Will Pacifica Radio Be Mourned

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Super-progressive radio is enjoyed by many around this increasingly “blue,” planet. For Pacifica radio, the gig may be coming to a close.  Here’s one story saying so:

For Pacifica Radio, the Revolution is Ending

Far-left KPFK, otherwise known as Pacifica Radio, has been broadcasting progressive propaganda throughout California, and across the world, for many years. (In South Africa, where I lived for several years, you could hear archival Pacifica broadcasts by Noam Chomsky and other radicals late at night on community stations like Bush Radio.) Now, however, Pacifica may be collapsing from within, according to Hillel Aron of L.A. Weekly.

Part of the problem, Aron reports, is a highly public dispute with the network’s executive director, Summer Reese, who was fired but has “occupied” the building. Ratings are also low: “During an average 15-minute period, just 700 people listen to its Los Angeles station, 90.7 FM KPFK, for at least five minutes…Pacifica’s New York station, WBAI, is even worse off.” And the feds are cutting off grant funds because of shoddy accounting.

The whole drama is reminiscent of Monty Python’s The Life of Brian, where rival factions of Jewish resistance groups are too busy fighting each other to resist the Romans. (The L.A. Weekly article was forwarded to me by a correspondent who noted, laughingly: “American left in a Pretzel, all the conflicts wrapped in 1 radio station.”)

The station itself is divided into factions, Aron says, one of which favors news while the other prefers spiritual programming. Aron provides a classic quote (language warning):

“If you fired half the staff around here, it would work better,” [host] Masters says. “They’re just useless people with no work ethic — they don’t give a f— about anything. They act like they’re doing you a favor if they get the program up without glitches. It’s surreal.”

Masters also cites factions on the board: the “Radio Havana” group and the “conspiracy and quackery crowd.”

Continue on to the finish by clicking right here.

 

 

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Humanists Win Again … For Now

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This information comes from an article in The Loft and was distributed on the web by GOPUSA:

Atheists Force Woman to Remove Cross Honoring Dead Son

By Bobby Eberle

road_crossThere
has been so much news lately of schools, organizations, and individuals
being harassed by atheist groups, but this one sets a new low. In this
case, a grieving mother erected a roadside cross where her son was
killed, and now an atheist group has forced her to take it down. What
is wrong with these people???

As reported by The Press Enterprise, a roadside cross was erected for 19-year-old Anthony Vincent Devaney who in May 2012 was killed crossing a street.

A complaint prompted the American Humanist Association
in Washington, D.C., to intervene, contending the placement of the
symbol in the city right-of-way violated the separation of church and
state.

The association’s demand letter dated March 4 came a week after a
U.S. District Court judge ruled in favor of the group’s legal challenge
to Lake Elsinore’s proposed veterans memorial. That monument would have
depicted a soldier kneeling in front of crosses and Stars of David.

Representatives of the association said they were prepared to
challenge the city again if it didn’t ensure the Devaneys’ cross came
down. The organization, which represents atheists and other nonreligious
individuals, released a statement Thursday expressing gratitude the
cross was being removed.

This is absolutely outrageous! We see these types of crosses all the
time. It is a small remembrance of a loved one and a constant reminder
that life is precious. What is the problem here?

As NBC 4 in Southern California reports, the mother, Ann Marie Devaney, feels like she is “losing her son again.”

Devaney’s removal of her cross did not go unnoticed, however. As Fox News reports, when Devaney took down her cross, more appeared.

grieving California mom who, under pressure from an
atheist group, went to the site where her son was killed to remove a
memorial cross was met at the scene by a throng of supporters who
planted crosses of their own.

“They said they have to take that one down,” Doug Johnson, a
Riverside resident who traveled to the site with his daughter and six
home-made crosses, told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. “But they didn’t
say anything about putting another one up.”

What’s even more frustrating is all of this was spurred on by the
complaint of ONE resident. That’s when the atheist group pounced. What
happened to the rights of the majority? We see it all the time…
schools banning Christmas so as not to offend one person. Instead, they
offend MOST of the people!

