Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Counter Proposal with a 2-State Solution for California...

So this 6-state breakup solution for California may end up being on the November ballot out here in Granola-land. Not that anything can really come of it, but still… really?

As a resident of Ventura County (just north of L.A. County) I say, "'Hell No!' to being a part of the State of L.A. (aka, West California)."

I decided to run some numbers.

In looking at the 2012 presidential election by CA counties, if you took nine specific California counties (eight in the San Francisco-Sacramento area, plus Los Angeles, and made it it's own state) all the while still keeping the business-centric yet liberal wine counties of Napa & Sonoma, and Silicon Valley's Santa Clara county region in the larger California state, that would mean that this new (the larger) state of California-proper would have voted for Obama by only 52.2%-47.8%. And that's with a weak Republican candidate and virtually no campaigning, money or emphasis in California by Republican candidates in many, many years.

That's a new and better Two-State solution. One remains the liberal-progressive bastion of L.A./S.F/Sacramento region. The other adds a California proper that ends up being politically balanced.


So, I reiterate my plan.

Create a new state with the eight S.F./Sacramento area counties of San Francisco, Marin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento, the non-Silicon-Valley portions of Alameda, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, and maybe (northern) Monterey, and toss in Los Angeles County, and call it "Marxifornia".

The remains of the original state will continue to be considered "California".

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Post# 1000: The Thought Police...

It has been a long time since I've posted here. I still follow and bookmark lots of important news and information, though. But, given the latest in a string of related events, I felt it necessary to use this - my 1000th post - to give a hat-tip to Chris Muir, who himself hat-tips one of my all-time favorite authors… Ray Bradbury.

Yes, people, we are on very dangerous ground right now. On a global/government-led scale, it showed itself with the NSA and IRS scandals. On a societal/mob-mentality level, it showed itself with Chick-fil-A, Elaine Huguenin, Brendan Eich, George Zimmerman, Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, etc. (and all the hypocritical double-standards that are in stark contrast).

You play with fire, we all get burned.

It's Orwell's "1984" mixed with Huxley's "Brave New World" and Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451". Ladies & Gentlemen… I give you "2014: The Year of the Thought Police":




Privacy…

Private Property…

Self Defense…

Freedom of Religion…

Freedom of Thought…

Freedom of Speech…

These fundamental principles - these fundamental rights - are at risk. If we don't stop this now, we won't be able to turn back.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As 2013 Ends and 2014 Begins...

Don't let phony headlines and indices fool you. Major cracks are forming in the infrastructure: economic, financial, political, institutional, societal, spiritual. As 2014 moves forward, the foundations will begin to crumble from it's own weight and instability.

I may have been relatively silent this past year here on this blog, but I have been aggregating important news items throughout the year. I haven't gone away. I've been running this blog since July 6, 2004. And my next post will be my 1000th. :-)

2014 begins in a few hours. It's a new chapter in our lives - as individuals and as a society.

It is a time to keep the faith. To be strong. To love. To lend a hand. To take a stand. To work hard. To be watchful. To stand guard and to protect. To fight. To never give up on hope.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Chesterton (and Ahlquist) on Breitbart...

American Chesterton Society chief Dale Ahlquist is interviewed on Breitbart. It's a great read.

Excerpt:

On whether Pope Francis is supportive of the effort to have Chesterton named a saint: 
"I think he's out in front. We do know that the Argentine president of the Chesterton society, who was an ambassador, Miguel Angel Espeche Gil, wrote a letter to one of the Chesterton societies in England. In that letter, he said that 'Our cardinal has just approved a prayer for Chesterton's intercession.' Well, that cardinal, three days later, became pope."


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

MacGuffin-ization...

In October I posted about Ace's great commentary on "progressivism".

Well, Ace is at it again with yet another insightful commentary about what he calls the MacGuffinization of American Politics. He starts off with this intro:

In a movie or book, "The MacGuffin" is the thing the hero wants. Usually the villain wants it too, and their conflict over who will end up with The MacGuffin forms the basic spine of the story. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, the MacGuffin is, of course, the Lost Ark. Indy wants it; the Nazis have it. This basic conflict over simple possession animates a two hour long movie. Alfred Hitchcock noted -- counterintuitively, when you first hear this -- that the specifics of the MacGuffin don't really matter at all to a movie. He pointed out that the audience doesn't care at all about the MacGuffin. The hero in the movie itself cares, but the audience doesn't.

