Sunday, January 6, 2013

This Week's Sunday Sierra Madre Tattler News & Review is Now Available

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(Mod: The news has been action packed lately, just like Tattler readers like it. Well, OK, maybe not action packed, but there has been some movement that indicates life is returning to the world of news and events now that the holidays have moved on. Though having driven around town last evening I did note that the holidays have not passed for some. Christmas lights, those harbingers of the holidays, are still lit on more than a few households, apparently past their freshness dating. I asked a friend about this, and she explained it thusly. Those lights were turned on by husbands who figure if they keep lighting them they won't have to go out and take them down. Which makes Christmas lights still lit after January 1st "Lazy Husband Lights." Of course, there are other interpretations, including the belief that January 6th is the Twelfth Night, the eve of the Epiphany, and therefore you leave your Christmas lights up until the end of today. Which lets a lot of guys like me off the hook. Let's go to the news.)

Arnold Schwarzenegger takes his own personal tank out for a spin (click here): Arnold Schwarzenegger owns his own tank.  Because of course he would.  If any private citizen was going to possess their own tank, obviously it would be Arnold Schwarzenegger.  But it’s not just for joy rides and smashing cars – though he did drive me around on it, and he did roll over and flatten an old clunker with it (video click here). It’s a tank that does have personal meaning to him, and he uses it for an altruistic purpose.

The tank in question in an M47 Patton. Produced between 1951 and 1953, the 50-ton behemoths are still in service across the globe 60 years later. And Schwarzenegger told me and an assembled group of around 15 journalists on Friday that this was “exactly the very tank that I drove in the Austrian Army when I was 18 years old.”

Schwarzenegger was required to serve at least a year in the military, and he told us he went in right after finishing trade school.  He said, “I learned how to drive the tank, which was always my fascination, I think, because I grew up after the war, and I saw the British troops that occupied our area. So I always wanted to be a tank driver.”

(Mod: Of course the father of AB 32, the so-called "Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006," would drive around crushing cars in his very own decades old M47 Patton tank.)

A Man and His Mules (click here): Like the pioneers of old, he packs his mules ... walking from town to town searching not for gold or silver or fame, but for the land that connects his three mules and himself. A lone drifter, age unknown, rides into Lakeside, California with only his thoughts and his three trusted mules. North and south, east and west, they wander the country. Guided only by the love of the earth and its creatures, the man who goes by the name Mule allows his trusted mules to lead him.

The animals live off the land, but Mule makes trips to the store for provisions. Having done this for 29 years Mule knows all about living outside; he considers himself and his mules ‘outsiders‘ in the sense that we, (not him) live indoors. Mule and his three mules, on the other hand, live “outside.”

Like the pioneers of old he packs his mules, one of which he has traveled with for 25 plus years (video click here). Walking from town to town searching not for gold or silver or fame, but for the land that connects with the three mules and himself.

He talks about the day at hand, how each day is unique, and not the same as the next day or the day before. "The walking creates an energy that is very creative," he says. With his mules he is connected to the ground; it’s magic. Mule and his three mules have found that Lakeside is a very good place, they feel connected to the environment within the El Monte Valley and so have decide to stay awhile; no telling how long.

Unlike insiders who live in a world of anxiety and hurry, Mule is in no rush. He lets the land be his guide. His connection is not of one to the Internet or Starbucks, but a connection of his feet planted firmly on the ground and with the flight of the dove or the bear roaming free or the call of the hawk, he is connected in a way many of us have never experienced but may have a longing for. He tells me that there are others like him, but that someday there will be many more who will live with mules.

(Mod: This is from our friend Billy Ortiz down in San Diego. The legend of Mule lives on. Hopefully Mule will be invited to participate in the Doo Dah Parade so that his unfortunate ejection from its Rose equivalent can be remedied.)

Public Invited to a Free Centennial Celebration of President Nixon's Birth (click here): The public is invited to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Richard Nixon with a patriotic ceremony at his birthplace and boyhood home at 11 a.m. Sunday.

