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Dear Readers: I wanted to wish everyone a happy Halloween. I also wanted to remind everyone that we cannot slow down this weekend — citizen activists must do all they can to promote their causes and candidates — as our Founding Fathers, like George Washington, would have wanted.

MUT and YOUNG PRINCE as George Washington and Betsy Ross!

PHONE BANK!!! Pick a candidate or cause, and spend 30 minutes dialing! My personal choice is YES ON 23! It would be especially helpful if other scientists or environmental professionals could join me. Here is the link: YES ON 23! ACTION FIRST CALL CENTER.

IGNORE THE POLLS!For example, I have a source in the media business who reports that the polls in California are over-representing the Latino vote. The only poll to pay attention to is NOV. 2ND! It is also good to know internal polls indicate that some Tea Party favorites are doing better than the elite media cares to report: GREAT MERCIFUL ZEUS: Christine O’Donnell is going to win in Delaware

STAY HAPPY! It is Halloween — Good Spirits should prevail (and by spirits, I do mean spirits)! :) To that end, here is a fabulous Hitler Parody Video via HillBuzz (Watch quickly, as I don’t know how long it will be up; best line — “When did the deaf pigboy and Hillary supporters become friends?”):

STAY INFORMED: Tim Daniel does his first PJTV interview, with CA47 candidate Van Tran. THE LIBERATOR TODAY HAS A FABULOUS LIST OF BALLOT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CALIFORNIANS MAKING THEIR CHOICES THIS WEEKEND!!!

SCARE OUR OPPOSITION: While Jon Stewart and elites party in DC this weekend, there is a lot we can do to challenge those who view us as “the enemy” and want us to go to the “back of the bus”. This includes donating. Here are my picks for money-sending.

Scott Bielat (challenging Fannie-Mae-scandal-meister Barney Frank).
Nick Popaditch (CA-51st, against Blue-Dog-Dem-hater Bob Filner)
Van Tran (CA-47th, against race-baiter Loretta Sanchez)
Ruth McClung (rocket scientists in AZ-7, running against another race baiter, who called for a boycott of his OWN state after SB1070 passed)

Here is a list of more candidates from LEFT COAST REBEL: TOP TEN CANDIDATES TO DONATE TO!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN (though stop back through the weekend, as I will have a list from the SLOBs of scary movies they like best)!

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FLAMING HOT UPDATE: OBAMA’S APPROVAL NUMBERS OFFICIALLY IN THE 30′S!!!!Currently, two-thirds of Americans (67%) have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just over one-third (37%) have a positive opinion. This continues the president’s downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency.

Dear Readers: The title is a quote from the famous “Troubles with Tribbles” Star Trek episode, and seems to be the only sensible explanation for Obama’s recent spate of speeches, in which he tells his “enemies” to “go to the back of the bus“. And his cheating, vote-frauding minions and elite media lapdogs are just like him — Tin Plated Over Bearing Swaggering Dictators with Delusions of Godhood.

(MUT: I used the quote earlier last year, but Obama seems to be doubling-down on delusional godhoodness).

To counter this on this vile rhetoric, I want to provide a few examples of what some all-inclusive, tolerant, liberty-loving Americans are doing to foster wealth creation, real equality, and personal responsibility.

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS TOUR: With ONE WEEK until the election, TPP’s tour moves into hyper-speed on a donated Jet, named Patriot One. The group visited Seattle WA, flew to large rally in Oregon and finished the day in Central California. In the next video,, national coordinators Mark Meckler and Jenny Beth Martin chat with a few fired-up agitators.

NICK POPADITCH UPDATE: I have been following the amazing heart-felt, grassroots efforts from the Chula Vista Patriots. Success! Popaditch will be appearing on the Sean Hannity show tonight. Also, VoteTheBumOut’s Richie sent this piece form WSJ’s John Fund. Guess which district is the top of his “likeliest upsets” list:

California 51 — Rep. Bob Filner hasn’t had a tough race against a Republican in this majority Hispanic district in years. But in 2006, he won only 51% of the Democratic primary vote against then-San Diego City Councilman Juan Vargas. Wounds from that race haven’t fully healed.

Mr. Filner is being challenged by Nick Popaditch, a former Marine officer who won a Silver Star in Iraq and was blinded in one eye by a grenade. Mr. Popaditch hasn’t raised much money, but the district contains many military families who may be drawn to his compelling story. The district, which includes downtown San Diego, is Democratic but George W. Bush won 46% of the vote in 2004, and Arnold Schwarzenegger carried the district by nine percentage points in his 2006 re-election race. This area was the scene of another stunning upset of a Democratic incumbent in the 1980 Reagan landslide, when Republican Duncan Hunter won unexpectedly. His son currently serves in Congress from a different San Diego district.

Really piss Obama off and get a seat even farther back in the bus — DONATE TO NICK POPADITCH (click here).

All I can say, after Nov. 2nd, the back of the bus is going to be packed with enemies. Perhaps, then, Obama and his agenda can be placed under that bus — and then the gears shifted between both “R” and “D” to roll the bus back and forth over the entire, contemptible, tyrannical mess. Bipartisanship, my friends. Sweet bipartisanship!

PROPOSITION 23 PHONE BANK: If you have 30 minutes, and want to help promote YES on 23, please CLICK HERE and donate time (as valuable as money) to the PROPOSITION 23 phone bank efforts. I am hoping to do a bit tomorrow, and I will blog about the experiences.

