Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas Planning

Less than two weeks to go...

"Subordinate Clauses" copyright R. Arnall 2010.

Monday, December 6, 2010

What do Cell Phones, Guns and the TSA Have In Common?

To address the government's growing focus on "distracted" driving, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is exploring technology that will disable cell phones in vehicles

What if you're not the driver but a passenger? 
What if your car breaks down on the highway?
What if you've become lost late at night and you need directions? 
What if, God forbid, you are in or witness an emergency situation and need police or fire protection?  

Just like the groin gropers at the TSA or gun control fanatics in the government, LaHood is not identifying criminals (terrorists, felons or reckless drivers), but rather is criminalizing the object, in this case a cell phone.  

What're they going to protect drivers from next?  How about French fries and hot coffee and children?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Jolly Good Riot...Really.

Quick! Who said this in the last 24 hour news cycle? "We will not tolerate the previous generation passing on its debts to the next…” Sounds like a Tea Party candidate, the kind you’d like to elect to Congress, doesn’t it?

Surprise!! It’s Aaron Porter, president of the National Union of…wait for it  ….Students!!!  He’s one of the blokes organizing the uprising of 40,000 students in Great Britain all because the Brits have finally realized that socialized education doesn’t work and consumers (read students) should actually have to pay the full cost services (education). They’re protesting because their degrees just cost too damn much. It just isn’t fair that they have to pay their fair share!!

It gets even better. Mr. Porter continued: “Nor will we pick up the bill to access a college and university education that was funded for them."

Sounds like they’re protesting an educational Ponzi socialist system that they inherited. Bewaahahahaha! Students can be taught! Seriously, I wonder what courses this guy’s parents have been paying for whilst he was away at college. Keynesian economics no doubt.

This guy, like lots of Brits and their counterpart American skulls full of mush, is a fundamentally confused conservative whom the pointy headed elitist socialist professors who populate universities like cockroaches have successfully reeducated.

Mr. Porter, welcome to the conservative movement.  It IS wrong to have you pay for my stuff.  Or debt. Or education. Or healthcare. I don’t want my kids to pay for America’s growing debt any more than I want Mr. Porter’s mum and dad to pay for his education. He should pay for his own stuff. Unfortunately, such simple capitalistic logic isn’t taught much in universities anymore.

In observing the education riots breaking out in England, I was struck that it was the students rioting over higher tuition. Where were the parents who are actually paying through their taxes? At the corner pub sucking down a Guinness? What sort of moral teaching did these genius Englishmen pass on to their spawn anyway?

The socialist system across the pond divorces responsibility from spending. Paying confiscatory taxes absolves one’s duty to pay for one’s own offspring to attend a high toned and fancy English university. They probably figure they’ve paid into the system with taxes so it’s time the government funded their kid’s degree plan – all 12 years of it. Sounds dangerously close to Social Security, doesn't it?

That’s why the Founding Fathers risked their lives, fortunes and sacred honor to break away from England's post-feudal mindset. There’s a lesson here, America.

Friday, October 29, 2010


This from an FB Friend with the "Yes on 23" campaign!/Lipstick.Underground

The BALLOT LABEL for Proposition 23 has been MISPRINTED in some counties. The Ballot Label was the subject of court-ordered changes to the materials originally prepared by the Attorney General Jerry Brown (now running for Govenor).  Check your ballot language below -- mine was fine but yours might be incorrect.


CORRECT BALLOT LABEL (Red text shows what was omitted and SHOULD appear):

■When you report to a polling place or a Registrar of Voters, inspect the voting materials (sample ballot, actual polling place ballot, vote by mail ballot, provisional ballot) for the proper ballot label.