The program will include the laying of a White House wreath from President Obama by Tricia Nixon Cox; a military flyover with AV-8B Harrier jets; 21-gun salute; and patriotic musical presentations by the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

Keynote remarks will be made by former Nixon White House Deputy Special Assistant Bruce Herschensohn. Additional remarks will be given by U.S. Marine Corps General Melvin G. Spiese and Rep. Ed Royce.The event will lead into a year-long celebration of the 37th president.

Admission to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., is free on Sunday.

(Mod: I'd go but I have to watch the kids. I wonder, where would Dick have stood on the 710 Tunnel?)

County seeks parcel fee to pay for projects to combat urban runoff (click here): Most watersheds in the county do not consistently meet water quality standards, despite the fact that Los Angeles County and its flood control district spent more than $100 million last year on clean water programs, and cities spent millions more. Now, county officials are pushing for a ballot measure that would impose a new parcel fee on property owners to raise about $290 million a year for initiatives to reduce storm and urban runoff pollution.

The fee would be assessed to all 2.2 million parcels within the flood control district, which encompasses most of the county except for portions of the Antelope Valley. It would range from $54 a year for most single-family homes to thousands of dollars for large commercial properties. The proceeds would be divided among municipalities where the properties are located, new watershed authority groups that would work on regional projects, and the flood control district.

Notices and protest forms began going out to property owners in early December. Some property owners — and Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe, who oppose the measure as a tax increase — complained that the notice contained no return envelope and looked like a piece of junk mail.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky pointed out that the notices were marked on the front "Official Notice to Property Owners of Public Hearing," and included the estimated fee that would be paid by each property owner. Yaroslavsky said at a previous hearing on the proposal that it is "critically important" for the county to address the storm water issue on its own terms. "If we don't do this … we will have this imposed on us by a court, by a regulatory agency or by both," he said.

Municipalities have rarely faced penalties for violating regulations on storm water pollution. In the Los Angeles region, only the city of Torrance has been fined by the regional water board in the last 10 years for violating its storm water permit.

(Mod: Let's face it, old Zev just wants the money. People like him will say or do anything to get it. Kind of like those folks here that want to raise our utility taxes.)

Father of the Year won't be going to this guy (click here): If you’re not up to date on your world affairs then you should know that Florida has a knack for churning out some seriously strange news stories. This one was so bad that it deserved to be our first 'Idiotic Incident of the Week'. We'd say the bar has been set, but pretty damn low.

Kenneth Rowe, 26, of the hick-ridden Daytona Beach, brought his infant daughter to an off-licence to get some booze last Sunday night, but he left the store a little empty handed...

Staff at the Shark Lounge and Liquor Store were happy enough to mind Mr Rowe’s daughter while he stepped out to ‘have a smoke’, however, the 26-year-old then disappeared for FOUR hours. Needless to say, the cops were called.

Rowe returned to the liquor store absolutely hammered after his four hours of being MIA and he then asked the staff for his baby back. When he left the store with his baby in tow, Mr Rowe then decided to wander into traffic where he lay down on the street for a nap - with the baby in his arms.

(Mod: No news yet if the Buccaneer Lounge has applied to the City for a day care license.)

Yorba Linda residents bid fond farewell to Brea PD (click here): Close to 30 Yorba Linda residents shrugged off the wintry chill and late hour Friday night to say thank you and goodbye to the Brea Police Department for serving their city. The Orange County Sheriff's Department began serving Yorba Linda at midnight Saturday, officially ending a 42-year relationship between Brea police and the city.

Displaying a banner that read, "We (love) you and we'll miss you," the well wishers began gathering at the corner of Yorba Linda Boulevard and Imperial Highway a few minutes before midnight, knowing officers would end their shifts driving past the intersection on the way back to the station. Brea officers acknowledged the gesture by driving by slowly, in parade-like formation with lights flashing, as they headed east on Yorba Linda and then turned north on Imperial.

"It's good to see," Brea Police Chief Jack Conklin said of the show of support, pointing out that 25 percent of the department's work force lives in Yorba Linda. 

(Mod: What a nice ceremony. Here's a question, where would our PD drive off to?)