A thousand crosses should appear at that intersection. And as they
are taken down, even more should appear. This country has completely
lost its common sense, and it will continue to do so until people fight
back.

NOTE: As New Mexico citizens know, it has long been a custom to erect crosses in public rights-of-way in New Mexico.  Las Cruces’s city symbol is three christian crosses.  Their use on Las Cruces’s municipal public property has thus far been upheld when challenged by individuals and/or groups, but the school district in Las Cruces has ran into problems defending its use of the same symbols. Here’s a link to a list-serv paper on a 2006 court decision:

Crosses decision does not render finality

Here is a web site which deals with crosses and other memorial symbols erected along public streets and highways:

Crosses and Other Symbols On Public Rights-of-Way

Here is the law on descansos in New Mexico

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Say What, California?

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Last week California officials were touting low premiums for ObamaCare.  This week a Forbes’ blog article flogs them for their stupidly and misleading information.

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection an...

Barack Obama signing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at the White House (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even though they should know by now that their statements and calculation leaks lies like a saturated sponge leaks water, they still try to defend their suppositions.

Take a look at the article found by clicking on the link below and then decide for yourself if there is any reason to climb aboard the train wreck  ObamaCare has been from the instant it was first approved by an inattentive mostly progressive congress led by Pelosi as then Speaker of the House..

Hugh Rate Increase With ObamaCare In California

 

 

AFP California: Time To Sequester Obama’s Aircraft

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Who will disagree?  Obama and his family, the vice dude and most progressives we would guess.

Americans For Prosperity

Americans For Prosperity (Photo credit: Talk Radio News Service)

Here is a video from California’s Americans For Prosperity which pursues the idea.  It is a little over three minutes duration.

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Really: Real Rocket Launchers?

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The Los Angeles Police Department seal

The Los Angeles Police Department seal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Breitbart’s Big Government reported on the 6th of this month about a repetitive claim  the Los Angeles Police Department has made.  The Chief of Police, Charlie Beck, claimed his department, on December 27, 2012, confiscated two rocket launchers as part of their weapons buyback program.  The Brietbart article reported a similar claim by Beck for a similar confiscation in May 2012.

Breitbard believes the claims by Beck are just so much bovine scat and thrashes the MainScream media for playing follow the leader and reporting the “facts,” as if they were completely factual.

Here’s the link to the story:

Great “Snortage” — Bad Reportage

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Public Employees: Better Paid & More Secure

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February 2012 Jobs Report - Private Sector
February 2012 Jobs Report – Private Sector (Photo credit: Leader Nancy Pelosi)

Most of the residents of the United States, employed in the private sector, have known or suspected for years,  public employees are paid more and are provided better benefits than are private sector employees.

If you happen to be among the American citizens not sharing in the above knowledge, you can find the information by following the story found through the link pasted below:

Public Employees: Higher Paid and Better Benefits

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Does The Police Union In Costa Mesa Cross The Line To The Wrong Side

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English: Interstate 405 at Costa Mesa, Orange ...

English: Interstate 405 at Costa Mesa, Orange County, Southern California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a retired police Captain and a current member of my town’s governing body (council member) the story found below holds particular interest for me.

Aside from teacher’s union members in Chicago acting like spoiled brats, if the linked article below is true, the police union in Costa Mesa, California has members and/or a law firm that are close to, if not already, acting like the thugs they are supposed to protect against. I just hope the police officers have nothing to do with any of the improper actions.

Crossing The Line To The Dark Side?

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Pelosi: Regressing To Babyhood?

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English: Seal of the Speaker of the United Sta...

English: Seal of the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently Madame Pelosi, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and a California progressive, was interviewed by Al Hunt of Bloomberg News.  I’m not sure of the location of the interview, but judging by Madame’s performance during the episode, it could have been someplace which allowed the oxygen to be extracted from the poor soul’s essential faculties.  To say she was mistakenly in error, and didn’t know the truth about one essential fact of which she should have certain knowledge, would be to assume she didn’t know she was spouting lies, and that ol’ dog won’t hunt. .

