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  • FedEx indicted on new criminal charges in online pharmacy case

    08/16/2014 8:16:11 AM PDT · 36 of 37
    RLM to Innovative

    The entire concept of private business, or even individual citizens, policing the activities and services offered to others is a dangerous precedent, and ripe for abuse. A local feed store was prosecuted for selling a raw material for meth, a material that also had other legal uses. The business was convicted for not verifying the material was being used for a legal purpose.

    Does Home Depot or Lowes now have to verify any purchase will be used for a legal purpose? Or must every car dealer, or even a private seller, verify that a car being purchased will be used only for a legal purpose? I sell communications equipment that, so far as I know, is used for legal purposes, but what if some of that equipment is somehow diverted and used to support an illegal enterprise? Should I be responsible? Expecting businesses and individuals to be cops is a dangerous precedent. As with FedeX, I will cooperate with the cops, but I have no intention of taking on responsibilities that rightly belong to the cops.

    As others have suggested, the word corruption comes to mind when considering some of the areas where government is now sticking their nose. And what else would we expect out of Chicago, either directly or indirectly?

  • Sharp Changes in Altitude and Course After Jet Lost Contact

    03/14/2014 9:45:07 PM PDT · 70 of 85
    RLM to BuckeyeTexan

    It seems to me that there is a lot of discussion about the altitude variation of the missing 777 without any verification of how the Malaysian military made that determination. A land based radar would only get primary returns over the ocean out to about 250 miles (maybe) but the radar would only show position, not altitude. Altitude is reported via the transponder, which was supposedly turned off. So how did the military determine the aircraft altitude? A ship based radar might have some chance of estimating altitude from a position near the aircraft, but even that’s doubtful. So, how credible is the assertion of the Malaysian military absent any qualifying information?
    If I’m off base on this, someone please set me straight.

  • Obamacare Whac-A-Mole

    12/27/2013 8:08:56 AM PST · 13 of 18
    RLM to Kaslin

    Ms. Charen’s words are more of an indictment of the Congress, and more specifically the Republican members of the Congress, than the president.

  • Shocking dashcam video shows the moment two cops open fire on

    11/17/2013 12:40:09 PM PST · 65 of 98
    RLM to moonshinner_09

    We can debate if the assisting 2nd cop acted rationally. From my observation the entire incident was provoked by a belligerent mother, and later escalated by the 14 year old kid that assaulted the cop while the cop was trying to restrain and arrest the mother. The 2nd cop to arrive evidently knew he was responding to a call for assistance, and upon arrival observes the mother and kid fighting with the cop. At this point I think it’s fair to assume the 2nd cop had no idea what was going on, except for what he observed upon arrival, specifically the woman and kid fighting with the 1st cop. There is no reason to believe the 2nd copy even knew there were kids in the van.

    The 2nd cop shooting at the van is a subject for discussion and possible action, partially depending on what he observed upon arrival, or may have known as he responded to the call for backup. I did not see anything that the 1st cop did wrong.

    The belligerent woman did just about everything possible to provoke and escalate the incident, and junior further excalated the incident when he jumped in the fray. As a minimum the woman should be booked and prosecuted for failure to yield, child endangerment and for resisting arrest, on top of a speeding ticket. The kid should be arrested and prosecuted for assault on a police officer.

    There is nothing shocking about the story. The video clearly shows what happens when you fail to yield to an order by a cop. If the cop is wrong, you can deal with the matter later, rather than the heat of the moment alongside a highway.

  • Solar Industry Takes on Crony Capitalism in Arizona

    11/04/2013 3:55:48 PM PST · 17 of 18
    RLM to SeeSharp

    You make a valid point however I’m not sure if I’m after the free lunch or the French fries. The fact is, my solar installation was a result of government intervention in the first place. Had it not been for the tiered rate structure, along with the utility and government telling me how much energy to which I’m entitled, the economics, and the financial sanctions for being bad, my project would have penciled out much differently. I don’t make the rules, but I try to make them work for me when I can, thanks to meddling bureaucrats and legislators that are intent on perverting the marketplace.
    Without taking any credits, the payback (breakeven point) is just under 5 years, at current rates. Afterwards I decided to take the federal tax credit which lowered the payback to 3.5 years. Of course I appreciate that the federal government continues to borrowing money from China, along with tapping the taxpayer, to subsidize my solar installation. At least mine works, which is more than can be said for the large projects funded by the feds.

