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REPUBLICAN SCHWARZENEGGER TAKES A LEFT TURN

Widely known as a RINO (Republican In Name Only), California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger continues to pursue a more populist position which ignores the basic fundamentals of Republican conservatism. 

I contend that with Schwarzenegger, winning is everything. While he claims it is all about the people, he seems to consider conservative Republican politics and political parties as irrelevant as long as he keeps generating positive media coverage for his next gig.

Let's revisit for a moment my October 2, 2007 blog entry titled "Schwarzenegger Meddling in British Politics -- Provides Key to his California Philosophy to Brits." Here Schwarzenegger was providing advice to a British politician.

Pushing his California Philosophy...

"The former Hollywood tough-guy, famous for his roles in the 'Terminator' films, told Conservative leader David Cameron to focus on issues that matter to people rather than political parties."

"Calling Cameron a dynamic leader, Schwarzenegger said: 'Our job is to recognize the issues that matter to the people the most and to solve them'."

"Issues like health care, balanced budgets, economic development, education reform, public safety, infrastructure and of course global warming and protecting the environment."

"'These are not conservative or liberal issues. They are issues everyone cares about.'"

"'By being a strong and forceful voice on climate change, David Cameron has revived your Conservative Party's green heritage and helped strengthen Britain's resolve to set an example on this issue,' the Republican governor said."

"That is the kind of leadership people are hungry for. They want action and results, not ideology and stalemate.

Even if the action is generated by smoke-and-mirrors publicity? Or legislation crafted with loopholes for the special interests who seem to dominate today's political scene?

"'They prefer progress with messy compromise, over defeat with pristine principles,' Schwarzenegger added."

I went on to ask, "Even if it means 'selling out' your party's core conservative principles to engage in your opposition's big government, big spending, more control policies? This is exactly what has destroyed the national Republican party. 'Going along to get along.' Where many of the so-called 'joint accomplishments' are, in reality, huge wins for the opposition. And the only victory for those who 'went along' was a hollow one crafted out of public relations spin-meistering." 

And now Governor Schwarzenegger continues to sell his position as a populist politician. As reported in London's Financial Times...

"Schwarzenegger urges Republicans to seize center"

"Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, has urged Republican presidential candidates to capture the political center ground ahead of next year’s election by focusing on healthcare reform and education."

"As the campaign has unfolded, leading candidates have drifted to the right to win support from social conservatives."

"But in an interview with the Financial Times, Mr. Schwarzenegger said the party’s candidates were 'missing out on something' because televised debates had been dominated by questions about gay marriage, abortion and immigration."

"Mr. Schwarzenegger said candidates should challenge the questions they were asked in the debates. “Someone has to say: ‘We’ve talked enough about immigration, now I want to talk about healthcare reform’. The candidates had to 'move the agenda', he said."

His popularity in California, an overwhelmingly liberal state, has surged as he has embraced policies more commonly associated with the Democrats. He has implemented new climate-change legislation and proposed sweeping reform to the state’s health insurance system.

His “post-partisan” stance on these issues was justified by the mandate he won, he said. “I feel because I have good approval ratings, and because I won a Democrat state with 57 per cent of the votes, that . . . I can get people to cross party lines.

Every decision has to based on what is the best for the people, how can I serve the people, rather than how can I serve my party.”

"We're for the people ... not the political party" has a nice ring to it. However, there are two major problems with the governor's position.

One, these difficult issues are interlocking and demand not only tighter control on the legal, tax-paying, law-abiding citizen to force compliance with stringent methods, but also require substantial use of taxpayer funds to achieve mandated goals. You cannot control healthcare without resolving the illegal immigration issue, especially when illegal aliens are sucking the system dry -- leaving very little for legal citizens. It is not a matter of inclusion or exclusion, it is a matter of common sense. Also, federal policies dictate much of what can occur in healthcare which leaves some state policies ineffective and unfunded.

And two, all of the above decisions are primarily "political decisions" to be made by the party in power -- often to the benefit of their chosen candidates, appointees and special interests. Under the present political climate, "the people," are now and will be in the future, secondary considerations.

