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Orange Punch, The Orange County Register political commentary blog ^ | 4-13-2012 | Mark Landsbaum

Posted on 04/13/2012 9:32:30 AM PDT by Mark Landsbaum

So, is there anyone left who still doesn’t recognize the absurd upside-down priorities of government driven by political correctness and environmental extremism? If so, get a gander at this news out of San Franciso (where else?):

(CNSNews.com) – The government spent at least $205,075 in 2010 to ‘translocate’ a single bush in San Francisco that stood in the path of a$1.045-billion highway-renovation project that was partially funded by the economic stimulus legislation President Barack Obama signed in 2009.

Yeah, a couple hundred grand of your tax money to move a bush.

“Why?” you might ask. . .

(Excerpt) Read more at orangepunch.ocregister.com ...


TOPICS: Gardening; Government; Humor; Politics
KEYWORDS: correctness; environmentalism; governmentwaste; relocatebush; relocateonebush; taxes

1 posted on 04/13/2012 9:32:40 AM PDT by Mark Landsbaum
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To: Mark Landsbaum

We built a tunnel under a road for turtles blog pimp.


2 posted on 04/13/2012 9:36:48 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Mark Landsbaum
Ummm, the government spends $250,000 to move a bush. It runs and agriculture department with more civil servants than the number of farmers. The energy department doesn't produce any energy. NASA can't send an astronaut into space without the Russians. The education department doesn't educate a single child.

The ATF sells guns to Mexican drug lords so they can kill ICE/DHS agent. The EPA denies water to farmers to grow crops to feed people so that minnows will survive in great numbers. The State department sends 1.5 billion to a moslem terror organ. The government pays for Chinese prostitutes to moderate their liquor consumption. Obama parties like its the last days of the Roman empire.

I could go on, but I have to work to pay my taxes.

3 posted on 04/13/2012 9:39:50 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Just imagine this pseudo health care.


4 posted on 04/13/2012 9:47:34 AM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Well written indeed!!!


5 posted on 04/13/2012 9:53:19 AM PDT by joe fonebone (If you vote for the lesser of two evils, you are still voting for evil.)
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To: Mark Landsbaum
(Excerpt) Read more at orangepunch.ocregister.com ...

“Why?” you might ask. . .

6 posted on 04/13/2012 10:03:08 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Mark Landsbaum

I believe we would be better to prepare for he eventually bankruptcy of the USA than worry too much about stories like this.

Indeed, the Gov’t is absolutely wasteful, and many cases are comical, like this one. But I believe we are past the point where our nations’ politics and character are such that anyone can do anything about it. Nature will have to take its course.


7 posted on 04/13/2012 10:06:52 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Just so you know, I plan on plagiarising this post. Thanks.


8 posted on 04/13/2012 10:14:38 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: goseminoles
FR has a blog forum. He posted it in the right place so, why don't you mind your own business!
9 posted on 04/13/2012 10:17:02 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: SunTzuWu

What are you? His advocate?


10 posted on 04/13/2012 10:23:34 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: SunTzuWu; goseminoles; humblegunner; Mark Landsbaum

Click the Pic!

11 posted on 04/13/2012 10:25:18 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: goseminoles; SunTzuWu; Mark Landsbaum

This is an elite pimp. He doesn’t reply to us commoners.

He counts on pimp enablers to talk for him.

Check the posting history.


12 posted on 04/13/2012 10:29:15 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: SunTzuWu; goseminoles
FR has a blog forum. He posted it in the right place so, why don't you mind your own business!

FR has a reply function. Goseminoles replied accordingly.

Why don't you mind your own business?

13 posted on 04/13/2012 10:30:52 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Mark Landsbaum
I clicked on your link. Twice. Just to piss off The Blog Police.
14 posted on 04/13/2012 10:37:42 AM PDT by McGruff (Don't go wobbly on me now Newt. You're our only hope.)
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To: McGruff

Sucker.

That’s like subsidizing hoodies for thugs.


