Saturday, May 31, 2014

Fast food CEO: Minimum wage hikes closing locations

All those papers and studies that showed that it was inconclusive that raising the minimum wage would hard businesses?

They lied.
CKE Restaurants' roots began in California roughly seven decades ago, but you won't see the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's expanding there much anymore.

What's causing what company CEO Andy Puzder describes as "very little growth" in the state?

In part it's because "the minimum wage is so high so it's harder to come up with profitable business models," Puzder said in an interview. The state's minimum wage is set to rise to $9 in July, making it among the nation's highest, and $10 by January 2016.

In cities in other states where the minimum wage has gone up considerably, Puzder said "franchisees are closing locations" after riding out lease expirations.

If the federal minimum hourly pay shoots up to $10.10 from the current $7.25-as many lawmakers and President Barack Obama are advocating-Puzder predicts fewer entry-level jobs will be created. If this happens, CKE would also create fewer positions, he forecast.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


If you have to dough, you might want to check this out.  I think I could buy one coin, but that's about it.
Prices range from the low thousands, to the millions.  Wow!!

Article on SFGATE.COM:

The Saddle Ridge coin being auctioned Tuesday night is expected to go for more than $4,200. The pieces up for grabs on will be valued at $2,575 on the low end, and in six figures on the high end.

Most of the remaining hoard will be sold privately "to sophisticated buyers" through Kagin's numismatist website,, the dealer said. The rest - a few coins at most - will be kept as keepsakes by the couple who found the stash.

They made the discovery last year when they were walking their dog and noticed the decaying top of a coin-filled can poking out of the ground, Kagin said. They didn't reveal the treasure until after they contacted the dealer and had it appraised.

NEW: People leaving CA a ‘success’ story?

Calwatchdog has chimed in on Joe Mathews eye rolling article. In his article Mathews calls people who are just plain fed up with CA's high taxes, onerous regulations, etc as colonizers.  In effect, CA is successfully colonizing other states.  Talk about nonsense!
If that’s the case, then Michigan is an even bigger “success.” When I got out of the U.S. Army in Feb. 1982, I returned to my native Great Lakes State. Unemployment was a Great Depression-level 16 percent. People were streaming out for Texas or wherever, bringing with them our Michigan charm and tolerance for cold weather.

I drove my father’s car around the Detroit area for weeks looking for work. This was a place where, just nine years before, anyone with a heartbeat could get a great factory job paying the equivalent in 2014 dollars of $120,000 a year. Nothing.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Colonization of Texas a sign of California’s success: Joe Mathews

Boy, where has this guy been?  Surely, he doesn't believe what he is saying.  Colonization.  Puh-leeze! He's living in Bizarro World!

As I drove over to get my Double-Double fix in the heart of North Texas, a question occurred: If California and Texas really are in some sort of contest for cultural and economic supremacy, why do so many people labor under the delusion that Texas is winning?

Yes, California has an above-average unemployment rate and other economic problems, and many of our people and companies are relocating or expanding to states like Texas that offer cheaper living and generous economic incentives. But there’s another way to look at these departures of Californians and California companies: as a colonization of Texas and the rest of the country.

This colonization is not a sign of decline but of our success. Texas and other states are trying to steal our culture, our companies, and our jobs because we have so many things worth stealing.
Joe,  above-average unemployment rate and "other economic problems" are signs of one thing:  LOSING.

Colonizing is a term where one country "sends people out".  These people weren't "sent out". They just flat out LEFT.  And as fast as they could.

Have You Taken a Good Look Around Your Child's Classroom Lately?

This is incredible:
Last fall, my daughter started attending public school here in Los Angeles. On the first day, her teacher sent home a note welcoming everyone to her classroom and letting us as parents know what was provided within the school's budget, and what was not. For example, photocopies were not covered. The teachers at Delilah's school are asked to pay for every xerox out of their own pocket. The same is true of most things being used by our children every day in the classroom -- crayons, markers, storybooks, toys. I'd say text books, but our class doesn't use textbooks, the children are given photocopies of workbooks to practice their reading and writing skills. You get the gist. It's not an ideal situation.
So, no schoolbooks.  So, there is money saved there. But then charge the parents for photocopies?

And then, there's this:

What I couldn't stop wondering was how could a map sit there for 23 years, with thousands of parents and possibly hundreds of school personnel passing through that classroom and no one, not one person saying, "Hey wait a second, I'm going to take the ten minutes and $9 out of my own day to replace that inaccurate learning tool both for my child and the rest of the children who still have the U.S.S.R., Czechoslovakia, and Constantinople on their list of places to visit."
An obsolete map of the SOVIET UNION was still plastered to the wall.

We have two things going on here.  First, that teachers would be so stupid as to leave an old map up. One that is so obviously not right.  And second, that the school doesn't have the money to buy a new one!

Weekly Standard has an article that cites what LA doles out per pupil in 2012:
Schaeffer calculated that Los Angeles, which claims $19,000 per-pupil spending, actually spends $25,000.
And parents have to buy photocopies in lieu of books and the the school can't buy maps?  You guys need to start asking the hard questions. Where the hell is the money going?

Joe Mathews: Recruited by a Texas community

Talk about a low-energy sell.  And it works!

My Texas trip showed me how absurd it is to compare two giant states that contain so many different places and regions. California isn’t competing with Texas so much as our communities are competing with their very best communities. Yes, California is artistically and technologically innovative. So is Austin. Los Angeles is among the most diverse cities in the world; Houston, by some measures, is even more diverse. Many California communities will say they put children first, but look at what Frisco does for its kids.

After three hours, my recruiters wanted to show me even more of Frisco, but I had another appointment to keep. I don’t think I’m moving to north Dallas. It’s not my home. But it’s easy to see how it could be. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Here's the link to the homepage.

Here is the map showing where the signers are located.   3,766 of the signers are in CA.  The darker the color, the more there are:

And O'Bama says 97% of scientists agree on Global Warming?  I don't think so.

These 12% of scientist signers in CA must be slowly shaking their heads when they think of CA's Carbon Credits scam.


The Myth of the Climate Change '97%'

As an engineer, I find the whole argument in trying to shut down dissent insulting.  They must think we're really stupid.