Which is the reason that one party (conservative Republican) offers a benefit to the people while the other party (far left democrat) often represents a far worse choice.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



"REPLACEMENT TAX" TO FUND THE CONTINUING MALFEASANCE & MISMANAGEMENT BY THE MAYOR & LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL - DIRE CONSEQUENCES IF NOT PASSED BY A PUBLIC VOTE

UPDATE: 02-06-07  CITIZENS VOTE TO BE TAXED

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MAJORITY OF VOTES CAST

S - COMM USERS TAX REDUCTION - YES 376,513 65.63
NO 197,182 34.37

Unfortunately, the Sheeple only read the part about "tax reduction" and voted accordingly, thus imposing a 9% tax on all telecommunication within the city -- where none would exist after the original tax was defeated in court. The police chief and fire chief disingenously promoted a "Yes" vote to appease the political powers who probably promised some form of budget enhancement. Too bad -- the people lost here.

Original Blog entry ...

The City illegally appropriated money from its citizens...

The City of Los Angeles illegally levied taxes on telephone services and now faces the loss of these revenues due to a pending court action.

According to the Los Angeles Times... "Los Angeles Cell Phone Tax Increase Invalid"

"The California Court of Appeals upheld a District Court ruling that the City of Los Angeles increase in their tax on cellular phone service was invalid."

"Although the tax is now levied at 10%, Villaraigosa asked the council to put a 9% measure on the ballot so city officials can sell the measure as a tax cut. The mayor embraced the strategy after his pollsters told him that a tax cut received a stronger response from voters than did the retention of a tax."

Now the Mayor, City Council, the Unions and special interests feeding off the public teat are worried that there may be a cut-back in "their" money. To forestall the loss of revenue, the powers-that-be are proposing to replace any lost revenue with an expanded  "replacement tax" instead of simply cutting the waste and pork out of the city budget.

Proposing a "replacement" tax and continuing to lie about the nature of the city's proposal...

The big lie:     The proposition will be written to look like the Los Angeles residents are voting for a tax cut from 10% to 9% when in reality, they are voting to impose a 9% tax on themselves where none would legally exist.

Scare tactics and proof of mayoral and city council malfeasance and mismanagement...

The Big Threat:     Of course Los Angeles Mayor, Tony Villar (AKA Villaraigosa) and members of the Los Angeles City Council are also promising dire consequences for the city of Los Angeles if it's citizens do not vote in favor of a tax proposition.

Using scare tactics claiming that the Los Angeles budget analysts have warned that the city could be forced to make hard choices to conserve operating capital. The shortfall could decimate half the fire department or 2,700 police officer or up to 4,200 city employees. Also warning that the funds from raising trash collection fees from $11 to $28 would be consumed by other departments instead of pursuing the hiring of 1,000 police officers -- the reason given for the fee hike.

Followed by another lie: it's an emergency

To secure a position on the February 28th ballot, the city had to declare that the pending matter was an emergency. The real emergency is that they want to keep spending at the present levels, even though they could curb some of the waste, corruption and non-essential city consultants.

An example: a self-proclaimed prankster turned the tables on the city when he sued for racial discrimination when he became the object of a prank. The city counsel wanted to settle the case for $2.7 million, but the matter was turned over to outside legal council which settled the matter for $1.43 million dollars. A great savings until you realize that the outside counsel was paid approximately $1.35 million for their work not to mention the cost of having city workers pursue this matter. The total cost was greater than the original settlement.

And expanding the universe of telephone services to be taxed...

Not only does the Los Angeles replacement tax legitimize past improper and illegal tax collection activities, it also extends the tax to new communications services which are now free from tax.

Do you use little or no cost Internet telephone services based on the VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) system? If so, YOU WOULD FIND YOURSELF BEING TAXED!

Do you now download video or plan to do so in the future? If so, YOU WOULD FIND YOURSELF BEING TAXED!

Anything involving the use of telephone lines, cable, microwave, wireless, lasers -- virtually anything to do with the concept of communications may be subject to tax.