15 posted on 04/13/2012 10:40:15 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: goseminoles
Why do you think JimRob included a blog forum on HIS site????
16 posted on 04/13/2012 10:43:28 AM PDT by SunTzuWu
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To: humblegunner

Lol!!!!


17 posted on 04/13/2012 10:43:49 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: SunTzuWu
Why do you think JimRob included a blog forum on HIS site?

Comic relief? Target practice?

Actually, here's what Jim had to say about it:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/bloggers/2636843/posts?page=552#552

Now this particular offender can hide behind the OC Register's
offensive threats to FR, so he's legal. Not MORAL. Note from
his posting history that he does not participate other than to
ecxerpt his stuff to get a few hits, using us as free advertising.

You like that?

18 posted on 04/13/2012 10:53:05 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: SunTzuWu; goseminoles; humblegunner
You asked this question - "Why do you think JimRob included a blog forum on HIS site????"

You sure you want the answer? OK Here it is, from The Man Himself:

Jim Rob on the topic of bloggers:

"Believe it or not, once upon a time vanities were frowned upon by our participants. FR’s original format was established to not only fight for liberty and against government abuse/corruption, etc, but to criticize the liberally biased mainstream media. Therefore our original format was to post from valid NEWS sources and government reports, etc, and to tear them down where deserved. Vanity posters were shunned (unless they were very good).3

Then a few years ago the blogger craze started. At first, most of them were treated simply as vanities and were pulled or zotted on sight. Eventually some were accepted as valid material on FR. And soon the blogger wars commenced. To allow blogs or not to allow blogs was the question. Can’t go blanket either way. Like it or not, some blogs are better than most others.

So, long story short, we created a special forum for blog posts. This was in lieu of simply deleting all blog posts. The theory was that as long as they were posted in the bloggers forum, those who didn’t wish to read them could simply click on the “news” forum and they wouldn’t see them. But, of course, as some blogs are definitely better than most others and some are much better than your typical mainstream news sources, we soon allowed certain blogs to be posted regularly to the news section.

This all worked more or less to a certain degree without too much friction until the non-commenting, short-excerpting, long-complaining blog pimp was born.

I have no complaint if a good conservative blogger posts his own material to FR, not as an excerpt to drive hits and discussion back to his blog, but rather to impart useful information to OUR readers and to promote and join in on the discussion and conservative activism HERE on FR.

If a blogger can’t or refuses do that, and if he constantly complains or fights with our participants over it, then I’d just as soon he doesn’t post here. It’s not my job to make his content or his presentation or cooperation acceptable to our readers. That’s his job. And if he cannot do it or refuses to do it and continues posting brief excerpts only and obviously attempting to draw away our participants while loudly complaining about it, then I have no sympathy for his complaints and the more apt I am to ban his account and blog.

Furthermore, I’m not big on “rules.” You won’t see me posting rules for bloggers. The rules for bloggers on FR are the same as the rules for everyone else. If you are a good conservative activist and are willing to work with US on OUR goals and causes and not against US, then you’re welcome to post to FR. But unless we say otherwise your blog material should be posted to our bloggers forum and it would be best if you do not excerpt your own material and if you would actually join in on the discussion here on FR. We’re not really that interested in driving OUR traffic to YOUR blog. But if our readers see that you post useful information then they might start reading your site and that’s fine by me.

552 posted on Tuesday, December 07, 2010 5:06:19 PM by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Nuke the corrupt commie bastards to HELL!!)


From this thread, Post #552.
19 posted on 04/13/2012 10:54:33 AM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: humblegunner

I clicked on the link twice more. Just for you.


20 posted on 04/13/2012 10:54:53 AM PDT by McGruff (Don't go wobbly on me now Newt. You're our only hope.)
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To: SunTzuWu
Why do you think JimRob included a blog forum on HIS site????

Jim once mentioned (Gunny has a link to the post) that the Bloggers forum is for posting blogs in their entirety whenever possible. Copyright restrictions apply, and it's assumed if a blogger personally posts his/her material on FR, those restrictions are waived and the entire piece should be posted.