BEST BUMPER STICKER: Something form Capitalist Hero and Talk Show Divinity, Tammy Bruce:

VOTER FRAUD: I think, given the scope of all the fraud being uncovered by vigilant citizens, that post Nov. 2nd, Tea Party groups should focus on addressing vote fraud. Most Americans are so honest, they cannot comprehend anyone cheating for extra-votes. HillBuzz has a great piece on this subject today:

I want you to join us in a promise: we will force the Republican Party to make combating voter fraud one of their number one priorities. This is something the Tea Party, Momma Grizzlies, and Palin supporters all need to join forces and get behind — and it’s just the sort of thing Governor Palin herself could embrace and be more effective than anyone in history at addressing. Voter Fraud is rampant in this country. Currently, Drudge is running stories about Democrats rigging machines to default vote Democrat in Nevada and North Carolina. Yesterday, we heard about Democrats going to nursing homes in Connecticut and illegally voting for dementia-addled elderly people who don’t know their own names anymore, let alone whom they want to vote for.

As a full homage to Star Trek, here is a video explanation for Obama’s Presidency from a Next Generation perspective:

On a more serious note: Prayers for a speedy recovery to Carly Fiorina!

Update: My Catholic readers may want to read this from Gateway Pundit — Democrats Release Disgusting Anti-Catholic Ad For Final Election Push.

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Dear Friends: Proposition 23 is the measure that, when passed, will delay the implementation of California’s Global Warming Solution Act (AB32, or the state’s version of Cap&Trade) until reasonable employment levels are achieved. As I mentioned yesterday, a friend to this site notes that Governor Schwarzenegger and the elite legislature are threatening business-supporters of Prop. 23 with special taxes (hence the reason the state budget is still not passed). The money quote:

Very reliable sources tell us that the reason for the delay is that CA Gov. Schwarzenegger, with the collaboration of the State Legislature, is blackmailing potential business supporters of Proposition 23, the California Jobs Initiative that would delay implementation of AB32. They are threatening these supporters with reprisals of special taxes and other punitive measures if they support Prop 23. But once the budget is passed, it is no longer possible to include these taxes in the budget. This is a big reason why the budget is late.

Lorraine posted this today:

According to the California Department of Finance, it costs the state $52 million a day for every day the state remains with no budget. Projects go uncompleted and teachers remain unpaid, among other unnecessary hardships. IOUs are issued from the state. Maybe that makes everything better.

The drastic drop in California’s economic output that will result from implementing AB (e.g., $4000 plus/year cost to families and $50,000 plus/year cost to essential small businesses) will result in a drastic drop in revenues for state agencies, including those responsible for providing social services and protecting the environment — proving to be more harmful to environmental health for California’s citizens. According to a Sacramento State University study, agencies which face cuts of up to 80% under AB 32 include the Department of Public Health, Department of Developmental Services, Children’s Medical Services and Rural Health and Department of Housing and Urban Development.

So, it is with interest that I read this piece on Hot Air today: Exclusive: EPW report shows new EPA rules will cost more than 800,000 jobs. The Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee report had these tasty chestnuts:

* New standards for commercial and industrial boilers: up to 798,250 jobs at risk;
* The revised National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone: severe restrictions on job creation and business expansion in hundreds of counties nationwide.
* New standards for Portland Cement plants: up to 18 cement plants at risk of shutting down, threatening nearly 1,800 direct jobs and 9,000 indirect jobs;
* The Endangerment Finding/Tailoring Rules for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: higher energy costs; jobs moving overseas; severe economic impacts on the poor, the elderly, minorities, and those on fixed incomes; 6.1 million sources subject to EPA control and regulation;

If the EPA rules go through, you can thank California. We have been the incubator of the crappy eco-economy the rest of the nation is about to enjoy!

Check out the Doo Doo Economics T-Shirt line!

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Dear Readers: This weekend I read an inspirational piece about dealing with New York’s “Parasite Party” in HillBuzz; as a Californian, it really spoke to me. The money quote is here:

The interests of NYC are not the interests of the rest of the state. Outside NYC, the chief business is agriculture. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Schenectady, Rome, Utica, are not the centers of manufacturing or technology they once were. They are now struggling populations, asphyxiated with mandates imposed – – but not adequately funded – – by the state. New Yorkers are nickled and dimed to feed the Parasite Party. We are bizarrely divided between those who resent the nickel and diming, and those who are not affected. High taxes and oppressive regulations are irrelevant to a powerful elite who transcend New York State, and to those who contribute little or nothing. The elite dominates, and is indifferent to, the rest of the state, and the rest of the state knows it.

Carl Paladino understands: this is personal, it is not business. The Parasite Party is not good for most New Yorkers. They are the Soviet, and he is Lech Walesa.

I was planning to spend this week discussing the California ballot (click HERE for the specific recommendations of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition). Proposition 23 is first and foremost among those, at it would delay the toxic state version of Cap&Trade’s implementation, at least until reasonable employment levels were achieved. It seems that support for Proposition 23 is surging in the polls. Our political class in unhappy with this new development, and is using the CA budget as a tool to inflict real pain on businesspeople who do not agree that global warming is so significant a problem that Californians need to be burdened with increased taxes and senseless regulations.

Lorraine Yappes Cohen, a chemist active in getting out the real science refuting the assertion there is man-made global warming, has this piece out in her Examiner column today: California state budget late, stalls for time to blackmail Prop 23 supporters. The money quote is this one:

Very reliable sources tell us that the reason for the delay is that CA Gov. Schwarzenegger, with the collaboration of the State Legislature, is blackmailing potential business supporters of Proposition 23, the California Jobs Initiative that would delay implementation of AB32. They are threatening these supporters with reprisals of special taxes and other punitive measures if they support Prop 23. But once the budget is passed, it is no longer possible to include these taxes in the budget. This is a big reason why the budget is late.