Of course, in addition to the tax, your Internet Services Provider (ISP) would be forced to up their service charges to pay for the additional infrastructure needed to administer the tax and to remit the money to the city.   

Malfeasance & Mismanagement -- The prime directive: safety, security and essential services...

The handling of the telephone tax, ballot proposition and threats are all demonstrable proof of the malfeasance and mismanagement of the city by the mayor and the city council. The prime directive of  city government is to ensure a safe orderly city and the provision and maintenance of certain infrastructure needs such as those related to water, power, healthcare, sanitation, transportation and other critical revenue-generating services. These services should be funded before any other programs and never be in jeopardy by a reduction in city revenue. Next comes education which is a sewer pit of waste, mismanagement and corruption unto itself. And, if anything is left over, it can be used for public works projects such as parks and other recreational activities. There should be a well-ordered hierarchy of funding, ranging from the critical to the inconsequential... with a provision for "interest bearing" surplus funds to be used in an emergency.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



BENT SPEAR: THE SECRETARY OF THE AIR FORCE SHOULD RESIGN HIS POST

UPDATE 05-05-08 HEADS ROLL...

According to the Associated Press.

"Defense Secretary Robert Gates ousted the Air Force's top military and civilian leaders Thursday, holding them to account in a historic Pentagon shake-up after embarrassing nuclear mix-ups."

"Gates announced at a news conference that he had accepted the resignations of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley and Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne - a highly unusual double firing."

"Gates said his decision was based mainly on the damning conclusions of an internal report on the mistaken shipment to Taiwan of four Air Force electrical fuses for ballistic missile warheads. And he linked the underlying causes of that slip-up to another startling incident: the flight last August of a B-52 bomber that was mistakenly armed with six nuclear-tipped cruise missiles."

"The report drew the stunning conclusion that the Air Force's nuclear standards have been in a long decline, a 'problem that has been identified but not effectively addressed for over a decade.'"

Original blog entry...

The official story...

According to official Air Force sources, "The Air Force has relieved three commanders and disciplined an undisclosed number of others in connection with an Aug. 29 “Bent Spear” incident in which nuclear-equipped missiles were unknowingly transported nearly 1,500 miles on the wing of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber."  “Bent Spear” is a Defense Department reporting term referring to a nuclear-weapons incident that is serious but does not include the threat of detonation. Officials said the weapons were never unsecured.

Adding injury to injury...

According to the Associated Press, in a public press conference Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne "prefaced his remarks about the B-52 incident by saying that, in publicly confirming that nuclear weapons were involved, he had authorized a one-time exception to U.S. policy, which states that the location of nuclear weapons will never be confirmed publicly. He said he made this exception because of the seriousness of the episode and its importance to the nation."

Questionable behavior...

The Secretary of the Air Force should resign his post. Not for the "bent arrow" incident, but for his decision to waive standing United States policy and confirm the location of nuclear munitions as well as describing some of the procedural details. I am not worried so much about the professional terrorists or spies as I am the crazies out there who may target base facilities for protest or possible boundary incursions. If the Secretary had Presidential permission to waive the policy, perhaps he should have honorably quit in protest over the decision. In any event, he is toast when the President leaves office.

Why it allegedly happened...

"A main reason for the error was that crews had decided not to follow a complex schedule under which the status of the missiles is tracked while they are disarmed, loaded, moved and so on, one official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record."

T"he airmen replaced the schedule with their own 'informal' system, he said, though he didn't say why they did that nor how long they had been doing it their own way."

"'This was an unacceptable mistake and a clear deviation from our exacting standards,' Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said at a Pentagon press conference with Newton. 'We hold ourselves accountable to the American people and want to ensure proper corrective action has been taken.'"

Perhaps it is helpful to recall the words of an anonymous ex-SAC commander after SAC was dismantled in favor of another command structure...

"This seems like a case of 'PRIDE' (Professional Results In Daily Effort) turning into 'SHAME' (Sustained Half-Assed Minimum Effort.)

