Jul 17, 2012
Tea Party... You're talking about the man who has spent most of his presidency on vacation. The man has no money sense and doesn't care about the sequestration - as shown by his million dollar trip to Africa. (Sep 18, 2013 | post #8)
You are partially correct. The solar panels are extremely expensive and the savings being provided by them have yet to offset the costs of owning them. They're just not justifiable yet. Their efficiency degrades the longer they are used and need to be replaced after 10-15 years. But I have seen quite a few businesses installing them just because of the huge tax incentive provided by the government. In Vacaville, Kaiser has them and I've seen businesses put them up in the parking lots to cover the cars, giving them dual purposes. (Sep 18, 2013 | post #5)
I wonder if that's why I saw a lot of workers out this morning during my morning run. That explains that. (Sep 17, 2013 | post #3)
Ironic seeing as California is home to many (bankrupt) green energy companies, we're outsourcing to Utah. (Sep 17, 2013 | post #1)
I find this an absolutely interesting read and very insightful. I couldn't agree more. One California -- Or Two? Victor Davis Hanson Are the recent raves about a new California renaissance true? Rolling Stone magazine just gushed that California Gov. Jerry Brown has brought the state back from the brink of "double-digit unemployment, a $26 billion deficit and an accumulated 'wall of debt' topping $35 billion." Unfortunately, California still faces existential crises. The unemployment rate just went back up in July to 8.7 percent. That is significantly higher than the current national average of 7.3 percent. Such a high rate of joblessness is a bad omen when the Democratic-control led state legislature is pushing for the mandatory minimum wage to reach $9.25 in a little over two years. The "wall of debt" is not $35 billion. According to the State Budget Crisis Task Force report that was issued in January, California debt ranges from a minimum of $167 billion to a staggering $335 billion. To close the budget deficit, Brown cut expenses, but he also just raised already-high income, sales and gas taxes to the nation's top levels. We won't know the full effect of those costs on either businesses or the ongoing exodus of the more affluent for months to come. Yet why was California ever in a fiscal crisis at all? World food prices are soaring. California has the best soils, weather and farmers in the world. Silicon Valley hosts Apple, Google, Intel and Facebook. The state hosts some of the nation's largest corporations like Wells Fargo, Chevron, Hewlett-Packard and Safeway. The movie industry in Hollywood, tourism from Disneyland to Yosemite, the Napa wine industry, and vast deposits of gas and oil should make California more prosperous than Switzerland. Its top five universities -- Caltech, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC -- usually rate among the top 20 worldwide. Yet despite what God and man in the past have given the state, California has often squandered its inheritance. For all its costly investments in wind and solar power, California electricity rates are the steepest in the nation. The tab falls most heavily not on the green elites of the affluent coastal communities, but on the poor and middle classes concentrated in the hotter and colder interior. For many in Fresno or Bakersfield, keeping on the air conditioning when August temperatures hit 100 is a fantasy from a bygone age. Californians pay among the highest gas prices in the country. Again, those astronomical costs seem surreal, given that the state sits atop huge untapped deposits of gas and oil. The California paradox of having among the highest taxes and among the worst services is also echoed in state-by-state rankings of public school test scores. California continues to place near the bottom. Do those sky-high California gas taxes translate into superb roads? Not yet at least. Reason Foundation's 20th annual highway report ranked California roads 47th in the nation. In the last 20 years, 3.4 million middle- and upper-middle-class Californians have fled paradise for low- or no-tax states. In contrast, the state currently has had the largest influx of residents who immigrated illegally. Although exact numbers are impossible to obtain, estimates suggest that about 3 million Latin American nationals are residing in California. Many are hardworking immigrants, but most arrive illegally, don't speak English, and don't have money or a high school education. Ensuring foreign nationals minimum parity with U.S. citizens requires huge state inputs in education, law enforcement and health services. The 2012 census listed California as having the highest poverty level (23.5 percent) of any state in the union. A state with roughly 12 percent of the U.S. population is now home to 33 percent of the nation's welfare recipients. Read more in the link - http://townhall.co m/columnists/victo rdavishanson/2013/ 09/12/one-californ ia--or-two-n169736 2/page/full (Sep 12, 2013 | post #1)
Don't know if you guys had your eyes to the skies earlier today, the boys out at Travis Air Force Base were out in force today. It was an amazing sight to see. Could it be in connection to Syria? Don't know, they're just saying it was practice to see if they can launch a large number of aircraft. http://www.travis. af.mil/news/story. asp?id=123362878 9/11/2013 - TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Travis conducted a mass launch of 22 mobility aircraft Sept. 11, 2013, to practice the combat capability of safely launching a large number of aircraft. During the operation, dubbed the "Freedom Launch," seven C-17 Globemaster IIIs, 11 KC-10A Extenders, and four C-5 Galaxies departed in 36 minutes and 21 seconds on both operational and training missions. The launch also provided essential training for mobility capabilities for flight operations, operations support, aircraft maintenance, fuels and air traffic control. Today's mass launch of three types of aircraft was the largest ever at Travis. The Freedom Launch also served as a remembrance of 9/11, as the first C-17 Globemaster III took off at 8:46 a.m., the same time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001. (Sep 11, 2013 | post #1)
