Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Weimarian News for April 1rst 2015

Well Sundance the cat is at it again.  I told him that once was enough but something about a twenty pound cat with an attitude sitting on your chest at five in the morning convinced me to publish Sundance’s April 1rst news post again.  I am not sure where he gets his material since he cannot read or write but he has been hogging the remote watching cable news channels lately.   He also seems to be listening intently to my friends and neighbors telling me about what they have read on political blogs.  If those are his sources I would advise a bit of healthy skepticism. 


Federal:

 
Domestic terrorists slipped truth serum into the capital water supply.  A small riot developed on the House floor with all members trying to be the first in announcing that getting their party on top is more important that taking care of the country.  As speakers took the floor “We serve big donors and special interests, the middle class are just a tool to serve that purpose”  was frequently heard.  There were also many references to low voter turnout and apathy being validation to their true cause.  A communique by Voters for Dignity said “The joke is on them, truth is addictive and they may end up having to use it more often than they want to from now on.   VD plans on spreading throughout the entire US political system.”


The Red State Farm Caucus unanimously decided to switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party.  They all felt that saying they were for fiscal responsibility while supporting farm subsidies was hypocritical.  While one staffer sipped a Perrier he commented that “There seems to be something in the water around here. I have no idea what caused this but I am not looking forward to the 2016 campaign season.”  Their name will change to the Big Government Handout Caucus.


State:

 
California Jerry Brown was said to have privately admitted that most of what he takes credit for in his state’s turn around could have been accomplished years earlier were it not for an overly zealous group of Democratic partisans in the state legislature.  The gevernor was heard saying things like “They just didn’t like poor Arnie.” over and over. 


Civil Engineers were able to convince California’s Governor Jerry Brown that more carbon is created by cars moving east/ west in California than north/ south.  He has instructed the Brown Streak Rail Authority to build the feeders first because reducing carbon is more important that his ego’s need for a state with infrastructure project.
 

Former President Pro Tem of the California State Senate admitted that having ten percent of the California State Senate either under indictment or convicted of a felony in 2014 constituted a corrupt state government.  

Local:

 
Placer County wineries plan on approaching the Board of Supervisors requesting that wineries of five acres or more be allowed to build recreational facilities such as roller coasters, water slides, shooting ranges, auto racing and fireworks displays.  Sales of sound proof insulation, ear plugs and kitchen remodels soar while outdoor furniture and outdoor cooking equipment drop sharply.  One member was quoted as saying "We want our customers to have a pleasant rural experience.  If our neighbors want a pleasant rural experience we suggest that they become customers."

Local interest groups will combine their efforts to stop solar energy farms, wind farms, nearby shopping and hydro electric generation.  The new organization will be called Nimby’s Against Gobal warming or NAG for short.  Their first order of business will be lobby state government to apply carbon fees to everything including unemployment benefits.  Their spokesman Ludd Ite made the announcement while standing at a podium made in Indiana, using a mic made in China and later munched on refreshments that were all grown or prepared in Texas.  ”Director of Communications Nathan Nimby proclaimed We plan to shutdown any new clean power infrastructure while preaching the gospel of global climate change at the top of our lungs. “


The City of Auburn will consider litigation against Placer County once again.  This time they felt that the County violated CEQA regulations when the allowed the use of portable toilets at a weekend event in Tahoe City.  When asked why they were so concerned about something that happened so far away undisclosed members of the council said “what the heck, we just like sticking them for lawyers fees”. 

Well that is the news from Sundance the cat.  While I am not so sure about this as a tradition Sundance has already started working on his 2016 journalistic endeavor.  With all of the clowns that are thinking about entering the presidential race.  The 2016 spring primary season should be a circus worthy of his effort.




Friday, November 14, 2014

Just a few



Just a bit of interesting reading for the weekend.

Granite Bay firm in Bloomberg. 

Bloomberg
House Committee Chairman Helps Company Linked to His Son

Matt Taibbi is back with Rolling Stone an blowing the whistle on....
Rolling Stone
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare


By comparison Nixon looks pretty good.

Pew
Public Trust in Government: 1958-2014

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise

IVN
America is Not a Two-Party State… It Is a Single-Party State

I suggest early retirement followed by a twelve step program.

Esquire
Help, We're in a Living Hell and Don't Know How to Get Out

Is it really any wonder why there is voter apathy in this country?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Time to vote



I guess this is a day where all good bloggers should urge people to get out and vote.  A noble topic and one that I have written about many times in the past, however media types have been pushing the point for years and voter participation keeps going down.  Once again California is projecting low turnouts.  Maybe it is time for new ideas so I have come up with a few suggestions.  


