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Let me quickly emphasize that anyone who still takes Time magazine seriously as a journalistic or even functionally adult institution deserves far less than the establishmentarian swill they're already getting. You'd think that a $42 billion company could at least rent a spine, or recognize that standing up to a power-drunk federal prosecutor is an excellent opportunity for self-branding, and for asserting the important principle that reporters value their promises of confidentiality above a runaway grand jury's right to zealously pervert a forgotten law. But instead, Time's agreement to hand over Cooper's notes proves only that the House of Luce will soil its Depends when the federal government says 'Boo!'
But Matt, some of us never took Time magazine seriously, at least not in the last four decades. After all, these are the folks who branded crazed Democrat Lynden LaRouche as a Libertarian and refused to retract. To this day I still hear that crap and back in 1986 I came close to illegally firing an employee for throwing it angrily in my face. We libertarians are nutty enough without carrying around that LaRouche baggage.
The Wine Commonsewer is decidedly underwhelmed by the new Californicate budget, expected to be enacted by tomorrow, which roughly doubles annual spending from a decade ago.
Governor Schwarzengroper and the economic illiterates in the state legislature are busy glad-handing each other, celebrating their bi-partisan consensus while lifting your wallet with the other (not-glad) hand.
Certainly, the economy is growing again, providing a natural economic increase in the tax base, but......
THE STATE WILL SPEND TEN BILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR and they're proud that they've reduced the deficit from 15 billion to 5 billion.
Rather than use that money to axe the deficit entirely....HellOhhhh, does anyone in Sacramento see the connection between the 10 Billion in new spending and the 10 billion it would take to eliminate the deficit?
For the record, if you spend a dollar per second, 24 hours per day, it takes almost 320 years to spend ten billion dollars.
The teacher's unions, who live in a bizarre parallel universe where increased spending is called a cut (thank you Rick H), will see 53% of the new budget slotted for education. That is a record and it is 61 billion dollars. So, today we'll pick on them.
Lessee, average teacher salaries in Ca are more than 55K plus benefits (highest in the nation according to AFT). Californicate will spend (conservatively) about ten grand per kid on education. My son's class has 30 kids. That works out to:
$300,000.00 spent for his classroom (PER YEAR)
less $75,000.00 for his teacher's salary and benefits
leaving $225,000.00 PER CLASSROOM for admin, maintenance, transportation, capital costs, and "tobacco free campus" signs.
Mind you I'm delighted that Wilson Elementary School ain't going to stand for my second grader lighting up a Marlboro after lunch recess. But, I'm still thinking that some of those educrats should 'splain to us what they're doing with the money and why they need more.
Since we don’t do the Big July 4th Bash at the casa any longer, we went back to the old neighborhood in Fullerton last night for the fireworks extravaganza at Fullerton High School’s football stadium.
It was Mrs TWC’s family and included the Arizona relatives, all the cousins, grandmas, aunts, and uncles (Youngest: 6 months. Oldest: 91 years). We were scattered from the four yard line to about the ten yard line on blankets & river chairs. I always forget how good my Mother-in-Law cooks. She brought some guacamole that was just the other side of perfect, but had me belching garlic fumes all the way home (Daaadddd! You gotta warn someone before you do that!) Turned out that was a precursor to some kind of near-lethal food poisoning that kept me up half the night.
My old buddy Congressman Ed Royce said a few words (it's his district) before the fireworks but he didn’t stick around to chat.
I'm normally against this kind of group stuff and I expected it to feel more like Bread & Circuses (distract the masses while we snake them out of their birthright). But surprisingly the festivities had quite the feel of community and neighborhood. More than expected, but, then again, Fullerton is a tight-knit community with a small town cohesiveness that one doesn’t generally find in a city this large.
The music was hokey, the food was good, the kids had a blast, and not one flag got torched.
It's the nation's birthday today and some people have called for a national day of flag burning as a protest of the proposed constitutional amendment that would prohibit flag desecration. TWC saw a call for outright theft of flags...
I hope people burn flags that they stole from stupid fascist people's yards, from car dealerships and from the federal building of fascism!
I never see the flag as a symbol of oppression. Rather it is a symbol of the vision of a few DEAD WHITE GUYS who breathed life into the only country on earth that explicitly recognizes that the individual is supposed to be superior to the state.
That doesn't always flesh out in practice as well as we would like, but it's a step up from everywhere else and the US is running way ahead of whoever is in second place, which is exactly why we all still live here.
But okay, if you insist. As long as you bought and paid for your own flag and you don't set my stuff on fire in the process go ahead and burn it.
But if you light it up on a public street instead of on your own property, be prepared to accept the consequences of your behavior.
Now, I realize that victims of public indoctrination er, ah, education sometimes have a tough time with the concept of consequences arising from your choices (or cause and effect for that matter), but when your act of protest provokes exactly the enraged reaction you were hoping for, somebody just might decide to slap you upside the head (that person may also be large). Of course, you'll be screaming that they're just fascist nazis, which is another concept that eludes you entirely.
Meantime, the rest of us will be celebrating the birth of a country that holds these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
For many of us out west, fireworks of any kind are prohibited because of the extreme fire danger that arrives with our nation’s birthday. To help mitigate that grievous misfortune The Wine Commonsewer offers a rather creative alternative complete with exciting visual and sound effects (Rated G for the entire family).