Of the various petitions on global warming circulated for signatures by scientists, the one by the Petition Project, a group of physicists and physical chemists based in La Jolla, Calif., has by far the most signatures—more than 31,000 (more than 9,000 with a Ph.D.). It was most recently published in 2009, and most signers were added or reaffirmed since 2007. The petition states that "there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of . . . carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate."

We could go on, but the larger point is plain. There is no basis for the claim that 97% of scientists believe that man-made climate change is a dangerous problem.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Driverless Cars Legally Hit Roads as California Issues Licenses; Truckers to be Unemployed

I'm just afraid where all of this is headed.
The implications on the shipping business are staggering. A full-time truck driver might cost as much as $100,000 a year. The incentive to get rid of millions of full-time drivers is massive.

A July 2013 Truckers Report headline reads ATA: Self-Driving Trucks Are “Close To Inevitable”

However, the article itself dismissed the idea totally.

“People come up with these grandiose ideas,” says Bob Esler, a commercial trucker for almost 50 years. “How are you going to get the truck into a dock or fuel it?”

And then there’s loading and unloading. Pre-trip inspections. Signing for drop-offs and pickups. Making sure cargo is properly secured. Making sure the cargo that’s being loaded actually gets loaded. The list just keeps going on and on.

The Last Mile

Many of the objections in the above article have to do with the last mile. Let's assume someone has to load the truck. Let's also assume an actual skilled driver has to dock the truck and make the final delivery (arguably a bad assumption).

Yet, even if those assumptions are true, nothing stops a trucking company from having distribution facilities right off an interstate near major cities, where local drivers deliver the goods the last mile.

Why can't all but the last few miles be driverless even if a skilled driver is needed some step of the way for safety reasons?

Technology marches on at a breathtaking pace. We might actually see commercial driverless vehicles on the roads within a few years.
I think there needs to be a Christian response to this.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

California: Taking a Back Seat to Texas

The crazy thing is, I didn't start comparing CA and TX.  But you see a pattern.  And it became clearer and clearer with each passing month.  It is so patently obvious that even has a "Breitbat Texas" and "Breitbart California" section.

For a state that has built its future vision on “green” industry, this is both ironic and tragic. It may not bother the Legislature, whose welfare state is now being propped up by windfall tech profits, but it leaves many localities outside the Silicon Valley exposed to more job and company losses. Think of Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, who concedes the struggle to keep companies around is becoming ever more difficult. “A company can easily see where it would benefit by relocating someplace else,” Scotto said.

Even so, it is unlikely that Toyota’s leaving will impact the state’s leftward political trajectory. After all, if the New York Times regularly describes the California economy – fattened by stock market and real estate gains of the very rich – as “booming,” why should Gov. Brown, about to run for re-election, say otherwise, proclaiming to anyone who will listen that “California is back.”

True, California may not be in a Depression, as some conservatives contend, but it’s hardly accurate to proclaim the Golden State as back from the brink. But, if having among the country’s highest unemployment rates, the worst poverty levels, based on living costs, and being home to one-third of all U.S. welfare recipients can’t persuade the gentry about California’s true condition, Toyota’s move certainly won’t.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

California declared the worst state for military retirees

I dunno.  I would have thought that CA would be the worst state for any retiree.  The link is via the SFGate website.

Texas wasn't any great shakes either.  51st in quality of life. 40th in Health Care rank - which I just find hard to believe.


California budget: New rules on overtime threaten in-home aide program

Well, this is rich.  A Socialist President screwing a Socialist State.
While the president's call for overtime pay sounded like a win for low-wage workers, the new federal rules that take effect in January could, ironically, end up bankrupting families like the Millans.

To keep a lid on costs, Gov. Jerry Brown wants to cap the number of hours home aides, including family members, are allowed to work each month. Critics say the proposal, aimed at avoiding paying the aides overtime, threatens the entire IHSS system -- in which 70 percent of recipients are cared for by a relative.

Disability advocates and some Democratic lawmakers have rejected Brown's plan and are girding for a budget battle over the proposal, which the administration says will save the state almost $100 million in the next fiscal year.

"These people have our lives in their hands, literally," said Cherie Millan, a former travel agent whose family was forced to move from Redwood City to less-costly Sacramento after losing their home because of the expense of caring for Molly.

"This was not a path we chose," she said, "but we stepped up to the plate for our daughter when she needed us -- and the fact that I'm still here fighting for my $10 an hour job is ludicrous."

Thursday, May 22, 2014


And not a CA city in sight.

"So throughout San Marcos you see a multitude of construction," Guerrero said.

And then there are the biggest cities. While by population increase, New York City still topped the charts, growing by 61,440 people in 2012 to 8.4 million people in 2013, several Texas cities, including Houston grew rapidly.

Houston's surge of 35,202 people to 2.2 million in 2013 has also been fueled by oil, said Andy Icken, the city's chief development officer. The refineries, the port, the technology and many oil company headquarters are in the city and its suburbs, and employees are moving in.

That pace, he said, will not let up, and so Houston is studying how to improve a crucial network of freeways that connects the sprawling city.

"The industries are all doing well," Icken added, noting rapid growth in Houston's medical center. "That has consequences to the city of Houston."

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Counties Claim EPA is Destroying Agriculture

The article was linked at

The Counties' brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit describes their interest for the court. The counties claim that EPA's actions will, in effect, lock in local land use decisions. They say EPA wants to assign a certain number of pounds of nutrients which may come off of a specific parcel of land.

EPA wants to "…curtail or even prohibit certain land uses in order to achieve the reductions compelled by EPA." They believe EPA wants to take over land use, economic development, taxation and fundamentally take over state and local decision-making regarding land use.


Counties say "Not only did EPA seize the local land use function in counties affected by the [Chesapeake] Bay TMDL, EPA also largely ignored or overlooked the progress these counties have been making to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay."

Until USDA and its supporters fully explain agriculture's successes in protecting water quality to the appeals court, the American farmer and rancher face a difficult future with EPA controlling nutrients in stormwater running off our fields and forests.