Instead of the sticker saying I voted they should give each voter a digital license to a copyrighted logo and merchandise the process.  You could use the logo on coffee mugs,  t-shirts, blogs, social media even temporary tattoos.  The logo should have the month and year incorporated so that we all know when the point of last voter participation was.  From then on we can shun the political opinion of anyone that cannot validate their participation.  Essentially they had their chance to express an opinion at the ballot box when it mattered and should not bore the rest of us with it until they do.  


Another approach would be a series of ballot initiatives.  The first initiative would be that ballot initiatives can be put on any available ballot.   Once that is done we can use initiatives to get people involved.  Youth voter participation has always been a problem so we can try an initiative that would raise the drinking age to twenty five.  I am sure that it would bring them out in droves.  In almost all demographics a one dollar per cup tax on prepared coffee proposal should increase turnout but to make sure that it gets shutdown we should try for two dollars a cup.  Being a coffeeholic I don’t want to get too extreme and actually get something like that passed.  An initiative to tax television viewing would certainly get more participation than something dull like jobs or healthcare. 


The creation of Ballot Bars might help.  One could vote and get a free beer or glass of wine instead of a sticker.  In some states maybe even a puff off of the old pipe.  Let’s face it when you look at our track record on election picks it is arguable that this might be going on informally already.  It is hard to believe that sober individuals  actually elected this sorry group in congress.  


Another possible solution is that we should just wait.  The US Congress already has approval ratings suggesting that only their friends and family feel they are doing a passable job.  When the inevitable happens and they lose those supporters as well maybe just maybe we will get some real voter participation.  


Oh yeah, time to get my blogger ticket punched.  Get out and vote.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Scared Stupid

California is about 69% vote by mail with a few counties being 100% vote by mail.   Our ballots arrived last week so the only thing keeping us from voting is sitting down to fill out the forms.  Those that earn their living by promoting innuendo, half truths, lies and damn lies are very much aware of the election calendar.  This means that October is when average folks are forced to lay tarps across the living room floor to keep the slime from dripping out of their televisions and on to the carpets.  Seriously it isn't my district but after watching Bera and Ose go at it on TV I can't see why anyone would vote for either of them.  My negative view is not based on the points made by either candidate but the intellectual insult perpetrated by both campaigns.  

Being an Independent that rarely donates cash to political campaigns I receive far less stinky stuff in the mailbox but my more generous and partisan friends have kept me up to speed.  On the left the Boogie Persons of choice has been either the Koch's or the Tea Party.  On the right the Boogie Persons are President Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  One can only assume that they think the electorate can be scared into stupidity.  My advice is to keep you money in pocket unless you are donating to a specific candidate that you really think should be in office.  Trust me, none Boogie people mentioned are going to sneak in and eat your children while you sleep.  It is just politics as usual.  Besides we made it through eight years of Bush proving that one person cannot wreck the country in the next two year no matter how had they appear to try. 

Things are far worse with social media like Facebook where about 80% of anything I see would not stand up to a ten second fact check.  Just because we are alarmed about something we read on i-dont-bother-to-check-facts.com doesn't mean that we should hit the share button without checking it out.  Well unless of course we intend to turn the internet into a giant organic garden by spreading manure around for fertilizer.  Unfortunately that is what most of our Facebook friends do and they do it often enough to make me wonder if I should start watering my laptop and get ready for harvest.

Now for you compulsive fact checkers out there don't think that you will earn your friends respect by pointing out that their post is factually incorrect.  It just serves to make them mad. Science has found out that when one challenges a persons belief system with facts a believer just digs in deeper.  You may think  that you should get an award but more than likely you will be chastised or unfriended for your effort.  Better to just watch and see which ones are not bright enough to hire, lend money to or believe any other thing that they post in the future. Lets face it if our friends don't know that politicians and pundits are lying to them we should probably take all of their council with a bit of sodium chloride. 

Much of the negativity in political ads is there just to disgust voters to the point where they don't bother to vote.  This is a favorite tactic of partisan hacks because it actually helps when only the most loyal and brainwashed participate in the process.  Don't fall for it.  Negative campaigning should make us all the more aware of how flawed our current system is.  It should motivate us to turn out and take our disgust out on those that use these tactics. 

There is one bright spot about election year Octobers.  It means that the first Tuesday in November is just around the corner and you will have two more years before they try to make you Scared Stupid again.  Boo!