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05 November 2013

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fish

He recalls that the former House speaker’s embarrassing prescience likened the new national healthcare law to a stool sample, thereby correctly identifying its now obvious prime ingredient, when she advised one and all that "We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it."

That my friend is pure poetry!

Russ Steele

How about this for some clear thinking on climate change in CA at the point of a gun:

Paramilitary tactics may be necessary in California to prepare for, or head off, an apocalyptic future with flooded coastal communities, scorched central valleys and rampant wildfires in the Sierras. That was the advice and prediction from one of the experts at a recent hearing on climate change adaptation by the state watchdog agency the Little Hoover Commission.

Said Robert Verchick, an environmental law professor at Loyola University, New Orleans:

“The way that you build resilience and robustness is to think about everything at once and then move forward in some kind of regimented, maybe paramilitary, way. Because it’s essential. It’s the only way you’re going to save money in this state. And it’s the only way that you’re going to save lives….

“The thing to understand is that we’re locked into a future already in California and elsewhere. A future that’s going to be hotter, it’s going to be wetter, it’s going to be drier. It’s going to be wilder with many more kinds of extreme events coming up. California, with all of its valuable coastal assets, its expansive farming, its areas that are prone to flood and other areas that are prone to extreme drought and heat waves, you are in the bull’s eye.”

Verchick was one of several speakers who warned about California’s future warming hell.

- See more at: http://calwatchdog.com/2013/11/05/expert-ca-may-need-paramilitary-response-to-climate-change/#sthash.fRTUKKmz.dpuf

MikeL

I just check the tidal gauge at the Alameda Naval station...at the mouth of the delta...and ...drum roll please......the sea is rising at an alarming rate of 1/2 of a millimeter a year..

These enviro wacko clowns need to be put jail for the fraud they are committing. At the very least they should be forced to live the crazy life they are advocating...I always say they need to live by example and not use anything that produces plant fertilizer..aka CO2

Joe Koyote

"He won by playing the race card" -- this is a totally absurd statement. Something else must have been going on in order to win 72% of the vote besides "playing the race card." You keep dredging up ridiculous reasons for the lack of political support for extreme right wing political ideology except the fact that it is simply out of touch with reality and the American people aren't buying it any longer. By the way.. a recent study suggests a correlation between racism and gun ownership.

fish

Race card?

You hit your head this morning?

George Rebane

The NYC mayoral race hinged on the SQF issue, which was framed in terms of racial discrimination. The other progressive promises were not material in the sense that they would change anything noticeable in the city's socio-economic mix - the city was already on a fiscally stable path. Opponent Joe Lhota's platform was to maintain the city on its current course (i.e. no "extreme rightwing" policies promoted). So someone please explain what hot button issue caused such a big swing to de Blasio. The only one apparent was the class warfare issue exemplified by SQF.

Till then, I'll stick with Bryan Caplan's explanation.
http://rebaneruminations.typepad.com/rebanes_ruminations/2008/07/how-elections-r.html

Walt

At least Nevada Co. hasn't turned into Deming NM. ( yet)
Hear the news about the poor bastar d who got pulled over for rolling through a stop sign? Cops claimed he was clenching his buttcheacks. " He must have drugs "up there"."
From Xrays to a colonoscopy, and everything in between. ( and I mean EVERYTHING)
No drugs to be found... But he did get a bill for six grand.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/11/05/what-began-as-a-mans-simple-traffic-stop-ended-in-an-unfathomable-12-hour-ordeal-that-is-almost-too-horrific-to-believe/

Reminds me of Nancy P. when she stated, " You need to pass it,,, before you can see what's in it..."

Joe Koyote

Class warfare yes, racism no. I think this election was perhaps more of a referendum on Wall Street than a racism issue. The common folk, particularly in New York which has one of the largest wealth gaps in the country, seem to support DiBlasio's progressive platform in droves as opposed to his opponents continuation of the catering to Wall Street that has characterized the past 20 years or so. We will see if that rejection of business as usual spreads to the rest of the country in the 2014 elections. I once read someone who said that, politically, the only way to beat big money was with big numbers at the polls. Whether or not the little people show up and support progressive candidates beyond New York remains to be seen.