  • Solar Industry Takes on Crony Capitalism in Arizona

    11/04/2013 7:48:08 AM PST · 7 of 18
    RLM to Kaslin

    Net Metering, as setup in California, allows homeowners to bank excess production during peak sunlight period of the day. This is done on a kilowatt per kilowatt basis. Both the utility and the homeowner benefit, to a point, since the excess production is typically during the period of peak demand, or slightly after. Any excess production is compensated at the wholesale rate, probably 2 to 4 cents per kwh, but not sure about that. Obviously this was setup by legislators to encourage more solar, and to reduce the need for generated power. Whether this is sustainable for the utilities long-term is debatable, especially since the utilities must have a reserve production capability to offset cloudy days when solar production is significantly reduced. Same problem applies to wind power.
    I have solar power with Net Metering, a system that I installed personally, not for any altruistic reason, but for simple economics. The utilities in CA have a tiered rate structure where they decide how much you will pay for each kilowatt depending on the tier, starting at about `13 cents/kwh rising to 32 cents/kwh if you’re a bad consumer and reach tier 5, as I do. I adamantly oppose this, admittedly for selfish reasons, because I work at home, and during the summer that would be impossible absent A/C, which I’ve upgraded to achieve greater efficiency. I also have computer servers that run 24/7. My electric bill always exceeded $500/mo during the summer. I just received my annual adjustment bill and paid about $10 since I slightly under produced what I estimated I needed for the year.
    I calculated my solar production capacity to annually match consumption, or slightly over produce, using that objective to evaluate return on investment, although I missed the mark by a few kilowatts and was charged $10 for the year.
    In my narrow minded way of thinking, each kilowatt should be priced the same, just like most other commodities, such as gasoline, at the same rate for all residential and commercial users.
    Good or bad, now is not the time to change the rules, in AZ , CA or any other state, at least not for existing systems where owners made the investment based on existing rules.

  • Gov. Walker Ignores Washington Order to Close Parks

    10/04/2013 3:35:27 PM PDT · 19 of 41
    RLM to Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America

    The shutdown is nothing more than a vindictive act by a Chicago thug that’s mad because he can’t have his way.
    And, I agree, all Federal lands and parks, excluding military bases, should revert back to the respective states, shutting down for good the NPS, USFS, and BLM, followed by a furlough of all federal workers and bureaucrats within these agencies.

  • Dozens of pro-Dorner protesters rally at LAPD HQ

    02/16/2013 10:41:57 PM PST · 13 of 89
    RLM to Morgana

    There is no question that Dorner snapped and went off the deep end. His actions during the ten days demonstrated he had a hatred for cops, but compassion for civilians not connected to law enforcement.
    The incident begs for a review of what really happened that caused LAPD to take away his livelihood and future. Was the incident involving the training officer part of a pattern, or a one-time he said, she said, event.
    Cops protect their own and their favored officers. A fair and impartial review of all involved is the only thing that will put this unfortunate incident to rest, along with appropriate action if Dorner was indeed treated unfairly. If, in fact, the assertions in Dorner’s manifesto are even partially true, there is no way he could appeal outside the police department to get a fair and impartial review, short of the extreme measures of which we’re all now familiar.

  • How to use biodiesel efficiently: Don't unload it.

    12/30/2012 8:28:26 AM PST · 1 of 11
    RLM
  • Ocotillo Wind Project - 90 Wind Turbines, Not one wind turbine is moving.

    12/19/2012 8:45:06 PM PST · 15 of 32
    RLM to Names Ash Housewares

    Not a problem. All they have to do is convert the wind ‘generators’ to wind ‘motors’ then power em’ up and make wind for another nearby wind farm.

  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 11:07:49 AM PST · 24 of 28
    RLM to RightField

    The school funding fiasco gets even better. In the school district near where I live, the district now has two relatively new schools that are totally unoccupied due to changing demographics and a declining K-8 enrollment in the immediate area served by the schools. But no problem for school administrators as they are now building still another school across town, which in all probability, will have a declining enrollment as demographics change. And, the local citizens voted themselves still another bond obligation for regular maintenance and technology upgrades that won’t do a thing toward enhancing student achievement and allows the use of bond money for routine maintenance.
    Unfortunately most young parent voters are clueless and uninformed, and like most parents, are more focused on the basics of life such as paying bills, or keeping and finding job, to be involved in local school politics. So, in the “anything for the kids mentality”, they vote to give the schools more money even before finding out if they’re getting good value for the money they already give to the schools. The fact is, they are not.
    Then no one considers that school buildings are probably one of the most poorly used public resources, often only being used for education only 6 or 7 hours per day. A typical high school begins school around 8 am, and discharges the students about 2:30 or 3 pm. How much creativity would it take to adjust schedules to use the school classroom assets from say 7 am to 6 or 7 pm. Perhaps such a schedule is not quite as convenient, but certainly a better alternative to going into serious debt. Naturally the teachers unions would whine, but who cares since they would probably still have classroom time of less than 5 or 6 hours per day. Then beyond that, the same assets could be used 12 months per year instead of the typical 8 or 9 months.

