Steve's Random Musings for a Thursday...

Arnold Schwarzenegger gives a pass to illegal aliens: "it would be a 'big mistake' to blame illegal immigrants for the state's looming $8 billion budget problem.

According to the Sacramento Bee...

"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, responding to the mother of a Republican state legislator, said Wednesday it would be a "big mistake" to blame illegal immigrants for the state's looming $8 billion budget problem."

"The Republican governor was in San Luis Obispo to pitch his budget proposal to local officials and business leaders when he was asked by Diane Blakeslee, mother of Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, how the state should handle fiscal burdens created by illegal immigrants."

"'There is, you know, always a time like this where you start pointing the finger at various different elements of what creates the budget mess, and, you know, some may point the finger at illegal immigrants,' Schwarzenegger said. 'I can guarantee you, I have been now four years in office in Sacramento, I don't think that illegal immigration has created the mess that we are in.'"

Schwarzenegger is absolutely correct. It was caused by the profligate spending of the far-left liberal democrats on special interest matters such as massive union salary increases and social engineering programs to make the illegal aliens feel welcome in our country; aided and abetted by a governor who wants to be "admired by all" rather than fulfill his constitutional duties. Unfortunately, Californian's did not regard the possibility of another fund-raising whore/big-spending politician who just couldn't say "NO" loud enough to bring spending under control, when they replaced the former Governor Gray Davis. The former Governor is looking much better than his replacement, Schwarzenegger, as time goes on.

Who is McCain trying to fool ... or impress?

John McCain, looking presidential and being in command of foreign affairs, decided to impress the United States Jewish voters by loudly announcing he was all for peace and brokering a deal with the rocket-firing Palestinians. Unfortunately he spent ONLY one day in Israel and ONLY telephoned the Palestinian President.

If McCain had any real insight into the situation, he would have simply declared that a true peace is impossible without an unlikely reform of Islam, but a brokered "cease fire" might be doable during his term of office. Left unspoken: BILLIONS of U.S. dollars would need to be paid to both sides to achieve even a "historic meeting" for a photo-op. So look forward to the Israeli-Palestinian stimulus payment of 2009. More on the McCain-Lieberman-Graham visit can be found here. But the real story about the infighting between Hamas and Fatah to be the representative on the other side of the table can be found here

What should Islam fear? KARMA!

Ali Hussein allegedly snatched Rabbi Uria Ohana's yarmulke last week inside a New York subway station. The Rabbi gave chase and reportedly two of Hussein's friends started punching the Rabbi's face yelling " Allah Akhbar (God is great)." Now comes the good part... As Hussein ran out of the station into the road, he was hit by a car. The Rabbi reportedly intends to seek the prosecution of Hussein while the authorities waffle over whether or not it was a hate crime. More on the story can be found here.

California liberals use science to expand ammunition ban...

After Governor Schwarzenegger signed A.B. 821, the "Ridley-Tree Condor Preservation Act" to require the use of nonlead centerfire rifle and pistol ammunition when taking big game and coyote within specified areas. the Department of Fish and Game immediately issued rules to expand the ban to other ammunition (rimfire, muzzle-loader and shotshells) containing lead. Ironically, the original legislation requires the state to provide hunters with suitable nonlead ammunition at little or no cost, possibly through a voucher system -- "if funding is available." Highly unlikely with an $8 BILLION deficit.

The legislation was necessary because one Condor in California apparently died of lead poisoning since 1977 and several others seem to have high concentrations of lead in their blood... leading liberals to conclude the condors were eating dead meat shot with lead bullets and left in the field by hunters.

It has not occurred to them that California has any number of gold and silver mines which would count for lead leaching into the water supply, or that car's still emit lead and many roads contain lead-bearing slurries. Or that soil sediments containing both lead and mercury are relatively abundant in various areas of California.

There are approximately 77 Condors left in California. Considering that California condor flew over woolly mammoths and saber toothed tigers, perhaps nature is finally phasing out the Condor. But only California would spend millions of dollars to preserve an artifact of nature -- which does not greatly interact with the greater ecostructure.

Telephone carriers are looking out for their customers?

Verizon wants the FCC to issue a declaratory ruling that will make it easier for a cable customer to switch to a fiber optic system to deliver television content over the fiber lines. Just another service to be measured, metered and sliced-and-diced into various tariffed rates. It seems that the telephone companies are combating network neutrality by demanding that the TELCOs should be able to switch a customer from a cable system to a fiber system as easy as switching between two telephone providers. More on the story can be found here.

And on-and-on it goes...

What can YOU do?

Ignore the petty, the ridiculous and the downright stupid and have a great Thursday.

-- steve

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