Perhaps we should return to the good old days of the Strategic Air Command. When spit, polish, security and professionalism permeated all command and enlisted levels. Enforced by a no-nonsense discipline policy and periodically verified by the dreaded "ORI" (Operational Readiness Inspection).

And perhaps we should return to the old SAC mantra,

"To err is human. To forgive is divine. Neither of which is current SAC policy."

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Clinton: Buying Votes With Taxpayer Dollars and Pandering to the Illegals

Once again, Hillary Clinton is abusing that old democrat ploy of offering up taxpayer dollars to buy votes.

Whether it is the offer of free and universal healthcare, $5000 savings bonds for newborn children, $1000 Retirement account enhancements or her latest legislation to allocate $200 million for child care providers, she cannot resist spending the taxpayer's money to attract potential voters.

Like most of Clinton's actions, the announcement is designed for maximum media impact and short on actual details. It doesn't even matter whether or not the proposal is fiscally sound or requires a whole new level of bureaucracy to implement ... nothing stops her from throwing it against the wall to see which potential voters it may attract. Even if the proposal is discarded, there is always the impression that "Hillary cares" and that "It's all about you, your health and your children."

The $5000 per baby proposal ...

"WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home. "

"Clinton, her party's front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus."

"'I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home,' she said."

"The New York senator did not offer any estimate of the total cost of such a program or how she would pay for it. Approximately 4 million babies are born each year in the United States."

"Clinton said such an account program would help Americans get back to the tradition of savings that she remembers as a child, and has become harder to accomplish in the face of rising college and housing costs."

Correct me if I am wrong, but is this not the very same person who has rejected the transfer of a portion of an individual's social security account into private savings accounts which could be managed by individuals when it was proposed by the Bush Administration? Or the very same person who pooh-poohed the creation and use of  individual-controlled medical savings accounts to assist in the payment for healthcare?

It seems that a program must meet a few criteria before it passes the "Hillary Test."

  1. It must be proposed by Hillary.
  2. It must be media-friendly and encourage widespread coverage and debate.
  3. It must be a democrat-supported program.
  4. The money must remain within government control until it is time to be disbursed.
  5. There can be no restrictions on the recipients-- such as restricting the benefits to legal citizens.

The total cost of "baby bond" program, in raw taxpayer dollars, according to Hillary's own numbers is $5,000 x 4,000,000 babies per year = $20,000,000,000 ... not to mention the increased governmental administrative overhead and fund distribution.

Also not mentioned is the extremely low interest rates currently paid by American savings institutions or the impact of inflation. It is extremely doubtful that the amount of money proposed will significantly grow into a beneficial sum by the time the funds are paid to the individual. Pesky details like what happens if an individual dies prior to funding or if this sum could be attached for fines, back taxes, etc. is also not mentioned.

After all, it's not a serious proposal -- only one to grab potential voter's attention -- targeted predominantly at low-income families and illegals who are cranking out babies with out any due regard for their future welfare.(Oops, I really shouldn't use that word!)

That was on September 28, 2007 -- Does this news item look familiar?

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Guest Viewpoint: ENHAGER (www.LEIMERTPARKBEAT.COM)

Today, I am pleased to post a "Guest Viewpoint"  contributed by community activist and fellow blogger, Enhager, whose website www.leimertparkbeat.com typifies the type of community that is slowly disappearing from our fast-paced world. He is responding to my previous post, "There Are Black Professionals and Professional Blacks: Cynthia McKinney Comes to California." The nice thing about having guest viewpoints is not only do they represent another viewpoint, but they can also fill-in knowledge gaps and allow our mutual readers to develop a more informed opinion.

Here is Enhager...

There are white professionals and professional whites … how does that sound? Could I make an argument comparing the Minute Men, Strom Thurmond, Trent Lott and George Allen to Justice John Roberts and Rob Reiner. Wouldn’t be difficult, but what would it prove? 

The issue I have with this post isn’t the end result – “Decide for yourself which politicians have extremely suspicious backgrounds and who promote hate, intolerance and bigotry” - but that Steve is perpetuating many of the very problems he’s complaining about.

