Posts Tagged ‘Eco-Tyranny’

Dear Readers:  Scanning the web today, I had an eco-update to my “Environmentalists Gone Wild” post of yesterday.  It seems that California activists are saying CALIFORNIA’S CAP AND TRADE IS RACIST!!!  Cool.

A coalition of environmental justice and civil rights activists has filed a complaint alleging that cap-and-trade provisions in California’s pioneering program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions discriminate against people of color.

Eco-activists vs race-baiters. I have just 2 words:

I wonder if Capt. Capitalism will consider this fight “well-rounded”. BUTT I digress.

Speaking of insanity, DNC-head Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent a survey to us Democrats. The odor of desperation so potent it managed to waft through the computer screen. Here is a sample of the questions asked: I suspect that the DNC will be none too happy with my response.


The Democrats in Sacramento are also madly working to manipulate a series of spot-bills that will help making passing tax increases on us minions much easier. From Cal WatchDog: NEW: ‘Big three’ budget talks behind closed doors

Earlier in the year I reported about the 80 spot bills — empty bills awaiting bill language — which were moved from the legislative budget committees to the Assembly and Senate floors.

The now includes Proposition 25, majority vote by the Legislature to pass a budget; and Proposition 26, requiring a supermajority vote to pass fees and taxes by the Legislature. So the majority Democrats are making major policy changes and potential tax increases by dropping either in trailer-bill language.

By using the spot bills, and now budget-trailer bills, the majority party is avoiding the usual and legal committee process, and the public will never hear the policy and financial debate surrounding the bills.

This means legislators are not always given have a chance to weigh in on and debate the bills.

The tactic raises serious questions about the questionable lengths the majority party will go to jam through legislation without the historically and legal processes.

How can such insanity be dealt with? Per Alinksy Rule 5 — some mocking is in order. Fellow SLOBs Beers with Demo and Charles Caesar, and Conservative Mom Friend Zilla, have been leading the way with the newest Twitter-blitzkrieg: #characterstospare, mocking Obama’s lame insult of the Romney campaign.

              I LOVE US!!!

KT Cat has a series on European Insanity — that is, their debt crisis. His pieces on what is going on over across the pond are essential reading, as this is likely to really impact us hard. For example, in a bat-shit crazy-ass move, new French President Hollande just LOWERED the retirement to 60. I guess because German workers are just aces about working to 80 to support them.

Quick — call the civility police — I just used the words ass and shit.

To conclude, a little tune called “Blue Insanity”.

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Dear Readers: I had a lovely chat with LaDona Harvey this afternoon, as she was covering the case of the EPA Region VI administrator, Al Armendariz, who stated he “crucified” businesses as part of his regulatory compliance practices (Update – check out the conversation by clicking HERE — I on on about minute 20:00). She and Slash were amused by my compare-&-contrast of Rome to the EPA. Happily, I was able to report to her that Armendariz has fallen on his sword (courtesy of Bryan Preston/Pajamas Media).

The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the oil-rich South and Southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe his approach to enforcement. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the five-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

A review of Armendariz’ record shows a resume weak in practical science and business experience, blended with close connections to extreme leftist environmental activists! Perfect choice for Team Obama’s supervision of the energy-rich states!!!

One down, so many more to go (e.g., Holder’s Answer to ‘Fast and Furious’ Records Requests: Blank Pages)!!!! Now, this is a Roman approach involving elite, arrogant, power-mad bureaucrats that I can get behind. But, I digress.

Keeping the environmental focus, Lonely Conservative notes that the Obama-blessed green energy corporation that was going to usher in an era clean energy has left behind a bunch of hazardous waste (in addition to the enormous debt that we taxpayers are going to cover): The Fremont Fire Department’s Jay Swardenski oversees the cleanup. He said some materials, such as cadmium , are toxic, and hard to dispose of. “They don’t degrade at all, so we want to make sure we don’t allow these materials to get into the environment,” he said.

Jammie Wearing Fools has more here.

And if the “Curse of the Eco-Tryant” news wasn’t enough, comes data from a recent study that shows that Large Windfarms Cause Global Warming. Even though the application of global-warming prevention policies are toxic, both Professor Jacobson and I find the irony highly entertaining. Based on a scientific analysis of the data, I predict that Obama’s “Green Energy Campaign” is going to be as successful as his new “Forward” marketing strategy.

A perfect trifecta of complete environmental failure!!!

Tomorrow, I will focus on a trifecta of California failure (unions and their platinum pensions, regulations, and Brown).  As Mark Meckler notes, Big Government is Killing California.  Meanwhile, enjoy this YouTube clip of the “Death of Anthony and Cleopatra” from the iconic Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra.

As an aside, one of the primary health and safety rules I teach is read the label. Political Junkie Mom has an opinion of idiots who fail to do so, forcing others to pay for their stupidity.

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Dear Readers: A friend of the Shrine decided to give a call to the office of Karen Bass, freshman congresswoman from the blue CA-33/West LA County area. He notes:

On her internet site, she has a video of the “Faces of the unemployed”. She is the cause of much of the unemployment in California stemming way back to the formaldehyde issue I faced and thousands of others in this state as well as the diesel rule under the guise of the California Air Resources Board. I called her office in Washington and told her people that I would like to be on that video and her actions as Speaker of the House in California was in the most part responsible for my demise financially. In the words of her spokesman: “The environment is much more important than jobs”.