Farmers and farmland owners in the Midwest need to take note of these claims. The same scenario could soon play out in the Corn Belt. has another article that talks about the EPA efforts that could destroy American Agriculture:

Simply explained, EPA is attempting to establish TMDLs for every water body in the Bay watershed. Second, EPA seeks to require each state to provide "reasonable assurance" that each stream has limits to be attained. Finally, EPA wants to require the states to set deadlines to put control measures and practices into place which will limit the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment running into the Bay.

Simply put, EPA for the first time in American history, will be able to say to a farmer that he must take his land out of production. In fact, according to the AFBF brief, the state of New York claimed "reliance on source reductions means that farms will go out of business in order for New York to meet its proposed allocations." EPA is simply going to federalize agricultural practices.

It is hard to believe a federal agency is claiming the last word on land use, but it is. Under the guise of protecting water, EPA can destroy American agriculture.

After decades of exodus, companies returning production to the U.S.

It makes me feel good to read stuff like this.

Expansion in the domestic apparel industry remains unusual because the labor-intensive work can be done in many low-wage countries. But in other industries, a growing number of domestic and foreign companies — including General Electric, Caterpillar, Toyota and Siemens — are opting to build or expand their facilities in the U.S., particularly in the Southeast, where labor costs are relatively low.

For the first time, some small contract manufacturers in the U.S. are beating bigger rivals in Asia, the center of global industrial production.

At Zentech Manufacturing in Baltimore, the company's president, Matt Turpin, recalls his skepticism when salesmen told him two years ago about their efforts to land a contract making 5,000 to 10,000 wireless printers. He was sure an overseas competitor would get the work.

"I don't know why you're wasting your time chasing that business," he says he told the sales force.

Anti-Semitism on Campus 2014

And CA is a hot bed of anti-semitism.  Don't you get it? Socialism creates racism.

When a white male threw a beer at Trinity College sophomore Juan Hernandez and yelled, “Get off our campus,” Trinity launched an investigation and charges were brought against the perpetrator. When anti-gay remarks were written on message boards that hang on dorm-room doors, Elizabethtown College began an investigation, engaged the FBI, and disciplinary action was taken.

Compare that to the situation for Jewish students. Over the last several years, Jewish students on campuses across the country have been physically, emotionally, and intellectually harassed, intimidated, threatened, and bullied, not only by their fellow students but also by some of their professors:

Anti-Israel student activists at the University of Michigan last month hurled death threats at Jewish student council members and called them “dirty Jew” and “kike.”

At University of California, Berkeley, a Jewish girl holding an “Israel Wants Peace” sign was ramrodded with a shopping cart by the head of Students for Justice in Palestine.

At Harvard University, the Palestine Security Committee frightened Jewish students by placing mock eviction notices on their dormitory rooms.

At Northeastern University in Boston, Students for Justice in Palestine vandalized a menorah and disrupted Jewish events.

At San Francisco State University this past fall, the General Union of Palestine Students hosted an all-day event where participants could make posters and t-shirts that said, “My Heroes Have Always Killed Colonizers,” meaning Jews. And just last week, at New York University, pro-Palestinian students slipped “eviction notices” under the doors of 2,000 undergrads, scaring Jewish students and parents.

The official response to these episodes has been silence.


For four years, David Klein, a mathematics professor at California State University, Northridge, has been using his university’s server to promote his Web pages calling for the economic, academic, and cultural boycott of Israel. His Web pages contain a litany of false and inflammatory statements and photographs intended to incite hatred and promote political activism against the Jewish State.

David Lloyd is a professor of English at University of California, Riverside. In January, he organized an event on his campus that featured Omar Barghouti, the founder and most vocal advocate for the campaign to boycott Israel. Barghouti accused Israeli soldiers of “hunting children,” saying that soldiers “entice children like mice into a trap and murder them for sport.” He also accused “Israel and its well-oiled lobby groups” of “buying and paying for the allegiance of Congress” and controlling the media. Course credit was dangled to students in eight courses for attending Barghouti’s hate speech.

Mitch McConnell Wins Republican Primary Despite Opposition From Conservatives

Sorry. I don't vote Republican anymore. Until I see a real change, I sit on the sidelines. I see very little difference in any of them. I'm sick of throwing away my vote on watered down conservatives. Because in the end NOTHING CHANGES. And I find that disgusting.
We'll continue to have Obamacare. 
We'll still have trillion dollar deficits. 
We'll still have rampant NSA surveillance. 
We'll still have Federal Land grabs. 
We'll still have EPA shutdown of industries and trying to choke the last dying breath out of the American worker. 
We'll still have the militarizing of our police forces. 
We'll still find ourselves facing the worst fiscal crises we will have had to endure since the founding of this country.
And it saddens and disgusts me greatly that more Republicans don't see this.

Fake Mideast oilman traps Mariel Hemingway, Ed Begley in video sting

If this doesn't show the horrid values of those we entrust to entertain us I don't know what does.
O’Keefe entraps actor Ed Begley Jr., actress Mariel Hemingway, and director Josh Tickell, who agree to the film while promising to hide the source of the funds.

The undercover activist tells the group that "if Washington, D.C., continues fracking, America will be energy-efficient, and then they won't need my oil anymore."

In a phone call to Tickell, the "ad executive" states, "My client's interest is to end American energy independence; your interest is to end fracking. And you guys understand that?"

Tickell's response: "Correct. Yes, super clear.”

The video will just make you ill.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Federal ‘Biosurveillance’ Plan Seeking Direct Access to Americans’ Private Medical Records

It's.  None.  Of. Their. Damn.  Business.

The federal government is piecing together a sweeping national “biosurveillance” system that will give bureaucrats near real-time access to Americans’ private medical information in the name of national security, according to Twila Brase, a public health nurse and co-founder of the Citizens Council for Health Freedom. The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response is currently seeking public comment on a 52-page draft of the proposed “National Health Security Strategy 2015-2018” (NHSS).

Obama seizes N.M. land for national monument in Bundy-like showdown

Yet another land-grab.  The Federal Government needs to get OUT of the business of owning land.  Give it to the people or the state.  Pray tell, what is the purpose of having a state if the Feds can theoretically own it all? If you want to change something, change THIS.

In fact, take it to the extreme conclusion.  What IF the Federal Government decided to confiscate all land?  Besides being pure Communism, what would that leave the States?  They already own 87% of Nevada.  From what I can tell, there is NOTHING in place to stop them from doing that to ALL of the states.

