Dear Readers: Horemheb, the Young Prince, and I went to the Wild Animal Park today, as everyone had the day off. I wanted to take a few moments to do a news round-up of items that have caught my eye in the past few days.
1) Last word on the Tucson Tragedy. On Covert Conservatives, I went on a rant about how the Republican elites in the NYC-DC Corridor remained silent while Tea Parties and Sarah Palin were being libeled by the leftist pseduo-journalists and incompetent law enforcement agents: Upon reflection, I will note that the elite Republicans stayed silent while the Tea Party and Sarah Palin got attacked. Perhaps I missed it, but where was Boehner, McConnell, McCain and most newly elected GOP members? Elite, belt-way Republicans detest us as much, if not more, than the leftist elites. …Most of the NYC-DC corridor Republicans contributed to the blood libel on Tea Parties and Palin by their silence.
Capitalist hero, Tammy Bruce, concurs: Democrat and Republican leadership sat silent, including Barack Obama, as this nation was stomped on by grotesque beasts using the dead and maimed in an attempt to add a 21st victim–Sarah Palin–to the body count.
Please read Angelo Codevilla’s outstanding piece, “America’s Ruling Class–and the perils of Revolution”, and I think you will see where the Tea Party focus really needs to be. I will also note that fellow SLOB. W.C. Vaqrones, was one of the first with the news of the leftist activist who threatened a Tea Party coordinator at a Tucson event.
2) Congrats to B-Daddy of “The Liberator Today” for his writing gig at the San Diego Rostra. One of the things I really want to do this year is get an in-depth look at San Diego political workings. B-Daddy promises to be a great source of local information. His piece on Lori Zapf (new SD Councilwoman for District 6) is illuminating: Zapf, Sanders and a Shiny New City Hall.. Regarding her response to an inquiry about her position, B-Daddy writes: So far, so good, as far is it goes, but there was wiggle room for a change in her position down the line, and nothing to preclude bypassing a vote of the people. Also, the discussion of how much it costs to run the old city hall has been part of Mayor Sanders standard line on the subject for some time.
Please read and comment if you can!
3) Cal Watchdog has two must reads:
Fritz also noted that Brown’s education funding plan doesn’t even mention that the California State Teachers Retirement System, in changing its actuarial rate assumption from 8 percent to 7.7 percent, has doubled its pension liability. The state is vastly underfunding teacher pensions, and contributions need to go up — but Brown completely avoided the issue, by pretending in his budget that the system is funded adequately. That’s a $4 billion issue.
The best current estimated cost for Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed special election on whether to extend tax hikes another five years is roughly $70 million. Given recent history, counties across the state will have to pay that cost out of the own pockets, just like they’ve done 23 other times over the last two years.
That’s 70 million dollars down the drain, in an attempt to extract even more money from over-taxed citizens burdened with a poor economy. It is as I say: Jerry Brown — GREEN DOG DEMOCRAT. I predict Brown is going to be as successful in his gubernatorial sequel as Schwarzenegger will be in his post-Sacramento acting career.
4) Beers with Demo looks at some poll massaging from the AP — making it seem like we all feel Obamacare is more palatable now. I think not.
5) The Scratching Posts notes California is screwed..weather-wise. The new climate-change meme is SUPERSTORMS. You may want to check out Lorraine Yapps Cohen’s excellent piece on Dr. Fred Singer’s talk that, in part, highlighted that temperature change is the result of solar activity.
What can I say? California is a zoo.