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Monday, October 20, 2014

LaMalfa Fundraiser a big success!

I attended Doug's LaMalfa's Fall Harvest Fundraiser at his farm in Richvale last Friday the 17th.  It was a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  I took a gal-pal and we made the rounds.  I got to see some old friends like David Reade and others.  I even had a Lady seek me out to tell me she loves this blog and reads it all the time! I guess about 300 atytended.

The evening went fast but I must say, the food was great.  The Four H kids did the serving and I think Doug's relatives did all the cooking.  The Paradise City Council served the drinks.We had tri-tip and chicken with all the fixins.  The tri-tip was so tender!  The entertainment was a series of dances by  young Hmong ladies in costume and with their countries music.  They were great!  Apparently there is a large number of Hmong in Oroville and vicinity.  They were America's allies during Vietnam and many fled here as the communists took vengeance on them.  A Major from their military was introduced.

Doug LaMalfa made a nice homespun speech and introduced all the dignitaries.  He even introduced me!  I got this picture at the beginning of the evening and before he was shaking all those hands. LOL!  Vote for this man, he is a really fine fellow and a good Congressman.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

California Proposition 1, the Water Bond (Assembly Bill 1471), I cannot vote for this boondoggle

I just got my supplemental ballot info yesterday.  If anyone ever had any doubts how government lemmings can run over a cliff together, this bill is a fine, up-close example of their group think.  I started reading it and my eyes glazed over in quick order.  I scanned it and then went back for more detail.  It is a "pork barrel" fiasco but my guess it will probably pass.  Those sly politicians know how to get you to vote for anything as long as it can be manipulated in to a crisis.  They could put a disbursement of gold plated horse crap  in the text and the people would still vote for it because it is "tied" to the drought. 

HERE is the Ballotpedia link to the bond measure.  HERE is the bill with all the adds and doodles by the politicians.  A really good insight on how they spend your money.

Cynically using the  drought,  these politicians saw a chance to get you to spend 7.5 billion dollars (three or four times that over the life of the bond with interest) right out of the general fund.  Please read it.  Or at least attempt to read it.  It has goodies for every interest group on the left one can imagine.  I thought it was to get going on building storage and infrastructure for water for the almost 40 million people of the state.  Was I naive?  Well not really.  I knew they would pack everything including the kitchen sink into the monster and they sure did.

Ever conservancy, watershed,  non profit, and hobo with good intentions will be getting your money.  There is enough planning money to be disbursed the green engineers will have full time employment for years.  After reading through the monster, my guess is there might end up being a pond or two constructed over the next twenty years.  But most of the effort will be spending the goodies.  Deciding who gets the money will be quite a job in itself.  There is money for wetlands, money for levees, money for land trusts and watershed groups.  There is money for river watchers, and every iteration of possible words meaning water.  Millions for Tahoe, millions for "forest health" millions for "areas".  On and on.

Remember the Congress used to pass spending bills and those wily people were putting into the bills pet projects (earmarks)?  Well, this boondoggle will enrich a lot of the California politicians pals and we will be holding the empty bag with no water in  it.  I also remember "Big Green" twenty or so years ago.  The bond was packed with goodies for ever single green group and ever wish was to be granted.  The initiative bond failed because of their hubris and overreach.  The greens in the group collecting the signatures placed the names of the recipients into the initiative!  The people saw right through that and defeated it.  This time the Legislature and the Governor made it more generic to mask who is going to get the goodies.

So, just read it and see if I am full of beans.  If you think tossing another, they say, initial 7.5 billion bucks at the drought is a good idea, then vote for it.  If on the other hand you agree this is a boondoggle and will only grease the palms of ever green eco freak in our state, then join me with a NO!

Stan Meckler writes a good one! Grass Valley voters! Pay Attention!

Stan Meckler had a letter in the Union this morning and it was right on the money regarding city council candidate Jim Firth.  HERE is the letter. I think Meckler hit a sore spot as I see  the local leftwingnut blogs like Jeff Pelline's are abuzz.  His comm enters like Joe Koyote and sock puppets like Annie Fannie Fox provide good insight into the loony tunes inhabiting his blog and others. 