He continues:

A MacGuffin only has one requirement: That it be important-sounding, so that the audience understands he hero isn't engaged in some trivial matter, but that the Stakes Are High. But an important sounding MacGuffin is just another way to increase the audience's emotional attachment to the Hero, not to the idea of possessing the MacGuffin. 

And then he nails it:

And that, of course, explains all you need to know about the abnormal political situation we find ourselves in, and the Cult of Barack Obama. For Obama's fanbois, this is not politics. This isn't even America, not really, not anymore. This is a movie. And Barack Obama is the Hero. And the Republicans are the Villains. And policy questions -- and Obama's myriad failures as an executive -- are simply incidental.
They are MacGuffins only, of no importance whatsoever, except to the extent they provide opportunities for Drama as the Hero fights in favor of them… [it's] about Obama's Hero's Journey in navigating the plot of President Barack Obama: The Movie. As with a MacGuffin in the movie, only the Hero's emotional response to the MacGuffin matters.

The entire post is phenomenal, with great examples of the MSM playing up The MacGuffin and The Hero.

Ace follows up with a bit more info and analysis in this post, as well.


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

THE FREEDOM PLAN by John Perry (how to fix the health care crisis)...


President Obama wasn't really apologizing to Americans about the disaster that's ObamaCare.

He and his administration lied repeated about Americans being able to keep their plans and their doctors.

Millions are facing losing their insurance and/or their jobs.

The tidal waves of high premiums, co-pays, deductibles, and federal taxes & fines will make this nightmare even scarier.

The website is a broken, bureaucratic mess with serious security issues.

And further implementation of his plan will bankrupt the nation, possibly irreparably.

We most definitely need to REPEAL ObamaCare. That is obvious. My wife (who voted for Obama in 2008) has faced the reality personally, losing her employer-provided insurance at the end of the year. The cheapest replacement coverage through the exchange will double everything (co-pays, out-of-pocket premiums, and deductibles). She now wants ObamaCare repealed after years of thinking it was a great idea.

But after it's repealed (and it MUST be repealed), how do we FIX the mess?

My cousin, Jack, is an orthopedic surgeon who has recently published a comprehensive book on the nature of the state of the health care industry, explains how we as a nation got into this mess to begin with, and has proposed a plan on how to fix it.


His book -– "The Freedom Plan: An American Answer to Health Care Reform" by John F. Perry M.D. -– is available in both kindle form as well as paperback (the paperback is more recently published - June 2013 - and includes graphs and charts that are not included in the e-book version).

From the book description:
"A board-certified orthopedic surgeon takes on America's health care crisis. Using a "sports medicine" approach he identifies our problem and then methodically and relentlessly establishes the cause of that problem. Only then does he construct a targeted, specific and effective treatment to not only restore America's health care system, but to make it the best that it can be. Finally, there is a look at competing visions for the future or America; one if we continue on the path we have taken till now and another if the Freedom Plan is adopted. The Freedom Plan is not only a "Declaration of Independence" for patients and health care providers; it is nothing less than a blueprint for an unprecedented age of prosperity for all Americans."

As my cousin stated in a personal email to me recently:

“This is not about Democrat vs. Republican, left vs. right, liberal vs. conservative. It's about liberty vs. compulsion, efficiency vs. inefficiency, excellence vs. mediocrity, unnecessary financial hardship for most Americans vs. opportunity and prosperity. Mostly, it's about loving your neighbor. The Freedom Plan is the only comprehensive, integrated, compassionate and workable alternative to the way we as a nation have been treating health care for over 50 years.”

I strongly urge everyone to read his book. I think you will like what he has to say, and it will lay out a strong blueprint for the likes of Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, etc., and common sense citizens to hold up as a model/example of how we can fix this horrible mess that we’re found ourselves in as a nation.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Don't Forget to VOTE today!

It's an off-year, so there may only be elections in select cities or counties across the country (as well as governor elections in VA & NJ). There are city council elections in my neighborhood today.

So, DON'T BE LAZY… make your voice heard… make positive & common sense changes in your local and state offices… and VOTE!!!