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  • Obama's Political Bank Run

    09/30/2016 10:20:50 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 30, 2016 | Wall Street Journal Editorial
    The government threat to Deutsche Bank’s safety and soundness began on Sept. 15. That’s when the Journal reported that Justice was demanding an eye-watering $14 billion to resolve an investigation of the bank’s sale of mortgage-backed securities prior to the 2008 financial panic. Deutsche Bank then had to acknowledge the size of this government stick-up as its stock price proceeded to drop more than 20% in a fortnight. The lack of exuberance among investors was entirely rational. Washington’s proposed withdrawal represented most of the bank’s market capitalization.
  • Are Baby Boomers Turning Out to be the Worst Generation?

    09/04/2016 9:59:28 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 28 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 4, 2016 | Joel Kotkin
    I have seen the best minds of my generation, to steal a phrase from the late Allen Ginsberg, driven to heights of self-absorption, advocating policies that assure the failure of the next. Nothing so suggests the failure of my generation — the boomers — than its two representatives running for president. What Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reflect are two sides of the same nasty boomer coin. On one side, there are aging boomers embracing Trump, an icon of materialistic obsession and a lack of concern for “losers.” On the other is a control-freak determination to tell everyone how to...
  • Andrew Jackson, Revanant

    01/20/2016 2:32:52 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 17 replies
    The American Interest dot com ^ | January 17, 2016 | Walter Russell Mead
    It is Jacksonians who, as I wrote in Special Providence back in 2001, see the Second Amendment as the foundation of and security for American freedom. It is Jacksonians who most resent illegal immigration, don’t want to subsidize the urban poor, support aggressive policing and long prison sentences for violent offenders, and who are the slowest to “evolve” on issues like gay marriage and transgender rights.
  • How an Obscure Adviser to Pat Buchanan Predicted the Wild Trump Campaign in 1996"

    01/20/2016 2:17:11 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 50 replies
    The Week dot com ^ | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Imagine giving this advice to a Republican presidential candidate: What if you stopped calling yourself a conservative and instead just promised to make America great again? What if you dropped all this leftover 19th-century piety about the free market and promised to fight the elites who were selling out American jobs? What if you just stopped talking about reforming Medicare and Social Security and instead said that the elites were failing to deliver better health care at a reasonable price? What if, instead of vainly talking about restoring the place of religion in society — something that appeals only to...
  • Market Closing Prop. 13 Commercial Property Tax Gap

    01/07/2014 12:40:49 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies ^ | January 6, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Almost 36 years after it was passed by voters, controversy continues to swirl around Proposition 13, the 1978 tax limitation measure. Periodic calls to repeal or modify it, supposedly to gain more tax revenue, so far have gone nowhere. The main objection is that it’s unfair because homeowners — and especially businesses – that have held their properties for decades pay less in property tax than new property owners. Prop. 13 assesses taxes at 1 percent of value, plus a maximum of 2 percent more per year due to property value increases and inflation. Property is reassessed when it changes...
  • Solar Power No Help During California's Late Peak Winter Hours

    12/13/2013 1:20:47 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 32 replies ^ | December 13, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Solar power is popular nowadays as a “renewable,” non-polluting energy source. It helps California comply with AB32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which mandates a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gases in the state by 2020. “Even on short winter days, California is breaking solar energy records,” declared environmental writer Chris Clarke on the website of KCET, America’s largest independent public TV station, which broadcasts across Southern California. Clarke was jubilant that solar power had generated more than 2,800 megawatts of electricity just before noon on that day. There also was 1,898 megawatts of rooftop solar power generated...

    10/02/2013 12:47:23 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies ^ | October 2, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Will the national energy boom come to California? Natural gas unlocked from shale formations — “fracking” — has boosted economies across America. In just the past decade, North Dakota supplanted California as the country’s third-largest producer of oil and gas. Texas and Alaska remain the top two producers. That could change. Last month, the Democratic state legislators pushed through Senate Bill 4 after it had been amended 10 times. Gov. Jerry Brown signed it into law. Although the bill contains some environmentalist provisions, generally it should promote fracking, which would lead to California jobs creation and higher tax revenues….. ….The...
  • Will Trapped Loans Snap Richmond's Home Scheme?

