he called the Principal who announced over the PA system that the entire school was in lock down. There I was standing there the whole time completely confused as to what I had done."

When asked about the police response, Jonah said, "What could they do? There was no gun. There was no threat. There was nothing! So they left."

This reporter later talked some more with Ms Wilkingston about the inability of the police to take control of the situation. "Well, we realize this raises the whole issue of dealing with violence in the classroom to a new level. We are working with authorities as to how to deal with very serious threats such as this. We are also in communication with State Senator Pulaski about the pending legislation that criminalizes such behavior."

Mr. Trencher was asked about the ordeal. "Yeah, I was pretty scared. I don't think I've ever been in such a harrowing situation. It was almost as if I saw my life past before my eyes. But you just have to suck it up and deal with the situation. I had to put myself between Jonah and the other children. There wasn't time to think about myself."

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

California sues Whole Foods, Trader Joe's for selling tainted goods

Well, so much for "Organic" being safer and better for you.  But, honestly, Proposition 65?  Puh-lease.  I am more inclined to believe the idiots who brought the law suit have less of a case than Whole food and Trader Joe's.
The lawsuit accuses the retailers of failing to alert customers to the lead which is a violation of Proposition 65. The law requires businesses to warn consumers about harmful toxins in food, toys, jewelry and other products.

Here's another article that goes into more detail on the amount of lead in the ginger:
Hansen said any food exceeding the limit set by Proposition 65 poses a danger to children, who often are most vulnerable to the effects of lead exposure.

According to the World Health Organization, exposure to some compounds of lead can cause a host of diseases, including cancer, damage to the nervous and reproductive systems and the kidneys, high blood pressure and anemia. Lead exposure is particularly damaging to the developing brains of fetuses and young children, and to pregnant women.

However, Grimaldi says the lead levels set by the state are too low and don't take into account naturally occurring toxins that seep into the ground, where ginger grows.

"It's a root. You're going to naturally expect there to be chemicals," she said. "You can literally walk down the street and breathe more lead."
So, in essence, Prop 65 is protecting you from...nothing and the net effect is fewer choices for you.

California's Anti-Fracking Ideologues Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

Well, I certainly agree with that sentiment:
A cottage industry has emerged, manned by environmentalists, over the alleged horrid dangers of fracking, which now rests on top of the phalanx of global warming alarmists in California. Simply Google “California” and “fracking” and you can get a glimpse. Of course, facts are an optional accessory for the environmentalists and their Democrats in this fight. Evidence of ground water contamination from fracking is as scant as rationality in the California State Capitol, which continues to push budget-busting high-speed rail in the face of zero rider demand.

Still you must give credit to the anti-fracking Democrats for ideological purity. Regardless of the facts, they stick to their environmentalist agenda – and this is hardly the first time. They have already driven manufacturing out of California - literally over a million jobs – in the name of environmentalist Nirvana.

Unfortunately for the real world, they have sent those jobs and that manufacturing in many cases to places like high polluting China – and now their pollution is making it to California, not to mention other places around the world. It is, of course, ironic, and ideological, that California’s Global Warming Law is actually going to add carbon to the atmosphere because it continues to drive manufacturing to places like China. For the unemployed in California, however, it is a cruel irony slated to get worse.

The Press The Media

I TOLD YOU!  Back a few months ago.

Slowly, the Mainstream Media is learning that the O'Bama White House is NOT their friend but their ENEMY.  All this covering for blatant hypocrisy, stupidity, incompetency was for what?

Not the O'Bama Administration has turned on the Press and guess what?

First come the teeth of the Mainstream Media.

Then come the long knives of the Mainstream Media.

You are witnessing the end of the O'Bama Administration.  Or at the very least, the end of the Love Fest.  Finally, we'll get back to real news gathering.  Hopefully, the Investigative Reporter will be reborn.
Agencies where the AP so far has identified secret addresses, including the Labor Department and HHS, said maintaining non-public email accounts allows senior officials to keep separate their internal messages with agency employees from emails they exchange with the public. They also said public and non-public accounts are always searched in response to official requests and the records are provided as necessary.

The AP couldn't independently verify the practice. It searched hundreds of pages of government emails previously released under the open records law and found only one instance of a published email with a secret address: an email from Labor Department spokesman Carl Fillichio to 34 coworkers in 2010 was turned over to an advocacy group, Americans for Limited Government. It included as one recipient the non-public address for Seth D. Harris, currently the acting labor secretary, who maintains at least three separate email accounts.

Google can't find any reference on the Internet to the secret address for HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Congressional oversight committees told the AP they were unfamiliar with the non-public government addresses identified so far by the AP.