Sheriff Garrison said that will shut down roads that his department uses to patrol the land, though he said the cartels are unlikely to stop using it just because it is declared wilderness.

“My fear is these areas will be used more than they are now because they’ll have access to it that will be private and closed off to every law-abiding citizen,” the sheriff said. “I believe this monument will hamper law enforcement’s ability to effectively patrol the area we need to patrol.”

Administration officials said the declaration will incorporate a 2006 agreement between the Interior Department and the Homeland Security Department that allows U.S. Border Patrol some access to the land.

That agreement prevents most routine patrols through wilderness, though it does allow them to continue to follow smugglers in hot pursuit. 
The agreement has been controversial for both sides of the immigration debate. Environmentalists and some immigrant rights advocates argue that the Border Patrol has used the arrangement to trample pristine land. Border security advocates say agents’ hands are tied when they are in pursuit of illegal immigrants and drug smugglers.

Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican who has studied the issue, argues that the environmental restrictions have indeed hurt the Border Patrol’s ability to do its job.
Animal rights should NEVER EVER trump property rights.

Monday, May 19, 2014

CA flounders on desalination, TX moves forward

I have constantly read articles and posted some of the sputtering in CA regarding the use of desalination to supply water to parched cities and areas.  However, in TX we see progress moving forward:

On April 29 2002 Texas Governor Rick Perry visited San Antonio and announced his intention to push for construction of a 25 mgd desalination plant on the Texas coast. He said "Though it may be many years, if not decades, before ocean water is a prime source of water for Texas to use, we must begin the groundwork today so that future Texans have an abundant, drought-proof supply of water."

In November 2002 the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group endorsed a proposal by the San Antonio Water System, the San Antonio River Authority, and the San Patricio Municipal Water District to build and operate a desalination plant that could produce eight million gallons per day by 2006. The project would include a plant to purify brackish groundwater in San Patricio county and another plant to purify ocean water. Initially it would not deliver water to San Antonio but would free up surface water in the Nueces River Basin now used by the city of Corpus Christi, thereby reducing pressure on the Edwards to meet those needs. Corpus Christi has it's own competing proposal to build it's own desalination plant and then sell surface water rights to San Antonio. SAWS indicated it is not interested in a customer relationship with Corpus.

In April of 2004, the city of Brownsville dedicated its new Southmost Regional desalination plant, which is designed to turn brackish groundwater from the Gulf Coast Aquifer into drinking water. The plant cost $21.1 million and has a capacity of 7.5 million gallons per day. It is the city's first drought-proof source of water. By 2004, there were more than 100 desalination plants in Texas, all of them treating either brackish groundwater or surface water. Some of the larger facilities are in Sherman (26.4 mgd), Lake Granbury (14.2 mgd), and Fort Stockton (12.7 mgd). El Paso Water Utilities is planning a 29 mgd facility, and the San Antonio Water System is also studying the feasibility of withdrawing and treating saline water from the Edwards Aquifer.

In August of 2004, Governor Rick Perry gave the concept of desalination another shot in the arm by delivering a speech in which he claimed that membrane technologies "will change the world forever". He suggested that Texas should lead the nation by building the country's first large-scale desalination plant.

In April of 2006 the city of Brownsville began construction on a pilot-scale ocean water desalination plant that will produce about 100,000 gallons per day. The main purpose of the facility will be to determine how to develop a full-scale plant and what financial incentives will be needed.

Also in 2006, the San Antonio Water System began tests at several sites to evaluate the feasibility of constructing a plant to desalinate brackish water from the Wilcox Aquifer. One site in Atascosa county seemed especially promising, and SAWS set a goal to have an operating facility by early 2011 that could produce up to 25 million gallons per day.

In August of 2007, the city of El Paso opened the Kay Bailey Hutchison Desalination Plant, which will eventually supply 27.5 million gallons of drinking water daily. Officials said it is the largest desal plant outside of a coastal area. Constructed at a cost of $87 million, it draws brackish groundwater from underneath Fort Bliss. Costs were expected to be about $1.65 per thousand gallons.

In October of 2007, under intense local pressure from area residents, the board of the Evergreen Underground Water District voted to rescind an agreement it had made with SAWS to regulate and permit the production and export of brackish Wilcox water. Under the agreement, the district was to have issued permits to SAWS after the utility showed the water was available and production was not likely to effect freshwater supplies from the the overlying Carrizo aquifer. If an impact occurred, SAWS would have to limit or stop production. In return, SAWS agreed to abandon plans to pump fresh water.

In January of 2008, a citizens panel endorsed the San Antonio Water System plan for desalination, but it noted that local opposition may turn out to be a bigger obstacle than any technological challenges. SAWS Board Chairman Alex Briseno said SAWS had not been proactive in doing outreach to the communities involved, but "We don't intend to just go to a place and take its water. The goal is to have a win-win situation." Some of the benefits to the local community could include providing treated water or economic development funds.

In July of 2008 Atascosa residents were upset by news that SAWS had donated $10,000 to help sponsor their annual Cowboy Homecoming festival. Many considered it a "bribe" to quell opposition. After much public outcry at a packed City Council meeting, officials said they would not accept the money (14). In response, SAWS interim CEO Robert Puente said the contribution was misconstrued and said "I give you my word as a fellow Texan that our gestures were made in good faith and reflect our sincere attempt to respect your natural resources and be a contributing member of your community."

In February of 2009 SAWS unveiled a revised 50-year water supply plan, and the desalination component was scaled back to 11,800 acre-feet per year, or about 10.5 million gallons per day. Originally the project was envisioned to produce up to 25,000 acre-feet per year. The SAWS desalination wellfield will now be entirely within Bexar county on the Twin Oaks ASR site; previously, it was a multi-county design. The current goal is to have the project online by 2016 (16). SAWS began testing a pilot well on the Twin Oaks site to confirm the treatment requirements for the brackish water and to evaluate whether brackish water could be produced without affecting the stored Edwards water in the Carrizo sands. Brackish water will be produced from the Wilcox Group, which is deeper than the Carrizo sands and separated by the Calvert Bluff formation, which has very low vertical permeability, so waters in the formations above and below do not mix. All the tests produced excellent results and SAWS went ahead with design of a full-scale project at Twin Oaks. By mid-2012, drilling had begun and SAWS indicated it was on track for a 2016 startup.