Don’t count on reading about this in media outlets in the tank for the administration and the Wall Street “financial engineers” positioned to profit from AB32.

The State of California must really want that AB32 money from the pockets of working people. To stoop to such political power maneuvers is out-and-out blackmail.

Parisite Party Kills Business Builders

I hope all my cherished readers get this information out to as wide a sphere as possible. Furthermore, it is time to make a few calls/emails today. CA’s political bedbugs need to be taken-care of in the next election. The Parasite Party needs to go!

Governor’s Office:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-558-3160

Note: Click HERE for district office numbers.

Email for California Senators: Click HERE

California Assembly Roster is HERE.

If we fail to suspend AB 32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act based on bad science, the consequences will be as horrendous as the scene in the movie Alien. Many businesses have already been victimized by CARB’s bureaucrats and have been forced to shut down or pay tens of thousands in fines and fees to continue operating. Stories about CA’s citizens fleeing the state’s insanity are legion. Please “REFUDIATE” CA’S PARASITE PARTY BY DONATING TO YES ON 23! TODAY!!!

For a look at extremist environmentalist power-grabs at the nation level, check out this Pajamas Media piece: How the Environmental Movement Became Just Another Washington Power Bloc

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Dear Readers: I was talking with my Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition compatriot, Sarah Bond, yesterday afternoon. She let me know that gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is still bitterly clinging to her idea of killing CA’s Cap& Trade legislation by veto, rather than destroying it out-right by voting YES on PROP0SITION 23. She is under the erroneous impression that with her miraculous “plan” we can implement Cap&Trade “better”. There is NO law based on fraudulent science that can ever be made better.

Sarah informs me that Meg shared this chestnut with several citizen group coordinators the other day, and many were shocked to learn of this insipid approach — not having had the benefit of hearing it live on the John and Ken Show. That got me to thinking about how my attitudes toward Whitman and the GOP senatorial candidate have changed.

You see, fighting back on over-regulation and bureaucracy-building is my #1 issue. Carly Fiorina, the GOP’s senatorial pick, seems to have been persuaded by the efforts of her fellow citizens and the facts, to vote YES on 23. Carly — NOT PERFECT, BUT PERSUADABLE!. So, now I will formally begin to promote and support her efforts to replace the detestable Babs Boxer for Senate…which is about 180 degrees different that I felt about a month ago, when I posted this: CARLY can thank MEG if she wins!

Now, if Meg wins, she can thank BOTH Carly and her opponent, Jerry Brown. Brown is such a horrendous candidate that our state’s Democratic Party should be ashamed they could not do better, even in this challenging environment. And I say this as a Democrat.

Will it be in the 30's by November?

As Sarah noted, girl crushes are fickle things! :)

I must point out that I am joking, as I am married to my sweetie of 11-plus years (Horemheb). But there were many references to “man crushes” in the Hot Air comments section, related to their post on the NJ Governor Chris Christie’s excellent, factual, and impassioned response to a Teacher Union member who is unhappy with the “New World Order”. So in this vein, I wanted to spend some time, and with some humor, covering a few more “girl crushes”! :)

I have been having a weighty discussion with my Tea Party blogging-friend, W.C. Varones, regarding the merits of the two GOP senatorial hopefuls: Mike Castle and Christine O’Donnell. If you read through the comments, you will see the respectful way he and I weigh the matter, and disagree — something that Instapudit Glenn Reynolds would like more of in such debates: I favor the Tea Party insurgency, but I think that reasonable people can differ as to whether it’s more important to get a Senate majority, or to push for less squishy Senators. There are good arguments both ways, and I’d encourage people who disagree to try to remember that.. The essence of my decision came down to this:

Once I learned that Castle co-authored the contemptible DISCLOSE ACT, I determined that if O’Donnell prevails in the primary, and loses, I would still rather have the Democrat in (it would be a one-to-one swap) than have a true enemy of the Tea Party in the Senate. As I see it, the Democratic Senator would merely ignore the movement — whereas Castle will make that movement a big target.

Delaware Senate Hopeful Christine O'Donnell

Two more elements came together to reinforce my stance today. Firstly, I discovered O’Donnell was brave enough to run-against Biden when it was not likely she would win. Now that the seat seems like “easy pickings”, Castle comes in. Secondly, this piece by Jack Lord in the American Specator is outstanding, and highlights how much the GOP Ruling Class will act to keep O’Donnell out: The Ruling Class Hits Christine O’Donnell. The entire piece is essential Tea Party reading; this clip will give you the citizen-based thinking behind it, which smack-down the elitism in the WSJ and National Review Online items disparaging Christine:

It must be said here that the reason Ms. O’Donnell is a “two-time loser” is that she had the guts to take on up-hill Senate races in the first place. Where was Mike Castle when it was time to challenge Democrat incumbent Senator Tom Carper in 2006? Where was Castle when it was time to challenge Biden in 2008 — when Biden was playing the Ruling Class game and had a ballot spot for both re-election to the Senate and on Obama’s ticket as vice president? Answer? Not running. Why? Because the man who so much wants to be a United States Senator from Delaware didn’t want to mar his reputation with a loss — thus enabling some Ruling Class writer to describe Castle as a “two-time statewide loser.” Such things are important in Ruling Class circles, and the fact that O’Donnell paid no heed and took on Delaware’s political goliaths Carper and Biden anyway is a sign of Country Class guts.

As if that weren’t enough GIRL POWER, Hot Air posted a clip featuring an ad for New Mexico gubernatorial race. My newest “crush”, Susana Martinez, is the first Hispanic woman nominated for governor in any state and is the Republican candidate. Her opponent, Diane Denish, hit Martinez with an attack ad on education policy featuring a New Mexico teacher who Martinez but in jail for kidnapping. The clip covers Martinez’ short, sweet, and to-the-point refutation of this inanity put out by Team Denish.