One has to ask though why some people run for office so quickily after they move to an area.  Back in the late 80's a man moved here from the Bay Area and got involved immediately in the Colfax Highway Association.  The Association wanted to stop Caltrans from doing a "safety" project and widening of the Colfax Highway.  Without any history that man got into a pit of discontent because there were many residents that wanted the safety project.  Anyway, it was all for show and became a resume' enhancer for higher office later with the "green" crowd.  It was apparent to me and others that the concern shown about the highway was really fake. 

Meckler asks good questions about Firth.  Firth seems to have a lot of problems with the town he chose t move to not that long ago.  Just like the fellow on the Colfax Highway.  But this is America and even a "community organizer" like Firth has the right to run for any office he wants.  We also have the right to point out that we might not want to see people like that elected to run our city or county.  Meckler and perhaps many other residents would like Firth to answer why he has not involved himself in community affairs other than becoming the head of the local leftwingnut democrat party.

Firth has told us what he wants to do with the city and hopefully the voters there will see through him and keep him from being granted their trust.  A person who was a union organizer who was not "for" anything is usually not a good pick for progress. Liberals are not "progressive" as they were defined in the beginning.  They are now "regulators" of almost everything people do or want to do.  More rules to control you.  If you like California Sacramento political and social  values, or San Francisco values, then I guess Firth is your guy.  But if you like Nevada County and Grass Valley values, then you can't let him or his ilk into power here.

Liberals wreak havoc on freedom.  Look what they did to the County General Plan!  Thousands of rules to tell you how you can use your own property.  My goodness, why allow more at the city level?  So read what Firth writes and put it in context of his time here in the city.  Be suspicious of a liberals motives and don't take them at face value.  They are all pretty sneaky and are known to fib extensively.

Read the article by Stan Meckler.  Don't allow people with only their ego as their agenda to take power.  Don't give them a say over  your  tax money and private property.

Monday, October 6, 2014

NC Scooper, You crack me down!

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Scooper Scoops
The parody and sarcasm blog, Nevada County Scooper is toooo funny!  I have been parodied many times and the left in the county even did a play at the Nevada Theater one time.  The play was mocking my stance on Wild and Scenic as well as my defense of private property rights.  I invite more if they want to do so.  What is it they say"  Any news is good as long as they spell my name right. HERE is the link to the "Scooper".

So the Scooper mocks me and makes fun and even makes up quotes!  Here is one I found today regarding the marijuana debate. Too funny!

“We are thrilled to have so many dope-smoking slackers not voting,” said local Republican activist and lexical aficionado Todd Juvinall. “This makes it easier for us to win. It just proves that we are Right by default. And this will give me more time to mindlessly ridicule people on my blog.”

Now I am not a marijuana  user and never have been but my position on the plant is mixed.  I am torn about the use for medicinal help for pain or maladies for adults and I oppose it as a recreational plant to get high.  Call me confused.  I have seen the use of the plant ruin many lives as people I know can't stop using it and it certainly affects their lives negatively.  I consider it a "gateway" drug.  It seems that most users are too snoozy to be productive in our high octane capitalist country.

I do see the fellows out and about now in Nevada City, those guys here to apparently harvest the plant.  They all look similar.  White guys with dreadlocks and beards.  Usually skinny and with pockets of cash.  I do think it probably helps the local economy though.  Most decent good paying legitimate jobs have vamoosed to other places.

So anyway, I am honored to be written about by the "ghost writer" at the Scooper.  I do appreciate his fine words about me.

"The Scooper thinks Mr. Juvinall is a fine example of a good, patriotic American male and it is our pleasure to send that message out into the ether".  All single, rich, attractive women can contact him at his blog"

Thanks Scooper/Finklestein!  And as always, LOL!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Jeff Pelline has lost his noggin! Too funny!

Someone headed for chili cheese fries?

I was actually unmoderated this last week on his blog!  Well, he did boot some of my comments but he left a few.  I was trying to make sure that the three or four people that comment on his blog (I call it the echo chamber of horrors), were held to the truth on some of their liberal BS.  Anyway, I made a comment this morning and apparently the bigboy couldn't hack it so he booted it.