Santa Barbara Council Starts Reactivation Process for Desalination Plant

Because expensive water is better than no water.

The Charles Mayer Desalination Plant at 525 E. Yanonali St. was built in 1991 as a temporary facility to deal with the 1986-91 drought. Right after being completed, the “Miracle March” rains filled up local reservoirs and the plant was put into long-term storage mode.

It uses a reverse-osmosis design that pumps seawater through filters to catch the solid matter, and then pure seawater is pumped at high pressure through semi-permeable membranes to separate out the drinking water. Seawater is pumped from an intake station three-quarters of a mile offshore, and there’s a question of whether that system will be allowed now, decades after the last permits were issued.
But the plant won't be operational until 2016!  But the environmentalists response was to die for:

Speakers from two environmental groups told the City Council to be cautious about moving forward.

Susan Jordan, director of the California Coastal Protection Network, has spent 15 years studying desalination and has spent the last several years fighting the Poseidon Water desalination facility proposed for Huntington Beach. Poseidon has to study subsurface water intake now instead of the open-water intake methods for pumping seawater into the facility, Jordan said.

And thanks to their shortsightedness, CA is all the less for it.  Thanks for nothing!

‘High risk’ label from feds puts gun sellers in banks’ crosshairs, hurts business

And who is next?  Global Warming deniers?  Conservative talk show hosts?  Christians?  Can you use the RICO laws against the American government?  How the HELL can the Federal Government use its force against those who engage in LAWFUL COMMERCE?

This administration knows no limits to its Leftism.

And what if a Conservative administration should get into office and decides to be vindictive?  Will Socialists be safe?  Anti-gun organizations?

This should anger everyone.  Liberals, Independents and Conservative.

“We’re committed to ensuring that our efforts to combat fraud do not discourage or inhibit the lawful conduct of these honest merchants,” the Justice Department said in a May 7 blog post.

But gun retailers say their businesses are being targeted in the executive branch’s efforts:

• T.R. Liberti, owner and operator of Top Gun Firearms Training & Supply in Miami, has felt the sting firsthand. Last month, his local bank, BankUnited N.A., dumped his online business from its service.

An explanatory email from the bank said: “This letter in no way reflects any derogatory reasons for such action on your behalf. But rather one of industry. Unfortunately your company’s line of business is not commensurate with the industries we work with.”

• Black Rifle Armory in Henderson, Nevada, had its bank accounts frozen this month as the bank tried to determine whether any of Black Rifle’s online transactions were suspicious.

• In 2012, Bank of America suddenly dropped the 12-year account of McMillan Group International, a gun manufacturer in Phoenix, even though the company had a good credit history, the owner said. Gun parts maker American Spirit Arms in Scottsdale, Arizona, received similar treatment by Bank of America, the country’s largest banking institution.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

World’s first superconducting power line paves the way for billions of dollars in savings, more nuclear power stations

I find this amazing.  And I think is the future of power.  So much so, I bought shares of American Superconducting.  It's not doing so well, but maybe will do better as this picks up.

The city of Essen, Germany has just switched on the world’s longest superconducting cable, more than a kilometer from end to end, and hopes to be a model for similar projects the world over. The cable connects two large transformer stations in the heart of the city — and though it is larger than any one traditional copper cable, it can also carry five times as much power. The real advantage, of course, stems from the fact that a superconducting cable uses advanced materials to effectively eliminate inefficiency in power transmission and distribution (T&D). This is a big, big deal that could save hundreds of billions of dollars in transmission losses if these superconducting cables were implemented across the world’s power grids.
I can't figure out why we haven't done this in the US yet.

Here's a youtube  video they put out:

THIS is the sign of success?? MO ObamaCare Contractor Paid Employees to PLAY HANGMAN Instead Of Working (Video)

Gateway Pundit picked up an article on this.  I just don't see this as a sign that Obamacare is successful at all.  This sounds like a complete failure.

A Missouri Obamacare Contractor said her supervisor would lead employees in team games instead of working. Employees at Serco Corporation in Wentzville, Missouri, outside of St. Louis, told reporters this week that they are being paid to do nothing.

Serco is being paid by the government to process paper applications of those signing up for Obamacare. But, employees said, instead of working, they were just sitting at their desk most of the day.

Wow.  And here's another one that is on youtube:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

American taxpayers subsidizing $50 light bulbs?

This is a real irritation for me.  LED bulbs are being subsidized by utility companies as mandated by law. Where is the incentive to bring prices down if they are subsidized?
Glenn said that the manufacturer is trying to position this as the “cadillac” of light bulbs, hence the premium price.

“Could you give me a box of the cheap ones, please? It’s a light bulb, for the love of Pete. It’s a $50 light bulb,” Glenn said.

“The good news is you’re helping pay for it. You’re subsidizing the $50 light bulb,” Glenn said.

The Birthplace Of Big Oil Is About To Get Its Biggest Solar Plant Yet

I think what will happen is, just like with wind energy, TX will surpass CA in installed solar energy.


“We’re in the third generation for large-scale build outs” of solar technology, Harris said. “We’ve learned a lot about how to be more efficient.”

In fact, as of mid 2013, installation prices for solar power were lower in Texas than anywhere else in the country, and the price is still hovering around a remarkably-low five cents per kilowatt hour.

“[Texas' state government] was just never going to come and develop the strategy for how to get it,” said Sinkin. “Now I think that with the rapid expansion of solar in Texas, there’s going to be more and more political support.”

Top CA GOP senator backs bilingual ed

Watching the death of the GOP in CA.  Bilingual education?  English education will turn into Spanish education.

A notable Golden State Republican just made a U-turn on 16 years of education policy: Sens. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar. He jointed majority Democrats in a vote of the California Senate Education Committee to recommended adding an initiative to the 2016 ballot that would restore bilingual education to the state public school system.
In an impassioned broadside against the state Senators, Unz has restated the political case for English-only education. “We were opposed by every California union, every political slate, and almost every newspaper editorial board,” he wrote, “and were outspent on advertising by a ratio of 25-to-1. But despite this daunting array of influential opponents, our initiative still passed with one of the largest political landslides of any contested measure in state history, winning over 61 percent of the vote.”