I wanted to take the time to introduce Californians to Karen Bass. Her biography should raise red flags to Californians who expect their representatives to focus on job creation — especially as Gallup reports that the real unemployment rate is over 9% and the “underemployment” rate is close to 20% (mindful that the Great Depression rates were 25% at their height).

  • She is the leader of the California African-Americans for Obama.
  • Bass served as a California Co-chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
  • As a member of the California Assembly, she Bass served as the chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care and as vice chair of the Legislative Black Caucus.
  • When Speaker Fabian Nunez was termed out of the California Assembly (she served in the 47th CA Assembly District and was Majority Whip), she was voted in as Speaker.  Subsequently, she stated: “The Republicans were essentially threatened and terrorized against voting for revenue. Now [some] are facing recalls. They operate under a terrorist threat: ‘You vote for revenue and your career is over.’ I don’t know why we allow that kind of terrorism to exist. I guess it’s about free speech, but it’s extremely unfair.”

During her time in the California Assembly, I don’t see any record of service on teams involving budget or small business expansion.  I see no evidence of any thing resembling serious interest in “job creation” beyond platitudes and YouTube videos.  Let’s take a look at her current record as Congresswoman, shall we:

Karen Bass – Open Congress:

  • 8 Sponsored Bills (Ranks of 440) 0 Made Into Law (Ranks of 440)
  • 196 Co-Sponsored Bills (Ranks of 440) 6 Made Into Law (Ranks of 440)
  • Her most recent sponsored bills deal with: Child Abuse program (reworking regulations so that the Federal Government has more power than the state); aTask Force for assessing Human Trafficking (as if we didn’t all realize it is a hideous problem without spending more tax dollars); And a commission to “accelerate the end of breast cancer” (I am curious how, precisely, a commission is going to speed-up the research related to the cure of any cancer; such organizations are notorious for slowing things down).

Let’s see how she did during actual votes on other congressional bills.  Did she support the Keystone Pipeline which would have created several thousand American jobs and eventually lessened the cost of gas for her constituents?  Did she vote for a freeze in congressional pay? Did she support California citizens in the nearby Central Valley crying for water?  See for yourself.

Plainly, Bass serves Obama and promotes victim-oriented politics.  If you want real solutions to the job crisis, there will be none coming from her office.  I sure hope the people of her district, with the above-average 11% unemployment rate, get informed and realize what a bill of goods they are being sold.

Furthermore, it seems neither jobs nor the environment are important to Bass.  Her sole focus: The re-election of Obama.  There seems to be a lot of that going around.


A few news and notes that caught the attention of the Goddess of Capitalism:

Cupcake ATMs On The Way : Sprinkles, a gourmet cupcake chain with 10 locations nationally, is set to open its first 24-hour cupcake vending machine on March 9 at its original store in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Hat-tip: WIBW


Mark Meckler posts this: Incumbents Fear Citizen Backlash – Victory for Campaign for Primary Accountability

Finally, B-Daddy has this: Math Strikes San Diego Unified

Why the SDUSD assumed that they would have the money for these pay raises in the future is unknown to me. Much of the district’s funding comes from the California state government. The state’s finances are not improving. Given our high rates of taxation of all kinds, I am sure that California will lag any national recovery.

The unions are resisting any concessions, of course, and seem willing to put their heads in the sand and let the layoffs roll on. Meanwhile Scott Barnett of the SDUSD considers the nuclear option, if only to get the unions to bargain in their own best interests…

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Dear Readers: My last post featured mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio, who initiated a sensible and well-developed SAN DIEGO PENSION REFORM Ballot measure in an attempt to stave off fiscal disaster for the city.

Therefore, I was delighted to hear LaDona Harvey report that, despite a union-backed attempted to remove the measure from the June election, a judge has ruled that the properly filed petition to place the roadmap in front of the voters can go forward. Details can be found here: Judge: Pension Reform Initiative Will Stay On June Ballot.

I don’t expect the union elites to just let this go, however: They will cheat, manipulate, and prevaricate to protect their power and perks.

Speaking of unions, let’s now feature a win for parents against the enormous behemoth that is the education bureaucracy! Mark Meckler reports on a new law:

Parent Trigger Laws Force Education Reform on Underperforming Schools

This is from the website, ParentRevolution.org: “What is the California Parent Trigger?

The California Parent Trigger is an historic new law that gives parents in California the right to organize and demand a real change at their child’s failing school. Under the Parent Trigger, parents at persistently low-performing schools can organize and transform their school based on what’s good for children, not adults. If they are able to gather 51% of parent signature at their school their district must implement one of four turnaround models (including in-district reforms such as staff changes and out-of-district reforms such as charter conversion).”