  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 11:04:05 AM PST · 23 of 28
    RLM to RightField

    The school funding fiasco gets even better. In the school district near where I live, the district now has two relatively new schools that are totally unoccupied due to changing demographics and a declining K-8 enrollment in the immediate area served by the schools. But no problem for school administrators as they are now building still another school across town, which in all probability, will have a declining enrollment as demographics change. And, the local citizens voted themselves still another bond obligation for regular maintenance and technology upgrades that won’t do a thing toward enhancing student achievement and allows the use of bond money for routine maintenance.
    Unfortunately most young parent voters are clueless and uninformed, and like most parents, are more focused on the basics of life such as paying bills, or keeping and finding job, to be involved in local school politics. So, in the “anything for the kids mentality”, they vote to give the schools more money even before finding out if they’re getting good value for the money they already give to the schools. The fact is, they are not.
    Then no one considers that school buildings are probably one of the most poorly used public resources, often only being used for education only 6 or 7 hours per day. A typical high school begins school around 8 am, and discharges the students about 2:30 or 3 pm. How much creativity would it take to adjust schedules to use the school classroom assets from say 7 am to 6 or 7 pm. Perhaps such a schedule is not quite as convenient, but certainly a better alternative to going into serious debt. Naturally the teachers unions would whine, but who cares since they would probably still have classroom time of less than 5 or 6 hours per day. Then beyond that, the same assets could be used 12 months per year instead of the typical 8 or 9 months.

  • School District Owes $1 Billion On $100 Million Loan

    12/09/2012 8:43:11 AM PST · 1 of 28
    RLM
    No surprises here. If you’ve ever had business dealings with school districts, you quickly learn that school administrators are not the brightest lights on the string. Most have been promoted from teaching positions in a K-12 classroom where they gained most of their business experience, and it shows. Board members typically don’t have any business experience either, and many are also school teachers or administrators. When we were actively involved in school construction 15 to 20 years ago, a very nice elementary school would typically cost $7 million. Now the cost for a similar size school costs three or four times that amount. There is no logic to what they do. One of the later schools where we shared in the construction even has a glassed-in elevator in a small atrium, something like a high end hotel. That school cost somewhere around $30 million. Clearly the cost of K-12 school has far outpaced the rate of inflation, partly attributable to state regulations, and partly attributable to school boards and administrators that lack basic business sense.
  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    12/09/2012 8:16:20 AM PST · 22 of 22
    RLM to PLMerite

    Your correct it does take some massive batteries if solar power is the only source of electrical energy. And I’ve done exactly that in the case of some remote communications site installations. Perhaps I failed to explain that I bank the power as CREDIT with the utility. IOW, any energy I produce in excess of my demand, is credited through a procedure called Net Metering, and reconcilled annually. So I basically bank the excess generated power on the utility books as credit toward consumption. With regard to batteries, Google communications batteries, for battery types and sizes. I’m not currently trying to run my house on backup batteries.

  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 1:15:26 PM PST · 16 of 22
    RLM to BobL; MV=PY

    You’re correct about the grid-tied system going down when the utility power goes off. A system capable of generating A/C during a utility outage is an order of magnitude more complicated to avoid back feeding the grid. The current system is simply to avoid the higher tier penalty for using too much power. And, MV=PY is correct that the grid-tied system uses the grid to maintain phase, and absent any A/C from the grid, a grid-tied system must shut down. Since I have considerable land around my home, and a motorhome parked on the property, I could easily divert the output from the solar panels to sustain batteries and the A/C power in the motorhome indefinitely, by way on the on-board inverter. In fact, the motorhome is parked adjacent to the solar panel array so it would only take a few minutes to make the connection.

  • Solar power plants burden the counties that host them

    11/25/2012 11:13:45 AM PST · 10 of 22
    RLM to I want the USA back

    Solar power is not necessarily cost effective only with subsidies. Sometimes other factors cause solar to be cost effective. I installed a 5 kw solar system for my home, which is also my office. Southern California Edison has a perverted tiered rate structure where they decide how much power my residence should use, and if I exceed their allotment for a residence, I’m penalized with a much higher cost per kwh as I reach higher tiers. This socially, or politically, correct tiered structure is averaged notwithstanding my neighbor might not be home all day, thus having a lower demand, whereas I work from home and have servers and other equipment, including A/C, that far exceeds my neighbors demand. My Tier 1 rate is 13 cents/kwh, increasing to 33 cents/kwh in Tier 5. I consistently reached the Tier 5 rate. With the solar system, I barely squeak into Tier 1, and during the winter I bank a couple of kwh per day for cloudy days, or summer use. By installing the system myself, and switching to Net Metering, the payback on the investment is 3 years at the current electric rates. And, I can easily add capacity as needed. The relatively low cost of solar panels, plus performing the labor myself, resulted in a very appealing payback.
    The payback doesn’t include any subsidy, which I haven’t even applied for, nor any tax credits. However, I will take the tax credit since I feel it’s my duty as a good citizen to get as much of my tax money back as possible since the government just wastes most of the money anyway.