Todd Juvinall

I watched the debates between all the democrats before their primary. All were blasting the policy of SQF and using it as a racial divide issue. It was obvious the dems were trying to outdo each other and I am sure it stirred up the juices of the sheeple who turned out to vote for failure. NYC has so many welfare cases that their 71 billion dollar budget is not enough. So George was correct, it was a racial vote and nothing more.

Paul Emery

Joe, what we are seeing is Big Money swinging to the Dems. They hate populist (TP's) movements because they can't control them and the Dems are populating the middle. This could change with Christie but I doubt they would abandon such a predictable and reliable partner such as Hillary. Besides, the TP's will fight to the last red shirt to keep him out. It will be fun to watch.

Actually Todd the Pubbettes missed a great opportunity in Virginia but lost the women's vote by 20% and received 0 $ from the Chamber of Commerce more evidence of the funding challenges the Pubs will have in the future by swinging too far to the right.

The Dems will wrap it up when they block immigration reform.

Russ Steele

Union thugs running our schools? Teacher calls parent a 'neo-nazi' after he challenged indoctrination. Details here.

Josh Barry, of Camp Hill, Penn., wants to know why the president of the local teacher’s union thinks he’s a neo-Nazi after he complained about a classroom assignment that he believed to be biased.

“I’m Jewish and my wife is half-black, half-white,” Barry told me in a telephone interview. “I am the furthest thing from a neo-Nazi.”

Last week, his daughter’s eighth grade American History class at East Pennsboro Middle School was asked to analyze a New York Times story about the recent government shutdown.

Barry, who said he is a registered independent, read the story and then read a list of questions his daughter was required to answer and he immediately determined the assignment was “grossly slanted.”

The worksheet included questions like “To what issue do House Republican leaders insist on tying the federal budget?” and “Whom do you hold most responsible for the government shutdown?”

Barry fired off letters complaining about the assignment to his daughter’s teacher as well as the school board. But a few days later, he was shocked to discover that the head of the local teacher’s union was making calls around town – asking if he was a neo-Nazi.

Paul Emery

What is slanted about this Russ? How would you word the question? “Whom do you hold most responsible for the government shutdown?”

Todd Juvinall

PaulE, Cooch kicked his butt with the indies. I thought you were an indie?

Walt

Paul.. Who didn't let Bills past by the House,, come up for votes in the Senate?
That's a pretty simple question. I guess it's just easier to point the finger at the tea Party....Right?
To say otherwise, and put blame where it really lies.
Can we take this as proof positive that leftists lie even to themselves?

Paul Emery

No Todd

A loss is a loss and he lost. Pretty simple. 7% for the Libertarian is pretty good. That's where I would have put my vote. Exit polls show votes for Libertarian candidate Sarvis did not change the outcome.

" In the end, Cuccinelli was hurt by the same tea party alliance that won him the nomination at the Virginia GOP convention earlier this year. Only 28% of Virginia voters said they support the tea party movement. Forty-two percent said they oppose it, and they broke for McAuliffe by more than 70 points.

And no, Cuccinelli can't blame his loss on scandal-plagued outgoing GOP Gov. Bob McDonnell or third-party libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.

Despite his scandals, Virginia voters said they approve of McDonnell's job performance by 11 points, 52% to 41%. And if Sarvis had not been in the race, exit polls indicate McAuliffe still would have beaten Cuccinelli by two points, 48% to 46%."

http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/05/politics/election-2013-exit-polls/

Todd Juvinall

But PaulE, then why did you bring up Cooch's loss in the exit polls regarding women. I got you on your ploy and you have nothing of value to bring here on this issue. Of course a loss is a loss. Why did you not wail about the 15-1 money advantage as a reason your guy won? Oh, because he is a lefty. You are just a genetic transparent.

fish

Congratulations to the people of Virgina on their choice for governor.

Russ Steele

Yes, congratulations to the people of Virginia, they now have a political bag man to run their state, who has never run anything except fun raising scams, with a stronger Republican legislature before the latest election. That should work out real well for the folks in Virginia. We will see just how good the Clinton bag man is able to work across political lines. At this point, I fear he will be unable to met his more goodies promises to the low information voters without the cooperation of the Republican legislature. My guess that the Clinton bag man will be a one termer.