Now, I will list off my #1 Girl Crush for the November 2010 election cycle. No, it is not Sarah Palin. It is this lady:

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

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Dear Readers: Coordinating Tea Party events can always be a challenge. We coordinators often fret about turn-out. Being the perpetual optimist that I am, I have a guiding rule: A TEA PARTY IS ALWAYS THE RIGHT SIZE FOR WHAT IT NEEDS TO ACCOMPLISH.

In that vein, let me share with you a couple of key stories from this past week. First, about one dozen citizen activists demonstrated in support of Proposition 23 in front of the state Republican Party Convention this Friday. W.C. Varones has the details: Wherein citizens exercising their First Amendment rights encounter a cowardly, profanity-spewing Meg Whitman operative

Sarah Bond of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition had this to say: “I would add that we got a lot of media bang for our buck last night. In addition to the piece you already have in the link, we got a solid mention with KUSI: STATE GOP CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO

And we had several visits form conventioneers who were working on YES ON 23 inside the building, including a press conference and homemade campaign buttons. It is clear that this is a hot issue within the CRP. The party went on record as early as February that they would support Prop 23, but Whitman’s stubborn refusal to support the suspension of AB32 has insiders freaking out. How can the top of the ticket be soft on Cap & Trade and hope the party can maintain it’s theoretical tough-on-taxes image? It can’t. If Meg doesn’t change her mind soon, November is going to be a ho-hum fizzle for the GOP’s leading lady…and possibly the party itself. Just wait until school starts and parents in the tea party can REALLY start hitting this hard.

Sarah obtained a report that the GOP voted in support of Proposition 23, and more information on the party’s positions can also be located at W.C. Varones’ site: California Republican Party adopts positions on propositions. We hope that the state GOP can reign Whitman in on this issue and others…. before she does something crazy, like go soft on Obamacare.

This week, another band of about a dozen citizen activists greeted gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown at one of his campaign events: LA LEFTISTS GET THE CODE PINK TREATMENT AND JODIE EVAN’S JERRY BROWN FUNDRAISER. This Big Government report is truly inspirational:

Image from Big Government

Melanie Morgan, founder of Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop organization, led about a dozen conservative activists who protested at the Venice home of Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans at a Saturday afternoon fundraiser for California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown…..

Event host Jodie Evans was visibly angry at getting a taste of her own medicine and had several confrontations, including one in which she denied, against the evidence, that she supports the terrorist organization Hamas. Several guests were none-too-pleased with being protested, while some had no idea they were attending an event associated with Code Pink…..

Jerry Brown sneaked into the house from the back door while Melanie Morgan threw her body onto the sidewalk shouting, “Code Pink supports terrorists!” When not laying on the sidewalk, Morgan stood outside the back gate, “yelling through a screen at [Evans] while she sipped her white wine as Brown’s security guard watched from inside his SUV with the engine running for two hours.” Though the Dodge Durango burned needless fossil fuels, presumably waiting for Brown’s departure, he left in yet another vehicle.

My little gem of wisdom was given to David Mazzerelli, the coordinator of Tea Party Italia. I will be speaking about my experiences with the Italian Tea Party as part of the Tea Party Patriots “Recycle Government” rallies on September 12. I will be at the Sacramento event, joining personal Tea Party heroes like Dawn Wildman, Mark Meckler, and Tammy Bruce. I am hoping to update everyone on Tea Party Italia later this week! It seems the group will be hosting a big event in Naples the day after our event.

Florence Tea Party, June 2010 -- with American Guest

I would like to note that fellow SLOB, Beers with Demo, offers another reason for optimism: The opening of the Alpine Beer Company. Meanwhile,The Liberator Today counters a reason we need to drink, and takes a look at the new stylings of the San Diego Union Tribune:

The U-T article is a must read for all Tea Party types. It lays out in stark detail the shenanigans and the cost to the taxpayer of allowing the ruling class to have its way unsupervised. Some quotes:

The push for a half-cent increase to San Diego’s sales tax has just begun, but it actually goes back to past decisions by city leaders who chose short-term political expediency over the long-term interests of taxpayers. . . . For example, the highest-paid retiree in the city’s pension system, former Assistant City Attorney Eugene Gordon, would have been due an annual benefit of roughly $64,600 after his 34 service years if city leaders hadn’t significantly increased retirement benefits. . . . The design of the city’s pension changed again in 2002, but things only got worse. Golding’s successor, Dick Murphy, and the City Council established a new underfunding plan that called for a second benefit increase for retirees. Their action instantly created a $1 billion-plus pension deficit. The increase helped win the favor of pension board members, many of whom were city workers, to let the city put far less money into the pension fund than was required. . . .

Currently, the payment is $232 million, or 21 percent of the operating budget.

By 2025, it’s projected to be $512 million, or nearly 47 percent of the operating budget, if no changes are made to pensions or budgets.

And Left Coast Rebel piles on with a look at the California School System. Beer, no. Pass me some of that Italian wine!

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Dear Readers: Just in case some are still under the misimpression that the Tea Party is the junior partner of the Republican Party, then watch as California Tea Party activists rally in front of the Republican Party’s Fall Convention in San Diego. This is the direct result of our members listening to gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman on the John and Ken Show recently (details can be found HERE). Once she indicated that she would vote NO on Proposition 23 (the ballot measure that would delay the implementation of CA’s version of Cap & Trade until we turned the economy around), CA Tea Party patriots across the state wanted to reinforce the Republican Party support, which appears to be weakening.

