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TED KENNEDY: PLAYING THE SYMPATHY CARD TO THE VERY END?

One again, Ted Kennedy apparently attempts to play the sympathy card to keep a Kennedy in a political office. Evoking the name of his late brother John F. Kennedy, apparently media trial balloons are being floated about his wife taking over his seat should Ted Kennedy become incapacitated and unable to fulfill the duties of his office.

I wonder how liberal Massachusetts feels about perpetuating big government, tax and spend policies by allowing the self-serving Kennedy dynasty to continue to affect both their state and the nation?

Time for a change!

Perhaps it is time for change, as another liberal Senator is fond of saying, and returning the state to political normalcy instead of the back-room political deals which almost compromised America's sovereignty with the McCain-Kennedy SHAMnesty bill? Considering Massachusetts has produced politicians like Barney Frank, Michael Dukakis, John Kerry and Gerry Studds, perhaps a clean sweep in favor of a {shudder} conservative Republican may be in order. A benefit to the State of Massachusetts and the United States.

Lord Ted?

And, on a purely procedural note: when did the State of Massachusetts change to the English Parliamentary system where a seat in the House of Lords could be handed from one generation to another?

The King is Dead, Long live the King ...

According to the New York Daily News...

"Ted Kennedy has made clear to confidants that when his time is up, he wants his Senate seat to stay in the family - with his wife, Vicki."

"Multiple sources in Massachusetts with close ties to the liberal lion say his wife of 16 years has long been his choice to continue carrying the family flame in the Senate. Kennedy won the seat in 1962; his brother John held it from 1953 to 1960."

"There's no question that he'd like Vicki to continue in his seat," said one Massachusetts Democrat with ties to the Camelot clan who spoke to Kennedy recently, before his health crisis.

"She's smart, and smart politically."

"The 54-year-old Victoria Reggie Kennedy, a former hotshot Washington lawyer, is a Louisiana native and the daughter of a politically active judge."

Who cares?

Why would anyone want to elect anyone to public office who is used to closing their eyes as inappropriate behavior swirls about? And Ted Kennedy was the poster boy for inappropriate behavior.

What can YOU do?

For the legal citizens of the State of Massachusetts, it is now time to make up your mind if you want to continue "Big Dig" style special interest politics. If not, it is up to you to contact  democrat Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick who "may" potentially appoint Kennedy's successor in the case he becomes unable to fulfill the duties of his office.

  • Whoops, I forgot ... the democrats changed that law to prevent Republican Governor Mitt Romney from naming a Republican to replace John Kerry if he were to abandon his Senate seat to assume the Presidency. The state law  requires a special election for the seat no sooner than 145 days and no later than 160 days after the vacancy occurs. I wonder if the legislature is about to enact "emergency" legislation changing it back to the old system?
  • Perhaps you need to contact all your legislators to insure that the present "democratic" procedure of a vote stays in effect.

While I do not have any respect for Ted Kennedy the politician and very little respect for Ted Kennedy the man, I do not like to see anyone suffering from any major affliction, so I urge those who enter the political discourse to keep it both civil and respectful.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the Day: "There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it."  --William James

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

Reference Links:

Ted Kennedy: I'd like wife to take seat|DailyNews.com

SPARE ME THE TED KENNEDY PRE-DEATH EULOGIES; WILL ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER BE THE HEIR APPARENT?|One Citizen Speaking


“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


VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 98 -- STOP GOVERNMENT PROPERTY GRABS FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT

Another misleading e-mail arrives ...

Once again I received a misleading e-mail from the No 98/Yes 99  committee, purportedly "a committee of city and county associations, taxpayers and environmental groups, League of California Cities and Californians for Neighborhood Protection, a coalition of conservationists, labor and business. A sponsored committee of the California League of Conservation Voters" operating out of the street address belonging to the professional advocacy group of Baker, Castillo & Fairbanks.

The subject line leads the lies ...

This e-mail's subject line claims that "Prop 98 Increases Costs for Westlake Village Homeowners."  Similar to the equally vague "PROP 98 hurts Westlake Village homeowners and taxpayers." which was the subject line of the first e-mail."

The distorted truth...

Since Proposition 99 permits the government to carry on the current activities with little or no interference, the costs will be negligible. But because Proposition 98 really does impose eminent domain reforms on the government, the costs of the government's legal bills will increase as well as the increased costs of acquired property are also negligible as they are spread over all taxpayers.

The magic question ...

Is that an acceptable cost for the government, and by extension the taxpayers, to assume to assure that property is legally acquired and that payment to individuals is fair? I say YES, vote YES ON 98!

What they don't say ...

The Proposition 99 advocates never explain that their proposition relies on "public purpose" which is an expanded definition that allows private property to be confiscated by the government to be given to private individuals to develop and profit -- as long as the government gets some benefit like increased tax revenues. Under this theory, nobody's private property is safe from confiscation if somebody is willing to show the government how they can use the property to make more money for the government. The proposition 98 people demand that the property be legally confiscated for "public use" for things such as roads, firehouses, schools, police stations. Nowhere does it say that stealing the private property of a private individual to be given to a developer to create luxury condominiums and prestige shops is a "public use."

About those Newspaper quotes...

Proponents and Opponents are fond of displaying quotes from newspapers. Unfortunately, in today's political environment, there are very few unbiased media sources and no special weight should be given to what is printed in today's newspapers. We have all seen stories that have  significantly mangled or misstated the facts. 

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First, since no one has enough time to really read the quotes in context, it is helpful to consider the true political nature of the publication that printed the quote.

In the above example, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and others have a notably leftward bias and thus are more likely to support larger government, more taxes and a government which serves the "collective" rather than the "individual." They pander to their audience, many of whom are content to live in a cradle-to-grave "nanny" state.

Second, one needs to question whether or not these clips came from a news story or an editorial exposition which adheres to the publication's editorial guidelines. Since the quotes are selectively pruned from stories which may be citing negative consequences and the quote may be from someone far left of the political mainstream.

Therefore, particular newspaper quotes should be taken with a grain of salt as more partisan posturing. Advice which applies on both sides of the argument.

What I recommend...