He’s allowing one person to represent a whole class or race of people, and lumping the rest together. You don’t make Cynthia  McKinney the spokeswoman for the Green Party, 9-11 conspiracy theorists or anti-war activists. But you do note, she’s black.

This leads to stereotypes, then prejudices, then discrimination, then racism because you are treating individuals that have an easy to identify trait (such as color, but it could be a lisp, cross eyes or a style of clothes) on a preconceived notion of what you think “those people” are like.

Now I haven’t followed McKinney’s trials and tribulations – but it seems reading the Wikipedia and Slate entries that she doesn’t make everything about race. But you do.

Her 9-11 stance was a conspiracy that, as much as I read, had nothing to do with color. But because she’s black, you go one step farther and now it’s a black conspiracy theory. And while she does have some kooky sounding ideas and her criticisms of Dems and Reps are a bit over the top, the recent stories about the Jena 6, the young Georgia man serving decades in prison for consensual statutory rape and others, illustrates that it’s not so kooky to cry racism in the South in 2007. Maybe she’s gone far professionally, but there are plenty of people who still need a voice.

Which brings me to Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Boy do they seem opportunistic and media needy. On the other hand, they have the clout to make people pay attention on a national level to things that most would usually rather ignore.

That’s the fault of the media, I think. The media should be paying attention to what’s happening to the oppressed of any color or class. But without a big or controversial name attached who “represents” a whole people, the coverage is less likely to occur.

Except for Jackson and a lesser extent Sharpton, the media chooses to anoint the spokesperson, not the people. In Los Angeles, the spokesman that TV gravitates to is Najee Ali. He says the most outlandish things, and they get recorded and snapped up. The pro is that people pay attention to what is often a good cause he’s promoting, the con is that he and sometimes his cause looks foolish.

I’ve talked to Ali, and in person he is a thoughtful, bright smart person who doesn’t seem extreme. But he knows what the media beast requires to cover an issue in the black community – they want much more than an articulate sound byte. They want drama, and he does what he feels he has to do.

Yet when you allow a person to speak for an entire group, or allow that person to bias your opinion of a whole group or class, you then say things like, but this one guy is different, he’s not like the rest of them – “These are professional blacks as opposed to the type of black professional typified by Bill Cosby.”

Cosby is an American entertain and educator. He is a unique, cultural treasure and icon, an inspiration for all of us. But you feel the need to characterize him as a black professional, and by inference say he’s different than the others.

He is an almost impossible standard to reach. But while you list at least four negative black leaders, you only list one positive. Why is that? I submit, it’s because it is easier to think of the pot stirrers because they get all the ink. Remember in L.A, there’s Connie Rice, John Mack, Erin Aubry Kaplan. Nationally there’s the spectrum from Harry Belafonte to Barack Obama to Colin Powell.

None of these people can represent a population of millions of diverse people, just like David Duke and Anne Coulter don't speak for all whites.

Still I think people can celebrate their culture and backgrounds, because that diversity – Irish, Italian, Mexican, Nigerian, Egyptian, Laotian, Cherokee – is what this country is made of and what we as individuals have to figure out how to live with.

Thanks to Enhager...

Enhager makes a great point about over-generalization. However, it is my dislike, and frankly disgust, with specific people like Cynthia McKinney, Maxine Waters, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson  who make everything about their self-interest and race -- jetting in to trouble spots to capture the media spotlight and leaving little or nothing behind. It is the way they play up "race" when they present their odious or hard-left positions  that bugs me. However, this is the great thing about the blogging community, between our collective efforts, we can present a multiplicity of opinions with everyone having an opportunity to make their points and leaving it up to the reader to decide how relevant or useful the information becomes.

What can YOU do?

Celebrate the diversity of opinion and be sure to visit Enhager at www.leimertparkbeat.com to see a strong, vibrant community at work.

Feel fee to respond with a different viewpoint or your comments. Your well-reasoned replies will only add to the conversation. Remember: the rule is to be polite.

