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Saturday, July 07, 2012

California On Bullet Train to Oblivion

Yesterday's installment of Californians Have Lost Their Collective Minds revealed the fact that the once-Golden State is so enamored with a high speed rail project it hasn't a prayer of ever paying for (non-collateral loans are great, aren't they?) that it is willing to mortgage everything in the pursuit.

Today?

This:

Californians have decided that they don't have enough illegal aliens (on public assistance) in their midst.  They're working on structuring a law that opens the flood gates even further.

Go for it, fellas.  If you run short, we've got lots here in Virginia you can have.


And I'm sure all those folks in Hollywood will be more than willing to pay their way ...

The Jobs Picture Darkens Even More

To go along with yesterday's news that the U.S. economy created only 84,000 jobs in June, fully a third of which were nothing more than temporary jobs, if one were to dig a little deeper, he'd find this fateful statistic:

Out of College, Out of Work: Number of College Grads With Jobs Dropped 406,000 in June

To be fair, those nearly half-million jobs weren't lost.  They just moved to Asia.

My message to those college grads who are suddenly out of work: Don't fret.  You have an endless supply of food stamps that you can draw on and soon you'll have available to you free health care.  Heck, Obama is even contemplating the forgiveness of your student loans. So kick back and enjoy the free ride that tens of millions of your fellow countrymen are enjoying.

As long as it lasts anyway.

Harvard Breaks New Ground

Only in academe - and the insane asylum - would one find such detachment from the real world:
Harvard Picks First BGLTQ Director
By Nathalie R. Miraval, Harvard Crimson Staff Writer

Harvard has appointed Vanidy “Van” Bailey as the College’s first permanent director of bisexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer student life. Bailey, the assistant director for education at the University of California, San Diego, will assume the new position on July 16.

Last April, Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds announced her intention to hire a full-time staffer dedicated to serving the BGLTQ community on campus.

In a statement to students, Hammonds said that the decision was based on recommendations made by the BGLTQ Working Group, which she created in October 2010 to evaluate BGLTQ experiences and needs at the College.

In an email, Bailey expressed excitement for ... [link]
So you know, the "Q" in "BGLTQ" stands for "queer," which, last anyone knew (outside of the cloistered college community) was the same thing as the "G" for "gay." Guess that ain't the case no more ...

Anyway, Harvard has itself a by-God BGLTQ community director. And both members of that community are ever so appreciative.

What's Going On In Botetourt County?

Should the court system involve itself in a witch hunt?

Welcome to Botetourt County:
Botetourt defamation defendant jailed after refusing judge’s order
By Duncan Adams, The Roanoke Times

Botetourt County resident Danny H. Goad refused to comply this morning with a Botetourt County Circuit judge’s order to answer a question relevant to a civil lawsuit in which Goad is a defendant and ended up jailed without bond for contempt of court.

Judge Michael Irvine had ordered Goad to answer a deposition question that had asked who had helped him distribute fliers in early October that were critical of former Lord Botetourt High School Principal Tim Bane, who no longer works for Botetourt County Public Schools.

On the witness stand today, Goad continued to refuse to name who had helped him distribute the fliers at a home football game and two churches in the county. His son, Cullen D. Goad, is a co-defendant in the civil case and was allegedly one of the distributors.

Bane and his attorney Bill Cleaveland filed a lawsuit Dec. 5 that alleged the fliers included defamatory material about Bane that had damaged his reputation and profession, and caused "shame, embarrassment and humiliation." It sought $75,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.

Today, Danny Goad said he refused to answer the question because he took full responsibility for the fliers’ distribution and did not want to involve others.

Irvine told Goad he can get out of jail by complying with the court order and responding to the question asked by Cleaveland. [link]
Strange.

My guess is, if pursued, the judge's ruling that the defendant in this case do the work for his adversary and name those who helped distribute leaflets about a public official (which is Constitutionally protected last time I looked) would be thrown out by wiser jurists.  But what do I know.  I'm just a citizen.

For detail on this affair ...




Danny Goad sits in jail for refusing to implicate others in a civil case. My, oh my.

Another Dismal Jobs Report

Did Barack Obama skip math class in high school to fry his brain on cocaine?  Seems so.  There's no other  explanation.

We have roughly 100,000 people - mostly young - entering the job force every month.  And last month the struggling U.S. economy created a total of 84,000 jobs for them (a third of which were temp jobs).  Our President does the math and announces:

"That’s a step in the right direction."

84,000 - 100,000 = ?

Well, that's not a step in the right direction by my abacus.

Is cocaine-induced brain damage reversible?

We have to hope so.

Or we're going to soon reach zero employment in this country and this guy will be totally pleased.

Yes, Californians Have Lost Their Minds

No, they haven't a prayer of saving themselves from fiscal calamity.

Thank God for loans (in the form of general obligation bonds), is all I'm sayin'.  Because if the legislature there had to actually pay for its whimsy, it would be in big trouble.

Borrow today, sorrow tomorrow:
California OKs funding for high-speed rail line
By Judy Lin, Associated Press

Sacramento, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved billions of dollars Friday in construction financing for the initial segment of the nation’s first dedicated high-speed rail line connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The move marked a major political victory for Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and the Obama administration. Both have promoted bullet trains as job generators and clean transportation alternatives.

The bill authorizes the state to begin selling $4.5 billion in voter-approved bonds that includes $2.6 billion to build an initial 130-mile stretch of the high-speed rail line in the Central Valley. That will allow the state to collect another $3.2 billion in federal funding that could have been rescinded if lawmakers failed to act Friday.

Brown pushed for the massive infrastructure project to accommodate expected growth in the nation’s most populous state, which now has 37 million people. He said the project is sorely needed to create jobs in a region with higher-than-average unemployment. [link]
I hope you picked up on the reason for the rail line to be built. Expected population growth. In a state that taxpayers are now fleeing in droves because the government there pulls stunts like this and expects them to pay for it. Population growth? Only in illegal Mexicans who won't be able to afford a ticket or have the inclination to ride this white elephant.

For the love of God.  What are they thinking?

A Fact That Will Change Your Life

It was in the year 1456 that Pope Calixtus III annulled the heresy charges brought against Joan of Arc.

25 years after she was burned at the stake for heresy.

Now that's magnanimity.