Since I abhor the Supreme Court "Kelo" decision which empowered special "redevelopment agencies" to grab private land for "public purpose," I am for YES on 98, NO on 99 as I believe that private property should ONLY be confiscated by the government for a "public purpose." No to raise additional government funding levels or pandering to special interests.

What can YOU do?

Carefully study the propositions. It is YOUR future and the future of YOUR CHILDREN that is at risk. You cannot afford to make a mistake.

Consider the implications of passing Proposition 99 when the Supreme Court overturns the Kelo decision as being unconstitutional. Talk about lawsuits and increased costs.

Vote for fair and honest government. Do not fall for any Proposition that purports to help the people while expanding government power to steal private property from individuals on the flimsiness of reasons.

VOTE YES ON 98 TO INSURE THAT PROPERTY IS TAKEN FOR  "PUBLIC USE" and NO ON 99 to stop the government from doing business as usual.

Elect honest officials who will do the people's business and not simply pick the public's pocket for their own enrichment.

-- steve

Quote of the day: "

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with." -- Bob Wells

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

Reference Links:

VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 98 -- OVERCOME PROP 99'S "LANGUAGE OF LIES"

PROPOSITION 98 IS A GREAT IDEA: PROOF -- IT IS OPPOSED BY THE FAR-LEFT LIBERALS WHO WANT TO CONFISCATE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO GIVE TO "FAT CAT" DEVELOPERS.

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR PROPERTY FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART I - The background

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR HOUSE FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART II - The California Initiatives

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR PROPERTY FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART III - Partisan Politics Playing to the Crowd

California PROP. 99 CAMPAIGN LIES IN E-MAIL?


“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


Commodities: Is there another "Black Swan" Event in our near future?

Why the Federal Reserve may not be able to predict the next fiscal crisis that is already underway...

According to Alan Greenspan:

"'The most credible explanation of why risk management based on state-of-the-art statistical models can perform so poorly is that the underlying data used to estimate a model's structure are drawn generally from both periods of euphoria and periods of fear, that is, from regimes with importantly different dynamics,' wrote Greenspan."

Which is the problem with all state-of-the-art statistical models: they are based on historical data, using past trends to create "bounding values" for some future prediction. Even if these bounding values are tweaked by a given amount, they still do not provide sufficient protection against a extremely rare "black swan" event; which may never have occurred in the past.

An clear and concise illustration can be provided by the current mortgage-based crisis. The analytical models used by both the mortgage industry and the ratings agencies were flawed. They failed because they were based on the wrong data.

The rare "black swan" event was far beyond influencing the historical data.

The first "black swan" event was the relaxation of sound banking principles in order to fill Wall Street's burgeoning need to create mortgage-backed securities. Ignoring prudent banking practice saw the creation of SIVA (stated income, verified assets), SISA (state income, stated assets), NIVA (no income, verified assets), NISA (no income, stated assets) and finally NINA (no income, no assets) underwriting requirements. These so-called "liar" loans were an invention not anticipated or incorporated into the analytic datasets.

Where the historical records saw a 2-3% historical default rate,  the smart money thought that they could withstand a 10-12% default rate and still make money. What they did not see was the "black swan" liar loans where default rates rose from 25% to 50% and beyond.

Added to this data insufficiency, we saw the financial organizations allowing borrowers to use the proceeds of HELOC (Home Equity Line of Credit) to pay their monthly mortgage payments which delayed the reporting of troubling circumstances. Further delay in reporting the numbers occurred due to the continual refinancing of "failing loans." Thus making the dataset not only incomplete, but not full descriptive of the ongoing situation.

And the most damaging of all "black swan" events occurred outside of the mortgage arena itself -- the regulatory acceptance of imprudent levels of leverage which allowed someone with $5 million in capital to be at risk for $100 million or more loans.

Thus the "quantifiable" risk was not even in the mortgage system, it was in the unquantified relaxation of sound banking standards and the imprudent use of leverage. Leverage which allowed a wholesale mortgage originator with a $5-million net worth to borrow over $100 million to purchase  even more mortgages for their "production" pipelines.

When the "big boys" (e.g. Merrill Lynch, Countrywide, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc) began to realize what was happening and stopped purchasing and securitizing these "liar" loans, the warehouse-line originators were stuck with unsold mortgages in their pipelines and multiple millions in money owed to their warehouse line lenders. Thus leading to defaults on payments to warehouse lenders and the ultimate bankruptcy of at least 100+ firms.

Here and now...

Just as the Federal Reserve forced the domestic and international money managers to search for higher returns in mortgage-based investment products when the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee ) kept the rates artificially low (1%), we are now seeing the same pattern being repeated. As this is being written, the Federal Reserve Target Rate is being supported at 2% and the money managers have turned away from mortgages towards commodities to provide a return on their investment.

Even though the global pool of money has doubled past most rational predications, the number of safe and sound investments that have an acceptable rate of return has not doubled.   

Unless the government restores Treasuries to yield an acceptable return, the search will continue thus driving up prices as too much money chases too few goods -- which is the classic definition of inflation.

So what is the "black swan" effect that might affect the next commodities bubble.

I sincerely believe that the "black swan" event will involve the widespread use of "exchange traded funds" which allows ordinary people to speculate in commodities without going through the traditional problems of opening and maintaining a traditional commodities account... or even understanding the fundamentals of commodity transactions. 

According to Wikipedia ...

"An exchange-traded fund (or ETF) is an investment vehicle traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks or bonds. An ETF holds assets such as stocks, bonds, or futures."

"Institutional investors can redeem large blocks of shares of the ETF (known as "creation units") for a "basket" of the underlying assets or, alternately, exchange the underlying assets for creation units. This creation and redemption of shares enables institutions to engage in arbitrage and causes the value of the ETF to approximate the net asset value of the underlying assets."

"Commodity ETFs invest in commodities, such as precious metals and futures. Among the first commodity ETFs were gold exchange-traded funds, which have been offered in a number of countries. Commodity ETFs generally are index funds, but track non-securities indexes. Because they do not invest in securities, commodity ETFs are not regulated as investment companies under the Investment Company Act of 1940 in the United States, although their public offering is subject to SEC review and they need an SEC no-action letter under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  They may, however, be subject to regulation by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission."