Here is what he said.

I cleared your comments because they do not cross a line. But your own blog is an unmoderated mud pit. Get your own house in order before you invite yourself into someone else’s. Didn’t mommy Juvinall teach you that? Your sister went to Stanford and your brother is a damn good tile man (so I hear). So what’s up with you and not moderating your blog? Grow up man. You’re into your late sixties now."

So I responded and of course he will boot this but here it is from a bit ago.

"Todd Juvinall says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.

You are just a chicken pelline. No dissent allowed. So I had a little fun tweaking your sorry ass. Get accustomed to no one liking you. I have many friends. My sis did not go to Stanford but my brother is a good tile guy. You need to learn some manners if you want anyone to take you seriously. And yes I am 64 and loving life. If you don’t so something about your weight you will be here less time. Too funny."

Anyway, I got my digs in and for a fellow like Pelline, in his 50's and it appears tremendously obese (not that I am judging his size, LOL!), to actually have such an opinion cracks me up.   Why someone would choose to move to our peaceful county and spew such venom towards locals and our institutions is beyond my comprehension.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Republicans still have the majority in American states. Just not in California. Dang!

I swiped this from Ballotpedia. I guess the left is on the run based on the number of state Legislatures in the hands of Republicans.  New York State is in the process of gerrymandering the Republicans out of the state but it appears even that will not stop the wave coming in November which will add to these totals.  The R's have the majority of the Governorships and the House of Representatives.  Now if they can keep from shooting themselves in the foot, we could see America get back to the real America.

Snapshot of State Legislatures:
Friday, September 26, 2014
There are 7,383 Total State Legislators
Total Democratic state legislators 3,423 (46.4%)
Total Republican state legislators 3,818 (51.7%)
There are 99 Total State Legislative Chambers
Total Democratic Party-controlled chambers 40
Total Republican Party-controlled chambers 58
Total tied or nonpartisan chambers 1
2014 Session Information
Total Special Elections 32
Total Special Sessions 7

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Water everywhere, well in Oregon and Washington and Idaho! And other things like fires and roads

I took a week and traveled up to visit friends in Idaho and returned Monday.  The drive is long and I probably won't be doing it again but it was instructive.  California is a mess.  And it is not just one thing but many.  I have concluded that our state is run by incompetent people in Sacramento.  The evidence was there for me to see all the way to the state line at Oregon.

Angora Fire 2007
The state is losing its forests to lousy management from both the state and federal governments.  As I drove the I-5 north, I was listening to the radio as the "King" fire was burning down the El Dorado National Forest and now the Tahoe.  I was then traveling towards Weed, a small town in the far north of the state and it too was on fire (apparently there were 11 fires going in the state).  When I got there the road was detoured away from the fire areas and that added another 60 miles to my trip.  Weed's fire was much smaller in acreage but it burned down about 150 homes and other structures.  The air was smoky most of the trip to the Oregon border.  I lamented that the air of our state was now the resting place of the carbon particulates that were once our grand forests.

On my way north I crossed over the mud pit that was once the Shasta Lake.  With a capacity of 6.2 million acre feet of water, it was probably 1/3  or less of that total.  I did not see the Oroville Lake levels (3.5 million AF) but the fore-bay did have some water.  The lake levels for most of California's lakes and reservoirs can be found HERE.  When I crossed the state line into Oregon I soon arrived at Klamath Falls on my way through central Oregon.  Klamath Lake was FULL!  It has a capacity of about 870,000 acre feet.  Heading north I passed the Deschutes River and it appeared to be at high water mark as did other small rivers along the way.  Then I got to the Columbia!

Three-color map of the Columbia River watershed. The watershed is shaped roughly like a funnel with its wide end to the east and its narrow end along the border between Washington and Oregon as it nears the Pacific Ocean. The watershed extends into the western U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana, and the western Canadian province of British Columbia as far east as its border with Alberta. The river itself makes a hairpin turn from north-west to south in British Columbia and another sharp turn from south to west as it nears Oregon.
Columbia River Watershed and Course
The Columbia is a huge river with a monster watershed.(359,000 square miles)  It is wide and there are many dams across the river.  Each dam seems to have electric generating capacity.  The volume of water is incredible.  I guessed the flow of this river could fill Folsom Dam in a few minutes!  Maybe a bit longer for Shasta.  But the water is headed out to sea!  Luckily Oregon and Washington have used the river for all the ways a lake can be used.  Electricity, recreation, water, farming, industry,environmental issues, fish, etc.  If only we could transport that water headed for the sea down to our parched state!  Well, it is parched because state and federal fools have decided to make it so.