    09/20/2013 9:43:07 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi ^ | September 20, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The City of Richmond’s move to seize the loans of over-mortgaged homes can continue, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer ruled this week. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the reason was because “he felt the case, brought by Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank on behalf of holders of loans on over-mortgaged homes, was not ‘ripe for determination’ since Richmond had not exercised eminent domain and might never do so.” Despite an initial win in federal court, will Richmond first have to prove that loans on over-mortgaged homes in its city are “trapped” to meet the “blight” criteria of California...
  • Nitrogen Fix Could Cancel California Fertilizer Tax

    08/24/2013 7:13:09 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 17 replies ^ | August 23, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    A natural bacterial colonization process could end the proposed regulation of agricultural nitrate and taxation of fertilizer in California. Energy costs to produce synthetic nitrogen fertilizers could also be eliminated. It could also eventually render unnecessary overkill stormwater regulations in Los Angeles County, as well as put a damper on the market for organic food products. Nitrogen Fix book coverResearchers at the University of Nottingham Center for Crop Nitrogen Fixation in Britain have announced a breakthrough that could make it unnecessary to use potentially polluting and energy intensive fertilizer to grow crops. The process occurs naturally and does not involved...
  • California's Legendary Energy Efficiency is Statistical Myth

    07/18/2013 11:41:25 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies ^ | July 16, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    By now many of you have seen the legendary chart nearby. It shows that California energy use per person has remained relatively flat, while the trend for the other states has risen significantly during the last 50 years. It has been widely touted by the State of California and environmental organizations that this trend is due to the state’s energy efficiency regulations for homes, cars and industries. This leveling off of California electricity usage since the 1970s compared to other states has received so much unquestioned academic acceptance that it was given the term “The Rosenfeld Effect” after U.C. Berkeley...

    05/28/2013 2:46:21 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies ^ | May 28, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Californians are fleeing the center of their big cities while suburbs are suffering from slow growth. If it were not for international in-migration, California’s older big cities would be suffering from population decline the same as Detroit. Texas has become the “New California” by figuring out the formula to sustain the population of its older city centers while its suburbs are booming at the same time.

    05/08/2013 9:32:28 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies ^ | May 8, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Stuart Lieberman, a real estate attorney in New Jersey, once said the following about wording in a deed that allowed construction on open space designated land: “That’s not a loophole; it’s the Lincoln Tunnel.” Lieberman made what appeared to be a loophole in a deed understandable through a concrete example. In the same way, the widely disseminated urban myth in California that there is a mysterious tax loophole in Proposition 13 for owners of commercial properties needs to be simply explained so that the public can understand that there is no such loophole. A recent news article in the May...

    05/05/2013 7:42:25 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 4, 2013 | Jason Felch and Jack Dolan
    Change of ownership, key to reassessment, is cut-and-dried for homeowners but not businesses. It means a loss of tens of millions of dollars a year in tax revenue. The original deal Dell, one of the world’s richest men, agrees to pay $200 million for the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica in 2006. A few months later The deal is reshuffled to avoid a legal change in ownership by buying the company that owns the hotel, rather than the Miramar itself. Dell brings in his wife, Susan, and a third party entity controlled by investment managers Glenn Fuhrman and John Phelan....
  • McClintock, Zetland wage CA water war

    03/25/2013 12:55:45 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies ^ | March 25, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    In California, water wars are fought not merely over water but over water ideology that justifies the creation of commercial or public sector jobs that flow from the water. The latest water war involves Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove., who delivered an address on water last month in Washington, D.C.; and former Unviersity of California, Davis water professor David Zetland, now senior water economist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. McClintock delivered his address, “Self Evident Water Truths,” at the annual meeting of the Association of California Water Agencies on Feb. 27. Zetland responded to McClintock on his water blog...
  • Arid-Headed Water War Breaks Out Between L.A. and PHX

    03/21/2013 12:21:43 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 9 replies ^ | March 20, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The word arid has two meanings: insufficient rainfall to grow trees or dull and boring. The second meaning seems to characterize the level of intelligence that’s on display in the recent media water war that has broken out between the major newspapers in Los Angeles and Phoenix. This e-water war was provoked by William deBuys’ op-ed article in the March 14 Los Angeles Times, “Phoenix’s Too Hot Future.” The Phoenix-based Arizona Republic newspaper retorted on March 15 with an editorial, “Los Angeles More of a Water Vacuum than Phoenix.” DeBuys is the author of the book: “A Great Aridness: Climate...