Whoops! 'Cash for Clunkers' Actually Hurt the Environment (click here): Back in 2009, President Obama’sCash for Clunkers” program was supposed to be a boon for the environment and the economy. During a limited time, consumers could trade in an old gas-guzzling used car for up to $4,500 cash back towards the purchase of a fuel-efficient new car. It seemed like a win for everyone: the environment, the gasping auto industry and cash-strapped consumers.

Though almost a million people poured into car dealerships eager to exchange their old jalopies for something shiny and new, recent reports indicate the entire program may have actually hurt the environment far more than it helped. According to E Magazine, the “Clunkers” program, which is officially known as the Car Allowance Rebates System (CARS), produced tons of unnecessary waste while doing little to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

The program's first mistake seems to have been its focus on car shredding, instead of car recycling. With 690,000 vehicles traded in, that's a pretty big mistake.

According to the Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA), automobiles are almost completely recyclable, down to their engine oil and brake fluid. But many of the “Cash for Clunkers” cars were never sent to recycling facilities. The agency reports that the cars’ engines were instead destroyed by federal mandate, in order to prevent dealers from illicitly reselling the vehicles later.

The remaining parts of each car could then be put up for auction, but program guidelines also required that after 180 days, no matter how much of the car was left, the parts woud be sent to a junkyard and shredded.

(Mod: By continuing to drive my car I have avoided contributing to the worst effects of the Cash for Clunkers program. I take some considerable pride in that.)

Journalism is Among Top 10 Occupations to Most Likely Attract Psychopaths (click here): Aol Jobs recently indicated a recent book, 'The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success,' outlines several fields which are more likely to attract psychopaths than others. Unfortunately for us, media jobs (primarily television and radio) ranked third on the list and journalist follows in seventh place.

Perhaps the explanation will provide more insight. As per the piece, Kevin Dutton, the author, indicated that ”a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in business leaders than in so-called disturbed criminals — attributes such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus.” So, maybe it makes more sense now that we think how objective broadcast professionals and journalists must be to distance themselves from reporting.

Without further ado, here’s the list of occupations with the highest rates of psychopathy:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil servant

As for the lowest rates of psychopathy:

1. Care aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

(Mod: I was relieved to see that "blogger" was not included on either list.)

Enjoy what is left of your weekend.

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42 comments:

  1. Definitely plan to enjoy my Sunday evening by flipping on "Downton Abbey"!

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    1. I know Downtown Abbey is good and slick and wildly popular, but don't you feel a little bit like you've done the mental equivalent of eating a big bag of potato chips afterwards?

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    2. Of course, but PBS is my only television indulgence. No cable/satellite here

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    3. 4:39, "of course"?
      I want to go on a date with you!

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  2. My guess is Mr. Rowe doesn't have a 401k yet.

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    1. Child Protective Services has yet another infant to place.
      Why do people have children when they are not fit to care for them, at the most rudimentary level.

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  3. Lots of us leave our Christmas things up until January 6th. From Wikipedia:

    It is defined by the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking". There is some confusion these days, however, as to which night is Twelfth Night: modern practice is often to regard the night of Epiphany itself (sixth of January) to be Twelfth Night...

    A recent belief in some English-speaking countries holds that it is unlucky to leave Christmas decorations hanging after Twelfth Night, a belief originally attached to the festival of Candlemas which celebrates the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (2 February).

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    1. I need to use that one.

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    2. Thanks. My sparse religious background comes through. I changed the intro.

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    3. Another note about religion pops up today - Clergy person made the list o'psychopaths at number 8. That's pretty bad.

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    4. I am not at all surprised. Just ask a few thousand altar boys.

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    5. We always leave our Christmas lights glowing until January 7th,when we turn off the timer. However one year my spouse put off taking them down until the next December when it was time for them to be on again, so there is that option. He thought it was a great idea.

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    6. It is a big issue in many households. I too believe that Christmas lights should be left up the year around. My spouse, however, sees taking them down as an measure of husbandly devotion to our family. The lights here come down.

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    7. what day is it again?January 6, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Thanks almost forgot!

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    8. I think it is now night.