In other news, I am delighted to see some serious citizen-pushback against eco-activists. For example, KFMB-CBS-8 News tried to generate some faux outrage against the California Fish and Game President, who legally bagged himself a fairly sizable cougar. I was delighted to see so many comments supportive of the hunter’s legal right to hunt. I will also point out that mountain lions are becoming habituated to humans, and some of these powerful animals are stalking us as prey. Frankly, I like being at the pinnacle of the food-chain, and I am not inclined to let eco-activists persuade me otherwise. For a reminder that this threat is real, here are some news clips:

Mountain lion reported near schools
SAN DIEGO – Two schools and a Boys and Girls Club were locked down Monday after a mountain lion sighting was called into authorities, deputies said. The mountain lion was seen on Winecreek Road in 4S Ranch just before 1 p.m. causing Oak Valley Middle School and Stone Ranch Elementary School to keep students inside, according to the San Diego Sheriffs Department.

Big Bend mountain lion attacks boy, 6

A 6-year-old boy was attacked by a mountain lion while walking near the lodge at Chisos Basin in Big Bend National Park with his family Sunday night. The boy suffered non-life-threatening injuries — scrapes and puncture wounds to his face, according to park officials. His father was able to fight off the cat by stabbing it with a pocket knife.

I am second to no-one (well, perhaps KT) in my love of felines. But I personally want cougar hunts re-established in California. We need these animals to relearn their fear of us. They aren’t pets: They are high-end predators.I do not want any child sacrificed on the altar of eco-activism.

I am also bone-tired of reasonable fuel-policy being scuttled based on the theology of man-made global warming. It seems that the citizens of California got a break, as the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the U.S. House of Representatives authorized the Secretary of Interior to resume oil and gas leasing off the Santa Barbara/Ventura and Santa Maria coasts beginning no later than July 1, 2014. Hopefully, with a new Senate and new President in elected this November, this may actually reopening would re-employ Californians.

In related news, Shrine friend Roger Cohen is, again, featured in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece: Concerned Scientists Reply on Global Warming

In summary, science progresses by testing predictions against real world data obtained from direct observations and rigorous experiments. The stakes in the global-warming debate are much too high to ignore this observational evidence and declare the science settled. Though there are many more scientists who are extremely well qualified and have reached the same conclusions we have, we stress again that science is not a democratic exercise and our conclusions must be based on observational evidence.

The computer-model predictions of alarming global warming have seriously exaggerated the warming by CO2 and have underestimated other causes. Since CO2 is not a pollutant but a substantial benefit to agriculture, and since its warming potential has been greatly exaggerated, it is time for the world to rethink its frenzied pursuit of decarbonization at any cost.

This publication is especially timely, especially in light of recently uncovered Man-Made Global Warming Fraud. Blog-father Instapundit summarizes the latest installment of scientific quackery related to this — Global Warming Fanatic Blames Victims for His Abuse (Click Here for Glenn’s list of related links).

Finally, there are reports of a Worldwide Tea Party being planned (rumor has it April 14th). Caesar Charles has a report and a video featuring citizen activists working for fiscal sanity, smaller government, and personal liberty around the world.


SLOB highlights!

Two last notes:

1) I am sick of being viewed as a mobile pleasure vehicle by both of our national parties. I AM TOTALLY UNCONCERNED ABOUT NOT HAVING ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVES for a wide variety of reasons. See my list of concerns ABOVE! Lipstick Underground hits it out of the park with this piece: Quit Making Me Root for Romney.As the Final Four are gearing up for yet another debate, let’s hope they have balls enough to return the dialog to where it belongs: TRUE CRONY CAPITALISM and CORRUPTION, JOBS, NATIONAL SECURITY, AND SENSIBLE BUDGET POLICY.

I will be ranting more about this shortly.

2) After venting, I now direct you to Word Warrior for a little humor: NEW TERMS FOR AMERICAN WORKPLACE. A sample —

BLAMESTORMING: Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than working hard.

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Dear Readers: Between the Young Prince’s 10th Birthday Party, my profit-center activities, and Horemheb’s engagement in Santa Barbara, I have hit the stress level I normally feel Dec. 23rd. So, yesterday, I decided to engage in a little light reading. There were some real chestnuts to be roasted!

The Occupoopers decided their little Civic Center drama needed a larger stage. So, they took their show on the road to the West Coast Ports in an attempt to stifle capitalism. Beers with Demos has a report with pictures:

#OccupyFail – the Longshoreman continued to transport goods to consumers (especially those evil, gas-guzzling, greenhouse-gas producing, demon trucks for red-neck Tea Party types).

Lipstick Underground had a running blog on the whole event yesterday, with additional news about Occupy Oakland and Occupy Portland.

UPDATE 2: Livestream has been down for a while. Occupy Wall Street tweeted that their equipment has been confiscated by the police. I can only assume that is why the San Diego feed is down. Alternative SDO livestream is also not working. Weather may be a factor. OSD Twitter and FB pages aren’t being updated with much intel. Looks like Oakland and Portland Ports have been shut down (not surprisingly)…but there are indications that police plan to move into Oakland protest en-mass. Sounds like Long Beach/Los Angeles remain mostly open. No word from any of the Hawaiian ports. No word from inland blockade actions.

UPDATE 3: Occupy San Diego twitter feed announcing that the blockade will continue tomorrow…big surprise.

