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2011: THREE IMPORTANT AND SIMPLE THINGS TO DO BEFORE YEAR END ...

We are not much for New Year’s resolutions because the list grows longer each year and is appears inversely proportional to the number of days that go by before the list disappears in the melee of day-to-day activities.

However, might I suggest three simple things you may wish to do before this year ends …

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1. CHANGE ALL OF YOUR PASSWORDS

Take a lesson from the recent hack-attack against the private intelligence agency Stratfor and use strong passwords.

Use a long combination of upper and lower case alphabetic letters, numbers and, if allowed, special characters.

Do not use words found in the dictionary, proper names or easily guessed combinations of words and numbers. Hackers have already compiled such dictionary/common passwords into tables showing the encrypted form of the password – and by comparing your encrypted password with the encrypted portion of their list can break a password in minutes if not seconds.

Want to add additional strength to a password and still keep it memorable, just add a repeating number of special characters at the end of any password. You know the characters and the number of repetitions.

And NEVER, NEVER, NEVER use the same password for multiple accounts.

2. GET FOUR CARDBOARD BOXES

Box 1 -- As you pay your bills or receive other correspondence, drop the item received on the top of the pile; thus creating a chronological list that can be searched in the unlikely change you may need a receipt or document.

Box 2 – Remove all of your desk clutter from your drawers – stuff that you rarely use and place it in Box 2. I find that my Box 2 has a great assortment of office supplies which I rarely use. When the box is near the top, I take those items I do not use and donate them to the local school.

Box 3 – This is my share box. Here I place all of my old electronic items that have outlived their usefulness to me and might be a treasure for some child/experimenter or someone who might regard this as a wondrous find. It can also be used for unused gifts and other items that are no longer necessary to your daily activities.

Box 4 – This is also a share box, but this one is for clothes that I will never wear again. No sentiment allowed; purge your closets a little at a time. When the box is full, there are any number of charities that are willing to accept your gift. If you do not want to claim a tax deduction, give it to the first suitable homeless person you see on the street.

3. BACKUP YOUR COMPUTER

Now is the time to backup your computer on removable media which, if you wish, can be stored securely off-site.

If you choose to use one of those “cloud” backup solutions, be advised that your data is at their mercy and that it may not be available when you need it. Some backup services take days or even weeks to perform a full-backup and by then the files you may need are not available.

After the backup, feel free to delete all those useless e-mails and files you saved for some reason that you can’t quite recall. The beauty of Internet search engines is that you can often find the same data – or even more current and relevant data – in the time you will spend trying to remember the name of the filed item and where it might reside on your computer.

Also backup important numbers and information contained in other electronic devices. You cannot easily change an iPhone battery and data loss is a real possibility.

Bottom Line …

Resolve to live a simpler, cleaner life in 2012 – remembering that your vote can spell the difference between freedom and bureaucratic slavery.

-- steve


“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



PROPERTY RIGHTS VICTORY IN CALIFORNIA: CA SUPREME COURT ABOLISHES REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES

Courtesy of Jon Fleischman at the FlashReport …

Dear Steve,

This morning the California Supreme Court took action which has the effect of abolishing all of the Redevelopment agencies in California. This is outstanding news. We have featured a lot of content on the FlashReport about the many property rights abuses and crony deals associated with RDA's. Here is a column I penned on this topic. For more information on today's ruling, we are pleased to feature an outstanding column from attorney Ashlee Titus of the firm Bell, McAndrews and Hiltachk. We encourage you to read it and share it with others.

Sincerely,

Jon Full Sig
Jon Fleischman

FlashReport

Ashley Titus: There Is A Historic Opportunity To Abolish Redevelopment Agencies - Seize The Moment!

Ashlee Titus
The column begins... "It is ironic that a year ago community redevelopment agencies were high-fiving over California voters' approval of Proposition 22, thought at the time to be the agencies' saving grace from repeated raids of their funds by the state. Today, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion invalidating the agencies' life-line from extinction, finding the Legislature's scheme unconstitutional under a provision added to the Constitution by Proposition 22. As a result, community redevelopment agencies are set to be dissolved on February 1, 2012."

Click the link below to read the entire column...

LINK TO ASHLEY TITUS COLUMN ON FLASHREPORT

Bottom line …

For decades the special interests, notably property owners and developers have poured millions into political campaigns to allow the use of public money into what is essential a private project or that benefits private interests.

With the Supreme Court’s Kelo ruling, politicians no longer had to worry about confiscating the private property of a private individual to give it to another private individual to use in any manner they decide as long as there was a public benefit such as increasing tax revenues. This was an egregious ruling beyond the original intent of the law; to allow property to be taken (with fair compensation) for public use such as roads, schools, firehouses and similar public needs. This enabled corrupt third-parties to convince politicians, often by way of campaign funds, perks and privileges, to provide windfall profits to developers and others who knew how to manipulate the system.

Thankfully, at least in California, that might be coming to an end.

Check out the article and subscribe to Jon’s report. I have found it to be the best compendium of California News and the analysis is spot on.

-- steve


“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



GOVERNMENT LOONIES PREDICT 2025 CAR SALES FOR MODELS WHICH DO NOT EXIST ...

Have you ever wondered why the federal government is a safe well-paid haven for incompetent bureaucrats, political appointees with an agenda and academics without common sense, here is an illustration of their nuttiness.

Imagine making public policies by using “precise” 2025 sales estimates for cars which do not even exist – and reporting the non-existent car projects to a single unit instead of a range of values. And if that were not so strange, then comparing the percentage increase/decrease with the 2008 model year which is long past.