■If you observe that the voting materials have the incorrect Ballot Label, check to see if the Registrar of Voters or Poll Worker has taken any corrective action, such as posting the correct Ballot Label in each voting booth? If you observe that there is an incorrect ballot label please immediately notify the "Yes on 23" campaign by calling 866-247-0911. Also, let Yes on 23 campaign know if the registrar or poll workers have taken any corrective action or not.
And, oh yeah, don't forget to VOTE YES on Prop 23 and tell all your friends.


Saturday, October 23, 2010

Barack In Glendale

Yesterday, President Barack Hussein Obama arrived in Glendale for an interview with a local Spanish language station just a few blocks from my home.  Carumba!  What traffic!  But what I did not expect was his stopping by afterward to say hello to his favorite blogger mom Susan-in-Glendale before jetting off from Burbank airport. 

A partial transcript has been kept...

Susan: "Mr. President, may I say I greatly respect your Office.  But I must tell you, I am quite frustrated..."

Barack:  "Susan, let me be clear, no one knows better than me about frustration, my youth spent in foreign and exotic lands, forced to attend private, elite schools in Hawaii and Cambridge.  But let me say, I am concerned that your frustrations have colored your judgment, it is my understanding you may vote for some Republican candidates this election."

Susan:  "You can count on that, sir."

Barack:  "Then make no mistake, I'm certain this is merely your temporal and irrational emotional reaction to perceived negative economic conditions by which you've naively forgotten the many accomplishments of my Administration, most recently my Summer of Recovery."

Susan:  "Yes, our family is still recovering.  You won't have much luck putting lipstick on THAT pig..."

Barack: "Change isn't easy, and I'm certain you'd agree with me if you can only just take the time to analyze the totality of the national debt vis a vis my many accomplishments in a coherent and educated manner, which I imagine you can do as a once-fellow Occidental College student like myself. "

Susan:  "I'm not so sure, Mr. P, and um, I left Oxy after a year to go to state school, so I'm not sure we really relate at that level."

Barack:  "Perhaps, but let me be clear, in my travels throughout our country and our 57 states..."

Susan:  "Um.  50.  That's 50 states, sir."

Barack:  "Hey, look, it says 57 right there on the teleprompter and besides, who's the President here?  You've been watching too much Fox News, wanting to exclude 7 entire states from our country, while I say, let's embrace all the states, not just the ones we like.  It's just like when I look at a U.S. coin and I read the inscription 'One Nation Under' -- I think to myself, 'we can do better, we shouldn't be going under, we can be "One Nation Above!" ' "

Susan:  "Excuse me sir. Aren't you misstating what the coin says, it says "One Nation Under GOD"."  You're omitting God, the Creator.  And it's not the first time...

Barack:  "See, I hate to say it, but again you're illustrating the dangers of listening to Rush Limbaugh and watching Fox News and becoming so misinformed.  Make no mistake!  We can be One Nation Above it all, rather than One Nation Going Under as Fox and the Republicans want with their politics of exclusion and confusion."

Susan: "Yes sir, I am getting confused."

Barack:  "My point exactly."

Susan:  "Yes, sir.  I realize that."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How I'm voting Nov. 2nd -- CALIF Candidates for Federal, Statewide and Local Offices

In order as they appear on my "Official Sample Ballot," here's who I'm voting for.
Fairly straight Republican ticket, with one exception.

Govenor:  MegWhitman
Lt. Gov:  Abel Maldonado
Secretary of State:  Damon Dunn
Controller:  Tony Strickland
Treasurer:  Mimi Walters
Atty Gen:  Steve Cooley
Ins. Commis:  Mike Villines
Member St. Bd of Equalization Dist #4:  Shawn Hoffman (American Independent Party) and here's why

United States Senator:  Carly Fiorina

U.S. Representative for Congress (29th District):  John P. Colbert  His website

Member State Assembly (43rd District):  Sundar Ramani His website


Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Both Torlakson and Aceves are both liberals. 
WE HAVE TO WRITE IN DIANE LENNING  Click on her name for her website.
Absentees:  Use your gray ballot sleeve to write in a candidate.  The instructions on on the front of the gray sleeve.  Use the lines on the insde flap of the sleeve to write in the Office, in this case "Superintendent Public Instruction" and then on the ine below write the candidate's name, DIANE LENNING. 
Walk- in voters:  Ask the polling worker how to write in the candidate.  I do not have clear information on the process.
County Assesor:  John R. Noguez is the Republican Here's his website.

How I'm Voting Nov. 2nd -- CALIF Judges for Supreme Court & L.A. Superior

Wondering why you should bother voting on the judges?  Here's why:
In California, we have the unique ability to remove Supreme Court Justices during the Gubernatorial Election years. By voting no, the Justice is removed and a new one is nominated by the Governor. The Nominee is then confirmed by The Commission on Judicial Appointments. The commission has three members: the Chief Justice, the Attorney General, and the state's senior presiding justice of the Courts of Appeal.
While we may not get any better replacement in the short run, it is an opportunity to show our disapproval of nominee and the way that the Judiciary is being used to either make up law from the bench or kill laws that were voted on by the people. Source: Government For the People
Of course, it's a gamble who will be the next govenor and what sorts of judges he/she might appoint, but in some cases it's better to take the chance by ousting the current judicial occupant.  We can "send a message" by voting NO to certain very liberal judges.

So, in the order that these judges appear on my "Official Sample Voter Guide," here's how I'm voting:

Judicial - Supreme Court Justice California Supreme Court
YES on Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
YES on Ming W. Chin
NO on Carlos R. Moreno  **  (see WHY below)

California Appellate Court 2nd District:
Presiding Justice Division 1:    Neutral on Robert M. Mallano  Info on Mallano here 
            Mallano is a Gov. Davis appointee, UC Berkeley grad.  Career judge.  Probably liberal leaning.
             UPDATE:  THANKS TO ADDITIONAL INPUT (see comment below), VOTE NO!!

Associate Justice Division 1:   YES on Victoria G. Chaney
Associate Justice Division 1:   NO on Jeffrey W. Johnson

Associate Justice Division 2:   NO on Judith M. Ashmann

Associate Justice Division 3:   NO on Walter Croskey  Here's info on Judge Croskey
Judge Croskey was one of three judge panel to rule that the homeschooling in CA was unconstitutional in 2008. The state appellate court later reversed that ruling in 2009.           Note: Gov't for the People is Neutral on Croskey - I'm not.
Associate Justice Division 4:   YES on Steven Suzukawa

Associate Justice Division 5:   YES on Orville "Jack" Armstrong

Associate Justice Division 6:   YES on Paul H. Coffee
Associate Justice Division 6:   NO on Steven Z. Perren

Associate Justice Division 7:   NO on Laurie D. Zelon
Associate Justice Division 7:   YES on Frank Y. Jackson

Presiding Justice Division 8:    YES on Tricia A. Bigelow
Associate Justice Division 8:   YES on Elizabeth Annette Grimes

L. A. County Superior Court
Office No. 28:   Vote for Mark Ameli (Qualified)

Office No. 117: Vote for Alan Schneider (Well Qualified)
Office No. 136:   Amy D. Hogue is an unknown.
She's a Davis Appointee; Here's her notable ruling; and Info about the write-in candidate opposing Hogue  I'll probably vote YES.

**  Why we should vote NO to Justice Moreno.  This is from Government for the People's website:
Justice Carlos Moreno is a classic “liberal activist” appointed by Bill Clinton to the Federal Court in 1998 and to the California Supreme Court by Gray Davis.  
"The most recent battle over Proposition 8 and Marriage shows that [Moreno] will be as radical in his activism....Moreno and crew determined that the law was not retroactive even though it was law of the land at the time and the constitutional amendment was clear that no other marriage other than between a man and a woman was valid or recognized in California. The lawsuit to overturn the will of the voters only had one activist ready to oppose the new constitutional amendment, Moreno. The law, the people, and the constitution are just barriers to Moreno’s judicial activism. Moreno is a barrier to a Constitutional Republic and must be removed."
Moreno was also considered for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.  If voters oust Moreno from the California Supreme Court, we will seriously cripple his chances of any future Supreme Court consideration.  

Monday, October 18, 2010

N.O.W. Declares the "W" Word Hate Speech... except for Jerry Brown

So I guess now it is official. You cannot use the “W” word.

The National Organization of W**** continues to evade the media radar in its recent proclamations that
  1. Brown’s use of the “W” word is in fact Hate Speech, but,
  2. It is hate speech only from now on, effectively giving Jerry Brown’s campaign a pass for calling Meg Whitman a w****, and
  3. N.O.W**** will continue to endorse Brown notwithstanding the “W" comment.
The media further has not pressured the two U.S. Senators from California, both of whom are w****, to announce whether they condemn Brown’s hate speech (a staffer, possibly Brown's own w*****, said the “W" word, which Brown said he liked and planned to use).

Brown, who is a w**** man running against a w**** w****, is still hoping to successfully play the race card.  He enjoys continued if incompetent help from w**** w**** attorney Gloria Allred and Hispanic w**** Nicky Diaz who has filed suit against Whitman.

No word yet either from Nancy Pelosi and her Congressional W****s’ Caucus whether Brown’s invective harms the cause of w**** in politics and our popular culture or just political w**** in general.

How I'm voting Nov. 2nd - CALIF State Propositions

As a resident of California, here's how I'm voting on the state propositions:

NO on PROP 19 –– permits recreational use of Pot subject to state controls.
Why NO? Marijuana is a drug. Drugs should not be encouraged or legalized. Drug users shouldn't be invited into the state to try out our new pot party law. Creating a new state law legalizing pot will only create a bonanza for lawyers who will be able to use the new state law as a wedge to undermine federal laws banning weed.

YES on PROP 20 – Redistricting of Congressional Districts.
Why YES? Strips elected representatives of their political gerrymandering power and gives power to the people to draw congressional districts. A 14 member Redistricting Commission comprised of 5 Democrats, 5 Republicans, and 4 voters registered with neither party will now draw congressional district lines. Requires newly proposed district lines be approved by nine commissioners: 3 Democrats, 3 Republicans and 3 from neither party. Sounds better than what we have now.

NO on PROP 21 – State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act.
Why NO? IT'S A NEW TAX AND WE CAN'T AFFORD ANY MORE TAXES. When you can't pay your mortgage, you give up your monthly mani-pedi. Maybe the legislators can trim bloated pensions, boon doggle welfare systems or reallocate their own pay and staffing budgets to repair the state parks nd protect wildlife, huh?

YES on PROP 22 - Local Taxpayer, Public Safety, Transportation Protection Act of 2010.
Why YES? A YES vote restricts the state's authority to use or redirect state fuel tax and local property tax monies. Basically takes away power from the state. Local taxes would stay local. Tea Partiers and California Republican Party disagree on this one.

YES on PROP 23 – California Jobs Initiative.
Why YES? This will protect over a million California jobs from leaving the state. Prop 23 suspends State laws requiring reduced greenhouse gas emissions that cause "global warming" (proven to be a total hoax) until California’s unemployment rate drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters. Voting YES stalls the socialist "green police" from crippling California's businesses.

NO on PROP 24 – Repeals Recent Legislation that would allow Businesses to Lower their Tax Liability.
WHY NO? Prop 24 takes away a new tax break for small businesses, punishing them further in bad economic times.

NO on PROP 25 – On Time Budget Act of 2010.
WHY NO? Great titles are misleading! Prop 25 would change the state constitution to allow the state legislature to pass tax increases as part of the budget with a bare majority vote instead of 2/3rds. Makes it easier to raise taxes and undo Prop 13.

YES on PROP 26 – 2/3s Vote for Fees and State Levies.
Why YES? Requires certain now hidden state and local fees be approved by 2/3s vote of the Legislature and certain local fees be approved by 2/3s of voters. Closes a loophole on these hidden taxes and fees. A great way to make it harder for the legislators to raise taxes.

NO on PROP 27 – Eliminates State Commission on Redistricting.
WHY NO? This is another head fake designed to UNDO PROP 20 should it pass. A YES vote will return the authority to draw district boundaries to the Legislature. Politicians should not be given the authority to draw their OWN district boundaries. Duh!

More to come on CALIF Judges and individual Candidates....
Here's an email I received from Organizing for America.  They've got a great national phone bank system set up that individuals can use to telephone registered voters.  Yesterday I posted a link to this site on my FB page suggesting conservatives make use of this well designed liberal Get-Out-The-Vote site to encourage people to vote for true hope and change.

I also sent an email to Rush Limbaugh in hopes he would reopen Operation Chaos with this site.
Funny thing is, today the link has a note telling people that "none of the campaigns" are available.  
Has Organizing for America shut the site down....?

Susan --

PS.  Below is the full text of the email I received from Organizing for America from Natalie Foster OFA's "New Media Director"

There's something we all need to do. Please click this link -- right now.

A person's name and phone number are going to come up on the screen. You'll see where this person's from -- it'll likely be a town somewhere in your state -- and how old they are.

Right now, all across the country, thousands of us are doing what you just did. Then, we're picking up our phones, and we're dialing the number beneath the name. And then -- along with those reaching out to folks from the doorsteps and the sidewalks -- we're starting a conversation. It's incredibly powerful.

We're calling today "Change by the Million" -- because we know this is absolutely the most effective way we can reach people. And together, we'll reach out to folks 1 million times before the day ends. But to do that, we all have to pitch in.

Click here now to get started.
At first, the name that appears is just that -- letters on a screen. Look harder.
This person could be a college student who voted for the first time in 2008 -- and has lost interest since then. Not currently planning on making it to the polls in 17 days.

It might be a single mom who isn't sure if she'll have time to get out of work, pick up her kids from school, and still make it to her polling location on Election Day. No one's really talked to her about why it's worth it.

Maybe it's an electrical worker who recently lost his job. He voted for President Obama -- but hasn't been feeling engaged the past year. He's frustrated -- and no one's talked to him about why his vote matters.

Right now, you can be the person who makes sure each of them is committed to vote. You can be the person who reminds them why their vote matters. And you can be the person who ensures that they're standing in line at the polls on November 2nd.

The votes may be counted on Election Day -- but that's not when elections are won. They're won right here, on days like today -- with conversations on doorsteps and on the phones. Conversations like the one you're about to have. Conversations that determine who shows up at the polls -- and who stays at home.

So, please -- don't linger on the sidelines. Don't take a pass and assume there might be a better time you can pitch in, or another way you can be effective.

This is the best time -- and this is the best way.
So jump on the phone -- there's someone who needs to hear from you.
Click here to meet them:

See you out there,  Natalie

Natalie Foster
New Media Director

P.S. -- Tomorrow, the First Lady and the President will be leading a rally together in Columbus, Ohio. You can watch live here. The rally begins at 6 p.m., and the President and First Lady are speaking at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee -- 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller reports on Obama's "top priorities." Funny. I made the same observation...three months earlier.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Some Changes Coming to My Blog

As my day job of wife and mother permits, I will begin expanding my blog. I'll have a section for my "Rant of the Week," a new video/audio section and a special "PMA" corner -- I got that abbreviation from my dad -- check back to find out what it means and how my dad used it to motivate me when I was a kid.

I will continue to write for Big Journalism, Gold Coast Chronicle and The Daily Pledge and you'll see links to those articles, too.

Thank you for your interest, comments and suggestions as I begin to take the next step in building the site.