    02/02/2013 8:15:06 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies ^ | January 1, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    A new public opinion poll reported 57 percent of all California “adults” would favor lowering the majority threshold required to pass “local school parcel taxes.” But only property owners — not all “adult” residents — can vote for a parcel tax in California. Thus, the findings of the Public Policy Institute of California poll are slanted in favor of making school parcel taxes easier to pass and are misleading. #### In sum, the PPIC polls is biased in favor of lowering the voting threshold for a vaguely described parcel tax for “local schools” due to the cumulative effect of the...
  • Edison Bailed Out CA Cap and Trade Auction

    01/10/2013 2:40:19 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 11 replies ^ | January 9, 2013 | Wayne Lusvardi
    NEW: Edison bailed out CA Cap & Trade auction The facts slowing coming out about the state’s first Cap and Trade auction seriously question whether the system is already being gamed by government, together with electric utilities. Edison International made an announcement on Dec. 20, 2012: At California’s first Cap and Trade auction held back on Nov. 14, 2012, it offered to buy 21 times more pollution permits than allowed. Edison’s overbidding error ended up amounting to 72 percent of all the bid offers and bailed out the Cap and Trade auction from failure. About a month later, Edison’s unregulated...
  • San Bernardino Will Try to Hammer "Nail House" Loans in 2013

    12/04/2012 10:52:44 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 9 replies ^ | December 3, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    What are called “nail houses” in China may be coming to the county of San Bernardino in 2013 by using eminent domain as a bail out from unfunded public pension debts. The photo at right shows a property that has gained worldwide attention as a holdout from a freeway construction project in China. A now famous duck farmer owned the home — recently demolished after the owner finally “accepted” the Chinese government’s offering price. Holdout houses in China are called “nail houses” because homeowners refuse to be “hammered down” in price. Mortgage Resolution Partners is a private mortgage hedge fund...
  • Libertarian Ideology Blinds Republicans on Prop. 31

    10/02/2012 11:48:24 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies ^ | October 2, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    When I recently spoke before an Orange County crowd of Republicans at a ballot forum as the “No on Proposition 31” speaker, I was not surprised to find opposition. One person offered the observation that it was all those “country club Republicans” that stood to benefit from the corporate welfare of Prop. 31 who were in favor of it. To the contrary, it is libertarian ideology that has blinded Republicans to what Prop. 31 really is all about.
  • Obama's Social Security Disability Policy Busting California General Fund

    09/30/2012 11:10:55 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies ^ | Sept. 28, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Here’s the dirty secret of Gov. Jerry Brown’s Proposition 30 tax increase of $8.5 billion. Most of it would not go to education, as advertised. Instead, it indirectly would go to plugging a gaping budget hole created by the Obama Administration’s policy of taking people off unemployment rolls and putting them on permanent disability benefits. The Obama policy blew a $11.7 billion budget hole in California’s budget. The Obama Administration’s loosened eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability have swelled the number of those on Medicaid in California. It is Obama’s relaxed requirements for Social Security Disability — put into place...
  • San Francisco Offloads Green Power Bills Onto U.S. Taxpayers

    09/19/2012 10:02:33 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 3 replies ^ | Sept. 19, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    San Francisco must have taken a chapter out of Laer Pearce’s new book “Crazifornia.” The city’s new CleanPower SF plan garners subsidies from U.S. taxpayers for green-power purchases. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But you would have to be crazy not to shift your green power purchases onto U.S. taxpayers if laws provide for it. And what city wouldn’t want to do it if it could cover it up as part of their compliance with AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006? San Francisco is “gaming the system,” just as Enron supposedly did in the 2001 state energy...
  • Which California Cities Will be Germany or Greece Under Prop 31?

