Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Tattler Sort of Takes a Day (or 2) Off

I am going to be in and out all day, and never did get a post together last night. That is pretty much how it is going to go this week. I took the week off from work, and I figure I am going to lighten the blog load a little as well. A lot of folks are off this week, and are a million miles from this stuff, so it is a good time to recharge batteries and get ready for what is going to be a wild fall season. There are a lot of big items on the Sierra Madre City Council schedule, and then there is a national election. Or at least that is what someone told me. I didn't really know too much about it.

I think I have said this before, but I have some doubts about the existence of national politics. Remember back in the day when certain people said that the United States never sent men to the moon, and instead the whole event was created on a Hollywood sound stage? That's kind of how I feel about national politics. It really could be something just done with actors. Even if it is not.

One big item in the news today is that the Los Angeles Transportation Committee voted to dump the 710 Tunnel. This is probably a precursor to the L.A. City Council doing the same. It is amazing to see what can happen when people get upset about something and go to City Council meetings and let the electeds have an earful. Article up on the Star News site here.

You can take this as an open thread opportunity to talk about anything you like. Unless, of course, you're Steve.

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24 comments:

  1. Have a great time off. Thanks for all you do, and enjoy your well-earned rest.

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    1. While you're gone, I'll try and break my Tattler addiction.

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    1. Herbie! Just you wait until your parents get home!

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  3. It's a waste of time watching the political conventions. I will not be watching either.
    They are both hype. Neither political party will be able to stop the financial debt crisis.
    Eventually, we will have to DEFAULT and DEFLATE. Bernacke said it "it's unsustainable" which means....WE ARE GOING TO GO BANKRUPT.
    We can't save the globe. We've been trying for decades, can't be done. Eventually, we will have to save ourselves. We can DEFAULT because we have the strongest military on the planet. We can DEFLATE back to the economy of the 1960's. No more money printing, bring all the value back to the dollar of the 1960's. Your 500,000K house will now be valued at 50,000K, but it won't matter, it will all be relative.
    We'll all be okay, eventually, nothing will go away, except the out of control centralized government. Gonna happen.

    Have a great week or two off, John Crawford.


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    1. I for one am looking forward to watching both conventions. Have only missed a couple since 1952 and even though they are entirely different now, it is still good to hear the best of both parties.

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    2. I have been watching the Republican convention on CSpan. That way you get everything happening there without announcers. The same way the people attending see it.

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  4. I am voting for Gary Johnson. The Republicans and Democrats are out of ideas. Americans deserve a third option. Vote Libertarian.

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    1. Voting third party is voting for either the Republican or Democrat.

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    2. Voting for a Republican or a Democrat is voting for a Republican or a Democrat.

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    3. Right - so like always, you pick the lessor of two evils. 3rd party, you have no choice.

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    4. AMEN:It will just another day for me!

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    5. The liberal Democratic agenda has destroyed California.
      I know this well, I used to be a liberal Democrat.
      I will not vote for them in California, not any of them.

      8:28 is right, of course. Neither party will solve most of our problems. At least the Republicans have a plan, they have a budget idea, it's lacking of course to the extent of naivete, but the Democrats have no plan, no budget, nothing. They are failures.

      I hope Sierra Madre people will not vote for these candidates running in California, who do not have our best interests at all.
      Such as this Holden man......he wants that 710 tunnel. He is very likely very dishonest. So, I will vote for that lady, Donna Lowe.
      She doesn't want the tunnel.

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    6. I look forward to a day when we get to choose between the lesser of three evils.

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    7. A vote for any third party is a vote for that party. Unless you are a coward.

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  5. get back to work. now.August 28, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    The anti high salary mayor pro tem of costa mesa alleges that the costa mesa police union's law firm hired an ex-cop to set him up. when he left a bar the ex-cop called in a drunk driving mayday. the costa mesa police promptly pulled him over. the plan broke down when it turned out the mayor was not drinking. and, unfortunately, the law firm failed to notify the cop that he should plant a joint on the mayor. doh!

    the kicker is that this is the same law firm that represents smpd. the union response: they fired the law firm fearing its other tactics may not foster a good relationship with the city. why isn't smpd doing the same?

    and why exactly are we dealing with these people when one pnone call to the county sheriff will save us $1 million a year minimum and avoid future negotiations with these thugs?


    here is the link: http://www.ocregister.com/news/righeimer-369488-police-city.html


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    1. I understand Costa Mesa Mayor Pro-Tem is having a press conference this afternoon about their situation, and has invited other Cities that have the same law firm representing their POA to come and speak about the tatics they have experienced. Should be really interesting. Wonder where Moran stands on this?

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    2. It would be interesting to hear from John Harabedian on this matter. He was the only POA endorsed candidate to win last April.

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    3. Mayor "Beer Me" is pro union law firm, since he is hoping they have authorized a stagger out of the Buc for free card.

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    4. This story gets better. I am disappointed that the SMPD union would continue to be represented by this law firm and its hired gun investigator.

      http://www.ocregister.com/articles/righeimer-369604-lanzillo-monahan.html

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    5. What else would you expect from these guys? Time to outsource.

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  6. Tattling John Crawford makes me think of this story, and what parallels may exist.

    "The great American poet Wallace Stevens, wonder of wonders, was also the vice-president of Hartford insurance company. Stevens tried to keep the two things, his job and his vocation, quite separate; and since America is a big country, and since there was no cable, nor even television, in those days, he managed to do so, to the point that most of the people he worked with didn’t even know Wallace Stevens wrote poetry. So when in due course he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and he went to Stockholm to receive it, he began his acceptance speech by saying: ‘If only the boys in the office could see me now!’"

    Godspeed.

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  7. Don't tell Mama I'm a union lawyer. She thinks I'm the piano player in a you-know-what house.

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