Actively managed ETFs are quite recent and have been offered only since 25 March 2008 in the United States. The actively managed ETFs approved to date are fully transparent, publishing their current securities portfolios on their web sites daily.

Another example of government regulators abrogating their oversight activities and permitting the Wall Street freebooters to create havoc in the marketplace...

However, the SEC has indicated that it is willing to consider allowing actively managed ETFs that are not fully transparent in the future.

The very same SEC which has not attempted to regulate hedge funds which operate as unmonitored investment banks or curb rampant market speculation by controlling margin levels and preventing massive amounts of fund capital from artificially forcing a company's value lower (by buying put options and then selling common stock) and then profiting from its artificially induced price drop.

"The fully transparent nature of existing ETFs means that an actively managed ETF is at risk from arbitrage activities by market participants who might choose to front-run its trades. The initial actively traded equity ETFs have addressed this problem by trading only weekly or monthly. Actively traded debt ETFs, which are less susceptible to front-running, trade their holdings more frequently."

Less transparency equals more opportunity for unsanctionable market manipulation.

This much of the future is predictable...

Our current government is said to be following a "laissez-faire" model which could be roughly construed as the   "idea of leaving people alone to interact freely without government interference." Others attribute this lack of regulatory activity to a lack of moral underpinning or the sheer incompetence of those who are acting out of the hyper-partisan need for political power. Where seeking campaign contributions to support your regime is a 24/7 activity with little time, effort or consideration on "doing the right thing."

Wall Street has always been somewhat apolitical in search of profits and power. However, we are increasingly seeing power-motivated interests buying political influence so that they can continue to milk the public purse.

In a similar vein, I believe that the current promotion of global climate change may be one of these initiatives which would allow the various levels of government to increase their power over the lives of its constituent citizens while simultaneously increasing their revenue base. All to benefit the special interests.

What can YOU do?

Become more aware of the toxic political solution surrounding your local, state and federal government. Demand that your elected officials uphold their sworn duties. Demand that any politician or special interest that has squandered or misspent the public's money be sanctioned by the loss of further government business.

Do not jump into an investment frenzy which may be created in the near future as people react to the "upside" of an expanding commodities bubble.

Consider exactly how much of the world's real wealth -- the product of labor by its citizenry -- has been dissipated into major sinkholes and how many corporate or Wall Street operatives have banked millions in the process of fleecing the public.

The thought that a regional manager of a mortgage originator was making between $75,000 and $125,000 per month with senior executives earning much, much more should be one of the signs that something is wrong with our monetary policy -- where the risk/reward ratio is completely inverted.

Continue to question those who promote a monetary policy that makes a mockery of personal savings -- eroded by inflation to the point where your purchasing power is rapidly eroded.

We now see the mortgage crisis coming full circle as the Federal Reserve accepts  toxic loans as collateral for good funds. Unfortunately, the Federal Reserve will pass the costs of their misadventure onto the American public... and another bubble will form -- to be burst, once again, by a "black swan" event.

-- steve

Quote of the Day: "By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth." --George Carlin

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


SPARE ME THE TED KENNEDY PRE-DEATH EULOGIES; WILL ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER BE THE HEIR APPARENT?

Now that Senator Ted Kennedy has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, I am beginning to see the start of a media process of converting him into a saint.

The truth is that Ted Kennedy, from the very beginning of life, was raised in a house of wealth and privilege that is unavailable to the vast majority of citizens. His father was somewhat of a despicable freebooter whose grand vision of making his sons into political leaders was not only self-serving, but coldly calculated. It is thought that by appearing to dedicate their public lives to good works and public services, that the Kennedys would be able to preserve their hard-won fortune and insulate their private lives from scorn, envy and further scrutiny.

In spite of this, America was lucky to get at least two good Kennedys, John Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy in the process. Not that they were saints or without personal flaws, but they really did appear to be genuinely motivated by doing good for the country and the ordinary citizens.

And, as with all life, you must take the bad with the good, we got Ted Kennedy who has progressed mainly on the reputations of his slain brothers and the goodwill of the American people to overlook the fact that Ted Kennedy, the person, is less than admirable.

While he may be an able politician, in a back-room deal sort of way, he is also, at times, a drunken debauched lecher who left a girl to die a horrible death because his first and foremost thought was for himself and his then-current Presidential bid.

So before we start with this great media effort at sanitizing this man's career, let us pause to consider his whole public life, which in balance, should have been erased after Chappaquiddick.

I know that this blog entry is not compassionate or even charitable ... but then again, putting aside Ted Kennedy's brand of bare-knuckle partisan politics, ask what he actually did for the country that is of value and should serve as his legislative legacy. And then weigh that against the cold-hearted bastard who let Mary Jo Kopechne drown on July 18, 1969.

"The diver, John Farrar, later testified at the inquest that Kopechne's body was pressed up in the car in the spot where an air bubble would have formed. He interpreted this to mean that Kopechne had survived for a while after the initial accident in the air bubble, and concluded that:

"Had I received a call within five to ten minutes of the accident occurring, and was able, as I was the following morning, to be at the victim's side within twenty-five minutes of receiving the call, in such event there is a strong possibility that she would have been alive on removal from the submerged car."

Had it not been for his family's previous tragedy, Ted Kennedy  would have been charged with manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. However, Kennedy was allowed by the politically-sensitive Massachusetts District Attorney Edmund Dinis, to enter a plea of guilty to a charge of leaving the scene of an accident after causing injury. He received a sentence of two months in jail, which was suspended, and lost his driving license for one year.

Only Ted Kennedy and possibly a few others in his family or legal defense team actually knows the truth about what happened that night. But considering that there were occupied houses in the immediate vicinity where help could have been summoned, I tend to believe the worst. Especially after reading the inquest results.

For those wanting the short version of the story, I highly suggest reading the Wikipedia entry on Mary Jo Kopechne.

What can YOU do?

Feel sorry for any fellow human being suffering from an affliction, but do not falsely eulogize a man that was complicit in the possibly unnecessary death of another person -- a man who failed in his duty to act like a fellow compassionate human being and seek immediate assistance.