  • Lets go over the fiscal cliff! (vanity)

    11/24/2012 12:19:17 PM PST · 11 of 13
    RLM to impimp

    Over and over we hear from the congress and president that we need to get our national financial affairs in balance. Ironically we hear this admonition from the same group of people that got us into the financial mess in the first place. It’s clear that what’s lacking in the congress and administration is the incentive to do the right thing, and reduce spending. Increased revenue is not the answer.
    Therefore, I’ve urged my congressman to provide the required incentive for the congress and administration to do the job they’re elected and paid to do. True, doing the right thing will be painful on the short term, but the longer we wait, the greater the pain. The collective body of corrupt and inept legislators have consistently failed to get spending under control. Hence, the need for an incentive.
    The incentive is simple. The congress and administration adopt a truly “balanced” no gimmicks budget by the end of the 1st quarter of 2013, OR the entire body of congressmen and the president are tarred and feathered in the public square April 1, 2013. The fact is, there will be little effect on government in the absence of the tarred and feathered legislators, since the odds consistently favor the congress doing the wrong thing rather than the right whenever they’re in session.
    Since the tarred and feathered legislators will no longer serve, we can start over with a new crop, and with a similar incentive.

  • LIPA customers who spent weeks without power due to Sandy get zapped with normal electric bills

    11/24/2012 11:40:04 AM PST · 16 of 96
    RLM to Dallas59

    Long Island Power Authority is a government entity with a Board of Trustees appointed by various elected officials. The Authority is basically another government bureaucracy. The question is why anyone would expect more accountability or intelligence than any other government run entity.

  • Mostly evil but not stupid

    06/23/2012 1:13:04 PM PDT · 21 of 24
    RLM to Bryanw92

    Is it not ironic that again a politician, in this case the POTUS, can only see a solution where citizens borrow more money. Far be it from the POTUS to look at the broader picture and ask why tuition rates have increased twice as fast as the rate of inflation over the past three decades. Is it possible the government itself has created another bubble by guaranteeing college loans, making them available to virtually anyone for any kind of degree? So the colleges being smart business people simply increase the tuition costs since they know the government will provide loans to the students, regardless of the value of the degree.
    But the narrow minded POTUS makes an issue of a 1 or 2 point change in the interest when the more salient issue is the inflated cost of tuition. And he asks no questions as to the value of the non-science degrees in the job market.

  • Rodney King Dead

    06/17/2012 9:51:56 AM PDT · 106 of 150
    RLM to a real Sheila

    Rodney King drowns for an unknown reason, but the media uses the occasion to regurgitate the infamous beating of 20 years ago. Unfortunately, the media, and young people learn nothing from the way the media portrays the event. All we see are the cops beating up King, but we’re not given any background to know why. The fact is, King provoked the entire sordid affair by failing to yield to a cop in the first place. Instead, he caused a pursuit that ended badly for him, and others. I don’t particularly care for cops, but they don’t start beating on everyone they stop for a traffic violation.
    The media does nothing to tell young people how to stop a minor incident from escalating in the first place, or for that matter what King did to provoke the incident. Cops don’t want to be beat up, and they don’t want to die, so any aggressive act by a citizen could quickly result in a more aggressive response by the cop, or cops. Instead, I watched some idiot on TV lamenting how the beating affected King for life, as though he was innocent before the beating. Even in the video, it was clear King was not submissive, but still trying to get up. Perhaps the cops were to aggressive or violent in their response, but the fact remains, King created the problem by his own actions.

  • The Farm Bill and Broadband Access

    06/14/2012 8:22:21 AM PDT · 5 of 13
    RLM to 92nina

    Yet another cause that the incompetent government should avoid. Since the subsidy ostensibly benefits rural households, or if amended areas where 25% of the households are un-served, the objective falls flat right at the outset. For households, satellite is always an option, so if 25%, or even 100% of the households are un-served, it’s by choice. I live 8 miles from town, and half that distance from the nearest broadband facilities, yet I have 9 Mbps two-way bandwidth, and for little cost. And, I’ve achieved that with an investment lf less than $500. My connection works so well that I now work from my office at home, enjoying the same capability as is available in the office for both voice and data communications. I even provide a 1.5 Mbps broadband connection to some of my neighbors, without charge. I’ve used the same equipment for a 30 mile link when camping, and a colleague and I have a 90 mile link with 1 Mbps bandwidth.
    In turn my neighbors contribute to the cost of maintaining our common road that I maintain with my 1946 Ford tractor. The 60+ year old tractor still runs like new, also with any help from the government.
    The 1st point is, the inefficient government agencies and their fraud plagued programs are not needed. Americans, if left alone, can see to their needs, as has been the case for the past two centuries. The 2nd point is anyone can have the bandwidth I enjoy with a little creativity and a relatively small investment although I have little doubt the government could do the same at only 100 or 1000 times the cost.