Therefore, I want to take this opportunity to invite southern Californians to the Tea Party’s takeover of the GOP plank regarding Cap & Trade.

Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition co-founder Sarah Bond just sent me this note:

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The California Republican Party is holding its Fall Convention right here in San Diego this weekend, and this is a prime opportunity to let Meg, the leading lady of this event, know that we, the taxpayers of California, SUPPORT PROP 23.

I know it’s last minute, but let’s hold a good old fashioned “YES ON 23″ sidewalk rally outside the convention…and if the GOP and its nominees wish to join us in support of this critical initiative, then great! We MUST stop AB32!!! But if Meg continues to waffle…

PLEASE KEEP THE MESSAGE SIMPLE FOR MAXIMUM IMPACT: “YES ON 23, JOBS FIRST” / “SUSPEND AB32″ / “STOP CAP & TRADE”

YES ON 23 RALLY

Date: Friday, Aug 20, 2010
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Location – Sidewalk corner outside the:
Hyatt Manchester; Corner of W. Harbor Dr. & Kettner Blvd. San Diego, CA

MAP: click HERE

PARKING: $10 parking at the San Diego Convention Center just east on Harbor Drive. More expensive paid parking is available behind the Hyatt, and a limited number of metered spots are available in the neighborhood across Harbor Dr. (be ready for plenty of walking).

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In case you need, here are some downloadable signs already available; I will update this with more items, as they become available.

Suspend AB 32 8.5″x11″ JPEG – http://www.box.net/shared/h1vji2tc9t
Suspend AB 32 8.5″x11″ PDF – http://www.box.net/shared/pn3ubleicm
Suspend AB32 20″x30″ JPEG – http://www.box.net/shared/rxm28p9c2m

This is an important issue. A California State University study estimates that compliance with the regulations derived from AB32 will cost an average family cost about $3,900 per year, a small business about $50,000 per year, and will result in a total loss of business output in the range of $180 billion yearly. The California Air Resources Board produced its own rosy prediction of AB 32 that was widely criticized by a panel of peer reviewers, world renowned economists and other experts as incomplete and overly optimistic. Proponents of Cap&Trade include many big, elite, green-corporations and investors, who tout that AB32 measures will bring in tons of money and investment. Such arguments are fallacious, and I suspect e-Meg has many ties to green investors, who would like nothing more than to eliminate competition and force a market for their products. The Spanish provide ample example for this folly: For every new “green job” that depends on energy price supports, at least 2.2 jobs in other industries disappear, according to a study from King Juan Carlos University in Madrid. Can Californians really support laws that cost us even more jobs, and direct more power to elite regulators and union bosses?

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Dear Readers: I wanted to take a moment to share with you some great examples of Tag-Team Blogging, which underscore how the social media is helping Tea Party activists get their message out to fellow Americans. I have been working with Tim Daniel of Left Coast Rebel, who is using his new spot on The Daily Caller, to help promote an important story I posted regarding scientists formally challenging man-made global warming theology.

His new piece is: “Manhattan glaciers, Moscow heat wave highlight need for effective global warming rebuttal.” It is a must read, as it will lead into a second part that ties into my more detailed piece, develop after I attended a special conference. I will post that second part tomorrow.

Thank to Tim, a lot of good people are going to get a change to learn that some of America’s leading scientists do NOT buy into the belief that man is causing global climate change. They are also going to learn how to combat, with some solid science, the tired tenents of extremist environmentalists. For example, one of the problems supporters of Proposition 23 face (Note – Prop 23 will delay CA’s implementation of Cap&Trade, at least) is the enormous amount of money green lobbying firms have. These means well-paid employees of organizations such as National Resources Defense Council (check them out HERE) have tons of time and incentive to flood the media with global warming inanity and lies about the “vast amount of monies we will get from green jobs!” There assertions are laughable, especially upon thoughtful reflection as provided in the John Stossel article, The Fallacy of Green Jobs.

Tim’s two pieces will help a lot in this fight to save California’s jobs and prosperity.

I would also like to note that Beers with Demo’s piece shows how one blog inspires another – Tag Team: Start with a running theme here at Beers with Demo, add some word-smithing by KT and then finish it off with a priceless photo shop effort by Temple of Mut and you have an image that will soon be sweeping the interwebs.

A little more link-love for the other members of this team:

* The Liberator Today covers some surprises in the news.
* W.C. Varones welcomes the new government employee overlords….and keep an eye for posts about Ben Bernacke’s decision at the Fed today.

And, last…but not least, Kimberly Dvorak has that update on the Laredo, TX ranch that WAS taken over by a Mexican Drug Cartel: Rancher claims Mexican cartels takeover Texas ranch -Police blotter confirms story is not a hoax

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MUT News and Views:

* Sadly, despite my numerous calls and our best efforts, Stimulus II passed today.
* Patterico has a wild news item: Levi Johnston Shopping Reality Show
* Gateway Pundit highlights the left’s summer of discontent: Top Leftie Blogger: Obama Campaign Asked Me to Do ‘Dirty Work’ in 2008, and I Did
* In news related to my main topic, Bizzyblog reports: Copenhagen Dashed: AP Reports Lament That Bonn Climate Talks ‘Slip Backward’ and ‘Stumble’

Finally, The Anchoress has a news item that underscores the new image many people have of his administration reign: Obama Refuses Perry’s LetterGov. Rick Perry’s meeting at the Austin airport with President Barack Obama on border security lasted a mere 34 seconds, and Perry had to hand a letter on the issue to presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett because Obama declined to personally accept it…. Iguess it’s a president who believes he is a prince, not an executive, a president who thinks he is supposed to rule, rather than lead, and a president who dares not accept a letter from a Governor because then he won’t be able to say he never read it or hasn’t seen it.