Readers of my blog will recall that I presciently predicted that San Diego would experience more shark sitings and attacks, because the sharks are attracted to the seal lions that are now allowed to frolic in beaches close to those used by people. Now, we have to worry about another predator. Based in the recommendation of Glenn Reynolds/Instapundit, I purchased and read “Beast in the Garden” (shop at Glenn’s site for all your X-Mas needs). In a nutshell, because of eco-fantasies, rules have been created that have allowed big cats to get habituated to humans; these predators are now viewing us as prey animals.

One week after finishing this book, I came across this news story: Mountain lion sighting in San Diego County closes two schools

Two schools in northern San Diego County were on lockdown for more than an hour Monday after a mountain lion was spotted prowling in the area.

Students at an elementary school and middle school in the Rancho Bernardo area were kept inside while state Department of Fish and Game employees and sheriff’s deputies combed nearby canyons. A Sheriff”s Department helicopter aided in the search.

Unless Californians actually vote to permit some level of sensible Mountain Lion hunting, future stories are likely to end with a person being killed and eaten. This would real sour up someone’s holiday.

Speaking of California votes, SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition/San Diego Tea Party Patriots has been busy. Dawn Wildman, one of our co-founders, has helped organize a “Stop the Dream Act” petition drive. The details:

Day: Wednesday, Dec. 14th.
Time: 3-7 pm.

San Diego – Walmart
3382 Murphy Canyon Rd (off I-15 at Aero Dr.)
San Diego, CA 92123
Come sign the petition and meet Assemblymen Brain Jones, and Tim Donnelly.

Carlsbad – Westfield Mall
East Parking Lot
2525 El Camino Real (just south of Hwy. 78)
Carlsbad, CA

AB 131, the so-called “Dream Act”, would give thousands of illegal aliens state grant money to attend California colleges and would cost California taxpayers an estimated $65 million per year at a time when the state is drowning in debt. The referendum to repeal AB 131 has bi-partisan support statewide and aims to kill this nightmare legislation before it takes effect in January 2013 by putting on the ballot in November 2012. It simply is not fair to penalize U.S. citizens and legal immigrants by subsidizing students who are in the country illegally. I sure like voters — legal voters.

In keeping with the spirit of the season:

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Dear Readers: The weekend after the Nov. 2nd election, I popped in one of my favorite DVDs: 1984’s Dune. The following clip, in which Duke Leto Atreides discussing an impending interplanetary move to his son, is a personally inspiring scene.

The following line has become my new mantra: The sleeper must awaken.

Per my post about California’s election results, I have gone forward in my relocation efforts. That is part of the reason I have been posting less. Like Leto, I will miss the sea. However, quality of life and prosperity considerations have forced some long-term goal shifting. However, until we make the move, I will continue to be active in making Californians aware of all the issues pertinent to their families.

In fact, I was recently asked to opine about a national-level issue: The supposed federal employee pay freeze. During the actual interview, I spent more time expressing concerns about the state — as California digs itself deeper into a budgetary grave, this fact will impact everyone here more deeply than White House Kabuki Theater.

Site friend and science activist Roger Cohen has been keeping me apprised of some horrendous regulatory tactics being taken by the California Air Resources Board. CARB PASSES A LAW THAT “FORBIDS” CITIZENS TO DISAGREE WITH THEM!

This is so insane it almost sounds made up, but it is very true. CARB bureaucrats recently announced their intentions to forbid citizens from making “untrue” statements – and who decides what is and is not true? CARB. And what happens if they deem your opinion incorrect? “Penalties.” 

Anthony Watts of Watt’s Up with That has the followiing view of CARB’s terror tactic, with which I strongly agree:

The California Air resources Board is quickly becoming the most dangerous bureaucratic organization in California. This latest contempt for a public that questions the validity of their mission is way over the top. As the headline says, CARB is actively considering:

a proposed regulation which would prohibit dishonest statements or submittals offered to the Board or to its staff.

Guess who gets to determine the “dishonesty” of a “statement or submittal” to CARB?

Of course, it’s OK if CARB makes a 340% error of their own while using false data to impose their will on the people of California. And of course it’s OK to publicly flaunt the ugly hubris of the CARB boss Mary Nichols rubbing her glee in the face of the citizens of California that voted for Prop 23. And of course it’s OK to simply demote a CARB “scientist” who lied about his PhD degree obtained from a UPS store rather than fire his fraudulent bureaucratic butt and then stage a cover up about it. But, when a citizen submits some data or opinion to CARB that they may later find questionable? Well, that’s a whole different matter.

What a bunch of self serving, holier than thou, public sector putzes!

Sowell’s Law Blog has a detailed legal analysis of CARB’s proposed rule making, that is well worth reading in its entirety. However, the essential line from this delightful analysis is this: What is required is some brave organization, or person, who is willing to risk the penalties, whatever they turn out to be, if convicted, to make the case before CARB that their IPPC-following science is wrong. The 60′s are upon us again. Many a protester went to jail in the 60′s in the USA to prove the strength of their beliefs.

Roger notes: It is unfortunate that CARB seems to be moving to intimidate scientists who may have findings and views differing from those favored by the Board’s agenda. CARB and their supporters clearly don’t like challenges to the bogus science that underpins that agenda, whether it is global warming, small particulates, or you-name-it. They may well believe that by having the threat of prosecution hang over such challenges, scientists will hesitate to bring alternative views forward. Also it may not be a coincidence that this follows so soon after the election; they may feel emboldened to try to cut down on opposition. This would certainly be against the best interests of the citizens of California, who stand to benefit from a consideration of all scientific points of view.