  • Brown tax plan looks very shaky

    06/13/2012 5:17:02 AM PDT · 12 of 14
    RLM to SmithL

    Our consistently irresponsible legislature needs to pass a budget to avoid having their pay forfeited. Unfortunately, the same law does not require they pass a legitimately balanced budget. So, in addition to the pay forfeiture for the lack of a budget, why not forfeit all their pay, benefits and stipends for the remainder of the fiscal year if the state budget is not in balance midway through the fiscal year? The same should apply to the governor.

  • Electricity bills set to rise to pay for wind farm subsidies

    05/20/2012 8:53:16 AM PDT · 15 of 16
    RLM to DeaconBenjamin

    I elected to install PV solar panels to offset my outrageously high So Cal Edison (SCE)electric bill. I work at home, and since my wife is handicapped, she is home during the day. Consequently, the cost of cooling in the desert is very high given the socially motivated tiered pricing structure used by SCE. Plus, I use computers in my work, some of which support off-site activity and run 24/7. My SCE bill ranges from $200/mo in winter to as high as $600/mo for the other seasons. The rate starts at $0.13/kwh and quickly rises to $0.30/kwh.
    I evaluated the ROI for a solar system after obtaining quotes from a couple of solar installers. A system to offset my usage was quoted at about $40,000, or about $25,000 out of pocket after incentives and credits. Although marginally cost effective, over 10 years, I was not motivated to move forward.
    I checked the cost of solar panels and found the price had dropped to about $1.23/watt, and more recently to $0.99/watt. I found I could purchase the panels, mounts and a direct-to-line inverter for about $8,000, and do the relatively easily installation at no cost by doing the work myself. I didn’t even apply for any of the incentives. Since I live on more than an acre, in a very rural area, space and trees were no problem.
    To connect the system, SCE required a signed off building permit. The L.A. County Building and Safety Department required a Planning Department Permit. The Planning Department permit cost $463 for a five minute review to state there was no problem. The Building and Safety Permit cost another $391. Don’t you just love those regulators that charge big bucks for doing virtually nothing useful, even when the applicant is contributing to the green energy objective. I suppose they want some front-end recovery from the revenue loss imposed by the 10% utility tax.
    I’ll admit that I’m no greenie and I evaluated the project based entirely from a financial perspective. The favorable ROI was only achievable due to the perverted rate structure imposed to encourage us to use less energy.
    I personally abhor the socially inspired rate structures we now have for water and electricity. So far as I’m concerned, the 1st kilowatt should cost the same 800th kilowatt, since the cost to produce either is the same. I hate to use gasoline as a model, but my 1st gallon of gasoline costs the same as the 100th gallon in any given month. I’m not making a case that either the first or last gallon is priced fairly, but the cost is at least the same. Electricity should be priced the same way for small residential users to large corporations.

  • DOE’s Vehicle Fleet Roughly The Size of Its 15,000+ Staff

    04/18/2012 9:44:10 PM PDT · 9 of 17
    RLM to volunbeer

    If the GSA needs to buy the vehicles as pork, I think they should send me one for my use. I promise not to drive the vehicle except when I’m working for the government, which is about half the year at current tax rates.

  • New Jersey middle school bans hugging

    03/23/2012 8:06:13 AM PDT · 13 of 15
    RLM to LoneRangerMassachusetts

    A few months ago I was at a Christmas party at my daughter’s home. At woman arrived that I’ve never met before and proceeded to give me a hug. I was surprised, but she was even more surprised when I told her I only hug close relatives, and anyone I’m sleeping with, then asked her in which category she fell. Her mouth fell open for the lack of an answer.
    BTW, I also attended school in the 50’s

  • Hollywood shooting: Witness captures dramatic video of gunman (Killed by LAPD)

    12/09/2011 9:52:29 PM PST · 25 of 55
    RLM to BunnySlippers

    The incident took place only two short blocks east of the LAPD Hollywood Station which explains the fast response time.

  • Major PG&E gas line ruptures during test (blow'd a crater in alfalfa field near town of Weedpatch)

    10/24/2011 10:31:09 PM PDT · 37 of 49
    RLM to JRandomFreeper

    Weedpatch, and Pumpkin Center, are a few miles south of Bakersfield, CA.

  • White House eliminates insurance program for long-term care

    10/15/2011 9:18:14 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    RLM to TruthHound

    TruthHound make a valid point. Either we have a congressionally enacted law or we don’t. Since when does the administration decide what part of a law to enforce, or what to overlook. Oh, my error, he’s been doing that all along anyway with other laws.

  • Train driver suspended after being snapped reading the paper as he sped out of tunnel at 60mph

    07/25/2011 9:09:01 AM PDT · 11 of 18
    RLM to SanFranDan

    No problem. He’ll be reinstated when they realize he was only reading the instruction manual on how to operate the train.