-- steve

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THERE ARE BLACK PROFESSIONALS AND PROFESSIONAL BLACKS: CYNTHIA McKINNEY COMES TO CALIFORNIA

At the risk of sounding like a racist, I would like to point out that there is a class of people who can be defined as professional blacks. These are people who make everything about race and victimhood. Who demand special consideration for the "black" people for whom they allegedly speak. These are the people who see a "conspiracy" against them and their people everywhere they go. And ignore the obvious fact that they have done extremely well for themselves by playing the race card.

These are the Al Sharpton's, the Jesse Jackson's and the Maxine Waters' of this world. Where everything is about their suffering and their people's suffering. These are the people who assume that they are immune from ridicule and close scrutiny because they can call someone else a "bigot" or a "racist" and threaten to protest in front of their homes, their businesses and, mostly, in front of the media who gives an inordinate amount of attention to these people without critical analysis of either their hypocritical behavior or the promotional self-interest generated by some of their "truth" campaigns.

These are professional blacks as opposed to the type of black professional typified by Bill Cosby, the black entertainer turned professional educator; who presents a well-reasoned explanation of the so-called "black experience" along with his personal exhortation for all people to do better, especially blacks who are  underrepresented in some professions and whose community has become extremely tolerant of a "single parent" lifestyle which leads to undereducated children who are statistically more likely to obtain lower paying jobs or be exposed to community criminal activities.

This is not to say that we support racial stereotyping, but  we do need to point out there are those among us who are not seeking to improve the community, but spreading their toxic viewpoints which negatively affects all citizens, be they white, black,brown, yellow, green, purple or polka-dotted. Especially politicians who often are promoting their own self-interest at the expense of their community and constituency.

Which brings us the the central point of today's blog... Cynthia McKinney's move to California.

According to widespread media reports, former Georgia Congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, has decided to become a citizen of California. She plans to live and vote in California's wealthy Marin County --located  across the Golden Gate Bridge in the North San Francisco Bay Area. A county renown for its beautiful scenery, affluent residents and an extremely liberal political scene. There is no doubt that Marin County residents overwhelmingly vote for democrats.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

"Former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney seems to have ended any notions of running again for state office in Georgia and has registered to vote in California where she is still considering a run for president on the Green Party ticket."

"In recent weeks McKinney — who last month posted a letter on her Web site declaring that she had no interest in the Green Party nomination — has appeared at fund-raisers in California, where a group named Run! Cynthia! Run! is trying to draft her as the party's candidate in California."

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



SCREWED BY TECHNOLOGY: LOSING TOUCH WITH YOUR WORLD

It is a bad day here in blackrock... my DSL Internet connection has failed after being used for most of the day. It seems that my router is not authenticating with my Internet Service Provider's server.

Instead of the blog entry that I had intended to post, I decided to take this opportunity to challenge each and every one of my readers to consider the personal and professional impact of losing their Internet connectivity.

  • No telecommuting.
  • No music downloads.
  • No surfing the net for news.
  • No updating your TIVO program listings.
  • No e-mail to communicate with family, friends and others.
  • If you use a VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), no telephone calls.
  • No receiving or paying your bills.
  • No checking your account balances.

And I am sure you can add many other things with a just a little thought.

What can you do?

Have a backup position. I am writing this blog using my desktop computer instead of my laptop. Connectivity with the Internet is through an old, slow dial-up connection with another Internet Service Provider not located in my immediate area. All of my data is backed up on removable backup devices.

Have a disaster plan. Know what is important and how you plan to continue with your day-to-day activities if you lose a critical piece of your home computer system or network. Especially connectivity with the Internet. Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.

Keep the manuals and settings together in one place. I use a file transfer box to hold all of my warranties, manuals and settings notes. Every year or so, I simply throw out material for equipment and programs that I have discarded. When giving hardware or software to my friends, I also provide the original manuals and other pertinent information. This single step makes life a great deal easier when I need to dig out the magic manual to restore lost functionality.