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UPDATE: The California GOP is attempting to do damage control after Meg Whitman’s disaster on John and Kin (podcast link below), indicating the party supports Proposition 23: Prop. 23 is a hot potato for state GOP: confusion reigns on endorsement

Dear Readers: A short post to warn my Tea Party friends that SACRAMENTO and BOTH of the state’s major party organizations don’t give a rat’s ass about our citizen activism — yet. And, since I haven’t done a classic movie reference recently, I decided to pull an apt one from the vaults today:

I urge all my fellow agitators to review my major piece on PROPOSITION 23/REPEALING CA CAP&TRADE, and to listen to the podcast of Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. After you do, click HERE for a list of phone numbers and contacts, to underscore that California voters will not blindly vote for someone who thinks that they can do “Cap & Trade” better, as the rules are based on fraudulent science AND the only thing that regulation will accomplish is the continued economically deadly partnership between eco-tyrannical regulators and elite business leaders. Or, click HERE to see an example of how to “Talk to Meg”.

As I see it, Californians have to options in November, for Governor: Arsenic or Old Lace.

* Vote for Meg = Arsenic. I didn’t realize she was a Democrat until 2 years ago. Not to say there is anything “wrong” with that — I’m a Democrat, too! But, the newbie campaigner’s 56 consultants didn’t get the memo: The Usual Rules No Longer Apply. Basically, if we elect Meg, we get a real liberal who is potentially effective and desirous if implementing a traditional liberal agenda with her “three-point plans”. Only plus: She seems to be battling the union elites. But, I now have to wonder if that isn’t all show.

* Vote for Jerry Brown = Old Lace. If we elect Jerry, we get a openly liberal politico who may be too far along in dementia to be effective. Big drawback: adores the unions and his actions as Governor in the past supporting those unions have gotten us where we are today.

My Libertarian friends will say there is yet another way — “Third Party”. And, while that is an option, it will still lead to one of the two above candidates being Governor. God Bless California, as it seems the Democratic and Republican Party elites in this state have condemned it to hell.

Truly, the only real option WE have is to focus on the California Senate and Assembly, and get active in getting the best candidate elected — and toss out as many incumbents as we need. We have to look toward being able to effectively fight the Governor’s agenda, no matter who that Governor will be. Californians: Know the voting record of your Assembly representative and State Senator. Get active in the local election — don’t just focus on the national level (though that is important, too). If there are some outstanding candidates who need a little promotion, please contact me at mudnodjmetlpe@gmail.com.

Go to Tea Parties, too. The more vocal and visible we are, the more we affect change. Here are some key, local events.

NATIONAL DOCTORS TEA PARTY – San Diego: Sat. Aug. 7, 12:-00P noon – 3:00pm; Spanish Landing East, 3900 N. Harbor Dr.

EVAN SAYET RIGHT TO LAUGH COMEDY TOUR – Sat. Aug 7th, 8:00pm-9:30pm, Four Points Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr. San Diego, CA 92123

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MUT’s News and Views

* Michelle Malkin: No shady banking buddy left behind
* Gateway Pundit: First Lady’s Most Excellent Spanish Adventure Will Cost US Taxpayers Over $200,000
* Big Hollywood: ‘The Other Guys’: Will Ferrell Lecturing On Economics…Really?
* Big Government: Girl’s Lemonade Stand Closed Because of Regulations; Left Coast Rebel also has a great take on this, too.
* Big Journalism: Media Mostly Wrong About the Hispanic Vote

And, to conclude Elton John Appreciation Week with an appropriate title — and perhaps the next Tea Party Anthem: I’m Still Standing:

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Dear Readers:

Big government politicos keen to control American wealth and lifestyles via environmental regulation had a major failure recently: The US Senate recently passed an energy bill that abandons cap-and-trade, the legislation touted to “solve” the man-made global warming crisis. Despite the hopes of environmental activists and “green” business entities that worked to promote Cap&Trade at the federal level, the bill avoids all mention of economy-wide emission caps and does not impose renewable electricity standards on utility companies.

Americans, who are increasingly dismissing the assertion that man-made global warming is a serious concern, have dodged an economic bullet. Cap&Trade’s taxes and regulations would have placed a serious crimp in the country’s economic health. However, California’s regulators are still going forward with their plans to enforce the state equivalent to this plan: AB-32, the Global Warming Solution’s Act. In other words, California will confine the deleterious impact on business and lifestyle to this state. In fact, GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman just stated on the John and Ken show (AM640, click here for the 8/4 podcast/third hour) that she wants AB-32 to go into effect and then she will suspend it for one year while SHE decides the best way to implement Cap & Trade.

“Angry doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling right now, “ said Sarah Bond, Chief Executive Officer of the Southern California Tax Revolt Coalition. “ We must VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 23. The ballot measure, also known as the Jobs First Initiative, will temporarily suspend implementation the state’s global warming law California’s unemployment rate is lower and the state is in less economic danger.”

Hopefully, the temporary suspension will lead to a permanent one, as the theory of man-made global warming has been seriously questioned, and many parts refuted, by experienced scientists. I was privileged to attend a talk hosted by the Lynceans, a organization of physicists and engineers in the San Diego Area, that focused on the actual data pertinent to science supposedly driving the Cap&Trade schemes. It seems that the “debate” is not over, and there are several scientists who would relish the opportunity to rebut man-made global warming proponents directly in a live match.