Under the auspices of the National Highway Traffic  Safety Administration, NHTSA, we find a news release headlined …

“We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Proposes Historic Fuel Economy Standards to Reduce Dependence on Oil, Save Consumers Money at the Pump

“Building on President Obama's historic national program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today formally unveiled their joint proposal to set stronger fuel economy and greenhouse gas pollution standards for Model Year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks. Cars, SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks are currently responsible for nearly 60 percent of U.S. transportation-related petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions.”

You will note that the government has officially decided that “greenhouse gas” emissions – specifically carbon dioxide – are harming the planet and that this specific finding mandates the government’s interference in all aspects of energy prospecting, production, delivery and usage. Even though carbon dioxide is a gas necessary to sustain life on Earth and that rising atmospheric concentrations of this gas have a beneficial effect on the planet’s ecosystem. Not to mention that there is no evidence of any linkage between carbon dioxide and global climate phenomena that exist only in the silicon minds of computers programmed by activists and others with an agenda.

Today's announcement is the latest in a series of executive actions the Obama Administration is taking to strengthen the economy and move the country forward because we can't wait for Congressional Republicans to act. When combined with other historic steps this administration has taken to increase energy efficiency, this proposal will save Americans over $1.7 trillion at the pump, more than $8,000 per vehicle by 2025. These combined actions also will reduce America's dependence on oil by an estimated 12 billion barrels, and, by 2025, reduce oil consumption by 2.2 million barrels per day – enough to offset almost a quarter of the current level of our foreign oil imports. Taken together, these actions will also slash 6 billion metric tons in greenhouse gas emissions over the life of the programs.”

What?

The NHTSA is an agency of the Executive Branch of the U.S. government, part of the Department of Transportation with a self-described mission of “Saving lives, preventing injuries and reducing vehicle-related crashes.”  Where do they have a mandate to politicize any issue and characterize Congressional Republicans as laggards or obstructionists who are unwilling to rubber stamp their wacky agenda based on nothing more than computer projections – with the same type of flawed assumptions, programming and data that appears to be used by those who use pseudo-science to support their public policy agenda?

Can YOU believe these government numbers?

That the government pointy heads can know that Ferrari’s production will balloon to 7,658 vehicles, not 7,657 or 7,659; but 7,657 vehicles in 2025 based on models not yet in existence.

But an even better question is how Ferrari is going to make their high-performance cars into fuel-sipping “green vehicles” – even though most of the population can’t even afford the annual maintenance on such vehicles. Or they going the cigarette route – including a tremendous “we know how you should live your life” tax in the purchase price?

Or maybe we should ask the most important question, will Ferrari simply stop exporting cars into the United States?

Here’s are some of the numbers the government is using to promote their political ideology …

The numbers are taken from a Joint Proposal from the EPA and NHTSA, on behalf of the Department of Transportation, and are contain in a table titled “Annual Sales of Light-Duty Vehicles by Manufacturer in 2008 and Estimated for 2025.” The Reference link can be found below should you wish to skim the 567-page document worded in dense bureaucrat-speak.

Car Manufacturer

2008

2025

BMW

291,796

405,256

Chrysler/Fiat

703,158

436,479

Daimler

208,195

340,719

Ferrari

1,450

7,658

Ford

956,699

1,540,109

Geely/Volvo

65,649

101,107

GM

1,587,391

1,673,936

Honda

1,006,639

1,340,321

Hyundai

337,869

677,250

Kia

221,980

362,783

Lotus

252

316

Mazda

246,661

306,804

Mitsubishi

85,358

73,305

Nissan

717,869

1,014,775

Porsche

18,909

40,696

Spyker/Saab

21,706

23,130

Subaru

116,035

256,970

Suzuki

79,339

103,154

Tata/JLR

9,596

65,418

Tesla

800

31,974

Toyota

1,260,364

2,108,053

Volkswagen

291,483

630,163

Data Source: Federal Register

Why these numbers are scary?

Using the government’s numbers, unreliable as they may be, it is very, very scary to note that while Toyota’s growth is approximately 67.3%, union-dominated Government Motors (GM) growth only appears to be an estimated 5.4%; and traditional rival Ford shoots up 61%.  

And it should not escape anyone’s attention that the government-subsidized Tesla Motors shoots up astronomically to 3997% – a great deal for the crony capitalist investors who benefit from those low-cost loans. Where can the taxpayers get that type of return on their investments.

It looks like the United States car industry is being screwed; if not by the outrageous union demands and previous pension programs, then by the government’s over-regulation of non-existent problems.

Bottom line …

The government is continuing to use faux science and manufactured numbers to drive public policies which support their toxic Marxist political agenda.

It is now time to eliminate the progressive democrat/Marxists from our government lest we find ourselves an unexceptional nation with a European-style socialist democratic government; complete with an entrenched and unionized bureaucratic class taking orders from the “enlightened” elite.

I am not trying to tell you who to vote for, but that you need to vote for a constitutional conservative (not a phony like Ron Paul) but someone who can help repeal these crazy regulations, eliminate the waste, fraud and corruption that is the government and return America to a new glory as the leader of the free world.

Just look at the crap the government puts out and demands we follow. Right down the yellow brick road to socialism.

-- steve

Reference Links …

We Can't Wait: Obama Administration Proposes Historic Fuel Economy Standards to Reduce Dependence on Oil, Save Consumers Money at the Pump | NHTSA

Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 231 / Thursday, December 1, 2011 / Proposed Rules | NHTSA


“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



Ron Paul: the anti-dote to civilization ...

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Ron Paul, anti-Israel?

According to published reports, GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul would have you believe that Israel is a burden on the American taxpayer and if he had his way would not exist in the Middle East.

He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”

Eric Dondero, Publisher
LibertarianRepublican.net

  • Fmr. Senior Aide, US Cong. Ron Paul, 1997 – 2003
  • Campaign Coordinator, Ron Paul for Congress, 1995/96
  • National Organizer, Draft Ron Paul for President, 1991/92
  • Travel Aide/Personal Asst. Ron Paul, Libertarian for President 1987/88 <Source>

Never mentioning the contributions of the Jewish state to society at large – benefiting all mankind.