Have technology experts on call. Know who to call if you need technical assistance. My friends call me and when I stop laughing, I am usually able to provide immediate help or, at the very least, some semblance of a plan to resolve the issue.

Keep calm. It does no good to become emotionally involved with a relatively dumb, silent electronic or  mechanical device. It will cost you time, possibly some money, but the trick is not to let the problems upset your emotions and, by extension your health.

Believe in the technology fairy. Perhaps it is time to upgrade your system, purchase that removable backup device, select a more reliable vendor or take some other action. Other than those obsessed with state-of-the-art hardware or the latest whiz-bang program, most of us live well within our comfort zone -- happily doing what we normally do -- until circumstance requires remedial action. Perhaps now is the time. For me, I see a new router on the horizon -- a faster, more secure one with an extended wireless range. I feel better already.

Keep it all in perspective. It could be worse. Your Internet connection could fail on the very same day your car won't start for that trip to the local electronics store.

-- steve

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



MEMO TO SCHWARZENEGGER & THE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE: GUN CONTROL IS NOT CRIME CONTROL -- YOUR NEW MICROSTAMPING LAW IS FLAWED!

Once again California's legislature, comprised mainly of self-serving venal political hacks, aging hippies, open borders socialists and do-gooders have confused "gun control" and "crime control" as they sent the Crime Gun Identification Act of 2007 to the Governor's desk.

And our esteemed governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a RINO (Republican In Name Only), signed the flawed legislation into law; apparently without considering the problems inherent in this legislation.

While I am for "crime control" and have empathy for the victims and survivors of criminal acts, I also recognize the futility of  "feel-good" legislation. I want our current weapons and crime legislation enforced. I strongly suggest that, if any new legislation is to be introduced, it contain provisions that would  provide lengthy enhancements for those who use a weapon in the commission of a crime, not be allowed to plea bargain the offense to a lesser non-weapons crime and be required to serve their sentence in full: no time off for good behavior or parole.

The current microstamping legislation has been sponsored by the anti-gun organizations and pushed through a mostly willing legislature by special interest lobbyists. And I am positive that the various gun manufacturers and sportsman's associations will challenge this law in court.

But it is highly instructive to see what California's elected officials have wrought.

Starting with a lie... the lack of identification on internal parts does not in any way, shape or manner produce an "unsafe handgun."

"This bill, the Crime Gun Identification Act of 2007, would, commencing January 1, 2010, expand the definition of "unsafe handgun" to include semiautomatic pistols that are not designed and equipped with a microscopic array of characters that identify the make, model, and serial number of the pistol, etched in 2 or more places on the interior surface or internal working parts of the pistol, and that are transferred by imprinting on each cartridge case when the firearm is fired."

An unsafe gun is one that does not exhibits the mechanical integrity and strength to fire the appropriate cartridge, lacks a functioning safety interlock mechanism to prevent the hammer from accidentally falling on a loaded cartridge, or contains shoddy parts that can cause an accidental firing of the weapon.

Followed by the potential for a very dangerous evidentiary precedent...

According to a press release from Josh Horwitz, Executive Director, Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence...

"Currently, 45% of homicide investigations in California do not result in the arrest of a suspect, primarily because of a lack of evidence. "

"Microstamping technology was developed by Todd Lizotte and Orest Ohar at NanoMark technologies.  It utilizes lasers to make precise, microscopic engravings on the breech face and firing pin of a gun. As the gun is fired, information indicating the make, model and serial number of the gun is stamped onto the cartridge as numbers and letters. The technology will greatly aid law enforcement officials in investigating homicides and other crimes by allowing them to trace firearms through cartridge casings found at crime scenes (officials will not need to recover the crime gun itself)."

The evidence in a crime scene must be examined in its totality and that no undue weight should be given to evidence that cannot be corroborated by a secondary method. This bill apparently removes the requirement to match the bullet with the weapon's barrel markings or matching the gun's tooling marks to the marks engraved on the cartridge and may simply encourage jurors to falsely consider a single microstamped cartridge found at the crime scene as the standard of proof required to convict.