Many of my readers will recall the voters of the state bought the inanity that Proposition 23 (the measure that would have merely delayed our state’s implementation of its Cap & Trade law until we had reasonable employment levels) was somehow supported by “big oil polluters”. Sadly, many of California’s green dreamers will soon learn that these companies — all complaint with a myriad of environmental regulations anyway — were the “wealth producers”. I have been chatting with many small business owners recently, and all are considering moves to other states because of the terrible economic climate our regulators have imposed.

With that in mind, one of my favorite San Diego citizen activists, Richard Rider, posted this hot news item: CA corporate income tax receipts plummet 41.6%

I stumbled across a new depressing California factoid to consider. Comparing the second quarter of 2009 with 2010, California corporate income tax receipts dropped a breathtaking 41.6%. That is a stunning reduction in one year. Only rust belt Ohio was worse.

Any chance these two news items are connected? I will let Richard answer: With California’s unique AB32 global warming law becoming effective in 2011, we soon should be able to sprint past Ohio in our race to the bottom.

I left Michigan in 1985, because of concerns about long-term job prospects. They way I see it, I have about a year before the fit hits the shan in this state. Speaking of fit hitting the shan — an expression I heard from LARRY ELDER on his radio show, it seems the SAGE is BACK. He is on KABC 790, opposite Rush. However, podcasts are available on his website. Please contact KABC and thank them, and give this wonderful libertarian-oriented patriot a listen. (His podcast about California is here).

Larry Elder - KABC 790 - 9 am - Noon!

Roger’s wife and fellow SLOB, Lorraine, has been following the realities of the one thing that marketed to be the savior of world (global-warming-wise, that is): Hybrid Cars.Her conclusion: Only a super-pricey Porche 918 Spyder hydrid is worthy. Obviously, Lorraine is a woman of great sense and good taste. She also discussions the real reasons why electric cars are not big sellersand looks under the hood of the “car-of-the-year”, the Chevy Volt.

Site friend Anthony Porello has also been keeping me apprised of California. Here is a list of state agencies, with unionized employees with golden pensions and guaranteed raises:

California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council * California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board * California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts Council * California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California Assembly Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus * California Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay-Delta Authority * California Bay-Delta Office * California Biodiversity Council * California Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of Accountancy * California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California Board of Behavioral Sciences * California Board of Chiropractic Examiners * California Board of Equalization (BOE) * California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection * California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind * California Board of Occupational Therapy * California Board of Optometry * California Board of Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric Medicine * California Board of Prison Terms * California Board of Psychology * California Board of Registered Nursing * California Board of Trustees * California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians * California Braille and Talking Book Library * California Building Standards Commission * California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education * California Bureau of Automotive Repair * California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair * California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation * California Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine * California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services * California Bureau of State Audits * California Business Agency * California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) * California Business Permit Information (CalGOLD) * California Business Portal * California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency * California Cal Grants * California CalJOBS * California Cal-Learn Program * California CalVet Home Loan Program * California Career Resource Network * California Cemetery and Funeral Bureau * California Center for Analytical Chemistry * California Center for Distributed Learning * California Center for Teaching Careers (Teach California) * California Chancellors Office * California Charter Schools * California Children and Families Commission * California Children and Family Services Division * California Citizens Compensation Commission * California Civil Rights Bureau * California Coastal Commission * California Coastal Conservancy * California Code of Regulations * California Collaborative Projects with UC Davis * California Commission for Jobs and Economic Growth * California Commission on Aging * California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation * California Commission on Judicial Performance * California Commission on State Mandates * California Commission on Status of Women * California Commission on Teacher Credentialing * California Commission on the Status of Women * California Committee on Dental Auxiliaries * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office, Junior Colleges * California Community Colleges Chancellors Office * California Complaint Mediation Program * California Conservation Corps * California Constitution Revision Commission * California Consumer Hotline * California Consumer Information Center * California Consumer Information * California Consumer Services Division * California Consumers and Families Agency * California Contractors State License Board * California Corrections Standards Authority * California Council for the Humanities * California Council on Criminal Justice * California Council on Developmental Disabilities * California Court Reporters Board * California Courts of Appeal * California Crime and Violence Prevention Center * California Criminal Justice Statistics Center * California Criminalist Institute Forensic Library * California CSGnet Network Management * California Cultural and Historical Endowment * California Cultural Resources Division * California Curriculum and Instructional Leadership Branch * California Data Exchange Center * California Data Management Division * California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission * California Delta Protection Commission * California Democratic Caucus * California Demographic Research Unit * California Dental Auxiliaries * California Department of Aging * California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control * California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) * California Department of Child Support Services (CDCSS) * California Department of Community Services and Development * California Department of Conservation * California Department of Consumer Affairs * California Department of Corporations * California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation * California Department of Developmental Services * California Department of Education * California Department of Fair Employment and Housing * California Department of Finance * California Department of Financial Institutions * California Department of Fish and Game * California Department of Food and Agriculture * California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) * California Department of General Services * California Department of General Services, Office of State Publishing * California Department of Health Care Services * California Department of Housing and Community Development * California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) * California Department of Insurance * California Department of Justice Firearms Division * California Department of Justice Opinion Unit * California Department of Justice, Consumer Information, Public Inquiry Unit * California Department of Justice * California Department of Managed Health Care * California Department of Mental Health * California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) * California Department of Personnel Administration * California Department of Pesticide Regulation * California Department of Public Health * California Department of Real Estate * California Department of Rehabilitation * California Department of Social Services Adoptions Branch * California Department of Social Services * California Department of Technology Services Training Center (DTSTC) * California Department of Technology Services (DTS) * California Department of Toxic Substances Control * California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) * California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) * California Department of Water Resources * California Departmento de Vehiculos Motorizados * California Digital Library * California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Certification Program * California Division of Apprenticeship Standards * California Division of Codes and Standards * California Division of Communicable Disease Control * California Division of Engineering * California Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control * California Division of Gambling Control * California Division of Housing Policy Development * California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement * California Division of Labor Statistics and Research * California Division of Land and Right of Way * California Division of Land Resource Protection * California Division of Law Enforcement General Library * California Division of Measurement Standards * California Division of Mines and Geology * California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) * California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources * California Division of Planning and Local Assistance * California Division of Recycling * California Division of Safety of Dams * California Division of the State Architect * California Division of Tourism * California Division of Workers Compensation Medical Unit * California Division of Workers Compensation * California Economic Assistance, Business and Community Resources * California Economic Strategy Panel * California Education and Training Agency * California Education Audit Appeals Panel * California Educational Facilities Authority * California Elections Division * California Electricity Oversight Board * California Emergency Management Agency * California Emergency Medical Services Authority * California Employment Development Department (EDD) * California Employment Information State Jobs * California Employment Training Panel * California Energy Commission * California Environment and Natural Resources Agency * California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) * California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) * California Executive Office * California Export Laboratory Services * California Exposition and State Fair (Cal Expo) * California Fair Political Practices Commission * California Fairs and Expositions Division * California Film Commission * California Fire and Resource Assessment Program * California Firearms Division * California Fiscal Services * California Fish and Game Commission * California Fisheries Program Branch * California Floodplain Management * California Foster Youth Help * California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) * California Fraud Division * 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One last thought, and something I will hold onto if this relocation thing doesn’t pan out:

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UPDATE: California’s independent Legislative Analyst’s Office has just released a report: California watchdog sees climate policy job losses More information is HERE! The formal LAO report is here: LAO’s Critique of the AB 32 Scoping Plan Economic Analysis

Dear Readers: I wanted to revisit two of my favorite ranting topics: The business-killing legislation that is AB-32 (The California version of Cap&Trade; sadly, we are the only state in the union to embrace the theory of man-made global warming fully) AND the pathetic state of the elite media in this country.

The American press is dead. Its failure to report accurate on the false science and subsequent cover-up of Climate-gate may be fatal to the the economy of the Golden State.

(MUT Note: The title of today’s post comes from this under-reported gem — Obama salutes Navy “corpse-man”).

One of the Shrine’s avid supporters (Jeff) sent me some information earlier this week, which he wanted me to share. Southern California Public Radio had this debate: Do climate laws hurt California’s economy? The movement to repeal AB 32. One of the guests was Dan Logue, California Assemblyman, representing counties in the 3rd Assembly District and sponsor of an initiative to repeal AB-32. Jeff encourages everyone to go to the site and add comments in support of the repeal, and add information that counters the global-warming-faith that is usually offered by the American press. (Click HERE to contribute comments).

Jeff also wanted our citizen activists to be apprised that this site exists, too: Assemblyman Dan Logue Meet Your Newest Worst Enemies: Angry CA VOTERS and NO ON VALERO.COM. I have news for Calitics, the host: MANY CALIFORNIA VOTERS ARE MORE ANGRY AT ECO-TYRANTS SUCH AS YOURSELF. Our Tea Party Movement will not end until we over-turn the job-crushing rules and regulations imposed on us by elitists using debunked scientific theories.

Calitics wants Californians to be upset that legal businesses, Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp, want to help support causes that will help them employ our citizens and bring wealth to our state? Frankly, I am grateful that there are still two corporations that are willing to try and help our state. I would urge my Tea Party friends to go over to NOONVALERO.COM to marvel on the fantasy claims they make:

* Claim – Valero’s Initiative Would Create More Air Pollution in California; Reality: Despite Valero and Tesoro being in currently, operation, California’s smog-forming pollutants decrease; air quality has improved statewide over the past view decades.

* Claim – Valero’s Initiative Would Kill Thousands of Jobs and Billions of Dollars of Investments in California’s Economy. Reality: This study, Cost of State Regulations on California Small Businesses, was completed and turned into the Governor’s office in December 2008. The study found that the total cost of regulation to the State of California is $492.994 billion which is almost five times the State’s general fund budget, and almost a third of the State’s gross product. The cost of regulation results in an employment loss of 3.8 million jobs which is a tenth of the State’s population. Since small business constitute 99.2% of all employer businesses in California, and all of non-employer business, the regulatory cost is borne almost completely by small business. This study provides the most comprehensive and complete analysis of the total regulatory burden in California. This effect will be worse when the regulation heavy AB-32 acts get implemented over the next few years.