    09/08/2012 7:57:31 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 18 replies ^ | Sept. 6, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Charles B. Warren, a real estate economist and appraiser in Pleasant Hill, California, asks: “In the Los Angeles region, who will be Greece and who Germany” if California voters approve Proposition 31 on the November ballot? Warren once was a visiting professor at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey. He was referring to the European Union, where solvent Germany has been bailing out the overspending of Greece, Italy and other countries. After more than a dozen years of regionalized money and shared taxes, the European Union is coming apart. Many countries are going bankrupt. Something similar would eventually happen in California...
  • Green (money) Lobby Holds Property Values Hostage in Hinckley, CA

    09/08/2012 7:47:28 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies ^ | Sept. 7, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    In Hinckley, California, it is reportedly hard to separate a chemical compound called chromium 6 from a contaminated underground water basin called a toxic plume. And it is equally hard to separate out whether it is unsalable homes in Hinckley due to the depressed economy that is the problem or whether it is the so-called toxic substance of chromium 6 in the drinking water from wells that presents a health hazard. Hinckley is a semi-rural desert area located near the City of Barstow and has 588 households as of the 2010 census. The Infamous ‘Erin Brockovich’ Case The Pacific Gas...
  • The Coming Great California Pension Property Tax Earthquake

    08/17/2012 6:33:00 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 7 replies ^ | August 16, 2012 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The most widespread and persistent folktale about California is that some day the entire state will break away from the North American continent and fall off into the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. That day may not be too far off if what is unfolding in the growing number of municipal bankruptcy court cases in California plays out to its logical consequence without massive and politically legitimate pension reform. As reported by urban economist Steven Malanga, municipal bond insurers may lose out in courts in their attempt to get bankrupt California cities to reduce pension costs. This may lead to...

    10/28/2010 1:47:53 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi ^ | October 29, 2010 | Wayne Lusvardi
    NEW: Prop. 23 Foe Profits From ‘Dirty Coal’ OCT. 28, 2010 By WAYNE LUSVARDI - CALWATCHDOG.COM EXCERPT NO on 23 backer and Democrat Tom Steyer’s Farallon Capital Management Company holds stock in “dirty coal,” nuclear, and oil and gas companies, and in a Chinese solar panel supply company that potentially would rob jobs from Californians, even as the NO on 23 campaign blasts Prop. 23 backers for similar investments.
  • Judicial Watch Sues Pasadena Police Department for Records Detailing Illegal Alien Sanctuary Policy

    07/22/2010 10:12:09 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch Press Release - ^ | July 22, 2010 | Judicial Watch
    PPD Reportedly 'not asking about anybody's legal status unless it is a matter of national security' WASHINGTON, July 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has filed an open records lawsuit against the Pasadena Police Department (PPD), and PPD Police Chief Christopher Vicino, to obtain documents related to the department's alleged illegal alien sanctuary policy. Chief Vicino reportedly indicated that the department prevents his officers from "asking about anybody's legal status unless it is a matter of national security," which may be a violation of federal immigration law....

    11/24/2009 10:12:28 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 3 replies · 421+ views
    Betsy's Page ^ | November 24, 2009 | Betsy Newmark
    e21 has a very perceptive post about the Medicare payroll tax that Harry Reid has inserted into his bill to pay for his health care proposal. Link here: The Democrats are double-counting the money raised from the tax. They're counting it to reduce the coming deficit in Medicare and they're also counting it to help pay for the present bill. Revenues from the HI tax are “deposited” in the Medicare Part A Trust Fund, which is running a $20.5 billion deficit (p. 56 of pdf) in 2009. The Trust Fund is expected to continue to hemorrhage money for the...

    11/22/2009 12:40:06 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 344+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | November 20, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Preface: Lake Placidena is a fictional place where women run the entire city sub rosa (clandestinely) through the non-profit PEF and Historical and Cultural Preservation Commission, men play all year at staging a national parade, all the children in public schools are designated in poverty, but all the schools must be above average. The permanent state of drought in Placidena is a local joke because groundwater comes from underneath "Laughing Waters (Ha-ha-monga) Park," The actual Lake Placidena was fittingly created by impounding waters behind Devil's Gate Dam and is known for its strange green color due to perchlorate contamination which...