Paul Emery

Todd

It was just a bit of analysis for thought. I did note the money advantage because it's a significant piece of information verifying the problems the
Repubs will have in the future with candidates too far to the Right. Same with women, as illustrated by this lopsided margin, and Latinos, Blacks and Gays. Sorry for you, there are just not enough straight white conservative males around to win elections.

Read my lips Todd. I would have voted Libertarian in this one. I will NEVER vote for a Republicrat again. The exit polls make it clear the had the Libertarian not run, the results would have been the same.

Russ

You're gripe should be with the Repubs who put up a losing candidate who was unable to raise funds because of his TP affiliations. Terry McAuliffe would have been low hanging fruit for a moderate Repub but the Pubmen found a way to blow it losing to a Clinton insider who will help pave the way for Hillary in '16. Politics is my favorite sport. I take it less seriously than professional wrestling.

fish

I'm a firm believer in the Mencken aphorism:

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.

A Little Book in C major (1916)

Walt

On the ECO front, I found this.
"Even if we aggressively expand our policies and implement fledgling technologies that are not even on the marketplace now, our analysis shows that California will still not be able to get emissions to 85 metric tons of CO2-­equivalent per year by 2050," Jeff Greenblatt, a Berkeley Lab researcher who created the models, said in a press release."

Let me get this right. a total of 85 tons a year of "green house gas"?
that has got to be a typo. Because, naturally occurring "GHG" spews out triple digit
"tonnage" on a daily basis.

Who was smoke'n what when the pulled that number out of thin air?

Russ Steele

Paul,

I am not griping, the people to Virginia spoke at the polls and they deserve, what they got an unprincipled political bagman and a strong Republican legislature. I hope it works out for them, but do not hold out much hope. Big Mac is a crook.

It is worth noting that their were move votes agains the bagman than were for him, if you add the third party candidate and republican vote. When you put a crook in office you get crooked politics, regardless of the party affiliation. The people of Virginia chose and I hope they are happy with the choice.

Paul Emery

That's good Russ that there were more votes against him. As a strong advocate of third parties there should be also at least a Green party in the mix. Interesting that even the strange appearance of the father-son Pauls didn't sway many Libertarians to the Republicrats. That's a very good sign they are in this for the duration and not just a personality cult (Poss Perot-Ralph Nader)

George Rebane

re JoeK's 1037am - It is interesting how such class warfare of income differences is debated and not understood in a city that is the world's financial capital, home to organizations that shuffle trillions of dollars per day through their accounts. Of course their management and staffs earn the very big bucks, because that is their industry. The city itself, however, is home to populations diverse in ability and enthusiasm with more and more being promised bigger checks from government, and a city government that draws enormous tax revenues from their financial sector. Now who wouldn't expect such income diversity to exist in Gotham? But raising the Marxist cry of social injustice is more than a bit insane. What will NYC be if Wall St firms chose to abandon Wall St for greener pastures?

Todd Juvinall

PaulE, your logic is totally flawed in your answer to Russ.

Paul Emery

Please explain my flawed logic Todd.

Wow, check this out. Rush today accused the "Christie" moderate Republicans of sabotaging Cuchinelli in Virginia to put the Tea Party in their place. He said they wanted the Democrat to win to marginalize the TP's. The civil war is on. This will be fun to watch.

“He was betrayed by his own party. … Here was their chance to have a Republican governor in the state of Virginia, and they didn’t care.”

"Limbaugh lashed into the GOP establishment’s treatment of tea-party favorite Cuccinelli, saying, “They didn’t want him to win, this is the dirty little secret. I don’t even think it’s a secret now. Such is the animus toward the tea party in the Republican Party establishment that they are perfectly comfortable with a Christie win and a Cuccinelli loss, because to them, that’s a tea-party loss. So now the Republican establishment can run around and claim the tea party is an albatross around their neck. The tea party is the death knell, they’ll say.”


Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/rush-unloads-on-major-republican-betrayal/#d1FJR7Q04H0RkFRd.99

Todd Juvinall

PaulE, you just cherry pick stuff and then make a ridiculous conclusion. Read Russ' take on Virginia.

How many campaigns have you run PaulE? Tell us the intricacies of a campaign so we can better understand your logic. Amazing.

