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Monday, January 24, 2011

Fools, Thieves And Their Followers

It is unclear how many undocumented immigrants attend California colleges and universities, but 42,000 students last year took advantage of a 2001 state law that allows California residents born elsewhere to pay in-state tuition, regardless of immigration status. In the UC and Cal State systems, the vast majority of those students are legal residents, but at least 30,000 undocumented students attend California's community colleges.
The California Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the in-state tuition breaks for undocumented students in a November ruling.

It is time that we force the government of California to count how many illegal aliens we have here in this state. It is absolutely irresponsible, dishonest and immoral for them to insist that California taxpayers foot the bill for citizens of other countries, while simultaneously refusing to do a tally on just how many there are.

There is a reason they refuse to count the illegal aliens in California. If we actually knew the extent to which we are being ripped off, we would be up in arms. I would not be surprised if the number is somewhere in the range of 10,000,000, based on the population growth of California in the period between the last 2 censuses. All I ever read about concerning US citizens inhabiting this state is that there is a net outflow; more US citizen Californians leave the state each year than move to California. How is it possible then, that the total population grew by over 10 million people?

According to the Contra Costa Times, there are at least 30,000 illegal aliens availing themselves of a free education in the community college system. That is equivalent to the student population of one of the larger UC campuses - UCLA or Berkeley.

Now the Reconquista Gil Cedillo wants to give financial aid to illegal aliens, and Moonbeam will probably sign the bill into law. Does anybody understand that there is no money? Does anybody understand that it costs money to provide an education? Are you people stupid? Even the socialist governments in Europe are not as foolish as our politicians. They understand that if they want to provide their own citizens social services, they have to act responsibly and safeguard precious resources.

Not even allowing an accurate assessment of who is using our social services is downright criminal. It is a utter betrayal of our own poor and the taxpayers of California. It is thievery on a grand scale. Furthermore, I question whether politicians such as Gil Cedillo have the best interests of the United States at heart, or whether his loyalties are with the fictitious "Nation of Aztlan".

California, it is one thing to want to be generous and "progressive", it is quite another to be reckless, childish and idiotic, and that is where we have been residing for at least the past 10 years.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Social Security Propaganda

"We are very concerned about some of the false misperceptions being perpetuated about Social Security. Social Security has not contributed to our deficit problem and is not in any crisis. It is fully funded through 2037 and will still be able to pay out about 76% of promised benefits after this date even if no changes to the program are made. With moderate tweaks to raise additional revenue, as in our Protecting Social Security plan, Social Security can continue to provide peace of mind for Latinos and all Americans for another 75 years and beyond." LULAC
Statements like that make me wonder. They also make me point and click my way over to the SSA website to see whether I can find numbers to support those bold statements. There should actually be a "Trust Fund" for Social Security, since for years the system has pulled in more than it has paid out, and on paper there is, indeed, a "Trust Fund". A big, fat, retirement piggy bank. Every year, the Feddies take the social security receipts that are left and deposit them into the piggy bank. Right?  There is an enormous stash of cash tucked away built up by years of surplus social security receipts. No. The piggy bank contains nothing but IOUs as is shown here:
Note there is no column marked "Cash or Gold or Securities or Canadian Government Bonds" There are simply Bonds and Certificates Of Indebtedness. "Well those are interest bearing assets!" you say. "Why yes they are!", I say, but ask you "Who issued those Bonds and COIs and who is paying the interest?" If you answer "The United States Government", you will be correct. As it states on the Social Security Administration website:
The Social Security trust funds, managed by the Department of the Treasury, are the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Funds. Since the beginning of the Social Security program, all securities held by the trust funds have been issued by the Federal Government.

"Securities issued by the Federal Government" is another way of saying "The Federal Government borrowed the money and gave the SS Trust Funds an IOU." When the SSA "collects" the interest, the Federal Government has to pay it. Since presumably the Federal Government did not take the money it acquired from the Trust Funds when they purchased the "securities" (bonds/debt) and create a second trust fund, interest and principle payments must be paid out of their current income and should therefore be included in the Federal budget as an expense. When the Feddies are running a deficit, anything listed in the expense section of their budget is by definition, contributing to that deficit.