    11/18/2009 10:26:39 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 3 replies · 416+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | November 18, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    In a letter in the Nov 18 Pasadena Star News (see below) Brandon Lee Fureigh of Glendale pretends to be a proponent of small government who believes it is “un-Christian” to let people die due to denial of health insurance to all those who make mistakes in filling in medical insurance applications, who cannot afford health insurance, who put politics-for-sale above caring, and worst of all, “because of the lies that go unchallenged in the media.” Well, we are going to do what Mr. Fureigh advocates and challenge some of his own lies about himself and health care reform right...

    11/17/2009 9:07:09 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies · 499+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | November 16, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The editor of this blog bought a wristwatch tonight at the last of Pasadena's old-line chain department stores, now under a different corporate name. The sales clerk, "Donna," and I struck up a conversation. Donna is from the United Kingdom and she says she originally migrated to the U.S. because things were more honest here. Interestingly, Donna related that she now works two jobs as she is occupationally displaced due to the financial meltdown. She now works as a retail sales manager in the jewelry department of a major department store and does part time consulting in risk management. Her...

    11/12/2009 11:39:01 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies · 489+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | Wayne Lusvardi
    Imagine your city is located next door to a valley water district with enough surplus water to meet your needs but instead your city imports about two-thirds of its water hundreds of miles from the Colorado River and the Sacramento Delta, and pays a premium price for it, resulting in environmental degradation in the process. Do you think this is wise policy for water rate payers in a city that praises itself for its Green City Action Plan? Moreover, as your city conserves more water due to a purported drought, municipal water rates go up because of a decline in...

    11/08/2009 8:50:35 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 6 replies · 1,132+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | November 7, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    "For it is impossible for any one to begin to learn what he thinks he already knows." -- Epictetus In a little-known book entitled Capital Rules: The Construction of Global Finance written in 2007 a year before the global financial meltdown, Harvard professor Rawi Abdelal tells how it was French socialists, not Wall Street or the U.S. Treasury or credit rating firms (S&P, Moody’s, etc.), that liberalized global finance. The only problem with this book is that it is not one of the many books on the financial meltdown that follows the successful pop journalistic formula of demonizing greedy financial...

    11/04/2009 7:59:54 PM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 28 replies · 1,160+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | November 4, 2009 | Basil Hoffman
    Dear Congressman Schiff: Elizabeth Vuna in your Pasadena office assured me that a list of nine healthcare questions I submitted by fax would be answered. I have just received a letter from you designated as a reply. It was not a reply to my questions. Perhaps it was a reply to questions you thought I should have asked. You, Congressman Schiff, have neither the intelligence nor the perception to decide what I really mean when I ask you for answers. You work for me, and you will answer the questions I want answered. Nine short questions written in easy-to-understand English...

    10/23/2009 9:18:35 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 344+ views
    The rhetorical "water witch" of the Pasadena Star News, staff writer Rebecca Kimitch, has an op-ed disguised as a news story on water rates rising in San Gabriel Valley - read here Since Kimitch likes to cast personal attacks and bad omens on Republicans and conservatives in many of her so-called "news" stories, perhaps the rhetorical term "water witch" is fitting (a "water witch" is a person who claims to be able to find underground water with a divining rod; aka a sorceress). Kimitch's news story merely regurgitates what several local water agency public relations types, or rhetorical "witch...

    10/20/2009 11:10:17 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies · 381+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | Wayne Lusvardi
    SICK POLL QUESTION: "SHOULD CONGRESSMAN ADAM SCHIFF BEAT HIS WIFE PUBLICLY?" I got an email from Congressman Adam Schiff (Democrat-Pasadena, California) today with one of his hoaked up opinion poll questions: "Should the health care reform bill include the public option?" (the buzz words "public option" means an option for a government run insurance policy as well as private insurance policies). This type of question already is conclusionary that a health care reform bill will be passed by Congress. In other words, the results are already loaded in favor of health care reform. The question is dishonest. It doesn't ask...