During the interview, Pelosi implied, the current president has visited Israel, “over and over again.”  It is a known fact Obama has not visited Israel since becoming president, and Pelosi knows, or certainly should know, she lied when she said differently.  Of course, Mr. Hunt did not call her on her false information and conservatives have no expectation he would do so.  There are however, attentive  reporters and bloggers who caught the gaffe and understand how important it is to keep the record straight on the habitual misstatements the Democratic machine spews forth.

Just below you will find a transcript with incomplete information and more than a few disconnected or disjointed statements attributed to Pelosi.  Whether her thoughts show as incomplete because they WERE incomplete or because Bloomberg can’t keep up with their editing is unknown. In any case, after the first link, you will find link to a link to an article and a video connected to Ms. Pelosi’s foolishness:

Bloomberg Incomplete Transcript

President Has Visited Israel Over & Over NOT

How about this, if you missed it in the Bloomberg “transcript.”  Another ignorant denigrating quote by the Ex-Speaker:

PELOSI: Well, that’s how they’re being exploited. And they’re smart people.

The above was muttered by Pelosi in reference to Jewish people.  Can you imagine what the main-scream media would do if a conservative said the same words about the same proud segment of our Nation’s citizens .  Sure you can imagine … actually we all know.

Marita Noon Warns Below …

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articleStruggling cities (financially strapped households) beware: renewable energy mandates could double electricity costs

Marita Noon

My hometown of San Bernardino is just the latest in a potentially growing list of cities to file for bankruptcy protection. There are numerous reasons why cities, counties, and states are facing such drastic measures. Some cite a drop in tax revenues due to the decline in housing values. Others, as in the case of Stockton, CA, legacy costs–meaning pensions. California’s Mammoth Lakes blames a debilitating court judgment. In San Bernardino’s case misconduct in the city council is alleged, and a criminal investigation is underway.

Having graduated from high school and attended college in San Bernardino, CA, my interest was piqued when I heard that it had become the third California city to file for bankruptcy. The mix of declining revenues and increasing costs are pinching government budgets nationwide, and many more bankruptcies are expected.

Obviously, as individual households and businesses have done, spending needs to be cut back in all possible areas. Cut a little here, cut a little there, and hopefully it will be enough to add up to real savings.

Faced with the dire consequences of bankruptcy, why are cities and states voluntarily, under legislative mandate, paying more than they have to for energy? Couldn’t they declare a “state of emergency” and simply waive the mandates for more expensive wind and solar power?

I don’t know if that is really something they can do or not, but it is something voters can do. We can elect people who want to return to common sense energy policy.

Last month, I participated in an insightful conference call on Renewable Portfolio Standards, featuring James Taylor, Senior fellow at the Heartland Institute. During the call he pointed out the impact of higher electricity costs to a state’s economy. For example, he addressed the different per-kilowatt-hour prices in several southeastern states. While rates vary, he used average numbers of $.11 per Khw for Florida, and $.07-.09 in the other states. He claimed that if Florida had the same rates as Georgia–whose rates are the closest to Florida in the Southeastern states–the state would save $6 billion dollars each year, or $850 per household. If the rates were the same as Louisiana–which has the lowest rates in the region, the state would save $10 billion dollars annually, or $1,400 per household.

That got me thinking, if a few cents, between $.07-.11, can make a $10 billion impact on a state’s economy, what difference will the higher costs of renewable energy do to these struggling cities?

Taylor referenced a study done by Tufts University economics professor Gilbert E. Metcalf, which provides the levelized costs of the various sources of electricity–meaning with the subsidies, preferences, and differential tax treatment removed. The “Federal Tax Policy Towards Energy” study was done in 2006 and reported on in 2007, so the numbers quoted here would not be the most recent, but they do provide real numbers for comparison. Metcalf found that coal was the least-cost method of electricity generation. Natural gas was next, the second least-cost, but was still 48% more than coal. Nuclear is 57% more than coal; wind, 75%; solar thermal, 570%; and solar photovoltaic, 887% more than coal. Of course, the price of natural gas is greatly reduced due to its newfound abundance and, yes, the costs of wind and solar have come down–but they’d have to come way down even to be close to competitive to coal or natural gas.