Up until now this has not been a problem, because Social Security was still raking in more in taxes than it was paying out in benefits (checks sent to retired people). In 2010, this changed - and because Grandpa wants a check he can deposit into his bank account, rather than a bond certificate to stick in his safe, real dollars left the Feddies piggy bank and were carried by the US Postal service to Grandpa's house and put in Grandpa's mailbox.

So how then, can LULAC claim that Social Security is not contributing to the deficit? How can they say there is no crisis when there is not enough money coming in to send everybody their check? We are borrowing money to pay for Baby Boomers' retirement. It is most certainly contributing to our Federal Budget deficit and it is going to get a lot worse, because this year happens to be the first year that the first Baby Boomers reach retirement age. It is an enormous number of people.



Update: In stark contrast to the gaping hole of empty created by the geniuses in Washington, I submit the government of Norway and their pension fund. Their pension fund has actual assets in it. Norway... a country frequently made fun of here for being "Socialist". Our politicians can't even manage to be proper leftists.

Friday, January 21, 2011

When Will It Be Morning In America Again?

Today we have politicians. Ronald Reagan was a leader. God I miss him.


Boomer, Look At Your Legacy

"Detroit in ruins: the photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre In downtown Detroit, the streets are lined with abandoned hotels and swimming pools, ruined movie houses and schools, all evidence of the motor city's painful decline. The photographs of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre document what remains of a once-great city – and hint at the wider story of post-industrial America, writes Sean O'Hagan"
This is tragic. The Baby Boomers seem to be determined to go down in history as the generation that lost America.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

California Court Strikes Down Ammunition Law

I am a card carrying member of the NRA. My grandfather was, too. The little NRA sticker he had affixed to his front door, the only sticker he ever put anywhere, ever, I think, used to make me slightly embarrassed and uneasy when I visited with friends. I put my sticker on the back of my car, so more people see it.

Some people do horrible things with guns. Most people do not. Some people do horrible things with cars, the unintentional farmers' market tragedy and the intentional Isla Vista murders come to mind not to mention countless car bombs, most people do not.

The founding fathers included the second amendment for a reason. They were some of the smartest people to have ever walked the face of the earth and they put a lot of thought into what they wrote. Anybody who thinks that the Constitution is outdated, or is tempted to side with leaders who ascribe to that view, should consider that those documents have produced the oldest standing democracy on the planet. Here. In the US. Not in Europe, which some keep trying to emulate. In fact, every so often, Europe ups and kills a few million of their own citizens. Same goes for Asia. Africa and Latin America prefer a slightly less dramatic approach and are on the continual plan effected by numerous regional conflicts.

So, you don't have to love guns, I don't - I don't own one. But you are an idiot if you don't love the second amendment and the rest of the Constitution and Bill Of Rights.


Gun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her own pantyhose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

Girl Scouts - Because next time, you'll just buy the damn cookies.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Elderly, Disabled and Insane Should Be Allowed In Combat, TOO!

Since we have decided that the US military is more of a social club, or a jobs-creating device, it is only fair that we remove all barriers to entry and let the elderly, disabled and insane participate in the fun, too. These groups have long occupied the ranks of our civilian leaders, and that we deny them the opportunity to "be all that they can be" is simply unjust.

A new report issued by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission concluded that "The Armed Forces have not yet succeeded in developing leaders who are as diverse as the nation they serve". Since actual combat experience is deemed a prerequisite to career advancement in certain areas of the military, not allowing, for example, wheelchair enabled soldiers, the blind or the clinically insane to participate in combat or even barring them from the military altogether means that these groups of Americans will not be represented amongst our military leaders.

We should drop all tests of physical or mental ability as eligibility requirements for entrance into the military!  These tests have been designed from the ground up to discriminate against those who are unable or unfit to serve. Furthermore, such tests should not be used as a basis to discriminate against our fellow citizens in matters concerning career advancement. If a person wants to be a general in the army, why that's good enough for me. From now on, anyone who can indicate by using their words, or any other means that "they wanna" should be allowed to.

Brig. Gen. RH

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Financial Crisis Explained - I Think

I recognized a few elements I know to be true, but I have not verified each fact. I will do so, but it will take awhile. If anybody has fact check information on a particular allegation shown in this video, feel free to submit as a comment.  The musical accompaniment is very good, so it is worth a watch and a listen.