Unz is not shying away from warning Republicans that returning to bilingual education will damage their already dire electoral fortunes. For Unz, the “disastrous political choices made by California Republicans during the 1990s” sent “the most powerful Republican state party in America” to “the very edge of irrelevance.”

Restoring “failed” bilingual education, he concluded “would probably mark the final nail” in the state party’s coffin, “and rightfully so.”

Yes,  Unz is right.  We will deserve our death by our own hands.

Don’t write epitaph for California’s business climate after Toyota move, experts say

And yet...the article does just that!
Joe Vranich, a “business relocation coach” based in Irvine, helps companies in California and elsewhere leave for states where they can conduct business more cheaply and more efficiently. He said he is currently working with another Los Angeles-area firm considering moving to Plano, Texas, which is where Toyota is heading.

He called Plano an excellent fit for Toyota and its employees. The company will consolidate its operations in a place with less regulation and fewer taxes. And the 3,000 or so employees who will be given the opportunity to move from Torrance will enjoy a better quality of life — at least by some measures. Vranich said an income of $50,000 in Torrance is worth about $68,000 in Plano.

“The quality of life in California is best when it comes to weather, and these days that’s about it,” Vranich said. “There are so many places in the United States now where, compared to L.A., the schools are better, the roads are better, the traffic is less congested, taxes are lower and housing prices are lower. In many cases, like Plano, the crime rate is lower.”

Friday, May 16, 2014

Communist Vietnam, California..."not a big difference"

David Tran is leaving is factory in CA.  But get this, expansion will NOT happen in CA.  And what is it like to work in CA?

David Tran, the CEO of Huy Fong, says he escaped from Vietnam almost 35 years ago to be free of the communist government there and its many intrusions.

"Today, I feel almost the same. Even now, we live in [the] USA, and my feeling, the government, not a big difference," Tran says.
Well that was a ringing endorsement for CA, wasn't it?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fistfights amid long bread lines in Venezuela

Welcome to the 21st Century.

Lines are forming, and fights have broken out outside bakeries as politicians and business leaders point fingers.

In recent days, people have had to wait in line for hours under the scorching sun. Ricardo Rodriguez, a Caracas resident waiting for the chance to buy bread, described the queues as "extraordinary."

The Last Communist City

CUBA.  Another in a running series of articles dealing with Communism and where we are headed as a country.

Outside its small tourist sector, the rest of the city looks as though it suffered a catastrophe on the scale of Hurricane Katrina or the Indonesian tsunami. Roofs have collapsed. Walls are splitting apart. Window glass is missing. Paint has long vanished. It’s eerily dark at night, almost entirely free of automobile traffic. I walked for miles through an enormous swath of destruction without seeing a single tourist. Most foreigners don’t know that this other Havana exists, though it makes up most of the city—tourist buses avoid it, as do taxis arriving from the airport. It is filled with people struggling to eke out a life in the ruins.
This is a stunning and stark piece by Totten.  I highly recommend you read the whole thing.

But the crazy thing is, a country doesn't have to be Communist to end up like this.


Oh yeah!  We all know that CA doesn't have a spending problem.  It's all of those gosh darn laws in place that's keeping them from getting more money!  Don't you know that?

From Breitbart:

Despite strong and enduring support--even in liberal California--for Prop 13, there is also broad bipartisan support for changes to the way commercial properties are assessed. A Field Poll in April showed that 69% of California voters would approve of reassessing business properties when they change hands. Some critics, however, worry that any minor changes to Prop 13 could herald far greater changes in the future--and tax hikes.
And if you think that it will stop with commercial property, then you deserve what will happen to you.

Get out.  Get out while you can.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Moscow to ban US from using Russian rocket engines for military launches

We are such. Idiots.

Moscow is banning Washington from using Russian-made rocket engines, which the US has used to deliver its military satellites into orbit, said Russia’s Deputy PM, Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and defense industries.

“We proceed from the fact that without guarantees that our engines are used for non-military spacecraft launches only, we won’t be able to supply them to the US,” Rogozin is cited as saying by Interfax news agency.

If such guarantees aren’t provided the Russian side will also be unable to perform routine maintenance for the engines, which have been previously delivered to the US, he added.

The US relies on Russian-made RD-180 and NK-33 engines to launch military and civilian satellites into space, with NASA saying it’s unlikely to produce a fully operational rocket engine of its own before 2020.
The president and all of the Legislative branch should be thrown out of office for letting this happen.

Now, let's let the private sector develop the rocket engine. They will do it in half the time.

I feel sick.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Young children could face bullying charges in city

Via the Gateway Pundit, we find the innocent GUILTY.

Children as young as kindergarten-age could face misdemeanor charges for bullying under a proposed law advancing in a Southern California city.

The Carson City Council gave preliminary approval this week to an ordinance that would target anyone from kindergarten to age 25 who makes another person feel "terrorized, frightened, intimidated, threatened, harassed or molested" with no legitimate purpose.
The concept of bullying is fraught with problems.  This is just an end-run around the problems with passing hate speech laws.  Just give it a different name.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cal Watchdog: Taking The Teachers Unions To The Supreme Court

I wish her luck!!

California lawmakers greenlight mobile killswitch bill

WHO ARE THEY KIDDING?  Want to kill your phone?  CALL THE PHONE COMPANY.  This has nothing to do with making it easy to kill your "stolen" phone.

"The theft and robbery of smartphones is the fastest growing crime in many cities across California because thieves have a financial incentive to steal and then resell these valuable devices on the black market,” Leno said in a statement following passage of the bill.

"We can end this crime of convenience and protect the safety of smartphone consumers by ensuring that every new phone sold in our state has theft-deterrent technology installed and enabled by default. Nothing less will solve the problem.”
What liars.

'How to Make It' in California

To be honest, all of this just reveals how generally horrible things are in the USA.  A battery plant?  **A** - as in **ONE** battery plant?