Another Nobel Prize for an Israeli …

No matter how Ron Paul spins the story, pro-Jew, anti-Zionist, he represents a clear and present danger to both the United States and Israel should he become the GOP’s candidate of choice.

He has oft-stated that Israel has the military might to defend itself and that the United States should withdraw all aid to Israel because we can no longer afford financial and military assistance.

But what about the non-political people in the region who want to go about their lives, unmolested by their governments and the religious leaders who appear to have subverted religion to maintain dictatorships which confer few, if any, human rights or freedoms on its subjects. These innocent people, on both sides of the line and through no fault of their own, would be caught up in a destructive war not of their making?

We might want to consider that there once was a golden age of Islam, when science, mathematics, architecture, engineering and the arts flourished. Achievements were significant and contributed much to the global of society as we know it. Then came religious wars and the region was aflame in tribal jealousies and power struggles.

But due to British influence and interference, the region was segmented and chaos reigned supreme. The goal was to preserve British influence and their access to the vast stores of oil being discovered – and the Brit’s cared little for the Jews that were plunked down in the boiling cauldron.

Some said that it was the British hope that the Arabs would over-run the Jews and the Jewish problem in the Middle East would be rectified.

The British left and the Arabs attacked; repeatedly and without success. Born of this conflict was a modern Israel where the tradition of science, mathematics, engineering and the arts flourish – once again to the benefit of global society. An Israel who benefited greatly from the friendship of the United States and has returned benefits to the American people many times over.

Whereas the formerly golden age of Islam continues to be perverted by oil, arms, and the corruption of religion which results in an unstable region; made more so by nations hell-bent of subjugating their people while their rulers enjoy every luxury imaginable.

If Ron Paul cannot see the case for a strong Israel standing as the only freedom-loving democratic American ally in the region, perhaps he is the one who needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Bottom line …

Ron Paul is unsuitable to become the President of the United States or hold any office of high power which deals with foreign affairs.

-- steve

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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



CAN RON PAUL BE RIGHT ABOUT ISRAEL AND WAR TALK ABOUT IRAN?

Up until this point, I was convinced that Ron Paul was a small-time grifter; seeking to pursue his opportunistic desires by running for the GOP nomination for the Presidency of the United States and that his foreign policy towards Iran– as expressed many times during GOP Presidential debates – was not only totally insane, but placed both America and Israel at significant risk.

Conversations, if that is what you want to call dueling Facebook posts, have convinced me to take a closer look at Ron Paul’s assertions that there is “war talk” afoot and that it has nothing to do with the actual threat posed by Iran against the United States or Israel.

It appears that Ron Paul’s assertion is that political forces in the United States, for reasons unknown or unstated, are using the media and political process to foment a conflict with Iran. And that the main argument centers around Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions and its potential threat to Israel and, by extension, to the United States as Israel’s only ally in the region.

Ron Paul believes, that there is no evidence that Iran has developed a nuclear weapon or is close to developing a nuclear weapon and that the United States may be lead down the garden path by talk of weapons and/or systems which may prove to be as non-existent as the fictional weapons of mass destruction which were used as the justification for the war in Iraq.

Let us put aside, for the purposes of this exploration, Ron Paul’s assertion that 9/11 was simply retribution for our actions in the region. Or that Israel is an “apartheid” nation. Or that the return to the gold standard is dangerous because you are limiting economic growth to a mined metal and assuming that other nations with large gold stocks (China, Russia, etc.) would not chose ideology over economics in causing worldwide financial chaos.

From the Council on Foreign Relations …

In the Council on Foreign Relations’ Journal Foreign Affairs (JanuaryFebruary, 2012), author Mathew Kroenig’s article “Time to Attack Iran: Why A Strike is the Least Bad Option, Kroenig posits …

“Years of international pressure have failed to halt Iran’s attempt to build a nuclear program.” – Obviously true.

“The Institute for Science and International Security, a nonprofit research institution, estimates that Iran could now produce its first nuclear weapon within six months of deciding to do so.” – Who is this group, how can their intelligence estimates be better than the CIA and other U.S. Intelligence Agencies?

“Some states in the region are doubting U.S. resolve to stop the program and are shifting their allegiances to Tehran.” – Why is the U.S. required to play policeman and protect an obvious Saudi source of state-funded Whabbist terrorism?

“Others have begun to discuss launching their own nuclear initiatives to counter a possible Iranian bomb.” – Talk is cheap and there is little reason to believe that certain nations, especially the Saudis, wouldn’t simply purchase the technology and fissile material from a third non-U.S. party, possibly China, Russia, Pakistan or North Korea.

For those nations and the United States itself, the threat will only continue to grow as Tehran moves closer to its goal.” – Which assumes that Tehran is actually moving toward assembling multiple nuclear weapons; one for testing and the others for potential use.

“A nuclear-armed Iran would immediately limit U.S. freedom of action in the Middle East.” – Obviously true if they were a nuclear nation.

“With atomic power behind it, Iran could threaten any U.S. political or military initiative in the Middle East with nuclear war, forcing Washington to think twice before acting in the region.”

“Iran’s regional rivals, such as Saudi Arabia, would likely decide to acquire their own nuclear arsenals, sparking an arms race.”

“Iran could choose to spur proliferation by transferring nuclear technology to its allies --
other countries and terrorist groups alike.” – This is the worst case scenario played out for the American people – terrorists with a man-portable or container-based nuclear weapon to be used in an American city.

“ Having the bomb would give Iran greater cover for conventional aggression and coercive diplomacy, and the battles between its terrorist proxies and Israel, for example, could escalate.” – To what extent would Iran actually threaten Israel if mutually assured destruction were guaranteed? Are they radical jihadists and as suicidal as portrayed in the media?