    10/20/2009 12:45:09 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies · 299+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | October 20, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The Pasadena Star News reports on a religious "vigil" held Monday night at the Pasadena City Hall by a group of about 100 health care reform advocates reportedly from various churches in the area (All Saints, Cavalry Chapel, Altadena Baptist, Jewish synagogue, etc.) propounding a big lie that there are medical "uninsured" in California who do not receive medical treatment. Read here: This propaganda should not go unchecked. For the record, there are no people living in California who are denied medical treatment. Everyone is potentially eligible for Medi-Cal, which is partially subsidized by the Federal government. We already...

    10/18/2009 12:36:41 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies · 369+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | October 17, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The Pasadena Star News posted a public notice online (since removed) that an interfaith group is to hold a health care "vigil" at Pasadena City Hall on Monday night, October 19. It seems to this writer that any such "vigil" is an exercise in what Theodore Dalrymple calls "moral exhibitionism," which is defined as "generosity of spirit at other people's expense; "the desire to feel more compassionate-than-thou" without regard for the larger consequences. No doubt this "interfaith" coalition is comprised of those "usual suspects" who also have advocated affordable housing, among a number of other social justice "causes," only to...

    10/06/2009 9:31:16 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 7 replies · 607+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | October 6, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Below read a post by Hans von Spakovsky at "The Corner" blog at NationalReviewOnline about how the Eric Holder-run U.S. Department of Justice has reportedly established a disinformation unit at DOJ. The Most Transparent Administration Ever? Not at DOJ [Hans von Spakovsky] Is the Department of Justice engaging in fraud, or is it simply trying to hide its propaganda? Those of you wondering how DOJ uses your tax dollars to enforce our nation’s laws might be interested to learn that Eric Holder has apparently hired former Democratic campaign bloggers to work at the department in what appears to be a...

    10/04/2009 12:15:13 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 353+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | October 4, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    John Fund - WSJ "Obama's Two America's" Excerpt: Why is Barack Obama having trouble getting a health care plan through a Congress dominated by his own party? Partly because the coalition that elected him is an unwieldy blend of the rich and the poor. The two groups view the need for radical surgery on the nation's health delivery system quite differently. But he also calls the Obama coalition a fragile one when it comes to economic issues. The Gallup Poll reports that voters earning under $30,000 a year wanted health care reform by a 13-point margin. But those earning...

    09/26/2009 4:24:16 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies · 419+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | September 26, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    SLOGAN: "PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT" Stuart Butler - The Washington Times Excerpt Today's tax law bars member-owned mutual insurance companies, like Mutual of Omaha, from functioning as a nonprofit health insurance company. If Congress changed that we would at last see mutual insurers teaming up with organizations to offer private co-op health insurance as an alternative. Link:

    09/25/2009 7:45:01 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 3 replies · 568+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | Wayne Lusvardi
    In the current Pasadena Star News editorial “The Trouble with Indy-Mac” the editors seem certain they know why Pasadena-based Indy-Mac bank fell in July 2008. Link here: And the story the editors tell probably fits pretty well with what the person in the street believes, which, of course, they mainly get from newspapers and broadcast media. Newspapers always seem to gravitate to telling people what they want to hear. And the public, hearing only secular explanations of the financial crisis in the mainstream media, tend to embrace that paradigm. Round and round it goes, but nobody seems to really...

    09/23/2009 9:24:03 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 35 replies · 1,086+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | September 23, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Excerpt: Ann Novotny studied the signaling used by the cancer in a portion of large intestinal and colon cancer. She found that there are receptors for opioids, such as morphone, on tumor cells. If morphine is supplied to these cells the protein urokinase is released, which the cancer cells can use to enhance their capacity to spread. Source: "Blocking Signal Molecule Can Prevent Growth of Large Intestine and Cancer," Link:

    09/09/2009 12:09:50 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 8 replies · 889+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | September 10, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Excerpt from Wall Street Journal Letters to the Editor: Your editorial "California's Man-Made Drought" (Sept. 2) about the severe drought and water crisis in California argues that California's water problems could be wished away if our nation were only willing to sacrifice an endangered three-inch fish, turn on a few pumps to move water from Northern California to the Central Valley, and wave a magic wand. The trouble is: The fish are a sliver of the problem, the pumps are already on, and pointed fingers can't make it rain. California's water crisis is far more troubling than your editorial suggests....