Paul Emery

I've been involved as a strategist in two campaigns, both with Peter Van Zant. We had easy victories despite a large Republican majority because we waged a better campaign that resonated with a majority of voters.

Russ has no take on Virginia other the Dem didn't win by a majority because of a third party, and that voters people will get what they deserve by electing a crook. What else is there?

Paul Emery

Todd

As far as the intricacies of waging a political campaign they are pretty simple.

1 You work with an electable candidate that will work their butt off shaking hands and kissing babies.
2 You raise lots of money
3 You do opposition research
4 You raise more money
5 You design a message that you feel will resonate with a majority of the voters.
6 You hire or enlist campaign staff that have the media skills to market your candidate within your budget with the right message.
7. You enlist legions of volunteers and hire a volunteer co-ordinator to keep them busy and organized
8. Raise more money
9 Use information gathered by your opposition research go get down and dirty if you need to and make sure your opposition knows that.
10 You monitor every move of your opponent and take advantage of any slip or mistake. (Romneys 47% is a good example as was "Read My Lipa"
11 You present your opponent in the worst light and incorporate that in your message to influence marginal voters.
12 You raise more money
13 You organize an effective get out the vote campaign and flood the streets with signs and volunteers on election day.

If you do those things better than your opponnent you WILL win the election

Paul Emery

By the way, one of the most effective campaigns locally was that of Drew Bedwell who did all the above

RIP

Russ Steele

Paul@09:07PM

Agreed. I worked with Drew and helped him develop his strategy, and with #3, #5, #10, and #13. The Gang of Four had fired me as Transportation Commissioner on some trumped up charges and I was determined to find a path for returning to the Commission. Getting Drew elected was a key component to my return strategy. I did return, served my time and resigned.

Drew's real secret of success was his energy and determination to win. And, he never doubted that he would lose! To win you have to vision yourself as the winner. I wish he could have done that with his cancer.

Russ Steele

Saw this on Megan Kelly tonight:

Excerpted from FOX NEWS: It’s exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms.

Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” The sentences, which appear in worksheets published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, are presented not only for their substance, but also to teach children how to streamline bulky writing.

“Parents should insist on reviewing their children’s school assignments,” said Glyn Wright, executive director of the Eagle Forum, a think tank that opposes implementation of Common Core. “Many parents will be shocked to find that some ‘Common Core-approved’ curriculum is full of inappropriate left-wing notions, disinformation, and fails to teach the truth of American exceptionalism and opportunity.”

H/T to http://beforeitsnews.com

Paul Emery

I'm a strong supporter of Charter Schools. I say let curriculum be decided by local districts.

Paul Emery

Russ

Also Drew took advantage of a Machiavelli fortuitous situation in his advantage when Mark Johnson ran as third candidate in the primary otherwise he would have been victim of an early knockout.

Todd Juvinall

So you were a Van Zant acolyte helper eh? Were you a KVMR "journalist" then?

So you must have also been in the Jim Weir campaign that Van Zant ran?

Paul Emery

That was before my KVMR news days. I had a small role in Jim Weir's campaign.

Walt

Drew won because he told the truth. Pure and simple. The "green gang" lied their way
into office. ( that's why they all got kicked to the curb on the same night)
If it wasn't for Drew, we may have been another " Antelope OR."
We are still dealing with the effects of NH2020 that got pushed through in the dead of night.

I got more than my fair share of Van Zant, way back when. A real great " do as I say, not as I do type".
He owned the next door property.

Todd Juvinall

Walt, so true. The Supe that Drew beat was not very bright hiring his buddy to do work at the Northstar House. It was rumored he also built on BLM land next to his house and did it without a permit. There was more but the bottom line was Drew kicked his butt. I bet some resident libs here were helping Drew's opposition. I wonder how they justify their candidates peccadillos?

Todd Juvinall

PaulE, now I know why you know so much about the project I was involved in behind B and C. Thanks, I sisn't know you were in the Jim Weir camp as helper.

Paul Emery

It was a very small role as a foot soldier in Weir's campaign

By the way, I always wanted to thank you. Your trashy little project (what was it? 24 units on two acres with no room for school busses ) was the "Remember the Alamo" moment for the Van Zant campaign. We couldn't have done it without you. As the old saying goes, "There's nothing better for religion than a good healthy devil" You filled that role beyond our wildest expectations

Todd Juvinall

PaulE, Fran and I beat Jim Weir, don't you recall? You are the loser.