Ten agencies have not yet turned over lists of email addresses, including the Environmental Protection Agency; the Pentagon; and the departments of Veterans Affairs, Transportation, Treasury, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security, Commerce and Agriculture. All have said they are working on a response to the AP.
There is only use for "secret" emails: corruption.

Monday, June 3, 2013


I found out about this about a week ago.

“Today's vote signals the facts have prevailed in this debate. A ban on 100% recyclable plastic bags would hurt the environment and threaten jobs,” said Mark Daniels, chairman of the Alliance. “We thank the members of the California Senate who rejected this misguided policy prescription based on unfounded stats, junk science and myths, and we hope lawmakers will continue to make responsible decisions on behalf of California's environment and economy.”

Atheist group sues California city over ‘divisively religious’ memorial

Oh boo hoo! C'mon guys.  These aetheists don't give a damn about any "separation of state and religion".  They want religion WIPED OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH.  they don't want to SEE IT.  It offends them everytime they drive past a church.

An organization that promotes secularism has sued a city in California in hopes of blocking the construction of a religiously-themed veterans memorial.

In their lawsuit, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center said the memorial violated the separation of church and state. Lake Elsinore’s polished black granite memorial depicts a soldier kneeling in prayer before a Christian cross.
But if you look at the memorial, there is also a Star of David right behind the cross.  There seem to be other depictions behind that as well.

What aetheists are totally clueless about is the fact that Christianity is their BEST FRIEND.

California should heed Obama administration on fracking

Well, the President may be for fracking but as far as I know the amount being done on public land is small.  I think most of the fracking has almost all been done on private land.

What fracking critics never acknowledge is that federal regulators — specifically, those appointed by Barack Obama, the greenest president in history — dismiss green alarmism.

“I know there are those who say fracking is dangerous and should be curtailed, full stop. That ignores the reality that it has been done for decades and has the potential for developing significant domestic resources and strengthening our economy and will be done for decades to come,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on May 16.

Scott may lure California jobs

More vultures picking through the carcass of CA.  Who is surprised?
California is a top target, but Scott is also pursuing companies in other states — mostly those in the hands of Democratic governors. Scott has made public pleas in New York, and sent letters to firms in Illinois, Maryland and Minnesota to recruit relocations.

It is a critical component in Scott's strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to create 700,000 jobs in seven years.

Scott points to recent successes as proof his sales pitch is working. Hertz announced in May it was moving its worldwide headquarters and about 500 jobs from New Jersey to Florida.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

California woman served with $16,000 water bill

This is what happens when bureaucrats take over the healthcare business.  Unreasonable demands.  Unreasonable expectations.  Squashing of the "little guy" or gal in this case.

KNSD-TV reported on Friday that officials in Escondido, California insist Margaret Kreusser owes the full amount for alleged usage between December 2012 and January 2013, which would mean she used an more than 87,000 gallons a day during that period. Kreusser told the station her regular bill is about $115 a month, since she uses about 150 gallons daily.

This comes out to 60gpm.  They are claiming there was a "leak" that somehow eluded her detection.  60 gallons a minute is hard to miss.

Here is a video showing was 50-60 gallons a minute look like:  

The truth about California’s finances

Not out of the woods yet.  But if the State shows no fear and makes the right decisions, it could happen.
• $87 billion in unfunded liabilities for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System. The $87 billion would be far higher if not for the rosy investment assumptions used by CalPERS.

• $73 billion in unfunded liabilities for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, a sum that increases a staggering $6 billion a year. The $73 billion would be far higher if not for the rosy investment assumptions by CalSTRS.

• $64 billion in unfunded liabilities for health insurance coverage guaranteed to retired employees.

• $8.2 billion in money borrowed from the federal government to replenish the state’s broke unemployment compensation fund. California only pays the interest on the debt.

California bill would fine big firms whose workers get Medi-Cal

More unintended consequences caused by governments thinking they know better than market driven economies.

With the idea gaining momentum, retailers and business groups are pushing back. They say California's move would set a dangerous precedent and result in fewer jobs at a time when many people are still struggling to find work.

"It's one of the worst job-killer bills I've seen in my 20 years in Sacramento, and that says a lot," said Bill Dombrowski, chief executive of the California Retailers Assn. "The unions are fixated on Wal-Mart, but that's not the issue here. It's a monster project to implement the Affordable Care Act, and having this thrown on top is not helpful."

Climate change threatens 82% of native California fish

This is the kind of hysterical BS that people finally get fed up reading about.  82% ???  That would put an end to life as we know it.  Do they honestly expect us to just walk away with this as the God's Honest Truth?

"Most of our native fish will suffer because their habitats are disappearing," says lead author Peter Moyle, a professor of fish biology who has been documenting the status of California's fish for 40 years. He says they'll be replaced by non-native fishes such as carp, largemouth bass, fathead minnows and green sunfish. "Pond and lake fish will do fine or even better."