    09/06/2009 9:02:49 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 14 replies · 996+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | September 6, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Mr. Van Jones, President Obama's "Green Jobs Czar," is the perfectly useful political foil for the Obama Administration. "Foil" means to obscure or confuse (to leave a false trail or scent) so as to evade or spoil pursuers. It also means a person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast ("The serious man was an able foil to the comic"). Mr. Jones recently resigned from his five month job as the so-called Green Jobs Czar (a highly symbolic do-nothing non-cabinet position) purportedly because he was found out to be a "communist" by conservatives on the Internet. According to...

    08/31/2009 3:49:18 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies · 555+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | August 31, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The great Roman ruler Caesar Augustus (63 BC to 14 AD) was quoted by historian Suetonius as saying "I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble." Tim Brick, the Chairman of the Board of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and Pasadena's representative on the MWD Board, seems determined to reverse Augustus's statement to "I found Pasadena a city of marble fountains and left it a city of bricks." According to the Orange County Register, MWD is poised to use a recent mandated 20% regional water rate hike to increase MWD employee pensions...

    08/29/2009 1:19:57 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 2 replies · 607+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | August 29, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Preface: Did alleged abductor of Jaycee Dugard, Philip Garrido, receive Section 8 rental assistance payments? Did actions of the Race Equity Project block the City of Antioch and Contra Costa County from inspecting the Garrido home? Read below. Excerpted from Race Equity Project homepage Targeted Enforcement of Section 8 Participants in Antioch September 27, 2008 (posted by ElektroMoose) Author: The Race Equity Project, Legal Services of Northern California Several trends collided in the town of Antioch to cause a “perfect storm” threatening the civil rights of African-American participants in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program. Antioch, a city...

    08/21/2009 12:38:35 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies · 467+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | August 21, 2009 | Jerome J. Jahn
    To: Larry Wilson, Public Editor, Pasadena Star News "Mr. Wilson, I don't understand you liberals; you claim you are for total freedom of speech, yet when anyone disagrees with you, we are immediately called "wingnuts" un-American, mobs, Nazis, Astroturf and worse. My reply to you, Sir is the same as I wrote to Congressman Schiff. My letter follows: August 19, 2009 Congressman Adam Schiff 29th Congressional District 87 N. Raymond Avenue, Suite 800 Pasadena, CA 91103 Dear Congressman Schiff, My wife and I and several friends attended your “Town Hall” meeting last week. We have never before attended any...

    08/16/2009 7:34:42 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 4 replies · 360+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | August 16, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    Who are we to believe about national health care reform: the so-called extremists who show up at Congressional Town Hall meetings or the Congressmen and medical policy experts who appear in media images as the most reasonable on this contentious issue? The answer is not obvious: the Congressmen and hand-picked TV medical personalities, policy wonks from universities or think tanks, HMO and long-term care executives, and so-called health care consumer advocates, all of whom are pro-health care reform advocates, are the fanatics and the so-called fanatics are mere movie "extras" in the social engineering of consent about health care reform....

    08/15/2009 10:04:22 PM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 250+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | August 15, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    "Certainty can be deadly." - Peter L. Berger, sociologist Who should you be most leery of regarding the contentious national health insurance issue - the so-called "wing-nuts" who show up at Congressional Town Hall meetings or the medical policy experts who assure you with great certainty that whatever legislators are planning will solve the nation's health care affordability "crisis?" The answer is obvious: those medical experts, whether they be TV medical personalities, policy wonks from universities or think tanks, HMO and long-term care executives, or so-called health care consumer advocates. Why? Because they are in league with the current power...

    08/14/2009 8:43:30 AM PDT · by WayneLusvardi · 3 replies · 219+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | August 14, 2009 | Wayne Lusvardi
    The Public Editor of the Pasadena Star News, Larry Wilson, has a column out today on the contentious health care issue calling all those who disagree with Obama-Pelosi-Care "wingnuts." ("As health care battles, avoid the "wingnuts") - link: But when it comes to the health care issue just who are the "wingnuts?" Let's take public unions first. California government unions want to give up their current gold-plated health insurance benefits for Obamacare which may be cheaper but will, in all likelihood, end up being second class. One of the provisions of HR 3200 - The House of Representatives Health...