“And Iran and Israel lack nearly all the safeguards that helped the United States and the Soviet Union avoid a nuclear exchange during the Cold War -- secure second-strike capabilities, clear lines of communication, long flight times for ballistic missiles from one country to the other, and experience managing nuclear arsenals.” – This is partially false given the existence of patrolling nuclear submarines with capabilities similar to ballistic missiles launched from the United States mainland.

“These security threats would require Washington to contain Tehran.” – Why would this fall to Washington, when the member nations of the United Nations and others face even greater risks than does the continental United States?

“Yet deterrence would come at a heavy price. To keep the Iranian threat at bay, the United States would need to deploy naval and ground units and potentially nuclear weapons across the Middle East, keeping a large force in the area for decades to come.” – This is not a forgone conclusion, but the opinion of some researcher and policy wonks.

The rest of the article is concerned with potential targets, potential planning and “red lines” over which Tehran could not transgress. But the author’s conclusion is crystal clear: “Strike Now or Suffer Later.”

From Foreign Policy Magazine …

Stephen Walt, writing in Foreign Policy Magazine, thinks that this is “The Worst Case for War with Iran” (December 21, 2011).

Stephen Walt writes …

“There is a simple and time-honored formula for making the case for war, especially preventive war. First, you portray the supposed threat as dire and growing, and then try to convince people that if we don't act now, horrible things will happen down the road.”

“Second, you have to persuade readers that the costs and risks of going to war aren't that great. If you want to sound sophisticated and balanced, you acknowledge that there are counterarguments and risks involved. But then you do your best to shoot down the
objections and emphasize all the ways that those risks can be minimized.”

“Kroenig's piece follows this blueprint perfectly. He assumes that Iran is hell-bent on getting nuclear weapons (not just a latent capability to produce one quickly if needed) and suggests that it is likely to cross the threshold soon. Never mind that Iran has had a nuclear program for decades and still has no weapon, and that both the 2007 and 2011 National Intelligence Estimates have concluded that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran is pursuing an actual bomb. He further assumes -- without a shred of evidence -- that a nuclear-armed Iran would have far-reaching geopolitical consequences.”

The rest of Walt’s articles examines the implication of Kroenig’s assumptions, assertions and conclusions.

My take …

It is a question of existential threats. The United States should make it clear that any nuclear attack on the United States or its allies will not result in a fact-finding commission, but an immediate retaliatory strike on targets that are likely to be associated with nuclear capabilities and who may have armed the terrorists.

The overriding assumption is that Israel with its nuclear arsenal, buried silos and submarine fleet does not possess the ability to strike its enemies in a definitive manner and/or to launch a secondary strike if necessary and that it requires the permission of the United States before unilateral action can be taken. Of course, the real concern is not a reactionary strike, but a preemptive strike for which there might be little or no actual justification. Resulting in a great loss of lives on both sides of the battlefield.

While Ron Paul might be right in believing that Israel has the muscle and will to avoid an existential threat and should should be free to pursue its own defense, he really does not know or seem to understand real world politics.

Is Ron Paul, disrespecting our allies, siding with our enemies?

“Is Ron Paul an Anti-Semite? Absolutely No. As a Jew, (half on my mother’s side), I can categorically say that I never heard anything out of his mouth, in hundreds of speeches I listened too over the years, or in my personal presence that could be called, ‘Anti-Semite.’ No slurs. No derogatory remarks.”

He is however, most certainly Anti-Israel, and Anti-Israeli in general. He wishes the Israeli state did not exist at all. He expressed this to me numerous times in our private conversations. His view is that Israel is more trouble than it is worth, specifically to the America taxpayer. He sides with the Palestinians, and supports their calls for the abolishment of the Jewish state, and the return of Israel, all of it, to the Arabs.”

Eric Dondero, Publisher
LibertarianRepublican.net

  • Fmr. Senior Aide, US Cong. Ron Paul, 1997 – 2003
  • Campaign Coordinator, Ron Paul for Congress, 1995/96
  • National Organizer, Draft Ron Paul for President, 1991/92
  • Travel Aide/Personal Asst. Ron Paul, Libertarian for President 1987/88

<Source>

One might even question if Ron Paul is a useful idiot being duped by others …

Political phony?

On the incident that’s being talked about in some blog media about the campaign manager directing me to a press conference of our opponent Lefty Morris in Victoria to push back on Anti-Jewish charges from the Morris campaign, yes, that did happen. The Victoria Advocate described the press conference very accurately. Yes, I was asked (not forced), to attend the conference dressed in a Jewish yarlmuke, and other Jewish adornments.

There was another incident when Ron finally agreed to a meeting with Houston Jewish Young Republicans at the Freeport office. He berated them, and even shouted at one point, over their un-flinching support for Israel. So, much so, that the 6 of them walked out of the office. I was left chasing them down the hallway apologizing for my boss.

Ron Paul is most assuredly an isolationist. He denies this charge vociferously. But I can tell you straight out, I had countless arguments/discussions with him over his personal views. For example, he strenuously does not believe the United States had any business getting involved in fighting Hitler in WWII. He expressed to me countless times, that “saving the Jews,” was absolutely none of our business.

When pressed, he often times brings up conspiracy theories like FDR knew about the attacks of Pearl Harbor weeks before hand, or that WWII was just “blowback,” for Woodrow Wilson’s foreign policy errors, and such.

Is this the real source of the disgusting material?

Ron was “under the spell” of left-anarchist and Lew Rockwell associate Joe Becker at the time, who was our legislative director. Norm Singleton, another Lew Rockwell fanatic agreed with Joe.