  • Lawmakers Renew Push to Reach Deal on Cutting Deficit (Boehner: Deal in Place To Cut $3-4 Trillion)

    07/23/2011 4:03:24 PM PDT · 23 of 42
    RLM to stockpirate

    So long as we’re going to live in a fantasy land and accept a deal where $4 trillion is cut over 10 years, why not expand the fantasy to accept a 10-year plan to eliminate the deficit by the entire amount. That the present congress will do anything serious is in itself a fantasy.
    If, in fact, they we’re serious, we would start the 10-year cuts in 2012, not sometime in the future.
    Unfortunately, we’re in such deep crap, there’s no way to pay off the debt unless the government raises the tax to 100%. To pay down at the debt at the present tax rates in 10-years, we would have to reduce federal spending by $1.4 trillion per year. After including the interest, we would, with present revenue, have to reduce the federal government by 75% to meet the objective. Perhaps a 75% reduction in federal spending would be a good thing.

  • Mitch McConnell: $4T Deficit-Reduction Deal Likely Off the Table

    07/10/2011 8:02:56 AM PDT · 30 of 49
    RLM to Principled

    You’re absolutely correct. All deals should be in the same time frame. A 10-year plan is nothing more than a wimpy way to kick the can down the road, and essentially continue doing business as usual. It’s amazing the Republicans, and Boehner specifically, are dumb enough to buy into that kind of plan. To be honest with the American people, and to show some real balls, we should reflect the debt increase, the spending reductions, and the entitlement deficits, in the 2011/2012 budget. Anything else is patently dishonest. A 10-year plan is no plan at all. And, an honest budget for 2011/2012 forces Obama to make some real decisions, a concept a concept as foreign to him as his roots.

  • Obama To Unveil Troop Drawdown In Afghanistan (NPR Admits only 1/3 of troops coming home)

    06/22/2011 4:11:42 PM PDT · 6 of 10
    RLM to Recovering_Democrat

    In all the wars since WWII, we have failed to clearly define an objective that, when accomplished, can be considered a win. We have the best military that can defeat any enemy, but our military make poor policemen after we achieve the initial objective. Assuming the objective in Afghanistan was, (or is) to defeat the Taliban, or essentially render them harmless, let’s do that. Give the military the manpower and tools to do the job, then when completed, come home. The decade long wars never end well for the U.S. simply because we failed to define the objective that, when accomplished, is a win.
    Time and experience have proven that we can’t change a culture, or even make a democracy out of a theocracy, and over the long run we will loose if we try. The minute we leave a country, they will eventually revert back to their old ways. So, why not kick some butts to neutralize a threat if we must, then bail out and come home with a win.
    Obama hasn’t defined the objective for Afghanistan that, when completed, is a win and the signal for our troops to pack up and come home. Creating a democracy in Afghanistan is a loosing proposition.

  • (CA) Controller Chiang halts pay for lawmakers

    06/21/2011 2:15:38 PM PDT · 13 of 13
    RLM to Deo volente

    Maybe the legislature can allocate a few bucks out of the education budget to establish a training program in basic arithmetic and accounting for legislators. Perhaps with the extra training and a cheap calculator they can balance the budget.

    Will the legislators be paid retroactively once a budget is passed? They shouldn’t be.

  • Queen Declines to Bail Out Bam

    05/25/2011 5:09:49 PM PDT · 65 of 108
    RLM to WesternPacific

    Go easy on our president since he can’t help himself. Whenever he’s in front of a camera he’s compelled to be flapping his jaws.

  • The Wisconsin Witch Hunt Goes National

    04/29/2011 1:50:35 PM PDT · 52 of 56
    RLM to Kaslin

    I support the idea of buying products with the union stickers. Unfortunately, the unions may not have time to put stickers on all the products, thus complicating my buying decision. I think a better idea is for the Angel Soft, Johnsonville, and the others to label the products right out of the factory with something that reads, “NOT UNION MADE” or “PRODUCT BOYCOTTED BY UNION”. These labels will help us spot the products we should buy very quickly.

  • Success of Quincy line holds hope for Iowa City rail service

    04/18/2011 1:38:23 PM PDT · 14 of 22
    RLM to Buckeye McFrog

    Maybe Amtrak can run some steam engines on this new route for a more nostalgic wild west experience.

  • President Obama Blames YOU for High Gas Prioes

    04/10/2011 4:58:41 PM PDT · 67 of 87
    RLM to T.L.Sink

    Unfortunately the Republicans have said little about the rapidly increasing cost of fuel, and the secondary financial consequences. Republicans, democrats, and independents, alike are angry over the increased fuel cost, along with the constant reminder that the unrest in the Middle East is the cause. Only a few extreme environmentalists, and Obama, that want us back in the dark ages see the increased fuel cost as a good thing. Obama offends us further by underwriting the cost of developing Brazilian off-shore oil, but denies us the same benefit. But the Republicans fail to make a case for increasing domestic oil production, in all its’ forms, while simultaneously developing energy alternatives. Obama seemingly wants to bring down our economy, then go in debt to China to expand our alternative energy, and to expand his social agenda. Ironically even the solar panels so widely used for solar electricity production here in the Mojave Desert are manufactured in China. Would it not be better to develop alternatives in a robust economy, than in a depressed economy using borrowed money? There are as many, if not more, jobs to be created in oil exploration and production than green energy, at least for now, and the federal government needs to do little more than get out of the way.
    Why are the Republicans not using this as a plank for their 2012 platform? The anger over high gasoline prices crosses over all political boundaries.