My project was a low to moderate project within all the guidelines of the General Plan. You are just a limousine liberal without the limousine. Van Zant was elected two years later and the project got built by others. So, you libs are all yap and no guts. Defeat a project for all those people you say you care so much about. Too funny. But the libs are all hypocrites so what new? Nothing.

Paul Emery

Todd

"Your" project was never built. It was replaced by a far less dense development that you could have built if you weren't so greedy and wanted to cram 28 units into 2 acres.


Yes (the Weir campaign)that was in '93 I believe. Fran won by 39 votes as I recall. Your team worked hard on that one even resorting to dumpster diving for Weir campaign material. Was that you Todd in the dumpster?

Vsn Zant's team came out of that campaign and cruised to easy victories in '95 and '99. That was the extent of my career as a political strategist. I was 2-0. Not bad.

Todd if you ever want to run again let me know. I'm available, for a price. and we'll win if you do what I tell you. You could be a born again liberal who has pulled himself out of the darkness and seen the light.

fish

You could be a born again liberal who has pulled himself out of the darkness and seen the light.

Todd...if you want to explore the "liberal" side (and what a horrible trashing of what was once an honorable political identification) and don't want to deal with Paul you could hit yourself in the head repeatedly until you lose the requisite number of IQ points.

Ask JoeK...I'm pretty sure that this is how he did it!

Walt

OH JOY.... Local LIB revisionism... Who would have thunk??

Paul... One of yur Buds dreamed up, and demanded, two 20x20 (or so) "shops"
after the start of the Walgreen's fiasco. How long did that mess things up
for the project? They got built alright,, (at a huge extra expense) and to this day are still empty. Unless something changed in the last month.
Conceder those two little buildings as monuments to local Progressive "forward thinking". ( Right up there with the 50 grand junk heap in the middle of the roundabout.)

Todd Juvinall

PaulE is an expert at revisionist history. The project to build low to moderate income housing was 23 units on three acres. All urban services. Many projects approved by like minded PaulE and his ilk are much denser. They defeated the project for political reasons. PaulE and his pals were trying to defeat Fran Grattan but it did not work trying to make me the devil (RL Crabb tried too) in the race and guilt by association. What PaulE and his pals forgot was I am well liked by my fellow countyians (except for the loony libs) and so Fran won by 49 votes not 39.

Regarding records PaulE. I won twice, locally, lost once locally, lost once for Assembly. I also helped five Supes win over your ilk, six or seven City Council and NID. My record is pretty darn good. Maybe you need to be schooled by me, the master.

Todd Juvinall

fish, you are too funny. I would try and remove brain tissue to become a liberal like PaulE but I just can't. I like the planet and I like my life. Libs are always complaining about it but refuse to remove themselves from their misery.

Gregory

"Cuccinelli defeated McAuliffe among married women 51 percent to 42 percent, with Sarvis taking 7 percent.

Cuccinelli also defeated McAuliffe among married men, 50 percent to 44 percent, with Sarvis taking 6 percent."

Paul Emery

Gregory

Where did you get those numbers? It's quite different than what I read.

Paul Emery

Here's my link

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/local/2013-elections/exit-polls/

Todd Juvinall

PaulE, crickets when faced with the facts.

Paul Emery

What are you talking about Todd? Please give me a reference for my cricketering accusation.

Russ Steele

A friend sent this putting things in perspective post:
 
March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days.

December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day.

What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage.

Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa, Invading Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin - all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!! And, building an atomic bomb.

And the Democrats can't build a webpage that works.

George Rebane

RussS 904pm - Excellent illustration Russ. The difference between the government of now and the government of then is literally incomprehensible. This administration specializes in nothing but thuggery on its own people.

Gregory

"Where did you get those numbers? It's quite different than what I read."

You need to read more carefully, Paul. They were reported in a number of places, including the Washington Post.

Paul Emery

Got it Gregory

You were looking specifically at married women for Cucc I was looking at all women for Cucc Apparently he is not looked upon as a hot date by the swinging singles.

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