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  4. I know this post refers to yesterday's topic but it was one of the first thoughts that struck me when I woke up this morning. and that is- I seem to recall that during the Council campaign last April that then candidate Harabedian made a campaign pledge to have citizen led safety study committees. And now that he's a duly elected official, he wants to spend a whole lot of the citizens' money to hire an outside consultant to do the very same thing. I don't know about you, but this sounds like a broken campaign promise to me.

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    1. The idea of citizens leading such a committee must have offended the police union. I am sure Johnny was set straight once the election was over.

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    2. Harabedian wants to raise our taxes because the city is going broke, and he also wants to spend a fortune on a public safety consultant. Obviously he has caught California Politician Disease.

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    3. Is this a done deal? The council has already approved it - or is there a small hope that it will not be pursued?

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    4. They can raise our rates to 12%. It is legal. It is also contrary to what over 60% of Sierra Madreans voted for in the last election. They'll win the battle, but the war will consume them.

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    5. Thanks 1:09, but I meant the $50,000 they want to throw away on another useless study. Is that done?

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    6. I think so. Big L.A. politics demands that folks like Josh, Nancy and Johnny do everything they can for unions like the SMPA. Including burden us with pensions costs that could bankrupt this city.

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    7. 1:03 - no, it's not yet a done deal. it is on the agenda for this Tuesday if you would like to come and comment.

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  5. Wow, in that Yorba Linda article one paragraph said,,,, "Since then, Yorba Linda officials rejected two last-minute offers to re-sign with the Brea Police Department. In its last offer, Brea offered to provide policing services to the city at a cost of $9.3 million annually, effectively underbidding the Sheriff Department's offer by about $600,000." Just the threat of the Sheriff coming to town should lower the Tax payers costs,but did it, does anyone know????

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    1. Yorba Linda has a healthy and effective slow-growth activist community. This is not their first victory for common sense.

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    2. Thirty people were sad to see the local police force leave town? Thirty?

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    3. Measure V was inspired by the work done in Yorba Linda previously. Looks like they are one step ahead of us again.

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    4. Didn't Schubert Flint suffer one of its rare defeats trying to stop a Yorba Linda initiative?

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    5. 12:36, I tried to find Schubert Flints website to check out their record that they boast about, but it looks like the company has morphed into something else.

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    6. Yes, after they won the Prop 8 fight in California, they needed a new fig leaf. Ask Josh about his friend Craig Ahlswede some time.

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    7. Frank Schubert made an interesting departure from the firm he founded:
      http://www.newsreview.com/sacramento/straight-out-the-door/content?oid=5639066

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  6. Satisfying that power hunger by using other people's tax money.

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    1. That is how these kinds of politicians are tested. Can they get the public to use their tax money on things that are not in their interest, and still be popular enough to keep their offices? If you can do that the political machine known as the Los Angeles County Democratic Central Committee will adore you.

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  7. Schwarzenegger trashes a potentially usable car for amusement. What a jerk.

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    1. If you watch the vid on youtube, you'll see comments that express that same sentiment.
      Schwarzenegger is the kind of American that makes us hated in the poorer parts of the world.

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    2. I'm sure that Arnold sent the debris of the Mercedes he squashed to the appropriate recycling facility.

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    3. Schwarzenegger also impregnates maids and bullies hourly workers on movie sets. Oh, and he gave us AB 32 and SB 375 as well? I don't think it is a coincidence that his father worshiped Hitler.

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  8. When I got the latest hustle for even more property tax, I was sure it was junk mail, and even though I looked at it for a moment, I did not at first notice that there was a protest form. I have to thank the Tattler for clueing me in. The complaints from Antonovich and Knabe are accurate. There is no way that mailing stood out as a piece of governmental business that included a response.

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    1. I got a kick out of the implication that I was opposed to clean water if I signed the form.

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    2. Everything big government and corporations want is green these days. Everything the general populace wants is destructive.

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  9. The City Council will decide on Tuesday if they will send in their protest or not. The Star News reports that several School Districts in the area have already protested because they figure it will cost them lots more money than they have

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  10. Shredded vehicles are recycled, crushed vehicles are recycled, its a huge business, nothings wasted.

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