This Kind Of Cute Will Destroy You If You’re Not Carefull!

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From The “Draw You Own Conclusions!” File

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A headline on the Drudge report:


This can only mean one thing….

Obama is a SPACE ALIEN!!!!

The Sad State Of California – The Real Jerry Brown Stands Up!

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When it was confirmed that former 1970’s  California governor Jerry Brown had, as expected, won the election to serve in that capacity once again, many of us held out hope that this time, he would be older and wiser, and that he would take the fiscal crisis that bedevils this state seriously. Fixing the budget mess in Sacramento would go a long way to erasing his 1970’s reputation as Governor “Moonbeam”, which he earned for his pie-in-the-sky romanticism of loony ideas over practicality and realism. In other words,  did we elect a “new” Jerry Brown, or did we re-elect Governor Moonbean”?

A couple of weeks ago, we thought we had the answer to this question when Brown  signed into law legislation that demanded 33% of all power generated in California was to be renewable. Sounds great… Until you realize that currently we only get 11.6% of our energy from renewable sources, and that this new benchmark on energy can only be accomplished by both massive energy price increases by energy providers AND massive government subsidies to support this push for “clean-tech”, which, of course the cash strapped state of California just doesn’t have to finance this endeavor. Yet, against the reality that is the state debt, with massive teacher layoff in the immediate future, he’s even now pushing for 40%.

Moonbeam Returns!

But, it gets worse. Now we get news via the Sacramento Bee that Brown is restoring outrageous perks for the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, reversing the cost cutting measures negotiated by the previous administration. Many of the restored give-aways were originally provided by contracts signed by Governor Gray Davis in 2001. Here is a list of formerly axed items the prison guard union is getting back:

• Gone would be training to break the infamous “code of silence.” Back are provisions that have the effect of discouraging reporting of incidents and encouraging retaliation against whistle-blowers.

• The Davis provision allowing the union to fill 70 percent of all prison posts by seniority would return in full force. Management should be in charge of assigning all posts, not 30 percent.

• Gone would be reforms allowing management to investigate and take “corrective or disciplinary action” for sick leave abuses. Back are provisions allowing prison officers to collect overtime pay in a week in which they call in sick. Expect overtime costs of $500 million-plus.

• Because of new “days off” provisions, starting employees would have eight weeks of paid time off each year (more for senior employees). Most would not be able to use it all, but the contract would allow them to cash it out at retirement. Gone is the vacation cap – allowing no more than 80 days each year to carry over. No “use it or lose it” policy here.

• Each officer would be required to contribute one hour of vacation time a month, plus one hour each July 1, to a “time release bank” for union representatives to do union business on state time. Before 2001, the CCPOA could not “accumulate or use” more than 10,000 hours over five years. That cap would be gone, providing unlimited time – including new release time for 10 guards at each prison to attend the CCPOA annual convention.

• Any guard who gets an annual medical exam would be paid $130 every pay period. The contract is not clear whether that pay comes every 11 days or every 28 days. Either is outrageous. Before the Davis contract, officers had to pass fitness tests.

• Back in full force is the “entire agreement” clause allowing the union to challenge and interfere in virtually any change by prison management. That means Schwarzenegger-era changes go back to the table at CCPOA request.

• Prison guard salary increases would continue to be linked to the average compensation of sheriff’s deputies in Los Angeles County and police in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland and San Francisco – ceding city and county governments control over state prison pay.

According to the Sac Bee article, in 2001, legislators were told that the estimated cost of the 2001-06 contract signed by Davis would be $567 million. It was $2.3 billion. Factoring in inflation, the cost is going to be even more now.

Did I forget to mention the California Correctional Peace Officers Association is a HUGE political campaign contributor to Democrats and to Brown… And Davis? And, like Davis, Brown also wants to raise taxes and fees on the citizens of California.

So, as it turns out, we didn’t elect Governor Moonbeam all over again. We may have, inadvertently, re-elected Gray Davis!

On the bright side, Schwarzenegger should be thanking his lucky stars. Just as Obama has unintentionally resurrected the reputation of his predecessor, George W Bush, Brown may end up doing the same for the currently not-so-highly regarded “RINO” Governator!


PS. I’m not opposed to building more renewable energy production. But we should fix the budget mess first before adding this HUG expense.

Light Blogging For The Next Week…

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And the last one too. I’ve been busier with work (a good thing) and I  just don’t feel like there is anything out there to comment on. I did play my second solo bit at an open mic. I did OK, but have a long way to go. But I’m enjoying the journey.

Why The Budget Is So Screwed Up?

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The details of the “draconian” budget cuts have been released. Folks, this is fraud to call this budget cuts! Here is how they got $5 billion of the $39 billion dollars worth of cuts in the Federal budget this last week-end.