Dr. Martin Fricke of San Diego, a nuclear physicist and Senior Fellow of The American Physical Society, arranged for two experts to review aspects of the “debate”. These experts were Dr. William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Dr. Roger Cohen, who spent over 40 years in industrial research in the electronics and energy industries and was the Senior Director for Exxon’s Corporate Research Laboratories and Manager of Strategic Planning and Programs.

Both men have stellar scientific biographies. For example, Happer was appointed as the Director of Energy Research, serving under the Secretary of Energy, where he oversaw basic research programs including much of the federal funding for high energy and nuclear physics, materials science, magnetic confinement fusion, environmental science, and the human genome project. Happer’s term of service included some time under Clinton Administration. Cohen initiated and managed a basic research program in climate science and has remained actively involved in the area since that time. Both men are members in several prestigious professional organizations — in other words, they represent some of the best scientific minds in America.

Californians interested in our state’s future can use the information presented in this seminar effectively in countering the global warming proponents wherever and whenever they encounter them. Cohen’s discussion focused on the dynamics of the debate, and how to address global warming believers effectively. Happer’s talk was focused on the technical side, refuting the global warming evidence and providing facts necessary for risk assessment related to carbon dioxide levels. Both presentations offered a lot of solid background material.

DEBATING the DEBATE TACTICS

“A remarkable feature of the dynamics is what happens when you ask the simple question regarding the case for serious anthropogenic global warming,” Cohen explained. “Responses tend to fall into three categories.” These categories are:

  1. Appeal to Authority. Cohen cited the argument that “the evidence for man-made global warming is overwhelming” as an example of this response.
  2. Precautionary Principles. “Proponents argue that even if the science supporting man-made global warming is wrong, if there is any risk at all, we need to do something heroic to reduce it.”
  3. Pure Anger. Probably, the class of response best known to pundits, in which people challenging the assertion man is causing global warming are called “deniers”, “oil company shills”, or are otherwise insulted.

The thrust of Cohen’s talk was to address these three debate styles. For example, the Appeal to Authority argument counters itself: over 30,000 scientists (including myself) have signed the Petition Project that challenges the man-made global warming hypothesis. Additionally, the American Physical Society Petition of 266 experienced and distinguished physicists calling for a new, independent, and objective assessment of the science. Furthermore, a recent open letter to the UN Secretary General, signed by dozens of highly-placed climate science professional, calls Global Warming science unsettled and challenged the United Nations Climate Change Conference to produce convincing OBSERVATIONAL EVIDENCE for their claims of dangerous human-caused global warming.

Interestingly, the “thousands of scientists” often referred by proponents boils down to a group of about 30 who actually write the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) Summary for Policy Makers (SPM), after consulting with governments. In fact the last SPM (2007) was written before the science reports were completed. The SPM is the overall assessment of the science that is all the media ever sees, and the IPCC press release is based on it. There has been much made of the fact that this Summary does not faithfully represent the body of science that goes into IPCC reports. One key item of many of the IPCC reports was the infamous “hockey stick” graphic.

Fraudulent "Hockey Stick" graph "proving" man-made global warming

“The hockey stick became the poster child of global warming, the most celebrated graph since Descartes invented the idea of graphs,” explained Cohen. “ We saw it in Gore’s movie. It appeared over and over again in the IPCC report. Let me read from that report, “The rate and duration of warming of the 20th century has been much greater than in any of the previous nine centuries. Similarly, it is likely that the 1990s have been the warmest decade and 1998 the warmest year of the millennium.

End of argument? Well no. We now know that this statement is baseless; it rests on work laden with technical errors and outright finagling. Climate-gate told us about the behind-the-scenes manipulations to promote and defend the stick, and to prevent opposing views from being published. But even before Climate-gate, the work of Steve McIntyre, Ross McKitrick, Hans Von Storch, and others had disposed of it from a science perspective. There are many documented serious problems with the stick. The early statistical methods were found to be flawed; they would produce an upward blade even from bogie proxies with no trend whatsoever.

“The most notorious issue involves a widely publicized e-mail string that has scientists discussing a so- called trick to hide the decline. They were talking about how to deal with a problem in showing how tree ring proxies stack up to the actual temperature record. The problem is that tree rings show a decline in their inferred temperature after 1960, while the actual temperature is believed to have increased. This is called the divergence problem. At issue is whether tree rings can be trusted as proxy “thermometers” going back 1,000 years or more if they can’t reproduce the last 40. The divergence problem was well known before the revelations. What is new is that we now know the details of an organized effort to cover up the discrepancies.”

After rebutting the Appeal to Authority argument, Cohen addresses how to handle Precautionary Principals. The Precautionary Principle warns that no matter how small the environmental risk, we should drive this risk as close to zero as we can. But environmentalists fail to include economic risk in the equation. In fact, a thorough economic/environmental study was conducted by Professor William Nordhaus of Yale (who has an award from the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and serves on the Congressional Budget Office Panel of Economic Experts). Nordhaus’ work is based on the most dire global warming data approved by the IPCC, erroneous as it is, and indicates that essentially doing nothing for the next 50 years is one of the best options.

W. D. Nordhaus, A Question of Balance: Weighing the Options on Global Warming Policies ( 2008)

“So the Precautionary Principle is hazardous to our future economic health,” explained Cohen. “Following the Precautionary Principle would logically lead us to spend trillions on other improbable events such as the next large asteroid collision, and we know that will happen someday. One purpose of science is to reduce uncertainty so as to facilitate wise decisions to promote human progress. The Precautionary Principle claims that one special brand of uncertainty is itself a reason to make decisive economic sacrifices. But the science does not support such economic interventions. Beware of the It Doesn’t Matter response. It does matter, and it matters a great deal.”