So Obama had his presidential Address, was anyone inspired or drawn in his side of the debate to attack Syria? I know I wasn't. He made no valid points and had vague ideas. This guy is a clown. (Sep 10, 2013 | post #41)
Hopefully, crisis is adverted thanks to Russia. While Obama was beating the war drums, Putin was getting down to business. Assad has agreed to turn over his chemical weapons to prove it isn't him. (Sep 10, 2013 | post #38)
Good Lord, they keep trying to flim-flam the Zim Zam. (Sep 9, 2013 | post #1997)
Putin threw down the gauntlet with 100 page report saying the Rebels have done it. Obama and his administration says that we have evidence that shows Assad did it, but they refuse to show the proof. Meanwhile everyone is waiting on the UN report. The president has made a lot of moves to save Democrat seats in 2014 with pushing back portions of Obamacare until 2015. A lot of Chess pieces were moved for 2014's elections, what purpose Syria serves is anybody's guess. He has no plan, majority of Americans are against it and his own party is, once again, fighting him and amongst themselves over this. Obama has put them in quite the pickle to support him. Lunatic Left Wing media like MSNBC are screaming that the Democrats have to vote for the war in order to save Obama's hide. Uh... no. They don't. If anything, they can represent their constituents like they're suppose to be doing and vote against this. (Sep 9, 2013 | post #37)
Can anyone figure this boob of a president out? He's all over the place when it comes to Syria. The "red line" has been crossed multiple times by Syria and he refused to acknowledge them until now. Says we must act now but waits for Congress to come back. Even after flatly saying he does not need the authority of Congress to have a military excursion in Syria, he still wants to wait for them to come back. Then he goes on to walk back his "red line" statement (that people are calling him out on) by pointing to the international community "drawing the red line." Sooner or later, Valerie Jarret is going to need a crowbar to get Obama's foot out of his mouth. This is something we should not be getting involved in. It's the Syrian rebels using the chemical weapons against themselves to drum up support from the UN to get rid of Assad. They admitted last week that an al-Qaida lead faction of the rebels received a chemical missile from Saudi Arabia, the group wasn't trained properly on how to handle the missile and accidentally set it off. Assad has no reason to use chemical warfare against the rebels when he's winning the uprising. He has them on the run. Why would he use something that has been deemed a "red line" by our president if he's squashing the rebels? It makes no sense. Iran has close ties to Syria right now, backing them up and have proudly proclaim that if Syria is attacked by the US, Israel will be the first country they would strike. Ask yourself why is Iran so close to Syria and why is Saudi Arabia giving the rebels chemical weapons. Why? Because Syria has an oil pipeline from Iran going through it. Saudi Arabia doesn't like that since it interferes with their oil business. When Iran was acting up with opening a nuclear power plant, what did Obama do? Put sanctions against Iran's oil exports. Russia is backing Iran and Syria. China has jumped in and warned us against any actions in Syria. The UK has voted against any military actions in Syria. Why are we so gung-ho about it? Saudi Arabia. Why doesn't Obama sign off on the Keystone pipeline? (Sep 5, 2013 | post #14)
Didn't see any bones, just that weird yarn with fur wrapped up in it. Evidence of old concrete or brick work, no but there's a plaque dedicated to two people. Same last name, can't remember the name off the top of my head but they were male names. (Sep 5, 2013 | post #8)
A month ago, my friend and I were playing Disc Golf for the first time at Pena Adobe. We were walking around from hole 15 to find hole 16. (Mind you, this was before we noticed the gigantic sign near the first hole that shown the course.) As we were making our way to what we thought was hole 16, I noticed a long strand of yarn all over the place near a dried up creek bed, (the one close to the horse shoe pits) and as we kept getting closer, we find the huge "ball" of yarn. I was going to pick it up to throw it away when I noticed a clump of fur sticking out of the so called ball of yarn. Not sure what kind of fur it was, it looked soft like a rabbit's. White tipped with a black line that separates it from the tan portion of the fur. I tried looking online for any evidence of a ritual of any kind being performed in Pena Adobe, but couldn't find a thing. I'm starting to think that this could be a word of mouth type deal and they're really good at being hush-hush about it. Anyone come across anything of curiosity like that while being at Pena Adobe? (Aug 26, 2013 | post #1)
This... this is a joke, right? I mean... What the hell? (Jul 17, 2013 | post #13)
The jury found him not guilty as they should have. He was defending himself from a young man who took it upon himself to attack Zimmerman rather than figure out what the hell is going on. I'm sorry, but taking a swing on someone smaller than you just because they ask you "What are you doing here?" isn't a rational response to their question. Zimmerman did what he had to in order to protect his life. (Jul 17, 2013 | post #918)
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