Easily circumvented...

Just as the popular television show CSI has served as an instructional video for criminals who are taught to spill bleach on DNA-bearing evidence or sprinkle false hair and fiber at the crime scene, it takes only one program to teach the criminals to drop false and misleading cartridges at the crime scene.

Since tons of brass cartridges are produced each year at local firing ranges by lawful activities of sportsmen, the possibility of of an innocent man being charged with a crime rises exponentially should any of these cartridges be found at a crime scene.

And the results of  university testing are inconclusive...

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



MEDIA: HAVE YOU BEEN AMBUSHED BY PRE-LOADED ACTIVISTS?

In today's era of "gotcha" politics and sound-bite problems and  prescriptions, the media is being played like a vintage violin.

Generating controversy for enlightenment, entertainment or for commercial purposes?

What many members of the media fail to realize, or conveniently ignore, is that rabid partisans on both sides of an issue have created materials and spokespeople to be used in the event of a breaking national news story. Guided by the principle that "when facts are few, opinions loom large,"  they take advantage of their ability to insert their position and propaganda onto the national scene. Their opinions being amplified by the intense media interest in filling the 24/7 news cycle with fresh material. Scrutiny and contra-opinions are further grist for the mill. It seems that the media has become only tangentially concerned with the truth or situational analysis in favor of maintaining or increasing their ratings.

Promoting controversy while restraining critical analysis is not a new phenomenon when the media has a somewhat naturally occurring hidden bias. But only recently has such behavior led to the shameful abrogation of media integrity.

When your argument cannot withstand scrutiny, shout louder...

"When there are rational grounds for an opinion, people are content to set them forth and wait for them to operate. In such cases, people do not hold their opinions with passion; they hold them calmly, and set forth their reasons quietly. The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists; indeed the passion is the measure of the holder's lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately."

--Bertrand Russell, On the Value of Scepticism

Being prepared to defend your position in debate is the mark of a honest disagreement...

"In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing."

--Mark Twain

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



THE MEDIA: PROMOTING THE LOONIES? The Ann Coulter Stratagem

As never before, people with strange and bizarre views are being openly courted by television show "bookers," a breed of television denizen who is required to secure popular ratings-boosting guest as well as the more controversial guests who generate publicity buzz.

To make the host look good...

In many instances, the guest with the most bizarre or loathsome position is making a deal with the devil. In order to curry favor with their supporters and promote their message, they must be  willingly to act as a foil to make the show's host look good.  Or in the words of Rush Limbaugh, "the purpose of callers is to make me, America's Truth Detector; the Doctor of Democracy; the Most Dangerous Man in America; the All-Knowing, All-Sensing, All-Everything Maha Rushie; defender of motherhood, protector of fatherhood and an all-around good guy, your host,  look good."

But stripped of the adjectives, Limbaugh is right-on  (pun intended) the money (pun intended) as to why controversial people are allowed air time. Although Limbaugh does not have guests, his callers are apparently screened so that the most negative and those that disagree with Rush are moved to the front of the line. During the call, listeners will hear Limbaugh skillfully, and often playfully, point out the inconsistencies in the caller's argument or use the call to segue into a subject that Limbaugh want to discuss.

Two-edged sword...

In agreeing to appear on a show, the guest is apparently agreeing to demonstrate, for one and all, their prejudice, their ignorance, their mean-spirited nature and highlight their sometimes despicable cause. Each guest must weigh the benefits of appearing on a show carefully, lest they have a negative effect on their cause as well as future show bookings. The only real caution is that the guest may either make the host look bad or present a neutral, bland position which puts the audience to sleep.

Smart Business...

Almost all celebrities and book authors know that, in order to generate book-selling or personal publicity, they must be somewhat controversial... or in industry parlance, provide a "hook" which will engage both the audience first and the host second. It does not matter whether or not the hook is positive or negative as long as it is not boring.

The Ann Coulter Stratagem...

Here is one very smart, somewhat attractive, lady who has apparently gamed the system.

Her background belies the controversy.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS