Monday, April 21, 2014

California Independents the 2014 Primary is Yours.

Spring is a great time of year.  There are so many things to get done that it seems that no one could get them all done in time.  Irrigation systems need to be brought back on line, gardens and landscaping needs to be prepped and around here we need to get ready for fire season.  Maybe that is why primary elections tend to have such awful turnouts. 

Mid term primary election turnouts are so poor that one has to wonder why we spend the cash on them.  In the last mid term primary held in 2010 California boasted a statewide turnout of just 33.31% according to the California Secretary of State's website.  Let’s face it, 33.31% is a dismal number for democracy

For many years independent voters were frozen out of  a process that they were forced to help pay for but that is no longer the case.  In 2010 California passed a Top Two Primary system.  The Top Two allows all voters to vote for all candidates in the primary with just two exceptions that are not relevant in the upcoming election.

In short if you really want a say in what happens you need to vote in this election.  If not all you will get to pick from will be what a few passionate partisans left for you come November.  Every single registered voter in California can and should vote in the upcoming election but especially the Independents.  With anticipated turnouts so small the 21% of California voters registered as No Party Preference have their best chance to leave an impression on California elections.  It is time for NPP to stand for something other than Not Participating in the Primary.  This spring grow a little democracy, get out and vote.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ben Swann "End Partisanship"

I liked this clip enough to share it.  My only criticism is that it tends to use one party's faults as examples when history makes it obvious that there are plenty of examples from both sides of the aisle. Other than that it is thirteen minutes well spent.

Truth in Media "End Partisanship"

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Feline Vaccination Site Sarcoma

When I left the news links format I mentioned that posts would get more eclectic.   Even at that time I didn't think that veterinary science would be a topic.  I will use the thinly veiled nexus that Sundance figures prominently here from time to time and use it to get the word out in as many communication venues as I have access to.  Last week the vet removed a large mass from his back and side. Based on the type of sarcoma and the location the vet felt that there is a good chance that it is a vaccination site sarcoma.  Not being an expert I prefer to just get the word out that it is important to talk with your vet about this before getting your cat vaccinated.   Sundance seems to be recuperating well and has a follow up later this morning.  Below are a few research links.  I also added a photo of Sundance below the page break and edited it to tone down the graphic nature.

Vaccines and Sarcomas: A Concern for Cat Owners

Humane Society
Feline Vaccine-Associated Sarcoma

Vaccine-associated sarcoma

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Leland Yee story.

While trying to avoid what passes for cable news channels I recently stumbled on to a 2008 documentary series titled Gangland.  Not remarkable on its own except this particular episode featured a person that prominently figured into the recent case of California State Senator Leland Yee.  If one wants a bit of history on Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow this clip at the link below might be worthwhile.  It is about forty five minutes long. 

Gangland S.2 Ep.2 - Deadly Triangle

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shasta Dam another view

This was written in  It is not a topic that I know much about but it is a topic that has come up in several local discussions that I have attended.  I asked the author if I could post it here because it explores another aspect often left out of the conversation.  The opinion is that of the of the writer.

Open Letter to: Congressman Doug Lamalfa,

As a Native American who has been affected by Shasta Dam, and the colonization of California, all of my families' land allotments were taken for Shasta Dam, we have yet to receive just compensation for the loss of the Silverthorne Ferry and receive our "like lands with infrastructure."

I am in total opposition to any further increase of Shasta Dam.

"Congress signed the Central Valley Indian Lands Acquisition Act (PL 198-77, 55 Stat 612). This act was intended to compensate those Native Americans whose land was seized for the construction project. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a traditional Northern California Tribe, lost over 90 percent of their ancestral territory with the construction of the dam.

"We were flooded out, and not compensated, with the building of the dam in 1945, and now Westlands Water District and the Federal Government are pushing to do it again. This latest proposal would inundate or damage more than 40 sacred sites, including our Coming of Age ceremony place on the Winnemem Waywaqat (McCloud River)."

"Rep. Jim Costa, of Fresno, has introduced a bill, co-signed by a number of California Democratic Congressmen, to raise the dam. No mention of the standing debt to our people".

For your information: West Lands Water District owns 7 miles of the McCloud River, since the closing of escrow, West Lands has had flow meters in the river. They have estimated the amount of water from "their watershed." It is obvious they will demand that amount be delivered to their concerns first before serving anyone else in the system. Your rice farm will take a back seat to their demands because of "water rights."

You list yourself as a "fiscal conservative" and promote paying the "nation's bills off" before spending more tax dollars. It is time to pay off the bill from building Shasta Dam before one more tax dollar is spent for its expansion.

This is email #6. It is time you respond in writing. I am still waiting for a response from email #1 over one year ago. At least when I email or call Feinstein, Pelosi or Boxer I get a form letter back, so far I feel I only get the finger from you.

It is time you communicate with all of your constituents, not just your staunch, fringe supporters."