Lastly, Cohen noted that there only way to address the Pure Anger approach is to enjoy the fact that it a sign that the man-made global warming supporters are losing the debate. Cohen describes it as cognitive dissonance: The idea is that when presented with information that is dissonant from strong beliefs that people have invested in, the easiest way to deal with it is to ignore it, refuse to accept it, or simply avoid that type of information.

“But how can a belief be held so strongly when most people do not have the training or the inclination to make a scientific assessment?” queried Cohen. “Well, it is easy for people to fold their global warming cognitive into their political cognitive or their too-many-people cognitive. There it becomes heartily resistant to new information.”

CARBON DIOXIDE REALITIES

Dr. Happer’s talk focused on the physical science, highlighting evidence of the variability of carbon dioxide levels throughout Earth’s history, showing the complexity of trying to account for clouds and water vapor in computer climate models, showing that enhanced carbon dioxide levels can be good for the environment, and higher temperatures in the recent past have been very beneficial to mankind. In fact, the first part of Happer’s talk was actually on carbon dioxide itself.

“The Supreme Court recently ruled that carbon dioxide was a pollutant,” Happer said. “However, carbon dioxide is an essential component of the atmosphere. “The reading in this room is about 900 ppm (parts per million), after the meter was moved from under the A/C vent; yet, limits of 350 ppm are being discussed by the EPA as part of potential regulation. And in the air you exhale is 45,000 ppm. Additionally, people drink carbon dioxide in soda daily – are they actually drinking a toxic substance?”.

He then discussed how the molecule of carbon dioxide actually responded when exposed to sunlight of various wavelengths. It turns out that the water molecule is actually a much more potent global warming agent than CO2. Happer noted that cloud cover impacted how much heat was either received or radiated out from Earth, and how climate model programs were just not designed to adequately address this fact and can produce any answer you want by varying unknown parameters.. Happer reviewed a lot of detailed scientific research, including the Vostok Ice Cores that demonstrate the carbon dioxide levels are a lagging indicator – they actually rose AFTER global temperature increases, not vice versa.

“The Climate-gate scandals show that global-warming proponents have a high threshold for embarrassment, remarked Happer. “Essential surface data was not shared.” Happer continued to explain that through geologic history, research indicates that carbon dioxide levels varied widely – with seemingly no relationship to the actual global temperature. The following graph illustrates this important point.

Atmospheric CO2 levels and Temperature through Geologic History

Happer also described advertisements for equipment that elevate carbon dioxide levels. Plants thrive in atmospheres with about four times more carbon dioxide than average. Greenhouses will use the equipment for better crop yields and healthier plants. Happer highlighted this point: “In fact, if you do the math, 15% of the food yield increase we have seen in recent years is related to the increase in CO2. If we reduce the levels of CO2, we will noticeably reduce food yields.”

It is essential that Californians become better informed about the Climate-gate scandal, as well as proposals to regulate carbon dioxide coming from Sacramento and Washington. A LA Times Poll indicates that 67% of Californians currently support AB-32. It seems that the environmental activists’ talking points have been better promoted by the traditional media, but I know that Californians can be persuaded by facts once they have them. For example, a California State University study estimates AB-32 will result in an average family cost of about $3,900 per year, a small business cost of about $50,000 per year and a total loss of output in the range of $180 billion. And economists anticipate that AB-32’s implementation can cost California up to 1.1 million jobs.

It is up to knowledgeable citizens everywhere to talk to their friends, neighbors, and fellow voters about the types of information that leading scientists and engaged Americans, such as Drs. Cohen and Happer, have presented. Our future, and the future of the state, are on the line this November.

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For readers interested in technical details and further information, please use the following links.

Dr. Cohen’s Presentation
Dr. Happer’s Presentation
List of Related References
Dr. Roy Spencer’s site: http://www.drroyspencer.com/latest-global-temperatures/
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MUT News and Views:

AUG 7 – NATIONAL DOCTORS TEA PARTY – SAN DIEGO

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and the Physicians Against Obamacare are organizing a Tea Party on Aug 7th to demand a repeal of Obamacare. Speakers include, Roger Hedgecock, Sharron Angle, Joseph Rarah, Sally Pipes, Nick Popaditch, Chuck Devore and many more! This event will be held in conjunction with other events across the U.S. On the same day.

Date: Sat. Aug. 7
Time: Noon – 3:00 pm
Location: Spanish Landing East; 3900 N. Harbor Dr.; San Diego, CA 92101

* Michelle Malkin discusses other elite-business/leftist regulator partnerships that hurt the average citizen: The shady Shorebank bailout revisited
* Hot Air notes the dire economic situation natioanally: ADP report shows anemic private-sector job growth
* Gateway Pundit reveals the use of tax dollars: Michelle And Sasha’s Excellent Spanish Adventure…At Taxpayers Expense!BizzyBlog follows up with equally excellent analysis!
* The HillBuzz Team have a gripping review of Obama on his birthday.
* Patterico, the Anchoress, Althouse, and Malkin all cover a key California issue – the overturning of Proposition 8.

From the SLOBs:

* Beers with Demo continues his Elton John Appreciation Week with a humble suggestion from me, to express our gratitude to the citizens of Missouri for their brave choice on Proposition C!
* Left Coast Rebel reports on a British Citizen arrested in Dubai for wearing a bikini.
* Kimberly Dvorak has two HOT stories.

1) Why did the taxpayers of California have to fund a bunch of state government employees’ trip to protest an Arizona matter? Astro Turf provided by SEIU hijacks Arizona 1070 rally

2) MUT MUST READ: A comprehensive analysis of the deterioration of the US/Mexican border situation that is under-reported by the elite media (as it is mired in endless distractions): Drug cartels, media blackouts and more are commonplace along border

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