Don't write off Teddy Kennedy just yet. He is a fighter and only the doctors know what treatments may be effective to combat Kennedy's debilitating disease.

However, I must wonder if Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Governor who seems like a left-leaning liberal democrat, will be Kennedy's heir apparent? Stranger things have happened and Schwarzenegger will leave office about the time when Kennedy would stand for re-election.

-- steve

Quote of the day: "The media has a way of sensationalizing or sanitizing events in such a way as to promote greater audience interest. If the majority of the audience holds a negative view, the subject is scandalized; a positive view, eulogized. And both paint a false picture of the subject" -- 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


Global Warming: Prince Charles of the inbred, lucky sperm club claims we can't avert a series of natural disasters unless urgent action is taken to save the rainforests.

What can be said of Price Charles other than he is a "royal jerk" of uncommon proportions?

According to London's Daily Telegraph...

"Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster"

"The Prince of Wales has warned that the world faces a series of natural disasters within 18 months unless urgent action is taken to save the rainforests."

"Prince Charles has warned of 'disaster' if urgent steps are not taken to protect the forests."

I wonder if his "royal decree" can alter the solar output, change the dynamics of plate tectonics, alter the balance of water vapor in the air -- or do anything at all to affect the conditions which are said, by scientists, to be the drivers of natural climate change?

It's all about the money...

"In one of his most out-spoken interventions in the climate change debate, he said a £15 billion annual programme was required to halt deforestation or the world would have to live with the dire consequences."

Based on what: computer models or royal intuition?

"'We will end up seeing more drought and starvation on a grand scale. Weather patterns will become even more terrifying and there will be less and less rainfall,' he said."

"We are asking for something pretty dreadful unless we really understand the issues now and [the] urgency of them.' The Prince said the rainforests, which provide the 'air conditioning system for the entire planet', releasing water vapor and absorbing carbon, were being lost to poor farmers desperate to make a living."

"He said that every year, 20 million hectares of forest – equivalent to the area of England, Wales and Scotland – were destroyed and called for a 'gigantic partnership' of governments, businesses and consumers to slow it down."

How? By pumping money into corrupt political leaders and their friends? Relocating the indigent to England?

"'What we have got to do is try to ensure that these forests are more valuable alive than dead. At the moment, there is more value in them being dead,' he said."

Prince Charles, the insurance actuary...

"He estimated that the cost would be about £15 billion a year but said that this should be viewed as an insurance policy for the whole world. 'That is roughly just under one per cent of all the insurance premiums paid in the world in any one year. It is an insurance premium to ensure the world has some rainfall and reasonable weather patterns. It is a good deal.'"

Aha! The true rationale... "politics and money"

"Last month, the Prince had a meeting at St James's Palace with four state governors from Brazil to discuss the best way to allocate the money. One option would be for an organisation such as the World Bank to administer the fund. The Prince made clear yesterday that if nothing was done there was a "severe danger of losing a major part of the battle against climate change".

A McSolution to weather control?

"In an interview on Radio 4's Today programme, the Prince disclosed that he had raised his concerns with the White House, Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, and President Sarkozy, of France. He said he had pressed Barclays, Shell, Goldman Sachs and McDonald's to join his campaign."

This won't do it...

"But he also said consumers had to play their part by choosing products that were environmentally sustainable and called for improvements in labeling."

Enabling what? More political corruption?

He denied, however, that he was interfering in the political process. "All I am ever trying to do is to provide an enabling facility," he said.

A blinding idiot, by his own words...

He conceded that at times he had been forced to keep his counsel when he would have liked to have spoken out. "You learn as you go along. I am going to be 60 this year. I would be a blinding idiot if I had not learnt a bit by now."

The problem is: you are a "blinding idiot" and you need to study the matter beyond listening to the political types and special interests driving the speculative scheme that is for "cap and trade" carbon credits and emissions trading.

Are you so blind as not to see the truth: the polluters would be given a pass to continue polluting and pass the cost of the mitigating "carbon credits" along to the public. Are you so blind as to not notice that man cannot change planetary dynamics with today's technology. Try building a cheap, mass production vehicle with today's accoutrements that gets 100 miles to the gallon with any fuel before you decide that man can alter the oceanic tidal flows and plug CO2-emitting volcanoes.

In science, royal pronouncements have even less weight than the O2/CO2 that carries them on the wind.

What can YOU do?

Jerks with a title are still jerks.

The probability that man can alter the progression of natural forces in a hundred lifetimes, let along 18 months is highly suspect.

Study the subject. Listen to the scientists. Subtract the political policy and special interest rhetoric and you have a starting point to discuss global climate change.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the day: "

Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist. -- Harrison Ford as "Indiana Jones"

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

Reference Links:

Prince Charles: Eighteen months to stop climate change disaster - Telegraph

I wonder if Prince Charles reads the scholarly literature?

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I find it hard to take someone who wants to be a "tampon" seriously.


“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


United Nations Insults the United States

In a move that can only be characterized as an attempt to embarrass the United States and further promote dissension with the American people -- possibly to affect the upcoming Presidential election -- the United Nations is dispatching a special "human rights" investigator to look into racism in the United States.

Priorities...

With large-scale natural disasters, ongoing genocidal wars and the threat of the proliferation of nuclear weapons ... the United Nations wants to probe racism.

Welcomed by far-left liberals...

Already the far-left liberal pundits are verbally welcoming the scrutiny. Of course, many of these people are part of the anti-America, blame-America-first crowd.

Who is behind this so-called study?

The United Nations Human Rights Council, an oxymoron of the first stripe. How many of the following members have an egregious record of human rights abuse and a general lack of personal freedom?