There are other full-time bloggers who post on FR that honor Jim's request, then there are those who don't. In fact, most don't.

21 posted on 04/13/2012 10:55:44 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: McGruff
I clicked on the link twice more. Just for you.

Well bless your little pea-pickin' heart.

22 posted on 04/13/2012 10:58:28 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Cyber Liberty
There are other full-time bloggers who post on FR that honor Jim's request, then there are those who don't. In fact, most don't.

And those that don't are only here to drive traffic to their site.

23 posted on 04/13/2012 10:59:01 AM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: Doe Eyes

Yeah, basically. The “tell” is if you go to the site and there are a bunch of paid ads and pop-ups/unders. Many times you click and there are no paid ads, but if there are, the blogger be pimpin.’


24 posted on 04/13/2012 11:08:31 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
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To: shibumi

“Not as an excerpt to drive the hits”

THAT is exactly what this guy does every day. Why not post the whole blog???


25 posted on 04/13/2012 11:12:19 AM PDT by goseminoles
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Just ran across this on the net...

What has America become? (opinion)
by Hesh Goldstein

(NaturalNews) It seems that America has become the land of the special interest and the home of the double standard. If we lie to Congress it’s a felony, but if Congress lies to us it’s just politics; if we dislike a black person we’re racist, but if a black person dislikes us it’s their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals, but the do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it’s wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don’t burn books in America, we simply rewrite them; we got rid of the communist and socialist threat by renaming them progressives; we are unable to close our border to Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest President Obama’s policies you are a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it is your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, but now we call them sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it’s wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand-outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes, and tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

We have candidates running for office wooing us with promises and platitudes for our votes and when elected become “hookers” for the corporations and caring little for those that elected them; we have Governors, Dept of Agriculture heads, Attorney Generals and Legislators that eagerly accept campaign contributions from food polluting companies that think nothing of threatening lawsuits to states that want to pass bills giving the people the opportunity of knowing what they eat.

What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave?


26 posted on 04/13/2012 11:14:47 AM PDT by csmusaret (I have kleptomania, but when it gets too bad I take something.)
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To: Mark Landsbaum
Got this in the morning email...

You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• A Muslim officer crying "Allah Akbar" while shooting up an army base is considered to have committed "Workplace Violence" while an American citizen boasting a Ron Paul bumper sticker is classified as a "Domestic Terrorist".
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• A seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for calling his teacher "cute" but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom, while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Children are forcibly removed from parents who appropriately discipline them while children of "underprivileged" drug addicts are left to rot in filth infested cesspools.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Working class Americans pay for their own health care (and the health care of everyone else) while unmarried women are free to have child after child on the "State's" dime while never being held responsible for their own choices.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid and subsidized housing.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• The government's plan for getting people back to work is to provide 99 weeks of unemployment checks (to not work).
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Being self-sufficient is considered a threat to the government.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Politicians think that stripping away the amendments to the constitution is really protecting the rights of the people.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• The rights of the Government come before the rights of the individual.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Parents believe the State is responsible for providing for their children.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• You can write a post like this just by reading the news headlines.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• You pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor defaults on his mortgage (while buying iphones, TV's and new cars) and the government forgives his debt and reduces his mortgage (with your tax dollars).
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Your government can add anything they want to your kid's water (fluoride, chlorine, etc.) but you are not allowed to give them raw milk.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you "safe".
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• You have to have your parents signature to go on a school field trip but not to get an abortion.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• An 80 year old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a Muslim woman in a burqa is only subject to having her neck and head searched.
=========================================================== You know you live in an Upside-down Land if...
• Using the "N" word is considered "hate speech" but writing and signing songs about raping women and killing cops is considered "art".

=========================================================== Unfortunately, this list could go on and on.
Our world has been turned upside-down.
We are in distress. Where do we go from here?

"COWARDICE asks the question - is it Safe?"
"EXPEDIENCY asks the question - is it Politically Correct?"
"VANITY asks the question - is it Popular?"
"But the CONSCIENCE asks the question - is it Right?"
"And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither, Safe, nor Politically Correct, nor Popular, but one must take it, because its RIGHT!!"