Mr. Musk would no doubt like to keep the plant in California, which would significantly reduce the costs of transporting the batteries to Tesla's manufacturing site in Fremont. But the question is how high a price Mr. Brown is willing to pay Tesla for the factory, and whether the subsidies would outweigh California's "lots of little burdens and regulations and taxes," to appropriate the governor's off-the-cuff remarks last week.

Mr. Brown also slipped that "smart people figure out how to make it" in California. What he meant was that they figure out how to milk it.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

U Haul Index for May

Since being in Seoul, I haven't been able to tabulate the information.  I only have just enough time to post them on my blog.

Here are the numbers for May:

San Francisco, CA ==> San Antonio, TX      $1395
San Antonio, TX ==> San Francisco, CA       $ 616

Fresno, CA  ==> San Antonio, TX    $1536
San Antonio, TX ==> Fresno, CA     $  845

Not a lot of change.  It's still early in the Spring, I guess.  I would think in June and especially in July we'll start to see the numbers move.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Silicon Valley Right-Wingers to Host Conservative Organizing Party

Hard to believe there are any there to even host a party! 

Startup employees Aaron Ginn, 26 -- a former Mitt Romney campaign worker -- and Garrett Johnson, 29, are looking to do what Democrats have done for almost a decade: connect conservative and libertarian "technologists" with old-school political campaigns with like minds.

Their organization, Lincoln Labs, is hosting a three-day conference in San Francisco this summer called Reboot, the HuffPo reported.
Why do I never hear of any LEFT WINGERS hosting parties?

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Parody Obama Movie Posters Arrive in L.A. for President’s Visit

It's a shame this is sort of thing represents a small minority of people in CA.
The artwork is part of a larger campaign by anonymous street artists who are filling cities with political messages that oppose the administration. Images with the president golfing and the headline “subpar” appeared in various cities throughout the PGA tour, including at the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga.

The advertisements for “Saving Obama” are currently running in the areas surrounding Avenue of the Stars, including across from the Century Plaza Hotel, where Obama will receive his award.

California Economy Threatened by Texas from Panama Canal Expansion

CA is worried about this which is why they started "Beat the Canal".  The amount of the hit is up in the air still.  This will become more and more evident as time passes, I suppose.

The article talks about the magnitude of the hit which ranges from 1% - 25%.

The Port of Los Angeles alone generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in wages and tax revenues each year. Los Angeles ports handle about 40% of all the container traffic in the United States. There are a total of 3 million employees in industries related to port operations. Studies project Los Angeles ports will lose between 1% and 25% compared to existing levels of trade.
Well, 1% is rather unimpressive.   So what one can glean (or guess) from this is probably a couple of things:
1) Some portion of CA shipping will be lost.  Take it form the middle and say 10%.
2) Growth will probably take the biggest hit.

But from articles I've ported before, it's still faster to unload as soon as possible and transfer to rail/truck.  So, I'm guessing time sensitive merchandise such as clothing will be shipped through CA.  Large items such as lawnmowers and TV sets, etc will be transported through the new widened Panama Canal.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Teens Sue Federal Government for Not Creating Climate Change Action Plan

I picked this up from Gateway Pundit.

The brainchild of University of Oregon's Mary Wood, the faculty director of the school's Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program, ATL takes a "macro" approach to what Wood considers to be a "civilizational threat."

"Hurricane Katrina was a watershed moment for me," Wood, an expert in environmental law, told Nature World News. "I dropped everything to focus on what had been written on climate change."
Junk Science!  Junk Science!  Junk Science!

Speaking of Junk Science, has this to say:

Weatherbell reports:

• North Atlantic tropical cyclone ACE is 71% below normal. 5th lowest since 1950.

• Northern Hemisphere ACE is 55% below normal. Lowest since 1977.

• Global ACE is 47% below normal. Lowest since 1977.

Meanwhile the IPCC has “low confidence” that global warming will make more or more intense hurricanes.
I claim BS on her "watershed moment".  Indoctrination on the level of North Korea. How disgusting.

Peter Schiff: Inflation Propaganda Exposed:

Great video by Peter Schiff on the real rate of inflation.

He mentions something called "Chain Weighted CPI" which is just despicable.  So, you go to the grocery store to buy steak.  You find it is too expensive, so you buy ground beef instead and voila! inflation hasn't changed!

But what do you buy if ground beef gets expensive?  Chicken?  And if it's too expensive, what then?

I predict, in order to maintain the facade of low inflation, they will end up substituting old shoe leather for any sort of beef and tree bark for vegetables.

After that, where will they go?  Substitute dirt for breakfast cereal?

The reason the Federal Government started playing these games is because "entitlement" benefits are tied to inflation.  We did this in the 70s because retirees on fixed incomes were losing purchasing power rapidly due to rising inflation.  But what started happening was people starting realizing they could retire early, take Social Security and MAKE MORE MONEY by riding the inflation wave of ever increasing inflation-adjusted benefits.  Our elected officials came to realize, to their horror, what they had created and what this meant.

If was after this disaster of public policy that they redefined the CPI. Redefined it to the point it no longer had any real meaning.  It is now completely detached form reality.  So, when I hear "pundits" point to the CPI as evidence of low inflation, I laugh.

A better indication of real inflation is at the great Shadow Stats website. Here is a graph they publish on their website comparing the 1980 methodology to the "new and improved" methodology. You can see our present inflation rate (2014) is at about 9% using the original method.  The improved method (if you can call it that) shows only a paltry 2%

JUMP THE SHARK: Cornell study finds children who eat chicken on the bone are more aggressive

I'm sorry, but this is the dumbest thing I've ever heard.  Do they think we are that stupid to believe this?

The study, which was published in Eating Behaviors, found that children were “twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids” when eating food they had to hold and bite.

Researches found that children were more docile when eating cut-up pieces of food, results which would seem to indicate that there is a connection between having to use teeth to eat and aggressive behavior.
So, now studies have jumped the shark.  This study is so stupid, so ridiculous, so outlandish that it stretches credulity beyond its ability to snap back.