If Ron Paul should be slammed for anything, it’s not some silly remarks he’s made in the past in his Newsletters. It’s over his simply outrageously horrendous views on foreign policy, Israel, and national security for the United States. His near No vote on Afghanistan. That is the big scandal. And that is what should be given 100 times more attention from the liberal media, than this Newsletter deal.

<Source>

But even Ron Paul is not the real problem when it comes to foreign affairs …

The progressive democrats have insured that we are flying blind when it comes to important world events.

The progressive democrats with their multi-culturalism, moral equivalency and political correctness has placed the United States at a significant disadvantage.

Our intelligence has been gutted by decades of progressive democrat interference in the use of human intelligence assets and by turning intelligence agencies into hyper-politicized agencies more likely to engage their rivals over mission, authority, budgets and personnel than engaging our enemies.

Too important to be left to a radical president …

The decisions relating to the pursuit is far too important to the American people to be left to the discretion of any American President and his sycophantic followers. The matter must be placed before Congress – and if action is warranted, authorized by law as per the United States’ Constitution.

Oil and weapons purchases trumps common sense when it comes to holding the Saudis accountable for their actions …

The other assumption is that wild-card Saudi Arabia is an ally even though evidence points to Saudis who financed and may have been complicit in arranging the 9/11 terror strike on our soil.

Pakistan: the next North Korea?

As for Pakistan, we need to insure that they remain capable of securing their nuclear arsenal which is there defense against a nuclear India. The are rapidly approaching becoming a failed state who existence will rely on extorted funds which will be siphoned off by their version of corrupt politicians and other high-ranking officials.

What we should really fear …

But more than the threat posed by Tehran,Pakistan or any of our traditional enemies, I think we need to be fearful of the corrupt, hyper-political and self-serving politicians in Congress who are beholden to the special interests who profit from financial, social and regime upheavals. Or whack-jobs who gain public support by appearing to be principled populists or constitutional conservatives.

One need only consider the members of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees to understand why we must elect constitutional conservatives to the House, Senate and White House in 2012.

The Senate Intelligence Committee …

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The House Intelligence Committee …

Republicans Democrats

Mike Rogers, Chairman 8th District of Michigan

Mac Thornberry - 13th District of Texas

Sue Myrick - 9th District of North Carolina

Jeff Miller - 1st District of Florida

Mike Conaway - 11th District of Texas

Peter King - 3rd District of New York

Frank LoBiondo - 2nd District of New Jersey

Devin Nunes - 21st District of California

Lynn Westmoreland - 3rd District of Georgia

Michele Bachmann - 6th District of Minnesota

Thomas J Rooney - 16th District of Florida

Joe Heck - District of Nevada

C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Ranking Member - 2nd District of Maryland

Mike Thompson - District of California

Jan Schakowsky - 9th District of Illinois

Jim Langevin - 2nd District of Rhode Island

Adam Schiff - 29th District of California

Dan Boren - 2nd District of Oklahoma

Luis Gutierrez - 4th District of Illinois

Ben Chandler- 6th District of Kentucky

Without naming names, I can see any number of people, both democrat and republican, on these two lists who should not be trusted with the future of the United States – and some of which should be investigated for self-serving corruption.

Look at the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees and you can find the same-type of dodgy ideological and self-serving politicians who cannot be trusted with the future of the United States.

Bottom line …

In my opinion, Ron Paul has a skewed outlook on both domestic and foreign policies and an abysmal record of leadership that makes him an unlikely and undesirable leader of our nation. He is a small town hypocrite who will say or do anything to gain or maintain political power.

While he does put forth the ideas of others which have significant merit, this does not make him a leader able to execute the significant policies needed to transform America back into an economically, socially and militarily stable power for good on this planet.

With significant American lives on the line, it appears that the nuclearization of Iran and other foreign policy issues are too damn important to be left in the corrupt hands of politicians with their own twisted ideologies and self-serving agendas. And at the very least, this matter should be handled by Congress and not a reactionary President whose political ambition appears to trump America’s best interests.

We need to clean up the cesspool that is Washington or suffer the dire consequences brought about by knaves and fools.

-- steve


“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



IS YOUR HOUSE BEING BUGGED BY YOUR APPLIANCES?

Everyone has seen how a television remote control can send and receive signals across the room with no visible light emanating from the remote control.

How about sensors which can be modulated by the human voice or pick up electronic signals from your computer being transmitted by the same technology to other devices designed to trap and forward these signals to the outside world.

Don’t believe it is possible? Consider this e-mail message from what appears to be a legitimate corporate source of counter-surveillance devices and published on a specialized forum group.

“For the past several months I have been diligently, and with Law Enforcement approval, researching several 'exotic modulation' audio surveillance devices that have been seen in Europe and are now in North America.”

“The devices included high quality Ultrasonic, inductive and light modulated listening devices. Some of the results were stunning, and the standard sweep tools most of us buy in North America simply can't detect them.”

“For example, there is one modified LED bulb that will send audio over 300 meters, a nasty ultrasonic audio implant that sends room audio via fortuitous audio pathways, and a kit that allows the attacker to modify any color LED light found in a common appliance and turn it into an audio transmitter.”

“The last and most important device for those of us who work with high threat levels is the inductive device. It literally goes through
anything and it is very scary.”

Talk about “big brother” capabilities available to the government. This is one reason that we need to halt the corruption in political circles as these devices can be used for much more than the surveillance of our enemies – and several political and industrial espionage uses come to mind. And it can easily go beyond your home when you consider the possibility that your vehicle’s taillights are tattling on you.

Bear in mind, these are not theoretical “proof of concept” exhibitions, but off-the-shelf products.

Remember that when you vote in 2012 for people who write legislation and nominate judges to the bench.

-- steve

P.S. I am not endorsing so-called “constitutional candidates” who are whack-jobs like Ron Paul – some of whose ideas are beyond the pale.