U.N. Human Rights Council (June, 2006 - June 2007)
AFRICAN STATES Algeria 2007
Cameroon 2009
Djibouti 2009
Gabon 2008
Ghana 2008
Mali 2008
Mauritius 2009
Morocco 2007
Nigeria 2009
Senegal 2009
South Africa 2007
Tunisia 2007
Zambia 2008
LATIN AMERICAN & CARIBBEAN STATES Argentina 2007
Brazil 2008
Cuba 2009
Ecuador 2007
Guatemala 2008
Mexico 2009
Peru 2008
Uruguay 2009
WESTERN EUROPE & OTHER STATES Canada 2009
Finland 2007
France 2008
Germany 2009
Netherlands 2007
Switzerland 2009
United Kingdom 2008
ASIAN STATES Bahrain 2007
Bangladesh 2009
China 2009
India 2007
Indonesia 2007
Japan 2008
Jordan 2009
Malaysia 2009
Pakistan 2008
Philippines 2007
Republic of Korea 2008
Saudi Arabia 2009
Sri Lanka 2008
EASTERN EUROPEAN STATES Azerbaijan 2009
Czech Republic 2007
Poland 2007
Romania 2008
Russian Federation 2009
Ukraine 2008

What's going on...

According to Yahoo News...

"U.N. racism investigator to visit U.S. from Monday"

"A special U.N. human rights investigator will visit the United States this month to probe racism, an issue that has forced its way into the race to secure the Democratic Party's presidential nomination."

"The United Nations said Doudou Diene would meet federal and local officials, as well as lawmakers and judicial authorities during the May 19-June 6 visit."

"'The special rapporteur will...gather first-hand information on issues related to racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance,' a U.N. statement said on Friday."

Considering the relative racism and transgressions of other United Nations members, why now?

I can think of no other reason than to attempt to point out racism within the United States in an effort to embarrass America and possibly to effect the upcoming election.

Stacking the deck...

"His three-week visit, at U.S. government invitation, will cover eight cities -- Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Omaha, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico."

These cities are either overwhelmingly black or overrun with illegal aliens. And since when did Americans consider  San Juan as an American city. Thus, any report produced with the anecdotal stories from those who have a vested interest in exacerbating the subject of racism, is fatally flawed. Imagine how thorough a report can be prepared from inherently negative sources is an extremely short time period.   

Who wants to bet on leaks prior to the report's official submission to the U.N. Human Rights Council next year?

Even though the report is due next year, you can almost "bet the ranch" that there will be tales of covert and overt racism leaked to the press -- either from United Nations' sources or the organizations and people interviewed.

The hidden agenda...

The not-so-hidden agenda of many United Nations' member nations is to weaken the United States, physically and it's influence within the international community.

"A U.N. panel which examined the U.S. record on racial discrimination last March urged the United States to halt racial profiling of Americans of Arab, Muslim and South Asian descent and to ensure immigrants and non-nationals are not mistreated."

Weaken our defenses by allowing more porous borders and to relax challenges on those who mean us harm?

"It also said America should impose a moratorium on the death penalty and stop sentencing young offenders to life in prison until it can root out racial bias from its justice system."

"Racial minorities were more likely than whites to be sentenced to death or to life without parole as juveniles, according to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It monitors compliance with an international treaty which Washington ratified in 1994."

"U.S. officials told the body, made up of 18 independent experts, that they were combating hate crimes such as displays of hangman's nooses and police brutality against minorities."

Since when did the United States elevate the noose to a symbol of hate -- and thus further empower those who want to instigate trouble with an easy method to attract media attention? I am not aware of an institutional policy that targets minorities, but it seems logical to me that those who commit statistically more crimes would have more adverse encounters with the police.

"Some 800 racially motivated incidents against people perceived to be Arab, Muslim, Sikh or South Asian had been investigated since the September 11 attacks, they said at the time."

Coincidently, the very same people associated with radical Islam.

"Substantial progress had been made over the years in addressing disparities in housing, education, employment and health care, according to a U.S. report submitted to the talks."

Who the hell does the United Nations think they are?

Why should the United States, with one of the lowest levels of racism and egregious state behavior, report to an international body that is riddled with self-interest and corruption?

What can YOU do?

Tell your elected officials that the United Nations should be outsourced to the Netherlands or some other "neutral nation." Perhaps Switzerland. There is no reason why we should clasp the U.N. asp to our collective bosom.

It is time to shun those who are all about race and ethnicity in favor of those who are all about being an American.

Do not put a weapon in your enemy's hand and expect them not to use it.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

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Print Story: U.N. racism investigator to visit U.S. from Monday on Yahoo! News


“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


VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 98 -- OVERCOME PROP 99'S "LANGUAGE OF LIES"

Eminent domain is not complicated...

The government takes your property and allegedly pays you what it is worth at the time it is confiscated.

A simple question...

Lest we forget, the eminent domain issue is fairly simple: do you want to allow the government to confiscate your privately-owned land to give to another private individual (developer) so that they can profit from your misfortune?

Do you want to expand the government's powers by allowing these egregious acts to occur based on a "public purpose" which can be simply to raise money for the government or "public use" which demands that the property have a true public use -- not just a politician making a deal with developers to gain money for the government.

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Proposition 98 would demand that property be confiscated for a "public use" not a "public purpose."

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Proposition 99 was designed by supporters of the government; the unions, the conservationists and others who want to allow the government to "conduct business as usual." According to the Impartial Legislative Analyst, Proposition 99 has little or no effect on what the government is currently doing.

The language of lies...

I just received a multi-page folding flyer from the "No 98/Yes 99 committee" a sponsored committee of the California League of Conservation Voters, 1121 L. Street, Suite 803, Sacramento, CA 95814 -- which, as we have seen before, turns out to be one of the "high-sounding names" operating out of the offices of the commercial advocacy service of Bicker, Castillo & Fairbanks.

This flyer characterizes Prop.98 as a "costly scheme" while claiming that Prop. 99 'protects homes."

The truth: Proposition 99 does little or nothing to alter the way the government currently does business; hence the financial impact on the government is negligible. However, Prop. 98, the true reform bill, would result in increased court actions (and costs) because the government would have to "defend" its actions in the courts when the government has done something patently egregious. Considering the amount of money that the government currently wastes, I believe these costs would also be negligible because Prop. 98 sets clear guidelines that property can be taken ONLY FOR PUBLIC USE -- not PUBLIC PURPOSE!