So, if I understand this right, the following are ok to eat with your hands:

- hamburgers
- hotdogs
- ice cream [cones]
- corn dogs
- sausage on a stick
- anything on a stick
- candy bars
- apples
- oranges
- grapes
- all sandwiches
- bananas
- popcorn
- glasses of water, juice
- beer
- wine
- whiskey

If we do decide that meat-on-the-bone are causing violence in kids and need to feed them chicken tenders, what about the larger number of people we would have to employ to rip the meat off of the bones "for the children"?  What are the implications for them?  Seems to me ripping the raw meat off of bones with your bare hands would instill even GREATER violence than just eating.

So, maybe we can't infer that other foods are ok to eat with our hands.  So, I guess we should really start to fret as to what to do until more studies are done!!

And the really sad thing about this?  There will be people who really believe the study is true.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Tim Allen Calls California Socialist State

I'm telling you, disillusioned Hollywood actors are letting it all out on Leftist control.

I want the free cargo pants!!

California Dreamin as farm uses reverse osmosis system

Necessity is the mother of invention.

This aquifer is one of California's largest, but due to increasing salinity levels after decades of pumping and drought, it has been rendered unusable for many kinds of agriculture. Fabbri Ag Services is using a Desalitech ReFlex reverse osmosis system featuring Closed Circuit Desalination (CCD) technology to provide affordable irrigation water and minimise waste generation and energy consumption.

By utilising a dormant brackish aquifer, Fabbri Ag Services is making efficient use of local water resources without burdening the state's already strained reservoir system. The installed Desalitech reverse osmosis system provides Fabbri with 300 gallons per minute of irrigation water to supply about 40 acres of land at a farm near Bakersfield, California. The water it produces is highly pure so that it can be used to support high value crops like almonds and grapes.
Brackish water RO is cheaper than sea water RO.

Brian LeNeve: Measure O is a clear threat to desalination progress

CA is a hellhole of rabid anticapitalists who don't give a shit about the people.  I've never seen anything like it.  Public ownership of anything is to almost ensure it will remain low quality and mismanaged.
This initiative is a clear threat to the progress made toward a desalination plant — the long-awaited best solution, and vital element in the effort to restore the Carmel River. Without an alternate source of water, the Carmel River will continue to be an unreliable source for our water needs, further threatening the watershed and its inhabitants, and creating an impasse with the CDO. Not only has the chronic overpumping from the Carmel River had a devastating effect on our regional environment, particularly the threatened steelhead population, the level of water diversions from the Carmel River is unsustainable. Proceeding as outlined in Measure O will exacerbate the problem and come at too great a cost to our environment and natural resources.

The backers claim that passing Measure O will not delay the desalination project while in fact they already have attempted to do just that. When borehole permits were needed from the Marina City Council to test supply source, takeover backers and leaders sent letters opposing the permits and testified at the hearing arguing for denial. Fortunately the Marina City Council approved the testing permits. Failure to allow the drilling would have succeeded in delaying the project another six months, time our community cannot afford. We believe backers of Measure O will continue to oppose progress in the future. Even without additional stalling measures, just the amount of time spent on this initiative is taking away from needed progress and the community unity needed to meet the CDO. If we're going to protect our natural resources and fragile steelhead habitat for future generations, we must focus on complying with the 1995 State Water Resources Control Board order to obtain a new water supply.
And this from the Monterey County Libertarian  Party:

The Libertarian Part of Monterey County executive committee has voted to oppose Measure O, which proposes a government takeover by eminent domain of Cal Am’s water business. Not only is the state a coercive monopoly, it is also an extremely inefficient one. And that is because government has no reason to succeed since it cannot legally fail. Worse, state endeavors are often rewarded with more money and power if they perform poorly. In fact, I coined an aphorism to describe this phenomenon: “Government succeeds by failing.” And that is what will happen if the government takes control of Cal Am. It is bad enough that Cal Am is a state-sanctioned monopoly, but a complete government monopoly is the epitome of a non-competitive process. If people want lower water rates, they need more competition, not less. That could be accomplished by allowing easy access to Cal Am water pipe infrastructure by smaller water companies.

One good example to cite is the city of Lubbock, Texas, where citizens have the choice of electric utility providers, resulting in some of the lowest electricity costs in the state of Texas. Competition always works; monopolies do not, especially those owned and operated by a government entity.

Measure O will allow the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District (MPWMD) to use eminent domain to seize the local water company. This is the type of tactic that Mussolini used in Italy in the 1930s, nationalized fully three-fourths of Italian businesses by 1935. We don’t need more government monopolies. We don’t need Italian Fascism. Vote NO on Measure O on June 3, 2014.
There's nothing like the morning smell of Eminent Domain in the air!!

Sam & Cat Explain FREEDOM

This surprises me.  And yet doesn't.  I just wish we would see more of this.  Wow.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Panama’s $5 Billion Canal Upgrade Jolts U.S. Ports From California to New Jersey

I haven't talked about the Panama Canal for quite some time.  Looks like the expansion completion has been delayed.  Maybe CA can use that to its advantage.
These shippers now unload goods onto trains and trucks on the West Coast of the U.S. to finish the journey east, or make the trip to East Coast destinations from Asia via Egypt’s Suez Canal. The losers are likely to be the West Coast ports -- Long Beach, California; Los Angeles; Oakland, California; Seattle -- and the Suez Canal.

“A cheaper Panama Canal route may also divert current US imports from the Suez Canal, with a significant time savings on the shorter routing,” Barclays Plc said in a report issued last April.

The canal project is only part of the massive infrastructure spending that is propelling the Panamanian economy. Panama is nearing the end of a four-year, $13.6 billion campaign intended to, in the terms of a 2012 report from Standard & Poor’s, remake the country as a shipping and logistics hub on a par with Singapore. (The Singapore analogy is also a favorite of Panama’s president, Ricardo Martinelli.)
And now we read in another article:
[S]ome South American economies are growing at 5 percent, Europe is expected to post better growth and exports, and Chinese shippers prefer to skip California ports and go through the Panama Canal to Houston.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Roseville Business Owner Sues City After Arrest For Allowing Customers To Dance

And this is from the state that brought us Free Love and the Live-and-Let-Live attitude.  And the CA'ians don't see what happened.
“In Roseville, they don’t like freedom.”

He contends the city’s stance on dancing is anti-American.

“Why do people believe that in a free society, that in a restaurant, the owner of the restaurant cannot make a decision to allow people to dance to music being played on the radio? he said.