Here’s another way to look at the numbers. The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) produced a report that shows the same basic ideas from a different angle. The 2010 report attempted to project out what future energy costs would be. Like the Metcalf study, the EIA report offers levelized numbers. They assume that natural gas costs will remain low and even give some benefits to the prices of renewable energy. In their projections, natural gas is the least-cost, with coal being 50% more. Nuclear is 81% more expensive than natural gas; onshore wind, 131% more; offshore wind, 470%; solar thermal, 394%; and solar photovoltaic, 234%.

No matter which way you look at the numbers, coal and natural gas are the least-cost ways to generate electricity, with wind and solar, the most expensive.

Yet, most states have passed legislation requiring increasing percentages of the electricity used in the state be generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar–with California’s being the most onerous: 33% by 2020.

Using an average of the renewable (wind and solar) energy cost increases (Metcalf, 505.56% and EIA, 307.25%) we can assume that renewable energy will be 406.45% higher than the least-cost source of electricity. So California, where the three cities, Stockton, Mammoth Lakes, and San Bernardino, are located is mandating a 33% percent increase in electricity that will likely cost more than 400% more–which means the mandates could result in a doubling of electricity costs for every city (and household) in California.

It is true that electricity costs are not the biggest problem facing cities, but with nearly every city in the country (and nearly every household) facing budgetary stress, does it make sense to be increasing costs unnecessarily?

These three cities–including my hometown–serve as a warning sign to all of us. We must cut a little here and cut a little there. And, hopefully, the combined cuts will add up to real savings that can help pull a city back from the abyss of bankruptcy. The money saved by eliminating renewable energy mandates could allow cities to fund services–like police and first responders–that might otherwise have to be cut. Or cities could cut the lights making them less safe and more prone to crime.

These increasing electricity costs are not just a California problem, as more than half of the states have similar mandates–and some senators want to make such mandates national. Unless you are part of Obama’s demonized “1%,” who can afford these higher costs, you’d better beware–a mandate might just be looking for you.

When it comes to energy, President Obama wants us to use less and pay more. But the countries with the best human health and highest material wealth are those with high-energy consumption. If that energy is more expensive, it will hurt our health and wealth.

This November, vote, across the ticket, for candidates, who support common sense energy policy.

The author of Energy Freedom, Marita Noon serves as the executive director for Energy Makes America Great Inc. and the companion educational organization, the Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE). Together they work to educate the public and influence policy makers regarding energy, its role in freedom, and the American way of life. Combining energy, news, politics, and, the environment through public events, speaking engagements, and media, the organizations’ combined efforts serve as America’s voice for energy.

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Public Employee Unions Disjointed

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After applying mega millions trying to recall Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and losing in California to keep public employee unions moving to higher salaries and higher employer contributions,  the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees are crying over losses and future opportunities:American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees:

 A heated battle is taking place inside a giant U.S. public employees’ union following its crushing failure this week to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker _ organized labor’s biggest political loss in decades.

At stake is the direction of the 1.3-million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees after 31 years under retiring president Gerald McEntee. He’s been known for his zeal to build and maintain AFSCME’s clout as a leading liberal voice and political kingmaker in the Democratic Party.

A major question is whether that should continue.

Fresh off losses in the Wisconsin recall election and in California municipal referendums rolling back public employee pension and health benefits, the union will pick a successor to the 77-year-old McEntee in two weeks.

The race is shaping up as a broader debate on whether AFSCME should become more prudent in doling out cash to Democratic causes and candidates and perhaps make itself less a lightning rod for attacks from conservatives.

There is more from this story through the Associated Press and it can be found by clicking the link below:

Sad & Sorry AFSCME Union

English: Banners of participants in the May 20...

English: Banners of participants in the May 20, 2011 union rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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