  • Gov't shutdown could hit federal workers in wallet

    04/08/2011 10:49:41 AM PDT · 16 of 22
    RLM to seanmerc

    Since when is hypocrisy a new thing is Washington? That being said, the government workers should absolutely NOT be paid if not working. Do we call this a paid vacation and, if so, they should be pushing for a shut down and vacation. Where is it written that government workers are a protected class? As with the private sector the rule should be; no work, then no pay. And, I agree that neither the president, or the congress, should be paid for any period during the government fiscal year that a budget is not in place, with no retroactive pay. We send them there to do a job, if they don’t do the job, then no pay.

  • Bachmann wants 'clean' bill to fund government for one week [drop the riders]

    04/08/2011 10:24:47 AM PDT · 40 of 52
    RLM to Hawk720

    Assuming the pay for active military is at risk, then I agree that the pay for our active servicemen and women should be a priority. On a conference call with my congressman last night he didn’t suggest nor imply that the military pay was not at risk, as some have suggested. I don’t know where the truth lies on this issue.
    But, assuming the pay is at risk, then the Republicans should have sent a clean bill forward without the abortion overhead which is sure to give the dems reason to squash the bill with some political cover. And, I’m not pro-abortion.
    The Republicans should exclude military funding for the executive transportation unit of the respective military branches, effectively grounding Air Force One and Marine One, although I’m not sure how, or if, this could be done. Obama should keep his butt in the Whitehouse until a budget is adopted and, frankly, I’m offended that he’s jet setting all over the world and taking vacations while telling everyone else we should tighten our belts.
    Finally, the Republicans should move back to the measly $61 billion proposed reduction, then up the amount by $10 billion for every week that passes without a budget.

  • Federal Workers Union Sues White House Over Possible Government Shutdown

    04/05/2011 6:45:10 PM PDT · 9 of 48
    RLM to FlingWingFlyer

    So the government workers will be hurt financially. Obviously that’s the main union concern, not the delivery of services to citizens.
    I certainly don’t feel sorry for government workers that feel financial hardship since nearly all of us non-government works have experienced financial hardship for over two years. Where is it written that government workers are a protected class?

  • New compromise to avert government shutdown: $40B in cuts (Not even in the ball park)

    04/05/2011 3:19:27 PM PDT · 14 of 22
    RLM to tobyhill

    The fact is, Boehner should keep moving the goal post. Every week that goes by without agreement from the democrats, Boehner should move the $60 billion goal post out another $10 billion. Even that won’t keep up with the spending, but it will send a strong message.

  • Gov. Jerry Brown approves $11.2 billion in cuts

    03/25/2011 8:28:06 AM PDT · 19 of 20
    RLM to Nachum; Names Ash Housewares; tcrlaf; 4rcane

    Pain my a$$! Moonbeam Brown is the worst kind of pandering and corrupt politician! Brown is in Sacramento to represent state workers, and himself, and has no interest in taxpayers or truly indigent citizens, except to the extent the indigent can advance his personal agenda, and that of the workers he represents. The fact is, some of the handout programs should be eliminated as already mentioned. But, as Names Ash Housewares mentioned, he’s overlooking the 600 pound gorilla in the room. To deal with the gorilla, as he should, he would feel real pain, and he doesn’t have the moral fortitude, nor is he man enough, to do it.

    The gorilla that’s breaking the state budget is the state employee’s salaries, benefits, and retirement. While I won’t attempt to address the merits of the various programs being reduced, Brown reduces welfare grants by 8%, and parents get kicked off the roles in 4 years, instead of 5, a 20% reduction.

    A close cousin of the gorilla is the cost to sustain illegal aliens in prisons, for schools, and for medical services. It will be a cold day in hell before he addresses that problem. Better to kick the butts of older and indigent citizens.

    Instead of acting like a true executive, he uses the politically ploy of rolling out the symbolic wheelchairs, to swing the bleeding hearts to support his desired tax increases. The fact is, if you read between the lines, Brown told us during his campaign that he intended to use tax increases to balance the budget when he said there would be no tax increases without the approval of the voters. He was counting on enough public workers, and people on the dole, but I repeat myself, to carry a vote for tax increases.