“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 GOP THINKS I AM STUPID ... (PART 2)

Continued from PART 1 …

I have become so disillusioned with the GOP, especially here in Southern California, that I re-registered as an Independent.

Now I have just received one of those “special” surveys which either assumes that I am stupid and really believe that these surveys are used to craft GOP policy or that I am stupid and do not recognize an old fundraising gimmick when I see one. Either way, they think I am stupid and simply want my money.

Some of the questions …

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PART 5 – Foreign Policy

Do you believe President Obama's strategy of treating all other countries as equals to the United States has strengthened our security and weakened the resolve of those who seek to do us harm?

Considering the state of the nation and the results of the combined local, state and national polls, fewer Republicans than ever are satisfied with the direction of our nation; thereby illustrating the disingenuous nature of this faux-survey.

 

Do you believe that setting an arbitrary timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is in the best interests of our nation and its security?

No! It is stupid and ill-conceived political pandering for leftist votes, violates the basics of warfare and puts our soldiers in harm’s way.

Should President Obama meet with the leaders of Cuba, Iran and North Korea without preset conditions?

Absolutely. Call them up, tell them what they need to do to and if they don’t do it, cut their access to the United States in every way … including United Nation’s humanitarian aid.

Do you believe that the U.S. should use any means necessary to stop Iran from developing and possessing nuclear weapons?

No! Ballistic missiles are a bit much. Support, coordinate and provide tactical assistance to Israel.

Do you believe Russia is a threat to the safety and security of the United States?

Absolutely – especially since they exported their Mafyia to the United States and control a great deal of our organized crime.

Should the United States put more pressure on Pakistan to rein in Islamic extremists who are training and living within its borders?

Absolutely. And increase diplomatic and market support for India.

PART 6—Family Agenda

Are you in favor of creating a new federal government bureaucracy to oversee and administer healthcare insurance, set prices for health services and act as the "single payer" of all healthcare expenses?

No! They have known about waste, fraud and abuse of the system for decades and did nothing – not with technology, not with investigators – so if they do anything, it needs to be better control of the taxpayers expenditures. No more paying $3600 for two days use of a CPAP machines when you can purchase a top of the line machine for $800. No more rental of a wheelchair for thousands of dollars when you can buy one for under $1000. And we need to eliminate insurance companies as intermediaries between doctors and patients to mention opening all insurance companies to national competition.

Should medical malpractice reform to stop frivolous lawsuits and ever-increasing insurance premiums be a priority of any healthcare reform legislation?

Yes! At the state level.

Do you support reauthorization of the "No Child Left Behind" public school testing program designed to measure student progress based on set standards, and then hold schools accountable?

NO! Education is not a federal matter and is not mentioned in the Constitution. But there should be competency testing of all teachers for both teaching ability and subject matter knowledge. They do not deserve lifetime tenure and should be periodically reevaluated.

Do you believe public schools, K-12, should be funded by the federal government?

NO! Education is not a federal matter and is not mentioned in the Constitution.

Do you believe that the federal government should pay for unionized teachers to provide child care services (head start) for all pre-kindergarten children?

NO! There should be no unionized public service workers period. Education is not a federal matter and is not mentioned in the Constitution.

PART 7 – Social Issues

Do you support a Constitutional Amendment to protect traditional marriage between a man and a woman?

NO! Marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution.

Do you support eliminating the ban on human cloning?

NO! Scientific research is not mentioned in the Constitution.

Do you support allowing scientists to "manufacture" and destroy human embryos for the purpose of extracting stem cells for research?

NO! Scientific research is not mentioned in the Constitution.

Do you believe that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned, allowing individual states to regulate abortion as they see fit?

Yes! Abortion is not mentioned in the Constitution.

PART 8 -- Future of the Republican Party

Do you believe Republican candidates do best when they promote our core principles of lower taxes, smaller government and a strong, proud America?

Yes! But then they cave in to the progressives and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. No backbone, no willingness to fight and they are opposed to telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Do Republicans in the U.S. Senate have a responsibility to fight against liberal special interest handouts, tax increases and massive new government programs?

I have to call bullshit! Because the Republicans in the Senate have been complicit in taking those special interest handouts for decades. They have been the recipients of the largess associated with tax increases and massive new government programs. They are mostly hypocrites. Look at Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and others – they are just as progressive as the progressive democrats who they aid and abet on all major programs. We have been screwed by McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, McCain-Lieberman … so what’s new?

Do you believe the Republican Leadership in Congress needs to listen more closely to grassroots Republicans on issues such as spending, ethics and immigration reform?

Yes! They are so damn busy listening to the Northeastern Ivy-League elite, the beltway insiders and the polls that they have isolated themselves from the people. The politicians have become a class unto themselves and it does not bode well for America. They can’t even bring themselves to mention the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party Movement.

After witnessing the rapid and dramatic Obama-Democrat drive to initiate European-style socialism in America, are you committed to remaining active in the Republican Party to ensure that our nation stays on course to continue free-market capitalism, individual responsibility, enduring freedom, and strong security?

NO! After seeing what the Bushes did to America, I am not sure that the GOP is not as fiscally corrupt as the progressive democrats; just that I do not need to question their patriotism and love of country.

Bottom line …

The GOP Senate needs to insure a majority in the Senate in this upcoming election cycle.

The GOP Senate needs to be responsible under the laws they legislate. No more exemption from the law – especially “insider trading laws.”

The GOP Senate needs to investigate their own malfeasance in a timely manner.

After this survey, I am inclined to vote for individual constitutional conservatives and abandon the idiots who run the Senate GOP and send out nonsensical surveys. If they do not know the appropriate answers to these questions, let them resign their positions immediately.

And if they think the American public doesn’t know that this is little more than a fundraising mechanism – eff them.

-- steve


“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 GOP THINKS I AM STUPID ... (PART 1)

I have become so disillusioned with the GOP, especially here in Southern California, that I re-registered as an Independent.