Let The Punishment Fit The Crime - And Your Political Connections - And Skin Color

This morning I turned on my little retro radio by Tivoli Audio as I thought I would listen to KFI as I work at my computer. I caught the tail end of the news and I thought I misheard, because I could have sworn the newscaster said something about commuting the sentence of Esteban Nunez, the murdering son of the powerful reconquista politician, Fabio Nunez. So I googled "Esteban Nunez" and "commute" and lo and behold my ears had not failed me. Our outgoing RINO Governator had actually commuted the sentence from 16 years, which he felt was excessive, to 7 years. That is apparently how much time a person deserves to spend in jail for murder - oh, excuse me, voluntary manslaughter, when one's father is a member of the ruling class.

Prosecutor Jill DiCarlo has said that Nunez, Jett and two others became angry in the early-morning hours of Oct. 4, 2008, when they were kicked out of a fraternity party and went “looking for trouble” at SDSU. They challenged Santos and his friends to a fight on 55th Street.
DiCarlo argued that Jett fatally stabbed Santos and Nunez was legally liable for the death as an aider and abettor. Nunez stabbed two other victims, one in the left shoulder and one in the stomach and back. Source

And, it seems he plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid a murder charge:
In court filings, prosecutors argued that Nuñez’s claims lack merit. They note that Nuñez accepted the plea bargain to avoid a possible murder conviction — and life prison sentence — at trial. Source

Apparently the former governor thought it was OK to reduce his sentence because he did not actually stab the victim in the heart. - So, the fact that he stabbed two other people is irrelevant, because, you know, they lived. The law must read something like "what you intend to do is irrelevant if fate intervenes on your behalf". Got it.

So as I was reading all this, I noticed a headline that said "Christmas miracle as Bay Area Google engineer pays $50,000 to spring student from jail" Hmm, I thought - what is that about?

Well, watch this video and see the horrific crimes being committed. One of the people in the video spent 8 months in jail for crimes which are alleged to have occurred in the scene you are about to watch. See if you can choose the right bad guy. (Hint - it is not the police officer).  The 8 months in jail, by the way, are before any trial - his mother couldn't afford bail for her son which was set at $50,000 - to hire a bail bondsman it would cost Mom around $6,500 - non-refundable.

Is it even legal for a person to spend 8 months in prison without a trial? Wasn't there something about a right to a speedy trial? Never mind.

Well, do you feel safer knowing that the dangerous criminal was apprehended and locked away in jail? I am sure you were able to easily identify the criminal...but just in case, I pointed out who Jeremy Marks is - based on the description I found underneath the video at the LA Weekly. Here is my choice:

I am sure you will sleep better at night, knowing that high-school boys who use their cell-phones to videotape a police officer are off the streets.

8 Months that kid spent in jail - based on something the law lady claims he said.

Justice is Served - somewhere in the universe perhaps but not in California


PS - I actually voted for that dope Schwarzenegger. I am beginning to think I am an idiot.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Uncommon Decency - Southwest Airlines, An Airline With A Heart

I am going to make my resolution for this New Year be to try and be more like this Southwest Airlines pilot. (Or at least refrain from being the obnoxious passenger that throws a hissy fit because of the delay...)


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Quote Of The Day

"When Tucson reached its moment of crisis and tragedy, it found itself burdened with a sheriff who saw twenty shooting victims and six corpses as a great opportunity to kick back and tell a national audience about radio programs he dislikes."  John Hayward


Three Cheers For Michelle Malkin

I used to have a very unfavorable opinion of Michelle Malkin - until I actually read what she had to say and stopped letting the Messed Up Media form my opinions for me. In fact, the glaring discrepancy between the media's portrayal of her and the reality that is Ms. Malkin sowed the seed of suspicion in my head that there might be a few other things that the Messed Up Media are being less than candid about. (I had no idea...)

I had the opportunity to listen to Ms. Malkin speak last summer, and it quickly became obvious to me why the left hates her so much. She is far smarter than anyone they have yapping for them, and they know the only way they can exist in a world with the likes of her, is to discredit her to the extent that people will not bother reading her column. Once you read her column or hear her speak, it is immediately apparent that she is no intellectual lightweight. That does not mean you have to agree with everything she says, although so far I do, but if there were something she said which I disagreed with, I certainly still would want to hear her argument.