The distorted language describing Proposition 98:

"just another special interest ballot measure with a hidden agenda that will lead to more frivolous lawsuits and cost taxpayers billions" is false and misleading. Talk about your special interests, Proposition 99 is supported by the government advocacy groups like the environmentalists and the trade unions. More government money has been spent because of the unions and the environmentalists than any private group in the history of California. These two groups are primarily responsible for the fiscal crisis we are in today. No lawsuit is frivolous if a private individual must sue the government to get a fair and equitable value for the property that is being confiscated by force.

"increases costs for business, local governments and taxpayers" ... is true only in the sense everybody pays more when the government behaves badly. Sad, but true.

The secondary cause of increased costs might be that government has to pay more for the property it takes from a private individual only points out that they were unfairly valuing property in the first place. This is the cost of doing the people's business and is a false argument. Private individuals who have their property confiscated by the government should get the fair value of their property if it is required for a "public use."

"invites countless lawsuits and hurts our economy" ...  again is true only when the government behaves badly and the citizens must turn to the courts to demand redress. 

And the distortions promoting Proposition 99...

"Protects Homes. Genuine eminent domain reform. According to the impartial California Legislative Analyst, Proposition 99 does little or nothing to alter the current way government handles eminent domain issues.

"Prohibits governments from taking homes for private development." Check the words "under certain conditions." It says nothing about commercial property, multi-family dwellings and other property which can be confiscated for the expanded meaning of "public purpose" which would replace Proposition 98's "public use."

"Preserves land-use regulations and laws protecting seniors and renters." It preserves the government's current way of doing business. There is no mention of renters or seniors that can be found in the language of Proposition 99.

Financing...

The Committee declares that "Prop 98 is a deceptive measure financed by a few wealthy apartment and mobile park owners with a hidden agenda." But fail to state that Proposition 99 is financed by a larger, more malevolent group of trade unions, environmentalists and government sycophants like lawyers and lobbyists. All to preserve the government's current way of doing business. The hidden agenda: to allow private individuals to be free of government interference with their property, is not a "hidden agenda." It is the main purpose of Proposition 99 and is clearly stated upfront.

"Prop 98 is another abuse of the initiative process." If the Committee really believes it is another abuse of the initiative process, what do they consider Proposition 99 is: which is a demonstrable abuse of the initiative process as it serves only to counter the people's Proposition 98 and preserve the government's right to do business in its current fashion. "Clearly a case of the pot calling the kettle black."

"Prop 98 is the worst kind of special interest proposition. It benefits the wealthy few at the expense of millions of working families and seniors on fixed incomes." What an Orwellian world we live in. Where the politicians and special interests accuse the people of being special interests and engage in the "class rhetoric" that the socialistic far-left is so fond of. These are the far-left, liberal socialists who believe that the "collective" should prevail over the rights of the "private individual." With them being on top calling the shots, of course.

The true "tale of the tape" ... From The California Secretary of State

NO 98/YES 99 - 

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS 1/1/2008 - 03/17/2008 $2,548,885.99

YES PROP. 98 -

TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS 1/1/2008 - 03/17/2008 $1,274,088.53

So where are all those wealthy "fat cat"  Prop. 98 developers who are fighting the unions and special interests who want to continue "business as usual" under Proposition 99.

The rest of the flyer is not even worth commenting upon  because it is simply more of the same.

What can YOU do?

Realize that this initiative fight is to curtail the ever-increasing power of government to confiscate private property from private individuals to give to other private individuals who are truly special interests who have often contributed heavily to politicians to be allowed to plunder the public's pocketbook.

We need to eliminate egregious property grabs and reserve legitimate eminent domain activities to those for a "public use" such as highways, firehouses, police stations and the needs of public infrastructure. Not the taking of private property to build luxury condominiums and prestige "handbag" and yogurt shops to increase the government's tax revenue.

Demanding that you rent your property below market value is every bit as much a "confiscatory" practice as the government's outright taking your property to be run for one of their social engineering projects like supporting the illegal alien population of Mexico. 

Proposition 98 has safeguards to protect that small number of people, seniors and those on a fixed income, who may fall between the cracks. Unlike the government's wholesale removal of seniors and others for their "re-development" projects.

The goal for the government is to be fair and truthful. Something which is impossible without citizen input and re-asserted control, Vote YES on 98, NO on 99. Send the message: you can't continue to steal land for your friends the developers.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

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

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PROPOSITION 98 IS A GREAT IDEA: PROOF -- IT IS OPPOSED BY THE FAR-LEFT LIBERALS WHO WANT TO CONFISCATE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO GIVE TO "FAT CAT" DEVELOPERS.

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR PROPERTY FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART I - The background

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR HOUSE FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART II - The California Initiatives

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR PROPERTY FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART III - Partisan Politics Playing to the Crowd

California PROP. 99 CAMPAIGN LIES IN E-MAIL?

No more social engineering for illegal aliens on the backs of ordinary citizens.


“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


To Barack Obama: SCREW YOU!

Pitching his message to Oregon's environmentally-conscious voters, Obama called on the United States to "lead by example" on global warming, and develop new technologies at home which could be exported to developing countries.

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times ... and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama said.

"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen," he added.

-- source: AFP Report

First, you apparently believe in man's ability to effect global climate change -- something that is currently being debated among the world's scientists. There is no consensus or proof that man's puny efforts can reverse a trend set by sun's solar output, the movement of  the earth's tectonic plates, the movement of massive oceanic currents and the amount of water vapor in atmosphere.

Second, you apparently plan to use the current specious scientific beliefs  as the basis of your political policies which will severely curtail the United States economy, raise taxes and provide for special interests who will produce little or nothing of value during the next eight years.

Three, your far-left liberal mind apparently sees more "nanny state" government controls in order to coerce "behavior modification" of American citizens.

Four, you care too much about what other nations may think, say or do ... apparently honoring the Marxist viewpoint of the need to govern for the "collective" rather than respect the rights of the "individual." You seem too willing to give my hard-earned money to others in some form of wealth redistribution plan that secures your political power.

We are the United States of America. A collection of individual states which were founded by individuals. We act in our rational self-interest without regard to the whining of others. We offer charity and assistance where and when appropriate -- but not to the point where it weakens our nation and/or makes us vulnerable to attack.