27 posted on 04/13/2012 11:15:18 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: Former Proud Canadian
the government spends $250,000 to move a bush. It runs the agriculture department with more civil servants than the number of farmers.

Government at all levels is so out of control, has become so bloated, so controlling, many people have yet to realize it.

28 posted on 04/13/2012 11:19:19 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
Thanks!

Comments like that need to be in the main stream media repeated often and loudly whenever the Democrats or Rinos claim the government needs more money.

29 posted on 04/13/2012 11:31:58 AM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: sjmjax
The MSM is simply the propaganda are of the progressives. They are of no use to anyone except those who wish to pull the wool over the eyes of the sheeple. They simply do not report the news.

Here are some real news items you will not see on the MSM:

There is a race war going on in the USA right now.

The Communist Part of China is ripping itself apart right now.

The European "economic crisis" is not going away. Many big banks and sovereign governments are going to default soon.

The POTUS (origins, medical history, educational history unknown) continues to wage war against America, especially in the areas of energy, black privilege, and individual liberty. In addition he is systematically kicking your closest allies (UK, Canada) and coddling you worst enemies.

Not one of these stories will appear on any of the news shows tonight, maybe even including Fox. You are, however, guaranteed to get a story about a black street thug in Florida who attacked the wrong white man, sorry, white looking hispanic.

30 posted on 04/13/2012 1:33:00 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: FrankR
I forgot this one. You have an Energy Secretary who does not own a car, thinks solar and wind can replace oil, nuclear, and coal, and wants everybody to paint their roofs white. And this guy is a Nobel laureate.

Here is an example of how bad things really are. Follow my energy policy, three steps:

1. Close the Energy Department and the EPA immediately. All their rules and regulations go away.

2. Allow pipelines to be built anywhere upon state approval, federal approval is not needed.

3. Allow and encourage drilling everywhere. Let the states decide where and whether to allow it.

What do you think would happen to the price of energy in 24 hours if this policy was initiated?

31 posted on 04/13/2012 1:48:08 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: Mark Landsbaum

LET GOD ARISE

AND HIS MARXIST SATANIC GLOBALIST ENEMIES BE SCATTERED.

There’s no other hope at this point, imho.

These examples of insanity are mild tiny tips of a huge iceberg of rot, irrationality, treason etc.


32 posted on 04/13/2012 2:18:19 PM PDT by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: McGruff

That’s funny.

By the way, no one has explained to me yet why it’s wrong to post an excerpt on FR linking to a full item elsewhere when FR provides an option to do precisely that.

It seems the practice runs afoul of some odd sensitivity that boils down to personal preference.

Here’s a good solution for those offended: Don’t click through.

But McGruff, that was a funny response.

At your service in Christ . . .

Mark Landsbaum
Editorial writer and columnist
Orange County Register


33 posted on 04/13/2012 2:34:47 PM PDT by Mark Landsbaum
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To: Mark Landsbaum; Larry Lucido; humblegunner
"It seems the practice runs afoul of some odd sensitivity that boils down to personal preference."

If you actually read the comment directed at you, you would understand this "odd sensitivity." It boils down to this - You're a freeloader and a pimp.

You are not actually a participating member of this community, you're just a parasitic growth, feeding off a venue provided through the donations of others.

The excerpt function was put in place as a legal device so that FR could protect itself from legal action by adversarial news sources. The OC Register has demanded that only excerpts be allowed on FR, yet you feel no compunction to use this venue which you have (de facto) threatened to pimp the same stories for hits and revenue.

If you want to know what the management of this site really thinks of your actions, just read the quotes from JimRob which Gunner and I both linked in our previous posts on this thread.

You feign surprise that anyone is offended when you have demonstrated both by inaction and action that you don't really want to join in our party here a FR, but you're going to help yourself to the snacks and drinks anyway.

Pimp.
34 posted on 04/13/2012 10:39:54 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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