I can not believe some of the horrid things that I have heard so-called professionals say about her. But then again, my grandfather used to always say that leftists are liars - that lying is their first and foremost weapon in the battle for power. The left also likes to accuse their opponents of those crimes which they themselves commit.

The shooting of the Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims was and is a tragedy. The shooter, Jared Loughner appears to be mentally ill. I say this after viewing some of the youtube posts by young Mr. Loughner. I say young, because the content of Jared Loughner's presentations are sadly childish. If I had to hazard a guess as to motive, I would say that this kid was angry about events at school. Perhaps getting kicked out of his algebra class for being disruptive. That is not to imply that he shouldn't have been kicked out of class, or that any teacher, professor or authority figure bears the least bit of responsibility for this tragedy due to their efforts to restore order. As far as I know, they did what one hopes they would do under the circumstances.

That is all I really have to say about this, other than it makes me very sad to think about the lives lost, and the surviving family members who will never quite be the same because of their loss. My heart goes out to them. I also hope that Gabrielle Giffords not only pulls through, but makes a full recovery and returns to her elected position. She is first a person, then a politician. Plus, whether or not I agree with her on this or that is irrelevant - the people in her district voted chose her to represent them. That is democracy.

I would not have it any other way, nor would I want to have any candidate I favor "win" by any other means than convincing enough voters to scribble their mark next to said candidates name on election day.

An Example of Jared Loughner Youtube postings..

I am "totally grossed out" by those people who are bringing up Sarah Palin's political rhetoric and implying some sort of guilt on her part. It says more about the character and judgement of the people making those statements, and I wonder what sort of editor hires these people. I expect that from the National Enquirer or The Star, but I was surprised to learn that they now set the journalistic standard in our great nation.

If, by chance one of those editors ever happens to read this posting of mine, may I offer my congratulations to you for playing a key role in the destruction of one of the pillars of our democracy. That is how you will be remembered, make no mistake. The self-aggrandizing buffoons of the 00s and the 2010s destroyed the free press. Hindsight is 20/20, remember?

Anyway, just in case you need some ammo to use in debate, and yes I did say ammo - as in ammunition - I am using this word in what is called a "figurative" sense. I am not, in fact, trying to give you or sell you actual bullets - (there was a time when people learned this kind of stuff in school, but one can't assume anything these days.) Michelle Malkin put together a nice illustration of Progressive tactics - accusing opponents of your own crimes.


PS: You do realize that Progressives are Marxists, right? There are plenty of aspiring proletarians over at the democratic underground actually sitting around waiting for the "revolution". Seriously!

Monday, January 10, 2011

I've Got To Hand It To Glenn Beck

The title of this post links to an open letter to the American people written by Glenn Beck. Smart guy, that Glenn Beck.


Saturday, January 08, 2011

Hands Off The 14th Amendment - It Belongs To Black Americans Descended From Slaves

First it was affirmative action, a program which was intended to undo some of the real, live wrongs done to real, live black Americans in this very day and age - somehow, somebody came up with the "people of color" scam allowing anybody with a suntan to elbow their way into a free ride. At the expense of the people the program was intended to help.

This farcical atrocity is still in play today - one has only to look at the manifesto assembled by the University of California Dunces and their "Commission on the Future" who seem to be so possessed with hatred of those in desperate need of sunscreen, they failed to notice the difference between citizens whose ancestors were kept as slaves and any other random Joe who happens to be a shade or two darker than the Queen of England.

When did we start believing that abundant skin pigmentation is, in and of itself, a blight and a disability for the abundantly pigmented? The relevant factor, it seems to me, is more likely to be whether or not one's Grandma and Grandpa were on the books as somebody's property, and the resulting not so subtle implication that Grandma and Grandpa occupied the status and position in society which could be described as somewhere above the farm animals, but nowhere near what actual people enjoyed.

That has got to mess with you and it is that specific nastiness that we had hoped to address via affirmative action.

I personally think such programs amount to little, and are counterproductive, but America's history with slavery was grotesque enough to justify risking the repercussions of the unintended outcome. In no way, shape or form was the bandwagon jumping by the newly minted "people of color" brethren justified or even moral. That resulted in many a real victim and intended beneficiary being once again pushed to the back of the bus.