Now I have just received one of those “special” surveys which either assumes that I am stupid and really believe that these surveys are used to craft GOP policy or that I am stupid and do not recognize an old fundraising gimmick when I see one. Either way, they think I am stupid and simply want my money.

Some of the questions …

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PART 1 – General Questions

In general, are you pleased with the direction of our nation?

Considering the state of the nation and the results of the combined local, state and national polls, fewer Republicans than ever are satisfied with the direction of our nation; thereby illustrating the disingenuous nature of this faux-survey.

Which issues are most important for Republicans in the U.S. Senate to focus on this year?

  • Fighting tax increases
  • Stopping passage of amnesty for illegal immigrants
  • Protecting local control of education
  • Scrutinizing Obama's judicial nominees
  • Blocking union efforts to eliminate secret ballots
  • Repealing ObamaCare
  • Stimulating job creation with tax incentives and credit guarantees
  • Stopping expansion of federal welfare programs
  • Opening U.S. land for oil exploration and drilling

These are all important matters, but not the most important matter. The most important matter is to insure that there is a GOP majority in the Senate so issues such as these are not legislated by a narrow majority of progressive democrat/Marxists in the Senate.

PART 2 – Economic Agenda

Do you believe that raising taxes will have a positive effect on our fragile economy?

Does any Republican want to cripple the economy by violating the smaller tax provisions of the GOP?

Do you support an in-depth audit of the Democrats' $789 billion stimulus package to find out where your tax dollars went?

An audit would be useless. One, there would be little transparency once the check had been written; and two, there would be little chance for recovery. Both parties benefited from these expenditures and it would be highly unlikely that either party would want to investigate their special interest donors in a campaign year.

Do you support creation of an independent panel like the 9-11 Commission to investigate the mortgage crisis and other factors that contributed to the economic crisis in our nation?

Another useless and costly commission and another useless report. This is another full employment opportunity act for the lawyers who do all of the staff work while the commission members jet to and fro tending to their personal business.

Should the federal government act quickly to sell off the banks and other assets it took over as part of its bailout program?

This would be another government boondoggle where they sell prime assets to their special interest friends for depressed prices which guarantees them an instant profit – a percentage of which always winds up being donated officially or unofficially to politicians or their families.

Do you support the federal government buying up foreclosed homes to stabilize the housing market?

The government already owns enough property and has shown little or no respect for individual property rights. Why would we grant another bailout to the financial markets when it will do little or nothing to stabilize the housing market? The only thing that will stabilize the housing market is letting it fall to its natural bottom when all assets can be honestly and correctly valued.

Which of the following is the most important Economic priority:

  • Creating good jobs
  • Increasing government spending
  • Balancing the federal budget
  • Helping unions organize
  • Keeping taxes low
  • Developing energy alternatives

Oh Goodie! A trick question. Who in the GOP and of sound mind would want to increase government spending and help unions become stronger? Helping the unions organize is tantamount to demanding that seniority replace merit, mediocrity replace innovation and increasing costs while lowering productivity.

PART 3 – Retirement Security

Are you in favor of raising the age of eligibility for Social Security?

No! Not when there are other solutions available to solve the potential insolvency of the Social Security Fund.

(1) Keep the political bastards from using Social Security Funds for balancing the budget, funding “special” programs and funding illegal aliens who have not paid into the system.

(2) Remove the caps on Social Security Contributions and collect on total income.

(3) Means test Social Security Recipients.

Should the federal government eliminate mandatory draw-downs of IRAs for retirees over the age of 65?

No! If they want to keep their money in IRAs, let them. Just remove any penalties for withdrawal after age 65.

Do you support exempting retirees from property tax increases on their primary residence?

This is crazy. Not only would it cripple local governments, but people who have $40 million mega-mansions would reap a taxpayer-funded windfall. Other than pandering to senior citizens, why would such a stunningly bad proposal be included in a survey – even if this was a legitimate survey?

PART 4 – Homeland Security

Is achieving energy independence from imported fossil fuel crucial to the long-term security of our nation?

Absolutely. As is developing the one most important fuel source that is known to be clean, sustainable and cost-effective: nuclear energy.

Do you support giving U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies the ability to covertly track and monitor communications of terrorist suspects within our borders, as needed, even if a court order has not yet been obtained?

NO! Court orders, except under the most exigent of circumstances, should be required. Those law enforcement personnel who knowingly lie or use known faux confidential informants should be terminated and lose their pensions. If you cannot show probable cause, chances are that you are doing something wrong. However, I am for anonymous data mining of communications streams.

Should foreign terrorists caught in the future or currently being held in U.S. detainment facilities be given the same legal rights and privileges as U.S. Citizens?

NO! Neither should illegal aliens on American soil be granted the rights of lawful citizens. We deport them immediately without bureaucratic or legalistic intervention. If they have committed a crime, notify their appropriate consular office and put them on trial according to American justice standards.

Do you believe that we should continue to insist on measurable progress in securing our borders and ports?

Absolutely. Including penalizing contractors for non-performance and screw-ups.

Are you in favor of unionizing positions within the Department of Homeland Security such as airport screeners who could endanger our national security or bring commerce and travel in our country to a standstill if they strike?

NO! Given the civil service commission and legal remedies to redress workplace grievances, there is not rational argument for a public employees union under any circumstances. We do not need the extra cost, lowered productivity and a third-party between the employee and the employer.

TO BE CONTINUED …


“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



RON PAUL: NOT FIT FOR THE PRESIDENCY!

I have always regarded GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul as a small-time grifter whose ability to “talk conservative” won him reelection from his small bible-belt conservative constituency time and time again.

My two basic complaints with Ron Paul center around his lack of any real leadership or achievement in the House of Representatives over his 30-year stint as a “career politician and the racist, bigoted statements that were contained in newsletters which promoted, among other things, financial conspiracies.