After another five hours or so I got to my destination, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.   Getting there took me through Spokane, Washington where my Dad was born in 1920.  I crossed the Spokane River and some other smaller ones, all running to high water mark.  Of course the Coeur  d'Alene Lake is full, (2.26 million AF) and huge! So are those state's management teams just smarter and better than California's?  Or is it they are simply blessed with more rain and snow?  Since those two state's are now considered part of the "left coast" of America, I am not optimistic they will last much longer regarding the use of their water and infrastructures.

All along the way through Oregon I saw the remnant of once beautiful forests.  Mile after mile of black sticks that were once living trees were all that I could see from the highway.  Millions of trees, dead.  Those trees were once sucking in that CO2 the "greenies" say we need to combat the hoax of "global warming".  Why would the state and feds let these forests burn up?  The trees are a testament to the ridiculous policies we see all over America foisted on our lands by stupid people.  Those people have said leave the forests alone and let them burn.  Starting with the "let it burn" edicts when the fire at Yellowstone burned in 1988.  That was the beginning of the wholesale foolery of our forest management strategies the "eco's" were able to get into law. HERE are a montage of pictures for your pyromaniac desires of the forest burning.

California has long mismanaged its own lands and the feds are even worse.  The Angora Fire near Lake Tahoe in June 2007 was the most recent example of the stupidity of the people in charge of the forests and the State Legislature of California.  The management policies kept homeowners from raking their leaves and pine needles (under threat of fines).  Those fuels became the hot fire that burned down hundreds of homes.  All those beautiful trees the people in charge loved to save are gone now.  All burned and then removed.  A moonscape in place of the "high country" lifestyle area.  Rather than change the stupid rules on the books regarding the management of the forests though, what did the Power people" do?  They passed hundreds of new restrictions on those wanting to rebuild!  Then they passed rules for all of the rest of California!  Passing on more costs and restrictions to a homeowner rather than change their stupid management of the forests.  That is why our state and our forests are in deep trouble.  Rather than address the real problems of how they manage, these stupid people in charge force the homeowners to beg for permission to build and design their dreams on their own property.

I saw the other stark contrast in the public roads.  We in California spend billions of dollars in tax generated money to maintain our roads.  We even have a tax on a tax here on gasoline and other oil products.  We have a myriad of local taxes passed by towns and counties to supplement road construction and maintenance.  We in Nevada County have Measure F passed in the 90's to supplement our road maintenance. (where is it now, it appears to be lost in the budget).  So how come Oregon,. Washington and Idaho's roads are so much better?  Even Montana's roads are better and that state has less people than Sacramento County!  I can only guess that it is the "stupid people" in charge of the money.  The roads I drove on to my destination were much better and maintained more often than here.  I recall when the Feds were building I-80 it was said it was a million dollars a mile.  Now it is much more than that just for a soundwall!  Something is amiss.  How can state's with less money and people keep their roads in such good shape?  Is it stupid people and stupid policies?  I think so.

The other thing I paid attention too when I arrived in Idaho was the layout of uses regarding the placement of buildings.  There was a mix of uses which seemed to me to make a lot of sense.  They have zoning I am sure, but they use common sense by allowing interspersed commercial areas throughout the town and it's suburbs.  This keeps people from having to travel miles to get goods and services and appeared to be very convenient to the residents.  California should learn but we have stupid people and laws in charge and I see little hope of a fix.

So with all the problems California has, how has this come to be?  Once the most innovative and beautiful place on earth, we have allowed stupid people to run the place into the ground.  Our forests are burning, the river and lake are running dry, the Golden Goose has been cooked!  If our people don't start tossing the stupid people out of power we are destined for an ignominious end to Shangri-La.