…the cuts that actually will make it into law are far tamer, including cuts to earmarks, unspent census money, leftover federal construction funding, and $2.5 billion from the most recent renewal of highway programs that can’t be spent because of restrictions set by other legislation. Another $3.5 billion comes from unused spending authority from a program providing health care to children of lower-income families….

OK. there’s five billion that wasn’t going to be spent anyway, though congress would have grabbed the money and spent it on something else… So…. That’s progress… Sort of…

Then it gets much, much worse.

About $10 billion of the cuts comes from targeting appropriations accounts previously used by lawmakers for so-called earmarks, those pet projects like highways, water projects, community development grants and new equipment for police and fire departments. Republicans had already engineered a ban on earmarks when taking back the House this year.

So that portion was already cut before Boehner, Reid, and Obama walked into the room. The Republicans have crowed about those cuts in a previous budget statement. So they get to count that cut twice?

Republicans also claimed $5 billion in savings by capping payments from a fund awarding compensation to crime victims. Under an arcane bookkeeping rule – used for years by appropriators – placing a cap on spending from the Justice Department crime victims fund allows lawmakers to claim the entire contents of the fund as budget savings. The savings are awarded year after year.


Those of you who live in California recognize these cuts as what they are – Accounting Gimmicks!!!!  We recognize them because it’s exact same way that CA has been faking a balanced budget year after year in the once golden state for the last five years. About the only thing the Republicans / Tea Party crowd got out of this was some winning press from the media.

Let the revolt begin!!!!


Because Someone Wanted To See My Bass Rig….

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My bass rig!!!!

Me playing my bass rig.


My outdoor rig:

  • Peavey BassMax preamp
  • Behringer BassExtender
  • Crest Amp, 300 per channel / 600 bridged
  • Old “FrogCrossing” 65 VOX cab w/ 8ohm Peavey Black Widow speaker.
  • Old fashioned patch bay…. Completely useless…  But it looks cool!!!  :bassist:

What’s Wrong With This Picture…..

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OK, it’s not necessarily the picture, but the policy is… well… ill advised – because you end up with picture perfect moments like this.


How images / photos, in one captured moment, reveal the idiocy or flaws of certain government policiesy.


Stupid Then: Remember This?

Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno got justifiably blasted for her handling of the Elian Gonzales episode, forcibly deporting him at gun point. With its large Cuban population, this one picture probably put Florida in play for the 2000 Presidential election.


Stupid Now: France.

On the downside, this image captures something disturbing, something that just doesn’t sit well. The actions of the French police this morning so goes against the instinct of freedom of religion that western cultures have embraced, and the image will stand as just one more reason for Islam to have a beef with western nations. How many are going to die as a result of this?

On the plus side, France may have finally found a way to be more hated than the United States… And that’s no small feat!


PS.  On the France thing – No, I’m not blaming France for the violence that is sure to follow. But people are going to die as a repercussion of this photo.

On the Elian Gonzales picture…  Remember that this is pre World Wide Web / Internet. It’s pretty amazing that this got out into the general public at all. It really was a set back for the Clinton White House, though with the Lewinski thing still fresh and hot in the press, this didn’t make nearly the splash that it could have.

All The News That’s Fit To Rewrite!

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Instapundit has done a great job highlighting how the AP news organization appears to be in the can for Obama by changing a news item and taking out his inane reply to a question concerning fuel prices.

OK… Is anyone surprised? It’s not like they don’t have a history of covering for Democrats. I mean, as I noted, the AP just a couple of months ago covered for the “fleebager” Democrats in Wisconsin… or would that be out of Wisconsin. As Patterico lists a few more of the liberal butt-saving rewrites, I have to ask….What “Corrections Policy”?

No, wait… this IS their “corrections policy”. Covering for the political party of their choice!

As they say in the tech industry… “It’s not a bug, it’s a feature!!!”.

Here’s the video, for those who might not have seen it.

A Little Video Of Taylor Martin

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Recorded March 16, 2011, at the Revue.

News Critique – In The “I Must Have Missed It” Dept

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How the press are like insects!

The year – 2011 – The press to Republicans trying to force through their agenda: “YOU SHOULD HAVE QUIT WHILE YOU WERE AHEAD YOU IDIOTS!!!

The years – 2009 and 2010 – The press to Democrats trying to force through their agenda:

PS. I was going to compare the press to noisy cicadas, but I didn’t want to offend cicadas.

Cicada’s are cool! I was raised in Dallas, and strangely enough, one thing I miss about living in California are the lack of cicadas here. As a kid, summers were filled with non-stop fun spending afternoons walking from tree to tree and picking them off, just to hear their protest. There are three or four different varieties common to the area, and each made a different sound. Some were more rare than others. The green cicada was all over. The bigger brown ones were also plentiful. But, if you caught a black one, well, you were King Cicada Catcher of the day!

Here’s some vid of a single cicada doing its thing.

And here is David Attenborough attracting a cicada mate!!!