    Getting back to the gorilla, there’s not one suggestion of getting the cost of state salaries and benefits under control. He points out services for the poor and the sick will be reduced, but being the wimp that he is, there’s not one mention of any pain by state workers. I submit that the budget for every state department and agency could be reduced by 20% without any reduction in services, and I include school in that assertion. In fact, Brown should put the burden on the respective agencies to find the savings, without reducing services, and he should make it clear that any agency head that can’t do it will be replaced with someone who can. Obviously some pay or employee reductions would be needed to achieve the objective.

    Any tax increase will not even come close to closing the budget gap without getting the spending and expenses under control.

  • A test to solar energy projects, on environmental grounds

    02/27/2011 11:26:22 AM PST · 18 of 29
    RLM to artichokegrower

    I live on the Mojave Desert and I have plenty of Mojave Ground squirls on my property, or at least some first cousins. If they run out of squirls at the solar site, they can have all of mine. So far as I’m concerned, they’re a pest.

  • Teachers’ Union Chief: Wis. Gov ‘Wants to Take Away People’s Voice’

    02/23/2011 11:54:18 AM PST · 14 of 28
    RLM to Baladas

    The governor has my full support. And, the state should no longer take union dues from government worker pay. Right to work laws should be established, and for those workers that want to join a union, they simply send a check. Finally, for all future wage and benefit negotiations, the workers representative sits on one side of the table, and a taxpayer businessman represents the state, not a state employee. Then the negotiated agreement can go to the legislature and governor for final adoption. What a concept, the taxpayers actually being represented by someone that pays the government workers.

  • Local Gas Prices Impacted By Libyan Unrest ($4 gas in San Diego, Thanks Obama!)

    02/21/2011 6:57:52 PM PST · 17 of 28
    RLM to SunkenCiv

    When the gas prices first approached $1.00/gal many stations became concerned since their pumps would not go past 99.9. For awhile some stations set the pumps for half price, then manually doubled the price at the time of sale.

  • Emanuel to appeal ruling on Chicago mayor's race

    01/24/2011 12:30:43 PM PST · 43 of 47
    RLM to Free ThinkerNY

    Why a 2:1 decision at the appellate level? Is the law written so poorly that three astute judges can’t agree as to what the law actually says? Or, are the three judges so inept that they can’t read a simple law and all agree as to the meaning and intent of the law? Or is at least one judge so corrupt that he’ll read whatever he wants into the law.

  • Former Judge to AZ Sheriff: ‘Shut Up Before You Do Any More Damage to the Prosecution’s Case’

    01/13/2011 1:15:52 PM PST · 60 of 82
    RLM to SeanG200

    The sheriff’s job is to investigate and, if appropriate, help build a case for the prosecution. It’s not his job to shoot off his stupid mouth just to gain national attention. But now that he has, the entire country knows how totally stupid the sheriff really is.

  • Lawmakers: Time to cool the political fury (Tone it down on immigration, taxes, health-care)

    01/09/2011 11:09:34 AM PST · 32 of 65
    RLM to dragnet2

    First of all, my heart and prayers go out to all those affected by the tragic event. Aside from the senseless act itself, the truly disgusting part of the whole sordid affair is the irresponsible comments by many politicians and media. Before even knowing the motive of the perpetrator, if not simply insanity, the first idiot was Sheriff Clarence Dupnik of Pima County who attributed the event to “that highly polarized rhetoric in the conservative hotbed state,” while not even knowing the motivation of the perpetrator. Aside from an asinine and premature statement, for which a sheriff should know better, the citizen level polarization may be the result of political activity, or inactivity, but the polarization starts with the citizens affected by issues allowed to grow and fester at the political level. What most democratic politicians mean is that the conservative population should roll over and play nice with those that have invaded our country, and continue to bleed our public coffers; and accept a health plan that has been crammed down our throats. God only knows how the liberals will spin the tragic event to achieve otherwise unattainable political objectives. How does the shooting of a 9 year old advance a political objective? It doesn’t and only verifies the insanity of the act.
    That being said, I truly wish a speedy recovery to the Congresswoman, and others victims of this senseless crime, and may God grant comfort to those that lost loved ones.

  • Countdown to Default: US Seen Hitting Debt Limit in March or April

    01/06/2011 7:32:36 AM PST · 4 of 5
    RLM to GeronL

    And, defund departments with a proven track record of being worthless. The Departments of Energy and Education come to mind. And make every department defend their past record and current budget. Raising the debt limit now only delays an inevitable adjustment later.

  • America's coming collapse

    01/04/2011 4:58:46 AM PST · 28 of 49
    RLM to Scanian

    Even better, reduce the debt limit by 1.4 trillion each year for the next ten years. Yes, this will be painful (for the vote buying politicians) but it will become more painful for all of us the longer we wait. And there will be pain for those receiving the government largesse. Still it must be done and there are many places to start. Dumping the Departments of Education and Energy would be a nice start, but only a small beginning. Scaling back or eliminating the EPA would also help. And, while we don’t want to devastate our military, they should be held more accountable for their spending. Eliminating all pork would help along with the downsizing of runaway entitlements.