While a number of Ron Paul’s musing on the Constitution and financial affairs have value, they are not original with him and I do not believe he has the leadership skills to actually bring about transformational reform in this country.

I am also deeply concerned about his worldview which posits that we should quit attacking other nations and extend the hand of friendship and trade to them – even though their fundamental religious nature demands that they kill or subjugate American citizens.

The Ron Paul Texas Two-step …

While he is one of the biggest consumers of ear-marked pork for his district, he explains it away by saying that he never voted for it and it is better his district use these funds rather than the Administration. If this proves he is a “conservative,” I certainly do not understand his thinking.

As for things written under his name, either he was not responsible and is clearly protecting those who offered-up racists and bigoted views or he really does agree with those views. Personally, I believe it is the latter because he does the Ron Paul two-step taking money from racists, bigots and others (like White Supremacists) while saying that he does not agree with them and will use the money for a good cause.

About those newsletters …

While the newsletters are over 20 years old, I take great offense to the way in which Ron Paul handles the matter; symptomatic of his oft-time schizophrenic views and seemingly passive/aggressive nature.

Ron Paul either allowed others to write scurrilous prose under his name – without any editorial control or review process – or he is disingenuous when he disavows their content. He has refused to identify the “staffers” or others like Lew Rockwell who may have provided content.

But most puzzling of all is that he seems to brush it off as being irrelevant to the discussion of his character.

The interview as characterized by his rabid defenders …

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Calling a legitimate journalist/reporter a “CNN Media Whore” for asking a legitimate question is not acceptable.

See the weasel stalk out of the interview …

Bottom line …

I have little or no confidence in the man whose worldview and behavior I cannot trust. To me Ron Paul is another Lyndon LaRouche – another failed Presidential candidate with extremist views; complete with his rabid “walk through fire” young supporters.

I think Ron Paul has been dealt a hand and by circumstance has found himself at the big-boy’s table. And I think his true agenda is to parlay that into a position of prominence, power and profits by threatening to act as a political “spoiler” in these difficult times.

In the final analysis, I cannot trust the man – so my vote must go elsewhere.

-- steve


“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



California's Nanny State: Bureaucracy Gone Wild -- Oil Change Division ...

After consultation with my dealer’s service advisor, I was informed that best practices for my vehicle was to change oil every 3,000 miles. Now the State of California is trying to tell me that this is an unnecessary service interval and a wasteful practice.

As reported in the Los Angeles Times …

“California launches a campaign against the widespread notion that oil changes are needed every 3,000 miles. Officials say the practice wastes millions of gallons of oil a year.”

“Many automobile owners are spending more than they need on motor oil, believing that it should be changed every 3,000 miles even though almost no manufacturer requires such an aggressive oil-change schedule.”

“The long-held notion that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles is so prevalent that California officials have launched a campaign to stop drivers from wasting millions of gallons of oil annually because they have their vehicles serviced too often.”

‘"Our survey data found that nearly half of California drivers are still changing their oil at 3,000 miles or even sooner,’ said Mark Oldfield, a spokesman for the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery, which has launched the Check Your Number campaign to encourage drivers to go with the manufacturer's recommendations.

Improvement in oils, friction proofing and car engines have lengthened the oil-change interval, typically 7,500 miles to 10,000 miles for most vehicles.”

Check your number …

“Changing motor oil according to manufacturer specifications would reduce motor-oil demand in California by about 10 million gallons a year, the agency said. The state has created a website, checkyournumber.org, where drivers can look up the suggested motor-oil change interval number for their vehicles.”

This appears to be a great resource. One that I plan to take advantage of right now. Just think of how much time, effort and money I will be able to save if I do not change oil more frequently than the manufacturer’s suggested service interval. Well here we go …

Whoops!

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Is that a 3,000 mile service interval that I see on the suggested web site. You bet.

Is this progressive masturbation? Oil Conservation? Cutting More Jobs in California? Reducing the revenue of small service shops? Or all of the above?

California: the ultimate nanny state …

This has prompted some new car dealers to ask customers who come in for an oil change when it's not recommended to sign a document stating that they understand that the maintenance guidelines for their auto don't require a change at that time. The dealers are worried that someone might later accuse them of selling unnecessary maintenance services.”

It is a fact that newer cars have much different service intervals than older vehicles whose normal wear and tear produce markedly different driving conditions. But the idea of my service advisor handing me a notice that I may not need an oil change and requiring my signature is the mark of a nanny state.

What next? Prohibiting smoking in your own homes?

Whoops – that’s already implemented in some areas.

“The California Apartment Association, however, is a very vocal supporter of non-smoking ordinances, particularly the first one that was passed by the city of Calabasas, California, in January of 2008. The Calabasas ordinance bans all smoking within the city and has been held up as a model for other cities to adopt. The ordinance will also require landlords to convert 80% of the city’s apartment units to smoke-free by 2012. Smoking anywhere in the city where a non-smoker could congregate is an automatic misdemeanor with a fine of $250. As non-smokers are considered to ‘congregate’ everywhere, the ordinance defines this as including public sidewalks and apartment complexes.” <Source>

Bottom line …

Progressive democrats with their “don’t do as I do, do as I say” prescriptions for running your life must be defeated in 2012. Electing Constitutional Conservatives to be honest brokers for “We the people” is a necessity in times when the government, on the local, state and federal level, is trying to criminalize activities which directly impinge on your God-given freedoms.

The White House and Congress may be the most visible targets, but let us not forget city and state governments; especially school boards and other commissions where appointed dupes want to tell you how to run your life – and fine or jail you if you do not agree with their “nanny state” policies.

-- steve 

Reference Links …

State hopes to break car owners' habit of changing oil too often - latimes.com


“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