You may not be a racist, but from all of my observations, you are an opportunistic elitist who apparently believes that you know the best course through uncharted waters full of deadly shoals. 

Well I, for one, doubt your navigational abilities and would like to take this opportunity to throw your own words back in your face.

"That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."


“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


PROPOSITION 98 IS A GREAT IDEA: PROOF -- IT IS OPPOSED BY THE FAR-LEFT LIBERALS WHO WANT TO CONFISCATE PRIVATE PROPERTY TO GIVE TO "FAT CAT" DEVELOPERS.

Another wrong-headed e-mail...

From: AARP California

Sent: Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:28 PM

Subject: AARP California Opposes Proposition 98

Voter Alert:  No on 98

"Protect Affordable Housing:  Vote No on Prop. 98"

The exact opposite is true...

"Proposition 98 is an ill-conceived ballot initiative with far-reaching and negative consequences for all Californians.  If passed, Proposition 98 would threaten the state’s ability to promote and ensure protections for affordable housing, hurt efforts to ensure a reliable supply of clean, safe drinking water, threaten land-use planning and jeopardize laws that protect the environment and our communities - all critical elements needed to develop and sustain livable communities."   

More subsidized illegal alien sanctuary housing?

By "affordable housing" do they mean condemning private property to build or operate rent-subsidized living for illegal aliens? Or do they mean condemning existing apartments to built  more luxurious apartments to be used as a revenue source for the University of California in the guise of "married student's housing?"

Clean, safe drinking water is not jeopardized by either Proposition 98 or 99.

More cheap property for "fat cat" politically connected developers?

Land-use planning sounds almost like a communist invention. By land-use planning do they mean confiscating private property to give to private developers so they make a fortune on property acquired for a greatly discounted price -- and which they turn into luxury condominiums and prestige shops; making a fortune for the neighbors whose private property was not confiscated. All because the government can earn some additional tax revenue and the politicians can continue to wallow in developer-paid campaign donations?

Can you blame them?

"Landlords, mobile home park owners and property management companies have donated 4.5 million dollars to a measure that puts them at a decided advantage over renters and municipalities."

This is America. The government should not have the right to demand that you lease or rent your property at less than its fair market value to satisfy some political constituency such as the illegal aliens. Why should you, as a private individual, be denied the right to earn a fair profit on your investment? Or are you satisfied with a government telling you what your profit should be ... all the while the politicians and their special interest supporters are plundering the public's pockets?

Fooled?

"At first glance it’s easy to be fooled by Prop. 98, and its proponents are hoping voters don’t look further than their claims about eminent domain reform. But, hidden in the definitions of the measure are harmful, far-reaching provisions that would amend our state Constitution for the worse."   

It is ludicrous to speak of being fooled when the government and their sycophants mount a sham Proposition 99 measure which, according to the impartial legislative analyst, does little or nothing to eliminate "eminent domain" abuse.

The people's republic?

"One of these provisions would eliminate ALL future rent control laws in California.  As soon as a renter moves out, that home is gone from the affordable housing supply forever. More than 1 million California renters live in rent controlled units.  The impacts of this measure could be devastating. "

"Prop. 98 would also gut renter protections for ALL of California’s 14 million renters, like those requiring the fair return of deposits or proper notice before evicting renters from their homes."

It is amazing that the government speaks about protecting renters, but is willing to confiscate private property from individuals to give to other private individuals. Renters did not put up the capital to purchase the property, they do not pay taxes on the property and they are not legally responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the property. And, if the property should be damaged by a natural disaster or other untoward event, they do not lose their investment.

This is the government pandering for votes. A form of confiscation of your Constitutional rights to engage in fair commerce between a willing provider of goods and services and a willing consumer of those goods and services. Another example of the far-left's socialistic agenda which makes everybody beholding to a "nanny state" government for their daily right to live in this great country.

Global warming?

"The types of laws and regulations that could be impacted include a wide range of environmental protections including those that curb global warming and protect open space; zoning laws that protect our communities from liquor stores and other businesses being located near schools or homes; and approvals of new businesses needed for economic growth."

Unreal -- they now contemplate taking your private property to prevent global warming? There is no credible scientific proof that man causes or can effect global climate change. Do you want to give up your Constitutional private property rights to the government based on an inaccurate computer model and the guesses of bloated politicians?

Far-left liberals pursuing a socialistic agenda? Or simply special interest organizations to protect government bureaucrats and union members?

"AARP California has joined a broad coalition opposing Prop. 98, including the League of California Homeowners, League of Woman Voters of California, California Chamber of Commerce, California Police Chiefs Association, California Alliance for Retired Americans, California Teachers Association, National Wildlife Federation, California Black Chamber of Commerce, Coalition to Protect California Renters, and many others.

"These groups will be working hard to ensure that voters understand the hidden provisions in Prop. 98 and the adverse consequences for our communities.:

Note the participation of far-left liberal organizations who are slowly destroying American life: the trade unions who support massive illegal immigration and want more development to take place, the conservationists who want private property to be confiscated to support their own demented goals and those who "purport" to represent teachers and public service officers such as the police and firemen. These are not impartial seekers of truth that are trying to uphold the Constitution, they are power hungry special interests acting in their self-interest rather than for the common good.

This is the best reason to vote YES on Proposition 98 and vote NO on proposition 99.

"AARP California opposes Proposition 98 and urges our members to vote no on this destructive proposal."   

AARP is a slick marketing vehicle for insurance, travel and pharmacy products... all aimed at older Americans.   

AARP started out being owned and operated by an "insurance company" as a marketing tool and has now morphed into a governmental lobbying organization that sells access to the "senior market" to all comers. They are, for the most part, leftist liberals who will stand by and see your Constitutional rights eroded by a toxic and malevolent government that is being run by corrupt politicians and their special interest friends.

What can YOU do?

Realize that YOUR Constitutional property rights are at stake and in danger of being eroded by those who run the government as a private club for politicians and their contributing special interests.

Proposition 99 is a sham proposition mounted by government and their backers to counter Proposition 98 which actually protects your property rights from governmental abuse. Vote NO on Proposition 99.

Our only hope for protection against egregious government actions is to VOTE YES on Proposition 98!