* Claim: Valero’s Initiative Would Increase Dependence on Foreign Oil. Reality: Most of the citizens in California are “all-of-the-above” types when it comes to energy: If a product is based on sound science, real need, and makes sense economically, people will be delighted to support it. However, the working citizens of California — the employers, small business owners, and entrepreneurs, do not want to be dictated to by eco-tyrannical elites. Businesses are already leaving the state in droves now; Valero and Tesoro are throwing us a life-line so that we may actually preserve the economic opportunities we have!

Furthermore, eco-tyrants shut down and agreement to drill — in an environmentally sound matter that had the approval of a local environmental group — for oil around Santa Barbara. It is actions like that the really enhance American dependence on foreign oil. The details: Oil Co. Presents New Coastal Drilling Plan

Houston-based Plains Exploration & Production Co. – known as PXP – signed an agreement with local environmental groups last Thursday, effectively setting a date for the company to shut down its existing off-shore oil production decades before they had originally imagined. In addition, the agreement provides that PXP donate over 3,900 acres of land for public parkland, including 200 acres along Gaviota’s picturesque coastline.

If that operation had been set-up, Californians would have had real jobs and real wealth.

Jeff had further requests:

1) Check out an example of the trite, tedious and weak news reporting on environmental matters, as it pertains to this topic (Click HERE to watch Video).

2) Write the station whose reporter is responsible for the eco-tyrannical propoganda: Click HERE to submit comment.

3) Write Valero a note of support: Click HERE to say thanks!

Interestingly, Valero — the epitome of “anti-green” corporations — makes…. (wait for it…)...BIOFUELS!


MUT’s News and Views:

More job-trouble because of federal rules: Changes in ObamaCare will require businesses to count part-time workers for coverage penalties

The new census form is raising eyebrows because of its un-constitutional ethnic questioning; Michelle Malkin offers an interesting action item.

W.C. Varones: A Fellow Democrat on Obama and Emanuel. This is how thug politics work.

Beers with Demo: Quote of the day: There you have the premise of this legislation and the core of today’s liberalism: the American people are such dopes they can’t be counted upon to buy their own insurance.

The Liberator Today is thinking to go into the “belly of the Beast” and attend an upcoming Coffee Party: Keeping Tabs on the Nutroots Nation

American Freedom Network Remembers Daniel Webster.

The Anchoress caps today’s report with an aptly titled: LIES AND LIARS! It is a reminder that Climate-gate isn’t the only scandal the American press corpse fails to report.

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Dear Readers: I have chronicled the excesses of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and it deleterious impact on the California economy. The myriad of problems and power abuses have been categorized as “CARB-gate“.

One of the worst aspects of the CARB-gate scandal is that the lead scientist, Hein Tran, who promulgated the most toxic of CARB regulations (those on diesel emissions, which threaten a wide array of California businesses) had a fraudulent PhD from “Thornill University” (actually, a UPS store).

AM 640’s John and Ken have issued a 24-hour Radio Fatwa against Jerry Brown for not investigating the Hien Tran cover-up! California Air Resources Board chairwoman, Mary Nichols, is guilty of committing fraud by trying to cover up Hien Tran’s bogus degree and his faulty diesel emission death statistics!

Call Jerry Brown and tell him he needs to investigate Mary Nichols and the Hien Tran scam! This is fraud!

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* Learn More about CARB at the San Diego Tea Party – 2010 on Feb. 27th! Roger Hedgecock will be the keynote speaker, and Bryan Bloom will review CARB-gate.
—— Date: Saturday, Feb. 27th.
——Time: 11 am to 1 pm.
—— Place: Just NORTH of the Star of India along the beautiful Harbor Drive.

* Michelle Malkin has a take on another corruptocrat: Obama: Don’t blame me for backroom deals cut in White House backrooms

* HotAir’s Allahpundit has more: Dem sources: Senate “fix” for ObamaCare could add another $300 billion to price tag

* Corruptocrats galore — this gem from Gateway Pundit: Jock Pelosi Says She’ll “Pole Vault” Obamacare Through Congress (Video)

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Dear Readers: The Young Princess found some news, which I am now going to share with you — a little ancient Egypt to cleanse the palate after much focus on global warming and healthcare reform.

It seems underwater archeologists have brought up a pylon from the Temple of Isis, which was next to Cleopatra’s palace. More information is here: Egyptian Archaeologists Salvage Monument from Cleopatra’s Underwater City.

A snippet from the article is below:

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt — Archaeologists on Thursday hoisted a 9-ton temple pylon from the waters of the Mediterranean that was part of the palace complex of the fabled Cleopatra before it became submerged for centuries in the harbor of Alexandria.

The pylon, which once stood at the entrance to a temple of Isis, is to be the centerpiece of an ambitious underwater museum planned by Egypt to showcase the sunken city, believed to have been toppled into the sea by earthquakes in the 4th century.

Divers and underwater archaeologists used a giant crane and ropes to lift the 9-ton, 7.4-foot-tall pylon, covered with muck and seaweed, out of the murky waters. It was deposited ashore as Egypt’s top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, and other officials watched.

The comments in the above-linked article reflect the zeitgeist.