The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution was added specifically to bring former slaves into the citizenry and to provide them protections in the several states. It has specific wording which qualifies just who is eligible for citizenship by right of birth in the US:

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside"

It is the phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" that is relevant. If you owe your allegiance to a foreign government, then you are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. After being here for generations, slaves were effectively people without a country - and conversely, there was no country which would or could claim them as citizens. Thus the 14th Amendment.

It is not a free pass for any sneaky Petra who manages to sneak across the border just before the contractions set in.


The Nitty Gritty:
Please STAND behind America’s Black Shield as we present and promote The Rev-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., DREAM Act (a bill). More Info - Essentially, the Martin Luther King, Jr. DREAM Act (a bill) demands the full “ENFORCEMENT of the 14th Amendment and 1866 Civil Rights Act as originally intended. 
Please send this message on to others and begin talking about the fact that there are some Black folks in “Sanctuary City” Los Angeles who are stimulating and spearheading a movement designed to actually deal a fatal blow to all aspects of illegal immigration, including the use of the race-card factor by enactment of The Rev-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. DREAM Act.  (Message Sent! RH)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Feliz Navidad

I've always liked this always plays in Germany around Christmas. Plus you can dance to it.

Or if you prefer, there's David Hasselhoff, soon to be our biggest export...kinda funny to hear him speaka the German.


Happy New Year California - Here Are Your New Laws

I meant to do this sooner; look into the new legislation that goes into effect  today, but I didn't get around to it until 3 in the morning last night. I did manage to track down a pdf file - 55 pages long that summarizes our new laws. Here it is for your reading enjoyment: New California Laws for 2011.

In a quick survey of the rumored 750 new laws (I have not actually counted them), I determined that it might be interesting to categorize the new laws to see how many fall into these categories:
  1. Compensation for Government Employees: 
  • AB 1651, Chapter 574/2010: Public Employees' Retirement Law: Furloughs: Retirement Credit - This bill provides that an employee of a county office of education (COE), a school district, or a school district that is a contracting agency will receive the same retirement service credit the employee would have received absent any furlough.
  • AB 1658 Ch. 118: County employees' retirement: service credit: safety members. - Retroactive service credit for safety members for purposes of pension calculation.
  • AB 1667 Ch. 81: AB 1667, Swanson. Public employment: County of Alameda. - Not sure what this means.
  • AB 1668 Ch. 38: Local government: city councils. - Compensation related: ...Notwithstanding Section 31479 an elective or appointive county official may receive credit for service rendered as a city council member even though that service was not compensated. ...SEC. 12.  Section 36516.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:  36516.1.  A mayor elected pursuant to Sections 34900 to 34904, inclusive, of the Government Code may be provided with compensation in addition to that which he or she receives as a council member. That additional compensation may be provided by an ordinance adopted by the city council or by a majority vote of the electors voting on the proposition at a municipal election...
  1. Additional Protections for Government Employees: (AB 1532 Ch. 117)
This will take some time, though.


Looking Into The Monsanto Mania

I just watched this video about Monsanto. It is decidedly anti-Monsanto, and since this is my first bit of education concerning this company, I am going to withhold judgement until I look into the other side of the story. One thing that I am not pleased with, if it is true, is that I have been eating genetically modified food without realizing it. I am not thrilled with that.

Also, it seems these genetically modified strains of various crops are contaminating natural, local crops, such as Mexican corn. Oddly, this has happened despite the genetically modified varieties being illegal within Mexico.

But, like I mentioned, must do a bit of fact checking before I go off on a true rantathon.


Marxism in America - General Jerry Boykin + Happy New Year

He leaves out the final step of the takeover, and that is when the opposition is killed. My grandfather avoided this fate by being out of the country when the Soviets took over. Thousands of Bulgarian government bureaucrats were shot, including the majority of the recalled embassy staff where my Grandfather worked. I grew up listening to this story. He made a decision not to return to his homeland, instead choosing to stay in Berlin - as a man without a country - not really an ideal status to have in Nazi Germany. Then there was the added irritation of the twice daily bombings by the allies. Still, better than communism - and the Bulgarians got off lightly if you consider the 25 million of his own people that Stalin killed.

These people are evil incarnate. We really, really don't want these creeps.