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the day: "

The higher the buildings, the lower the morals." -- Noel Coward

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

Reference Links: 

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR PROPERTY FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART I - The background

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR HOUSE FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART II - The California Initiatives

California Props 98 & 99: SAVING YOUR PROPERTY FROM CORRUPT DEVELOPERS AND THEIR POLITICIANS - PART III - Partisan Politics Playing to the Crowd

California PROP. 99 CAMPAIGN LIES IN E-MAIL?


“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 conundrum of Indiana Jones...

Already the pundits and prognosticators are predicting potential audience problems with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

So what?

The reviewers are paid to write witty and snarky reviews by their respective media outlets. Designed to boost the media's audience and little else. And, in the final analysis, it is still one person's opinion of the movie. So what? Who cares?

Pre-release reviews are worthless...

I do not much care for the pre-release reviews and those who write them. It is such an insular little group of self-important, self-righteous people. In fact, the only people they scare and who actually takes them seriously are studio people -- whose idea of courage is berating employees and pushing around those who can't fight back. These are the same fawning, sycophantic studio bureaucrats that kiss major butt when they want or need something from a more powerful person.

The real test... "word of mouth!"

I would much rather listen to the impromptu review from a friend, acquaintance or  colleague than I would some effete "critic" who somehow manages to believe that I believe movies are an "art form" and that I am looking for some intellectual stimulation or personal gratification.

Why I watch movies...

The truth is that I regard movies as a pleasant diversion from the grind of daily activities. Or a pleasant joint activity with someone I care about. Other than that, "art" is what is hung on the walls of a museum. And modern art is often a piece of crap with a catchy title -- and some learned soul telling you what it all means in a jargon best reserved for fantasy-land. If there is any art in a film, it is telling a visual story well enough to be understood without the sound track.

About my apparent taste in films: a professional opinion...

The late Gary Essert, the founder and director of the Los Angeles International Film Festival (FILMEX) and the founder and chief executive officer of the American Cinematheque used to tell me that my "taste was in my butt," but couldn't refute my basic argument: "Butt it's what I like that counts."  (Pun intended)

His partner aka "the other Gary," Gary Abrahams, would almost always defend my position -- "shut up Gary, do you know what he could do to our computer system."  These two guys were both major film "experts" and even they often disagreed on the nuances. 

But the one thing I learned from the Garys was that you can appreciate a film on many levels -- none of which are absolutely right or wrong, appropriate or inappropriate, tasteful or untasteful. And, most importantly,  that the words of a critic, learned as they may be, was just another opinion.

The phenomenon ...

It seems that those who follow the film industry are always demanding a "blockbuster." And when a good movie does not produce "record profits" it is viewed as a failure. What crap. To me, their opinion counts even less than those of the critics.

I am not a fanatic or a teenager that must see the same movie multiple times in a week. I am not susceptible to the 'tween market peer pressure and would not, under any normal circumstances, buy logo'ed or themed clothing or tschatkes unless it was a gift for a child.

I do not dress up as a overweight Captain Kirk or plan to speak Vulcan anytime soon. I'm sorry, I actually have other, more important, things to do.

Therefore, the best the movie can do is get my one or two tickets -- or rental fee. If I really like the movie, I will buy a copy and add it to my collection.

Memo to Lucas and Spielberg...

You did what you did. It will be accepted, liked, loved or hated. It will be talked about. You are all wealthy and insulated from the daily grind -- so accept what is and don't lose any sleep over it.

And for the Frog reviewers...

Get over your bad little selves and stick to reviewing wine and cheese. Perhaps you can save someone from ingesting vinegar or poisoning themselves. Other than that, you are relatively worthless in my world.

Bottom line: I know what I like. So people like you have very little effect on people like me.  The true test is whether or not I will get up, spend $100 and go see a movie in a theatre or simply wait for the $2.5o video rental. Either way, I see the movie and am relatively happy.

According to the London Times Online...

Indiana Jones’s toughest task – facing the Cannes snake-pit

Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent

"He has survived rolling balls of rock and defeated armies of Nazis with little more than a bull whip and a wonky smile. Now he faces perhaps his greatest challenge."

"This weekend the latest adventures of Indiana Jones, one of Hollywood’s favourite creations, will be thrown into the temple of art-house cinema at Cannes, to face the judgment of a horde of fiercely cerebral critics."

"Stepping out of his hotel yesterday, Harrison Ford, who reprises the role of the adventurous archaeologist, looked lean and fit. His jaw was still firm despite his 65 years and he still appeared quite capable of clinging to a rotten rope bridge should it tumble into a ravine."

To me, Harrison Ford is some old guy wearing an earring and  going about his daily activities. The fact that he becomes Indiana Jones on the screen is the true test of his ability. And he has not failed me yet.

"Even as he strode into town, however, there were premonitions of danger. A review of the new film on the website Ain’t it Cool, said to have been written by an executive after a preview, compared it to the much-maligned Star Wars prequels and described it as 'the Indiana movie that you were dreading'. The writer added: “It’s definitely not a good ‘Indy’ movie.”

These are the insiders and fans who really dissect the movie, spot the obvious errors, and endlessly debate the nuances of the action, cinematography, the quality of the audio. Fine. It keeps them off the streets and busy within their own little world.

Like most studio executives, producers and actors, I do not know exactly what makes a movie a hit. I know the elements that are supposed to be present, the timing and all of the other technical folderol... but, at least for me, that is all suspended for about 120 minutes while I watch the movie as a diversion.

Good luck Indy...

No matter how it may turn out, I will still like the Indiana Jones movies, some more than others, but I don't think that any review would keep me from seeing for myself how Indy manages to, once again, escape harm -- all while displaying that wry sense of humor that the writers manage to impart in each adventure.

What can YOU do?

In the final analysis, only one opinion actually counts -- yours. Decide for yourself whether or not a movie is worthwhile.

If spending the money on a film bothers you, you should not be spending it! If it still bothers you, wait until the DVD release -- and see it at a friend's house (preferably on a large screen television).

Don't count other people's marbles unless you are in the game.

-- steve

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Reference Links:

Indiana Jones’s toughest task – facing the Cannes snake-pit - Times Online


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