Evidence of AAGW – Ancient Anthropogenic Global Warming. Wonder how many polar bears died when this city was engulfed by the ocean between 300-and 400 AD? Following the methods of AGW “scientist” we can deduce the decline in polar bear population from dung absorbtion rates shown in tree rings.

Speaking of Global Warming, here is a shock-photo a friend sent showing some Copenhagen conference attendees:

Apparently, global leaders were so impressed with President Obama’s stance in Copenhagen that they walked out of the conference.Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey reports that China snubbed POTUS completely:

Well, at least the Chinese agreed with Obama. The time for talk was over for them yesterday.

France’s Nicolas Sarkozy blamed China for the apparent collapse of the Copenhagen conference, but that’s only because no one was listening to them in the first place. China made clear that it was prepared to discuss carbon intensity, the issue of efficiency in production to reduce carbon emissions from manufacturing and energy production, but not arbitrary reductions in carbon emissions that would stifle economic growth. China actually has the correct approach, not just for China but for an entire world struggling through an economic crisis.

Beers with Demo has more on Copenhagen, including the very anti-Capitalism message that is a hit with conference attendees. Voting Female Speaks also has a great round-up of Copenhagen news: Obama Sells BS at Nopenhagen Climategate Denying Summit; A Global Snow Job…

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Dear Readers: Many of us Californians are actively protesting our state’s version of Cap-and-Trade (AB-32), and are working to see its full repeal in a November 2010 proposition. Added to the rules promulgated by the power-mongering, “snake oil science” promoting California Air Resources Board, our businesses and enterprises have been seriously damaged.

With this in mind, I would like to point out that our dear Governor has decided to attack the lone successful Governor that the USA had until this summer — Sarah Palin. Apparently, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to deem Palin a “climate change denier”. Actually Arnold, the only things she denies are that: a) man is the most significant cause of climate change, and b) over-regulating businesses and citizens is actual going to counter-act nature.

If Arnold were truly interested in governing (instead of posturing like Mr. Green-Universe) then he might confer with Palin, to determine how she and her Alaskan team approached energy development and distribution. It seems that Alaska, under Governor Palin’s leadership, already gets approximately 24% of its power from renewable resources with a goal of increasing that to 50% by 2025. All done without breaking the financial backs of small businesses, home-owners, and tax-payers.

Palin responds thusly:

Greener Than Thou? Today at 10:36pm

Why is Governor Schwarzenegger pushing for the same sorts of policies in Copenhagen that have helped drive his state into record deficits and unemployment? Perhaps he will recall that I live in our nation’s only Arctic state and that I was among the first governors to create a sub-cabinet to deal specifically with climate change. While I and all Alaskans witness the impacts of changes in weather patterns firsthand, I have repeatedly said that we can’t primarily blame man’s activities for those changes. And while I did look for practical responses to those changes, what I didn’t do was hamstring Alaska’s job creators with burdensome regulations so that I could act “greener than thou” when talking to reporters. – Sarah Palin

In a related story, we may want to pay attention to some real climate-changers: VOLCANOES! Just outside of Manila in the Philippines, a significant volcanic event is causing the evacuation of 20,000 people.

Authorities moved thousands of villagers from harm’s way near the Philippines’ most active volcano Tuesday after it oozed lava and shot plumes of ash, and said they probably would spend a bleak Christmas in an evacuation center.

State volcanologists raised the alert level on the cone-shaped, 8,070-foot (2,460-meter) Mayon volcano overnight to two steps below a major eruption after ash explosions and dark orange lava fragments glowing in the dark trickled down the mountain slope.

Nearly 50,000 people live in a five-mile (eight-kilometer) radius around the mountain, and authorities began moving thousands of them in case it erupts, Albay provincial Gov. Joey Salceda said.

People may recall Philippines’ Mt. Pinatubo dropped global temperatures about 1 degree after a 1991 eruptions (as well as killing 800 people). I guess we can really stop worrying about global warming now.

My son and I are going to watch the “How the Earth was Made” special on Vesuvius by Naples, Italy tonight. Interestingly, its major and devastating eruptions are generally preceded by earthquakes — and such seismic events are now squeezing the lava pocket under Vesuvius, making an eruption more likely. For example, in April of this year, a 6.3-magnitude quake seriously damaged historic sections not far from Naples and killed 150 people. A Pompeii-like eruption today can potentially impact 3 million people immediately.

Talk about climate-changer! I wonder what the carbon-footprint of all that volcanic ash will be?

To put it in perspective, here are links to some real climate-changers in the past:

* Toba Volcano wipes out early man 70,000 years ago. (It must be man’s fault, somehow)
* The Bronze-age eruption of Santorini generates a tsunami that destroys Crete’s civilization, which impacts the culture and history of the entire Mediterranean basin.
* An 1815 eruption of Mt. Tambora in Indonesia creates “a year without a summer” and leads to the publication of some of history’s best horror novels.
* Krakatoa — need I say more?
* Eruptions of the Yellowstone or California’s Long Valley super-volcanoes, which are going to create enormous environmental impacts (I hope Obama gets a czar on this matter, quick).

Hey, Obama — you wanna know what’s really sexy? CAPITALISM. Volanco-free zones. And my husband.

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